Meet Dr Sarah Freilich | Cosmetic Doctor at Glenrose Beauty Gallery

Meet Dr Sarah Freilich | Cosmetic Doctor at Glenrose Beauty Gallery

A bit about Dr Sarah Freilich…

“I’ve worked in the industry for 15 years. I became interested in cosmetic injectables because I loved that a minimally invasive procedure could make women feel fresher, less tired and better about themselves without going under the knife. I also felt there was a need for more people in the industry to do cosmetic injectables in a soft, subtle way without the approach that ‘bigger is better’. From a personal perspective, it’s an industry that plays to my strengths – I have a steady hand!”

 

Most popular treatment

“The most popular treatment is probably still botulinum toxin injections. We aren’t allowed to name the brands due to TGA rules, but reducing frowns and crow’s feet is still the most popular request I get.”

 

Dr Sarah Freilich’s favourite treatment

“I love an immediate result, and with dermal fillers you get that instant gratification – botulinum toxin takes a few days to work. My favourite treatment is cheek fillers, as it provides an instant lift to the lower face; a little bit of projection along the cheekbone giving radiance straight away. 

 

What she gets done herself:

“‘A shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot’; likewise, I don’t do my own injectables as much as I’d like to. I certainly have botulinum toxin in my crow’s feet and frown lines, but wear a fringe so don’t do my forehead. I also pop some dermal filler into my cheeks to give me a bit of lift. I have had filler in my lips before but don’t like to overdo it because I’m a big fan of the natural, fresh look. 

 

Exciting developments in the industry

Right now I’m pretty pumped about the new dermal filler I’ve been using which has an added antioxidant in it. That’s an exciting development to dermal fillers! I’m also excited about using polydioxonone threads (PDO threads). They’re minimally invasive and take a bit of time to see the full effects but make the skin more taut and firmer, with minimal downtime. 

To experience first hand the steady hands and magic fingers of Dr Sarah Freilich, book in for your next injectable with our resident cosmetic doctor. 

Winter skin care | 6 changes you need to make to your skincare routine

Winter skin care | 6 changes you need to make to your skincare routine

Heaters, hot showers, biting winds – your skin takes a battering during the colder months, which means it may look quite different too. A winter skin care change-up is required. Often skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dry and chapped lips and acne flare up when the days get shorter, and it can feel like a beauty sucker punch after the glowy gorgeous skin you flaunted last summer. 

Unfortunately, that skincare routine you had nailed down won’t be serving you so well now that the weather’s turned. Lightweight serums and moisturisers are out; time to bring in creamy cleansers, face oils and rich, nourishing creams – as well as hydrating, vitamin infused facials and treatments perfect to repair the sun’s damage and shore up your skin against the winter, um, damage. 

Cut down on shower time and temperature

While winter weather might sound like the optimal time for a long, hot bath, try to resist the urge. Prolonged contact with hot water can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving you even drier than you were before. Take brief lukewarm showers once per day, and immediately afterwards, while your skin is damp, apply rich moisturisers to lock in hydration. You should use enough to leave the skin feeling well hydrated, which means you may need to apply more than you do in summer months.

Switch from lotion-based moisturiser to a cream

The cardinal rule of winter skincare is keeping skin hydrated. A lighter lotion may have been enough to satisfy your skin in summer, but that’s not an extended guarantee into colder weather. Humectants (such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin) are low molecular weight substances that extract water from the air and into the skin. Emollients usually come in the form of creams and lotions that help in skin barrier function. And occlusives are oils and waxes that form a layer on the skin and physically block water from escaping. A great skincare routine involves all three, leading us to…

Layer your skincare

Think of your skincare application like outerwear for your skin: Just like you need to layer your clothing to keep your body warm in the cooler months, your skin needs the same to prevent overdrying. A good rule of thumb is to layer lightest to heaviest (serums first, facial oils second, moisturiser third). Some hot ingredients you should look out for in the cold are ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, bakuchiol and botanical oils. When used in conjunction, they can soothe inflammation, restore hydration and strengthen the skin barrier. And don’t forget the SPF, which yes, you do need during winter.

Repair sun damage

The absolute best time to address any pigmentation and sun damage is now, nailing those sunspots, freckles and melasma moustache before our supersonic sun has the chance to dial them back up. Cosmelan Depigmenting is a professional depigmentation method which has an intensive corrective effect on skin hyperpigmentation whilst regulating the overproduction of melanin in the melanocytes, inhibiting, and controlling the appearance of new dark spots. As it’s a peel treatment, your skin is extra sensitive to sunlight, which means slathering on the SPF50, and staying out of the sun – much easier to do this time of year than when the pool and pina colada crew are calling. 

