Eat Your Way To More Radiant Skin

For most, feeling good and looking good go hand in hand. When you’re sleep deprived, stressed out and not nourishing your body through healthful eating choices, it’s likely you won’t be on the receiving end of any complexion compliments. Afterall, our skin is our body’s largest organ, and often a direct reflection of what is going on internally. No matter how dedicated you are to your skincare routine, healthy radiant skin ultimately begins from within. The most important thing anyone can do to improve their complexion is turn the attention inwards, to diet.

Everything you eat, or don't eat, affects the health and beauty of your skin. No matter how good your skin is naturally, problems can arise from a poor diet. So, if you want to achieve a more luminous complexion as well as bolstering your overall health and wellbeing, follow along below for our top tips.

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Go hard, on nutrients

We’re all familiar with the age-old adage of the important of eating a nutrient dense diet, but what does that actually look like over the course of a day?

Protein:

Protein makes up the building blocks of organs, muscles, skin, hormones and pretty much everything that matters in your body. For this reason, you should eat high-quality protein at every meal. Sustainably sourced fish, or grass-fed meat, organic free-range eggs and nuts (in moderation and soaked) are all great options.

Good fats:

Eating a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is essential for great skin and great energy. The skin is comprised of many different types of cells and structures, part of which is held together and protected by a layer of lipids (fats). This lipid layer diminishes as we age, but is also negatively affected by diets lacking in healthy fats. Ensure you’re keeping your lipid layer plump by nourishing your body with a moderate amount of avocado, olive oil, sardines, wild caught salmon, blueberries and chia seeds.

 Plants:

And lots of them. You should always have more plants on your plate than anything else. Plant-based foods not only protect your skin from free radical damage but are essential for good gut health as well as being a good source of fibre - fibre is what our gut microbes feed on to produce short chain fatty acids - which are vital for brain, metabolic and immune health.

Healthy Carbs:

Carbohydrates are one of the body's primary sources of energy and represent an essential part of any healthful diet. They also make you feel full and satisfied however it’s important to choose the carbs that do the most for you. These are known as complex carbs and contain the most nutrients. Think buckwheat, sweet potato, quinoa and chickpeas.

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Get REAL

When referring to “real” food, we mean food in its natural state. Not out of a packet or sprayed within an inch of its life with harmful, toxic pesticides. Reducing your exposure to toxins in your environment is key, if your body is toxic, it will slowly start to come out in your skin and decrease your natural skin cell turnover, leading to a duller complexion. One way to combat this is eating organically and seasonally. Not only does seasonal produce taste better, it’s cheaper and supports the local economy. Look out for these spring time fruit and veg from September onwards: strawberries, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit, beetroot, kale, mushrooms, cauliflower & asparagus.

 

Befriend your gut’s microbiome

Incorporating fermented foods which are a naturally high source of probiotics into your diet (such as kimchee, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha) is an excellent way to cultivate good gut flora which is key for improving digestive health. Broad spectrum probiotics can also help to reduce inflammation in the body while assisting in the production of vitamins – all of which is great for skin health.

At Home Hydration Facial with Nurse Lex

Nothing beats the experience of an in clinic treatment. This is where the targeted work takes place, where science, experience and professional grade products combine to deliver real-time results. However, not every day can be a spa day, so we encourage our clients to take the relaxation and rituals home with them as part of their bi-weekly selfcare and facial maintenance routine.

We caught up with Clinic Nurse & Founder Lex to unveil her favourite #athomehacks for treating yourself (and your skin) from the comfort of your own bathroom.

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Curation is key

Curate a selection of products for your DIY treatment by using your intuition. What’s right for your skin in summer may not cut the mustard during the dry, cooler months of the year. Small swaps like switching out your foaming cleanser (which is great for removing the day’s grime and makeup but may also strip the skin of its precious natural oils) for an oil-based balm may help to rebalance and replenish the skin so it absorbs treatment products more efficiently.

