Desert Pea - Native Australian Skin Care
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Welcome to the DesertPea Newsletter

Over the last 12 months I have been working towards moving full time into the business and making improvements to the product formula, packaging and marketing. We finally launched the new range of Desert Pea 'actives' last month which coincided with the launch of our new website. The website has many great new features including secure and easy online transactions and a wonderful research section for your continual learning about the cosmetics industry and the research which is going into cosmetic ingredients.

Mainstreet Beauty & Massage
New Website Launched

Offering a range of special experiences from Thermal Stone Massage, Remedial Massage, Facials using the Desert Pea range of products, waxing & tinting.

Mainstreet Beauty & Massage is the perfect place to unwind.

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I am going to start this month's newsletter with a spotlight on one of our newest ingredients SALICYLIC ACID; including some common FAQ.

Salicylic Acid

Most commonly used to for controlling breakouts and reducing sebum production. Salicylic acid is classed as a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and often used in cosmetics for it's anti-inflammatory and exfoliating (keratolysis) effect.

The difference between AHA and BHA

Because of its solubility in oil, salicylic acid is most useful for people with oily skin, blackheads and acne. Salicylic acid can exfoliate the skins surface from inside the pore where it unclogs the pore and aids keratolysis. Resurfacing and exfoliating the skin reveals brighter healthier looking skin and creates a dramatically improved appearance and texture of the skin. It has also been shown that salicylic acid is more easily tolerated on the skin than AHA's and can therefore be used by those with sensitive skin and rosacea. Unlike AHA, salicylic acid can break down the fat cells on the surface of the stratum corneum without affecting the deeper layers of the skin.

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How often should I use the Refining Gel with 2% Salicylic Acid?

The refining gel should be used at night. It is important to avoid sun exposure when using any acidic peel such as BHA, AHA or Retinoids. To avoid overuse of salicylic acid; refining gel only needs to be used on acne and pimples as required until it starts to clear.

A chemical peel once a week can be suitable for reducing pigmentation, surface roughness, fine lines and acne.

So first rule of thumb is to use it more as a spot treatment where possible. I understand some people have extreme acne covering the face and these people can use the refining gel daily at night until the acne is starting to clear and then shift to using as a spot treatment on individual pimples and a peel once a week.

A great product to use on alternative days and in between a weekly peel is the skin bright serum. The long term use of Niacinamide can reduce the sebum levels and the combination of the NAG and Niacinamide in the skin bright serum act as a mild exfoliant which overtime improves skin texture and can reduce scarring.

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Just make sure that they wear sunscreen while using the BHA and AHA's, Retinoids or other exfoliants which make the skin susceptible to UV damage.


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