Total Face Group

 

30% Lactic Acid Peel Using Ultra MD Skincare Products.

 

I started my consultation at Total Face Group with a skin analysis from the lovely Vanessa, she seemed very polite and knowledgeable, I expressed my concerns about my rosacea and she knew exactly what treatments weren't beneficial to me.  We took photographs of my skin without make up to see how my skin looks on the surface and beneath the surface using advanced technology. This type of technology shows you concerns you may not have known about since they are below the surface, for example I have pigmentation on my top lip and around my hairline which I cant see when im makeup free. The photos also let you see where you have excess oil production, redness, enlarged pores, uneven skin etc. 

Knowing that I have mild rosacea and some pigmentation, Vanessa suggested we do a Lactic Acid Peel, Lactic acid is mild enough for rosacea but it still effective at evening out skin tone (although you may need more than 1 treatment). The peel I was going to be having was using all Ultra MD Skincare products which is the sister company to Ultraceuticals. This Ultra MD range can only be bought from clinics as you need to advised by a skincare professional as to what products to use. Using these products without guidance could cause further damage to your skin, so make sure you see a skincare professional.

Steps Involved in the Peel

Cleanser

Alcohol pre-peel Solution

Lactic Acid 30% Solution

Neutralising Solution

Post Peel Care which consisted on Ultraceuticals Ultra C Firming Eye Cream, Ultra MD Rich Moisturiser Cream, Ultraceuticals Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex, Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum.

The Aftermath

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Immediately After

Left Side

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Immediately After

Right Side

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30 Mintues Later

Redness has calmed down

Day 1

My skin felt very smooth and looked very clean, I also started to notice the pigmentation on my top lip and around my hairline getting darker

Day 5

 

I had dryness around my lips and the perimeter of my face, including the forehead. It felt as if I needed a to give my face a good scrub. I could also see darks dots that were flaking off, if you look closely there is one on my left cheek and left side of my forehead.

 

Day 9 

Skin felt smooth and shiny, no more dryness on the face. Lip pigmentation is still there but looks alot better. Also with the naked eye I can no longer see pigmentation in my hairline. I am also aware that pigmentation will no go completely away with one treament. 

Day 5

I had dryness around my lips and the perimeter of my face, including the forehead. It felt as if I needed a to give my face a good scrub. I could also see darks dots that were flaking off, if you look closely there is one on my left cheek and left side of my forehead.

 

Overall, I'm very happy with the lactic acid peel, my skin felt smoother and looked clearer. I'm also very happy that it didn't aggravate my rosacea. The place itselfs looks a little outdated, and I hated the fact then when you walk past reception to sit in the waiting room you pass an office that is completely open, no door or wall. My skin therapist was lovely, though I did hear other staff talking about what they were having for lunch from the waiting room. 

To find out what other treatments Total Face Group offer click here, or to find a clinic near you click here.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:
*All opinions are based on personal experiences. Skincareblogger is not a skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.
*This is NOT a paid post.
* This treatment was gifted to me to review, and does not impact my thoughts on the treatment. 
* Main Image was taken from Ultra MD website.
* I have NO affiliation with the links provided.
* All personal images are mine.

Grown Alchemist Beauty Products

 

My Review of Grown Alchemist. 

Grown Alchemist, an Australian skin care brand with an array of products made from ground-breaking scientific formulations is a welcome addition to the vast array of beauty care products already in the market. 

What makes Grown Alchemist beauty products special though is their formulation. They contain natural peptides and antioxidants that enhance skin renewal and diminish the effects of anti-aging.  

But just because you hear scientific formulations should be no cause for alarm as the products are 100 % organic. 

These range of beauty products from creams, to oils, cleansers, moisturisers and anti-aging serums all work to renew, cleanse and moisturise the skin from within. So go on and stimulate your inner beauty with these organic, clinically proven formulations that lessen fine lines and wrinkles giving your skin that beautiful, glowing, youthful skin.

