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Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Everyone deserves great skin

No matter what the economy is going through, one thing’s for sure – we never stop spending money on taking care of our skin. And we’re not just talking about women; so far in 2018, 25 percent of men are spending around £20 per month on skincare products – not taking into account barber appointments and spa treatments. Here we’ve selected some of the most men-friendly products in the Strictly Professional skincare range.


#1 Micellar Water Cleanser

This product is still relatively new for us, but it’s already proven to be a major hit with women and men. We put this down to how its gentle formula keeps skin feeling clean and soft, with zero tightness. Slowly but surely, men are learning that astringent products aren’t always the best way to keep spots at bay. As a beauty therapist, you’re in prime position to show your male clients how a gentle, consistent cleansing method is the best way to ensure soft skin. Show them how to use the Micellar Water Cleanser all over, ahead of their usual face wash, and they’ll soon see the results.


#2 Facial Exfoliant

Everyone needs a physical exfoliant in their skincare arsenal, men even more so! Without proper exfoliation, there is an increased risk of ingrown hairs, which can often result in swollen pimples, and worse still, infected areas that can often lead to long-term scarring. There’s no need to exfoliate every day, but if your male clients prefer to use it daily, our gentle formula means they won’t over-scrub. With peach oil to keep skin smooth, and natural olive stone granules ensuring effective exfoliation, this is a brilliant addition to any man’s bathroom shelf. There’s also a Sensitive option, with soothing Aloe.

#3 Face Mask
Type in #manmask or #mangrooming on Instagram and you’ll see thousands of men taking the concepts of ‘me time’ and ‘self care’ more seriously. Masking is a great way to improve your skin, but also, it means you have to sit down for 10-20 minutes, and in our increasingly hectic lives, there’s nothing wrong with that!
Within our SP range there are four masks to suit each skin type. For Normal to Dry skin there’s softening Cotton and Blue Lotus Flower; for Combination, there’s Purple Ginseng and White Tea; for those with mature skin there’s our Dry/Plus range featuring nourishing Starflower, and for Sensitive types there’s Mallow Flower and Aloe.


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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

On the double

Gone are the days of washing your face with your mum’s favourite soap; today, one product just doesn’t seem to cut it, so we’re double cleansing for a more in-depth dose of clean. Here’s why.


First comes the oil…

Using an oil to cleanse the skin has multiple benefits:

It dissolves makeup with zero irritation, which is great for those with sensitive skin.

It cleanses gently. As we move away from more harsh, foaming cleansers, oil is great for sweeping away dirt.

Like attracts like: when you use oil or an oil-based cleanser on your clients’ skin, after massaging it in, you then need to wipe or wash it away with warm water. When you wipe away the cleansing oil, you’re also taking away excess oil in your clients’ skin. Oils and dirt in the skin bind to the cleansing oil making it super easy to wash or wipe them away.

It’s great for all skin types and does not affect the pH level in the skin.
Try: our Combination Skin Cleanser; it’s a gorgeously gentle, softening cleanser that contains Avocado, well-known for its nourishing properties.

Second cleanse…

Depending on your clients’ requirements, the second cleanse could be:

A Micellar Water Cleanser; it’s super gentle as it contains tiny particles of oil that are suspended in the skin-softening water. You can use this immediately on the skin after oil cleansing, or wash away the remainder of the oil before going over the skin with a Micellar Water Cleanser.

A gentle foaming cleanser; not all foaming cleansers are created equal! Some are excessively harsh, so make sure you do your research and take a look at the ingredients. A mildly foaming cleanser is okay, but anything that promises tons of bubbles is a no-no. That lather will only strip away all the good oils left in the skin, leaving it feeling dry and irritable.
A jelly/gel-based cleanser; these contain similar ingredients to contact lens cleaning fluid and micellar water products, meaning they’re ultra gentle. Opting for a gel-based final cleanse will leave skin feeling soft and ready for the next steps in your clients’ skincare regime.
Try: our Micellar Water Cleanser – it’s been a huge hit with salon and spa owners who want to treat their clients’ skin to a cleanser that won’t strip or irritate skin.



