Pregnancy Skin with Skindepth

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Are you unsure about safe skincare during pregnancy? Like many expectant mothers, skincare becomes confusing and many people avoid treating their skin all together. Get the right information from an expert. Join Dermal Clinician Amelia as she takes us through the best approach to skincare during pregnancy.

 Amelia, when should pregnant ladies modify their skincare routine?

As soon as pregnancy is confirmed it is best to stop any existing skincare routine and review what is and isn’t appropriate. Then most important skincare to stop using immediately is Salicylic Acid and Retinols. More simplistic ingredients should be used throughout pregnancy. We still encourage a gentle cream cleaner, moisturiser and daily sunscreen, but ask ladies to remove certain active ingredients from the mix. Some active ingredients are safe during pregnancy but should be prescribed by your Dermatologist or Dermal Clinician.

What skincare can pregnant ladies use?

Pregnant ladies can confidently use a cleanser and moisturiser. We love and recommend Rationale’s Preparatory Cream Cleanser and their Photodynamic Day Cream SPF15.

An active ingredient we encourage throughout pregnancy is Vitamin B. It is completely safe and helps to keep the skin hydrated, reduce fine lines and create a beautiful glow. At Skindepth we love Rationale’s Immunologist Serum and MediK8 Hydr8 B5 Liquid Hydration. Serums can be used under your moisturiser to help create more luminous skin.

I am breaking out with pimples, what can I do?

When breakouts occur during pregnancy this indicates they are most likely caused by hormonal changes. For most pregnant ladies that experience acne, it clears up on its own postnatally. When treating acne, we normally recommend active ingredients in skincare. However this is not an option during pregnancy. Instead we need to take a more subtle approach and maintain the quality and texture of the skin. We can however assist with extractions, facials, masks and LED Therapy which are all completely safe. These treatments help nourish the skin, reduce inflammation and promote healing on a cellular level.

I am noticing darker spots and my pigmentation is worse? Why?

During pregnancy the body produces more melanin. This means that moles can darken and general freckling and pigmentation can appear more prominent. Many ladies also experience darker pigmentation called Melasma. This typically presents on the face including the upper lip, nose and cheek bones. Although it can be frustrating, the good news is that increased pigmentation usually resolves itself post pregnancy without intervention or treatment when melanin levels naturally reduce. During pregnancy we suggest daily sunscreen as the best prevention. However in some cases pigmentation is unavoidable.

Pregnancy glow is a lie! My skin is dull, what can I do?

During pregnancy we don’t have access to the same variety of treatments, but rest assured there are still treatments that can assist you to achieve that glow. The main treatments we recommend during pregnancy are Enzymatic Masks. These masks are fruit based and work by gently exfoliating the skin and breaking down the dead skin cells on the upper layers of skin. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that help settle the skin. Our other favourite treatment that is safe and suitable for all skin types is LED Healite. This promotes the production of collagen and encourages the skin’s own healing process. Customised facials are also a good way to nourish the skin and sneak in some relaxation time.

What else can I do to maintain my skin health?

As with all of our clients, dietary choices and quality of sleep both greatly impact the health of the skin. It is no different with our pregnant clients. Although it may be a little harder if you are suffering from morning sickness or pregnancy related insomnia! We understand it is not quite so simple, but if you can, foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 such as nuts and berries are good for the skin. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule, and if you are waking through the night, try and fit in a quick catnap if possible.

If you are pregnant and have any skin questions or concerns, Skindepth is available for personalised Skin Consultations with both Amelia and Lily. You will receive a customised pregnancy skin care and skin treatment plan.

Race Day Tips and Hints

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Photo: @avene_au

If you’re all ready for the big race days and have you attire and fabulous headpiece sorted, then here are some tips to keep your skin looking gorgeous and radiant while you are out and about and having a wonderful time on the field.

 1.    Choose the right skincare products under your makeup

If you tend to have dry or dehydrated skin, then using a Vitamin B and Hyaluronic Acid Serum under your moisturiser will give your skin a radiant glow and plump up its appearance. Medik8 B5 contains both of these ingredients and will give your skin that extra hydrating boost for the big day.

