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Xmas and New Year Opening Hours

The Beauty Cottage

Due to popular demand, we will be open through the Xmas/New Year period except for the public holidays! We have some fantastic promotions and gift vouchers specials, too, including New Year’s Eve packages only valid 27-31 December.

Opening hours:

Friday 21 Dec 10am – 8pm

Saturday 22 Dec 9.30 – close

Sunday 23 Dec 9.30am – 4pm

Monday 24th Dec by appointment

Closed Xmas and Boxing Day

Open 27, 28, 29, 30 and Monday 31 Dec by appointment

Normal hours resume from Wed 2 January!

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Lash Lifting at The Beauty Cottage

 

Luscious lashes that last for weeks. No mess, no sting, just terrific results!  

$99, includes Eyelash Tint

Define, enhance, express, take years off tired eyes

Regardless of your age, eyelash length or eyelash shape, a Lash Lift is the perfect way to make your eyes appear larger and more expressive.  It’s also great for taking years off tired eyes.

Call us on 6260 6466 to book!

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Give the best gift of all this Xmas – A Gift Voucher for pampering at The Beauty Cottage

 

 

Let us take the worry out of Christmas for you!

Spoil your beloved with a Gift Voucher from the Beauty Cottage this Xmas and give the best gift of all – time out and pampering

As a bonus, receive a Gift Voucher for $15 for you to spend on treatments in the New Year!

 

 

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Spray tan and Brow Sunday! Get ready for Melbourne Cup – Sunday 4 November

 

Come in on our special open day, Sunday 4 November, and be spray tanned to perfection by Canberra’s leading spray tan artist!  Our lovely Cass specialises in mixing just the right shade for your individual skin tone and the outfit you plan on wearing, and makes all her clients feel totally comfortable.

Add on an eyebrow package by our lovely Lesley who is a brow artist extraordinaire.  She will contour your brows to perfection.

Choose your favourite option

Spray Tan normally $40 – only $30 today!

Spray Tan and brow shaping/waxing normally $62 – only $45 today!

Spray Tan, brow shaping/waxing & tinting normally $84 – only $69 today!

 

Places are limited, call us on 6260 6466 to book

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Introducing our new Brow & Express Facial Package

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By popular demand!

 Enjoy an express facial while your eyebrows are perfected

45 mins $89

This lovely combo leaves you with your brows groomed to perfection, and a beautiful radiant complexion

Includes eyebrow contouring and shaping, waxing and tinting

Call us on 6260 6466 to book

 

November Special Facial & Massage Pamper Package only $79!

Our November special is a real treat. Relax and enjoy a lovely Skin Refining Essential Facial (30 mins) and 30 min back and shoulders massage….designed to help you look and feel fabulous! Includes a sumptuous coconut milk foot soak.

Normally $100, only $79 in November

Call 6260 6466 to book your treat!

Gift vouchers available

 

Spring Special – Permanent Hair Removal – Be Hair Free!

Start to your journey towards permanent hair removal with our fantastic Spring Special

With every 3 pack of half leg, full leg or Brazilian, enjoy underarms on us – a saving of $154!

 

Call us on 6260 6466 to book

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October Special – Silky smooth feet with our Foot Perfecting Ritual

Foot Perfecting Ritual The Beauty Cottage

Our October promotion is our delicious foot ritual. A perfect way to relax. 45 minutes of pampering results in silky smooth feet and calves, just in time for the warm weather.  This lovely treatment includes a warmed peptide masque smoothed over feet and calves, a relaxing foot and calf massage, and a hand massage.

Only $89

Call 6260 6466 to book your treat!

Gift vouchers available.

 

Medik8 Beautiful Skin for Life

Quick Lookup – New Medik8 Product Names

 

Medik8 ABC Pack

HAS MY MEDIK8 PRODUCT CHANGED?

Medik8 has changed the packaging, added some new products, and made some improvements. See below to find your new match.

Click this link to take you directly to your favourite Medik8 Products online!

 

SKIN AGEING
Skin Ageing – Old name Skin Ageing- New name Updates
ABC Pack ABC PACK®
C-Tetra Cream® C-TETRA CREAM®
C-Tetra® C-TETRA® Increased vitamin C.
CE-Tetra® C-TETRA®+ Intense Double vitamin C levels and extra brightening & nourishing ingredients.
C-TETRA EYE® NEW
CE-Thione™ PURE C15™ New name
SUPER C30™ NEW
SUPER C30 INTENSE™ NEW
creamCleanse™ CREAM CLEANSE™
CRYSTAL RETINAL 6™ NEW
CRYSTAL RETINAL 10™ NEW
Pore Refining Toner DAILY REFRESH BALANCING TONER™ New name
Dark Circles™ DARK CIRCLES TINTED PRIMER™ New name.
Eyelift® EYELIFT®
EyeCleanse™ EYES & LIPS MICELLAR CLEANSE™ Removed colour.
Firewall® FIREWALL®
Full Lash & Brow Duo™ FULL LASH & BROW™ New name.
gentleCleanse™ GENTLE CLEANSE™
gentleCleanse Travel™ GENTLE CLEANSE TRAVEL™
Hydr8™ B5 Hand Cream HYDR8™ B5 HAND CREAM
Hydr8™ Body NOURISHING BODY CREAM™
New name
Hydr8™ Eye 360 ADVANCED DAY EYE PROTECT™ Addition of blue light protection, new name
Hydr8­™ Day 360 SPF 30 ADVANCED DAY TOTAL PROTECT™ Addition of blue light protection, updated fragrance, new name.
Hydr8™ Night Eye ADVANCED NIGHT EYE™ Removed vitamin A, added Midnight Repair complex and optimised for use with vitamin A serums, new name.
Hydr8™ Night ADVANCED NIGHT RESTORE™ Removed resveratrol, added ceramides, Midnight Repair complex and optimised for use with vitamin A serums, new name.
poreCleanse Gel™ SURFACE RADIANCE CLEANSE™ New name
Retinol 1 TR™ NIGHT RITUAL VITAMIN A™ Increased 0.1% retinol to 0.2%, fragrance update, added anti-ageing night complex and dragon fruit extract, new name
Retinol 3 TR™ RETINOL 3TR™
Retinol 6 TR™ RETINOL 6TR™
Retinol 10 TR™ RETINOL 10TR™
Retinol Eye TR™ RETINOL EYE TR™
r-RETINOATE® REJUVENATING EYE SYSTEM NEW
r-Retinoate® r-RETINOATE®
MOISTURE BOOSTERS
Glow Oil™ GLOW OIL™
Hydr8B5™ Serum HYDR8B5™ Serum
BLEMISH
Blemish – Old Name Blemish – New Name Updates
Blemish AOX™ BREAKOUT DEFENCE + AGE REPAIR™ New name
Blemish Control Pads™ BLEMISH CONTROL PADS™ New seal on the packaging for extra freshness.
beta Gel™ BLEMISH SOS™ New name
Beta Moisturise™ BALANCE MOISTURISER™ Now comes with Glycolic Acid Activator™ booster/exfoliator
Beta Cleanse™ CLARIFYING FOAM™ New name
Beta Cleanse Travel™ CLARIFYING FOAM TRAVEL™ New name
clayMask™ NATURAL CLAY MASK™ New name
PIGMENTATION
Pigmentation – Old Name Pigmentation – New Name Updates
White Balance® Cleanse BRIGHTENING POWDER CLEANSE New name
White Balance® Click Oxy-R WHITE BALANCE® BRIGHTENING SERUM Upgraded formula. Added of vitamin C for extra brightening.
White Balance® Duo – Brightening Day Cream WHITE BALANCE® EVERYDAY PROTECT Now sold separately from White Balance Night Cream in 50ml, fragrance update.
White Balance® Duo – Brightening Night Cream WHITE BALANCE® OVERNIGHT REPAIR Now sold separately from Day Cream in 50ml, fragrance update.
REDNESS
Redness – Old Name Redness – New Name Updates
Red Alert® Cleanse CALMWISE™ SOOTHING CLEANSER New name, added chlorophyll for detoxifying.
Red Alert® Cleanse Travel CALMWISE™ SOOTHING CLEANSER TRAVEL New name, added chlorophyll for detoxifying.
Red Alert® Serum CALMWISE™ SERUM New name
Redness Corrector CALMWISE™ COLOUR CORRECT New name, formulation upgrade
RECOVERY
Recovery – Old Name Recovery – New Name Updates
Ultimate Recovery™ ULTIMATE RECOVERY™ INTENSE
New name
Ultimate Recovery™ Bio-Cellulose Zinc Mask ULTIMATE RECOVERY™ BIO-CELLULOSE MASK NEW
SUNSCREEN
Physical Sunscreen SPF 30 Physical Sunscreen SPF 30

