Skin wizard Charlotte Colwell is one of the industries best kept secrets. She delivers radiant skin quickly by using a combination of powerful natural products, green technology and holistic techniques to de stress, anti age and boost radiance to the most lack lustre skin types. Her intuitive approach and knowledge means you will feel calm, balanced post treatment allowing your skin to restore and rejuvenate. She practices in leading spas and wellness centres around the world and has her own private practice in Hampstead.
What’s your special interest?
I love giving people the best skin they can have. Confidence is often wrapped up in how healthy we look. Im definitely a wellbeing and health addict and this is a big part of how I practice.
What is the best way to get radiant skin?
One of the most effective ways to improve your skin and help to prevent premature again is to focus on your diet. The skin, being our largest organ shows obvious signs when our body needs a cleanse, usually manifesting in breakout’s, inflammation and an unhealthy complexion. An easy way to intake more micro-nutrients to boost the skin is Juicing (or Blending) organic vegetables and low sugar fruits. Drinking a fresh Green Juice helps to alkalise the body, detoxing the cells and also boosting our immune system. This all makes the skin clearer, less prone to breakouts and gives it a more plumped up appearance.
Are there any lifestyle habits we can adopt to achieve healthier skin?
As well as a good skincare routine, the most important aspect is looking after yourself in nourishing ways that resonate with you. We’re all different, so finding what you enjoy is key. For me, this is eating as healthily as possible, making ‘appointments’ with myself to go walking in nature, a yoga class, healing massage and taking a bath with Himalayan Crystal Salt to detox my muscles. These rituals should be your idea of fun, they shouldn’t feel like a chore. Do what you love.
If skin is breaking out how can we cleanse from the inside out?
Our skin can become irritated and inflamed if we are toxic within. The liver has a huge impact on our skin and if it is over-loaded, the body will cleanse (breakout) via the skin, so it important to reduce your intake of alcohol, coffee, sugar, and try not to stress – until your skin settles down. One of the most powerful and easy ways to cleanse the liver is to drink Hot Water with Lemon first thing in the morning.
How are your facials different from others?
I aim work on a physical, mental and emotional level. My intention is to assist my clients to soften and switch off from their busy lives (only when you’re relaxed will treatments be truly effective) The skin is treated with Organic Skincare and muscles toning technologies, to detox, firm-up and nourish the skin. I like combining holistic and relaxation techniques with Facial Machines to help my clients feel amazing and leave with glowing skin.
If you have one insider beauty tip what would it be?
When applying moisturiser, massage your face and neck with upward motions to improve blood flow and help clear sinuses. You can work into the muscles by pinching around the jawline and cheeks. Squeezing eyebrow are and deeply stroking upwards around the third eye (the third eye area gets very tense from using computers and concentration, hence the ‘frown line’). Increasing blood flow brings fresh nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and releases tension from the muscles and tissues, hence giving you a healthy glow.
If people can make one healthy swap to improve their skin what would it be?
Don’t rely on a cream to make your skin look good, take your skin’s health into your own hands, start juicing organic vegetables/fruit and massage your skin every day. Work from the inside – out.
Why do you love your job?
I enjoy improving my client’s skin and lifting their spirits. And of course, I like to see results. It is my intention to balance my clients energy, whilst treating the complexion with whatever it needs to rejuvenate and repair itself, and hopefully leave you feeling much better than when you walked in.
Do you have anything exciting you’d like to tell us about?
I’m currently working to create an incredibly nourishing Night-Time organic facial oil, that ‘feeds the skin’ with a powerful blend of ingredients. This will be combined with mini video classes for massaging the neck and face. I believe the era of paying over-the-odd’s for anti-aging creams (that don’t really work) will slowly come to an end. We can keep our skin looking youthful and radiant by incorporating facial massage and pressure points into our daily skincare routines, as well as caring for our mind and bodies.
What skin boosting supplements do you recommend?
My skin boosting supplements are:
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I've been using Eminence Organics for 5 years now and really enjoy working with ingredients from nature rather than a cocktail of chemicals. Eminence started from the humble garden of a Hungarian woman, but now reaches into the skincare regimen of celebrities including Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel and Madonna. Eminence's brand manager talks about the history and philosophy...
How did Eminence come about?
Eminence started in 1958 when the current owners grandmother couldn’t import skincare products (because Hungary was a communist country) and had to make skin care with what she could grow in the garden, this included fruits, vegetables and herbs. When they could finally import products when Hungary became a republic they realised they were making something unique and decided to keep producing under the Eminence brand. Her grandsons moved the company to Canada in 2000 to grow the company into the world wide brand it is today.
What is the brand philosophy of Eminence?
Eminence’s brand philosophy is to use only the healthiest ingredients, without any harmful chemicals or additives, chosen to give premium results to all skin types. We believe in a holistic approach to skin care and health and feel passionate about sharing our quality products with the world.
What’s unique about Eminence in comparison to other organic or natural skin care brand in the market?
Eminence is unique to other organic skin care brands on the market because we have a ‘whole food’ philosophy. Instead of using essential oils we cold press whole fruits and vegetables so the vitamins and minerals stay fresh and alive in the jar, giving you maximum anti-oxidant protection. We use the whole fruit, skin, pulp and seed as sometimes it’s the ‘waste’ that has the highest anti-oxidant and bioflavonoid value.
Eminence products are not mass produced and are in fact hand-made. How does the product stay fresh and usable for long and what is the standard shelf life of your products?
