The secret to Kate Middleton’s gorgeous glow on her big day? No, it wasn’t just true love; Middleton had Deborah Mitchell to thank for it too – one of the world’s most in-demand facialists and founder of organic skincare brand Heaven. Her products are used by countless celebrities, including Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Nicole Kidman, and she’s a regular on film sets and photoshoots to lend a helping set of beautifying hands. Her treatments and products are multi award-winning, and they contain only natural, organic ingredients to look after skin from the inside out.
In an exclusive interview with Savoir Flair, Mitchell reveals her must-have products and the secrets to getting superstar skin.
You have worked with some of the world’s most influential leading ladies, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, and Victoria Beckham. Have you picked up any interesting beauty tips from your star clients?
It is wonderful to have the opportunity to work with so many leading ladies. I don’t necessarily pick up beauty tips as I tend to be the one giving them! Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson love the ‘Orange Flower Hydrogel’ and Victoria Beckham is a huge fan of my ‘Age Defiance Cream’. I do, however, always get great fashion tips from Victoria, as I’m a great fan of her line.
What’s your go-to product for superstar skin?
Our hydrogels are a must for all – they prime, moisturize, and tone the skin. The softness you experience after using them is second to none and they lock hydration into the skin at a cellular level. They can also be used to soften hair and reduce frizz! The cross-link network of polymer-style molecules forms a net-like structure on the skin to lock the moisture in.
Here in the Middle East, our skin is under constant stress from heat, humidity, sun, and air conditioning. What’s your top tip for coping with the elements?
The best way to deal with this is to keep the skin’s moisture levels optimal. I recommend layering your various creams to help trap moisture within the layers, in order to keep skin hydrated. Using an oxygenated cream like our bi-octal ‘Overnight Success Oxygen Cream’ is fantastic in this climate.
Most people think that washing and using strong products to absorb oil is the best way to deal with shine and excess oil, when, in fact, oily skin needs oil to help reduce oil!
What’s the biggest skincare myth you’ve heard?
One of the biggest myths is about how to treat oily skin
. Most people think that washing and using strong products to absorb oil is the best way to deal with shine and excess oil, when, in fact, oily skin needs oil to help reduce oil! By using harsh products on the skin’s surface, it becomes dehydrated and is stripped of natural oils, which means it then produces more oil to counteract the dryness. The end result is that the actual production of oil is not controlled.
Are there any skincare ingredients that should be on our watch-list right now?
Of course my top ingredient would be my patented Abeetoxin®! It contains bee venom, royal jelly, manuka honey, and a very secret ingredient – real botulism toxin found in the hive. That is what I used for my best-selling ‘Bee Venom Masks’. In general, I would say natural ingredients are really the ones to look out for. Heaven products are packed full of natural, highly potent ingredients. For my ‘Age Defiance cream’, a celebrity favorite, I use a type of hyaluronic acid that plumps out the skin, and I added vitamins, because stressed skin lacking in B vitamins, especially B12 and B6, will end up spotty. When I used it on my clients, I saw instant results, and so ‘Age Defiance Cream’ was born. Try to avoid products that contain parabens, as we now know a lot of the negative repercussions of using such products.
What inspired you to create your own skincare products?
I got the inspiration to start my own range when I was studying beauty therapy and started working on clients. I didn’t like the way the products we used affected the skin. We would always leave feeling oily and the skin would be red and irritated. I had acne when I was younger and starting mixing and blending essential oils into various creams and using them on myself and clients. The reaction and results were fantastic and I built up the range from there.
What are the biggest beauty mistakes you see women making?
Using strong chemicals and invasive treatments that we don’t really know the long-term effects of, but which we are starting to find out now. The key is to treat your skin with a results-driven, organic-based range of products to give you the best and safest options.
Are there any food or lifestyle choices you think we should be making in order to help our skin look younger and fresher?
I love juicing
! Juicing and drinking lots of water are great for the body and for the skin. It really is true that what goes into your body is reflected on your skin. We always recommend that people ensure they have optimum levels of hydration and gain their essential nutrients through natural and simple resources, such as water, vegetables, and fruit.
Help! What should we do when we get a breakout?
Use our ‘Bee Venom Masks
’! They instantly heal and repair the skin. Having regular treatments and maintaining a homecare regime will also keep any breakouts at bay.Click through the gallery to discover some of the brand’s best products.
Click through gallery to discover the brand’s best products.
Heaven skincare products are available at The Nail Spa.