September Special – revitalise your skin for only $120

September Spring Special at the Beauty Cottage!

Radiant youthful skin awaits you with this lovely combo. Treat yourself to an Essential Facial with LED Light Therapy and enjoy a bonus Vitamin C INFUSION MASK for deep nourishing, healing and protecting your skin.

Ideal to get your skin in tip top condition as we move into the warmer months

And a real bonus treat, while the Vitamin C masque is doing its work, enjoy a relaxing hot oil foot and calf massage, yum!

Normally $169, in September only $120

Call us on 6260 6466 to book

Medik8 Beautiful Skin for Life

Come in for an obligation free chat and refreshed look at your Medik8 products & skin care routine

 

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To all our dear and future Medik8 lovers, the launch of Medik8’s new product range is a really good time for a refreshed look at your Medik8 products and your skin care routine.  To see if your favourite Medik8 product has changed, or to learn more about the exciting new products, please come in for an obligation-free consultation!

A new look!

Medik8 has improved every element of the brand and we hope you are as delighted as we are with the results!

Elegance in packaging, intelligence in updated formulas, and simplicity in skincare rituals. These products are designed to fit into your everyday life while providing effective, lasting results that you can see as well as feel.

What does this mean for our devoted Medik8 users?

Many products are unchanged except for packaging, some products have had a name change, other products have had their formulation changed, and there are some exciting new products.

ps, Medik8’s new packaging means 3 Tonnes of plastic saved per year! That’s cool.

Medik8 Beautiful Skin for Life

Medik8 has a New Look! New products, new packaging!

 

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A new look!

Medik8 has improved every element of the brand and we hope you are as delighted as we are with the results!

Elegance in packaging, intelligence in updated formulas, and simplicity in skincare rituals. These products are designed to fit into your everyday life while providing effective, lasting results that you can see as well as feel.

What does this mean for our devoted Medik8 users?

Many products are unchanged except for packaging, some products have had a name change, other products have had their formulation changed, and there are some exciting new products.

This is a really good time for a refreshed look at your Medik8 products and your skin care routine.  To see if your favourite Medik8 product has changed, or to learn more about the exciting new products, please call us!

ps, Medik8’s new packaging means 3 Tonnes of plastic saved! That’s cool.

Pure Fiji Body Perfecting

August Special! Our Body Perfecting Ritual – 1 1/2 hours of bliss await you

Pure Fiji Body PerfectingWould you like silky smooth and nourished skin all over?  and to sink into a cocoon of warmth with massage?  Look no further!

Our August special is our Body Perfecting Ritual.

This blissful body scrub, masque and body wrap gently but thoroughly removes dry skin, nourishes and hydrates, ridding the body of dead skin, revealing new healthy skin as well as strengthening the skin’s elasticity.

While you are snuggled up in a cosy wrap, you also enjoy a Fijian head and scalp massage with warm Exotic Nourishing Oil, followed by blissful hand and foot massages to nurture and remove tension.

Normally $180, for the cold winter month of August you can enjoy this truly relaxing and luxurious experience for only $140

Let us nurture your skin and let your tension float away

 

Pure Fiji

 

Choose your favourite fragrance – Coconut, Coconut Lime, Guava, Mango, Starfruit, White Gingerlily

For centuries South Pacific and Fiji islanders have used pure coconut oil and wild-gathered botanical and flower extracts to nourish, moisturise and beautify skin and hair.  Heavenly fragrances will delight your senses but our Pure Fiji spa range is so much more – all the products are infused with natural antioxidants and active nutrients to nourish your skin.

 

Hot oil head and neck massage

Taster Package – pick your favourite combo!

TASTER PACKAGE

 

One hour Hot Stone or Swedish Massage only $100

plus pick 2 or more other treatments at special prices! eg

Eyebrow wax $10
Eyebrow Tint $9
Lash Tint $15
30 min Essential Facial $50
60 min Essential Facial $70
15 mins LED therapy $20
Back Polish $45
Foot Perfecting Ritual $60
Back Perfecting Ritual $70
15 mins in our Infrared Detox Sauna $20

 

View all our packages

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1st Anniversary in our new premises! Come celebrate with our amazing June special offers

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF OUR MOVE TO NARRABUNDAH!

Come help us celebrate with our amazing June offers

Enjoy one or both of our specials in our beautiful new upstairs Medispa, its up to you! (more…)

And The Winner is…

Medik8’s Beta Gel!

Judged Best skincare product for acne at The Beauty Shortlist Awards !

Now in its 7th year, The Beauty Shortlist Awards is fast becoming the ultimate recognition of creativity and innovation with the skincare industry. Independently judged and free from the influence of sponsored brands, every product is thoroughly tested by a panel of judges from all around the world.

 

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Garbo and Kelly

Perfect brows and contouring, superstar looks! Welcoming Garbo and Kelly to our salon!

We’re thrilled to be official stockists of the wonderful Garbo and Kelly range.

Local Australian brand Garbo & Kelly launched in 2016 with a product lineup and philosophy that focuses on perfect brows, chiselled cheeks and defined lips, and we are loving it!  Easy to use, long lasting, and a really good feel.

