CosBeauty Magazine #81

CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia. In this issue we look at: • Essential Exfoliation - Smooth Skin for Spring • Why your Beauty Sleep is really important • 40 over 40 - Anti-ageing must have products • Tassie Road Trip • Lauren Hannaford - FHIT for Life • Face Value - Facial Surgeries explained

CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia. In this issue we look at:
• Essential Exfoliation - Smooth Skin for Spring
• Why your Beauty Sleep is really important
• 40 over 40 - Anti-ageing must have products
• Tassie Road Trip
• Lauren Hannaford - FHIT for Life
• Face Value - Facial Surgeries explained


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lifestyle health & beauty<br />

ISSUE 81 Aug-Oct 2018<br />

Special price $9.95<br />

Essential<br />

Exfoliation<br />

smooth skin<br />

for spring<br />

40 over 40<br />

anti-ageing must<br />

have products<br />

lauren<br />

hannaford<br />

fhit for life<br />

Why your<br />

beauty sleep<br />

is really so<br />

important<br />

Tassie<br />

road trip<br />

art, food &<br />

natural beauty<br />

face<br />

value<br />

facial surgeries explained



The CSA Philosophy<br />



Vitamin C fights free<br />

radicals to help prevent<br />

fine lines, wrinkles, sun<br />

spots and uneven<br />

pigmentation.<br />


80% of skin ageing is<br />

caused by sun exposure.<br />

Fight back with a broad<br />

spectrum sunscreen<br />

applied every day.<br />


Vitamin A resurfaces skin<br />

to fade fine lines and<br />

wrinkles while promoting<br />

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Contents<br />

skin<br />

regulars<br />

8 Editor’s Letter<br />

10 Beauty Insider<br />

102 Ed’s Faves<br />

cover stories<br />

32 Essential Exfoliation<br />

52 Face Value: Facial Surgeries<br />

Explained<br />

62 Why Your Beauty Sleep Is Really<br />

So Important<br />

74 40 Over 40<br />

92 Tassie Roadtrip<br />

106 Lauren Hannaford FHIT for Life<br />

BEAUTY<br />

16 Holiday Essentials<br />

Find your resort, glamping,<br />

party island and backpacking<br />

go-tos right here.<br />

26 A Brush with Beauty<br />

It’s time to invest in your beauty<br />

application tools.<br />

28 Let’s Go Racing<br />

The tips, tricks and products<br />

you need for this year’s Spring<br />

Racing Carnival.<br />

30 Prime Time<br />

Because perfect makeup<br />

begins with a flawless base.<br />

36 A Story of Synergie<br />

Terri Vinson explains her journey<br />

from senior science teacher to<br />

Synergie Skin founder.<br />

38 Skin Bacteria: The Good, the<br />

Bad and the Balance<br />

The real reason beauty addicts<br />

are obsessed with bacteria.<br />

40 Love the Skin You’re In<br />

The 30 minute solution to a<br />

healthier complexion.<br />

42 Nature Versus Nurture –<br />

Why Not Both?<br />

Medik8 is advancing skincare<br />

while helping the environment<br />

and we are loving it!<br />

66 A Dose of Beauty<br />

The next generation of beauty<br />

supplements is tackling skincare<br />

from the inside out.<br />

Enhancement<br />

48 The How-To Guide to Looking<br />

Fresh and Fabulous<br />

Curious about facial<br />

enhancement? Here’s<br />

everything you need to know.<br />

features<br />

44 More Than Skin Deep<br />

An overview of the facial<br />

structure, its function and how<br />

it changes over time.


68 Get Fertility Fit<br />

An expert’s guide to boosting your<br />

chances of conception.<br />

70 Intimate Discussions<br />

It impacts 50 per cent of women<br />

during their post-menopausal<br />

years, but do you know the signs<br />

of GSM?<br />

84 Coming Up Rosie<br />

Hangover free cocktails?<br />

We are in!<br />

86 Rethinking Our Drinking<br />

Ever wonder how alcohol<br />

impacts the skin? Here’s what<br />

you need to know.<br />

88 Battle of the Breath<br />

The truth about bad breath and<br />

what to do if you have it.<br />

Read the<br />

FREE<br />

online<br />

version at<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

Welcome to the spring edition of <strong>CosBeauty</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

With the onset of warmer weather, this time of year<br />

represents fresh starts, new beginnings and a sense of<br />

unlimited possibility. Extended evenings make spring<br />

the perfect time for setting new goals, particularly those<br />

pertaining to our health.<br />

Wellness has always been a key focus for <strong>CosBeauty</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> and this issue is<br />

no exception. We talk to fitness influencer Lauren Hannaford about maintaining<br />

motivation and adopting a new approach to fitness (page 106). For Lauren, a<br />

recent competitor on Australian Ninja Warrior, working out is not just a way to<br />

lose weight, it’s about that post-workout rush of endorphins and feeling good.<br />

For those seeking a more calming health boost, Australian sleep scientist<br />

Dr Carmel Harrington eases us into the land of nod with her guide to sleep<br />

management (page 62). And on page 86, we look at some simple ways to reduce<br />

the impact of alcohol on our bodies and our skin.<br />

In terms of skincare and rejuvenation, this issue is all about making the most<br />

of more mature complexions. On page 74, we reveal 40 anti-ageing products for<br />

the over 40s. We acknowledge that sometimes something more is required, so on<br />

page 52 we review the top six surgical procedures for ageing faces.<br />

The holiday season will be here before we know it and our travel guide is<br />

a seven day fly-drive trip to Tasmania, a true eco wonderland (page 92). From<br />

page 16, we feature all the holiday beauty essentials you’ll need for resort<br />

holidays, backpacking trips, glamping adventures and party island escapes.<br />

We’ve got you covered!<br />

As the Internet has changed the way we access news and information, this<br />

issue of <strong>CosBeauty</strong> is the last hardcopy edition to be published. In the future we<br />

will be concentrating our efforts on our digital offerings, so see you online at<br />

www.cosbeauty.com.au and through our social media accounts, @cosbeauty on<br />

Instagram and Facebook. It’s been a blast!<br />

Issue 81<br />

August-October 2018<br />

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Michelle Kearney<br />

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Maria Leahy<br />

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Beauty insider<br />




Always wondered what it<br />

takes to run a billion dollar<br />

beauty brand? Well, it looks<br />

like we’re about to find out.<br />

Blogger turned entrepreneur<br />

Huda Kattan is now starring<br />

in her own reality show, Huda<br />

Boss, which is available to view<br />

globally through Facebook<br />

Watch. The ‘Keeping Up<br />

With the Kardashians’ style<br />

series documents the trials<br />

and tribulations of product<br />

development, and Dubai life,<br />

as Huda and her sisters work on<br />

new formulations for the Huda<br />

Beauty brand. New episodes are<br />

uploaded every Tuesday.<br />



If you’ve ever lost a handbag to<br />

a rogue bottle of foundation,<br />

there’ll be a special place<br />

in your heart for this new<br />

Australian release. Pressplay<br />

Cosmetics is the brainchild<br />

of beauty salon owner Kate<br />

Flammea and is the ultimate<br />

in handbag-ready makeup.<br />

The brand’s key product, the<br />

Pressplay Capsule, $39, is a<br />

smartphone sized case that<br />

holds up to seven tubes of<br />

product at a time, as well<br />

as a compact mirror for onthe-go<br />

touch ups. There are<br />

27 products to choose from,<br />

including face cream, mascara,<br />

foundation and hand sanitiser.<br />



If ditching dull skin is high on<br />

your agenda this spring, Ella<br />

Baché is the brand for you. Its<br />

recently released NeoBright<br />

range combines the best<br />

of nature and science to<br />

progressively brighten and unify<br />

the complexion, reducing the<br />

appearance of dark spots and<br />

pigmentation in the process. For<br />

an in-salon treat, try the Brighten<br />

Me Up Facial, $125; or for an<br />

at-home fix, go for the NeoBright<br />

Correcting Emulsion, $119.<br />



A new report by Australia Post<br />

has revealed a near 30 per<br />

cent surge in online beauty<br />

and cosmetic purchases in the<br />

last year. This growth has been<br />

supported by ‘buy now, pay later’<br />

services, with more than $125<br />

million worth of beauty buys<br />

being paid for through sites like<br />

Afterpay. By 2020, it is expected<br />

that 10 per cent of all purchases<br />

made will take place online.<br />

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Has there ever been a more<br />

iconic duo than a classic Chanel<br />

bag and a pair of red lips? Well<br />

now your pout can be painted in<br />

a hue inspired by Karl Lagerfeld<br />

himself. The legendary designer<br />

has teamed up with Australian<br />

brand ModelCo to create his<br />

first ever makeup collection. The<br />

limited edition line is made up of<br />

more than 50 products, including<br />

a multitude of lip glosses topped<br />

with Karl’s head! A ‘must try’ for<br />

any beauty obsessed fashionista.<br />



It’s no secret that the status of<br />

your boobs can impact how you<br />

feel, but is there such a thing as a<br />

perfect size? According to a new<br />

report, women who wear a C-cup<br />

are more content with their breasts<br />

than any other group, with 39 per<br />

cent of C-cup wearers saying that<br />

they loved or liked their breasts.<br />

The next happiest sizes were D and<br />

DD, followed closely by A and AA.<br />

Women who wore a B-cup were<br />

found to be the least happy with<br />

their boobs of those surveyed.<br />



Having recently released the<br />

perfectly packaged collector’s<br />

edition of its best-selling<br />

Ecological Compound, and the<br />

simply sumptuous gel-to-oil<br />

formula that is Phyto-Lip Delight,<br />

Sisley Paris has set stomachs<br />

aflutter yet again by announcing<br />

the release of its new hair<br />

care line. Designed to clean,<br />

regenerate, fortify and beautify<br />

hair, HAIR RITUEL is formulated<br />

with high concentrations of<br />

powerful plant-based active<br />

ingredients to ensure your<br />

locks shine at every turn. We<br />

love the Precious Hair Care Oil,<br />

$130, for that weightless, salon<br />

kissed feel.<br />

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Fitness meets mindfulness<br />

with Elements<br />

Having pioneered the barre<br />

workout class in Australia, Barre<br />

Body is a fitness institution<br />

that requires no introduction.<br />

Furthering its existing line of<br />

classes, Barre Body has just<br />

introduced a first-of-its-kind fitness<br />

experience to its 10 workout<br />

studios. The Elements class has<br />

been designed to exercise the<br />

mind, body and spirit in each<br />

hour long session through a<br />

combination of fluid cardio, slow<br />

strength, and mindful movement<br />

and meditation. ‘Elements delivers<br />

all of the essentials that women<br />

want and need in their everyday<br />

lives, but are rarely able to create<br />

time for,’ says Barre Body founder<br />

Emma Seibold. ‘Rather than<br />

carving out a separate meditation<br />

practice, cardio workouts, strength<br />

regimes and at-home stretches,<br />

this can now all be found in<br />

one class.’<br />

New brand alert<br />

We love a good skincare<br />

launch here at <strong>CosBeauty</strong><br />

HQ and when that launch<br />

involves shiny rose gold<br />

packaging, we get all the<br />

more excited! Created by a<br />

team of Melbourne based<br />

dermatologists, the new<br />

Bespoke Skin Technology<br />

range has been designed<br />

with simplicity in mind. Apply<br />

the Complete Daily Armour,<br />

$240, in the morning and the<br />

Complete Night Shield Serum,<br />

$260, at night, with a touch of<br />

Active Combat Zinc, $65, and<br />

Shield and Repair Lip Balm,<br />

$42.95, in between and you<br />

are good to go!<br />

Jen Atkin branches into<br />

pet products<br />

Yeah, that headline sounds weird<br />

to us too! Hair stylist to the stars<br />

Jen Atkin has influenced the<br />

locks of everyone in Tinseltown.<br />

But not content with grooming<br />

Hollywood’s elite, the visionary<br />

behind Mane Addicts is turning<br />

her attention to our furry friends<br />

through her haircare line, Ouai.<br />

Launched on July 12, the brand’s<br />

limited edition Pet Shampoo<br />

promises to make your fur baby<br />

‘irresistibly pet-able’, with 15 per<br />

cent of each purchase going to the<br />

Vanderpump Dog Foundation.<br />

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now<br />

available<br />

with<br />

nicole<br />

As we age, the amount of maintenance required to keep a youthful look will increase,<br />

but getting started early is a huge advantage. Filling the gap between over-the-counter<br />

treatments and more aggressive laser offerings, Clear + Brilliant creates and defi nes an<br />

entirely new category of laser aesthetic treatments for clients moving along the skincare<br />

continuum. Clear + Brilliant helps prevent and address early signs of ageing, resulting in a<br />

brighter, more even skin tone. Treatments are comfortable, fast, effective and suitable for<br />

all skin types. The results are both immediate and progressive, depending on the age and<br />

condition of the skin. It is also great for those who are looking for short downtime and a quick<br />

skin ‘pick-me-up’. Call Nicole now to take advantage of an opening offer.<br />

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Feature<br />

‘The whole point about<br />

beauty is its imperfections.’<br />

Diane von Furstenberg<br />

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Feature<br />

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Holiday<br />

essentials<br />

Having spent the winter months dreaming of<br />

warm days on sandy beaches, as soon as spring<br />

hits we shift straight into holiday mode.<br />

If there’s one aspect of vacation prep that<br />

requires a little extra thought it’s beauty. Since<br />

different countries, holiday styles and climates<br />

have different makeup requirements, packing just<br />

the essentials can feel like a major challenge.<br />

To simplify the process and get you vacay<br />

ready we’ve broken down four key makeup looks<br />

that will see you from the beach to the bar to<br />

the great outdoors.<br />

So, whether you’re heading off on a romantic<br />

spring break or prepping for a summer holiday in<br />

the sun, we’ve got a beauty look for you. Passports<br />

at the ready, it’s vacation time!<br />

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Resort<br />

5.<br />

1.<br />

4.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

This trip is starting with<br />

poolside glamour and a longawaited<br />

espresso martini!<br />

If having a spray tan before<br />

you jet off is off the cards, a<br />

good quality sunless tanner<br />

will be the secret to your<br />

resort beauty success.<br />

Be sure to bring some body<br />

moisturiser to keep your colour<br />

looking fresh.<br />

Pair your tan of choice with<br />

a reliable BB cream, touch of<br />

bronzer and your favourite<br />

mascara. Multi-purpose<br />

products like Benefit’s Gogo<br />

Tint Cheek & Lip Stain, $55,<br />

are your friend here as they are<br />

easy to apply and reduce your<br />

product load.<br />

While embracing minimalism<br />

is one of the great joys of<br />

holiday makeup, it might be<br />

worth packing a little extra<br />

shimmer and your signature<br />

scent to ease the transition<br />

from day to night.<br />

6.<br />

7.<br />

8.<br />

9.<br />

1. Versace Dylan Blue<br />

Pour Femme EDP, $125,<br />

2. Charlotte Tilbury<br />

Hollywood Lips in Charlotte<br />

Darling, $49, 3. Benefit Gogo<br />

Tint Cheek & Lip Stain, $55,<br />

4. Inika Baked Mineral<br />

Illuminisor in Dewdrop, $65,<br />

5. MAC Extra Dimension<br />

Eye Shadow in Sea Worship,<br />

$28, 6. Colorescience<br />

Sunforgettable Tint Du Soleil,<br />

$78, 7. ELES Age Defying BB<br />

Cream, $55, 8. John Frieda<br />

Frizz Ease Secret Weapon<br />

Finishing Creme, $16.99,<br />

9. Sunescape Instant Self-Tan<br />

Mousse, $44.95.<br />

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Party Island<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