Get some light

Omnilux light therapy is a two-trick pony. Not only does all that delicious light plump and rehydrates tired, knackered skin, studies show red light can also help you sleep. The lack of natural light (shorter days, longer nights) in the winter means our circadian rhythms become out of whack, and we tend to need more, good quality sleep. 

Use a sleep mask 

Not that we needed any excuse to apply a face mask, but if you haven’t started yet, winter is the best time to do it. The world of skincare masks is pretty extensive, but don’t sleep—or do—on overnight masks. Designed to be the final step of your nighttime skin regimen, overnight masks help lock in all those serums, creams, and oils that were applied before.

Studies show that sleep is the most important time for cell reparation, and nightly regimens help skin restore, repair and rejuvenate from daily damage. Hydropeptide Hydro-Lock Sleep Mask blankets the contours of skin with a layer of intense, restorative hydration. Luxe ingredients like HydrO18 activated water, licorice root and royal jelly peptides go to work restoring balance and radiance to the skin while you sleep. Perfect for dry, dehydrated, dull skin – basically all of us right now.

Laser hair removal | The best in pain free and fast hair removal

Laser hair removal | The best in pain free and fast hair removal

We may all be bundled up in coats and boots, but laser hair removal is best considered in the winter months. Being smooth and razor free is the ultimate summer accessory, making pulling on those cut-off shorts or two-piece a no-brainer. 

Laser hair removal has suffered a bad reputation in the past: painful, short term, ineffective for blondes… no longer. Introducing the Candela GentleMax Pro. 

The Candela GentleMax Pro – the industry gold standard

The GentleMax Pro is a single consolidated system that delivers a range of treatments. The dual wavelength laser platform combines the fastest and most powerful 755 nm Alexandrite laser with the 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser. Impressed? We are. Basically, what it means is a wavelength of high energy light emitted by the laser is converted to heat energy and this damages the specific target area – in this case, hair. It can treat the whole body, from sensitive areas on the face such as upper lip and chin, to shoulders, back, stomach, underarm and of course bikini lines and legs. 

What can I expect from laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal needs multiple sessions (3 to 6 sessions or more) for permanent hair removal. The number of sessions depends on the area of the body being treated, skin colour, coarseness of hair, underlying conditions such as polycystic ovaries and sex.

It’s generally recommended waiting from three to eight weeks between laser sessions for hair removal. Depending on the area, the skin will remain completely clean and smooth for around 6 to 8 weeks after treatment; it is time for the next session when fine hairs start to grow again.

Glenrose Beauty is offering 50% off laser hair removal when you buy six or more sessions. Start your hair free journey today.

What is Microneedling or skin needling? 

What is Microneedling or skin needling? 

So many cosmetic procedures, like microneedling, are non-invasive, require no downtime and deliver such impressive results that it’s hard to find a reason not to try them. 

Microneedling, or skin needling, is a procedure that uses tiny needles to puncture the skin. Sounds scary, but it’s not. If you’ve ever had acupuncture you’ll know that super fine needles mean hardly any pain at all. And the benefits are so glowy, it’s all worth it. 

Why try microneedling?

Well, for two reasons: Firstly, the pinpricks create mini ‘injuries’ on the skin, which cause your body to kickstart the skin’s healing mode. In technical terms, this leads to the generation of growth factors which stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the papillary layer of the dermis. In layman’s terms, this means plumper, more youthful skin. Secondly, those ‘holes’ made by the needles create micro-channels that allow your skin care formulas to absorb into the skin more effectively and penetrate more deeply. Read: your skin care works better, faster.

Skin needling results

Microneedling is no one-trick pony. It produces similar results to dermabrasion, lasers and deep chemical peels, but is much less invasive. Also, because skin needling stimulates the production of collagen, it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines (pores, too), as well as improves skin sagging.

Then there’s its ability to heal skin, which means it can help fade scars including acne scarring and stretch marks, while improving overall skin texture. 

What you can expect on the day

At the start of a microneedling treatment, a numbing cream is applied to the skin. This reduces the pain felt, although you will still experience some mild discomfort. Don’t worry, it’s definitely tolerable.

Next, the practitioner will work a Dermapen over the face to pierce tiny holes in the skin’s surface. The needles used are so fine and only puncture the outermost layers of skin, so bleeding is rare (but completely fine, should it occur). It only takes about 30 minutes to microneedle the whole face.

