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What is acne and what can we do to prevent it?

Whether you are male, female, old, young, ageing, fit or unfit; we can all agree that at some point in our lives we have suffered from a breakout. But understanding your skin type and the advantages to certain lifestyles we can help to control the quality of our skin. Acne is a skin condition that very often people jump to assume they are suffering from when the skin becomes less then it’s optimal prime.

However, it is worthwhile understanding the difference between a regular breakout and the condition that is actually known as acne.

We can break out from time to time when our eating habits change, our stress levels increase, our skin care routine changes and many other external contributing factors can be taken into consideration too- But acne is a skin condition that worsens and needs more vigilant care and attention.

So what actually is acne? Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the hair follicles become blocked with oil and dead skin cells. As a result, we can suffer from pimple’s, black heads and whiteheads. it is usually assumed that acne just affects teenagers- however acne can be common across all different ages.

Whilst there are very many effective acne treatments available from pharmacies or GP’s, there are other ways to prevent this condition growing or worsening. Acne can be persistent and unfortunately, it’s one of those things that sometimes we just have to ride out.

Depending on the severity of the acne condition, we can find it to cause severe emotional distress, low self-esteem and in extreme cases, scarring,

What are the symptoms of acne?

  • Painful, pussey lumps under the skin- otherwise known as cystic lesions
  • pimples with puss at the tips
  • small red bumps that can be tender to the touch
  • black heads
  • whiteheads
  • closed plug pores
  • open plug pores

Whilst the general assumption is that acne appears on the lower face, it can also be found across the forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders.

As we mentioned before, there are many contributing facts to the cause of acne from our external environment as well as emotional, however the main factors that cause acne tend to be internal imbalances of excess oil production-known as Sebum, hair follicles being clogged by dead skin cells and oil, inflammation, and bacteria.

Hormonal changes through puberty can cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge which result in the excess production of sebum.

If your diet contains greasy or carbohydrate-rich foods, this can also trigger an influx in acne.

What are some simple and effective things we can do to reduce inflammation?

Pay attention to how often you are washing the area that is inflamed. When our skin starts to feel greasy or pimply, the natural instinct is to want to clean to remove excess oil and dirt but one thing that people aren’t aware of is that by stripping the skin’s natural oils this can actually worsen the skin’s condition. as a rule of thumb, it’s advised that we wash our face or the affected area no more than twice a day. Applying a mild oil free cleanser is the best way to remove excess dirt from the skin whilst maintaining a healthy balance of oils. it’s important to note that to dry the skin it is far more beneficial to pat dry there rather than to scrub or wipe.

Knowing your skin type…

By understanding your skin type this can be hugely beneficial when applying treatments and performing a skin care routine.

The different skin types are:

  • combination– this is when the skin suffers from excess oils in places, but also dehydration in others
  • dry– this is when the skin tends to feel tight and flaky and dehydration lines can be visible
  • sensitive– you will be able to identify your skin as sensitive when your skin reacts easily to new products, diet, and visible redness can occur
  • oily– the skin appears greasy and product slides easily off the skin

By learning how to identify these different skin types, it can benefit you hugely in the long run.

Selecting the correct moisturiser for your skin type

When we suffer from acne and breakouts in the skin, the instinct is usually to avoid anything that adds hydration or moisture to the skin’s surface. However, not all moisturisers will produce excess oils in the skin and it’s vital for the health of the skin that we keep the hydration levels balanced. if breakouts and acne are an issue, the best thing you can do for your skin after cleansing is to moisturise but with an oil free moisturiser. these products usually tend to be rich in Aloe Vera, often Cucumber and Hyaluronic acid. all of these are rich in water and help to bind moisture to the skin but in the healthiest way possible. avoid rich creams that contain oils and ingredients like Shea butter as they tend to block the pores and are harder for the skin to breakdown- thus aggravating the inflammation more.

Whilst there are many other tips that we can provide for helping skin conditions-the most important of all is to stay hydrated!

LED light therapy and its benefits

Lead light therapy is a non-invasive and natural beauty treatment that is beneficial for all skin types, skin tones and skin ages. not only is it beneficial to work alongside cosmetic treatments, it is fantastic for all round skin health. it is the most efficient way of delivering energy into the skins cells to help boost levels of hyaluronic acid and improve the bodies natural collagen and elastin.

Contrary to what people may think, LED light therapy can also help to hydrate the skin. Through plumping and hydrating the skin, the treated area will demonstrate improvement in skin glow, general evenness in skin tone and LED light therapy can even benefit those with problematic skin, sensitive skin, acne, psoriasis, irregularities and in some cases, it can even improve eczema.

Although used cosmetically, LED light therapy is also scientifically proven and is highly recommended by doctors, dermatologists, and therapists all over the world.

How does LED light therapy work?

To put it simply, the photo technology that makes up LED light therapy activates the cellular metabolism and energy within the body assisting in the production of collagen and elastin.

It works in a very similar way to which plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into strengthening the structural building blocks that make up the plants health.