If Ibiza’s calling your name<br />

this spring, it’s time to break<br />

out the sunset palette of<br />

your dreams and unleash your<br />

inner reveller.<br />

While barely there beauty<br />

will work by day, once the sun’s<br />

away feel free to amp things<br />

up with berry eyes and facial<br />

jewels. Add a touch of summer<br />

to your nails with a peachy<br />

hued polish and pump up the<br />

volume with body boosting<br />

hair mousse.<br />

Use a primer to ensure your<br />

makeup stays in place as you<br />

dance the night away and<br />

apply a hydrating body oil<br />

like the Salt by Hendrix Body<br />

Glow, $39.95, to ensure you<br />

look radiant no matter what<br />

time you get in.<br />

7.<br />

1.<br />

5.<br />

4.<br />

6.<br />

1. ELES Mineral Sheer<br />

Bronzer in Rio De Janeiro,<br />

$83, 2. Charlotte Tilbury<br />

Matte Revolution in Pillow<br />

Talk, $49, 3. Kat Von D<br />

Signature Brow Precision<br />

Pencil, $30, 4. MAC Instacurl<br />

Lash, $42, 5. MAC Studio Fix<br />

Fluid, $54, 6. Bobbi Brown<br />

Primer Plus Mattifier, $55,<br />

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills<br />

Modern Renaissance Eye<br />

Shadow Palette, $75, 8.<br />

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight in<br />

Cool, $62, 9. Scout Breathable<br />

Super Food Infused Nail<br />

Polish in Peach Pony, $19.95,<br />

10. Salt by Hendrix Body<br />

Glow in Shining Star, $39.95,<br />

11. evo Whip It Good Styling<br />

Mousse, $34.<br />

8.<br />

9.<br />

10.<br />

11.<br />

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Glamping<br />

1.<br />

6.<br />

5.<br />

2.<br />

4.<br />

3.<br />

4.<br />

Forget unstable tents and<br />

bush based bathrooms, it’s<br />

time to embrace the best of<br />

the great outdoors, starting<br />

with a glampsite.<br />

Whether you choose to<br />

explore the Australian outback<br />

or take things international,<br />

glampsite beauty is all about<br />

earthy tones and soft finishes.<br />

Trade harsh lines and over the<br />

top contouring for a subtle,<br />

light reflecting sculpt and<br />

embrace products that are<br />

easy to apply on the go.<br />

SPF is of particular<br />

importance for camping<br />

holidays as the main<br />

attractions are based outside.<br />

Ella Baché’s Great SPF 50<br />

Sunglow Spray, $49, will<br />

keep you sun safe while<br />

adding a natural looking<br />

glow to the skin.<br />

9.<br />

8.<br />

10.<br />

7.<br />

11.<br />

12.<br />

1. Scout Mineral Creme<br />

Foundation Compact, $49.95,<br />

2. Benefit Dandelion Twinkle<br />

Powder Highlighter, $51,<br />

3. Colorescience Mascara,<br />

$35, 4. Mavala Nail Color<br />

Cream in Shenzhen, $8.50,<br />

5. MAC Shadescents in Velvet<br />

Teddy, $89, 6. Youngblood<br />

Pressed Mineral Rice Powder<br />

$57.50, 7. Nu Skin LightShine<br />

Eyeshadow Palette in Mocha<br />

Brick, $69, 8. It Cosmetics<br />

Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector,<br />

$44, 9. Salt by Hendrix Lip<br />

Butter in Rose, $14.95, 10. Ella<br />

Baché Great SPF 50 Sunglow<br />

Spray, $49, 11. evo Salty Dog<br />

Salt Spray, $34, 12. Lycogel<br />

Breathable Tint, $89.<br />

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2.<br />

3.<br />

Constant shifts in<br />

accommodation and days<br />

spent on the road can<br />

leave your backpacking<br />

beauty routine feeling a<br />

bit haphazard, but it is<br />

possible to look Insta ready<br />

as you travel by embracing<br />

multitasking products.<br />

While sunscreen and dry<br />

shampoo are backpacking<br />

no brainers, CC and BB<br />

creams can offer a multitude<br />

of benefits while providing<br />

complexion coverage.<br />

Choose one that best aligns<br />

with your skincare needs to<br />

achieve maximum results.<br />

Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant<br />

Look in a Palette, $99,<br />

features bronzer, highlighter,<br />

blusher and eye makeup in a<br />

single mirrored compact. It’s<br />

the ultimate form of fuss-free<br />

beauty.<br />

5.<br />

1.<br />

6.<br />

4.<br />

1. Becca Beach Tint, $45,<br />

2. It Cosmetics Your Skin<br />

But Better CC Cream SPF<br />

50+, $61, 3. MAC Mineralize<br />

Skinfinish Natural Powder,<br />

$54, 4. Aspect Gold<br />

Hydrating Lip Balm, $15.40,<br />

5. Charlotte Tilbury Instant<br />

Look in a Palette Beauty<br />

Glow, $99, 6. Luma On The<br />

Glow Highlighter, $29.95,<br />

7. Jane Iredale PureLash<br />

Lengthening Mascara, $35,<br />

8. Dr Hauschka Translucent<br />

Bronzing Tint, $65, 9. Reef<br />

Dry Sun Tan Oil SPF 30+,<br />

$11.19, 10. Moroccanoil Dry<br />

Shampoo, $42.95.<br />

7.<br />

8.<br />

9.<br />

10.<br />

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WITH<br />

BEAUTY<br />

A<br />

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5.<br />

1.<br />

7.<br />

9.<br />

6.<br />

8.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

4.<br />

We all have that friend who<br />

swears a sponge is all you<br />

need to achieve the perfect<br />

finish, but at this stage<br />

we’re willing to welcome<br />

any help we can get! If<br />

defined cheekbones and<br />

flawlessly laid foundation<br />

are among your beauty<br />

goals, it might be worth<br />

updating your everyday<br />

application tools.<br />

1. Beautyblender<br />

Beauty Queen, $30<br />

2. MAC<br />

224S Tapered<br />

Blending Brush, $58<br />

3. Dr Hauschka<br />

Powder Brush, $60<br />

4. QVS<br />

Foundation Brush, $14.51<br />


Vegan Blush Brush, $24.95<br />

6. Nude by Nature<br />

Angled eyeliner brush from<br />

the Essential Collection<br />

Brush Set, $39.95 (price for<br />

full seven brush set)<br />

7. Benefit<br />

Angled Brow Brush &<br />

Spoolie, $35<br />

8. Elizabeth Arden<br />

High Performance<br />

Powder Brush, $55<br />

9. Jane Iredale<br />

Blending/Contouring<br />

Brush in Rose Gold, $62.<br />

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Let’s<br />

go<br />

racing<br />

It’s one of the biggest<br />

equestrian outings<br />

of the season, but the<br />

Spring Racing Carnival<br />

is about more than<br />

just horses.<br />

Race day makeup differs<br />

from that of other social<br />

occasions as the races tend<br />

to take place outdoors during the<br />

day. In beauty terms, this means you<br />

need makeup that will stay put,<br />

while striking a balance between<br />

natural and glamorous.<br />

Over the top fake tan and heavy<br />

smoky eyes are a no go for such<br />

events. Instead, you should aim for<br />

pared back elegance which highlights<br />

you best features and reflects your<br />

inner radiance.<br />

Dewy foundation and a soft<br />

champagne highlighter are your<br />

friends here, but be sure to start with<br />

a trustworthy primer. Cool brown<br />

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Beauty<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

7.<br />

6.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

and soft shimmer<br />

tones work well on the eyes,<br />

as do winged liner and lash<br />

separating mascara.<br />

Depending on your outfi t of<br />

choice, a pop of colour on the<br />

lips can be winner. We love<br />

red and coral hues. Priming<br />

your pout with liner will help<br />

your lippy to go the distance.<br />

Hydrating liquid lipsticks can<br />

also be a good choice.<br />

In general, try to put<br />

your makeup on in natural<br />

light to ensure the colour is<br />

a true match. If applying tan<br />

yourself, do so in advance so<br />

any mistakes can be corrected<br />

before the big day. Pop your<br />

lipstick and some translucent<br />

powder in your clutch for<br />

mid-afternoon touch-ups and<br />

always have a couple of spare<br />

hair pins at the ready!<br />

8.<br />

11.<br />

12.<br />

9.<br />

10.<br />

1. Inika Baked Mineral<br />

Bronzer, $65, 2. Charlotte<br />

Tilbury Colour Chameleon<br />

in Champagne Diamonds,<br />

$37, 3. Benefit BADgal Bang!<br />

Mascara, $42, 4. MAC Retro<br />

Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo,<br />

$36, 5. Mavala Nail Color<br />

Cream in Riyadh, $8.50,<br />

6. NARS Jumbo Orgasm<br />

Blush, $57, 7. Bobbi Brown<br />

Nude Drama Eye Palette,<br />

$125, 8. Elizabeth Arden<br />

Flawless Finish Everyday<br />

Perfection Bouncy Makeup,<br />

$50, 9. evo Miss Malleable<br />

Flexible Hairspray, $34,<br />

10. MAC Studio Face and<br />

Body Foundation, $54, 11.<br />

Youngblood Illuminator with<br />

Diamond Powder, $79.95,<br />

12. ELES Lip Stain in Damson<br />

Dame, $48.<br />

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pFeature<br />

RIME<br />

TIME<br />



In a world of 10 step skincare regimes, primer<br />

may seem like an unnecessary extra. But a<br />

quality priming product can enhance the<br />

condition of your skin, while setting the scene for<br />

next level makeup.<br />

From targeting fi ne lines to reducing redness,<br />

these innovative formulas will help you bring your<br />

favourite fi lter to life.<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

4. 5.<br />

1. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating Spray,<br />

$50. This hydrating, three-in-one setting spray<br />

is literally liquefied dreams. Its nutrient-rich<br />

formula preps skin for foundation, sets makeup<br />

once applied and provides a welcome blast of<br />

refreshment throughout the day.<br />

6.<br />

2. Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30,<br />

$76.50. Our love affair with velvet textured<br />

primers continues with this Dermalogica<br />

classic. It smooths away fine lines and brightens<br />

the complexion, while boosting collagen<br />

production to increase skin firmness.<br />

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7.<br />

3. Paula’s Choice RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF<br />

15, $49. Prevent premature ageing as you pave the way<br />

for a filtered finish. This light, silky primer is brimming<br />

with antioxidants to protect the skin from pollution and<br />

environmental damage.<br />

4. Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray, $49. Ideal for<br />

those looking to avoid silicone-based primers, this ultrafine<br />

primer mist is clinically proven to reduce redness,<br />

minimise pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines.<br />

Spritz on your eyeshadow brush for long-lasting hold.<br />

5. ELES Retexturizing Face Primer, $68. This unique<br />

priming serum is so light to the touch it’s hard to believe<br />

it contains SPF 20. Its opalescent light reflectors create<br />

a translucent effect on the skin, while vitamins A and E<br />

lock in moisture.<br />

6. Endota Spa Colour Perfecting Primer, $40. Suitable<br />

for all skin types, this illuminating product minimises<br />

imperfections and leaves the skin looking radiant. It is<br />

enriched with Kakadu plum, peptides and hyaluronic acid<br />

to cover like makeup and act like skincare.<br />

8. 9. 10. 11.<br />

7. LUMA Liquid Light Illuminating Primer, $29.95. Release<br />

your inner sparkle with this light diffusing formula.<br />

The Liquid Light Illuminating Primer contains traces of<br />

crushed pearl to enhance your natural radiance and is<br />

enriched with vitamin A to regenerate the skin.<br />

8. Benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer, $53. Benefit’s cult<br />

primer has been given a major brightening boost. This<br />

oil free product smooths away visible pores, locks on<br />

makeup and helps the skin look awake. Perfect for faking<br />

a fresh face the ‘morning after’ the night before.<br />

9. MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite, $56. MAC’s Strobe<br />

Cream is the stuff of beauty legend. In addition to laying<br />

the perfect base, it uses a potent blend of botanicals to<br />

enhance dull skin. Use as a subtle highlighter or mix with<br />

flat foundation for a whole new look.<br />

10. Stila One Step Correct, $52. It’s not often you find<br />

a primer that looks good enough to eat, but this multihued<br />

product is just that. This weightless gel formula<br />

corrects a range of colour concerns, conceals blemishes<br />

and brightens dull skin #winning.<br />

11. Cinch Face Cheat(er) Cream Moisture + Glow,<br />

$39.95. Don’t let the pretty packaging deceive you, this<br />

little guy packs a punch! It’s the ultimate lazy day product<br />

as it illuminates the skin, blurs wrinkles, minimises pores<br />

and primes to perfection in one sweet sweep.<br />

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essential<br />


Skin<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

1.<br />

5.<br />

4.<br />

Ah, exfoliation! What<br />

was once a simple idea<br />

now appears far more<br />

complicated thanks to an array<br />

of beauty myths and buzzwords<br />

surrounding an essential<br />

skincare topic.<br />

Exfoliation is the process<br />

by which dead skin cells are<br />

removed from the skin’s surface.<br />

It can be done manually with<br />

a scrub or by chemical means<br />

with alpha hydroxy acids<br />

(AHAs) like glycolic or<br />

lactic acid.<br />

When dead skin cells are<br />

left to accumulate, the skin<br />

begins to appear dull and<br />

lacklustre. Regular exfoliation<br />

stops this from happening and,<br />

in doing so, brings a natural<br />

glow to the complexion.<br />

Exfoliating also allows us<br />

to get more from our skincare<br />

regimes as a whole, as products<br />

are better able to penetrate the<br />

skin when the dead cells have<br />

been removed.<br />

6.<br />

7.<br />

1. Ole Henriksen<br />

Transforming Walnut Scrub,<br />

$38, 2. Elucent Whitening<br />

Exfoliating Cleanser, $29.99,<br />

3. Clarins One-Step Gentle<br />

Exfoliating Cleanser, $48,<br />

4. Bite Agave Sugar Lip<br />

Scrub, $30, 5. Ella Baché<br />

Tomate Granule Free Micro<br />

Exfoliant, $72, 6. Germaine<br />

de Capuccini Excel Therapy<br />

O2 Silky Scrub, $117, 7. DNA<br />

Renewal DNA Foaming Gel<br />

Cleanser, $39.<br />

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Skin<br />

But be careful as it is<br />

possible to over-exfoliate the<br />

skin, a process that can leave<br />

it looking infl amed and feeling<br />

uncomfortable.<br />

Over-exfoliation is also a<br />

signifi cant cause of ‘breakouts’<br />

– as it weakens the skin’s<br />

natural barrier.<br />

Fine exfoliating powders<br />

like Dermalogica’s Daily<br />

Microfoliant, $84, are gentle<br />

enough for daily use, whereas<br />

grainier products like the<br />

Ole Henriksen Transforming<br />

Walnut Scrub, $38, should be<br />

used less often.<br />

A rough guide would be<br />

once-a-week for the face and<br />

once or twice for the lips, but<br />

follow manufacturer’s directions<br />

for your exfoliator of choice<br />

and pull back if it feels like<br />

too much.<br />

In addition to the face, you<br />

can exfoliate the body once<br />

or twice weekly. Body scrubs<br />

can help increase blood fl ow<br />

and circulation. Pay particular<br />

attention to the elbows, knees<br />

and feet, especially if you’re a<br />

fake tan fan. CBM<br />

2.<br />

1.<br />

3.<br />

1.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

1. Peter Thomas Roth<br />

Retinol Fusion PM Overnight<br />

Resurfacing Pads, $75, 2.<br />

MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash<br />

Exfoliator, $37, 3. Cosmedix<br />

Purity Detox Scrub, $69, 4.<br />

Milk & Co Beauty Wipes,<br />

$9.95, 5. Dermalogica Daily<br />

Microfoliant, $84, 6. Ocinium<br />

Ecdysis Bio-Ferment Enzyme<br />

Cleanse, $70, 7. Skinstitut<br />

Glycolic Scrub 14%, $49, 8.<br />

Organic Nation Black Rice<br />

Scrub, $56, 9. Image Skincare<br />

Iluma Intense Brightening<br />

Exfoliating Powder, $59.<br />

6.<br />

7.<br />

8.<br />

9.<br />

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FOL<br />

IAT<br />

ION<br />

1. Aspect Gold Fruit Enzyme Mask,<br />

$59, 2. Eminence Firm Skin Acai<br />

Exfoliating Peel, $124, 3. A’kin<br />

Invigorating Facial Scrub, $29.95, 4.<br />

Alpha-H Liquid Gold With Glycolic<br />

Acid, $59.95, 5. Société Superfruit<br />

Exfoliator, $69, 6. Amperna 10% Pro<br />

+ Resurfacing Lotion, $60.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

6.<br />

1.<br />

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A story<br />

Cosmetic chemist Terri Vinson (BSc.<br />

DipFormChem. DipEd. ASCC) explains her<br />

journey from senior science teacher to<br />

Synergie Skin founder.<br />

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Skin<br />

of Synergie<br />

I<br />

am a cosmetic chemist, biological<br />

scientist, founder and formulator of<br />

Synergie Skin. I began my career as<br />

a senior science teacher in my twenties,<br />

as I have always been deeply compelled<br />

to inspire, educate and create. I later<br />

transitioned to a role as educator and<br />

formulator for a cosmeceutical company,<br />

but I felt the skincare industry was missing<br />

a key component – empowering the<br />

customer with a scientific understanding<br />

of their products. It wasn’t until my forties<br />

that I took a risk and opened a startup<br />

skincare clinic in Melbourne. Synergie<br />

Skin grew organically as a featured<br />

brand of this endeavour, allowing me to<br />

ultimately marry my passion for beauty<br />

and science.<br />

The idea of Synergie began with my<br />

notebook and pen whilst I sat at a café at<br />

Chadstone Shopping Centre waiting for<br />

my daughter to come out of a movie. I had<br />

a sudden urge to brainstorm what I could<br />

uniquely offer: a female scientist and<br />

clean science advocate who understands<br />

women’s needs and is able to take a<br />

formulation from inception to shelf.<br />

I came to realise there was a significant<br />

gap in the aesthetics market for highly<br />

active cosmeceutical products that are<br />

free of potentially toxic ingredients. With<br />

my background in biological science,<br />

knowledge of formulation and passion for<br />

the effect of topical ingredients on the<br />

skin cells I began to create Synergie Skin.<br />

The company was founded in 2005<br />

and I’m proud to say has since become<br />

internationally recognised as a leading<br />

Australian cosmeceutical manufacturer.<br />

Synergie Skin produces active<br />

cosmeceuticals and mineral makeup, and<br />

is sold exclusively through medical skin<br />

clinics and beauty salons.<br />

My company is proudly 100 per cent<br />

Australian made and owned, certified<br />

I knew i could<br />

uniquely offer a<br />

female scientist<br />

and clean science<br />

advocate who<br />

understands<br />

women’s needs and<br />

is able to take a<br />

formulation from<br />

inception to shelf.<br />

cruelty-free and vertically integrated.<br />

In an effort to take Synergie to the next<br />

level, I am excited to finally reveal that<br />

our Quality Management System is now<br />

certified as being in conformity with ISO<br />

22716:2007. This is an internationally<br />

recognised standard for Good<br />

Manufacturing Practices in the cosmetics<br />

industry and means our manufacturing<br />

facility here in Melbourne undergoes<br />

regular audits by an external body to<br />

guarantee compliance with this global<br />

standard. The production, control, storage<br />

and shipment of every single one of our<br />

products is documented and regulated<br />

from start to finish.<br />

Harnessing a clean science philosophy<br />

means that all Synergie products are<br />

free from any questionable or harmful<br />

ingredients. I believe in educating<br />

and empowering people to make their<br />

own choices about what they put on<br />

their bodies. There needs to be more<br />

transparency and consumer education in<br />

the beauty industry. There’s so much white<br />

noise, empty promises and misinformation<br />

about skincare in the media. CBM<br />

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Skin<br />

Skin bacteria:<br />

the good, the bad<br />

and the balance<br />

The bacteria buzz is sweeping the skincare<br />

community. Here, Synergie Skin founder<br />

Terri Vinson reveals why.<br />

With the importance of<br />

gut bacteria on overall<br />

wellbeing now being<br />

universally recognised, researchers are<br />

turning their attention to the bacteria<br />

that lives on the skin’s surface.<br />

The consumption of oral probiotics<br />

to promote health and balance gut<br />

bacteria has significantly increased<br />

over the last decade. Cosmetic<br />

chemists like myself now see this<br />

translating to topical skincare with<br />

clinical data supporting the positive<br />

impact of cosmeceutical prebiotic and<br />

probiotic products on the control and<br />

defence of the epidermis.<br />

Up to one billion bacteria inhabit<br />

every square centimetre of our skin<br />

and there is huge diversity in distinct<br />

species of bacteria, both harmful and<br />

beneficial. These microbes secrete<br />

chemicals which are scanned by the<br />

skin’s immune system to monitor the<br />

health of our skin barrier and the<br />

state of bacterial balance.<br />

Traditionally it was recommended<br />

to destroy all the so-called ‘bad’<br />

bacteria on the skin. However,<br />

scientists now realise that our skin<br />

needs a certain amount of these bad<br />

guys to help our immune system work<br />

efficiently. The trick is to maintain<br />

diversity and to strike the balance<br />

with beneficial bacteria dominating<br />

the bad. When all is in balance, the<br />

skin microbiome provides the first<br />

line of defence against inflammation,<br />

which is the basis of all skin disorders,<br />

even ageing.<br />

The skin is our largest organ and<br />

our biggest barrier. The diversity<br />

and quantity of our skin microbiome<br />

should remain stable over time.<br />

However, external factors such as<br />

antibiotics, pollution, poor nutrition,<br />

excessive hygiene, antibacterial<br />

gels, harsh preservatives and other<br />

undesirable skin products can<br />

disrupt the balance. What happens<br />

when the bad guys take over?<br />

The excess pathogenic bacteria<br />

produce inflammatory by-products<br />

called cytokines. These chemicals<br />

disrupt the protective barrier<br />

function of our skin and lead to<br />

inflammation and skin conditions<br />

such as excessive dryness, premature<br />

lines, sensitivity, rosacea, acne,<br />

eczema, psoriasis and allergy.<br />

New research is delivering<br />

promising results for treating the skin<br />

with topical prebiotics and probiotics<br />

to ensure the skin microbiome is<br />

balanced. One 2017 study (Seite S<br />

et al) found a significant reduction<br />

in dermatitis flareups following the<br />

application of a probiotic ointment.<br />

Similar studies have confirmed<br />

these results and further research is<br />

showing positive outcomes for other<br />

inflammatory skin conditions such as<br />

acne, eczema and psoriasis.<br />

In terms of skincare, the ideal<br />

formulations contain a combination<br />

of probiotics with prebiotics.<br />

Prebiotics provide ‘food’ for the<br />

beneficial bacteria living on your<br />

skin whilst inhibiting overgrowth<br />

of the harmful bacteria. It provides a<br />

nutritional source for the beneficial<br />

bacteria only to ensure there is a<br />

positive balance between the good<br />

and bad bacteria for optimal skin<br />

health. I like to use the garden<br />

metaphor: probiotic bacteria are<br />

the seeds that grow and flourish on<br />

the skin and the prebiotic is the<br />

fertiliser providing the food to<br />

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enable the garden to grow whilst<br />

