5 minutes with Lucy Brownless

 Photo @lucybrowless

Photo @lucybrowless

Lucy Brownless is a model, social media influencer and brand ambassador. Lucy started her skincare journey with Skindepth 6 months ago. Like most people, Lucy has a skin story. Find out more about her journey.   

Lucy, how long have you suffered from Acne?

I first noticed a few pimples around Year 7 and Year 8, but they got progressively worse over the years. I have always had issues with my skin and wondered initially if it was hormonal. It was only after my treatments at Skindepth that I started to notice a difference. Currently I see Amelia who is one of their lovely Dermal Clinicians.  

Had you ever previously been treated for acne? 

Prior to my recent treatment, I’ve had very sporadic treatments such as micro-dermabrasion, but I never had a set routine. I saw different people who said they could help me, but my skin didn’t change. I was always moving onto the next thing trying desperately to fix my skin. It was very disheartening. It wasn’t until I went to Skindepth that I got the guidance I was looking for.  

How did you feel when your acne was at its worst?

Awful. It made me feel very insecure, especially at the end of high school. It was always in the back of my mind. It was difficult to cope at times. I was always trying to hide my skin with makeup. 

What treatments have you done with Skindepth to combat your acne concerns? 

I was prescribed a course of Vitamin A medication which had a huge effect on my skin. It really cleared up my acne but also reduced my scarring which always bothered me. I had heard a few things about Vitamin A medication so was a little apprehensive at first. But I am so happy with the results. It has completely transformed my skin and I feel so much better.

In terms of ongoing skin treatments, I regularly have extractions, LED Therapy and hydrating treatments such as chemical peels.

(Extractions help to remove any underlying congestion ensuring that the plug comes out and prevents further infection of the skin. LED helps with the inflammation, scarring and blood flow circulation for healing. Chemical peels remove dead skin and clears out pores for clearer skin - Skindepth).

How have the treatments worked for your skin? 

Amazing! Every time I walk out of the clinic my skin is always glowing and I always get lots of comments. After the first treatment I knew I was finally going to get on top of my skin. Having a clear plan made me feel very confident. Being consistent with both treatments and my skincare products has made all the difference.  

Was there any pain associated or discomfort? 

At the start extractions are not the most relaxing, especially due to the amount of congestion in the beginning. But now it is no longer an issue. There is no other discomfort involved with treatments, it’s actually very relaxing and I have the added bonus of knowing my skin is getting better and better. 

How long did the treatment take for you to notice the effects? 

After visiting the clinic, I noticed a big difference in my skin within the first few weeks. I have been coming to Skindepth almost 6 months now and over the last few months things just keep getting better. Anything takes time and the difference in my skin is quite significant. Looking back on my skin and where I have come from, it has definitely come a long way! 

How do you feel now?  

A million times better! I am so much more confident in my skin. Before my skin used to be my biggest insecurity. Now I have the confidence to go without makeup where as I used to go nowhere without it. For my job I am often in hair and makeup and I am always getting comments about how much better my skin is. Make up is also easier to apply and often I don’t need as much either. I was always worried about my skin, but it’s nice not to have that awful feeling at the back of my mind.  

What have you learnt about your skin?  

The biggest thing I have learnt from Skindepth is the importance of skincare and what it does for my skin. Before I used to buy things that sounded or looked great but I didn’t know what they were doing or what my skin needed. It was great when I first started coming to Skindepth, Amelia (Dermal Clinician) really took the time to explain what the various skincare items do, what moisturiser was best for dryness which all really helped. I also learnt that great skin comes with consistency. Regular treatments are so important. I am very happy with my skin journey with Skindepth so far and can’t thank Amelia enough. I am excited about continuing my skin journey.

The Best Post Laser Care

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Thinking about laser or coming in for a treatment soon? Although we always recommend talking to your Dermal Clinician about your specific treatment we want to share some information on the best post laser skin care so you can not only recover quickly, but get the most out of your treatment.

