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12 Editor’s letter
14 Beauty insider
108 Ed’s Faves
18 60+ products to step up your
38 Face first - look your best
without going under the knife
82 The gift of giving christmas
90 10 makeup hacks every girl
26 5 steps to improve your
It’s time to look after your mind,
body and soul
30 The anti-ageing benefits of
Why ‘deep rest’ is so important
32 Harness greater beauty from
the inside out
We’re talking next level
relaxation with Chelsea
Pottenger at Willow Farm
96 How to choose the right frames
for your face
Spectacles styled right
100 Top 10 life-changing travel
Where will 2018 take you?
34 10 questions to ask before you
get eyelash extensions
Nail the trend without any
36 Make mascara mine
Celebrate your lashes with these
coveted beauty products
60 Benefits of nanotechnology
Are nanoparticles simply
62 Let’s talk sunscreens
The beauty essential no girl
should leave the house without
98 Could this be the fountain
We explore the drugs designed
to slow down ageing
56 The new beauty protocol
The future of skincare has arrived
58 The world’s most breathable
As seen at the Oscars and LFW
68 Science-driven skincare
Real skincare, real results
92 Is your skincare delivering
The lowdown on putting your
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48 That knife-free life
Reveal your best self with
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52 Spotlight on clear skin
The next generation of IPL
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70 Brazilian Butt Lift
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Delving into the enhancement
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74 The MonaLisa Effect
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76 Spotlight on sexual dysfunction
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elcome to the summer edition of CosBeauty Magazine.
It’s been a turbulent three months, and if you turn the
page of any newspaper today, you’ll almost certainly be
faced with images of destruction from around the world.
While avoidance isn’t going to solve any major global
issues, in these difficult times it is especially important
to embrace the sense of sanctuary Christmas affords us by making a conscious
effort to acknowledge and connect with the good in our lives.
Studies show that positivity builds emotional resilience, so let’s spend time
with friends and family, share gifts and gratitude, and set our intentions for the
year ahead. Our wellness tips on page 26 will help you start 2018 in a balanced
frame of mind, while our meditation feature on page 30 explores the links
between rest and ageing.
For those whose calendars are brimming with festive activities, check out
our eight-page party makeup special on page 18 and read the definitive guide
to non-surgical facial rejuvenation on page 38 to make sure you’re looking your
best for the holiday season.
This issue, we investigate the most striking enhancement trend in recent
years – the Brazilian Butt Lift – and discover the frightening statistics linked to
this controversial procedure. If you’re considering this treatment, make sure you
do your homework first.
As always, our beauty pages are jam-packed with the latest products and
treatments, so whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special or
simply hoping to spoil yourself, our Christmas Gift Guide on page 82 has
something for everyone.
Many of us will be hitting the beach over summer, so make sure you’re up to
date with your sunscreen knowledge (page 62) and, if you’re keen to hit exotic
shores, our travel feature on page 100 will give you some major destination envy.
Have a fabulous festive season savouring quality time with your friends and
family enjoying all of our blessings.
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THE WHO’S WHO AND WHAT’S NEW IN BEAUTY.
Late last year, US cosmetics
brand CoverGirl took a stand
against traditional beauty ideals
by employing male makeup
artist James Charles to front one
of its campaigns. And now the
company’s dedication to diversity
continues as they’ve added
69-year-old grandmother of ten
Maye Musk to their roster.
Based on the science of Neuro-
Cosmetics (a trending skin
science), the newly launched
Ginger & Me range works to
specifically counteract the two
modern-day skin disruptors –
stress and neuroageing. The
eye-catching new skincare range
is the brainchild of Maria Enna-
Cocciolone and Nicola Quinn –
the founders of O Cosmedics.
Rihanna drops forty
shades of foundation
Two years ago, global superstar
Rihanna set herself the challenge
of creating a beauty line which
works for all skin types and tones.
And on September 8 she delivered
with the highly acclaimed Fenty
Beauty Collection. Never one to
do things by half, the Barbadian
beauty has already started teasing
her next range – a glittering
holiday lineup called the Galaxy
The power of peptides
Get ready to fall in love with
the new HydroPeptide Nimni
cream (named after ‘the father
of collagen’ Dr Nimni, who
created the formula). A first of its
kind patented collagen support
complex, this new powerhouse
product rejuvenates skin at the
epigenetic level to improve the
skin’s fullness and elasticity from
the inside out.
Packed full of active ingredients
without harmful chemicals and
perfumes, ESK is a new sciencebased
skincare range designed
to repair and protect the skin.
The Australian-made skincare
range works to combat sun
damage, reduce fine lines and
wrinkles and even skin tone.
NEW TO MESOESTETIC
Boasting a range of active
ingredients including Ferulic
Acid, Mesoestetic’s new AOX
Ferulic packs a punch when
it comes to delivering radiant
skin. The brand spanking new
advanced antioxidant and
protective system helps combat
the main cellular process that
causes the visible ageing –
oxidation. This gem will protect
skin against sun exposure,
pollution, stress and more!
BALMAIN JOINS FORCES
WITH L’ORÉAL PARIS
It’s the brand that brought
H&M lovers around the
world to their knees - and it
seems Balmain’s next budget
conscious collaboration will
be equally impressive. The
French fashion house has
teamed up with L’Oréal Paris
to create a stunning 12 shades
of matte lipstick. While an
official Australian release date
has yet to be confirmed, the
line did enter US stores in late
The new Water Drench
Hyaluronic Cloud Cream from
Peter Thomas Roth is what
dreams are made of. A super
hydrating formula, the texture
is a total dream. Made of 30%
hyaluronic acid, this lightweight
formula will ensure your skin
remains hydrated and happy,
while tackling any existing
COFFEE COATED NAILS?
If there’s one thing we love
here at CosBeauty, it’s a decent
cup of Joe. So naturally we’re
totally down with Nails Inc’s
latest collection. The UK based
nail polish brand has released
the world’s first caffeine infused
nail varnish line. Ranging from
espresso to latte, these limited
edition hues will make the
perfect stocking filler for caffeine
Say hello to the latest cosmeceutical lip gloss on the market!
Synergie Minerals has just launched a new lippie that delivers
dazzling colour and shine. Lipglo is free of all nasties (no artificial
colours or fragrances) and hosts a range of cutting-edge ingredients,
including precious antioxidant oils and anti-ageing stevia to leave lips
nourished, soft and plump.
I can’t think
of any better
who is unafraid
to be herself.
With the festive season just
around the corner, we’re dishing
out some handy makeup tricks to
keep you looking fierce, fabulous
and oh so fine! Words by Erin Docherty
There’s so much to learn about makeup and beauty even we find ourselves a
little overwhelmed at times.
But whether you’re a master of the liquid liner or a beginner who’s still
figuring things out, our step-by-step guide to powering up your party face is
guaranteed to have you dazzling on the dance floor come New Year’s Eve.
Perfect party makeup always starts with a smooth
canvas. Airbrush fi ne lines and pores with a
primer to leave the skin with a soft, velvety
fi nish. This will allow your foundation to glide
on, creating a more even, radiant looking
complexion. In addition to smoothing fi ne
lines, pores and wrinkles, primer increases your
foundation’s staying power, ensuring you look
fresh all night long.
1. ELES Retexturizing Face Primer SPF 20,
$66.50, 2. Skindinavia Makeup Primer, $49,
3. Paula’s Choice Skincare Smoothing Primer
Serum, $49, 4. Sisley Paris Instant Glow Primer,
$90, 5. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-
Foundation Skin Primer, $59.
3. 4. 5.
A quality foundation provides good
coverage and helps conceal any
blemishes, discolouration or uneven
skin tone issues which may be
keeping you from feeling your best.
It’s essential to buy foundation that
is the right shade for your skin tone,
so head over to a beauty counter and
have a professional help you out. For
a glowing look with ultimate staying
power, opt for a base with a longlasting,
dewy fi nish.
When it comes to foundation,
the application process is just as
important as the product itself. Use a
beauty blender or a stippling brush to
carefully blend the foundation onto
the face, down the neck and back
towards the ears.
1. Lycogel Breathable Camouflage,
$108, 2. Mavala Switzerland Dream
Foundation, $44.95, 3. Napoleon
Perdis Personal Trainer Serum
Foundation, $69, 4. Paula’s Choice
Skincare Resist Anti-Ageing Serum
Foundation, $58, 5. Napoleon
Perdis Sheer Genius Liquid
Foundation, $72, 6. SKEYNOR BB
Cream Age Defence SPF15, $59.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Use a colour corrector to address any redness
or dark circles before applying a cream
concealer to keep the area moisturised.
Remember to use a patting rather than
dragging motion when applying both
corrector and concealer, and to be extra
gentle with the delicate under-eye area.
Don’t be afraid to take your concealer over
the top of your eyelid, as it will help cover
up any veins and act as a great base for
A good loose powder will set your base gently without
settling into fine lines. If you don’t like the appearance
of visible powder, try a translucent alternative. These
colourless powders and can be used on any skin shade.
Apply directly to the areas which attract shine – usually
the forehead, nose and chin.
Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder, $45.
1. Clarins Paris Instant Light Brush-On
Perfector, $44, 2. Napoleon Perdis
Mighty Concealer Pen, $38.
Fine & defined
Use a brow powder or pencil to define your
eyebrows and frame the eye. For a more sculpted
look, apply bronzer to the crevice below the
cheekbone then identify the apples of the cheeks
using your blush of choice.
Dab a band of concealer beneath the eyes
– starting from the mid-face and taking it up
towards the temples. The lighter colour will help
lift the eyes and make your face pop.
1. Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil,
$42, 2. Napoleon Perdis Wand-er Brow in
Brunette Beauty, $29.5, 3. Clarins Paris Kit Sourcils
“Pro”, $54, 4. Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, $55,
5. Napoleon Perdis Couture Brow Kit, $49.
One of the best ways to take your
look from average to amazing is to
strategically place highlighter on the
high points of the face. Dab a small
amount of product onto the tops of
your cheekbones – working from the
apple of each cheek up towards the
hairline. This adds light, makes skin
appear more hydrated and decreases
the look of fine lines. It will create
a gorgeous pearlescent glow that
flawlessly reflects light from all angles.
Dusting a shimmer powder on
your décolletage is another surefire
way to get the party started. Apply it
beneath the brow bone to lift the eye
or add a touch of product to the eye’s
inner corner for a fresh, modern look.
Softly highlighted cheeks are
always a winner. Using a fan brush,
dust a powdered bronzer onto the
cheeks before applying a shimmery
cream or powder blush. Remember,
creams can work in tandem with
powders once the application
Dab a bit of shimmer on the top of
your cheeks to instantly brighten
and illuminate your face. Be sure
to choose just one feature to
accentuate so your highlighting
For soft sculpting on the go
try the Palette Contour Visage
by Clarins Paris, $55.
1. LUMA Illuminating Highlighter in
Golden Glow, $26.95, 2. Napoleon
Perdis Total Bae Blush it! $29,
3. LUMA On The Glow Highlighter,
$29.95, 4. Peter Thomas Roth 24K
Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism
An easy way to glam up a bare eye is
to intensify your look with eyeliner.
If a smouldering style is what you’re
after, use an eyeliner pencil around
the entire eye and on the inner rim.
Transition this look into a smokier
style by smudging the eyeliner using a
crease brush. For a sharper fi nish, use
a gel or liquid liner to create a wing.
Combine with generous lashings of
mascara for instant, party ready glam.
A really great makeup trick is to
use eyeliner to fill in the tiny spaces
between the upper eyelashes.
This lends an amazing frame to the
eyes, making them look fuller and
1. Clinique Chubby Stick in
Curvaceous Coal 08, $35, 2. SCOUT
Cosmetics Mini Eyeliner Pencil in
Violet, $24.95, 3. Clinique Chubby
Stick in Whopping Willow 05, $35, 4.
Gilded Cage Revelation Eyeshadow
in Antique Silver 16, $27, 5. Revlon
Colorstay Crème Eye Shadow in
755, $14.95, 6. Revlon Colorstay
Crème Eye Shadow in 740, $14.95,
7. Revlon Colorstay Crème Eye
Shadow in 760, $14.95, 8. SCOUT
Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow in
Boogie Nights, $24.95, 9. ELES
Mineral Shadow in Bronzite, $28.50,
10. Elizabeth Arden New York Little
Black Compact, $62, 11. Elizabeth
Arden New York Oh So Pink 04,
$28, 12. Elizabeth Arden New York
Bronzed to Be 08, $28.
One of the easiest ways to acknowledge
the glitz and glam of the party season is
to add a pop of colour to your makeup. If
heavy eye shadows aren’t your thing, use
a vibrant lip shade with a gloss or matte
fi nish. Painted pouts are the ultimate
pick-me-up and speak of grooming and
attention to detail.
Our fave colours this season are beachy
and bold – think fushias and corals.
1.Natralus Australia Nourishing Paw
Paw Lip Butter in Strawberry, $5.75,
2.June Jacobs Lip Renewal, $32,
3.Jurlique Hydra-Gloss, $22, 4.Clinique
Pep Start Pout Perfecting Balm, $36.
5. Napoleon Perdis Total Bae Line it! in
Nude Affair, $25, 6. Napoleon Perdis Lip
Pencil in Rococo Red, $30,
7. Youngblood Color-Crays Lip Crayon
Matte in Angeleno, $36, 8. Mavala
Switzerland Lipstick with ProLip in
Flirting Pink 625, $27.95, 9. Charlotte
Tilbury Matte Revolution in Shanghai
Nights, $48, 10. Napoleon Perdis
DeVine Goddess Lipstick, $38, 11.
Antipodes Lipstick in West Coast
Sunset, $32, 12. Clinique Pop Lip Colour
and Primer in Wow Pop 11, $40, 13.
Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in
Party Pop 19, $40, 14. ModelRock Mega
Modern Metals Pop ‘n’ Slay, $25.
9. 10. 11.
Party up with fake lashes. They’re
fl irty, playful and no amount of
mascara can create the same amount
of drama. If falsies aren’t your thing,
opt for an eyelash curler to create
beautifully curled lashes that will
defi ne, dazzle and enhance your eyes.
1. Napoleon Perdis
Lashes in Pansy, $20,
2. ModelRock Lashes
Cha Cha Cha, $11.95,
3. ModelRock Lashes
Sunny Sunday, $12.53,
4. Urban Beauty United
Fanning Eyelash Curler, $8.
Complete your party look with a slick of colour
on your nails. From classic red to glittering festive
glosses, applying nail polish is an easy way to jazz up
any outfi t.
1. Mavala Switzerland Miss Chic kit, $17,
2. ELES Nail Polish in Some Like It Hot, $16,
3. Scout Cosmetics 5 Free Breathable Nail Polish in
4. Scout Cosmetics 5 Free Breathable Nail Polish in
Losing My Religion, $19.95.
The brain is like a
muscle – if you don’t
give it a regular
workout, it loses tone.
Here are some tips to
help you boost your
mental fitness and
Words by erin docherty
hile we often find
ourselves focusing on
working out and losing
weight, little focus is
placed on improving
You have nothing if you don’t have
your health. According to the World
Health Organisation (WHO): ‘Mental
health is an integral part to health;
indeed, there is no health without
But when was the last time you
actually thought of improving your
Mental health refers to the state
of our cognitive and/or emotional
wellbeing – it’s all about how you
think, feel and behave. Mental health
not only enables you to cope with
the stresses of everyday life but it
can also mean an absence of a
Your mental health can affect your
daily life, relationships and even your
physical health. A study from 2012
published in The BMJ found that
individuals with poor mental health
are at increased risk of death from
cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Other research has recently linked
mental illness to a higher risk of heart
disease and stroke.
Boost mood, build resilience, and
strengthen your mental health by
following these self-help steps, so
you can be prepared to take on any
challenges 2018 may throw at you.
A healthy, balanced diet is not only beneficial for physical health
but it also has benefits for mental wellbeing. While it can stave off
a range of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, a
healthy diet assists in providing a range of nutrients for your brain to
stay healthy and function well.
