Beauty Tips from the Dermalogica Experts

When it comes to healthy skin, you know you can trust Dermalogica to help you to achieve that flawless glowing radiance to your skin. Here we are going to give you some tips on looking after your skin with products from Dermalogica. As always we ask that you discuss any individual skin requirements with your Dermalogica Expert. Amanda is always happy to help you choose the best products for you.

Winter is Coming

Winter is particularly harsh on sensitive skin, with cooler temperatures then the extremes of hot showers or baths will sap the moisture from your skin leaving it feeling tight, itchy and dull. The lack of oils and moisture will weaken your own skins natural protective barrier, which can leave your skin prone to redness, irritation and, of course, sensitivity.  This is where layering moisture back onto your thirsty skin will aid you.

  1. Washing a face with Dermalogica Cleanser

    Washing your face

    After cleansing try Multi-Active Toner, to rehydrate with Aloe Vera and cucumber.

  2. next will be Skin hydrating booster, apply 6-10 drops onto your skin to plump that parched skin, you could also mix this with your moisturiser.
  3. for an added boost, use the Skin hydrating masque 2-3 times a week. You can apply this at night and it will soak into your skin with its protective antioxidant vitamins.

 

Summer time skin tips

Summer time is when the sun comes into play with its skin damaging rays. Drying out your skin with sun and chlorine rich pools will make it susceptible to itching and flakiness. If you are unlucky and get caught by the sun and burn, then your skins protective barrier is broken and needs urgent soothing and repair. Damage can occur over time even without burning and so Dermalogica highly recommend a good sunscreen, you could use Dermalogica’s Oil free matte SPF30,  applied regularly and liberally.

  1. Dermalogica Oil free matte SPF30,

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    Exfoliating daily with Daily Microfoliant will help relieve that flakiness. Extra tip-Make-up lasts longer on exfoliated skin. For those less sensitive, the new Daily SuperFoliant has extra antioxidants for skin repair.

  2. Hydrate your skin with Skin hydrating booster and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Extra tip-Keep your toner with your through the day to spritz and cool your skin.
  3. Repair your skin with a power rich or Multi-vitamin power recovery masque 1-2 times a week

Dermalogica Products

If you need any assistance with Dermalogica products and their use, then Amanda will be pleased to help you. All Dermalogica products are available to order right from the salon. Book a facial with Amanda today.

Caring for your hair and skin whilst on holiday

We all love a holiday in sunnier climes; however, we are also likely to neglect our skin and hair, whilst away. Here are a few tips, before you pack to help you keep your hair and skin in tiptop condition whilst still enjoying yourself by the pool or on the beach.

Hair

Hair stylingHair can suffer badly on holiday, with swimming and the sun both harming it. Wash your hair as soon as you can after swimming. Wearing a hat or headscarf will not only look fashionable, but also help protect your hair, especially, if you have coloured hair, as the sun will fade the colour quickly. Pack a combo shampoo and conditioner, or grab some of our travel sizes, to save vital suitcase space. Resist the urge to style your hair every day. Embrace the beach waves and go a little Boho. Your hair will thank you, as the  extra drying and heat from your styling wands, hairdryer etc. is not welcome after a day in the sun.

Skin

If the one thing you pack is a sensible amount of sun-cream, then you are half way there to healthy skin after your holiday. Remember, it is probably going to be hot and sticky and the last thing you want is to apply loads of creams and lotions, to get even stickier. If you are using Dermalogica, then you can get some travel-sized products from us, with this month’s great offer of buying two full size products and receiving three travel sizes and bag, or get ready for your holiday with a 60 min pre-holiday facial and grab that same deal. We recommend packing a cleanser, good moisturiser and after sun at the very least. A great toner will also refresh your face during and after the flight.

Please enjoy your holidays and no need to be slavish in your skin routines, just follow these tips to keep sun damage to a minimum.

