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Treatments for Rosacea

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Treatments for Rosacea

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What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects the face. It is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy. Rosacea most commonly presents as blushing, prolonged periods of redness and inflamed blood vessels.
The symptoms of rosacea include:

  • enlarged capillaries (telangiectasis)
  • a permanent flush across the nose and cheeks
  • yellow-headed pimples on the forehead, cheeks and chin
  • non-tender lumps under the skin
  • mildly swollen cheeks and nose (hyperplasia)
  • frequent blushing
  • a sensation of burning or stinging
  • a rash that is confined to the face.

Rosacea clients present with much thinner, reactive skin and they display a lot more of their capillary junctions. The exact causes of Rosacea are not known but a number of factors can trigger symptoms such as stress, free radical damage, heat, spicy food and red wine. There is no cure for rosacea. However, there are various treatments which can relieve the signs and symptoms. A combination of medications, dermal products, dermal treatments and lifestyle changes generally give the best results.
Best Face Plus Treatments for clients with Rosacea:
First our trained dermal therapists need to assess what type of Rosacea you have as the skin condition can manifest in different ways. For example, some clients with rosacea have dehydrated, sensitive skin. Others may have rosacea combined with acne and inflammation. Rosacea can be a genetic condition and runs in their family. Often people with very fair complexions are predisposed to it, or it can appear later on in life. The diversity of this skin condition means the treatment and product plan needs to be tailored to the client.
The Goal with these treatments is to rebuild the skin’s integrity and enrich the skin with antioxidants and calming ingredients to help settle and neutralise the redness.

  1. Signature Enzyme Facial

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 and it also works 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 such as those clients with Rosacea.  The Enzyme treatment removes the stratum corneum surface of the skin which will leave the complexion smooth, hydrated and glowing.
Must have treatment add on for clients with Rosacea:
Yellow LED Light
LED Light Therapy is a non-invasive revolutionary light therapy treatment which can reduce pore size, improve health and vibrancy of the skin, promote healing of damaged or compromised skin and can remove bacteria which causes redness and inflammation in acne-prone skin.
Yellow LED Light: Rebuilds and strengthens tissue at a deep level which leads to a softening of lines while triggering the healing process of the skin. Yellow LED provides deep dermal stimulation and heals the skin from within.

  1. Herbal Hydra Peel Calm & Herbal Phyto Peel Calm

Using the power of selected botanical strength herbs, the Herbal Hydration & Phyto Peel were made for clients concerned with:

  • Targeting skin sensitivities such as Rosacea & Acne
  • Brightening the skin
  • Increasing plump and improving texture
  • Cellular rejuvenation
  • Anti-Aging

The peel activates the skin’s metabolism and detoxification by increasing circulation. The skin is supplied with oxygen and nutrients by the improved microcirculation. The treatment also activated the skin’s repair mechanism through targeted, controlled irritation. The herbal and phyto calms are gentle enough for clients with Rosacea, while still working to repair the skins barrier for stronger, healthier skin.
After treatment patients will see an immediate visible difference and the skin will feel instantly rejuvenated. Patients with Rosacea should aim to have one treatment fortnightly, with a total of six treatments to achieve long term revitalised, calmer and smoother skin.
Laser Treatments:
Laser treatments should only be attempted by Rosacea clients who have managed to control the severity of their symptoms. Laser treatments effectively cause heat and a micro trauma to the skin which can cause flare ups in reactive skin types. At Face Plus Medispa, we recommend a series of enzyme facials and herbal peel treatments before commencing with Laser.

  1. IPL

IPL is amazing to zap away the capillaries which are quite pronounced in clients with rosacea, however, the technician needs to be conservative with the levels and the amount of heat used on the skin as it can cause a reactive effect. This treatment should only be performed on clients that have built up to a healthier more balanced skin barrier.

