I’ve had a number of interesting questions from readers which I would like to share with you in this blog.
Q. A 76 year old lady asked me the following:
I would like to have semi permanent make up done on my eyebrows but I’m not sure is it possible at my age?
I’m also a little worried if it would suit me.
A. When it comes to SPMU Makeup, age does not really matter but you do have to be over 18.
My oldest client was 86 years old!
However you cannot have SMPU if you have any of the following conditions:
- You have diabetes
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have glaucoma or taking blood thinning medicines (e.g., aspirin, warfarin)
- You have skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema on the area to be treated
- You have transmittable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis
- You have a haemophilia
- You have healing disorders or uncontrolled high blood pressure
- You are on any skin medication such as Accutane or steroids
- You undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
- You have epilepsy
- You have a pacemaker or major heart problems
- You had Botox in the past one month
A good consultation will precede the treatment. Your therapist will draw the shape & recommend a colour pigment.
It’s also important when choosing your technician to see a portfolio of their previous SPMU work on eyebrows.
Q. A 27 year old lady asked me:
I would like to get filler in my lips & it will be my first time. How will I know how much filler I should have?
A. The best answer to this question (which I have heard many times) is to take it slowly. You can always get fillers topped up. A lot will be determined by your natural lip shape & also your expectations. But my advice would be to take small steps. When it comes to fillers I have met many people with overly filled lips who regret they didn’t take their time. Some practitioners will allow you to use half a syringe and come back a couple of weeks later for the rest if you decide that’s what you want.
Q. A 19 year old lady asked me:
Is it important at my age to know my skin type? If so, why?
A. It’s quite simple, once you know the characteristics of your skin you’ll have an understanding of your skin type and you can begin to choose products that work for you. Most skincare products state what skin type they’re good for. Your skin doesn’t stay the same forever. Although your skin type is mainly down to genetics, everything from the seasons, your environment, and your hormones can affect it. If you have oily skin now, you might not forever, so it’s good to always reassess your skin every 6/12 months to see if you need to try something new.
Q. A lady in her 40’s asked me:
I’m starting to feel self-conscious about growing old… I’ve started to notice all of my wrinkles, I look tired all the time.. I don’t know where to start …
A. This is something I hear frequently, so I always recommend the most important first step is a good consultation with a professional practitioner. It’s important to have a good connection with the person providing your treatment. It’s essential that you feel comfortable & there is trust. If you have these components in place you will get the results you are looking for.
Q. A lady asked me:
I often hear that I should use SPF cream every day but I don’t really know why ?
A. You might think the only damage that the sun can do to your skin is burn it, but the truth is, it’s literally destroying your skin. Even the UVA rays that penetrate through a window damage collagen, which leads to deep wrinkles and sagging skin – if this isn’t the best reason to wear sunscreen, I don’t know what is!
There are two types of Ultra Violet rays, UVA & UVB. You need to protect your skin from both. UVB is what causes sunburn, skin discoloration and skin cancer, and this is what SPF protects against. Then there are UVA rays, which are considered even more dangerous as these penetrate deeper into your skin and cause long-term damage, like wrinkles, sagging skin, the destruction of collagen, and skin cancer. These can penetrate through cloud and glass, which is why you should wear SPF every day.
Q. A 39 year old man asked me:
I was considering to have a botox procedure How long would it take to notice the results?
A. Most patients begin to notice the effects three to five days after their procedure, with full results becoming visible after 14 days. When injected for cosmetic purposes, Botox lasts four to six months on average, but you can expect the effects of your first treatment to wear off faster.