The Different Types Of Wax: unveiling the varieties, and choosing the best option for your skin.

What is waxing?

To start off, let me briefly explain what waxing is and how it really works.

Waxing is a hair removal method that involves applying a warm or cold wax to the skin, which adheres to the hair. When pulling off the wax, it actively removes the hair from the root, leaving the hair follicle empty, resulting in smooth hair and skin free from visible hair for a certain amount of time until it regrows.

Types of wax in the industry

Not all wax types are the same, nor are they all equipped to work on the same skin type and hair type. Understanding the wax options in the industry and who they are most suited to, is key to achieving optimal results.

  1. Cold Wax: also known “strip wax”, is an ‘all-rounder’ wax, suitable or large and small areas on the body. It involves applying wax onto the area with a spatula, and then removing it with a fabric strip or paper strip. This versatile wax is commonly used on larger areas of the body, such as the legs, arms, or back. It has a strong adherence to the hair, making it suitable for fine or course hair alike.
  2. Hard Wax, also referred to as “hot wax,” differs from cold wax in that it hardens as it cools and requires manual removal by hand, using the patch of wax itself to peel off the skin, rather than being removed with strips. Hard wax is gentler on the skin and less likely to cause irritation, making it ideal for sensitive areas like the face, bikini line, and underarms.
  3. Sugaring: Sugaring is a natural alternative to traditional waxing, and believe it or not, all it involves is sugar, lemon juice and waxing to make. Sugaring, similar to hot wax, doesn’t require a wax strip for its removal from the skin. Sugaring is gentle on the skin and less painful than traditional waxing, making it suitable for sensitive skin types.
  4. Cartridge Wax: This is essentially the same as cold wax, with the key distinction being its utilization of pre-loaded wax cartridges for convenient application. It’s specifically designed to fit into a handheld device, streamlining the process and reducing messiness for the therapist. Like cold wax, it’s ideal for larger body areas such as the legs, arms, and back.


Understanding the different types of wax that are available is important, because it can help you better know which one suits your skin, and how you can reap the best results from it. If you are somebody that has very sensitive skin, you would probably do well with hard or hot wax, whereas, if your skin is resilient and your hairs are tough, strip wax would remove the hair from your body effectively. Don’t be afraid to request a certain type of wax that you know will suit your skin type best!

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Top 5 habits for people with great skin

Having radiant, healthy-looking skin isn’t just about genetics; it’s about the repetitive habits that we cultivate in our lives and whether we choose to stick to them. Every task and every challenge is overcome by taking that first, initial step. And the same can be said for you – whether your concern is acne, pigmentation, or wrinkles, a lot can be achieved through habits. If you’ve ever wondered how some people effortlessly maintain healthy skin, it’s likely because they incorporated these 5 steps into their routine. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to achieve and maintain great skin:

1. Prioritize sun protection

This is, and forever will be, my number one tip. One of the most crucial habits for maintaining healthy skin is to protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sun exposure can lead to premature aging, dark spots, and skin cancer. Make sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your daily skincare routine, regardless of the weather or time of year. Opt for an SPF of 30 or higher and remember to reapply it every two hours.

2. Stay hydrated

Hydration is crucial for maintaining skin health and elasticity. Think of a sponge left on the side of the sink – the longer it’s left, the drier and more cracked it becomes. Once the sponge is wet, it regains its shape, elasticity, and plumpness. Well, the same happens to the skin. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and consider incorporating hydrating foods like fruits and vegetables into your diet. Additionally, using a moisturizer that suits your skin type can help lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple throughout the day.

3. Follow a consistent skincare routine

Follow a consistent skincare routine: Consistency is key when it comes to skin care. This means creating a routine that incorporates cleansing, toning, and moisturizing regularly. The products you use should be tailored to your skin type, and exfoliation should be done gently to resurface and renew the outer layer of the skin.

4. Get adequate sleep

Get adequate sleep: During sleep, our body repairs and regenerates its cells, including the skin cells. Not getting enough sleep (7-9 hours each night) can mean that the skin is not able to repair, leaving the skin dull, pale, and with dark undereye circles. If you struggle to sleep, practice breathing or meditation exercises before bed.

5. Manage stress

Chronic stress can lead to concerns such as dullness and oiliness, which can result in breakouts on the skin. Prioritizing stress-reducing activities such as yoga, walking, and socializing can help maintain a healthy complexion and reduce any skincare concerns from developing.

In conclusion, achieving great skin is within reach for anyone willing to adopt healthy habits and prioritize skincare. Remember, consistency is key, so stick to your skincare regimen and be patient; your skin will thank you in the long run.

