Quickly becoming known as the ‘Lunchtime Lift’, the Pure Skin Beauty Room in Nueva Andalucia is now offering the Ling Energy Lift Facial which uses a combination of far-infrared rays and Asian health principles to turn back time in an hour.
When celebrity NYC beautician Ling Chan unveiled her latest treatment, the Energy Lift Facial and revealed that it made her clients look five years younger, Sofia Saide, owner of Pure Skin Beauty Room, knew that she had to bring this state of the art facial to Marbella.
“My Ling treatments and products have gone down a storm with my clients,” explained Sofia. “They produce results and our clients are happy. So when I found out about the latest treatment, I couldn’t get it into my salon fast enough. Although we are lucky to live in such a beautiful place with year round sunshine, the climate does play havoc with our skin. This is why I only invest in the best anti-ageing treatments so that I can really look after our clients’ needs. It’s important to know you have anti-ageing options that don’t involve cutting your skin or injecting your face with foreign substances.”
So why is this treatment different? In a nutshell, the facial aims to contour, tone and rejuvenate the skin. It also helps to shrink the sebaceous glands meaning it is great for breakout skin. This innovative facial and body wellness treatment utilizes the extraordinary properties of Tourmaline, a semi-precious gemstone also referred to as the ‘magic’ stone. Energy Lift combines the infusion of farinfrared rays and Asian health principles to stimulate the body’s self-healing and rejuvenation for increased wellness of the mind, body and, of course, your face.
How does it work? Using a healing vibration energy machine imbued with Tourmaline, the highest-energy producing crystal in the world, this deep infusion of ‘chi’ or energy, is a concept used for over 5,000 years in traditional Chinese TCM healing. This gemstone is known for its ability to aid in the detoxification process of the human body, increase vitality and immune function, while promoting all round wellbeing. Energy Lift Therapy infuses far-infrared rays, which are invisible rays of vibration energy that have the unique ability to penetrate all layers of the human body, reaching the tissues, muscles, and bone. When far-infrared energy is applied to facial acupressure points it instantly rejuvenates and energizes the face. Facial contour is lifted and blood circulation is stimulated, allowing toxins to be eliminated to reveal a younger and healthier complexion. When applied to the body, far-infrared healing energy relaxes the nervous system to promote stress relief, reduce aches and pains, promote blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and weight loss. Energy Lift can also lift our emotions and induce a sense of wellbeing, while also promoting tranquil sleep.
What can you expect? This treatment will take you on a journey of complete relaxation and total body wellness. The treatment starts with 20 minutes of Energy Lift wellness on the back spinal area, neck and shoulders to open the meridian channels for proper ‘chi’ energy movement and lymphatic drainage.
“It feels like a warm, polished stone being run up and down your spine and around you neck and shoulders, explains Sofia. “It is extremely relaxing and, if you’re a fan of infrared rays you’re going to love this.“
Next is the facial, which includes a glycolic peel, a massage, and multiple masks. After applying the Apple Stem Cellular Energy serum and DNA DoNotAge Cellular Youth Extension cream, Sofia or a member of her team will performº Ling’s signature acupressure technique with the far-infrared device, leading to a lifting effect, a healthy flush, and ironed-out wrinkles.
If you want to look as youthful as you feel inside and restore the natural glow of your youth then the Energy Lift Facial should be the next thing on your ‘must do’ list.
Energy Lift Therapy is available at
Pure Skin Beauty
Tel. + 34 951 134 983
at The Wellness Studio
Los Naranjos Golf Club
Let those who struggle know they are not alone
It is important to note that depression, anxiety and panic attacks are not signs of weakness. Mental illness is something that can affect anyone and its onset can never be predicted or controlled.
It’s a fact that one in three of us will suffer from mental health issues at some time. Many professionals and celebrities are actively exposing their knowledge and their personal battles to help the population understand that many people can be susceptible to mental illnesses.
Life may or may not be harder than it was a generation ago, but our belief in “progress” has increased expectations that life should be more satisfying, resulting in mass disappointment.
Millions of us live with various types of mental illness such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction and personality disorders and those with physical illness can also suffer from mental illness.
DEALING WITH THE STIGMA
Luckily the stigma around mental illness has started to decrease over the years. However, many unfortunately still have a certain image of mental illness; countless people still think it means institutionalisation, straitjackets, padded cells and multiple personalities and feel threatened by it, connecting the diagnoses to crime, prison and/or madness.
