New Dermalogica product coming soon...

The girls have been at the Dermalogica Training Centre in Exeter today for an exciting new product launch.

The product is not officially launched until September, but we'll be able to tell you more about it this Thursday (17 August).

Charlotte, Leah and Briony got a sneak preview of the product today; here's what they had to say about it!

Charlotte said: "I think Barnies are going to love this product; it will complement your skincare routine perfectly."

Briony: "I love the smell and texture of the product and the results were brilliant when they showed us a demonstration!"

We really wish we could tell you more, but not long to wait Barnies!

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Tropical daydream - the new Mii Cosmetics range

The new Mii Cosmetics range has arrived - and we love it!

The new range features two gorgeous Mii Passionate Lip Lover shades; Sunblush – a pretty pink, and Sunburst – a cute coral.

A Wide Eyed Liner in Innocent is ideal for highlighting the inner corners of eyes and for swiping across the upper and lower waterline, while the Celestial Skin Shimmer completes the mix.

Ideal for adding warmth to cheeks and temples, the Rose Quartz compact features six subtle shades that blend into one when applied in a circular motion, offering an irresistible glow for day or night.

Available at The Barn now.

Why your skin should be your biggest investment

The first thing people see when they meet you is your face, so why wouldn’t you want to take care of it?

Personally, I love buying new makeup, handbags and whatever the latest trend in fashion is (I’m currently the owner of 432 Bardot tops), but I also invest in my skin. After all, you only get one face in this lifetime…

Here are a few reasons why you should be investing in your skin:

It’s important for your general health

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so just like your body, it needs looking after too. It faces challenges such as harsh abrasion, pollution, sunlight and detergents, so it would seem silly to do anything other than care for it with a consistent skincare routine.

Your future self will thank you for it

As well as improving the appearance of your skin now, your future skin will thank you for looking after it! Having regular skin treatments can help prevent against premature fine lines and wrinkles as well as dehydration.

Regular use of appropriate skincare products (particularly ones with an SPF) and treatments will also help protect your skin against environmental damage, slow down thew signs of ageing and ensure your skin looks its best in the future.

Look good and feel good

If you invest in your skin you’re going to look good and feel good. Simple. Your skin will look brighter, healthier, more vibrant, plumper, more evenly toned… shall I go on?

Confidence

Good skin = confidence. With a clear and bright complexion, you’re bound to feel more confident and comfortable in yourself. I know when I’ve had “bad face” days in the past, nothing has worked; my hair; my clothes… urgh. The compliments about your new, glowing skin will definitely give you a boost!

Makeup works better

It’s important to remember that makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath. With good, hydrated skin, makeup sits more evenly, looks flawless and more healthy. You may even need less makeup once your skin is at its best!

Consistency leads to visible results

You have to be patient. Dramatic improvements don’t happen overnight. With a tailored routine you will start to notice small changes quickly, but it’s your commitment to your skincare regime that will really pay off.

You’ll understand your skin better

You don't know what’s best for your skin until you become better acquainted with it. There is a huge range of products available to you, and yes, it can be overwhelming, but that’s why having a prescribed regime is so helpful! Knowing what your skin needs and can benefit from is what will lead to healthy, glowing skin!

It’s important to remember that no approach to skin care can be the same; long term it’s the advice from the experts that will see your regimen go from skin-care-novice to beauty-authority.
— Vogue

Skin health at The Barn

At The Barn, we recognise that everyone’s skin is different. We use Dermalogica’s revolutionary Face Mapping skin analysis technique to provide insight into your skin’s needs. This eliminates the guesswork when selecting products which will give you the best results. We will also prescribe a targeted home care regime for you.

Take advantage of our 30-30-30 offer this month; receive a 30 minute skin treatment and a 30 day skin kit, for just £30! Book here.

My journey to fit skin

I started my Dermalogica journey in February this year.

Previously I was a ‘facewipe-in-the-evening-if-I-remembered’ kinda girl, slapped on a bit of moisturiser (any!) and that was that. I had no obvious skin issues; a few fine lines here and there (well, I am 35!), a bit of dryness, but no real complaints.

However, each time I visited The Barn I was met with dewy, luminous skin - and I wanted it. What made their skin look so healthy and glowing? The answer was Dermalogica.

As Kelly says: "There's no reason why anyone can't have great skin!” No matter what your skin type or condition, there are products in the Dermalogica range that will work for you.

So, I began my Dermalogica journey...

I started with the dry skin kit (the contents of which have changed slightly since) containing the Essential Cleansing Solution, the Multi-Active Toner, Intensive Moisture Balance and the Intensive Eye Repair. I quickly got into a routine; as our lovely skin therapists say, "It can be done in an ad break!”, and I soon began to see the benefits.

My skin felt cleaner (no wonder!), refreshed and seriously more hydrated. It felt softer, plumper and was more luminous. More so, I enjoyed the routine and felt like I was making a positive difference to my skin.

Months on and my routine has essentially stayed the same. I’ve added a few products here and there, and I continue to try new products as they launch as well as listening to the advice of the experts around me. I really care about what I put in and on my skin now.

