Fresh Start

We are opening on the 1st of June!!! My Botique has been bombarded with messages over the past few months asking ‘when will you open again? I’m desperate!”, “My husband is cottoning on to the fact I have wrinkles, help!”, “My lips have disappeared! Please say you’re opening soon!”. Suffice to say, we predict a very busy time once we re-open. Because of this, My Botique has implemented a few changes to keep the clinic running smoothly, efficiently, and of course hygienically.

The first change we have made to My Botique is to our roster. For the time being, only one Nurse will be rostered on at a time instead of 2 or 3. Yes, this will make for fewer appointments each day, but it will also allow us to keep within the social distancing requirements. The Nurses will also be extending each treatment time by 15 minutes to ensure they have enough time to fully disinfect, clean and reset after each client.

Secondly, we will now require a $150 booking deposit for each appointment. This is to ensure a 100% attendance during a very busy time in which clients are busting to see us. We don’t want to miss out on seeing any of our amazing clients and hate the thought of someone missing out on treatment because a no-show took their slot. It’s something we have ummed and aahed about for a while, but due to the expected opening rush, we think it’s a fair call for the time being.

For now, My Botique will only be offering injectable treatments. This means we have decided to stop skin treatments such as microdermabrasion, laser, peels, masks and needling. Eventually, we will re-introduce some skin treatments when paired with an injectable service, but not for the next few weeks while we are inundated with bookings. This allows our medical team to focus more on their passion for aesthetic injectables so they can deliver our clients the most remarkable and astounding results possible. 

Lastly, My Botique will now be a cashless clinic. This reduces the risk of contamination and is in-keeping with the new Covid19 protocols now in place at My Botique. Additionally, our clients now have multiple ways of booking an appointment to exclude the need to book in person. These are:

Phone- 9905 3237

Online booking – www.mybotique.com.au

App – My Botique for Android and iPhone

Text- 0480 022 417

Email – sophie@mybotique.com.au

Facebook Message- MyBotique

Instagram- @mybotiqueclinic

The above changes to My Botique are not permanent installations, but they will remain in place until the Covid19 threat is over. We are so excited to get back into the clinic and see all of our beautiful clients, old and new. My Botique has such a fantastic community and support system surrounding us, and we are incredibly grateful to all of those who have reached out to us during this trying time. If you have any other queries or questions about our new procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact us. See you soon xx

Clinic Health and Hygiene Protocols

My Botique has been busy implementing and preparing the clinic for our re-opening in keeping with the new health and hygiene protocols in place for medical clinics laid out by the NSW government.

For the wellbeing of our staff and clients, The clinic will now adhere to requirements set out in our COVID-safe plan. The plan can be found at our reception for your perusal. However, in short, My Botique clinic changes include:

  • Temperature checks are now mandatory before entering the clinic
  • All surfaces will be disinfected and cleaned with every new appointment, as well as frequent washing of the hands
  • Personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves will be worn by our staff at all times and changed between each interaction
  • Due to the social distancing requirements, we will now not have a waiting area, and only allow one client into the clinic at a time.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the clinic and it’s treatment rooms
  • Exclude staff and clients who are unwell, even if they have only mild symptoms
  • Record attendance on the premises for all staff, clients and contractors
  • Clearly display conditions of entry on our entrance, website and social media platforms
  • Encourage download of the COVID-safe app.

In addition to the above requirements, My Botique will also-

  • Temporarily remove all touchpoint materials including water, tea, and magazines.
  • Take payment by card only. No cash will be handled.
  • All staff have to complete the new Covid19 training programme set out by the NSW government.

If you have any questions about how My Botique is adapting to the new Covid19 health and hygiene protocols, please contact us at info@mybotique.com.au

 

My Botique Wish List

Daydreaming of when the lockdown restrictions are lifted? What’s the first thing you’re going to do? For a lot of My Botique clients, myself included, the plan is to make a beeline to My Botique. Never have I gone so long without a pick-me-up from My Botique, whether it be anti-wrinkle injections, volume replacement in the cheeks and lips, a health check with a vitamin infusion or a hydration boost. Iso has got me feeling ick, and I can’t wait to get back to me. But what to get first?! Decisions, decisions.

To further my excitement about the lockdown laws easing any day now, and to restore some of my sanity, I have created a Wish List based on what aesthetic concerns are bothering me the most at the moment and the best ways to treat them.

 

ConcernMy face seems deflated

I know it’s just the natural ageing process that everything starts to head south, but I particularly noticed an increase in jowl droopage. I’m beginning to see my Mother every time I look in the mirror. That’s not a completely bad thing, my mother is a beautiful woman, but none the less, I don’t want to lose my own identity. So the first port of call when reintroducing volume to my face is cheek filler.  Not only will this create a natural-looking contour to the overall structure of my face, but it will also add hydration and ‘fullness’ to my cheek area. It will also assist in lifting and tightening my jowls. 

