Cosmetic Surgery & Beauty #73

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ISSUE 73 • AUG-OCT 2016

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CONTENTS

regulars

8 Editor’s letter

10 Newsfront

features

16 New cosmetic surgery

guidelines crackdown: what

does it mean for you?

18 The new trend in breast

augmentation

26 Keep your ‘beauty secrets’

under wraps

30 Eyes wide open

Your options for larger looking

eyes

58 The simple way to lose

weight

76 No incision ear correction

eyes

34 Defy gravity with the instant

non-surgical eyelid lift

Lids By Design are ingenious

correcting eyelid strips that

instantly take years off your

appearance

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54 Need a lift?

Get tighter, firmer skin

with Ultherapy, the facelift

without the downtime.

56 Spotlight on...the

Hydrafacial

Elevating the traditional

facial to a whole new level

body

64 Put the freeze on fat

Cool-Sculpting is the no-surgery,

no downtime treatment that gets

rid of fat - permanently!

90 The spa treatment that

loses inches off your body

The fool proof way to lose fat

skin

36 Sustainable beauty

How are the products in your

beauty cupboard impacting the

environment?

40 Skin typing

Find out your skin type with

our easy matrix

44 Big results, minimal downtime

Minimally invasive procedures for

maximum results

46 A winning combination for

skin beauty

Maximise skin tightening by

combining Infini and Healite

49 Breathable, buildable,

beautiful coverage

All-day, lightweight tint to

smooth out imperfections and

even skin tone

50 The revolutionary role

of Platelet Rich Plasma

in healing and skin

rejuvenation

Regen PRP is gaining a loyal

following with its new applications

cosmetic tattoo

80 Life-changing results with

medical tattooing

Medical tattooing is improving

appearances and self-confidence

88 The first lady of cosmetic

tattooing

Val-Glover Hovan remains at the

forefront of her field in Australia


intimate procedures

70 All about laser vaginal

rejuvenation

We look at genital rejuvenation

and female empowerment

74 The 5 minute vaginal

rejuvenation treatment

All about the MonaLisa Touch

laser tightening treatment

breasts

22 Corrective breast surgery

We look at breast rejuvenation

options

beauty & spa

66 Hair today, gone tomorrow

We look at the best de-fuzzing

choices

82 The beauty lover’s guide to

makeup

We bring you the bona fide killer

buys that have earned cult status

92 Bathtime bliss

Lather up with our fave bath and

shower gels

96 Thirst quenchers

Kick winter skin to the curb with

these thirst-quenching products

104 Reignite your glow

Say goodbye to that dull wintery

complexion!

110 Hair extensions = super

sexy hair

Ooze confidence with bigger,

bolder, more beautiful hair

112 World’s weirdest spa

treatments

We take a look at some

of the world’s most bizarre

spa treatments – and if they

actually work!

116 Editor’s favourites

Our favourite products

showcased for you

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ISSUE 73 • AUG-OCT 2016

OPTIONS

TO MAKE

YOUR EYES

LOOK

BIGGER

WHAT’S

TRENDING

IN BREAST

IMPLANTS

KEEP

YOUR

‘ BEAUTY

SECRETS’

UNDER

WRAPS

THE NO

SWEAT

WAY TO

SHED FAT

18 What’s trending in

breast implants

26 Keep your ‘beauty

secrets’ under wraps

30 Options to make your

eyes look bigger

58 The no-sweat

way to shed fat

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EDITOR’S LETTER

It’s that time of the year when we start thinking of laying off the

hot chocolates and comfort foods and shedding some of that

extra winter layer. Summer is in our sights and we haven’t quite

started to panic yet at the thought of baring ourselves on the beach

– but it’s close!! On page 58, we simplify the diet mumbo-jumbo

so you can wade through all the misinformation and myriad of

diff erent food band-wagons, by retraining your brain and avoiding

those fad diets, in time to lose weight for the warmer weather.

It’s also that time of the year when our skin is crying out for

moisture after the chilly, windy winter months. On page 101 we share our best beauty buys

and tips to revive dehydrated post-winter skin.

These days, the aesthetics industry is constantly evolving and, like fashion, trends come

and go. Head to page 18 and fi nd out about the new trend in breast augmentation and why

women are ditching the ‘bigger is better’ attitude.

In line with this, beauty trends can also be quite confusing and the choice of skin care

products can be overwhelming for the average person. Often we end up using the wrong

products for our skin because we don’t know our own skin type. On page 40 we bring you

expert advice on how to categorise your skin, what products you should be using and which

ones you should avoid.

The last few months have seen the Bella Media offi ce brimming with the latest and

greatest products, including the must-have beauty staples in our Cult Classics (page 83),

the best in bronzers and fake tan (page 110), and some luxurious bath and shower products

(page 93) to help you unwind and step into relaxation mode.

Visit us online and head to www.cosbeauty.com.au where you can download your free

edition of this issue. You’ll also fi nd a heap of great beauty tips and tricks, Australia’s largest

practitioner and product directory and weekly articles on beauty, cosmetic surgery, lifestyle

and fi tness.

Michelle Kearney

Editor-in-Chief

michelle@bellamedia.com.au

Issue 73

Aug-Oct 2016

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Michelle Kearney

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Tara Casey, Erin Docherty, Aimée Rodrigues

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NEWSFRONT

CATCH UP WITH WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE INDUSTRY...

New study:

COULD BEING WELL-

HYDRATED PREVENT

WEIGHT GAIN?

We all know that drinking plenty of water throughout the

day is good for you, but did you know that staying wellhydrated

could prevent weight gain?

New Research from the University of Michigan suggests

that people who have a higher body mass index (BMI) and

considered obese and more likely to not be properly hydrated.

“The link between hydration and weight is not clear. Our

study further explains this relationship on a population level

using an objective measure of hydration,” says lead author

Tammy Chang.

The fi ndings, published in the Annals of Family Medicine,

are composed of a nationally representative sample of 9,528

adults from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The survey ranged in age from 18-64 years, and found

about one third of participants were inadequately hydrated.

Although the association between hydration and weight

needs further investigation, Chang makes reference to current

recommendations that hydration may assist with weight loss

due to individuals misinterpreting thirst as hunger.

Chang and colleagues are unable to say at this stage

whether inadequate hydration causes obesity or if obesity

causes inadequate hydration, as more studies need to be

conducted.

However, their fi ndings show a correlation between the

two and suggest that those with a higher BMI may possess

behavioral traits that lead to insuffi cient levels of hydration.

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Mesoestetic Clinic

of the Year announced

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Dr Anh Nguyen’s Perth medispa and wellness clinic was

recently announced as the Mesoestetic Clinic of the Year

by Advanced Cosmeceuticals.

Dr Anh is a leader in cosmetic surgery and off ers a

range of treatments including tummy tuck, liposuction

and breast enhancement, as well as non-surgical

cosmetic injectables and skin rejuvenation treatments.

Mesoestetic is a global leader in the medical aesthetic

skincare industry with its professional depigmentation

treatments, including the world’s best-selling skin

brightening treatments, Cosmelan and Dermamelan.

Mesoestetic is becoming the gold standard in the topical

treatment of pigmentation.

The Mesoestetic Clinic of the Year prize is a trip to

Barcelona to visit the Mesoestetic Head Offi ce, and Dr

Anh nominated her beauty therapist Charmaine Mallasch

to receive the prize.

Linda Christian from Advanced Cosmeceuticals,

Australian distributor of Mesoestetic, presented the clinic

with certifi cates and a trophy.

‘We are so happy to present Dr Anh and Charmaine

with this award and we thank them and all our

mesoesetetic accounts for their ongoing support and

commitment. We are so pleased to be able to present

Charmaine with this incredible opportunity to visit

mesoestetic in Barcelona,’ says Catherine Biedermann,

Managing Director of Advanced Cosmeceuticals.

Charmaine Mallasch receives the award


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PLASTIC

SURGERY

TRENDS

AROUND THE

WORLD

According to the Independent UK (online), some of the

global surgery hotspots have revealed surprising new

trends. Though some counties operate as destinations

for cheaper (although not always regulated) procedures,

some emerging markets are seeing a boom for some

very particular operations.

INDIA

Often undergone in a bid to improve career and marriage

prospects, painful limb lengthening procedures are on

the rise in India, and can add as much as 7.5 cm to

someone’s height.

The procedure has been adapted from techniques

used in major trauma or in children with stunted growth.

Limbs can be encouraged to lengthen using pins

and an Ilizarov frame, which can be slowly adjusted.

The section of bone supported by the frame is

surgically ‘broken’ and over subsequent weeks the

frame is made longer.

The gap that develops fi lls with new bone. In

elective surgery, bones that don’t fuse, because of

chronic infection or poor wound healing, can lead to

amputation.

“This is one of the most diffi cult cosmetic surgeries

to perform, and people are doing it after just one or two

months’ fellowship, following a doctor who is probably

experimenting himself. There are no colleges, no proper

training - nothing,” said Dr Amar Sarin, an orthopaedic

surgeon in India.

SOUTH KOREA

The cosmetic surgery industry in South Korea is

booming. Surgery is cheap and effi cient, while the

facilities, which have come out of the old American

hospitals, are excellent and now cater for the global

medical tourism market.

South Korea has the highest per capita rate of

cosmetic surgery in the world, which has led to it

being called the global capital for plastic surgery.

Facial surgery is widespread and is used mainly to

create more V-shaped chins, smaller noses (the

second most common operation, perhaps because

nasal bridges in Asia tend to be fl atter and it’s easy to

insert implants) and to alter eye shapes. South Korea

has wholeheartedly embraced the fact that cosmetic

procedures make for profi table business, whether for

domestic or foreign patients.

IRAN

Cosmetic surgery is on the rise in Iran,

so much so that it is now among the top

countries for procedures. Liposuction,

permanent eyebrow tattooing and nose jobs

are some of the most popular procedures. In

a more conservative country where women

dress more modestly, accentuating facial

features can be one way to enhance beauty.

Javad Amirizad, a member of the

Iranian Association of Cosmetic and Plastic

Surgeons, says that of the 40,000 annual

cosmetic procedures in Iran, more than 60

per cent are rhinoplasties. The dressings

on noses after surgery are an increasingly

common sight in Tehran and have even

been nicknamed “bandages of honour.”

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Brazil

Brazil was the second biggest performer of cosmetic

surgical and non-surgical procedures worldwide in 2014

– its 10.2 per cent share came only second to the US

(20.1 per cent). The majority of surgical requests are for

‘improvements’ to breasts, abdomen and buttocks.

Brazilians lead the world in aesthetic surgery

developments and ideas, from new types of breast

implants to Brazilian abdominoplasty – where excess flesh

is removed from the abdomen – and the famous ‘Brazilian

butt lift’.

Worldwide

Surgery for female genitalia includes the ‘designer

vagina’ and labial reduction – which some argue comes

close to being FGM (female genital mutilation) when it’s a

cosmetic rather than a necessary gynecological procedure.

Although some serious problems can occur if

inappropriately performed, it is becoming more popular

in many countries.

Safer and also increasingly common is mons pubis

reduction, which targets the area of skin in the pubic

area, which some women find embarrassing, especially

when wearing swimsuits. The ‘camel toe’ effect can

be significantly reduced by some form of liposuction and/

or skin excision.

There is also a wave of new laser devices on the

market, which tighten the vaginal wall and increase

sexual stimulation.

Brain stimulation

may curb your

food cravings

Recent research suggests that noninvasive

stimulation of a specific brain area can reduce

food cravings, especially for foods high in carbs,

according to a review in the Psychosomatic

Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.

The researchers analysed previous stimulation

studies evaluating the effects of noninvasive brain

stimulation on food cravings and food consumption.

Stimulation studies have targeted a brain area

called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC),

which appears to play a role in the “conscious

regulation of food craving and consumption of

calorie-dense foods.”

The review identified eleven studies evaluating

the effects of DLPFC stimulation on food cravings

and/or consumption. The studies included human

volunteers in laboratory settings – most often

women who reported “strong and frequent” cravings

for high-calorie snack foods. All studies used an

appropriate sham (inactive) stimulation procedure.

Of eight studies providing data on food cravings,

all but one showed a significant effect of brain

stimulation. Meta-analysis of pooled data from

these studies suggested a “moderate-sized effect”

of DLPFC stimulation on food cravings - roughly half

a point on a four-point self-rated scale.

Just one of the two types of stimulation studied

had a significant effect on food cravings – a

technique called repetitive transcranial magnetic

stimulation (rTMS). The other technique evaluated,

transcranial direct current stimulation, did not

significantly affect cravings.

In contrast, the results of nine studies providing

data on actual food consumption were inconsistent.

The pooled data analysis suggested no significant

effect of brain stimulation.

The available data support the conclusion that

DLPFC stimulation reduces food cravings, Dr Hall

and coauthors believe. “These effects seem to be

strongest for rTMS neuromodulation methods and

are moderate in magnitude,” they write.

Dr Hall and colleagues make suggestions for

future research in order to show the potential

benefits of repeated sessions of rTMS and focusing

on actual food consumption – especially caloriedense

snack foods.

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we communicate online. Beaumoji is the latest in a line of digital-based inventions

made by beauty giant L’Oréal. It is another way for the company to encourage

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Eating your

fruit and

veggies makes

you happier

A new study has found that eating fruits and vegetables

may help you feel happier and more optimistic.

Researchers from UK’s University of Warwick and the

University of Queensland found that happiness increased

with each extra portion of fruit and vegetables, up to eight

portions per day.

“Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our

happiness far more quickly than it improves human

health,” said Professor Andrew Oswald in a statement.

“People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by

the fact that physical-health benefi ts, such as protecting

against cancer, accrue decades later. However wellbeing

improvements from increased consumption of fruit and

vegetables are closer to immediate.”

In the study, researchers looked at more than 12,000

people in Australia. The participants’ diets were recorded

and their psychological wellbeing tracked over two years.

It was found that people who went from a diet that

included barely any fruit or vegetables to one that

included eight portions per day had the same increase in

life satisfaction as someone who went from unemployed

to employed.

The results of the study took into account other

infl uencing factors, including changes in people’s

incomes and life circumstances.

Previous research has suggested that greater levels

of pigments called carotenoids found in some fruits and

veggies are linked to higher levels of optimism. Studies

have also suggested that an increased intake of vitamin

B12 may also play a role in regulating mood.

The new fi ndings may help doctors convince people

to eat more fruits and vegetables. Less than 10% of

Australians meet the current guidelines recommending

fi ve servings of vegetables every day, while less than half

meet the recommendation of two servings of fruit.

“Perhaps our results will be more eff ective than

traditional messages in convincing people to have a

healthy diet,” said Dr Redzo Mujcic, a research fellow at

the University of Queensland. “There is a psychological

payoff now from fruit and vegetables – not just a lower

health risk decades later.”

MORE AUSTRALIANS

TAKING RISKS WITH

NON-SURGICAL

COSMETIC TREATMENTS

The number of consumers admitting to having treatments

at home has doubled.

The latest fi ndings from the Cosmetic Physicians

College of Australasia (CPCA) annual survey has found

that one in ten Australians (10 percent) admit to having

non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed in a “home”

environment – almost double the number compared with

the 2015 survey.

The risk to patients of infection, or worse, through

visiting unaccredited practitioners is incredibly high – and

that’s why the recent warning by NSW Health is so timely.

Monitoring Australians’ attitudes to cosmetic medicine

for the past nine years, the survey also found that 87 per

cent of those who had received non-surgical cosmetic

treatments had visited a doctor with a focus on cosmetic

treatment or visited a beauty salon for treatment.

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Rechtman, the brand was created

to challenge the idea that aff ordable

cosmetics are not as good as

high end brands. Fast-forward ten

years and the brand is available in

over 4,000 pharmacies throughout

Australia and New Zealand and

has seen 20% growth year-on-year

over the last three years. There are

now close to four products sold

every minute.

The brand is proudly Vegan and

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New cosmetic

surgery

guidelines

crackdown:

What does it

mean for you?

The Medical Board of

Australia has recently

issued a set of new rules

to protect patients seeking

cosmetic medical and

surgical procedures.

The new set of guidelines introduced by the Medical

Board of Australia focus on consumer protection

and patient safety for cosmetic medical and

surgical procedures. The new rules will apply to all

medical practitioners and have been developed to protect

consumers who decide to undertake cosmetic procedure,

with a particular focus on vulnerable and young patients

(aged 18 and under).

What are the new rules?

The guidelines were developed in consultation with the

cosmetic surgery industry and the community to evaluate

the best way to protect consumers seeking cosmetic

medical and surgical procedures from medical practitioners.

Some of the new rules include:

• A seven-day cooling off period for all adults before

undertaking major procedures

• A three-month cooling off period before major procedures

for under-18s and a mandatory evaluation by a registered

psychologist, general practitioner or psychiatrist.

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• A seven-day cooling off period before minor procedures

such as injectables for all under-18s and, when needed,

an evaluation by a registered psychologist, general

practitioner or psychiatrist.

• Medical practitioners must personally take responsibility

for post-operative patient care and ensure that there

are emergency facilities when they are using sedation,

anaesthesia or analgesia.

• For patients seeking minor procedures that involve the

use of Schedule 4 medications (such as injectables),

there must be a mandatory consultation with a medical

practitioner either in person or by video consultation.

• Medical practitioners must provide patients with detailed

written information about costs.

How will these changes

affect you?

One of the main points that will affect

prospective patients are the coolingoff

periods. The guidelines provide

a nationally consistent approach

to cooling off periods. They prescribe

a seven-day cooling-off period for all

adults before major procedures (such

as surgery) and a three-month coolingoff

period before major procedures for

all patients under 18 and a mandatory

evaluation by a registered psychologist,

general practitioner or psychiatrist.

The guidelines also introduce a

seven-day cooling-off period before

minor procedures (including cosmetic

injectables) for all under 18s, and

when clinically indicated, evaluation

by a registered psychologist, general

practitioner or psychiatrist.

Associate Professor Stephen

Bradshaw from the Medical Board of

Australia explains, ‘This cooling-off period gives people

some time to consider the procedure. These are sometimes

very major procedures that can be body- and life-altering,

so there is a wide concern that some patients were going

into procedures without knowing the risks, especially

younger people.’

‘Another major concern was that there was no

psychological base and that some people may not have the

maturity needed to make an informed decision,’ he says.

‘We’re not preventing people under the age of 18 from

having cosmetic surgery; we just want to make sure that

they make the right decision. So it’s not about preventing,

it’s about supporting people through it to make sure it’s the

right thing to do.’

The guidelines also prohibit medical practitioners from

providing or offering financial inducements, either to

patients or agents, and prohibit finance schemes being

offered to patients (such as loans or third-party payment

arrangements).

‘We don’t encourage or believe people should take thirdparty

finance arrangements. It’s fine to do it by credit card

and it’s fine to say you can pay in instalments, but finance

companies are not advisable and such an arrangement

would not comply with the guidelines,’ says Dr Bradshaw.

‘We are also concerned that some patients were putting

quite large deposits down even before they decided to go

ahead. Patients shouldn’t be putting down any deposits

until after that cooling-off period.

Nothing should be paid for until the

The new

guidelines are

aimed to help

keep patients

safe, without

imposing an

unreasonable

regulatory

burden on

practitioners

patient comes back and says, ‘I’ve

been to my psychiatrist or I’ve been

to my GP and we’ve discussed it

and I’m still keen to have procedure

X’,’ he says.

Another important aspect of

the guidelines is the requirement

for face-to-face consultations

for doctors prescribing cosmetic

injectables. ‘Consultations can

be done by Skype or video – but

it still needs to be a face-to-face

consultation. It can’t just be a phone

call, etc,’ says Dr Bradshaw.

Patients will benefit particularly

from the improved informed consent

provisions. Cosmetic medicine and

surgery are almost always selfreferred,

and there is a greater need

for the stronger informed consent

guidelines announced by the

Medical Board of Australia.

Although cosmetic injectables have become more

common, people should not forget that they are still medical

procedures that require supervision from a qualified medical

practitioner in a safe environment and medical protocols

need to be followed.

Overall, the new guidelines are aimed to help keep

patients safe, without imposing an unreasonable regulatory

burden on practitioners. csbm

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The

new

trend

in breast

augmentation

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In search of the

perfect breasts,

it appears many

women are ditching

the ‘bigger is

better’ attitude

for smaller, more

natural-looking

implants.

From the robust bodies and smaller breasts revered in

the Renaissance period to the thin and flat-chested

‘Twiggy’-inspired beauty in the 60s to the gravitydefying

breasts of the 1990s and early 2000s, feminine

curves have crept in and out of fashion over the past

century like an item of clothing. And 2016 is no exception.

Smaller breasts are making a big comeback. Surgeons

are seeing a shift in the look many breast augmentation

patients are asking for, away from the round, prominent

oversized breast towards something more in keeping

with their natural shape, to balance their figure rather than

dominate their appearance.

5 factors for

natural-looking

breasts

1

A

gentle slope from the shoulder

to the peak of the breast at the

nipple (roundness at the top of

the breast is an implant giveaway)

Why the shift?

Whether they have lost volume from having children and

just want to restore their breast shape and size, or simply

want to get rid of their padded bras without significant

change in their appearance in clothes and in the workplace,

women are increasingly moving away from the ‘bigger is

better’ attitude when it comes to breast augmentation

surgery. The trend has shifted from the prominent to the

au naturel look.