The Geniuses Behind Grown Alchemists

Grown Alchemist skincare range with all-organic ingredients was the brainchild of Australian brothers Keston and Jeremy Mujis. They effortlessly fused together scientific formulations and natural ingredients to produce an all-organic beauty skin care range that optimises the health of the skin above all.  These certified natural botanical ingredients and powerful natural formulations provided the ultimate beauty results without the damaging effects of artificial ingredients. They ethically assembled the products into beautiful packages and made them all-affordable across the divide. The result has been a sustained wave of uptake into the market owing to their great results on the skin and pocket friendly prices. 

Owing to their success, Grown Alchemist now have devolved cosmetic chemists based in London, New York and Paris. These are dedicated in the in their quest for perfect beauty formulations for all.

What Grown Alchemist Believes

 Beauty is natural so should everything that enhances it.  Mother Nature already has ingredients discovered by the two Australian brothers that came together and cleverly fused them for our own benefit. Thanks to them hairs now breathe better, our skins are glowing with health and vitality and our general outlook has improved because when you look good, you feel good!

That said Grown Alchemist viewpoint on cleansing is about eliminating impurities as opposed to natural water-binding formulations that keep skin saturated and tight. They believe that by organically optimising the functions of the skin, the skin on its own is able to achieve real beauty results. A double cleanse routine comes highly recommended as it first, removes make-up, and effects pollution and daily dirt build-up on the skin. This is followed by a second skin cleanse that leaves the skin fresh, clear and well-adjusted. The result is a radiant, youthful skin.

Grown Alchemist beauty care products range include: specially formulated skincare cleansers, serums and anti-aging moisturisers; body care exfoliants, body washes, and oils; and professional hair care treatments, volumizing, anti-frizz, detoxing, strengthening, nourishing and hair colour products among others.

My Review on Some of the Grown Alchemist Products I've Tried

Firstly, before I get started on individual product reviews, how beautiful is the packaging of all the Grown Alchemist products, I love the brown glass and the simplicity of the design, plus every single item I tried smells so nice and botanical. I throughly enjoyed using the Grown Alchemist regime I must say. The Grown Alchemist products I reviewed are from Mecca.

 

Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser: Olive Leaf & Plantago Extract

A beautiful creamy cleanser that goes a long way, I was able to remove my makeup using this cleanser and it didn't hurt my eyes either, though I did find I needed a little more help with my mascara, so I use this as my secondary cleanse. This cleanser is enriched with olive leaf, vitamins A and E, quercetin, rutin and kaempferol to fight visible signs of ageing, yarrow extract to tone and firm, red seaweed extract to even out tone and texture and plantago extract to cleanse and tighten pores. Even with my sensitive skin I found this cleanser to be extremely gentle and it did not irritate the skin. I thoroughly enjoyed this cleanser and will continue to use until it runs out. This cleanser retails for $49 for 100ml and I have been using this cleanser twice a day for the last 4 weeks and I'm not even half way through. 

 

Hydra-Mist+: Desert Lime & Amino-Peptide

A lightweight yet potent facial mist infused with a whole host of skin-loving botanicals to treat skin beyond the surface level. I spray a few pumps morning and night after my shower, I love the smell very botanical with a hint of lime. I was skeptical of the small size of the bottle, I thought this won't last very long, especially with my heavy hand when it comes to misting, though it lasted 1 month using twice a day and heavily spraying my face too. This mist retails for $30 for 30ml. This did not irritate my skin either, I always worry about trying new products because you never know which ones will cause me to flush if I'm unaware of the ingredients, none of the Grown Alchemist products I tried made me flush or irritate my skin, which is a good sign. 

 

Regenerating Night Cream: Neuro-Peptide & Violet Leaf Extract

This products retails for $95 for 40g, which seems very small but it is extremely worth it. This is my favourite product for the ones I've listed here today. This is a night moisturiser that is a rich thick cream  consistency that feels like nothing on your skin when applied, you will not feel this product on your skin once absorbed which is almost instantly. You will wake up with your skin feeling nourished, hydrated and refreshed. I also noticed that my skin looked as though I didn't have any rosacea concerns which is amazing. This cream contains so many beneficial ingredients such as neuropeptides that act to boost collagen and elastin levels, increase cohesion and stabilization of collagen networks and reducing degradation of collagen structure to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it also is infused with frankincense extract to calm and soothe, violet extract to even skin tone, antioxidant-rich green tea extract to fight damaging free radicals, omega 7 to heal and hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate. 

