Exfoliate for brighter skin

Exfoliate for a brighter skin

Exfoliation is important for the health of your skin, whether you have break-out prone skin which has blocked pores and spots, ageing skin, dry or dehydrated skin, or sensitive and pigmented skin.

Regular exfoliation will help with all these skin conditions leaving your skin smoother, rejuvenated and brighter.

Choosing the right one can be confusing so I will make this easier for you. There are 3 key types of exfoliating products,

  1. Physical – This type of exfoliator includes exfoliating grit in it that removes the loose skin cells from the top layer of the skin. These may contain ingredeints such as Rice Extract or Corn Cob Meal. Good for normal skin and teenage acne prone skin with blackheads and spots.
  2. Chemical – This type of exfoliator works at a deeper level, breaking down the cellular glue around the skin cells, the products may contain Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid or Fruit Acids

    such as Prickly Pear Cactus. This type is good for ageing and pigmented skin.

  3. Physical and Chemical – These exfoliators contain both for a superficial and deeper exfoliation. These exfoliators contain a blend of Physical and Chemical, a good example is Dermalogica’s Daily Resurfacer. This type is good for an ageing, pigmented skin type.



The use of a brush will further the exfoliating process and electric brushes can increase the cleansing and exfoliating process by six times.


I would recommend using an exfoliator 6 days of the week and then one day have a more intense exfoliation.


Be careful and avoid using on pustular spots, sensitve or sunburnt skin, and avoid chemical exfoliators if breastfeeding. Always follow the instrctions on the packaging. For more infomation and advice visit my website www.lorrainehart.co.uk


Thanks x

5 important aspects of treating ageing skin

5 important aspects of treating ageing skin

Understanding the many products and ingredients available to treat ageing skin can be very confusing and often intimidating!

I suggest you look for products that address 5 important aspects of treating the skin.
1. Products that Quenches Free Radicals (unstable molecules that break down collagen and elastin)
2. Inhibits MMP’S (Matrix Metalloproteinase,) these degrade our collagen and elastin
3. Ingredients to Stimulate cell renewal and cell turnover, this slows as we age.
4. Stimulates collagen synthesis remember we are losing 1% of collagen from our dermis every year after our 30th birthday!
5. Hydrate and reinforce the barrier lipid layer that protects our tissues and skin that keeps the lower layers nicely

Dermalogica have formulated the AGE smart™ to address all of these aspects.

AGE Smart® contains scientifically advanced ingredients proven to impact the major biochemical reactions that contribute to skin ageing before they start, so your skin is left smoother, firmer and healthier. The advanced ingredients used in the AGE Smart® segment include:

  • Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide: a peptide that acts as a sugar trap, binding sugars in the body to itself to prevent the formation of AGEs.
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5: stimulates collagen synthesis, helps firm skin and overrides the effects of MMPs. Activates Tissue Growth Factor (TGF), a peptide that is required in its active state for collagen production to occur.
  • Glucosamine: controls the formation of AGEs, stimulates formation of Hyaluronic Acid and collagen and helps control agerelated hyperpigmentation.
  • Yeast Extract: helps stimulate wound healing, collagen formation and increases oxygen utilization in skin.
  • Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose): oil that conditions skin, restoring softness and suppleness.
  • Colloidal Oatmeal and Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew): help calm irritated skin.
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf: rich in polyphenols; protects against free radical damage (ROS), fights the formation of AGEs and inhibits MMPs.
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: stabilised Vitamin C derivative and antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and neutralises Free Radicals generated as a result of UV exposure; stimulates collagen biosynthesis.
  • UGL Complex (Glucosamine HCl, Urea, Yeast Extract and Algae Extract): exfoliates and smoothes skin surface, firms tissue reducing appearance of photoaged skin. Helps establish a better barrier to maintain hydrated tissues (stimulates involucrin that binds ceramides).
  • Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract: fights bags and under eye dark circles while strengthening blood capillaries and increasing blood mircrocirculation. Reinforces structural support tissue to maintain skin firmness. Contains Esculin and Fraxin, two components that decrease permeability of capillaries and provide antioxidant benefits, to prevent breakdown of hemoglobin (dark colour under eye area).
  • Caffeine: helps address redness and puffiness by constricting capillaries.
  • Niacinamide: stimulates collagen synthesis while reinforcing barrier function of epidermis. Helps strengthen blood vessels to avoid leakage of fluid


AGE Smart® is the intelligent investment in your future skin.


