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. 

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

Have a beautiful day!

Jana x

P.S. If you would like a one-on-one skincare consultation with me, find out more information on the Virtual Consultation page. 

July 15, 2016

Is 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. 

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. 

mesotherapy microneedling skin needling
Micro needling 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 theoretically stimulates 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 theoretically stimulates collagen synthesis, firming skin, minimizing lines, wrinkles, and scarring. Micro needling works at a dermal (deeper) level.

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. 

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. 

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. 

facial beauty salon spaInstead, 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 on of the best "preventative" things you can do for a healthy and beautiful skin. 

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Jana x

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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