Adding some new AGE smart products to my regime has really boosted my skin (thanks Briony!) Lately friends whom I haven't seen for a while, comment on my skin when they greet me! And I know my skin is better; it’s more hydrated, it’s softer, it’s firmer. I can feel it and I can see it.

Here’s my new daily skincare routine:

Morning

Essential Cleansing Solution

Your skin is hard at work overnight, detoxifying and regenerating, leaving a layer of dead cells on the surface of the skin. Urgh. So yes, a quick wipe over of this in the morning is a must!

Multi-Active Toner

A few spritzes of this ultra-light, hydrating toner follows. Using a toner allows for better moisture absorption; getting your skin ready for all the goodness on its way. It’s so refreshing and not remotely uncomfortable on my skin as previous toners have been.

Dynamic Skin Recovery

This is a super hydrating anti-ageing product. I added it to my regime because it has an SPF in which my previous moisturiser didn't. I really want to protect my skin. It’s lightweight, silky and smells lovely.

Evening

Precleanse

I'm slowly adding to my Derma collection and recently bought Precleanse. Precleanse is the first step of the Dermalogica Double Cleanse regime. The oil grips hold of makeup, suncream, sebum, any dirt and pollution on the face… Adding water turns it into a milky residue which lifts the debris and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean!

Essential Cleansing Solution and Multi-Active Toner (as above)

Super Rich Repair

Super Rich Repair is a thick, heavyweight cream that tackles dry, dehydrated skin whilst you sleep and replenishes your skin's moisture levels. A little goes a long way! I absolutely love the way my skin feels in the morning after using this; soft, super hydrated and plump. It's delicious!

Nightly Lip Treatment

I only have a sample of this at the moment so haven't been using it long, but already I can see that my fine smile lines have disappeared! I suffer from dry lips and this product is divine; it’s tingly (in a good way), super moisturising and non-greasy - I’ll definitely be buying it!

Age Reversal Eye Complex

A grain-of-rice-sized amount completes my routine. Slowly improving my dark circles; a super gentle and nourishing cream.


So there it is - my new skincare routine. Looking at it, I can’t believe how different my routine is now. It may seem like a lot of work, but it really isn’t. It doesn't take me any longer than five minutes - honest! And as Dermalogica say, I’m making an investment in my future skin.

Leah.

Start your journey to fit skin by taking advantage of our 30-30-30 offer. Only available until the end of August 2017.

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This month's offer 30-30-30

This August discover your best skin ever with our amazing Dermalogica 30-30-30 offer!

Receive a 30 minute skin treatment and a 30 day skin kit, for just £30!

Our professional Dermalogica Skin Therapist will perform a Face Mapping® skin analysis to discover and advise how you can improve your skin's health, plus a high-impact treatment to target a specific concern.

Your treatment can include:

  • double cleansing
  • exfoliation
  • treatment masques
  • therapeutic technology
  • re-hydration

We’ll then provide you with a 30 day skin kit to suit your skin; Meet Dermalogica, AgeSmart, UltraCalming, All Skin Health and MediBac.

If you’ve never used Dermalogica before, this is a great way to try the products, and to receive a tailored skincare regime.

This offer is available until 31 August. Start your #30DaysToFitSkin journey today!

Book online or call to book your appointment.

Mineral makeup - changing the face of beauty

Experts are saying that mineral makeup is changing the face of beauty; that it is kinder to our skin and provides a flawless finish.

Kelly Hooper, Makeup Artist and Director of The Barn, tells us why every woman should try mineral makeup.

It’s healthier for your skin

Conventional makeup contains chemicals, oils, fragrances and other additives that can either irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary breakouts. Mineral make-up is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn't seep into and clog your pores.

“Mineral makeup lets your skin breathe while still offering protection. Containing only natural minerals, the benefit for the health of your skin is immense!” says Kelly.

It’s suitable for all skin types

Dry, oily or combination skin; mineral makeup works well for every skin type. If you’re prone to acne or sensitive skin, mineral makeup is perfect for you. “Dermatologists and skincare professionals often use mineral makeup to help protect their clients’ sensitive skin” says Kelly.

It's long lasting

Mineral powders stay put! You won’t find them running off your skin in the heat or water, and they are completely smudge-free! “The pigment lasts a long time and a little goes a long way. With mineral foundation, using very little can give a basic coverage” says Kelly.

It’s a natural sun screen

Used alongside your daily SPF, mineral makeup foundation can actually help defend your skin against the sun. There are two types of sunscreen; physical and chemical (the type you buy). Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide; the two minerals most commonly found in mineral makeup.

It’s versatile

“When mineral makeup is done right, it is much more versatile than most makeup” says Kelly. “You can mix the mineral foundation with water, moisturisers and cremes to make a liquid foundation consistency if that's what you like. You can conceal with it or just use it as a light coverage.” she adds.

Loose powder mineral pigments can turn into anything you can think of; eyeshadow, eyeliner, body shimmer, blush, etc. When working with the pure pigment it blends with almost anything.

