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Bare back: Bacne treatment

Acne anywhere on the body can be tough.

The face is a common area that we discuss but our Medispa does have a “Plus” on the end of it and this blog is going to talk acne on other areas of the body.

Living in Australia and having acne anywhere on the body is tough.

We have a big beach culture and many love to enjoy being out in the sun. BUT if have acne on your body this can be difficult. Not only can it be painful, you might lack confidence and have some visibly scarring.

Face Plus Medispa offer a number of treatments to target acne and a number of conditions that result from having acne on your body.
View all of the treatment options here.

The key treatment that has worked for our clients is the Blue, LED Light Therapy treatment. The treatment takes a total of 16 to 20 minutes and after just 6 treatments results should be visible.

The blue light works on acne as this particular light was designed specifically to treat acne. Read more about the technology behind the blue light here. 

A few questions that might be running through your head:

Does it hurt? No, it doesn’t hurt. It’s actually very relaxing and pain free. Most of our patients take a power nap during the treatment.

How long does it take? The light itself is placed over the areas that requires treatment for 16 to 20 minutes. The time difference is due to the machines we have at clinics. The entire treatment process may take longer as we need to clean the area prior to treatment.

How many treatments do I need? Depending on your acne we generally advise 6 treatments to start. Majority of our patients see a change following 6 treatments and only need to return every now and then to keep on top of the bacteria.

Clients are encouraged to have a light every second day and within a two-week period you should have completed all of your light treatments.

How much? If you are buying just one light it is $100. If you purchase a package of 6 lights they come down to $80 each.

But does it work? There have been a number of clinical trials performed on acne patients and we know that it works for ours.

The first step is to have a consultation with one of our experienced dermal therapists and they will be able to provide you with a clear treatment plan that may include these lights.
You can read about our consultation process here.

Ready to treat your acne? Book a consultation with one of our expert team members: 
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]

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Sun Fun: SunActive by Ultraceuticals

The sun is shining and it’s time to get serious about sun protection.

A lot of you are making the time to have some fun in the sun and it’s important to make some time for protection too.
Despite what some people may say, sunscreen does not pose a risk to your health.

You take a greater risk when you choose not to wear a sunscreen.

The sun’s UV is the major cause of skin cancer and it has nothing to do with how hot the sun gets. For some more sun damage stats check out this blog.

The SunActive product features complete UVA & UVB spectrum ingredients to provide a super high sun protection with 4 hours resistance, antioxidant protection and touch-dry technology for a shine-free velvet finish.
SunActive, Ultraceuticals, $49

The SunActive contains the latest innovation in complete spectrum sunscreen ingredients. These ingredients absorb UV rays across the entire spectrum of UVA & UVB.

Complete spectrum sunscreen ingredients protect across the entire UVA spectrum up to 400nm.

It also contains a powerful antioxidant complex to help provide additional environment protection. Studies have shown that some of these ingredients such as caffeine and ferulic acid are helpful in protecting against UVR induced skin damage 2,3,4.

The SunActive SPF 50+ Face & Body Lotion is perfect for all skin types and has been designed for an active lifestyle.
The touch dry technology allows for fast absorption, shine free and velvet finish.

Regular use may assist in preventing solar keratosis, sun spots and reducing the risk of some skin cancers.
The SunActive sunscreen is available across all Face Plus Medispa clinics.
For tips on when, how and other sunscreen product check out this blog.

For a thorough skin consultation:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]

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Beauty

Centre stage: Highlight your features

Let’s talk about facial features.

We all have our favourite features and would love for them to shine above other features that you might not love as much.

Perfect skin: If you’ve been a Face Plus Medispa client then you should have near perfect skin without the need of makeup, right? If that’s the case, keep the skin simple. Use a good moisturiser, SPF if it’s during the day and a good BB cream without any nasty ingredients, you want to maintain that delicious complexion!

The windows to your soul: To let your eyes shine apply a black pencil or gel liner into the water lines between the water line and between the lashes. This technique created definition and makes the eyes POP!

Dotting a shimmery highlighter or eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eyes right by the tear ducts makes them look larger and brighter.
focus your mascara on the outer lashes to emphasize a wide, doe eyed appearance.
Side note: If you wear glasses make sure you try on a few pairs and take selfies! Flick through and see which glasses are most flattering for your features and best suit your personality. You might also like to select seasonal, day and night glasses too!

Brow down: Brows are an important feature for all. Find our simple four steps to perfect brows here.
Oh you cheeky: Sharp and defined cheekbones start with highlighter. Place a small amount of highlighter on the highest point of your cheekbone and brushing up towards your temple.

