Like time through the hourglass, we roll around into another month and another season. With a new season comes many changes – the leaves start falling, the flowers start blooming, and we start packing up one seasonal wardrobe to replace it with another. We start making changes to make ourselves more comfortable during the transition, so why don’t we do it more often for our skin too?
Our skin can change quite a bit with changes in seasons and air temperature. This in turn impacts how your skin feels and functions. Because of this, it’s important to gain an understanding of how these changes impact your skin and what you can do to keep it functioning at its best!
How your skin reacts to warmer climates
When your skin is warm, generally everything is stimulated – circulation increases, which in turn promotes oil secretion and sweat which increases moisture in your skin, and other functions like collagen production and elasticity are quite high. Increased circulation is kind of a magic ingredient of skin care, as it feeds many other functions of your skin which keeps it healthy.
The downside of warmer months, however, can include increased sun exposure and bathing in salty water (hello summer holidays), more time under the air conditioner, and clogged pores from things like increased oil production, sunscreen and sweat.
Because of all of this, you need to consider how to best care for your skin during the warmer months. Many people move to a lighter daytime moisturiser as they feel as though a thicker one may be too heavy in summer, while a liquid exfoliator can help to clean pores out to remove any build up from product. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s worthwhile investing in a hydrating mask or treatment to up the water levels of your skin been sessions in the sun, and ensure you use an oil based cleanser to effectively remove all the sunscreen and oils from a busy day.
How your skin reacts to cooler climates
Kind of like going into hibernation, the functions of your skin start to slow down a little during the cooler months. Skin can easily become dry as less oil and sweat are produced, and we tend to spend more time under heaters which can dry skin out quickly. We’re also less likely to drink water as we don’t feel as thirsty as we do in warmer weather, resulting in dehydrated skin.
During this time, it’s worthwhile investing in a richer moisturiser to nourish your skin and avoid dryness. Anything with peptides is great at stimulating and protecting your skin to perk it up during the cool weather, and be sure to really massage your moisturiser in to improve skin circulation. Using a granular exfoliant in winter is also a good idea, as this will remove any surface dryness that can accumulate, and will stimulate your skin (don’t forget to exfoliate your lips too). Lastly, a weekly-monthly mask will help to boost your skin to keep it looking and feeling great, and give your skin the targeted treatment it needs.
While many of these changes to your skin might not be incredibly obvious, it’s worthwhile taking note of how your skin feels within different environments. Everyone is different and their skin will react according to your activities and natural skin chemicals, but having a better understanding of your skin reactions will lead to healthier skin in the long run as you’ll be able to care for it more effectively.
If you’re not sure as to what exactly your skin needs, it can be beneficial to book a facial at the change of each season. Your facial therapist can assess your skin and provide insights and recommendations, while also giving your skin a general boost to prepare it for the environmental change ahead.
Pedicures are one of those little luxuries you indulge in every summer as your feet make their way out of hibernation. You have the chance to descale your dry skin and add a pop of colour to those twinkle toes.
But did you know that pedicures can offer you more than just looks and relaxation? In this blog we’ll run through all the wonderful things we do in a pedicure, and how they really benefit your body and well being.
Feet can be one of the driest areas of your body, as they carry you through each day. Your skin houses some of the thickest skin on your body, so it tends to build up and become rough easily. Feet can also accumulate dirt and other materials which can lead to rough and dull skin, especially in summer as you wear open toed shoes.
During a pedicure, your heels will be rasped to remove any excess dry skin. This is a painless and safe procedure, using basically an over sized nail file to only remove unnecessary skin. This can also help to prevent fissures in your heels as the buildup of excess skin and dryness can lead to cracking. This process can also be used on rough skin around your toes and the balls of your feet. You will also receive an all-over skin exfoliation during your pedicure, which will remove any other surface dryness or buildup on your skin – this includes the tops of your feet and around your cuticles which can also become quite dry.
The result – silky smooth feet, ready for some nourishment!
The benefits of a foot massage
More than just a bit of nice smelling moisturiser – a massage has many benefits, particularly for your hard working feet. Although you may not always feel it, feet can hold an enormous amount of tension. Think about it, you use them everyday to get from A to B. Because of this, it’s important to look after your feet and relieve that tension every now and then.
