From a younger age I have always battled with pigmentation on my forehead and on the top of my lip. Over the years I have tried lots of different treatments to, which have helped to fade it slightly but nothing hugely noticeable, until now. Derma Pen 4 has been a blessing for it. I even noticed a huge change within days are my first treatment with Sandra. I have also loved the improvement on my scar I have in between my eyes. It’s honestly amazing how good this treatment is and how quickly you see results.
I first had Derma Pen 4 just over 4months a go. I have since been having it every 4-6 weeks. Sandra is a qualified beauty therapist with nearly 10 years experience. Earlier this year Sandra completed her Derma Pen 4 training and has since been performing the treatment on a large majority of her clientele.
About the procedure…
Firstly you have a consultation with Sandra, to talk about your skin in depth, she asks you what you would like to achieve and then she will share her recommendations. She also takes a good look at your skin as well after a cleanse.
The procedure in total takes about 45minutes. You have your face cleansed, Sandra then dons sterile gloves and commences the treatment. I had the treatment with no numbing cream. The Derma Pen 4 is uncomfortable but not painful for me, then only place I really felt a bit of pain was on my nose. Sandra clearly explains the treatment she is doing as she is going. Keeping you in the loop of all the benefits.
You get a cooling mask post treatment. Then you are sent home with a good sunscreen and recovery cream.
Dermapen Treatments are highly effective for treating hyperpigmentation. The treatment creates upto 1,920 fractional microchannels per second into the skin to promote a more balances and normalized cellular function. As melanocytes (pigment producing cells) are directly targeted, a repair and corrective process encourages an even skin tone creating a radiant appearance.
Our skin’s renewal process slows down as we age, so Dermapen Treatments are the safe, natural alternative to fight the aging process.
What’s more, Dermapen treatments naturally work from within. The natural wound-healing responses created by microneedling treatments will kick start the production of collagen and elastin production (Dermapenworld).
Pollution and lifestyle habits also take their toll on our skin.
Here are the results of my progress so far.
Results 4 months in, my pigmentation is fading, my lines under my eyes are less dominant and my skin isn’t as dry around my nose. Plus my skin tone is more even all over.
I have had the pleasure of seeing Jamie-Lee from @oneandonly.beauty for a little over 8 months now. Jamie-Lee is not just an owner of a beauty boutique, she is a walking wisdom skin goddess. She has taught me so much about hydrating and nourishing my body with good foods and exercise. Teaming it with good quality organic skin care and regular dates with her for facials and massage to help me achieve my goals with my skin – to have youthful, glowing and hydrated looking skin. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jamie-Lee. I hope you enjoy the interview and getting to know this goddess a little more.
Firstly, a huge congratulations on becoming a #bossmumma and taking the leap to run your own business, One and Only Beauty. How has the past 6 months been?
Thank you so much. The past 6 months have been amazing. I won’t lie it has been overwhelming at times, but the highs far outweigh the lows. I enjoy having the flexibility, especially with my two little ones. Being able to work around their kindy, school and activity schedules is such a blessing. It was hard at first getting things off the ground, especially working from home, I don’t have that commercial exposure like most, so I solely rely on social media and word of mouth. My clientele grew quicker than I imagined it would, and now 6 months later I see all of these same clients fortnightly or monthly for their treatments. It feels fantastic to know they are coming back because I do a good job, and in turn they feel amazing when they leave which is all I could ask for. I have built some really special relationships with my clients, and everyday just feels like I am catching up with friends, I couldn’t feel more blessed.
You have transitioned to using just organic and natural products in your salon and practice. What was the reasoning behind this?
Yes this is something that I am really passionate about in my day to day life, so I didn’t question myself when I was looking for a range to use in my space. After having my daughter 6 years ago I became really interested in more natural ways of treating her skin for rashes and her colds and flus as I was aware of the long term effects these nasty ingredients can have. From there I haven’t looked back and I began to implement it into every aspect of our lives, from products to food to skincare. For me it’s peace of mind knowing i am cancelling out as much of the “bad stuff” as I can for my entire families long term health. When I was looking for a range for my space, it had to not only be organic and free of all the nasties, but it had to be active enough to actually treat the skin effectively. I absolutely hit the jackpot when I found Eminence Organics.
How important is it to use good quality skin care products in between having facials and treatments?
