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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

 

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

Are you ruining your skin? Retin-A for acne & anti-agening

Check out these – a few little known facts about RETIN-A

1) Active ingredient in Retin A breaks down in sunlight

2) Applying Retin-A to moist skin causes more peeling & skin irritation

3) Some of the most common ingredients found in skin care products aren’t compatible with retinols

 

Now, that we got that out of the way – it is fair to say that

if used correctly, retinol can do amazing things for your skin!

It is known as the king of anti ageing. It is also the best acne warrior known to man! (what do you think roaccutane is made of??)

 

Medik8 has developed a unique encapsulated, time release system for Retinol products. This not only enhances stability and freshness, but also prevents the usually high irritation caused to skin from higher concentrations of retinol by maintaining a slow, but continuous delivery of the active ingredient. The results are fast with no skin irritation.

Medik8’s Retinol range comes in 3 different strengths:
Retinol 3TR, Retinol 6TR, and Retinol 10TR

*Note Retinol 10TR is only recommended for those skins acclimatised already to Vitamin A products. If you have never used Retinol before, then it is wise to start with minimum strength and build it up.

Tips and tricks for Retinol beginners:

  • Apply it to your skin at bedtime, never use it during the day
  • Never combine with products containing ingredients such as glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide
  • Always wait at least 15 to 30 minutes after cleansing your skin and applying any other skin care products before you apply retinol

What else will help your skin to tolerate retinol for anti wrinkle therapy?

  1. Start Retinol therapy by using the product twice a week (every third night) and slowly increase to every night over a month or two as your skin adjusts. A little scaliness and irritation is normal at first, but if the treated skin becomes really sensitive, back off and wait. Let the skin return to normal then begin treatment again. Slowly try to increase to every night as your skin adjusts.
  2. Apply a ‘pearl-sized‘ portion to the face. Use the same amount for the neck and/or chest.
  3. If your skin continues to become irritated and just won’t adjust to retinol treatment, then switch to entirely non-irritating cleansers like Medik8 Red Alert. Many cleansers are too irritating for retinol treated skin.
  4. Tell your skin care specialist before performing a procedure such as a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, laser or any other light treatments that you using retinol. They may ask you to stop it for a period of time before and after your treatment.
  5. Always protect your skin from the sun to avoid undesirable sun damage.

 

Why use Retinol skin care?

Scientific studies and my skin care experience has given me so many reasons to be a big fan of Retinol!

  • It has proven itself to reduce, reverse, and prevent wrinkles. The younger a person starts (teens and twenties), the more benefit they receive, but it’s never too late!
  • It helps lighten and prevent age spots
  • It builds collagen to thicken and increase the structural strength of treated skin
  • Skin just looks better and younger when they use retinol

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

Could Taking Selfies Be Causing Premature Skin Aging?

Last month, “The Daily Mail” featured a story about a 26-year-old blogger who takes 50 selfies a day for her blog and saw a dermatologist to find out whether the high-energy visible (HEV) light from her mobile phone screen was causing her skin to age prematurely. The doctor, cosmetic dermatologist Simon Zokaie, believed that this was, in fact, the case. He said that the light from her phone was causing her skin to develop dark spots, and that a lot of the damage on her skin from the light was still lying dormant under her skin

Could it really be true that selfies cause skin to age more rapidly?

 

Here are our research and some findings on the topic

  • There’s no way to avoid visible light totally, but limiting time in front of your computers and smart phones can certainly help
  • Visible light has been shown to increase pigment production, leading to dark spots, whilst also promoting breakdown of collagen, which leads to wrinkles. It can also create reactive oxygen species that damage the skin and cause premature skin aging
  • UV light (sunlight) is much more harmful to skin than the light from computers and mobile devices
  • Whether or not you’re truly concerned about the light from your phone, it’s always important to
    protect your skin with sunscreen
  • There are various high potency face creams and serums specifically aimed at helping to
    prevent dark spots

Some of my favourites include the new Medik8 White Balance Oxy-R, which contains a number of skin brightening agents to balance skin tone and fade dark spots and freckles, and Skeyndor Urban White Serum, which contains AHA reduce the appearance of aging and other active ingredients to ward off hyperpigmentation.

