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I had my very first ‘Say it with polish signature manicure’ at In Therapy

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Spa It Girl visited us at In Therapy on Thursday 06 September and this is what she
had
to say about her experience

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I had my very first Say it With Polish Signature Manicure {Mani} at inTherapy in Red Hill, Brisbane
Queensland Australia.

inTherapy is one of Australia’s Leading Ethical and Sustainable Beauty Salons and they have been
Australian Beauty Industry Awards Finalist’s for the last three years – 2016, 2017, 2018.

Nicola Le Lievre is the owner and #GIRLBOSS Inspiration of inTherapy and she is passionate about
stocking cruelty free brands in her salon. Nicole Le Lievre also loves supporting Australian Made and
Owned Brands whenever she can.

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When I found out about this Australian Beauty Salon that was so passionate about providing cruelty free
brands and beauty treatments naturally I had to find out more about the #GIRLBOSS behind inTherapy
*click here to read our exclusive #SPAITGIRL #GIRLBOSS interview with Nicole Le Lievre owner of
inTherapy
.

inTherapy they have an extensive range of beauty treatments but with Non Toxic Mani’s making it’s mark
all year in places like New York City and Los Angeles I was so excited to finally be expericing a Non Toxic
Mani in Australia too.

Say It With Polish, is 100% against testing on animals and have been certified as 100% cruelty free and
vegan by Cruelty Free Australia, it’s been co-founded by a couple of Aussie #GIRLBOSS inspirations and
all of their products are made in Australia, infused with native ingredients and everything can be customise
made and personalised to suit your own personal gifting, spa, salon, beauty, lifestyle self care needs.

Say it With Polish – nail polish and nail care range is breathable so your nails maintain top health and it is
also10-free, meaning it doesn’t contain any of the nasties commonly found mass produced nail polish such
as toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, paraben, camphor and more.

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he Say it With Polish signature manicure has been designed with the busy Aussie Girl in mind but it is
also been designed to get your hands and nails looking and feeling amazing and when you visit inTherapy
it’s all about YOU and they want you to truly feeling like you are the centre of the Universe! so I loved that too.

My beauty therapist was Anni Kokka and she was absolutely beautiful and had the biggest
Happy SMILE ever!

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Anni Kokka was so happy that she made me feel so happy too – I could really tell that Anni loved her job
at inTherapy along with Beauty Therapy it truly shone through.

I loved how professional Anni was too and how she went through and explained things as it was my first
time having a Say It With Polish singature manicure at inTherpay.

After a little period of settling in and getting comfortable in my chair – it was time for my Say it With Polish
signature manicure at inTherapy to commence.

It started with a really lovely and relaxing warm water soak in a mix of sweet almond oil, organ oils and
vitamin E, followed by a beautiful exfoliating massage with an organic sugar scrub.

Next I got to experience The Nitty Gritty hand ritual which is designed to help relieve tired hands and it
is a water-based cuticle softener blended with eucalyptus & lavender essence.

From there you gently have your hands and nails massaged and The Nitty Gritty hand ritual helps to
massage away dry cuticles and dead skin cells without drying.

After that you then have your nails shaped and buffed to perfection.  My Beauty Therapist Anni – was
highly trained and skilled and whilst I think I could have had my hands massaged all day or my nails
snapped and and buffed all day.

I had to choose a colour that would suit me best and to take me through the rest of my days and
nights ahead.

There was a total of 10 vegan friendly nail polish to choose from and loved how all of the Say it With
Polish bottles had really cool mantra’s on them it was so girly, feel good and very cute and clever.

I also loved how at inTherapy you can arrange to have your own Say It With Polish – nail polishes
customised for your own special occasion I thought that was such a great idea especially if you wanted
to host an inTherapy ‘Say It With Polish” Mani Bridal Party.

I love to support Australian brands as I truly believe it’s so important for generations to come and ever
since I started blogging I have always loved sharing and supporting Australian Made and Owned Natural
products whenever I can.

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Click here for the direct link to Spa It Girls website

 

 

 

 
 

Understanding Skincare

understanding skincare

When choosing the right skin care solution it is important to understand what your ultimate goal is. In the past skincare has been more about relaxation than skin correction simply because technology was not as advanced or results driven as it is now. Actives focused on hydration and nourishment and not skin function and cellular optimisation. As a result of international innovation and medical contribution our choices are many hence understanding the different categories of skincare is integral.

