Vital Exfoliation Techniques

Vital Exfoliation Techniques


Clear, refined, fresh, even-toned, glowing skin is the ultimate desire for all of us who love our skin. To assist with achieving these results, exfoliation is a fundamental technique. Exfoliation comes in many forms and will ultimately help to reduce surface debris, dryness and a lacklustre appearance. It will also effectively prep the skin to receive key ingredients from serums, and treatment creams and will stimulate cell turnover and renewal.Exfoliation can be in the form of either mechanical or chemical. Often when these techniques are combined the results are exponential. Chemical exfoliation will take the form of either a progressive, mid-depth or deep peel in the clinic. While at home it may be with the daily application of an AHA/BHA (glycolic, mandelic, lactic, salicylic acid) serum, or Vitamin A serum, after cleansing and toning. Some of the better mechanical exfoliation treatments available in the clinic room are Microdermabrasion, JetPeel, Ultrasonic Deep Clean, Dermaplaning and Micro-hydrabrasion. Home techniques include the use of gauze with toning lotion after cleansing or a scrub.

Today we will look at a few of the in Clinic mechanical exfoliation techniques.

Focused on restoration and hydration, the JetPeel facial assists with making your skin red carpet ready. This gentle but effective treatment is a needle-free, pain-free, non-invasive aesthetic procedure incorporating the benefits of lymphatic drainage, exfoliation, intense hydration and oxygen infusion, all without downtime. This detoxifying exfoliation ritual dramatically improves the texture and appearance of the skin using a moisturising, oxygenated jet stream to resurface and then hydrate. It also uses pressurised oxygen to penetrate the skin with microdroplets of a cocktail of serums including hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants. JetPeel is suitable for all skin types including mature, dry, rosacea, sensitive/reactive, and clogged skins.


The Ultrasonic Deep Cleaning treatment offers no downtime, is pain-free and is an effective procedure where ultrasound technology creating vibrations up to 28k hertz will gently remove keratinised skin cells and debris. The result when used in conjunction with a chemical exfoliant is nothing short of a dramatically smooth and radiant complexion. The Ultrasonic vibration can also create temporary open channels in the outer layers of the skin to infuse serums to boost the hydration and regeneration of the skin.


Microdermabrasion works on the outermost layers of the skin and is a skin-freshening technique that helps to repair skin on the face and body, which has taken a beating from the sun and the effects of ageing. Microdermabrasion polishes and buffs the skin to achieve a healthy glow and helps alleviate dull, dry and coarse-textured skin. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and may be used in conjunction with chemical exfoliation. It is also an excellent treatment to remove the rough skin of keratosis pilaris found on the upper arms and shoulders.


Dermaplaning is most beneficial for those with an uneven texture, hyperkeratotic build-up, vellus hair (also known as peach fuzz) and to remove surface skin cells so topical serums may penetrate more efficiently. Dermaplaning is a light shaving of the epidermis using a specific scalpel and should be performed by a well-trained aesthetician.


Similar to microdermabrasion, Micro-hydrabrasion is a clinical vacuuming system that exfoliates surface dryness with aluminium oxide crystals. In addition, streams of filtered water and aloe vera are used to achieve deep cleansing, helping to loosen impacted plugs in the skin and wash away soluble debris, whilst leaving your skin hydrated.


Depending on your skin condition and what you are wanting to achieve, any of these mechanical exfoliation treatments may be undertaken every week as a corrective strategy or every month as maintenance. They may be combined with relaxing facial treatments, clinical peels and/or LED light therapy. Clinical exfoliation treatments are like a workout for your skin by accelerating cell renewal, refining the texture, stimulating the tone and simply keeping your skin looking healthy and radiant all year round.

Crimes Against The Complexion

Crimes Against The Complexion

While we are in lock-down, the best skincare treatments are not possible in the Clinic, so looking after yourself with the right skincare products and routines can still ensure a glowing complexion. There are however a few bad habits that are easy to fall into that will be crimes against your complexion.
 
