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My Skin Feels

“My skin feels tired and dull”


this is the number one  statement that my patients come into my treatment room with.

Everyone wants glowing, snatched and smoother skin. There are two things that people tend to do incorrectly one is home care the other is having the wrong aesthetic treatments.

70% of skin maintenance is done at home the remaining 30% is in the treatment room.

Less is more when it comes to general skincare, you do not need so many products to make your skin sparkle. I advise my patients to fit their skincare products in with their lifestyle. A lot of people have limited time in the morning so I believe a splash of water, treatment serum, moisturiser and SPF is the way forward and then in the evening we deeply cleanse, tone, apply  eye cream and serum. Believe it or not I am not a major fan of moisturisers at night, the evening is when the skin breaths and the cells renew while you sleep, so it is good to use serums that are going to penetrate the skin deeper and into the cells. I only recommend moisturiser if your skin is very dry as they tend to have protective layers to them, whether this be for free radical damage protection, sun protection or pollution protection these can sometimes block the good ingredients absorbing into the skin.

Glow is the thing everybody aims for and to add more glow and help make the skin more youthful adding a vitamin C serum in the morning is the only way to go!  Vitamin C comes in all strengths and textures so when choosing one make sure to listen to your skin, if you have oily skin stay away from the oil based serums also starting on a low percentage and working your way up is a must.

Vitamin C also enhances your SPF by 95% meaning  more protection from them harmful UV rays.

Hyaluronic Acid serums are great at night and most the time can also double up as eye treatments. Our bodies produce hyaluronic acid naturally so adding it topically onto the skin locks in the moisture which can be lost throughout the day. That’s not to say that Hyaluronic acid can’t be used in the morning some of my patients prefer this as a moisturiser and add SPF on top, the drier skin types adore this in the am and pm to lock in the hydration.

My tips to help your skin move into the winter weather are to keep the skin hydrated, exfoliated and protected. SPF is VITAL all year round, just because the sun isn’t blaring that doesn’t mean the harmful UV rays aren’t there! Sun damage is one of the main causes of speedy ageing and skin conditions. Hydration is also key so water intake needs to still stay high in the colder months, the skin is the last place that receives the water you intake so lots is needed to make a difference.

Did you know that the more dehydrated your skin is the quicker you will age and the deeper your wrinkles will appear to me?!

 

Hyaluronic based sheet masks or an overnight hydration mask is key during the season change and eye masks are a great way to wake up the eyes. If you suffer from puffiness pop both masks in the fridge then apply, the added coolness will boost circulation.

Applying masks the same night as exfoliating is a tip to help the product penetrates the skin better. Exfoliation is also key at keeping  flakiness and dullness away, once or twice a week is enough for any skin type but please be aware of what exfoliation type you go use. AHA acids are still an exfoliation, if you are quite sensitive stay clear of hard grainy exfoliators and even some high percentage AHA’, you can opt for an exfoliating cleanser instead as they are more gentle but again keep use to once or twice a week. Personally I like to feel the exfoliation so I go for a grainy exfoliator which I work all over the face including under my eyes.

Facial treatments are a must for everyone however often that maybe, my favourite go to is the Hydrafacial. Hydrafacial’s are the saviour for all skin concerns, not only do I give them I also enjoy receiving them. Every facial is customised to your skin concerns with 7 steps to the perfect skin and they can treat any skin condition from acne to rosacea. I recommend getting one every 4-6 weeks to keep the skin squeaky clean, decongested and hydrated. Do these along side good home-care and your skin will be flawless all year round.  

As I always say to my clients “your skin is your foundation”!

@the_skinterest

@taktoukclinic

Avatar photo January 16, 2024

Pluto in Aquarius

We have a profound and highly anticipated transit happening on the 20th of January – as Pluto; the planet of the underworld, power, and personal growth shifts in to the revolutionary sign of Aquarius ( the water bearer )

This transit will impact how we view the world, how we exist in the world, and how we wish to show up in the world as a collective – and as a society. 

This ushers in a profound and new era for the next 2 decades. ( pluto will remain in aquarius for 20 years) 

However, this is not before Pluto makes one more final, short descent in to Capricorn in September of this year until November 2024. 

It is from November onwards – where Pluto will enter Aquarius again and shall remain there for 20 years. 

For the past 16 years, Pluto has been sitting in the Cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. 

Highlighting tradition, structure, and societal hierarchies. 

Aquarius, ruled by the innovative and rebellious planet Uranus, heralds a time for all things AI, scientific discoveries, the power of the collective, and revolutionary ways of being. 

The energies of Aquarius and Pluto combined create a shift that is one of transformation, rebellion, inclusivity and collective pioneering. 

Pluto moving in to Aquarius will redefine our society as well as our own personal lives. 

Allowing us to shed outdated beliefs, paradigms and past ways of existing. 

As we move from the practical and pragmatic energies of Capricorn – we can only imagine the expansive growth that is due as we move in to the element of air with Aquarius. 

Our societal structures will be challenged, as we will be able to gain a fresh and new perspective on how to live in community as oppose to against one another. 

Pluto in Aquarius calls us to evolve, to grow and to move with the changing tides of technology, and the advancement of our modern world. 

To gain more insight and clarity – check where Aquarius is in your natal chart, and what house it is transiting. This will give you a clear idea of the area of your life that will be impacted during this transit. 

As always – astrology is here as a guide on how to work with the planets, rather than against them. It is a tool in which we may view the happenings and dances of the cosmic world – and how they affect us here on this earthly plane. 

 

Avatar photo October 14, 2023

Solar Eclipse in Libra

As we make our way through eclipse season – we may exhausted, anxious, excited and all the emotions in-between.  

We have the second solar eclipse on the Libra x Aries axis (the first was in April of this year).

We had our first one in Libra on Saturday the 14th. During this time up until the 28th ( where we will have the last eclipse on the Scorpio X Taurus axis ) the time between now and the 28th is significant not only for cardinal signs ( Aries, Capricorn, Cancer, and Libra ) but also for the fixed signs ( Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and Leo) as one cycle ends and another begins.

For the fixed signs – this will signify an ending of a 1.5 year cycle with the Eclipses in Scorpio and Taurus. A significant cycle, theme, relationship or simply a way of being that has been ruminating over the last year and will come to a culmination on the 28th)

For the cardinals signs , a 1.5 year cycle is about to begin as we welcomed in the Solar eclipse in Libra on Saturday.

Eclipse are initiators of great change. They quite literally “eclipse” things from our lives. They allow us to make necessary changes that were once we’re holding us back from being in true alignment. This time may feel heavy, and uncertain – but my biggest piece of advice during these time is to surrender to it all.

Try not to cling to anything and instead, allow it simply to be. Whatever is leaving your life – allow this to happen with ease. The same applies to what may be entering during this time. It may feel chaotic – but it is working in your favour.

Imagine an eclipse is that friend who stands firm in wanting the best for you. Through tough love and wisdom, they push you to be authentically you. They nudge you in right direction even thought the growing pains may be uncomfortable. Getting there may require you to take a bumpier road; however this road will pave the way in allowing you to do the necessary work to get you the life you truly desire.

It is beneficial to take note of any relationships, beliefs, and opportunities that exit and enter your life during eclipse season.

As always – be gentle with yourself and others. We are moving through a lot. Shedding, purging and carving out ways in which we can exist authentically.

@tamaramae

healing@tamaramae.com

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