The Importance of Hydration for Your Skin

We are made of up of 50% water and our skin, being the largest organ in our bodies requires adequate hydration to perform at its best.

The benefits of keeping your skin properly hydrated are:

  • Ridding your skin of toxins- Without proper hydration your skin can’t rid itself of toxins. This causes skin inflammation and irritation.
  • Slow the aging process- Staying well hydrated can help maintain your skin’s elasticity and combat the appearance of premature aging.
  • Fight oil and acne- Did you know that dehydrated skin sends signals to the glands to produce more oil as a defense mechanism? By keeping skin well hydrated, it becomes less oily and acne tends to be less aggravated.
  • Improve the appearance of your skin- A lack of hydration can make your skin look dry, flaky and tight. Not only does keeping skin moisturized help it appear more plump and supple, but it also helps address surface dullness by combating the buildup of dead skin cells.

How do you  increase your skin’s hydration?

Besides the obvious consumption of H2o, a strong at home skin regime is imperative. Did you know there’s a difference between hydrating products and moisturizing products? It’s very easy to assume that they do the same thing, but they don’t. Hydrating products are formulated to help increase water content to the skin, ultimately resulting in a plumper appearance. Meanwhile, moisturizers help prevent skin’s water content from evaporating into the air. It’s best to apply a hydrating serum followed by a moisturizer every morning and night. We recommend Aspect Dr Skin Care and Cosmedix skin care. They are both Australian owned companies that produce a fantastic range of clinical skincare products.

Peels are also a fantastic way to hydrate your skin, particularly a Lactic Acid peel. Lactic Acid peels are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), derived from milk and contains some of nature’s most effective free radical fighters. When paired with a Microdermabrasion the results are even better.

Another in clinic treatment to consider are Beauty Boosters(also known as Skin Boosters, or Micro Fillers). A Beauty Booster consist of hyaluronic injections designed to prevent premature ageing of our skin and to boost the radiance of our face. This can be achieved with a high concentration of natural and free hyaluronic acid plus a combination of antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins, all of which are naturally present in our bodies.

My Botique have a fantastic range of Hydrating treatments for your skin including, dermal fillers and IV infusions (check out our last blog post for more info on infusions).  We also stock a comprehensive range of skincare products that offer the best at home hydration methods.

For further details, questions or comments, contact us today!

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Vitamin C, Glutathione and B12 Shots- What’s it all about?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning it can’t be produced by the body. Nevertheless, it has many links to impressive health benefits.

My Botique’s Vitamin C infusion contains a high dose of Vitamin C, coupled with antioxidants and electrolytes, to help restore hydration, boost the immune system and rejuvenate the appearance of hair, skin, and nails.

Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent which protects DNA from damage. As well as fighting free radicals, it reduces inflammation. It is known as ‘The Mother of Antioxidants’ as it promotes cellular repair. The health benefits of Glutathione include building and repairing of bodily tissues and the maintenance of your immune system.

Glutathione, helps the body absorb Vitamin C more effectively, it also helps maintain Vitamin C levels and lower the required intake by recycling it. The recycling occurs after the C vitamin has neutralised a free radical by giving up an electron to the free radical. Glutathione in turn gives up an electron to the C molecule, returning it to work as an antioxidant. While glutathione recycles Vitamin C, in its turn Vitamin C is able to improve glutathione levels and stimulate its activity.

The combination of the two stimulates collagen production, resulting in glowing skin with a firmer appearance and lighter pigmentation. This infusion has anti-ageing benefits, prevents and reverses the effects of free radicals which damage cells and detoxifies vital organs.

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

Vitamin B12 injections deliver this replenishing vitamin to the body, helping improve brain and nervous system. Health benefits include boosting energy and the immune system and maintaining good health and wellness.

Whether you’re looking for a quick immune system boost or for relief from chronic diseases, Intravenous (IV) infusions and Intramuscular (IM) injections are fantastic options. Through these routes, there’s no waiting for medications, fluids and nutrients to filter through your digestive system. IV and IM treatments go directly where they’re needed — into the blood or cells — where your body can deliver them quickly where they need to go.

In individuals suffering from both chronic conditions and depressed immune systems, the functionality of the gastrointestinal system is often impaired. This creates an unfortunate cycle where the body needs nutrients to repair itself but has trouble absorbing them via oral medications. IV therapy of IM injections is the solution — it bypasses the GI system entirely, so you know exactly what your body is getting because there’s no loss due to malabsorption.

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Trauma/Tired Skin

Maintaining healthy skin is much like how we maintain a healthy body in the gym. We need to keep it hydrated, balanced, filled with nutrients, but most importantly, keep it working! Something the BB babes know all about! If you feel your skin is a little tired, or not as firm and supple as it could be you may need to consider a workout!

A key aspect of our annual treatment plans is controlled trauma. Now although it sounds a little scary, the science behind it isn’t. By doing certain treatments such as Microdermabrasions, Cosmedix ‘Shedding’ Peels such as Deep Sea, Automated Micro Needling, Laser and Boosters we can activate a cellular response for general skin health and tightening. We also increase collagen remodelling for dermal thickness and increase natural growth factors for improved texture and youthfulness.

By working on an intelligent annual plan you’ll have your skin looking the healthiest it can be!

