October Specials

COVID Safety measures for professional treatments from June 1

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be returning to full business and professional service delivery from Monday June 1, 2020.

As per the recent NSW government, skin and body therapy clinics can re-open for business, which is great news for our community.

During the shutdown period, all Omorfia team members have undergone training and are now Australian Government Infection Control Training – COVID 19 and Dermalogica Clean Touch Certified. In addition, we have added a number of new measures to our already vigilant hygiene protocols. Key protocols for ensuring your safety are as follows:

Bookings are via phone, email or in-person (NOT online)

To ensure we can adequately screen clients and stagger appointments to maximise physical distancing, we will not be taking online bookings when we re-open. All bookings need to be made over the phone, via email or in-person.

Pre-treatment screening

We pre-screen clients and employees for sickness, overseas travel and contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, or have been overseas or have come in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

All clients and employees are required to undergo a contactless temperature check on arrival at Omorfia. If a temperature reading greater than 37.5 degrees celsius is recorded, service will be declined and the client/team member will need to return home. If a client or employee refuses to have their temperature checked, they will be declined service/not be able to remain at work.

We recommend that clients in high-risk, vulnerable groups not get treatments.

We also strongly recommend all clients and team members to download the COVID-Safe app and keep it active whilst at Omorfia.

Physical distancing 

Omorfia team members, clients and guests of Omorfia will be required to maintain physical distancing in common areas of 1.5m and a 4 square metre ratio per person ratio whilst in Omorfia, with no more than 10 clients on premises at any one time. Clients and guests may be instructed to wait outside if clinic capacity has been reached.

Manicures will be conducted in a treatment room rather than in the reception area to maximise distancing between clients.

Please consider the safety of our community and attend your appointment alone.

Personal Protective Equipment

Omorfia team members will wear clean masks in common areas and treatment rooms. Aprons, gloves and face shields will also be worn in treatment rooms during treatment rooms as per good hygiene protocols.

General Hygiene

At Omorfia:

  • We wash and sanitise hands on arrival and then repeatedly throughout the day, including before and after coming in contact with a client.
  • We disinfect professional use products after each use.
  • Our beds are clean with freshly laundered linens for each client.
  • We clean and disinfect all equipment and surfaces before use.
  • We store clean and dirty items and tools separately.
  • We disinfect high-touch areas at least hourly.
  • We clean retail testers before and after use, and apply testers to disposable applicators when providing clients with samples.

Omorfia’s Wellness Policy

As listed as part of Omorfia’s terms and conditions on our website. Omorfia’s Wellness Policy states that clients and guests must reschedule their appointment if they show any symptoms of illness. Omorfia reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who presents with symptoms of illness, contraindications for treatment, or health conditions beyond our scope of practice. Should a client arrive for their appointment knowing they are unwell, Omorfia reserves the right to decline service and still charge 50% of the treatment fee.

Should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment because you are unwell, please let us know as soon as possible.  Our general cancellation and reschedule policy is that clients provide 24 hours notice should they wish to cancel or reschedule an appointment that’s 1.5 hours or less, and 48 hours notice if the appointment is 2 hours or more, otherwise cancellation fees apply. However, when it comes to illness we generally waive the cancellation fee if the illness or symptoms have come on suddenly.

Our full COVID-19 Safety Plan can be found on our website. Should you have any questions about our Hygiene and Safety protocols, please let us know by emailing us or calling us on 02 9416 7723.

October Specials

COVID-19 shutdown

Thank you for all your support to date, unfortunately, with the tight new government restrictions, Omorfia’s final day of delivering services before the COVID-19 shutdown period was Wednesday 25th March.

Our retail products will still be available for purchase but we will be operating on reduced business hours. Please ring ahead on 94167723 for product pick-up, or, if you’re within the local area, you can place an order over the phone and we can deliver it to your home if you live in Roseville, Lindfield, Killara or Gordon.

