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12 Editor’s letter
14 Beauty insider
118 Ed’s Faves
20 3 makeup looks trending now
28 Instagram vs reality – are
you living life through a filter?
40 Rescue remedies for
51 The non-surgical
66 Is beauty just a
28 A filtered life
The unreal reality of Instagram
40 The problem solvers
Problem-solving secrets for
48 The stats behind the most
popular cosmetic procedures
66 Is beauty just a
The vitamins and minerals
you need for clear skin and
What are they and why you
need to avoid them
84 10 steps to reclaim your energy
110 Message in a bottle
We delve into the history and
language of perfume
16 Pop art
Neon makeup is having a
moment. Let your face be
20 What’s your makeup
Three makeup looks and the
products to create them
90 Sport-proof your makeup
The next big thing is active wear
for your face
96 Beauty on the fly
Travel beautifully with our smart
girls’ guide to packing
104 Bedtime stories
Our favourite products to help
you enter the dreamtime
100 Our new hairstyle crush: the
116 Oh, baby!
The mother of all baby-friendly
bath and skin products
72 Get your glow on!
The real-life filter for beautifully
hydrated and luminous skin
74 When only the best will do
Introducing L’unico, a new
high-end skincare range
76 Winter skin solutions
82 The beauty revolution
Dermal fillers meet skincare in this
new and innovative skincare line
52 Lose fat and rediscover your
Stubborn fat? There’s a
solution for that
54 Rejuvenation from the
Platelet-rich plasma is a
treatment with virtually
62 Re-boot your skin
How to rejuvenate your skin
without looking worked on
32 Get framed
Wake up with an amazing set of
arches with eyebrow tattooing
34 Let’s talk about lips
We take a look at the buzz behind
big beautiful pouts
36 Open your eyes without surgery
There’s now an easy way to create
the look of an eyelift without
going under the knife
38 The non-surgical facelift
Face and neck tightening without
body & wellness
51 The no-sweat solution to
58 The Big ‘O’
Can’t get no satisfaction? We
talk orgasms and sexual health
64 Laser hair removal re-imagined
92 Yoga alchemy
122 Are you up to the challenge?
Can you change your lifestyle in
only 21 days? We check out the
Zone 21 Fitness Challenge
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
appointment call Cosmedic and Skin Clinic
07 5588 4777
Southport | Gold Coast
Level 2, Pivotal Point
50 Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215
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cosmedic& skin clinic
Dr John Flynn
20/4/09 9:01:39 AM
It’s already that time of the year again when it’s getting darker and
colder by the day. And this is the time most of us find it difficult to
stick to those healthy eating and exercise regimes we put in place
after the holiday blowout. Well, no need to be swayed from your goals
because even though reaching for your favourite foods may soothe
your winter blues, we’ll show you how to reclaim your energy, the
healthy way, in our article on page 84.
It’s also that season when our skin is crying out for moisture. On page 76 we
kick off our winter beauty school session with some go-to skin solutions for a
healthy, hydrated and glowing complexion this winter – no filter needed!
Almost everyone is guilty of being over-enthusiastic with their Instagram posts,
but while it’s fun to create a picturesque online presence, there’s no denying that
the perception of the ‘perfect’ life online can cause us to be swept up into a spiral
of fake reality. So maybe it’s time to stop and smell the roses and take a look at the
truth behind Instagram in our article, ‘A filtered life’ (page 28).
There’s no doubt that social media platforms have influenced the everincreasing
popularity of cosmetic procedures. If your newsfeed is anything like
mine, it’s full of beautiful big lips and sleek, contoured bodies. So turn to page 48
and hazard a guess at which procedures are hot (or not) in our cosmetic surgery
trends feature. While there are some old favourites there are some surprising new
entries on the list.
As always, our beauty pages are packed full of tried and tested products and lots
of new and shiny makeup must-haves. Whether you stick to the basics or aren’t
afraid of experimenting, we take a look at the top makeup personalities to take
you from day to night (page 20). We also showcase some of the latest fragrances
to hit the shelves and take a lesson in the art of perfumery. To top (knot) it off,
on page 100 we bring you the tips and tools for this season’s new head-turning
hairstyle and you’ll be surprised what’s making a comeback!
Visit us online at www.cosbeauty.com.au where you can download your free
digital edition of this issue. You’ll also find a heap of great beauty tips and tricks,
Australia’s largest practitioner and product directory, and weekly articles on
beauty, cosmetic surgery, lifestyle and fitness.
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POLLUTION & INFRARED DEFENCE SPRITZ
THE WHO’S WHO AND WHAT’S NEW IN BEAUTY.
Giving your eyebrows a ‘just fell
off a bird’ feel is totally trending.
Finnish makeup artist Stella
Sironen intended the look to
be a joke, but the beauty world
has immediately jumped on the
#featherbrows bandwagon. So,
yay or nay?
SLOW AGEING GUIDE TO
SKIN REJUVENATION (Health
Inform, RRP $34.99)
In this new book, Kate Marie,
along with co-authors Prof
Merlin Thomas and Dr John
Flynn, bring together years
of experience and scientific
research in diet and nutrition,
skin ageing, hormones, skincare
and cosmetic enhancement,
giving you a definitive guide to
achieving greater skin health
through diet and lifestyle as
well as evidence-based skin
THE NEW INJECTABLE FOR
Say goodbye to double chins
forever because a new and
exciting injectable treatment is
now offering permanent results
for a smoother chin and neck in
a quick, no-downtime treatment.
PLASTIC SURGERY FOR PUPS
Have we gone barking mad?
There’s a growing number of pet
owners who want to give their dogs
special cosmetic modification.
While some procedures are for
health purposes, it’s reported
treatments range from anti-wrinkle
injections to testicular implants, or
‘neuticles’, to help neutered pets
regain their masculinity. Hopefully
this is one “fad” that has barked
up the wrong tree.
COULD BE AVAILABLE IN
JUST THREE YEARS
While we can slow down the signs
of ageing, we can’t prevent it. Or
can we? A revolutionary new pill
that reverses ageing could be
on the shelves as soon as 2020.
The game-changing pill has also
caught the attention of NASA as
they hope to defend Mars-bound
astronauts against the effects of
radiation. Where do we sign up?
HOLOGRAPHIC HAIR IS
This hair trend takes prettiness
to a whole new level.
Holographic hair has taken
beauty inspiration from all
things magical. Seattle-based
Ross Michaels Salon kicked off
the trend which has since taken
Instagram by storm.
Sydney’s premier cosmetic
tattooing and skin clinic, offering
natural-looking treatments in:
• feather eyebrow tattooing
• lip tattooing
• eyeliner tattooing
• medical tattooing
• skin needling
• skin peels
• IPL treatments
When it comes to cosmetic tattooing, we
are the experts’ expert. With more than
25 years of experience, we offer beautiful,
natural-looking results so you can look your
best all day, everyday.
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IS HAVING A
MOMENT. BE BOLD
AND LET YOUR
FACE BE YOUR ART.
1. Zoeva Sweet Glamour
Blush Palette, $25, 2. ELES
Baked Blush in Tulip, $37,
3. Napoleon Perdis Total Bae
Blush It! In Cheeky, $29,
4. Sisley Paris PhytoBlush
Twist in Fushia, $80,
5. Napoleon Perdis Color
Disc in Pink Slink, $29,
6. Napoleon Perdis Total Bae
Matte It! in Live for Pink, $19,
7. Napoleon Perdis Total Bae
Own It! Mascara in Electric,
$29, 8. Revlon PhotoReady
Eye Art, $21.95, 9. Katy Perry
for Covergirl Katy Kat Eye
Mascara in Perry Blue, $18.95,
10. Revlon Super Length
“Colours are great for selfexpression
but to avoid looking
too OTT it’s best to keep your
cheeks and lips a little more subtle
and let your eyes do the talking.
To add just a splash of colour
try using blue, green or purple
eyeshadow as an eyeliner. Keep
it subtle by applying with a small
domed brush on the top lash line
and lashings of black mascara.
“If you’re feeling a little more
adventurous keep your bright
eyeshadow colour on the lid only
and blend using a more neutral
shade or bronzer for a seamless
finish. This allows you to show
off your pop of colour in a more
– Napoleon Perdis
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I feel beautiful when
I’m at peace with myself.
When I’m serene, when I’m
a good person, when I’ve
been considerate of others.
Are you a classic
beauty, an Instafamous
babe or a cosmetics
queen setting the
trends? Here’s what
your go-to makeup
?look says about you.
Let’s get personal. What’s your
go-to makeup look you can
never leave the house without?
Are you a lip-lining fanatic? Or a bold
brow aficionado? Or perhaps you’re
all about contouring? Whatever your
staple trend, there’s no denying that
your makeup look reveals more about
you than you may think!
We’ve hauled the products needed
to create three of the most common
As much as we love to talk
about (and try) the latest and
greatest makeup trends, we’ll
never forget about those classic,
tried-and-true looks. Whether it’s
the classic smoky eye, the freshfaced
beauty, the red lip or the
bold eyeliner, these are the timeless
makeup looks that are feminine,
polished and radiate confidence – it’s
a look we just can’t quit.
For a timeless face, start this look off
with a good quality primer. This will
ensure a perfect, fresh base and will
keep your makeup in place. For a
flawless complexion try a foundation
with a smooth, dewy finish. This look
is finished off perfectly with a rouge
“To stop lipstick from bleeding, line
your lips last. Begin by applying your
favourite lipstick over the entire lip.
Next, line lips using a sharpened lip
pencil. This will help keep the lip edge
looking crisp and prevent your lipstick
from smudging,” says makeup guru
“When applying a bold lipstick or
lip liner, a trick I use is to look in the
mirror and smile. This ensures the edges
of the lip are smooth and tight allowing
a crisp edge,” he explains.
1. Physicians Formula Eye
Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting
Eyeliner + Serum, $21.95.
High-tech formula enhances
the appearance of lashes
while providing the instant
definition of a liquid eyeliner
2. GloMinerals Eye Shadow Trio
in Copper Sheen, $45. With a
base tone, contouring shade and
highlighting colour, these earthy
highly pigmented shades are a
staple in every girl’s beauty kit.
3. Mavala Nail Colour Cream in
Singapore, $9. Exude confidence
and style with this bold, slick red.
10. Napoleon Perdis Matte Eye
Ink, $32. This versatile liquid liner
has a matte and budge-proof
finish for perfectly defined eyes.
11. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte
Tilbury Brow Lift, $45. Shape,
lift and shade with this 3-in-1
12. Colorescience Pressed
Foundation Natural Finish
SPF 20, $69.50. Barely there
formula gives skin a smooth,
natural finish to even out skin
tone. Buildable coverage for a
4. Napoleon Perdis DeVine
Goddess Lipstick in Aphrodite,
$38. This classic long-lasting red
will never go out of style.
5. MaxFactor Ageless Elixir
Miracle 2 in 1 Foundation and
Serum, $32.95. Soft-focus spheres
work to diffuse light across the
skin and blur the edges of fine
lines and wrinkles.
6. Dermalogica Hydrablur
Primer, $70. A primer that fuses
skin treatment and makeup
technology to optimise skin
health. Creates a blurring effect
on skin imperfections and flawless
canvas for makeup application.
7. Revlon ColorStay 24 Hr,
$34.95. Long-wearing foundation
designed with a time-release
technology to help minimise
touch-ups for 24 hours.
8. MODELROCK Liquid to Matte
Lipstick in Rock Out Red, $23.
Long lasting, featherweight,
yet highly pigmented liquid
to matte lipstick.
9. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye
Pen, $25.95. Create any look –
from soft to dramatic – with this
no-mess, precise liquid eyeliner.
13. Colorescience Beauty On
The Go Palette, $79.20.
Multi-use palette in classic
shades to bronze, contour,
conceal and enhance.
14. Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Gloss
in Rouge, $65. Creamy, highshine
gloss in an incredibly longwearing
and irresistible red.
15. ELES RetexturCreme Face
Primer SPF 20, $88. For flawless
makeup, use this as a protective
base. Keeps skin nourished and
hydrated and makeup looks
fresh for longer.
16. endota spa Lengthening
Mineral Mascara, $30. Achieve
maximum volume and length
in one stroke with this flake-free
17. Napoleon Perdis Colour
Disc in Blushing Bride, $29.
An eye-brightening shadow
with a hint of shimmer for an
18. endota spa Perfecting
Primer, $40. Pearlescent finish
that smooths over imperfections
and makes makeup application
You are an Instagram beauty
fiend. You’ve taken note of all the
standout swatches, 60-second
videos and you’re all over the Kylie lip
kits like no one’s business. You are a
selfie queen and your staple makeup look
is all about a flawless base, perfect bold
brows, neutral eyeshadow, lit cheekbones
and perfectly lined, soft-hued lips.
Everything. On. Fleek.
Strobe on, friend, strobe on.
Nail this look by starting with a flawless
foundation base, applying concealer to
cover any dark spots under the eyes.
Contour and highlight your features,
before perfecting your brows by filling and
shaping. The look is all in the perfectly matte
lips (don’t be afraid to line outside your
natural lip line).
“Make your pencil eyeliner stay put all day
long and avoid ‘raccoon-eyes’ by setting
with a small amount of eyeshadow. After
liner application, pat and press a dark matte
eyeshadow in a similar shade on top using a
small angled brush. The eyeshadow sets the
pencil and ensures a budge-proof result,”
1. Pearl Drops Instant Natural
White – Charcoal Innovation,
$11.99. Purple tooth polish
that instantly brightens
teeth and lifts stains, with
long-term whitening for
your best selfie yet.
2. Napoleon Perdis Wand-er
Brow, $29. Achieve brow
perfection with this precision
gel that defines and shapes
brows and sets them in place.
9. endota spa Instant Brows, $32.
Define and colour brows in one
swipe – contains fibres and gel to
create a thicker, fuller shape.
10. Napoleon Perdis Total Bae
Matte It! in Nude Addict, $19.
Creamy, colour-rich and kissproof
for all-day sexy lips.
11. MODELROCK Liquid to
Matte Lipstick in Born This
Way, $23. The ultimate beigepink
3. DOCTOR BABOR
Ultimate Wrinkle Filler, $106.
Hexapeptides help fill in
wrinkles and smooth
away fine lines for instantly
4. Revlon Photoready
Perfecting Primer, $29.95.
Start with the perfect
canvas with this soft, creamy
textured primer that smooths
and softens the skin.
5. Skindinavia The Makeup
Finishing Spray, $14.
The formulation works
as a makeup thermostat,
never letting makeup melt
or dry out.
6. Mavala Nail Colour
Cream in Basel, $8.50. This
warm taupe beige is both
timeless and contemporary. A
seriously divine colour that’s
also great for your nails too.
12. Charlotte Tilbury Feline
Flick, $49. Inspired by Japanese
calligraphy, this is an intense, finetipped
pen for fluid, clean lines
with no feathering or transfer.
13. Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Gloss
in Nude, $65. Creamy, glossy
and a true pink-beige, this divine
lacquer for your lips will enhance
your pout all day long.
14. Sisley Paris So Intense
Eyeliner, $78. Delivers intense
black colour with a matte finish
that won’t rub or flake off.
15. ELES Moisture Crème
Lipstick in Natural, $36.
Hyaluronic acid spheres fill in
deficits in the lip to plump lips
while providing rich colour and a
burst of hydration.
16. Revlon Colorstay Browmaker,
$25.95. Shape, fill and highlight
brows with this powder palette.
7. GloMinerals Cream Glaze
Crayon in Mimosa, $30.
Pucker up for the ultimate
selfie with this subtle splash
of coral for the ultimate sexy,
17. Garbo & Kelly Instagirl
Powder and Cream Contour
Palette, $70. Convenient beauty
meets Hollywood screen siren
in this all-you-need powder and
cream contour kit.
8. Revlon Colorstay Eye Liner
Crayon, $23.95. Add drama
and definition to your eyes
with this long-wear eyeliner
that glides on effortlessly.
18. PÜR Cosmetics Love Your
Selfie 2 Face Palette, $62.
Everything you need for the
perfect close-up. No need for
filters, these shades will take you
from day to night in one place.
Perfectly chiselled features and
beyond-bold eyes, this look is
all about expressing yourself.
From intense and experimental
makeup colours and textures, to
spidery long lashes and bright lips,
you’re never one to be a wallflower.
A little drama never hurt anyone!
Make your eyes pop with a daring eyeshadow shade,
adding a bold flick of eyeliner along the upper lash
and a pair of false lashes. Contour and highlight before
sweeping blush on your cheeks. Finish with a swipe
of bright lipstick.
Napoleon Perdis says it’s all in the colour
combinations. “Expand your makeup look by mixing
up your lipstick finish. Apply eyeshadows onto your
lipstick in either a matching or similar shade. This will not
only set your lipstick but also allows for endless colour
combinations. I adore a combination of red lipstick with
hot pink eye shadow,” he says.
1. Revlon PhotoReady Primer,
Shadow and Sparkle in Eclectic,
$25.95. Create a unique look with
this bold and captivating palette.
2. GloMinerals Royal Lip Crayon
in Regal Ruby, $30. Add definition
to your lips with this bombshell
colour that keeps lips hydrated
3. Mavala Nail Colour Cream in
Sao Paulo, $8.50. Modern and
complex, this blue-grey nail varnish
is glossy and long lasting.
4. Napoleon Perdis Color Disc in
Lucky Clover, $29. Give eyes a boost
with this pigment-rich, head-turning
clover green. The perfect shade to
make your eyes pop!
5. Napoleon Perdis Color Disc
in Angel Dust, $29. This delicate
champagne gold pearl is a beautiful
show-stopping shade. Mix and
match or wear alone for a simple,
yet angelic look.
6. Napoleon Perdis Color Disc in
High-voltage Violet, $29. Make a
statement with this ultimate colour
surge. Wear alone or mixed for
endless colour possibilities.
7. Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in
Black Diamond, $55. A twist pencil,
this intense eyeshadow is longlasting
and waterproof for a smoky
eye look that just won’t quit.
8. Katy Perry for Covergirl Katy
Kate Matte Lipstick in Perry Panther,
$17.95. Roar in this daring headturning
shade of pure dark. Demimatte
formula for a velvet finish.
9. ELES Superwear Gel Liner, $31.
Long live the eye pencil! Intense
one-stroke colour that’s easy to
apply, smudge-proof, long-lasting.
A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS,
EXCEPT WHEN YOU HAVE THE HELP OF
A TRUSTY INSTAGRAM FILTER. WE TAKE A
LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE.
WORDS BY ERIN DOCHERTY
whether you’re an avid shutterbug
or not, there’s no denying that
we now live in a selfie-obsessed
climate and, as a result, it’s essentially
becoming harder and harder to
With more than 300 million active
users on Instagram, who share on average
70 million photos a day, in the six years
since its launch we’ve shared over four times
more photos than there are human beings on
earth. Yep, wow. Easy to consume, fun to design,
Instagram is universal in language and it’s not going
anywhere anytime soon.
Instagram has become a key source of
communication – we can connect with friends and
like-minded people on a whole new level and convey
who we aspire to be and by whom we are inspired.
Whether it’s learning new makeup tricks, watching
workout guides, drooling over good food, indulging in
boutique online shopping or soaking up some design
inspo, Instagram has become an important and
multifaceted tool in today’s popular culture.
While digital media has lots to commend itself,
it has also inevitably changed the way we share our
day-to-day life, likes and dislikes, what are we doing,
eating, holidaying, etc. With its countless filters,
story-making options and collages, the trend of visuals
is essentially replacing text (the Egyptians were onto
something). But the danger is that Instagram can also
give a false perception of an often-unattainable life
and a distorted image of what’s perceived as ‘normal’.
