There are loads of skincare brands, many with very effective marketing to encourage you to buy them but before you look into serums and treatments, you need to start with the basics, and that means a regular skincare routine that involves cleansing, treating, and moisturizing your skin. It’s imperative that you use a cleanser in the morning and at night.
A morning cleanse sweeps away all these accumulated pore-blockers and allows products to penetrate better and improves the overall cleanliness and health of your skin. A big part of your skins function is the excretion of toxins and temperature control through sweating, both of which happen whilst you are sleeping, therefore it is necessary to wash away the night as well as the day. Another benefit of washing your face in the morning is that it refreshes the skin, and prepares it for make-up application. Your foundation will apply smoother and last throughout the day.
If you suffer from acne, it’s important to use ingredients to start the day (like Medik8 Beta Cleanse or Pore Cleanse Gel) that can safely protect and effectively kill the surface bacteria wreaking havoc on your skin. The Medik8 Beta Moisturiser is designed to hydrate your sensitive, blemish prone skin, but not to block your skin with excess oils therefore creating more congestion
Don’t forget your application of sunscreen, if it’s not an ingredient in your moisturiser! Wearing SPF is important for so many reasons: it protects you from wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of ageing; it’s crucial to protect yourself from skin cancer; and it makes sure your dark spots and scars don’t get worse. A top of the line product is Medik8 Hydr8 Day 360 with SPF 15 or 30.
The Evening Cleanse & Skincare Routine
While most of us know that an evening cleanse is important, it’s often the part of our night that gets forgotten. Despite how tired or lazy you’re feeling, understand that the evening cleanse is paramount to skin health for a number of reasons.
For starters, it’s particularly important to wash your face if you’re wearing makeup or sunscreen to remove those products from your skin. But even if you aren’t, your skin still picks up residue and debris throughout the day. Environmental factors like poor air quality and pollution play a major role in the health of our skin, and it’s absolutely crucial that we wash our face in the evening to remove these environmental aggressors. All this pollution in the air is often the primary cause of collagen and elastin breakdown, and can also contribute to uneven skin tone!
Leaving skin covered in makeup, sweat, and pollution overnight can leave your pores clogged and ripe for breakouts and, over time, can speed up the visible ageing process.
Since your skin does its hardest work at night, it’s a great time to feed it ingredients to help it do its job even better. One of the best ingredients for your skin is retinol – Vitamin A — Medik8 Retinol 3TR, 6TR, 10TR and the Patented and Award Winning r-Retinoate Serum, the best skincare option that fights acne and signs of ageing. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and speeds up the natural exfoliation of dead skin cells.
In short: it’s important to cleanse not just once, but twice a day, and it’s just as important to stick to a skincare routine — this consistency keeps your skin healthy and blemishes at bay! Such a simple and necessary routine and an important step towards younger-looking skin!
Mojo Beauty has this treatment on the menu as it makes sense and uses a natural process without any chemicals. Medik8 cosmeceuticals is such an active, powerful and effective skincare range that combining these two compliments each other so well for the best results!
What is micro-needling, Collagen Induction Therapy, Dermal Needling?
It's a treatment whereby a device with small needles is pushed (or rolled) over your face and neck area to create controlled punctures, which force your skin into repair mode and these devices are gentle enough to be used around the delicate eye area. Collagen Induction Therapy, also known as Dermal Needling, Rolling or Micro-needling, is currently becoming the leading method of skin rejuvenation, through precisely inciting the bodies innate immune and repair processes. In the past 2 years, there has been an explosion in clinical research redefining and optimising treatment protocols.
What are the benefits of micro-needling?
When your skin starts repairing itself it turbocharges your body's natural ability to produce collagen and elastin, which provides that firm plumpness. It also helps improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks and creates a more youthful skin tone.
Dermal needling treatments enable the therapists to be exceptionally precise, altering the needle depth to the treatment area. Collagen Induction Therapies now have the potential to reinitiate dormant and/or alter regenerating/repair functions of the skin, to create healthy, firm, smooth skin texture, interrupting the ageing processes. When combining the right protocols, the right active ingredients and treatment frequency the outcomes can include
The idea of having tiny needles puncturing your skin might sound like torture, but the procedure starts with your face being anesthetised with topical cream and has minimal downtime. The treatment can be tailored to the specific needs of the patient and can result in just a few hours of redness, mild swelling and erythema (redness). However, depending on your tolerance levels, these symptoms can last for one to two days and you can also experience pinpoint bleeding and bruising. Secondly, you will find that your skin will be rather dry for up to a week but it is recommended that you compliment the treatment with active Medik8 skincare products to enhance the result.