Visit our full range here

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DNA Renewal

DNA Renewal collection – clinically proven to repair and reverse the signs of ageing

New look packaging is here!

DNA Renewal replenishes DNA repair enzymes that have been damaged by our environment and bad habits, DNA Renewal is clinically proven to decrease wrinkles and pore size, as well as lift and tighten the skin of the eyes and lower face.  The light but potent formulas are designed for both men and women.

 

 

Introducing Medik8’s New Physical Sunscreen SPF 30, with anti-ageing benefits

Brand new! Introducing Medik8’s new Physical Sunscreen SPF 30.

Rich in natural antioxidants and UV-absorbing substances, Physical Sunscreen helps minimise premature skin ageing. UVA plays a key role in ageing the skin, therefore Physical Sunscreen is hugely important in keeping skin’s youthful appearance.

Dr Moy

Did You See Channel 7’s report on DNA Repair Enzymes ?

Doctors have welcomed a new breed of skincare which attack the ageing process from a whole new direction – the DNA breakthrough winding back the clock for sun damage and wrinkles!

 View the Report Here

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the wonderful DNA Renewal range with DNA Repair Enzyme.

 

 

 

teenage-facial

Teenage facials only $49!

A lovely facial designed with the special needs of teenage skin in mind.

Recommended for all skin types to work on teenage skin concerns and develop a balanced skin.  This facial includes a teaching component where we educate teenagers how to care for their skin. Only $49! (more…)

EVO

Introducing EVO2 Gel – have your nails done with a gel that’s actually good for your nails

EVOOur lovely Evo Oxygenating Gel (EVO) by Bio-Sculpture is a next-generation gel polish that focuses on the care and health of the natural nail.  No nasty chemicals, it allows your nails to breathe, and its infused with vitamins that strengthen condition and hydrate.

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DNA Renewal Lip Balm

New DNA Renewal Lip Balm – the best lip balm we’ve ever found

Our new DNA Renewal Lip Balm is simply yummy. It hydrates and moisturises, but importantly, it helps reduce sun damage with DNA Repair Enzymes delivered through liposomes to deeply penetrate.  It smells delicious too, and our lips love it.  RRP $19.90.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medik8 Hand Cream

Introducing Medik8’s Hand Cream with SPF 15 – nourishing and protecting

Our hands are often the first place to show the effects of ageing. Exposed to the environment on a daily basis, our hands consistently fall victim to sun damage and pollution-based aggressors.

Our new Hydr8™ B5 Hand Cream SPF 15 combines a rich, nourishing formula while protecting against environmental aggressors with both anti-pollution and a high SPF.

Winter, a good time for a hydrating peel

The colder months are a good time for renovating the skin, because the ultraviolet light responsible for sunburn and the appearance of melanomas is weaker. That’s why its also a good time for a peel and for stimulating skin tissue regeneration. After your peel, you will be amazed at the elasticity, brightness and rejuvenated appearance of your skin. (more…)

Blemish Control Pads

New Blemish Control Pads (Alcohol free)

Introducing Medik8’s new blemish control pads – a clarifying daily treatment to improve the appearance of problematic skin, prevent future breakouts and help soothe inflammation. Maximum strength blemish treatment infused on very soft textured cotton pads.

Use on individual blemishes or larger breakout areas like the neck, the back and the back of the arms.

Spotlight on Medik8’s r-Retinoate – Youth Activating Cream

A true breakthrough in anti-ageing skincare! We’re seeing amazing results from Medik8’s r-Retinoate.

Fine lines and wrinkles are visibly softened, pigmentation visually reduced and the appearance of overall skin surface uniformity is restored. Skin looks clearer, brighter, revitalised; ultimately more youthful. With continued use, improvements become even more remarkable over time. (more…)

Medik8 Firewall Antioxidant Serum

Spotlight on FireWall – antioxidant to protect your skin

Medik8 Firewall Antioxidant SerumDid you know antioxidants help protect the skin by preventing free radical damage? That’s why we love Medik8’s multiple award winning Firewall. This broad spectrum super antioxidant is an all-in-one Protect and Moisturise formula that leaves skin feeling hydrated, fresh and glowing while while helping to protect against damage.  RRP $158.

Mesoestetic anti-ageing-flash-ampoules

Spotlight on Mesoestetic Anti-Ageing Flash Ampoules – lifting and tightening

If your skin is looking a bit tired and in need of a boost, try Mesoestetic’s Anti-Ageing Flash Ampoules. They have an immediate tensor effect, eliminating signs of fatigue while providing instant hydration and brightness, smoothing fine lines and expression lines.

These are really great for special events or just those “blah” days.

 

 

8 times more powerful than retinol in tackling lines and wrinkles – Medik8’s new r-Retinoate® Youth Activating Cream is finally here

Did you know Retinol is widely used and proven to be effective in reducing the signs of ageing? rRetinoate is not only 8 x more effective than Retinol but also has antioxidant protection AND hydration boosting properties. Ideal if you are concerned with sun damage, enlarged pores and lines and deep set wrinkles.

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How we treat lip wrinkles

Are you worried about lip wrinkles?

Lips-are-closed-womenLip wrinkles are lines that etch vertically from the upper or lower lips. These are some of the tell-tale signs of ageing, and most people definitely want them gone!

Lip wrinkles are challenging to fix but now there are things we can do to improve them. (more…)

Do we need sun protection in winter?

Do we need sun protection in winter?

Group suncreen BrookeThe answer is YES! Less than 20 per cent of Australian men and women wear sunscreen in winter. This is despite the highest national rate of skin cancer in the world, despite more than 70 per cent of us with sensitive skin and despite the fact that you can pick the Aussies in any international airport in the world by their crow’s-feet. It’s true that UV levels are lower in winter, but it’s also true that 90 per cent of visible ageing is due to sun damage – and it doesn’t all happen in summer. (And for those of us going to the snow, sun protection is super-important).

The basics of good skin care

A good skin care routine

The basics of good skin careBeauty and skin care go hand in hand, especially to help us show at our best with confidence. We all want to have great skin now, but have you considered what happens as we age? Starting good skin habits at a young age will contribute to younger looking skin in our not so young years later on. That’s so important we want to say it again! (In fact, we want to shout it.) The better you look after your skin from an early age the more likely you are to have great skin later on.

The reasons our skin changes over time have directly to do with skin collagen breaking down. There are several reasons why this happens, but there are now ways to change some of the damage done.

We can do things to prolong and even make some skin reversals of damage that will take off years. There are now proven products out there with collagen repair that will improve the damage, such as retinol and antioxidants such Vitamin C. In fact, Vitamin C, Vitamin A (retinol) and Hyaluronic Acid are the big guns in the skin care world.

Massage can also stimulate collagen production, strengthen muscle memory and relax tension that leads to wrinkles. Facial muscles are crucial to the way we look and with regular stimulation can lift, tone and tighten the skin, boost blood circulation and collagen production giving a fresh youthful appearance to the skin.