However this does not seem the case for our country’s soldiers. As a population we offer acceptance, support and empathy to our soldiers who have returned from battle injured physically or emotionally, which is rightly so as soldiers are exposed to very disturbing influences of battle, causing trauma (physically and emotional) and pain. Why, though, is there still such a large percentage that cannot offer the same support and empathy to others that suffer from emotional and other mental illnesses? Life is a different type of fight for many people, leaving them highly susceptible to suffering in a similar way.
Our aim is to try to help people understand mental illness, helping them accept that this illness is not a choice.
I strongly believe that if we can help the population become more compassionate towards the nature of mental illness we then have the opportunity to allow people to seek out the help they may need. The more support and acceptance around these illnesses that is available, then the better the opportunity for change in a very demanding world.
Cortijo Care Marbella
C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San
Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella.
Tel. 952 780 181,
COMMON TYPES OF MENTAL ILLNESSES
Anxiety disorders. People will respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread, as well as physical signs of anxiety or nervousness, such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating. Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.
Mood disorders (also called affective disorders) involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or dramatic fluctuations. The most common mood disorders are depression, mania, and bipolar disorder.
Psychotic disorders. Two of the most common symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations and delusions, which are false beliefs that the sufferer accepts as true, despite evidence to the contrary, e.g. schizophrenia.
Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviours involving weight and food. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are the most common.
Impulse control and addiction disorders. People with impulse control disorders are unable to resist urges to perform acts that could be harmful to themselves or others. Pyromania (starting fires), kleptomania (stealing) and compulsive gambling are examples. Alcohol and drugs are common addictions. Often, people with these disorders become so involved with the objects of their addiction that they begin to ignore responsibilities and relationships.
Personality disorder sufferers have extreme and inflexible traits that are distressing to the person affected and can cause problems in work, school, or with social relationships. Examples include antisocial personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder.
Since my first meeting with Gemma Wood early in 2013 we have discussed hundreds of topics during our monthly editorial meetings. A half an hour meeting can easily slip into two or three as conversation flows from one subject to another. It is not often you meet someone who can hold your interest for that long, let alone make you feel that you have learned something life changing. I am often moved to tears, as Gemma’s ability to read people unintentionally hits a raw nerve.
We have covered everything from drug abuse to the stigma of mental illness during our sessions; however, each time we touch on the subject of eating disorders, Gemma lights up. She becomes more animated and her passion clearly shines through. I believe she was born to help people who suffer with this cruel condition.
I wanted to write this introduction, because if you, the reader, are suffering from an eating disorder or you are a parent or partner watching a loved one struggle, then I cannot stress this enough; please reach out to Gemma and her team at Cortijo Care as they could really make a difference.
People often ask me why I wanted to specialise in eating disorders. It is something about which I am very passionate, both personally and professionally. It is close to my heart and I feel blessed that my job is working with something I that care so much about.
One of my life goals is to change people’s perceptions of this disease. It is seen as more acceptable to have a drug or alcohol addiction, than to suffer from anorexia. Many still believe it is a ‘phase’ and the person will grow out of it. I want people to understand that an eating disorder is an illness and one that needs treating. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. In fact, up to 20 per cent of people will die from complications or suicide if left untreated.
An eating disorder is an expression of internal suffering. It is a psychological illness that manifests itself physically. An eating disorder is not a choice, nor a passion. Eating disorders are illnesses that stem from psychological and/or emotional distress and result in an obsessive relationship with food. Having the ability to control the amount of, or type of food consumed can make a sufferer believe they are coping with their problems, thus allowing them to block out painful feelings.
An eating disorder is often referred to as an additional part by the sufferer; it is quite often the case that someone who is suffering from anorexia or bulimia can develop an auditory voice that is controlling their behaviour, mood and life. A lot of people that suffer from either of these disorders describe the voice as a “he” or “she”, sometimes even naming it. The voice is the eating disorder that becomes the sufferer’s way to survive, its friend and its enemy.
There are several main diagnosed eating disorders and each is defined by specific signs and symptoms. They are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), Obesity. Obesity has only recently been recognised as an eating disorder, having previously been recognised only as a medical condition.
Eating disorders often go hand in hand with other additions. Many sufferers will also be self-harming or have some form of OCD. It is never just a straight forward diagnosis. For example some people with bulimia will not vomit, but will take laxatives or over-exercise. Just because bulimia does not cause the extreme weight loss that anorexia does, it does not mean that it is less serious. This is why it is important that family members do not try and self diagnose. If you suspect a loved one has an eating disorder, seek medical advice before confronting them as this could simply make the situation worse.
