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Solving the 4 most common waxing issues!

Solving 4 common wax-related skin issues

Waxing is a fantastic way to stay hair free, but what happens when your clients experience side effects? Here are some common skin issues that can be brought on by waxing and other hair removal methods – and how to solve them.


Exfoliating will help prevent common wax-related skin issues such as folliculitis.

The problem: Ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs happen when the hair remains embedded in the skin and doesn’t emerge from the follicle. This can cause inflammation and, if left untreated, pain and itching. In very bad cases, ingrown hairs can lead to infection and scarring.

The solution: The best way to solve the issue is to keep skin clean and free of dead skin cells, grime and sweat. Encourage your clients to use a cleansing, antibacterial wash daily and to use an ingrown product both before and after their wax treatment.

The problem: Red, hot, itchy skin

Some skin reacts post waxing by becoming red and hot. While the issue usually goes down within 24 hours of treatment, the skin issue can be itchy and uncomfortable for clients to deal with.

The solution: Seek out a non-stinging treatment to calm and sooth red, itchy, sensitized skin. Look for calming ingredients such as Aloe Vera and chamomile.


Keep skin smooth and soft by exfoliating and using the right pre and post waxing.

The problem: Folliculitis

Folliculitis is the inflammation of the hair follicles and is usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. It can occur on any part of the body. While it can be brought on by waxing, it can also be caused by shaving or even when hair follicles are damaged from constant rubbing against clothing.

The solution: Good hygiene and proper waxing techniques will help prevent folliculitis. Some clients are prone to the issue so recommend they avoid highly fragrant after-care products and enlist gentle, anti-bacterial washes and lotions. Look for ingredients such as tea tree, which is both natural and works as an antibacterial. If the issue becomes an ongoing issue, IPL is often a better way for these clients to go hair-free.

The problem: Dryness

Waxing is fantastic for exfoliating the skin, but this can lead to dryness if the skin is not well moisturised.

The solution: Using an after waxing lotion with ingredients such as witch hazel at the end of your treatment will soothe and nourish the skin and also ensure you have removed any sticky wax residue. Encouraging your clients to exfoliate and moisturise regularly is key in keeping skin soft and smooth. Also ask them to use a mitt in the shower regularly will help get rid of dead skin cells, which can lead to dryness. If bumps are an issue, recommend a medicated lotion, such as Bump eRaiser which works on ingrown hairs, dryness and even retarding hair growth.



Why Microneedling Is the Next Big Thing in Skin Care


More often than not, the next hot thing in professional skin care tends to be just that: hot. From fractional lasers to radiofrequency devices and nearly every gadget in between, the reigning smoothing-and-tightening workhorses in derms’ offices rely on intensely high temperatures to jump-start wound healing and, thus, collagen production in the skin. But for the great many of us who can’t take the heat—as it flares up conditions like melasma and rosacea and can traumatize skin of color, causing it to darken unevenly—skin specialists are going back to basics. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the numbers for chemical peels are climbing—hello, peel bars—surpassing even those recorded at the peak of their popularity in the ’90s. But it’s a less ubiquitous old-school resurfacing method that’s gaining increasing buzz for those seeking smooth, radiant results without the stinging or flaking: microneedling—a technique that uses a needle-studded wand to drive tiny holes into the skin (potentially down to the dermis) with the goal of spurring collagen growth.

The procedure has been quietly advancing with the times, despite its crude beginnings. “When I first started needling in the ’80s, I was gripping a single 30-gauge needle with a hemostat [clamp] and poking the skin repeatedly to get at fine lines and acne scars—painstaking, but it worked,” says Cheryl Burgess, M.D., a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. The automated stamping pens derms wield today—the Eclipse MicroPen a favorite among them—make for far faster work, of course, and are considerably cheaper than the higher-tech alternative of fractional lasers, which create similar pinpoint channels in the skin. (And not by coincidence: The technology was actually “patterned after the concept of needling,” says Burgess.)

