Tuesday, 28 October 2014

BodhiLuxe: Career Reinvention

If you're a long standing reader of my blog or have been following my progress on social media etc, you'll know that I've been through a major career change over the last 12-18 months. From IT support analyst to Facialist / skin care therapist at andymillward.com.

BodhiLuxe who I am a proud contributor for asked me to share my story in the hope it may inspire others who are currently unhappy in their 9-5 jobs!

As part of their Monday Motivation series, please go read my guest blog post on "Career Reinvention", where I share my transitional story and advice, in the hope that if I can inspire even one person to pursue what makes them happy, then its worth it!

Click the image or HERE to read it. I hope you enjoy and don't forget to subscribe to their other posts, which are fab!


Monday, 27 October 2014


Want to get the most out of your shaving routine? Then you’ll need the tools to do so. Including one of the most powerful and innovative shavers on the market. Luckily, the grooming experts at Remington are giving FIVE Pampered Prince readers the chance to get their hands on one of their latest and most powerful foil shavers to date, the SMARTEDGE.

Remington’s SmartEdge is a no-hassle powerhouse of electrical shaving. The foil shaver is an essential accomplice to the modern man’s world! Packed with innovation for an effortless shave experience the SmartEdge features include 100% waterproof technology to take minutes off the morning grooming routine by allowing you to shave in the shower whilst delivering a close comfortable shave. 

The Remington SmartEdge is priced from £129.99 and available at Boots in-store and online at www.boots.com

To enter and be in with a chance to win one of five of these amazing shavers simply share your top shaving tip or advice in the comments below and ladies, please don't feel left out as this would make an excellent Christmas present for the special man in your life so make sure you enter too!

Open to UK residents only. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 09th November 2014. The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter on Monday 10th November. Good Luck!


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Look, it's me on ReallyRee!

I was approached recently by the lovely and beautiful Ree to become a contributor and men's skin care expert for ReallyRee blog.

As with all great routines, I've started with the basics and covered "Men's Skin Care and the Importance of Cleansing". Obviously a subject I preach here a lot but specifically this time to men.

Head over to ReallyRee to checkout my feature and don't forget to subscribe to the mailing list so you don't miss future features!


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Launched: AndyMillward.com

As some of you may already be aware, I've been busy working on my new website for facials, peels and advanced skin treatments in the Birmingham, Stourbridge, Dudley & Halesowen area.

I am very pleased to announce that I have launched my new site today, andymillward.com. I'd really appreciate it if you could go check it out!

On there you'll find all of the facials and treatments I offer, plus a list of all the CosMedix 'metabolic peels' to treat and correct a variety of cosmetic skin conditions and restore the skins natural radiance.

For those who aren't familiar with the term "metabolic peel", unlike a traditional chemical peel that use acids to 'burn' down, effectively wounding the skin to cause regeneration and healing. A metabolic peel used advanced Chirally Correct ingredients that work with the skin's natural metabolic processes, stimulating renewal from within for advanced results with the downtime and inflammation associated with a "chemical peel". 

I will continue to use CosMedix & Result RX in all of my treatments as I truly feel in love with the range and the results that can be achieved while woking at Samsara Skin.

A typical treatment with me goes beyond topical treatments and I incorporate my "4 Pillars of Skin Health" philosophy into every treatment, as I believe in treating each person in a holistic manner.

If you live in the Birmingam, Stourbridge, Dudley, Halesowen area and are looking for advanced facial treatments, then please enquire or book an appointment via andymillward.com.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

MARSTE Academy Blog Post: Skin Nutrition

As you may already be aware, I am a proud associate of MARSTE Academy, to support specialised post-graduate training for beauty and holistic therapists looking to excel within their industry.

I'm also a regular contributor to their fantastically informative and interesting blog. Checkout my latest post on 'Nutrition for Skin', where I explain that not all skin care is topical and give my Top 5 SKINutrition Tips to benefit all skin types and conditions.

To read the blog post, click the image or HERE.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Top 5 Antioxidant Serums

Antioxidants are an important factor to consider when purchasing skin care and are the key to better ageing. Why? Because antioxidants protect cells from free radical damage, which can lead to skin barrier function disruption, skin sensitivity and premature ageing etc.
Remember all living tissue starts with a cell, so to protect the skin from damage, we need to be protecting the cells.


