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Permanent Makeup – As easy as Doreme

Permanent Makeup Pigments

Permanent makeup technicians looking for a beautiful, reliable and affordable pigments need look no further than Doreme micropigmentation pigments, exclusively launched in the UK by Beautiful Ink.  Lisa, company director, is keen to make the range affordable, and Beautiful Ink is currently offering permanent make up professionals the opportunity to buy Doreme pigments at £25 for a 15ml bottle



Doreme’s eyebrow pigment collection features a stunning selection of 25 warm, neutral and cool tones, all expertly blended to heal true. This high quality range of permanent makeup pigments has been carefully developed in South Korea, by pigment specialists JHN Micro Tec, using pharmaceutical grade ingredients.

The Doreme range has been created in collaboration with a range of industry and medical experts.  Each of the pigments is fully safety certified and only contains ingredients from the approved list for use in permanent make-up.

All pigments have been patch tested on humans and awarded the ‘Excellent’ seal of approval by highly regarded German research institute, Dermatest.

To make absolutely sure that Doreme pigments could be trusted and safely used on clients everywhere, Lisa Henning, director of Beautiful Ink, has also carried out Cosmetic Product Safety Reports (CPSR), which has fully approved them for microbiological quality, toxicity and stability.

Further pigments from JHN Micro Tec will be launched over the coming months, including eyeliner, lip colour and a special range of colours for micro blading.

Lisa says,

“I’m very pleased to be able to bring Doreme pigments to the UK. As a permanent makeup technician and trainer myself, I know how important it is to trust your pigments will give great results.

Having used several pigment ranges myself over the years I understand what a technician needs from their pigments: healing true, good retention and fading well.  You can use Doreme pigments on your clients in complete confidence, and with 25 different eyebrow colours to choose from, you’ll always have the exact shade needed.”


Lisa Henning:

Tel:  01273 775188

Notes to Editors

All pigments are manufactured to the same consistency and quality by JHN Micro Tec, in close collaboration with doctors, medical experts, chemists, users and the JHN MicroTec product development team.

All JHN Micro Tec permanent makeup pigments are safety certified by the Korea Research and Testing Institute (KTU), Dermatest and SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

Lisa Henning specialises in cosmetic tattooing, medical tattooing and MediTatu ® microneedling, as well as being a HABIA endorsed training provider.

For more information contact Lisa Henning at

Tel:  01273 775188 / 07530 978856

MediTatu ® Advanced Micro Needling

MediTatu ® was developed by Lisa Henning, MD of Beautiful Ink in Brighton.  She is the first person in the UK to bring this successful scar and stretch mark treatment to the British public’s attention.

The treatment has been known within the medical community for almost 30 years as MCA Micro Needling, amongst others it’s used by dermatological and breast cancer nurses to improve scarring.  However, it’s still relatively unheard of by those looking to salons and clinics for scar and stretch mark treatments.

So Lisa decided to shake things up a bit, originally calling the treatment Dry Tattooing to capture the public’s attention, and it worked, clients travel great distances to be treated by her in Brighton.  Dry tattooing because a digital tattoo machine is used without any pigment, so the needle is running ‘dry’.  By re-branding to MediTatu ® Lisa aims to reach an even wider audience.

Lisa offers Habia endorsed Dry Tattooing training courses and workshops (with CPD points) to teach others her skills, with associate and MediTatu ® licensing opportunities.

For salons and clinics with an in-house permanent makeup specialist this would be an advanced course further utilising their existing equipment.  If a new machine is required Beautiful Ink is UK distributor for South Korean medical electronics manufacturer Bomtech, supplying their micro needling and permanent makeup machines.

3 levels of training are offered over 1, 2 and 3 days for those with and without skin needling experience.  Pre-training requirements apply.

Beautiful Ink is exhibiting at Professional Beauty North in September, and offering Manchester training dates in November, contact Lisa for more information.

07530 978856
01273 775188 for treatment information for machines

Preventing & De-creasing Lines & Wrinkles

By Lisa Henning – December 2014

It’s not just a case of slapping on a bit more moisturiser, in fact that may be the very thing that’s causing the problem!

From a mature client “It feels like I can never get enough moisture into my skin”, from a sensitive client “Everything I use makes me breakout”, from a client with adult acne or rosacea “I know my skin must be oily, but it feels so dry”, and from most clients “A few minutes after washing or cleansing and my face feels dry”.