When my clients come to see me for regular facial treatments, it’s generally because they have a skin concern or condition they would like to improve or fix. The results of a facial are fantastic and your skin will reap the benefits for days or a week to follow. But if we think of it like going to the gym, you won’t see results if you only workout once a month. Consistency is so important with anything, so your skin is no different. If my client wants to see results, I always strongly suggest they practice a good skin care routine at home, to continue the benefits of the facial which will give them much quicker results.
You talk often about nourishing our bodies with good quality skin food? Can you tell us more about this term?
This is my favourite topic of all, because when a client comes to see me, they talk solely about improving their skin with just products. Yes sure, products are a big part of healthy, glowing skin, but what a lot of people don’t realise is that our skin is simply a messenger for what’s going on inside of our bodies. I could write a novel on this, but I will keep it short and sweet. When you are not fuelling your body with the right nourishing foods, your skin will let you know in some way. All of the goodness in food is essential for our entire body, including our skin, which is actually the largest organ in the body, to function so that we feel and look our best.
What is your favourite go to skin product you can’t get enough of?
My favourite skin care product would have to be my daily moisturiser with SPF. One of the biggest cause of ageing skin is exposure to the sun. Knowing that I have the protection I need on a daily basis is important to me. Even when I am running errands or sitting near a window even, my skin is still effected.
What are you top 5 foods to eat to nourish your skin?
My top 5 skin foods without a doubt would have to be avocado, beetroot, cinnamon, fish and sweet potato. Oh and always, always the green leafy vegetables.
Your mission is make your client feel like a goddess? What is something special you offer to your clients?
I have worked in the industry for 13 years, and during this time one thing that always bothered me, was having to have a client in and out of the room by a certain time. If a client was scheduled for a 60min facial treatment, that 60mins had to include the filling out of the consult form, them getting dressed, the treatment itself, and checkout time. I could never seem to get this right and my bosses hounded me for it. I always felt like I was hurrying my clients in and out, when all they wanted was to relax. I feel like one of my points of difference is this, to be able to take the time to treat my client for the entire hour without constantly looking at the clock. Because of this I can really take the time to talk to my clients not only about their skin, but their lifestyle as well. Lifestyle habits play a huge part in the quality of a persons skin, so to be able to properly treat my clients, we need to go through absolutely everything and focus on what needs changing and improving. This allows me to give a really personalised service to each and every one of my clients, and it shows in their results. Without a doubt a point of difference is my skincare range. I searched high and low for a brand that ticked all the boxes and Eminence Organics did that for me. With over 170 products in the range I am never restricted with ways I can treat my clients skin. Not only are the products organic and bio-dynamic, they are results driven, so the effects it is having on my clients skin is incredible. Their theory in the way the skin should be treated through their products is unquestionable, and my passion for this brand grows more and more everyday. One and Only is just me, so my clients know when they arrive, they receive the same consistency in the quality of their treatments each visit. I strongly believe I go the extra mile to meet all of my clients needs and am so excited to continue to do so.
I recently had a luxe facial with the gorgeous Jamie from One and Only Beauty. I had such a wonderful, relaxing experience I decided to blog about it.
One and Only Beauty salon is owned by the gorgeous Jamie. Jamie is an experienced & knowledgeable therapist that has been a beautician for over 10 years. Jamie decided to recently create her own beautiful space and to use her experience and technique to create something magical. She is a mumma to two gorgeous babes and knows how important it is to have that me time as a mumma. She made me feel like an absolute queen.
My emotions in the past 4 weeks have recently been pretty stable. David and I have been really good and although I am feeling really tired, my body is just getting on with it and handling it. There is one thing that is pulling on my heart strings a little though, is that I am going to have to share my time between Cruzie and this new Bub. I hope I don’t hurt his feelings to much, when I have a screaming baby and I can’t put him to bed like I normally do. I am truly treasuring those cuddles to sleep in his room every night at the moment. Sometimes laying there a little longer to just enjoy my one on one time with him. I also get emotional thinking about having to leave Cruz at home while I go and stay in hospital to have the Bub as well. My heart does feel completely full thinking about the first time Cruz gets to meet his baby brother or sister though. He is so sweet with his baby cousin Arliah, always blowing her kisses and patting her gently and smiling. Makes me smile so much.
So the last 4 weeks I have just been walking for 30-45minutes everyday. I feel it’s getting harder and harder to push the pram up and down the hills with a growing bump.
I have been doing yoga a little but not as much. Maybe once or twice a week. I do love the feeling after yoga, it’s just the motivation to get the mat out and do it at home while Cruzie sleeps.
