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How often do you actually take the time to do something nice for yourself? The fast-paced life keeps us all busy but that’s precisely why you should always leave some room to pamper yourself from time to time. Your body is a temple of your soul. Don’t forget to show them the respect and care they deserve. There’s nothing wrong with proper self-nourishment. Take a look at the tips below and enjoy the process of rejuvenation for both your body and soul.
Step 1 – Take care of your skin
The first thing you should do in order to upgrade your skincare routine is to find the skincare products that suit your skin type. This is not something that you should ignore. Using unsuitable products can only damage your skin. Your skin can be normal, dry, oily or combination type. What’s more, it can also be sensitive and/or prone to acne breakouts.
Regardless of your skin type, it’s essential that you moisturize your skin. Rich creams are perfect for dry skin while light moisturizers are more than enough for oily skin type. There are also plenty of products in the market for combo skin, but you can always mix the products dedicated to oily and dry skin types, as well. If your skin is sensitive, try to avoid fragrances and alcohol. Moreover, use acne treatment on the problematic areas only.
Peels and exfoliation should also be a regular part of your skin nourishment regimen. Treat yourself to facial peels once in a while and exfoliate twice a week so that you can get rid of the dead skin cells and reveal beautiful, fresh and radiant skin.
Step 2 – Love your body
Skin-rejuvenation does not only include your facial skincare. You should also find the time to take care of your body. Proper body care products are also important for each skin type. There’s nothing to stop you from enjoying your little shower and bath rituals, so, make them as pleasant and nourishing as possible. Apart from body creams, lotions and shower gels, don’t forget to use body scrubs as well. You don’t have to do this every day. However, a nice scrub will boost your blood circulation. This means more energy and vitality as well as less cellulite to worry about.
One of the main points for proper body nourishment is eating healthy. Paying attention to the food you eat is essential for both your weight goals and the healthy look of your skin. What’s more, regular exercising will not only help you control your weight, but it will improve your mood, as well. If you want to make sure your weight is going down no matter how busy you are, healthy and effective weight loss pills can be a good choice.
Step 3 –Feed your soul
Taking care of your body and skin is very important. However, you should never forget to nourish what’s inside. In that respect, doing something good for your mind and soul should become a habit.
The stress of modern life can put a lot of pressure on you. Remember that it’s perfectly fine to relax and take some time to just breathe. If you can pinpoint the main stress triggers in your life, you can also learn how to block them. Respect yourself – nothing and no one is more important than your mental health.
Do things that you enjoy! Spend time being surrounded by people that care for you and that you care about as well. Take up hobbies that inspire you, regardless of how silly they may seem. Also, don’t forget to smile as much as you can!
Proper self-nourishment cannot happen overnight. It’s not enough to occasionally remember that you can use a skincare product or have fun with your friends and family. This is something that should become your lifestyle. You deserve to spend your life happy and content with who you are.
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The weather conditions typical for the period between December and February can take quite a toll on your skin. The most common problems that you’ll face are sunburns, but they’re just the beginning of your torments. Other skin issues that come with the unbearable heat are brown spots, broken blood vessels, acne, freckles, heat rash, chaffing, blisters and burnt scalp. These are the unfortunate consequences of exposure to summer sun emits more radiation in this period. The skin damage that comes with too much exposure to sun leads to premature skin aging. This means that this is the perfect time to start thinking on how to rejuvenate your skin. Here is a guide that will help you with that.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is basically the foundation of proper summer skincare, and if you want to survive the dreadful heat of the Southern Hemisphere, you will need a lot of it. If you are not drinking enough water, your skin will become dry and less resistant to sun damage, which leads to premature aging. Drink at least eight glasses of water during the day, carry some water in the bottle with you when going outside and eat some hydrating foods (cucumber, iceberg lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, watermelon, star fruit, strawberries and grapefruit).
Leave It to the Pros
If you could pick only one season when you will treat yourself with rejuvenating facial treatments, that should definitely be summer. A facial will clean, exfoliate and nourish your skin, improving its hydration and helping it look younger. It can also address specific problems that may occur to your skin during summer, such as acne, sun damage and dehydration.
Protect Your Skin
You’ve probably figured out by now that the sunlight causes most of the skin problems during the summer, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go out at all. Just make sure you are well protected before you do that. Sunblock (not sunscreen) is a necessary addition to your skincare routine, and you should apply it about half an hour before you go outside and reapply it every two hours or so. If you have some distinct moles that would be exposed to sun during sunbathing, consider a mole removal procedure, since sunlight in combination with moles can often lead to melanoma – a type of skin cancer.