Mineral makeup is cruelty-free

We use the Mii cosmetics range” says Kelly. “None of their products nor raw ingredients have ever been tested on animals. They have, however, been tested on a panel of willing beauty lovers!”

It has a longer shelf life

“No-one likes having to throw makeup away because it’s gone past its best” says Kelly. Mineral makeup has a very long shelf life because it is super simple; it doesn’t harbour bacteria because there is no organic material in it for the bacteria to grow.

Mineral makeup at The Barn

The Barn stocks the full Mii cosmetics range. Mii cosmetics are only available in selected salons and spas.

What is micellar water and does it really work?

This week our lovely Briony has been using the Comfort Zone micellar water as part of her daily skincare routine.

She's been chatting about it in The Barn, so we thought we'd ask her what the deal is... what is micellar water and how does it work?

Micellar water is a multi-active water for cleansing the face, eyes and lips in one go.

Designed to be wiped away with a cotton pad rather than rinsed off, micellar water is made up of cleansing micelle particles suspended in soft water. These tiny oil particles draw makeup (including waterproof mascara), sebum and impurities from the skin without the need for harsh chemicals.

Briony said: "I struggle with traditional eye makeup removers; they're either too harsh and make my eyes feel sensitive, or they leave an oily film.

"Comfort Zone micellar water isn't specifically aimed at sensitive skin but it's worked really well for me. It removed all makeup (without the need to rinse) and left my skin feeling really fresh and super hydrated!"

"I'd never used a micellar product before but I would definitely recommend this one!" added Briony.

We know that trying to keep up with trends in skincare can be challenging. From exfoliating to cleansing to toning and moisturising; it can be hard to know what you’re supposed to be doing and when. However with micellar water proving a firm favourite with supermodels and Briony, it might just be the next thing we add to our routine!

Comfort Zone's Micellar Water is available from The Barn, priced at £24.

Everything you need to know about intimate waxing

We’re in the midst of holiday season and some of you may be considering having your first-ever Brazilian or Hollywood wax.

We understand that the idea of being half naked and having every hair removed from your nether regions may be a bit intimidating, so to ease your mind we’ve pulled together a bit of a rundown of how we do it at The Barn.

Yes, you will be half-naked

Firstly, yes, you will have to remove your bottoms. Underwear/ disposable undies just get in the way for the Brazilian and Hollywood, and we want to make sure you have the best results. We’ll leave you to remove your bottoms and tuck yourself under a towel on our super comfy beds. When you’re ready we’ll come back in and make a start.

Everyone feels a bit self-conscious

Remember, our therapists are professionals; they've seen it all before and perform these waxes every day. Whilst we appreciate that being half-naked can be uncomfortable, and you may think you’re the hairiest person in the world (you’re not!); to us it’s all very normal and your worries are totally unnecessary.

Yes, we do see your butt!

The Brazilian and Hollywood remove a lot more hair than your average bikini wax. The Brazilian typically leaves just a landing strip/ small triangle of hair at the front, and all hair removed down below and yes, round the back! The Hollywood is total hair removal,front to back. As we said; we've seen it all before...

No downward-dog here

We’ve very much about preserving your dignity and we want you to be comfortable; we won’t ask you to lie with your butt in the air. For the majority of your treatment (15 - 20 minutes) you’ll be in a standard waxing position; one leg bent up at the knee and the other bent flat on the bed at a right angle, exposing one side of your bikini line.

And then?

After the top and side sections, we’ll move on to the more intimate area. Yes, there is some waxing of the labia involved, and we may have to adjust you here and there to get your skin taut. It's not quite as awkward as it sounds, but we think it's important to know, and it is to ensure you get the best results!

For the last bit (yes, the butt bit) we’ll ask you to lift your legs and hold them up. Thispart takes approximately 5 minutes, and then you’re done!

Does it hurt?

We use Lycon wax; with its low temperature it provides a much more comfortable treatment and is 50% less painful than traditional waxing. Every client is different though and there may be some areas that have more of a sting than others. There’s no tweezing involved as Lycon gets every last hair!

Most of our clients are surprised to find the area around your bottom doesn't really hurt and they love the final result!

Waxing is one of our most popular treatments. Find out more.

Sublime skin deluxe lift

We’ve been prepping for our next client who will be enjoying the sublime skin deluxe lift from Comfort Zone UK.

This treatment softens the visible signs of ageing, as well as resurfaces, re-densifies and lifts. Combined with exclusive active lift massage, it stimulates cellular renewal, creates fullness and redefines the volume of the face.

This is obtained through a renewing double peel, followed by an innovative lifting and firming mask.

The sublime skin deluxe lift is particularly recommended for mature skin with visible signs of ageing (uneven skin tone, wrinkles and loss of tone and volume).

Find out more about our Comfort Zone treatments.

10 reasons to have a professional make-up artist for your wedding day

1. Get your best skin

When it comes to wedding skincare and make-up prep, you need an expert. With Kelly, you not only get a professional make-up artist, but also a certified skin expert with over 17 years’ experience. She can analyse your skin and help you adopt a tailored skincare routine to ensure you have the best possible skin on your big day - clear, healthy and glowing!

