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Unique Halloween Dress up ideas

At Face Plus our dermal therapists are as obsessed with makeup as they are with skincare.

This is why Halloween is such a fun time of the year where the team can experiment with their Spooktacular skills.

Here is our office picks for the best makeup looks to try this Halloween:
The Psychic:

The Plastic Surgery Victim

The scary pumpkin:

Little Red Riding Hood mauled by the Wolf:

The nun from the Conjuring:

The Ragdoll:

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How to layer your skincare: A Step-by-Step Daily Skincare Guide

It’s no secret that the beauty industry is a billion-dollar empire.

With countless ads trying to sell you every product under the sun its common to feel overwhelmed and confused about which products you actually need to help you achieve your skin goals.

A consistent skincare routine is a key factor for healthy, glowing skin, so it’s important you understand the following steps:

  1. Only use products that are recommended for your skin concerns/ skin type
  2. Apply the product correctly
  3. Layer the product in the correct order in your skincare routine

Below is a step-by-step guide to your morning and evening routine in order of product application
Morning Routine

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum/Booster (optional)
  • Moisturiser
  • Eye Cream
  • SPF
  • Primer (optional)
  • Mineral Makeup (optional)

Evening Routine

  • 1st Cleanse (to remove makeup and environmental debris)
  • 2nd cleanse (to ensure the skin is clean)
  • Exfoliator (twice a week only)
  • Hydrating Mask (once or twice a week)
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Night Cream
  • Eye Cream

Now let us explain what each step does and why it is necessary

Morning Routine


Throughout the night dust mites, sweat, saliva and other environmental debris piles up onto your face.

Despite going to bed with a clean and lathered complexion, it is vital for clear skin to clean your skin thoroughly when you wake up.

  • Cleanser

If you like to shower first thing in the morning, make sure you cleanse your face with warm not hot water. If the water temperature is too high you can cause inflammation and trauma to the skin which prematurely ages and damages it.

Also, don’t use body wash products on your face. The ingredients that are suitable to clean your underarms won’t be suitable for your face as the ingredients will be too aggressive and stripping.

  • Toner

Tone your face less than 1 minute after cleansing. This will help the product absorb better to hydrate your skin and seal your pores.

To read up on why you need to be using a toner in your daily skincare routine, see our blog post on it here

  • Serum/Booster (optional)

Depending on your age and skincare concerns serums are sometimes recommended to be worn at night time only.

Consult with your dermal therapist before applying as some serums are rich in vitamins and acids that shouldn’t be exposed to sunlight.

  • Moisturiser

Despite the season, keeping your skin hydrated is the most important step to prevent early signs of aging. Your skin is your body’s largest living organ.

When we drink water your skin is the last organ to receive the benefits of this hydration, therefore it’s important to apply topical hydration as well as feeding your body internally.

Hydrated skin will also mean your makeup will go on easily and your skin will have a lovely, plump glow.

If you work in air-conditioning or are travelling, it’s a good idea to carry with you a facial moisturiser to top up your skin throughout the day.

  • Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate of your whole body which is why it is usually the first area where we show signs of aging.

To counter this, use your ring finger to delicately tap eye cream around the orbital bone to help add moisture to plump and smooth the skin.

  • SPF

It doesn’t matter if you work at a desk all day, SPF is an absolutely essential skincare step that you should always remember to apply.

Australia has some of the worlds harshest UV rays which means that even on an overcast day you can be subject to sun damage. The sun is the number one cause of premature aging.

During the warmer months always carry an SPF with you. Just make sure you use an SPF that is oil free and suitable for your face.

  • Primer (optional)

If you like wearing makeup then a primer is a great way to make sure your makeup goes on smoothly and doesn’t move throughout the day. If you’re in a hurry, we recommend blending your SPF, moisturiser, primer and cream makeup together.

If you find your face is a bit too shiny from all of the product try a loose mineral powder to easily set the look.

  • Mineral Makeup (optional)

Don’t undo all your hard skincare work by applying an artificial, chemical filled makeup product on top. Instead, choose a product with natural minerals and organic ingredients that compliments rather than conflicts with your skincare.
Face Plus Medispa recommends the Aevitas Actives BB Finish or The Alex Cosmetics BB Cream

Evening Routine


When you sleep you are giving your body a chance to recharge and reboot. The same goes with your skin which is why you want to feed it all the proper nutrients.