A very low and safe wattage light is placed over the surface area of the body in which you are wanting to treat. the light penetrates through the skin’s epidermis- which is our outer layer of skin- and then aims towards our fibroblast cells which are responsible for the skins make up of collagen and elastin. The light stimulates the cells energy efficiency which helps  the stimulation and renewal of the skin.

We use different colour LED light therapies to treat different conditions and improve different areas of the skins structure.

The three main areas that we use LED to support our skin maintenance are primarily:

  • Skin health
  • Corrective aspects
  • Anti-ageing

Let’s start with skin health:

Scientific evidence shows that when LED light therapy is used alongside a thorough and regular skin care regime, the skin cells grow 150-  200% faster. When the light penetrates to the targeted cells, the cells begin to change at an accelerated rate which results in the strengthening of the skin’s blood capillaries. This strengthening then leads to the improved oxygenation and detoxification of the skin.

Because LED light therapy is such a safe treatment, it can be used weekly, and improvements can be seen within just 15 minutes under the lamp. Not only does it help with the improvement of skin health, it is also proven to help mood and mental state in individuals.

LED can be used to protect, nourish, correct, treat, and restore the health of the skin. Light therapy is a one-of-a-kind unique skin care treatment that is like no other aesthetic treatment due to the fact that it can be used so frequently and achieve such wide-ranging results.

Corrective elements

LED light therapy when used with a particular colour setting can help to reduce bruising, swelling, can heal wounds and can even calm skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. Skin types that tend to be more inflammatory are also suitable for a corrective therapy due to the fact that this treatment can be used on even the most vulnerable and sensitive skin types.

Blue light therapy in particular is incredibly powerful when targeting the follicles needed to be destroyed that cause acne and bacteria grow up deep inside the pores. The blue light therapy can also help to settle Sebum, which is the excess oils produced in the skin that cause acne, blemishes, and other inflammations.

Red light therapy is a great treatment to practise after other skin care treatments like derma roller, microneedling, skin peels or microdermabrasion  due to the fact that these can be a little bit more aggressive on the skin and the red light helps to speed up the healing process in the outer layers of the skin when redness and inflammation can occur.

Anti-ageing

As we mentioned before, LED Light therapy is fantastic at increasing the levels of hydration and repair in the skin, which therefore leads to the production of collagen, elastin, and hydronic acid. All of these elements are vital when focusing on the anti-ageing process of the skin. When hydration is increased in the skin, fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and droopiness to the skin is reduced leaving the skin plumper, firmer and naturally better and younger in appearance.

An overview of the various LED light colours and their targeted audience:

Red– anti ageing, scar reduction, skin rejuvenation

Green- reduces rednesstreats broken red capillaries, sunburn, rosacea

Violet- treats psoriasis, dermatitis, and vitiligo

Yellow- Tightens, detoxifies, stimulates sensory motor nervous system

Blue- treats acne, antibacterial, helps to regulate oil glands

LED light therapy is such an expansive topic within the cosmetic and medical field. Here we have given a brief overview on the benefits associated with LED light therapy, but we certainly can recommend from experience, looking into LED light therapy to expand and heighten the knowledge and effectiveness of your skin care and maintenance.

All you need to know about microneedling

Following on from our previous blog about the benefits of hyaluronic acid and the ways in which it can be implemented into the skin, we thought we would divulge into what one of these techniques actually is, who can benefit from it, and what the process is.

Whether you are someone interested in reaping the benefits of it as a treatment, or for practitioners who are interested in potentially training and qualifying in this treatment.- here are some of the must-know facts!

So, what actually is microneedling?

Microneedling also known as skin needling, is the penetration of the skin through the use of very small medical grade needles at a high frequency. needling can be done through various techniques including a stamp type tool with a long handle, an electric pen or even a roller. The treatment is minimally invasive, but the results of skin rejuvenation, improvement of fine lines, wrinkles and scarring are all substantial.

Micro needling has been used by dermatologists to fade scars and wrinkles since the 1990s.In 1997, Dr Andre Camirand started using this treatment experimentally, and after two years reported that scars on the faces of his patients were significantly improved in both texture and colour- making this a ground-breaking skin treatment for the cosmetics industry- Thanks Doc!

The most popular form of skin needling to date is the microneedling technique which uses the electronic frequency penetration of needles which can be used at a different depth and gauge on the skin depending on the condition which you are trying to treat.

When the needle passes over the skin, the epidermis layer of skin is penetrated creating tiny channels in the surface of the skin allowing a route for the chosen skin products or serums to be absorbed. Once these products have been absorbed, the channels in the skin that have been created then heal rapidly, restoring the skins natural barrier.

A bit more about what microneedling can benefit

Scars- Micro needling has been proven to hugely reduce the appearance of scars. Microneedling can help with both raised scars – also known as ‘hypertrophic’, and sunken scar tissue- also known as ‘atrophic’. The needles penetrate the skin and help to break down the over formed areas of collagen in the skin which have created the scarring in the first place. However, it is worth noting that keloid scarring is a strict contraindication for microneedling as scaring can often worsen. in fact, people with a history of keloid scarring are usually exempt from most cosmetic treatments.

