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COVID Safe Compliance

COVID Safe Compliance

This is probably not the most interesting blog I’ve written but is one of the most important at this time. As we start to re-open there are new health regulations to keep you and us safe and healthy and limited the spread of the virus.

Online consultations

We have always been a by appointment only clinic but now this will be strictly enforced with consultations taking place online and via zoom before your first appointment. If you are a current client of the clinic and don’t feel comfortable attending appointments yet for any reason we will continue our free skin chats via zoom as part of our ongoing service.

In clinic hygiene and social distancing

You will also notice changes at the clinic. We strictly can only have the person attending their appointment in the treatment room with a therapist at one time. We can also only have one person in the waiting area at one time. If you are out with a friend they will have to get a coffee while you see us. Parents with teenagers can join us on zoom to discuss skin and treatment plans.

There is hand sanitiser available when you walk into your appointment. Our bed will be made up slightly differently as well to comply with strict hygiene regulations. Our menu has also changed to a sleeker higher performing slimmed down version of the old menu to get you the results you need without any unnecessary extra time in the clinic.

Our therapists and myself will be using PPE to keep you safe. The use of masks and gloves protects you while you visit us. There will be extra time allowed in between clients for a thorough clean down of the clinic in between everyone. This will limit the amount of appointments available but we will do the best we can to fit everyone in. If you are late to your appointment and we don’t have enough time to fit everything in you will be re-scheduled. I will also be working limited hours for the rest of the year, please refer to our available slots in our booking system. If you desperately need a new skincare routine simply book a consultation online and we can post you out your products. A fresh consultation will not be necessary when you decided to have a treatment.

Conditions of entry

Before your appointment our reminder text will reiterate that you need to disclose if you have been overseas in the past 14 days, have had any contact with someone who has traveled overseas in the past 14 days, or have any cold or flu symptoms. By turning up to your appointment you agree that you have not recently traveled and are symptom free. Please be understanding if we have to re-schedule you because your therapist is feeling unwell.

In clinic testers

All testers will not be available for client use. If you would like to see a product please ask and your therapist will get it for you. Our entire back bar product for your treatment will be decanted fresh from a sanitized back room, minimizing the amount of bottles in the treatment room constantly being touched during treatments.

Payments

All our payments will now be processed online or via our square POS, we no longer accept cash.

Contact tracing

All bookings are required to provide accurate contact information like phone numbers or emails for contact tracing purposes.

Our staff will have the COVID safe app downloaded to their phones, it is not a requirement of you our clients but if you have it, it will allow for ease of contact tracing if necessary.

Thank you!

Finally a massive thank you to you all for being amazing during these difficult times. I will continue to strive to give everyone the highest quality of service and I’m looking forward to having everyone back in the clinic enjoying our amazing new treatment menu.

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LED Treatments

LED Treatments

I’m excited to announce new LED treatments to the clinic! My choice of LED is Celluma Pro.

About Celluma

Celluma is quite unlike any other low-level light therapy device available today. It is widely used by chiropractors, acupuncturists, wellness practitioners and skin specialists to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and skin conditions. Based on scientific research pioneered by NASA, the Celluma is a specialized light energy device FDA Cleared to treat: Diminished Local Blood Circulation, Muscle & Joint Stiffness, Muscle Tissue Tension, Muscle & Joint Pain, Muscle Spasm, Arthritis, Wrinkles and Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris. Celluma is also CE Certified in the European Union as a Dermal Wound Healing device.

Patented, pulsed-wave technology controlled by proprietary software algorithms add to the applicability of the Celluma.  It is a polychromatic device that delivers blue (465nm), red (640nm) and infrared (880nm) light energy simultaneously to safely treat a wide variety of conditions easily and affordably, both in a professional setting and at home. Each wavelength is absorbed by different molecules that act as a signaling mechanism for different cellular processes. For example, some reduce inflammation and some kill bacteria, while others enhance localized circulation.

