The Start Up of Eclipse

Here at eclipse school of beauty we specialise in training for over 40 different courses at varying NVQ levels of beauty. We are a multi award winning training company with four academies stretching over the South of England and a sister franchise of training academies in the north- not bad for a company that started in the back room of a tanning shop!

So, to go back to the very beginning and where eclipse came from…

After the stress of teaching funded courses for seven years, and 18+ years in the beauty industry, Lola Campbell – our company founder- made the career decision to start “Eclipse” training courses in April 2017 as a private beauty training facility. Upon first opening, Lola was solely delivering non funded short courses to anyone who wanted to train in the following fields:

  • Classic clashes
  • Russian lashes
  • Lash lift
  • Brow tidying and definition
  • Microblading
  • a self-created beginners course to facials named the Botanical skin care course.

Whilst Lola was juggling with the development of the training Academy, working a part time job in a laser clinic and a baby on the way(!) it only made sense that she reached out to our very own Adam Matthews. Initially Lola had reached out to Adam to seek help with social media and advice on how accelerate the Academy. However, with Adams extensive background knowledge in social media, business development and forever evolving expertise in the beauty field, it made sense for them to pair up and become business partners. Adam became fellow CEO of Eclipse school of Beauty in November 2017.

With this newfound and unstoppable partnership, “Eclipse school of Beauty” was born, began to excel and within a short six months, our second academy in Brentwood opened its doors.

Since 2017, the team efforts of Adam and Lola have meant Nothing but continual growth and success of Eclipse. Eclipse school of Beauty moved into the new HQ in Bexleyheath, a further four training academies opened up throughout the South of England, we now operate with an admin team of eight members, our training team consists of a further 15  tutors, and with nothing but pure passion, dedication and an eager attitude to learning, it was only inevitable that Eclipse school of Beauty is now renound for being the beating heart of training facilities in the beauty and aesthetics industry.

At eclipse school of beauty, we don’t only pride ourselves on thorough training but also our top priority is the safe practise of all treatments taught. We offer the highest level of training not only in foundation courses but also in advanced training whether it be VTCT for micropigmentation and microblading, we offer level 7 beauty courses but also Physiology and anatomy learning for those with no previous experience or qualifications within the beauty field. Our training is both professional and engaging not only in the classroom, but we also offer lifetime support and 24-hour help lines for students who have qualified and completed training with us.

We offer further training to those who have previously qualified elsewhere but have perhaps not received an adequate level of training that they then feel confident to go on and perform alone. We also offer refresher courses for our previous students who have already qualified with us but feel that they would benefit from further training, extra confidence, and advice. We offer these refresher courses to our students complimentary.

As a student or learner, once you have completed your course, we then create an online learning portal for you, which you have unlimited access to via our website. within this learning portal you will receive further theory revision, practical videos of demonstrations of treatments learned which are performed by our tutors. The online learning portal also includes theory quizzes for you to do in the privacy of your own home. We should also mention that we even offer WhatsApp and Facebook support groups for each individual course that we teach- which allows access to all past and previous students who have trained with us. On these groups, we have members of our admin team and our tutors in the specialised fields who you can interact with 24hours a day to answer any questions you have, you can ask advice or opinions from other practitioners/ previously qualified students of ours which we feel makes for an outstandingly supportive and progressive community.

If you’re looking to get into training within the beauty and aesthetics field, the first step is to research the different options of training available within this industry.

It seems you’ve stumbled across our website either by chance or by recommendation – but we are here to ensure you that you’ve come to the right place!

We hope to see you on training at one of our academies soon.

 

Why training in BOTH Microblading and SPMU is beneficial!

Nowadays it’s mind-blowing to think how many different techniques and styles are available when it comes to grooming your eyebrows.

many years ago, the simple reach for a pair of tweezers or a 30 second wax with your beautician seemed about as advanced as brow grooming went!

Well, it’s 2022 now, and it seems the sky is the limit when it comes to creating either that super-fine Pammy Anderson arch, or the full bodied, overgrown power brow that Cara Delavigne rocks on the catwalk.

If you are someone who shy’s away from the idea of semi-permanent makeup or microblading, there are still many options available such as Brow Lamination, plucking, threading, waxing and even brow growth serums.

However, here at Eclipse we think the benefits of either semi-permanent powder brow or microblading are extensive.

Not only does it save the time spent on weekly maintenance, varying brow products and daily tweaks when applying your makeup, long term it actually seems rather cost efficient.

As we know with semi-permanent makeup treatments, the results can be very long lasting (of course this depends on varying skin types). With microblading the results can last anything from 6 to 12 months before a colour boost is needed- versus powder brows we find that this treatment is a little longer wearing and results can be seen up to as long as 18 months before a touch up is necessarily needed. Not only are these treatments both long lasting, but we also find that they are the most efficient treatments to have on the brows when wanting to create that near symmetrical, defined and fuller shape.

Both microblading and powder brows are very different treatments in terms of the results that you get from either technique.

Microblading is a procedure that is designed to mimic and replicate individual hairs, in comparison to powder brows which is the technique used to create more of a block colour or ombred block colour throughout the brow to give more of a lasting finish that resembles how your brows would look if you were to either pencil them in or define the shape using an eye shadow makeup powder.