For those of you that notice your skin gets slightly oily by the end of the day, try using a Salicylic Acid Serum under your moisturiser. Doing this will help to mop up any excess oils and prevent that oily look for forming throughout the day.

 2.    Choose the right makeup for the day

The right makeup depends on the type of appearance and finish you’re after. Mineral liquid makeup will give you a glow that is both polished and dewy – it is really good for those with dryer skin types.

If you’re more prone to oily skin, then you may prefer a matte finish. In this case use a crushed or pressed mineral powder. If you can get SPF coverage within your makeup then that’s an extra bonus. However don’t rely on this solely as your sunscreen protection. SPF 50+ sunscreen is a must in your daily skincare routine, particularly when you are outside all day.

Don’t forget to pack your mineral pressed powder to reapply during the day to prevent shiny skin from excess oil production.  

3.    Lip care

Definitely bring along a SPF 50+ lip balm in your bag to prevent cracked lips and sun damage. Regularly applying your lip balm will help prevent red wine stained lips and as well as any chapping and dehydrated lips throughout the day. Applying your coloured lip stick over the top will create a beautiful glossy finish.

 4.    Body care

Apply a liberal amount of SPF sunscreen followed by your moisturiser as the base all over your body. Look out for sunscreens that contain powerful antioxidants to protect and restore the skin from free radicals caused by UV rays and pollutants. La Roche Posay Anthelios Activewear lotion sunscreen 60+ is perfect for race day. Don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day – most sunscreens wear off after about 4hrs. If you want to create a natural glow for your body, an illuminating moisturiser will leave you looking and feeling dewy and glam.

 5.    Touch up your skin with a spritz

 If your skin starts to feel a little tired and dry as the day goes on, get that fresh boost with a little spritz. We love Avene’s Thermal Spring Water. Just spray directly on the face over your make up - it will refresh your skin and give your makeup a slightly dewy finish.

6.    Stay hydrated.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It will help you stay hydrated on the inside and outside. You and your skin will thank you the next day. Remember water is your friend.

 7.    Keep the skin looking great the next day and don’t get lazy and forget to take off your makeup off.

You may be exhausted after a big day of fun but this is one step not to miss. You will feel so much better the next morning. Ideally we recommend using a gentle cleanser and finishing with a moisturiser. But if you are just too tired, invest in some makeup wipes – the best type contain micellar water.

 8.    Have fun!

The link between diet and psoriasis

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Photo @remedydrinks

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that presents as clearly defined, red and scaly patches on the skin. It occurs when the life cycle of skin cells accelerate too quickly, building up on the surface of the skin. This condition is often painful and very itchy for sufferers. What causes psoriasis is multi-factorial but it is classified as an inflammatory auto-immune disease.

As psoriasis is an inflammatory condition, lifestyle and dietary choices can have a direct impact of the symptoms experienced with the condition.

There are many factors that can aggravate psoriasis; they tend to be inflammatory in nature. Triggers include stress, smoking, excessive alcohol, lack of sleep, obesity and some medications.  It is beneficial to limit these triggers through lifestyle choices and to reduce or avoid them where you can.  

An important (and easy) way we can reduce inflammation in our body is through diet. It stands to reason that opting for an anti-inflammatory diet will reduce internal inflammation in the body. In fact there are entire diets dedicated to just this.

Consuming a diet rich in anti-inflammatory properties can prevent excessive inflammation and quench free radicals. Options include:

  • Healthy fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 found in oily fish like salmon, avocado, chia seeds and coconut

  • Antioxidant rich foods such as berries and dark leafy greens (to help manage inflammation and balance stress hormones)

When considering our immune system, gut health is one of the most essential elements in our defence against the outside world. It houses 80% of our immune system and it is also in charge of absorbing nutrients. Therefore when managing chronic autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis, it is imperative that we focus on maximising our gut health.

