Advanced: Smart care

Take extra care of your skin when you hit your fifties.

Mature skin is not only more fragile, it is physically less sensitive, therefore, more vulnerable to bruising, tearing and free radicals.

If you take our advice there is no reason why we can’t have your skin looking clear and healthy.

Monthly in clinic treatments area a must, check out your treatment options here
At any age we need to be smart about our care but mature skin but you should have a clear skincare regime down pat.

Your routine should in the following:
Sunscreen: read why and what here

Moisturiser: Day and night, we recommend this one
Cleanser: Go for a milk cleanser, this will not only moisturise but it won’t strip the skin of the oil you need

Toner: Find a good one! It will replenish your skin barrier following a cleanse and prep your skin for makeup application.
Serum: Serums can provide the additional oils and nutrients you need in the skin.

Lastly, a mask! Masks are commonly added to a regime to target specific concerns but in your fifties masks can be added to your weekly beauty routine.

We recommend the Purifying Mask by HydroPeptide, $135

Appropriate for all skin types this mask is made for aging, dehydrated and sensitive skin, all things you will agree you need to target in your 50’s.

The mask will instantly create a more youthful radiant glow, extract impurities and minimise the appearance of pores as purifying clays, peptides and hyaluronic acid lift, firm and hydrate the skin.

Key ingredients –
6 Peptides: Improves the collagen and elastin, reduces collagen breakdown restores collagen organisation, improves hydration and reduces repetitive muscle contractions.

Your fine lines and wrinkles will appear reduced, instead you will see your skin lift and hydrate.

Enzymes + Sugar Extracts: Digest dead skin cells and increase the skin cell turnover, you know how important this is right? The is promote smoother, brighter skin and allowing for active ingredient penetration.

Kaolin + Bentonite Clay: Controls excess oil and extracts impurities. This will leave you with a purified and clear complexion.

Green tea, caffeine, Coenzyme A + Bupleurum Falcatum Root: For those of you playing at home, Falcatum Root is a Chinese root. These ingredients actively destroy free radical’s ad acts as an anti-inflammatory while also stimulating and purifying the skin. The signing of aging will be delayed whilst lifting and firming the skin.

Yes, one product does all of this and all you need to do is apply a thin layer to a clean face and remove with a warm damp cloth or just warm water after 10 to 20 minutes.

What are you waiting for?

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Fight back: Rebuild

Fifty and onwards the key change that happens is dryness.

Other changes to your skin will have become visible from your late 20 to 30’s.
Prior to penning all blogs, serious research is conducted to ensure we share as much information as possible to ensure we have properly educated you and you walk away knowing you’ve learnt something.

During our research, we discovered things a lot of people may not know.
Back to our first point, dryness in your 50’s, which isn’t just limited to skin, it’s your hair and let’s get real here, your private parts too.

This is all due to menopause. Many prepare for the hot flushed and night sweats but you may not know that falling estrogen levels can also affect the health of your skin and hair, leading to dry, flaky skin and lack lustre hair.

Estrogen is what keeps everything hydrated, plump and looking young. It is when estrogen levels begin to drop the skin becomes more wrinkles and dry and in some cases itchy. After menopause, oil glands in the skin shrink and less oil is secreted.

We don’t have a quick fix for menopause but we do have some great treatments to help you fight back and protect your skin.

The Gravity Defying Facial, $280 (Dr Spiller)
This treatment is an effective method for vitality and resilience, the skin is intensively hydrated and the connective tissue is tightened. For radiant, smooth and firmer complexion.

The Oxygen Glow Facial, $195 (Dr Spiller)
An oxygenating facial for skin with an impaired cellular function needing oxygenation. Includes a special mask preparation to soothe irritated, strained skins and boost the natural radiance of your skin, this facial is idea for environmentally irritated, strained and sensitive skin to reinforce the skin’s immune system. This steady supply of oxygen helps strengthen the skins functions.

