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Work Health & Safety Plan for COVID-19

Posted on May 26 2020

Work Health & Safety Plan for COVID-19
This plan outlines our commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, clients, students and visitors.

Why Complete Skin’s range of skincare products is different

Posted on April 29 2020

Why Complete Skin’s range of skincare products is different
Complete Skin's own range of skincare is different because we started with you, the client, in mind. Find out our hero ingredients that make our range different, and for the right reasons.

Why a facial every now and then won’t save your skin...

Posted on March 16 2020

Why a facial every now and then won’t save your skin...
   
Like diet and exercise, when it comes to your skin the old 80-20 rule applies here too. Having facials or in-clinic treatments won’t replace having to look after your skin at home. One will not function properly without the other. 

Laser or IPL and why choose us?

Posted on June 26 2019

Laser or IPL and why choose us?
 
Many people ask us what the difference is between laser and IPL, what is the best option, and when is the best time to have a treatment.

How is winter different to summer? A guide to caring for your skin this winter

Posted on May 27 2019

How is winter different to summer? A guide to caring for your skin this winter
   
As the seasons change, our skin care needs do too. Going from warmer temperatures to the cold of winter can have significant effects on our skin and you may find that your favourite go-to moisturiser is no longer doing the trick.

Pregnancy Skin

Posted on April 16 2019

Pregnancy Skin

Pregnancy skin

 

During pregnancy our skin undergoes multiple changes which aren’t always amazing like that “glow’” we often hear about it. We see celebrities in magazines looking completely stunning with their flawless skin and you think to yourself, that’s photo shopped for sure. I know with my first child it was anything but magazine-worthy. Have you turned brown yet in patches? Nobody tells you about that pesky melasma caused from all those lovely hormones. I want to briefly tell you the changes that can occur and solutions that can help or control the issue. I know second time around my skin is completely different and I swear it is from using the correct products to control problems caused from those crazy hormones. 

 

During pregnancy, you may find yourself developing acne/spots, oily skin, dry skin, itchy skin, pigmentation, spider veins and much more. This is all down to the changes in the levels of hormones been produced during pregnancy. Immunity and the increase in circulation can also play a role. 

 

Why is my skin turning brown?

Brown patches of pigmentation on the forehead, cheeks and neck often arise early in pregnancy and have been referred to as the pregnancy mask, chloasma and melasma. It is caused when your body produces more melanin, the tanning hormone, than it normally does. By having more melanin it does protect your skin against UV light. Roughly two out of three experience this in pregnancy. I know with my first I had no idea and assumed it was too much sun from my holiday in Thailand in the first trimester. It was when it didn’t fade through the winter months that I realised it was hormones. Back then I had no idea that being in the sun made it worse, even for a short time. I had not heard of pigment inhibitors. If you don’t know what they are... they are your new best friend for a few months. Complete Pigment serum by Aspect Dr is amazing for the management of lightening off those pigment patches and also preventing new pigment from forming. This is my go to serum now second time around and touch wood, I have not seen one bit of pigment form so far. I’m not saying it won’t and every pregnancy is different but at the moment I’m rolling with what works and it sure is doing the trick right now. I also swear by exfoliating the skin to always reveal a brighter complexion. It’s tricky with pregnancy as there is so many ingredients you can’t use. I have turned to Cosmedix Defy for the next few months. Its triple hydroxy acid complex turns over skin cells to brighten but also hydrate and is safe during pregnancy. This is definitely keeping oil and blemishes at bay when you suddenly can’t turn to your usual salicylic scrubs for help. 

 

Why do I have breakouts now?