Going to bed with makeup on is like breathing with a plastic bag over your head. You are essentially cutting of the oxygen supply to your skin which leads to dull, dehydrated and a breakout prone complexion.

Get into the habit of indulging in a consistent night time beauty regime and your skin will reward you.
An evening beauty routine should take you no more than 4-5 minutes. Twice a week however, (we usually suggest a Wednesday and a Sunday) indulge your skin by exfoliating dead skin cells and applying an at home face mask.

This DIY spa is a great way to maintain excellent skin health between your regular dermal appointments. It might bump up your night time routine to around 20 minutes (particularly if you need to wait for your mask to absorb/dry) but if the result is great skin, then we say it’s well worth it.

  • 1st Cleanse (to remove makeup and environmental debris)
  • 2nd cleanse (to ensure the skin is clean)

Double cleansing is incredibly important as you need to remove all physical and environmental toxins before re-hydrating the skin with topical products. You need to start with a clean canvas.

For certain skin types it might be necessary to vary the kind of product used in the first and second cleanse. For example, if you like to wear a lot of makeup an oil-based cleanser is great to dissolve the makeup product and to lift to dirt/ residue from the face.

Then you can switch to a milk cleanser for the second cleanse as is a gentle way to now focuses on cleaning the skin itself, as opposed to the product layered onto the skin.

  • Exfoliator (twice a week only)

There are two types of exfoliator products. A manual exfoliation which usually has a granulated, sand like texture or a chemical exfoliator.

A physical exfoliant is any product that requires a rubbing or scrubbing action, hence the term ‘manual exfoliation’. This could be a scrub that you apply with your hands. Or it could be a tool that does the scrubbing action for you, such as a battery-powered facial brush. Be careful not to over-exfoliate your skin as rubbing in the granules too hard can actually tear/ cause trauma and break down the skin’s protective barrier.

A chemical exfoliator is based on mild acids or enzymes. When these ingredients are applied to skin, they gently dissolve the ‘glue’ that cements dead skin cells together. Unlike physical exfoliants, products containing acids or enzymes require no scrubbing and work gradually.

  • Hydrating Face Mask (once or twice a week only)

Whether you prefer a sheet mask, clay mask or overnight mask indulging your skin in a mid-week pamper session is a great way to supercharge your skin with a powerful dose of botanical extracts. We recommend discussing products and applications with your dermal therapist to ensure you’re using a product that’s right for you and your skin concerns.

  • Toner

Morning and night, a toner is a no-brainer way to prime your skin to properly absorb your serums and creams.

  • Serum

A serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturising with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serum is particularly suited to this task because it is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients.

This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles. Serums can be full of moisturising ingredients (hyaluronic acid, ceramides) to help skin retain moisture. But, that doesn’t make them moisturisers in the traditional sense.

Face lotions and creams are richer and create a barrier on top of the skin to keep the serum locked in.

  • Night Cream

Is a night cream the same as your daily moisturiser? It can be but it’s recommended you use a more intense product at night to maximise your results.

It makes sense to swap the products once you realise the different functions of the skin from day to night. During the day, the skin plays a defensive role, protecting itself from UV rays, pollution, weather conditions and bacterial growth.

When you’re asleep, the skin is also active, working to repair the damage caused during the day and regenerating itself.

To help the skin in its regeneration mode, you should apply face cream that is specifically formulated to accelerate tissue repair and promote cell renewal. This type of product is commonly referred to as night cream.

  • Eye Cream

Nurture the most delicate part of your face and wake up without the panda eyes and sleep lines. To read more about why you should use an eye cream, read our blog post here

So, there you have it. Every product type you need to apply, in which order and why.

We hope we didn’t overwhelm you but after all you only get given one of the skin you’re in. It’s your duty to look after it and make it looks the best it can be.

To book a skin consultation: 
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5 main triggers of acne


There’s nothing more disappointing than learning the hard way that bad breakouts don’t necessarily end when your teenage years do.

Coming to terms with adult acne is difficult but rest assured, you’re not the only grown woman dealing with zits. Many of our clients at Face Plus are perplexed that they can be worried about wrinkles and pimples at the same time, however, studies have shown that in the last 2 decades, adult acne has increased exponentially.