Holding excess tension in your feet can lead to aching legs at times, and can also reduce circulation if you’re really tense. A massage will help to ease tension in your feet, by targeting specific points to relax your muscles. It will also help to improve circulation, which is especially helpful if you are prone to puffy feet.
Also consider the type of product being used on your feet during a massage. Something with peppermint will cool feet, which is ideal for relieving puffiness or simply to soothe on a hot day. Creams with natural oils like almond or jojoba will nourish feet deeply, which is probably what you want on your feet to avoid excessive dryness.
All the other benefits
Among the other great benefits of a pedicure above, there are also the other little bits that can’t be overlooked. Something like tidying your cuticles can seem so small, but can make such a difference to how your toes look. Overgrown cuticles can not only impact the way your nail polish sits on your toenails, but can also lead to hang nails and potentially stunt nail growth.
A nail trim and file will also help to keep your toes maintained, and having them trimmed by a professional can help you avoid things like ingrown nails and nails cut too short. Ensuring your toenails are adequately maintained will also mean they won’t become too long and gather excess dirt and skin, and won’t make wearing enclosed shoes uncomfortable.
Lastly, let’s not forget the all important layer of nail polish! While the immediate benefits are that your nails look great with a fresh pop of colour, even a clear layer of polish can help reduce the chance of your nails splitting and becoming too dry (if you are prone to these things). Polish can help strengthen your nails if they are weak, while regular nourishment of your skin and nail via a pedicure can feed your nail cells and encourage growth.
So there you have a few small but mighty ways a pedicure can help your feet. Always remember to treat your hard working feet, as they probably need it more than many other areas of your body.
Tis the season to put on your best party dress and show off those… pale legs?? This time of year is the most popular for spray tans in the salon – and for good reason! Spray tans are the safer alternative to get that gorgeous summer glow (instantly), and with so many options available you can choose your level of tan from glow to dark bronze.
While the convenience of spray tans makes them appealing, many people also want their tan to last for as long as possible. We get a lot of questions about the best spray tan aftercare here in the salon, so we thought we’d make this information available to you all to scan every time you need. So read on!
Before your spray tan
Spray tan prep can actually begin a few days before you arrive at the salon. Tanning formula actually sticks to dry skin on your body (hence why it can often stick to your feet too much), which is why it’s a good idea to perform any hair removal and a full body exfoliation no less than 24 hours before your tan. This will even out your skin tone, and give the tan something to stick to when you get sprayed. Doing these activities too close to your tanning appointment can result in a lighter or patchy tan that hasn’t ‘grabbed’ to your skin.
Before walking into your appointment, (if you can) try not to have any deodorant, moisturiser or perfume on your skin as all these things can interfere with your tan. If you can’t avoid this, your tanning technician should be able to provide you with something to wipe them off. If you experience any strange green patches under your arms once sprayed, this is usually because the tan has interacted with any residual deodorant but will wash off once you rinse the tanning formula off.
Choosing your spray tan
First thing’s first – choosing your spray tan. There are a few options available in terms of how dark you’d like your tan and how long you’d like to leave the formula on your skin for. Your spray tan technician will be able to guide you through the choices if you’re not sure which is the better option for you.
We get a lot of questions about whether our two hour or six hour formula is better. It’s important to note that one is not necessarily better than the other. It really comes down to convenience for you – some people don’t like the feeling of the formula on their skin so prefer the two hour option, whereas others like to leave the tan on for as long as possible so the six hour option makes more sense. Both formulas will provide a similar result, but you can experiment with both to find out which you prefer.
The colours available usually range from light, to medium, to dark and come in a range of ‘base’ colours. The base colour ensures the colour of the tan doesn’t come out looking orange and is more natural. Some people prefer one base colour on their skin over others, but as a basic guideline green based tans make you look more brown (like an Australian tan), violet based tans leave you with more of an olive complexion.
Immediately after your spray tan
The number one rule is to ensure you don’t get wet while the tanning formula is on your skin! If you’re washing your hands be sure to either use a wash cloth to wipe the palms of your hands or just splash a bit of water on your palms. Getting water on your skin will wash the formula off and won’t tan your skin. Especially during the winter months, but sure to always check the weather when travelling home from your tan. If it’s raining you’ll want to make sure you have the right clothing to avoid rain on your skin.
It’s also important to wear loose clothing after your tan. This will ensure the tanning formula doesn’t rub off your skin before it has fully developed, and will result in a tan that isn’t patchy.
