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    • Spotlight On Medik8: Simplifying Effective Skincare

      May 24 2017

      Professional skincare at home doesn’t need to be complicated. Medik8 offers high-quality, tailored skincare lines for every skin type, m...

    • 5 Aussie Beauty Bloggers You Need To Follow

      May 17 2017

      Love all things beauty? Whether you’re hungry for new makeup looks or you’re confused by terms like ‘contour’ and ‘strobe’, you need the...

    • How To Treat Pigmentation

      May 11 2017

      From freckles and patchiness to sunspots and age spots, pigmentation doesn’t play nice. If an uneven skin tone is standing in your way o...

    • How To Build Your Perfect Skincare Regime

      May 03 2017

      Dreaming of a perfect complexion, but not sure where to start? We’ll give you a tip: you won’t find it in the cosmetics aisle in your lo...

    • Spotlight On Aspect: Beautifully Innovative Skincare

      Apr 26 2017

      We all want a quality skincare regime that delivers real results. Unfortunately, some hardworking chemical ingredients don’t play nice w...

    • The Best Skincare To Use When Pregnant

      Apr 21 2017

      Whether you’re feeling like a glowing goddess or you’re mourning your ability to sleep through the night or hold it when you need to pee...

    • How To Treat Sensitive Skin

      Apr 12 2017

      Are dryness, itching, and redness a part of your everyday life? They don’t need to be. Sensitive skin can be more than just uncomfortabl...

    • How To Care For Your Skin In Winter

      Apr 05 2017

      Hot chocolate, chunky knits, finally being able to bust out your favourite boots to see the light of day for another season… winter sure...

    • Spotlight On COSMEDIX: Combining Science And Nature

      Mar 29 2017

      Do you know what’s in your skincare products? Probably a heap of ingredients that are hard to pronounce, right? But people are becoming ...

    • Celebrity Skincare Secrets

      Mar 22 2017

      What do all celebrities have in common? They get paid way too much and never wear the same thing twice. But also, they all seem to have ...

    • How To Treat Ageing Skin

      Mar 15 2017

      It seems the minute we can finally stop worrying about adolescent breakouts, we’re greeted by fine lines and wrinkles in the mirror. Wha...

    • Skincare Travel Essentials

      Mar 08 2017

      Whether you’re jet-setting off to sun yourself or hit the snow, nothing beats the excitement of packing for a holiday. But while you’re ...

    • Spotlight On Colorescience: The Rise Of Mineral Makeup

      Mar 01 2017

      Mineral makeup isn’t a new concept, but it has definitely taken centre stage in recent years. As more and more people learn the benefits...

    • Men Have Skin Too: The Importance Of Male Skincare

      Feb 21 2017

      Going a day without moisturiser is unheard of for many women. We could make a small island with all the tubes and tubs of skincare produ...

    • How To Treat Acne

      Feb 14 2017

      Hands up: who feels confident during a nasty breakout? No one? That’s what we thought. While acne is a pretty common condition and a par...

    • Are You Using The Right Skincare For Your Skin?

      Feb 07 2017

      You can lather, buff and scrub all you like, but if you’re using the wrong products for your skin, you may never see results. Don’t wast...

    • Your wedding day is all about celebrating the love between you and your partner with the ones you care about most.

      Who are we kidding? It’s also about looking damn radiant and relishing in the oohs and aahs that come your way.

      With all eyes on you, you’ll no doubt want to look flawless on your big day. Sure, you’ll likely have professional hair and makeup artists on hand to work their magic, but you’ll need to take matters into your own hands with some prior preparation to achieve that bridal glow.

      Get your skin wedding-ready with this 4-week guide to glowing skin.

      One Month Before

      By now, you’ll have most of your wedding plans finalised (hopefully!), so you can turn your attention to yourself. Focusing on your diet, exercise, and hydration will help encourage a better complexion.

      Diet

      Cut out foods that are known to cause breakouts, such as dairy, trans fats, chocolate, and alcohol. These naughty (albeit, delicious) culprits can lead to congestion. Some face-friendly foods include:

      • Strawberries – Bursting with vitamin C for fighting free radicals and reducing fine lines.
      • Sweet potatoes – Filled with vitamin A for keeping skin cells hydrated.
      • Almonds – Offering plenty of Vitamin E to fight free radicals and give you youthful-looking skin.

      Now, we love our vino as much as the next gal, but there will be plenty of time for that on your honeymoon. Stick to foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants to keep your skin happy for your special day.