Following a Mediterranean-style diet, which incorporates high
consumption of beans, nuts, cereals, seeds, plant-based foods
and fruits have, in a 2012 study, been proven to be beneficial
for mental well-being. The diet is also low in saturated fat and
includes moderate consumption of fish, poultry and dairy and low
consumption of meats and sugary foods.
Furthermore, a 2013 study of almost 11,000 middle-aged women
found that those who followed a Mediterranean diet not only lived
longer than control participants, but they also exhibited better
cognitive function and mental health.
In September 2014 a UK study was published in The BMJ Open
suggesting that eating five portions of fruits and vegetables a day is
good for mental wellbeing. The research found that out of 14,000
adults, 35.5 percent of participants who ate five or more portions of
fruits and vegetables a day had good mental wellbeing, compared
with 6.8 percent of participants who ate less than one portion a day.
The study was led by Dr Saverio Stranges of the University of
Warwick Medical School, who said, ‘These novel findings suggest
that fruit and vegetable intake may play a potential role as a
driver, not just of physical, but also of mental wellbeing in the
There are a number of foods and drinks that have been associated
with poor mental health. The high intake of alcohol has been linked
to anxiety and depression, with mental health experts recommending
limiting alcohol intake.
Regular physical activity is an important key to help decrease depression and anxiety.
The Australian Department of Health recommends 150 to 300 minutes (2.5 to 5
hours) of moderate to intense physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1¼ to 2½ hours)
of vigorous intensity physical activity each week (for adults 18-64 years).
However, exercise doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the gym or engage in
long sessions on the treadmill to reap the mental health benefits of exercise. Research
has found that joining an outdoor walking group may not only improve your daily
positive emotions but may also contribute a non-pharmacological approach to serious
conditions such as depression.
In each year around one
in five Australians will experience
a mental illness
One in seven Australians will
experience depression in their lifetime
About 4% of people will experience
a major depressive episode in a
12-month period, with 5% of women
and 3% of men affected
Approximately 14% of Australians will
be affected by an anxiety disorder in
any 12-month period
Women are more likely than men
to seek help for anxiety disorders
(18% compared with 11%) and mood
disorders (7.1% compared with 5.3%)
*Mindframe and Blackdog statistics
Get more sleep
A lack of sleep can affect metabolism, reducing the rate at which
we burn kilojoules. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to
increased rates of obesity and diabetes, according to research at
the UK’s University of Warwick, which found that adults who
get less than seven hours of sleep a night are twice as likely to
A 2014 study by researchers from the George Institute on Global
Health in Australia, found that people who have less than 5 hours
sleep a night might be at higher risk of mental illness. According to
a study at the University of Michigan in the US, depression rates
are 40 times higher for patients with insomnia and an extra hour of
sleep does more for our happiness than a pay rise.
There are lots of things you can do to improve your chances
of getting a good night’s sleep. Going to bed and waking up at
the same time every day (even at the weekends and during the
holidays) as a routine can boost the body’s sleep-wake cycle,
promoting a better night’s sleep.
Television, computers, tablets and phones all stimulate your
brain, making it hard to relax, so it’s recommended to switch them
off in advance. It’s also suggested to limit the intake of alcohol,
caffeine and sugary foods in the evening.
A warm bath before bed or reading a book may help you fall
into a bedtime ritual, which will tell the body that it’s time to
Stress seems to be an inevitable part of
adulthood that most of us will experience
at some point in our lives. It’s been
proven that whether it’s through work,
relationships or money problems, stress
can make the brain more susceptible to
However, there are ways in which we
can reduce or manage stress to promote a
sense of mindfulness and relaxation. Yoga
and meditation are known to have many
stress-reducing benefits and have been
found to reduce the risk of anxiety and
depression in expectant mothers.
Above all, retaining a positive outlook
during difficult times may also reduce
stress. It could be as simple as smiling.
The journal of Psychological Science
published a study in 2012, which found
that smiling during stressful periods
could lower the body’s stress response,
regardless of whether a person is feeling
happy or sad.
Find a hobby
While employment may cause stress, unemployment is
linked with poor physical and mental health.
Being employed brings more than a way of earning a
living; it provides a sense of identity and belonging, as well
as offering structure to your life as you strive to meet goals.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, finding
a hobby or taking up voluntary work may promote
good mental health. Building relationships and having
interaction with other people is rewarding and can
significantly improve mental wellbeing.
Improving your mental health is a rewarding experience
and should not limited to a New Year resolution – changes
can be made at any time of the year. They help you
handle life’s challenges and recover from setback, boosting
your mood and building your resilience.
It’s important to remember that seeking help is a sign of
strength, not a weakness. Receiving appropriate care from
a professional can help encourage us to do things we may
not be able to do on our own. CBM
Anti-Ageing Benefits of
explains how the
produces a state
of deep rest, for
both the mind and
body, to slow the
An extensive variety of cutting
edge beauty products and
procedures are available
today to make us look younger,
and slow down or reverse visible
signs of ageing. These products
and procedures generally approach
ageing from the outside-in, targeting
external layers like skin appearance
and texture. Many people see these as
helpful, but are looking for something
There is a way of slowing down
- and even reversing - the overall
ageing process naturally, from the
inside-out. It’s a holistic approach
that provides general and noticeable
benefits - from skin elasticity and
appearance, to physical and mental
health and performance.
It’s not new; it’s not cutting edge;
in fact it’s quite ancient. The way to
do this is through the regular practice
of a meditation technique that
produces a state of very deep rest for
the mind and body.
Why is ‘deep rest’
Doctors everywhere will tell you, and
clinical studies confirm, that 80% of
disease is caused by stress, and that
stress absorption in the body is a
major factor in ageing. Mental stress
directly affects the immune system
and all internal organs. This in turn
affects our overall functioning and
our appearance - our skin, our body.
The remedy for the toxic effect of
stress in the body and mind is stressrelease,
which occurs when the mind
and body are in a deep state of rest.
The rest you gain after a night’s
sleep is not enough, especially in
these stressful times. A systematic
approach to providing deep rest for
the mind and body is needed to cause
profound changes, and to slow down
or reverse ageing effects.
assists ‘deep rest’
Now, you’ve probably heard of many
different types of meditation. Some
focus on maintaining specific types
of mental activity or conscious
awareness; but others involve going
beyond, or transcending, thought and
mental activity, in order to achieve a
state of deep rest.
This state of deep rest is directly
experienced and observable during
meditation, through significantly
reduced heart-rate, breathing
and mental activity, and an acute
calmness or “bliss.”
The levels of rest attained through
such transcending techniques cause
the body to naturally release layers
of stress that have been wreaking
havoc on our physiological systems
over time. During meditation, the
body experiences an accelerated
and accentuated stress-release,
which with regular practice, leads to
improvements in overall health, wellbeing,
and a reduction of visible and
internal symptoms of ageing.
The many and diverse benefits
reported - all markers for longevity
- include everything from enhanced
cognitive ability, reaction times and
athletic performance, to improved
cardiovascular health, stabilisation of
blood pressure, to higher energy levels
and improved mood and outlook.
All these illustrate the general antiageing
So, to put it simply - what is
happening in the mind is happening
in the body.
A.L.Braun is a Vedic Meditation
teacher based in Sydney.
Vedic Meditation is an easy,
effortless and natural technique
that provides deep rest. It is one
of the most effective antidotes
to the stress and tension so
prevalent in our lives today - and
is easy to learn.
A.L.Braun runs classes regularly
in Sydney’s Darling Point,
Mosman and elsewhere upon
request. She also teaches in
the US and is a certified Health
Coach. You can contact her at
via her website
or on FB at Angela Lyos Braun.
If the mind is experiencing deep
levels of rest and deep contentedness
regularly, that directly influences
the functioning of our mental
and physical health and therefore
appearance, for the better.
A daily meditation practice also
will delicately imprint calmness or
bliss into the mind and body, so that
we are not as negatively affected by
stress when we encounter it.
Meditation can indeed slow the
ageing process and make you look
younger. And with the added benefits
of reduced stress and greater inner
contentedness, you will feel so happy
that this will be the most important
thing people will notice.
Meditation is easy yet profound.
Start your meditation practice now. It
will change your life. CBM
need to escape
the stresses of
at the Willow
Farm in Berry, NSW,
13-14 January 2018,
may be just
Sometimes we become so busy we
barely stop to catch our breath.
We are on an endless treadmill,
balancing our personal life and
career, working on our wellness and
fitness goals, planning an adventure,
learning a new hobby, as well as
finding that vital time to reflect.
No wonder achieving life balance
can be trickier than doing leg squats
on a fit ball.
Yes, we ALL want to look our best
selves – well rested and rejuvenated,
toned and taut, gorgeous and glowing.
But what if for all our focus on the
gift wrap, we spent as much time and
effort nourishing the priceless gift
that lies within?
With our increasingly connected
lives and the pressure we put on
ourselves to live the best life 24-7, it’s
no wonder meditation is the latest
buzz word in how to stay truly zen
while we juggle the many demands
on our time.
However many people fear not
being ‘able to meditate’ due to lack
of time, too much else going on, or
simply because they fall asleep after a
But when we understand where
brain science meets meditation
practice – the scientific connection
between our breath, the state of the
brain and nervous system - then the
need to meditate suddenly becomes
real. It’s like heading to the gym: after
regular visits, our muscles build and
we grow stronger.
With meditation though, this is
about practicing mindfulness, and
rewiring the hardware inside our head
for a serious brain upgrade. It makes
us more resilient, better at managing
change, and provides a sense of peace
that only comes from within.
‘Spring is a perfect time to start
preparing our body for summer,’
advises one of Australia’s leading
meditation and mindfulness
experts, Chelsea Pottenger from EQ
Consulting. ‘However we
meditation practice and ready to
lead a calmer, less reactive and more
Hence Chelsea Pottenger – known
for bringing mindfulness into the
boardrooms of some of our biggest
brands, including Ebay, Uber,
GrainCorp, QBE, AON, Cook
Medical, Allergan, The Langham,
Mercedes-Benz and Genea, as well
as being an ambassador for RU OK?
– has carefully curated a luxurious
mindfulness weekend in one of the
most stunning locales, the picturesque
guidance led by Chelsea Potttenger,
featuring nourishing lunches,
morning and afternoon tea as well as
Auyvedic Massage, learning about
gut health, and a gorgeous gift pack
for every attendee – all the while
enjoying the relaxing ambiance of an
Chelsea notes: ‘For people who
have tried but not yet mastered
meditation, this could be the perfect
opportunity to develop your practice
by experiencing a whole range of
meditative approaches – including
often neglect taking our brain to the
gym as well.
‘Why is this vital? When we are in
Bondi, looking great with our new
bikini body, if our inner critic rears its
head, it can curtail our confidence.
If you look great physically, but not
feeling it mentally, then it will
show. As we grow older, we must
become more in tune with who we
are and learn to love our body more
But if finding the time to push the
reset button can be tricky, there’s
always the option of simply blocking
out a weekend – to help set up new
healthier habits and learn the art and
science of meditation. A nature-based
retreat, focusing on holistic health
with a luxurious twist, could be THE
perfect opportunity to journey into
the New Year armed with a new
village of Berry in the Shoalhaven
region of the NSW South Coast.
Chelsea says: ‘This retreat
originated because my corporate
clients kept asking for a special
weekend to immerse themselves in
the environment and learn the best
mindfulness and meditation possible.
Also, I have attended a number of
meditation intensives and saw the
possibilities to create a calming yet
energising, luxe yet value-packed
experience of my own in one of my
favourite parts of Australia.’
Hence Berry’s Willow Farm will
be a charming sanctuary for this
Meditation + Mindfulness Retreat,
held over 13-14 January 2018.
Tailored to meet the specific
needs of every like-minded soul, the
intimate Meditation + Mindfulness
Retreat is two full days of training and
powerful breathing techniques, guided
meditations, silent meditation and
even transcendental meditation. Plus,
it gives people permission to unplug
from everyday life and spend precious
time to nourish themselves, as well as
to grow from the inside out.’ CBM
WHERE TO G0
For more information please visit
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THERE’S MORE TO EYELASH
EXTENSIONS THAN BOOKING AN
APPOINTMENT AND WALKING OUT
WITH BEYONCÉ’S SET OF MINKS.
HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED
TO KNOW. WORDS BY ERIN DOCHERTY
o makeup, no problem!
Eyelash extensions are
all the rage and can
make you look ultra-glamorous,
even on your laziest makeup
days. However, like all the best
things in life, quality counts.
Here’s what you need to ask a
lash technician before putting
your lashes in their hands.
1. Are you
One of the most important things you
need to look at is finding the right
person to do your lash extensions.
There are a lot of eyelash extension
horror stories, so don’t book an
appointment without doing your
research! If someone is going to poke
around your eyeballs, you’re going
to want to make sure they’re legit.
Take a look at reviews and visit the
salon directly to get a feel for the
technicians and ask questions about
their experience and expertise.
2. What adhesive
do you use?
The adhesive is one of the most
important factors in your application.
If your lash artist can’t understand
or doesn’t know the ingredients in
the adhesive, this is not a good sign.
Every educated lash artist should
know what ingredients are in the
adhesive they are using, and what
they are used for. Glue should be
formaldehyde-free and medical grade.
3. Where do
you buy your
There are a lot of factors that
determine if products are good quality
or not. Ask to touch the lashes – they
should feel soft, flexible and not stiff.
4. What look will
Every individual is different and a
good lash professional should evaluate
the best look for you personally before
applying the lashes. They should
discuss length, thickness, number of
lashes and the overall look with you.
5. Can I see photos
of your work?
Don’t be afraid to ask to see photos
of your professional’s work! It’ll
give you an idea of what to expect
with this artist. What should you
look for? Well, lashes in the pictures
should appear clean and neat. If
you can see the glue in the pictures,
this isn’t a good sign. Likewise, if
the lashes are twisted and going in
different directions, or if they are
clumpy and stuck together, they
aren’t placed properly.
6. What is the
Your lash artist should be telling
you to wash and brush the lashes
daily, sleep on your back and avoid
oil-based products. This will ensure
lashes stay clean and fresh to avoid
bacteria and residues. A lot of lash
artists will tell clients not to wet or
cleanse their lashes and this is false!
7. Will my natural
lashes fall out?
Not if the lash extensions are applied
properly. Inexperienced technicians
(beware of beauty salons who do not
specialise in lashes!) are often apt
to apply lashes that are too heavy/
clumped together, which can result in
damage to your natural lashes.
8. Can I wear
mascara if I have
Yes, but steer clear of waterproof
mascara because it’s harder to remove
and can easily pull the extensions off.
If you do use mascara, go lightly and
just focus on the tips of the lashes.
Using mascara at the base of the
extensions will get very clumpy.
9. How often
do I need to get
Eyelash extensions can last as long as
six weeks, as the eyelash extension
generally lasts until the natural
lash falls out in its natural cycle.
However, all of your lashes are on a
different growth cycle, and everyone
sheds differently depending on their
lifestyle. It’s usually recommended
to get your lashes filled every 2-4
weeks. How long your eyelash
extensions last for depends, to some
degree, on how well you take care
10. How do I
remove my eyelash
without losing my
Absolutely never attempt to remove
the lashes by yourself! This can go
horribly wrong and will often result in
you pulling out some of your natural
lashes along with the extensions. If
you would like to get the extensions
removed, make an appointment with
a professional as they have the right
tools to remove them safely. CBM
Forget panda eyes
and product fallout,
it’s time to give your
lashes the attention
the one beauty staple no girl can
live without, yet the next generation
of mascara is anything but basic.
Employing the best in lash lengthening,
volumising and growth technologies,
these innovative products will work a
treat for anyone who’s not quite ready
to commit to a more durable form
of lash enhancement.
7. Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes
Brown Affair, $39. Whilst commonly
passed over for its darker hued peer,
brown mascara can bring out the
best in fairer skin tones. Enriched
with Vitamins E and D and bamboo
extract, this paraben-free product
produces mesmerising results.