1. Before coming in for laser please avoid (3 days prior): taking any fish oil, vitamin E, ibuprofen as these can make you more susceptible to bruising during the laser treatment. Please also make sure that you do not apply any cosmeceutical or prescription grade vitamin A to your skin the night before. Direct sun exposure is to be avoided for a minimum of two weeks prior to your laser treatment.

2. Having a laser treatment means that your skin is going to feel warm (there are many various intensities of this heat depending on the settings used for your skin type and concern). So remember to treat it like you would sunburn. Things like ice-packs and compressions can be used to cool the skin and reduce inflammation; avoid hot showers and direct contact with hot water; and shun heated environments or activities such as exercise that will cause increased heating to the face for at least 24hrs.   

3. Depending on the intensity of your laser treatment you can experience a warm sunburn like sensation that lasts anywhere between 1-5 days. This can greatly vary because of many variables that exist such as skin type, type of laser, energy used, depth of the laser. 

4.  Make sure you’re not applying any highly active skincare products to your skin until your clinician or practitioner has advised its fine to do so. Straight after laser it is best to use a basic hydrating cleanser and moisturiser until your skin is no longer sensitive.

5. Sunscreen is imperative. It is your number one friend. Use a good quality sunscreen daily. We recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light SPF 50+.

6. Try to avoid the application of make up after laser. Try to hold off until the next day, or even better wait a minimum of 24 hours. For light coverage you may like to use a BB cream.

7. Although all laser treatments differ, most people find that down-time after laser is approximately 4-7 days. For stronger treatments this can be a little longer. However most post laser effects can be masked with light make up application.

8. Do not pick or scratch your skin. Please do not exfoliate or scrub your skin until your clinician or practitioner has advised its fine to. You generally want to wait at least 7-10 days.

Facial Acupuncture - from Thailand

 Dr Alice Rudd - Acupuncture Facial

Dr Alice Rudd - Acupuncture Facial

My patients often ask me if acupuncture is as good as anti-wrinkle injections for reducing lines and wrinkles. Although I have done a lot of reading I wanted to find the answer regarding the effects of acupuncture and other facial rejuvenation modalities from an eastern point of view. So I tried them out myself through a series of treatments at the Kamalaya Wellbeing Sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand. 

First of all, lets understand how traditional (western) anti-wrinkle injections work. Botulinum toxin in small diluted doses, when injected into the belly of a contracting muscle will reduce the signal for the muscle to act, therefore easing its muscular pull (this pull of the skin being what eventuates into wrinkles). We use tiny caliber needles of about 0.1 to inject up to 15-20 points, on the face. We inject into the superficial fibres of some of the large muscles of the face, frontalis (forehead) and corrugator (frown muscle). Treatment is repeated at 3-4 months for longevity. 

Acupuncture involves the insertion of hundreds of tiny needles of a caliber about 0.2-0.25 again in muscle bellies with the aim of unblocking stagnant energy build ups, and allowing the flow of energy described as ‘qi’. This allows increased blood flow to the area of the needle insertion, and increases muscle tone.  Many treatments are required, and the people I spoke to mentioned a certain ‘glow’ post treatment.  

So what does it feel like? Well during my treatment I found it was slightly painful much like anti-wrinkle injections, and then a tingle, which I almost sensed was a release of the blocked energy and an increase of blood flow. After about 20 mins the needles are removed. I had small pin point bleeding in areas, but no real pain, I did however feel a sense of calm, and I felt like my whole body had a treatment, as opposed to just a facial treatment. I did experience a headache afterwards, which is also very common post toxin injections, and a small bruise that lasted for a few days. After a few days I haven’t yet noticed a reduction in my wrinkles, but I suspect more treatments are needed. Rather than anti-wrinkle injections, I would compare it more to the micro-needling devices that we use that cause tiny dermal injuries via insertion of hundreds of small needles, ultimately causing regeneration of collagen and therefore smoothing wrinkles. 

I recommend this treatment as a way to promote energy flow and overall wellness. Compared to anti-wrinkle injections, more than one treatment would be required to derive noticeable results. Overall, anti-wrinkle injections will provide faster (and perhaps more effective) results in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  

Stayed tuned for my next blog which focuses on Dien Chan Reflexology for the face (administered by a London based Acupuncturist, Alex Scrimgeor). This treatment originates from Vietnam and is known to stimulates inner health and well being.

