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8 Editor’s letter
11 Beauty insider
120 Ed’s Faves
16 Makeup trends preview
68 Age busters: fast fixes, big results
76 The proven fat melters (no
84 The best skin of your life
starts now – top treatments,
22 The body image report
New study reveals what Aussie
women would change about
their bodies if they could
52 What’s really in your beauty
Deciphering clinical results vs
58 Animal testing alternatives in
the cosmetic industry
62 Changing faces
New research highlights what
we really think of cosmetic
76 The skinny on fat reduction
The latest technology science
has brought to the table
92 Five ways your smile can make
you look younger
16 Festival chic – makeup style
Jump-start your festival inspo
with these long-wearing and
18 Street smart – makeup style
Everyday essentials to help you
bring your beauty A-game, no
matter where you’re heading
20 #GirlBoss – makeup style
Professional makeup looks that
shout girl boss
36 Tools of the trade
Here are the essential tools to
add to your beauty belt
46 Luxe for less
You don’t have to break the
bank to look gorgeous!
84 The skincare edit
These are the products that
have made cult status. Welcome
to the cream of the crop!
110 Christmas gift guide
118 All about hair extensions
28 In defence of labiaplasty
There’s more to vaginal
rejuvenation than just
60 Living Doll
Learn about the many benefits
of lip tattooing
68 What’s trending in minimally
74 Need an instant eye lift?
The new beauty tool to create
the look of an eye lift
98 When surgery is your best option
The ins and outs of facial
104 The light brigade
What’s the difference between
IPL and laser?
108 The new treatment for firmer,
tighter, beautiful skin
48 A closer look at liposuction
80 The cool way to lose fat
Reduce unwanted fat with no
surgery or downtime
82 Get that bikini-body, instantly!
This mud wrap guarantees
to take centimetres off your
30 Vitamin A, the grand dame
We take a look at retinol, and why
this molecule is so celebrated in
the skincare industry
34 The new retinol for sensitive skin
New product launched eight
time more powerful than
40 The evolution of skin needling
42 The age eraser
PRP is now opening doors for a
range of cosmetic and wellness
70 Get skin that looks as good as it
feels with HydraFacial
88 On our radar – the new
A new skincare
line that’s using dermal
Dr John Flynn
Dr John Flynn
Reshaping can create
the look you want
Breast augmentation can
enhance the natural size
and shape of your breasts
Refi nement in Cosmetic Surgery
With breast augmentation, your natural form can be
enhanced and complemented. This results in a balanced
and symmetrical effect that suits your individual body type
and achieves a feminine silhouette.
Liposuction to Shape and Contour
With liposuction, Dr John Flynn can reshape and contour
your form to achieve balance between your body’s
proportions. Areas such as the abdomen and inner and
outer thighs respond particularly well to this procedure.
Dr John Flynn
M.B., B.S., Dip. R.A.C.O.G., F.R.A.C.G.P.
Dip. P. Dermatology., F.A.C.C.S.
Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
Certifi ed by the American Board of Laser Surgery
Dr John Flynn has over 20 years of experience as
a medical practitioner on the Gold Coast
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For more information or to make an
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Dr John Flynn
20/4/09 9:01:39 AM
After 17 years of publishing the definitive Cosmetic Surgery &
Beauty Magazine, we are proud to launch the bolder, cooler
and oh-so beautiful CosBeauty Magazine. It’s bursting with
tried, tested and coveted products and treatments, and tips
and tricks to help you live a beautiful life.
With a focus on beauty, lifestyle and wellness, CosBeauty
Magazine is the thinking woman’s beauty source. We’ll share with you the
latest on skincare technologies, makeup trends and fitness and health tips,
plus interesting insights into the increasingly blurred world of beauty and
This issue kicks off with summer’s hottest makeup looks. Whether it’s at a
festival or in the boardroom, we’ve got you covered with the essential multitasking
products of the season (page 16).
We examine the grand dame of skincare, retinol, and why this ingredient
remains so highly celebrated and trusted both in the beauty and science
arenas (page 30). We showcase the skincare world’s crème de la crème
products (page 84), and look into the current state of play regarding animal
testing in the cosmetics industry (page 58).
Our report on page 76 on the non-surgical technologies that literally
destroy fat cells is essential reading, especially if you’re fit and healthy with
a fat bulge that just won’t budge. Plus on page 104 you’ll find our in-depth
article on lasers vs IPL and find out what the differences really are.
With Christmas just about here, we have collected the most glamorous
giftables on page 110, and you can also check out our Luxe for Less products
(page 46) – perfect for beauties on a budget.
The power of beauty is infinite – from a kindly spoken word to an
irrepressible smile. With the right attitude – and beauty tools – anything is
possible. Here’s to a beauty-ful 2017.
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THE WHO’S WHO AND WHAT’S NEW IN BEAUTY.
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Who says makeup is
just for girls? James
makeup artist, has
become the first-ever
Did you know ear
art makeup is now a
thing? Championed by
French makeup artist
@violette_fr, the trend
has created an Insta-
Frenzy. Whether it’s the
next big thing remains
to be seen, but if
the amount of times
Violette’s creations are
getting regrammed is
any indication, it may
be here to stay!
Social media imploded
after ALICIA KEYS
fronted the MTV Music
Awards this year with –
wait for it – no makeup.
Keys responded with: “I
hope this is a revolution
because I don’t want to
cover up anymore. Not
my face, not my mind,
not my soul…”. Thanks
for the lesson, Alicia –
makeup or no makeup,
we’re all beautiful!
interactive app lets you
experiment with thousands
of new lip shades.
Look at for this one as
it’s set to change the
way you try, share and
buy your next lip shade.
Kylie Jenner has
revealed her first KYLIE
teamed up with big sis
Khloe Kardashian, of
course, on a beauty line
called Koko Collection.
Another notch in the
Kardashian empire belt!
Congrats to new bride,
JESINTA CAMPBELL on
her new book. This ragsto-riches
how she’s made it to the
top of her game in the
beauty world. It’s also full
of inspiration for living a
beautiful life: beauty tips,
exercise programs, vision
recipes, and more.
that both Gigi and
Bella Hadid will walk
in the much-hallowed
show, making them the
first sisters to rule the
famous runway together.
VANESSA MEGAN Cryō Facelift,
$179.95 (for 8 applications). This
very cool (literally!) plumping and
brightening serum for the face,
neck and decolletage works on
the principle of cryotherapy. The
ice cube treatment tightens the
appearance of wrinkles, pores
and under-eye bags.
We think we’ve found the fountain
of youth for skin. FACTOR4 is
the latest rejuvenation treatment
that uses your body‘s own growth
factors to give you back plumper
and smoother skin. Unlike
cosmetic injectables, the beauty
of Factor4 treatment is that it
uses your own cells to repair and
regenerate new skin tissue and
increase collagen production. So
it’s true: beauty really does come
This year LANCOME released its
new Energie De Vie range, a 3-step
system to combat urban fatigue
and awaken dull skin. Liquid Care,
$75, gives an antioxidant energising
shot of hydration, Pearly Lotion,
$60, contains evanescent pearls for
smoothign and plumping skin, and
the overnight recovery Sleeping
Mask, $80, helps freshen and
ELIZABETH ARDEN PRO
Illuminating Enzyme Masque
and Age Defying Eye Cream,
both $120, are two new
additions to the Elizabeth
Arden PRO line, which is
founded on breakthrough
developed by leading research
scientist Joseph A Lewis.
This collaboration between
Lewis and one of the most
established global prestige
beauty companies, Elizabeth
Arden, sees a full range of
scientifully backed skincare and
SISLEY PARIS is a perennial
favourite of CosBeauty, and
the new additions to the luxe
brand are no exception. Double
Tenseur, $220, feels like a net
has been applied to the skin,
making skin look and feel
instantly lifted and firmer, while
the new Sisleÿa le Teint Anti-
Ageing Foundation, $190,
combines the best of skincare
and makeup for visible radiance
and anti-ageing benefits.
TEOXANE COSMECEUTICALS is a new skincare line with a very
impressive pedigree. It’s from the same Swiss brand that has an awardwinning
dermal filler range, and it uses its patented hyaluronic acid
technology to create a moisture-rich protective barrier on the skin for a
seriously noticeable improved complexion.
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For beautiful eyes, look for the good
in others; for beautiful lips, speak
only words of kindness; and for
poise, walk with the knowledge that
you are never alone.
– Audrey Hepburn
It’s music festival season and we love the ‘anything goes’
attitude towards makeup. jump-sTART your festival inspo with
these long-wearing and fresh-faced products to complete
your look for a weekend of music and dancing.
INIKA Certified Organic
Light Reflect Cream, $39. A
that illuminates the skin, this
handy little tube reflects light
and enhances natural facial
features. It can be used on
the cheekbones, brow bones
and eyelids for a natural
luminous look (or in the
corner of your eyes to really
make them pop!).
Clarins Bronzing Duo
Mineral Powder Compact, $62.
No one wants to be left red
faced during a music festival,
and those Aussie rays can
be pretty damn harsh. This
SPF 15 bronzer is a 100%
mineral sunscreen that
illuminates the complexion
with a subtle, natural-looking
colour for a luminous finish.
Benefit Hoola, $51. The
perfect fit for your festival
bag, this bronzing powder
gives a healthy, naturallooking
tan for the face. It
also comes with an ultra soft,
natural-bristle cheek brush.
Also great for contouring.
Clarins Ever Lasting Compact
Foundation, $53. For a makeup
colour that remains freshlooking
all day long, you can’t
go past this high-performance
foundation. It has an ultra-fine,
silky-soft, wet and dry texture
and guarantees flawless makeup
for 15 hours non-stop.
Sisley Paris Phyto Lip Twist
Sheer Balm in 16 Balm, $55. Get
balmy! This truly cocooning balm
covers lips lightly and transparently.
Smooth and silky, a single twist
leaves lips supple and soft. It’s the
perfect boho-chic staple – you’ll be
hard pressed to use another lip balm
after this beauty.
Clarins Crayon Khol in Intense
Blue, $38. Never hold back when it
comes to your festival look! Express
yourself with this long-lasting blue
eye pencil. This pop of colour is
perfect for jamming out and can
be applied as a traditional kohl or
around the eye contour area.
Clinique Sculptionary Cheek
Contouring Palette, $45. The
ultimate powder blush that delivers
buildable, blendable colour. The
palette is a multi-tasking gem,
featuring three shades that can be
used separately to colour, contour
and highlight or mixed together for
a rosy-hued glow.
L’Oréal Paris Mega Gloss in
Revolution Fabulous, $21.95.
Say hello to a zero-compromise
gloss, which provides mega shine
all day long. With a professional
lip shaper for perfect lips, it helps
you to achieve the highest level
of shine for the glossiest look
Synergie Skin HydroBlush in
Peachy Keen, $49. A pressed mineral
blush with a breathable, hydrating
and long-lasting formula – in a
universally flattering peach colour. It
contains the ingredient Vegesome,
which is clinically proven to prevent
moisture loss, leaving skin fresh
Designer Brands Flawless
Illuminator Strobing Stick, 14.99.
You don’t have to go all out there
to create a show-stopping look
at a music festival. Keep it simple
and bohemian-inspired – focus on
highlighting natural beauty with
this illuminator stick.
L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude in
Beige, $29.95. This nude eyeshadow
palette has 10 amazing shades, so
you can create your own festival
glam. From natural mattes to rich
shimmers, it’s time to unleash your
creativity – this festival look is in
Guerlain Paris Terracotta
Bronzing Powder, $74. Guerlain Paris
knows what’s up, creating a golden
glow with a formula enriched with
moisturising ingredients that won’t
dry out the skin. It’s lightweight,
illuminating and oh-so luxe.
Maybelline NY 24-Hr Superstay
Foundation, $24.95. This is what
festival dreams are made of: a
foundation that lasts for up to
24 hours with coverage that will
not wear off, break down or
degrade. Superstay is the perfect
Lycogel Breathable Tint, $125.
A foundation that really and truly
makes your skin better? Yes, it exists!
Get your hands on this luminous light
coverage that gives skin a vibrant
glow. If contains SPF 30 and a host
of skin-loving ingredients suitable for
even the most sensitive skin. Boom.
FROM THE STREETS OF NEW YORK TO THE BACK ALLEYS OF
MELBOURNE, WHEN IT COMES TO MAKEUP AND STYLE, THE REAL
ACTION IS OFF THE RUNWAY. WE’VE ROUNDED UP OUR FAVOURITE
EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS TO HELP YOU BRING YOUR BEAUTY A-GAME
– NO MATTER WHERE YOU’RE HEADING.
Foundation SPF 15, $50.
What’s not to love about 18
hours of flawless coverage?
Wear this silky highperformance
around the clock knowing
your skin will look and feel
ASAP Pure Mineral Bronzer,
$40. This all-day sheer
formulation creates a healthy,
youthful all-over glow. It also
contains protective natural
minerals and skin-volumising
hyaluronic acid to help
smooth away fine lines…
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Smooth Line Correcting
Concentrate, $32. Get in
line! This makeup base can
be applied directly onto
lines, wrinkles and enlarged
pores for a complexion
that appears smoother and
brighter with instant and
SYNERGIE SKIN BB Flawless in
Nude, $79. This light-textured
liquid foundation with built-in
zinc oxide SPF 15 UV protection
is a true multi-tasker. It contains
niacinamide to hydrate skin and
target pigmentation, and tomatoderived
lycopene to protect the skin
from environmental ageing, as well
as a tint to even out skin tone.
THALGO Silicium Anti-Ageing
Foundation, $73. For ultimate
street-style beauty, this formula
offers the best of both worlds in a
unique skincare/makeup hybrid.
Combining the essential powers
of Marine Silicium and biomimetic
pigments, this is your go-to guy
for even skin tone.
O COSMEDICS Mineral Pro SPF
30+ Triple Defence Protection,
$47. This fast-absorbing formula
kicks premature ageing to
the pavement, providing SPF
protection as well as a beautiful
sheer tint to create an effortless
PÜR COSMETICS 4-in-1 Pressed
Mineral Makeup Broad Spectrum
SPF 15, $49. Combining pure
mineral pigment with skincare
ingredients, the 4-in-1 is a
concealer, foundation, powder
and SPF 15 all in one. Perfect for a
girl on the run.
SISLEY PARIS Hydrating
Long-Lasting Lipstick, $65. A
lipstick to protect lips all day
long. Soft and finely textured,
this lipstick not only provides
coverage but also skincare
benefits to lastingly hydrate and
protect the lips.
SISLEY PARIS Phyto Lip Twist
Tinted Balm in Nude, $55.
Coloured like a lipstick and shiny
like a gloss, Phyto Lip Twist has
totally re-invented lipstick. Leaving
lips supple, moisturised, visibly
smoothed and plumped, this is our
new fave staple that we can’t get
DNA RENEWAL Sheer Defense,
$98. Sheer Defense doesn’t mess
around when it comes to those
harsh Aussie rays. It has broadspectrum
to protect against future
sun damage and DNA repair
enzymes work to help repair
past sun damage. This is a real
investment in the health of your skin.
