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Seasonal Skin Care Tips – combat the cold!

Look after your skin on cold, windy days…

Wouldn’t we all like dewy, soft skin throughout these Winter months? Perhaps a rosy glow after coming inside from the cold? Sadly the reality of it is, our typical UK weather and dry, indoor heat play havoc with our skin’s natural defences. If left unchecked, the skin can get dry and tight-feeling , which in turn can lead to flaking, cracking and even severe conditions like eczema.

Panic not. Here are 6 great tips to both prevent and treat parched skin. You’ll be back to peachy in no time…

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Yes, hardly a surprise this is top of the list!

  • Firstly, look out for natural and nourishing ingredients such as oatmeal and shea butter. These bind moisture into the skin. Look out for the word “humectant” i.e. it attracts water to itself.
  • Secondly, move from water-based to oil-based moisturisers as these can help lock in any moisture whilst forming a protective layer. The most potent of such products are serums. Choose natural ones based on plant oils.
  • Thirdly, apply sunscreen – especially on sunny days or when you know you’ll be outdoors. Stressed skin is more prone to UV damage and Winter rays can still be significant. Don’t forget your lips with a slick of balm containing a UV filter.

A helping hand. Get the gloves out! You’d be amazed how many of us don’t bother, yet the thinner skin on the backs of our hands ages and dries faster than anywhere else. Make sure you slather on a rich hand cream, certainly after your hands have been wet and ideally overnight too. Go for a moisturising soap-free hand wash.

Humidity rules. Keeping our environment warm enough is essential – from central heating to log fires to heaters in the car. All massively deplete moisture in the air. Humidifiers don’t have to be the expensive plug-in versions though. Radiator hangers come from as little as £3 each on e-bay! You fill these with water and hang on the side of your radiator to evaporate. Add a few drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil too.

Buffer up.
We still need to help the skin shed dead cells during the Winter months. By sloughing off dead skin, not only is it easier for products to penetrate, we encourage new skin renewal from underneath. Choose gentle, natural scrubs; only lightly pat the skin dry; and apply your moisturiser/serum straight away. This helps keep moisture and active ingredients locked in place.

Keep your cool. As tempting as it is to run a super-hot bath/shower when feeling the chill, this is one of the worst things you can do for your skin! The outermost layer, the stratum corneum, is made up of cells loaded with keratin and lipids. Together they form a protective barrier against the environment. Intense heat plus typical foaming products will strip this essential layer away. Lukewarm water is best.

Treat yourself to a facial. Seeking the expertise of a skilled facialist will be worth every penny. Ask for a facial that includes a massage stage, an exfoliation and a moisturiser as a minimum. A good massage will encourage circulation, heat cold muscles, drain away toxins, aid healing, de-stress you – and ultimately it’s dedicated “me time” that every single one of us deserves.

Winter self-care is very important – especially for our skin which is after all the bodies largest organ. So look after yourself, keep warm and we’ll see you again in Spring!

Feel free to try our ethically-sourced, gentle skin care products. Our Welcome Store is right here.



Successful College Staff CPD Day

FTW Signature Facial – CPD for Bishop Auckland College

We’re so pleased to bring you another first for Face The World! Following on from our hugely successful Thai Foot Massage CPD Days at Andover College, Hampshire and Blackburn College, Lancashire – Face The World have delivered our very first staff CPD day in our award-winning and patented Signature Facial Course!Staff at Bishop Auckland College

The day was arranged via college lead Adelle Garnett and Face The World’s Liz Badger to suit the college’s requirements. Specialist FTW tutor Gwyn Featonby, also Director of the Seven Wellbeing Centre at Butterwick Hospice, Stockton-on-Tees, ran the day for Face The World.

Mini Thai Foot Massage
Staff received the full 1 day course, exactly as delivered privately – meaning they finished the day as fully-qualified and insurable Face The World Facial Practitioners. As well as the multi-sensory, choreographed routine, they were also taught the three mini global massage sequences for during the Ocean Rain Mask stage of the facial: Thai Foot (as seen here), Indian Head and Tibetan Hand Massages. The client can choose which mini treatment they want whilst the mask sets to work.