Looking after your nails between manicures

Beautifully manicured hands and polished nails are very much the trend these days, and with modern gels and polishes, it is even easier to look after them too. Here are some tips to get the best results and eke out the longest time between your manicures.

Go short

Having your nails short allows them plenty of growth, with the minimum of risk of breakages, which can ruin manicures. Short squared nails can look very attractive, especially when you invest in some nail art. They are easier for you to work with too.

Go long

If you are used to long nails, it will be easier for you to take care of them, though you will be at a higher risk of breakage.  If you decide to keep the length, you should have them shaped into an oval or almond shape to resist breakages. Perhaps keep nail glue handy; to repair quickly, should you break a nail.

Go lightNail gel colours

Lighter colours tend not to show the chips and cracks so quickly as dark shades. We have a large selection of lighter colours and are always adding to this.

Go over the top

In the salon Sophie, will put a good topcoat on to seal your manicure. One tip is to topcoat your nails 1-2 a week to help strengthen that coat. Choose a good quality topcoat and use clear strokes over the nail, seal the free edge too. Be careful not to file the free edge, unless necessary as the gel polish is sealed here and ‘caps’ your nail.

Go back

ManicureHealthy cuticles mean healthy nails, so each day push yours back slightly and use a cuticle butter or softener. Clear the debris and dirt from under your nails, every time you need to wash your hands, then apply a good moisturiser and massage in well. We know it is tempting to peel off the gel, there is a slight satisfaction about it, but we ask you not to, nor pick at or bite your nails, as you can really damage the nail and the skin beneath.

Go again

Please return every 2-3 weeks for either an infill or a new colour entirely. You can have your colour infilled to stop the new growth from showing. However, most people love to have a new colour to show off. We will soak off the gel, leaving healthy nails for us to reapply you next exciting colour and nail art.

Keep your colour longer

We appreciate that is costs a fair bit to have your hair coloured, and the maintenance and upkeep is something we are not always able discuss in length.

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Shampoos and conditioners are the usual culprit for stripping the colour from your hair. Watch for sulphates in the ingredients and try to avoid them. We recommend the Pureology range of colour protecting shampoos and conditioners. They are available from us in the salon before you leave. We also recommend waiting at least 48 hrs before you shampoo after colouring. If you need to shower, pop a shower-cap on, to keep the hot water from washing the colour out.

Hair StylingHair styling

When you want to style hair that has been coloured, then it is best to avoid heat and use UV protective styling products. Coloured hair often suffers from frizzy ends and so regular trims will get it at its best.

Diet

Believe it or not, the secret to healthy hair is often in your diet. Biotin, which is great for hair strength, is found in salmon, egg yolks, carrots and sardines. Iron rich foods help feed your hair by building strong keratin, the protein that strengthens hair. Get iron from lean meat, low fat cheese, egg whites spinach and soy. Vitamin C will also help you absorb iron from plant proteins.

Choice of colourRed Head

Your choice of colour will also determine the speed at which it fades. Reds are notoriously quick to lose their lustre, though they tend to last. Bright colours popular with those who are experimenting with rainbows and mermaids will fade fast. Blonde and Brunette colours are longer lasting shades.

Swimming

Chlorine rich swimming pools are the death knell to coloured hair; try a swimming cap to lessen the effects. Rinse/wash out in the shower as soon as you leave the pool.

 

 

 

Salon Visits

To keep your hair colour in tip top condition, make sure to have regular visits to the salon. Doing your roots as soon as they are visible, will help the colour stay consistent.

If you need any other advise, please talk to your hairdresser.

Looking after your Lashes

When you first get your lash extensions, you really feel glamourous and cannot wait to show them off. Sophie, our Lash Technician, will explain that they take a little bit of getting used to and you need to take care of them, and here we shall tell you exactly how you should.

First dayswimming

You need to keep your lashes extra dry, for the first 24hrs or so. This means no hot or humid environments such as saunas’ or steam rooms.  Even avoid washing your hair if you can. This is to help the glue cure. After about 48hrs, they are technically waterproof,  you can even go swimming with them. Be careful not to rub or pull at them, as you will damage your own natural lashes.