From high fashion-worthy images, carefully edited
holiday pictures and selfies, sometimes it’s hard to
know where reality begins and where it ends. Day-today
life is all about framing a good shot – and filtering
the life out of it before posting it to the world.
Everyone looks better on social media. And that’s
the problem. The filtered life is inexplicably perfect
and it has many people dangerously stuck in a virtual
world of doubt and self-consciousness.
Are you living life
through a filter? Here
are a few things you
There is something wonderful about
just quietly being somewhere and
watching the world go by its business.
Taste savour your food instead of
snapping it; enjoy your surroundings
instead of checking in.
Ever walked in to oncoming foot
traffic? Or a telegraph pole? Don’t
pretend you haven’t; we’re all guilty.
Put your phone away and go to the
source. Look up and take in what’s
going on in the world around you – it’s a
pretty awesome place.
A tech curfew is a very credible thing.
Not only will it give you a chance to
sleep better but it will also give your
over-screened eyes and brain a rest.
While studies of Instagram’s effects
on our emotional states are limited,
studies of Facebook have shown
that the passive consumption of
our friends’ feeds and our own
social media posts can correlate
with feelings of loneliness and
In a joint research study conducted
at the Technical University of
Darmstadt and the Humboldt
University of Berlin in Germany,
led by Prof Peter Buxmann and
Dr Hanna Krasnova, Facebook
members were surveyed regarding
their feelings after using the platform.
“You get more explicit and implicit
cues of people being happy, rich
and successful from a photo than
from a status update,” says Dr
Krasnova. “A photo can very
powerfully provoke immediate social
comparison, and that can trigger
feelings of inferiority, [whereas] you
don’t envy a news story.”
Krasnova’s research has led her to
define what she calls an ‘envy spiral’.
“If you see beautiful photos of your
friend on Instagram,” she says, “one
way to compensate is to self-present
with even better photos, and then
your friend sees your photos and
posts even better photos, and so
on. Self-promotion triggers more
self-promotion, and the world on
social media gets further and further
While an envy spiral can unravel
just as easily on Facebook or Twitter,
Instagram is a test to your sense
of time. In an article on Slate.com,
Catalina Toma of the Department
of Communication Arts at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in
the US says, “You spend so much time
creating flattering, idealised images
of yourself, sorting through hundreds
of images for that one perfect picture,
but you don’t necessarily grasp that
everybody else is spending a lot of
time doing the same thing.”
Forty-nine percent of surgeons
reported patients wanting to stay
relevant and vital at work. In
more recent times social media has
become a huge instigator, with
42% of surgeons reporting patients
seeking cosmetic procedures to
look better in selfies, Instagram,
Snapchat, Facebook Live and other
The most requested procedures
were tailored to specific lifestyle
concerns. Eyelid procedures to look
less tired were reported as a rising
trend by 62 percent of members, as
well as patients seeking cosmetic
procedures due to dissatisfaction
with their profile (49%) and
patients requesting more prominent
itself, of course!)
Selena Gomez –
Ariana Grande –
Taylor Swift –
Kim Kardashian –
* as at 21 April, 2017
After spending lots of time
curating and filtering images, we
spend even more time staring at
other people’s carefully curated and
filtered images, assuming they didn’t
spend much time on them. And the
more you do that, Toma says, “the
more distorted your perception is
that their lives are happier and more
meaningful than yours.”
& plastic surgery
According to the American Academy
of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery members, two of the top
drivers for cosmetic procedures are
the desire to remain competitive
in the workforce and the impact of
Keeping it in
Photos and social media can be
an amazing tool to help preserve
memories and share aspects of
our lives with the world. Not only
can we share our lives with family
and friends near and far but we
can also connect with celebrities
and those who inspire us on
Social media platforms like
Instagram can essentially be seen as a
form of escapism – everyone aspires
to be a better version of themselves
and Instagram is just putting it in
front of us. Just take a look at the
What becomes important is
keeping it in check and knowing that
these pretty pictures don’t always
portray reality. What makes us all
beautiful is our uniqueness, so don’t
try to be anyone else. You can aspire
to be a better version of yourself,
but be comfortable and confident in
your own skin.
Don’t forget to switch off once in
a while and experience life through
your own eyes, not filtered ones. CBM
Eyebrows looking a little
worse for wear? wake up
eveyrday with a set
of amazing arches with
There’s no denying that eyebrows have
evolved. From barely there brows of
the ‘90s to the voluptuous eyebrows
of recent years, not to mention the
whimsical rainbow and sparkling
glitter brows currently on trend (yep,
it’s a thing!), your brows can seriously
transform your look.
Full brows not only look amazing but are also perceived
as a sign of youth. A thick rectangular ridge lifts the brow,
much like a good anti-wrinkle injection treatment.
However, more often than not maintaining your face
framers isn’t an easy task – especially if there’s not much
to maintain. If you have gaps in your eyebrows due to
scarring or over-plucking, alopecia, thinning brows or
Dark, heavy, pronounced brows,
tapering very slightly at the end – think
Brush-stroke brows – a rounder look,
with no noticeable peak, as seen on
Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Sophia
Vergara and Miranda Kerr.
Full, intense brows – following the style
made famous by models
Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins.
just barely there little sluggers, reshaping your brows
everyday can be a difficult and time-consuming task.
The answer? Look no further than the queen of
cosmetic tattooing, Sydney-based beauty guru Rita
Porreca. Founder of Sydney Permanent Makeup
Centre, Porreca is renowned for her artistry in cosmetic
tattooing, including her creation of beautiful,
defined eyebrows, taking brows to new heights of
sophistication and beauty.
There are a variety of different methods to achieve
the perfect long-lasting eyebrows, such as feathering,
shading, hair strokes, soft tap and blading
“Blading, soft tap and featuring all refer to a similar
method for eyebrow tattooing, performed with a hand
tool,” she explains. “Using a thin blade, a pattern is
applied to the brows and ink is applied over the top to
create a very natural look.”
Porreca takes a combined approach to achieve best-inclass
results for her clients, blending the blading method
with the permanent machine method to achieve a
long-lasting, natural look. “That way you can achieve
the natural, softer look of blading while enjoying the
longevity of the machine method,” she says.
Also a sought-after trainer for cosmetic tattooists,
Porreca stresses that consumers must do their research
and find an experienced tattooist that knows how to
incorporate many different techniques for a naturallooking
result. “The aim is always to create beautiful,
long-lasting brows,” she says.
“Results can last years in some cases, so it’s important
to get it right the first time and create a shape and
colour definition that’s perfect for you,” she says.
“An experienced cosmetic tattooist should know the
different methods for brow tattooing, and be able to tailor
their approach according to your individual look and
Eyebrow tattoos generally last from to two to four
years, with touch-up treatments every two years to
While trends come and go, there’s no doubt that
well-groomed eyebrows are something that will never go
out of style. CBM
‘Eyebrows On Fleek’
When Kim K posted a photo of her bleached
brows with the hashtag #EyebrowsOnFleek back in
2014, the beauty world went nuts.
Like #BrowGameStrong, the phrase has taken over
social media. But what exactly does it mean?
Fleek – which is a variation of “flick,” a word well known to
makeup-lovers – is when eyebrows are perfectly groomed,
filled and shaped. In essence, “brows on point” and
“brows on fleek” are the same thing.
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Where to get it
Sydney Permanent Makeup Centre, Five Dock NSW
Ph 02 9712 4133 www.spmuc.com.au
Let’s talk about lips
It’s no secret that the popularity of lip augmentation
procedures has exploded in recent years. We take a look
at the buzz behind big beautiful pouts. words by erin docherty
t’s one of the most
cosmetic procedures and it’s
not slowing down anytime
soon. Yep, you guessed it:
Full, sensual lips have long
been considered an aesthetic ideal.
However, thanks to selfies,
big lips are “trending” like
never before. Many point the finger
at photo-sharing apps and popular
Internet celebs, models and bloggers.
It’s been said that there is one lip
augmentation procedure in the US
every 20 seconds.
“In 2017, people are much more
aware of treatments such as lip
augmentation; they’re relatively
affordable and accessible to everyone,
not just celebrities,” says Sylvia Down,
Practice Manager at Skin Renu laser
and skin rejuvenation clinic.
“Social media, ‘it’ girls, supermodels
and bloggers present an open forum
for individuals to see what’s available,”
she says. “Beautiful full lips are now
available to those not naturally
blessed with a longed-for pout.”
As we grow older, our lips tend
to lose volume. Most people have
the procedure to achieve plumper
lips, which is mostly associated
with youth. The ageing process is a
natural process in which cells begin
to renew themselves more slowly.
Environmental effects, pollution, sun
exposure, stress and smoking can all
speed up and exacerbate the natural
ageing process. Lip enhancement can
help reverse this process and bring
back (or create) that perfect pout.
So, what kind of lip look is
actually trending? Are people
requesting the full style Kylie Jenner
lip? Or are they opting for a more
natural enhancement? Sylvia
says that generally a fuller lip
with more natural appearance is
the favoured look.
“Younger women will often want
lips similar to models or celebrities
they admire regardless of whether or
not it would suit them,” warns Sylvia.
“However, taking the time to explain
how the procedure will be customised
for their own natural lip and features
helps patients make a decision that
won’t result in a disproportionate lip
augmentation. Most women want
their partners, friends and family to
react to them with ‘you look lovely’,
not ‘what have you done?!”’
What does a
Lip augmentation can be anything
that enhances your lips, but the use
of dermal fillers and injecting your
own fat into their lips are the top
procedures (with dermal fillers by far
being the most popular).
“Patients see a doctor in the clinic,
as dermal fillers are a Schedule 4
product (meaning it’s a prescriptiononly
medicine),” Sylvia explains.
“On arrival, patients are given a
the injection but a local topical
anaesthetic can also be applied
The dermal filler is injected via a
fine needle or cannula to give the
discussed desired effect; the treatment
is complete within a few minutes.
In terms of longevity of results, it
generally depends on which dermal
filler is used; your metabolism and
lifestyle can also impact on the
longevity of the filler. “On average
one can expect between 4-8 months,
but each person is different and the
amounts used varies.”
1. Kylie Jenner
2. Jennifer Lawrence
3. Angelina Jolie
5. Scarlett Johansson
consent form to read, which
outlines the procedure, its risks and
potential side effects. The patient
is asked to sign the consent only if
it is clear to them, or to wait and
ask the doctor if they do not
understand or if they have any
questions or concerns regarding the
consent and the treatment.”
“The doctor explains the procedure
and the patient’s suitability is
assessed, any questions the patient
has are answered and only then is the
patient treated, by either the doctor
or a registered nurse.”
Most dermal fillers have a local
anaesthetic in their formulation to
make them more comfortable during
Sylvia’s final tips? “See someone
experienced and go in with realistic
expectations – remember, Gigi
Hadid’s lips may not suit your face.
Ask questions and remember: more
does not always mean better,” she
stresses. “What suits your friend may
not suit you.”
“In my opinion, price is what you
pay and value is what you get, so
cheaper doesn’t automatically mean
better. Find an experienced injector
who takes time to consult with you
and answer your questions before
treatment. A follow-up appointment
two weeks later when the dermal
filler has settled and the swelling has
subsided is always a good idea.” CBM
TO GET IT
Skin Renu Laser &
Skin Rejuvenation Clinic
Ph 02 9555 9506
THERE’S NOW AN EASY WAY TO
CREATE THE LOOK
OF AN EYELIFT TO MAKE YOU
LOOK YOUNGER, FRESHER AND
HAPPIER, WITHOUT GOING
UNDER THE KNIFE.
Heavy or hooded eyelids?
Sagging skin around your
eyes? An eyelift isn’t your
only option. Say hello to Lids By
Design – the new completely
non-invasive way to create wider,
brighter, more youthful-looking eyes.
Gaining a loyal following in the
US and now in Australia, Lids By
Design is a simple yet ingenious
beauty solution to lift the eyelids and
transform your appearance.
The effects of ageing cause collagen
and elasticity around our eyes to
diminish, resulting in excess skin in
the natural fold of the lid. Heavy,
hooded lids can be bothersome in
more ways than one. In the past there
was a significant lack of options for
people who didn’t want to undergo
surgery – until Lids By Design.
Made of medical-grade quality
tape and designed for both men and
women, Lids By Design is applied to
the eyelid, hiding the excess skin in
the natural fold of the lid.
A safe, non-invasive solution,
Lids By Design is an easy and effective
way to temporarily conceal issues
such as sagging skin, asymmetrical
eyes, and heavy lids that can disturb
For those who are on the fence
about deciding whether or not to go
under the knife, it’s also a clever way
to get a sneak preview of how you will
likely look following a procedure.
Lids By Design is comfortable,
breathable and virtually invisible
and can be worn either alone or
If you have excess skin over
your eyelid, whether it’s just starting
to become noticeable or an issue that
has existed for years, Lids By Design
could be an option for you. Suitable
for both male and females, the strips
are designed for one-time use and are
quick and easy to apply (once you get
the hang of it).
Part of your regular skincare and
makeup regimen, you can simply
apply a strip to your eyelid each
morning and dispose of them before
you go to bed.
Lids By Design Lift allows you
to brighten your eyes and take
years off your appearance – simply,
quickly with minimal effort
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AFTER immediate application of Lids By Design
AFTER immediate application of Lids By Design
TO GET IT
Lids By Design is distributed
in Australia by Bella Aesthetics.
to purchase online or call
02 9398 2755. RRP $69.95 for
80 strips (40 days’ wear).
Ultraformer III is the latest non-surgical technology
on our radar, offering face and neck tightening
with no downtime. Words by Erin Docherty
our skin is the largest organ
of your body and it plays a
big role in the way others
perceive your attractiveness and
healthiness, so why not keep it
looking its best?
Just as you work to keep your
body fit and trim, your skin needs a
helping hand too, especially when the
signs of ageing take their toll.
To keep your skin looking young
and healthy, sunscreen, exercise and
nutritional eating is key. However, to
help with damage already done, there
are now many different avenues you can
take to lessen an ageing appearance.
One of the newest and most advanced
technologies in the non-surgical
enhancement space is Ultraformer III
– a quick, non-invasive approach that
tightens skin on the face and neck.
“Ultraformer III ticks all the boxes:
great results, no downtime, and minimal
side effects and discomfort,” says WA
cosmetic doctor Dr Serene Lim.
With more than 10 million
treatments performed worldwide, it goes
without saying Ultraformer III is a firm
favourite among patients and doctors
alike. Completely customisable, it offers
natural-looking improvement and can
postpone the need for surgical face
“We all lose collagen at a rate of
5-10% a year after the age of 25 or so.
Stimulating the body’s own regenerative
process early on, before it reaches the
point of no return, can potentially
negate the need for facelift surgery
when performed correctly in the right
patient,” says NSW cosmetic doctor
Dr Danae Lim.
and what are the
Distributed by Cryomed, Ultraformer
III uses a form of energy called Micro
and Macro-Focused Ultrasound
energy (MMFU) to heat tissues and
At certain depths the collagen is
heated and the surrounding tissues are
activated to produce new collagen.
At more superficial levels there is
the added advantage of brightening
and improving skin texture due to a
process where the re-organisation of
collagen fibres occur.
“Ultraformer III leads the way in
anti-ageing, stimulating the body’s
own collagen production by heating
deep tissue planes specifically to
tighten up the SMAS, or facelift
layer. It addresses the cause of skin
laxity and not just the symptoms,”
says Dr Danae Lim.
“We use the Ultraformer III in
our TightSkin program,” says VIC
cosmetic dermatologist Dr Michael
Rich. “It works extremely well to
lift facial tissue, is a very comfortable
walk-in walk-out treatment, and
requires very few treatments for
great results. Newer devices like
the Ultraformer III have really
improved clinical outcomes for
Ultraformer III has a range of
amazing benefits that make it a highly
accessible and tailored treatment for
a variety of individual skin concerns
and skin types.
It is commonly used to lift the brow
and forehead, the under-eye area,
cheeks, mid-face, jaw line and neck.
With the addition of the new MF2
cartridge, treatment areas are almost
limitless and previously ‘hard-toreach’
areas like around the eyes, lines
above the upper lip or enlarged pores
on the nose can be treated with ease.
“Even clients who have had
eyelid surgery say their eyelids are
lifted further and, more importantly,
the texture of their eyelid skin is
improved after the MF2,” says Dr
“As the forehead is not a flat
surface, the slim MF2 cartridge can
be manoeuvred to treat the area more
precisely, improving the skin texture
and lifting the eyes (like a brow lift)
as the connective tissue is restored.”
Not only does it address wrinkles
but it also lifts the skin and improves
texture, tone and pore size. Dr Serene
it’s a gamechanger.
lines can be
Lim has undergone an Ultraformer
MF2 treatment on her own eyelids
and is impressed with the results.
“Droopy eyelids run in my family.
I was determined not to go down
the surgical path and that spurred
me to research alternatives. The
Ultraformer III MF2 has lifted my
eyelids after just one treatment. I’m
very happy with the results!” she says.
“The Ultraformer III with the
MF2 is a game changer in cosmetic
enhancement – sagging necks,
eyes and jaw lines can be treated
non-surgically with no downtime.
Every layer of the skin can be
treated separately so treatment is
tailored according to the individual’s
requirements,” says Dr Serene Lim.
In the past, treatment of darker
skin types such as Asian skin could
lead to the risk of post inflammatory
hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is
notoriously difficult to fade.
“When treating Asian skin it is
important to note that due to the
risks of PIH, energy-based devices
should be used with caution,” says
Dr Danae Lim. “The skin needs
to be prepped appropriately with
active ingredients to improve cell
turnover for patients who have
never had any medical-grade
“Ultraformer is non-invasive, with
no skin penetration and therefore
no risk of hyperpigmentation or
scarring if performed correctly.
Radiofrequency devices, on the other
hand, typically cannot deliver energy
to deep layers without penetrating
the skin. With the Ultraformer III
ultrasound technology, the deeper
levels are targeted with virtually
no side effects, bar some slight
tenderness/swelling post treatment,”
explains Dr Danae Lim.
Generally one treatment is
sufficient, with re-treatment every
18-24 months. Skin starts to look
brighter in as little as three weeks,
with further improvements and skin
tightening results visible from around
six weeks onwards as new collagen is
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We share our problem-solving secrets,
fave products and good-to-know tips
for complexion perfection.
Words by Erin Docherty
e’ve all been there. You wake up
to find your skin in some kind of
revolt and don’t know how to fix it.
While we may never be completely
protected against the bad guys such
as blemishes, under-eye circles, brown
spots and redness, thanks to the wide
range of ace products on the market, we
can come close.
We bring you our expert tips to tackle
tricky skincare woes, as well as the products
you need to engage in your beauty battle.
Ready. Aim. Fire!
You have a big event coming up
and a massive pimple has decided
to be your plus one. So not cool.
However, thanks to the beauty gods
there are a some excellent blemishspecific
products out there to help
us mere mortals tackle those tricky
Acne-fighting salicylic acid-based
products pack a real punch when it
comes to pimple-zapping goodness.
Bacteria-fighting benzoyl peroxide is
another hero ingredient to look out
for in a good spot treatment.
Apply during the day to help clear
up your skin and keep it that way.
At night, dry that bad boy out
and apply a sulfur-containing spot
treatment, which will dry out the
In the words of “Dr Pimple
Popper” (aka dermatologist and
Instagram sensation Dr Sandra Lee),
know when you pop and know
when you stop. With more than
two million followers on Instagram,
Dr Pimple Popper is the woman
behind those gross but fascinating
Dr Lee recommends not popping
your pimples in order to prevent
redness and scarring, but since
we all know we’re going to do it
anyway, she says that if you have to
pop, use a tool or a sterilised pen.