And by introducing regular exfoliation into your beauty regime, we can help to prevent premature aging. That’s right, exfoliation can actually boost the collagen synthesis in our skin. But its important not to over-do it, especially if you have very sensitive skin.

So, what is a good skin care routine?

Generally, it should go like this:

Morning – Cleanse – protective serum – moisturise with a day product – sunscreen
Night – Cleanse – corrective serum – eyecream – moisturise with a night product
Weekly – Exfoliate, mask, serum or other treatment, moisturise
Occasional/monthly – professional facial with deep cleanse, exfoliation, correction, hydration, massage and any specialist treatments that may be required for your skin.

Its important you use the correct product range for your skin type. This can change over time, or you might need a combination. The main skin types are balanced (what used to be called normal), dry, oily and combination. You might also suffer from skin condition such as blemishes or sensitive/redness prone skin.

Once you know your skin type and any skin conditions, you can choose the correct products. We can help you with this.

And don’t forget the hands, neckline and decolletage. Its pretty important to treat these with as much care as your face because these show your age more quickly than any other area of your skin.

And just before we go….have you ever gone to bed with your makeup on? Remember, dirt, makeup and so on remains on the skin and can lead to blocked pores!

Eyes

Eyes

Eye care is vital to your beauty regime, and yet is one of the most overlooked part.

You might suffer from sagging skin, puffy or dry looking skin or crow’s feet around the eye area. Another common problem is dark circles. Eyes

The under eye skin is extremely fragile and is the thinnest skin of your entire body. As such, you can’t use the same products underneath your eyes that you would for the rest of your face.

The under eye area does not produce any natural oil, so eye creams and serums (Vitamin A in particular) are specifically designed to put the right amount of natural oils to nourish the area.

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Younger Skin

logoPeople always tell you how important it is to take care of your skin, but it isn’t until we reach our mid-twenties that we really start to listen. Its important to develop a good routine before the fine lines and wrinkles start to develop, because the better you look after and protect your skin in these years the better your skin will be throughout your life.

While the skin we have right now may look supple and serene, it’s in its “glory years,” and if we don’t start caring for it now, it’s going to be all downhill from here. But a lot of us don’t really understand what we should be doing. So many 20-somethings treat their skin as if it was invincible, when the truth is far from it.

The right skin care will depend on your skin type and any skin conditions you may have. We can help you with this!

Some of our favourite reminders:

  • Choose the right skin care
  • Follow a good daily routine
  • Sunblock, every day
  • If you wear makeup, choose good quality makeup and always take your makeup off before bed!

 

A GREAT SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Morning: Cleanse. Treat with an anti-oxidant serum like Vitamin C or a copper-based anti-oxidant, lightly moisturise, apply SPF.

Night: Cleanse and eye-makeup cleanse. Treat with Vitamin A (Retinol) and a light night-time moisturiser.

Weekly: Gentle exfoliation, and a masque to draw impurities.

Monthly or so: Enjoy a professional facial to keep your skin and facial muscles supple, attend to any problems, and regularly check your skin

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Ageing Skin Prone to Blemishes

Ageing skin that’s getting blemishes and breakouts is an unfair combination! Adult breakouts and acne is very common and is frequently triggered by hormones, stress, and diet. Its important to choose your skin care carefully if you have this combination, because many of the products that focus on treating a teenage or oily skin will be too harsh. But don’t worry, there is some good news. Many anti-ageing ingredients also fight breakouts and acne.

The best ingredients for fighting the combo of ageing and blemishes are Salicylic Acid which exfoliates and Vitamin A which stimulates collagen production to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliate surface skin, and fade brown spots. You should also include an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C in your skin care routine, as this helps your skin fight off damage from stress, ageing, and the environment. As your skin ages, it’s not able to repair itself as well.

When choosing the right products, look for a mild cleanser, because even gentler oily skin or acne treatments can make the skin too dry, an exfoliator containing mandelic, salicylic or glycolic acid, spot/area treatment for specific problem patches, an anti-oxidant like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and the right moisturiser that doesn’t cause breakouts and that contains hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated.

Even after your blemishes are cleared, you may still be left with redness in the area. We can recommend some lovely redness-reducing products.  We like products with Vitamin B3 and Vitamin K.

And don’t forget the proper makeup. Its important to choose your foundation really carefully. There are some great foundations with non-oily SPF that also oxygenate a more mature skin and don’t make your blemishes worse.

Pigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone

Pigmented & Uneven Skin

Pigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone

A common misconception is that the first sign of ageing is the appearance of lines and wrinkles but in fact it’s pigmentation and an uneven skin tone.

You may not have deep frown lines or crow’s feet, but if you feel like you’re ageing, chances are it’s thanks to pigmentation.  This can include bigger, uneven brown patches on not only the face but hands, décolletage and shoulder areas. It’s these ageing dark spots that is known as pigmentation, caused by sun exposure and specifically the UVA rays which penetrate deep into your skin and cause ageing.

 UVA stimulates your pigment cells called melanocytes to manufacture the pigment called melanin. This is responsible for your tan and also your unwanted dark patches. These sun spots may take up to 10-20 years to develop, so if you notice some showing now it could have been caused when you were a child.
Triggers of pigmentation in young women also include the contraceptive pill and pregnancy which alter hormone levels. This coupled with sun exposure can result in patchy dark spots, often on the upper lip and forehead.

Until recent years one of the only ways to really treat pigmentation was with lasers, which is a good option for some but come with many drawbacks. Lasers are expensive, can cause a lot of down-time and the problem can come back. Plus you can only laser people with light skin. Another option is with prescription strength bleaching creams containing steroids but these can be irritant and toxic.

But don’t worry, there are some truly excellent skin care products that diminish dark spots  without old-fashioned bleaching.  These block melanin production, stimulate cell turnover, brighten the skin and create a more luminous complexion. In just a month (a skin growth cycle) we see some pretty impressive before and after results which get better with longer use.

Don’t forget to prevent future pigmentation and sun damage by wearing a UVA and UVB shielding sunscreen, feeding your face with antioxidants and avoiding prolonged periods of sun exposure.

Adding a brightening product designed to tackle pigmentation to your skincare regime, making it the first product you use after cleansing and toning day and night, can help turn back time.

SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE PIGMENTATION AND BRIGHTENING PRODUCTS

Our clients are achieving luminous skin tone with the wonderful Medik8 White Balance Range. The White Balance Click Oxy-R,  White Balance Click Serum and White Balance Duo with SPF50 are fantastic at helping to remove pigmentation and create a brighter and more radiant skin.

Mesoestetic Brightening Peel Booster is a clarifying and illuminating gel for a more even pigmentation. It significantly improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture and reactivates cell renewal while reducing pigment based lesions and blemishes.

Mesoestetic Melangonel Depigmenting Cream is a depigmenting cream for all types of skin for all types of skin (except sensitive). It acts by reducing the activity of the enzyme mechanisms that produce melanin, which is the source of pigmentation.