DEALING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
It is very common for young people to strive to be something that others want them to be or what may be perceived as ‘what other’s want them to be’, losing their identity of who they really are and who they really want to become. Seeking approval from adults and peers can dictate a young person’s perception of themselves.
Young people yearn for protection, love, understanding and safe boundaries even though this may often appear the last thing they desire. Often this desire is camouflaged by their external behaviours. This can potentially make being a parent even harder as parents may feel isolated and confused, their understanding of their child’s needs contradicted by his or her behaviour.
In my experience the percentage of eating disorders in children and young people is constantly rising. It would appear that over the last 10 years the increase in eating disorders has risen.
There does seem to be more awareness, help and support around the subject, yet finding professional support can still appear very difficult.
Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness in adolescent females. Eating disorders in schools are almost as prevalent as alcohol and drug abuse:
9.8 per cent of female students had problems with alcohol, 8 per cent had problems with drugs, and 7.8 per cent had problems with eating disorders.
86 per cent of people report their eating disorder started before the age of 20, 10 per cent report it started at 10 years old and younger, 33 per cent report it started between the ages of 11 and 15, and 43 per cent report it started between the ages of 16 and 20.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
There are many reasons behind the development of eating disorders. Factors could include (but are not limited to): personality traits (being a perfectionist,) development, genetic factors, early puberty, family attitudes and systems, negative family influences, high levels of external/internal expectations, cultural pressures, sport/dance, social problems, abuse/traumatic events, major illnesses, hormonal abnormalities, difficulty coping with change, self-esteem, spiritual or religious influences, confidence and worth, self-acceptance, media and other psychiatric illnesses combined.
Children and young people seem to be more exposed to life influences, possibly leaving them more vulnerable to change. People of all ages (not just children and young people) could be more susceptible to life’s difficulties and rely on an eating disorder to cope. This could be influenced by their physical, emotional and personality make-up. External/ internal life experiences seem to have a great influence on a person who may develop an Eating Disorder, as does someone’s personality structure. A combination of these may leave someone more susceptible.
As a Person-Centred therapist, I believe it is imperative to approach each case individually, tailoring each client’s treatment plan to their own specific needs. Being client led means offering the core elements to each person to help them feel heard, listened to, understood and validated. I also bring many other tools into my client relationships to facilitate the learning for change, such as focusing orientated therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness, thinking beyond, the Sodna Method, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as Tapping Therapy).
When working with patients with eating disorders, I believe it is very important to be able to validate both the healthy self and the eating disorder self, allowing plenty of room where necessary to listen to what “it” has to say. Over time the aim is to help the healthy self become stronger than the eating disorder self.
At Cortijo Care an individual is able to receive the most comprehensive treatment possible to overcome their eating disorder in a respectful understanding manner with full medical care and a team of specialist eating disorder therapists and nurses, enabling them to deal with any issues in a safe and secure environment, aided by experienced professionals and a qualified team that offers an individual approach to their mental well-being.
We offer four stages: Acute 24 hour care, rehabilitation, independent living and aftercare. Every treatment plan is different and adapted to the degree of weight loss; we are working with specialists in the UK and Spain to take clients with very low BMIs.
CAN AN EATING DISORDER EVER BE CURED?
Professional and personal experience has taught me to always hold hope for every client. I believe and have witnessed, that it is possible to be “cured” from suffering with an eating disorder. As mentioned previously, the eating disorder is the symptom, not the cause. I believe that if the sufferer has the opportunity to work through the issues that have created the disorder, they can fully recover over time.
Please note that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health illness. The quicker the sufferer can access understanding support, the more hopeful their future may be.
Cortijo Care Marbella
C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San
Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella.
Tel. 952 780 181
“Having a family member with an
eating disorder affects all the family
and often the whole family needs
to repair and rebuild. It is said to
be a journey; Gemma has made a
difference and continues to do so.”
“Looking younger has become easier than never before, numerous invasive and non-invasive techniques allow us to find individual solutions for almost everyone” Dr Kai Kaye / Director Ocean Clinic
The Facelift is becoming one of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures requested. Although in the past the over-corrected or «plastic» look was all too common, today we can produce beautiful, natural-looking results.
Being an expert in this field with many publications and various techniques described by himself, Dr. Kaye creates a youthful, long-lasting natural looking result.
Paying meticulous attention to tightening and repositioning the facial muscles and skin, in addition to a special technique of sculpting and repositioning the facial fat, many patients look as many as 5-10 years younger and, best of all, instead of looking «lifted», today’s patients simply look refreshed, rested and healthy.
