How to deal with lifestyle ageing of the skin in London or any other big city, by Resident Beautician at Shine, Church Street N16, Desi Petkova.
Living in London, I often feel like there’s so much to do, but there just isn’t enough time. In some ways that’s a great thing, to have so many options and in other ways, it’s overwhelming.
Watching my increasing inbox, it’s sometimes a wonder that I can step away from the screen at all. I consciously practice different methods to regularly escape all types of technology, so that I can keep some sort of balance in my life.
I got rid of my TV nearly 3 years ago and I recently started cycling to work, which means instead of staring at my phone while on the bus, I get to enjoy the ride through the park and the quiet residential streets of London, to get some “me” time before work. Living slowly has to be a conscious decision for all of us. It is so necessary for our mental and physical wellbeing.
With this in mind, myself and the beauty team at Shine, Church Street and Newington Green Salons, have been so drawn to the newest [comfort zone] /skin regimen/ range.
The range is clinically proven to reduce the effects of stress and lifestyle ageing on both skin and mind. Working at the cellular level, it recreates and maintains the optimal conditions for healthier and more youthful skin, while also easing the overall mind-body stress response. It is designed for modern multi-taskers, who live in fast-paced places and are constantly on the go. The /skin regimen/ range slows down lifestyle ageing caused by a modern, hectic, urban life by addressing all the most common stress-related signs, such as dehydration, dullness, imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles.
Recent scientific studies have shown that our skin is also the producer of hormones. This makes skin an independent organ, able to sense changes in the environment and to translate the information to chemical messages.
When we are stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released, causing many things to occur in our bodies, including accumulating fat, as well as making skin very dry, oily, wrinkled, or full of acne.
Since stress is a part of life, what matters most is how you handle it.
The Longevity ComplexTM featured throughout the line, is an exclusive mix of organic super food extracts, counteracting the effects of stress and ageing factors. It contains the anti-inflammatory Wild Indigo, Maqui Berry (a great antioxidant) and Spinach, which helps DNA health.
A great smell is a natural de-stressor. The 100% natural rebalancing aroma of this range, is genderless and it’s a blend of four essential oils: Juniper, Copahu, Rosewood and Cedarwood. The beneficial properties of these woods, resins and berries are known for opening our consciousness, as well as healing wounds of an emotional nature.
Juniper – the gum extracted from the berries can help with cases of stress, anxiety and general burn out. It’s overall effect on the emotions and therefore the nervous system, can help to ease negative emotions such as insecurity, loneliness, sadness and guilt.
Copahu – This wonderful fragrance when inhaled can help to put you in a lighter frame of mind, easing any anxiety and stress that you may be feeling.
Rosewood – is known as an essential oil that can help ease depression, by calming the mind, imparting feelings of happiness and strength.
Cedarwood – is an essential oil extracted from branches and roots. It has a characteristic aroma, which recalls that of pencil shavings. It calms the spirit and eases nervous tension. Energetically, Cedarwood essential oil is extremely useful in cases of anxiety. It’s powerful and strengthening for the body and mind.
After several tests, evidence suggest that the Comfort Zone skin regimen products have the ability of stimulating positive neural components associated with wellbeing, relaxation and protection from stress-related disturbances.
Long term results: the prolonged application of skin regimen products has generated positive effects such as:
• Reduction of cortisol levels at rest
• Inhibition of stress induced cortisol activation
• Reduction of the perception of anxiety
• Improved behavioural coping strategies
• Improvement of mood profile
Another reason for taking this range on board is the fact that it is CO2 neutral, it’s packaged with fully recyclable components of glass; sugar cane-derived plastic, safety-certified aluminium and FSC-certified paper. All products are manufactured in Parma, Italy, using electricity from renewable resources.
Trying to make my home life more sustainable and to reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible, is something really important to me, it also matches Shine, Church Street and Newington Green’s sustainability values.
The perfect treatments for modern fatigue and urban lifestyles: The Urban Longevity and The Urban Detox facials counteract the effects of stress and pollution and are ideal for a time-pressed, person with dull, ageing and intoxicated skin. They all feature the benefits of the recharging Natural Aroma and a bespoke combination of total active formulas, addressing different skin conditions.
The perfect antidote to rejuvenate stressed skin and to specifically contrast accelerated ageing. The efficacy of AHAs and a customised selection of highly effective boosters, enhanced by the synergy of Qigong and Rolling Roulage massage and the brand’s Natural Aroma, which recharge the skin and the mind.
Benefits: Customisable to correct specific stress-related imperfections and signs of ageing, it rejuvenates the skin and leaves you feeling recharged and ready to face your busy day.
The ideal facial for people looking to detox their skin from pollution and to specifically treat impurities and imperfections. Enjoy a Detox Mask with Chlorella and plant-based Charcoal, combined with a customised selection of highly effective boosters. A synergy of Qigong and Rolling Roulage massage techniques are used along with the brand’s Natural aroma, which all help to recharge the skin and the mind.
Benefits: These facials counteract the effects of stress and environmental daily pollution, which intoxicate the skin and accelerate the ageing process. These facials are also ideal to help keep sebum production under control and reestablish the optimal level of hydration. Skin and mind are detoxified and reinvigorated.
Desi Petkova – Beautician at Shine, Church Street.