DNA EGF Renewal Regeneration Serum for Ageing and Sun Damage is part of a wonderful range that works on reversing sun-damage. This is the most advanced serum to self correct the negative effects of skin aging and reprogram skin to act young again.  Clients see a dramatic & rapid improvement of skin exhibiting advanced signs of sun damage to help diminish the appearance of age spots, pronounced wrinkling, and uneven coloration.

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Feature Product: Mesoestetic Stem Cell Nanofiller Lip Contour

Spotlight on Mesoestetic Stem Cell Nanofiller Lip Contour – reversing lip wrinkles

Stem Cell Nanofiller Lip Contour

Mesoestetic Stem Cell Nanofiller Lip Contour is designed for the delicate area above the lip showing signs of ageing (ie wrinkles!)  Its the first filling effect cream specifically designed to treat and plump out the lip contour area.  This is one of the areas that most quickly shows signs of ageing. RRP $121.40.

 

 

 

 

Feature Product: Medik8 Hydr8 Night Eye cream

Spotlight on Medik8 Hydr8 Night Eye cream with Retinol – helping combat wrinkles

Hydr8 Eye

Medik8’s Hydr8 Night Eye cream is a luxurious eye cream designed especially for use at night. It has been blended with super active Vitamin A (Retinol), an ingredient known for its anti-ageing benefits.t helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as providing intense hydration and protection to the delicate skin around the eye.  The perfect complement to Hydr8 Night. A superstar!

 

Worried about red, sensitive skin? The Medik8 Red Alert range can help!

Worried about red, sensitive skin? Medik8’s Red Alert range can help!

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Whether it’s inherited or acquired, many of us suffer from skin redness.  Thanks to our fantastic trio in the Medik8 Red Alert Range, your skin can be strengthened, calmed and soothed.  Packed full of healing ingredients!

 

 

 

Feature Product: Medik8 Retinol 10TR Serum

Spotlight on Medik8 Retinol 10TR Serum, for advanced retinol users

 

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Medik8 Retinol 10TR Serum as featured in the latest issue of Beauty Biz. Our highest strength Vitamin A in a light, fast-absorbing serum for easy, all-over facial application.

Please note, your skin needs to be conditioned to retinol by starting with Retinol 3TR then Retinol 6TR.

 

 

 

Feature Product: Medik8 Retinol 10TR Serum

Medik8 White Balance Click Oxy-R Brightening Serum featured in the latest issue of Professional Beauty

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Our White Balance Click Oxy-R Ultra Brightening Serum featured in the latest issue of Professional Beauty!

This silky serum contains a unique ingredient, Oxyresveratrol to target skin pigmentation, help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and improve the overall appearance of sun-damaged skin.

The latest innovation from Medik8.....Full Lash and Brow Duo!

Spotlight on Medik8’s Full Lash and Brow Duo – for thicker brows & lashes

Eye and lash duoFull Lash & Brow Duo is a targeted, clear serum that helps to enhance the appearance of eyelashes & eyebrows.  This active serum helps maximise growth for fuller, longer-looking and darker-looking eyelashes and eyebrows as well as nourishing, conditioning and protecting.

 

Feature Product: Medik8 Retinol Eye TR

Spotlight on Medik8 Retinol Eye Serum – to help minimise ageing

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The eyes are the first place to show signs of ageing. Medik8’s Retinol Eye Serum contains all trans retinol, shown to combat the signs of ageing. Use nightly to help diminish the size and depth of wrinkles and lines.

 

 

 

Eyes

Are you applying your eye products correctly?

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Use your ring finger – it has the lightest touch
Apply small dots around the eye, above the eye to the brow bone area and under the eye
Gently tap in the product to stimulate circulation – do not pull or stretch the skin

And remember, with cosmeceutical products a little goes a long way, so don’t use too much!

Serums

Apply a hydrating serum before your moisturiser for added benefit

Hydr8 Serum

Applying a hydrating serum before your moisturiser gives your skin an extra layer of protection against dryness. Try Medik8’s Hydr8 B5 , its not oily and your skin will love you!

 

 

 

 

Feature Product: Medik8 Eyelift - are you worried about wrinkles & loss of firmness around your eyes?

Spotlight on Medik8 Eyelift – helping loss of firmness around your eyes

Eyelift 2This intensive serum combats wrinkles and loss of firmness.  Eyelift has become one of our go-to products, its a great pick-me-up in the morning, and helps lift and de-puff beautifully.

Does sugar cause wrinkles?

Does sugar cause wrinkles?

 

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It’s true! Researchers have found over the years that excess sugar in the bloodstream can encourage a process called “glycation,” which in turn, ages the skin and results in sagging, creping and severely wrinkled skin.  In fact, glycation is widely recognised as one of the major causes of premature ageing,  But the right skin care products can prevent this being a problem! Look for an anti-ageing creams containing A.G.E. fighters (like Medik8’s Hydr8 Day 360).

Medik8 Hydr8 Night

Hydr8-ing your skin when the weather turns chilly

Hydr8 Serum

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The colder temperatures and blistery winds can leave your skin dry, flaky and sensitive. As the air becomes cooler, make sure your skin stays hydrated while you try and keep warm. Creams & serums provide a stronger barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outside layer of skin and provide hydration at the same time.

Medik8 have a range of moisturisers and serums suitable for all skin types.  Try Hydr8 Day 360Hydr8 Night and Hydr8 Serum Hydr8 Night FBto help replace the moisture lost and lock in long-lasting hydration to protect your skin against the elements!

 

 

 

Medik8 Hydr8 Night

Feature Product: Medik8 Hydr8 Night Advanced Antioxidant Cream (the new meaning behind “beauty sleep”)

Over the past 10 years the Resveratrol molecule has garnered a reputation as the “longevity molecule”. Medik8 Hydr8 Night is replete with superior anti-ageing actives such as Resveratrol for cell-longevity, skin texture renewal and to help reverse the signs of skin ageing and restore a healthy, radiant complexion overnight. Hydr8 Night is the new meaning behind “beauty sleep”. (more…)

Did you know antioxidants promote skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing benefits?

Did you know antioxidants promote skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing benefits?

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Choosing the right antioxidant can be confusing but it’s important in order to prevent and protect your skin from signs of premature aging.

Medik8 have a fantastic range of antioxidants. Let us help you figure out which is right for you!

 

 

The Beauty Cottage

Feature Products – No fuss Medik8 favourites for men

Men facials

Medik8 is a great range for men because its not highly fragranced and it just gets the job done. Here are some of our favourites for reducing dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, and dark circles under the eyes. (more…)

Feature Product: The Medik8 Retinol range (the superstar of anti-ageing)

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Retinol is a pure form of vitamin A that helps to diminish appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve pigmentation, skin texture, skin tone and colour while maintaining skin’s hydration levels.  We like Medik8’s retinol range which gets results without the irritation retinol can sometimes cause. (more…)

Feature Product: Medik8 Cream Cleanse

Feature Product: Medik8 Cream Cleanse lovely cleanser + gentle exfoliant

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Combat the accumulation of dead cells and oil with the Medik8 Cream Cleanse.  This calming, silky-smooth, and gently exfoliating cream cleanser with mandelic acid effectively removes everyday build-up, impurities and make-up. This lovely cleanser is one of our favourite products. (more…)

The basics of good skin care

Feature Product: Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub (is your skin looking sluggish?)

