June 23, 2018

Adult Acne - Causes, and Best Treatments

Adult Acne - Causes, and Best Treatments

As beauty therapists, we find about half of the people we see come to see us about their acne and how to treat their problem skin. Most people think that acne is something that only teenagers go through but we find that 80% of people we see are between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.

What Causes Acne in Adults

Most people think that having an oily or dirty skin can be the cause of acne in adults. This may be true for some people with oily skin but it's not always the cause of acne for everyone. We see many people with dry skin type who experience breakouts or acne. People are individual and a thorough consultation is needed to determine what could be the cause for each person. Here are just some possibilities that could cause acne in adults:

  • Oily skin prone to clogging and blackheads 
  • Hormones 
  • Stress 
  • Overtreated skin 
  • Harsh products 
  • Disruption to the skin barrier 
  • Food intolerances such as gluten or dairy 
  • Too much sugar in the diet 
  • Inflammation associated with poor diet and lifestyle 

What Is the Strongest Treatment for Acne?

This is a question that people ask us often because they want to be rid of acne fast. The problem is stronger is not necessarily better and can actually make things worse. We frequently see people who come to get our advice when they have over treated their skin and the acne has gone worse.

Your skin and the barrier is a very delicate system and scrubbing of burning away acne is not the answer. Your skin needs time to heal, repair, rejuvenate. Treatments that help heal acne and heal the skin are the best treatments for acne. Balance is the key when treating acne and preserving the skin barrier to ensure long-term skin health.

Best Acne Treatment Products for Adults 

Some of the best acne treatments are treatments you can do at home. This should be the starting point for anybody who wants to improve their skin. How you treat your skin every day makes the biggest difference in gaining results. In fact, we find 80% of the results come from your daily skincare routine.

Gentle cleansing twice a day to perfectly balance the skin is important before any treatments are applied to the skin. Avoid using harsh cleansers that strip your skin because this can make the acne worse. Follow with a soothing anti inflammatory toner to help reduce redness in the skin.

A serum with active ingredients to target infection and inflammation should be applied before moisturising. Look for serums that contain salicylic acid which is a potent ingredient that targets bacteria and helps to reduce inflammation. Added herbs and botanicals will help to reduce inflammation and promote skin healing. Choose moisturisers specifically formulated to help treat acne. Look for ingredients such as zinc, niacinamide, retinol, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, licorice, allantoin, centella asiatica, and glycerrhetinic acid which help calm, soothe and heal the skin.

You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week but be careful not to overdo it. Avoid harsh scrubs, these aggravate the skin and can make the acne worse. If you’ve had a big breakout and need to calm the skin fast, use a mask formulated to treat acne breakouts. Masks are excellent for fast results.

Best Acne Treatments for Adults 

There are a number of treatments we can do in a professional setting to speed up the results. These include

  • Acne facial treatments 
  • AHA/BHA peels 
  • Lymphatic drainage massage 
  • High frequency treatment 
  • LED light therapy
  • IPL or laser treatments

Avoid microdermabrasion or micro skin needling as these do not successfully treat acne and can make things worse. These are excellent treatments to do after the acne has cleared to treat acne scarring but are too aggressive to do over active acne.

Selecting the best products and treatment options for your skin as an individual choice. Your beauty therapist will advise you on the best products to use at home and the best treatments to have in the skin clinic. The combination of professional products and treatments will give you the best results.

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April 6, 2018

15 Causes of Dull Skin and 19 Beauty Tips For A Radiant Skin

15 Causes of Dull Skin and 19 Beauty Tips For A Radiant Skin

When people come in to see beauty therapists for advice about their skin, they don’t even realise that they have a dull looking skin. They feel something is just not right and just wish to have a better skin. A beauty therapist with a trained eye can spot a dull skin and will make product, treatment, nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to bring the glow back fast.

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What are the signs of a dull skin?

  • Grey appearance - the skin looks greyish, lack of life and vitality.
  • Tired looking - first impression is that the skin appears fatigued.
  • Dehydrated skin - surface crinkling and wrinkling, tight feeling. 
  • Dark shadows under the eyes - due to poor circulation, fluid buildup, dehydration or dead cell buildup. 
  • Rough skin- skin feels rough to the touch.

What causes dull skin?

Dull skin is the result of neglecting proper skincare, poor lifestyle and diet.