2. You’re worth it!

You’ve probably spent a lot of money on your dress, your photographer, your venue… so why skimp on your face? You’ll be looking at your wedding photographs for the rest of your life so make sure you look your very best.

3. Be stress-free on your big day

Your wedding day is sure to be busy and you may be feeling nervous or stressed out. You don’t want to spend time worrying if your foundation is perfect or if your eyeliner is straight… Hiring a make-up artist will allow you to sit back and relax and let someone else pamper you on your special day. Kelly will listen to your concerns, your goals and make you feel at ease. She will come to a location of your choice (travel within a 20 mile radius is included).

4. Colour selection

Make-up artists study the art of colours. From lipsticks and eyeshadows to choosing the right foundation; they know how what will work best for you and your colouring. You may want to try a bold lip for the big day but don't know which shade to choose, or you may want a barely-there, glowing skin look… Kelly has been perfecting the art of wedding make-up for over 10 years and has created stunning, original looks on over 800 brides.

5. Be camera-ready

You may do a great job on your everyday makeup, but make-up for photography is totally different. For example, light bouncing off of make-up changes the way it looks; foundations with SPF in reflect bright white making you look ghostly… A professional make-up artist knows this and how to avoid it. Kelly will have you looking gorgeous in person and in photographs.

6. Make-up that lasts

Make-up artists use high-quality products that will last all day and all night! You wont have to worry about your make-up wearing off. By using specialty products like primers, setting sprays and powders, Kelly will give you a long-lasting makeup look for your special day (lipstick/gloss may need to be touched up due to all that smiling and kissing!)

7. Professional products

Since make-up artists apply cosmetics for a living, most have a kit stocked with high-quality products, designed for wearability and flexibility that you may not own or never thought to try! Not to mention products are professionally applied. Using a broad range of the best cosmetic brands, including MAC, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown and Tom Ford, Kelly has achieved stunning, original looks on over 800 brides.

8. Knowledge is power

Professional make-up artists know all the tricks to help highlight your best features while disguising any imperfections. Kelly knows how to do your brows to best frame your eyes. If you want to pull off a bold lip colour, they’ll pick the right shade for you. If you want your eyes to stand out, she’ll make it happen.

9. Your bridal party

As well as pampering you, a professional make-up artist can create a unique, yet uniform look for your entire bridal party. Kelly will take into consideration each bridesmaid's colouring and personal style. She can do a full wedding party up to about eight people's make-up on the wedding morning.

10. The experience!

It’s one of the biggest days of your life - sit back and enjoy the experience. Having your make-up done professionally is one of life’s best treats. You’ll feel relaxed, pampered and super confident - and best of all, you’ll look stunning!

**Contact us to book a free wedding make-up consultation. **

Scrubbing up nicely

Proper exfoliation is essential for healthy, glowing skin, but overdoing it, or choosing the wrong method or product, can really damage your skin.

Clients often ask us, “How do I get glowing skin?” Here’s what we tell them: exfoliate!

Your skin regenerates itself constantly, producing about one million skin cells every 40 minutes. As new skin cells move towards the surface, older cells harden, lose moisture and detach from the skin.

However, things like age, pollution and weather play a role in dead skin cells not shedding themselves naturally, so they can often sit on the surface of the skin, alongside microscopic bits of dirt and pollution. Urgh.

“As we age, our cell turnover gets sluggish and we could use a little help” says skin expert Kelly Hooper. “Exfoliation accomplishes a few things at once: it reduces signs of premature ageing, decongests pores, brightens the skin, improves texture and allows other products (such as your moisturiser) to penetrate more deeply, thus being more effective.”

Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is our go-to product for exfoliation. Its unique rice-based powder microfoliates dulling debris (or what we call dead skin and dirt) and instantly leaves the skin noticeably smoother and brighter.

“Daily Microfoliant is a white powder that you tip into wet hands and work into a creamy paste. It’s not scratchy; you can hardly feel the particles at all, so it’s gentle enough to be used every day - hence the name!” says Kelly.

Your exfoliation regimen is totally dependent on your individual skin needs. Our skin therapists can advise you on which products to use and how often to exfoliate. Contact us to book your free skin consultation.

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What happens during a hot stone massage?

Hot stone massage is one of the most relaxing therapeutic massages available.

We asked massage king and Barn Therapist, Piotr, to tell us more about what happens during a hot stone massage and its benefits:

“Hot stone massage is used to help you relax as well as to ease muscle tension throughout your body” he says. “It can also be used to relieve everyday stress and anxiety, and to promote good sleep.”

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific areas of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat.

“The heat of the stones penetrates deep into the muscle tissue allowing the muscles to relax around 4-5 times quicker than in a standard massage” says Piotr.

“We use Swedish massage techniques such as smooth, slow movements to release any knots or tension deep in the muscle.”

As well as being a deeply relaxing experience, the heat from the stones improves blood circulation, speeds up metabolism, and can have a positive impact on the digestive and lymphatic (immune) systems.