Along with cheek filler, chin filler and jaw filler is also on my wish list. This will contribute to tightening my jowl area, thining my neck and creating a gorgeous profile. 

This next treatment doesn’t so much apply to me (yet) but another consideration, if you are worried about lost volume and looking deflated, is temple filler. Temple filler eliminates the ‘skull-like’ shape of your face by filling in the negative space where your temples are. You will be absolutely blown away by how many years this will take off your appearance as this is one of the first areas women lose volume.

 

ConcernMy Resting Bitch Face has returned

It’s like Grumpy Cat has been resurrected and attached itself to my face! My smile lines have depended whilst in isolation, not to mention my frown lines could now have their own postcode (despite how hard I have tried to be ‘zen’).

The solution? Naso-labial filler. Only a little bit of filler is needed to treat smile lines, meaning you could use the rest of your 1ml of filler elsewhere like your chin or cheeks. Nasolabial filler will help to minimize the lines around the side of your mouth drastically! It’s like a magic eraser has been used to wipe off years of wrinkles brought on by pursing your lips for those daggy photo’s that, if you’re anything like me, plagued your FB feed for the past 10 years.

Now let’s talk about that furrowed brow. The best treatment to smooth our those lines is anti-wrinkle injections. Anti-wrinkle injections consist of several small superficial injections to areas of concern that smooth out fine lines. You can have as much or as little anti-wrinkle injections as you like. Have a natural look, or choose to be completely frozen. I choose the latter so my family can’t tell how infuriated they make me sometimes! Thankgod schools have opened again, am I right? 

Besides treating frown lines, anti-wrinkle injections are also fantastic at minimizing forehead lines, crows feet, treating the masseters, sweaty hands and underarms, and, one of our most popular treatments, lifting the brows.

 

ConcernI feel lethargic after months of staying indoors and filling in my immense amount of spare time by eating everything in sight

The best way My Botique can help revive inner health and give you back your bounce is via their Vitamin C and Glutathione infusions administered intravenously. My Botique all offer B12 shots. Not only do these treatments off benefits such as immune health, energy and overall revitalisation, they can also assist in glowing skin and hair and nail health. 

I personally think this treatment is a must for me and probably at the top of my wish list. Looking after ones immunity right now has never been more important!

 

ConcernMy skin just looks grey, lifeless and dry

Zombie alert! Anyone else’s skin lost their glow? This one is a simple fix with a Beauty Booster treatment at My Botique. Welcome to a world of hydration! The V2 Beauty Booster consists of tiny little injections that pump hyaluronic acid beneath the skin targeting dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is also designed to prevent premature ageing and boost the radiance of your face while improving skin elasticity and texture. 

 

Ofocurse there are a bunch more treatments on offer at My Botique to treat a huge range of concerns but the above 4 are personally my most worrisome. I might even mix and match some treatments from each concern. I’m not sure yet, but what I do know is that I never want My Botique to close again. Ever!

Intermittent Fasting- what’s the big deal?

Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. It requires very little behavioural change, falling into the category of ‘simple enough that you’ll actually do it, but meaningful enough that it will actually make a difference.’

There are many different ways of intermittent fasting. Each person’s experience of intermittent fasting is individual, and different styles will suit different people. The most popular types of are-

1. Fast for 12 hours a day

Fastin for 12 hours a day, leaving an eating window of 12 hours. For example, a person could choose to fast between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m- which of most, they are asleep for. This type of intermittent fasting plan is a great option for beginners.

2. Fasting for 16 hours

Fasting for 16 hours a day, leaving an eating window of 8 hours, is called the 16:8 method or the Leangains diet. On this fast, people usually finish their evening meal by 8 p.m. and then skip breakfast the next day, not eating again until noon.

3. Fasting for 2 days a week

Typically, people separate their fasting days in the week. For example, they may fast on a Monday and Thursday and eat normally on the other days. There should be at least 1 non-fasting day between fasting days.

Our Area Manager Sophie has been maintaining an intermittent fasting lifestyle for 2.5 years now and swears by its benefits. We held a quick little interview with her to inspire us on this journey-

“Hi Sophie, thanks for taking the time out of your busy My Botique Schedule to talk with us today. Let’s jump straight into it. What made you decide to try intermittent fasting?”

“I was inspired by one of my beauty therapy students, sadly she was diagnosed with brain cancer and she decided to try ‘alternative’ therapies. She went vegan and also started intermittent fasting. She would share a lot of insta posts with the benefits of fasting, which I would always read and it totally resonated with me and made absolute sense. We’re too programmed into eating whenever the clock says it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner time rather than when we actually have the urge or ‘need’ to eat!”

“Did you face any difficulties starting out on your intermittent fasting journey?”

