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In your 40s. Skincare Routine

By the time we’re 40, we usually feel that our skin-care routine is all worked out. But hormonal bombardment means your skin will benefit from some simple tweaks to ensure you make it through the decade with a youthful glow.

Gradual noticeable changes in the skin are due to a decline in estrogen which directly affects the function of key cells in the skin, such as fibroblasts (which produce collagen and elastin – whose job it is to keep our skin firm and smooth).

Many of us will notice:

  1. Increase in fine lines (around eyes  & mount, between brows, forehead)
  2. Brown spots (on face, neck, chest, back)
  3. Loss in skin tone (especially noticeable on the chin & cheeks)
  4. Minor skin growths (on the face and body that begin as small bumps)

Your ideal regimen

  1. CleanseChoose cleansers that remove the dirt without stripping your skin of moisture. Cleansers that “dissolve” make-up are the best. They don’t necessarily have to produce a lot of leather if any. Products containing natural exfoliators, such as alpha hydroxy acids, help slough away dead skin, clear up menopausal  acne and stimulate collagen production – these are usually best for thicker skins, prone to breakouts and spots. We have six excellent cleansers to select from in four skin care ranges. If you are stuck, just buzz us for a quick chat.
  1. Protect: This comes in two ways. Protect on cellular level with a stable vitamin C compound (we have 12%, 18% and 28% available, depending on your overall skin’s health). These serums come with added antioxidants to fight the free radicals and help reverse some of the damage you already have. The other side of the coin is of course SPF to prevent sun damage. Esquire about Vit C & Mineral Pro
  1. Rebuild: All the reparative processes in your body happen while you sleep. Your skin is exactly the same. Chat to us about various strengths and forms of Vitamin A (3TR, 6TR, 10TR) serums and balms we have for you to select from.  Your retinol prescription will take your skin to new heights!
  1. Hydrate: Did you know that hyaluronic acid is also called the KING of all moisturizing components? Skin needs constant hydration as well as retaining its moisture. Check the true moisturising system we have which combine both brightening and anti-ageing benefits.
  1. Do Not Neglect Your Eyes. Use an eye cream to reduce the appearance of fine lines or puffiness around the eyes. Dab it on with your ring finger, tapping lightly to give an instant circulation boost to the eye area. For the best eye anti-aging skin regime,talk to us about Cosmedix Opti Crytal ($125) or Medik8 Hydr8 Night Eye ($85) for the most delicate skin on your face

 

True or False:  Skin Needling – Myths & Facts

Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) was introduced to Australia over 10 years ago and since then it’s been growing more and more popular each year. With majority of our clients fitting a course of CIT in to their yearly skin care regime it is also certainly something we love having done too – at least twice a year!

As you know, skin problems are more than just the outer layer, so it excites me that this treatment can target areas and depths that I just simply can’t on my own.

Here are the 5 most common misconceptions of skin needling that might be stopping you from having a go.

 

1.    Skin needling is only effective for wrinkles

False! Sure, the treatment works on an anti-aging level to create smoother skin but it has been shown to be effective for so much more!! For example – correcting acne marks, pits and scars. Microneedles stimulate collagen production and potent collagen stimulating topicals and retinoids are able to penetrate to the deeper levels of skin. The result is – major improvement, fast!

Skin needling also improves skin texture and pigmentation, it tightens skin, and fades scars and stretch marks. And you can treat most of your face & body.

 

2.   Skin needling is painful

False! A topical anaesthetic is applied before treatment so the discomfort is completely minimised. Most of our clients describe it as a “slight scratching” sensation. Skin needling is an effective alternative to cosmetic surgery, laser resurfacing and chemical peels. These procedures come with the risk of burning, scarring and hyperpigmentation, whereas treatment with our needling pen is effective, comfortable and affordable, with minimum downtime.

