If you have ever stood in the Health aisle at your supermarket, looking in vain at the tiny writing on skin care products, wishing you knew which product was right for your skin – this is the article for you!
Start with the benefits
There are so many supermarket skin care products in every aisle, from tea that you can drink to salts that you can soak in, but how do you know which product works on what skin condition, and how much do you use it? Start with:
- Your skin care habits, which you can manage through diet and habits
- The skin care product qualities and what makes a good skin care product
Good habits count in your diet and your skin care
Habits are important, whether it is in what goes in your shopping trolley or on your skin. Your day-to-day commitment to your skin is one of the factors that can make a massive difference to how your skin looks and feels, so whether a product is natural straight from the tree, or packaged in a tube – what matters is what you do with it.
What makes a good skin care product?
There are four factors that decide the efficacy of a product:
- The active ingredients in the product
- The form of the active ingredients in the product
- The percentage of active ingredients in the product
- The delivery system of the product
How these elements are combined makes the difference to your skin, whether the skin care product is natural or not. But here is the truth…
Supermarket products do not tick all of the points above – they are generally mass produced and therefore will generally contain chemical preservatives so CAN NOT have a delivery system….
This is why the results you may see in most supermarket products, specifically skin care intended or not, will only offer limited benefits.
The efficacy of You By Sia skin care products is the key difference why your skin will see a noticeable improvement in a short amount of time, compared to the home remedies found on the supermarket shelf.
Read on for comparisons on some of the most common supermarket remedies – and the alternative You By Sia cosmoceutically-formulated recommendation.
Sun Protection – eat fish or apply sunblock
Research suggests that you eat foods that have Omega-3 fatty acids in abundance, this compound can help protect your cells from free radical damage, caused in part by sun UV damage.
Supermarket salve – fish
Therefore, eating trout and salmon may help your skin from the inside, provide other benefits such as anti-inflammatory ability and (in supplement form), be a skin cancer preventative.
But how much fish would you have to eat to protect your skin against the sun, harsh wind and pollution?
You would never be able to eat enough to support your skin’s sun protection needs, which is why wearing hats, staying out of the sun for prolonged periods of time, and wearing a natural sunblock are the most important things you can do to protect it. Try lightweight MINC, You By Sia’s Natural Moisturising ZINC 20%.
Alternative: MINC Natural Moisturising Zinc 20%
As a cosmeceutical-grade zinc moisturiser, Minc works to hydrate skin and protect from the harsh, drying effects of the sun.
Formulated with 20% zinc and potent antioxidants, this powerful formula creates a physical barrier against UV damage and promotes healthy, supple looking skin.
As a lightweight, non-comedogenic lotion, Minc won’t clog pores, ensuring skin can breathe and maintain moisture throughout the day. Buy Now
Acne-prone Skin Cleansers
Supermarket salve – lemon
Cutting a lemon into quarters, dipping it in sugar and scrubbing the top layer of your skin is an old remedy for cleansing the face.
Beware, this is the absolutely worst thing you can do for your skin, as it damages the top layer (which should be left alone) and does not deliver any vitamins to the deeper layers of the skin.
There is also research that suggests that topical application of omega and fatty acids, found in fish, to the surface of the skin, helps acne-prone skin health . I’m not sure about you, but I do not like the idea of layering raw salmon on my face as a regular skin care routine!
If you have acne-prone skin, the best idea is to use products that cleanse the skin and lessen the bacteria that gathers on the top layer of your skin. Once your skin is cleansed and moisturised for the morning or evening, do not touch your skin to stop bacteria transfer from your fingers. Try Delicate Clenz, You By Sia’s Gentle Cleansing Foam.
Alternative: Delicate Clenz
A cosmeceutical-grade deep-foaming cleanser, packed with vital antioxidants and vitamins, Delicate Clenz moves excess oil while refreshing and balancing the appearance of problem skin.
This formulation can quickly lift dead skin-cells and remove excess sebum production, without stripping the surface layer of the skin.
Packed with an array of active ingredients to help improve the appearance of skin tone and texture, your complexion will look more hydrated and refreshed. Size: 200mL Buy Now
Getting rid of Dark Circles, Puffy Eyes and Cellulite
Supermarket salve – cucumber
Cucumber face masks can be applied as a toner for oily skin as well as a moisturiser for dry skin, and have a time-honoured reputation for reducing puffy eyes and fading dark circles through anti-oxidants and silica within the vegetable.
I have laid back with slices of cucumber on my eyes, wondering when to peel the limp, hot slices off my eyes. And then looked in the mirror and seen no difference – except soggy eye sockets! But using cucumbers may work for you…
Dark circles alternative: go for a short walk twice a day + use Revive eye serum
Lack of exercise causes lack of blood circulation, which results in dull lifeless skin as well as not allowing the lymph to circulate. This has a chain effect build-up of toxins under the skin, causing swollen bags under the eyes or general puffy and dull skin appearance. So…take a short walk twice a day or add a longer one into your exercise plan – it will de-stress your skin!