From the Kitchen - Pomegranates

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Let’s talk about Pomegranates. They are a wonderful fruit that provide amazing benefits and are certainly something we should eat a lot more of. Now is the perfect time to buy them because they are officially in season. Pomegranates contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E which provide anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants which greatly benefit our body and skin.

And did you know that pomegranate oil is a common ingredient used in skincare to help the skin with new cell regeneration? High in essential fatty acids, it helps to increase circulation as well as deeply nourish dry and dehydrated skin types. Pomegranate seed oil can also help to sooth skin that is irritated or burnt from the sun as well as reduce collagen destruction.

Surprisingly pomegranates have three times more antioxidants than green tea (which protects our skin against free radicals). This is particularly important as free radicals can damage the skin and speed along the aging process.

The best part is that pomegranates are delicious and easy to include in our cooking, particularly salads. Check out this delicious pomegranate salad recipe below.

Recipe – Autumn Salad (Serves 4)

Ingredients

½ x large cucumber
12 x ripe cherry tomatoes (quartered
½ medium cauliflower broken into florets same size as tomatoes
1 x spring onion
6 x radishes
1 x celery stick
1 small bunch of mint, coriander and flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
1 x pomegranate

 Dressing

1 garlic clove (crushed to paste with salt)
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 teaspoon sumac
1 teaspoon za’tar
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil|
Sea salt and black pepper

For dressing, combine all of the ingredients and taste for seasoning. To serve the salad, combine vegetables, pomegranates and herbs in a large salad bowl. Add the dressing and toss until everything is well covered. Taste for seasoning.  

Enjoy!

Yes, beauty sleep is an actual thing!

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Having a good night’s rest is imperative, however many of us aren’t getting enough sleep. A good night’s sleep enhances our overall well being including skin health, assistance with inflammation (associated with heart disease), muscle growth and weight management.

When we consider skin health, we need at least 7 hours of sleep for optimal skin repair and rejuvenation. During this time when we sleep, our body boosts blood flow to our skin providing all the essential nutrients it needs (creating that healthy morning glow). It also encourages the production of collagen (part of the repair process) which means plumper skin and less lines. As many of us may have experienced, a lack of sleep can cause puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. If you’re concerned with puffiness, elevate your head slightly with an extra pillow before you sleep to help with lymphatic drainage.

If you’re struggling to get a good night sleep, here are a few tips to help you out.

· Make sure you’re associating your bedroom as a sleeping zone and not an activity zone.

· Try to maintain the same bed time - a consistent sleep routine can help us to drift off more easily.

·  Avoid sugary foods or caffeine in the late afternoon/evening. Excessive alcohol intake should also be avoided as it prevents us falling into a deeper sleep stage.

·  Exercise regularly during the week. Small things like moving around in the office and getting up from your desk will help. Go for a walk on your lunch break or ditch the car in the morning and take your bike.

·  Do something relaxing before going to sleep. Making sure you don’t watch TV right before bed because bright lights can interfere with sleep and is best to shut off devices an hour before bedtime including (mobile phones and tablets). Ensure you don’t do any work before bed so you can go to bed feeling calm

·  Lie down and spend 5 minutes breathing. Focus on lengthening your inhalations and more importantly your exhalations. Conscious breathing links to the side of nervous system that promotes relaxation.

·  Use a couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow before you sleep.

· Invest is an eye pillow... it works wonders in stimulating relaxation and helping us to drift off.

A few simple things that can have huge effects. Try it for a week and soon enough you should see an improvement!

Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is something that is becoming more and more popular.... in fact recently I saw an article in Vogue talking about its benefits. But did you know Dry Brushing is a traditional Ayurvedic practice and has been around for aeons. The benefits of dry brushing are widely known and in fact, many people include it as part of their daily routine. And you should too! It only takes a few minutes a day and is best performed at the start of the day (prior to showering).

So what is dry brushing and why do it?

