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  • Facial Oils - 5 Benefits of this Beauty Game-changer

    Most of us will remember our teenage years, desperately seeking out "Oil-Free" skincare, having had it ingrained is us to avoid anything with oil otherwise we will suffer from breakouts. Yes, some oils will clog the skin, but the right oils will actually clear breakouts and leave the skin deeply nourished, hydrated and repaired.

    The beauty world has been using oils for thousands of years for their many beauty benefits with Cleopatra said to have used Almond Oil on her skin. It's only recently that oils have had a resurgence as people recognise their many skin and health benefits.

    Beth Bialko, Global Education Developer for Dermalogica says Facial Oils work for every skin type,  "they can dramatically strengthen, hydrate, and shield the skin while promoting a healthy, smooth, dewy finish."

    As long as you use plant-based oils instead of synthetic or petroleum based ones, you can actually treat skin concerns such as dryness, ageing, uneven tone, sensitivity and acne without causing new concerns such as breakouts.

    Here are 5 benefits to using facial oils:

    1. They can reduce signs of premature ageing.

    The causes of premature ageing such as too much exposure to UV rays, naturally occurring laugh and frown lines and uneven skin tone can be reduced with oils that contain antioxidants, which aim to reduce further ageing and re-hydrating dry, lacklustre skin.

    2. They're good for dry skin.

    This cool weather can really dehydrate the skin. Oils are the ideal antidote to dry, flaky skin and rough, rosy cheeks — and they can be layered underneath your everyday moisturiser for extra hydration or used alone.

    3. They really protect your skin.

    Oils can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturising goodness in, while keeping toxins and other common irritants out. Some oils, such as Overnight Repair Serum also help to fortify and strengthen our skin's barrier function.

    4. They're the perfect primer for makeup.

    Oils are absorbed quickly by the skin, carefully hydrating and creating a perfect canvas for makeup application. The more hydrated your skin, the better your make up will look, without any dry, flaky patches. Phyto Replenish Oil will leave the skin with a youthful glow when applied under makeup or gently warmed in the hands and pressed gently onto the skin.

    5. They're anti-inflammatory and can reduce break outs.

    Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe irritated skin. Oil cleansers like PreCleanse also allow for deeper cleansing on the skin, the beneficial oil attracting the pore-clogging, bad oil and allowing for deep cleansing of the skin which will enable other medicated products to be properly absorbed.


  • Pregnancy Skin Care Our Top 4 Answers

    There’s no denying that Pregnancy is a mixed bag. There’s pure happiness and joy, then there’s dealing with raging hormones and emotions, not to mention the bodily changes you go through that can be both good, bad and simply uncomfortable! The body goes through many changes during pregnancy and the skin is no exception.

    Skin changes occur in about 90% of pregnant women in one form or another; while some women have ‘that pregnancy glow’, pigmentation, acne and sensitivity are some of the most common skin concerns that flare up during pregnancy. Mums-to-be need to know what products, ingredients and technologies are safe to use while expecting to keep their skin in optimum condition and help alleviate some of the conditions they might experience.

    There are many opinions between doctors and different studies with varying information, so it’s imperative that you consult with your GP prior to the use of skin care products and receiving treatments. Here are three of the most common questions related to skincare during pregnancy.

    1. Can I use Salicylic Acid?

    This Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is an excellent exfoliant and can be used to treat acne and resurface skin. In high concentrations it is considered a risk during pregnancy and should be avoided, especially in professional resurfacing and peels. Small percentages used in skin care (for example less than 2% in a wash off Cleanser) are considered safe.

    2. What about Aromatherapy? 

    It’s recommended to avoid using most essential oils during the first and second trimester as they can enter into the bloodstream and when used in high doses can cause foetal damage. Commonly used oils to avoid include; Peppermint, Basil, Cedar Wood, Celery Seed, Nutmeg, Citronella, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Marjoram, Rose, Melissa, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Cypress, Parsley and Rosemary.

    However the use of some oils are safe and aid in stress reduction, relief of back pain and swollen ankles. Using very small quantities is essential, a drop will suffice in a carrier oil. Oils that are safe to use include Mandarin, Geranium, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang, Cypress and Frankincense.

    3. Can I have technology used when I have a skin treatment?

    In the treatment room there are lots of options your therapist has to deliver great results. Some of these advanced tools (known as electrical modalities in the industry) is not recommended, these may be referred to by your therapist as Galvanic, High Frequency, Microcurrent, Ultrasonic, Microdermabrasion and Laser. Best practice says to avoid any of these.

