With pregnancy comes a whole new world of required knowledge. What can and can’t you eat or drink? What bras should you be wearing? What exercise are you ‘allowed’ to do? What preparatory classes should you be attending? How do you even look after a baby?? Literally, the list of questions goes on and on…
It’s a confusing old time, and can be quite frustrating trying to find the correct answers to many of your questions. At 28 weeks pregnant, I’ve had a lot of time to do a shed load of research/question asking, so over the next few months I will start sharing all of my knowledge with you, so you can use The Page as a ‘go-to’ for preggo related questions – and hopefully save you the hours of internet surfing that I’ve had to endure.
As a bit of a beauty obsessive, the whole issue of safety when it comes to certain skincare ingredients during pregnancy was one of the first things I wanted to find out about. Could I still get a bit of botox every now and then (the answer is no) and what lotions and potions could I use on my face and body?
First up, ditch the injectables – this is because not enough research has been done surrounding the effects of botox and fillers on unborn babies. It’s really not worth the risk, and actually it’s quite liberating to let it all go… try to focus on your inner health instead (eating right, drinking lots of water and exercising daily) and you’ll find you’ll radiate a new kind of beauty – the pregnancy glow. Plus you’ll save a shed load of money and the wrinkles that re-appear post the disappearing effects of botox are never as bad as you imagined they were to begin with. I’m actually undecided as to whether I’ll bother again after the baby is here (note while you’re breastfeeding the same skincare rules apply).
Admittedly for me, the healthy eating and exercise didn’t happen until I got past the morning sickness. Veggies and exercise were a no-go area until I was about 15 weeks, but that’s okay – just ride the wave, eat what you can stomach (orange juice, marmite on toast and skittles were all i could face) and know that you’ll get back on track just as soon as you feel a little better.
When it comes to skincare products, the main ingredients that seem to cause most concern during pregnancy are retinol (Vitamin A, which has quite amazing effects on the skin in terms of plumping and de-lining and helping with pigmentation) and salicylic acid (a brilliant beta hydroxy acid that helps tackle acne in a big, big way). Salicylic has been shown to cause growth problems and birth defects if taken in high dosages orally, and the same for Vitamin A.
That said, some experts and professionals say that these ingredients are perfectly safe at the (topically applied) levels you would see in shop-bought, non-prescription products. My own opinion? It’s not worth the risk. I’ve avoided both during my pregnancy, mainly because I think for the sake of 9 months, what are few extra fine lines or wrinkles between friends? Remember my mantra ‘let.it.goooo’.
I’m also a bit of anxious soul, and really can’t deal with any added stress, so worrying myself over the strength of an ingredient in a product is the last thing I need to be thinking about. That said, I have been lucky enough to experience blemish-free skin during my pregnancy but some women are, however, prone to acne and melasma as a result of hormonal changes. In this instance it’s best to seek advice and skincare guidance from the likes of Clearskincare Clinics Australia (nationwide), The Clinic in Sydney (see previous post on pregnancy friendly Blueberry peel as a pick-me up) or the Skin & Injecting Clinic on behalf of Dr Bryan C Mendelson in Melbourne.
Regular facials may be required to help keep skin as clear as possible and ingredient recommendations (from the research I have done) suggest using niacinamide or Vitamin B3 (5%) and azelaic acid (15 or 20%) for breakout prone skin or Vitamin C’s and Alpha hydroxy acids for pigmentation-prone skin – all safe for pregnancy.
As a final note, quit with the aerosols as these contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and artificial fragrances, which aren’t good for you or your baby especially when used indoors as they can cause VOCs to build up. AND if you change nothing else about your routine during pregnancy, add a daily sunscreen into the mix – it’s SO, SO important. As many as 40% of women develop melasma or the mask of pregnancy and something as simple as using a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide properly on a daily basis can prevent it. Skin is much more sensitive to the sun during pregnancy, so staying out of it or covering up is key.
Another skin related problem to bear in mind are stretchmarks. Stretchmarks affect as many as 90% of women during pregnancy. As someone who already has a few from my early years I was expecting to get these, although I haven’t seen any yet. Apparently, however they are most likely to form during the last few months when you do the most belly growing so in preparation I’m being very generous with oils and creams, all of which I’ve listed below.
My go brand during pregnancy has been Dermalogica for my face and Sukin for my body – I have resolute trust in both brands and their products.
I also loved the fact I was able to book in for face mapping skin analysis and thorough 60 minute treatment with Dermalogica to get an idea of my problem areas and what was needed and why – head here to find your nearest store and consultant.
Back in July, I completed a series of four Factor 4 treatments at the highly regarded Skin & Injecting Clinic on behalf of Dr Bryan C Mendelson. It was an incredible experience, but before I divulge just how effective this treatment was for me, let’s remind ourselves exactly what Factor4 is.
