The ABC of Topical Skin Nutrition (Aestheticians/SkinTherapists only)


Many Therapists find it confusing when starting to build on their ingredient knowledge and ask for a break down of the most often used vitamins in cosmeceutical products. This is a simplified version of a very complex science and does not replace the need for Therapists to learn and understand the organ they work with on a daily basis – the skin!

Educate yourself constantly and start with the skin cells. Understanding this first will not only make it easier for you to explain the need for skin care products containing these ingredients to your client; it will also increase your retail sales ten fold. Every client will walk out of the spa with home care products and your appointment schedule should be full with return treatments.

Now this doesn’t mean these vitamins are only for these conditions, but these are the skins that need to have these ingredients as a priority.

1. Vitamin A = Acne & Ageing.

Retinyl Palmitate/Acetate, Retinol, Retinaldehyde, Retinoic Acid

Retinoids (family of Vitamin A) are used to repair cellular damage and cell turnover. All skin needs this vitamin to improve cell function.

Client Tip: “Retinoids normalize cells – from cell function to cell turnover”

2. Vitamin B3 = Barrier & Brown (pigmentation) Vitamin B3: Niacinamide, Nicotinamide

Vitamin B3 assists with the repair of the skins barrier and inhibits the transfer of the melanosome to the keratinocyte – improving hyperpigmentation.

Client Tip: “Vitamin B3 improves the barrier function – hydrating the skin and protects the skin from pigmenting”

3. Vitamin B5 = Blood & Barrier

Vitamin B5: Panthenol

Vitamin B5 assists with wound care and improving the skins barrier. Client Tip: “Soothes and inflamed skin”

4. Vitamin C = Collagen & Colour
Vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl

Tetraisopalmitate, and Ascorbyl Glucoside

Vitamin C assists with the collagen production by improving fibroblast production. It improves hyperpigmentation as it acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant; therefore assists with cell damage caused by free radicals.

Client Tip: “A great ingredient to improve the signs of ageing with a better quality collagen production while also improving the appearance of skin discolouration.”

Remember, this is a simplified version of ingredient science that all Therapists must know to be successful in treating client’s skin conditions.

I hope it helps.

Donna x


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Skin Care in your 40’s

Dear 40 something

Dear 40 something,

What a fun decade! A decade where you start to love all of your flaws and get to know what makes you tick.

This is an age where pigmentation begins to become more noticeable, fine lines may appear deeper and in the later part of this decade, skin may feel more drier than normal, this is due to hormonal changes occurring in this age group. Professional treatments are required to target skin concerns and a diligent approach to your skin care regime is required. Continue reading

Skin Care in your 30’s


Dear 30 Something

Dear 30 Something

Dear 30 Something

This is the age group where you will really start to see many changes with your skin. Many women notice an increase in signs of ageing and changes with colour of the skin.  Continue reading

Skin Care in Your 20’s

20 year old skin

Dear 20 Something,

In my last post, I spoke about skin care in your teens. This post is for the 20 something age group and is not too different to your skin care regime as a teenager but the focus is not on the breakout, but on the ageing aspect of skin! Continue reading

Skin Care for Teens


In the next few posts, I am going to focus on skin care for all age groups, including teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond.

As I struggled with my skin as a teenager and a young adult, I would of loved someone to have educated me on how to look after my skin and this is perhaps what I would of told myself if I had the knowledge I have today…………….. Continue reading

How do I know which skin care product is for me?

Skin Analysis

A great question from Jessica, a MS-C follower, is the subject for todays post: “Im not sure which skin care is right for me. There are so many to choose from, and so many claims, I am now confused…..”

I agree! So many options and choices, what is the right product for you?

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Is a Moisturiser enough?

beautiful woman hands with cream

My post this week comes from a question one of my followers has sent through:

“My Skin-Coach, my skin care regime is limited to cleansing of an evening and using a light Moisturiser in the morning and again in the evening. I am 32, is this enough?” signed, Jessie

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Telomeres: Our Cellular Timekeepers


There are many speculations in regards to contributors to cell ageing. One of the studied theories is; accelerated ageing may be due to increased telomere shortening – when cells divide around 50 times, they will enter a phase in which they no longer behave as they did when they were younger.

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Total Body Cleansing Update


So, I finally got my pathology results and to say Im ecstatic is an understatement and so is my Physician, I can add.

Prior to my total body cleanse, I suffered with a very low and sluggish metabolism, increased blood glucose levels and extreme fluctuation of hormones and I thought I was healthy!

What I have proven, for my self, is; nutrition can change everything. My previous pathology report was depressing and not conducive to a healthy long life, however, I have now changed my cellular health and honestly can say increased my chances of living a longer, healthier existance.

By decreasing visceral fat and cleansing every cell within my body, I find I function with so much more energy and clarity. It is amazing what results are achieved with a cleanse, my skin is looking clearer and even my eyes are looking brighter.

I recommend anyone that is suffering with low energy, poor immune function etc, to try a total body cleanse, Im sure you will never look back.

I have had so many people report about improvements with their skin and general well being that Im sure we will start to see more and more people begin their journey with a cleansing program.

Thanks for all the support and messages while I travelled down this path, some of your stories have been my inspiration.

I am now finding myself coaching others while they transform their lives with nutritional cleansing, and this is just so rewarding.

Until next time, best wishes…………..xx

Nutritional Cleansing wins


So I have made Day 30 and I must admit, at times, it was not easy, but I have to say, Nutritional cleansing wins hands down.

For years I have believed because I am a clean eater, I must be really healthy. The problem was, I still carried excess weight, and found it difficult to shift unwanted kilos even when eating sugar free and clean foods.

My experience with nutritional cleansing confirms that even though we can be healthy eaters, our fat holds on to toxins and does not allow us to live as healthy a lifestyle as we possibly can.

Every cell in my body has been cleansed and unwanted fat containing harsh toxins has been released. The benefits? I obviously feel energised, I cannot believe how I now sleep without waking and I have released several kilos of weight that I do not want to see ever again. So good, I am feeling, I will continue on with another 30 days.

Next week, I cannot wait to go to my Doctors visit to have another blood reading and will see what the results are.

My next post will deliver the results – do I still have Diabetes? does my Hashimotos need the same level of medication? and do I still have oestrogen dominance, not to mention my liver function. Last results indicated a fatty liver. All this and I have been a very healthy eater. I do not smoke, I have minimal alcoholic intake and I do not eat grains or sugar!

Let me know if you would like further information, I would love to share my experience with Nutritional cleansing – every cell of my body.