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Sleeping Beauty: Your Daily Night Time Routine

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Sleeping Beauty: Your Daily Night Time Routine

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How many hours of sleep do you get a night? We’re all aware of the importance of sleeping and this blog won’t be another source of guilt for you, don’t worry.
Whether or not you wear make up it is really important that you clean your skin, face and of course your body.
Whilst you’re sleeping, the cells in our body go into overdrive to help repair the damage done throughout the day. The blood vessels dilate and allow an increased flow of nutrients and oxygen to the skin, this helps stimulate the removal of toxic cellular products. Research has shown that the cells in our body regenerate faster whilst we are sleeping.
The cells will do this work whether or not we take care of the skin. But this is a great opportunity to feed them and assist them during this process to see optimal results the next day.
How ever many hours you’re sleeping, these are the vital steps you should be taking before you go to bed to ensure you’ve done the best you can for your skin!
Cleaning the skin: Face
Sleeping

  1. Establish a routine. Once you have a routine, it will be easier for you to follow on a daily basis.
  2. Invest in a cleansing product that’s right for your skin. Make an effort to double cleanse at the end of the day.
  3. Exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate your skin two to three times a week. Normal to oily skin, only two times a week required.
  4. Set aside sometime once a week to apply a mask “Incorporate a heated hand towel to help remove the scrub, the warmth from the towel opens the pores for better absorption of nutrients into the skin” Amy Cameron, Face Plus Medispa, skin and laser specialist.
  5. The final step is to tone the skin. Toning the skin shrinks the pores, picks up any final spots of dirt that may be remaining on the skin, balances the skin and prepares the skin for your eye cream and moisturiser.
  6. Sometime the order of application can get a little confusing but we’re here to clarify. Eye cream first then your preferred moisturiser. The eye cream and moisturiser you choose is really dependant on your skin type and what it needs.
  7. The above may seem like quite a lot to do before you go to sleep but a few steps can be completed as a part of your shower routine!

Cleaning the skin: Body
Sleeping
Your body usually tends to feel quite dry during the Winter months, outside of moisturising on a daily basis we recommend the following steps –

  1. Before you get into the shower, use a dry body brush to exfoliate your skin “Brush the skin with strokes, always in the direction of your heart. This technique is great for so many reasons including reduction of cellulite, blood circulation and of course skin regeneration” Kimberly Robinson, Face Plus Medispa, Advanced Dermal Therapist.
  2. Following your dry exfoliation hop into the shower and clean the skin using your preferred shower gel or body cleanser. Use a wash cloth that allows you to reach the back weather it be a long towel or a brush. A lot of “bacne” is due to excess dirt and skin build up that has not been removed.
  3. Once you’ve dried your body completely you body will be in need of some serious moisture. A lot of people forget that the skin on the body is waterproof, much like the leather couch you have in your lounge! Like your lounge, the skin on your body often needs an oil conditioning every now and then. “My favourite product is the Vitamin Function Oil by Dr Spiller. You can use this product everyday but you can also use it in conjunction with an oil based body cream, not shea butter or water based products!” Kimberly Robinson, Face Plus Medispa, Advanced Dermal Therapist.

When you finally rest that gorgeous face of yours on a pillow case, we hope it’s silk! We’ll share a blog about this soon.
If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes check out our top five tips to getting rid of dark circles fast (Click Here)
Product recommendations:
vitamin-oil-750x750
 
 
Dr Spiller, Vitamin Function Oil – $75 250ml
 
 
 
Want to know which products are right for you? Make an appointment with our dermal therapists –
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
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Wellness