Visit our Chadstone Melbourne store to learn more

Eye creams. What to look for? Do eye creams really work?

The array of eye creams on beauty shelves can be almost overwhelming. Dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles .. We’ve been road testing the best for to find the perfect one for you

The basic overlying premise of eye creams is that products for the face and body aren’t sufficient for this very unique area. Why? Because the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner and more delicate than the skin on our face, 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. Fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles.

 

eye creams

 

Eye creams can address some of these issues. However, finding an effective eye cream can be difficult. Eye creams often advertised as “specially formulated” for the sensitive, thin skin around the eyes or claim to get rid of puffiness, dark circles, and sagging skin—yet, in many cases, they fail to live up to their promises.

 

What to Look for in an Eye Cream

First, it’s important to understand there’s no research indicating that specific eye-area ingredients differ from those you use on the rest of your face.

Avoid eye products that contain irritating ingredients, such as fragrant plant oils, synthetic fragrance, or sensitizing plant extracts, all of which can cause pro-aging inflammation.

What the eye area really needs are antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, in a soothing, fragrance-free formula. Hyaluronic acid (hydrates ), ceramides (retain moisture), retinol (promotes new cell growth or regeneration) and neuropeptides (increase the production of collagen and elastin), vitamin C (collagen production), and vitamin E ( nourishes and soothes skin).

Another beneficial ingredient for under the eye includes vitamin K (inhibits bruising and diminishes dark pigment or cast due to broken down blood cells). Kojic acid, arnica and licorice can diminish dark circles and lighten pigment under the eyes. Chamomile, tea extracts, and cucumber can help reduce puffiness.

 

Dark Circles, Puffy Eyes, and Sagging Skin

Dark circles under the eyes come from genes, sun damage, age, and blood build-up. Sodium ascorbate, or vitamin C, can thicken the skin and help conceal dark circles after about 6 months. Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, and kojic acid can also lighten dark circles.

Most importantly, during the day, whatever you put around your eye must contain sunscreen (something most eye creams lack).

We recommend:

  1. Medik8: Dark Circles (15ml)Designed to improve blood haemodynamics and microcirculation, lighten dark circles and relieve bags or puffiness. $62.00
  1. Sircuit: WHITE OUT+ daily under eye care (15ml).  Improves skin hydration, firmness and elasticity. Strengthens and thickens the delicate skin around the eye. $84.95

 

Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Studies show that Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have the ability to boost collagen production. Ceramides and hyaluronic acid also help; these are moisturizers that help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity. Note 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.

We recommend:

  1. Medik8: Retinol Eye. Boosts firmness, plumpness and epidermal hydration under and around the eye. $84.95
  2. Eyesential. Quick and temporary fix to the area around the eye. Not a permanent repair so it is actually classified as a non-colour cosmetic rather that a treatment. $95
  3. Sircuit: I. CEE U.+ firming anti-aging eye gel (15ml)Helps instantly lift and revitalise the look of tired eyes. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. $144.95

 

Puffiness is a build-up of fluid and blood under the eyes or can be from simply not getting enough sleep. Some studies show that caffeine can help circulation, which could reduce puffiness, whilst other studies show that cold temperatures are just as effective. That’s why some people refrigerate their eye creams.

We recommend

  1. CosMedix: Eye Genius Brilliant Eye Complex (7ml)A firming eye cream to renew the delicate skin around the eyes. $79.95
  2. Skeyndor Aquatherm: Soothing Eye Cream (15ml). When used daily, it softens the eye contour and rejuvenates the eye area. $65.00

If the puffiness is the result of fat pads that have shifted under the eye (which is a hallmark of aging skin), there are no creams in the world that can address it

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