If you’re experiencing a midwinter (or long-term) break-out, pigmentation problem or other skin woe, and have tried everything but failed to find a solution that works, then make Thorndon’s Skin Therapy your next destination.
Treating skin from below the surface, and finding the underlying cause for problems, is the focus for Skin Therapy owner, Rachel Robertson.
This award-winning beauty therapist — and qualified chemist — has 16 years in the industry under her belt, including nearly eight years running the clinic. After training in Auckland, Rachel managed top London spas and clinics before returning home, bringing with her a passion for advanced skincare and client education.
“Clients may think that their skin’s oily, so they go to a department store and get a product off the shelf that’s for oily skin — and actually, their skin’s not oily and the cells get into a state where they’re completely out of balance,” she says. “At the end of that comes all sorts of problems on the surface of the skin — sensitivity, more break-outs, and the skin barrier function is just so impaired and so imbalanced. So it’s all about understanding what your skin needs to function properly.”
Alongside its full range of beauty therapy treatments, Skin Therapy specialises in advanced skin analysis, using 3D imaging and other technology to gather readings of oil and hydration levels, and cell function.
Client consultations last 90 minutes, covering everything from diet and lifestyle to skin history. “Rather than just looking at the skin and trying to mask the symptoms on the surface, we look at what’s actually causing that and what cells have been damaged, and then we correct it from that point of view,” explains Rachel.
A consultation is followed by a full treatment plan, including medical-grade treatments at the clinic and at-home care — to help disorders from acne (whether teen or adult) to eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, ageing and pigmentation. Rachel’s passion for getting to the root of those woes led her to create her own product range, Prologic, four years ago. She formulates the products herself, with prototypes and cruelty-free testing carried out by a professional laboratory.
Rachel ensures that, unlike some skincare products made from a long list of ingredients that do very little and have minimal levels of active ingredients, Prologic is packed with the good stuff to tackle skin concerns.
The star product of the range is Prologic Omega 3 Treatment Oil, made from kiwi-seed oil, to balance out the essential fatty acid deficiency seen in a majority of clients’ skin.[info]
1/310 Tinakori Road, Thorndon
(04) 473 7873