Hormones: Skin, Body & Soul

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Hormones: Skin, Body & Soul

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The endocrine system is one of the most important factors involved in the initiation of aging. The endocrine system is extremely important in women, producing and regulating the hormones. The production and regulation will decline and sometimes drastically with age.
Hormones are the chemical messengers that travel, via our blood, to every organ and tissue in our body, including the ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid glands. Thyroid and growth hormones are involved in many different functions such as growth, immune, reproductive and metabolic functions, and even hunger and stress.
Extrinsic aging, is brought on by external factors such as sun damage, lifestyle and free radicals, these cause deep wrinkles and photo damage, where as intrinsic skin aging impacts our body’s biological clock. Dryness, fine wrinkling and paleness is all a part of the skins natural aging process.
Our in house Naturopath/Nutritionist shares some additional insights –
“In my practice I have found that most women have similar complaints, and while the symptoms may vary, a common denominator exists: hormone imbalance. Hormonal imbalance tends to show up as women age, but factors relating to our modern world — environmental pollution, chemicals in our food, and synthetic estrogens in our products — leave women of all ages vulnerable to hormonal chaos.”
Here are some tell tale signs that your hormones need rebalancing:

  1. Feeling tired but jittery at the same time. Fluctuating cortisol levels tax your adrenals and put you on a roller coaster ride of feeling wound up but exhausted at the same time.
  2. Your libido has gone missing! For women, not wanting to get frisky is very often more than just a psychological problem; your hormones may be at play.
  3. Cravings. If you find yourself ravenous on a consistent basis, your hormones could be to blame.
  4. You can’t lose the weight. Your hormones are the girl boss when it comes to your metabolism. Stubborn excess weight that just won’t go away — no matter how many spin classes you’re doing — is often rooted in hormonal imbalance that causes fat storage, especially around the midsection.

While I recommend partnering with a doctor or Naturopath and ordering some basic tests, you can also start balancing your hormones naturally right now. Here are a few tips:
Hormones

  1. Sleep. There’s probably nothing that will help your hormones more than making quality sleep a priority. Bedtime should be a sacred ritual that calms and soothes you: Take a relaxing bath, turn off electronics at least two hours before you go to sleep and perhaps burn some soothing essential oils.
  2. Go gluten-free. Gluten intolerance is a very real problem that doesn’t just affect people with celiac disease. It’s been linked to estrogen imbalances, menstrual disorders and diminished ovarian reserve. I tell all of my patients to cut out or minimize gluten and opt for whole grains like brown rice or quinoa instead.
  1. Stress less. Stress is like pouring gasoline on an already roaring hormonal fire. It raises cortisol levels, taxes the adrenals and zaps you of energy, joy and a healthy libido. No more excuses — adopt a consistent practice of stress-busting activities: yoga, meditation, massage, walking in nature or whatever other activities mellow your mood.

Yvonne Culhane, Advanced Dermal Therapist shares some tips on caring for hormonal skin –
“Hormonal skin can be challenging to manage. I suggest booking a skin consultation with a skilled dermal therapist to assess your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment time. Treatments may vary as some may require medications in conjunction with professional treatments to control hormonal fluctuations”.
Yvonne’s top tips:

Hormones

  1.  Use a “Clarosonic brush” (Click Here) to ensure skin is being cleansed thoroughly. A double cleanse may be required
  2.  Using a light weight oil based moisturiser will ensure the skin doesn’t become more compromised with dehydration over stimulating the sebaceous gland secretions
  3.  Use a lactic and salicylic serum; this will assist in controlling the outbreaks and reduce the build up of oil present in the pores.

Product recommendations:
Brightening Serum
 
Ultraceuticals: Ultimate Brightening Serum – $155 30ml
 
 
MD Ultimate Refining Serum 30ML
 
Ultra MD: Refining A Serum – $155 30ml
 
 
kem-tri-mun-trung-ca-hieu-qua-nhat-cua-drspiller
Dr Spiller: Propolis Day Cream (Use this cream day and night) – $80 50ml
 
 

To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:

Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]
Make an Appointment with an advanced dermal therapist in your area:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
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Probiotic Skin Refiner