Grooming

Yes, you should groom your lashes each day; Sophie will give you a little brush to do this. The brush is like a mascara brush. Take the brush and gently comb out your lashes. Careful not to pull at the roots, start from about 1/3 up from the base of your lashes and stroke up, if you feel a catch, stop and adjust your brush. Do two or three sweeps. Next, close your eye and stroke down the lashes, again taking care not to catch them. Then a final look up and brush up again. The technique is similar to applying mascara. Best doing this in the morning, as you can straighten out those errant hairs that have bent round during sleep.

Mascaramascara

You should not need mascara when you have such long and luxurious lashes, as the job of mascara is to make your lashes look longer and darken your lashes. As you have long lashes, you will not need to make then look any longer. However, you may wish to apply it to the lower lashes. We suggest having a lash tint to help your lower lashes appear longer and darker; you can have this with your lash appointment. For a special occasion, you may wish to put mascara on. As you will need to use water based eye makeup remover, waterproof mascara is not an option. If you do decide to put mascara onto your lashes, we ask that you remove all traces of it before your next lash appointment, as it makes it hard to infill onto the lashes. Your lash extensions may then fail.

Sleeping

Sleeping on one side will cause more lash loss on that side over the other. Try to swap sides throughout the night, or best option is to sleep on your back. This goes for wrinkles too..*wink*.!

Infills

Please keep regular appointments, every 3 weeks for the best results. If you wait too long, you end up with bigger gaps in your lashes. Your own lashes fall out after about 6-8 weeks, so most of your extensions will be gone in this time. Do not try to remove your lashes yourself, please come to us and we shall do this safely for you.

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Please do not try to add extra false eyelashes as a strip, the glue can mean that as you pull off the strip it pulls on your lovely long extensions.

Some people report that having these lashes ‘ruined their own’. There is no real evidence for this. However, we can say that after having the lashes. Your own can appear less, as you have got used to a new length and volume.

Try to keep oils and grease away from your eyes. This will cause more of the lash extensions to fall out as the glue fails.

If you are interested in trying these amazing lashes, book yourself an appointment (you will need a test patch behind your ear).We believe you are going to fall in love with them.

Freshen up your Hair colour

New member of Staff

We are very pleased to be introducing a new member to our friendly team. Stacey has arrived, fully qualified with level 2 experience, and ready to start work with clients, especially with fashion colours. We know spring, as a time for new clothes so why not step out with a new hair colour. If you are looking to change things up a bit and get some vibrant colour in your life; Stacey has the experience to use our extensive range of Wella colours.

Wellago blonde for summer

Wella have been producing their colour products since the 1950s and had the first cream colourant for nourishing hair. Today Wella Hair colours are a trusted colourant used in salons worldwide. The original Koleston Perfect permanent hair colour is now joined by Color Touch and Color Fresh, semi-permanent colours, and the hair high-lightener Magma. We also have Innosense colour, for those who are sensitive to chemicals, which is virtually ammonia free reducing the risk of allergic reaction. These can cover grey and lifts up to 3 shades. The Wella colours we use here at Randle and Randle contain up to 25% conditioning agents and lipids for care and gentle-on-hair results.

OlaplexChanging your hair colour is a process, and we can take you from a dark brunette to blonde, in one sitting, if we use Olaplex, a product designed to protect your hair. We will work with you to achieve the look you desire. One hot new colour, we have in the Salon, is Limonchello, a bright yellow Magma colour that highlights and has a golden hue, great for the summer season coming up.

Shampoo and Conditionerpureology shampoo and conditioners

Once you have your hair coloured it is important to take care of it, so that your colour lasts and your hair stays bright and shines with health. We use the Pureology complete colour range of shampoos and conditioners and as we recommend you should continue caring for your locks, have them available to purchase right here in the Salon.

