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Sea Beautiful Skin

Summer is here and beach days are upon us.. Hello salty hair and sun kissed skin! Days spent by the ocean are known to not only have many a beneficial effect on our physical health, but our mental wellbeing too. So it’s time to dig out the beach towel and dust off the straw fedoras! Remember too much of a good thing can sometimes have a negative effect. Here are 5 tips to have you looking more like a sun god/goddess and less like a leather handbag!

1. Shorter Regular Sun Exposure is Safer

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches here in Australia. Our beautiful oceans contain many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids which can have an antibiotic and antibacterial effect on our skin, hence why problematic skin can often improve during Summer.

Vitamin D also has many healing properties and can treat conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. We recommend 15 mins in the sun per day to be very beneficial, providing we don’t overdo it!

2. Choose Skin Care That Supports Your Skin Needs

Daily swims and sand filled winds can over exfoliate our skin without us even realising. Thus tipping us into a world of redness and irritation, along with photodamage that can also contribute to dehydration and pigmentation. So what can we do to prevent our skin from looking dull and crinkly and continue to keep hydrated throughout the hotter months? How can we stay safe while still having fun in the sun? A good skin care routine to help as a preventative and aid cell recovery.

A day at the beach can leave our skin feeling tight and sensitive so what better than to have a cooling cleanser and toner in one that you can pop in the beach or gym bag to aid instant relief. O Cosmedics Micellar Treatment Gel not only provides a two in one multi cleansing system, but added pollution defence and comfort for the skin. Can even be used on its own as a quick morning cleanser. Perfect for a environmentally stressed dull, and devitalised skins. It helps prevent premature aging and skin damage. Clinical studies support luminous healthy skin in only 7 days.

Aftersun with a boost! O Cosmedics Medi-Soothe is your skin’s first aid kit in a bottle! Powered by high levels of Symglucan® (made from oats) and a multi-benefit synergistic blend of anti-irritants to assist calming and soothing, skin barrier and skin integrity recovery. A skin saviour must-have for sensitive, irritated, compromised skins. Can also be used after, waxing and shaving or post laser/peels. Best of all it can be used on babies, children, women and men of all ages. A family favourite! Another Face Plus favourite being Dr Spiller Sanvita Gel, a soothing and smoothing serum designed to nurture and visibly repair stressed, reactive and irritated skins. Instantly reduces the appearance of redness for a more supple and repaired complexion. Top tip: Pop in the fridge extra cooling effect!

If you are time poor or just like extra hydration with minimal effort you can apply a facial mask over night. For the perfect hydration facial while you sleep, O Cosmedics Hydra Plus Sleep-In Mask offers superior hydration benefits to support healthy skin function. Enhanced with V8 Peptide Complex® (topical muscle relaxant) for ultimate anti-aging support, Betaine and Liponic EG-1 to attract, lock in and maintain skin hydration. Sleep and reap!

3. Wear SPF

Speaking of fun do you know what isn’t? Sunburn! No one wants to be that person glowing like a beacon on Bondi Beach, so don’t forget to slip slop slap seek and slide! Skin cancer accounts for the largest number of cancers diagnosed in Australia each year. Part of your daily routine should be applying sunscreen at least 20 minutes before venturing outside. Whether it be an early morning dog walk, outdoor fitness, or a quick trip in the car. If you step outside your front door without an SPF on you may as well wave goodbye to your collagen and to all those results your skincare products and treatments your skin therapist provided!

Many of us are led to believe that the higher the SPF the longer our skin can endure in the sun this is a myth. The maximum coverage our sunscreens can cover us for is 2 hours so make sure you reapply! Most important after activities which cause sweating such as swimming. The difference between an SPF 15 and 50 sounds huge, however we are looking at about 1% further coverage. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays (causes sunburn).  It is important to choose broad spectrum so you are protected from UVA rays (causes aging) too. We love O Cosmedics Mineral Pro, a natural “physical” sunscreen with a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula. Perfect for acneic, sensitive skin and with its mattifying effect a sure hit with the men! If you like a little colour with your SPF, the tinted version provides a sun-kissed look with ultimate protection.