So it may feel like your teenage years are returning to haunt you, but you can once again thank your increasing surge of hormones that produce more sebum – the oil that keeps skin glowing. Too much and your glow quickly turns to blocked pores, blackheads, congestion and acne. The worst thing we can do is scrub and strip our skin even more rather than taking a gentle approach at de-greasing the skin, if you like. I would suggest Aspect Dr Mild clean or Benefit Clean by Cosmedix. We stock both, so I’m lucky to have access to each and I swear by them. I wish I was in this business first time around. I turned to scrubs with my first child thinking I was really cleaning the skin, but in fact you’re dehydrating it more, so what does the skin do? Produce more oil, of course. It’s a viscous cycle, right? Now I realise a gentle approach to simply clean but not strip the skin actually works. I use a face mask once to twice a week to really de clog pores. My go-tos are Pure Enzymes by Cosmedix and Glow which are great for exfoliating and brightening the skin. I cannot recommend these enough for clearing skin. With excess oil you do need to change from a hydrating moisturiser to one that is oil free. I had to change from my favourite Aspect Dr resveratrol cream, but thank your lucky stars, the same cream comes in an oil-free form which is just as amazing as its original but less hydrating because you don’t need itAnother way to help control oil is in-house peels. A chemical peel is a great way to nourish the skin during pregnancy and we have multiple treatments that are safe during this precious time. I swear by the Pomegranate Peel which is simply lactic acid and antioxidants combined. A fantastic pick-me-up for dull and dry skin. 

Your skin can go the other way too and become dehydrated. For this we reverse the treatment and recommend hydrating products to help put moisture back in. Cosmedix Restore is an ultra-moisturising mask that restores skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids to help promote water retention and proper lipid balance resulting in a more revitalised complexion. 

 

Sensitive Skin

 You can also find that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy than normal. This is down to the higher hormone levels and with the increase in weight comes stretched skin, which in turn leaves it more delicate and easily irritated. You can become dry quickly and may find that using gentle soaps are best. With dry skin and an increase hormone levels you can also experience itchy skin. Turning to oatmeal-based shower gels or lotions can alleviate this. The importance of SPF is significant during pregnancy as you may find your skin burns more easily or you develop a heat rash quicker than you would normally. 

 

I have only touched on the main concerns that I deal with in the clinic and from personal experience. There are many more skin changes our body goes through but I’m sure you have read enough for today. I hope these suggestions will help. As I said, I wish I was in the business of skin care with my first child because second time around I swear the right products and preventative strategies have my skin in a very different condition. I have not one bit of melasma thanks to pigment preventers and the use of SPF (I know I should have used it all the time). 

 

Ruth Gorman

 

Rosacea

Posted on January 31 2019

Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

 Rosacea is a chronic condition that typically affects the central face and is characterised by redness, pimples, swelling and small vessels which gives the cheeks, nose and chin that flushed appearance. The condition first appears between the ages of 30-50 with patients complaining of a constant flushing in the cheeks. Overtime the redness remains as the capillaries become enlarged. The range of possible causes has included defects in facial blood vessels, the nervous system, immune system and the presence of micobes and Demodex mites.

 Causes of rosacea

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown however there are common triggers that are linked to the condition such as changes in temperature, stress, skin irritating products, alcohol, spicy foods and an increased presence of the Demodex mite. These mites seem to be in abundance with rosacea sufferers.

 Treatment options

Here at Complete Skin we have a few options available to help control and treat rosacea. We have a GP on site to review and prescribe creams if required to control the presence of the Demodex mite. We also offer IPL treatment to reduce and clear the vessels that give the skin that flushed red appearance to the cheeks, nose and chin. Our Redless serum by Aspect Dr is amazing for the management of facial redness, dry skin, irritated and uncomfortable skin. It contains sea buckthorn fruit extract which is anti-inflammatory and soothing for the skin. We also advise Vitamin C by Aspect Dr for Rosacea. Vitamin C repairs capillary walls and strengthens the vessels. All our consultations are free and we can help direct you with the best treatment plan to suit you.

 

Ruth Gorman RN

How weight loss affects ageing

Posted on May 10 2018

How weight loss affects ageing

When you lose weight, you lose the fat in the skin, which decreases the natural plumpness. Lines and wrinkles are deeper and more noticeable and the skin is looser, thinner and can start sagging, especially when weight loss occurs over age 40.

The innermost layer of your skin consists of proteins, including collagen and elastin. Collagen, which makes up 80% of your skin's structure, provides firmness and strength. Elastin provides elasticity and helps your skin stay tight.

