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Winter Wellness Series: Skinesis Liquid Facial resurfacer

Sarah Chapman is a well-know facialist and a secret to many women’s glowing complexion, so you might want to keep an eye on her new product launches, if you already are not familiar with her skincare line Skinesis.  Last December her latest addition, Skinesis Liquid Facial Resurfacer, has landed on my desk. Truth be told I was both curious and a little nervous, as I am tend to have peels applied to my skin only during a facial and not in the privacy of my own home. But first, let’s talk a little about resurfacing and peels in general.

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August beauty trial: Caudalie, W3LL People, Skinesis & Teatox

September is upon us and the air is becoming distinctly chillier, leaving you under no illusion that summer is over. However sunshine always makes an appearance, whatever the time of the year, so let me share my August beauty ‘trials’ with you, some of which are potential all-year-round ‘beauty keepers’.

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Skinesis Overnight Facial Supplement review: a tablet & a capsule for better skin & sleep

My dear friends and readers, forgive me for my silence over the last few weeks, I consciously wanted to take some time off writing and detox my brain a little bit, while on a summer holiday. It doesn’t mean that I stayed completely idle though, as I packed Sarah Chapman‘s first supplement ( called Skinesis Overnight Facial Supplement ) with me, to see if on my laid-back holiday, where I won’t necessarily have a chance to make fresh juices and smoothies daily, a tablet and a pill can make a difference to my skin, as well as my sleep. To make the testing process relatively bias-free, I left all of my usual supplements at home, apart from my matcha green tea, from which I refuse to be parted, particularly as sunny holidays make me want to up my antioxidant protection of my body and skin.

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Sarah is known to be a perfectionist who doesn’t launch any product until she is happy with it, so her first supplement has truly taken years to create. It blends together 23 micro-nutrients that promise ‘to support and hydrate the skin while you relax and sleep soundly‘, so all you need to do is take one tablet and one capsule with water, before you go to bed – I took mine an hour or so before going to bed, with a medium-sized glass of water.

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Our skin is a reflection of many things, so if you daily diet is rubbish, you are stressed, you don’t drink enough water and lack sleep, all of those factors will contribute to lacklustre appearance. I am not going to say that a supplement will sort all of the voes, but I believe in small changes that lead to a big shift, hence my curiosity and willingness to try this supplement.

You can see the nutritional information on the box image below, but a tablet and a capsule, jointly provide a daily serving of the following: Vitamin A (antioxidant which benefits eyes & new cell growth),

Riboflavin,

Niacin,

Vitamin B6 & B12 ( it helps with metabolic process in our body, as well as assists hormone production ),

Biotin,

Folic Acid,

Vitamin C ( multi purpose antioxidant, which is immunity and brightness boosting),

Vitamin D3 (important for immunity and bones),

natural Vitamin E (anti-oxidant, which protects skin matrix, nerves & muscles),

Magnesium,

Zinc ( helps to heal the skin, as well as regulate production of sebum ),

Copper (a natural building block for collagen and elastin),

Selenium,

Iodine derived from Kelp,

Hops,

Lutein (assists skin hydration),

Lycoprene,

Silica (derived from Horsetail & synthetic; helps to strengthen and build up collagen ),

Flaxseed Oil,

Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil,

Hyaluronic Acid,

Choline,

CoEnzyme Q10 (anti-oxidant, helps when you are tired and working out hard at the gym – sadly we produce less of it as we age ),

Lavender,

Resveratrol (antioxidant) and

Omega Oil from Flaxseed & Seabuckthorn Fruit Source ( incl. Alpha Linolenic Acid/Omega 3, Linoleic Acid/Omega 6 and Oleic Acid /Omega 9; help improve luminosity and smoothness of the skin).

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One of Sarah’s best-selling products is called Overnight Facial and is has a very loyal following among women of different ages ( personally I prefer her Morning Facial which makes my skin so dewy, I happily leave home with no foundation or BB cream on ). In a way this supplement was created to partner the Overnight Facial, fusing together skincare and nutrition, so Sarah consulted Victoria Health co-founder Shabir Daya, who is widely known and respected in the industry, in order to find optimum ways to help our skin and body to repair, revive and renew itself more effectively, while we sleep.