The basic idea behind a facelift is to remove excess skin that is loose and sagging on the face and the neck, and to tighten the underlying tissue. The excess skin that is removed never returns, so you will always look younger than you would have without surgery, even 10 years after surgery. The skin does continue to age, however. When new sagging develops, you may, if you choose, have a minor «mini-tuck»facelift procedure to correct it, or use other techniques to enhance your appearance.
Skin Peeling techniques are an alternative way to rejuvenate the skin without the need for surgery. The cumulative effects of the sun, age, and smoking make the skin appear wrinkled and thin. In addition, abnormal cells may grow and multiply, creating unsightly spots or in some cases, skin cancers. Luckily for us, the skin is unique in its ability to regenerate itself. The normal pace of regeneration, however, is slow and does not prevent the accumulation of abnormal and damaged skin cells. A more efficient way of ridding the body of those abnormal cells and replacing them with «new» skin is to «peel» off the top layers of skin. The body then replaces these layers with new skin that is healthier and younger looking.
What are the different types of chemical peels? Mechanical peels work by «rubbing off» the top layers of skin. Older methods used a pumice stone. Dermabrasion with rotating devices also enjoyed popularity. More recently even salons have started using systems that «sandblast» the skin. How well these methods work is highly technician dependent.
Chemical peels work by putting a chemical on the skin that reacts with and breaks up the top layers of skin (epidermis). Examples of this are the «fruit acid» peels, «TCA/Bluepeel» peel, «Obagi blue peel», etc. Depending on the nature and concentration of the chemicals used these peels can strip off only very superficial layers of skin or they can go deep into the skin, providing a real lifting effect which can replace in selected patients surgical lifting procedures.
How does a deep peel work? A deep chemical peel takes of the complete epidermis (upper layer of the skin) and penetrates deep into the dermis. In this layer it creates a coagulation of elastic fibers (Elastin, Collagen etc.) which leads to a restructuring and tightening of the facial skin resulting in a long lasting lifting effect of the face similar to a surgical facelift.
Botox - Treatments are, with over 4,5 million procedures performed in 2012, the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed.
Used to treat facial lines and wrinkles such as forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and lines around the neck, BOTOX®, Vistabel® or Azzalurel® are the registered product names for Botulinum toxin Type A. Botulinum toxin is produced by a bacterium known as “clostridium botulinum”.
In small doses, botulinum toxin can be used safely to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. In addition, botulinum toxin has been shown to be an effective method for treating other conditions, such as migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms, among others. With little downtime and almost immediate results, Botox-Treatments can help you restore a smoother, more youthful appearance to the face. You will most likely begin to notice the results within a few days following the procedure. As the muscles in the treatment area are unable to contract, the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles will decrease.
The results from a single procedure last approximately 3 to 4 months after which you can receive subsequent injections to maintain the desired results. Although the results are temporary, those treatments can safely and effectively help to restore the smooth, more youthful appearance you desire.
The Makeup master class
By Nicola McGeorge
Looking for special occasion makeup ideas? Find out how to get this red carpet look in just a few steps.
Step 1. Using a foundation brush layer on MAC Strobe Cream, which boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin. Next, move onto the brows as they are the most important facial feature; all angles of the face are determined by the brows - they can lift the eyes, narrow or widen the face. Fill in gaps with the Shavata Brow Pencil then add definition with HiBrow shadow.
Step 2. Normally you would now move onto foundation, however as this look requires quite a lot of dark eye shadow, any excess will, of course, drop onto the under-eye area. If this mixes in with your foundation it will go a nice shade of grey, which is not the look you are after. So, I recommend starting off with the eyes first and then cleaning up afterwards. Dab Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the lids to keep everything in place. Next, using a large shader, pat Urban Decay ‘W.O.S’ from the Naked Basics palette all over the lid to just above the crease. Buff ‘Naked 2’ from the same palette into the crease and the outer corner of the eye, winging it out slightly, then create a ‘V’ at the outer corner of the eyes with ‘Faint’, taking it under the lower lash line and about three quarters along the eye. Do not take it all the way across, as it makes the eye look smaller. Finally apply a tiny amount of MAC Pigment ‘Vanilla’ in the inner corner of the eye to brighten the area and pull the eyes apart, also highlighting under the brow bone with the same shade.