Skin expansion during pregnancy occurs over a few months, and the expanded skin typically retracts within several months of the baby's birth.

By contrast, most overweight and obese people carry extra weight for years, often beginning as early as childhood or adolescence.

When skin has been significantly stretched and remains that way for a long period of time, collagen and elastin fibers become damaged. As a result, they lose some of their ability to retract.

In general, the longer someone has been overweight or obese, the looser their skin will be after weight loss due to elastin and collagen loss.

Contributing factors

Amount of weight lost: Weight loss of 46kg or more typically results in a greater amount of hanging skin than more modest weight loss.

Age: Older skin has less collagen than younger skin and tends to be looser following weight loss.

Genetics: Genes may affect how your skin responds to weight gain and loss.

Sun exposure: Chronic sun exposure has been shown to reduce skin's collagen and elastin production, which may contribute to loose skin.

Smoking: Smoking leads to a reduction in collagen production and damage to existing collagen, resulting in loose, sagging skin.

At Complete Skin we offer treatments to help with skin elasticity after weight loss and as we age. We can provide treatments to suit each individual, such as addressing pigment damage which will also help improve the collagen and elasticity in the skin. 

Fractional laser treatments (both ablative and non-ablative) help maintain and enhance skin tone and texture.  The procedures build new collagen by using heat to stimulate cells, so results are visible and permanent as long as skincare habits are consistent and sun exposure is avoided.

Once we improve the condition of the skin we can start looking at volume replacement with fillers.  Fillers can provide more youthful contours and smoother skin.  Anti-wrinkle injections often compliment fillers with reducing the heaviness of lines particularly to the forehead, crow’s feet and between the eyebrows.

Good skincare at home supports any treatments we perform at Complete Skin. We are stockists of Aspect Dr and Cosmedix, which are both fantastic products which help with regeneration of the skin.

We are happy to offer you a free consultation to address your concerns.

Tracey Willis (RN).

How to achieve glowing skin after the Christmas break

Posted on January 09 2018

How to achieve glowing skin after the Christmas break

Christmas time can take a huge toll on our skin. It’s the time of year we all try to look our best, book in for facials, buy a new serum to make us glow and plan on getting lots of well-earned rest. Ironically, it becomes the busiest time of year in our social calendar where we find ourselves drinking lots of wine, eating fatty foods and re-assuring ourselves this chocolate is surely the last one. Lack of sleep and long days at the beach can lead your skin down a path of dehydration and dullness.

I try to maintain the health of my skin as much as possible during the silly season with a few great treatments that help with hydration, clarity, pigment control, firmness and detoxification of the skin, all of which will inevitably help you maintain the glow you tried so hard to achieve.

But if you are like me and are struggling to fit into that work dress now that January is here and have committed to healthy eating for the next year, now is the time to commit to a better inner health to rediscover that radiant skin.

Here are a few products and in-salon treatments that I cannot live without. Hopefully they will help get you back on track too!

AT HOME

Pure enzyme mask from Cosmedix is a weekly treatment that lifts away dull surface skin. Refreshing cranberry enzymes gently exfoliate, removing impurities for a healthy, smoother appearance. I swear by this mask. It instantly makes you feel super clean and bright. It costs only $80 and will last from 6 to 12 months. 

Glow bamboo brightening mask also from Cosmedix, is another fantastic brightening mask. It aids in reducing the appearance of discolouration, uneven skin tone and roughness for smoother, brighter skin. It contains exfoliating beads so you really feel like you have removed the top layer of Christmas shenanigans from your face. Used every week you will really see a difference in your complexion. It costs $84 lasts 6 to 12 months.

Pepoxide antioxidant serum is a unique blend of sixteen powerful antioxidants and peptide amino acids that aid in the protection of free radical damage while helping to dramatically improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum is like a power boost of nutrients which is exactly what the skin needs after the holiday season. I love it. It absorbs straight into the skin and helps with firmness and to reduce break outs. It costs $132 and will most certainly last 4 to 8 months, depending on whether you apply it once or twice a day. 

