Highlights from The Anti – Ageing Health & Beauty Show:
I was really lucky to be invited to visit the Anti – Ageing Health & Beauty Show at London Olympia last weekend. I was especially excited as it is an area of beauty I have a real interest in. I dragged my poor mum along too and made sure she got to try lots of the wonderful products on offer ( she loved it!!) There was a huge number of companies exhibiting at the stand ranging from skincare brands, cosmetic surgeons, makeup artists, hairdressers, cosmetics dentists, facialists, dermatologists to health and nutritionists. There were also guest speakers and live demonstrations of some amazing skincare procedures. There was literally too much for me to see in one day!
One of the key things that came out of the show for me was the use of a serum…..lots of experts were advocating the use of a serum as a key factor in the anti-ageing process, mainly due to the fact that they can penetrate the skin a lot further down than a moisturiser which tends to sit on the top of the skin.
I managed to visit some of the stands I mentioned in my preview post including the lovely Timeless Truths Facemasks, Ginvera and Cosmetics a la Carte. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see Nicky Clarke but I did see some other demonstrations. I have listed some of the highlights for me from show below:
Although not anti – ageing as such, I loved this quirky method of nail art, allowing anyone to be able to apply intricate nail art designs really easily. Nail polish is literally applied to a stencil and then a rubber used to run over the pattern which is then literally pressed on to the nail. I was amazed by how well the nail art transferred to the nail and how easily. The nail technician also let me have a go and after a couple of practises I turned in to a nail art pro…kind of! They had some great kits on offer at the show, which would make excellent gifts. Details at Nails Moyou.
I think this was my favourite stand at the show, if only because I hate my eyebrows and have tried loads of products to achieve the shape I want. I over plucked when I was younger and they have never recovered! The consultant on the stand offered me a brow makeover and I was straight in to the chair. She explained about the ‘Beautiful Brows’ product which is basically a highly pigmented powder giving a semi permanent colour to brows for up to 24 hours. She showed me the colour she would be using ‘Slate’ which alarmed me slightly as I have blonde hair and this was a deep blue/grey colour. The consultant then chose a template (sleek for me, as I have fairly thin brows) and applied this to my eyebrow before working the powder on to my brow within the template. It took seconds literally, and I was amazed at the shape afterwards. My eyebrows looked fuller and longer and basically had a proper shape for the first time in years. She then gave me a mirror so I could see her apply the colour to the other brow and see how easy it was. I was really pleased with the result and was already reaching in to my bag to get out my purse before she even told me the price (£30 incidentally, retails at £38 on the website), I was having that kit whatever!! She then did my mums brows which are literally non existent (sorry mum) and again performed a brow miracle, so that my mum was handing over the notes before she had done the other brow. I was worried that I might not be able to achieve the same effect myself. However I gave it a go this morning and sure enough perfect brows in seconds. I have been looking at their website this afternoon and there are literally hundreds of exceedingly happy customers out there writing amazing reviews. It really is worth a try if you need a bit of emphasis and shape with your brows. Full details available at Beautiful Brows
Guest Speaker: Newby Hands – Harpers Bazaar Beauty Director & FEELUNIQUE.COM Editorial Director.
I managed to catch the question and answer session from Harpers Bazaar Beauty Director Newby Hands. She has written for many different publications including The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph and has been awarded Beauty Journalist of the year several times. She spoke about her time working in the beauty industry and answered a number of questions from people attending the show. She was very honest with her answers which I liked and she also mentioned the importance of using a skin serum, which I mentioned earlier. She told the audience that she had decided to start wearing serums instead of moisturisers as they contain more concentrated ingredients and penetrate the skin deeper down than moisturisers, she certainly looked good on it!
Imedeen the skincare tablet specialists were on hand to measure the amount of collagen and moisture within the skin. I was keen to have this done as I suffer from very dry skin and was intrigued to find out the state out my skin deep down! They measure this by the use of ultrasound. The lady used the ultrasound machine on my arm area and then an image comes up on the screen showing the picture beneath the skin. What I also liked is that Imedeen show a comparison of where you are depending on your age. I was average for my age and I was most disgruntled when they performed the same test on my mum and she was way up on the graph with above average skin for her age!! They prescribed the Imedeen Derma One tablets for me which are great for the first signs of ageing and invited me back to have the same done in three months to see how much my skin could benefit from the use of a skin supplement.
I met Nichola on the Rajeunir stand and she explained the concept behind her range of skin and haircare products. The word Rajeunir means ‘to rejuvenate’, and this range is designed to help people at any age look the best they possibly can. I liked their concept, they aren’t trying to stop the ageing process but rather embrace it whilst ensuring skin looked at it’s optimum at any age. The range contains four products at the moment, a serum, a lip serum, shampoo and a conditioner. Nichola kindly gave me some of their wonder product ‘Rajeunir Moisture Serum’ to try. This serum is designed to ultra hydrate, moisturise and rejuvenate skin and protects against the effects of UVA, UVB and free radicals. I will be trialling the product over the next few weeks and will let you know my thoughts in a later post.
Su – man
There has been a lot written in the beauty press recently about the amazing super facialist ‘Su-man’. Su- man is a dancer, Shiatsu master, Pilates practitioner and facialist. She uses a mixture of Asian and Western skincare influences in her treatments. She is the celebrity ‘go to’ facialist, Vogue called her ‘the Master Facialist’ and there is a huge waiting list to get an appointment with her for her facials, which have been dubbed ‘facelift in an hour’ and ‘natural alternative to botox’. Su – man has recently released a skincare range and I was keen to find out more. I was very lucky to meet Su – man on her stand and amazed by how well she looks. I actually googled to find out how old she was when I left the stand because she looked fabulous and her skin is flawless, she is also very tiny and I felt like a giant next to her! She is in fact 51 but could easily pass for 20 years younger. The capsule collection of skincare products has only recently been developed but already two of the products are up for awards. The Purifying Cleansing Gel Oil has won Best Cleanser 2014 in the Tatler Beauty Awards and the Velvet Skin Brightening Serum has been announced as a finalist in the Best Anti Ageing Product/Serum in The Beauty Shortlist Awards 2014. I tried the serum at the show on my hands and it really is a velvet like consistency and I am keen to try this product in the future. All the products in the skincare range contains wonder ingredient of the moment ‘Dragon’s Blood’ extract and also Rosehip Seed oil. For more details on Su- man and her skincare range click here.
I spoke to one of the consultants on the Karen Betts stand about cosmetic tattooing and permanent makeup. They offer a number of cosmetic tattooing processes including brows, eyes, lips, breasts and also specific treatments for men. I have thought about cosmetic tattooing in the past as I don’t like my eyebrows and if I was to have this done, I would definitely contact this company. The lady I spoke to was very knowledgeable and also spoke a lot about the training they offer the staff working with them and the emphasis they have on continuous personal development. There were therapists at the show performing procedures so I could see what was actually involved. She also showed me some examples of their work including her own eyebrows which looked really natural. For more information take a look at Karen Betts.
All in all I had a great day at The Anti Ageing Health & Beauty Show, I met some lovely people and came away with lots of information about products and treatments available and some nicely defined eyebrows (courtesy of Beautiful Brows!). I will definitely be back again next year!
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