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Vitamin C: Why The Skin Needs It

Welcome readers, to Vitamin C (and no, I’m not talking about that delicious smoothie from your local juicer) I’m talking about the powerhouse topical skincare ingredient, professionally known as L-ascorbic Acid.

As an acne sufferer my whole life, you can image the amount of ingredients I’ve gone through to help reduce the scarring, redness, and oiliness on my skin. Without a doubt, vitamin C is a constant, and one of my favorites in my routine. So, what exactly makes Vitamin C as great as I say? Let’s get straight into it!


Protection Against Free Radicals

“Free rad-What does that even mean?” Unfortunately, environmental stressors, such as UV radiation (sunlight) and pollution can damage our skin. These stressors generate little troublemakers, called Free Radicals, which are unstable molecules that damage our perfectly healthy cells, contributing to premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. So then, how do we stop this? – enter Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant that fights off these free radicals and stops them from damaging the skin.

Brightens The Skin’s Complexion

Melanin, the pigment responsible for giving our skin its color, can sometimes work overtime and create too much pigment, resulting in hyperpigmentation on the skin. Believe it or not, Vitamin C works directly with the cells that produce melanin and aim to put a stop to this process. By reducing melanin production, the skins complexion is improved, revealing a more radiant, healthier looking skin.

Stimulates Collagen Production

Collagen is what keeps our skin looking young. But as we get older, our bodies make less of it, resulting in skin that looks saggy or wrinkled. Luckily, with regular use, vitamin c actually tells the skin to make more collagen, helping maintain the skins elasticity and firmness.

Protects Against UV Damage

While sunscreen will always be the main defense against sunlight, vitamin C acts as a supportive buddy. When used in conjunction with a sunscreen, Vitamin C enhances the protection against UVB Rays, which causing burning to the skin. So, incorporating Vitamin C into your morning routine will maximize the protection against the sun, keeping the skin healthy and strong.

Reduces Inflammation & Redness.

Regular use of Vitamin C can help calm redness, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Whether you’re like myself and battle with post-acne flare ups, or you have sensitivity from the sun, Vitamin C will work with your skin to promote healing and repair.


  1. Serums: apply a few drops in the morning, onto clean, dry skin. Don’t forget to use SPF after.
  2. Moisturizers: look for moisturizers with a Vitamin C infusion, or ones with an “added brightening boost”. This can be used morning and night.
  3. Masks: treat yourself weekly to a Vitamin C mask, whereby you leave it on for 10-15 minutes before washing it off.

In conclusion, not only does Vitamin C taste great, but it has a powerful effect on our skin. It fights off free radicals, improves the youthfulness of the skin and keeps our skin looking even, healthy and glowing!

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PORES: Can Their Size Be Reduced?

Pores – the small openings on our skin that provide our skin with moisture and are the gates that allow our hair protrude through the skins surface. While this all sounds lovely and quite vital, unfortunately some of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with them, in that sometimes their size can often be larger than what we’d like. Many of us spend a large amount of money on products and treatments, because we’ve been led to believe that the size of our pores can actually be made smaller. But what is the truth? Lets discuss this further!

The Hard Truth

As much as we wish there was a magic potion that could shrink our pores, the reality is that the size of our pores are largely due to factors that are out of our control. However, it’s not all doom and gloom I promise! While we can’t change them completely, we can definitely incorporate products that can temporarily reduce the size of the pore! Lets elaborate on this further-

Factors Affecting Pore Size

  1. Genetics: I know you don’t want to hear it, but unfortunately if your pores are on the larger side, there’s a chance that’s because they’ve been passed down from a family member, and you have been the one in the family to inherit them.
  2. Lifestyle Habits: this is something that is completely adopted by the individual, and can go as far as to say a bad habit. For example, if somebody doesn’t ever wash their face (after a full day at work, or after a very intense cardio workout) there’s a high chance that their skin will become clogged with dirt and oil, contributing to larger pore size.
  3. Age: as we age, the elasticity in our skin reduces, making our pores look larger. Alternatively, during adolescence the body has a surge in hormones. This surge in hormones can mean that the skin produces more oil, directly affecting the size of the pores.
  4. Skin Type: an oily skin type is prone to large pores. This is because when the oil is produced, it sits in the pores, stretching them out, and making them appear larger in size than other skin types.

