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The League of Extraordinary Women Conference

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Make your skin regime work for you

Making your home skincare regime work for you can be simple when you know how. Our resident beauty therapist Sevine Forster, sits for an interview to answer our questions about how to make the most of your home regime.

Firstly, some skin 101 tips to remember. Your skin is subject to change therefore it is important to use the correct skincare products for your CURRENT concerns. For example your skin will change with, the seasons, stress, hormones, environment (external and internal; swimming pools, ocean, skiing, and diuretics, alcohol, lack of water intake or even irregular sleep), medications and naturally with age.

Once you have identified what it is exactly that you’re experiencing, you can treat accordingly. Now that doesn’t mean throwing out all of the old and in with the new, lets reassess and have a seasonal clean out of your bathroom cabinet as you would with your wardrobe.

Bring all of your products out on your bathroom bench, assess what you have, obviously keep your stables. Check expiry dates, throw out anything that’s years old, its not going to work anymore and could potentially cause irrigation and strings to your skin. Anything thats cheap and you didn’t really see results with in the first place, out!

Now that you have your keepers, what are the changes you have noticed your skin currently? Is it that acne and breakouts are a issue right now with the warmer weather? Or your makeup is melting off? Do you have loads of anti-ageing products when all you need is a good mattifying moisturiser? This is where you may need to fill some gaps.

Generally, in winter we want more moisture on our skin, since the weather is dry there is less moisture in the air for our skin to draw from; heavier moisturiser, treatment masks and eye creams. Conversely, in summer; we want less moisture (choose a lightweight moisturiser, don’t stop moisturising), more vitamins, anti-oxidants, and SPF (it’s all about protection in summer).

So, you have a mask and you’re thinking, ‘I won’t use this for months now’, and it goes to the back of the cupboard and it’s never to be seen again. You’re next experience when purchasing a mask is, ‘It didn’t really work last time.’ but really it was just forgotten. Ok, lets keep hold of the mask and work out ways to utilise it. These are my tips for how to use your mask is summer; use it locally, just applied to dehydrated areas, use as a spot treatment, or saved your mask for a big event.

If you are finding your moisturiser is too heavy with summer, it could be used as your night cream and you would either use a SPF moisturiser or layer a lightweight moisturiser with an SPF.

Actives? I’m confused. I am hearing you. Actives or serums, are really where you are going to see the most results from your home regime. Lets work through this. If you are coming to the salon for regular treatments, you could be having AHA peels for breakouts or hydration. In order to continue these results it would makes sense to choose an AHA treatment serum for home.

If you already have both hydrating and breakout serums work with both. Through the month apply what your skin needs, it will tell you. Apply the breakout serum during ‘that time’ when the skin producing more oil and the hydrating serum after swimming or being in the sun, make sense? We can be masters at home. There’s no set and forget. If you do forget, please call our trained skin health therapist and we will gladly chat with you about your individual needs.

The difference between clinical peels and microdermabrasion

The difference between clinical peels and microdermabrasion

There are a number of peels and exfoliating skin health treatments available. AHA, BHA, Enzyme, Jessner, herbal peels (combination of AHA and enzymes) Microdermabrasion.  All of these treatments essentially do the same thing, rejuvenate the skin by exfoliation.

The differences are that certain treatments were developed to target specific skin conditions:

AHA peels work on the surface of the skin and can penetrate to deeper layers for deeper exfoliation. Glycolic is great for thickened skin, refining and rejuvenating the skin. Lactic Peels are gentler are best for dryer skin types and wrinkles.

BHA peel is best for more oily, congested and problematic skin. Penetrating into the follicles it deep cleanses and dislodges clogging and congestion.

Enzyme peels are best for more delicate skins that may also be congested. Enzymes work gently to dissolve dead cell build up as well as decongesting the pores.

There are different types of microdermabrasion methods – crystal and diamond. Hydra-micro-dermabrasion is diamond microdermabrasion with water. Microdermabrasion is similar to lactic peel, so best for milder skin problems.

Jessner, TCA and blend peels are stronger and the strongest are restricted to doctors only, targeting advanced signs of aging and sun damage.

These rejuvenation treatments are performed by Aestheticians and other Beauty professionals are varied and target different skin issues. Peels work at a deeper level, whereas physical exfoliation treatments work more on the surface.
To determine which peeling/exfoliating technique is best for your skin, talk to your skin therapist.

Do not even contemplate undergoing any of these procedures without first ensuring your skin is well hydrated and in good condition. You will achieve greater results if your skin is overall healthy and hydrated.

All of these treatments can make your skin sun sensitive, so you absolutely must be using a SPF 30+ sunscreen every day, otherwise you will end up with more sun damage.

