Active skincare | “Are AHAs and retinols okay to use in the summer?”

Active skincare | “Are AHAs and retinols okay to use in the summer?”

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.

Shop online at Glenrose Beauty Gallery | The best in beauty, online!

Shop online at Glenrose Beauty Gallery | The best in beauty, 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 this month on all products at our digi store – just enter . 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, $40. 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. 


Vida Glow

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 for the month of January, so check it out now.

Zero downtime, maximum glow-up | 5 of the best party beauty treatments 

Zero downtime, maximum glow-up | 5 of the best party beauty treatments 

#1 Omnilux and Healite

An absolute favourite of all the party beauty treatments when it comes to celebs prepping for the red carpet. The Omnilux and Healite Therapy helps activate your skin’s natural renewal system to reverse the effects of aging, while restoring a younger and healthier appearance. The warming lights plump the deepest skin cell layers, stimulating collagen and elastin, resulting in instant and long-lasting radiance. 


#2 Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a bit like shaving your face, only it’s performed professionally and takes care of much more than peach fuzz. Number two on our party beauty treatments list might sound a little strange, but it’s a hugely popular pre-big-event treatment thanks to the fact that it gets rid of facial hair, can make your face feel baby soft, and gives you the ultimate smooth base for makeup application. 


#3 Lash lift

Unlike some party beauty treatments, this one’s easy to work out: a lash lift is exactly that. It lifts your lashes from the root to create a natural and subtle curl – like a perm for your lashes. It adds the illusion of length to your lashes, as well as making your eyes appear bigger. Silicone pads are placed onto your eyelids to mould the shape of your eyelashes. A bonding gel is then be used to grip your lashes onto the pad in an upwards and outwards direction. Following this, a perming solution, followed by a neutralizer and (finally) a lash conditioner will be put onto your lashes. Last step: a tint to finish off. 


#4 Spray tan

Good, old fake tan – the easiest way to go from zero to golden glow in a flash. Skip makeup on the day, and deodorant – both can act as barriers. Also decide how “deep” you would like to go, whether that’s a picture reference, or an occasion – say a week-long holiday or just the one big night. We’ll work our way down the body doing the front first and then your back, making sure there are no crease marks on knees, bums and knuckles. Bring loose, dark clothing and nothing that may rub the tan off. The guide colour of your tan will appear darker than the finished result, and will wash off in the first shower. 


#5 Eyebrow wax and tint

Brow maintenance can take off years, lack of sleep and even physical imperfections. It’s a great, non-invasive solution to brightening the face. If you feel you have small eyes, or they’re too far apart, a well-shaped brow can address that lack of symmetry. A wax and tint is the perfect way to finesse these frames to your face. 

Need to look your best for a special occasion? Or just need an end-of-year glow-up (and who doesn’t at the end of 2020??) We have all our treatments and practitioners listed in our handy online booking portal – we can’t wait to see you.


Skin and your lymphatic system | DMK lymphatic drainage

Skin and your lymphatic system | DMK lymphatic drainage

Think of lymphatic drainage like a waste management service for your body. The big-ticket player – that is, your heart – pumps oxygen- and protein-rich blood out through the arteries and into the body’s tissues and organs. The veins carry blood containing carbon dioxide, unused proteins and other waste products back to the heart. Around 90% of the blood gets sent back through the veins.

What is “lymph”?

So what about the other 10%? This stuff is lymph, the fluid component that leaks out into the body’s tissues through the very tiny blood vessels known as capillaries. 

Here is where your lymphatic system takes over, pushing the fluid out of the lymphatic capillaries and into larger lymphatic collector vessels. These sit just under the surface of your skin. When lymph builds up thanks to excess toxins – protein, waste, cellular debris, bacteria, viruses, excess fat (basically, the festive period) – it can result in puffiness, particularly around the eye and jawline. 

Lymphatic drainage massage

You can help your system out with a light lymphatic drainage facial, comprising light strokes starting at your forehead. From the centre of the face, ensure you’re always working in sweeping motions outwards. For each movement that you’re doing, you want to be draining outwards towards the lymph nodes which are found in the bottom front and behind the ears right down the back of the neck and right into just above the collarbone.

DMK Enzyme Therapy Treatments

Skin guru Danné Montague King is at the forefront of lymphatic drainage as a beauty elixir, pioneering his cult Signature Enzyme Treatment. It changes dead cell material into a weak acid and flushes it away (a process called enzyme hydrolysation) and brings new cells to the surface.

Over 40 years has been spent perfecting DMK’s signature Enzyme Therapy treatments, utilising the beneficial effects of transfer messenger enzymes. It encourages blood circulation, oxygenation and the lymphatic drainage system while simultaneously, through reverse osmosis, helping to flush away toxins and free radicals as well as stimulating collagen production. 

The result? Plump, hydrated skin; immediate, long-lasting results – with cheekbones even Keira Knightley would side eye. Check it out in action below, or even better, book in to experience it yourself.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal – where do we start……. It truly is the most amazing treatment to come to the beauty world.

It is by far the best investment, that you will put into your beauty maintance.

Who remembers good old waxing? Waiting for your hair to grow a certain length and then the pain, ouchhh.

Laser is so quick, with little to no pain, nothing compared to waxing.

You basically make sure you are clean shaven, with no tan, fake or real, fill out our laser form, then straight into the treatment room you go.

Once in the treatment room, your therapist will let you know a little more about how the laser works, you put some super cool eye wear to protect you from the light and in no time its basically over.

Laser treatment with Candela  Gentle Laser is pretty much pain free and super quick. The therapist will mark up your area and ask “how’s it feeling?” through out the treatment, with cold air blowing direct onto the area being treated, and eases any flicking feeling you may feel.

One treatment is done, the therapist may ask if you would like to apply “post treatment” cream, to ease any irritation, then get dressed, then book your next treatment. We recommend your next appointments happen monthly as time goes with your treatment you might get it pushed out to every 6 weeks (how awesome is that) in between each treatment. There’s no pulling, waxing or tanning, and as the hair grows, simply shave.

Our laser machine is the most up to date, latest and greatest offering you Super quick, pain free treatments. By the time you know it you will have NO HAIR growing back and still have a few sessions left to top up with to make sure hair is ALL GONE.

With summer around the corner, now is the time to get laser, so you can be hair free.

You will think “why didn’t I start this process sooner?”!!

Ask our therapists about our most competitive laser hair prices – which makes us Sydney’s Northern Beaches most trusted laser Hair therapists.

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