Increasing the beneficial flora in our gut is an important step to improve immunity and is achieved by consuming probiotic foods that contain live bacteria. The best options are:

  • Yoghurt (pot set, no added sugar/fruit) – homemade is best!

  • Kefir/Kombucha

  • Sauerkraut (and other fermented veg), Kimchi

  • Miso and Tempeh

We also know that increasing prebiotics in our diet will help live bacteria flourish. This will enhance gut health and support the immune system. These foods include:

  • Garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, globe artichokes

  • Legumes, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, fresh beans, beetroot, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, LSA mix

  • Dark Chocolate >70%, almonds, green tea, carrots 

Other recommended food choices include those rich in vitamin C, garlic, ginger, turmeric, onions, bone broth, healthy fats such as avocado as well as foods rich in zinc such as oysters, grass-fed beef & lamb, sesame seeds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), cashews, lentils, beans, mushrooms.  

It is important that those suffering with psoriasis seek appropriate medical consultation by a good Dermatologist. There are many treatment options available which may include diet, prescription medication and/or topical treatments. Your doctor will prescribe the best treatment plan for you.

The best skincare routine for spring!

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Pic @lucybrownless

What a fantastic time of year as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring! We start to head outdoors more as it heats up and we also tend to have more social events filling up the calendar. Great skin is essential.  

As our environment changes around us we are exposed to different elements, there are inevitably changes that occur in our skin. The heat rises and there is greater exposure to UV light. This can cause increased oil production, breakouts and congestion, as well as darkening of pigmentation (freckles).

To tackle the excess oil production, it’s great to swap your cleanser over to a gel based one (if your skin can tolerate it). Gel based cleansers or cleansers that contain Salicylic acid will help to ‘degrease’ the skin and remove excess oils. The Catalyst cleanser from the Rationale range is a great option and one we use ourselves at Skindepth. It’s important to remember that some skin types simply cannot tolerate gel cleansers if the skin is dry or sensitive. In that case just stick with your cream cleaner.

Another option to tackle excess oil production is a stronger vitamin A product with a higher percentage of retinol. Retinol or vitamin A works by shrinking the skin’s grease glands that are responsible for oil flow. We recommend the Biopelle Retriderm Retinol range which includes options of 0.5%, 0.75% and 1%. When getting started on Retinol products, always stick to a lower percentage to avoid any reactions within the skin. You can then increase the concentration over time. The addition of retinol or vitamin A in your skincare will help minimise blackheads and breakouts. Make you sure you combine with an SPF the next morning.

To help prevent pigmentation (freckles and discoloration forming), it’s best to invest in a tyrosinase inhibitor skincare product that will help to block the production of melanin and disbursement of pigment within the skin. We recommend Mela cream by Dermaceutic Laboratoire as the most effective option – we all love this product and use it when we spend more time outdoors.  

If you want to get started with some skin treatments to assist your skincare routine, a great option is a Carbon Peel (also known as the China Doll Facial) with Laser Genesis. This will help to quite literally remove that dull winter layer of dead skin and reveal a new brighter healthier complexion. This treatment is fantastic because there is no downtime at all, so you can get back to what you need to do without worrying about side effects. Close to all skin types can have these treatments and both the Carbon peel and Laser Genesis treatments are non-invasive and painless. The combination of these two treatments work on different layers of the skin so provide a wonderful boost to stimulate new and healthy skin.

If you’re not sure whether these treatments and products are right for you, come in for a consultation at Skindepth with our Dermal Clinicians Lily or Amelia. They will assess your skin type and provide a skin and treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

5 Minutes with Brooke Iriks on Spring Skin

 Photo: Brooke Iriks

Photo: Brooke Iriks

Introducing Brooke Iriks, one of our new injectable nurses at Skindepth Dermatology.  Brooke has been a registered nurse for over 15 years, 5 of those years has been studying and working in the cosmetic industry.

Welcome to the Skindepth team Brooke. What makes you passionate about the cosmetic industry?

