Cosmeceuticals and your skin health

As consumers increasingly look toward cost-effective noninvasive methods to improve the appearance of their skin, ‘cosmeceuticals’ is one word we are hearing more and more.  But what are cosmeceuticals, what products are they in, and how do they benefit our skin?

Wrinkles, altered pigmentation, loss of skin tone... All these changes are associated with skin aging. Genetically-programmed skin changes as well as those caused by environmental wear and tear have us constantly on the search for skin care products that will reduce or eliminate these signs.

According to Dermalogica, cosmeceuticals are the potent active ingredients that change the structure and functions of the skin: 'a cosmeceutical product by definition is a cosmetic product in which the active ingAbout-Wild-Child-Cosmeceuticalsredient is meant to have a beneficial physiological effect due to an enhanced pharmacological action when compared with an inert cosmetic.' Cosmeceuticals are known to have special effect ingredients as they help to radically improve the appearance of the skin. The term refers to beauty and skincare products that combine cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are applied topically in the form of creams, moisturizers and exfoliants and have become popular in the anti-aging, sunscreen and skincare industry

For example, recent studies have shown  cosmeceuticals that contain ingredients such as anti-oxidants, including vitamins such as Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) are critical for use with sunscreens to protect skin from oxidative stress which is a major cause of degenerative disorders including aging and disease.

Other ingredients care for and repair the skin with properties such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), and retinol/vitamin A and it's derivatives are recommended for reversing the signs of photoaging.

In short, cosmeceuticals offer plenty of beneficial ingredients without intensely medicated formulations or a doctor’s prescription. Instead of focusing on treating the manifestations of aging (wrinkles hyper pigmentation, loss of elasticity etc) cosmeceuticals make an impact on the biochemical reactions that lead to these changes.
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Everyone's talking about going green. From the house you live in, what you eat, to what you wear, and what you put on your body, it seems like every brand has a natural, organic or certified organic collection or product you need to know about. By choosing organic and natural skin care products and ingredients you can avoid numerous synthetic chemicals and neurotoxins entering the bloodstream which can lead to health problems. You can download the newly launched free, downloadable consumer guide to the Australian Certified Organic Standard here for more details on regulations.

As consumers become more educated about the environment, climate change and their health, it's only natural that there has been surge in buying natural and organic skin care products. In fact according to the Australian Organic Ltd (formerly Biological Farmers of Australia), organics is one of Australia’s top 5 growth industries as supermarkets and shoppers embrace the trend. But before you buy, it's important to know the rules and regulations around claiming to be natural, organic and certified organic. Here's an over view of the terms surrounding natural and organic skincare...

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Research shows that within 20-30 minutes of putting something onto our skin, it can be picked up in the blood stream, and that up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream - so it makes sense to be careful about what is in skin care and beauty products. When looking at the ingredients, consumers should question the integrity of ingredients in skin care products. How do you know if a product is a truly natural or organic healthy alternative?

organic_wellbeingcomauFor a skin care product to be allowed to call itself organic, it should it be formulated using all natural ingredients.It must  be free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, genetic modification and petroleum derivatives and contain between 70-95 percent of organic ingredients. Organic is a label reserved for ingredients grown without the use of pesticides or other potentially harmful chemicals. The skin care product must be certified by a registered certifying body such as the ACO (Australian Certified Organic), NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia), ECOCERT (a French certifying body) or the OFC (Organic Food Chain). Then, and only then, should it carry a "Made with organic ingredients" statement.

A certified organic skin care product must meet strict guidelines from a national or international governing body to receive registration, and Australian Certified Organic is one of the highest organic certifications in the world. While these standards differ from country to country, in Australia the ACO states for a product to be able to call itself certified organic, it must contain at least 95 percent organic content. The formula should be free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, genetic modification and petroleum derivatives.

Natural refers to anything that grows naturally, or is not man-made in a laboratory. However in Australia there are no regulations surrounding the use of the word. However, it is generally agreed that natural beauty and skin care products should feature at least 90 percent of naturally-derived ingredients and be free from all synthetics. There is no policing on this though, so check ingredients and packaging carefully.

If in doubt check you packaging for a list of ingredients - if the ingredients list looks more like a chemistry class than a biology class, chances are the product may not be so natural after all. If there is no endorsement logo, be wary about the validity of the claims.

You can check out the Environmental Working Group’s website, Skin Deep, to check out the toxicity profile of the ingredients in your skincare here. The core of 'Skin Deep' is an electronic product database that contains ingredients in 65,361 products. You can view detailed information on these products from online retailers, manufacturers through to product packaging.