Cosmetics
This is the category that most of us know and use when we don’t know any better. Cosmetics are normally luxe (price ranges from $5.00 – $500+ a product), they feel beautiful (because they are laden with silicone), smell great (because they have added fragrance and colour) and have a hint of active ingredients (so that they can make claims of being much more than they could ever truly honour). These products are packaged in gorgeous bottles and jars and are more often than not endorsed by a paid five star celebrity (that we know can’t be using the brand if he or she looks as amazing as they do). These products are sold over the counter because they are safe. They are safe because there isn’t much of anything in them and nothing can go wrong. Beautiful to use but no skin benefit here. Oh and beware of these brands many use high levels of silica, mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, SLS …just to name a few.

Cosmeceuticals
Cosmeceuticals refers to the combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients purporting to have medical or drug-like benefits. Dermatological research suggests that the bioactive ingredients used in cosmeceuticals have benefits beyond the traditional moisturizer. So what we are hearing here is that unlike cosmetics that have insignificant levels of actives cosmeceuticals are the first category of skincare that can make a skin difference. Whilst they may look and feel like a cosmetic they tend to have the nasties removed (some better than others) and they use the right amount of active ingredients that can make a visible skin difference. Cosmeceutical treatments are indulgent and relaxing without compromising on results.

Cosmedics / Cosmedicals
Cosmedics is the acknowledgement of medical science and its entry into skin treatment as recent as only the last couple of years. Through medical research scientists have discovered, developed and engineered active ingredients, peptides and antioxidants that have the ability to retain and regain normal skin function and cell optimization.
Furthermore the discovery of biomimetic bases and peptides as well as the encapsulation of active ingredients ensures optimum delivery of these ingredients at cellular level. Cosmedics isn’t skincare rather skin medicine. Unlike cosmetics, cosmedics requires a skin expert to tailor a personal skin health prescription for every skin, this will ensure the skin has a chance to acclimatize to the actives and avoid sensitisation.

Cosmedics may cause visible responses in the skin all part and parcel of an “active” medical grade action. Cosmeceutical and Cosmedics have been developed to combat the five major causes of aging. Without an active approach these five causes and their domino effect would be left untreated and ultimately lead to deterioration of skin health, ultimately resulting in compromised skin function, cellular activity and visible aging.
We are fortunate enough to live in a world of advanced technology and medical breakthroughs allowing us to age proof our skin and kick aging to the curb. Thank you for trusting Australia’s most sophisticated skin care brand – in return we give you confidence, healthy, youthful and radiant skin!

 
 

In Therapy announced as finalists
for the 2018 Australian Beauty Industry Awards

abia finalist

Thank you to all our loyal clients for your continued support. We are very proud and humbled to once again be nominated for these prestigious awards in categories listed below.

Representing the highest accolade within the industry and honouring the best of the best the ABIA’s have cemented themselves as the benchmark of excellence being the most coveted accolade in the industry today.

A strong panel of business and industry experts from all over Australia were the judges for the 7th Annual Australian Beauty Industry Awards.

Winners of the 2018 Australian Beauty Industry Awards will be announced at the gala extravaganza on Sunday 9th September, held at The Star, Sydney, following Beauty Expo Australia. This annual event is known as the Oscars of the Beauty Industry.

The best salons and spas in the country are recognised as winners of their states in two size levels; 4 treatment rooms or less and 5 treatment rooms or more. The two overall Australian Winners will also be announced on the night chosen from the State winners and based on judging points.

QLD BEST BEAUTY SALON/SPA
Sponsored by Spectrum Science Beauty
In Therapy Skin & Body
Moore Beautiful
Simply Elegant
Skin + Wax Clinic

TANNING SALON/SERVICE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Naked Tan
Beach St Beauty Bar
Beauty in The Bay
Faux Tanning Studio
In Therapy Skin & Body
Lucy Lane
Mills St Advanced Skin and Beauty Clinic
Nabu

 

 
 

10 tips for glowing winter skin

The winter is getting closer and we can definitely feel it in the air now. We can finally dig out our winter wardrobe, rug up in a comfy blanket, warm up a heat pack and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. But what about our skin? Skin is our largest organ and it is exposed to different environmental factors such as the sun, wind, water, heaters and aircons 24/7, which is why we need to take really good care of it. Below are some simple steps that you can implement today for a beautiful glowing skin this season.

Avoid hot showers and baths

While it might feel delightful to have a long, hot shower on a chilly morning, it will strip away your skin’s natural oils, causing dryness and dehydration. Try to keep the temperature mild, and don’t stand under the stream for any longer than you need to. If you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. If you do indulge in a hot shower or bath, make sure you moisturise your face and body immediately after getting out. You have about three minutes before the moisture boost from the water evaporates. Moisturisers lock in moisture so it’s best to use them straight after the shower when your skin is still damp.