8. Napoleon Perdis Total Bae –
Own It!, $29. Plant emulsifiers keep
lashes conditioned, whilst the dual
sided precision wand enables root
to tip application and eliminates the
potential for clumps.
1. Benefit They’re Real, $42.
The flexible bristled head on
this mascara’s wand means no
lash is left untouched. It provides
durable, smudge-free coverage
whilst creating volume at
2. Paula’s Choice Endless Lash, $22.
The soft bristled brush in this Paula’s
Choice favourite stops unwanted
clumps from forming on the lash.
Its formula can be layered for an
unforgettable level of impact.
3. Colorescience Mascara, $35.
This humidity and water-resistant
product is the ultimate beach
bag companion. It is rich in
lash nourishing vitamins and
free from harsh chemicals,
dyes and alcohol.
4. Clinique Lash Power Flutter-
To-Full, $42. Smear resistant for
up to 24 hours yet easy to remove
with warm water, this custom-lash
mascara will take your eyes from day
to night without causing irritation.
5. Mavala Switzerland VL Mascara
Waterproof, $29.95. Powered by
soothing camomile derivatives and
restorative botanical extracts, this
mascara has been designed to
revitalise damaged lashes. Apply
one coat for subtle length or two for
an added touch of glamour.
6. Clinique High Impact, $38.
Elevate sensitive eyes with this
paraben and fragrance free mascara
from the skincare experts at
Clinique. This cult favourite is best
used to dramatic effect.
9. Youngblood Outrageous Lashes,
$48.50. The long-awaited solution
to double dipping has arrived with
Youngblood’s disposable brush
mascara. The replaceable wand lifts
and separates each individual lash
to fully accentuate the eyes.
10. Revlon Mega Multiplier, $21.95.
Get more length for your money
with the Mega Multiplier from
Revlon. The 360 degree tube keeps
the wand’s fibres ready for use.
11. Clarins Supra Volume, $42.
For superior results, try the Supra
Volume mascara by Clarins. This
luxurious product utilises cassia
flower wax to intensify the volume
and depth of colour obtained. The
added bonus? Its active ingredients
help thicken your natural lashes.
12. Benefit Roller Lash, $42. This
mascara’s patent-pending hook ‘n’
roll brush lifts each lash to frame and
open the eye before its curve setting
formula secures the look for up to
These days, maintaining your
looks has never been easier. We bring
you the advancements, techniques
and trends of minimally
invasive cosmetic procedures.
Words by Erin Docherty
he desire to refresh the face
through subtle rejuvenation
has made non-surgical cosmetic
procedures a familiar part of
today’s beauty arsenal. This
reflects a preference for less-invasive
procedures, with shorter downtime and
a lean towards the ‘less in more’ attitude.
If you’re looking to turn back the
clock, this guide will help you navigate
your way around the number of treatment
options available – which can be an
It’s important to read widely and research
thoroughly before deciding to undergo any
kind of cosmetic enhancement treatment,
even if it doesn’t involve surgery. Make
sure it’s for the right reasons and not in the
impossible pursuit of perfection. It’s not
about just looking ‘young’; it’s about looking
and feeling your best at any age. With
apologies to Coco Chanel, nature gives you
the face you have at 20, and it is up to you to
merit the face you have at 50.
Whether it’s non-surgical skin tightening,
anti-wrinkle injections or fillers, the modern
approach to cosmetic enhancement involves
tailoring a procedure or combination of
procedures to each patient’s individual
requirements and goals.
Non-surgical anti-ageing treatments are
becoming increasingly popular for those who
want to combat the signs of ageing without
going under the knife.
While a facelift is still considered the ‘gold
standard’ in tightening and lifting sagging,
crepey skin, many may not be ready either
psychologically or physically for such invasive
surgery. For suitable candidates presenting with
a small to moderate degree of skin laxity, nonsurgical
skin tightening modalities can offer an
effective, natural-looking improvement and
postpone the need for surgical procedures.
Non-surgical skin tightening typically
involves minimal discomfort and downtime,
meaning you can continue with your daily
routine as quickly as possible.
These modalities utilise radiofrequency,
ultrasound or infra red energy to target deeper
levels of the dermis and induce new collagen
formation and remodelling. This improves skin
texture and reduces sagging skin, as well as
offering subtle contouring of the jaw line and
softening wrinkles around the mouth, eyes
Skin tightening devices target the skin’s
deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers,
tightening the underlying tissue structure
without damaging the outer layers of skin.
This heating of the skin’s deep dermis and
sub-dermal layers damages collagen in a
controlled way, causing instant collagen
contraction and promoting the body’s own
healing mechanisms to produce new collagen
over the ensuing months.
It is commonly used to lift the brow and
forehead, the under-eye area, cheeks, mid-face,
jaw line and neck. This type of treatment is
best suited for patients with mild to moderate
sagging facial tissues, usually those in their
mid-30s to 50s, and can be used on any skin
colour. It is not suitable for those with more
extensive redundant and loose skin.
Results are typically long lasting, depending
on skin condition and severity of facial ageing
and usually only one treatment is required.
There is a small risk of swelling, redness and
mild short-term blistering; however in skilled
and experienced hands, these complications
can be minimised and most patients experience
little or no downtime.
Ultraformer III is one of the latest offerings
in this space, using high intensity focused
ultrasound to heat tissues under the skin at
specific depths. This results in a tighter and
more refined jaw line.
Non-surgical skin tightening modalities
are also commonly combined with other
treatments for a more holistic approach to
rejuvenating an ageing face.
The ‘radiant glow’ associated with being young
and healthy is often put down to the fullness
and smooth, plump contours evident in the
upper, lower and mid-face regions. In seeking
to restore this glow, practitioners often call on
one or more of a variety of dermal fillers that
can be injected under the skin to smooth and
fill deep folds and lines.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances
injected into these areas to plump out wrinkles
and smooth the face. They are also used to
restore volume to the face where tissue has
degenerated with age, or where lipoatrophy
(fat loss triggered by disease) has caused the
cheeks to collapse.
Fillers can also be used to fill pockmarks
and acne scars, contour or reshape facial
features, add volume to lips and cheeks and
as an adjunct to botulinum toxin injections
for a cumulative and complementary result.
More permanent fillers can even be used to
reshape the nose and jaw line, to create a more
balanced and harmonious face shape.
There is a multitude of different fillers on the
market that range in longevity, composition
and viscosity, and this can be quite confusing.
While a cosmetic doctor is the best person to
advise on the most suitable filler for specific
needs, it’s important to educate yourself before
the consultation. This will ensure you feel
more comfortable and confident when it comes
to discussing options.
Anti-wrinkle injections are an effective nonsurgical
alternative for reducing lines such as
frown lines and wrinkles, to rejuvenate the
appearance of the face and help reverse a
prematurely aged appearance.
As a muscle relaxant, botulinum toxin is
commonly used to treat frown lines between
the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and the worry
lines across the forehead, as well as crow’s feet
around the eyes. In addition, it can be used to
produce the effect of a brow lift by relaxing the
muscles that drag down the brow.
A few tiny injections are administered
into the correct muscles just under the skin,
reducing nerve stimulation to the targeted
muscles. The procedure usually takes about 10
minutes, but this can vary depending on the
number of areas being treated.
The effects are not obvious immediately after
treatment and, over the next few days, the
muscles remain in a relaxed state, and it often
takes around three to four days for final results
to become visible, normally reaching their
full results by one week. For example, after
treatment for lines on the forehead patients
are physically unable to frown, preventing the
dynamic wrinkles that are usually present.
It is important to note that anti-wrinkle
injections are gradually reabsorbed by the body
over time; so repeat injections are necessary
about every three to five months in order to
maintain results. With continued use, the
effects may start to last longer because the
targeted muscles have ‘unlearned’ the response
that originally contributed to the development
of the lines.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy can be used to treat
overall loss of volume in the face and an ageing complexion.
A PRP treatment involves the use of your own blood plasma
to rejuvenate a tired complexion. Platelet Rich Plasma
contains certain growth factors that are central to tissue
regeneration and repair, and also take part in stimulating new
blood vessel formation and connective tissue (collagen and
The treatment involves several injections of 10 to 20ml
of your own plasma, which is taken via a blood sample and
centrifuged to separate and concentrate the platelets from
the blood. The whole treatment takes approximately one
hour, with results taking about three months to appear. Regen
PRP and EmCyte PRP, which both use your own blood to
regenerate your skin, are our top picks in this space.
Skin needling is a treatment used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars,
stretch marks and skin texture by creating tiny punctures in the skin to stimulate
the skin’s natural healing response. It is usually performed using a roller embedded
with very fine needles that make multiple pinpoint puncture wounds in the dermis,
stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin.
The dermal damage created leaves the epidermis primarily intact; so the healing
period is rapid and there is no risk of permanent structural damage, sun sensitivity,
skin colour loss or hyper-pigmentation. There is usually minimal discomfort and
local anaesthetic cream is usually applied before the procedure.
After treatment, the skin is red and swollen for around one to two days, with
a light graze-like scabbing effect forming over the treated area on day two of
recovery. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within
48 hours of treatment.
Multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve significant improvement
in the appearance and depth of lines and scars. Treatment effects are cumulative
and can be seen six to eight weeks after the initial treatment. In comparison to the
prolonged recovery time required by laser resurfacing and chemical peels, the short
recovery period makes skin needling an effective alternative method for improving
lines and scars. Modified skin needling rollers that do not require anaesthetic
cream or recovery time are also available for home use, to extend the effects of a
Skin needling can also be used to help deliver other products containing active
ingredients to cells in the dermal layer of the skin. As well as this, it is suitable to
treat sensitive areas such as the neck, backs of the hands and under the eyes, and
can be safely carried out on all skin types and colours.
With age, the rate at which our skin expunges dead cells slows down dramatically,
which leads to a build-up of hardened cells on the top layer of the skin.
Microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of the corneum stratum (outermost
layer of the skin) to aid this process, improving the appearance of fine lines, sun
damage and scars, and creating a more even tone and texture on the skin.
There are a number of different types of microdermabrasion. Generally the
procedure is carried out via jets that blast fine particles onto the face to dislodge
hardened skin cells, although a wand can also be used on the skin’s surface to create
the same effect.
Crystal dermabrasion works by blasting the skin with microscopic crystal
particles; diamond microdermabrasion uses a diamond head to lightly abrade the
skin’s surface; and organic microdermabrasion uses medical-grade baking soda or
milled grains that are gentler than crystals and more suitable for sensitive skins. A
handpiece is used to vacuum up the stripping agent and skin particles during and
The treatment is generally well tolerated and can be compared to a more intense
exfoliation. Some microdermabrasion treatments are accompanied by oxygen
therapy designed to enhance the results of the procedure. After treatment, the skin
can feel hot and appear slightly red, but this usually settles over a few hours.
It’s generally recommended that a course of six treatments is carried out to
improve problems such as age spots; but it can also be effective to treat blocked
pores and blemishes with two to three treatments.
Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels are the mildest
option, available in salon treatments and can be used
on most skin types. They use lactic, fruit or glycolic
acids to treat dryness and improve skin texture.
Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) peels use salicylic acid
to speed the skin cell shedding process and improve
Peels are solutions applied to the surface of the skin
to strip away the outermost layers, revealing the fresh
new skin beneath. Used to treat a variety of skin
conditions, peels can improve problems from dryness
or skin dullness to acne, rosacea and pigmentation.
Ingredients range from naturally occurring chemicals
and herbal extracts to synthetic chemicals, and
their effects range from mildly brightening to
Depending on the strength, peels can be
administered by dermatologists, cosmetic
practitioners and skincare professionals, and are
recommended as a course of treatments.
Sydney dermatologist Dr Phillip Artemi says,
“Peels are now so refined, the classification is no
longer just light, medium or deep. There are peels
specifically to treat every different skin complaint
and skin type.”
Chemical peels are higher strength solutions that
use different grades of acid to strip the skin of dead
skin cells and promote the production of collagen
and elastin in the skin. These chemicals – ranging
from alpha hydroxy, kojic and salicylic acids to
Trichloroacetic acid and phenol – also vary in their
depth of penetration, causing them to directly target
specific concerns. Typically, the stronger the strength
of the peel, the deeper the penetration and the more
severe the post-treatment side effects.
The treatments usually cause stinging during
application and various degrees of flaking after
treatment - from fine flaking to sheeting, as the new
layers of skin start to form. Chemical peels can be
quite aggressive; so skin analysis during consultation
is required to decide which peel is most suitable and
whether any allergic reactions will occur.
Dryness, redness and peeling - which feels similar
to sunburn – can be expected for up to a week after
most peels. It is imperative the peeling skin is not
picked at or rubbed, as it may cause scarring. Makeup
may be worn to cover this, depending on
the practitioner’s instructions.
Using an unscented moisturiser can help relieve
the tight sensation of treated skin, and a mild topical
steroid cream or ointment can be used to soothe
temporary swelling or redness. Sunscreen should be
worn at all times while outside.
such as age spots
Lightening and reducing
redness, rosacea and
Overall skin rejuvenation
for mild to moderate
Acne and surgical scars
Improving skin texture,
pore size and skin firmness
broken capillaries, port
Laser is an acronym for Light
Amplification for the Stimulated
Emission of Radiation and is used
in the beauty industry for an array
of treatments, ranging from the
correction of skin irregularities,
pigmentation and wrinkles to
Pulsed-light machines and lasers
basically work in the same way. Put
simply, a wavelength is selected that
is readily absorbed by the target
tissue. Both aim to heat the target
to a temperature high enough to
destroy it without damaging the
adjacent normal tissue.
The difference between the two is
that a laser emits a single frequency
of light that is coherent. This means
all the light waves are travelling in
the same direction, allowing the
target tissue to absorb the maximum
amount of heat. The target tissue
is all-important when treating skin
problems with a laser. The target
tissue for pigmentation is melanin,
for spider veins it is blood and for
wrinkles it is water. Each of these
target tissues absorbs a different
wavelength of light, meaning a
different laser is needed for each
Unlike lasers, IPL devices produce
a broad spectrum of light in a
range of wavelengths. While IPL
can be used for many different
types of skin concerns, such as
pigmentation and sun damage, it is
not specifically designed to treat
any of these conditions.
In other words, lasers tend to be
very specific to the conditions they
treat, whereas IPL devices are more
generalist in their offering.
Intense pulsed light uses light
wavelengths that target either
melanin or haemoglobin in the skin.
It can be utilised to permanently
reduce unwanted hair growth, fade
brown spots and cauterise enlarged
or broken capillaries and port wine
stain birthmarks. Some treatments
have been developed specifically to
The advent of fractionated laser
- where microscopic columns of
skin are treated while surrounding
skin is left intact - made it possible
to achieve results comparable to
traditional CO2 laser resurfacing
(which aims to take up to 10 years
off your appearance) with fewer
side effects and significantly
Fractional laser technologies break
up light beams to allow columns of
untreated tissue to activate healing
mechanisms beneath the skin’s
surface, treating skin conditions
ranging from scars and birthmarks
These lasers work by creating
microscopic thermal injuries
that trigger collagen production,
stimulating cell renewal and
plumping out the tissues. The
anti-ageing benefits of fractional
laser technology include improving
evenness of skin tone and texture,
reducing pore size and the appearance
of lines and wrinkles, and helping to
reverse the effects of sun damage.
A more mild treatment may take
several sessions, while one procedure
is usually sufficient for a more
PicoSure is one of the latest
advances in laser skin treatment,
using picosecond technology to
remove unwanted pigment, wrinkles
and acne scarring. Unlike lasers in
the past, this is a more comfortable
treatment with less downtime.
Another difference between laser
and IPL is the size of the area that can
be treated in one session. Generally
IPL treatment heads are up to eight
times larger than the small spot size
produced by lasers; so treatments are
quicker, but not as targeted as laser
and typically require more treatments.
