Warm Weather Skin Tips

Warm Weather Skin Tips

Summer is the season to kick back, relax outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. At the same time, warm weather also brings a whole lot of skincare challenges like oily skin, breakouts and sun damage. You might start to wonder if you really need to even moisturise with the heat outside and with your skin producing more oil. Do you need to change your skincare routine to cope with the change in weather?

A solid routine should be applicable to all seasons and all climates. That said, there are a couple of changes one might consider when transitioning from cooler to warmer days.  If you are not wearing a winter coat, why should your skin? In the summer, in general, just like your wardrobe, your skincare may need to be a little more lightweight. The heat and humidity of summer means you can swap out a heavier cleanser (think cream or oil cleanser) in favor of a gentle, foaming or gel option.

To help lighten things up you could also consider switching to a combination moisturizer and sunscreen during the summer. A lightweight moisturiser with SPF of 30 or higher may be plenty for most people, as long as you’re applying a generous amount and reapplying every couple of hours as with a regular sunscreen. Thicker moisturisers can lead to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne; especially if you have acne-prone or oily skin, losing one skin-care step with a combination moisturiser/SPF can help keep skin clear.

Invest in a good Vitamin C.  Vitamin  is great year-round, but all the more important in the summer. Vitamin C helps prevent hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of fine lines, and can help with collagen production. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturising.

Do not over exfoliate. Exfoliation can increase sun sensitivity by up to 45%. Since the process involves removing dead skin cells or the protective layers of the skin, the skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage. So, make sure that you keep exfoliation minimal during the hot weather.  One to two times per week at most.  If you’re planning on being in the sun for extended periods, better to keep exfoliation even less. Just as important is to schedule it two to three days before spending long hours in the sun to give your skin time to heal. Don’t make the mistake of exfoliating the day before a day in the sun. Correctly timing your exfoliation will help avoid over-exfoliating and aggravating your skin.  Lastly, exfoliate in the evening and use products with acidic ingredients sparingly. Nighttime beauty rituals give your skin time to replenish whilst you catch a snooze. 

Our top product pics from the warmer months from our Medik8 brand are:

Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect $119
Contains: Advanced Solar Defence, Pollution Shield, Anti-Glycation Technology, Hyaluronic Acid

Protect and replenish your skin with this advanced day cream which contains a combination of technologies to help safeguard skin from the harmful effects of the environment, helping to maintain a visibly firm, bright and youthful complexion.  Fast-absorbing with an invisible finish; perfect for daily use under makeup.

Press & Glow $55 (Refill $49)
Best For: Gentle Exfoliation

Press & Glow is a toner with a twist. Press & Glow is a high performance exfoliating PHA tonic combined with a natural enzyme activator which help remove the upper layers of dead skin.  The perfect toner to use alongside vitamin A.  It also has the added benefit of aloe vera, which encourages moisture retention, while prickly pear extract encourages cell turnover for a brighter, healthier-looking glow. This one’s ideal for all skin types, but especially those prone to breakouts or dullness. Extra points for the sustainable refill you can purchase once your bottle is empty. Gentle enough to be used twice daily.

C-Tetra Antioxidant Serum $78.20
Best For: Restoring radiance and fighting visible signs of aging

This daily serum infuses the skin with non-irritating vitamin C and vitamin E to flood the complexion with antioxidants. Together, these powerful intredients help to combat sun  and polution-induced damag, protecting the skin from premature aging.  Ultra-light with a fresh citrus scent, the serum sinks in rapidly to leave skin bright and refreshed.


Hydr8 B5 Intense $99
Best For: Dry skin
A supercharged hydrating serum combining multi-weight hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and natural moisturising facotrs to flood the skin with intense moisture.  Boosted with a triple-action complex which helps to maintain natural production of hyaluronic  acid, preserve its power and amplify its hydration.  Visibly softens fine lines and wrinkles leaving the complexion supple, nourished and plumped. 


