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Celebrity facialist Ingrid Seaburn on the power of retinol and her favourite beauty treatments

Facialist Ingrid Seaburn is beauty obsessed by trade. From her skin health studio in Bondi she offers a series of much loved treatments; think her famous Geneo three in one super facial, LED light therapy, skin needling and more. By all accounts she has "magic hands", a title that comes after more than twenty years spent in the field. Seaburn is the first port of call for celebrities seeking glowing skin and her roster of clients includes Pip Edwards and Bambi Northwood Blythe, no less.

While Ingrid is renowned for the results she delivers her clients, here at RUSSH we're turning our attention to the facialist's own beauty routine. Below, Ingrid Seaburn shares her beauty non-negotiables and praises the power of an active serum.


What is your morning beauty routine?

I keep it simple: Cleanse/antioxidant serum, Hydrate gel which is a Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin hydrated, followed by a light moisturizer and tinted SPF.


What is your night beauty routine?

Night time is active serum time... I have been a loyal user of the American brand Osmosis for many years. Alternating retinol with a Vitamin C every second night, combined with a growth factors serum and a serum to support my skin's lipid barrier and immune system.. I never go to bed without using my beloved eye serum from Osmosis called illuminate.


Describe what you do for a living? What does a typical day look like for you?

I have been a skin therapist for 20 years and I am truly passionate about skin. Living in LA for a long time gave me a great grounding for learning skin science. The last few years I have been home I've had my own business, a Studio in Bondi that I created as a personal skin health experience for all my clients.

I like to start my day with a workout (either dance or Pilates.) I love my morning coffee, I usually have at least four before I walk out the door! I see clients in the Studio from 10 am, usually working until around 7. I like to eat late, always healthy, fish and veggies based and I finish my workday with a glass of organic, preservative-free red wine (for the health benefits of course!)


What is the supermarket/drug store/chemist beauty product(s) that you use and love?

I discovered Sukin Cleansing lotion and now recommend it for all my clients to use. It is chemical-free and so inexpensive, it's fabulous! I also love their Tinted SPF30, great product, great price, total steal!

What is your main form of beauty body maintenance? What products do you use on your body?

I have always taken care of my body inside and out. I love Shea Butter Balm for intense hydration and I am a sucker for a beautifully scented body lotion. My favourite, hands down, is the Pure Fiji range. I never get dressed without moisturising my whole body daily, to maintain that supple skin.


How do you keep fit/healthy? Does exercise form a large part of your routine?

Exercise is a life force for me and I have always been disciplined with workouts. I used to dance and I love Pilates and Barre. I am a little easier on myself these days, I don't beat myself up if I am too tired to go, but I do try to do at least four sessions a week of Pilates.


What procedures or professional treatments do you have as part of your beauty routine?

I love mixing up treatments like Skin needling and using different modalities like Radio Frequency and Ultrasound to enhance my results. Lucky for me I can treat myself!


What do you do when your body needs to recover?

I love a magnesium bath or an infrared sauna at the Slow House in Bondi.. heaven!


You’re tired or rundown: what is your beauty hack?

Pink glossy lipstick dabbed on the cheekbone... it instantly brightens a tired face.


What is the one non-negotiable in your beauty routine?

A Vitamin A (retinol serum)... the most effective anti-aging ingredient of any.


Do you have a beauty icon? Who are they and why?

I love Jennifer Aniston. She has such natural beauty and no-fuss look. I also love the timeless and tragic beauty of Marilyn Monroe; her beauty was so obvious but in photos you can see also the beauty of her soul.


What is the best advice on beauty you’ve received?

Start using active serums before it is too late!


What is the best advice on health you’ve received?

Listen to your body and your intuition. Take time for yourself when you need to rest and don't push it.


What is the one product you can’t live without?

I have two... my Too Faced lip plumping gloss and for skin my own HA serum Hydrate for plumping skin!

To book at treatment with Ingrid Seaburn, head to the Skin Health Studio website and take your pick!

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