How many and how often will you need to have a treatment?
The number of sessions depends on the skin condition, but typically you're looking at 3-5 treatments in 4-6 week intervals with maintenance treatments every 6-9 months. However, every treatment no matter the frequency will have positive benefits on your skin and stimulate the elastin and collagen production in the treated area.
When can you expect to see results from micro-needling?
With in salon treatments the final results might not be noticeable until you hit the three to twelve months mark as boosting collagen and elastin within the dermis takes time. However, as with most treatments it depends on the individual.
When should you avoid micro-needling?
"It can be used on all skin colours and skin types, however it should be avoided if one has an active infection on the skin such as impetigo, active and inflamed acne or rosacea,” Those with hypersensitive skin, acute eczema or sun burnt skin should also avoid the technique.
Nik at Mojo Beauty is available to consult about dermal needling so either book in or contact her about a consultation.
I’ve been using an eyelash curler daily since I was about 17 years old. The curler has remained a vital part of my makeup routine. My lashes are fine, I guess – normal length, normal thickness. But whenever I go “let’s give the curler a break today”, I just don’t enjoy the final look. My lashes end up black and lengthened/volumised. But my eyes don’t look as big, there’s no “flutter” to them. I want flutter!
So when I heard about lash lifts, and how they’d come a loooong way from the old school over-curled look, I was itching to try one out. Promises of wider eyes, a naturally extended lash, and all with pretty much zero maintenance involved? Count me in.
I headed to Mojo Beauty to get their Lash Lift + Tint treatment.
Nik was everything you want in a beauty therapist – she explained step by step what was happening and the function of the solutions, lash grown cycle and pre-warned me when she was going to touch my eyes.
So firstly your eyes are prepped with gentle cleansing pads to get rid of all makeup. This is important, I’m told – any leftover mascara or foundation means the lifting stuff won’t take properly. Once all of that’s done pads are placed under your eyes to hold the bottom lashes down so they don’t get caught in with the top lashes when the solution is applied.
Basically, a lash lift is like a perm for your eyelashes. So a solution is applied that changes the bonds of the lash hairs permanently, hence why they “lift” and stay lifted for months. Over time, around 10 weeks, those lashes fall out and new ones grow back in, and those new ones have the original bonds. So for me, they grow back in straight. To get the solution onto my lashes, Nik placed a brace-like guard along my top lash line, that secured my lashes within it and pulled them upwards. She used two different solutions to activate the curl and viola! She then finished with a tint on my lashes and that gave the illusion that I was wearing mascara.
After the tint, my eyelashes looked so much longer! I’m told that’s the beauty of a lash lift, a lash lift is more like stretching them out and up. The finished look is like you were born with these amazing lashes, as opposed to a weird, permanently styled look.
I did have to change my mascara, and now use the PONI mascara, bought at Mojo Beauty, that thickens and lengthens lashes with growth serum properties. Yay! Instead of my usual heavy-duty, volumising one, I’m now using a defining one and need a maximum of two swipes. If I’m going out at night I’ll use a little more but then it looks like I have falsies in or lash extensions (not a bad thing!). I think the greatest thing about it all though is that there’s pretty much zero maintenance. You have to keep them away from all water for 24 hours. But after that, anything goes – any cleansers, any amount of water, whatever.
The whole thing (lash lift and tint) costs ONLY $60, which when you think about it, isn’t setting you back much at all. If you are constantly battling with your lashes being too straight, and feel like no amount of mascara really gives you the look you’re after, it’s such an affordable amount to factor into your budget. And it works and really cuts major time out of your getting ready routine, and it doesn’t hurt or take hours to get done.
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Prior vocation was Social Work for 10 years. I am passionate about empowering people & advocating for positive change. Beauty & Massage Therapy also enables me to do this in another way. Win Win