Skin care for workouts, what’s on the list?

Chip Wilson (Lululemon) and Lorna Jane (Lorna Jane Fitness Wear‎) have us kitted up in the best workout gear ever so let’s not forget face and extremities. Skin is our major organ, gets lots of exposure and therefore needs some attention to.  If it’s a workout or an outdoors romp in our often harsh weather conditions there are few essential skin care products to have handy before you head for that park PT session.

We aren’t talking layers of makeup or larger than life ruby red lips (as the latest Vogue article recently pointed out is ultimately not good for our pores – see reference Five reasons why you shouldn’t wear make-up during a workout.…/what+youre+really+doing+to+your+s…) However, a good lip gloss to keep lips conditioned, sunscreen with an SPF factor, and a waterproof mascara (if this is your staple) can give your face and your confidence a little lift while working out.

As far as outside workouts go it’s essential to use an SPF.  For extra coverage a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream with SPF will keep your anti ageing regime in check.  

At Stephanies we stock a number of skin care brands and recommend the following products that are workout proof:

payot skin careFrench and ultimately fit for Australian conditions the Payot Sunsensi range is flawless, hydra rich, very SPF conscious, and is definitely worth the splurge. Sunsensi is an anti-aging suncare line, with  quadruple protection power and pumped with vitamins. These products come highly recommended as pre and post workout skincare.

Post workout you can’t go  past Payot’s post body care to moisturise, beautify and firm for a healthy body and mind. Hydra24 Corps is a hydrating, firming treatment for a youthful body. For those into firming try Celluli Ultra Performance – a corrective care for cellulite with centella asiatica extracts.

Mineral make up lovers have the choice of Jane Iredale’s range; flaunted by makeup artists and therapists as the go to mineral makeup.JI’s dry powder based mineral broad spectrum which is also  Skin Cancer Foundation recommended provides Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and UVA P+++ protection that is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. Powder-Me SPF can be used on the body, face and scalp for aUVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. It contains titanium dioxide and a natural clay dried in the sun and is completely free of contaminants and atmospheric pollutants. Available in three shades: Translucent, Tanned and New Golden.  Base powder with smattering of Jane Iredale’s pure gloss will keep  you looking mint during the toughest of workouts.

jane iredale skin care

If its Australian made and cosmeceutical look no further than Synergy Skin – Clean Science® where scientific breakthroughs combine naturally derived ingredients to protect, change & nurture. ÜberZinc and ÜberZinc Body = amazing.  ÜberZinc Essential Daily Moisturiser (50ml) is suitable for all skin types, offering broad spectrum protection in a light natural base with added pure green tea to neutralise free radicals. This new sheer Zinc Oxide sun block is termed a physical sunscreen as it physically sits on top of the skin and reflects ALL UV light – both UVA and UVB. Überzinc Body is the ultimate in protection and hydration for all body areas exposed to UV light. It combines the UV protective and healing qualities of 21% zinc oxide, with vitamin D3 to helps replenish low vitamin D levels that may be caused as a result of reduced UV exposure. Unlike traditional natural sun protectors Überzinc Body feels like a luxurious, non-greasy and deeply hydrating hand and body lotion. Überzinc Body is a physical sunscreen and will not absorb into the skin.

thalgo skin careThalgo’s BBCream is one of Stephanies best sellers and despite the fact that BB Cream might seem passe Thalgo’s perfect glow BB in three shades and a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is an essential sport bag face lifter.

Don’t discount a good smattering of gloss or mascara if that’s your inspiration. As Michelle Bridges touts new gear can be just what you need to cure the couch potatoe in us all.  So get active grab your new gym gear, get your skin care essentials, and move, move, move.

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Banish Winter Skin with Rejuvenation Revivers from Stephanies Luxury Spas

Still feeling the pinch of winter – Stephanies® is here to help, with the ultimate winter menu to restore, rejuvenate, and revive your skin! Banish your winter skin woes this August with rejuvenation month at Stephanies® Luxury spas.


Repair and revive your winter skin with Stephanies® Synergie Peel Treatment, on offer this month for only $105. Our signature Medispa Skin Peels are the perfect way to banish your dry winter skin, combining contemporary cosmeceutical skincare science with advanced aesthetic technology techniques,  to deeply exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.  Depending on your skin type Synergy has a peel specific for acne prone, pigmentation, and fine lines.

PEELS FOR THOSE WITH ACNE: If you suffer from acne, a treatment with lactic acid will remove the top dead layer of cells and salicylic acid (BHA) penetrates the follicles to help unblock pores, reduce inflamed skin and remove trapped oil and dead cells.

PEELS TO COMBAT SURFACE PIGMENTATION: If your main concern is pigmentation and sunspots, AHA’s help to lift surface cells which hold the uneven surface pigmentation.

PEELS TO TACKLE FINE LINES: Those with fine lines and rough surface texture will find that a series of AHA peels (30% to 60%) will reduce the appearance of fine surface lines. This is because exfoliation causes the skin to regenerate new cells more efficiently and remove rough surface cells. Additionally, the lactic acid improves surface hydration and smoothes the rough dry surface.


For the ultimate winter skin revival treat yourself to Stephanies® Body Masque Ritual, on offer this month for only $105! This indulgent body therapy includes Skin Brushing, a balancing Body Masque, Shower, and invigorating Lapis Crème Hydration.

