Hello, I’m Donna Ryan
I am delighted to share that I made the Top Ten Best Facialist's in London by LDNFASHION
Interested in the biggest skincare trends for 2024? see my advice mentioned in Country and Townhouse.
Grazia Daily featured me in an article explaining all about Gua Sha and how some of the contestants on Love Island are using it.
Here is some more information about me.
I know all too well what it's like to struggle with your skin.
I had terrible acne from my teenage years until my late 20’s, which contributed to me suffering from depression and anxiety. My skin was so bad that it impacted my confidence and left me feeling very unattractive (I also had other health issues and later discovered that an undiagnosed thyroid condition called Hashimoto's was making things worse).
I struggled with these feelings for a long time until the turning point: I decided I wasn't going to just accept how things were, and that anything is possible. So, I decided to try a holistic approach, and slowly but surely things started to improve.
From here, everything changed for the better: I began working with a homeopath, and they prescribed me natural remedies. She helped me with nutrition and advised me to change all of my skincare products to natural ones. I had regular acupuncture treatments with my TCM Doctor and to my surprise, within a month my acne had completely gone.
This sparked my passion for alternative therapies, but especially for Traditional Chinese Medicine - I have studied a whole host of natural healing modalities including Homeopathy, Kinesiology, Reiki, and Bach flower remedies, but things really fell into place when I found Gua Sha. I did my first course in a small group at The College of Oriental Medicine and I knew I found what I loved. Gua Sha is a practice that has been used since the Stone Age in Asia (yes, really!), and there is a lot we can learn from this ancient practice, because it is about treating each person as a whole, and to still be used (and becoming more popular) in this modern day means it must be something very special.
I have trained with one of the Top Facial Trainers in the USA, Cecily Braden. The Gua Sha Fusion course with the herbal poultice has revolutionised my treatments.
I incorporate body Gua Sha and trained with Clive Witham, he has written many of the best Gua Sha books and is number 1 on Amazon.
And, recently I trained in Vodder Manual Lympathatic Drainage for the face and neck.
Skincare rooted in nature and a passion for holistic healing!
My approach to skincare has developed over the years. I use Dermaviduals which is a corrective, medical-grade skincare range that is 100% pure (free from fragrances, preservatives, emulsifiers, colours, mineral oils, silicones, and amines) and uses skin mimicking bioidentical ingredients to help heal the skin.
In our modern day society, many of us have forgotten that we are part of nature. I believe that working with time-tested holistic practices gives far deeper results physically, but also energetically.
My philosophy goes beyond being skin deep; we all need to have a greater appreciation for our skin. We need to cultivate a spiritual connection and compassion with it - our face shows the personality of our soul, both the emotions we show and the ones we also feel we cannot show.
When we work to release energetic blockages using ancient Eastern methods such as Gua Sha and other holistic tools, we are able to free our energy up, which supports our overall sense of vitality and wellbeing.
We all deserve to have radiant, glowing skin and to feel confident inside and out.
Reconnect with yourself, beginning with your skin.