Where to get the pigmentation treatment that’s gaining worldwide buzz

The world’s best-selling depigmentation peel offers remarkable results and it currently comes with an added extra*.

Patchy, uneven pigmentation is high on our list of skin bugbears.

Our desire to minimise the brown uneven patches and spots and achieve a more even, fresh and glowing skin has fueled huge growth in the number of skincare products landing on shelves, seeking to address the issue. 

Plenty of it helps, but much of it lacks the formulation intensity to effectively shift the pigmentation. 

So what to try when you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, or you have widespread or stubborn melasma, hyperpigmentation or skin discolouration? 

Seek the help of an expert! The Advanced Beauty Therapists at Skin Institute confirm these concerns are commonly among queries for customers seeking to achieve their best skin. High on the list of solutions is the Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel treatment, that’s gaining plenty of attention for its remarkable results on all ethnicities and skin tones. 

In-clinic skincare treatment

‘Peel’ is a word that has the potential to cause the nervous to reconsider their options, but there’s no cause for apprehension. The term really refers to a professional strength skincare application that is carried out in clinic. It’s non-invasive and doesn’t hurt at all. 

Developed in Spain and buzzed about worldwide, the Cosmelan Peel tackles all types of pigmentation with up to 95% reduction of melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and age spots.The in-clinic peel procedure is designed to reduce surface pigment and is followed by a special at home skincare regime to reduce pigment over three months.

This treats the source of pigment by reducing melanin overproduction at the source.

It can also improve dull skin, dark spots, dry areas, blemishes, and even acne scars.

The procedure involves a multi-ingredient, melanin-inhibiting mask being applied in a Skin Institute clinic which you leave on, and wash off later at home, after approximately 8 hours.

Once your skin has settled you continue using the pH-balanced skin care products provided instead of your usual skincare regime. Using this home skincare daily is essential to long term pigment reduction. After 3 months, it’s advised to switch to a skincare regime with Vitamin A, C and pigment inhibitor for the next 4 months. 

According to Skin Institute’s experts, the initial reaction can involve a bit of itching (managed with an antihistamine) or some swelling and redness of the treated area but it rarely lasts longer than 48 hours.

The good news is results are expected within a week, where you can expect to see skin blemishes begin to fade significantly, and a brighter complexion revealed. After a couple of weeks, your skin will take on a dramatically shinier, healthier glow and the results will continue to improve even further over the following weeks. To ensure the results last, you must make sure you use effective high SPF and avoid the sun. 

The treatment is not suitable if you’re pregnant or planning on getting pregnant; breastfeeding; allergic to any component of Cosmelan; on antibiotics, isotretinoin or hydroquinone; have a skin infection; or have recently had a peel or IPL or a laser treatment in the area.

How to try it

Visit Skin Institute’s website for more information and to book a consultation. There’s even currently a FREE* LED Red Light Therapy valued at $110, when you purchase a Cosmelan Peel Package. Red Light Therapy helps enhance the skin’s natural defence mechanisms, helping to speed up healing, even out skin tone, plus boosting collagen and elastin.


*Offer valid from the 19th July – 8th August 2021. Cosmelan Peel & LED Red Light Therapy are available at the following selected Skin Institute Clinics: Whangarei, Silverdale, Ponsonby, Takapuna, Waiheke Island, Northwest, New Plymouth and Queenstown. FREE LED Red Light Therapy is available for one time usage only, not the full 3 months course of our Cosmelan Peel treatment. FREE LED Light Therapy will be provided at the one week follow up visit, post the Cosmelan Treatment. Subject to our Appearance Medicine team availability.

Cannes 2021 best-dressed: favourite fashion moments from the festival

Film and fashion fans have celebrated the return of the Cannes Film Festival this year, after its cancellation in 2020. Walking the red carpet at the 74th Cannes Film Festival were a who’s-who of Hollywood and European movie stars, alongside models, musicians and fashion icons. 

No doubt relishing in the opportunity to glam up, the guests haven’t disappointed with their Cannes 2021 fashion looks. From shimmering and ethereal gowns to THAT gold necklace on Bella Hadid, we round up our favourite looks from the Cannes 2021 red carpet.


From left: Soko, Mahlagha Jaberi and Denise Tantucci

French singer Soko dazzled in a cut-out Gucci dress with iridescent embellishments, while Iranian model Mahlagha Jaberi stunned in a shimmering floral gown. Also opting for a glitzy look, Italian actress Denise Tantucci wore a flowing Gucci gown with elegant cape sleeves and open back.


Crisp white shirts with bold collars were a big trend on the Cannes 2021 red carpet. Both wearing Chanel, Tilda Swinton rocked a sharp-collared shirt, while actress Vicky Krieps opted for a more feminine collar, paired with blue wool pants. Also rocking the trend, French actress Melanie Thierry wore a chic layered Valentino white shirt and Chopard jewels.


Big, bold gowns were a mainstay on the Cannes red carpet, our favourites being German influencer Leonie Hanne’s breathtaking Nicole + Felicia Couture ballgown and actress Jodie Turner-Smith’s custom white and yellow Gucci dress.


Bella Hadid tops our list of the best-dressed at Cannes 2021 with two striking outfits. The first, a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier gown (worn by Naomi Campbell when it debuted on the runway in 2002) and of course, the head-turning Schiaparelli Haute Couture dress with gold and rhinestone ‘lung’ necklace.


There’s nothing we love more than a well-tailored suit and there are two looks from Cannes we can’t get enough of. Walking the red carpet with her mother, French model and actress Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg rocked a Saint Laurent blazer and vest to deliver the perfect dose of effortless edge. The always-dapper Timothee Chalamet lit up the red carpet in a silver Tom Ford suit at the premiere of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.


Chanel was another popular choice on the Cannes red carpet, with a number of looks exemplifying understated elegance. Bergman Island actress Vicky Krieps donned a feminine 2-piece look, featuring embroidered flowers and fuschia pink lace, while French singer and actress Angèle wore an embroidered black georgette dress from the Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection. Chanel Ambassador Marion Cotillard wore a printed denim Chanel jacket with matching skirt and 18 karat white gold and diamond earrings.