Video Blog #4- Jackie Taylor- Senior Advanced Skin Therapist

Video Blog #4!

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What better way to celebrate the First of March than with a new blog post! Jackie explains the current offer from Ultraceuticals this month- $20 off the whole CC Makeup Range! Please watch the below video for terms and conditions and Click Here for the link to download your voucher!

For any further information or questions- please contact us at the salon.

Waterlily xx

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Helpful Tips from Oria #4 – Waterlily’s Advanced Skin Therapist

Helpful Tips Blog #4!

Cosmeceutical Products Versus ‘The Rest’

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You might ask, what makes Ultraceuticals different from any other skincare range available to purchase? Well, that is a good question, and with SO MANY products claiming to be the next anti-ageing miracle, it is easy to get mislead or confused.
Ultraceuticals is a Cosmeceutical skincare range.
Cosmeceutical formulations are a combination of cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients that have a biological effect on the skin based on scientific evidence. We know from scientific research that certain vitamins and minerals have a positive effect on our skin cells, but they have to be at certain concentrations and within a carrier molecule to have this beneficial effect.
Vitamin A is a perfect example. Vitamin A must be metabolised into retinoic acid to have a biological effect on the skin. Ultraceuticals Vitamin A serums contain Retinol which is enveloped and carried into the skin by special particles which enhance their delivery and dissolve once in the skin, making them a more potent ingredient formulation.
Another example is Vitamin C. Research suggests that Vitamin C must be at concentrations 10% or higher to have a biological effect on our skin and must be in a stable formulation to keep it from oxidising. Ultraceuticals Ultra C23 is a CSIRO developed micro particle formula, and is unsurpassed in the protection of the oxidating process, ensuring a high dosage of the vitamin can be metabolised in the skin.
In general, many skincare products available to buy do not contain these ingredients at their active concentrations and are unable to reach the level in the skin needed to have an effect, thus doing little to change the skin.

For more information on Ultraceuticals, please see our below blog posts, comment below or contact us and we will endeavour to answer all of your questions.

Waterlily xx

Helpful Tips from Oria #3 – Waterlily’s Advanced Skin Therapist

Helpful Tips Blog #3!

Vitamin C and the Sun!

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We do go on a lot about the negative effects that the sun can have on our skin here at Waterlily, but we also have the ingredients to help fight this impact on the skin.

Vitamin C is a naturally occurring antioxidant which helps prevent the oxidation of other molecules, but we (humans) are unable to synthesize it, so we must consume it or place it topically on our skin to gain the amazing benefits it has. While sunscreens are a must for everyday wear to protect our skin from UV rays, topical antioxidants support them by fighting against the free radicals that the rays produce.

Sunscreen will only block around 55% of free radicals produced by UVA exposure, and as I have mentioned in a previous blog, UVA is believed to be the main cause for skin ageing.

At Waterlily we have 3 fantastic products that star ‘Vitamin C’: Vitamin C Firming Eye Cream, Ultra C10 Firming Serum and the Ultra C23 Firming Concentrate.

Please pop in anytime to learn more or ask any further questions you might have, see you soon.

Waterlily xx

Helpful Tips from Oria #2 – Waterlily’s Advanced Skin Therapist

Helpful Tips Blog #2!

If you can do one positive thing for your self today- you need to watch this video.
The content speaks for itself.

Waterlily xx

Video Blog #3- Jackie Taylor- Senior Advanced Skin Therapist

Video Blog #3!

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Waterlily’s Senior Skin Therapist Jackie Taylor is back with another blog this week! Today she is introducing the exciting new treatments available at Waterlily- IPL Hair Reduction, Skin Rejuvenation, Acne Scaring, Pigmentation and Vascular treatments. For more information or to book a FREE consult please call or email the salon. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Waterlily xx

Video Blog #2- Jackie Taylor- Senior Advanced Skin Therapist

Video Blog #2!

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Today Jackie takes us through the ranges of SPF available in the salon as well as some helpful tanning tips!
As the summers in Australia get hotter and later in the year, we MUST make sure we are wearing an SPF throughout the next few months as the harmful UV rays are still very strong and will cause damage to our skin.
For any more information, please comment below or call the salon.

Waterlily xx

Helpful Tips from Oria #1 – Waterlily’s Advanced Skin Therapist

Helpful Tips Blog #1!

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Oria, who is currently studying at Vic Uni to become a certified Dermal Therapist, has sat down today and written some FREE, invaluable information about some of the ingredients included in the products we stand by at Waterlily and why we must ALWAYS must use an SPF when incorporating Vitamin A into our skin care regime.

Vitamin A
The benefits of vitamin A applied topically to the skin include
– Decreasing oil production
– Improve skin hydration
– Decreasing the clustering of melanin and normalising cell division
– Stimulate collagen production
– Decrease ceramide production possibly resulting in TEWL
Collectively these changes make the skin thicker, smoother, with a reduction in pigmentation, fine lines, acne lesions and pore size.

AHA’s & BHA’s
The benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids applied topically to the skin include
– Reduction in pigmentation
– Reduction in dryness
– Reduction in fine lines and other photo ageing characteristics
– Reduction in congestion and blackheads.
– Increase the production of ceramides reducing TEWL.

AHA’s and BHA’s work by dissolving the ‘glue-like’ bonds between skin cells providing an exfoliating effect on the skins surface and within the oil glands. These changes will result in dermal thickening and increased skin luminosity.

These two amazing ingredients have numerous benefits however there is always a ‘catch’.
WE MUST WEAR SUNSCREEN
Our skin has a natural barrier to UV rays, which is the top layer of our skin, by stimulating an increase in skin cell turnover this protection is slightly compromised, and we must apply sunscreen each and every day regardless of the weather and activity to protect it.
UV rays are categorised into UVC, UVB and UVA, UVA is always present during the day and this little ray is what ages us. We can fight this by always applying a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen, always wearing a hat when outdoors and trying to avoid outdoor activity during 10am and 3pm.
UVA can damage our skin without us even knowing about it, as it doesn’t produce any redness or burning to our skin.
UVB is the ray that is responsible for burning and tanning. UVB increases the degrading of collagen and elastin in the skin which keeps our skin looking plump and hydrated. Multiple sunburns in early life have even been linked to melanoma.
There is also a suggestion that it also shortens our cells lifespan (telomeres)

Telomeres
Each person has a unique genetic makeup, our chromophores, and at the end of each chromophore is a telomere. You could liken it to the plastic end of a shoelace. Their job is to prevent the chromophore from unravelling. Every time one of our cells divide, which is essential for new skin, blood and bones, the telomere becomes shorter and shorter and finally when the telomere becomes too short, it dies or becomes damaged which could lead to mutations and cancer. UV rays and inflammation are considered to accelerate this shortening process along with limiting its repair.

For any more information from Oria or any of the therapists at Waterlily please do not hesitate to give us a call or pop into the salon to have a chat.
If you like you can also email us and we are always more than happy to respond to your queries!

Waterlily xx

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Video Blog #1- Jackie Taylor- Senior Advanced Skin Therapist

Video Blog #1!

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Today Jackie Taylor takes us through the Ultra Clear range we have in the salon.
The Ultra Clear Range is designed specifically to target the acne development cycle to help clear blemishes and decongest problematic skin.
For further information on the Ultra Clear range please do not hesitate to call us at the salon or pop in for more details!

Waterlily xx