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Probiotic Skin Refiner

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An exfoliator, skin hydrator and collagen booster, is there any thing this product doesn’t do?
This revolutionary product is formulated using a combination of bio-fermented certified organic grains, seeds, grasses, fruits, algae, vegetables and herbs.
The AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) present in refiner breaks down the dead skin cells, assisting in improving cellular turnover as it refines the skin and a visible improvement of skin texture.
The lactic acid is the key ingredient that improves the natural moisturising factors present in the skin, whilst stimulating collagen production and promoting more hydrated, moisturised and plump complexion.
The two above ingredients combined can also lighten visible skin spots, alleviate roughness and reduce the appearance of ageing, fine lines and wrinkles in particular.
With continued use it has been shown to firm sagging skin and promote collagen growth in the deeper layers of the dermis.
The lactobacillus probiotics present strengthen the skin’s barriers system and boost the skin’s immune health.
The probiotic skin refiner can be used as a part of your daily beauty routine, morning and night. Using a cotton wool pad or gauze, apply on your skin, once you have cleansed. Following the application you can then apply your moisturiser.
“Following consistent use, you will see the skin has more clarity, appear less congested, visible supple texture and is a fantastic product for acne prone skin. The best part, make up goes more evenly!” Yvonne Culhane, Advanced Dermal Therapist, Face Plus Medispa
The Beauty Chef, Probiotic Skin Refiner is available from all three clinics:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
Probiotic Skin Refiner
100ml – $69.95
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Treatment

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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Sweating is a very normal part of being a human and it’s healthy to sweat. The body has between 2million and 4millions sweat glands and when the body heats up these glands release sweat to help cool the body down.
Most of us can use an over the counter antiperspirant to avoid those unsightly sweat patches and some use a prescription antiperspirant. These products work by blocking the sweat ducts and this in turn reduces the amount of sweat that reaches the skin.
Muscle relaxants have widely been known for diminishing wrinkles and if you have read our recent blog (Click Here), we also use it to lift and shape the brows and other facial features. Believe it or not, it also helps with sweating! This treatment is often administered to excessive sweaters or those who choose to sweat less for a particular event like their wedding (nervous groom). Our celebrity clients seek this treatment for red-carpet events or if they need to be in front of hot studio lights, whilst filming or performing. We primarily prescribe this treatment to those who suffer from excessive sweating, where the sweating begins to interfere with their day to day activities and confidence.
giphy (1)
There are a few products available to treat the various areas of concern (listed below) but the most common would be Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, it is a neurotoxin protein that treats the hyperhidrosis by blocking a neurotransmitter that stimulates the sweat glands, paralysing them.
Areas of treatment:
Hairline
Forehead
Upper lip
Nose
Under arms
Hands – painful treatment area
Feet – painful treatment area
The number of units required will vary depending on the area, this can range between 10 to 100 units. Patients will notice a significant reduction in sweat within 4weeks of the first treatment. The results can last up to 6months but individual results may vary.
Jean-Charles Neveu-Collins, clinical manager is an advocate for this treatment and he explains why “Having a muscle relaxant treatment to stop axillary (under arm) hyperhidrosis can help people with excessive sweating. Excessive sweating can make patients feel self conscious and embarrassed due to body odour and wet clothing. I personally experienced this treatment and I loved the fact that I did not have to apply deodorant! This treatment doesn’t have to be just for excessive sweaters, it can also address facial sweating on areas such as you nose, cheeks, forehead and upper lip. A light dosage of miso therapy will assist with the reduction of facial sweating”.
We briefly mentioned earlier that the hands and feet are a painful area to treat, JC explains further, “I have treated patients with numbing cream and ice but patients have still experienced pain. I would even recommend patients undergo this treatment under anaesthesia. This area is particular is painful due to the high number of sensory nerve terminals in our hands and feet which are a part of our touch sense. As painful as it is, the treatment is life changing and definitely worth the few minutes of pain”.
Note: other treatment areas mentioned are not painful. For those who are concerned, numbing cream and ice will ensure the patient feel no pain in these areas.
Injectable treatments are available from all three clinics, to book in a consultation:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
Click here to find out more about injectable treatments.
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Sleeping Beauty: Your Daily Night Time Routine

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Sleeping Beauty: Your Daily Night Time Routine

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How many hours of sleep do you get a night? We’re all aware of the importance of sleeping and this blog won’t be another source of guilt for you, don’t worry.

Whether or not you wear make up it is really important that you clean your skin, face and of course your body.

Whilst you’re sleeping, the cells in our body go into overdrive to help repair the damage done throughout the day. The blood vessels dilate and allow an increased flow of nutrients and oxygen to the skin, this helps stimulate the removal of toxic cellular products. Research has shown that the cells in our body regenerate faster whilst we are sleeping.