Cellulite– Cellulite is caused by fat cells becoming swollen and pushing through collagen. Scientifically it is still not entirely proven as to why microneedling is actually responsible for improving this condition. However, it is believed that it is due to the controlled trauma caused in the skin, allowing new, stronger collagen to develop- which can therefore better control the swollen fat cells.

Stretch marks– stretch marks are caused when there is an exaggerated expansion of skin, resulting in collagen stretching out of alignment which can often result in the surface appearance of the skin looking silver, red or pink. When left to naturally heal, stretch marks can take a considerable amount of time to improve and often never fully repair themselves. however, microneedling results on stretch marks are noticeably impressive and more often than not can help to completely repair. it is usually encouraged to use a more aggressive needling technique around areas of stretch mark to stimulate collagen and elastin rebuild through the areas of controlled trauma.

Age spots and hyperpigmentation- both conditions can also be vastly improved when treated with microneedling and the relevant serums combined. Pigmentation occurs in the skin usually through excessive sun exposure. Did you know that when we suntan our skin, the colour change is actually our body enduring an allergic reaction?! (Crazy right! all of a sudden, those sunbeds don’t sound so appealing!!) This reaction occurs through the melanin cells expanding at an abnormal rate and lifting to the surface of the skin. Through microneedling, we can breakdown the pockets of melanin and reprogram the skin to disperse these cells with a more even differentiation.

Enlarged pores– the size of pores differs from person to person, but also varies in size throughout different areas of the skin. We find that enlarged pores are more commonly found around the nose and cheek area of the face. By microneedling these areas, the improvement in texture of the skin can be vast through the induction of collagen to the area of larger pores which results in the reduction of size and appearance of enlarged pores.

A few of the benefits of microneedling worth also mentioning can be the improvement in hair loss, several different skin conditions such as acne and in some cases rosacea.

However, with these slightly more complex skin conditions – safeguarding is a must in order to protect these conditions from worsening.

If you are someone who could benefit from Microneedling, or your even just curious- then look no further. We offer the microneedling treatment complimentary through our model application programme with the Eclipse!

If you are interested in trying out the microneedling treatment, please see the “contact us” section on our home page and fill out a model request form to be contacted by a member of our team.

Hyaluronic acid what it does and why it is so good for a skin

In the world of beauty, cosmetics, aesthetics and skin care, hyaluronic acid is the name of a product commonly used and highly recommended for many reasons.

Hyaluronic acid is a ‘Humectant’, which means that it is a substance that draws in and binds moisture. The best fact to note when it comes to hyaluronic acid is that it can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. For example, a product with concentration of 1% hyaluronic acid can bind 99% water to the skin! -(impressive, we know!)

Given that the main function of hyaluronic acid is to bind moisture, it makes sense that it has gained itself the nickname “moisture magnet”. Our bodies are actually responsible for naturally producing our own hyaluronic acid, so when additional concentrates of (HA)are added to the skin- the body can retain water within the tissue.

The areas in the body in which the highest quantities of hyaluronic acid reside are the skin, the connective tissue and the eyes.

Given the fact that our body naturally produces H A- it only makes sense that when additional forms are added in the form of skin care products, the improvements to our skins texture, hydration levels and appearance are substantial.

Between the dermis and epidermis layer of our skin, we have an extra cellular level which is made-up of the body’s natural hyaluronic acid. This barrier like formation helps to keep our skin hydrated resulting in the help of cell turnover, communication between the cells functioning optimally but also protecting our skin against inflammation. Because our body Is responsible for naturally producing hyaluronic acid, it’s very rare that external forms of hyaluronic acid will react negatively with any skin type, giving it the title of being “non- comedogenic”.

Although our bodies naturally produced hyaluronic acid, that doesn’t mean to say that our skin maintains a permanent optimal level of it. Our normal and natural cell turn over is usually broken down every 24 hours, which subsequently means that we lose approximately 50% of our natural production of HA. That’s why it’s so vital to maintain our HA levels by using a thorough and consistent skin care routine. Many different factors such as Sun damage, ageing, stress, poor diet and inflammation in the skin will lead to the breakdown of hydronic acid ata faster rate. When we lack hyaluronic acid levels in our skin, our skin loses the ability to hold onto the moisture required to keep the youthful and healthy glow.

 

So, what can we do and what can we use to ensure a beneficial and sufficient level of hydronic acid through our skin care routine?

Well, in short; we have two options. Firstly, our simple day-to-day at home skin care regime. Secondly, we have the options of several facial treatments that implement hyaluronic acid into a deeper level of the skin.

Let’s start with our own skin care routine…

It is very rare that we will find either moisturisers, skin creams or serums that do not contain hyaluronic acid. Whether it is your more affordable High Street brand of skin care, or your high-end designer face creams- 9 times out of 10 they will all contain hyaluronic acid.

However, it is important to pay attention to the order in which we apply these products to the skin to ensure maximum efficiency from the benefits of our products, but also to know how they should be applied.

