The damage that can be caused to our skin by exposure to UVA and UVA rays is very high. Yet, many of us crave the Health glow provided by a natural tan.

The darkening of our skin when we expose

it to the sun is caused when the melanin cells, known as melanocytes, come to the surface of the skin to protect the deeper layers from harm. Tanning is essentially our skin’s natural defence mechanism. Also, it’s good to know ”95% of premature ageing of the skin can be caused by sound damage.”

Sun exposure can cause various problems, from sunburn to skin cancer. Also, it can cause pigmentation issues including hyper or hypopigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation is caused when the skin produces too much melanin, resulting in localised areas of darker skin. These patches can be frustrating to tackle and age our appearance. As well as sun damage, hyperpigmentation can be caused by hormonal factors, stress, medication, acne and heat / light trauma. Hyperpigmentation is a condition that can be treated with professional skincare products and treatments.

Hypopigmentation occurs when UV exposure results in destroyed melanocytes, leaving irreversible white areas on the skin.

In addition to hyper and hypopigmentation skin can also be susceptible to melanogenesis, a process that can be stimulated when our skin is exposed to

UV rays. Melanogenesis is caused by a chemical reaction between tyrosine and the copper catalyst tyrosinase, resulting in the overproduction of pigment.

If you’re serious about tackling hyperpigmentation and fighting the signs of ageing, then DermaQuest’s Hibiscus Flower Mandelic Peel and Skinbrite Peel are the treatments you should be considering. Used alongside the impressive Skinbrite skincare product range you will enjoy the skin brightening and complexion-improving benefits these gentle, yet effective, treatments provide.

Skin is left deeply exfoliated and rejuvenated with significant improvements to dark patches and dull areas. To find

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Pumpkin, Cucurbita Pepo, from the family Cucurbitaceae, is s widely used in many cultures as a food. But it is also a good resource for the skin care industry as an ingredient for pre and post treatments, to fight aging, and for treating and preventing acne. The whole meat of the pumpkin, as well as a solution of its enzymes, is used in mask products for healthy exfoliation of the epidermis.


These ingredients allow pumpkin masks to be a triplepowered treatment. The enzymes break down the bonds of the dead surface cells, allowing their exfoliation and exposure of younger epidermal cells. Beta Hydroxy Acids cause a tightening of the skin, allowing the client to immediately feel that her skin is more taut. The Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids penetrate the layers of the skin to encourage the turnover of the cells in the epidermis of the skin and the follicles, post treatment, bringing younger cells to the surface and cleansing the follicles of debris and dead cells. In the meantime, the antioxidants strengthen the skin’s defenses against free radicals, fighting the ravages of ageing. Later, collagen and elastin rejuvenation is stimulated by the AHAs.

The immediately visible results with pumpkin masks are a nice exfoliation, evening of skin tones, and a tightening of the skin. “My patients compare the results on their skin to how they look after a microdermabrasion,” says Dawn McCormick, Esthetician, Columbus, OH. “They like the immediate improvement in smoothness, their more even coloration, and the glow they have when they leave the salon.” Smith uses this mask on her acne patients because it produces results which can be noted immediately following the treatment. “It is rare to see immediate results with these patients, but this treatment delivers such a revitalizing and soothing benefit, it allows them to leave very encouraged,” she says. Smith also uses this peel in a pre-laser mini series of three treatments. “It has a very noticeable cleansing effect on the skin, as well as generally enhancing the skin’s health,” she says. She also uses it in post-treatment series as it boosts the results noticeably.

Pumpkin enzyme masks are unusually versatile and can be used many ways in the skin care room. It can be an enzyme treatment in the deep cleansing step to clear the surface of the skin and produce an immediate tightening while enhancing penetration of the ingredients in the following treatment mask. It can be the treatment mask for acneic, dehydrated, or aging patients, exfoliating the epidermis and killing the bacteria in the follicles. Smith uses the mask on mature skin with fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and on dehydrated and dull skin. She has found this treatment lessens the appearance of the fine lines, lightens the hyperpigmentation, and refines the texture when used in a series. “It also has an immediate firming effect for these patients,” she says. “These treatments are fast, effective, and non-invasive, making them the perfect facial for a busy patient.”