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If your skin’s looking sluggish, try an easy skin detox for a renewed complexion and better circulation! PoreRefining Scrub Dual-Action Exfoliator helps soften and smooth the skin, and was developed to provide deep pore cleansing and daily exfoliation in one compact formula.   (more…)

Feature Product: Medik8 Pore Refining Toner

Feature Product: Medik8 Pore Refining Alcohol free Toner

Pore refining toner FBThis gentle, alcohol-free skin balancer has a soothing and hydrating formula which is suitable for all skin types.  It contains astringent properties which tighten the skin and help to reduce the appearance of pore size, but doesn’t give your skin that tight feeling. (more…)

Feature Product: Medik8 White Balance range (hint, the first sign of ageing is not the appearance of lines and wrinkles)

White Balance Group FBA common misconception is that the first sign of premature ageing is the appearance of lines and wrinkles but in fact it’s pigmentation and uneven skin tone.

Our clients are achieving luminous skin tone with the wonderful Medik8 White Balance Range. Also terrific if you’ve been unwell or your skin is just looking sluggish. And the day formula has an ultra-high SPF 50. (more…)

Suffering from red or sensitive skin?

Suffering from red or sensitive skin?

Suffering from red or sensitive skin?

 

Whether it’s inherited or acquired, many of us suffer from skin redness, but thanks to our fantastic trio of Red Alert Cleanse, Redness Corrector and Red Alert Serum, this can be easily managed! Together, they target red, irritated skin which help to instantly calm and soothe.

Feature Product: Medik8 CE-Tetra

Spotlight on Medik8 CE-Tetra Antioxidant serum

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Medik8 CE-Tetra is an ultra-stable vitamin C + E Antioxidant Serum which helps protect the skin from free radicals, minimises pigmentation and assists in preventing premature skin ageing.  A daily must-have.This all-in-one network antioxidant serum helps create a luminous glow to the skin, evens out skin tone and leaves it supple, bright and well hydrated.

 

 

 

Spoil your Mum this Mother's Day with a beautiful Aromabotanical fragrant candle!

Spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day with a beautiful Aromabotanical fragrant candle!

Spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day with a beautiful Aromabotanical fragrant candle, great for burning on these chilly autumn evenings to come and filling her rooms with gorgeous natural fragrance.

 

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Feature Product: Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub and betaGel Spot Treatment Gel

Feature Product: Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub and betaGel Spot Treatment Gel

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Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub and betaGel Spot Treatment Gel are two of our favourite skin care products.

The Pore Refining Scrub is your one stop shop for exfoliation. This gorgeous exfoliant can be used on almost every skin, as it has the potential to be used 2 ways. It contains small granules for those of you who love the polishing feeling, but for those sensitive skins, this product contains AHA’s (very gentle chemical exfoliation) so all you have to do is pop it on, leave on for 5-10 mins, then wash off with warm water. Exfoliation removes all dead skin, stimulates healthy skin production, helps clear blocked pores, but more importantly, it allows your future products to be able to penetrate deeper into the skin, otherwise they just sit on the top layer of dead skin and you won’t see any results.

We recommend exfoliating 1-2 times a week, so one of these bottles should last you between 8-12 months. Bargain!

The betaGel Spot Treatment Gel is your best friend for those of you who get either the occasional pimple (the day before a date, anyone??) or those who get zoned breakouts (ie on the forehead, nose or chin). This gel is specifically designed to clear blemishes upon application whilst preventing new blemishes from appearing. Depending on how many blemishes you have/how often you use it, you’ll get between 6-12months. Goodbye blemishes!

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We now stock the wonderful Aromabotanical!

We stock the wonderful Aromabotanical range of Australian natural scented candles & fragrances for body bath & home

assorted-candlesDo you get headaches or a blocked nose from the artificial scent used in some candles and room sprays?  No more!  We first came across Aromabotanical a while back when we were searching for something beautiful, natural, and Australian-made to fragrance our home and salon.  Aromabotanicals 10This Australian company makes natural scented products for body, bath and home.  No more headaches from artificial fragrances!

Its range includes elegantly boxed aromatic diffusers, fragrant glass candles, and fragrant discs for the home, and for the body, fragrant hand cream, hand wash and moisturising body bars.

The scents are absolutely divine and they make a great gift for someone you love or a special treat for yourself.

 

Lycogel

Make-up that conceals everyday skin problems including blemishes, redness, rosacea, acne scarring and even birth marks & tattoos

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Have you been looking for makeup that is good for your skin?  That hides a multitude of difficult complaints, including ageing, blemishes & acne, dark circles, pigmentation, discolouration and uneven skin tones, roseacea, birth marks, even tattoos! And is even water resistant, providing long lasting wear? Look no further than our Lycogel Camouflage Makeup! (more…)

Looking for a two-way, gentle exfoliant? Try the Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub!

Looking for a two-way, gentle exfoliant? Try the Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub

Looking for a two-way, gentle exfoliant? Try the Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub!We cleanse, we moisturise and we apply sunscreen but if we don’t exfoliate, we are applying our products on old skin cells. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, encourages a natural renewal of healthy skin cells, and avoids skin looking dull, rough and dry. If we don’t exfoliate, this can lead to clogged pores and then blemishes. And exfoliation opens the way for products to penetrate more deeply making them more effective. So exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate with the beautiful Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub!

Why we love it

A lovely exfoliant for use twice weekly which gently exfoliates and polishes away dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth and soft.  We love its dual action.  It can be used 2 ways; either manually move the granules for exfoliation, or just apply to the skin and let the AHA’s exfoliate all by themselves and wash off after a few minutes.

For use on all skin types except super-sensitive, prepare to have  lovely, polished skin.

 

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Feature Product: Medik8 Firewall Mineral Antioxidant

Feature Product: Medik8 Firewall Mineral Antioxidant containing copper!

FirewallDid you know antioxidants are nature’s magic bullets?  They protect our bodies against the chemical reaction responsible for the free radicals that are one of the key mechanisms in ageing.  Try Medik8’s award winning Firewall Mineral Antioxidant, an all-in-one broad-spectrum super antioxidant serum that offers next generation anti-ageing benefits for your skin.  Simply awesome. (more…)

Are you looking for a great sunscreen for sensitive skin? Try Mesoestetic Dermatological Sun Protection SPF50+ !

Are you looking for a great sunscreen for sensitive skin? Try Mesoestetic Dermatological Sun Protection SPF50+ !

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The Mesoestetic Dermatological Sun Protection SPF50+ is one of our personal must-have’s. This non-greasy tinted sunscreen provides the highest level of protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. It contains Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.