Offer

As an introductory offer, we are giving the first 20 customers to book with Stacey, ½ prices on the colour. This means there is no excuse not to indulge yourself and get the colour you have been dreaming of.

When did you last have your nails done?

Sitting quietly towards the back of our salon, is Sophie, our nail technician. Her gentle hands are in demand to shape and groom our clients’ hands. Anyone who has had a bad experience of nail work in the past is quickly reassured of Sophies’ abilities and ally their fears as she guides her clients towards beautifully manicured nails.

Manicure

This is a treat for your hands and can help strengthen your nails. We will trim your cuticles, moisturize your skin and massage in oils and creams. This is a very soothing treatment, for those starting out on nail care. You can then continue with any of the following.

Gel nail coloursGel polish

If you have not had a gel polish yet, then this is the time to try it. Very popular with those, that just want their nails to look good, with the minimum maintenance. High gloss and metallic like finishes that last 2-3 weeks.  We have quite a collection of colours and always adding to them. As your nails are dry when you leave the salon, you can have your toes painted too!

Acrylics

We still do acrylic nails, though in one of our treatment rooms, the fumes can irritate those sensitive, so we keep this to a minimum. They are strong and reliable nails when finished and most people have them with french, without polish, giving a natural look.

Silks

Sophie is one of the few nail technicians working with real silk, bought from Barnsley Market and applied to your nails. This adds strength and durability. Polishes on silk can last up to 3 weeks!

Nail Art Stamp

Nail art

Nail art is very much on trend and our Nail technician, Sophie loves playing with new ideas and accessories. We have glitter, chrome and holographic too. Sophie also does 3D artwork too. We are also growing a collection of nail stamps now, please let us know if you would like any adornments and we shall endeavour to get them for you.

Do please book a session with Sophie soon, and look forward to having nails you can’t wait to show off.

Our Third Anniversary

Wow, its three years since we opened our doors and welcomed our first customers, of which many are still with us, it has been an adventure and at times a little sadness. We are so proud to have journeyed with some wonderful people on the way. As we celebrate this anniversary, we look back on our past three years.

A romantic start

It all started on an island in the Ionian Sea, where Glynn and I spent our honeymoon, talking of our future together, He as a hairdresser, and I as a beautician, it seemed that the answer was to have a salon of our own and so, we hatched our plan. That was in July and a chance drive past Eccesall road, we saw that no. 611 was available for rent. It looked perfect, great location, good size and ready for adaptation to a salon.

Randle and Randle front windowWe started inquiries and found the property owners very amenable, so we got things underway. As we had planned all this on our Honeymoon, it seemed right to open on the most romantic of days, Valentine’s Day.  It was the 13th of Feb 2014, the builders finished at 5:30pm! Luckily, we had friends and family, we all got stuck in to set up for the clients arriving the next day.

 

The next morning, we realised we had forgotten a few things, like electricity! A quick phone call round to get a supplier, then we discover we had no float, and there were no magazines and we did not even know how to take card payments! The list was endless, but then so were the laughs.

A pinch of sadness

Smashed window

Since then we have had one incident with our window that got broken, just before Christmas 2014. We had just decorated for the season, and even put a lovely tree sticker on the window, with snow. Came to work one morning to see it in pieces, our hearts sank at the mindless vandalism. That day though was one of the busiest in our history, and we got the whole of Eccesall road talking about it, plus the unseen benefit of free advertising!

 

One thing that also cheered us up was the acquisition of Bosley and Buster, who as puppies were regulars in the salon. We got them in the January after the window incident. Nowadays, they are still with us; however, they do not stay at the salon.

Here we are still

3 years down the line, I am now Dermalogica expert, 1 of only 2 in Sheffield. We have a lot of regular clients and look forward to the ones we are yet to meet.  Glynn still rocking it out; and has many very happy customers. The business is established and we are now looking for new recruits to the team. So if you’d like to join our team, give us a call.

LOOKING FOR A GOOD PRIMER?