Changing body ideals and our culture’s increased

focus on fitness could well be fuelling this trend. Female

participation in sports and fitness programs is on the rise,

and alongside this many women are feeling that large

breasts may interfere with their active lifestyle and prefer

smaller implants for a more fit, athletic look. Indeed,

disproportionately large breasts can also cause neck,

shoulder and back problems.

2

The

3

A

4

A

5

A

nipple is located on the centre

of the breast mound and tilted

slightly outwards and upwards

gentle arc from the nipple to

underneath the breast (not too

big and full making the breast

appear saggy

good cleavage

silhouette line so that when

standing front-on, a gentle

bulge is apparent on the side

of the chest wall

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The fine

art of

natural-looking

breast

augmentation

Breast surgery is more customisable than ever before.

Research spanning decades has helped formulate surgical

and aesthetic techniques that have placed breast surgery at

the forefront of today’s plastic and reconstructive arena.

The expertise garnered through years of investigation from

leading surgeons around the globe means breast surgery

today offers more individualised results, with less scarring and

reduced downtime following surgery.

The implants used in breast augmentation have been

improved and refined through both design and manufacturing.

Features to reduce the risk of capsular contracture and prevent

implant rotation, gel diffusion and implant rupture help achieve

superior results with fewer incidences of complication.

Surgical techniques have also changed. Different implant

placement and incision sites afford breast augmentation patients

more options in scar placement and aesthetic outcomes.

Surgical advances in breast reduction have lead to improved

results, with less downtime. And a greater understanding

of breast anatomy and aesthetics has made correcting

deformities, such as tuberous breasts and asymmetry, more

effective than ever before.

Factors that need to be assessed before undergoing a

breast augmentation include the size of the existing breasts

and the width of the base of the breasts. The width of the

base determines the most suitable implant size and volume

the patient can have to enable their new breasts to look

proportionate to the rest of their body.

When considering implant shape, texture and size in

breast augmentation, a decision is made with reference to a

woman’s individual body type and aesthetic goals. During the

consultation process, measurements are taken to determine

the anatomical limitations and allowances of the breasts,

chest and soft tissue, and patients are able to express their

motivations, concerns and expectations going into surgery.

The choice of projection is a very personal one. A woman

who is happy with her shape and has sufficient breast tissue

may opt for a low profile implant that will simply increase the

size of her breasts. Another patient may favour a high-profile

implant to reduce sag and generate cleavage.

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Implant fill

There are two types of implant filling – silicone gel and

saline solution – and both are encased within an outer shall

of silicone.

Silicone gel implants are touted to have a more natural

feel than their saline-filled counterparts, and the gel’s

cohesive consistency helps retain implant shape following

insertion. In comparison, saline-filled implants are firmer to

touch, and have a greater chance of rippling after insertion.

If implant rupture occurs with saline-filled implants,

the saline solution will be absorbed into the body and the

rupture will be immediately noticeable to the patient. When

using silicone gel-filled implants, rupture is less noticeable

and can remain undetected for longer periods of time,

which is cause for concern to some doctors and patients.

Implant shape

Implants come in round, teardrop (anatomical) and conical

shapes. The round and teardrop options are the most

popular in modern-day breast surgery.

Round implants come in smooth and textured shells, and

will usually lend more upper pole fullness than anatomically

shaped implants. When the patient is upright, a round

implant can assume a defined, round shape or a teardroplike

contour, depending on its fill.

Anatomical (teardrop) implants have a fuller lower pole,

and the shape more closely resembles that of the natural

breast. Their design gives them greater projection in relation

to the size of the base, making them particularly suitable

for women with little breast tissue. A precise degree of

accuracy is needed when positioning anatomical implants,

because if they shift after surgery the shape of the breast

may be noticeably distorted. To reduce this risk, anatomical

implants will always have a textured surface to enable

adherence to surrounding tissue.

Implant texture

The surface of breast implants can either be smooth or

textured. Smooth-shelled implants are acclaimed for their

natural movement and feel, they are relatively easy to

insert during surgery and have a thinner shell than textured

implants. There is a downside to smooth implants, however,

as they have a greater chance of capsular contracture

(hardening of the breast), which is a common reason for

revision surgery.

In comparison, textured implants – usually coated

with polyurethane foam – exhibit greater adherence to

surrounding tissue, meaning there is less friction between

the implant and breast pocket. This reduces the change

of capsular contracture and protects against implant

movement following surgery.

Implant placement

Breast implants can be placed either above or below the

pectoral muscle and, in some cases, a dual plane approach

means the implant is partially placed in both fields.

Subglandular placement is when the implant is positioned

above the pectoral muscle, beneath the glandular breast

tissue. This implant positioning is best suited to patients

who have adequate existing breast tissue, as this tissue

will cover the implant’s edges after insertion. Subglandular

implant placement often causes a pronounced “roundness”

to the breasts, and the implant moves relatively naturally in

this position following surgery.

In patients with less soft tissue in the breast area,

implants placed underneath the pectoral muscle –

called submuscular implant positioning – are often less

conspicuous. This placement helps camouflage the implant

edges and can create a more natural-looking contour at the

top of the breasts.

In dual plane placement, the implant is placed partially

beneath the pectoral muscle in the upper pole, while the

lower half of the implant falls in the subglandular plane. This

placement will camouflage upper implant edges and provide

full projection in the lower pole, suited to women with a high

degree of sag or an accentuated breast fold. It will reduce

the defined ‘roundness’ usually associated with subglandular

implants and will offer a natural breast contour.

The incision site

The incision site will determine the visibility of scars and is

generally decided based upon the personal preferences of

the patient and surgeon. There are surgical advantages and

drawbacks for each site.

The inframammary incision is the most common incision

site for breast implant placement and it is made in the

inframammary fold, or the crease under the breast. The

periareolar incision is made on the border of the areolar - the

area of darker skin surrounding the nipple. A transaxillary

incision is made in the armpit fold, and a channel is created

to deliver the implant to the breast pocket. And, finally the

transumbilical incision, which not so commonly used, is

made on the rim of the navel and an endoscope is used to

tunnel to the breast.

Ultimately, a thorough understanding of the implants,

their shapes, fills and placement will help ensure a

satisfactory outcome. csbm

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corrective

breast

surgery

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Sagging

or heavy

breasts?

We chat with

Dr John Flynn

about your

breast

rejuvenation

options.

Anti-ageing is the new frontier in cosmetic practice, and we are constantly

being given new arrays of options to address signs of ageing.

While these advances are often focused on facial enhancements and

general body health, age-related changes also occur in the breast.

While the popular conception of breast surgery is that it usually applies

to younger women, there are a number of age-related issues that occur

quite naturally.

‘The issues to consider are loss of volume, the texture and tone of breast

tissue and the inevitable sagging of the breasts,’ says Dr Flynn from Cosmedic

& Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast. ‘All women will be affected by some of these

issues at some stage of their lives because of the ageing process.’

There are various approaches to restore breasts to their former glory and

some can be combined to provide solutions in certain cases. ‘Certainly restoring

volume using breast implants is a key measure, however there are times when

lifting and tightening of the breast tissue is of equal importance and sometimes a

combination of procedures is required,’ says Dr Flynn.

The overall purpose, he says, is to create body balance, where the proportions

are in harmony.

Volume restoration

According to Dr Flynn, a breast implant is the obvious solution to volume

restoration. ‘Much has been written about the different shapes and styles of

implants available, and the reason there are so many options to choose from is

because breast augmentation is not a one-size-fits-all issue,’ he says.

‘There needs to be a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from because each

woman is different and it is important to find a solution to suit every individual.’

Dr Flynn says there are further choices in terms of the surface of the implant,

namely whether to use a smooth or textured finish. ‘Each has its own advantages

and disadvantages and should be addressed in detail during consultation with

the doctor,’ he says.

Breast tone & sagging

Sometimes if there is sufficient volume remaining in the breast, a procedure

called a mastopexy can be used to lift the breast. By doing this the available

breast tissue can be compressed and lifted to help restore a fullness of texture

and tone. The lifted breasts will have a more pert, youthful appearance.

Dr Flynn says there are various methods for achieving this but patients do

need to be aware that mastopexy involves a different pattern of approach from

breast implant surgery. ‘Typically this type of surgery involves an incision around

the nipple, and in some cases there may also be a vertical scar from the nipple to

the inframammary fold (the breast crease),’ he says.

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Body

balance

The overall aim of breast

rejuvenation/correction

procedures is to balance the

body’s proportions into a

pleasing feminine silhouette,

Dr Flynn says. One thing

to consider is the effect of

reducing abdominal girth

through liposuction.

‘The cosmetic benefits of

breast surgery can be greatly

enhanced by skimming excess

fat off the tummy,’ he says.

‘Improvements can also be

made by using liposuction to

re-contour the hips, thighs and

buttocks. The ultimate aim is

to improve body symmetry

and proportion and achieve a

pleasing form.’

Whether augmenting or

reducing parts of the body,

Dr Flynn says it is critically

important to maintain an

eye for total body balance

as this concept is central to

successful cosmetic surgery.

Size reduction

‘Many articles published about breast sagging

concentrate on increasing volume by using implants, but

there is also a large number of women with the opposite

problem of too much breast tissue,’ Dr Flynn says. ‘This

can be accentuated as they grow older, partly due to

genetic background and family history and partly due to

certain hormonal effects.’

The larger volume of the breast creates a greater

weight. This can result in back and neck pain, skin

irritation under the breast, shoulder grooving from bra

straps and even headaches.

In these circumstances a breast lift can be combined

with a breast reduction, called a reduction mastopexy.

As well as removing excess bulk and weight from the

breasts, Dr Flynn says it is also important to lift the breast

to restore a more pert and youthful appearance. csbm

BEFORE AFTER breast augmentation by Dr Flynn

BEFORE AFTER breast augmentation by Dr Flynn

BEFORE

AFTER breast lift by Dr Flynn

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Meet the new doctor at

Cosmedic & Skin Clinic

Dr Ian Chinsee is an Australian-trained

cosmetic surgeon, originally hailing from

Los Angeles. Following a bachelor’s

degree at UCLA, he studied medicine

at the University of Queensland in 2003

and then spent the next seven years in

the QLD health system training in the

fields of plastic and reconstructive,

general and maxillo-facial surgery. He

then completed advanced training

specifically in cosmetic surgery through

the Australasian College of Cosmetic

Surgery (ACCS) and received his

fellowship in early 2016.

This year he joined Dr John Flynn’s

team at the esteemed Cosmedic &

Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast. We

caught up with him to ask him his

thoughts on beauty, cosmetic surgery

and the future of the industry.

On being a

cosmetic surgeon

I feel that cosmetic surgery is the

perfect blend of art and medicine.

Certainly there are formulas and

protocols to follow, but within a certain

set of boundaries a great deal can be

achieved if one is prepared to think

laterally. It’s for this reason that I see

a lot of great innovations happening

within this field by people who are not

afraid to think outside of the box.

By far the most rewarding thing

is seeing a patient’s happiness once

they have healed from surgery and are

starting to see results. It makes me feel

good to have played a part in boosting

their confidence, and in some cases

their overall outlook on life. Of course,

I’m also rewarded by the technical

aspects of the surgery itself.

I’m involved in pretty much all kinds

of cosmetic surgery. The majority

of my work comes from breast

procedures (mainly augmentation and

lifts) as well as facial procedures such

as blepharoplasty. Something that

seems to be trending is the Brazilian

butt lift, which I enjoy performing

because of the artistry involved to

obtain a pleasing result. I liken it to

sculpting; a patient’s silhouette can

be enhanced simply by adjusting the

body to achieve aesthetic proportions.

On beauty

I’ve always been fascinated by the

concept of beauty and how appearance

plays such a significant role in our lives.

Much of my undergraduate work was

in the humanities subjects, looking

specifically at art, philosophy and the

beauty in nature. Aesthetic surgery

gives me the opportunity to combine

that knowledge and interest with my

medical knowledge and skills. To me,

it feels like the most complete practice

I could be doing.

On a typical day

Something I love about my job is how

variable it can be from day to day. It

really depends on the day of the week,

but it typically consists of consulting for

surgery and/or treating patients with

cosmetic injectables. I’m accredited

at several hospitals around the country

and on a surgical day most or all of it

will be spent operating on different

cases. I travel a lot with my work and

it’s also nice to spend time with different

clinics and staff. A change of scenery is

always refreshing.

On the consultation

The consult is one of the most

important aspects of any procedure

as it’s a chance for the patient and I

to get to know each other. My goals

are to educate the client in different

treatment options, calm their nerves

about upcoming procedures, and let

them know that they are in safe hands.

The process is very relaxed and some

of my patients have commented on

how the process has differed from

other visits to the doctor in that it’s not

at all cold or clinical. There has to be

a mutual trust and understanding that

comes out of the consult before any

surgical plans can be made.

On the future of

cosmetic enhancement

The area of regenerative medicine is

definitely the future of this industry.

We’re only scratching the surface

with treatments such as platelet rich

plasma (PRP) and stem cells. As

our knowledge of these treatments

increases, we will find more and better

uses for them. I don’t think they will

ever replace surgery for certain things,

but they will be a powerful adjunct in

the quest for youth and beauty.

Another direction I can see the

industry going is with enhancements –

it’s purely science fiction at this stage,

but combining technology with the

human form is something that has

already been talked about. I feel that

a high proportion of the trailblazers

will come from the aesthetic surgery

field. csbm

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Keep

your

‘beauty

secrets’

under

wraps

Had a cosmetic

treatment and don’t

want the whole

world to know

about it? We hear

you! Our helpful

hints will make sure

your beauty secrets

don’t end up the talk

of the town.

Cosmetic surgery, done for the right reasons,

can be a huge boost to your self-esteem

and give you the confidence to be the best

version of yourself. However, the decision to undergo

aesthetic treatments can often be a very personal one

– and one you’d probably rather not share with the

world, thank you very much!

Whether it be a dramatic sudden transformation

you wish to keep under wraps or telltale scars you

wish to minimise, we’ve brought together some useful

tips and the products you’ll need to help keep your

‘beauty secrets’ under wraps!

keeping cosmetic

treatments a secret

1Start small. It can often be difficult to hide results

from your significant other, however non-surgical

treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers

are the easiest treatments to conceal due to the quick

procedure and minimal downtime.

2Keep them guessing. For more invasive procedures,

such as breast augmentation, it’s often better to

have them performed in the cooler months so you

can wear scarves and bulkier “concealment” clothes

as you heal. You can also take the attention away

from your procedure by distracting people with a new

haircut or colour, or even a new makeup look.

3Less is less obvious. Seeking subtle enhancements

in incremental stages will result in a more gradual

transformation that will be hard for others to pinpoint.

4Caring is sharing. All qualified practitioners should

be able to provide patients with quality results,

appropriate after care and proper guidance on how to

keep procedures as private as possible.

5Camouflage is key. Arm yourself with products to

help conceal redness and bruising and special

topical formulations that help you heal faster (see next

pages for our picks!).

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after laser or

face surgery

Conceal redness or bruising with a quality,

soothing camouflaging makeup and skincare

range. Lycogel is a standout in this arena – the

range provides buildable, breathable coverage with

real therapeutic benefits to speed up the healing

process after face surgery or laser treatment.

Lycogel is formulated with advanced skincare

technology to aid in the healing of post-procedural

skin, helping bruising, inflammation, redness and

tightness, as well as helping to prevent excessive

scar formation.

Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, Lycogel

delivers moisture and prevents the skin from

becoming dehydrated by reducing trans-epidermal

water loss. This helps to reinforce the skin’s natural

defence system, while protecting the skin barrier.

Lycogel products also contain non-chemical

UVA and UVB protection, which are essential for

healing skin.

Oxygenetix is another breakthrough makeup

and cosmeceutical line designed specifically to

help make patient downtime more comfortable and

functional. The moisturiser and foundation can be

used directly post-procedure on aggravated skin,

concealing recovery and also expediting healing.

Even broken and extremely sensitive skin seen

in some patients immediately post-laser can be

directly covered with Oxygenetix. The foundation

acts as a second skin, and its ‘breathable’ capacity

helps initiate and optimise the healing process.

The foundation is based on a patent-pending

formula dubbed the Ceravitae Complex. This

has been shown to generate an aerobic effect,

stimulating skin cell production and promoting the

healing process.

More specifically, Ceravitae is designed to

speed up connective tissue reconstruction,

systemically build collagen layers and reinforce

natural skin healing. This helps accelerate recovery

and reduce scar formation following more invasive

aesthetic procedures.

Wound healing &

scar prevention

While the skin has an amazing ability to repair and

rejuvenate itself, sometimes scars are unavoidable. While

the benefits of surgery and certain non-surgical procedures

can help rejuvenate the face and revitalise the complexion,

the possibility of scarring post-procedure can sometimes

detract from the final result. This is why wound healing

and scar management is critical following surgery or post

laser therapy.

Any scar tissue that you have is affected by several

factors, including the nature and severity of the injury,

the thickness and colour of your skin, and how you were

treated medically.

During the first stage of scar formation the scab is formed

and is almost always accompanied by swelling, redness

and some tenderness. In the second stage, new skin tissue

is formed under the scab. The skin’s inner and outer layers

then begin to rebuild and reform.

DNA Scar Therapy is an intensive healing treatment

that minimises the appearance of scars by infusing silicone

gel with DNA repair enzymes and active botanicals. It is

designed to help support the skin’s natural healing process

and reduce the appearance of recent scars from minor

burns, cuts or surgery.

DNA Scar Therapy should be applied nightly after

cleansing. Once applied, this light, potent serum restores

skin’s smoothness and tone. The skin is moisturised

and revitalised and scars will appear smoother and

less noticeable.

Hiruscar is another breakthrough skincare treatment

which reduces the appearance of new and old scars.

Absorbed immediately, Hiruscar is a non-oily gel that is

suitable for facial scars and can be applied under makeup.

It is specially formulated with five cosmetic active

ingredients that work to moisturise, smooth and soften the

scar’s appearance. It can be used as soon as the wound

is closed, on all areas of the skin. The key to obtaining the

best results is being consistent in your applications (two to

three times a day is ideal).

Keep in mind that a scar is not necessarily a bad thing -

rather it’s a sign that your body’s repair system has kicked

in so the damage to your skin, no matter how big or small,

closes up and mends. Early management of scars will help

reduce redness and discomfort and prevent abnormal and

excessive scar formation.

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Early management

of scars will help

reduce redness and

discomfort and

prevent abnormal

scar formation

Stretch mark

prevention

Not all women will get stretch marks after a breast

augmentation, but it can happen. Also known as “striae”,

these imperfections can appear on any parts of the body,

including the breasts.

Patients who naturally have weak or thin skin are more

susceptible to developing stretch marks on the breasts

after an augmentation, but there are ways to avoid the

chances of them appearing. Bio-Oil has been used by

women for over 20 years to help prevent the formation of

stretch marks by keeping the skin well-hydrated and supple.

Bio-Oil’s unique formulation combines Vitamins A and

E to promote the formation of new collagen, assisting in

skin renewal and increasing elasticity. Vitamin E also

increases the moisture content of the epidermis, reducing

the itch of stretching skin and improving the skin’s overall

texture and tone.

To help prevent the formation of stretch marks, it is

recommended that Bio-Oil be applied twice daily by

massaging in circular motions until fully absorbed into the

skin. Treatment of existing stretch marks is most effective,

although older stretch marks can also show improvement

with regular use of Bio-Oil. Best results are seen after using

twice daily for three months. csbm

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Eyes

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Tired-looking

eyes dragging

you down? With

these popular

treatments

and tips, your

peepers will be

poppin’ in

no time!

Dubbed the ‘windows to the soul’, the eyes play a

huge role in expressing our emotions and greatly

impact the way we are perceived by the world.

With age, the upper and lower eyelids can become heavy

and wrinkled, contributing to a tired, aged or even angry

expression. With fewer oil glands and less subcutaneous

tissue, not only is the skin around the eyes thinner, it is also

naturally less hydrated, leaving the eye region prone to

premature ageing.

Treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical, is dependent

on your individual needs, desires and expectations.

Advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques and

treatments can improve your appearance, brighten your

eyes and combat the signs of ageing.

Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, removes excess skin and

fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, reducing bags

under the eyes and countering sagging, hooded lids. The

procedure essentially “opens” and brightens your eyes,

removing a heavy, tired appearance.

In addition to improving your appearance, upper eyelid

surgery can also help improve vision and expose the

eyelashes. It is performed via an incision that is hidden in

the upper eyelid crease, where skin, muscle and fat are

removed to reduce hooding in the upper eyelid. It can

be performed alone, or in conjunction with lower eyelid

blepharoplasty for more holistic results.

Lower eyelid surgery involves excising or redistributing

fat in the lower eyelid to counter puffiness below the eyes.

Incisions can be made either inside the eyelid or just below

the lower lash line.

The skin is often tightened to smooth out the under-eye

area, helping reduce the appearance of “bags” under the

eyes and revitalising the appearance.

Most patients experience only mild pain or discomfort

following eyelid surgery, and recovery usually takes between

one and two weeks. Results are long lasting.

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Makeup tips

Smokey, defined eyes can add glamour to any look.

Most of us choose to stick within our safety zone,

applying the same eye shadows and lipsticks we

have for months, even years. This isn’t normally

about a lack of creativity; it usually comes down to a

lack of confidence.

Try subtle changes, such as a dab of highlighter in

the corners of your eye to reflect light and brighten

your whole face.

