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A Christmas treat(ment): Beckenham Beauty


For all the joy a festive season spent with loved ones brings,it also carries its fair share of stress. Book your pre-Christmas beauty treatments at Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa and feel ready to face whatever the rest of 2020 brings.

 

 

The Colombo Street spa is an inner-city sanctuary, offering a suite of treatments from relaxing massages to therapeutic facials, manicures and pedicures, and hair removal and cosmetic treatments.

Owner Prue Macdonald says the new Diode Laser is making waves with clients seeking hair removal. The Diode Laser – which is only available in a few salons across the country – works on more hair colours and skin types than other lasers used for traditional IPL and has a cooling tip for increased comfort.

She says dermal planing – which removes final facial hair to give a smoother appearance – is also very popular and is currently being offered half price with every facial booked.

“We also have beautiful spa packages which make the perfect gift for Christmas – even if that gift is to yourself,” says Prue.

“Not to mention our no-appointment necessary nail bar; a quick mani or pedi (or both) is a delicious pick me up to brighten your mood, and your look!”

Clients at the spa will be treated with Image products, a range of high-potency results-driven skincare that comes from the United States, to rejuvenate skin.

For more information or to book, phone (03) 331 6133 or visit the website.


 

Beauty and Relaxtion: Beauty Progress


Giving the gift of relaxation, pampering and beauty treatments takes on a new meaning in a year marred by stress and uncertainty. For the 2020 holiday season, sprinkle your loved ones with some much needed time
out – as good as a luxury getaway!

 

 

Beauty Progress in Sydenham has a suite of offerings to bestow upon those who deserve some pampering.

From Thai body massages to facials and luxurious spa packages – a gift voucher, which can now be purchased online, will allow that special someone to select the indulgence of their choice.

Or, select from the range of cult Gernétic skincare products created in France. Director and Gernétic specialist Wendy Barker, and masseuses Anne and Orn use the products in the salon to deliver their sought after treatments.

Gernétic skincare products work at cellular level, stimulating the skin’s natural healing capabilities, and Wendy selects the therapeutic products to create a facial tailored to your skin and its issues.

“We find it is a really appreciated gift for people who have never had a massage and facial and who wouldn’t buy for themselves. It’s a little luxury escape in itself to come here, with the addition of little aches and skin issues addressed.”

If you’re after some pampering of your own, the team can help you prepare for social season with skin treatments, pedicures, manicures and waxing.

Beauty Progress is open throughout Christmas and New Year, just phone to book your appointment.


 

The many faces of hyaluronic acid: Face Value


It’s spring, and when it comes to skin, it’s time for out with the Ds and in with the Hs. Say goodbye to dry, dull and dehydrated and hello to hydration and humectant hyaluronic.

 

 

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally present in our bodies, performing a fundamental role in keeping the skin in good health. With age we can lose up to two thirds of our hyaluronic acid pool and even by 35, the skin thickness has decreased on average by around 22 percent; becoming more fragile, dehydrated and with diminished elasticity.

At Face Value, hyaluronic features highly in the suite of products and treatments available for improving skin tone, texture and volume.

COSMECEUTICAL SKINCARE PRODUCT RANGES: We stock medical grade topical skincare including both hyaluronic creams and serums to awake, rejuvenate and protect.

AQUAPURE HYDRAFACIAL: After a light peel, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich serum is infused into the skin with electroporation enhancing delivery to the deeper layers.

INJECTABLE SKIN BOOSTERS: The V2 skin booster utilises an innovative delivery device, the V2 injector gun, which can allow for precise and accurate dosage of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to the sub dermis of the skin. It offers precise depth and accurate dosing.

DERMAL FILLERS: Injectable hyaluronic gel, dermal fillers can increase volume, soften wrinkles, enhance lips and restore the youthful contours of the face. Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected into the skin to physically lift and sculpt, correcting wrinkles, frown lines, scars and asymmetries of the face.

PROFHILO® SKIN BIO-REMODELLING: Brand new to New Zealand and all the rage in Europe, this revolutionary treatment can stimulate collagen and elastin by a slow release of pure hyaluronic acid when injected into precise points in the skin. Great for faces and necks, it can rejuvenate skin volume to reduce visible signs of aging.