We don’t always need to use multiple products at the same time, but when we do it is always important to apply the products in layers.

Starting with a serum is best, as a serum will penetrate through to a deeper layer of the skin. Because it is thinner in consistency, the product will be absorbed quicker, and therefore allowing a suitable surface on the outer layer of skin for skin cream to then be applied.

Depending on your personal dehydration levels in your skin, different consistencies of face cream are available. For slightly oilier skin types, a thin gel-based cream is available, which would be highly recommended as to not clog pores in the skin. For drier and a more dehydrated skin type, a thicker cream or balm like moisturiser is alternatively available.

Then we move on to the option of facial treatments that are recommended for all different skin types, and although more of a long-term investment financially- they are substantially more beneficial when used alongside a regular skin care routine.

Facials such as dermaplaning or microneedling are highly recommended in order to get the best long-term benefits from hyaluronic acid products.

Dermaplaning is a facial treatment that involves a small medical grade blade being scraped across the surface of the skin removing excess dead skin cells and dead layers of skin which then expose new and fresh surface layers of skin for which hyaluronic acid can penetrate and begin binding moisture levels in the skin immediately.

With microneedling, tiny micro needles are gently puncturing the skin at a high frequency which in turn causes controlled trauma to deeper layers of the skin. This treatment is done by gliding the needles over the surface of the skin whilst pushing a Hyaluronic acid serum into the required area. This then stimulates collagen and elastin repair within the skin, allowing an increase in hydration, firmness, plumpness and a smoother more youthful appearance and function all over.

Both of these treatments can be done as a one-off for that perfect pre-party glow or recommended monthly for longer term skin repair benefits.

What is Cellulite? Why do we get it? and can we can get rid of it?

What is Cellulite?

to put it simply, the best way to describe Cellulite is the name given to the formation of lumps and dimples that appear just underneath the surface of the skin. Cellulite can be found in both men and women but it’s usually more common in females due to the different distributions of fat muscle and connective tissue. it is said that between 80 and 90% of all women will most likely experience Cellulite at some point in their lives- even a very slim and lean person can experience Cellulite.

Most people assume that Cellulite is just excess fat, but this is in fact entirely incorrect.

Cellulite involves fat, but it is in fact more to do with connective fibres between the skin and muscle.

it is assumed that losing weight will make your Cellulite disappear, but this is also entirely incorrect. if you’re not building muscle while eating a healthy, low sugar diet, and keep your diet clean from most processed carbohydrates, weight loss may still exasperate Cellulite.

we shall get on to a cosmetic treatment for the removal of Cellulite, but if a non-surgical treatment is still not the option you are interested in, then aerobic exercise and weight training are two of the most efficient ways to reduce and eliminate the bulging of fat within the connective tissue that leads to Cellulite formation.

Why do we get Cellulite?

Cellulite occurs when the connective tissue that lies below the surface of the skin and the layer of fat just below that attach themselves to one another. the fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically under the surface of the skin. If these cells protrude into the layer of skin, this is when the appearance of Cellulite begins. The formation of the tissue in men is structured differently to that in women, which is why Cellulite is less common in men than in women.

The vertical arrangement of that tissue attaches to the collagen fibre strands and create pockets of skin.

Hormones and age also play a likely part in Cellulite development. Oestrogen, insulin, thyroid hormones, and prolactin can be triggers of Cellulite. when oestrogen levels decrease, as a women ages and approaches menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases. the reduction in circulation means less oxygen appears in certain areas resulting in lower collagen production. although fat is not responsible for Cellulite, fat cells will also enlarge when oestrogen levels fall. when this happens, fat deposits become more visible as the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue which results in the dimpling effect.

As we age the skin becomes less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. this decrease in skin quality will also increase the chances of Cellulite developing and becoming visible.

Of course, there is always the genetic factors to consider. if an older generation is prone to Cellulite this can be passed down through gene make up.

A high salt and too-little fibre diet can have a great effect on the amount of Cellulite formed in the body.

An unhealthy lifestyle that includes smoking, lack of exercise and even a job for example that required standing in one position for too long will also increase chances.

Are there different types of Cellulite?

There are three different types of Cellulite, that are graded from one to three.

Grade 1-this is Cellulite that only appears when you pinch the skin

Grade 2– this is the Cellulite that appears when you’re standing up, but when you lie down it disappears

Grade 3– grade 3 Cellulite is when the nodules appear whether you are lying down or standing up.

How can we remove Cellulite?

At eclipse we offer training in the removal of Cellulite. this treatment is known as Celluerase.

Celluerase is a micro surgical blade treatment specifically designed to erase depressed lesions that result from the alteration of connective tissue strands that tether the dermis to the deeper layers.

It is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthetic where a special micro blade is used to separate the bands of connective tissue allowing the skin to spring back resulting in a smoother appearance.

it is possible to treat multiple areas at once; for example, the thighs, the buttocks and only one treatment session is usually required to achieve the desired look and breakdown of Cellulite.

Celluerase can be combined with other active ingredients such as mesotherapy or injectable lipolytic products to help breakdown the fat and aid lymphatic drainage to produce the smoother appearance to the skin in the treated area.