Its unique flexible design and extra-large light panel (over 15” x 8”), facilitates effective energy absorption by tissue and molds closely to the body to enhance energy delivery.  Its flexibility affords previously considered “awkward” areas such as elbows, shoulders or ankles to be treated with ease. In addition, Celluma’s portable, affordable, lightweight design permits easy and frequent use.

How Light Energy Works

Specific wavelengths of light energy, when properly absorbed, up-regulates compromised cells. The light (photons) energy is absorbed by photoacceptors in the mitochondria and used to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The ATP produced then stimulates various metabolic processes, which can result in the repair and regeneration of cell and tissue components. In an article, “Therapeutic Light” –  by Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PT, PhD, FACSM , he wrote “other reported mechanisms of light-induced beneficial effects include modulation of prostaglandin levels, alteration of somatosensory evoked potential and nerve conduction velocity, and hyperemia of treated tissues. The resultant clinical benefits include pain relief in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, ankle sprain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, shoulder and neck pain, arthritis, and post-herpetic neuralgia, as well as tissue repair in cases of diabetic ulcer, venous ulcer, mouth ulcer, fractures, tendon rupture, ligamentous, tear, torn cartilage, and nerve injury.”

LED in Treatment

Blue, red and near infrared are the most commonly used wavelengths in LED phototherapy. These specific wavelengths are well researched and scientifically proven to produce therapeutic benefits. Blue penetrates through the epidermis and is known to kill P.acnes bacteria. Red penetrates into the dermal layer and has been shown to enhance collagen and elastin production through photobiostimulation of fibroblasts. Near infrared penetrates deepest and increases micro-circulation (tissue repair), decreases inflammation and attenuates pain. When treating a client, select the wavelength or program most appropriate for the condition being treated.

You can choose from our 30minute LED lounge treatments or go for a more in-depth facial treatment that includes a light peel.  LED can also be added to most facials as a boost.

The contraindications to LED are:

  • Do not perform LED therapy on someone who is Pregnant or Nursing (unless the client has written consent from her doctor).
  • Do not perform LED therapy on someone with a seizure disorder (unless you have consent from the client’s doctor).
  • Do not perform LED therapy when the application of “heat” or increased warmth to the skin is a contraindication to that skin type.
  • Do not perform LED therapy if client is “photo-sensitive” Some disorders and medications can cause photosensitivity (unless you have consent from the client’s doctor). Do not perform LED therapy over known metastasis.
  • Do not perform LED therapy if client is on steroidal medications.

If you’re unsure which treatment is suited to you please get in touch at the clinic and we will guide you on which treatments suits your skin and skin concerns best.

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Serums, Moisturisers and Oils

Belinda Hughes - Natural skin care serums

There’s a difference!

These three categories of products seem pretty straightforward right? But I actually hear heaps of confusion about how to use them properly. With the explosion of Instagram beauty enthusiasts a lot of mis-information is out there on what is what and how they should be used. Here’s my professional breakdown for you.

Serums

Serums are classified as lightweight gel or fluid that easily penetrates into the skin. If they are oily, they’re not a serum, they’re an oil. The light texture allows the serum to carry active ingredients deep into the skin. These are active ingredients you’re familiar with like vitamin c, vitamin a, plant extracts and peptides. Serums are the ‘cure’ for your skin conditions to help correct and balance your skin. Because of their texture we always apply these first before anything else after cleansing. You can find our serums here.

Oils

Oils are pure lipids, which help to replenish the lipids in your skin when you’re extra dry and flaky. Most people, especially under 40s are more dehydrated than dry and will need to reach for serums before oils. If you’re not dry and flaky than you’re most likely dehydrated and a hydrating serum like hyaluronic acid would be a better fit for your skin.

The best way to use oils is with your moisturizer. Skin needs water, oil and ceramides to be properly hydrated and balanced. When oils are used alone on the skin, it can cause low inflammation, which can cause the skin to become sensitized over time. So during those dry months when you’re feeling extra dry and flaky adding a few drops of oil into your moisturizer can really help. I recommend only doing this at night because excess oil on the skin during the day can be problematic with keeping makeup in place.

Moisturisers

Lock it in! Moisturisers are our heaviest skincare product and it locks in everything else underneath like our serums. It also gives us adequate hydration, and in professional skincare we can easily balance oily or combination skin.