It begs the questions, what are we doing wrong in our day to day lives to cause this condition to happen.  Here is a list of 5 common triggers of acne and methods we can take to overcome them.

  1. Hormonal imbalance

Do you ever notice that your breakouts seem to be worse right before your menstrual cycle? This isn’t a coincidence. Fluctuation in hormones is one of the leading causes of acne breakouts.

When the androgen hormone levels are elevated (the testosterone hormone predominately seen in males) your bodies response is to produce a sticky wax like sebum (oil) that disrupts the acid mantle and pH balance of your skin.

A spike in the androgen hormone can often present as painful cystic acne particularly around the chin, neck and back area.

If you notice your breakouts are triggered solely by your menstrual cycle then it’s a good idea to consult your GP to see if there if any medication or supplements that can help regulate your hormone levels.

  1. Poor diet – excessive consumption of sugar, dairy, oily, pre-packaged food

We all know that after a naughty weekend of eating and drinking the wrong foods our punishment is often breakouts and dull, dehydrated skin.

As a living organ, your skin really does feed off the nutrients we put inside and on our body. Foods that are high in fats, sugars and sodium should be eaten in moderation. Sugar in particular should be avoided as it causes your insulin levels to spike.

Insulin triggers a release of androgen which as we now know is the oil producing hormone.

If you suffer from acne and eat a relatively balanced diet, then you might find you are intolerant or even allergic to some of the food groups which is triggering the breakout. Many gluten and dairy intolerants noticed that once they eliminated these food groups their skin also cleared up.

  1. Poor hygiene and cross contamination – ie. picking, squeezing, dirty makeup brushes, facial sponges, insufficient cleansing and cheap generic skin care).

One of the most tempting things to do is touch and pop a pimple that appears on your face. We’ve all done it, but we also know that this almost never results in the pimple going away.

As pimples are a bacteria, by popping them (especially a pimple without a white head) you are essentially spreading the bacteria around your face with the potential to infect more of your pores.

If you suffer from acne do not touch your face. Extractions should only be performed by a trained dermal therapist using sterile and appropriate tools and training.

If you do suffer from acne, ensure your hygiene levels are hospital grade. Wash your make- up brushes between use, change your pillow case every two days (sleep on a fresh side every night). Also, make sure you are washing your face morning and night and immediately after exercise.

While you don’t want to scrub your face dry, clean skin will help to restore the acid mantle to a neutral level.

  1. Stress

Stress results in the fluctuation of your hormone levels. the elevation of the stress producing hormone cortisol causes the sebaceous gland to overproduce oil.

Whether you work full time, are a full-time mum, or juggle both, chances are, your stress levels are high. When you’re stressed, you have an organ called the adrenal glands that makes the stress hormone cortisol, and puts it out into the body to help the body deal with stress. Unfortunately, a tiny bit of testosterone leaks out with it.

For a woman, this male hormone can drive the oil glands to produce more oil—the root cause of breakouts.
Stress and acne are unfortunately inextricably linked. Acne causes serious distress on the mental health of many teenagers and adults. 

The interplay between anxiety and acne is very important to consider as part of your treatment plan. While anxiety alone won’t directly cause acne to develop it certainly plays a part in why it occurs and it plays an even bigger part in the severity of breakouts.

While you might have developed acne because of a hormonal imbalance (common in teenagers and young adults) and/or because of a poor choice in diet, acne is greatly enhanced by the onset of stress related (anxiety) hormones.
Read more about how to manage the stress associated with acne here.

  1. Digestive or immune related disorders – ie IBS, disorders of the colon, food allergy, parasites, intestinal permeability -also known as leaky gut.

Medical professionals commonly refer to your gut as your second brain. What is happening internally is directly related to what is showing externally. One study investigated 13,000 teenagers and young adults. Those with acne were more likely to experience symptoms of gastrointestinal distress like constipation and heartburn.

The study found that abdominal bloating, which is a sure sign of intestinal dysbiosis and inflammation, was 37% more likely to be associated with acne.

If you think you suffer from gut related, digestive issues it is important you visit your GP for testing as you may have a disorder or a parasite. If you have been on courses on anti-biotics for instance it is likely you will need a strong pre and probiotic to help restore the good flora back to your gut.
Bottom line, if you want clear skin you need to start from the inside.