She uses a comedone extractor,
a stainless steel tool to remove
blackheads and reduce swollen
blemishes with less trauma (not to
mention by germy fingers).
Once you’ve popped your pimple,
it is essential to keep the area clean.
“I usually try to dry it up a little bit
with a topical acne spot treatment
with a little benzoyl peroxide or an
antibiotic in it,” says Dr Lee. “You
want something that’s antibacterial
and anti-inflammatory, so it helps to
And then you leave it alone! The
less you touch it, the more it will calm
down and be less likely to spread to
other areas of the face.
Napoleon Perdis Total Bae
- Hide It! Uh-huh Honey, $29
Emergency pimple crisis?
Crush up an aspirin and
add a drop of water to it to
create a paste. This helps
minimise any inflammation.
Another hot tip is to
squeeze some whitening
eye drops directly on the
culprit to help take the
redness out. Be careful to
ensure the eye dropper
does not make contact with
your skin – no one wants
an eye infection! Most
importantly, relax. It will
1. Arbonne Clear Future
Exfoliating Blemish Pads,
$62, 2. Bobbi Brown
Remedies Skin Clarifier
Pore & Oil Control, $66,
3. Dermalogica Clear
Start Breakout Clearing
Emergency Spot Fix, $26,
4. Medik8 Blemish Control
Pads, $46.95, 5. Aspect
Gold Stop Spot, $15.40,
6. Ultraceuticals Ultra
Clear Spot Treatment, $35,
7. Trilogy Blemish Control
Gel, $20.95, 8. asap Clear
Complexion Gel, $50,
9. Jurlique Blemish Cream,
$32, 10. Arbonne Clear
Future Intensive Blemish
Calming Lotion, $41,
11. Skinstitut Glycolic
Scrub 14%, $45, 12. SUKIN
Detoxifying Clay Masque,
$15.95, 13. First Aid
Beauty (FAB) Skin Rescue
Deep Cleanser with Red
If you’ve spent your fair share of time in the sun,
freckles and other forms of pigmentation will
rear their ugly heads. Dark spots are the result of
an increase in the production of melanin, due to
prolonged exposure to the sun. This leads to patchy
pigmentation and brownish spots on uncovered
parts of the skin.
While laser and skin brightening procedures
are a surefi re way of fi ghting the uphill battle
of pigmentation, there are some key skincare
ingredients that can help you gets great results.
Research has shown that a high concentration of
Vitamin C can signifi cantly improve brown spots
and, combined with a skin-lightener that contains
hydroquinone, you can see results that are even
more dramatic. Koji acid is another commonly
used ingredient in treating pigmentation as it
provides a natural skin lightening treatment with
If there’s one thing you can do, it’s this: wear
sunscreen! Daily. Not only does it help prevent
potentially fatal skin cancer but it also protects
your skin from harmful UV rays – the culprit
behind most brown spots. According to a recent
Austrian study, when photos of women were
modifi ed to enhance uneven skin tone, the same
women were judged as older and less attractive
than when they had more abundant (and deeper)
wrinkles. Bottom line: brown spots can make you
look older so, keep your skin spot-free and don’t
skip the SPF!
1. Sisley Paris Intensive Dark Spot Corrector, $175
2. Essano Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $35
3. SUKIN Detoxifying Facial Scrub, $12.95
4. Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Salve Restoring Treatment, $66
is fi ckle and can be hard to tackle. If your face
looks red or fl ushed, it can be due to a variety of things
such as alcohol, your lifestyle, your genes or simply your
skincare regimen. There are several ways to help correct
and calm skin redness for a complexion more even in
colour and tone. Read on!
Be sure to use facial skincare products that do not
contain irritating ingredients; look for fragrance-free
and hypoallergenic. Skin irritation can lead directly to
infl ammation and redness.
Common ingredients found in facial products that can
irritate your skin include fragrances, alcohol, lavender
and linalool. The name of the game is ‘gentle’, so avoid
scrubbing and any abrasive cleansing tools. Look for
calming serums with antioxidant-rich plant extracts to
keep dryness at bay and help diminish skin redness and
Remember, the sun can be a big player in facial
redness so make sure you always use a SPF15 or greater
titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to protect your skin.
1. Medik8 Redness Corrector, $134
2. Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin
Relief Calming Algae Complex, $66
A great way to immediately calm facial redness
is with a DIY oatmeal mask, which helps soothe
itching and redness of the skin.
Oatmeal has a moisturising effect on the
skin, but also absorbs oil and can be beneficial
for acne. It’s been shown to have moisturising,
soothing, protective and anti-inflammatory
properties and a low potential for irritation and
very low chance of allergies. Win!
Mix a couple of teaspoons of 100% pure oatmeal
with enough water to make a mask. Apply it to your
skin and let it dry for 10 minutes, then rinse off.
Green tea is also a great natural antiinflammatory,
and will help bring down the redness
and calm puffiness. Boil water, and steep 4-6
teabags for 5 minutes. Then soak a washcloth in
the tea and rest the cloth on your face once cool.
Whether it’s been a big night on the town, a
sleepless night, or skin that is just totally stressed
out, we all know the feels.
Dark eye bags are thanks to tiny broken
capillaries, which can show through as dark
patches. There are a variety of factors that
can make them appear more prominent, so
taking a holistic approach will make them a
thing of the past.
While lack of sleep could be the culprit to
those dark circles, feeling stressed out, having
allergies or irritation from rubbing your eyes
could also be a factor.
Banish dark circles by making sure you get
enough sleep, don’t rub your eyes (the under-eye
is so delicate) and remember to wear sunglasses
for UVA/UVB protection.
Also, make sure you are getting enough iron
(red meat, leafy greens, nuts and seeds). If you
have low iron in your blood, haemoglobin
(which carries oxygen) can break down more
easily, causing the thin skin below the eyes to
appear dark or bruised.
Lastly, try and lower those stress levels! When
you’re stressed, more blood is directed to your
main organs, leaving you with a drained and
discoloured appearance. This also makes dark
circles more noticeable. What’s more is that
stress can cause the fragile capillaries around the
eyes to break or leak blood, resulting in that dark
1. Medik8 Dark Circles, $89
2. Dr. LeWinn’s Instant Beauty
Radiance Booster, $49.95
3. Sisley Paris Botanical D-Tox, $270
4. Mesoesetetic Anti-Stress Face Mask, $98
5. Benefit The Porefessional Primer, $53
6. Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask, $55
7. Société Clinical Skincare Rejuvenating Peptide
Gel Mask, $130
You’ve got an event on and you only want to take
one bag, not three. We need those dark circles to
get packing straight away, so here’s what to do:
Apply haemorrhoid cream under your eyes. Why?
The primary ingredient used in haemorrhoid
treatment cream is phenylephrine, which acts to
restrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. A peasized
amount is all you need! Gently apply it with
You wake up and you have alligator-like skin and
you don’t know what the heck you’ve done wrong.
You haven’t changed your skin routine, didn’t
eat anything weird, it hasn’t changed seasons
overnight… so what gives?.
Skin that is lacking moisture usually appears dull
and dehydrated – and scaly, fl aky skin can be really
hard to cover up. It can feel tight, rough and scaly.
Luckily there are some super-simple ways to keep your
complexion hydrated from the inside out so you can
wake up with healthy, naturally glowing skin every
day. Take that, dryness!
For starters, slabbing a tub of cream all over your
face ain’t gonna help. What your skin needs are
water-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid that
ensure water is kept in your skin for longer. This
skin-loving ingredient is a sure way to provide intense
When your skin is screaming for moisture, try a
hydrating mask on top of your serum, which will
create a barrier and force the moisturising ingredients
in your serum to penetrate the skin.
Exfoliation is also a key step in making sure
your skin absorbs all the hydrators you’re applying.
Exfoliation will remove the dead skin cells from the
top layer of the skin and ensure the ingredients can
get to work and do their job.
And lastly, make sure you get into that H 2
O like it’s
nobody’s business. The recommended eight glasses of
water will help keep your skin healthy and plump.
Napoleon Perdis Collagen Hydrogel Face Mask, $15
Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Moisture Solution – Intense
Rehydration Compound, $66
Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel, $45
Need a quick fix for dry, flaky skin? Splash some warm water on
your face and gently exfoliate for about a minute. DIY exfoliator by
combining raw honey with Greek yoghurt, and add a few teaspoons
of chia seas (depending on how much exfoliation you need).
If you have a little bit of time on your hands, go for an all-over raw
honey mask for 10 minutes. Hellooo, gorgeous!
behind the most popular
New data fresh from the US reveals record numbers in
aesthetic procedures, plus some surprising new entries.
Words by Erin Docherty
Cosmetic surgery continues
its to be a booming business,
with recent statistics from
the US showing that Americans
spend more than US$15 billion on
This is the largest amount spent on
cosmetic surgery since the American
Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
(ASAPS) began its Cosmetic Surgery
National Data Bank in 1997.
Although there is no definitive
data about cosmetic surgery data
in Australia, we typically follow
American statistics to provide an
insight into emerging and changing
trends on our own shores.
According to the latest 2016
statistics from the US, surgical
procedures account for 56% and
non-surgical for 44%.
Of note is the surge in fat transfer
to the breast (up 41% since 2015),
labiaplasty (up 23%), buttock lifts
(up 21%), fat transfer to the face
(up 17%) and breast implant removal
Liposuction remains the most
popular surgical procedure for the
fourth year running. According to
Dr John Flynn from Cosmedic &
Skin Clinic in Southport, QLD,
there are a number of reasons
contributing to the procedure’s
popularity. “Liposuction techniques
have significantly advanced over the
past several years, thus minimising
potential risks and problems,” he
says. “I believe doctors performing
liposuction are also better trained and
therefore yielding better results.”
Despite its stronghold at the top,
Dr Flynn cautions that prospective
patients should view liposuction
as more of a contouring procedure,
rather than a weight loss alternative.
Breast augmentation remained
somewhat steady, coming in as the
second-most popular procedure with
a marginal increase of 1.5% compared
with last year’s figures. “In terms of
breast augmentation, what we have
noticed is a change in size. Patients
are now happy to choose smaller sized
implants. The days of big, oversized
breast implants are very much
behind us,” says Dr Flynn.
The number of women who no
longer want their implants and
choose to have them surgically
removed has increased by 13.4%,
while breast lifts have risen by 8.4%.
“Removal of breast implants for
this reason has not been common
in my practice. It is valuable to
consider that it is common for older
patients to require a breast lift down
the line. So for those older patients
who have had breast implants
in the past, a higher proportion
of breast lifts are performed in
combination with implant removal.
Of course, breast removal and
replacement is a common procedure
for complications,” says Dr Flynn.
most popular nonsurgical
Non-surgical procedures saw
the most significant increases in
photorejuvenation skin treatments
(up 36% on last year), non-surgical
skin tightening (up 12%) and
botulinum toxin injections (up 8%).
Botulinum toxin injections
surpassed the 4.5 million mark for
the number of procedures performed.
Together with dermal fillers, the two
procedures have maintained the #1
and #2 spots for most popular nonsurgical
procedures for eight years
running. Overall, injectables saw a
10% increase in 2016.
microdermabrasion off the list of top
5 non-surgical procedures, and laser/
IPL hair reduction decreased by 8.9%.
“Pigmentation and sun-damaged
skin are common skin concerns,
particularly in a climate like
Australia’s, and a non-surgical
approach to improving the tone,
texture and appearance of the skin
is certainly a growing trend here as
well,” says Dr Flynn.
are presented with
options. in other
These less drastic procedures
promise shorter recovery times and
fewer risks, however Dr Flynn stresses
that patients must have realistic
expectations of results.
“Non-invasive procedures can’t
achieve the same results as invasive
procedures such as a facelift. While
the complexity and downtime are
reduced, so too does the end result
and longevity of the result.”
What do these stats
mean for us?
So, why the continual rise in
cosmetic procedures? And how do
these stats compare to Australia?
The numbers have been steadily
increasing year-over-year for a
variety of reasons. People now want
to remain competitive in a youthcentric
workforce and younger
generations are recognising the value
in preventative anti-ageing care.
Dr Flynn says, “Australia has a
healthy economy and an overall
reasonable disposable income.
For the younger age group, social
media is a prominent influencer. Lip
fillers, breast implant surgery and
liposculpting are popular among this
“For the most part, however, it’s
the older age group who have the
disposable income to invest in
enhancing themselves. One of most
commonly performed procedures in
my practice is blepharoplasty of
the lower and upper eyelids.
Excess skin obstructing the eye
or overhanging/hooding eyelids
goes hand in hand with the ageing
process and sun exposure.”
As cosmetic procedures have
become increasingly advanced
and finessed, prospective
patients are presented with more
personalised options in both the
surgical and non-surgical categories.
In other words, there’s something
“Something that drives this is
awareness that cosmetic procedures
can be performed with less downtime,
less risk and with natural-looking
outcomes,” says Dr Flynn.
Whether it’s with a needle, knife
or energy-based device, the prognosis
of cosmetic enhancement looks
decidedly healthy. CBM
Dr John Flynn
Cosmedic & Skin Clinic, Southport, Qld
Ph 1300 88 13 88
Some serious advancements in technology now offer
permanent fat reduction with no downtime or surgery.
It can be challenging to pound
the pavement or hit the gym
when the mercury drops and
mugs of hot chocolate and plates
of pasta beckon. To help your
weight stay on track this winter,
and to give sensible eating
and regular exercise a little
helping hand, you may be
interested in the non-sweat
way to trim down.
Living in the 21st century
is a wonderful thing –
there’s the internet, pretty
much everything Apple
and The Bachelor, to name
but a few highlights. And
now there’s non-surgical
permanent fat reduction.
Over the past couple of
decades liposuction surgery
has risen to become the
most popular cosmetic
procedure. But not
everyone needs or is
willing to undergo surgery
to remove excess fat and
reshape the body.
advancements in the field
of fat reduction now offer
that can achieve noticeable
results with no downtime,
no surgery and minimal (if
This type of procedure doesn’t
require any anaesthesia and is
performed in your doctor’s clinic.
There is normally zero downtime,
only some mild discomfort and
results are permanent if you
maintain your weight.
Best candidates are people with
small to localised fat deposits
(think muffin top or some extra
belly fat), but not for larger scale
There are several fat-reduction
devices on the market and all
use some form of energy – be
it radiofrequency, ultrasound,
freezing temperatures or
hyperthermic laser – to target and
destroy selected fat cells while
leaving surrounding tissues and
Cooltech (which uses
SculpSure (using laser
technology to destroy up to 24
percent of fat in the treated
area) and enCurve (a more
gentle, yet just as effective,
way to reduce fat cells using
radiofrequency energy) are
our top picks in this space.
Temporary side effects
may include swelling and
redness immediately after
treatment, which should
subside within a few hours
to a few days. Results can be
seen around four to six weeks
after treatment as the body
naturally metabolises the
Generally, a series of
treatments per area achieves
noticeable, measurable results,
although some patients note
a significant circumferential
reduction in the area after the
There’s no doubt that these
body shaping procedures are a
huge leap forward for the industry
and represent the beginning
of a booming new area of body
Stubborn fat that won’t budge?
There’s a solution for that.
From the jelly belly to the muffin
top to the bingo wings, there
are some areas of fat that just
won’t budge – no matter how much
diet and exercise you do.
Now, there’s an easier way to get
rid of fat and re-contour the body,
without the dreaded downtime
associated with surgery. It’s called
enCurve and it permanently kills your
fat, so you can get ready to flaunt a
smoother, sleeker and trimmer body
all year round.
How does it work?
enCurve is a body-sculpting device,
which targets and permanently
kills fat cells using non-contact
radiofrequency (RF) technology.
Using a special frequency
(27.12MHz), enCurve selectively
targets and gently heats 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 process is called natural
apoptosis and it results in a sleeker
body contour in the treatment area.
A 27.12MHz frequency is the
magic number for permanent fat
cell death because it is more highly
absorbed by the fat cell. These cells
are more responsive than the cells in
the epidermis, dermis or muscles and
leaves them unaffected, making this
frequency ideal for body contouring.
enCurve is a highly versatile
treatment that can be tailored to fi t
a variety of body types and contours.
It consists of two different applicators
that can be positioned over the
abdomen and fl anks at the same time,
effectively treating two areas at once.
The breakthrough fat reduction
device also features a unique system
called Personalized Impedance
(PISA), whereby every treatment is
completely personalised in order to
deliver the best clinical outcome.
SO, WHAT’S INVOLVED?
Treatment with enCurve is
generally quite quick and lasts
between 30 to 60 minutes,
involving minimal discomfort and
generally no downtime.
The applicator is positioned over
your abdomen and fl anks at the same
time, and you will feel gentle warmth
as the energy penetrates and it begins
to heat your epidermis and dermis.
Unlike other non-invasive fat
reduction devices, enCurve is never
in direct contact with the skin, so
no heat is transferred directly to
enCurve has the ability to target
two areas at once. Not only can it
be used on the abdomen and fl anks
but it can also simultaneously target
stubborn fat on the upper arms,
thighs or buttocks.
The treatment is comfortable,
convenient and the majority of
patients report minimal discomfort,
with most only experiencing a
slight warming sensation on
After the treatment you may
experience a little redness, however
this usually disappears within
12-24 hours. Apart from this, there is
generally no downtime and enCurve
treatment has minimal side effects,
so you may immediately return to
your daily activities.
HOW ABOUT THE
The percentage of fat cells reduced
depends on the amount of fat cells
originally present. In terms of
circumferential reduction, it ranges
from 2cm to 18cm, with the average
The number of sessions required
depends on your individual body
contours and your overall treatment
goals. Generally four to six treatments
Drink plenty of water, at least two
litres a day starting three days
before treatment. Continue this
several days after the treatment
as well, as it assists in helping your
body flush out the fat cells.
are recommended once a week for
best results, however you’ll begin to
see results after the second session.
Your doctor will recommend a
treatment course that is right for
you and will discuss the number
of treatments required to produce
optimal fat blasting results.
While people with a lower BMI
and small pockets of stubborn fat will
still see a reduction after treatment
with enCurve, the most dramatic
results and greatest circumference loss
will be seen in patients with a higher
TO GET IT
To find a practitioner in your area head to
www.advancedcosmeceuticals.com.au or call
1800 242 011 for more details.
SAY GOODBYE TO ANNOYING LUMPS, BUMPS
AND STUBBORN POCKETS OF FAT WITH THIS
QUICK AND TOTALLY VERSATILE TREATMENT.
WORDS BY ERIN DOCHERTY
If you have an area of stubborn fat
that won’t budge, or if you want
to get rid of unwanted cellulite,
truSculpt fat and cellulite reduction is
a quick ‘no-fuss’ treatment that could
be the solution for you.
Completely non-invasive, truSculpt
is the latest technology in fat and
cellulite reduction. Distributed in
Australia by Cutera, truSculpt has
recently been approved in the US by
the FDA for permanent fat reduction.
“When I was first introduced to the
truSculpt device I was really hesitant
to give it a go. There are so many fat
removal devices on the market and
the before and after pictures I had
seen for truSculpt seemed far too good
to be true,” says Practice Manager
Samantha Reeve from SKIIN in
Melbourne. “I decided that the
only way I was going to comfortably
recommend these treatments to my
patients was if I could trust that the
treatments work, so I decided to
treat an area of my own stubborn fat.
Let’s just say I have performed a lot
of treatments for many happy clients
since my truSculpt trial!”
WHAT IS IT AND HOW
DOES IT WORK?
truSculpt effectively reduces stubborn
deposits of fat located anywhere
on the body and multiple areas
can be treated in a single session.
It is completely versatile and can
be tailored to meet the needs of
“truSculpt is ideal for the treatment
of small, stubborn pockets of fat –
especially those that tend to remain,
even with strict diet and exercise.