Day moisturizers that contain and SPF are best used in the morning. I prefer the Eminence SPF moisturizers as they disappear into the skin beautifully and still allow makeup to sit well. You don’t want anything to greasy under your makeup!

Night moisturisers I prefer to be a bit heavier and I love to add a few drops of oil to ‘embalm’ myself at night. When I woke up in the morning my skin is always very soft and glowy. Discover our moistuisers here.

If you’re still confused about what you should be using at home we’re always available for a free skin chat.

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Skin Cycle – The 28 Day Rule

Skin Cycle - The 28 Day Rule

Unlock your skin’s hidden potential by maintaining your new routine for at least three skin cycles.

The key to great skin is consistency with your skincare. Our skin takes 28 days to turn over at a healthy rate. We recommend three skin cycles to begin to see the full effects of skincare in your skin. Dropping your routine before 28 days is throwing away money. There’s no way you can possibly see how a product can transform your skin in under the first month. 

So let’s break it down. A skin cycle is when new cells form at the base of the epidermis and then makes its way to the surface of the skin. If there’s any congestion or deep dehydration we need to wait for the skin to turn itself over to begin to heal. Three cycles of this helps us to see how the skin’s health is changing, gaining more vitality and strength. 

Switching from pharmacy products to professional strength skin care will make the biggest difference in your skin. Naturally professional products have been formulated to make the biggest changes in the skin, helping to effectively heal skin conditions and balance out oil flow and dehydration. Clients can be impatient and excited to see their new skin, but patience is still needed. Although you will possibly start to see some improvements immediately, the full benefits won’t be reaped for three months. This is because professional skin care works deeper than the epidermis and it will take time for the full benefits to appear. 

If you’re not sure which products will be best for your skin, get in touch with us at the clinic for a free skin chat.

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What Does SPF really mean?

What Does SPF really mean?

Cult sunscreen from Simple As That has an SPF of 30. Many people get confused by how sunscreen is calculated and what it means for their skin.

In their latest blog the founder of Simple As That, Danielle Glover explains everything from SPF ratings to the best way to use sunscreen. Danielle is a compounding pharmacist with many years experience in cosmetic chemistry. Her brand Simple As That is hugely successful because of it’s simple formulas, making skincare easy and affordable.

What does SPF really mean?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number beside it indicates how well the sunscreen protects skin from sunburn. In other words, it’s an indicator of how much longer it takes untanned skin to begin to redden…

Read full blog here

About Simple As That Suncreen

The Simple As That Natural Sunscreen has been pharmacist-formulated to safely provide broad-spectrum protection from the suns rays using Zinc Oxide as its active ingredient. This SPF 30 natural sunscreen lotion also contains Green Tea and Rosehip Oil (well known for their antioxidant properties) as well as their signature ingredient, Red Raspberry Seed Oil (known for its natural protection against UVA and UVB rays).

This light-weight mineral, natural sunscreen is pure vegan-friendly, non-greasy and, preservative-free perfect for both face and body and able to protect the whole family.

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Microcurrent

Microcurrent

There’s been a huge surge in interest in microcurrent lately. Boasting effects like instantly lifting and sculpting the face has women flocking for treatments as an alternative to more invasive measures.

I often get asked ‘what is microcurrent?’ and ‘how does it work?’

What is microcurrent?

Basically microcurrent is a low-level current, to give instant and long-lasting anti-aging results. The application is soothing as it works sub-sensory and helps attain and maintain healthy skin with quick lift results. I often tell clients it’s perfect before an event!

Originating from medical practitioners in the 1970s, it has been approved by the FDA since the 1980s as a muscle simulator. Microcurrent was discovered when doctors were looking for a solution to Bells Palsy nerve-paralysis and sagging facial muscles. Microcurrent was perfect for retraining skin muscles to lift the skin.

How does microcurrent work?

So, how does it work? Gentle waves move through the skin tissue down to the muscles, stimulating ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production. This ATP production drives creation of elastin and collagen to repair skin. When the ATP is increased in the skin it energizes the muscle, giving a lifted, firmed appearance.