  1. Product Choice: many skincare products, no matter their price point, can take a few weeks to a month to reveal their true potential. As humans, we want a result even before we have opened the jar. It should happen through osmosis, right? Prioritise a daily routine with the correct products and the skin will respond in kind, producing a healthy complexion. It’s the things we do daily that enhance results. If you are switching products too often this can stress the skin creating adverse results. It is also important when using various brands to know how they are interacting with each other, so irritations are not the outcome.
  2. Cleansing: this should be the first step in your morning and evening skincare routine. Keep in mind, you clean your teeth twice a day, clean and treat your skin with the same respect. Under washing is just as bad as over washing the face. Use lukewarm water with a pH-balanced cleanser so the skin is not stripped of its natural protective barrier, setting up irritations, dryness, and flaking.
  3. Exfoliation: dull, lifeless skin can be revived with exfoliation. I usually suggest when using your toning lotion after removing the cleanser, to apply this with a gauze square. Too little toner will scratch the skin while too much is a waste of product and money. This regular form of cleansing and exfoliation is one of the best skincare routines you can do morning and night to ensure the last traces of cleanser, makeup and dry skin are removed and your serums that follow will be used to their maximum potential.
  4. Sleep: the lack of sleep means the skin does not have the full ability to heal and repair itself. It will mean the cellular turnover slows down, the flow of blood to the skin is disrupted and the result is a sallow complexion. Over time sleep deprivation elevates stress levels which can increase skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
  5. Alcohol: excessive alcohol consumption, whether it be each day or week, impacts the skin by showing signs of dehydration, making it appear sallow and increasing the appearance of fine lines and pores size. Alcohol can also have a negative effect on sleep which in turn will affect the skin.
  6. Poor Diet: a good rule of thumb is to eat the colours of the rainbow when it comes to vegetable choices and to have a balanced diet with a choice from each of the 5 food groups. Remember each of us has different health requirements and often a consultation with a naturopath or dietician can be of assistance. Some of the key vitamins for the skin are D, C, E, and K. Essential fatty acids are good fats and are imperative for healthy skin.
  7. Exercise: as well as improving our sense of well-being, flexibility and cardiovascular system, exercise increases the blood flow to the skin which will keep it healthy and glowing.
  8. SPF: even on dull, cloudy days harmful UVA and UVB rays can damage the skin all year round. Using an SPF of at least 30 each day before entering outdoors and then reapplying every couple of hours will help to protect the skin and prevent premature aging.
  9. Makeup Brushes: these tools along with sponges if not washed every week at least gather dirt and bacteria. Using them daily just keeps spreading a build-up of colour, along with the dirt and bacteria all over the face creating poor makeup application and potential breakouts.
 
Crimes against the Complexion can be rectified simply with a little extra effort. Prevention is always less expensive than curing and your skin can maintain a healthy appearance.
The Eyes Have It.

The Eyes Have It.

Our beauty within is revealed through our eyes. This does not mean they have to show our age. It is so frustrating when no matter how much sleep you get, someone will always let you know how tired you are looking. There are many options to improve the fine lines, wrinkles and hanging skin around the eye area which might include surgery, skincare, radiofrequency, Tixel, chemical neuromodulators, plasma treatments, or a combination of the above.

Compared to our facial skin, the skin around our eye area is as much as 10 times thinner. The eye area does not have as many moisture and oil glands as the rest of our skin, and this is one reason aging shows very quickly in this area. This is another reason why the eye area needs a helping hand and more support than other skin areas of the face.

A new medical-grade treatment available is called the Tixel. It uses heat, or thermo-mechanical ablation, to resurface, rejuvenate and tighten the skin of the face, eyes, neck and body. It is safe to use right up to the upper and lower lash lines, making it a unique and result-driven treatment. The Tixel treatment can be used on its own, but may also be used in conjunction with surgery and other in-clinic procedures in order to improve the texture of the skin. The Tixel will deliver similar results to those of a fractional CO2 laser, but without the risks, pain and downtime. A most fascinating alternative way to use Tixel is to infuse ingredients including anti-wrinkle injection and hyaluronic acid. This will assist in reducing the crepey texture and help with deep hydration of the skin in the orbital area. It is normally suggested to have 2-3 treatments that are spaced 4 weeks apart.

An alternative treatment for skin tightening and wrinkles is using the Accor Plasma Cosmetic Corrector. This is a gentle and low pain procedure, where the conductor tip creates a tiny plasma flash from the tip of the needle. The tip does not touch the skin but leaves the skin with very small, superficial brown carbon spots that look like a henna tattoo. These small dots contract the skin in their direct surroundings and will shrink and tighten the skin. This is a non-surgical treatment providing a result where the skin has shrunk and wrinkles and small bags have been reduced. Again normally 2-3 treatments are scheduled about 2-3 months apart.

