Monday, December 18, 2023

Skin do’s and don’ts this holiday season

So, the holiday season is upon us! However whilst you're out there enjoying the summer vibes, it's crucial not to let your skincare routine take a vacation. Here are the some do's and don'ts to keep your skin glowing and happy during the festive season.

Do Keep Hydrated baby!

Let's kick things off with a classic - hydration. The summer heat can be relentless, and your skin needs all the moisture it can get. For starters, make sure you're guzzling down that H2O like it's your holiday job. Not only will it keep you cool, but it'll also help maintain a glowing complexion as well as helping to flush out any after effects from too much alcohol. Throw in a hydrating mist for good measure – your skin will thank you for the extra splash of refreshment.

Don’t forget to Slip slop slap

The Aussie sun is no laughing matter and sunscreen is your skin's knight in shining armour this holiday season. Exposing your skin without protection is like sending it into battle without a decent shield so always opt for a broad-spectrum SPF50+ to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Remember to reapply every two hours, especially if you're indulging in water sports or sweating. Toss a sunscreen spray into your purse so you always have the ability to top-up when out and about.

Do Switch up your routine

Summer calls for a skincare glow-up. Swap out heavy creams for lightweight, hydrating gels. Your skin wants to breathe, not feel suffocated under layers of products. If you are not already, it’s a great time to think about incorporating skincare products with antioxidant ingredients – think of them as tiny superheroes fighting off free radicals induced by the summer sun. As a bonus, whilst not sun-protection per se - they work exceptionally well alongside your sunscreen to help fight off oxidative stress and reverse the damage caused by UV rays. A serum containing niacinmide or vitamin C is a great place to start and can be your skin's best friend during these sunny times.

Don’t overdo exfoliation

Sure, exfoliating is a great way to slough off dead skin cells, but there's a fine line between a healthy glow and irritated skin. Overdoing it can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable. Opt for gentle exfoliants and limit the frequency to once or twice a week. Your skin will appreciate the TLC without feeling like it's been through a sandpaper marathon.

Do treat your skin!

Give your skin the best possible gift this festive season by booking in that treatment you have been eyeing off all year. Whether it be an LED facial with a professional LED light therapy machine or perhaps some RF skin tightening…or maybe some hydrodermabrasion floats your boat – treat your skin to some TLC. If you have a specific skin concern that you wish to treat, a professional analysis with a skin scanner is a great place to start too and lots of salons will redeem the cost with treatments or skincare products.

Do Shower Smarter

After a day of beach bumming or outdoor adventures, a refreshing shower is in order. But here's the trick – go easy on the hot water. Hot showers can zap your skin of its natural oils, leaving it parched. Opt for lukewarm water and throw in a hydrating shower gel. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing vigorously – it's all about showing your skin some love, not roughing it up.

Don’t Scrimp on Sleep

Whilst the warmer weather is enticing, filled with social gatherings such as BBQ’s with friends or lazy days spent at the beach. But don't let the festive spirit compromise your beauty sleep. Your skin actually skin rejuvenates and repairs itself while you snooze, and cutting short on your beauty sleep can lead to dull, tired, lacklustre-looking skin – the opposite of what we want. Aim for those 7-8 hours of blissful shuteye – your skin will wake up thanking you.

So, there you have it – a quick guide to keeping your skin in tip-top shape during the holiday season. Remember, your skin is the canvas for all those festive memories, so treat it with kindness and you will reap the rewards. Here's to a summer filled with radiant skin and endless good vibes!

Interested in finding out more about the treatments mentioned in this article or wanting to find a treatment specialist your local area? To learn more, contact beauty supplier, The Global Beauty Group on 1300 006 607 to find a treatment specialist in your area.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Best Skincare Ingredients and Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin, this can happen when the skin is producing too much melanin (a pigment that our body produces in giving our hair, eye and skin colour). An increase in melanin can lead to skin conditions such as freckles, acne scarring or melasma.  

What causes hyperpigmentation  

Discolouration of the skin can be caused by a variety of factors, from sun exposure to rupturing of the skin surface, medication, inflammation, hormonal changes and other health conditions. Some hyperpigmentation may be temporary and fade over time, others can be long term.  

Skincare for Hyperpigmentation  

There is a range of skincare and ingredients that can be used to assist with hyperpigmentation. The most common ingredient on the market is Vitamin C, this wonderful ingredient can block an enzyme that forms melanin. It can also be used to treat uneven skin tone and help with strengthening the skin barrier. 

Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 is also a powerful ingredient used in skincare products that can be used to combat hyperpigmentation. as it reduces the transfer of melanin. This ingredient is a strong antioxidant that reduces the transfer of melanin, reduce inflammation, improve skin texture and assist with free radical damage.  

If you are not using an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), it’s time to start! AHA is a chemical exfoliant that is used to exfoliate and buff away our dead skin cells! A popular type of AHA is lactic acid, it can be used to improve your skin tone and signs of discolouration. AHA can be used 1-2 times per week depending on your skin type and sensitivity. Make sure you don’t overuse an AHA as it can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.   

One of the most important methods to prevent skin damage and sunspots is to use an SPF that is suited to the Australian Climate, typically an SPF of 50 is recommended. Also, be sure to reapply your SPF throughout the day!  


Laser Pigmentation Removal 

There are several different types of treatment that can assist with treating pigmentation. IPL Pigmentation Correction removal is a safe and relatively non-invasive method to remove benign hyperpigmentation including reducing the appearance of freckles, discoloration, sunspots, liver spots and age spots 

IPL or Pulsed Light uses IPL machines controlled beams of filtered light to breakdown the pigments cells, with the laser only targeting the pigment areas and therefore not damaging the surrounding skin around the pigmentation. The pigmented area absorbs the light and is heated to the point that the pigment is shattered and then flushed away by our bodies lymphatic drainage system. During the process, the skin renews itself with fresh and healthy regenerated cells.  

In the days following treatment, the pigmented areas turn darker and usually forms a light crust. Over the following weeks the pigment will gradually flake away, leaving the little to no trace of the original mark. A series of sessions is usually recommended, spaced a few weeks apart for best results. Treatments can be performed on the neck, face, decollate, arms and back of hands.   

Q-Switch (Q-Switched Laser) is another type of laser for pigmentation removal and is a common and highly effective option to treat melasma and stubborn hyperpigmentation such as acne scarring and birth marks in a similar way that they fade tattoos This method stimulates your skin’s natural collagen via short pulses of light energy directed into the discoloured areas, disrupting the pigment leading to fading and clearing of the targeted area in the weeks following treatment. The energy delivered by Q-switched lasers also remodels skin collagen and improves overall texture and tone. 

Finally, another great option and favourite for many wanting to fade discolouration is LED light therapy, specifically green light. LED machines work by helping to fade sun damage, including age/spots and hyperpigmentation and the best part is treatments are completely non-invasive and actually very relaxing. All that is required is that you lay back and let the lights work their magic – making it a great alternative for people seeking 100% painless, no-invasive treatment options  

Your hyperpigmentation is gone, now what? 

Once your hyperpigmentation is removed, it is vital that you take steps to ensure you maintain and look after your skin with skincare and continue to protect your skin with SPF. Additional sun exposure can cause the pigmentation to redevelop so the aftercare is crucial! Extra maintenance sessions can also be booked to complete laser treatment to keep your skin clear and rejuvenated. 


This article was in joint partnership with wholesale salon suppliers, The Global Beauty Group. If you are interested in finding out more about the treatments mentioned in this article or wanting to find a treatment specialist your area please contact beauty supplier, The Global Beauty Group on 1300 006 607. 

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