Summer Dream Team: Why You Need To Pair Vitamin C With SPF

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When you think of the perfect summer, you may imagine an escape to a tropical paradise; sitting on a white sand beach with a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) in hand, watching the waves roll in while the warm sun beams down. And your skin? Perfectly smooth, even and glowing, of course. 

While you may not have a trip to paradise planned, we can still help you achieve the skin of your dreams this summer – and it’s easier than you think!

A Summer Routine With Vitamin C + Sun Protection | Tailor By Skin Type | Dry Skin | Oily Skin | Normal Skin | Sensitive Skin 

When it comes to summertime radiance, you only need to reach for two products to get glowing: a potent source of Vitamin C and a sunscreen. Read on to learn how to make the most of your daily summer ritual with these two essentials. 

Why You Need Vitamin C

You likely already know that Vitamin C is an essential part of your diet. But beyond your morning glass of OJ, this powerhouse ingredient can do a lot to enhance your complexion. So what exactly does Vitamin C do for your skin?

When applied topically, Vitamin C can: 

  • Prevent premature aging while visibly smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Even skin tone by targeting dark spots
  • Support your skin’s natural collagen production
  • Brighten your complexion by reducing the redness associated with environmental stress
  • Neutralise free radicals, limiting skin damage

A bonus? This potent nutrient is often found in bright, juicy and delicious summery botanicals like guavas, rockmelon, lychees, papayas, strawberries, and pineapple.  

Why You Need SPF

You probably apply sunscreen when the sun is shining its brightest. But you may not know that it’s important to use sun protection every day, especially when you’re spending lots of time outside. With all the summer fun of lounging by pools, backyard barbeques and frolicking on the beach, you’ll need to layer on your favourite sunscreen before heading outdoors – and be sure to reapply at least every two hours.  

To get the most out of your sun care, ensure you’re applying SPF from head to toe, taking extra care to target your dĂ©colletĂ©, hands, ears and feet. You can also pick up sun care products for your lips and scalp. And remember, when it comes to sun care, an SPF of 30 or more is ideal. 

Better Together: The Potent Power Of Vitamin C With Sunscreen

Some things are better together. Case in point: Vitamin C and SPF!

For all its beneficial qualities, Vitamin C does have one drawback: It’s prone to oxidation, which diminishes its effectiveness. If you’ve used a Vitamin C serum before, you may have noticed that it comes in an opaque bottle or dark amber glass. This type of packaging blocks light from getting in, stopping oxidation before it starts. Not only could Vitamin C oxidise in the bottle, but it may also oxidise on the skin. According to Dr Michelle Wong of Lab Muffin Beauty Science, “Some vitamin C serums that contain ascorbic acid, [can cause] slightly darkened skin after a few days of use. The stained skin looks red or orange-brown, sort of like fake tan.” This tends to be the case when the Vitamin C is not paired with sun protection. But fear not! Layering SPF over Vitamin C helps prevent oxidation.

London-based Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting explains these benefits on her YouTube channel. “No one gets 100% protection from UV from sunscreen,” she says. “ It’s almost impossible because we tend to underapply [sunscreen], it comes off through the day, maybe we’re not rigorous about topping up. We’re reliant on a second line of attack from an antioxidant serum, like a Vitamin C serum.” 

Another perk to this combo? Vitamin C can boost sunscreen’s protective power. Chicago-based board-certified dermatologist Dr Steven Mandrea, explains in an interview with Real Simple that  “combining Vitamin C serum and broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect well against UVA rays is more effective at neutralising free radical damage from sun exposure than just using sunscreen alone.” 

A Summer Routine With Vitamin C + Sun Protection

Ready to get glowing? This vitamin-rich routine brings on a bright, luminous look for all skin types. 

Step 1 

Clean With Envy: This cleanser is perfect for smoothing texture without overstripping skin’s natural oils. A milky gel with a juicy scent, you’ll love this cleanser as a new addition to your skincare practice.

Step 2

Solution From Pollution: Bring on the brightness with this serum.

Made with two types of water-soluble Vitamin C (so everyone can prevent premature ageing, not just those with lipid-dry skin), and a total of eight antioxidants, this serum is well-loved for its ability to reveal skin that looks youthful, plump and bright. 

