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Media Spotlights, Treatment Spotlights

THE SKINCARE OBSESSIVE: Q&A: VENUS LEGACY TREATMENT.

A few weeks or so ago I went into Miss Fox in Melbourne’s CBD and had the opportunity to try the Venus Legacy Treatment. Below is a Q&A with Erin from Miss Fox on the treatment.

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Can you give my readers a quick overview of the Venus Legacy treatment? 

Venus Legacy is the gold standard for non-surgical body and skin enhancement. It feels like a hot stone massage making it a comfortable treatment for our clients. Venus Legacy uses Varipulse Technology which massages the skin allowing us to work on the deeper layers. While the Varipulse is massaging radio frequency fields work to target the fibroblasts which will produce more collagen and elastin resulting in firmer, plumper skin. It also works on the fat cells helping to shrink them and remove toxins from fatty areas and encouraging blood flow to the area and a slimmer physique.

What parts of the face and body can the treatment work on? 

Venus Legacy can work on all areas of the face and body. We can contour waist lines, reduce cellulite on all areas of the body, lift the face and help to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. The only area we cannot work over is the thyroid gland. 

Should you change anything in your daily routine prior to your treatment? 

I always suggest my clients to stay hydrated and eat as clean as possible leading up to their treatments. Also giving your body or face an exfoliation the day before treatment will help as we wonʼt be working over layers of dead skin cells. 

Who would best suit the treatment? 

The treatment is best suited to anyone with concerns about cellulite, fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin. We always do a thorough consultation to ensure the treatment is safe for our clients and they donʼt have any contraindications. 

Is there any down time?

No down time at all. Erythema (redness) may last up to 12 hours and some clients experience bruising. This normally goes away within a few days. 

How long until I see results? 

Results typically can be noticed after one or two treatments. We take photos and measurements on our clients first session so we have something to look back on and compare results. 

How many treatments to maintain results? 

Venus legacy has documented its results to last a minimum of 18 months but will continue to last ongoing if one session per quarter is maintained after the series. It is also important to continue with regular exercise and eating a clean diet with daily dry body brushing incorporated into your routine. 

Should I do anything particular after the treatment? 

After the treatment hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Going for a walk (if you are working on  your body) or doing some yoga to further detoxify the body is recommended here at MISS FOX

Think of this treatment like a spot treatment for your area of concern. After the treatment moving your body will help burn fat from that area. 

How often should you have treatments and how far apart? 

Once a week for 8 sessions for the body and 10 sessions for the face. 

- Erin Holmes, Venus Legacy Specialist, Beauty Therapist MISS FOX Melbourne.

For more information on Miss Fox and the Venus Legacy Treatment Click Here.
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Thank you to Erin from Miss Fox for taking the time out to answer the interview questions.

Media Spotlights

SKIN SOLUTIONS: WOMEN'S HEALTH & FITNESS

Skin Analysis Melbourne
SKIN ANALYSIS MELBOURNE

Like beauty X-ray vision, skin analysis is one of the industry’s most popular procedures. Gone are the days of naked eye assessment; trained therapists can now use nifty modern tools to take a look at what lies beneath your skin’s surface – from pigmentation issues and fungal infections to pre-teen sun damage. But to what effect? WH&F journalist Angelique Tagaroulias and editor Katelyn Swallow investigate.

To be honest, I spent a large portion of my youth out in the sun – from family days at the beach as a child battling the waves to my later years sun-tanning by the pool, lathered up in coconut oil (eek). To top it off, my skincare routine as an adult consists of splashing water on my face and the occasional cleanse on days that I do care enough to wear make-up.

Despite my lack of skin love, I’ve had minimal issues with my complexion over the years (or so I thought). So when WH&F editor Katelyn and I decided to get a skin analysis at the renowned MISS FOX day spa in inner city Melbourne, I wasn’t sure what I’d get out of it. Katelyn, on the other hand – with her many years’ suffering redness and the occasional spots of acne – could barely contain her excitement. 

THE ROAD TEST

The waiting room of the MISS FOX day spa, clinic and beauty salon appears more like a Vogue spread than a place to fill out your medical form. With the front entrance located down a hip Melbourne laneway and the steps to the spa sprinkled with rose petals, we were given herbal tea to sip as we scribbled, perched on beautiful red couches and surrounded by Marilyn Monroe paintings. It was luxe meets comfort, and we were instantly at ease.

