With over 17 years of experience in the industry Antonia Burrell is a world renowned, London based facialist with a large and extremely loyal fan base amongst Celebrities, Supermodels and Royals and founder of the exquisite Antonia Burrell Holistic Skin Care range. Her approach to skincare is unique as it combines innovation in skincare with a strong focus on the inner wellbeing resulting in a unique experience that will leave you feeling radiant inside and out. The Antonia Burrell Holistic Skin Care range is a divine collection with iconic products such as the Cleansing Oil, the Luminous Light Polishing Powder and the Radiant Light Facial Serum. Must have products if healthy, even toned and radiant skin is what you are after.
We asked the wonderful Antonia herself some questions about her skin care range, what inspires her and how she achieves her sense of wellbeing despite her busy schedule.
1. What inspired you to start the Antonia Burrell Holistic Skin Care range and what was the inspiration behind the amazingly elegant and modern packaging?
It is something I always dreamed of doing over 20 years ago whilst studying Beauty Therapy at the London College of Fashion. The actual inspiration came from my clients that I would see in my three beauty clinics that I used to own and one lady in particular who was deeply troubled by the condition of her skin. It affected her self esteem in a big way and she wanted a natural product that actually worked for her. At the time, there was lots of 'natural' products on the market and I soon learned that less than 1% of a natural active ingredient was needed in a cosmetic formulation in order to be able to use the word 'natural on the packaging, marketing etc. So I decided to develop a brand that is 100% natural and as organic as possible, so that it gave confidence to the consumer and not only that, the level of bio-actives are high and perform how they should and quickly. The inspiration for the Violet Glass packaging came from a need to preserve the quality, freshness and potency of the clinically proven plant bio actives to ensure maximum impact and results even if the bottles were left in direct sunlight.
2. What would you say are the 3 main reasons people should go for natural skin care where possible compared to more traditional chemical based skin care?
For me, No one can beat the chemistry of nature..it needs to be respected! Its alive, it's complex, it's still very much underestimated and seen as gimmicky! I always ask the question 'if you had a choice of an ethical and truly natural product or synthetic product and were guaranteed the same results, which one would you choose?' Sure, generally you can't expect a bit of lavender in almond oil to have breath taking results, but there are many in clinical trials based on plant bio activity that's allowing natural ingredients to break some amazing barriers.
3. Hyper-pigmentation is a major concern for a lot of women (and men) especially ones with darker skin tones. What are the hero products of the Antonia Burrell line you would recommend for people suffering from hyper-pigmentation?
Natural Glow Cleansing Oil, which is the worlds first water soluble 100% natural cleansing oil. It's function is to clean and maintain the pH balance of the skin and also works as a softening, anti blemish and brightening treatment.
Radiant Light Facial Oil Serum which contains a potent cocktail of 18 plant extracts, some of which are patented. Designed to fade and blend hyper-pigmentation, even skin tone, brighten the skin, stimulate cellular renewal, restore radiance, slow down premature ageing, protect and cocoon the from free radical damage, feed the skin and help prevent further blemishes and breakouts.
Cream Supreme Facial Moisturiser which helps is one of the best sellers of the collection as it helps to get rid of blemishes and also helps to reduce hyper-pigmentation, brighten and refine the texture of the skin. It has a gorgeous light texture and is comfortably moisturising.
4.What are the 3 main ingredients people should look out for and avoid putting on their skin if they want to improve the condition and overall health of their skin?
Well this is a complex question to ask some one like me! I'm not sure if I want to answer this...but I'd say anything with the word petroleum should stay away from the face.
5. You are famous for leaving your clients feeling more beautiful and reinvigorated after seeing you. How do you relax and achieve a sense of wellbeing despite your extremely busy schedule?
I meditate and pray every morning, I have regular deep tissue body massage, I attend an invigorating Kung Fu class every week, I eat as much green and raw food as possible during the day, I love making a good salad. I enjoy cooking so I sometimes throw an impromptu dinner party and enjoy more indulgent foods whilst relaxing and laughing alot. Then, I dedicate one day every week to myself friends, family and God. I don't think about work, I relax, switch off mentally and it's psychologically and physiologically fabulous for me. I often work six days and sometimes often long days/nights!
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