Saddlebags, love handles, tummies
and thigh gaps are just a few examples
of areas that we have successfully
treated with truSculpt,” says Reeve.
truSculpt is a simple and
comfortable way to deeply heat tissue
and melt fat. It is an energy-based
device that uses radio frequency (RF),
which is transmitted through the
skin’s surface to selectively target and
kill stubborn fat cells. This reduces
bulging fat pockets and results in
slimmer, tighter skin.
Once these fat cells die, they will
not grow back. They will be naturally
metabolised and excreted by the body.
“The main point of difference is
in the adjunctive skin tightening
and almost completely discomfortfree
treatments. It is also able to be
used on all skin types, light or dark,”
In a study in Lasers in Surgery and
Medicine by Sugawara et al, it was
found that truSculpt was effective in
fat reduction and tightening of the
lower face without complications,
discomfort or downtime, with
patients experiencing an obvious
difference after weekly treatments
over the course of five weeks.
The results were still maintained
two months after the treatments
and it was noted that patients were
highly satisfied with the fat reduction
and tightening effect.
WHAT DOES TRUSCULPT
truSculpt is an incredibly simple
procedure that involves very minimal
discomfort or risks. Once the area
has been cleansed and the applicator
pad has been attached to your
treatment area, the handpiece is
held in contact with your skin for
four-minute pulse durations. The
total procedure generally involves
the application of 16 pulses that can
cover one of two areas and the entire
treatment will last about one hour.
“I generally treat one to two areas
at a time. Although there is no real
limit to the amount of areas that can
be treated in one sitting,” says Reeve.
truSculpt is a comfortable
procedure and does not require any
anaesthetics or gel. Unlike some
other systems, with truSculpt there is
no pinching, no hot spots and no risk
of under treated/untreated areas.
You will usually experience a
gentle warming sensation on the
treatment site (the fat needs to be
heated to 46 degrees). However
this will only last for each pulse
duration (4 minutes) before the
handpiece is moved to another
treatment area. What’s more,
the temperature can be adjusted
depending on your comfort level.
“Other than the skin being
slightly pink post procedure, there
is no downtime with truSculpt
treatments,” says Reeves.
AND THE RESULTS?
Visible results can usually be seen in
as little as four weeks, with maximum
results taking up to 12 weeks.
The number of treatments varies
depending on the areas you wish
to have treated and your desired
results. “For best results, I normally
recommend between two and four
treatments spaced four to six weeks
apart,” says Reeves.
“My typical patients are healthy
individuals who have stubborn
pockets of fat remaining in areas
despite their best efforts with diet
and exercise. I also commonly see
post-partum women who still have a
small amount of persistent tummy fat
and loose skin post pregnancy,” she
explains. “It’s really important that
patients have a normal BMI in order
to achieve the best possible results
from this treatment, as this device is
not designed for weight loss.” CBM
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From turning back the
clock on ageing to
helping with sexual
dysfunction, Regen PRP is
a treatment with virtually
Words by erin docherty
are you after a fresher, more youthful complexion? Less lines
and wrinkles? Or perhaps you just want to improve the
quality and texture of your skin? Platelet-rich plasma
(PRP) by RegenLab provides the complete package.
The biostimulating treatment also extends well
beyond skin rejuvenation. The tissue-repairing effects
and the growth factors released by PRP regenerate
tissue like no other. It has widespread application in
orthopaedics and sports medicine, and now in hair
restoration and gynaecology, among many other
fields. What’s more, a growing body of literature
supports its ability to help tissues heal after
certain types of surgery.
RegenLab are world market leaders for a
reason. Not only was the company the first
to market PRP in Australia but its PRP
therapy is also backed by a series of
clinical data, published in 112
publications, including its effects on
skin tissue for cosmetic use. RegenLab
PRP stands out as the proven system
for optimal results.
is PRP and
Never heard of Platelet Rich
Plasma? The term ‘PRP’ is used
to describe blood plasma with a
high concentration of platelets.
Platelets in the blood play a key
role in the body’s natural woundhealing
response. The role of PRP
in skin rejuvenation, either
standalone or in conjunction
with procedures such as laser
and injectables, is gaining a loyal
following for its ability to rejuvenate
and smooth the skin (it’s a big hit
with the celebs – just Google it!)
As we age, we lose collagen and
elastin in our skin. While there is
a range of treatment modalities out
there, Regen PRP is a little different.
It actively regenerates skin tissue
and texture from the first treatment,
achieving the best outcomes for
repair and regeneration.
Regen PRP treatments work on all
three layers of the skin – epidermal,
dermal and subdermal – so skin
appears fresher and younger with
improved quality and texture.
Clinical studies have shown
significant improvement in skin
sagging/firmness, as well as a
plumpness and radiance to the skin.
Regen PRP can work in several
ways, depending on the application
and the target area. Dr Ksenija Šelih
Martinec is a gynaecologist from
Slovenia and renowned international
speaker. She recently presented at
the 15th Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing
Medicine World Congress (AMWC)
in Monaco, where aesthetic
professionals from around the world
discussed the use of PRP for skin
rejuvenation, vaginal dryness and
“I have been using RegenLab PRP
for about seven years in the field of
aesthetic medicine. With RegenLab
kits, we produce high quality PRP.
There are no foreign materials used
and we don’t see any negative side
effects – we essentially just help the
body to regenerate,” explains Dr
Martinec. “About four years ago I also
started to use PRP in gynaecology and
patients have been very impressed
with the results.”
The use of PRP in gynaecology is
a new indication and Dr Martinec
is one of its pioneers. The main
indications for PRP in gynaecology
range from improvement in female
sexual dysfunction, stress urinary
incontinence and vaginal dryness to
providing post-partum rehabilitation
and rejuvenation of the labia.
“These indications are very
common and can significantly affect
a women’s life, lower her selfesteem
and negatively influence her
femininity. Until now, we did not
have any adequate treatments for
these types of concerns.”
“With RegenLab PRP we try to
prolong quality of life in one of the
most important aspects of a woman’s
life – her intimacy. The pelvic part of
the female body is the most delicate,
and is affected by ageing, hormonal
Childbirth and menopause can
result in stress urinary incontinence,
sexual dysfunction and vaginal
dryness. Helping women to treat
these problems can really change
changes and trauma. There are
periods in a woman’s life such as
childbirth and menopause that
greatly affects muscles, connective
tissue and nerves. This can result
in problems such as stress urinary
incontinence, sexual dysfunction
and vaginal dryness. Helping women
to treat these problems can really
change their lives.”
“I have had great feedback and
find that my patients are very happy
after their PRP treatment.
Improvement is usually noticed
in about three weeks, with a series
of two to three treatments generally
required for optimal results
(depending on the case). The
results usually last around 18 months,
after which a maintenance treatment
can be performed.
A PRP treatment usually takes
around 40 minutes in total. First up,
the practitioner will harvest your
own blood growth factors (which
your body uses to heal damaged tissue).
Two small vials of your
blood are taken and placed in the
specialised Regen PRP machine
that separates the platelets from
the blood. This is then put in a
syringe and re-injected into the
target areas in small amounts using
a very thin needle.
The whole process involves
minimal discomfort. Any swelling
or bruising after the procedure will
usually disappear overnight. For skin
treatments, any bruising disappears
after a few days.
“Regenerative medicine is a new
way of thinking. Trying to help
the body to heal itself is a very
exciting process and I feel like I
am doing something really good
for my patients,” concludes Dr
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To find a practitioner in your area,
Can’t get no
talk orgasms and
sexual health with
Dr Oseka Onuma.
Words by Erin Docherty
Orgasms are as much a part of women’s health
as daily vitamins, and with nearly half the
female population experiencing some sort of
problem with their sex life, it’s time to get to know what’s
happening under the covers.
It’s widely accepted these days for a woman to have antiwrinkle
injections to erase wrinkles, or surgery to refine her
nose or enlarge her breasts. Likewise, more women than
ever are concerned with the appearance of their genitals or
lack of sexual gratification.
Despite this, there continues to be a lot of negative
talk in mainstream media about the rising popularity of
the so-called ‘designer vagina’. Indeed, the vast majority
of vaginal rejuvenation patients are motivated by painful
intercourse, discomfort doing everyday activities and
“Whilst there are significant advances taking place in
the understanding and treatment of female pelvic floor
and sexual dysfunction, discrimination of women, by
both men and women, lay people and medical, remains a
significant issue,” says Adelaide gynaecologist and pelvic
reconstructive surgeon Dr Oseka Onuma. “This continues
to surprise me every working day when I listen to patients
and medical colleagues, but I cannot understand why
changes in attitude are so slow.”
Orgasms can relieve pain
Up to 30% of women have trouble
Condom use doesn’t affect
Orgasm gets better with age
A woman’s sexual self-esteem
can affect the quality of
There is such thing as an orgasm
“gap” – women orgasm less
than men (sometimes it happens,
sometimes it doesn’t!)
In rare cases, orgasm can happen
without genital stimulation
For most women, it takes at least 20
minutes of sexual activity to climax
Am I normal?
If you’ve ever had trouble climaxing, you’re not alone.
It’s been reported that a whopping 43% of women have
some sort of problem with their sex lives. Female sexual
dysfunction (anything that interferes with a woman’s
sexual satisfaction) is so common that the very idea that it
is a medical disorder has come under attack.
Many women never have orgasms during intercourse
and some also cannot have them through masturbation.
“Women, much more than men, are answerable to their
hormonal, emotional and social circumstances in the
achievement of orgasm. That means that for many women
to achieve orgasm, their hormonal and emotional health
must be optimal, their social circumstance allows them to
be relaxed and there needs to be appropriate stimulation of
the organ(s) that facilitate orgasm,” says Dr Onuma.
“Women can enhance their orgasms by making sure that
they are healthy, physically fit, emotionally well-balanced
with a hormonal status that is in equilibrium. They also
need the right social circumstances when attempting to
achieve orgasm with or without a partner.”
However, Dr Onuma says that some women will
never be able to achieve orgasm even if all the parameters
above appear to be ‘normal’ and optimised. There is no
“Anorgasmia is the medical term used to describe this and
it is defined as a psychiatric disorder. Unfortunately, there is
no psychiatric treatment that appears to consistently benefit
women in this group, although some women may respond to
psychological counselling,” says Dr Onuma.
“It may be that these women simply represent a group
of ‘normal’ women. Within this group, there will be some
who obtain no pleasure at all through sexual activity and
those who do achieve great pleasure without achieving
orgasm. Should these women really be considered to be
‘abnormal’? I think not.”
Why can’t I orgasm?
With the effects of childbirth and age, many women can
suffer from problems with their genitalia that can make
them feel very self-conscious and unhappy, often affecting
relationships with sexual partners.
The kinds of problems are as varied as the women who
suffer from them. “Female sexual dysfunction is complex
and can be a result of hormonal, psychological, psychiatric,
physical, neurological, environmental and social causes,”
says Dr Onuma.
“Often, some of these causes co-exist. One factor
can result in another; for example, painful intercourse
The Australian Centre for Female
Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation
(dyspareunia) may result in a fear of intercourse
resulting in psychological sequelae. Hormonal changes
of menopause can result in loss of libido or physical
alterations that can result in difficult or painful
intercourse,” he says.
Other causes can relate to scar tissue or tears at the
entrance of the vagina, prolapse of the walls of the vagina,
prolapse of the uterus, endometriosis or elongated labia
minora tissues (which can cause irritation and discomfort).
In addition, loose or weak vaginal muscles, mainly caused
through the muscles stretching during childbirth, can
cause problems for some women and their sexual partners
Another problem may be female stress urinary
incontinence, caused predominantly by an improperly
But for many women with sexual dysfunction, the issue
is psychological, not physical. Although we all know
there is no ‘perfect’ way for a vagina to look, being shy or
embarrassed by your genital appearance can often result
in the avoidance of intimacy or lack of orgasm. “Most
commonly this is the woman’s own perception resulting
from a perceived change or long-standing issue. Much less
commonly, this results from adverse comments from an
intimate partner,” says Dr Onuma.
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What are the options?
Because female sexual dysfunction has many possible
symptoms and causes, treatment varies. It’s important for
women to communicate their concerns and understand
their body and its normal sexual response. Also, a woman’s
goals for her sex life are important in determining
treatment and evaluating progress.
“Surgery for female sexual dysfunction should only be
contemplated when a physical cause for that dysfunction
has been clearly identified,” stresses Dr Onuma.
There is a range of surgical and non-surgical options
available that can address and hopefully resolve these
problems. For example both surgical or laser reduction
labioplasty can sculpt the elongated or unequal labial
minora as desired. The vulvar structures (including
the labia minora, labia majora, mons pubis, perineum,
entrance to the vagina and hymen) can be surgically
enhanced, both functionally and aesthetically.
Non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation can effectively
enhance vaginal muscle tone, strength and control. For
example a non-surgical treatment can be used to treat
prolapse and/or relaxation of the vaginal walls, which
results in dyspareunia or reduced sensation.
“Female sexual dysfunction is complex and does not
always imply abnormality. Affected women should seek
help – women should never accept that it’s “just part of
being a woman”,’ Dr Onuma concludes. CBM
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WANT TO REJUVENATE
YOUR SKIN WITHOUT
ON”? THERE’S A
TREATMENT FOR THAT!
There’s a lot of buzz
days, and for good
becoming the new
way to improve
the look of your skin by using your
own blood. Platelet Rich Plasma
(PRP) is one such procedure and
is becoming increasingly sought
after due to its plumping and agedefying
EmCyte Pure PRP is one of the
key players in PRP systems, using
your own cells to improve skin
texture, clarity, lines and wrinkles.
It provides a ‘natural’ alternative to
anti-ageing and has become a huge
hit for those wanting to improve their
appearance without looking done.
“This gradual method gives the
patient a more natural approach to
rejuvenation, allowing them to
look refreshed naturally, not
artifi cially,” says cosmetic doctor
Dr Abbas Al-Taiff from Westmead
Aesthetic Palace in Sydney.
If you’re looking for a minimalfuss
treatment with exceptional results,
EmCyte PRP could be for you.
HOW DOES EMCYTE
PURE PRP WORK?
PRP is all about stimulating tissue
regeneration that exists within the skin
and concentrating the elements of your
blood that will trigger this regeneration.
“It’s important to understand that
PRP is not a muscle relaxant to help
minimise the appearance of wrinkles,
nor a fi lling substance to add volume
to the tissues,” explains Dr Al-Taiff.
“Rather, it is an autologous treatment
that uses your own blood plasma to
improve the appearance of ageing.”
First, the practitioner will take a
sample of your blood before it is
placed in a centrifuge which separates
different components in the blood.
What’s left is high-quality platelet
rich plasma, monocytes (a type of
white blood cell) and other powerful
regenerative nutrients. “This PRP
will be re-injected into the tissue
area of concern and acts gradually to
regenerate it from within,” he says.
“The EmCyte system’s results and
the success rate are highly remarkable
in regeneration and rejuvenation of
the target tissues. Platelets, when
activated, release multiple growth
factors and cytokines, which play a
major role in tissue regeneration.”
After an EmCyte PRP skin
rejuvenation treatment, you’ll begin
to see a noticeable difference in your
skin texture and tone within about
three weeks, which gradually keeps
improving. Skin regains its clarity,
with a reduction in fine lines and
wrinkles and an overall younger and
healthier appearance. Results usually
last for about 12 months.
The treatment involves minimal
downtime, although some temporary
bruising at injection sites is normal.
In general, Dr Al-Taiff recommends
three sessions with six monthly
He stresses that research and
education into the type of PRP
treatment you are going to receive is
critical to obtaining optimal results:
“Ensure your doctor is appropriately
skilled and experienced in the
procedure and that they are using
a reputable PRP system, such as
EmCyte PRP. I have been performing
PRP therapy for a long time now, and
I have found EmCyte delivers more
successful fi nal results.”
While no two procedures are the
same, Dr Al-Taiff emphasises that to
obtain the best results in any cosmetic
treatment, multiple factors come into
play. “The outcome of PRP depends
on the expertise of your practitioner,
the PRP system used to separate the
PRP, the platelets count and your
individual health. Accordingly, the
results are variable in timeframe and
degree of improvement.”
improve the appearance of stretch
marks and scarring. It is also used for a
wide range of various other modalities
including hair restoration, vaginal
rejuvenation and the targeting of
infl ammation from sporting injuries.
Dr Abbas Al-Taiff is a pioneer in the
use of PRP to treat different skin, hair
and sexual health problems. He was the
fi rst Australian doctor to use PRP to
manage alopecia Totalis (full hair loss
of the scalp), and he has many years
experience using PRP to treat thinning
hair in both men and women.
He is the creator of the PRP treatment
protocols ‘Virgin Me’ vulvo-vaginal
rejuvenation and ‘Erect Me’ erectile
dysfunction, and has developed his own
proprietary scoring system for measuring
improvements from PRP. CBM
TO GET IT
To find an EmCyte PRP
practitioner in your area, visit
Dr Abbas Al-Taiff
Westmead 02 9687 Skin & 3666 Hair Clinic
12 Caroline Street Westmead NSW 2145
Ph: (02) 96873666
Fax: (02) 96873688
AFTER EmCyte PRP treatment by Dr Al-Taiff
WHAT ELSE CAN PRP
BE USED FOR?
Platelets heal wounds on many parts
of the body so EmCyte PRP can be
used in many ways. In addition to
treating wrinkles and skin laxity in
the face, neck, décolletage, back
of hands and under the eyes, it can
AFTER EmCyte PRP treatment by Dr Al-Taiff
Motus AX is a breakthrough
new laser treatment
revolutionising hair removal.
words by erin docherty
Finally, there’s an Alexandrite laser hair removal
system for all skin types: the Motus AX. This is
a huge point of difference in the permanent hair
reduction world. Alexandrite laser is widely regarded
as the gold standard wavelength for laser hair removal
because of how well it is absorbed by melanin in the
hair, but in the past treating darker skin types has
meant increased risk of damage to the skin.
Developed by DEKA and distributed in Australia
by High Tech Laser, the new Motus AX Alexandrite
laser system is built on four fundamental concepts:
effectiveness, speed, safety and simplicity.
We take a closer look into the buzz behind this
stellar new treatment promising fewer and faster
treatments with unparalleled results.
Spotlight on Motus AX
If you’re sick of shaving your legs
every morning only to find you
have to do it all again the next day,
or have previously tried permanent
hair reduction with limited results,
the Motus AX laser might be just
the ticket for you.
Motus AX is developed with the
unique Moveo technology to deliver
highly effective and comfortable hair
removal without requiring the use of
cryogen cooling gas, which is known
to be environmentally unfriendly.
It uses one wavelength (755nm) to
target, heat and damage the stem cell
that produces the hair in the hair
follicle. This wavelength is the most
effective at treating both fine and
light hair, as well as darker hair.
Unlike other hair removal
systems, Motus AX has the unique
ability to deliver a greater amount
of energy to the hair follicle, using
a handpiece that is constantly in
contact with the skin.
So, what does this mean? Well,
with other Alexandrite lasers you get
a very large loss of energy through
reflection, which can result in the
loss of more than 30% of the laser
energy. This means these lasers need
to use higher energy pulses, and
thus higher pain, to achieve the
result. What Motus AX has done is
pretty much eliminate that loss of
energy, increasing energy absorption
up to 40% compared with different
Alexandrite lasers. Motus AX can
use less energy in the laser pulse but
have more treatment effect on the
The laser also uses an innovative
constant movement technique with
lots of small laser pulses fired over an
area of the skin for a set time. The
repeated passes of the handpiece over
small areas cause gradual accumulation
of heat in the hair, until it reaches
the threshold for hair removal in a
way that is totally comfortable with
and quick hair
removal for all
skin types and
minimal risk of side effects like
skin burning or discolouring.
