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Notes on Dermatitis

Dermatitis is an umbrella term for many different types of skin inflammation (including eczema). It’s characterised by rash-like formations, which are often coupled with itchiness, dryness, redness and swelling. While dermatitis isn’t contagious, it can certainly be uncomfortable. Some types of dermatitis tend to only appear momentarily (such as those caused by an allergic reaction) […]

Notes on Glycerin

Glycerin is a powerful humectant and skin repairing ingredient that helps to support the skin’s barrier function and replenish a parched complexion. It’s a colourless and viscous liquid that’s commonly found in moisturisers along with emollients and oils – it’s likely already a component of some of your favourite formulations.  Glycerin works by drawing moisture […]

Notes On Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50

A cult favourite product hailed as a ‘facial in a bottle’, Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 is a highly efficacious and unique low pH acid-toner. Famed for its interesting (read, not the nicest) smell and its cult French pharmacy status, P50 has become a staple in mine and many other bathroom vanities thanks to its no-nonsense […]

Notes on Milia

Often misidentified as whiteheads, milia are small, harmless cysts under the skin’s surface that appear as tiny white bumps on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and around the eyes. Unlike whiteheads, which are the result of clogged pores filled with dead skin cells, bacteria and sebum (oil), milia form when keratin – a protein naturally found […]

Notes on Introducing Actives Slowly

Active ingredients are highly potent and designed to penetrate deep into the skin where they stimulate different responses at a cellular level. As effective as they are, active ingredients have the potential to cause irritation and sensitisation, so it is important to incorporate them into your routine with consideration for your skin’s natural barrier function. […]

Notes on LED light therapy

For a dewy, radiant, lit-from-within glow, LED light therapy should be on the top of your skincare to-do list. I’ve been using this technology for years both on my clients and myself due to its ability to elevate, illuminate and rejuvenate any complexion with zero discomfort or downtime.  Light Emitting Diode (LED) Phototherapy is a […]

Notes on Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense pulsed light also known as IPL is an in-salon treatment that can be used to treat a wide range of skin issues including freckles and sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines, uneven texture and tone, and visible capillaries and redness. It can also be used for hair removal.  Commonly grouped together with laser, IPL […]

Notes on Microcurrent Devices

The skincare community has a clever history of borrowing from other industries for unintended beauty benefits. The technology behind LED masks, for example, was created by NASA to help astronauts with repair and healing. Microcurrent devices are no different: the technology originated in the 1980s to treat people with conditions like Bell’s Palsy.  The non-invasive […]

Notes on Laser

Laser is one of my favourite modalities to use in the studio and one I’ve been using for years. I was immediately drawn to this approach to treating skin due to its ability to address a wide range of concerns from sun damage to acne scarring, and skin laxity to uneven texture. These technologies deliver […]

Notes on Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of my favourite in-studio treatments. Think of it as a superpowered form of physical exfoliation, in which a delicate buffing tool manually resurfaces the skin to deeply cleanse the pores and remove any dead skin cells, oil and debris trapped within them. By gently sloughing away dead layers, we’re able to reveal […]