Skincare Tips From Our Experts

JULIE VAN ONSELEN

Independent Dermatology Nurse and Educator

  • Rosacea Tips
  • Atopic Eczema Tips
  • Acne Tips
  • Sebborhoeic Dermatitis Tips
  • Ageing & Thinning Skin Tips
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DR. REENA SHAH

BSc (Honors), MSc and Doctorate (DClin Psych), CPsychol, Chartered Clinical Psychologist

  • Psychodermatology
  • Psychological therapy
  • Managing the emotional impact
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Dani Guinsberg

Make-up artist and CEO, Creative Director and Founder of The Session School

  • Sensitive Skin Tips
  • Ageing & Thinning Skin Tips
  • Acne Prone Skin Tips
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Julie Van Onselen

Independent Dermatology Nurse and Educator

JULIE VAN ONSELEN is an independent dermatology nurse and educator.  Her work involves developing and producing dermatology educational projects for the NHS, universities, pharmaceutical companies, professional and patient support groups. Julie works clinically once a month as a dermatology nurse specialist on an honorary NHS contract. Julie is a health care writer and publishes widely in the Health Care journals; and is editor of Dermatological Nursing, the journal of the British Dermatology Nursing Group. Julie is passionate about improving care and support for people with skin conditions through developing educational initiatives for both healthcare professionals and patients.

Julie was great sharing more of her knowledge with you in our awesome skin dedicated digimag. Don’t miss more of Julie’s expertise published especially for you!

“After pain, skin conditions are the second most common reported health concern, and, each year, over half (54%) of the UK population have a skin problem that can benefit from medical care. Skin conditions can literally happen to anyone at any stage of life; they may be transient; may come and go or be there for life. However, for some people who have a chronic skin condition, such as acne, eczema, or rosacea, they will be treating their skin and coping with it on a daily basis.”

“Skin conditions are incredibly common, never trivial and their impact should never be underestimated. A skin condition such as acne, eczema or rosacea can severely affect an individual’s well-being. Physical symptoms such as soreness and itching can be hard to live with day-to-day. The psychological effects of a skin condition can be devastating, especially when visible, on the face and hands.”

“Everyone has or will experience a skin concern or condition in their lifetime. Sometimes a skin condition is dismissed with a lack of understanding about how it affects an individual. Skin conditions are sometimes highlighted by stares, comments and even prejudice/abuse from the public. This should not happen in society today; but remember mild skin conditions can be as devastating as severe disease, the psychological effects of living with a skin condition can be far-reaching and acne, eczema and rosacea are incredibly common.”

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Dr. Reena Shah

BSc (Honors), MSc and Doctorate (DClin Psych), CPsychol Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Reena Shah is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, and is a specialist in Dermatology.

She is the Organiser and President of the Mind and Skin Special Interest Group, Executive member and Psychology representative of Psychodermatology UK, Psychological representative for the British Association of Dermatology Psychodermatology working group and advisor for various medical company’s psychodermatology projects and media campaigns.

In addition, she is registered with the British Psychological Society and a Practitioner Psychologist. She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin and she teaches on the MSc Dermatology mind and skin module. Dr Shah works in the Department of Dermatology at leading London hospitals.  She has a passion for psychodermatology - the interaction between mind and skin - and is currently working on a number of studies relating to psychodermatology, body image and adjustment, coping and appearance concern within the U.K.

Reena wrote a fabulous article about the psyche of skin for our inspiring skin dedicated digimag. Don’t miss more of Reena’s expertise published especially for you.

Please also check our helpful resource library with a selection of books and videos to help you gain self-confidence, build self-esteem and get the best out of life.

“The link between the mind and the skin is very powerful, and it is a natural and normal response to feel stressed about your skin condition, especially given the impact of seeing ‘perfect skin’ in the media, which may encourage us to aspire to having unblemished skin - unfortunately this does not exist for anyone.”

“It is key to remember that the severity of skin conditions do not necessarily correspond to the impact of the psychological distress. Some people may have a severe skin condition with patches all over their body, but be unconcerned, and others, who have a mild eczema, for example, are totally distressed. All feelings and reactions to living with skin conditions are normal and the spectrum is varied. We have different reactions due to our upbringing, previous experiences, our sense-of-self and internal thought processes.”

“Our body image accounts for about a quarter of our self-esteem, which in turn impacts our overall psychological wellbeing. Therefore, it is not surprising that living with a skin condition can be stressful and affects all areas of life. However, we can work on the negative emotions, cope with the condition and have positive effect on our quality of life. No one needs to suffer - make small changes, one at a time, to make the difference.”

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Dani Guinsberg

Make-up artist and CEO, Creative Director and Founder of The Session School

Dani Guinsberg is one of the UK’s leading make-up artists and her work features regularly in leading magazines. When she is not jumping on and off a plane or in and out of a studio, Dani is teaching at The Session School. Dani founded this hair and make school in 2008. Dani is passionate about education and has become recognised as one of the top make-up teachers in the UK, and internationally. Dani believes that to create the perfect look you must first understand skin and the importance of skin health.

"No one has perfect skin, we all have different skin types that need attention in different ways to keep skin looking and feeling the best it can be.”

"Remember that beauty is from within and being confident with your own skin is the most beautiful of all. Make-up is there for enhancing our best features – if your eyes are your best feature bring them out with colours that enhance, and use a good mascara!"

“Everyone has or will experience a skin concern or condition in their lifetime. Sometimes a skin condition is dismissed with a lack of understanding about how it affects an individual. Skin conditions are sometimes highlighted by stares, comments and even prejudice/abuse from the public. This should not happen in society today; but remember mild skin conditions can be as devastating as severe disease, the psychological effects of living with a skin condition can be far-reaching and acne, eczema and rosacea are incredibly common.”

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