Simple put, sensitive skin hurts!

Sensitive, red, irritated skin is a frustrating disruption to everyday life. You’re are not alone: up to 90% of the population perceives their own skin sensitive. But, do you really have sensitive skin? or is your skin sensitised, meaning the itching, redness and sensitivity is a result or environmental assaults? Take a look at the differences between these two conditions that share a similar result.

sensitive skin . . .

  • Those who have very fair skin and are usually of Northern European ancestry have a genetic predisposition towards sensitive skin. this could be caused by the lower amount of pigment and thinner epidermal layer, allowing for easier access of potentially- irritating ingredients.
  • People with sensitive skin have more histamine readily produced in the body. The result is a more hypersensitive skin, waiting to react at any opportunity.

versus sensitised skin . . . 

  • Sensitized skin isn’t caused by a genetic predisposition. It can affect anyone, any age, of any race who is exposed to environmental assaults.

and what they have in common.

  • Symptoms and triggers are the same for these conditions, as both experience itching, burning, dryness, flushing and stinging.

Sensitive and sensitized skins suffer from a weekend lipid barrier that’s unable to shield against assaults that increase moisture loss and skin dehydration. Dehydrated skin cells function poorly and skin’s immunity weakens, creating a higher risk for skin diseases (rocacea, eczema, psoriasis) and infection from irritants that contribute to skin sensitization.

Some of the Dermalogica Products suggested for your SENSITIVE SKIN may include:

  • UltraCalming Cleanser – Gentle gel/cream removes impurities without stripping the skin
  • UltraCalmimg Mist – A soothing, hydrating mist that quickly relieves sensitivity.
  • UltraCalming Relief Masque – Soothing masque for relief of Sensitization, redness and flare-ups.
  • UltraCalming Serum Concentrate – The calming, restoring antidote for stressed, sensitized skin.
  • Barrier Repair – Unique anhydrous (waterless) moistuizer fortifies and shields against assault.

Bright, Sparkly Party Season Skin

Its the party season and time to get our party clothes on. I want to help you achieve the most amazing bright, sparkly skin, to help you look fantastic for the party season. Here are my top 10 tips.


1. Double Cleanse your skin! –  Many people have poor cleansing habits and only spend a few seconds rubbing round their skin and then splashing with water. But cleansing is a vital step in skin health, so dedicating a whole minute  or two on your daily cleansing routine will reap you great rewards with beautiful skin. Cleanse twice the first one removes superficial dirt, grime and make-up and the second cleanse results in squeaky clean skin.

Remember to cleanse into the hair line, around the ears and down the neck, focusing on congestion if you have it.
2. Tone the Skin – Its essential to remove all traces and residue of your cleanser as it can cause the skin to congest, break out and/or become irritated. It is also the first step of hydration for the skin. Put on dry cotton wool and wipe in sweeping movements up the skin. Remember the neck too.

3. Exfoliate  – Regular exfoliation will improve the texture and brighten the skin. Its particularly good to do before a special occasion. As our skin cells renew, old surface skin cells harden and lose moisture, creating a dull, lacklustre appearance that can cause clogging and congestion. And as we age, damaged, contaminated cells don’t always fall from the skin. Exfoliation reveals newer cells for a fresher and healthier appearance. There are two types physical which use friction to remove the dead skin cells, though  the use of a tool such as a brush, or sponge, or a gentle abrasive (such as corn Cob Meal or Rice Bran or Oatmeal) The other method is chemical which dissolves the intercellular ‘glue’ that attaches cells to the surface. Hydroxy acids, Salicilyic Acid, Retinol and enzymes (proteins that break the chemical bonds of older cells and ‘digest’ them) are a few examples of chemical exfoliants. Sometimes they can be a mixture of the two. Remember the neck too!

