A Masterclass with Amy Erbacher


We were treated to a beauty masterclass at the Canberra Centre last weekend, lead by beauty therapist and wellness expert, Amy Erbacher. With over ten years experience in the wellness industry, we knew we were in the best hands to learn more about skincare with a holistic approach.

The aim of the precious hour Amy had with us was to make skincare and beauty simple, to make it easy and accessible to everyone.

Here’s what I took away from the session with Amy:


Extrinsic & Intrinsic Factors influencing our skin

We need to consider both extrinsic and intrinsic factors when thinking of our skin. Extrinsic factors include the environment, pollution and cosmetics, while intrinsic factors include stress, hormones and diet. As these factors are constantly changing, we must always reassess our skin care routines to best counteract any negative affects from these factors. We must treat our skin for what we can see and feel.

Amy suggests visiting endota spa in the beauty precinct of the Canberra Centre for a free skin consultation to determine your skin type and condition.


Oils & Skincare Trends

Considering the changing nature of our skin, Amy spent some time talking about oils. She emphasised: ‘Don’t be scared of oils.’

She reflected that many of her clients experienced acne in their teenage years when they would never have dreamed of using oils or moisturisers on their skin. But as our skin changes with age, we need to adapt our skin routines to best suit us.

Skincare trends and fads are dangerous and Amy made an example of the use of coconut oil on our skin. It often results in a thick, waxy barrier on our skin, worsening congestion. A better oil for most skin types is rosehip oil, which you could use first thing in the morning for a self-massage on your face.



When it comes to products, less is more. Here are the four basic products that Amy recommends you equip yourself with for the best skin care routine.

  • Cleanser to clean off any makeup or dirt on the face
  • Toner to complete the cleansing of the skin, removing excess dirt and oil
  • Serum; this is the treatment for your skin
  • Moisturiser; the final product to lock everything in

We should curate our products from no more than three differing brands. Brands each have their own philosophy and essential ingredients and we are not sure how products will interact with each other.

The number one product to invest in is sunscreen and cosmetics containing SPF. Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging and products containing SPF can combat the harsh exposure from the sun all day round.


Self-care is not Selfish

It is important to take some time out to connect with our bodies and spend some time on self-care. Amy emphasised that it is not in any way selfish. We must be able to fill our own love cups before we can fill anyone else’s.



To conclude the session Amy did a quick makeup look on the model that was suitable for everyday wear.

‘Cover what needs to be covered, and accentuate your natural features.’

She used a light liquid foundation by bareMinerals, concealer under the eyes, bronzer, a clear brow gel and mascara on the top lashes only. A pop of lipstick to finish off brightened the whole look.

If we get this down pat, it should only take us three minutes (phew!).



Hannah Wallace

When she isn't busy studying marketing and anthropology, you will find Hannah working at her local theatre. And when she isn't working there, you will find her watching all the shows that come to town. Hannah loves to share a good ol' instagram of her beloved home town Canberra, especially if it's of a delicious brunch, a cup of coffee, or a combination of the two. Follow her theatre, brunch and coffee filled adventures at @hvwal

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