We’re unsure when the government will lift the restrictions, but until then we will be posting self care tips you can do at home on our instagram and facebook pages. Please follow and join us for a little bit of relaxation and rejuvenation at home.

October Specials

Skin sensitivity risk

Sensitive skin means something different to everyone. Some people experience mild, occasional flare-ups, while others suffer from ongoing intense redness and discomfort.

With lots of different causes and triggers (genetics, stress, diet, cosmetic ingredients, allergies and pollution) and sensitivity not being restricted to a particular skin type (dry, normal, oily etc), it can be tough to eliminate the origin of your skin sensitivity.

A new way to monitor environmental triggers

To help identify potential triggers, Dermalogica has just launched a Skin Sensitivity Risk barometer. The online tool looks at the temperature, pollution, and humidity in your area, and produces a sensitivity risk scores based on these factors. Take it for a test drive and see if it can help manage your skin sensitivity.

A new way UltraCalming Duo to treat skin sensitivity

While identifying sensitivity causes can be tough, finding a product that can address your specific sensitivity without identifying the cause can be tougher. To make it easier, Dermalogica has just released it’s UltraCalmingTM Duo; two products that treat the top three concerns of everyone who has sensitive skin: redness, irritation and dehydration. Both the Calm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster combine the best of nature’s botanical extracts with innovation from The International Dermal Institute to soothe skin sensitivity. The Duo joins Dermalogica’s UltraCalming range of products and can be used separately, or layered for maximum effect.

Barrier Defense Booster – this concentrated oil booster soothes and nourishes to restore balance to sensitive skin. Ideally it applied before the Calm Water Gel.

Calm Water Gel – this weightless water-gel moisturiser hydrates dry, sensitive skin. The unique formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid upon application, forming a weightless barrier to help protect skin against environmental assault. Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture.

Picture of UltraCalming Calm Water Gel + Barrier Defense Booster

Need a study break?

Reset and refresh with these study break tips

Exams can place a lot of stress on our bodies, especially the HSC.

Here’s 5 simple study break tips to help relieve tension, improve your state of mind and keep you feeling fresh.

  1. Aromatherapy in your pocket

    Essential oils have an amazing power to calm, clarify and energise.  Try placing a couple of drops of essentials on a handkerchief to keep handy whilst studying, and pull out whenever you need a little aromatherapeutic boost.

    • For focus – try Rosemary (3 drops), Lemon (2 drops)  and Basil (1 drop)
    • For calming – try Lavender (3 drops), German Chamomile (2 drops) and Neroli (3 drops) – You can also place this one next to your pillow to help sleep.
    • For energy – try Eucalyptus (2 drops) , Peppermint (2 drops) and Lemon (2 drops)
  2. Have a relaxing soak in the tub

    A  soak in the tub with 1-2 cups of epsom salts dissolved in the water is a great way to relieve muscular tension. Light a candle, turn on some chill-out tunes and relax. If you find having a bath too close to bedtime overstimulating, try having a bath break in the middle of the day.

  3. Drink plenty of water

    It’s really hard to concentrate when your nervous system, including your brain, is dehydrated. Keep a bottle of water handy whilst studying and drink frequently. Plenty of water in your system does increase your toilet breaks, but these also give you a chance to stretch and reset your muscles.

  4. Multi-task; apply a masque

    Stress can play havoc with our skin. Aside from maintaining a good daily skincare regime, take advantage of time spent at home by applying a masque when studying to give your skin an added hydrating/refining/brightening boost.

  5. Book in for a massage

    Aches and pains from maintaining the same (poor) posture for long periods of time can lead to poor concentration and sleep. Reward yourself for studying well by booking a massage  – we have some amazing remedial and relaxation massage therapists at Omorfia, who excel at releasing tension from tight muscles.

October Specials

New – Precleanse Balm from Dermalogica

Dermalogica has long been a champion of the double cleanse, but they are about to make cleansing that little bit easier with the launch of their new Precleanse Balm this month – September 8.