Dearest readers, apologies for the delay of this blog! But trust me, it’s going to be a good one. I’ve been road-testing Dermalogica’s new product hydrablur primer, and comparing it to other primers in their range. Looking through previous blogs it’s not hard to see my love of Dermalogica, so to make things fairer I’ve included one of the top selling primers in the UK, Benefit’s The POREfessional, to try and even the playing field.

What is a primer, and why should you use it? Think of primers as lingerie for your face; using the right products on your skin before applying make-up can make it look better, or worse. A bad skincare routine or the wrong make-up is as detrimental as a poorly fitting bra, or even worse, the dreaded VPL. On the flip side, the right products can be your facial equivalent to trusty Spanx.

In all of the pictures below the photo on the left is my skin after my every-day Dermalogica skin routine (essential cleansing solution > barrier repair > skin smoothing cream). The photo on the right is the same side of my face with the primer applied. I haven’t cheated and used any type of filter on any of the photos, and I’ve tried to stand in the same position with the same lighting/camera angle to minimise anomalies. Each photo has been taken on a different day, and the order of my reviews are the order in which I tested the products.

Benefit, ‘The POREfessional’

Claims: “Minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines.”

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First impressions of this primer are that it feels great. It has a matte effect and has a really smoothing feeling, almost like an extra moisture barrier. However, I found that smoothness didn’t last all day; by the time I came to taking it off it had made my skin feel dry in some areas, and oily in others. Also, I didn’t find it sat under my foundation very well; the matte finish made it look like I was caked in foundation, even when I only put a small amount on.

My rating: 3/5

 

Dermalogica, ‘skinperfect primer’

Claims: “Smooth away fine lines, brighten and prime for flawless skin, and to prep for make-up application. Velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Pearl powder and natural earth minerals provide a neutral tint to help balance tone and enhance luminosity.”

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To be honest, I was sceptical about using this primer. Reading the description above I expected the brightness and “pearl powder” to be a marketing strategy to hide that it contains glitter, and facial glitter is something I would prefer to leave in the 90s. How wrong I was! I loved this primer; it really does give luminosity and does not, I repeat NOT, look like glitter. It felt really nourishing, sat beautifully under foundation, and gave me a really dewy glow that lasted all day. Being in the ‘AGE smart’ range it is formulated to be suitable for maturing skin, hence the added bonus of containing SPF30. Since finishing this product testing I have worn this primer without any foundation, and it gave me great coverage all day.

My rating: 4/5

 

Dermalogica, ‘redness relief primer’

Claims: “balance skin tone with this soothing, translucent primer tinted with natural green botanical extracts. Velvety silicones smooth the skin and strengthen barrier protection.”

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I was really excited to try this primer; as you can see from the ‘natural’ photos I have a lot of redness on my cheeks, and seeing that the primer is green (yes, really!) hoped it would improve it. The theory of the primer being green is that green and red are opposite on the colour spectrum, ‘cancelling’ one another out. Another benefit I was looking forward to is that this product is part of the ‘ultracalming’ range, containing ingredients to help sensitive skin (like I get on my cheeks). The primer is really thick, and though provided a lot of coverage I found it was too much. By the end of the day my skin felt very clogged, and it took more effort to remove than the Benefit primer. However, it sat well under foundation and kept my redness at bay.

My rating: 3/5

Dermalogica, ‘hydrablur primer’

Claims: “Lightweight, non-greasy primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, mattifies against oily shine and imparts a silky, luminous finish to skin.”

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This brand new product was the whole reason for this product testing. Other claims are that it is “like an Instagram filter for your face;” sign me up!! This primer is stunning. It is white at first, and upon application seems to transform and match to your skin colour, making it perfect for anyone. I found it really did blur my complexion; it became matte where I had previous shine, and luminous where my skin was dull. Again, it sat wonderfully under foundation and left my skin feeling lightweight all day. I would happily wear it without foundation and feel like I had full coverage.

My rating: 4.5/5
(Because no one can get full marks!)