Keep em lush: The best way to highlight your lips without adding colour is by just adding a touch of highlighter to your cupid’s bow, the small V in the centre of your top lip.
For others, it’s about creating the look of higher cheekbones, luscious lips and slimmer jawline. Thanks to contouring this is all possible, check our tips on contouring here.

Contouring is amazing and we can thank Mario & Kim for enlightening us BUT Kim (Kardashian) also takes advantage of non-surgical and surgical options.

Read our blogs on these options here:
Define and plump cheekbones, read here.
Various injectable options including slimming jawlines can be found here.
Safe non-surgical browlift can be found here.

For a cosmetic consultation or colour match session with one of our experienced team members call: 
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]

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Bare: Love it all

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Bare: Love it all

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If there is one thing in the world I am most passionate about, it would be the power of self love  and how, in learning simple acts of kindness for yourself, you are able to give back tenfold to the people in your life.
There is an unfounded notion that to cultivate self love means acts of ‘selfishness’. That the two are synonymous when, in fact, they couldn’t be MORE different if they tried to be.
But I get it. I used to be that person myself.
I learned from the role models in my life that in order to be a ‘good’ and kind person, I should put every single person in my life first – hell, even my dog came before myself.
This created a vicious cycle of saying yes to things I wasn’t truly invested in, spending time with people who were draining and toxic to my energy, and even participating it outings/events/social occasions when all I truly wanted to be doing was resting on the couch.
After years of putting every person in my life before myself, my body gave out from underneath me. Literally. It was like it was saying – look Hollie, we know you aren’t going to listen to us, so we are going to make it IMPOSSIBLE for you to do anything. Not even the stuff you really WANT to be doing.
My diagnosis with adrenal fatigue (read: severe burnout) lead to me becoming the person I never wanted to be. I missed best friend’s birthdays. I had to nap in the office at work to get through each day. I was no longer allowed to train at the gym. I couldn’t support my partner, or see my family or friends, because just the act of getting off the couch was too much to bear. I became a burden. And it was totally avoidable.
The irony was, one of the key reasons I had gotten to this place was a desire to not appear selfish – to not put myself first. In not putting myself first – my health, both mental and physical – deteriorated rapidly, and I was no good to anyone in my life.
When I speak to mother’s especially about self love, it is like they cannot comprehend how looking after themselves first and foremost, could possibly impact their children in a positive way.
It is EVERYTHING.
A burned out, stressed and sick mother is no good to anyone – not their children, not their partner, not their friends and definitely not themselves.
Just like a worn down, sleep deprived colleague is no good to be around.
It is high time we recognise that self love, making time for simple acts of joy every single day, is paramount to us being the best friend, partner and parent we can be.
The analogy goes like this – you cannot give from an empty cup. Yet this is what we try to do time and time again.
Rather, work on getting your cup overflowing – because you will have plenty to give from here.
And don’t tell me you don’t have time for self love – it can be 5 minutes of your day. Ideas include:

  • A warm bath with candles and essential oils
  • Enjoying a herbal tea and your favourite organic dark chocolate
  • Saying NO (with love) to that outing you really don’t want to go to, and chill at home instead (because rest is SO important)
  • Take yourself off for a walk to get your limbs moving and fresh air into your lungs
  • Enjoy a date night with your partner just because

Read our tips on giving the negativity the flick here.
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Spring clean: Clear your energy

Don’t you love a good spring clean?

Clearing out all of that junk that you don’t really need is such a satisfying feeling.
Sometimes you need to do that with your energy. Have we lost you? A little too whacky for you?

We’re talking about reiki.
It is believed we are alive because a life force flows within and around the body through pathways called “chakras”, meridians and nadis. When this flow is disrupted, it is believed to disrupt the function of one or more organs and tissues of your physical body.

The life force is impacted by the thoughts and feelings you have and become disrupt with we accept negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves – consciously or subconsciously. Theses accepted negative thoughts and feelings cause this energy to break apart and fall away.

Reiki heals by flowing charging the affected parts of the body with positive energy. The vibratory level of energy field raises in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached.

Reiki will cause the negative energy to break apart and fall away. Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, allowing the life force to flow in a healthy natural way.

Reiki is a special life force that can only be channelled by some that has been attuned it.
“To become a Reiki Master you are attuned by a Reiki Master. The attunement transfers reiki from the Reiki Master to the student and this allows them to access the universal energy to treat others” shares Tania Dobbie, Reiki Master, Bondi Beach clinic.