Crystal Retinal 6 $108
Best For: Anti-Ageing Benefits
If you’re used to retinol, but you want to ramp things up a gear, this is worth trying. This product uses encapsulated ‘retinaldehyde’ – a next-generation form of vitamin A which speeds up the anti-ageing process within just four weeks – to deliver smoother lines, a brighter complexion and diminished dark spots. It’s potent, yet relatively gentle, thanks to hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, as well as vitamin E which keeps skin strong and healthy. A must-try if you’re looking to overhaul your complexion, it works overnight and is said to produce a visible difference 11 times faster than traditional retinol.  Once you have comfortably used Crystal Retinal 6 you can progress to Crystal Retinal 10, then 20.

It is normal to feel any of the following responses when you begin your skincare journey, it is an indication that the products are doing their job:

  • Flushing/heat
  • Shedding
  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • Breakouts

Please book in a complimentary skin analysis if you are not sure which products will be best for your skin concerns.

We look forward to seeing all your beautiful faces over the next few weeks 

The Bella’s Team xo

Whether you’re a first time spray tanner or a seasoned spray tanner, here’s some tips to help you get the most out of your spray tan.

General info

  • The active tanning ingredient in your spray tan is DHA (Dihydoxyacone). The DHA stimulates the amino acids (protein) within the stratum corneum (the surface layer of the epidermis) to produce brown colour pigments known as Melanoidins.
  • DHA is a clear ingredient that can’t be seen when first sprayed onto the skin. This is why cosmetic bronzers are added and act as a colour guide so the technician can see where she is spraying.
  • Your skin will begin to produce the colour pigments (Melanoidins) within the first hour after spraying and this process will continue for up to 24 hours or longer. It is important not to get wet or exercise for the first 1 – 2 hours after application.
  • Note that the advised wash off time is the minimum required time to ensure the Melanoidin production has been effectively stimulated. The spray tan solution can however be left on the skin for longer if it is inconvenient to shower at this time, or if you desire a darker result.
  • Leaving the tan solution on for an extra 1-2 hours may achieve slightly darker results but it will not continue to add depth by leaving the product on for even longer. Although the tan depth will not be fully developed at the rinse off time, it will continue to process and deepen for the 24 hours following the spray tan application.

Before your tan prep

  • Exfoliate before your tan, either the day before or the morning of your tan. There are numerous ways to exfoliate your skin, we recommend a body scrub and/or an exfoliating mitt which can be used in the shower to help slough off the dead skin cells enabling the skin to absorb the tanning solution more effectively and evenly. Because spray tan solution reacts with the proteins in the outer, dead layer of our skin, this is the layer that we lose, so if we can start our tan with the freshest layer of skin possible its a win, win.
  • Shaving should be done 24hrs before the spray tan and we do prefer waxing to be done 24 – 48hrs before tanning just to give the skin a chance to calm down and to minimize the risk of irritation. Waxing should not be done after tanning as this will remove the tan. Shaving also shortens the life of your tan.
  • Bring lose and preferably dark clothing with you to put on after your tan to minimize staining of clothes. It’s also good to keep in mind that any tight fitting garments can remove the tan from the skin resulting in white patches, keep this in mind with footwear also, slip on shoes are preferable. During your tan you can wear disposable briefs we supply for you or you can wear your own underwear, again dark in colour to avoid staining. Jewellery should be removed and make-up removal is optional depending on whether you want your face sprayed or not.
  • Avoid using perfumes, deodorant and moisturiser before tanning as this can act as a barrier to the tan.
  • Have your hair tied up off your shoulders, and we do supply a cap you can wear, especially if you’re blonde to help protect the hair from possible staining.
  • Avoid exercise after the tan as sweating will remove the tan from the skin. Here’s your leave pass from dishes also after your tan, putting your hands in a sink of water will result in white hands and forearms.

Why do we ask you to complete a consultation form?