Nurture your gut with probiotic rich, fermented foods and supplements under the strict guidance of your healthcare practitioner.

To book a skin consultation: 
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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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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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PCOS Q&A with Brigitte Warne

 

Brigitte Warne speaks with us about womens health.


At Face Plus Medispa we are passionate about helping women with their skincare issues.

Our goal is to make every woman feel confident inside and out about their skin. PCOS is an issue that effects a large portion of our clients.

With little research or funding behind the Syndrome we understand how frustrating this can feel for women looking for answers.

One of our own staff at Face Plus, our graphic designer, Keely, suffers from PCOS and is passionate about educating others and herself in holistic and medical treatments that help to manage her symptoms. Keely dedicates a lot of her spare time to research and came across a fellow Sydney PCOS advocate, Brigitte Warne.

Brigitte is a women’s health advocate who also happens to be a boss business woman & model. We recently invited her in for a treatment at Face Plus and sat down with her to pick her brain and delve into the magic that is her @pcos_to_wellness account and website. Make sure to check out Brigitte’s blog here: www.pcostowellness.com

How would you explain PCOS to someone that has never heard of it?
To put it simply PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a complex hormonal condition.
However, it can be hard to really define PCOS as many women experience many different versions and symptoms of the condition, and you do not have to have all the symptoms to be considered as having PCOS.
The cysts themselves are actually not even cysts but are partially formed follicles that each contain an egg.

When did you first find out that you had PCOS?
 I found out I had PCOS in November last year (2017), it took nearly 1 year and 5 different doctors to finally get the diagnosis as I didn’t fit the ‘typical’ look of someone with PCOS.
 
There are 4 different types of PCOS according to Lara Briden (Insulin-Resistant PCOS, Pill-induced PCOS or Post-Pill PCOS, Inflammatory PCOS & Hidden-Causes PCOS), what category dose your PCOS fit under and what kind of symptoms did you have?
Its funny because I have spoken to several naturopaths about this (including one that works at Lara Bridens Sydney clinic) and its seems that I am combination of them.
Initially I thought it could have been pill induced (as I had been on the pill for 10 years) but looking back I had signs of having PCOS before that and I was actually put on the pill when I was 17 to help with acne and to regulate my nonexistent period.
I also think there may be some links to insulin resistant PCOS too, Although I have always eaten very healthily, when I lowered my carbs I noticed a big difference in my symptoms, particularly acne.
I also think stress was greatly impacting my PCOS, so there may have been some element of inflammatory PCOS too!!
Haha…..so its hard to pick one!
The types of symptoms I experienced were:

  • Cystic acne on my face, neck, chest and back.
  • Hair loss
  • Dandruff
  • Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Skin tags
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Amenorrhea (absence of periods)

What where the first steps you took to treating your PCOS?
The first thing I did was research, research and then do more research.
After being told by my doctor that PCOS wasn’t curable and that the only way I would be able to manage the symptoms was through synthetic hormones and drugs I decided that there must be a better way.
Having a background in health science I set out to look at natural alternatives to managing PCOS from reputable sites, scientific journals and studies. After spending weeks researching I got to work changing up my diet, implementing herbs, decreasing stress and reassessing my beauty routine.

What was your diet like before getting diagnosed with PCOS and what is it like now? Was it hard to give up your normal routine way of eating? 
Before PCOS my diet was still very healthy, I ate a vegetarian diet (mostly plant based) and ate lots of fruit, veggies and complex carbohydrates, but I would still happily enjoy everything in moderation including alcohol.
However, after finding out I had PCOS I decided to change my diet, I still stuck to a plant-based diet, but I had to cut out almost all sugars (including natural sugars from fruit), reduced my carbohydrates (including complex ones) and really increased good fats, I even tried a vegan keto diet for a while. I also cut out all alcohol and caffeine.
I am not going to lie, it was very hard sticking to this strict diet.
Thankfully I love cooking and coming up with recipes so at home it was bearable, but socially it was incredibly difficult.
In the end I would just have to explain to my friends and family why I was doing it and the huge improvements I had seen so far from sticking to my diet. Most of the time people were understanding and didn’t question me too much about it.