Thank you, I am very pleased to be part of the Skindepth team! I love the cosmetic industry because it allows me to help my clients feel good about themselves. There is a lot to share about skin health and wellness and I love educating my clients. When people are informed, they can make the best decisions on how to look and feel great on the inside and outside.  This includes skin treatments, skincare, diet and general well-being.

What is your favourite time of year for skin?

I love spring! I especially love the spring racing carnival and all of the excitement that comes with this time of year. As we head into spring we need to consider our skincare regime, which means updating and buying new products. I love buying new skin products especially if it means a glowing complexion.

So Brooke, what are your top tips to get Spring Racing Ready?

 The first thing I recommend is re-visiting your skincare routine. What your skin needs in spring is different to what it needs in winter due to the environmental changes. The main thing is increasing your SPF coverage. During spring and summer make sure you are using a SPF 50+ coverage every single day. No questions! You might want to also add an active cream like a vitamin C to target pigmentation during the day, and a Vitamin A to settle some congestion overnight. I am also adding some radio frequency treatments to boost collagen, tighten the skin and smooth out any wrinkles. I won’t be able to fit all the treatments in before the spring carnival, but I can get a good start.

 What about if I want an extra boost?

 If you are considering anti-wrinkle or dermal filler for the spring racing carnival, now is the time to get started. Book your antiwrinkle injections in at least 6 weeks prior and dermal filler injections 4 weeks prior. I am a big fan of the natural look and I am conscious of working with my clients to achieve their end result. Personally, I like my face to have some movement and lines. We always encourage a review 2 weeks after your treatment to assess and make sure it is settling in nicely.

 What else is key for this time of year?

Like Skindepth, I have a holistic approach to health and well-being and view looking after my skin as something I need to do from the inside as well as the outside. I personally love going to the gym and working on my Olympic Weightlifting. It makes me feel great, but importantly it helps me reduce my stress levels which is an important part of any healthy lifestyle.

Diet is also important. At this time of year we naturally change our diets to engage seasonal produce which often means more salads and lighter meals as we steer away from root vegetables associated with winter.

Here are some small and easy changes I have made to look after my health and my skin:

 - I tend to crave sugar in the afternoon and to curb it I like to have a Kombucha. Not only does it reduce my sugar intake, but it helps increase my energy levels, hydrates me and is delicious. Win!

- I love chocolate after dinner, so I have shifted from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. I also enjoy it with berries which are full of antioxidants and great for the skin.

- I try and swap my mid morning latte for a long black. One thing research has shown is that dairy can greatly affect the skin, particularly if you have problematic or acne prone skin. If you are looking for a milk substitute, almond milk is a great alternative.

 Brooke is available for appointments in the clinic every Tuesday.

 We would love to know if you have any pre carnival tips. Just direct message us @skindepthdermatology

Inflammation and the skin

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Photo @healthyhunter

What is inflammation? 

Inflammation is a natural process; it is the body’s way of responding when we are sick or injured and commences the healing process. In the case of an injury or illness, the body responds by sending white blood cells to protect the body and promote repair. You may relate to experiencing inflammation as swelling or a fever. However inflammation can become problematic when chronic inflammation develops and white blood cells attempt to treat something that does not require a response. In this circumstance, the immune system begins attacking healthy tissue and producing chemicals that damage cells. This is when autoimmune diseases like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, acne and other skin related problems can occur.  

What causes inflammation?  

There are different things that cause inflammation, but some of the main causes include diet and stress. 

Considering much of the immune system resides in the gut, it stands to reason that dietary choices can greatly affect inflammation. Some of the biggest triggers include sugar, refined carbs, processed food and alcohol. There are diets that can help reduce internal inflammation. 

Another key trigger for inflammation is stress. Like over consumption of sugar, stress encourages increased production of cortisol. This increased production of cortisol fosters a more toxic environment and encourages inflammation. Unfortunately stress is unavoidable, so it is important to manage it on a regular basis so it is not exacerbated. 

Sleep, or rather lack of sleep is closely linked to inflammation and chronic inflammatory diseases. Therefore ensuring you invest in 8 hours of sleep a night is critical to a productive and healthy lifestyle.  

