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Hair & Skin Care Essentials: Sydney's Must-Try Treatments

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After the last three months of cold and dry weather, our skin, hair and nails are crying out for a beauty refresh. So we’re using this time to prime our skin and prep our bodies for summer, all while combating the dryness and dullness from winter. To help in your beauty quest, we've rounded up the most indulgent hair and skincare treatments, and where to find them in Sydney. Book in for these beauty boosters now, and you’ll be rejuvenated and refreshed when summer rolls round.

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KERATIN

Do you want to tame your curls, combat frizz and cut down on styling time? Enter: Keratin. The semi-permanent treatment relaxes curls and leaves hair looking and feeling softer, smoother and shinier, without losing its natural texture and body.  It also restores moisture to dry, brittle hair, making it more manageable. The Keratin treatment itself takes around three days to soak in and you can’t wash your hair during that time. So, make sure you check your diary and block out the time before booking in.

The best keratin treatments in Sydney:

La Unica Salon

208 Lyons Road, Drummoyne

Christopher Hanna

13-15 Bridge Street, Sydney CBD

Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup

Level 1, 227 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Nimbus & Co, Bondi
Nimbus & Co, Bondi

INFRARED SAUNA

Besides being one very effective way to warm up, sweating it out in an infrared sauna is a sure-fire way to flush out toxins. These high-tech saunas heat the body instead of the room, so you’ll sweat more and be able to stay in there longer. Along with detoxifying the body, they’re brilliant for relaxing the muscles, decreasing stress, and purifying your skin. They’re the best form of me-time: it’s just you and your music (or at Nimbus and Co, Netflix) for a full hour. Bliss.

The best infrared saunas in Sydney:

Nimbus & Co

97 Bondi Road, Bondi

Health Space Clinics

Bondi Junction, Mona Vale, Potts Point, and Rozelle

bodymindlife

Bondi Beach, Kirrawee, and Surry Hills

The Laser Lounge
The Laser Lounge

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

With laser hair removal, the golden rule is to avoid the sun for a week before and after your session – meaning the start of spring is the perfect  time to get ahead with your treatments. You won’t need to plan around beach days and sunburns, and if you can knock out a few of your 4-12 sessions, you’ll be smooth for summer. Side note: Laser hair removal can’t be performed on spray tanned skin (it interferes with the energy of the laser), so hold off on bronzing for now. 

The best laser hair removal clinics in Sydney:

Laser Clinics Australia

55 Locations Across NSW

Evolution Laser

21 Locations Across NSW

The Laser Lounge

Balmain, Bateau Bay, Castle Hill, Coffs Harbour, Double Bay, Erina, Green Hills, Northbridge, Port Macquarie, Rouse Hill, Sydney CBD, Warners Bay


Face Plus
Face Plus

ELECTROLYSIS

Speaking of hair removal, electrolysis is the only permanent way to nix unwanted hair. Performed by a dermatologist or electrologist, it opens the hair follicle to destroy the root. Once the root is sealed off, it can’t produce another hair. Electrolysis is a process that takes around 18 months, so getting treatments in summer is unavoidable. That being said, it’s smart to book a few sessions outside of summer, because the cool weather closes pores and allows the skin to heal faster. 

The best electrolysis clinics in Sydney:

Permanence

Drummoyne and Sydney CBD

Elizabeth Skin Care and Electrolysis

Shop 1, 442 Darling Street, Balmain

Peach Clinics

Level 11, 33 York Street, Sydney


Face Plus
Face Plus

IV VITAMIN THERAPY

Intravenous – or IV – therapy has exploded onto the heath and beauty scene, and Sydneysiders are lapping it up. The theory is that the body can absorb 100% of fluids, minerals and vitamins when they’re delivered straight to the bloodstream (rather than through supplements, for example). In other words, the infusions are a speedy health and wellbeing boost. There are various blends to choose from, with most clinics offering concoctions for jet lag, energy loss, immunity, skin rejuvenation and cell renewal.

