CosBeauty Magazine #78


CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia. This issue we look at 60+ products to step up your party makeup, our Christmas Gift guide, 10 makeup hacks every girl should know, and our 10 page feature - Face First; look your best without going under the knife.


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12 Editor’s letter

14 Beauty insider

108 Ed’s Faves

cover stories

18 60+ products to step up your

party makeup

38 Face first - look your best

without going under the knife

82 The gift of giving christmas

gift guide

90 10 makeup hacks every girl

should know


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

nasty surprises

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

of youth?

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 goods?

The lowdown on putting your

products to work


48 That knife-free life

Reveal your best self with

non-surgical facial rejuvenation

52 Spotlight on clear skin

The next generation of IPL

54 Emetheni

Using technology to produce

personalised results

70 Brazilian Butt Lift

– what’s going wrong?

Delving into the enhancement

trend everyone is talking about

74 The MonaLisa Effect

Treating vaginal atrophy in 2017

76 Spotlight on sexual dysfunction

The questions you were too

afraid to ask answered

80 Lids by Design introduces

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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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Beauty insider


Limitless 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.

G&M Neurocosmedics

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.


Skin Care

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.



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!



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



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

addicts everywhere.


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. 15

I can’t think

of any better


of beauty

than someone

who is unafraid

to be herself.

Emma Stone







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. 19

Prime time

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.

1. 2.

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.




Correct &


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

your eyeshadow.

Ready, SET…

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.

Our picks

Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder, $45.


Our picks

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.

Quick tip:

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.

Our picks

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.


3. 4.

5. 21


Be a


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

remains light.






Quick tip

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

stays subtle.


For soft sculpting on the go

try the Palette Contour Visage

by Clarins Paris, $55.

Our picks

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

Cream, $42.



Eyes on

the prize

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

more defined.






7. 8.


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.





12. 23

Luscious lips

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.

3. 4.




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.






Lash out!

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.






Nailed it

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

Fancy, $19.95,

4. Scout Cosmetics 5 Free Breathable Nail Polish in

Losing My Religion, $19.95.



4. 25







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

mental health.

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

mental health.’

But when was the last time you

actually thought of improving your

mental health?

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

mental disorder.

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.


Eat healthy

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

general population.’

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. 27


2.Regular exercise

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.

The stats




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

become obese.

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

wind down.



Manage stress

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

mental illness.

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 29


Anti-Ageing Benefits of




Vedic Meditation

teacher A.L.Braun

explains how the

‘vedic’ technique

produces a state

of deep rest, for

both the mind and

body, to slow the

ageing process.

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’

so important?

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.

How meditation

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 31







inside out

need to escape

the stresses of

everyday life?

Chelsea Pottenger’s

Mindfulness +

Meditation Retreat

at the Willow

Farm in Berry, NSW,

13-14 January 2018,

may be just

the answer.

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

few minutes.

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

connected life.

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

incredible environment.

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

and 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


For more information please visit Follow

Chelsea Pottenger on Instagram


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to ask


you get











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

certified, trained

and licensed?

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

suit me?

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

proper aftercare?

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

lash extensions?

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

of them!

10. How do I

remove my eyelash


without losing my

natural lashes?

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 35











Forget panda eyes

and product fallout,

it’s time to give your

lashes the attention

they deserve.

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

every angle.

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

12 hours. 37







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 39


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

overwhelming task.

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

and forehead.

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. 41





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.


Rich Plasma

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

elastin) repair.

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

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

professional treatment.

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

after treatment.

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. 43


Natural peels

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

blemished skin.


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

aggressive resurfacing.

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

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.




is most


used for:

Superficial pigmentation,

such as age spots

and freckles

Lightening and reducing

redness, rosacea and

spider veins

Overall skin rejuvenation

for mild to moderate

sun-damaged skin

Hair removal


is most


used for:


including melasma

Tattoo removal

Acne and surgical scars

Improving skin texture,

pore size and skin firmness

Rosacea and

broken capillaries, port

wine birthmarks


Hair removal

Lasers &


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

air reduction.

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.

What’s the


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

specific problem.

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

treat rosacea.

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

less downtime.

