The fascinating connection between your mind and skin

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Our skin can often reflect other aspects of our wellbeing, from diet, to pollution and even stress. However, could yours be trying to tell you something about your emotional health? 

That itchy rash or annoying breakout may be a sign that your skin is also fed up with whatever is stressing you out. Irritated skin usually sends people running to the chemist for quick relief, but a rising trend has some heading to dermatologists who specialise in psychodermatology.

Are the brain and skin really linked? 

The field of psychodermatology examines this fascinating connection, and how by addressing mental barriers and issues, we can potentially help to improve our skin. In our hectic, modern world, our skin flaring up could be yet another reminder to slow down, breathe and appreciate life, principles encouraged in yoga and meditation, as well as mindfulness. 

While the effect of emotions on our skin isn't perhaps a new discovery, it remains something that is a challenge for many to grasp as a concept.

"How amazing is it that a simple cognition can cause virtually every blood vessel in the skin to instantaneously open up, causing a blush or flush?" said Dr Rick Fried, a psychologist and dermatologist from Yardley Dermatology Associates. "That's pretty amazing evidence that the mind and body are linked."

From acne breakouts, to rosacea flushes to eczema flare-ups, stress is the fuel to the fire of inflammation lurking in these conditions. 

Stress is more than skin deep

Imagine any of these scenarios: back-to-back exams, a messy divorce, unexpected health issues, even being stuck in traffic when you’re already late. Does the mere thought of these send stress signals down your spine?  It doesn’t take scientific evidence for us to realize that the kind of stress driving us to the nearest pub — or reaching for the bowl of chocolate-covered nuts — isn’t good for our skin (and neither are those coping choices!). But the effects of psychological stress on our skin may be more serious than we realize. Scientific evidence has shown us that stress equates to inflammation, and this can cause havoc on the skin. From acne breakouts, to rosacea flushes to eczema flare-ups, stress is the fuel to the fire of inflammation lurking in these conditions. What’s more, stress not only triggers or exacerbates particular skin diseases, it can also lead to dehydration, lines, blotchiness, hair loss and brittle nails for those without an inherent condition.

On the flip-side, the distress these stress-related skin conditions causes is also very real, feeding a vicious cycle. Getting that awful pimple before your date, or the significant hair loss after a traumatic event — these can in turn cause psychological distress, even to the point of creating a psychiatric condition such as depression and anxiety. The statistics are telling: people with the most visible skin conditions (vitiligo, psoriasis) have much higher risk factor for developing anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts.

A mind body approach

In a world-first, GINGER&ME In-Clinic (Spa) treatments are designed to treat the skin and mind simultaneously in the knowledge that beauty comes from more than just a healthy skin but also a healthy mind. In this crazy, busy world, skin is subjected to more than just physical skin stressors. New age stressors including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, time poor, use of mobile phones and lack of sleep are all triggers for inflammatory responses leading not just to problematic skin but to poor skin health too.

With this in mind, the in-clinic only GINGER&ME Neurocosmedics Mindfulness Sessions were created to support healthy skin and empower a healthy mind. A skin treatment combined with a guided POWER-TUDE Mindfulness Session where guests can put on their GINGER&ME Headsets, forget the noise of the outside world and focus on a mindfulness journey that will calm, refresh and ultimately inspire them to ‘choose their TUDE’ and never forget “they are worth it”.

The concept covers three key points: Skin, Mind and Power-Tude.

Skin: The acknowledgment that the skin is the largest organ in the body and deserves the utmost attention for its preservation. The blessing that modern day, high-tech actives used in skin care (when used in their functional dose) can trigger a physiological difference and support skin health and cellular behaviour.

Mind: The realisation that modern living; the fast-paced world we live in, juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, the pressure of social media (the list does not end here) is challenging our mental health. The fact that whilst we may be physically present in a moment; mentally we are not. Mindfulness gives the opportunity to stop and pay full attention, to observe your thoughts, feelings, the sensations of taste, touch, smell, sight and sound and to be fully aware of your surroundings.

Power-Tude: The power of being aware of your personal needs and nurturing them, fitting your oxygen mask first so you are better equipped to helps others. The strength of inner-peace; that allows you to be in control of your behaviours, reactions and actions.

The opportunity to choose your TUDE; your attitude, your altitude, your level of gratitude and ultimately your beauty-tude; putting you in life’s driver’s seat, taking the controls so that you may be the best version of you, making the most of life’s blessings.