To compliment your walk try You By Sia’s REVIVE dark circle eye serum, specifically formulated to increase circulation for dark circles and the reduction of fine lines around the eyes. It can also be applied to support extremely damaged skin, specifically following laser. Size: 50mL Buy Now
Cellulite alternative: Cellulite Reduction and Treatment
Eating cucumber daily is supposed to prevent cellulite but as cellulite affects 90% of women during their adult lives, this supermarket salve may not be so effective. Try You By Sia’s proven cellulite reduction program.
Even Lumps and Bumps for a Smoother, Sleeker Physique
We know too well how damaging unsightly cellulite can be to your self-esteem. The team at You by Sia is ready to help you become more carefree and confident in your own skin. With a multi-model approach designed to effectively break down fat within your body’s cells, our state-of-the-art cellulite treatments will help you say sayonara to unwanted dimples!
With a dedication to proven, effective treatments, we have spent a lot of time refining our service offering to deliver the most effective, long-term results for our valued clients.
The myth behind cellulite reduction
Cellulite is caused by compounded fat cells within the structural support layer of the skin. We know that the appearance of cellulite cannot be improved unless the fat within these cells is converted from a solid state to a liquid state. Despite an array of expensive over-the-counter creams claiming to banish cellulite, this condition is most effectively addressed at the core of the problem, not just at the symptomatic level.
How long will each treatment take?
Each treatment will take between twenty and forty minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically we recommend at least ten sessions for noticeable results.
What results can I expect?
Within a few sessions you will notice lumps and bumps becoming progressively smoother. This will continue across the course of treatment. If your treatment plan is followed correctly, results should last for six to twelve months. Book Now for a complimentary consultation.
Laser Hair Removal on the Face
Supermarket salve – razors and messy wax
The shaving aids aisle of your supermarket has a million and one methods for hair removal on your face, but as cheap and available as they are, they are still not permanent. You By Sia’s laser hair removal treatment is…imagine not worrying about the hair on your face because there is none? And knowing it won’t be growing back?
Alternative – a hair-free future
You by Sia invites beauty conscious ladies and gents to get ready for a hair-free future. Painful waxing, temporary threading and time-consuming shaving will be happily forgotten routines of the past. Achieve a silky, smooth face that beams of confidence with You by Sia laser hair reduction.
With precise laser technology and a commitment to effective, professional service, You By Sia is a leading destination for laser hair treatments. With over ten years of experience in quickly and comfortably reducing hair in delicate areas, we can help target the upper lip, chin, cheeks, eyebrows and sides of the face.
What can you expect from treatment?
Start with a pre-treatment consultation to determine the results you can expect from treatment.
Your experienced technician will establish your skin type, hair type and the area you wish to target. From there, they can create a customised procedure plan, including the recommended number of treatments for optimum results. The procedure itself is quick and painless with long lasting results that far outweigh traditional hair removal options. You can expect noticeable hair reduction in as little as 8-10 sessions thanks to our world-class laser technology.
What is the cost of laser hair removal on the body?
The overall cost of treatment depends on many factors including the amount of sessions required and the area that is being targeted. This can vary from person to person, although results can usually be achieved within 8-10 sessions.
Contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly, trained technicians. This will allow us to establish your skin type, hair coarseness and hair colour and recommend an ideal treatment plan.
Rooibos Tea – all round health benefits
There are many supermarket products that we do recommend, and one of them is Rooibos tea. South African in origin, this lovely caffeine-free alternative to tea has many health benefits:
- No caffeine – good for insomnia
- Rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride – better bone structure and stronger teeth
- Added to sweetened milk, it helps infant colic or stomach pains
- Antioxidant Quercetin found in rooibos tea, is a heart condition preventative and anti-inflammatory also
It is also used as a cure for:
- Premature aging.
Benefit from Specialist Skin Care for Radiant Skin
So pour yourself a cup of tea and make an appointment with You By Sia.
Cross-purposing supermarket products with your skincare may work with lots of time, testing and regular habits, but why not use a guaranteed, specifically designed skin treatment solution that takes seconds each day?
The improvement in your appearance by using You By Sia products is a rewarding result to see, and the benefits of a good diet only enhance what you are looking at in the mirror: connect with a glowing, rejuvenated you!
For further information about our personalised treatment plans, contact You By Sia at one of our six skin specialist clinics based in Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Burwood, Castle Hill, Bondi Junction and St. Ives.
- McCusker M, Grant-Kels J. Healing fats of the skin: the structural and immunologic roles of the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Clin Dermatol. 2010. 28(4):440–51.