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Let’s Get Lippy – Lip Filler

For quite some time now, women (and men for that matter) have been having different types of lip filler treatments.  With the hype around Kylie Jenner’s revamped look some years back, Lip Filler has become one of the most asked for and talked about cosmetic treatment and it’s popularity is still on the rise. Some are quite turned off by it all especially when you do a quick google search and see all the horror stories and pictures of procedures gone wrong or from seeing others go way over the top with it all causing a very un-natural ‘trout pout’. Others though who have done their research and spoken to the right and qualified professionals know that yes that are risks involved just like any other beauty and cosmetic procedure however it really isn’t just for those wanting to have their lips filled to the brim.

On the market today is a range of different filler products most of which are made from Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found in a number of cosmetic topical skin products such as serums and moisturisers (along with a range of other ingredients) because of it’s amazing hydration properties. So let’s delve into what this procedure if about and why….

What is it for?

Lip Filler can be for those wanting a little extra volume added into their lips. But a lot of the time, patients are wanting to fix something they have always been self-conscious of. These concerns can be un-even cupids bow, deep upper like/smokers lines – and yes these lines can form even if you’ve never smoked a day in your life, loss of lip volume, small upper lip just to name a few.

How long does it take?

The entire procedure generally takes up to an hour – this includes filling out your consultation form, having a thorough consultation with our Cosmetic Nurse followed by a second consultation with our Doctor.  Once everything has been checked over and everyone is happy with what the procedure will entail along with what to expect over the coming days, then the actual injections begin.

Does it hurt?

Like anytime a needle is injected into any part of the body, there is always going to be some pinch or sting. Most lip filler products do contain lidocaine which is a type of anaesthetic to help dull any discomfort quite quickly along with options to help numb the area beforehand. However, each and every individual has a completely different pain threshold so to say across the board how it will feel for everyone is quite difficult – but if it was too painful then the trend would have died out very quickly!

How long does it last?

Like most dermal filler, any individual should see results lasts from 12 to 24 months. Some patients do find themselves wanting more filler added after a short amount of time for a more fuller look and this is something that should be discussed at length with your Cosmetic Nurse or Doctor beforehand.

And what about the cost?

Each clinic has their different pricing structure. This is because of different products used for certain types of concerns, the amount of product needed along with the overheads of the clinic itself. But always do your research and have a thorough chat first with the Cosmetic Injector! Cheap doesn’t mean the best as most of the time, cheap is for a reason so make sure you ask all the questions before any needle touches your face.

So what next??

I’m sure there are a range of other questions you’d love answered so for the best information, we always recommend coming in and having a consultation with our qualified and very knowledgeable Cosmetic Nurse Injector Rowena. She will be able to give you all your options and from there you will know exactly what your cost will be and what the entire procedure will entail.

Olive Oil – Where are you putting it?

The latest fads and crazes come and go in every industry and walk of life. The health and fitness industry is arguably one of the biggest catalysts of this phenomenon.  Society loves getting drunk on mob mentality especially when the bandwagon gains a bit of speed.

More often then not some fads are the most basic substances found in nature but have been propelled into the public psyche with very clever marketing, whilst the perpetrator or perpetrators sit back and ride the wave of incoming cash until it hits the beach and dissipates.

Think about some fads and health crazes that you have come across! Some are here to stay and others have come and gone!  Fidget Spinners, YoYo’s, CrossFit, Silicone Wrist Power Bands, Guarana, Pink Himalayan Rock Salt, Morning Celery Juice & Lemon Detox to name a few!

Well in the beauty industry we see our fair share of gimmicks also. Some are legitimate and others not so much.

Let’s take one such substance – Olive Oil.

Let’s face it, Olive Oil is very good for you. Especially Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The reason Extra Virgin is considered a higher quality is because when the olives are pressed they are pressed several times and the first batch that comes out is the extra virgin oil.

It is very high in HDL (high-density lipoproteins, or good cholesterol). Studies show pretty clearly it helps good heart health, it can help fight inflammation, cancer, prevent stomach ulcers and more.

In the ancient Greeks, Romans & Israeli’s time it was an extremely important part of their culture and commerce. The bible has many teachings, parables and historical accounts of olive oil’s benefits and importance but should we really be putting it on our skin or face????

The short answer: is on our hands, feet and hair YES! There are benefits associated to it but on our face? NO!!

Olive oil is naturally high in squalene which is an oil that mimics your skin’s natural sebum oil. Sebum is an essential part of your skin however, too much of it has a comedogenic affect which means it can clog your pores causing those pesky blackheads and breakouts.  So smearing olive oil all over your face may not be the best way to enhance your skins appearance especially when there are so many treatments and lotions specifically designed for your face that won’t give you skin issues.