The initial 10 minutes of my consult was spent informing the therapist of my skin concerns, its general condition and my daily skincare routine (gulp). Once the history was taken, I was escorted
to a darkened room with a daybed for the formal skin analysis and medifacial (which was absolute bliss).

A skin analysis is essentially a time machine for your face, showing damage or underlying issues invisible to the naked eye and that may have occurred as early as childhood. This info is used by a qualified skin therapist, who takes into account your skin’s current condition, skincare routine, skin type, genetics and medical history, to recommend a skin treatment.

“Some form of spectral imaging or photography is used to assess what is happening below the skin surface that’s not visible to the naked eye,” says director of MISS FOX Melbourne Day Spa, Salon & Clinic Victoria Fox (missfox.com.au).

“For example, a hand-held wood lamp that utilises black UVA light is held over an area of skin in a darkened room. The presence of certain bacteria or changes in the pigmentation of your skin will cause affected areas of your skin to change colour under the light, showing skin irregularities such as pigmentation, oil and hydration levels, and can detect bacterial or fungal
skin infections.”

Despite not having any obvious skin concerns aside from an oily T-zone and dehydration post-holiday (sun exposure and holiday food were to blame), the wood-lamp light showed white patches and spots across my brow and cheeks – pigmentation issues that had developed from my years out in the sun; I was surprised (and horrified) to find that my lifestyle had showed up years later – and on my face.

I was given a skincare plan, including products (both natural mineral make- ups and clinical strength synthetic versions) to use at different times throughout the day to help with my combination skin. 

THE BENEFITS

HOW: Using specialised equipment and skin grading systems, a therapist can analyse your skin’s condition and recommend the appropriate treatments and products for healthy skin.

WHY: With so many items and treatments available in today’s
market, choosing the right skincare products and treatments can be
difficult and overwhelming for the average consumer. Skincare sold at a department store or chemist is rated differently to clinic-only products, containing milder forms of ingredients and lower active percentages for consumer safety, whereas products designed to make physiological changes to the deeper layers of skin must be professionally prescribed.

RESULTS: By consulting a skin professional, you can receive advice that cuts through the hype and is tailored for your skin, its needs and your personal skin goal. You’ll also have access to products with more active ingredients, and will see more effective outcomes.

THE VERDICT

Following our road test, Katelyn and I agreed that anyone can benefit from a skin analysis – whether you have normal skin and a clear complexion, suffer from acne, or simply want to soak up the excess oil on your snoz.

If you do have a more serious condition such as rosacea, psoriasis, redness, eczema, asthma or liver problems, it’s advisable to seek further assessment from a health professional, says Fox.

“Chronic health conditions and internal imbalances all impact the health and appearance
of the skin, so many skin treatment programs will incorporate internal supplementation and recommend work to address the emotional and mental health of a patient as well, which may require a referral to other professionals,” says Fox.

“In our experience, an initial skin analysis will serve you for approximately three months. As yourskin improves and changes as a result of prescribed treatments and homecare, a follow-up session will show if your routine is still relevant or needs to
be modified.”

The cost of an initial skin analysis at MISS FOX is $150 to $300 and your homecare routine will see you investing in anything from $200 to $800. On average, you’re looking at paying about $150 per month for a clinical skin treatment.

Although I went into the consult thinking it wasn’t worth my time or money, our skin is our largest organ, so the investment in taking good care of it seems well worth it. Even if you don’t have any significant skin issues – like myself – talking to a professional and seeing the damage I had done helped scare me into taking better care of one of my greatest assets. Plus, the procedure is safe provided you are in the hands of a skilled professional. 

Health & Wellbeing

THE GUT/SKIN CONNECTION

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When it comes to taking care of our skin the first thing that usually jumps to mind are the various cleansers and serums that we use topically. These products are vital for thoroughly cleaning the skin and delivering crucial ingredients for happy glowing skin. However, this is only half the battle. So much of our outer beauty is regulated by our inner health, in particular our gut health.

When I talk about gut health, I am referring to all stages of digestion and function. From the hydrochloric acid in your stomach to the diversity of bacteria in your bowel, it all needs to be strong and balanced to function at its best.

Over recent years there has been an increased interest in the gut/skin axis (or the gut/skin connection) which is changing the way we view skin health and improve clinical outcomes. The human body is fascinating! The way it works to keep its self in balance and carry out its functions tirelessly everyday – never stopping for a break, it is truly a wonder to behold.  It is therefore important to treat it with respect and appreciate when we may need to give a little helping hand when things get tough.