  1. Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis is great for diffusing redness in your complexion, however, the laser genesis builds heat within the skin so you would need a client that has also worked extensively to rebuild the balance of their skin before beginning this treatment.
Clients with Rosacea need to ensure that their at home skincare routine compliments the work performed in clinic by our trained dermal therapists. Rosacea clients need to be extremely conscious of the kind of topical products they use day to day if they want to achieve long term change and settle the symptoms associated with Rosacea.
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Products for Rosacea

Choosing the products for Rosacea

It is common for people with Rosacea to be very anxious about what kind of products they’re putting on their skin. You want to avoid products with any aggravates or overly active ingredients. Rosacea clients should aim for products with hydrating and soothing properties to help settle redness and calm irritation.
Below is a list of products we stock that our dermal therapists recommend to their existing Rosacea clients.

Cleanser: Aloe Sensitive Milk by Dr. Spiller
A cleansing milk formulated with Aloe Vera to gently cleanse and smooth reactive and irritated skin while effectively removing all traces of make-up and impurities from the skin. This hypoallergenic formula uses the botanical benefits of Aloe Vera to soothe and smooth reactive skin whilst reducing visible redness associated with Rosacea.
Read more about this product here

Toner: Aloe Sensitive Toner by Dr. Spiller
Sensitive Toner with Aloe restores the skin’s optimal pH level. Aloe Vera is an organically sourced, intensive moisturiser and antioxidant rich in avonoids, polyphenols, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and zinc. This non sticky, liquid formula effortlessly removes debris and cleansing residue without drying the skin out

Serum: Sanvita Gel by Dr. Spiller
A soothing and smoothing serum designed to nurture and visibly repair stressed, reactive and irritated skins. Instantly reduces the appearance of redness for a supple and more repaired complexion. This antioxidant and vitamin cocktail penetrates the outer epidermis for ultimate absorption and activity. Your skin will instantly appear more supple and calm. If you are having a particularly bad rosacea flare up, store your Sanvita gel in the fridge for an instant calming and cooling effect.   

Moisturiser: Sanvita Cream by Dr. Spiller
A repairing 24hr cream with powerful polyphenol and anti-oxidant green tea to visibly soothe, repair and protect moisture levels of sensitised complexions prone to irritation and discomfort. Many Rosacea clients suffer thin and dehydrated skin which means that returning moisture into the skin is of critical concern. This Biomimetically curated cream replicates the skin’s own natural barrier function for moisture protection from environmental drying.
Read more about this product here

Mask: Sanvita Mask by Dr. Spiller
Once or twice a week it is imperative for Rosacea clients to do at home hydration masks between their regular dermal appointments. The Sanvita Mask by Dr. Spiller is an instant ‘pick me up’ moisturising mask with emollients to soothe, smooth, visibly repair and even out sensitised complexions prone to irritation and redness.
Read more about this product here

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Beauty

What to avoid & embrace for Rosacea

Understand what you can do to manage Rosacea is key to reducing and minimising flare ups!

Every Rosacea patient is different, and while we know that certain factors trigger rosacea in general, some may find a specific cause. Factors such as Sun, heat, wind, exercise, alcohol and stress are common triggers, but some report that a specific fruit, vegetable, meat or dairy product will cause a flare up.

Doctors still aren’t sure what causes rosacea, but in a lot of people, things that make your face flush also make rosacea worse. When you flush, blood rushes to your face, making it red and warmer. So, avoiding activities, products, or emotions that cause flushing can reduce your rosacea symptoms.