Dermalogica's new take on Precleansing

Why Double Cleanse?

In order to achieve truly clean skin the double cleanse is a must, especially with the new wave of 24 hour, long lasting, everything proof cosmetics, which are close to impossible to remove with a regular cleanse.

The first cleanse will break down and remove the layer of dirt, oil, pollution and product build up sitting on the surface of your skin. This  allows your second cleanse with to work to its full potential. The end result? Skin that glows and feels super clean, smooth and soft. It also allows you to create the ideal canvas for your other skin care products to work far more effectively.

Why PreCleanse Balm?

The new PreCleanse Balm has been created as your Step Zero in combating the build up of environmental pollution, dirt and makeup. The deep cleansing, balm-to oil version of Dermalogica’s hero product, PreCleanse oil, melts away impurities, sunscreens, stubborn make-up and grease (think mechanic grease, worksite grit and hardcore, long lasting makeup) quickly and effectivity, without residue or irritation. It’s ideal for normal to dry skins, and includes a Natural Biolipid Complex to lock in hydration and reinforce the skin’s barrier, whilst Apricot Kernel Oil deeply nourishes the skin.

Why we like it

So there’s a few key reasons why we like and think you’ll really like this suped up pre-cleanse product:

  • The balm formula comes in a tube and is water activated, making it easy to apply and travel with.
  • It activates with water, making it easy to work into the skin and rinse off for a great first cleanse.
  • It comes with a double sided exfoliating mitt/applicator which is great to work the product into your skin and gives your face a mini massage at the same time.
  • It does a great job of removing waterproof mascara, long lasting lipstick and grease, and yet is still gentle enough to use on the eye area as well.

Come into Omorfia from September 8, to trial the product or pre-order your own today.

October Specials

Top tips for tight muscles

At this time of year our remedial massage therapists see an influx of clients with back, neck and shoulder tension from spending long periods of time at a desk or sleeping poorly. Think EOFY chaos, HSC trials and cold weather making many of us “curl” into a ball to sleep.

Posture is key

Whether you’re at a desk, driving or sleeping –  or in any position that you maintain for long periods of time – it’s important to have good form. Staying in the same position for hours can result in our muscles tightening in this new “memorised” position. To help relieve this postural tension, here are a few tips:

For your lower back

Always make sure your hips are evenly aligned when you sit or sleep. Having your sit bones even slightly uneven (1-2cm) can place strain on your pelvis and back.
  • Try: 
    • Square your hips before sitting down – place your feet  squarely in front of your chair so that when you sit your hips will also be square. If you’re hopping into a car or sliding onto a chair that doesn’t allow you to stand in front of it easily, sit first and then ensuring your feet are placed squarely on the floor in front of you, do a quick semi-stand to readjust the hips, before sitting back down.
    • Cross your legs at the ankle and not the knee. If this is too uncomfortable, aim to cross your legs for an even period of time on both sides.
    • If sleeping on your side, stack your hips evenly –  bend your bottom leg and keep your top leg straight so that your hips stay aligned. If you reverse this (top leg bent with bottom leg straight), your lower back becomes twisted.
  • Avoid: sitting with one hip bearing more weight than the other.

For your upper back, shoulders and neck

Typing, holding a steering wheel or sleeping curled inwards, rounds your shoulders and places strain on your upper back and neck.