Piotr has appointments available this Wednesday from 2-8pm. Please call to book.

Full body (1.5 hours) - £75.00 Back and neck (30 minutes) - £40.00

Briony’s summer beauty tips

We asked the lovely Briony about her top tips for summer beauty and skincare. After all, this gal always has beautiful, glowing skin.

So, what’s her secret? (Other than she works at the best beauty salon in Somerset, obvs!) Here are her top tips for healthy skin this summer:

Wear less make-up

“I tend to wear less make-up in the summer. Make-up likes to move around when it's hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it” Briony says. “I use Dermalogica Sheer Tint in summer - it looks super dewy and natural!”

The lightly-tinted hydrating treatment provides an all-day sheer wash of colour, with, light-diffusing iron oxides for radiant skin. It also has an SPF built-in to protect from damaging UV rays. Awesome.

Hydration

Your skin may be lacking moisture in the summer, whether due to the sun, travel, pool, or simple outdoor activities. Keep your skin hydrated with a quick spritz of Dermalogica multi-active toner.

“It comes in a travel size which is perfect for putting in your bag for daily use, or after air travel.” Briony says.

Lots of water and fresh fruit

Yes, yes… we all know we should be doing this anyway, but water accounts for 70% of the body, so as well as hydration, it’s also essential for keeping our skin’s elasticity, and looking healthy and glowing.

If your skin’s water content is less than 10%, it becomes dehydrated. Dehydration in the skin weakens its defence and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature ageing.

Briony says: “The best way to get glowing healthy skin is simply to drink more water! I have a marked bottle at home to monitor how much I’ve drank.”

Fresh fruit restores minerals and vitamins in your body, and some can even reduce your body temperature.

Wear sunscreen

There's no question on how important sunscreen is. Sunbathing without the right protection, or long exposure to the sun, increases the risks of skin diseases and guarantees early skin ageing.

“I’m more religious about sunscreen in summer, naturally. I make sure my moisturiser contains an SPF and i make sure I cover my ears and lips - the places most people forget!” Briony says. Your lips are prone to damage as they only have 3-5 layers of skin, compared to 16 like the rest of your body.

Briony uses Sun Soul; the innovative range of anti-ageing, water-resistant sunscreens from [ comfort zone ] which boost the skin’s natural defenses and protect the skin’s DNA before, during and after exposure.

“I love the sun milk; it’s non-greasy and ultra-light - plus it smells amazing!”

Why faking it is better

Fake tanning is no longer about streaky legs, orange palms or feeling sticky, uncomfortable and smelling like biscuits. Nowadays an even, natural-looking glow is much more achievable.

If you want a gorgeous golden glow this summer, but don't want to suffer the risks of over-exposure to the sun, why not fake it with the help of The Barn and Vita Liberata.

Kelly Hooper, Director of The Barn, said: "Self-tanning is becoming the most popular way to achieve perfect, bronzed skin, and is the safest option.

“Too much sun exposure, either from the sun or sun-beds, has so many possible risks; premature ageing, skin pigmentation as well as more serious effects such as cataracts and skin cancer.”

The Barn uses the multi award winning self-tanning brand Vita Liberata. Vita Liberata is the world’s first non-toxic and organic tan, free from parabens, perfume and alcohol, with certified organic ingredients that nourish and condition skin for the perfect self-tan.

Kelly said: “The Vita Liberata tanning collection offers a natural-looking, odourless tan result that replicates a natural suntan, as well as providing anti-ageing skincare benefits.

On Monday (26 June) Natalie from Vita HQ is visiting The Barn for a live demonstration on how to achieve the best tan at home. There will be a Q&A session, top tips and a free goodie bag.

Tickets are just £5 and redeemable against any Vita Liberata products you buy on the evening. Call to book your space: 01934 751217.

10 skin care tips to get a gorgeous bridal glow

When it comes to wedding skincare and beauty prep, there’s no such thing as starting too soon!

We asked Kelly Hooper, skin expert and make-up artist, for her advice on how to get your skin glowing for the big day. Read her top tips on how to guarantee that bridal glow:

1. Start early If you really want to get your skin in top form, we recommended you start a tailored skincare routine about a year in advance. It's OK if you don't have that long before the wedding day - just adopt good skincare habits and a tailored regime as soon as possible.

2. Skin consultation The key to using the right products and getting the right skin advice for you begins with an in-depth consultation. Dermalogica’s revolutionary Face Mapping skin analysis technique provides insight into your skin’s past and present, and allows the prescription of a targeted home care regime for a healthy skin future. It also eliminates the guesswork when selecting products for results on your skin. Skin consultations are free at The Barn.

3. Schedule professional facials A monthly facial will really refresh your skin. We recommend the Super Charged Skin Treatment. This is the ultimate in skin treatment, combining combining advanced Dermalogica products and bio-therapeutics such as microcurrent, wet/dry microdermabrasion, micro-penetration and LED light therapy. It’s a non-invasive skin treatment that will leave you with the most dramatic results. Only available at The Barn.

