Freshen up your skin for the busy Christmas Party season ahead!

Posted by Dr Natasha Cook on 3 December 2015

The HydraFacial Experience


Originally posted on the Productive Bride, November 17, 2015  by  Danielle Rebling

{Danielle} Hydra facials are a whole new concept for me nevertheless I'm always up for trying something different, and what girl doesn't want to spend time at a spa?! I went into this experience being pretty familiar with having facials as I do get them regularly. What I didn't realize is that a hydra facial is definitely a unique experience (in a good way!) compared to a regular facial!  There are suction tools, gadgets, skin care bottles and a big computer screen that makes the facial customizable to every client's needs! It was a little intimidating but also exciting as to how they were going to use all of this stuff! I'm super glad I tried it because I came out of the spa feeling like I'd shed a layer of unwanted skin that made my face feel silky smooth and rejuvenated!

{Megan} When it comes to skin care products and services.I'm about as beginner as they come!  I'm THAT girl that feels accomplished if I get my make-up washed off at night AND puts face cream on!  For me, quick and easy (hello face wipes!) was what mattered to me in my skin care routine!  BUT...that all has started to change.  I don't know if it was hitting my 30's that did it or maybe getting married, but I started realizing that taking care of my skin isn't just a vanity thingits part of taking care of ME!  I work out, eat healthy, and do loads of other things to take care of my bodywhy wouldn't I give my skin that same love? !  So when the Productive Bride team decided to try out Hydra FacialsI was definitely game!  I've only had two facials in my life (both being gifts), so I really had NO idea what to expect!  I went in with an open mind and came out LOVING everything about it!  From the process to the products to the woman that worked her magic on meI was blown away with the results and how great the experience was!  Before we get into our results, though, let us walk you through our experience

Our facialist, Laura from Gravity Medical Spa in Irvine, CA (who by-the-way is awesome!), started by cleaning our faces.  After all of the day's grime and make-up was washed offthen the real fun began

Step 1:  Vortex-Exfoliation - Activ-4 serum removes dead skin cells to uncover healthy skin.

This is where you get acquainted with the suction tool!  At first it feels a little different.  I mean, it's not every day we have a suction cup taken to our face, right?!  After about 10 seconds though you relax when you realize that, "hey, this actually feels pretty cool!"  Also, we want to point out that throughout the whole Hydra Facial process, it NEVER hurt.  We've all heard the saying "no pain, no gain" or "beauty is pain" well, you can just throw those sayings straight out of your vocabulary for this experience!  The Hydra Facial is not painful at all!

Step 2:  Vortex-Peel - Glysal serum, a mixture of Glycolic and Salicylic Acids delivers the benefits of a peel without post-peel scaling.

Facial peels definitely have GREAT benefits, but it's not easy signing up for something where your face looks worse (sometimes for days) before it looks better!  For those of you who share the same reservations about diving into an all-out, full-on face peelwe're telling you that the Hydra Facial is WHERE IT'S AT!  Best of both worldsgetting the benefits of a peel without the post-peel scaling!

Step 3:  Vortex-Extraction - Patented, painless vortex-suction cleans out pores with the help of Beta-HD serum.

By this point, you and that suction tool are best buds!  You can feel the magic that is happening on your face, and you welcome every bit of it!  No amount of scrubbing and exfoliation can come close to doing what this little tool is accomplishing!  This, we believe, is the point where they ramp up that suction just a bit but by this time you welcome it because you want every bit of dead skin and dirt out of your pores!

Step 4:  Vortex-Fusion - Antiox+ serum is delivered to nourish and protect skin with Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid.

When you hit the fourth and final step, you can definitely start to tell the difference in how nourished your skin feels!  The facial lasts about 30 minutes which is the perfect amount of time long enough to feel relaxed when you are done, but short enough to not take a huge chunk of your time (because we all know time is MONEY to brides when they are planning their wedding!!).

