UNWANTED HAIR?

The desire to have hairless and smooth skin has been around since prehistoric times, and today, the removal of facial and body hair has become a standard beauty procedure, as most women and many men want the hair on their scalp to be the only visible hair on their body.

The chosen methods to remove hair depend on hair type and skin, the desired long-term result, the time available and the cost. They range from daily shaving or monthly plucking or waxing to permanent hair removal methods such as Electrolysis and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light, often referred to as Laser).

Plucking or tweezing is relatively time consuming and therefore only suitable for small areas such as eye brows. However, nicely shaped eyebrows, designed by an experienced beauty therapist can greatly improve appearance.

Waxing is a fast and effective method of hair removal suitable for all areas from eye brows to legs. Many men now choose to have their chest or back waxed regularly. Waxing is preferable to shaving, as the hair takes longer to regrow and does not have the coarse look of shaved hair. At Escape Spa, impeccable hygiene and a pleasant, caring environment make waxing a good experience.

Have you considered long-term solutions to hair removal?

Electrolysis is a good option for the removal of single or a small number of hair. It works by insertion of a fine probe into the hair shaft and the application of a current which destroys the hair follicle.

IPL (often called laser) hair removal has been around for 20 years and has become one of the most popular methods to remove hair permanently – no more stubbles or thick regrowth! Light of particular wavelengths is directed at the hair and absorbed by the dark pigment at the hair root. This results in the destruction of the hair follicle and the hair does not regrow!

IPL can be used for small or large areas, on any part of the body. IPL is a safe and effective method of permanent hair removal, however, the success depends on the quality of the machines (at Escape Spa we use a top-class European model), and the training and experience of the therapists. At Escape Spa we guarantee best IPL results at a fair price and we always conduct a pre-treatment consultation and test to decide whether your hair and skin type are suitable for the procedure.



LOOK AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL

At no time in history have people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s felt as youthful and been as active as today. Nevertheless, many of us are concerned about looking “old” and tired. Our face and skin reveal our history and lifestyle: the wrinkles and fine lines, the colour of the sclera, the firmness and pigmentation of the skin and so on. While the process of ageing cannot be stopped entirely, it can certainly be slowed down, and the team at ESCAPE Day Spa in Takapuna get amazing results with a variety of rejuvenating facials that can be enhanced by Omnilux light therapy, Intense Pulsed Light or Microdermabrasion.

Here are our TOP TIPS for slowing down the process of aging day to day:

  • Protect your skin from the sun – although this is obvious, many of us still like to ‘roast’. Excessive sun exposure damages collagen and elastin fibres, thus encouraging wrinkles and premature aging!

  • Increase your intake of fish, fish oil or flaxseed oil, as omega-3-Essential Fatty Acids are not only good for brain function, but have been found to reduce some of the skin damagedone by sunburn, thus reducing the formation of wrinkles.

  • Don’t smoke – one of the many negative effects of smoking is that it leads to dehydrationand as a result the skin of smokers ages much faster than that of non-smokers.

  • Support your liver! Poor liver function leads to age spots (also called liver spots) which are mainly seen on the back of hands and in the face, and generally poor skin tone. Have a glass of lemon waterfirst thing in the morning to kick-start the elimination of toxins. Once a year, do a full liver detox or take a course of the herb Milk Thistle which is a great liver tonic. As women come into menopause, liver function often declines, so be extra careful with that heavy meal or second glass of wine.

  • Hydration is key for good skin texture. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day and use hydrating skin care products with hyaluronic acid, such as Comfort Zone’s Hydromemory Serum or Mask.

  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables rich in Vitamin C and E, powerful antioxidants which fight the cell-damage and destruction caused by free radicals. You might also like to take 1000mg of Vitamin C as a supplement, as Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production which is important for maintaining good skin tone and tissue strength. Our therapists recommend Environ’s AVST range and C-Boost as skin care products that contain active amounts of these Vitamins.

  • Get enough ‘beauty’ sleep and ‘off-time’ for relaxed smooth skin without frown lines. If stress is an on-going problem and affects your sleep, look at possible nutrient deficiencies (such as a lack of magnesium), cut down on the coffee, avoid heavy meals in the evening and learn relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. Regular exercise can also help to reduce stress levels.

  • Most importantly: Smile! Smile! Smile! – it takes 10 years off your age (and gives those facial muscles some exercise at the same time).

Happiness is Beauty


DRY SKIN?

Is your skin dry and sensitive, or even feels stretched and rough? Many people feel that in spring and summer their skin is affected by strong winds and increased sun exposure. At the same time, you may have naturally dry skin. This is often caused by insufficient production of sebum, the oily/waxy substance that protects and lubricates the skin. The reasons for this can include aging, genetics, or a health condition such as diabetes, atopic dermatitis or an underactive thyroid. It can also be a side-effect of certain medications, such as blood pressure pills and the oral contraceptive pill.

How do I treat dry skin?

The best approach to improve dry skin conditions is to not only nourish and protect the skin from the outside but also from the inside through nutrition and improving overall health.

Externally, you should avoid the use of harsh soaps. Choose soaps or cleansers specifically designed for dry skin (our therapists can give you the best advice). Make sure you protect your skin from the elements with a good moisturizer. This should contain Vitamins A and E, plus sun protection. Your skin may also benefit from products with added Retinol and Alpha-Hydroxil Acid. Another option to use for the whole body is coconut oil, the main ingredient in the Pure Fiji Body Butter range, which is available in several beautiful scents in our salon. Coconut oil and raw cane sugar are used for our Pure Fiji Sugar scrub, which gently exfoliates the skin, taking away dry, scaly skin cells, while at the same time nourishing the new skin. Our therapists can advise you of the best options for your skin.

It’s easy to add a few things to your diet that will have a big impact on your skin’s health and some of the super-foods that are rich in vital nutrients (such as Vitamin A and E, zinc and other minerals) for the skin are: avocadoes, macademia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, coconut oil and bee pollen. Fish, fish oil capsules or flaxseed oil provide Essential Fatty Acids needed for beautiful and healthy skin. Finally, providing the cells with enough water is essential for a healthy and subtle complexion. While it is commonly said that we should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, remember that fruits, salads, vegetables, fresh juices (try mixing vegetables and fruit!), smoothies and soups also have a high water content and can be counted towards this amount. These foods will not only provide your body with enough liquid but also fibre and a range of vitamins and minerals.

Our in-house naturopath Gabriele is happy to look into any deficiencies you might suffer from and give advice on necessary diet changes. She will discuss ways of keeping a good acid/alkaline balance with your diet, which will not only improve your skin but also has benefits for overall health and anti-aging!

“Love of Beauty is Taste. Creation of Beauty is Art” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)