Both of these techniques, whether using a handheld blade or a semi-permanent tattoo machine embed pigment into the surface or epidermis layer of the skin. This pigment will always be matched up to a colour that best complements the natural brow colour and also the undertone of the skin.

As a practitioner wanting to get into the semi-permanent make up field, it is important to do your research on both of these techniques as they greatly vary in the final look that your client is desiring.

If you have a client with thinning eyebrows, no hair, very sparse eyebrows or an older client who is not used to perhaps wearing makeup through their brows, we would always recommend to advise microblading as the treatment for them due to the fact that this finish tends to be more on the natural side and the final outcome will be less intimidating for someone wanting a softer but thicker finish to their brows.

For a client who is use to shaping or filling in their brows, someone who has perhaps quite an outdoorsy lifestyle and someone who needs a slightly longer hardwearing finish, we would recommend the powder brow technique as this tends to be more resilient and more defined.

Ultimately, as a semi-permanent makeup artist-it goes without saying that training in both of these treatments will stand you in better stead when it comes to broadening your clientele due to the fact that you can satisfy a wider variety of clients.

We often find that people who have had microblading done previously and have gone on to have their yearly colour boost will often opt in at a later date to then touch up their brows with a more defined pigmented shape. This is for several reasons. Firstly, being because the look they desire has changed with time, but also because after a while (a few years), with a microbladed brow, we often find that pigment migration can occur between the individual hair strokes which ultimately leaves the eyebrow resembling a soft powder brow anyway. This pigment migration may also occur in a client who regularly touches up their own eyebrows with makeup, has a rigorous skin care regime, someone who exercises regularly or has extreme exposure to direct sunlight or outside elements such as the weather.

The other plus side to training in both procedures is that you open up the opportunity to be able to offer semi-permanent makeup removal or correction. The technique tends to be quite similar, and the procedure is carried out using the same tools and technique that is administered when initially creating a microbladed or semi-permanent powder brow.

Keep an eye on our blogs to find out more about SPMU removal and correction!

Dermaplaning why it is beneficial? and the stigma behind this treatment answered

First of all, what is dermaplaning?

Simply put, dermaplaning is probably the most effective and thorough technique for exfoliating the surface of the skin. it is a safe and simple clinical procedure that exfoliates dirt, dead skin, and excess dying skin cells from the epidermis (surface layer of the skin).

The main benefit to mention, is the fact that this procedure also removes vellus hair from the face and neck. Vellus hair is the soft, fluffy hairs that are otherwise known as “Peach fuzz” that grows all over the body. There is a slight stigma around dermaplaning due to the removal of these particular hairs, however we will go on shortly to explain how these are of no disadvantage when removed via dermaplaning and we will bust the myth that surrounds this topic.

Dermaplaning facials have actually been around for 30 plus years, however it is only in recent times that this skin treatment has gained a booming popularity. This is for several reasons. Firstly, dermaplaning can be done as a stand-alone treatment to enhance the skin appearance, but also the treatment can be done on a regular basis for those who are wanting to gain the most benefits long term.

Dermaplaning is a very simple technique that involves the gliding of a safe clinical steel blade across the skin, allowing the removal of any peach fuzz or keratinized cells. With any other exfoliating treatment applied to the surface of the skin, i.e.- at home facial scrubs etc., you tend to only remove two to three layers of dead skin cells. However, when the dermaplaning technique is carried out, you are actually removing up to 20 layers of dead skin cells meaning fresh, healthy, and undamaged skin can make its way to the surface.

This treatment can be performed on a monthly basis, and the treatment usually takes around 45 minutes. There is next to no downtime or post treatment aftercare once you have completed this treatment.

A huge selling point of dermaplaning is the benefits it has long term when demonstrated alongside a thorough and consistent skin care routine. Because dermaplaning is removing everything unwanted or dead in terms of skin cells on the surface, the exposure of the fresh skin means that any kind of skin care product you are using in your routine is actually able to penetrate and have a working effect on this new skin. thus, leading to a more satisfying and evident impact from your skin care products.

Due to these benefits, we know, that dermaplaning is super beneficial when performed on a monthly basis. However, this particular treatment can also be great just as a one-off for those who are wanting to see an imminent glow or improvement in their skin. particularly for people who are getting married, have a special event to attend etc, it can be a wonderful treatment that leaves the skin glowing, fresh, youthful, and smooth just as a one off.

There are a few questions that people always tend to ask when dermaplaning comes to mind…

Once I start the treatment will I not be able to stop? as previously mentioned, this treatment can be carried out repeatedly, or, if you prefer just as a one off. your hair grows at a cycle of four to six weeks, new cells and new hairs during this time will be back to normal, and if the treatment isn’t for you- you do not have to worry about having it again!

Does dermaplaning cause the skin to breakout in spots or increase in sensitivity? Simply put- the answer to this one is no. There are no studies to show that dermaplaning encourages or causes breakouts in the skin. However, if your skin is due an imminent breakout or there is bacteria under the surface of the skin that is already beginning to make an appearance, you may find that the dermaplaning treatment accelerates this breakout. But in no way will it increase the severity or sensitivity of this, or “cause” it.