4. Increase H2O intake to 2.5 Litres Daily

Hydration, hydration, hydration!! It’s all very well hydrating from the outside in but it stands for nothing if we aren’t hydrating from the inside out! Even more so now during the warmer months where we sweat more with the higher temperatures. This means we lose more fluids so it make sense to increase our water intake.

“H2O: Just Add Water”

Keep that water bottle with you at all times! Add squeeze of  lemon into your water bottle for a nice internal cleanse your skin will love it! The citrus liquid will boost vitamin C and also helps freshen your breath by promoting saliva production reducing dry mouth. Don’t forget electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium) you lose through sweating and when you’re dehydrated.  Electrolytes are essential for vital body functions nerve and muscle, hydration and regulating pH levels in the body. Keep a Hydralyte Electrolyte Ice Block in your freezer for days you need a quick replenish and rehydrate.

5. IV Therapy to Boost your Immune System

For the maximum Immune boost, NOTHING beats a Face Plus Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Drip!! Delivering vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly to the body for maximum absorption. This allows the nutrients to flood your body and nourish itself at the cellular level. Intravenous (IV) therapy is the fastest way to give your body the nutrition it needs. The process allows the vitamins to go right into your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive process, to give you faster, more effective results. 

What results can you expect from an IV Therapy treatment? Improvement in immune health, boost energy levels, improve symptoms of depression, improve anxiety, mental clarity and cognitive function, combat fatigue, maintain the strength of muscles and tissues.

All products are available at each one of our clinics, so have fun and stay skin safe in that sun! Need some help making adjustments to your skincare routine? Book in for a consultation!

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New Rituals for a New Year

For most of us, last year asked us to take a look at our habits and rituals of day-to-day life. Self-care became a necessity to us rather than a luxury (and rightly so!). Mindfulness and slowing down to disconnect from the chaos of life became a tool for us to feel good and reconnect with ourselves.

The last few months have encouraged us to experiment more with our self-care routines, including being more adventurous with the products we have in the cupboard! Here are some of my favourite tips in ensuring you get the most of our self-care habits.

1. Chuck out old/unused products that have been sitting there for a while!

No product is made to last forever. As does our food, skincare products have an expiry date. You will see this on the packaging as a visible printed “exp. dd/mm/yyyy” (which is a legal requirement for sunscreen in particular so please make sure to check yours to ensure you are not using one that is expired and therefore, less protective).

Another way you can tell ‘best before’ dates on packaging is a small symbol of an open jar with a number. This represents how many months the product keeps its integrity after you open it. Give a look through your cupboard and see if you need a clean out! Potency and effectiveness of active ingredients will be significantly less if the product has gone past its lifespan so you may not be getting the best out of what you are doing.

2. Re-evaluate your skins needs.

Your skin is constantly being challenged with seasonal/environmental changes, lifestyle changes, etc. To keep on top of this, you may need to make slight adjustments in how you nurture your skin to ensure it is getting its essential needs. This applies for both your in-clinic treatments and your at home routine. Your professional skin therapist will guide you on what’s most appropriate.

At Face Plus we take a less is more approach and never over complicate. We recommend for summer looking at products rich in anti-oxidants like vitamin C or E that help fight off damaging free radicals from the atmosphere that cause havoc on the skin. Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacinamide) is an all-rounder for everyone that energises, brightens and regulates oil, making it the perfect staple to be using.

3. Reconnect with yourself.

Enjoying more “me time”. This is a really valuable tool that we have definitely seen more of in the last year. Although some of our lives have become more digital, meditation and mindfulness have also come in to play to teach us the importance of slowing down for our overall health.

There is a lot of research into the link between stress/the nervous system and it’s effects on not only our skin but our health as a whole. Excessive physical or mental stress is an accelerator for premature ageing and inflammatory skin disorders such as acne or eczema. Some of my favourite simple things to do to help ground myself without needing lots of time is putting a couple of drops of my favourite essential oil in the shower so that I can inhale it whilst I’m in there, doing a good exfoliation before massaging in my favourite face mask and a few rounds of deep, mindful breaths to calm and rebalance your energy.

Need some help making adjustments to your skincare routine? Book in for a consultation!