Elani Digby is the skin specialist based at boutique space NRG Skin, Ulverstone Tasmania. Elani is highly trained in all areas of beauty, but specializes in brows, makeup and skin treatments. I recently had the chance to experience a facial with Elani and it was simply luxurious, but I was so impressed with the knowledge Elani held on all things skincare and treatments. I of course then invited her to contribute to Why Hello Beauty, sharing just a little of her skin-formation!
What are your favourite skincare ingredients, and why? “Some of my favourite products that I believe should be a necessity in everyone’s skincare routine are;
• Vitamin C serum (to be used in the AM)
• Sunscreen (at least SPF30+) applied every morning
• Vitamin A serum (to be used in the PM)
• A hydrating serum containing Panthenol (B5), Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide (B3)
At NRG Skin, we stock and use a brand called Medik8. This cosmeceutical goes by a simple philosophy “CSA”, so this means Vitamin C of a morning followed by Sunscreen and then Vitamin A of a night. I really love that about them because it’s easy to remember and honestly the best combination for healthier skin and a more youthful appearance.
Some key ingredients in skincare that I personally believe you should not skimp on are:
• B3: This ingredient is beneficial for the immunity of the skin and helps to calm redness. Our skin has its own immune system and can be damaged due to many things including sun damage. B3 has been proven to give skin cells an energy boost, helping them repair damage.
• B5: This ingredient will deeply moisturise the skin, help with anti-aging, help to reduce scars and has great anti-inflammatory properties.
• Hyaluronic acid is an absolute must. This ingredient is so beneficial to every single person’s skin. The main function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water and keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. This will promote supple skin, speed up wound healing & keep the skin feeling and looking plump and youthful.
• Vitamin C: This is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged cells. It will also increase collagen and elastin production which will rewind the clock for your skin and keep it plump & firm.
• Vitamin A: Both upper and lower layers of the skin need Vitamin A. This wonderful antioxidant will provide protection against free radical damage, speed up the cell turn over, help to reduce fine lines & will help with scarring. What more could you want?!”
“I think these products and ingredients are ones that my clients love just as much as I do. Mostly because when incorporated correctly in a skincare routine this can drastically change the way your skin looks and feels. Remember: don’t buy anything that isn’t proven to be top quality. Your skin needs ingredients that are going to penetrate deep into your skin in a healthy way. Cosmeceuticals (such as Medik8) tend to have an excellent delivery system that will allow these amazing ingredients to be delivered to the cells deep in the skin giving your skin the nutrients they need to look, feel and work its best.”
What are your favourite beauty treatments? “Out of all the treatments that I have had done or offered myself, I really think that you can’t go wrong with a suitable skin peel. A skin peel is an anti-aging treatment with a host of benefits. Some of those benefits include deep exfoliation, reduction of fine lines & wrinkles, reduced pore size, a radiance boost, it will also help build collagen & will certainly clear the complexion.
Something I am super passionate about that isn’t skincare is cosmetic tattooing. I’ve always been an artistic person and I think that is what lead me to my passion for beauty, so obviously eyebrows are something I just love to do. I love the way they can transform the face and a person’s confidence. Shortly, I will be offering microblading at NRG Skin. Also known as eyebrow tattooing or brow feathering. I have a large clientele for brows, so I think this will be really beneficial for them, especially those who lack in the brow department and find that tinting and henna doesn’t do enough for them.”
In regards to skin therapists and dermatologists, whose opinion or knowledge do you trust and believe in? “When it comes to opinions and knowledge there are a few standout’s that I have really loved learning from. I attended the Melbourne Beauty Expo and whilst I was there I really wanted to learn more about the skin, so I listened to a few of the educational speakers but one that I found so interesting was Chiza Westcarr. Chiza is a university qualified Nutritionist and Dermal Therapist. She explains gut health and acne and how detrimental your gut health is to your skin. I think it’s so important if you are having skin problems to be aware of what may be going on inside our body, the stomach is just like a second brain.”
What is your favourite beauty magazine, and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube? “I am a big fan of Instagram to find tips, tricks and facts in relation to all things beauty. I love @Medik8australia for all things skincare, as they will educate you on how their products & ingredients work and what they do to and for your skin. Some makeup related pages on Instagram that I love are @vergemakeup for some cut-crease goodness and of course @emmachenartistry as she can do full glam, natural and everything in between.”