To identify eye makeup colours that work for you,

use your hair as a guide (not your eyes). Blondes

tend to suit creams and taupes, while mochas and

chocolate browns flatter brunettes. If you have auburn

or red hair, go with coppers, peaches, reddish-browns

or cool tones like pink and lavender.

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makeup tips

Don’t over-colour the eyes

Too many bright hues can be distracting

and ageing.

Avoid mascara clumps

It might have been the look in the 1960s, but

it’s not hot today. The best way to achieve

thick lashes is to apply several thin coats of

mascara.

Soften hard edges

You should not be able to see where one

colour ends and another begins. Remember

to blend, blend, blend.

Avoid wearing bright pink

eye shadows

They can make your eyes look tired

and irritated.

De-emphasise fine lines

Avoid shimmery shadows, which draw

attention to creases and wrinkles. Instead opt

for silky matte finishes.

Don’t match your eyeshadow to

your eye colour

For example, if you have blue eyes, blue

eyeshadow will make your eyes appear dull.

Anti-wrinkle

injections

Fine lines and crow’s feet can detract from an otherwise

youthful appearance, and the use of anti-wrinkle injections

around the eye area can act as both an anti-ageing and

preventative measure.

These injectables work by temporarily paralysing the

underlying muscles to reduce the appearance of dynamic

wrinkles – or wrinkles that occur due to facial expression.

Anti-wrinkle injections can be placed strategically around

your eye area to help combat fine lines, crow’s feet and

deeper furrows.

A relatively fast and minimally invasive treatment, antiwrinkle

injections deliver fast, visible results with minimal

downtime. The results usually last about four months, but it

depends on your individual reaction.

Lids By Design

If you want the look of an eye lift, without going under the

knife, Lids by Design are the answer for you.

Distributed in Australia by Bella Aesthetics, Lids By

Design is a medical-grade adhesive strip applied to the

eyelid crease to instantly lift sagging eyelid skin – it’s quick,

temporary and can easily be incorporated into your daily

beauty regime. See page 34 for more details. csbm

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want an eyelid lift but don’t care for the surgery? Or are you

considering a blepharoplasty and want to “trial” how it will

look? If you answered yes to any of the above, Lids By Design is set

to become your most favourite beauty weapon.

Lids By Design are temporary adhesive correcting strips to

instantly lift eyelids and widen eyes, hiding the excess skin in the

natural fold of your lid. They are completely customisable to your own

eyelid shape and available in a variety of different sizes depending on

the lift required, ranging from 3mm (slight) to 8mm (maximum). The

product can be used on any eye, any shape and any ethnicity.

Distributed in Australia by Bella Aesthetics, Lids By Design is the

new, non-surgical way to instantly to lift your eyelids without the

lengthy downtime of surgery.

How do they work?

When used correctly, the strips hide the excess skin in the natural fold

of your lid and instantly lift the eye, making you look younger.

Quick and easy to apply, Lids By Design are specifically designed

to uplift the look of your eyes and temporarily help:

• Loose, sagging skin hanging over your lashes

• Asymmetrical lids making you look and feel uneven

• Excess skin covering the natural fold of the lid

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impairing vision

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Made of medical-grade quality tape, Lids by Design is a

hypoallergenic, latex-free, organic product that blends in with the

skin. Due to the wearable technology, the adhesive is breathable and

virtually invisible – it is soft, comfortable, easy to use and makeup can

be applied over them.

Designed for one-time use, simply apply a strip to your eyelid

each morning before your regular skincare and makeup regimen and

dispose of them before you go to bed.

Lids By Design equips you with a fast and simple way to

defy ageing, hooded, sad-looking eyes, offering a very effective

alternative to surgery. Get ready to look at yourself in the mirror with

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skin

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skin

SUSTAINABLE

beauty

HOW ARE THE

PRODUCTS IN

YOUR CUPBOARD

IMPACTING THE

ENVIRONMENT? WORDS

BY TERRI VINSON

(BSc.DipForm Chem.

DipEd) FOUNDER &

FORMULATOR OF

SYNERGIE SKIN.

Sustainability in business allows for the needs of the

consumer to be met without jeopardising the balance

of our delicate eco-systems. This environmental

awareness must extend into our beauty industry, and skincare

manufacturers need unite in our commitment to minimise the

impact we leave on our environment and its natural resources.

It’s not just about using recyclable packaging; it’s about

understanding the ingredients inside the bottle and their eff ect

on our eco-systems.

There are currently major concerns with the eff ect of

microbeads in our waterways, the impact of chemical

sunscreens on our coral reefs and the careless pillaging of our

environment for ‘natural ’but often non-sustainable ingredients.

MICRO BEADS

Microbeads may be microscopic, but they are causing a stir in

the beauty industry by creating serious problems for our aquatic

environment. These tiny plastic beads serve no benefi t to the

skin and are used as cheap alternatives to eff ective mineral and

plant-based exfoliants.

Many consumers may not even be aware that the products

they are using contain microbeads. Most commonly they are

added to facial cleansers, scrubs, body washes and even

wrinkle-fi lling facial creams.

Environmentalists and scientists have discovered large

quantities of microbeads in Australian waterways that are

causing long-term damage to marine life. The beads enter

our waters via sewerage systems and are non-biodegradable.

Every day, billions of these plastic particles are being fl ushed

down our drains and into our lakes, rivers and oceans.

Microbeads act like sponges and are capable of absorbing

toxic by-products from our waters. If eaten by our marine life

these toxins can make their way up the food chain, back to you

and me as consumers.

Numerous countries across the world including the USA,

Europe, Canada, Sweden and now Australia are in the process

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Recently, the concern regarding chemical sunscreens

has been further magnifi ed with one of the most popular

chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone, contributing to the

death of coral reefs around the world. A 2015 study

by the NOAA’s National Ocean Service discovered that

oxybenzone causes mutation of DNA in adult corals

rendering them sterile.

Recently popular aerosol sunscreens are also a serious

concern as they produce airborne particles that can travel

signifi cant distances to the ocean. The reef areas aff ected

are consistent with tourism-dense hot spots and include

our astonishing Great Barrier Reef. This is yet another

reason to avoid chemical sunscreens and opt for natural

zinc oxide as a physical sunscreen.

MANY CONSUMERS MAY NOT

EVEN BE AWARE THAT THE

PRODUCTS THEY ARE USING

CONTAIN MICROBEADS

Terri holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash

University (Immunology and Microbiology) and has

obtained a post-graduate Diploma of Formulating

Chemistry and a Diploma of Education in Biology &

Senior Science. She is the founder and formulator

of Synergie Skin, a leading manufacturer of

cosmeceutical skincare and mineral makeup.

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of banning polyethylene microbeads in personal care

products. Leading Australian supermarket chains have

pledged to withdraw products containing microbeads from

their shelves by the end of 2017.

There are many alternative naturally derived materials

that can be used for exfoliation such as walnut husks,

coff ee grinds, sugar and salt, and premium aluminium

oxide crystals.

CHEMICAL

SUNSCREENS

Another major concern that I have as a formulator is the

eff ect of chemical sunscreens on the human body and now

to the environment. There has been documented evidence

that many ingredients in chemical sunscreens are able

to mimic oestrogen and this may contribute to hormone

imbalance over time.

ADVANCES IN

BIOTECHNOLOGY

There is often a push for using 100 percent natural

ingredients in skincare. I believe in combining the very best

of laboratory made ingredients with natural ingredients

whilst avoiding questionable additives.

An example of this is the use of a complex sugar

naturally produced by a bacteria living on the surface of

seaweed found exclusively off the coast of France. Rather

than directly harvesting the seaweed and compromising

the delicate ecosystem in this region, scientists are able to

take the bacteria from the seaweed back to the laboratory

and create bacterial clones that are bio-identical to what is

found in nature.

This ingredient is able to improve regeneration of healthy

skin and address premature ageing whilst at the same time

being 100 percent sustainable and having no impact on the

environment. Furthermore, this ingredient is 100 percent

pure as it is laboratory manufactured and does not need

to be purifi ed as is the case when ingredients are taken

from a natural environment. The use of this biotechnology

has positive and far-reaching consequences for formulating

many skincare products of the future… what this space!

There is no doubt that sustainability is at the forefront

of all aspects of business and manufacturing, and as

formulators we must also be aware of sustainability and

harness our knowledge to create ethical and sustainable

products that do not have a negative impact on our delicate

eco-systems. csbm

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Where

does

your

skin

fit in?

Get to know your

skin type for your

best skin yet!

Knowing your skin type is a no-brainer in order

to choose the right skincare products and

treatments for you. But accurate skin typing

goes way beyond the traditional (and antiquated)

‘dry’, ‘oily’, ‘combination’ and ‘sensitive’.

‘The traditional skin type categories are

inaccurate and incomplete. Not only can a person

be both dry and sensitive (or oily and sensitive),

these broad categories do not account for an

individual’s tendency to wrinkle or form excess

pigment,’ says US dermatologist, researcher and

author of the best-selling book The Skin Type

Solution Dr Leslie Baumann.

‘I set out to develop my skin typing system

[see over page] as a way to clear up confusion.

My fellow dermatologists were confused about

the products and treatments to recommend to

their patients, and patients were confused by all

of the skincare options and misinformation. This

confusion led to frustration and my goal was to

simplify and demystify skincare once and for all,’

says Dr Baumann.

Terri Vinson, cosmetic chemist and founder and

formulator of Synergie Skin, says the ideal skincare

regimen involves a base of essential products that

are suitable for all skin types. ‘These ingredients

include retinol, niacinamide and antioxidants such

as L-ascorbic acid. From this point we can then

introduce specialised serums and products to

target each skin profile specifically,’ she says.

‘For example, oily skin will require ingredients

to address oil flow, bacteria and congested

pores,’ Vinson explains. ‘Sensitive skin will require

ingredients to combat redness, pruritus, stinging

and inflammation. Pigmentation involves controlling

excess melanin production and wrinkled skin

requires anti-ageing ingredients, which stimulate

collagen and hydration.’

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Why you should

know your skin type

In a nutshell, if you don’t know your skin type, you may wind

up using the wrong skincare products for your skin. Caring

for the wrong skin type can aggravate existing conditions,

or even cause new ones.

‘Knowing one’s skin type is most important for

establishing and maintaining skin health,’ says Dr Baumann.

‘That’s really the first goal. From there, knowing your skin

type – and the ideal ingredients for it – helps prevent wasting

money on the wrong products, wasting time waiting for

results that won’t happen and, the worst-case scenario,

harming the skin.’

‘Most people are not equipped to self-diagnose their

skin type, particularly when it involves multiple concerns. In

this case, it is recommended to seek advice from a qualified

skin professional,’ says Vinson.

Determining your skin type can be confusing, and

most people misdiagnose themselves. Instead of trying

to pinpoint the traditional skin type categories, think of

your skin as a hybrid of categories. It is also important to

remember that your skin type can change due to variances

like environment, lifestyle and age.

‘Nowadays there are excellent diagnostic tools available

in clinics such as electronic facial scanners, which are

able to identify skin concerns that are not always visible to

the naked eye such as deep pigmentation, fine lines and

high blood flow close to the skin’s surface which can result

in redness,’ explains Vinson.

How to care for

your skin type

Today there is an abundance of beauty treatment options,

which can be as much a curse as a blessing. Using

the wrong products may trigger reactions such as

redness and flaking, causing people to incorrectly label

their skin as sensitive or dry. Dr Baumann highlights that

your skin type does more than affect the recommended

skincare and treatments; it dictates them.

‘For example, a “sensitive” skin type won’t be able to

tolerate a cleanser with glycolic acid but a “resistant” skin

type could use the same cleanser with a sonic cleansing

brush and apply a retinoid every night without a hint of

redness or irritation. Other examples would be that “tight”

skin types don’t need to waste money on anti-ageing

products, and “pigmented” skin types need to be careful

with in-office treatments such as lasers and peels,’ says

Dr Baumann.

‘In terms of treatments, sensitive skin types should

avoid chemical peels (although low-level salycylic acid

can be recommended for certain sensitive skin types),

skin needling and any aggressive clinical treatment,’

advises Vinson.

‘Pigmented skin should also be cautious of highly

irritating ingredients and strong chemical peels as this may

result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This

risk can also be reduced by using tyrosinase inhibitors for

two weeks prior to treatment as this will reduce the risk of

PIH,’ she adds.

As for diet and lifestyle, Dr Baumann believes that if

you’re prone to acne you should minimise your intake of

dairy. ‘I also tell my patients to avoid sugar (as well as refined

carbohydrates), especially if they are concerned about

visible signs of ageing, since research has established that

high blood sugar levels may damage the skin’s supportive

collagen and elastin,’ she says.

Oily skin types should avoid ingredients containing

comedogenic oils and waxes such as coconut oil, as this

will cause blockage of the pores. It is also recommended

to avoid certain algae extracts as these can also

be comedogenic.

‘It is also not well publicised that SLS (sodium lauryl

sulfate), the most commonly used foaming agent in facial

cleansers, is highly comedogenic. Reach for cleansers

that use naturally derived foaming agents instead. It is

also wise for oily skins to avoid rich facial salon treatments

as this can also cause skin congestion,’ Vinson says.

To check for sensitivity and avoid skin reactions, always

perform a patch test on the side of your neck when

trying new products over a one-week period. ‘Anti-irritant

ingredients should be added to the skincare regimen such

as aloe vera, allantoin, Canadian willow herb and some

of the new anti-redness and anti-inflammatory peptides,’

says Vinson.

No matter what your skin type, it’s important to remember

that you should be religiously applying sunscreen, at

all times of the year. Protecting your skin from incidental

sun exposure is vital for helping to prevent skin cancer and

the effects of ageing that come from the sun’s powerful

UV rays.

‘There is one product that is essential to all skin types:

sunscreen. Opt for physical sunscreen in the form of zinc

oxide or apply mineral makeup containing high levels

of large-particle zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These

products will act as a physical barrier to UV light, and will

protect you throughout the day; sunscreen is truly your

defense against ageing!’ concludes Vinson. csbm

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Work out

your

Baumann

Skin Type

Dry (D) vs Oily (O)

Your skin’s oil production and ability to

hold onto water determine your skin’s

hydration status and tendency toward

enlarged or clogged pores.

Sensitive (S) vs Resistant (R)

Sensitive skin types experience acne,

redness, burning, stinging or frequent

rashes. Resistant skin types rarely

suffer from inflammation, and need

stronger ingredients.

Pigmented (P) vs Non-pigmented (N)

Pigmented skin types experience

discoloration, while Non-pigmented

skin types are even in colour. This

parameter is independent of ethnicity.

Wrinkle prone (W) vs Tight (T)

Wrinkle-prone skin types require

anti-ageing ingredients, while

Tight skin types are teenagers and

others who are not yet ready for

ageing prevention.

Skincare

recommendations

based on the

Baumann skin type

Baumann

skin type

OSPW

OSPT

OSNW

OSNT

ORPW

ORPT

ORNW

ORNT

DSPW

DSPT

DSNW

DSNT

DRPW

DRPT

DRNW

DRNT

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face

Big

results,

minimal

downtime

Sydney Cosmetic Physician Dr Buddy Beaini

says minimally invasive procedures can

achieve significant results.

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face

Minimally invasive procedures have become the

go-to option for beautifying our looks and defying

the signs of ageing. From minor surgeries to

non-surgical face lifting, you no longer have to have major

surgery to notice a big improvement in your looks.

Sydney cosmetic physician Dr Buddy Beaini says there

is a range of minimally invasive options to reverse the

outward signs of ageing and delay surgery. ‘When selected

appropriately and used in combination, minimally invasive

procedures can make a patient look five to 10 years

younger,’ he says.

Dr Beaini offers a range of light therapies, thread lifting

procedures and injectable treatments at his MD Cosmedical

Solutions clinics in Sydney’s CBD and Wahroonga, and

Barton in Canberra. The combination of these modalities

delivers an individualised approach to effectively address

each patients’ needs and concerns.

‘Patients of all ages have been treated with excellent

results,’ he says. ‘With the current advanced technology and

techniques, facial rejuvenation has developed dramatically,

giving patients the options to look and feel younger without

the need for major surgery. In particular, thread lifting,

blepharoplasty and bat ear correction (otoplasty) are less

invasive procedures that can achieve significant results,’

explains Dr Beaini.

During consultation, Dr Beaini asks patients to describe

their main concerns and he will outline the advantages,

disadvantages, success rates, downtime and budget

involved with a number of relevant treatment options.

‘For those patients who are less specific, and are hoping

to look younger, fresher, rejuvenated or “happier”, I make

an assessment of how we can improve the patient’s overall

image and appearance,’ he says.

Thread Lifting

Thread lifting is a minimally invasive procedure used to lift

the brow, face and neck, as well as reposition the cheeks,

reduce the jowls and enhance the lips.

Lifting the skin on the face achieves a younger and

more contoured appearance and counters the inevitable

effects of gravity. Thread lifting is suitable for those

patients hoping to reverse the descent of facial soft tissue

associated with ageing, or even to delay the need for a

surgical facelift.

The procedure involves inserting dissolvable threads

into the skin’s dermis. This, in turn, triggers the production

of new connective fibres and acts as a scaffolding, lifting

Eyelid hooding

surgery

This procedure involves excising excess fat and skin

from the upper and/or lower eyelids to open the eyes

for a fresher, more alert appearance. The day surgery

is performed under local anaesthesia, and can be used

in conjunction with other treatments such as brow

thread lifting, non-invasive skin tightening and laser skin

rejuvenation.

‘When we look at an individual’s face, our attention

first focuses on the eyes, and any abnormality or

asymmetry,’ Dr Beaini explains. ‘If an individual has

droopy, tired and ageing eyes, the first impression is

that is individual is sad, tired or unwell,’ says Dr Beaini.

‘Eyelid surgery is a very effective and long-term

solution for such individuals, and automatically has the

effect of revitalising the entire face.’ For this reason,

blepharoplasty – or eyelid hooding surgery – can

achieve significant results in rejuvenating the entire face.

Bat ear correction

‘Any abnormality and asymmetry in facial appearance will

attract attention, which is particularly relevant to individuals

with bat ears,’ says Dr Beaini.

Dr Beaini offers a permanent non-surgical treatment to

correct and reshape protruding ears (bat ear correction).

He performs the procedure with a mild sedative and local

anaesthesia; no hospitalisation, general anaesthetic or

surgical incisions are required.

‘These patients were born with this problem and, in

most cases, are burdened with underlying emotional issues

relating to the appearance of their ears. The joy and relief

they experience once their ears are corrected makes this

treatment extremely desirable.’ csbm

and bolstering the tissue for a noticeable anti-ageing and

rejuvenating effect.

Dr Beaini has been performing mini-facelifts and neck

lifts with threads over the past two years and has been

seeing some great results, ‘We have seen exceptional

face lifting and rejuvenation results in more than 95

percent of our patients,’ says Dr Beaini.

Thread lifting is commonly used to address midface

drooping, deep cheek wrinkles, deep nasolabial

lines, excessive jowling and neck laxity. Other concerns

may include brow droop, facial asymmetry and loss of

cheek positioning.

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smoother, plumper skin.

The HEALITE II and INFINI from Lutronic, distributed

by Advanced Cosmeceuticals in Australia, are two

devices that work beautifully together to tighten

lax skin, plump out fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth

out skin imperfections, as well as shorten healing time

of wounds.

Using a combination of devices means you can

tackle different concerns or “problem areas” at the same

time, usually with enhanced results and shorter recovery

period. The combination of HEALITE II and INFINI, in

particular, has been proven to provide a synergistic effect

and improve results in healing and overall skin rejuvenation

and tightening.

INFINI is an innovative microneedling fractional radiofrequency

device for skin tightening, skin rejuvenation,

acne scars, and active inflammatory acne, while HEALITE

II is a light-emitting diode (LED) therapy to improve lines

and wrinkles and other signs of photo ageing – with

no downtime and no side effects. It is a therapeutic

system that boosts skin health, heightens cellular activity,

increases blood flow and stimulates collagen production in

the dermis.

In a paper on the benefits of combined microneedling

fractional radiofrequency and LED low-level light

therapy, Dr Glen Calderhead, director of scientific affairs

at Lutronic, said: ‘Excellent on their own, the combination

of these two non-laser technologies is capable of

producing synergistic results, superior to either of the

systems used independently.’

What is INFINI?

INFINI is unique in how it treats both the superficial and

deeper layers of the skin. It uses microneedling fractional

radiofrequency (MFR) to create a stronger skin structure,

and a firmer and more youthful-looking complexion.

Microneedling fractional radiofrequency systems have

attracted attention for achieving good results in both

rejuvenation and tightening, with minimised side effects and

very short downtime.

INFINI uses insulated gold-plated microneedles to deliver

RF energy to the dermis (the connective tissue layer of the

skin located below the epidermis). This causes controlled

areas of coagulation, or tissue shrinkage, and triggers

the body’s natural healing response, promoting collagen

production without damaging the skin’s superficial layers.

The use of microneedles in MFR, as microneedling, even

without radiofrequency technology, can stimulate collagen

production in the dermis and improve skin tone, structure

and texture. In this unique amalgamation of technologies

and delivery levels, INFINI affords a 3-D facial rejuvenation.

What can INFINI treat?

‘INFINI treatments commonly address wrinkles, facial

and neck skin quality, and acne scars, though it’s also

been tested on stretch marks and skin laxity,’ says

Dr Calderhead.