Reiki will never do any harm. Tania is always aware of what the client needs and will adjust herself to create the effect that is appropriate for the client.

The reiki energy flows from Tania’s hands into the client. Tania will her hands on your body on or near the body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head, shoulders, stomach, feet and other more specific positions the client may need.

Tania may leave her hand in one position for a few to 10 minutes depending on how much reiki is required at each position. The sessions usually run for about an hour but can be longer is more is required.
Don’t believe it works? One person that carried a lot of stress is our marketing manager! She experienced a reiki session with Tania and this is what she said:
“It was incredibly relaxing. I can’t say that I felt an energy running through me but I guess you could say I felt, lighter. Does that make sense?
I had been having a lot of health problems and I had seen a number of specialists and no one seemed to be able to tell me exactly what was going on.
After the reiki session Tania gave me some notes and also advised that my health problems are specifically in my stomach and advised that I must get tested for a bacterial infection. The very day I went to have additional testing around bacteria AND she was right”.

Our marketing manager was a sceptic but it seems following the session she gained a lot of clarity.

Would you be interested in experiencing a Reiki healing session with Tania? If you’ve tried everything, why not give this harmless treatment a try?

Read Tania Dobbie’s consultation process here.
Need a little more info on reiki? You can find out more via our blog here.

To book a consultation or treatment with Tania, Master Reiki Healer:
Call: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]

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What are you putting in?: The Beauty Chef

What you put into your body is key to what you see on the outside.

If you have visited a Face Plus Medispa clinic or follow our blog we go on and on about the importance of a balanced diet for healthy, youthful and glowing skin.
a great supplement range that we recommend in our clinics is the Beauty Chef Range.

Need to know which inner beauty products is right for you?

GLOW: Inner Beauty Powder, $59.95
A great product for anyone wanted beautiful glowing skin and improve gut health. GLOW has been specifically created to support skin rejuvenation and aid digestive balance.

CLEANSE: Inner Beauty Powder, $59.95
For anyone who is feeling sluggish and would like to improve liver and digestive function. CLEANSE is designed to support the body’s elimination pathways, provide digestive balance and promoted clearer, smother skin.

BODY: Inner Beauty Powder, $69.95
Looking for a nutritious, protein rich superfood powder to kick start metabolism and help bring the body back into balance?

BODY is designed to help with weight loss, curb sugar cravings and provide digestive support. It is a powerful nutrition and immune booster to help bring your body back into balance.

COLLAGEN: Inner Beauty Boost, $49.95
Anyone concerned with skin texture, firmness and fine lines. COLLAGEN is designed to provide digestive support, improve skin firmness and elasticity and fight free radicals.

This by far is one of our most popular inner beauty products. Detailed product information can be found here.

HYDRATION: Inner Beauty Boost, $49.95
Anyone with dehydrated skin looking to naturally boost skin and cellular hydration from the inside out.  HYDRATION provides electrolytes for the skin and whole-body hydration.

Contains a minimum of 6 billion digestive balancing probiotics and lauric acid to support cell repair.
Try one of our delicious recipes using this product.

ANTIOXIDANT: Inner Beauty Boost, $49.95
If you have dull, sun damaged skin looking to fight the negative effects of free radicals and enjoy naturally radiant skin, this is for you.

Rich in natural enzymes to aid digestive health and antioxidants to mop up free radicals and protect the skin from cellular damage.

If you’re looking for a tailored homecare range including inner health products, book a consultation with our experienced team of dermal therapists.

For a thorough consultation:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]

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Send Nudes: Benefits of going makeup free

Less perfection more authenticity.

Going makeup free for some is terrifying, for others they would never consider it because their love for makeup and there are those who love going nude, makeup free!

A celebrity we all know that has gone makeup free is Alicia Keys. Her Reason to stop wearing makeup was a part of a journey towards empowerment for herself.

Writing on Lenny Letter, Alicia said “Women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women.

The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”
“Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”
Alicia finished by saying, ‘I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.’

Go Alicia! There are more practical reasons too:
1. You’ll save money: Studies suggest women spend an average on $15,000 on makeup in a lifetime. We think it’s a lot more!
2. Save on time: How long does it take to perfect your brows or draw that perfect winged liner? Guaranteed you’ll save 10 to15 minutes a day! Imagine the additional sleep in time.
3. Improve skin health: A lot of people wear makeup to cover up their skin. Going makeup free may improve your skin health, give your skin some time to breathe. Great skincare is more important than trying to cover up skin that you’re not happy with.
If you’re going to continue to wear makeup check out these blogs:
Healthy makeup: Makeup that’s good for your skin?
Aging skin: Are you stretching your skin whilst applying makeup?
Clean your makeup brushes: There are many reasons you need to regularly clean your make up brushes.
Keep your makeup bag clean: 5 simple ways to clean out your makeup bag.