When it comes time to wash your tan off, don’t use any body wash or product in the shower as using just water will result in a more even tan. Be sure to pat your body dry so you don’t wipe any residual formula off which can leave you with a streaky looking tan.
Prolonging your spray tan
When your skin is dry your tan won’t last as long and is more likely to be patchy as it fades. This is why it’s important to avoid harsh products (like body washes) so you don’t dry your skin out too much. Also ensuring you moisturise daily will leave your skin nourished and allows your tan to fade more evenly. This is especially important if you are someone who enjoys hot showers or are spending a lot of time swimming in a pool or the ocean, as these activities can dry your skin even more than normal.
It’s also worthwhile to lightly exfoliate your skin once you notice your tan fading, as this will lessen the chance of it becoming patchy. Exfoliating is also an important step if you are tanning regularly or having spray tans close together, so the next tan isn’t patchy or sticks in the wrong places (like feet, elbows and underarms).
Hint: if you really need to remove your tan and are having trouble, try soaking in a mixture of bicarb soda and lemon juice. Once your skin has softened you can scrub your skin to remove the spray tan.
So there are a few handy tips on caring for and prolonging your spray tan. Remember to consider what you do before, during and after your spray tan, and if you have any specific questions ask your spray tan technician. Everyone’s skin is unique so may react differently to colours etc. compared to the guide we have provided here.
And finally, if you’re looking for the best natural based spray tan in Adelaide book your next spray tan at Pure. We use TechnoTan, enriched with Kakadu plum and aloe vera to nourish your skin and leave you glowing.
For as long as most of us can remember, women have been on the quest for smooth and hair free skin. Hair removal dates back to ancient Egypt and Roman times, with women making tweezers out of all sorts of materials and creating waxes with honey. The Romans even got classist with their body hair, where women with less hair were considered to be wealthier. Throughout the ages, women have concocted a range of hair removal remedies – from ammonia (from pets) and depilatory creams, to the first Gillette razor marketed to women.
While at Pure we fully support a woman’s choice to either keep or remove her hair, the fact is that there are still many questions surrounding the best hair removal method. So with all these methods available and the luxury of choice, how do you know which hair removal method is actually the best? In this blog we explore some common hair removal techniques, and provide a verdict on how effective they are.
Pros and cons of shaving
Obviously the biggest pro of shaving is how quick and easy it is! Many of us resort to a razor while on holiday to touch up those underarms and legs. However you may have also heard the rumor that shaving makes your hair grow back thicker/faster. This is actually untrue. As hairs grow out they rub on your clothes and other surfaces which tapers the ends, leaving them feeling thinner. When you shave, you cut the hair mid-way down leaving a blunt cut making the hair feel thicker. Remember that hair is not a live substance that can be stimulated, and the bulb that nourishes the hair cannot be stimulated from a razor above the skin to increase hair growth.
However this does present a con of shaving – the fact that you only cut the hair mid-way at the surface of your skin means it will grow back faster than other hair removal methods. This is especially true in warmer areas of your body like the bikini line and underarms, where heat stimulates hair growth. If you have thicker hair, you may find that you are more likely to develop ingrown hairs from shaving too, as the hairs curl after being shaved.
Verdict: A great, cost effective way to remove hair, but may not be the best option long term if you’re looking for longer lasting hair removal.
Pros and cons of depilatory creams
Depilatory creams work by applying an alkaline chemical concoction to your skin which breaks down the proteins of the hair, leaving the hair brittle enough to break off when you wipe the cream off. This leaves a rounded hair edge just below the surface of your skin. Because the hair is rounded, it may feel softer when it grows back compared to shaving. Hair growth also tends to appear a bit slower than shaving as the hair is removed slightly more than shaving.
However if you have sensitive skin you may find that depilatory creams can be quite irritating. If you are going to use these creams, it’s important to do a patch test on your skin first to see how you react. The ingredients in depilatory creams they can also smell bad, which is a challenge if you are sensitive to smells especially considering the wait time to ensure it has worked effectively.
Verdict: Great option for those who want an easy hair removal method at home that lasts longer than shaving, and only if you don’t have sensitive skin.
Pros and cons of epilators
Epilators are a good at home method for those who want longer lasting results from their hair removal. Epilators look a lot like electric shavers, however they work by plucking hairs individually from the hair root. This results in longer lasting hair removal, as you are pulling the hair out completely and not just cutting it off.
