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



Omega 3 and Your Skin


Cell membrane Omega 3

Did you know many skin conditions will improve by adding Omega 3 to your daily diet?

So, what are Omega 3 oils?

These oils , that the body is unable to manufacture, are like the traffic lights for your cell membranes. When we ingest adequate amounts, our cell membranes allow waste to leave the cell and nutrients to access  our cells.  Continue reading

Showing Your Skin A Little Love

Giving your skin some love

Giving your skin some love

Just as we all do, skin responds well when given a little love – there is a specific language spoken between skin cells and when this communication is clear and precise, maximum results can be achieved through professional skin treatments and home care.

Cells need clear and precise communication at all times and it is when this pathway becomes blocked through poor nutrition and environmental issues, that we start to notice ageing and skin concerns.

Certain Growth Factors speak the language of love between cells and when we optimize these factors; your skin begins to behave in a healthier manner.

To help activate these Growth Factors you need the following intervention:

  1. Provide essential nutrients  to skin cells: Daily diet, Supplementation where needed, and Topical active skin care products
  2. Regular physical exercise  to increase blood flow and movement of the lymphatic system
  3. Stimulate Growth Factors and Cytokines for maximum cell to cell communication through effective home care – Ill show you how next post!

It is when we focus on this communication that we start to experience positive results with our skin care regimes.

So how do we stimulate Growth Factors and Cytokines? Can it be done at home? Yes, it can. Watch for next week’s post and I’ll show you how – it is simple and so effective.

Why don’t you follow me and I will show you  how to have a more healthy and beautiful skin!

A Morning Ritual

A Morning Ritual

Your skin is the largest organ and during the night, many processes have taken place. Some of these processes  rid cells of waste products and it is then eliminated from the body. When the body and skin have been exposed to day to day elements that bombard our immune system, we need to have an effective elimination process. Our kidneys cleanse red blood cells and we then excrete the waste products in the form of urine. A great morning ritual to assist with this elimination is to drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice. Not only will assist with kidney health, it will also have a stimulating effect on your digestive system and liver and this will have a knock-on effect with your skin. I recommend not to drink or eat for at least half an hour after drinking this drink and if you have kidney damage or adrenal stress you may not tolerate large quantities of lemon.

Healthy Ageing Skin

My treatment strategy when consulting with clients that are concerned with skin ageing are the following:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Consume a low glycaemic load diet
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Include nutritional supplementation if diet is questionable
  5. Reduce Oxidative Stress & Inflammation
  6. Support hormone function
  7. Assess & manage stress levels

A treatment plan cannot be created if these points are not considered, assessed and implemented. These points must be addressed if the outcome is to achieve healthy ageing not only internally but also externally. You may wish to seek the expertise of a Natural health specialist along with a Skin Care professional to assist with developing a successful treatment plan for you to achieve great and effective results.

  1. If overweight, a professional weight management program should be implemented.
  2. If sugar consumption is high I recommend the use of sugar alternatives like Stevia and minimizing high glycaemic foods from diet.
  3. An exercise program should be considered. Seek the advise of a fitness specialist or personal trainer at your local gym or gentle exercise like Tai Chi, Yoga or Pilates should be considered.
  4. If your diet is leaving your skin looking sluggish, tired, puffy, uneven in colour, blemished, then perhaps  you  may need to consider taking supplementation to offset your poor diet. Practising a healthy diet is paramount to a healthy functioning skin and it is always preferred to rethink your diet but in times when this is more difficult, consult with a Natural Health professional for a supplementation prescription.
  5. Increase your intake of antioxidant – rich foods and this will offset the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.
  6. There are many chinese herbs and homeopathic remedies that will support both male and female hormones and should be considered when we are looking at treating the effects of ageing on the skin. When we support ovarian function in women, we also improve oestrogen levels, the hormone that assists with the youthful suppleness of women’s skin. In men, we need to support testosterone, Luteinizing hormone (LH) & DHEA as these are associated with virility and healthy body composition. Vitamin D is also critical for hormonal function and Insulin sensitivity and modulate inflammation within the body while assisting the support of infection resistance.
  7. Meditation, Yoga and the like are great de-stressing tools. We are ancient bodies in a modern world and today our stressors are very different to ancient times. It has been shown that stress is the major concern for most western civilisations and we need to assess what our triggers are. If we don’t make necessary changes to our day to day stress, it accumulates and our bodies become diseased. Dis-ease, when we are not at ‘ease’. Changing your priorities and looking at how you can make more positive changes is recommended.