Nourish yourself from the inside out

We all know that beauty starts from the inside out, but most of us have resigned to the fact that our diets simply aren’t as clean or nutritious as they should be. Whether it’s a lack of one particular vitamin or mineral, a bit too much wine over the weekend or just a flat-out busy week with the kids and sport and school and simply making the wrong food choices on the fly; there is always more that we can be doing to nourish ourselves, treat ourselves right and build that truly healthy glow from the inside out.

Nourishing eating is one of the most talked-about concepts in the beauty industry. Making sure that the things you’re putting in your body are designed to truly make you feel well and support your skin goals. We spoke about how during winter we tend to eat more rich and nourishing foods, but that can extend into spring and summer with the right combination of foods. Think avocado for good fats, quinoa for magnesium and iron, pomegranate for a rich dose of Vitamin C and Miso for natural probiotics and a healthy gut. By choosing a great combination of foods to fuel you, you will not only feel better but increase the nutrients you’re consuming that your body needs to aid in renewal of your skin, digestion and better hair growth.

To accompany good, nourishing food, we recommend many of our clients look into adding some form of supplement to their diet. We have been working with the naturopaths at Miss Vitality for months in training and learning about their fantastic range - and of course, trying it out on ourselves - and we are astounded with the results. A cup of the Miss Vitality Clean Tea contains fantastic superfoods, detoxifying plants and a range of holistic wellness modalities to nourish your body, providing it with the support it needs to naturally give you that youthful glow and make you feel your best. This new range of organic, plant-based supplements, specifically designed to help you have better skin and feel better within yourself, is a game-changer for our skin transformation clients and we are loving seeing the results.

This spring at Museo we are encouraging you to live a Nourished Life with our Spring Offer.
Begin your experience in the Museo Day Spa with a luxurious foot soak in our relaxation lounge accompanied by cup of our favorite Miss Vitality Clean Tea to nourish you from the inside out. Transition into your spa suite to commence your complete body massage from head to toe with warmed oil, accompanied by incredible sound therapy from Tibetan Singing Bowls to ease stress and help with healing. Finish with a mini skin facial workout, designed to reveal silky smooth skin through the use of our Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate designed to combat dryness and dehydration with antioxidant action. Complete your experience with our seasonal nourishing food bowl to fuel you as you go about your day. Book in for this nourishing seasonal experience here.

We encourage you to think more carefully about what it is that you're putting into your body and what you can do to live a more nourishing life this spring. Speak to your skin specialty in clinic about the range of Miss Vitality products and how some of these supplements may help you to truly nourish yourself and transform your skin in the process. We can’t wait to see your beautiful new season glow!


WHY WINTER IS THE TIME TO TACKLE YOUR SKIN

Winter is a time to replenish and renew – we eat richer and more nourishing foods, sleep in later and take things a little slower. That means great things for the state of your skin, and now is the time to tackle those skin issues that seem to plague you year after year and really get on top of your most important asset.

 

Winter means less time in the sun for most people. Not only is the weather not conducive to staying outside for hours at a time (hello, Rainy Perth), but the sun is literally less harsh than it is in summer. That means less incidental damage to your skin, which gives us greater options for skin treatments that will really make a difference in the quality and appearance of your skin.

 

Treatments like chemical peels, IPL, skin needling and microdermabrasion all cause some changes to the skin – deliberately. By working on the skin surface and deeper dermally we force it to send more blood, lymph flow and healing power to the skin. Particularly with skin needling, growth factors are triggered, which are responsible for supporting the repair of damaged skin, making components that provide firmness and elasticity to the skin while helping to maintain the skin’s protective functions. Increasing cellular renewal is essential to maintain a healthy luminous looking skin and when fibroblasts are triggered through skin needling treatments, your skin activates these cells - building new collagen (which many of us older folk haven’t done for a long time), resulting in a more luminous glow, plumped skin, reduced lines and smoother overall appearance. These are the treatments of today and widely popular by those who have them because results speak for themselves.

Micropunctures are created using microneedles which produce a controlled skin injury without actually damaging the epidermis. These microinjuries lead to minimal superficial bleeding and set up a wound healing cascade with release of various growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor (PGF), transforming growth factor alpha and beta (TGF-α and TGF-β), connective tissue activating protein, connective tissue growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor (FGF). The needles also breakdown the old hardened scar strands and allow it to revascularize. Neovascularization and neocollagenesis is initiated by migration and proliferation of fibroblasts and laying down of intercellular matrix. A fibronectin matrix forms after 5 days of injury that determines the deposition of collagen resulting in skin tightening persisting for 5–7 years in the form of collagen III... Histological examination of the skin treated with 4 microneedling sessions 1 month apart shows upto 400% increase in collagen and elastin deposition at 6 months postoperatively, with a thickened stratum spinosum and normal rete ridges at 1 year postoperatively.Collagen fibre bundles appear to have a normal lattice pattern rather than parallel bundles as in scar tissue.
- "Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons" Aashim Singh and Savita Yadav"

However, your skin will go through some changes depending on its health and the skin goals we are working towards, so the process varies skin to skin and sometimes, with these changes, the new skin forming and moving to the surface whilst the dead skin is being eradicated means you can very easily get sunburnt in summer. That’s why we really don’t suggest having your most heavy skin resurfacing procedures done during the summer months - if you cannot ensure you can stay completely out of the sun, we don’t want to damage your beautiful new skin.

 

This makes winter the perfect time to tackle heavy treatments that will allow you to see significant results. By taking the time to plan your skin program or treatments during Winter you have the time for your skin to recover, giving you beautiful, luminous, clear skin that is ready to face the sun and UV rays come September. This is also true for IPL treatments if you’re keen to ditch the razor this summer. For those customers getting IPL for Hair Removal, not only do you protect the surface of the skin as you cover up more in winter, but it is easier to see how reduced your hair is as it grows back between 4-6 weekly IPL treatments without having to stay away from the beach or outside activities as you do when doing IPL in summer. Did you know that you can generally reduce most of your hair in your first 3 treatments? So if you get onto IPL for Hair Removal now you’ll be legs and bikini ready for summer!  Read more on IPL here.

Whether you’re getting IPL for Pigmentation, Vascular treatments or Hair removal, we encourage you to get your IPL treatments done this winter so that you have beautiful, smooth and the healthiest blemish free skin possible come summer.

 

This winter, treat yourself to beautiful skin with Museo. Our Winter Skin Offers have a little something for everyone, no matter whether you haven’t yet started on your journey to beautiful skin or really want to ramp it up this winter. With a mix of microdermabrasion, dermal peels and micro-needling treatments on offer, now is the time to invest in your skin and save with an ongoing course of treatments, designed to give you the skin you want.

Check out all of our Winter Skin Offers here or Treat yourself to a Winter Wind-Down here.

 

 


WINTER IS A TIME FOR RESTORATION

Winter truly is a time for restoration. We naturally spend more time in doors, eat richer and more nourishing foods and take things a little slower. It’s not just your mind and body that requires restoration at this time of the year however – it’s also your skin and your hair. With the harsh sun and the outdoorsy lifestyle gone for a few months, Winter is the time to make the serious changes to your skin and your hair.

 

SKIN

So, the cooler months is the time to get down to serious skin programming whether you’re planning your annual Winter series of maintenance peels (choose from a series of 3 or 6 peels) to ensure your skin stays in prime condition or you’re at the beginning stage of wanting to combat skin concerns and work towards your skin goals by initiating a series of micro skin needling or IPL treatments or perhaps even starting your own bespoke skin program with a mix of modalities suitable for your skin. Our treatments offer incredible transformations to the skin and by having them in winter any down time works well considering it is not beach weather and there are generally less social occasions in the winter period. For those of you wanting to start IPL hair removal, the winter clothes attire fits in perfectly with these treatments, particularly for leg hair removal as your legs are generally covered up in the cooler months adding a layer of protection from UVA and UVB rays. You do have to be really careful in summer having micro needling and IPL treatments, so there’s a lot less to think about in winter and you are less likely to suffer damage from the sun and reverse any of the good work done in clinic.

 

IPL for Hair removal can take a number of sessions to deliver that silky smooth skin we all want! Whether you’re getting IPL for Pigmentation, Vascular treatments or Hair removal, we encourage you to get your IPL treatments started as we lead into winter so that you will have reached your skin goals or be hair free by next Summer.  Book a skin or IPL consult today where you can ask us all the questions and have a good understanding of what can be achieved.