Tailor By Skin Type

This routine is a phenomenal way to introduce vitamin-rich skincare into your routine. Plus, it ensures you’re protected from the summer sun. But if you have specific skin concerns, you can make these smart switches to cater to your unique skin type and concerns. 

Dry Skin 

Hydrate and Inflate will saturate dry skin with hydration whilst energising from within. A daily skincare staple, this serum features skin-plumping Hyaluronic Acid which boosts the skin’s ability to collect and retain vital moisture. This serum is designed to be used morning and night daily. Better still, this serum supports the skin’s exfoliation function, so you’ll need less frequent exfoliation to help dry skin retain moisture.

Dry skin will also love Filthy Rich. Loaded with nurturing oils, butters and hydration heroes, Filthy Rich is the most nourishing moisturiser that’ll leave dry skin types saying, “Shut up and take my money!” Bringing instant relief to dry, taut and uncomfortable skin, Filthy Rich delivers ultimate nourishment and protection to impaired barriers to create smoother, stronger, more supple-looking complexions. Apply before your SPF.

Oily Skin

Dealing with excess oil, large pores and breakouts? Grab some Light As A Feather. This lightweight formula quenches oily skin without adding grease or shine. Plus, this formula contains shine-reducing actives to help to mattify the skin throughout the day. 

Enhance your routine with Calm The Harm. Large pores don’t stand a chance against this dreamy formula’s mix of Niacinamide, Tazman Pepper and Date-seed extract.

Normal Skin 

Normal skin should be good to go with the routine mentioned above. But if you like to go the extra mile, these formulas will enhance your bright glow while keeping your skin in perfect balance. Refine Over Time gradually refines the skin over time, evening skin tone for a healthy-looking glow.

For Brighter Days is an energy-enhancing brightening serum with two types of Vitamin C to even skin tone and texture. Harnessing a blend of high-performing botanicals, peptides and pigment-balancing actives, For Brighter Days promotes a brighter, more even complexion.

Sensitive Skin 

You may be wondering if it’s possible to go overboard with Vitamin C: in some cases, yes! You’ll want to tread carefully when using Vitamin C on sensitive skin. Start slowly with Solution From Pollution, and consider reaching for Calm The Harm. This calming serum reveals glowing skin without irritation. 

Have you tried Vitamin C and your SPF together? If not, I can help you pick out the right products so you’re ready to glow all season long.

How To Make Thin Skin Feel Stronger And Thicker

Is your skin looking thinner, less bouncy and more delicate? There is no question that the thickness of your skin changes with age. Gradually, your skin feels drier and less elastic. And with thinner skin comes a weakened skin barrier. When the skin is healthy, it protects us from irritation, skin diseases and inflammation. But when our skin barrier is impaired, the skin cannot defend itself. Let’s explore how weak, thin skin can compromise the skin barrier and look at repair methods to strengthen and make the skin healthier.

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Why Is My Skin So Thin?


As you age, you may see shifts in your skin texture and elasticity. Your body produces less collagen, so the skin becomes thinner and drier. Collagen is the structural protein that gives skin elasticity, strength and suppleness. Collagen fibres are the sturdy columns that support the top layer of the skin, preventing saggy skin. But with collagen decline comes thinner and less supple skin. You can thank your genetics for how quickly your store of collagen decreases.

Collagen loss in the skin. Young skin has high collagen content. Image depicts a cross-section of young skin showing a smooth surface, collagen and elastin fibres, and hyaluronic acid.

Ageing skin has low collagen. Image depicts a cross-section of ageing skin showing fine lines and wrinkles in the epidermis and dermis.

Lifestyle Factors Including Medication

You may develop thin skin from long-term use of specific medications including: 

  • Prescription blood thinners
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen (Nurofen) or naproxen (Naprogesic)
  • Topical and oral corticosteroids
  • Over-the-counter aspirin

There are also a number of lifestyle factors that may cause early ageing and thinning of the skin including:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Lack of regular exercise combined with a poor diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates

Sun Exposure 

Overexposure to ultraviolet light causes sun damage to your skin, injuring skin cells and reducing collagen and elastin. After many years of tanning (and burning), you might notice your skin is thinner across your face, arms or hands, the parts of the body most exposed to the sun. Other signs of sun damage are age spots, sagging skin, wrinkling or skin cancer. 