The use of neuromodulators such as anti-wrinkle injections, along with fillers using hyaluronic acid is an amazing treatment when performed by qualified injectors. The easiest treatment for the furrows between the brows and the crows’ feet at the sides of our eyes is injecting a neuromodulator. These injections temporarily disrupt the muscle contraction in the eye area and therefore reduce the appearance of the wrinkle. The neuromodulator can also be used to give the eye a browlift, allowing a more youthful and awake appearance. This usually lasts 3 months and if the result is to be maintained the injection is then repeated. The hollows under the eyes can be injected with a very fine filler. The filler can also reduce the appearance of darkness which may be caused by the loss of volume as we age. This injection may last from 9-12 months depending on how active we are and our overall health and age.

Radio Frequency and PEMF treatments are the most relaxing and effective when it comes to a gentle firming and hydrating result. These treatments stimulate the circulation so efficiently, we have seen in our clinic the reduction of puffiness, darkness and fine lines. The warmth of the RF wand is so relaxing we often see clients going to sleep during their treatment. These treatments are necessary to be performed every 5-7 days over a 6-8 time frame. In order to maintain the result, it is recommended to have 1 every month. Radio Frequency is one of the best treatments to be used in conjunction with surgery, Tixel and Plasma.

The delicate periorbital area needs some extra love and attention, compared to the rest of the face. When combining a healthy internal lifestyle and a proactive external clinic treatment regime, the eyes will reflect our own kind of beauty, being the best version of ourselves.

Skin Needling

skin needling

BEFORE AND AFTER

skin needling


Reduce the appearance of pore size, wrinkles, stretch marks and acne, surgical or other scars.

At Skin Inspiration, we pride ourselves on state-of-the-art technology and advanced techniques to address your skin concerns. The Rejuvapen is a medical device using multiple needles in a single cartridge and is only available to trained practitioners. A new disposable needle cartridge is provided for each client and for every new treatment.

Rejuvapen is able to treat the skin on your face or body ranging from a depth of .1mm up to and including 2.6mm.

Your Skin Needling treatment can be compared to going to boot camp for a fit body, but still having to maintain homecare exercise and a healthy lifestyle in order to retain and improve the results achieved with your personal trainer.

Remember the body and skin are continually aging so the results need to be boosted on a regular basis. The ideal frequency is two to three treatments, four to six weeks apart every three, six, nine or twelve months.

Financial & treatment benefits are available for seasonal or regular skin needling if purchased in advance.
What Can Skin Needling Treat?
Skin Needling can treat open pores, scar tissue, fine lines and wrinkles, refine coarse skin texture, and stretch marks. The Rejuvapen improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. This, in turn, improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles. It also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Reduces disfiguring scars and acne scars, stimulates new collagen fibres, improves the blood supply and harmonises pigmentation
How Does Skin Needling Work?
Skin needling works by stimulating your own collagen. Your body will start to naturally regenerate the skin, working below the surface in the second layer of skin, known as the dermis. New skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced. It will usually take 4 to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration are seen. Over the following months’ post-treatment, and in conjunction with prescribed home care products, a gradual improvement of skin texture, pore size, and fine lines will be achieved.
Can the Rejuvapen Treat any Skin Colour?
The Rejuvapen Skin Needling device does not use thermal heat (unlike IPL, Lasers or Nano Fractional Needling) and is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colours. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation when the after-care instructions are followed.
How Does Skin Needling Treat Skin Rejuvenation?
Skin Needling stimulates skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibres (neo-collagenases) as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply (neo-angiogenesis). The treatment has the ability to provide new vigour and energy to the skin by increasing the network of blood and directing the supply of extra nutrients and oxygen to the face or treated area.
How Does Skin Needling Treat Scar Tissue?
The procedure works by releasing old fibrotic scar tissue deep within the skin. Scar tissue is what creates visible scars on the surface of the skin. The treatment will repair the skin naturally, working below the surface in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen and elastin fibres are formed, softening scars, generating new skin cells and enhancing blood supply. Results can be seen within 4-6 weeks.
Does Skin Needling Hurt?
After the skin is cleansed thoroughly an appropriate numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated. This usually takes about 30-40 minutes to activate and the treatment will not hurt.
How Often can the Skin Needling Treatment be Performed?
Depending on the condition to be treated, it is recommended to start with 3 treatments. These are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart. A review 4 weeks after the 3rd treatment is recommended to appreciate the final result of 3 treatments. More sessions can then be planned based on individual results.
What Will I Look Like Immediately After the Treatment?
Immediately after your treatment, you will look as though you have moderate sunburn and your skin will feel warm and tighter than usual. This will start to subside after 1-2 hours and will normally recover within 24-36 hours post-treatment.
It is suggested to go home and relax after the treatment. Makeup cannot be applied for 24 hours post a skin needling treatment.
What Downtime Do I Have After the Treatment?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 24-48 hours on average. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend the application of healing minerals, peptides and hyaluronic acid after the procedure. This will assist in soothing, calming, protecting and encouraging the regeneration of healthy cells and rejuvenated skin. To protect the skin from the sun the application of a zinc-based sunscreen is suggested. We also recommend the use of YoungBlood mineral makeup to help with the healing. The healing protocol should be followed for about 5 days and then your normal skincare routine may be resumed.
How Can I Maximise My Skin Needling Results?
A home care roller system, with a specific rolling pattern, can be used in conjunction with prescribed home care products every other day. This home care routine will enhance product absorption by up to 20%. The home care roller system will need to be replaced every 3 months when it is used on the face and neck every other day. After the course of 2-3 treatments, Skin Needling can be performed every 3 months to maintain optimum benefit.