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As I regularly spend too many hours of my work day in front of my computer, as well as on Social Media, I know that it makes my body more high-wired, so a combination of Magnesium, Vitamin B6 & 12, as well as Lavender and Hops ( I wonder if it hails from Britain ? ) definitely contributed to my overall feeling of peacefulness. After taking the supplement for about three weeks I also noticed that my sleep was deeper and I woke up feeling more refreshed. Yes, I was on a sunny holiday, having fun with family and friends, but I did go to bed late as well, so I would say that to me the improvement was innately felt and much appreciated.

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Another somewhat negative thing that I will admit to, is that not always did I drink enough water, once I was away from the sea and the beach, even though I know that the sun & the sea can be both damaging and drying for the skin, but again, I was greatly supported by those two daily pills, in part thanks to Hyaluronic Acid, Lutein and Seabuckthorn ( being Russian I love this brightly orange and very potent berry & indulge myself in the summer and in autumn with steaming pots of seabuckthorn tea with honey ).

I returned home relaxed, sun-tanned ( slathering myself daily with an SPF 50, mind you ) and happy. My hair was sun-streaked and my skin glowed. Did my holiday contribute to it? Without a doubt, but I also have to thank Skinesis supplement because it made up for my faults and short-comings, working overnight and hopefully undoing some of my sins, like not drinking enough water. A pill will never undo the damage from a bad diet and poor lifestyle choices, but taking a high-quality supplement can contribute to beauty changes from inside out. According to Shabir ‘supplements containing hyaluronic acid & EFA-rich facial oils will have a plumping effect on the skin. They are also one of the most important anti-ageing supplements’. At a time when we are bombarded with advertisements of supplements, this one whispers softly and helps you look and feel better, as well as have reduced damaging effect of daily free radical exposure in the most wonderfully subtle way.

Skinesis Overnight facial Supplement, 30 tablets & 30 capsules, £46

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Sarah Chapman’s flagship store and Skinesis clinic

To fulfil one’s dream, especially if you dream big, takes time but it is encouraging and inspiring to see someone succeed, especially if you have admired what and how they do it over the years.  Recently I was lucky to be given a private tour of Sarah Chapman‘s global flagship store and new Skinesis clinic which opened right in the heart of Chelsea – it is a calm and heavenly oasis that takes the concept of modern beauty to a new level.

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Located in the quiet enclave of Pavillion Road, in place of what used to be a ground floor children’s store, now it is a 3,000sq/ft space, split between retail and consultation space on the ground floor and seven room treatment clinic upstairs.

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When you enter the store, all high ceilings and lots of light, you are welcomed by the smiling & chic staff ( personally  I appreciate both male and female perspective on skincare & products & your other half might benefit from advice as well, if he comes with you or on his own), who will happily guide you to the area of your choosing, depending on your needs.

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There is a Theory Bar ( you can sit, talk, apply the products and learn the best techniques and tips ). In the future Skinesis dermal experts will host masterclass sessions on subjects like cleansing, using Sarah’s unique experience and application methods. Armed with the right skincare products and tips, you will go home where you will skilfully look after your skin, making sure it looks healthy and beautiful, irrespective of your age. There are also iPad stations, in case you come with kids or your companion, so they will be entertained while you have some ‘me-time’.

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The Hub focusses on the diagnostic of your skin and includes educational and tutorial space. You can also watch Sarah’s video tutorials – her massage technique is heavenly and makes your skin glow but I do wish my fingers were as effortlessly nimble as hers ! Vista machine will scan your face ( this service is complimentary ) and give you an indication of the true state of your skin, including pigmentation, spots, texture, wrinkles, pores, sun damage etc. and a consultant will be able to recommend a personalised skincare regiment based on your results. Images will be saved, so when you come back again, you will be able to compare results and choose the best skincare strategy for you in the moment in time.

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Fancy a pit stop for instantly glowing and radiant skin? Then Skin-Glow LED Light Pod is for you. It is positioned at the back on the store, on the left, behind the staircase and you will experience its rejuvenating qualities or treat problematic skin (each 30 minute session includes a ten minute skin consultation and cleansing, followed by a 20-minute light therapy – if you are lucky you can have a walk-in appointment but it’s not a bad idea to book it in advance ). Just across from the pod area there is an interactive ‘Discovery Zone’ with shelves displaying ‘Sarah’s Edit‘ – non-Skinesis products, like supplements or tools, that Sarah recommends. There is also a large video screen with Sarah’s YoutTube tutorials & product tips. If you are lucky, you might even see Sarah in-store, giving advice between her clients appointments.