Begin using a good vitamin C serum at least 2 weeks before undergoing any of these procedures, to strengthen your skin and inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme that is responsible for excess melanin (pigmentation) otherwise you may end up with patchy areas.

Finally, invest in a good mimical control moisturer to use post treatment to boost healing, recovery and results.

Skin Health Consultation 

As the seasons change, our skin undergoes many changes, so it is important to have your skincare routine updated regularly. With an increase in temperature, humidity and sun exposure, these environmental changes have a significant impact on common skin conditions including sensitivity, acne and dehydration.

Here is a quick overview of how the spring season affects these 3 common skin issues as well as ways to reduce symptoms.


Seasonal changes can be very difficult for people that suffer with skin sensitivities. An increase in air allergens (such as pollen) can trigger more of a flare up in conditions such as Rosacea and facial redness.

Skin tips for managing sensitivity during spring 

  • Avoid the sun, wear a sunscreen rated SPF 30+ or higher that block UVA and UVB rays. If sunscreen irritates your skin, try a cosmeceutical formulation for sensitive skins.
  • Limit exposure to wind and cold days. When spending time outside, avoid the windy and cold days.
  • Skincare products; certain cosmetics contain harsh alcohol and acetone which can cause increased facial redness and sensitivity.


The spring’s warmer weather can cause the sweat and oil glands to produce more oil. In turn, this clogs your pores with dead skin cells. Dry, windy weather conditions will have the same affect on your skin, when the skin dries to quickly, more oil is produced to compensate. Dead skin cells accumulate with the oil, resulting in a breakout.

Skin tips for managing acne during spring

  • Skincare; alternate your regular cleanser with a foaming one and exfoliate with a liquid exfoliation serum (AHA/BHA). This will cause less stimulation on the skin than granule scrubs and help unclog pores and prevent acne.
  • Have a routine and be consistent. Don’t completely change your routine at the first sight of a breakout, and definitely don’t skimp out on your routine. After a long day of being out in the heat and humidity it’s imperative to be diligent about washing, treating and moisturising your skin before bed and again in the morning.


First some basic skin science. An acidic mix of oils and sweat protect the top layer of skin. Dry or dehydrated skin becomes an issue when the top layer is damaged (or stripped) and moisture can escape (evaporation).

Dry skin type, means it’s most likely a result of genetics. Whereas, dehydrated skin is a skin condition, meaning it is temporary and easier to treat; often caused by external factors such as weather, over exfoliating, poor diet (over indulging in caffeine and alcohol), stripping cleanser and sun exposure.

An already dry and dehydrated skin coming out of winter will feel even more discomfort when spring brings windy days.

Skin tips for managing skin dehydration during spring

  • The key to treating dehydration is to retain moisture. The goal is to re-hydrate the cells and prevent further evaporation. Drinking plenty of water will help with your skin health, some small diet changes can help too, reduce the amount of diuretics. On cooler days, prevent hot showers that will only suck out more moisture.
  • Since the issue with dry skin is based on a lack of protective oils, replenish the top layer with oil based nourishing products. Opt for a deeply moisturising cream such as Ultraceuticals Ultra Rich Moisturiser, and hyaluronic acid to deliver hydration that lasts 24 hours.
  • Treatment; bio-matrix collagen facial, humectant skincare products that fix water within the skin and oil based moisturisers that strengthen the top layer, limiting water evaporation.

Visit one of our skin therapists (link below) to assist with tailoring a skincare plan for you.


How to successfully treat Teen Acne

Teen acne can be a real problem for teenagers but treating acne doesn’t have to be difficult. From feeling embarrassed, uninformed, to really having an effect on their self-confidence, treating teen acne with a corrective approach is worth the results.

It is always important to remember, this condition is common for this age and it will, in most cases, pass as you grow older.

Educate on how and why acne is there in the first base, will instantly make you feel at ease. Acne can be caused by excessive oil production, combine with a busy teen life, such as sport and stresses from school pressure, not to mention an influx of hormones. Hormones can cause an increased oil production and since Bacteria love to feed off of this oil, acne can develop as a result.

One of the biggest mistakes made in treating an acne condition, is to strip the skin of these oils. These oils contribute to our skins acid mantle, which is our lipid barrier, or protective barrier. Striping this barrier only increases the risk of more infection, inflammation and skin sensitivity, making the condition worse.

Another common mistake is to use skincare that contains bleach. At first you might think it makes sense that since bleach kills bacteria the acne should go right? But it will only be gone for the short term and here’s why.

The oil will return, and so will the acne. The acne is caused by an increased oil flow, bacteria feeds off of this oil and the pores become infected.