Motus AX has evolved laser
hair removal technology in the
sense that it delivers an effective,
comfortable and quick hair removal
treatment for all skin types, right
up to skin type six.
Motus AX has a range of innovative
handpieces, making it easy to tailor
individualised treatments to all parts
of the body, on all hair colours and all
What does the
First, the practitioner applies a gel to
the treatment area, before placing the
handpiece on your skin, using simple
circular or linear movements across
the targeted area.
The sensation is typically no more
than a prickle in the skin, so you
no longer have to worry about that
‘flick of the rubber band’ sensation.
It’s quick (it can treat 10cm2 area
in approximately 25 seconds!) and
you will probably undergo fewer
treatments for the whole course of
the hair removal treatment. Win!
There is generally no downtime
and results are long lasting. Even after
just the first treatment the difference
starts to become clearly visible.
So, if you’ve previously been a poor
candidate for laser hair reduction or
have been put off by the associated
discomfort, the Motus AX offers a
breakthrough solution. cbm
Hair can grow anywhere
on your body except the
palms, soles of your feet and
mucous membranes such as
eyelids and lips.
With the exception of bone
marrow, your hair is the fastest
growing tissue on your body.
On average, blonde people have
the most hair follicles.
The purpose of eyebrow hair is
to prevent sweat and oils from
running into your eyes.
Body hair has a lifespan of six
months whereas the hair on your
head has a lifespan of five years.
Body hair has muscle cells in it,
which enables it to stand on end.
The average person sheds about
100-150 hairs per day.
Hypertrichosis is the name for
extremely excessive hair growth
on any part of the body.
Each strand of hair can support
up to 100 grams in weight.
TO GET IT
To find a Motus AX
treatment in your area,
Learn which vitamins and
minerals you need for clear skin,
healthy hair and a radiant attitude.
Words by AimÉe Rodrigues
If you aren’t getting adequate amounts of the all-important vitamins and
minerals in your diet, beauty may very well only be a supplement away. The
question is: With the hundreds of vitamin tablets, capsules, special apothecary
mixtures and herbs lining the shelves of doctors’ clinics, pharmacies and
retailers, how on earth are we meant to know which ones are the best for
beautiful hair, nails and skin?
While many people have been taking vitamin supplements for years to help
maintain a balanced diet, fewer people are aware of the benefi ts vitamins can
provide in the maintenance and improvement of the skin.
Experts have known for some time that vitamins affect the skin. A lack of
vitamins, for example, can make the skin appear lifeless, dry, blotchy or oily.
As a result, skincare companies invest millions of dollars on research and
development to incorporate vitamins into their products.
There are a few no-brainers for more healthy skin when looking into
the vitamins and supplements arena. These include Vitamins A, E and C,
antioxidants, selenium and the B vitamins, especially B3 and B5. If your skin
has a tendency to break out before or after your period, zinc is effective for
wound healing, tissue regeneration and hormone regulation. Vitamin B6 can
also be helpful for balancing hormones.
Essential fatty oils, such as fi sh oil, fl axseed oil, linseed oil and those found in
avocado, nuts and seeds, are also excellent for keeping your skin looking fresh
and radiant. If you don’t eat enough of these foods, supplement your diet with
fi sh-oil capsules.
These oils have anti-infl ammatory properties, which are good for the skin.
Some people think oil will worsen their skin condition, however this is not
the case. These ‘good oils’ have a lot of benefi cial properties, including
regulating the skin’s natural oil barrier (critical in keeping skin clear and
hydrated), as well as having anti-infl ammatory properties for problematic skin.
For stronger nails and hair, look to silica and biotin. It’s widely known for
its ability to improve weak or damaged hair and nails. As an added bonus, silica
is also great for your skin as it helps promote new collagen to form.
While adequate sleep, a balanced diet and nutritional supplements will
greatly benefi t your complexion, just as important is ensuring your topical
skincare is vitamin-enriched. Be sure to look out for the anti-ageing and
skin-regulating essentials: Vitamin A, B, C and E.
Vitamins to look for
in your skincare
Vitamin A is critical in the maintenance of
healthy skin. A serious lack or excess intake of
Vitamin A is likely to result in dry, rough skin.
Synthetic Vitamin A-like compounds, such
as retinol, have been clinically shown to
reduce many visible signs of skin ageing,
especially fine lines and wrinkles. 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.
Improvements have also been observed with
regard to skin smoothness, evening of skin tone
and overall skin rejuvenation. Retinol plays a
prominent role in conditioning the skin prior to
many cosmetic procedures such as facial surgery,
laser resurfacing and chemical peels.
Retinol has also been 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.
If there’s just one anti-ageing product you
invest in, let it be a Vitamin-A derivative.
Vitamins B-3 (niacin) and B-5 (pantothenic
acid) have become popular additions to skincare
products because of their ability to assist in
retaining moisture, evening out skin tone and
improving a variety of skin concerns such as
redness, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Vitamin B-3 is a relatively new ingredient
in the skincare market but has demonstrated
great results, offering a milder alternative to acid
exfoliators like glycolic and salicylic acid, which
can be too harsh for certain skin types. Of note,
it helps to inhibit the transfer of pigment to
skin cells and thereby reduce the appearance of
pigmentation and age spots.
B-5 is a more commonly used vitamin in
skincare and is widely recognised for its ability in
maintaining tissue hydration levels and helping
to soothe, heal and regenerate the skin’s barrier.
It’s also good for those with sensitive skin.
Also known by its chemical name ascorbic
acid, Vitamin C has been doted on by many in
the skincare industry as a miracle cure for fine
lines and wrinkles. And, while this may be a slight
overstatement, there is no doubt that Vitamin C
can benefit the skin topically in a variety of ways.
Firstly, Vitamin C has proven effectiveness
as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are a critical
natural defence against ‘free radicals’, or unstable
molecules that age the skin as a result of pollution,
smoking and sun exposure.
Topical Vitamin C can protect the skin from
UV damage caused by prolonged sun exposure
by reducing the amount of free radical formation.
Despite its ability to help protect against skin
damage and reduce discolouration, Vitamin C
products should still be used in conjunction with,
not in place of, a good sunscreen.
Another benefit of Vitamin C is its ability to
enhance synthesis of collagen and elastin, which
help skin maintain its plumpness and firmness.
Research also suggests that Vitamin C may help to
inhibit facial hair growth, acne and the formation
of melanin build-up (pigmentation), which can
cause dark spots on the skin.
Vitamin E is an oldie but a goodie in skincare. It’s
known for its soothing and moisturising properties
and also anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. It
has antioxidant properties and can help prevent
free radical damage as well as improve skin softness
and smoothness while providing modest photo
Antioxidant is a word we’ve all become familiar
with in relation to ageing, good nutrition and
longevity. Antioxidants are compounds or
substances that protect the body against an overload
of oxidants, better known as free radicals.
Free radicals form from natural processes within
the body such as oxidation, when oxygen
is metabolised. Other sources such as smoking,
sunlight and pollution also cause the formation
of free radicals.
Free radicals cause damage and destruction to cell
walls and organic structures. An overload of free
radicals has been linked to many degenerative and
age-related illnesses such as heart and liver disease,
deterioration of the eye lens, inflammation of the
joints, damage to nerve cells in the brain and the
formation of cancers. Antioxidants neutralise the
free radicals and, in doing so, protect the body.
Antioxidants exist as vitamins, minerals and
other compounds in foods. Vitamins A, C and E,
and the minerals copper, zinc and selenium are
antioxidants. Good sources found in the food we
eat include a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, lean meats and dairy products.
Ensuring a daily intake of antioxidants will help
the body to ‘mop up’ or neutralise free radicals,
thus reducing the risk of degenerative diseases, as
well as visual signs of ageing such as lines, wrinkles
and loss of skin elasticity.
Antioxidants help keep skin firm by boosting
collagen and protecting elastic tissue from free
radicals. In addition to a balanced diet, it may
also be beneficial to apply skincare containing
antioxidants directly onto the skin. However,
for antioxidants to penetrate into the dermis
they should be delivered in the correct form for
absorption – such as l-ascorbic acid for Vitamin C
and alpha tocopherol for Vitamin E. All products
based on derivatives of vitamins need proper
delivery systems to be effective.
Antioxidants in skincare can certainly help
improve the form and function of your skin, but the
best thing you can do for your complexion is protect
it from the sun at all times. CBM
The impact of
our health. Words
by Terri Vinson
DipEd.), founder and
cosmetic chemist at
There is mounting concern
over the use of xenoestrogens
in our environment and
the long-term effects on natural
Xenoestrogens are simply hormone
disruptors. They are foreign
oestrogen ‘mimickers’ that increase
the oestrogen load in our bodies
and can disrupt hormone activity.
Oestrogen is a natural hormone
produced by men and women and
is constantly regulated by the
body, signalling different types
of cells and organs to perform
Studies suggest that xenoestrogens,
or synthetic oestrogens, enter our
bloodstream and cells and ‘fool’
our bodies into accepting the
chemicals as our natural biological
oestrogen. This can potentially
block or bind the natural oestrogen
When xenoestrogens enter the
body, they increase the total
amount of circulating oestrogen
resulting in a phenomenon called,
Medical research has linked
xenoestrogens with a range of serious
human health concerns and can
influence the following functions:
immunity; bone development;
blood clotting; reproduction;
reproductive development in babies
and adolescents of both sexes;
development of organs such as the
uterus and the breasts.
Once they enter the bloodstream,
xenoestrogens are not biodegradable
and are readily stored in our fat cells.
These hormone disruptors can
be found in more than 50,000
commonly used chemicals and
are present in soil, water, air, store
purchased foods, personal care and
personal care products
linked to such
Breast, prostate and
Male and female infertility
Early onset puberty
(Examples include methyl paraben,
ethyl paraben and propylparaben.)
Numerous studies have linked paraben
preservatives to oestrogen-mimicking
activity on living cells. There are now
many more preservative choices available
to formulators who wish to avoid adding
paraben preservatives to their products.
(Examples include dibutyl phthalate,
dimethyl phthalate and diethyl
phthalate.) Phthalates are solvents and
fragrance fixatives to make the scent last
longer. They are also used in hairsprays
to promote flexibility and movement
Phthalates are often not listed on
labels as manufacturers are only required
to list: ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’, and not the
individual constituents of a fragrance.
Dibutyl phthalate is currently banned
in the EU. There have been findings
that excess exposure to phthalates during
pregnancy is linked to male infertility and
ADHD in children. Synergie does not use
phthalates or artificial fragrances and is
only formulated with essential oils.
Soy is an oestrogenic ingredient which
can influence hormonal levels. Whilst
soy is not dangerous to the unborn
child, if you are prone to melasma
(large dark pigmented patches on the
face), soy products (including lecithin
and textured vegetable protein) may
worsen this condition during pregnancy.
In addition to its effects on humans as
hormone disruptors, the use of chemical
sunscreens (aka ‘organic sunscreens’)
by swimmers on our beaches has been
linked directly with environmental issues
and the sterility and the death of our
beautiful coral reefs.
Whilst any sunscreen is better than
none, opt for natural mineral sun
protection with zinc oxide giving broad
spectrum protection. It is wise to avoid the
following chemical-absorbing sunscreen
ingredients that have xenoestrogen
activity: Oxybenzone; Benzophenone;
camphor; and Octalmethoxycinnamate.
A recent study looked at a population
of women in Iran. The findings indicate
direct correlation with xenoestrogen
exposure and the incidence of pre and
postmenopausal breast cancer. Results
showed that the onset of breast cancer
in Iranian women tends to be about a
decade earlier compared to Western and
North American societies. It was found
that Iranian women generally have higher
levels of exposure to plastics, petroleum
refining and other environmental
xenoestrogens. Furthermore, the closer
they lived to facilities and refineries that
produced these xenoestrogens, the higher
and earlier the incidence of breast cancer.
The skin is our largest and most highly
absorbent organ. It is highly vulnerable to
the impact of our external environment
and this includes personal care products.
The average woman absorbs over two
kilograms per year of chemicals from
skincare and cosmetic products and many
of these ingredients contain hormone
disruptors that have a questionable impact
on the human body.
This article is not intended to incite
fear and not every individual will be
directly impacted by oestrogen mimickers.
I do believe, however, that long term and
repeated exposure to xenoestrogens should
be avoided and consumers must be aware
of safer options. When given the choice,
I recommend choosing the ‘clean science’
in skincare and avoiding questionable
ingredients such as hormonal disruptors
which may negatively impact our cells,
tissues and organs. CBM
Recently launched in
Australia, the Beauty
Booster treatment is
like a real-life filter,
and rejuvenated skin.
Struggling with dull, dry skin and
noticing new lines and wrinkles?
Say hello to your new friend, the
Beauty Booster treatment.
The Beauty Booster treatment
involves precise micro-injections of a
hydrator evenly spread over your face.
This hydrator consists of a unique
patented formula of effective natural
components (amino acids, antioxidants,
minerals and vitamins). The unique
combination stimulates ongoing
collagen production, regenerating and
nourishing the skin.
The Beauty Booster treatments
have a plumping effect on the skin,
improving elasticity and hydration,
making the skin noticeably radiant and
glowing. The difference with Beauty
Booster than, say, dermal fillers is that
it is first and foremost a skin treatment,
actually treating the skin in order to
improve its look and feel.
It is a versatile anti-ageing allrounder
that can be used on the
face, lower eyelid, forehead, neck,
décolletage and hands to achieve
firmer, tighter, more hydrated skin.
Hyaluronic acid molecules play a major
role in repairing skin, giving a smooth
and fresh appearance by preserving its
elasticity, firmness and hydration.
However, with age the quantity of
HA begins to diminish and by the time
you hit 40 to 50, you will already have
lost half of it. The result? Hollowing of
the cheeks, wrinkles and a change in
the shape and contours of your face.
This is where the Beauty Booster
comes in. Designed to replenish dry and
ageing skin, this treatment works to
plump the contours of your face, while
improving crepiness and fine lines.
The patented formula of amino
acids, antioxidants, vitamins and
minerals nourishes and treats the skin,
stimulating the natural production of
more collagen and elastin, essentially
assisting in restructuring the skin.
These ingredients also have the ability
to assist in dermal restructuring,
allowing skin redensification and skin
The treatment is quick, precise
and effective, taking around 30
minutes. After just one Beauty Booster
treatment lost hydration and nutrients
to the skin are replenished, resulting in
more youthful, glowing skin and fewer
creases. Three treatments spaced two to
four weeks apart are recommended for
The results are subtle and natural
looking, with visibly lighter, smoother
and softer skin that appears to glow
from within. Results should remain for
at least 12 months, with some top-up
treatment as required.
You may have bruising and
blotchiness after treatment, which will
usually settle after four days and can
be camouflaged by suitable makeup.
Downtime is reduced after each
subsequent treatment due to the dermis
Beauty Booster re-thinks the treatment
of skin. The superior results makes it
a highly advantageous treatment to
anyone who wants to improve the look
and texture of their skin. CBM
TO GET IT
The Beauty Booster treatment
is available in selected clinics.
or call 1800 633 830.
WHEN IT COMES TO FORTIFYING
YOUR OUTER GLOW AND KICKING
THE SIGNS OF AGEING TO THE CURB,
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A HIGH-END
SKINCARE HAUL. INTRODUCING
L’UNICO LUXURY SKINCARE.
WORDS BY ERIN DOCHERTY
Whether it’s French
or haute couture
fashion, you can
never beat quality.
While most of us think nothing of spending
money on a night out or a killer new pair of
heels, our skincare can often take a back seat.
But trust us, quality skincare is one of the best
investments you can make. Where do you start?
L’unico luxury skincare.
L’unico is a powerful new best-in-class
range that delivers what it promises:
noticeably smoother, more hydrated and
more beautiful skin.
Developed by Australian company L’unico
Laboratory, each luxury product has been
individually formulated with concentrated
active ingredients and European and
American engineered peptides to deliver
highly effective, anti-ageing results.
WHY YOU NEED
With L’unico, your skincare
investment is worth every cent.
It’s a comprehensive, meticulously
formulated new range that
L’unico products blend
concentrated ingredients into
powerful biological formulas.
Each product instantly absorbs
into your skin to help protect,
rebuild the skin and address the
signs of skin ageing such as lines,
wrinkles and sagging. They are also
incredibly luxurious to use.
Lunico’s difference is in its unique
ingredients and highly customised
formulations. Users have reported a
noticeable improvement in skin
tone and texture from day one of
use, describing their skin as appearing
more hydrated and luminescent,
with a healthy glow.
L’unico uses nano-sized ingredients
that are handcrafted to allow for
100% penetration and instant
absorption. The range also uses
advanced variations of peptides to
act as a signal to skin cells to make
new collagen, improve wrinkles and
fi rmness and reduce pigmentation.
All products have an aqueous base
with a minimal use of 0.1% of natural
oils or plant extract, which allows the
formula to be instantly absorbed into
the deeper layers of the skin.
For enquiries, call 02 8544 8008,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or
THE L’UNICO RANGE
Youth Essence Day Cream
This everyday staple is formulated
to deliver optimal skin moisture
levels, with added benefits of
improved skin tone, elasticity and
density. It also helps mitigate the
damaging effects of UV exposure.
RRP $240 (50ml)
retinol (Vitamin A), this night
cream helps reverse chronological
skin ageing markers, reducing
expression wrinkles, boosting
keratin, protein and collagen
while helping to minimise photo
damage. RRP $340 (50ml)
High Potency 30%
Vitamin C Serum
A highly stable form of Vitamin
C, this anti-ageing serum
has superior absorption and
skin penetration. It enhances
collagen and elastin synthesis
(both necessary to restore loss
of hydration and density) and
encourages antioxidant activity
to help provide UV protection.
RRP $160 (30ml), $100 (15ml)
Facial Cosmeceutical Cleanser
This gentle cleanser is formulated
with fortifying actives, including
Vitamins A, C and E, to nourish
and rejuvenate the skin while
cleansing. RRP $70 (250ml)
Facial Protective Toner
A non-drying protective toner that
helps restore the skin’s natural pH
balance. It works to reduce pore
size and improve skin firmness and
hydration. RRP $80 (250ml)
This nourishing eye serum
decreases puffiness around the
eye area while helping to improve
skin elasticity. The innovative
nanosized hydrolysed elastin,
combined with the benefits of
peptides, helps to restore and
correct the delicate skin around
the eyes. RRP $160 (30ml)
Intensive Hydrating Mask
With instant moisturising and
hydrating effects, this mask
provides a radiant glow as
it delivers rich nutrients and
antioxidant protection. It helps
reduce surface imperfections such
as fine lines, enlarged pores and
discolouration, while the emollient
benefits help to increase skin
elasticity. RRP $150 (250g)
Phyto Fruit AHA Micro Peels
This at-home peel, which comes in
levels for fair, olive and dark skin,
uses individual-use pads soaked
in fruit acids to gently exfoliate
the outermost dead layer of the
skin, exposing new skin with fewer
imperfections and diminishing
the look of fine lines. Performed
once a week, this non-irritating
peel treatment is an attractive
alternative to prescription topical
or more aggressive in-clinic skin
procedures. RRP $90 (118ml)
L’unico Essential Beauty Pack
The perfect anti-ageing starter
kit, it contains a full size of each of
L’unico’s four best-selling products
– Youth Essence Day Cream,
Regenerative Neuropeptide Night
Formula, Neuropeptide Firming
Eye Therapy and High Potency
30% Vitamin C Serum. RRP $350
Winter is the season for richer skincare products
that will repair, replenish and rejuvenate dry and
aggravated skin – think of it as comfort food for
your face. Words by Aimee Rodrigues
Despite what our compadres overseas may think,
Australia is a country for all seasons. And my
personal barometer says we most definitely
do have a winter, with frozen toes and soup cravings
indicating the bottom has dropped out of the mercury.
