Mummy-to-be: Introducing the Prenatal Enzyme Facial

Pregnancy promises women ‘the glow’.

You know the one that all the ads on TV and pregnant movie stars on the cover of magazines seem to show.

So, it’s no surprise that pregnant women everywhere are outraged that when they finally reach this momentous milestone in life, their glowing skin dreams are shattered and replaced by blotchy skin and breakouts. It is estimated that over 50% of pregnant women will experience acne at some stage of their pregnancy.

So why do pregnant women suffer breakouts?
Fluctuating hormones are primarily responsible for breakouts. In particular estrogen and progesterone which are the female sex hormones, but also testosterone and androgen, the male sex hormones. These play a direct role in the production of sebum (an oil secretion of the sebaceous gland).

Changes in the amount of circulating blood sugar and the hormone insulin are also to blame for pregnancy acne. All of these factors have an effect on oil production – instead of a regular secretion which is just enough to lubricate the skin and make it supple, there is too much oil and this is what clogs the pores.

All of these changes are perfectly normal parts of pregnancy as the body adapts to supporting the baby’s growth.

Hannah, our enrolled injectable nurse has recently returned from maternity leave. I interviewed her for our beauty section on this blog click here to read.

I asked her about her own pregnancy experience and if she achieved the highly sought after ‘glow’ and her answer was a firm NO.
“My skin turned to rubbish when I fell pregnant and I had to change my entire skincare regime. At about eight weeks pregnant I developed full face dermatitis.

I came into work (Face Plus Bankstown) crying and begging the dermal therapists to fix my skin. My face was red raw and I didn’t know what to do with it. They gave me a really good clean and worked with me to change my at-home products and routine to match my new skin needs. In the end

I had to use the Dr Spiller aloe milk to cleanse my face, Dr Spiller Sanvita Cream as my day cream and the Dr Spiller jojoba scrub every third day.

The strange thing was my skin before pregnancy could never handle the Sanvita cream. It was too oily and made me breakout. However, during pregnancy and since giving birth, it became my saving grace to calm my overly sensitive skin.”

Hannah’s one recommendation to any pregnant woman is to get a facial.” Your skin’s oil production is all over the place and your skin needs a really good cleanse. I would also recommend LED Light Therapy. This is a completely safe service to undergo while pregnant and will really help calm your skin.”

Jodie, our dermal therapist at Face Plus Medispa Bondi Junction is trained in prenatal massages and facials and wanted to create a bespoke treatment for her pregnant clients. While we have always accommodated women during their pregnancy at Face Plus, we have never had a spa menu specific for them.

At Bondi Beach, our massage therapist Tania offers a Babymoon massage which has been hugely successful, so it was time to add a prenatal facial to the Face Plus offering. Click here for more info

The Prenatal facial is bespoke to your stage of pregnancy. Your needs differ depending on what month/trimester you are in. The experience is however, consistent in delivering a relaxing, deep pore clean. Ground spelt and natural kaolin enzymes are key ingredients used which suit all skin types and sensitivities.

Enzymes are a safe and effective natural way to facilitate exfoliation, help overall biological processes in the skin that have slowed down because of age or sun damage and to inhibit free-radical damage.

Enzymes accelerate biochemical reactions in a cell that would proceed minimally or not at all if the enzymes were not present.

This deep yet gentle exfoliation is suitable for even the most sensitive skins.  The Pre-natal Enzyme treatment removes the stratum corneum surface of the skin which will leave the complexion smooth, hydrated and glowing.  The treatment also includes a scalp massage or a pressure point foot massage.

This treatment is perfect for spoiling the mum to be.
Available exclusively at our Bondi Junction Boutique
Call 02 8897 0078 to book in with Jodie
Or to purchase a gift voucher


Dr Spiller Collagen Cream

At Face Plus Medispa we pride ourselves on being a result driven clinic.


Our service menu and product range have been carefully curated and selected to help achieve our client’s skincare goals. We have chosen to be a stockist of the Dr Spiller skincare range as our dermal therapists passionately believe in the product.

All skincare (ranging from cheap to super high end) is made on a basis of either water or oil. Dr Spiller’s products are neither. Combining the best of both approaches, Dr Spiller has pioneered an iconic formulation to care for your skin in a way that other creams cannot.

Firstly, you need to understand that it’s very difficult for your skin to absorb the benefits of water-based products as the skin is waterproof.

Dr Spiller has therefore created a high-tech solution to include liposomes (spheres of oil) into water-based creams. These spheres of oil can mix with the skin’s sebum (an oil secretion of the sebaceous gland) therefore can deliver into the skin the active ingredients.