Where to get IV vitamin therapy in Sydney:

Face Plus Medi Spa (Drip & Chill Lounge)

Shop 2, 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

The Infusion Clinic

Wales Medical Centre, Level 1, 66 High Street, Randwick

The Laser Lounge
The Laser Lounge

CLINICAL FACIALS

When the temp drops, sign up for a clinical facial to rejuvenate your skin. In particular, microdermabrasion and peels work wonders for dry, dull, rough complexions. Microdermabrasion stimulates the cell renewal process to reveal a smooth, fresh and brighter layer of skin. Peels are similar: they slough off dead skin cells and refine pores to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and subtle. Both treatments naturally make your skin a little sensitive, so being in the sun straight after is a no-no. That’s why aestheticians usually recommend to have them during winter.

Where to get microdermabrasion in Sydney:

Aroma Ki Day Spa

1121 Pittwater Road, Collaroy Beach 

Advanced Dermatology

CBD and Bondi Junction

The Laser Lounge

Balmain, Bateau Bay, Castle Hill, Coffs Harbour, Double Bay, Erina, Green Hills, Northbridge, Port Macquarie, Rouse Hill, Sydney CBD, Warners Bay

The best places to get peels in Sydney:

Pamperina

142 Edgecliff Road, Woolhara 

Clear Skincare Clinics

Balmain, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Chatswood, Clarence, Cronulla, Edgecliff, Hurstville, Kogarah, Macarthur, Macquarie Centre, Miranda, Mosman, North Sydney, Parramatta, and Warringah 

The Clinic

Westfield Tower 1, Level 22, 520 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction 

Alpha Cosmetic Clinic

Hurstville and Parramatta

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Gillian Adams, Turramurra

SPA PEDICURE

In winter, your feet are always stuffed in socks and shoes and hidden from view. While pedicures are a must in summer for sandal-ready feet, they’re also essential in spring – they soothe tired, aching feet, exfoliate rough skin, and keep nails in tip-top condition. A spa pedicure is extra special. You can expect to start with an aromatic foot soak, then move on to a good ol’ scrub, a mask or moisturising treatment, and a foot and leg massage. Your pedicurist will then shape, buff and paint your nails to perfection.

The best spa pedicures in Sydney:

Pamperina

142 Edgecliff Road, Woolhara 

Eden Spa

1/2 By the Sea Road, Mona Vale

The Nail Lab

Darlinghurst and Sydney CBD

The Nail Lounge

37 Belmore Street, Surry Hills

Gillian Adams Salon & Spa

1356 Pacific Highway, Turramurra

The Laser Lounge
The Laser Lounge

LED Light Therapy

For that lit-from-within glow, sit under the ‘happy lamp’ – otherwise known as LED light therapy or OMNILUX. The lamp emits near-infrared light (the opposite of skin-damaging UV), which stimulates collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid for a smoother, plumper complexion. The 20-minute treatment also boosts hydration, calms inflammation, and fights acne-causing bacteria. It’s the ultimate skin pick-me-up. You’ll see results straight away, but you can accelerate them by booking a string of treatments.

There are a few light colours that address different skin concerns. These are your best bets:

  •  OMNILUX Revive (red) – hydrates and plumps skin
  •  OMNILUX Plus (clear) – heals skin tissue and helps with scarring and signs of ageing
  •  OMNILUX Blue (blue) – treats acne

The best places for LED light therapy in Sydney:

The Laser Lounge

Balmain, Bateau Bay, Castle Hill, Double Bay, Erina, Green Hills, Northbridge, Rouse Hill, Sydney CBD, Wahroonga

Maya Medispa

132 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra

Melanie Grant

2 Bay Street, Double Bay

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FULL BODY SCRUB

Keep the theme going with a full-body exfoliation. These spas offer deliciously scented scrubs that get rid of dry, scaly skin cells so you can show off smooth, healthier skin come summertime. For bonus points, ask for a body wrap afterwards to lock in the moisture.

The best spas for a body scrub in Sydney:

Sol Spa

2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse

Gillian Adams Salon & Spa

1356 Pacific Highway, Turramurra

Eloura Lifestyle Salon and Spa

132 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Face + Body Clinic

13/1 Wentworth Street, Manly

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