Skin Q&A with Sharon Devane from The Beauty Lounge

We chat to skin specialist Sharon from The Beauty Lounge in Queenstown about all things skin and beauty…

What appealed to you about working in the skin industry, and how long have you been a skin and beauty professional?

I’ve been in the industry for almost 9 years, and I love to help people feel confident in their own skin and to educate my clients about effective skincare. The biggest reward I can get is helping a client achieve their ultimate skin goals.

What is the most popular skincare treatment in your clinic at the moment?

That’s definitely a tie between Dermapen4 and O Cosmedics Dermal Planning Peels. The results from both treatments are impressive and both are very popular. The treatment we choose will depend on the skin health and goals of the client and what stage of the treatment programme we are at. I like to use both treatments to maximise the results we can achieve.

What’s your favourite professional skin treatment to get yourself, and why?

Definitely Dermapen 4 Microneedling! When it comes to ageing, prevention is better than cure. Having Dermapen 4 treatments aimed at collagen production means I am constantly building up healthy collagen to prevent the signs of ageing. Having done the O Cosmedics Skin DNA Test, I know genetically I am predisposed to glycation, a form of collagen damage, so I do everything I can to boost my own natural collagen production.

What is your absolute favourite at-home skincare product and why?

That’s a difficult choice between O Cosmedics B3 Plus and the O Cosmedics Mineral Pro. I love the B3 as it is a great all-rounder and has helped strengthen my skin and treat my pigmentation issues. It also helps protect collagen so it a definite favourite. However, no skincare routine is complete without a great SPF, and being zinc-based the Mineral Pro offers the best protection and doesn’t leave the white look of zinc on the skin.

Do you use any supplements to help with your skin, and if so which ones?

I use quite a few supplements since healthy skin is not just about external products. I take Kiki Health Krill Oil, Alkaline Infusion, Body Biotics, Nature’s Living Superfood and Marine Collagen at the moment! Since starting to take these supplements in particular, my skin always feels hydrated, my hair and nails are so strong and my whole body feels healthy.

What’s one thing your clients are always surprised to find out about skin?

Skincare routines do not have to be complicated. It’s all about getting the right ingredients for your skin and your skin concerns. An effective home-care routine doesn’t need to be a 15-step programme!

Which skin treatment would you recommend for a Christmas gift for a mum, sister or friend?

The Ginger&Me Mindfulness facial is pure relaxation. After the year we’ve have had, I think everyone needs some mindfulness in their life! The best thing about this Ginger&Me facial is that it can be customised, so if you’re after a soothing and pampering treatment but want it to be results-driven, you can easily add on a peel for an extra boost. 

Which skincare product would you purchase for your BFF for Christmas?

Definitely the O Cosmedics Tinted Mineral Pro! Being peak summertime, UV protection for our skin is super important. Mineral Pro offers the best protection without irritating the skin or clogging up pores. The light tint gives the skin a gorgeous glow and suits every skin tone and colour, so you really can’t go wrong with this one!

What is your ultimate tip for glowing skin?

Hydration is super important for glowing skin, I drink plenty of water every day, but when I need a pick-me-up I love to use the O Cosmedics 3in1 Fruit Peel Mask followed by the Hydrating Sleep-In Mask. Every time I use both of these I get complimented on my glow!