Pumpkin masks provide a needed change of pace in treatments. “Patients need more options in your chair, and this mask is a great one for that,” says Riggs. Not only does the patient become bored when having the same treatment appointment after appointment, their skin does also, slowing or stopping its progress towards the goals. Pumpkin is a great treatment to alternate with others in the aesthetic treatment room as it performs well, with no irritation, on all skin types. It continues the client’s move toward her goals, ‘waking it up’ if it has stopped responding to other treatments and taking it to the next level of treatment, or aiding it in maintaining achieved results. It can do this because of its enzymatic, exfoliative, and nourishing properties. Pumpkin can also be performed in a dual modality to enhance other peels or microdermabrasions, if the client has previously had both treatments and has had no reaction to either. For example, if the client did well with microdermabrasion in an earlier service, and also with pumpkin, her microdermabrasion service could be enhanced by following it with a pumpkin mask, thus enhancing further exfoliation. Some medical estheticians are using pumpkin in a series of six or more weekly treatments. It awakens the epidermis and dermis on dull, lethargic skin, and stimulates production of elastin and collagen to support hydration in dehydrated skin. Riggs uses it post-facelift. “They like it because there is no down time and it is non-invasive, but leaves a very nice, refreshed skin that has a glow.” Other skin care professionals are using it to moderate oil production, to treat Grades 1 and 2 acne skin, and as a change of pace to a salicylic series on higher grades of acne skin. Initially, the aroma is what attracted estheticians to pumpkin masks. “The patients love the smell of it,” says Riggs. Then, they discovered its wide use in results-oriented treatments. Pumpkin is here to stay, and not only in the autumn as a promotion.

At Elley Spa we offer two types of treatment which is pumpkin based one is called primary pumpkin facial and power pumpkin resurfacer facial. Both have an effective blend of pumpkin pulp, AHA’s and BHA’s working together for a smoother, clearer and brighter complexion.

For more informations contact Elley Spa.

First of all, it is good to know LED therapy is one the most effective solution to treat Acne, muscle and joint pain, Hair Restoration, and wound healing.

What is Light Therapy?
Light Emitting Diode (LED) phototherapy applies light energy to tissue to obtain therapeutic benefits. The energy is used to improve cellular performance. Phototherapy is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and has a variety of applications across many medical fields. Research has shown that phototherapy can: increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, decrease wrinkles, decrease inflammation, improve skin tone and wrinkles, texture and clarity, ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm and arthritis and kill acne bacteria, and much more.

How Does Light Energy work?
Specific wavelengths of light energy, when properly absorbed, up-regulates compromised cells. The light (photons) energy is absorbed by photoreceptors in the mitochondria and is used to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The ATP produced then stimulates various metabolic processes, which can result in the repair and regeneration of cell and tissue components. In an article, “Therapeutic Light” -by Chukuku S. Enwemeka, PT, PhD, FACSM, wrote “other reported mechanisms of light-induced beneficial effects include modulation of prostaglandin levels, alteration of somatosensory evoked potential and nerve conduction velocity, and hyperemia of treated tissues.
The resultant clinical benefits include pain relief in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, ankle sprain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, shoulder and neck pain, arthritis, and post-herpetic neuralgia, as well as tissue repair in cases of diabetic ulcer, venous ulcer, mouth ulcer,fractures, tendon rupture, ligamentous, tear, torn cartilage, and nerve injury.”

What is Celluma?
Cellumais unique and quite unlike any other low-level light therapy device available today. Based on NASA research, Celluma delivers blue, red and near-infrared light energy simultaneously to treat a wide variety of conditions safely. Each wavelength is absorbed by different molecules that act as a signalling mechanism for different cellular processes. For example, some reduce inflammation and kill bacteria, while others enhance localised circulation.