The result is a light, easy and comfortable water-based cream with the advantages of longer-lasting hydration and the superior delivery of active ingredients of an oil-based cream.

One of Dr Spiller’s most popular products is the Collagen Cream. The Collagen Cream is a concentrated emulsion rich in collagen hydrolysates, powerful anti-oxidants and moisture-binding properties to provide the skin with long- lasting anti-ageing protection.

“The Collagen cream is a hydrating cream that is perfect for winter. The weather at the moment is quite aggressive on the skin with the cooler temperatures and the dry heat indoors. This cream contains a hyaluronic acid which locks in moisture into the skin, preventing trans epidermal water loss” Yvonne Culhane, Advanced Dermal Therapist, Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Junction.

Just a warning though, this cream isn’t for every kintype. As it is rich in active ingredients it is specifically designed for the following skin types/ skin concerns:
Dry/Dehydrated: Vitamin E a skin identical potent antioxidant, naturally secreted by the sebaceous gland for environmental moisture protection. The Avocado extract activates the cell metabolism of the connective tissue.

The lanolin present works as an emulsifier with high water-absorption capabilities, the lanolin is also emollient with moisturising properties. 
Mature Skin: The bee’s wax present works as an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antibacterial. This magical ingredient is also softening and regulates skin consistency.
Anti-aging: Hydrolysed collagen is processed to achieve a lower molecular weight than regular collagen. The structure forming protein works to improve the elasticity in the skin.

Dr Spiller advices their clients to use this Collagen Cream at night time after cleansing and toning your face.
Some of our clients, such as Beauty Blogger Karima McKimmie, says that in Winter that her skin is so dehydrated the collagen cream is perfect for day time use as well.
“Collagen Cream is a total game changer for dry skin! I often struggle with persistent dehydration and Collagen Cream keeps my complexion dewy and healthy all-day long. It makes for a beautiful luminous base for makeup or I’ll apply liberally before bed for a night time treatment.

I’ve tried every hydrating mask out there and Collagen Cream trumps them all – Holy Grail material”.

The Collagen Cream by Dr Spiller is available from all three clinics:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 



Interview with Hannah: Injectable Nurse at Bankstown & Bondi Junction


Interview with Hannah: Injectable Nurse at Bankstown & Bondi Junction

Hannah has been one of our Bankstown client’s favourite injectable nurses. She has worked in the cosmetic beauty industry for over nine years. She is recently back from maternity leave and resuming her role at Face Plus Bankstown and Bondi Junction.I sat down with Hannah to discuss her career as an enrolled nurse and of course her new role as a mum.

How did you get into cosmetic nursing?
Completely by chance. I started nursing in 2005 and worked in the public sector across industries such as aged care, mental health and paediatrics. It was rewarding work it just wasn’t for me. At the time I was getting Laser Hair Removal from a clinic close to my house. My therapist happened to be the owner and offered me a job. I worked there for quite a few years and it’s there that I began performing cosmetic injectables.

Did you love it straight away?
Not really. I think it’s important my clients know that I was a bit of a sceptic at the start. In 2007 the beauty industry was quite different and injectables were still relatively new. There was a lot of poor workmanship and women with unnatural results and it scared me a bit. It wasn’t until I properly started researching the industry that I realised there is a real art to the way we inject, not just the type of product we inject. Once I started injecting and achieving natural results for my clients I became a complete advocate. 

Describe the kind of clients you see and what do they hope injectables will achieve?
They are always a complete mix. I do tend to gravitate towards a more mature audience that are after rejuvenating and natural results. I’m not a huge fan of augmenting a person’s natural features. Filler used to be a big taboo for many of my clients, however, now it’s all about applying little amounts in a precise way to replace volume loss. My clients are all about subtle enhancements.

What do you think the ethos of injecting at Face Plus is?
I love that this company has very high standards when it comes to the expectations of their staff and their work. We like to focus on a more natural aesthetic. This doesn’t just apply to our cosmetic nurses but to our dermal therapists also. Our service menu is focused on non-ablative techniques that heal the skin while still being results driven. There’s a reason we offer herbal peels and not chemical peels. While the later might yield good results in the short term, ultimately, they create inflammation and scar tissue damage which will age you quicker.

What is the ultimate compliment you want your clients to receive from family, friends and peers?
That they look refreshed, rejuvenated and well rested. It’s not about freezing your face, it’s about calming it and creating that lift and glow that is synonymous with healthy skin.

I recently had a client that I did 6ml of filler in one sitting. She had a lot of volume loss due to weight loss and ageing skin. She had a lot of sunken hollows, so we needed to do her tear troughs to plump up the tissue around her eyes. We recreated a jaw line for her and gave her some beautiful defined cheekbones. At the end of the session she looked like she had been on a month-long health retreat. Her skin looked hydrated, healthy and youthful.