Because Celluerase Cellulite removal training is only minimally invasive, there is very little downtime or bruising involved with this particular treatment and results are almost imminent after receiving Celluerase.

Let’s talk about Botox

When it comes to Botox, there seems to be such a divide in opinion. Much like Marmite-you’re all for it, or the idea of it makes you want to run for the hills!

A lot of the stigma behind Botox comes from images that hit the media, revealing overworked faces of familiar celebrities or influences that we know. However, more often than not, Botox is not the reason behind the slightly deformed, overworked, and plastic image that can be portrayed. There are many procedures in the aesthetics and cosmetic field that can alter the way our bodies and faces look. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse- but ultimately it comes down to personal opinion.

However, Botox when performed correctly and when carried out necessarily can enhance our youth and actually the long-term benefits are worth mentioning too when it comes to preserving the way our face and bodies look.

So, what actually is Botox?

Botox is a liquid formula that is injected into the desired area. The idea is it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by paralysing the muscles at the injection site. Although the word paralysed can seem intimidating- it is not something of concern. The Botox after time does actually wear off, the lasting time of the paralysis of muscle is dependent on the individual. But usually, it can last anything from three to six months at a time. the degree of paralysis in the muscle area can also be varied in strength depending on the measure of product mix that is being injected.

The idea of Botox paralysing the muscles sounds slightly intrusive, however what it is actually doing is rectifying the wrinkles and training the muscles to no longer crease.

So, although Botox can be a quick fix in abolishing wrinkles- I guess you could say –a solution… but by having Botox, you’re also preventing!

The idea of starting Botox at a “young” age- let’s say 25 years old, might to some sound crazy- but it is around this age that the collagen and elastin starts demising within our skin. Once this happens, that is when drooping, dryness and fine lines start to appear- thus causing wrinkles. So, if you start your Botox treatments younger, then long term you are actually preventing the formation of deep- set lines before they become more robust.

Some key facts to know about Botox

  • Despite what some people believe-Botox and fillers are not the same and are used for completely opposing reasons. Botox is a toxin, whereas filler is a gel made from hydronic acid. Filler is used to create fullness and structure in areas of the face or body that are lacking, whereas Botox is used to smooth out skin appearance and prevent wrinkles. However, in some advanced cases, filler can be used to smooth out very deep set lines in certain areas of the face in which Botox may not be so practical or effective.
  • Some people believe that the night after getting Botox you should sleep sitting up right…. this is absolutely not true. In fact with Botox, there is absolutely no downtime or aftercare needed- however because Botox is administered through micro injections, it is always advised that you refrain from excess sweating or wearing makeup/face products for 12 hours after the treatment due to the fact that the micro injections do technically leave broken skin, and therefore it’s encouraged to avoid any contact to prevent infection.
  • Botox does not work immediately. with some cosmetic procedures, the results are in imminent, however with Botox after the time of injection the actual process of freezing the muscles can take anything from 7 to 14 days before results start work. of course, results do differ from person to person. initially you might start to feel tightness in the area of injection, and occasionally headaches can occur. this is usually just down to the tightness forming in the area that has been treated. after a week or so, you can expect to find that the wrinkled area has tightened and the skin will usually form a slight glow- think of it as a win-win-; wrinkles gone and a youthful, healthy sheen to the skin!
  • It is incredibly important to manage your expectations and to pick the correct practitioner. ultimately you are injecting a toxin into the skin and therefore it is vital that the person performing the treatment knows exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it. if too much product is applied, complications or “dropping” Of the face can occur. this happens when too much product is repeatedly administered which results in the muscle being completely frozen. if the muscle is completely frozen it means the muscle cannot be used in which case it will start to waste away as there is not the same level of muscular support that there was initially.

As with anything, the saying goes-less is more. we like to think this is the same for Botox. subtle tweaks and adjustments where necessary are more likely to give you the longer lasting finish that you are desiring, rather than going full steam ahead with far more than needed.

 

Eclipse school of beauty training academies, how to enquire, book and everything you need to know about our courses

At eclipse school of beauty, we pride ourselves on being one of the country’s most thorough training experiences with locations stretching all across the south east of England. we have won awards across several different categories, and this is all due to the excellence of all our departments right through from our admin team to our head trainers, to our industry leading facilities and all in all, the general expertise of our teams.

Where to find us.

Whether you are interested in starting up a business within the cosmetics or aesthetics industry, are already an existing practitioner or perhaps you are someone who is just simply interested in all things beauty related- look no further.

You can either find us through our website: eclipse-beauty.com, through our Facebook page: eclipse school of beauty, our Instagram page: @eclipsecourses or by telephoning us on 02036092900.

We have a team of 20+ members who will be happy to help answer any questions or inquiries you may have.

Our academies

We have four academies located all across the South east of England.

We are based in Ashford Kent: Mersham le Hatch, Ashford, Kent, TN256NH

Situated in the secretgarden grounds.

