It’s Blue Monday and it’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year according to a British holiday company who did the calculations in 2005. And whilst the sums may tell us to be down I can’t help but think perhaps they got it wrong. After all, isn’t January supposed to be the month when we really focus on ourselves? New year resolutions, detoxing, the 30-Day Shred – you name it. There are so many reasons to be feeling better than you probably did during the hangover season of the Christmas party season.

For me, one of the reasons why I’m feeling good in my skin is my new found beauty routine which I’m determined to not let slip as the year progresses.

Before Christmas I was asked to review QMS Medicosmetics’ new Classic Collage Set …

QMS Medicsometics

I started 2016 hitting the ground running with work and my personal life, potty training being the next big thing to deal with in our household – when it hit me that my skincare beauty routine was pretty much ad hoc at best.

Seeing QMS Medicosmetics’ bottles in my office and remembering Dr. Schulte’s wise words that “from 30 years old onwards, it’s time to think about collagen which starts to decrease in quality and quantity because at this stage our skin starts losing the capability to retain moisture,” I knew I needed to get my act together.

There is plenty of science behind this pioneering collagens range but in essence this innovative line is designed to “deliver an even greater effectiveness in targeting premature skin aging, stimulating cell renewal and providing intense hydration across more layers of the skin.”

The collagen sets also include either an Exfoliant Fluid or a Debrassive Gel, which remind me of the fruit acid and enzyme exfoliation that always do wonders to my skin when I go for a facial at QMS Medicosmetics.

I had been planning to write this review in reference to giving my skin a January MOT but when I saw my skin in the mirror this morning – looking shiny and healthy despite the central heating being turned up at home and the cold winter weather outside – I felt I had already conquered Blue Monday and that I knew the secret to feeling good. It’s simple: look after your skin, look after yourself.

Chelsea Girl

A few weeks ago I was walking along Cadogan Gardens when I noticed the absence of QMS Medicosmetics. Thankfully I ended up learning that QMS hasn’t moved far, to Grace Belgravia and it is also more central at Liberty, which is great news because I love this brand.

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

So yesterday I paid a visit to Regent Street to experience one of QMS’s new homes.

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

When you walk into Liberty’s beauty department you can find QMS’s products on display. QMS are at the forefront of skincare innovation and this range is a veritable treat for the skin.

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

When I arrived, I met Nicole who took me downstairs into one of Liberty’s treatment rooms. I was to have an 80-minute facial, which would include the following:

  • Deep cleansing
  • Freshening Tonic
  • Exfoliant fluid
  • Day collagen = In my interview with the founder of QMS, Dr. Schulte talks about the importance of collagen when you step into your thirties.
  • Night collagen
  • Activator mask – of which I am a huge, huge fan. Great for rehydrating your skin and bringing it back to life. A Godsend for tired skin really.
  • Advanced intensive eye care
  • 24 hour cream
  • Hand care = I am also a massive fan of QMS’s hand cream and have no reservations recommending it.
  • Neck and more cream

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

One of my favourite steps was the algae mask, which I had to capture. It’s really interesting when you take the mask off, you can identify the driest parts of your face by feeling the inside. My skin felt a lot fresher as a result and the mask was surprisingly light when it was on.

I also enjoyed Nicole feeding oxygen into my face towards the end of my facial. The purpose was to stimulate the collagen and creams that were applied to my skin but I also found it very relaxing – like a soft breeze being blown onto my face.

So even though QMS has moved from being just off the King’s Road, I’m so glad it’s still around in London. Loyal clients from Chelsea continue to visit QMS in the West End and I’m really not surprised that they do.

QMS Medicosmetics, Liberty, Regent Street, London W1B 5AH

Chelsea Girl

Disclaimer: The facial was complimentary for the purpose of the review but this hasn’t influenced my opinion. Rather I’m going by my skin at the end of the treatment. It was simply glowing.


Last week I had the privilege of meeting the founder of QMS Medicosmetics, Dr. Schulte. If you’ve read my posts on QMS Medicosmetics, you’ll know why I am a big fan and why I was excited about the opportunity to ask some probing questions about skincare.

