Sun, Sun, Glorious Sun

Sun, Sun, Glorious Sun

Let’s talk about summer in Australia…

Australia is known for the surf and beaches. Being from Western Australia where the beaches are beautiful, people are shocked when I tell them I am almost ‘vampire’ to the sun. I want to avoid both the immediate effects of sun exposure like burns and blisters, and the long term aging effects of the sun. The prone areas for sun exposure are the face, décolletage and back of hands.

When considering whether to go out tanning on a sunny afternoon, there are many aspects of UV which we don’t really think about and probably should.

 

First of all, let’s take it back to good old school knowledge of UV itself and sun protection available on the market.

UV itself stands for ultraviolet radiation.  The depth of penetration into the skin categorises Ultraviolet Rays.

  1. UVC
  2. UVB
  3. UVA

UVC is very high energy blocked by the ozone layer penetrating fairly superficial in the skin. UVB and UVA are two are the bad boys who cause most damage due to their deeper penetration into the skin compared to UVC rays . UVB and UVA have higher absorption in the epidermis and dermis of the skin.

UVB is a big player in the redness and blistering of sun soaking where the end results are to  burn burn burn. It is very epidermal and scientifically stronger in the middle of the day when the temperature hits the maximum.

UVA is accounted for 95% of UV light and causes long term damage in the skin by breaking down elastin and collagen in the skin. It is most harmful during sunrise and sun set. I know what you’re thinking, I thought I was safe . but due to its dermal penetration many have linked  UVA as a large contributor of photo aging and aging of the skin. This means on the way to and from work it’s important to re-apply sun-cream even if you think you may be okay. This includes your hands.

But SPF there are so many on the market!  How do you choose the right on for you?

Sunscreen, as the name suggests, is a filter that help reduce the rays of light penetrating into the skin. It forms a protective barrier by either reflecting the sun rays ( a physical blocker) or absorbing it (in chemical sunscreens)

Regardless which on you choose to use, one application is not enough. Make sure you re-apply throughout the day!

So next time you come into the clinic have a chat to the Dermal Clinician about your SPF and whether there is another option for more comfortable and simple answer to your sun-care.

Maddison Pugsley – Dermal Clinician

Platinum and Pregnancy

Platinum and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Your Skin

That famous ‘glow’!

For some lucky women, their skin has never looked so good as when they’re pregnant with extra hormones and blood flow giving them radiance and luminosity.  For others, however, things are not so rosy: pregnant skin can mean breakouts, broken capillaries and dryness. Many women suffer with melasma or ‘pregnancy mask’, a hormone-induced condition that can surface during pregnancy and results in dark, often-symmetrical pigmentation on the forehead, cheeks or upper lip.

Pregnancy is a time of change and adjustment and it’s not just the sashimi and goat chevre that are forbidden: many skin treatments and products are similarly off-limits. Adding to the skin woes can be the sudden need to stop anti-wrinkle treatments, laser facials or cosmeceutical skincare, right when you feel like you need it!

The best advice during pregnancy is to be cautious and just do your best to protect your skin. Many concerns, such as pigmentation, stretch marks or broken capillaries are largely unavoidable and cannot be treated while you are pregnant or sometimes even breastfeeding. When it is safe, we can help you create a plan to target and treat these concerns.

Treatments and Products Safety in Pregnancy

STOP: No go!!

  • Vitamin A (retinol)
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Anti-wrinkle injections
  • Filler
  • Laser
  • IPL
  • Radio Frequency
  • Skin Needling
  • Coolsculpting

In pregnancy, it is always best to err on the side of caution: some of these ingredients and treatments simply don’t have the research to determine if they are safe, so we advise you to steer clear.  Further, during pregnancy, your immunity can be compromised as your body is busy building a little person. This means anything that breaks the skin or causes a wound (ablative laser, injections or needling) is not a good idea. Although rare, an ensuing infection from the wound might necessitate antibiotics which are also best avoided in pregnancy.

Proceed with Caution

    • AHAs including glycolic acid
    • Skin peels
    • Intense microdermabrasion

 

Many women experience increased sensitivity in pregnancy whether by way of drier skin, dermatitis or acne. The skin can also react in unpredictable ways at this time. Therefore, while AHAs, peels and stronger microdermabrasion may be okay during pregnancy, it is best to approach with caution

Great for Pregnancy

  •  Sunscreen (SPF 50)
  • Vitamin C serum
  • Vitamin B serum
  • Antioxidant rich formulas
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Manual or granular exfoliators
  • Gentle microdermabrasion

Protection and hydration are just your best friends when pregnant. Vitamin C and other antioxidants, along with SPF, can protect your skin from the sun and environmental damage and try, as much as possible, to minimise pigmentation or melasma during this time. Similarly, your whole system is easily dehydrated during pregnancy so ingredients such hyaluronic acid and vitamin b can help to smooth and balance. Finally, gentle manual exfoliators and in-clinic microdermabrasion can be a godsend whether you skin is feeling dry or congested (or both). These are particularly helpful if your skin was used to the resurfacing, but now prohibited, power of retinol pre-pregnancy.