Temporary Solutions

  • AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids): be sure to incorporate exfoliating acids such as Glycolic, Lactic and Mandelic Acid. This can be used as a toner in your routine, for example.
  • BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids): similar to AHA, except an example of a BHA would be Salicylic Acid, a great exfoliating acid that clears out the pores of dirt and oil, exfoliates the surface of the skin and reduces the size of the pores.
  • Retinoids:
  • Niacinamide:

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The Skin Barrier: Why It’s Essential For Healthy Skin

What, do you think, is the largest organ in the body? The heart, the lungs…

Wrong. The skin is the largest organ in the body! Just as we prioritize caring for vital internal organs, we should also give the utmost care and respect to our biggest organ – the skin.

What is the skin barrier?

Well, to start with, the skin is made up of three main layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, houses the skin barrier. This barrier acts as the first line of defense against external stimuli such as pollution, UV rays, and harsh weather. It also works to prevent unnecessary water loss from the skin. External stimuli can include harsh chemicals, strong ingredients, infections, and bacteria. The skin barrier functions like a knight in shining armor, ready to defend and protect the underlying layers of the skin

How do you know if your skin barrier is damaged?

Physically, a damaged skin barrier can present itself as flaking, redness, stinging, sensitivity, or acne breakouts. The causes of damage can vary. For instance, I have acne-prone skin, and it wasn’t until three years ago that I learned the importance of the skin barrier. Previously, I would aggressively treat my acne flare-ups with topical acids and retinols, which would excessively dry out my skin, leaving my skin barrier impaired and ruined for the following week.

Now that I understand the importance of the skin barrier, I have adopted a different approach to skincare. Instead of immediately resorting to acids and exfoliators, I now treat my acne with mild cleansers, hydrating and repairing moisturizers, and protect my skin from additional external irritants by applying SPF regularly. While my acne may not heal as quickly, I have noticed significant improvements in scarring, redness, and stinging…which in effect, makes the whole healing process shorter.

How do you keep your skin barrier healthy?

* Maintain moisture levels in the skin: Drink enough water and always apply a hydrating moisturizer.

* Don’t overuse active ingredients: Listen to your skin and only use what is necessary. Follow instructions regarding usage frequency and amount.

* Use barrier repairing ingredients: Incorporate ingredients such as Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, and squalene into your skincare routine.

* Choose mild cleansers: Alternate between foaming/exfoliating cleansers with gentler, milky/creamy cleansers.

* Apply SPF: Always apply sunscreen before leaving the house, regardless of the weather.

The takeaway from this blog is that without the skin barrier, our skin would be extremely vulnerable and susceptible to many serious concerns and disorders. Understanding its importance and adopting a routine that maximizes its duties, will ensure a healthy functioning skin barrier.

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In the quest for radiant, healthy skin, we often turn to skincare products and routines. However, sometimes the biggest red flags in skincare aren’t found on product labels but in our daily habits. From neglecting basic hygiene practices to overlooking essential steps in our skincare routines, here are some common red flags that could be sabotaging our skin health.

Red flag #1 Forgetting to wash off makeup before bed

One of the cardinal sins of skincare is hitting the hay without properly cleansing your face. Leaving makeup on overnight can clog pores, leading to breakouts and dull skin. Makeup traps dirt and bacteria, preventing your skin from breathing and regenerating while you sleep. Make it a habit to cleanse your face thoroughly before bedtime to keep your skin clear and fresh.

Red flag #2 Forgetting to apply Sun Protection Factor (SPF) regularly

The importance of sunscreen cannot be overstated. Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer. Yet, many of us forget to apply SPF regularly, especially on cloudy days or during the winter months. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine is crucial for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays and maintaining its youthful appearance.

Red flag #3 Using soap and water to wash the face

Using soap and water for facial cleansing may seem convenient, but it can severely harm the skin, stripping away natural oils and disrupting its pH balance. Did you know, some soap bars have a similar pH to household bleach, ranging from 10 to 13, contributing to issues like sensitivity, dryness, and premature aging. Facial skin is delicate and requires gentle care. Opt for sulfate-free cleansers designed for facial use, ensuring effective removal of dirt and impurities without causing irritation or dryness. Prioritizing products formulated for the face helps maintain skin health and avoids the potential damage associated with using harsh soap bars.

Red flag #4 Not changing face towels regularly

You know that trend going around of people wearing underwear labeled with each day of the week? Well I wish they’d do that with face towels too! Believe it or not, you should be using a NEW face towel each day. Face towels can harbor a massive amount of bacteria and germs, especially when thrown to the side of the bath, letting it sit in its damp, dirty mass. Remember – the best breeding ground for bacteria are dark, damp objects or spaces! Using the same face towel day after day can transfer dirt and oil back onto the skin, leading to breakouts and infections.