 

SPA

In Spa, winter sees a huge rise in warming body treatments. Whether it’s warm oil massages, aromatherapy soaks or whole-body scrubs, we love to indulge our clients in this time of restoration. Winter is a great time to treat yourself to a beautiful treatment in spa, then head home and snuggle up on the couch and just relax. A body brushing or scrub treatment encourages increased blood flow to aid in healing and skin firmness over your whole body, while a soak is an indulgent treat that can be accompanied by something more restorative, like aromatherapy or combined with any of our other body treatments. One of the best recommendations from our team of therapists is to book your soak or massage late in the day on either a Friday or Saturday afternoon so you can have your treatment and then head home to relax – hopefully with a glass of wine – and simply slip into the weekend. It’s an indulgent way to relax and restore your body and mind.

 

HAIR

The sun, ocean and swimming pools can have massive effects on our hair during the summer months and winter is the optimum time to restore and renew even the most damaged locks. Deep conditioning treatments allow you to deeply repair and strengthen the inner structure of the hair,  and so during winter, we recommend indulging in one of our intensive repair leave-in treatments or the Davines Circle Mask Ritual treatments that are clinically proven to remedy any hair issue. A scalp massage is another way to really help your hair recover – by directing more blood flow to the head through massage, you encourage healing in the hair follicle, meaning that the new hair growth is stronger and nutrient rich . Both of these treatments can be delivered alongside Skin Clinic or Day Spa treatments

 

This winter, indulge in the restorative powers of the Winter Wind Down. Choose from our two popular relaxation treatments, either the warming thermal massage or the thermal body brushing and mineral mud wrap. Either choice is then combined with a shampoo, scalp massage and style blow-dry to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated while leaving Museo looking absolutely restored. You can shop our Winter Wind Down as a gift for yourself or a treat for your favourite person here.

 

 


WHY ARE WE MULTI-MASKING?

We know that our skin is made up of different ‘zones’ – from those with oily T Zones to super dry cheeks or the area around your eyes that just ages and acts differently. We also know that different areas of our hair act differently – oily roots or dry split ends are a common problem for our clients.

 

But what are we doing to help resolve these issues? The answer should be Multi-Masking – and it applies to both your skin and your hair.

 

If you have watched anything in the beauty space for the past few years, you will have heard about multi-masking, or the technique of applying different masks to different areas of your face to treat different skin issues. One mask like the new Pevonia Bright Green Apple Mask down your T Zone that reduces visible pores and is balancing, oil controlling and mattifying  then on your cheeks a Pevonia Collagen Peptide Mask that plumps and hydrates and for those skins with pesky breakouts along the jaw and chin a Pevonia Pure Skin Charcoal Mask that has astringent properties works a treat. Speak to your in-spa therapist today about purchasing any of these products or what will offer you the best results for your skin. While this might sound like a lot of products, it’s really no different from applying a day moisturiser, a night moisturiser and an eye cream – but it can have dramatic results.

 

By treating each area of your face independently, you’re able to best tackle the individual areas, rather than applying a ‘one size fits all’ approach to your skin. It’s about being able to customise and personalise your mask for the results you want, and it ensures that your skin will look its best. Speak to any of our Museo skin therapists today about which take-home masking products across our Pevonia and O Cosmedics ranges will be best suited for your different skin and ageing concerns. We even have a mask you can sleep in overnight that doesn’t mess up your pillow and leaves you with a well-hydrated skin and more luminous skin to start the day. It is also an excellent addition to your home routine to give your skin a spruce-up prior to social functions.

 

Multi-masking is now also here for your hair, and available at Museo. Through the fabulous range from Davines, you can apply an oil-correcting mask to your roots, a smoothing mask to your mid lengths which are often prone to flyaways and a hydrating and repairing mask to your ends to stop breakage and give you smooth, touchable hair. The reason this multi-masking works is pretty simple – active ingredients present in each mask are what is needed to course correct particular issues. The Hyaluronicnic Acid found in ‘The Quick Fix Circle’ for instance won’t do a whole lot to your oily ends – but it binds to the hair structure and provides serious hydration that you need in your mid lengths and ends. Its about using the appropriate product for the right part of your hair.

 

 

Museo are now selling The Circle Chronicles by Davines in store, offering you the chance to see the great results of multi-masking for yourself. Whether it’s as an in-salon treatment or the cutest ever take home pouches, treat your hair to a good time and try multi-masking for yourself.  Treat yourself to a night in and a bit of multi-masking. Apply your masks to your face and your masks to your hair, run a bath and enjoy a glass of wine before you rinse everything off. Your face and your hair will thank you.

For recommendations on any products mentioned in this blog, speak to the team from Museo by calling (08) 9371 2299


DIAMOND MICRODERMABRASION VS. CRYSTAL MICRODERMABRASION

Not all Microdermabrasion was created equal. Microdermabrasion certainly isn’t the new kid on the skincare block, but when it’s combined with other treatments like chemical peels or hydrating masks, it can pack a serious punch and show significant results in your skin.

 

There is a real lack of information available for clients about the different kinds of microdermabrasion. We have often had guests come to Museo in Perth saying that they have had many series of microdermabrasion treatments in the past, but have only ever had one kind of microdermabrasion. The different kinds of microdermabrasion should really be used for different skin types and to achieve different results – so what options are open to you for microdermabrasion?

 

DIAMOND MICRODERMABRASION

Diamond Microdermabrasion is the most common type you will find in most beauticians and Spa’s. These treatments utilise a diamond-tipped want that is used to scratch or sand away the top level of the skin. The machine’s vacuum system then sucks away dirt, debris and dead skin cells. This is often the first option people are offered if they have never had microdermabrasion before as it is effective even on sensitive skins and gives a deep exfoliation. This is a fantastic treatment choice for younger clients with more supple skin or as a booster treatment just before a big event – like your wedding or birthday – to give you a real glow in your skin. It is, however, not as effective on irregular surfaces – like wrinkles and lines – as there are no crystals that fit the exact regularities of the skin.

 

CRYSTAL MICRODERMABRASION

Now we are getting into the serious stuff. Crystal Microdermabrasion is an ablative (meaning minimally invasive) procedure designed to remove the outer surface of the skin by means of force or friction. A crystal microdermabrasion treatment involves a hand-held device that propels a high-speed flow of aluminium oxide crystals at the skin. Think similar to sandblasting, while the vacuum system sucks away the dirt, dead skin cells and used crystals from the surface of your skin. The ablative nature can sound more extreme than it really is. Yes, it does remove the outer layer of skin but a slight reddening skin is all that occurs afterwards as well as a feeling like your kin has a little windburn. No downtime really and after a day or so the skin feels relatively back to normal and you can wear makeup the following day – not a problem. Aluminium oxide crystals are the most commonly used abrasive agent as they are one of the hardest minerals on the planet and its irregular crystal shape means that it can get into harder-to-reach crevices like wrinkles, lines and particularly in the lines of your face around the nose and mouth. Aluminum Oxide is also an inert material and it causes no allergic or adverse reactions. It is not toxic when ingested and is non-carcinogenic. Crystal microdermabrasion is going to be too strong for sensitive or young skins but achieves much more effective results on older or sun damaged skins that really need a push to see that same glowing, shiny result. Crystal Microdermabrasion will produce a deeper peel or exfoliation result than a Diamond Microdermabrasion treatment, making it a great solution if you’ve tried microdermabrasion before but want to see more significant results.

When we talk about Diamond Microdermabrasion vs. Crystal Microdermabrasion, we are talking about two different techniques designed to achieve the same result on different skin types. Crystal Microdermabrasion is more like sandblasting – serious clean for hard to reach areas, while Diamond Microdermabrasion can be compared to Sandpaper – best used on softer surfaces but will still deliver the goods. If you’re keen to try out either Crystal Microdermabrasion or Diamond Microdermabrasion, we are combining the treatments with our other great treatments as part of our Great Skin is The New Black package. This really is designed to give you your best ever skin, with a treatment combination that includes microdermabrasion, a vitamin-boosting dermal peel and hydrating mask, plus a few bonus extra’s thrown in. Don’t miss out on your chance to get GREAT skin, as there are a really limited number of these packs available. Call the Spa to book your appointment today.

