HELENE RAVLICH: LOCAL BEAUTY
Jeanine Chell, Facial Alchemy In the beauty world at the moment I hear a lot of talk of ‘intuitive’ facial work, which is the act of going deeper than just the skin to address the whole person. Sadly, it seems that many practitioners are just jumping on the bandwagon, throwing a few crystals in the mix, waving about some sage for an Instagram photo and hoping for the best. Jeanine Chell is most definitely not one of those facialists however, and as I’ve got to know her I have been increasingly amazed by both her depth of knowledge when it comes to skin, and the many incredible alternative modalities that she calls upon when treating it. She is a proud, card-carrying member of what many term The Slow Beauty movement, which describes a growing sub-culture of facial therapists who have lost faith in the ‘quick-fix’, often invasive products and procedures that abound in the beauty industry. This enlightened group is instead drawn to a holistic approach to skincare with a focus on dermo-nutrition, wellness and genuine skin health from the inside out. An authority on taking an intuitive approach to facial therapies for many years, Jeanine has long believed that treating each and every client as a whole person, and addressing their skin and overall wellness concerns accordingly, elicits the best results. From a tranquil space on Turangi Road in Grey Lynn she puts this into practice on a daily basis, and her loyal client base keeps coming back for more. She says that she spent the first half of her career “learning what I like to refer to now as ‘how not to treat skin’, with aggressive treatments and a quick fix approach,” but views those years as an invaluable education rather than a waste of precious time. “My experiences over those years really did lead me to a place where I can confidently say that having experienced the contrast, I know that working holistically gets far better results. I see sick, impaired skin becoming healthy, glowing and resilient on a daily basis.” She sees tricky skin conditions (like my own rosacea) as a challenge, and calls on a full arsenal of working styles and philosophies when creating a treatment plan that works for each individual client.
which Jeanine says, “Delivers beautifully plumped, vibrant skin paired with deep relaxation and a greater sense of wellbeing.” Tension held in the face, décolletage, neck, shoulders and scalp melt away with massage, acupressure point work, warm compress therapy and Gua Sha, before a craniosacral therapy treatment begins to stimulate your body’s natural healing processes and physical vitality. Finally, a chakra balancing restores tranquillity to your system that will last for days. “You will leave tension-free, with dewy skin and a deep feeling of connection to self,” she says, making me want to book in for one even more! Jeanine tells me over a cup of Bestow Beauty tea (another amazing brand she works with) that she can’t emphasise enough how much a quality touch, advanced massage skills and healing work can greatly benefit the whole system, so hence the skin. “Every client and every skin is so different, and we all have so many stories to tell that have brought us to where we are today,” says the skin wellness superstar. “I’m always learning, and getting to know each new client at a deeper level is a revelation, and a great challenge for me as a skin specialist. I am working not only with the human structure, function and anatomy, but also the emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing of each client to bring all these aspects into balance, alignment and harmony. “This is a skill that has taken years to develop, and the longer I do it, PN the stronger it gets.” (HELENE RAVLICH) F www.jeaninechell.co.nz
After so many years in the industry she also knows what works and what doesn’t, and has selected some very special skincare and wellness names to work with as a result. The one I experienced is a course of facial treatments using Qi Beauty, which involve application of 1000 (or more) of their signature gold-plated magnets according to your individual matrix, or face map. They are strategically placed around meridians and acupuncture points to lift areas like the eyes, cheeks and lips, whilst deep lines, pigmentation and red veins can also be targeted. You can have a detoxifying matrix applied if you suffer from fluid retention and puffiness, or a sensitive skin one if that is your area of concern. Often clients fall asleep or enter a space of deep relaxation whilst the magnets are being applied, after which Jeanine adds in the appropriate peptide serums for your skin type followed by an application of beautiful anti-inflammatory and nourishing oil. Whilst the magnets are on the skin (and for hours after) the skin cells are more permeable, so are able to absorb much more of any topical products than normal. You get a real glow after just one treatment, and the craniosacral work that Jeanine added into the mix while I was on the table made the whole experience all the sweeter. The talented skin coach also works with the highly effective botanical range, Janesce, and has developed her own Signature Energy Fusion Facial, for those who want to fully experience her areas of expertise combined. I haven’t tried this one-of-a-kind treatment,
64 PONSONBY NEWS+ December 2018
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