March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, we’re talking to a unique group of women who are experts in the field and use advanced beauty in their professional skincare practice. They not only talk the talk, but they also walk it, too! They help clients look and feel their best and believe that well-being is greatly improved by taking an inside-out approach. Today, we’re chatting with Marie Reynolds of Marie Reynolds London.
Marie Reynolds is the UK’s premier expert in wellness and skin health. With more than three decades in the professional skin care and wellness industries, she bases her business – Marie Reynolds London – on a holistic approach to skin care; one that considers not only the visual and physical causes of skin issues but also the patient’s thought patterns as well. This innovative technique has solidified her reputation as one of the best facialists in the world. A passion for high quality, British-sourced skincare products and ingredients led her to launch her own brand and she continues to expand her knowledge and expertise as the industry changes and expands.
Medico Beauty: Self-care is becoming a new buzz word. Often clients feel they lack enough time for themselves. What advice do you have for getting started?
Most people lack the time for self-care. It is fundamental to overall health to recognise that we must take even short spurts throughout the day to be consciously aware and mindful of ourselves. For example, upon waking, rather than rush out of the bed into the bathroom just take the time to sit on the edge of the bed, feet grounded and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. When we drive from A to B our minds are programmed for the journey that we don’t have to really think about it, by talking out loud the journey ahead is a form of consciousness. These little things implemented can help immensely in reducing stress.
Medico Beauty: What is your favourite wellness ritual?
Earthing! I am fortunate to live near the most beautiful woodland and beaches in the UK. As often as I can I place my feet on the ground and absorb the negative ions. Where ever you are there is always a green space, get your feet on the Earth and take five minutes. This will reduce blood pressure and increase the neutrophil action in the body. Neutrophils influence the body’s own anti-oxidants.
Medico Beauty: How do you recover after a stressful day or in the moment of a serious meltdown?
Get out and walk, no matter the weather. I live in Norfolk, which is known as the UK’s gem and it is just that. If I have a stressful day, I head for the beach with my husband and our dogs.
Medico Beauty: What personal achievement are you most proud of?
Becoming a mother first and foremost, and then, of course, creating my brand. My first husband left my daughter and me when she was three years old, I was working for a company that took advantage of the fact I was a single mother and treated me in an unacceptable manner. I made the decision to show my daughter that being bullied was not an option, so I took the company to court and won, sold my house and invested in Marie Reynolds London Limited.
Medico Beauty: What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Learn it is okay to say No, not to people-please and to trust your instincts – your gut is the best barometer you have.
Medico Beauty: How did you get started in the field of Advanced Skin Health and Wellness?
I did a course on Oriental Diagnosis and was curious as to why a particular line or mark was linked to a specific imbalance. For the next thirty years, I took pictures of people’s feet, ears, and faces to link implicit tissue memory and bought in modalities such as fascia behaviours, homeopathy, noetics and energetic cellular communications that all piece together specific patterns of how the body reacts to healing.
Medico Beauty: What single discovery do you believe has made a difference in treating skin concerns?
How our thoughts and emotions affect our overall health. I personally do not believe in skin conditions or types; I believe that internal and energetic factors are key to skin health.
Medico Beauty: What’s the best way to get started with using active ingredients?
Slowly! Look for actives that are non-aggressive but progressive in working with the skin to reduce – not cause – inflammation.
Medico Beauty: Have you had any beauty or skincare disasters?
Not yet… and I hope not ever!
Medico Beauty: What skincare advice do you have for those on a budget or who would like to save money?
Look for products that are multi-functional that can be used in more than one capacity
Medico Beauty: Tell us about any new exciting projects you’re developing in 2019?
I am currently working on three new products that will be released later in the year. I have also created the signature MRL Holistic treatment that Ez Dyer will be performing in London.
Medico Beauty: How do you see advanced skin health evolving in the future?
More and more people are becoming skin savvy, which is great for therapists as it allows for a greater understanding of how and why the skin needs intelligent skincare
Medico Beauty: What is your favourite face mask right now?
MRL Restore has my heart
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