4. Clean your face properly It’s not rocket science, but many women get it wrong. They use flannels or muslin cloths, both of which can harbour bacteria. Instead, use just your hands or a sponge. Soap-free Dermalogica Cleansers lift impurities and address skin issues. Thorough cleansing is the most critical step in a successful at-home regimen. Every Dermalogica Cleanser is pH-balanced to protect the skin's natural moisture barrier; it’s the ultimate start to your healthy skin regimen. Buy here.

5. Deep clean with a mask “The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They're also an excellent way to help pull out impurities” says Kelly. We recommend the [comfort zone] Hydramemory Mask which immediately hydrates and plumps the skin.

6. Eye-do No one wants bags on their big day. Kelly’s favourite under-eye product is the [comfort zone] Hydramemory Eye Gel, which provides relief to tired eyes with puffiness and dark circles. It instantly brightens tired eyes, leaving skin feeing plumper and super hydrated!

7. Hydration is key Kelly says: “Hydration is essential for keeping our skin’s elasticity, and for healthy-looking, glowing skin.” Dehydration in the skin weakens its defence and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature ageing. “Look for a moisturiser that caters to your skin concerns. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid help your skin maintain water” says Kelly. A thorough skin analysis will help you choose the right moisturiser for your skin type.

8. Pucker up Your lips probably have the most important role of the day between the big kiss and all that smiling. “We recommend the [comfort zone] Skin Regimen Juvenate Lip Balm” says Kelly. “It’s an intensive nourishing lip treatment, with hyaluronic acid and chia seed oil which will keep your lips hydrated and protected all day.” Regular use of this anti-ageing balm will get your pout ready for the spotlight. Available at The Barn.

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9. Clean your make-up brushes! Every time you swipe a brush across your skin, you could be adding a layer of bacteria, dust and dirt to your skin. “We recommend the Mii Cosmetics Cleanse and Condition Brush Balm - a deep-cleansing treat for hard-working brushes which is super easy to use!” says Kelly. The balm contains coconut oil to dissolve makeup and Shea butter to keep brush hairs beautifully soft. Available at the Barn.

10. Get glowing “Sexy, sun-kissed skin is always in style - and looks amazing against a white dress!” says Kelly. Book yourself in for a pre-wedding Vita Liberata tan with exfoliation. Vita Liberata products are non-toxic, odourless, organic, paraben-free and bursting with natural extracts like hyaluron, pomegranate, yam and gingko biloba, designed to moisturise and hydrate the skin. This tan will last 7-10 days. Available at The Barn.

Ready to start your bridal beauty routine? Call us to book your free skin consultation.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about laser hair removal (we hope!)

Hair removal. Us ladies talk about it in casual conversation, but do any of us admit to how much of our time it consumes on a weekly basis.

From the basics of legs and armpits, to the bits we don't want to talk about (any men reading this - look away now); the upper lip, maybe a few stray chin hairs or unwanted sideburns.

As a dark-haired, semi-hairy kinda gal, body hair and how to remove it has been a preoccupation of mine since my teenage years. I can’t even count the numerous nicks and cuts endured from shaving, the aftermath of ingrown hairs from epilating and the wincing caused by a pre-holiday wax.

I took the plunge into the laser hair removal world last year, and like most people I asked myself if would it be worth the money (it’s actually quite reasonable nowadays), if it would hurt (it makes me jump more than anything), and if it would even work (and it really does!)

I started with an area that had been bothering me for years. I can’t even describe the impact this patch of hair had on me; from feeling super self-conscious to irritated by the constant, daily hair removal routine.

So I booked a consultation with Kelly; a certified IPL practitioner. She conducted a patch test and then patiently answered my 4000 questions about laser hair removal, including the expected: “But will it really work?” And guys… it really works.

I booked a course of 6 initially (which gives you a 30% discount), because I trusted Kelly’s knowledge and expertise. I remember after the first session I was so surprised at the results I asked Kelly whether I’d even need the other sessions. That’s how amazing it is - the hairs literally fell out after one session (it’s ridiculously satisfying).

Kelly explained the cycle of hair growth* to me and why I should continue with the course. She was right, as she always is. I am now hair-free in my problem-area; I’m only annoyed at myself that I didn't do it sooner.

There’s just one issue; laser hair removal is definitely addictive. I went on to book courses for bikini and upper lip, and I know I’ll book more. Laser hair removal isn't as expensive as you think and it’s totally worth it. My mission to be a hair-free goddess (apart from the hair on my head) is on!

For those of you thinking of joining me in a hair-free world, here are some helpful tips:

How does it work? IPL by iPulse is a new type of hair removal technology which uses light to disable the hair follicle so that it will not produce another hair.

Can anyone have it? Laser hair removal works best on light skin and coarse, dark hair, but The Barn have had superb results with individuals with all ranges of skin and hair colour, so book a consultation to find out more!

Can you get anything done? Any hair near your eyes is an obvious no-go area, but the rest of your bod is fair game. If there isn't a course that covers your problem area, speak to Kelly as she can tailor a course for you.

