CHANGING OF THE SEASONS: GETTING MY SKIN READY FOR WINTER WITH ULTRACEUTICALS

The one thing you should know about your skin, is that it’s always changing. Factors such as age, hormones and changing seasons are just some of the reasons why you’ll notice changes in skin tone, texture and luminosity (just to name a few!) over the course of a year. It’s especially important to pay attention to your skin as the weather changes, when tell-tale signs of long days in the sun can make their presence known. For me, smatterings of pesky pigmentation, dull skin and congestion tend to appear towards the end of summer, reminding me that now is the time to take action.

So as the sun set on another glorious summer, I spoke to the experts about whipping my skin into shape to brave the colder months.

I booked into La Belle Peau (the only place I trust in Perth with my skin) for a consultation and a treatment. I met with Perth’s very own ‘skin whisperer’ Kim Tran, who whisked me away one Tuesday evening for a consultation and subsequent treatment. Kim looked closely at my skin and we discussed my major skin concerns and what I wanted to achieve which is a brighter complexion, improved skin texture and to fade pigmentation.

Based on my concerns, Kim prescribed the Ultraceuticals A-Zyme Peel, a non-invasive and comfortable skin rejuvenation treatment. The A-Zyme peel combines fast-acting potent ingredients Retinol and Bromelain to refresh, refine, hydrate and plump the skin. It’s also perfect for those with acne and congestion complaints as it works to manage the skin’s oil levels and reduce the buildup of dead skin cells. Just what the doctor ordered!

Why peel?
Peels use natural acids to slough of the top layers of skin that are dull and damaged. The benefits of Ultraceuticals A-Zyme Peel in particular include: minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates and plumps the skin, improves clarity and restores radiance to the complexion, unclogs pores and exfoliates skin. And that’s only a few!

Kim explained this peel involved a few days of downtime, but with the Easter weekend nearing and a few days down south planned, this didn’t phase me.

The treatment began with a thorough double cleanse, using Ultraceuticals Ultra Bright Foaming Cleanser, which sent me into a state of utter relaxation. Kim then prepped my skin with the Ultra Sonopheresis Machine before applying the A-Zyme Peel to my face, neck and décolletage. Upon application, the peel tingles a bit on my skin, but as I’m sure all beauty aficionados will agree, I love this feeling because I know it’s working.

Kim gently massaged in the peel with the Ultra Sonopheresis Machine, allowing the enzymes to deeply penetrate and work their magic on my skin. After the peel is removed, Kim applies the beautifully nourishing Ultraceuticals Ultra Hydrating Lotion, a super lightweight, fast absorbing lotion which restores suppleness to the skin without a shiny finish.

Following my treatment I am sent home loaded up with an aftercare program and products from Ultraceuticals to help me achieve my skin care goals. For the first 5-7 days I use the Ultra Brightening Cleanser, Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum, Ultra Hydrating Lotion and plenty of SPF during the day. For the first few days, I noticed slight peeling around my chin and mouth, which then moved to my nose and forehead. This had completely cleared by day 5 and my skin was visibly brighter, clearer with a noticeable glow. And although there wasn’t much need for it, makeup sat beautifully on my skin.

My skin continued to improve once it healed with oiliness and congestion a thing of the past, pigmentation visibly faded and a brighter, clearer complexion. I have now incorporated the Even Skintone Serum Concentrate into my morning routine as a way to keep pigmentation at bay. At night I have included the Ultra A Perfecting Serum, a healthy dose of Retinol to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and the Ultra A Perfecting Eye Cream, to help plump and refine delicate skin around the eyes.

My skin has never been happier. It is bright, clear and free from blemishes. The powerhouse ingredients of the A-Zyme Peel worked wonders on my dull, lacklustre complexion that was plagued with congestion. The aftercare products that were prescribed have helped keep my skin in check and continue to keep it looking brilliant.

So if your skin is looking a little sad after summer, book yourself in for a transformative Ultraceuticals peel and get it in tip top shape before the harsh winter weather is upon us.