How does inflammation affect the skin? 

When we consider the skin, collagen is one of the first things that can be affected by inflammation. Inflammation breaks down collagen and also prevents it from forming. This enhances the visual signs of the ageing in the form of wrinkles and sagging skin.  

Likewise there are many skin disorders that are quite literally a visible response to inflammation including acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis; often red and angry in appearance. 

Reducing inflammation – The golden rules

Diet: Consuming a diet rich in anti-inflammatory properties can prevent excessive inflammation and quench free radicals. Healthy fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 found in oily fish like salmon, avocado, chia seeds and coconut are great options. Antioxidant rich foods can help manage inflammation and cortisol levels including berries and dark leafy greens. 

Reduce stress: Managing stress levels are one of the most important ways we can help with inflammation. Creating a lifestyle or ways to release stress will greatly affect the way the body is able to manage stress hormones.

Sleep: Sleep is when the body has the opportunity to restore and recuperate. We know that performance, production and general well-being is greatly enhanced by sleep. There is also a direct correlation between sleep and reduced inflammation (including chronic diseases caused by inflammation).

7 ways to reduce stress and feel well

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Photo @elsewhere

We all know the impact stress can have on our lives. It can greatly affect our physical and emotional well being. When we are stressed our bodies go into shut down mode and our skin is one of the first things to suffer. The skin is affected by stress as it reacts to the increased levels of cortisol when we live in ‘fight or flight’ mode. The impact increases inflammation in our skin resulting in redness ‘flushing’, pimples, dry and dull skin.

One of the simplest ways to take better care of ourselves (and our skin!) is to reduce stress levels by integrating activities in our week that assist us to feel good. It sounds easy but investing time into this practice is generally the hardest part.

 Relieving stress is different for everyone. Some of our favourites include:

1.    Go for a walk! Get out of the office, house or car and stomp the pavement. Even better, try and get out into nature with some fresh air. It doesn’t have to be a long walk. Walking will promote circulation throughout the entire body, increasing oxygen levels and endorphins. This surge of endorphins can help reduce our stress hormones and improve our general mood.

2.    Do you have energy to burn? A high intensity exercise class, running or the gym might be the best stress release for you. High impact exercise can provide the perfect platform to physically release the buildup of the day to reset the mind.

3.    Low intensity activities like yoga and pilates are other great options to reduce stress. Both of these activities focus on breathing and help to nourish the body and mind. Consistent and regular breath work is one of the simplest ways we can encourage relaxation and regulate our hormones, including over-production of cortisol. When we feel centered and in tune with our breath, we naturally engage a state of release and relaxation.

4.    Meditation is perfect for encouraging equilibrium in the bodymind. For many people just the word meditation can be overwhelming. However meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly for just a few minutes a day. Even a few minutes will provide so many benefits to our entire well being. Meditation calms the nervous system, regulates the production of cortisol and even aids digestions. If you feel unsure about how to get started, there are many apps to assist you. Check out The Mindfulness App, Headspace & Calm.

5.    Mindfulness is another great tool and encourages the act of being present. We are so busy and accessible now we are actually inaccessible. We spend so much time on our phones and looking at computer screens we can live a life disconnected from what we are actually doing. We are constantly living in a state of over stimulation. Practicing mindfulness is as simple as being present. Notice the sounds around you, the smells in the air, people talking, birds singing, how the air touches your skin.  A great book is ‘Change Your Thinking’ by Sarah Edelman and provides some tips to integrate mindfulness.

6.    Make a commitment to cultivating quality sleep. How we sleep has a direct effect on how we experience life, our performance and general well being.  Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Give yourself time before you sleep to detox from the distraction of phones and other electronics. Have a warm bath or shower. Use a drop or two of lavender on your pillow and avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Always retire into a dark room and invest in a good quality pillow.