Tanning Beds

Exposure to artificial radiation sources, such as tanning beds, can lead to skin damage (and thinner skin) and increase the risk of skin cancer. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is linked to getting severe sunburns, especially at a young age. Tanning causes the skin to lose elasticity and wrinkle prematurely. This leathery look may not appear until years after a tan or sunburn. You may also notice premature signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and dark spots.

Commercial solarium units were banned in Australia on 1 January 2015 after nearly a decade of campaigning led by Cancer Councils. Solariums are not a safe way to tan and significantly increase your risk of skin cancer. If you’ve used a solarium, your skin cancer risk is higher than someone who has not.


Lowering of estrogen levels, especially during menopause, is a fundamental contributor to the thinning of the skin. Collagen is essential for maintaining the structure and firmness of the skin. During menopause, a decrease in estrogen causes a drop in collagen levels, moisture retention and oil production. You may notice sagging or thinning skin and fine lines and wrinkles.

How Will Thin Skin Impact Me?

Thin skin will not cause medical problems — it’s only a concern when your skin becomes easily bruised or damaged. As Medline Plus states: “As you age, you are at increased risk for skin injury. Your skin is thinner, more fragile, and you lose some of the protective fat layer.” The skin’s ability to snap back worsens with age, as does the thickness of the dermis. And with thin skin comes bruises and wrinkles.

On top of thinning skin, if you are not looking after your skin at all, then its barrier might be compromised. Of the three main layers of the skin, the hypodermis layer contains sweat glands, fat, and tissue. The next layer is called the dermis, which consists of the blood supply and nerves. The outermost layer is the epidermis, which makes up your skin barrier and defends you against bacteria and dirt. A healthy, functioning skin barrier blocks environmental irritants while keeping in natural oils and moisture.

An unhealthy skin barrier will not defend you from potential skin issues such as irritation, inflammation or dryness. Thin skin is already fragile enough, but not moisturising dry skin and over-exfoliating can cause irritation. Here’s a breakdown of practical ways to achieve stronger and thicker skin.

How To Make Thin Skin Stronger And Thicker

Eat Foods That Help Collagen Production

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for increasing collagen production, making our skin stronger and improving the barrier function of our skin. Vitamin C is found in foods like broccoli, leafy greens and citrus fruits and is necessary for collagen production. 

variety of foods can help your body boost collagen production including:

  • Chicken
  • Leafy greens
  • Berries
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Egg whites
  • Citrus fruits

Use Skin Care Products With Peptides

If you are already happy with your diet, you can make your skin feel stronger with skin care products that contain peptides. Dermatologist Dr. Nancy Samolitis, MD, FAAD told Byrdie: “Peptides are essentially fragmented portions of proteins. So when they’re used in skincare, the objective is for those fragments of collagen to stimulate collagen growth … Complete, non-fragmented proteins (like collagen) are not able to be directly absorbed through the top layer of skin, so these smaller pieces are able to get deep into the cellular level.” 

Apply Moisturiser Daily

Turn your attention from exfoliation to moisturisation to make your skin more youthful, firm and resilient. Whether you’re a dry, combination, oily or sensitive skin type, keeping your skin hydrated is the first step to skin health and having a strong skin barrier.

Your lack of hydration could be due to genetics; you might be just born with a dry skin type. However, if your skin type is actually oily, combination, sensitive or normal, dryness could be caused by anything from air conditioners or hot showers to weather. Help your skin stay strong by applying moisturiser after cleansing. This step helps lock in moisture and protect your skin from the environment.

Are you struggling with thinning skin? To find out more and get personalised solutions book a Skin Consultation & Analysis today!

4 Signs Your Skin Is Dehydrated And How To Fix It

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Does your skin feel more flaky and sensitive than usual? Has your natural radiance been zapped from your complexion? If this sounds like the state of your skin, it may be dehydrated. Here are the signs of dehydrated skin and my recommendations for how to fix it.

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What Is The Difference Between Dry & Dehydrated Skin?

Dry and dehydrated skin share many of the same signs and symptoms, but the differences are pretty distinct. Here is a quick breakdown of how these two skin care problems differ:

Dry Skin

Classified as a skin type, Dry skin is genetically inherited. Professional Beauty Therapy (Australia and New Zealand 2nd Edition) defines a dry skin type as fine and lacking in sebum. The characteristics of dry skin are:

  • the pores are small and tight
  • the skin texture is coarse and thin, with patches of visibly flaking skin
  • there is a tendency towards sensitivity (broken capillaries often accompany this skin type)
  • premature ageing is common, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles, seen especially around the eyes, mouth and neck
  • skin pigmentation may be uneven, and disorders such as ephelides (freckles) usually accompany this skin type
  • milia are often found around the cheek and eye area.