 

A NEW LOOK FOR PURE MOVES + PILATES TO BURN SOME SERIOUS CALORIES

They say change is as good as a holiday and personally, I like nothing like a little spruce up to keep things fresh. So you can imagine my delight when I waltzed into my Pilates haven, Pure Moves recently. The Cottesloe studio that once sported that iconic purple wall, has debuted a sleek new look with a pared back modern, minimalist style, giving the space an exclusive, luxe studio feel. The renovations included a brand new lounge area for clients to relax in pre or post class, a redesigned reception area, plenty of lush greenery and stunning finishes including modern hanging pendant lights and, my personal favourite, matte black sink and tap ware in the kitchen. The redesign has given the studio more of a unisex feel and has really given the space an amazing lift.

Inspired by the beautiful new fit-out at Pure Moves, and feeling very uninspired by the volume of hot cross buns and chocolate consumed last weekend, I checked into Pure Moves for a post-Easter blitz. I’ve rounded up some of the best classes to schedule in if you’re looking to work up a serious sweat.

Athletic Reformer
Some smart cookie took my favourite Pilates workout and (somehow) made it better. Athletic Reformer is everything you love about the spring loaded resistance workout, but at a higher intensity to really get the heart rate going! I love Reformer because it strengthens and lengthens muscles without adding bulk, and Athletic Reformer takes it to a whole new level with a series of exercises that burn more calories and sculpt the body faster. I jumped into a 6am class and it was the perfect way to wake my body up and get ready for the day. Highly recommend!


TRX
A sure fire way to get your muscles (and metabolism) going is with a TRX class. This workout focuses on suspension training and the movements of the body while, well…suspended. Designed to work core muscles and increase strength, TRX at Pure Moves is a 45 minute class that is over before you know it and the results are almost instantaneous. I particularly felt the burn in my legs, until the next day when my core decided to kick in and my abs ignited. There is nothing like that all over body soreness after an amazing workout.

Boxilates
This game changer combines good old fashioned boxing with a toning Pilates mat class. It’s interval style training at its best which improves cardio fitness, strength and works the core, arms and back. This is a great class that is suitable for all fitness levels. Pure Moves offer three Boxilates classes per week, 8.30am Wednesday, 6.15pm Thursday and 6am Friday.

HYDRAFACIAL REVIEW: SKIN CLINIC FREMANTLE

When it comes to skincare, I am a big believer that prevention is better than cure. A solid daily skincare regime combined with targeted maintenance such as monthly facials or peels are a sure fire way to keep skin health in check and knock any issues on the head. But as our days get busier, and with so many treatments available, it can sometimes become all too hard to know what to select for maintenance, let alone find a time to fit it in. Recently, I was treated to a HydraFacial at Skin Clinic Fremantle. Hailed as the ultimate multi-step treatment, the HydraFacial is a resurfacing procedure that promises clear and evenly toned skin, without any downtime. Read about my experience and why I’ll be making this incredible treatment part of my regular skin maintenance.

 Originating from California, the HydraFacial is the ultimate multi-step treatment that promises to “cleanse, evenly exfoliate and extract to remove impurities and dead skin cells while also replenishing vital nutrients including Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid.” The treatment uses a unique Vortex-Fusion serum delivery system to deposit medical grade serum into the skin at each step which helps loosen up dead skin cells while simultaneously vacuuming the skin and removing excess oil and other congestion. It is completely painless, not time intensive and requires no down time. In fact, I went to my friend’s engagement party on the evening after my treatment, looking quite radiant might I add.

The Skin Clinic Fremantle is a boutique medical practice offering comprehensive skin cancer service, including screening, and both surgical and non-surgical treatments including cosmetics. Owned and run by Dr Sarah Boxley, the clinic provides a dedicated and caring level of service to all who walk through the doors.

 

I arrive to Skin Clinic Fremantle on a wet and windy Saturday for my HydraFacial. Located in the heart of the port city, the clinic keeps a discreet profile on the street – perfect for those after a little more privacy. Today I am in the very capable hands of Vicky, a dermal therapist who has been in the business for over 20 years and whose passion for skin and beauty is infectious. The treatment begins with a skin consultation where Vicky and I chat about my main skin concerns (congestion and oiliness – always!), my current skincare regime and some recommendations moving forward. Vicky also introduces me to Synergie Skin, a range I have been dying to try, and suggests a few products to incorporate into my daily routine.