To understand why moisturisers aren’t doing their job it’s best to understand the job they are supposed to do.  The surface of our skin should act like a waterproof barrier, keeping our bodies natural water supply inside, but for genetically dry or sensitive skin, such as from dermatitis, the waterproof barrier is essentially damaged and the water evaporates.

So for those with genetically dry and sensitive skin, regular moisture creams are required.  Moisture creams may also be needed during the temporary times of post treatment aftercare, during harsh cold winters and the low humidity of sunny holidays and air conditioning.

Yet moisturisers are probably the most purchased skin cream.  So what happens when we use a moisturiser when our skin doesn’t really need it.  Moisturisers are basically made up of water, lipids (fats) and protein, just like the outer layers of our skin.  We normally start using light water based lotions. Our skin gets used to this artificial source of water very quickly, with that tight feeling after washing indicating to us that a richer cream needs to be used.  But this isn’t true.  Our skin gets lazier as we give it more cream, and those lines and wrinkles are becoming more visible.

We may well be moisturising our skin, but are we feeding it ?   And how do you feed it when nothing seems to get through ?  Gentle exfoliation and skin peels are the easiest methods of removing the dull and clogged surface layers, then simply start again by using special products to feed the deeper dermal layers of skin.  And after a couple of skin cycles, taking around two months, you’ll have a skin surface to be proud of !

How ?  There has to be a consistent feeding of the deeper layers to promote healthy collagen and elastin, which will eventually become the healthy waterproof barrier needed as our outer skin.

Ok so we’re going to feed our skin, but how’s that going to stop lines and wrinkles ?  This new fed skin looks and feels plumper and more refined than before, and healthy skin holds its integrity on our face, not so pulled down by gravity, and not so readily creasing.  Lines around the eyes softening, on the forehead smoothing, those delightful nasolabial (nose to mouth) lines naturally filling… though they haven’t really, it’s the skin of the cheeks firming that’s having them not drooping and forming

There’s a current wave within the skin treatment industry of resisting anti-ageing treatments (such as fillers, surgery and botox) in favour of treatments that have you looking the most naturally radiant for your age, and this is where healthy fed skin is a goal.

I stock, and personally use,  RégimA Skin Treatments to sort out my developing lines and wrinkles.  I’m 47 so they were there !  RégimA offer Peel & Heal, a potent yet gentle lactic and malic acid skin peel which is suitable for use on all skin types (including sensitive and active acne), and skin colours, all year round.

After my initial bout of skin peels I adopted an easy homecare routine.  The Rejuvoderm night cream is a gentle 7.5% lactic and malic acid skin peel, also containing Retinol, pure Vitamin A for skin smoothing, regenerating, and stimulating new collagen. Vitamin B5 for rapid healing, cell renewal, and it helps skin to retain moisture.  All washed off in the morning with the lovely Hydroactive Cleansing Gel.  I then use a day cream and for me, that’s about it.  Oh and I love Quantum Elastin and sometimes mix it up with that too !

Of course if my skin were more damaged, dry, wrinkly, spotty or dull there’s other bits for me to add in, but I’m not actually using a moisture cream, nor for me am I needing an eye cream, which is odd, as that’s where my lines and wrinkles were showing.

And my clients from the beginning, the mature one who couldn’t get enough moisture into her skin now comments that she hardly needs to use any product as her skin feels so quenched, it’s looking much softer and smoother too. The sensitive one, well her comment was censored as she’s “Great thanks, it’s good stuff!”, and I replied agreeing that it was indeed good stuff.   And from my clients with adult acne and rosacea, after the initial skin rebellion to being treated, we have skin under control, being treated for excess sebum, acne and hormonal responses and pigmentation.

One 20% RégimA Peel & Heal, and 4 mini products £100.  Mini products are cleanser, day cream, night cream and Quantum Elastin.  Call for more details or to book your visit – Lisa 01273 775188 and 07530 978856.  Based in central Brighton

Why do some stretch mark creams work?

By Lisa Henning – August 2014

You researched all the stretch mark prevention creams, read all the reviews, took advice from friends and family, made your choice and stuck to it. So how disappointing that you still ended up getting stretch marks. Why didn’t it work for you?