Lymphatic Drainage Body Booster

Lymphatic Drainage Body Booster

Compression therapy, also known as a Lymphatic Body Booster may be the ideal relaxing and beneficial treatment to assist with increasing blood flow and is perfect for clients with a BMI over 50 to support weight loss, the elimination of toxins after fat freezing or those with lymphedema.
Compression therapy is known also as Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC). It improves blood flow movement in the limbs by stimulating vein support through specially designed garments and intermittent pneumatic compression pumps. However, there are many more uses and health issues it can support.
IPC therapy may also help post-partum women strengthen loose skin (the result of pregnancy or weight gain). It improves skin nutrition and helps recover skin elasticity. The results can be assisted with dry body brushing daily at home along with Radio Frequency treatments in the clinic.

IPC can help with swelling due to sitting for long periods during travel, especially air travel. In the most acute case, it can lead to something called “traveller’s thrombosis,” a grave ailment during which a blood clot forms in a deep leg vein. Heavy, tired legs, swollen feet and “cankles” are some of the less desirable effects of air travel and stationary lifestyles. IPC may assist in reducing bloating, swelling, cellulite, leg fatigue by improving oxygen flow, improving extracellular fluid clearing and lymphatic drainage throughout the whole body.

IPC may also benefit those suffering from a poor circulatory and lymphatic movement as a result of their occupation. Posture can be impaired during long periods of sitting as well. It relieves tiredness and heaviness in the arms and the legs and improves general mobility.

For those with poor circulation issues, IPC can stimulate venous and lymphatic return blood flow, therefore maintaining the normal return circulation.

Effective lymphatic drainage with IPC can promote the body’s naturally occurring toxin clearing functions to promote general body detoxification. More importantly, IPC can be used to help prevent DVT in the aging population or for those who smoke heavily, both of who carry an increased health risk.

IPC is a safe and non-invasive treatment post-liposuction, and it provides immediate comfort. It also helps with pain and swelling, as well as skin recovery.

IPC can be used to prevent the appearance of varicose veins and the prevention of hematomas after varicose vein stripping.

IPC therapy can be used to prevent hematoma and DVT in post-operative edema (post-mastectomy, etc.) and post-traumatic edema. IPC not only reduces leg swelling but also augments the veno-lymphatic pump, which is essential for the recovery of the damaged microcirculation of the skin.

For diabetic neuropathy balance dysfunction, IPC increases nutritional supplies to the peripheral nervous system, which shows significant increases in standing time with eyes either open or closed by performing functional balance tests.