For more information or to book a complementary consultation to discuss any of these treatments visit the Face Value website.


 

Your beautiful smile: Bradley Wood Dentists


Think of all the people you’ve met in your life who you remember for their shy, closed mouth smile. Perhaps they had crooked, misshapen teeth and were embarrassed to smile for the camera. Bad teeth can really knock confidence.

 

But at Bradley Wood Dentists, patients can now access a new technology called Fastbraces, a wire and bracket treatment that straightens teeth much sooner than standard issue braces.

In some cases, patients have completed their orthodontic care in as little as 20 weeks.

Not everyone will achieve that, but it’s very common for Fastbraces treatments to be completed in 6 to 8 months.

Another benefit of Fastbraces is that far fewer extractions are involved, and the Fastbraces system corrects interrupted or incomplete eruptions.

Fastbraces technology allows for gentle movement of the roots of the teeth towards their final position from the onset of treatment, achieving root parallelism at the beginning stages, thus completing treatment from three months to around a year.

The advantages of Fastbraces treatments are: 

• Shorter time having braces on
• Often cheaper than conventional braces
• Comfortable
• Fixes teeth that are chipped or worn down due to wear

 

After | Before

 

Should you decide for a Fastbraces treatment, Bradley Wood Dentists recommend you call us and book a free no obligation consultation on 033557890.

Your concerns can then be discussed, and you will be given an idea on how long your treatment will take, and how much it may cost to have that beautiful smile.


 

The anti-aging treatment everyone’s buzzing about: Transform Clinic


Profhilo is receiving increasing hype around the world for its anti-aging affects. Transform Clinic owner Jenny Little tells Metropol why the Christchurch clinic has been offering the non-surgical treatment for more than a year.

 

WHAT IS PROFHILO?
“It’s an injectable with a high concentration of a special hybrid hyaluronic acid, but it’s different to derma fillers because it is very stable, and it spreads throughout the face stimulating the cells to produce collagen and elastin. This gives the skin a tightness and elasticity in a way I haven’t seen with other injectables.”

WHY IS IT GETTING SO MUCH HYPE?
“A few reasons. Mainly the effects! It makes the skin look smoother, firmer, supple, hydrated, clearer and more radiant. It’s amazing for making the skin look glowy and gorgeous.
“It is also BDDE-free [used in safe quantities to stabilise a number of derma fillers] so it appeals to people who don’t want synthetic chemicals in their products.”

WHERE DO YOU GET PROFHILO, AND HOW OFTEN?
“It can be done on the face, but it is also used on the neck and décolletage, hands and arms. A lot of our customers use it on their face and neck.
“You have one treatment, and then a month later have another treatment. People rarely need a third treatment. Then it can be repeated every six to 12-months to maintain the effect.”

WHO IS PROFHILO FOR?
“It’s primarily for people with aging skin, but younger people who are starting to see signs of aging can use it too for prevention.”

Enquire about Profhilo at the Transform Clinic on (03) 343 2880 or via enquiries@2lookgood.co.nz.


 

The Ultimate Pamper Guide: Moss Spa


Home beauty treatments and remedies may have helped you get through lockdown, but now it’s time to seriously treat yourself. Metropol has put together the ultimate pamper guide to one of Christchurch’s newest spa sensations – Moss Spa. You’ll find the house of relaxation on the ground floor at 49 Salisbury Street in the central city.

 

 

  1. Signature seasonal spa facial: This beautiful botanical limited-edition facial will have you relaxed and revitalised at the same time. Let’s face the facts – this treatment is a flexible and fun must-do. The spa can customise the treatment and swap out certain products to suit your skin.
  2. Full body massage: Sometimes you need to de-stress and de-strain from head to toe. The only thing you have to worry about is getting to your appointment on time. Whether you’re there for 60 minutes or 90, every second will be spent in pure pampering bliss.
  3. You and me: We know you have most likely spent a lot of time over the last month or so with your partner. Take the time to celebrate or thank them in the double treatment suite. Don’t have a significant other? Treat mum, dad, siblings or even a best friend.
  4. Ultimate moss pamper: A wonderful culmination of everything Moss Spa has to offer proves you can have your cake and eat it too. Bathe away the stress of your daily life and drift into a state of total relaxation with a full body aromatic massage. Finish with a facial and your choice of a manicure or pedicure.
  5. Marine pedicure: After resting your feet up on the couch for so long during lockdown, you probably spent a lot of time staring down at your toes. Your feet will be soaked, scrubbed, massaged, your cuticles cared for and your choice of shellac or everyday polish applied. Well, this little piggy went to the spa for a pedicure.