IN SALON

Dull skin

Blueberry smoothie peel by Cosmedix is a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells and is a touch stronger than at-home treatments. It instantly gives you brighter, smoother skin. It also helps to keep pigmentation at bay. It takes only 30 minutes so its great for a lunch time treatment.

Hydration

Our customised medi-facial is the perfect way to get rid of dead skin cells and allow us to devise the best treatment option to suit your skins needs. It comprises of a deep exfoliation, skin prep to remove any surface oils and a deep hydration mask/lactic peel (if you’re able to tolerate it). We apply Vitamin C serum and hyaluronic serum post-treatment to optimise moisture levels in the skin leaving you feeling brighter and more radiant.

Pigmentation

I cannot talk about our IPL skin rejuvenation enough. In just three treatments it can rid the skin of stubborn pigment that peels just cannot shift.  The laser breaks down deep epidermal pigment causing it to come to the surface. This pigment becomes dark and turns to dry skin for which you exfoliate off in a week to 10 days. Your skin will feel amazing, pores will be refined, and fine lines reduced. It costs $450 and takes about 30 mins to perform. This treatment includes a peptide mask from Societe which is applied to the skin for about 20 mins post-treatment to instantly take the heat away. You will need to avoid the sun, sauna and gym for 24-48 hours post. Sunscreen is a must to protect the skin that is currently undergoing exfoliation at cellular level. This is by far our most popular treatment at the clinic.

Of course, we have numerous other options and treatments but I feel these are the best to get your skin back into good health after the silly season. As I always say, please call us to arrange the first step to brighter skin. 

Ruth Gorman (RN).

Pigmentation

Posted on November 10 2017

Pigmentation

Pigmentation is one of the biggest issues we deal with in the clinic each day. Many people want to get rid of the brown spots to obtain the clear complexion they have always wanted. However, understanding the cause of the pigmentation is most important in achieving the desired outcomes. Pigmentation is characterised by the darkening of an area of skin caused by the overproduction of melanin. The causes, however, can be quite varied.

Causes of Hyperpigmentation

The sun is the biggest cause of hyperpigmentation. UV directly stimulates the over-production of melanin. Melanin acts as your skin’s natural sun protection against harmful UV rays but in excessive sun exposure this process is disrupted as leads to hyperpigmentation. These pigment spots and age spots tend to appear mainly on body parts that are frequently exposed to the sun such as face, hands and arms.

Melasma or Choasma is often referred to as the “pregnancy mask” and can affect up to 90% of pregnant people. It occurs as a result of hormonal influences such as birth control pills and pregnancy and tends to appear on the cheeks in patches and the outer aspects of the face such as the sides of the forehead. Oestrogen and progesterone can cause the overproduction of melanin when the skin is exposed to the sun. Certain cosmetics, such as perfume, deodorants and toiletries can cause a phototoxic reaction that triggers melasma which may persist long term.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when a skin injury or trauma heals and leaves a darkened discolouration behind. Inflammation such as acne, eczema, allergies, or injury or trauma to the skin cause a release of inflammatory cells that in turn stimulate melanocytes to produce more pigment. Severe inflammation can disrupt the bottom layer of the epidermis which can lead to pigment becoming trapped in the dermis. This results in a more resistant pigmentation and can be harder to treat.

Hyperpigmentation is also a side effect of certain illnesses such as autoimmune and gastrointestinal diseases, hemochromatosis, metabolic disorders and vitamin deficiencies. Medications such as chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, antimalarial and anti-seizure drugs can also be a trigger of pigment.

