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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!!

How to remove age spots effectively

Age spots are also known as brown spots or liver spots. They typically appear on areas most exposed to sun:

  • back of the hands
  • face
  • neck
  • decolatage
  • legs
  • back
  • shoulders

When we’re young we don’t even think they’ll appear on our skin (and even if they do – it’s so far in the future that you’ll deal with it when it happens). Unfortunately, age spots can sneak up on you before you know it.

Although unsightly, age spots are not harmful to your health in any way.

However, considering the importance of clear, unblemished skin to your overall image and self confidence, it is worthwhile making an effort to prevent and remove age spots if they do appear. Age spots can range in size from anything from a small freckle to much bigger in size, but they often group together making them appear larger

 

What causes age spots?

The main cause for age spots is sun exposure, which is why they usually appear on areas not usually covered by clothing such as the face, neck, hands and arms.

The sun-exposed skin produces a pigment called melanin as a natural defense against the sun’s harmful UV – and the body’s natural ageing process then causes cells to generate even more melanin, creating age spots. Genetics also play a role, with some people being genetically predisposed to age spots. Typically, they appear towards our 40s but some skin types can develop age spots and sun spots much earlier.

 

Removing Age Spots

This is one of those cases when prevention is better than cure. So the best way to treat age spots is to prevent them from occurring. It is must easier than you think!

It can be something as simple as making sure to apply ample amounts of sunscreen before heading out into the sun; covering your skin by wearing all white if you’ll be outdoors for an extended period of time; or avoiding the sun altogether if you please.

If you’re opting to go the sunscreen route to prevent age spots, make sure your sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has a minimum SPF 15. You should only wear physical, not chemical sunblock to avoid skin issues in the future. Remembering that sun protection doesn’t only shield you from age spots and sun spots but is also a must if you want to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.

You can remove or fade out age spots in a few effective ways:

 

  • Microdermabrasion (which is not my favorite but moderately effective) – scrubs away the top layer of skin so that it is eventually replaced by new skin. It also improves overall skin quality.
  • Photo Rejuvenation by IPL/Laser (which is by far the fastest and the most effective way but not suitable for everyone), stimulates and shatters the pigmented spot allowing the body to eliminate the unwanted excessive pigment while having little or no effect on other tissues or on normal skin color. The brown spots may become darker within hours of treatment, then flake off over a 7 to 14 day period
  • Chemical peels (great but can be little time consuming) – Many experts say that peels are an ideal choice for the treatment of age spots, particularly for lighter coloured spots. There are many peels that are specifically formulated to help with the reduction of age spots and even out overall skin tone, while leaving the skin hydrated.

 

Best Products for Age Spots

Whether you opt for the procedure or the prescription route, following up with good skin care products will help your skin look its best.

The best products to use for age spots are anti-aging products that are packed with skin brightening ingredients. The best cream for age spots are commonly include Bleaching Agents, Niacinamides, Vitamin A or Vitamin C. They are great option to help brighten skin and fade age spots gradually over the course of a few months

 

  1. SerumWhite Balance Click OXY-R

White Balance® Click Oxy-R is a silky serum containing an innovative ingredient called Oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R). This active ingredient specifically helps minimise the appearance of skin pigmentation; reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone and improving the overall appearance of sun damaged skin. It contains 10 carefully chosen active ingredients in a patent-pending solution to help reduce the appearance of skin pigmentation as well as providing the feeling of immediate hydration. Suitable for sensitive skin, it is free from kojic acid, reinoids and Hydroquinone. It contains a hint of Ylang Ylang for a natural and comforting fragrance.  White Balance® Click Oxy-R contains a patent-pending stabilisation technology, which addresses and helps to inhibit the appearance of melanin-based pigmentation (caused by sun-damage).  The unique Click delivery system, coupled with splitting the formula into 2 x 10ml individual bottles, ensures the Oxy-R active remains fresh and potent for maximum results.