inhibiting the weeds.<br />

There is a common myth that<br />

adding live probiotic bacteria to<br />

skincare formulations will be<br />

highly effective. Unfortunately,<br />

the chemical and packaging<br />

environment of a skincare product,<br />

both serums and moisturisers, is<br />

inhospitable to supporting the<br />

growth of benefi cial bacteria. It is<br />

better to use a fermented lysate of a<br />

probiotic. These are the structural<br />

components and metabolites of the<br />

bacteria that actually create the<br />

benefi cial effect. Lysates can remain<br />

active in the formulation unlike<br />

the whole bacteria.<br />

So, how do probiotics benefi t the<br />

skin? A common probiotic extract<br />

which is supported by clinical data<br />

is Bifi dobacterium lysate. The lysate<br />

of this probiotic has been shown<br />

to stimulate the immunity of the<br />

skin and protect it from irritation<br />

and stress. An in vivo study of<br />

20 volunteers showed that skin<br />

treated with the probiotic lysate of<br />

Bifi dobacterium and a known skin<br />

irritant exhibited a 50 per cent<br />

reduction in infl ammation versus the<br />

untreated control. Gueniche et al<br />

studied the effect of Bifi dobacteruim<br />

lysate for treating sensitive and<br />

reactive skin in vivo. They<br />

concluded that topical application<br />

of the lysate signifi cantly reduced<br />

skin sensitivity after an eight week<br />

trial versus control. There was a<br />

reduction in stinging, water loss and<br />

barrier dysfunction. In vitro tests also<br />

indicate that Bifi dobacterium lysate<br />

may reduce skin sensitivity<br />

by reducing reactivity of the nerve<br />

cells on the skin.<br />

It has been discovered that<br />

our skin makes and metabolises<br />

hormones and peptides, which can be<br />

Dermiotic by Synergie Skin,<br />

$69, is a new pre-serum<br />

elixir with pre and probiotic<br />

complex. Available now.<br />

For more information or to<br />

find a stockist near you, visit<br />

www.synergieskin.com.<br />

directly infl uenced by skin bacteria.<br />

According to a 2016 study, the skin<br />

microbiome can infl uence other body<br />

systems and even our brain chemistry<br />

and emotions! Just like the gut fl ora,<br />

the impact of skin bacteria is more<br />

than skin deep. So let’s keep those<br />

little guys healthy and in balance!<br />

Studies clearly demonstrate that<br />

topical prebiotic nutrition combined<br />

with probiotic lysates do provide<br />

measurable skin benefi ts. Maintaining<br />

a balanced skin microbiome is<br />

crucial for skin health and it is clear<br />

to me that every skin type will benefi t<br />

from reducing infl ammation and<br />

improving barrier function. Prebiotic/<br />

probiotic combination products<br />

should be an essential addition to all<br />

skin regimens. CBM<br />

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LOVE<br />

the<br />

SKIN<br />

you’re in<br />








If, like the rest of us, you’ve been<br />

chasing that elusive dream of<br />

a younger looking, glowing<br />

complexion, there’s only one question<br />

you need to answer: Do you have 30<br />

minutes? That’s all it takes for the<br />

HydraFacial to begin working its magic.<br />

The HydraFacial is no ordinary<br />

facial. It incorporates spa therapy with<br />

medical technology to create truly<br />

exceptional skin revitalisation results.<br />

It’s a facial cleanse, microdermabrasion,<br />

skin resurfacing treatment and<br />

antioxidant boost in one quick, easy<br />

and pleasant skincare session.<br />

Suitable for all skin types, the<br />

HydraFacial improves the appearance<br />

of fi ne lines, wrinkles, congested and<br />

enlarged pores, oily or acne prone skin,<br />

hyperpigmentation and brown spots.<br />

Each treatment noticeably decongests<br />

and shrinks pores, and plumps the skin<br />

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Skin<br />

with antioxidant and hyaluronic<br />

acid infusions.<br />

Even the most sensitive skin can<br />

benefit from a HydraFacial treatment.<br />

The physician or skincare professional<br />

conducts a comprehensive skin<br />

evaluation and sensitivity test,<br />

then chooses the specific serums to<br />

customise the treatment for your<br />

unique skin conditions and needs.<br />

In addition to helping problem<br />

skin, the HydraFacial can be used<br />

to revive dull, dehydrated or lifeless<br />

complexions. Best of all, it is suitable<br />

for women and men (are you listening<br />

fellas?) of all ages and requires no<br />

downtime for most people.<br />

For those technically minded<br />

individuals, the treatment protocol<br />

consists of several important steps.<br />

Dead skin cells are removed with<br />

cleansing and exfoliation, followed<br />

by a glycolic and salicylic acid peel<br />

to dislodge grime from the pores. A<br />

suction extraction system is applied<br />

to fully decongest the skin. The<br />

nourishing element involves an<br />

infusion of highly active hydrating<br />

serums consisting of vortex-fused<br />

antioxidants and hyaluronic acid<br />

applied to the skin. This is followed<br />

by the application of HydraFacial<br />

Daily Essentials skincare products to<br />

help retain moisture and protect and<br />

smooth the surface of the skin.<br />

Immediately after a HydraFacial the<br />

skin looks and feels dewy and gently<br />

Is HydraFacial<br />

right for you?<br />

• Fine lines + Wrinkles<br />

• Elasticity + Firmness<br />

• Even Tone + Vibrancy<br />

• Skin Texture<br />

• Brown Spots<br />

• Oily + Congested Skin<br />

• Enlarged Pores<br />

plumped. Fine to moderate lines are<br />

smoother and less visible, and there<br />

is a notable glow or radiance from<br />

the complexion. Makeup is easier<br />

to apply, which is what makes this<br />

treatment so great to have before an<br />

important social event. With repeated<br />

treatments over time, the skin not<br />

only looks healthier, but behaves<br />

better – congested skin settles down,<br />

pore size reduces, texture and tone<br />

improve, and pigmentation becomes<br />

more even.<br />

While totally non-invasive,<br />

relaxing and gentle, the HydraFacial<br />

remains amazingly effective. Its<br />

results are not only seen on the skin’s<br />

surface, but also in the machine’s<br />

waste jar, where the dirt and dead<br />

skin cell detritus is collected and can<br />

be viewed after treatment.<br />

Ask the expert<br />

<strong>CosBeauty</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> recently sat<br />