Factor4, an autologous conditioning serum (ACS), is a highly concentrated and super-rich blood serum, extracted from the patient’s blood. It’s like liquid gold to look at and it contains four times more growth factors than any brand blood-rich injection product or treatment available on the market.
When used in conjunction with Medical Skin Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy), the area is treated with the body’s own potent growth factors. The result is faster healing and less down time.
Sometimes referred to as the Vampire Facial, the combination of Factor4 and Medical Skin Needling is powerful to say the least.
At the end of my last post I was a few weeks past my very first session with Dermal Clinician, Natasha Laouta. The reaction to my skin was surprising this early on. After a few intense days of redness and a little flaking, thanks to the Environ products provided as part of the treatment, my skin started to change dramatically and I still had three treatments to get through.
Heading into my second treatment, my nerves were steadier as I knew what to expect. The numbing cream was applied and I was in the chair ‘relaxing’ as Natasha took the Medical Skin Needling to the next level. Areas of concern like the open pores between my eyebrows and my concentration lines were focused on. I could feel the pressure, and it did result in a little bleeding, but it didn’t hurt.
Undergoing Factor4 in the cooler months is a blessing, if not an actual necessity. The fresh Melbourne air felt great on my warm post treatment skin as I left the clinic however by the morning, following use of the Environ products, the redness had significantly reduced.
Over the next four weeks I undertook two more Factor4 sessions (they can be done as closely as 5-7 days apart) with Natasha and each time she knew exactly the intensity required to achieve a good result. I always felt like I was in great hands. This combined with professional skin care products and the right medical make-up got me through the sessions with ease.
According to Natasha, results are at their best at five to six months post treatment, which is where I am right now, and I have to say I agree. My skin feels soft and smooth and the tone is still improving; glowing skin is not as hard to achieve as it was 12 months ago. In fact, I am no longer afraid to leave the house without makeup and I probably do it more now than I have in the past decade.
So, has turning back the clock made me want to throw in the routine and go to bed with my make up on like years gone by? Absolutely not! At home I now use a dermal roller and have stuck religiously to the Environ skincare routine Natasha started me on. In addition, there are maintenance programs of top up treatments at six months and annual boosters that I can take advantage of to continually improve my skin.
The Factor4 verdict
Overall, I would highly recommend Factor4 combined with Medical Skin Needling to anyone wanting to bring their skin back to peak condition. In fact, I would say don’t hesitate. So successful has been my treatment that a few friends and family are now planning their own visit to the Skin & Injecting Clinic for Factor4 treatments.
I honestly feel like I have discovered a treatment like no other in terms of results and wish to thank the Skin & Injecting Clinic, under the direction of on behalf of Dr Bryan C Mendelson, for such superb service and attention.
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#Article Source: http://www.the-page.com.au/beauty/diary-factor4-treatment-part-2/
Hmmm, I usually love an infusion of sorts… tea infusions, alcoholic beverage infusions, (not necessarily blood infusions lol) but I have to say I’ve never heard of a dermal infusion. However, I’m always interested in anything Dr Bryan Mendelson’s Skin & Injecting Clinic is doing, and dermal infusions is where it’s at. Let’s check it out.
What is a Dermal Infusion?
Most of us have heard of a peel, or Chemical peel… so a dermal infusion is best described as a peel of sorts, but much more effective and without the Chemical part! It is a skin nourishing treatment that encourages the growth of new skin cells and expels any nasties that might be hiding. Like a super exfoliation but with so many more benefits. It generates collagen by delivering several active ingredients, including Vitamin A which is one of the best anti-ageing ingredients we can feed our skin, into your dermis layer where it counts. As well as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and full of antioxidants it is said to help with acne, ageing, rosacea, age spots and hyperpigmentation, as well as generally increasing the health of your skin and giving it a radiant glow and more youthful appearance.
Natasha Laouta, Dermal Clinician from Dr Mendelson’s Skin & Injecting Clinic says, “Dermal infusion is gentle on the skin but has a powerful proven ability to correct ageing, rosacea, pigmentation and other conditions. It works by infusing the skin with specific vitamins and nutrients to help it function optimally.”
As well as all of this, this awesome new, natural treatment is said to:
Working with Nature
I love the idea of more natural treatments. Working with what nature provides has got to be much kinder to our skin, and ultimately provide more natural looking and overall pleasing results. I think we’re only just figuring out how to harness nature’s goodies for our skin and appearance and combine it with the latest technology to actually fuse it with our bodies and regenerate our appearances in a more natural and organic method. Dermal infusion certainly does this and this treatment, for me, has got to be the most interesting concepts of 2017.
If you’re looking for something to revitalise your skin, turn back the clock a little and have you feeling fab over summer, phone Natasha at Dr Mendelson’s Skin & Injecting Clinic on (03) 9826 0977.