IPC promotes sleep management, improves energy and relaxation. Firm but gentle pressure can relax the nervous system. When deep pressure is applied to the body, the body switches from running the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. When the parasympathetic nervous system takes over, this causes the heart rate to slow down, muscles to relax and circulation to improve. The body then produces endorphins and releases dopamine and serotonin.

IPC improves recovery and endurance for active people that are competitive in sports. IPCs allow the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems to expedite the removal of metabolic waste, which is meant to speed recovery and filter the lactic acid out of the system.

There are contraindications for the IPC therapy such as pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, known or suspected deep vein thrombosis, non-pitting chronic lymphedema, thrombophlebitis, acute inflammation of the skin such as cellulitis, severe peripheral neuropathy and active metastatic diseases affecting the edematous region.

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression or body boost lymphatic drainage treatments are relaxing and beneficial to assist with optimum circulatory functioning within the body. If there are medical concerns a doctor’s authority should always be given before the treatment. Treatments are beneficial every other day to achieve optimum results.

Venus Viva is the Rolls Royce of Skin Rejuvenation

Skin Rejuvenation during the summer can be more limited with choice compared to winter due to the Australian sun and associated pigmentation repercussions. This does not mean that skin rejuvenation must halt, we simply need to make slightly different choices.
There are many different types of skin rejuvenation using skin needling and depending on what condition is being treated, and your lifestyle, it may determine your choice of treatment to be undertaken in summer. The most popular skin needling treatments providing excellent results include; Venus Viva™ Nano-Fractional Skin Needling, Rejuvapen, Tixel Infusion Micro Channel Technology and Dermal Rollers for home use.
All of these procedures will treat open pores, fine lines and wrinkles, scar tissue, stretch marks and refine the texture of coarse skin. The above procedures work by stimulating your collagen which regenerates below the surface layer down into the second layer known as the dermis.
New skin cells are regenerated and blood supply is enhanced over the 4-6 weeks post-treatment. In conjunction with prescribed home care products, a gradual improvement of skin texture, pore size and fine lines will be achieved.
Some of the more intensive treatments may require a numbing cream to be applied 40 minutes before treatment for greater comfort. Depending on the condition being treated it is recommended to have a course of 3 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart and then repeat one treatment every 3-4 months to maintain and improve the appearance of the skin.
With some of the more intensive treatments, the skin will appear red or pink for a day or two and makeup can be applied to assist with concealing this. Often a small amount of dryness and light flaking can occur so protective nourishing creams, along with sunscreen during the day, must be applied morning and night to ensure optimal skin healing and rejuvenation.
Venus Viva™ is the Rolls Royce when it comes to skin resurfacing treatments. 160 micro pins deliver heat via Radio Frequency, through the skin’s surface. These micro pins create thousands of mini wounds to the dermis which the body naturally heals assisting with skin regeneration. Venus Viva™ is also a non-surgical skin tightening treatment when used in conjunction with multi-polar radiofrequency and pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF).
Rejuvapen Skin Needling or CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy) procedure uses 12 stainless steel needles and can be programmed for the depth required, from 0.02-2.6mm Many years ago we only had manual rollers at the Clinic’s disposal and had to use several different rollers with varying needle lengths to achieve the results we can achieve today with Rejuvapen.
Tixel Infusion treatments utilise pure radiant heat and small needle-like prisms to rejuvenate the skin, reduce skin laxity and restore the dermal signs of ageing such as fine lines, thin skin and a dull complexion. Tixel Infusion, unlike other needling treatments, opens thousands of tiny channels which are open for 5-6 hours allowing various topical serum cocktails of peptides, vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, growth factors and anti-wrinkle ingredients to be massaged into the skin each hour over this period. With consecutive Tixel Infusion treatments, it not only stimulates cellular renewal but may also reduce and improve rosacea, dehydration and a lacklustre complexion all without pain and downtime.
Skin Needling Rollers and Micro Channel Technology delivery systems are an extremely valuable tool for home use to boost in-Clinic treatments, skin refinement and serum absorption. In-Clinic, treatments can be boosted by using a home dermal roller every other day for five minutes and Micro Channel Technology once a week.

Skin needling treatments are a great boot camp for skin rejuvenation during the summer months in Australia. The body and skin are continually ageing and to improve and maintain the appearance of the skin, regular treatments need to be undertaken in conjunction with a good product home care routine morning and night along with a healthy lifestyle.