Why do stretch marks happen? The dermis (living layer of skin) is where our skin produces collagen and elastin, when abundant and undamaged the skin easily stretches and regains its shape. Stretch marks are fine scars caused by tearing in the dermis when the skin lacks elasticity. Collagen gives skin its strength and durability, but elastin is more stretchable and helps maintain skins resilience.

How do stretch mark creams or oils work? By deeply nourishing the skin, penetrating through to the dermis, helping to heal, thicken and re-elasticise. With continued use the skin will become stronger and more elastic, allowing it to stretch even more without damage. Stretch mark prevention creams should not be thought of as a moisturiser.

So why do some products work better than others? It’s not always the product that’s not working, it’s probably more likely you’ve chosen a product that’s not suitable for your skin type. Just like choosing the correct face moisturiser for your skin, you need to use a stretch mark prevention cream that’s suitable your skin, be it dry, normal or oily. Also how old you are needs to be considered as the skin loses elasticity as we age.

The oilier or younger your skin is, the more elastic it is, so your skin’s response to treatment is quicker because it needs less elastic proteins to repair. Conversely the drier or less elastic your skin is, the earlier and more long-term use of creams will be needed to prevent stretch marks happening.

Are expensive products worth it? Elastin can be found in lots of shampoos and conditioners, and collagen in many face and body creams, but the size of the molecule needs to be refined and small enough to penetrate to the deeper layers of the dermis. Many stretch mark prevention creams and oils make the surface of the skin smooth and moisturised, but little if any collagen or elastin reaches the dermis. Try using a sample of cream and a few minutes later feeling how much remains on the surface, and how much sinks in. Micro molecules that penetrate to the dermis aren’t found in cheaper products.

How do I use stretch mark prevention products? They should be applied am and pm to areas prone to stretching: breasts, tummy, buttocks and thighs. For those with dry and less elastic skin, starting to use products early in the pregnancy is recommended, to prepare the skin for stretching. Continue using the products while breast feeding, washing nipples prior to each feed. For dry skins products need to be layered, with the stretch mark prevention cream used first, then a suitable skin moisturiser on top.

Topical Vitamin A (applied to the skin). There’s much controversy and misinformation about what products can and cannot be used during pregnancy. Many doctors tell their pregnant patients that during the first trimester (3 months) they are not allowed to take Vitamin A supplements. Supplements are taken by mouth and work systemically (get into the blood). Topically applied Vitamin A is applied externally, to work within the skin, not the blood.

Vitamin A in the forms of Retinol, Retinyl, Palmitate or beta carotene are perfectly safe to be applied to the skin during pregnancy. These have great benefits for the skin, aiding condition and helping, in combination with other natural ingredients, to prevent stretch marks. Always check product labelling for product safety to use during pregnancy.

RégimA Scar Repair & Anti-Stretch Complex is safe and highly recommended to use during pregnancy. It contains high potency pure Retinol (Vitamin A). This is a safe and extremely effective antioxidant or anti-free radical scavenger, helping to rebuild damaged collagen and elastin, improving the condition of the skin support structure. Scar Repair also contains a unique form of micro molecular synthesised elastin, this is not of animal origin, nor has it been tested on animals. Scar Repair can also be used during dieting and to heal fresh and pink stretch marks and scars.

Stretch Marks – Prevention isn’t the only cure

By Lisa Henning – May 2014

The best time to heal pregnancy stretch marks is while they’re still fresh, those delightful shades of red and pink.  Once they’re white and mature, creams and potions will have little effect and a different approach is needed.

Let’s begin with prevention.  The simple theory to preventing stretch marks is keeping the skin nourished and more elastic during pregnancy, so it can stretch without tearing in the deep layers.  It’s in these deep layers that our body produces the collagen and elastin fibres that give skin its firmness.   When skin has to stretch considerably in a relatively short space of time, the deep layers need to stretch without tearing, and it’s these tears that show through as stretch marks.

Stretch mark prevention creams work by feeding and nourishing the deep layers of skin, healing, thickening and elasticising the skin so it can stretch without damage.  Some creams even help ease the incessant itching that happens as the skin is stretching, again showing that healing and prevention is happening.  At Skin Confidence I stock the RégimA Skin Treatment range.  Their scar repair and anti-stretch complex costs £59.95 for 100ml, with a small 15ml size available at £19.95.