 

One perk I noticed through the four days of testing these primers was an improvement in my skin. Like I said at the start of this blog, good products are the foundations of good skin, and I definitely noticed a difference in using primers under my foundation rather than just applying it to moisturised skin. The primers seemed like an additional barrier, allowing my moisturiser to work on my skin and my make up to sit on the primer barrier, helping it stay looking fresher for longer.

All of the Dermalogica products I tested were generously provided by Randle and Randle, and they would love to offer you the same experience. Pop in for a chat; Amanda is an expert in Dermalogica recommendations and can give you helpful suggestions for what will work best for your skin. But go with an open mind; I never thought an ‘AGE smart’ product would be so flattering to my skin (I’m in my early 20s), and that an ‘ultracalming’ product would cause irritation. So test a couple until you find ‘the one’ and be sure to remove it properly to keep your skin as beautiful as possible.

Perfection takes priming!

 

(All quoted claims have been taken from the product brand’s official website from the product’s description)

Written by: Jenny Marshall

Edited by: Amanda Randle

DON’T GIVE IN TO JANUARY BLUES

From myself and the team at Randle and Randle we wish you all a very happy new year!

But now the festivities and mince pies have vanished, and the temperature has plummeted (or the prosecco fuelled warmth has finally worn off), it’s difficult not to get downtrodden with winter blues. The sober realities of January taint us with dry, irritated skin, flyaway hair that just won’t seem to style and aches and pains that didn’t seem so bad through December. Fear not; below are my top treatments and products to see you through!

For when your normal moisturiser just isn’t enough to face the cold winds:

Try adding a concentrated moisturiser or booster underneath your normal moisturiser. My personal favourite is Dermalogica’s medium protectionbarrier repair: a lusciously thick water-free moisturiser that feel likes a serum. It acts as a protective “shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress,” meaning not only a defence against the blustery walks in the cold, but from the irritation that can be caused from central-heating too. Need something to restore your skins natural moisture levels? Try Dermalogica’s super rich repair: this heavyweight repairing moisturiser is perfect to “use as a protective salve to shield against cold, dry environmental conditions.” Randle and Randle offer free Dermalogica skin-mapping; a thorough analysis of your skin conditions and recommended products to suit your needs (free samples and trials available).

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For when you want to throw your hairbrush at the mirror because your hair JUST WON’T SIT RIGHT:

There are a number of reasons for an unruly mane. Firstly, it could be time for a cut – it’s already been 2 weeks since Christmas (honestly), so losing track of time could mean losing track of your next scheduled appointment. Another idea is to change your shampoo/conditioner at this time of year. I love Sebastian’s HYDRE collection for locking in moisture, and the TRILLIANCE for adding shine. A favourite new product of mine is the Sebastian TRILLIANT spray – a lightweight spray you add to damp hair before styling with heated tools. It provides thermal protection, serious shine, and hair that stays in place. The best part? It smells amaaaaazing.

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For when you just want to take a break:

Massage is my number one relaxing treat – when stress seems to be physically piling up around you and you just want a moment of “ahhhhh….” Nothing can beat it. I love hot stone massage. Super smooth basalt stones are heated and used in the massage treatment for deeper penetration to the muscle, meaning a deeper relaxation. New to massage? Ask for advice on what will suit you and your lifestyle most beneficially – you might be surprised what can be offered. On the 23rd and 30th of January receive 50% off massage with Donna, so if you’re unsure what to choose as a new comer, or you’re a massage enthusiast, this month is a great time to experiment and try out new treatments!

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For when you feel like you’ve lost that seasonal glitz and glamour:

Go for a new cut and/or colour! Why not mix it up? New Year: New You! And with 50% off all colour services with selected stylists at Randle and Randle until 30th January there really is NO better time to do it! I also find a manicure is a great way to revive that fabulous party-ready feeling.

Indulge yourself this January – there’s treats to be had and offers to be found; Christmas isn’t the only time to sparkle!

Written by: Jenny Marshall

Edited by:  Amanda Randle