FTW Training Manual
Each member of staff received a CPD Diploma Certificate (as accredited by The Guild and approved by the CThA and PEP), bespoke FTW CD, 28-page Training Manual, laminated crib sheet, enamel uniform badge and a mini product set of Face The World skin care (enough for 3 to 5 facial treatments). Those who wished it also received trade access to the FTW Store and added to the monthly e-Newsletter.

Says Adelle – “The course was brilliant and we were all so chilled out! We loved the facial – and equally your FTW skincare products. We all want trade access please.”

We now have an even better offering – including training you to run your own Face The World one and half day courses in house! Take a look here –


Pre-Wedding Facial Massage

Pre-Wedding Facial Massage – Guest Blog by Amy Bryant

So. It’s three weeks until the big day and you look in the mirror. To your absolute horror you see fine lines, wrinkles and flaky skin like you have never seen before. All of that wedding planning stress has taken its toll and you need a quick fix. You need some revitalisation and you need it quick. But who and where do you turn to?

Pre wedding facial
The answer is – a facial.

I don’t have time for that’ I hear you sigh. But are you aware of what facials can do for you? Do you have regular facials? Are you using the right products for your age and skin type? Well if are unsure of the answers to these questions then it’s time to read below!


You might have your eyes popping when you look through the salon menu and are seeing the prices of their different facials (they really do vary!) and thinking how the hell is this going to fit into my wedding budget? But trust me, a facial is extremely beneficial and you don’t always need to spend a fortune to see the benefits. Especially when there’s only a couple of weeks to go.

ExfoliateYour facial is likely to begin with a cleanse to prepare your skin for an exfoliation. This will prime your skin ready for a flawless make-up application by removing dead skin cells that are giving you the dull, flaky appearance. It will also prepare for those lines and wrinkles to be pumped full of nutrients.

We then get onto the massage. Not only will it send you into a dreamy slumber, relaxing your muscles from the weight of the wedding planning, it will also pump your blood around your face, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the area. This will reduce puffiness, plump those fine lines and can strengthen the facial muscles. It will also aid hydration so once you wake up from your slumber you really will have fab, wedding worthy skin. Hooray! Face MaskThe facial is also likely to include a mask, which can do anything from remove impurities, hydrate or reduce fine lines.

And as if that wasn’t enough, another important part to the facial is the therapist using recommended products for your skin type. I would hope that they would use a serum, a day cream including SPF so your skin is protected, a night cream and an eye cream or gel to help waken those eyes and lessen those bags.

FTW SerumThe main two products that you should throw your budget out of the window for are the serum and the night cream. Now, of course each brand is different but generally speaking these work their best when used at night as this is when your skin repairs itself. They will be nutrient rich which will aid collagen and elastin production. Say hello to a tight, fresh, youthful look! The overnight serum will also take things a step further and penetrate the layers of the skin to hydrate you even more.

So. If you have looked in the mirror and feel some emergency repairs coming on then keep calm and book a facial!


Author: Amy Bryant – Shore Beauty. Click here to see her website and client services.

All About Facial Cleansing

Benefits of Facial Cleansing – By Rosy Flynn
We’re so pleased to introduce our very first guest blog!!

Hello Everyone,

Today we are talking about the benefits of facial cleansing in your everyday beauty routine.

Cleansing can sometimes seem a daunting task, especially if you are making your first steps into the exciting world of skincare. The choice is so vast and can appear confusing while you try to figure out what you need or if you really need it at all.


To put it simply, during the day,dirt, grease, grime, make up and pollution build up on your skin, cleansing is exactly as it sounds, cleaning the top layers of your skin and removing the daily build up of toxins.

Traditionally this has been achieved with plain old soap and water, however, soap can often be very drying on the skin. Over time, dryness in the skin can increase the signs of ageing (for example, wrinkles) and thus, more and more of us are realising the benefits of turning to products specially formulated for use on our faces.

As previously mentioned, our skin is under constant attack from daily pollution, oil build up, dirt etc that, without proper cleansing, can build up with dead layers of skin on your face. This can lead to various problems such as acne, irritation, dull skin, clogged pores and the dreaded premature ageing.

