How to glow this winter: Foods to keep that summer glow

Radiant skin is a tell tale sign of health, and what you see in the mirror reflects your diet and environment.

Having a clean diet and lifestyle enhances both skin colour and texture, bestowing a healthy glow that turns back the hands of time.

Here are my top 5 tips for glowing skin this winter:
Drink plenty of good quality water.
I’d suggest drinking approximately 2.5 Litres per day depending on your size, constitutional makeup and lifestyle.

We tend to drink less water in the winter, turning to hot drinks like cocoa and coffee, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside out. Warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time, dump a whole wedge of lemon in your water to ensure you get all the goodness from the pith and skin.

I like to keep a pot of herbal tea next to me as I work, I’ll drink around 1-2 Litres of herbal tea on a good day J Note; Boiling tap water does not eliminate harmful chemicals, so use filtered water for your tea.

Add orange fruits and veggies to your daily diet.
Beta-carotene, an orange plant pigment, ignites a healthy glow that begins on the inside. Yellow-orange fruits and dark green veggies are packed with a family of pigments called ‘carotenoids’.

The body converts beta-carotene into active vitamin A — or retinol — which is required for healthy eyes, reproduction and skin. Beta-carotene zaps aging by acting as an antioxidant or substance that reduces oxygen damage caused by UV light, pollutions and other environmental hazards like smoking…which brings me to my next tip. Don’t smoke kids!

Be warned! Over time, a daily dose of 20 milligrams of beta-carotene — the amount found in about three carrots — can cause the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, your nose and even the whites of your eyes to turn pumpkin-yellow in colour. Although nontoxic, it’s not a good look.

Ditch the Caffeine
Like sodium and alcohol, caffeine dehydrates our bodies. Caffeine makes the liver work overtime, which causes toxic build up in the body. When our bodies are in toxic overload, low-level toxins make their way to your skin and disrupt healthy skin function.

While we can sing coffee’s praises as a laxative, it is a diuretic, which means it causes you to lose hydration, which has a direct effect on your skin.

Dehydrated skin causes inflammation (redness) and premature aging (collagen loss). Additionally, without enough water flushing your system, toxic build up in the skin can also cause acne.

Dump the dairy
If you are acne-prone, be wary of how much dairy you are consuming. Milk is one of the worst things to consume if you want to maintain clear skin, it is often loaded with hormones, negatively effects the production of sebum, and glues dead skin cells together.

Stay away from processed sugars and artificial sweeteners
Aside from causing dehydration and creating acne, sugar causes inflammation, producing enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

The solution? All Things in moderation.
Overall, consuming too much coffee, and all the milk and sugar that may be in there, will age you faster than you want. So, what do you do? My motto: less is more. Wean yourself off slowly, but try. Try hard. Drink more water to flush out toxins and combat dehydration.

Consume less caffeine or switch to decaf or herbal tea. It’s not easy, but worth it in the long run.
It’s all about balance and moderation. Minimise some of the habits that are detrimental to your skin and see how it responds for at least two weeks. Listen to your body, read your skin!

To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Email: [email protected]


Rejuvenate using your own cells: Regen Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP is the source of concentrated platelet content present in blood.

Regen was introduced into Australia 5years ago and is a natural method of rejuvenating skin, showing visible signs of aging. 

Science supports the use of PRP for the augmentation and regeneration of hard and soft tissues. PRP is the source of concentrated platelet content present in blood.

Apart from assisting blood clotting, platelets also release growth factors that assist the human body to repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue.

The platelet rich plasma can easily be separated from the blood, through a process of centrifugation. Using your concentrated plasma allows the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

Platelets have many functions and contain important growth factors that, when secreted, are responsible for:
Tissue regeneration
Increasing collagen production
recruiting other cells to the site of injury

Initiating vascular in-growth
Inducing cell differentiation
It is a “body own” product VS animal derived or human donor product

Elimination of donor transmissible infections

Your patient journey:
The procedure itself is safe and the preparation to harvest the PRP is simple, quick and from start to finish the treatment will take about 45minutes to an hour.

Between 8ml – 32mls of blood is extracted for your treatment; this blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge for 5 to 9 minutes. When the centrifugation is complete the platelets are injected into the skin.

The platelets gradually increase collagen which can increase skin thickness and overall health of the skin.

Treatment areas for PRP:
Around the eyes
Cheeks & mid face

Post baby belly

PRP is available at available the following Face Plus locations:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411

A similar treatment, Skin Needling is available at our Bankstown location here:


Sign, Sealed & Concealed: Pigmentation

Pigmentation is a “disorder”

Common across all ethic backgrounds, skin types, skin colours and can be caused by a number of reasons including sun exposure, hormonal changes and genetic conditions.

Varying skin colour from person to person is caused by a pigment in our skin called melanin which is produced by cells in our body called melanocytes.

Melanin protects our skin by absorbing damaging UV radiation. Fun in the sun, causes our skin to produce more melanin as a defence mechanism to protect the skin. As melanin production increases, skin darkens.

Types of skin pigmentation include freckles, liver spots, melisma and post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

Concealing Pigmentation
For flawless make up a suitable moisturiser for your skin type and primer is essential to give a hydrated and smooth base.

To cover pigmentation, you must colour correct appropriately for example, for dark circles with a blue-ish tone under the eyes, use an orange or peach coloured concealer to counteract the darkness.

Patting the product with your finger, sponge or brush to ensure an even application.

For red spots or blemishes you would first need to counteract the redness with a green based concealer, “I find a basic colour wheel really useful to know what colours counteract each other” says Make Up Face Plus Medispa, Make Up Artist Rowena Maree.

For a dark brown discolouration, a pink or peach coloured concealer will counteract and brighten the area.

Once you have covered up your pigmentation, apply the concealer that matches your skin tone over the top of the colour corrected area. Blend with your finger, sponge or brush to ensure it doesn’t appear patchy.

For the finishing touch, depending on your preferred finish, you can choose to set with a powder or a foundation for a more dewy finish.

Our top product picks


Protect: Ultra MD Hydrating Sunscreen – SPF 50, $49

Prep: Victoria Curtis, CC Skin Refining Face Primer, $49

Conceal: Victoria Curtis, CC Airbrush Finish Mineral Concealer, $33


For a matte finish, Victoria Curtis, CC Matte Perfection, $59

For a dewy finish, Victoria Curtis, Airbrush Finish Mineral Foundation, $59

Treatment options
Face Plus Medispa have a number of treatments that assist with lightening pigmentation, treatments include Herbal Aktiv Peel or the range of Ultra MD facials and products, available from all three clinics.

For a skin assessment:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007