Bottom linewe both highly recommend trying out the hydra facial! If you are a bride-to-be this is a great way to take some time to relax and de-stress from the planning all while getting the perfect glow for your wedding! It leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean but also super soft. The results you feel immediately after your facial will last for weeks!

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Posted by Dr Natasha Cook on 1 June 2015



Excerpts from Stephanie Darling's article in the SundayLife magazine - Beauty section - Sunday 23rd May 2015

Article Title: Road Test..........

This week I try.......the HydraFacial

The lowdown With the weather cooling, it's all about getting my sensitive skin prepped for winter.  This non-invasive exfoliating treatment uses a machine that targets all the trouble spots by cleansing, extracting and hydrating simultaneously, using a multifaceted spiral abrasion tip combined with preloaded serums that soften, lift and extract sebum and impurities.  This juggernaut targets fine lines, sun damage, blackheads, enlarged pores, excess oil, hydration and puffiness.  At the clinic they work over my thirsty skin meticulously with the clever tip, which has a sucking motion that vacuums out impurities while depositing the nourishing serums.

Pain factor Once again, no pain.  I need to get out more.

Downtime 30 minutes

Results It is exceptionally satisfying to see the soupy contents of the waste container.  (Is that too much information?) My skin lapped up the serums and I now feel really hydrated and super clean.  Even my pores are smaller.

**Check out Ivanka Trump's website she loves the HydraFacial MD.



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Prevent skin cancer with Vitamin B3

Posted by Dr Natasha Cook on 20 May 2015
Prevent skin cancer with Vitamin B3

An inexpensive vitamin B product, widely available over the counter, has been shown to reduce significantly the risk of developing further skin cancers in patients who have already been diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer. The product is nicotinamide, taken orally 500 mg twice daily.

"This is the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin, together with sensible skin protection," commented senior study author Diona Damian, MBBS, PhD, professor of dermatology at the Dermatology University of Sydney in Australia.

"It is safe and...inexpensive, and this one is ready to go into the clinic," she said.

Nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, she said.

In Australia, it is four times more common than any other cancer, and it affects more than half the population during their lifetime. 

We have a remarkably simple and inexpensive way to help people avoid repeat diagnosis of some of the most common skin cancers.
"With this study, we have a remarkably simple and inexpensive way to help people avoid repeat diagnosis of some of the most common skin cancers," commented ASCO President Peter Yu, MD, who is director of cancer research at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, California. During the press briefing, he described this research as a "major advance" in prevention.

See why Dr Natasha Cook has designed and created the Concentrated  Enriched Hydration cream with topical 5% Vitamin B3. The study was conducted at two tertiary treatment centers in Sydney from 2011 to 2014. It involved 386 patients who had at least two nonmelanoma skin cancers in the last 5 years (median was eight skin cancers, but one patient had 52 lesions), and hence were considered to be at high risk.

The study population reflects the sort of patients typically seen in a skin cancer clinic, the researchers note; the average age was 66 years (range, 30 to 90), and two-thirds of the patients were men. Many patients also had ongoing concomitant disease, such as heart disease, arthritis, hypertension, and chronic lung disease.

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What to do with sun-damaged skin?

Posted by Dr Natasha Cook on 13 November 2014

What to do with sun-damaged skin?

Too much sun can cause serious harm to your skin.  Treatments and products from Darlinghurst Dermatologist can help minimise and treat the damage.  The most important aspect of treating sun-damaged skin is sun protection and sun avoidance. Evidence suggests that skin can repair itself to a large extent if sun avoidance and rigourous sunscreen use are practiced. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids exfoliate sun-damaged layers and restore skins moisture levels. 

Topical Vitamin A is an important adjunct in the treatment of sun-damaged skin, helping to repair cells mutated by UV light.  Anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants also play an important part in preventing free radical damage caused by the sun. Weekly and monthly peels are of great benefit in resurfacing sun-damaged skin, replacing damaged layers with a fresher smoother clearer surface.

Contact our Clinic at Darlinghurst Dermatology Skin & Laser Clinic on (02) 9247 2887 to book an appointment to see Dr Natasha Cook today for your skin. 

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