What is one of your favourite recipes to cook?
My vegan keto veggie bread is one of my favourite things to bake, and is the most popular recipe on my blog! Giving up bread was SOOOO hard for me, so coming up with this recipe gave me a great alternative. Click here for Recipe

What supplements do you take to help with your PCOS?  
Now days I don’t take as many supplements as I have been able to balance my hormones over time however I still like to take Zinc, maca, vitex and drink spearmint tea everyday.
However, the herbs and supplements I recommend for anyone who is just at the beginning of their PCOS journey are here

What is seed cycling? & what kind of difference did you see by starting seed cycling?
Seed cycling is basically just the process of eating specific seeds (flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds) at specific times of your cycle to help eliminate unwanted hormones or increase them.
This is done throughout the month to help balance your hormones and your menstrual cycle – it’s completely safe, natural and EFFECTIVE!
I have been on the seed cycling band wagon for around 5 months now, and I can honestly say that I think it has been one of the main reasons I have been able to regulate my once non-existent periods and get my fertility back. You can find out more about my experience with seed cycling here

How have herbal Peels helped your skin?
Herbal peels have been a game changer for my skin, they have helped me to be able to control my acne, improve my skin texture and help to heal pigmentation of acne scarring. The thing I love about herbal peels is that depending on the herbs used you can target different issues and see results quickly.

Any skin care products you avoid?
Any harsh chemicals that strip your skin of its natural oils. When I first started experiencing PCOS related acne I was using every ‘acne’ related product I could find. I thought the harsher the product the more likely it was to kill the acne… unfortunately for me this ended up being a vicious cycle and would just inflame my poor skin even more, resulting in more acne.

There is so much miss information about PCOS any advice for someone that is newly diagnosed with PCOS or think that they might have it as well?
Do your own research, and be your advocate.
There is so much information out there, and some of it is great! Unfortunately, a lot of it comes from uneducated people, or people who have never even experienced PCOS themselves.
Listen to your body, if you’re experiencing symptoms that is your bodies way of trying to tell you something is not right or unbalanced.
It’s your job to find out what that is and let me tell you it doesn’t happen overnight!
Stick to evidence-based journals, people who have experienced PCOS first hand and people who have studied extensively in this area.

What’s you take on treating PCOS from both a conventional medical perspective and trying alternative therapies?
My perspective is that there is a need for both.
I do however believe that there are so many amazing natural and alternative treatments that can be utilised before turning to conventional medicine. I also believe that in order to heal you need to address the underlying issue, and quite often conventional medicine only masks the issue rather than fix it.
My advice would be to speak to as many people as you can from both conventional and alternative backgrounds and then use that information to decide your next steps forward.
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Why happiness results in glowing skin

 

I’m sure you’ve heard of the bridal glow or new mum glow.

It’s that look that a bride gives her husband as she sees him for the first time at the altar.

Or the look a mum gives her newborn baby as she cradles them in her arms for the first time. Take away the makeup on the bride and the sweaty red face for the mum and they both have an undeniable glow. It’s happiness in it’s purest form and it’s written all over their face.

At Face Plus Medispa it is common for us to see many distressed clients worrying about their varying skin concerns. Acne, for instance, is one of the greatest causes of anxiety and distress. With acne being so visible and almost impossible to hide it’s completely understandable that it should cause a client anguish, however, the stress can often trigger and flare even more breakouts.

Research has shown that stress and breakouts are inextricably linked. The body responds to stress by directing blood flow and oxygen to areas vital for fighting dress and withdraws them from other areas like the skin. The skin is subsequently starved of blood and oxygen making it dehydrated, full lifeless and prone to clogged pores and breakouts.

At Face Plus we encourage our clients to think of skin care from a holistic point of view. Mind body connection is very important. We ensure our clients understand the connection between mood and skin health. Negativity and stress release cortisol into our body which effects your gut health. With your gut functioning as your bodies second brain and the controller of all of your hormones, it’s natural an unbalance will show up on your face.

When we are feeling happy and relaxed our bodies natural response is to repair and renew itself. A good mood balances your hormones which helps to heal inconsistencies in your skin. This isn’t to say that happiness is the be all and end all to having a glowing complexion, however, it’s certainly an imperative starting point.
To get the happiness glow we recommend the following things:

  1. Eat food as close to its natural state as possible

Chemically processed food (ie. Fast food or packaged food) takes too long to break down in our body as it’s registered as a foreign object. By eating an organic diet, your body is functioning with ease which leads to a happy gut and therefore happy skin.