4. Moisturise and Hydrate – Moisturising the skin is essential for a healthy glowing skin, but you will need to determine your skin type,is it dry, oily or a combination? Both dry and dehydrated skin can experience irritation and itchiness. A feeling of tightness or tautness, a look or feel of roughness. It may also have slight to severe flaking and scaling, fine lines, cracks that can sometimes bleed and look red. Oily skin is shiny in appearance and can often be accompanied by spots, and blackheads. Dehydrated skin is not a skin type but condition that can affect all skin types, it lacks water so the best way to treat a dehydrated skin is to exfoliate and introduce products that are rich in moisture and contains humectants, such as cross linked Hyaluronic Acid. Dry skin on the other hand requires products containing more oil. Oily skin will need Oil free products but still may be dehydrated so you will still need to use a moisturiser. Remember the neck too!

5. Use an Eye Cream – Always use an eye cream as this area tends to be more dry than the rest of the skin due to the lack of sebaceous glands and can show signs of ageing quicker. Therefore a nourishing eye cream is essential and will feed and hydrate the delicate skin area, using one with an SPF is even better to protect the skin.

6. Masks – Using a mask before any party or special occasion is a great pick me up for the skin, many will contain essential oils and vitamins to treat, soothe and hydrate the skin. But be sure to choose one suited to  your skin type/condition. Put it on a few hours before going out, leave on for 10 minutes then wash off, remember to tone afterwards.

7. Make- Up Primers – Priming the skin with a skin primer helps prepare the skin for the make-up. Think of a primer before painting wood. It will smooth the skin, filling in any irregularities  and smoothing out the texture creating a perfect canvas for the make over.

8. Sheer Tint or Foundation – Choose either a sheer tint which gives a light wash of colour or a foundation that has more coverage. Choose  products that are the right colour for your skin tone, always try it out on your jaw line not your wrist as the skin colour will be different, never go paler than you are as this will create an aged look! Ensure your products, moisturise the skin, and do not contain Artificial Colours, Artificial, fragrances, S.D Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Lanolin or PABA all of these nasty ingredients can irritate and cause congestion and breakouts in the skin.

9. Spritz the skin – Spritzing the skin with a toner after the application of make-up will help seal your make up, helping it stay on for longer. Hold the spritzer at arms length and use one with a fine spray.

10. Professional Skin Care Treatment – Last but by no means least book in to see a  Professional Skin Care Therapist who can do a skin analysis for you and recommend treatments and products to suit your skins needs. Many people falsely believe that skin care is not a necessity but rather a luxury. But skin is the largest living organ we have and its function is to protect us be the ‘top coats’ of our bodies – it deserves to be kept as healthy and vital as possible.

So there you have it bright, sparkly skin all set for the party season. Have fun!!

What can I do about my dry, dehydrated skin?

Dry, dehydrated skin can be temporary, or a lifelong concern

Dry skin can be genetically determined, or can be a products of an increasingly stressful lifestyle coupled with continual exposure to the sun, wind and chemicals in the environment. It can also be caused by inappropriate products on the skin.

dry, or dehydrated?

Dry skin, or allipoid skin, generally refers to skin that is lacking in oil. Dehydrated skin is characterised by lack of moisture in the Stratum Corneum.

Oily skin can experience dehydration. As mentioned, dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. This means sebaceous oil activity can still be normal or even overactive in dehydrated skin.

Both dry and dehydrated skin can experience:

  • irritation, inflammation and itchiness
  • a feeling of tightness or tautness
  • a look of feel of roughness
  • slight to severe flaking and scaling
  • fine lines, cracks that can sometimes bleed and severe rednes

One of the biggest consequences is an increase in sensitivity, as dryness and dehydration are precursors to sensitised skin.

The top three causes of dry, dehydrated skin

1.Intrinsic Ageing – Intrinsic ageing is the normal process of physical change over time that’s more about genetics than lifestyle. (Lifestyle-induced ageing is known as premature ageing.) Activity of the sebaceous glands responsible for oil secretions tend to decrease with age, and the skin’s natural hydrators decline over the years. Ageing also may cause blood flow to the skin to decrease, causing a drop in sebum production.

2.Weather/Envirnonment Elements – Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from the skin, which is why sunburnt skin requires more moisturisation than unexposed areas. Likewise, cold winds, air conditioning units, forced air heating and low temperatures can also dry out skin, contributing to premature ageing.