down with Dr Grant Stevens, the<br />

founder and Medical Director of the<br />

renowned Marina Plastic Surgery<br />

and Medical Spa in Marina Del Rey,<br />

California. Dr Stevens has been<br />

using the HydraFacial system in his<br />

clinics for a number of years now<br />

and continues to be impressed by its<br />

ability to get results.<br />

‘What sets the HydraFacial apart<br />

in my mind is that it’s the complete<br />

package,’ he says. ‘Exfoliation is<br />

exfoliation, but that’s not cleansing<br />

and it’s certainly not infusing. The<br />

HydraFacial offers all three steps in a<br />

consistent, reproducible, predictable,<br />

reliable fashion.’<br />

Dr Stevens often recommends<br />

HydraFacial for his patients in<br />

combination with other procedures.<br />

‘If I have a facelift patient coming up,<br />

it’s incumbent upon me to deliver her<br />

skin in the best condition possible<br />

before I do the surgical procedure,’<br />

Dr Stevens explains. ‘It’s equally true<br />

though if I’m doing microneedling<br />

3steps,<br />

30 minutes<br />

Cleanse + Peel<br />

Gentle clean, exfoliation and<br />

skin resurfacing<br />

Extract +<br />

Hydrate<br />

Remove debris from pores,<br />

nourish with moisturisers<br />

Fuse + Protect<br />

Saturate the skin with<br />

antioxidants and peptides<br />

with radiofrequency (RF) or even a<br />

laser such as Halo. So whether I’m<br />

doing surgery or a partially or fully<br />

ablative laser and RF, it’s nice for<br />

me to deliver the skin in a uniform,<br />

healthy fashion.’<br />

He went on to add, ‘Some people<br />

may say “I want the blue peel”<br />

or “I want a glycolic” or “I want<br />

exfoliation” and I understand all that,<br />

but this gives it all in one machine, in<br />

one experience in 20-30 minutes with<br />

absolutely no downtime. It suits all<br />

skin types. The HydraFacial is one of<br />

the only technologies that really is for<br />

everyone.’ CBM<br />

WHERE<br />

TO GET IT<br />

To find a HydraFacial<br />

practitioner in your area, visit<br />

www.likeyourlook.com.au<br />

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Nature<br />

versus<br />

nurture.<br />

Why not<br />

both?<br />




WITH MEDIK8.<br />

WORDS BY<br />


Not all cosmeceutical producers are the<br />

same. For example, how many can lay<br />

claim to combining advanced skincare<br />

science with a commitment to minimising<br />

their environmental impact?<br />

The people at Medik8 have just released<br />

the next phase of evolution in their product<br />

range, with refreshed packaging that<br />

emphasises their core values of clinical<br />

results, simplicity and sustainability.<br />

Not satisfied with merely developing a range<br />

of scientifically proven anti-ageing skincare<br />

products, Medik8 heeded the growing desire<br />

among consumers to align their personal<br />

beliefs with the products they purchase.<br />

Building on their well established ‘green<br />

cosmeceutical’ status, Medik8 replaced over<br />

300,000 plastic parts with recycled paper and<br />

every piece of paper based packaging they use<br />

is now either recycled or FSC certified.<br />

At the same time, they made a conscious<br />

effort to further the aesthetic and sensory<br />

value of their products so consumers no<br />

longer have to choose between positive results<br />

and the fine textures and elegant fragrances of<br />

so-called ‘pampering’ brands.<br />

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Skin<br />

As simple as CSA<br />

Medik8 has distilled its approach<br />

to anti-ageing into the term<br />

‘CSA’, an acronym for vitamin C<br />

plus sunscreen by day and vitamin<br />

A by night. This simple routine<br />

has been proven to treat existing<br />

signs of ageing, as well as to protect<br />

the complexion from the future<br />

effects of time.<br />

‘This is the ultimate prescription<br />

for younger, healthy looking<br />

skin,’ says Medik8 founder Elliot<br />

Isaacs. ‘It’s really that simple.<br />

There’s no need to complicate<br />

things because this straightforward<br />

strategy is clinically proven to<br />

deliver results you can see, as well<br />

as feel. That’s why we are dedicated<br />

to refining this simple philosophy<br />

– developing ever increasingly<br />

advanced CSA formulas.’<br />

Vitamin C by Day<br />

Vitamin C plays an important role in<br />

skincare as an essential component in<br />

the body’s production of collagen and<br />

as a powerful antioxidant that helps<br />

rejuvenate aged and photodamaged<br />

skin. The level of vitamin C in our<br />

skin declines as we age, however very<br />

little of what we ingest orally actually<br />

reaches the skin. Clinical studies<br />

show that the topical application<br />

of vitamin C promotes collagen<br />

formation and reduces the impact<br />

of free radicals.<br />

The Medik8 range includes<br />

two new products featuring ultrastable<br />

30 per cent ethylated ascorbic<br />

acid, their most powerful vitamin C<br />

yet. The new Super C30 serum<br />

is fortified with brightening turmeric<br />

to leave the complexion glowing<br />

and revitalised, as well as botanical<br />

oils such as grapefruit and geranium<br />

for their anti-ageing benefits and<br />

natural antioxidant protection.<br />

The Super C30+ Intense<br />

serum provides the same benefits,<br />

boosted with the addition of a<br />

powerful antioxidant called ferulic<br />

acid to banish free radicals from UV<br />

rays and pollution.<br />

vitamin A by night<br />

Vitamin A – also known as retinol<br />

– is a powerful skin resurfacing<br />

molecule that enhances collagen<br />

production to combat fine lines and<br />

wrinkles, whilst reducing blemish<br />

causing bacteria. It also blocks the<br />

formation of excess melanin for a<br />

brighter, more even skin tone.<br />

At first glance, vitamin A<br />

may seem like a straightforward<br />

ingredient, but it actually comes<br />

in a number of different forms.<br />

While Medik8’s love affair with<br />

vitamin A began with retinol, it<br />

has since grown to include<br />

retinaldehyde and retinyl retinoate.<br />

In the skin, retinol is first<br />

converted to retinaldehyde and then<br />

retinoic acid, the active form of<br />

vitamin A, before it begins working<br />

within the skin. Retinoic acid<br />

stimulates each skin cell’s nucleus<br />

to produce proteins like collagen<br />

and elastin. It can also inhibit the<br />

formation of pigment and speed up<br />

cell renewal.<br />

Medik8’s r-Retinoate products<br />

use a unique fusion of retinol and<br />

retinoic acid to increase collagen<br />

production and wrinkle repair by up<br />

to eight times more than standard<br />

retinol. Unlike many other vitamin<br />

A derivatives, this combination does<br />

not cause irritation and is stable in<br />

sunlight, meaning it can be used both<br />

day and night for accelerated results.<br />

The recently released night<br />

vitamin A serum, Crystal Retinal,<br />

is formulated with retinaldehyde.<br />

Crystal Retinal delivers results up<br />

to 11 times faster than traditional<br />

retinol because unlike retinol,<br />

which must first be converted to<br />

retinaldehyde and then to retinoic<br />

acid within the skin, Crystal Retinal<br />

only requires one conversion to<br />

retinoic acid. This means it can<br />

deliver results comparable to clinical-<br />

grade vitamin A more rapidly than<br />

classic forms of retinol.<br />

This product also contains<br />

hyaluronic acid and vitamin E<br />

to hydrate at every level while<br />

strengthening the skin’s barrier.<br />

After cleansing in the evening,<br />

Crystal Retinal’s silk-like texture<br />

absorbs into the skin to nurture and<br />

restore the complexion.<br />

Timing is<br />

everything<br />

When delivered too quickly,<br />

retinol can overwhelm the skin<br />

and cause irritation. Rather than<br />

dismissing this effect as a given<br />

with vitamin A, Medik8 set to work<br />

devising a solution.<br />

The brand developed a patented<br />

time-sensitive delivery system called<br />

Time Release Technology to ensure<br />

that absorption is optimised and the<br />

formula is distributed evenly in the<br />

hours following application.<br />

As an added precaution, Medik8<br />

recommends following the ‘retinol<br />

ladder’ when introducing vitamin A<br />

to your skincare regime. This involves<br />

starting your retinol journey with<br />

a low percentage retinol serum or<br />

cream which is phased in gradually.<br />

By building up your retinol tolerance<br />

in this way the skin is better able to<br />

benefit from the ingredient and the<br />

risk of adverse reaction is significantly<br />

reduced. CBM<br />

WHERE<br />

TO GET IT<br />

Medik8 is available at select<br />

skin clinics across Australia. For<br />

stockists, visit www.medik8.com.au<br />

or call 1800 242 011.<br />

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More<br />

than<br />

skin<br />

deep<br />

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Feature<br />

The face is<br />

a complex<br />

composition of<br />

bone, muscle and<br />

skin, which are<br />

all affected by<br />

gravity and the<br />

ageing process.<br />

Although we learn to recognise<br />

the visible signs of facial<br />

ageing – that become<br />

manifested in lines, wrinkles,<br />

contours and folds – most of us are<br />

less familiar with the underlying<br />

structure of the face that gives each<br />

of us our own unique characteristics.<br />

Involving a complex web of bones,<br />

muscles and fat, we’ve compiled<br />

a basic overview of the facial<br />

structure, its function and how it<br />

changes through time to help better<br />

understand facial rejuvenation<br />

techniques and approaches.<br />

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Feature<br />

Skeletal<br />

anatomy<br />

Facial bone anatomy is both complex<br />

and elegant, forming the basis of<br />

our outward-facing features while<br />

serving a wealth of functions behind<br />

the scenes.<br />

The key function of the human<br />

cranium is to protect the brain, its<br />

eight plates converging to house and<br />

safeguard the sense organs of smell,<br />

sight, sound and taste. The facial<br />

skeleton also provides a frame for the<br />

soft tissues of the face and facilitates<br />

eating, facial expression, breathing,<br />

and speech.<br />

The principal bones of the face<br />

are the mandible (or jawbone),<br />

maxilla (or upper jaw), frontal<br />

bone, nasal bones and zygomatic<br />

bones (cheekbones). Except for the<br />

mandible, all of the bones in the<br />

skull are joined together by sutures<br />

– immovable joints formed by bony<br />

ossification, with Sharpey’s fibres<br />

(bundles of strong collagenous fibres)<br />

providing some flexibility.<br />

The strong, U-shaped mandible<br />

houses the lower teeth and, as<br />

the only mobile bone of the facial<br />

skeleton, its motion is essential for<br />

mastication (chewing). The maxilla<br />

multi-tasks by holding the upper<br />

teeth, while also forming the roof of<br />

the oral cavity and wall and roof of<br />

the nasal cavity. The palatine bones<br />

form part of the mouth and nasal<br />

cavities and the vomer sits at the<br />

centre of nasal cavities. The small<br />

and fragile lacrimal bone at the inner<br />

orbit of the eye forms part of the tear<br />

duct system.<br />

Muscular<br />

anatomy<br />

A network of underlying facial<br />

muscles allow us to communicate,<br />

express emotions and convey<br />

thoughts, as well as perform basic<br />

functions such as blinking, chewing<br />

and speaking.<br />

Many of the 43 muscles in the<br />

face are attached not to bones,<br />

but to each other or to the skin<br />

with which they interact. Oriented<br />

in bands, facial muscles are stimulated<br />

by the facial nerve and interact to<br />

produce expressions and individual<br />

nuances. The study of human<br />

facial movements has concluded<br />

that the six key expressions – anger,<br />

happiness, surprise, fear, sadness<br />

and disgust – among others, are an<br />

ingrained human trait rather than a<br />

learned response.<br />

The eye area comprises a complex<br />

multi-layered structure. Layers of<br />

muscle hold the eyeball in place<br />

assisted by the orbital bone and<br />

orbital rim. Movement is regulated<br />

by the inferior oblique muscle and<br />

superior oblique tendon, and eyelids<br />

by the levator and orbicularis muscles.<br />

These muscles are connected<br />

with fatty pads, predominately the<br />

malar fat in the cheeks and the<br />

sub-orbicularis fat below the eye.<br />

Orbital fat extends to the eyelids<br />

and is limited by the orbital septum<br />

layer, which acts as a net. Upper and<br />

lower tarsal plates provide scaffolding<br />

in the eyelids, allowing them to retain<br />

their shape.<br />

Skin<br />

As the body’s largest organ and one<br />

of its most essential systems, the<br />

skin’s functions go far beyond the<br />

aesthetic. The skin regulates internal<br />

temperature; perceives external<br />

stimuli and transmits the information<br />

to the brain; protects from potentially<br />

harmful substances; and stores<br />

essential nutrients. Unlike some other<br />

areas, our facial skin is relentlessly<br />

exposed to the elements and, as a<br />

result, the skin on our face is always<br />

at risk of damage.<br />

Where the skin on the soles of<br />

our feet is thick and durable, facial<br />

skin is lighter and thinner. However,<br />

this varies across the face. Whereas<br />

skin is thinner on the upper face,<br />

eye area and over the nose, it tends<br />

to be fleshy in the lower face.<br />

Pigmentation, hair follicles, sebaceous<br />

and sweat glands are distributed in<br />

differing formations and the blood<br />

vessels below the surface in the<br />

epidermis may be visible to a greater<br />

or lesser extent.<br />

Regardless of where skin is<br />

positioned on the body, it has<br />

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Feature<br />

the same structure of three<br />

layers: epidermis, dermis and<br />

subcutis (subcutaneous layer or<br />

panniculus adiposus).<br />

Epidermis<br />

The epidermis is the outer-most layer<br />

of the skin and continually renews<br />

and regenerates. Ultimately, all<br />

the cells in the epidermis originate<br />

from a single layer of basal cells in<br />

its basement membrane – these<br />

are called keratinocytes, which are<br />

stacked on top of each other to form<br />

several strata, melanocytes, and<br />

dendritic cells.<br />

Keratinocytes develop in the<br />

basal layer and rise, losing their<br />

central nucleus and producing skin<br />

proteins called keratins and fats called<br />

lipids, before being shed from the<br />

surface of the skin as dead cells. As<br />

they move towards the surface of the<br />

skin, their form changes and they<br />

create distinct layers known – from<br />

the bottom up – as the basal layer,<br />

the spiny layer, granular layer, stratum<br />

and stratum corneum.<br />

In the spiny layer, the keratinocytes<br />

make lipid fat cells which discharge<br />

as the cells move up through the<br />

granular layer, forming a moisturecarrying<br />

mortar around the basal cells,<br />

which are now called corneocytes.<br />

These effectively dead and flattened<br />

cells form the protective outer layer<br />

of skin, which is worn away in a<br />

process known as desquamation. The<br />

entire process normally takes around<br />

30 days – although sunburn, injury or<br />

cosmetically stripping the outer layer<br />

speeds the process.<br />

The stratum corneum retains<br />

moisture in the lower skin layers,<br />

comprising up to 15 percent<br />

water. Moisture loss is regulated<br />

by the lipids, while dead cells are<br />

cleared away by skin enzymes.<br />

Men tend to have thicker stratum<br />

corneum than women; they tend to<br />

have more collagen and produce<br />

more sebum, making the lipid layer<br />

of their skin thicker and the cell<br />

renewal process slower.<br />

Melanocytes produce melanin,<br />

which contributes to skin colour<br />

and provides UV protection.<br />

Dendritic (or Langerhans) cells are<br />

involved in the immune system of<br />

the skin. They consume foreign<br />

materials that invade the epidermis<br />

and transfer out of the skin to<br />

stimulate an immune response.<br />

Many of the 43<br />

muscles in the<br />

face are attached<br />

not to bones, but<br />

to each other<br />

or to the skin<br />

with which they<br />

interact.<br />

Dermis<br />

Between the epidermis and the<br />

subcutaneous fat layer lies the dermis,<br />

which contains connective tissue<br />

and houses the arteries, hair follicles,<br />

lymph vessels, sensation receptors,<br />

sweat glands and veins. This thicker<br />

dermal layer is composed primarily of<br />

collagen, which is responsible for the<br />

strength and elasticity of the skin. It<br />

is held together by a protein called<br />

elastin that is produced by fibroblast<br />

cells. The dermis also contains<br />

moisture-storing glycoproteins and<br />

hyaluronic acid, which have the<br />

ability to attract and bind hundreds<br />

of times its weight in water. Here,<br />

collagen and elastin production<br />

decline with ageing.<br />

Subcutis<br />

(subcutaneous<br />

layer)<br />

As the deepest layer of skin, the<br />

subcutis is made up of a loose network<br />

of fat and collagen cells. It acts as a<br />

protective cushion and helps insulate<br />

the body by monitoring heat gain<br />

and heat loss. The thickness of<br />

this layer can vary significantly in<br />

individuals and in different parts of<br />

the body. CBM<br />

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E nhancement<br />

The<br />

&<br />

how-to<br />

guide<br />

to<br />

looking fresh<br />

fabulous<br />

We chat with<br />

Dr John Flynn<br />

about some<br />

of the most<br />

popular surgical<br />

and non-surgical<br />

options for<br />

rejuvenating<br />

the face. Words by<br />

aimée rodrigues.<br />

With today’s wide array of facial rejuvenation<br />

treatments, there’s a solution for just about<br />

every facial ageing concern. Only an<br />

experienced and skilled doctor will understand and offer<br />

the full spectrum of facial rejuvenation options, and<br />

explain how they may be combined and personalised to<br />

give each patient the most natural looking results.<br />

‘With ageing, the overall facial balance is changed,’<br />

says Dr John Flynn from Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on<br />

