The Secret Skincare is an Australian-owned company founded by cosmetic medicine professionals Dr Clara Hurst and Dr Deb Cohen-Jones. Their mission was to reinvent the prescription skincare space, providing accessibility and simplicity for the everyday individual to experience a healthy, glowing complexion. Believing that not only should an amazing skincare routine be simple, the process to receive it should be too. At The Secret Skincare they have listened to the wants of patients to deliver the fundamentals of what they need; a simple, yet effective, regime. The Secret Skincare combines multiple, medically proven ingredients into simple, day and night formulas with the aim to create healthy skin functioning in optimal condition.
As nurses we try to constantly stay on top of what is best practice in our industry, and we had always been morally averse to the idea of recommending products to patients that we knew were in some cases going to have a ceiling to their results or be sub-therapeutic. When it comes to advanced skin conditions, often high potency products available only by prescription are required, and in our regional location the process by which to source these for patients was particularly cumbersome. Often it required the patient to return to their GP with a formulation request provided by us, post consultation. Often patients were turned away by GPs or referred on to extensive dermatology waiting lists by doctors unfamiliar and uncomfortable with prescribing ingredients they were unfamiliar with. Today, we can consult patients in-clinic and submit a request for formulation into a system for review by dermatologists who upon approval arrange to have custom skincare solutions delivered to our patients.
Born out of a passion for better skin health, Medik8 has been carefully developed with expertise and precision. Research sits at the heart of the brand - with Medik8 consistently developing never-before-seen technologies that maximise the health and vibrancy of skin. Founder and biochemist, Elliot Isaacs crafts each product with pharmaceutical-grade precision, so you can rest assured you're recieving high quality formulations that make a real, noticeable difference on your skin.
Predominately we were looking for a line that we could feel confident in recommending patients, that was affordable and effective. Medik8 definitely hits that mark, delivering a reasonable price point, and tangible results. Happily their sustainable, simple packaging also pairs beautifully with our clinic’s aesthetic.
Both Stacey and Jenna use multiple products from the Medik8 range, which has cleansers, moisturisers and actives suitable for all skin types. At Aescend we also stock products from the Medik8 professional line for use in clinic treatments. Most of our peels and post care products are care of Medik8.
"The staff, Jenna and Stacey, were very professional and caring which put me very much at ease for my treatments. The clinic is a very calming space which is not only stunning in its decor but also spotlessly clean and hygienic. I would highly recommend Aescend and will be definitely be returning in the future for further treatments"
A passionate visionary driven to create the highest quality and highest potency products on the market, Terri harnesses her own unique synergy of scientific expertise and passion for ethical beauty to formulate transformative cosmeceuticals… hence Synergie Skin. Synergie Skin products provide consumers with maximal doses of clean and active ingredients, designed to create biological change at the source. Furthermore they are cruelty-free approved under the Leaping Bunny programme, responsibly sourced, and produced entirely on Australian shores to support local jobs and the economy.
But… they couldn’t find a sheet mask that ticked all of their boxes (and there were many). They struggled with masks that didn’t fit their faces, and with serums that were too runny and dribbled; or too sticky and left a tacky residue afterwards that pilled. So they set about creating the perfect range of sheet masks, and so was born The Unnamed.
Perfect for a girls’ weekend away, as part of a hamper for mum, or for enjoying yourself on a quiet night in, The Unnamed sheet masks are a gentle and convenient way of fitting skin care into a busy life. We particularly loved this brand as they offered a good price point, were Aussie owned, and when tested by resident, Miss Reactivity (Stacey), were non irritative.
Tronque is made with an ethos of full ingredient transparency, and maximum safety and efficacy. It’s free from endocrine or internal health disruptors and other toxins, designed for the glorious spectrum of skin types, genders and ethnicities. Founded in New Zealand, Tronque stands against neck-down neglect, letting you treat your body as beautifully as your face – and know that you’re doing it in a good way, every day.
We came across Tronque on Instagram via the brand developer they share with The Gut Co. We were initially drawn to their beautiful packaging and brand representation but as we looked further into their products we realised they offered something we had been missing from our other retail lines and actively searching for… an effective, generously sized, active body exfoliator with clinically proven ingredients to target ageing changes of the body, as well as bacne and keratosis pilaris. We also love their scar concentrate and firming butter, and the fact that they are a small business based across the ditch in New Zealand.
As sceptics of cheap, self-administered LED masks, we were excited to hear that the manufacturer of one of the leading medical-grade LED systems had developed a take-home version of their in-clinic machines. We have full confidence in the power and efficacy of Omnilux LED masks, and no qualms recommending the investment for our patients concerned about ageing and/or problematic, inflamed skin.
"Stacey and Jenna offer an exceptional service. They are warm and compassionate and listen to concerns and never apply pressure to do anything one is slightly unsure about. They provide a professional and comforting experience. Love going to Aescend for treatments!"
For their own line-up of gender-neutral fragrances, Josh and Jules combine native floral and spices – including Australian sandalwood, now being deployed by the fragrance industry as a sustainable alternative to Indian Santalum album – alongside ingredients from further afield that are pillars of the perfumery’s art e.g. Calabrian bergamot and Sri Lankan cinnamon.
Amber Sceats were the perfect match, offering organic shapes, unique pairings and pieces that easily take the wearer from cas to occasion.