Have you ever noticed how after a night of heavy drinking or fast food you wake up to an unwanted breakout or tired dehydrated skin? This is because poor dietary and lifestyle choices can lead to intestinal permeability (commonly called leaky gut) which can cause a whole host of problems.

When the protective barrier that lines our digestive track becomes damaged an increased passage of antigens can enter into the body. Over time this can lead to a vicious cycle of inflammation and tissue damage. If we also have a degree of dysbiosis (overgrowth of bad bacteria), which are releasing endotoxins, further inflammation and loss of barrier function will occur.

This cycle results in the nervous system releasing substance P in the gut and skin which increases sebum production (the oil in your skin). An overgrowth of the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes further triggers inflammatory pathways leading to blackheads, pimples, lines and wrinkles.

But luckily, we can stop this process. Your skin care routine prescribed by your skin therapist is still crucially important but investigating and treating the underlying cause is a central step which shouldn’t be over looked. High strength broad spectrum probiotics, digestive enzymes and anti-inflammatory ingredients will all help to rebalance, strengthen and heal the gut, resulting in a healthy and happy body inside and out!

Jessica Bayes BHSc (NutMed), Dip (BTh), ANTA

Clinical Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and Skin Therapist. 

MISS FOX stocks a selection of excellent internal supplements from Bioceuticals and Osmosis. Book a Skin Analysis with Jessica and our team for personalised recommendations.

Vegan Recipes

RECIPE: GOOD FOR YOU CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES

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It's the festive season, and treats are in order. Not only do these look chic, each decadent truffle houses anti-inflammatory turmeric and cacao with a boost of coconut oil. They are choc-full of skin nutrients and essential fats to give you a glow on the outside, and the inside.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soaked sunflower seeds (or any other seeds you have on hand)        
  • 1/2 cup soaked walnuts (or any other nuts you have on hand)        
  • 1/2-1 cup dates soaked        
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt        
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon

Method

1. Process the nuts/seeds in the food processor. Keep processing them until you can't see the nuts anymore, but stop processing before they get too soft looking.
2. Add the dates, sea salt and cocoa powder. Process again until everything is well mixed and clumped together.        
3. Roll the balls in your hand and form balls. Leave them plain, or roll in your choice of toppings: goji berries, freeze dried raspberries, coconut, cocoa powder, pistachios, matcha green tea, hemp seeds, nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and varied seeds can be used as well.  

Recipe from the good people at Raw Satya.

Vegan Recipes

RECIPE: VEGAN RAW COCONUT AND CACAO FUDGE

At MISS FOX, we're fans of more mindful, more sustainable eating. This recipe for vegan, raw, coconut oil fudge is one of the healthiest treats you can make, with just 4 simple ingredients and no cooking.

Raw coconut oil is arguably the best fat on the planet -- it is antibacterial, helps speed up your metabolism, decreases your appetite for bad fats and sugar and boosts brain function. Raw unprocessed Cacao is supercharged with natural antioxidants helps boost serotonin to relax you, decreases appetite and cuts cravings for sugar. Both ingredients are also wonderful for your skin.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (heaping) raw virgin coconut oil (we love Loving Earth Raw Organic Coconut Oil, available at MISS FOX)
3/4 cup (exact) raw cacao powder (not cocoa powder)
3-4 tablespoons raw honey
1 pinch of sea salt
Optional: 1/4 cup of any combination of cacao nibs, coconut flakes, chopped walnuts or pistachios, freeze dried raspberries or strawberries.

Directions:

In a stand mixer, or in a bowl with a whisk, whip the coconut oil until it’s a little fluffy, for about 2 minutes. Add in the Cacao powder, honey, and sea salt. Continue to whip the ingredients together until they become smooth and homogenous, for about 1 minute. If you just want plain fudge, then you are ready to put the mixture into a glass pan or cake tin about 20x20cm lined with baking paper. Smooth the top out. If you like a little texture, add some suggested optional extras either into the mix or sprinkled on top, chopped or whole -- but you can leave it plain and it’s just as delicious. Put it in the fridge and let it set for a couple of hours, then cut it into squares so it’s ready to eat when you want it. Coconut oil is fragile, and will melt when it gets room temperature or hotter, so store in a sealed container in the fridge.

A delicious, healthy alternative to chocolate that tastes good and is so good for you. Enjoy x