Top facialist Almaz Habte gives us her top skincare tips and advice on getting into the industry

Looking for a really good facial? Or some insight into how you can get into the beauty industry? Or even some tips on how to treat your oily/dry/problem skin? Well you’ve reached the right place. 

We chatted to Almaz, one of London’s top facialists at Cobella Spa, Kensington, about her top skincare tips and how she got into the beauty industry.

You won’t want to miss her insider secrets for getting glowing skin. Trust us, facialist Almaz is a real expert!


1. Did you always know that you wanted to work in the beauty industry?

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be in the beauty industry. At the age of 16 I attended The Hammersmith and West London College and over a period of two years completed my beauty NVQ as well as an anatomy and physiology diploma. This enabled me to go straight in to work within a health and beauty centre. I have now been working as a beauty therapist for 12 years and I have been lucky enough to experience working in a variety of spas and salons.

2. What would your advice be for someone reading this who would like your job?

My advice for anyone wanting to work within the beauty industry is to first make sure it’s a real passion for them. Yes it’s a fun and interesting job to have, but it involves a lot of hard work. Most importantly you need to be aware that you never stop learning and you need to be extremely invested in keeping up with the latest techniques, products and technology.

3. How could they replicate your career journey?

After completing any form of training you must ensure you put your skills in to practice as soon as possible. I feel the best way to be good at your job is to build your confidence through hands on experience.

4. How does stress, particularly work-related stress, affect the skin?

Stress has a negative impact on all aspects of your health. With regards to the skin, it can trigger problems such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne. Nerve endings are connected to the skin and as stress emotions build in the body, they can be expressed through the skin. For example when you are tense, your body releases stress hormones such as cortisol which can increase oil production in the skin resulting in acne.

5. What are your top tips for treating problem skin? 

To treat problematic skin the best thing to remember is to treat it like sensitive skin. You have to keep in mind that acne skin tends to be inflamed, aggravated and painful. Avoid abrasive scrubs, substitute for acid or enzyme based exfoliants and focus on regular use of detoxifying masks and always avoid picking and squeezing as this causes the spread of bacteria and results in scarring. Medicated topical creams, laser and antibacterial blue light therapy can also be used to improve the condition of the skin. There are also immune boosting creams and masks containing acidophilus probiotic and colostrum which are rich in antibodies.

6. What are your top tips for treating dry skin?

Dry skin needs as much nourishment, moisture and protection as possible so the key thing to remember is to avoid any harsh moisture stripping products and treatments and focus on putting nutrients back in to the skin. Products such and creamy masks, serums, rich moisture creams and high grade organic facial oils are all excellent choices for dry skin types.

7. What are your top tips for treating shiny/oily skin?

Oily skin types can easily be balanced by the use of mild glycolic or salicylic acid products that gently exfoliate dead skin cells and help reduce oil production. The use of clay based purifying masks as well as light mattifying facial lotions can also help to balance the sebaceous glands. Try to avoid oil based liquid foundations and ideally go for good quality mineral powder makeup. When the skin is hydrated it also helps to control oil production so remember to drink plenty of water.

8. What other skincare insight can you give us?

  • Regardless of your skin type always remember your lifestyle and the state of your health both play massive roles in how your skin functions. Making healthy dietary choices, avoiding smoking, keeping alcohol to a minimum and getting adequate sleep can work wonders in maintaining the health of your skin.
  • Also remember using sun protection and keeping the skin hydrated helps to maintain the youthful and radiant appearance of the skin.
  • Thoroughly removing your makeup and doing a double cleanse is also really important in the evening. The skin is exposed to so much during the day so removing the build up of dirt, pollution and sweat is necessary in order for the skin to function healthily. Double cleansing can be done by firstly using a creamy cleanser followed by a foaming or gel based face wash.
  • Using expensive skin care products doesn’t always mean you will get the best results. The main thing to focus on is clean active ingredients at levels that actually work and taking the time to read about specific products that are recommended to you.
  • Always try out samples before committing to purchasing full size products and don’t be afraid to use a variety of brands.

9. Tell us about the facials that you offer?

I feel bespoke facials that allow the therapist to use a variety of products, machines and techniques achieve the best results. I feel the use of cosmeceutical products in conjunction with natural ingredients creates the right balance for the skin to function healthily as well as giving instant visible results.

Facials are recommended once a month but most clients come in for mini top up treatments in between monthly sessions before special events or just as a way to relax and boost their radiance. I also like to create a treatment program for clients that have problematic skin types or as a build up to a big event to achieve best visible results. Homecare advice and products are also recommended as I feel it’s very important to educate clients about the health of their skin.

Emily says: A facial with Almaz at Cobella Spa, Kensington is a real treat. Almaz is a complete expert and knows exactly how to treat the skin to get the best results. Find out more about the treatments you can get here.

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