Proper cleansing can alleviate this by removing the dead skin cells which, in turn, encourages new cells to grow resulting in a more radiant complexion. Cleansing also loosens the pores which not only helps remove blackheads and clogging, but also prepares the skin for further treatment (in the forms of serums, masks etc) and this is why it is so important to incorporate this step into your daily routine both morning and night (morning to remove the overnight production of sebum which makes us oily, and at night to take off the toxins of the day).

As a general guide –

Skin Type:

Investing in a cleanser tailored to your skin type will ensure you gain the most from your routine and your skin will truly benefit.

Oily Skin:

You are most likely to benefit from a gel based cleanser, these are the best at removing oils from the skin, which is fine if you have an excessive amount of oil but these types of cleanser can be stripping in dryer skin types.

Normal skin:

You can get away with most types of cleanser as you don’t really have any problem areas, but try to stick to cleansers that specify they are for normal skin as overusing products designed for oily or dry skin types (for example) can upset the balance of your own skin.

Dry Skin:

You need to have a gentle, moisturising cleanser, these types of cleanser are often creams, milks and lotions. Ingredients such as hylauronic acid are beneficial as this draws water into the skin and and plumps up dry skin giving you a more healthy, youthful appearance.

Sensitive Skin:

You need to be more careful with the types of cleansers you try, scented products can irritate the skin, as can products with a lot of artificial ingredients. Opt for organic where possible and in particular look for glycerin in the ingredients, this will bring enough moisture but also has no side effects or stripping properties.

Any Skin Type: Now this is all very well, however sometimes you might fall into more than one category (eg, normal with oily t-zone etc) and a skin type specific cleanser might not work for you, or you might want an all round cleanser that you can rely on regardless of bad skin days, and in that case, the best way to go is for a cleanser aimed at all skin types, these cleansers are personally some of my favourites as generally they clean without stripping and deliver enough moisture without leaving you greasy.

Be sure to look for a paraben free formula to avoid skincare nasties and you should be set to a lifetime of great skin.

I hope this has been helpful or just an interesting read. As with many things in life, finding a good cleanser for your skin can involve a little trial and error, your skin shouldn’t feel tight or sore after cleansing, nor should it change your skin type (e.g make a dry skin type shiny and oily or make an oily skin type start seeing dry patches) a cleanser is supposed to work with your skin type not change it.

Bye for now,

Author – Rosy – Sparkles of Light Blog – Click here to read more!


Unique Facial Massage wins Business Award!


Face The World, noted for their amazing Signature Facial Massage, have been voted winners of the newly launched Holistic Business Awards 2013, as promoted by the UK Holistic Directory.

Winners Banner - Facial Massage

Celebrate with us… with “2 for 1” or 50% off all our facial and massage training courses and skin care!! Bookings/orders must be made before 20th October 2013!  Read on… offers are at the end…

Face The World® is a UK-wide holistic beauty company that have launched a revolutionary World-first concept for a combined holistic facial massage and beauty treatment. Our methods are so different, we have been granted a UK patent –

… and now, less than 2 years after launch, we are celebrating winning 1st place in the Holistic Business of the Year Awards!Liz Badger, CEO

Face The World is an amazing facial massage treatment that’s designed to nourish the soul as well as the skin. Comprehensive training and a bespoke, premium product range is available to beauty and holistic therapists, spas and salons across the UK.

Unlike other facials, the Face The World patented treatment is designed to take our client on a blissful, sensory ‘Journey’ around the world whilst enjoying the benefits of a results-driven yet fully holistic, paraben-free beauty treatment.

For each stage of the facial massage the products, fragrances, choreographed sequences and bespoke music have been developed specifically and solely for Face The World to each represent one of the five different countries ‘visited’. This gives our clients a hugely believable and beautiful cultural experience. They also have the sheer enjoyment of being pampered spa-style and seeing visible results from the unique quality products.

Face The World product range

The Face The World facial massage lasts one hour and includes a Rain Forest cleanse, unique toning rinses, Australia exfoliation, Tibet acu-massage, neck/shoulder massage, an ‘Ocean Rain’ skin drench mask to further enrich the skin and deeply relax the body and mind, all concluding with a heavenly South Africa moisturise. We then give our clients a sachet of luxurious overnight Skin-Booster Serum, to be applied before bedtime to maximise the facial treatment and extend the pampering!