Treatment options

Here at complete skin we offer a few different options for treating pigmentation. A thorough consultation is required to understand the cause of the pigmentation and try to alleviate that problem first if possible. IPL Laser (photo facial) is a fantastic way to blast stubborn pigment and bring it to the surface of the skin, after which it exfoliates off in 7-10 days. Normally three treatments are required. The skin may feel hot for a few hours after the treatment and any pigmentation will darken over the next few days. Otherwise there is no significant downtime. Complete pigment peel combines the powerful skin renewal and clarifying action of clinical strength alpha and beta hydroxyl acids to lift away the accumulated layers of dull, discoloured skin. It’s the gentler treatment option with little  to no downtime. Skin may flake for up to 2-4 days after. Topical retinol serums are also a fantastic way to help lighten the skin and encourage cellular turnover.  We also offer Complete pigment serum, which contains tyrostat, a skin lightening ingredient which is responsible for preventing new pigment from forming. Finally, I cannot recommend sunscreen enough. For every Envirostat SPF 50 sold this summer, we will be donating $10 to the Amie St Clair melanoma trust. Call us today to discuss the best treatment option for you.

Ruth Gorman (RN).

Chemical V’s Physical Sunscreen

Posted on October 06 2017

Chemical V’s Physical Sunscreen

People always ask us what is the best sunscreen to use? This is an ongoing debate which I will try to make clear and allow you to make the best decision for your skin type. Let’s begin with the types of sunscreen available: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens create a barrier between the skin and the sun. This type of sunscreen isn’t absorbed into the skin, but remains on the surface instead and reflects the UVA and UVB rays away from the skin. The two most common ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Physical sunscreens are also known as broad spectrum. They are more suited for sensitive, rosacea or pigmented skin types. 

Chemical sunscreens actually penetrate the epidermis and dermis. These chemical blocks penetrate into the skin and help to absorb the UV rays like a sponge rather than reflect them. These chemical sunscreens are generally light-weight and found in cosmetics. They are not suited to sensitive, reactive skin types or people who have pigmentation already present from the sun as they create heat in the skin making the pigment stand out even more. Chemical sunscreens are most suited to an oily skin type due to the fact these products absorb into the skin and are less likely to slide off.  Here at Complete Skin we offer both a physical and chemical sunscreen. For this coming summer, we will be donating $10 from the sale of every envirostat 50 SPF to the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust. Our goal is to educate people on the importance of skin cancer prevention through the application of sunscreen. Please check out the link below to find out more about this worthy trust. 

http://www.amiestclairmelanoma.org.au/

Ruth Gorman (RN).

Double Chin Injections

Posted on September 08 2017

Double Chin Injections

Double chin injections and how they work?

Rapid advances in cosmetic science and technology is now putting non-surgical treatments within reach of everyday Australians. There are now treatments in Australia,  which only a few years ago seemed to be reserved for the Hollywood set or exclusively rich and famous.

One example of this new research and development, released onto the Australian market in March this year, has attracted plenty of media attention and enquiry from the public. The product treats one of the conditions which both men and women seem to loathe about their personal appearance– the double chin. Fullness under the chin or a “double chin” is a common concern for people of all ages. A study by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery revealed that more than 67 per cent of people are bothered by the fat or fullness under the chin, similar to the percentage of patients who are bothered by lines and wrinkles.

In March 2017 a revolutionary treatment for the double chin was released in Australia. However, it can be said this is the only non-surgical injectable treatment for the reduction of fullness under the chin that has undergone extensive clinical trials involving more than 2,600 patients worldwide.

Note: Australian Law does not allow for the public naming of the product that is used. 

The active ingredient in the double chin injections is synthesised deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the body, and helps absorb fat in food. When injected into the double chin area it permanently causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those fat cells cannot accumulate fat again. The treatment involves a series of injections under the skin which typically takes 20 minutes. Between 2-4 treatments should get the desired results.  As each individual is different, more or less vials per treatment may be required. As with all injectable treatments, side effects such as bruising, swelling, pain, numbness and tingling may be experienced. It is strongly advised to have this treatment done by a trained professional under medical supervision.

We are here to answer any questions you may have, call the clinic today and take the first step to a more defined jaw line.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Posted on July 26 2017

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is becoming increasingly common in the cosmetic world for full skin rejuvenation, acne scarring, stretch mark reduction and the regeneration of damaged tissue. It works by stimulating the body’s healing process by delivering a patient’s own plasma directly into the affected tissues. 

What is PRP?

