Beauty And Wellbeing Tips For Busy Skin With Skincare Specialist Kerry Payne


You may remember way back in November I attended the first Thirty Plus Blogs event at OMNIYA Health and Beauty Mediclinic in Knightsbridge. Well today I'm very excited to share with you an interview with one of their top practitioners Kerry Payne, an Advanced Skincare Specialist with over 12 years expert experience in her field. Today Kerry is sharing with us a little about her career and how she got started as well as some useful and practical tips for looking after tired skin as part of a busy working lifestyle. So without further ado ...

Photo Credit: Omniya

Photo Credit: Omniya

Hi Kerry. Please could you tell me a little more about your role as a skincare specialist and what a typical day involves?

My role as an advanced skincare specialist at OMNIYA changes every day. I always arrive 30 minutes before my shift starts so that I can go through my notes on the clients I'm seeing that day; each client has a totally bespoke treatment plan, so it’s important I’m fully up to speed on all their treatments and any issues. I see a wide variety of skin conditions and concerns, so I make sure I’m always researching new treatments and ingredients - I want my clients to feel totally confident when they see me that I’ll get them the very best results.

I love chatting with my clients and as well as looking after their skin, it can sometimes become a bit of a therapy session as well! My most popular treatment is a bespoke facial, so I work with the client to find out what they're looking for and how we can best achieve this, normally with a combination of facials, peels, LED treatment, micro needling and home care products. I work really closely with the other expert practitioners, so if there's anything I think can help the client (perhaps seeing the hormone specialists, a consult with the clinical nutritionist or a chat with our cosmetic doctor) I will always refer them. It makes the client’s life so much easier when everything is all under one roof.

In-between seeing clients we have a lot of walk-ins to the clinic, so I do skin consultations and help customers with their skincare choices. We have a great variety of products available including ZO Skin Health By Dr Zein Obagi, SkinCeuticals, AQ Solutions, TA65, Environ, as well as traditional French pharmacy brands.

Photo Credit: Omniya

Photo Credit: Omniya

What led you to this kind of work and what kind of training is involved?

I grew up in a family that loved health and beauty and a lot of my family members actually worked in the industry, so although I had the usual worries about what I was going to do when I was in my final years of school, it was the natural route. I’ve always loved skincare and when my sister suggested I try beauty therapy, I realised it was exactly what I’d been looking for. I can be quite competitive, when I do something I want to be the best at it! That's why I chose one of the most prestigious beauty therapy courses that allowed me to work in the UAE and America, as well as the UK.

What is it that you love most about the work you do and what motivates you on a daily basis?

My job is all about the people, so I love making clients happy and helping them to improve their skin concerns. When people are suffering from acne or other skin issues it can have a real knock on their confidence and self esteem. If I can help people feel good about themselves then I’m happy. Hopefully the fact that I have a lot of regular clients means I’m doing exactly that.

Photo Credit: Omniya

Photo Credit: Omniya

What are the biggest challenges people face when it comes to looking after their skin in today’s busy, hectic working world?

I believe the biggest challenge for most people is the lack of time they have to look after themselves. I try and create home-care regimes that fit in with their busy lifestyles and deliver results they need. The world of skincare can be a confusing one as well. I try to be as knowledgeable as possible about ingredients and formulations, so I can advise clients without them having to spend time decoding all the marketing-speak!

Do you have any simple, practical tips that readers could implement right away to help look after their skin - especially when faced with very busy lifestyles?

I believe the most important thing is to get your basic skincare routine down. Follow the below every day and then you can add in more targeted treatment products as and when you need them:

1. Find a good cleanser that’s suited to your skin type to remove impurities.

2. Then layer on your serums – look for ones with Vitamin C (essential antioxidant protection) and Hyaluronic Acid (for plumping and hydrating the skin).

3. Finish with a high factor SPF in the morning or a retinol at night.

Looking after your inner health is also incredibly important for your skin; try and eat a balanced, healthy diet, drink lots of water, and look into supplements with vitamins A, C and E. We have an incredible clinical nutritionist at OMNIYA who gives helpful, practical advice if you’re looking for help.

Photo Credit: Omniya

Photo Credit: Omniya

How do you like to unwind after a long day and what are your top tips for looking after your wellbeing amidst a busy lifestyle?

