Our dermal clinician Bec shares her skincare routine, her philosophy on skincare and her favourite thing about working at Eastern Skin Therapy!
I’ve always been interested in skin since I was a little girl. I used to watch my mum put her face creams and products on, and as I got older I started doing it myself. I wanted to know what worked, and why, and how. I’ve had different skin issues over the years – dermatitis, breakouts, allergies – and I really just wanted to find out what was out there that could actually fix the problem.
My whole philosophy on skincare and skin health is: prevention is better than cure. I do as much as I can to keep my skin healthy, prevent damage and slow down the skin ageing process. People often wait until they see a problem before they start treating it, and by that stage the problem is usually quite advanced. But if you look after your skin and keep it healthy, you can prevent a lot of problems from occurring.
My career has changed the way I think about skincare and skin health. I would never just go into a department store and pick a product from the shelf because it claimed to do something, or because it had celebrity endorsement. Now, I always look at the science behind the product.
My favourite treatments to perform are treatments for pigmentation – usually a combination of Cosmelan, homecare and laser treatments. I enjoy these treatments because most people who have pigment have tried everything. It’s really difficult to treat, especially hormonal pigment like melasma. And these clients see such great results with those treatments combined. It completely changes their outlook, and they feel really happy and confident with their skin. It’s great to be able to treat difficult conditions and give people a result they are happy with.
The key core ingredients I try to use daily are Vitamins A, B and C, a hyaluronic acid, an SPF, and ingredients for exfoliation and cell turnover. I also use our EST Silk Mask once a week for hydration.
In the morning I always use a Vitamin C (my favourite is C-Tetra from Medik8) and a B5 serum together. Next I’ll use an eye cream – I’ve been using the new Medik8 Hydr8 Eye 360, which has SPF in it. Finally, I alternate my moisturisers depending on the season. I’m currently using the Medik8 White Balance Duo and Hydr8 Day 360.
At night I’ll double-cleanse, with a gentle cleanser to remove my makeup, then Medik8’s PoreCleanse to clean the skin. Because it’s coming into winter and my skin is feeling a bit dehydrated, I’ll follow that up with a toner – Mesoestetic’s Hydratonic. I use Medik8’s White Balance Click Oxy-R and Hydr8 B5 serums to reduce pigmentation and increase hydration, then combine and apply my Meosestetic Post-Peel 1% Retinol Concentrate and Cosmelan 2 cream. Lastly I’ll apply the Medik8 Retinol Eye TR.
I think what I enjoy the most is really being able to help someone with the skin problem that is concerning them. I have suffered from skin problems in the past, and so I know that it really does change the way you feel about yourself. It can make you lose confidence and not want to see people. I can relate to my clients and their skin struggles, so it’s rewarding to help them feel good about themselves and improve the problems that bother them.