I’ve always wanted to have a real conversation with a skincare expert and ask specific questions but every time I have a facial or skin treatment, I completely forget all my plans and usually end up zoning out in deep relaxation. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr Kate Jameson, and I jumped at the chance. Dr Kate Jameson is the Medical Director of Youth Lab, a doctor led medical aesthetics clinic located in Perth, Western Australia offering a wide range of non-surgical treatments aimed to repair, rejuvenate, enhance and protect the skin.
For all the skincare junkies out there – this one is for you!
In regards to both yourself and your clients, what are your favourite skincare or beauty ingredients/products, and why?
My favourite skin care ingredients are those that deliver transformative results in the skin and that have strong evidence to back up their claims. When it comes to “powerhouse” ingredients and products you can’t go past a high potency retinol. Retinol and its derivatives are forms of vitamin A, which are essential in healthy cellular function. Incorporating a Retinol into your skin care regime is essential for those who want to preserve their healthy skin and combat the signs of ageing.
Retinol works to stimulate collagen production, encourages new cell turnover and exfoliation, regulates oil production (so is excellent for acne and congested skins), combats pigmentation as well as working as an anti-oxidant and repairing environmental damage. My favourite retinol currently is Cosmedix Serum 16 which really assists in evening out skin tone, smoothing wrinkles and also boosting moisture in the skin. What I love about it is that it is non-irritating and the skin is not left feeling dry or sensitive which can occur with other retinols.
Another essential skin care ingredient, and product, is Vitamin C, also known as L-Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and works as a potent antioxidant whilst also fighting hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C works to brighten the skin, improve skin texture and firmness as well as protect our skin against harmful UV and environmental damage. My favourite product containing Vitamin C is PCA C and E Advanced which also contains the antioxidant Vitamin E which works synergistically with vitamin C, boosting the effects. This serum feels silky smooth and soft on the skin and contains the highest concentration of Vitamin C available (20%).
Finally, I also can’t go past a Hyaluronic Acid serum which works to deliver intense hydration and gives a plumping effect to the skin. My go to Hyaluronic serum is the PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum which delivers hydration on three levels – the skin’s surface, deep within the skin as well as boosting the skin’s own hyaluronic acid production.
In regards to both yourself and your clients, what are your favourite beauty treatments?
I don’t believe in fluff treatments and always prefer treatments that deliver changes to the skin and treat certain conditions. Results driven treatments are key for me. My favourite treatment for the majority of skin types is Broad Band Light (BBL) which is the use of certain wavelengths of light used to target different colours (chromophores) within the skin resulting in the destruction and removal of the target. BBL is phenomenal for treating sun damage and pigmentation, redness and rosacea, visible blood vessels and capillaries as well as active acne. Once a client’s skin has been corrected with BBL, and they are left with an even and smooth skin tone, we step up to our maintenance program called the Forever Young BBL. These BBL treatments can then be done on a quarterly basis to encourage collagen production, maintain the results of the initial treatments and keep the skin looking healthy and young.
Hydrafacials are also very popular among my clients. This is a phenomenal treatment which uses four steps to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, extract and then infuse in a cocktail of antioxidants and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Hydrafacials are suitable for all skin types and can be done fortnightly to monthly. It can treat active breakouts and congestion, remove blackheads and decrease the appearance of pores, smooth skin texture, improve pigmentation and maintain healthy skin. It is also the perfect pre-event or special occasion treatment as the skin is left glowing and hydrated immediately after.
In regards to both yourself and/or your clients, what would you like to try next; product, service or treatment?
The next treatment on my list is the Halo laser which I plan on having annually to combat sun damage, pigmentation and improve the texture and tone of my skin. Halo is an advanced laser which combines ablative and non-ablative lasers in one to treat the skin at all levels. It is not for the fainthearted and there is about 5 days of “downtime” which includes redness, dryness and flaking but this is significantly less when compared with other lasers available. The Halo results are evident within the first week and continue to improve over many months as deep collagen is stimulated.
We call the outcome of this treatment the “halo glow” as the skin looks polished, luminous and silky smooth after each treatment. We are trialing a new “chemical free” peel known as the Deep Sea Peel by beauty brand Cosmedix which is delivering excellent results. I plan on trying this peel myself but also look forward to seeing the results on my clients.
As more people steer away from chemicals this is a good option for those seeking a natural peel alternative. It uses coral particles which work as a manual exfoliation to resurface the skin, lifting away stubborn pigmentation and softening the look of acne scarring.
What is your favourite beauty magazine, and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube?
I am a skin care nerd and most of the magazines and publications I read are medical and industry focused so to many can be a bit boring as they often contain research articles and industry updates. I spend much of my spare time researching and developing new treatments and products to introduce to my clinic so I don’t often follow beauty podcasts or watch vloggers on YouTube. An online magazine I just love is Beauticate. I enjoy reading their reviews on clinics, treatments and products. I also subscribe to Spa and Clinic Magazine which is a beauty industry specific magazine focusing on business.
A podcast I would recommend for anyone interested in medical aesthetics, injectables and laser would be Inside Aesthetics. This is hosted by a Cosmetic Doctor and they regularly interview industry leaders to get the inside scoop on their treatments of choice. It is suitable for not only doctors like myself but anyone interested in the industry and wanting to educate themselves on what treatments are safe and effective.