the Gold Coast. ‘To rejuvenate the face and achieve the<br />

best result, it’s necessary to address and restore each of<br />

these elements with a different approach.<br />

‘I believe combining modalities – peels and laser to<br />

improve the texture of the skin, and using fillers to<br />

build volume after a face lifting procedure – produces<br />

the best possible results in restoring a youthful,<br />

rejuvenated face.’<br />

Finding the best combination for each patient<br />

requires a thorough assessment. ‘We are all unique and<br />

a good doctor’s skill lies in retaining the elements that<br />

make us who we are,’ says Dr Flynn.<br />

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Feature<br />

Problem<br />

poor skin quality &<br />

texture<br />

Solution<br />

lasers & peels<br />

One of the most influential aspects<br />

of rejuvenating the face is improving<br />

the quality and texture of the skin.<br />

‘The skin is the fabric that covers the<br />

entire face, so when looking to perform<br />

procedures on the face we have to<br />

look at how to correct the quality<br />

of the fabric as well,’ says Dr Flynn.<br />

‘This is where laser resurfacing can be<br />

extremely effective. Even if a patient<br />

doesn’t necessarily require a lift or<br />

tightening, most people who live in<br />

Australia’s harsh climate could benefit<br />

from laser rejuvenation to renew skin<br />

texture and tone.’<br />

For skin texture and complexion,<br />

peels and laser treatments target<br />

brown pigment problems and vascular<br />

issues such as red broken capillaries<br />

and blemishes. Stronger lasers for<br />

skin rejuvenation can also help<br />

tremendously in turning back the clock<br />

on tired, dehydrated and ageing skin.<br />

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E nhancement<br />

Problem<br />

wrinkles & fine<br />

lines<br />

Solution<br />

anti-wrinkle<br />

injections<br />

Dynamic (as opposed to static) wrinkles<br />

are caused by facial muscle movement,<br />

not intrinsic skin ageing. As the muscles<br />

move, the skin contracts and the<br />

collagen fibres in the dermis break. The<br />

ability of the body to restore these fibres<br />

and generate new collagen depletes with<br />

age, and the wrinkles stay in place, even<br />

when the muscles are relaxed. Antiwrinkle<br />

injections are used to freeze this<br />

muscle movement, and prevent dynamic<br />

wrinkles from arising or worsening.<br />

‘Anti-wrinkle injections work by<br />

relaxing wrinkle causing muscles,<br />

allowing the wrinkles to relax away<br />

and leaving facial expressions free of<br />

lines or at least significantly reduced,’<br />

Dr Flynn explains.<br />

This quick, in-office procedure is<br />

commonly used to treat the crow’s<br />

feet around the eyes, the central frown<br />

lines between the eyebrows (glabellar<br />

lines) and the worry lines across the<br />

forehead. The marionette lines, from<br />

the corner of the mouth to the chin,<br />

are also effectively treated with antiwrinkle<br />

injections.<br />

Typically anti-wrinkle injections will<br />

continue to prevent and reduce facial<br />

lines and wrinkles for around three to<br />

four months, but sometimes up to six<br />

months or longer.<br />

With anti-wrinkle injectables<br />

being such an effective and popular<br />

treatment for cosmetic rejuvenation,<br />

it is imperative patients consider the<br />

procedure with caution. Certainly, when<br />

administered effectively, injectables<br />

can reap significant and long-lasting<br />

results; but in the wrong hands or with<br />

an inferior product, complications<br />

can result. Before going ahead with<br />

treatment, always take the time to<br />

ask questions to ensure the product<br />

is registered and that the practitioner<br />

has the required skills, training and<br />

accreditation to perform the procedure.<br />

Problem<br />

sagging skin<br />

Solution<br />

facelift or<br />

thread lift<br />

There’s no escaping the fact<br />

that the face is not immune to<br />

gravity. With age, comes a gradual<br />

descent of facial tissues, muscles<br />

and fat that can make a person<br />

look much older than they feel<br />

on the inside. Dr Flynn’s preferred<br />

methods for lifting sagging tissues<br />

and skin are thread lifts and<br />

facelifts, depending on the extent<br />

of ageing.<br />

A thread lift is a minimally<br />

invasive method of facial<br />

rejuvenation that allows lifting<br />

and repositioning of facial tissues<br />

to help restore youthful contours.<br />

Dr Flynn has pioneered the use<br />

of thread lifts in Australia and<br />

internationally and also teaches<br />

surgeons how to use the threads.<br />

Thread lifts are particularly<br />

indicated for brows, cheeks,<br />

jowls and sometimes the neck. A<br />

thread lift uses absorbable surgical<br />

threads designed with directional<br />

cogs or barbs, which anchor<br />

themselves within the tissues and<br />

allow for lifting and repositioning.<br />

‘Well placed and anchored<br />

threads provide a great alternative<br />

to a facelift and can last between<br />

three and five years,’ says Dr<br />

Flynn. ‘There is no surgery, no<br />

scars and the procedure is less<br />

expensive than a full facelift, as<br />

there is no general anaesthetic<br />

and no hospital stay.’<br />

The procedure is relatively<br />

quick and can be performed under<br />

local anaesthetic, with some<br />

temporary bruising and swelling<br />

to be expected afterwards. The<br />

results of the thread lift improve<br />

over time (three to six months)<br />

as collagen is stimulated and<br />

produced and contracts around<br />

each filament, causing even<br />

further lifting. Downtime is<br />

usually a few days.<br />

For more significant lifting<br />

results, Dr Flynn recommends<br />

a surgical facelift over a thread<br />

lift. ‘Sometimes a proper surgical<br />

lift is the better approach, in<br />

terms of offering longer lasting,<br />

more robust results,’ he says. A<br />

surgical facelift will commonly be<br />

performed in conjunction with<br />

non-surgical procedures for the<br />

most natural looking results.<br />

The modern facelift is<br />

customised to each individual<br />

patient, to provide tailored results<br />

so the patient still retains their<br />

unique look - but appears like a<br />

younger version of themselves.<br />

‘The incision usually begins<br />

in the hair near the temple and<br />

continues in front of the ear,<br />

around the ear lobe, behind the<br />

ear and into the hair,’ says Dr<br />

Flynn. ‘This placement allows<br />

the scar to be very inconspicuous.<br />

The facial muscles and sagging<br />

tissue are tightened, excess skin is<br />

removed and the remaining skin<br />

is repositioned to create a more<br />

youthful look.’<br />

Today’s facelift is very different<br />

from previous times; it relies far<br />

less on extensive surgery and<br />

more on judicious alterations<br />

combining laser resurfacing,<br />

dermal fillers and other minimally<br />

invasive techniques - so that<br />

what is essentially known as a<br />

‘facelift’ is no longer a purely<br />

surgical experience.<br />

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Problem<br />

drooping or<br />

hooded eyes<br />

Solution<br />

blepharoplasty<br />

Eyelids are not addressed by a<br />

facelift, so many patients often<br />

undergo a blepharoplasty at<br />

the same time as a facelift or<br />

thread lift. Blepharoplasty is a<br />

surgical procedure, which can be<br />

performed on either the upper<br />

or lower eyelids or both, and is<br />

designed to remove excess skin<br />

folds and bulging fat bags.<br />

‘Blepharoplasty can improve<br />

the bags and wrinkles around<br />

the eyes but will not improve<br />

wrinkles of the cheeks, temples<br />

or forehead,’ Dr Flynn explains.<br />

‘It also does not correct problems<br />

caused by drooping eyebrows,<br />

so the position of the brow<br />

also needs to be considered to<br />

determine whether a brow lift<br />

may be more appropriate.’<br />

Loss of volume under the eyes<br />

may be due to loss of volume in<br />

the cheeks and a dragging down<br />

of the cheek area. The volume<br />

can be replaced through strategic<br />

placement of dermal fillers, to<br />

help recontour and improve the<br />

appearance of the eye area.<br />

Problem<br />

loss of volume<br />

Solution<br />

fillers<br />

A thread lift or a surgical facelift<br />

will address the looseness of the<br />

skin, but it won’t restore volume<br />

or improve the texture and<br />

quality of the skin. Fillers can be<br />

used with either ‘lift’ to refine<br />

and complement the results,<br />

or by themselves to plump out<br />

areas that have become flat and<br />

deflated (such as the cheeks and<br />

hollows in the temple and around<br />

the eyes) as well as filling out<br />

nasolabial and marionette lines<br />

around the nose and mouth, and<br />

adding fullness to the lips.<br />

‘An important issue with fillers<br />

is to look not only at wrinkles<br />

and lines, but also consider facial<br />

structure and balance. Placing the<br />

right filler in a deeper position<br />

provides a good enhancement<br />

to restore youthful contours,’<br />

Dr Flynn explains. cbm<br />

FOR<br />

MORE<br />

INFO<br />

Dr John Flynn<br />

Cosmedic & Skin Clinic,<br />

Southport, Qld<br />

Ph 1300 88 13 88<br />

www.cosmedic.com.au<br />

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the<br />

top<br />

surgical<br />

procedures<br />

for<br />

ageing faces<br />

Stay on top<br />

of the ageing<br />

game with the<br />

most popular<br />

surgeries for all<br />

areas of the face<br />

and neck. Words<br />

by aimée rodrigues.<br />

The face and neck are some<br />

of the fastest and most obvious<br />

areas of the body to reveal<br />

the signs of ageing. It’s no wonder<br />

that the facial anti-ageing marketplace<br />

is very much alive and kicking<br />

with skin treatments, fillers and<br />

wrinkle treatments to fix a whole<br />

myriad of concerns.<br />

There’s a limit, however, to<br />

what fillers, wrinkle injections and<br />

skin treatments can do. Not every<br />

non-surgical treatment out there is<br />

going to address every problem, and<br />

while many techniques will show<br />

improvement, they may not garner the<br />

same result – or longevity – as those<br />

achieved with surgery.<br />

For example, when it comes to<br />

lifting a severely sagging and deflated<br />

face, hooded eyelids or fixing a hooked<br />

nose, most times surgery is still your<br />

best bet. Surgery these days is a far<br />

cry from yesteryear – as techniques<br />

continue to evolve, procedures have<br />

become more customisable, leading to<br />

very natural-looking results and more<br />

manageable downtime.<br />

There’s a wide range of cosmetic<br />

surgery options to target specific<br />

areas of the face, such as sagging<br />

jowls or droopy eyelids. Today’s<br />

approach to cosmetic surgery involves<br />

tailoring a procedure or combination<br />

of procedures to your individual<br />

requirements and goals. In the right<br />

hands of a skilled and experienced<br />

surgeon, you could look 10 or more<br />

years younger; still looking like “you”,<br />

just a younger, fresher version.<br />

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Feature<br />

Facelift<br />

the ultimate<br />

anti-ager<br />

There’s no getting away from the<br />

fact that over time the effects of<br />

gravity, sun damage and the stresses<br />

of everyday life appear on your face.<br />

Deep lines may appear around your<br />

eyes and mouth, sagging skin may fall<br />

from your cheek, jawline and neck,<br />

and fat deposits that were once full<br />

and firm become depleted, leaving<br />

hollow and sunken areas of your face.<br />

A facelift, or medically termed<br />

‘rhytidectomy’, is used to restore<br />

the contours of the face, correcting<br />

sagging, loose skin and repositioning<br />

fat and tissues to add volume back<br />

to the face.<br />

By repositioning both the skin<br />

and the layer of muscle and tissue<br />

beneath (known as the superficial<br />

musculoaponeurotic system, or<br />

SMAS), the modern approach<br />

to facelifting addresses volume<br />

replacement and vectors of lift<br />

to create a younger looking<br />

appearance while avoiding the<br />

telltale signs of surgery.<br />

Recovery from modern facelifts<br />

is typically much less extensive and<br />

lengthy compared with facelifts of<br />

the past, with less swelling, bruising,<br />

pain and recovery time. There are<br />

also different procedures, such as<br />

mini-lifts, which use smaller and<br />

fewer incisions, offering less recovery<br />

and down time.<br />

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Types of<br />

facelifts<br />

Advances in surgical procedures and<br />

technology mean there are several<br />

different facelift types and techniques<br />

available today. They are designed to<br />

address your individual needs more<br />

specifically, helping to ensure optimal<br />

and natural-looking results.<br />

SMAS lift<br />

The SMAS (Superficial<br />

Musculoaponeurotic System)<br />

technique concentrates on the thin<br />

underlying connective tissue and<br />

muscle layer called the superficial<br />

musculoaponeurotic system, as well<br />

as repositioning and removing excess<br />

skin. Tightening this foundational<br />

tissue gives a smoother and improved<br />

shape without noticeable tension<br />

in the skin. This type of facelift is<br />

generally considered to be the gold<br />

standard in facelift surgery today.<br />

Extended SMAS lift<br />

An extended SMAS lift separates<br />

the SMAS from the underlying facial<br />

structures more extensively towards<br />

the nose and upper lip compared<br />

with the SMAS lift. This can address<br />

age-related changes in the nasolabial<br />

area (around the nose and mouth)<br />

more than the traditional SMAS lift;<br />

however increasing the amount of<br />

SMAS lifted also increases the risks of<br />

complications, such as skin necrosis.<br />

Deep plane lift<br />

A deep plane facelift is designed to<br />

reshape the entire face, including<br />

the upper and lower eyelids, the<br />

brow and the neck, by lifting facial<br />

tissues, fat, muscle and skin in one<br />

continuous section. Because the<br />

dissection is deep, the flap is thicker<br />

than in the SMAS method. This<br />

procedure is more invasive than other<br />

methods and may require a longer<br />

recovery period.<br />

Subperiosteal lift<br />

Commonly performed with the aid<br />

of an endoscope, the subperiosteal<br />

lift is designed to reposition skin,<br />

fat and muscle simultaneously since<br />

the tissues tend to sag together, not<br />

individually. This type of facelift<br />

releases tissues off the bony layer,<br />

separating the bone from all of the<br />

tissues covering it. There is more<br />

swelling with the subperiosteal lift<br />

than with more superficial lifts, due<br />

to the depth of the dissection. It also<br />

usually causes more swelling and takes<br />

longer to recover.<br />

Composite lift<br />

The composite facelift is similar to<br />

a deep plane lift, with the addition<br />

of an extra step to include the<br />

muscle around the lower eyelid. The<br />

orbicularis oculi muscle (around the<br />

eye) is separated from its attachment<br />

to the cheekbone through an<br />

incision in the lower eyelid and then<br />

lifted and sutured into place. The<br />

composite facelift essentially involves<br />

elevation and resection of the SMAS<br />

layer, orbicularis muscle and cheek fat<br />

pad. There is typically more swelling<br />

with the composite lift than with<br />

more superficial lifts.<br />

S-Lift<br />

The S-Lift is a type of facelift named<br />

after the S-shaped incision made in<br />

the hairline at the temple and in front<br />

of the ear. The SMAS and attaching<br />

skin is usually elevated as one unit<br />

and only excess skin is removed. The<br />

best candidates for an S-Lift are those<br />

who do not have significant skin<br />

laxity of the neck and jowls. It is most<br />

suited to patients beginning to show<br />

signs of facial ageing and want some<br />

tightening of the lower face without<br />

longer incisions.<br />

Mini-lift<br />

This type of facelift typically refers<br />

to any limited-incision facelift,<br />

usually with a quicker recovery<br />

time compared with other more<br />

invasive techniques. Also referred<br />

to as a MACS Lift (Minimal Access<br />

Cranial Suspension) and the shortscar<br />

facelift, it is typically suited for<br />

patients with early signs of ageing,<br />

usually aged in their 30s and 40s,<br />

to achieve a natural-looking facial<br />

rejuvenation. During a mini-lift, the<br />

surgeon usually makes a short incision<br />

on the front side of the ear. Via this<br />

incision, deep plicating sutures lift<br />

the deep tissues and the extra skin is<br />

then removed. Due to its less invasive<br />

approach, this type of facelift typically<br />

offers less recovery time and a lower<br />

risk of complications.<br />

Thread lift<br />

A minimally invasive alternative<br />

to a surgical facelift is the thread<br />

lift. Thread lifting elevates the soft<br />

tissues of the face using specially<br />

designed internal sutures and can<br />

deliver subtle yet effective results<br />

for the right candidate. The<br />

procedure involves the use of<br />

multiple fine biocompatible<br />

threads to lift and support sagging<br />

skin on the face and neck. Tiny<br />

‘nicks’ are made to the skin, which<br />

are hidden in the sideburn area.<br />

Threads are then looped to the<br />

sagging soft tissues that support the<br />

face and neck, lifting and anchoring<br />

the facial tissue to an elevated, more<br />

youthful position.<br />

Once in position, the body<br />

generates new collagen that<br />

surrounds each thread to maintain<br />

the lifting effect. The threads dissolve<br />

within nine to 12 months, while<br />

maintaining the revitalising and<br />

lifting effect for several years to<br />

come. The procedure is typically<br />

performed under local anaesthetic<br />

and usually takes around one hour to<br />

perform. Patients can usually return<br />

home within one to two hours after<br />

the procedure.<br />

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Enhancement<br />

Eyelift<br />

There are many processes at play<br />

that contribute to the appearance of<br />

ageing eyes – from skin laxity and<br />

thinning to fat depletion and descent.<br />

The muscle layer beneath the skin<br />

starts to lose its tone with age; the fat<br />

of the eyelid bulges forward to cause<br />

a dark shadow; the cheeks begin to<br />

shrink, leaving a groove-like valley<br />

known as the tear trough; and the<br />

brows descend. These changes often<br />

lead people to mention that you look<br />

tired when you are not, and make you<br />

look like your parents long before you<br />

thought you would.<br />

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is<br />

designed to combat these signs<br />

of ageing.<br />

Surgeons will typically consider<br />

the aesthetics and function of both<br />

the upper and lower eyelid, and<br />

consider whether altering one or<br />

both is the appropriate surgical<br />

approach. Skin quality, ethnic<br />

features, as well as unique facial<br />

anatomy, will also dictate the ideal<br />

approach for each patient.<br />

Often an upper eyelid<br />

blepharoplasty is sufficient in<br />

rejuvenating the appearance of<br />

younger patients, whereas a lower<br />

lid blepharoplasty may be needed to<br />

remove redundant skin and bags in<br />

older patients. In others, a brow lift<br />

may be the best option to address<br />

specific concerns.<br />

The results of eyelid surgery become<br />

apparent gradually, with swelling and<br />

bruising usually subsiding after around<br />

two weeks to reveal a smoother,<br />

better defined eye region and a more<br />

alert and rejuvenated appearance.<br />

Results typically last around seven<br />

to 10 years. Some patients may also<br />

elect to have their eyelid surgery<br />

combined with a facelift or brow lift<br />

to maximise the rejuvenating effect<br />

and further enhance results.<br />

Upper blepharoplasty<br />

Upper eyelid surgery is well suited<br />

to those with excess skin that creates<br />

a hooded effect over the eyes.<br />

The procedure involves surgically<br />

removing this excess skin to create<br />

a more ‘open’ appearance in the<br />

eye area, revealing the contour of<br />

the brow and inner eyelid crease.<br />

Upper eyelid surgery is usually<br />

approached from the skin crease in<br />

the outer surface of the eyelid. The<br />

incision is typically made in the lid<br />

crease and is performed with either<br />

a scalpel or CO2 laser that seals<br />

the blood vessels as it incises. Skin<br />

and muscle are removed to reduce<br />

hooding in the upper eyelid.<br />

This is typically a minimally<br />

invasive procedure which can yield<br />

dramatic anti-ageing results.<br />

Lower blepharoplasty<br />

Lower eyelid surgery is typically<br />

more complex than upper<br />

eyelid surgery and can require a<br />

combination of surgery, filler and<br />

laser to give the best result. Incisions<br />

for the lower lid blepharoplasty<br />

can be made either inside the<br />

eyelid or just below the lower<br />

lash line. Excess skin in the<br />

lower eyelids is removed through<br />

these incisions to correct under-eye<br />

bags or sagging.<br />

This type of blepharoplasty<br />

involves making an incision on the<br />

inside of the lower eyelid to access<br />

the tissues of the eyelid. The orbital<br />

fat can be repositioned or removed<br />

from this approach. When the fat<br />

is repositioned, it is moved into the<br />

area of the orbital rim depression to<br />

reduce the fullness of the lid and the<br />

depth of the orbital rim groove. This<br />

technique improves the appearance<br />

of the dark circle around the eye,<br />

with minimal effect on the shape of<br />

the eye while maintaining a naturallooking<br />

appearance.<br />

Brow lift<br />

The effects of sun damage and the<br />

natural ageing process contribute to a<br />

gradual descent of the brow, giving a<br />

‘heavy’ or ‘hooded’ look to the upper<br />

face, which can make a person appear<br />

angry, sad or older than their years.<br />

Also known as a forehead lift, a<br />

brow lift elevates a low or sagging<br />

brow to a more youthful position,<br />

minimises the creases and wrinkles<br />

that develop across the forehead,<br />

and improves frown lines that<br />

develop high on the bridge of the<br />

nose. It can also rejuvenate the upper<br />

eye area, reducing heaviness and<br />

sagging over the eyelid and at the<br />

outer edges of the eye.<br />

In endoscopic brow lifts, small<br />

incisions are made in the hairline,<br />

allowing the tissue and muscle<br />

beneath the skin to be repositioned<br />

or removed, correcting visible creases<br />

and furrows in the forehead. Swelling<br />

and bruising normally subside after<br />

two to six weeks.<br />

Rhinoplasty<br />

Rhinoplasty improves the appearance<br />

of the nose to balance it with the<br />

other facial features. Nasal surgery<br />

can also correct impaired breathing<br />

caused by structural abnormalities.<br />

As a person gets older, the nose<br />

tends to elongate and droop and the<br />

skin becomes thicker and less elastic.<br />

The hallmark of nasal ageing is the<br />

loss of support for the lower one-third<br />

of the nose. The major and minor tip<br />

support mechanisms weaken with age,<br />

which can lead to a dorsal hump as a<br />

result of decreased tip projection and<br />

a longer nose as a result of tip ptosis,<br />

or droopiness.<br />

A rhinoplasty procedure can<br />

create a more youthful appearance<br />

to the entire face by reversing the<br />

signs of an ageing nose and can be<br />

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an effective adjunct to other facial<br />

rejuvenation surgeries.<br />

Nose surgery is typically performed<br />

either using: a closed procedure,<br />

where incisions are hidden inside<br />

the nose; or an open procedure,<br />

where an incision is made across<br />

the columella, the narrow strip<br />

of tissue that separates the nostrils.<br />

The soft tissues that cover the nose<br />

are lifted, allowing access to reshape<br />

the structure of the nose.<br />

Most people take around seven<br />

to 10 days off work to allow swelling<br />

and bruising to subside. Results<br />

are permanent and it may take up<br />

to a year for the new nasal contour<br />

to fully refine.<br />

Neck and<br />

chin lift<br />

Two of the defining features of a<br />

youthful face are a well-defined jaw<br />

line and a pleasing angle where the<br />

neck and chin meet. Chin and neck<br />

‘fullness’ or a poorly defined jaw line<br />

can create the appearance of excess<br />

weight and premature ageing. Facial<br />

liposuction is a relatively minimally<br />

invasive surgical procedure and is best<br />

suited to patients presenting with<br />

excess fatty tissue but minimal excess<br />

neck skin.<br />

Through several tiny incisions,<br />

the fatty tissue is removed via a<br />

specialised suction device. Swelling<br />

and bruising should typically subside<br />

in around seven to 10 days, after<br />

which most patients can return to<br />

normal everyday activities. Final<br />

results can take several months to<br />

become evident.<br />

For severe skin laxity of the neck,<br />

a lift may be more suitable to reduce<br />

excess skin and fatty tissue of the<br />

neck and correct poor definition of<br />

the chin/neck angle and jaw line.<br />

The technique used will depend<br />

on several factors, such as the degree<br />

of excess skin, the level of skin laxity<br />

and the presence of fatty tissue.<br />

During a typical neck lift procedure,<br />

the platysma muscles of the neck,<br />

which weaken and separate with age,<br />

are tightened and sewn back together<br />

in the centre. Tissue and skin can<br />

also be elevated to a more youthful<br />

position during the procedure. An<br />

additional small incision under the<br />

chin may be made to tighten the<br />

platysma muscles.<br />

Other techniques may involve<br />

an incision only inside the hairline<br />

at the back of the neck (known<br />

as a posterior neck lift) or behind<br />

the ear only (for some suspension<br />

techniques), depending on the<br />

techniques used and the degree of<br />

lifting required.<br />

Facial<br />

implants<br />

Facial implants are designed to<br />

achieve more defined and harmonious<br />

facial contours and create structural<br />

balance in the face. Cheek implants<br />

are used to correct sunken cheeks<br />

or create the look of prominent<br />

cheekbones; a chin implant can build<br />

up a receding or weak chin; and a jaw<br />

implant can create a more defined<br />

and chiseled jaw line.<br />

The implants themselves are<br />

specially formed solid, biocompatible<br />

materials designed to augment<br />

the physical structures of the face<br />

and create more structured contours<br />

and angles.<br />

Incisions for cheek implants<br />

are made through the hairline or<br />

lower eyelids, while a chin or jaw<br />

implant incision is usually hidden<br />

in the mouth. The incisions are<br />

normally closed with absorbable<br />

sutures that dissolve over the next<br />

seven to 10 days.<br />

Two of the<br />

defining features<br />

of a youthful face<br />

are a well-defined<br />

jaw line and a<br />

pleasing angle<br />

where the neck<br />

and chin meet.<br />

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h<br />

ow to<br />

maximise the<br />

success of<br />

your surgery<br />

1.Choose wisely<br />

Choosing a surgeon is one of - if<br />

not ‘the’ - most important decisions<br />

when thinking about undergoing<br />

any type of cosmetic surgery. The<br />

surgeon’s experience, training and<br />

judgment will all impact on the<br />

physical outcomes of surgery, as<br />

will their openness to discuss<br />

concerns and question your<br />

motivation during the consultation<br />

prior to surgery.<br />

When it comes to selecting a<br />

doctor for facial surgery, you should<br />

ensure your surgeon’s training and<br />

certification is appropriate to the<br />

specific procedure he or she will<br />

be performing. Certification from<br />

the relevant medical board or<br />

body denotes that the doctor has<br />

completed additional requirements<br />

surrounding continuing education<br />

and experience in cosmetic surgery.<br />

Trusted sources of information<br />

include the Australasian Society<br />

of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery<br />

(ASAPS), the Australasian College<br />

of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) and<br />

the Australasian Academy of Facial<br />

Plastic Surgery (AAFPS).<br />

2.Keep it real<br />

For the right individual, facial<br />

surgery can restore confidence on<br />

both the inside and out. It can be<br />

a highly successful procedure for<br />

people who are both physically<br />

healthy and psychologically sound.<br />

However, having a clear and realistic<br />

understanding of what a procedure<br />

can and can’t achieve is important<br />

prior to committing to surgery.<br />

Facial skin type and age will both<br />

influence surgical outcomes, and<br />

you should discuss your individual<br />

expectations and the limitations of<br />

surgery with your surgeon. The goal<br />

of a facelift and other facial surgery<br />

should be to rejuvenate the face<br />

and give it a fresher look, not to<br />

radically change its appearance.<br />

While facial skin is tightened<br />

and repositioned to create a more<br />

youthful-looking appearance, a<br />

facelift will not eliminate all wrinkles<br />

or skin imperfections – and nor is<br />

it possible to alter the shape of<br />

the face.<br />

Similarly, significantly older<br />

people with less elastic skin may<br />

not obtain the same cosmetic result<br />

that can be achieved in those with<br />

younger, more supple skin.<br />

If the motivation behind surgery<br />

is to achieve a more youthful<br />

appearance, it’s important to<br />

acknowledge that, although this<br />

can be achieved in the short term,<br />

the face will continue to age and<br />

change over time. A good skincare<br />

regime and sun protection are<br />

always recommended as long-term<br />

combatants to some of the effects<br />

of facial ageing, both before and<br />

after a procedure.<br />

3.Prep yourself<br />

When it comes to preparing for<br />

surgery, research is a fundamental<br />

aspect of patient safety.<br />

The consultation provides the<br />

surgeon with the opportunity to<br />

discuss the procedure in detail<br />

with you. The doctor will discuss<br />

the type of anaesthesia to be<br />

used, the risks, limitations and<br />

costs involved, and will outline the<br />

steps to take both leading up to<br />

and after surgery. Importantly, the<br />

surgeon will also be able to ask you<br />

about your expectations, goals and<br />

reasons for pursuing surgery.<br />

A full medical history will be<br />

taken during the consultation, and<br />

the surgeon will evaluate the shape<br />

and structure of your facial bones,<br />

your skin tone and elasticity, and<br />

the extent of facial ageing in order<br />

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to determine which procedure<br />

and techniques are best suited to<br />

you. This will also help the surgeon<br />

determine the results that can<br />

realistically be achieved.<br />

Lab testing or a medical<br />

evaluation may be required in order<br />

to establish your level of health<br />

and fitness, and alterations to any<br />

existing medication plan may be<br />

recommended. Aspirin and other<br />

blood thinning drugs, for example,<br />

should not be taken in the lead<br />

up to surgery; and smokers will<br />

need to stop well in advance<br />

of surgery due to the increase<br />

in surgical and anaesthetic<br />

complications caused by smoking,<br />

as well as delayed healing.<br />

Along with the physical aspect<br />

of preparing for surgery, it’s<br />

also important you are mentally<br />

prepared for the change that will<br />

take place in your appearance. Part<br />

of preparing for surgery means<br />

coming to terms with the fact<br />

that there will be a different face<br />

reflected in the mirror post-surgery.<br />

Being aware of this – and accepting<br />

a ‘new and improved’ look – will<br />

help you return to normal, everyday<br />

life more readily.<br />

4.know the risks<br />

Every surgical procedure involves<br />

some risk. In skilled hands, facial<br />

procedures have an excellent<br />

safety profile. But despite the<br />

highest standards of surgical<br />

practice, complications can still<br />

occur. The most effective way to<br />

minimise the risks is to have a<br />

thorough physical examination<br />

prior to surgery and to follow the<br />

surgeon’s advice and guidance.<br />

With most facial surgery<br />

procedures, some scarring should<br />

be expected; but an experienced<br />

surgeon can minimise and hide<br />

these scars so they become<br />

barely perceptible over time.<br />

These are more good reasons<br />

to only choose a qualified and<br />

experienced surgeon.<br />

Complications following a<br />

facial procedure often prove to<br />

be temporary. These may include<br />

blood or fluid retention under<br />

the skin, crusting of scars and<br />

numbness. There is a minimal risk<br />

of nerve damage or infection.<br />

Complications vary from procedure<br />

to procedure.<br />

There are some more<br />

common post-operative facelift<br />

complications and side effects,<br />

such as temporary nausea and<br />

general sickness, after receiving<br />

anaesthesia. Although some light,<br />

post-operative bleeding is normal,<br />

uncontrolled bleeding is dangerous<br />

and can lead to haematomas. These<br />

develop where bleeding occurs<br />

under the skin, leaving the area<br />

painfully swollen – and may require<br />

another operation to stop the flow<br />

and remove the blood.<br />

There is a slight chance of<br />

developing deep vein thrombosis,<br />

cardiac and pulmonary<br />

complications, or fat necrosis<br />

where fatty tissue dies. Localised<br />

infection may also occur, indicated<br />

by swelling, sensitivity, redness and<br />

heat. Unless it is severe, an infection<br />

can usually be relieved with a<br />

course of antibiotics.<br />

The risks specific to facial surgery<br />

include: injury to the nerves that<br />

control facial muscles; problems<br />

with healing (which is more<br />

frequent in patients who smoke);<br />

scarring; crust on the incisions; and<br />

numbness or tingling around the<br />

incisions. Skin loss or discolouration<br />

is rare, but can occur and continue<br />

for several months.<br />

5.Take time out<br />

Immediately after surgery, you<br />

will be taken to a recovery<br />

area. While some doctors prefer<br />

not to use bandages, others<br />

may apply a loose-fitting wrap<br />

or a compression garment to<br />

facilitate healing. A compression<br />

garment is tight-fitting, and will<br />

help reduce swelling by preventing<br />

fluid build-up, as well as providing<br />

comfort and support. Although<br />

loose bandages may be removed<br />

in a few days, compression<br />

garments are often worn for<br />

several weeks.<br />

Post-surgery, you can expect to<br />

experience some pain, bruising<br />

and swelling, most of which will<br />

subside within a few weeks. If<br />

a surgical drain was used, it will<br />

usually be removed within a day;<br />

and non-absorbable sutures may<br />

be removed in around seven to 10<br />

days. Any discomfort experienced<br />

can be controlled with pain<br />

medication as needed.<br />

Some patients will be allowed to<br />

go home after a few hours, whereas<br />

others may stay overnight in a<br />

hospital or surgical facility.<br />

Keeping the head elevated by<br />

sitting up or propping it up on<br />

pillows is beneficial in reducing<br />

post-operative swelling. Surgeons<br />

may also recommend the use of a<br />

cold compress.<br />

It is not uncommon for<br />

some patients to struggle with<br />

disappointment or depression<br />

immediately following surgery,<br />

as the positive results often<br />

take several weeks to become<br />

noticeable. Only once the<br />

swelling has gone down and<br />

the face has finished healing<br />

will the results be visible.<br />

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Facial<br />

surgery<br />

FAQS<br />

Q: How do I know which<br />

procedure is right for me?<br />

A: You may have an idea of what<br />

you want to change on your face,<br />

but a qualifi ed surgeon will be<br />

able to advise you on how best to<br />

address your concerns. Only after<br />

a thorough consultation will they<br />

be able to recommend a treatment<br />

plan that can address your<br />

requirements, while marrying<br />

what’s aesthetically achievable.<br />

No single procedure is right for<br />

every patient, and it’s important to<br />

know that facial surgery is not a case<br />

of one size fi ts all. It’s also important<br />

to acknowledge that while you<br />

believe a facelift may be the answer,<br />

a surgeon’s expertise may lead them<br />

to recommend a procedure that you<br />

hadn’t already thought of.<br />

Q: How do I select the<br />

most suitable surgeon for<br />

my procedure?<br />

A: It’s important to select a<br />

surgeon who not only has the<br />

relevant procedural expertise for<br />

your particular surgery, but who<br />

makes you feel comfortable and<br />

will encourage you to express your<br />

desires and motivations for surgery<br />

during your consultation. Look for an<br />

experienced doctor who is a member<br />

of a professional body, and who<br />

can show they have met additional<br />

requirements for continuing<br />

education and experience in cosmetic<br />

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surgery. The doctor’s training and<br />

