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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

What I want for Christmas?!

Healthy, radiant skin is always in season.

Our top 5 tips and tricks to get the perfect skin for Christmas in 2015

what i want for Christmas

 

  1. Clear congestion and get rid of blackheads by removing all traces of party make up before you crawl into bed. Mix a small amount of warm water with a pea size amount of Medik8 Pore Cleanse Gel and work into foam. Massage lightly over the face for a couple of minute and rinse off. The added exfoliation boost of  Mandelic Acid combined with moisturising L-Lactic Acid will have your skin radiant and replenished in no time.
  2. Get your glow on. The quickest way to look radiant is remove dull, devitalised skin cells. If you have an all-important party coming up take 1 pea size amount of Medik8 Pore Refining scrub, mix with warm water and gently massage over the face. Concentrate on the forehead, nose and chin as these tend to be thicker areas of skin. For oily or acne prone skin, leave the scrub on for up to 90 seconds for an intense exfoliation. Rinse with warm water and get ready to glow.
  3. Hydrate. Skin lacking superficial hydration leads to an impaired barrier function leaving skin, dehydrated, devitalised and prone to sensitivity. For an extra hydration boost apply Medik8 Hydr8 B5 moisture defense over skin to seal in extra moisture. It also makes you moisturiser last longer.
  4. Instant pick me up. For an instant radiant pick me up, use Medik8 super anti-oxidant Firewall. Apply to the entire face and neck for a firming flawless finish. Can be used under make up as a make-up primer or as a radiance finishing treatment for men.
  5. Begin a Skincare Routine. Facials are great, but nothing beats a consistent skincare routine at home each night. Cleanse your skin in the AM and PM before applying treatment or products with a gentle but effective cleanser, such as Medik8 Gentle Cleanse. In the morning, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from damage – we love O’Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+. In the evenings, use a treatment targeted towards your specific skin concerns, but always follow with a great moisturiser like Medik8 Hydr8 Night. Below is how to structure your ideal skin care regime

Morning

1 Cleanse the skin

2 Prepare the skin with toner

3 Use an active ingredient

4 Apply sunscreen

Evening

1 Cleanse the skin

2 Prepare the skin with toner

3 Use an active ingredient

4 Apply moisturiser

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