Switch to Organic Skincare
Conventional skincare products are just slowly filling up your skin (and your organism) with toxins, which, in the long run, can do more harm than good. Switching to organic skincare would include not only using organically produced cleansers, toners, and moisturizer, but also making your own skincare masks out of ingredients you have in your kitchen. Some of the best ingredients for protecting your skin during the summer are carrot, shea butter and coconut oil. Also, considering the outrageous number of mosquitoes, you shouldn’t forget to get a natural mosquito repellent.
Consult the Experts
Taking care of your skin during summer months isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Some skin problems may not be healed with skincare products, regardless of how efficient they may be. If a problem is persistent, you might need prescription skincare that will address the specific skin condition you have with regards to your skin type. Also, regular dermatologist checkups and examination of moles, lesions and growths, should become something you do routinely once a year, prior to summer.
Load Up on Antioxidants
Last, but not the least, antioxidants are your army fighting the sun radiation and skin aging. Increase their numbers by using topical serum containing high-performance ingredients, such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate seed oil, phloretin and ferulic acid. These will not only protect your skin from future damage, but also repair and rejuvenate it.
Don’t sacrifice the health of your skin for reckless sun fun. Summer can still be fun if you devote some time to taking care of and protecting your skin. Only by doing that will you succeed in keeping it youthful and glowing.
Its coming to that time of the year we can start thinking about a winter treatment plan for our sun-kisssed skins. A lot of our clients have already begun their course of Collagen Induction Therapy treatments to enhance the Skin rejuvenation process.
Dermal Rolling or Collagen Induction Therapy procedure works by stimulating your own body’s collagen. Your body will start to naturally regenerate the skin, working below the surface in the dermis.
New skin cells are generated & blood supply is enhanced. It will only take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration are seen & the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a gradual & long lasting enhancement.
Dermal Rolling (or Skin Needling) uses fine, micro-needles to stimulate tissue regeneration. This treatment is a perfect treatment for skins which are dull, uneven, looking lifeless, pigmentation, wrinkles, post acne scarring, stretch marks.
Prior to any Collagen Induction Therapy being performed a Total Face Consultation is done with Renee to ensure your skin is 100% prepped and ready for treatment. Depending on your skin a Pigment Inhibitor will be necessary to be used 3 weeks prior to treatment to ensure the formation of new or existing pigmentation isn't enhanced
How the Procedure is performed
Your skin is double cleansed, and prepped free of make up, and natural skin oils. A topical numbing cream is applied to ensure there is no feeling and left on the skin for 45minutes to ensure it is in full effect. The treatment itself takes around 30minutes to complete, total treatment time is approximately 1.5hours.
Post Collagen Induction Therapy your skin is slightly red and feels like you've just been in the sun. Directly after your treatment a topical hydrating serum will be applied followed by a SPF 30, No make up is allowed to be worn 6 hours post treatment as the fine channels made on the skin will still be open. It is ideal to use a soft gentle cleanser for the next 48hours and avoid all active serums for 4 days as this will create sensitivity on the skin. Keep the skin hydrated and ensure the skin is protected with a SPF 30 daily.
BLUSH HOUR TALKS TO NATIONAL TRAINING DIRECTOR FOR ULTRACEUTICALS TRACEY BEEBY REGARDING SOME BAD HABITS WE SHOULD TRY TO AVOID WHEN SEEKING HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN.
FIVE BAD HABITS THAT ARE RUINING YOUR SKIN: From binge-watching you fave trashy reality TV show (Dance Moms FTW!) while wearing a pizza-stained onesie to eating Nutella straight from the jar when no one’s watching, we all have cheeky habits we’re not (usually) proud of. And while most of our little quirks and bad habits are no biggie, when it comes to your skin there are certain behaviours you should steer clear of at all costs if you want a healthy, glowing complexion. Beware these five bad habits that could be ruining your skin:
1. Constantly touching your face
Our hands come into contact with millions of germs daily, and unless you’re regularly going through swimming pool-sized quantities of Dettol, chances are you’re transferring these germs to your face when you unconsciously touch your skin. “When we touch our face, germs may be transferred onto the skin and enter open lesions – this could risk exacerbating any acne condition,” says Tracey Beeby, skin whizz and trainer for skincare brand Ultraceuticals. And it’s not just your fingers that you need to worry about – your mobile phone’s covered in more bacteria than a toilet seat (apologies if you just threw up in your mouth a bit). Wipe your phone down regularly and put it on speaker instead of holding it up to your face when possible, and try to avoid touching your skin throughout the day – particularly around any areas where you’re experiencing break outs.
