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Beauty

What cream? Eye Cream and how to apply it

How to apply eye product correctly.

Aside from moisturising, applying eye cream should be one of the most important aspects of your skincare regime.

If you don’t read this full blog here are the top tips –

– Don’t be heavy handed, this is a very sensitive area. Use your ring finger as this muscle is generally the weakest of all fingers.

– Don’t use more than half a pea size of cream.

– Not all creams appropriate for the top and bottom of the eye, carefully read the instructions.

– Pop your eye cream in the fridge. This will assist puffiness and calm the area swiftly.

The details
You’ve heard it all before, the skin around the eyes are thinner, delicate and more fragile in comparison to other areas of the face.

The cream must be applied delicately in a sideways motion, being careful not to pull or rub this area.

The best finger to use to apply the cream is your ring finger; this finger has the weaker muscle.

We always get asked “What order should I be applying my creams?” The rule of thumb is to apply your eye cream first. This is because your eye cream is generally lighter than your other cream, apply lightest to heaviest.

The skin around your eye is like a sponge, be careful how much you use. Half a pea size is enough for both eyes top and bottom.

Not all eye creams are appropriate for both the top and bottom, we recommend the HydroPeptide, Eye Authority

When using the cream at night be especially careful not to apply too close to the eye itself, you do not want the cream to travel into the eye.

Finally, pop the eye cream into the fridge if you suffer from puffy eyes. The cool cream will help in calming the area right away.

Have a few other skin concerns or would like a full skin assessment?
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Wellness

Liquid Gold: Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has become one of the hottest multipurpose tonics.

We have in the past discussed it as a key ingredient in one of our favourite “The Beauty Chef” products, Probitoic Skin Refiner

The use of apple cider vinegar is vast, we have advised in the past it is a great tonic to use as a toner but also really great for acne sufferers.

It is also ingested to ease digestion, preventing in flu, ease nausea and heartburn and recently a study found two table spoons of apple cider vinegar right before bed lowered the blood sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes!

Taking it at different times of the day can have varying impacts. To aid with digestion one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar will assist with digestion and bloating, this should be consumed on an empty stomach and can be mixed with water. When drinking the vinegar in the morning it’s best to sip rather than sink it down in one hit!

For weight loss two teaspoons of vinegar should be consumed before and after meals, around 2 to 3 times a day. Apple cider vinegar contains antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps breakdown and remove unwanted fat from your body.

Buy raw organic! To obtain the key benefits this is one of the most important factors. Only the raw organic vinegar will contain the strand like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria.

If the vinegar appears clear this means it has been processed and you will not gain any benefits from consuming that vinegar.

Want a full meal plan with a nutritional plan tailored for you, recipes and supplements?

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Treatment

Deep in the streets: The B Peel

Zero down time and perfect for men and women.

Introducing one of our newest peels… The B (Beauty) Peel, by Alex Cosmetics.

Why is this facial perfect for men? Let us explain, a lot of our male patients are looking for a facial that makes them feel like it’s “doing something”, getting a really good exfoliation, clearing out the skin of the black heads and pimples but no down time!

They don’t want anyone to be able to tell they’ve had a peel to rejuvenate their skin. The B Peel ticks all of these boxes!

Why is this facial perfect for women? This facial is a photoshoot ready facial,  it will improve the skin complexion with out visible signs of peeling,  make up will go on smoother and you find yourself using less make up.

What exactly does it do?
Let’s be clear this is not a relaxing facial, this is a results driven facial but definitely not painful! This peel is a skin reviver, reducing wrinkles, sagging, pigmentation and even cellulite. The B Peel can treat various areas of the body outside of the face including the hands, neck and décolletage.

Patients will see a visible difference following one B Peel treatment but for optimum results a course of six treatments over a six week period is recommended for long term results.
Want to find out more about our facials? Read here

Book in a skin consultation with a Dermal and laser therapist at your nearest Face Plus Medispa clinic
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
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Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

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Beauty

Midas touch: Add a touch of gold

The Olympics are over for another four years but we are still feeling very patriotic! 

We have omitted the green and created a GOLD look for you. Not sure if gold is for you or not? Read our colour matching blog here

Follow Rowena Campbell’s instructions below and we’ll have you looking as good as gold!