certifi cation should be appropriate to<br />

the procedure you are after. ‘Before’<br />

and ‘after’ images of their patients will<br />

show you examples of the doctor’s<br />

aesthetics. Although online is a good<br />

source for initial research, ‘word of<br />

mouth’ recommendations from other<br />

patients are also helpful.<br />

Q: My procedure is booked.<br />

What do I do now?<br />

A: Your surgeon will recommend a<br />

number of steps for you to take prior<br />

to surgery – to ensure your body is in<br />

the best physical state. You may be<br />

advised to stop taking aspirin or antiinfl<br />

ammatory medications, Vitamin<br />

E and other herbal supplements two<br />

weeks prior to surgery. If you<br />

smoke, your doctor will advise you<br />

to quit well in advance due to the<br />

additional risk of complications<br />

during and after surgery posed by<br />

nicotine intake. You will also need<br />

to refrain from smoking post-surgery,<br />

as smoking impairs healing. It’s also<br />

recommended that you drink plenty<br />

of water and get plenty of rest in the<br />

lead up to your surgery.<br />

Q: Will I be in much pain<br />

after surgery?<br />

A: Discomfort is to be expected<br />

after any surgery and the level of<br />

pain experienced will vary between<br />

patients. Your surgeon will prescribe<br />

medication to manage your pain<br />

effectively, and some patients will be<br />

able to move from prescription pain<br />

medication to paracetamol after only<br />

a few days. Typically, patients report<br />

feeling less pain than they expected<br />

after their procedure.<br />

Q: Will I have much bruising<br />

or swelling?<br />

A: Bruising and swelling are<br />

to be expected after any surgery<br />

and, depending on the extent of<br />

your surgery, should begin to subside<br />

after around one week, usually<br />

completely disappearing after two<br />

to three weeks.<br />

Q: Will I be able to go home<br />

immediately after surgery?<br />

A: This depends on what surgery<br />

you are having. Most facial surgery<br />

procedures are performed on an<br />

outpatient basis, although more<br />

extensive procedures may require<br />

you to stay overnight. Typically,<br />

you will be moved to a ‘recovery’<br />

area immediately after your surgery<br />

and allowed to go home several<br />

hours afterwards.<br />

If you have undergone sedation,<br />

you will need someone to drive you<br />

home and assist you overnight.<br />

Q: Will I have any scarring?<br />

A: Any scarring caused by your<br />

surgery will typically diminish over<br />

time to become barely visible. In<br />

some procedures, such as facelifts<br />

and eyelid surgery, great care is taken<br />

to place scars in hidden areas – such<br />

as the hairline, in skin folds and<br />

creases. There are steps you can<br />

take to minimise your risk of scarring<br />

such as eating well, and avoiding<br />

smoking and alcohol, all of which<br />

will facilitate the body’s natural<br />

healing process.<br />

Q: When can I go back to work?<br />

A: The length of time you take off<br />

work will depend on the type of facial<br />

surgery procedure you are having.<br />

Typically, less invasive surgery will<br />

require one to two weeks off work,<br />

whereas more invasive surgery or<br />

multiple procedures will need two<br />

to three weeks. During your ‘down<br />

time’ you may need to wear bandages,<br />

or have stitches removed prior to<br />

returning to work.<br />

Q: When will I be able to<br />

resume my normal activities such<br />

as exercise?<br />

A: Aerobic activity can slow recovery<br />

after facial surgery by increasing the<br />

time it takes for swelling to subside.<br />

It is recommended you avoid<br />

strenuous activity for about a month<br />

after surgery.<br />

Q: How long will it take for my<br />

final results to appear?<br />

A: The results of facial surgery tend<br />

to emerge gradually, and may take up<br />

to 18 months to settle completely.<br />

Initially, the results will be hidden<br />

by bruising and ‘swelling’, which will<br />

settle after a couple of weeks. CBM<br />

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Feature<br />

Sleeping<br />

Beauty<br />

Best-selling author and ‘Sleep for Health’<br />

founder Dr Carmel Harrington explains why<br />

sleep is the most essential element in your<br />

nightly skincare routine.<br />

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Wellness<br />

A<br />

recent Australian study<br />

showed two out of every five<br />

adults are not getting enough<br />

sleep. While each person’s requirement<br />

is individual, adults typically need<br />

between seven and nine hours of ‘shut<br />

eye’ per night.<br />

Sleep is vitally important to<br />

our physical health and, without<br />

adequate sleep, we are more<br />

susceptible to cold and flu infections<br />

and more likely to develop certain<br />

cancers as well as heart disease.<br />

Lack of sleep also impacts our<br />

productivity and ability to perform,<br />

because it impairs our capacity to<br />

think and learn. Additionally it is<br />

associated with numerous mental<br />

health issues, including a fivefold<br />

increased risk of depression.<br />

Obesity, one of the most<br />

troublesome health issues we face<br />

today, is also linked to our lack of<br />

rest. When we are ‘sleep deprived’,<br />

the profile of our appetite hormones<br />

changes, making us feel hungrier and<br />

encouraging us to eat more. Sadly,<br />

even though we consume more<br />

calories, our metabolic rate may<br />

drop by as much as 10 per cent – a<br />

combination that quickly results in<br />

weight gain.<br />

Sleep and the skin<br />

Good quality deep sleep is vital for a<br />

healthy complexion. Sleep is the only<br />

time in each 24 hour period that the<br />

body gets a chance to rest, restore and<br />

repair. During deep sleep the body<br />

secretes Human Growth Hormone<br />

(HGH), which plays a key role in<br />

healing cells and tissues throughout<br />

the body, including skin. Not getting<br />

enough sleep cuts that crucial repair<br />

time short, which can wreak havoc<br />

on the complexion.<br />

The idea of ‘beauty sleep’ is well<br />

supported by research. In a Swedish<br />

study, both men and women were<br />

consistently rated as healthier<br />

and more attractive when well<br />

rested compared to times of sleep<br />

deprivation. This may be because<br />

not getting enough sleep reduces<br />

the skin barrier’s ability to keep<br />

moisture locked in, leading in turn to<br />

dehydration which is known to make<br />

fine lines more noticeable.<br />

Dehydration can also trigger<br />

the classic sign of sleep deprivation –<br />

dark circles under the eyes.<br />

The complexion may appear paler<br />

than normal because the blood<br />

vessels in the face are not as ‘full’.<br />

As there is a lack of sufficient time<br />

for regeneration, the likelihood of<br />

dead skill cells sitting on top of the<br />

skin is increased – and so the skin<br />

can appear duller than usual.<br />

Moreover, during sleep our skin<br />

behaves differently. Because the body<br />

does not have to work at keeping skin<br />

protected from daily environmental<br />

assaults (such as UV rays, free radicals<br />

and other noxious stimuli) it gets the<br />

opportunity to repair, rest and restore.<br />

Good sleep restores the skin’s vitality,<br />

allowing more radiance the next day.<br />

Not getting the required amount<br />

of sleep can also cause problems with<br />

your skin. Lack of sleep is stressful to<br />

the body and causes more cortisol to<br />

be produced. Cortisol production is<br />

normally very low during the night<br />

hours, but sleeplessness increases<br />

night-time cortisol levels. This in turn<br />

increases the production of sebum, a<br />

natural oil that lubricates the skin.<br />

When too much sebum is produced<br />

it can lead to blockages, and pimples<br />

and/or acne may appear.<br />

During sleep, the body’s goal is to<br />

repair damage from the day’s pollution,<br />

sun and stress, as well as to hydrate.<br />

As new skin cells grow more rapidly<br />

during sleep, a good evening facial<br />

routine should be a high priority –<br />

and a hydrating product at night will<br />

help maintain the skin’s hydration<br />

throughout the sleeping period,<br />

leaving skin plumped and hydrated in<br />

the morning. But remember without<br />

sufficient sleep, evening skincare<br />

products can only go so far. CBM<br />

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Wellness<br />

About<br />

the<br />

Author<br />

Dr Carmel Harrington<br />

(BSc, PhD, LLB, DipEd) is an<br />

Australian sleep scientist.<br />

She is the founder and<br />

managing director of Sleep<br />

for Health, a Research Fellow<br />

at The Children’s Hospital<br />

Westmead, Sydney, and a<br />

founding member of the<br />

Australian Sleep Foundation.<br />

Dr Harrington has authored<br />

two best-selling sleep books,<br />

The Sleep Diet and The<br />

Complete Guide to a Good<br />

Night’s Sleep and is a regular<br />

media commentator on all<br />

matters pertaining to sleep.<br />

Website: www.sleepforhealth.<br />

com.au<br />

Sleep management<br />

During<br />

the day<br />

Get up at the same<br />

time every day.<br />

Exercise for at least<br />

20 minutes per day (a walk<br />

at lunchtime is good)<br />

Make sure you deal with the<br />

issues of the day during the<br />

day - and not when you get<br />

into bed. In the early evening<br />

spend no more than 20 minutes<br />

writing out events of the day<br />

that are of concern, along with<br />

potential solutions. Close the<br />

book and put it away.<br />

Do not<br />

Sleep in for more than an hour<br />

past your regular wake-up time<br />

on the weekends.<br />

At night<br />

Set an alarm one hour before<br />

your proposed bedtime and at<br />

that time:<br />

Turn off all technology.<br />

Dim the lighting in the room.<br />

Have a warm to hot shower.<br />

Perform some relaxation<br />

exercise or a simple meditation.<br />

Do not<br />

Be in bright surroundings<br />

(fluorescent lights, bright LED<br />

TVs, computers, etc) close<br />

to bedtime, as this will stop<br />

the body producing the right<br />

sleep hormones - and will<br />

make falling asleep and staying<br />

asleep difficult.<br />

Have caffeine after midday.<br />

Drink alcohol.<br />

Sleep during the day (a nap of<br />

20 minutes is okay).<br />

Have a large meal within three<br />

hours of bedtime.<br />

Exercise within three hours<br />

of bedtime (this will alert the<br />

body).<br />

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new generation of skincare supplements is as<br />

aesthetically pleasing as it is scientifically advanced.<br />

With our craving for health heightening products<br />

bordering on a state of insatiability, it is clear we<br />

are no longer content with masking the effects<br />

of ill health on our skin. The goal has moved<br />

from ‘makeup on fleek’ to genuine radiance, and<br />

so supplements have become the new skincare<br />

essential of choice.<br />

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combines the principles of<br />

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clear stubborn adult acne. Zilch<br />

helps rid the body of toxins<br />

and promotes healing, with<br />

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2. MitoQ Skin Support<br />

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radicals at the source, before<br />

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the skin appear softer, firmer<br />

and more bright.<br />

3. Beauty Boosters Glow<br />

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glowing skin. Glow Getter uses<br />

zinc to heal the complexion. It’s<br />

also rich in riboflavin, a vitamin<br />

that supports hair and nail<br />

growth. Other benefits include<br />

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4. Vida Glow Beauty Protein,<br />

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In addition to being the<br />

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Loaded with omegas 3 and 6, this<br />

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8. Lumity Day & Night Nutritional<br />

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This clever duo works around the<br />

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The added bonus? Better brain<br />

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and support future collagen<br />

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youthful looking skin.<br />

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Feature<br />

Get Fertility Fit!<br />

Ready to have a baby? These expert tips may<br />

help improve your chances of conception.<br />

Becoming pregnant and having<br />

a baby is a miracle; a precious<br />

gift that you’ll love and<br />

treasure above all. For many though,<br />

conceiving isn’t as easy as they would<br />

like it to be.<br />

In fact, one in six Australian<br />

couples of childbearing age will<br />

be faced with fertility challenges,<br />

according to leading fertility specialist<br />

and gynaecologist Dr Raewyn Teirney,<br />

with males and females almost equally<br />

affected by fertility issues.<br />

‘These issues are many and varied,<br />

including a host of medical issues,<br />

and will be unique to each couple.<br />

However, there are things you can<br />

do that may improve your chances of<br />

conceiving naturally,’ she explained.<br />

1. Visit your GP<br />

for a check-up<br />

‘It’s a good idea to have an<br />

extended talk with your GP<br />

before you begin trying for a baby,’<br />

advises Dr Teirney. ‘Ask for a long<br />

appointment time and request<br />

to have some preliminary checks<br />

performed to rule out any existing<br />

medical conditions that could<br />

potentially complicate matters.’<br />

2. Maintain a<br />

healthy weight<br />

‘Research shows it is much harder<br />

to conceive when either the<br />

man or woman has a Body Mass<br />

Index (BMI) greater than 25, and<br />

significantly more so when greater<br />

than 30,’ she notes.<br />

3. Enjoy a Well<br />

Balanced,<br />

Healthy Diet<br />

‘Not only will this help you<br />

maintain the healthy weight<br />

that’s ideal to help you conceive<br />

naturally, it will ensure you are<br />

eating the right combination of<br />

vitamins and minerals required<br />

for conception and gestation,’<br />

says Dr Teirney.<br />

4. Enjoy Regular<br />

Exercise<br />

Again, this will keep your weight in<br />

check, but it will also balance your<br />

mood and stress levels while you’re<br />

on your conception journey. ‘This<br />

is extremely important, as this time<br />

can be fraught with emotion if it’s<br />

not happening as quickly as you’d<br />

hoped,’ advises Dr Teirney.<br />

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5. Take an<br />

antenatal vitamin<br />

‘This applies to both men and<br />

women,’ stresses Dr Teirney. ‘Both<br />

the World Health Organization<br />

(WHO) and the Royal Australian<br />

and New Zealand College of<br />

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists<br />

(RANZCOG) recommend all<br />

women thinking about or trying<br />

to conceive should take a vitamin<br />

supplement containing folic acid<br />

and iodine.<br />

‘The National Health and<br />

Medical Research Council<br />

recommends taking a daily<br />

pregnancy vitamin that includes<br />

500 mcg of folic acid and 150 mcg<br />

of iodine. For men, studies have<br />

emphasised the importance of<br />

antioxidants to maintain healthy<br />

sperm and reproductive health.’<br />

6. Get to know<br />

ovulation<br />

and fertility<br />

thoroughly<br />

Nobody knows your body better<br />

than you do; but even your body<br />

can surprise you, especially when<br />

you’re trying to become pregnant.<br />

Says Dr Teirney: ‘Accurate<br />

techniques to track your most<br />

fertile window include;<br />

• monitoring basal body<br />

temperature;<br />

• measuring changes in luteinising<br />

hormone levels in urine; and<br />

• observing for changes in<br />

cervical secretions.<br />

‘These techniques can help<br />

take the guesswork out of tracking<br />

your ovulation cycle, so you’re<br />

aware of when you are most likely<br />

to conceive. Couples who have<br />

a better understanding of their<br />

fertility window have a better<br />

chance of falling pregnant.’<br />

7. Have regular<br />

sex<br />

While this seems to be stating the<br />

obvious, having sex outside of your<br />

fertility window is important, too.<br />

‘It’s recommended that couples<br />

have sex two-three times per week,’<br />

reveals Dr Teirney, dispelling the<br />

myth that sperm should be allowed<br />

to build up to better your chances<br />

of a baby. ‘Frequent ejaculation is<br />

actually now thought to maintain<br />

sperm health and improve its<br />

function,’ she notes.<br />

8. Adopt healthy<br />

lifestyle choices<br />

This means quitting smoking,<br />

reducing or eliminating alcohol<br />

consumption and ensuring you get<br />

plenty of quality sleep, as well as<br />

rest and relaxation.<br />

Avoiding any form of illicit<br />

drug, including cannabis, is<br />

important too. Also, check with<br />

your GP about any prescription<br />

medication which either partner<br />

might be taking that could<br />

interfere with your chances of<br />

becoming pregnant.<br />

‘These factors are essential<br />

during the conception process<br />

and throughout pregnancy,’ advises<br />

Dr Teirney. ‘It’s recommended<br />

that women neither smoke nor<br />

drink alcohol during pregnancy.<br />

For men, minimising alcohol<br />

consumption when trying to<br />

conceive also optimises fertility.<br />

Smoking has been shown to<br />

have a negative effect on<br />

reproduction by compromising<br />

egg and sperm quality. Alcohol<br />

also causes direct damage to egg<br />

and sperm quality and can harm<br />

the foetus during pregnancy.’<br />

Wellness<br />

Holistic<br />

help is at<br />

hand!<br />

Conceive Please is Australia’s<br />

first holistic pregnancy planning<br />

kit, created by leading fertility<br />

specialist and gynaecologist,<br />

Dr Raewyn Teirney. It has been<br />

designed to help both the man<br />

and the woman in the relationship<br />

become ‘Fertility Fit’, to ultimately<br />

heighten chances of conception.<br />

Conceive Please acts as a onestop<br />

fertility shop, comprising<br />

a holistic, four-step plan with<br />

supporting products to aid<br />

male and female fertility, to<br />

assist couples with starting or<br />

extending a family through natural<br />

conception, or with nurturing an<br />

ongoing pregnancy.<br />

Conceive Please contains<br />

valuable information and tools<br />

to set you on your journey to<br />

natural conception, including:<br />

• Pre-conception health<br />

and support (his ‘n hers<br />

fertility vitamins)<br />

• Menstrual cycle monitoring<br />

for ovulation<br />

• Timed sexual<br />

intercourse strategy<br />

• Testing for pregnancy.<br />

WHERE<br />

TO GET IT<br />

For more information, to<br />

download a free eBook on<br />

how to get Fertility Fit or to<br />

purchase Conceive Please,<br />

visit: conceiveplease.com<br />

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Wellness<br />

Intimate<br />

discussions<br />

With women’s rights issues making headlines on a<br />

daily basis, there’s no better time to talk about female<br />

functional health. Words by Maria Leahy.<br />

Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause<br />

(GSM) affects more than 50 per cent<br />

of women during their post-menopausal<br />

years, but as with many intimate health issues it<br />

often goes undiscussed and undiagnosed.<br />

The veil of silence that remains around the<br />

condition means many women are dealing with<br />

distressing symptoms like vaginal dryness, urinary<br />

incontinence and painful intercourse alone.<br />

Thankfully, help is now available in the form<br />

of hormonal, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and<br />

laser based treatments.<br />

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Wellness<br />

What is GSM?<br />

Caused by the hormonal changes associated with<br />

menopause, cancer treatments, breastfeeding and the<br />

surgical removal of the ovaries, GSM is the term now used<br />

to represent the conditions previously known as vaginal<br />

atrophy and atrophic vaginitis.<br />

As Adelaide gynaecologist and pelvic reconstructive<br />

surgeon Dr Oseka Onuma explains, ‘GSM more accurately<br />

defines that the symptoms are related to a loss of oestrogen<br />

support, but also highlights that these symptoms include<br />

vaginal dryness; irritation; burning or itching of the vulva<br />

or vagina; decreased lubrication during sexual activity;<br />

pain or discomfort during sexual activity; bleeding after<br />

sexual intercourse; decreased arousal, orgasm or desire; and<br />

urinary problems including painful urination, going to the<br />

toilet too often and urgency.<br />

‘Because GSM is caused by a relative lack of oestrogen,<br />

these symptoms are most commonly seen in postmenopausal<br />

women. Despite increasing awareness of<br />

the condition and the different ways it can present, it<br />

is still thought to be under diagnosed. Conservative<br />

estimates suggest 50 per cent of post-menopausal women<br />

are affected, but the real figure is likely much higher.<br />

‘ Conservative<br />

estimates suggest<br />

50 per cent of<br />

post-menopausal<br />

women are affected by<br />

GSM, but the<br />

real figure is likely<br />

much higher.<br />

’<br />

Apart from the natural menopause that will occur in<br />

women living in the Western world between the ages<br />

of 48 and 55, some women will suffer a premature<br />

menopause where menopause occurs under the age of 40<br />

years. Causes of premature menopause include iatrogenic<br />

(cause unknown), surgery and medical treatments such as<br />

radiotherapy and chemotherapy.<br />

‘It is my belief that although the “typical” menopausal<br />

woman is likely to attend her doctor complaining of hot<br />

flushes and night sweats, many will have suffered from<br />

symptoms of GSM for some time before that. In my<br />

practice, it is not unusual for me to see much younger<br />

women in their late 30s and early 40s complaining of<br />

symptoms of GSM.’<br />

Typically, we see a doctor when some element of our<br />

health changes quickly or dramatically. As Dr Onuma<br />

points out, the issue with treating GSM is that the onset<br />

happens slowly over time.<br />

‘If something comes on suddenly, we are much more<br />

likely to be concerned by it and seek medical attention,’<br />

he says. ‘When something progresses slowly, the body and<br />

mind adapt and before long the sufferer is no longer certain<br />

of what was normal before and thus might feel reluctant to<br />

seek help in case they are told that it is their imagination.<br />

‘My advice for any woman suffering with any of the<br />

symptoms of menopause or of pelvic floor dysfunction in<br />

general is to have a voice, speak out, seek help from their<br />

doctor and keep seeking help even if it means going for a<br />

second or third opinion. The benefits of good pelvic floor<br />

health should not be underestimated.’<br />

Treatment<br />

Options<br />

While GSM has traditionally been treated by hormonal<br />

means, there are now a number of different options<br />

available.<br />

‘The most common established treatment available for<br />

vaginal dryness and irritation related to a lack of oestrogen<br />

is oestrogen replacement,’ explains Dr Onuma. ‘The<br />

oestrogen replacement is not typically done through oral<br />

administration or by the application of patches, rather as<br />

a local application using either a cream or pessary inserted<br />

into the vagina.’<br />

‘The advantage of local administration is that it mostly<br />

avoids the systemic effects of oestrogen and in women<br />

who still have a uterus these products can be used without<br />

the requirement of protecting the uterine lining with<br />

additional use of a progestogen,’ he continues. ‘When<br />

women are commenced on local oestrogen, they are often<br />

advised to use it consecutively for seven to 14 nights<br />

before commencing a maintenance regimen of one to<br />

three times per week.’<br />

Where a patient is oestrogen sensitive or has a history of<br />

oestrogen dependent breast cancer, laser or PRP therapies<br />

can be used. These treatments focus on increasing<br />

connective tissue content, collagen in particular, within<br />

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The Australian Centre for Female<br />

Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation<br />

Feature<br />

the vaginal epithelium. PRP also enhances the growth of<br />

new vessels and nerves.<br />

‘The two most common types of laser used in nonsurgical<br />

laser vaginal treatments are the CO2 and Erbium-<br />

YAG lasers,’ explains Dr Onuma. ‘Both work by producing<br />

thermal injuries beneath the surface of the vaginal<br />

epithelium and “kickstarting” the formation of new<br />

collagen as a response to that thermal injury.’<br />

‘PRP is obtained by taking blood from the patient,<br />

putting it in a specialised tube, spinning down the<br />

whole blood so that it separates into red blood at the<br />

bottom and plasma at the top separated by a gel buffer,’<br />

he says. ‘Platelets are key factors in hard and soft tissue<br />

repair mechanisms and provide essential growth factors<br />

and cytokines.’<br />

The main potential side effect of treating GSM with<br />

laser relates to a thermal injury, something Dr Onuma<br />

describes as ‘very uncommon’. There are few significant<br />

drawbacks to using PRP for GSM, but contraindications<br />

include certain blood and bleeding disorders, some skin<br />

diseases and metastatic disease.<br />

Oil or water based lubricants can also be used to reduce<br />

feelings of dryness and discomfort during intercourse.<br />

However, these products do not address the underlying<br />

problem of oestrogen deficiency.<br />

You’re<br />

Not Alone<br />

Let’s face it, broaching subjects like vaginal dryness and<br />

painful urination can be uncomfortable at best. But since<br />

you’re really only one awkward discussion away from<br />

starting your journey to greater health, improved comfort<br />

and more enjoyable sex, surely one honest chat with a<br />

healthcare professional is worth it.<br />

‘The possession of genitals is a normal and expected<br />

feature of human beings, yet the word “vagina” remains<br />

taboo,’ says Dr Onuma. ‘The impact of this on promoting<br />

female genital health cannot be underestimated and was at<br />

least part of the reason why the term vaginal atrophy has<br />

been largely replaced by GSM.’<br />

‘Every woman has different symptoms, different degrees<br />

of bother and different priorities,’ he continues. ‘While<br />

comparing yourself with other women is natural, getting<br />

information from even your best friends can be filled with<br />

inconsistencies. Think about the quality of life you wish to<br />

achieve, assess what and how your symptoms bother you,<br />

and seek help from a qualified professional.’ CBM<br />

Empowering women through<br />

knowlege, choice and access to<br />

world class care<br />

Dr Oseka<br />

Onuma<br />

Gynaecologist & Pelvic<br />

Reconstructive Surgeon<br />

BSc. (Hons), MJur., CCST,<br />




4 Robe Terrace, Medindie SA 5081<br />

08 8344 6085<br />

Facsimile 08 8344 6087<br />

Email reception@dronuma.com.au<br />

www.dronuma.com.au<br />

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40<br />

Skin<br />

o v e r

When it comes to<br />

beauty, age really<br />

is just a number.<br />

In 2017, American<br />

cosmetics company Cover<br />

Girl took a stand against<br />

the ageist rhetoric of recent<br />

years by naming then 69-yearold<br />

Maye Musk as the new<br />

face of its brand.<br />

The move was celebrated<br />

worldwide as a bold step<br />

towards greater age diversity in<br />

advertising and, on a practical<br />

level, sent a very important<br />

message – beauty does not<br />

fade with age.<br />

Musk’s image remains one of<br />

mature vitality, something any<br />

woman can aspire to. While fine<br />

lines and wrinkles are to some<br />

extent inevitable, it is possible<br />

to age gracefully with a healthy,<br />

glowing complexion once the<br />

right lifestyle and skincare<br />

adjustments are made.<br />

This issue, we look at the<br />

latest skincare formulations<br />

designed to help you remain<br />

fresh-faced and feeling beautiful<br />

in the years beyond 40.<br />

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a<br />

y<br />

1.<br />

5.<br />

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Skin<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

4.<br />

s1.<br />

upport and protect are the two key themes for your daytime skincare regimen as<br />

throughout the day we are exposed to a range of environmental aggressors.<br />

SPF will help protect the skin from harmful UV rays, while antioxidants<br />

work to limit the production of unstable oxygen molecules known as free<br />

radicals. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant.<br />

Retinol is another key anti-ageing ingredient. This vitamin A derivative<br />

treats fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, dullness, crepiness and sagging skin<br />

by accelerating cell turnover and boosting collagen and elastin production.<br />

Texture is also of vital importance when it comes to a daytime<br />

moisturiser. Most women prefer a lightweight formula that performs well<br />

under makeup for day wear.<br />

7. 9.<br />

10.<br />

5. 6. 8.<br />

1. Endota Spa Peptide Firming Moisturiser, $110, 2. Cosmedix Emulsion, $115, 3. SKEYNDOR Power Oxygen<br />

Cream, $99, 4. Dr Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream, $108, 5. Ella Baché Eternal + Reconstructing Very<br />

Rich Cream, $145, 6. Pevonia Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Intensive Cream, $296, 7. The Body Shop Drops Of<br />

Youth Cream, $43, 8. Jurlique Nutri-Define Multi-Correcting Day Cream, $130, 9. Phytomer Pionniere XMF<br />

Perfection Youth Cream, $299, 10. Youth To The People Age Prevention Moisture Cream, $64.<br />

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ght<br />

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Skin<br />

3.<br />

4. 5.<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

nce the lights go down, our skin goes into regeneration<br />

mode and works to repair any damage done during the day.<br />

To help this process along, night creams contain higher<br />

concentrations of anti-ageing compounds like retinol,<br />

glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid.<br />

Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant. It gently breaks down<br />

the substance that holds dead skin cells together, allowing<br />

them to be wiped away. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance<br />

found in the skin. In skincare, its strength lies in its ability to<br />

retain water. It hydrates the skin for a fuller appearance.<br />

Night creams tend to be richer in texture than their daytime<br />

counterparts. While many moisturisers can be worn day or night,<br />

it is generally recommended to use a different product for each to<br />

ensure you benefit from a range of ingredients.<br />

o1. Germaine De Capuccini PRO 60+ Extra Nourishing Cream, $195, 2. Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream, $125,<br />

6.<br />

7.<br />

8.<br />

9.<br />

10.<br />

3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream, $185, 4. Dr Lewinn’s Eternal Youth Rich Nourishing Cream, $69.95, 5.<br />

mesoestetic Radiance DNA Intensive Cream, $148.50, 6. Elucent Whitening Night Moisturiser, $49.99, 7. Swisse<br />

Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream, $24.95, 8. Aspect Dr Resveratrol Moisturising Cream, $94.60, 9. Arbonne RE9<br />

Advanced Night Repair Cream, $133, 10. Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Overnight Masque, $95.<br />

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SERUMS<br />

1. 2.<br />

3.<br />

4.<br />

erums are lightweight moisturisers that penetrate deep into the skin to deliver a<br />

concentrated dose of anti-ageing goodness. Depending on the product being<br />

used, serums can be applied in the morning, at night or both. They are<br />

typically worn beneath cream moisturisers. Because serums are designed<br />

to be highly concentrated, a little goes a long way.<br />

Traditional serums are water-based, but many now come in oil<br />

form. Anti-ageing serums deal primarily with fine lines, wrinkles and<br />

dehydration, but also tone, texture and dark spots. The ingredients to<br />

look out for in a serum are similar to those of day and night creams<br />

(vitamin C, retinol and hyaluronic acid to name a few); but, as with any<br />

skincare product, choose those which best align with your individual needs.<br />

12.<br />

10.<br />

11.<br />

5. 6. 7. 8. 9.<br />

1. Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum, $130, 2. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $69.95,<br />

3. Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster, $71.01, 4. Ella Baché Neobright Correcting Serum, $119, 5. Scout<br />

Cosmetics Cell Renewal Peptide Serum, $49.95, 6. Skinstitut Rejuvenate 15 Serum, $49, 7. Avene<br />

PhysioLift Smoothing Plumping Serum, $69.95, 8. Dr Hauschka Regenerating Serum, $118, 9. Organic<br />

Nation S4 Skinfood4 Vitamin Serum, $88, 10. Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum, $100, 11. Environ<br />

Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Avance Elixir, $154, 12. Revision Skincare Revox 7, $130.<br />

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EYES<br />

HANDS<br />

Because the skin around the eyes is particularly vulnerable<br />

to ageing, eye creams are a worthwhile addition to mature<br />

skincare routines. These products often contain similar<br />

ingredients to moisturisers, but at different concentrations.<br />

Eye products should be applied with a light touch.<br />

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury<br />

Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $98,<br />

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream, $99,<br />

Biologi Rejuvenation Eye Serum, $79.95.<br />

NECK<br />

The neck is particularly susceptible to<br />

time, with skin sagging and wrinkles<br />

among the most common complaints<br />

for this area. A new breed of antiageing<br />

products has been designed<br />

to smooth neck lines and restore<br />

fi rmness. SPF is also crucial for the<br />

prevention of advanced neck ageing.<br />

Revision Skincare Nectifirm<br />

Advanced, $169.<br />

While often an anti-ageing<br />

afterthought, hands can quickly<br />

give away a person’s age. Apply<br />

a good quality hand cream daily<br />

to keep the skin on your hands<br />

plump and hydrated.<br />

Natralus SuperVitals Daily<br />

Moisture Hand Cream, $14.95,<br />

Jurlique Rose Hand Cream, $29.<br />

LIPS<br />

Volume loss and lines around the<br />

mouth are some of the earliest<br />

signs of ageing. Lip serums are a<br />

convenient way to keep the lips<br />

looking supple and feeling smooth.<br />

Peter Thomas Roth<br />

Un-Wrinkle Lip Treatment, $43.<br />

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Event<br />

Spotlight on<br />

pigmentation<br />

Pigmentation was the focus of more than 138<br />

attendees at the recent australian society<br />

of dermal clinicians’ (ASDC) conference in<br />

melbourne. words by Chrys Antoniou.<br />

The 7th ASDC Annual<br />

conference at the Rydges,<br />

Melbourne ran over two<br />

days - Sunday’s full day Plenary<br />

programme and Monday’s workshops<br />

- with a range of speakers including<br />

dermatologists, dermal clinicians,<br />

cosmetic physicians, a pharmacist<br />

and an international speaker with<br />

a background in phototherapy.<br />

Dermatologist Dr Michelle Rodrigues<br />

kicked off with a presentation of<br />

pigmentation in darker skin tones.<br />

She gave a timely reminder that due<br />

to Australia’s multicultural society,<br />

patients need to be treated based on<br />

their phototypes.<br />

Melasma is a common skin disorder<br />

and, while lighter skin types tend to<br />

line as they age, darker skins often<br />

present with pigmentation - but with<br />

smoother, less lined skin.<br />

Melasma is the most difficult<br />

pigment to treat. Considerations<br />

include where the pigment lies, its<br />

uniformity (unilateral is uncommon<br />

for melasma), and if the pigment is<br />

on the face or elsewhere (melasma is<br />

face only). Other factors to consider<br />

when treating pigmentation include<br />

the patient’s occupation, where they<br />

sit (is it close to a window?) and other<br />

indicators - for example, how often<br />

they reapply sunscreen.<br />

Co-existing conditions like solar<br />

elastosis, indicative of sun damage<br />

beneath the skin, are also important<br />

to consider, as there is an increase in<br />

inflammatory mediators with basal<br />

keratinocytes having an altered<br />

nucleic form. There is also an increase<br />

in vessel density and vessel size.<br />

This point was articulated by many<br />

speakers, so it is important to factor<br />

angiogenesis and the increase in<br />

VEGF when treating pigmentation.<br />

Across the board, treating post<br />

inflammatory hyperpigmentation<br />

(PIH) was an underlying theme for<br />

many presenters.<br />

Dr Gavin Chan spoke about<br />

treating melasma with lasers and<br />

discussed selective photothermolysis<br />

treatment. Professor Glen<br />

Calderhead, the international<br />

speaker, flew in from Korea to discuss<br />

pigmented lesions and how to treat<br />

them. Interesting observations<br />

included: irrespective of skin colour<br />

the melanocytes to keratinocytes<br />

are in a ratio of 1:40; and subcellular<br />

photothermolysis doesn’t kill<br />

the dendrites, which means no<br />

destruction of the cells. and thus no<br />

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Feature<br />

Photos courtesy of Alfie Lombardi, Trusted Surgeons<br />

inflammation and therefore no PIH. Dr<br />

Aarthi Maria also discussed melasma and<br />

cautioned to not treat suspicious lesions,<br />

and how important it is to first identify<br />

the nature of the lesions.<br />

Baz Hama and Dr Alice Rudd both<br />

discussed topical ingredients for the<br />

treatment of pigmentation, with<br />

niacinamide being a great all-rounder and<br />

antioxidants being integral to an effective<br />

skincare regime.<br />

Another interesting talk was by dermal<br />

clinician Sarah McManus who discussed<br />

micro needling. The inflammatory<br />

pathways were assessed, with studies<br />

showing using topical tranexamic acid at<br />

3% while needling can have a positive<br />

effect on pigmentation. Isotretinoin<br />

consumed orally can also have an effect<br />

on cell turnover. Finally, another dermal<br />

clinican James Vivian discussed mela peel<br />

and how to use it to obtain lightening of<br />

the skin.<br />

Overall, the ASDC conference was<br />

a great success with many networking<br />

opportunities. Trusted Surgeons covered<br />

the event, posting photos and live feeds<br />

on social media and Clinical Imaging<br />

took photos over the two days. CBM<br />

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Coming<br />

up<br />

Rosie<br />

When a clinical nutritionist puts her<br />

spin on traditional cocktails, you can<br />

bet they’re not just good, but good<br />

for you!<br />

Being healthy should be fun,’ laughs<br />

26-year-old clinical nutritionist,<br />

restaurateur and author of the<br />

unique new alcoholic almanac, Conscious<br />

Cocktails, Shannon Rosie, as she pours<br />

a nip of tequila in a cocktail shaker and<br />

adds a generous pinch of chilli flakes.<br />

She’s making a Spicy Senorita, a<br />

drink Shannon likens to a tropical fiesta<br />

in a glass (with a high kick, courtesy of<br />

the chilli). It’s Shannon’s version of a<br />

classic Margarita and it has a healthy,<br />

hangover-busting twist, thanks to aloe<br />

vera, ginger, the aforementioned chilli<br />

and pineapple juice.<br />

‘The aim is to outsmart alcohol,’<br />

she explains, adding that the entire<br />

concept behind her first book, Conscious<br />

Cocktails, is balance. ‘If the liquor has<br />

one effect, the other ingredients are<br />

present to counteract that effect. In<br />

this case, aloe vera gives hydration and<br />

provides your gut with the digestive<br />

boost it needs after a big night. Chilli has<br />

fantastic metabolism boosting effects to<br />

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help process the alcohol and it’s rich<br />

in capsaicin, a compound that can<br />

help ease pain and infl ammation.’<br />

Shannon’s book is brimming with<br />

similarly enticing drinks, with each<br />

recipe meticulously crafted by the<br />

lady herself to ensure an indulgence<br />

that doesn’t damage your health.<br />

‘I love science and I geek out<br />

over microbes,’ says the self-confessed<br />

health nerd. ‘I also love a party,<br />

so my readers get the benefi t of<br />

my studies and personal journey to<br />

fi nd my healthiest, happiest self,<br />

I unravelled the endless healing<br />

abilities of food.’<br />

As is her nature, Shannon wanted<br />

to share this knowledge with others<br />

and completed a Bachelor of Health<br />

Science in Nutritional Medicine from<br />

Endeavour College of Natural Health<br />

in Sydney, setting up her practice<br />

and launching her website and two<br />

nutritional programs, The Good Gut<br />

to throw it out the window when<br />

we reach for sugary cocktails on the<br />

weekend? It’s as if alcohol falls under<br />

different rules.<br />

‘It made no sense to me at all<br />

and it’s why I created Conscious<br />

Cocktails. I take out sugar and all<br />

the nasties and replace them with<br />

nutritional medicinal boosters that<br />

counteract or balance the negative<br />

effects of alcohol.<br />

‘Small changes make a big<br />

science and fun in each deliciously,<br />

healthy cocktail.’<br />

Standing elegantly at almost<br />

six foot tall, she is indeed the very<br />

picture of fun and glowing good<br />

health. With a mane of blonde<br />

locks highlighting her caramel skin<br />

and sparkling eyes, it’s clear to see<br />

Shannon walks her talk.<br />

‘The essence of my work is<br />

equilibrium,’ she continues. ‘People<br />

want to have fun – I know I do. They<br />

also want to be healthy, but nobody<br />

wants to stick to a regimen of denial,<br />

defeating discipline and impossible<br />

restriction. The great news is that<br />

nobody needs to! Food has endless<br />

healing abilities and should be used<br />

as medicine to help us heal ourselves<br />

from the inside out.’<br />

Shannon’s health wasn’t always<br />

as good as it is today. As a child,<br />

she suffered from health issues and<br />

was often in and out of hospital<br />

and on heavy medication due to a<br />

ruptured appendix and subsequent<br />

blood poisoning.<br />

‘Eventually, I decided to take my<br />

health into my own hands. Through<br />

Guide and Lighten Up, in April 2017.<br />

‘I view health holistically, looking<br />

at each person as a system,’ she says<br />

of her work. ‘If you look at the body<br />

like a clock, it is easy to understand<br />

how one gear out of place can hinder<br />

the whole system from working.<br />

I will never treat headaches with<br />

painkillers, but instead fi gure out why<br />

someone is suffering with headaches.<br />

Dehydration? Stress? Hormones?<br />

Allergies? We typically fi nd that once<br />

the cause is identifi ed and treated,<br />

there are no more headaches.’<br />

The response from her clients was<br />

overwhelming and Shannon knew<br />

she was on to something, but she<br />

wanted to take things further – to<br />

show people how they can live a<br />

full, fun life and IT'S still TIME maintain TO RETHINK their<br />

health. And so,<br />

THE<br />

Conscious<br />


Cocktails<br />

was born.<br />

‘I realised that we are all so<br />

conscious about the food we eat<br />

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and began questioning why the hell<br />