Does the hair removed grow back thicker and darker? We’ve heard many a time the question “will it cause me to grow a beard?’ Absolutely not!! the dermaplaning treatment only removes vellus hairs. These are the soft, temporary, fluffy, and almost invisible hairs that grow all over the body. When removed, they will grow back exactly the same. The only hairs that trigger stubble when removed are what we call “terminal hairs”. The great news is that we don’t even touch the terminal hairs during the dermaplaning treatment. They aren’t removed, so there is no need to worry about re-growth or excess growth of these!

and lastly…

Will it hurt? We aren’t denying that the idea of a blade being glided across the skin sounds daunting; but when this treatment is performed correctly- the blade is held at a 45-degree angle, applied gently in a back- and- forth motion, and there is absolutely no discomfort at all.

We hope that answers a few of the queries you may have in regard to what the dermaplaning treatment is about and shuts down any myths you may have heard along the way!

What is PDO Thread lifting?

PDO threads are known within the beauty industry as the non-surgical facelift. for anyone who feels their skin is tiring, starting to drop slightly around the Jowell areas or the neck, looks a little bit lifeless in general and feel like your skin has seen better days- PDO threads is without question the perfect treatment for you.

PDO threads are cosmetically used to help encourage collagen and elastin growth that may have been lost with age. The superfine threads that are placed under the surface of the skin help to enhance the contours of the face by improving loosened skin. the treatment can also be carried out on the legs, arms, bum, back, stomach, neck, décolletage as well as of course the cheeks and the face.

On the face, we find that the most common areas for PDO threads to be performed are around the mouth, nasolabial folds, the jaw line, the cheeks and of course eyebrow lifting.

PDO Threading is an effective and safe technique that involves the placement of threads under the surface of the skin. the threads are made of Polydioxanone which is a perfectly safe cosmetic and medical product which dissolves after time.

the great thing about these threads is that they can also be used alongside dermal fillers, Botox and varying other cosmetic treatments.

Once your PDO thread treatment is completed you can expect to see instant results and a lift to the area treated, but also the treatment will continue to work for several months after.

Of course, the idea of having any foreign product injected into the skin is daunting, however the product that makes up these threads has been used for decades for various different medical treatments. these include heart surgery and gynaecological disorders due to the increase in cell cohesion from the polydioxanone- Hence why this product is so good for the stimulation of collagen, improving skin texture, accelerating rejuvenation, tightening, and lifting!

Are there different types of pdo threads that I can have?

Yes, there are two main kinds of PDO threads.

1)Barbed PDO threads

2)Non barbed PDO threads

Barbed PDO threads tend to be a lot more robust, stronger, and firmer with a more intense lifting ability within the skin. Once applied under the surface of the skin, they are efficient at creating a strong pull and lift.

With non-barbed PDO threads, the thread itself tends to be far finer with a far more subtle lifting capacity. these tend to be used more often in cosmetics to tighten the skin gently, rejuvenate and improve skin quality. It is worth noting that these are much cheaper to buy than the barbed PDO threads. They tend to be more versatile because they don’t necessarily give a lift, and of course you wouldn’t necessarily need a lift in every area of the body that you desire to treat.

Commonly asked questions about pdo threads

How much time does the treatment take? of course the time varies from person to person and treatment to treatment. We also must take him to consideration the area of the body in which to the procedure is being carried out but usually the treatment will take between 30 and 60 minutes

Is the treatment painful? In general, PDO threading is not painful. you may experience a little bit of discomfort because ultimately you are having micro threads placed under the surface of the skin. However, PDO threads are introduced into the skin with minimal discomfort due to the fact that most practitioners will tend to numb the face or the treatment area with lidocaine or a local an aesthetic before any treatment begins

How long will it take before I see results? the great thing about PDO thread lifting is that the effects and the results of this treatment or imminent. as soon as one treatment area has been completed the lifting results are instantaneous. because the product is placed under the surface of the skin you will find that the results continue to have a fact for up to three months later after which you will get a true idea of how the final appearance will look

How long do the results of PDO threads last? The lasting effects of the PDO lifting can be anything up to two years of course this depends on each individual and the effectiveness that the threads have on the person’s skin. the quality of skin and lifestyle are both contributing factors to the varying results. it is recommended however that you review and repeat the treatment once a year to keep the maximum effectiveness and desired aesthetic at its peak.

Are there any side effects? Because this is a slightly invasive treatment you can experience bruising swelling and mild discomfort after the treatment but due to the safe nature of the PDO thread lifting complications are rare. however, the practitioner who performs this treatment will always go through possible risks and complications during a pre-treatment consultation appointment.

PDO Threads are gaining such a booming popularity in the beauty industry at the moment, and it’s no surprise! It really is the most cost effective, less invasive treatment accessible to those wanting to rejuvenate the skin and knock a few years off the clock without the complications and costs of surgery!