The cells will do this work whether or not we take care of the skin. But this is a great opportunity to feed them and assist them during this process to see optimal results the next day.

How ever many hours you’re sleeping, these are the vital steps you should be taking before you go to bed to ensure you’ve done the best you can for your skin!

Cleaning the skin: Face

Sleeping

  1. Establish a routine. Once you have a routine, it will be easier for you to follow on a daily basis.
  2. Invest in a cleansing product that’s right for your skin. Make an effort to double cleanse at the end of the day.
  3. Exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate your skin two to three times a week. Normal to oily skin, only two times a week required.
  4. Set aside sometime once a week to apply a mask “Incorporate a heated hand towel to help remove the scrub, the warmth from the towel opens the pores for better absorption of nutrients into the skin” Amy Cameron, Face Plus Medispa, skin and laser specialist.
  5. The final step is to tone the skin. Toning the skin shrinks the pores, picks up any final spots of dirt that may be remaining on the skin, balances the skin and prepares the skin for your eye cream and moisturiser.
  6. Sometime the order of application can get a little confusing but we’re here to clarify. Eye cream first then your preferred moisturiser. The eye cream and moisturiser you choose is really dependant on your skin type and what it needs.
  7. The above may seem like quite a lot to do before you go to sleep but a few steps can be completed as a part of your shower routine!

Cleaning the skin: Body

Sleeping
Your body usually tends to feel quite dry during the Winter months, outside of moisturising on a daily basis we recommend the following steps –

  1. Before you get into the shower, use a dry body brush to exfoliate your skin “Brush the skin with strokes, always in the direction of your heart. This technique is great for so many reasons including reduction of cellulite, blood circulation and of course skin regeneration” Kimberly Robinson, Face Plus Medispa, Advanced Dermal Therapist.
  2. Following your dry exfoliation hop into the shower and clean the skin using your preferred shower gel or body cleanser. Use a wash cloth that allows you to reach the back weather it be a long towel or a brush. A lot of “bacne” is due to excess dirt and skin build up that has not been removed.
  3. Once you’ve dried your body completely you body will be in need of some serious moisture. A lot of people forget that the skin on the body is waterproof, much like the leather couch you have in your lounge! Like your lounge, the skin on your body often needs an oil conditioning every now and then. “My favourite product is the Vitamin Function Oil by Dr Spiller. You can use this product everyday but you can also use it in conjunction with an oil based body cream, not shea butter or water based products!” Kimberly Robinson, Face Plus Medispa, Advanced Dermal Therapist.

When you finally rest that gorgeous face of yours on a pillow case, we hope it’s silk! We’ll share a blog about this soon.

If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes check out our top five tips to getting rid of dark circles fast (Click Here)

Product recommendations:

vitamin-oil-750x750

 

 

Dr Spiller, Vitamin Function Oil – $75 250ml

 

 

 

Want to know which products are right for you? Make an appointment with our dermal therapists –
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

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Hormones: Skin, Body & Soul

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Hormones: Skin, Body & Soul

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The endocrine system is one of the most important factors involved in the initiation of aging. The endocrine system is extremely important in women, producing and regulating the hormones. The production and regulation will decline and sometimes drastically with age.

Hormones are the chemical messengers that travel, via our blood, to every organ and tissue in our body, including the ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid glands. Thyroid and growth hormones are involved in many different functions such as growth, immune, reproductive and metabolic functions, and even hunger and stress.

Extrinsic aging, is brought on by external factors such as sun damage, lifestyle and free radicals, these cause deep wrinkles and photo damage, where as intrinsic skin aging impacts our body’s biological clock. Dryness, fine wrinkling and paleness is all a part of the skins natural aging process.

Our in house Naturopath/Nutritionist shares some additional insights –

“In my practice I have found that most women have similar complaints, and while the symptoms may vary, a common denominator exists: hormone imbalance. Hormonal imbalance tends to show up as women age, but factors relating to our modern world — environmental pollution, chemicals in our food, and synthetic estrogens in our products — leave women of all ages vulnerable to hormonal chaos.”