Stephanies has a range of winter skin solutions  perfect for preventing dry weather wear. A Hot Stone Crystal Massage might be the experience you are after for total winter healing. Begin with a rose petal foot immersion, foot exfoliation and skin brushing, before melting away with a soothing volcanic Basalt stone massage, to release aches and dissolve stress. Finish with a calming Crystal Chakra Balancing to restore energy and balance to mind, body and soul.

Alternatively, banish winter toxins with purifying effects of Stephanies® Vintage Spa Detox Sunlight Sauna. The infrared detoxification sauna is the perfect stimulus to your bodies’ metabolism, promoting wellness and recovery after the harsh winter months.  If you can’t go past a sweaty hot winter detox Stephanies exquisite steam rooms can booked at Stephanies Spa Retreat or Mountain Spa, where you can pair with a friend or partner.


Need more of what you love for home! Take advantage of our Synergie Skin gift with purchase. Spend over $200 on Synergie Skin during August and receive a free 10ml Vit B Serum plus a voucher for a half price Luminessence Medi Facial.  A powerful infusion facial full of biological actives and vitamins to provide luminosity to dull lifeless skin. Galvanic technology is used to infuse active ingredients into the deeper layers and is followed by a facial massage to hydrate, repair and invigorate your skin.


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Chill out in luxury with Stephanies cool rejuvenation month offers

It’s rejuvenation month at Stephanies® Luxury Spas, and we want to equip you with the ultimate beauty tips to keep your skin looking fresh this winter! Yes spa-goers, it’s time to emerge from hibernation, throw off the winter woolies and treat your skin to some well-deserved R& R.

Enhance your winter routine with Synergie Skin and take advantage while it’s gift time! Spend over $200 on Synergie Skin during August and receive a free 10ml Vit B Serum plus a voucher for a half price Luminessence Medi Facial.  A powerful infusion facial full of biological actives and vitamins to provide luminosity to dull lifeless skin. Galvanic technology is used to infuse active ingredients into the deeper layers and is followed by a facial massage to hydrate, repair and invigorate your skin.

Straight from Synergie skin are some take home tips on how to keep your skin restored and rejuvenated through the final weeks of winter…

rejuvenateProtect yourself from UV

Don’t be fooled by the cloud cover – UV rays are capable of causing serious skin damage all year round. Even though it may not feel like you are ‘burning’, UV rays can penetrate through clouds and glass, and may have permanently damaging effects on your skin. The best way to put your mind at ease is to always wear “broad spectrum sun protection moisturiser or mineral makeup. Preferable choose a product with a minimum of 20% zinc oxide to give optimal UV protection during the day.”


Extreme winter weather, air conditioning and brisk winds can leave your skin dry, cracked and flaky. “It is really important to use serums and moisturisers with high levels of hydrators such as hyaluronic acid” to ensure your skin stays hydrated all day long.

It is also essential to match your moisturizer to your skin type. “Hydrogel for oily skin and enlarged pores, Reclaim for ageing skin, Dermacalm for sensitive and irritated skin and Hydrolock for very dry skin”

But don’t stop there! It is also essential to keep up your fluid intake to ensure your body is consistently hydrated throughout the winter months. Hydration is not only essential for survival, but also improves skin health and boosts your metabolism . “If you can’t handle glasses of cold water in winter, opt for natural herbal teas or warm lemon and ginger infusions.”


Don’t put away those body scrubs just yet. Although the cooler weather means skin cell production occurs at a slower rate, gentle exfoliation is still necessary to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh through winter. To ensure the best results “remember not to excessively exfoliate or overuse harsh scrubs”, limiting exfoliation to twice a week.

Tend to your Dry Hands and Feet

As we all know, “hands and feet really show the signs of winter dryness”. To avoid that dreaded ‘cracked winter look’ Synergie recommends the use of exfoliators, concentrated moisturisers, and overnight foot masks. To achieve perfectly smooth hands and feet  “exfoliate hands and feet with Mediscrub and follow with the generous application of Synergie Occlusiderm. Wear thin cotton socks and cotton gloves to bed and wake up with baby soft hands and feet. You can repeat this treatment for seven days for total rejuvenation”.

In combination with a regular winter beauty routine, Stephanies® has three perfect winter time offers to leave you feeling rejuvenated, radiant, and revived.

rejuvenateWinter rejuvenation offers:

  1. Winter Wonder Peel
    Synergie Peel Treatment one time special offer. Designed to reduce the appearance of irregularities on the skin’s surface and reveal a smooth, revitalized texture through regenerating and resurfacing the skin.
    Time: 40 minutes
    Cost: $105 (saving $35/treatment)
  2. Chill Peel Multi
    Synergie Peel Series offer only $400! Book one a week for four weeks – brilliant results. Eliminate your tired winter skin, help to stimulate collagen remodelling, reduce tonal discolouration, improve skin texture and hydration, reduce congestion and improve the overall appearance of the skin.
    Time: 40 minutes x 4
    Cost: $400 (saving $140)
  3. Winter Restore Masque
    Skin Brushing | Body Masque | Shower | Lapis Crème Hydration
    Lay back and enjoy an invigorating dry skin brushing followed by one of our signature body masques depending on your skins condition. Enjoy a warm application of Stephanies® Balancing Body Masque to cleanse and balance; or our cooling botanical mix of organic Aloe Vera and Green Tea Gel masque to soothe, hydrate and repair. Awaken with a beautiful application of our semi precious Lapis Crème leaving your body feeling lovingly hydrated. Finish with Herbal Tea Infusion and chocolates in our tranquillity lounge.
    Time: 60 minutes
    Cost: $105 (saving up to $58)

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