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Beauty

Sleeping Beauty: Your Daily Night Time Routine

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

  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

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:

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

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:

  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:

  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:

Ultraceuticals: Ultimate Brightening Serum – $155 30ml

Ultra MD: Refining A Serum – $155 30ml


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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Treatment

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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.

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.