Practice like a pro

When you are having a professional treatment, ask your aesthetician questions about the products they are using, and why they’re using them. You’ll soon learn a one size fits all approach should be left to the manufactures of the “snuggie” and that creating a customised, multistep routine will do your complexion all kinds of favours for achieving a radiant glow in between visits to the clinic. So with that said, below is my 6 step roadmap for achieving a plump, dewy complexion at home.

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1/6 - CLEANSE

Using gentle circular motions, apply a milk or cream cleanser to your face, neck and décolletage. You have 20,000 pores on your face so make sure to work the product in all directions. This really helps to soften the skin & aids in the release of the deeply embedded grime from the pores. Make sure you do this step twice. Once to remove makeup, dirt and SPF and once to deep clean. At this stage I like to run a natural fibre face cloth under warm water then ring out and place over my face for a full minute. The steam will help to relax the pores, prepping the skin for stage two.

My product pick: Dermaviduals Cleansing Milk with DMS

 

2/6 - EXFOLIATE

I prefer a chemical exfoliant over physical as I find them to be less inflammatory to sensitive skins. The cream or solution is applied onto the skin for a few minutes and removed using a dampened tissue or face cloth. By removing and dissolving dead skin cells, a brighter more even complexion is instantly revealed.

 My product pick: Dermaviduals DMS Peeling Cream

  

3/6 - PREP

I like to apply a tonic to the skin as it helps draw moisture into the complexion. This creates a pathway so your other products will penetrate deeper. Think of it like a drink of water for the face.

 My product pick: Dermaviduals Face Tonic

  

4/6 - MASK

Choose a mask infused with a potent blend of vitamins for added antioxidant protection. Not only will you be helping to reinforce the quality of your skin which ultimately helps prevent premature ageing but also improves elasticity, tone, and texture. Leave on for at least 10 minutes then tissue off.

 My product pick: Dermaviduals Vitamin Cream Mask

5/6 – HYDRATE

Now to moisturise and lock in all that goodness. Be wary when choosing a moisturiser, look for high quality plant derived ingredients like shea butter and squalane, both of which are excellent for restoring moisture levels and revitalizing the complexion. And of course remember your face ends at your décolletage, don’t scrimp when it comes to applying all the way down your neck and chest. You’ll thank me later.

My product pick: Dermaviduals DMS Base Cream Classic

 

6/6 – EYES

The skin around your eyes is especially sensitive and needs an extra measure of TLC. Complete your at-home pamper session with an eye serum, cream, or gel. Most eye products are super concentrated, so a pea-size amount is all you need for both eyes. Use your ring finger since it naturally has the lightest touch. You don’t want to put too much pressure & tug the delicate skin.

 My product pick: Dermaviduals Eye Gel Plus

Oh, and if you’re trying this in the morning don’t even think about leaving the house without a good dose of SPF.

Over & out.

Nurse Lex

Dermaviduals Clinic Of the Month

The Team at Aestheticá are very excited to announce that we have been voted the Clinic of the Month for August by Dermaviduals. Please have a read below to hear about what we think of the amazing product and how it assists our business.

Our Clinic of the Month has been dubbed the authority on skin in Byron Bay by Bende Byron & featured on the likes of Tomboy Beauty and also by their beautiful client, Elyse Knowles; it is the skin-saving sanctuary known as Aestheticá Byron Bay. Owner, Alexa opened just nine months ago and she sat down and shared the clinic’s journey so far with us!

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 About Aestheticá Byron Bay…

“We opened our little clinic just over 9 months ago in a beautiful new building about 5 minutes drive from central Byron Bay. As locals, we know how crazy the centre of town is, so being a little removed was ideal for us in order to open a beautiful space where locals could come to feel special and taken care of. We had noticed that there was just so much of the ‘rushed in and out’ style skin treatments happening in Byron, so we really wanted to focus on slowing things down and listening while appreciating dermal therapy and nursing techniques that achieve the best results, without causing undue stress or discomfort. As we came from dermal therapy and nursing backgrounds our vast range of education over both industries meant we wanted to offer great skin treatments, a holistic approach to skin health and real results, which is why we settled with customised skin treatments and cosmetic injectables. We have grown from 3 staff to now a team of 8 dermal therapists, nurses and doctors. We have totally embraced Corneotherapy and have seen such incredible results with our loyal clients. Our goal was, and always is to make dream skin a reality and it gives us so much joy to do so.”