Fractional laser technologies break

up light beams to allow columns of

untreated tissue to activate healing

mechanisms beneath the skin’s

surface, treating skin conditions

ranging from scars and birthmarks

to wrinkles.

These lasers work by creating

microscopic thermal injuries

that trigger collagen production,

stimulating cell renewal and

plumping out the tissues. 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

aggressive treatment.

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. 45


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.

What’s right

for me?

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

single-ingredient formulations.

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.

Synergie Skin, an Australian made skincare range, Teoxane

Cosmeceuticals, made by Teoxane Laboratories in Switzerland

and mesoestetic, distributed by Advanced Cosmeceuticals are

some of the latest powerhouse skincare brands renowned for

delivering healthier, more youthful looking skin. CBM


Enhancing what nature

has given you, Replenishing

what time has taken away

“My clinic has been designed to provide a

warm, welcoming and relaxing environment,

while my focus is on achieving the best

possible results and experience for you.”

• Cosmetic medicine

• Laser therapy

• Dermal therapy

• Injectables

• Fraxel laser

• Laser Genesis

• Pigment/vascular laser

• CoolSculpting

• Ultherapy skin tightening

• Double chin treatment

• Laser vaginal rejuvenation

Dr Csilla Novak


Dr Csilla is a Fellow of the Cosmetic

Physicians College of Australasia and

has more than twenty years experience

in laser medicine and skin rejuvenation


17 Bowen Bridge Rd, Herston QLD

(cnr Campbell St)

07 3214 1400

E nhancement




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.’


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E nhancement

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

be ‘diversity’

‘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

looking contours.’

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




Dr John Flynn

Cosmedic & Skin Clinic,

Southport, Qld

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

of performance.

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.


The latest

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

IPL devices.

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,’

he adds.

The Lumecca IPL

device is what IPL

aLWays should

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

E nhancement

Before &

after Lumecca


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

best results.’

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

looking skin.




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practitioner in your area, visit 53














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.’

Ultraformer III

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

patients alike.

‘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

through.’ CBM


Ultramformer III


The Ultraformer III, distributed

by Cryomed, is the premium

multi-functional ultrasound

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

texture improvement.

Benefits of this treatment


• Fast, customisable sessions

• Low downtime

• Minimal discomfort

• Immediate results with

progressive improvement



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using dermal filler

technology, This



line is delivering

a powerhouse

of anti-ageing


Words by Maria Leahy

eoxane Cosmeceuticals

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





Prep Cleansing Solution


Regenerative Skin



Ultra Comfort Soothing Balm


Vitamin C Skin Perfector



Anti-Wrinkle Cream for

normal-combination & dry skin

advanced perfecting


Pro-Structure Complexion

Perfecting Cream


RHA Advanced Eye Contour

Suitable for Sensitive Skin

microdermabrasion – goes much

further than this: it nourishes the skin

to additionally reduce the appearance

of ageing for smoother, more

radiant skin.

Offering a high concentration

of active ingredients, Teoxane

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.’

Dermal filler

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

support structures.

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

protocol to beautifully healthy,

glowing skin. CBM



The Teoxane Cosmeceuticals range

is available in select clinics or

online at

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On our radar

The world’s most

breathable foundation

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

Fashion Week.

‘ Oxygenetix


soothes, heals

and protects


skin thanks

to skin-loving


The ‘breathable’ foundation not

only helps promote the healing

of a wide variety of skin conditions,

but is the ideal foundation for

everyday wear.

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

skin types

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

to breathe.

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

has you covered and protected. CBM

Why we

can’t get

enough of


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



The Oxygenetix range is available

in selected clinics or online at 59






TERRI VINSON, Cosmetic chemist and ceo of



Mineral makeup or physical

(inorganic) sunscreens

containing zinc oxide

and titanium dioxide have received

much press of late with consumers

being warned about using products

containing nanoparticles.

Yet, I believe the humble

nanoparticle is one of the most

misunderstood entities in the

cosmeceutical arena.

According to the Journal of

Nanobiotechnology, nano-materials

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

journal reports.

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

scientific technology.

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

largest nanoparticle.

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

the recipient.