Piercing the skin by any means can open one up to infection, so trust only a reputable derm or medical aesthetician with solid needling experience (and, it goes without saying, sterile tools). While some doctors do microneedling in lieu of laser work—especially for the heat-sensitive set—others perform the two in tandem. Denver dermatologist Joel Cohen, M.D., often uses microneedling as a low-downtime maintenance fix for Fraxel regulars who “want to help their skin stay smooth and taut in between laser sessions,” he says.

Further fueling the resurgent obsession with needling, Cohen notes, is the way it enhances the penetration of whichever hydrating, brightening, or rejuvenating actives are applied post-perforation. Microneedling enthusiast Mashell Tabe, an Albuquerque, New Mexico–based medical aesthetician who tends to Naomi Watts, believes so strongly in the treatment’s power to bolster product absorption, she sends clients home from needling visits with an Environ roller to use nightly along with supercharged serums preapproved by Tabe herself. The roller doesn’t pierce the skin as deeply as pro tools, but rather preserves those microchannels to keep the skin open and receptive to anti-aging nutrients.

“I want to scream it from the rooftops,” she says. “Done regularly, microneedling will make your skin act like it did in your 20s—it’ll be thicker, it’ll glow, it’ll have the most beautiful tone and texture.” And, really, what could be cooler than that?

New dermal filler hits our shores

We talk to leading Australian cosmetic physician, Dr Van Park for her opinion on Emervel, the latest hyaluronic acid dermal filler to hit Australian shores. We also get her thoughts on when we should encourage our clients to look to aesthetic treatments, and how we should get women thinking about the process of ageing.


Emervel is the latest breed of hyaluronic acid dermal filler to hit Australian shores. Why is this injectable, which has been launched by Galderma, the creators of Restylane, so exciting? It requires no downtime and lasts up to 18 months, plus it also promises natural results. Win, win, win. We talk to Dr Van Park, a leading cosmetic physician in Sydney’s Double Bay, for her professional thoughts on injectables and ageing.
What is exciting about Emervel?
“Emervel is an exciting and unique range of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that provide natural-looking results for up to 18 months,” says Dr Van Park, leading Australian cosmetic physician. “The Emervel range can help to improve the shape of your face by gently adding subtle volume, definition and give a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance to the cheeks, lips, smile lines and corners of the mouth. The unique thing about Emervel is the “Optimal Balance Technology” which means it does not swell at all. In the past, we all had to hide for a few days after treatment due to swelling but now women can walk in and out looking refreshed and go straight back to what they were doing.”
How long has it been on the international market?
“Emervel was first registered in France in 2011,”says Dr Van Park.
What are the benefits of Emervel over other fillers?
“Mainly two benefits – the OBT, and the fact that Emervel has a large range that caters specifically for individual needs of patients,” says Dr Van Park. “The benefits of Emervel over other fillers really depends on the patient and physician. The Emervel range is specifically designed to best match the different facial areas such as Emervel Classic for nasolabial folds, Emervel Deep for nasolabial folds and marionette lines, Emervel Volume for cheeks, Emervel Touch around the mouth and eyes and Emervel Lips. The other benefit of the range is that all the formulations except for Touch are available with lidocaine which helps with patient comfort.”


Hyluronic filler and Botox are the most requested aesthetic procedure in cosmetic doctors’ clinics.

As a cosmetic physician, what are your thoughts on this new filler?
“The fillers have a smooth and nice finish. Patients also seem to like the treatment due to the dose of lidocaine mixed in with the HA in the syringe – this helps with minimising the pain,” says Dr Van Park.
Fillers, along with Botulinum toxin, are the most popular treatments on the market, what do consumers love about these treatments so much?
“The growing acceptance of aesthetic treatments and the availability of new products has greatly impacted its popularity,”says Dr Van Park. “Consumers love these treatments because they are able to best match the different areas of their face, improve comfort, reduce swelling and achieve natural looking results that are long lasting.”
Galderma, the creators of Emervel, has conducted research which shows that women tend to seek aesthetic treatment in their 40s. Why do you think this is the moment so many women are turning to these kinds of treatments?
“We start to see early signs of ageing in particular volume change in our mid 30s. Most women feel they look “tired” due to the subtle shadows that form as a result of volume change and usually seek help around this age,” says Dr Van Park. “If women haven’t undergone aesthetic treatments prior to their 40s for more of a preventative measure, generally they will have deep lines and wrinkles. The benefits of aesthetic treatments is that it can go deep into the skin layer to smooth away those lines and wrinkles and gently add subtle volume.”