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Now, to Sarah’s piece de la resistance, the Clinic. Go up the sweeping staircase and emerge, feeling like Cinderella ready for the ball, after the treatment. There are six treatment rooms upstairs, all benefitting from natural skyline light and a cutting-edge laser therapy room. If you are lucky, you might be booked in with Sarah ( she is famously discreet but her waiting list is a long one & deservedly so, as she has a wise and experienced head on her shoulders, beautiful skin, which is a true testament to her work & lifestyle and a calming demeanour ), otherwise you get a treatment with a dermal therapist trained by Sarah or skilled practitioners, if you fancy a treatment like Botox or dermal fillers.

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While the area downstairs is modern, welcoming and cool, upstairs you experience calmer vibes & get to treat your skin from the inside out as well, with the help of herbal teas displayed for your choosing on a beautiful Art deco trolley.

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I had a chance to ask Sarah about what actually makes her flagship store and Skinesis clinic different to other facialists’ salons and what was the inspiration behind it (I consider this to be one of the joyous perks of my job, as I get to talk to amazingly talented people like Sarah and get a little glimpse behind the scenes ) and she was charmingly descriptive & candid when it came to her answer.

”In terms of the clinic, what makes us different is that we don’t follow a step-by-step formula. I train all my therapists to be ‘thinking therapists’, instilling in them the importance of stopping to look, think and watch, enabling them to tailor your treatment accordingly. This bespoke approach ensures that each treatment caters for exactly what & when your skin needs needs it, for truly transformative results. We also push the boundaries in our approach, using semi-medical techniques with traditional hands and machines.

From the boutique’s perspective, I wanted to mirror the work we do in treatment upstairs with an informative and hands-on approach to retail downstairs. In-store, our skincare experts can take you through a full skin diagnosis with our state of the art Visia Skin Cameras and advise you on the correct skincare approach accordingly. I wanted to be able to fully educate my clients and customers, so we designed a specialist ‘Theory Bar’ where you can enjoy a masterclass in how to use the products, an ‘Image Hub’ full of  instructional video demonstrations and a ‘Discovery Zone’ complete with interactive iPads – all of which are complimentary.

One of the biggest advantages in this new phase of Sarah Chapman London is the space we have,  with flexibility of services that I can now offer my clients. We are now able to offer ‘drop-in’ treatments, which is something I have wanted to offer for a long time but our previous treatment rooms were always at full capacity. Now, you can stop into the Boutique and enjoy a 20 minute Dermalux LED Collagen Therapy ahead of an event or perhaps just for an extra boost, with our state of the art ‘Skinglow LED Light Pod’.

I want to give all my clients and customers the confidence that comes with beautifully healthy skin, offering the means to achieve this through accessibility, be it in treatments, products, education or expertise. I always strive to push the boundaries of skincare, always offering the latest technology and innovation creatively and effectively, so I hope that my flagship Skinesis Clinic and Boutique will become the definitive destination for all your skins needs.”

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Sarah collaborated with award-winning Architects and Designers Studio RHE who managed to harness her approach to skincare & reflect them through elegant designer detailing. Admiring light features, antique mirror finishes & sensuous textures you can’t help but breath out and relax even before you are lead away to your treatment room.

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However we often judge the space by smaller, finer details and I think only a woman can think of a little room, where one can fix make-up discretely after a treatment, before emerging triumphantly into the world from a soothing and relaxing cocoon. On that note, when are YOU planning to visit Sarah’s store & clinic?

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 Sarah Chapman London & Skinesis Clinic

259 Pavillion Road, Sloan Square, London, SW1X 0BP

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Sarah Chapman’s Sculpting Body Massager

With the sun finally gracing us with its presence, out come summer clothes, lighter skin/bodycare textures and more exposed silhouettes, forcing us to urgently re-think out beauty & fitness strategies and this is where Sarah Chapman, a beautiful & wise fairy godmother comes in, with her recently launched

Skinesis Sculpting
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Eye Roll-On

One often gets very confusing advice about the eye area. Some people suggest ‘tapping’ the cream into the area, some say that the cream ends up creating under-eye bags, which we all want removed later in life, but the question remains-how do you look after the under the eye area?

Generally I tend to put a tiny amount and gently tap it on (I rate very highly Caudalie’s contour cream eye & lips for the morning, Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis eye recovery for the night and

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