Blood consists of four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Platelet-Rich Plasma is abundant in growth factors essential for cell regeneration and wound healing. It has been used by doctors for years to accelerate wound healing and repair ligament, cartilage, tendon, joint damage, osteoarthritis and more. It is often used to combat pain associated with injuries that have not responded by other measures. In the cosmetic industry, PRP is used for stimulating collagen, acne scarring, dark circles under the eyes, fine line reduction, reducing the severity of stretch marks and successfully treating thinning hair, in particular male pattern baldness. It works by delivering concentrated growth factor cells to the injured site, stimulating a wound healing process. Usually arteries will deliver platelets immediately to injured tissue to stimulate cell regeneration. Where there is a limited supply such as tendons, muscles, ligaments and so forth, injecting platelet rich plasma directly to the site can significantly increase the healing cascade.

How is it done?

Blood is taken from the patient in a simple blood test (15-30mls depending on area being treated). Using a centrifuge, the platelets are separated from the blood and are then collected and re-injected into the treatment area of choice. In the beauty world, this treatment has been nick-named “the vampire facial” made famous by Kim Kardashian. 

Post treatment

Patients may expect some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment, heat and flushing (due to the activation of platelets), bruising and minimal pain. Usually patients require two to three treatments based four weeks apart but some patients respond well and notice a difference after one treatment. Collagen production can take up to three months to occur and results differ depending on the patient. 

Why can’t I have PRP?

Like a lot of cosmetic procedures, ladies who are pregnant or breast-feeding are not suitable for the treatment. Patients on anticoagulant therapy are not advised to undergo the treatment, patients with an autoimmune disorder, cancer or surgery/implants in the affected area. At Complete Skin, we will take into account your past and present medical history including any past cosmetic procedures to determine your suitability.

We are excited to be performing such an innovative procedure at Complete Skin and encourage you to take the first step to full skin rejuvenation today. Call us on 6925 0788 or book online for a free consultation. 

 

 

What does fractional laser do for the skin?

Posted on April 12 2017

What does fractional laser do for the skin?
What does fractional laser do for the skin?

You might have heard of friends having laser for fine lines, age spots, skin rejuvenation and much more and wondered, ‘how does laser achieve this?’ I often have people come to the clinic seeking a fresher, more radiant look, for which I will suggest a course of fractional laser. Let me explain exactly what it can do for you. First of all, there are two types of fractional laser; non-ablative and ablative.

Non- ablative skin-rejuvenating laser improves the appearance of age spots, sun damage, fine lines, and minor scars by creating heat in the skin through tiny micro-beams of energy. By depositing heat into the dermis, it stimulates collagen remodeling and tightens the skin. By using a fractional approach, it means only parts of the skin are affected by the laser which reduces recovery time. Surrounding tissue is unaffected. Healthier new skin grows and replaces the old damaged and wrinkled skin.  The effects are gradual and dermal collagen remodeling will continue even after the last treatment. Skin texture will improve, fine lines reduced and even pores appear less visible.

There is little to no down time with the non-ablative fractional laser. You may experience a hot sensation and have some slight swelling but you can resume normal activities the next day. The procedure generally takes about 35 minutes. Best results are achieved with the minimum of three to six treatments.

Fractional ablative laser is a more intense treatment, which involves removing the top layers of the skin, which also stimulates collagen production and skin tightening from within.  It offers the same results in a single treatment but requires further precautions to be taken post-procedure.  Ablative laser resurfacing is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for improving ageing skin available today.

Here at Complete Skin we offer both types of laser skin resurfacing. Come in for a free skin consultation so we can advise you on the best course of treatment.

Ruth Gorman (RN).

The difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.

Posted on March 17 2017

The difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.

What is the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers?

A question I get asked in the clinic every day is “what’s the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and fillers?” There is a common misconception that having anything injected in your face results in lips that resemble a reaction to a bee sting and a somewhat emotionless expression even when you’re utterly surprised. Let me try and put those myths into perspective by explaining where exactly anti-wrinkles and dermal fillers are used. Hopefully it will help you understand that controlling those nasty wrinkles does not mean you can no longer show emotion again.  

