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.

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REALSKIN CLINIC BRISBANE: PERSONALISED AND EXCLUSIVE BEAUTY RITUAL, NOT YOUR GARDEN VARIETY FACIAL

Situated on the bustling shopping precinct on Racecourse Road in the leafy suburb of Hamilton, lies a renowned beauty destination hailed for its expert advice and premium facial treatments. Under the direction of Sevine Forster, Realskin Clinic is a salon with a difference, to approach skin health from a holistic perspective and to provide treatments that deliver real, visible results.

Founder and Director, Sevine Forster was drawn to a career of science based facial treatments in Australia after returning from London where she studied and worked for five years. 2014 saw a rebrand and change of location for Realskin, where a more exclusive offering was created for clients seeking high-end speciality treatments. Realskin Clinic offers a range of effective, tailored facial treatments to treat a variety of skin concerns, across three main areas – speciality treatments, clinical facials and skin health facials.

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Sevine and her team of internationally trained beauty and skin health therapists work passionately to ensure the highest level of service and care is provided for every valued client. And the proof is in the pudding; beautifully captured photographs of Realskin’s clients adorn the walls of each room, showing new clients just what can be achieved with the right treatment.

It is pre-Christmas and the end of a very long and stressful year is visible in my face; fine lines, congestion and dullness. To help restore balance and skin health, I am booked in for a Signature Facial at Realskin, a sophisticated and luxurious facial ritual that promises results.

I arrive for my treatment on a stormy, humid Brisbane afternoon and greeted in the cool reception by Sevine and her team. The salon is sleek and chic where understated tones of birch, white and soft blues create a relaxed atmosphere and match the Doctor Babor, Ultraceuticals and Jane Iredale skincare products on display.

Shortly after arriving, I am whisked away into a treatment room where I am tucked into a bed of plush white towels, ready for the beautiful experience that is to follow. The room was whisper quiet and soothingly peaceful and it wasn’t long until I had completely blissed out. The Signature Facial is performed with Doctor Babor products, an advanced cosmeceutical line of skincare from Germany.

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I am in the very capable hands of Sevine, who began the facial with a deep breathing protocol allowing my body’s energy to flow. Following a selection of advanced facial inclusions, the Babor Contour Mask was applied to my face. Packed with vitamins and healing clay to promote skin rejuvenation for fresh and radiant skin, this contour mask is very thick and cooling, it takes a good 20 minutes to set.

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During this time, Sevine performed a gentle Reiki treatment on me. This ancient Japanese healing technique is used to help centre and balance the body and invoke a sense of stillness and clarity. Having never experienced Reiki before, I found this to be a truly unique experience. It was incredibly calming and allowed me to let go of a lot of tension I didn’t even know I was harbouring. Not to mention I slept like a baby that night! 

At the end of my treatment, I floated out into the night, skin supple and full of hydration and feeling so incredibly relaxed, rejuvenated and peaceful – the stresses of 2016 well and truly behind me. Despite the indulgences of the festive season, my skin continued to boast that beautiful post-facial glow every day following my treatment, negating the need for much (if any) make up.

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This was not your garden-variety facial, it was the precise balance of beauty and results, and an exceptional experience. With Sevine’s calm approach and meticulous attention to detail, she really cared about my experience.

I travel to Brisbane frequently to visit family and there is no doubt I’ll be back on Racecourse Road to visit Sevine and her team at Realskin Clinic as soon as I am back in town! 

RealSkin Clinic
68 Racecourse Road
Hamilton, QLD 4007
(07) 3268 5488

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