 


Why you should book consecutive skincare treatments for the best results.

Why you should book consecutive skincare treatments for the best results.

 

Your skin goes through a lot. Whether it’s slathering makeup on and forgetting to take it off (we are all guilty here) or damage from the sun or a little too much wine on the weekends resulting in a dry mouth and dry skin the next day – we know your skin is suffering.

Luckily, in this day and age, we have the choice not to look like a leather handbag at age 40. You can completely take control of your skin care and make an incredible change in the quality of your skin – but nothing great is ever achieved overnight.

If you’re serious about making a change in your skin, you should be booking in for a series of treatments that combine multiple therapies to see real results. By having consecutive treatments, we are able to layer different treatment options and truly dig into the issues in your skin and take a calculated, strategic approach to solve them.

The same as you wouldn’t be able to lighten your hair in just one session, true change in your skin is achieved with time. Healing and skin repair between treatments means that after each treatment your skin is glowing, dewy and ready to face the world again. A single session is great for a pick-me-up but simply isn’t going to deliver the same significant or lasting change that having a series of treatments done will be.

 

People always rave about how amazing brides look on their wedding day, how they glow and look their most beautiful – often this is because, during the lead up to their wedding, women spend more time on their beauty treatments and routines than ever before. They book in for a number of beauty appointments to look their best, from facials and peels to microdermabrasion, IPL skin rejuvenation and Skin Needling, to ensure they have the best skin they can for their wedding day - and the results speak for themselves. So why don’t we apply this same thinking to our everyday skin? Why can’t every day be your best skin day?

 

Now is the time to dedicate to your skin - whether it’s ahead of your wedding, before your birthday or a special upcoming event, because now you can achieve that fantastic vibrant looking skin with our GREAT SKIN IS THE NEW BLACK SKIN PROGRAM. Join Museo and really dedicate to your skin with our 3-month Skin Action Plan. With cumulative treatments, you will see an incredible change in your skin and have the best skin of your life, whilst also accessing other clinic treatments you may have had your eye on with a 20% discount over 3 months. Each month receive a Microdermabrasion treatment with Biowhite peptide dermal peel, which is a Superlux smoothing micro teamed with a vitamin boosting botox peel; a Super Hydrating Alginate Peel Off Mask; a BONUS Blow Dry and Eyebrow Shape, PLUS receive 20% off all products and treatments in the month*.

Shop the Great Skin is the New Black Offer here.

 

We know getting time away from your busy life for good skin is as rare as hen's teeth – but dedication and commitment truly is the price of good skin. Book your appointments in advance, block the time out in your diary the minute you make your appointment and just remember that this is being done for your future self and future skin.


Men's Skincare Treatments in Perth

Men's Skincare Treatments in Perth

 

We talk a lot about skin care around these parts, but usually in the frame of women and the skin issues that women face. But it’s not just the ladies who need to look after their skin – particularly as we age, often it’s men who need an extra helping hand with their skin, having been a bit more lax in their skincare regime between the ages of 0 and 40.

 

Men’s skincare treatments aren’t just for the metro in our life who wants to look younger than he is on his birth certificate. Great skin is something everyone wants to achieve, but for men we use different treatments to target the specific issues that they face – dryness from shaving implements, more sun damage from not wearing sunscreen (ever) and excess production of sebum (oily skin) in the T Zone particularly. Most importantly there are fundamental, biological differences in the skin on men and women, brought about due to different hormone balances in our bodies. In general, men’s skin is tougher and thicker, brought on by testosterone, while women’s skin remains sensitive and tender through their life. Men have larger and more hair follicles

 

The Museo Men’s Prescription Facial

If your husband is complaining about looking old or his skin sagging, this is a great way to get him to do something about it that doesn’t cost the earth and won’t take too much time. Before any treatment, we share our specialist diagnosis and an honest appraisal of the condition of your skin, so you know exactly what we are working on. We cleanse, exfoliate and steam before adding some fantastic products tailored to their skin. We finish with a mask to promote a deep level of relaxation and to really revitalise the skin. BONUS you can upgrade to add booster extracts that will intensely target skin concerns and ensure your skin stays better for longer.

Book in for a Museo Men’s Prescription Facial here.

 

Dermal Peels

Dermal peels can be a great treatment for men to make serious change to their skin. They work deep in the skin to encourage the production of new, fresh and bright skin cells and can be tailored to each persons’ requirements. We use enzyme peels for entry level peeling and work up to dermal peels depending on the skin concerns. They help to reduce pore size, battle with sebum and replenish fine lines and wrinkles – so these really are a great go to if you’re fellow is hesitant about the idea of moisturisers and masks.

Book in for a Museo Dermal Peel here.

 

IPL

Time to step it up a notch here. If you’re serious about shifting that adult acne, getting rid of that weird patch of redness you get on your nose and cheeks or just want to make sure that your skin is looking it’s best, IPL for Photo Rejuvenation is the way to go. IPL Helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation by targeting the pigment in the skin and ablating it as well as clearing vascular and reddened skins. As well IPL stimulates the production of collagen, giving your skin a fresh, smooth and toned look.

Book in for an IPL for Photo Rejuvenation initial consultation here.

 

As women, we know that skincare is important to ensure that you don’t look like you’ve been through the wringer for the rest of your life. Men, however, need a little encouragement. If your partner is complaining about his skin or spending too much time pinching, poking and prodding in the mirror, let Museo take the worry away. We are offering the ‘No Tie for This Guy’ Offer throughout September, which includes a custom-designed facial specifically for male skin – a mix of microdermabrasion and an entry enzyme peel combined with a 30 minute back and neck massage for 80 minutes of pure relaxation and skin kick start. BONUS, you can score A FREE Custom Facial Voucher for yourself when you purchase a ‘No Tie for This Guy’ offer. Shop online here and ensure that your man’s skin looks its best.


DON’T GIVE DAD A TIE THIS FATHER’S DAY – Get him a gift that he’ll love with Museo.

DON’T GIVE DAD A TIE THIS FATHER’S DAY – Get him a gift that he’ll love with Museo.

 

We get it – the men in our lives are hard to buy presents for. Flowers or breakfast in bed doesn’t cut it the same way it does for Mother’s Day, and so often we are left scrambling trying to find a gift that our hubby, dad or father will appreciate that doesn’t cost the earth and hopefully they will have a great experience with.

 

Enter Museo.

 

We have a great range of experience gifts you can offer to your partner (on behalf of your kids of course), husband or even your dad that is sure to make them feel great and help them to relax – and what more do any of us want out of a gift? Here’s what’s great at Museo this Father’s Day.

 

MASSAGE

Restore the tired, aching body with our Signature Massage, which blends Swedish massage, acupressure and shiatsu massage into one fantastic treatment. Improve your circulation, get your golf swing back on par and get ready to go out dancing – this massage will make your dad, partner or hubby feel like he’s 25 again.

Shop for Massages here

 

THE ‘NO TIE FOR THIS GUY’ FATHERS DAY GIFT

Treat dad to our ultimate relaxation pack, designed just for him. Enjoy a Custom Facial, designed specifically for male skin, and combine it with a 30 minute Back and Neck massage to give Dad the best of both worlds. Good skin is a great foundation, but blokes have different skin to women – they put a lot less product on it, that’s for sure! So we designed a Custom facial and massage combo specifically for the men in our lives, to give them a great opportunity to address skin concerns, whether aging, redness or perhaps general dryness whilst relaxing and unwinding with a 30 minute back + neck massage. The custom facial will be tailored to the skin, as we look at their current home skin care regime, skin condition and any areas of concern, with specific products and treatments used to address these skin concerns.

 

Father’s Day is not far away, and now is the time to get your gift sorted so you can relax knowing you’ve got the perfect gift. Shop any of our Father’s Day Gift ideas in salon or online.


Why use IPL for Hair Removal?

Why use IPL for Hair Removal?

There’s no time like winter to remind you that body hair really is a pain in the butt. In summer, we tend to keep on top of things like shaving our legs or armpits or bikini lines because we have to – but in winter, with pants, leggings and stockings all the rage, it can be really easy to just let it grow out for the colder months. And that can be a scary thing to wake up to.

 

Luckily, Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of great IPL for Hair Removal offers at Museo. We spoke last week about the incredible ways that IPL can be used for Photo Rejuvenation (or creating beautiful skin), but IPL as a treatment is probably more famous for its application in hair removal.