This is purely information and does not take the place of medical advise. If you have questions regarding your health during pregnancy please speak to your medical team.

At Platinum, we can help you with an in-clinic and home routine for during and after your pregnancy to protect, maintain and transform your skin, safely.  Book with one of our dermal clinicians to develop your personal skin plan.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte is the Australian Ultherapy Ambassador

Natalie Bassingthwaighte is the Australian Ultherapy Ambassador

We offer this wonderful skin tightening treatment at Platinum Cosmetics. With Natalie Bassingthwaighte as
the newest Australia Ambassador it is clear to see why Ultherapy is a popular treatment  for those with busy lifestyles who are trying to tighten and firm their skin and improve definition around their jawlines and necks.

Natalie on Studio 10 discussing her life and Ultherapy

It’s also possible to elevate the brow using Ultherapy and with only one treatment required with no down-time, it is a perfect option for those of us who are time poor and surgical options are not an option at this time.

Check out some amazing results one the Ultherapy Website

Natalie Bassingthwaighte: “For me, the immediate after effect was really fresh, tight and smooth skin. The result on the skin’s surface was great and I noticed an immediate lift, but Ultherapy works so much deeper than the skin’s surface to give natural results that get better with time.”

We love no downtime and treatments that actually work. Don’t you?

 

Coolsculpting a Double Chin

Coolsculpting a Double Chin

A double chin can be an area of concern for many at different stages of life.

Our staff casually discussing Coolsculpting over lunch

The appearance of a double chin can be due to lax skin, anatomical changes with age, and excessive fat.

The choice of treatment is dependent on the cause, and the best results may often be with a combination of treatments.

Our own Caitlyn had her chin/submental region treated with Coolsculpting and these are her results 6 weeks post treatment. The final results for Coolsculpting are best seen at 3 months so these results will only get better.

Caitlyn is loving the new definition she has in her jawline, and the reduced volume under her chin.

Watch this space for an update in her results!

 

Rosti joins our team of Dermal Clinicians

Rosti joins our team of Dermal Clinicians

My interest in cosmetics was sparked at a young age. From an early age, I was always fascinated by TV stars, with their perfect, glowing skin and beautiful makeup. During my art studies, I was inspired by the idea of a blank canvas, as it could be transformed into something that was individual, beautiful and exceptional. I aspired to create beauty around me as this was and continues to be my passion.

With my experience in art, the ability to pay attention to small details and a proficiency in blending colours to create symmetry, I naturally migrated to makeup.

After successfully gaining qualifications as a makeup artist, I soon realised that makeup was one of the many applications that can enhance ones beauty but more importantly healthy, glowing skin was the ultimate blank canvas.  As a natural progression, I followed my passion and decided to study within the field on beauty therapy.

My international studies & overseas experiences over the past 15 years have given me a practical & thorough basis that led me to complete my Bachelor of Health Science Degree majoring in Dermal Therapies at Victoria University.

During my five years of study to successfully complete my Degree, I gained proficiency in advanced dermal therapy treatments and industry experience. I was inspired to conduct research with professionals in this field and as a result, I co-authored an article published in the magazine ’Professional Beauty’ edition May – June 2017.

Skin rejuvenation and anti-aging procedures are my focus & expertise.  I have been fortunate enough to work and use state of the art technologies and leading edge cosmeceutical skincare products. My philosophy is to facilitate the education of my clients throughout the transformation process with the ultimate goal of achieving customised individual results.

I am thrilled to be joining the team at Platinum Cosmetics where assisting & facilitating the transformation of skin using advanced technologies and personal consultation will meet the specific needs of each client.

If it’s good enough for ‘Charlotte’… Coolsculpting for everyone!

If it’s good enough for ‘Charlotte’… Coolsculpting for everyone!

Kristin Davis is the latest ambassador for Coolsculpting- scientifically proven spot fat reduction. Debra Messing from ‘Will and Grace’ has also been on the receiving end of Coolsculpting treatments.

Whether you have a few lumps and bumps you would like minimised or it’s more of a body sculpting you are after, Coolsculpting might be the answer for you. With proven results time after time, and over 50 clinic papers, you can rest assured you are being treated with the original cryo-lipolysis device.

Get your summer body ready now and keep it for 12 months of the year – obviously we don’t need to tell you how important diet and exercise is to this equation.