During treatment, multiple passes of the INFINI

handpiece are performed to target different levels in

the skin and address specific skin complaints. More

aggressive parameters are used on areas of concern –

for example to refine the jaw line or combat wrinkles on

the forehead. ‘

Patients can generally expect some swelling, redness

and sensitivity in the days following treatment. In some

cases, INFINI will induce mild bruising, particularly under

the eyes. However, on the whole, the INFINI procedure has

a quick and easy recovery with little downtime.

What is HEALITE II?

The system harnesses light energy at a particular

wavelength to stimulate cellular activity and enhance

microcirculation. Blood, oxygen and nutrients flood the

treatment area, increasing cellular activity for non-ablative,

and painless, skin rejuvenation. HEALITE II is used to help

treat active acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles,

scarring and photo ageing, and improve skin tone, texture

and luminosity.

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It bio-stimulates the skin at subcellular, cellular and tissue

levels to help existing cells work better, repair damaged

ones and stimulate collagen production. As well as skin

rejuvenation to address lines and wrinkles and other signs

of photo-ageing, it is well recognised for its ability to improve

wound and soft tissue healing and reduce inflammation as

well as treat acne, chronic pain such as arthritis, muscle

spasm, superficial skin lesions and more.

Rejuvenation with HEALITE II uses both yellow and

infrared light. The yellow light, at 590nm, is designed to

‘precondition’ the tissue before treatment with infrared,

at 830nm. This preconditioning’ enhances dermal

responsiveness and maximises treatment efficacy.

At the same time, 830nm light emitting diode (LED)

phototherapy has recorded excellent results in wound

healing after surgical or traumatic wounds, attenuation of

postoperative discomfort and light only skin rejuvenation.

During treatment, the first minute involves only yellow

light, which targets the epidermis. Following this, infrared

is introduced to afford deeper penetration. Total treatment

time with HEALITE II is 11 minutes.

What can HEALITE II treat?

HEALITE II is considered a therapeutic and healing

treatment and is commonly used following more invasive

procedures such as laser treatment or cosmetic surgery.

It assists in reducing post-procedure bruising, swelling

and redness and can help prevent scar formation. Because

of its regenerative properties, HEALITE II can help maximise

results and minimise recovery time after certain procedures.

Arguably, one of the most remarkable results of treatment

with HEALITE II is the way it boosts the body’s natural

reservoirs of anti-ageing constituents. When it targets

fibroblasts (which produce collagen and elastin), HEALITE

II doesn’t just improve skin structure but also boosts the

reservoir of collagen-producing stem cells. Similarly, the

infrared light triggers the release of antioxidants in the

dermis, which provide protection against UV stress.

‘When the infrared light hits mast cells in the dermis, they

release a product called Superoxide dismutase (SOD),’ Dr

Calderhead says. ‘This is a super antioxidant that remains

in the tissue for up to six months. The minute you’re

exposed to some UV oxidative stress, the damaging effect

is quenched because the SODs are waiting.’

Treatment with HEALITE II improves skin radiance and

fuels the body with energising cellular activity. By targeting

the body’s natural regenerative processes, HEALITE II

enhances skin structure, texture and resilience, improving

skin health, stimulating collagen production and increasing

cellular activity.

HEALITE II enhances

skin structure and texture,

improving skin health,

stimulating collagen and

increasing cellular activity

In a nutshell

HEALITE II enhances the already very good to excellent

reported efficacy of INFINI, accelerating the wound healing

process and enriching the final result. HEALITE II and INFINI

work uniquely together, ensuring superior and long-lasting

results in rejuvenation and tightening of the face, neck and

décolleté as well as other areas of the body. csbm

Where to get it!

To find your nearest clinic, visit www.

advancedcosmeceuticals.com.au/stockist

or call 1800 242 011

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breathable, buildable,

beautiful coverage

the Lycogel range of foundations and tints delivers

perfectly flawless coverage without any hidden nasties.

Lycogel products combine beauty with benefits,

providing natural-looking buildable coverage with

quality non-irritating and skin-soothing ingredients.

Ranging from natural-looking camouflage to a sheer tint to

blend out skin imperfections, the products can be used on

all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin, as

well as immediately after laser treatment or facial surgery.

Combining the best in cosmetic and skincare

technology, Lycogel is the first breathable colour corrective

foundation treatment to immediately camouflage redness

and imperfections and promote healing of damaged or

post-procedure skin.

Lycogel is formulated with active ingredients designed

to deliver oxygen, moisture and nutrients to the skin. All

products feature the revolutionary LYCO-Complex, a

carefully balanced set of 12 active ingredients that work

together to deliver oxygen, moisture, and nutrients to the

skin including hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides.

Each Lycogel product is designed to target a variety

of skin types, delivering a range of nutrients for ageing,

blemish-prone, pigmented and sensitive skin. The products

increase tolerance of over-reactive skin, promote skin repair

and provide anti-ageing properties whilst being gentle and

non-irritating for sensitive skin types.

Lycogel is also suitable for immediate post procedure

application. Loaded with antioxidants, it aids in the healing

of damaged skin, helping bruising, inflammation, redness

and tightness after cosmetic procedures, as well as helping

to prevent excessive scar formation.

Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, Lycogel delivers

moisture and prevents the skin from becoming dehydrated

by reducing trans-epidermal water loss. This helps to

reinforce the skin’s natural defence system, while protecting

the skin barrier.

Lycogel foundations

promote skin repair,

delivering oxygen,

moisture and nutrients

to soothe the skin

The promotion of skin repair results in younger looking

skin, whilst the delivery of oxygen soothes the skin and

helps to minimise the look of fine lines. Lycogel products

not only let the skin breathe and do not clog pores but

also contain non-chemical SPF, which offers both UVA and

UVB protection.

Lycogel’s designer gel base is specially formulated to

deliver each and every one of the LYCO-Complex’s 12

active ingredients to the skin for maximum benefits. It’s also

water-resistant, providing long-lasting wear. csbm

Visit www.advancedcosmeceuticals.com.au for stockists

in your area.

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The

revolutionary

role of PRP

in healing

and skin

rejuvenation

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Regen PRP is

gaining a loyal

following with

burgeoning new

applications in

skin rejuvenation

and POST-SURGERY

healing.

Today more and more people are turning to Regen PRP for facial

rejuvenation, attracted by the possibility of drawing on their body’s

own natural resources.

Given that platelets in the blood play a key role in the body’s natural

wound-healing response, the role of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in skin

rejuvenation, either standalone or in conjunction with procedures such

as laser and injectables, is gaining a loyal following among aesthetic

practitioners for its ability to rejuvenate and smooth the skin.

However PRP extends well beyond skin rejuvenation. The tissuerepairing

effects and the various kinds of growth factors released by PRP

regenerate tissue, and a growing body of literature is reporting its ability to

help tissues heal after certain types of surgery.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr Mark Attalla from Chelsea Cosmetics in Victoria

has been using Regen PRP for both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic

procedures. ‘I’ve had some great results using PRP to help improve tear

troughs under the eyes, nasolabial folds and for overall skin rejuvenation,

as well as before stem cell (fat transplant) procedures to improve the

survival of the cells after transplant,’ he says.

What can Regen PRP treat?

As well as being used as a primary procedure to tighten the skin and

address fine lines, Regen PRP can be used to complement other facial

rejuvenation procedures such as laser resurfacing, dermal fillers or antiwrinkle

injections.

PRP injections are known to stimulate fibroblasts, which can be useful

when preparing the skin for surgery, as well as after surgery to facilitate

healing and help reduce scars.

Plastic surgeon Dr Mihaela Lefter from Brisbane Waters Private

Hospital in NSW has been using PRP for five years and describes it as

a healing material that optimises surgical results and delivers high patient

satisfaction. ‘I mainly use Regen PRP to enhance the results of facelifts, fat

grafting for breast reconstruction, and scarring,’ says Dr Lefter.

‘You cannot perform a surgical facelift without the preparation of the

skin and most patients are not aware of this. So I found that PRP could

be used before a facelift procedure (usually two months before) both to

prep the skin (as it has an incredible healing effect) and to give the patient

confidence before undergoing a facelift.’

‘I then use Regen PRP during the facelift surgery (usually mid-face and

neck) and then again after the surgery from 6 to 8 months. Usually my

patients will have three PRP sessions in the first year, with one session a

year to maintain the results.’

‘I have been using PRP for many surgical and cosmetic reasons. I use

PRP in treating medical skin conditions such as severe eczema and Lichen

sclerosis with great results. PRP helps to reduce the inflammation and has

a great effect on atrophic skin of dermatitis patients,’ says Dr Attalla.

‘Also I have used PRP in fat/stem cell transplant, acne scars, female

pattern hair loss, impotence in men and lack of orgasm in females. There

are many research works on the effect of PRP in reducing incontinence

and in improving sexual sensation in both sexes,’ he says.

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feature skin

After two months

of microdermabrasion and

Regen PRP, some of my

patients no longer wish to

have a facelift

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

Platelet Rich Plasma is used to describe blood plasma with a higher concentration of platelets

than the patient’s baseline. Platelets are components of blood that are integral in blood clotting

and tissue repair. These concentrated platelets contain special proteins that are not only pivotal

in the repair and regeneration of tissues but also in initiating new blood vessel formation and

connective tissue repair. This stimulates new collagen and hyaluronic acid production, improving

skin health and creating a more vibrant appearance.

For skin rejuvenation, Dr Attalla says, ‘The ideal Regen PRP candidate is middle-aged with

mild to moderate degree of skin ageing or sun damaged skin.’

Treatment typically lasts about 40 minutes and involves taking two small tubes of blood from

the patient. The blood is fi rst centrifuged to concentrate and separate the plasma and cells.

The concentrated plasma is then injected into the target area in small amounts using a very thin

needle, so the process involves minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can also be used to make

the procedure as comfortable as possible.

RegenLab’s gentle harvesting ensures viable dense platelets are captured that, in turn,

release abundant growth factors in an orchestrated manner.

There may be some swelling and bruising at the injection points after the procedure, however

this generally subsides overnight.

Results are gradual, taking about two to three months for full eff ects to become clearly visible,

however, improvement in skin texture, tone and hydration is usually visible within a few weeks.

‘Results usually last for two years and patients will typically come back for a top-up treatment in

a year’s time to maintain the results,’ says Dr Attalla.

THE BENEFITS OF REGEN PRP

Regen PRP therapy is achieving great things in aesthetic medicine, most notably a younger

looking and more luminous complexion. It provides gradual, natural-looking results for patients

who want the complete package.

Regen PRP treatments work on all three layers of the skin – the epidermal, dermal and

subdermal layers – so skin appears fresh and more youthful looking with improved quality

and texture.

According to Dr Attalla, ‘Regen platelets have a higher content of growth factors than other

products. I have been achieving excellent results when I use PRP before fat/stem cells transplant

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RegenLab’s gentle harvesting ensures viable dense

platelets are captured that, in turn, release abundant

growth factors in an orchestrated manner

in the breasts, buttocks and the face, for acne scarring, after laser, as well as for

treating impotence in males and incontinence and lack of orgasm in females.’

With a high level of patient satisfaction and minimal downtime, Regen PRP is

the proven approach, appealing to patients seeking an increased and natural method

to rejuvenation.

‘I am seeing some really good results in the improvement of deep wrinkles. I

have had some great patient feedback with some of my patients deciding that after

two months of microdermabrasion and Regen PRP, they no longer wish to have a

facelift,’ says Dr Lefter.

‘I think it’s a holistic thing; they notice some big changes in their skin – the tone,

texture, no more blemishes and less lines and wrinkles. People like the fact that

they can go back to work and their colleagues won’t notice that they’ve had

anything done – they just compliment them on how glowing or healthy they look,’

says Dr Lefter.

‘PRP is becoming a very popular skin rejuvenation treatment,’ says Dr Attalla.

‘Patients can see great and gradual natural results with minimal downtime.’

‘I was actually pushed by my patients to start performing PRP treatments,’ says Dr

Lefter. ‘I wasn’t convinced at first – because I’m a plastic surgeon I like to see results

straight away, but sometimes results can take a bit of time. Regen PRP results are

subtle and natural looking and I have some really happy patients.’

Whether it is skin rejuvenation, hair loss, fat transfer or wound healing pre or postsurgery,

Regen PRP possesses a beneficial and exciting effect for a wide range of

different indications within the specialty of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Be

sure to ask your practitioner for the TGA approved PRP harvesting system. csbm

To find a practitioner in your area, visit www.regenlabprp.com.au

A natural approach to rejuvenation

The natural healing power of the body is captured with Regen PRP, a treatment that seeks to restore lost volume

and rejuvenate the skin in all layers using the patient’s own platelet cells. As we age, a depletion in collagen,

elastin and blood supply occurs and is represented in the formation of deep lines, wrinkles and dehydrated skin.

Regen PRP therapy uses the patient’s own cells to refresh the complexion, providing overall rejuvenation by

repairing the quality of the skin and restoring plumpness to fine lines, scarring and crêpey skin.

Regen PRP treatments work on all three layers of the skin – the epidermal, dermal and subdermal layers – so

the face not only appears fresh and more youthful looking but is also improved in its skin quality and texture. This

is especially apparent in those who have had PRP injections underneath the eyes and around the neck area, two

areas which are hard to correct non-surgically and respond well to PRP therapy.

The term ‘PRP’ is used to describe blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are

components of blood that are integral in blood clotting and tissue repair. These concentrated platelets contain

special proteins that are not only pivotal in the repair and regeneration of tissues but also in initiating new blood

vessel formation and connective tissue repair. This stimulates new collagen and hyaluronic acid production,

improving skin health and creating a more vibrant appearance.

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Need

a lift?

Get tighter, firmer skin with

Ultherapy, the face lift without

surgery or downtime.

A

lowered brow, sagging eyelids and a softening at the

jawline are often the first signs of facial ageing. While the

lines, wrinkles and loss of volume that contribute to an

aged appearance can be corrected with cosmetic injectables,

the treatment of sagging features needs a different approach if a

patient doesn’t want, or isn’t yet suitable, for surgery.

The Ultherapy system is the first ultrasound device cleared

for skin ‘lifting’ in a facial aesthetic medical application. Essentially

it uses ultrasound technology to address the same muscles

of the face and upper neck that are affected in a surgical facelift

or brow lift.

Conceived in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School,

Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses microfocused

ultrasound energy to tighten, lift and firm skin.

Ultherapy can be effective in creating a more defined jaw line,

firming the skin under the chin and on the neck, tightening the

skin on the brow and cheeks and reducing sagging around the

eyes and mouth.

Well known to be highly effective for lifting skin on the face

and neck areas, more recently Ultherapy can also be used on

the traditionally hard-to-treat décolletage, targeting wrinkles and

sun-damaged, leathery skin with no surgery and no downtime.

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How does Ultherapy work?

One of the most impressive features of Ultherapy is the way

it uses ultrasound energy. First, it uses imaging technology

to see beyond the skin, allowing the practitioner to see key

areas to be treated. Then, similar to a magnifying glass,

it delivers this energy to its precise target, leaving the

surrounding skin intact. Through ultrasound imaging, the

practitioner can literally see beneath the skin about 8mm

deep, which allows for unprecedented control. Ultherapy is

the only treatment to allow this level of visualisation.

During the procedure, section by section the practitioner

moves the flat surface of the ultrasound applicator over

each region of the face and “fires” a series of shots. These

sound waves deliver small, controlled amounts of energy

into the deep layers of skin and soft tissue while sparing the

upper layers.

The treatment is well tolerated and most patients report

a hot prickling feeling during treatment. Some parts,

especially around the bony areas like the cheekbones and

temples, can feel more sensitive.

The procedure itself takes around 60-90 minutes

for a face and neck procedure, while a chest treatment

takes around 30 minutes. Ultherapy requires minimal (if

any) downtime and patients can usually return to normal

activities immediately after the procedure, without any

post-treatment restrictions or requirements. The skin may

appear red immediately after treatment, however this often

disappears within a few hours. Some patients experience

a slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these

are mild and temporary in nature.

The beauty of the procedure is that it forms new,

naturally occurring collagen, which continues to form for

two to three months after treatment. Initial plumping effects

may be seen right after the first treatment, however the

effect will build gradually as new collagen begins to lift and

tighten the skin on the neck, chin and brow, as well as

smoothing the skin on the chest. In this way, Ultherapy

provides a discreet, incremental enhancement, perfect

for people who want to keep their anti-ageing procedures

under wraps.

An exciting alternative to cosmetic surgery, Ultherapy is

fast becoming the treatment of choice for targeting ageing

and sagging skin both on the décolletage, neck and under

the chin. With minimal downtime and improved comfort,

Ultherapy offers patients seeking non-invasive treatments

effective skin toning and tightening for a rejuvenated,

natural-looking appearance. csbm

To find a clinic in your area visit www.ultherapy.com.au

Who can have

Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is ideal for both

men and women, of all skin

pigmentation types, with mild to

moderate wrinkles and skin laxity,

loose neck skin and wrinkles

who desire a natural degree of

firmness and minimisation of

wrinkles and lines.

The treatment is suitable

for those in their early 30s

onwards who want to maintain

higher levels of collagen and

elastin in the skin and help delay

the ageing process.

Ultherapy can also be used

to help prolong the effects

in patients who have already

undertaken surgical options

or as a complement to nonsurgical

procedures.

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER Ultherapy treatment

AFTER Ultherapy treatment

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Spotlight on...

The HydraFacial

The HydraFacial elevates the

traditional facial to a whole

new level of hydration. We

investigate how it works.

HydraFacial has quickly cemented itself in the spa and beauty scene as the

next-gen facial. It is a technology-driven non-invasive gentle resurfacing

procedure that delivers instantly noticeable improvement to the look and

feel of the skin.

HydraFacial elevates the facial to the top of its game, deeply cleansing,

decongesting and nourishing the skin for a more beautiful complexion. It

combines exfoliation, acid peels, pore extractions and antioxidant infusions to

cleanse, nourish and brighten the skin – and all in around 30 minutes.

‘Every patient should see the benefits from their very first HydraFacial. It

instantly leaves the skin with a plump, well-hydrated healthy glow, visibly clear

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1

2

3

4

5

The 5

steps

Cleansing and

Exfoliation

Dead skin calls are removed

to reveal healthy new skin

Acid Peel

This gentle peel helps loosen

dirt and debris from pores

without irritation

Extractions

Automated extractions

use vortex suction to clean

out pores

Hydration

Antioxidants and hyaluronic

acid are vortex-fused to

nourish and protect the skin

Protection

The HydraFacial Daily

Essentials skincare helps

maintain and protect results

pores and irresistibly “soft to the touch” refined skin. The procedure is soothing,

moisturising, non-irritating and immediately effective,’ says Queensland cosmetic

physician Dr Linda Williams.

The HydraFacial system uses five steps: cleansing and exfoliation removes

dead skin cells, an acid peel dislodges grime from the pores, and a vortex suction

extraction system unclogs the pores completely. This cleansing is followed by

the infusion of a highly active hydrating serum to nourish and protect the skin.

The treatment is soothing, hydrating, non-invasive, non-irritating and has no

downtime. It works to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested

and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation and brown

spots – it’s the perfect introduction to anti-ageing procedures or a reliable skin

refresher if you’re after a quick complexion pick-me-up.

‘The HydraFacial is great for skin maintenance, or skin “fitness”,’ explains

Sydney cosmetic doctor Dr Bruce Williamson. ‘It noticeably decongests and

shrinks pores, and then plumps skin with antioxidant and hyaluronic acid

infusions. The skin is left healthier and glowing after a HydraFacial treatment.’

‘The HydraFacial system uses the benefits of glycolic acid, salicylic acid and

peptides to soften the bonds that bind our dead cells together and to decongest

the blockages within our pores,’ explains Dr Williams. ‘It provides cleansing,

exfoliation, extraction and hydration using antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic

acid. From the patient’s perspective, it’s a quick 30-minute treatment with

immediate results and no downtime.’

The non-invasive nature of HydraFacial means anyone is suitable for treatment.

‘The five-step process can be adjusted depending on the needs and concerns of

the individual patient,’ Dr Williamson explains. ‘First we cleanse and exfoliate the

skin. Then we perform an acid peel where the level of peel is chosen according

to the patient’s skin type. The vortex suction comes next, which vacuums out

the plugs in congested pores. Again, the strength of the vortex system can be

tailored to the patient’s skin sensitivity.’

‘In some situations, removal and decongestion of blocked pores may be the

main focus whereas, at other times, the treatment may be modified to give an

overall skin revision with a focus on refreshing texture and improving hydration.’

Dr Williamson recommends patients undergo treatment with HydraFacial

every two to four weeks, and says the results can be seen and felt immediately

following treatment.

To extend the results and retain the skin’s lustre and brightness between

treatments, the final step in the HydraFacial is the introduction of the ‘daily

essentials’ skincare. Tailored to certain skin complaints, the range incorporates

topical moisturisers, refining eye gels and daily sun protection. Each product

is infused with select concentrations of the same active ingredients found in

the salon treatment, providing detoxification, rejuvenation and protection in

between visits.

‘The easy monthly maintenance programme is convenient for the patient

and easy to maintain and is also great for ongoing continuity of care,’ says

Dr Williams. ‘I liken the HydraFacial to vacuuming the floor; you are not making

major changes in the skin but you can see the difference straightaway.’