Dr. Schulte - QMS Medicosmetics

Being inspired in his work by his role as a father to three daughters, I wanted to first seek some sage advice about the different stages of skincare which women go through in life.

Dr. Schulte explained that as teenagers, the most important factor of skincare is sunscreen. This is because the skin has a memory and every sunburn gives a pre-aging impulse to the skin. So, it is important to never go out into the sun without protection. He also explained the fundamental difference between the different sunscreen filters: UVA which protects the skin from ageing and UVB which allows the skin to tan. And he recommended factors 10 to 15 to protect the skin in daily outdoor activities.

Other elements to consider with skincare as a teenager include free radicals which also destroy skin cells and causes skin ageing as well as keeping the skin clean and not with soap, which clogs pores.

When you hit 25 years old, moisturising your skin is something to be taken seriously. It’s important to try to keep the skin in a balanced state and again, to keep your skin protected against free radicals.

From 30 years old onwards, it’s time to think about collagen which starts to decrease in quality and quantity because at this stage our skin starts losing the capability to retain moisture. Before I had discovered QMS Medicosmetics, I had always associated collagen with cosmetic surgery but that practice belongs way in the past and now you can simply rub the collagen into your skin.

Reaching 40 years old, if you have done everything right you should be very happy with your skin. And in the meantime, it is worth taking note of the differences between skincare products. There are passive products and there are active products. Those with an active role work to change the skin for the better and in the case of QMS Medicosmetics’ stem cell products, they work to boost skin cell renewal.

I had plenty of questions for Dr. Schulte: about the difference between men and women skincare, other skincare procedures such as exfoliation and Dr. Schulte’s travelling around the world in search of new ingredients to work with.

But there was one questions I had to ask. It was about QMS Medicosmetics’ Body Performance Duo pack. I wanted to know ‘the science’ behind its effectiveness. I wanted to find out how it worked because after using it during my pregnancy I was left with no stretch marks at all. A miracle!

QMS Medicosmetics

Dr. Schulte explained that pregnant women are advised to rub oil into their skin, which ultimately works to weaken the skin tissue and cell walls. Instead, the exfoliator in the Body Performance Duo pack acts as an invisible micro peel. And going back to the idea that the skin has a memory, this process creates an impulse in the skin to tell the body to regenerate younger skin. There is also a moisturiser in the pack which also helps to plump up the skin. And from experience, this theory completely works.

My next QMS Medicosmetics review will be on their Advanced Intensive Eye Care, which I really can’t wait to try because …

QMS Medicosmetics… after meeting with Dr. Schulte, I’ve discovered an individual who is not only passionate about putting the best products on the market but he really does know what he’s talking about.

QMS Medicosmetics, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB

I feel like I’ve been putting my body through a bit of a spring clean recently. Over the weekend, I took a yoga class and spent some time in my gym’s spa; I returned to Organic Burst for part of my morning ritual (which I will be blogging about very soon); and last week, my face received what felt like a veritable spring clean from QMS Medicosmetics.

QMS MedicosmeticsIf you’ve read my past posts on QMS Medicosmetics, you will already know about the science behind this skincare brand:

The foundation of QMS Medicosmetics’s products is based on the works of its innovator, Dr. med. Erich Schulte, who has developed collagen enhancing technology for his regenerative skincare range.” Read more.

You will also know that Dr. med. Erich Schulte has developed a range of products specifically designed for pregnant women. I tried the Body Performance Duo by QMS MediCosmetics. And for the record, I don’t have a single stretch mark on my post-pregnancy body. Amazing stuff!

My most recent visit however focused less on my body and more on my face. As a working mother of a very bouncy baby boy, I find it easy to neglect my skin. In fact, I had learned from the therapist that my face was very dehydrated. My skin was drinking all the wonderful potions she was putting onto it. You could say that my skin was enjoying its own type of cocktail: though unlike the boozy kind, the various products from QMS Medicosmetics could only nourish it with goodness.