    4. Is Vitamin A (Retinol) safe to use? 

    Many doctors recommend pregnant women should avoid or screen all products containing Vitamin A (retinol) and its derivatives such as Isotretinoin, Retinoic Acid and Oral Retinoids. High doses of Vitamin A can, in extreme cases, be a possible cause of birth defects so as a general rule it’s best to avoid these products unless advised otherwise by your GP.

    With the right products and professional skin treatments it is possible to achieve your skincare goals throughout your pregnancy and in the months afterwards.  Here are some all time fave Dermalogica products to nourish and hydrate your skin during pregnancy:

    UltraCalming Range - Soothe and calm sensitive skin and reduce redness or inflammation

    Daily Microfoliant - Brighten, gently exfoliate and illuminate skin and balance uneven skin pigmentation

    Skin Hydrating Masque - A refreshing, moisturising masque that restores critical moisture to dry, stressed skin

    If your looking for further advice come in and see us for a free face mapping consultation, call us 1300 828 131 or complete our online skin consultation.
  • Why Should I Wear SPF in Winter?

    If there’s one thing you should read today and remember forever it’s this…

    UV levels are not related to heat.

    That’s pretty simple, hey?

    It’s a wide misconception that we only need to apply sunscreen when the sun is out or when it is hot. Sun damage is not just waiting to happen when you are lying on the beach on a tropical getaway. It’s the silent danger that is present year round and we need to be more vigilant when it comes to applying our SPF year round.

    It’s a worrying fact that only about 20% of Australian’s are wearing an SPF product in Winter according to a survey by Canstar Cannex. Depending on where you live in Australia, the requirement changes so it’s important that you educate yourself on the daily UV levels where you are. The Cancer Council’s SunSmart App is available on the App Store and shows a localised daily UV rating. As a minimum, anything above UV 3 requires sun protection but the best skincare advice is to make a life-long commitment to applying your sunscreen everyday.

    It’s also important to remember that SPF products have an expiry date printed on the bottle. If your sunscreen has expired, toss it! It means the SPF is no longer active and you will not be protected from the Sun.

    So how does this affect my Dermalogica products?

    Well, winter is a great time to add some more nourishing products to your daily skincare routine. Dynamic Skin Recovery provides intense moisture and anti-ageing properties at the same time as an SPF.

    And for those of you who love Active Moist, Skin Smoothing Cream and Intensive Moisture Balance you can very simply boost them (or any Dermalogica moisturiser!) to include SPF by mixing in Solar Defense Booster SPF50.

    Dermalogica also includes SPF across moisturisers for Acne Prone Skin and Sensitive Skin as well as in their Primers and Tinted Moisturisers and Eye Cream. Not to mention their specific Sunscreens. Your skin is well and truely protected!

    So next time it’s raining and cold outside, don’t forget your jumper, scarf…and Dermalogica Sunscreen or SPF Moisturiser!

  • Get The Look Without The Needles

    Lip enhancements and anti-wrinkle injections have have been the buzz-words on everybody’s lips lately. Well, for those of us who want the look but not the price tag or painful injections we have the answer!

    Dermalogica’s NEW Nightly Lip Treatment will volumise and hydrate the delicate skin on the lips for a noticeably plumper pout.

    Now, let’s spare a moment to think about our lips….

    We often apply lip balm and lipstick but face masques, moisturisers and suncreams are all designed to avoid the lip area leaving our lips looking and feeling dehydrated and lacklustre.

    Our lips are in constant use - we use them all the time to talk, drink, eat, convey expression and to laugh and kiss! The lips themselves consists of 3-5 layers of skin compared to up to 16 layers on the rest of the body. It’s an incredibly thin area of skin. Tie this in with the fact that there are no sebaceous glands to help renew barrier lipids and no melanin, so therefore, no protection from UV. If you also think the only thing to even remotely add moisture to the lip area is our saliva, which is actually a dehydrator. It’s no surprise then that the lip area ages quickly.

    As we age the fat storage in our face changes, it disappears from our face and moves to our middle! We see folds starting to appear and lines and wrinkles forming due not only to the movement of fat cells, but also collagen and elastin breakdown.

    This nightly lip treatment is not just a superficial cream for the lip area, the ingredients are powerful workhorses literally working on those fat cells in the perioral region to bring about a change and help to increase volume.

    This rich cream works with the skin’s natural circadian rhythm to (biological clock) to reduce the appearance of lip ageing.

    Key Benefits:

    • Reduces the appearance of feather lines & wrinkles.
    • Helps restore volume on and around the lips.
    • Hydrates to improve skin elasticity and restore barrier function against visible signs of ageing.