How to:

1. Firstly put the primer as a base to smooth the skin for the foundation to be applied.

2. Find or mix the foundation shade that’s perfect for you, “it’s common the bottled shade not be an exact match just means mixing to get that perfect shade is very common!” Rowena Campbell, Face Plus Medispa Bondi Beach

3. “I always do brows next as it frames the eyes ready for eye makeup and often you’ll find with good brows you don’t need as much eye makeup”

Rowena Campbell, Face Plus Medispa Bondi Beach. The brow powder duo is easy to use and looks natural. Always brush through any brow product after you apply, it looks more natural and not as heavy.

4. “The illuminating bronzer is one of my absolute favourite products at the moment, it has a subtle shimmer, a bronzer and a peachy coloured blush all in one!! Perfect for a Summer glow on the cheeks”.

5. “A slick of the mineral velvet shadow in Golden Girl, line the top lash line with gel liner pencil in Golden Sand, a few coats of mascara and viola!”.
A gorgeous golden glow that looks fresh and is easy to do.

Products we recommend:
Curtis Collection, Baked Matte Bronzer: $50
Curtis Collection, AIRBRUSH FINISH – PORCELAIN  $59
Curtis Collection, MATTE PERFECTION – FAIR 101  $59
Curtis Collection, HYDRA PRIMER  $57

Curtis Collection, V GLOSS – GODDESS  $30
Curtis Collection, GLIDE ON GEL LINER PENCIL IN GOLDEN SAND  $33
Curtis Collection, ILLUMINATING BRONZER IN SUN GODDESS  $50
Curtis Collection, MINERAL VELVET SHADOW IN GOLDEN GIRL $27.50

Find more Victoria Curtis Collection products here

Looking for a mini make over? Make an appointment with our onsite make up artists Rowena or Caterina: 
Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077

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Wellness

Pristine Hydration: Water Solutions Part 2


Part two

Have you read Part One yet? Read here
With all the different types of water out there and all the hype that goes with each, it can be very easy to get confused about which types of water are really best for your health.

And, if you find yourself struggling with the environmental concerns of bottled water versus the dangerous chemicals in tap water, I understand. In this article I’ll aim to clear up some confusion and help you take control of your hydration.

Bottled Water?
I’m afraid I must be the bearer of some bad news: 40 percent of bottled water is bottled TAP WATER! Yes, you read correctly, which may or may not have received additional filtration.

Also, drinking from plastic bottles is not a good idea. Plastic bottles contain a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA, which is a synthetic hormone disruptor that has been linked to serious health problems.

Aside from the health risks, the devastating impact bottled water has had on our ecosystem is staggering!
Ideally, you want a filtration system that offers a variety of methods to remove different contaminants.

Most systems do not address a combination of organic, inorganic, sediment and metals.
Ionizers and Alkalisers
Engaic Healthy Kangen Water has a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 and is said to help your body balance the acidic effects of eating foods such as meat and eggs.

In my personal experience Kangen actually water tastes better! It’s soft and velvety, but with a mineral aftertaste. This alkaline water is ideal for drinking and cooking, comes out of one of the machines’ spigots, while acid water, which can be used for cleaning, comes out of another.

The degree of alkalinity is often adjustable which has its advantages. The machines have a built-in filter, which filters impurities just like any other water filter. Other benefits include uber hydration through the ‘micro clustered’ structure of the molecules, anti-oxidant free radical scavenging, support of wellness and longevity and it’s environmentally green.

Alkaline Water
Some people experience an initial “high” when they start drinking alkaline water. This can easily be attributed to detoxification, and the fact that they are likely just becoming better hydrated.

Increasing the alkalinity of our water has been shown to provide numerous health benefits due to the fact that disease can only survive in an acidic state.

The benefits of drinking alkaline water include; Slowing down the ageing process by removing toxins and acidic waste from the cells, enhanced physical energy, and improved mental clarity by hydrating your cells.

Mountain spring water is in ideal pH range. It is some of the healthiest water on the planet because it is ‘living water’. Living water, like ‘living food’ is in its raw, natural state the way nature intended.
There’s a great website called FindaSpring.com where you can find a natural spring in your area.