3.Lifestyle – The trend of fat-free diets can deprive our bodies of skin-friendly Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). This deficiency can result in chronic itching, dryness, scaling, thinning, and can lead to an imbalance in prostoglandins (chemical messengers that do more things, such as control inflammation)

Excess intake of alcoholic beverages and certain medications (such as nasal decongestants) can also contribute to dry skin.

Proper treatment for results

Professional skin treatments can deliver immediate relief to dry or dehydrated skin while improving texture and tone. Before beginning, Skin analysis will be performed using the Dermalogica Face Mapping technique. This is a zone-by-zone skin analysis to determine is skin is dry or dehydrated, then create a customised treatment around your specific needs that very day.

  • Overuse of moisturisers can contribute to dead skin build up, clogged pores and a lacklustre appearance. Professional exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and debris, helping to bring newer cells to the surface while prepping skin for subsequent product application.

A consistent home care regimen prescribed by your skin therapist will dramatically impact the health of your skin. Along with your regimen, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Do not use hot water when cleansing
  • Perform gentle, upward circles with the hands when cleansing, applying moisturiser or SPF, etc.
  • Steer clear of products with artificial fragrances, colours and S.D. alcohol.
  • Be aware of hormones, stress levels, and alcohol and nicotine intake, as these will affect dryness of skin.

Some of the Dermalogica products suggested for dry, dehydrated skin may include:

  • Essential Cleansing Solution
  • Daily Microfoliant
  • Multi-Active Toner
  • Skin Hydrating Toner
  • Skin Hydrating Masque
  • Skin Hydrating Booster
  • Extra Firming Booster
  • Super Rich Repair
  • Overnight Repair Serum

Adult acne

Q: What’s causing my breakouts?

A: There are many causes behind the formation of breakouts.

Stress, excess oil, excess skin cells, bacteria, hormonal fluctuations, and genetics are all factors that can contribute to acne.

Working with your professional skin therapist, you can help control the factors that contribute to acne. Through your Face Mapping® skin analysis and professional treatment and prescription, your professional skin therapist can help regulate sebaceous glands, promote exfoliation to help shed skin cells to prevent clogging of the follicle, kill acne-causing bacteria, reduce stress, and help soothe inflammation associated with breakouts.

Q: Does milk cause acne?

A: This is another misinterpretation: milk doesn’t trigger acne or breakouts. It’s the hormones produced by cows that are found in milk that can actually over stimulate oil glands and cause overproduction of oil.

As cows that give milk are pregnant most of their lives, the natural hormones that occur during pregnancy are found in the milk you drink. The reason that milk products cause acne is because milk contains hormones that “turn on” oil glands. It is not yet known if hormones injected into cows cause any difference in the level of natural hormones in milk.

Q: Does toothpaste really dry breakouts?

A: No it does not it’s the opposite.

New information actually reveals that toothpaste can stimulate breakouts on your chin and around the mouth. Dermatologists say that heavily flavored toothpaste, or toothpaste with high levels of fluoride, can cause breakouts to arise.

Q: I have oily skin. Why do I need a moisturizer?

A: Moisturisers are vital to every skin care regimen, regardless of skin condition.

An oily skin can be dehydrated, and will need hydration from a moisturizer: this is because dehydration is a lack of water in the skin layers, not a lack of oil. The activity of oil glands can still be normal, or even overactive, in a dehydrated skin. Often times, dehydration in an oily skin can also lead to higher production of oil, so keeping skin hydrated with an oil-free moisturizer can help control overactive sebaceous glands.

Q: I have a breakout right now and want it gone fast! What can I do?

A: Breakouts always tend to “pop up” when we need to put our best face forward.

If you can, make an appointment ASAP for a professional skin treatment, Face Mapping Skin Analysis will determine if your breakout is a blackhead, and can subsequently extract it.  If you have a non-blackhead breakout, it can be treated with professional treatment room tools.

If you can’t manage to have a professional treatment, treat the breakout with a topical treatment product containing Benzoyl Peroxide. If you’re allergic or hypersensitive to Benzoyl Peroxide, try a product containing Sulfur. A product containing a natural tint will also help conceal the breakout as it heals.