So what delights did my skin soak up to bring it back to life? My treatment included:

  • Cleansing and analysing the skin
  • Exfoliation with fruit acids and enzymes
  • Steaming the face to open up the pores and purify the skin
  • Extraction
  • Applying an algae mask to lift the impurities from my skin
  • Applying collagen with oxygen to provide the skin with essential ingredients, channeling them deeper to brighten and hydrate the skin
  • Lymphatic draining massage on the face
  • Applying the Activator Mask to hydrate, plump and refresh the face
  • A neck, shoulder and hand massage
  • Moisturising the face

The whole 90-minutes were blissful. I even fell asleep a couple of times and picked up some great tips from the therapist, one of them being how to stop my face from becoming dehydrated. Exfoliation is a crucial process and so is of course, hydration. And I can’t recommend the QMS Hydro Foam Mask enough. It leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. I love it!

QMS Medicosmetics

QMS Medicosmetics, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB
Disclosure: My treatment and sample were complimentary but this is not a biased review. The numerous other fantastic reviews and articles on QMS Medicosmetics indicate what fabulous products and treatments QMS offer.

I haven’t blogged about my pregnancy until now. I guess it’s because from one scan to another, I was wanting to keep focused on the little one and me. But with not long to go, the reality is starting to dawn on me and I’m feeling a little more comfortable putting my pregnancy news and findings out there.

One of my first discoveries after finding out I was pregnant was that my skin type had changed. Suddenly my skin was sensitive and the products I had used for some time were now making my face come out in blotches. I had to keep my skin care simple.

Another thing I have noticed is the amount of people who have told me that I am glowing. True, there are probably scientific reasons for this happening but I truly think cutting out alcohol and being conscientious of my diet has been a major factor in how I look right now.

And finally, as much as the hormones and ‘glow’ battle it out between themselves, there is one more factor that my skin has had to deal with: lack of sleep. People warn mummies-to-be to get as much sleep as possible, before the baby arrives. But either they are unaware or they have forgotten that a full night’s sleep dissipates the bigger the bump gets.

So all in all, skin care is a major factor when going through pregnancy and there is a lot to deal with.

The other week I returned to QMS Medicosmetics to review their Pregnancy Facial after trying their bespoke oxygen facial earlier this year, which you can read about here. I had also tried their Activator Mask and Hydro Foam Mask, both of which I love.

QMS MedicosmeticsTo me, the Activator Mask is like magic. You place a tab into some solution and watch it expand as it soaks up the fluid. You then unravel the fabric, which becomes a mask that you put on your face for ten minutes. The first time I tried it, I had the bf and my mother in the room and when I took it off, I was quite taken aback by their reactions: “Wow,” was the general response. Beforehand, if people were noticing my glow, I certainly wasn’t. But after taking the Activator Mask off, my skin was instantly radiant: this is the perfect pick-me-up for any face.

I have also become a big fan of the Hydro Foam Mask because I am in the swimming pool as much as I can be and even though I moisturise my face a couple of times a day, my skin can still become dehydrated. For this mask, you apply the foam onto your face and wait ten minutes before rubbing it in. You can also keep it on overnight and the next time I get on a plane, I’m also going to try using it. This mask works to hydrate the skin, leaving it plumped up once the foam sinks in or is massaged in.

So what about the pregnancy facial?

QMS MedicosmeticsThe purpose of the treatment is to refuel the skin, leaving it firm and fresh whilst working out the tensions in the upper body and it lasts one hour and fifteen minutes.

The stages involve:

  • Cleansing and analysing the skin
  • Exfoliation with fruit acids and enzymes
  • Steaming the face to open up the pores and purify the skin
  • Applying collagen with oxygen to provide the skin with essential ingredients, channeling them deeper to brighten and hydrate the skin
  • Lymphatic draining massage on the face
  • Applying the Activator Mask to hydrate, plump and refresh the face
  • A neck, shoulder and hand massage
  • Moisturising the face

When I walked into the spa which is located off the King’s Road, I was feeling tired and I had a small blotch on my face that just wouldn’t leave. By the time the treatment had ended, I felt so relaxed: at some point, I was definitely falling asleep. The next day, the blotch had calmed down and my skin was not only hydrated but also looking fresh.

The staff at QMS Medicosmetics are also very friendly and both times I have visited the spa, they have made sure that I have felt as comfortable as possible, and I can’t recommend their treatments enough.

QMS Medicosmetics, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB. Telephone: 020 7730 8090.
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