The further evidence lays in my skin, subject to the
parching effects of dry wind and indoor heating that nix
even the best efforts to put my best face forward. Winter
demands a special skincare regimen to combat the cool.
Barrier is the word of the season. In healthy
skin the top layer (epidermis) has a seal
around the cells to trap moisture, known
as a barrier function. Dryness, cold and
sensitising products wreak havoc on this
natural function, so you need products
to bolster your skin’s defences. Using or
adding a richer cream or oil into your routine
will help to nourish and nurture your skin
back to health.
6. Skinstitut Repair Balm,
$45. This intense recovery
balm works like a charm on
dry, cracked and extremely
7. Synergie Skin Vitamin B
Serum, $110. An essential
serum to rejuvenate and
strengthen skin while
providing hydration and
1. Medik8 Hydr8 Night, $129.
This rich yet fast-absorbing
restorative night moisturiser
contains superior anti-ageing
actives including resveratrol for
cell longevity and renewal.
2. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid
Restore 2:4:2, $183. Refills cellular
lipids to help support natural skin
repair and nourishment. This antiageing
treatment helps restore
fullness, resurface texture and
3. Obagi Hydrate Luxe Moisture-
Rich Cream, $79.95. Specifically
formulated for overnight
moisturisation, this intensely
hydrating cream is rich in
peptides to promote skin renewal
and improve skin firmness and
4. asap Soothing Gel, $ 49.
From the first application, skin is
less red, skin temperature and
inflammation is reduced, and
skin becomes stronger and more
resilient to further sensitivity.
8. DNA Renewal Restoring
Mask, $89. Scientifically proven
ingredients to immediately
renew dull lacklustre skin.
DNA Repair Enzymes deeply
penetrate the skin to boost
9. Sisley Paris Restorative
Facial Cream, $210. Dubbed
the “emergency skin cream”,
it calms, revitalises and brings
immediate comfort to the
skin. Is touted to increase
skin hydration by 58% just 90
minutes after application and
by 77% after three weeks’ use.
10. L’occitane Shea Butter
Ultra Rich Comforting Cream
(50ml), $56. With a 25%
concentration of shea butter,
this comforting cream restores
moisture to dry skin.
11. L’occitane Shea Butter
Cleansing Oil, $ 31. This
cleansing oil lifts impurities and
removes makeup (including
waterproof), in a silky texture
that contains five percent shea
oil to nourish and hydrate skin.
5. Germaine de Capuccini
Royal Jelly Pro-Resilience Royal
Cream, $85. A comfort cream for
dry and very dry skin, this rescue
remedy for compromised skin
helps to repair damage to the
12. Napoleon Perdis
Anti-Pollution Refining Skin-
Fusion Milk Toning Essence,
$49. Offers protection from
and promotes radiance while
refining and toning the skin.
Winter can wreak havoc on your skin’s pH balance so don’t
assume the products that maintained the status quo over the
humid summer will cut the mustard in winter.
Whether your skin is sensitive, dry, oily, blemish-prone or
combination, re-evaluate what you’re working with. Regular
exfoliation, balancing and purifying masks and hydrating
moisturisers are essential.
Get religious with your eye cream at night and lip balm during
the day, and up the ante with daily body hydration. It’s all about
putting back what your skin’s giving out, so replenish supplies!
13. asap Super B Complex,
$95. Combines the highest
percentage of niacinamide on
the market plus cross-linked
hyaluronic acid to rehydrate skin.
14. Scout Cosmetics Nourish
& Hydrate Moisture Defence
Crème, $45. An ultra-nourishing
moisturiser that harnesses the
natural power of white tea and
pomegranate to help stimulate
15. Jurlique Moisture
Replenishing Mask, $80. Using a
combination of precious oils and
natural clay, this creamy mask
moisturises and de-stresses skin.
16. endota spa Intense Moisture
Mask, $40. Hydrating face
treatment that works to prevent
the signs of ageing and replenish
moisture loss. Leave on overnight
for a more intensive treatment.
17. Thalgo Source Marine Ultra
Hydra-Marine Mask, $79. Infused
with hyaluronic acid, this mask
smooths, hydrates and plumps
skin in five minutes.
18. SK-II R.N.A Power Radical
New Age Essence, $180.
Improves skin texture, radiance,
firmness and resilience. A healthy
dose of moisture that leaves skin
silky soft and hydrated.
14. 15. 16.
19. Thalgo Cold Cream Marine
Nutri-Soothing Cream, $64.
Replenishes, soothes and
repairs dry and sensitive skin
for guaranteed comfort for up
to 24 hours.
20. June Jacobs Papaya
Purifying Enzyme Masque, $96.
Clarifying masque containing the
highly effective papaya natural
fruit enzyme, papain. Removes
impurities and improves tone
and elasticity of the skin.
21. Napoleon Perdis
Auto Pilot Overnight Lip Balm,
$29. With beeswax and Vitamin
E, this powerhouse balm
protects and moisturises dry
lips while you sleep.
22. Ella Baché Intensive
Extreme Regeneration Mask,
$78. Hydrate, plump, smooth,
soften and protect the skin with
this antioxidant-infused mask
that gives the appearance of an
23. Trilogy Rosapene Night
Cream, $46.95. Works overnight
with the skin’s own natural
processes of regeneration so
you can wake up with a brighter,
24. Trilogy Rosehip Oil
Antioxidant+, $35.95. Combines
the benefits of Trilogy’s awardwinning
Rosehip Oil with red berry super
antioxidants to deliver intensive
nourishment to skin.
25. Bioeffect Daytime Rich for
Dry Skin, $95. Enriched with
cellular activators to boost
cell renewal for a smoother and
more fortified complexion.
Winter is the season for richer beauty products that will protect, calm
and soothe skin as well as protect against the elements – think of it as
comfort food for your face.
Blood and lymph fluid naturally nourish your skin but in cooler
weather blood flows less freely, so give your skin extra protection and
nourishment to repair skin cells and combat ageing effects.
Don’t drop sun protection from your routine and carry a luxurious
hand cream in your handbag. Use regenerating day moisturisers and
night creams, massaging the skin in a light circular motion to improve
circulation and keep the skin’s outer layer active and healthy.
26. Skinstitut Rejuvenate 15
Serum, $45. This corrective
treatment assists with skin
regeneration and renewal and
is infused with copper, minerals,
peptides and antioxidants for
27. Paula’s Choice Resist C15
Super Booster, $60. With 15%
stabilised Vitamin C as well
as Vitamin E, ferulic acid and
peptides, it helps to reverse
the visible signs of ageing and
stimulate collagen production.
28. L’unico Laboratory High
Potency 30% Vitamin C Serum,
$100. This serum, containing
an impressive 30% Vitamin C
potency, has superior absorption
and skin penetration to enhance
collagen and elastin synthesis
(both necessary to restore loss
of hydration and density) and
encourage antioxidant activity.
29. Obagi Professional-C Serum
20%, $99.95. This concentrated
Vitamin C serum uses stabilised
L-ascorbic acid that immediately
absorbs into skin to retain
moisture, help minimise the
appearance of fine lines and
wrinkles and to lighten and
brighten the skin.
30. PCA Skin C-Quench Antioxidant
Serum, $110. An exceptional Vitamin
C serum, this hydrates, brightens and
nourishes the skin, as well as binding water
to the skin for all-day comfort.
31. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, $214. Bestseller
CE Ferulic has won multiple awards
and has an A-List following. Contains 15%
pure L-ascorbic acid, 1% alpha tocopherol
and ferulic acid, a plant-based antioxidant.
32. mesoestetic Stem Cell Active Growth
Factor, $140. A revolutionary cosmetic
treatment designed to help protect
existing skin cells by stimulating the skin’s
natural self-repair processes.
33. Aspect Retinol Brulee, $129. Smooth
the look of fine lines and wrinkles,
pigmented, dull and deflated skin with this
unique, stable formula of Vitamin A.
34. Scout Cosmetics Cell Renewal
Peptide Serum, $50. Select anti-ageing and
antioxidant ingredients designed to renew
your skin and leave it feeling fresher, more
hydrated and revived.
Avoid hot baths and long showers.
They strip essential oils and moisture
from your skin.
35. Jurlique Nutri-Define
Rejuvenating Overnight Cream,
$130. Deeply replenishing blend of
botanical oils and natural liposomal
technology to strengthen and
36. Medik8 r-Retinoate, $298.
r-Retinoate is clinically proven to be
more effective than retinol without
the irritation and can be applied
during the day, as well as at night,
without loss of results.
37. Teoxane Cosmeceuticals
Advanced Filler, $130. This is a true
breakthrough in skincare – it uses the
same technology as the company’s
dermal filler range to restructure skin.
38. Dr. LeWinn’s Nourish & Renew
Day Cream Moisturiser, $74.95. Part
of the new-look Private Formula
range, this rich cream is formulated
with Vitamin A, collagen and vitamins
to help combat the signs of ageing
and dehydrated skin.
Avoid products with strong fragrance,
colour, astringents or high alcohol
content which can irritate your skin.
Don’t forget to exfoliate! Skin renews
itself more effectively when it’s free of
Apply a moisturiser straight after a
shower when your skin is still slightly
damp. This traps the water in the
upper layers and reduces dryness
Drink eight glasses of water a day and
eat lots of omega 3-rich fish containing
fatty acids, which contribute to a
healthy heart and brain and moist skin.
DERMAL FILLERS MEET SKINCARE IN
THIS NEW AND INNOVATIVE SKINCARE
LINE THAT IS REINVENTING THE WAY
WE TREAT THE SKIN.
TO GET IT
The Teoxane Cosmeceuticals range
is available in selected clinics or
online at www.lookyounger.com.au
or call 1800 633 830
RHA MICELLAR SOLUTION
Prep Cleansing Solution
the new and
skincare line that
to the daily
treatment of various skin conditions,
including both pre- and posttreatment
While cosmeceuticals aren’t
anything new, the Teoxane difference
is in its brand-new ingredient (more
on that later).
With a host of unique benefi ts, the
Teoxane Cosmeceuticals skincare
range is ideal for use before and after
cosmetic rejuvenation procedures to
help prep, hydrate and protect
skin, and to assist in maintaining
a youthful appearance. The impressive
product line is clinically proven to
help restore volume, hydrate the
skin and reduce the common signs
Offering a high concentration of
active ingredients, it effectively allows
products to penetrate deeper into
the skin, where collagen, elastin and
cellular activity takes place.
This can lead to more noticeable
visible changes to the skin than
conventional cosmetic products
and lead to longer-term benefi ts to
THE NEW SKINCARE
The new product line features the same
composition used in the Swiss-based
company’s dermal-fi ller injectables –
so it’s basically like a dermal fi ller in
a bottle. It is formulated with a new
patented ingredient called resilient
hyaluronic acid (RHA), which hydrates
and protects the skin while reducing
the common signs of ageing.
The RHA works to form a moisturerich
protective barrier. The RHA
builds a “mesh” that traps in moisture
and allows active ingredients to
gradually be released. This means
the skin can receive continuous
nourishment, day and night. This
“hydration net” helps skin to function
at optimal levels and promote
re-densifi cation of the skin layers.
As the RHA is gradually absorbed
by the skin, it goes to work alongside
a range of antioxidants, vitamins,
minerals and amino acids to help blur
out the signs of ageing and reduce fi ne
lines and age spots, smooth skin tone
and texture, and enhance volume.
Another key ingredient is NovHyal,
which is formulated to rejuvenate
the skin and improves its ability
to block environmental pollutants
and stresses. NovHyal promotes the
production of the body’s own essential
building blocks of the skin and
DEEP REPAIR BALM
Ultra Comfort Soothing Balm
RHA x VCIP SERUM
Vitamin C Skin Perfector
Anti-Wrinkle Cream for
normal-combination & dry skin
RHA Advanced Eye Contour
Suitable for Sensitive Skin
The results? Beautifully softer,
smoother skin that not only looks
noticeably radiant but also younger
Battered by stress, excess sun
exposure, pollution, smoking,
repeated dieting and hormonal
disorders, our skin can end up
looking exhausted, dull, uneven
and prematurely aged. Teoxane
Cosmeceuticals is a breakthrough
weapon in skincare, boasting a
range of benefi ts in a comprehensive
product line to help reactivate
skin health and perfect the
exhausted should not
be accepted as part and
parcel of modern-day living.
Words by Aimée Rodrigues
Eating healthily and still feeling tired?
Getting adequate sleep but can’t
function without your morning coffee
fix or afternoon sugar hit?
Unfortunately it’s a common
problem for many Australians and
additional reliance on caffeine
and sugar is a dangerous blanket
solution which further aggravates the
downward spiral of exhaustion, says
Sydney-based naturopath Victoria O’Sullivan.
“If you eat healthily and feel tired, you may find you suffer
from associated symptoms such as bloating, constipation,
diarrhoea and bad breath. A major cause of these symptoms
is a poorly functioning digestive system. Poor digestion and
absorption of nutrients can leave you lacking energy as your
body becomes deficient in energy-producing B vitamins and
minerals such as magnesium and iron.”
Victoria is passionate about sourcing the root of the problem
of tiredness and treating it accordingly. If there’s a problem
there’s a solution, and the healthiest option involves natural
treatment, she says.
How long has it been since you’ve had a
check-up with your doctor? A standard
blood test may reveal deficiencies in key
vitamins and minerals such as iron and B12.
Symptoms of these include exhaustion,
cold hands and feet, dizziness and shortness
of breath. “These deficiencies can have a
negative spiralling effect: when we are tired
we crave more sugar and don’t feel like
exercising, making us even more tired – and
the pattern continues,” Victoria says.
DO YOU HAVE
Often allergies will make you feel tired
without you even knowing it. Allergic
reactions are brought on by a variety of
factors – environmental, food and drink
– but mostly they are brought on by an
overactive immune system. Identify the
triggers of the allergies and limit contact.
Or if you suspect you have an allergy, visit
your doctor or naturopath for testing.
Our digestive system is like an ecosystem; if there is
a build-up of bad micro-organisms we’re unlikely to
be absorbing the full nutrients and energy from our
meals. Some simple ways to restore balance are to
chew food properly to ensure breakdown and
Eat foods rich in good bacteria like natural yoghurt,
miso, sauerkraut and kim chee, and take probiotics,
digestive enzyme supplements or apple cider vinegar in
water in the mornings.
When we are dehydrated our blood
becomes sticky and thick, which affects the
transportation of oxygen around our bodies, in
turn impacting the vital oxygen transport to
our brains and affecting our mental alertness.
Sticky blood also puts greater stress on our heart,
making it work harder. We will likely crave
more sugar and stimulants to give us the energy
we lack. We need roughly 0.33ml of water per
1kg of body weight. That’s around 2.15 litres per
day for a 65kg person.
Adrenal exhaustion may occur as a result of
chronic stress. “We often associate stress with
things like loss, moving house and financial
pressure,” says Victoria. “In reality, stress comes
from all areas of our lives. Dragging ourselves
out of bed in the morning and lacking stamina
are classic symptoms of stress, but more subtle
symptoms can include difficulty in completing
tasks and craving sugar or salt.”
The limbic system in our brain is responsible
for telling us if we are we under threat or if
we need a stress response. The good news is
that it can be trained. Often our perception of
events can greatly affect our stress response. By
developing positive attitudes we can go a long
way to reduce stress and gain more energy.
Have the lights out by 10pm and
get eight hours of undisturbed sleep.
“Disturbed sleep results in tiredness,
and while we may be able to push
through, the more tired we get the
more we will crave caffeine, starchy
and sugary foods. Unfortunately from
here it is almost inevitable that the
weight will creep on,” Victoria says.
Do you fi nd yourself falling asleep
at your desk in the afternoon or
unable to concentrate? You may have
unstable blood sugar levels. Take a
look at what you’ve eaten during
the morning and chances are you
haven’t had enough to eat or have
relied on too much sugar. Although
sugar can easily satisfy cravings
and re-energise, it diminishes
quickly, leaving you stuck on a
blood-sugar roller coaster.
If you don’t exercise, start. Getting
the blood pumping around the body
will get the oxygen moving. This can
be difficult when we have digestive
issues, but exercise helps digestion,
even if it’s a gentle walk. Our muscles
are packed with mitochondria, which
are the energy powerhouses of our
cells. Building lean muscle will help
with energy production – and will
also keep us younger!
Often we are in a state of stress
without being aware of it.
“Adrenalin, one of our stress
hormones, can put us in a state
of constant hyper-stimulation and
can trigger feelings of anxiety and
panic, making it difficult to maintain
a relaxed composure,” Victoria
says. Calming practices such as
meditation, yoga and breathing
exercises calm the stress response,
in turn helping the flow of energy.
Many of us eat on the go and miss key
vitamins and minerals. Supplements,
in particular B-vitamins and minerals
such as zinc, iron and magnesium, help
to replace the missing nutrients and
sources of energy that many of us lack
in our diets. If you are struggling with
low energy on a daily basis, your body
may be giving you a clue that it’s time
to assess your health and lifestyle. CBM
The next big thing is active
wear for your face
Who says you can’t look flawless while
working out? Rock the gym with primers,
waterproof mascara, tinted lip balms, BB
creams and breathable foundations that
don’t come with a side of skin guilt.
The aim of sports-luxe makeup is for it
to look minimal, not mask-like. Start with a
primer to smooth out uneven tone and help
keep sweat and shine at bay. “Not to prime
is a crime, especially when it comes to
sweat-proofing your look,” says Napoleon
Perdis. “Look for primers that mattify the
skin as this means you can avoid a heavy
makeup look with excessive touch ups.”
Keep foundation to a minimum – BB
and CC creams are great at multi-tasking,
combining skincare benefits with a hint of
tint. For the eyes, keep it sweat-resistant.
Smudge-proof gel eyeliners and waterproof
mascaras will have you looking strong and
sexy without the panda eyes.
Who says you don’t have to look prepped
and polished while you workout? CBM
1. MaxFactor False Lash Effect, $24.95.
For full lashes that won’t sweat off, this
waterproof mascara creates a false lash
effect without stickiness or clumping.
2. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream
SPF30, $59. Beauty boosting balm that
combines an HD foundation, anti-ageing
moisturiser and 30+ sunscreen.
3. Revlon Kiss Balm, $8. Hydrating natural fruit
oils in a sheer juicy colour with SPF 20.
4. Lycogel Breathable Camouflage, $98. Ultimate
breathable foundation that can be layered
to camouflage a whole host of skin gripes (it
can even be used on post laser and eczemaand
blemish-prone skin). What’s more, this
foundation is actually good for your skin and
contains a complex of 12 active ingredients that
work together to deliver oxygen, moisture and
nutrients to your skin.
5. asap CC Cream, $55. Combining a moisturiser,
natural mineral tint and SPF15 to instantly even
skin tone and diminish redness without the
heaviness of a traditional foundation.
6. asap Pure Mineral Makeup SPF15, $45. A
buildable natural mineral foundation ideal for
gym or outdoors, this breathable coverage
contains hyaluronic acid microspheres to help
increase hydration and ‘fill in’ fine lines.
7. Physicians Formula BB All-in-1 Beauty
Balm Foundation, $25.95. Super blendable and
lightweight BB and foundation hybrid that will
last well beyond your workout.
8. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Tinted Lip Balm
in Tulip, $29. Moisturises, hydrates and protects
lips while adding a hint of colour and sheen.