Us Beauty and Skin Therapists are a very picky bunch!  If there is one thing we value more than most things, it’s our reputation as being the Skin Experts.

The treatments, serums, moisturisers and and other professional Skin Care Products that our Therapists recommend have been extensively studied, used and actually work.   Our Therapists at Tranquility use them ourselves and we don’t recommend something unless it works because we tend to take things personally if our client’s don’t get the results.

So in short, olive oil is one of nature’s very beneficial substances but keep it on your salad – not on your face.

Needle my face you say?!

Acne scars. Pigmentation. Stretching/sagging and tired looking skin.

These conditions sum up the majority of concerns our clients present with.  All of these conditions can be treated with Collagen Induction Therapy aka Skin Needling.

But let’s just dive deeper into the word Collagen for a minute shall we…..

Collagen got its name from the Greek word (kólla) which means glue! It’s not surprising it comes from a word meaning ‘glue’ because it is one of the most abundant protein cells in our body and it holds together things like our bones, ligaments, tendons and a myriad of other structures in our body.

The type 1 collagen however, is what we here at Tranquility are most interested in.

Type 1 collagen is skin collagen and it gives our skin it’s tight, youthful fresh look and it provides your skin with elasticity to help protect against the elements.

Unfortunately as with everything in life it degrades & our bodies decrease the amount produced for the skin as the years tick by.

That is of course unless you can trick your skin into naturally producing more of this miracle substance via Skin Needling.

How does it work?

It works much the same way gym junkies build more muscle! When they train with weights or other types of exercise this causes tiny microscopic tears and damage to the muscles fibres.

Your body then reacts by forcing protein into these microscopic tears to heal the muscles and build more muscle fibres to cope with the extra work.

This is why you feel very sore the day after a training session. D.O.M.S or “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness” kicks in.

Skin Needling by our highly trained therapists also causes tiny microscopic damage within the skin which causes a healing response thus in turn the skin produces more collagen. This very welcome response brightens and thwarts the ageing process and repairs damage to the skin caused by acne or scarring, sun damage or other factors.

We can literally help to reverse the signs of ageing with a series of treatments and correct homecare.

Is it painful?

There are a number of Skin Needling devices along with needling cartridge heads around these days; some are more painful others not so much. Here at Tranquility, from ongoing training and experiencing different cartridge heads on our skin, we have found a less painful yet extremely effective way of performing Needling. Our 36 needle heads deliver the applied serums to the deeper layers of the skin efficiently yet much less painful than other cartridges used in the past. This is perfect for our Therapists to deliver even greater results with far less discomfort to our clients.

How many treatments do I need?

This is entirely dependant on each individual and their skin needs. We do recommend a course of a minimum 3 treatments done every 4 weeks to begin with however some may find they do need more. Through a thorough consultation process, a full skin treatment plan which can even incorporate Skin Peels and Microdermabrasion treatments can be mapped out to suit exactly what you skin goals are.

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10 Common Skincare Mistakes to stop now!

AVOID THESE 10 SKINCARE MISTAKES

Tips on where you may be going wrong and how to get your skincare right.

 

USING THE WRONG CLEANSER

Cleansing is the first and most important step in your skincare regime.

Why?

Because it not only cleans the skin of makeup, dirt and debris, but preps the skin for the synergistic affect of the rest of your regime of serums and moisturisers.

Using soap or a foaming cleanser on a dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin can cause further dryness and irritation.

Likewise, using a comedogenic oil cleanser not designed for acne on a problem prone oily skin can make your pimples worse.

If your skin feels dry, tight, and your skin begins to flake then that’s a sure sign that you need to switch your cleanser out to a better suited one.

It’s quite normal to switch your cleanser throughout the year as the seasons change.

When in doubt always ask your skin therapist for professional advice.

 

SLEEPING IN MAKEUP

It’s late. You’re tired. The last thing you feel like doing is cleansing your skin.

Easier just to crash out now and clean your face in the morning, right?

WRONG!

Going to bed without removing your makeup is a recipe for disaster.

When your pores become clogged with unremoved makeup your skin can become irritated, inflamed and form bumps which can eventually lead to acne.

It also accelerates the ageing process as your skin cells can’t regenerate properly at nighttime with makeup left on.

No one would consciously choose to have pimples and wrinkles.

But that’s what can happen if you sleep in your makeup.

Remove your makeup every night.

It’s simply not worth losing a few minutes of sleep to risk damaging your healthy skin.