The same way congested pores and an oily surface can leave the skin

looking dull and lacklustre, a deeply cleansing facial can fuel the complexion

with vibrancy, luminosity and youthfulness. ‘At the end of the treatment patients

can see the cloudiness in the vortex solution; this is the blackhead plugs

and congestion that was initially in the skin. The results from such a deep

cleansing, combined with antioxidant nourishment, can be seen for months

after treatment,’ Dr Williamson concludes. csbm

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Enlighten

REMOVE TATTOOS

& REJUVENATE SKIN

STRUGGLING WITH STUBBORN PIGMENTATION? WANT

TO REMOVE AN UNWANTED TATTOO? ENLIGHTEN

COULD BE THE SOLUTION FOR YOU.

Whether it’s a regrettable tattoo or stubborn skin discolouration,

treatment with the Enlighten laser quickly clears the skin of unwanted

tattoos and skin discolouration.

Developed and manufactured by Cutera USA, Enlighten is a laser treatment

that uses a combination of nanosecond and picosecond technology to target

tattoo ink, pigmentation (in the form of brown spots, age spots, freckles

and melasma).

“In my experience, Enlighten achieves a significant improvement with fewer

number of treatments. It is highly effective in shifting stubborn pigmentation

and for treating skin types at greater risk of hyperpigmentation from laser,” says

Sydney dermatologist Dr Liang Leow.

Tattoo removal

Traditionally, tattoo removal has been very challenging due to diverse range of

tattoo colours and particle sizes. However, Enlighten’s pico and nano technology

combination allows the treatment of all skin types and all tattoo colours.

This is due to its multiple wavelengths (532nm/1064nm), high power and its

ability to target and treat at different depths of the skin.

US plastic surgeon Dr Rick Green says, “For tattoo removal, the laser has

two wavelengths which allows treatment of the broadest range of ink colours.

In addition, I can treat both large, dense ink particles and also very small, less

dense particles which results in total clearance of the tattoo.”

Enlighten delivers premium clearance of tattoo ink and is a completely

customisable treatment. It is efficient and flexible and is easily adapted to offer

different treatment parameters for different ink colours.

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“The 1064nm wavelength is absorbed well by black and blue ink, while

absorption by melanin is significantly less. This helps reduce the risk of

de-pigmentation. At this longer wavelength, deeper pigment can be targeted

easily,” says Dr Leow. “The 532nm wavelength offers flexibility to treat various

colours used in tattoos.”

In terms of the number of treatments required, Dr Leow says he has been

able to make darker tattoos barely noticeable within only one or two treatments.

For complete removal Dr Green says, “We are averaging 6-8 treatments for

complete tattoo removal, which is a vast improvement from older technology.”

Pigmentation

Enlighten is a quick and effective treatment for a wide range of skin concerns,

including benign pigmented lesions, and can be used on all skin types due to its

dual wavelength (1064nm for all skin types; 532nm indicated for skin types I-III).

Typically between two to three Enlighten Pico Genesis treatments will achieve

the best results, and ongoing maintenance treatments may be required.

“The number of treatments required for skin rejuvenation depends on the

patient, although my patients have invariably noticed an improvement following

just a single treatment,” says Dr Leow.

“We have had a really good response to treatment with Enlighten, and I

have particularly been seeing some great results in the treatment of melasma

(something which traditionally has been very challenging), using what is known

as a “Pico Genesis” technique,” says Dr Green.

Offering no downtime and minimal discomfort, Enlighten is a highly effective

solution to tattoo removal and Pico Genesis for stubborn skin discolouration.

“The main advantage of the Enlighten laser is that we can achieve very

impressive results in benign pigmented lesions using the Pico Genesis modality

and the complete clearing of a tattoo in the vast majority of cases. This was not

always the situation with older technology and, in my opinion, this is what makes

Enlighten stand apart,” Dr Green concludes. csbm

BEFORE

AFTER treatment with Enlighten.

Photos courtesy of Cutera Clinical Research

BEFORE

AFTER treatment with Enlighten.

Photos courtesy of Cutera Clinical Research

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Want

to lose

weight?

It’s

simple!

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Losing weight

doesn’t have to be

complicated. Forget

calorie counting

and fad diets; it’s

time to start from

scratch and retrain

your brain!

When most of us want to lose weight, the

option to follow some kind of fad diet is

usually the choice taken. The truth is, the

majority of us will fail to stick with it and – worse still –

our bodies will usually be in poorer shape than when

we started.

Losing weight doesn’t need to be complicated.

Put simply, you need to use more energy than you

consume. The catch here is using the energy. By

choosing a low-calorie intake only, you promote

muscle loss instead of fat loss, and by decreasing

your muscle you also decrease your metabolic rate.

This means that when you return to your normal

pattern of eating you rapidly gain weight.

Fad diets also prohibit you from eating certain

types of food, which can lead to serious nutritional

deficiencies. We usually turn to this method because

it promises quick results. Although certain sections

of the sliming industry promote fast weight loss with

minimum effort, no such thing exists.

Lifestyle

changes

In order to achieve our health goals, some very

basic facts should be considered. Most people have

neglected their bodies for years, and it takes time

to correct the behaviour that has made them out of

shape in the first place.

Achieving your target weight requires lifestyle

changes. These changes include regular exercise,

a sensible approach to healthy eating and the right

mental attitude. It is best to start with an exercise

program that aims to lose fat without losing muscle

and without reducing your metabolic rate. The exercise

needs to be customised to each person’s appropriate

fitness level and specific goals. A combination of

aerobic exercise and resistance training are the ideal

exercise choices to achieve fat loss and are also a

great addition to your lifestyle.

Aerobic exercise burns (metabolises) calories at a

rate of about 300 per hour (depending on fitness level)

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and raises the metabolic rate. Ideally

your heart rate needs to be raised to a

comfortable level for 20 to 30 minutes

at least three times a week. Your

metabolic rate stays raised for up to

24 hours after this type of exercise,

helping you burn even more calories.

Ideally, resistance training should

be incorporated into your program two

to three times per week for 30-minute

sessions. These sessions also burn

calories and raise the metabolic rate,

although not usually to the same extent as

aerobic activity.

Good nutrition is also an important part of

fat loss. Focusing on healthy eating and healthpromoting

foods is far more productive than

denying your body food.

For the best guidelines appropriate for each

individual, you should start with consulting a

qualified personal trainer. A complete program

can be outlined and implemented to start you

on your journey towards a better and longer life.

What’s

the best

exercise?

Struggling to find time to work out? There are

no more excuses! New research has discovered

that short bursts of intense exercise are just as

good as endurance training.

This is the reality of high intensity interval

training (HIIT), an exercise regime that not only

works but one which demands less of your time.

And if you think this sounds too good to be true,

think again. Because scientists and exercise

professionals around the world have built on

years of research, and have proven the benefits

of short bursts of intensive exercise.

In a recent study carried out by researchers

from McMaster University in Canada and

published online in PLoS Medicine (the Public

Aerobic exercise

burns calories at a

rate of about 300

per hour

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Library of Science), it was found that brief bursts

of exercise can be used when time is limited, and

the greater the intensity, the more calories to you

will burn.

The research examined the benefits of sprint

interval training – exercise characterised by brief

intermittent bursts of relatively intense exercise

separated by periods of low-intensity exercise

for recovery.

Study participants trained around three times

per week over 12 weeks. One group performed

interval training, including three 20 second all

out sprints spread out over 10 minutes, while

another group exercised at a moderate intensity

for 50 minutes.

The results demonstrated both groups

achieved similar benefits in various measures

of health and fitness, including insulin

sensitivity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscle

cell adaptations.

One prominent difference between the groups

was the duration that the sprint interval group

exercised for was five times less in total.

How to

train in

short

intervals

Incorporating sprint intervals into your training

routine is simple and effective.

The following regimen was used by participants

in the McMaster University research project and

repeated three times a week. You can replace

cycling with a range of other exercises including

swimming, skipping, running and boxing.

• 2 minutes – Warm up

• 20 seconds – All out 100% effort cycling

• 2 minutes – Active rest (cycling very slowly at

10 – 20% effort)

• 20 seconds – All out 100% effort cycling

• 2 minutes – Active rest (cycling very slowly at

10 – 20% effort)

• 20 seconds – All out 100% effort cycling

• 3 minutes – Cool down by cycling slowly and

stretching

The total duration of the workout is 10 minutes,

although it’s only a total of 60 seconds all-out

effort, or three minutes a week. Lack of time is no

longer an excuse! csbm

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The nosweat

way to

shed fat!

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Have you done the hard yards with your diet and

exercise but your tummy’s still more tubby than

taut? There’s now a way to lose fat for good –

without any surgery, needles or downtime.

Welcome to the era of non-surgical body contouring.

These are non-surgical procedures performed in-clinic in an

hour or less, clinically proven to permanently destroy fatty

deposits on the body.

Most non-surgical body contouring devices harness

some form of energy – be it radiofrequency, ultrasound,

freezing temperatures or hyperthermic laser – to penetrate

the skin and break down underlying fat. The destroyed fat

cells are then eliminated naturally by the body’s normal

metabolic process over the ensuing couple of months

after treatment.

One of the technologies

making waves in this space

is cryolipolysis. Clatuu is the

latest fat-freezing device utilising

cryolipolysis to eliminate those

hard-to-get-rid-of pockets of fat.

‘Clatuu uses targeted freezing

temperatures to kill fat cells which

are then naturally metabolised by

the body,’ says Dr Ritu Gupta,

a leading dermatologist from

Platinum Dermatology Skin

Specialists in Sydney.

Dr Gupta says just about any

area with a pinchable inch of fat

can be treated. ‘The most popular areas are under the

arms, handlebars or love handles, saddlebags or area near

the buttocks and the front of the abdomen or tummy area,’

she says. ‘Another advantage of Clatuu is that two areas

can be treated at once.’

During treatment, a gel drape is placed onto the

target area to protect the skin before the applicator head

is placed onto the fat pocket, where it remains for around

60 minutes.

The applicator acts in a similar way to a vacuum, sucking

the treatment area into position and directing the cold

temperature to the target fat cells under the skin.

A gradual cooling sensation is felt, similar to placing

the area in iced water, but this subsides as the body

gets used to the change. The initial suction may be

uncomfortable, but any discomfort usually subsides about

10 minutes into treatment.

There is no downtime after Clatuu but the area treated

may sometimes be bruised and there may be some

mild, transient numbness and itching that settles down

over the following days.

Fat cells

in the treated

area can be

reduced by

30 percent

‘In our experience, typically only one treatment per area

is required, which is an amazing advance in the area of

body sculpting,’ says Dr Gupta. ‘Results are seen at three

months, with further improvement at six months.’

Clatuu can also “sculpt” a more feminine (hourglass) or

masculine (V-shaped) shape. ‘This is operator-dependent

so specialist trained staff are important. Here at Platinum

Dermatology Skin Specialists we assess the anatomy of

the area to be treated, mark it out and then sculpt it using

Clatuu,’ she explains.

As with liposuction surgery, for optimal results you should

be in good health with skin that has sufficient elasticity. The

best candidates are usually those with small to medium

localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise,

rather than those seeking largevolume

fat removal.

‘Clatuu is a great advance in

the field of body contouring that

I am delighted to be able to offer

my patients,’ says Dr Gupta.

‘Rightly or wrongly, how we look

and perceive our “problem” areas

play a big role in how we feel about

ourselves and our self-esteem. For

the right patient, Clatuu is a great

alternative to bigger procedures

such as liposuction to remove

excess fat’.

And perhaps the best part

of the treatment? The results

are permanent. ‘In the treated area, the fat removal is

permanent,’ says Dr Gupta. ‘If you do gain weight in the

future, fat will still accumulate but not to the same extent

in the treated areas because those fat cells have been

permanently destroyed.’

‘My patients are loving Clatuu treatment; they’re seeing

results in areas that have previously been impervious to

diet and exercise,’ she adds. ‘I’m looking forward to

having a treatment myself – I haven’t worn sleeveless

tops since I was 20 as I’ve always felt self-conscious

about my arms. With Clatuu, now I too can aim for Michelle

Obama arms!’ csbm

Where to get it!

Platinum Dermatology Skin Specialists

Call 02 8014 6500 or

email info@platinumdermatology.com.au

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Putthe

freeze

on fat

Losing the battle of the bulge?

Get to know CoolSculpting,

the no-surgery, no-downtime

treatment that freezes away

fat cells – permanently!

The phrase ‘freezing your bottom off’ has taken on a whole new meaning

with CoolSculpting. One of the biggest breakthroughs in non-surgical body

contouring, CoolSculpting now makes it possible to remove fat and slim

down without surgery.

‘CoolSculpting is a clinically proven non-invasive body sculpting technology that

uses freezing temperatures to target areas of the body which are reluctant to shift

fat, resulting in smoother contours, a more sculpted body and a more proportionate

physique,’ says Sylvia Down, practice manager from Skin Renu Laser & Skin

Rejuvenation Clinic in Balmain, Sydney.

‘The demand for non-surgical body sculpting treatments is growing exponentially

as it offers suitable patients a very viable option to eliminate fatty deposits on areas

such as the tummy, love handles and inner thighs in the space of a lunch break,’ she

says. ‘We only offer our clients the crème de la crème of treatments that have been

tested and proven to deliver consistent and measurable results – CoolSculpting

definitely fits this brief.’

Developed by Harvard University medical scientists, the technology behind

CoolSculpting was reportedly inspired by the observation that babies given ice

blocks to suck over a prolonged period of time lost fat in their cheeks. This sparked

years of research into the role freezing plays in the destruction of fat cells.

Renowned US dermatologists Dr Dieter Manstein and Dr Rox Anderson and

their team of researchers from a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School spent

four years researching this phenomenon. They demonstrated that, under carefully

controlled conditions, subcutaneous fat cells are more vulnerable to the effects of

cold than the surrounding tissue.

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They also showed that, once a certain level of cooling has been achieved, a

natural ‘cascade’ of fat destruction begins – known as cryolipolysis – with the

body going on to expel the destroyed cells over a two to four month period.

This discovery, called selective cryolipolysis, led to the development of

CoolSculpting, which freezes and destroys targeted excess fat deposits on the

body while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed.

Introduced to Australia in 2010 with TGA approval, practitioners and patients

alike continue to be impressed with the results achieved by CoolSculpting, with

the majority of patients experiencing a reduction in fat of between 20 and 25

percent in the treated areas.

CoolSculpting does more than eliminate fat – it’s also remarkable in the way it

can reshape the body. With a customised CoolSculpting treatment plan, areas of

excess fat can be strategically targeted and destroyed to sculpt a waist or create

a more hourglass shape.

The treatment itself is non-invasive, well-tolerated and performed in-clinic in

around an hour. During the treatment a gel drape is placed onto the target area

to protect the skin before the applicator head is placed onto the fatty pocket. A

suction cap is applied to the target region which then slowly gets cold. This is left

on for an hour while the patient can lie back and relax. This vacuum-like suction

draws the area into the applicator head so that the cool temperature is directly

delivered to the underlying fat cells.

Patients typically report the skin and underlying fat layers to feel stiff and cold,

which dissipates after around 30 minutes as the treated area warms to its normal

temperature. Because fat cells are more susceptible to lower temperatures than

skin cells, the skin is left intact while the under layers of fat are aff ected.

Generally two or three treatments are required, performed six to eight weeks

apart, although some people see fantastic results after just one treatment.

‘CoolSculpting is an excellent option for the average modern-day person who

is within the healthy weight range but has some “problem” areas that just won’t

budge with diet or exercise alone,’ says Down.

Like any aesthetic treatment, for optimal and consistent results, it’s crucial

your practitioner is skilled and experienced in performing the treatment. Skin

Renu staff members have the benefi t of being personally trained in all aspects of

the treatment at the CoolSculpting University in Sydney.

With minimal downtime, CoolSculpting off ers suitable patients a non-surgical

means of refi ning and sculpting their contours. In as little as one hour, stubborn

pockets of fat can, quite literally, be frozen to death and, with the help of a healthy

diet and exercise, a slimmer physique can be maintained. csbm

WHERE TO GET IT!

Skin Renu Clinic

Balmain, Sydney

Ph 02 9555 9506

www.skinrenu.com.au

BEFORE

8 weeks after CoolSculpting® Session. Photos courtesy of

Leyda E. Bowes, MD

BEFORE

10 weeks after CoolSculpting® Session. Photos courtesy of

Jeffery C. Dawes, MD FRCSC

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air

oday

gone

tomorrow

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After months of

jeans and jumpers,

our hair removal

routine often

requires some

attention as spring

replaces winter. We

look at the best

de-fuzzing options.

With bikini season just around the corner, the

thought of slipping into shorts after winter can be

daunting. It’s easy to neglect hair removal when

you’re covered in layers, but it’s not so easy to hide while

you’re sitting at the beach.

Being hair-free no longer seems to be a trend, but the

norm. Doctors have seen a steady increase in the number

of patients requesting permanent hair reduction, with the

‘Brazilian’ still among the most popular treatments for

female patients.

Depending on whether you want to fight the war on

body hair every few days or no more than once a month,

there’s a hair removal method that’s right for you.

Shaving

Shaving is a quick, convenient option for those of us who

live busy lifestyles. However, shaving only cuts the hairs, it

doesn’t remove them from the root. The hairs also tend to

grow back much faster than other hair removal methods.

You’ll probably find you need to shave every day or so to

maintain silky smooth skin.

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Waxing

After waxing, you will generally be left with silky,

smooth legs for up to six weeks. However,

when hair does grow back, you’ll need to let

it grow to a certain length (at least half an inch)

before the next wax. Because waxing removes

hair from the root, hair shouldn’t feel spiky as it

returns and regular waxing has the potential to

reduce the amount of hair that does grow back.

Depilatory

creams

Once known for their nasty odour, depilatory creams

have come a long way. Now these creams smell like

tropical blends or spa treatments, and they commonly

possess moisturising and nourishing properties. Like

shaving, depilatory creams fail to remove hair from the

root, so hair will grow back quite quickly. It is important

to use depilatory creams towards the end of your

shower or bath, as hydrated hair is easier to remove

than dry hair.

How to

prevent

ingrown

hairs

Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and

grown back into your skin instead of rising up from

it. Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle,

forcing the hair inside it to grow sideways under the

skin rather than upward and outward.

For those pesky red bumps and other irritations

caused by shaving and waxing, the best product

we’ve tried to date is Hovan’s Gold Ingrown

Hair Cream (www.hovansgroup.com.au). Using

an exfoliating scrub or pumice stone on soapy

skin should also help reduce the occurrence of

ingrown hairs.

Epilator

Delivering the same smooth results as waxing,

epilators feature tiny tweezers that grasp

multiple hairs and pull them out as you roll the

epilator over your skin. Be sure to exfoliate

before and after epilator treatment, as dead

skin cells can clog the affected hair pores to

form pimples and irritation on the skin.

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Laser

The most permanent method of de-fuzzing, laser

hair removal lends long-term results in achieving

silky, hair-free pins.

Today, a variety of lasers and light-based devices

can be used to reduce hair growth in unwanted

areas. Although not a permanent solution to hair

removal, after a treatment cycle only occasional

maintenance is needed.

The laser designed for hair removal releases

a wavelength of energy which is absorbed by

the pigment in the hair follicles. By targeting the

pigment, the surrounding skin is not damaged as

the energy is absorbed by the hair follicle only.

Prior to laser hair removal, it’s important not

to wax or pluck the treatment area for at least six

weeks. This ensures hair is present, as without it

the laser will not achieve the desired effect. The

hair growth cycle plays an important role in the

success of laser hair removal, and therefore multiple

treatments will be needed in order to achieve longterm

hair loss.

Hair follicles grow in a cycle, which is commonly

described in three stages. The first stage is referred

to as anagen, or the growth phase. Around 85

percent of all hairs are in the growing stage at any

one time and, depending on the individual, this may

last for between two and three weeks. Anagen is

followed by catagen, or the transitional phase,

when the follicle shrinks, and is partly destroyed.

Finally, the telogen phase describes a period of rest,

when the hair does not grow.

Laser has the greatest effect on growing hairs.

Because not all hairs are growing at the same time

– some are in transition, and others are resting –

it can take a number of treatments to successfully

reduce the hair in any one area. Multiple treatments

are therefore typically spaced several weeks

apart to ensure the growth phase of the hair is

targeted. csbm

After laser hair

removal, only

occasional

maintenance

is needed

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genital

all about

laser vaginal

rejuvenation

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The Australian Centre for Female

genital

Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation

gynaecologist and pelvic

reconstruction surgeon

Dr Oseka Onuma talks on

the increasing popularity

of vaginal rejuvenation –

and how it is empowering

women to live happier,

fuller lives.

The function and form of the different parts of the

vagina are closely linked to the female psyche and

the perception of self in terms of attractiveness.

All women are born with differently shaped genitalia,

however the effects of childbirth and ageing can cause

many to suffer from problems that make them selfconscious

and unhappy, often affecting relationships with

their sexual partners and stopping them from participating

in many everyday activities.

Sexual health has a huge influence on mental health

and psychological wellbeing. Oversized, elongated or

asymmetrical labia minora can lead to self-consciousness

and even embarrassment. It can cause discomfort during

sex and hinder certain activities such as bike riding and

horse riding, and often makes wearing certain clothes such

as swimwear, jeans or tights uncomfortable.