At Elley Spa, we use the same machine to treat and improve skin conditions. LED light therapy can be combined with most treatments. After Laser Hair Removal for sooting effect, combined with Algae Facial to treat Acne skin or back facial to treat back Acne ( which many people, especially men, suffer)
Also, at Elley Spa, after Carbon Peel or Rejuvenation, LED therapy can be applied with even better results.
Clients who suffer from joint pain or lower back pain have LED therapy after their massage or after having a pedicure or manicure.
For more information or consultation, please contact Elley Spa at 01707 331158.

  1. Reduces Aging Signs
  2. Brightens The Complexion
  3. Relives Pain
  4. Relives Tension
  5. Detoxifies the Skin
  6. Reduces Acne
  7. Face Products Absorb Better in the Skin
  8. Smooth Skin

Getting a good Facial massage is the best way to feel relaxed after a super busy day. The beauty technique is the best way to soothe your skin and get a perfect complexion. A face massage clams your mind, rejuvenates your skin and relaxes your face muscles.

Face massage is a face workout; It increases blood flow, helps in reducing puffiness and detoxifies.

As pollution, stress cripples of environment, and lifestyle affects your skin, a face massage can help pamper and reduce fine lines, dark spots and invention appearances. It also improves blood circulation, which leads to increased collagen production.

Also, pollution and dirt make skin look dull but face massage help in detoxifying the skin. Using the right cleaning products and cleansers while we do face massage clears up the dirt, oil, white and blackheads and helps remove impurities from the skin.

Face massage not only reduces the amount of stress and smooths the skin. Also, it helps relieve the pain and improves skin healing, and also simple face massage can reduce muscle pain, headache and anxiety.

At Elley Spa we use our own signature Rose and Saffron oil to massage the face. After cleansing the face with milk and foam cleanser and wipe the face with warm mitts we perform our own massage and pressure point technique to massage the face.

At the end of the treatment at Elley Spa, you feel super relaxed and pampered, and your skin feels more radiant and energised.

Beauty benefits of Saffron:

  • Protects against UV radiation
  • Fights inflammation
  • accelerate wound healing and scars
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Glowing skin

Did you know Pigmentation means colouring?!! So skin pigmentation disorders affect the colour of the skin. Melanin( a pigment) gives the skin colour, and there are specific cells in the skin that make melanin and when these cells become damaged or unhealthy. It affects melanin production and can cause Pigmentation.

Small brown spots on the skin are the areas that get the sun more. Mostly, Freckles come from ultraviolet radiation stimulation.
We can divide Freckles into two categories: Sola and Ephelides. Ephelides are the most common type, known as freckles. Sola lentigines are the ones that appear as a dark patch of skin that occurs in adulthood, such as freckles, age-spot and sunspots.

Melasma or mask of pregnancy is a skin condition known as brown or blue-grey patch. It appears because of the overproduction of the cells that make the skin colour. This condition is common, harmless, and there are some treatments to treat or improve this condition.

To improve the skin condition and reduce the appearance of Pigmentation. Elley Spa offers a few suitable treatments, such as. Marine Chemical Peel, Micro-needling, Laser, LED light therapy and Fibroblast treatment.
The Laser targets the dark spots with a precise beam to target them and breaks them.

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What is microblading?

Microblading is a cosmetic procedure that inserts pigment under your skin using a needle or an electric machine with a needle or needles attached to it. It’s also sometimes known as feathering or micro-stroking.

Microblading aims to give you well-defined brows that look natural without the hassle of daily makeup application. Microblading has been around for at least 25 years in Asia and has been growing in popularity in the United States and Europe.

Once applied, microblading pigment does fade. How long your microblading results last will depend on your skin type, lifestyle, and how often you get touch-ups.

How long does microblading last?