Whether you’re starting a business or new project,
relocating to another city, or simply running the world
Beyoncé-style, you need a professional makeup look that
shouts girl boss.
Clarins Instant Definition
Mascara 01, $40. Your lashes
are instantly lengthened
and separated thanks to a
new double-brush design
and a new-generation
formula. This staple
mascara gives incredible
Synergie Skin CC Lips in
Opulent-C, $39. This mulberry
colour is so delicious you’ll
want to eat it! Synergie’s
chic lip colour also produces
distinct hydrating benefits to
the lips and provides natural
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Clarins 3 Dot Liner
Easy Lining Eyeliner Dot
by Dot, $40. There’s no
doubt eyeliner can be a
real struggle, especially
when you’re attempting
the winged look. We’ve
never been happier to
know we have a little
helping hand in the form
of the Dot Liner.
Sisley Paris So
Intense Eyeliner in
Deep Black, $78.
Every girl needs
a good eyeliner.
This jewel is a felt
tip eyeliner that
black colour with a
matte finish, while
also helping to
supply nutrients for
lash growth. Where
do we sign up?!
Shiseido Rouge Rouge in Toffee
Apple, $50. Envelop your lips in this
super-vibrant red colour, for lasting
lustre and rich moisture. Toffee
apple is a subdued, medium-dark
red with subtle, warm undertones
and a natural finish.
Clinique Pop Lacquer in 02
Lava Pop, $40. This lipstick and
primer in one gives lips a rich pop
of colour teamed with a smooth,
velvety texture. Long-wearing and
durable, the formula contains shea
and murumuru butters for intense
moisture and nourishment.
Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral
Palette in No 13 Skin Tones, $68.
A gorgeous mineral palette that
will make any neutral shadow
lover’s heart beat faster. Create
an effortlessly beautiful selection
of amazing looks with these four
Maybelline NY Push Up Drama
Mascara, $21.95. This mascara has
a creamy, plumping formula that
delivers instant volume and holds
the curl in place, while the push-up
brush scoops and lifts from root
ASAP Pure Mineral Makeup,
$45. A concealer, makeup
and sunscreen all in one easy
application. Using revolutionary
skin brightening active,
chromabright and hyaluronic
acid microspheres to help reduce
the appearance of fine lines
and wrinkles, this skincare hero
ensures sheer, flawless coverage
as well as SPF 15 protection.
Maybelline NY Vivid Matte
Liquid Lipstick in Rebel Red,
$17.95. Stand out from the crowd
and drench your lips in this vivid,
high-impact colour. Pure pigments
collide with a creamy liquid base for
a soft, cushiony feel.
A new study has revealed that 93%
of Australian women would change
their body if they could.
In a society saturated with the influence of
celebrities and models, image is everything and
it’s everywhere. Whether it’s Instagram, Facebook
or Snapchat there is no doubt that women,
in particular younger generations, consume
unattainable perceptions of reality in what is
considered the ‘ideal’ body image.
A new study has recently unearthed the attitudes of
women towards self-care, aimed at providing an insight
into the body concerns of Australian women today.
More than 1,000 Australian women were questioned as
part of the Women’s Attitudes Towards Beauty and Self
Improvement study, which took answers from candidates
aged between 25 and 60, revealing how they felt about
The nation-wide research by Cynosure and McCrindle
Forecast Strategy Research revealed some interesting stats
in terms of body confidence ratings and self-esteem, with
an incredible 93% of women admitting they would change
of Australian women would
change something about their body if
are unhappy with their
are willing to invest in enhancing their
appearance and wellbeing
would be “more okay with who I
am” if they achieved their ultimate
sculpted body shape
would be open to alternative
body sculpting methods
(i.e. beyond diet and exercise)
said laser treatment to target
“problem” areas of stubborn fat had
never been suggested to them
their body shape or physique if they could, with excess
body fat being the thing that most women would like
More than a third of women would like to change the
excess body fat on their abdomen (61%), thighs (43%)
and fl anks (36%), and 31% mentioned the excess body
fat on their arms. Also mentioned were wrinkles, stretch
marks and excess hair on the face and arms.
The research highlights the reality that low bodyesteem
is a common, national issue, with social media
presenting a new challenge and adding pressure to look a
certain way. It has been suggested that a young woman’s
body image is the single largest infl uence on her selfesteem.
If she thinks she looks unattractive or fat, her
self-confi dence drops dramatically and this can impact on
other areas of her life.
Only 7% of women reported feeling ‘extremely happy’
about their body shape, while 34% said they were ‘mostly’
happy. A whopping 42% were ‘only slightly’ happy and the
remaining 17% were ‘not happy at all’.
Respondents also reported that achieving their ‘ultimate
sculpted body shape’ would make them happier with
themselves (43%), more confi dent to go out with friends
(37%), more confi dent in their love life (32%) and help
them enjoy the beach more (31%).
When asked if they would try a way to sculpt their body
other than diet and exercise, 55% of women said they
would be open to alternative body sculpting methods such
as non-surgical body contouring treatments using laser or
other energy-based devices.
Nearly half the women reported they had never
considered using laser technology to target problem areas
because it has never been suggested to them. Similarly,
23% of women stated they would need more evidence
before trying laser.
Women are thinking about their bodies more than
ever before. Though troubling, these results are also not
surprising, given the increasing pressures women face today
imposed by media, social media and advertising.
This research helps create a sense of awareness
and aims to empower women and girls in many ways,
increasing body-confi dence education and helping better
communicate and understand the changing attitudes
towards body perception. The research rings through the
realisation that it’s about positive self-talk and feeling
good about the choices you make about your body, and
making these choices for yourself. CBM
WE MOST WANT TO
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imposed by media,
social media and
are thinking about
their bodies more
than ever before
1 in 2 want
With thousands of
“thinspo” sites currently
live and continuing to gain
considerable traction across
social media platforms and
the web, there’s no denying
that the ‘thigh gap’ trend
remains one of the most
desired physical features for
young Australian women.
The study found that almost
one in two Gen Y (46%) and
Gen X (45%) women want
to change the excess body
fat around their thighs,
compared with 35% from the
Baby Boomer generation
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Move over “designer vagina”
– it’s about time we realised there’s more to vaginal
rejuvenation than just appearance.
Whatever your take on vaginal rejuvenation,
labiaplasty and related procedures are on the rise
and are here to stay.
There’s been considerable backlash against the supposed
“designer vagina”, but little has been written about the physical
and emotional benefits of such procedures.
Sexual health holds a massive influence over mental health
and psychological wellbeing. Even though it’s not so openly
discussed in mainstream media or even between friends, genital
surgery can help alleviate pain and improve quality of life for
many women. Why shouldn’t we as women have the right to
choose to have a procedure that will improve our quality of
life, so that we can walk down the beach in a swimsuit without
feeling embarrassed, go bike riding (or even walking) free from
physical pain, or have sex without any discomfort?
Dr Oseka Onuma, an Adelaide gynaecologist and pelvic
reconstruction surgeon, agrees. “No woman should suffer
embarrassment or feel inhibited in her relationship with her
partner due to the appearance of her vagina or physical sexual
dysfunction,” he says.
Dr Onuma believes vaginal rejuvenation has been
misrepresented and, because of this, women receive little support
in making a decision that is necessary to ease discomfort or
The Australian Centre for Female
Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation
“The number of women patronised by mainstream media
and even by some members of the medical community
when seeking help is disappointing,” he says. “The
majority of my patients seeking vaginal rejuvenation are
not motivated by the aesthetic, but a growing dislike of
pain during intercourse or discomfort when participating
in everyday activities.”
“I believe in empowering women through knowledge,
choice and access to world-class care,” he continues. “Many
people say ‘it’s all part of being a woman’ and ‘just put up
with it’, but why should you, when you have options?”
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.
Why shouldn’t we as
women have the right
to choose to have a
procedure that will improve
our quality of life, so that
we can walk down the
beach in a swimsuit without
feeling embarrassed or go
bike riding without physical
Oversized, elongated or asymmetrical labia minora – the
inner vaginal lips which surround the entrance to the
vagina – can cause irritation and discomfort when wearing
certain clothes, and during sporting activities or sex.
Laser-assisted reduction labiaplasty can sculpt an
overhanging or asymmetrical labia minora according to
the patient’s wishes. “There is a wide variation in the
appearance of the external genitalia, so there’s no one look
that is normal,” Dr Onuma says.
“Each patient will have different motivations, concerns
and expectations in seeking genital surgery,” he explains.
“It is important to listen to the concerns of the individual
patient, assess them with appropriate examinations and
offer a series of potential solutions.”
There are a number of options available, both surgical
and non-surgical, to address these problems. Taking action
can help restore self-confidence, boost self-image and
improve quality of life. CBM
Empowering women through
knowlege, choice and access to
world class care
Gynaecologist & Pelvic
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
The grand dame of skincare
RETINOL CONTINUES ITS STRONGHOLD AS
THE NUMBER-ONE ANTI-AGEING SKINCARE
INGREDIENT. WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE ROLE AND
ACTION OF VITAMIN A ON THE SKIN.
WORDS BY AIMÉE RODRIGUES.
Vitamin A is arguably the single-most
important ingredient to prevent,
restore, normalise and help repair
Medical research shows that ageing of
the skin is accelerated by the loss of lightsensitive
vitamins destroyed by sun, stress
and pollution. These lost vitamins include
Vitamin A, together with key antioxidants
and Vitamins C, E, pro-vitamin B5 and betacarotene.
These all work to normalise the
skin, assisting it to reverse the signs of ageing,
and to make it look younger and smoother.
Vitamin A in particular helps smooth both
wrinkles and fi ne lines, while increasing
skin hydration and collagen production. It
evens out skin texture, at the same time as
increasing skin thickness and improving its
elasticity. Vitamin A also improves acne,
natural exfoliation and overall skin tone,
diminishing mottled pigmentation.
Since our body does not make Vitamin
A, our skin becomes defi cient over time.
In particular, the sun depletes the skin of
Vitamin A and this is one of the reasons those
who super-expose their skin to sun damage
age faster than those who do not (and another
reason to always use broad-spectrum SPF
every single day, rain, hail or shine).
Vitamin A (as well as other key vitamins
and antioxidants) need to be replaced every
day to reduce the damage from sunlight.
The best way to replace these vitamins is by
Formulations containing Vitamin A are
benefi cial to skin of all ages as it helps repair
injured skin and improves its water barrier
properties, making it soft and supple. It is also
effective in treating acne, as well as dry, scaly
or cracked skin.
VITAMIN A IN SKINCARE
As our skin gets thinner with age, it gradually
becomes less effective as a barrier, which
leads to signs of ageing such as lines and
rough patches. Vitamin A is critical in
the maintenance of healthy skin. Regular
application of Vitamin A, which regulates
skin cell growth, stimulates the skin’s renewal
process and causes it to thicken and appear
younger and healthier.
Cell-communicating ingredients use
receptor sites or cellular pathways to interact
with skin cells to signal them to function
optimally. Retinoids (including retinol),
which are derivatives of Vitamin A, are the
best known. They act as antioxidants and
neutralise the free radicals that result from
exposure to ultraviolet light. In addition,
they increase cellular turnover, stimulate a
thickening of the epidermis and promote the
removal of excess pigment.
Retinol is a Vitamin A (retinoic acid)
derivative that is an effective and widely
used topical anti-ageing solution. It has been
shown to reduce many visible signs of skin
ageing, especially fi ne lines and wrinkles,
encouraging better cell turnover in the upper
layers and normalising skin turnover.
In the form of stabilised retinol (retinol
molecular), it enables surface hyperpigmented
cells to be sloughed off evenly, in addition
to reversing the damaging effects of UV
light on the skin cells, which result in
hyperpigmentation. Retinoids are also
responsible for tyrosinase inhibition, reducing
clumping of melanin and reducing melanosome
size to further improve pigmented spots.
Medical research has also documented that
the use of retinol on the skin can create new
collagen deposition, greater proliferation of new
blood vessels and capillary formation. Dramatic
improvements have also been observed with
regard to skin smoothness, evening of skin
tones and overall skin rejuvenation. Retinol
also plays a role in conditioning the skin prior
to many cosmetic procedures such as facial
surgery, laser resurfacing and chemical peels.
VARYING FORMS OF
It’s well known skin rejuvenation can be
achieved by applying Vitamin A to the skin,
but sometimes the various types of Vitamin A
on the market may make it confusing when
selecting which type to use on the skin. There
are a number of related molecules with Vitamin
A activity and these are classed under the
family name of retinoids.
Prescription retinoids include tretinoin (trans
retinoic acid); the over-the-counter retinoid
is retinol. Both convert to retinoic acid in the
skin. Trans retinoic acid is the most irritant
form of Vitamin A.
It’s no secret that a common side effect
after starting topical Vitamin A treatment is
temporary redness, irritation and fl akiness;
most users will need to build up a tolerance
to retinoids over several weeks. Retinol
skincare has fewer side effects than retinoic
acid prescription products due to lower
biological activity, among other factors. It
also goes without saying that stabilised highconcentration
retinol formulations will be
more effective than run-of-the-mill retinol
products, but will also typically be more
irritating to the skin.
Thankfully, any irritation at all may be
a thing of the past. Manufacturers are now
developing different effective forms of Vitamin
A which are less irritating, if at all.
It’s no wonder that Vitamin A (in its various
forms) is an important and necessary ingredient
in all quality anti-ageing product lines.
And with new molecules and new product
formulations constantly being developed, this
skincare stalwart is fast becoming the gold
standard anti-ageing product. CBM
Retinol is proven to be a potent tool in treating acne
by preventing the cells that line the follicular canal from
sticking together and creating the solid impactions that
block the follicle, thereby addressing the underlying
mechanisms that contribute to acne.
Vitamin A is a central driving factor in
the development of normal, healthy
human tissue, including all parts of the
skin. This is from conception to death. If
Vitamin A were to disappear tomorrow,
no more humans would be born in the
normal, recognisable form.
Skin becomes thin because of a general
lack of Vitamin A, sun damage, loss of
sex hormones and general ageing.
Retinoids (class of Vitamin A derivatives)
are a proven method to increase the
thickness of the dermis – the deep layer
of skin where wrinkles form.
Despite contrary belief, retinoids do not
make skin more sensitive to the sun. The
reason some product labels recommend
pm use only is because retinoids are
unstable in sunlight, thereby rendering
daytime use ineffectual.
The new retinol
for sensitive skin
Medik8 launches r-Retinoate, the Vitamin A derivative to
suit every skin type. Words by aimÉe rodrigues.
It’s the biggest open secret that
nothing without prescription can
improve the signs of photo-ageing
quite like retinol. The medically
backed anti-ageing and skin
beautifying benefits of this Vitamin
A derivative are undisputed. But this
‘dream cream’ still has its drawbacks
– retinol delivered at levels high
enough to have visible effects on skin
ageing can cause irritation, redness
and even flaking skin.
After three years in the making,
Medik8 has launched r-Retinoate, a
new retinol product that contains a
never-before-used molecule – retinyl
retinoate – which is proven to be
eight times more powerful than
regular retinol, without any irritation.