We have 2 locations just outside of London;Hertfordand Bexleyheath

Hertford: 28 Castle Street, Hertford, SG14 1HH

Head office and training academy: Race house, Queen Street, Bexleyheath, DA7 4BT

And we have our Academy in Brentwood Essex: 2 Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 4SX.

All academies are very easy to find and facilitate either onsite parking, or local car parks that are just a short one minute walk away.

Our Teams

Admin & office co-ordinators

For all of your day today enquiries, bookings and general information we have a group of 6 admin team coordinators who can be reached via telephone, e-mail, Facebook, Instagramor WhatsApp 24 hours a day.

Between our admin team you can ensure that there are no questions left unanswered. Our admin team is responsible for the scheduling and coordination of all courses, any events that eclipse school of beauty run. from making all student and course manuals, creating online learning profiles for students, updating the website and social media platforms for all latest offers, taking your bookings and payments, sending out certificates and shop purchases, calendar updates, academy stock, student training kits and everything in between!

Our tutors and trainers

At eclipse school of beauty, we offer up to 53 different cosmetic course qualifications and course packages combined.

Not only are all of our 10+ tutors thoroughly experienced in teaching, they are all expertise in their field. with many years of experience individually across many different treatments, we can ensure the upmost professionalism and thorough knowledge through their training. anything can be taught through a textbook or manual, but we truly believe that first-hand experience and practise is the most efficient way to excel in your practical work and knowledge- something you will experience on each and every one of our courses.

What to expect when booking on to eclipse school of beauty courses?

When you first book one of our courses, which can either be done online via our website, or over the phone through one of our admin team ,you can either pay your course in full or via deposit. we also offer finance up to £1000 on select courses.

Once the initial payment or deposit has been taken, you will be sent a payment confirmation and receipt.

Before all courses commence, you will be sent out course information via e-mail with everything you need to know and expect for your training day; model requirements, address or location details, course timings and prerequisite requirements, how your course will be structured and any other additional information you need to know.

You can expect a follow up call before your training to confirm your attendance, your model confirmation if required, and an opportunity for any questions to be answered before arrival for your training.

Your training experience

On the day of your training, you will be greeted by your course tutor with a brief welcome introduction before the course commences.

All courses are structured slightly differently depending on the treatment and course length.

All courses on day one will start with general salon and industry expectations, you will cover theory, health and safety and everything you need to know to get started in the beauty field. We provide training manuals for all students on all courses which can be taken home and kept. throughout the theory training you will also follow PowerPoint presentations and an interactive learning experience to ensure all students feel competent and confident in what they are learning.

Once the theory has been completed, all courses will cover a tutor demonstration for the practical treatment for students to watch and observe, photograph and video if you wish and then all students will also take part in supervised practical work.

Depending on the course you have booked, students will have the opportunity to work on one another to try out the treatment themselves, for some courses we require external models being sourced.

Upon completion of your training, students will receive a hard copy certificate and information on who to contact for insurance set up. PDF copies of certificates can also be sent out upon request.

Upon completion of your training

At Eclipse, our utmost priority is that our students feel excited and confident in what they have learned and feel thoroughly prepared in order to start their career within their chosen field.

Upon completion of training, we offer 24 hours support through our WhatsApp support groups- specific to each individual course learned in which tutors and all previous students can communicate, ask advice and share informative information with one another.

Our admin team will also create an online training profile, personal to the individual with secure login details. on this individual learning profile, our students will have access to online training, further theory, practical videos demonstrated by our tutors, and pop quizzes for you to learn and participate in at your leisure.

We also offer a refresher programme for all previous students for those who feel they may want to resit a particular course day for extra confidence. this is free of charge and can be arranged by our admin team.

For any questions, further information, course enquiries and bookings please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. we look forward to hearing from you- The Eclipse School of Beauty team!

Semi permanent makeup removal and semi permanent makeup colour correction?

These days, it seems just about everybody has booked in for a semi permanent makeup procedure whether it be microblading, power brow, lip blush, lip liner or eyeliner/lash enhancement micropigmentation.

whilst there are hundreds of very experienced artists out there who are capable of creating some of the most beautiful semi-permanent makeup work – one thing that we can agree on is that after time, pigment tends to change colour whether it be fading of the pigment, sun exposure, lifestyles or other contraindications through skin care and varying face products.

Not only is pigment change an issue when it comes to semi-permanent makeup, due to the ever-expanding availability in Botox, dermal fillers, skin peels and other highly effective facial enhancement treatments- the shape and style of SPMU treatments can also alter in time on your face. When semi permanent makeup is left on the skin demonstrating a colour or shape that you may not be happy with, this can often lead to self-confidence issues.

However, at Eclipse we have several options to help rectify this. First off there is the option of semi permanent makeup removal in which the procedure is quite literally in the title. using a certain technique we are able to pull existing pigment from the skin using a quick and painless technique which will eliminate any pigment migration, pigment that has changed colour and the removal of dodgy previous work!

alternatively, if it is not so much the shape of the previous work you are unhappy with, we also offer a technique known as colour correction in which certain undertones of pigment are needled over the existing work in order to alter the hue of the brows or SPMU work that has become too warm or too cool overtime.