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Wrinkles

Controlling wrinkles is a  fundamental, yet small part of a balanced treatment plan. To understand wrinkles and how best to treat them we break them into two separate categories.

  1. Dynamic Wrinkles – These are wrinkles that present themselves while our face is motion and expressive,  like laughing, squinting or frowning. These dynamic wrinkles are treated with anti – wrinkle treatments like Botox and Dysport.
  2. Static Wrinkles – These are lines and wrinkles that are present when our face isn’t in motion. These static wrinkles are generally treated with Dermal Fillers.

Anti – wrinkle treatments can help reduce and control dynamic wrinkles, excess sweating (hyperhidrosis), and shaping and definition of facial muscles. Treatment areas include forehead, glabella, crows feet, platysmas (neck bands) jawline, gummy smile and downturned lips. Our controlled trauma treatments also thicken the dermis which generally make dymamic wrinkles a lot less obvious. So to find out which wrinkles are bothering you the most, discuss them with our team and work our the best treatment solution.

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Volume Loss/Structure/Definition

Volume loss affects everyone and plays a major role in perceived facial ageing whether it’s:

  • Natural ageing
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Child birth
  • Illness
  • High metabolism
  • Active facial muscle
  • Career/Lifestyle

 

All of which can affect our facial structure and volume creating separation, sagging, hollowing, and reduced youthful fullness. By creating a fully customised total face rejuvenation package we can correct the key areas of volume loss with the ageing face. Utilising upper, middle and lower face lifting techniques to create structural integrity and lifting prior to volumising and defining the face.

If you have noticed facial ageing or volume loss and would like to dramatically reverse the signs then the Ultimate Volume package could be for you. Replace volume loss, define and accentuate key features. Areas include lips, cheeks, jawline, tear trough, nose, chin, temple, hands.

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Hydration

At My Botique, we understand the importance of healthy skin. As most of you are aware, Dermal Fillers can enhance your skin by increasing its volume and definition as well as restoring your youthful glow. So how does it work?

In order to help your understanding of each of the processes, one area of dermal science has been broken down to aid you in making the right choices for your anti-aging concerns.

Made up of naturally forming sugar proteins called Hyaluronic acid, or HA’s, dermal fillers have become the answer for modern cosmetic medicine. The HA’s are moisture binding ingredients that are stored within stabilized gels to keep them in place at the point of injection, adding volume and structure. By surrounding and nourishing the stretchy collagen fibers within the skin, HA’s restore the skin’s shape after being stretched.

Anti-ageing is beyond just augmentation; it is a holistic face approach towards healthy, youthful looking skin. As we age, skin moisture levels can significantly drop causing the skin to lose its elasticity and therefore exposing signs of ageing. With its unique ability to attract and retain moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid) Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health. Our skin is made up of 64% water, meaning the ability to retain this vital ingredient is key in maintaining a youthful and healthy appearance.

Hyaluronic Acid Replacement Therapy (HART) replaces lost HA to improve hydration whilst adding volume and definition, reducing wrinkles and providing a complete upper and lower face-lift. Treatments can be tailored to satisfy your specific demands such as maximize or limit volume.

Why is it important?

You wouldn’t think twice about replacing calcium for healthy bones, so why not HA for healthy skin? Water is a vital nutrient for the life of our skin cells and lack of hydration can cause dry, tight and flaky skin.

 

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Pigmentation and Photo – Aging

Living near the beach is one of our favourite things in life and we wouldn’t want it any other way. However  even if we use high quality sun screen and cover up, beach life means we generally get a little more sun than we should! Although pigmentation is caused by many reasons like hormonal changes etc, one of the main reasons for premature ageing of the skin is sun exposure! Pigmentation and age spots can leave us with an uneven skin tone that adds to the premature signs of ageing which we’d like to address.

We can help reduce photo – ageing, pigmentation, sun damage, rosacea, capillaries and uneven skin tone with a variety of treatments. Microdermabrasions, Cosmedix Peels, and Laser Therapy all toward reducing the signs of photo – ageing. On a more scientific level, treating pigmented lesions with our laser therapy  involve the lesions which are selectively pre-heated using IPL. Following that, the pre-heated melanin – which has lower impedance – attracts RF for further heating. The melanin is then broken into smaller particles – melanosomes and melanin-containing cells – called melanocytes, which are then destroyed.

Regardless of what we can do in clinic your best defence against photo – ageing is to slip, slop, slap with quality products and limit your exposure to the sun wherever possible. Even in the car to protect your hands from premature ageing!

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Skin Clarity, texture and health

We all want clear, healthy looking skin however the basics are often overlooked in search of more advanced treatment options. It’s important that we regularly clean the skin by removing the dead layers, activate cellular renewal for a clean, unclogged, clear and refreshed look.

By getting regular Microdermabrasions, Cosmetix Peels, Masks, Needling or PRP you’ll be sure to maintain a clear healthy glow. Microderabrasions and Peels are excellent options all year round although especially beneficial before any event or occasion when you really want to WOW the audience.

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The importance of balance, its easy as PHI

Balancing all our commitments in a busy world seems to be getting trickier as the days go on. We’re often envious of those that seem to have the perfect work, family, life balance (perhaps just Instagram life and not real life!). Well, we are here to tell you that finding balance when you look in the mirror can be as easy as phi to attain when you’re in the right hands. That’s right, it’s not a spelling mistake, we are talking about the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet PHI!

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