In more technical terms microcurrent works on Pulsed Monophasic Waveform, which means the shape of the waves is Modulated Square. Studies show the enhancing effect of micro-amps on wound healing and muscle recovery as well as amino acid transport and protein synthesis. The ideal current range is 4 – 300 uA/cm, high currents over 1000 uA are counter productive and can inhibit protein synthesis. So technically you want to stay in the range of the ideal current rather than going higher. This means there is no such thing as ‘strong is better’ when it comes to microcurrent.

What do we use in the clinic?

This brings me to the point of the device we use at the clinic, NuFace Trinity Professional. Yes it is a hand held device available commercially, but that doesn’t mean it’s ‘not as strong’ or ‘less effective’ than larger machines. The NuFace device provides perfect range of amps output to skin, with a max output of 383uA, and a pulse width 119 ms. The device sends waves effectively into deep layers to stimulate muscles, giving you the optimum results of microcurrent. During application you can experience a mild sensation feeling or no sensation at all.

I recommend the use of this device as part of a professional treatment because I have been trained by the American company and have been shown the best techniques, which I’ve been using for the past 8 years. In the treatment room you get a professional enzyme, antioxidant mask, as well as my European style firming massage, which amplifies the results of the microcurrent. To take it one step further we also offer a treatment that includes the use of Gua Sha first to give a really excellent lift. Our two microcurrent facials, the Hollywood and Gua Sha + Microcurrent facials are perfect for anyone who wants to work on ageing well. These treatments are particularly good for people who suffer from fluid retention in the face and puffiness. They also assist to prolong the effects of fillers and Botox in the face.

What’s the best treatment plan?

Finally microcurrent is a cumulative treatment, meaning you get best results when getting them regularly. My clients who receive them monthly still gain the amazing results of ATP production for skin health, but if you feel like you really need to work on lifting your skin, we also offer a 10 week course. This involves one express treatment a week for 10 weeks. The express treatment is cleansing, a quick skin buff and the 15-20 mins of microcurrent. This gives lasting results of the lift for around 6 months. As a bonus you also get 2 full Hollywood hour facials when you pre-pay and book in advance.

These treatments are perfectly suited to all skin types, the only contraindications being pregnancy, pace-makers or metal plates in the body. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the clinic and we can answer any further questions.

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Anti-Acne Makeup

Anti-Acne Makeup

Any of my clients on an anti-acne program will know, that changing their makeup is a crucial step towards clear skin success. There is no point in applying all those wonderful products to heal your skin, only to cover it with heavy makeup that makes you break out.

This is a serious concern for my clients, which is why we provide an acne-safe cosmetics list after their initial consultation. And, why we continue to stock the acne-safe makeup brand Adorn Cosmetics.

Growing demand for anti-acne makeup

According to an article on anti-acne makeup in Professional Beauty, the global anti-acne makeup market is expected to reach US#3.24 billion in the next six years! The reason behind this growth is simply the demand for acne-safe, or anti-acne, makeup products as more people are affected by this problem.

Other key findings in the report include:

  • Women are the largest section of anti-acne makeup consumers accounting for about 64.3% of the market
  • 65% of the revenue in the anti-acne makeup is earned from products which contain salicylic acid
  • Asia-Pacific is currently the largest consumer of anti-acne makeup products with 40.2% market share
  • The largest volume of anti-acne makeup sales (30%) take place in department stores and supermarkets
  • Almost 18% of anti-acne makeup sales are online

(source: ProfessionalBeauty.com.au)

The truth is, acne is a HUGE market. It’s a skin condition that only seems to be getting worse and more prevalent. This is why we have such big growth figures in the above report.

So why is acne becoming such an issue? Because our busy, stressful lifestyles, hormonal imbalances and gut issues all seem to be at epidemic levels and are all are drivers of acne.

All of these factors are making anti-acne make up the biggest segment of the skincare market. And it is set to overtake anti-ageing skincare, including fillers and botox. Because many of us know there’s no point in having advanced treatments if your skin isn’t smooth and calm.