So how does the removal work?

SPMU removal treatment consists of a saline solution being embedded in the skin. the saline solution consists of a concentrated salt combination that is placed into the skin using the same technique that was initially used to create the SPMU. so for example if you are wanting to remove microblading, you would apply the saline solution using a hand held blade and pressing the concentrated solution into the individual hair strokes that were initially created. if it is powder brow or ombre brow that you are wanting to correct for example, then you would embed the solution into the skin using the electronic machine initially used to create the block brow. because the saline solution is such a high concentrate of salt, the product dries out the skin that contains the tattoo pigment and as the skin and product dry, the pigment is pulled out from the skin.

Any kind of tattoo removal is a process, much like the initial tattooing procedure. for example you will have an initial treatment and then you will have a follow up appointment to ensure enough of the  pigment has absorbed into the skin, with the removal process; it’s the reverse- so you will have an initial treatment to start dissolving the pigment, and then after several weeks it is recommended that you book in for a follow up appointment in which you will see the pigment lightning and the brows healing. Sometimes it may take three to four sessions before the brows or SPMU ink appears naked on the skin.

How does the correction work?

So, with removal of brows, this procedure is used to eliminate existing pigment and shape created by the artist. this is usually favoured by someone who is not happy with the work that has been done, the shape and the general aesthetic created

however, correction of SPMU is offered as an alternative to someone who is perhaps happy with the shape and general an aesthetic that was initially performed but overtime the saturation of pigment has altered. when SPMU ink is old in the skin, we often find that it can go one of two ways. either the warmth from the pigment disappears leaving anashy, grey undertone and in some cases, it can appear blue, whilst other people may find they suffer from what is known as “salmon brow”, which is when the pigment heals, and starts to fade into an orangey pink colour on the skin.

whilst we don’t need to go into a full colour theory explanation- there are various reasons as to why different pigments react differently on different skin types. This is solely down to the undertone of pigment initially used V’s the undertone of the client’s skin.

To counteract a grey or ashy undertone- an orange/ warm undertone pigment is traced over the existing work to push in undertones that have been eliminated overtime.

to counteract a salmon brow or SPMU work that has turned too warm can be settled down using a cooler, usually olive undertone pigment.

This being said, we can ensure you that you will not be left with green or orange SPMU work!! just like the removal, correctional work also requires a top up in order for the pigment adjustment to settle and heal true to the desired look.

At Eclipse, we offer training in both SPMU removal and correction. if you are someone who is not wanting to train in these techniques but are someone who has had previous SPMU work done but feel it needs a tweak or correction, then please get in touch as we are always looking for models for these treatments on our training days!

 

Different types of eyelashes looks and which is best for you..

Just like picking your perfect match for foundation, or the way in which you like to style your eyebrows – the eyelash options now are endless and when aiming for your perfect aesthetic – just as important.

But just how many options and different enhancements are there, what are each of their benefits, and which is the most suitable for you? Well here, we have a short list of different technique and style that will be sure to provide you with the answer for the perfect lash look to suit you.

So first off- we think we can all agree that whether it be daily, just for a special occasion or as the occasional night out- glam- we are all familiar with mascara…. But did you know there is a technique that is more permanent, but still provides you with the perfect tint and curl that we can be sure wont run when its raining or if you get caught off guard with a teary eye!?

Yes- look no further than a lash lift and tint! This is probably one of the most effective, simple, and painless solutions for a perfect lash.

The process takes no more than 40 minutes, involving a completely painless technique and the results can last anything from 4-6 weeks.

It simply involves non-invasive shields being placed on the eyelids- 2 different solutions being placed over your own lashes, and as the solutions develop- all you are required to do is lie down and close your eyes! So not only will you have the perfect flutter once the process is complete, think of it as 40 mins R&R in which you can take a break from the chaos of your day whilst your beautician simply beautifies you!

The two solutions bond your lashes into a perfect curl, and once curled, a tint – colour of your choice- is then applied. So whether it be a very natural soft brown tint, or an intense black for a more defined and dramatic look- your lashes once the treatment is complete will last curled and tinted for weeks at a time – with zero down time.

If brow lamination is something that interests you- this procedure can be done at the same time, adding no additional time to the treatment, as both the products used to laminate brows and curl your lashes are the exact same.

However, if the more natural look isn’t the style you’re aiming for- then of course there is always the diverse range of eyelash extensions.

Any high street pharmacy such as boots, Superdrug etc has an endless range of various strip lashes, and often they come with a lash adhesive glue that you simply apply to the strip of the lashes, and then you press and hold at the route of your own lashes. Although the strip lashes are ideal for the occasional night out, or day glam- they aren’t an option for a long term look as the adhesive does ware off and is unfortunately not water proof. So, although they are a cost-effective alternative to a more dramatic and defined lash- it’s a short-term fix.

Our final solution to a full-bodied, long-lasting lash look would be the investment into actual lash extensions. With these lashes, they can last weeks, require minimal maintenance and are the perfect answer to the no-makeup, made up look.