After a quick cleanse using Synergie Skin UltraCleanse to remove any makeup, Vicky began the five-step HydraFacial process. Step one involves a thorough cleanse and exfoliation where excess skin cells are removed to reveal healthy new skin. Step two involves an acid peel, which sounds scary but is honestly the best thing for loosening dirt and debris from the pores without irritation and to make way for step three, extractions. This is a completely painless step where pores are cleaned out with vortex suction. Next, skin is infused with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to nourish and protect, reduce the appearance of fine lines and provide deep hydration.

Following this, I am led into another treatment room for 15 minutes of absolute bliss under the Healite. The LED light enhance’s the body’s natural cellular recovery including improving healing times, promoting skin rejuvenation and subsiding active acne. Vicky leaves me under the warm lamp while my skin soaks up the goodness of the HydraFacial.

I am on cloud nine as I wander back to the reception where Vicky sees me off. Later that day I had my makeup done for a party and my makeup artist commented on the visible glow my skin was boasting and how well makeup was sitting on the skin. The weeks following my HydraFacial my skin felt super cleansed and springy, it had finally had the clean it really deserved! Makeup sat so well, products absorbed beautifully and my skin felt its healthiest in a long time.

The bottom line? I’m convinced.

HydraFacial will set you back $160 at Skin Clinic Fremantle. The procedure is painless and takes only about 30 minutes – hello lunch time facial!

Skin Clinic Fremantle
6 Short Street
Fremantle WA 6160
08 9336 3066

Web | www.skinclinicfremantle.com.au
Facebook | facebook.com/theskinclinicfremantle
Instagram | @theskinclinicfreo

BELLA’S SKINCARE CENTRE: LOCAL BEAUTY IN THE HEART OF EAST FREMANTLE

Sometimes when I find a new little hidden gem, I like to keep my cards pretty close to my chest. But Bella’s Skincare Centre in East Fremantle is one local treasure I want to shout from the rooftops. Located just off Canning Highway, in the vibrant East Fremantle shopping precinct, Bella’s Skincare Centre offers clients luxurious and personalised service within the chic walls of their boutique salon. 

Bella’s Skincare Centre is a full service spa and beauty salon, offering a wide range of treatments for both men and women. Salon Owner and Director, Anne Naudi, tells me the approach at Bella’s is holistic, but results driven. And with a team of therapists with a huge range of experiences and specialities, it’s not hard to see how this salon specialises in just about anything. Boasting a small selection of treatment rooms, all fully equipped with state of the art technology and products to help clients achieve pretty much anything when it comes to skincare.

A pristine, cool reception area greets me as I step off the street on a busy Monday afternoon for my facial at Bella’s. Soft, relaxing music is playing and the staff speak in hushed tones as a sense of calm immediately rushes over me. Elegantly styled in monochrome with hints of lime green and gorgeous white orchids in every room, Bella’s is understated yet sophisticated.

Today I am being treated to the Signature Dermalogica Facial, a beautifully nourishing treatment that is designed to relax and renew the skin while also delivering great results. My skin has somehow regressed to its 16-year-old self: congested, oily and a few angry pimples, so I am keen to get this under control, pronto. My therapist, Elle, greets me and leads me down a softly lit hallway to the treatment room where I settle into soft plush towels and fluffy blankets.

After assessing the condition of my skin (combination skin with an oily T-Zone, some congestion and dehydrated areas), Elle selected a Dermalogica range of products to suit my skin needs – namely rebuilding the skins barrier and achieving a smoother, clearer complexion. The facial begins with a few breathing protocols to ease me into a state of total relaxation and is then followed by a pre-cleanse which had the most incredible aroma. The formula gently liquefies sebum and oil based debris from the skins surface and is swiftly followed by Special Cleansing Gel, a product specially tailored for combination skin which gently removes impurities without disturbing the skins natural moisture balance. To boost the benefits of the cleanser, Elle also used bt-Micro, a device that cleverly combines ultrasonic peeling with microcurrent product penetration to cleanse, exfoliate, decongest, firm and tone the skin. This is a must have, all-in-one facial tool that rapidly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to enhance the absorption and effectiveness of your favourite cell renewal creams and serums – winner!