There are several factors that keep our products fresh. First of all, making smaller batches of product and distributing those products straightaway instead of warehousing them for a period of time, gets the product to spas fresh, about only one month old. Secondly, Eminence does not use water as a filler in our product, everything is a concentrate. If you don’t add water as a filler, then you need fewer preservatives in the product. We use natural preservatives including witch hazel, rosemary and soyamine (a soy protein that prevents rancidity). In addition to these natural preservative the product is so high in anti-oxidant value that it also serves as a self preservative function.
What’s in store for Eminence? Any up and coming product launches in the pipeline?
We have something very special in store; this our most anti aging product to date. Based on our natural Retinol Alternative Complex and the stem cells from the swiss garden apple this collection promises to live up to its Age Corrective name.
If you'd like to know which of the organic product's would suit your skin type best, feel free to email me and I'll recommed and personal skin-care perscription for you.
I look forward to treating you to an Eminence Organics Facial very soon!
The benefits of light therapy are widely recognised in modern medicine as they deliver safe, effective, comfortable skin rejuvenation and healing. The system uses LED optimised light which is absorbed through cell receptors to increase cell energy and collagen production. The treatment is very comfortable and a favourite for gentle rejuvenation.
Cells in the human body use light and convert it into ATP (adenosine triphosphate) this is the energy/fuel that powers a cell. Plant cells have a similar process - photosynthesis produces 'chlorophyll', their fuel for life. When Light Therapy is used on the skin, it triggers the production of ATP, which increase's fibroblast activity - stimulating collagen production and promotes healing. The effects are smoothing of wrinkles, acne/scar healing, softened pigmentation (sun damage) and shrinking pore size.
Skin is cleansed, prepped and assessed. The light canopy is placed over the face for 20 minutes emitting a warm bright glow - followed with organic serums and treatment after-care. For an instant visible boost, try a Glow & Go Facial where I apply Hyarulonic Acid Serum to feed your skin before Light Therapy.
My client’s adore Eminence Organics - the brand I use to create healthy glowing skin. I’ve been praising the virtues of Organic Skincare since I started my beauty career over a decade ago, and it seems that A list celeb's are swiftly becoming addicted to the benefits as well.
In September's issue of Marie Claire, Madonna mentioned her favourite products are by Eminence Organics - she highlighted the fact that they are 'all-natural' and likens them to food.
"They contain all-natural ingredients. Everything they make smells like food, so facial cleansers smell like blueberries [Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser], the toning serum smells like strawberry [Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum], and the body scrub smells like coconut [Coconut Sugar Scrub]."
Try Madonna's fave's to create the luminous look...
Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser - £29 Refining cream cleanser with naturally exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid to remove impurities. Tannin-rich blueberries + soy give a luminous, youthful glow.
Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum - £29 Hyaluronic acid (from the marshmellow plant) is proven to deeply hydrate, plump and shrinks pore's - use before applying your moisturiser.
Coconut Sugar Scrub - £35 (Fatty acids in the virgin Coconut oil mimics those in your skin. Buff your skin smooth with this scrub for deep hydtration and nutrition.
So whats the secret? Eminence crops are organically grown, handpicked, cold pressed and made in small batches to ensure freshness. Each product contains whole organic fruit, flowers, herbs and spices. 100% from nature, with absolutely no nasties! These products really are rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids. The raw, fresh ingredients work to renew, repair and 'feed' your skin - with what nature intended (rather than a cocktail of chemicals)
It's important to remember that your skin (your largest organ) absorbs around 60% into the blood stream - just as if you’d eaten it. Which is why I only recommend using cosmetics that are safe to eat - regular skincare brands don't get past my treatment room.
As always, I look forward to meeting and treating you
After a long winter our skin tends to be rather dry, this is due to the chilly outside and indoor heating. The extreme's zap your skin of it’s natural moisture, often leaving it dehydrated and dull.
I always get asked how to combat dryness and how to brighten the skin. Through giving Facials to countless women around the world, I've spent years researching various ways to treat and remedy. So I'd like to share some professional tip's that I use for myself and my clients to create fantastic results...
Gentle exfoliation is just as crucial as moisturizing. One of the factors greatly affecting our skin is cellular turnover, which naturally slows down around 24/25 years of age. Children have soft and supple skin due to the high cell turnover rate.
One of my favourite products is the Clarisonic Brush, which I use every other day with my cleanser. The micromassage loosens and removes dirt, excess oil and makeup from pores. The result is super-cleansed, gently exfoliated skin, creating a polished glow.
CLARISONIC PLUS £179
To use: After applying cleanser to your skin, gently glide the brush up the sides of the neck, across the jaw-line, soft pressure on the cheek’s and upward motion on the forehead - not forgetting the 3rd eye point, eyebrows and side’s of nose.
Exfoliation increases your skin’s healing ability and triggers faster cell rejuvenation, promoting a fresh complexion. The Clarisonic prepares your skin to readily absorb nutrients and moisturizing agents, as you’ve gotten rid of dead layer.
My next must-have for spring skin is an anti-oxidant serum. Good organic serum’s are supercharged formula’s made with smaller particles, designed to penetrate the dermis (second layer of the skin) effecting repair and hydration.
The best serums I've found are by Eminence Organics, as they have a liposome base giving the deepest possible penetration of concentrated ingredients to create healthy, hydrated complexions. Apply your serum twice a day under your moisturiser for optimal results.
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB HYARULONIC SERUM £33
This serum is packed with repairing antioxidants boosters - vitamins A, Ester C, E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic. This renewing serum will help skin bounce back to a fresh, youthful glow, and loaded the famous Hyaluronic Acid (marshmallow plant extract) which is a deeply hydrating, natural substance that smooths and plumps skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
These steps alone will positively effect your skin, ready for summer.