Vaginal rejuvenation – both surgical and non-surgical

procedures – can help alleviate pain, improve form and

function, and enhance quality of life for many women.

‘Questions surrounding the appearance and function

of the vagina and urinary system can plague women of

all ages, yet talking openly about these concerns can be

challenging for some women,’ says Adelaide gynaecologist

and pelvic reconstruction surgeon Dr Oseka Onuma. ‘A

blanket of taboo means there is a lack of open and honest

public dialogue that makes it difficult for some women

to seek successful treatment – or even know there are

treatment options available.’

Even now, with the relatively recent arrival of laser vaginal

rejuvenation and all its media attention, more coverage

is given to the aesthetic component of the procedure

rather than the improvement to vaginal function and overall

quality of life.

‘The majority of my patients seeking vaginal rejuvenation

are not motivated by the aesthetic but, rather, a growing

dislike of pain during intercourse or discomfort when

participating in everyday activities,’ says Dr Onuma. ‘I

believe in empowering women through knowledge, choice

and access to the best treatments.’

Empowering women through

knowlege, choice and access to

world class care

Dr Oseka

Onuma

Gynaecologist & Pelvic

Reconstructive Surgeon

BSc. (Hons), MJur., CCST,

MBBS, FRANZCOG, FRCOG

ADELAIDE • SYDNEY • DARWIN

DR OSEKA ONUMA

4 Robe Terrace, Medindie SA 5081

08 8344 6085

Facsimile 08 8344 6087

Email reception@dronuma.com.au

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genital

‘As women become more aware that it is possible to

correct potentially “embarrassing” problems, female genital

procedures are increasing in popularity,’ he adds. ‘These

days women are less willing to accept changes in genital

anatomy resulting from pregnancy, childbirth and ageing.

They are less likely to have the attitude “it’s just part of being

a woman”.’

Every organ within the female pelvic fl oor is subject to

stress – from gravity or from the delivery of a baby. Muscle,

connective tissue and epithelium can break, tear, stretch

and lose their elasticity, resulting in functional impairments.

The organs within the female pelvic fl oor that can be

subject to prolapse include the urethra, bladder, uterus,

vaginal walls, perineum and labia minora. All can present

as a lump or mass that was not previously visible or noted

by the woman.

Common symptoms of vaginal wall prolapse or

relaxation include a lump, a ‘dragging’ within the vagina

or lower back, urinary incontinence, the need to empty

the bladder frequently and/or with urgency, pain and/or

reduced sensation during intercourse.

Another problem is female stress urinary incontinence,

caused predominantly by an improperly functioning urethra.

When a woman suff ers from this condition, weakened

muscle and pelvic tissue don’t adequately support the

urethra. As a result, the urethra doesn’t maintain a tight seal

during exercise or exertion such as coughing or laughing

and urine may escape.

‘Beyond pelvic fl oor retraining and physiotherapy, there

is now a range of minimal-access surgical options available

that can address and hopefully resolve these problems,’

says Dr Onuma.

SURGICAL AND

NON-SURGICAL

OPTIONS

Laser reduction labioplasty can sculpt the elongated or

unequal labial minora as desired, as well as reconstruct

conditions that are a result of the ageing process, childbirth

trauma or injury. The procedure can provide a youthful and

aesthetically appealing vulva. The structures of the vulva,

which include the labia minora, labia majora, mons pubis,

perineum, entrance to the vagina and hymen, can be

surgically enhanced, both functionally and aesthetically.

Laser-assisted vaginal surgical procedures can enhance

vaginal muscle tone, strength and control. According to

Dr Onuma, the laser techniques deliver gentle precision

procedures with controlled accuracy and result in rapid

healing, minimal pain and relatively fast recovery and allow

for improved sensation and resumption of daily activities in

a relatively short period of time.

The procedure is performed in a fully accredited hospital

to monitor any discomfort. After the procedure, the

amount of time away from work depends on the type of

work the patient does. ‘An offi ce worker could return to

work after two weeks; someone doing more physical work

such as lifting or remaining on their feet for long periods

normally returns to work after four to six weeks,’ he says.

Total healing of surface and connective tissues along with

damaged muscle may take up to six weeks.

Most patients report mild discomfort which can be

controlled by analgesics and cold packs to the area during

the fi rst week after the operation.

Non-surgical laser vaginal treatment is not a surgical

approach. It is not the same as traditional or laser-assisted

labioplasty and may not be the most suitable avenue

The best approach is to

discuss your symptoms with

a doctor who has a clear

understanding of all the

modalities of treatment

available

of treatment for some patients. The best approach is to

discuss your symptoms with a doctor who has a clear

understanding of all the modalities of treatment available

and is able to guide you towards the mode of treatment that

might off er you the best outcome.

‘Whilst non-surgical laser vaginal treatment shows the

most promise for improving or curing symptoms related

to atrophic vaginitis, it is of little value in correcting pelvic

organ prolapse,’ says Dr Onuma. ‘Whilst non-surgical laser

vaginal treatment can improve very mild stress incontinence

or reduce vaginal wall relaxation, it is unlikely to cure any

signifi cant stress urinary incontinence or improve sensation

during intercourse where the vagina and the vaginal

introitus are patulous because of detached or torn muscles

and fascia.’

‘No woman should suff er embarrassment or feel inhibited

in her relationship with her partner due to the appearance

of her vagina or physical sexual dysfunction,’ he stresses.

‘The importance of reassuring my patient that she is not

alone in her genital issues and that there are options for

improving her quality of life cannot be over-emphasised,’

he concludes. csbm

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genital

The 5

minute

vaginal

rejuvenation

treatment

MonaLisa Touch is

a groundbreaking

laser treatment

offering relief

from vaginal

atrophy symptoms

such as dryness,

laxity and painful

intercourse.

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genital

Vaginal atrophy affects around half of all postmenopausal

women, manifesting as dryness,

itchiness, burning, painful intercourse, poor

lubrication, laxity and urinary incontinence, which can all

seriously impinge on quality of life.

MonaLisa Touch is a non-surgical, non-hormonal

treatment of vaginal atrophy. It is quick, pain-free, requires

no downtime and provides patients with relief for up to 12

to 18 months.

MonaLisa Touch can also be used for aesthetic

purposes, to counter the effects of ageing and achieve a

rejuvenating effect by restoring vaginal tissue.

‘MonaLisa Touch has been developed to help patients

suffering from symptoms such as urinary incontinence,

painful intercourse, dryness, itchiness, burning, vulval

and vaginal pain, prolapse and laxity or looseness,’

explains Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison, a gynaecologist from

South Australia. ‘These symptoms are part of a common

condition known as vaginal atrophy. Additionally, because

of how the treatment works, it can be used for vaginal

aesthetic rejuvenation.’

‘Although many of my patients are going through

menopause or are post-menopausal, there are also many

younger women suffering from similar symptoms,’ she

says. ‘I have found the treatment particularly effective for

women who find it painful to have sexual intercourse.’

How it works

MonaLisa uses specialised laser technology to improve

the genital mucosa and restore proper function in

the treatment area. Using fractional laser light, the

MonaLisa Touch probe – which is inserted into the vagina

– delivers thermal energy into the deeper layers of the

vaginal tissue.

This kick-starts the body’s natural processes to increase

blood flow and stimulate the formation of collagen, which

improves the integrity and elasticity of the genital mucosa.

This can be effective in alleviating vaginal pain in those

patients experiencing gynaecological problems or vaginal

atrophy, or in simply tightening the vaginal walls for a

rejuvenating effect.

The fractionated effect means there are areas of

untouched tissue left between laser columns. This healthy

tissue helps promote healing and reduce downtime

after treatment.

‘The advantage of the MonaLisa Touch procedure, for

both results and safety, is that it uses a fractionated CO 2

laser, which means the heat is deposited at the ideal

depth in the tissue,’ Dr Behnia-Willison explains. ‘And

because it is a fractional laser treatment it leaves most of

the superficial layer untouched, which is important from a

safety perspective.’

The treatment takes around five minutes, is non-invasive

and no anaesthesia is required. Often a series of treatments

is recommended. ‘The published research has shown

that the best results are obtained from three MonaLisa

Touch treatments, performed a month apart,’ says Dr

Fariba Behnia-Willison. ‘Most patients notice a significant

improvement after the first procedure. I also recommend to

The stats

Treatment to improve vaginal function is sought by a

growing number of patients, of many different ages.

In Australia, more than 10,000 patients have been

treated with MonaLisa Touch since it was introduced

in 2013. In a survey of 200 patients, 99 percent

reported an overall improvement of vaginal atrophy

symptoms and would recommend to their friends.

patients they may need a follow-up procedure every year or

so, after the initial course of treatments.’

As with any medical procedure, there are some potential

risks with the treatment. ‘In my experience, which is similar

to that of overseas practitioners, the likelihood of posttreatment

complications following a MonaLisa Touch

treatment is minimal,’ she says. ‘The worst side effect

I have seen has been some mild discomfort for 12 to 24

hours following the procedure, but this is in only a handful

of patients and I have now performed more than 2,500

MonaLisa Touch treatments.’

Whether you’re looking to relieve the symptoms of vaginal

atrophy, or seeking a rejuvenating effect, MonaLisa Touch

offers a clinically backed solution that’s proven to work.

‘Simply put, the MonaLisa Touch procedure stimulates the

body’s natural processes,’ Dr Behnia-Willison explains.

‘It creates more hydrated and healthy cells which help to

increase vascularisation, hydration and acidity, which are

important components of vaginal health.’

‘Almost all of my patients have noticed a significant

improvement following the MonaLisa Touch procedure –

some have even described the treatment as life-changing,’

she concludes. csbm

Where to get it

To find a clinic near you visit www.monalisatouch.com.au

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The no incision ear

correction changing

children’s lives

Dr Zurek’s no incision procedure is helping bullied children

smile from ear to ear. Erin Docherty reports.

Australian schools are among those with the highest

rate of bullying in the world, with one in four school

students being a victim of bullying.

Children with physical differences even as minor as

protruding ears, can attract bullying, which as a result can

have a tremendously negative impact on their self-esteem.

However, a simple procedure could stop these children from

carrying a psychological and emotional burden for the rest

of their life, if they have been bullied .

Eight-year-old Moses recently underwent a no-incision

ear correction procedure (otoplasty) to put playground

bullying to an end.

“My ears were sticking out and the kids at school would

make fun of me. I didn’t want to be teased anymore,” says Moses.

Moses’ parents Katherine and Steven said they had

considered surgery early because they feared bullying could

have an emotional impact that lasted throughout his life.

“Moses would come home from school with really red

ears because the kids would be pulling them and twisting

them. There was also a lot of name calling and teasing,

which was really distressing for him – and for us. It was so

awful seeing him go through that,” says Katherine.

“Moses continued to go to school every day, but I

knew what was going on and that he was very upset. He

is a very proud child, but we could see the effect the

bullying was having on him. It was slowly chipping away at

his confidence.”

After considering plastic surgery, the family decided

to opt for a no-incision otoplasty procedure instead, at

the hands of Sydney cosmetic surgeon, Dr Longin Zurek.

Moses’ older brother Sol, who is 13, also underwent the

procedure at the same time.

‘The main reason that influenced us to choose Dr Zurek’s

no incision technique, rather than plastic surgery was simple

- the kids wouldn’t have to undergo invasive surgery. The

downtime would have been much longer and I didn’t want

the boys to miss school and for Sol to miss cricket, as it was

his representative season,”says Steven.

“We were also already impressed by Dr Zurek’s otoplasty

results – when I was in the waiting room at Dr Zurek’s office

I got chatting to a guy, who was actually quite handsome,

and he had recently undergone a no-incision otoplasty

procedure. The results looked amazing.”

The otoplasty procedure is relatively simple and is

positively life changing for young children.

“If we hadn’t undergone the procedure I think it would

have really affected him going through high school. My

husband predicted this would happen, so we had thought

about undergoing the procedure before. However, we

are happy that Moses was old enough to understand he

was being bullied and could participate in the decision for

surgery, ” says Katherine.

Pleasing and permanent results have been achieved with

the no-incision technique. Dr Zurek says patients appreciate

the relative simplicity of the procedure: no dressings, minimal

swelling and discomfort, as well as a short down time.

“Since the otoplasty the bullying has stopped. Moses

made a special announcement to his class after the

procedure to explain that he had his ears corrected and that

the children had to be very careful.”

“I would say it is definitely better to have the procedure

at an earlier age as opposed to later on – to stop the

bullying as quick as possible. Sol was very self-conscious

throughout school about his ears, so it would have

probably been better for him the have the procedure done

earlier,” says Katherine.

“I highly recommend this procedure and I would certainly

recommend Dr Zurek for his understanding and kind nature

– he made everything so easy and smooth - you don’t need

to think twice or hesitate.”

While in an ideal world children would not be bullied,

we know all too well that it can happen and this simple

procedure is making an instrumental difference in the life

of a child.

“I feel good now they’re fixed, the kids don’t pull them or

call me names anymore,” says Moses. csbm

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Case study 1

Moses (8 years) – before procedure

Immediately after no-incision otoplasty by Dr Zurek

Moses (8 years) – before procedure

Immediately after no-incision otoplasty by Dr Zurek

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Case study 2

Zack (6 years) – before procedure

After no-incision otoplasty by Dr Zurek

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Tattooing is more than just creative expression. It

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Sydney cosmetic tattooist Rita Porreca pioneered one

of Sydney’s fi rst cosmetic tattoo clinics and has worked

with more than 10,000 clients from around Australia since

opening in 1991. With more than 25 years of experience,

Porreca has today become a highly sought after expert in

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MEDICAL TATTOOING

According to Porreca there has been a 50 percent increase

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She attributes this to growing awareness of the lasting,

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Used to disguise scars and to give patients a new sense

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clients who require areola re-pigmentation and corrective

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‘Doctors and cosmetic surgeons will regularly refer their

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example, fi nishing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Patients come to us feeling self-conscious after eyebrow or

hair loss, and leave feeling amazing again,’ she says.

AREOLA RE-PIGMENTATION

Areola reconstruction can greatly improve the lives of

women who are uncomfortable with the appearance of

their nipples, especially if they have undergone breast

reconstruction after a mastectomy.

Areola re-pigmentation is the fi nal stage of breast

reconstruction and is also considered by those with areola

colour loss. After the nipple reconstruction is completed,

the tattooing process may begin, 6-12 weeks post surgery.

Considered one of the relatively simpler medical

tattooing procedures, a natural areola can be mimicked

using a tattoo gun or pen to apply the colour on a carefully

measured region on the top layer of the skin.

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the

beauty

lover’s

guide to

makeup

Beauty products can come and

go, but the classics stick with us

through thick and thin. We bring you

the bona fide killer buys that have

earned cult stardom.

This is the beauty lover’s guide to makeup. From the miracle foundations

and lust-worthy lippies to eyeliners and blushes we feel lost without,

these are the must-have beauty staples that every girl should have in

her makeup bag.

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3.

1.

4.

2.

Foundation

When it comes to your makeup base, the most important

thing to remember is you want your skin to look like skin.

It should look clean and fresh, not like you’re wearing lots

of product. Don’t forget to use a primer to keep the skin

hydrated and prep the complexion such as 1. Napoleon

Perdis Auto Pilot Radiance Boosting Primer, $55 or 2.

Colorescience Face Primer SPF 20, $49.

Selecting the right base shade is key. Make sure the

colour matches your skin tone exactly. When you’re

buying a foundation, test it on the side of your face, not

the back of your hand. The skin on your face is a very

different shade to the skin on your hand. Yellow-based

foundations such as the Bobbi Brown ones are great

because they take any pink or red tones out of the skin.

People often try to alter their skin tone with makeup

but if you go a shade or two lighter it can end up looking

ashy and if you go darker it won’t match your skin and

you’ll fool nobody. Instead, match your skin tone exactly

and then warm it up with bronzer or blusher if you need it.

Foundation comes in a variety of forms, with the

four main types being liquid, cream, stick and powder.

The right foundation can even out your skin tone, give

you a healthy complexion and conceal flaws and

pigmentation. With each type comes a different finish and

level of coverage.

Liquid is typically the most popular everyday foundation

due to its sheer natural finish, while cream foundations

are the number-one choice for makeup artists. To set

makeup apply a finishing spray such as 3. Skindinavia

The Makeup Finishing Spray, $39.95.

Try

4. Shu Uemura Blanc Chroma Cushion Foundation, $72,

5. Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder Foundation,

$69, 6. Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick, $69, 7.

SCOUT Cosmetics Pressed Powder Compact in Latte

21, $49.95, 8. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in-Place

Makeup, $52, 9. Lycogel Breathable Tint, $125, 10.

Designer Brands Longwear Foundation, $14.99, 11.

Designer Brands Flawless All-in-One Stick Foundation,

$14.99, 12. Designer Brands Natural Ground Minerals

Foundation, $19.99.

7.

10.

9.

5.

8.

6.

11.

12.

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EYES

Liquid eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes “pop” but applying

it can be intimidating. An easy way to test out liquid liner is to fi rst

use a taupe eyeliner pencil to lightly trace a line just above your

upper lash line. This trick lets you make sure the lines are even and

accurate before next applying the darker, liquid liner colour directly

on top of the taupe “practice” line.

Our favourite makeup trick is to use eyeliner to fi ll in the tiny

spaces between upper eyelashes. This really helps eyes look fuller

and more alive and lends an amazing frame to the eyes.

Liquid eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes “pop” but Jillian

says women are intimidated when it comes to applying it correctly.

Kohl eyeliner – Want to feel sexy and sultry but don’t know how

to avoid ‘panda eyes’? Creating that sexy ‘rock chick’ look is easier

than you think. Kohl or pencil eyeliners are the genesis of the smoky

eye. The trick is to build the look in layers and to keep the application

smooth and soft. A true smoky eye starts with the intensity at the

centre of the eye, billowing out into softer application. Start by

framing the eye with a black kohl pencil at the upper and lower rim.

Dot the same pencil into both the top and bottom lashes and blend

using a cotton bud or a small round-tip blender brush to create a

smudged but defi ned line.

TRY

1. Designer Brands

Kohl Liner in Black, $5.99

2. SCOUT

Cosmetics Mineral

Eyeliner Pencil $24.95

3. Lancôme

Grandiôse Liner, $56

2.

3.

Like almost every cosmetic these days, there are several options

when it comes to lining your eyes – and it’s all about picking the one

you’re most comfortable with.

1.

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Mascara

Every girl knows the beauty benefits of mascara, but

learning the right technique can make all the difference

for lashes with flair.

Hold the brush at a horizontal angle if you want thick

lashes, or turn it vertically for a more natural finish. The

way you hold the brush when applying your mascara can

make a huge difference. Holding the brush horizontally

and wiggling it back and forth will give you voluminous

lashes, while holding it vertically and running the tip of the

brush along the length of your lashes will leave you with

longer, more natural look.

The best way to hold a curl is to apply a thicker coat

of mascara at the root of your lashes and a lighter ones

towards the end. Wiggle the brush back and forth at the

base of your lashes and then swipe to the tips.

If you have thin or light coloured lashes, coat both

sides by alternating between looking up and looking

down while applying mascara. That way, the hairs are

fully covered and appear much thicker.

Try

1. Asap Pure Mineral

Mascara, $35

2. Designer Brands

Extend A Lash,

$19.99

3. Designer Brands

Beyond Amplifying

Mascara, $14.99

1.

beauty & spa

2.

3.

Try

1. Givenchy Eyebrow

Pencil Dark Brunette, $39

2. Lancôme

Sourcils Styler, $46

3. Designer Brands

Extend a Brow, $12.99

Brows

There ain’t nothing cool about sparse, unkempt brows.

The best eyebrow products can mean the difference

between a polished look and a messy one. In order

to recover from the great over-plucking epidemic of

the 90s, we must rely on eyebrow products to ensure

natural, perfect eyebrows.

Whether pencil or powder, filling in your eyebrows

can be tricky and we’ve all Googled it more than once.

Whatever happens, don’t choose a shade that exactly

matches your brow hair; for example, blondes should

choose shades that match the base of the hair colour,

not their highlights, to prevent looking washed out.

When filling in your eyebrows the best place to start

is under the arch, then continue filling in outward toward

the tail (the important part of the brows that frame the

eyes!). Make sure if you are lowering your arch, the

shape should be angled and rectangular, not rounded.

Be careful because if the arch is too high, it can make

you look angry!

Once the arch and tail are filled in, move to the top

of the brow and to the inner edge. The line on the inner

edge should be perpendicular to the brow and line

up with the middle of the nostril. Viola! Thicker, more

symmetrical and completely natural-looking brows!

2.

3.

1.

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4.

5.

3.

1.

2.

Lips

Everyday colour

With lip liner, try to draw the line just slightly over the

edge to create a fuller mouth. If you go inside the lip

line you are cutting yourself short. Use gloss just into

the centre of the mouth. As this is the bigger and more

forward part of the mouth, light will hit there first and give

a great reflection to make your lips appear more plump.

Opt for a natural-coloured lip pencil and outline, then

lightly feather the colour into your lips, leaving the centre

of your lips lighter – this creates a 3D effect so your lips

appear fuller.

Get your lips looking full and juicy by slicking on a

gloss with some plumping properties. A sheer lip gloss

with a high shine finish or some multi-dimensional colour

will have lips looking lush and well conditioned.

