About Me

About Me

The Beauty Issue is about smart beauty.

Welcome, my name’s Julie Lardner. I’m a professional skin therapist. I write about the skin, and what’s best in skincare.

I’m a skincare professional, an industry educator with a particular interest in anti-ageing both inside and out.

I started The Beauty Issue because just like me, you deserve to know what’s best for your skin and finally, get off the beauty carousel and start getting results. 

My goal is to show you how. 

But, when it comes to healthy, glowing skin, there is never one single magic bullet. 

So I’m taking a global approach.  

Uncovering what it is to age positively, keeping your mind as luminous as your skin and a healthy heart that beats to the sound of your own beautiful drum however loud or quietly that might be, all the while, keeping a positive attitude to ageing and how you feel about it and how you should feel about it.

The Beauty Issue is for you.

To provide you with a balanced and intelligent perspective while offering you genuine advice to inspire, enlighten and empower you to make smart choices in how to care for your skin and how to age gracefully, beautifully, fabulously and positively.

The Beauty Issue is where you’ll find refreshingly honest advice to help you tackle the challenges of caring, not just for your skin, but your inner wellness and your positive attitude to ageing.

It’s time to demystify the confusing world of beauty for women in their forties, fifties and beyond.

I believe you deserve to have the best skin possible. You deserve your own kind of beautiful. You deserve to age fabulously at every age, and you especially deserve genuine advice on how to choose skincare that’s right for you.

How did I get here?

A personal crusade and curiosity led to a career. Maintaining the health, appearance and preservation of my skin was the spark that led me to an interest in the beauty industry. Despite this personal interest, it was never my intention to work in the beauty industry, but like so many careers, if we’re honest, it’s happenstance or fate and a bit of luck that opens doors.

Eventually, I found my beauty niche’.

Becoming a beauty therapist ignited a lifelong interest in the science of the skin.
For me, knowing an excellent product from a not-so-much and discovering trustworthy cosmeceutical brands and the innovative ingredients contained within is essential. Investigating the nutritional foods and supplements, making a tremendous impact on our health and in turn, our skin and the fantastic 21st-century technologies taking years off the appearance of the skin is what interests me most. If you know where to look, there are so many ways to help the skin look and feel fantastic. 

The beauty industry as it is today.

In my career, I’ve worked with truly inspiring skincare brands and products that delivered results. 
Although with so many products emerging, all promising something new and exciting to change the appearance of your skin, it helps to look beyond the product itself. It helps to look for the heart and passion of the company behind the brand.

It’s where the truth lies.

Who created the product?

Why did they?

What’s their passion?

It’s a fiercely competitive industry, and every brand is vying for your attention. With so much on offer, it’s becoming more and more challenging to decide the good from the bad or just downright mediocre. 

Where do you get the best advice when there’s so much of it going around? How do you decipher the information overload without getting swept away with all the marketing hype?  The new world of beauty can be a confusing and frustrating landscape. 

It’s so tempting to believe something when you want it badly enough. But alas, all that glitters is not gold. This is especially true of skincare. 

If you’ve ever walked through a cosmetic department, or visited a beauty blog or invested in numerous facials, hoping to be enlightened, finally getting to the heart of your skincare woes only to be disappointed, frustrated and confused, then you’ve come to the right place. 

When it comes to the needs of the skin, I always fall back on my training, knowledge and experience with a hefty dose of intuition. I know, easy for me to say, with 20 plus years of experience, Which is the very reason why I’d like to help you with your skincare choices. 

Not all great skin comes from the promise of a jar of cream.

Beautiful skin comes from many places. What we eat, exercise, burning the candle at both ends, and how we care for our skin at home and when venturing into the great outdoors.  And of course, a youthful, positive attitude helps.  

You deserve to have the best skin possible. You deserve your own kind of beauty. You deserve to age well. 

Can everyone have great looking skin regardless of how blessed or not your genes are?
Despite your lineage, despite how your mother may have aged, or skincare sins of the past, or the genetic errors that may have shown up, you can have great skin. Skin with clarity and glowing with luminosity. At every age!!

My view comes from the other side of the beauty counter.

I want to share with you what I know to be true, and dispel the confusion and frustration and help you jump off the beauty carousel once and for all and start getting results. You deserve it, don’t you?

If you’re the type of person, who wants to know your skincare is working. If you want to know you’re investing well in your future skin, then sign up below for my weekly newsletter.  

I’ll give you the skinny on the best anti-ageing performance ingredients, the latest skincare technology and a few home truths about diet, nutrition and a positive attitude to ageing that might change the health of your skin both inside and out. 

It’s your beauty, your life and you should have it your way. Invest well in your future skin. Sign up below to find out how.

See you soon.