9. ELES Age Defying BB Cream 30, $52.
Camouflaging enough to be worn alone, this
is truly a multi-tasking wonder product that
acts as a sunscreen, moisturiser, primer, tinted
foundation and anti-ageing serum.
10. Revlon Photoready BB Cream, $25. This
beauty balm hydrates like a moisturiser, smooths
like a primer, covers like a foundation and blurs
like a concealer. #winning
11. Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner, $26.95.
Restore and revitalise skin and cool down after
an intensive workout.
12. Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Serum
Foundation, $69. All the skin benefits of a
skincare serum in a foundation – with buildable
coverage and light-reflecting pigments for an
13. Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer, $54.
Look fine and feel flawless with this peptideenriched
CC cream – lightweight coverage with
a satin-matte finish that stays put.
Awaken your mind, enliven your spirit and
release negativity with the graceful and
empowering art of yoga.
Words by Fern Olivia
oga is so much more than a physical practice. The physical poses
serve as a catalyst to clear out the stagnation in our bodies and minds
and enable us to tap into our own inner healers, essentially becoming
an alchemist on our yoga mats.
There is a science behind yoga. Yoga works on the nervous and
glandular systems via various technologies of pranayama (breathwork), asana
(movement), mantra (chanting), mudra (hand placement) and meditation –
with each style of yoga putting different degrees of emphasis on each of
Our culture is shifting. Instead of a boot camp mentality, we are becoming
more interested in becoming introspective and receptive, and becoming
our own warriors rather than marching in a line to the beat of someone
This change of pace and the demand for inward-looking practices means
that many of us are gravitating towards yoga styles which work on the level of
the mind, not just the physical body.
In some way we are all asleep and need to awaken to our true selves. Yoga can
serve to remove mental and emotional blockages and scrape the subconscious
mind clean, all in the timeframe of a 90-minute class, ultimately bringing us to
a deeper spiritual awareness.
The modern yoga ‘market’ can be
bewildering at best. Today there is
a vast array of teachings, teachers,
and styles – each entailing a different
experience and benefits.
A style of partner yoga that involves
one person as the base and another
person ‘flying’ in various poses
balanced on the base’s feet. A
challenging physical practice
that blends elements of yoga
are usually slower paced and more
accessible to beginners than vinyasa/
flow style classes.
Physically this style of yoga is quite
different to other types. The exercises,
called kriyas, typically involve fast,
repetitive motions sustained for several
minutes, held in particular positions or
angles. Breath of fire (quick, forceful
exhalations through the nose) is done
in many of the poses. Mantra and
chanting is also strongly emphasised.
A physically challenging style of
yoga involving a prescribed sequence
of sun salutations, followed by
standing, balancing, seated, twisting
and reclining poses. More advanced
Ashtanga practices include bandhas
(internal locks) and drishti (focused
gaze). Ashtanga is the precursor for
most vigorous styles of hatha yoga,
including its most commonly taught
derivatives, Power Yoga and Vinyasa.
Headed by controversial Indian
teacher Bikram Choudhury, it involves
a prescribed series of 26 poses, each
practiced twice in a row, in a room
heated to over 100°F (38°C).
The term Hatha Yoga technically
encompasses all of the lineages listed
here. However, when you see a class
labelled Hatha it typically means that
each pose is held for several breaths
versus flowing more quickly from
one pose to the next. Hatha classes
In this style, the poses are all done
lying on the floor in various positions
using lots of bolsters, blankets and
blocks to enable the practitioner to
relax completely and stay in the pose
for several minutes.
A new style of yoga utilising sequences
and postures targeted at restoring
thyroid function and balancing
hormones. Focusing on energetics –
using conscious self-expression and
intuitive wisdom to heal physical
and emotional blockages, bringing
forth a state of hormonal balance and
sustained wellbeing. Strong influences
from Kundalini yoga, integrative
medicine and holistic nutrition.
One of the most ubiquitous styles of
modern yoga, Vinyasa involves flowing
from one pose to the next with fluidity.
Similar to Ashtanga, only it does not
always involve the same sequence of
poses in each class.
This style is all about letting go,
releasing effort and surrendering
muscular tension. It seeks to deepen
flexibility of the fascia, tendons and
ligaments as opposed to just the
muscles. Most yin poses are performed
lying on the floor. Yin poses are held
for up to 10 minutes each.
Spotlight on Kundalini
My favoured style of yoga to practice, and the one that has
touched me deeply and changed my life in palpable ways, is
Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is a powerful practice, brought
to the West and taught by Yogi Bhajan to strengthen the
mind and intuitive capabilities. The word “kundalini” literally
means awareness and manifesting the hidden potential of
In the yogic tradition, kundalini energy is portrayed as a
coiled serpent lying dormant at the base of the spine. To raise
the kundalini, we awaken and enliven this creative energy,
expand our awareness and tap our infinite potential.
Typically, a Kundalini yoga class begins with rapid movements
of cat/cow to warm up the spine and activate the movement of
cerebrospinal fluid, and then breath of fire – rapid breath in and
out of the nose to stimulate the deep release of stagnation and
toxicity in the emotional and physical body. Depending on the
kriya (sequence), you may experience meditations where your
arms are lifted or in a particular mudra (hand placement) for an
extended period of time, or asana such as camel bends, leg lifts
and push-ups, jumping jacks, or shaking and dancing to loosen
anger, doubt and fear.
Kundalini yoga wakes you up, literally. It activates your pineal
gland, our connection to our higher guidance. Through specific
breathing exercises and mantra, you can literally reprogram your
subconscious patterns and replace insecurities and fear with
strength and security.
Kundalini yoga activates and regulates the thyroid, known
as “The Master Gland” and “The Beauty Gland,” the butterflyshaped
gland at the base of the neck. The thyroid regulates
many of your body’s major functions such as metabolism,
hormones and energy levels – and also plays a key role in the
health of your hair, skin, nails and sex drive. CBM
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Fern Olivia, thyroid expert and master teacher, trained in Biomedical
Engineering and Integrative Nutrition, is a renowned teacher and
speaker on the power of integrative medicine and intuitive self-healing.
Fern has created Thyroid Yoga ® , a unique method of integrative
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travel beautifully with our smart girls’
guide to packing your beauty kit.
Words by AimÉe Rodrigues
While it might be fun and enormously rewarding,
when it comes to the beauty stakes, globetrotting
can be less than flattering. Have you ever arrived
at your destination after a flight and your hair
is either standing on end or stuck to your scalp?
Your eyes look like red bulbs and your skin feels
dryer than the Sahara? Not anymore.
We have sourced the perfect products that
allow you to travel like celebrities and flight attendants, who seem to effortlessly
disembark looking like they just stepped out of a Benefit beauty bar.
In a similar manner to the age-old holiday shoe dilemma, it’s very hard to know
what you’re actually going to use on a trip, be it a weekend away or overseas jaunt.
Ideally, if you’re chasing sunshine and good weather, lots of sun care products and
minimal makeup will suffice, but most of us decide to err on the side of caution
and throw everything into the bag just in case.
When it comes to packing your beauty kit for a trip away, it’s the small things
that count. And by that we mean travel size. CBM
1. asap Skin Essentials Pack, $135.
This travel pack has it all: cleanser,
exfoliating facial scrub, gentle
cleansing gel, moisturising daily
defence SPF50+, soothing gel,
hydrating lip balm+ SPF15 and a super
soft and durable deluxe facial cloth.
2. Medik8 Ageing Starter Kit, $69.90.
Who says you can’t address the signs
of ageing while on holiday? This starter
kit contains travel-sized gentleCleanse;
Hydr8 B5; CE-Tetra; Hydr8 Day 360 with
SPF15; and Retinol 3TR.
3. Biology Bare Essentials Travel Kit,
$50. Pamper yourself every step of your
journey with this 5-product kit featuring
the essentials for beautiful feeling and
smelling skin and hair.
4. Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy
Makeup, $100. Dubbed the 5-minute
makeup revolution, this is the ultimate
grab ‘n’ go makeup pack for creating a
smoky Bond-girl eye and pucker-up lips.
5. Theorie Argan Oil Ultimate Reform
Collection, $39.95. This hair and body
pack is your ultimate travel companion.
In a stylish case, hair will be luminous
and resilient no matter where you are.
6. Mesoestetic Hydra-vital Factor
K, $129. Ultra-moisturising complex
based on a mixture of amino acids
and bio-salts particularly indicated to
help return smoothness and elasticity
to dry skin. Keep it handy for a quick
hydration injection for parched skin.
11. June Jacobs Papaya Purifying
Enzyme Masque, $26. Specially
packaged for beauty on the go, these
travel-friendly masks will hydrate and
nourish dry and stressed skin.
12. Sisley Paris Eye Contour Mask,
$160. Perfect after a long flight, this eye
mask visibly reduces dark circles and
reduces fine lines and puffiness.
13. Sisley Paris Floral Spray Mist,
$120. Ideal for travelling to refresh and
revitalise the skin. Active ingredients
include softening cornflower, soothing
orange blossom, purifying witchhazel
and refreshing rose.
7. SkinCeuticals Hydra Balm,
$27.80. Multi-functional ointment
ideal for treating the symptoms
associated with severely dry and
sensitive skin while improving
8. Thalgo Cold Cream Marine
Deeply Nourishing Hand Cream,
$29. Soften and protect your
hands from the ravages of plane
travel with this rich hand cream
for dry and very dry hands.
9. Synergie Skin Enviroshield,
$89. An anti-pollution spritz
to protect against the harmful
effects of airborne pollutants
and infrared damage.
Helps protect and detoxify
skin, chelate heavy metals
and shield the skin from
airborne particles present in
10. Bio-Oil, $14.95. Get onboard
with the travel-sized Bio-Oil
(60ml), the ultimate
multi-purpose skincare item.
14. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot
Moisture Mist, $25. Boost skin’s
moisture levels while cooling the
complexion and refreshing makeup.
15. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip
Service, $32. Conditions and repairs the
lips with Vitamin E, providing protecting
and nourishing benefits.
16. SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence, $75.
This refreshing mist penetrates through
makeup to lock in moisture and hydrate
17. MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo –
Dark Tones (65ml), $19.95. Travel-sized
dry shampoo to leave hair refreshed
18. Aspect Starter Kit, $129. This
excellent travel companion contains
four of Aspect’s key products to keep
your skin in tip-top condition. Contains
a cleanser, Vitamin C serum, exfoliator
and 4-in-1 moisturiser.
19. Pevonia Flight Essentials
Collection, $121. This pack includes all
the necessities for keeping skin healthy
from head to toe and is conveniently
packaged in an airline-approved, clear
The half-up half-down hairstyle combines the best of
both (hair) worlds. Here’s how to get on board with
the latest look. Words by erin docherty
We’re all familiar with the messy, too cool/
too busy topknot which has been the
easiest go-to hairstyle for the past couple
of seasons. However, a new version of
the classic topknot has surfaced and it
offers yet another way to get your hair
out of your face, create an appearance of
an up-do and avoid washing your hair.
It’s the trusty half-up half-down.
Pantene Hair Ambassador Remington
Schulz says, “The half-up half-down
look is super functional – it works to
keep your hair off your face whilst still
looking free-flowing and full. It can
also be an edgy ‘sport luxe’ look to wear
while you exercise.”
The half-up half-down is the sort
of magical hairstyle achieved from
indecision and we simply can’t get
enough of it. It’s flexible and can be
used to achieve any look, anytime. You
can rough it up at the roots for an easy
daytime look or slick it back for a classy
The more hair you have to play
with, the more experimental you can
get with your style. “You need enough
hair to be able to create the illusion of
volume on both the top and bottom
layers,” says Schulz. “There are plenty
of tricks to achieve extra volume if
you don’t have it though. Dry shampoo
is a trusty and effective way to add
body at the base of your half-up bun
So, how do we nail the look, à la
Khloe Kardashian, Ariana Grande
and Alicia Vikander? It’s all in
“The best way to achieve this
style is lots of beach spray and to dry
your hair upside down. Then create
a half top knot wrapped around and
secured with U pins. Avoid bobby pins
because they leave a line in your hair,”
“An iron straightener is my absolute
essential. Depending how you use it, a
straightener gives you the flexibility to
create an ultra-sleek or a completely
undone and messy look.
“As for products, look for those that
add body and texture as this will make
styling a whole lot easier. Try washing
with Pantene’s Pro-Vitamin Sheer
Volume Shampoo and Conditioner as
this will ensure the hair is weightless
from the get-go.” CBM
1. Curious Grace The Delightfulness Dryer,
$99.95. Keep your mane tame with this
new range of styling tools and brushes,
including this super-cool hairdryer.
2. MoroccanOil Beach Wave Mousse,
$28. For long-lasting tousled texture and a
natural windswept look.
3. MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Spray, $38.
Finish your look with this invisible veil of
pure luminous shine, while also protecting
hair against the elements.
4. De Lorenzo Afterglow, $22. Reignite
shine with this lightweight trigger spray
that leaves a greaseless finish to relax and
tame the hair.
5. De Lorenzo Sandstorm Dry Texture
Spray, $24. Sculpting spray for medium
control and maximum fullness.
6. TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Hair
Maximiser, $7. Fleximax volumisers create
volume while fibre-polishing actives
smooth the cuticles
7. m a k e Protected Spray, $22. Style your
hair, don’t fry it! This thermal protector will
keep your hair smooth and shiny, not dry
8. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak
Refreshing Dry Shampoo, $16.95. Instantly
absorbs excess oils and refreshes, adds
volume and leaves no chalky residue.
9. Pantene Pro-V Volume Booster Dry
Shampoo, $10. This Sheer Volume variant
contains Pantene’s new SMART Pro-Vitamin
Formula and gives your hair plenty of
added volume and shine – perfect for
constructing the ultimate topknot or halfup
10. EVY Professional iQ One Glide Styler,
$299. This styling superstar infuses hair with
hydration and moisture while it straightens
and styles hair.
7. 8. 9.
11. Silver Bullet Keratin 230 Titanium
Straightener, $199.95. Unruly hair has met
its match. Features adjustable heat as well
as surround heat for creating waves.
12. Remington Silk Ceramic Ultra
Straightener, $99.95. The silk ceramic
technology in the straightener helps
achieve silky and smooth results
and effortless glide and provides
13. Halo The Marilyn Curler, $139.95.
The perfect curler to achieve beautiful
classic open curls or waves, without
the lines caused by clip curlers.
14. Keune Mineral Hairspray, $21.
Flyaways and misbehaving hair be gone
with this weightless hairspray! Like an
invisible force, it gives hold without ever
making hair sticky, heavy or stiff.
15. Keune Salt Mousse, $30. Your hair
will be lifted to new heights with this
just-released hydrating mousse that
gives volume and texture to hair.
16. Pure Elements Rosewood
Polishing Spray, $32. This heavenly
scented super glossy shine spray
also controls and eliminates frizz
17. Head & Shoulders 3 Action
Formula Dry Scalp Care Shampoo and
Conditioner (not pictured), $12.49 each.
Cooler temperatures can bring about
a dry, flaky scalp. Contains luxurious
almond oil to leave you with super-soft
locks that are 100% flake-free.
18. REF. Weightless Volume
Shampoo, $33.50. Sulphate-free
shampoo with botanical extracts to
protect, strengthen and boost
structure of fine or thin hair for
fullness and shine.
19. REF. Weightless Volume
Conditioner, $33.50. Formulated for
fine and thin hair, this lightweight
conditioner seals in volume for a hair
boost while strengthening, hydrating
and detangling hair.
20. REF. Thickening Spray 215, $37.50.
Watch fine and thin hair transform into
noticeably more voluminous hair.
The beauty of a
good night’s sleep can
never be overstated.
Here are some of our tips
and favourite products
to help you enter the
riedrich Nietzsche once said, “Sleeping is no
mean art. For its sake one must stay awake all day.”
Maximising slumber can be tricky in today’s rat race,
which can poach the possibility of the fabled eight
hours of dream time faster than you can say ‘toss
Research unswervingly shows that some serious
shuteye is essential for your health and wellbeing, with
lack of sleep associated with everything from weight
gain to cancer, research has also proven that there’s
a link between inadequate sleep and signs of ageing,
with lack of sleep doubling the signs of skin ageing,
including fine lines.
One study, conducted by University Hospital Case
Medical Centre in Ohio and commissioned by Estée
Lauder, investigated the process of catabolysis in skin
and cellular synchronisation and purification, and their
connection to sleep.
Catabolysis is a natural purification process that
helps skin cells eliminate internal debris that can
cause cellular damage. Getting older, coupled with
environmental factors, generates internal debris within
cells which can cause cellular damage and prevent cells
from functioning efficiently. Skin cells have a natural
24-hour rhythm, repairing themselves at night and
protecting themselves in the day. Catabolysis is at its
peak at night in line with the circadian rhythm of your
body. With age the process becomes less efficient and
desynchronised, contributing to the appearance of aged
and dehydrated skin.
The researchers found that poor quality sleepers lost
30 percent more water 72 hours after a skin barrier
disruption, such as exposure to UV light, than those
who regularly have good quality sleep. The poor
sleepers also showed twice the amount of intrinsic
signs of ageing such as fine lines, reduced elasticity and
If you’re tormented by hours spent staring at the
ceiling while the rest of the world slumbers (or so you
imagine), take heed of these sleep-inducing tips and
twilight beauty treats.
6tips to get
a good night’s
Have a warm
Normal body temperatures play
off your body’s circadian rhythm.
Temperatures are low during
sleep and at their highest point
during the day. A drop in body
temperature can be a trigger for
drowsiness, and the cooling down
that occurs after a warm bath
facilitates feelings of sleepiness.
Caffeine products such as coffee,
tea, colas and chocolate are
stimulants. They usually remain
in your body from three to five
hours but some of us can still feel
their effects up to 12 hours later.
It’s best to avoid caffeine within
six to eight hours of going to bed.
And, dare we say it, but a glass
or two of alcohol as a nightcap
can make for a very restless night,
not to mention a pesky hangover
the morning after. Alcohol can
also restrict airflow into the lungs
which reduces oxygen in your
blood and can lead to snoring
(and no one likes a snorer).
We’re not going to be the
thousandth person in your
lifetime to tell you to get more
exercise – but we are going
to warn you about achieving
balance. We all know that overresting
leaves us sluggish and
lethargic, but if you over-exercise
it could cause muscle strain and
burnout, too. Eight hours staring
at a computer screen is standard
these days, and it can wear out
your brain. Just like your brain
shutting down when it needs
to, exercise makes sure your bod
winds down when the moment it
needs to arrives.
Exercise also triggers those
Produced by the brain, they
bolster your mood and aid the
production of the hormones that
help you fall asleep.
Choose the right
All those old wives’ tales about
eating before bed are on the
mark, but less important than
you’d like to think. Eating at
the right time, your ‘metabolic
window’, conditions your body’s
metabolism to wake up and wind
down. Within this timeframe you
can give your body an important
message: in your world there is an
adequate supply of food, so it can
sit back and relax into sleep mode
when it feels the need.
Different types of food can
affect how you sleep. Meals rich
in carbohydrates set off a chain
reaction which makes you sleepy.
Carbs trigger the release of
insulin, which increases the level
of the chemical tryptophan in the
brain. From there, it’s turned into
serotonin, and serotonin is a sleep
inducer. Eating proteins has the
opposite effect to carbohydrates
and can make us feel more alert.
A lunch rich in protein may well
prevent the 3pm slump, while
eating carbohydrates at dinner
should help you to sleep.
Take some time out to unwind.
Reading a book, meditating or
simply focusing on your breathing
should do the trick. Creating a
calm bedroom environment is also
a must. Televisions are a definite
no-no and put your phone down
already – your bedroom is for
sleep, it’s not an entertainment
centre. Fragrance the air with
a botanical room spray, light a
candle or practise the gentle art
of aromatherapy. Herbs such as
lavender can help you get a full
Humans are hunter-gatherers
and instinctively need to feel safe
Napoleon, Florence Nightingale and Margaret
Thatcher got by on four hours’ sleep a night.