A consultation gives our technician the opportunity to gather information from you which is essential in designing the right tan to suit your requirements and expectations.  It allows us to see what tan treatments you have had previously and what has worked or not worked for you.  Would you like a light tan for your wedding, a natural medium tan or a very dark tan.  Do you have a time limit on when you need to wash off the tan….there are so many variables!

We also know that some supermarket products can cause the spray tan to go orange due to the sulphates, detergents and lack of pH balancing in the product. Products that have crushed shell and nut are too abrasive on the skin stripping not only the dead skin cells but the amino acids in the acid mantle of the skin. Shea butter in exfoliating products can form a barrier against a tan.

Do you use a body wash regularly? Again is it salon quality and pH balanced? Be particularly mindful of body wash products that have a moisturizer in them as it forms a barrier on the skin and the tan may not take as well as it should, or become patchy or wear off quickly.

What Shampoo and Conditioner do you use? – this is important as again sulphates and detergents in shampoo and conditioner can affect the spray tan and the acidity of the skin. Products with Silicon in them can form barriers over the skin especially on the shoulder where the shampoo and conditioner wash onto.

So as you can see a thorough consultation is essential in ensuring the best possible treatment outcome and it also ensures we have your favourite tan on record so you get a perfect result no matter which technician does your treatment!

It is more cost effective to purchase a series of 6 tans for $200 which works out to be only $33 per tan.


Don’t leave your gift buying to the last minute.  We have put together some of our most popular treatments and discounted them just in time for Christmas.  Below are some great packages to give as a gift voucher to family and friends.  You can also choose a monetary amount so the guest can choose for themselves.  

O Cosmedics’ number one, best-selling promotion – ever … The O Christmas Core Four is BACK and you had better get in quick because these gorgeous bags are limited and offer a HUGE saving for O Cosmedics lovers! 

What’s inside? 

3D Hyaluronic Serum & FREE Multi-Functional Peel

(designed to wok together to boost results)
 

Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser
 

Your choice of: Immortal, Recovery, Rebalancing or Comfort Cream
 All stored in a FREE limited-edition cosmetic and jewellery case!

DON’T FORGET OUR SPRING DERMAPEN & PEEL SPECIALS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER

For the months of September, October & November we will be offering a series of 3, 4 or 6 Dermapen 4 skin needling treatments at greatly reduced prices.  Purchase a series of 3 or 4 treatments for only $220 each, or purchase a series of 6 treatments for just $200 per treatment.

  • 3 x Dermapen = $660
  • 4 x Dermapen = $880
  • 6 x Dermapen = $1200

ADD ON: Uber Peel or Dp Serum $50 per treatment 

* You must have a thorough skin consultation prior to purchasing any of these series to assess your suitability.  

We recommend using our range of Dp Dermaceutical serums with your skin needling treatment as they are perfectly blended to target individual concerns which include signs of aging, scarring, pigmentation, acne & problematic skin conditions.  Or our Uber Peel which is exclusively designed to enhance microneedling procedures.  

O COSMEDICS DERMAL PEELS

For the months of September, October & November we will also be focussing on chemical peels.

If you’re wanting to take a step up from your usual facial, these peels are your secret weapon to achieving your skin goals. Our collection of O Cosmedics Pro Dermal Planning Peels treatments has been created to work at six different levels, the more powerful ones working at deeper layers of your skin.

These bespoke treatments work to transform the skin and achieve cell optimisation, using natural fruit extracts together with pure, medical strength actives in biomimetic carriers (which means it imitates the skin – so your skin actually knows what to do with it). The goal is to return skin to its normal function, tackling wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Each customised chemical peel includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation and a lush Alginate Rubber Mask. Try a programme, building up your level of peel over time, and you’ll be on your way to serious skin improvement

PEEL TREATMENTS

Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
A gentle yet effective enzyme peel for all skins especially for sun damage and age correction.