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Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Sodium Hyaluronate – what is it??

While Hyaluronic Acid is having a major moment right now in the beauty industry, we’ve been using it in the salt-like form of Sodium Hyaluronate for a while across our skincare range. Read on to find out more about this truly magical ingredient.


What is Sodium Hyaluronate?
It’s the salt of Hyaluronic Acid and has a much smaller molecule size. This gives it the ability to absorb into the skin, making lotions and creams far more likely to get to work beneath the outer layers of the skin. In the long run it helps skin and hair to retain moisture, while reducing the premature signs of ageing and environmental damage.

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What does it do?
Sodium Hyaluronate is actually very similar to the fluid that surrounds our joints, keeping them lubricated – and it treats skin and hair in much the same way. As an anti-ageing treatment, it’s also injected directly into the skin by licensed practitioners, to restore fullness to the face in areas where volume has declined.


Why is it so popular?
As more and more of us look for products that contain natural ingredients, Sodium Hyaluronate totally fits the bill, as it actually already exists within the dermis of our skin. It’s non-toxic and won’t irritate the skin, making it the perfect solution for those looking to improve their skin in a gentle, natural way.

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We use Sodium Hyaluronate in our products because we know it allows all our carefully chosen ingredients to easily penetrate the skin – so if you’re an SP fan it’s highly likely it’s on your skin right now!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

So versatile – so refreshing

We’ve got a fab multi-tasking secret weapon to add to your arsenal, for you and your clients!

It’s that kind of weather where, after being out of the house for less than an hour, you feel like you’re due for another shower already. Whether you drive yourself to work, or use public transport, you often arrive feeling less than fresh. Now, add to that your actual work day; whether sitting at a desk or having a full day of mani/pedi clients ahead, and it’s easy to see why you’d be looking for some ways to feel refreshed.

Our Eau de Cologne is infused with softening, hydrating rose and cleansing and invigorating lemon and orange waters, making it the perfect go-to for an instant wake-up. As well as giving you a boost, it also makes an excellent finishing spritz for barbers. By the end of a new haircut, men are often feeling a little hot around the collar, especially if they’ve squeezed their hair appointment into their lunch break. After spritzing our Eau de Cologne around the nape, and lightly over the face, encourage your client to breathe in the uplifting fragrance for a few seconds. Not only will it cool them down, it will leave them feeling ready for the next task at hand.


Other ways to use it: Apply to cotton pads and swipe away the day from your face and neck, or decant into a smaller spray bottle to spritz your hands in between massage clients. Alternatively, use as a final refresh for manicure and pedicure clients.


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Monday, July 2nd, 2018


Our sister brand Nature’s Way has launched three fabulous blended body oils; read on to find out how they heal.





Key ingredients: Juniper and Palmarosa

What it does: You might not realise it, but Juniper is a heavy-hitter in the aromatherapy world. Over decades, Juniper has been known as an antiseptic, anti-rheumatic and astringent, amongst many other things! When it comes to the skin, it’s amazing for detoxifying, relaxing muscle aches and soothing skin flare-ups, but is also great for massage of the stomach area, as it helps to relieve bloating. Partnered with hydrating Palmarosa, these two ingredients work together to restore skin health and harmony.




Muscle Release

Key ingredients: Lavender and Bergamot

What it does: Lavender has long been known as a powerful herb that can speed up healing, but it’s also great for eliminating tension, relieving pain and enhancing blood circulation. In this blended relaxing oil, it’s partnered with Bergamot, an ingredient often called upon by the fragrance world. As well as smelling sweet, Bergamot also happens to be a natural cleanser. Not only that, but its energizing citrus fragrance is known to help ease the mind. A great oil for clients coming in at the end of a long day.




Skin Tone

Key ingredients: Frankincense, Lavender and Lemongrass

What it does: Frankincense has become something of a skincare powerhouse; not only does it act as an astringent, it’s well-known for its ability to improve the skin’s elasticity and suppleness and can even claim to tighten and lift skin. In this oil we’ve blended it with Lavender – for increasing circulation – and Lemongrass, known as nature’s glow-giver!



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