The record for the longest period without
sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes (during a
before nodding off. We all have
our own little sleep aids, whether
this be an open window, heating,
a fan, white noise or a sleeping
mask. Make sure you have a good
set of blinds and earplugs handy if
you need them. We use these aids
to reduce distractions and tell our
brains it’s safe to chill out.
Go to bed at the
same time (and
don’t hit the
in the am!)
Creating a habit of going to bed
and waking up at the same time
each day works to anchor your
body clock and helps your body
balance both sleep time and wake
time. Some experts recommend
that you sleep for between seven
and nine hours every night, while
others say the amount of sleep you
require is what you need to not be
sleepy in the daytime. AMP
The body’s ‘natural alarm clock’ is caused by a
burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin.
Researchers say this reflects an unconscious
anticipation of the stress of waking up.
A Harvard study found that the less
people sleep, the more likely they are to suffer
from a major illness.
It’s possible there may not be a single moment of
our sleep when we are actually dreamless.
The only thing Marilyn Monroe wore to
bed was a splash of Chanel No 5 (so they say).
Premature babies have 75 percent REM sleep,
10 percent more than full-term bubs
A new baby typically results in 400 to 750 hours
lost sleep to parents in the first year.
Several studies have found that sleeping less
than eight hours a night leads to obesity.
Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness
leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a
blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.
1. MOR Cosmetics Correspondence
Fragrance Candle in Kashmir
Petals, $39.95. Relax and unwind
with essence of rose petals and
bergamot, blended with orchid and
magnolia blossom on top of base
notes of sandalwood and geranium.
2. Skinstitut Multi-Active Mist, $45.
With Vitamin B3, ginseng, green tea
and licorice root, this relaxing mist
deeply hydrates and calms the skin.
3. Biology No.352 Oil-Infused Bath
Soak, $40. A blend of steam-distilled
essential oils – bergamot orange,
rose geranium and tangerine –
designed to cleanse and balance
the skin while relaxing the senses.
Enhanced with beneficial minerals
and trace elements to cleanse, purify
and restore skin hydration.
4. Biology No.353 Ultra Hydrate
Body Butter, $45. High in skinloving
oils from avocado and sweet
almond, this readily absorbed skin
butter promotes skin elasticity and
suppleness, while shea butter further
locks in moisture and nourishes the
skin. Smells like a dream too.
5. Jurlique Rose Body Cream, $40.
A luxurious body cream enriched
with rose, jojoba oil, shea and cocoa
butter that leaves dry skin feeling
hydrated, soft and smooth. Perfect
for use after an indulgent bath.
6. Jurlique Calming Blend
Aromatherapy Mist, $35. Relax your
senses anytime, anywhere with this
calming aromatherapy mist. Contains
lavender and grapefruit pure
essential oils to promote wellbeing
and help you calm down.
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7. Jurlique Lavender Shower
Gel, $28. Gentle body cleanser
contains clarifying rosemary, nettle,
lemon balm and thyme, balancing
horsetail, hydrating lavender and
8. The Body Shop Almond Milk &
Honey Soothing & Restoring Body
Butter, $27.95. Essential winter
body care, this creamy body butter
comforts, protects and restores
sensitive, dry skin for 48 hours.
9. Pevonia “Anti-Stress” Bath &
Shower Gel, $83.50. Rinse the stress
away with this relaxing and soothing
aromatherapy foaming gel.
10. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin
Cream, $14.99. Instantly hydrates,
illuminates skin and conceals
imperfections. The cream is sheer
when applied, then adjusts according
to your skin tone.
11. Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub,
$69. Detox your skin and prime it
for sleep with this exfoliating skin
polisher containing poppy, jojoba
and date seeds plus salicylic acid
12. Vaseline Intensive Care Deep
Restore, $5.25. A staple body
moisturiser, this non-greasy lotion
restores the appearance of dry skin
and leaves skin feeling smooth
13. Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Bath
Soak, $39.95. Luxuriate in this
creamy and hydrating coconut milk,
containing a bounty of nutrients for
smooth and supple skin.
14. Phytomer Oligomer Wellbeing
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The world of fragrance has its own
history and language, evoking memories
and seducing our sense of smell.
Words by AimÉe Rodrigues
Coco Chanel described the appeal of perfume beautifully when she said,
‘It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds
your arrival and prolongs your departure.’
Undeniably the most powerful of the five senses, our sense of smell is
heavily intertwined with our emotions – a quick whiff has the ability to conjure
anything from a nostalgic childhood flash to strong food cravings. Have you
ever wondered why you can’t stand your ex’s signature scent? It has nothing to
do with musk or sandalwood. In fact, emotional associations are the driving
force behind our favoured fragrances and this is deeply affected by life events.
Funnily enough, the most powerful of all scents is actually odourless. Sex
pheromones might seem like an urban legend (and a bad pickup line) but
scientists have since found receptors in the nose that pick up these hormones,
triggering an innate animal
attraction between certain people.
You’re probably repulsed by the
idea of smelling someone else’s
BO but science says that both
men and women fall powerless
against the scent of our
counterpart’s sweat when sexualattractant
pheromones are at play.
Middle Eastern countries
are known for their cultural
fascination with different
fragrances, dabbing scented oils
on areas of the body that excrete
pheromones to signpost them
to their partner. Even though
our pheromones are already
individually unique, there is
defi nitely something sexy about
customising our glandular
excretions for our lovers.
But it’s not just humans
pouncing on each other at the
allure of signature scents. A
study in the Guatemalan jungle
has seen scientists successfully
use Calvin Klein’s Obsession
for Men as a lure to make the
usually elusive jaguar linger long
enough to be photographed and
observed. Whether these big cats
have a genetic inclination towards
bergamot, lavender, mandarin,
clove, nutmeg and amber is not
known (and a tad unlikely), but
the research gained from this
experiment has proved invaluable
for perfume houses. CBM
The art of
The basic combination in any
perfume is called an accord, where
two or more fragrances or notes
are combined to make a seamless
third composition in which the
originals are undetectable. This
provides the skeleton of the perfume,
with all the other elements added
to harmoniously flesh out this
The process uses ‘bridges’ that
connect the different notes and
harmoniously add to the perfume’s
character (floral, oriental, citrus,
gourmand and so on) to create a
Accords are often created to
evoke a scent that doesn’t produce
one single odour, such as the
warm, fleshly amber or heady mellis
accords. Every perfumier has their
own combination of ingredients
for creating an accord, although
some, such as oak moss in a chypre
accord, are regarded as elemental.
A soliflore is a composition built
around one note.
All the elements combine to
create three periods of evaporation
during which we can discern the
different layers of the perfume.
First are the top notes, usually
bright and penetrating but light
in character and often composed
of citrus or aldehydes, then the
body, heart or middle notes which
classifies the ‘type’ of perfume
and can be smelled as soon as
the perfume settles. Finally, there
are the bottom or base notes that
provide depth and solidarity as well
as lasting power, or diffusion.
What a perfume smells like
after a couple of hours is called
the dry down.
Modern chemical processes
have enabled the separation of the
fragrant essences into components
such as esters, aldehydes ketones
and indoles, which can be further
broken down into subtle scent
molecules and reassembled in
combinations – to make each final
product utterly unique.
Single florals are fragrances
dominated by the scent of one
flower, although other notes
make up the perfume.
Floral bouquets combine
several floral scents.
Bright florals fuse both categories
and are characteristically
Amber fragrances use animalic
ingredients to create voluptuous,
earthy and sometimes spicy scents.
Oriental fragrances are usually
both woody and spicy.
Gourmand fragrances smell
edible, often of vanilla, tonka
bean or chocolate.
Wood fragrances are resinous
Leather fragrances have a savoury
complexity in the middle notes.
Chypre evokes the scent of moss
Fougère conjures the scent of ferns,
with woody and herbaceous notes.
Green fragrances are a fresher,
more modern version of chypre.
Citrus or fruity fragrances are
sharp and clean smelling.
Oceanic fragrances are fresh, tangy
and slightly salty.
Amber contains balsamic notes like
benzoin, tolu and labdanum as well
as vanilla and spicy notes.
Ambrein has more woody notes,
combined with rose.
Chypre balances bergamot with oak
moss, vetiver, wood and floral notes.
Fougère uses lavender, oak moss
and the fragrance of hay from
Mellis blends spices, wood notes
and coumarine together with
White floral accord combines
gardenia, jasmine, orange blossom
Aromatics are mainly composed of
sage, rosemary, thyme and lavender.
Signorina in Fiore
EDT (50ml), $140. This
new interpretation of
Signorina bursts with
top notes of nashi pear
sorbet and pomegranate
leading to a heart of
cherry blossom and
jasmine and a soft
base of white musk
and sandalwood for a
positively pretty olfactory
Mugler Angel Eau Sucree
Limited Edition EDT
(50ml), $89. In 2017 the
house of Mugler
re-releases its new limited
edition of Angel Eau
Secree. This flirty and
fruity fragrance opens
with red berry sorbet
and sweet citrus before
morphing into a heart of
scrumptious caramel with
base notes of patchouli
Jurlique Essence of Rose
Roll-On Fragrance Oil,
$28. Jurlique’s signature
fragrance captures the
essence of 10,000 rose
petals, with notes of rose
oils, shea butter and rosa
gallica – all in a handy
Hugo Boss BOSS THE
SCENT for Her (50ml),
$140. Opens with juicy
and velvety shades of
peach and top notes
of the heavenly freesia
blossom with a heart
osmanthus, while drying
down with warming
Parfum/Perfume This is the richest concentration
of the pure fragrance, at least 20 percent, and will
last on your skin for up to six hours.
Eau de Parfum This is around 15 percent of the
pure fragrance and lasts around five hours.
Eau de Toilette This is around 12 percent of the
pure fragrance and lasts around four to five hours.
Eau de Cologne This is around three percent
of the pure fragrance and lasts about two hours.
L’occitane Terre De
Lumiēre EDP (90ml),
$150. Zesty and aromatic
at first, this signature
melts into an infinitely
before settling into
sensual balsamic and
musky base notes. The
sparkling aromas of
top notes are like fresh
bursts of sunlight on
The Body Shop Nigritella
EDP (50ml), $59.95.
Floral oriental fusion
of red vanilla orchid
blended with opulent
notes of tuberose and
vanilla for a deliciously
Sisley Izia EDP (50ml),
$175. This beautiful
scent opens with top
notes of white bergamot,
freesia and tea. The
d’Ornano rose, only in
bloom for two weeks a
year in the French Loire
Valley, is at the heart,
enhanced with notes of
pear, jasmine, peony, lily
of the valley and green
angelica. The base
notes are highlighted by
powdery musk and warm
cedar and amber. Truly
It’s only natural to want the best
for your baby. We bring you the
mother of all baby-friendly bath and
skin products for your little ones.
Bioderma Atoderm Preventive,
$32.99. Formulated for babies
from birth to three years of age
with very dry skin. It limits the
aggravation from cutaneous
dryness by forming a protective
Jurlique Baby’s Soothing
Moisturising Cream, $33.
Lightweight cream that absorbs
easily into baby’s delicate
skin leaving it protected
and moisturised. The cream
contains soothing calendula
and witch hazel, as well as aloe,
honey, glycerine and vitamin E.
Jurlique Baby’s Calming
Bath Oil, $22. Paediatrician
dermatologist tested, use this
relaxing massage oil to keep
baby’s skin soft, moisturised and
calm. Use from one month old.
Jurlique Baby’s Gentle
Shampoo and Body Wash, $22.
A gentle transparent gel that
gently foams to cleanse baby’s
skin, leaving it feeling refreshed,
calm and soft.
WOTNOT Baby Wash, $16.99.
Gentle enough for newborns,
this top to toe calming wash is
free from any nasties.
Natralus Essential Paw Paw
Ointment, $6.95. Free from any
nasties, this Aussie made and
owned multi-purpose balm
soothes and protects skin.
And for the mums
Sisley Paris White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs, $220. This justreleased
leg treatment oil specifically targets infiltrated cellulite, which is
associated with water retention, mainly visible on the legs, and generally
accompanied by sensations of heaviness and tiredness in the legs.
Bio-Oil (200ml), $34.95. What pregnant woman hasn’t used Bio-Oil? The
multi-purpose oil helps reduce the possibility of stretch marks forming
during pregnancy, as well as helping to improve uneven skin tone and
pigmentation caused by hormonal fluctuations.
The lust-WORThy products we’re
1. Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick, $75.
This celestial illuminating palette is a
heaven-sent combo of shimmery bronzer
and pearlescent blush housed in Bobbi
Brown’s signature compact.
2. Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara,
$46. A layerable mascara so each new
coat remains clean and buildable. Lashes
stay separated and soft as the tapered,
two-fibre brush grabs even small,
3. Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF15.
Fifteen hours of flawless coverage in a
formulation that glides onto skin and
evens out skin tone to minimise fine
lines and imperfections.
4. Benefit Roller Lash Super-Curling
and Lifting Mascara, $42. Our new
favourite mascara! Works on even the
finest of lashes to lift, curl and make your
eyes look bigger and bolder.
5. Benefit Sugarbomb Blush, $51. Oh, so
sweet! Rose, shimmering pink, soft plum
and peach blend together for a sugar-rush
flush of colour and subtle shimmer.
6. Sisley Paris Eyeshadow Quartet in
Mystery, $110. Silky and vibrant, this
beautifully crafted palette is housed in
Sisley’s signature harlequin-design case.
7. Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, $37.
Seamless, natural-looking finish while
providing industrial-strength camouflage
to conceal under-eye circles.
8. Sisley Paris PhytoLip Gloss in Shade 3
Rose, $65. Lip-smacking coral-rose
high-shine gloss with a 3D effect for a
9. Sisley Paris Hydrating Long Lasting
Lipstick in L32 Rose Cashmere, $65. The
mother of all lipsticks, this hydrating, highly
pigmented lipstick protects lips all day
long, drying to a satin finish that won’t
feather or bleed.
10. Sisley Paris Phyto-Blush Eclat in
Pinky Berry, $98. Soft powder meets
skincare with this treatment makeup
that offers free radical protection while a
Mother-of-Pearl micro sheath illuminates
cheekbones for an iridescent glow.
11. Napoleon Perdis Couture Brow Kit,
$49. This triple-threat brow kit has two
shades plus shaping wax to help tame,
define and shape the brows.
12. Rimmel London Glam’Eyes
Professional Liquid Eyeliner, $11.95. A
tried and trusted smudge-proof eyeliner
for max glam with minimal effort.
13. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
Flawless Long-lasting overage SPF 15,
$65. This Holy Grail of foundations truly
is a miracle in a bottle: full yet weightless
coverage to look and feel like a second
skin while covering redness, blemishes and
uneven skin tone. Great colour matches.
14. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution
Long-Lasting Lipstick in Birkin Brown,
$49. The “it” colour of the season, this
warm reddish-brown will have your lips
appearing fuller and bigger, thanks to 3D
glowing pigments that appear to light up
lips from within.
1. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
Intense Deluxe Edition 2017, $79. Transport
yourself to ‘Jurlique Farm’ in the rolling
Adelaide hills with this annual limited edition
version of Jurlique’s cult Rosewater Mist.
2. Sisley Paris Express Flower Gel, $160.
In three minutes this soothing gel mask
smooths away fatigue, stressed out and dry
skin. Features a high concentration of waterretaining
ingredients so skin feels firmer,
more toned and hydrated.
3. L’unico Neuropeptide Firming Eye
Therapy, $160. Hand formulated with
European-engineered peptides, it provides
instant 100% absorption to significantly
decrease puffiness around the eye area,
while helping to improve skin elasticity.
4. Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, $120.
The feather-light formula strengthens the
skin’s natural protective barrier, shields
against environmental stressors, smooths
visible lines and locks in moisture.
5. Medik8 Glow Oil, $89. Containing 12
essential oils with Vitamin C and Omega
3 and 6, this silky dry oil gives an instant
youthful glow and radiant skin texture.
6. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $129.
This gel hydration booster is like a drink of
water for the skin. Enriched with Vitamin E,
which is known to help with tissue repair, and
hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator
to bind moisture to the skin.
7. Ella Baché Tomate Granule-Free Micro
Exfoliant, $72. Gentle grain-free exfoliant has
all the benefits of an exfoliator without that
8. Doctor Babor BTX-Lift Serum, $162.
Part of the Lifting Cellular range, this
smoothing serum with BTX peptides
helps to reduce muscle contractions
and relieve microtensions in the skin for
improving the appearance of crow’s feet
and frown lines.
9. Doctor Babor Dual Face Lift Serum,
$384. This German-made cosmetic
procedure in a bottle visibly firms and
contours ageing, wrinkled skin by
improving skin elasticity and stimulating
10. Aspect Dr Resveratrol Moisturising
Cream, $93. This rich yet lightweight
emollient moisturiser contains Resveratrol,
a powerful antioxidant to nourish and
hydrate skin. Leaves skin silky to touch.
11. Ella Baché Eternal+ Replenishing
Day Cream, $135. The new cream includes
a powerful assortment of heavyweights
in the anti-ageing skincare world,
including anti-free radical molecules
and encapsulated diamond powders.
Pair it with the Night Cream for
12. Mesoestetic Proteoglycans
Ampoules (10 ampoules), $98. For
intensive repair of dry skin, these singleuse
vials fight signs of photo-ageing,
helping prevent the occurrence of
expression lines and promote skin
elasticity and smoothness.
1. Essano Ocean Minerals Volumising Shampoo and
Conditioner, 15.99 each. New to Essano, Ocean Minerals
is rich in vitamins and amino acids to give life to fine hair –
delivering weightless gloss and body to hair.
2. De Lorenzo Instant Rejuven8 Shampoo and Conditioner,
$25 each. Softens and nourishes while strengthening and
protecting hair. Antioxidants, amino acids and natural
blackberry and bilberry extracts detangle and protect
from UV fade.
up to the
CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR
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It’s been said that it takes just 21
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Enter the Zone 21 Challenge by
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It’s an innovative training program
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The question is: can you really
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levels in just 21 days? Vix Erber, the
original Bondi Vixen who has more
than 25 years’ experience specialising
in creating bikini bodies via her
female-only functional fitness classes
on Bondi Beach, answers with an
“With the right training for the
female body, correct and regular
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positive mindset to move your body,
anything is possible,” she says. “I have
the tools for success with a proven
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In fact, she’s so confident with
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the steps required over the 21 days,
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Vix attributes the program’s success
to a combination of three significant
areas: exercise, diet and mental focus.
Her program’s holistic approach
takes the best elements of what has
revolutionised the fitness industry
over the past few years and reshapes
it to perfectly suit a woman. Designed
for women aged from mid to late-20s
The Zone 21 Challenge combines
1Effective and intense functional
training workouts specifically
designed for the female body.
2Bondi Vixen’s SHRED Plan,
created specifically for the 21 Day
Challenge, plus Athletix Whey
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3Personal attention in a group
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goal-setting session, technique
workshop, daily mindset work plus
fitness assessments and tracking.
The next ZONE 21
Challenge starts on
June 5 and includes
(what to expect plus Q&A time)
15min nutritional consult
Access to unlimited classes
Mindset overhaul to change
Exclusive 21 Day SHRED Plan eBook
Fitness assessments Day 1 and 21
Private group forum
ready to get in the zone?
Head to www.bondivixen.com/zone-21-challenge/
or call Vix Erber on on 0403 111 188. For some fitness inspo, check
out the before and after pics on the Bondi Vixen Facebook page.
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