Sunscreen and


As a scientist, I believe there is

no toxicity associated in applying

nanoparticles of zinc oxide topically

as a sun protection or antiinflammatory

skin product.

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

nanoparticles of

active ingredients

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

their products.

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

cosmetic coverage.

If you are concerned, the makeup

manufacturer will be able to give

you information about the type and

size of particles they incorporate into

their products.

nanotechnology in

cosmetic science

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 61


Let’s talk






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. 63


Organic vs



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

skin type.



your lips!

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

Lipscreen, $17.

SPF 50+

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

cancer formation.

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 label.

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.


What is


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

30, $88.






Help, I’VE


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.












17. 18.


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.








32. 33. 67



We speak to Medik8 founder Elliot Isaacs

about his powerhouse skincare brand and the

latest developments in advanced skincare.

The anti-ageing


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

philosophy,’ he

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,’

says Isaacs.

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

is guaranteed.’

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,’

he says.

‘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

successful skincare

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

long-term, unprotected

sun exposure.

The new Medik8

Physical Sunscreen boasts

broad spectrum SPF

30 and a fragrance-free

formulation that doesn’t

contain nanoparticles.

The fast absorbing,

ultra-sheer cream is light

enough for everyday use

and strong enough to

defend against all signs

of photo-ageing.

Medik8’s unique

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.

The advanced

formulation combines

anti-pollution and

advanced anti-glycation

technology to protect

against environmental

aggressors, while also

helping to correct

existing lines and


Our thoughts?

Medik8 Physical

Sunscreen is shaping up

to be a definite staple

for ultimate summer

skin protection!


Medik8 is available at select skin clinics across Australia.

For stockists, visit or call 1800 242 011. 69









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

of weight.



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

the world.

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

an investigation.

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.

Why the


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 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’.


death rate

‘than any




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

and death.

The Task Force emphasised that

‘more research is necessary to increase

the safety of this procedure’ and

to ‘identify techniques that avoid

catastrophic complications’.

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 73





E nhancement

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 find a practitioner near you, visit 75


Spotlight on



It’s time to understand

what’s happening under

the covers. We talk

to gynaecologist

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

of symptoms.’ 77

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

achieve orgasm.

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

painful intercourse.

Empowering women through

knowlege, choice and access to

world class care

Dr Oseka



Gynaecologist & Pelvic

Reconstructive Surgeon

BSc. (Hons), MJur., CCST,




4 Robe Terrace, Medindie SA 5081

08 8344 6085

Facsimile 08 8344 6087


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

their relationship.

‘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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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

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

benefi ts, especially for those who wish to wear makeup over them.



Jumbo Pencil


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, 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

other tools

• 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

nothing before.

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

and ethnicity.

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

and discard.

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 81








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. 83



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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.


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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


Illuminating Collection,

$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

X.Cel, $159.

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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.













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every girl



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

eyeshadow pop

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

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.


Dust translucent

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

eyelash extensions!




Conceal dark circles

by creating an upside

down triangle under

your eye

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.


Warm your

eyelash curler

with a hairdryer

so your lashes

curl easier

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.


Make contouring

natural by using

a brush to find

your cheekbone

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

right angle.


Draw a hashtag

on the outer corner

of your eyelid to

create the perfect

smoky eye

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

dust translucent

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 91


Is your













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

murky waters.

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

Vinson. (BSc.DipFormChem.

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

skin needling

2. Creating thermal channels

from treatments such as

fractional laser

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 93


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,’

says Vinson.

What is



Transdermal delivery involves the

movement of substances (drugs,

vitamins, nutrients, lipids) across the

stratum corneum into the systemic

circulation (blood).

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

hypodermal layers.’

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

Terri Vinson.

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

active ingredients.’

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

the active.

‘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

Isaacs. CBM 95


How to

choose the



for your


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

as possible.

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.

Eva Mendes

Chrissy Teigen

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.

Miranda Kerr

The Heart-Shaped


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

your look.

Selena Gomez

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. 97



this be the


of youth?

Scientists have

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

ageing process.

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

cause inflammation.

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.

DNA changes

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

and more.

New research

is proving that

slowing down

the degenerative

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

nictotinamide mononucleotide

(NMN) that helps repair

DNA damage.

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.