 

For permanent hair removal, a light pulse is applied to the skin, whether that’s on your bikini line, legs, underarms or face, and the light is absorbed into the dark pigment of the hair – much like how sunlight is more readily absorbed into black clothes in summer. The energy from the light pigment is ultimately translated into the follicle and causes damage to the follicle, with the aim of destroying the hair root and reducing hair growth.

 

Winter is the perfect time to have IPL for Hair Removal treatments because, as with IPL for Photo Rejuvenation, the treatments do affect to the skin, making it highly susceptible to UV light and damage from the sun – and in Winter, we don’t tend to see as much of that. Aftercare is incredibly important in IPL for Hair Removal, and the team at Museo Skin + Spa + Hair can offer you some great products to ensure that your skin heals and to ensure that you are protected from UV damage during this sensitive time. Similarly to IPL for Photo Rejuvenation, IPL for Hair Removal requires a few treatments spaced a few weeks apart for most effective results – and that means that between winter and summer you have enough time to get your treatments done and have silky smooth legs beside the pool come December!

 

Compared to waxing or shaving for the rest of your life (groan), IPL is an incredibly cost-effective treatment that delivers significant results. Unlike at-home IPL for Hair Removal treatment options, those offered in salon are both more targeted and more powerfully, delivered and administered by experts in a controlled clinic environment. This ensures that the treatment is delivered exactly where you want it to be and that it is done correctly.

 

Museo Skin + Spa + Hair are offering IPL for Hair Removal to our clients in our beautiful Spa space and with some amazing offers available to you today. Read more about our IPL Offering here.


Why use IPL for Photo Rejuvenation and your best skin?

Here at Museo, we have been banging on a lot lately about IPL – and it’s for good reason. If you have ever been into our Spa before, you know that we don’t rave about something unless we all love it and it’s absolutely incredible, tried and tested on our own Museo team. And IPL is one of those services that just continues to outstrip the others in performance.

 

IPL is the ideal option for instantly treating and clearing reddened skins with facial vascular blemishes such as broken capillaries, spider veins, thread veins, red spots and cherry angiomas. Regain an even balanced skin tone and treat skin discolouration issues, pigmentation, sun damage, acne scarring and brown spots, your first treatment gives significant results.

 

IPL generally comes in two forms – for hair removal and for photo rejuvenation. Today we are talking strictly about IPL Photo Rejuvenation or using IPL to improve the look and feel of your skin. IPL Photo Rejuvenation can treat a variety of benign skin conditions, from age spots to sunspots, ageing, freckles and even redness or rosacea. This treatment offers great relief for customers looking for a gentle, non-invasive treatment that will dramatically improve the look of their skin.

 

IPL for Photo Rejuvenation utilises a broad spectrum light pulse that is absorbed by the target tissue, no matter whether that’s your face or your back or your décolletage, and in this process affects the surface of the skin, forcing the body to react. The light particles are then removed through your body’s normal process of rejuvenation and extra blood flow and cells are dedicated to your skin to assist in the healing process for the effect of the light pulse. By dedicating more resources to your skin, the body heals more than just the surface level affected by the light pulse - it will work to repair the whole area from the inside out, giving the skin a more even tone and texture and a more youthful appearance.

 

IPL for Photo Rejuvenation is usually done in a series of treatments to cause rapid rejuvenation of the skincells. Each treatment takes around 20 minutes and we generally recommend a course of 4-6 treatments to ensure really effective results. Winter is the perfect time for IPL for Photo Rejuvenation as the skin is often very sensitive to UV rays after treatment. We recommend using our Mineral Pro SPF Cream post-treatment to effectively protect your skin from sun damage and moisturise your skin post-treatment.

 

Museo Skin + Spa + Hair are offering IPL for Photo Rejuvenation to our clients in our beautiful Spa space and with some amazing offers available to you today. Read more about our IPL offering here.


Understanding Vitamin A and how it improves your skin

Understanding Vitamin A and how it improves your skin

Vitamin A is certainly nothing new. But over the last several years in particular, the market has been saturated with options which may be causing you some confusion or perhaps you haven’t as yet understood its phenomenal capabilities and the fact it should definitely be included in your skin care regime.

Start by listening to your therapist and her knowledge when she is speaking about the wonderful effects of Retinol (aka Vitamin A). There are huge benefits for your skin and choosing the right products or derivatives of Retinol for your skin can become confusing, as not all Vitamin A derivatives are created equal! And here’s why……

Where it began

Vitamin A was the first vitamin to be named – hence the vitamin title of ‘A’. The derivatives of Vitamin A are known as retinoids (those found in animal-based foods ) and Carotenoids (found in plant-based foods, most famously in Carrots).

Vitamin A is essential for the health of your skin, as it is an important element of the production of enzymes that build your collagen. It is also essential for the overall health of your vision, your immunity and is an important antioxidant.

Back in the 60’s dermatologist, Dr. Albert Kiligman M.D. PhD began experimenting with a form of Vitamin A (now known as tretinoin with a brand name Retin- A) as a form of topical treatment for acne. Dr Kiligman noticed his acne patients also had fewer lines and wrinkles when compared with his other patients and with this finding came the subsequent patent for Retin – A, the cure for so many unwanted skin conditions.

How it works

Whatever skin concern or issue you may have, Vitamin A has a place in your skincare regime. Acne, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, when treated with the correct formulations, can deliver exceptional results. This clever nutrient can communicate with damaged cells to encourage them to function normally again. This is often referred to as DNA repair. Cellular turnover will increase as well as switching on the youth enzymes that produce and stimulate collagen synthesis.

Vitamin A Derivatives

Vitamin A is a lipid-soluble vitamin and refers to the family of ingredients known as Retinoids, renowned for having powerful anti-ageing properties when used in skincare.

When it comes to Vitamin A derivatives, there is a conversion that must take place for the cell to accept the source or derivative of Vitamin A. See the conversion diagram below. Once it is converted to Retinoic acid it will do its magic and start to repair the cell structure.

Retinol is the most common form of Vitamin A, while Retinoic Acid is generally used in prescription skincare and not available for cosmetics as it can be very irritating and reactive on the skin. Retinol Esters are also very commonly used in skincare but are very weak. Trans-Retinol is the optimal configuration of Retinol, so make sure you look out for this when choosing the right skincare products for you.

 


Choosing the right one for you

Retinoids – also known as the generic term of tretinoin or by brand names such as Retin-A or Differin are only available with a medical prescription.  When applied topically it is accepted directly into the skin cell without any conversion, which makes it a highly effective ingredient for the treatment of lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and acne.

However, there is a downside. It can be very irritating to the skin. Redness, irritation and peeling of the skin are often experienced and so Retinoids are just mainly used to treat severe acne.

 

Retinyl Palmitate – This is a combination of retinol and palmitic acid, which although it

converts to retinoic acid, the path is long and by the time it has converted has lost much of its ability to make any difference to the DNA of the cell. You would need a high concentration of retinyl palmitate for it to be significantly effective and most skin care brands who use retinyl palmitate as their sole source of Vitamin A rarely put enough in the cream or serum. Unless retinyl palmitate is combined with other derivatives of Vitamin A, then just adding it to the list of ingredients is inadequate if it appears so far down the list as to render it almost useless.

 

Retinol –is an over the counter alternative. This is the form of Vitamin A that most cosmeceutical and cosmedical skin care companies will opt for. The conversion to retinoic acid is a two-step process, but despite this, retinol still packs a great punch and I have seen exceptional results when including retinol in-home care regimes and skin treatments modalities like mesotherapy and skin needling.

 

Retinol, though used most commonly in skincare, is also not a particularly stable ingredient, which means that it is highly susceptible to chemical change when coming into contact with other compounds, including water and oxygen. It’s important to use a range of skincare that offers methods of encapsulation to ensure the Retinol remains stable and delivers the results. Cheaper ranges may not offer this kind of technology, and the Retinol contained within may lose its effectiveness before it even hits the skin.

Last, but absolutely not the least.

Retinaldehyde – This is an important and potent form of Vitamin A, as it requires minimal conversion and causes very little - if any - irritation to the skin. In fact, as you can see by the diagram above, it only requires a one-step conversion and is seen by many as the closest to retinoic acid without all the irritating side effects or need for a prescription.