Every once in a while a product
is developed that propels the whole
industry forward. The discovery of
this new molecule, and delivered in
product form as Retinyl Retinoate
Youth Activating Cream (r-Retinoate
for short), represents a genuine
breakthrough in anti-ageing skincare.
According to published data, the
wrinkle repair rate is up to eight times
stronger with retinyl retinoate versus
retinol alone – without the irritation
that can be experienced with
ordinary retinol. In another skincare
breakthrough, r-Retinoate can be
used for both night and day without
loss of results like ordinary retinol.
So, let’s talk
The science behind retinyl retinoate
has been published in multiple
scientific and medical journals,
including a clinical study in the
eminent British Journal of Dermatology.
Within this study, a pair of in-vivo
trials showed that retinyl retinoate
applied twice daily led to results
in a while a
significantly more effective than the
placebo or higher strength retinol
in treating wrinkles around the eyes
In the double-blind trial, wrinkles
were evaluated by two dermatologists
based on a global photodamage
score. After 12 weeks, the average
photodamage score improved for all
patients on the retinyl retinoatetreated
side, compared with the
placebo treated side. Further, after
eight weeks, 86% of the patients had
decreased photodamage scores with
retinyl retinoate treatment, in contrast
to 59% of those using ordinary retinol.
r-Retinoate uses only encapsulated
retinyl retinoate which is patented
around the world and exclusive
to Medik8. As published, the
encapsulated form works four times
faster, with results visible after only
four weeks of use.
From am to pm
Aside from irritation, another
drawback of retinol is that it becomes
inactive when in sunlight. This is
why you may have heard or read that
retinol should only be used at night.
(It has nothing to do with retinol
making the skin photo-sensitive or
more prone to sunburn.)
Since mounting evidence suggests
that retinol does not just help repair
collagen damage but also protects
collagen from UV destruction in
the first place, the ability to use
retinol during daytime seems highly
beneficial. r-Retinoate is the first of
its kind to be able to use day and
night, maximising anti-ageing results
in every single bottle.
Ordinary retinol can be notoriously
irritating and can cause users to stop
treatment altogether (and miss out on
the long-term skin benefits).
If you’ve been sensitive to retinol
in the past, maybe an itchy rash,
breakouts or dry or flaky skin,
r-Retinoate will be your new beauty
cabinet bestie. Suitable for even the
most sensitive skin, it means the
power of retinol is now available for
WHERE TO BUY IT
r-Retinoate by Medik8 is available at select skin clinics across Australia.
Contact Advanced Cosmeceuticals for more information on 1800 242 011
or visit medik8.com.au
IT’S NOT JUST THE PROFESSIONALS WHO
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CLINICS. HERE ARE THE TOOLS TO ADD
TO YOUR BEAUTY BELT.
BY SAM & NIC
2 x miracle mini eraser
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mini eraser sponges are your
go-to for correcting beauty
blunders and makeup mishaps
– from flaking mascara and
wayward eyeliner to eye
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Miracle sculpting sponge,
$16.99. This OG sculpting
sponge makes it easy to
blend makeup for that perfect
balance of contouring
Device, $249 . Have a spa
treatment at home with this
It offers rejuvenated and
hydrated, smoother, firmer,
healthier looking skin in just
three weeks. It’s clinically
tested to improve overall
skin texture with a 5-minute
treatment, two or three
times a week.
ENVIRON Skincare Ionzyme
Gold Roll-CIT, $313. Designed
to enhance the look and
feel of your skin, Environ’s
luxurious 14-carat gold-plated
microneedler is our ultimate
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roller will deliver noticeably
healthier looking skin.
DESIGNER BRANDS 7 Piece Pro
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to create a myriad of makeup looks.
O COSMEDICS O-Sonic Facial
Cleansing Age Management Device,
$99. This novel cleaning approach
uses a combination of sonic pulsations
and silicone fibre touchpoints for an
incrediblly deep cleanse that promotes
healthy skin function.
BY SAM & NIC
Ultimate Base Set, $45. Get in quick
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of three base essentials for all-over
flawless coverage: face brush, miracle
complexion sponge and concealer
brush in a cute mirrored to-go case.
BATISTE Dry Shampoo, $9.95, has
become a beauty cabinet staple for
making limp hair more manageable,
adding texture and, of course, giving
us a few days’ reprieve in between
washes. Turn it up a notch with the new
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We love the Oomph My Locks XXL
Volume Spray, $12.95, for instant
volume and va-va-voom appeal. It’s like
a backcomb in a bottle!
RACINNE Lady M Massaging Ion
Applicator, $59. This nifty magic wand
uses galvanic currents of positive and
negative ions to help the delicate
skin around your eyes absorb skincare
ingredients more effectively. Its microvibrations
also promote skin firmness
while it helps to de-puff eyes.
DESSATA Detangling Brush, $29.95. Detangle
hair faster and with less fuss. Dessata doesn’t
pull or break hair and is perfect to use on
all hair types, including hair extensions. The
ergonomic design allows the brush to contour
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control whilst brushing.
SYNERGIE SKIN Rejuvaderm Home Roller,
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cosmeceutical home infusion, this high quality
skincare device improves active ingredient
penetration by up to 40 times (as opposed
to what’s achieved by manually massaging
products in). Obsession starts now!
SKIN INJECT DNC Derma Roller, $79.95. An
at-home skin needling device with a host of
benefits, not least collagen induction therapy
to help smooth lines, wrinkles and scars
and kickstart the skin’s own natural healing
response for a revitalised complexion.
O COSMEDICS The Skin Shammy, $19.95.
Washable, reusable and oh-so effective, this is
an ingenious way to remove makeup. (Read:
how have we lived without this?)
south african plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes talks
about his role in the development of skin needling and its
place in the future of skin rejuvenation.
Needling has come a long way
since 1995 when it initially
came onto the scene when
Andre Camirand first published his
experience about making scars less
visible by 'dry needling' them.
When I extended the concept to
rejuvenating skin in 1997, doctors
ridiculed the idea that a simple
pinprick could have such powers.
Like Camirand, I started by using
a tattoo artist’s device with a flat
array of four needles that could
penetrate 1-2mm into the skin. I had
previously been trained by the doyen
of tattoo artists so I could adapt
that skill to safely needle patients’
faces, but I learned that intensive
needling put the patients out of
social circuit for up to 10 days and
the procedure took a long time to do.
I also noticed that thick scars didn't
change sufficiently. I reasoned that
if one could use a roller with 3mm
needles, one could needle deeper
and probably faster and, because
there would be fewer holes, the skin
would return to a normal appearance
sooner. Intensive treatments this way
looked almost the same as using a
tattoo gun, but the healing time was
reduced to 5-7 days.
By 1999 I had a sufficient
number of clinical results to make
a presentation at the International
Plastic, Reconstructive and
Aesthetic Society conference in
San Francisco. The lecture theatre
was packed with standing room
only and one prescient comment
was that my lecture was the most
provocative and exciting idea for
the coming century.
I believed the clinical results
indicated there was regeneration of
tissue and, in particular, restoration
of the normal lattice arrangement of
the fibres in the dermis. Regeneration
had never before been described as a
result of any intervention and I ended
up explaining this in a long interview
on Channel 5 TV in the UK. The
first publication of skin needling was
in the Hot Topics section of Aesthetic
At that stage I presumed the reason
for regeneration was from plateletderived
growth factors released after
puncturing tiny vessels in the dermis.
Almost at the same time Mark
Ferguson in the UK was studying
TGF-beta-3 in preventing the
formation of scars. In time I realised
that since TGF-beta-3 was released
from platelets, it was the most likely
cause of tissue regeneration and scar
reduction when needling skin.
However, there was no proof of
this until Matthias Aust took up
the challenge to study skin needling
and his team discovered that the
release of the TGF-beta growth
factors in simple wounding and in
skin needling were diametrically
different. In skin wounds, TGF-beta
1, 2 and 3 are all released but the
TGF-beta-3 fades away within 24
hours and TGF-beta 1 and 2 persist
for a week or two.
In skin needling the reverse
situation applies and this has been
confirmed in repeated tests: TGFbeta
3 persists at raised levels for up
to two weeks whereas TGF-beta 1
and 2 fade away within 24 hours.
This detail provoked the idea that
needling again a week later would
increase the effects of TGF-beta-3
and produce results superior to
needling at longer intervals.
However, in order to do needling
as intensively, we needed to fully
anaesthetise the skin and that
required sedation because it can
be very uncomfortable just to get
good anaesthesia of the face and
neck. The question then arose about
how to make needling easier for
the patient and also make it less
dramatic in appearance.
By using rollers with needles that
protruded only 1.0mm we could do
skin needling under simple topical
anaesthesia. That made needling
more accessible and because we
worked less intensively the clinical
and social sequelae would be easier
to tolerate. I assumed that with
an intensive needling one makes
about five times more holes in the
skin than we could by using topical
anaesthesia, so I recommended six
treatments done at weekly intervals.
After several months I realised
that this regime produced results very
similar to one intensive treatment but
more conservatively minded people
worried that frequent treatments
would negate the benefits of needling.
Indeed, some 'authorities' condemned
weekly treatments even though they
had no clinical evidence at all.
Aust and colleagues doubted that
needling at weekly intervals had
any value but fortunately researched
this and discovered that needling
at weekly intervals gave far superior
results. They also showed without
doubt that topical Vitamin A, and
they used Environ vitamin ACE Oil
in their studies, virtually doubled the
benefits of needling.
There is no clinical doubt, and
scientific investigation has proved,
the best way to induce changes by
needling is to use topical Vitamin
A and repeat the needling within 7
days. I believe the reason for this is
the concentrations of TGF-beta-3
build up to levels unattainable by
even the most intensive needling
because each needling experience
adds to the previous levels of TGFbeta-3.
The challenge now is to optimise
needling and I believe using wellselected
peptides can enhance our
results. My clinical research shows
dramatically better results when I
add a special cocktail of peptides.
I believe we should not use growth
factors themselves, but rather
molecules that will induce the
natural balance of growth factors. I
am currently researching needling
every second or third day and the
indications are that this regime gives
the greatest tightening of skin that I
have ever seen.
Needling does something clinicians
have craved for centuries: it causes
regeneration and rejuvenation and
we will learn to harness its powers
more effectively in the coming
PRP has gained fame with the trademark
Vampire Facelift, and is now opening doors for
a range of cosmetic and wellness possibilities.
Words by erin docherty.
PRP is a treatment with seemingly endless areas for application
– from turning back the clock on ageing to helping with
sexual dysfunction. And that’s just the start.
Using the body’s own natural resources, PRP (platelet-rich
plasma) works by literally drawing on your own blood and reinjecting
higher concentrations of blood platelets, which release
growth factors to the treatment site and stimulate new cell growth
RegenLab PRP was the first to market PRP in the Australian
aesthetic arena back in 2007. Now, with 96 clinical publications
backing it (and counting), RegenLab PRP provides evidence-based
medicine for all uses of PRP; it’s a proven system using optimal
concentrations for optimal results.
The evolution of PRP for aesthetic
treatment is the trademark Vampire
Facelift developed by Dr Charles
Runels in the US. It’s become a
popular skin rejuvenation treatment
around the world, no doubt bolstered
by its celebrity clientele (just Google
it to watch Kim K having one).
The Vampire Facelift is a unique
treatment that uses a combination of
strategically placed hyaluronic acid
gel dermal fillers for structure, and
PRP overlay for enhancement of the
skin. This results in a natural-looking
the platelets from the blood and put
it into a syringe and it is injected after
the filler is used to sculpt the face,”
Dr Runels explains.
This platelet-rich plasma improves
the tone, texture and luminosity of
the skin, as well as reducing pore size,
and improving the fine crepey skin
around the eyes.
“We can go places with PRP
that we can’t go with filler, for
example, we can use the plasma
around the eye area,” says Dr Runels.
“The end result is a beautifully
sculpted face with a nice colour and
When I treat someone’s face,
I make them look five years
younger. We reset the clock
restoration of facial volume and
shape, without looking overdone.
“When I treat someone’s face, I
make them look five years younger,
but importantly they’re not frozen
in time. We just reset the clock,”
says Dr Runels, pioneer of the
The improvement is gradual and
results are cumulative. Usually a
course of three to four treatments over
a four to six months are required, with
a single top-up treatment once or
twice a year.
In the first part of the Vampire
Facelift procedure, the practitioner
strategically injects filler to achieve a
more sculpted and contoured face –
while still keeping the shape natural.
Next he or she harvests your own
blood growth factors (hence the name
Vampire), which your body would
normally use to heal damaged tissue.
“To do this, a numbing cream is
applied to the face, blood is drawn
and then it takes about 5-10 minutes
to process the blood. We then extract
and the P-Shot
The O-Shot and P-Shot are other
PRP treatments also pioneered by
Dr Runels – and are changing the
approach to sexual dysfunction.
The O-Shot uses PRP in specific
areas of the vagina to improve sexual
satisfaction. Improvement in vaginal
tightening and sensitivity can result
in better orgasms and a happier sex
life. Similarly, the P-Shot uses PRP
to improve the strength of erections,
penile girth and sensitivity.
After seeing the outstanding
results from treating faces, Dr Runels
trialled PRP treatment for erectile
dysfunction and noted results in
increased volume and blood flow
without any side effects.
“It’s an absolute game changer,” he
says. “While we have implants, drugs
and other treatment options for men,
the P-Shot is the first method brought
to the market to actually improve
the circulation of blood to the
penis. There are people who try to
convince that drug therapy is the
best option, but that’s not always the
best thing if you can make the genital
tissue better using your body’s own
While Dr Runels was working
with the idea of the P-shot, it
occurred to him that other things had
been used for urinary incontinence
and sexual enhancement in females,
with limited results and high side
effects. So just what if PRP could be
used for female sexual function?
“Basically, with O-shot and
P-shot we now have two helpful tools
that actually help the tissue of the
genitalia itself,” says Dr Runels.
“The results are absolutely amazing.
These simple procedures mean
sufferers can have a comfortable
sex life and healthy relationship
again. Sexual dysfunction in females
is not only under-recorded but
it’s under-appreciated and it very
often profoundly affects women’s
self-confidence and can lead to
depression. Lives can be changed
dramatically with the O-shot. ”
“The techniques are evolving
thanks to the pioneering practitioners
who are now thinking, teaching,
modifying and implementing better
ways to use the technique, as well as
educating people about newer options
available to them.”
“PRP is finally being discovered
by other arenas and not just confined
to surgery for 15 years, like it was
previously. We’re learning how to
use it in medical specialties such as
dermatology, urology and gynaecology.
If that comes into play I believe
we’re going to see an explosion of
treatments, and the way we define,
create, isolate and use PRP is going
to evolve into something amazing,”
concludes Dr Runels. CBM
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Facial trained practitioners go to:
This is an area of medicine that is seriously growing. Every year
PRP is attracting more practitioners and patients because of the
regenerative results it produces and increased knowledge about
the virtually limitless potentials in how it can be used.
In September 2016 hundreds of doctors met in Italy to share,
learn and workshop the regenerative and aesthetic capabilities of
PRP at the annual Biobridge Conference. Two local doctors, Dr
Abbas Al-Taiff and Dr Robin Chok, were among the attendees.
