Confessions Of An Injectables Virgin

I did it! I said I would never go down that path, but I bit the bullet and did it.

I got Botox.

And guess what? It wasn’t as scary or painful as I thought… in fact, I love it.

After watching the endless parade of friends and family having their faces injected and perfected, I figured it was time to see what all the fuss was about. I had my tax refund and hey, it’s all in the name of research – if I don’t like it, it can just be a one off. Except that I now love seeing 21 year old Ally in the mirror again, I think I’m hooked.

Walking into Dr Deon’s treatment room, I figured I would just chat to him about options and if anything took my fancy, I’d go for it. As it turns out, injectables are about so much more than anti-ageing. They have the ability to reshape a face, to minimise your need for makeup and to awaken the tired look it’s taken me 31 years to perfect. After a chat about my medical history and a thorough look at my face and all the bits I wasn’t so keen on (read: pretty much everything between my hairline and my toes!) Dr Deon presented me with the idea of several units through my forehead and frown lines (courtesy of a husband with a love for leaving cupboards open) and a few extra into the sides of my jawline to slim my “I love cake” style face.

Now, for a girl whose palms could end a drought when presented with the mere idea of a needle – I survived remarkably well. Truth be told, I’ve extracted blackheads that hurt more than my Botox. The worst of the injections feeling little more than the pop of a juicy pimple (but with a MUCH nicer looking outcome).

30 minutes is all it took from “let’s see what he has to say” to “oh my god! I did it!” Three weeks on and not only do I see my 21 year old face again… the droopy eyes that I unfortunately inherited from my father’s side are now a beautiful awakened almond shape that require no eyeliner artistry to correct each morning.

The only downside – having to find a different way to react to open cupboards around the house.

With Love,

Skin Therapeia x

Who Doesn’t Love A Cocktail?

Bloody Mary, Long Island Ice Tea, we all have our favourite. But did you know your skin also loves a cocktail?

Now before you dive into the nearest happy hour, we’re talking about a different kind of cocktail. Sorry.

Enter serums!

Some of us may use one, some of us may not get the point of using them at all, but they are a vital part of our skin care. Moisturisers are designed to work very superficially on the outer layers of skin, serums are designed to work on the deeper layers, working from the inside out and priming our skin cells for when they reach the big bad world of the top layers.

There is a serum for everything. And unless you are extremely lucky, most of us have more than one skin concern. Whether it’s ageing, acne, rosacea, sensitivity, dehydration, pigmentation, dryness, lines and wrinkles, sagging, irritation, the list goes on…

Why just treat one of these concerns when with a cocktail of serums you can target them all?

Call me excessive but in the morning I use four serums (Cosmedix Affirm, Aspect Dr Multi B and Active C, and Payot Elixir Lift if you were wondering), in the evening I use five (Multi B, Active C, Lift, Cosmedix Refine Plus and Defy)

Generally, with serums that are the same consistency you can simply put a pump of each into your hands, mix them together and apply to your face and neck. If you have ones of different consistency put the lighter textured ones on first and the heavier/oilier ones last.

With products from Aspect Dr, Cosmedix, Skin Medica and Payot we have a cocktail suited to everyone’s skin!

During August when you buy any two Aspect Dr serums you receive a free 100ml Aspect Dr Mild or Deep Clean Facial Cleanser worth $49.50!

With Love,

Skin Therapeia x

Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse

When it comes to cleansers you can never have too many if you ask me.

Most professionals will recommend you have at least a couple of different cleansing options at home.

“Why bother?”

I’m glad you ask. Our skin and our day to day lives change. A lot. What is right for you today may not be particularly good for you tomorrow.

Take myself for example. My skin is a classic combination. Oily T-zone, dehydrated cheeks, and the thought of ageing petrifies me. My ‘every day’ cleanser is Cosmedix Purity Clean – I use it in the shower, it controls my oil flow, it has mild AHAs which give a slight exfoliation, helping with things from clearing up break outs to slowing the ageing process.

However, there are times this will be too active for my skin… If I’ve got a cold and my nose is red raw from blowing it. The few days post peel/laser/microdermabrasion etc. When I’ve forgotten I have pale English skin and overdo it in the sun. In these cases I use Cosmedix Benefit Clean, its extra gentle, sulphate free and amazing for sensitive skin!

Then come the times I arrive home after a few lemonades at 4am on a Sunday morning. Now, there is no way on this earth am I about to start washing my face over the sink. But I can hand on heart say 99% of the time I take my make up off before collapsing in a heap in bed. And I do it as quickly and easily as humanly possible using Payot’s Eau Micellaire Express. Whack it onto a couple of cotton wool pads, wipe it all over my face and eyes and voila…. Sleep.

So before you say “but I’ve got a cleanser at home” just think if it really does suit you 100% of the time.

With Love,

Skin Therapeia x