In addition, conditions such as hormonal imbalances or underactive thyroid can inhibit sebum production and contribute to a dry and lacklustre complexion. While you can’t change a dry skin type due to genetics, you can improve its appearance by adding oil-infused products to your skincare routine.

Dehydrated Skin

Historically described as a skin condition, dehydration is the lack of free water in the skin’s outermost layers, the Epidermis. It causes the skin to look thick and dull and accelerates skin ageing. Exposure to external elements (weather and seasonal changes), unhealthy diet (inadequate fresh produce) and lifestyle choices (alcohol or caffeine consumption) contribute to dehydrated skin. These factors deplete your skin’s water content, resulting in a less supple appearance. A key takeaway is that dehydration is a lack of water — not oil. Even oily skin types can be dehydrated. Thankfully, it is easy to fix dehydration with topical treatments and lifestyle changes.

Image of a woman looking in an unseen mirror at and touching her cheek. Titled: 4 Signs of Dehydrated Skin, it includes 4 sections: Itchy patches, Tired skin: Dull, flaky & dark undereye circles, Sensitive areas and Fin lines & wrinkles. Each section has a small image of what the skin condition looks like.

4 Signs Of Dehydrated Skin

Not sure if you’re struggling with dryness or dehydration? Here are four telltale signs that you have dehydrated skin:

1. Itchy Skin

Have you ever returned from a ski holiday or a day at the beach and felt an unrelenting need to scratch? External elements like wind and extreme temperature changes can zap moisture from the outer layer of your skin, causing a tight, itchy sensation, often accompanied by flaking, regardless of the amount of oil on your skin’s surface.

2. Increased Sensitivity

Sensitivity is one of the most severe effects of dry skin. When your skin’s moisture barrier is compromised, it cannot effectively shield your body from environmental stimuli. As a result, irritants like bacteria and pollution can pierce its top layer, causing symptoms like redness, itching, and irritation to develop.

3. Dull Skin

Does your skin have an overall dull and tired appearance? Dehydration affects your skin’s ability to perform essential functions like cell turnover. Without adequate hydration, your skin does not shed its most outer layer frequently enough, and dead cells accumulate on its surface, contributing to clogged pores, congestion and a lacklustre complexion.

4. Fine Lines & Wrinkles

To manually test for hydration, Professional Beauty Therapy (Australia and New Zealand 2nd Edition) recommends viewing the skin under a magnifying lamp, using visual and touch diagnostic techniques to analyse Hydration: A slight squeeze will show a crêpey or fine-lined surface between your thumb and pointer finger if dehydrated. Dehydrated skin often displays accelerated signs of ageing; however, unlike smile lines or crow’s feet, these wrinkles appear as a network of tiny, triangular fine lines.

How To Fix Dehydrated Skin

Before outlining a skincare routine, these other lifestyle tips might help you.

1. Avoid Caffeine And Alcohol

Two of the worst culprits for dry skin are caffeine and alcohol. Both drugs are diuretics, which endanger the health of your skin by reducing its water content. By preventing the hormone vasopressin, which is crucial for rehydration, alcohol adds insult to injury. If you can’t picture starting your day without a cup of coffee, don’t worry: Most people agree that drinking a glass of alcohol in the evening and one to two cups of coffee each day is acceptable.

2. Best Products For Dehydrated Skin

To fix dehydrated skin, you must address your skincare routine and overall health. That means hydrating from the inside out as well as treating dehydration topically.

3. Buy A Humidifier

You might need to add moisture and turn off the air conditioner. Humidifiers are usually quiet and work in the background, evaporating water using a heating element. They form steam that gets vented into the air, creating humidity and moisture to help those with dehydrated skin.

4. Skip Strong Acids

Exfoliation is a no-fail way to brighten a dull, dehydrated complexion but for dehydrated skin, I recommend avoiding strong acids that could cause irritation. Healthy skin takes between 30 and 120 days to renew depending on age, and dehydrated skin takes even longer. Proper exfoliation accelerates skin cell turnover by sloughing dead cells from the surface to reveal the new, healthy cells underneath. As the skin isn’t strong enough for strong acids at this stage (they will penetrate too quickly and cause irritation as there is no barrier), the best methods for exfoliation are enzymes and physical exfoliants as they work on the surface of the skin. I recommend a more gentle exfoliating option below in the skincare routine.

