Skincare During Lockdown

The last few months have no doubt been an emotional roller-coaster ride of many changes and unknowns. In a matter of weeks, Australia was brought to a stand-still in our fight against the global Covid-19 Pandemic. The hairdressing industry was very fortunate to remain open for trade while others weren’t so lucky. Nails and Beauty were among the trades that had to shut shop and for Jax that meant pausing her beauty services for a while. Fortunately, our efforts have paid off and our daily tally of infections have remained low. Restrictions across the country are beginning to ease and we are pleased to announce that from June 1st, Esstudio is back on for all things beauty once again! We couldn’t be happier to be back.

With hygiene measures put into place and social distancing at play, you can now come in for that facial you’ve been needing and finally treat yourself! However, if you still feel unsafe to come into the salon, or you’re still stuck at home for whatever reason, we have come up with an easy 6 step facial you can do in the comfort of your own home! Jax and Elena show us exactly how it’s done.

Double Cleanse

The DIY Dermalogica Facial starts off with their double cleanse. Why Cleanse twice? Well you would be surprised at how much dirt and sebum is left on your face after only one wash! Fine particles from makeup, sunscreen and the pollutants in the air need to be broken down first before being washed off. Dermalogica have specially formulated two cleansers; one oil-based, to melt through waterproof makeup, sunscreen and excess sebum, and a water-based face wash that allows for deeper cleansing action without over-drying the skin.

Jax starts off her facial with the Pre-Cleanse, massaging the balm in circular motions into her skin. She then rinses the cleanser off with warm water before proceeding to use the Special Cleansing Gel. Repeat with the second cleanse, and you’re ready for the next step!

Rapid Reveal Peel

This is where the magic begins to happen! Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel is a professional grade chemical exfoliant that promotes cell renewal and firmer, smoother skin. It gently buffs away the dead skin and debris without over-drying the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A potent formula of Lactic acid, Phytoactive AHA extract and fermented Plant enzymes work to smooth, tighten and lift skin! Some of the natural active ingredients include: Pumpkin Fruit Enzyme and Rice Bran Extract which promote cell renewal, evening out the skin tone. The addition of Australian Caviar Lime Extract smooths and brightens skin for a more glowing and youthful complexion.

Each retail pack contains 10 applications (8-10 weeks worth) of the peel at $129. It is recommended that you start your regimen with a three day “kick-start phase” where you use 1 full tube once a day for three days before spacing it out to once a week.

Here, Jax squeezes out the full contents of the tube onto her fingertips before massaging the gel into her face, neck and decolletage in circular motions. She lets it activate for 3-7 minutes. Some tingling is normal during this step. Rinse with cool water after time is up, and pat dry.

Phyto Nature Firming Serum

Dermalogca’s Phyto Nature Firming Serum is a dual action formula that reduces the appearance of ageing and restores and preserves the nature of young skin. This Serum is powered by Biomimetic Peptides and Nature’s vast botanical plant-extracts to lift and firm skin. Hyaluronic Acid, Amazonian Camu Camu, Moroccan Rockrose and Madagascan Green Coffee Bean are among the luxury ingredients that will noticeably brighten and reduce the appearance of fine lines in the first application and smooth out wrinkles by the fourth! Jax, dispenses 2 pumps into her hand and mixes the 2 serums together before gently applying to her face.

Smoothing Cream

Dermalogica’s Smoothing Cream provides skin with 24 continuous hours of hydration. This cream also locks in any serums and treatments applied to the skin and serves as a barrier for environmental stresses such as sun exposure, dry wind and air. Use this cream as a primer underneath your makeup for a smooth, clean canvas! Elena applies the Smoothing Cream in sweeping upwards stroking motions to her face.

Biolumin-C Eye Serum

Loaded with Vitamin C, the Biolumin-C Eye Serum protects and vitalises the delicate eye area against ageing caused by environmental stresses and daily eye movement. This lightweight but potent formula firms and brightens skin around the eyes. Chia seed oil and Arjuna Tree Extract rich with poly-phenol, re-hydrate the skin, promoting elasticity and minimising the appearance of fine lines. The Tramella and Poria Mushrooms as well as micro-algae provide nutrients to the skin to lock in moisture and boost the skin’s natural brightness. Jax, finishes off her at home facial by rolling the eye serum gently under her eyes on her orbital bone.

Don’t forget to make this a relaxing pamper for yourself by putting on some zen music, or lighting your favourite scented candles! Maybe unwind before your facial with a hot bath and your favourite bath-bomb! Be sure to take your time massaging the products into your skin to boost blood-flow and tighten the skin and muscles!

…and that’s a wrap for Jax’s easy lockdown Facial! All of the products mentioned above are available at our online shop, or in store at our Chippendale salon, and soon at our Parramatta salon! Stay tuned for the release date! Remember that great skin starts from within! Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day and eat quality, nutrient-rich foods! Stay safe, happy and healthy, and until next time!

love, Esstudio x

MEET JAX!

Our regulars are probably thinking we know Jax? But did you know what she brings to Esstudio Galleria making it the ultimate salon?

Jax, is Esstudio Galleria amazingly talented makeup artists and beauty therapist, with more than 20 years of experience her skills have been seen on commercial advertising, to fashion, and film, and now  our beautiful Esstudio clients can see her amazing skills! Jax says “I use makeup as a form of art, to make others feel happy and beautiful!”