While epilators will last you a long time, they can be an expensive investment at first. The method can also be time consuming, particularly if you are epilating large areas like your legs – so make sure you’ve got time to dedicate to it! Lastly, epilating can be painful particularly when you’re starting out, and you can break hairs easily if you’re not doing it properly. Be sure to read your manual thoroughly first to ensure you’re making the most of your epilator.
Verdict: Great option for those who want longer lasting hair removal from home, and have the time to invest in regular removal.
Pros and cons of waxing
Various forms of waxing have been around for centuries, and for good reason. Waxing can either be done at home or professionally in a salon, and provides long lasting hair removal that can decrease hair growth over time. Waxing works by applying warm wax to your skin, and removing the wax either on its own or with a cloth to remove hair from the root. When you regularly remove the hair from the root, the hair root will eventually weaken and grow slower or stop growing altogether. This is a huge draw card for waxing, especially for those with thicker, darker hairs. Getting waxed professionally can provide less irritation to your skin, and is relatively quick and painless (depending on the skill level of the beautician). Professionals also have different wax types they can use on different areas of your body, depending on the sensitivity of your skin and level of precision needed for certain areas of your body. It may also be worthwhile to note that sugaring has not been proven to be any more beneficial than regular waxing.
Some cons of waxing can include the pain associated with removal, particularly when you first start with this method. If waxing at home, it’s important to follow any instructions carefully to avoid burning or pulling the skin (both of which are painful), or breaking hairs. If seeing a professional beautician, be sure to select someone you are comfortable with and who listens to your needs. An experienced beautician will support the skin properly which will be less painful, and will move quickly making it less time consuming for you. Unfortunately, sometimes you do need to pay more for a quality service, but if this ultimately leads to less hair growth it can be worthwhile (especially considering that your monetary investment is staggered over a longer period of time).
Verdict: Waxing is a great long term hair removal option (although we may be biased). At home waxing can be challenging, so professional services are generally more effective. Waxing can also be therapeutic if you find a beautician you can chat with!
Pros and cons of threading
Threading is the latest hair removal craze to sweep Western countries, however it has been used in Middle Eastern and Asian countries for a long, long time. Threading uses a piece of cotton thread to trap and essentially pluck the hair from the skin (so similar to an epilator). Threading can be quite precise and good for those who experience skin irritations (as nothing is applied to the skin), so is quite popular for facial hair removal.
Threading can be quite time consuming and expensive, so isn’t recommended for larger areas of your body. It’s also important to find a properly qualified beautician to ensure your skin isn’t pulled and damaged, and your hairs are actually removed instead of broken (this will result in longer lasting hair removal).
Verdict: Good for those who experience skin irritations from waxing, but may not be cost or time effective for larger areas of the body.
Pros and cons of laser hair removal
Laser hair removal treatments have grown in popularity in more recent years, mainly due to the fact that it visibly lessens hair growth quite quickly after treatment. Laser hair removal works by using intense pulsed light (IPL) technology which targets the melanin (dark colour pigment) in hairs, which essentially fries the hair and weakens the hair root. There are some at home treatments becoming more available, however these are not as strong as those offered in a professional setting (due to safety risks). Professional laser technicians are required in Australia to gain safety and operational certifications before using IPL technology on clients, to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Laser hair removal generally works best on people with light skin and dark hair, as the laser is able to target the hair better. The number of treatments you will require depends on your hair and skin type, which can be discussed with a technician. Laser treatments can be expensive and do not guarantee that your hair will be removed completely, but can be effective at reducing the amount of hair you grow. It’s important to do your research carefully and ensure your technician is fully qualified, to avoid nasty laser burns and permanent scarring.
Verdict: Laser is a great option for people with thick, dark hair to reduce the amount of hair growth and can greatly improve the confidence of many women. Be prepared to do you research, and invest time and money into this treatment to achieve the best results.
So what’s the overall verdict?
I hope you now have a pretty thorough summary of the most popular types of hair removal available to you. As you can see, each removal technique will essentially provide a similar function, but may be more or less suitable to each individual. Everyone is different, and has different needs based on their skin, hair and lifestyle, so there really is no right or wrong option! Be sure to try a few methods to see what you’re most comfortable with and what works best for you.
