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How to solve skin concerns with a facial

Hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles, blemishes and redness – different skin concerns usually means different treatments and products. But what if there was one treatment which could tackle all of these at once? Well, form an orderly queue people, because it might sound like the stuff of science fiction but those days are here thanks to the HydraFacial.

How to solve skin concerns with a facial

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The facial features a four step process, each using the HydraFacial machine. Different attachments are swapped for the different stages allowing you to get a variety of benefits. It also uses something called Vortex-Fusion - see what I mean about sounding sci-fi? Totally pain free, this is the latest in non-laser skin resurfacing with no recovery time and the ideal alternative to invasive procedures.

Currently, and exclusively, available in Edinburgh's Harvey Nichols, I was lucky enough to get the chance to test the HydraFacial. And looking at the HydraFacial machine, with its illuminated blue section, screen and different attachments, it feels like a prop from Star Trek so I'm hoping this is going to be Warp Speed for my skin.

How to solve skin concerns with a facial
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Creme de la Mer facial in Edinburgh Harvey Nichols

The sound of waves is all around, soothing and relaxing.  The ideal way to unwind and de-stress, it’s helping me drift off in a cocoon of contentment. In addition, the music is in keeping with the essence of the brand behind this treatment, luxury skincare brand, Crème de la Mer – home to some of my favourite skin care products.

The Crème de la Mer story is the stuff of true skin care legend. It was made by Dr Max Huber, who, following an accident in his laboratory, was covered in severe burns. The way he dealt with these terrible injuries was to develop a product that would help. Some 12 years afterwards, and 6000 experiments later, he honed a skincare product which we now call, Crème de la Mer. And today, the brand has been credited with giving people like Jennifer Lopez their famous A-Lister glow.

The sea features prominently in this brand, both in its ingredients and right to the heart. All the skincare products now contain the Crème de la Mer Miracle Broth, a blend of potent ingredients including sea kelp, iron and calcium: all of which work to transform the skin.

Recently Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols welcomed a new Crème de la Mer counter in the well-stocked ground floor beauty hall. It is also the first counter in the capital to have the brand’s new express treatment: a 30-minute voyage of luxury pampering. Such is its speed this facial can slot into a lunch hour before heading back to work. And no-one need be any the wiser as eye makeup and lipstick aren’t removed for this treatment either, because the focus is on the skin.

Creme de la Mer facial in Edinburgh Harvey Nichols

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Permanent Cosmetics in Edinburgh

Permanent Cosmetics in Edinburgh

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From areolas drawn and shaded post breast surgery to thinning hairlines from alopecia, the work of Fiona Ramsay can change peoples’ lives: because Fiona is an expert in permanent cosmetics, a treatment which is also called micro pigmentation and semi-permanent cosmetics. Edinburgh-based Fiona, who runs Enhance Permanent Cosmetics, says,

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Guinot Facial at Chamomile Sanctuary Edinburgh

Winter skin- for me this usually means grey and dismal like the weather. But this year, I’m older and wiser - ok, then, just older. So I’m going to start as I mean to go on; prepping skin for the colder months ahead in the hope my skin will look glowing and radiant year long.

Now, I’m a massive fan of facials. For me, they’re like a holiday specifically for your face. As you lie back and relax, all manner of products help restore and revitalise skin, leaving you looking like you – just a better version. So it was to my utter delight that I discovered that beauty brand Guinot is adding to its facial treatment range at Edinburgh’s plush Chamomile Sanctuary.

Amongst the existing treatments is the popular Guinot Hydradermie. It lasts one hour 15 minutes and the results will leave to wanting to ogle your skin on account of it looking so good. The cleansing, exfoliating and toning sections of this treatment purify and penetrate deep down thanks to the active ingredients in the products. Prior to this treatment, my skin had been spotty but post treatment, spots receded and eventually disappeared.

Guinot Facial at Chamomile Sanctuary Edinburgh

Tools used in the Guinot Hydradermie

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Beauty Business Q&A - Appointedd

Beauty business owners know how scary it can be, taking that step into the unknown and setting up on your own. Long hours and dedication are just two of the traits worth having and even then success isn't guaranteed. In Scotland, the Scottish EDGE Awards is supporting business growth. And at the first of Scottish EDGE Awards, Leah Hutcheon, creator of Appointedd, won £30,000 to fund her business, Appointedd.

Beauty Business Q&A - Appointedd

Leah Hutcheon

Appointedd is a two-pronged business, designed to help beauty industry professionals and consumers. Beauty businesses can use Appointedd Book. This is salon software which allows salons and freelancers to manage their bookings. The other side is Appointedd which is an online booking site so consumers can browser salons and then make bookings online. It's been three years in the planning but both are now up and running. So I caught up with the lovely Leah to find out more about Appointedd and what goes into running your own beauty business:

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