  1. Meditate to stay calm & stress free read our blog here
  2. Make sleep a priority. Try and rest for 8 hours a night. A rested body is a happy body
  3. Exercise every day.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a spin class or lifting heavy weights. Exercise can be walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking to the shops instead of driving. It’s vital to move your body for 30 minutes EVERYDAY!

  1. Develop a skincare regime and stick to it

Don’t skip your moisturiser and don’t go to bed with makeup on. Dedicate 5 minutes, morning and night to making your skincare regime a top priority. Consistency is key and the results are glowing, healthy skin.

  1. Go chemical free

Ditch the excessive plastic, the constant microwaved meals, the household chemicals and artificial makeup. Evaluate all of the items you come in contact with on any given day and see if there is a healthier alternative.

  1. Regular Dermal appointments

Face Plus Medispa should be considered your personal trainer for your skin. If you have long standing skincare issues, the key is to have regular appointments to address, assess and resolve them.

While budget can sometimes be of a concern, a deep cleansing facial once a month or every 6 weeks pays dividends when it results in a happy, glowing complexion and attitude.

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Detox your skin from within

 

Dry July is a wonderful time to hit the refresh button on your skin.

While you might be working hard and using all the right topical products, your skin also needs to be receiving the proper nutrients from within to ensure it is performing at it’s peak.

Below is a list of daily habits you can start to incorporate into your routine to get your skin glowing. Remember, this list must be supplemented with a healthy, natural diet and consistent exercise plan in order to yield results. For food and beverages the rule is to stick to products produced as close to it’s natural source as possible. If it comes in a packet or from a factory plant then remove it from your diet.

  1. Oil Pull

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has been around for centuries. I use coconut oil as it’s cost effective and easily accessible. When you wake up put 1 tablespoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth. Swish it around for 10 minutes (build up to 20 minutes over a few weeks) then spit out into the bin. Do NOT swallow as this mixture will be filled with toxins after this pulling process. Oil Pulling helps to detoxify the body by drawing out all the bacteria in the mouth and throat. It will also help to rid you of bad breath, plaque and cavities as well as naturally whitens your teeth.

  1. Start each day with warm water and lemon

While lemon might taste acidic, in your body it has the reverse, alkalizing effect. It helps to adjust the acid levels in your body and balances your pH. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants so not only boosts your immune system but also aids in digestion, cleanses the liver and reduces inflammation which are all great for glowing skin.

  1. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water

Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural miracle product. While it has many topical uses and benefits from cleansing your skin and hair and cleaning your home without chemicals, it should also be taken internally. While I like to use apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing mixed with extra virgin olive oil, you should also mix a bit in water. Similar to lemons, apple cider is great for detoxing your liver. It works to breakdown fat in your body so is great for weight loss but most importantly it reduces inflammation in your body which is the leading cause for breakouts and skin sensitivities.

  1. Morning tea with the Beauty Chef Glow powder

GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is your essential daily beauty blend, containing 24 Certified Organic, bio-fermented and probiotic superfoods, for good gut health and healthy, glowing skin. The award-winning ‘GLOW’ is a bio-fermented formula designed to support gut health, collagen synthesis and beautiful skin, hair and nails from the inside out. In a clinical trial, women observed GLOW enhanced their skin luminosity, clarity, hydration and texture.

  1. Afternoon tea with the Beauty Chef Cleanse Powder

Support the body’s natural detoxification process and cultivate smooth, clear skin with The Beauty Chef’s CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder. This advanced super-greens formula contains 45 Certified Organic and bio-fermented fruits, vegetables, seeds, roots, algae, grasses, purifying herbs and digestive enzymes to help alkalise and detoxify your body from the inside out.
A delicious and easy way to enjoy a daily boost of cleansing and alkalising greens in a bio-available form, CLEANSE may also be used to help re-balance your body and gut microbiome.

  1. Sip on bone broth

Avoid this one if you are a vegetarian, however bone broth has amazing gut healing properties. Organic bone broth is rich in collagen which helps to give your skin strength, smoothness, elasticity and a youthful appearance.