Next, Daily Microfoliant was applied to polish any dulling debris from the skin and give my skin a brighter complexion. The unique rice based enzyme powder is one of Dermalogica’s best sellers that can be used on the most sensitive skins but with very effective results. After some soothing hot towels to remove excess product, Elle performed a soothing massage on my shoulders, neck and face which melted away any remaining tension I had at this stage – although it is safe to say I was well and truly relaxed!

After the massage Elle applied Colloidal Masque to the cheeks and neck areas which needed more hydration. On areas of congestion the Charcoal Rescue Masque was applied to detoxify, brighten and decongest. While the masques were working their magic, Elle performed a beautifully relaxing massage on my legs and feet ensuring my entire body was suitably relaxed at this point. After the masque was removed with hot towels, Elle spritzed the Ultra Calming Mist over my face for some rehydration and then applied Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Cream, an advanced microencapsulated retinol that helps smooth away the signs of aging around the eyes. This was followed by the Dynamic Skin Recovery, a lightweight hydrator chock full of antioxidants and a high SPF rating.

After my treatment, it took all my willpower to get up off the bed and float back out into the reception area from where I departed with a friendly goodbye from all the gorgeous staff. My skin felt so clean and refreshed after my facial and boasted a seriously radiant glow for weeks afterwards. Suitably relaxed after my pampering, I slept like a baby that night and woke up with plumper, brighter skin.

Bella’s Skincare Centre
Suite 6, 163 Canning Highway
East Fremantle WA, 6518
(08) 9339 7121

Web | bellasskincare.com.au
Facebook | facebook.com/bellasskincarecentre
Instagram | instagram.com/bellas_skin_care

THE BEAUTY CHEF REVIEW: RADIANT SKIN STARTS FROM WITHIN

You’ve heard it all before, the best way to achieve beautiful skin is to eat a diet high in nutrients and full of fruit and vegetables. A healthy inside means you’ll glow on the outside right? Sure, but what if you could add just that little bit extra to your daily intake of goodness and really make your skin radiant? Introducing, The Beauty Chef, an Australian beauty supplement brand founded by Carla Oates that has been an absolute skinchanger for me. I road tested a few of their products and here’s what I found… 

After a few indulgent months of Christmas and Summer holidays, I started my New Years health kick (along with everyone else). But in addition to getting back to the gym and eating properly again, I wanted to add a little something more to really cleanse and reset my system. I felt sluggish, bloated and my skin wasn’t looking great. After a little research, I came across The Beauty Chef, a range of health and beauty products that aim to support beautiful skin, a healthy gut and a balanced body.

Good gut health can be a game changer to achieving healthy, radiant skin, in fact impaired gut flora is the root of many skin concerns including inflammation, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis just to name a few. Even if you are experiencing congestion or dull, lifeless skin, a good probiotic in your regime will work wonders.

I purchased The Ultimate Starter which includes: GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost and BODY Inner Beauty Powder and is a great option for those new to The Beauty Chef.

GLOW INNER BEAUTY BODY POWDER 
This superfood beauty blend is designed to improve gut health and enhance skin radiance and texture. This daily beauty supplement is formulated with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty and amino acids, prebiotics and probiotics which, when taken regularly, help achieve a smooth and radiant complexion.

I take this supplement every evening, dissolved in a glass of water. The powder formula dissolves easily but I do find some sediment sinks to the bottom of the glass so drink quickly. It tastes like berry cordial and is also a great addition to a smoothie. After only having used this product for a couple of weeks I noticed a definite improvement in skin clarity, hydration and luminosity. I also felt a significant improvement in my overall gut health and digestion.

COLLAGEN INNER BEAUTY BOOST
Plump, firm skin without the needles? Yes please! Collagen Inner Beauty Boost is a bio-fermented probiotic elixir that helps fight fine lines, free radical damage and boosts the skins natural collagen production. A blend of Certified Organic maqui berry, acai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry and pomegranate powders (no wonder it tastes amazing!) this gem is rich in antioxidants and helps to balance the digestive tract and boost vitality.