Does it hurt? I find my upper lip a bit more sensitive, but it’s not pain-pain, more like a hot flash of light - which makes me jump and Kelly laugh! The other areas I’ve had done haven't hurt at all. I guess everyone’s different but that shouldn't put you off. It’s certainly no more uncomfortable than all then other hair removal methods!

How much does it cost? Buying in bulk will serve you best. With 30% off a course of six, I will never have to wax my top lip again - all for the amazing price of £168!

Can I pay for single sessions instead of a course? Yes, but The Barn recommend a course of 6. *This is because it can take 6-12 weeks for hair to grow from the papilla to show above the skin. We want to make sure we capture all of those pesky hairs, not just the ones currently sprouting. On average you will need 6-10 sessions every 4-8 weeks.

How long does it take? Depending on what you’re having done, it’s fairly quick. I’ve been in and out in 10 minutes. Legs, being a larger area, obviously take longer.

Does it really work? YES! The Barn guarantee 75-95% permanent hair reduction.

If you want to bring an end to unwanted hair and stop the need for waxing, shaving, epilating and plucking, book a free consultation with Kelly. She’ll do a patch test, discuss your individual needs and answer any of your questions - if I haven't already answered them.

Prices are here.

I look forward to welcoming you in my hair-free club (it's very exclusive...) Leah x

Our visit to Facebook HQ

You may have spotted (if you follow us on social media) that we visited Facebook HQ in London a few weeks ago.

Well, we’ve had to keep quiet until now, but now we can reveal all... The Barn has been chosen to be part of Facebook’s first SME Council!

There are 2.4 million small businesses on Facebook in the UK - and we got picked! We’re super proud and excited to be working with one of the biggest organisations in the world!

Kelly and Leah, our new PR gal, visited the London HQ and met members of Facebook’s incredible team as well as people from SMEs across the UK.

They spent some time with Facebook’s creative team, their new dedicated account executive (the lovely Tanya!) and attended workshops, feedback sessions and briefings - they also received a Facebook hoodie (we’re jealous!)

Kelly said: “It was an incredible event; the Facebook team are so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful, and we learnt so much! We’re really looking forward to working with Tanya to raise the Barn’s profile!”

The Facebook SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Council has brought together 15 rapidly-expanding small businesses from across the country to form the first UK SME Council - we’re delighted to be one of them!

For The Barn, it means we are able to work with the incredible team at Facebook, who will help us to better understand how to make our business thrive, as well as to share best practice and learn from other SMEs.

The Council will meet twice a year to discuss any challenges, solutions and new ideas. We can't wait!

Beauty really is skin deep

Hear from our lovely new PR girl Leah on her first ever facial - the Super Charged Facial!

I’ve always been a bit lazy when it comes to skincare. I’ve never had “bad” skin… never suffered with spots, acne, greasy skin – those typical teenage ailments seemed to pass me by (which I’m extremely grateful for). Moving into adulthood, nothing much changed. I did my best to take my make-up off at the end of the day (totally different story at the end of a night out) and I moisturised. Simple.

So, when I arrive for my Super Charged Facial with the lovely Kelly, I had no qualms. My skin is in good nick; I’m often told I look younger than my years (smug face), and I don’t really need this facial. Right?

Firstly Kelly shows me the range of products and equipment she’ll be using on my face. There’s quite a lot, but don’t be alarmed. They each do incredible things and they’re chosen based on my skin type.

Then she tests the hydration level of my skin. We’re made up of 65% water so our skin should ideally reflect that… make sense? And I moisturise all the time, so I’m going to smash this test. Right? (You can see where this is going can’t you?) So imagine my surprise when, after testing several areas of my face, I rock up at an average 30! My poor, parched skin.

“We want grapes, not raisins!” Kelly exclaims as she begins. I take it she means we want nice, firm, smooth skin, not a wrinkly, scrunched-up face. Let’s do this. Next my face receives a deep clean using a sonic brush. This takes off the day’s make-up and any build-up of old make-up, fake tan and even pollution. The vibration is super fast but comfortable.

Kelly then begins the wet/dry microdermabrasion. I can feel it gently exfoliating my skin, removing any impurities, dry bits of skin, etc., and as it infuses clean water back into my skin simultaneously, it feels really refreshing.

The ‘fascinated-by-weird-things’ part of me asks to see what the wet/dry microdermabrasion has removed. Kelly shows me a little pot of murky water which is made up of my dead skin cells, pollution, make up, fake tan… you name it. It’s ridiculously satisfying. And gross, yes.

Now it’s time to re-educate my facial muscles. They’ve gotten lazy (like my skincare routine) so we’re going to give them a boost using the latest micro-current technology. It’s essentially a non-surgical life; Kelly uses a specialist tool on different areas of my face; eyelids, smile creases, forehead… This little gadget increases my natural production of collagen and elastin, as well as increasing blood flow. I can hear Kelly chatting to herself “Good lift there, good lift…” and my inner monologue is cheering my muscles on.