  1. Replace coffee for green tea

If you are on a detox then you might want to swap green tea for a natural, caffeine free alternative. However, if you need that energy boost green tea has much more health and skin benefits than coffee. Green tea rehydrates you better than water and is also an excellent source of antioxidants. Green tea promotes healthy cell growth which is imperative for glowing skin

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Vacation Skin guide


For any lucky ducks that are escaping the cold for warmer climates, this article is a must read for you.

On holiday’s it’s easy to slip out of your normal routine and replace your workouts for happy hour and clean eating for pasta parties. The one thing that should stay consistent on your holiday, is your beauty regime.

When transitioning from a cool to warm climate, you skin will need a few days to adjust. The excessive plane journey won’t help this setback so make sure to monitor the condition of your skin and adjust your routine to compliment.

Hydration station
In Winter our skin is usually dryer than normal and, on an aeroplane, even dyer again. Keep your skin hydrated by removing your makeup and applying serums and moisturiser regularly.
For some inflight beauty tips read our blog post here

Less is more
When you arrive in warmer climates your skin and body is likely to feel out of whack. The humidity and heat are always a welcome shock so it’s natural your skin will fight to adjust. Avoid breakouts by regularly cleansing your face and applying minimal creams and makeup. The tip is the let your skin breathe.  There is nothing worse than being on a summer holiday and wearing thick layers of foundation and mascara. Take a break from your usual glam and adopt the French-girl beauty trend of a touch of cover up, a swipe of lipstick and brushed bushy brows.

Slip Slop Slap
Whatever, you do though, don’t forget sunscreen. Even though the European heat may feel less hard than our Australian sun. your skin has avoided contact with strong UV rays for a few months therefore has no tolerance to it….this is why you seem to burn so easily on the first few days of your vaycay.
When picking your sunscreen opt for one with a UV rating of 30 or 50 SPF. Read here

Beat the bloat
Water retention and bloating is common after excessive travel. To de-bloat your face you need to flush your system. It might seem counter-intuitive but drinking lots of water really does help this process. Add some lemon slices for an extra anti-inflammatory boost.

When applying your serums or sunscreen massage into your face using a few lymphatic drainage techniques. This will manually aid in the detoxification on your face by draining toxins to your lymph nodes.

The massage will help the increase circulation to flush the fluid build-up.
Lymphatic drainage massage techniques

  • Starting both hands between your eyebrows, push hands to the hairline and slide down to the ears (lymph nodes are here). Repeat the step, so that you have drained top, middle and bottom of forehead and on brow bones.
  • Now under the eyes. Start from inner corner of the eyes and slide hands towards the ears. Repeat the step, covering cheeks, mouth and chin. Always middle and out
  • Last step is the neck, massage up neck and under the jaw towards chin. Then from chin, sweep both hands towards the ears.

Take it off!
On holidays it’s perfectly acceptable to sleep in and drink a glass of wine at lunch, however, it’s not acceptable to go to bed without taking your makeup off.

To avoid skin irritations and breakouts make a point to double cleanse your face morning and night. The build-up of grit and grime clogs your pores throughout the day. If you are in a particularly warm climate then you will also have a build up sweat particles and potential salt/ chlorinated water residue if you are going swimming.

As it is hot your pores are likely to expand leaving them more vulnerable to bacteria, making it even more important to keep up a regular beauty routine.

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Bridal Beauty Food

 

Diet and Skin care together impact your skin.

A very important part of ensuring optimum skin health, is a rigorous and consistent skincare regime.

Many of our clients assume that booking a once a month session at Face Plus is enough to ensure they meet their glowing skin goals.

However, it’s important to adjust your thinking on this.

If you view Face Plus as your skins very own personal trainer, then you are still required to workout outside of your scheduled session times in order to see visible results. 

Great skincare is comprised of three components

  1. regular appointments with a trained dermal therapist
  2. meticulous at home skincare using products that are proven to compliment your skin
  3. a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle

These three components need to work in harmony in order to produce healthy, glowing skin.
As a bride to be, the time in the lead up to your wedding can be extremely stressful.

A bride can often be so focused on the wedding that they forgo proper self-care in the lead up. This stress and tension can often result in breakouts and skin sensitivity.