I have fallen in love with this product and find it works wonders on my skin. I take it daily, mixed with the Glow Inner Beauty Powder. It wasn’t long until I started noticing a visibly plumper complexion and just a general boost in skin radiance. When taken with the Inner Beauty Powder, I felt that both products worked nicely together to improve my gut health and are a really delicious way to consume probiotics too.

BODY INNER BEAUTY BODY POWDER VANILLA (WITH MATCHA) 
There is so much to love about this plant based protein powder. The all natural, vegan, Certified Organic formula is great as a snack or as a meal replacement and boosts your daily protein and nutrient intake. Jam packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, BODY is the ultimate nutrition supplement.

I add a scoop of BODY to my green smoothies for breakfast or blitz with some almond milk and frozen raspberries for a pre-workout or afternoon snack and find it keeps me going for hours. It curbs sugar cravings and helps to boost metabolism thanks to the added benefits of pure Matcha.

STILA LIQUID LIPSTICK REVIEW: STAY ALL DAY NATURALLY NUDE

A little while ago I picked up a gorgeous little trio of nude liquid lipsticks from Mecca Cosmetica and have been dying to share them with you.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are the bomb because they last for ages. I found that one application stayed put for a good 4-5 hours, which is really good considering I drink a lot of water, eat a lot of food and sip a lot of coffee.

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The easy to use sponge wand makes application a breeze however I would recommend popping a little lip balm on first so it doesn’t look patchy. A word of warning for first time liquid lipstick users, these lipsticks are super pigmented! A little bit goes a long way, making them great value for money. The creamy matte finish is really beautiful and not drying. Once on the lips, the lipstick has a really nice weightless feel and feels quite nourishing, thanks to added Vitamin E and Avocado Oil. I also found that the lipstick wore off evenly throughout the day, not in patches.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks retail from $35.00 at Mecca Cosmetica and come in a huge range of colours. A great price point for a product that is hard wearing, nourishing and lasts forever.

Check out the different colours below, tested on a light-medium skin tone.


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PERLA

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PETINA

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SERENATA 

 

THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR REMEDIAL MASSAGE

I’m sure most people don’t need much persuading to book in for a massage. An hour of uninterrupted relaxation while someone works away on your tight spots is certainly my idea of bliss. But new research shows that the therapeutic benefits of regular massage extend beyond simply feeling good; improved circulation, boosted immunity, stress reduction and injury prevention just to name a few. Not convinced? Read on for a full rundown on the top 5 health benefits, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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By the end of most weeks I’m feeling pretty worn out. Hours of sitting at a desk all day plus some pretty intense gym work can take its toll, sore muscles, a stiff neck and headaches that won’t budge are sometimes all too familiar. We put our bodies through a lot and quite often don’t take the time to repair or correct problems caused by modern living.

A little while ago I was referred to Resolve Remedial Massage. Located in Claremont, Resolve is owned and run by Louise Tomlinson whose healing hands have treated Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes. Louise’s treatment is highly effective and personalized to the needs of each and every client and I can honestly say she is the best massage therapist I have come across in years. I try to regularly schedule massages with Louise as I consider them a necessity for my health and paramount to managing and easing pain, treating and preventing injury and reducing stress.

I chatted with Louise to get a run down on the top 5 health benefits to having regular remedial massage…

The most common complaint I see as a remedial therapist is upper body and shoulder tightness. This is largely due to the increased stressors in today’s world. The majority of us tend to carry and store tension in our upper shoulders, which often leads to prolonged poor posture, tightness and tension. Once our muscles become dehydrated and compromised, they start affecting neighbouring structures. For example, the neck muscles then becomes tight, which can cause headaches, joint stiffness and restricted range of motion.

From my experience, the top 5 health benefits of regular remedial massage are: 
1. Pain relief
2. Aid in the rehabilitation of injuries
3. Increased circulation and decreased tension
4. Stress / anxiety relief
5. An overall feeling of wellbeing (which includes increased range of motion and function)

Resolve Remedial Massage is located at 10/42-44 Gugeri Street Claremont. Check out their Facebook page for more information and call 0413 699 136 to book. Your body will love you for it.