    Let’s take a closer look at some of the key ingredients in Nightly Lip Treatment:

    Sesame seed extract Sesame Seed Extract

    Sesame Seed Extract- this ingredient contains a chemical called Sesamin that is able to activate the process where the cells decide to become fat cells. This ingredient literally stimulates the stem cells to make your adipocytes or fat cells bigger.

    Indian Gentian Extract Indian Gentian Extract

    Indian Gentian Extract - improves your lips’ ability to plump and create lustrous, full lips and helps reduce skin fragility and reduce wrinkles and feather lines around the lips.

    Shea Butter Shea Butter

    Shea Butter - increases hydration and improves skin elasticity while restoring barrier function against visible signs of ageing.

    Volumising Massage and Application Technique

    With these powerful ingredients used with Dermalogica’s Advanced Volumising Technology and application technique you will start to see great changes in your lip area and finally put those lips lines to bed!

    Want to try it risk free? Take our 28 Day Lip Challenge! Simply use Nightly Lip Treatment 28 nights and if you aren’t blown away by the results, return it for a full product refund.

  • Peel off Charcoal Masques - Are they good for my skin?


    Social media seems to be awash with the latest skincare craze of peel off masks - specifically Charcoal peel-off masks. We wanted to find out the benefits of the charcoal peel-off masques and if they are safe for our skin.



    What is a Peel-Off Masque?

    Generally applied as a liquid or gel which then sets as a rubbery coating on your skin allowing you to "peel off" your skin.


    Why is it so good?

    There is something satisfying about seeing dead skin cells and what it has pulled out of your pores or maybe its because some of them hurt so good when you peel them off? Masques high in antioxidants can also add to the benefits of a great skincare routine.


    What the expert says:

    Senior educator for Dermalogica Dennille Ludenau Senior educator for Dermalogica Dennille Ludenau

    Sticky Charcoal peel off masks can lead to possible skin inflammation due to the pulling action on the skin, this skin trauma can lead to acceleration in the ageing process which of course no one wants.

    At Dermalogica we use two charcoal formulations, both Daily Superfoliant and Charcoal Rescue Masque provide not only skin purification but also skin brightening and exfoliation benefits to provide a clearer, brighter, smoother skin.

    Both formulas allow for an easy removal therefore eliminating the pulling action on the skin that leads to possible skin inflammation."




    Daily Superfoliant - resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliant! Daily Superfoliant - resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliant! The safer peel off masque alternative

    Charcoal Rescue Masque - the wash off charcoal alternative Charcoal Rescue Masque - the wash off charcoal alternative





  • Can I do at Home the same as a Professional Skin Treatment?

    There are professional products I can buy and use on myself, Yes?

    Have you ever thought this?

    Sure, a simple exfoliation and masque routine is excellent for you to do at home, but if you want REAL RESULTS, you can’t go past an experienced skin therapist and some professional strength products. And these are DEFINITELY not to be messed with at home or without the proper training. Just like a brunette who’s thought she could ‘go blonde’ at home and ends up with bright orange hair, experimenting with incorrect or professional strength products on your skin at home can lead to all sorts of skin problems. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, it’s the first thing people see when they look at you, it can make you look and feel like your youngest, healthiest self if looked after properly or it can really age you if you don’t choose to invest some time and effort into your skin.

    At GLO Skin Body, our therapists have extensive Dermalogica training and years of experience and they can help you achieve your best skin ever with the use of Advanced Skin Treatments.

    Our newest Advanced Skin Treatment uses Dermalogica’s IonActive System . The IonActiveTM Power Treatment is a 45-minute professional skin treatment designed to address skin conditions such as acne, dehydration, sensitivity and skin ageing. Using potent, professional only formulas that can be optimised with the latest treatment room technology, the IonActiveTM Power Treatment achieves visible, supercharged skin results with no downtime . The results being achieved are nothing short of inspiring!

    The IonActive Power Treatment delivers immediate, noticeable results after just one treatment. For maximum results a series of three to six treatments every two to four weeks is recommended, followed by maintenance treatments twice per year.

    By combining Advanced Skin Treatments with a customised at-home skin care regimen, you will see results far and above what you would with simply one or the other. When you book in with us for an Advanced Skin Treatment you can be confident that the products being used on your skin during the treatment are significantly more advanced than your home care products and also that your therapist is highly trained and skilled at reading your skin to help you achieve your best results.

    Combine this treatment with an at home skincare regimen that has been specifically prescribed for you and see for yourself the results you can achieve!