Step 3. Using a cotton bud remove any shadow, which might have dropped onto the under-eye area, leaving it ready for concealing. To diminish under-eye shadows work YSL Touche Eclat onto any dark areas, then set with powder. Next apply Chanel Vitalumiere, a creamy and luxuriously lightweight foundation, which blends effortlessly for perfectly smooth, even-toned, radiant skin. After buffing the foundation into the skin to get rid of any harsh lines, conceal any remaining imperfections with Make Up For Ever HD Concealer.
Step 4. Now for the contouring; apply MAC Tenderling just under the cheekbones, along the jaw line, down the sides of the nose and across the temples. Next, using a sponge, dab Benefit Highbeam highlighter on the places that would naturally catch the light; top of the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow. Finish this with a dusting of MUFE HD Powder along the t-zone.
Step 5. Line the upper lid with Bobbi Brow ‘Black Mauve Shimmer’ Longwear Gel Eyeliner, bringing it slightly past the end of the outer eye. To open the eye, line the waterline with Benefit Eye Bright; this pink perk-meup is perfect for all skin tones. Curl lashes with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and apply Christian Dior DiorShow Blackout Waterproof Mascara.
Step 6. Line lips, define and accentuate with MAC Spice, then fill lips in with Benefit Lipgloss ‘Fauxmance.’ Spray MAC Fix + to set makeup and add radiance.
Model: Carmen Navarrete Fdez
Makeup: Nicola McGeorge @ the Marbella Beauty Academy
Lash Extensions: www.thenailplacemarbella.com
Twenties Heiress Hair Comb: www.glitzysecrets.com
Cup cake: www.cakecouturemarbella.com
Location: Villa Del Mar www.marbellaclub.com
The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun. If you are looking to impress without stress then head to The Nail Place, where the talented team will beautify you from top to toe. Everything else can be left to the other half to organise, can’t it?
Valentine’s Day is inconveniently placed in February, not a great month when it comes to looking good in your underwear! For the last few weeks I have been wrapped up head to toe and not wanting to get out of bed - let alone slap on body moisturiser - before getting dressed. A Valentine’s Goddess I am definitely not. So when I was asked to try out The Nail Place’s Valentine package, I put on my Uggs and was out the door before my duvet could persuade me otherwise.
Due to central heating my skin was feeling dry, crêpey and dull, so salon owner, Samira Khoshnou, suggested that I start with a spray tan. Slightly dubious, after having my fair share of fake tan disasters (my face tends to take on a lovely shade of orange and at my Sixth Form ball even Roald Dahl’s Oompa- Loompa would have been jealous), so it took a bit of coaxing to get me into a private tanning booth. Samira explained that with Diva Spray Tanning there were colour choices of light, medium, dark and ultra dark, meaning there is a shade for everyone. I admit I totally freaked out when she decided to go over my face for a second time, I mean, did they want me looking like Donatella Versace in the magazine? However, Samira was right; the end result was a gorgeous, healthy glow, which faded evenly over the next week and my skin was left feeling smoother and silkier. The biggest benefit was that my pigmentation on my face was evened out so I only needed the smallest amount of makeup.
Next up was the pedicure. My feet haven’t seen daylight since September and I expected nail technician, Eeva, to reel back in horror once my hooves were revealed. But she just got straight to work while I relaxed in a modern spa pedicure chair with a refreshing lemon fragranced anti-bacterial footbath additive. Eeva took care of any hard skin, (there was a pile of it by the time she had finished), cuticle care and nail shaping, followed by exfoliation up to the knee and then application of a hydrating, softening masque. All this was then finished off with a relaxing foot massage. By this point I was totally ignoring what our photographer was babbling at me, as I had slumped into a drool-worthy state of bliss.
To complete my Valentine’s look, the queen of nail art, Rachael, (whose clients have included supermodel diva Naomi Campbell), waved her magic wand over my terrible talons. Yes, I admit it, I have a problem - I am a nail biter. Poor Rachael didn’t have much to work with at all. To increase length she added tips and, because my nails are weak and product tends to lift easily, she opted for the acrylic system which creates a hard protective layer over the nails.
Now came the difficult task of choosing the colour and design. Diamanante? Accent nail? Nail art? Ahhhhh…I finally opted for the traditional Valentine’s colours of red and black, but to add a modern twist Rachael created an inverted French using the world famous Jessica GELeration. A hybrid between gel and polish, it doesn’t chip or peel and dries in seconds, so would definitely last until the biggest date night of the year. Eeva then recreated the design on my toes. The effect was totally vamp-a-licious.
Now that I have made this much effort let’s just hope the other half pulls his weight and doesn’t think being romantic is ordering an Indian takeaway (like last year!)
The Nail Place
Tel. 952 818 636