 The favourite thing about your job?

“It has been a pleasure re-educating our clients on how a healthy skin (as an organ) should function, nurturing their impaired barriers back to health. There is so much miseducation out there and many of our clients walk through our doors as a last resort after months or even years struggling with their skin, making the same mistakes over and over. Watching these same individuals skip back through your doors with pure happiness and gratitude is so rewarding.”

 

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My personal mantra is…

“Above all else ‘be kind’, it costs nothing to put a smile on someone else’s face, but it could turn their whole day around. Listening and seeing people as individuals as you never know what people have been through; guarded people are often the most damaged. It can be really intimidating to remove layers & layers of makeup and talk openly & honestly about lifestyle choices, health & skin. We make sure that when you walk into our clinic there is an instant sense of calm and warmth. Our doors welcome every client with open arms, individuals from all walks of life come together and heal our beautiful light lit space filled with live flora.”

 dermaviduals & Aestheticá…

“From the start, we were on the hunt for an amazing skincare company with incredible results and support for a new little business like ours. We were busily looking high and low when we reached out to an old friend, Emma from ‘With Grace Skin Management’ and asked her for advice. She kindly replied and said to check out dermaviduals. From there we have not looked back. We felt so supported from day one, and the education we received, (although a VERY steep learning curve!) was second to none. As we also use MAX+ LED in our clinic, we were also fortunate enough to have an all-day session with Simone Vescio here in Byron which blew our minds and literally changed the way we thought about skin. We grew so fast with dermaviduals and became Pink Diamond stockists within 6 months so we couldn’t be more grateful!”

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Favourite dermaviduals product?

“Surely this one is a trick question, right? It is difficult to choose just one because every product is a game-changer in its own right. However, we shall oblige…. Lotion N is our quiet go-to hero. Clients that have not used it previously underestimate it! Once they try it, it always becomes by far the standout favourite and the cannot live without product for our clients. It combats so many different conditions; dehydration, inflammation, breakouts. My skin never feels flaky or dry while using Lotion N. I use it on my face, décolletage and backs on hands especially during these colder months, my skin has never looked better in winter.”

My number one skin care tip:

“Nourish your skin and body both externally and internally. We value holistic treatment for all skin conditions, practicing Corneotherapy and treating the skin as a functioning organ rather than just an exterior casing to our bodies.”

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Bespoke in Byron

“We have made a point of making our treatment menu straight forward and we do not offer a huge range of treatments as all our skin treatments are customised. However, the treatments that we do offer are those we 100% believe in. We have chosen not to implement any lasers in our clinic, instead, we focus on skin integrity aligning ourselves further with the methodology of corneotherapy. We ensure we go above and beyond with each client, there is an element of vulnerability when clients trust you with their skin issues. It has become very much apart of our clinic ethos to ensure clients feel loved and nurtured when they walk through our doors, a good relationship with an aesthetician is for life! We have a growing number of clients interstate and even internationally that we treat in the clinic, and then via correspondence. Each and every one of our treatment pathways are tailored to each individual, after all, every skin is a unique fingerprint.”

 

A Rising Star…

“As of the 29th of July we have been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Rising Star’ category for the 2019 dermaviduals awards in August which we are beyond thrilled about! We were also fortunate enough to have our clinic nurse Alexa be invited to the prestigious MD codes with Dr. de Maio in Sydney last month, Lex came home sparkling with enthusiasm.”

Sleepy Sunday Rituals to Cultivate This Winter

Never has our world been such a fast-paced & highly connected place to exist. Swipe right for a date, double tap to support your friends, hit the re-order icon on your favourite dumplings & let the next ep automatically roll. We’re functioning at unprecedented speed and if we don’t take the time for active recovery our stress hormones are at serious risk of malfunctioning, which can impact our quality of sleep, skin, mood and energy levels.

