Aged skin

No, this is not a typo, but, if you add inflammation + ageing you get the term; ‘inflammaging’.

So, how does our skin age with inflammation? Well, your diet has a lot to do with it. Continue reading


Skin care in your 50’s & beyond


Your 50’s and beyond is a time where we celebrate the wisdom we have gathered over many years. Our skin reflects our lifestyle so if we have neglected our skin, we may look older or more tired than we actually feel. Continue reading

CoQ10 for healthy skin


Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquinone is naturally occurring and is found in most living organisms. CoQ10 is ubiquitous in humans and varies in levels with most of it found in  organs with a high rate of metabolism, such as; the heart, kidneys and the liver. It is a vital factor in the synthesis of ATP (cellular energy production) therefore essential for all human tissues and organs.

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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 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

Traditional Makeup Vs Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup

This weeks question is from Michelle:

“Hello MySkin-Coach, can you please tell me what the difference is between main stream makeup and mineral makeup? I am so confused. Thank you”

Dear Michelle,

Thank you for your question. I can understand how confusing you may be with all the marketing hype for makeup.

Main stream makeup may contain many chemicals and fillers including Talc (which interestingly, is a mineral!) These chemicals are ingredients such as; synthetic colours, expanders (increasing the size of the makeup), Talc is a good example of this, also sun screen chemicals and chemical preservatives. Some may even contain fragrances, which have no benefit to the skin, but everyone seems to love the smell of a product!

Mineral makeup on the other hand, usually contains only the pigment which will be listed as Iron Oxides, sun protection ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and true minerals that will sit on the surface of the skin rather than being absorbed into the skin for example: Mica.  Once you add water to a product you must add a preservative therefore, Mineral makeup in its truest form, is a powder  and will not require a preservative.

I hope this clarifies the difference between the two makeup types on the market. Remember, Talc which is not favourable to the skin as it is known as a comedogenic ingredient may be added to some mineral makeup products so ensure you read the label prior to purchasing.

What Mineral Makeup brand is your favourite? I would love to hear from you.


My Skin-Coach



Is Benzoyl Peroxide enough to treat acne?


First of all, Happy New Year!

This is not only the first post for 2014 but also the first post for a few months. I haven’t posted since August as I have fallen in love. I have fallen in love with my new Grand Daughter, Delilah. The time I have spent with her is priceless and now as she getting bigger and more active I want to start again with my posts.

Thankyou to all that have been logging on and following previous posts and thank you for all the questions I have received.

So, this brings me to this weeks post, and it comes from Nikki who has been struggling with her acne for three years and has invested in a popular skin care range that contains, as one of its main ingredients; Benzoyl Peroxide.

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Successful Acne Management

Successful Acne Management

Successful Acne Management

One of the most distressing of all skin conditions, is acne. As a teenager, I suffered terribly with an aggressive form of Cystic Acne and was very grateful for the help from a Skin Therapist. Weekly, I had treatments to treat the condition. Fortunately with the greatness of time and science, we can now achieve faster and better results by following these steps: Continue reading

To Tone or not to Tone?

Skin Toners

To Tone or not to Tone?

To Tone or not to Tone

So, what exactly is a ‘Toner’? Well, many cosmetic houses may disagree, but I truly believe that many Toners are not necessary in your everyday skin care regime. There, I have said it! Having said that, there are certainly some toners that may provide your skin with benefits.

I know you now want me to explain exactly what Toners do, and here it is in a nutshell.

‘Toners increase the skins permeability for the next product, which is usually a serum or moisturiser containing active ingredients.”

So that is important, isn’t it? Yes, it is.

Toners essentially remove excess Cleanser (you may want to revisit my previous post on the correct cleanser) and then increase the absorption of your following products.

I use this analogy when explaining to my students:

Think of a sponge, your everyday kitchen sponge. The type that comes in many various colours. Now pour a glass of water on that sponge, ring it out and put it out on the windowsill for a day in sunlight. What happens? It dries out and becomes very crisp to the touch. Now pour a glass of water onto the sponge, does it absorb the water quickly? No, on the contrary, it takes some time to absorb a small amount of water.

Now imagine the same sponge, same amount of water. Keep the moist sponge on the bench and do not let it dry out. Pour a glass of water and now watch at how quickly it absorbs a large amount of the water!

So you see, this is how a Toner works. It keeps the skin moist and increases absorption.

If you are using Serums and Moisturisers that contain active ingredients, these ingredients pass through the skins outer most layers a lot more effectively when the skin is moist. However, today Cosmetic Chemists formulate very effective delivery systems within the Serums and Moisturisers and therefore it could be argued that Toners are not required in a daily skin care regime.

I’ll let you be the decider of this one; personally I do not use a Toner, as I know the products I use have been scientifically formulated to give my skin high doses of actives in the shortest amount of time.

Do you use a Toner? Do you feel it makes a difference to your skin care? I would love to hear your opinions.  DCCx