A Dehydrated Skin Care Routine

You must address your skincare routine and general health in order to treat dehydrated skin. This entails both hydrating internally and topically to cure dehydration.

1. Wash With A Gentle Cleanser & Lukewarm Water

The best way to cleanse dehydrated skin is with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water. Choose cleansers free of harsh chemical additives that can strip the skin of beneficial moisture and aggravate sensitivities. Clean With Envy by Dermaenergy is a foaming cleanser with pineapple enzymes to help gently exfoliate the skin while washing it. Luxuriously foaming, it instantly lifts daily dirt, grime, make-up and oil for a deep cleanse without leaving the skin feeling stripped or squeaky.

2. Use A Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is remarkably effective in replenishing dehydrated skin. This miracle ingredient is a humectant that helps bind and retain moisture, keeping skin soft and pillowy. According to the Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary (4th edition), hyaluronic acid’s water-absorption abilities and significant molecular structure allow the epidermis to achieve greater suppleness, plasticity, and turgor.

Huge molecular-sized HA remains on the skin’s surface giving vital water to these enzymes. Hydrate and Inflate by Dermaenergy contains three (3) essential sizes, a small, medium and large molecular-sized Hyaluronic Acid. By delivering hydration to all layers of the epidermis, the result is superiorly saturated, soft, hydrated skin.

4. Use A Gentle Exfoliant

As mentioned earlier, avoid harsh exfoliants that contain strong acids. Instead, opt for a gentle enzyme or acid exfoliant containing a lactic and mandelic acid blend. Derived from milk and almonds, these mild alpha-hydroxy acids are key ingredients in Dermaenergy exfoliating serums: Shed The Dead and LQD Exfoliant.

5. Protect Your Skin’s Outer Layer

According to internationally acclaimed dermal science educator Florence Barrett-Hill, “Epidermal hydration is directly affected by … fluid intake. If that fluid intake is not maintained at an acceptable level, all secretion, respiration and transpiration functions of the skin will eventually become impaired.” The key is preventing water from leaving your skin by keeping its moisture barrier intact and healthy. One of the best ways to achieve this is with a topical treatment like Dermaenergy’s Filthy Rich. This rich formula contains Aquarich, which builds a breathable film on the skin to protect it while helping to reinforce the skin’s own Natural Moisturising Factors. Vitamin F prevents transepidermal water loss and locks in moisture where your skin needs it most, so you can expect instant relief against dryness and tautness.

A Mini Three-Step Routine For Dry, Winter Skin

Perhaps you don’t have dehydrated skin, but you’re dealing with dry skin symptoms, such as cracked, flaky or itchy skin. These three products in my three-step routine will save your skin and keep your skin smooth and supple all winter long.

Step 1: Skin cleansing is essential to refresh and maintain a healthy complexion

Use Clean With Envy as the first step in your AM and PM skincare routine. Thoroughly massage a pearl-sized amount over your wet face, neck and décolletage, and rinse. If you keep your cleanser in the shower, you will never forget this essential step! This sulphate-free foaming cleanser thoroughly cleans the skin without stripping the precious barrier while pineapple enzymes work to unclog pores and balance oil flow.

Step 2: Use A Hydrating Serum

For your second step, apply a layer of the Dermaenergy Hydrate and Inflate as part of your AM and PM routine. Apply to cleansed skin over your face, neck and décolleté area before moisturiser and sun protection (AM). This serum enhances hydration on all skin types and soothes inflammation, particularly for those with dry and dehydrated skin.

Step 3: Apply A Moisturiser

For your final and third step, assess the correct level of oil the skin already produces to help determine which Dermaenergy moisturiser is right for you. If your skin already has a high production of oil, then adding additional oil is unnecessary. A combination skin type needs a small addition of oil. If the skin is lipid-dry, then we need to add more oil. I recommend moisturising as part of your AM and PM routine. Apply moisturiser to cleansed skin following serum application and before sun protection (AM). Dermaenergy moisturisers lock in serums and drive the active ingredients deeper into the skin. They contain Blue Light, an urban antioxidant protecting against damaging digital devices.