There is the option of regular lashes, or 3d Russian lashes. Both create very diverse looks and which you decide on is entirely up to your personal preference.

If your own lashes are very short with next to no curl, lash extensions are the perfect solution as there are so many different lengths and curls options you can pick from.

When the lash extensions are applied properly, there will be no negative impact on your own lashes either- so forget the myths!

And just as easily as the lashes can be applied, they can also be removed. Likewise, when the lashes start to grow through, or gaps appear- it is simply rectifiable as infills can be carried out every so often, rather than having to have the whole lash load removed before a new one can be applied.

The are a few downsides to the extensions though- firstly it is worth noting that they do tend to be the most expensive form of lash enhancement, and if you are someone who suffers from oily skin, sometimes you may find that the lashes do not last as long as desired due to adhesive waring off quicker than a regular skin type would- so financially you are looking at more regular spending.

One other thing to note is that if you are a heavy makeup wearer, you don’t have the option of being able to add to the lashes with makeup as a- it tends to have minimal impact, and b- makeup application on top of the extensions will just add to damage of the individual lashes, but potentially your own to when trying to remove the makeup.

But with that being said- the options are limitless when it comes to techniques and styles you can create.

At eclipse we offer online learning courses in both Lash Lift & tint, eyelash extensions and Russian lashes. If you’re wanting to study / learn any of these techniques, it is worthwhile considering learning all techniques as that way you have the options and skills to establish which style or look would benefit your client best, based on their own features and the reality of the desired look they are trying to achieve.

Everything you need to know about Profhilo

Profhilo is one of the cosmetic industry’s most effective and efficient ways of improving skin appearance and quality. Otherwise known as a skin boosting treatment, it can be used in many places on the body not only the face. The treatment is suitable for both men and women and offers skin benefits for clients of all ages and skin types.

So what actually is profhilo?

Profhilo is a gel product that can be injected under the surface of the skin that is known for being one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid on the market.

It is a hybrid complex of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid.

Not only does profhilo boost and hydrate the skin but it also remodels ageing and sagging tissue in the body.

When profhilo is injected into the skin, the product stimulates skin cell receptors that helps to then counteract skin laxity, it can restore firmness of the skin and helps significantly with skin hydration.

How does the profiler treatment work

Profhilo is done and recommended as a two-step treatment. you will have the treatment done in full, and then it is advised to visit your practitioner 30 days later for a booster treatment in which you will be able to see areas of the face or body that need that extra help and top up. The profhilo product is injected into the skin using the BAP technique. it is 5 injection points, with a low dosage of product injected per site. the reason the BAP technique is used, is to reduce the risk of any undesired build-up of product, and to ensure that the injections are done in anatomically safe areas. The areas in which are measured up for injections are designed so that the product can achieve a strong lift with corrective results but at low risk of complications. it is then recommended that the Profhilo product is paired up with Jaluproor Sunekos products that can be blipped with microinjections in multiple injection sites all over the treated area.

Is Profhilo a dermal filler treatment?

Simply put, the answer is no. Although Profhilo when applied to the five BAP points of the face, very subtle structure can be achieved. However, because the profhilo product is known as a stabilised product, the activity on dermal cells would last far longer and more effectively than that of a non-stabilised gel- commonly used for dermal filler treatments.

dermal fillers are used to manipulate structure and enhance structure in multiple areas of the body. Similar to Botox, which is used to manipulate wrinkles, reduce wrinkles, and adjust muscle memory.

However, profhilo is used ultimately to stimulate collagen and elastin and due to the concentrated levels of hyaluronic acid, the water is bonded into the deeper layers of the skin. Because of the stimulation of the different types of collagens and elastin under the surface of the skin, a slow release of hyaluronic acid is acknowledged and as this happens, the significance in tissue improvement is vast. Not only does this structure improve but we can witness a significant lifting effect and tightening effect on that issue.

One of the great points about profhilo is there is no downtime required after having the treatment done. Once the BAP points have been measured up on the face, the injection time is a matter of minutes. Minimal swelling and bruising can appear on the injection site, and very occasionally for more sensitive skin types, redness can appear, however these after effects usually will last no more than 20 minutes or so. Of course, it is recommended that no makeup or skin products are used on the area due to the fact that the treatment does involve needlework- which technically means that the areas all left has broken skin. No makeup or skin products for 24 hours are advised just to safeguard and minimise any chances of infection around the areas of the broken skin.

Is it expensive treatment to have?

in all honesty, it can be agreed that profhilo is one of the slightly more costly skin care treatments. However, the plus side is that there is very little maintenance, and the two-step treatment is one of which only needs to be topped up once yearly. it is the initial cost of the product itself that makes this a more expensive treatment to invest in due to the high quality and unique concentration of the product.

Having the profhilo injections once yearly actually works out in the long run more cost effective then some monthly skin care treatments or facials such as microneedling for example.

If you are interested in trying out the Profhilo treatment, at Eclipse School of Beauty we are always looking for profhilo models to come in and be our demo models on the training courses. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information!