Clarify | The Truth About Adult Acne

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Breakouts. We’ve all had them as teenagers, and often feel that by the time we reach our 20’s, we’ve done our time suffering and have earned clear blemish-free skin. However, for many people, adult acne is a real issue that might flare up even if you never suffered with it as a teenager.

Acne is caused by fluctuations in a person’s hormone levels that result in overproduction of oil in the skin. The excess oil combines with dead skin cells and blocks hair follicles on the face, creating a plug known as a comedone.

Closed comedones appear white, while open comedones oxidise when in contact with the air and appear black (known as ‘blackheads’).

How can I treat adult acne?

To properly treat adult acne, it’s important to take a 360-degree look at your diet and lifestyle as well as making sure you have the best skin care products and treatments to effectively treat your skin.

Lifestyle factors such a stress (which affects the activity of your hormones) and exposure to pollution (which can clog pores) can exacerbate the development of acne. A high GI (high sugar) diet has also been associated with acne, and some studies suggest dairy consumption could play a role.

You should also avoid oil-based cosmetics which could clog the pores further – look out for non-comedogenic formulas.

What products are suitable for people with adult acne?

Ultraceutical’s Ultra Clear Range is a lightweight formula that works to defend against acne by targeting it at each of the four stages in the development cycle. It does this by actively addressing excess sebum production, as well as exfoliating clogged pores.

Our Ultra Clear Range contains Mandelic and Salicylic Acid plus Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) that to help unclog pores and has anti-irritant and anti-bacterial benefits. We also use Clove Oil in the formulas for its antioxidant properties.

The acne development cycle is 3 months – so to get the best results you have to be committed. A great first step on the road to treating your acne is to book a skin consultation to allow a qualified skin therapist to thoroughly examine your skin and decide on an action plan.

 

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August Skin Confidence Package includes;

Skin Journey Consultation
Vita CLEAR Facial
Vita CLEAR Workout
LED Light Therapy Treatment
Skin Care Starter Pack
$250 - Value of $305

Brighten | Dealing with Hyperpigmentation & Age Spots

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You’re not alone if your skin features dark spots, skin discolouration, blotchiness, freckles or melasma as all are common skin concerns collectively known as hyperpigmentation. But what nature gives us nature can also take away with an exciting array of potent plant extracts that visibly fade the appearance of hyperpigmentation and enhance skin luminosity.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Usually harmless, this darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin — often clustering in a disorderly way to form patchy skin tone or dark spots.

Here to save the day, highly effective plant-derived melanin inhibitors have been tested and proven to be effective in fading the appearance of hyperpigmentation by disrupting production and activity of the enzyme tyrosinase — the main enzyme within melanin cells responsible for the production of pigment and our arch nemesis in hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation seems like a stubborn problem. Is there really a solution?
Correct, hyperpigmentation has a reputation for being difficult to treat. This is why it helps to have professional advice and a number of different approaches. Our Skin Journey Consultation is a great place to start. We can customise a combination of treatments and home care to tackle the problem. 

For our home care, we offer Ultraceuticals, an award-winning range of skincare with multi-action ingredients to brighten and clarify hyperpigmented skin. We also offer several services such as masks, peels, microdermabrasion, IPL Photo Rejuvenation and Collagen Induction Therapy to help achieve your desired results.

Product Spotlight

A Synergistic Brightening System…
Drawing on the latest scientific research, the Ultra Brightening System uses a synergistic blend of ingredients to target surface hyperpigmentation in 5 different ways.  Highly effective plant-derived melanin inhibitors have been tested and proven to be effective in fading the appearance of hyperpigmentation by disrupting production and activity of the enzyme tyrosinase — the main enzyme within melanin cells responsible for the production of pigment and our arch nemesis in hyperpigmentation.  So, let’s meet the Inhibitors:

Melissa officinalis

Native to the Mediterranean region, Melissa officinalis is a member of the mint family and is a potent melanin inhibitor which acts to inhibit tyrosinase within melanin cells so melanin production is reduced. Melissa officinalis is a botanical powerhouse

Oxyresveratrol (extract of Artocarpus)          

Oxyresveratrol, found in plants such as white mulberry and Artocarpus, or Monkey Jack, is another potent melanin inhibitor and antioxidant with its depigmenting effect working on the inhibition of tyrosinase activity and melanin production.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) has been shown to be an effective skin brightening agent that works by inhibiting melanin transfer to cells in the epidermis, reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture.