    Keep reading for more details on IonActives and other key ingredients.

    The IonActiveTM Power Treatment draws from up to six professional formulas: four IonActives , each one developed to target a specific skin concern, and two Gelloids with skin-specific benefits that can be layered over the IonActives to seal in active ingredients. The professional skin therapist performing the IonActiveTM Power Treatment will assess which combination is ideal for your skin, based on our initial Face Mapping skin analysis and consultation.

    The first step in the treatment is application of the IonActive. These highly potent concentrates are applied directly to the skin, and the ionisable formula (meaning it can be converted into ions, or electrically-charged atoms) can be paired with professional tools such as Microcurrent, Galvanic Iontophoresus, and Ultrasound to enhance ingredient penetration:

    ● Retinol 1% IonActive contains microencapsulated retinol to reduce visible signs of skin ageing, improve skin texture and the appearance of wrinkles . Microencapsulated Chlorella Extract contains the same proteins and amino acids found in dermal fibres, increasing collagen synthesis and improving skin firmness.

    ● Hyaluronic Acid IonActive relieves dehydrated and/or sensitised skin with microencapsulated Na2 Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate , a building block of Hyaluronic Acid, which aids in cell regeneration and skin hydration. Varying molecule sizes in this IonActive hydrate top layers of the skin, protect against external irritants such as air pollutants, and bind water into deeper layers of the epidermis.

    ● Oligopeptide IonActive treats hyperpigmentation. Microencapsulated Diglucosyl Gallic Acid , also known as TriHydroxy Benzoic Acid Alpha Glucoside (THBG), is activated by natural microflora in the upper layers of the stratum corneum and is then converted to TriHydroxy Benzoic Acid (THBA), an anti-inflammatory agent that has four times the antioxidant power of Vitamin C. Together, they help control melanogenesis, reduce pigmentation spots, and inhibit skin redness. This IonActive also contains Oligopeptides 34 and 51 , which have been shown to significantly reduce melanin production and brighten skin.

    ● Niacinamide IonActive controls and prevents adult acne . Microencapsulated Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate , a stable derivative of Azelaic Acid, inhibits the growth of bacteria, decreases the formation of clogged pores and reduces swelling and inflammation by scavenging toxins and free radicals in the skin. Colloidal Silver and Tea Tree Extract act as antibacterial agents and Japanese Knotweed helps control sebum production. Following application of the IonActive and optional use of equipment, your therapist applies a Gelloid to further drive ingredients into skin. The two Gelloids are a hybrid of massage mediums and masques and can be paired with LED lights or massage to optimise ingredient penetration:

    ● ExoThermal Gelloid is a thermal, self-heating formula that instantly warms with the natural heat of human hands. This formula can be optimised with use of Red LED, warm stones, warm peltier, Indirect High Frequency, and manual massage and is ideal for stressed, ageing or dehydrated skin.

    ● EndoThermal Gelloid offers a cooling sensation while providing antioxidant protection against photo damage. This formula can be optimised with use of Blue LED, or cold stones, globes, or roller to reduce inflammation, suppress acne, and soothe sensitised skin.

    Like to know more? Call us on 1300 828 131 or book your free initial consultation online

  • Mothers Day - Is it really ok to give Skincare?

    Mother’s Day is a time to focus on our mothers by reminding them of how much we love them. In addition to spoiling them with tons of gifts, Simply reminding your mother of the love that you have for her. If you want to give her something, I encourage you to first remember what is most valuable, time!

    If you want to give something extra then instead of buying your mum the typical chocolates or flowers, why not give her something that will help her to feel youthful? Give her something that will help her to have beautiful, glowing skin. This can be at home products or an experience that she will remember long after the box of chocolates or flowers were in the recycling bin.

    I find the biggest challenge in finding the right gift is finding something that represents how I feel about mum.

    Is it something that she wouldn’t normally buy herself.

    Is it something that she likes to have, but would like to have more often.

    Is it something that I think she would enjoy that would surprise and delight her!

    Skincare offers so many options in both experiences and at-home products. From a beautiful body exfoliant to a rich night time facial oil and everything in between. We can help with the right products for mum or if your choosing yourself – we have curated a our team's favourite Mother's Day gift ideas - such as body products that are suitable for most skin types together with daily exfoliants such as the amazing New Daily Superfolaint (you have to try it!) Click Here to see our favorites! We are here to help if you need it! Why not take a photo of mum’s skincare products and we can help find something that may be a little special for her? Give us a call on 1300 828 131 and we let’s get that perfect gift sorted.

    So giving skincare is certainly ok for mother’s day when it comes from the right place!

