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The masters of massage: Beauty Progress


“Your body is your temple; it’s your home and you must decorate it,” said Gabourey Sidibe. A temple to self-ease and beauty itself, Beauty Progress Thai Massage and Spa is the place to visit to ensure the body your soul calls home is relaxed, toned and free from muscular aches and pains.

 

 

Massage is their specialty and there is an extensive menu of massage types to leave you feeling wonderful. Along with Sports Massage and Swedish Massage, there is Traditional Thai, Herbal Thai, Therapeutic Thai, Aromatherapy Thai and Four Hands Thai, all available as full body or specific body area options. Owner and Therapist Wendy Barker can talk you through the options and advise on the massage style that would be most beneficial.

Authenticity defines your experience when you visit Beauty Progress for your Thai massage, because specialist masseurs Anne and Orn are Thailand born and trained. Anne herself became an expert in Thai massage after discovering its therapeutic effects when she felt sore and movement was impaired. “I had a Thai massage and I discovered how incredibly effective it is and that was that,” she says. “I had to learn how to do it.”

Orn says getting massages regularly makes a huge difference to your comfort and movement, and both Anne and Orn ensure they receive regular massages themselves. “It strengthens your body and it really revives you when you are tired,” Orn says.

Training for five years in Thailand, Anne and Orn have called Christchurch home for eleven years now, but they travel back to Thailand regularly to learn about the latest developments in massage. A combined approach to massage styles is available and customers love to mix traditional Thai massage with sports massage.

“A great massage can leave you feeling so great – it can become addictive and we have customers who never go a week without a massage,” Anne says. “We can improve aches and pains anywhere on the body and it’s really helpful if customers are specific about the areas that need improvement,” Orn says.

At Beauty Progress, the full range of facials, body treatments and spa packages are available. “They combine so well with massage as a gift to yourself or someone special,” Wendy says. Discover more at www.beautyprogress.co.nz.


 

Winter skin


You know how your grandma said to take care of your possessions so they last a lifetime? Well your skin is no different. For all of winter’s seasonal highlights – hitting the slopes, snuggling by the fire, chunky knit throws and spiced mulled wine – the downside is the drying effect it has on our skin. So, while winter is the time to update your wardrobe, it’s also the time to update your skincare regime. We’ve pulled together some top tips for looking after your skin throughout the cool months of winter.

 

 

1. Our skin is the barrier that keeps water inside of our bodies. When it is dry and cold, that water is able to evaporate off the surface faster and easier. So throwing back an extra glass or two of water each day over the cooler months can help restore the moisture in your skin.


2. It may seem like common sense, but moisturising is the first step to keeping skin hydrated throughout winter. So invest in the best. This is one time when quality really does trump quantity. Body oils are also a great option, as they can create a barrier before having a warm bath to prevent skin from drying out.


3. While it’s tempting to get home on a cold day and jump into a hot shower, taking hot showers and not immediately moisturising after can result in small cracks in the surface of the skin which expose the skin nerves to air, creating what’s known as ‘winter’s itch’; dry, itchy and irritated skin that can feel like eczema. If you do have a hot shower, lather on the moisturiser while the room is still nice and steamy.


4. This is one time of the year when it’s OK to chill on the exfoliation routine. Too much exfoliating during the winter months when it is cold and dry can compromise your skin’s barrier.


5. Cleanse gently. Harsh cleansers can strip away natural oils, leaving your skin exposed. Cream-based cleansers, preferably with moisturising attributes, will remove the day’s dirt and makeup while keeping the moisture in.


6. Slapping on sunscreen in winter may seem like the last thing on your mind, but sunscreen is just as important during winter to protect skin from those harmful UV rays – especially in New Zealand. Opt for a sunscreen with at least SPF30 and if you’re heading up the slopes, make sure you reapply every two hours – or immediately after heavily sweating.


 

Naturally beautiful: Natural Zest Skincare


Most of us would love to tread more lightly on this earth, reduce waste and pesticide use while supporting local, ethically sourced and organic products, but time is the great limiter – time to shop around, time to research, time to experiment.

 

 

When it comes to choosing skincare, Christchurch local Amanda Grindrod makes it easy. Her online range – Natural Zest Skincare – is all natural, made in accordance with cosmetic regulations following ‘Good Manufacturing Practice’. Made from organic ingredients where possible, they are sustainably and ethically sourced and cruelty free, and the packaging (apart from lids) is recyclable and glass, rather than plastic.

There are five moisturisers, a revitalising facial oil that improves elasticity, a foaming cleanser, a toner, and a facial scrub is in the making. The products are affordably priced and handmade in small batches. Unlike in most products the first ingredient is not water but flower water – the end product of the distillation of making essential oils, meaning that 100 percent of each product is therapeutically beneficial.