Bearberry Extract

Also known as Uva Ursi, this botanical extract is rich in natural Arbutin (a tyrosinase inhibitor) and is well known for its skin brightening properties. A naturally derived melanin inhibitor, Bearberry helps to brighten skin and to protect against long-term damage from oxidative stress. Bearberry is shown to have skin-lightening properties

Now, let’s meet the Exfoliants:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – Lactic Acid and Citric Acid

Causing dead cells of the epidermis to loosen and slough off, increasing epidermal turnover, water-soluble Alpha Hydroxy Acids work by breaking down the protein bonds between dead and living skin cells.

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) – Salicylic Acid

Being oil-soluble, Beta Hydroxy Acid has the ability to act on the surface of the skin. Working on accumulated cells within oil glands in the skin, which can build up and clog pores, it also has anti-irritant and anti-bacterial properties.

Methyl Jasmonate

Shown to promote skin shedding and epidermal renewal, Methyl Jasmonate is useful both as a booster and an alternative ingredient when skin sensitivity is a concern.

Treatment Spotlight

Choose the BRIGHTEN SKIN JOURNEY and get real visible results.

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basic journey includes;

3 Vita GLOW Power Facial 

3 Vita GLOW Workout

3 Radiance Plus Facial  

6 LED Light Therapy

FREE Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

$875 up-front |  Pay over 6 months  - weekly $37 or fortnightly $74

 

enhanced journey includes

all basic plus

4 IPL 

FREE Skin Care Starter Pack

$1,750 up-front 

Pay over 6 months  - weekly $67 or fortnightly $134 |  Pay over 12 months  - weekly $34 or fortnightly $68

 

ultimate journey includes

all enhanced plus

3 Collagen Induction Therapy

FREE Ultra Treatment Serum

$2,300 up-front 

Pay over 6 months  - weekly $102 or fortnightly $204 | Pay over 12 months  - weekly $51 or fortnightly $102


Real Visible Results

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Result may vary depending on individual skin conditions

Caring For Winter Skin

As winter sets in, the colder weather can wreak havoc on skin, both on the face and body. It gets dry, flaky and can sometimes even crack, which can be painful or itchy. With months to go until the spring thaw, it’s time to take a solid look at our skin-care regimens and fine-tune as needed. 

Exfoliate Without Overdoing It

It’s no surprise that winter can wreak havoc on a glowing complexion, and while using peels or glycolic acid serums may seem like a quick fix to revive dull skin, Overdoing it actually can disrupt the skin barrier and lead to red, blotchy, stinging skin. Instead, aim to gently exfoliate no more than twice a week to avoid unnecessary inflammation and any disturbance in the surface microbiome.  The perfect solution to exfoliate with this winter is Ultra Dual Microfoliant. This multi-tasking formula is designed to effectively remove surface residue and impurities while imparting absorbable pure Vitamin C to the skin epidermis to provide maximum benefits. Leaves the skin looking visibly refined, smooth, polished and more luminous in appearance. Synthetic fragrance-free.

 

Layer Your Skin Care

When it comes to boosting hydration for winter try a two-step layering technique: serum, then moisturizer. Highly concentrated serums are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin, fast-tracking ingredients like peptides and antioxidants, while creams seal in the moisture.  If your skin is already showing signs of dehydration this combination can give real visible results quickly. Book a Skin Journey Consultation today and see which serum and moisturiser would work best for your skin. 

 

Use Sunscreen Year-Round

While SPF may be an integral step in your routine during the warmer months, it’s just as vital to continue wearing a layer of protection well past summer. UV rays are present all year round, UVA rays, in particular, are the ones that do all of the damage when it comes to premature ageing.  Coola’s Mineral Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa Moisturiser is a multi-tasking miracle that protects your skin while also helping boost its own natural defences against the sun. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive, this water-resistant, non-greasy cream infuses skin with antioxidants, vitamins, and hydrating ingredients to keep it soft, smooth, and shielded.