2. CreamDAY/NIGHT –  White Balance Duo

White Balance Day & Night are part of the Medik8 Pigmentation Solution. It is a daily moisturising system combining both brightening and anti-ageing benefits, containing a unique ingredient Oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R) which specifically helps minimise skin pigmentation; reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone and improving the overall appearance of sun-damaged skin. Working in conjunction with White Balance Click, they deliver long lasting and visible lightening benefits to the skin.  The day formula has an ultra-high SPF 50 coupled with a wonderfully light texture; perfect for all skin types. It provides instant brightening benefits thanks to light reflective pigments. Whilst melanin production continues as you sleep, the night formula carries on working, lightening skin colour and creating an even skin tone. Niacinamide helps to reduce dark spots and inflammation while improving the overall appearance of skin. Gluconolactone helps to repair the skin barrier overnight and thereby keeps skin moisturised.

 

3. Treatment – White peel

Superficial, quick and effective way to achieve a brighter and even skin tone, free of age spots and dark spots and hyperpigmentation, is to eliminate skin cells rich in melanin and prevent the darkening of the new skin cells. White Peel has been especially designed to target the skin’s pigment cells to gentle and effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted discoloration. Combines 4 acids to being you powerful results

  • Phytic Acid: an effective depigmenting agent with anti-tyrosinase activity, reducing the melanin content of the skin
  • L-Lactic Acid: an alpha hydroxy acid proven to reduce melanin formation
  • Salicylic Acid: loosens hardened keratinised material while providing gentle exfoliation for the skin
  • L-Mandelic Acid: a mild and effective alpha-hydroxy acid encouraging cellular regeneration. Often compared to glycolic acid for the results it provides without the negative effect: less redness, less downtime

 

How to choose the perfect eye cream

Sorry to break it to you – but the eye area is one of the first places to show signs of aging, and yet, Eye cream is one of the most under rated creams when it comes to a skincare routine.

Many people feel that since they use a moisturizer that they are covered when it comes the eye area. But the harsh reality is, the skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue.

Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Incorporating an eye cream into your skin regime to specifically target these issues can make a huge difference.

How to choose the perfect eye cream:

Unfortunately, many eye creams contain irritating ingredients, such as synthetic fragrance, chemicals, or sensitising plant extracts, all of which can cause pro-ageing inflammation.

What the eye area really needs are antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, in a soothing, fragrance-free formula, just like what you need for the rest of the face. Look for a product line that has fast acting, potent, scientifically proven ingredients.

When it comes to eye creams designed for conditions such as dark circles and puffiness, the issue is that depending on the cause of the dark circles and puffiness. There’s only so much any eye cream or face moisturiser can do, regardless of how brilliantly formulated it is.

 

Puffiness around the eye area

If the puffiness is the result of fat pads that have shifted under the eye, unfortunately, there are no creams in the world that can fix this. If the puffiness is from fluid buildup or from not getting enough sleep, a soothing cream around the eye can certainly help, but you also are going to need to make lifestyle changes to truly make a difference (such as reducing alcohol, reduce salt intake, getting more sleep) Lymphatic drainage treatments can also help (our Presor Therapy treatment is fantastic, just $65). If the puffiness around the eye area is from irritation and sun damage, then a beautifully formulated eye cream can make all the difference by healing skin and reducing inflammation.

 

Dark Circles

For dark circles, there are certainly options, but it should contain melanin-inhibiting ingredients to improve skin colour, ingredients to encourage microcirculation under the delicate eye area, as well as moisture boosting properties.

Beat dark circles and puffiness with Medik8 Dark Circles $85 now

 

Anti Aging, fine lines and wrinkles

In terms of fine lines and wrinkles, all the same ingredients for the face work around the eye area too. Just like the face, skin around the eye responds beautifully to generous amounts of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. You must, however, keep your expectations realistic, especially when it comes to products that claim to “lift” skin. You can tighten and firm skin to a certain degree, but no skincare product can magically pull up drooping eyelids or sagging under-eye bags.