Plumping Collagen Facial, $195 (Dr Spiller)
The collagen facial contains a collagen fleece mask, the supreme performance mask will improve the elasticity, restructure damaged skins, smooth lines and wrinkles, soothe and hydrate. A perfect facial is you are looking for incredible and immediate results.
You can read more about the treatment here

Anti-Wrinkle Facial, $165 (HydroPeptide)
The Anti-Wrinkle facial is a relaxing “no downtime” treatment that infuses the skin with the rejuvenating and uplifting benefits of 17 peptides and proteins.
The treatment will promote healthy skin renewal and brightness.

Whilst nourishing with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants work to protect the skin. Following just one treatment patients will see expression lines appear relaxed, skin is glowing, texture is smoother and skin is plumped.

As you can see there are many options to treat the skin to bring back to youthful glow and volume.
Check out some of the treatments we have recommended for the forty-something year old here

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How to: Look good in your 50’s


“The young man knows therules, but the old an knows the exceptions”- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Some of these tips you’re going to read and think I’m too old, it’s too late or I just can’t be bothered.

Not only will they will make you look great but also FEEL great!
1. Look into getting your brows feather tattooed. There are so many wonderful options out there.

Make sure you go to someone with great reviews and scroll through all of their before and after images.
Read about the importance of brows here
If you decide to move forward with them here are some tips for care

2. Another great one is… Lash extensions. It’s not permanent, give it a go and see what you think.

3. Opt for a liquid foundation, powder will dry out the skin. If you haven’t already, try a BB or CC cream this might be a great option for you. We carry some wonderful Australian options, check them out here:
Jane Iredale
Victoria Curtis

4. If your skin is looking a little tired and you need an extra boost, try a gel bronzer to warm and energise your face.

5. Apply a good lip balm before lipstick. This will stop it from drying out and will make your lips look softer and plumper.

6. If you find that you have extra dry skin you might like to invest in a humidifier.

7. Keep teethe nice and white! Yellow ones will give you the appearance of looking unhealthy.

8. Treat yourself to a manicure and select a deeper shade, your hands will appear more youthful.

If your hands are giving away your age due to sun damage or lack of love and care you might like to try our “Goodbye Aging Hands” package:

9. In the end it all comes down to great skin! Read out treatment and product recommendations via the links provided.

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Golden Jubilee: Fit and fifty

Welcome to your fifties beautiful.

Not only are you wiser than your twenties, but chances are you are stronger and more beautiful than ever before.Then why don’t you feel like it?

For women reaching middle-age, hormones play a huge role. Menopause is a biggie (and not something often spoken about). Emotions run on haywire.

If you have children, they have most likely grown up, leaving you and your partner (if you have one) as empty nesters.

Like any age bracket, there are the challenges that come with it – but also the opportunities. Fifty is a remarkable time to reclaim life as your OWN. At the risk of stereotyping, chances are if you are a female reaching 50, you have spent the good part of half of your life putting everyone before yourself – children, partners, friends, parents.

NOW is the time for you to reclaim your health, conquer your passions and really start living for you.Here are some simple ways to kick arse as a fifty-year-old:

Know your hormones
Chances are if menopause hasn’t yet hit, you will be going through the motions soon. Be sure to engage the help of a health care team – this could consist of your GP, a trusted gynaecologist and a naturopath.

Remember support IS available and invaluable during this time. If emotions feel overwhelming – share them with a psychologist, therapist or even girlfriends going through a similar time.

Remember this is all normal and you will be okay. Take ownership of what is going on with your body and you will have a much easier time hormonally.

Re-engage with hobbies that bring you joy
Hobbies aren’t just for the kids. As we age, we lose sight of doing things just for fun. What did you used to enjoy doing when you were younger? Was it dancing? Did you play a musical instrument?

Maybe there is a language you have always wanted to learn, or you want to hone in on your cooking skills? Whatever that desire is, NOW is the time to sign up to classes and invest in your passion. State of flow activities like these have a remarkable effect on your emotional wellbeing, resulting in an increase in happiness and joy. And who doesn’t want more of that in their lives?