Kelly then baffles me with her science knowledge (she does that a lot) – let’s talk iontophoresis. Yeah, exactly. I can’t even say it. Iontophoresis sends a mild electrical current through water and into the skin. It helps with product penetration, allowing the nutrients from the products we’ve used to penetrate into my skin during the treatment.

The science says it pushes approximately 45% more product into the skin than simply massaging it in. It’s a tingly sensation but it’s not uncomfortable.

Next Kelly places a clear hydrating mask on my face, some eye patches and a pair of protective goggles. It’s time for my LED treatment. I’m aware of some light and warmth as Kelly places the LED canopy over my face; it’s cosy and comfortable, and I relax for the next 15 minutes.

I ask Kelly to explain LED treatment to me, in a nutshell. “It’s making your cells have a rave!” The LED lights give our cells a massive boost, renewing them, increasing collagen and improving blood circulation. As well as that, it makes our skin brighter, clearer and more hydrated.

To test that theory, I ask Kelly to check my skin’s hydration levels once more. 65, 64, 56... incredible! Take that stuffy air-conned office; I will beat you! As I drive home, I find myself staring in the rear-view mirror. My skin looks so healthy; cleaner, firmer, plumper, smoother... and those pesky fine lines have disappeared.

The next morning in my bathroom, the sunlight catches my face - and my skin is absolutely glowing. What the Super Charged Facial has taught me is that I wasn’t taking good care of my skin. I was naïve and lazy, and I couldn’t see that my skin was suffering. I’m now fully committed to my daily skincare routine. I’ve bought the basics from the incredible Dermalogica range; cleanser, toner, moisturiser and the eye cream – I’m not getting any younger after all! I want my skin to look and feel this good all the time.

A huge thank you to Kelly and The Barn for my new face. I promise I won’t use facewipes ever again!

The Super Charged Facial has been designed by Kelly using the latest technology. She is no doubt a skincare specialist, both incredibly passionate and knowledgeable – the ultimate skincare geek! Ladies, if you want your skin to be at its’ very best, inside and out, book your course now. You will not regret it.

ADVANCED FACIALS COMING...

Facial electrotherapy treatments are coming to The Barn!

We are extremely excited to finally let you Barnies know that facial electrical treatments will be coming to The Barn this month! These advanced facials are tailor-made to your skincare concerns, incorporating professional Dermalogica skincare and layering innovative electrical technologies to maximise results. Each treatment includes a free consultation with bespoke advice, on the treatments, treatment objectives and guidance for your skin. What is consistent about the skin is its inconsistency, no individuals are the same.

Treatments include:

Wet/Dry microdermabrasion, Microcurrent, LED light therapy, Hydration scans, Face mapping, Advanced skin analysis, Ultrasonic exfoliation, Power skin treatments.

All advanced facials will be exclusively performed by salon owner and skin expert Kelly Hooper. Kelly has been in the industry for 17 years, consistently developing and working passionately with clients to achieve their skincare goals. Kelly will be hosting a launch event where you will have the chance to learn a little more about the facials and the technology that will be used. On the night there will be demonstrations, a chance to ask questions and to book your course of treatments with an exclusive discount available on that night only.

Bookings are being taken now for consultations ready for the launch of these fantastic new technology facials. We only have limited availability as Kelly is very highly requested, these treatments have been long awaited high demand is expected therefore early booking is advised. The treatment menu will be available very soon but if you have any questions about any of the electrotherapy facials Kelly will be more than happy to help.

#trainderm

Last week Teresa, Olivia and Abbi went to the Demalogica headquaters to learn all about the #1 award winning skincare.

They spent four intensive days learning everything from the products to the treatments. For more than 30 years Dermalogica have been teaching skin health to skin therapists, we learn the best from the best. They pride themselves on being experts in the field with products and treatments that work, providing skin care products for you Barnies to take home with you to carry on the skin treatment inbetween your professional facials. We have used Dermalogica in The Barn from the very beginning as they believe (as do we) that skin health goes farther than skin deep and skin care products should contain real ingredients with real results. You will not find mineral oil, lanolin, artificial colours or fragrances or micro plastics in any Dermalogica products. All packaging is recyclable and they do not test on animals...their beliefs fit perfectly with ours!

Whilst on training the girls learnt all about the products from their ingredients, benefits and how to use them so that they can advise and help all of you when you come into The Barn for your skin treatments. They then learnt how to examine the skin by face mapping and skin analysis to help identify issues in the skin and underlying casuses, this is the platform to provide skin advice and provide the Dermalogica professional skin treatment. The treatment is completely personalised for every client as it is designed to target their key skin concern while providing the ultimate experience and achieving skin health and real results. It wasn't all work work work though, after they learnt how to prescribe the correct products and treatments they were able to carry out the treatment on each other which includes a pressure point massage for ultimate relaxation.

We cant wait for you to experience the fantastic skin treatment and Dermalogica products thats why this months offer is a Dermalogica skin treatment with face mapping skin analysis included for only £25, half the original price. This offer is only available throughout October and cannot be booked with Kelly or Charlotte or in conjuction with any other offer. We are getting booked up already, avoid disapointment and contact us today to book in and get your skin ready for the winter.