Before I begin, it is important to understand that there are two types of facial lines – dynamic and static. Each is the result of a different action and requires a different approach for optimal treatment. Repetitive muscle movements such as squinting, frowning and smiling cause dynamic lines. These lines are generally present on the forehead, between the eyebrows and the crow’s feet. Static lines occur when we lose collagen, elastin, fat and subsequently the skin becomes more lax.  Diet, genetics, smoking, and skin care play a huge part in the contribution to these lines. Static lines are often seen along the cheek, neck, and around the mouth. Dynamic wrinkle treatment requires a muscle relaxant to help stop muscle contraction and therefore soften the lines of expression. However, static lines require a dermal filler to essentially fill out the gaps were the wrinkles have formed and give structure back to the face where the ageing process has taken its toll.

Muscle relaxants

Muscle relaxants consist of a natural purified protein that is used to relax facial muscles that causes lines and wrinkles. They work by temporarily freezing the action of the muscle and preventing it from contracting.  This in turn prevents new wrinkles from forming which makes it a common preventative treatment in skincare today.  Muscle relaxants last anywhere from eight weeks to four months, depending on the area being treated.

Dermal fillers

Before you ask, no, it’s not silicon. Our dermal fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in skin, muscles and tendons. It is essential for maintaining internal hydration.  Fillers are used to restore volume to the skin, giving people a more youthful appearance.  Dermal fillers generally last from nine months to two years, depending on the area of injection. They are also used in lip augmentation where they can achieve more definition and not just the luscious lips that go with the stigma of their name. 

Our goal at Complete Skin is to enhance your natural features and not make people in the street wonder if you had work done. Come in for a consultation and let me help you take the next step.

Ruth Gorman (RN).

Vitamin A & Ageing Skin

Posted on March 17 2017

Vitamin A & Ageing Skin

As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin, which means those 'high traffic' areas of the face (like the eyes and mouth) are especially prone to lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis - where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are - reducing wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A breaks down the intra-cellular glue that holds the skin cells together, resulting in cell renewal and a quicker cell turnover. It is one of our gold standard serums for ageing skin.

Vitamin A:

-Exfoliates the skin giving it a more even and toned appearance

-Decreases sebum production, meaning it is excellent for oily and blemish prone skin. It also  reduces enlarged pores

-Helps to reduce the symptoms of rosacea by normalising blood flow

-Reduces brown spots and pigmentation

-Encourages skin renewal to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

-Promotes a healthy cellular membrane

At Complete Skin we offer five different strengths of vitamin A. Come in for a free consultation and one of our staff members can advise on the best option for you.

Ruth Gorman (RN).

Why a chemical peel?

Posted on February 27 2017

Why a chemical peel?

Many people come to the clinic for a simple skin consultation and when I suggest a chemical peel, I seem to trigger a fight or flight response. People tend to think “Won't that leave me red, burning, or flaking?” The answer is "not particularly".  Let me explain the different types we offer and what exactly they can do for your skin.

Chemical peels are a fantastic way to refresh the skin when it’s feeling dull and lacking lustre. They are used to help even out skin tone, fade pigmentation, treat sun damage, dehydration and improve fine lines.  Depending on your main concern we will advise you on the best option and strength of peel you may require to achieve optimum results.

Light peels

These are the mildest peel that can be performed. These peels come in the form of different peeling types– glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid. They exfoliate the outer layer of the skin to even out the skins texture, refine the pores and reduce the appearance of pigmentation. They do not penetrate the skin deeply but more so aid in surface imperfections. They are pain free and cause little or no flaking which make them a great choice for a lunch time treat to regain that refreshed and healthy glow.

Medium peels

Medium depth peels are slightly more active peels which in some cases can cause some visible peeling or flaking. They are used to treat moderate sun damage, diminish fine lines, lighten pigment and refine enlarged pores but at a more deeper level.

Don’t let the term ‘chemical peel’ deter you from having a facial treatment. Your skin will feel amazing, refreshed and hydrated with little or no downtime. Come into the clinic and let us advise you on the best treatment options for your skin.

Ruth Gorman (RN).

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