Last week I was verrry lucky to be invited over to Beauty on Latrobe in Brisbane for a facial with Tracey Beeby, who is the Global Education Ambassador for Australian skincare brand Ultraceuticals. I’ve never had a facial before, and I have to admit – I always thought it was something reserved exclusively for the Real Housewives of Melbourne and the Queen (probably), so I took the opportunity to speak to an expert more about what the point of having a facial is.
As you know, I am an absolute skincare fiend. I love the little luxury of my skincare ritual at the beginning and end of each day, and it’s always a big sign that my mental health isn’t so great when I forget or don’t have the energy to do those few steps every day. It slowly began to make sense to me that skincare is, in many ways, self care, and so having a facial is definitely something a little special to do for yourself or a loved one when you’re feeling a little down or if there’s a big occasion coming up.
My facial was super relaxing, and definitely brightened my mood. I recently fractured my ribs and have had a rough time with my mental health, so going in for a little pampering was just what I needed. I got to lie down in a nice cool room while Tracey worked her magic on my face with an Ultraceuticals facial. Afterwards, I got to take home the Christmas Renew Collection Pack, which is pictured below, as well as a very kind wee gift from Beauty on Latrobe as well. Everyone was super friendly and kind, and I am very excited to share the before and afters with you a month on from using this range.
Tracey was so knowledgeable and personable, and I was really impressed with both the results of the facial and with Ultraceuticals’ as a brand. Their products are Australian made, Australian owned, cruelty-free, AND they do all their own research and development, often spending years on a product testing it before perfecting it. Enough from me though – let me share with you some of Tracey’s skin wisdom!
Why do people get facials and what can we get from them that we aren’t getting from our usual routine?
Facials are such an important part of optimum skin health, they help to clear the pores, energise the skin, assists to exercise facial muscles and most importantly these days, will help with relaxation and lower stress levels. Even though the majority of our results are obtained from our homecare, there are so many benefits for in-clinic skin treatments. Whether ‘hands on’ luxe relaxing skin facial treatments or a more paramedical style peel or laser treatment these in-clinic skin treatments and are so important to boost homecare results.
What other kinds of skincare treatments can people get for a little bit of ‘extra something’ if they want to pamper or treat themselves?
There are a variety of skin treatments to suit the individuals skin concerns, including laser skin rejuvenation or more intense lasers for the removal of hyperpigmentation or facial redness. Skin Peels and paramedical treatments such as Microdermabrasion or Hydro-Brasion are popular to superficially polish and remove the outermost layer of the skin. These will all provide a significant refining benefit for the skin and must be prescribed appropriately in a series of treatments by a skin clinician.
Everyone wants their skin to look good, but it’s important for it to be healthy too! Do you think that there’s a link between healthy skin and overall wellbeing?
Of course there is definitely a strong link to healthy skin and overall wellbeing. Our faces are a strong representation of all that is going on systemically and our lifestyle along with all that we ingest will show on our faces. Therefore it is just so important to be mindful of implementing a combination of a balance in healthy lifestyle, including exercise, healthy diet and a skincare regimen including the use of an SPF of 30 or 50+ daily.
(above photo: an hour before and an hour after the facial)
What are your top five favourite skincare ingredients?
Most certainly Retinol (Vitamin A), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) are in the top 5 as they are the most clinically proven for a variety of concerns, from ageing and hyperpigmentation to acne and facial redness. Other ingredients such as biomimetic moisturising ingredients are important as they are necessary for a healthy skin barrier. These include ceramides, linolenic and linoleic acid, sodium hylauron as without these ingredients, the skin barrier (epidermis) will become impaired and skin sensitivity will be evident. Then of course, all of these must be teamed up with SPF ingredients ensuring the skin is well protected from the damage that UV can cause. Whether your choice is mineral or non-mineral sunscreen ingredients, it is vital that they are offering broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Do you think a skincare routine is an important part of caring for yourself?
Absolutely! Most people take their skin for granted, not only is it the largest organ of our body, it is our outermost layer, exposed daily to all that we subject it to. It is vitally important to have a strong awareness of the health of our skin daily, this means, cleansing, treating, moisturising and protecting twice daily. For the best advice on how to take care of your skin on a daily basis, book an appointment for a skin health check with a clinician. This should include photos of your skin (so you are able to view what is happening both superficially and beneath the skins surface) and advice on the best homecare products to use for your concerns.
The photo below is three days after the facial (using the Christmas Renew Collection exclusively as after-care) and then a week after the facial. I think the facial I had was a Mandelic Acid Peel. Mandelic acid is an AHA that helps to ‘minimise pores and alleviate acne symptoms, as well as targeting skin discolouration’ and I feel like this is definitely true – my pores basically disappeared. No joke. I keep looking at the pores on the skin around my nose in particular and wondering where they went.
I was also impressed with how it seemed to brighten and hydrate my skin. The hyperpigmentation under my eyes is reduced, and my skintone seems more even overall. I haven’t used foundation since the facial because my skin doesn’t seem to need it. Even my partner commented on how much better my skin looked, and I’ll be going back to Beauty on Latrobe soon when I need a little more pampering.
I’m very grateful for the whole experience, because not only have I met some wonderful people and learned a fair bit about Ultraceuticals, but my love for skincare has also been rejuvenated. So – thank you to Tracey, Adrian, and the team at Beauty on Latrobe for taking such good care of me, and for reminding me that taking care of your skin is an important part of taking care of yourself.
NB. The items in this post were #gifted, which help to keep my blog running, but do not impact the thoughts or opinions presented on any of the products listed in this post. For more information, read my disclosure statement.