Here are some tell tale signs that your hormones need rebalancing:

  1. Feeling tired but jittery at the same time. Fluctuating cortisol levels tax your adrenals and put you on a roller coaster ride of feeling wound up but exhausted at the same time.
  2. Your libido has gone missing! For women, not wanting to get frisky is very often more than just a psychological problem; your hormones may be at play.
  3. Cravings. If you find yourself ravenous on a consistent basis, your hormones could be to blame.
  4. You can’t lose the weight. Your hormones are the girl boss when it comes to your metabolism. Stubborn excess weight that just won’t go away — no matter how many spin classes you’re doing — is often rooted in hormonal imbalance that causes fat storage, especially around the midsection.

While I recommend partnering with a doctor or Naturopath and ordering some basic tests, you can also start balancing your hormones naturally right now. Here are a few tips:

Hormones

  1. Sleep. There’s probably nothing that will help your hormones more than making quality sleep a priority. Bedtime should be a sacred ritual that calms and soothes you: Take a relaxing bath, turn off electronics at least two hours before you go to sleep and perhaps burn some soothing essential oils.
  2. Go gluten-free. Gluten intolerance is a very real problem that doesn’t just affect people with celiac disease. It’s been linked to estrogen imbalances, menstrual disorders and diminished ovarian reserve. I tell all of my patients to cut out or minimize gluten and opt for whole grains like brown rice or quinoa instead.
  1. Stress less. Stress is like pouring gasoline on an already roaring hormonal fire. It raises cortisol levels, taxes the adrenals and zaps you of energy, joy and a healthy libido. No more excuses — adopt a consistent practice of stress-busting activities: yoga, meditation, massage, walking in nature or whatever other activities mellow your mood.

Yvonne Culhane, Advanced Dermal Therapist shares some tips on caring for hormonal skin –
“Hormonal skin can be challenging to manage. I suggest booking a skin consultation with a skilled dermal therapist to assess your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment time. Treatments may vary as some may require medications in conjunction with professional treatments to control hormonal fluctuations”.

Yvonne’s top tips:

Hormones

  1.  Use a “Clarosonic brush” (Click Here) to ensure skin is being cleansed thoroughly. A double cleanse may be required
  2.  Using a light weight oil based moisturiser will ensure the skin doesn’t become more compromised with dehydration over stimulating the sebaceous gland secretions
  3.  Use a lactic and salicylic serum; this will assist in controlling the outbreaks and reduce the build up of oil present in the pores.

Product recommendations:
Brightening Serum

 

Ultraceuticals: Ultimate Brightening Serum – $155 30ml

 

 

MD Ultimate Refining Serum 30ML

 

Ultra MD: Refining A Serum – $155 30ml

 

 

kem-tri-mun-trung-ca-hieu-qua-nhat-cua-drspiller
Dr Spiller: Propolis Day Cream (Use this cream day and night) – $80 50ml

 

 


To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:

Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]

Make an Appointment with an advanced dermal therapist in your area:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

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Products

Probiotic Skin Refiner

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Probiotic Skin Refiner

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Probiotic Skin Refiner

An exfoliator, skin hydrator and collagen booster, is there any thing this product doesn’t do?

This revolutionary product is formulated using a combination of bio-fermented certified organic grains, seeds, grasses, fruits, algae, vegetables and herbs.

The AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) present in refiner breaks down the dead skin cells, assisting in improving cellular turnover as it refines the skin and a visible improvement of skin texture.

The lactic acid is the key ingredient that improves the natural moisturising factors present in the skin, whilst stimulating collagen production and promoting more hydrated, moisturised and plump complexion.

The two above ingredients combined can also lighten visible skin spots, alleviate roughness and reduce the appearance of ageing, fine lines and wrinkles in particular.

With continued use it has been shown to firm sagging skin and promote collagen growth in the deeper layers of the dermis.

The lactobacillus probiotics present strengthen the skin’s barriers system and boost the skin’s immune health.

The probiotic skin refiner can be used as a part of your daily beauty routine, morning and night. Using a cotton wool pad or gauze, apply on your skin, once you have cleansed. Following the application you can then apply your moisturiser.