And no, this doesn’t mean you have to sign up to a boot camp or engage in any activity that you resent. In fact, I would advise NOT to do any of that. Find a form of exercise that you truly look forward to.

Maybe it is a nature walk once a week with your partner or friends. Maybe it is a yoga class or a gym membership or an indoor netball team.

Whatever it may be, keeping your body active and fit has a remarkable effect not only on your physical health (obviously) but your mental state too.

Sleep can become really impacted as you go through the motions of menopause (hot flushes anyone?) There are some wonderful herbal teas and supplements available that your naturopath will be able to recommend you to support this.

Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep – use lavender essential oils, dim lighting with candles, and read your favourite book before shut eye (no scrolling on your phone in bed!) And obviously invest in a bedside table fan if the hot flushes get too much!

Have you worked out a sleep routine? Read some of our tips here
While you’re there read our tips for a morning routine here

What is your favourite part of being 50?

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Care and Repair: 40 the new 20!

“Life begins at Forty”- W.B. Pitkin

At 40 it isn’t too late to try some of the treatments we have recommended for the 30 somethings, read more here

It is true, you do start to see a change when you hit 40 but don’t be afraid.

Most of our patients in their 40’s complain about the appearance of their neck and hands.

Let’s start with the neck and other areas of loose skin.
There are a number of treatments that can work to tighten and rejuvenate this area.

Firstly, PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are a great alternative for those who are not looking to do inject any “foreign products” into their body.
PRP has been used in the medical industry for a long time and is now an incredible tool we use in our Face Plus Medispa clinic for cosmetic rejuvenation.

Extracted from your blood, platelets have many functions and contain growth factors that, when secreted are responsible for tissue regeneration and most importantly increasing collagen production. You can read about the extraction and treatment process here

Following a PRP treatment people patients will discover their skin is plumper, bounces back a little faster and is lifted. A total of 3 treatments are recommended for optimal results. Most of our patients see results following just one treatment.

We often combine PRP with other facials and lasers to achieve phenomenal, lasting results. PRP is effective but not for everyone. Another option that many of our 40 plus patients opt for is “Sculptra”, if you follow our blogs you may have read about this treatment in our

Mother of the Bride series. Sculptra us an injectable collagen stimulator that encourages your body to gradually rebuild its own collagen that has been lost over time.

This is a treatment perfect for those looking for gradual, long lasting results to freshen their look in a holistic comprehensive manner.
You can read more about the treatment here

In your forties, it is not too late to start treating pigmentation. Read some of our treatment options for 30-somethings here, there are some tips of pigmentation you may find interesting

If you are lucky enough to have great “springy” and “plump” skin, all you need is a monthly facial to help it along the way. We recommend this as when you hit 40 your lymphatic system begins to slow.

Lymphatic drainage is how your body removes toxins from your body and the lymph gland break down often resulting in puffiness around your eyes and cheeks. A monthly facial will assist in the drainage process, facial such as a Plumping Collagen Facial is perfect option, read more about the treatment here
The Plumping collagen Facial is also great for that extra boost of moisture needed with the dramatic reduction in sebum production and oestrogen.

Rich and nourishing is what you are looking for to best care for you skin, you can read our product recommendations for your forties here

Following the below links for other non-intrusive treatments perfect for the 40’s:
LED Light Therapy
Laser Genesis
Titan, skin tightening laser

For a skin and/or cosmetic consultation:
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Absorption: Oil based creams

Have you ever compared your skin from areas of the body that have been protected from the environment?

If you compare your skin on your face, neck and hands to other areas of the body you might just see a difference. Unfortunately, there are no magical products or treatments out there that will make you look as you did in your teens again.