You can download the newly launched free, downloadable consumer guide to the Australian Certified Organic Standard here. The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, is nation's leading organic certifier. You can find out more about them here

Besame Make-Up Workshop at Liquid Hair

To celebrate the launch of Besame Cosmetics Inc's 1920's Deco range, Liquid Hair is holding a Besame Make-Up Workshop in our salon, on Tuesday 24 June1920sbanner

Join us together with Besame Cosmetics Inc in a workshop designed to celebrate the world of The Great Gatsby; it’s decadence and idealism, by creating inspirational looks from the 1920′s jazz era. Besame Cosmetics Inc, a company founded by Gabriela Hernandez, is a cosmetics line infused with a romantic sensibility that is rich in historical details. Her inspiration for it was sparked by a combination of her background in art and design, a love for feminine detail, and fond memories of her glamorous grandmother. Launched in 2004, Gabriela created Bésame to become a company that reaches beyond the product.besame_logo

The unique cosmetics line includes delectable lipsticks, luminous lip moisturizing balms, and a  violet brightening powder together along with some other glamorous make-up bag essentials.

The workshop will inspire our guests to try the the latest looks, techniques and tricks of the trade from a Besame makeup artist and how to adapt them to each individuals' style.  Each guest will receive an individual touch of glamour and a take home goodie bag whilst being treated with champagne and nibbles.deco

Click here to find out further information about the evening, or call customer service on 08 8231 9185

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We thought winter had set in for a minute there. False alarm though - back to sunshine and blue skies today.

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Making a change with hair extensions

Hair Extensions are a fantastic way to update your look for an immediate change,  and if they are cared for correctly can last for months with little damage or no damage to your natural hair. Hair extensions are not only used for length they can be use for thickness, to change the look of your cut or even to add colour when you know your natural hair is not up to the chemical process of the colouring you would like to achieve.

One example of this is the Balayage look, that has been particularly popular over the last eight or so brown-curly-hairyears. Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. The go-to for modern, chic hair, balayage creates depth and dimension, and leaves you with1 a sun-kissed finish. This effect sounds deceptively simple. It can however, take hours in the hair salon to reproduce, and may leave you with left with dry, damaged ends or blotchy colour.

Recently Great length Hair Extensions have released colour blocking or balayage coloured extensions and these are an ideal way to achieve this hair colour without the associated risks. There are 10 colour combinations to choose from, varying from subtle to dramatic, in two different lengths.

We choose to use only Great Lengths 100% human hair extensions as we firmly believe they offer the best quality, ethics and training available. Read more about Great Lengths hair extensions here. Each Great Lengths certified salon has undergone a full training in order to become a stockist of the product. This ensures that there is at least one certified technician in the salon who is expertly trained in precise application techniques, colour blending and advanced cutting. All these skills result in very professional, natural looking results.

Book for a complimentary Hair Extension consultation do discuss a new look! Call customer service on 82319185.

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Female hair loss and thinning

As a woman, your hair is your crowning glory right? All that time we spend getting it just right would certainly attest to that conclusion. But what if you started losing hair - and lots of it. It may be the sign of a serious medical condition, that needs evaluation and treatment. Many studies have shown that female hair loss is not merely a cosmetic issue, but it also causes significant psychological distress: '... compared to unaffected women, those affected have a more negative body image and are less able to cope with daily functioning. Hair loss can be associated with low self-esteem, depression, introversion, and feelings of unattractiveness'.

It's normal to lose hair every day - your scalp contains about 100,000 hairs, and you generally shed roughly 100 of them each day. Brushing your hair, removing a pony-tail, as well as washing, conditioning, blow drying and styling are all likely to cause some hair loss. Hair goes through regular stages of growth, dormancy and replacement. But what if you're losing more than the allotted 100  hairs a day? Research shows that millions of women around the world are suffering from distressing excessive hair loss, caused by various medical conditions.thinning-hair

There are many causes of hair loss, from stress to chemotherapy. Noticing thinning hair can signal the onset of such conditions as hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiency, excessive stress or poor nutrition, all symptoms of declining health status. For example, your hair loss maybe related to a lack of vitamin D, and suggest you are susceptible to a range of other illness linked to this deficiency, including diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, gum disease, seasonal influenza and tuberculosis. An Iron deficiency may also cause hair loss.

Declining levels of thyroid hormone, hormonal imbalance and a condition known as Telogen Effluvium are common causes of female hair loss. Telogen Effluvium can be a result of the abrupt hormonal changes that occur at the end of pregnancy, severe stress, physical trauma or crash diets. Click here for more information about Telogen Effluvium.

An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.

Female hair loss and balding may also be genetic - the gene can be inherited from either your mother's or father's side of the family, though you're more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.

These are a just few of the reasons that may be behind excessive female hair loss. The condition of your hair doesn't just affect your looks—it's an important indicator of your overall health. If you're experiencing hair loss, talk to a doctor, who can refer you to a dermatologist for further evaluation. We recommend David Salinger IAT MIT, who practices in the Adelaide and Sydney at the Trichology Centre. For further information and contact details follow this link

 

Liquid Hair styling sessions

Do you find it hard to style your own hair? Can you never make it look as good as when you left the salon? Do you look at a hairstyle in a magazine and wonder how to achieve the look?