Red flag #5 Picking/squeezing pimples

It can be tempting to squeeze or pick at pimples, but this habit can do more harm than good. Picking at the skin can cause inflammation, scarring, and even spread bacteria, worsening breakouts. Instead of picking, treat pimples with targeted spot treatments containing ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Red flag #6 Forgetting your neck care

Lets rewind in time -You’re applying makeup before a party, unaware that your foundation’s shade is 2 times too dark, leaving your neck a completely different shade to your face. Well, that same contrast happens when you only apply your skincare to your face, and don’t extend it down to your neck. The skin on our neck is just as susceptible to aging and environmental damage as the skin on our face. Forgetting to extend creams and serums down to the neck can result in a noticeable contrast in skin tone and texture between the face and neck.


In the world of skincare, it’s not just about the products you use but also about the habits you adopt. Avoiding red flags and adopting healthy skincare routines can result in clearer, smoother, and radiant skin. Remember, consistency is key, so prioritize self-care and commit to nurturing your skin for long-term health and beauty.

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The “What”, “When” and “How” of Retinoids.

Ahh, the ingredient that stole my heart, and can confidently say is the Holy Grail of all skincare ingredients. There seems to be much discussion of retinoids over the last few years, but is that enough for you to fully understand it? Don’t worry, that’s why I’m here!


“What is Retinol?”

Retinol is derived from Vitamin A – an essential vitamin that plays a role in immune function, cellular growth, and more. This ingredient is a powerhouse and my personal favorite because it doesn’t just target one skincare concern, it targets an array of them. From wrinkles to pigmentation to acne, it addresses various issues. It also has a direct impact on the formation of collagen, resulting in healthy, firm, and youthful-looking skin.

When you hear people talking about retinol, you’ve probably also heard about Retin-A, Adapalene, Tretinoin, etc., but in reality, they are all a subcategory of Retinoids. Retinoids is the collective name, and the latter are all types of Retinoids. Great! Now that you know how to classify them, let’s take a closer look at each and their differences, in order of lowest concentration to highest.

  1. Retinol Palmitate: think ‘calm‘ and ‘palm.‘ This over-the-counter (OTC) retinoid is the least potent/calmest. This would be great for someone who has sensitive skin or doesn’t have many lines/wrinkles but wants to prevent aging in the future.
  2. Retinol: this is your standard type of Retinol, commonly found in skincare products, in concentrations of 0.1% to 1%. All skin types can use Retinol and it is still safe enough to use on sensitive skin types, but at the lowest concentration.
  3. Retinaldehyde: this is an OTC retinoid that is slightly stronger than Retinol. It is still safe enough to use on all skin types.
  4. Adapalene: this can be bought OTC or via prescription. Adapalene is stronger than retinol, but again, well tolerated by most skin types. This is commonly prescribed for the treatment of acne.
  5. Tretinoin: this is available via prescription only. This is suitable for someone who has tried Retinol but wants to move up to something stronger. It’s advisable to begin Tretinoin at a low dose initially.
  6. Tazarotene: this is the most powerful, prescription-strength retinoid. his retinoid delivers faster results, but it also carries a higher risk of irritation compared to other retinoids.


“When can I start using retinoids?”

If used in the right concentration and alongside the right concerns, retinoids are a great addition to skincare routines for individuals in their 20s all the way to their 60s. However, since it has numerous strengths, it’s advisable to consult a professional before using it. That can be anyone from a skincare therapist, a pharmacist, or your doctor.


“How can I start using retinoids in my skincare routine?”

Now that you know there are many different types of retinoids on the market, when to apply them in your routine will depend on the strength and type of Retinoid that you are using. As a general rule, you’ll want to use it after cleansing and before moisturizing. After moisturizing, SPF is absolutely crucial. The Retinol that I swear by and use in my own routine is by The Purest Solutions and is in a 1% formulation. in a new tab)


Retinol is easily the most important ingredient in my skincare routine. It has kept my acne at bay and largely reduced the pigmentation on my skin.
Don’t let the variety of options scare you away – remember, the more, the merrier! Reach out to a professional in the industry to assist you, or alternatively, engage in a chat with one of the trainers here at Beautique Academy. We’d be delighted to discuss it with you!

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Is expensive skincare better? We ask a skincare specialist.

Have you ever picked up a skincare item, looked at the price tag, and instantly become overwhelmed and red to the face, thinking to yourself really? THAT price for THIS? –don’t worry, you aren’t alone. In a world of influencers and deceptive advertising, it can be overwhelming to know if what you’re seeing is really the truth. To know exactly the difference between expensive and affordable skincare, it takes a professional to know, and that is me.  As a qualified skincare specialist, I am going to help you understand the efficacy of these two price tags, and the role that they play in reaching our skincare goals separately.