“It was tricky to start off with because I was so conditioned into thinking that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and to change my habits took a little while, but now it’s so much easier. Occasionally I will break the fast (have breakfast)  but most days I fast until 12 and only eat up until 8pm. So usually just having lunch and dinner, although I was a bit naughty over the Christmas period, I’m back on track now

“Does intermittent fasting impact you socially at all? For example, going out to dinner with friends?”

“Initially it did, but now if I’m invited out to brekkie I just have a black coffee- which is allowed up until 12”.

“What benefits have you significantly noticed? Energy? Better skin? Weight loss?” 

“Before my wedding,  which was 2 years ago next month, I noticed a lot of weight loss, which was a big reason for me to start intermittent fasting.  But just on a day to day basis, I notice an increase in mental clarity and thinking and I definitely notice an increase in energy! I find that I drink a lot more water which helps to curb my hunger and in turn is good for my skin! I read a lot about how intermittent fasting changes the functions of cells, genes and hormones and can help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes as well.  I’ve got my hubby and also my siblings on to IF as well”.

 

Here’s what I personally LOVE about intermittent fasting- It costs nothing. It requires nothing- you don’t have to buy books or gear or supplements or meals. You just adapt yourself to a slightly different way of eating… and that’s it. It’s simple, affordable and beneficial! 

My Botique publishes blog posts once a month, along with our Monthly Newsletter, discussing all things, Health, Beauty and lifestyle. You can stay up to date with industry practises, local news, inspiring stories and current promotions at www.mybotique.com.au or follow us on our socials @mybotiqueclinic. If you think you have a great story to contribute, knowledge or advice, please contact amie@mybotique.com.au to collaborate.

Isolation Skin

Another lifestyle change to add to your long list of unwelcomed side effects of Lockdown- Isolation Skin. Yep, it’s a thing and it’s a pain in the behind. Going into isolation, I tried to look at the positives it could present, one of them being that my skin would be lovely and clear and glowing because I won’t be wearing any make-up and I’ll have more dedicated time to spend on my daily skincare regime. Not so 🙁

Amy Clark from Mamma Mia explains it the best. She says-

 “ Basically, isolation skin is skin that’s changing as a result of our changing lifestyles and emotional wellbeing amid COVID-19. Just as we’re making sense of how coronavirus is impacting our livelihoods, daily routines, work, finances, relationships, and physical and psychological health, our skin is kind of confused too. For some, isolation skin looks like angry hormonal acne or pimples in places you don’t normally get pimples. Others will find they keep breaking out in a rash, or their rosacea, redness or sensitivity is flaring up big time”.

Amy is not the only one to struggle with Iso Skin,  beauty journalist and podcaster Gemma Watts is in the same boat, as well as Keep It Cleaner co-founder Laura Henshaw.  Laura posted a recent Instagram Story expressing her surprise about her isolation breakouts. Within minutes of her Story going live, she received “hundreds and hundreds of messages about how this is happening to a lot of us”. Yep- me included. 

Contributing factors to Iso Skin include, but are not limited to- increased stress, less exercise and changes in your diet. So what is the best way to treat your skin and get rid of your problem skin (seeing how a trip to My Botique is not currently an option)?  A few products to consider are-

Vitamin B – Vitamin B is fantastic at treating inflammation and is gentle enough for rosacea sufferers to use also. It is a great hydrator too! A brilliant Vitamin B serum I recommend is by Australian owned company, Aspect Dr. My Botique stocks Aspect Dr but due to the Lockdown, it is currently unavailable. In the meantime, I suggest using The Ordinary’s Niacinamide serum which you can purchase from Priceline.

Cleanser- Now is the time to put away your harsh cleansers and opt for a more gentle one. Look for cleansers that don’t strip your skin of its natural oils- this only encourages your sebaceous glands to work overtime resulting in oilier skin than you started out with.

Shelf your Vitamin A…for now- Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate for Vitamin A, but it may just be a bit too much for your skin right now. Vitamin A is phenomenal for treating fine lines and wrinkles, but your main focus right now should be treating your inflammation and possible rashes. Vitamin A will only aggravate these.

Vitamin C- Even out your skin tone and give yourself a gentle chemical peel at the same time. Once again Aspect Dr has a brilliant Vitamin C serum, but my second choice would be finding a gentle product that contains Lactic Acid or Glycolic Acid.

Moisturiser- Slather this on your face like it’s going out of fashion, particularly considering the oncoming cold weather and exposure to heating devices. Stay away from gimmicky products like pink clay, foaming masks or anything with fragrance added. These products do nothing for your skin, and will, more often than not, contribute to your breakouts.

It doesn’t help that you may be looking in the mirror more than usual at the moment, but rather than feeling overwhelmed or down about your skin, know it will eventually settle over time and you can ride it out just like the rest of the changes you are facing during Lockdown. And for extra peace of mind, once My Botique has re-opened, we will be welcoming you with open arms ready to treat your skin no matter what condition it may be in, and help it transform it into the glowing, healthy and vibrant skin you deserve.