17 November 2016

My Skincare Journey with Beyond Skin Part 1

My skincare plan

After my first pumpkin peel

After my LED facial

Products I'm currently loving 

When my favourite skincare clinic closed in House of Fraser to make space for the £5 million revamp, I was devastated. However, Jennie & Gillian of said clinic decided to take matters into their own hands and open their own business, Beyond Skin. Located on College Street (out of the back of Boots!), the clinic is easy to find, spacious and clinical. They offer everything from Botox to laser hair removal but my joy are the skin treatments they offer - peels, microdermabrasion and LED facials.

My skin can be very dry in areas and I'm prone to breakouts but my biggest concern is the scars I have been left with from cystic spots over the years. 

Beyond Skin kindly asked me to visit the clinic and experience it for myself. I want to highlight at this point that skincare is definitely a journey - Gillian recommends a minimum of three treatments to see an optimum difference. I'm a month into my journey and two treatments down. I started off with a pumpkin peel. People seem to have such a bad name about peels (I blame Sex and the City) but I assure you that they are totally safe & not painful. Pumpkin peels aim to improve the overall texture of your skin. When I first visited the clinic I had quite a few bumps on my forehead, some breakouts and as mentioned, my scarring. The peel was hot on the skin but nothing too unbearable. I was quite red afterwards (as pictured!) but this soon calmed down. I had some peeling afterwards, particularly in areas that were very dry but this is normal. 2 weeks after this I visited the clinic again for an LED facial. I had never experienced light therapy before. This aims to calm any redness in the skin. I found that a week after this treatment my skin looked fantastic and it has continued to improve since (pictured).  

For skincare I have been using an array of cleansers. My favourite at the moment is the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm (largely for speed!). I also use Alpha H Liquid Gold twice a week as a chemical exfoliant to help with my scarring and I've been loving the Skinician Pro Radiance Enzyme Peel as a weekly treat - it really seems to boost the clarity of my skin. For serum for both day and night, I purchased the Dermaquest Vitamin B5 serum from Beyond Skin, At £61 it is not a cheap product but very much worth the investment. My dry patches have completely disappeared and my skin is definitely looking more plump. For moisturiser, I've been loving the Nip & Fab No Needle Fix. I find the especially great for morning time as makeup seems to apply beautifully on top of it. 

I'm due to go back to Beyond Skin this weekend for my 3rd treatment - the one which Gillian said I will see a huge difference with. I can't wait for the results! Stay tuned for more!

*Treatments were gifted to me by Beyond Skin. All opinions are my own.