 

EXCESSIVE SCRUBBING

We all know that exfoliation is key in maintaining fresh, clear, glowing skin.

Gentle exfoliation eliminates excess dead skin cells allowing your skincare products to penetrate better.

But some people take scrubbing  too far and end up impairing the barrier of their skin by removing too many protective layers.

Overuse of an exfoliant on the skin can result in:

  • Tightness
  • Dryness or dehydration
  • Stinging, burning, redness
  • Flakiness

Most skins do not need to be exfoliated more than once or twice a week.

If you experience any of the above symptoms dial back on the scrubbing routine.

If your skincare products contain hydroxy acids, remember that these ingredients exfoliate and hydrate too.

You may be better served by using your hydroxy acid products intermittently rather than every day.

The right amount of exfoliation will only leave you with a healthy glow.

 

YOU DON’T CHANGE YOUR PILLOWCASE REGULARLY

What does my pillowcase have to do with my skincare routine?

A lot, actually.

Your pillowcase stores dust and particles of skin and hair cells which rub off during the night.

So every night when your head hits the pillow you are placing your face against yesterday’s debris, potentially causing cross contamination.

It’s important to change your pillowcase every two days to ensure your skin is kept free of irritants and bacteria.

Silk pillowcases are even better than cotton for preventing wrinkles as the fabric doesn’t create friction or cause abrasion and draws in moisture to the skin.

Beauty sleep is real and it starts with giving your skin a clean fresh pillow case to rest upon nightly.

 

NEGLECTING YOUR NECK
Your skin doesn’t stop at your jawline and nor should your skincare regime.

The skin on your neck is more delicate and has fewer oil glands than your face which means it can dehydrate, sag and age faster than your face.

In order to keep these unwelcome signs of ageing at bay think of your neck as an extension of your face and dedicate a portion of your skincare regime to your neck area twice a day.

Include the neck in your professional skin treatments at the salon too.

Radio frequency, laser, HIFU, and micro current all assist in keeping the neck youthful and firm.

No one wants a youthful face with an aged neck.

 

NOT USING SUNSCREEN
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Incidental sun exposure, over a lifetime, can contribute to an increased risk of skin cancer, sun damage, and premature ageing.

Summer is not the only time to use sunscreen in your routine.

In fact, it’s necessary to apply sunscreen to your face daily, regardless of the season.

Most skincare lines these days contain a double duty moisturiser with built in sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays which cause DNA damage.

There is really no reason to subject your skin to pigmentation, ageing, and possible skin cancer when the solution is so readily available.

 

NOT WASHING YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

Your makeup brushes are an investment which form the backbone of your makeup kit.

Dirty makeup brushes can accumulate bacteria and lead to skin irritation, clogged pores and acne.

If you spend a lot of time and money investing in professional skincare and makeup then you are potentially wasting your money by not cleaning your makeup brushes.

Treat your makeup brushes the same way you treat your hair.

Wash them regularly in gentle shampoo until the water runs clear and then dry them out in the sun.

Use a daily brush cleaner as maintenance in between shampoos.

Not only will your brushes last longer but your skin will thank you for it.

 

BUYING YOUR SKINCARE FROM YOUR NEIGHBOUR

There’s no denying that there are countless ways to buy your skincare these days, including from people not professionally trained in the skin industry.

All that’s required is for your neighbour to buy a skincare kit, get excited about it, and then start selling skin products to everyone in the street to earn her commission.

Sounds simple.

The problem with buying your skincare from your neighbour who is not skilled in beauty therapy is that you often end up wasting your money on products that don’t work.

When you buy your skincare products in a professional skin salon, however, you will receive a proper consultation from an expert in skin and beauty therapy who will customise a regime specifically for your individual skin health concerns.

You are in safe hands and your money won’t be wasted with a qualified skin therapist.

By all means, borrow sugar from your neighbour.

But save your hard earned skincare dollars for the true professionals.

 

POPPING YOUR PIMPLES

PLEASE STOP DOING THIS!

When your skin is breaking out it’s so tempting to pick or pop your own pimples, thinking that if you squeeze them out they will go away.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Self squeezing often only leads to a war zone on your face causing redness, bleeding, the spread of infection and possible scar formation.

Save the extractions for your professional skin therapist and simply use a spot corrector at home to treat your pesky pimples without traumatising your skin.

There’s no point squeezing your zits and being left with permanent scars.

 

NOT CLEANING YOUR PHONE

Most of us have our phones glued to us 24/7 these days.

But even if you wash your hands thoroughly your phone screen is still a breeding ground for dirt and bacteria.