When it comes to choosing between
laser and IPL, it’s important to keep
in mind that what works best for one
person isn’t necessarily what works
best for the next. An experienced
practitioner will advise you what is
most suited to your specific needs, and
should offer a variety of treatment
options to select from (including both
IPL and laser devices).
It is also important to be aware that
IPL systems are available in different
strengths and vary in how high the
energies can be set. Many IPLs in
the non-medical marketplace are not
capable of reaching energies necessary
to treat certain conditions adequately
- and may even lead to burns and
other avoidable complications. So
always ensure you are in the hands
of an experienced and accredited
practitioner in a medical-based clinic.
The newest IPL addition to the
Australian market is Lumecca, which
is more refined in its ability to target
different skin conditions.
The term ‘cosmeceuticals’ refers to a class of cosmetic
products with pharmaceutical benefits. Cosmeceuticals are
topical skincare formulations containing active ingredients,
which enable them to act on the skin’s cellular structure. In
some cases such as exfoliants, this action is limited to the
surface of the skin, while other formulations can penetrate to
the cellular level and enhance or inhibit natural activities.
Cosmeceutical products are commonly used at home and
incorporated into a regular skincare regimen. They can
help alleviate the symptoms of ageing such as fine lines,
pigmentation, skin tone and texture. Components to look
for in cosmeceutical products include antioxidants, cellcommunicating
ingredients, exfoliants, skin-lightening
constituents and intercellular substances (that mimic skin
structure). For the products to work, these need to be at
sufficient concentrations and synergies to allow them to retain
their active properties.
For example, antioxidants reduce free-radical damage
and inflammation, counteracting cellular damage, collagen
destruction and immune suppression. Studies suggest
antioxidants in combination can exert a cumulative
synergistic action on the skin that is more effective than
Cell-communicating ingredients use receptor sites or cellular
pathways to interact with skin cells to signal them to function
optimally. Retinoids, which are derivatives of Vitamin A,
are the best known. They act as antioxidants and neutralise
‘free radicals’ that result from exposure to ultraviolet light. In
addition, they increase cellular turnover, stimulate a thickening
of the epidermis and promote the removal of excess pigment.
Exfoliants encourage surface skin cells to shed, mimicking
the function of young skin and increasing collagen production.
Exfoliant ingredients include alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) such
as glycolic and lactic acid, polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) such as
gluconolactone and lactobionic acid, and beta hydroxyacids
(BHAs) such as salicylic acid.
Intercellular substances are ingredients that exist
naturally in skin and can be depleted by health, ageing
and environmental factors. Ingredients such as ceramides,
cholesterol, fatty acids and glycosaminoglycans are key to skin
function and should be included in moisturisers if they are to
be effective in promoting skin functionality. Hyaluronic acid
is known to hydrate and moisturise the skin from the inside,
helping to smooth out wrinkles.
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This issue, we’re talking to Dr John
Flynn about achieving optimal results
with non-surgical forms of facial
rejuvenation. Words by maria Leahy
From Rihanna’s forty-shade foundation
collection to the assortment of body types
represented on our runways, if the 2017
beauty scene is to be defined by any one term, it
has to be ‘diversity’.
And according to Dr John Flynn from the
Gold Coast’s Cosmedic & Skin Clinic, this
most welcome shift in perspective is finally
beginning to permeate the boundaries of
cosmetic enhancement – with people becoming
increasingly resistant to the ‘overdone’ and
‘exaggerated’ looks of the recent past and
instead adopting a ‘less is more’ approach
to facial rejuvenation.
This positive shift in mindset is not only
reflected in the results women are seeking,
but the methods used to obtain them. ‘At one
end of the spectrum is the facelift,’ explains
Dr Flynn. ‘At the other end is a more targeted
skincare regime. Selecting the right procedure or
combination of procedures for each patient
is key to securing the best results.’
Dr Flynn’s personalised approach
to skin revitalisation centres on the
individual with whom he is working,
while preventing and reducing the
three tell tale signs of ageing: loose
and sagging skin; changes to the
volume of skin around the eyes,
cheeks and jowls; and alterations
to the texture of the skin itself.
Recognising the point at which each
patient begins their journey towards
a more youthful looking complexion,
Dr Flynn sets about employing a
complementary set of techniques
aimed at restoring balance to the face.
if the 2017 beauty
scene is to be
defined by any
one term, it has to
‘Each person has a natural beauty,’
says the senior cosmetic surgeon. ‘At
our clinic, we look to enhance that
beauty. Not necessarily change it, but
enhance. With ageing, the overall
facial balance is changed. In order to
achieve the best results, it is necessary
to restore each of the elements which
create facial balance using a different
approach for each area.’
Lose loose skin
Advances in cosmetic technologies
and techniques mean the majority of
people can now achieve the look they
desire without undergoing invasive
surgery. A thread lift, for example,
is a non-surgical method of facial
rejuvenation which targets loose
skin by lifting and repositioning the
facial tissues with absorbable surgical
threads. Having been pioneered by Dr
Flynn both in Australia and abroad,
this process restores definition to the
face without producing scars. It can
be performed relatively quickly under
local anaesthetic and takes just a
couple of days recovery.
The results of a thread lift
continue to improve for three to six
months after the procedure has been
performed, as the surge in protein
production triggered by the process
causes collagen to contract around
each filament, lifting the face even
further. The benefits of this modern
facelift alternative can be felt for two
to five years.
Pump up the
While both traditional facelifts and
non-surgical thread lifts effectively
improve sagging skin, they are not
designed to restore volume or boost
the skin’s texture. Temporary, semipermanent
or permanent fillers can
be used to address compressed cheeks,
hollows beneath the eyes and the
lines which form around the mouth.
‘It is important to remember that
fillers are not just a treatment for
wrinkles and lines,’ says Dr Flynn.
‘They can also be used to improve
the basic structural foundation
of the face. When placed correctly,
they can create more youthful
Get that glow
Due to high levels of sun exposure,
the skin of most Australians will
exhibit some level of damage like
brown spots and rosacea. In order
to reintroduce a healthy glow to
the skin’s surface, Dr Flynn uses a
combination of peels and lasers. ‘Laser
light has therapeutic properties,’ he
explains. ‘In addition to resurfacing
the skin to reveal a more desirable
complexion, lasers help stimulate
collagen production which in turn
improves the tone of the skin.’ Laser
photo rejuvenation can be used to
treat common issues like broken
capillaries, excessive redness, freckles
and uneven pigmentation.
By adopting a more tailored
approach to cosmetic enhancement,
practitioners can highlight existing
facial assets while correcting those
less desirable elements of the skin.
This method produces more authentic
looking results and preserves the
attractive qualities of each individual
client. Rather than reconstructing
or replacing the face you have with
features better suited to someone else,
you can now choose from a range
of non-surgical treatments which
will bring the best version of you to
the fore. Such procedures are less
physically and financially draining
than the surgical alternative, but are
still powerful enough to produce real
results. ‘The future of the cosmetics
industry will be focused on improving
current techniques and trying to
impress upon patients realistic
expectations,’ says Dr Flynn. ‘Above
all else, our work is about enhancing
and restoring natural beauty.’ CBM
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Cosmedic & Skin Clinic,
Ph 1300 88 13 88
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Lumecca is the leading light
in ipl treatment for sun
damage and pigmentation.
Words by maria Leahy
It’s been more than 20 years
since Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
first appeared on the aesthetic
scene, but innovations continue
to push the technology to new levels
IPL devices work by emitting a
pulse of light that contains a wide
range of different colours, so its
benefit has been that it could treat a
diverse range of concerns. Because of
this, IPL has been particularly good
for general skin rejuvenation as it can
simultaneously achieve a number of
outcomes with each treatment.
The downside of IPL was that it is
not as targeted as lasers, which emit
just one or two colours or wavelengths
of light, therefore meaning lasers more
precisely target specific structures in
the body. In addition, the proportion
of colours that make up the light
pulse in each IPL can be very different
between brands of devices, meaning
that the intense pulse of light from
one device can have a very different
effect to another device.
Yet, it seems that advances in
IPL technology are bridging the gap
between IPL and laser, with its latest
reincarnation revitalising the skin in a
way not possible with earlier devices.
innovation in IPL
The latest innovation in IPL is called
Lumecca and is manufactured by
Inmode. The system was designed
by experts who worked with the
company that developed the first ever
IPL device around 20 years ago.
Utilising many years of experience,
the Inmode team have developed
a new style of IPL flash lamp for
the Lumecca system. This new
technology allows Lumecca to emit
most of its energy in the green and
yellow region of the light spectrum.
These colours of light are ideal
for targeting rejuvenation of sun
damage, pigmentation and a range
of vascular concerns.
In addition to targeted light
emission, the technology is capable
of producing the highest peak-power
of any IPL currently on the market.
This enhances the ability of Lumecca
to produce highly targeted results
and further closes the gap to laser-like
‘The Lumecca IPL device is what
IPL always should have been, but
never really was,’ says Dr Bruce
Williamson from SkinSmart Medical
Services, Balgowlah, NSW. ‘It works
more like laser than traditional IPL
and produces more reliable results
than other machines I’ve used.’
Lumecca employs IPL to selectively
target a variety of skin types and
conditions, ranging from facial
pigmentation, superficial vessels,
coarse skin texture to photo damage.
Plus, the optimised emission of
Lumecca makes it suitable for a wider
variety of skin types than traditional
How it works
By offering higher peak power and
more targeted light emission than
previous IPL devices, Lumecca is
better able to target specific zones of
problematic pigmentation. While
Dr Williamson treats a huge range
of people at his clinic, he commonly
uses the Lumecca IPL on fair skinned
individuals who have suffered the
effects of sun damage. For this reason,
it is typically performed on parts of
the body that receive the most sun
– for example, the face, neck and
forearms – but its use is not restricted
solely to these areas.
‘The Lumecca machine is ideal
for patients who are looking to
freshen up their appearance without
the downtime associated with laser,’
Dr Williamson explains. ‘I use it
to treat pigmentation issues like
freckles and also to reduce the
appearance of rosacea.’
‘Patients find Lumecca treatments
less painful than other IPL sessions.
It produces less swelling and requires
no real recovery time, making it
very attractive for busy individuals,’
The Lumecca IPL
device is what IPL
have been, but
never really was
What this means
for the patient
In addition to generating more
predictable results from a less
intimidating process, Lumecca
patients can expect fewer treatment
sessions than those who opt for less
advanced technologies. ‘I generally
schedule 45 minute sessions for
Lumecca,’ says Dr Williamson. ‘30
minutes of each session involves
actual treatment with the device.
Where other machines require three
to five sessions to achieve the desired
effect, for Lumecca I only recommend
one to three.’
‘I’ve received excellent feedback
from patients who have undergone
this treatment. For some, just one
session produces the result they want.
The Lumecca IPL does more in terms
of skin rejuvenation than anything
else I do,’ he concludes. CBM
When treating the effects of
sun damage, it makes sense
to avoid excessive levels of
sunlight before and after
treatment. ‘I have turned
away patients who were too
tanned to be treated,’ says Dr
Williamson. ‘Performing this
procedure on highly tanned
skin could potentially lead to
a burn on the surface of the
skin, or even produce scarring.
Sun protection should be worn
before and after treatment for
In the days following the
application of the Lumecca IPL,
dark patches of pigmentation
may become visible on
the skin’s surface. This is a
temporary state and over the
course of a week these spots
will fade to reveal fresher
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practitioner in your area, visit
DR PETER MORLEY
AND HIS TEAM
CLINIC ON THE
USE ONLY THE
TO ENSURE THE
WORDS BY MARIA LEAHY
With complicated jargon
and an array of complex
procedures, the world of
cosmetic enhancement has always been
diffi cult to navigate. But with an everincreasing
range of treatments being
made available to the Australian public,
it is now more important than ever
that each individual fi nds a practitioner
who is up to date with the latest
Dr Peter Morley from Emetheni
Cosmetic Medicine has more than
20 years’ experience in the cosmetics
arena. His client centred approach
to treatment and willingness to
embrace new methods is refl ected in
the impressive selection of procedures
performed at his Gold Coast practice.
‘At Emetheni, our services range
from facial contouring and fat freezing
to skin cancer checks and wrinkle
reduction injections,’ says Dr Morley.
‘It is particularly important to us that
each client’s experience is unique and
that they are given the opportunity to
explore the options which are available
to them when trying to prevent, manage
or repair the signs of ageing.’
In recent years, Dr Morley has
witnessed a shift in the forms of
treatment his patients are seeking. ‘Our
typical client defi nitely has different
needs to those of the patients I treated
in the past,’ Dr Morley refl ects. ‘As
the working world becomes more
competitive, many people feel the need
to maintain a youthful appearance.’
‘Older clients are drawn towards
less invasive, ‘quick fix’ treatments
with little downtime and fewer risks,
while younger clients are becoming
increasingly aware of the value of
cosmetic procedures, with skincare
being prioritised as they start to
ponder the realities of ageing.’
One of the latest and most
advanced technologies in the
non-surgical enhancement space
is the Ultraformer III – a quick,
non-invasive approach that tightens
skin on the face and neck. With
more than ten million treatments
performed worldwide, this machine
is a favourite among doctors and
‘In the past, skin tightening was
a slow and painful procedure which
didn’t always produce the best results,’
says Dr Morley. ‘The Ultraformer III
has dramatically changed the playing
field in this respect. Sagging necks,
eyelids and jaw lines can be treated
with no downtime and exceptional
results. It offers a natural looking
improvement that can dramatically
reduce the signs of ageing in just one
or two sessions, therefore reducing
the need for surgical intervention.’
Matching each patient to the
treatment which best suits their
needs is central to Dr Morley’s
approach. ‘We are very particular
about client selection at Emetheni,’
he explains. ‘A strong candidate for
Ultraformer would typically have
mild to moderate skin and soft tissue
laxity and crepey skin throughout
the face and body. This may include
lowered eyebrows, loose skin on the
neck and a sagging jawline. Naturally,
some clients may be too far gone for
non-surgical forms of enhancement
when they arrive at our clinic,
but for those who are suitable, the
Ultraformer machine can produce
really impressive results.’
For Dr Morley internal health and
external appearance are intrinsically
linked. By tailoring existing
treatments to suit the person with
whom he is working, he is able to
achieve results that preserve and
enhance each patient’s authentic
‘Health and beauty are not
mutually exclusive. They go hand in
hand so that the client can feel great
on the inside whilst looking fantastic
on the outside,’ he says. ‘It is my
belief that aesthetic enhancement
should be used to promote the unique
essence of each individual, allowing
their natural beauty to shine
The Ultraformer III, distributed
by Cryomed, is the premium
device, offering both face and
neck tightening and body
contouring in a single system.
One of the things which
makes this device stand out is
that it uses micro and macro
focused ultrasound (MMFU)
energy to heat tissues and
tighten the skin.
This machine precisely
targets tissue at adjustable
depths allowing treatment to
be customised for a range of
indications, including noninvasive
face, chin, brow and
neck lifting; body lifting and
contouring; and skin tone and
Benefits of this treatment
• Fast, customisable sessions
• Low downtime
• Minimal discomfort
• Immediate results with
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using dermal filler
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Words by Maria Leahy
is the latest line-up in the
world of performance
products, and boasts a brand new
ingredient set to revolutionise
Developed in Teoxane’s Swiss
laboratory in partnership with
board-certified skincare experts, the
products contain patented resilient
hyaluronic acid (RHA) technology – the
same technology used in the company’s
prestigious dermal filler range.
The innovative range – specifically
designed to protect and moisturise
the skin after cosmetic procedures
such as chemical peels, laser or
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further than this: it nourishes the skin
to additionally reduce the appearance
of ageing for smoother, more
Offering a high concentration
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Cosmeceuticals 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 benefits
to the skin.
Perth cosmetic surgeon Dr Andrew
Clark says: ‘In particular, the RHA
serum is our go-to product for any
patient with dry skin and fine lines.
The plumping and smoothing effect is
powerful and rapid.’
in a bottle
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.
