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Hello Hilary, please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Hilary Lowry I have been involved the beauty industry for over 20 years. My clinic is based in Belfast, in close proximity to Queens University.
How long has Beauty Haven been in the beauty industry?
Beauty Haven opened its doors in August 2005.
I’m curious, what is it that made you choose to enter the beauty sector?
I grew up frequenting beauty clinics with my mum. One salon owner at the time allowed me to come in during the summer and answer the phones and generally help out. I was fascinated by skin care and the many treatments available at that particular clinic. I never considered any other career and in fact Beauty Haven is located only a few doors away from where that salon was many years ago.
What other treatments do you offer at Beauty Haven?
In addition to Ellipse treatments, we not only offer the day to day beauty treatments such as waxing, nails, massage and tanning, we also offer specialised treatments, including microdermabrasion, professional skin peels and electrolysis. We also have a monthly medical clinic for clients wishing to avail of fillers or line smoothing by injection.
Your salon actually upgraded; you are now the first in Ireland to have the new Ellipse Sirius, how has it been so far in comparison to your older model?
The machine looks amazing, the speed of treatments such as hair removal is noticeably different; the larger applicator for treating legs can quite literally half the treatment time. I am also finding that I can get the same results using a lower energy than I would have used with the older machine. The ability to keep patient information on the system itself, along with details of the last treatment energies used, as well as the number of shots used, is fantastic. I can’t wait until the new software is released so that we can upload client photographs onto the system!
How long have you actually worked with the Ellipse system?
I have worked with the Ellipse system for almost 11 years
Do your clients have a preferred treatment with the Ellipse? Why?
Without doubt, hair removal has been by far our most popular treatment. We are selective about our clients and for this reason we always get great results. We often find once a client has had one area treated, they inevitably move on to another area.
Do you have any treatments you perform that your clients absolutely adore?
I have a lot of regular clients who love the skin rejuvenation treatment. This treatment is particularly popular with clients who suffer from rosacea or high colour. Although these treatments are generally more of a management program than a cure, we get fantastic results and our client’s return again and again.
Do you have a favorite Skincare product(s)?
My favourite skincare products include Dermalogica special cleansing gel, daily resurfacer and oil free matt block. The new Hydrablur primer is my new ‘must have’ product.
What does Skin Health mean to you?
I believe a radiant healthy skin begins from within, a good diet and lifestyle combined with quality topical skincare results in a healthy skin.
What is the most asked question you get about Skincare Health?
Definitely, how to maintain a youthful complexion? Anti ageing is a topic of concern, with clients hoping to slow or even reverse the immediate and long term effects of ageing. Thankfully we offer many treatments and products at Beauty Haven that can make a visible difference.
What is the best advice you can give to any of your clients?
The best advice I can give a client, always use an SPF of at least 30, hydrate; drink 2 litres of water per day, and when investing in a good skin care regime, seek professional advice to ensure you are using the correct products to suit your skin.