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What do you know about skin cancer?

The idea about today’s blog came after talking to a lady I know who was recently diagnosed and treated for skin cancer. In today’s blog I put together few questions about skin cancer.

When she pointed out a tiny mole on her face to her beautician , she was adviced to exfoliate over it every day.
Let’s pinpoint some facts which may help you self diagnose; and remember, when in doubt, visit your GP.

Skin cancer usually appears over an exposed area of the skin like face, the scalp of the bold men and a skin injury like a burn scar.

(My dermatology teacher explained that where the skin is already scarred, there is a favourable area for skin cancer, because the scarred skin is already abnormal )

Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Is it a new mole ?
Is it larger in size then the last time you checked?
Is it’s shape asymmetric ?
Has it changed its shape?
Has it changed its colour?
Is it a cyst under the skin which grew larger lately?
If you answer yes to few of the questions, I would advise to let your GP know.
It may be some benign mole, but is always better to be safe then sorry.
Salon Corina’s skin consultation cover any questions you may have about your face.

I am so passionate about skin cancer, that I am willing to do a talk about the subject.
Register your interest by email at

Best wishes,

Corina Lucian
Skincare Expert
Salon Corina

Things you didn’t know about your face

From about the age of 13, we start to pay attention to our face.Actually, it was proven that even babies prefer a human face over any other shape!

Over the decades, face changes its appearance, but some things remain the same.

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest of the body; that’s why it shows the first signs of aging?

Or that the eyebrows thins and shortens as we age (or because of certain thyroid conditions) ?

How about that we have 43 muscles on the face from which 23 pairs of muscles insert in the mouth area? -Yes, that many-
Or that we use more muscles when we are upset than when we laugh?

Or that sun protection is important if we want to prevent wrinkles?
Nothing ages the face skin more then sun rays, actually more than 75% of skin ageing is related to sun exposure!That beautiful holiday suntan is just a skin defence mechanism to minimise the DNA damage of the skin.

And the next major aging factor is smoking: smokers will have earlier eyes and upper lip wrinkles ! And I will just mention that a smoker’s skin has an unhealthy complexion.

How about the liver spots on the sides of the face? It has nothing to do with the liver, actually there are just simple age spots from prolonged sun exposure!

And please note that a thick lips face needs thick eyebrows ! Eyebrows fashion comes and go….

Or did you know that black eyebrows gives the face an older, harsher look? While thicker, darker eyelashes gives a sexy, youthful look!
Over-plucking may need a make-up trick or two to improve the shape or thickness of the eyebrows.

I hope I shone a bit of light on the face matter.

Keep well,

Corina Lucian MFHT
Skincare Expert

How to choose the right cosmetic product?

Lately I wrote a number of blogs about the skin.
Now that you know a bit more about your skin, I think it is the right time to find out about what to look for* if you decide to buy a face product.

For a cream, lotion or serum to have a moisturising effect, it must contain water.
To simplify a bit, let’s call all water based creams, lotions and serums ” a product”

Actually, the main ingredient in product is water. Water is, after all, the ultimate moisturiser.

Another main ingreadient in a product is glycerine which usually comes from bovines, ( if you are a vegetarian, look for a vegetable based glycerine ). Glycerine is so popular because it holds the water found in the product. But too much glycerine is drying to the skin: so, if you find glycerine in the first three ingredients in the product…..
To become a product, it needs some oil. A word of caution: if you are looking for a natural product, avoid mineral oil ( a.k.a.parafin oil, )

A good cream should contain some vitamins: vitamin A is THE skin vitamin, while vitamin E, contrar popular belief, is used in a product to preserve the natural oils in your product. If the product has synthetic oil, it doesn’t need vitamin E !
To have an antioxidant effect for the body, it should be in high concetration. The  the legal limit is 0.5% ; and because vitamin E has a strong smell , no cosmetic formulator wants to use it in high concetration.

Without a preservative,  your precious product will not last more then a week. Vitamin E will preserve the oils found in your product from rancidity, but how about the water based ingredients?

Parabens are universal synthetic preservatives for your product, cheep and are well supported by the skin. The downside is that they may be linked with heath problems. There are  other natural preservatives, more expensive then their synthetic counterparts.

A fragrance will improve the smell of your product; and are usually synthetic. These days a lot of people have  allergies to synthetic fragrances, so, naturally, one may wonder why fragrances are used at all. Because fragrances are ( chemically) very stable and are cheaper then essential oils or nature derived fragrances.

Oil serums  are usually more natural then the water-base products and are much more expensive.

If you would like to find out more about your products, book a consultation.

* I am trained in cosmetic chemistry

Take care,

Corina Lucian MFHT

Skincare Expert

Salon Corina

What face products should you use ?

As I promised in my last blog, let’s talk about the beauty products we ( should ) use at different stages in our life.
From my experience, I noticed that (when young), we tend to use too many  beauty products !
Please keep in mind that  this blog is about healthy skin care.
Babies and children don’t need any body lotions or oils unless prescribed by the doctor for certain skin conditions, like eczema or cradle cap.
Babies and children have enough moisture and skin oil to keep their skin supple and wrinkles free if I may say ☺

Teenagers skin suffers from an over production of skin oil , called sebum. I’ve seen  13 years old teenagers using five-six products : cleanser, toner , exfoliator,  moisturiser, a mask. And too much makeup! Why do they need to moisturise; when until mid 20 s, the skin is moistured and  smooth with no wrinkles?
The exception is if the teenager uses make-up. If it’s the case , a moisturised is used as a base on which the makeup is applied, followed by a cleanser in the evening .