After a long day on my feet and chatting to people I always unwind with a relaxing bath and a Neom Organics bath oil and a candle. If I’m not too exhausted, I’ll read my book. Looking after my health and wellbeing is really important, as I need a lot of energy to do my job. I always try and get nine hours sleep, drink between 2–3 litres of water a day and make sure my diet is full of greens. We stock a great range of supplements, so I make sure I’m taking what my body needs and always have regular hormone checks with our specialists.

Photo Credit: Omniya

Photo Credit: Omniya

Great advice and thank you to Kerry for giving us an insight to her world. I'm sure that if this is an area you are interested in you'll find it very useful. Plus for those of us struggling to decipher the many products on offer out there and what we should be using to care for our skin, Kerry's practical tips are definitely going to come in handy. I for one am off to refill my water bottle and get my daily quota of the good stuff in for starters! 

Thank you all for reading. Happy Monday! Enjoy your week and see you again soon.



The 30 Plus Blogs Collective: An Evening At OMNIYA Mediclinic In Knightsbridge

Last week on a slightly drizzly but warm and inviting evening in West London, a group of likeminded bloggers gathered together at the beautiful Omniya Health and Beauty Mediclinic in Knightsbridge for an evening of beauty, networking and tasty treats! Let me share with you who we are and what was learned from a brilliant evening amongst so many talented people.

Omiya Mediclinic Knightsbridge

Firstly if you haven't yet heard of the 30 Plus Blog Collective then let me give you the lowdown on exactly who we are! 

Started by Hayley Carr of the blog London Beauty Queen, 30 Plus Blogs is Hayley's brainchild and a genius way of bringing together so many of the fabulous bloggers out there over the age of three-zero. Giving a group of unique and creative minds the chance to represent themselves in a blogosphere that until now has perhaps slightly under-estimated and under-represented the wealth of talent and expertise out there coming from bloggers over the age of thirty. It also provides a way to offer readers in the same category a place to come to when looking for topics and content that is more relevant and exciting to them.

It's a fantastic idea and since launching earlier this year, is one that has taken off with such momentum that it has already more than demonstrated just how many of us have a voice that wants to be heard, and a readership out there that is wanting to listen. 

Omniya Mediclinic

Now to Omniya, the venue for the evenings event. This innovative clinic in Knightsbridge is a health and beauty haven. Here they offer beauty services designed to make you feel better both inside and out, concentrating on a multitude of services including well-being, nutrition, clinical beauty and spa treatments as well as stocking a multitude of leading and advanced products within the beauty market.

On hand were many experts willing to discuss the suitability and benefits of certain treatments and products, some of which I had come across before and others that were totally new and intriguing to me. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn more from those in the know and ask questions about particular skin, hair and beauty issues.


Many interesting products stood out to me, including the new Idealia Skin Sleep from Vichy designed to achieve the look of a good nights sleep even if your slumber has been cut well short, sounds good to me! As well as the range of advanced skincare products by Skinceuticals, formulated to improve skins appearance, backed by science and aimed at combating discolouration and signs of stress on the skin as well as preventing future damage.

Thanks to a more than amazing gift bag from the event I am road testing a couple of these as we speak and am looking forward to reporting back here on the blog at a later date with my feedback.

I also came across Roger & Gallet for the first time which might seem odd to some as I realise it's been around for many years and since the event I have seen it everywhere! However for some reason it had never previously been on my radar. Now I'm feeling like something of a fan, the Fleur de Figuier scent being top of my list for a subtle but inviting autumnal, winter fragrance.

Roger & Gallet

I must also mention the food and flowers that encompassed the event and topped off a truly great evening. Incredibly tasty and healthy bites from Treat tickled our tastebuds and beautiful seasonal blooms from Bloomon delicately decorated the space. Adding an even more decadent and delightful feel to what was already a fantastic night.

The Good Treat
The Good Treat

This was a great event to be part of and I am very proud to be included in a group of bloggers who are representing the fabulousness of those of us over thirty. 

At times it infuriates me that we live in a world so geared to the young, not that I don't have huge respect for the younger generation and appreciate that being in your teens and twenties most definitely has its own struggles. It just seems at times that the media especially is so constantly poised to write off anyone past a certain point. I mean for goodness sake we still have our whole lives ahead of us so don't you even dare to write us off just yet. Trust me, we have a whole lot more still to say!

Are you part of the collective or is it something that interests you? Were you at the event and did I miss you? Leave your comments and details below and let's connect.

Have a great Wednesday everyone.