With this in mind, the innovative
RHA works to form a moisture-rich
protective barrier. The RHA builds a
‘mesh’ that traps moisture and allows
active ingredients to be released
gradually. This means the skin can
receive continuous nourishment,
day and night. This ‘hydration net’
helps skin to function at optimal
levels and promote re-densification
of the skin layers.
As the RHA is gradually absorbed
by the skin, it works alongside a range
of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals
and amino acids to help blur the
signs of ageing and reduce fine lines
and age spots, smooth skin tone and
texture, and enhance volume.
NovHyal is another hero
ingredient, formulated to rejuvenate
the skin and improve its ability to
block environmental pollutants
and stresses. NovHyal promotes
production of the body’s own essential
building blocks of the skin and
The unique skincare range offers
an excellent anti-ageing ‘at-home’
skincare range, as well as helping to
prep, hydrate and protect skin before
and after cosmetic rejuvenation.
‘Before all our treatments, we
use the RHA Micellar solution,’
says Dr Clark. ‘Its ability to quickly
and comfortably remove makeup is
unmatched. And the feel and aroma
of the product is so appealing that
patients want to learn more about the
range. After any injection treatments,
it is normal for the skin to be red
and inflamed. We use the Teoxane
Post-Procedure Soothing Fluid,
which rapidly settles any redness.
This means patients experience less
downtime and see results sooner.’
Whether it’s for use after a cosmetic
procedure or to assist in maintaining
a youthful appearance, there’s no
doubt Teoxane Cosmeceuticals
are fast becoming the new beauty
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glowing skin. CBM
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Oxygenetix is a breakthrough oxygenating
foundation and moisturiser that works like a
virtual ‘breathable’ second skin. Words by erin docherty
foundation that was originally
developed to heal and
conceal skin after cosmetic
surgery and cosmetic procedures
such as laser and peels, Oxygenetix
Oxygenating Foundation has taken
the world by storm.
First launched in Beverley Hills
in 2008 for doctors, Oxygenetix has
since been seen backstage at the
Academy Awards, at beauty pageants,
music awards shows and London
The ‘breathable’ foundation not
only helps promote the healing
of a wide variety of skin conditions,
but is the ideal foundation for
It has real skin care benefits,
provides flawless coverage and
delivers an oxygen-enriched formula
that allows skin to breathe more than
any other foundation brand.
The hero ingredient? The
supercharged patented Ceravitae
Complex, which promotes collagen
cell production and connective tissue
growth in ageing and wounded skin.
Oxygenetix Foundation soothes,
heals and protects damaged skin
thanks to skin-loving ingredients
including: Aloe Barbadensis gelbase,
Vitamin E, Grape Seed Extract,
Green Tea, Salix Alba Extract and
Glycerin. These oxygen-enriched,
natural components make it feel like
a second skin.
Foundation for all
Oxygenetix foundation is available
in 14 shades, making it virtually
impossible not to find your perfect
match! It delivers complete yet
natural-looking coverage, to even out
skin tone and conceal blemishes. The
Oxygenetix revolution proposes that
this makeup is actually better for your
skin than wearing nothing at all.
The foundation can be applied
independently, or after Oxygenetix
moisturiser. With no occlusive oils or
irritants, it allows the underlying skin
The hypoallergenic properties of
Oxygenetix lead to a lack of irritation
or adverse reactions. It delivers
irritation-free coverage to acne
and rosacea patients and psoriasis
and eczema sufferers alike. With
the inclusion of SPF 25 sunscreen,
Oxygenetix provides an additional
benefit for skin post-laser treatment.
It is transfer and water resistant,
allowing it to stay on for hours - even
in humid environments. Its oxygenenriched
and natural components
make it virtually a second skin.
Whether your skin is healing from
an aesthetic procedure, or you just
want to slow the signs of ageing,
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation
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Doesn’t smudge due to
sweating or humidity
Contains SPF25 UVA/UVB
Safely camouflages and soothes
laser work, surgical scars and even
third- degree burns
Doesn’t rub off on clothing
(13 times more transfer resistant
than other makeup lines)
Stays on all day so no
need to reapply
Doesn’t clog pores
Oil-free & fragrance-free
Hypoallergenic and non-irritating
to sensitive skin
No dyes or parabens
TO GET IT
The Oxygenetix range is available
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TERRI VINSON, Cosmetic chemist and ceo of
synergie skin, EXPLAINS WHY NANOPARTICLES ARE
ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE OF COSMETICS.
Mineral makeup or physical
containing zinc oxide
and titanium dioxide have received
much press of late with consumers
being warned about using products
Yet, I believe the humble
nanoparticle is one of the most
misunderstood entities in the
According to the Journal of
are at the leading edge of the rapidly
developing field of nanotechnology.
‘Their unique size-dependent
properties make these materials
superior and indispensable in
many areas of human activity,’ the
If you’re confused about their
implications for the cosmetic industry,
you are not alone.
Before allowing scaremongers to
cloud your judgement when choosing
skincare products, the following
information will help you to discern
fact from hype.
Nanotechnology has revolutionised
both the medical and cosmetic
industry and should be respected
as crucial to the advancement of
It has enabled advancements in
joint replacement with low rejection
of artificial bone. It has also been
used to minimise side effects for
some cancer therapies and, by using
nanoparticle tagging, it has allowed
scientists to discover how different
proteins in our cells interact.
In my opinion, consumers have
been misinformed and misled into
believing that all nanoparticles
are dangerous and toxic if applied
topically. This is not the case. Rather,
it is the particle or ingredient that
is ‘nanophased’ (that is, made into
nanoparticles) that may be dangerous
and not the fact that a particle is
nanophased in the first place.
What is a
A nanoparticle is defined as a
particle smaller in diameter than
100 nanometres. A particle of this
size is able to penetrate human skin
and interact with living cells. One
nanometre represents one millionth
of a millimetre. To put this into
perspective, a human cell is about
10,000 nanometres in diameter, or
about 100 times bigger than the
It is important to realise that
nanotechnology does not define
the chemical characteristics of the
particle – it merely defines its size.
For example, nanoparticles of a
toxic chemical such as lead or arsenic
would be fatal if inhaled or applied to
the skin in a sufficiently large dose.
Conversely, nanoparticles delivering
asthma medication via in inhaler
would be life-saving to an asthmatic.
Often, therefore, the ingredient or
drug that has been nanophased may
be vital for the wellbeing of
As a scientist, I believe there is
no toxicity associated in applying
nanoparticles of zinc oxide topically
as a sun protection or antiinflammatory
Research shows that zinc oxide
particles over 30 nanometres, when
applied topically, do not enter the
bloodstream and present no threat to
human health. Research suggesting
otherwise considers doses that could
not be achieved with normal topical
application on viable human skin.
technology is a
prime example of
being used to
improve skin health.
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles,
however, have been reported to
induce free radical damage to living
cells at low doses. In my opinion,
therefore, when formulating with
titanium dioxide, particles should not
be nanosized to ensure they do not
penetrate the outer stratum corneum
and therefore avoid contact with
living cells in the dermis.
Unfortunately, larger particle
size titanium dioxide may exhibit a
whitening effect on the skin that is
often undesirable for many consumers
with darker skin tones.
Many mineral makeup formulators
choose to incorporate large particle
titanium dioxide with zinc oxide
to enhance the UV protection of
Logically, mineral makeup should
not contain any nanoparticles. The
particles should be large and opaque.
After all, the primary function of
makeup is to cover imperfections and
not be invisible on the skin.
The large, ‘macro-sized’ zinc oxide
and titanium dioxide particles in
mineral makeup are designed to
create physical coverage on the
skin, both as UV protection and for
If you are concerned, the makeup
manufacturer will be able to give
you information about the type and
size of particles they incorporate into
In the rapidly evolving field of
cosmetic science, nanotechnology is
successfully used to enable enhanced
delivery of active ingredients to
target skin cells. Peptide technology
is a prime example of nanoparticles
of active ingredients being used to
improve skin health.
Peptides are tiny pieces of protein
that are small enough (nanophased)
to penetrate the outer skin layers.
Peptides themselves are extremely
effective nanoparticles that are able
to perform specific beneficial effects.
They exhibit a plethora of biological
effects on cells such as stimulating
collagen, reducing pigmentation and
regulating oil production.
Growth factors are also examples
of nanoparticles. However, I have
serious reservations regarding topical
application of growth factors due
to their potential for stimulating
proliferation of malignant cells.
There is still much research to be
done on applying these nanoparticles
to the skin and I choose not to
formulate with growth factors.
Ultimately, consumers need to be
aware that a ‘nanoparticle’ is simply a
description of the size of the particle,
and that it’s the particle itself that
can be either beneficial or harmful.
Nanoparticles are to be embraced
and not feared. It is this knowledge
that enables us to allay fears and help
consumers make informed decisions
on skin care and sun protection. CBM
DON’T FALL VICTIM TO SUN-DAMAGED SKIN OR,
WORSE YET, SKIN CANCER. HERE’S HOW TO CHOOSE
THE BEST SUNSCREENS FOR BLOCKING DAMAGING
UV RAYS. WORDS BY ERIN DOCHERTY
ith Australia’s warm and sunny
climate, many of us are intrinsically
drawn to lying in the sun – but be
warned. According to the Department of
Health and Ageing, approximately two in
three Australians will be diagnosed with skin
cancer before the age of 70.
One of the best ways to protect yourself
against the sun’s harmful rays is by using a
sunscreen. But it’s important to know the
differences in how they work, in order to
choose the best option for your skin.
Inorganic sunscreens, also known
as ‘mineral’ or ‘physical’ sunscreens,
work by reflecting or scattering UV
rays and radiation. Some sunscreens
combine both organic and inorganic
components. Two types of inorganic
sunscreens available are zinc oxide
and titanium dioxide. Both provide
broad-spectrum UVA and UVB
protection and are gentle enough for
everyday use. Zinc oxide is especially
useful for people with sensitive skin,
as it rarely causes skin irritation.
Organic, or ‘chemical’, sunscreens
are composed of several active
ingredients because no single
chemical ingredient blocks the entire
UV spectrum (unlike inorganic
spectrum). Instead, most chemicals
only block a narrow region of the UV
spectrum – the majority of chemical
agents used in sunscreens work in the
UVB region, but only a few chemicals
block UVA rays.
The choice between organic and
chemical is a personal preference
and may depend on your usage and
Don’t forget to protect your lips
from the sun! Using a sunscreen on
your lips protects you in two ways.
First, because the sun ages skin
(lips included), the sunscreen keeps
your lips feeling and looking healthy
and vibrant. Second, skipping the
sun protection in your lip products
puts you at an increased risk of
getting skin cancer or another skin
condition. Our pick? Paula’s Choice
Despite having the highest rates of
melanoma in the world, Australians
have been slow to adopt the
heightened protection offered by
SPF 50+ sunscreen.
According to the Department of
Health and Ageing, Australians are
four times more likely to develop a
skin cancer than any other form of
cancer. So why has it taken so long
to introduce these higher levels of
protection to our shores?
The concern has always been
that people will think, by using a
sunscreen labelled SPF 50, they can
either use less of it or won’t have
to apply it as often. And while an
increase from 30 to 50 sounds like
a lot, in reality the extra protection
offered by SPF 50 isn’t nearly as
significant. Add to this the fact the
average person puts on between 25
and 50 per cent less sunscreen than
the recommended amount, and you
can see why the authorities may have
urged caution over introducing what
merely appears to be a significantly
more effective level of protection.
The proper use of
The use of sunscreen is an important
preventative measure to help
reduce the risk of developing skin
cancer and premature skin ageing.
Skin is susceptible to attack by the
sun, resulting in the destruction
of collagen and elastin structure,
and more seriously the damage to
cells’ DNA leading to possible
No matter what level of protection
you choose, therefore, the best advice
is to use your sunscreen properly.
Sunscreen should be distributed
liberally enough to all sun-exposed
areas that it forms a film when
initially applied. If you’re not using
this much — about half a 100g tube
(every time you put sunscreen on your
whole body) — you’re probably not
getting enough protection from UV.
Generally a person about 175cm
tall and weighing about 82.5kg will
require approximately 40g – almost
half a typical 100g tube – of sunscreen
to cover their body to the same
level as is specified in the Australian
Standard test procedure.
Applying this amount means you
are using the effective level as stated
on the label. Using less means you
are not getting the SPF stated on
The key is to reapply the sunscreen
at regular intervals to ensure an
adequate film is maintained;
but remember, using sunscreen is
a filter only.
Even when a SPF 30 sunscreen is
reapplied regularly, if the intensity
of the UV radiation is high enough
and if the skin is exposed for long
enough, invisible damage, or even
sunburn, could occur. Reapplication
of the sunscreen does not remove the
damage that has already been caused
by the transmitted radiation.
Remember the sunscreen should
be applied 15-30 minutes before
going into the sun and it should
be reapplied 15-30 minutes before
entering the water. This time allows
the water in the product to evaporate
and the waterproof sunscreen film to
properly form on the skin surface.
Sunscreens are merely filters, and all
of them will let some UV radiation
through at varying rates – indicated
by the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
rating. The level of SPF given
to each sunscreen is measured
using a complex mathematical
equation, and refers to the amount
of ultraviolet radiation required to
cause sunburn with the sunscreen
on, as a multiple of the amount
required without the sunscreen.
The protection given to
individuals by a certain level of
sunscreen will vary depending on:
• The amount applied
• The frequency of application
• The skin type of the user
• Immersion in moisture through
swimming or extensive sweating
• Amount of sunscreen absorbed
by the skin
These are the latest generation of sunscreens,
changing the way we protect ourselves from the sun.
1. Clarins Paris Sunscreen Control Cream for Face SPF 30,
$40, 2. Clinique SPF 30 Mineral Powder Makeup for Face,
$55, 3. Ultraceuticals Face Cream 50+, $49, 4. Clarins
Paris Sunscreen Care Spray For Body SPF 50+, $40, 5.
Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Face & Body Lotion,
$49, 6. Invisible Zinc 4HR Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF
50+ UVA-UVB, $29, 7. Phytomer Sun Solution SPF 15,
$63, 8. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra-Light,
$28.95, 9. Wotnot 30+ SPF Natural Sunscreen, $29.95, 10.
Paula’s Choice EXTRA CARE Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF
15, $25, 11. Nivea Sun Protect & Moisturise 50+, $20.99,
12. Rationale B3-T SPF50+, $70, 13. Ultraceuticals SPF
50+, $69, 14. Aspect Gold Envirostat SPF 50, $26,
15. KLIM Sports Moisturiser SPF 30, $17.95, 16. Aspect
Gold Hydra Shield SPF 15, $77, 17. Medik8 Physical
Suncreen, $74, 18. Dermalogica Pure Light SPF 50, $97,
19. Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF
50, $99.50, 20. Colorescience Sunforgettable Finishing
Powder SPF 50, $79.20, 21. Colorescience Sunforgettable
Tint Du Soleil SPF 30, $76, 22. Clinique Super City Block
SPF 30+, $36, 23. Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, $36,
24. Asap Moisturising Daily Defence SPF 50+, $55, 25.
Ella Bache Great Bodysaver Lotion SPF 50+, $49, 26.
Hamilton Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 50+, $17.95, 27. Sun
Bear Sunscreen SPF 50+, $34.95, 28. ALPHA-H Protection
Plus Daily SPF 50+, $62, 29. We Are Feel Good Inc
Signature Sunscreen Lotion $24.95, 30. O Cosmedics
Mineral Pro SPF 30+, $47, 31. Soléo Organics All-Natural
Sunscreen 30+, $24.95, 32. Skinstitut Age Defence SPF
50+, $45, 33. Pevonia Botanica Hydrating Sunscreen SPF
Nobody’s perfect and sunburn can
happen. What do you do? The damage
has (regretfully) been done long term, and
it can take several hours for it to manifest
itself on your skin’s surface. So at the
first sign, move out of the sun and apply
Natralus Australia Soothing Skin Relief,
$7.95 on your skin to soothe itchiness and
prevent the dreaded peeling process.