Everyone’s favourite vitamin- Vitamin C

We think it’s fair to say that the most recognized and accessible vital mineral out there is vitamin C. whether you are a full-grown adult or even a young child, vitamin C supplements seem to be everywhere and readily accessible.

Another name for vitamin C is absorbic acid, which is a vital mineral which is necessary for the growth and development of many elements in the body. This particular vitamin is crucial to so many bodily functions including absorption of iron, strong function of the immune system, healing wounds, healthy bones and teeth, the formation of collagen as well as the maintenance of cartilage in the body.

Whenever we’re feeling under the weather, the common advice from everyone is “make sure you dose up on your vitamin C”. whilst vitamin C might not necessarily be an actual cure for a common cold or flu, the benefits of maintaining a healthy level of vitamin C in your body may help to protect the immune system against further deficiencies or health problems.

The make-up of vitamin C is one of many antioxidants that when consistent in the body can help to prevent and protect against illnesses and damages caused by harmful toxic chemicals and pollutants in your body. It is a great vitamin to protect against the build-up and contribution of developing health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and damage caused by smoking cigarettes.

Our bodies don’t actually store vitamin C on their own, so overdosing on vitamin C is not something that we need to be overly concerned about. However- it’s never recommended to exceed the recommended daily dose of vitamin C as this can cause several side effects such as diarrhoea or an upset stomach. Because your body doesn’t store vitamin C by itself, it’s important to make sure that you are consuming the adequate dose from your diet to maintain healthy levels. There are many different foods and drinks that vitamin C can be found in. of course we are all aware from a young age that oranges are the most common and familiar source of this; but did you know that there are so many other fruits, vegetables and organic items that also contains sufficient amounts of vitamin C?:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Orange juice
  • Broccoli- best cooked
  • Red cabbage
  • Green Peppers
  • Kiwi’s
  • Tomato juice
  • Strawberries
  • Lemons and Grapefruits
  • White potatoes
  • Brussels sprouts- (we know not everyone is a fan!)
  • Cauliflower

Of course, not everyone enjoys all the foods listed above, so if your body is deficient in the vitamin C due to a lack of any of these above nutrients, we can always achieve our recommended intake through supplements. these are usually found in the form of vitamin tablets, vitamin sachet drinks and for children usually gummy tablets sold at health food stores or pharmacies. This is not the only option though when it comes to increasing your body’s intake of vitamin C. as well as many other multi vitamins available, vitamin C can now be administrated through intramuscular injection or an IVNT drip. you may often find that vitamin C injection is usually administered alongside the vitamin B complex. the vitamin C and vitamin B complex work together hand in hand as a “prevent and heal” team boost to your immune system.

Studies have shown that vitamin C can benefit our bodies in many ways. some of these being:

  • Reducing Stress– a lack of vitamin C in the body can be associated with stress related diseases. if somebody is to lead an unhealthier lifestyle with heavy drinking, smoking or obesity, the nutrient levels tend to be depleted. vitamin C is generally recognized as the ideal marker for improvement in your overall health and can boost the nutrient needed in bodies lacking health, and as a result, sensitive to stress
  • The Common Cold– as mentioned before, vitamin C cannot be branded as a cure for the common cold or flu, however the benefits of vitamin C can help to reduce the chances of worsened side effects and can help prevent more serious complications such as lung infections and pneumonia
  • Strokes– although this can be a slightly blurred line in terms of research, there are still studies to imply that a 42% lower chance of stroke risk can be associated with the higher levels vitamin C in the blood. the evidence was down to a sufficient level of fruits and vegetables ingested within the average diets- which as we know, all contain an adequate level of vitamin C to improve health factors.
  • Skin Ageing– due to vitamin C’s antioxidant properties- these are exponentially beneficial to the internal and external cells of the body. vitamin C can improve a wrinkled appearance, boosts hydration within the skin leading to a lack of dryness and in general a smoother anti aged appearance.

… the list goes on.

So, if Vitamin C is not a supplement you are already consuming daily- we recommend introducing this into your routine from today.

If taking a daily supplement is something that seems like a task you’ll forget, then have a browse about our website and research into our multi vitamin course- where you can either train in administering the multi vitamins yourself, or you can apply to be a model on one of our training courses for which we always require people to come in voluntarily and free of charge to try a dose of vitamins!

 

Get your fix of the Sunshine through Vitamin D injections!

Vitamin D is a vital vitamin that is absorbed through various different areas within our diet, as well as the bodies production of this through direct contact with sunlight.

Despite our bodies natural production of this, it is now available through intramuscular injection or intervenors drip.

Due to the fact that the majority of the vitamin d in our bodies is absorbed through the direct contact with sunlight, studies have shown that in the winter months from end of September– beginning of May, our bodies tend to become deficient in this particular vitamin, and therefore meaning that by no means do we have close to the healthy level of vitamin d within our bodies.