Naturally antifungal and antibacterial, the fibres of silk are also smooth and glide over skin and hair. This means less friction and irritation, less creasing of the skin, reduced puffiness and stronger hair. If you suffer with hair loss, acne, rosacea, eczema, or generally dry and irritated skin you need silk in your life. Even if you are just concerned with preventing ageing…silk is a worthy investment, and safe during pregnancy/breastfeeding ;)
Established in Australia (2010), Addition Studio is a conscious company that envisions a life where refined design, a healthy lifestyle and a clear mind come together seamlessly. Addition Studio synthesizes popular culture, health, wellness, ancient ritual, sculptural aesthetics and modern art through the prism of utility. Every product that touches your skin is made in Australia from plant based ingredients. Full stop. At Addition Studio they are always learning & searching for the most natural solutions.
Born in Byron Bay, Addition Studios is a brand that is becoming quietly synonymous with clean, unique, minimalist and earthy, designer home décor and wellness products. They offer a beautiful range of incense, aromatic oils, burners and diffusers, as well as bath and skin products. Made from organic textures and ingredients, Addition Studios pairs beautifully with our own aesthetic, allowing us to continue cultivating a setting that feeds the idea of deserved, preserving, and ritualistic self-care.
As well as continuously educating herself on the latest research, she has been educating every patient who has walked through her door on the importance of gut health and how it relates to being healthy and having a strong immune system and beautiful, glowing skin. The products offered by The Gut Cø are the culmination of years of experience and knowledge as well as a whole year spent formulating and sourcing high potency, sustainable ingredients that dissolve easily and taste great. Each product is bio-available (easily absorbable), highly effective, and is formulated without GMO ingredients, soy, gluten, synthetic flavours or colours. The Gut Cø products are FODMAP approved meaning they are easy to digest even for those with sensitive guts.
We loved the idea of being able to provide a holistic range of ingestables at Aescend – both naturopathically and nutritionally formulated. Like Vitasol, The Gut Co ingestives are specifically formulated for skin. We love the fact that they combine vitamins and minerals beneficial for skin health alongside probiotic strains important for improving gut function. The Gut Co blends are simple, clean and easy to incorporate, one focusing on gut function and the other on nutrient delivery. With Pernille’s background in design, they are also beautifully packaged and presented, offering a minimalist décor vibe.
Using evidence-based research, the ANP Nutritional and Skin Experts have formulated supplements, which combine premium ingredients to help maintain skin health and target skin concerns. At ANP they believe that the quality and combination of nutrients in their formulations are at a level that can really make a difference. Their ingredients, processes, partnerships and packaging all work together to provide a supplementation programme that not only encourages healthy skin but helps support a sustainable future. The team at ANP includes experts specialised in nutrition, professional skincare and pharmaceuticals.
Founded in Sydney by Ruth and Stephanie Robalino, Aéde is a wellness brand offering bespoke, Australian-made supplements to improve hair, skin and nail health.
Combining their extensive experience in the haircare industry, the Aede founders sought to revolutionise this area of the supplement space. They understood that while topical products work well to assist hair health, real, sustainable change needs to begin from within. Most importantly, they understood growing customer needs and believed in their ability to meet them in creating a unique solution. After more than two years of intensive research and development, Aéde’s first supplement Hair Activist was born; a pure, active and proven formulation specifically designed to assist hair, skin and nail health.
We came across Aede while looking for a hair growth supplement we could offer alongside our hair growth treatments. We were looking for brands with a specific combination of vitamins and minerals to support healthy hair, but that also targeted the hormonal side of hair loss with DHT/5a-reductase blockers. Aede has two formulations that are easy to take. One that is more relevant to thyroid and nutritional optimisation, and the other that is more aimed at establishing a healthy hormonal environment.
By supporting skin health from the inside and refining the condition of the skin topically, we set ourselves up for the very best skin we can have. Vita-sol believe in getting nutrients as naturally as possible to feed the skin from within. Their products are developed by leading Australian nutrition experts using the highest quality natural ingredients from around the globe to bring pure and nutritionally dense formulas. Vita-sol products are targeted for specific concerns, free from added sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial additives and synthetic vitamins. Incorporating wholefood vitamins, minerals, sprouted blends and bio-active plant compounds using the most gentle extraction processes to ensure the highest quality products, without harsh chemical solvent residues or synthetic vitamins.
It was a timely encounter, occurring at a point we were becoming increasingly interested and woke to the role of gut health and nutrition in relation to skin. We loved the relevance of Fiona’s experience, she is a certified nutritionist with an extensive history in the industry of skin and cosmetics; and her approach to health and sustainability. She sources the highest quality, organic ingredients for her range of ingestives and formulates them into tasty, pre-biotic-rich products that are easy to incorporate into busy lifestyles.
"I was extremely pleased with the professional service. The treatment I received was tailored to my needs, and the results were a natural enhancement, precisely the result I was aspiring to achieve"
All of the ingredients are sourced from Australia, and the candles contain the highest quality soy wax and premium quality fragrance oils or pure essential oils. They are free from palm oil, paraffin and petrochemical by-products. Vicki has made a concerted effort to reduce reliance on plastic and to recycle where possible. As such, packaging avoids plastics and bubble wrap, and a refill service is encouraged.
We were constantly buying Japanese Honeysuckle which filled the clinic with the most delightful aroma… and almost became synonymous with our brand. After many requests from patients, and quite a few refills we finally realised we should stock the candles ourselves! We now have the benefit of beautifully scented Blackwolf candles in-clinic, providing the perfect ambiance in which to Aescend.