I have also been doing some lite weights from the @grace_powerfit POWERFIT E BOOK. I am currently using the MY POWERFUL PREGNANCY PROGRAM ebook to help guide me, depending on my strength and energy everyday I tailor it to suit me. My veins in my leg and pelvis can feel more heavier on some days than others, so I just take each day as it comes with my workouts.
I love doing squats, so I make sure I do 20-25 a day in the shower and I do 20 push ups on the kitchen bench too.
@xothreeactive for more details on the maternity and breastfeeding active wear pictured above.
@fitandstyle_ for the motivational #fitnessbracelets Pregnancy Eating.
Okay, so eating. Well I think I am doing okay! I haven’t been eating as much as I usually do as I get that full feeling super fast with my bump growing. I have been having my Bulletproof coffee smoothie (filled with lots of good fats and frozen banana) every morning with my @ponoprobiotics in them. The recipe is on my Instagram if you would like it.
For snacks I usually just eat rice cakes and peanut butter or just a apple or a quest protein bar (maybe once a week), or rumbles paleo bars are good too.
Lunch is either a organic salad + tuna quinoa wrap OR tuna + sweet potato + broccoli OR EGGS + sauerkraut + sourdough + spinach.
Dinner has either been salmon or white fish with steam veggies or homemade sweet potato chips. I have also been digging homemade spaghetti bowl.
We just finished Easter so I totally smashed an Easter bunny over Easter too. I normally eat my raw chocolate most nights, but on Easter Saturday and Sunday I totally ate Easter choccie. #noregrets
I had all of my glucose tolerance tests finally competed and all came back negative so I am completely over the moon with that too.
So my style during these four weeks is all about maternity clothing and Kmart stretching skirts with a t shirt knotted on top. The pre pregnancy wardrobe is getting used less and less. I have been loving the simplicity of my wardrobe as I have to think less about it as I wear the same clothes often now. Unless I have an event or something on.
With my work uniform I have been using the mini bump belt to add a bit of stretch to my work pants. It’s by Fertile Mind. It is amazing, stops the restrictiveness across your belly. I love it. They have different sizes for different stages of your pregnancy! #lifesaver
I had my gorgeous friends hens during this thing so I brought a nice boho flowing dress from The Self Styler for that occasion which I felt great in.
For this #bumpstyle photoshoot with the talented Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio we thought we would do something a little different. All I was wearing was white lace.
We collaborated with @littlebairn a business that provides organic and all natural skin products for mother & baby, to bring you a milk bath maternity photoshoot. Boy did I love doing this. One and a half hours of pampering bliss. Although for Tahlia is was more challenging, watching our little babes and climbing the bath all the while shooting me in the bath.
A special thank you to Amy from Daisy & Co Flowers for providing the stunning flower crown.
Thank you again for tuning in to this weeks blog. I truly appreciate you reading and commenting on all the pieces. Plus you have all been so supportive and provided great advice during this pregnancy and my journey through motherhood.
I was lucky enough to trial the fantastic new range from “Tiny Tonics” .. Let me just say Wow! I am so happy with all the products..
Cassie (the owner of Tiny Tonics), has a child of her own. So she knows first hand the importance of using natural ingredients and the effectiveness of essential oils. She also has a background in neonatal intensive care nursing and has studied baby massage. I think it is important as a mumma to know you are buying from. It’s great to know that the products have been created by an experienced mum who knows what they are talking about. She has experienced what us new mummas are going through.
Cruz has been teething and just started solids so his bottom has been sore for days. I’m all about natural products so I was very pleased to received the bottom balm at a time in need. So many products on the market are filled with nasty chemicals.. I’m just not one to put poison on my child’s bottom.
The bottom balm comes in a small compact size, perfect for the nappy bag. However it holds 50g full of goodness. You only need a small bit on the hand to apply to the affected area. Within 2 days Cruz’s bottom had cleared up. I’m going to continue to use the bottom balm to prevent the sore bottom again.
Tiny Tonics’ bottom balm can also be used to help soothe minor skin irritations such as eczema, itchy bites, sunburn, etc. This bottom balm is also cloth nappy safe.
I did a online baby massage course so I have also enjoyed using the Sleepy baby massage oil as well.
I have added it to my night time routine with Cruz. Naked time, bath, massage, story, fed, sleep.
Cruz also loves his feet massaged too.. So early this morning we did just that.. Love baby feet.. Just so cute.. The massage oil smells divine too.
If you are interested in checking out the entire range.. Head over to Tiny Tonics Instagram page for more tips and useful hints for looking after your young bubs and children.