But again, you will need to take note of where it appears in the ingredient list. For retinaldehyde to be effective it needs to be in a concentration of 0.05% to 0.1% which is equivalent to a 0.025% tretinoin topical cream. This means it should appear towards the top of the active ingredients list in most topical creams.

 

Unfortunately, retinaldehyde is an expensive ingredient so you won’t find it in most skin care formulations and if so, it will be on the high-end in price (unless they’ve only included the tiniest amount) in which case it would hardly be as effective.


What else

Like many vitamins, Vitamin A is not stable and can lose its potency when interacting with sunlight. So best to use your creams or serums at night when your skin is in a state of repair and there is no risk of exposure to UV light. Store any tubes, droppers or bottles away from your windows so that UV light doesn’t damage the product before it even gets to your skin.

 

Getting advice

The best place to start when looking for effective beauty solutions is with a skin care professional who can recommend the best option for you. Sure, you could skip this and head to your local supermarket, but it is doubtful you will find any brand with enough of what you need to do anything more than (at best) provide you with antioxidant protection. Your skin care professional (aka Museo Therapist!) will go through any precautions you should take if you are pregnant or have any other allergies or conditions that would prevent you from using topical Vitamin A.

 

Staying out of the sun.

As with any skin care regimen where the goal is to fight the signs of ageing, you must ensure you are using a well-formulated SPF 30+ sunscreen. No point going to all this effort just to ruin it with more sun damage, right?

 

Why should it be used in teens, 20s or 30s?

As well as addressing deep-set wrinkles, stimulating the production of collagen, accelerating healing, improving hydration and regulating the melanin responsible for pigmentation (often associated with ageing) Vitamin A can absolutely be used in your 20s and 30s to address fine lines and prevent future wrinkles that occur due to collagen destruction. Vitamin A also controls acne-causing Propionibacterium bacteria, as well as regulating sebum production – both often problems for younger clients.

 

So that’s it for now.  If Vitamin A is not in your skin care routine then I highly recommend commencing soon, no matter what age. In fact, when it comes to lines and wrinkles the sooner the better.


 

Museo Retinol hero products

Of course, here at Museo, we are ultra fussy about our form of Vitamin A and potency of our retinol formulations. If you haven’t as yet incorporated The O Cosmedics Potent Retinol Serum (0.5%) or stronger Retinol Concentrate (1%) into your skincare regime – what are you waiting for? Read below for the wonder ingredients O Cosmedics pairs with its 100% pure bioactive retinol

 

O Cosmedics Potent retinol serum (0.5%)

Product Description

100% pure, bioactive retinol in microencapsulation technology ensures superior stability and potency. This extraordinary Vitamin A complex offers visible cosmetic anti-ageing benefits to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a firmer more elastic skin texture whilst evening out skin tone. V8 Peptide ComplexTM ensures skin is calm, super hydrated and renewed.

 

O Cosmedics Retinol concentrate (1.0%)

Professional Strength with V8 Peptide Complex® 30ml/1.0 oz e RRP $102

Best for Skins acclimatised to retinol use and coming from Potent Retinol Serum. Prevention and correction of acne, ageing, wrinkles and sun damage.

Best for All Skins looking to improve immune function, acne or rosacea, lighten pigmentation, even out skin tone. Excellent collagen boosting product.

Product Description

A powerful concentration of 100% pure bioactive Retinol with superior stability and potency. Retinol Concentrate uses the highest allowable concentration of Retinol before a prescription. Its skin-renewing benefits make it a first-class anti-ageing tool. V8 Peptide ComplexTM ensures skin is super hydrated and rejuvenated.

Speak to your therapist to purchase any of these products.


Museo specialist Retinol skin treatments/ programs.

PRO. DERMAL PLANNING SERIES. Museo offers bespoke dermal planning skin treatments to transform the skin and achieve cell optimisation. Based on medical strength actives, pure, chiral ingredients, biomimetic and encapsulated carriers, Pro. Dermal Planning treatments offer intense skin-changing results, skin youth, health and radiance.

CATALYST RETINOL PEEL: The perfect Vitamin A anti-ageing peel, perfect for all skin types looking for skin health, repair and correction.

Concentrated levels of pure Retinol and encapsulated Retinol, Niacinamide and Natural Fruit Acids work together to counteract skin aging, improve the appearance of UV damage, normalise keratinisation to improve the skin’s cellular renewal process, refine and resurface the skin, even out skin tone and provide potent anti-inflammatory activity in even the most weakened skins.

Priced from $139

 

Skin Needling + Dermaceuticals Retinol Active Mesotherapy: Combat signs of ageing by generating new, healthy skin cells with Dermapen Skin Needling. The minimally invasive procedure is activated by micro-needling and works to restore collagen and skin elasticity. The Dermapen™ is the fastest, safest and most natural way to achieve skin correction. For those skins already on a Retinol home care regime consider a combined mesotherapy + skin needling power treatment.

  • For Skin Society members only, book in for a skin needling session and receive a complimentary upgrade to the retinol mesotherapy treatment, valued at $99

 

Price $399

 

RETINAL ACTIVE™

This is our most powerful active ingredient, included as part of our skin needling treatments for photo rejuvenation. An intense infusion of Vitamin A, this powerful combination of ingredients includes repair and rejuvenation properties and anti-ageing antioxidants.

This treatment visibly firms and lifts atrophied contours. Promotes regeneration and repair. Retinal Active nourishes and comforts the skin for increased resiliency. Absorbs easily. Improves hydration in and around skin cells. Combats skin damage from sun and ageing. Suitable for all skin types and skin conditions, from aged skin, pigmentation issues and dehydrated or sun-damaged skin.


POWERFUL FACIAL PERFORMANCE PACKAGE

Get the best in skincare and rejuvenation this Autumn from Museo with our Powerful Facial Performance Package!

The package offers 3 superb anti-ageing clinical treatments to boost skin health and revitalise appearance, that can be personalised to be Retinol-specific! Save over $263 – available to purchase or book for a short time only. Book online here.

A perfect gift for mothers day to yourself!

 

PRICE: $499

Save $263 off these services

 

 


WHY THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS AFFECTS YOUR SKIN AND HAIR – AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.

With summer having officially ended and the cooler months coming slowly but surely, we can bet that your skin and hair is absolutely starting to feel it. The changing of seasons is always a difficult time for both your skin and hair, no matter where on the calendar you’re talking about. Year after year, we just seem to put up with the changes, and know that as we adjust to the seasons, this too shall pass.

 

But no more. The team from Museo Skin + Spa + Hair are here to help you with your seasonal breakdown with the best tips for skin and hair to keep you looking your fresh best as we move into winter…

 

  1. Deal with damage as it happens

    When we start to head from summer into winter, the first thing that usually goes is your skin as cold winds start to ruddy those cheeks and having been in climate-controlled environments for most of summer starts to take its toll. Similarly, for your hair, after 3 months of sun and salt, your locks might be starting to feel a little lack-lustre by the time autumn rolls around. The second you start to notice a chance in the texture of either your skin or hair, start to act. Don’t wait for things to get worse or just choose to ride out the seasons, take action now and get yourself back on track!

  2. Check your skincare

    The change of seasons is as good a time as any to make sure that your skin care routine is still on point. During winter, we spend more time inside and surrounded by air-conditioning which can dry out your skin – so focus on intensive night moisturisers to replenish what is being taken out each day. Here at Museo, we recommend all our clients get a little of the Pevonia Vitaminic Serum in their bathroom cabinet. Our whole team use it on their skins, especially through the winter months.

    It’s also important to note that in Summer you often only need a light moisturiser and for those with oilier skin, move towards using a lighter serum, applied in the mornings only with your sunscreen (an absolute must!) applied over the top. You can then use a richer moisturiser at night to replenish while you sleep.

  3. Get your IPL Appointments booked!

    One of the major benefits of the seasons shifting is for those who are looking to get our brand-new IPL Service for hair removal or photo rejuvenation. For those interested in getting IPL for hair removal, it’s important to wait until the end of the summer months as you can’t expose areas that have been treated (like your legs) to sunshine as it may cause damage. For those looking to get IPL for photo rejuvenation, the summer sun exposes the pigment variations that you are looking to correct with this treatment, and so the end of summer offers a great chance for your skin specialist to identify the zones that most need treatment while your skin is at its most pigmented.

    Now is the perfect time to book a series of IPL appointments, so please check out the website for our offers and payment plans!