 

Detox Serum Antioxidant+3 Complex

This product I apply twice a day, morning and night, and at night I follow with the Regenerating Night Cream: Neuro-Peptide & Violet Leaf Extract, this in conjunction with the moisturiser has totally changed my skin, I will be inserting a photo below that wasn't intended on going on my blog so I do apologise for the background and its unprofessional appearance, but you can see my skin just looks a whole look clearer, from pigmentation and redness from old acne scars and signs of dehydration are gone. This product retails for $65 for 30ml, and I'm not even 1/4 through yet and it's been a month using twice a day. 

Overall, I'm so impressed with Grown Alchemistthe brand actual excites me and I can't wait to try more products from them, I never thought I'd say that cause I usually try so many cosmeceuticals type of products, and tend to not review many organic products. See the picture below to see what you think, although I do have a birthmark in the centre of my forehead and a small pimple on my cheek. This image was taken straight after I had a swim, hence the t-shirt wrapped around my hair. To see more products from Grown Alchemist click the link here if you are from Australia, and click here for international. Available in store at Mecca.

 

 
 
 
Disclaimer:
*All opinions are based on personal experiences. Skincareblogger is not a skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.
*This is NOT a paid post.
* These products were gifted to me to review. Products being gifted does not impact my thoughts on the products. 
* Main Image was taken from Grown Alchemist website.
* I have NO affiliation with the links provided.

Elucent Skincare Australian Made and Founded.

 

My Review using Elucent Skincare for a Month

 

Top Elucent Skincare Products To Use For Visibly Glowing Skin

We all want that beaming, youthful skin. Good news is, whether you are turning 18 or you are over 50 - you can still get that radiant skin. With Elucent range of skin care products- that caters to all age groups- you can achieve that in a matter of days. 

The cut-throat formula that sets Elucent range of products apart is AHAs -  with glycolic acid and lactic acid, as the key ingredients. The two have been scientifically proven to drastically improve and hasten the skin’s natural ability to exfoliate and rejuvenate. Result is a younger looking, firm and glowing skin. 

Other ingredients are: Vitamins E and C - excellent antioxidants - that promote skin elasticity, improves the appearance of aged skin, visibly reduces skin pigmentation, and brightens the skin and Vitamin B3 which improves skin texture and tone.

Here are some of my top Elucent products I recommend to help you achieve that younger looking, firmer, radiating skin in no time. 

Elucent Mild Anti-Ageing Cleanser $29.99

This mild cleanser gently exfoliates and visibly revitalises skin without leaving you dry. To appreciate its full benefits, add Elucent Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser to your beauty regime. Within days you will observe a visibly improved skin texture, and a natural glow. 

It may sting temporarily if your skin is not accustomed to AHAs. However, because of their mild formulation, it is your best bet for starters if you are testing your skin’s sensitivity. 

If no adverse effects are noted you can upgrade to the  Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser  with a higher SPF of 50+. Your skin will thank you!  

Elucent Anti-Ageing Night Moisturiser $49.99

This gentle Moisturiser  regenerates and replenishes skin moisture as you sleep. It visibly reduces the signs of ageing, improves the skin firmness and tone. For full benefits combine it with the fragrance–free Elucent Anti-Ageing Eye Cream to improve the skin contours and dark circles surrounding the eyes and smooth fine lines.  

You will feel a tingling sensation on application because of the AHAs. A little goes along way with this product.  Avoid using on irritated skin.

Elucent Anti-Ageing Serum $49.99

This intensive anti-ageing Serum is the ultimate skin boost. Within weeks of using, it visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your skin.   Despite having the highest level of AHAs at 16 percent-  it gently exfoliates, smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles to reveal an improved skin tone and texture. 

