December 13, 2016

Holiday Beauty Checklist

Holiday beauty Checklist
Two weeks to Christmas! Here is your beauty checklist:

2 weeks before

1. Book a brightening and detoxifying peel skin treatment.
2. Book in a manicure & pedicure.

1 week before

3. Have all your waxing done, eye brows, legs, bikini etc
4. Tinting of brows and lashes.
5. Book a final haircolor & cut with your hairdresser.

3 days before

6. Book in hydrating, pick-me-up facial.

1 day before

7. Have you final manicure & pedicure done. Purchase a bottle of the polish to take away with you for any touch ups.
8. Spray tan if required.
9. At night cleanse your skin and apply a pick-me-up mask. After 10 minutes rinse off and apply a vitamin C rich serum to brighten your skin.

Christmas day

10. Before applying your make up, use a great primer to make your makeup last all day.
11. Moisturise hands and apply top coat to freshen up manicure if needed.

12. You are ready to party!

November 28, 2016

Vitamin A In Skin Care - Benefits of Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate

vitamin A Retinol for acne

VITAMIN A for Anti-Ageing & Acne

Retinol is vitamin A and has been used extensively in skin care since the 1980s. Originally invented and used for the treatment of acne, vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Vitamin A helps to reduce inflammation in the skin and boost rejuvenation making it a potent cosmetic key ingredient in the fight against acne. In more recent time, vitamin A has been most popular in the treatment of sun damage and premature aging. Vitamin A has the ability to boost cell turnover and protects cell DNA from damage. It has been known to actually repair UV damaged cells and reverse the signs of aging. 

Vitamin A comes in different forms and strengths. Stronger is not necessarily better. You know the saying: "Too much of a good thing..." Too much vitamin A in the skin can cause the skin irritation, rashes, breakouts, stinging, itching, burning and skin peeling. Long-term irritation in the skin can lead to tissue inflammation, free radical damage, collagen breakdown, accelerated aging and skin damage resulting in a sensitized skin. So in the case of vitamin A, for long-term skin health benefits, less is more. 

To use vitamin A products correctly, the answer lies in using the correct form of vitamin A for your skin and easing slowly into the dosage and frequency of use. 

Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl Palmitate is an ester form of vitamin A and is naturally found in your skin. It is a popular cosmetic ingredient in anti-ageing creams because it is better accepted by the skin, more stable when exposed to UV and is less irritating than Retinol. Used in anti-aging creams it can be used daily with no potential side effects yet it is an excellent antioxidant. For people who are retinol intolerant, this is a good substitute. 


anti-aging retinol
Retinol is a stronger form of vitamin A and can produce more dramatic results faster in aging skin as well as acne. The stronger the concentration, however, the more side effects it can produce. When using retinol based serums it's best to use it at night as retinol breaks down quickly when exposed to UV. Start with a low dose and introduce to your skin slowly. Use 1-2 times per week initially, then gradually increase the usage to a nightly use. If at any point you experience inflammation, breakouts, itching burning or stinging, then go back to a frequency where your skin tolerated it well. Always start with a lower dose, gradually increase your skin tolerance before using a higher dose. A low dose would equal less than 0.5% and the highest dose available in skin care without a prescription is 1%. Not many skins can, however, tolerate 1% long-term. So always begin and complete your course of retinol therapy with a lower dose. 

Who should not use Retinol 

skin irritation
Retinol based skin care should not be used while pregnant or trying to become pregnant (just as a precaution). Do not use if your skin is very dry or sensitive, and 7 days before waxing (because it may cause the skin to peel). Retinol needs to be discontinued at least 3 days prior to any intense cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion, laser, IPL, skin needling, AHA/BHA or strong enzyme peels. Always use your retinol products at night and use a good broad spectrum sunscreen every day as retinol will thin the skin and make it more photosensitive. 

Retinol is an excellent tool in the fight against acne and aging. It is an excellent antioxidant and helps to increase cell communication to normalize skin function. When used correctly it can provide excellent results but it should be treated with respect to preventing long-term skin damage. Always seek the advice of a professional beauty therapist before using vitamin A products. 

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October 28, 2016

PROFESSIONAL RESURFACING TECHNIQUES - Which suit your skin the best?

professional resurfacing techniques
There are a number of peels and exfoliating techniques available to professional aestheticians. AHA, BHA, Enzyme, Jessner, TCA, blend peels, herbal peels (combination of AHA and enzymes) Microdermabrasion, Dermabrasion, Derma Blading (shaving). All of these techniques essentially do the same thing, rejuvenate the skin by exfoliation.

The differences are that certain techniques were developed to target specific skin conditions:


AHA peels work on the surface of the skin and can penetrate to deeper layers for deeper exfoliation. Glycolic is great for thickened skin, refining and rejuvenating the skin. Lactic Peels are gentler are best for dryer skin types and wrinkles.