“PRP’s role in internal and external wellness is developing –
and it’s endless. In the musculoskeletal system it has a very wide
Regenerative medicine is
becoming the norm, as we
continue to have a better
understanding of how we use
our own body tissue
range of applications and indications. For aesthetic medicine
it has a promising future for the management of a variety of
appearance and medical and/or cosmetic issues, including sexual
medicine,” says Dr Al-Taiff.
“Regenerative medicine is an exciting field, promising
successful results. It needs proper training, motivated
professionals and appropriate candidates. Our mission is to
overcome many health issues with our own cells,” he says.
Since the advent of worldwide interest in the
Vampire Facelift, and especially amongst the A-listers, there has
been a growing demand than ever for PRP procedures.
“RegenLab Biobridge Conference 2016 has been the most
exciting congress of experts from all over the world to discuss the
regenerative medical powers of PRP,” says Dr Chok. “Regenerative
medicine is rapidly becoming the norm, as we continue to have
a better understanding of how we can preserve our body function
with our own body tissue. Only with our own DNA stimulation
and reactivation is it possible to fight ageing and also many
illnesses that even modern medicine has not been able to treat.”
“With the advent of 3D tissue printing I believe regenerative
medicine will truly take off to a whole new dimension, as we
will have tissue that is much more bio-compatible to our body’s
biophysical function. Advanced processing of bio materials such
as calcium and silk are being looked into now – the future is
definitely brighter and not too far away,” Dr Chok concludes.
You don’t have to
break the bank to look
gorgeous. From DIY
treatments to hero multitaskers,
we bring you the
beauty must-haves that
are light on the wallet
but heavy on style.
Designer Brands Longwear
Matte Lip Colour, $9.99. This lip
colour really goes the extra mile.
The highly pigmented formula
boasts a crazy 24-hour wear, yet
leaves the lips soft and supple.
Medik8 Retinol 1TR, $75.
For those new to the retinol
game, this Vitamin A Renewal
Cream is an absolute steal.
In a softer 0.1% dosage, 1TR
uses a unique ‘time-release’
technology, allowing for slow
delivery to reduce irritation.
Mesoestetic energy C Peel-off
Mask, $69.50 (6 mask pods)
This at-home mask, from the
Mesoestetic family famed for its
clinical peels, is formulated with
high concentrations of Vitamin
C, alongside peptides, retinol
and phytic acid to help skin cells
produce more hyaluronic acid
and collagen. The complexion is
instantly brightened and detoxified
for a radiant appearance.
Vaseline Intensive Care
Advanced Strength, $9.99. This
fast-absorbing moisturiser is
clinically proven to moisturise
and restore very dry, rough skin
in five days. This is the golden
ticket to smooth, healthylooking
skin. Bring on those
summer shorts and bikinis!
SUKIN Purely Ageless Botanical
Hydration Booster, $23.95. Jump
on the hydration train and keep
your skin silky and smooth with
this essential serum that doesn’t
cost the earth. Rich in argan oil
and immortelle, this pocket rocket
improves skin elasticity for a bright,
SUKIN Replenishing Night Cream,
$21.95. At night, skin is in repair
mode and regenerating itself, so
it’s important to use ingredients
such as peptides and vitamins.
Rest easy knowing you’ll wake up
with glowing skin thanks to this
nourishing night cream.
Control BB Cream, $44.95
Glamourflage has seriously
considered the Australian
climate when developing this
BB cream. It’s light, nongreasy
and will help keep your
face shine-free over summer.
zk’in Line Smoothing Serum,
$59.95. This organic gem
has active ingredients that
work within 24 hours to help
reduce the signs of crow’s
feet and wrinkles. It features
Paracress extract, which is
touted as nature’s alternative to
injectables. We’re sold!
Zk’in Clarifying Exfoliator,
$39.95. This orange and coffee
scrub clears out pores, removes
dead skin cells and brightens
skin for the party season.
Soothing aloe vera means the
exfoliator calms skin while it
cleans. The product has zero
microplastics to keep waterways
clean and aquatic life alive.
Skinstitut Moisture Defence
Ultra Dry, $45. Made right here
in Australia, this star product
works wonders on the skin and
provides intense hydration with
antioxidants to help smooth and
Bio-Oil, $14.95. Improve the
appearance of scars, stretch
marks and uneven skin tone
without putting a dent in
your bank account with this
weapon against ageing and
dehydrated skin. Oh, and did
we mention the good people
at Bio-Oil have not changed
their pricing since launching
in the Australian market nearly
30 years ago?
We take a look at the ins and outs
of liposuction and reveal why it still
remains one of the most popular procedures
for body contouring.
Words by Erin Docherty.
You may be thinking liposuction has had a bit of a rough ride, what with all
the shiny new non-surgical body contouring fat-busting treatments that
are blitzing the market. However, that’s not quite the case. Liposuction
has remained one of the top procedures year after year, and its popularity is
showing no sign of slowing down.
The difference is that liposuction can complete a bigger reduction in larger
pockets of fat; typically something non-surgical devices just can’t manage well.
Rather than multiple non-invasive body contouring treatments, liposuction can
achieve results with just one procedure.
Dr John Flynn, from Cosmedic & Skin Clinic in Southport, QLD, says the
liposuction procedure has evolved immensely over the years. “In experienced
hands, the procedure is far more gentle and comfortable than ever before,” he
says. “Downtime is minimised (usually two or three days), which makes the
biggest difference for people who lead busy lives.”
Although there is no definitive data about cosmetic surgery trends in Australia, we typically follow American
statistics to provide an insight into emerging and changing trends on our own shores.
Indeed, the current statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reveal liposuction is the
number-one performed cosmetic surgery in the US (the second is breast augmentation) and is the only surgical
procedure with a spot in the top 10 cosmetic procedures overall (surgical and non-surgical).
A little bit about
Liposuction is a surgical procedure,
performed either under anaesthetic
with the patient asleep or with local
anaesthetic using the tumescent
technique where the patient is awake,
to remove deposits of fat from
specificareas of your body.
It can be performed almost
anywhere on the body where there
are pockets of fat, including your neck,
arms, stomach, back, chest, buttocks,
thighs and ankles, and is performed
as day surgery.
“Liposuction allows me to treat more
areas in a reasonable period of time
and we can be judicious on how much
fat we remove. Liposuction, in my
opinion, is the ultimate body shaping
treatment,” says Dr Flynn.
Generally, the area to be treated
is infiltrated with a tumescent fluid
containing local anaesthetic and
a vaso-constrictor which reduces
bleeding and bruising, before small
cannulas are used to vacuum out the
fatty tissue. Alternatively, a syringe can
be used to withdraw the fat.
Power-assisted liposuction, where
radiofrequency, ultrasound or laser
technology is used to improve
liposuction results, can help increase
your skin contracture, while toning
and tightening your skin’s surface.
‘There are several energy devices
that use either laser light energy,
ultrasound energy or radiofrequency
energy, which can be applied during
the liposuction procedure to help
tighten skin for a smoother postprocedure
result,” says Dr Flynn.
Just like any form of cosmetic
enhancement, liposuction is no
panacea. It’s important to remember
the risks of surgery and that
liposuction is not a way of losing
masses of weight or a cure for obesity.
What happens next
After surgery, expect to be swollen,
bruised and sore for a few days. It’s
also common to feel some numbness
in the treated areas, although this
should go away in the first few weeks.
You’ll usually wear a compression
garment for about three weeks to help
aid in skin retraction and healing.
You can typically return to work
after three to five days. It’s important
to remember that all liposuction is
surgery and requires diligent postoperative
Final results – a trimmer looking,
more proportionate and shapely form
– can be seen from around three to
four months after all swelling subsides.
Results are permanent so long as you
maintain your weight and follow a
healthy lifestyle. CBM
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Deciphering the long list of
unfamiliar words and numbers on
a product’s ingredients list is a
daunting task, even when armed
with a chemistry textbook.
No matter how hard I try to stay calm and serene,
my blood pressure soars whenever I’m unfortunate
enough to stumble across certain advertisements.
The kind I’m referring to almost always feature some
actor or celebrity, who earnestly informs me that if I were
savvy enough to switch to a certain brand of shampoo, my
hair would be ‘eight times stronger’. Eight times stronger
than what? An ant? An elephant? My coffee? So, what’s
a cynical girl to do when it comes time for her to buy
cosmetics? In a market swarming with phantasmagorical
stories and promises, making an educated and informed
decision is a challenge.
The good news is this – the information you need is right
in front of you. You just need to know where to look and
how to decipher it once you find it.
no rule in
the truth be
are all a part
of the game.
All’s fair in
Many countries forbid the sale of cosmetics that do not
include a list of ingredients. In Australia, the sale of beauty
products, regardless of where they were manufactured,
is regulated by a set of statutory rules called the Trade
Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards)
(Cosmetics) Regulations 1991.
Subsection 5(1) of said Regulations states that all
ingredients in a cosmetic product must be listed, either
on the container or on the product itself, in descending
order by volume or mass. Unfortunately there’s no
requirement for disclosure of the exact quantities of each
ingredient or the precise formulations. Even so, finally we
have what appears to be a fairly reliable and consistent
source of information. Don’t we?
Well, not quite. Following subsection (1) is a long list
of exceptions to this rule. I would list them but I’m afraid
you’ll fall asleep as you read them - I did.
There are, however, two points worth noting. The first
concerns something called an ‘incidental ingredient’
which the Regulations define as ‘any ingredient or
substance which has no technical or functional effect...
and is present in insignificant levels’. Any ‘incidental
ingredient’ need not appear on the ingredients list at
The second is a confidentiality provision which
essentially allows a company to list a secret formula as
an ‘other ingredient’ if it successfully convinces the
Minister that revealing the ingredients would give away
a ‘trade secret’ and that the ingredients in question are
‘unlikely to be harmful to a consumer’. Even if we don’t
need to know what the ingredients are for the sake of our
safety, the lack of transparency prevents us from deciding
for ourselves if a product’s ‘miracle formula’ is likely to live
up to its promises.
What can we make of all this? Well, for a start, if a
product claims to rely on an active element (say Vitamin
C) which doesn’t appear until the middle or bottom of the
ingredients list, it’s safe to say that the concentration isn’t
substantial enough for it to have an effect on your skin.
The same goes for products that advertise the inclusion of
exotic ingredients like pearls, diamonds or mermaid scales.
More often than not these ingredients are only present in
miniscule amounts, which means they will appear right
near the end of the list.
However imperfect it may be, the ingredients list is where
the facts end and the fiction is free to begin.
Learning how to read a list of ingredients is the best
chance you have of sifting through the waffle. Aside from
the list, a company can say pretty much whatever it
pleases. There’s no rule in advertising which demands
that the truth be told. Vague promises and loose
guarantees are all a part of the game. All’s fair in love
Studies quoted in the advertising material or on the
packaging need not be conducted in the same way
as studies used to test the safety and effectiveness of
pharmaceuticals. For example, the study need not be
impartial. It might be conducted by the same company
that manufactures the product, using a sample size
of, say, 10 women. If nine of them say they noticed
an improvement after using the product (note there
is no objective test for what ‘improvement’ means),
this result can be manipulated and included in the
So this hypothetical company can legally publish the
following statement: ‘In a clinical study, 90 percent of
the participants reported a significant improvement
after just three weeks of using Fantabulous Anti-Ageing
Serum’ (not a real product).
Other potentially misleading statements to watch out
for include the following:
– Not tested on animals - most ingredients were tested
on animals at some point in our past. Instead, look for
words to the effect of ‘not currently tested on animals’
or ‘no further testing on animals’.
– Hypo allergenic - says who? There are no regulations
to govern the use of this phrase, so if you have problem
skin, ignore this enticement and seek professional advice
before purchasing skincare products.
The good stuff
Providing you with an exhaustive list of good ingredients
is impossible, but look for products including antioxidants,
anti-irritants, ingredients which mimic the skin’s
structure, cell-communicating ingredients, emollients,
UV protection and delivery agents.
If your skin needs hydration, search for anything
containing a decent amount of hyaluronic acid (the
higher up the list, the better).
Lastly, a quick note on mineral oils and products
derived from petrolatum or crude oil. Despite the fact
that they’re hugely unfashionable these days, they are
very good moisturising ingredients with an excellent
safety record. For people with very dry skin, petrolatum
moisturisers provide excellent barrier protection,
helping to prevent further loss of moisture from
The necessary stuff
Ingredients burdened with nasty names are sometimes
unfairly dismissed (consider poor old Diazolidinyl urea,
a preservative which sounds more like a disease than a
cosmetic ingredient). Look them up online and you’ll
discover most are harmless substances functioning as
thickeners, preservatives or texture enhancing agents.
Others, including sodium laureth sulphate (found in many
shower gels and shampoos) and parabens (found in almost
everything) have been tainted by false rumours.
If you’re not sure about an ingredient, look it up
online (www.paulaschoice.com is a good resource) or talk
to a qualified skin specialist.
The nasty bits
I’d like to draw your attention to a few of the unnecessary
ingredients added to enhance a product’s superficial
appeal (the ‘Ooh, that smells lovely!’ factor). A lot of
these ingredients do nothing more than add fragrance
or colour to a product and are potentially irritating to
the skin. They include synthetic dyes, fragrances (both
natural and synthetic) and menthol, often added to create
a tingling sensation which convinces consumers that the
product is ‘working’.
No matter how desperate I am for my morning cup of
coffee, if the use by date on the milk is up, I’m far too
suspicious to risk drinking it.
The same should be applied to the use-by dates for
cosmetics. Have a close look at your beauty products and
you should be able to find a symbol which looks like a jar
with its lid open accompanied by a number and the letter
‘M’. So, for example, if the symbol on your foundation
bottle is followed by ‘12M’ then it has been estimated that
your foundation will survive for 12 months from the date
you break its seal.
All sunscreens in Australia need to have an expiry date
on them, so be sure to check the expiration date and make
sure it has at least a year to go before expiry.
This is only a guideline, as the shelf life of a product is
influenced by many factors both within and beyond your
control, including where you store it, how often you use it
and the way in which you use it (dipping dirty fingers into
the pot and leaving the lid off reduces the longevity of a
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the Innovative new methods for testing
the safety of cosmetics.
Words by Terri Vinson (BSc. DipFormChem. DipEd)
Founder and Formulator of Synergie Skin.
Animal testing in the cosmetic
industry has become archaic,
and alternative testing
methods are growing. These new
methods are certainly more ethical
and are invariably more cost-effective
than breeding and testing products
on laboratory animals.
Animal testing has sadly been
conducted by cosmetic companies
for decades. Companies find it
more convenient to repeat the tests
that have always been performed
rather than adopt newer and more
Alternatives to animal testing
are not only more ethical, they are
simply better. For example, animal
tests performed on pregnant rats to
predict the effect of chemicals on
unborn foetuses could only detect
60% of dangerous substances, a fairly
unreliable statistic. However, stem cell
culture tests that caused zero harm to
the rats were able to detect an accurate
100% of dangerous substances.
New technology has enabled entire
human organs to be mapped and
reproduced on chips. These devices
are able to mimic live organs and
can be used to test effectiveness and
safety of substances on humans. The
skin, being the largest organ of the
human body, can now be reproduced
on a computer chip. Scientists are
currently striving to create an entire
human body on a single chip!