But there are quite a few that can visibly improve the way your skin looks and feels. We love the Dr Spiller and HydroPeptide range and their philosophies, you can read more about HydroPeptide here 

The Dr Spiller range is truly unique due to its HY-TEC emulsion system. Most skin care is either water or oil based but Dr Spiller in neither in that it is water in oil emulsion, something the clever founder, Dr Horst Spiller formulated!

Dr Spiller developed a technology that allows him to produce super light oil based creams that apply like a water based cream with the advantages of a long-lasting hydration and superior delivery of an oil based cream.

As you age you will find that your skin becomes drier and requires more moisture. The Dr Spiller creams replenish and reinforce the skins natural protection against moisture loss. The hydration will last all day long, trust us it works! That middle of the day dryness, won’t happen. You will find that water based creams are no longer appropriate for aging skin, they evaporate too quickly, leaving you skin dry.

The Dr Spiller range contains natural or nature-identical ingredients that perfectly mimic the natural mechanism of the skin.
The range is gentle on the skin excluding fruit acids, AHAs and glycolic acids.

The products are formulated to effectively cleanse the skin without stripping away the natural oils present. As we age, the more we can do to maintain the oils on our skin the better!

When we begin to produce less sebum the protective outer coating of the skin makes us more vulnerable to environmental conditions such as pollution and other free radicals.

Here are some of our favourite Dr Spiller products for aging skin:
Care and Repair mask, $131

You can read more about the product here
Collagen Cream, $126

You can read more about the product here
Hydro-Marin Cream, $251

You can read more about the product here

For a thorough skin consultation:
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Beauty: How to: Look good in your 40’s

It’s not Forty it’s Thirty-Ten!

J Lo, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner and Sandra Bullock are all in their 40’s and looking great! Check out our treatment options for you, read more here

When you read articles about some of the mentioned celebs they are pretty consistent when it comes to their beauty and health regime, we think they might just be on the right track!

1. Invest in some great products for your skin and body. Read a few product options appropriate for 40 somethings here

2. Invest some time and money into the right make up for you and your skin. Pick up some tips from a makeup artist so that you can create an everyday look that emphasises your features. Invest in some bright colours and find the perfect red lippy for your tone, read more here

3. Quit smoking and sugar! Refined sugar draws precious minerals from the body and deteriorates skin health due to its collagen damaging effects.

4. We know you’re going to love this one. Drink one glass of red a day, preferably a cabernet sauvignon as it contains the highest concentration of antioxidants with a lot of anti-ageing qualities. But no more than a glass as that can have negative inflammatory effects.

5. Exercise daily and keep those aches and pains at bay. But most importantly make sure you are taking care of your back and feet when you do exercise.

6. Sort your brows out! Hair volume is a sign of youth and brows thin as we age. Use a powder to keep brows looking at their natural fullness.

7. We’re not telling you to crash diet here but do a cleanse every now and then. This will assist with your digestion, bloating and make your skin glow.

8. Keep an eye on your teeth. As you get older, teeth become more porous and prone to discolouring.

9. Go get a bra fitting and find yourself a really good bra. Don’t forget a really supportive sports bra is vital.

10. Get your beauty sleep. Read some of our wellness tips HERE

That’s it, our top ten tips. There are so many more tips but we don’t want to overwhelm you.

We have created lists for the other age groups that also still apply to you, read more via the supplied links:
How to look good in your 20’s
How to look good in your  30’s

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Awesome foursome: Feelin’ Forty

Hello to 40!

Welcome to your forties! An age synonymous with family life (juggling children, a partner and/or extended family and ageing parents), career developments (really making a name for yourself) and sometimes, when the off-chance arises, finding even a glimmer of hope to look after yourself.

Okay, who am I kidding, juggling all of these things is HARD WORK. Is it really possible to “have it all” in your forties? Chances are, especially if you have children to look after, and a partner to support (be it financially, emotionally, romantically or all of the above) somewhere along the way you have forgotten to look after yourself. And how can you POSSIBLY put yourself first and up your self-love when you have mouths to feed, soccer practice to attend, and a job to maintain?!

