Look out for details of our next event x.
We are also pleased to announce we now stock the delicious probiotic health drink 🍹 🙌🏼 ❤️
We have 3 flavours in stock
* Ginger & Lime
* Orange Hibiscus
PJ Kombucha is a living, unpasteurised, probiotic health drink. The beneficial effects of Kombucha have been reported to include a improved immune system, increased energy, detoxification, digestive support and more. If you’d like to find out more, message us today xx
The latest episode of Dear Helen is here….
This week we cover PDO Threads
Don’t forget to get in touch if you have a question for Helen.
This December we have a fantastic Christmas Advent Calendar promotion taking place on our facebook page.
From the 1st to the 24th of December we will have a different offer every day.
These offers will only be available to 3 lucky people, and the offer will only be revealed on the day.
Every day at 12 noon we will post the offer on our Facebook Page. It will look like this….
How do you get a chance to claim one of these exciting offers you ask? Well, all you need to do is follow us on Facebook and be in the first 3 to comment on the relevant offer.
It’s that simple, so join us on facebook this festive season and make sure you’re checking our page regularly.
The small print:
You must be over 25 years of age. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with our finance products. You must book your appointment for January or February 2018. Dermal fillers are not included in this promotion. A deposit must be paid to secure the booking of your appointment.
The latest Dear Helen video is now live! This week we discuss Plasma Blast treatments.
Don’t forget to get in touch if you have a question for Helen.
A little while ago, I was sitting in a large meeting and one of my colleagues appeared with significant scabs under his eyes. He’s not a chap with a particular reputation for cage fighting or street brawling, so it raised eyebrows… After the meeting, he told me he’d had an allergic reaction to some eye drops the optician had used, during a contact lens trial. Remember this excuse; it may come in useful for you, too!
I had agreed to be Helen’s guinea pig on her plasma blast training course. I liked the idea of being a guinea pig. I had even practised squeaking, and eating hay. Turns out, I needed none of those things. I just needed to lie down, and bring my wrinkles. I had plenty of those!
The training course was in Warrington, and I spent a happy morning pootling around a shopping mall, drinking coffee and people watching – there are a lot of very orange people in Warrington…
At lunchtime, I returned to the college and Helen came downstairs to inspect my wrinkles. I had deep sleep scars on my forehead, ex-smoker’s lines around my mouth, a whole flock of crow’s feet and a significantly hooded right eyelid. Helen thought she might have time to have a go at most of them, and so she smothered me in anaesthetic cream, and I was on my own for 45 minutes, while my face (metaphorically) froze.
Upstairs, face frozen, I was laid on a bed – Helen even provided a pillow, and a very attractive white disposable mop cap to keep my unruly hair out of the way. The experience couldn’t have been more relaxing! I was, I’ll admit, a little nervous – Helen is always very steady handed, and I’ve had a number of procedures done by her – including tattooed eyeliner, which really does require a high level of trust and confidence! But even still, we were working in some sensitive areas. Helen started with my upper lip, as that’s the most sensitive area of the face. The work was quick and interesting – I felt nothing more than a little ‘ping’ of sensation with each application of the pen (which never really touches your skin). On a pain scale of 1-10, I’d say it was no more than a 4 at the very most. There is an very distinct smell of burning – I guess the singeing hair – but otherwise, nothing very remarkable. Helen worked on 4 deep creases on my upper lip, and then moved to my crow’s feet.
The crow’s feet were also very comfortable; very quick and not at all painful. Next, she worked on my eyelid. This was a little more sensitive, although I think a lot of my sensitivity was psychological – the thought of a burny thing working on my eyelid was very weird. Helen worked on quite a wide area of my eyelid, and then moved on to the sleep scars on my forehead.
When she had finished, the areas Helen had worked on were covered in tiny little pale brown dots. But apart from that, there was really nothing remarkable. What was immediately obvious was that my eyelid had lifted. Even with the mild swelling following the procedure, the eyelid was much less droopy than it had been.
Helen ran through the after-care – keep it dry, don’t pick, use aloe vera, basically – and off we went.
The healing process was interesting. It was, in all, about 8 days before the scabs finally fell off. I am an inveterate picker, but I was super disciplined about not picking these scabs – nobody wants scars on their face, right? It was hard to keep the eyelid dry; the scabs were right in the crease, and it was the height of the hottest summer in 20 years. The eyelid was just moist at the end of every day – but it dried out afresh each night. Having a dry, stiff scab on your eyelid is an interesting sensation.