Introducing Maddi to Platinum Cosmetics

Introducing Maddi to Platinum Cosmetics

‘Making the move from Perth to Melbourne in order to complete my bachelor of dermal science degree, I have always been passionate about ingredients and treatments that help build a confident mind and body love . Inspired by my mother who always conveyed that self- love is the most important part of life.

Having been in the beauty industry for the last five years my love for the industry started 10 years ago in high school where I started working in a salon for work experience, from day one I knew I had found what I love . Starting in beauty salons before progressing into spas and now dermal clinics my passion is building long lasting relationships and combining the relaxing and indulgent side of spa with the cosmeceutical ingredients and treatments of dermal therapy .

Whether it be simply incorporating the right ingredients into your daily skin care routine, or using the latest skin rejuvenation treatments to target specific concerns, together we can build a skin that you can be proud of

And as I am now a Melbourne girl, I feel it’s important that you know my beverage of choice is a full cream ‘cap’ – it helps me start my day!.

‘Thanks for calling Platinum Cosmetics. Caitlyn speaking, how can I help you?’

‘Thanks for calling Platinum Cosmetics. Caitlyn speaking, how can I help you?’

I’m new to the Platinum Cosmetics team and will often be the one to answer your phone call or say hi when you drop in.

So a little bit about me.

I am studying a degree in business and marketing and have also completed a diploma in visual merchandising. I have been lucky enough to travel to many places over the world like America, Asia, United Kingdom, Canada, Indonesia, Europe. I have also lived just out of Vancouver, Canada for a year and a half and in London also for a year and a half.

Before taking on this new role in Port Melbourne, I previously worked as a nanny for various family’s in Australia and Canada. When living in London I was in sales and reservations for a fancy Cocktail Bar – so yes, I’m partial to a cocktail and may even be able to mix you one!

I would say I have always been very passionate about makeup and skin as my mum has always tried to educate me in both – not that I always listened. When I was younger she would take me to makeup workshops so I would be taught the right ways to apply makeup. She would also teach me about the correct skincare products to use to ensure my skin was healthy. Combining this knowledge with ongoing training in our cosmeceutical products and make-up range, I am now able to offer anyone who walks into the clinic advise on how best to look after their skin.

I am a proud mum to a large male British short hair cat called Bear. And did I mention I can mix a mean cocktail?

Caitlyn x

Introducing Mike RN

Introducing Mike RN

Hi. My name is Mike….not Mark

I have been in this industry for 12 years, and a nurse since the dawn of time (it feels like). I have learnt so much from my patients and clients over the years, and many of whom I now consider friends.

When you are a health professional you have the ability and opportunity to have an impact of peoples lives. Whether it is nursing in an adult hospital, nursing neonates in incubators, having fun with oncology children, or injecting peoples faces, you are always having an impact on someones lives, and the lives of people around them. This is amazing to be a part of.

I have had clients who have followed me for 12 years no matter where I have worked and I am ever so grateful for their loyalty and trust in me, and I must be doing something right or they wouldn’t still be by my side to this day.

We have all experienced judgement, inequality, abuse, disappointment, and trauma in our lives to some extent, and I love the fact that I am old enough now to acknowledge that all of those things have brought me to where I am today and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But it is the amazing experiences, the happiness, the people, the love, the excitement, and the joy that really makes it all worthwhile, and Platinum Cosmetics is a combination of all the above.

I invite you to come along and meet our team and if we can help bring a little glitter and sparkle into your life then I consider this to be a win for all of us.

Welcome to Platinum Cosmetics. I’m Mike and I look forward to meeting you (if I haven’t already).

X

 

Introducing Laura – Dermal Clinician Extraordinaire

Introducing Laura – Dermal Clinician Extraordinaire

My journey into the aesthetics industry began when I was a little girl always wanting to give my cousin facials and pluck their brows, or pretend to anyway!

As a teenager I had really bad acne and never received the best care in management which lead me wanting to study Beauty therapy at Victoria University. It was there that I excelled at the science behind the skin and fell in love with lasers and modality-based treatments. This took me to completing my Bachelor in Health Science Dermal Therapies. I have now been in the Aesthetics’ industry for 12 years. My passion is skin, technology and client experience.

I thrive on the results my clients achieve and over the years have helped many clients along in their journey to feel comfortable with the skin they are in. I believe in combining different treatment to achieve lasting results.

From skincare, lasers, IPL and Radiofrequency treatments that work at fighting the aging process I was fortunate enough to be exposed to my favourite treatment Ultherapy. This technology uses Ultrasound to target different layers in the skin and work at regenerating skin tissue and stimulate collagen and elastin, and thereby tightening the skin. Over 8 years of working with this great technology I have treated many patients whom have had great long lasting results.

Outside of my career I am always on the go, we have just built our dream home that keeps and I am now about to become a mum! I am so excited!

Laura Farrugia

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