  4. Use a Mask

    Make sure you use a nourishing deep conditioning mask to inject moisture back into your dry and dehydrated locks. Aside from that, invest in a hydrating leave-in conditioner to help your hair recover from the summer heat and cope with the winds and heating of winter.

  5. Change your colour

    There’s a reason that everyone changes their hair colour, lipsticks and even brow tones as the seasons change – it’s because your colouring changes. We have less of a tan on our face, without that sun exposure, our blondes are less bright and therefore many of our makeup products change. Now is the time to transition to a richer, deeper colour for autumn and winter for your hair, to perfectly compliment the plums, burgundies and darker tones that look incredible with winter fashion.

  6. See your stylist – pronto!

    Whether it’s a resurfacing treatment for your skin or a deep conditioning treatment for your hair, one of the most effective ways to make change is to consult your stylist at Museo Skin + Spa + Hair. They will be able to recommend the right treatment products for you, as well as the right hair colours to suit your winter skin tone and beautiful rich moisturisers to take you from one season to another. Let the team from Museo Skin + Spa + Hair look after you as the seasons change and make sure you’re always looking your best going forward. Book online with Museo here.


HOW TO PREPARE YOUR WEDDING SKIN

Your wedding day is one of the biggest moments of your life, or at least the most photographed, and you want to look your absolute best. The easiest way to give yourself that true bridal glow is by having your skin as best it can possibly look, and that requires a little bit of preparation. If you’re reading this 6 months to a year out from your wedding, your right on time for having your most beautiful bridal skin; and if you’re running a bit late, learn the best ways to get your skin in tip-top shape for your big day.

 

WATER

We can’t stress this enough, but water if your absolute best friend when it comes to dewy, plump, baby-soft skin. Drink as much as you can every day up to the wedding. Have a water bottle on your desk at home, put lemon in your water for a bit of zing, however you can get it in your body, get it in there.

 

SLEEP

Sleep is vital to good skin and there are no two ways about it. We understand that in the lead up to your wedding sleep might be a bit hard to come by with all the worrying and the great list of things that need to be done before the big day – so make sure you’re maximising any shut-eye you do get. Sleep on a silk pillowcase as this will reduce any wear on your face and keep everything soft and fresh. Put on a powerful serum (like this O Cosmedics one) before you go to bed to allow your skin to absorb all the nutrients it needs while you’re sleeping.

 

GOOD SKIN HABITS

Not everyone is a cleanse-tone-moisturise kind of person (although you REALLY should be!) – but if you’re not, now is the perfect time to start. Get your skin routine in order and make sure you treat it right by using beautiful products designed to enhance your beauty, not cover it with chemical nasties. From organic skin care products that really give you that healthy glow to mineral foundations and powders, invest in good quality products that won’t clog your pores or cover you in a swathe of things you can’t even pronounce – none of that can be good for your skin.

 

VISIT MUSEO

The team at Museo are experts in skin. Whether it is pigmentation, stubborn pimples or just a general build-up of product and skin cells on the surface of your skin, we have seen it all and can help. Our team of therapists can recommend a treatment plan, perfect for your skin and specifically tailored to you. Now is the time to get the big issues under control so closer to the day the biggest worry you have is whether or it’s going to rain – not whether or not you will have a huge pimple on your forehead.

 

If you’re getting married in Perth, we would love to help you have your best skin before your big day. Book in with one of our skin experts and find out the best way to treat whatever ails your skin well before the wedding. You can also book in with your Bride Tribe for an afternoon of relaxation and pampering before the day, which can include anything from mani-pedis to full body wraps, all in the luxurious Museo Skin + Spa setting. We can even offer a glass of bubbles and high tea to give your day a really special feeling. However you want to bride, Museo  are here to help you look your most beautiful for your wedding. Book online here.

 


WENDY MICHETTI RETURNS TO TREATMENTS

As founders of Museo, Adam and Wendy Michetti have always been dedicated to lavish experiences in their salon and spa and in results-driven treatments. Some time ago, Wendy chose to take a step back and focus on the business of being in business, much to the chagrin of her dedicated and loyal customers who appreciated her dedication too and extensive knowledge of helping each of them have the best skin of their lives.

 

After some time away, Wendy is proud to announce her return to treatments, offering the highest level in deliverable results and technical expertise in all things skin.

 

With her strong interest in and passion for preventative skin treatments, Wendy is looking forward to offering progressive treatments such as Skin Needling and IPL, working with only the best treatment materials, including DermaPen and Medicalia Clinical Peels. These incredibly effective anti-ageing treatments are available to our guests after extensive training and dedication to everything skin on the part of Wendy.

 

With training conducted under some of the best experts in the world, Wendy is able to tailor a range of treatments to your skin to best combat your specific areas of concern. Through personal consultations and dedication, a treatment plan for your skin is devised and with expert-level application can result in a significant change in the skin.

 

We appreciate that these treatments are an investment and are generally subscribed to as a course of treatments, sometimes for up to 12 months, to truly see results. It is this level of treatment and dedication that really excites Wendy and pushes her to achieve the best results for her clients. These are not your standard facials or peels but are truly specialist treatments designed to change your skin and assist it in the regenerative process. It is for this reason that Wendy is dedicating her time to the more involved programs offered at Museo, and the reason that she is trusted by many to perform these more involved procedures.

 

Bookings with Wendy are limited and by appointment only, so please call the salon on 9371 2299 or email info@museo.com.au to specifically request these specialist treatments with Wendy.

 

If you are truly ready to change the skin you are in, whether it is for anti-ageing, redness, rosacea or persistent acne, now is the time to work with one of the best Skin Specialists in Perth.


MUSEO WEDDINGS - Emma + Matt

Museo recently worked with some of the best wedding vendors across Perth to create a dream wedding day for Emma & Matt, who were married at Nedlands Yacht Club.

Museo were responsible for the stunning hair and makeup styling for the bride and her bridal party on the day, ensuring all these lovely girls looked and felt their absolute best in this stunning wedding.

 

For Emma, a softly swept upstyle was the logical choice, as it provided the perfect mounting place for her gorgeous long veil, an absolute showstopper against the back of this HobNob Bridal wedding dress. The delicately pulled back edges of this style meant that well into the evening of dancing, this style holds its own and stays put. You can see that well into the evening, Emma’s hair still looks fresh and poised, perfect for this beautiful bride.

 

Each of the bridesmaids wore a different variation of stunning Adrianna Papell beaded gowns, and so for each bridesmaid we created a hair style as unique as they were.Soft upstyles and soft curls across all the bridesmaids gave them a coordinated look without being matchy matchy and allowed each style to really sit and suit each of these beautiful women.

For this beautiful group of ladies, we focussed on soft, natural makeup designed to enhance their features without being overly structured. A soft, dark eye, natural brows and a hint of highlighter in all the right places adds great contrast on each face, while a soft rosy blush adds a touch of spring to each of these gorgeous ladies. A slightly bolder pink lip for the bridesmaids really complimented their blush dresses, while the bride chose to stay soft and natural in her lip colour. For these lovely ladies, makeup was all about adding a little to what they all had, rather than detracting from their stunning dresses or the beautiful bride.

 

The team at Museo have worked on many stunning weddings in Mount Lawley and Perth, creating beautiful looks for brides, grooms and the bridal party with our unique blend of salon, spa and skin for both men and women. Whether you are looking for the perfect spa experience to relax in prior to your wedding day, a beautiful team of hairdressers to create a gorgeous look or talented makeup artists who know how to achieve just the right look, the team at Museo would love to help you have your dream wedding day. We offer Wedding Spa Packages designed with your bride-tribe in mind and are available for makeup and hair services on site in our beautiful salon and spa space. Book online with the Museo team at www.museo.com.au and we hope to be part of your dream day.

 

Photograhy: Deray Simcoe

Venue: Nedlands Yacht Club

Wedding Dress: HobNob Bridal

Florals + Styling: Heart Strings

 

All images throughout are courtesy of Deray Simcoe.


CONTROLLING TEEN ACNE

At Museo Skin + Spa, we know that having bad skin can feel like the worst thing that has ever happened to you. Particularly for teenagers, who are struggling to find their way and place in the world, bad skin can be seen as just another thing that isn’t going right or is holding them back and affecting their confidence.

