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

Ensuring the Esstudio Experience.

Photography by Mark Bond (www.markbond.com)

Since the end of last year, Covid-19 has rocked the entire world and everyone is feeling it! Our hearts go out to everyone who is being affected by the devastating impact that the corona virus has on our communities. Thankfully in Australia, our curve is flattening and we have contained the infection relatively well. The Hairdressing industry has also been fortunate to remain open during this time and the Esstudio Team has made sure to take this opportunity to deliver an experience that is both safe and enjoyable at the same time.

We underwent a short pause of trade to gear up for what the next few months are going to throw at us. During that time our team worked tirelessly to revise the Esstudio Experience to suit the crazy world we live in today! We are back and ready to roll with some new measures in place to ensure you and our team are happy and healthy at all times!

As a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 we have also introduced a simple questionnaire that you will need to fill out prior to booking your appointment. You can make your booking online on our website at esstudio.com.au! Your answers are important to help us take the correct precautionary measures to ensure the protection of yourself and our staff.

The 2 most important questions include:

  • Have you returned from overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas within the last 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with Covid-19 or experienced any cold or flu like symptoms in the last 14 days? (to include fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness or difficulty breathing)

Based on what you feel and suggest, we will always be working to improve the experience we can offer at Esstudio! We value your feedback and would love to hear what you all have to say! In future, we might ask some other questions to get to know what you guys enjoy! Questions 6-7 are more about what makes YOU feel comfortable within the salon during Covid-19!

  • Do you feel it’s appropriate we require clients to wear masks ? (Masks and gloves will be provided regardless for your own comfort!)
  • what are your thoughts on chatting throughout your appointment?

Now that you’ve made your booking and filled in your questionnaire, it’s time to head to your appointment! Here’s what an appointment with us will look like!

  • You will be welcomed in by one of our team. Hand sanitiser, gloves and masks will be available for your use at the front desk!
  • We will then sit you at a table with appropriate social distancing arrangements to ensure your safety. Only 7 clients are allowed to be in the salon at any one time!
  • Wines, teas and waters will still be flowing in picnic style disposables! No glass allowed at this festival!
  • Unfortunately Magazines have been removed for hygiene reasons but we still love a great chat behind our ninja masks!
  • Consultations will be done at a safe distance in accordance with the social distancing measures.
  • Basins and stations as well as all tools used will be periodically disinfected after each use.
  • Our staff will be wearing masks and gloves at all times and are required to wash their hands before and after each client!
  • Boogie down with us! Good music will still be pumping! We still love a laugh and enjoy catching up with you guys!
Wines are still flowing, music is still pumping and Onyx still loves giving out kisses!

Our focus has always been about our community and staying connected so during our break we have launched a new online shop! You can now browse through many of your favourite in salon products from the comfort of you own home. Can’t make it into the salon? We deliver personalised home care kits for all your hair and beauty needs straight to your door! We also offer free live support from our team for all your questions and queries!

We would like to thank everybody that has supported us through this crisis. We hope that everybody stays safe and healthy! See you soon!

Love, Esstudio xx