Mini Global Massage TreatmentsBut there is a further delight in store! During the Ocean Rain skin drench stage, while the skin enjoys deep rehydration, our client is treated to one of three complimentary mini-treatments of their choice for a truly relaxing and multi-cultural experience – an eight-minute Indian Head Massage, Thai Foot Massage or Tibetan Hand Massage. Bliss.

Only therapists trained in the Face The World method are able to provide the treatment to their clients. Training options are available for individual students or groups/practices/spas and are approved by both the Complementary Therapist Association and the Guild of Professional Beauty / Holistic Therapists. All courses come with an inclusive Starter Kit of our premium products, CD, Diploma Certificates, uniform badges, Training Manual, CPD units and laminated crib sheet.

Face The World are also actively looking to expand their team of pioneer practitioners, tutors and skin care stockists across the UK and would love to hear from you. We guarantee we can offer your clients something truly different!

Contact us by clicking here

 Here’s the deal!

All of our facial massage and ‘global’ massage training courses and our premium skin care range are either “2 for 1” or 50% off!!

Training Courses: Our Signature Facial Massage (as above) –

Face The World Signature Facial Massage

INDIVIDUALS: Find another therapist to “buddy up” with – and simply split the cost between you! That’s only a £99.50p + VAT investment each for a world-first treatment in your portfolio, worth 16 CPD Units with the GPBT or 5 Units with the CThA. Both of you need to add coupon code WINNING on check out.

SALONS: For a staggering 50% off (£249.50p saving) – and for up to 6 staff trained in your own premises – just add coupon code WINNING on check out.

Our other lovely half day, global massage courses are also in the ‘2 for 1’ deal! Only £47.50p + VAT per person! These are also suitable for complete beginners (so bring a friend – and both learn a super new skill) –

Face The World Map

Indian Head Massage – both you and your buddy need to quote coupon code WINNING on check out. Only £47.50p + VAT per person!

Thai Foot Massage – both you and your buddy need to quote coupon code WINNING on check out. Only £47.50p + VAT per person!

Tibetan Hand/Arm Massage – both you and your buddy need to quote coupon code WINNING on check out. Only £47.50p + VAT per person!

Eastern Acu-pressure Massage (face) – both you and your buddy need to quote coupon code WINNING on check out. Only £47.50p + VAT per person!

Skin Care: Our beautiful, ethically-sourced, paraben-free products are also in the 50% off celebrations!

Face The World product range

Treat yourself to any of our luxurious skin care products – or even indulge in our gorgeous mini product set so you can try them all! No minimum orders. No catches.

Just add coupon code HD50 on check out – and 50% will be taken off automatically for you. Hurry – only available until 20th October 2013!

Take me to the retail shop please!

Full details and a ‘virtual facial video’ can be found on our website: www.face-the-world.co.uk or contact us for other training options and Joint Venture possibilities.

Face The World Holistic Facial Experience

My Face The World Facial…

By Cindy B

What do I know? Face The World is a lovely holistic facial experience designed to take you on a virtual journey around the world. This exciting facial treatment is cleverly choreographed to music from around the globe, and every product used or sound you hear reflects the country you are visiting. The gorgeous aromas and textures of products and blissful music tantalise your senses of smell, touch and hearing and you truly believe that you are on holiday in paradise!

Face The World products are unique as they are suitable for all skin types whilst delivering premium quality treatment without parabens and are cruelty-free. This amazing patented treatment is a holistic experience designed to pamper your senses and enlighten your soul.

Here’s my “Journey”…

The Face The World Journey began in the Rain forest with the sounds of beautiful birdsong, haunting pipes and marimba filling the room. I was treated to a refreshing deep cleanse as the therapist’s soothing and fluid hand movements massaged the cleansing milk into the face, neck and décolletage. The fresh scent of peppermint, orange flower and galbanum (an aromatic gum resin) stimulated the senses as daily pollutants, toxins and makeup were lifted away from my skin. The cleanser was removed with warm mitts, soaked in a specially formulated toner concentrate containing witch hazel and aloe vera. All products are removed in this manner to ensure I experienced the full benefit of the next product.


