Uncover the secrets and techniques of London’s most excessive profile beauty dermatologist

by Editors Staff

Beauty dermatologist Dr Frances Prenna Jones calls the ready room of her workplace in London’s Mayfair her ‘disco room’. There are glitter balls on show, alongside an incongruous assortment of different objects together with division store-style self-importance tables and a Fritz Hansen chair, all of it bathed in an ambient neon yellow gentle.

It appears odd at first – particularly contemplating that the room is often visited by among the metropolis’s most well-known faces – nevertheless it quickly turns into clear that this relaxed, jovial house is a mirrored image of the Dr Jones philosophy. ‘All people needs to really feel seen and all people needs to really feel nicely,’ she says.

Beauty dermatology as self-care

‘I needed to create an surroundings the place individuals don’t really feel responsible or intimidated. I need individuals to return into this house and suppose it’s completely OK, actually, a great factor, to handle themselves.’ Since opening her apply, Jones has pioneered beauty dermatology as a type of ‘self-care’ slightly than ‘self-improvement’, combining non-invasive beauty remedies with machine therapies and her personal skincare formulations. With a menu that runs the gamut from Botox injections and fillers to infrared gentle remedies, peels and pores and skin rejuvenation facials, she has a singular expertise for steadily and delicately altering the face with no trace of synthetic intervention.

‘You arrive on the clinic satisfied that you simply want a little bit of Botox right here or a little bit filler there,’ says one among her sufferers. ‘What you really need is an expert, the most effective within the enterprise, to establish your areas of concern and clarify precisely how one can deal with them. It’s not about turning again the clock, it’s about making an enhanced, higher model of your self. It’s a self-confidence increase to beat all others.’ In response to Jones, her work is its personal form of anthropology: her high-profile shopper checklist displays the zeitgeist, and every shopper reveals distinctive insights from their life once they stroll by the door.

Images: Maisie Cousins

One of many greatest modifications she has seen lately is a major enhance in male sufferers. ‘Once I first began doing this, I had plenty of male sufferers, then the male-to-female [ratio] dwindled a little bit bit and previously three years, the quantity has began to rise once more. I believe it goes again to self-care. Throughout the pandemic, plenty of males spent extra time at dwelling, seeing their spouses or companions handle themselves and pondering they might do the identical. Greater than 50 per cent of the boys which have are available have a associate who’s already a affected person of mine.’ Jones has additionally seen an uptick in girls between the ages of 35 and 55 who wouldn’t have thought-about getting any form of therapy pre-Covid. Her guess is that the pandemic inspired them, like her new male purchasers, to spend extra of their disposable revenue on themselves.

After all, all of that is liable to vary. ‘It will likely be fascinating to see what occurs within the subsequent couple of years when individuals can journey once more and do different issues,’ says Jones. ‘Certainly one of my sufferers owns a extremely huge London gallery. She assumed they must shut their workplaces when the pandemic hit, however then, inside two weeks, they’d already had one of their greatest years ever, as a result of individuals have been at dwelling gazing clean partitions, and had disposable revenue that they used to spend on different issues. In the identical method, the pandemic gave individuals the identical [time and residual income] to consider spending cash on themselves. I get that artwork is considerable, and investing in your self is a special return on funding, however there’s proof to help the [significant] psychological and bodily returns whenever you be ok with your self.’

A small-batch product line

As Jones’ story reveals, beauty dermatology is a union of the scientific and the aesthetic. She labored as an NHS heart specialist for ten years earlier than discovering her curiosity in beauty surgical procedure. She then helped launch UK pharmacy Boots’ in-store laser clinics earlier than establishing her personal apply. Within the midst of all of it, she was satisfying her inventive yearnings, learning style design at Central Saint Martins and growing her personal product line. 

These merchandise, which Jones has personally overseen, from the formulation all the way down to the packaging, are maybe one of many best-kept secrets and techniques in magnificence. Produced in small batches in Devon, they’re virtually youth in a jar. Her toner-exfoliator-serum, System, which boosts cell renewal and removes impurities, impressed such a devoted following that, close to Christmas in 2006, a businessman from New York diverted his journey to London on a mission to carry some again dwelling for his spouse, knocked on the door of her clinic, held out a small cut-out image of the product, and begged her to seek out him a bottle.

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‘That’s after I knew we had created a monster,’ says Jones, who has the alert vitality you’d anticipate from somebody who expertly juggles so many balls – seemingly helped, on the day of our interview, by the contents of an unlimited espresso mug stuffed with apple cider vinegar, darkish maple syrup, lemon juice and water, which she substitutes for caffeine. Requested if there are any business myths she needs to debunk, Jones solutions, ‘Let me get my soapbox out and climb on.’

Dr Frances Prenna Jones on Botox, fillers and skincare

First on the agenda is the notion that something with chemical compounds is dangerous. ‘To begin with, water is a chemical. The world is one huge chemical, so cease saying chemical compounds [are a bad thing].

‘Secondly, cease occurring about natural important oils – among the most irritating merchandise in your pores and skin are important oils, which might trigger eczema, contact dermatitis, hypersensitivity, and extra. Thirdly, you do want preservatives, as a result of with no preservative you might have micro organism rising in your product that can develop in your face.’

One other bone of competition for Jones is the concept Botox is a toxin and, when you use it, you’ll inevitably appear to be your face has been frozen. Earlier than the Covid vaccine, she says, Botox was essentially the most generally given drug on the earth. ‘If you merely extrapolate the efficacy of the drug by these sheer numbers, the concept it’s harmful is incorrect.’

As for fillers, Jones prefers to name them ‘quantity alternative’ to emphasize that they don’t seem to be truly filling up the face like a balloon, however changing fats loss that naturally happens as you age. Jones believes machines are misused and stresses the significance of training your self about what is on the market earlier than selecting a therapy.

A holistic strategy

‘There are plenty of unsupervised magnificence therapists who’re both utilizing machines sub-optimally, or are utilizing them in isolation. It’s way more helpful to make use of them in a holistic style, as one instrument in your anti-ageing armoury, whether or not that’s to deal with solar injury, scale back nice traces, or enhance collagen, elastin, and the remainder of it.’ Machines are an important a part of Jones’ apply, but when she might select just one, it will be her Intense Pulsed Mild machine, nicknamed ‘Betty’, which makes use of a mix of sunshine wavelengths to destroy age spots, rosacea and different undesirable discolourations.

But for all of the machines on the market, the actual fact is that efficient skincare requires a multi-pronged strategy. ‘It comes all the way down to what you might be placing in your pores and skin, what remedies you might be doing, your food regimen and your psychology,’ summarises Jones, who believes a holistic strategy, slightly than a one-time repair, can really influence how you feel and look. §

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