Below is a list of products and factors to avoid and which to embrace.
If you suffer from Rosacea avoid the following:

  • Weather extremities: heat waves and ice-cold temperatures are a Rosacea patients’ worst nightmare avoid excessive sun and winds
  • Alcohol (especially red wine)
  • Spicy Foods
  • Temperature Hot Beverages or Food
  • Refined sugars and white flour (avoid junk food)
  • Hot baths, steam rooms or saunas
  • Excessive exercise (particularly cardio based)
  • Stress and anxiety (feeling embarrassed can trigger an immediate flushed reaction in the skin)
  • Coughing fits
  • Sudden caffeine withdrawals
  • Topical steroids
  • Some blood pressure mediation
  • Active skincare products
  • Skincare products containing alcohol

If you suffer from Rosacea embrace the following:
Eat a natural diet rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties such as:

  • turmeric
  • leafy vegetables
  • berries
  • omega 3 rich salmon
  • lean poultry meats
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato
  • Nuts

It’s also important to nurture your gut with pre and probiotic, fibre rich foods such as:

  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled fruits and vegetables
  • Leek
  • Lentils
  • Wholegrains

If you do suffer from Rosacea it is important you make lifestyle changes to manage the emotional and physical effects of the skin disorder:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety from your life
  • Protect yourself from extreme weather conditions
  • Exercise in moderation
  • Keep hydrated with water and hydrate your skin topically with appropriate products
  • Regularly consult with your GP and dermal therapist

To book a skin consultation: 
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How to mentally overcome Rosacea

If you suffer from Rosacea, the first thing to understand is that you are not alone.

Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin disorder with a worldwide distribution of more than 50 million people. Many famous faces have Rosacea; Prince William, Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Clinton and Lena Dunham to name a few.

While Rosacea has no known cure or cause the condition can often cause embarrassment and distress. One of the hardest hurdles to overcome is the fact that Rosacea can appear at any time in a person’s life.

Clinical studies indicate most Rosacea patients first noticed the redness in their 30’s-40’s, however, it can appear on anyone and sometimes quite out of the blue. 

While the condition is more commonly diagnosed in fair-skinned people of European descent, it can also occur in people of all ethnicities and skin types.
What to do when you first notice Rosacea

  1. If you do think you have Rosacea, the first step is the get a referral from your GP to see a dermatologist. Depending on the severity of your condition they might recommend anti-biotics, specific topical creams and/or dietary changes.
  1. Before meeting with your dermatologist (specialist appointments can take a while to book so make sure to be proactive about this), it is best to educate yourself on the condition as much as possible. Read about common trigger points and keep a journal of what you think your own triggers might be. Being conscious of your diet and lifestyle can really help inform your specialist as to an appropriate treatment plan.
  1. Once you have seen your dermatologist, book in a skin consultation and treatment with an experienced dermal therapist. There are many facials, Light and Laser treatments available that can help to restore the skin balance and reduce the symptoms of rosacea. A dermal therapist will also be able to work alongside your dermatologist to advice you on what topical skincare products you need to introduce into your regime and which ones you need to eliminate.
  1. The most important point to consider when you first notice Rosacea is the detrimental impact stress and anxiety have on the condition. Create an action plan to assure yourself that you are going to overcome this skin condition and alleviate some of the uncertainty and pressure of the unknown. Join online forums for people with Rosacea and create a network around you of people that understand what you are going through. By being proactive and conscious about the condition you can make better choices to avoid trigger points that result in rosacea flare ups.

To book a skin consultation: 
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Treatment

Fine Lines & Wrinkles

 

Let’s age gracefully by preserving and maintaining our skin with gentle measures.

We all want to age gracefully. But what does that really mean? While loss of elasticity, slower cell turnover and fine lines are all natural signs of aging, can we really turn back the clock?

At Face Plus Medispa women as young as 25 start worrying about preserving their youthful appearance. While we can’t stop you from aging we can help you age gracefully from the inside out.
Below is a refined list of our treatment menu from facials to laser to injectables that will all help you maintain that youthful glow.

Facial Treatment: Plumping 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.
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 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 40.
This facial is also great for sensitive skin.

How often?
For optimum results this facial should be performed once a month in conjunction with a meticulous at home skincare regime.