 

As our children move into adolescence, some will be prone to acne unfortunately and to ensure they are not left with irreversible scarring and/or hyperpigmentation a good home care routine needs to be established quickly. For those skins that have visible blackheads with no pustules- we can clear a skin quite quickly in this 1st stage with a good facial and introduction of a home skin routine. For skins that have progressed further a 6-month skin programme may be needed with bi-monthly facials in conjunction with a clinical home care routine.

 

As teenagers start to move towards big exams and their Year 11 and 12 school balls, even those with the clearest of skins can experience breakouts that seem to take on a life of their own, appearing from nowhere and causing more stress than they are worth.

The skin specialists at Museo Skin + Spa have some great tips below for anyone struggling with occasional breakouts, acne, or the teen who hasn’t as yet established a skin routine.

Why teenagers?

Acne and breakouts usually begin in teenagers because during puberty there is a complete shift in hormones, which can cause an increase in the size and oil production (sebum) of oil glands. With thick excess sebum sitting on the skin, it blocks the opening of the pore and causes a plug. Due to the blocked pore, there is a reduction in oxygen, which creates the perfect environment for oil-eating bacteria that live naturally in your skin (p.acnes bacteria) to multiply and encourage inflammation and infection – hence a pimple is formed. Blackheads are usually caused from oxidised sebum on the skin, and so teenagers will often suffer from both as they move through adolescence.

 

Yes, Stress Can Make it Worse.

It’s not a coincidence that pimples always seem to pop up at the worst times. Just before the big game, just before your big exam, just before the ball or prom. It’s because stress affects hormones, and changes in hormones affect your skin. The less stressed you are, the better your skin is likely to be – not that that is always achievable! If you can’t control the stress, then the best thing you can do is to control the skin.

 

What to do for your pimples.

For most teenagers, a good skin routine needs to be established as their skin changes and they go through puberty. The earlier you start on using good products for your skin and getting into a routine, the less likely it is for pimples to get out of hand and cause serious scarring to the face. For those with pimples, you need to include target-specific ingredients to balance sebum production and to control the environment that acnes bacteria thrives in.

 

  • Cleanse
    Cleansers can greatly reduce the amount of excess sebum hanging out on your skin, but over cleansing can encourage your skin to produce more sebum – the opposite of what we are trying to achieve here. So, cleanse daily, but don’t go at your face with rough scrubs or cleansing multiple times a day or use the alcohol-based cleansers often found in chemists- it can actually cause more harm than good.
  • Moisturise
    It often sounds counter-intuitive to apply moisturiser or other oily products to your skin when you’re suffering from oily skin in the first place, but its imperative to the protection of the skin and healing any damage. Moisturise daily after you cleanse to ensure your skin is well nourished and protected throughout the day.

*Try our O Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+; a moisturizer, sunscreen with a sheer tint. A great simple daily moisturizer for teens containing zinc oxide – a powerful ingredient which is scientifically proven to help reduce antimicrobial/bacterial properties associated with acne as well lowering inflammation that is triggered by acne and helps regulate the production of sebum.

 

  • DON’T POP
    The advice is all there, but we all know how hard it is not to pop a pimple. But particularly on young skin, they can leave severe scarring or cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can be with you for life – so best to avoid popping them when you can. If you absolutely have to get rid of a spot, make sure you’ve got a warmed (steam from having a shower works well) clean, moist skin and clean hands first.

*We recommend coming in for one of our blackhead extracting facials where our skin therapists expertly extract blackheads while simultaneously reducing inflammation. We include the high-frequency current, which produces a gentle spray of oxygen molecules that penetrate deep into the areas that are affected by blackheads and enlarged pores. The treatment is applied by passing the hf current through neon gas-filled glass electrodes, which gives a gentle warming feeling to the skin.

 

The reality is that for particularly nasty blackheads and blockages these skins are best left to the professionals to ensure they are removed with as little damage to the skin as possible. The team at Museo Skin + Spa offer a complete Teen Acne Control Treatment Package which includes a consultation on your skin, a deep pore facial to remove any nasty blackheads or blockages, as well as a take-home cleanser and moisturiser. This gives teens all the gear they need to make a change in their skin and advice on what is going to banish the breakouts. Book your teen in for one of our Teen Acne Control Treatment Packages online today.


HOW TO CARE FOR WINTER SKIN - FACE

We spoke last time about the damaging effects that winter has on the body, and the face is absolutely no different. From dryness, redness and sunburn for those of us escaping to the ski fields, winter skin is an untameable beast. And there is nowhere on the body you least want untameable skin than your face.

 

We have brought together our top tips for caring for your winter skin to ensure that you have a healthy glow, not a ruddy complexion, around the campfire this winter.

 

  1. Exfoliate

Remove dried skin cells and reveal your new beautiful skin with gentle exfoliation, specifically designed for the sensitive skin on your face. Whether you choose to go with a granular scrub with your facial or prefer to move towards an enzyme-based peel or microdermabrasion, the team at Museo Skin + Spa will tailor the level of exfoliation to your skin’s requirements.

 

  1. Steam

Rather than scalding your face with hot water in your shower, steam your way to beautiful skin! Steam opens up the pores in your face, allowing your skin to better absorb treatments, essential oils and moisturisers applied to your skin, allowing these treatments to penetrate deep into your skin, preparing you for better skin in the future. It is also the necessary step to prep the skin for extracting impurities and congestion, giving your skin a beautiful smooth, even finish.

 

  1. Treat

Whether it is with a mask, designed to tighten your pores and give deep moisturisation to your skin; or with essential oils, known for their restorative and regenerative properties – choosing a facial treatment is the next step in restoring your Winter skin. With your Museo Skin + Spa Optimum Facial, we include booster extracts to ensure your skin concerns are truly targeted and to give you a longer lasting post facial glow, making it our facial of choice for this season. For truly spectacular results, take your facial to the next level with our O Cosmedics Pro Dermal Peel Facial – completely customizable to include active ingredients perfect for your winter skin and with all the benefits of a dermal peel to achieve skin optimisation and truly target problem areas.

 

  1. Moisturise

A thick, rich moisturiser is the best way to ensure that your skin is protected from the elements and that all the treatments you have put into your skin will stay there. Moisturise day and night to see the best benefits and help plump your skin and give you that beautiful, fresh rosy glow that we are all looking for at this time of year. Choose a high-quality moisturiser enriched with extracts to truly conquer your Winter skin woes.

 

Museo Skin + Spa want you to truly love your Winter skin and have a range of facials designed to give you your most beautiful skin this season. From our Museo Optimum Facial to any of our Pevonia High-Performance Facials, we can help combat whatever winter skin concerns you are facing, from dryness and tightness to sun damage and ageing. Read more about the facial treatments available to you on our website or book in for your relaxing and restorative treatment with Museo Skin + Spa online today.


HOW TO CARE FOR WINTER SKIN - BODY

Winter is a tough time on your skin. Winds whipping around your face or ankles, dry conditions that leave you feeling a bit scaly and just the general cold taking its effect on your skin – we are all feeling the effect of the change in seasons on our epidermis.

 

Yes, we may have things a bit better off in Australia than most European countries when it comes to extremes of weather - but trips to the snow, scalding hot showers, wind and indoor heating cannot be ignored. So here are our top tips on refreshing your winter skin from the décolleté’ down…

 

  1. Scrub

First things first, cut your losses and run. Any surface skin cells that are feeling the strain need to go, to expose beautiful fresh skin below. A good quality scrub is perfect at this time of year, as Winter is generally a time of rejuvenation – and it’s no different in your body. A sea salt scrub to redeposit minerals will leave you feeling silky smooth, while a scrub made from oats or psyllium husk can be soothing for dry, tired skin.

 

  1. Treat

Whether it is a massage for your body infused with a gentle exfoliation, or a body wrap to enrich and refresh your skin – choose a treatment that is designed to restore and rejuvenate. Look for essential oils that can be blended with oils for massage or a body wrap, or ingredients sure to hydrate – milk or mud are both beautiful in this treatment.

  1. Soak

Take a relaxing soak in water infused with essential oils. Not only will it make you feel calm and warmed by the water, but the essential oils are revitalising and enriching your skin with their restorative properties – a fabulous treat after your scrub. At this time of year in particular, it’s important that you don’t have the water too hot or you will scald yourself and stress your winter skin out further – so go for warm, and not too hot in your soak or shower.

