Look, you won’t find anyone who loves active skincare as much as us. All of those lovely, resurfacing serums that reduce the appearance of large pores, fade dark spots and soften fine lines and wrinkles. AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliants. They work gently to break bonds on the skin’s surface, allowing dead skin cells to be removed without a manual scrub.
Up until your early-30s, your cells turn over every 28 days, creating a fresh layer of untouched, pristine skin. But after you hit your mid-30s, cell regeneration slows down, turning over every 50, 60, or 70 days. Slower cell regeneration is what causes your face to look dry, dull and wrinkled.
How active skincare works
Retinol sinks into your skin and speeds up cell turnover, causing your body to churn out fresher, smoother skin again. It essentially tricks your body into thinking it’s younger than it is, effectively creating a real-life Benjamin Button scenario.
Although alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) facial treatments and retinoids keep your skin clear and glowing, these products can be irritating during the summer months.
Experts recommend lightening up on products that can be sun-sensitising, like glycolic/AHA and retinoids, especially under our harsh Australian sun.
If you’re a long-time user, and don’t already, switch to only wearing actives at night, or even every other night.
Why you need SPF
We know we don’t have to say it, but use sun protection. All year round. Should you have downgraded your SPF (or even worse, not used one) in the winter, then now is certainly the time to go back to daily SPF.
We have a few excellent ones from UltraCeuticals and HydroPeptide which offer broad-spectrum sun protection and non-greasy formulations to ensure your carefully applied face doesn’t end up sliding down come noon. Both SPFs also come in a tinted option, which is a great low-maintenance summer look.
Pop in today to check them out, or check our wares online.
Glenrose Beauty Gallery online shop is live! You’ve spoken, we’ve listened and we’re excited to announce you can now shop online easily, with our top-selling brands and products right here on our website.
“We’re delighted to offer this service to our clients,” says Mary Mastroianni, lead clinician and Glenrose Beauty manager. “While nothing is quite the same as seeing our gorgeous clients face to face, we love that their favourite products are available to them at the click of a button. Especially with Covid-19 restrictions, those who are immuno-compromised or just uncomfortable out in public can shop online and easily keep on top of their skincare regime. And we all need a bit of extra pampering these days!”
To celebrate, we’re offering 20% off all products for a limited time at our digi store – just enter LAUNCH20. Here’s some more information on the brands available, plus our favourite product from each. (We will be featuring more over the coming weeks, so watch this space!)
If you like your skincare to come with a side dose of seriously science-y research, Hydropeptide is the one for you. Founded by a bona fide Australian scientist, using the science of epigenetics and peptides to formulate results-driven, luxurious skincare. HydroPeptide’s team of geneticists formulate the products with powerful gene signalling ingredients, like peptides, that tell your skin cells to act in a healthy, gorgeous way.
Our favourite: Eye Authority Eye Cream, $120. A silky formulation that glides on and instantly brightens the eye area, reducing the look of expression lines, wrinkles and puffiness over time.
Originally developed in partnership with Cancer Research UK, Omnilux’s non-invasive LED technology is a favourite with the red-carpet set. Over 1,000 clinical studies have shown that phototherapy, the exposure of cells and tissue to low levels of visible or near infrared light, enhances skin at a cellular level, increases blood flow and increases collagen, elastin synthesis and cell proliferation.
Our favourite: Omnilux Contour Face, $949. We’ve treated in-salon with Omnilux for years, but love the idea of Contour Face – the first flexible and portable home-use mask that uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin tone and health.
Each person’s skin chemistry is different. That’s why Priori formulated its line of skincare products to respond to individual environment, nutrition and genetics. Packed with antioxidants, hyaluronics and natural ingredients such as turmeric actives, green tea, grapeseed and licorice, Prior products are perfect if you’re not quite sure what you need in your skincare routine, but definitely want it to replenish, hydrate, protect and repair.
Our favourite: LCA fx110 Gentle Cleanser, $55. Rich and complex, this gentle facial cleanser is perfectly suited for all skin types including the most sensitive. A soothing gel texture calms and repairs skin while LCA Complex perfectly smooths the surface of your skin – great for under makeup – and protects it from daily environmental damage.
Collagen is the second most abundant substance in our body after water and is the building block of our tissues, making up 75% of our skin, over 90% of our ligaments and tendons and 35% of our bones, not to mention our hair, nails and cartilage. So it stands to reason as we lose it – over half by our 50s – we should try and put it back in. Vida Glow developed an all natural pure marine collagen, derived from the scales and skin of ocean fish.
Our favourite: Original Marine Collagen, $59.95. A carefully curated ingestible blend featuring native Australian superfoods, sustainably sourced marine collagen and bioactive plant compounds to boost both collagen levels and production.
Don’t forget, shop online and receive 20% off with the LAUNCH20 code, so check it out now!