Many brides also try to lose weight before their big day. It’s important that a bride does this in a healthy way. Starving yourself or eating like a rabbit can often have a negative impact on your skin. Your skin is after all your largest living organ. It is also the organ that receives all the nutrients from your food last. So, it is crucial that you feed your body vitamin rich foods to help promote glowing skin from the inside out.
Here is a list of food/beverages/supplements that are crucial for glowing skin:

  1. Drink lots of water

While this may sound like a no brainer, skin dehydration is the number one issue we see here at Face Plus. This is particularly relevant to you, if you are a bride that is training heavily before your big day. Make sure to re-hydrate your body so that it reflects your exercise exertions.
During the winter months, feel free to supplement a few glasses of water for cups of herbal tea, such as green tea. To read about the benefits of herbal tea, read our blog post on it here: Tea-tox drink to your health

  1. Eat Dark leafy greens with every meal (spinach, kale, silverbeet, rocket, chard) 

Dark leafy salads are full of collagen boosting vitamins. Make sure to have a balance of both raw and cooked greens in order to reap all of the health benefits, as overcooking your greens can zap it of all its nutrients. Leafy Greens are rich in Vitamin A and K, which help to reduce dark circles that may form under your eyes.
To incorporate greens into your diet, blend some in morning smoothie (mix with berries for a tasteless experience), have a salad with protein for lunch and lightly sauté with some fish, lemon & olive oil for dinner.

  1. Salmon 

Pick Fish that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. While many people can’t stomach sardines (if you can these are the best for you), wild caught salmon is a good alternative. Try and swap your meat nights for fish nights in the lead up to your wedding. Not only are these lighter meals but the health benefits on your skins membranes makes the swap worth the while. Just be careful not to ruin the health benefits of fish by covering it in sugary sauces. Try and eat fish on its own, adding a bit of olive oil, lemon, ginger, turmeric or tamari as flavouring.

  1. Berries

While there is a lot of reports that are now saying, not all fruit is good for you, berries remain the superfoods of choice for health professionals. Whether its raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries; these little gems are rich in antioxidants and low in fructose. Berries also promote collagen production, for healthy and plump skin. Mix berries in your morning smoothie, snack on them in the afternoon or mix a handful in unsweetened greek yoghurt for a filling and healthy dessert.

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a miracle spice. It’s anti-inflammatory, wound healing properties are widely recognized. Added grated fresh turmeric to your stir fries or on top of your salmon for some healthy flavouring. As turmeric can be expensive, store a fresh knob of it in your freezer and grate finely when needed. While powdered turmeric can also be substituted, it’s best to enjoy fresh produce as close to it’s natural state as possible in order to gain all of the health benefits.

  1. Lemon

Squeeze lemon on everything! Have it in warm water to start the day and alkalize your body, mix it with extra virgin olive oil as a healthy salad dressing, add it to your berry smoothies to balance sweetness or place a slice in your cup of green tea. Lemons help to improve your digestion and detoxify your body which ultimately results in clearing up your complexion.

  1. The Beauty Chef Glow Powder 

As far as health supplements go, this one is a fridge essential. While its necessary to eat whole foods, our busy lifestyles often leave us time poor to prepare all our meals of the day. This tasty, probiotic powder helps to deliver your gut a healthy dose of goodness in an easy to prepare and digestible formula.
GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is your essential daily beauty blend, containing 24 Certified Organic, bio-fermented and probiotic superfoods, for good gut health and healthy, glowing skin.
the award-winning ‘GLOW’ by The Beauty chef is a bio-fermented formula designed to support gut health, collagen synthesis and beautiful skin, hair and nails from the inside out. This powder is a probiotic-rich formula, with a delicious berry flavour, is packed with easily digested, super-charged nutrients that are absorbed quickly and effectively by your cells to promote collagen synthesis and support skin radiance. Face Plus Medispa are proud to stock The Beauty Chef range. The Glow Powder is available from all three Face Plus Clinics and retails for $59.95
As well as this brief list make sure to eliminate from your diet any heavily processed foods. The rule should be, if it comes in a packet, try and find a whole foods substitute. By eating clean your skin won’t only look better, but you will feel better too….and what could be better than a healthy, glowing bride to be.

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