BHA peel is best for more oily, congested and problematic skin. Penetrating into the follicles it deep cleanses and dislodges clogging and congestion. 


Enzyme peels are best for more delicate skins that may also be congested. Enzymes work gently to dissolve dead cell build up as well as decongesting the pores. 


There are different types of microdermabrasion methods - crystal and diamond. Hydra-micro-dermabrasion is diamond microdermabrasion with water. Microdermabrasion is similar to lactic peel, so best for milder skin problems. 


Dermabrasion is performed under an anaesthetic by a surgeon who removes the whole surface layer of the skin after first dissolving the skin with an acid, then using a steel rotating brush scrape the skin off.  This requires time off work, medications and sometimes hospitalization. Used to treat severe acne scarring.


Jessner, TCA and blend peels are stronger and the strongest are restricted to doctors only, targeting advanced signs of aging and sun damage.


Dermal blading is very similar to shaving + microdermabrasion, providing surface skin exfoliation. Removes fine hair and smooths the skin.


Aesthetic rejuvenation techniques performed by Aestheticians and other Beauty professionals are varied and target different skin issues. Peels work at a deeper level, whereas physical exfoliation techniques work more on the surface.
To determine which peeling/exfoliating technique is best for your skin, talk to a skin care professional.


vitamin serumDo not even contemplate undergoing any of these procedures without fist ensuring your skin is well hydrated and in good condition. You will achieve greater results if your skin is overall healthy and hydrated. 

All of these techniques make your skin sun sensitive, so you absolutely must be using a SPF 30+ sunscreen every day, otherwise you will end up with more sun damage. 

Begin using a good vitamin C serum at least 2 weeks before undergoing any of these procedures, to strengthen your skin and inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme that is responsible for excess melanin (pigmentation) otherwise you may end up with patchy areas. 

Finally, invest in a good EGF (epidermal growth factor) serum to use post treatment to boost healing, recovery and results.

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September 2, 2016

Happy Spring! Skincare and Beauty Tips For The New Season

Enjoy the sunshine, the blooms, the warmer weather and sunny weekends!

It's time to revive dull, dry skin and enjoy a silky smooth and glowing skin!

Spring Skincare Tips:

spring skincare beauty tips
1. Re-assess your skin care. As the season changes, so do your skin care needs. Your skin may go through an adjustment period, or even become more sensitised if you are prone to hay fever and allergies. Swap creamy cleansers and heavier moisturisers for lighter versions. If you do suffer from allergies, choose hypoallergenic formulas to minimise inflammation and reactions. 

2. Time to book in a skin consultation to make sure you are using the best products to support your skin through the transition into warmer weather. Your therapist may prescribe products rich in antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental damage, boost skin renewal with gentle enzymes and select skincare designed for sensitive skin.

benefits of facials
3. Treat your skin to a rejuvenating enzymatic exfoliation 1-2 times per week to slough off dry, dull skin and soften your skin with a moisturising mask to make your skin glow! 

4. Book in for a seasonal facial treatment for the yummiest treat your skin will love. 

5. Time to spring clean your skincare, go through your skincare drawers and throw out any empty containers, old and expired products. 

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6. Clean out your makeup bag, throw out any old makeup, especially old mascaras, and update your makeup palette with some fresh seasonal colours. 

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July 15, 2016

Is Micro Needling Better Than Chemical Peels?

A reader on my blog recently sent me this question: 

"Do you feel that needling is better than chemical peels?"

I thought it's an excellent question because, with so many treatment options available, it can be quite confusing. 

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Micro-needling and chemical peels are two different modalities used for different purposes. It's like comparing apples to bread. Not everyone needs micro needling, and not everyone is a suitable candidate for chemical peels. 

What Is Microneedling or Dermarolling? 

mesotherapy microneedling skin needlingMicro-needling (or dermal rolling) was initially used as a clinical treatment for improving and reducing post-acne scarring. It works by breaking down existing scarred tissues with fine needles which stimulate skin healing and rejuvenating process. Over the past few years, it has become a popular modality for reducing the appearance of aging, lines, wrinkles and tightening the skin. The process is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Micro needling stimulates collagen synthesis, firming skin, minimizing lines, wrinkles, and scarring. Micro needling works at a dermal (deeper) level.

What are Chemical Peels or AHA Peels?

chemical peel AHA BHA enzyme facial
Chemical peels, on the other hand, are superficial resurfacing treatments and work by chemically exfoliating the skin. Chemical peels improve the appearance of the skin by enhanced exfoliation. Chemical peels work more on the surface at the epidermal level, to minimize and improve signs of clogging, congestion, acne, open pores, brown spots, pigmentation and fine lines. 