While stretch marks are still shades of red and pink they are healing and this is when you can really help yourself.  The same RégimA cream can now be used to heal damaged skin.  The stretched area again needs feeding and nourishing, and this will give the best opportunity to regain firmness and for any stretch marks to mature quickly, thicken and begin to blur away.

If you like oils, for prevention and to heal, Rosehip oil is truly wonderful.  It’s the skin elasticity oil, with naturally occurring high levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin A and essential fatty acids.  Like the RégimA cream it assists with skin healing.  During pregnancy it should be used neat (without any essential oils), but it does have a bit of a fatty oil smell.  The company I buy my oils from is Naturally Thinking (.com), and 100ml of cold pressed Rosehip oil costs £6.00.

Once stretch marks are mature (white), the skin has settled.  Creams and potions will have minimal if any effect as the tissue is now essentially stuck in this damaged state.  You need to wake it up and give it a chance to heal again.  This is where clinic based treatments are advised as home based treatments have little effect, or are simply dangerous.  I’m talking here about the inappropriate use of skin needling devices, such as a derma roller.  Just because you can buy one, doesn’t mean you should use it.  For obvious reasons I’ll not go into how to use a derma roller but will simply say, as a trained professional I’m only allowed to use depths up to 1.5mm, doctors and nurses over 2mm.  Safe home use is up to 0.3mm, this is because at this depth you are not going into blood levels and the risks associated with such treatments.

Skin needling is proven to reduce and improve the appearance of mature stretch marks by causing new collagen and elastin to grow as a response to the needling.  But not all skin needling devices give the same level of result.  On stretch marked skin the derma roller alone is not the best treatment, it causes new collagen and elastin at the same level in damaged and undamaged skin, a roller cannot be precise.  A derma roller for those who’ve not heard of one before, is a small hand held device with a few hundred needles on a roller, and the look of it, think of a lawn aerator for the skin. Yes exactly ! Why would you want to do that to yourself !

At Beautiful Ink I have developed a two fold skin needling treatment, dry tattooing and derma roller combined,  to help reduce and improve mature stretch marks and stretched skin.  The derma roller for skin tightening and dry tattooing for the individual stretch marks.  Dry tattooing uses a digital tattoo machine and no pigment.  Good numbing creams are used and the treatment itself is surprisingly painless during and after.  Whilst this is tattooing, specialised training is required as damaged skin reacts differently to normal skin, and further damage can easily be caused.    Those specialising in permanent makeup treatments may take an advanced training course to offer dry tattooing for scars and stretch marks, as the same machine is used.

Wonderfully one of the results of skin needling, and most visibly with dry tattooing with its intense and precise stimulation, is a natural return of normal pigmentation.  So yes, those white shiny stretch marks can look visibly reduced simply because the colour looks more normal !  This is unlikely to happen with other stretch mark treatments such as laser or carboxy therapy as only the deep layers of skin are treated, missing the layers where melanin is created alongside the new tissue.

The same process of healing stretch marks by dry tattooing can be applied to scar tissue.   Once scars are 6 months old dry tattooing can brush through any scar tissue, allowing it to re-heal smoothly, and again helping the tissue return to a more normal colour.

If you’d like further information I can be contacted on:
Office – 01273 775188
Lisa – 07530 978856
Or visit my website

Thin & Styled Eyebrows

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Dark & Natural Eyebrows

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Blonde & Pale Eyebrows

I often get asked if permanent eyebrow makeup can work on blondes.  The easy answer is yes as I’ve some very natural, taupe, golden brown and light brown colours that naturally match blonde hair.   It’s also not just the colour I use but how much of it I use, so a light colour can look very subtle or more styled

The points I would like to add for blonde eyebrow tattoo are:

Blonde ladies are often worried the colour will be too dark, so I go natural on the first visit, for the client to then like the dark fresh tattoo !  This will not heal so dark which has the client asking me to go darker on the top up appointment.  As the brief has changed a further visit (that’s not been paid for) may be needed to get enough of the darker colour in.   The top up visit is meant to put more of the original colour on any areas that didn’t heal with enough colour

Blonde ladies wanting dark tattooed eyebrows. When you pencil or colour in dark eyebrows, you are not only colouring your skin, you are pencilling and colouring over eyebrow hair.  Blonde eyebrow hair.  When you have a dark tattoo, this will sit under your blonde eyebrows, which you will now need to tint regularly to keep the brows looking dark.  Otherwise you can mistakenly think your brow tattoo isn’t dark enough

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