#Article Source: https://www.plasticsurgeryhub.com.au/dermal-infusion/
Summertime usually means social time. There’s the parties, the gatherings, Christmas, New Years Eve, time off work, catching up with friends new and old… Internationally renowned Plastic Surgeon, Dr Bryan Mendelson, and his Skin & Injecting Clinic in Melbourne are always at the forefront of the latest and most effective skin rejuvenation practices and we’ve heard their latest intensive skin treatment is absolutely amazing.
The Mendelson Medi-Facial is said to be the ultimate rejuvenation treatment for skin and was created specifically for their clients by their in-house Dermal Clinician, Natasha Laouta, who has over 18 years of experience and typical of Dr Mendelson and his staff, is one of the best in the industry.
The Mendelson Medi-FacialA six step, intensive treatment, it is specifically designed to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin. “The Mendelson Medi-Facial nourishes, hydrates and refreshes the skin, ultimately restoring its suppleness while minimising wrinkles, brightening pigmentation and stimulating tissue repair,” says Natasha.
Six StepsThe six steps include: cleansing to remove skin impurities, dirt and oil; a superfruit enzyme exfoliator to smooth, calm and soften the skin; deep thermal cleansing; oxygenation mask; LED light therapy, and; a peptide infusion gel mask with a unique formula of peptides, stem cells and anti-ageing ingredients. These all work together to ultimately exfoliate and increase hydration, minimise fine lines and wrinkles and give the skin a smoothness, softness and noticeably healthier glow.
Not only this, but Natasha tells us that the Mendelson Medi-Facial comes with a gentle pressure point scalp and face massage (sign me up!) to create a 90 minute relaxing and rejuvenating experience that will have you walking out of there feeling as though you have a new face!
We are told that the Mendelson Medi-Facial is also recommended to have with other add-ons if you wish to get even better results. Natasha says, “a Lactic Peel, Hydrodermabrasion and Comedone/milia extraction all complement the Medi-Facial and also add extra relaxation and refreshment to the overall experience.”
I don’t know about any of you, but if I was in Melbourne right now I’d be booking in for one tomorrow!
If you’d like to find out more about the Mendelson Medi-Facial visit Dr Mendelson’s Facebook Page or their website https://bmendelson.com.au/. To make a booking phone the clinic on (03) 9826 0977.
#Article Source: https://www.plasticsurgeryhub.com.au/mendelson-medi-facial/
If you’re looking for the ideal skin preparation to kick off the new season and all the social events that come with it, the new Mendelson Medi-Facial is everything you’re after and more.
Created in-house by Dermal Clinician, Natasha Laouta from the Skin & Injecting Clinic on behalf of Dr Bryan C Mendelson, the medi-facial is a six-step, intensive treatment that incorporates the following:
A gentle, antioxidant rich cleanser
I’d heard that peptide infusion makes the skin perfect for make-up application and, following the experience, I will definitely be going back on the regular; it was an unforgettable treatment.
The entire 90 minutes in Natasha’s chair was sublimely luxurious and, most notably, effective but there were a few moments for me that made it particularly impressive.
The oxygenating mask
After smoothing the mask on my face, Natasha carefully poured a catalyst solution on my chin, cheeks and forehead to activate the stabilised oxygen molecules (never fear, they do not cause free radicals), before softly blending in circles to create a chemical reaction, which resulted in a rich foam forming on the skin’s surface; it felt like I had a fluffy cloud on my face.
LED light therapy
Helping to renew the skin and restore its suppleness, for 12 glorious minutes I relaxed under the warm glow of my first LED light therapy experience. I could have stayed there forever. It was quite the treat.
Peptide infusion gel mask
With my face still warm from the LED light therapy, a cool peptide infusion gel mask was applied to my face in two sections.
The mask incorporates an innovative technology called Transdermal Cosmetic Delivery (TCD), which ensures key ingredients are activated by skin temperature.
By rapidly minimising dehydrated skin and improving the skin’s self-moisturising properties, the mask leaves the skin smooth and moisturised and promotes elasticity.
As I enjoyed the peptide infusion Natasha treated me to a pressure-point scalp massage, which was so relaxing it had me fighting off the urge to take a little nap.
Looking in the mirror after getting up from Natasha’s chair, the results were immediately visible – my skin was luminescent, polished and soft.
As I had hoped, my makeup application the following day was flawless – it was like my skin suddenly had its own in-built primer, making the treatment PERFECT for occasions like Spring Racing, weddings, Christmas parties and New Year’s celebrations.
The Mendelson Medi-Facial is a prescriptive facial and not currently featured on the Skin and Injecting Clinic’s website. To experience the facial, simply contact the clinic and book in an appointment with Natasha today.
*Disclosure – My Mendelson Medi-Facial treatment was kindly offered complimentary for review as an existing customer but this did not in any way influence my opinion on the results or experience.
#Article Source: http://www.the-page.com.au/beauty/the-mendelson-medi-facial-the-newest-intensive-spring-skin-treatment/