Choosing the perfect summer foundation

Thinking of changing your foundation now the warmer weather is coming in ?…

Decoderm 16hr foundation

decoderm 16hr

There is nothing quite like finding the perfect summer foundation, After all the right foundation is the key to transform your complexion. This one is guaranteed to give you 16 hours impeccable hold and 24 hour of continuous hydration  perfect for summer months. It is a Lightweight foundation. You forget you are even wearing any!it looks very natural on the skin not giving total coverage but hides any imperfections aswell as highlighting your best features!

Age Modelling Foundation

age modelling

If your looking for something with a little bit more coverage try this one! It is a creamy soft velvety texture that blends into the skin giving natural radiant finish. It is available in 4 different shades and ensures maximum accuracy of colour for appearance on the skin and adaptable coverage also corrects signs of fatigue.

What is a primer and why use one?

A primer prepares the skin for make up, Carrying out invisible correcter effects that facilitate the application of make up and prolongs its duration uniforming the complexion and minimizing imperfections and discoloration while it illuminates the face and contrasts the dull complexion .


Here in zinc we sell two different types of primers from the decoderm range.

Diamond Radiant primer

The innovative formula is enriched with special ingredients containing diamond power with photo reflection properties to illuminate the complexion reduce facial lines and optically reduce wrinkles and sensitive skin.

Silk Filling Primer

It contains clastomeric polymers that make the formula silky and soft and carry out a filling action on wrinkles minimizing their visibility such as properties make this primer particularly adapted to eye ad lip couture areas. Smoothed  skin even complexion gives you a radiant matt finish!


If you have any questions I would be happy to help

Tanya and team Zinc


Review of Dermalogica Bio-Peel Facial

One of my new years resolutions was to start to really focus on looking after my skin and by this I mean using a really great skincare routine, regular facials, lots of exercise and plenty of water. Most of this is well and throughly underway although I have not perfected my skincare routine just yet, but getting there.

I love relaxing treatments as much as the next person but to be honest when it comes to facials I want to see really great results and benefits for my skin and I sometimes don’t get this from a normal facial. I steam my face, apply masks and exfoliate on a weekly basis myself at home so when I visit the salon I like to get something done that I cannot do myself at home.

I had seen that Dermalogica had launched a new facial peel treatment of late and was really intrigued so when I was invited along to Zinc Hair and Beauty in Kilmainham to try it out I really was a happy little lady.


bio peel 1


So what is Dermalogica’s Biosurface peel all about?

Well, it is a resurfacing treatment that can “reduce acne, pigmentation and signs of premature aging” which will work with the skin to reveal a smoother, softer and brighter complexion.

The treatment only has four steps to it:

-Firstly the skin is Prepped to disolve and remove any excess oil and skin cells that might be sitting on the surface

– Next an active enzyme treatment is applied which Dermalogica says works to “unlink skin cells and help digest skin protein to facilitate penetration of active ingredients”

-The third step is where the actual peel is applied. Acid Active is applied to the skin which really gives the skin a deep exfoliation. This step can be applied more than once depending on the level of exfoliation your skin needs and wants. Your therapist will discuss this with you prior to starting the treatment.

-After the exfoliation is complete the final step is to apply the De-celerator which works to calm any irritation and redness that may have been caused by the treatment. It also is a great boost for the skin and sets it well on its way to repairing itself.

Well that is basically how the treatment works so how did I get on with it?

I strangely enough found the whole treatment very enjoyable. If you are looking for a treatment that is very relaxing, lights off and soft music then this might not be the one for you BUT if you want to really see immediate results that last then this is definitely one to consider. Because I had peels in the past I could get Step 3 done several times which was great. The exfoliation was applied to my skin three times so I got a really deep exfoliation. Alot of people fear peels because they are afraid that they will burn or hurt them. There is definitely a sensation during Step 3 and as the product is layered onto the skin as opposed to it being removed and reapplied the sensation becomes more obvious the more layers of the Acid Active that is applied. However, I say sensation because for me that is all it was. It wasn’t sore, it didn’t burn and it wasn’t too uncomfortable….but bear in mind I have had a lot of peels so if it is your first you may feel a little more discomfort than I did but it won’t be anything too bad.


bio peel 2

Once the treatment is complete your therapist will give you a list of do’s and don’ts as well as a post treatment skincare pack which you have to use for at least the next 72 hours (or until peeling stops) post treatment to help your skin get back to itself. I think this is a really great idea and I was impressed to get some skincare to take home with me. I wasn’t worried about what skincare to use afterwards which completely took the hassle out of the process for me.