2. Skipping moisturiser
Even if your skin feels oily, that doesn’t mean it’s hydrated. “Too often an oily skin with breakouts presents with an impaired lipid barrier [that’s your skin’s outer protective layer, FYI],” says Tracey. “Using a moisturiser that mimics the skins own natural moisturising factor is essential to ensure the external lipid barrier is maintained at optimum strength. With an unhealthy barrier, the skin will have an overproduction of dead surface cells that build up and eventually may begin to clog the pores. This leads to a domino effect leading to the varying stages of acne formation.” Try using a lightweight oil-free moisturiser morning and night to keep skin healthy and hydrated.
3. Stripping your skin with harsh products
While it’s tempting to scrub your skin til it’s squeaky clean – especially when oil and pimples are making you feel gross – using harsh cleansers and annihilating your face with super strong treatments can backfire in a big way. “Harsh stripping products will lead to an impaired lipid barrier and lead into acne formation,” warns Tracey. Be gentle to your skin and look for cleansers and treatments that aren’t chock-full of alcohol and scary-sounding chemicals, and don’t exfoliate more than two or three times a week.
Another thing to beware of is benzoyl peroxide – it’s an ingredient often used in anti-acne products, and while it can be helpful if you’re battling a giant zit of doom, be aware that can be quite damaging to your skin and isn’t ideal to use in the long term. “Benzoyl peroxide is an oxidant. This means that it is creating oxidation, the opposite to an antioxidant…it can lead to further lipid oxidation within the pore making acne even worse,” warns Tracey. “It also can create irritation on the surface of the skin leading to further dead skin build up and inflammation.” If you’re on the hunt for an effective but gentle spot treatment, look for one that contains salicylic acid, mandelic acid, niacinamide (that’s vitamin B3, FYI) or clove oil.
Try: Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Spot Treatment, $39.
4. Squeezing pimples and blackheads
You’ve heard it a thousand times, but this a major no no. “Squeezing or picking at the skin can lead to the infection spreading both superficially and beneath the skin,” warns Tracey. “Beneath the skin is where our sebaceous glands [that’s our oil glands] reside and if the skin is squeezed hard it’s possible that these glands can burst and spread the infection.” Basically going to town on your face is a bad idea, and if you can’t deal with pimples and congestion and need it extracted (and I totally understand this feeling), just make sure you visit a professional skin technician – they’re trained in hygienic extraction methods.
5. Avoiding sunscreen
If you’re one of those cheeky monkeys who skip moisturiser because they’re scared it’ll cause more oiliness and breakouts, you’re probably guilty of skipping sunscreen too (even though you know it’s the most important anti-ageing product you can use). It doesn’t have to be this way my friend. “The use of sunscreen itself does not cause breakouts,” says Tracey. Just make sure you double cleanse at the end of the day to avoid blocked pores, and look for a sunscreen that’s designed specifically for your skin type – there are fantastic ones on the market now created for oily and acne-prone peeps. Try: Ultraceuticals SPF 30 range, it will wow you!!
For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out. It doesn't matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry.
Sound familiar? Read on to get top 10 tips for boosting your winter skin care regimen, so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.
1. Seek a Specialist: If you go to your local chemist, you'll be hard pressed to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That's why going to an esthetician even once is a good investment. A Skin Esthetician can analyse your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.
2. Moisturize More: You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. You may find that a visit to your Skin Esthetician at the beginning of winter is just what you need so your skin will stay tip-top over the winter period.
3. Slather on the Sunscreen: No, sunscreen isn't just for summertime. Winter sun -- combined with snow glare -- can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they're exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
4. Give Your Hands a Hand: The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
Any excess product you have on your hands after doing your morning and nightly routine rub it into your hands, your hands will thank you for it.
5. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks: Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
6. Hook Up the Humidifier: Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
7. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin: If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it's a myth. Water is good for your overall health and the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person's skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk. It's a very common misconception."
8. Grease Up Your Feet: Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. (We love a yummy cocoa butter and thick socks!) And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; (try Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi) that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
9. Pace the Caffeine: aviod caffeine. 1 cup of coffee strips the body of 5 cups of water....
10. Ban Superhot Baths: Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. You're better off with just warm water, and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy. So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer. If those techniques don't work, go see a Skin Esthetician.
We are offering FREE Total Skin Consults with Renee Cox from April-August to help you have the best skin during the colder months.
Call now (09) 524 5665 or email Renee@facedoctors.co.nz
Finally its here, the brand new Ultra MD Bio-Repair Moisturiser to fill the gap in the MD range.