  • Try:
    • Roll your shoulders every hour when you’re at a desk – this will help to reset them back in a neutral, “unhunched” position.
    • Slide your shoulders blades down your back – Imagine your shoulder blades are anchored to your hips or are two elevators descending down your spine; the aim is to keep them from rising back up.
    • Stretch your pec muscles when you stand – if your pec/chest muscles are tight, it’s hard to keep your shoulders back. You can stretch them out using a doorframe or pillar for resistance; place your arm or hand on the frame/pillar with your body square to the surface and GENTLY lunge/lean your body forward and away from the surface so that your chest and elbow/hand are stretching further apart. Breath out as you go.
    • Sleep with your spine in neutral alignment. If you’ve ever done pilates you are more than likely familiar with placing your spine in a neutral position – this means aligning your side profile so that your ears are in line with the point of your shoulders, your hip, knee and ankle, and in front profile so that your nose is in alignment with your sternum and pubic bone and that your pelvis isn’t tilted too far forward or back. While it’s hard to monitor your posture whilst you sleep, becoming aware of your posture is half the battle. Check your posture before you drift off to sleep and again when you wake up and then adjust as needed. Eventually your subconscious will remember this new posture for longer.
    • Check your pillow –  pillows can make a HUGE difference in getting a good night’s sleep. If a pillow is too thick or too thin, your neck is forced out of neutral alignment and you can wake with neck tension which can cause headaches.
    • Avoid:  sleeping on your stomach. 

For the whole body

  • Stay hydrated even when it’s cold: We often forget to drink water in the cooler months because we don’t feel thirsty. This can result in us becoming more dehydrated than in warm weather.
  • Try:
    • Keep a glass or a bottle of water on your desk. When you finish your glass, roll your shoulders, and then stretch your legs and pecs when you go to refill your glass.
    • At night, ensure that you’re well hydrated before going to bed. Dehydration can affect neural impulses and brain waves, which can cause strange dreams and poor sleep,  and also lead to you waking with a headache.

Need more help?

If you’re not sure about one of the tips above or would like more information, please ask one of our remedial massage therapists when you’re in next. We’d be only too happy to help.

October Specials

Taming teenage skin – top tips to avoid breakouts

It’s hard enough coping with hormonal breakouts, but add in stress from study, hectic schedules, and plenty of extra-curricular activities, and it’s not surprising teenage skin goes on a rampage and breaks out in protest!

While we can’t help with the hormones, we can help you minimise the breakouts if you follow these tips:

  1. Drink plenty of water

    Staying hydrated is a must – not just for clear skin but for our entire body (it helps with brain function, muscular tension, and  digestion to name just a few things). When your skin becomes dehydrated, your body produces oil to try and rectify the problem. While this helps reduce the likelihood of your skin drying out, it can lead to breakout congestion.  During winter we often become dehydrated without realising it because we aren’t as thirsty as we are in the heat. At Omorfia, we’re often asked “how much water is the right amount?” and the answer varies for each individual. There are lots of varying formulas and equations to work this out, according to height, weight, activity/output, gender etc, but a good rule of thumb is to aim for 2 litres a day give or take. If you’re a taller, bulkier, active person then you’re likely to need more.

  2. Match your products to your skin type & condition

    What’s perfect for our friends’/brothers’/sisters’/parents’ skin isn’t always right for us. Choose a product that suits your skin type – dry/normal/oily/ combination, and condition – sensitised, acneic etc. Keep in mind that all pimples are not the same and therefore your product and approach needs to be selected correctly to successfully combat the breakout. For example, while an exfoliating scrub can be great for clearing blackhead congestion, it will only scratch the top off pustular “whitehead” pimples and potentially spread the bacteria, making the breakout worse. Ask your skin therapist to help make the right selection.

  3. More isn’t always better

    When applying product, ALWAYS follow the application guidelines. Too much of a good thing will harm your skin, and it’s also a waste of money. For example, slathering on a concentrated gel cleanser without foaming it up can strip your skin of the barrier that protects it, and you will go through product much faster. Depending on your cleanser, you may only need a 5 or 10 cent sized amount. For gel cleansers, foam it up with water (making big bubbles) in your palms before applying it to your skin. This allows for better application at a milder, more appropriate concentration for your skin.