 

  1. Moisturise

It’s important that you don’t expose your beautiful fresh skin created through your scrub and soak to the elements without protection. A thick moisturiser will trap in the essential oils you have put into your soak while refreshing your skin and giving you that silky smooth feeling. Morning and evening moisturising for your whole body is ideal at this time of year, and being that it is a bit chillier, you aren’t left with that sticky feeling you can get with moisturising in summer. Leave your skin feeling recharged, refreshed and ready to take on whatever the weather throws at us next.

 

If you’re feeling the effects of Winter on your skin and want to change things, feel refreshed and rejuvenated, Museo Skin + Spa want to help you achieve your best winter skin. Our Winter Warmers package combines the best of our Day Spa treatments along with your favourite scents and options to create a completely custom day in spa for you, designed to restore, revitalise and refresh your skin. You can learn more about our Winter Warmers package here, or book in for your treatment online.


THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING CERTIFIED ORGANIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS

We know the benefits of eating an organic diet – no nasty chemicals in your gut, no nasty chemicals destroying the soil and natural ecosystems – but why don’t we automatically apply this same thinking to our skincare?

Applying synthetic products to your skin, loaded with chemicals and preservatives, contributes to ageing - even if the products claim to have anti-aging properties, the damage that the chemicals and preservatives will do to your skin will ultimately outweigh any of the good they might do.

Key ingredients like antioxidants, flavonoids, different acids etc. found in botanicals like flowers, fruit and vegetables offer both protective and restorative qualities for your skin. They will protect you from UV damage, help plump and freshen the skin as well as helping with reducing the looks of fine lines and wrinkles– and all these ingredients are completely natural, no chemicals or preservatives needed.

By choosing Certified Organic products, you are committing yourself to wellness. To an idea that natural and less processed is best, and this flows from the foods you eat to the products you use on your skin. By choosing Certified Organic you are protecting your skin for the future, and helping to protect the planet for the future generations – our children and grandchildren. It’s a commitment to the long game, and to true health and wellness.

We understand that Certified Organic products are often more expensive as they are generally made in smaller batches, shorter runs and have a shorter shelf life. That’s all good news for your skin because you will have the benefit of beautiful fresh creams, serums and masks that haven’t been sitting in a huge warehouse for years before they are applied to your skin. What’s not to love there!

The reality is that if we all do our part in purchasing Certified Organic products, whether that is in your food or your skincare, the organic industry will grow and prices will become more competitive. We look forward to the day when Certified Organic Skincare is just Skincare again and we do away with chemicals and preservatives in these products altogether.

You can purchase the beautiful Certified Organic Divine Company range, which offers a wide range of body and facial products, at Museo Skin + Spa. You can even indulge in treatments that are made up of completely Certified Organic products, including our Divine Facials and Aromatherapy Massage.


Why a soak is the ultimate luxury

Why a soak is the ultimate luxury

At Museo Skin + Spa, a bath is very close to our hearts. The perfect way to wind down from a busy day, a place to reflect and truly take time just for yourself, they are an absolute favourite of our team. We offer a Stone Bath Soak as part of many of the treatments offered in the Spa.

 

Baths and soaking, in general, can offer incredible benefits for your skin. After the use of strong scrubs or oils in massage, a soak is a great way to replenish and rehydrate the skin, relaxing it and allowing it to return to a neutral state after treatment. By utilising ingredients like oats for hydrating and softening the skin, bergamot for detoxifying and rose for correcting skin pigmentations, a soak can truly affect the skin you’re in.

 

Submerge yourself in one of the stone, egg-shaped baths in our stylish indoor/ outdoor bathing pavilion. You can enjoy this special water therapy alone or with a friend. We enhance your bathing experience by adding a personalised treatment elixir from our decadent menu to your bath. This ritual is the perfect way to follow on from an exfoliation or wrap.

 

By taking time out of a busy schedule to soak and relax in the water, you allow yourself space to truly think and reflect, allowing the space for realisations and new learnings. Whether it is an internal or external reflection, taking the time for yourself is key to good mental and physical health.

 

A soak offers the perfect change to truly relax and feel absolutely decadent, accompanied by your favourite cup of tea and scents to make your cares drift away. It allows you to reconnect with yourself and your own purpose, and the perfect way to treat yourself either in the Spa or at home.

 

With any Museo Skin + Spa treatment, you can add on a Stone Bath Soak as part of your visit to the spa, and we particularly recommend it after any of our body treatments, like massage, scrub or wrap. Take the time out of your day to really relax, indulge and get back in tune with yourself.

Book in for an appointment in the Museo Spa today by clicking here.


WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

One of the biggest buzz words in the beauty industry for the past 10 years has been chemical peels. Whether they are dermal peels or enzymatic peels, these treatments have been used regularly to enhance the appearance of the skin, particularly as you age.

 

Skin peels performed today tend to be a quick process event, often applied before a big event (like your wedding) but are more popular as a maintenance procedure for their anti-aging properties and their ability to rebuild, strengthen, and repair from the inside out. They also, most importantly, re-surface the very top layer of the skin, smoothing out lines, evening skin tone, decongesting pores (depending on the type of peel that you use) and ensure the skin is left feeling lighter and brighter.

 

Dermal peels tend to fall into two different categories – chemical and enzymatic. Each offers different benefits for the skin and should be used for different skin types.

 

Dermal peels are now considered  ‘part of’ our normal skin routine. Previously they were only used to re-freshen and stimulate cellular turnover, but these days more commonly used to achieve targeted results and overcome skin concerns and conditions. These days dermal peels are a blend of high-end vitamins, peptides and anti-oxidants - beautifully crafted with AHA’s, BHA’s and enzymes in advanced delivery systems to ensure the skin is rebuilt, strengthened and repaired.

 

DERMAL PEELS

An effective anti-ageing treatment, dermal peels visibly improve your skin’s appearance. Hero ingredients typically included are your retinols (Vitamin A) and your AHA’s ( glycolic/lactic ) which are naturally occurring fruit acids and BHA’s ( salicylic ). The solution can cause (not always as every skin is unique) the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off, revealing regenerated skin. Perfect for skins looking for intense skin correction and transformation.

 

For best results, we recommend a course of dermal peels, applied over a six-week period, to deliver the best results for the skin. Some skin prepping may be required, but please call Museo Skin + Spa to discuss the correct preparation for your specific treatment as well as other facial modalities like skin needling which produce amazing results when combined with dermal peeling.

 

ENZYMATIC PEELS

Enzymatic peels are formulated using natural ingredients, most of which you could find in your pantry. Each of the ingredients used contains a natural acid, like lactic acid or citric acid, which again encourages the skin to regenerate by removing top-layer dead skin cells. The major benefit of enzymatic peels is that they are generally gentler on the skin, using enzymes of pumpkin and pomegranate for example - perfect for those with sensitive skin and as a stepping stone before moving onto dermal peels. All enzymatic peels offered by Museo include rich antioxidants, vitamins and minerals designed to also hydrate and nourish your skin while having your treatment.

 

Museo uses O Cosmedics Peels, which are based on medical strength actives - pure, chiral ingredients, biomimetic and encapsulated carriers. They are a synergy of nutrients to restore healthy cellular pathways. O Cosmedics point of difference is Biomimetic ingredients, which takes us one step further from cosmeceutical ingredients to COSMEDICAL ingredients to achieve cell optimization. All O Cosmedics peels include a mini facial process as they come with an Alginate mask step, which decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while completely rehydrating the skin due to its active ingredients This extra step in the O Cosmedics Peel process leaves you feeling relaxed and treated. It is about correcting your skin – not just peeling.

 

Museo Clinical Peels are designed to rejuvenate your skin and correct a variety of skin problems, including photo damage, pigmentation, fine lines, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, acne and scarring. Our highly trained therapists will work with you to achieve you personalised, targeted and effective results. Whether it is chemical or enzymatic, we are able to recommend a chemical peel designed specifically for your skin that will give you the results you are looking for and ensure that your skin continues to look bright, plump and fresh.

 


UVA vs. UVB Sunrays and the right Sunscreen to use

Some sunshine is good for us - we all need a good dose of Vitamin D each day, but how much is too much and which sunscreens are best to protect us all year round? What should you be doing to protect your skin from these harmful rays, and help prevent premature aging caused by the sun? Museo Skin + Spa are here to help.

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