 

What Goes In Still Affects the Skin

When it’s colder outside and we are stuck indoors we might tend binge on comfort foods, sweets and alcohol, while also neglecting to drink as much water as we should. Take note that increased amounts of sugar can take a toll on the complexion and even cause long-term glycation which is when sugar molecules bind to the collagen and elastic fibres in the skin. Triggering free radicals, the process can lead to breakouts or rosacea. Not feeling hot or thirsty can lead us to neglect our water intake, be sure to get your recommended amount in each day and even boost it a bit to help with dehydration. Alcohol can also contribute to dehydration so be sure to up the water intake as you imbibe. If you’re going to drink choose red wine. It’s lower in sugar and has resveratrol, which is anti-ageing. We’ll toast, in moderation, to that.

Have you heard of LED Light Therapy?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a computer chip encased in a glass-like resin, which emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy. Not to be confused with sunbeds or laser, the light therapy was originally developed to fast-track the healing of wounds and post-surgery scars. The rejuvenation of healthy skin, too, was a happy coincidence.

Different colour lights penetrate at different depth in the skin, therefore you’ll use more blue for an acne skin and more red for fine lines and wrinkles. So depending on your treatment when the therapeutic light energy is in the correct wavelength, the cells in the dermis layer of skin will convert that light energy into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the fuel that the cell uses to do its job. The fibroblast cells in the dermis layer have the job of producing collagen (which give the skin fullness or that plumped look) and elastin (which give the skin the ability to bounce back). Thus, LED gives the cells a 'full tank of fuel' and these fibroblast cells start to produce collagen and elastin like when one was 20-25 years old.

The result is the complexion is plumped up with new collagen (which pushes the folds of the wrinkles out) and new elastin (which helps to tighten the skin and give it more elasticity). Another drawcard is that there's no downtime and it can be done on a lunch break.

In-salon treatments are recommended two to three times a week for a course of four to six weeks. Ideal for pre-wedding prep or before a big event, a session only takes 20 minutes. It's also an effective and pain-free approach to treating skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation and adult acne. 

LED is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving uneven skin tone, reducing pores size, brightening the skin and rejuvenating the youthful look of your skin.  It is the only aesthetic device that has no contra-indications of any kind. It is good for all skin types, colours and conditions. It is safe for the eyes and it cannot be overused. While there have been conclusive studies of the effectiveness of LED light therapy, of course always listen to your skin therapist. If you have a poor diet or spend to much unprotected time in the sun, it can take a little longer to see results.

For any facial booked for the month of June, you’ll get a FREE LED Light Therapy Treatment to try it out. Just use the Add-On Service when you book online or mention to your therapist when you book, we’ll deduct the amount at the time of payment.


Preview of New Menu Services Featuring LED Light Therapy

LED Light Therapy Facial                 $95

Rebalance, heal and rejuvenate skins cells with the power of LED Light Therapy, producing amazing results. As a facial, the treatment includes a thorough cleanse and scrub, finishing with your ideal hydrator. |  add to a facial of your choice for $55

 

Vita CLEAR Back Facial         $95

Many of us will experience some clogged pores and breakout on our backs. A back facial treatment will help to cleanse and exfoliate the skin while treating any congestion. Add some LED Light Therapy that stimulates deep within the skin where our hands simply cannot reach to reveal brighter and smoother skin.

 

The Triple Threat     $165

Our most powerful skin treatment facial. We customise the combination of three technologies to address your specific skin concern with some luxurious pampering added in. First, we remove dead skin cells through either Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning or an Ultra Workout (Peel), we then rejuvenate and soften (LED Light Therapy) and thirdly we repair and hydrate with an active Vitamin Infusion (UltraSonophoresis). It’s the ultimate quick fix if you want results for a special occasion.

Double Down       $125

The Double Down Facial is a step down from The Triple Threat facial, it includes two of the three steps. Guaranteed to exfoliate, hydrate or plump even the most tired or congested skin. 

 

LED Light Therapy Stand-Alone      $65

Come prepped and ready to go and save! Each treatment will take 20 mins and you just need to come in with freshly cleansed skin.

 

LED Light Therapy Membership

Prepay for your course of 8 and get your 9th free.  We recommend 3 treatments a week over 3 weeks

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5 Tips For Healthier Skin

Everyone is looking for a reversal solution for their skin issues and everyone wants a fix for the errors of their youth. The legend of the Fountain of Youth has been a point of interest since as far back as the fifth century. Modern science has been working on their own version of “everlasting youth” in the form of products and procedures for decades. Everyone is searching to maintain their youth—and the first step you can take towards preserving that youthful glow is understanding the true value of investing in your skin. Women are willing to colour their hair on a regular schedule and buy a new handbag every season, but sometimes investing in regular skin maintenance can