For a skincare routine tailored to your unique skin type and concerns, book a Skin Analysis & Consultation.

How Does Salicylic Acid Clear Acne?

When you think of acne treatments, salicylic acid probably comes to mind. This beta-hydroxy acid has a long history of treating acne effectively, efficiently — and gently. This superstar skincare ingredient does wonders for those suffering from acne by exfoliating the skin, deep cleaning pores and preventing future breakouts. Salicylic acid helps clear acne and prevent future breakouts without irritation. Read on to discover how.


Unlike AHAs which are water soluble and work primarily on the skin’s surface, BHAs are oil soluble. This characteristic allows them to penetrate below the skin’s surface and dive deep into your pores. Not only do they exfoliate the top layer of skin, but they can also penetrate blocked pores by making their way into the oil glands, dissolving the paste-like mixture of sebum and dead skin that can lead to spots. BHAs can clear blockages and destroy acne-causing bacteria lingering within the pore by penetrating pores more deeply.

Exfoliates Skin

One feature of acne-prone skin is that it doesn’t self-exfoliate efficiently. As a result, dead skin clumps together instead of sloughing off — leading to more pimples and blackheads. Salicylic acid counteracts this by dissolving the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. By removing and loosening the bonds between skin cells, salicylic acid helps the skin shed its outer layer, clearing it of pore-clogging debris.

Deep Cleans Pores

In addition to exfoliating the outer layer of the skin, salicylic acid permeates the pore lining, working to clear the dead skin cells that have built up and caused congestion. Salicylic acid gives such a deep clean because it penetrates the pore lining to exfoliate inside the pore and on the skin’s surface, helping to clear congested skin.

Salicylic acid gives such a deep clean because it penetrates the pore lining to exfoliate inside the pore and on the skin’s surface, helping to clear congested skin.


This ingredient is unique because it is very effective at fighting acne while having a soothing, calming effect on the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of this ingredient are not surprising, given its close chemical relationship to one of the most well-known anti-inflammatory drugs available, acetylsalicylic acid (also known as aspirin!). As an anti-irritant, salicylic acid can exfoliate and deep clean pores while calming redness — two common acne-related issues.

Prevents Future Breakouts

Not only does salicylic acid fight existing breakouts, but it also prevents future ones from occurring. Because it is oil-soluble, BHA is great at clearing pores of sebum and dirt without manual exfoliation. As well as treating existing blemishes, it helps prevent future breakouts by neutralising bacteria within the pores before they can develop into spots. Adding salicylic acid to your regular skincare routine helps your skin become clear and remain breakout-free for longer.

The Best Products With Salicylic Acid

1. A Mean Clean

If you’re looking for your deepest, most thorough cleanse yet, you’ve come to the right place. Ideal for those ready to banish breakouts and balance their oil flow, A Mean Clean harnesses high-performance AHA’s and BHA’s to simultaneously remove dirt, makeup and grime whilst delivering a dual-action exfoliation. It’s a bit of a show-off like that.

2. Dissolve And Solve

Designed to stop breakouts in their tracks is Dissolve and Solve, our unique skin-clearing spritz that’s formulated with Salicylic Acid. Acne doesn’t just happen on the face which is why Dissolve and Solve was created to be easily sprayed onto the body. From the moment it connects with the pesky breakout, the formulation begins to instantly dissolve blockages so you can welcome clearer and calmer days ahead.

3. Shed The Dead

Shed The Dead is an at-home peel treatment for an instantly smoother, healthier and rejuvenated complexion. Oh so impatient, Shed The Dead works fast to improve your cell turnover and ensure dead skin cells and debris are shown the door swiftly and effectively. Delivering the glow is a sophisticated blend of AHA and BHA liquid exfoliants that work both on and below the skin’s surface for exceptionally refined skin.

4. LQD Exfoliant

LQD Serum is an at-home peel treatment for an instantly smoother, healthier and rejuvenated complexion. Designed with all complexions in mind, this potent AHA/BHA blend works fast to improve cell turnover and ensure dead skin cells and debris are dissolved swiftly and effectively. LQD Serum works both on and below the skin’s surface to promote long-term clarity, smoothness and youthfulness.

Experience the benefits of salicylic acid with the above products, or in a professional acne facial at Slow Beauty Eco Salon. 