Too often we get caught up in the tick-boxes of life, moving from one thing to the next, and hardly taking a breath for ourselves, until it is too late. We become bitter or disappointed or, worst of all, unwell, because we have been second best after all these years.

Jada Smith NAILS it in this YouTube clip:

In order to be the BEST wife and mother, you must be the best version of you. And to be the best version of you, it is your RESPONSIBILITY to put yourself first. To really look after yourself, to love yourself enough to feel completely worthy of your own love. (Not to mention the beautiful example this leaves for your children.) Tips of self-love can be found here

Here are some quick and simple ways to start putting you first:
Keep one week night free
Pick one night a week that is your time to do whatever you feel like. This might be an early night in bed with a cup of tea, or perhaps it’s dinner out with your friends.

Whatever it is, ensure it is the same night each week – so it becomes a habit and something you truly look forward to. If you have children, ask your partner or a family member to look after them. If this isn’t possible, incorporate them into your evening – have a dinner in with friends, or read a book with a tea while your children to their homework. There will

ALWAYS be obstacles and opportunities – if you say “I can’t” then you are right. Start to look for the opportunities and notice the space you have in your week for you-time.

Treat yourself
Too often we wait for ‘reasons’ to treat ourselves to a manicure or a bubble bath. Start to treat yourself just because! Run yourself a bath with candles and oils on a Saturday night while hubby is with the kids.

Book yourself in for a facial or massage for no other reason than it is going to make you FEEL good – and because you deserve it!
Here are some treatments you could consider in your forties 

Start a journaling practice
Journaling allows us to get out of our mind and onto the page, tapping into our emotions at a soul level we sometimes dismiss. Before you close your eyes at night, write a quick reflection of your day. Get it all out onto the page – your stresses, your emotions, your gratitude’s – everything. Start to connect with how you are truly feeling, so you can make the appropriate changes to really look after yourself.

Practice presence
When we are caught up in the motions of life, we find ourselves in auto-pilot – rushing from one thing onto the next, with barely any breathing room. Start to notice the gaps in your day that can really bring you back to the present moment.

It may be practicing deep belly breaths while waiting at a red light. Maybe it is walking a lap of the oval while your children train for sport. It could even be pumping up your favourite music while cooking dinner for your family. Start to notice ways you can make little moments more enjoyable for you, to really BE in the moment, enjoying the littlest things.

How do you manage your own wellbeing while juggling family and a career?

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Never say never: Is it time to consider these treatments?

Once you get over the fact that you’re in your 30’s, being 30-something is pretty amazing.

The aging process for most becomes quite visible in your 30’s and we believe that you should be armed with all of the right information before you begin to consider more targeted treatments.

Before we delve into the treatments, you should be doing everything you can to help boost and rebuild your skin. We can’t recommend the HydroPeptide range enough! You can read about the range HERE

At the age of 30 you may begin to see some spots appearing on the skin, maybe on your face, neck, décolletage or even your hands?

These age spots will make you appear older. There are so many reasons why these blemishes form but your 30’s are a great time to start removing and further preventing.

The removal process can vary depending on the location and severity of the pigmentation. We can offer a number of homecare options, read more HERE or we can go down the laser route to permanently remove them from the skin. The laser is called IPL, read more HERE

As you can see from our before and after images it is a highly effective treatment that does change the appearance of your skin quite dramatically.

You’re probably wondering if it hurts? On a scale of 1 to 10 we would say it’s a 5, no pain no gain, right?

When treating pigmentation, sunscreen and moisturisation is vital and those who move forward with a laser treatment must be more attentive to maintain their spotless skin.

Facials and in clinic treatments become increasingly more important in your 30’s. Make sure your treatments are tailored, effective and results driven.

We mentioned this in our 20’s skincare blog but often in your 20’s you go into panic mode and “overdo it”, causing damage to the skin.
30-somethings are traumatised by this experience, make the decision to stop everything and believe they have “sensitive” skin. Doing nothing is not an option if you want to slow down the aging process.