Microneedling vs Chemical Peels

So when would you choose micro needling vs chemical peels? If you have post acne scarring or are showing signs of premature aging with sagging of the skin and deeper wrinkles, then I would choose micro needling. If you are showing signs of fine lines, pigmentation, uneven tone, or clogging, congestion, open pores or blackheads, then chemical peels would be more suited to you. 

Can these modalities be used together? Not in the same sitting, but certainly if we wish to improve the skin appearance at the surface level, we would recommend a course of peels. Following that, if the skin needs further rejuvenation treatments, tightening and reducing the appearance of deeper wrinkles, than a course of micro needling will certainly be beneficial. 

Preventative Treatments

I do not, however, recommend these treatments as a "preventative" which is sadly sold as such too many times in the industry. Peel and micro needling are excellent modalities we use to improve skin where it needs it. But just because a person with damaged skin gains excellent results does not mean a young, healthy skin needs it as a preventative. It's like taking antibiotics when you are not sick. 
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Instead, healthy skin should focus on "preventative" treatments such as facial treatments infusing vitamins, minerals, peptides, anti-oxidants, cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. Wearing sunscreen every day is perhaps one of the best "preventative" things you can do for a healthy and beautiful skin. And if you have acne, stop picking and squeezing, these are sure ways to scar your skin and then you have a major problem to treat. 

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June 22, 2016

Do home-made, natural skin remedies really work?

Do home-made, natural skin remedies really work?
There are certain plants, fruits or herbs that are just lovely on the skin and work very well. 

Oatmeal mask is excellent for calming an irritated skin. Fresh Aloe Vera gel is just amazing on sunburn and insect bites. Tea tree oil is well known for its effectiveness as anti bacterial and anti fungal treatment. 

Using raw/natural "foods" on the skin can provide some calming, perhaps conditioning and soothing effects. However when it comes to serious results, skin rejuvenation and anti-aging, sadly, there is very little in your fridge or pantry that would make a dramatic difference. 

This is when you do need the big guns. Intelligently formulated professional skin care products with proven effective ingredients and in excellent delivery systems can make a real difference. Look for ingredients such as: 

  • stabilized form of vitamin C for collagen production, healing and brightening
  • vitamin A (retinol) for reversing sun damage
  • glycolyc acid for skin resurfacing
  • salicylic acid for decongesting and unclogging
  • skin conditioning agents such as essential fatty acids (omega 3) and hyaluronic acid
  • potent antioxidants such as white and green tea extracts
  • cell communicating ingredients such as niacinamide for rejuvenation and pigmentation
  • powerful peptides for collagen synthesis and wrinkles

Putting food and raw food on the face may hydrate and soften and gently exfoliate the skin but will not be very effective for more serious problems such as acne, pigmentation and wrinkles unless of course you include them in your diet!

But a word of warning: natural substances placed directly on the skin can cause skin irritation or worse. In fact they are more likely to do so than skin care ingredients formulated specifically for topical application and tested (on human skin) to be safe. 

Every skin is different, and just because someone has used an egg white or a strawberry mask and found it terrific, another person can get a bad rash from it. Its best to do a patch test before putting anything on the face that you have not used before, especially if it's "natural". Just because you can eat it does not mean its safe for the skin topically. And vice versa :)

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June 4, 2016

How To Get Great Results From Skin Peels

It's peel season!
It's peel season!
It's peel season!

The cooler months are the best time of the year to give your skin a rejuvenating lift with a course of peels. 

Have a professional, well trained and experienced beauty therapist assess your skin before undergoing any peels to make sure your skin is in suitable condition and to ensure there are no contraindications. Only ever have a professional perform peels, as peels can cause damage to your skin if not done correctly. 

Rejuvenate your skin with a course of peels
Rejuvenate your skin with a course of peels

Here are some suggestions for peels:

- Delicate & dry skin - try a series of three lactic peels

- Thickened, open pored skin - five medium strength glycolic peels will refine and smooth 

- Congested, problematic skin - glycolic & salicylic combination peel will decongest and reduce breakouts, 

- Sun damaged, thickened, pigmentation & aging skin - start with an enzyme peel, follow with 3-5 glycolic peels, and 3-5 lactic peels for best results

Delicate & dry skin - try a series of three lactic peels
Delicate & dry skin - try a series of three lactic peels
Courses of peels are usually performed 1 x per/week.  With stronger peels and if you wish to avoid "downtime" (peeling, redness, itching, burning) do the peels fortnightly. 

Start using a tyrosinase inhibitor (vitamin C serum) two weeks before you commence your course of peels, and continue using throughout the course. This will prevent, fade pigmentation and even out the skin tone. Invest in a good healing/hydrating/rejuvenating serum and moisturizer to use throughout the course of peels to get the best result and most out of your course. 