When we don’t have enough levels of Vitamin D within our bodies can suffer from some of the following symptoms :

  • Regularly feeling of tiredness or fatigue, resulting in loss of concentration and productivity.
  • Bone and joint pains – usually mild
  • Stress fractures, particularly in the legs, pelvis and hips
  • Muscle pain, cramps and aching
  • Sour mood, low energy or easy agitation
  • More frequent illness or vulnerable to illness
  • Increase in anxiety levels
  • Weight gain or difficulty shifting excess weight when dieting appropriately
  • Sweatiness around the scalp area
  • Fertility issues

** If any of these health triggers are severe or recurring, it is always recommended that you seek advice and care from your G.P.

Through studies, Vitamin D has been recognised as a highly affective vitamin when improving some of the following health concerns:

  • Normalising of cancerous cells within the body
  • A prevention and treatment to varying cancers
  • Stimulation of insulin production, which in term can mildly help with the prevention of type 2 diabetes
  • Reducing the chances of developing coronary heart disease
  • Reducing inflammation of the blood vessels
  • Reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis

Whilst here we have listed a few of these huge benefits of the management and regulation of recommended vitamin D- we are not necessarily medical experts and we cant guarantee nor would ever deem ourselves to be giving precise medical advice.

However- the monumental advantages of this vitamin have to be acknowledged!

As a beauty academy, with many of our trainers working privately to administer this treatment- it is worth to mention that these symptoms when acknowledged mildly, can be managed using Vitamin supplements or the injections/ IV drip. This would be known as treated “cosmetically”.

Some of the additional benefits of Vitamin D are:

  • Improvement of skin conditions and complications
  • Psoriasis can be minimalized and reduced
  • Dental problems can be reduced and prevented (depending on severity. Professional dental advice should be sourced if problems persist)
  • Boost in mood and improvements in depression
  • Reduction of anxiety and negative moods
  • Maintenance of a healthy immune system
  • Accelerates the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphate
  • Improvement in bone strength

Vitamin D can be sourced through various differed mediums- the simplest to mention would of course be food! These are a few:

  • Egg yolk
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Shrimp
  • Beef liver
  • Milk (fortified)
  • Yoghurt (fortified)
  • Orange juice (fortified)
  • Oatmeal
  • Certain cereals
  • Cod liver oil
  • Canned tuna
  • Mushrooms (some when treated with ultra violet)

From this list, we can see that these items are all quite particular and would not necessarily be a part of everyone’s day-to-day diet.

Therefore, its important to be mindful that we are allowing a sufficient amount of Vitamin D into our bodies,

This can be absorbed via Supplement tablets, or different vitamin injection techniques.

Supplements would always be the obvious alternative- but the body doesn’t actually absorb the full amount of nutrients that is worthwhile. Supplement tablets usually only absorb approximately 40%, in contrast with up to 80% via intra muscular injection or 100% absorption by IVNT Drip (intravenous drip).

Not only is the higher dose of absorption more worth your while when managing your vitamin intake- the injection or IV Drip is also far more beneficial when it comes to your time management. Supplements will need to be taken daily, but injections only need to be administered on a monthly basis.

You will need to make the journey to your practitioner or clinic that’s providing the treatment- but for the sake of not having to remember daily to take the tablets, its already a no brainer!

You will have the injection site; (arm, leg or buttock) sanitised usually with an alcohol wipe, and then using a 1ml vile- the injection will be administered… it literally takes a matter of seconds with absolutely no downtime once the treatment is done. Then you’re good to go, carry on with your day- but body full of all the vitamin D that your body could possibly need!

Its quite literally the answer to providing your body with all of the benefits that the sunshine would provide for you in the summer months… but your benefiting all year round!

Stigma Around Sunbeds

Why is there such a Stigma around Sunbeds, and are they THAT bad for you?

Simply put- yes!

We are all guilty of being a sucker for that gorgeous golden glow that comes with a full day in the sun over summer, but the health implications and risks are huge that come with tanning on sunbeds.

The other thing to note, is how incredibly damaging sunbeds can be to the skin after cosmetic treatments and facials. If you are someone who has made the financial commitment and investment in looking after your skin with regular facials, peels, treatments etc, essentially you are quite literally reversing the benefits of these treatments and undoing all of the progress that your skin is making.

What a lot of people don’t know, is that when our skin tans- the change in colour is actually an allergic reaction that is occurring. This reaction is histamine cells forcing the melanocytes to produce excess pigment. The ab-normal and rapid growth of these cells causes mutations, which in turn lead to the development of cancerous cell growth.

The reaction and growth of these cells is triggered by the exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays- and as we know, Sunbeds are a far higher concentrate and intensity of this particular ray within a controlled environment.

The risks are actually far more severe in younger people, usually under the age of 25, and even more so for younger people who sunburn.

This is why it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use sunbeds.

Not only are sunbeds and the UV rays damaging on the skin, but they also impose a huge risk to the eyes. Mild to severe irritation can occur, conjunctivitis and even age-related cataracts can be triggered.