Marketing and appearance

Ever heard the phrase “you pay for the name”? –sadly, this holds true in the skincare world. Ingredients aside, the reputation of a brand often increases the price of its products. Packaging plays a significant role, too. The material a brand chooses to package their product in is completely their preference, but understandably, the higher the quality and the rarity of the material they choose, will all affect the retail price.

Fashionable/exclusive products

Ever noticed labels that say “new and improved formulation or “new age technology”, but with a higher price tag than before? Often in skincare, brands replace existing products with new ones that have upgraded ingredients. Why then, would the price increase? This boils down to the ingredient/s that they changed – the harder the ingredient is to source, or the rarer it is, the higher the overall retail price will be.  But remember– just because a brand has sourced an “exclusive” or “rare” ingredient, does not mean it is better.

Concentration VS potency

Concentration refers to the amount of active ingredients in a product, while potency refers to the percentage of those ingredients. When reading the ingredients label on a product, it’s important to know that they are listed in order of potency from high to low. For example, if Hyaluronic Acid is listed first, and water is listed last, this means that Hyaluronic Acid has a higher potency in the product than water does. Consider this analogy:

Imagine two anti-ageing products, both containing the same 10 active ingredients. Serum A is $80 and considered high-end, while serum B is $30 and more affordable. So does that mean stronger is better? No, not necessarily.

When it comes to skincare there is no ‘one size fits all’ One product that might agree with me, may cause havoc for you. Just because a brand is selling a vitamin C serum at 20%, does not mean it’s going to be more effective than the brand selling their vitamin C at 10%. The 20% vitamin C may be too strong for you and could potentially cause stinging, burning and even small pimples on the skin. Your skin would probably excel with the product that uses the same vitamin C, but at a reduced potency. 

The takeaway

Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that expensive products don’t work – of course they do. And if your budget can allow for the high-end product, then by all means go for that one! All I’m saying is that there are a ton of great, inexpensive products on the market that offer the exact same active ingredients as the high-end ones, so don’t overlook them! At the end of the day, consistency is key in skincare. Whatever price you purchase a serum for, you have to be using it regularly in order to get to your desired result. And just because you are using a more expensive serum, does not necessarily mean you will get better or faster results!

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Gravity-Defying Facts: Why Waxing Won’t Make You Sag.

Kia Ora, welcome to this week’s blog!

As a seasoned waxing specialist, I’ve heard all sorts of misconceptions about waxing over the years. One of the most persistent myths? One word, three letters – SAG.

The Myth:

“I don’t like to wax because it makes my skin sag.” Ah, the infamous belief that waxing leads to skin sagging. It’s a misconception I’ve encountered time and time again, and let me tell you, it’s time to set the record straight.

The Truth

Let’s debunk this myth once and for all. There’s simply no scientific evidence to support the claim that waxing causes skin sagging. In fact, waxing can actually have some surprising benefits for your skin.

The Benefits

  1. Stimulates Collagen Production: Say hello to firmer, more elastic skin! Waxing removes hair from the root, which can stimulate collagen production. And as we all know, collagen is key to maintaining youthful-looking skin.
  2. Exfoliates the Skin: Who doesn’t love a good exfoliation session? Waxing doubles as a form of exfoliation, helping to slough away dead skin cells and reveal fresh, radiant skin underneath. It’s like hitting the reset button for your complexion.

The Tips

Now that we’ve debunked the myth, you might be wondering how to ensure a smooth waxing experience without any skin pulling. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Choose a Skilled Wax Specialist: This is extremely important, and I cannot stress it enough. Believe it or not, waxing is not as easy as it looks, and it involves skill. A well-trained specialist knows the ins and outs of proper waxing techniques, minimizing discomfort and reducing the risk of skin pulling.
  2. Use Quality Waxing Products: Quality matters when it comes to waxing products. Look for formulations that contain skin-soothing ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile to minimize irritation and discomfort.
  3. Communicate Your Concerns: Last but not least, don’t be afraid to speak up! Your wax specialist is there to ensure a comfortable experience, so don’t hesitate to communicate any concerns you may have. They can adjust their technique and use gentle, controlled movements during the waxing process to minimize pulling as much as possible.

The Conclusion

And there you have it, folks! The truth about waxing and skin sagging, straight from the mouth of a seasoned waxing specialist. Remember, don’t let myths hold you back from enjoying the many benefits of waxing. With the right approach and a skilled professional by your side, you can achieve smooth, radiant skin without any sagging in sight.

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