  1. Your skin is dehydrated
  2. Not exfoliating regularly
  3. Using soap on your face
  4. Using products that contain alcohol
  5. Not cleansing your skin properly
  6. Excess sun exposure
  7. Poor Nutrition / Toxins / Processed foods
  8. Pollution
  9. Smoking
  10. Drugs / medication
  11. Lack of Sleep
  12. Lack of exercise
  13. Stress
  14. Ageing
  15. Illness

Read my blog post How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dehydrated and What You Can Do to Prevent It 

What are the consequences of dull skin?

If you do not look after your skin properly or improve your lifestyle, nutrition, health and wellbeing, the consequences of a dull skin is premature ageing and skin sensitivities. A dull skin is a skin that is not functioning at it best, so it can’t do the job to protect us from the environment. A dull skin can eventually lead to congestion, breakouts, acne, rashes and inflammatory skin condition such as eczema and dermatitis.

How to revive & bring back the glow for a radiant skin

Skincare tips for a healthy, glowing skin:

1. Use a hydrating and brightening cleanser morning and night.
2. Exfoliate your skin regularly with a gentle conditioning & brightening exfoliant.
3. Use brightening serums with vitamin C, green tea, dandelion extract, or prickly pear.
4. Moisturise your skin with moisturisers that contain hyaluronic acid and minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium and calcium.
5. Boost skin radiance with a detox brightening mask.
6. Wear a sunscreen every day.

Wellness tips to boost radiance:

7. Start your day with a hot lemon drink.
8. Drink more spring water during the day and eat foods high in water content such as melon, cucumber, orange, capsicum, berries, iceberg lettuce and celery.
9. During the day, drink at least one green smoothie rich in micronutrients for skin health.
10. Drink one green tea and/or dandelion leaf tea every day.
11. Avoid processed foods and eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Foods that are especially good for your skin include salmon, avocados, walnuts, nuts & seeds, berries, green leafy salads, bright coloured vegetables such as capsicum, tomatoes and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.
12. Avoid smoking, sugar and alcohol.
13. Go to bed early with a good book and get at least eight hours of sleep.
14. Go for an early morning walk, and enjoy exercise regularly.
15. Practice mindfulness and adopt stress management techniques such as yoga, meditation, doing more things that make you happy every day.

Tips for an instant skin pick-me-up:

16. Book a facial for an instant pick me up.
17. Ask your hairdresser to colour match your hair to your skin so it complements your skin.
18. Use a bronzer for an instant glow, but make sure the colour matches your skin tone.
19. Apply at home or book a professional spray tan for instantly glowing skin.

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March 31, 2018

Can Eating Chocolate Cause The Skin to Breakout?

Can Eating Chocolate Cause Breakouts

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- What’s in chocolate?
- Is chocolate bad for you?
- Is dark chocolate better than milk chocolate?

What’s In Chocolate

Cocoa is made from the seeds of pods from the cacao tree. After the seeds are fermented, they are dried and roasted then ground to give us raw cocoa.

Cocoa has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Mayan and Aztec people called it the 'food of the gods', and used to drink a spicy drink called 'chocolatl', made from roasted cocoa beans.

The Aztecs introduced cocoa to the Spaniards, who introduced the hot cocoa drink the people in Europe but it was only available to the very rich because it was so expensive. Later in Victorian times people developed the coca drink into a solid form and this is when chocolate was born.
Source: https://www.cadbury.com.au/About-Chocolate/What-is-Chocolate.aspx  

Is Chocolate Bad For You?

There has been a lot of research done around cocoa - recently Italian researchers discovered, eating flavanol-rich cocoa, or dark chocolate (71%), has been linked to improving memory, benefiting brain function and protecting the brain from cognitive decline. Flavanols come from flavanoids found in plants and have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Other foods rich in flavanols are apples, grapes, pears, tea and wine. Tannat (dry) red wine is best, because it contains more flavanols that white.
Source: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2017.00019/full

Is Dark Chocolate Better Than Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate?

Milk chocolate is the most common chocolate consumed. Besides the coca, milk chocolate also contains milk, sugar and plan oils. Milk chocolate contains around 40% cocoa,  but milk, sugar and fat, ingredients are usually listed first. Even though the cocoa has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the sugar and the milk can potentially cause breakouts in the skin.

