Hair & Beauty

Spring Skincare: What You Really Should Be Using

By Iro Kotsimbos
10th Sep 2014

Hands up who's excited to bid adieu to winter and welcome spring with open arms?! (We are! We are!) While we're counting down the days until we can hit the beach and have Sunday sessions on the balcony, we're also pretty darn keen to see the backside of dry, flaky winter skin. Oh yes, it's been a loooong, cold three months!

Naturally, a change in season should mean a change in skincare. Just like you'd swap the heavy knits for lighter tees and tanks as the weather starts to warm up, you should also switch the richer creams for lighter formulas. It's as simple as stopping by the supermarket and stocking up on new cleanser and moisturiser, right?!

Errrr, not so much.

According to Erin Laird, owner and director of Take Off Skin & Body in North Melbourne, while supermarket skincare may be attractive thanks to its accessibility and price, it's not the best option for your skin. "What many people don't know is that supermarket products often contain hidden ingredients that are not only bad for your skin, but are also ineffective too."

As one of the leading beauty salons in Melbourne, Take Off Skin & Body know a thing or two about skin. Erin and her team have a passion (i.e. are borderline obsessed) with all things skin-related and love nothing more than helping clients achieve complexion perfection! Not only do they offer brilliant results-oriented skin treatments, Erin and the Take Off Skin & Body team are also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to skincare products and know exactly what we should – and shouldn't – be using.


Being the curious cats we are, we sat down with Erin from Take Off Skin & Body to pick her brain on the matter. Did you know that supermarket skincare is often…

  1. Full of nasty ingredients such as mineral oils, SLS and parabens?
  2. High on 'filler ingredients' like silicone and petroleum – yep, PETROLEUM – that actually do nothing for your skin?
  3. Packed with fragrance so that it smells nice but again, doesn't do anything for your skin?
  4. So low on active ingredients (i.e. the ingredients that will improve the epidermis most) that you'll hardly notice a difference?
  5. Tested on animals (a huuuuge no-no in our books)?
  6. The worst case scenario…all of the above?

That's right Urban Listers, put down the $6 moisturiser and back away slowly…


While we're glad we know the truth about supermarket skincare, it begs the question – what should we be using instead?

"This spring, ditch the cosmetic skincare and go down the cosmeceutical or cosmedical path instead," says Erin. "Both cosmeceuticals and cosmedicals are full of active ingredients, making them a much better and more effective option for your skin."

So what's the difference between cosmetics and cosmeceuticals/cosmedicals?

"Unlike cosmetic skincare, cosmeceuticals and cosmedicals can only be prescribed after a consultation with a skin professional in order to determine what's best for your skin. 

"The high levels of active ingredients in both cosmeceuticals and cosmedicals penetrate the surface and, as a result, the skin starts responding and making a change. At the end of the day, without an active approach to skincare, you won't be able to combat the signs of aging…and surely you don't want that!"


Take Off Skin & Body are so passionate about cosmeceuticals, cosmedicals and using the proper products for the skin that they've announced an exclusive skincare offer. From now until 30th September 2014, you can receive 20% off any skincare item at Take Off Skin & Body. 

Interested? All you have to do is…

  1. Book in for a consultation at Take Off Skin & Body and on the day, bring in your old skincare products (empty or full)
  2. You'll then be treated to a skin consultation by one of the expert Take Off Skin & Body team
  3. Your therapist will then recommend a comparable cosmeceutical or cosmedical product from their range (TOSB stock industry leading brands such as Aspect and our favourite, O Cosmedics)
  4. If you then purchase the product, you'll receive 20% off!

With spring having finally sprung, now is the time to change up your skincare routine. Get to it, Urban Listers!

Image Credit: Pinterest and Tash Sorensen for The Urban List

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by Take Off Skin & Body and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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