Modern technology now has the
ability to replicate aspects of the
human body. Computer skin models
can be used to conduct virtual
experiments based on existing
information and mathematical data.
Skin cell cultures
Science has developed innovative
methods to culture human skin
cells and even 3D skin models in a
laboratory, enabling cosmeceutical
companies to finally be able to
test the effectiveness and safety of
ingredients in ‘ex vivo’ trials rather
than using live animal studies.
Human volunteers may also donate
skin cells and biopsies for skin studies.
Biopsies following cosmetic surgery
and even transplants of healthy and
diseased skin can provide cosmetic
companies and dermatologists with
the tools to study the physiology of
human skin and effects of cosmetic
ingredients. This tissue can be used
to create human skin models which
can replace the traditional rabbit
Reconstituted human skin models
produced by innovative companies
such as Episkin can be used to replace
the common Draize skin irritation
tests performed on rabbits. The
rudimentary Draize Rabbit irritation
test, which was developed in 1944,
can only predict 60% of adverse skin
reactions. By utilising a 3D human
skin cell culture method, we can
accurately predict over 90% of skin
irritant reactions. Episkin tests have
proven to be more effective than
animal models at predicting human
skin reactions to cosmetic ingredients.
Testing the efficacy of novel
cosmeceutical ingredients is often
performed on live human volunteers.
Companies such as Lipotec test
the effectiveness of ingredients on
groups of individuals (usually around
20 volunteers in cosmetic studies).
Results of these in vivo studies
provide statistically significant results
for marketing purposes.
Sophisticated new imaging devices
such as the Visia scanner produced
by Canfield, world leaders in medical
imaging, can produce reliable clinical
data showing the effect of ingredients
on facial lines, redness, uneven skin
tone, UV damage and pore size.
Reliable and analytical medical before
and after images provide competing
data for cosmeceutical companies
which can replace animal tests.
The Chinese government currently
conducts routine animal testing
on cosmetic products imported
directly to China. Thankfully, there
is increasing pressure on China,
mainly from Europe and the UK,
to seek alternative methods for
Whilst new methods are being
developed as viable alternatives to
animal testing, organisations such
as CCF (Choose Cruelty free) are
overcoming bureaucratic obstacles
and striving to convince cosmetic
companies to shift from traditional
animal testing to newer and more
ethical alternatives. There are still
challenges faced in convincing
companies to adopt and implement
new testing methods but the
alternatives are real, reliable and,
quite simply, right. CBM
Lip tattooing is the ultimate makeup trick, creating
permanently kissable poutier pouts. Words by AimÉe Rodrigues.
Immediately after full lip tattooing
3 weeks after full lip tattooing
We buff them, moisturise
them and slather them in
colourful gloss. They frame
the words we speak and soften the
most intimate of moments. Indeed,
a voluminous set of lips is thought
to hold a thrall over the opposite sex
like no other part of the body. But
how can you maximise this asset if
your own lips are lacking in colour
The procedure that’s on a lot of
people’s lips these days is makeup
tattooing, a semi-permanent
alternative to traditional makeup.
We spoke with Rita Porreca,
a Sydney-based aesthetic
practitioner well known for her
artistry in permanent makeup,
aka makeup tattooing.
In her Five Dock clinic she
offers a range of cosmetic tattoo
services designed to enhance features
such as the eyes and lips, add
definition to eyebrows using a special
feathering technique, as well as
disguise alopecia and scars.
“Cosmetic tattoo treatments
have really grown in popularity,”
says Porreca. “They offer hassle-free
mornings to those whose lifestyles
don’t allow the luxury of free time
between work and kids. Being able to
‘wake up made up’ is very appealing
to a lot of women. There’s also the
group who want to add a punch of
colour or a more defined lip line to
effectively make their lips look fuller
and more prominent.”
“When performed by an
experienced practitioner and
tailored to the facial proportions
and symmetry of each patient,
cosmetic tattooing can really
transform and enhance a client’s
features,” she adds.
Cosmetic tattooing differs from
regular tattooing in that it uses
pigment, rather than ink. It also
won’t last forever like a normal
tattoo. Depending on the area treated
and other factors, permanent makeup
tattoos will last several years before
the pigment gradually fades away.
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fBeauty is ever evolving and
now, more than ever, how you
feel about the way you look
and how society perceives you are
increasingly important and a very real
factor in women’s everyday lives.
The Face Value survey,
commissioned by pharma giant
Allergan, asked 2,000+ Australian
women aged 20-49 how they feel
about their looks, the pressure they
feel to stay ‘youthful’, what they
know about treatments available
to address ageing, and how they
view those who have cosmetic
procedures such as dermal fillers
and anti-wrinkle injections.
The result? Behind efforts to
improve their appearance, Australian
women desire to ‘feel good and look
good’ and overall they want
to achieve a natural, best version
While women want to take the
steps to maintain their appearance,
in direct conflict with this is that
the act of doing so may cause them
to be seen as superficial, and therefore
makes them uneasy. Experts say
that despite rising interest and use
of non-surgical treatments, limited
understanding makes it hard for
women to openly explore whether
these options are right for them.
New research highlights what we
really think of cosmetic injectables.
words by Erin Docherty.
The findings confirmed
overwhelmingly that the bulk of
Australian women are feeling the
need to address their appearance.
How women today feel about facial
appearance, the main drivers for
enhancing their looks, and how
they think age and looks are
perceived at work and by society in
general plays an integral role in how
they view themselves.
Over two-thirds (67%) of women
surveyed stated they are under ‘more
pressure than men to stay looking
young’ and that facial attractiveness
and perception of age impact work
opportunities. More than half (61%)
of respondents aged 35-49 agree
‘women are increasingly judged on
how they present themselves’.
While it was found that all women
prioritise health, appearance and
fitness, the focus was highest in
younger women (67% of 25-29 years
olds vs. 41% of 35-39 year olds, for
example), highlighting a possible shift
in the perception of beauty.
When it comes to social media, one
third (33%) of women aged 35-49 say
they post fewer pictures of themselves
now they sense they are looking
older; and 1 in 4 women in this age
group are ‘less comfortable when
people are taking pictures of them’
than they used to be.
The research also uncovered a
general desire for more openness
about facial injectable procedures
among women, with nearly half
(46%) of all respondents believing
women should be able to be public
about their experiences and do so
without feeling judged (39%).
Nearly half (46%) of all
respondents also said they would ‘be
supportive’ if a friend was considering
these procedures and a further 37%
would be neutral; only 17% say they’d
actively ‘discourage them’.
of Australian women make an
effort to look good ‘just for
say a desire to boost selfconfidence
is why they would
believe dermal fillers have
become more socially
acceptable compared with five
have used injectable
believe facial injectables
can look natural
the fear of
While women want to take the steps
to maintain their appearance, the
research revealed that they sense
some of the methods available do
not have full social acceptance and
therefore perceive a need for them to
be kept private.
The research delved into how open
women are to sharing information
on facial aesthetic procedures, and
the challenges of whether to keep it
private or go public and ‘risk’ scrutiny.
More than two-thirds of women
in the survey (71%) said they would
expect judgement for using an
injectable treatment, citing reasons
to keep it private including: being
viewed as ‘false or superficial’ (24%),
being made to feel ‘vain or selfindulgent’
(16%) and fearing ‘people
talking negatively about me behind
my back’ (12%).
Even more uncomfortable than
the thought that people are judging
them is the direct challenge where
women may be asked if they have had
a procedure. Overall it places them
in an uncomfortable situation where
they may have to tell a ‘white lie’ or
provide an incomplete response.
When asked whether they had
had a procedure, 41% of female
respondents (35-39 years old) said
they would change the subject or
tell a ‘white lie’; only 37% would be
truthful and admit to it.
“What’s very interesting is that
women may be over-estimating the
potential for a negative response
from friends, family and workmates,
when they consider injectable
options,” says Sydney plastic surgeon
Dr Steven Liew.
“There is clear empathy and
greater support now among women,
which indicates the actual level of
‘judgement’ that exists is largely
internal. What many women may
also not appreciate is that the
sophisticated and modern techniques
we use can generate very subtle,
refreshed results – everyone will
notice but no one will know.”
The results show a significant
information gap, and Australian
women appear to lack knowledge
about facial aesthetics options, and
whether they use them or would
consider using them.
The research found approximately
6% of 20 to 49-year-old women are
using facial injectables (dermal fillers
and/or wrinkle injections), equivalent
to more than 600,000 women – but
knowledge levels remain low. One
in five (21%) of the women in the
survey confirmed they are considering
dermal fillers yet over one-third (31%)
admitted they were not aware of them.
“To get the subtle, natural result
many Australian women hope for, it’s
critical that they are well informed,
doing research into the options, being
clear in what they want to achieve
and talking to a qualified, specialist,
trained doctor about an individualised
plan, before committing to
treatment,” says Dr Liew.
Cosmetic physician Dr Cath
Porter says, “As a specialist in this
area, I feel the more honest discussion
and accurate information that’s
out there, the better for women
who are using these products or are
“We’ve had anti-wrinkle injections
in Australia for 25 years now and
dermal fillers for 15+ years but there’s
an obvious mismatch between the
level of criticism women feel they’ll
receive, and the positive results that
can be achieved.”
For women aged 35-44, 23% feel
the celebrity looks in Hollywood ‘set
unrealistic and superficial ideals for
younger women’. Views on this are
mixed, however; 20% of women the
same age say the Hollywood look
is ‘deliberately attention-seeking
and not meant for everyday women’
– but then 16% of all women also
empathise that ‘their income relies
on their looks and, given the same
situation, perhaps we’d all do it.’
Our faces are our calling cards
– an outward projection of who we are –
and they are shared more widely than
ever on social media, as well as
representing us in everyday life
The new beauty
While the Face Value Survey
allowed us to explore the minds
of Australian women, Allergan
has also commissioned ‘The
Global Faces of Beauty: A Global
Report’ which revealed the views
of nearly 8,000 women across 16
countries, identifying a new age of
It compared the beauty and
ageing trends in 16 nations, including
Australia, Brazil, Canada, China,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan,
Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea,
Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the UK
and the US.
Examining the concept of beauty,
skincare routines and anti-ageing
treatments, the comprehensive
research revealed women are
more aware and open to aesthetic
enhancement and are taking control
of how ageing affects their appearance
as a way to feel more confident
“Never before has women’s
external image been so important
or so hotly debated. Our faces are
our calling cards – an outward
projection of who we are – and they
are shared more widely than ever on
social media, as well as representing
us in everyday life,” says Caroline
Van Hove, Senior Vice President,
International Medical Aesthetics
According to the report, female
beauty is no longer driven solely by a
desire to look younger – women want
to control how they look as a way to
change how they feel as an individual.
“When it comes to women’s beauty
goals, some key cultural differences
are apparent. In Europe, women
embrace ageing naturally and subtly.
In Asian markets, women want a
more obvious transformation, while
in the Middle East women want
to look more beautiful with fast
enhancing results that accentuate
their best features. What is especially
exciting about this new research is
the discovery that women around
the world are united by an increasing
desire to control how their looks
evolve with time,” says Van Hove.
“And whether through photo
filters, makeup or aesthetic
procedures, investing in beauty is
their way of positively influencing
Among these thousands of
individuals, some interesting trends
were apparent but one strong
universal truth emerged: women
choose to look great for themselves.
Modern, empowered women are
embracing aesthetic treatments to
look great not for social acceptance
but because it makes them feel
confident and strong.
“Now, with innovations in
aesthetics and the broader beauty
sector, women are able to harness
the power of their own image and
create a natural look that is right for
them. This is no longer something to
aspire to or wish for – it is accessible
and acceptable. Aesthetic treatments
are setting a new standard in beauty,
which women will come to demand
in the same way they expect great
looking hair colour,” says Van Hove.
“We know that women across
the globe are experiencing a beauty
revolution as they seize control of
their own image and use it to express
their inner self.”
Overall, what we can see from these
two studies is that Australian women
are more aware and open to aesthetic
enhancement and have a refreshed
attitude towards beauty, prioritising
confidence over a youthful appearance.
The results also confirm that there is a
high level of acceptance of injectable
procedures, alongside a national
preference for natural-looking results
and a heightened focus on skin quality.
This research plays a pivotal role
in exhibiting the diverse range of
opinions and attitudes around
beauty and the role of facial aesthetics
in helping women achieve their
Looking for real results
without the downtime of surgery?
We reveal the small treatments that
can deliver big improvements.
Looking younger does not
mean that hardcore surgery is
your only option. With everevolving
minimally invasive procedures have
become the go-to for improving
facial aesthetics and reversing signs
Whether you wish to look younger,
fresher, rejuvenated or ‘happier’,
there’s a range of less invasive surgical
treatments that can rival the results
of more complex surgery.
Sydney cosmetic physician Dr
Buddy Beaini calls on an array of
light-based devices, thread lifting
procedures and injectables in
his clinics to tailor results to the
“During the consultation I
ask my patients to describe their
main concerns. I then outline the
advantages, disadvantages, success
rates, downtime and budget involved
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with a number of relevant treatment
options,” says Dr Beaini.
“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
Dr Beaini believes that when
used correctly, minimally invasive
procedures can reverse the
outward signs of ageing. “When
selected appropriately and used in
combination, minimally invasive
procedures can make the patient look
five to 10 years younger, and a lot
happier,” he says.
What is it?
This is a minimally invasive way to
lift the skin on the face to achieve
a younger and more contoured
appearance and counter the
inevitable effects of gravity. Threads
can be used to lift the brow, face
and neck, as well as reposition the
cheeks, reduce jowling and enhance
Dissolvable threads are inserted
into the skin’s dermis, or support
structure, to trigger the synthesis of
collagen and elastin at the site. The
threads act as scaffolding for the
production of these new connective
fibres, lifting and bolstering the
tissue for an anti-ageing and
“I’ve been performing mini-facelifts
and neck lifts with threads over the
past three or so years, and have seen
exceptional lifting and rejuvenation
results in more than 95 percent of our
patients,” says Dr Beaini.
Thread lifting is suitable for those
patients hoping to reverse the descent
of facial soft tissue associated with
ageing, or to waylay the need for a
surgical facelift. It is performed under
local anaesthetic, and incurs some
mild swelling and possible bruising
What is it?
“When we look at an individual’s
face, our attention first focuses on
the eyes, and any abnormality or
asymmetry,” Dr Beaini explains.
For this reason, blepharoplasty – or
eyelid hooding surgery – can achieve
significant results in rejuvenating the
The procedure involves excising
excess fat and skin from the upper
and/or lower eyelids to open the eyes
for a fresher, more alert appearance.
Dr Beaini performs this as day surgery
under local anaesthesia. It can be
used in conjunction with other
treatments such as brow thread
lifting, non-invasive skin tightening
and laser skin rejuvenation.
“If you have droopy, tired and ageing
eyes, the first impression is that you’re
sad, tired or unwell,” says Dr Beaini.
“Eyelid surgery is a very effective
and long-term solution and
automatically has the effect of
revitalising the entire face.”
What is it?