Many people have dairy intolerance and an intolerance to milk so milk chocolate can cause sensitivities in this people and for some it can cause breakouts and acne. Sugar is another problem. People with high sugar diets will develop glycation in the skin accelerating ageing. Glycation occurs when there is a high amount of sugar in the tissue, breaking down the collagen and elastin causing the skin to wrinkle and sag.

Sugar has also been linked to a gut condition called candida albicans. Candida albicans is a yeast overgrowth in the gut and sugar feeds this yeast. In fact, any foods that are broken down into sugar can cause problems with candida albicans such as bread,wine and fruits. People with candida albicans yeast infection often have breakouts in the skin and may even develop into acne. Cocoa in the chocolate is fine and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits however the sugar and the milk in the milk chocolate is not so very good for the skin.

What about white chocolate? White chocolate has even more fat, sugar and milk so it's worse than milk chocolate for your skin. However dark chocolate is something you could enjoy. Dark chocolate has a higher amount of the cocoa, a minimum of 70%. There are many varieties of options available and some dark chocolate can include 80%,  90% or even 100% cocoa. The more cocoa in the chocolate the more bitter the chocolate will taste because cocoa naturally has a bitter taste. Which is why they use sugar to sweeten the chocolate so it's more palatable.

So as you discovered chocolate, especially milk chocolate and white chocolate can cause breakouts in some people because of the milk and the sugar. Try to avoid white chocolate and you can enjoy milk chocolate occasionally and in moderation. If you wish to eat chocolate more frequently make sure it is dark chocolate which is a better option for your health and your skin.

Just as a side note, I have dogs as pets and have been advised by my vet that chocolate is poisonous to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the worse it is. They love the sugar and milk like humans do which is why they will eat chocolate if they find some, however the cocoa is a poison to dogs. So keep chocolate away from dogs but especially the dark chocolate and consult your vet immediately if they have eaten any.

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March 29, 2018

9 Myths About Blackheads

9 myths about blackheads

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- What blackheads actually are
- How to get rid of blackheads
- How to prevent blackheads

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Best way to cleanse your face according to a dermatologist

This was an interesting article and included some very good advice. Here is a summary of the ideas in the article and my beauty tips on how to cleanse your face for beautiful skin.

1. Not Cleansing, just splashing their face - Some people make the mistake of not cleansing their skin, or just splashing water on their face. This will lead to a dirty skin and potentially breakouts. It's very important to use a face cleanser to remove all the dirt and grime from the skin.

2. Not cleansing morning and night - At night we all know we need to cleanse our skin to remove the daily build up of dirt. In the morning it is just as important to cleanse to remove sweat, oil and biological waste build up on the skin overnight as we slept.

3. Over cleansing - Over-cleansing can be bad for the skin because it can strip and aggravate the skin. This can be if the skin is over cleansed throughout the day or using harsh cleansers on your skin. Always listen to the advice of your beauty therapist on the best product for your skin and follow the directions on the product carefully.

4. Avoid foaming cleansers - Like the dermatologist in the article, I too am not a fan of foaming cleansers. They have detergents in them which can strip the skin. Some people like using them because it makes their skin feel "squeaky clean". This feeling though is not good for the skin because a squeaky clean skin is a sign of dehydration.

"A squeaky clean skin is a sign of dehydration."


1. Makeup causes blackheads

It was true in the past, makeup could cause blackheads but today most good quality makeup is made with non-comedeogenic (do not clog the pores) ingredients. If you are ever in doubt, choose professional and quality brands and look for "non-comedogenic" formulas. 

2. Blackheads is trapped dirt in the skin

No, blackheads is not trapped dirt. Blackheads are clogged pores and the clogging is made up of skins natural oils, dead skin cells and hair. 


Blackheads are open follicles filled with sebum (skin's natural oil) and dead skin cells. Blackheads are caused by dead cell build up which clogs the pores and traps the oil and dead skin cells inside the pores.

3. Soap will clean away the blackheads

Soap is actually quite harsh for the skin, it will strip the skin and cause the skin to dehydrate. This can actually lead to skin clogging and blackheads. 

4. You can scrub away blackheads

Scrubs can exfoliate the skin on the surface but scrubs can't get into the pores to remove the buildup. To get into the pores and dissolve the blockages you need ingredients that can penetrate into the pores such as exfoliating enzymes or salicylic acid.