At the clinic, we stock many brands that target acne, including the new cult Australian brand Roccoco Botanicals. So, if nothing is healing your acne get in touch and talk to a professional. We will help you get your hands on our safe cosmetics list and stop sabotaging your skin!

Your introduction into anti-acne makeup

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Retinaldehyde – The Retinol You Need

Retinaldehyde - The Retinol You Need

Retinaldehyde is my preferred choice of Retinol in the clinic because of the vast benefits it has in the skin. There’s no disputing the benefits of Retinol but I’ve been watching for years, not entirely convinced. Mostly because I have never liked the side effects, redness, sun sensitively and thinning of the skin, all things, in my professional opinion do not contribute to building healthy skin.

The Science

In the body, we convert Beta Carotene into Retinol, Retinol into Retinaldehyde, and Retinaldehyde into Retinoic Acid, a very detailed process! All of these Vitamin A derivatives serve an important job to the skin but the strongest, most active form is Retinoic Acid. Retinoic Acid is the only ingredient that requires a prescription even though Retinaldehyde has a similar activity level. Both Retinaldehyde and Retinoic acid are 500 times more active than their Vitamin A counterparts! This means you can use small amounts that give big results without irritating the skin.

The advantage of using Retinaldehyde is that smaller amounts (with much higher activity levels) can be used very effectively when incorporated into a liposome. By doing this, the penetration is enhanced (an important factor in the use of Retinols because of their size) and helps prevent oxidation, which also occurs with all Retinols.  This means, your skin’s absorption rate is increased by a clinically proven 600%! So using a less irritating form of Retinol delivered with a liposome gives much bigger results without the irritation. When I learnt this was the Osmosis way, I knew it was something I could get on board with.

Retinaldehyde is so important to treating skin conditions from acne to texture to ageing. Because it is the better Retinol, it is safe for everyone to use, even pregnant women. In the clinic I am stocking a couple of the Osmosis Retinaldehyde serums.

Which serum is right for you?

Calm is the Osmosis level 2 serum, with a lower percentage of Retinaldehyde to better suit all skins and the ultra sensitive. You can still get the wonderful cell turnover benefits of Vitamin A without any irritation. This serum is perfect for someone starting on a Retinol serum for the first time.

Clarify is the Osmosis Level 4 Retinol serum. Kick acne’s butt with this clearing, anti-aging, healing serum. The perfect balance of Vitamin A to scare acne right off your face all while keeping your youthful, healthy glow. Perfect for very oily and acne skins that want to advance their acne treatment.

Osmosis is a green cosmecutical brand new to the clinic. I chose Osmosis because it has a completely natural formulation while using the best available active cosmecutical ingredients. Using higher quality actives like Retinaldehyde we are able to give our customers the results they’re looking for without compromising the skin and causing inflammation (Inflammation is the kryptonite of healthy skin, making us age faster, read more here). This is the perfect cosmecutical brand for people already using cosmecuticals and wanting a more natural option, clients wanting to try something a bit stronger and for clients with stubborn skin conditions we want to heal faster. 

Also introducing our new Osmosis Pure Infusion Medifacial, a Retinaldehyde infusion treatment suitable for most skin types to give amazing results in the skin.

Book the new Osmosis Pure Infusion Medifacial!

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Inflamm-aging

Inflamm-aging

Inflamm-aging is the newest buzzword going around beauty. But what the heck does that mean? Have I finally applied one too many enzymes to my face and gone mad?! Not yet…

Inflamm-aging refers to low-grade inflammation in the skin. This can be triggered by internal health conditions or external factors on the skin.

Internal inflammatory conditions can be food and gut related, it can often present as Rosacea in the most extreme conditions. But low-grade inflammation can also play a part in sensitive skin and histamine responses. Some of the worst cases of stress in clients have actually triggered a histamine response. I often find people who suffer auto immune conditions are effected the most by histamine in the skin at times during stress and auto immune flare ups.  Histamine response presents as red inflammation or hives on the surface of the skin, most of the time in these cases only a topical steroid will help bring it down effectively.