  4. Avoid hair products and styles that clog your skin

    We all love great looking hair but choose your product and style carefully. Shampoos and Conditioners can irritate your skin, and styling product can clog your pores. Hair that hangs over our face can also cause breakouts. For clear skin, opt for products that are clean of fillers, and hairstyles that leave your face free. If you’re wearing hats, make sure at the very least the sweat band of it is cleaned regularly. If you need help with selecting a product, ask your skin therapist or hair dresser.

  5. Change your pillowcase and sheets regularly

    You ideally spend at least 8 hours with your head on your pillow and body in your bed. Sweat, bacteria, dead skin cells, dust mite and all sorts of other not so lovely things will build up on your sheets if they aren’t changed regularly, and this can cause breakouts. If you sleep on your side, check to see if one side of your face is more prone to breakouts than the other. If it is and you sleep on that side, it’s a good idea to clean your pillow straight away.

  6. No time to shower? Carry wipes

    One of the big issues with school life and managing breakouts is that there isn’t always time to shower immediately after sport, leaving your skin sticky from sweat and making it easy for grit and pollution to bind to it and creating a breeding ground for bacteria. A good work around for this, is to carry skin cleansing wipes in your bag so you can quickly wipe down acne prone skin, especially your face, neck and back. Choose a product that doesn’t require water after cleansing with the wipe as these will only irritate your skin if you can’t wash it off.

Need some extra help getting your skin under control? Book in for a Teen Skin Fitness treatment at Omorfia or visit us for a complimentary skin analysis that will allow  us to match products for your skin and lifestyle.

October Specials

July Specials

Nurture your skin and body, and re-energise this month with a range of skin, body and spa specials that will help you brave the elements, school holidays, and HSC trials.

Buy any 3 skin treatments & receive a 4th free*

For the month of July, pre-purchase any series of 3 Skin Fitness, Signature or Purifying Back treatments, and receive a 4th skin treatment of equal or lesser value for free. Treatments are to be used over a 4 month period.

APPRENTICE SPECIAL

Book a Teen Skin Fitness Treatment and receive a free product*

Perfect for the school holidays – book a Teen Skin Fitness treatment with our Apprentice Sarina and receive a FREE full sized Clear Start Cooling Masque or Daytime Treatment product. Only while stock lasts.

HSC Special – $10 off massage for HSC students and their parents

Feeling the stress of the HSC trials? HSC students and their parents can book in for a relaxation or remedial massage this month and enjoy $10 off.

Buy 2 iKOU Melts and receive a melt topper for free*

Extend the life of your melts by topping them up with extra essential goodness using iKOU’s melt toppers – valued at $14.95.

Want to save more?

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to hear about our Flash sales.

*Valid until 31 July 2017. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

October Specials

More pout, less pucker – tips for caring for your lips

Our lips are made up of skin, muscle and mucosa.  As the skin is very thin here, with less pigment melanin than other areas, the lips’ mucous membrane (which is full of capillaries) is naturally more visible; giving rise to the redness of our lips.

While we pay homage to their colour derived from this structural vulnerability, it’s sadly also their undoing. Because our lips have little or no melanin, they have little or no protection from the damaging effects of UV rays, which is why lips can prematurely age as well as contract skin cancer.

Protecting your pout from ageing and the elements

Given their exposed position, numerous functions, and lack of oil glands to naturally hydrate or bone structure to support them, our lips can easily be damaged and age faster than other areas of our body. Key things to remember our:

