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So happy to see Kate Shapland from the Telegraph enjoyed my Organic Facial...

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Tired skin? Get down to the Skin Gym

BY KATE SHAPLAND | 24 JANUARY 2012

Facialist and yoga bunny Charlotte Colwell believes that the way you feel inside (body and brain) is reflected outside, and that treating skin well takes a holistic approach. So she has developed a glow-restoring facial workout which aims to maximise the performance of treatment topicals and cosmetics to give skin a radiance that seems to come from within - always tricky in winter when the cold, hard light does your complexion no favours.

Like all the best alternative skincare gurus her good-skin philosophy is based on getting you to relax - to nix stress - as a well of balancing emotions. 'Often clients come to me with a skin complaint and it's mostly how they are feeling that is triggering this - so it's essential that I help my clients relax on a deep level as well as addressing topical concerns" she reveals. Charlotte combines her facials with deep breathing yoga exercises to bring about calm, and blends up live products to apply to skin - alongside organic Eminence products - to really feed it.

Colwell's most popular 'live facial workout' at the moment is her Organic SkinGym Treatment. It begins with a relaxing neck and shoulder massage using hand-blended organic essential oils, and a warming double deep cleanse and exfoliation. This is followed by the workout which involves a flowing sequence of massage movements and pressure points to drain lymph and clarify skin. Charlotte then applies the live mask - in this case a mix of greens, reparative herbs, plants and fruits to deeply cleanse skin - and gives your feet a wonderful massage.

The upshot is a relaxed expression with fewer frown lines, firmer skin and a youthful glow - and deep sense of calm within. And Charlotte encourages you to sit and drink a skin-boosting herbal tea in the Shavasana pose before rushing off to join the human race again.