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.

 

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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

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