Emervel has several different options to allow professionals to create the best possible results. This one is great for nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Is our 40s the right time to seek treatment? Or should we be thinking about it earlier?
“I think the best time to start the anti-aging regime is between 25-30,” says Dr Van Park. “You can almost never be too young to start! Better to prevent than try to cure is what I always tell my patients.”
This desire for aesthetic treatment seems to taper off as women age past 50, do you think this trend will change as women in their 30s and 40s get older?
“It’s been over 10 years since Botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have been available for aesthetic treatments,” says Dr Van Park. “Undergoing treatments 10 years ago was hardly spoken. Now, with the growing acceptance and the latest technology in aesthetic treatments, more women are talking openly about treatments. As a result, I do think that women in their 20s, 30s and 40s will be more open to treatments and it becomes part of their maintenance routine.”


This survey by Emervel creator Galderma has some very interesting statistics on women and their thoughts on ageing.

Women are worried about showing the signs of ageing, do you think this more prevalent than in past generations?
“Women are becoming increasingly more worried about showing the signs of ageing than past generations,” says Dr Van Park. “The media have a strong impact on women and ageing. It’s quite sad really because you see women struggling to come to terms with ageing. However, I’ve seen and been inspired by women in their 50s and 60s who take care of themselves very well and as a result is very graceful and attractive for their age.”
Do men have the same concerns?
“Most definitely,” says Dr Van Park. “Particularly men who work in the corporate world and need to uphold an image.”
“What goals do women expect out of a filler treatment?
“Women want instant, natural and long-lasting results. But most of all, they want to feel confident in their skin and to look the best they can for as long as they can,” says Dr Van Park. “Most of my patients tell me they don’t want to look any different or even younger, they just want to look like the best versions of themselves.”

Video Blog #9- Jackie Taylor- Senior Advanced Skin Therapist

Video Blog #8!

In this weeks Video Blog, Jackie is demonstrating how to use the Ultraceuticals 0.2 mm Ultra Derma Needling System- also known as the Home Roller!

The home roller is an integral part of ones home care regime for those clients serious about results and who would like to implement in clinic dermal needling into their skin plan; as the home roller is a suggested prerequisite for in clinic needling. The home roller works on the skin’s own cell renewal process to visibly improve scars and imperfection on the skin and will help to resurface the skin’s texture and tone.

At Waterlily we are offering a new facial- the Roller Facial!
This will include an in depth explanation and demonstration of how to use the roller on your self at home and will also include a treatment in the clinic by one of our advanced skin therapists.

The home roller is priced at $99. The Roller Facial will be priced at $149. This price includes your home roller for you to take at the end of the treatment and also a one hour facial. This is a saving of $50 so the roller is half price!
We also suggest that you incorporate the Ultraceuticals B2 serum into the treatment for your skin post rolling to help sooth and hydrate your skin and of course an SPF for protection.
Your therapist will go into detail about how to use the roller and at what frequency- as this will differ from client to client and what other products can/cannot be used whilst rolling.

If you would like any more information about the home roller or organise and in clinic demonstration please speak to reception at the clinic and we will organise an appointment with one of our advanced therapists.

Waterlily xx

Video Blog #8- Jackie Taylor- Senior Advanced Skin Therapist

Video Blog #8!

This week, we have decided to dedicate our Video Blog to helping YOU at home with some guidance and advice in regards to your at home skin care regime.
Jackie goes into detail about:
– How much product to us (a little goes a long way!)
– What order to put products on to the skin
– How to apply the product correctly

We have found some clients are using to much product, not enough product or not applying products incorrectly so this video is dedicated to help you master your at home skin care application techniques!
This will ensure you get the most out of your Ultraceuticals items to achieve optimal results.

We hope you find this video helpful and please remember- if you have any further questions please give us a call, send us an email or pop into the salon!

Waterlily xx