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:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
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Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

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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:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
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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:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

50ml – $82.00
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The Mask: The Collagen Facial

From the age of 25 our skin starts to lose elasticity, firmness and fullness.

These factors can lead to sagging skin, lines and wrinkles. Environmental factors also impact the aging process or the breakdown of collagen such as UVA and UVB damage, smoking and free radical damage from pollutants.

Between the ages of 30 to 40 we really need to put in the work! Over the age of 50 and over 60, facials like the collagen facial, at home skin care and diet become increasingly important.

Check out our blog for natural plumping techniques (link- Click here to read more.).
An in clinic treatment we can’t recommend enough is the Collagen Facial!

This is one of our most luxurious anti-ageing facials we have available.

What does it do?
The supreme performance of the Collagen Fleece Mask will improve skin elasticity and restructure damaged skin.

How does it work?
We start by prepping the skin with a gentle cleanse and exfoliation, under steam. This super facial rebalances and rejuvenates the skins acid mantel. The facials active ingredients stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, naturally in the skin.

The high performance fleece mask containing collagen assists with the direct absorption of collagen directly into the skin.

Suitable for?
The Collagen facial is suitable for anyone wanting to rebuild the loss of collagen.
A not to be missed facial for anyone over the age of 50.
This facial is also great for sensitive skin.

How often?
For optimum results this facial should be performed at least once a month. This is treatment is particularly beneficial for anyone over the age of 50!

Book in a skin consultation with a Dermal and laser therapist at your nearest Face Plus Medispa clinic – 
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

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