See their website for more information about booking and pricing.

Silver Linings: V for Hair


You’ve just come out of several weeks of isolation; you’re feeling recharged and relaxed, but let’s face it, your hair needs some love! You’ve got two inches of regrowth and the greys are showing through! But why not use it to your advantage? Now’s the time to embrace the grey and banish the harsh regrowth line for good!

At Merivale’s V For Hair and Beauty, you’ll find a team of hair care professionals who have mastered the art of growing grey gracefully.

Better yet, their techniques will disguise new growth with a soft, flattering look, so you can replace harsh regrowth lines with beautiful, low maintenance silver grey locks that look amazing.

At V For Hair and Beauty, grey isn’t drab! “We can give you a shimmering sexy blonde or cool iris sparkle, or many more,” Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee says.

Head in for a complimentary consultation with a team of experts in going grey gracefully. It’s time to slay the grey!


 

Botox but not as we know it: Face Value


Widely celebrated as the wonder drug of the cosmetic medicine world for its effectiveness in preventing and erasing lines and wrinkles, and improving appearance, Botulinum Toxin (or Botox®/ Dysport® as we know it) has many other uses in medicine.

 

 

Dr Philip Frost discusses some of those non-wrinkle related uses commonly carried out by him and the team at Face Value.

Excessive sweating:
Also known as hyperhidrosis, this condition can occur even without the usual triggers of heat, stress or exercise and can cause embarrassment and anxiety and impact on clothing choice. Even the strongest roll-ons, powders and various other topical products often have little or no effect on severe sweating. Botulinum injected into the skin using a tiny needle can significantly reduce sweating of the underarms, palms ‘and face by temporarily disabling the sweat glands in the treated area. This substantially reduces perspiration for around nine to twelve months. Many of our clients describe this treatment as “life changing”.

Teeth grinding:
By injecting small doses of Botulinum Toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches can be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions are not affected.

Migraine headaches:
Many different medications are used to treat migraines, however often regular treatments with Botulinum injections can help prevent and reduce the severity of migraine headaches. Clients are delighted to have fewer headaches as well as fewer wrinkles!

Blepharospasm:
Clients who suffer from eye muscle twitching or spasm can also benefit from having regular Botulinum injections. Injections into the muscles around the eye can lessen their ability to contract voluntarily.

For more information on any of these treatments call the team at Face Value for a free consultation, 03 363 8810.


 

Beauty trends for 2020


As a new decade dawns, the beauty industry is set to shift and evolve once more. So what are the beauty trends for 2020?

 

 

A healthy, glowing complexion is the new black when it comes to looking good – and not just for women!

In 2020 Skin Rejuvenation has more technology and knowledge than ever to help attain beautiful, healthy, luminous skin.

They can even improve fine lines or lift and tighten an ageing face.

Most importantly, this can all be done over a series of visits with little to no down-time, so you can continue with your busy life.

We’re also seeing more sustainable products and treatments on the market, something Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has embraced wholeheartedly.

All of the skin products at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic are made from natural ingredients and even have a vegan tick of approval.

The treatments are also natural, using light, radio-frequency, water, ultrasound and cold temperatures to achieve impressive results.

Intense pulsed light is used to remove sun-damage and broken capillaries.

Radio-frequency lifts and tightens the skin (fabulous around the eyes).

Sterile saline water removes the surface dead cells and leaves the skin looking hydrated and fresh.

Focused ultrasound tightens up deep tissue – great for jowls and necks.

Cryolipolysis (cold) freezes fat causing the fat cell to die – great for mummy tummies, muffin tops, double chins and inner thighs.

Even Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) is a natural product, along with dermal fillers (used for lifting and plumping the face and skin), which are made from chains of Hyaluronic Acid that are present in our skin naturally.