People who are at the highest risk of complications associated with sunbed use include:

  • Someone who burns easily, who tans slowly or who has fair skin
  • Someone with a history of sunburn during childhood, as well as an adult
  • Someone with red hair or naturally very fair hair
  • Someone with a lot of moles throughout the body
  • Someone taking medication that causes the skin to become sensitive easily, or sensitive to light.
  • Someone who suffers from vitiligo, , any long term skin conditions that are caused by a reduced amount of melanin in the skin
  • Someone who has previously suffered from skin cancer or has a family history of skin cancer.
  • Someone who has badly sun damaged skin

Of course its so important to take pre-existing health and skin conditions into consideration when we look at the risks and dangers on Sunbeds, but it is also so important to pay attention to the aftercare guidelines given after certain skincare and cosmetic treatments.

The impact that tanning can have on the skin imminently after particular treatments can be detrimental to the short term and long term structure, function and appearance of the skin.

Here is a list of a just some of the skin treatments that require a huge caution when considering sun bedding before or after:

  • Microneedling
  • Dermaplaning
  • Chemical Skin Peels
  • Plasma
  • PDO Threads
  • Microblading
  • Semi-Permanent Makeup
  • PRP / Vampire facials
  • Cryotherapy
  • Celluerase
  • BB Glow
  • Dermaroller
  • Scalp micropigmentation
  • MCA Scar treatment

 

There are many reasons as to why avoiding sunbeds before or after these treatments is crucial- for some of these listed, as long as up to 4 weeks is advised.

Pigmentation is a common side effect from over exposure to the sun- but when using Sunbeds, the acceleration of this is hugely magnified, and in many instances- the damage is permanent, particularly in treatments which involves the breaking of the epidermis (the surface layer of the skin).

For treatments that require ink pigment being inserted into the skin i.e., Microblading, SPMU, BB Glow etc, not only is the healing of the broken skin affected, but the healing and colour retention of the ink pigment can be affected. The UV rays can change pigments to a shade that the client was not initially desiring, leaving (for example) SPMU Eyebrows looking a more grey, ashier tone. The ink drying and healing will be sped up at a rate that is quicker than what should normally occur which consequently can cause unwanted scaring, pigment loss or shape adjustment.

For treatments that involve scrubs or deep exfoliation – the surface layers of dead skin cells are quite literally being stripped, leaving nothing but brand new and vulnerable skin. Using sunbeds within a month of one of these treatments are guaranteed to leave your skin extremely burnt, and with permanent, painful damage to the newer skin cells.

With all of this in mind, and many more reasons and risks not mentioned – it is unquestionable that Sunbeds pose a huge risk to your long-term skin appearance, but also your long-term health.

Our recommendation- pop down to your local Superdrug store and buy a bottle of Fake tan!

Rhinoplasty – Surgical And A Non-Surgical Nose

Wanting a nose job but don’t have thousands of pounds to spare and don’t like the idea of undergoing a surgical procedure? we have your answer here.

The variation between a surgical nose job (surgical rhinoplasty) and a non-surgical nose job (liquid rhinoplasty) Is groundbreaking. Here we are going to discuss the differences between these two options. That can quite literally cost you the difference between thousands of pounds in the bank, little to no downtime or recovery time, and one hell of a lot less discomfort.

It could be a friend, a relative, a partner, or even a member of the public eye- regardless of who-we all know someone who has forked out the cash on a nose job whether it be to make their nose smaller, to make their nose larger, to change the shape of their nose or to change the angle between the nose and top lip. The chances are, there has been a lot of money spent and a lot of time hiding behind closed doors whilst the bruising and swelling reduce after they have experienced the surgical nose job procedure. We’re going to break down the process and information relevant to this cosmetic procedure in order to highlight the intensity and the somewhat groveling experience involved and compare this to the simplicity, the financial saving, and the minimal downtime or pain involved with the non-surgical liquid rhinoplasty.

what surgical rhinoplasty involves.

First of all; it’s important to note that generally speaking, nose reshaping when done surgically is carried out under a general aesthetic. From this alone, we know that admission to a hospital or private clinic for several pre-operation assessments is necessary, and after any general aesthetic: medical supervision is paramount during the recovery. You can expect to be in surgery from 1.5-3 hours, and then even still, once the worst part is over it can be months before you actually see the true healed results of the procedure. Let’s face it; it’s 2022 – nobody’s got time for that!!

Did we mention it will also cost you anything from £5-8000!!

Depending on the type of surgery that is desired, i.e.- reduction, augmentation, nostril reshaping, etc. the surgeon may carry out a variety of different techniques to achieve this. Some of these techniques include:

  • removing the cartilage and bone from the nose
  • taking cartilage from the ears
  • taking bone from the hips, elbow, or skull
  • rebuilding the nose using various other forms of bone or cartilage from the body (medically known as grafting)
  • nostril reduction/ reshaping by breaking the nose bone and rearranging the cartilage

…these are but a few to name the gruesome steps involved with reshaping and resizing the nose.

Grimacing already?! Us too. Here’s our solution to a beautiful, resized, and reshaped nose but without all of the scalpels, chisels, hospital appointments, and life savings!

Our solution is liquid rhinoplasty. This is a non-surgical procedure that is performed using a small gauge needle that injects a varied amount of hyaluronic acid into the area of the nose in which you are wanting to reshape- it’s as simple as that!

Areas that can be treated include the dorsal hump and the nasal tip.