“Following consistent use, you will see the skin has more clarity, appear less congested, visible supple texture and is a fantastic product for acne prone skin. The best part, make up goes more evenly!” Yvonne Culhane, Advanced Dermal Therapist, Face Plus Medispa

The Beauty Chef, Probiotic Skin Refiner is available from all three clinics:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

Probiotic Skin Refiner
100ml – $69.95

Click here to see our full range of The Beauty Chef products.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Treatment

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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Sweating is a very normal part of being a human and it’s healthy to sweat. The body has between 2million and 4millions sweat glands and when the body heats up these glands release sweat to help cool the body down.

Most of us can use an over the counter antiperspirant to avoid those unsightly sweat patches and some use a prescription antiperspirant. These products work by blocking the sweat ducts and this in turn reduces the amount of sweat that reaches the skin.

Muscle relaxants have widely been known for diminishing wrinkles and if you have read our recent blog (Click Here), we also use it to lift and shape the brows and other facial features. Believe it or not, it also helps with sweating! This treatment is often administered to excessive sweaters or those who choose to sweat less for a particular event like their wedding (nervous groom). Our celebrity clients seek this treatment for red-carpet events or if they need to be in front of hot studio lights, whilst filming or performing. We primarily prescribe this treatment to those who suffer from excessive sweating, where the sweating begins to interfere with their day to day activities and confidence.

giphy (1)

There are a few products available to treat the various areas of concern (listed below) but the most common would be Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, it is a neurotoxin protein that treats the hyperhidrosis by blocking a neurotransmitter that stimulates the sweat glands, paralysing them.

Areas of treatment:
Hairline
Forehead
Upper lip
Nose
Under arms
Hands – painful treatment area
Feet – painful treatment area

The number of units required will vary depending on the area, this can range between 10 to 100 units. Patients will notice a significant reduction in sweat within 4weeks of the first treatment. The results can last up to 6months but individual results may vary.

Jean-Charles Neveu-Collins, clinical manager is an advocate for this treatment and he explains why “Having a muscle relaxant treatment to stop axillary (under arm) hyperhidrosis can help people with excessive sweating. Excessive sweating can make patients feel self conscious and embarrassed due to body odour and wet clothing. I personally experienced this treatment and I loved the fact that I did not have to apply deodorant! This treatment doesn’t have to be just for excessive sweaters, it can also address facial sweating on areas such as you nose, cheeks, forehead and upper lip. A light dosage of miso therapy will assist with the reduction of facial sweating”.

We briefly mentioned earlier that the hands and feet are a painful area to treat, JC explains further, “I have treated patients with numbing cream and ice but patients have still experienced pain. I would even recommend patients undergo this treatment under anaesthesia. This area is particular is painful due to the high number of sensory nerve terminals in our hands and feet which are a part of our touch sense. As painful as it is, the treatment is life changing and definitely worth the few minutes of pain”.

Note: other treatment areas mentioned are not painful. For those who are concerned, numbing cream and ice will ensure the patient feel no pain in these areas.

Injectable treatments are available from all three clinics, to book in a consultation:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

Click here to find out more about injectable treatments.

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So Shady: Tips & Tricks for Everyday Contouring

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So Shady: Tips & Tricks for Everyday Contouring

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Contouring is a technique that has been long used on runway and photoshoot models, but in recent years YouTubers and celebrity make up artists have made the technique more user friendly and accessible.
What is it and how does it work?
By contouring the face you are enhancing the facial structure through make up, accentuating your natural features.
The contouring should not be noticeable, just a subtle definition should be visible.
You can create the appearance of higher cheekbones, slimmer nose and chin.
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Follow make up artist, Rowena Campbell from Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach and you’ll be contouring like a pro, in no time!
“Anything you want to push back or recede, use a darker shade than your skin tone e.g. bronzer, cream contour, foundation, powder.
Anything you want to bring forward or enhance, use a highlighting product e.g. liquid illuminator, highlighting powder, or lighter shades of concealer or foundation” says Rowena.
How to –

  • First apply your base, don’t forget cleanse, tone and moisturise.
  • Once you have applied your base, you’re ready to start contouring. Powders are easy to use but you can use a darker shade of foundation or concealer and blend it in depending on your preference and what product best suits the finish you like and your skin type.
  • For an everyday makeup look you can lightly apply a matte bronzer just under the cheekbones in the hollows of the cheeks moving up and back towards the ears. You can apply bronzer anywhere you want to shade and push back. Around the temples and top of the forehead, sides of the nose, chin and jaw line, it just depends on your face shape and how you wish to manipulate it.
  • Apply a blush on the apples of the cheeks and again moving back towards the hairline, just above where you have placed the bronzer.
  • And lastly, apply highlighter where you want to bring forward and catch the light. On the tops of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, the cupids bow.