The scent of the natural oils used, such as manuka, sweet orange blossom and ylang ylang, have proved irresistible, and “positive feedback about the brand through word of mouth from existing customers has created steady growth for the business,” Amanda says. A practicing nurse with Diplomas in Aromatherapy, Organic Skincare Formulation, and working towards a Certificate in Herbal Medicine, Amanda loves the process, “starting from the beginning with the basics, to create something beautiful, natural and beneficial”.

Spend $80 or more in June and receive a free travel-sized moisturiser. Visit www.naturalzestskincare.co.nz to contact Amanda for guidance on the products best suited to your skin.


 

Love the skin you’re in: Bespoke Cosmetic


Bespoke Cosmetic owner Nicky Blue has had a fascinating career, touring with some of the biggest names in music as a wardrobe mistress.

 

 

Watching makeup artists work their magic built the foundation for a love of makeup and great skin that has proved a common theme throughout her career and she worked locally as a makeup artist on commercial photo shoots before retraining in cosmetic tattoo and skin needling.

For Nicky, it’s about so much more than making women look good; it’s equally about making them feel good. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing women, but what I’ve found is that no matter how extraordinary these women are, we’re all the same; we all have the same concerns and worries,” she says.

“Everyone I’ve ever met, it doesn’t matter how much money or fame they’ve accomplished, they’re still searching for the comfort that comes with looking and feeling good.” An important part of the business for Nicky is the supply of Cane + Austin products, developed by board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, Dr. Craig Austin; a range that she passionately believes in.

“It’s a range that women can understand, use and get results from,” Nicky says. “Women want skincare to be simple and straightforward or we don’t do it. These products slip into existing regimes nicely.”

She is also the New Zealand distributor of Freedom natural deodorant and stocks her favourites from the Youngblood makeup range, providing simple lessons in makeup. “It’s a satisfying mix of creative work, sales, marketing and distribution, while getting to meet wonderful people.”

www.bespokecosmetic.co.nz


 

The Importance of Cosmeceuticals for your skin: Skin Rejuvenation Clinic


 

 

  1. What is a cosmeceutical?
    Cosmeceutical is the word to describe the amalgamation of cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, products that have active pharmaceutical grade ingredients to make visible differences to the skin, all backed by clinical evidence. The skin is the body’s largest organ and its primary function is to act as a barrier to the environment. Any product applied to the skin has to be able to penetrate into the dermis to where the active cellular regeneration is occurring.


  2. Cosmetics vs Cosmeceuticals
    A cosmetic product might smell and feel nice on your skin but it’s only ever going to be a ‘coat and cover’ solution, meaning it blocks the skin’s ability to lose water making it feel more hydrated but it’s only a temporary result. Cosmeceuticals, however, have higher concentrations of active ingredients, often with a driver to penetrate into the skin and carry these active ingredients to where they are going to have an effect.


  3. What are the ingredients to look for?
    Vitamin A –
    speeds up the skin’s cell renewal process – to reduce pigmentation, refine skin texture and reduce fine lines.
    Vitamin C –
    a powerful antioxidant to stimulate collagen production, firming the skin.
    AHAs and BHAs –
    the alpha and beta-hydroxy-acids are exfoliators and re-texturisers to refine and brighten the skin.
    Antioxidants –
    strengthen the skin to slow the signs of aging.

    Cosmeceuticals need to be prescribed by a dermal therapist or your cosmetic doctor after a full skin analysis. See Dr Brigid or Denise at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic to be guided on the best products for you.


 

Love the skin you’re in: H&B


H&B is now offering Medical Dermal Needling in-salon today. Dermal needling serves two main functions; firstly, it stimulates epidermal growth to provide stronger and healthier skin; secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen, making skin tighter and firmer.

 

 

Dermal needling uses a specialised instrument that contains incredibly fine medical needles to create micro punctures on the skin’s surface layer. This triggers the skin’s natural collagen production and restorative processes. The treatment is minimally invasive however, it has been found safer than some other skin treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. If you have scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, or want to give your skin some firming, dermal needling could be for you!

Dermal needling can help to stimulate collagen, increase skin elasticity, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of scarring, pigmentation and sun damage. It also allows treatment products to be better absorbed by the skin. As every client is different, H&B requires you have a quick consultation with one of their amazing beauticians beforehand, as they can tailor a treatment plan to your skin needs.

Contact H&B on 03 381 8939, info@hairart.co.nz, www.hairart.co.nz, or pop into the salon at 96 Cranford Street.


 

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Love the skin you’re in: Hair Art & Beauty


H&B is now offering Medical Dermal Needling in salon today. Dermal needling serves two main functions; firstly, it stimulates epidermal growth to provide stronger and healthier skin; secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen, making skin tighter and firmer.

 

Hair Art & Beauty

 

Dermal needling uses a specialised instrument that contains incredibly fine medical needles to create micro punctures on the skin’s surface layer. This triggers the skin’s natural collagen production and restorative processes.