Lightweight, oil free and gentle enough for post-treatment and sensitive skin. It’s also great for acne prone skin. And as a bonus, it dries matte to even out your skin tone, too.  (more…)

Extract of 'Tiger Grass' is just one of the amazing ingredients in Lycogel camouflage makeup

Extract of ‘Tiger Grass’ is just one of the amazing ingredients in Lycogel camouflage makeup

Extract of 'Tiger Grass' is just one of the amazing ingredients in Lycogel camouflage makeup

Extract of ‘Tiger Grass’ is just one of the amazing ingredients in Lycogel Camouflage makeup

Extracts of Centella Asiatica or ‘Tiger Grass’ have been used for about 30 years to accelerate healing, prevent inflammation. It also helps restore tissue firmness and skin elasticity, prevents excessive scar formation and strengthens veins and capillaries. How’s that for an everyday make-up?

 

Prepare your skin for autumn! Why not enjoy a Skin Refining Express Facial for only $60!

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1/2 HOUR

$60

 Our brightening facial is designed to refine, brighten, re-surface and balance the skin, and stimulate the skin’s natural cell regenerating process. Its ideal as a pick-me-up, especially for stressed skins, it’s a great introduction to facials, and its excellent as part of a treatment regime for particular skin concerns.

Our Skin Refining Express facial includes a double cleanse, exfoliation, blemish or other specific treatment as required, masque, eye treatment, hydration.

 Contact us to book an appointment!

 

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Feature Product: Medik8 Glow Oil

Feature Product: Medik8 Glow Oil (yes, your skin will glow)

Feature Product: Medik8 Glow Oil

Our beautiful, ultra silky and fast absorbing dry facial oil containing powerful antioxidant Vitamin C really does make your skin radiant, even after just one application. Our clients love it.  It goes on like an oil (which feels amazing) and within moments absorbs into the skin so you can apply makeup over the top without it feeling greasy. Oh, and it smells WONDERFUL.  Breathe deeply and enjoy.

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Feature Product – Medik8 eyeCleanse nourishes as well as removes makeup

Medi8 Eye CleanseDid you know that sleeping in makeup could add 10 years to your age? Medik8’s eyeCleanse is a gentle eye makeup remover that removes even the toughest waterproof mascara, without drying-out the delicate skin around the eyes. It can even be used to remove lipstick and foundation.

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Teenage Skin

Teenage Skin

front_peels_wk0_wk6Skin problems are common in teens. Problems can include oily skin, breakouts and acne, a combination oily/dry skin, and sensitive skin. There is always a way to make it better though, you just have to find the right treatment path.  This is where we can help you. Its very important you use the right skin care products, and know how to use them. (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Oily and Blemish Prone Skin

Ageing Skin Prone to Blemishes  Oily and blemish prone skin is the second most common skin type. In short, it means your skin produces too much oil. Oily skin is actually great to have because it means you don’t age as quickly! Wrinkles can happen when there is a lack of oil, so bring the oil on, however, its vital to look after an oily skin properly.  We need to ensure that you don’t use products that strip the skin of its natural good oils, and that any blemishes and breakouts are properly managed so they don’t cause long lasting damage. Luckily there are excellent products which have all the cosmeceutical ingredients designed to work and not over-clog your skin. (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Dry skin

Ageing Skin Prone to BlemishesWho thought dry skin referred to having those flaky, dry patches commonly on your cheeks? Unfortunately this is a common misconception. In what is possibly the most confusing skin type, dry skin actually refers to oil-dry skin. In other words, you do not produce enough oil. This is a genetic disposition. This does not mean, however, that if you were to touch your face it would have that dry, flakey feel. This is actually dehydration  – simply, when there isn’t enough water in the skin, but nothing to do with oil. (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Combination Skins

Combination Skins Welcome to the most common skin type! In short, it means your skin is a combination of 2 or more skin types. The most common are Oily/Balanced (Oily T-Zone, Balanced cheeks) or Oily/Dry (Oily T-Zone and Oil Dry cheeks).  Selecting the right skin care products for combination skins is crucial.  We can help you. (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Balanced Skin

Balanced SkinWe used to call it normal skin, but seeing that this is the rarest skin type, these days it is more commonly called balanced skin. In short, it means your skin produces the perfect amount of oil. This is what we aim to have HOWEVER it is extremely important to look after your skin for the long term benefits as you can be prone to premature ageing if you do not use the proper products.  (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Menopause and Your Skin

Menopause and Your Skin Ah, the dreaded hormones. The hormonal shifts during peri-menopause and menopause can wreak havoc on your skin, from acne you haven’t experienced since puberty to dry and itchy skin to wrinkles that seemingly form overnight. Perhaps with the exception of puberty, there is no more challenging time for your skin than when you go through menopause. Choosing a skincare regimen that is right for you now is vital. (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Illness, Trauma and your Skin

Illness, Trauma and Your SkinA healthy body is going to maintain a healthy complexion. But when the body is weak, it can’t nourish the skin well. If you’ve been sick or suffering from a stressful event, your skin is going to show it. Illness and stress force the immune system to work overtime.  And you might not have had much time to spend on your skin care routine. (Not to mention, you may have run out of products.)  (more…)

Hands

Hands

HandsLike our decolletage and neckline, our hands are dead giveaways for our age.  Because the skin on our hands is so thin, it can show age much more quickly than the skin on our faces. Hands are very vulnerable to harsh chemical cleaning products and detergents. Often we forget to apply sunscreen to our hands. And you might get pigmentation.  There are some excellent skin care products for hands, and in fact you can use many of the same skin care products as you do on your face (your hands will thank you).
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Serums

Why use Serums?

SerumsSerums are our top pick of skin care – they are second to none in the results they achieve. There’s a lot of benefit to serums, from nourishing the skin to smoothing lines and even reducing age spots, that you simply can’t reproduce in any other formulation.

Serums are light, fast-absorbing liquids. They contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients – antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners – that you can find in nonprescription products. (more…)

Lips

Lips

LipsLike eyes, lips are important and attractive features of our face. But the weather – winter or summer – not to mention air conditioning can lead to dry or lifeless lips. You might also get lines and wrinkles above the lips.

Here’s our tips for taking care of your lips and making sure they are fabulous. Remember, lip gloss, lipsticks or lip liners look good only when applied on healthy looking lips.  (more…)

Male Skin

Male Skin

Male SkinSo, why are we talking about male skin care? Well, firstly, men’s skin is different to women’s skin in texture and construction, and shaving strips skin of natural moisture content and lipids.  Male skin ages differently to women’s, and has a different wrinkle development pattern. A male skin care regime requires higher concentrations of humectants, natural moisturising factors plus anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants.

And many men don’t know how to look after their skin, and often they don’t like fussing or they are confused what to buy. (And even less do many men like going near a skin professional for advice on the right products.) Skin care often starts and stops with a basic bar of soap or cleanser, and a wash in the shower. But great skin care for men doesn’t have to be based on expensive lotions and potions, and lots of complicated steps and products. Its easy! Follow our five easy steps to great skin care.