Bat ear, or prominent ear correction,
is a non-surgical ear pinning
procedure that restores facial
symmetry by reducing prominent
“Any abnormality and asymmetry
in facial appearance will attract
attention, which is particularly the
case for people who have bat ears,”
Dr Beaini explains.
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,” he says. CBM
“Thread lifting is commonly used to
lift and improve mid-face drooping,
deep cheek wrinkles, deep nasolabial
lines, excessive jowling and neck
laxity,” Dr Beaini explains. “Other
concerns it targets include brow
droop, facial asymmetry and loss of
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can you expect?
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this,” says Dr Arendse.
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This gentle peel helps
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The world of non-surgical body
shaping is continually advancing.
Here’s the skinny on some of the
latest technology science has
brought to the table.
Words by AimÉe Rodrigues.
ver the past couple of decades body contouring surgery has
become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. But not
everyone needs or is willing to undergo surgery, anaesthesia
and the like to remove excess fat and reshape the body.
Some serious advancements in the field of fat
reduction now offer non-surgical procedures that can
achieve noticeable results with no downtime, no
surgery and minimal (if any) discomfort.
Most of these devices harness some form of energy –
be it radiofrequency, ultrasound, freezing temperatures
or hyperthermic laser – to break down underlying fat
while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected.
This type of procedure doesn’t require any anaesthesia
and is performed in the clinic. There is normally zero
downtime, only some mild discomfort and results are
permanent if you maintain your weight.
What’s the catch, you may be thinking? Well, that’s difficult
to answer. The only real ‘negative’ is that it’s suited to people
with small to localised fat deposits (think muffin top or some extra
belly fat), not for larger scale fat reduction.
All of these body contouring devices may have temporary side effects,
such as swelling, redness or bruising around the treated area, which normally
disappear after a week or so. Changes are gradual, as the body naturally
metabolises the destroyed fat cells over the next several weeks.
Although non-surgical body contouring devices offer an effective means for
achieving a more streamlined body shape – commonly targeting treatment
areas such as the abdomen and thighs – it’s worth remembering that no nonsurgical
device can achieve the level of fat removal possible with liposuction.
Here we look at the top-three trending fat-busting procedures in the
This non-surgical treatment uses
radiofrequency (RF) energy to reduce
pockets of fat. The energy is emitted via
an applicator through the skin without
damaging the outer layers, only targeting
the underlying fat and tissues.
The latest technology in this area
is the enCurve by Lutronic, officially
launched in Australia in September
2016. It uses a special frequency
(27.12MHz) to selectively target
and heat fat cells to an optimal
temperature, leading to the fat
cells’ death. The body’s natural
removal process then takes
over, permanently removing the
damaged cells. This results in
a sleeker body contour in the
This is touted to be a more
gentle and comfortable way to
reduce fat cells, literally melting
away fat rather than blasting it.
The tummy, hips and thighs
are most suited to RF body
contouring treatments, and
most people report only a slight
warming sensation on their skin
Like other non-surgical body
contouring devices, results can be
observed after a single treatment,
although a series of treatments
is usually recommended for
Non-invasive fat reduction using
hyperthernic laser is also new to the
market. Launched in Australia in
November 2015 by Cynosure, the
innovative treatment, called
SculpSure, is the first FDA-cleared
laser treatment for non-invasive fat
reduction of the flanks (love handles)
It uses a 1060nm laser to target and
destroy fat cells below the dermis.
Multiple areas can be treated at
once in just 25 minutes, and all skin
types are suitable. The controlled
hyperthermic laser induces fat cell
injury by raising adipose temperature
to a range of 42 to 47˚ C – the ideal
temperature to eliminate fat cells,
without damage to surrounding tissue.
There is no downtime and minimal,
if any, discomfort. Results can be seen
around six weeks after treatment as
the body naturally metabolises the
destroyed fat. A series of treatments
is typically recommended for
Cryolipolysis uses freezing
temperatures to kill fat cells without
traumatising the surrounding
tissues or harming the skin. The
two main contenders using this
fat-freezing technology are Clatuu
During treatment, the area to be
treated is suctioned into position by
the device’s applicator head
and then cold temperatures
are directed to the fat cells
under the skin, leaving the
surrounding tissues intact.
The “frozen fat” dies and
is absorbed by your body
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
depending on the laxity of
the skin, but any discomfort
usually subsides about 10
minutes into treatment.
Post treatment, the target
area feels stiff and cold,
appearing squarish as if still
moulded to the inside of the
applicator. This can look
strange immediately after
the treatment, but it subsides
after about 30 minutes as
the skin and underlying
tissues soften back to room
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Words by AimÉe Rodrigues.
by now you’ve probably heard
about CoolSculpting, the
in-clinic treatment that
permanently destroys fat cells by
literally freezing them to death.
It’s just one of the many new
non-surgical body contouring
devices now available to us
– and it’s been spreading like
wildfire across the country, not
least of all because once the fat
cells have been destroyed, it’s
permanent. (Yes, you heard
The skin therapists at Skin Renu Laser & Skin
Rejuvenation Clinic know a good thing when they see
it. They’ve been using CoolSculpting at their clinic for
more than a year now and have seen some impressive
“The demand for non-surgical body sculpting treatments
is growing exponentially – for the right person it’s a great
way to eliminate fatty deposits on areas such as the tummy,
love handles and inner thighs in the space of a lunch
break,” says Sylvia Down, practice manager at Skin Renu.
“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.”
During CoolSculpting treatment, the unwanted fat is
sucked between two cooling plates. This vacuum-like
suction draws the area into the applicator head so that the
cool temperature is directly delivered to the underlying fat
cells to kill them while keeping the skin unaffected. The
destroyed fat cells are then naturally metabolised over the
body over the ensuing weeks and months
Though you may feel intense cold initially, this feeling
usually subsides as the area numbs. You may also feel some
pulling, tugging and mild pinching.
CoolSculpting has recently released a new applicator
head, the CoolAdvantage applicator, to increase direct
contact with the area being treated and lower the
temperature. This means treatment time is cut in half and
now takes as little as 35 minutes. Treatment with the new
CoolAdvantage has also shown a 45% increase in comfort
levels, reducing the pulling and pinching sensation to next
CoolSculpting can be used to treat the tummy, love
handles and flanks, to name a few. Fat reduction of
between 20 and 25 percent in the treated areas is typical.
Something of a breakthrough is the development of
CoolSculpting to treat double chins. The CoolMini
applicator has been specifically designed to target smaller
areas of fat accumulation, such as a double chin. Up to
20 percent fat reduction in the area can be achieved in
one to two treatments.
“Of all the devices and technologies I have seen as an
aesthetic medical practice manager, nothing beats the
CoolMini for double chin elimination,” says Down.
For the body, generally two or three sessions 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.
The capabilities of medical science are never ending
and it’s fascinating to think that, in as little as 35 minutes,
the term ‘freezing your butt off’ can literally become
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The International Body Wrap uses
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such as toxins and free radicals. So,
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Your body will first be measured
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after the treatment. You will then
be wrapped head to toe with
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Historically known for its cleansing
and detoxification qualities, the
clay is used to draw toxins out of
the body. As the clay particles
become hydrated, they expand
and are able to absorb many times
their own weight in body toxins.
After an hour, the wraps are
removed to reveal softer, firmer
and more toned skin. The skin tissue
is also compressed and the soft
fatty tissues are compacted,
resulting in reduction of your
The solution acts as a magnet
for many toxic elements present
in the body such as free radicals.
Like a giant poultice, it draws
out toxins and impurities from
your body while cleansing your
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The result? Your body is
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These are the products that
have made cult status; the
essentials we find ourselves
scraping, squeezing and tubecutting
to get every last
precious drop. Welcome to the
cream of the crop!
Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age, $550. A truly
complete anti-ageing product that acts on
the visible signs associated with the three
dimensions of ageing: genetic, environmental
and lifestyle. The results are spectacular for skin
hydration and radiance which in turn help to
improve wrinkles and skin laxity.
Black Rose Precious Face Oil, $260.
This luxurious silky smooth dry oil truly has to
be experienced to be believed. With a high
concentration of active ingredients, it helps
restore comfort, suppleness and renewed
vibrancy to dry or dehydrated skin.
Hydr8 Day 360 Total Anti-
Ageing Moisturiser SPF 30,
$119. This multi-purpose
SPF30 nourishing moisturiser
is formulated with active
ingredients to protect against
sun damage and help reduce
the appearance of fine lines
and wrinkles. An everyday
C-Tetra Vitamin C
$78.20. A professionalstrength
Vitamin C serum four
times more active than
regular Vitamin C. It
helps combat sundamaged
protect against future
damage. (Also acts
as a wonderful skin
360 Retinol 0.5, $74.95. Part of
the new Obagi360 System, this
gentle encapsulated retinol is
released over time, delivering the
proven anti-ageing cell renewal
benefits of retinol while reducing
the appearance of flaking, redness
360 Exfoliating Cleanser, $49.95.
This cleanser polishes skin and
cleans out the pores, helping fade
signs of ageing such as brown
spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The
result is softer, smoother skin that
appears youthful and radiant.
Environ has long been
considered a world
leader in scientific
skincare, and the
Our Youth EssentiA
Vita-Peptide Eye Gel,
$107, takes eye care
to the next level. The
gel helps plump up the
delicate skin around the
eyes, helping to reduce
the look of fine lines
and rejuvenate the
area in general.
Celltresor Intense Rebuilding Cream,
$397. Supports the skin’s natural
regeneration by acting on the cellular
level to visibly improve skin volume
and hydration. The skin is prompted to
rebuild the dermis and the epidermis,
thereby regaining elasticity and volume.
ÜberZinc, $110. If there’s one product you use, make it
this. The greatest defence against ageing is quality sun
protection, and ÜberZinc has you covered. It’s made with
20% zinc oxide that screens UVA/UVB rays, as well as
antioxidant pure green tea extract. It’s invisible on the skin
and luxuriously hydrating. Win/win!
Super Serum, $149. This antiageing
serum packed with powerful
rejuvenating peptides and marine
bioferments should be a skincare
staple for anyone concerned with
Active C Serum, $124. Vitamin C
is one of the essential all-rounders
for healthy, clear skin and this
supercharged Vitamin C serum
fortified with extra antioxidants and
peptides lives up to its promise for
lightening and brightening
Phyto Corrective Masque, $85.
This new offering from skincare
giant Skinceuticals provides
an immediate calming effect
on sensitised skin. It contains
extracts and hyaluronic acid to
intensively soothe and provide
Phyto Replenish Oil, $120. Old
faithful Dermalogica has a new
kid on the block, this feather-light
facial oil which helps to strengthen
and restore the skin’s natural
protective barrier, shield against
environmental stressors, and lock
in moisture for all-day dewy skin.
DNA Intensive Renewal, $157.50.
Arguably the hero of the
legendary DNA Renewal range,
this serum targets the skin’s
natural DNA repair processes to
help counter damage caused by
DNA Intensive Renewal is
enjoying cult status for its ability
to make skin appear more
youthful and glowing.
Retriderm Vitamin A Skin
Serum 0.75% Plus, $105.
These clinically proven
Vitamin A serums
(available in different
0.5, 0.75 and 1%
strengths) have a
formula, making them
unique amongst retinol
products and allowing
for maximum absorption
with minimal irritation.
Skin is noticeably
smoother, thanks to the
promotion of increased
and hyaluronic acid
production in the skin.
Define, $116.60. This
cream is a gentle at-home
skin resurfacer using a
complex of alpha hydroxy
acids and retinol to gently
exfoliate multiple layers of
the skin and encourage cell
Opti Crystal Eye Serum,
$138.60. A good eye
product is an important
weapon in the fight against
ageing. This impressive
serum uses growth factors
and alpha lipoic acid to
diminish the look of lines
on our radar
The new skincare
We look at a new skincare line that’s using
dermal filler technology for a unique
approach to skin hydration.
It’s no secret that
cosmeceuticals are major
players in skincare – and
for good reason. Bridging
the gap between cosmetics
creams, they contain active
ingredients that can affect
real changes at a cellular level, helping to
repair and protect the skin.
The latest line-up is Teoxane
Cosmeceuticals, a unique skincare system
that combines luxury with science, and
boasts a brand-new ingredient to the
It was specifically designed to protect
and moisturise the skin after cosmetic
procedures such as chemical peels, laser
or microdermabrasion, but it goes much
further than this – it nourishes the skin
to further reduce the appearance of
ageing for smoother, more radiant skin.
Introducing a new
Whether you’ve just had a cosmetic
rejuvenation procedure or simply want to
maintain a youthful appearance, Teoxane
products are clinically proven to help
restore volume, hydrate the skin and
reduce the common signs of ageing.
Each product in Teoxane
Cosmeceuticals is formulated with a new
ingredient called resilient hyaluronic
acid (RHA), which works to create a
moisture-rich protective barrier on the
skin. This crossed-linked hyaluronic acid
is also used in the Teoxane Laboratories’
dermal filler range, Teosyal. So basically
using Teoxane Cosmeceuticals is a bit
like a dermal filler in a bottle.
Teoxane’s unique RHA builds a net
that traps moisture, helping to prevent
skin dehydration or trans-epidermal
water loss. By working together, this
“hydration net” keeps the skin healthy
and promotes re-densification of the
This “mesh” permits the gradual
release of active ingredients, allowing the
skin to receive continuous nourishment
over the course of the day or night.
As it’s gradually absorbed, the
RHA (in combination with a range of
antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and
amino acids) helps reduce fine lines and
age spots, smooth skin tone and texture,
and enhance volume. The results are
softer, more radiant skin that looks and
feels noticeably younger.
Teoxane Cosmeceuticals also helps
improve your skin’s ability to block
environmental nasties with another key
ingredient called NovHyal. It promotes
the production of your body’s own
essential building blocks of the skin and
support structures, which is vital to your
overall skin health.
The key ingredients and hydrating
factors make this a range to look out
for – it has the potential to revolutionise
the skincare market and become the new
beauty protocol for glowing skin. CBM
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Prep Cleansing Solution
DEEP REPAIR BALM
Ultra Comfort Soothing Balm
Wrinkle Cream for Normal Skin
Wrinkle Cream for Dry Skin
Soothing Aftercare Fluid
RHA Advanced Eye Contour
Suitable for Sensitive Skin
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The Teoxane Cosmeceutical range
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You want the best possible results
from your next procedure!
Post procedure care is an important
factor in achieving the best
possible medical and aesthetic
result and reduced downtime
from resurfacing and rejuvenation
Now there is a new breakthrough
medical product available in
Australia, specifically developed
for use on sensitive skin areas
immediately post rejuvenation
procedures – Stratacel from Stratpharma
Stratacel’s enhanced formula has
been specifically developed for
sensitive areas such as around the
eyes, nose and lips. Stratacel has
been developed to provide the best
possible results on these skin areas
when used immediately after the
Stratacel will remain in full contact
with the compromised skin even
across skin folds and difficult to
When applied immediately post
procedure, Stratacel speeds up the
healing process, reduces the post
inflammatory burning sensation and
redness, relieves itching and discomfort,
and soothes the treated skin.