5. Home remedies will get rid of blackheads

 - eg baking soda, cinnamon, lemon juice, honey, turmeric
These ingredients can't penetrate into the pores and can't deep cleanse the pores. They may have some surface exfoliating action.

6. Eating oily foods causes blackheads

There is no evidence to show that oily foods can lead to oily skin and blackheads. Hormones are responsible for oil production.

7. You will grow out of blackheads

Most adults have blackheads, and many people visit day spas and beauty salons to have the blackheads extracted. So, unfortunately,  one cannot "grow out of" blackheads. Daily skin care and beauty treatments can get rid of blackheads. 


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8. All blackheads are caused by oily skin

Most blackheads are related to oily skin, however, I have come across some people who had different type of blackheads that were related to the skin detoxing. These blackheads feel similar to milia, they are raised and spiky but are black in colour. Often they located around the major lymphatic channels and glands.  

9. You can close the pores

Pores do not open and close. People skin texture and the size of the pores is determined by genetics and the amount of oil the skin is producing. I have an excellent series of articles discussing how to minimise open pores.
Best beauty tips for minimizing open pores for a beautiful smooth skin 

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January 10, 2018

7 Tips for Beautiful Shiny Long Hair All Year Long

healthy long hair tips

If you wаnt уоur long hair tо bе shiny аnd lush, you've gоt to mаintаin it properly. Lоng, sexy hаir саn look gоrgеоuѕ in аnу style when it'ѕ wеll саrеd fоr. But when lоng hаir iѕ damaged, drу, оr frizzу, no ѕtуlе iѕ gоing tо lооk gооd.

Long hair is more likely tо gеt dаmаgеd аnd brеаk. It's mоrе рrоnе tо ѕрlit еndѕ, саn bе hard tо mаnаgе in ѕummеr'ѕ humiditу аnd gеtѕ driеd out in thе winter. But you саn mаnаgе уоur lоng hаir to keep it lооking gоrgеоuѕ аll year long - thеѕе 7 tips will ѕhоw you how:

1. Gеt A Lауеrеd Cut 

Whеn уоur hаir is аll оnе length, it tеndѕ tо lооk flаt аnd drаgѕ the арреаrаnсе оf thе fасе dоwn.
Bу adding lауеrѕ, уоur hаir will have mоrе bоunсе аnd volume. Lауеrѕ around your fасе will hеlр tо frаmе your fеаturеѕ, whilе lоngеr, ѕubtlе lауеrѕ rеduсе thе weight оf the hаir giving it more movement. In fасt, well сut layers can саmоuflаgе droopy jоwlѕ or bаlаnсе оut the shape оf your fасе.

2. Kеер Trimmed 

Lоng hаir dоеѕn't lооk itѕ bеѕt if it'ѕ not mаintаinеd, and the most bаѕiс оf maintenance is keeping it trimmеd. Regular trimѕ hеlр keep уоur ѕtуlе ѕhареd wеll аnd prevent ѕрlit еndѕ.
You should see уоur stylist fоr a trim еvеrу 6-8 wееkѕ, and mаkе ѕurе to оnlу gеt ѕсiѕѕоr cuts; uѕе оf a rаzоr саn increase the арреаrаnсе оf ѕрlit ends.

3. Dеер Treat Eасh Week 

Your hаir grows about a half inсh еасh mоnth. If уоu'vе gоt hair down to the middle оf уоur bасk, imagine hоw old thе еndѕ оf those strands аrе. Sоmе оf уоur hаir has been around fоr a уеаr or twо - оr роѕѕiblу lоngеr!

Trimѕ will get rid оf ѕрlit ends, but rеgulаr deep treatments are vital for keeping thе еndѕ оf уоur hair frоm drying оut аnd brеаking. Once a wееk, ѕkiр уоur rеgulаr соnditiоnеr and аррlу a dеер trеаtmеnt. If уоu hair iѕ ѕubjесtеd tо еxtrеmе соnditiоnѕ - like sun, сhlоrinе, соlоring оr heat - уоu mау wаnt tо trеаt it twiсе a wееk.