The effects of microblading last anywhere between 18 and 30 months. Once pigment from the procedure begins to noticeably fade, you’ll need to go back to your practitioner for a touch-up application. Touch-ups can be necessary every six months or every year, depending on your skin type and preferred look.

Microblading touch-ups are similar to getting root touch-ups for your hair. If you go when your microblading first starts fading, you can simply have the colour filled in. But if you wait longer than your practitioner recommends, you may have to have the whole microblading procedure done over again on both of your eyebrows. This is time-intensive and much more expensive than a touch-up application.

How long does microblading last on oily skin?

If you have oily skin, you’re still a candidate for microblading. But the results might not last as long as they would on other skin types. High amounts of sebum, or oil, being secreted from your skin can make it more difficult for pigment to adhere and stay in your skin. Speak to your aesthetician about any concerns you have about your skin type and how long you can expect your results to last.

How long does microblading take to heal?

Microblading takes 10 to 14 days to heal as the pigment settles into its shape. During this process, your skin will be sensitive. The skin on your eyebrows will eventually scab and flake off. The area will be red and tender to the touch at first.

While your new brow shape is healing, don’t pick or scratch the area. This introduces germs that could become trapped under your skin and cause an infection. Picking at flakes may also cause the color of your brows to fade more quickly.

During this healing period, you should avoid all forms of moisture on your brows. This includes excessive sweating from working out and getting them wet in the shower or pool.

Precautions and risks

If you’re considering a microblading procedure, you should take note of several risks.

Once the procedure is complete, your eyebrows will have the same colour and shape until the colour fades — which can take 18 months or more. Have an in-depth consultation with your practitioner that includes reviewing their portfolio and having them sketch a trial shape onto your face so you can preview the finished product.


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1.Remove make-up and cleanse your face every day

A cleanser: a simple and effective way to prepare the skin in the morning to receive a serum and day cream. However in the evening, remove your make-up and cleanse as advised (with a milk if your skin is dry or a foaming gel if it is more oily), followed by a tonic lotion to eliminate the final residues of make-up. As such, your skin will be perfectly cleansed and your wrinkle-correcting cream will be even more effective.

Anti- Aging Beauty Tips

2.Hydrate your skin abundantly

The first gesture to delay the appearance of the first wrinkles as much as possible: give the skin highly-dosed hydration, twice a day, morning and evening.

Anti- Aging Beauty Tips

3.Protect yourself effectively from the sun

Wrinkles’ sworn enemy: the Sun and for good reason, when its UVA and UVB rays penetrate the skin they cause lesions inside the cells themselves, deteriorating the collagen and elastin fibres and leading to a photo-ageing phenomena. Grab your SPF!

Anti- Aging Beauty Tips


 4.Try a peel

Cell renewal slows down, the cutaneous surface is less smooth due to dehydration, choose a chemical (Peeling Marin) or mechanical peel such as Micro-dermabrasion with ThalgoSkin Expert.


5.Sleep well

It’s It has been proven that, in women, sleeping badly accelerates skin ageing. Good quality sleep gives the skin a better faculty for self-repair and recuperation faced with the different stresses that it has to endure, whereas a bad night’s sleep leads to more fine lines appearing, more differences in pigmentation, and increased loss of elasticity. Take advantage of long and good nights of sleep to apply the Wrinkle Correcting Rich Cream.



6.Watch what you eat

On your menu: five fruits and vegetables per day obviously, but also choose products rich in antioxidants (raspberries, green tea, apricots, cherries, artichokes, beetroot, cabbage, avocados, tomatoes, etc.) and omega 3 (salmon, olive and walnut oils, tuna, spinach etc.). Result: younger skin and a diet that’s much more balanced!

7.Drink enough water

 A litre of water per day, no less! An easy, practical and economical way to avoid a dull complexion and skin with premature wrinkles, and show a fresh and plumped up epidermis all year.