Taking the time to recharge and rest is an investment in yourself and others. One way to do this is creating a set of Sunday rituals designed to relieve the mind & body of stress. Below we’ve outlined our top three suggestions for crafting the ideal sleepy end to the weekend …

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Aeroplane Mode: On

It’s oh so easy to get swept up in the cultural zeitgeist of busyness – working a day job plus running a side hustle while still carving out time for family, social obligations, your finances and a healthful, balanced diet. Stopping to be still & just breathe has never felt so foreign as it does in 2019. If your week ahead is feeling a little overwhelming why not try taking one hour for yourself & switching off from the rest of the world. Write down some goals (big or small) that you’d like to achieve the coming week or month, go for a walk & don’t take your phone, lie in the sunshine and close your eyes - let the warmth melt away any tension in your body and just… breathe.

 Self-Settle into Slumber Town

Craft yourself a bedtime ritual. These are the different practices and habits that are necessary in fostering a good night’s sleep. Lack of quality sleep can have a considerable impact on mood, concentration and memory. Your ritual doesn’t have to be complicated but it must be consistent, once you put it into practice your mind starts to associate the routine with sleep. This may be turning on an essential oil diffuser 30 minutes before bed so the room smells like lavender by the time you’re tucked under the covers, listening to a sleep meditation (Insight Timer app has hundreds) or reading one chapter of a book. Treasure these moments as a time to wind down & hit reset.

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It’s OK to be a Shady Lady

A key factor in how human sleep is regulated is exposure to light or to darkness. Light has an enormous impact on our psychology and our biological rhythm. The less sun you see, the more melatonin your body produces which in turn makes you feel less alert & more sleepy. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone sometimes referred to as the "Dracula of hormones" as it only comes out in the dark. Melatonin will not be produced by the body unless it is in a dimly lit environment. In addition to sunlight, artificial indoor lighting can be bright enough to prevent the release of melatonin. So dim those lights & draw those shades at least an hour before bedtime.

Positive Ageing & The Role of Cosmetic Injectables

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Have you ever noticed someones skin & thought their chronological age tells a different story to the lines on their face and fullness of their cheeks?   

 This is what’s commonly referred to as biological ageing, with the basic premise being that ageing occurs as you gradually accumulate damage to cells and tissues in the body.

 The speed and severity in which this happens is influenced by both external and internal factors such as environmental pollution, sun exposure, genetics, stress, smoking and lack of nutrient dense foods.

 It is possible to reinforce the health of the skin, through topical solutions and nourishing the body from within through an anti-inflammatory diet to help minimise some of the visible tell-tale signs. Yet, at a cellular level the damage cannot ever be fully undone.

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At Aesthetica, it’s our passion to cultivate an attitude of positive ageing. We embrace laughter lines, yet recognise a client’s need to look & feel like their most authentic self. We strive to achieve this balance through the creation of robust, tailored client plans, specific to the individual’s key areas of concern which can be multifaceted and include topical, ingestible and cosmetic injectables. 

 The goal is providing our clients with visible results - improved radiance, tone and texture for a natural and refreshed look.

 For those seeking fast improvements, we use premium cosmetic injections adopting a less is more approach to administer subtle tweaks for a more relaxed, and rejuvenated complexion.

 Our registered cosmetic nurse injectors complete in-depth consultations with each client to determine the best treatment for achieving the desired look. Wrinkle Relaxant and Dermal Filler are both offered at Aesthetica, see our breakdown below to determine what might be right for you or book in with one of our highly trained nurses for a personalised consultation.

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Wrinkle Relaxant

What is it?

Wrinkle relaxant is made from a natural, purified protein.

How does it work?

Delivered by very small injections. These help smooth out wrinkles, restoring a more youthful appearance. Results start to show from around 4 days after the treatment, and full effects are visible within 2 weeks.

Who is it ideal for?

Those who want to ‘iron out’ lines to look fresher and more rested. Wrinkle relaxant is especially effective when used on the forehead, crow’s feet and between the brows. There’s also no need to worry about looking ‘frozen’ – when applied with a light touch, you’ll still look completely natural.

 

 Dermal Filler

 What is it?

Made of a naturally-occurring substance already found in the skin.