The top five causes of dry, dehydrated skin

Intrinsic Ageing
Intrinsic ageing, also known as healthy aging, is the normal process of physical change over time that is more about genetics than lifestyle. (Livestyle-induced aging is known as premature aging.) This process begins in our mid-20s, but, unlike premature aging induced by external factors, does not begin to show on our faces until decades later.

Dry, dehydrated skin is common in older skin since the activity of the sebaceous glands in the skin tends to decrease with age and the skin’s natural hydration declines over the years. Aging also may cause blood flow to the skin to fall, causing a drop in sebum production.

The loss of existing sebum (oil) is commonly caused by excessive bathing or showering, scrubbing, or the use of harsh soaps that dissolve the protective layer of sebum. Oftentimes, dry skin can affect the hands, as those in health care or food preparation must frequently wash to rid their hands of potential germs.

Cold Weather and Low Humidity
Cold winds and low temperatures can dry out your skin, depriving it of balanced levels of sebum (oil) that keep the skin lubricated. Without these oils, skin becomes dry, and is more prone to premature aging because of the lack of protective oils.

The Sun
The sun can also contribute to dry skin. Although many people only complain of dryness in the winter, others experience dry skin in the summer. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from the skin, which is why skin that has been recently tanned or burned often requires more moisturisation than areas that were not exposed.

While many of us are responsible enough to apply sunscreen at the beach or when we’re spending a long time outdoors, there is still not enough understanding that cumulative exposure to the sun can also cause extensive damage. A fifteen-minute walk outside and an occasional lunch outdoors can add up to dry, damaged skin, and of course, skin cancer. And even if you don’t see pink or red skin after being in the sun, that doesn’t mean the damage hasn’t been done.

Summer activities, such as swimming, can also contribute to dryness, as chlorine in pools and salt in ocean water cause skin irritation.


Nutritionists say that those surviving on a litany of diet sodas and fat-free fad food items are missing out on vital, skin-friendly essential fatty acids (EFA) and fat-soluble vitamins. (And don’t forget that fat-free foods often substitute sugar with artificial sweeteners that can cause skin sensitivity).

An EFA deficiency can result in skin problems such as chronic itching, dryness, scaling and thinning, and lead to an imbalance in prostaglandins (prostaglandins are chemical messengers that do many things, such as control inflammation). The lack of “good” fats in our diets could also be contributing to the increase in the percentage of the population that suffers from psoriasis, eczema and dandruff.

A deficiency of the mineral Zinc, which plays a key role in wound healing and in the metabolism of fatty acids and vitamin A can also affect the integrity of the skin.

Smoking can also have a drying effect on the skin, as smoking inhibits the body’s ability to provide oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Smoking drains the skin (and the body) of vitamins A and C and restricts blood vessels (which equates to less blood flow) – meaning smoking is somewhat like suffocating skin from the inside. And, medications (such as nasal decongestants) can also contribute to dry skin.

Proper treatment for results

You can take many steps to help prevent or lessen the discomfort associated with dry, dehydrated skin. Professional skin treatments coupled with the right lifestyle choices are great ways to begin treating and relieving dry skin.

An effective skin treatment for dry skin will include exfoliation to help prep skin to receive nourishing ingredients, the use of emollients and hydration to replenish skin, and vitamins to help smooth skin, stimulate collagen production and increase skin’s natural protective barrier.

  • Exfoliation helps remove dulling skin cells while improving the penetration of beneficial ingredients.
  • Emollients (such as Shea Butter) will help maintain soft, smooth, pliable skin and will act as a lubricant, helping to reduce flaking and moisture loss while improving appearance.
  • It has been scientifically proven that topically-applied vitamins do improve the health of the skin. Vitamin A helps inhibit collagen breakdown while stimulating collagen production for more plump-looking skin, Vitamin B5 aids in wound healing and Vitamin E is an antioxidant that provides barrier protection while smoothing skin.


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To ensure the health and well-being of my valued clients, myself,  and the wider community, I remain committed to providing safe and accessible beauty therapy while preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the Canberra community.

COVID-19 precautions are still in place and I kindly ask that you adhere to all additional health measures whilst in the studio. If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please call to postpone your appointment, and self-isolate until you recover.

I thank you for your cooperation and I look forward to your visit.

Kind regards,

Natalie McBurney