Laser Treatment: Laser Genesis
Laser Genesis is a pain free treatment with no down time or surface damage to your skin (non-ablative).
This laser treatment promotes vibrant, youthful and healthy looking skin by treating conditions associated with premature signs of aging, sun damage, redness, large pores, uneven texture, acne, scars, fine lines & wrinkles.

Laser Genesis treatments are ideal for young and old; younger patients looking to control their ageing process and for older patients wanting to treat signs of ageing.
A course of four to five treatments of Laser Genesis can help restore the skin’s youthful glow and appearance by smoothing our uneven textures caused by ageing, sun damage or scars.

Patients will see a more smooth, healthy complexion as large pores are reduced in size, and minor imperfections are diminished. The individual treatment results are subtle, but the overall effect of multiple treatments can be quite transforming!

Injectable Treatment (without synthetic ingredients) PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma 
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 (particularly in sports medicine) 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.

Following a PRP treatment, 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, however, most of our patients see results following just one treatment.We often combine PRP with other facials and lasers to achieve phenomenal, lasting results. 

Injectable Treatment (Anti-wrinkle, muscle relaxants)
Cosmetically, muscle relaxants are injected into the muscles of the face in order to block nerve impulses to the tissue that allows the facial muscles to contract.

When we express with our facial muscles they contract, causing the skin to furrow and fold.  Muscle relaxants work beneath the skin’s surface by targeting this underlying muscle activity by weakening the target muscle in order to prevent formation of expression lines.

With muscle activity reduced, a smoother look to the skin is achieved as the muscle beneath it is no longer able to crease the skin.

At a cellular level, nerve endings send chemical messengers called Acetylcholine to the muscles to tell them to contract.  Botulinum toxin works to surround this chemical and essentially ‘block’ these messengers, therefore keeping the muscle relaxed so that it cannot contract and cause wrinkles in the skin.

A good time to start using botox is not so much dependent on age, but whether the patient is beginning to develop ‘static’ lines (lines that remain even after the muscle has relaxed).

At Face Plus we aim to only relax the muscles and keep them hypokinetic, rather than causing them to be atonic (paralysed), as this is essential in retaining a natural look.  An ideal forehead treatment allows the brows to still be raised slightly.  An ideal crow’s feet treatment allows the smile to still appear natural.

Visit one of our clinics and experience a thorough cosmetic consultation:
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Product Must haves to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

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Product Must haves to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

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When it comes to at home skincare, consistency is key. While the steps of your morning and evening skincare should stay the same no matter what your age (cleanser, toner, moisturiser, serum, eye cream…), our dermal therapists advise updating some of your products to ensure they are rich in active and hydrating ingredients to compliment more mature aged skin.
Here is a list of 3 must own skincare products for anyone looking to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in order to promote more plump and hydrated skin.

A good quality Eye Cream: Silk Eye Contour Cream by Dr. Spiller
The skin surrounding your eyes is much more fragile and thin compared to the rest of your face. It is also prone to dryness and is the first to show signs of age and fatigue. This is due to the overactivity of the skin surrounding the eye area.  Fluids also collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. You therefore need to nourish this delicate skin with quality product to hydrate and soothe the area.
The Dr. Spiller Silk Contour Eye Cream is an anti-ageing, lifting and firing eye cream designed to re-contour and tone the appearance of the eye area. When it comes to eye cream ingredients you want to look for a product with active ingredients to stimulate cell turnover. The Dr. Spiller Silk eye cream contains silk peptides which are botanically rich in amino acids. The silk peptides have wound healing, moisturizing, re-building and anti-inflammatory properties.

A collagen rich moisturiser: Dr Spiller Collagen 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.
Warning though, this cream is quite rich so is recommended for clients with the following skin concerns:
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.
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. 

