This Amazing Facial Fights Wrinkles and Other Effects of Aging

However small, however big –it goes without saying that we all have to go through the motions of aging on our skin at some point of our lives. Whether or not it’s through fine lines, age spots, wrinkles, sun damage or hyperpigmentation; aging is known to take its merciless toll on our skin.


But the question remains; to what extent can we reverse these effects?


If you’re reading this, there is a high possibility you’ve been put through countless creams, exfoliators and maybe even some procedures to combat the signs of aging –and it has most likely done little to nothing in getting rid of the effects.


But what if we let you in on a little secret; the key to not only combating these signs of aging, but to erase acne scars, minimize pores and strip those blackheads right out with ease?


It’s a facial called Diamond Microdermabrasion! Don’t let it fancy schmancy name fool you into thinking you’d have to sell any organs to afford it, the diamond microdermabrasion comes as a budget friendly and non-invasive procedure that uses a manual exfoliation technique that gently removes the outer layer of the skin to reveal rejuvenated and fresher skin beneath –in little to no time at all.


Here are the 6 most targeted benefits of diamond microdermabrasion:


1. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles


Perhaps the most famous reason for getting a microdermabrasion would be to reverse the effects of aging, such as fine lines around the eyes and cheeks as well as deeper wrinkles that appear inevitably over time –due to a decrease in collagen production.


The diamond microdermabrasion works to give that a little boost, working to manually exfoliate dead skin cells off the face and then to suck it right off with a diamond-tipped vacuum like machine.


The end product is an increased blood flow throughout the face, which promotes nutrients and oxygen flow that eventually will kick start a faster rate of collagen renewal and elasticity of the face, giving you radiant and younger looking skin after each session.


2. Extracts blackheads and whiteheads


Whilst blackheads are formed when enlarged pores are clogged with sebum, whiteheads come into play when parts of your skin are filled with bacteria.


Let’s be honest though, both aren’t great when its allowed to reign rampant on your nose, cheeks or forehead. With diamond microdermabrasion, the appearances of both blackheads and whiteheads are significantly reduced, and almost magically. How?


The suction feature of this procedure can be thanked for that as it helps to remove impurities and the buildup of bacteria and sebum that lead to blackheads and whiteheads in the first place.


Exfoliation also comes into play here, followed by the diamond-tipped suction that is gently moved across the skin to vacuum the hardened oil.


If you need another plus point of this low-risk and gentle procedure, it also eventually reduces your pore size after the matter is sucked right up into the vacuum. Score, score and score!


3. Clears up acne


Acne is caused by a number of factors –stress, hormones, oily skin, diet are all factors, but a more prevalent one of the above is definitely bacteria and pollution.


Unless you’re up for living the rest of your days in a bubble, your skin is constantly exposed to large amounts of smoke, UV rays, bacteria from your phone screen and many more other outlets that is simply impossible to avoid in this day and age.


Through diamond microdermabrasion however, acne issues can also be reduced by cleaning out clogged pores and inflammation.


This also relates back to the facial’s ability to suck out all that gunk and oil from your pores that eventually would lead to breakouts!


4. Minimizes acne scars and hyper pigmentation


Just when you think the worst of an inflamed pustule is over, a nasty red/brown scar follows suit.


Acne scarring and hyperpigmentation is just another by-product of acne, but with frequent facials of our very own diamond microdermabrasion, you can count on it being reduced over time.


An increased blood flow from the exfoliating and suction process is done to promote an increased blood flow and higher cell turnover rate; which in turn allows your skin to regenerate over multiple sessions of the facial.


5. Combats stretch marks


Much like acne scars and hyperpigmentation, the diamond microdermabrasion works in the same way –to decrease the appearance of stretch marks as well as to reduce the chances of formation in the future.


It’s important to note however, that stretch marks are a little harder to treat than superficial scars and other mild skin issues. This is why it’s important to go through frequent sessions (once to twice in a month) to see a difference.


6. Higher product efficacy


Although not technically a direct benefit from the facial, a diamond microdermabrasion is proven to increase your skin’s reaction and absorption to other products by almost 50%!


This works best to increase the the efficacy of serums, oils, moisturizers and other skincare products to really allow your skin to soak up all that goodness.


In Conclusion…


Be this as it may, the diamond microdermabrasion is a gentle, low-risk and relatively safe procedure to go through with little to no downtime at all!


Be sure to check out the Ministry of Beauty diamond microdermabrasion for an experience curated just for you.

How To Care For Your Skin When Summer Strikes

Summer is here!


It’s the most awaited time of the year again – time for long holidays, beach-visits, ice-creams, and loads and loads of fun. Like it or not, summer is also the time for a lot of dust, sweat, and sunburn.