For those who could never give their
base makeup the flick, tinted sunscreen
is a great option if you don’t want to go
bare-faced at the beach or pool.
Ella Baché Great Suncover SPF 40
Foundation, $52, Bioderma Photoderm
BB Cream with SPF 50+, $14.99, Invisible
Zinc Tinted Daywear SPF 30+, $32.
We speak to Medik8 founder Elliot Isaacs
about his powerhouse skincare brand and the
latest developments in advanced skincare.
on our radar
Isaacs says for ultimate
age-defying results, Medik8
believes in the proven
benefits of Vitamin C plus
SPF in the daytime and
Vitamin A (retinol) at night.
‘This is Medik8’s core antiageing
notes. ‘These highly potent
antioxidants work in synergy
with each other to deliver
long-lasting, visible results.’
Isaacs says that when used in
the day, Vitamin C helps
to shield the skin from free
radical damage caused by
pollution and sun exposure
to prevent photo-ageing, fine
lines and pigmentation.
‘Vitamin A is hailed as the
gold standard of anti-ageing,’
he emphasises. ‘It stimulates
collagen production and
accelerates cell turnover to
smooth out fine lines and
wrinkles, enhance skin texture
and correct pigmentation.’
Inspired by innovative ideas,
Medik8 is a pioneering brand
breaking breaking boundaries in
skincare and promising results that
were previously unachievable.
Medik8 was initially established in
2004 by British scientist Elliot Isaacs.
With an academic background in
pharmacology, Elliot initially focused
his attention on a single solution to
help with his sister’s skin redness.
The result was Red Alert Serum –
Medik8’s founding product – which
still remains a best-seller. This proved
to be a benchmark in the progression
of the brand, carving a natural path
for future development, with Medik8
tailoring solution-based products to
the professional skincare market.
‘What sets Medik8 apart is our
unrivalled knowledge of skincare
ingredients, superior innovation
that delivers incredible results and
truly understanding our customers,’
The complete Medik8 range has
been designed to help customers with
a variety of skin concerns looking for
professional level results. The product
line is segmented around the needs
of customers, so they can easily find
the right solution for them, whether
they would like to address skin
ageing, blemishes, redness, dryness,
pigmentation or body concerns.
‘We support the retail offering with
a professional range for in-clinic only
treatments. We are world-renowned
for our peels which offer solutions for
blemishes, skin ageing, pigmentation,
and around the eyes,’ says Isaacs.
Innovation is inherent to research
and development at Medik8 and the
brand is committed to developing
formulas that give the best results for
all skin concerns. Everything from
Medik8 is developed by in-house
R&D scientists and the unique
advanced serums are all made on-site
in Medik8 laboratories.
‘We use only the highest quality
bioavailable actives in optimised
strengths to guarantee professional
results for every user, and we
consistently pioneer the latest
technological advancements in the
field of skincare,’ says Isaacs. ‘From
time-release retinol and stabilised
Vitamin C to patented actives and
penetration enhancement systems,
we combine the best available
scientific research to deliver longlasting
and visible results.
‘We are also one of the only brands
that delivers professional strength
products fresh to the market. Our
serums are manufactured in small
batch quantities at our UK laboratory,
so optimum potency and stability
So, what’s on the horizon for
Medik8? Isaacs hints at new
developments and delivery system to
maximise the results of Vitamin A.
‘At present, Vitamin A is widely
considered the gold-standard of antiageing.
But it doesn’t come without
its issues. Dryness, irritation and
peeling are all common complaints
when using Vitamin A. But we don’t
believe that this should be the case,’
‘By developing advanced delivery
mechanisms that allow for optimal
and gradual absorption, we can
eradicate the side of effects of this
effi cacious ingredient, giving our
customers maximum results without
any downside.’ CBM
It’s no secret that
excessive exposure to
sunlight is the biggest
cause of skin ageing.
Hence, sun protection
is a crucial step to a
regime. Medik8’s exciting
product pipeline has
recently welcomed a new
addition: Medik8 Physical
Sunscreen. Targeting fine
lines, wrinkles, uneven
pigmentation and a
dull complexion can
all arise as a result of
The new Medik8
Physical Sunscreen boasts
broad spectrum SPF
30 and a fragrance-free
formulation that doesn’t
The fast absorbing,
ultra-sheer cream is light
enough for everyday use
and strong enough to
defend against all signs
formula uses a photostable
blend of zinc oxide
and titanium dioxide.
These all-natural physical
filters work by reflecting
the sun’s radiation away
from the skin, much like a
mirror, protecting the
skin against premature
ageing caused by
Unlike chemical filters
that work by absorbing
UV energy and converting
it into heat, Physical
Sunscreen does not
induce redness or clog
pores, making it perfect
for sensitive and blemishprone
skin as well as
normal skin types.
technology to protect
aggressors, while also
helping to correct
existing lines and
Sunscreen is shaping up
to be a definite staple
for ultimate summer
WHERE TO GET IT
Medik8 is available at select skin clinics across Australia.
For stockists, visit www.medik8.com.au or call 1800 242 011.
The Brazilian Butt Lift –
is it a case of beautiful
view, dangerous curves?
Words by Erin Docherty
The ‘Brazilian butt lift’ specifically
involves adding fat by grafting
or injection. The patient undergoes
liposuction to remove fat from their
abdomen, hips and thighs which is
then specially processed and
re-implanted into the buttocks.
Conversely, a regular buttock lift
reduces the volume of the buttocks
by removing excess skin and fat
from the region. The procedure is
commonly performed on people
who have lost a significant amount
There’s no denying that it’s
the year of the rear. From
social media influencers and
celeb bottom icons, Kim Kardashian,
Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj, the
butt is back in a big way.
The number of Australian women
having fat removed from other
body parts and injected into their
buttocks via a procedure – known
as the ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’ (BBL) –
has increased an estimated 26 per
cent between 2015 and 2016. It’s
among the fastest growing aesthetic
procedures in the United States
and increasingly popular around
However, it doesn’t come
without risks. Significantly higher
complications appear to be associated
with BBLs than with any other
aesthetic surgical procedure
and recent deaths have sparked
Amid these worrying reports, the
US Aesthetic Surgery Education
and Research Foundation (ASERF)
formed a Task Force (of 11 surgeons,
pathologists and statisticians) to
investigate these risks and protect
patients globally. ASERF issued a
questionnaire to plastic surgeons
worldwide inquiring about technical
details that might impact the risk.
The US ASERF reported the
demand for the procedure ‘has
increased dramatically over the last
five years’. According to statistics
from the American Society for
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS),
‘core physicians’ (plastic surgeons,
dermatologists and facial plastic
surgeons) performed a whopping
18,487 of these procedures in 2015
compared to 7,382 in 2011. In
addition, ‘as many as 25 per cent
more are performed by non-core
physicians’ – resulting in more than
23,000 procedures performed in the
US last year.
The popular consumer website
RealSelf.com reported that in 2015
there were 7.2 million visits to
buttock augmentation pages – a 32
per cent increase from 2014. (This
number of visits was exceeded only by
enquiries into breast augmentation.)
However, there have also been
increasing reports about the potential
risks involved – highlighted by
international headlines which
accompanied incidents such as the
death of high-profile former Miss
Argentina, Solange Magnano, at age
38, three days after surgery ‘following
complications from a gluteoplasty
procedure to enlarge her buttocks’.
The Task Force says, ‘Despite the
growing popularity of gluteal fat
grafting, significantly higher mortality
rates appear to be associated with
gluteal fat grafting than with any
other aesthetic surgical procedure.’
The gluteal anatomy is unique by
having large veins that drain directly
into the largest vein in the body. The
cannula (a tube inserted into the
body) used for injection damages the
wall of a vein and the fat injected
near the vein can enter the vein. If
fat enters those veins, it gets carried
directly to the heart and lungs. This
complication can be fatal.
So, what’s the rate of risk? The
ASERF Task Force confirms it’s
somewhere between 1:2,000 and
1:6,000 and as a result has introduced
protocols to maximise patient safety
and minimise risk of complications
The Task Force emphasised that
‘more research is necessary to increase
the safety of this procedure’ and
to ‘identify techniques that avoid
It’s important for patients
interested in BBL to understand the
risk associated with this procedure,
the rate of that risk, and to discuss it
thoroughly with their surgeon.
It has been suggested that further
studies are needed to confirm findings
of this limited study and to identify
techniques that may improve the
safety of gluteal fat grafting. Watch
this space. CBM
Dr Anna Burrows explains the revolutionary laser treatment
that’s changing women’s lives for the better. Words by Maria Leahy
With one in every two
women suffering the effects
of vaginal atrophy during
their post-menopausal years, it’s a
wonder this distressing condition isn’t
more frequently discussed.
But with embarrassing and
uncomfortable symptoms like vaginal
dryness, urinary incontinence
and painful intercourse at play,
the issue now commonly referred
to as Genitourinary Syndrome of
Menopause (GSM) continues to
remain somewhat taboo.
Caused by the hormonal changes
associated with menopause, cancer,
breastfeeding and the surgical
removal of the ovaries, GSM is often
managed with vaginal creams and
oestrogen. However after changes
to existing medication rendered it
ineffective for a number of patients,
Dr Anna Burrows from Brisbane City
Gynaecology was forced to search for
an alternative GSM treatment.
Three years ago she found the
solution she had been seeking in
the form of the MonaLisa Touch,
a fractional CO2 laser system
specifically designed to treat vaginal
atrophy. ‘GSM is a condition that
effects over 50 per cent of women
after menopause,’ explains Dr
Burrows. ‘While hot flushes and usual
menopause symptoms improve over
time, GSM can actually get worse.
GSM patients typically suffer from
vaginal dryness; burning and itching
sensations; dyspareunia or pain during
intercourse; and urinary frequency.’
‘I invested in the MonaLisa device
as I was fully aware of the extent
of GSM. At the time, our only
option was to treat patients with
oestrogen, but this didn’t always
work. Some patients are not able to
use hormone treatments as they have
suffered hormone responsive cancers.
For others, when the medication
Vagifem was changed from a 25 to
10 microgram dose, the lower dose
wasn’t effective. After hearing about
the MonaLisa Touch and conducting
a thorough investigation into its
effectiveness, the scientific evidence
prompted me to use this technology
to help patients who otherwise had
limited treatment options.’
How It Works
The MonaLisa Touch is a nonsurgical
treatment for GSM, which
has been performed more than 25,000
times since it was first introduced
to Australia in 2013. By inserting
the MonaLisa Touch probe into the
vagina, doctors are able to deliver
thermal energy to the vaginal tissue.
This energy prompts the natural
regeneration of the vagina, promoting
proliferation of the cells and
restoration of vaginal wall strength
and blood supply. Stimulating
collagen production in this way
improves the integrity and elasticity
of the genital mucosa. This can be
effective in alleviating vaginal pain in
patients experiencing gynaecological
problems or vaginal atrophy, or in
simply tightening the vaginal walls for
a rejuvenating effect.
‘The treatment is less intrusive
than a pap test and takes only five
to ten minutes to complete,’ says
Dr Burrows. ‘Most patients have
three treatments spaced four to six
weeks apart. I also suggest a single
top up treatment every 12 months to
maintain the effect.’
‘Before beginning treatment, it
is important patients have a full
assessment with a specialist. This is
because many of the symptoms of
GSM can mimic other pathology.
When I meet patients, I assess their
symptoms and conduct a check up.
I always make sure that the cervix
screening test, mammogram and
all ‘well woman’ checks are up to
date. I check for conditions like skin
dermatitis, yeast and other infections,
and some specific gynaecological
diseases of the skin. When all the
other conditions are treated and dealt
with we can usually proceed with the
MonaLisa Touch. For 95 per cent of
women with no other pathology, we
can start the treatment on the first
visit if clinically safe to do so.’
The laser technology behind the
MonaLisa Touch provides a precise
micro-injury to the skin, and the body
responds with new growth in collagen
and blood vessels. The lubrication
and pH level change, restoring the
vagina close to its original function.
According to Dr Burrows, this
walk-in-walk-out treatment produces
‘overwhelmingly positive’ results.
‘Clinical trials show an 82-95 per cent
improvement in symptoms following
the MonaLisa treatment,’ says Dr
Burrows. ‘My clinical practice has
closely mirrored this. In women who
do not seem to respond, there are
often other factors at play, such as
psychosexual issues and a condition
called vaginismus which can cause
an involuntary spasm of the vaginal
muscles in response to pain.’
‘As a gynaecologist, this treatment
has been really revolutionary in
changing women’s lives for the better.
It produces longer lasting results, is
hormone free, comes with minimal
risks and side effects, and is essentially
an effective solution to a very
distressing problem.’ cbm
TO GET IT
To find a practitioner near you, visit
It’s time to understand
what’s happening under
the covers. We talk
Dr Oseka Onuma about
what triggers sexual
Words by Erin Docherty
hile it’s been reported that nearly half of all
women have some sort of problem with their
sex lives, it’s a topic many people don’t know
much about, or are embarrassed to discuss.
With the effects of pregnancy, childbirth and ageing,
many women can suffer from issues with their sex lives
that make them feel self-conscious and unhappy, often
affecting relationships with sexual partners.
‘Female sexual dysfunction is complex and can be a
result of hormonal, psychological, psychiatric, physical,
neurological, environmental and social causes,’ says
Adelaide gynaecologist and pelvic reconstructive surgeon
Dr Oseka Onuma.
‘Most cases of sexual dysfunction are treatable. So it’s
important to keep in mind that dysfunction does not
always imply abnormality and affected women should seek
help,’ says Dr Onuma.
So, what causes sexual
There are pivotal times in a woman’s life that influence
sexual function and vaginal competency. Studies have
shown the prevalence of sexual dysfunction is high during
pregnancy and reaches higher levels in the third trimester.
Sexual dysfunction could
lead to overall relationship
There is also a significant decrease in sexual function after
childbirth and during menopause.
‘The effect of pregnancy on a woman’s life is variable:
some women’s libido increases, some decreases, some
remain unaltered,’ explains Dr Onuma. ‘As pregnancy
proceeds, the physical challenge increases and the
missionary position becomes less possible or tolerated. An
increase in vaginal dryness often accompanies pregnancy
and use of lubricants may be needed.
‘Further to this, fear of damaging the developing baby
may prevent sexual activity (in most cases there is no
evidence to support this). A history of early pregnancy
failure may lead to advice to restrict sexual activity in
the first and sometimes second trimester of pregnancy.
A finding of a low lying placenta or bleeding during
pregnancy may also be an indication to cease sexual
intercourse during the pregnancy,’ he says.
‘Massive hormonal changes take place in the first
trimester (30 per cent increase in circulating blood
volume, 40 per cent increase in blood products). There
is also an increase in hormones such as progesterone and
relaxin which causes softening and relaxation of muscle
and connective tissue. Some of these changes will not be
reversed after pregnancy is complete,’ says Dr Onuma.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Sexual
Medicine, found more than 60 per cent of women suffer
from sexual dysfunction after childbirth. This includes the
inability to orgasm, pain during sexual activity, or a general
lack of interest.
The study found sexual dysfunction could lead to
overall relationship dissatisfaction, as well as post-natal
depression. The research also showed 88 per cent of
women did not consult healthcare professionals about the
issue, due to shyness or embarrassment.
‘Childbirth is the major factor in causing damage to
the female pelvic floor. Injury from forceps, ventouse,
spontaneous vaginal delivery, or caesarean section, can
all result in vaginal tears, tears to the introitus (entrance
to vagina) and labial tears. The disruption of connective
tissues (muscles/ligaments/fascia) results in reduced
tissue elasticity and avulsion of tissues from their origins,’
explains Dr Onuma.