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many in the Sydney area but if you’re near the Blue Mountains there is a spring located north of Lawson.

Have I confused you yet?? ☺ Here’s how I manage my water intake.. I like to mix it up!!  At home we drink fresh spring water from the Barrington Tops, it’s naturally alkaline and tastes delish. I also use this water for herbal tea, cooking, presoaking grains and legumes, and of course Buckie the dog gets to enjoy this water too. We purchase this from Vital source 

At Face Plus Medispa we use the Kangen system which I love for it’s therapeutic  actions. If I’m on the fly and caught without my precious water bottle, I generally buy Alkalife.

Last option is Sydney tap water, which I avoid it but if given no other option, will drink rather than dehydrate.

In addition, Coconut Water and Vegetable Juicing add a little variety to my hydration. As I mentioned in a previous article, coconuts are an excellent source of fresh, pure water and electrolytes.

Coconuts are also rich in lauric acid, which is known for it’s immune-boosting as well as its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it’s an ideal choice when you’re sick. I drink a couple of coconuts each week, usually after a heavy workout. Another pure healthy water is vegetable juicing. I recommend buying pesticide-free, organic vegetables for optimal nutritional benefit.

Ultimately, water is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure that you are choosing the best possible water, avoiding dangerous plastics, and getting enough vital minerals. Happy hydrating peeps ☺

To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
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Product of the Week: Green Goddess Detox

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Product of the Week: Green Goddess Detox

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Summer is just around the corner and it’s time. The Edible Beauty: No. 1 Green Goddess Detox will ease you into detoxifying without having to suffer through a gruelling restrictive diet. During winter we all find it a little more difficult to wake up and often feel sluggish. The Green Goddess Detox is here to the rescue, it will have you feeling back on track whilst detoxifying and repairing.
The hand blended, Australian organic mix of botanical actives have proven therapeutic action:
St Mary’s Thistle has the unique ability to protect the liver. The compounds in St Mary’s thistle support healthy liver function and tissue integrity by supporting healthy cellular defences. It also aids in the elimination of toxin accumulation in the liver and in the support of hormonal processes in the body.
Schizandra is known as one of the most powerful “youth tonics” of all time and is prized by Asian cultures for its ability to prolong youth, increase stamina and prevent fatigue. Schizandra fruits or berries contain various lignans, compounds that stimulate the immune system, fight cancer cells, protect and regenerate the liver, and increase the body’s ability to handle stress.
Dandelion Root has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins, re-hydrating, and re-establishing the body’s electrolyte balance. The herb also acts as a diuretic, assisting the kidneys in clearing out waste, salt, and excess water. The dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, thereby slowing down the aging process
Other ingredients include: Jasmine green tea, ginger, lemon grass, apple pieces, lemon peel, chen po, spearmint, calendula and nettle
This herbal tea tastes delicious and has the added benefit of powerful cleansing actions.
Read here about how herbal tea can assist with dry skin
The Edible Beauty range is available from the following clinics:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
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Treatment

Let There be Light: LED Light Therapy

LED Light Therapy is one of the most effective, easy, relaxing ways to reverse the signs of aging.

We are often asked “how and why is it an anti-aging facial?”. This blog will hopefully answer your questions and help you understand the power of LED light therapy.

What is it?
LED light therapy is a non laser light source with a variety of anti-aging advantages and medical benefits. Like lying under a sun bed, a series of carefully positioned lights are placed across and over your face, approximately 3cm to 4cm away from the skin. The lights deliver a pure, optimised, narrowband of light to encourage the skins cellular response.

How does it work?
A 13minute to 20minute treatment time, the patient must not be wearing any make up or SPF protection on the face. The treatment itself is very relaxing, with no downtime.

The LED light targets the cells that are specifically responsible for the synthesis and repair of the skin’s supportive structures.
There are three light options available yellow, red and blue.

The different lights emit wavelengths that stimulate different cellular responses within the cell, repairing the skin’s supportive structure with patients seeing softer fine lines, visibly improved skin tone, and fullness.

The results are not temporary; patients will see continued improvements 4 to 6 months following a series of light treatments.
Photo: Omnilux Uk 
What does it do?

Yellow light: By stimulating the deeper skin tissue the yellow light leads to softened fine lines, improved skin tone and texture.