The next phase of the Journey harnessed ancient Eastern techniques to create a pressure point facial massage that worked on the Chakras throughout the body. I was transported to Tibet and felt my body enter a deep state of relaxation whilst listening to bamboo flutes and Tibetan singing bowls. The aromas of patchouli and nutmeg enveloped my senses as I was also treated to a soothing neck and shoulder massage. This is a very indulgent experience and I found it difficult to stay awake.

My next stop was Australia, as the deep vibrations of Aboriginal music and the rejuvenating aromas of eucalyptus, bergamot and tonka bean calmed my mind. This skin-friendly gel scrub combined both physical and chemical exfoliation. Ground rosehip seeds provided mild abrasion whilst a gentle pumpkin enzyme rid the skin of dead cells.


The next step of this exciting journey featured an Ocean Rain skin drench. The sound of raindrops and crashing waves filled the room while I felt the cool pattering fingertips of the therapist as a hydrating marine mask was applied to my face. The stimulating Chlorella in the mask helps to firm and tone the skin, while aloe vera gel and lavender oil heals and repairs the skin. While my troubles floated away on the ocean waves, I was treated to a complementary mini-treatment of my choice. You can choose between an Indian Head Massage, Thai Foot Massage or Tibetan Hand Massage. This was sheer indulgence and I was in a state of bliss with my Indian Head Massage.

The final leg of the Journey took me on a safari trip to South Africa where I was treated to the soulful native choral singing and inhaled the sweet aromas of violets, lily of the valley and rose. A light moisturiser containing sodium hyaluronate and vitamin E was massaged gently into my skin. This nourished and hydrated the skin making it feel incredibly soft and smooth.


To end this amazing experience, the therapist gave me a sachet of luxurious Overnight Skin-Booster Serum with instructions to apply before bedtime to maximize the effects of the facial treatment and extend the pampering experience. It was a truly incredible experience and I was sorry to end my ‘Journey’. My skin felt clean, refreshed and nourished and I felt enlightened and rejuvenated. I would thoroughly recommend the Face The World Holistic Facial Experience to everyone. It would be a perfect treat to pamper someone special or simply escape from the stress of daily life on a virtual holiday.

The benefits of aloe vera in skin treatment

aloe vera plant

Aloe vera is commonly known as Aloe, burn plant or lily of the desert. Early records of the use of Aloe vera appear in the Ebers Papyrus from the 16th century BC in which ancient Egyptian remedies and magical formulas are listed. Aloe vera was known as the ‘’plant of immortality’’ and was presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. This species is used widely in the traditional herbal medicine of many countries. In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe vera is called kathalai and is used as a multipurpose skin treatment.

Aloe sap

Pure aloe extract

Cleopatra massaged aloe gel into her skin as part of her daily beauty routine. Aloe was used in ancient Israel to wash and prepare the dead for burial and Egyptians used aloe in embalming. When Columbus set sail for America, he wrote in his diary ‘’All is well, aloe is on board’’. Aloe vera is still popular today and is cultivated around the world as a crop for its colourless jelly-like leaf parenchyma known as ‘’aloe gel’’. It is used for a variety of purposes in food and beverages, food supplements, herbal remedies and cosmetics.

Aloe vera contains many active ingredients which influence its therapeutic properties including vitamins A, B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, folic acid, choline, a host of minerals, amino acids and mucinous polysaccharides. It contains uronic acids which aid in detoxification, and fatty acids (natural plant steroids) which are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Aloe contains enzymes and antraquinones which are natural pain killers and antimicrobial agents, as well as salicylic acid which is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. The presence of saponins account for its natural cleansing and antiseptic properties.

Face The World Mask and Cloths

A concentrate of aloe, lavender and chlorella (seaweed) extracts…

Aloe vera may be effective when used topically in the treatment of wounds and is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. It has been used to promote healing of first to second degree burns. Studies have shown that aloe’s antibacterial and antifungal activities may be useful in treating minor skin infections such as sunburns, boils, benign skin cysts, and tinea corporis.

View our Face The World ‘Ocean Rain’ Skin Drench Mask

Aloe vera gel is used extensively in skin products such as lotions, facial creams, cosmetics and sunblocks. It encourages skin rejuvenation due to its antioxidant properties, relieves arthritic pain, improves blood circulation and reduces scarring and itching. Aloe has a moisturising effect and has a similar pH to human skin so it can be used on sensitive skin.