An active peptide Serum: HydroPeptide Power Serum
The HydroPeptide, Power Serum was designed specifically to treat deep wrinkles and sagging. Patients who have used this product on their skin saw immediate results that made their skin look younger and firmer.
The HydroPeptide Power Serum contains a total of 13 active peptides including 4 volumising peptides, 4 plumping, 3 relaxing and 2 preservative peptides offering maximum and superior anti-aging benefits. These peptides work to increase skin volume to fill the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles, help to lift and firm sagginess while reducing the appearance of expression lines.
You can use this product daily, morning and night. A small pea-sized amount is enough to cover your face and neck. Following two weeks of application you will see visibly softened deep expression lines and more youthful skin.
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A to Z of Skincare terms you need to know

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A to Z of Skincare terms you need to know

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A for Acids. Acids may sound scary but used correctly, they can be a skin’s best friend. Often derived from fruit, they can exfoliate better than the scrubbiest of scrubs, and give you the clear, beaming skin of your dreams by removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores and increasing cell turnover. Look for AHAs (glycolic, lactic and citric acids), for sun-damaged or dry skin, BHAs (such as salicylic) for oilier skin and enlarged pores, and PHAs (polyhydroxy), which are milder, for sensitive skin.
B for Botanicals ingredients derived from plants.
C for Collagen a protein that makes up approximately 80% of our skin, collagen gives our skin firmness and strength. Over time collagen breaks down, however certain ingredients can promote new collagen production in the skin.
D for Double Cleansing Double cleansing is a skincare must. Why? As women we’re often wearing makeup throughout the day, not to mention the build-up of environmental toxins we are subject to. The first cleanse (using a micellar water or deep cleansing oil) is to melt your makeup (and/or SPF). Essentially, it’s dealing with what’s on your skin, not the skin itself. The second cleanse is to make sure your skin is clean, balanced and comfortable.
E for Expiry Dates: Skincare, like most products we ingest or use topically, have an expiration date. Our skin is our largest living organ and what we put on it absorbs into your body so make sure to use your products before their best before date.  This ensures that you are always using your products when they are at their freshest and most potent.
F for Free Radicals When talking skincare, free radicals refer to UV rays, pollution etc, that cause damage and degradation to the skin.
G for Glycolic Acid:  An AHA derived from Sugar Cane which exfoliates the skin, smoothing out fine lines and uneven texture. Used commonly in anti-ageing and brightening products.
H for Hyaluronic Acid: Naturally-occurring in the body, hyaluronic acid is the stuff you should thank for hydrated, glowing skin. A single molecule of it can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. It keeps things cushioned and plumped but, like collagen, naturally depletes over time. Serums containing the stuff can seriously quench parched skin, also helping to smooth away fine lines.
I for Inflammation. There are many different types of inflammation, whether it be from sun exposure, breakouts, skin sensitivity or even your showers being too hot, inflammation is your skins way of saying it needs some TLC. Confusingly, though, it can be a good thing, as post-treatment (laser or herbal peel) inflammation prompts the healing process and skin renewal. Either way, you’ll want to counteract with a restorative product or treatment.
J for Jojoba Oil an oil derived from an evergreen shrub used for its softening and hydrating properties. Said to be the oil that most closely resembles the skin’s own natural oils.
K for K-Beauty or Korean inspired beauty. Think sheet masks and under eye patches. While many of these products are quite gimmicky, they have inspired many of the reputable cosmeceutical brands to create their own, active versions of the popular products.
L for Lactic Acid an AHA derived from fermented milk, Lactic Acid exfoliates the skin to improve texture and clarity. It has a larger molecule size than glycolic acid so can be a less irritating alternative for sensitive skins.