Keep up your water intake

Your thirst response isn’t as active in winter, so despite the fact that you lose a significant amount of fluid when you breathe in cold air, and dry indoor heating will leach moisture from your skin, you’re less inclined to sip water throughout the day. Try to drink as much water as you do on a hot day to keep your cells, and skin, well hydrated. Herbal teas and warm water with a squeeze of lemon are also great options to keep you hydrated and warm at the same time. Try to reduce caffeine, soft drinks and alcohol as they have a dehydrating effect on your body and skin.

Hydrate from the inside out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. It is also extremely important to increase your fat intake. Our cell membranes are made of fat and without it our skin is more prone to dryness and sensitivities. Consume fatty fish, avocado, nuts, seeds and oils to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth. You could also add in a good quality omega 3 supplement such as EFA’s 1000mg Max Complex by Skintrition.

Choose your cleanser wisely

Cleansing is something we all do on a daily basis (ideally every morning and night) and even though the cleanser is on your skin for about 30 seconds, it makes a huge difference. Some cleansers can be really harsh, stripping your skin from natural oils and impairing your skin’s protective barrier. It is important to use a gentle hydrating cleanser that repairs the barrier on the skin all year around, but especially in the cooler months. Our favourite is the Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser by O Cosmedics.

Exfoliate

Cell turnover is slower in winter, which means dead skin can build up on your face and body. Not only can this make you flaky and itchy, but it may also make your skin look dull. Plus the dead skin cells act as a barrier between any oils or moisturisers you apply, making them less effective. Aim to exfoliate your body with a loofah or Ginger&Me Sugar Scrub 2 to 3 times a week. For your face, use a gentle facial scrub like Exfoliating Cleanser, enzyme exfoliant like 3 in 1 Fruit Peel (both by O Cosmedics) or a mild exfoliating cleanser such as AHA Milk-Gel Cleanser by Neurocosmedics

Add some mist to your life

Indoor heating and lower air humidity make it very hard for your skin to stay hydrated. Humidifiers inject moisture back into the air and are very simple to use. You can buy a tabletop humidifier, essential oils diffuser or place a few bowls of distilled water around your bedroom as you sleep.
It is also a really good idea to apply a hydrating mist to your skin several times a day. Mists can be sprayed on the skin before moisturiser, morning and night, but also on top of your make-up throughout the day to continuously hydrate the skin. We love the Multi-Active Mist by Skinstitut which is really hydrating, brightening and soothing.

Use hydrating masks

Make sure you use a face mask, such as the Skinstitut Hydrating Mask, once a week during the cooler months to add extra hydration to your skin. We are also loving the Lonvitalite 24K gold & collagen eye masks to keep the delicate eye area hydrated, smooth and free of fine lines. Using a mask doesn’t have to be difficult or take up extra time, you can just put on your mask and do some house work!

Upgrade your moisturiser

Moisturising your skin is crucial for keeping it hydrated throughout the winter. You might need to use a different moisturiser for summer and winter. Brisbane summer is so hot and humid that many of us like to use a very lightweight moisturiser on our face and body. However, when the weather starts to cool down, we need to make sure we use a nice rich moisturiser, as well as a hydrating serum, such as Pure Age Defiance Serum or an oil balm such as Youth Activating Oil Balm on our face. Just be mindful that you don’t use any products that contain mineral oils which can clog your pores. Same goes for our body, a beautiful rich body cream or body oil is the way to go. Ginger&Me has a range of beautiful body butters and oils available.

Wear sunscreen

Even though the sun may not feel as strong, damaging UV rays are still hitting your exposed skin, reducing ceramide levels and preventing skin from holding onto moisture, not to mention causing pigmentation, ageing of the skin and even skin cancer. Apply a physical sunscreen such as zinc oxide with an SPF of 30+ such as Mineral Pro by O Cosmedics every day for a beautiful youthful skin.

Night time nourishment

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, knees and cuticles tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing ointment such as Healthy Hoof at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning. Get used to also wearing gloves and scarves during the day to protect your skin from cold winds, rain and cool temperature. Make sure you also wear gloves while doing the dishes, cleaning and other household jobs, and whenever possible, apply moisturiser to your hands after washing them.

So there you go, these are our favourite tips for looking after your skin this winter. We hope that this has been helpful and you feel a bit more confident about taking care of your skin in the coming months. If you have any questions at all, please let us know and we are more than happy to help!

XOXO
The In Therapy Glam Squad