Topical inflammation is often caused by environmental or cosmetic reasons. We can do our best to protect our skin from UV damage and environmental pollution with physical sunscreen and antioxidant rich products. Keeping the skin clean is also essential, making sure we are washing off all that makeup and pollution thoroughly at the end of the day can be key to reducing inflamm-aging.

Then we have cosmetic inflammation. I have a lot to say about this. Products and treatments that are very harsh on the skin like cheaper, harsh cosmecuticals, peels, lasers and microdermabrasion all trigger an inflammation response in your skin.

Seriously, put down the retinol/AHA daily combo.

If you are constantly blasting your skin to ‘get better results’ you will end up doing the opposite to it and eventually that smooth, plump look will degrade into a red-hot mess. This will age you faster. I know it’s difficult to pull back in the age of instant gratification but trust me; you want to be thinking about a long-term approach to your skin. My skin motto ‘building healthy skin for life’ means taking care of your skin, nourishing it and not peeling it within an inch of its life.

The best way to avoid inflamm-aging is to look after yourself from the inside out. Try a beauty powder like Vita-Sol to give you plenty of prebiotic gut health. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and healthy fats. Cut out sugars and preservatives. Get a great antioxidant rich skincare routine. One of our favourite brands is Eminence Organic Skincare as it’s packed full of rich antioxidants that will nourish, not strip your skin.

If you feel like you’ve been a bit over enthusiastic on the skincare and treatments come in and talk to us about how you can build up healthy, strong skin again. We love helping you build healthy skin for life.

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Gua Sha vs Jade Rolling

Gua Sha vs Jade Rolling

In the clinic we offer both Gua Sha and Jade Rolling. Both have become hugely popular, but many clients ask me what the difference is.

First though lets talk about Jade. Jade is what Gua Sha and Jade Rollers are traditionally made of. The benefits of Jade include cooling, brightening and the ability to draw out toxins in the skin. I’m aware there are other quartz versions but lets stick with Jade for now. Like anything the benefits of the product come down to quality. You can buy a $20 Jade product and a $80 Jade product, and there’s usually good reason for this. Genuine Chinese Jade costs money, if you’re looking at a $20 version it’s probably not real Jade. You will only get the benefits touted of Jade if you’re using the genuine stuff. So you’re $20 Jade or rose quartz roller probably feels nice but the benefits will be minimal. Back to the benefits of each modality.

Jade Rolling

This treatment was the first to gain popularity, promising detoxed glowing skin. Usually the rollers are are smooth of both sides and one side is smaller to get around the delicate smaller eye area. The main benefits for rollers is the lymphatic drainage. The Jade itself can have some cooling and brightening effects as well. Although the effects are often less than Gua Sha.

The roller I use in the clinic has spikes on one end and the other is smooth. I always use the roller over a hydrating sheet mask which helps the serum deeply infuse into the skin ‘drenching’ the skin in hydration. Perfect before long flights. The spiky end helps to stimulate collagen and the smooth end gives you some lymphatic drainage. To maximize results I like to follow up with micro-current.

Jade Roller treatments include our Peptide Sheet Mask and Jade Vita-Renewal Facial.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha has a much greater effect on the skin for smoothing out fine lines, inflammation and ‘lifting’ the skin. The genuine Chinese Jade that I use in the clinic also has a brightening effect.

It can help calm and even out your complexion, and make it noticeably less puffy, defining your cheekbones, jawline, and brows. The massaging movement (known traditionally as ‘scraping’ ) and jade properties can enhance circulation, de-puff the eye area, and improve skin elasticity. Facial Glow Sha promotes lymphatic drainage and detoxifying, promoting a hydrated and tight complexion.

From my experience in the clinic I believe Gua Sha gives a greater result for facial contouring, especially when combined with an elecronic modality like Micro current because the electric current enhances the effect of the Gua Sha giving you some serious lift.

Gua Sha facial treatments in the are Gua Sha + Microcurrent Facial and Express Gua Sha Lift + Facial Massage.

If you have any questions about our facial treatments our friendly staff can help to answer them via our Contact Form.