Yep, wow.

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 99







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

of Bagan,

Myanmar (Burma)

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. 101



Meet mountain

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.



Admire the

Mayan ruins of

Tikal, Guatemala

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. 103



Witness the

northern lights in

Svalbard, Norway

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.


Find yourself

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. 105



Climb Kilimanjaro

in Tanzania

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.



the Great


in Kenya

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.




Ride the


Railway through

Mother Russia

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

and destinations.




in Nepal

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. 107


B eauty






1. MAC #129 Brush, $70. Beauty lovers

rejoice! We’ve found the perfect soft

fibre brush for powder and blush

application. This essential tool has

been hand-sculpted by MAC experts.

2. Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder,

$42. They’re not the brow experts

for nothing! We love this soft filling

powder to make sparse brows bigger,

bolder and more beautiful! Oh, and

did we mention it’s foolproof?

3. Benefit Sugarbomb Blush, $51.

Rose, shimmering pink, soft plum and

peach blend together for a sugar-rush

flush of colour and subtle shimmer.



4. Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick,

$75. This celestial illuminating palette

is a heaven-sent combo of shimmery

bronzer and pearlescent blush housed

in Bobbi Brown’s signature compact.


5. Clarins Paris Instant Lip Light

Comfort Oil, $33. Drenching dryness in

a silky, moisturising blend of hazelnut,

jojoba and mirabelle oils, these tints

both look extremely pretty and actually

improve the condition of your lips.

They’re not sticky and smell ah-mazing.


6. Benefit Roller Lash Super-Curling

and Lifting Mascara, $42. Our new

favourite mascara! Works on even the

finest of lashes to lift, curl and make

your eyes look bigger and bolder.



7. Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting

Lipstick in L17, $65. Finally a lipstick

which feels great and goes the

distance. Formulated for fragile lip

tissue, this moisturising product is

available in 22 intense shades.


8. Chanel Paris Coco Mademoiselle

Eau de Parfum 100ml, $234. This

oriental, fresh fragrance needs no

introduction. Inspired by Gabrielle

Chanel, it represents independent

thinking and a willingness to redefine

the rules. 109

B eauty

1. ENVIRON Tri-Peptide Complex+, $250. Drawing

upon the worlds of science and beauty, this skin

saviour uses a unique blend of Chinese root extracts

to revitalise mature complexions and three peptide

complexes to enhance skin structure.

2. Mesoestetic radiance DNA Intensive Cream,

$148.50. Formulated with the exclusive [meso]

recovery complex and hyaluronic acid, this product

is a CosBeauty skincare staple!




3. Medik8 Glow Oil, $89. Containing 12 essential

oils with Vitamin C and omegas 3 and 6, this silky

dry oil will leave you with an instant youthful

glow and radiant skin texture.


4. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic

Cloud Serum, $89. This amazing hydrating serum layers

perfectly with other serums or moisturisers and is the

latest must-have for smoother, more supple skin.


5. Buddy Scrub Luxe Edition Pink Salt with Grapefruit,

$24.95. The ultimate friend with benefits! This little guy

is full of natural, cruelty free and vegan ingredients to

exfoliate, nourish and moisturise your skin.

6. Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask,

$115. This gem helps lift the skin and promote a

more plumped look on the face and neck. The

stretchy material contains a gel-serum enriched with

replenishing and skin-enhancing plant extracts.

7.Sunescape Hydrating Self Tan Mousse, $44.95. Nab

a radiant tan in minutes with this super-lightweight,

non-stickly, easy-to-apply mousse. Packed with

skin-loving antioxdiants and Vitamin E, it both

hydrates and firms the skin. It also smells great!

8. Cosmedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask,

$84.70. Urban pollution has met its match with

this charcoal and clay based mask that gently

exfoliates skin and draws out nasty impurities.



9. Pantene Pro V 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner,

$6.99. This desert island product helps repair three

months of damage to reveal soft, shiny, healthy hair.

10. Aliange Jellyfish DNA Serum, $120. This serum

hydrates and stimulates the skin’s natural DNA repair

process, reducing cell ageing and UV damage whilst

increasing collagen support. Wear with or without

makeup for some serious anti-ageing results.

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