This moisturiser is designed to plump, smooth and restore suppleness to dehydrated and acutely dry skins, as well as being a great post procedure home-care product.
This moisturiser has 7 key factors which create this intense hydrating formula.
Want to know more? Call Renee on 09 524 5665, or email email@example.com to come in and have a FREE Total Face Consultation to see if this product is right for you.
There are many ways that people choose to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and one of them is to use an injectable treatment, such as Botox; however, you may be wondering about the differences in Dysport vs. Botox. This has been a common concern for many people, because Dysport is a relatively new injectable that is quite similar to Botox, but although they are both derived from the botulinum toxin, there are also several differences between the two that you may want to consider before you decide which one to use. As you consider the Botox vs. Dysport dilemma, you may want to compare several different factors, such as cost, reaction time, and what types of wrinkles they treat. This consideration, along with advice from your doctor, can help you make a more informed decision. You may be surprised about the differences between Botox vs. Dysport, even though they are similar in formulation.
Dysport vs. Botox for Crow’s Feet
When it comes to treating crow’s feet, which are the wrinkles that develop at the corners of the eyes from laughing and smiling, both Dysport and Botox are used for treatment. Because Botox is better known as a brand, people tend to choose it more often, but according to a number of physicians, Dysport is just as effective. For the treatment of crow’s feet, Dysport vs. Botox may not last as long, although there are some tests that show that the difference in duration is negligible. However, tests also show that Dysport also tends to disperse over a wider area once it’s injected into the skin, which may be an advantage to treating crow’s feet that have fanned out over the skin.
Dysport vs. Botox for Forehead Wrinkles
Forehead wrinkles can be a challenge to treat, but if you’re considering Dysport vs. Botox, the rate at which Dysport disperses may be one of several advantages. Because these wrinkles may exist from the hairline to the eyebrows, a number of injections of Botox may be necessary to treat them all, and when you are paying per injection, this is something to consider. However, many physicians insist that it makes little difference when it comes to using Dysport vs. Botox for forehead wrinkles because it is the technique used to inject the protein that matters, not the brand of injectable used. Dysport also seems to work more quickly, offering its users results within 48 hours instead of within several days.
Dysport vs. Botox Ingredients
Although Dysport vs. Botox are quite similar when it comes to how they are made, there are one or two differences that may help you decide which product you should choose in order to treat forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. The primary difference in Dysport vs. Botox is that the protein molecules in Dysport are smaller than those contained in Botox, which means that not only do you see quicker results; the units have smaller and more affordable measurements.
The primary similarity with Dysport vs. Botox is how they work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Both injectable proteins work by cutting off nerve communication in the muscles at the site of injection, preventing the muscles there from contracting as they usually do. When these muscles become relaxed, the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes are drastically reduced, and because Botox and Dysport both last for weeks, they both prevent the wrinkles from becoming deeper.
Dysport vs. Botox Side Effects
Because they are both derived from the botulinum toxin the side effects for Dysport vs. Botox are quite similar as well and may include pain and tenderness at the injection site, swelling, and muscle weakness in the surrounding area if the injectable should spread. You should work with your cosmetic surgeon closely before making a decision about whether to use Dysport vs. Botox to treat your facial wrinkles.
A closer look into the new key ingredient in our Ultra Clear range - Mandelic Acid! Mandelic Acid is an AHA that is derived from bitter almonds! It works to decongest skin by deeply exfoliating and cleaning pores.
Mandelic Acid is also available in a professional-only skin peel that is an exceptional in clinic treatment for congested or problematic skin!
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The team at Facedoctors have been fab and super friendly !
My experience with Renee has been amazing from the start, I knew I was going to be in the right hands. She understood how I was feeling about my skin and that it was affecting my confidence. From the get go she put a solid plan into place for me as she knew I had a goal to get glowing skin for my wedding day and I can’t put into words what she has done for me, the amount of comments I get on my skin from friends and family has been amazing.
Renee checks in on my progress constantly and she changes my regime so it works with my skin, that’s the key difference. I have never received the same service anywhere else and trust me i’ve seen my fair share of beauticians!
Being on the Ultraceuticals MD range has been awesome, these products really get my skin and I have had no reactions, the products feel so light on my skin and most importantly the products actually do what they say they will do ! The MD Ultra CC Powder Pure Mineral Foundation is the best makeup around, the fact that it makes my skin look dewy and its healing my skin at the same time I wish I was on this product years ago!
I actually enjoy sticking to my regime because of it and trust me i’ve tried literally all the products on the market ! So having the combination of an award winning senior therapist and the best products around – it’s been a winning combination for me !
Thank you so much!