Red light: The cellular activity is stimulates increased blood flow, leading to increased tissue oxygenation and detoxification. The skin will appear clearer with less fine lines, plumper and hydrated.

Blue light: Specifically designed for acne, patients will see a reduction of inflamed lesions 8 to 16 weeks following their first treatment.
The blue light stimulates the bacteria responsible for the inflamed acne, neutralising them.

The light also works to target the sebaceous glands to create an environment that is inhabitable for the growth of acne.

The lights can be used in combination during your treatment regime. Your dermal therapist will explain the benefits of the combination if suitable for your treatment plan.

Suitable for?
The LED light therapy is suitable for all skin types, all ages and both men and women.

For those searching for a non invasive way to target fine lines, skin texture and various skin conditions, such as acne and mild cases of eczema and rosacea.

How often?
For optimum results patient will be prescribed between 8 to 16 treatments that must be completed 48hrs to 72hrs apart.

If you’re looking for more rejuvenation a normal facial can’t offer, but not quite ready for the more intrusive procedures. The LED light therapy is for you to enhance your skin, reduce fine lines, wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.
Click here to take advantage of LED light therapy special, available from all Face Plus Medispa clinics. 

Book in a skin consultation with a Dermal and laser therapist at your nearest Face Plus Medispa clinic:
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Cool or Warm: What Tones Suit You Best?


Have you ever thought about why certain colours suit you are make you look like a corpse?

It all comes down to your undertone, when the tone matches your skin surface and undertone perfectly, everything comes to life!

The whole concept of tones and undertones can be really confusing and we just try one a variety of colours and often hope for the best!

The surface skin tone is probably one of the easiest factors to determine, you can be ivory, light, tan, dark etc. Determining your undertone can be a little confusing as this us the colour underneath the surface of your skin.

The undertone is broken down into three “categories” –

Cool: Pink, red and blue undertones
Warm: Yellow, Peach and golden
Neutral: A mix of the above undertones

The surface skin tone does not determine your undertone, dark skin can often be a cool undertone and fair skin, warm.

Here are a few ways to determine what undertone you might be –

Your veins: Take a look at the colour of your veins. If they appear more blue, you have a cool undertone. If they have a greenish hue, you’re warm. If you’re veins appear more green this is due to the yellow skin tone and the blue veins, together creating a green appearance.

Jewellery: You’ve probably heard of this one before but silver and platinum metals suit people with undertones and those with warm tones will suite the golden shades. When wearing the metal that is appropriate for your skin tone you will appear more radiant, glowing and energised!

Basic neutrals: Pop on a t-shirt and see which suits you best. A Bright white or an Ivory/off white? If a bright white suits you best head for the cooler colours and if an off white or ivory suits you best go for the warms.

Eyes and hair: People with cool undertones usually have blue, grey, green and have blonde, brown and brown hair. Warm tones usually have brown, amber or hazel eyes and with strawberry blonde, red, brown or black hair.
Enough with the chit chat; you just want to know what to wear now, right?

Warm tones: yellow, orange, brown, yellow-greens, ivory and warm reds.

Cool tones: Green, blue, pink, purple, blue-greens, magenta and blue-reds
Face Plus Medispa do not offer a garment colour matching service but we do provide a make up/beauty colour matching service.

For a cosmetic consultation and in clinic treatment options call:
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Pristine Hydration: Water Solutions

Water Solutions Part one

With all the different types of water out there and all the hype that goes with each, it can be very easy to get confused about which types are really best for your health.

If you find yourself struggling with the environmental concerns of bottled versus the dangerous chemicals in tap water, I understand. In this article I’ll aim to clear up some confusion and help you take control of your hydration.
Toxins in our tap water.

Tap water is quite a controversial topic. We should be aware of the fact that our tap water is only monitored for 70 chemicals, whilst there are over 300 known chemicals that should be of concern.

These include ingredients in pharmaceutical medicines, caustic chemicals such as Lye and pesticides that find their way into our supply. Then there are the contaminants that find their way into your water after it has been treated.

Some of these include lead, copper and plastic residues, all of which can accumulate in the body and cause a host of serious health problems.