So, while you are eager to show off your trained, toned, and nicely waxed legs and well-prepped skin, you might well be dealing with doubts about the proper way to take care of your skin.


Worry not! We are here with some useful habits for your skin-care regime that can help you take good care of your skin in the face of summer.


Slop on some Sunscreen


A tube of sunscreen is perhaps one of your first buys just before the Sun conquers the sky.


The American Academy of Dermatology, however, has a different story to report in a study – that most of us grown-ups, fail to use enough sunscreen.


Inadequate protection from harmful UV rays of the sun is linked to a higher risk of skin cancer. So, do not ever forget to apply enough sunscreen on all the exposed areas of your skin.


But wait! Don’t dig out the 2-year old sunscreen tube from the back of your shelf! It’s probably not as effective now – check for its use by date or by a symbol.


How Much – How Often?


The average adult would need an ounce (about a shot glass full) of sunscreen for the whole body.


Cover all exposed areas of your body with sunscreen – ears, face, feet, legs, arms, and every little region of your skin that you intend to expose. And, reapply every couple of hours.


Which type of Sunscreen?


Here are some features of sunscreen that you might look out for:

     -Broad-spectrum or ability to protect against both UVA and UVB rays


     -SPF of at least 30

     -Mineral sunscreen if you have sensitive skin

     -Non-comedogenic or oil-free sunscreen for skin prone to acne

     -Moisturizing sunscreen lotion for dry skin

Keep Away from the Sun


Combine the use of sunscreen with other forms of sun protection.


Try to minimize the exposure of your skin to a lot of sun, especially, the harsh mid-day sun, say, from 10 AM to 2 PM. If you are outdoors, try finding some shade. Put on a sun-hat.


Use sunglasses to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes. Be very careful around reflective surfaces like snow, sand, and the sea.


Clothe yourself as much as possible to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Use lightweight breathable fabrics and reflective colors like white to keep yourself comfortable and cool.




Exfoliation is one of the most important tasks of your skin-care routine. It removes the dead skin cells that your skin sheds every day and reveals glowing skin. The process also improves the effectiveness of moisturizers on your skin.


Did you know that makeup stays longer on exfoliated and prepped skin? That’s a big motivator for grabbing that scrub, isn’t it?


Rub a body scrub in gentle circular motion while you are in the shower. Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week.


For your face, choose a gentle facial exfoliator. Choose one that is suited for your skin type. The Environ Sebuwash cleanser (available at our salon), for example, makes use of the mild exfoliating properties of salicylic acid.  It also absorbs oil, and thus, is perfect for use in the summer.


Always hydrate your skin with a moisturizer, preferably with an SPF, after exfoliation.




Summer skin is more prone to oils, dust, sweat, and pollutants. So, it is crucial to follow a daily routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing to maintain it.


Use a good foaming cleanser like the Environ Sebuwash or a cream cleanser like the Environ AVST cleansing lotion to keep up the natural moisture levels of your skin.


Dab on a toner to prepare your skin and even it out before massaging with a moisturizer.


It’s time to replace your heavy winter moisturizers with light ones suited for summer. Go as light as you can to keep the glow intact while not giving in to a greasy and sweaty feel on your skin.  Look for something like a light gel moisturizer with SPF.


Try our Environ AVST1 (available at our salon) that uses the power of Vitamins A and C and antioxidants to rejuvenate the skin and even out discolorations caused by sun damage and ageing.


Go for a Facial this Summer


Pamper your skin with a rejuvenating facial this summer, perhaps after a sweaty day out.


During this time of the year, a facial should aim at repairing skin fallen prey to one of the problems common in summer.  A summertime facial also works to protect your skin from sun damage and other issues.


After a facial, be cautious for a couple of days and try to avoid excessive exposure to the sun.


We offer signature facials specially tailored for your skin. Check them out!


Our Almond Peel Facial, a gentle facial for repairing skin, that even allows exposure to the sun. Our Diamond Microdermabrasion is another pain-free facial that repairs and evens out sun damaged skin – a great one to feel rejuvenated after a long summer trip in the outdoors.


Minimize Make-up


Natural looks are best when under the bright sun. They are gentle on your skin and refreshing to look at.


If you must apply foundation, go for light ones with SPF like the non-comedogenic Jane Iredale Glow Time BB mineral foundation, which offers a broad spectrum sun protection and water-resistance.


Tend to Damaged Skin, Soon


If, by any chance, you end up with a sunburn, attend to it as soon as possible. Go for a cold shower to cool your skin down. Hydrate your skin inside out – moisturize and drink more water. Apply cooling balms and gels to repair the damaged skin.


To Sum Up


Cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and prepare your skin, so that you can happily enjoy the summer months while keeping your skin refreshed all the time. Apart from this, include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to prevent breakouts on the skin. And, of course, drink loads of water.