Dry brushing is a practice that is done with a dry brush (natural bristles) or linen/silk gloves. It stimulates the skin and promotes the removal of cellular waste.  It is a technique that assists us on many levels. When we consider the skin, (the body’s largest organ), it contains nerves, cells and glands that act as a barrier to protect the body.  If your skin is overrun with dead cells, its ability to eliminate waste is compromised, so removing these cells will improve the way your skin functions. And ladies, regular dry brushing can help reduce cellulite, evening out fat deposits and improving appearance. As dry brushing creates friction the brisk strokes invigorates the skin and stimulates both blood and lymphatic flow (improving immunity). In a broader sense it can assist with sluggishness, fatigue and vitality.  

How does it work?

Using a dry brush or gloves, work with brisk strokes along the skin, always working from our extremities toward the heart. Dry brushing can be done on all parts of the body including the face (unless you suffer from Rosacea).

1.    Stand in a bath or shower naked (to catch any waste) 

2.    Start at your feet and using long strokes, work your way up to the heart

3.    Next begin strokes starting at your hands and work your way up toward your heart.  Allow the strokes to overlap brushing over the same area more than once

4.    On the stomach, breasts and joints use small circular motions, whilst on the arms, legs and back work with longer strokes

5.     Apply light pressure on sensitive skin and avoid areas with skin vulnerabilities such as eczema. 

It is a practice that is recommended in the morning before your shower when the skin is dry and lotion free. If your skin is a little pink after dry brushing don’t panic.... however don’t apply so much pressure that it is painful.

Try it and you will love it. For those of your looking for even more nourishment, add on a self oil massage post dry brushing. Almond oil is a wonderful choice and appropriate for all skin types. In these warmer months coconut and peppermint oil is also lovely.

Happy brushing!

How to spot skin cancer

 Skin Check with Dr Alice Rudd

Skin Check with Dr Alice Rudd

Do you have loads of spots on your skin and have no idea where to begin? Skin is your largest organ, so it is important that get to know it! And although 2,000 Australian’s die every year from skin cancer, early detection can significantly reduce your risk. Only 50% of Australians have examined their skin in the last 12 months. And in an average week (over summer), Aussie’s spend 20 hours a week exposed to the sun! So it’s time to get to know your skin….. EVERY part of you…and the bits you can’t see …get a hand mirror and look EVERYWHERE as skin cancers don’t just occur in sun exposed areas (ie under arms, groin, genitals and under the feet).

It’s simple as ABCDE, so get looking.

Asymmetry – harmless moles will more likely be symmetrical, as in both sides of the mole will look the same.  However melanomas are more likely asymmetric moles, meaning one side (if you cut the mole in half) will be different (larger or smaller).

Border – melanomas will have ragged edges rather not have a smooth border.

Colour – harmless moles will be uniform in colour. Malignant skin lesions will often contain mottled multiple colours (such as brown, black, red, white).

Diameter – melanomas are usually >6mm when diagnosed, but they can be detected early at a smaller size.

Evolution: is a change in the size, colour or appearance of a mole over time. Even if all the ABCD rules are not evident!

If you notice a new mole, a mole different from others on your skin, or one that changes, itches or bleeds, even if it is smaller than 6mm, you should get it checked out ASAP. Most skin cancers are found by people checking their own skin, or are noticed by a loved one. So don’t just check your own skin, check your family too.

Dr Alice Rudd is passionate about educating people on the importance of sun safety. Dr Alice will be speaking at the Skin and Skin Cancer Education Day on the 17th March 2018.

To view a detailed video about the ABCDE rules, click on the below link and join Dr Alice Rudd. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDkBtCGaFyg 

 

MEN look your BEST WITH THESE 5 QUICK AND EASY TREATMENTS

 Photo @cameronmanuel

Photo @cameronmanuel

Dull, uneven and dry skin affects everyone….. Men and women alike! However men’s skin is different to women’s, therefore customising a tailored skin care routine is crucial. Men’s skin tends to be thicker and naturally creates more oils… add facial hair, an increased likelihood of sweating and the chance of impurities multiplies. While some men may not see skincare as a priority, it is essential to undertake a customised approach including cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and of course sunscreen. 