How does it work?

Dermal fillers are used to add or restore volume to the treated area. At Aestheticá, we use a range of dermal fillers that vary in thickness and elasticity, depending on your individual needs. All of these are minimally invasive and non-permanent.

Who is it ideal for?

People wanting to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and creases (such as those around the mouth), add facial volume or plump up their lips. Dermal fillers also help to soften and hydrate the skin, giving you a youthful glow.

ELYSE KNOWLES - Our beautiful client and her Aesthetica skin journey

OUR BEAUTIFUL CLIENT ELYSE KNOWLES GIVES US AN UPDATE ON HER SKIN JOURNEY:

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Ok time for an update about my skin! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the topic as it’s something not quite easy for me to do, so the time is now!

Everyone one has a few things about themselves that they find a little irritating & frustrating, would you agree? And it’s totally normal so don’t let it get you down! Mine would have to be my skin! No doubt. It has taken me years to get a hold of my skin & I am still working on it, day after day. I am being as patient as possible - as stress doesn’t help anything! (especially skin), I’m trying to cool my jets and not let it become the centre of my universe. Because I have bigger fish to fry & more important things to focus on!

I’ve spent the last few months drenching myself in research. I’ve been talking to experts, friends, family & colleagues about skin in general. When you spend some time learning about whatever it is you’re stressing over, it can help to calm you & you begin to see how & why things work the way they do - cause and effect! As they say knowledge is power, and it’s very true!

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Aestheticà (The Habitat, Byron Bay)

I’ve found a beautiful studio in Byron Bay called Aestheticà. Think of dried flowers, arched doors, wide hallways and rendered white walls. My heaven! Aestheticà have an amazing ethos of all natural beauty, which attracted me to them from the beginning.

At The Habitat, we’ve been doing micro-needling. This is to start the circulation of collagen, to produce healthy, fresh & plum skin. Your face feels a little raw & burnt straight after, but a day later it feels divine, (see below 3 pics. 2 are taken right after the treatment… and the last is a few days later). We finish the session with light therapy and a face mask to calm the skin.

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As mentioned above, the two photos above on the left are the aftermath of the skin-needling. It leaves you a bit red and raw, but if you give it a week, your skin feels plump & fresh … like the pic on the very far right of me at the beach.


Family Ties Interview with Nurse Lex for THRILLS

CLINIC NURSE, ALEXA WAS ASKED TO SHARE HER EDGY STYLE, AND A BIT ABOUT HERSELF ON THE THRILLS BLOG RECENTLY. WE LOVE THE IDEA THAT NURSE LEX IS BREAKING THE MOULD FOR THE TYPICAL STEREOTYPE OF ‘‘COSMETIC INJECTOR’’.

Meet Alexa. Part of the beautiful team at Aesthetica and our key to the fountain of youth. Not only is she a talent and a half, but her unique, modern style is one we love. We took 5 with Alexa at Aesthetica to find out more about her life, the world of beauty, plus get some insight into her style.

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Tell us a little bit about what you do:

I am a Cosmetic Nurse Injector and Business Owner of Aestheticá Byron Bay. My days are spent mostly doing cosmetic injectables; Dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, chin sculpting or fat dissolving injections and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injecting and needling. I also still work as a registered nurse for an agency from time to time to keep my nursing skills up-to-date.

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How did you get into beauty?

It had always been a long-term goal of mine to move out of primary nursing care to something more passive while still very patient care orientated. I love looking after people and making them feel good, hence the skin and aesthetic medicine industry has always interested me. The way I treat my clients is, as a whole, looking at the body as one large organism rather than different compartments. My goal was to create an intimate, beautiful and zen space with result driven treatments for patients from all demographics.

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What part of your work do you love the most? Why?

The best part of my job is seeing my clients' reactions when their treatment results exceed their expectations, especially when I have treated something that has bothered them for a long time. Getting results gives me such a high, nothing really compares.

Describe your style in 3 words.

1. Tomboy (80% boy, 20% girl)

2. Constantly changing

3. Chameleon 

How has your style changed from when you first started until now?

