Regain Confidence In Your Skin

With 42 Caci clinics nationwide, a skincare line, ki (pictured below), and the recent announcement of expansion into the UK, it’s hard to call FAB Group anything other than a true Kiwi success story. “FAB Group is unique compared to other appearance medicine and skin rejuvenation businesses globally,” says prominent businesswoman, FAB Group co-founder and director Jackie Smith.

Skinsmiths Hanwell is the first UK clinic to open, with a dedicated team determined to deliver long-lasting results through tailored Treatment Plans. “We’re all looking for an instant result, but actually, in our heart of hearts we know that to get great, sustainable changes – that takes time” says Jackie Smith, Co-founder and Director. Alongside their Treatment Plans, Skinsmiths also offer payment plans to make treatments more accessible and affordable. “We want women from all backgrounds to experience skin confidence – that’s our goal,” Jackie says.

Caci isn’t set to slow down any time soon, with a number of clinics opening locally in the coming months and Skinsmiths set to open several more clinics in London in 2018.


Put to the Test: EstĂ©e Lauder’s Game-Changing New Serum

When a serum lands on your desk that promises to not only fight gravity but to do everything from hydrate and resurface skin to plump and refine features, it’s naturally going to find itself in my beauty routine pretty quickly. But before I put EstĂ©e Lauder Perfectionist Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Serum ($158 for 30ml) to the serum to the test, I caught up with one of the skincare gurus behind the product, Dr. Nadine Pernodet, Vice President, Skin Biology and BioActives Research & Development for EstĂ©e Lauder Companies. “When Perfectionist was first launched, it was targeting single, specific pathways, working very well to address lines and wrinkles,” explains Pernodet. “Evolving to the Perfectionist Pro-line, we needed a more holistic approach in order to offer a natural, more lifted look for the whole face and not only address the look of lines and wrinkles.”

The result is a highly effective serum which delivers results and delivers them quickly. “Consumers want to see results very quickly,” explains Pernodet. “Our research approach enabled us to achieve a result that is very much in line with consumer needs today. The Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment is designed to provide high-performance, rapid, visible results. Skin is more hydrated and radiant in just one day. Within three days, skin is resurfaced and looks more plumped. And in just 14 days, skin feels firmer, and facial contours, including jawline and cheeks, look more lifted and defined.”

Our Verdict 

Unfortunately, a handful of long-haul flights, hectic deadlines and a diet dictated by travel aren’t quite the right ingredients for glowing, healthy skin. Thankfully, EstĂ©e Lauder‘s new serum, Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment landed on my desk when I needed it the most. My skin was seriously dehydrated from too many hours spent 32,000 feet above and I needed something that would rectify the problem quickly.

As Pernodet mentioned, most of us don’t aren’t prepared to wait for months to notice results with our skincare. And while I still believe you will see the best results from any product when you continue to use it religiously over a period of decent period of time, I was surprised how quickly Perfectionist Pro improved the texture of my skin. Although my skin had never been particularly rough to begin with, it was dehydrated and in need of some attention. Packed with Alpha Hydroxy Acid, a gentle chemical exfoliant, Perfectionist Pro promises to refine and resurface skin. And that it does. In just a handful of days, my skin felt noticeably smoother and healthier – the telltale signs of a dehydrated complexion were on their way out.

A couple of weeks later and my skin appears plumper – the lines that had been beginning to show on my forehead aren’t quite so obvious, which is probably thanks to the star ingredient: Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. When applied, the custom-designed rebuilding peptide helps enhance the production of collagen and elastin – both vital to keeping skin firm and youthful. The end result: a refined, well-hydrated complexion that feels and looks healthy and radiant.