Therefore, the bacteria that is causing acne, is simply a bi-product of the excess oil. The trick is to treat the excessive oil and not the bacteria as such!

Firstly, as a teen you must understand that 70% of your result will come from home. Keeping your homecare routine simple, with 3-4 cosmeceutical skincare items which will be enough to yield results; more than this and you will simply become overwhelmed and are unlikely to commit to the routine.

Start your acne treatment journey with a lightweight lipid barrier repair moisturiser first to calm, hydrate and smooth your skin. Followed by a series of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid, fruit acids) treatments, such as Ultraceuticals Mandelic Facial Treatments. AHA’s will work to digest dead skin cells, hydrate an already stripped skin, and dislodge comodomes (blackheads). If scarring is present, skin needling treatment would be required to stimulate new collagen and elastin for skin correction.

This approach is for conditions that are not cystic, if you require medication, it is recommended that you consult your medical practitioner.

Realskin Clinic says “Guten Tag” to GERMANY

“I will bring back exciting new tips and knowledge to share with our clients so they love Babor as much as we do!” Sevine Forster

Realskin Clinic is going international – well at least for a week!

our director Sevine Forster is off to Aachen, Germany this week, to visit the headquarters of Babor, one of the most highly regarded skin care innovators in the world.

A total of 400 staff work at the Aachen premises where product, research and developing is ongoing.

Babor’s in-house holistic high-tech treatment and innovative scientific discoveries are second to none.

Realskin Clinic’s recent Outstanding Business Award and Babor Social Media National Award earned us this exclusive opportunity, to witness first hand the expertise used by Babor and the science behind their formulations.

“It was an honour to Realskin Clinic to gain this recognition from as international company of such high standard and richn60 year history,” says Sevine.

Taking part in this level of training helps us add value for our clients by educating them in skin care and helping them make informed treatment choices.

Thats part of the Realskin Clinic philosophy and for Babor to see this coming through our social media, indicates we have the right approach as we work towards becoming the best beauty salon in Brisbane.

“We are all very excited at Realskin Clinic about what we will be able tonsharebwithbour clients from the experience in Germany and the new information and techniques I will bring back,” says Sevine.

Sonuntil then…. “Auf Wiedersehen”.


Embracing new health and beauty routines while accepting uniqueness is a quality to be admired in REAL women.

Our recent campaign at Realskin Clinic, Hamilton found that women across all generations are conscious of the effects of time and busy schedules on their skins.

Asking women to share their ‘real’ stories about ageing, lifestyle, social pressures and expectations while staying true to themselves delivered refreshing insights.

Real Women Winner – 21 – “In my 20s, I’m not trying to look younger, but I want to minimise premature aging now, so I can continue to enjoy great skin for years to come”.

Real Women Winner – 44 – “Skin needling and microdermabrasion ensure my skin looks fresher at the end of the day when my make-up has worn off.

Real Women Winner 53 –  “ I’ve noticed more people at work commenting that I look tired. This never happened in my thirties. It forms a false opinion of my ability to perform my job”.

Real Woman Winner – 42 –  “ My husband has no idea that I’ve had Botox! He has the idea that if you have Botox your face won’t move and you’ll look fake. He doesn’t realise it can be subtle!”

By sharing these stories, Realskin Clinic aims to inspire women to care for themselves in a more gentle and realistic way.

The ultimate message – Be kind to yourself. Every decade of a woman’s life represents a different kind of beauty.

Mother’s Day – A celebration for all women, not just mothers.

There’s no denying the importance of recognising the role of those special women in our lives.
Every Mother’s Day we make an extra effort for our Mums, but doesn’t she deserve to feel special every day, and not just on the day that has been singled out?
The tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day was started by an Australian woman back in 1923.
Janet Heyden, who lived in Leichhardt, Sydney, was so moved by the lonely and forgotten mothers she saw at a Home for Women, that she began a campaign, raising money to buy them gifts.
Her actions also led to a similar observance on Father’s Day.
Our celebration of Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be limiting to women who are mothers.
If you look up the definition of “Mother”, you’ll find various examples.
 “The woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on”. –
“A female parent , a woman in authority” – Merriam-Webster
“A woman who conceives, gives birth to, OR raises and nurtures a child.”
This Mother’s Day, we at Realskin Clinic want to celebrate ALL women who in their own unique way are important to someone’s world and have made a difference by just being there.
That’s our definition of “Mother”.
You can honour the tradition started by Janet Heyden all those years ago and give the special mother in your life a chance to relax and pamper herself.
Treat her to real skin health.
Our Mother’s Day gift vouchers are now available.
Call to reserve yours, phone orders are welcome on 3268 5488