DO NOT start a course of peels unless your skin is well hydrated and in good condition. You must stay out of the sun for 48 hour after a peel, and wear sunscreen every day, even in winter and when it rains. 

Read more about peels here: Considering Skin Peels?

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May 28, 2016

Skin Care Tips For Teens With Acne

Do you suffer with pimples and acne? Are you a teenager or young adult wanting to learn how to get rid of breakouts? Do you struggle to find the right things to help your skin? 

Watch this video to discover the beauty secrets of a professional beauty therapist. This is what aestheticians do to eliminate breakouts and promote a beautiful, clear skin! 

You can read more about problem skin on my blog!

Tips for teenage problem skin

Are you a parent with teenagers with problem skin? 

How to get rid of blackheads

BHA - Beta Hydroxy Acid

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May 13, 2016

How to get rid of blackheads

People with oily skin types are prone to clogging of the pores and blackheads. 

These are relatively easy to treat, but if left untreated can continue to build up and eventually turn to  pustules (pimples) and acne. 

Discover skincare tips from a professional skincare coach on how to treat blackheads. 

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May 1, 2016


tips for reducing cellulite
Cellulite is quite confusing for people, is it excess fat, is it toxins, is it water retention, is it loss of collagen? The answer seems to differ among women (and some men). I have been taught that cellulite was a secondary sexual characteristic, which is why it is more prevalent among women (and some men with high estrogen). I have noticed it is exacerbated by fluid retention, excess fatty deposits, toxin build up through poor diet in younger women and in mature women it is more prevalent when the collagen supportive network has broken down.

The earlier you start looking after the skin on your body, the better results you will see. European women know this well and from a young age they are introduced to spa baths and holistic rituals to care for the skin on their body & face.

Here are some tips for reducing cellulite and caring for you body and well being:

dry body brushing

Dry Body Brushing

Done just before you shower, it helps to stimulate the lymphatics and help move excess fluid from the skin tissues. Dry body brushing is also great at stimulating the skin’s collagen and elastin production. Using a dry body brush, start at the ankles, brush over your skin in long strokes moving upwards. Brush over ankles, lower legs, upper legs, thighs, stomach, chest, buttocks and back, finishing with arms from fingertips to shoulders. Always brush towards the heart, this helps move the lymphatics which helps to drain excess fluid and toxins from your skin. Be sure to rinse off the dead cells well and drink a glass or two of pure water to assist the elimination.

detox bath salts

Detox Bath

This is particularly good for fluid retention and to help flush toxins out. Try and have a weekly bath ritual, starting with a dry body brush, ½ hour soak in the bath finishing with massaging in an aromatherapy oil blend for slimming and cellulite.
Detox bath recipe:
1 cup of Epsom salt
2 cups of soda bicarbonate
1 cup sea salt
Optional  - a few drops of Aromatherapy Essential oils such as:
  • Juniper
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary

Aromatherapy Oils

aromatherapy essential oilsMassaging your body with oils infused with a few drops of fennel, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, chamomile, geranium, cypress, rosemary or grapefruit essential oils are terrific for fluid retention (avoid essential oils during pregnancy). You can make your own blend, add 5 drops in total to every 10ml of base oil such as apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, or my favorite, jojoba oil. You can experiment with using just one aromatherapy oil, or blend two or three together, whichever you enjoy. Be sure not to go over the five drops in total because aromatherapy works more efficiently when it is subtle. Less is best and more would just irritate your skin or even give you a headache.


exercise for cellulite is swimming
The lymphatic system relies on muscle contraction and movement to help push the lymph along. Exercise is best for moving the lymphatics, burning fat and boosting collagen and elastin production to firm the skin. The best form of exercise for cellulite is swimming. As your body glides through the water, the water “massages” your skin helping to move the lymphatics and firming your skin. Have you noticed how swimmers tend to have less cellulite?

Drinking Water

Drinking water is absolutely essential to help flush out toxins that can build up in the skin tissues and cause fluid retention. Drink two liters of pure water a day. It means you will go to the bathroom more, but that’s the whole point, you’re assisting your body eliminate and flush out impurities.

Herbal Teas

dandelion tea
Herbal teas can help with fluid retention and some are great with helping break down excess fatty deposits. Try green tea, dandelion tea, bilberry and oolong tea. Drink a cup or two every day to enjoy the benefits.


healthy foods for reducing cellulite
What you eat plays a major role in how much fluid you carry, how much fat your skin has and how effectively it produces collagen and elastin for a firm skin. To avoid fluid retention stay away from salt, sugar, alcohol and limit your coffee. To help reduce fatty deposits limit your intake of carbohydrates and sugar and increase your exercise to burn fat. For firm and elastic skin, eat foods rich in vitamins C such as dark green vegetables like spinach and kale, capsicum and citrus fruits that can boost collagen production. Orange colored vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.

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