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Lockdown life has separated all of us from so many things we normally take for granted: family, friends, colleagues, even just a reliable supply of flour and chopped tomatoes (in Glasgow at least). 

However, if you’re accustom to maintaining your appearance with aesthetic treatments, self-isolation is shedding light on a whole new set of worries.

With the UK’s cosmetic clinics shut down and no access to Botox, fillers, and high-skin treatments, there are plenty of men and women panicking about what they’re going to look like in three months’ time when their treatments have worn off: an aesthetic endemic that I’m calling “Lockdown Face.”

This can be further compounded with the pressure to ‘glow up’ during lockdown – from at home workouts and fad diets, to influencers with flawless skin all over Instagram,  it’s hard when you’re used to a regular appointment to help you feel good about yourself.

I’ve been inundated with enquiries from patients, new and existing, who are worried about their appearance and wondering when they can come in for treatment. I’m trying to keep things light-hearted, but there is a real underlying issue as some people really do rely on these treatments and going without can leave them feeling insecure and perhaps unattractive to partners and those around them.

The work I do is very subtle and natural – to look at my patients you wouldn’t know that they’ve had anything done. But by the time lockdown has been lifted, Botox will have almost certainly worn off for most and those who attend regular skin and beautification treatments may also feel like their appearance is not as fresh and energised as usual. 

Some people have reported a concern about their partner “seeing their real face,” while others are worried their migraines and headache will return as their Botox wears off (yes, Botox treatments do have the added benefit of migraine relief to some patients). 

Experts in the industry have highlighted a concern around the mental health and wellbeing of the public and I believe it is the responsibility of all practitioners to be available to advise patients correctly, reassure them, and look out for anyone who might be struggling. 

Although I appreciate that while treatments wearing off can create huge anxiety for patients, it’s important to keep things in perspective with a worldwide pandemic killing hundreds of thousands. Therefore, I advise that people remain patient and do not break the law and seek out treatments from clinics that may be going against government guidelines during the lockdown.

The truth is, having a break from treatments and focusing on the important things in life: family, health, and internal happiness, is probably a good remedy for us all right now.  

There are things you can do at home to help get your skin in the best possible condition ahead of your next appointment.

  1. Drink plenty of water: Ideally 2-3 litres per day. 
  2. Nurture your body:  Having a healthy diet will do wonders for your skin.
  3. Lifestyle Choices: Smoking and excessive drinking are just some of the things to avoid. 
  4. SPF: Make sure you always wear sunscreen. 
  5. Exfoliate, cleanse, moisturise and protect:  Having a good skincare routine will help keep your keen hydrated and protected.

So until the clinics re-open in June or July (we hope)  my advice is to focus on your health by eating healthy, drinking lots of water, getting lots of rest, good sleep – so once this lockdown is lifted you have the best skin and best attitude when you attend your next appointment.


Breaking Down the Barriers of Aesthetics

In today’s society, people are becoming more aware of the importance of maintaining or enhancing their appearance. Yet it is surprising how little people know about what procedures or treatments are out there that can give them that “upgrade” they’re looking for.

That’s why at The FACE Academy, we were so excited to have opened our doors last week to not only unveil our new look and team, but more importantly to encourage people to come and talk about aesthetics and see what happens in our clinic.

We had a great turn out at our Launch Parties and they turned into a perfect opportunity to break the taboo of talking about aesthetics and skincare, and allow people to talk openly about what they would like to have done. Our practitioners were on hand to give advice on treatments and talk about how big enhancements can be achieved with really simple procedures. The lovely Prosecco provided by Scavi & Ray, and the food provided by Italian in the Kitchen chef, Renato, helped things along greatly too!

Guests were able to watch live demonstrations: lip fillers were performed by Dr Andrew Culbard, and a Chemical Peel was performed by Dr Lauren Evans. These were also streamed live on Thursday’s Party and it was great to see huge numbers of people watching from home and interacting live during the demonstrations. To date, over 2000 people have watched the demonstration videos online, which just shows the interest and demand is out there to know more about aesthetic procedures. We are more than delighted to help keep people informed, and more importantly to demonstrate that the procedures are not as scary as some may think!


“big enhancements can be achieved with really simple procedures”


#ivebeenfaced was also officially launched and we were able to explain to our clients that all those who have an aesthetic or skincare procedure at the FACE Aesthetics and Skincare Clinic from the 14th of July till the 14th of September will receive our specially-selected 2 in 1 lipstick and lipgloss in Plum. Clients who post a picture of themselves wearing the lipstick on social media and who tag it with #ivebeenfaced along with checking into the FACE Aesthetics and Skincare Clinic, will be placed into a prize draw. Following the 15th of September 2016, five names will be selected from this draw and the winners will receive a gift voucher worth £100 off further aesthetic or skincare treatments at our clinic. Who wouldn’t want to get involved for a chance to win?!