Stratacel contains no alcohol, parabens
or fragrances. Stratacel is suitable
for people with sensitive skin,
and may be used during pregnancy
and while breastfeeding.
To achieve the best results, Stratacel
should be applied once or twice
daily to exposed areas of skin. Once
dry it can be covered by sunscreen,
cosmetics, make-up, pressure garments
If a secondary dressing is required
then it is not necessary to wait for
Stratacel to dry before applying and
you only need to re-apply when
changing the secondary dressing.
Ask your Clinician for Stratacel
to ensure you obtain the best
possible post procedure care and
Stratacel is a gel that forms a flexible,
film forming wound dressing
for the repair of damaged or compromised
skin following dermal
abrasion, laser resurfacing and
When used as directed Stratacel
dries to form a transparent and
thin protective layer that is gas
permeable and waterproof which
hydrates and protects compromised
skin areas and superficial wounds
from chemical and microbial
Once dry, Stratacel creates and
maintains the optimal environment
that enables the building blocks
of new collagen and elastin. And
because it forms a flexible film,
Stratacel’s enhanced formula has been specifically
developed for the use on sensitive skin areas like the
periorbital region, nostrils and lips. On these skin areas
it is particularly important to achieve a thin and even
distribution of the dressing. At the same time the dressing
has to be very resistant to the higher mechanical exposure
of these skin areas.
Stratacel’s occlusivity control and adhesive properties
have been optimised to meet these requirements
and to provide the best possible results on sensitive
Laser resurfacing 1
Treatment with Stratacel following fractional laser resurfacing.
Complex corrective resurfacing 1
Treatment with Stratacel following laser resurfacing.
The skin’s thickness varies according to anatomical site and age of the individual. The upper eyelid
has the thinnest skin and it can be used as the denominator to calculate relative ratios of skin
thicknesses with respect to other sites of the face. Using the upper eyelid average skin thickness,
the nasal tip skin thickness is 3.3 times thicker and the brow/forehead is 2.8 times thicker. 2
Thin skin is more sensitive therefore special attention is required for thin areas such as the
periorbital area and areas close to the lips and nostrils.
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We all know the effects that lines
and wrinkles can have on our
appearance, but did you know that
your smile could be making you look
older? Words by Erin Docherty.
the signs of ageing
to sun damage or
just getting older.
However, it’s rare that
we consider our teeth
to be a major player in
how we’re ageing.
Not only can your teeth affect your smile but they
can also dramatically age your appearance, causing
your entire face to appear tired, prematurely aged
and even angry.
“It’s been scientifically proven by tracking
eye movement that the most common
place people look when you’re talking
to them are your eyes and mouth,”
says cosmetic dentist Dr Neil Lutton
from Macquarie Dental in Sydney.
“Due to this, a bad smile can severely impact the
assessment of your age. A new smile can knock years
off your appearance.”
As you get older, everyday wear and tear can take
its toll on your teeth. The good news is the shape and
colour of your teeth are problems that are easy to fix.
We take a look at five ways your smile can make you
look older and how you can fix it.
The number-one way that your teeth
can make you look older is through
discolouration and staining.
As we age, our teeth naturally darken
because of the colour they absorb from
certain foods and drinks such as red wine,
coffee and tea.
“The very outer layer of the enamel is
constantly dissolving and re-precipitating.
As this process occurs, any staining
elements in the mouth such as coffee, tea
and red wine can become trapped in the
tooth as it re-precipitates. This causes the
tooth to become darker and darker as time
progresses,” says Dr Lutton.
No matter how well you take care of
your teeth, stained or discoloured teeth are
inevitable and they will not go back to a
lighter colour on their own.
How to fix it
Just as the whites of your eyes suggest
youthfulness and health, a shiny white set
of teeth can make your face look a whole
The only way to reverse the staining
and discolouring of your teeth is with a
bleaching or whitening treatment. In-clinic
whitening treatments will yield the best
results, but at-home whitening kits can
achieve a good colour change and are easy
and cost effective to maintain. You can also
use these at-home kits to maintain your
professional treatment results.
For dark grey or black stains, whitening
may only do so much, and veneers, which
physically cover up the stains and also act
like a brand new set of teeth, may need to
Crowded or uneven teeth not only contribute to physical stress
and strain on your teeth but can also make you look much older
than you actually are. When your teeth don’t fit into place due to
shifting, they can crowd your mouth, causing unwanted attention
to visible imperfections such as chips, staining or discolouration.
Even if you start out with perfectly straight teeth, something
called medial drift can cause them to shift over time.
Crooked or crowded teeth can make your smile look narrow,
which is the opposite of what you want as a wider smile is seen as
more attractive and youthful. Crowded teeth can also chip easily
and are prone to receding gums, premature bone loss, tooth decay
and exposed roots, which make them look long (ever heard the
expression ‘long in the tooth’!?).
Remember, you are never too old to straighten your teeth!
Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and can take 10-15
years off your appearance.
How to fix it
The most reliable and permanent way to straighten your teeth
is with traditional braces, Invisalign or the newest alternative,
Quick Straight Teeth. The latter is an innovative teeth
straightening treatment that offers both invisible fixed and
removable braces at an affordable price – and promises to fix
crooked teeth in as little as six months.
Quick Straight Teeth is one of Australia’s
fastest growing brands and can align and
straighten teeth in less than six months.
The cutting-edge technology offers a range
of orthodontic options to straighten teeth,
including their virtually invisible braces. If
fixed braces are not your thing, they also offer
removable braces. Win/win!
Another massive plus is that Quick Straight
Teeth treatment is actually affordable, making
a perfect smile within just about anybody’s
reach. Check out quickstraightteeth.net for
You wouldn’t think of your gums as an age
accelerator, but they certainly can be. A gummy
smile, which can occur naturally or be a result
of ageing, shows more of your gums than teeth.
As a result, this can create a short, worn-down
smile making you look older than you are. It can
also affect the proportions of your lips, making
them look thinner.
How to fix it
Excessive gum tissue can be trimmed away in a
fairly quick and minimally invasive procedure
called gingivectomy. This procedure usually
takes around 15 minutes to an hour, where the
gum line is reshaped using a scalpel or laser.
The procedure will make your smile more
attractive and importantly can also help keep
gum disease at bay by helping you to clean more
effectively around and between your teeth. In
more severe cases surgery may be required, or
an orthodontic option for teeth that are out
While a missing tooth at the front
of your smile can certainly make you
look older, a fact that is less obvious
is that even missing teeth in the
back of your mouth can change
Missing teeth, no matter where
they are located, affect the structure
of the mouth. The primary issue is
bone loss in the jaw, which is an
inevitable consequence of leaving a
toothless gap in the mouth.
Since the teeth and jawbone
provide support for the cheeks
and lips, missing teeth and the
results of bone erosion can cause
some unwanted changes to your
appearance. Over time, your lips and
cheeks will collapse inwards due to
the lack of facial support. This results
in a saggy, wrinkled look that can add
years to your appearance.
How to fix it
If you have missing teeth, dental
implants can offer you a long-lasting
solution to provide a structure that
reflects that of the natural tooth.
Dental implants replace the tooth
root with an artificial root that is
surgically placed into the upper or
lower jawbone. Implants help protect
against bone loss and the aged look
it creates, and they feel and function
just like natural teeth.
While it’s not an easy habit to crack,
teeth grinding and clenching is a
problem for more than 50% of adults
(according to RealSelf.com) and is a
contributing factor to an ageing smile.
Whether it’s due to stress, irregular
sleeping patterns or nothing at
all, this chronic grinding can wear
down your upper and lower teeth
and actually cause major changes in
the structure of your jaw. This can
make you look years older than you
actually are due to a loss of youthful
definition. Your bite can also be
affected, causing a misalignment of
the jaw as your chin projects forward,
making the lower third of your face
“Grinding and clenching, or
bruxism, will exacerbate the natural
wear of the teeth. Therefore, if
someone is 30 years old and a heavy
grinder, 10-15 years can be added
to their facial appearance due to
extreme wear,” says Dr Lutton.
How to fix it
One of the few actions you can take
on your own is to wear a night guard.
While it will not get to the root of
the cause, it will stop the teeth from
excessive wear and can maintain the
soft lines of the jaw by keeping the
muscles from bring overworked.
Often your teeth become so worn
down by excessive grinding and
clenching that they will need to be
restored with crowns or veneers,
which build up the length of your
teeth. If your bite needs adjusting,
orthodontics can reposition it. CBM
The number-one tip is great oral
hygiene, which includes brushing
flossing/interdental cleaning, and an
Book regular appointments to visit your
dentist and hygienist to keep your teeth
clean and to avoid gum disease.
Wear a night guard or occlusal splint to
prevent nocturnal grinding (bruxism).
This can also act like an orthodontic
retainer, keeping the teeth in position
and resisting unwanted tooth
movements caused by age.
Cut down on red wine, black coffee and
highly coloured foods.
Use sunblock and a lip balm that has a
high SPF to prevent sun damage, which
will intensify and speed up the loss of
elasticity in the lips.
The non-surgical enhancement
market has well and truly taken
hold, but there are times when
surgery is not just a last resort but a
preferred option. Words by AimÉe Rodrigues.
When it comes to fixing a crooked nose or lifting a severely sagging
face, most times surgery is still your best bet. Surgery these days is a
far cry from yesteryear – as techniques continue to evolve, procedures
have become more and more customisable, leading to very natural-looking
results and more manageable downtime.
Today, there’s a wide range of cosmetic surgery options available to target
specific areas of the face and body. Whether facial surgery (such as a facelift,
neck lift and blepharoplasty) or body surgery (such as breast enhancement,
liposuction and abdominoplasty), the modern approach to cosmetic surgery
involves tailoring a procedure or combination of procedures to your individual
requirements and goals. Here, we explore the most common procedures in
First performed more than 100 years
ago, surgical facelift techniques have
continued to evolve and today can
enhance virtually any part of the
ageing face. Predominantly used to
restore the contours of the face, a
facelift, or rhytidectomy, can correct
sagging, loose skin and reposition fat
and tissues to add volume back to
Over time, the effects of gravity,
sun damage and the stresses of
everyday life appear on the face,
altering the way people appear
to the outside world. Deep lines
may appear around the eyes
and mouth, sagging skin may
fall from the cheek, jawline
and neck, and fat deposits that
were once full and firm deplete,
leaving hollow and sunken
areas of the face. As people are
living increasingly lengthy lives,
a facelift is designed to address
these age-related changes and
help both men and women look
as young as they feel inside.
By repositioning both the
skin and the layer of muscle and
tissue beneath (known as the
system, or SMAS), the modern
approach to facelifting restores
facial elements to a more
desirable position to create a
younger looking appearance
while avoiding the tell-tale
signs of surgery.
The modern approach to facelifting
predominantly addresses volume
replacement and vectors of lift. The
procedure also helps smooth lines and
folds but it does not address overall
skin texture, skin thickness, and may
not improve wrinkling and creases
around the nose and mouth.
Facelifts can be divided into full,
lower and mid-facelifts. Typically, a
full facelift will begin with incisions
made and concealed within the
hairline. From here, the skin is
separated from the muscles and tissue
beneath, and the SMAS layer is
then tightened in the mid and lower
face, as well as the neck. The skin
is then pulled back, reducing lines
and wrinkles. Excess skin and fat is
removed, and the incisions are closed.
A lower facelift addresses the
appearance of ageing features in the
lower part of the face. Depending
on the specific needs of the patient,
a surgeon will use one of a number
of different types of incisions. It is
common for a single incision to be
made within the hairline extending
down around the perimeter of the ear
and into the hairline on the back of
the head. Through these incisions,
the skin is lifted from the underlying
tissue of the lower face, jaw line and
neck to expose the muscle and fibrous
The SMAS is then repositioned to
elevate and tighten the underlying
facial structures to a more youthful
and aesthetic position.
Once the SMAS has been adjusted,
the skin is repositioned, with any
excess being removed. The incision
is then closed with sutures. A lower
facelift procedure typically takes
three hours, depending on the extent
A mid-facelift is concerned with
tightening the underlying tissues
and elevating the fat pads to give
improved shape and volume to the
face. Although capable of restoring a
firmer, younger-looking appearance,
a mid-facelift cannot correct
loose skin in the neck and
A mid-facelift can be
performed using a variety of
different incisions and surgical
techniques. One approach is
the endoscopic technique,
whereby small incisions are
usually made just above the
hairline, above the ear or by the
temple. Additional incisions
are made inside the mouth over
the cheekbone. With the aid
of an endoscope, the surgeon
can gently manipulate the
facial tissues and fat pads
and lift them to a more
This procedure takes around
one and a half hours, depending
on the extent of treatment.
Recovery from modern
facelifts is typically much
less extensive and lengthy
compared with facelifts of
the past, with less swelling,
bruising, pain and recovery time.
There are also different procedures,
such as mini-lifts, which use smaller
and fewer incisions, offering less
recovery and down time.
Advances in surgical procedures
and technology mean there
are several different face lift
techniques available today. They
are designed to address your unique
needs more specifically, helping
to ensure optimal and naturallooking
From skin laxity to thinning and
fat depletion and descent, ageing
can take its toll on the eye region,
resulting in delicate changes.
With age, the muscle layer
beneath the skin starts to lose
its tone; the fat of the eyelid can
protrude forward to cause a dark
shadow; the cheeks begin to shrink,
leaving a groove-like valley known as
a tear trough; and the brows descend.
The result is a tired-looking,
The effects of ageing can also
be exacerbated by sun exposure
and smoke damage, both of which
exacerbate crow’s feet and fine lines
and wrinkles under the eyes.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is
a surgical procedure to improve the
appearance of the upper and/or lower
eyelids and refresh the appearance
of the surrounding eye area. The
approach to eyelid surgery will be
individualised to each patient. Skin
quality, ethnic features, as well as
anatomical differences will dictate
the ideal approach for each patient.
Surgeons will typically consider the
aesthetics and function of both the
upper and lower eyelid, and consider
whether altering one or both is the
appropriate surgical approach.
The incision for an upper lid
blepharoplasty is in the lid crease and
is made with either a scalpel or CO 2
laser that seals the blood vessels as
it incises. Skin, muscle and fat are
removed to reduce hooding in the
Incisions for the lower lid
blepharoplasty can be made either
inside the eyelid or just below the
lower lash line. Excess skin in the
lower eyelids is removed through
these incisions to correct under-eye
bags or sagging.
Results become apparent gradually,
with swelling and bruising usually
subsiding after around two weeks
to reveal a smoother, better defined
eye region and a more alert and
rejuvenated appearance. Results
typically last around seven to
The effects of gravity, sun damage
and the natural ageing process all
contribute to a gradual descent of
the brow, giving a ‘heavy’ or ‘hooded’
look to the upper face, which can
make a person appear angry, sad or
older than their years.
A brow lift raises the brow line
by repositioning the muscles of the
forehead, as well as rejuvenates the
upper eye area, reducing heaviness
and sagging over the eyelid and at the
outer edges of the eye.
Brow lift surgery can be performed
using several different techniques,
depending on the patient’s individual
requirements and the surgeon’s
In endoscopic brow lifts, small
incisions are made in the hairline,
allowing the tissue and muscle
beneath the skin to be repositioned
or removed, correcting visible creases
and furrows in the forehead. Swelling
and bruising normally subside after
two to six weeks.