The product that is used (hyaluronic acid) is the same product that is commonly used for Dermal fillers in other areas of the face such as the cheek, the chin, the jaw, and the lips.

Various different brands and types of hyaluronic acid can be used for this treatment-  a few of the industry favorites include Juvéderm and Eloquence. Over time and throughout medical and cosmetic studies, hyaluronic acid has gained a phenomenal reputation for being an effective and safe alternative to surgery.

A huge plus side to undergoing the liquid rhinoplasty treatment is that a general anesthetic is not necessary. When having this procedure done, the patient is awake and conscious throughout. Although it sounds scary, the product used usually contains lidocaine anyway. So the procedure is never too uncomfortable and usually starts to numb. Liquid rhinoplasty usually takes around 15 minutes (which of course is no comparison to the three-hour surgery if you were to undergo full surgical rhinoplasty).

Because you are awake during this treatment, you will often be handed a mirror by your practitioner which means that you can even watch the treatment being done – giving you the reassurance that you have more control and awareness of what’s being done!

There is no downtime or recovery time for this procedure, which means that as soon as your appointment is finished you are free to go and carry on with the rest of your day. The best part about it-the results of the procedure is immediate.

Another pro for liquid rhinoplasty is that the treatment is temporary. Therefore, if you are unhappy with the results, they are completely reversible. The treatment and product can either be immediately dissolved using Hyaluronidase, or you can wait several months as the product will naturally wear off. This treatment usually costs between £150-500 (depending on the practitioner’s costs and pricing)Which also means it’s completely affordable should you want to repeat the treatment every 8 to 12 months.

If you ask us it’s a no-brainer. Liquid rhinoplasty is affordable, it’s reversible, it’s effective and from the second the treatment is finished you can enjoy the results of your newly shaped nose.

Biotin – Beauty Boosting Vitamin

Biotin

Are you that person who wakes up every morning looking and feeling like you’ve had no sleep? Hair looking lifeless?  Are nails chipped and flakey?  Skin looking dehydrated?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions:  then look no further than the Biotin multi vitamin; otherwise known as the Beauty boosting Vitamin.

Biotin is one of many multivitamins that can be administered through either intramuscular injection or administered through an IVNT drip. It is rapidly growing in popularity within the beauty and cosmetic industry for its undeniable results when it comes to various different health and beauty benefits.

Not only is the biotin vitamin responsible for general health and strength throughout various appearances externally, but the Biotin vitamin is also a huge helping hand for many other days to day functions within the gut, nervous system, digestive system and Biotin has even been known to improve and regulate menstrual cycles in women.

So first, let’s talk about a few of the internal improvements and the benefits that Biotin can have from within:

Believe it or not, one single vitamin- Biotin- can hugely help to boost the metabolism and trigger the reaction that the body needs in order to convert food into energy.

Biotin aids the breaking down and the processing of fats and carbohydrates that are ingested by food– and with this- re-releases these into energy as opposed to additional body fat and weight gain… so yes, we guess you could say- that Biotin can effectively give you that helping hand with weight loss if this is something you find you struggle with alone.

Biotin has also been renowned for supporting liver function as well as the nervous system, both of which have a huge impact on your day-to-day physical activities but also your energy levels and spiritual outlook.

Biotin, vitamin B7B8, or vitamin H as it is also known as a nutrient that is naturally absorbed from your diet and the nutrients found in various different food and organic items.

A short list of the foods in which biotin can be found is as follows:

  • Avocados
  • Yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Bananas
  • Mushrooms
  • sweet potatoes
  • liver
  • nuts and seeds- particularly peanuts
  • legumes: peas, beans, lentils, soybeans
  • egg yolks

If you are someone who lacks any of these items in your diet- you will find that you are most definitely deficient in biotin levels within your body naturally.

Now that we’ve briefly given an overview of the improvements and benefits of Biotin for our general health and organ function… let’s get to the benefits that we’re all actually here for!

Biotin is renowned for being the ultimate vitamin supplement when it comes to improving the quality and appearance of all things that we often feel lifeless about our day-to-day look- our hair, our nails, and our skin.

Because Biotin is not naturally stored in the body, the only way in order to really gain the benefits from this particular vitamin is to supplement it -it must be ingested or consumed. When a sufficient amount of this vitamin is recognized within the body, one of the huge benefits is the increase in stimulation for keratin production within the hair which increases the rate of follicle growth. Thus, in turn, your hair starts to grow thicker, healthier, stronger, and in general looks like it has more life!

As for your nails, unfortunately, we can’t help speed up the actual nail growth. However, biotin studies have shown that this vitamin can help to strengthen brittle nails which reduces your chances of them breaking or splitting, and as a result of this, naturally, they will be able to grow longer.

Last but not least; is the maintenance of healthy skin. in relation to what we were saying about the benefits of biotin helping to break down fats and carbohydrates, alongside this, biotin also helps to support the production of fatty acids. Fatty acids when balanced correctly in the body can help to nourish the skin and will vastly improve the function of the oil glands. If you are someone who suffers from unpredictable skin, then look towards the Biotin vitamin- this may just be your answer to regulating and maintaining a more balanced and predictable cycle when it comes to your skin!