Try to wipe your phone with a disinfecting wipe several times a day to help prevent cross contamination  because every time you place your phone to your ear you are transferring germs onto your skin.

Wherever possible switch to blue tooth.

It’s simple things like this which can keep your skin fresh, clean, clear and glowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Acne!

WHY DO I HAVE WRINKLES AND PIMPLES?

How hormones can cause acne in your 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and what you can do to combat it.

Perhaps the only thing worse than dealing with teenage acne is battling pimples in midlife.

It can come as quite a shock to affected women.

At a time when they are concerned with fighting the signs of ageing

finding themselves strangely faced with acne also can feel disconcerting.

It creates a twofold problem for women-

fighting the double whammy of pimples and winkles.

Adult hormonal acne can present as mild to severe and is most prominent on the jawline, chin and cheeks but can occur anywhere in the body including the back.

Eruptions can be deep, painful and cyclical.

Or they can be small but persistent watery like vesicles with redness.

Adult acne can accompany other symptoms such as abnormal hair growth, stomach bloating, heavier painful periods or cessation of menstruation altogether with hot flushes.

These symptoms are associated with pregnancy, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Oestrogen Dominance, contraceptive pill, increased androgen levels, menopause, or gut related issues.

Stress and lack of adequate sleep can make the situation worse as it puts pressure on the adrenal glands which produce a hormone caused cortisol.

This cortisol works on the testosterone pathway thus increasing the chances of breakout.

It can be such a difficult and overwhelming time trying to figure out how it started and how to manage it.

Many women feel embarrassed and frustrated by the impact it has on their day to day life which can erode their self esteem.

 

SO WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO FIX IT?

 

CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL SKIN THERAPIST

Firstly, it’s important that you know that your hormonal acne can be treated and you will eventually have clear smooth skin again.

Your trusted skin therapist is well versed in treating complex skin issues holistically and will work together with you, your GP, and naturopath to resolve your acne issue.

Skin can become less resilient as you age but professional skin therapists will take the guess work out of the equation for you by providing  you with solutions which simultaneously address your acne and wrinkles.

After consultation a treatment plan will be devised for you based on your individual requirements.

In most cases your professional salon treatments will include, but are not limited to, skin peels, LED, microdermabrasion, skin needling, and laser.

The correct products will be prescribed for you to use at home on a daily basis.

Thankfully, many active ingredients designed to fight acne also help to minimise wrinkles.

In most cases you will see an improvement within 3 months provided you comply with your treatment plan.

In the treatment of middle aged women with acne there are certain factors which need to be taken into consideration:

Treatments and at home skincare must be customised for you as an individual.

No two skins are the same, especially when dealing with acne.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding or certain medications may contraindicate you for certain skin treatments.

Your skin therapist will adjust your services accordingly to ensure your safety.

If you have rosacea which accompanies your acne then your treatments and products will have to address your barrier impairment and sensitivity not just your acne and wrinkles.

 

ADJUST YOUR DIET

Its important to look at your diet and nutrition.

Most adult acne sufferers are advised to eliminate sugar, dairy and gluten from their diets as they can be inflammatory to the system.

We know that inflammation causes acne and has been linked to ageing.

Ingest lots of healthy whole foods, fresh vegetables and fruits for optimum nutrition.

Try to make your meals as colourful as possible.

Antioxidants found in berries and green leafy vegetables can help fight your acne and wrinkles from the inside.

A healthy diet creates a healthy gut biome.

A healthy gut biome leads to healthy skin.

Probiotics can also be of assistance, particularly if you have been on antibiotics to treat your acne.

Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies can impede your ability to overcome acne.

Gut testing can reveal if you have deficiencies in iron, zinc, and Essential Fatty Acids, particularly Omega 3 found in fish, flaxseeds and chia seeds.

Deficiencies can be addressed through diet or supplementation.

Drink lots of water.

 

DITCH THE PORE CLOGGING MAKEUP

Using skincare products and makeup which are comedogenic ( pore clogging) will only make your acne worse and will hinder any professional treatments you are having.

Its vital that you eliminate these products from your beauty regime.

Regularly clean your makeup brushes, clean your phone screen twice daily, and replace your pillowcase nightly to avoid cross contamination.

If you are unsure which makeup could be clogging your pores ask your trusted skin therapist to assist you.

It may surprise you to know that 80% of your success in clearing your acne and treating your wrinkles will come from what you do at home, both internally and externally.

So caring for your skin on a twice daily basis under the guidance of your skin therapist is essential in effectively eliminating your pimples and minimising your wrinkles.