Prior to performing any facial, all new Face Plus Medispa patients will undergo a thorough skin consultation, read more about the process HERE  

Make sure you are using the right homecare! You need the basics:
Moisturisers (some need a day & night)
Cleanser (Two kinds, one is for everyday use and another to exfoliate)

During your skin consultation, your Dermal therapist may recommend additional serums, oils and masks.

At Face Plus Medispa we have been seeing a number of adult acne cases. There are many treatment options for this but it’s important to understand why this is occurring, read more HERE

Options for adult acne are endless and a tailored treatment will be created to target your specific needs. Treatments can range from Peels to LED light therapy. 

Let’s discuss INJECTABLES! Often a controversial treatment
Injectables are not for everyone but if prescribed correctly it is a wonderful antiaging treatment.
Anti-wrinkles/muscle relaxants/ Botox/Dysport are all used to remove fine lines and wrinkles, lift or drop areas of the face. To gain a better understanding of how anti-wrinkle injections work, watch this video of Face Plus Medispa’s founder, Dr William Mooney discussing Botox

Of course, lessening the visible signs of fine lines and wrinkles are the most popular use for muscle relaxants in our clinic but we have recently seen a very large interest in clients wanting lift their brows and eyes, much like the 34-year-old, female patient in the above video.

The brows and eyelids dropping are a very natural part of aging. You can read more about lifting treatment HERE

Fillers, often when people imagine what fillers will look like they immediately think of “Kylie Jenner” lips, this needs to stop! There are so many fillers available on the market for a variety of concerns, read more HERE
Fillers are not exclusive to lips, read HERE

As you can see there are many options for the 30-something year old. The first step is to seek a consultation to best target your concerns.

Read about our consultation process via these links:

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Barrier: Sun block

Sunscreen use should be a part of everyone’s daily routine.

We have in the past completed a blog on the various types of sunscreen Face Plus Medispa offer and which might be appropriate for your skin type, read HERE

Be prepared, we are going to lecture you a little in this blog! By the end, you should have a pretty good understanding of what the sun is capable of and you’ll be reaching for that sunscreen 24/7.

Australia has one of highest rates of skin cancer. Anyone can develop skin cancer and the risks are even higher as you get older.

We do need a little vitamin D to keep our bones and muscles in tip top shape but the skin can burn from just 15 minutes of exposure!
Majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by the exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.

The sun emits three varying kinds of UV radiation: UVA, UVB & UVC. UVC rays are filtered by the ozone, 10% of UVB and 95% of UVA rays reach the surface of the earth.

The sun is largely responsible for the vast majority of visible aging. In a study performed by the L’Oreal Reach and Innovation center, Paris in 2013 they found that UV rays accounted for 80% of skin ageing. Long term UV exposure leads to pigmentation, reduced elasticity and impact the texture of the skin.

Those who had sun damage were found to appear older than their age. In your 20’s you’re carefree and love that sun kissed look. The time to repair the damage done is in your 30’s.

Of all the sun protection products, we highly recommend the HydroPeptide, Solar Defense product, especially if you are over the age of 30.

HydroPeptide, Solar Defense: Anti-Wrinkle, SPF 30: $69, 50ml

This award winning broad spectrum tinted moisturiser is perfect for most skin types including sensitive skin to acne skin and of course aging skin.

Benefits of the key ingredients –
Moisture binding Peptides: Reactive the epidermal lipids allowing for improved long lasting, hydrated skin without the shine.

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Dioxide: Calms the skin whilst physically protecting from UVA and UVB damage.

Acai, Green Tea and Aloe: Are powerful antioxidants that soothe and protect the skin from free radicals. This is one of the key ingredients that delay the signs of aging.

Galanga: A medicinal root that provides antibacterial properties, it kills acne bacteria and protects the skin against UV rays.
Sun screen must be applied more than once a day and during all four seasons.

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