Pumpkin Enzyme Peel effectively eliminates redundant cells therefore accelerating the skin’s cellular renewal to reveal fresher, smoother skin whilst restoring natural barrier function and increasing hydration. A perfect formulation of 30% Pumpkin Enzymes, Pumpkin Extract and Natural Fruit Acids married together with the healing and moisturising benefits of Jojoba Esters making this an ideal peel for all skins. An ideal entry level peel.

Pomegranate Enzyme Peel
The ideal entry level peel for even the most sensitive of skins to renew and boost hydration.

An ideal entry level peel for the most unexperienced of skins or the first step in a double peel treatment for serious skin changing results. Pomegranate Enzymes effectively lift and digest redundant cells whilst Peel Moist, Multifruit BSC, Lactic Acid and Jojoba Esters hydrate, moisturise, repair, and reduce inflammation. This gentle yet effective enzyme peel is a must have!

Catalyst Retinol Peel
The perfect Vitamin A anti-aging peel, perfect for all skin types looking for skin health, repair and correction.

Concentrated levels of pure Retinol and encapsulated Retinol, Niacinamide and Natural Fruit Acids work together to counteract skin aging, improve the appearance of UV damage, normalise keratinisation to improve the skin’s cellular renewal process, refine and resurface the skin, even out skin tone and provide potent anti-inflammatory activity in even the most weakened skins.

Oxygenating Enzyme Peel
The perfect peel for all skin types, an instant pick me up to awaken, renew and smooth even the most tired of skins.

Perfectly formulated with high levels of Natural Fruit Acids, Papaya, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Enzymes and perfectly Infused with intense oxygenating and moisturising super peptides! This treatment increases desquamation and in turn hydration of the skin cells whilst significantly accelerating the skin’s cellular renewal process. Hydrate, plump and renew the skin in just one application! This gentle yet effective enzyme peel is a must have!

Bio-White Peptide Peel
HI-strength vitamin C and peptide peel, especially for pigmented, uneven skin tone, dull and devitalised skins
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A unique biomimetic peptide encapsulated in a liposome allowing optimal whitening and lightening effects on the skin. With concentrated levels of Vitamin C, encapsulated Resveratrol, Niacinamide and Natural Fruit Acids this treatment has the power to stimulate cellular turnover whilst protecting collagen and elastin! It is anti-aging, hydrating, brightening, nourishing and anti-inflammatory.

Alpha-Beta Peel
The serious, resurfacing peel, perfect for skins looking for intense skin correction and transformation.
This amazing treatment recruits intense concentrated levels of Lactic Acid, AHA’s, Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide to offer exclusive Biomimetic desquamation which seriously rejuvenates the skin, reduces fine lines and uneven pigmentation, improves skin smoothness, clarity, and radiance, and activate cellular regeneration for a brighter, smoother, and more even toned skin complexion! Perfect for oily, problematic skin that it is need of extreme exfoliation, Not for the faint hearted and not before a special occasion.

Peel Series Specials

O Cosmedics Enzyme Peels (Treatment time 45 minutes)
(Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Oxygenating)
(Includes mask and either steam or massage as necessary)
1 x Peel = $119
Series of 3 = $330 ($110 each)
Series of 6 = $600 ($100 each)

O Cosmedics PRO DERMAL Peels (Treatment time 45 minutes)
(Oxygenating, Catalyst Retinol, Bio-White, Alpha Beta)
(Includes mask, steam & massage as necessary)
1 = Peel – $139 or $149 for Alpha Beta
Series of 3 = $390 ($130 each)
Series of 6 = 750 ($125 each)

O Power Peels (Treatment time 60 minutes)
(Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Oxygenating, Catalyst Retinol, Bio-White Peptide, Alpha-Beta)
(includes 2 x peel plus mask)
1 x Peel = $179
Series of 3 = $480 ($160 each)
Series of 6 = $859 ($143 each)

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