How to go about adding Biotin into your routine? There are several answers.

Of course, the easiest answer is to pop down to your local whole food store, Holland &Barratt, or health food store. Any of these types of places will be able to provide you with daily supplement tablets usually priced anything between £7- £25. The dosage of Biotin concentrate varies and you will need to remember to take the recommended dose daily.

The downside to taking vitamin supplements is that your body only absorbs up to a maximum of approximately 40% of the concentrated vitamin when ingested in tablet form.

However, we recommend receiving the Biotin vitamin via either intramuscular injection or IVNT drip. Although this way of taking the vitamin can cost slightly more, the upside is first that you do not have the responsibility of remembering to take a tablet every day as it is administered as a booster once a month, but secondly, the intramuscular injection or intravenous drip allows the body to absorb up to 90% of the concentrated vitamin-this giving you far more benefits and efficiency in the absorption of all that this miraculous beauty-boosting vitamin has to offer!

Video of a vascular occlusion from dermal fillers

Vascular occlusion video from dermal fillers being injected into an artery.

 

The most dangerous element of a dermal filler injection is the possibility of injecting into an artery. The tip of the needle is the single most important component to be aware of in terms of position when doing filler injections via either a cannula or a needle. The type of filler you use is not relevant. However, this is based on hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers. BDDE cross linked dermal fillers. They can be from any brand whether it is Juvederm ultra or Vycross. Teosyal or Teoxane. Belotero or Revolax. The brand does not matter. This can happen with any HA based filler. It can lead to necrosis of the tissue and this can leave scarring or even blindness.

Cannula is considered to be safer than needle. However, if a cannula cannulates an artery it can often be more devastating than a needle injury. There are many ways in which you can try to avoid a vascular occlusion. But the single most important thing is to have a comprehensive understanding of an injectors anatomy. We cover this in great detail on our Dermal Fillers Foundation Training course. 

Our training course is suitable for medics and non medics alike. Even if you are a fully qualified doctor or nurse you will find our 4 day training course is extremely comprehensive. Our injectors anatomy modules are the finest around.

There are multiple signs a vascular occlusion may have occurred.

  • Livedo Reticularis
  • Slow capillary refill

There are more but these two are the most significant.

Livedo Reticularis can present itself in the form of mottling. And slow capillary refill can be seen by pressing an area of skin and seeing how long the blood takes to return. If the capillary refill is slow. More than 4-5 seconds. It maybe necessary to seek specialist attention.

If it is determined that VO is definately present. An emergency protocol should be applied. This can include several items

  • Massage
  • Heat pack
  • Viagra
  • Aspirin
  • Hyalase – Hyaluronidase (Or equivalent – Disolvidase for example)

In a specific order these can be utilised in order to resolve a vascular occlusion. Dissolving should be the last possible option but it should always be available. In many cases a single vial of hyalase is not enough. One vial is 1500iu. Often many are needed. So we recommend always stocking at least 10. Preferably 20 and all of the appropriate needles and syringes and anything else that maybe required.

You should have a well documented protocol that allows you to fully understand what your steps should be in any given emergency situation. See our diagram below for a comprehensive emergency protocol.

Hyalase Emergency protocol for dermal fillers

If you have an ultrasound machine this can also be used in order to do vascular mapping of the face in order to be able to build up an accurate understanding of exactly what is going on under the skin and exactly where the vascular occlusion is. Once found it can be easily injected with hyalase and dissolved. We offer specialist ultrasound training with a very high level HD 20Mhz ultrasound scanning device. You can find our training for this here 

This ultrasound training for injectors is a very specialist training course and should be for highly experienced aesthetic practitioners. The ability to check depths of arteries and veins and muscles and even facias via ultrasound can be truly revolutionary in regards safe injecting and superior vascular occlusion emergency response.

Even with non BDDE cross-linked products such as profhilo. Sunekos. Jalupro. VO is still possible. If the pressure is significant enough and in the wrong area. And too much product injected. It’s often considered safe. But in the wrong hands it is not safe. Again for these HA based products. Hyalase and your emergency protocol would be important to have to hand.

Botox and other botulinum toxin products such as boccouture and azzalure do not cause vascular occlusion and dissolving of these products is both unnecessary and also impossible. Even with this knowledge it’s very important to have the correct Anti wrinkle injections and botulinum toxin training to make sure the procedure is done correctly and most importantly safely. You can see our training here. 

Can PDO threads cause a VO? Or vascular occlusion? PDO threads can also not be dissolved. However if inserted incorrectly could cause damage to blood vessels and again its extremely important that they are administered correctly and safely. Our comprehensive training course covers this In great detail. It can be found here.

Even if a VO is resolved correctly. It’s very important to monitor your client over the coming two weeks and get daily updates via video and photo and phone call. We will always help you through any emergency situation and have significant support in place in case of emergency. 24 hour hotline and multiple support groups across social media.

If you require any assistance we also offer free of charge emergency support to anyone. Even if they did not train with us. Please contact us if you need emergency assistance. We provide this completely free of charge and believe no one should be left to deal with this alone. Whether you be a client or a student practitioner.