Perhaps two of the gravest concerns about tap water centre around heavy metals and the chlorine that is used to disinfect the water:  Heavy metals are known to cause a number of neurological and physical diseases.

High levels of chlorine are linked with a number of health issues, including miscarriages and birth defects. Note; boiling will not get rid of chlorine, it will potentially make it more toxic.

Water Flouridation is another hotly debated topic. Flouride has been added to Australian community water since the late 1950’s and remains today.

There are certain areas, such as Byron Bay, who have resisted this, but a majority of Australians drink fluoridated water every day.

It was introduced to help prevent dental caries, or tooth decay. Internationally, fluoridated water is a controversial issue and many European countries have totally rejected the use of fluoride, these include; Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. In fact less than 10 countries world wide fluoridate more than 50% of their supplies – so why do we have it here in Australia?

Hydroflurosilicic Acid
The fluoride added to our drinking water is not the naturally occurring calcium fluoride that is found in trace amounts in water from rivers and streams, it is in fact hydroflurosilicic acid.

This is a toxic waste by product sourced from organophosphate fertiliser plants in Victoria. The research relating to fluoride and dental has been done on calcium fluoride, while to my knowledge, no specific research has been done on the health effects and dental benefits of hydrofluorosilicic acid. As a corrosive substance it is also known to leech out heavy metals from older style pluming, adding to the environmental load we are exposed to.

This is of particular concern when it comes to children, who are at greater risk of the detrimental effects of heavy metals.
Let me lay down some hydration and filtration options for you:
Filtered Tap Water – Getting to the Gold
The most economical and environmentally sound choice you and your family can make is to purchase and install a filter for your home.

I recommend three different types of water filters, lets weigh the pros and cons of each:

1. Reverse Osmosis Filter
In addition to removing chlorine, inorganic, and organic contaminants, an RO filter will also remove about 80 percent of the fluoride and most DPBs. The major drawback is the expense of installing an RO filter as most need a plumber to get up and running.

2. Ion Exchange Filter
Ion exchange is designed to remove dissolved salts in the water, such as calcium. This system actually softens the water or exchanges natural-forming mineral ions with its own ions, thereby neutralizing their harmful effect of creating scale build-up.

3. Granular Carbon and Carbon Block Filters
Granular activated carbon is recognised as the best available technology for the removal of organic chemicals like herbicides, pesticides and industrial chemicals. However, one of the downfalls of granular carbon filters is that the loose material inside can channel–the water creates pathways through the carbon material, escaping filtering.

As you can see this is a topic that I am quite passionate about! It continues in “Pristine Hydration: Water solutions, Part two” Click here to read.

To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
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Product of the Week: Azulen Cream

The colour blue is associated with all things positive including, loyalty, strength and wisdom.

Blue is also known to have a calming effect on the psyche, much like our blue miracle cream by Dr Spiller, Azulen Cream.

The blue cream is a light weight cream that contains chamomile and grape seed oil to provide a soothing and calming relief immediately for sensitive and irritated skin. The Azulen Cream also works to help reduce dry and flaky skin.

The Azulen Cream is appropriate for all skin types and as mentioned above sensitive skin in particular. It’s perfect for our warm Australian climate and the constant sun exposure we experience. If the skin experiences irritation from exposure to the sun, this cream was made for you, it provides immediate relief whilst also soothing the skin.

The Azulen Cream is also very effective on skin with broken blood vessels and couperose (redness in skin caused by small dilated red blood cells) as it works to heal and protect the skin.

Active ingredients present in Azulen Cream:
Azulen: This ingredient is derived from chamomile and it sooths and works as an anti-inflammatory

Bisabolol: This ingredient is derived from chamomile and it sooths and works as an anti-inflammatory

Urea: A lack of urea in the skin leads to dryness and is one of the key ingredients that protect and heal the skin. Urea increases the skins moisture binding capacity, reduces cell division and loosens scales. The cream also improved the function of the skin’s own protection cover.

Grape seed oil: Containing a high content of linoleic acid (Vitamin F) this ingredient works to relieve rough and scaly skin.
Does it sound like a cream you need in your life? Book in with one of our dermal therapists for a thorough skin consultation.

The Dr Spiller range is available from all three clinics:
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Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

50ml – $82.00
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