For the best eye anti-aging skin regime, try Cosmedix Opti Crytal $125 for the day time, and Medik8 Hydr8 Night Eye $85 for the evening. Or visit our Chadstone Melbourne store

 

Facials are absolutely essential – but only if you want great looking skin

First, let’s put this question in perspective……Everything in life requires regular maintenance garden, car, your house…

Now, your skin is no different. Like it or not, we’re often judged (good and bad) by how we look and appearance of skin has a lot to do with it.  How healthy, glowing, smoothly textured your facial skin looks says something about you and your habits. Having said that, great skin care habits are important, yet can only take you so far.

The best and longest lasting results in the face care department depend on a few other things. The optimum boosts come from periodic high performance facial treatments. When a professional gets their hands on your face – skin responds and I’ll go as far as to say “communicates” with the professional, allowing them to achieve the desired results faster. Other factors such as type of food we eat, water intake and the environment also play part in the health of our skin. So, facials – are they a treat or a necessity for great, healthy, radiant skin?

 

Facials are absolutely essential – but only if you want great looking skin 🙂

To help you understand the power of facials for your complexion, let me explain what you get and what the process involves.

 

12 important benefits of facials:

  • Facials rejuvenate and revive skin
  • Remove wear and tear and tank-up the skin for more visibility and exposure
  • Stimulate skin’s renewal mechanisms
  • Enhance lymphatic and blood flow in the skin
  • Resurfacing (exfoliating) and deeply cleansing of skin
  • Dramatic improvement in skin’s texture and colour
  • Minimise scarring, wrinkles and fine lines
  • Diminish pigmentation
  • Desensitise sensitive skin
  • Build up skin’s tolerance
  • Stimulate collagen and elastic products
  • Hydrate and plump up tired looking skin

What’s the process and why it works?

When the epidermis (top layer of skin) becomes overloaded with “dead” skin cells, the skin’s appearance becomes dull and creepy-looking. It feels thick and gummy to the touch. It is also usually full of blackheads or white heads (otherwise, known as comedones) and clogged pores. As this layer thickens even more, products stop penetrating down into the layers of the skin. This means that elasticity and collagen production slows down, and comedones grow even bigger so that they are visible even from a distance. To show you what I mean, here’s a little test we do in the aesthetic room to help clients understand how much congestion their skin really has:

Home care tip: Start at the bottom middle of the chin and spread the skin tight and look at it closely in a magnifying mirror with good light. You’ll see either little pores that are clean and tight (a good sign) or you’ll see what we call congestion – blackheads or white heads and pores filled with greasy black material. You may even be able to rub off a layer of gummy dead cells (not a good sign). 

When someone comes in for a facial, we clean and then professionally exfoliate the skin to remove congestion and to allow a lot of comedones to be easily extracted from the skin. We then apply therapeutic products to balance the complexion. If someone has never had a facial and doesn’t do any kind of exfoliation, there are going to be lots of layers to clean away. In these cases, we will work over time to get the complexion where we want it. In general, I usually see first-time clients every 4-6 weeks so we can get a handle on the congestion.

 

Are you too far away from Chadstone Melbourne to come in for a facial with us?

 

If so, you can try doing a DIY facial at home with products we recommend. Simply call us to book a complimentary 15-30min skype/facetime consult so we can fill customise the product for you.

 

Here is what we would recommend for a slightly sensitive but otherwise problem free skin :

STEP 1: Double cleanse with Gentle cleanse or Red Alert cleanse. Use plenty of water and warm towel to remove all product

STEP 2: Place warm dump towel over your face (leaving out the nose) for 3-5min to warm up the skin and open up pores. Change towel when it cools down

STEP 3: Use a magnifying mirror to see if you have any comedones that can be easily extracted. Wrap tissue around your fingertips, apply light pressure to the skin, gently press until extraction is complete

STEP 4: If comedone does not come out right away, leave it for another day. It might not be ready or skin is not open enough yet. It is important not to bruise or puncture the skin by applying too much pressure

STEP 5: When you finish with extractions, it is important to layer your serums to achieve deep healing and air reparative functions. Apply Hydra8 B5, Red Alert and C-tetra serums (wait for 1min between applications of serums to allow them to fully absorb into skin)

STEP 6: Depending on the climate finish with your favourite moisturiser and sun block

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