‘There is some significant restitution (healing with tissue
going back towards normal) after childbirth. However
some of the spontaneous healing involves formation of
scar tissue, which is inherently weaker and less elastic
than the original tissue. Symptoms can occur immediately
after delivery but often present some years later. Further
pregnancies and deliveries can result in marked worsening
The Australian Centre for Female
Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation
Damage to the pelvic floor can result in pain during
intercourse, reduced sensation during intercourse, both
pain and reduced sensation and reduced ability to
Dr Onuma says that often these causes co-exist
– for example, painful intercourse may result in
a fear of intercourse, resulting in psychological
sequelae. Hormonal changes from menopause can
result in loss of libido or physical alterations of the
vaginal epithelium, which can result in difficult or
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What are my options?
Vaginal rejuvenation – both surgical and non-surgical
procedures – can help alleviate pain, improve form and
function, and enhance quality of life for many women.
‘Beyond pelvic floor retraining and physiotherapy,
there is now a range of minimal-access surgical options
available that can address and hopefully resolve these
problems,’ says Dr Onuma.
For example, both surgical and 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. Each
treatment is completely tailored to meet the patient’s
specific needs and individual goals.
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 to improve sensation.
Dr Onuma says assessment of sexual function,
mental health and quality of a relationship is crucial
and should be considered a routine assessment.
He stresses that women should be encouraged to
talk openly about their sexual health, in order to
gain realistic ideas of the changes in their body and
‘The majority of my patients seeking vaginal
rejuvenation are not motivated by the aesthetic but,
rather, a growing dislike of pain during intercourse
or discomfort when participating in everyday
activities,’ says Dr Onuma. ‘I believe in empowering
women through knowledge, choice and access to
the best treatments.
‘These days women are less willing to accept changes
in genital anatomy resulting from pregnancy, childbirth
and ageing. They are less likely to have the attitude
that sexual dysfunction is ‘just part of being a woman’,’
concludes Dr Onuma. CBM
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Virtually invisible, quick and easy to apply, they
last all day and makeup can be applied over
the top. They are ideal for:
• Loose sagging skin hanging over lashes
• Asymmetrical lids
• Excess skin covering the natural fold of the lid
• Enlarging the appearance of the eyes
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80 strips (40 days’ wear).
Lids By Design has recently added another impressive product to its line
with the new Colorset Jumbo Pencil Primer, specially formulated to allow
easy application of makeup over the non-invasive strips.
This luxurious cream-based formula is not a typical primer. It works to
neutralise dark spots, veins and redness so eye shadow colours adhere more
evenly, creating a seamless and vibrant smudge-proof look.
The easy to use jumbo pencil allows one-step application on the eyelids and
even the lips, fi lling fi ne lines and enhancing colour longevity.
The formula contains no mineral oils, to allow the strips to adhere correctly
to the lid. It also contains moisturising benefi ts to the skin for an optimal
Although Lids by Design strips are completely undetectable if applied
correctly, the addition of the new Colorset Primer Pencil provides a range of
benefi ts, especially for those who wish to wear makeup over them.
Lids By Design has recently added
another impressive product to its
line with the new Colorset Jumbo
Pencil Primer, specially formulated
to allow easy application of makeup
over the non-invasive strips.
This luxurious cream-based
formula is not a typical primer.
It works to neutralise dark spots,
veins and redness so eye shadow
colours adhere more evenly,
creating a seamless and vibrant
The easy to use jumbo pencil allows
one-step application on the eyelids
and even the lips, filling fine lines
and enhancing colour longevity.
The formula contains no mineral
oils, to allow the strips to adhere
correctly to the lid. It also contains
moisturising benefits to the skin for
an optimal makeup base.
Although Lids by Design strips are
completely undetectable if applied
correctly, the addition of the new
Colorset Primer Pencil provides a
range of benefits for those who wish
to wear makeup over them.
• Pencil – protects primer from
prematurely drying out
• Precision tip – gives the client
more control for better application
• Jumbo size – larger quantity gives
3x more primer than others
• one step – provides easy
application without the need for
• No mineral oils – formulated
without mineral oils to work
with LIDS BY DESIGN (oils and
adhesives don’t mix)
• CocoGlycerides – an organic
derivative from coconuts bringing
moisturising benefits to the skin
while preparing the surface for
optimal eye shadow application.
An instant temporary solution
Whether you’re considering a procedure or are just unhappy with
the appearance of your eyes, Lids By Design is a solution like
Distributed in Australia by Bella Aesthetics, Lids By Design fills a
gap in the market for instant, temporary non-surgical eyelid lifting.
Queensland cosmetic physician Dr Mary Dingley considers Lids
By Design a valuable tool for people who don’t want/can’t afford
eyelid surgery, or those who want an idea of how they might look
should they decide to have a procedure.
‘They are useful for those people who need more ‘eyelid show’,
due to the excessive or loose skin which is falling forward and
giving the impression of heavy lids. For asymmetric lids, they can
be differentially placed or a different size used to keep skin back and
give a more symmetric result,’ says Dr Dingley.
The medical-grade strips invisibly lift hooded lids to present an
immediately younger and more vibrant appearance. Designed for
both men and women, Lids By Design is hypoallergenic, latex-free
and can be worn comfortably all day.
Due to the wearable technology, the adhesive is breathable and
leaves no residue – it is soft, comfortable, easy to use and blends in
with the skin.
To apply, eyelids must be clean of any makeup or oils. Using the
specialised ContoursRX tweezers, the strips are gently peeled off
and applied on the ideal spot on the lid, over the natural crease.
The strip is then tapped down to set it in place and held for a few
seconds to ensure it adheres. If necessary, strips can be trimmed to
the exact specifications.
Lids By Design strips are available for different eyelid shapes and
needs, and come in a variety of sizes to fit just about any eye shape
Each strip is for one-time use and can be removed using either the
specialised Lids By Design tweezers or fingertips to gently peel off
Lids By Design, with the addition of the newly launched Colorset
Primer Pencil, provides a quick and highly effective solution to
uplift the look of the eyes.
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After immediate application of Lids By Design
It’s officially time to start
creating your gift list and
checking it twice! This year was
full of amazing advances in
skincare, stunning cosmetics,
and a ton of lust-worthy hair
and nail products. From amazing
makeup palettes to beautifully
scented candles and gorgeous
gift sets, we’ve narrowed down
the best Xmas gifts for 2017.
22 23 24
1. Asap Super Trio Collection,
$119, 2. MOR Lovely, $9.95, 3. VS
Sassoon Keratin Protect Dryer,
$49.95, 4. CLARINS Contouring
Collection, $100, 5. Napoleon
Perdis Signature Calm, Bronze
and Brighten Pack, $79, 6. Garbo
& Kelly Highlighting Kit, $70, 7.
BABOR Advent Calendar, $195,
8. Molten Brown London Bath
and Shower Gel, $39, 9. L’Occitane
Roses et Reines Body Milk, $40, 10.
MOR Wanderlust, $24.95, 11. De
Lorenzo Accentu8 Gift Pack, $54.95,
12. Napoleon Perdis Signature Lip
Gloss Collection, $49, 13. Charlotte
Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, $120,
14. Palm Beach Rosewood &
Balsam Scented Soy Candle, $42.95,
15. Wilds Soy Candle Jasmine
& Cedar, $29.95, 16. Remington
Proluxe Salon Straightening Brush,
$99.95, 17. MOR Goddess, $29.95,
18. SKEYNDOR Corrective Limited
Edition Set, $245, 19. Synergie
Minerals DermaRadiance Essentials,
$169, 20. Dermalogica Anti-Ageing
Power Trio, $90, 21. CLARINS
Super Restorative Collection, $135,
22. Aromatherapy Associates
London Treasure Time, $40, 23.
Guinot Longue Vie Gift Set, $186,
24. MAAEMO Pure Collection Pack,
$123.95, 25. Benefit B.right! by the
Bay limited-edition skincare set, $73,
26. Asap Skin Fit Body Pack, $99,
27. Jurlique Iconic Skin Perfectors
Christmas Set, $99, 28. mesoestetic
energy C Anti-Ageing Pack, $198,
& mesoestetic Global Anti-Ageing
Day Treatment Pack, $220, 29. DNA
Renewal Gift Pack, $192.
1. Youngblood Mineral
Cosmetics Eye Trio Clutch,
$117.95, 2. ALPHA-H Petite
Holiday Collection, $49.95,
3. ModelRock Lash out
Gift Pack, $39, 4. Pure Fiji
Christmas Cracker, $22, 5.
KEUNE Hair Cosmetics
Vital Nutrition, $59, 6. Nude
by Nature REFLECTIONS
$29.95, 7. Olay Miracle
Duo, $49.99, 8. Dr Spiller
First Class Travel Kit, $179,
9. Image Skincare 2017
Holiday Collection, $189, 10.
VSforMen Bearded Pro Gift
Set, $49.95, 11. Germaine de
Capuccini TimeExpert Rides
Good things come in small packages!
Here are the cutest, tiniest and most
fabulous stocking stuffers for the whole
fam – there’s something for everyone!
1. L’Occitane Roses et Reines
Hand Cream, $14, 2. Olive Oil
Skincare Company Hand Cream
$12.99, 3. L’Occitane Cedrat
Energizing Eye Gel, $38, 4.
L’Occitane L’homme Cologne
Cedrat, $85, 5. L’Occitane
Cedrat Deo Spray, $28, 6. Real
Techniques Mini Contour Brush,
$15.99, 7. Real Techniques Mini
expert face Brush, $15.99, 8.
Real Techniques 2 Mini Eraser
Sponges, $15.99, 9. Urban
Beauty United Brow Brush
Set, $9.75, 10. Urban Beauty
United Smokey Eye Brush Kit,
$9, 11. Peter Thomas Roth 24K
Gold Mask, $108.00, 12. Urban
Beauty United Angled Blush
Brush, $8, 13. Real Techniques
Miracle Complexion Sponge,
$15.99, 14. Antipodes Skin
Plumping Minis, $22, 15. Sukin
Energising Body Scrub Coffee
& Coconut, $14.95, 16. Milk
Hand Quench Nourishing Hand
Cream, $17.95, 17. West End
Tea & Co. No 6 Ratbag Boyfriend
Organic Loose Leaf Tea, $18,
18. Antipodes Joyful Hand &
Body Cream, $33.99, 19. Tweexy
Nail Polish Holder, $16.95, 20.
Real Techniques Mini Medium
Sculpting Brush, $15.99, 21. Real
Techniques Miracle Sculpting
Sponge, $15.99, 22. Urban
Beauty United Wonder Wheel
Foundation Wedges, $8.
There are all kinds
of little tricks
and tips out there
to make applying
cosmetics easier and
we want to share
some of them!
Make sure your look is always
on fleek, no matter where
you’re going, with these
life changing makeup hacks that will
have you wondering how you ever
lived without them.
Turn your pencil
eyeliner into gel
Put that wallet away! You can turn
pencil eyeliner into a gel formula
with the help of a match or
lighter. Simply hold your kohl eye
pencil under the flame for one
second, let it cool down for 15
seconds and voila! Glide on your
new gel eyeliner for an intense
smudge. It goes without saying,
make sure the eyeliner is cool
before you apply it to your eye!
Cover your eyelid
with white liner
to make any
Make your eyeshadow appear
more colourful by running a white
eye pencil over your entire lid.
This will immediately intensify any
shade and make it pop.
Use a spoon to
create the perfect
Winged eyeliner is the bane of
every girl’s existence. It can take a
hundred attempts and it can still
look uneven. Who would have
thought a spoon would be your new
best friend? Hold the stem of the
spoon against the outer corner of
your eye and draw a straight line.
Flip the spoon so it’s hugging your
eyelid, and use the rounder outer
edge to create a perfect cat-eye.
powder in between
coating mascara to
plump up your lashes
Get ready to bat those long,
luscious lashes with a sweep
of powder in between your
mascara application. Move over
Conceal dark circles
by creating an upside
down triangle under
Dotting is so last year! The best way
to apply under-eye concealer is to
apply it in a triangular formation
with the base of the triangle under
your lash line. This helps create the
illusion that your face is lifted, as the
brightest point is the most intense
under your eye.
with a hairdryer
so your lashes
Forget the fake lashes; blow
some hot air on your eyelash
curler to help your lashes curl
easier (the same way as a
curling iron). Make sure you
wait until your eyelash curler
cools down slightly to avoid
burning your eyelid! Ain’t
nobody got time for that.
natural by using
a brush to find
Contouring can be difficult.
The easiest way to approach it
is to use your eyeliner pencil,
or even makeup brush handle,
and place it directly below
your cheekbone to get the
Draw a hashtag
on the outer corner
of your eyelid to
create the perfect
With your eyeliner, draw a slanted
hashtag at the corner of each eye.
Blend it in with the rest of your eye
makeup. Ta-dah! A perfect smoky
eye without a lot of work. #Winning.
Lay a tissue over
your mouth and
powder over it to
set the colour
An oldie, but a goodie! For full
long-lasting colour, swipe on your
lip shade and then lay a tissue
across your lips. Dust translucent
powder on to make the colour set
so it lasts longer.
Create the perfect
Cupid’s bow by
marking an “X”
on your upper lip
Make your Cupid’s bow look perfect
by using your lip liner (same shade
as your lipstick) to draw an “X” on
your upper lip. Apply your lipstick,
using the “X” as a guide and you
will have the perfect pout. CBM
WE CHECK OUT THE BUZZ
AROUND TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY
TECHNOLOGY AND EXPLAIN HOW
SKINCARE REACHES BEYOND THE
SURFACE TO ACTUALLY WORK.
WORDS BY ERIN DOCHERTY
It’s increasingly diffi cult to peer
behind the beauty industry’s
mask and discern whether its Iclaims and promises are genuine or
just over-hyped marketing tools.
But behind the ‘miracle’ cures
and avant garde technologies sit
continual and important research
and education that enable skincare
practitioners to navigate the
And for consumers, while we
smother ourselves with lotions and
potions, the key question is whether
the goodness is actually hitting
the mark or merely hovering on
the surface of our skin. It’s all very
well to have these breakthrough
products, but if we can’t deliver
them effectively to their intended
targets, what’s the point?
While there are products on
the market claiming to contain
near-miracle ingredients, many
can’t deliver ingredients into the
epidermis properly. This is because
there is a certain formula through
which active ingredients work in
synergy with the skin, and many
products may have less than what is
required for results.
Transdermal products have the
ability to store in the voids of the
skin for hours, allowing cells to
draw off the nutrients as needed.
This also means they are working at
a cellular level, not just topically.
As skin is our largest organ - and
a direct route to our circulatory
system – it makes sense that this is
the most effective surface via which
to deliver nutrients and vitamins.
‘Transdermal delivery systems
simply give you more bang for your
cosmeceutical buck,’ says Terri
DipEd.) founder and cosmetic
chemist at Synergie Skin.
‘Cosmeceuticals that are
challenging to penetrate the skin
and reach the target cells are now
able to create the desired biological
effect. The technology involves a
number of methods including:
1. Creating channels from physical
trauma such as needling used in
collagen induction therapy or
2. Creating thermal channels
from treatments such as
3. Creating electrically stimulated
channels through ionic shift in
cells via galvanic systems
4. Creating penetration through
specifi c sound waves via
Transdermal delivery is no
new premise, having been a
technology more commonly linked
to the pharmaceutical industry for
decades. It is now used increasingly
within the cosmetics industry to
deliver the active ingredient to
treat a range of concerns such as
cellulite and wrinkles.
Vitamin C is a powerful
antioxidant that signifi es a major
breakthrough in transdermal
technology. Around 1990,
pharmacologists became aware that
L-ascorbic acid could be delivered
to the dermis where it was needed
most. This breakthrough was in
developing transdermal vehicles that
stabilised the Vitamin C and ensured
its pathway to target fibroblasts.
‘Dr Des Fernandes was one of the
pioneers in creating technology to
optimise transdermal delivery. His
research includes developments in
CIT, ionic and sonic penetration,’
Transdermal delivery involves the
movement of substances (drugs,
vitamins, nutrients, lipids) across the
stratum corneum into the systemic
Elliot Isaacs, founder of Medik8
says: ‘As the Medik8 adage goes,
‘there is no point having a magic
bullet, if there’s no gun to fire it’.