 8.Protect yourself

Wrinkles love pollution, alcohol, tobacco. They all alter the skin’s microcirculation and lead to premature ageing of the skin which becomes dry, dull and wrinkled. We can’t say it enough, having a healthy lifestyle is key. Take care of the interior of your home by airing it 15 minutes per day, as interior pollution (waves, ventilation, etc.) is more harmful than exterior pollution.

9.Daily habits that encourage wrinkles to appear

  • in the bathroom: showers or hot baths, overdoing make-up, not taking off all of your make-up or not taking it off at all
  • During the day: forgetting to put sunscreen on, sitting next to the heating
  • In front of the computer: not wearing glasses if you have problems with your eyesight, staying in front of your computer for a long time
  • In your bedroom: not changing your sheets regularly, sleeping on your stomach
  • Through your lifestyle: constantly chewing gum, smoking, having a fat-free diet

What is microdermabrasion?

According to Debbie Thomas, celebrity facialist and founder of the D.Thomas Clinic: ‘Micro means small or light and dermabrasion means mechanical or physical exfoliation, so this is a light, physical exfoliation,’ Debbie explains. ‘A professional exfoliation will always be deeper than at home exfoliations but for us, microdermabrasion is considered light because we only remove the uppermost dead skin layers. A medium exfoliation removes more layers, so is closer to the junction between the dermis and epidermis’

By removing the top layer of skin, the body quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. This non-invasive procedure stimulates blood flow, which can improve cell production, in turn improving skin’s elasticity and texture.

Microdermabrasion can be used on the face, neck, chest, back and hands. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skinrelated concerns and conditions:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • hyperpigmentation, age spots and brown spots
  • enlarged pores and blackheads
  • acne and acne scars
  • stretch marks
  • dull-looking skin complexion
  • uneven skin tone and texture
  • melasma
  • sun damage

Microdermabrasion benefits

‘If performed correctly and not overdone, not only will you get smoother skin, but you can fade pigmentation, reduce congestion and stimulate collagen production,’ Debbie tells us.

‘Most skin types can tolerate and benefit from microdermabrasion, but you do need to go to someone very experienced if you have sensitive or very problematic skin. For example, mild acne, mild acne scars and general congestion can really benefit, but if the acne is more severe, then microdermabrasion could be irritating.

‘It is good to go to someone who has a few treatment options and who can steer you towards the right one. Nearly all types of microdermabrasion device allow the practitioner to change the intensity, so they can do a more gentle treatment for delicate or sensitive skins, and stronger treatments for those who can tolerate more or who need a stronger approach to reach their goals.’

The procedure is not recommended if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or, as Debbie mentions, very serious acne.

Is microdermabrasion safe?

‘Yes, it is when in experienced hands,’ Debbie assures us. ‘With any advanced skin treatments there is a risk of some redness, dryness and irritation, all of which should be short-lived. The idea is to stimulate the skin so expect to see skin that’s more “active” immediately afterwards.’
The procedure doesn’t hurt, although you may find it a bit uncomfortable, and you may experience slight tenderness and/or redness straight after your treatment.

How much does it cost?

You can add microdermabrasion additional to any of our facials from as little as £15 per 20 minutes.

We recommend the Thalgo Skin Expert Facial , Thalgo’s microdermabrasion machine uses the latest technology to intensely smooth the micro-contours of your skin for an even-toned, clear and radiant complexion, with instantly visible results. The SKINLIGHT satellites combine blue and red light for “magenta” light therapy, which is anti bacterial, anti-septic, soothing and calming, while Meso-Lift satellites give extra anti-ageing action. Wrinkles, fine lines and imperfections are visibly smoothed away and the skin’s natural regeneration processes are stimulated. Always apply Thalgo Sunscreen SPF50 after a Microdermabrasion treatment as your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. This Facial is 40-65 minutes and is £45-£67.

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LUCY ABBERSTEEN, MAY 13, 2020 9:15 AM, Marie-Claire