Here are 5 quick and easy treatments (for men) that Skindepth recommend to help combat common concerns.

1.  Cleansing

Treatment: Deep Double Cleanse (Two-step cleansing process 1. Pre-cleanse Oil Cleanser: 2. Deep Clean Cream Cleanser)
Good for: gently removing debris from the skin, reaching deep into pores to unclog impurities

During the day the skin on your face can be covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells. This Deep Double Cleanse process is ideal for removing these impurities. Without washing your face, your skin would be covered with these pollutants, resulting in poor skin health and appearance.

2.    Exfoliation

Treatment: Gommage Exfoliation (a highly effective exfoliator that removes dead skin cells)
Good for:  smoothing dry flakey skin, degreasing oily skin

It is not necessary to the get out the sandpaper and file down your top skin layer.  In fact, go easy on the scrubbing. If you don’t know your own strength, removing too much of the top layer of skin can in fact damage the barrier function and make it more vulnerable to eczema and sun damage. Instead go with Gommage, it gently exfoliates without stripping away your skin. It will leave  the skin feeling smooth and refined.

 3.   Moisturising

Treatment: Vitamin B Mask
Good for: dry skin and dull skin

 Dehydrated skin means the natural oils have depleted, therefore making it more ‘aged’ in appearance. Moisturising masks packed with Glycerin and Vitamin E are deeply hydrating without being sticky or greasy. They will leave your skin feeling supple with a healthy glow.

 4.  Oil reduction

Treatment: Salicylic Enzyme treatment
Good for: oily skin, open pores, pimple and break out prone skin

Salicylic works at dissolving the excess oils that sit in the pores. When excess oils sit in the pores, it can stretch them over time and create a more uneven surface texture. Salicylic Enzyme treatment also helps by reducing inflammation for break out prone skin. 

5.  Anti-ageing

Treatment: LED Light Therapy
Good for: Rejuvenating skin

This treatment targets your skin at a cellular level, fuelling the skin with the energy it needs to help restore both firmness and tauntness, along with building collagen and elastin. The result is healthier looking skin in just 16 mins. Repeat at 1-2 weekly intervals.

5 minutes with Hayley Roper

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Being a yogi, and an obsessive dog walker, it was a big transition for me to delve into the world of personal training. But after only a few months, I have seen benefits that far out way any moans and complaints I muster during my 45 min weekly training session with personal trainer extraordinaire, Hayley Roper (HR) (owner of Love My Body and author of the Blossom Project). So, I sat down, in a meditative cross -legged position, with the utterly gorgeous Hayley, to talk staying fit, squats, self-esteem, skin care and superfoods.

Dr Alice: What is the secret to body longevity/antiaging from an exercise point of view?

HR: strength training! will keep your bones strong, body agile and slow down the aging process. I’ve seen so many women in better shape at 60 than 20 through strength training.

Dr Alice: What’s your ultimate training tip?

HR: Don't over-train it will make you bulky! train effectively (a little strength, a little HIIT and a little recovery like walking and yoga) and focus mostly on eating clean.

Dr Alice: What do you do for sun protection when training out doors?

HR: I use a very good quality sunscreen and always 50plus. I use it everyday.  and I will always wear a cap if training outdoors. Dont waste your time or expect too much from a cheaper/supermarket type sunscreen.

Dr Alice: What’s your best piece of skin advice?

HR: Always ALWAYS go to bed with a VERY clean face. have monthly treatments at Skindepth. use a sunscreen every day, eat your good fats and drink loads of water!

Dr Alice: Favourite skin care product

HR: Im in such a product maze at the moment I am loving the rationale range. the whole range!! 

Dr Alice:  How important is nutrition?

HR: Very! i think as long as you get your good fats, enough water, enough greens and enough sleep, and limit alcohol, sugar, wheat, dairy, red meat, caffeine and processed foods you are definitely on the right track and the bad stuff every now and then wont matter too much. It sounds like a lot to ask i know, but it really isn't that hard its just a matter of being educated. There are healthy and easy alternatives for all of these things!

Dr Alice: What are your fave superfoods and why?