M for Microneedling. Micro-needling or what we at face plus call Dermapen is a dermal treatment that uses a handheld device that vibrates while tiny needles work to gently pierce your pores. While, you can go deeper into the layers of the skin to attack acne scars, most people only require the needles to hit the epidermal layer. The needles create a ‘micro-wound’ response from your skin which prompts your cells to heal your skin by increasing collagen production to the area.
N for Natural: This is a tricky term that has no standard definition when it comes to skin care. Most commonly used to refer to products that are made mostly of plant-derived, non-synthetic ingredients. Just because something is deemed natural, doesn’t mean it isn’t tested on animals or certified organic, so learn to read and understand your labels.
O for Organic. Similar to ‘Natural products’ you need to be skeptical of products labelled organic.  Organic should mean an ingredient that has been grown free of chemical pesticides. Read packaging carefully as organic does not necessarily mean that every ingredient is organic, or that the ingredients are certified organic.
P for Pre and Probiotic. We’ve known about balancing the ‘good bacteria’ in our gut for years but did you know there’s also the same stuff on our skin? Known as the ‘microbiome’ (or ‘microflora’) it’s a layer of minuscule micro-organisms living invisibly all over us, protecting and balancing what’s underneath. Probiotics help to strengthen the microbiome, prebiotics help to feed it. The goal of this kind of skincare is to soothe sensitivity, strengthen skin and keep the microbiome happy.
Q for Quercetin: This is another overall great ingredient and is found to be a good antioxidant and naturally anti-inflammatory. Quercetin has also shown healing and protective qualities, which makes it an essential in all skincare routines.
R for Retinol: Otherwise known as Vitamin A, retinol is one of the best ways to tackle fine lines and wrinkles by promoting skin renewal and collagen production. It can also help with irregular pigmentation and texture (those pesky pores). It can also, however, be quite aggressive causing irritation and sun sensitivity, so phase into your routine slowly and never skimp on the SPF.
S for SPF or Sun Protection Factor. SPF is an absolute must wear in Australia due to our harsh Australian sun. Even if it’s winter and overcast outside SPF should be worn all day, every day. At Face Plus we recommend a minimum of SPF 30. Even if you’re foundation or BB Cream has SPF in it, it’s best to mix in a separate one to ensure quality coverage.
T for Treatments: Great skin is the result of 3 important factors. 1. A healthy diet and lifestyle 2. A consistent and good quality skincare regime 3. Regular treatments by trained dermal therapists.
U for UVA & UVB UVA means Ultraviolet rays from the sun that cause premature ageing to the skin and UVB means rays that cause the skin to tan and burn.
V for vitamins: We all know vitamins are good for our body internally, but they also have amazing health benefits when applied topically.
Vitamin A Promotes the growth and repair of body tissues. Vitamin A is used commonly in anti-ageing products.
Vitamin C A key antioxidant which strengthens collagen synthesis and promotes radiant skin.
Vitamin E  A powerful antioxidant that is essential for the body to protect it from free radicals. Vitamin E also has excellent conditioning properties.
W for Water: Water really is the easiest skincare miracle. It is the simplest way to give skin a boost, hydrating from within and flushing out toxins. If you find your topical products or treatments aren’t working effectively, stop and ask yourself are you keeping your body hydrated.
X for Xanthophyll. Commonly known as Lutein, Xanthophyll is an antioxidant and is therefore used in skin hydration products, especially ones that provide anti-ageing benefits. Despite its scientific name, Xanthophyll is a naturally occurring chemical found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale.
Y for Ylang Ylang: This is an essential oil derived from the Cananga plant and is generally used as a fragrance for cosmetics. The use of the oil can range from enhancing your mood, to a natural energiser and preserving a youthful glow thanks to its moisturising properties. 
Z for Zinc – A natural sun protector, acts as a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. Used in sunscreens and foundation (especially mineral makeup). Zinc has also been known to be beneficial for those with sensitive and acne prone skin.
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Aging: Mind over Matter

 


“Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.”

Research shows that your genes are only 25% responsible for visible signs of aging. So don’t blame your mum and dad for your early onset of fine lines and wrinkles. There are other factors such as stress, environment, nutrition, lifestyle and immunity that play a key role in how we age.