Avoid using on irritated skin and sensitive areas like around the eyes and lips. Reported adverse effects include burnt skin, especially near the eyes and blistering. 

I used these products in conjunction with the Elucent Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser for the last 3 weeks. I had never tried these products before and was surprised at the high grade of ingredients they contained and their price point.  I recommend this brand if you are looking for a skincare brand that is affordable,  and will help improve your skin concerns if you have pigmentation, dullness, fine lines or signs of ageing and clarity to the skin. 

Exclusive to Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist
 
 
 
Disclaimer:
*All opinions are based on personal experiences. Skincareblogger is not a skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.
*This is a paid post.
* These products were gifted to me to review. Products being gifted does not impact my thoughts on the products. 
* Main Image was taken from Elucent website, click name to provide link
* I have NO affiliation with the links provided.

The Best IPL Device on the Market

 

Forever Young BBL

Why Forever Young BBL Laser Treatment is the best a non-surgical rejuvenation method

Forever Young BBL (BroadBand Light) is one of the unique devices shown to alter the expression of genes linked to an increased lifespan, longevity and aging. Conducting regular laser treatments using Forever Young BBL will make your skin look younger, smoother, and clearer. It uses innovative technology to deliver light therapy targeted at the signs of sun damage and aging to produce an effectively youthful, rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. 

Forever Young BBL treatments target an extensive array of conditions by removing small vessels, redness, freckles, age spots and more for skin rejuvenation purposes. The treatment also controls active acne and reduces unwanted hair. With Forever Young BBL treatments, you can treat all sections of the body eliminating the need for surgery.

Forever young BBL laser treatment’s most important feature is the ability to deal with the hidden layers of the patient’s skin where aging occurs most. The treatment is the only technology that targets the skin’s expression of molecules correlated to aging accurately, encouraging the body’s ability to recreate new, and healthy skin. 

How does the system work?

The laser system uses photothermal energy to gently heat the upper layers of the skin, stimulating the regeneration of cells and taking years off the face, neck, hands or almost any other part of the body - often after just 1 treatment. This occurs as the system works within the dermis to rejuvenate older skin cells from the molecular level. The technology treats any area of the body i.e. the hands, arms, chest, neck, and face, unlike the older lasers. After a recommended set of treatments, the patients will begin to observe symbolic age-defying results along with a more even and clearer expression. 

Forever young BBL laser treatment is advised for the following skin concerns among others:

-    Skin tone, elasticity, and firmness

-    Acne

-    Rosacea

-    Fine lines

-    Age Spots

-    Sunspots

Recovery

Patients will have a mildly flushed and slightly red appearance after leaving from the treatment session but this normally resolves itself after several hours. For pigmented skin, within typically 1-2 weeks, the pigmented treated section darkens, fades, and thereafter flakes off after some time. The patients can also report experiencing slight discomfort during the procedure and no downtime or recovery is required. 

Maintenance of the results

The doctor usually recommends a line of skin care products that are compatible for pre-laser treatment as well as post-laser treatment. These products are your best bet in order to maintain the Forever young BBL treatment results.

Ensure you get professional services

Even though the laser treatment procedure is essentially non-surgical you should research accordingly on the provider’s certifications and training for overseeing the treatment. If you want the best results from your procedure, you should seek the advice of a plastic surgeon certified by the board. Failure to seek professional services could mean the results will not be what you had hoped for. You should always seek consultancy from potential dermatologists and doctors to establish who will fulfill your needs accordingly. 

My Experiance

I was lucky enough to try the BBL treatment at The Manse Clinic in Paddington. So stay tuned to see my results and my discoveries as I document my skins changes over the next few weeks. If this treatment sounds like something you need then make sure you reach out to The Manse Clinic, I had a great experience and Dr Naomi and the staff were extremely professional and well trained in their field. 