HR: Just good old fashioned leafy greens. People get so overwhelmed with all of these things they 'must' do to be in good health. eating your greens and drinking enough water (the basic stuff) make the biggest difference.

Dr Alice: You talk about the importance of meditation in your book, how can we incorporate this into our daily lives?

HR: It can be 5 minutes a day it can be 20 whatever works for you. It isn’t meant to be stressful! i do it straight out of the shower and I face the window in my lounge room so I can then imagine white light flowing through my body. some people just focus on their breaths. find what works for you- but amongst your busy life and your long to-do list- have this time to yourself, should be at the TOP of your to-do list.

Dr Alice: How important is it to ‘look good’?

HR: I think it is way more important to FEEL GOOD. you can tell someone who feels good and they automatically look good to everyone they meet. look after yourself because you respect and love yourself.

Dr Alice: What are the biggest pressures on young people these days? Does instagram and other social media channels have a role to play?

HR: HUGE. i really worry for young girls. there is so much pressure on them to look a certain way, act a certain way, have the right handbag and this pressure is only ever-increasing with the presence of social media. I could talk this topic for hours but my biggest piece of advice I can give is:

You are only seeing the highlight reels of people’s lives on social media.

Not what you see is always 'real'. from photos to designer wear!

Never make assumptions about people’s lives based on social media (or ever)

Never compare yourself to others. they have their flaws and issues too.

live your life- don't get stuck paying too much attention to other peoples lives.

focus on loving your life, being happy with WHO you are and being a kind-hearted beautiful person. Then, YOU will be the person people admire.

Dr Alice: Tell us about your new book …

HR: I am so excited about The Blossom Program. it is a program for young girls on bullying, social-media, body-image, integrity etc- all those topics that need to be addressed in schools! there are 17 modules aimed to be completed in 12 weeks and it is a guide to being a self-loving, anti-bullying and empowered queen! I want to teach the program in schools and slowly (but surely!) make schools a nicer place and make those years much easier for young people!

Dr Alice: What are your top tips for young women to achieve a healthy balanced life (and skin!)

exercise

eat clean whole foods

limit toxic substances

lots of water

look after your skin as mentioned above.

get enough sleep

meditate

surround yourself with really amazing people

try to only have to positive thoughts and say positive things

treat yourself the way you would treat the person you love the most

And laugh lots!!!! life is meant to be fun!

 

Well, no more excuses, if you want health skin and a healthy life, get moving. Not only will you look good, but you will feel fabulous (except for about day 2 when the thighs REALLY hurt!) xxx

Protecting your Kid's Skin this Summer

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Why should you keep your children's skin out of the sun?

 

Exposure to UV in childhood, is a major predisposing factor to skin cancer later in life.

 

In Australia, 100% of children will have moles on the skin by the age of 2, compared to spain where only 26% of children will have moles by age 10. (American Academy Dermatology Meeting New York July 2017) Just goes to how hot our sun in Australia is!

 

The mechanism by which a babies skin is more sensitive are not entirely known. There have been studies showing that skin becomes thicker with age, and that the thinner skin of babies may confer less potent protection against damaging UV rays, meaning it can burn more easily. It is also possible that early sun exposure and sun bed kicks of a mutagenic pathway that is exacerbated with every subsequent sun exposure.

 

Although we don’t know all the mechanism involved, it is well known that repeated and cumulative sun exposure increases risk, so realistically in Australia children should be protected from sun exposure from birth. It is recommend that children under 12 months be protected from exposure to UV levels of 3 or greater.  This should be done by seeking shade, wearing sunscreen, and it is recommended that your baby be protected in loose clothing (pref UV retardant)

 

It difficult to say how much of adult sun damage occurs as a results of childhood exposure but it has been reported that Exposure to high levels of sunlight in childhood is a strong determinant of melanoma risk.

 

Ideally, babies skin before the age of 6 months should be kept out of the sun. Children great than 6 months old should apply sunscreens that use the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.  Even better,  special sunscreens made for infants or toddlers may cause less irritation to their sensitive little skins.

 

Keep the littlies safe in the sun this summer xxx