 

3.   Only non-dark skin types benefit from skin needling?

False! Absolutely NOT! Provided the skin is treated appropriately, skin needling treatments are suitable for all skin types and tones. Some skin types do need to be prepared by a professional beforehand, so we would always recommend seeking professional advice, ensuring any treatment is tailored to your skin’s specific needs.

 

4.   All home rollers can trigger collagen production

False! Some rollers on the market use lower quality needles that are just not sharp or strong enough to break the top layer of skin to stimulate collagen production. This can lead to poor results and even skin scarring. Cheaply manufactured rollers can also scratch your face and cause unwanted effects such as bleeding and marking/scarring.

It’s recommended that a trained professional conducts each treatment to obtain maximum effectiveness without the risk of pain, discomfort or complications if you go for a deeper penetration. While home rollers can effectively assist in enhanced active ingredients delivery.

5.   Treatment cost is very high.

False! Skin needling prices reduced significantly recently. One session will take you back only $299 (and will give you a follow up Peel and a home roller too check here). Packs are also available with considerable savings.

Treatments should be done approximately every 4-6 weeks and the number of sessions needed will vary from person to person, depending on what you want to achieve. For example, surface rejuvenation and fine wrinkles will only require treatment once or twice, whilst to acne scars, deeper wrinkles or large pores can require four to five sessions.

Each session takes about 60 minutes, so it’s easy to schedule multiple treatments. After 3-5 days, skin will usually start showing signs of rejuvenation, from the reduced appearance of wrinkles to tighter pores, firmer-looking skin and all round skin luminosity. It is at around this time you may also experience some flakiness and it’s the best time to come in for your follow up peel.

One thing is for sure – you’re going to love the results you achieve with this incredible treatment!!

Is it Okay to mix skin care items?

Could your daily beauty routine be putting your skin at risk? Do you know which ingredients you should never combine to reduce your risk of skin irritation and pigmentation?

Incompatible ingredients or different pH ranges can irritate skin and lead to breakouts, rashes or topical skin dermatitis

Don’ts of skin care cocktailing

Don’t mix vitamin C with …

  1. Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Taking into account that both vitamin C and AHAs are acid-based overloading your skin with too many acid based-ingredients increases your chances of redness, peeling and skin irritation. Some AHAs even come with instructions to wash it off after a certain amount of time so that the skin can accommodate and tolerate it.

  1. Copper Peptides

Copper peptides help to encourage elastin and collagen formation, making it necessary for wound healing. But when used with vitamin C, the effects of each are cancelled out, rendering the benefits useless.

  1. Retinol

When mixing Retinol (vitamin A) with Vitamin C (especially high concentrations, 10% or higher) can cause the skin to become dry and even feel sensitive. However, there are some topical products that contain both ingredients, but chances are they contain low concentrations of each, making them safe to use.

 

Don’t mix Retinol with…

  1. Benzoyl Peroxide

Retinol and benzoyl peroxide can ward off acne and prevent the formation of new blemishes, but when used simultaneously, they can counteract each other’s benefits. Both are drying, exfoliating, peeling agents, and when they’re mixed together, they can cause excessive peeling, unwanted pigment, lasting redness and even blistering and scarring

  1. AHAs

Both retinol and AHAs can help to generate new collagen, but be careful when using them together. If your skin is sensitive alternate, applying the AHA in the morning and retinol at night for the first few weeks so a tolerance can be built. Essential for both retinoid and AHA to use a daily sunscreen as well, since both cause UV sensitivity.

Role of sunscreen

Your normal skin care regime of cleanser and moisturizer won’t interfere with the SPF effectiveness and shouldn’t irritate your skin. You can even layer on an antioxidant serum to boost your UV protection.

Irrespective of the ingredients you are using or which ones you are mixing to get added skin benefits always remember to add a daily sunscreen SPF 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

 

The bottom line

Most of the time mixing skin care items is okay, just be careful not to overuse one type of ingredient or layer ingredients that counteract with each other. To avoid unwanted side effects, keep your routine basic. Stick to one active ingredient in the morning and another one at night.

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