Liquid Hair have the answers for you: no excuses for a bad hair day now!

Join us for a fun interactive hair styling lesson where you will learn the tricks of the trade while an expert stylist helps you to style your own hair.

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What: A  2 hour  Styling Session with a stylist for 1-3 people.

When: Any time you choose.

Where: Liquid Hair corner of Victoria Sq and Grote St.

Cost: $150  (1-3 people) redeemable on purchase.

*Please bring all of your own styling tools and products. We will have ours for you to use however we want you to learn with what you have at home.

For enquires or bookings please call customer service on 82319185

What is the difference between manual and chemical exfoliation?

Reversing the aging process and achieving luminous skin is priority number one for many of us when we think about skin care and the skin care products we purchase. Regular exfoliation is an important part of maintaining skin health. It also improves the benefits from skin care products such as moisturiser, which are able to better penetrate the skin after exfoliation clears away the dead skin cells.

Generally speaking, exfoliation refers to any technique that removes cells from the skin surface, not only immediately “refreshing” the skins appearance but also stimulating cell renewal. The benefits are dramatic, and, when used with professional guidance, exfoliation can treat a wide variety of skin problems. These include acne, hyper-pigmentation, premature aging and scarring to name a few. Exfoliation is also important for those with oily skin. In addition to smoothing, improving skin tone and enhancing skin’s receptiveness of oil-controlling ingredients, exfoliation helps rid oily skin of dulling skin cells to help keep skin clear. Learn more about the benefits of exfoliation from Dermalogica here.

There are two ways to exfoliate; manually and chemically.

Manual exfoliation involves using mildy abrasive tools like exfoliating wash gloves or sponges as well as exfoliating products like grainy scrubs.  Manual exfoliants loosens and reduces the outer skin cells. Scrubs and tools use mechanical frictions to help shed skin cells. One draw back of this method of exfoliation is the risk of irritation, and excessive abrasion of the skin can cause damage, especially if you have sensitive skin.

 Chemical exfoliation means using acid-rich or enzyme-based products to help gently exfoliate your skin. They work by dissolving the bonds between the skin cells to stimulate the shedding process. By making it easier for the cells to slough off, new skin is revealed, brighter and smoother than before.

Exfoliation delivers a tighter, firmer, smoother look and feel of skin. Because of this result, many fall into the trap of over-exfoliation: an over-zealous approach that can actually reduce skin’s vitality and make it more susceptible to damage from UV light. It is recommended that a skin specialist prescribe your exfoliation products and routine to best maximise the effects, and treat any skin problems.

Did you know that Liquid Hair has a new on-line store, where we retail all our salon-only products for pick-up or delivery by mail. We are an authorised Dermalogica stockist.

Buying beauty products on on-line is a fast and easy way to keep up to date with all your skin care needs. However, you also run the risk of counterfeit, out-of-date or grey-market products if you purchase something from an unauthorised online stockist. Fake products mean the ingredients may not be what they say they are, and you will put yourself at risk of adverse reactions to a incorrect balance of active ingredients. Not only do these products fail to meet saftey standards and essential guideline, they could contain toxic ingredients. And this means you are placing yourself and your health in danger by using them. Buying from a trusted retailer is the only

The only way you can be certain of the authenticity of the goods you are purchasing. Remember if an online deal appears to good to be true, it probably is.

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Visit our online store here for Dermalogica products at unbelievable prices. Plus we have our full range of hair care available too.

 

 

Kevin Murphy – bodybuilding options for fine hair.

Kevin Murphy has so many hero products - it's a range we absolutely love using in the salon, and at home as well.

Click here to purchase Kevin Murphy products.

The brand was created by Kevin Murphy, an editorial hairstylist, who found the performance of mainstream hair products unsatisfactory when he was working with them. Strongly promoting ties with nature and born from the same philosophy as skin care, the products use pure essential oils, plant extracts and and natural antioxidants.

For those of us that struggle with getting body and volume in fine hair, there are some must-haves. "The shampoo and conditioner are the first step to create the body that people with finer hair are looking for, and so it's important to use volumising products," Bobbi advises.

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Layering the volume products helps build a final look. "Use a root-lifting mousse and thickening product like Kevin Murphy's Full Again through the mid lengths and ends of damp hair before you blow dry. It will give you loads of body and bounce. in the range. Bobbi, one of Liquid Hair's senior stylists, says the Angel Wash and Angel Rinse are an essential building block when it comes to putting the bounce in fine hair styling.

Another exciting product for fine hair is Powder Puff - great for creating voluminous, feminine blowdry looks. Click here for a podcast from Kevin Murphy using the Powder.