7.    Get pampered and indulge yourself. Consider a massage or treatment that will make you feel nourished and revitalised. Choose a treatment that encourages detoxification, increases circulation and lymphatic drainage. Enforced relaxation is often one of the best ways we can let go. If you want to pamper yourself and look after your skin, we recommend Skindepth’s Signature Treatment as the ultimate skin rejuvenation and relaxation. Your skin and mind will thank you.

Skin at all ages

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Our skin changes and evolves over time as we go through the ageing process. So how we approach skincare must evolve also. When we consider the process, we can break it down into intrinsic ageing and photoageing (also known as extrinsic ageing). Photoageing is the effects of environmental factors on the skin, the most common being excessive sun exposure. Intrinsic ageing is the natural genetic ageing process and is largely predetermined when we are born.

Intrinsic signs of ageing include;

Top layer of the skin (epidermis) thins
The deeper layer of the skin (dermis) and bones shrink causing the appearance of sagging
Fine wrinkles
Pigmented spots

The amount of fat on face decreases creating a more sunken appearance (especially fat pads above eyes and around mouth).

Extrinsic signs of ageing include;

Top layer of the skin (epidermis) thickens
The deeper layer of the skin (dermis) thins
Development of coarse wrinkles, deep wrinkles and furrowing
Mottled, uneven pigmentation
Skin growths (called actinic keratosis)
Glycation, cross linking of collagen and elastin

 In our 20s

When we are in our 20s (or younger), it is perfect time to kick start a balanced skin care routine.  This is where we can have the greatest opportunity to prevent extrinsic ageing, so SPF 50+ sunscreen is a must every day. When considering skincare, always choose products that are high in antioxidants to help quench free radicals and minimise the ageing process. Preventing damage at a younger age is far more effective than treating damaged skin later in life.

We recommend: Medik8 B5 & La Roche-Posay Sunscreen 50+ SPF

In our 30s

When we hit 30 our collagen and elastin production has already slowed down. This means we need to focus on regenerating the skin. Dullness and uneven texture can start to show; especially if a good exfoliator is not part of your skincare routine. In our 30s, it is important to focus on vitamin A (also known as retinol) and chemical exfoliators such as lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid and pyruvic acid. Chemical exfoliators contain acids and enzymes that gently dissolve and encourage the removal of dead skin cells. As they do not require scrubbing they are often more gentle on the skin than non-chemical exfoliants.  They will help to exercise the skin and encourage cell renewal whilst evening the skin’s texture. They may also help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

 We recommend: Rationale Preparatory Cleanser & Immunologist UltraCreme

In our 40s

Our 40s is when the true intrinsic signs of ageing start to show. Due to the noticeable change in the skin, a number of ingredients must be integrated to help support the skin holistically. When considering skincare, always include antioxidants, chemical exfoliators, vitamin A, and peptides. Peptides are best explained as fragments of proteins that teach the skin to do what’s required. Without peptides, the skin can result in loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn’t bounce back as it once did.

We recommend: Hyal Ceutic Intense Moisturiser 

In our 50s and above

In our 50s and above, all previous skin exposure starts to show. The effects of sun damage results in discolouration of our skin so we see more redness, pigmentation and actintic damage present to the surface. Our wrinkles over time can become more obvious and they don’t just appear with the use of expression. This is a perfect time to treat the sun damage, redness and pigmentation with our ALA/ PDT treatment. Your skin will require a heavier moisturiser and don’t forget vitamin a serum!

We recommend: Regen Ceutic Skin Recovery Cream &  Biopelle Retriderm Serum Plus

At all ages, Skindepth encourage their patients to eat a diet filled with fruit and vegetables, nuts as well as oily fish such as salmon and sardines. Avoid dairy if you are prone to acne. 

It’s important to remember that there are so many factors that can influence our skin health. If you are unsure about the best way to care for your skin, always speak to a qualified Dermal Clinician or Dermatologist.

Pregnancy and your skin

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pic @peppermintmagazine

Pregnancy causes huge hormonal changes in the body which greatly affects the skin. Some of the most common changes pregnant women can experience is increased pigmentation (on the face and body) and stretch marks.