 
 The night before I had BBL, I had a flare up of my rosacea

The night before I had BBL, I had a flare up of my rosacea

 
 
 Immediately after BBL

Immediately after BBL

 
 Three Weeks after BBL

Three Weeks after BBL

During the BBL treatment, there is a warm sensation you feel from the laser and a mild flick on the skin (like a elastic band flicking the skin), for me I didnt find this painful, I have had other treatments that were more painful. I did flinch a few times but that was only in the sensitive areas like the top lip and the corner of the nose. On a scale of 1 to 1o and 10 being unbearable, I would place this treatment at a 5/6.

After the treatment, my face felt quite hot, the lovely lady looking after me rolled a ice roller over my skin which instantly soothed my skin, I found this part very relaxing. Although my skin felt hot, it didn't appear to look bright red, as you can see from the picture above. My skin actually looked better than before I walked in. I could instantly see a few areas where I had pigmentation, those areas got darker, like spots on my forehead, over the next few days those spots flaked off. Dr Naomi did tell me it is harder to treat redness as you will need more treatments than someone looking to reduce pigmentation. Overall, I'm so happy with the results my skin feels smooth, soft and it looks like the redness has subsided. I'd definately recommend.

 
Disclaimer:
*All opinions are based on personal experiences. Skincareblogger is not a skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.
*This is NOT a paid post.
* These products were gifted to me to review. Products being gifted does not impact my thoughts on the products. 
* Main Image was taken from Sciton website, click name to provide link
* I have NO affiliation with the links provided.

Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

 

Avène

New Avène Sun Care products for face and body that offer the highest UVB and UVA protection** have hit Austalia, and these New Sun Care products are for even the most sensitive skin, isn't that great to hear ladfies and gents. 

Backed by 20 years of dermatological expertise for sensitive skin, Eau Thermale Avène is proud to add its first high protection, water resistant sunscreen products to its extensive skincare range. Just in time for summer, the range comprises a Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+ and Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+, with both offering high quality, broad spectrum sun protection for all types of sensitive skin.

The Sun Care range includes Avène’s Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+ ($26.95, 50ml), which has been formulated specifically for the face, and Avène’s Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ ($28.95, 100ml), for both face and body. Both Avène Sun Care products are water resistant (up to 40 minutes), free from parabens and offer high SPF 50+ sun protection, maximum photostability and tolerance for even the most sensitive skin.

Avène’s patented SunSitive® Protection formula uses an exclusive combination of ingredients, with a minimum number of chemical filters to respect sensitive skin, while still offering broad- spectrum protection from UVB and UVA rays. Key ingredients in the formula include:

  • Photo-protection complex: Works in synergy to offer a formulation with a minimum of chemical filters, to suit sensitive skin

  • Pre-tocopheryl: Formulated with a photostable Vitamin E precursor

  • Very rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water

    Avène’s Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+ has been formulated specifically for the face and has a light, non-greasy, non-sticky and mattifying texture for even and invisible protection, while also moisturising the skin. It can be used every day under make-up to provide effective UV protection, prevent premature skin ageing and assist in preventing some skin cancers.

Likewise, Avène’s sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ boasts a light and non-greasy texture that offers an extremely pleasant application. Highly moisturising, the Lotion is quick to absorb, without leaving white marks.

Here in Australia, where our incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, the harmful effects of UVB and UVA rays are well known, and damage from these rays can result in sunburn, premature ageing of the skin and the possible development of skin cancer, with nearly one in three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer during their lives. Both Avène Sun Care products are designed to help prevent the damage that can be caused by UVB and UVA rays.

Avène’s Sun Care products are designed to be applied generously and evenly, 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. They should also be reapplied 40 minutes after swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying and at least every two hours.

Avène’s Sun Care range are available at leading pharmacies nationwide. Visit www.avene.com.au for stores.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. USE ONLY AS DIRECTED.

 

 

Disclaimer:
* All opinions are based on personal experiences. Skincareblogger is not a skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.
* This is NOT a paid post.
* These products were gifted to me to review. Products being gifted does not impact my thoughts on the products. 
* Images were taken from Avène website, click name to provide link
* I have NO affiliation with the links provided.
* Product information came from media release from Dani Lombard Media
 **As tested to AS/NZS 2604:2012 “very high” requirements.