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Erasing the signs of ageing

Wrinkles… What are they?

Wrinkles (aka smile lines, frown lines, crows feet, folds and skin cracks /and tracks) are an inevitable part of life. Love them, hate them – you cant really stop them…. well…. not forever anyway….

Some lines are the result of aging of the skin. Others come about due to muscle movement (they are also referred to as expression lines or mimic lines).  The process which controls wrinkle onset and development happens in the dermis.

Dermis is the middle layer of the skin and it contains the structural elements of the skin collagen and elastin. These elements along with a few other processes are responsible for elasticity, strength, firmness and integrity of our skin and give it structure and “body”.

 

Choosing the right wrinkle fighters

Because sometimes collagen building skin care ingredients can be irritating and tricky to use, you need to understand how to best use them for your skin.

They each have pros and cons that you need to understand in order to choose the one that’s right for you. It is best to consult your skin care professional to help you build the skin care routine to support your cells as they adjust to these powerful wrinkle fighting products. Serums are a wonderful to build a support base for anti-wrinkle creams. Let’s check out the top 4 serums and top 4 creams that will enhance one another’s actions and help in the anti wrinkle fight

TOP 4  anti-wrinkles serums:

  1. M8 HYDRA8 B5 SERUM – A light weight and easily absorbed hydrating serum that softens, hydrates and improves the general condition of the skin. Contains Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a moisturising active that holds 1000 times its own weight in water, providing 24 hour non-stop hydration.
  2. M8 CE-THIONEA rechargeable vitamin C that minimises the formation of age spots for a visibly brighter skin tone and improving overall firmness. Also contains 15% L-Ascorbic acid which stimulates our collagen production.
  3. M8 RETINOL 3tr/6tr/10tr –  Retinol is considered the most effective product to help with signs of aging. Not only does it stimulate the production of collagen but also increases epidermal hyaluronic acid, improving appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin roughness and loss of tone. Over all it gives you a more youthful glow. Always starting with lower strengths and building your skin up to tolerate higher percentages of vitamin A.
  4. SKEYNDOR CORRECTIVE – Skeyndor corrective creams are formulated to smooth out the expression lines from the face. This unique cream can be used day and/or night and is more suitable for dry, mature skin. It has skin-lifting peptides with pre- synaptic activity, “Viper venom” – reduces wrinkle depth & softens wrinkle contour

 

TOP 4 anti-wrinkle creams:

  1. Mesoestetics Collagen 360 – Performs a dual action, it maintains the natural collagen amino acid profile and stimulates the formation of new collagen. Made with Hydrolyzed collagen (collagen made in the lab) which is compatible with our skin cells allowing it to stimulate cells that are involved in collagen synthesis.
  2. M8 Hyrd8 Night – A rich fast absorbing night treatment that helps to reverse the skin aging effects of the glycation process. Resveratrol is a new active ingredient that promotes cell longevity which helps to improve tired skin overnight.
  3. M8 Hyrd8 360 A rich nourishing moisturiser that combats visible signs of aging. Has advanced active ingredients that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Gives UVA and UVB protection that helps prevent skin ageing providing an intensive moisturising and revitalising effect in a unique treatment formulation to target the process of glycation.
  4. Mesoestetics Radiance DNA intensive cream – Ultimate antiaging cream. It preserves DNA Integrity. It stimulates the activity of those genes responsible of DNA repair which slows down premature aging, it also neutralises free radicals which delays the skin aging process.

 

And lastly you can turn on your collagen producing cells faster by synergetic approach in-clinic treatments and by home-use products. Professional in house antiaging treatments will stimulate production of collagen in a much faster way but home products will enhance and support the results of treatments. Or visit our Chadstone Melbourne store to learn more

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

Why my favourite products just don’t seem to work as well as they used to?

Is my skin becoming immune to them—or is it something else?

Myth 1: Retinol has a time limit

Your retinol’s only time limit is its expiration date. If you stop seeing retinol benefits, all that means is that you need to switch to a stronger dosage. Medik8’s Retonol comes in 3 strength. Ask us why?

Myth 2: If you aren’t getting red – It’s not effective

Acids and other ingredients are sometimes met with a ‘transition’ phase (that period where your skin experiences redness and reactivity). Glycolic acid has been shown to increase the skin barrier, so with prolonged use, less gets absorbed, and activity on the skin seems less. Some might think that the skin is getting used to it, but that’s the end goal – a stronger skin barrier. We have number of product in stock for any skin type and condition

Myth 3: All whiteheads are the same and can be squeezed out

Some little white bumps may have you thinking that they’re whiteheads, but thats not always the case Caused by proteins that get trapped within the skin, milia pop up in the hardest-to-cover areas like around the eyes or mouth. They may physically have the same appearance as comedones, which are fat and skin debris trapped within the pore, but milia are very different. Most people get them from a buildup of sunscreen or rich moisturizer. Whatever you do, DO NOT pick at a milia or try to extract them yourself — ask our aesthetician in Melbourne Chadstone store to take care of this one for you.

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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