Post-treatment, you will very likely experience redness, similar to moderate sunburn, but this usually subsides within 24 hours. You will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 48 hours your skin will be completely healed. You may feel like going makeup-free for a while after your treatment – a) because it will give your skin a chance to breathe and heal, and reduces the risk of irritation if your skin is feeling a little sensitive, and b) once the benefits of microneedling kick in, your skin will look all glowy and bright that you won’t want to hide under a veil of foundation.

How much does it cost?

Not as much as you think, thanks to our awesome Mother’s Day offer – book in three needling sessions ($299 each), and get three free light sessions. Or buy a $150 or more gift voucher for Mum, and receive a free light voucher! Contact us today to find out more. 

DMK at-home skincare | Working together with your salon professional

DMK at-home skincare | Working together with your salon professional

Great skin care begins at home, particularly when used in conjunction with regular in-salon facials. DMK understands the importance of this two-pronged strategy, having developed its signature enzyme facials in conjunction with a prescriptive DMK at-home skincare range. Best of all, you can experience it first hand with our special deal: purchase three enzyme facials, and receive a free set of DMK at-home skincare products (valued at $120) tailored to your particular skin type.

Understanding enzymes

Enzymes are natural living substances in the body to regulate health. They also work with some minerals in the body to create a system of antioxidants to eliminate toxic free radicals. Enzymes should strengthen the skin’s structural integrity to make cells thrive and live healthily. With Enzyme Therapy, skin can be firmer, clearer, softer, and more responsive to other skincare treatments.

DMK’s Enzyme Therapy is aimed at creating a healthier venue for cells to keep them thriving and capable of generating healthy skin. According to DMK founder, Danné Montague, this therapy is effective because it goes deeper than the skin’s surface and works with the natural systems of the body. This way, Enzyme Treatment rebuilds the skin’s core strength to make it more vibrant and healthier.

With Enzyme Therapy, your skin’s function can be optimised as the treatment stimulates lymphatic drainage, oxygenation, and circulation to strengthen and tighten skin as collagen production is enhanced. It also encourages reverse osmosis to flush through the cells and clear away the free radicals and toxins, and increase free water levels to make skin youthful and bouncy.

DMK at-home skincare

DMK Skin Revision Home Prescriptive products are created based on decades of research, knowledge and experience to produce precise formulations. Each product is designed to work with specific internal functions of the skin by matching the body’s chemistry to work effectively in tangent with DMK professional treatments.

The masques, cleansers and exfoliants continue to remove dead cell material and toxins while the nutrient rich oils, serums and spritzes work to rebuild the skin’s structures and functions.

Everyday applying Home Prescriptives helps to protect the skin from the sun, free radicals and other environmental factors while they assist to maintain and prolong the results achieved in DMK professional treatments.

Acne prone skin

Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition of the hair follicle and its sebaceous gland in which dead cells block the follicle and trap bacteria and oil in the pore; forming pustules, cysts, blackheads, and scars. There is no single cause for acne to develop. It can be a genetic condition or triggered by internal/ external factors such as hormonal imbalances, stress, medications, and climate conditions. Not surprisingly, acne is often accompanied by low self-esteem, anxiety and depression amongst teenagers and adults.

DMK’s Deep Pore Cleanser, Herb & Mineral Mist, Protect, ACU Creme work together to help flush out embedded impurities, naturally toning and detoxifying the skin, and gently regulate cell turnover to return your skin to balanced harmony. 

Ageing skin

Ageing skin has different needs to your skin at other ages in your life. DMK’s Milk Cleanser is clinically proven to loosen debris deep within thThis milky cleanser is ideal for fragile, lipid-dry or reactive skin such as those prone to eczema or dermatitis. The botanical extracts help to nourish and soothe the skin.

Bookending the 4-step skincare routine, which also includes herb & Mineral Mist and Protect, is Biogen C Creme DMK’s ‘beauty in a flash’ crème, fantastic for people who want to look refreshed and youthful. Formulated using collagen boosting ingredients that help to improve the skin’s elasticity, it works to tone and tighten the skin. To help plump fine lines and smooth out wrinkles, Biogen C binds water to skin cells and increases overall hydration. Biogen C can also be used to strengthen weakened capillaries and calm skin under environmental stress.

Remember, great skin can be yours with a free set of DMK at-home skincare set when you purchase three DMK enzyme facials. Contact the salon to find a time that works for you, or go to our online booking system and book in today.

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.