In early 20’s we need a moisturiser and a cleanser only if we use make-up. And tell me why would you use an exfoliator when your skin renew itself every 21 days?

By late 20’s as the skin functions start to slow down, the skin produce less oil, which leads to dehydration.  Now is the time to start using a GOOD moisturiser ( which doesn’t contain synthetic oils -mineral oil- or has too much glycerine-which has a drying effect on the skin- ).

In our 30′ we need to add an exfoliator and use it when needed only.

By late 30’s-early 40’s, an anti-wrinkle product will delay fine lines. And try to use that exfoliator you bought more often, depending on the skin type .

From late 40’s you should exfoliate  regularly and use an anti-wrinkle product daily. If your skin is dry, use an oil based serum.
And the older we get, the more we need to take care of the skin.

Keep well,

Corina Lucian MFHT

Skincare Expert

Salon Corina

The truth about skin

We are more or less happy about  how our skin looks and feels like.

☆That the skin is our largest organ responsible for our protection from external invaders.

☆That the skin is waterproof,  but oil-loving.

There are some ways which can increase skin absorbsion :

●warmth- the warmer the skin, the better it’s absorbtion

●wet skin- will increase products absorption.

●broken skin ( like wounds or irritations) -this is more of an inconvenience, as broken skin is an entry gate for bacterial infections, so be aware.

From my experience, we use too many cosmetic products and too early: many 12 or 13 years old already use a cleanser, tone, exfolinter,  moisturiser,  and so on.

Do we really need so many products? I think not!

What kind of  products we need and at what age? Read all about it in our next blog …

Until next time , take care

Corina Lucian MFHT

Skincare Expert

Salon Corina




What to expect from a face consultation

Skin ConsultationIf you are reading this, you may be confused about your home skincare routine, or  you may struggle with your skin for various reasons.

We start the consultation by asking few general questions like :

Why are you here today?

We talk about your skin type

We test your skin

What is your homecare routine ?

What products you use? How often?

We will check the cosmetic products ingredients

We advice how to use your cosmetic products

We answer any skin related questions you may have.

You may need further treament , but you will be advise on that

For more information

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  • Corina at Salon Corina is a rare find. A woman with a scientific understanding of functional skincare which really works. She knows what you need in order to make your skin glow and her training is exceptional. In her hands your sallow skin will glow with health and, if you follow her advice, it will remain beautiful and spot free. Her training is excellent and the way she treats your skin will show that. I really recommend that however wedded you are to your current skincare regime that you try Salon Corina. It will change how you think about your skin forever.Catherine Bellchambers-Wilson


Just had an amazing facial with Corina. She is really kind and welcoming and her anti ageing facial massage is fabulous. I loved every minute of it and my skin looks glowing. She is a beautiful soul and is passionate about what she does.
Esther Felder

  • I had *yet another* amazing facial at Salon Corina last night. Corina always listens when you come in with a particular problem or issue and adapts her facials accordingly; today my skin looks and feels AMAZING. Thanks Corina!
    Chloe Cheeseman


Corina is just amazing. She is trained in dermatology so she knows exactly what she’s doing and what everyone’s skin needs. She provides a proper European facial – not cosmetic, uninformed, over-priced and pretty useless like so many other salons. She makes her own products with essential oils and knows which oils to use for various skin types and conditions. She provides the most wonderful and effective anti-ageing massages for the face. She also uses clay masks to treat roseacea, acne etc. which really works. Try her – you’ll never go anywhere else again.
Finola Brady

  • I don’t let just anybody loose on my skin, never mind my face so I am delighted to have found Corina. Her expert touch & treatment, along wth the amazing steam, extraction & facial massage, is a-maz-ing. Give her a call or you might miss out. You are definitely going to thank me for sending you or even better, all your friends, her way!
    Sue Mcfarlane


I am so glad I met Corina. A lady with immense knowledge and understanding. I came to her at a point when I was having trouble with one area of skin that was troubling me beyond belief (I was wearing sunglasses when it was raining to hide my face) and during my consultation she educated me on other parts that I had no idea I was having trouble with. Bizarrely enough, Corina even put forward a suggestion of my past ‘skin’ life that I had only been discussing with my friend the previous week!! It was like she had read my mind. I signed up straight away and begged her to ‘fix’ me hehe. The long and short of it is this, I no longer have that skin problem and since I have been having my facials I have been ID’d 3 times for purchasing alcohol (I am 34!). A coincidence? I think not. Thank you Corina, I will see you later  xx
Andrea Wilde


I’m am absolutely amazed by Corina. I’ve only been to see her 3 times and my skin is absolutely clear and I’m on my period. I’ve had acne for 20 years. When I first saw Corina she was shocked because I had a spot in every single pore on my face and a mega spot with 3 heads. I’ve spent half my teens, all my twenties and 6 years of my 30s embarrassed and ashamed of my skin. I’ve tried everything, the pill, topical lotions, all sorts of expensive products from Clarins to Bobby Brown and all in between. I spent £100 in one go at skn. I was so desperate. And for most of that time Corina has lived 20 minutes drive away. I was so emotional when I first saw Corina I couldn’t stop crying. Corina is knowledgeable and experienced, but she’s also kind and time spent with her is relaxing and peaceful. She’s not just interested in my skin, but also my health and recommends remedies to help. I couldn’t recommend Corina enough, having clear skin has increased my confidence and given me the boost I needed. Thank you Corina.

Debbie Clarke