4. Wash & Cоnditiоn Your Hair 

Hair ѕhоuld bе wаѕhеd several times a wееk with a ѕhаmроо thаt'ѕ formulated for your hаir - оilу, соmbinаtiоn, drу or normal. Fосuѕ оn thе ѕсаlр and roots where оil аnd рrоduсt ассumulаtеѕ, thеn wоrk lаthеr оut tо thе еndѕ.

Aftеr wаѕhing, mаkе sure tо condition уоur hair. Where wаѕhing iѕ fосuѕеd mоrе on thе rооtѕ, соnditiоnеr is mоѕt vitаl tо thе drу ends of your long hair. Lеаvе it on for at lеаѕt a full minute bеfоrе rinѕing thоrоughlу.

5. Uѕе Drу Shampoo 

Yоur lоng hаir mау ѕееm like it hаѕ a ѕрlit personality; while the roots are oily, thе еndѕ аrе dry аnd frizzy. If frequent wаѕhing because of оilу ѕсаlр iѕ саuѕing frizzy еndѕ, whу nоt try a drу ѕhаmроо?
Thеѕе talc-based powders аbѕоrb oil tо kеер hаir lооking frеѕh longer - withоut thе drуing еffесt оf shampoo. Yоu саn ѕkiр оnе or two ѕhаmрооѕ a week thiѕ wау.

6. Avoid Ovеrhеаting 

Stау away frоm heat-styling аѕ muсh аѕ роѕѕiblе; thаt mеаnѕ avoiding the blоw drуеr, thе flаt iron and thе сurling brush. It dаmаgеѕ аnd driеѕ our hаir, mаking it mоrе susceptible tо breaking аnd frizz. Lеt your hаir аir-drу аѕ often as you саn.

If уоu mоѕtly ѕtrаightеn, оnlу dо thе оut layers of уоur hаir аnd mаkе ѕurе tо use a serum or оthеr product dеѕignеd tо рrоtесt hair from heat.

7. Be Cаrеful Hоw Yоu Aссеѕѕоrizе 

Sоmе hаir ассеѕѕоriеѕ ѕhоuld bе аvоidеd if уоu have long hair. Elаѕtiс bаndѕ aren't gооd fоr аnуоnе'ѕ hаir, but they're еѕресiаllу dаmаging tо long hаir. Stiсk with the ѕоftеr fаbriс "ѕсrunсhiеѕ" fоr уоur ponytail. Styling combs аnd headbands ѕhоuld bе mаdе frоm a heavy plastic rаthеr thаn thin ѕtuff tо аvоid hаving thе tееth brеаk off in уоur hair and саuѕе tаnglеѕ.
Whеn styling your hаir, mаkе sure уоu dоn't tug оr pull in ways thаt саuѕе brеаkаgе оr tаngling.

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January 5, 2018

How to Detox Your Skin After the Festive Season & the Essentials of a Good Skincare Beauty Routine

Tune in today to find out about:

- Products you should avoid that could be harming your skin
- How to get the basic skincare right
- How to detox your skin this weekend

Watch me as I realized I was paid a visit by the #coachgang on Facebook live video. It was very funny, you can check out the comments and the original video here: https://www.facebook.com/thebeautybusiness/videos/1061887523951238/  

In the news!

In a recent study, scientists found facial exercises improved the appearance of the face and took approximately 3 years off.

Article: Facial exercises improve appearance of middle-aged women

Products you should avoid that could be harming your skin

  • Soap
  • Mineral Oil
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Sorbelene

More information: 4 Products You Should NEVER Use On Your Face

How to get the basic skincare right

  • Cleanse morning and night
  • Exfoliate regularly
  • Moisturise daily
  • Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen

More information: Get your skincare basics right!

How to detox your skin this weekend

  • Drink lemon water
  • Eat nutritious salads and soups
  • Give yourself a detox facial
  • Use an anti-pollution detox serum
  • Boost your circulation
  • Relax and unwind

More information: Get The Glow Back With These Easy Steps

I hope you found this interesting and informative. If you have any comments share your thoughts in the comments below. For more beauty, skin care tips and advice visit my blog www.thebeautybusiness.com.au  and if you would like to learn more about the skin and skin care, join my facebook group The Beauty Business Students.   

Thank you again for joining me, be sure to tune in each Saturday morning to discover the latest beauty news and trends and to learn how to better look after your skin. So until next time, have a fabulous week!

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