And, to remind you of another important facet of summer – sunscreen – don’t forget to apply it – in the right way!

Peeling Skin: The Do’s and Don’ts

Having to live with peeling skin is definitely not fun in the least. If you’ve had to struggle through this dreadful condition, you’ll unfortunately know symptoms like unbearable itchiness, flaky and uncomfortably tight skin all too well. In fact, women who have suffered through severe cases of peeling skin have even compared the condition to feeling like their entire face being on fire!  


Although there is no one specific cause to peeling skin, external factors such as excessive sun exposure, makeup or topical products and allergies are largely to be blamed. Happen to find yourself falling under this category? Then it’s high time you might want to practice these simple do’s and don’ts on a daily basis to combat the state of your skin before it gets any worse.




Pick at your skin! Peeling skin would understandably cause parts of your face to itch like crazy, but keep those meddling fingers off your skin. Picking and scratching at your face can not only spread bacteria from your fingers to your face (which is why you should also avoid touching your face at all!), but it can also cause permanent scarring or discoloration to the area affected.




Wrap an ice cube around a clean handkerchief and dab it onto the peeling, itchy spot. The ice would help to dull the sensation and reduce inflammation, but if that still doesn’t help than try applying a smudge of aloe vera gel to soothe your skin.




Use extremely potent facial cleansers. It seems like every facial cleanser in the skincare industry nowadays is boasting a “skin-regeneration”, “overnight-rejuvenation” option magic ingredient, which is why those with peeling skin have to take extra care when choosing a cleanser for you. Products with a high count of alcohols, -commonly found in toners- are also a nightmare for peeling skin, as it will continue to dry out all of your skin’s natural moisture.




Opt for an uncomplicated cleanser with keywords such as “gentle”, “soothing” and “hypoallergenic” in their product descriptions –just to make sure you’re not stripping your skin of it’s natural pH balance! It’s always a good option to go for regular facials as well to professionally treat some more major problem areas; and a good suggestion would be the Almond Facial Peel. Combine this with a special facial steaming to open your pores, oxygenate and purify your dry skin so that it’s much more accepting to hydration in the future!




Skip out on moisturizer. Moisturizing is not only important for peeling skin, it’s However, those with peeling skin should watch out for the use of “humectants” incorporated in most moisturisers –especially during dryer weathers. Humectants are actually supposed to lock in moisture, but when presented under harsh and drying conditions, can strip the already existing moisture from your skin.




Apply a light layer of face-friendly oil, also known as “occlusives”. The occlusives, -such as shea butter, mineral oil, grapeseed oil, lanolin- help to lock in the moisture so it doesn’t get pulled away in hot or dry weather conditions.




Unknowingly apply topical treatments. Studies show that there are is a significant list of drying ingredients contained in products such as benzoyl peroxides and retinoids; which is why they work so well to combat acne-prone skin. Sensitive, peeling skin however requires a much different approach as excessive use of topical treatments can actually cause hyper pigmented scarring, chemical burns and even more peeling!




Spot treat. Instead of lathering pimple product all over your face, practice treating your spots once at a time to monitor your skin’s reaction to said product. It’s also a great alternative to use natural spot treatments such as tea tree (always diluted with another carrier oil!) and lavender oil to subside pimples overnight. Consider gel-based spot products as well as they have a substantial anti-inflammatory effect on active spots without the nasty scar.




Over-exfoliate. We know, there’s nothing like the feeling of vigorously scrubbing off the day’s dirt, oil and impurities from your skin after long hours outdoors or a night out with a full face of makeup. But ever notice how your skin immediately feels taut straight after an exfoliation? That’s because every exfoliation automatically dries out your skin –and exfoliating on a daily basis can cause your dry skin to take a turn for the worst. Exfoliating scrubs that boast “grains” or “micro beads” should also be no-no if you have peeling skin, as those particular types can stand to make little tears in the derma of your skin which will not only lead to excessive flaking and irritation, but the spread of bacteria and possible increase of acne.




Do your best to avoid physical exfoliants unless absolutely necessary. Chemical exfoliants might sound a little intimidating if you’re opting for a more natural routine, but in this case they still be able to cleanse your skin effectively without drying it out. Ingredients like AHA and BHA are your friends in this situation, as they’re great for moisture absorption and even to treat minor discoloration.


To Sum Up…


There’s no one size fits all cure for peeling skin. Your journey to clear and healthy skin, much like those also suffering with “combo” or “oily” skins is really all about trial and error. Some other tips to adopt throughout this process would be to religiously stick to one regimen just to monitor if it works for you, keep a skin diary and always take “before and after” pictures just to see how far you’ve come!