While we can’t turn back or even freeze the clock, we can make everyday lifestyle adjustments to make sure that aging can be just a number and not a reflection on how you physically look and mentally feel.

  1. Get active

Move it or loose it. As we get older, everything starts to slow down from our collagen production, our cell turnover and most importantly our energy levels.

One University study found that human levels of serotonin (the brain neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, sleep and blood pressure) naturally decrease with age, often resulting in depression, anxiety and hardening of the arteries.

Luckily, exercise is an excellent way to give serotonin levels a boost, as well as combat the effects of the stress hormone cortisol.

Make it a habit to move your body for at least 30 minutes every day to keep your body physically healthy and mind mentally happy.

  1. Get plenty of Sleep

They call it beauty sleep for a reason. You should aim for eight hours of sleep a night to give your body enough time to recharge.

While you’re sleeping, your body—and your skin—are hard at work healing themselves.

During the deeper phases of sleep, your body produces growth hormone, which repairs daily damage from things like sun exposure and pollution and creates new cells so you wake up looking brighter, fresher and younger.

  1. Maintain a positive attitude.

The glass is either half empty or half full. How you choose to look at it effects your perspective on almost everything you do in life. The single most important factor in healthy aging is cultivating a positive outlook.

Research shows that your attitude, resiliency and the way you cope with stress may be better predictors of healthy aging than physical disease or disability. So how do you attain—and maintain—a good attitude?

It’s all about outlook. Begin by accepting that nothing in life is permanent and try to look for the silver lining in every situation. A great attitude can help you enjoy getting older, instead of dreading or simply tolerating it.

  1. Forget what you think you know about aging

Many of us have preconceived notions of what it means to age. Whether it’s new mums cutting off their long hair, or women in their 40’s deciding to ditch skirts forever, these choices are based on social stereotypes.

Each generation is conditioned through television, books, movies, music and other aspects of culture about what people should act like, look like and even feel like as they grow older.

We incorporate these beliefs into our subconscious and they become part of the factors that control how our genes work.

The bottom line: If you think you’re old, you’ll act and look old, too.
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Herbal Peels the go to for women with PCOS

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Herbal Peels the go to for women with PCOS

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Face Plus has predominantly a female base clientele which means our dermal therapists are constantly attending to skin issues caused by hormonal imbalances.
Recently, we have seen a rising number of clients come through with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) who are looking for treatments and product to heal their topical skin issues.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (or polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS) is a complex hormonal condition. ‘Polycystic’ literally translates as ‘many cysts’. This really refers to there being many partially formed follicles on the ovaries, which each contain an egg. These rarely grow to maturity or produce eggs that can be fertilised.
Women with PCOS commonly have high levels of insulin, or male hormones known as ‘androgens’, or both. The cause of this is unclear, but insulin resistance is thought to be the key problem driving this syndrome.
In some women, PCOS is hereditary, whereas for others, the condition only occurs when they are overweight.
PCOS is relatively common, especially in infertile women. It affects 12 -18% of women of reproductive age (between late adolescence and menopause). Almost 70 % of these cases remain undiagnosed.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Women who have PCOS may experience:

  • irregular menstrual cycles – menstruation may be less or more frequent due to less frequent ovulation (release of an egg)
  • amenorrhoea (no periods) – some women with PCOS do not menstruate, in some cases for many years
  • excessive facial or body hair growth (or both)
  • acne
  • scalp hair loss
  • reduced fertility (difficulty in becoming pregnant) – related to less frequent or absent ovulation
  • mood changes – including anxiety and depression
  • obesity
  • sleep apnoea.

You don’t have to have all of these symptoms to have PCOS.
How can you treat PCOS?
It is important that all the symptoms of PCOS are addressed and managed long-term, to avoid associated health problems. PCOS is a long-term condition and long-term management is needed.
Depending on the symptoms you experience, management of PCOS can include:

  • lifestyle modifications – increasing your physical activity levels and eating a healthy diet can both help to manage PCOS
  • weight reduction – research has shown that even five to 10 per cent weight loss can provide significant health benefits
  • medical treatment – with hormones or medications.