Every day we are inundated with advertisements and articles on ways we can reduce the appearance of aging on our faces and body. While the latest and greatest in creams and serums can do so much for your skin, much of the time the greatest thing you can do to reduce the appearance of aging on your body actually starts on the inside.
Obviously when you look great, your confidence is boosted and you begin to feel great too. However anti aging and self care is about more than just applying a mask to your face once a month. It’s about nourishing your body from the inside out – and this has many, many benefits for your body, including anti aging.
Having a youthful energy and body can help you feel more positive, look younger, feel more energised, and live life to your fullest. While aging is inevitable, there are some ways you can keep yourself feeling younger. So how can you effectively look after your body to help it age gracefully? Find out more below.
You probably already know of the many benefits exercise can offer you, but did you know that anti aging was one of them? Regular exercise keeps your muscles strong and mobile, aiding your mobility and core bodily functions. Strong muscles release proteins that actually slow down the aging process, which are naturally depleted as we get older. Stimulated muscles also circulate more oxygen and blood throughout your body, aiding your skin cell turnover and boosting your natural collagen production. Pretty nifty, huh?
Nourish your body with your diet
No surprises here either – but your body thrives off what you put into it. This not only means eating foods that contain vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids, but also drinking plenty of water! It’s amazing how water can affect your skin and body – from breakouts and redness, to wrinkles and dullness. Water really does give your skin and body the life it needs.
Your diet will also give you the energy you need to keep moving every day. Certain can provide your body with much needed antioxidants, energy, protection, strengthening of bodily functions and help you stay alert. It’s also important to understand how your body changes as you age, and how your diet also needs to change to accommodate this.
Get adequate sleep and rest
In a culture where being busy is celebrated, it can be hard to listen to your body when it needs a break. Not providing your body with the sleep and rest it needs, means your body doesn’t have the opportunity to recover from a busy day and can become more stressed. This in turn can have detrimental effects on your overall health, well being, and appearance.
The amount of sleep each person needs will vary, and some people may find that more frequent, shorter blocks of rest is more beneficial for them. What’s important is that you listen to your body and take note of when you feel great and when you don’t feel so great. Also consider what type of rest makes you feel best, and try your best to stick to a routine to set your body’s natural circadian rhythms properly. Your body will thank you for it!
Look after your mental health
Challenges with mental health can happen for a variety of different reasons, but what’s important is that you are aware of our own mental health and what is and isn’t good for you. Neglecting your mental health can lead to greater feelings of depression and anxiety which naturally age your body faster. Be sure to be mindful of how you’re feeling, and take care of your mental health – you can find more tips on this here.
Look after your outsides
Once you’ve got your insides sorted, it’s time to think about how you’re caring for the outside of your body. This includes protecting and nourishing your skin.
For starters, a big cause of aging in Australia is the sun. And although we all love a great summer outdoors, it can be detrimental to your health if you’re not protecting your skin properly. It’s all about being cautious, not avoiding the sun altogether. Be sure to apply sun cream (tinted moisturisers with SPF are great for the face every day), wear a hat and other protective clothing. A nice tan now won’t look the same in 30 years time!
Also avoid stripping your skin of any natural oils. This includes using harsh products on your skin (things with a high alcohol content, abrasive products, chemical peels etc.), as these will leave your skin feeling dehydrated and thin in the long run (making you appear older). Long hot showers can also strip your skin, as the heat dries your skin.
Nourishing your skin is the next most important step in anti aging for your body. While many of us use great face creams, consider what you’re using on the rest of your body too. Is your body moisturiser nourishing enough, and is your body wash gentle enough? Using something with natural essential oils will ensure your body is naturally nourished, and moisture will last throughout the day. Gently exfoliating your skin regularly will also help to stimulate skin cell turnover, and remove any surface spots and dryness to help your moisturiser penetrate your skin better.
So there you have five relatively simple ways you can reduce the effects of aging in your body. As you can see, it’s a truly holistic approach that will leave you looking and feeling your best. While it may seem like a big task to change some of your habits, start with small manageable chunks until you have a well developed routine that you’re happy with. Remember that everyone’s journey is different, and to listen to your body so you do what is right for it!
Need some help with de-stressing and anti aging for your skin? View our range of body massages and Aveda facials that you can incorporate into your monthly routine.