The treatment is minimally invasive however, it has been found safer than some other skin treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. If you have scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, or want to give your skin some firming, dermal needling could be for you!

Dermal needling can help to stimulate collagen, increase skin elasticity, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of scarring, pigmentation and sun damage. It also allows treatment products to be better absorbed by the skin.
As every client is different, we do require you have a quick consultation with one of the amazing beauticians beforehand, as they can tailor a treatment plan to your skin needs.

 


Contact H&B on 03 381 8939, info@hairart.co.nz, www.hairart.co.nz, or pop into the salon at 96 Cranford Street.


 

Non-surgical facelift: Face Value


The choice of treatments offered for skin aging can be baffling. Dr Philip Frost at Face Value is finding his clients are seeing great results from two specialist treatments in particular.

 

 

The new kid on the block is the MINT Thread Lift®. Unlike the invasive permanent threads of the past, the MINT Lift® is a minimally invasive procedure that uses absorbable threads to redefine and restore lost elasticity and volume in the face.
It does two things; firstly, the threads cause tension in the skin giving an immediate lifting effect. Secondly, they stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid which creates firmer skin. While results can be seen immediately, improvements continue with full results seen after 6-12 weeks and lasting around 12 months.

The treatment is great for men and women who are showing signs of aging but do not want to undergo a surgical face lift. Put simply, it’s a non-surgical facelift that can create beautiful, natural looking results. If it is natural you are seeking, then nothing could be more so than using your own platelets to accelerate tissue regeneration and repair. This is where PRP comes in. Standing for Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP involves taking a sample of your blood, concentrating the platelets from that sample and reinjecting those concentrated platelets back into the body. The platelets contain numerous growth factors which will stimulate collagen synthesis and skin rejuvenation.

It is great for tired and dry skin, skin laxity, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, and overall texture and tone improvement. The usually difficult to treat areas such as neck and décolletage do particularly well with this treatment. Face Value uses the RegenLab PRP system which offers the Cellular Matrix option of combining hyaluronic acid with the platelets to give added immediate hydration. Both the MINT Lift® and PRP are fabulous options for rejuvenating the face and neck, and can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle treatments and skin needling to keep you looking your best, at any age.

Phone 03 363 8810 to book an initial consultation with Dr Frost at no charge.


 

Creating Beautiful Brides: LaBella Nails and Lashes


In a beautiful, calm oasis on busy Papanui Road, brides and bridal parties can be pampered from tip to toe by the expert team at LaBella Nails and Lashes.

 

 

Offering a group booking option for up to 12 people, owner Bella Tran recommends coming in two to three days before the wedding to allow for any touch-up appointments. “We understand it’s a very important day and we want to make it perfect for the bride.” With a strong focus on using organic, vegan and toxin-free products, a lovely range of different manicure and pedicure options are available. LaBella is Canterbury’s only professional salon that’s trained and authorised for the popular SNS nail system, a healthier alternative to acrylic, with 500 powder-coated shades to choose from. “We also have over 200 colours in our gel collection and 200 in standard polish,” Bella says. “Nude is the most popular choice for brides and we have many beautiful shades.”

Two exciting new treatments have recently been added to the list of beauty services – lash lifts and henna brows. Perfect for brides, a lashlift is a popular 45-minute treatment that creates a gorgeous natural curve to open up the eyes, lasting for 6-8 weeks. The treatment is ideal for those with straight lashes or who are allergic to the glue used in lash extensions. The new generation henna brow provides the same effect as eyebrow tattooing and uses 100 percent natural ingredients that also stimulates hair growth – and lasts up to three weeks.

Book online at www.labella.co.nz or phone 03 352 9789.


 

Mindful Beauty: Earth Organic Hairdressing


At Earth Organic Hairdressing, mindfulness and beauty are inseparable. Their ethos is outward-looking and concerns the salon’s global impact on the environment and treatment of animals. However, when you walk through the salon doors, you know you’ll get that one-on-one attention from your hairstylist you’ve always wanted.

 

With biodegradable packaging, plant-based and cruelty-free hair products, you might think that this salon is too focused on the big picture to notice your specific needs. On the contrary, intentionality saturates Earth Organic Hairdressing. When you arrive for your free consultation, your stylist will discuss your unique hair needs and find natural and organic solutions for you. The stylist you meet at your consultation is the same stylist who will guide you to your desired result – no rush, no surprises, just a naturally beautiful you.

Traci Aylmer, salon owner and stylist, loves to share new natural, organic and cruelty-free products with her clients. Along those lines, Traci affirms, “People trust their hairstylist. I’ve tried everything we sell at the salon, so when you spend ages trying to find a product that works it’s nice to spread the word.” Traci and her team of stylists are excited to share a new skincare line which shares the same values – and as a bonus, it’s made in New Zealand!

Follow Earth Organic Hairdressing on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on natural haircare news. To book an appointment phone 03 365 7393 or visit earthorganichairdressing.co.nz.