Would you ever consider going makeup free for a few weeks?

If you’re ready to start working on your skin health, visit your nearest Face Plus Medispa clinic for a thorough skin consultation:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]

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Flick it: Look on the Bright Side

We’ve all been there. Feeling on top of the world, ready to take on a beautiful day and then BAM.

Someone says something, or does something, that rubs us the wrong way – and their negative energy ruins our entire day.

Maybe it’s a friend of yours who looks at the world as a glass half empty – leaving you feeling just as empty when you spend time with them?

Or, maybe YOU recognise in yourself that there are some shifts to be made with your own beliefs – that maybe you see things more doom and gloom than sunshine and rainbows?

It’s a fact of life that we are going to experience highs and lows. It is impossible to ride a rainbow of positivity 24/7. But rather than labelling these experiences, moments or feelings as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – acknowledging them as a necessary part of life is a FAR better way to look at them. When we take away the labels, we also remove the feelings that we SHOULD feel a certain way, all the time.

Because here’s the thing – we are going to feel sad, angry or upset from time to time. That is actually not a bad thing. What IS bad is when we let these feelings ruin our day, week, month or YEAR.

Negative energy can fester, leaving a foggy cloud of (mostly avoidable) emotional, mental or sometimes physical damage behind.

Emotions are energy in motion (e-motion – get it?) So when we let these feelings ride their natural course as they arise, rather than dwelling on them, they do little damage. In fact, when we fully sit with an emotion that arises – be it anger, sadness or even excitement – and allow it to wash over us fully, that emotion passes in less than 20 minutes. It is when we dwell on them, or suppress them, that we can cause some real challenges.

So how do you shift a negative mindset to look on the bright side?

Gratitude
Our words and our thoughts are so incredible powerful. The energy in these create our reality – this is metaphysics and is so incredibly important when wanting to create powerful positive shifts in our lives.

Keep a gratitude journal each day and list the top 3 things you are grateful for. Or even better, do what I do and call your bestie each day to chat about what you are both grateful for. Before long you will have trained your mind to see the good in every situation. It really is that simple.

Do things that light you up
Hate your job? Would you rather put a fork in your eye than train at the gym?
STOP DOING THINGS YOU DON’T LIKE DOING. (Sorry for shouting.)

Stop saying yes to outings with people who drain you. Stop working a job you hate. Just stop. Life is far too short to live for “eventually”. Live for now. Quit the excuses. Follow your bliss and make life worth living.

And if you truly can’t change your job, or your friendships, or something else depleting you – then at least look for the GOOD in these things, and focus on them instead.

Reflect on your relationships
Who are the people in your life that leave you feeling inspired, positive and uplifted when you see them? Spend more time with them!

Likewise, who are the people who leave you feeling drained, depleted of energy and frustrated? Whether you love these people or not, it is time to create some boundaries. You are not doing yourself, or them, any favours by showing up to anywhere you don’t truly want to be.

Follow your heart, invest energy in the people who light you up, and watch the beautiful energy and positivity that you attract in your life as a result.
 

Self love
 Most importantly, how is your relationship with yourself? Do you speak to yourself with loving kindness? Or are you constantly berating yourself and never ‘enough’?

If the latter relates to you, focus on cultivating more self love in your life. Rather than dwelling on the bad, shift to the things that make you FEEL good.

And do these things simply BECAUSE. You don’t need a reason or special occasion to run a beautiful bath with candles, or take yourself out to a beautiful meal. Treat yourself daily with love, kindness, rest and joy simply because you deserve it.
Read our tips on self love via our blog here

To make an appointment with our wellness expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]

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The Power of Herbs: Herbal Treatments

 

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”- Albert Einstein

There is a misconception that harsh laser peels, chemical peels and microdermabrasion’s are the only way to clear and resurface your skin.

There are other much safer ways to achieve the same if not BETTER results with herbal, natural plant based ingredients, we think our before and after images speak for themselves.
    

The Face Plus Enzyme Peel is a beautifully refreshing, hydrating and light exfoliating peel. The Face Plus Enzyme Peel is our signature facial and a go-to treatment for anyone looking to brighten and get a thorough exfoliation for their skin.

A great treatment for anytime of the year and even beneficial for pregnant women.

The plant phyto enzymes are activated when water is added and have a dissolving effect on the surface of the skin.