An alternative technique is the
coronal brow lift. The coronal brow
lift targets specific areas of the brow
to correct. The procedure involves
an incision in the hairline from
ear to ear, lifting the forehead and
removing excess skin from the scalp.
Recovery time is longer than with the
A brow lift is often combined with
a facelift or blepharoplasty to provide
a harmonious rejuvenation.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most
popular cosmetic surgery procedures.
It can either build up or reduce the
nose to improve its appearance and
to balance it with the other facial
features. Nasal surgery can also
correct impaired breathing caused by
It is performed either using a closed
procedure, where incisions are hidden
inside the nose, or an open procedure,
where an incision is made across the
columella, the narrow strip of tissue
that separates the nostrils.
Swelling and bruising usually
subside after 10 days. Results are
permanent and it may take up to a
year for the new nose to fully refine.
Performed in conjunction with a
facelift or as a standalone procedure, a
neck lift is designed to correct excess
skin and fatty tissue of the neck (the
so-called ‘turkey neck’), platysmal
bands which run from beneath the
chin to the lower neck, as well as a
poorly defined chin/neck angle and
The type of surgical technique used
for a neck lift procedure depends on
several factors, such as the degree
of skin excess and laxity and the
presence of fatty tissue. Liposuction
of the chin and/or neck area may
also be required to remove excess
fatty deposits and help create a more
defined chin/neck angle and jaw line.
Recently there have been
advancements in correcting an aged
neck through less invasive means,
offering less downtime.
Choosing a surgeon is one of
the most important decisions. His
or her experience, training and
artistic eye will all impact the
results. Take the time to understand
the risks, limitations and possible
complications as well as set realistic
expectations prior to surgery to help
the chances of achieving optimal
outcomes and being happy with your
new and improved look. CBM
There’s a growing number of IPL
and laser devices on the market, but
what’s the difference?
Words by AimÉe Rodrigues.
The healing properties of light have
been recognised for thousands of
years. The Greeks and Romans both
understood that sunlight could play
some remedial role – although there
was little understanding of why.
As early as 1903 scientists realised
light could be used for therapeutic
treatment. The same year Danish
physician Niels Finsen Ryberg was
awarded the Nobel Prize for his work
on light therapy, which eventuated
with a machine that emitted similar
wavelengths to the sun.
In 1917, Albert Einstein theorised on the stimulated emission of radiation,
or what we commonly refer to as lasers. Today lasers are used in a multitude
of products and systems from DVD players to barcode scanners.
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification for the Stimulated Emission
of Radiation and is used in the beauty industry for an array of treatments
ranging from the correction of skin irregularities, pigmentation and wrinkles
to hair reduction.
In a similar timeline, Nikola Tesla first conceived the idea of intense pulsed
light (IPL) in the early 1900s and presented his idea to the American Army.
He believed that light energy could be launched to intercept a flying object,
instantly vapourising it. However, it was not until a group of Jewish Russian
physicists, after migrating to Israel, implemented the idea of using intense
pulsed light in medicine, paving the way for IPL treatments.
Pulsed-light machines and lasers basically work in the same way. Put simply,
a wavelength is selected that is readily absorbed by the target tissue. Both aim
to heat the target to a temperature high enough to destroy it without damaging
the adjacent normal tissue.
The difference between the two is that a laser emits a single frequency of
light that is coherent. This means that all the lightwaves are travelling in the
same direction, allowing the target tissue to absorb the maximum amount of
heat. The target tissue is all-important when treating skin problems with a laser.
The target tissue for pigmentation is melanin, for spider veins it is blood and
for wrinkles water. Each of these target tissues absorbs a different wavelength of
light, meaning a different laser is needed for each specific problem.
Lasers tend to be very specific
to the conditions they treat,
whereas IPL devices are more
generalist in their offering
Superficial pigmentation, such
as age spots and sun spots
Lightening and reducing
redness, rosacea and spider
Overall skin rejuvenation
for mild to moderate sundamaged
Unlike lasers, IPL devices produce a broad spectrum of light in a range
of wavelengths. While IPL can be used for many different types of skin
concerns, such as pigmentation and sun damage, it is not specifically
designed to treat any of these conditions.
In other words, lasers tend to be very specific to the conditions they treat,
whereas IPL devices are more generalist in their offering.
Intense pulsed light uses light wavelengths that target either melanin or
haemoglobin in the skin. It can be used to permanently reduce unwanted
hair growth, fade brown spots and cauterise enlarged or broken capillaries
and port wine stain birthmarks. Some treatments have been developed
specifically to treat rosacea.
IPL treatment cannot typically address extensive sun damage and skin
discolourations but it can reduce surfaced capillaries and brown spots,
as well as help revitalise and even out the overall complexion.
Laser therapies also work by targeting tissue and can be used for a
number of treatments, including pigmentation, scarring, unwanted
hair, spider veins, sun-damaged skin, wrinkle reduction and overall
The advent of fractionated laser some 10 years ago, where microscopic
columns of skin are treated while surrounding skin is left intact, has made it
possible to achieve results comparable to traditional CO 2
(which can basically take 10 years off your appearance) with fewer side
effects and significantly less downtime.
Fractional laser technologies break up light beams to allow columns of
untreated tissue to activate healing mechanisms beneath the skin’s surface,
treating skin conditions ranging from scars and birthmarks to wrinkles.
These lasers work by creating microscopic thermal injuries that trigger
collagen production, stimulating cell renewal and plumping out the tissues.
In other words, the laser works by creating tiny holes, or ‘dots’, in the skin’s
surface, penetrating deep into the dermis which triggers the body’s natural
healing responses. It leaves the skin around each dot intact, enabling the
surrounding tissue to heal these microscopic thermal injuries by stimulating
the production of new collagen.
The anti-ageing benefits of fractional laser technology include improving
evenness of skin tone and texture, reducing pore size and the appearance of
lines and wrinkles, and helping to reverse the effects of sun damage. A more
Acne and surgical scars
Improving skin texture, pore
size and skin firmness
Rosacea and broken capillaries,
port wine birthmarks
mild treatment may take several sessions, while one procedure is usually
sufficient for a more aggressive treatment.
Another difference between laser and IPL the size of the area that can
be treated in one session. Generally IPL treatment heads are up to eight
times larger than the small spot size produced by lasers, so treatments are
quicker but not as targeted as laser and typically require more treatments.
In terms of safety, the two types are similar, but with lasers both the
practitioner and the patient need to use eye protection, and treatment
needs to occur in an area where people can’t wander in and be exposed
to the light. Although light from IPL systems may be unpleasant, it’s not
harmful or dangerous to the eyes. Generally speaking, lasers tend to be
safer for darker skin types, whereas IPLs are typically not suited for darker
skin types or tanned skin.
When it comes to choosing between laser and IPL, it’s important to keep
in mind that what works best for one person isn’t necessarily what works
best for the next. An experienced practitioner will advise you what is
most suited to your specific needs, and should have a variety of treatment
options to select from (including both IPL and laser devices).
Another point worth being aware of is that IPL systems are available
in different strengths and vary in how high the energies can be set. Many
of the IPLs in the non-medical marketplace are not capable of reaching
energies necessary to treat certain conditions adequately and may even
lead to burns and other avoidable complications, so always ensure you are
in the hands of an experienced and accredited practitioner in a medicalbased
Results of light-based therapies vary, depending on the technique and
experience of the practitioner and the individual patient. Patients should
always ask their practitioner how new the laser or IPL machine is and
when it was purchased. Recent models are far superior to earlier ones in
terms of achieving predictable and precise results. CBM
The new treatment for firmer, tighter,
If you want to turn back the clock on ageing or help
it to tick a little slower, Fractora is the new way to
rejuvenate skin. Words by Erin Docherty.
ant a little ‘lift’ but don’t want a procedure where you need to go into hiding for weeks? You can now
enjoy smoother, tighter, firmer skin on the face and body without the surgery or downtime.
Fractora is a non-invasive treatment for quick and effective skin rejuvenation. With the ability
to treat sagging skin, wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation, skin texture improvement and overall
rejuvenation, Fractora is becoming known as the “all-rounder” treatment.
Fractora skin treatment is a fractional resurfacing treatment that restores skin to a more youthful appearance by
boosting the skin’s collagen and elastin levels.
Melbourne cosmetic surgeon Dr David Topchian says the idea that one device can be used for a number of skin
concerns is very appealing. “As well, because it’s not a laser, Fractora can be considered for people with more pigmented
skin types, which is a real plus. The icing on the cake is that the system can also be used for skin tightening and fat
reduction on the body,” he says.
What can Fractora
Fractora can treat a broad range of
aesthetic skin concerns on the face,
neck and body.
As well as general facial
rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction,
treatment can also target tightening
of skin around the jawline, neck,
under the eyes, and on the cheeks
and forehead. Fractora also improves
skin texture and clarity.
We’ve been told that while it’s
most commonly used on the face and
neck, the arms, stomach and even
legs can benefit from treatment, for
tissue contraction and toning.
How does it work?
Fractora delivers radiofrequency (RF)
energy into the skin through an array
of tiny ‘pins’ to create localised heat
and micro-injuries in the treatment
area. This unique combination of
fractional resurfacing and dermal
microneedling is thought to be
more effective than traditional laser
The heating of the skin promotes
collagen restructuring, improving
the appearance, texture and clarity
of the skin.
Fractora is an extremely versatile
treatment and can heat the skin
at different levels to target these
various skin concerns. That means
that results can be customised and
the treatment matched to your own
What does the
A handheld device is placed on
the treatment area, and small pins
create tiny punctures in your skin,
sending heat below the surface
to promote collagen production.
Treatments usually take around
30 minutes and numbing cream
is usually applied to minimise
Downtime is minimal, but you
can expect to see micro lesions a
few days after treatment and slight
redness for up to one week.
Typically three treatments are
recommended to observe optimal
skin rejuvenation results, with
treatment intervals usually at every
five to six weeks.
Dr Topchian says his patients
have been satisfied with the overall
appearance and health of their skin
after just one Fractora treatment,
including noticeable results in
rejuvenation and tightening.
“Patients will see a subtle
rejuvenated effect which continues
to improve over a few months. Lines
soften, pigmentation improves and
the general texture of the skin is
improved,” he says.
Visible results can be seen
immediately, but typically after
two weeks the most noticeable
results appear. Improvements to
texture and appearance in skin tone
continue up to three months after the
treatment. Deep lines are softened
and acne troughs are smoothed out
with every treatment, improving
and strengthening skin health.
Pigmentation and tone, wrinkles
and some other textural issues may
dramatically improve after a single
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WHAT IS PEARL?
Distributed in Australia by Cutera,
PEARL is an ablative laser designed
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PEARL works by using laser pulses
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wrinkles, poor skin texture, large
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WHAT TO EXPECT
The treatment generally lasts for
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Before treatment the doctor will
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patients describe the sensation
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more comfortable treatment.
After the procedure, you can
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and slight redness. The good news?
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In terms of results, you can expect
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With minimal downtime and
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TO GET IT
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WHAT CAN IT TREAT?
PEARL can be used to treat a variety
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Sisley Paris Double
Tenseur Instant & Long-
Term, $220. This product has
only just been released but
it’s already become a firm
favourite of ours. It delivers
an immediate lifting and
smoothing effect, while
strengthening the skin’s
dermal structure. #4
DESIGNER BRANDS Longwear
24-Hour Foundation, $14.99. Searching for
a foundation that goes the distance without
breaking the bank? Search no more! This
long-wearing foundation boasts a full,
smudge-proof coverage without looking
cakey or feeling heavy. #5
OXYGENETIX Oxygenating Foundation,
$85. Ideal for acne, rosacea and postprocedure
skin, Oxygenetix Breathable
Foundation is full of skin-loving ingredients
that stimulate skin cell production and
diminish redness. Light and breathable, it
feels like a second skin! #6
LANCÔME Cushion Blush Subtil, $60.
We are in love with this cushion blush
from Lancôme! The healthy glow booster
features a smooth, light and melt away
texture that gives dazzling radiance to the
face, while its pop of pigments really set off
the cheekbones. #7
JANE IREDALE Pommisst Hydration Spray,
$49. Delivering a boost of antioxidants to
hydrate, condition and protect the skin,
this limited edition hydration spray is your
essential summer buddy. With one little
spritz, the clean scent soothes and uplifts
the complexion. #8
JANE IREDALE HandDrink Hand Cream,
$58. Treat your hands to some TLC with
Jane Iredale’s delicate, rose scented, ultra
hydrating SPF 15 hand cream that protects
and moisturises your hands without feeling
greasy. Great for thirsty skin. #9
SCOUT COSMETICS 5 Free Breathable
Nail Polish, $19.95. Get ready to party this
summer with the bright and colourful new
nail polish range from SCOUT Cosmetics.
Locking in moisture and allowing your nails
to breathe, this cute new range will make a
statement with any outfit. #10
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GOLDWELL Kerasilk Color Range includes
a hit list of amazing products that provide
long-lasting colour depth and brilliance for
coloured hair. Try the Kerasilk Color Shampoo,
$34.95, Cleansing Conditioner, $24.95, Gentle
Dry Shampoo $42.95, and Intensive Lustre
Mask, $42.95. #11
MEDIK8 Retinyl Retinoate Youth Activating
Cream (r-Retinoate), $298. This new
breakthrough Vitamin A product is Medik8’s
premium retinol, and one of our absolute
faves. It is clinically proven to be eight times
more powerful than regular retinol – without
any irritation. #12
MEDIK8 C-Tetra Cream – Vitamin C Day
Cream, $129. This is the day cream you
have been looking for. Luxurious and fastabsorbing,
it features a combination of
powerful vitamins and antioxidants to help
restore radiance, hydrate and protect against
everyday nasties. #13
ULTRACEUTICALS Ultra C23+ Firming
Concentrate, $138. Turn your back on ageing
with this advanced formula, offering powerful
anti-ageing ingredients and antioxidants
to provide firmer looking skin and reduce
the appearance of mild to advanced
SYNERGIE SKIN Vitamin B, $110. Dry skin
and pigmentation have met their match
with this cosmeceutical serum. Containing
a range of powerful vitamins to strengthen
skin and boost immunity, Vitamin B increases
hydration, and helps regulate oil production
and stimulate collagen production. #15
OBAGI Professional-C Serum, $79.95. This is
one of our skincare essentials! Light-textured
and rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this little
guy helps improve the look and feel of your
OBAGI Exfoderm Forte, $79.95. We can’t
get enough of this lightweight lotion that
helps exfoliate the top layer of skin, removing
dull, old skin cells to reveal a brighter
Using the latest technologies, our team of experts
is committed to help you achieve natural-looking
results in a relaxed and friendly setting.
Come in and experience the Skin Renu difference.
Our comprehensive treatment menu includes:
world-class wrinkle reduction and
laser skin rejuvenation
CoolSculpting non-surgical fat reduction
Thermage non-surgical face lifting
clinic-only premium skincare
Call us to book a complimentary consultation
02 9555 9506
16B Beattie St, Balmain, Sydney
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