Peels have become huge in the beauty industry in the past while and I myself had tried alot of them, some which really did cost me a small fortune. My one issue with them is that there is a bit of downtime associated with them because your skin tends to peel which makes wearing makeup a big pain as it just won’t stay put. Dermalogica claim that there is no down time with their Biosurface Peel which was an instant bonus for me. I love the results peels give me but the down time is turn off for me. I can genuinely say I didn’t have any down time with this treatment. I didn’t peel at all which meant that my skin didn’t need to however I do know some girls that did have slight peeling afterwards. I would say that if your skin needs to shed excess skin then it will peel but think of it as a positive as your skin wanted and needed it to happen.


bio peel 3

After the treatment my skin was instantly glowing and fresh looking and this lasts for about 10 days afterwards. The only side affect I got from the treatment was one really large spot on my cheek which was just excess dirt coming to the surface after the exfoliation….can’t complain with that. I also did have some tightness for a few days afterwards but I found that the skincare really helped calm this.

If you are considering getting this treatment I would definitely recommend taking a trip to Zinc Hair and Beauty. The therapist Janine that carried out the treatment is such a lovely girl and thoroughly explained each step of the process before and during the treatment as well as giving me an in-depth run down of my post treatment instructions and skincare.

The Dermalogica Biosurface peel is perfect for anyone with the following concerns:


-Fine Lines and Wrinkles (it can even be used close to the eye area)


-Unbalanced skin


-Skin Congestion

If you have any of the above concerns, a peel or even better a course of peels is definitely the way to go. You can get amazing results that you didn’t think were possible in a very short space of time. If you have a serious concern I would recommend getting regular peels and then just maintenance treatments once the condition has cleared. If you have relatively good skin then every few weeks would suffice. Again, your therapist will help you decide what best works for you and your skin.

The Dermalogica Biosurface Peel will cost you €80 for one treatment at Zinc which includes your aftercare skincare kit. You can also purchase a course of three treatments for €200 which means that you get your third treatment half price. You can visit the Zinc website for bookings and information of all their treatments.

Can you see that I really loved getting this treatment done? I will definitely be going back for more.

Have you ever had a facial peel before? What were your experiences?

Thanks for stopping by


Hair Loss During Pregnancy

So with summer only around the corner, we have alot of clients that have just had a baby or about to have them. We thought why not give a heads up to this major topic that so many people worry and stress over after the baby has arrived Hair Loss!!!

Hair loss is more common then you think! During pregnancy as your estrogen levels increase which makes hair thick and healthy looking. Many women find the during pregnancy that they don’t loose much hair. This is because on average we loose 100 – 125 hairs a day, These are individual hairs so we really notice them coming out, After you have a baby some women loose up to 500 hairs a day. As it is a lot more then normal its is more noticeable especially when brushing and washing your hair, This can be quite alarming and some women worry about this.

You may find a few week after you have been loosing hair that new hair will begin to grow,The hair appears wispy and fly away around the hairline. This can be really annoying as your hair sticks up!

What I found after having my daughter was getting a fringe and a few short layers really helped hide them fly-away pieces. I also went and got my hair styled in a bob as I felt my hair looked effortless as i use to just trow it up in a bobbin. This forced me to style my hair every day and this made me feel a lot better about myself 🙂

After 6months you should notice the hair coming back to its usual Pre- Pregnancy state, although the texture could be slightly different ie, More oily, Straighter.

To help hair get back into its original state id recommend using the Alfaparf Scalp care range.

scalpcare range


The Energizing shampoo is ideal for someone with weak hair who has suffered from hair-loss. It helps reduce and help hair-loss by protecting  the follicle from every day action, This will make your hair stronger and look a lot more healthy.

The stimulating Eliser is a serum that strengthens and perfects hair. this really encourages hair growth.

Here are some quick tips to use if your facing the problem of hair-loss

  • Brush regularly
  • Use really good shampoo and conditioner
  • Try to cut down on using straightener and curlers
  • Get a good cut after the birth
  • Use treatment your stylist recommends

If you have any questions at all about Hair Loss during pregnancy do not be shy to ask as it happens a lot of women and we are happy to help 🙂


Bernice and the Zinc Team