The enzymes are further activated under steam and we leave the mask on for about 10 to 15 minutes, during this time your therapist will offer you the option of a shoulder or hand massage, lush! You can find out more about this treatment here 

The next step up from the Face Plus Enzyme Peel is the Herbal Hyrdation Peel, also referred to as a B Peel. As the name would suggest it is a super hydrating peel but it also targets many other skin concerns.

Like the Face Plus Enzyme Peel there is no downtime associated with this treatment. It is completely free of chemicals, synthetic binders and abrasives and therefore there are not toxic side effects.

The blend contains proteins, carbs, vitamins, enzymes, phytohormones, mineral salts, tannins and trace elements to kick start and regenerate the skin just one day following the treatment.

We can tailor this treatment to the individual to target their main concerns. We specially mix the herbs for the following options:
Clearer: Impure
Calmer: Sensitivity
Younger: Aging
Hydrated: Dehydrations
Brighter: Pigmentation

It’s a versatile effective treatment for those who need something a little deeper without the downtime. Read more here. 

Ready to take things a little further? The Herbal Phyto Peel is the next step up. This peel is the second most popular treatment in clinic following the Face Plus Enzyme Peel. The Herbal Phyto Peel like the Herbal Hydration offers many variations to target your key concerns. This is a deeper facial and some will experience flaking following a treatment.

The Herbal Phyto Peel is similar to a strong micro-dermabrasion procedure. There is a key different; no harmful micro-injuries are inflicted onto the delicate acid mantle of the skin, that means no irritation or sensitivity.

Following the treatment patients are a little flush but that can easily be covered with makeup, also some may experience a tingling sensation when they move or touch the skin, this tingle is a very good thing! Means the herbs are doing their thing. Read in detail about the treatment here. 

Finally, we have the Herbal Aktiv Peel. There is downtime required in this treatment, a total of 5 days. But check out these results:

The Herbal Aktiv Peel is a great treatment that can be performed any time of year but it is a treatment ideal for the cooler months where you won’t be experiencing too much sun exposure.

The Herbal Aktiv Peel is a skin resurfacing treatment based on natural botanicals. This peel cannot be performed on the skin immediately, the skin must be strong and healthy to take the strength of the peel.

Our dermal therapists often advise the patient to have a few enzyme or phyto peels before the Aktiv peel.

Read Kim’s Herbal Aktiv Peel journey and check out her incredible results HERE.
We also have other fruit based treatments too! Check them out here.

Meeting one of our Dermal experts for a thorough skin consultation:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]

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‘Allo Aloe: Dr Spiller, Aloe Cleansing Gel Sensitive

Aloe Vera is one of those magical ingredients that seem to be good for so many things.

You can apply it to your skin, you can eat it and believe it or not, apparently you can also use it as a natural hair conditioner!

Aloe Vera is a key ingredient in many of the products we use in clinic and offer to our clients for home care.

The Aloe Cleansing Gel Sensitive by Dr Spiller is by far one of our most popular cleansing product. The gel formula is perfect for people who like the sensation of “suds” building up on their skin, some of our patients who use a milk based cleanser often miss that “soapy” sensation as they clean their skin.
Aloe Cleansing Gel Sensitive by Dr Spiller, $68

It is water soluble foaming gel that cleansing the skin, of course without drying. This is one of our more versatile products that can be used both on the body and face.

The organically sourced Aloe Vera is an intensive moisturiser and antioxidant rich in avonoids, polyphenols, vitamins A, B, B2 ,B3, B6, B12 and zinc.

The Aloe Vera soothes and smooths reactive skin whilst reducing any visible redness.
The foaming gel formula effortlessly dissolves impurities and makeup without stripping or drying.

The skin friendly Ph restores the acid mantle without irritation. It is also a hypoallergenic and will not aggress sensitised skins.
The cleaning gel is suitable for oily or combination skin and can be used morning and night.

A double cleanse can be performed if heavy makeup needs to be removed.

Always use lukewarm water on the face as hot water will strip the acid mantle and increase reactivity. Avoid removing the cleanser with abrasive or aggressive wash-clothes.

Be sure to avoid the eye area, as it was not designed for use around the eye contour area. We suggest using an eye makeup remover.

The Aloe Sensitive Cleansing Gel leaves the skin feeling fresh and radiant.
For that extra radiance, it’s really important you incorporate an exfoliant in your weekly routine at least 2 to 3 times a week. Check out our exfoliant options and benefits here.

Book a thorough skin consultation with our experienced team of dermal therapists:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]