Free radicals are Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS), rogue oxygen molecules who are basically in search of a partner. In their quest to stabilise and find another electron to pair with, ROS can 'steal' electrons from other living cells. If enough ROS attack the cell, it leads to DNA damage and the cell dies. This is what is known as free radical damage

Free radical damage leads to an impaired barrier function, rendering the skin weak and not as effective at protecting itself. It also causes the skin to age prematurely. Very bad!


In the simplest of terms. Antioxidants protect the cells by 'lending' spare electrons, effectively neutralising the ROS. 

Not all antioxidants are created equal however. Some are more effective that others and some protect different parts of the cell (i.e. some are lipid soluble and others are water soluble). Which is why it's really important to include a wide variety of different antioxidants in both your diet and skin care.

Why both? Consuming antioxidants via diet and supplements provides complete body support (i.e. the tissues and organs we can't slather serums on!). However the body will always prioritise the vital organs so applying antioxidants topically ensures the skin gets it's fair share!

See my recommendations below for the best product to protect the skin from free radical damage!


1. CosMedix Affirm

This is easily my favourite of the group. Affirm contains not 1 but 11 powerful and supercharges antioxidants including Resveratrol, EGCG, Grape Seed Extract, Superoxide Dismutase and a clever ingredient called Spin Trap, which is known as an "intelligent antioxidant" that can distinguish between "good oxygen" molecules and ROS. It's suitable for all skin types and is simply amazing!

Retailing at £65.31 for 30ml and is available from medicobeauty.com.

2. NCN Copper Peptide Serum*

Copper Peptide are a bit of a multi-functional ingredients. Not only do the provide excellent antioxidant protection within their own right but they can actually increase your bodies superoxide dismutase levels. As a nice little bonus, they also stimulate collagen and elastin production *big thumps up*!

NCN Copper Peptide Serum retails at £52.99 for 70ml and is available from treattheskinyourein.com.

3. CosMedix Simply Brilliant

This was featured in my Top 3 Products For Pigmentation and although it's primarily a serum for pigmentation, it also provided exceptional antioxidant protection. A fantastic option for those who are concerned with pigmentation but don't want to sacrifice on their antioxidants!

CosMedix Simply Brilliant retails at £45.24 for 15ml and is available from medicobeauty.com.

4. NCN Vitamin C serum*

Vitamin C is probably one of the most well known of antioxidants. It's also a precursor for collagen production. The issue being it's a rather unstable ingredients and oxidises quickly (the irony). NCN Vitamin C+ Serum combines a huge 20% L-Ascorbic Acid with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Glutathione to stabilise the end product. 

NCN Vitamin C+ Serum retails at £31.99 for 36ml and is available from treattheskinyourein.com.

5. Elemis Cellular Recovery Bliss Capsules*

Last but by no means least we have the Elemis Cellular Recovery Bliss Capsules, which unlike the others are actually an oil rather than a serum. Each individually sealed vials contains pure Moringa oil mixed with Rose absolute for daytime and Lavender essential oil for evening. Moringa oil is the king of the plant oil where antioxidant content is concerned at a whopping 1700% more than other oils. A pleasure to use too!

Elemis Cellular Recovery Bliss Capsules retail at £79.50 for a 2 months supply and available from timetospa.co.uk.

*PR Samples

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Skin Treatments Coming Soon!

Firstly, my apologies for the lack of blog posts lately. I have been so busy with a new job and other projects I'm working on, including writing a training course (very exciting). It means the blog has had to take a back seat for the moment.

I just wanted to quickly update you with one of the exciting things I am working on, of which I am most passionate about. 

I will be commencing with my skin treatments, hopefully in the next month or two. I will be offering in-depth skin health consultations, bespoke advanced skin treatments and metabolic superficial to medium-depth peels, along side offering prescription home care treatment plans.

I'm also working on a new website, which will be focused on treatment and skin health advise blog posts, all focused around my philosophy of treating the skin.

If you live in the Birmingham, Dudley, Stourbridge, Wolverhampton areas and interested in having an advanced skin treatment with me, then please subscribe to my mailing list to keep up to date with my launch and when I'll be available to take bookings.

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