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Q. I feel I am starting to show my age but do not feel comfortable to have laser resurfacing. I have heard of microdermabrasion. Can you tell me what it is and suggest a competent operator in the Brisbane metro region who can perform this treatment for me?
A. Microdermabrasion is a sophisticated device which releases a jet of fine micro-crystals which are sprayed onto the skin creating an abrasive action. Dead cells and impurities from the surface are simultaneously whisked away via vacuum suction. The suction can be controlled depending on the problem being treated thereby regulating the projection of the crystals onto the skin. Microdermabrasion is used for the purpose of deep cleansing and skin renewal leaving the skin looking fine, smooth and refined while softening lines and wrinkles. This method is also excellent for acne scars, stretch marks and sun-damaged skin. You can phone the APAA on (07) 5575 9364 and they will give you a list of competent, qualified practitioners who specialise in microdermabrasion in your area.
Q. How do the products beauty therapists uses differ from products purchased in department stores.
A. Beauty therapists are trained to help determine more than just a ‘skin type’, they are trained to analysis the overall skin condition, examining the glandular activity of the skin, tone, texture, hydration factors and elasticity. Depending on their findings they then work with products which may be up to 50%-70% greater in concentration of active ingredients than products available over the counter. These products have the ability to permeate the skin and assist in rebalancing the skin in the deeper layers. They therefore must be used correctly by a qualified professional aesthetician as they have been formulated to help relieve and correct skin conditions.
Q. I recently heard that silicone is now used in foundations, is this correct and what is its purpose?
A. A common problem with some foundations is that they often look too thick and artificial, clog the pores and fade quickly. In recent times some companies have used modern silicone technology to create water in silicone emulsions that are more stable and substantial than the traditional water in oil formulas. This amazing new technology has enables the distribution of pigment while the coverage remains thin, transparent and creates a protective barrier over the skin, facilitating a smooth, even surface on dehydrated or oily skins. Furthermore, oil-absorbing additives continually decrease the amount of powder needed to set and secure make-up allowing for prolonged wear with a very natural appearance.