The main factors that influences the development of pigmentation (which could be a sudden appearance of freckles, sun spots, linea nigra or melasma), is due to increased melanin production. With increased melanin comes more pronounced sensitivity to the sun. However the good news is that pigmentation flare ups throughout pregnancy will generally lighten over time and naturally resolve. The best prevention is to apply SPF 50+ sunscreen daily. If you’re already doing this religiously, and staying out of the sun, then you can also invest in a tyrosinase inhibitor, which is a topical product. These skincare products usually contain Vitamin C, liquorice root extract, niacinamide and phytic acid and works to block future pigmentation being formed within the skin. One of our preferred products is Propaira Light-n-ing cream which is safe during pregnancy.

The other common concern during pregnancy is stretch marks. Stretch marks tend to occur due to the high rate in which the skin grows as the body changes. For those of you nervous about stretch marks, body brushing throughout pregnancy (and even once you have your baby), is a good way to stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage. This will deliver essential nutrients to the area whilst also decreasing any swelling you might have. Of course, brush your belly very gently, but work harder on your legs, buttocks and arms. A lighter brush that you would use on your face would be more appropriate for the belly area. We love body brushing during pregnancy because it helps to strengthen the quality of the skin and may reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Body moisturisers containing Vitamin C and Vitamin E are another good option that can assist with stretch marks. These moisturisers help to form new collagen and elastin structures which maintain skin hydration levels. During pregnancy your skin can be drier and possibly more sensitive, so use more oil-based products are richer and more nutritious for your skin.  

Pregnancy is an important and exciting time for all parents. If you have any concerns about your skin or are looking for the right skincare routine during pregnancy, come in for a one on one consultation with our experienced Dermal Clinicians Amelia or Lily. You will receive a customised plan providing guidance on skin products that are 100% safe during pregnancy.

Tanning the safe way

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pic @lucybrownless

Being winter, we haven’t seen the sun for a while and we are starting to notice those pale limbs. You may have an upcoming event or are going away and want to make sure you have that ‘healthy’ glow. Many of us use artificial tan, and although it means avoiding sun exposure, there are some other things to consider when getting our tan from a bottle.

1.    Artificial tan is safer than a real tan, but be mindful

Artificial tan is essentially a lot safer than getting a tan from the sun. Exposure to UV light through tanning the old fashioned way can increase risks of skin cancer, melanoma as well as sun spots, pigmentation and premature ageing.  However, when using artificial tan, please be mindful of how you apply it. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is found in artificial tan and is the chemical responsible for darkening the skin. Although the levels found in artificial tan are very low, it is recommended to avoid inhaling, ingesting or making contact with the eyes.  To minimise risks, you may want to consider applying tan with a mitt rather than spraying it. If you get regular spray tans in a salon, choose somewhere that has suitable ventilation.

2.    An artificial tan does not protect you from the sun

Although you may look like you have a tan, your ‘tanned’ skin will not protect you from the sun. It is important to still apply sunscreen (SPF 50+) on all areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun.  Even if your artificial tan claims to contain SPF coverage, this may only be for a few hours after the initial application. Ongoing sunscreen application is imperative throughout the day.

3.    Don’t assume organic tan is safer than non-organic tan

Although organic artificial tan will include more naturally derived ingredients, it is important to remember that organic tan still contains DHA. Therefore although organic ingredients may be more beneficial, still be mindful of how you apply it. Remember to avoid inhaling, ingesting or making contact with the eyes. 

4.    Moisturise and moisturise

It is commonly known that artificial tan tends to dry out the skin so it is important to keep the skin moisturised. To ensure the longevity of your tan, avoid oil based lotions as they will tend to make it fade quicker.

5.    Avoid artificial tan if you are booked in for laser

If you are coming in for laser, it is important to avoid artificial tan for a minimum of 4 weeks prior. This is recommended because the laser can be attracted to the pigment colour in the tan product rather than the actual pigmentation we aim to treat. There are also more complications that can occur when tan is present on the skin. For example, blistering, burning, hyper-pigmentation and hypo-pigmentation.