I have always been a bit of a chameleon, suiting my style to my surroundings or demographic that I'm living in at the time. I've always adjusted my style and adopted my own flare I suppose. I have certainly come a long way from my high waisted baby blue leather shorts and tight tops of years ago!

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Tell us a bit about how you style your outfits.

I always try to wear conflicting styles together and pray that it works in my favour. My husband’s favourite statement is "but they don’t really go together". I am also a sucker for full matching outfits, too.

Tell us a little bit about living in Byron Bay? How long have you been living here? Any tips? etc.

I met my husband while visiting on a night out 9 years ago and been here ever since. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, so I guess my best advice is to not get too bitter with all the people visiting. Try and take it as a compliment, rather than personally.

What’s a typical day-in-the-life of Lex look like?

  • Yoga at Creature

  • Walk my dogs

  • Coffee always

  • Working in clinic 

  • Then usually try do some sort of activity to wind down after a long day. Infrared sauna at Nimbus & Co if I have had a long day and need a little energy boost. Or recently I have taken up skate boarding, wrist guards and all ;) 

What do you do in your spare time?

Haha I used to have a lot more of it! When I am not in clinic I try and see as much live music as humanly possible. I also try and drive down the Gold Coast when I have a few days up my sleeve to get some space from our little Byron bubble. I spend a lot of my spare hours furthering my aesthetic studies, there is always room to learn - I love to study.

Some things inspiring you right now:

A close friend of mine was recently injured in a massive car accident - she virtually broke every bone in her body. She has had such a long road to recovery and I find her resilience to be so incredibly inspiring.  She has come leaps and bounds, despite her injuries, and watching her recovery is so humbling. 

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Music you’re listening to right now: 

Haha I tend to always lean toward old pop punk but I feel like I have a pretty fast palate when it comes to music. At the moment…

CeresLuca BrasiBeach SlangSlowly SlowlyFlying MachineModern BaseballPLTSLime Cordiale are my highest rotation when looking at my Spotify.

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2019 goals/plans/something you want to speak into existence:

Just looking forward to cultivating my business and watching it grow. I have been blown away by the amount of support we have had so far in our local community. I have been working with some amazing mentors and leaders in the aesthetics industry, learning from my peers and always furthering my education in my field. I am also so grateful for all the amazing relationships that I have developed with my clients over the past three months, and on the home front - the dream is to eventually move out to hills and adopt way too many animals.


TOMBOY BEAUTY - Aestheticà

We were thrilled to be included in TOMBOY BEAUTY’S edit: BYRON BAYS BEST BEAUTY DESTINATIONS.

Here is what they had to say:

Aesthetica opened 10 days before I visited them, another new spot on the industrial estate in the very new trendy Habitat space, a short walk from Elements Resort. They are basically a Byron version of a Medi-spa, offering injectables, PRP, Dermapen, Dermaplaning, Fraxel, and LED treatments in the most beautiful, millennial pink space. On arrival, I was given a probiotic collagen infused water (lush), and lead into the treatment room where I would experience a ‘level 2 Dermaviduals’ facial nestled amongst rusty pink linens. My therapist started out by chatting to me about my skin concerns, and once we worked out what it was I needed to tackle, she began with a double cleanse, a physical exfoliant, an enzyme peeling mask, LED treatment which was accompanied by a foot massage while it was working it’s magic, and then a few serums which were massaged into the face. It was one of those treatments that went on forever which was an absolute blessing (nothing worse than an express facial you could have done at home IMO). I left feeling nurtured, glowy, and far too relaxed for the rest of my work day.

Thanks TOMBOY BEAUTY and Ella, it was our pleasure having you in clinic. x


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Byron Bay’s Best Beauty Destinations…

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Gritty Pretty - Aestheticà

We are proud to have been given the stamp of approval from the experts at Gritty Pretty.