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Feature Product: The Medik8 ABC Pack The ABC of Skin Care

Feature Product: The Medik8 ABC Pack – The ABC of Skin Care

Feature Product: The Medik8 ABC Pack The ABC of Skin CareThe Medik8 ABC Pack is your ultimate skin care kit for anti-ageing and healthy skin. Vitamin C, A and B serums and a Gentle Cleanser. It suits all ages, and is an especially great starter kit. Everything you need in one pack, what more could you ask?   (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Ageing Skin

Ageing Skin Ageing is a complex, progressive process that leads to functional and aesthetic changes in the skin. The better we look after our skin from an early age, the better our skin will be later in life.

Probably the number one enemy is photo damage – sun damage caused by chronic UVA and UVB exposure. The effects of sun damage include molecular and genetic changes to the skin, degradation of collagen and a deficiency of Vitamin A in the skin, and the formation of spider veins, lines, wrinkles, age spots (and worse).

The best way to look after your skin and prevent premature ageing is sun protection, sun protection, sun protection!

If you have significant sun damage already, there’s some very effective skin care products.  You could also consider photo-rejuvenation procedures including chemical peels and various resurfacing techniques.

Generally, a good skin care regime for ageing skin involves nourishing your skin and preventing dryness/dehydration, and to keep stimulating the skin’s natural plumpers, collage and elastin, by using the right products – in particular, retinoids (Vitamin A) which bind to corresponding receptors in the skin. This peels off the top layer, which evens skin tone, and thickens the layers below, which smooths out wrinkles. Vitamin A also boosts collagen, a protein that keeps the skin firm and springy, by blocking the genes that cause it to break down and increasing other gene activity responsible for its production.

A GOOD SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Cleanse twice a day. Proper cleansing rids the skin of debris, preparing it for the rest of your skincare regimen.

Exfoliate regularly (but don’t overdo it) using a gentle polish. Exfoliating becomes super-critical as it invigorates the skin, removes dry, dead skin cells, promotes collagen production and brings oxygen to the skin.

Moisturiser. The use of a proper moisturiser will help with water loss and seal the skin. We recommend a light non-greasy day and a richer night treatment. (And a fabulous body lotion).

Eyes. Don’t forget the under-eye area as well. We like a Vitamin A serum or cream designed specifically for this area.

Treatments. Specific treatments designed for your skin type should definitely be part of your routine.

  • Always make sure you treat your skin with protective and corrective serums. Antioxidants are anti-ageing, and they act to protect your skin. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are super-important, along with Vitamin B5 and moisture-enhancing Hyaluronic Acid. These hydrate the skin and help boost collagen and elastin levels. Look for products that use pharmaceutical-grade ingredients (cosmeceuticals) so they penetrate the skin, and that don’t cause irritation.
  • If you have red flushing on your face, neck or decolletage, we have some particularly good products designed specifically for that.
  • Sometimes you might find that pigmentation (age spots) crop up on the face, hands and forearms. There are brightening products for this that you apply to the skin. Our advice is start taking care of this early when its easier to treat.

And we do like regular facials. Even If you haven’t had regular facials before, you should really start now! Facials are so much more than a feel-good thing (although they do feel good). Regular facials enhance collagen and elastin production, bring increased oxygen to the skin to assist in new skin cell production, and relax muscle tension that can lead to wrinkles.  They also enable any problems to be attended to straight away.

And finally, its important to review the products you use regularly because the skin care products you need will change over time. Let us help you with that.

Decolletage and Neckline

Decolletage and neckline

Decolletage and NecklineOur decolletage and neckline are dead giveaways for our age. You’ve probably been cleansing and moisturising your face since your teens. But how many of us take that routine down to include our chest and neckline? Because the skin in these areas is so thin, it can show age much more quickly than the skin on our faces. And sun exposure can really take its toll, especially if we forget to apply sunscreen to these delicate areas. But a well-cared-for decolletage and neckline keeps us looking youthful for longer.  (more…)

Illness, Trauma and Your Skin

Reactive and Sensitised Skin

Reactive and Sensitised SkinWhat is reactive and sensitised skin?  This is similar to sensitive skin but is caused by something in your environment. Many people feel they have sensitive skin because their skin is affected by products they use, or something in their environment. Some skin care products, or household products that contact your skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, tightness.

You might feel you have sensitive skin because even though you have no visible effects after contact with a product, it always makes your skin feel uncomfortable, or you might get that tight dry feeling. And then there’s air conditioning and the outside weather which can really upset your skin.

Now, some of these factors are not good for even the most resilient skin. But you might just have a reactive skin.   (more…)

Cosmeceuticals

Cosmeceuticals

CosmeceuticalsSo, what are cosmeceuticals and why are the skin care of choice of the Beauty Cottage?

The big difference is that cosmeceuticals have highly active ingredients to penetrate the skin’s surface to promote change on a cellular level.  Our brands are made to laboratory standards, and they are legally required to do what they say they do.

Cosmeceuticals represent the marriage between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are scientifically produced products, which contain biologically active ingredients that have proven, clinical benefits. (Note the word PROVEN.)

These active ingredients are able to reach the deeper layers of skin, allowing them to make noticeable changes in the skin. These changes can include reducing acne severity, hydrating the skin, reducing the appearance of ageing and sun damage, and promoting a healthy, radiant complexion. For this reason, cosmeceuticals are best prescribed by a skin professional to ensure they are correctly matched to your skin type and skin condition.

What’s the difference between over the counter products and cosmeceutical skin care?

Over-the-counter (cosmetic) products found in supermarkets, chemists and department stores cannot perpetrate the epidermis to access the deeper layers of the skin. So, while the right cosmetic products may smooth or hydrate your skin, they can’t create structural changes or deliver long-term change. Some of the claims that are made about what they do can be a little overstated. Since cosmetic companies really don’t have to prove efficacy claims, the special active ingredients touted in the formula only have to appear somewhere on the ingredient list— ingredients are listed in content order, from most to least, so if you see that “active” on the last half of the list (usually alphabetically) you can bet you are getting a tiny percentage of that specific ingredient.

Because many consumers “self-diagnose” when choosing a skin care product to try from a pharmacy or department store, these products must be made very safely, meaning, big cosmetic companies generally can’t afford to have masses of consumers with issues from using very active products — so, that skin care product may feel good and smell good, but it likely won’t have a lot of activity in the formulation.

Over-the-counter cosmetics can also be manufactured and distributed in very large batches, and can be packed with almost as many preservatives as “active” ingredients!

But there are some great cosmetic lotions, body butters, creams, soothing balms, scrubs out there too. At the Beauty Cottage, we look for products made in small batch runs with high quality ingredients, 100% natural and organic with no nasties; SLS free, no synthetic bulking agents, parabens, mineral oil, petro-chemicals, glycols, silicones, artificial fragrances and artificial colours.

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