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Holistic Facial & Body Treatments

I was drawn to natural beauty and holistic health practices from a need to feel connected with our natural world. In my skin care practice I use gentle, rhythmical touch, old world spa therapies and organic whole-plant prepartions to stimulate activity within the skin, rejuvenate the face, relax and de-stress mind and body. Using my years of experience I tailor treatments to meet the needs of each individual, whether it be a teenager with congested, acne skin, someone experiencing difficult conditions such as rosacea, concerns with ageing or simply the need to relax and unwind.

I have a three-fold philosophy for achieving healthy radiant skin.

1.Natural Organic Whole-Plant Preparations
Our skin is alive, lifeless chemicals can not give life and vibrancy to it. Plant nutrients are so powerful for supporting the healthy ageing of our body as a whole. As with the vitality of the foods we eat, the vitality of the products we apply to our skin supports our vital energy, essential for healthy skin-body functioning.
So often I see skincare that boasts a whole array of vitamin, antioxidant and protein ingredient, but usually these are synthetic, lab manufactured forms of these ingredients, that our body and skin simply can not utilise and actually place a burden of toxicity. The whole plants used in Laurel Skin are bursting with phyto-nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which our skin is able to absorb easily and use to full effect, supporting our skins microbiome, stimulating collagen and elastin formation, repairing, healing and detoxifying, helping us to achieve healthy glowing, vibrant skin what ever age we are.

2. Healthy balanced lifestyle
Our lifestyle choices have an impact on the health and appearance of our skin. By making informed choices with regards to nutrition and exercise, drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated from within and getting quality sleep, we can support the functioning and integrity of our skin and indeed our general health and wellbeing.

3. Treatments
Hands on treatments are vital in supporting effective skin healing and vibrant ageing. Regular treatments using principles of lymph stimulation and Gua Sha, promote flow of stagnant waste, support collagen and elastin production, tone and firm the muscles of the the face, visibly reducing lines and puffines, supporting the skins inherent ability to heal and imbuing the skin with a natural glow. When more aggressive approaches such as chemical peels etc are used, they have an effect on not just the dead cells on the surface of our skin but the living skin cells too. When we 'attack' these cells, messages are sent, setting up a whole wave of inflammatory reactions that inhibits healthy cell functioning (including elastin and collagen production) and that ultimately leads to accelerated ageing over time.

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Why Laurel...?

Why did I choose to use Laurel Whole Plant Organics in my treatments and my own daily care rituals.

For years now I have dreamed of providing treatments using preparations made with not only organic plants, but plants that have been minimally processed and are at their most vital and therefore potent state. Like the food we eat, we get the most health benefits when the ingredients are fresh, unproccesed and with no unnecessary additives, in the case of skin care, fillers, emulsifiers and preservatives.

I toyed with the idea of making my own, but although I have a reasonable plant knowledge I knew it wasn’t enough. But my real concern was being able to source the highest quality raw plant material, with vibrant, vital plants that weren’t only organically farmed with integrity and sustainability, but would provide the potent life force of the plant that would imbue the preparations with highest efficacy, making them truly natural and wholly effective.
I had to accept that this was beyond my ability, but I was convinced it was possible, so my search began.

After what felt like a very long time I came across a herbalist who was doing just exactly what I’d dreamed of. Her name was Laurel Shaffer, her plant knowledge was incredible, she had passion and love for what she was creating and at the heart of it all was her commitment to sourcing the highest quality, organically grown, medicinal plants.

She was using 100% organic, ethical, sustainable and locally sourced plants. She had spent several years developing strong, personal relationships with the local organic artisan farm producers, to ensure that she only used plants of the highest potency in their raw, unrefined, whole plant state to produce vibrant effective preparations. She was using her knowledge of plants and science, eliminating all unnecessary fillers and processed ingredients to produce pure effective skin care.

I was so excited I had found someone who was doing exactly what I had dreamed of. But my excitement turned to disappointment when I realised that Laurel, whose herbal apothecary studio in Northern California, didn’t have a UK distributor and only sold her preparations in the US.

I decided I needed to investigate if it was possible for me to bring these delicious preparations direct from Laurel’s studio to my treatment room. So I became the first person in Scotland and only the second person in the UK to import Laurel Whole Plant Organics.

I’m so delighted to be able to use in my treatments and share with my beautiful clients, Laurel; 100% Whole Plant Organic Skincare made with raw, unrefined whole plants without unnecessary fillers, preservatives or processed ingredients, to deliver highly effective and luxurious products that support and nurture the skin in the most effective and beneficial way.

The Laurel skincare line is a truly pioneering range of preparations. She has taken plant science to a new level. She hasn’t allowed herself to be constrained by the expectations of the conventional cosmetic industry and instead has approached her craft by looking at what the incredible plant world has to offer and how she can harness their unique, natural and medicinal properties in the most natural beneficial way, to produce skincare that is truly beautifully effective and utterly natural. Her products are handmade to order, to ensure peek freshness.