Jax does it all from facials, to lashes, to makeup, and nails –  come in for a quickie facial or our most popular deluxe facial, which involves using essential oils putting you into relaxation heaven while also incorporating an eyelash and eyebrow tint. Or perhaps you are noticing some scarring or pigmentation in your skin try out the GLyc microderm facial or Anti aging retinol recommended to people over the age of 30 which refines the skin’s texture, reduces fine lines, sun damage, wrinkles, scarring, and also boost collagen production making you feel 28 again!

Or perhaps  you have a big event coming up? Why not have your makeup done by Jax while one of our hair stylist style your hair. Jax can even give you a mani or a lash lift and tint, while you wait for your hair colour to set! Jax loves producing natural looks that allow your natural beauty to shine, even with her process of lash extensions that will leave you looking naturally gorgeous or perhaps you want them to be more outgoing for party season!

Next time you book in to get your hair done, organise to have a beauty treatment with Jax to save time! Check out the full beauty menu here.

Bridal Beauty Part 1

So you got the rock, firstly yay! (insert squeal here!) secondly where the heck do we start!?

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Bridal beauty has to be sectioned into 2 parts- hair and beauty. Why? Cause its a mammoth of a job!! But totally fun in the lead up to your big day!

Never again will you be able to get away with “what? (my future to be husband that put a ring on my finger so your basically stuck now) I need to have a facial every second week to get my skin glowing for our magical day where we say I do” or
“what? (my adoring future husband that knows a happy wife equals a happy life) I need to see my hairdresser every two weeks in lead up to our special so my locks are looking silky and smooth and in perfect condition for my perfect up do”

All jokes aside, your hair and beauty regime should be ramped up to the lead up of “The Day”

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Firstly Skin:  The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely.

So here is what we recommend, A fortnightly facial: we have many different facials at Esstudio to suit time and budgets.   This will feed your skin with nutrients and get it healthy.
IPL treatments.. If you can afford these they are the gold!  Its advisable to have at least 3 treatments at 3 week intervals.. IPL removes sun damage and pigmentation, refines pores and stimulates collagen and elastin.  You skin will be like a baby’s bum!
Call us for a free skin consult.
Now the work doesn’t just stop in the salon, it is advised to continue at home..
La Clinicas GlyC range will get your skin looking fabulous for your wedding.

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At least six weeks before, use a powerful, do-it-all, rejuvenating serum each night under a hydrating cream, Jax recommends La Clinica’s Caviar and Peral serum from their firming lift range, get a thorough exfoliation (this might mean a few peels (Esstudio’s GlyC miroderm facials will do the trick) and skin-boosting nourishment from traditional facials in the final month.

And lets not forget your brows, lash extensions and  paws and claws! All things that can be up kept at Esstudio.
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Sarah x

P.s stay tuned for part 2 to follow….. Bridal hair!!

The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpu
The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpuf
The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpuf
The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpuf

SPOTLIGHT – LA CLINICA GLY C REFINE RANGE

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Okay, so those of you who have read my post on the different types of Alpha Hydroxy Acids already know that I think that Glycolic Acid is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. If you haven’t already read that then I’ll do a quick re-cap for you: It’s a great exfoliant – it works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells on the outer-most layer of the skin which contribute to clogged pores and a dull complexion. Long term use can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooth out an uneven skin tone. And I know that Glycolic Acid makes it sound kind of scary, but it’s derived from sugar cane so it’s completely harm free as long as you use it correctly.

Okay, so now that you understand my reasoning behind why Glycolic Acid is the cat’s pyjamas, let’s talk about the products that you can find it in. Here at Esstudio we obsess over La Clinica’s Gly C Refine range which is a great source of not only Glycolic Acid, but Vitamin C. Vitamin C works wonders for collagen production as well as being an anti-oxidant – what more could you ask for? The range uses certified organic ingredients so you just know that you’re not rubbing any nasties into your skin. The products range from 3% Glycolic Acid to 12% Glycolic Acid, obviously depending on where/how the product should be applied and for how long. The cleanser and moisturisers come in both 5% and 10% options – you start out on the 5% to get your skin accustomed to the Glycolic Acid and then POW! You step it up to the 10% for  extra smoothing, refinement and hydration.

At Esstudio we offer a Gly C Refine Facial which provides the ultimate Glycolic experience. I’m talking about a Double Cleanse, a Micro-Dermabrasion Scrub, another Cleanse, the Gly C Refine Mask, a Glycolic Peel and to top it all off we finish with a Soothing Mask. We also apply some moisturiser and eye cream before you leave. We recommend coming in for one of these treatments when you purchase your Glycolic products to jump start your new skin care routine with a total overhaul and so that you can experience these products being used properly so that you don’t make any silly mistakes like scrubbing to hard.

The whole La Clinica Gly C Refine Retail Range includes:
-Gly C Gentle Facial Cream Cleanser 5%
-Gly C Active Wash Gel 10%
-Gly C Toning Mist 8%
-Gly C Gentle Day Cream 5%
-Gly C Gentle Night Cream 5%
-Gly C Active Day Cream 10%
-Gly C Active Night Cream 10%
-Gly C Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream 3%
-Gly C Micro Dermabrasion Facial Scrub 12%
-Vitamin C Ultra Serum