 What does PCOS mean for your skin?
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) causes several skin-related symptoms, including:

  • oily skin
  • adult acne
  • skin tags
  • dark velvety skin patches known as acanthosis nigricans.

Most visibly, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) has the capability to change your skin—how it looks, how it feels—in a way that other people can notice. Not only does this add to the embarrassment of women who experience these PCOS symptoms, it produces an issue they cannot hide from. You can second-guess the pain in your abdomen or the irregularity of your menstrual cycle, but seeing your skin break out with blemishes, become irritated, or start to change in texture is an undeniable sign that something is indeed wrong.
What treatments do Face Plus offer to help PCOS?
Our range of Herbal Peels are incredible for soothing and neutralising acne prone skin. Our herbal peels also help to improve skin tone and texture as well as addressing the bacteria from breakouts. We have three levels of herbal peels that gradually increase in intensity and days of downtime. Within each of these three facials there are a number of variations to ensure our dermal therapist is offering you a bespoke treatment that will best suit your skin concerns.
The Herbal Hydra Peel
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. 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. 
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Ready to take things a little further?
The Herbal Phyto Peel
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. 
The Herbal Aktiv C Peel
There is downtime required in this treatment, a total of 5 days.
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.
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The Beauty Chef Glow Powder

 

Heal from the inside out!

If you suffer from PCOS then every medical and wellness advocate will tell you, that food should be your medicine.

If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) you can fight the condition by incorporating the following five elements into your daily routine.

  1. Eat a nutritious, anti-inflammatory diet – one that is high in fibre and low in simple carbohydrates and sugars. In fact, carbohydrates should be limited to complex carbohydrates that are low on the glycaemic index.
  2. Establish and maintain a workout routine that engages your body without pushing the limits of physical fitness too far – strenuous exercise can add stress that will keep you in hormone imbalance. Exercise should be a daily activity but should never be something that causes injury.
  3. Incorporate targeted nutritional supplements into a healthy diet. Vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that have been blended together to support specific functions and systems of your body can increase your body’s ability to fight back and regain its health.
  4. Seek support. The symptoms associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can be difficult to cope with, as well as emotionally draining. A shoulder to lean on in times of struggle can be invaluable to you.
  5. Get smart. Learn all you can about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Insulin Resistance.

Below is a list of some diet do’s and don’ts. While it is sometimes hard to fit in your daily dose of healthy vitamins and minerals, The Beauty Chef’s Glow powder can help you.

GLOW Advanced Inner Beauty Powder is a complete daily beauty supplement suitable for anyone wanting to improve skin tone and texture for radiant skin that lasts. Containing a blend of carefully selected nutrient dense and Certified Natural and Organic ingredients to nourish and enhance the skin from the inside, giving your skin a healthy glow on the outside.

Our unique and exclusive Flora Culture™ bio-fermentation process is used to super-charge the ingredients in the formula and creates a natural broad-spectrum probiotic. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, prebiotics and probiotics, GLOW is packed with skin-loving bio-available nutrients that are absorbed quickly and effectively by the body’s cells.

When taken regularly, GLOW aids gut health and effective digestion, which naturally results in a smoother, more radiant complexion

The Beauty Chef Glow Powder is an amazing plant based supplement that should be taken daily and incorporated as part of a healthy, natural diet.
PCOS Foods to Avoid

  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Highly processed packaged food/ fast food (anything high in sugar and salt)
  • Grain fed meat
  • Non-organic produce
  • Yeast
  • Dried fruits (any product with hidden sugars and fructose)

PCOS Foods to Incorporate

NB: See your Naturopath or Doctor before trying any of these remedies ask for test to be done to find out what imbalance you might have before introducing any of the following supplements 

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