For the best nude lip, foundation out your lip slightly

first so your own lip colour is not coming through or

competing with the nude shade of lip colour that you

choose. This way you are getting the truest colour on

your lip and not your own pink tone coming through.

But be warned, less is definitely more with this look!

Nothing looks worse than a lipstick that is super matte

and nude and applied thickly to the lips to look like

liquid paper! You want it to look as natural as possible

– whenever we are envious of Angelina we are noticing

her fabulous lips, not her makeup!

Opt for a nude lipstick with a slight shine and build

up light layers with a lip brush. Pop a nude gloss over

the top that has a slight hint of pink or peach running

through it.

Try

1. Napoleon Perdis Gloss it! Lipgloss $19,

2. Lancôme Juicy Shaker, Mangoes Wild $34,

3. Asap Pure Mineral Lipcolour, $30, 4. Maybelline

NY Babylips ColorLip Balm in Rose, Addict,

$3.95, 5. Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist (Nude,

Soft Beige), $55,

Red lips

Scar-Jo always has us blushing with her rosy red mouth, a

look that many of us wish to emulate but don’t know if we

can pull it off. The good news is that anyone can actually

wear red.

Cool skin tones and pale milky tones are generally suited

to blue-based reds, whereas olive tones are better suited

to brick reds.

Firstly, apply a light-textured light reflective concealer

along the outline of the lips to eliminate any uneven tones

– use a very small amount as it’s essential that it appears

very natural. Then fill in your lips with a lip primer to allow

longevity and prevent the lipstick from moving or bleeding.

One way to apply a red lipstick is with your fingers. On

a clean, moisturised lip, use your ring finger to dab on the

red lipstick, turning your finger to fit into your lip shape. This

actually melts the lipstick onto your lip, saves you time and

will last longer. Now that you have a base, edge and polish

off the shape of the lip perfectly with a matching red lip liner.

Blot the lip colour with a tissue and re-apply – layering is the

key to long-lasting colour.

1.

2.

Try

1. Designer Brands

Longwear Lipstick

in Coral Desire, $10.99

2. Gilded Cage Unleashed

Lipstick in Singular Red, $40

3. SCOUT Cosmetics

Mineral Lipstick in

Flame, $29.95

3.

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1.

Illuminators

Luminescence is a stealth beauty effect, lighting

up your face like a light bulb under your skin to

enhance all your features. There are a huge number

of products that deliver glow, in formulations you

can simply skim over bare skin or your makeup.

Luminisers look great above the cheekbone and

around the inner corner of your eyes. Sweep a veil

of luminescence over the tops of your cheekbones,

your forehead, the outline of your upper lip or a dab

on your chin or nose. Keep it away from areas with

wrinkles; it will just bring attention to them. You can

also use them on the brow bone. Don’t forget to

blend, blend, blend!

A highlighter is perfect to dab small amounts

on top of your cheekbone - from the apple of the

cheek and up through to the hairline. This adds

light-reflectors, and makes your skin look fresh and

youthful. Use small amounts on the inner corner of

the eye to add a “pop”, under the brow bone to

lift the eye, on the cheekbones for added definition

and down the T-zone to add light to dull skin.

Blend with fingertips to create an even and flawless

complexion.

Try

1. Napoleon Perdis

Reflective Refiner Bright Light

Highlight Powder, $50

2. YSL Touche Eclat Radiant

Touch $55l

3. Napoleon Perdis

Hide it! Concealer $29

2.

3.

1.

2.

3.

Blush

No matter how old you are, wearing blush is a must. It

enhances facial features and replaces luminosity of the

skin that fades with age.

Generally speaking, peach-based tones work well

with just about any complexion. They add warmth and a

‘lift’ to the appearance and work nicely with illuminators

and bronzers.

Apply to the apples of your cheeks and across the

temples when a warmer colour is used. Blush is very

feminine, pretty and natural, and we love a pretty, soft

pop of colour on the apples of the cheeks for that

gorgeous glow.

Try

1. Maybelline NY Babylips Lips Balm and Blush,

$9.95, 2. Designer Brands Natural Ground Minerals

Blush, $14.99, 3.Napoleon Perdis Use it! Lip and

Cheek Tint, $29.

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Glover-Hovan, is certainly a renowned

name in the beauty industry. She has

been at the forefront of education in

the industry and has earned a swag of

accolades from organisations, here and

around the world, for her contribution

to the cosmetic tattoo industry.

‘Makeup that won’t wash off has

many beauty benefits, not to mention

the economic and time-saving factors,’

she says. ‘Its roots trace back to the

1930s and, while both the technique

and its popularity have advanced

considerably since this time, the

reasons for its continued popularity

remain the same.’

As a leader and educator in cosmetic

tattooing, Glover-Hovan evaluates

facial proportions and symmetry, as

well as hair and skin colouring, before

creating a design that will complement

and enhance each client’s features.

Cosmetic tattooing can enhance

and beautify a woman’s looks,’ she

says. ‘This might include creating

defined, well-groomed eyebrows,

enhanced eye shape with eyeliner, and

more youthful-looking lips with colour.

The great thing is that these treatments

last for many years.’

Lip talk

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on the committee of leading For a Stronger

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and American Associations.

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congresses around the world, both In the Medical are

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It is Glover-Hovan’s lip work in particular

which has gained much national and

international attention. She delivers

regular educational presentations

on optimising results in the lips, and

tailoring treatment to each patient.

speaking and demonstrating her

techniques particularly in regards

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THE SPA

TREATMENT

THAT LOSES

INCHES FROM

YOUR BODY

THE FOOLPROOF WAY TO

LOSE 15CM FROM YOUR BODY

CIRCUMFERENCE IN ONE HOUR.

After the hot chocolates and lazy couch days that

pretty much sum up winter (or is that just me?),

most us need a little helping hand to kickstart a

rocking springtime bod.

They say there’s no such thing as a quick fi x but I

think I’ve found it. If you want to ditch the baggy jumpers

and slink into your favourite party dress – but you’ve

conveniently forgotten the healthy eating and exercise

part of the deal – the International Body Wrap may be

just the ticket.

This relaxing spa treatment is essentially a body

detox wrap. It hydrates and slims your body (yes, you

read that right), eliminating toxins and revealing radiant

glowing skin. It’s ideal as a one-off treatment to fi t into

that special occasion dress or as a course to gain

optimum results. The beauty of this treatment is that if

you don’t lose a minimum of 15cm off your total body

circumference, it’s free!

WHERE DO I GET IT?

Nicole’s Beauty, Double Bay

www.nicolesbeautysalon.com.au

02 9327 7728

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The International Body Wrap involves wrapping your body

from head to toe (a bit like an Egyptian Mummy) with

special contour bandages which have been soaked in an

all-natural dead sea clay solution. This solution acts like

a giant poultice and draws out toxins and impurities from

your body while cleansing your skin and leaving it feeling

softer, smoother and more toned.

The clay leaves the skin tissue compressed and

the soft fatty tissues compacted, which results in the

measurable centimetre reduction. In this hydrated form,

each clay particle expands, enabling it to pick up many

times its own weight in various body toxins. Clay has

amazing detoxifying properties; it’s a magnet for many

toxic elements present in the body such as free radicals.

After an hour the wraps are removed to reveal skin that

is more toned with an overall improved appearance. Your

body ends up smaller and trimmer without any weight

loss. Importantly, the centimetres lost are not a result of

water loss and therefore results should last around 30

days – and up to 12 months if you have a healthy lifestyle

and don’t put on any weight. The loss of centimetres

isn’t the only star of the show – the wrap improves your

circulation and helps to put a real spring back into your

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LOSE 15CM AND KEEP IT OFF!

Nicole’s Beauty Salon offers only the very best treatments available,

including the International Body Wrap which improves the appearance

of cellulite, stretch marks and scar tissue and is guaranteed to take 15

centimetres off your entire body size - or your money back!

With highly trained aestheticians and stunning surroundings, any

treatment you have at Nicole’s Beauty Salon will be a luxurious

experience you’ll long for time and time again.

02 9327 7728

mobile 0410 627 767

nicole@nicolesbeautysalon.com.au

Shop 8, 401 - 407 New South Head Rd,

Double Bay NSW 2028

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Whether it’s an

uplifting and

zesty morning

shower gel

or a calming

aromatherapy

bath before bed,

lather up with

our fave bath and

shower gels.

1.

It can be a mammoth challenge on a chilly morning to resist

the urge to stay under the covers. Put some zing in your

daily routine by hitting the shower armed with products to

invigorate and give you a much-needed energy hit (that’s better

than your morning coffee!).

Your senses influence how you receive and respond to things

day to day – your sense of smell being the biggest culprit. A

creamy body wash with a nostalgic scent such as lavender or

honey can send you into a deeply relaxed state, a fresh citrus

scent paired with a foamy texture invigorates the senses, while

fruity scents such as mango, strawberry or coconut will trick

you into holiday-mode.

Skin is soft and has enlarged pores post-shower, which

is the best time for skin to be moisturised. The steam from

a warm shower relaxes the surface of the skin and allows

the moisturiser to infiltrate the deeper layers to really boost

hydration levels.

2.

Shower gels

3.

4.

5.

Instead of hitting the snooze button, give yourself a hit of

energy by lathering up with a freshly scented shower gel.

Citrus oil is said to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressive

effects in aromatherapy, so a fresh citrus-smelling shower

gel will invigorate the senses to give you that get-upand-go.

Other scents such as mint, lime, peppermint,

eucalyptus, tea tree, grapefruit and orange are zesty and

invigorating scents to liven you up for the day ahead.

The soft textures of body foams and mousses lather

easily and lend themselves to being applied energetically

– great for circulation!

Opt for a wash-off moisturiser if you’re looking for

something that will soothe dry post-winter skin.

1. MOR Bella Donna Hand & Body Wash with Goji Berry

Extract and Coconut Oil, $29.95 for 500ml,

2. Antipodes Nirvana Hand & Body Wash, $32 for

500ml, 3. Sisley Paris Eau de Campagne Gentle Bath &

Shower Gel with Botanical Extracts, $90 for 250ml,

4. Biology No. 303 Moisture Therapy Body Wash, $27

for 375ml, 5. Jurlique Citrus Shower Gel, $29 for 300ml

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BATH OILS & MILKS

Baths are the Holy Grail of relaxation. Indulge in scents such as

lavender, honey, vanilla, rose or jasmine to soothe the senses after a

long day at work. Use a bath oil to indulge in a night of aromatherapy,

or a bubble bath for mid-week decadence.

A soothing bath is a proven mood elevator and relaxation activity

to help prevent muscle injury and aches, and has long been used for

internal healing therapy in Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Japanese

bathhouses. Blended essential oils are defi nitely not a lost art and

are still used to relieve pressure points of tenseness and stress,

even cold and fl u symptoms.

Milk has also been a body beautifi er for centuries, used by kings

and queens to keep them looking as youthful as possible. Bath milk

lightly moisturises the whole body and blankets the skin with nutrients.

1. Thalgo Indoceane Precious Milk Bath with

Eff ervescent Sugars, $41

2. Jurlique Revitalising Blend Essential Oil, $35 for 10ml

1.

2.

EXFOLIATORS

Body scrubs are a great way to get rid of dry

skin and get the blood circulating around the

body. Sea salt body scrubs prime the skin for

moisturisers by removing dead skin cells and dirt

particles, ensuring that the active components

of the product are deeply penetrated into the

layers of the skin.

No time for a total body scrub session?

Chemical exfoliators contain mild acids that

remove dead skin cells, creating a slight tingling

sensation on application that only lasts a few

minutes. Scents in exfoliating creams are often

activated as they are applied to the skin – which

make for an energising start to a slow winter

morning.

Exfoliation is an important part of rejuvenating

the skin (not to mention imperative for winter

faux-tan prep). Whichever exfoliator you use,

make sure to follow it up with a moisturiser for

skin that is soft and smooth.

2.

1. Sukin Renewing Body Scrub, $12.95

2. Sanctuary Spa Hot Sugar Scrub, $19.95

3. Biology No. 351 Skin Smoothing Buff , $40

4. Thalgo Indoceane Sweet & Savoury Scrub, $91

1.

3.

4.

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THE SCIENCE

OF MEDITATION

Sinking softly into a warm bubble bath is not just an exercise in

self-indulgence, it can actually enhance your body’s function

and mental health. Often cited as a form of meditation,

taking some ‘me’ time to close your eyes and be soothed

by the scent of a warm bath for half an hour is a powerful

way to realign your thoughts, declutter your mind and quash

negativity. While a clear defi nition of meditation is hard to pin

down, research has shown that daily meditation lessens the

production of the stress hormone cortisol. It also activates

the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for

involuntary functions such as digestion and blood pressure,

often negatively aff ected by stress.

1. Bathefex SoftSole Epsom Salt Foot Bath, $9.99

2. Jurlique Calming Blend Aromatherapy Mist, $35

3. Koko Lemongrass & Sage Candle, $39.95

2.

1.

3.

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IS YOUR SKIN

STRESSED OUT?

DEHYDRATED BY

FROSTY WINDS AND

INDOOR HEATERS?

WITH SPRING ON

OUR HEELS, KICK

WINTER SKIN TO THE

CURB WITH THESE

THIRST-QUENCHING

PRODUCTS.

1.

Dry skin is winter’s worst side eff ect. A build-up of

dead skin on the surface means moisture sits on the

outside and doesn’t penetrate to the deeper layers.

It’s time for some more heavy duty skincare products

that will protect, calm and soothe skin as well as protect

against the elements – think of it as comfort food for

your face.

Barrier is the word of the day. In healthy skin the epidermis

(top layer) has a seal around the cells to trap the moisture,

known as a barrier function. However, dryness, cold and

sensitising products wreak havoc on this natural function,

so you need products to bolster your skin’s defences. Up

the ante by using or adding a richer cream or oil into your

routine – it will help to nourish and nurture your skin back

to health. Get religious with your eye cream at night and lip

balm during the day.

Blood and lymph fl uid naturally nourish your skin but

in the winter months circulation fl ows less freely because

you’re cold, so you need to compensate by giving your skin

extra protection and nourishment to repair your skin cells

and combat ageing.

Use regenerating day moisturisers and night creams,

massaging the skin in a light circular motion to improve

circulation and keep the skin’s outer layer active and healthy.

Don’t drop sun protection from your routine – maintain at

least an SPF 15 each day with UVA and UVB factors.

2. 3.

4. 5. 6. 7.

HYDRATIONS BOOSTERS – SERUM & OILS

1. Medik8 Glow Oil $89 for 30ml, 2. Aspect Hydrating Serum $124 for 30ml, 3. Antipodes

Divine Face Oil, $33 for 30ml, 4. Antipodes Joyous Night Replenish Serum, $59 for 30ml,

5. M.A.C Prep + Prime, Essential Oils, $36, 6. Paula’s Choice Skincare Resist Moisture Renewal

Oil Booster, $50 for 20ml, 7. Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil, $30 for 30ml

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Dryness is one of the top skin concerns amongst

women. Just as you would layer your outer garments

to keep warm, try layering your your products to

lock moisture into your skin. A hydrating serum used

underneath your moisturiser will penetrate deep into

the skin, helping to nourish the bottom layer of cells so

when they come to the surface they will be hydrated,

plumper and brighter. Multiple applications during the

day, with products high in active ingredients, will ensure

your skin is receiving the extra attention it needs.

It’s also essential to incorporate sunscreen into your

daily skincare all year round (UV rays are still a very real

threat no matter the season). Layer sunscreen under

moisturiser every morning or choose a moisturiser that

contains a broad spectrum SPF. And make sure you

don’t forget your lips - use a lip balm with sunscreen

protection and apply it frequently.

Of course, it’s just as important to hydrate your

body from the inside as it is from the outside. Staying

on top of your 8-glass a day water consumption will

visibly improve the appearance of your skin, making it

less susceptible to dryness and improving its health by

flushing toxins from the body.

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15.

20. 21.

Moisturisers

1. Kerstin Florian Correcting Rescue Crème, $149 for 50ml, 2. Obagi Hydrate Luxe Moisture Rich Cream, $79.95, 3.

Bliss The Youth As We Know It, $89.95 for 50ml, 4. DNA Renewal Restoring Mask, $89 for 60ml, 5. Asap Ultimate

Hydration, $85 for 50ml, 6. Asap Super B Complex, $89 for 30ml, 7. Aspect Gold SMC Super Moisturising Complex $88,

8. Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Cell Power Crème, $85 for 30ml, 9. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip Service,

$28 for 12.5ml, 10. Aspect Hydrating Lip Balm, $16, 11. Mesoestetic Radiance DNA Intensive Cream, $148.50 for

50ml, 12. Mesoestetic Hydra Vital Factor K, $129 for 50ml, 13. Ultraceuticals Ultra Rich Moisture Cream, $95 for 50ml,

14. Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Sonic Cleansing, $199, 15. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Synchronized Recovery

Complex II, $145 for 50ml, 16. Germaine de Cappuccini Timexpert Rides Absolute Nourishment Elixir, $110 for 30ml,

17. Lancôme Advanced Génifique - Youth Activating Concentrate $97 for 30ml, 18. Jurlique Nutri-Define Restorative

Hydrating Emulsion, $150 for 50ml, 19. Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream, $25.95 for 100ml, 20. SkinFaktor DermiaSolution

Hyaluron Complex Plus, $105, 21. Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%, $45 for 200ml, 22. Skinstitut Moisture Defence

Ultra Dry, $45 for 50ml, 23. Stem Organics Hydrating Face Fluid, $46 for 50ml, 24. Sisley Paris Express Flower Gel

Mask, $160 for 60ml, 25. Lancôme Énergie De Vie Nuit, The Smoothing & Plumping Pearly Lotion, $60 for 200ml,

26. Lancôme Énergie De Vie Nuit, The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask, $80 for 75ml, 27. Lancôme Visionnaire –

Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream, $139 for 50ml, 28. Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream, $19.95 for 120ml,

29. Napoleon Perdis Multi-Hydration Gel Cream, $59 for 50ml, 30. Avon Nutraeffects Ageless Multiaction Cream, $15,

31. MUSQ Face Moisturiser, $52, 32. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Powerfoil Mask 4 Pack, $120.

26.

29.

31.

32.

28.

30.

25.

27.

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Body beautiful

Moisturising your body with a quality

product will help protect your skin

and lock in the moisture. Very dry

skin is well suited to honey and shea

butter-based body products and

nourishing body oils. But if your skin

is ultra sensitive, choose an all-natural

product without synthetic perfumes to

prevent triggering a reaction.

Everyone’s skin behaves differently

from season to season, so you might

find that you’ll use a moisturiser for

dry skin in winter and a lighter one

in summer.

Scented moisturisers can be a great

substitute for perfume, and chances

are your favourite brand of perfume

has a lotion in the same scent. If

it’s not heavy duty enough for your

skin, mix it with a rich fragrance-free

lotion to keep your skin smooth and

smelling sweet.

Regular exfoliation in the colder

months will prove to be as beneficial

to your skin as keeping it moisturised,

buffing away the dead cells that might

otherwise leave your skin looking dull.

The use of a gentle exfoliator once

or twice a week will simultaneously

eliminate dry and flaky skin, as well

as aid in the absorption of body

moisturiser. Even better, experts

believe the very action of removing

the redundant top layer stimulates the

production of new skin cells further

down in the epidermis. The result?

Brighter, healthier skin.

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1. Garnier Body Ultimate Beauty Oil, $11.95

for 150ml, 2. Palmolive Oil Infusions Body

Moisturiser, $9.99 for 400ml, 3. The Beauty

Chef Hydration – Inner Beauty Boost Elixir,

$39.95 for 500ml, 4. The Jojoba Company

Powerful Nautral Moisturiser, $29.95 for 85ml,

5. Thalgo Source Marine – Hydra Marine

24HR Cream, $111.50 for 50ml,

6. Ultraceuticals Ultra Retexturising Body

Complex, $89 for 250ml, 7. Biology No.

303 Body Wash, $27, 8. M.A.C Mineralize –

Charged Water Face and Body Lotion, $55 for

10, 0ml, 9. PCA Skin Body Therapy, $94.60,

10. Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare $14.95 for

60ml, 11. Sukin Ultra Hydrating Body Oil,

$19.95 for 100ml, 12. Sanctuary Spa

2 Day Moisture Shower Oil, $12.99 for 250ml,

13. Thalgo Source Marine – Hydra-Marine

Serum, $118 for 30ml, 14. Stem Organics

Nourishing Body Lotion, $39 for 500ml,

15. Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque,

$15.95 for 100ml.

3.

1.

4.

5.

2.

6.

7. 8. 9.

14.

15.

10. 11. 12. 13.

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FOR HANDS

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5.

Our hands are often neglected as

recipients of much-needed TLC.

Chapped fi ngertips and cracked knuckles

can cause hands to suff er the most in

the cooler months, so take a moment to

massage a heavy-duty hand cream or

cuticle cream into dry crevices around

the wrists and fi ngers. Exfoliation can also

be a key element to hand care, but make

sure you don’t get too scrub-happy on

raw areas of skin. If your hands are ultra

dry, use an extra layer of hand balm and

wear cotton gloves for a few hours to let

the moisture soak in properly.

And let’s not neglect the feet. After

all, it’s your feet that carry you through

life so it’s important to keep them

happy and looking good. Dry skin is a

common problem which may cause other

symptoms such as itching, redness and

cracked heels. Some people tend to have

naturally dry skin that predisposes them

to cracks, and thickened dry skin around

the heel (that is more likely to crack) is

often due to increased pressure.