Q: What’s the difference between a whitehead and a blackhead?

A: Whiteheads and blackheads are considered non-inflammatory lesions A blackhead is a clogged follicle opening containing oil and dead cells.

Blackheads are not a sign of dirty, or unclean, skin.
Blackheads are blocked follicles that have an opening to the skin’s surface, making them exposed to air, triggering oxidization which makes it change in color (think how an apple turns brown after it’s been cut/exposed to oxygen).

A whitehead, also known as a closed comedone, is not open and has barely any or no exposure to air. Because air cannot reach the follicle, the debris inside the pore does not oxidize and change color.

Q: Does tanning help clear oily skin and breakouts?

A: Hear this loud and clear: tanning is never good for skin!

Baking in the sun to clear breakouts can worsen breakouts and intensify your chances of long-term scarring and hyper- pigmentation (dark spots). They may clear momentarily, but there is an increase in cells when the skin is exposed to UV and this further clogs follicle openings.

Some of the products that may be prescribed after your Face Mapping Skin Analysis, they include:

Dermalogica Medibac skin clearing washClearing skin washA naturally-foaming cleanser that helps control breakouts and excess oils Dermalogica Medibac Sebum Clearing MaskSebum clearing masquePurify and help prevent breakouts with this cooling, deep-cleaning, clay-based masque
Oil control lotionA hydrating, oil-free, feather light lotion containing MICROSPONGE® technology to help absorb oil on skin’s surface and maintain an all-day matte finish.  Dermalogica Medibac concealing spot treatmentConcealing spot treatmentConceal and help clear breakouts with this tinted spot treatment 
Dermalogica Medibac overnight clearing gelOvernight clearing gelAn overnight treatment that helps clear skin, calm inflammation, and prevent breakouts  Dermalogica Medibac special clearing boosterSpecial clearing boosterA topical treatment that helps eliminate acne-causing bacteria while accelerating breakout clearing 

For further information or to purchase these Dermalogica products visit the online shop.


Advanced Face Mapping – Chinese Diagnosis

I would like to introduce to you Face Mapping Skin Analysis; this concept was designed by The International Dermal Institute exclusively for Dermalogica. It is only through Face Mapping Skin Analysis that I can ensure the most accurate product prescription for you, my client as well as being able to offer totally customised professional treatments for targeted results.

During Face Mapping Skin Analysis your skin is looked at meticulously analysing each of the 14 zones to get an accurate reading of your skin and your concerns. During the consultation I will identify skin complaints as well as their probable cause. I will then be able to educate you and share the information, helping you understand the root cause of any problems, I will also advise you on suitable product solutions that you can use at home.

However, the root cause of skin complaints may not always become apparent during consultation and Face Mapping Skin Analysis; the skin may be manifesting an internal complaint or imbalance. When the Western skin analysis approach has been exhausted of all possibilities and you are using the correct products, I can turn to the Eastern technique of Chinese Diagnosis to try and find the information we are looking for.

In Oriental Medicine, Chinese Face Reading is a non-invasive tool that has been used for centuries in the east, often as part of medical type diagnosis. It is used to determine a patients current health status, long term health prospects, psychological and emotional profiling. The face is believed to be an indicator of health or disease, so the facial zones, skin condition, hair, eyes, skin colour and lines of the face will all show the health of the internal organs.

Treating the body both internally and externally works hand in hand. Chinese philosophies dictate that the body is like an orchestra and every organ plays its part in ensuring a healthy functioning body. If one organ is not performing well then the whole body’s harmony and internal balance will therefore be upset. These imbalances can therefore manifest on the face as various skin conditions.

Chinese diagnosis enables me to give appropriate health, lifestyle and nutritional advice to help you improve potential internal imbalances in the body. This advice along with Dermalogica homecare products can help improve your skin concerns ensuring that you achieve long-term skin results. All facials include Face Mapping Skin Analysis.

Book in for your complimentary Face Mapping Skin Analysis – Chinese Diagnosis to help you understand your skin. The session will take about 20 minutes; allow 30 minutes for the whole consultation. It will include a face chart and skin care prescription. Call now to make your booking.