Now that you’re a mum, how has your own beauty routine changed?
It’s changed dramatically. I try to make everything a lot quicker and easier.
The first thing I couldn’t wait to do after 7 and 1/2 months of breastfeeding was to get Botox. It was the first thing I did. I had never had lines on my forehead, but those sleepless nights will give it to you. I had quite a few and I just wanted them gone.

Can you have injectables while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding?
No. I refuse to inject pregnant women, or women that are actively breast feeding. Whilst you’re pregnant you want your body to be a temple. And same when you’re breast feeding, you want anything you put into your body to be passable to the baby. It’s a risk I’m not willing to take.

Do you have a lot of mum clients and do you relate to them now on a different level?
Absolutely. Firstly, we have more in common and more to talk about. But more importantly I’m more realistic when it comes to budgets and financial concerns. I now know from personal experience the need to prioritise and factor in cost.

What is your one recommended injectable treatment for mums?
Muscle Relaxants. definitely. It gives an immediate wow factor and it lasts 4 + months. It’s great for stressed out, time poor, sleep deprived mums…which is basically every mum. I would recommend a couple of facials, but I understand that not everyone has the time or budget, so if I had to pick one or the other I would go muscle relaxants particularly around the eyes to relax the crows feet and the frown line. those two are the first places that women start to show signs of aging. On the plus side, you won’t look so angry to your partner.

Hannah is back working at Face Plus Medispa on the following days:
Bondi Junction – every Wednesday, call 02 8897 0078 to book
Bankstown – first Monday of every month. Next appointment: 4th June call 02 8897 0050 to book


Shower mum with love

I am the luckiest person in the world to have a mum as kind and caring as mine.

My mum is the sort of person that remembers a top you saw three months ago and will sneak out and buy it for your birthday. She’s the kind of person that drops everything to bring you bone broth and vitamin C powder at the slightest mention of a cold.

She’s my person, through the happiest times and the hardest ones. So, its natural that on mother’s day (and really it should be every other day too) that I want to spoil her.
If you’ve got a mum like mine then a material gift or experience is lovely, but it’s the money can’t buy moments that really win her over.

As well as Face Plus Oxygen Glow Facial Voucher, I want to dedicate the whole of Sunday the 13th May to spending quality time with my mum. We’re not the kind of family that goes to a fancy restaurant on national holidays and pays for an overpriced set menu. We prefer to spend it at home, all together, like no time has passed.

Here is a list of cost-effective ways to show your mum just how grateful you are to have her this Mother’s Day

  1. Cook her a delicious brunch

My mum’s ultimate gift is to have someone trade places with her in the kitchen. While she’s a great cook, she just doesn’t enjoy doing it – so taking her place is the ultimate present. Do a beautiful breakfast spread of bakery treats, eggs, bacon, avocado, sautéed mushrooms. Breakfast is an easy option that doesn’t break the bank but really impresses people.

Decorate the table with fresh flowers and an extra bunch at mum’s seat, to win all the brownie points.
Don’t forget to clean the kitchen after. Nothing ruins a relaxing breakfast than mum scrubbing bacon fat of her scanpan.

  1. Make her a photo album of you two

Memories are the most precious present you could gift your mum. Especially now that everything is digital, it’s easy for photos to get lost amongst your Instagram feed.

Take the time to print out some recent photos and dig up some old ones. There is something so lovely about a physical photo as opposed to one on your home screen.
Go the extra mile and frame one of your favourites.

  1. Watch a favourite movie together

We are glorified movie buffs in our family. At Christmas time we have to watch Love Actually and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Pick a movie that is sentimental to your childhood and cosy up after your food coma to watch it all together.

  1. Make mum a homemade body scrub

Rose and Coconut Oil Body Scrub

  • 5 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure sweet almond oil
  • 7-10 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 handfuls of Fresh rose petals


  • Put coconut oil, almond oil, sugar, fresh and cleaned rose petals to the blender.
  • Make sure that all the ingredients are blended coarsely and smooth enough so that it can be applied on the skin. You can also add your favourite essential oil for extra benefits.
  • Keep this rose sugar scrub aside for 10 minutes so that the nutrients of sugar and rose can mix up with coconut and almond oils.

Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days

  1. Draw your mum a beautiful bubble bath

Now for this one, you’re obviously going to give your mum a bit of alone time, but run her warm bath, pop some champagne for her to enjoy and gift her a new book. This simple pamper session will have her feeling lovely and relaxed.
Enjoy making memories with your mum this mother’s day.

To purchase your mother an Oxygen Glow Facial voucher please call: 
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]