The best way to prevent and treat dry

skin is to keep your feet hydrated with

refreshing lotions and moisturisers. Feet

get a rougher deal than the skin on your

body or hands so it’s worth investing in a

specialised product to take care of them.

Some regular exfoliation and buffi ng

will stop the build-up of hard, dry skin.

A range of foot scrubs is available from

the luxurious to the down-to-earth, along

with buffi ng stones and other products.

There’s no better way to treat your

feet after a long day than a soothing foot

soak. Throw in some Epsom salt or your

favourite aromatherapy oils and soak for

10 to 15 minutes. csbm

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& FEET

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1.

2.

3.

4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

1. Antipodes Joyous Hand & Body Cream, $34 for 120ml, 2. Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm, $48,

3. Mesoestetic Radiance DNA Hand Cream, $69.50 for 75ml, 4. Jurlique Rose Hand Cream Handpicked

2016 (Limited Edition), $69 for 150ml, 5. Avène Cicalfate Hands Repairing Barrier Cream, $27.95,

6. Thalgo Cold Cream Marine, Deeply Nourishing Foot Cream, $35 for 75ml, 7. Thalgo Cold Cream Marine,

Deeply Nourishing Hand Cream, $29 for 50ml, 8. Palmolive Oil Infusions Liquid Hand Wash, $7.99 for 500ml

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beauty

Glow

your

Say goodbye to

that dull, wintery

complexion and say

hello to a healthy,

natural-looking

glow! here’s

how to become a

beacon of light, all

year round.

Self-tanning

We all know how harmful the sun’s rays can be, so why

not bluff your way to being a bronze goddess? There’s

nothing like a faux tan to make legs look longer, leaner,

shapelier and detract attention from lumps, bumps, veins

and other perceived imperfections.

In the past few years, fake tans have come a long

way so there’s less chance of turning out the colour of

a carrot. The first rule of a flawless fake tan is exfoliation.

The night before your tan, use a body scrub or exfoliating

lather to remove any dry, flaky skin. This will ensure that

your tan is applied to a smooth, even canvas, resulting in

a consistent, natural-looking glow.

Before applying fake tan, slip on latex gloves or a

tanning mitt; orange palms are an obvious fake-tan

giveaway. It’s also important the gloves fit tightly, as loose

gloves may leave streaks when applying tan to skin.

Wait at least 15 minutes for the fake tan to dry before

putting clothes on. Most tans take between two to eight

hours to develop, so try to stay dry – don’t shower, swim

or work out – before then.

And remember: by keeping your skin hydrated with a

quality moisturiser everyday, your skin will be less likely to

peel and the precious pigment will be sealed in for as long

as possible.

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OUR TOP TIPS FOR

the perfect home tan

HOW-TO: LOVELIER

LOOKING LEGS IN A FLASH

1.

1. DE-FUZZ

It rather defeats the purpose of self-tanning if you’re

sporting stray hairs or stubble on your legs. Shaving

remains Australian women’s most popular choice of hair

removal, but using your man’s razor is really not ideal

(health concerns for both parties aside!). Shaving is

known for stripping skin of essential moisture, leaving it

dry, dull and irritated. Even when applying a moisturising

shave gel or lotion after shaving, skin stress can take

place during the actual shave, making it more likely to

see patchy results as the self-tan starts to develop.

Choosing a razor that is specifi cally designed for

women’s needs will help achieve a closer shave and

avoid patchy results.

2. PRE-MOISTURISE

Deeply hydrate the layers of your skin in preparation

for exfoliation. This is best achieved with oil, massaged

vigorously into your legs (or, indeed, wherever your skin

needs buffi ng).

3.

2.

3. EXFOLIATE

Since self-tanners react with the upper layers of your

skin, if certain areas have thicker skin than others, your

colour will be more concentrated there. In other words,

you’ll be splotchy. Give scalier areas, like your knees and

feet, extra attention. There are many excellent exfoliating

mitts designed specifi cally for use before applying a selftan,

as well as dozens of body scrubs to suit all skin

types and budgets.

4.

4. MOISTURISE

A thin coating of moisturiser smooths the surface of

your legs and helps prevent streaks. It dilutes the selftanner

a bit – but what you lose in intensity you make up

for in uniformity.

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5. APPLY SELF TAN

The directions on the self-tan pack might tell you to start

from your feet and work up – but don’t. Think about

where the sun hits – start off in the middle of your thighs

and the middle of your calves and blend out. Your feet

and knees should get only whatever is left over. Also,

do the job standing up – when your knees are bent, you

might apply too much to the stretched skin.

After the product has dried, try another light

application of moisturiser to milk your tan to the max for

long-lasting bronze.

TRY

1. San Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion,

$39.95 for 200ml, 2. San Tropez Gradual Tan

Tinted, $33.99 for 200ml, 3. Sunescape Instant Self

Tan Mousse (Month in Maui), $39.95 for 180ml, 4.

ModelCo One Hour Tan Mousse, $20 for 200ml, 5.

J Bronze Medium Tanning Mousse, $39.95 for 150ml,

6. Sisley Paris Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin

Care, $140 for 150ml, 7. Sukin Sunless Bronzing Gel,

$17.95 for 200ml

6. SHIMMER AND SLIM

5.

6.

7.

After your self-tanner has done its work, blend a slightly

iridescent lotion or oil over the front and back of your

thighs, along your shins and down to your feet, for

extra special eff ects. The strategically placed shine has

a slimming eff ect and also gives your skin a beautiful,

healthy glow.

TRY

Cocoa Brown by

Marissa Carter

Golden Goddess

Shimmering Dry

Body Oil, $24.95

for 50ml

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BRONZERS

Bronzers are like sunshine in a jar. A subtle golden

glow in the cooler months can add a touch of

radiance and highlight your own beauty.

A strategic and gentle application will create soft

diffused warmth. Try using a metallic bronze as a

soft liner under your lower lash line. You can also

lightly sweep a dusting of shimmery shadow on

upper lids – but try not to go above the crease line

with highly metallic shades.

One of our most favourite looks is softly

highlighted cheeks. Dust on a powder bronzer

with a fan brush first, then go over it with either a

shimmery cream blush or another powder blush in

a bright shade.

It’s fine to mix textures – creams can work in

tandem with powders if the application is light.

Dab a bit of shimmer on the top of your cheeks to

instantly brighten and illuminate your face.

Be sure to choose just one feature to accentuate

so your shimmer stays subtle and undetected. It’s

all about slowly building layers of colour, so avoid

heavy application of metallic shadows!

A nifty highlighter is perfect to combat dull or

dehydrated skin (especially after work). Dab small

amounts on top of your cheekbone – from the apple

of the cheek and up through to the hairline. This

makes skin look hydrated while the diffused light

decreases the look of fine lines. Also use small

amounts on the inner corner of the eye to add

freshness and under brow bone to lift the eye.

Accentuate your cheekbones by applying a

bronzer under them, to create a more sculpted look.

Bronze all over in all the spots the sun would

touch (if we’d let it!). Do it in a number 33 pattern –

forehead then under cheekbones then down to the

jaw line and finally under the chin for sculpting.

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2.

3.

4.

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1.

TRY

6. 7.

5.

10.

8. 9.

11. 12.

1. Asap Pure Mineral Bronzer, $40,

2. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in

Ibiza, $55, 3. Colorescience

Pressed Mineral Bronzer, $49,

4. Sisley Paris Phyto-Touche

Illuminator, $120, 5. Designer Brands

Instant Face Bronzer, $12.99,

6. Designer Brands Contour Kit,

$11.99, 7. Estee Lauder Revitalizing

Supreme + Global Anti Ageing Wake

Up Balm, $98 for 30ml, 8. Designer

Brands Hi-Lights Bronzing Illuminator

(in Bronzing and Starlight), $9.99, 9.

Givenchy Prisme Visage Compact

$78, 10. Napoleon Perdis Matte

Bronze, $60, 11. Gilded Cage

Revelation Eye Shadow (in metallic

gold), $38, 12. L’Oreal Infallible

Sculpt Palette, $29.95, 13. SCOUT

Cosmetics Mineral Illuminate, $44.95

14. Physicians Formula Bronze

Booster, $29.95

14.

Fancy getting your

glow on from the inside

out? Try The Beauty

Chef GLOW Inner

Beauty Powder, $59.95,

packed with superfoods

and prebiotics to

nourish skin.

13.

Hardware

Artiste by Manicare Professional – A01 Mega Powder/

Bronzer Brush, $39.95

Manicare Bronzing Brush, $19.95

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HAIR

EXTENSIONS

= SUPER

SEXY HAIR

OOZE CONFIDENCE WITH

BIGGER, BOLDER, MORE

BEAUTIFUL HAIR.

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Hair extensions are, very possibly, the greatest accessory you will ever

wear. Whether you have short hair that you want longer, wispy fi ne hair

you want thicker, or you just want to go from drab to absolutely fab,

professional hair extensions do not disappoint.

Hair extensions allow you to have long, thick, lust-worthy hair in a matter

of hours. In the right hands, they are virtually undetectable, can be worn up or

down and can last months on end, even up to a year. But, like most things in

life, it’s worthwhile to invest in the best.

For seamless results and the best quality human hair on the market, Joseph

Mourad, from his eponymous salon in Double Bay, Sydney, has long been the

go-to guy. In addition to being the consummate hair professional, he’s widely

sought after for the particular method he employs for applying hair extensions:

the ultrasonic cold fusion technique (more on that later).

Indeed, his hair extension methods are highly coveted the world over – with

celebrity clientele including entertainer Mel B and Grammy award-winning

recording artist Mya.

‘Hair extensions are about giving people beautiful and strong hair,’ says

Mourad. ‘Extensions provide volume, length and manageability – and make

getting ready for a night out or special occasion so much easier. It’s also

surprisingly aff ordable.’

Mourad prides himself on using only the highest quality human hair

extensions. He is skilled in all hair extension techniques but his preferred

method is the innovative ultrasonic cold fusion technique.

The cold fusion method uses ultrasound technology to attach the hair

extension to the client’s natural roots. The result is natural-looking hair

extensions that are virtually non-detectable.

IT’S ALL IN THE TECHNIQUE

The ultrasonic cold fusion technique allows for multi-strand bonding, making

the whole process effi cient and, importantly. Bonding clinical keratin with

keratin found in the hair shaft, the extensions are attached to the natural hair

very close to each other so there are no telltale signs.

‘The technology is so advanced and the bonding so seamless,’ says

Mourad. ‘It achieves impeccable results and the extensions can be completely

undetectable to the eye. And, because there is no use of heat, glue or clips to

bond the extensions, the client’s natural hair is not compromised or damaged.’

When applying the extensions, emphasis is placed on properly blending

colour and thickness with the natural hair. Attached strand by strand, the

extensions can be attached to long, short, straight or wavy hair as long as the

natural length is more than 2cm.

Each strand has about 20 hairs in it and a full head can take from 100 to

300 strands, depending on the required thickness. In just a few hours, hair is

transformed from short, thin strands to thick, long locks. ‘The latest advances

provide long and voluminous hair without the need to wait for natural hair to

grow out,’ says Mourad. ‘It can completely transform your look.’

Extensions can last anywhere between six and 12 months. Once attached,

the extensions can be treated as normal. ‘Care for your extensions the way

you would your natural hair,’ Mourad advises. ‘It’s important to be particularly

careful when combing and blow-drying your hair. However, hair extensions

can be cut and coloured just like your natural hair.’

When applied by a hair extension specialist, you can enjoy a full head of

fl owing, thicker hair – and look forward to a good hair day, every day. csbm

BEHIND

THE SCENES

Sydney hair extension specialist

Joseph Mourad with Mya (top) and Mel B

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GROWING OUT A SHORT

HAIRCUT, OR JUST WANT

HAIR WITH THAT CERTAIN

VA-VA-VOOM APPEAL?

IT’S TIME TO LET YOUR HAIR DOWN!

CALL JOSEPH MOURAD HAIR &

BEAUTY FOR A COMPLIMENTARY

CONSULTATION.

WWW.JOSEPHMOURAD.COM.AU

PH 02 9328 2277

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World’s

weirdest

spa treatments

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From bathing in

beer to breast

milk facials, we

take a look at some

of the world’s

most bizarre spa

treatments – and

whether they

actually work!

While most spas pamper with the standard facial

and massage, others are pushing the boundaries

and offering some avant-garde treatments in the

pursuit of beauty. Today there are just about as many spa

treatments as there are stars in the sky. Many are fabulous,

but some are just plain wacky.

We go down the road less travelled and take a look at

the endless weird and wonderful spa treatments to try (or

avoid) at your next spa visit.

Gold facials

Cleopatra is rumoured to have covered her face in a

pure gold mask in hopes of maintaining her youthful

appearance. It turns out she wasn’t alone in thinking the

precious metal contained anti-ageing properties. The

gilded stuff has long been a symbol of luxury and wealth,

but lately beauty brands have embraced its anti-ageing,

pro-radiance powers.

A gold facial is a therapy involving the application of a

sheet of 24-karat gold leaf to the face. Said to have been

an age-old Ayurvedic skin treatment, advocates of this

treatment claim improved skin elasticity, relaxed wrinkles,

blemish and scar lightening, and a youthful glow.

Gold facials are touted as the ultimate in luxurious skin

treatments, with modern techniques such as nano-misting

and healing light therapy added to boost the absorption of

beneficial minerals.

Some skin experts say the post-facial glow is most

probably due to the moisturising, massage or exfoliation

that comes with the gold facial. But modern-day celebs

like Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, and Bar Rafaeli have

all tried solid gold facials and, if it’s good enough for a

supermodel, it’s good enough for us!

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Beer spa

Do you love beer so much you could bathe in it?

At Chodovar Brewery, Hotel and Spa in Czech

Republic, you can take a relaxing soak in a tub full of

hops, herbs, active beer yeasts and plenty of foam.

Kept at a steady 37 degrees Celsius and continuously

bubbling to ‘promote dissolution of ingredients’, it is

said to release vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins.

These “real beer baths” are warm, encouraging

circulation and opening pores, while the hops act as a

peel and the yeasts add vitamin B.

The treatment is sold as a chance to treat your

body ‘from the inside and outside’ and leave you

invigorated at the end.

‘It is a very old and unique spa therapy, where

only natural materials are used,’ the company

says. The beer served in the Beer Spa is produced

using a traditional technique from the best variety

of Czech hops. According to the spa, the benefits

of bathing in beer have been proven since the

Middle Ages.

The beer baths fit couples or singles and if the

experience wasn’t beer-soaked enough by the end,

each visitor gets a bottle of Beer Bernard as a parting

souvenir. But be warned: for the full benefit of the beer

spa, you won’t be able to shower for 12 hours after

your visit.

Breast milk

facial

Breast milk beauty treatments are being offered at a spa called

Mud in Chicago, which sources breast milk from a local milk bank

to enhance skin texture.

Approximately 60 to 80 percent of all protein in human milk

is whey protein. These proteins have great infection-busting

properties. The antibodies in breast milk can help heal minor

illnesses and injuries, such as pink eye or an ear infection, and

it can also soothe sore nipples. Breast milk has great infectionbusting

properties, being so high in antibodies and whey protein.

It’s also resplendent in a type of fat called lauric acid – also a

component of coconut oil, which has been shown in studies to

help improve acne.

Given all that magical power, it only makes sense that someone

would want to incorporate it into your next spa experience.

The breast milk is mixed with a white clay packed with vitamin

E to create a mask which is then applied to the face for around

30 minutes. The end result? Skin is said to feel hydrated, smooth

and rejuvenated.

As for where this milk comes from, Mud purchases it from

gracious mothers who stick to an all-organic diet.

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Diamond facials

have amazing

exfoliation

effects, not to

mention the

“wow” factor

Diamond

treatments

We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend,

but did you know that a diamond can do more

than sparkle on a ring? A diamond facial is a peel

treatment that is claimed to be one of the latest

breakthroughs in skin beautification, stimulating

cells below the surface to provide radiant, softer

skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.

Diamonds are widely used as exfoliating agents,

offering a longer exfoliation effect to the skin in

comparison to some other ingredients. Delivering

amazing exfoliation effects to the skin, diamond

facial removes dead cells resulting in a youthful

radiance and glow to the skin.

Diamond facials are also touted as age-busters.

Diamonds help to remove toxins, which in turn

purifies the skin and helps in oxygenation. Activating

the dormant skin cells, it boosts the metabolic

functions of the skin and promotes regeneration

of cellular life. So, in this process it can control the

effects of age on the skin.

As well as smoother, more even skin, the ‘wow’

factor of having a diamond treatment is certainly a

big drawcard!

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o

ditor’s

av ur

tes

BeneFit Hervana Blush,

$51. A blissful swirl of four

complementary shades lifts

your look to cloud nine!

M.A.C #133 Small Cheek

Brush, $70. This ultra-soft

brush is a must for applying

blush, highlighter and bronzer.

YSL Le Cushion

Compact in #50, $88.

We are in love. YSL

has delivered with this

masterful foundation

innovation.

i

Our Bella beauties have

taken their pick. Get your

list ready, because these

are the kind of beauty

products you’ll want to

add to your routine ASAP!

MOR Emporium

Classics Belladonna

Hand and Body Lotion,

$29.95. Enriched with

Goji Berry Extract

and Coconut Oil, this

softens and leaves skin

delicate and scented.

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Estee Lauder

Sumptuous Bold

Lifting Mascara, $48.

This mascara delivers

daringly full, sensuously

curved, all-out seductive

lashes.

BeneFit They’re Real

Mascara, $42. This

longwearing formula

won’t smudge or dry

out. It lengthens, curls,

volumizes, lifts and

separates for an out-ofhere

look.

Von Blair Beauty Lipgloss in Black Cherry, $19.68. Straight

from New York we just can’t get enough of this sultry colour,

perfect for a winter vamp!

Von Blair Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in Phoenix, $31.51. A

bold to-die-for shade, this creamy formula glides over the lips

like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish. Yes, please!

Sisley So Intense eyeliner, $78. A felt-tip eyeliner that delivers

an intense black line for an instantly beautified look.

Sisley Phyto Kohl Perfect eyeliner in Navy, $65. Enriched with

oil and waxes, this eye pencil has a firm and ultra-smooth tip

that leaves a perfectly accurate line.

M.A.C Face and Body Foundation, $49. This

lightweight foundationprovides a natural satin finish.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92.

We’re a big fan of this lightweight liquid foundation

that achieves a radiant silky finish.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush $79.20.

This self-dispensing powder-meets-sunscreen

makes sun protection application simple throughout

the day, while also delivering flawless coverage.

Elie Saab Rose

Couture EDT, $107

for 50ml. Experience

a whirlwind of white

flowers and rose petals

with this delicate and

addictive fragrance.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner Black,

$11.95. For the ultimate cat eye with minimum effort.

Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara,

$26.95. Extreme volume meets intense dark lacquer

for large luscious lashes!

Jo Malone English Pear and Fressia Cologne, $195

for 100ml. Luscious and golden, this sensuous

freshness is quintessentially English – with just-ripe

pears and freesia charms.

Balenciaga Florabotanica, $125 for

50ml. Inspired by Balenciagea’s floral

collection, it features a dark wood base

with notes of rose and carnation for an

enchanting and inviting scent.

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Dr Spiller Celltresor Ultimate Peptide Serum, $297.

Enhances collagen and elastin within the connective

tissue for skin restructuring and fi rmer facial contours.

Dr Spiller Celltresor Intense Rebuilding Cream, $397.

Supports the skin’s natural regeneration by acting on the

cellular level to visibly improve skin volume and hydration.

Mesoestetic Energy C Peel-Off Mask,

$69.50 for 6 x 5ml. This is a new dualsolution

detoxifying and anti-ageing mask,

eliminating impurities and dead cells for

fresher, more luminous skin.

Mesoestetic Stem Cell Body Serum,

$120. An amazing rejuvenating body

treatment with a tightening and fi rming

eff ect. Say goodbye to sagging skin!

Go-To Pink

Nudey Lips! $17.

Boasting all of

the conditioning,

hydrating and

restorative powers

you could ever hope

for, this fl attering

pink-nude tint has

SPF 15 and is our

everyday staple.

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser $49.95. One of our ultimate

favourite cleansers, this is a lightweight gel that helps eliminate dirt

and oil, leaving skin clean and comfortable. Obagi 360 Retinol 0.5

$74.95. Part of the new Obagi360 System, this gentle encapsulated

retinol is the ultimate anti-ageing, skin-smoothing weapon. Obagi

360 Exfoliating Cleanser, $49.95. This cleanser polishes skin and

cleans out the pores, revealing a healthy, clear complexion.

SkinCeuticals

Hydrating B5 Gel, $129.

Enriched with vitamin

B5, this replenishes the

skin to feel smooth and

appear younger.

Mesoestetic

Collagen 360-degree

Essence, $129. Get

that amazing velvety

smooth feeling with this

lightweight serum that

improves skin elasticity

and smoothes the

appearance of fi ne lines

and wrinkles.

Sisley Paris Crème pour le Cou Neck Cream,

$200. This wonder cream combats the loss of

fi rmness in the neck area by fi ghting the visible

signs of ageing.

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin Brightening

Eye Cream, $54.95. This luxury formulation

introduces Persian silk fl ower blended with

revolutionary Vinanza grape seed and kiwi skin

to brighten delicate skin around the eyes.

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