Quick Q&A with Victoria - our facial skin expert
I spend my days answering questions about skin from my clients, mostly about their face, either during consultations or facial and aesthetic treatments.
So here are some of the most common questions and concerns that I come across.
How can I stop my face from looking shiny?
For this I would advise using a gentle cleanser, followed by a toner to prepare your skin to absorb your moisturiser. You can also try blotting paper during the day to capture any excess oil.
Regular monthly facials are a great way of keeping your skin in good condition. Our facials include cleansing, toning, exfoliation, facial massage, mask and moisturiser. I also use heat treatment for some facials and add an upper-body massage for that extra relaxation.
I have red patches on skin from blemishes - how can I reduce the redness?
To reduce redness, start by using a high SPF sunscreen daily. Ensure that you use gentle sensitive skin products to avoid any further damage.
If the red patches are a real concern, monthly dermaplaning treatment has been known to make a difference. This is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layer of your skin with an exfoliating blade, bringing to the surface a much brighter, smoother appearance.
Dermaplaning can also help with acne scars, dry or dull skin, fine lines or sun damage. This treatment removes peach fuzz, reducing soft short hair on the face and other debris, which may be dimming your natural glow.
I suffer from acne, what can I do about this?
It is hard for me to give a generic answer to this question. Usually when I carry out a thorough consultation for clients with acne, I recommend an acne facial every six months and we monitor progress in order to adapt the facials and gain the best results.
It is important to use a very deep cleanser when tackling acne.
My skin is very dry - what do you recommend?
I would recommend using a strong hydrating cleanser, hydrating toner, hydrating serum, and hydrating moisturiser. Try a facial oil (preferably vitamin C serum), as well as sunscreen and eye cream.
I would also recommend a hydrating facial every 1-2 months to give your skin a thorough cleanse and boost.
My skin looks dull - what can I do to help?
At home, make sure that you cleanse, tone and moisturise daily. Exfoliating your skin regularly can also help to achieve a brighter look.
For dull skin I recommend a rejuvenating facial to help brighten the skin. When I carry out a consultation for clients with this concern, we choose from hydrating facial, rebalancing facial or calming facial depending on their skin type.
I've got puffy bags under my eyes - how do I get rid of them?
Depending on whether this is long-term or recent, there are things you can try, such as eye masks and addressing your sleep and hydration patterns.
The Javel treatment tackles this issue also. This is a hyaluronic acid moisturising treatment which is injected into the top dermis of the skin to replenish lost hydration and stimulate the collagen and elasticity of the skin.
I’ve got deep lines around my eyes - is there anything I can do without using anti-wrinkle injections?
More rest, facial exercises and a good eye cream can help. I also offer free anti-wrinkle consultations.
For really deep lines around the eyes, anti-wrinkle injections will provide the most effective results. During the consultation we can discuss any worries or concerns you have about treatments involving injections and there is absolutely no obligation during the consultation to go through with the treatment.
I’m curious about anti-wrinkle injections but: what are they?
Anti-wrinkle injections block certain chemical signals from the nerves that will temporarily relax the muscles which eases wrinkles. This procedure can be virtually painless and is very quick. The result? A more youthful appearance.
I also offer a Profhilo® treatment, which is 5 injections on each side of the face to boost the skin's hydration and collagen levels, offering a more youthful appearance and glowing skin. This contains a unique level of Hyaluronic Acid (a naturally occurring substance in our bodies responsible for maintaining moisture within our skin), which helps to encourage the production of collagen and elastin across the skin.
What if it goes wrong?
If you are considering anti-wrinkle injections or aesthetic treatments of any kind, make sure that you go to a trained professional.
I am fully trained in facials and aesthetics, prior to which I was a nurse. You can see my profile and qualifications on the Rest salon website.
With anti-wrinkle injections, all results are temporary and following a thorough consultation with each client, I do my best to ensure they achieve the look they are after.
Will my face be frozen?
No, because we're just targeting certain areas on the face.
After anti-wrinkle injections, you may be left with temporary, small red marks around the injection site and headaches may occur when the anti-wrinkle medication starts to relax the muscles.
I want a natural look - can I achieve this?
Yes - this is possible and can be discussed in the consultation. Most clients want a natural, untouched look, that looks healthy and youthful, without looking overdone.
What if I’ve got fear of needles?
I have treated clients with worries about needles and I am very patient. I go slowly and take it at their pace, nothing is rushed and there's plenty of time in consultations to talk through any worries.
Will other people be able to tell?
People shouldn’t be able to tell that you've had an anti-wrinkle treatment. My clients say that people tell them they ‘look well’ or ’younger’.
What should I do after having anti-wrinkle injections?
I hand out an aftercare sheet and offer advice at the end of each session. There is also a free catch-up session two weeks after the treatment to see how you are finding the results.