Both standard actives and the latest
expensive peptide ingredients are
only as good as the delivery system
used to introduce them to the deeper
skin layers. More often than not,
these hi-tech substrates merely sit
on the epithelial surface, with only
a fraction reaching the target area
in the lower epidermal, dermal and
Simply put, transdermal delivery
administers active ingredients via the
skin, which is an effective medium
for absorption and entrance to the
circulatory system. By manipulating
the intercellular pathway, larger, more
unstable molecules such as ascorbic
acid and retinoids can be delivered to
deeper epidermal and dermal target
cells where they are most needed.
The human skin is a complex
and dynamic barrier. Its function
is to guard against the penetration
of undesirable substances such as
exposure to UV rays, environmental
pollution and cigarette smoke.
Daniel Isaacs, Medik8 Formulation
Simply put, transdermal
delivery administers active
ingredients via the skin
and Development Director, explains
the upper layer of the epidermis,
called the stratum corneum, is made
up of 15-20 layers of corneocytes
(flattened, dead skin cells) in an
alternating arrangement with an
intercellular lipid membrane between
the cells. This membrane is made up
of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty
acids and provides a permeability
barrier for anything trying to enter
the skin. Most molecules will have to
use the intercellular route, through
the lipid bilayers, just to enter the
first layer of the skin.
‘While this is useful for stopping
pathogens and disease, this barrier
can hinder topically applied skincare
actives on their journey into the
lower layers of the skin. Transdermal
delivery systems are often used
in skincare to help enhance the
penetration of actives to reach the
dermis,’ says Daniel Isaacs.
‘As scientists, we need to devise
methods of disrupting the barrier to
enable penetration without damaging
the barrier and causing inflammation
and microbial infiltration,’ says
US dermatologist Dr Ronald L
Moy, founder of DNA Renewal
skincare range adds: ‘In skincare
the major breakthrough has been
the use of liposomes for delivery of
topical anesthetics and our DNA
repair enzymes. Tape stripping, peels,
ultrasound or facials can all enhance
transdermal penetration. We use our
gentle glycolic acid-based cleanser to
enhance transdermal delivery of our
DNA repair enzyme.’.
Dermal therapist Vita Catanzariti
from Coastal Plastic Surgery &
MediSpa says, ‘Transdermal Delivery
system in skincare has changed over
time and continues to improve.
Expanding the use of techniques
with molecules, liposomes,
nanoparticles and gels and micro
emulsions delivers a greater
improvement in chemical penetration
with less irritation to the skin, better
stability and better absorption.’
There is a range of methods using
energy waves or pulses to increase
product flux across the skin by either
the skin barrier (primarily the stratum
corneum) or increasing the energy of
the product itself.
There are two schools of thought
on how this process works. One
says it uses synthetic liposomes
to encapsulate the nutrient and
penetrate the skin, which is
essentially a lipid bi-layer. Another
claims it relies on natural oils to carry
the nutrient and penetrate the skin to
enter the blood stream.
What are the
So what are the tangible advantages
of transdermal delivery? Besides being
a controlled method, it sidesteps the
various consequences of traditional
administration methods such as
first-pass metabolism, whereby
the bioavailability of the active
ingredients is reduced once it enters
the systemic circulation. Using
transdermal delivery, this breakdown
is reduced as it bypasses the digestive
system, requiring a lower dose as a
result. It is also local, meaning specific
areas such as the eye contour - which
is prone to wrinkles and fine lines as
we age – can be targeted.
‘The advantage of transdermal
delivery of active ingredients like
DNA repair enzymes, is deep
penetration without the use of
needles or microneedling or facials,’
says Dr Moy.
‘Transdermal delivery systems are
an important part of our skincare,
because the DNA repair enzymes are
delivered transdermally via liposomes
(fat particles protecting the enzymes),
allowing deep penetration of these
active ingredients into the deep
dermis,’ he says. ‘Studies have shown
a deep transdermal penetration of
these DNA repair enzymes using
liposomes. Along with our skincare
range, we also use a mask that
enhances transdermal delivery of
DNA repair enzymes into the skin.’
‘Transdermal delivery enables
results that were previously diffi cult
to reach. Larger molecules such
as hyaluronic acid are unable to
penetrate the skin barrier due to
their high molecular weight; however
transdermal systems optimise
penetration and enable a deeper
hydration of the skin,’ says Vinson.
‘Medik8 uses penetration enhancers
in the form of encapsulation of active
ingredients. Transdermal delivery
via encapsulation not only helps
the penetration of actives into the
skin, delivering them further into
the skin layers, but also protects the
active ingredient from the external
environment,’ says Daniel Isaacs.
‘With the skin regarded as the
impeccable external protective
barrier of our body, even those
who may be sceptical of the true
effi cacy of transdermal delivery must
be impressed with the scientifi c
evidence,’ he says.
Vinson says numerous methods can
quantify the effi cacy of transdermal
delivery, including ‘before’ and
‘after’ photos in controlled scientifi c
conditions quantifying the specifi c
effect of the cosmeceutical such as
reduction in pigmentation, reduction
in fi ne lines and wrinkles, and
increase in skin hydration.
‘There are good studies with
DNA repair enzymes using immunofl
orescent tags to document deep
penetration,’ adds Dr Moy. ‘What
results can usually be seen? The
most important factor judging the
effi cacy is how effectively the active
ingredients such as DNA repair
enzymes prevent skin cancers,
treat pre-skin cancers and most
importantly make the skin more
beautiful. We have studies using
our skincare line that prove we
can improve eye bags, acne scars
and tighten neck skin with our
transdermal delivery of our
Daniel Isaacs says in vitro methods
will use skin biopsies or skin models
to characterise the penetration of
particular actives, usually utilising
fl uorescent markers. In vivo studies
can compare the results of an
encapsulated form of an active to
the normal unencapsulated form of
‘Medik8’s r-Retinoate uses a unique
encapsulated form of retinyl retinoate
in biodegradable polylactic acid
(PLA). The results of this has been
found to greatly increase penetration
of retinyl retinoate through in vitro
and in vivo studies published in Skin
Research & Technology,’ says Daniel
Not sure which glasses
suit you? let your face
shape be your guide.
Words by erin docherty
In an ideal world, you’d have a selection of eyeglasses
in all different colours, shapes and styles to suit your
ever-changing mood and wardrobe, but in reality glasses
can be expensive and more often than not you’ll just get
one or two pairs at a time. It’s therefore imperative to
make sure the ones you select are as flattering and versatile
The trick to finding the right pair? Well, generally the
shape of your frame should contrast with the shape of
your face. It’s also important to choose a colour that will
complement your features – for example black is always
good for highlighting and outlining your eyes. It can get a
little complicated, so we’ve broken it down a bit to point
you in the right direction!
The oval face
Oval faces are evenly proportioned and softly rounded, so
you want to give a nice contrast to facial curves. If you’ve
got an oval shaped face, almost all frame shapes will
suit you; why not be adventurous and try some modern,
angular styles? Top-heavy frames and butterfly shapes
are two styles that can compliment this facial shape.
Otherwise, a classic wayfarer style is always a safe option.
The round face
Round faces tend to be fairly
short with wider forehead, full
cheeks and a rounded chin.
If you’ve got a round-shaped
face, consider angular styles
as they draw attention to the
top half of the face, and avoid
oval or round shaped frames.
Frames that are wider than
they are tall give the illusion of
a slimmer face, so rectangular
frames also work well.
If you have a heart-shaped face,
you will have a long and wider
forehead and a narrower jawline
and chin. Your perfect style of
glasses should minimise the
top of your face and widen the
appearance of your chin. Look
for frames that are wider than
your forehead, or frames that go
up at the corners. Lighter frame
colours will also work to balance
The square face
If your face width and length
are proportionate and you’ve
got a broad forehead and a
strong jaw, you’re probably in
this category. The goal? Divert
away from and add contrast to
strong facial features. For this
face shape consider oval or
round frames as they soften the
jawline. Avoid angular frames
as these will emphasise your
angular facial features.
this be the
discovered new drugs
that could slow down
the ageing process
and potentially extend
lifespan. Words by erin docherty
There’s no doubt that
research into ageing
and extending the
lifespan of humans
and animals, has
become a serious endeavor. And it
seems we are slowly unlocking the
mystery of how to reverse the
Often referred to as the ‘eternal
fountain of youth’ ageing research
is now seeking to not only tackle
individual diseases, but rather treat
all the diseases the arise in old age,
all at once.
New research is proving that slowing
down the degenerative process of
ageing may be closer than we think.
Out with the old
Scientists have recently discovered
three new agents that aim to delay
ageing by targeting certain cells –
called senescent cells. Senescent
cells are a type of cell that
contributes to frailty and other
age related conditions.
This anti ageing strategy is
called senolysis: that is, killing off
old and damaged or ‘senescent’ cells.
These cells take up space, grow
larger, and release substances that
Published in the online journal
Ageing, the researchers revealed that
the death of senescent cells might not
only promote a longer life, but also
reduce illnesses associated with age.
It was found that when mice were
genetically engineered so that it is
possible to kill of senescent cells,
health drastically improved and their
lifespans increased between 17 per
cent and 35 per cent.
The breakthrough highlights
senescence as not only a key in the
biological basis of ageing, but also in
the prevention of health problems
such as cancers and kidney problems.
The researchers note that although
the immune system clears the
senescent cells on a regular basis, this
mechanism gradually becomes less
effective as we age.
There’s no doubt that this research
opens a new front in an already
multi-pronged war against ageing.
If the study passes clinical trials and
proves translatable to humans, the
prospects are exciting and could have
a profound impact on our health.
Our DNA changes as we get older.
For example, structures that cap the
ends of our chromosomes (which carry
our genes) called telomeres shorten
with old age or stress. This results in
physiological changes in the body,
which increases the risk of the major
conditions and diseases of ageing:
cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
cancer, a weakened immune system
is proving that
process of ageing
may be closer
than we think
Professor Elizabeth Blackburn from
Tasmania shared the 2009 Nobel
Prize for medicine for her research
on telomeres. She discovered that
the telomerase enzyme can add DNA
to the ends of chromosomes to slow,
prevent and partially reverse the
shortening of our telomeres which
contributes to ageing and disease.
Professor Blackburn proved that
to lengthen telomeres (or stop them
shortening) improving lifestyle by
managing chronic stress, exercising,
eating better and getting enough sleep,
could lead to long-term habits that
make a difference.
In another anti-ageing strategy,
researchers from the University
of New South Wales in Australia
discovered a vitamin called
(NMN) that helps repair
The researchers treated mice
with NMN, finding it caused an
improvement in their cells ability
to repair DNA damage caused by
radiation exposure or old age. After
just one week of treatment the
researches noted that the cells of the
old mice were indistinguishable from
the younger mice.
What’s more is that the research
won NASA’s iTech competition,
because of its potential use in the
planned 2025 mission to Mars.
On short missions, astronauts
experience accelerated ageing from
cosmic radiation, suffering from muscle
weakness, memory loss and other
symptoms when they return. On a trip
to Mars, five per cent of the astronauts’
cells would die and their chances of
cancer would approach 100 per cent.
It’s hoped this vitamin might be able
to reverse that damage.
Back on earth the researchers
believe NMN could also help every
human defy the ageing process and
stay healthy and it has potential to
overcome the side effects of cancer
radiotherapy and chemotherapy,
especially with children.
Although these drugs haven’t
reached the market just yet, they
nevertheless offer a glimpse into the
remarkable possibilities that lie ahead
for the treatment of underlying ageing
and potentially a whole range of
ageing conditions. CBM
There are some travel experiences that are guaranteed
to give you a new appreciation of planet earth. online
travel agency Zuji has compiled their top 10 list of
life-changing travel experiences.
Visit the temples
Get in now before the hordes arrive. Myanmar is quickly becoming a tourist
hotspot now that the US has re-established diplomatic relations with the
newly civilian government and the National League for Democracy has
dropped its long-standing travel boycott. Nestled away in upper Myanmar,
Bagan is the former centre of the Kingdom of Pagan. While it is estimated
that in excess of 10,000 temples and pagodas were constructed at the site, a
remarkable 2,200 still stand in what is the densest and largest concentration
of Buddhist ruins in the world. To make the most of your experience, why not
take to the sky in a hot air balloon to soak in the sheer scale of this impressive
site. Bagan can be experienced year round, thanks to its dry climate.
gorillas in Rwanda
Rwanda’s animal kingdom promises to leave even the most
seasoned traveller in awe, and Rwanda’s mountain gorilla
is an essential must-see. With less than 900 left in the wild,
these magnificent beasts can be found in either the Virunga
volcanic mountains or the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
at an altitude range of 2,200-4,300 metres. Rwanda’s strict
conservation laws mean only 50 travellers can get in the midst
of the gorillas at a time, making it more likely to spot one of
these gentle giants. The gorillas can be visited year round,
regardless of season.
Mayan ruins of
Once the glittering jewel at the centre of the Mayan
empire, Tikal was consumed by the jungle and lost
for nearly three centuries. Today, the site’s secrets
have been once again revealed, and travellers from
around the world can now witness first-hand some of
the largest and most impressive ancient structures in
South America. Tikal’s Great Plaza includes temples
more than 70 metres high, sprawling royal palaces
and a host of other buildings and monuments. It is
recommended to visit during the dry season, which
runs from January to May.
northern lights in
It’s a long way from Australia, but the incredible phenomena of
the northern lights is well worth the trip. Witness nature’s very
own light show from Svalbard, a stunning Arctic archipelago
where mountains meet massive glaciers. After you’ve caught
a glimpse of the aurora, there’s an abundance of things to do
in this winter wonderland, but spending a few days spotting
Svalbard’s incredible wildlife is highly recommended. If you’re
lucky you might even be able to see a few polar bears in their
natural habitat. The lights are most easily spotted between
September and March.
on the Ganges,
Take a journey to Varanasi, the holiest city in
India, and witness tens of thousands of people
descending the ghats to take a cleansing dip
in the sacred river each day. Make sure you
take some time to sail down the river and find
yourself at one of the many meditation camps
along the banks. The best time to experience
Varanasi is from November to March.
Swim with humpback
whales in Tonga
Once hunted to the brink of extinction, a first-hand encounter with a 36,000kg
humpback whale is guaranteed to power up the endorphins. Tonga is one of
the only places in the world where you can swim with these majestic mammals.
These Southern Hemisphere humpbacks are said to migrate up to 25,000km from
their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the tropical waters of Tonga to mate
and give birth. The best time to travel is between August and October.
Stretch your legs with a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. The world’s highest walkable
peak offers tough travellers an opportunity to traverse 80km of mountain, five
different climatic zones and some truly amazing scenery all in the course of a few
days. These treks are best experienced in January to mid-March or from June to
October, however the most popular time for climbing is in December.
Known as The Great Migration,
this annual event sees millions of
wildebeest, zebra and gazelles journey
from the plains of the Serengeti to
the hills of Masai Mara. Gaze in awe
as the herds brave rivers, ravines
and other wildlife on their life-ordeath
trek towards greener pastures.
The best time to catch the action is
between July and October.
Once hailed as ‘the fairest jewel in the crown of the Tsars’, a journey
on the Trans-Siberian Railway is one of life’s great travel experiences.
Sit back and watch the landscape slip by as you make the 9,288km trek
through eight time zones from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Trans-
Siberian Railway. Travel at your own pace through some of the most
rugged and awe-inspiring terrain the planet has to offer. If you’re after
even more you can opt to then transfer to the Trans-Mongolian, which
visits Beijing and Ulaanbataar, or select from a raft of other options
Home to the highest peaks in the world, Nepal has always
been a mecca for mountain climbers. But what goes up
must come down. Adventure junkies will be treated to an
outstanding selection of snow-fed rivers, which range from
PG-related fun to raging torrents. For ultimate bragging
rights take a ride along the monster Sun Kosi rapids that
start near the Tibetan border. The best months to take a
plunge are October and November. Avoid the monsoon
season from June to August.
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