“Remember that highlighter doesn’t always mean shimmery it can also mean just a lighter shade of your usual face makeup creating light and shade on the face” Rowena Campbell, make up artist.
 
Products we recommend:
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Curtis Collection, Baked Matte Bronzer: $50
 
 
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Curtis Collection, Baked Illuminating Bronzer: $50
 
 
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Curtis Collection, Blush: $30
 
 
Want to learn first hand contouring that’s right for you?
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Plump Up the Volume

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Plump Up the Volume: Natural Plumping Techniques 

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Who doesn’t want luscious plump skin?! Most anti-wrinkle creams containing collagen and elastin, but the fact is that these two ingredients are structurally too dense to readily enter our skin. Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. When you’re young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why young children have such lovely shiny hair and plump, smooth skin. It’s kinda like the cement, which holds everything together.
As you age collagen production declines and weakening of the skin occurs, this is when skin wrinkles, necks become saggy, lines form around eyes and mouth. Joy.
Never fear, nature provides us with tasty ways to help increase the collagen in our skin, so we have to know what nutrients our body really needs to do this. Here are a few pointers that will help you plump up your skin.
 
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Dark green vegetables : are an excellent examples of food containing collagen producing agents. Add dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, cabbage and kale to your diet every day. They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein. Rich in Vitamin C, regular consumption of kale, spinach, collards, and asparagus help to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and to utilise the protein effectively.
 
Avoid starchy foods and sugary substances: this helps reduce inflammation which interferes with the body’s natural collagen production processes.
 
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Beans: help your body produce a vital anti-ageing substance called hyaluronic acid. Aim for at least two tablespoons of beans each day – broad or butter beans make a great substitute for mashed potatoes, yummo.
 
Red fruits and vegetables: also are excellent sources to up the collagen content of foods in the diet. The presence of lycopenes in these types of foods helps to act as antioxidants, which in turn increases collagen production.
 
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Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables: are natural sources of collagen production. You should try to include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberries into your daily diet. Rose hips are one of the plants extract that can present a rich source of collagen. They contain a high level of vitamin C, which is good for the production of collagen.
 
Omega Acids: Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer and the higher your omega-3 intake the stronger that layer is, and the plumper your skin cells are – which helps disguise lines and wrinkles. Omega Acids also help to create an ideal environment for collagen production. Fish such as salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega fatty acids Vegan sources include spirulina, flaxseed oil, nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts.
Foods that are rich in sulphur: content are also important to collagen production. Among these are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, onions, shallots, garlic, leeks. Working in conjunction with the sulphur, vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A also aid in keeping collagen levels high. Try adding raw carrots and baked sweet potatoes to the diet for an extra boost.
 
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Green Tea Catechins: Catechins are the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory components of green tea. They have also been found to stimulate healthy maturing of collagen fibers and proper collagen fiber orientation in wound healing. A study in the “American Journal of Pathology” showed that green tea catechins can help your body to build collagen more effectively.
 
UV protection!!  Take it from me, I learned this one the hard way… A tan is NOT healthy. Yes, it makes us look like a slimmer and more exotic version of our pale selves, but the long term outcome is premature ageing. If you are not already on a proper sun care regimen, that should be your first priority. Studies have shown that sun protection is one of the most important ways in which you can combat ageing. Nuff said.
 
Cigarette smoke: like sun exposure, has also been shown to greatly degenerate collagen, and there is also evidence that improper and insufficient sleep has a negative effect on skin health.
Moral of the collagen story? Eat a nutritious diet, don’t smoke and embrace the snowflake.
 
To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
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