Here is what they had to say:

This is a newbie on the Byron Bay medi-spa scene, and the clean, tranquil vibe (think light woods, greenery and white walls) fits right in with its environs at the Habitat community and lifestyle precinct. Our first appointment was for a Dermaviduals facial (highlights: the cooling algae mask, and the glorious foot and leg massage during the LED light portion), and a lash and brow tint. We were so impressed that we returned, and this time, we sipped on a probiotic “welcome” drink as we got a lil’ Botox, a pleasant experience thanks to the professionalism, knowledge and warmth of our consultant (hey, Alexa!). We’re already planning a third visit…

Thanks Gritty Pretty and Tara, it was our pleasure having you in clinic. x

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APPROVED.TRIED. TRUSTED.

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Aestheticà x BENDE BYRON

Aestheticà interview for Bende Byron

Why Aestheticà as a name?

We chose the name Aestheticà as the word aesthetic is defined as “concerned with the appreciation of beauty” which is our core belief, beauty inside and out.

Why habitat?

We knew as locals we wanted to be out of town, as parking and navigating town is too hard. Habitat was the obvious choice for us with their clean, new precinct and community vibe.

What’s your fave treatment?

Our favourite treatment is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). It is highly sought after due to its ‘non-toxic’ nature. It utilises only the patient’s OWN platelets to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume.

What’s your number one skin care tip?

Our number one skin tip is to wear SPF daily, but if we could add one more which is equally important, it would be to stay away from skincare containing fragrance. This is the number one cause of so many conditions we see daily such as sensitivity, redness, pigmentation and dehydration.

Why should clients visit the Clinic?

You’ll want to visit Aestheticà as our team of experts can advise you on a range of treatments which have been carefully selected for the results they deliver. Your skin is as unique as your fingerprints, and we take care to tailor treatment programs that are just as personal.

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Suite 35, Building c2, Habitat, 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay 2481

Byron Life Magazine - Interview with Nurse Lex

Alexa Roetger

“I love giving my patients back the structure in their face that can dissipate due to the natural course of ageing. It is like reframing a beautiful painting.”

 Alexa Roetger was only 15-years-old when she needed a bilateral shoulder reconstruction. While this procedure is gruelling on its own, it was at this time that doctors discovered that Alexa was allergic to anaesthetic. The downside meant an extra week in hospital, but the silver lining was that Alexa discovered her passion.

 “I was so vulnerable, but the nurses made me feel safe. This is where my love for nursing began. Their actions were so selfless, it inspired me to want to help people in the same way.”

 She graduated with academic honours in Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University, then began her career at Gold Coast University hospital in the renal dialysis unit moving on to theatre and recovery.

 “My passion for helping people grew, along with my keen interest in skin, which led me to embark on my aesthetic nursing journey.”

 She completed extensive advanced training with Derma Medical and months of private mentoring with Cosmetic Nurse specialist Gaynor Richardson on the Gold Coast before completing advanced training with The Face Academy. This inspired her to open her own clinic, Aesthetica Byron Bay.

 As the clinic’s registered nurse, Alexa is focused on delivering natural-looking results with a holistic approach to facial improvement.

 “I believe here in Byron we all want to look our best without appearing ‘done’. Injecting is a fine art, as with anything it is always best to start slow and introduce more as you go. My philosophy is to enhance my patients’ best features, rather than trying to 'fix' what they don't like. Every client I have is just as important as the next, everyone who walks into our beautiful little clinic will walk out feeling beautiful.”

 Get to know Alexa

 What to you love to do when you’re not at work?

 I love yoga, horse riding, travel, surfing (not well) and have recently taken up skate boarding (wrist guards and all). However, my most favourite hobby is listening to live music and living in Byron have been privy to hearing some musical legends.

 We hear your husband is a bit of a musical legend himself?

 He’s a Byron local, a musician whom was lucky enough to tour the world with one of his bands. He is now also in a couple of local bands called 'Pilots' and 'Bed Club'. We met on a night out on the town when we were very young, and the rest is history.

 Tell us about your fur babies…

 I have three fur babies; Lola - a chihuahua, Tucker - a french bulldog and Skellator - my beautiful gentle adopted greyhound.

 You once met Nelson Mandela?

 Yes, when I was 7-years-old, he remains my idol to this day. I’m a South African-born Australian.

By Amanda Wright

Nurse Lex

Cosmetic injector