      Exercise

      As well as reducing stress (farewell, Bridezilla!) and generally making you feel good, exercise increases blow flow and helps carry cell waste away from the skin. Just be sure to shower after your workout, as sweat can cause breakouts.

      Hydration

      Up your water intake to remove toxins from your body and welcome a more glowing complexion. At least 8 glasses a day should do it, but if you live in a hot and humid climate or are pretty active during the day, you should be having more.

      Two Weeks Before

      Closer to the big day, you’ll want to book in with your beauty therapist or cosmetic technician for any treatments. Even gentle skin treatments can have temporary side effects, so be sure to have them done with plenty of time to heal.

      Salt Scrub

      Remove dead skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin with a salt scrub or other exfoliating treatment. These can also increase blood circulation to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

      Facial

      A cleansing facial is perfect 2 weeks out from your wedding day as it gives your skin a chance to clear. Some facials can draw imperfections out or cause temporary redness, so you should never leave your pre-wedding facial to the last minute.

      Two Days Before

      Now that you’re buffed and primed for your big moment in the spotlight, consider any last-minute beauty enhancements.

      Spray Tan

      If you’re wanting a faux glow on your wedding day, get your spray tan a couple of days beforehand. This will allow it to fully develop and settle down, and in case you change your mind, you’ll have time to remove it.

      Night before

      There’s really only one thing left to do: take a deep breath and do a face mask! We love the Aspect Hydrating Mask, which can make skin silky smooth with its hydrating and calming ingredients.

      Make sure you’ve got your skincare regime sorted before your wedding day with this helpful post.

  • There’s nothing quite like having a fresh, glowing face after a skin procedure, but don’t expect to be a radiant Goddess immediately following your treatment. All the best things take time – cheese, wine, and your results.

    Learn how to take care of your skin post-procedure to speed up recovery and enjoy your results sooner.

    Different Side Effects of Skin Procedures

    Microdermabrasion

    Generally used to treat light scarring, fine lines, and pigmentation, microdermabrasion uses microcrystals to gently remove the top layer of skin to reveal fresh, younger-looking skin.

    Possible side effects include tightness, sensitivity, redness, and bruising.

    Chemical Peels

    A chemical solution is applied to the skin to eventually cause peeling of the outer layer. This is generally used to treat ageing skin with fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.

    Possible side effects include redness and swelling.

    IPL Treatment

    Used to remove hair, treat pigmentation, sun damage, acne, and thread veins, IPL treatment involves delivering intense pulses of non-coherent light on the skin with a handheld flashgun.

    Possible side effects include redness and swelling.

    Laser Resurfacing

    Ideal for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, laser resurfacing uses concentrated pulsating beams of light to treat affected areas of the skin.

    Possible side effects include itching, redness and swelling.

    Derma Rolling

    Also known as skin needling, this treatment is generally used to treat acne scars and other scarring, pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, large pores, and blackheads.

    Possible side effects include redness, irritation, and dryness.

    Post-Procedure Aftercare

    This a general guide to treating your skin following one of the above skin procedures.

    • Wash face to remove any remaining micro-crystals (microdermabrasion) or residue left on your skin after the procedure. We love the Dr Spiller Hydro-Marin Freshener as it’s formulated to effortlessly remove microdermabrasion crystals and conductive gel used in some treatments.
    • Avoid intentional sun exposure for a week after your treatment. Sun damage can slow down the healing process. If you’re heading outside, wear a hydrating sunscreen with at least SPF 30+, like the Asap Moisturising Daily Defence SPF 50+.
    • Use a rich moisturiser to avoid excessive peeling. The Medik8 Ultimate Recovery™ provides intense moisture and promotes healing.
    • Apply a soothing gel (like this one from Asap) to reduce inflammation and redness.

    Your needs may change depending on the procedure you received, so always be sure to ask your cosmetic or medical practitioner how to best care for your skin following a procedure.

    Our Favourite Post-Procedure Products

    The right skincare products can help your skin heal faster. These are some of our favourites:

    • Aspect Gold Post Laser Gel – Designed to soothe and protect skin following laser and IPL treatments, this hydrating gel is full of antioxidants to reduce heat and promote healing.
    • Skinmedica Post Procedure Kit  A gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and TNS ceramide treatment cream in one handy kit, suitable for use immediately after a peel.
    • Cosmedix C.P.R. Skin Recovery Serum – Use day and night to reduce redness and provide much-needed moisture.

    Check out all the post-procedure products on the Tina Kay Skincare website.

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