The scabs on my lip were the first to fall off, and the results were incredibly impressive. I’ve gone from having a top lip that Hilda Ogden would have been proud of, to a smooth, flat upper lip. If you’re considering lip treatment, I’d say go for it!! It works a treat. The only real learning I’d pass on to you is: wax your lip before you go for treatment. The combination of scabbing and a moustache is not an attractive one – even if you are the only one who notices it!
Next to go were the crow’s feet scabs. These areas are perhaps the most impressive of all. My partner has only just stopped marvelling at the smoothness of my under eye area – the plasma pen result has been almost miraculous! The scabs left no redness – not picking really is the key, here, and I genuinely have lost at least 30 years from my upper cheekbone.
The eyelid healed next, and then the forehead. The eyelid is significantly better than it was – for the first time in my life, both sides of my face are the same! It’s a remarkable change. The forehead has also healed well, although the sleep scars aren’t completely eradicated – they were by far the deepest marks on my face, and I do still sleep with my face pressed into a pillow. They’re radically improved, but not quite gone.
The most significant lesson I would pass on to you would be this: the healing is only about 8 days long, but it’s significant. On days 2 and 3 (and possibly even 4) the swelling will be significant, and the scabs are very obvious. If you can, take time off work and take the opportunity to hole up somewhere. I was surprised how much it got to me, having people stare and ask what had happened. If you can’t take time off work, big shades are your friend! I lived in huge sunglasses and made full use of my full fringe!
Was it worth it? Yes, it absolutely was! Would I do it again? Yup. No hesitation. It’s a seriously impressive procedure.
Would I recommend you contact Helen and ask her to do it for you? I honestly can’t think of anybody I would rather trust with my face than Helen. She knows what she’s doing; she takes the time to understand you, and what’s important to you; she is kind, gentle and careful. You couldn’t be in better hands.
The new generation of chemical peels are all about skin remodelling, and can be used to treat everything from dark spots and wrinkles to acne and rosacea
Chemical peels pretty much do what they say on the tin. Apply acid solution, lift away dead skin cells. Job done.
Except, if you’re going to the right salon (pssst, like mine!), then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. At Helen Taylor Aesthetics, we’re all about smart peels, rather than harsh ones. Skin remodelling is the hot new buzz term in beauty, and here’s why.
In the past, skin peels simply attacked the top layers of the face to reveal younger skin beneath. Now, thanks to new more sophisticated formulations, the emphasis is on treating the skin from the inside out, with acids that work deep within the dermis, rather than irritating the surface of the skin. Bear with me – here comes the science…
Enerpeels use a unique patented carrier technology that means the peeling agents (acids to you and I) aren’t activated until they’ve penetrated the dermal layer. Not only does this mean the results are more controlled (less reddening and swelling, for starters), it also means we can introduce other helpful ingredients into the formulations to treat your specific needs.
I see a lot of clients for acne, which responds well to peels. The benefit of Enerpeels is that we can use a mixture of different acids to exfoliate the skin on a deep level, and reduce scarring – but also add anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents into the formulation to treat the acne itself. If wrinkles are an issue, then nourishing anti-ageing ingredients can also be given alongside your peel. For rosacea – another condition that responds well to peels – anti-reddening agents can be used to calm the complexion and tackle the root cause of the issue. In other words, a bespoke treatment that’s perfectly tailored to your skin. Now that’s my kind of cocktail!
Stay skin smart!
There comes a time in every woman’s life when she looks in the mirror and sees her mother staring back at her. It’s not always a bad thing – after all, most of our mother’s had beautiful skin, thanks to lower pollution levels and a diet containing less processed foods. But there’s something about the appearance of those first few lines that is so reminiscent of the woman who raised us that it makes us feel… well, old. Older than we feel, anyway.
Unlike our mothers’ generation, however, there are now plenty of minimally invasive procedures available to take years off the face and keep us looking like the daughters in the dynamic.
Take the thread lift, for example; just one of the advanced aesthetic procedures I perform. More and more women are discovering just how effective this can be for rejuvenating the appearance – and, unlike the drastic ‘wind-tunnel-effect’ face-lifts of our mothers’ day, there’s not a single scalpel involved.
Using local anaesthetic, micro-needles are painlessly inserted, then withdrawn to leave tiny threads in place beneath the skin. These give an instant lifting effect, but also encourage collagen to form tiny tubes around them, so the benefits get even better over time. In fact, the results can last up to three years – not bad considering the whole thing can be done in less time than it takes you to get your roots done. You can read more about the procedure HERE.
If you’re a mum yourself, investing in your skin is a lovely way to pat yourself on the back for all your hard work. And if you’re feeling super generous, you could always book a treatment for your own Mum while you’re at it! You were probably the cause of many of those lines on her brow, after all…
Happy Mothers Day!