Ask our HEALTH experts
Q: I’m concerned about acid skin peels and how they might affect my skin. Is there a more gentle option that will still give me the same results?
with Sarah Roseworne
While peeling may sound scary, the process – whether chemically induced or not – is good for your skin. Your skin has a natural function of peeling. The basal layer, which is the deepest layer of the five layers of the skin, constantly produces new skin cells, and this helps to replace the older cells on the top layer of your skin, or the stratum corneum.
When you get a professional peeling treatment, it is designed to speed up the cycle of skin renewal and therefore rejuvenate the skin for a fresher look.
The methods of skin peeling rely on synthetic acids for results. Designed to create injury to the skin, this makes the skin repair itself, and a deeper wound results in a better outcome.
On the other hand, herb-based peels do not contain acids or chemicals. In fact, instead of wounding the skin, many herbs are known for their healing, soothing and regenerating process. Therefore the difference with a herb peel is that the herb compounds are massaged into the skin to help provide it with a steady time-released steam over a period of up to three days – which makes herb-based peel treatments a safe option for people of all skin types and sensitivities.
The most common herbs used in peels are spirulina, calendula, chamomile, pansy, ginseng, fenugreek, lemon balm, lungwort, horsetail, sage and witch-hazel, so look for an option that incorporates these herbal alternatives, or ask your beautician what is available.
HEIDI’S BODY AND SKIN CARE
97 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin
Phone: 5474 4522
Q: How can I keep my skin hydrated and glowing throughout winter?
BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY
with Katie Lyons
With the change of season and low temperatures we see in winter, our skin often feels tight, rough and uncomfortable, taking on a dull appearance. But there are some simple steps you can take to keep your skin feeling and looking beautiful during the colder months.
Dry body brush: Before your shower, perform a dry body brush along your arms and legs, towards the lymph nodes. This will lightly exfoliate your skin, increase circulation to improve skin tone, assist in cellulite removal, and also provide a daily detox by moving lymphatic fluid to the nodes.
Exfoliate in the shower: Use a loofa to lightly buff away dry skin in circular movements three times a week. This will assist in cell turn over and take away that dry, rough textured surface skin in preparation for hydration.
Moisturise after every shower: Apply a full body moisturiser after you have towel dried. This will assist in locking in water kept within the epidermis from your shower, and therefore keep it hydrated throughout the day. Remember to use a product designed for face when hydrating décolletage and up, as body moisturiser is not designed for the delicate skin within the facial area.
Keep up the water: When your body is dehydrated, it will take from the outer organs of the body to look after the more important internal organs. Hair, skin and nails are the first thing the body will take from when it feels dehydrated and lacks vitamins and minerals.
Treat yourself: If you have that spare moment once a month and like most of us, need that me time for a little reset, book into your local day spa for a professional treatment, as we are able to infuse higher percentage Vitamin E and C for targeted fast skin rejuvenation.
THE WATERFALL DAY SPA
11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Phone: 5444 3050