  • Avoid excess licking of your lips and do not pick at them – especially if they are chaffed.
  • When our lips are exposed to moisture they will absorb and plump, but they will shrink and dry out when dehydrated.
  • Protect your lips daily with a hydrating balm or lipstick that ideally contains sunscreen; Look for lip products containing:
    • Vitamin E
    • Cocoa Seed and Shea Butter
    • Hyaluronic Acid
    • Palmitoyl Oligopeptide
    • Arginine/ Lysine Polypeptide
    • Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Proplmethylmethoxybenzofuran – an active ingredient that helps volumise lips and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lip area.
  • Opt for a hydrating balm under your lipstick for added conditioning. This will also enable your lipstick to go on more evenly and it should last longer.
  • Take care when exfoliating your lips – only use mild, gentle exfoliants, such as Rice Bran powder, and exfoliate your lips no more than once per week.
  • Use matte lipsticks in moderation as they can be extremely drying. if you wish to use them regularly, add a layer of moisturising lip balm underneath.
  • Clean and wash your brush/applicator at least twice a week.
  • Never share your lip gloss/stick with friends.
  • Don’t use a lip product after they expire – you can get an allergic reaction if a product is too old.
  • If using a Lip Plumpers or Primers keep in mind that they often work by causing localised irritation and inflammation. This can potentially lead to accelerated ageing.
  • Don’t smoke – we know smoking has countless health hazards but due to the toxins are lips are exposed to during smoking and the repeated use of the perioral muscles (those around the mouth) to hold the cigarette, heavy smokers can age much faster than their non-smoking counterparts.
  • Avoid using products containing the following ingredient on your lips:
    • Artificial fragrance
    • Red D&C coal tar dyes – which can cause blackheads around the lips
    • Salicylic acid – an ingredient that can erode through the outer stratum corneum to damage living skin layers beneath
    • Isopropyl Esters (Myristate, Palmitate, Lanolate and Linoleate)
    • Myristyl Lactate
    • Lanolin Wax (Lanolic Acid)
    • Petroleum based products including Petroleum Jelly and Baby Oil

Remember, that as we age our lips need more moisture and conditioning. If you need help selecting the right product for your skin type, please ask one of our skin therapists.

For a bit of fun, try testing the “true” age of your lips with Dermalogica’s “Read My Lips” widget below.

Traveltips

Tops things to pack when travelling

It doesn’t matter whether you’re camping, jet setting or simply getting away for a weekend, here are our top travel tips on products to pack to keep your luggage light and you feeling and looking great.

  1. Minis make it easier – packing full sized products takes up valuable packing space – opt for travel sizes in your favourite products. At Omorfia we stock Dermalogica travel sized products from $12 and YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics mini lipsticks and glosses from $9.95.
  2. Opt for multi-tasking makeup products – condense your makeup bag down by only packing the essentials such as primer and foundation and then add a blush/bronzer or a cheek/eye illuminating combo. Our favourites are YoungBlood’s illuminating palette or Mineral Radiance compacts – both of which can be used to add a natural highlight and glow to your eyes, cheeks and face.
  3. Tint your eyelashes and ditch the mascara – if you need to travel super light or are planning a trip somewhere tropical, take the time to have your eyelashes tinted before you go.
  4. Pack a tennis ball – your muscles will love you – Okay, this might sound a little odd but a tennis ball can be a very good way to release tense muscles. For tight backs, shoulders and glutes, place the ball between a wall and your muscle and gently roll it back and forth. If this doesn’t work then book in for a massage at your destination and use the ball to amuse the kids.
  5. Low on water? If you’re travelling off the beaten track, opt for skincare wipes. Try Wotnot’s organic facial wipes, @ $10.95 for a pack of 25. They’ll help keep your skin clean and you feeling fresh, and you won’t have to worry about post camping breakouts.
  6. Smell good whilst still keeping the mozzies at bay – we love iKOU’s Natural insect repellant body spray – with essential oils including lemon myrtle and eucalyptus, it energises whilst deterring pesky bugs.
  7. A little bit of luxury – our top pick for travelling companions is Dermalogica’s Hydrating Masque. As a clear product once applied, you can sleep in it overnight; either on the plane or at your destination, and then when you wake wash it off for hydrated skin, that’s plump, fresh and fabulous.

For more tips on best products to pack whilst travelling, or how to forgo packing certain products, come into Omorfia and we’d be happy to help. Happy packing 🙂