    Visit out Mother's Day Gift Ideas Page

  • Does Chocolate Cause Pimples?

    We all remember growing up being told that eating chocolate will cause pimples (or make them worse). We wanted to share some facts on the story so you can make the informed decision to eat that extra Egg or Kit Kat!

    Dermatologist Dr Ava Shamban recently spoke with Beauty Myths to clear up this subject.

    "Chocolate per se will not make you break out," says Dr. Shamban. "In fact, there is little evidence that chocolate or any specific fatty foods will cause acne, but we do know that a high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body, which can lead to acne. Again, although we can’t say that sugary and fatty food directly causes acne, it’s nevertheless true that overindulging in these kinds of food can increase your chances of developing the condition and may displace other nutrients that are critical to the skin’s health. (i.e. filling up on sugary foods may lead to less consumption of fruits and vegetables)." So if thats the case - then is the type of Chocolate make a difference? (dark, milk, white?)

    "Milk and white chocolate overall have more dairy, sugar and other additives than dark chocolate," explains Dr. Shamban. "For some people, dairy and sugary substances can trigger hormonal changes, which in turn may cause inflammation, especially for acne-prone people. It is also well-documented that dark chocolate has many benefits to our health, not just for our cardiovascular system but for our skin as well. The high cocoa content of dark chocolate also means high amounts of two flavonoids, catechin and procyanidin, which are chemicals that act as antioxidants within the body. Antioxidants protect the body's cells against free radicals. Dark chocolate also contains higher concentrations of antioxidant flavonoids than milk chocolate and white chocolate."

    So Why is Chocolate given such a bad reputation?

    "There are many reasons why people give chocolate a bad rap," says Dr. Shamban. "One reason is that some women like to indulge in sweets, particularly chocolate, during the premenstrual part of their cycle (PMS). Acne-prone women may notice breakouts coincide with this time in their cycle. Estrogen levels drop, triggering androgens (hormones produced by the ovaries) to stimulate the sebaceous glands; this pumps up oil production. Therefore it may be your menstrual cycle itself, not the chocolate you crave during it, which causes you to break out. In addition, when people fill up on chocolate and other high-caloric and fatty foods, they leave little room to eat a balanced and well rounded diet, which is needed for healthy skin. So it can be the lack of needed nutrients, rather than the chocolate itself, which supports the proliferation of acne."

    If Chocolate isn't the answer - Is there other foods we should be careful of?

    "I think we need to be careful labeling any food on its own as ‘breakout-causing,’ due to the reasons I’ve cited above," notes Dr. Shamban. "However, if a reaction does occur, it really depends on the individual and other factors including: overall diet, their genetic predisposition to acne and other health factors. Try to limit or avoid the following ingredients that are considered pro-inflammatory: hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, enriched white flour and sweeteners of any kind."

    If it's Easter Eggs or just that block of Dairy Milk you've been eyeing off - you now know it's not those pesky pimples that should stop you!

  • Live life to the fullest and still look great with NEW! Stress Positive Eye Lift

    NEW! Stress Positive Eye Lift

    Living life to the fullest…. That is meant to be a good thing, right? But things are only meant to be so full. A glass will spill if you fill it too much. A balloon will burst if it’s filled with too much air and we’re no different. There is a fine line between living life and over-doing it. It’s very easy for a full life to turn stressful and that takes a toll on our health and our skin

    We need to balance negative stress with good stress: the kind of stress that helps us to push that bit harder, run that bit further, push through that meeting and achieve great things. In short, to care.

    When we are stressed, the release of adrenaline and cortisol have a physical affect on our skin resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and a lacklustre appearance. So how can we harness the good stress and use it to energise and repair our eye area?

    New Stress Positive Eye Lift and Masque visibly reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, instantly brightens and lifts the eye area and helps to restore the skin barrier. A cooling massage applicator serves to energise and revive the delicate skin around the eyes.

    stress positive eye lift Energises and Lifts the Eye Area while Brightening and De-Puffing under-eye circles

    Key ingredients in NEWStress Positive Eye Lift include:

    • Wild Indigo Seed - brightens to help visibly reduce under-eye circles.
    • Sea Water Extract and Arctic Algae counter the look of puffiness
    • Fermented Yeast and a unique blend of Hyaluronic Acid firm skin to help generate a lifting effect
    • Bioactive Diglucosyl Gallic Acid works with the skin’s natural biome to brighten and energise the eye area.

    We are so excited for this new product to launch - keep your eyes peeled, there’s an exciting pre-launch offer starting 27 March!


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