that wasn’t being applied to what<br />

we drink. Why do we Zen out with<br />

yoga, gulp down green juices and<br />

steam salmon and kale all week, only<br />

Shannon Rosie<br />

x<br />



ROSIE<br />

difference. Experts agree that<br />

too much alcohol is defi nitely<br />

not healthy, but the jury is still<br />

out regarding the potential benefi ts<br />

of moderate alcohol consumption.<br />

While the research continues and<br />

the experts argue that point, let’s<br />

mitigate any potential damage by<br />

removing the toxic ingredients and<br />

replacing them with some badass<br />

superfoods!’ CBM<br />


Conscious Cocktails is available now<br />

for $40 at livingwithrosie.com<br />

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Rethinking<br />

our drinking<br />

With wrinkles, puffiness and breakouts among<br />

alcohol’s less desirable effects, it looks like feeling hungover<br />

might be the least of our worries. words by Jane stabler.<br />

Wine might get better with<br />

age, but unfortunately the<br />

same can’t always be said<br />

for our skin.<br />

Most of us enjoy a drink, whether<br />

it’s celebrating with friends or<br />

unwinding after a long day at work.<br />

For many, a bottle of bubbly or a few<br />

drinks with friends is as much about<br />

symbolism and the ritual as it is about<br />

enjoying a tipple, which is why giving<br />

up the booze can be a challenge -<br />

even for those of us with impressive<br />

willpower. But as much as we may<br />

like a wine or two (or three…) on<br />

a Friday night, there are significant<br />

beauty reasons to lay off the booze on<br />

a more regular basis.<br />

So what is alcohol actually<br />

doing to your skin? The bad news is,<br />

it’s doing a lot of bad things. From<br />

permanent redness to premature<br />

wrinkles, the sobering fact is that<br />

alcohol and your skin are not friends,<br />

and they never will be.<br />

Dehydration<br />

We all know that the more you drink,<br />

the less hydrated you are – and that<br />

goes for your skin too. As a diuretic,<br />

alcohol forces water out of your<br />

body. That makes your skin look less<br />

plump and fresh the ‘morning after’<br />

and, over time, it means wrinkles.<br />

Overdoing it on the booze also makes<br />

it more difficult for your body to<br />

rehydrate afterwards, and you may<br />

experience dry skin ‘the day after’ a<br />

big night. Immediately, the lack of<br />

water in your skin makes the lines<br />

you already have more visible, and<br />

eventually your skin won’t bounce<br />

back to its pre-drinking firmness the<br />

way it used to.<br />

Puffiness<br />

and redness<br />

On the flip side, too much alcohol<br />

can make your face puffy – usually<br />

after a night of sugary drinks. This is<br />

due to the inflammatory effect that<br />

alcohol (and sugar) has on our bodies.<br />

When we drink, it causes our insides<br />

to become inflamed and this presents<br />

in your skin as redness, breakouts<br />

and puffiness. The histamine released<br />

by alcohol also dilates the blood’s<br />

capillaries, and the result of that is<br />

redness of the skin. While you may<br />

not be concerned at the time, if<br />

you consistently get flushed from<br />

drinking – and that’s sustained over<br />

time – the redness can become<br />

prominent and permanent.<br />

Collagen loss<br />

and ‘breakouts’<br />

There are two things no woman (or<br />

man for that matter) wants to hear,<br />

but drinking can cause both. Alcohol<br />

depletes vitamin A, which is crucial<br />

in the formation of new cells and<br />

collagen, which means too much<br />

alcohol can speed up the ageing<br />

process. Collagen loss is accelerated,<br />

making your skin look more<br />

weathered. To add insult to injury,<br />

a night on the sauce can also create<br />

or worsen ‘breakouts’. Again sugar is<br />

partially the culprit here. Alcoholic<br />

drinks are often high in sugar, and<br />

we know that cocktails and wine are<br />

among the worst. We also know that<br />

if you’re over-indulging too often,<br />

this sugar spike will show up as a<br />

‘breakout’. The dilation of your pores<br />

created by alcohol may sound like a<br />

good thing, but it can actually lead to<br />

blackheads and whiteheads. And let’s<br />

admit it: how many of us wash our<br />

faces properly after a big night out?<br />

That’s not helping either!<br />

Finally, and we know this isn’t<br />

about your face, but the average wine<br />

drinker adds an extra 2,000 calories to<br />

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their overall intake every month, which<br />

over an annual basis is the equivalent<br />

of eating 221 doughnuts!<br />

So which drinks are your skin’s worst<br />

enemy? We’re not suggesting that we<br />

all have to become teetotallers if we<br />

want good skin. We’re fi rm believers in<br />

having a good time and many of us can<br />

enjoy a drink without going overboard.<br />

But if you are worried about the effect<br />

alcohol is having on your skin, these<br />

are the top three drinks to avoid:<br />


Sadly, the combination of sugar<br />

and alcohol found in most mojitos<br />

means they’re particularly bad for<br />

drinkers concerned about wrinkles.<br />

The disruptive duo leads to: systemic<br />

infl ammation, which can lead to<br />

premature ageing; and also creates a<br />

spike in insulin levels, which can create<br />

that ‘morning after’ acne that we’ve all<br />

suffered from.<br />


It’s not just the combination of sugar<br />

and alcohol that you need to worry<br />

about; the elements that make a<br />

margarita so delicious are also what<br />

make it so bad for your skin. Sugar plus<br />

salt plus booze means you get all the<br />

negatives of the above, plus a puffy face.<br />

RED WINE<br />

Heartbreakingly, red wine is one of<br />

the worst drinks for your skin and your<br />

face. Alcohol generally promotes the<br />

opening of blood vessels in the skin,<br />

which leads to increased redness – and<br />

red wine is one of the worst offenders<br />

because it’s also a histamine, which<br />

further adds to redness and flushing. If<br />

you’re prone to redness in your skin or<br />

you suffer from rosacea, red wine may<br />

quickly become your worst enemy. CBM<br />

The good news? Your skin, like<br />

any other organ, has the ability to<br />

regenerate itself and your body has<br />

an amazing rate of rehydration. But<br />

that regeneration depends on how<br />

much damage has been done. If<br />

you’ve been drinking for 15 years<br />

and decide to stop, it will definitely<br />

help your body going forwards, but<br />

your skin is not going to regenerate<br />

back to that of a non-drinker 15<br />

years younger. The truth is that<br />

once you destroy collagen, it’s<br />

difficult to get back; but there are<br />

ways to minimise the damage.<br />


How your body handles and<br />

processes alcohol changes as you<br />

age. An alcoholic drink leaves your<br />

body in about three hours when<br />

you’re 20; but by the time you<br />

hit 40 it takes 33 hours – which<br />

explains why your recovery time is<br />

so much longer and your hangovers<br />

seem to get worse as you age!<br />

So basically if you’re drinking in<br />

your 40s and you’re worried about<br />

your skin, you should probably be<br />

waiting a day in between drinks –<br />

or keep it to once or twice a week.<br />


We all know this one – alternate<br />

between water and alcohol if you’re<br />

going to drink. What you may not<br />

know is that alcohol is a toxin<br />

with little nutrient value and<br />

can contribute to poorer liver<br />

function, reduced immunity,<br />

hormone disruption, cell<br />

damage and insulin issues –<br />

all impacting on the quality,<br />

appearance and ageing of<br />

your skin. Alcohol is also a<br />

diuretic, so you can lose plenty<br />

of skin cell-loving water from<br />

the body quite rapidly, leaving<br />

your skin dehydrated and dull.<br />

Drinking plenty of water while<br />

you drink – and of course every<br />

day – is a good way to maintain<br />

some of the hydration that alcohol<br />

is depleting.<br />



As society becomes increasingly<br />

health conscious, the options for<br />

those who want to minimise their<br />

alcohol intake are increasing.<br />

And the good news is you can<br />

still actually have a wine without<br />

having a drink. The clever<br />

winemakers at Edenvale Beverages<br />

have created alcohol-free versions<br />

of your favourite wines, which<br />

also have roughly half the calories<br />

of standard wine. Their new<br />

Premium Reserve range includes<br />

a sparkling Blanc De Blanc, a<br />

sparkling Shiraz and a Pinot Noir.<br />

Made using exactly the same<br />

process as traditional wine, the<br />

alcohol is extracted at the final<br />

stage, meaning these wines are<br />

actually, well, wines. So instead of<br />

bemoaning never drinking again to<br />

save your skin, you can continue to<br />

drink wine and keep your collagen!

Feature<br />

Battle<br />

of the<br />

breath<br />

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Wellness<br />

Everyone has<br />

bad breath<br />

sometimes, but<br />

for a small few it<br />

can be a chronic<br />

condition. We<br />

look at the<br />

causes, symptoms<br />

and treatment<br />

options for<br />

halitosis.<br />

Most people are familiar with<br />

waking up with heavy breath<br />

in the morning. However for<br />

a small minority, bad-smelling breath<br />

lasts long into the day and can become a<br />

chronic condition.<br />

Known as halitosis, lingering bad breath<br />

affects an estimated 2.4 per cent of the<br />

Australian adult population, and is mostly<br />

caused by sulphur-producing bacteria<br />

that live within the surface of the tongue<br />

and throat. Although this is normal, in<br />

someone who suffers from halitosis, these<br />

bacteria start to break down proteins at a<br />

very high rate, releasing odorous volatile<br />

sulphur compounds (VSC) at the back of<br />

the tongue and throat.<br />

While those who suffer chronic bad<br />

breath can spend hundreds of dollars on<br />

so-called ‘breath freshening’ mouthwashes,<br />

chewing gum and mints, these products<br />

tend not to eliminate the odour.<br />

Mouthwash, for example, simply masks<br />

it with its core ingredient – alcohol – and<br />

can even perpetuate the smell; while<br />

mints simply hide rather than rid the<br />

mouth of the odour.<br />

To understand why mouthwashes<br />

containing alcohol not only don’t work,<br />

but can actually exacerbate bad breath, it’s<br />

firstly important to understand the causes<br />

of bad breath.<br />

While transitory bad breath is short<br />

lasting and usually comes from eating<br />

foods heavily laced with garlic, onions and<br />

spices, halitosis is longer lasting and can<br />

have a number of causes.<br />

Failure to remove food particles from<br />

the mouth, through inadequate tooth<br />

brushing and flossing, can often lead to<br />

bad breath. Dental problems such as<br />

gum disease (gingivitis) and infection<br />

around the teeth (periodontal disease)<br />

will also mean patients harbour more<br />

bacteria than is usual.<br />

Up to 90 per cent of unpleasant oral<br />

odour originates from the bacteria that<br />

accumulate at the back of the tongue. This<br />

can be compounded by sinus problems,<br />

which can lead to a stream of mucous<br />

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dripping down the back of the throat<br />

onto the tongue. As this mucous is<br />

broken down by bacteria, more odour<br />

is produced.<br />

Saliva is key to keeping the<br />

odour-causing bacteria in check, and<br />

therefore a dry mouth, or xerostomia,<br />

often results in halitosis. This is<br />

why many people wake with socalled<br />

‘morning breath’ – as saliva<br />

production is lower overnight,<br />

allowing bacteria to proliferate. A dry<br />

mouth can be caused by medicines,<br />

stress, or an underlying medical<br />

condition, and is also a result of<br />

consuming alcohol. This is why<br />

mouthwash formulations containing<br />

alcohol don’t tend to work.<br />

Rather than eliminating the odour,<br />

alcohol-based mouthwashes are<br />

counter productive, drying the<br />

soft tissues in the mouth leading<br />

to the faster formation of odourproducing<br />

bacteria.<br />

These mouthwashes have also been<br />

shown to cause irritation, and to alter<br />

oral tissues; so it is recommended<br />

children, diabetics and pregnant<br />

women in particular opt for an<br />

alcohol-free mouthwash.<br />

As well as causing bad breath, a<br />

dry mouth can lead to tooth decay<br />

and gum disease, as the saliva helps<br />

shield the mouth and teeth, keeping<br />

them clean.<br />

Even after the smell of stale smoke<br />

has left a smoker’s breath, regular<br />

cigarette consumption can also lead<br />

to halitosis. By starving the mouth<br />

of oxygen, smoking affects the fl ow<br />

of saliva in the mouth, which leaves<br />

the odour-producing bacteria free<br />

to form unchecked. As the chemicals<br />

contained in cigarette smoke damage<br />

the oral tissues, these bacteria are<br />

also able to move more freely, further<br />

compounding the problem. In the<br />

long term, smoking can also lead<br />

to gingivitis, which is also a cause<br />

of halitosis.<br />

Although much less common,<br />

halitosis can also be an indication of<br />

another underlying medical condition<br />

– including infections of the lungs,<br />

throat or nose, kidney and liver<br />

problems, and the infl ammation of<br />

the lining of the stomach.<br />

Recently, certain fad-diets have<br />

also claimed bad breath as an<br />

unfortunate side-effect. Crash<br />

dieting, fasting and low-carbohydrate<br />

diets such as the Atkins Diet, cause<br />

the body to break down fat, which<br />

leads to the production of chemicals<br />

called ketones that can be smelt<br />

on the breath.<br />

Many medications are known to<br />

cause bad-breath. These include:<br />

nitrates, which are used to treat<br />

angina; some chemotherapy drugs;<br />

and tranquillisers. Medicines used<br />

to treat diabetes can also result in<br />

dry mouth, and therefore cause<br />

bad mouth odour.<br />

Effectively treating halitosis<br />

depends on its underlying cause.<br />

Avoiding dehydration, smoking,<br />

alcohol and maintaining good oral<br />

hygiene (including regular brushing<br />

and fl ossing) can all help. Gentle but<br />

thorough scraping of the tongue may<br />

also be required, from the back of the<br />

tongue towards the front. Ultimately,<br />

however, it is important to speak to<br />

a doctor or dentist to determine the<br />

cause of halitosis, and fi nd the most<br />

suitable solution. CBM<br />

5<br />

STEPS<br />

TO FRESH<br />

BREATH<br />

1.<br />

Maintain good dental hygiene:<br />

Brushing your teeth morning and<br />

night will help rid the mouth of stray<br />

food particles. Use floss to get in<br />

between the teeth for a thorough<br />

clean. Scraping the back of the<br />

tongue will help keep bacteria, and<br />

therefore odour, in check.<br />

2.<br />

Stay hydrated: Drinking eight<br />

glasses of water a day will help<br />

ensure you can make enough saliva<br />

to keep your mouth healthy. To help<br />

stay hydrated, remember to keep<br />

your consumption of alcohol, coffee<br />

and cigarettes to a minimum.<br />

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3.<br />

Switch your mouthwash: If<br />

you’re using an alcohol-based<br />

mouthwash, it’s time to make<br />

a change. Check the label and<br />

choose one without alcohol<br />

to ensure your mouth stays<br />

hydrated and the tissues in tact.<br />

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4.<br />

Eat well: Your body finds<br />

some foods harder to break<br />

down than others. Onions,<br />

garlic and beans all produce<br />

gases that cause bad breath.<br />

Fresh fruit and veggies, on<br />

the other hand, don’t; and<br />

carrots and apples even help<br />

clean your teeth naturally.<br />

5.<br />

Chew: Chewing sugar-free<br />

gum can help create saliva,<br />

which combats dry mouth.<br />

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A week in<br />

Tasmania’s<br />

Natural<br />

Nirvana<br />

Before you book your next overseas holiday,<br />

consider a week exploring Tasmania. It really<br />

is Australia’s environmental wonderland.<br />

words by David Hickie.<br />

Bridestowe Lavender Estate<br />

Picture credit: Brian Dullaghan<br />

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Devonport<br />

Strahan<br />

Wineglass Bay<br />

Freycinet Peninsula<br />

Cynet<br />

Aseven-day fl y-drive holiday,<br />

leisurely motoring around the<br />

emerald and jade hills and valleys,<br />

crystal clear rivers and streams,<br />

and viridescent tall timbers of the<br />

Apple Isle, promises:<br />

• short fl ights in and out;<br />

• easy driving on well maintained<br />

highways – specifi cally attuned to,<br />

and clearly signposted for, tourism<br />

– to all major destinations;<br />

• prices for almost everything that<br />

defy the usual traveller-gouging<br />

which seems to dampen many<br />

vacation experiences; and<br />

• an unexpected appreciation of<br />

the extraordinary kaleidoscope<br />

of native ‘greens’ – from mint<br />

to myrtle, chartreuse to celadon<br />

to citron – spontaneously and<br />

continuously, hour after hour,<br />

sparking renewed appreciation of<br />

this unspoiled natural sanctuary.<br />

There are regular fl ights,<br />

throughout each day of the week,<br />

into both Launceston in the north<br />

and Hobart in the south.<br />

An ideal itinerary, for those with<br />

limited time, would involve a sevenday<br />

plan – with an early arrival on<br />

Day 1 (into either Launceston or<br />

Hobart) and the fi nal day reserved for<br />

return fl ights to the mainland.<br />

We recently enjoyed the following<br />

round trip, beginning in Launceston.<br />

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day 1<br />

Launceston &<br />

Deloraine<br />

A good tip is to catch one of<br />

the early morning flights into<br />

Launceston (population 85,000)<br />

to allow a full day sightseeing.<br />

Rental car desks are conveniently<br />

adjacent to the baggage collection<br />

exit – book in advance and your car<br />

will be ‘ready to go’ in the car park<br />

immediately adjoining the compact<br />

airport terminal.<br />

A relaxing mid-morning stop<br />

is colourful Launceston City<br />

Park (established 1820) featuring<br />

magnificent mature shrubs and trees<br />

(many of English origin) shading<br />

a series of notable monuments and<br />

fountains; a huge duck pond and<br />

mini-train ride for youngsters; the<br />

John Hart Conservatory and historic<br />

Albert Hall; the famous Japanese<br />

macaque monkey enclosure (also<br />

known as ‘snow monkeys’ because<br />

they can cope with temperatures<br />

as low as -20C) which was donated<br />

in 1965 by the citizens of Ikeda<br />

when Launceston became a<br />

‘sister city’ with that municipality<br />

in Japan; a children’s playground;<br />

and a tree-sheltered café with<br />

multiple outdoor settings across<br />

soft, lush lawns.<br />

Just a 15-minute walk (or<br />

three-minute drive) from the city<br />

centre is Cataract George, boasting<br />

the world’s longest single-span<br />

chairlift (457m, with a central span<br />

of 308m). The panoramic ride across<br />

the canyon takes five minutes,<br />

overlooking landscaped gardens,<br />

numerous hiking trails for the more<br />

adventurous, and two<br />

large swimming pools for family<br />

picnics. The site also includes a<br />

café and restaurant, plus dozens of<br />

roaming peacocks.<br />

A short walk along the cliff edge<br />

stands a magnificent suspension<br />

bridge over the South Esk River,<br />

which delights (and simultaneously<br />

frightens) visitors by swaying<br />

unpredictably as you pass across<br />

its centre strands.<br />

A 30-minute drive (50km) to the<br />

west of central Launceston sits the<br />

3,000 citizen agricultural centre of<br />

Deloraine (named after a character<br />

from Sir Walter Scott’s poem The<br />

Lay Of The Last Minstrel) on the<br />

aptly named Meander River. Visitor<br />

attractions include Quamby Bluff<br />

and Lobster Falls walking tracks;<br />

and cheese factory, salmon and<br />

truffle farm tours.<br />

Deloraine is also one of<br />

Tasmania’s most significant<br />

regional centres for arts and<br />

crafts. Particularly notable is its<br />

celebrated Yarns Artwork In Silk,<br />

a large-scale textile treasure created<br />

in four panels, each measuring<br />

3.5mx4m. Crafted by more than<br />

300 local artists, it took 10,000<br />

hours and 200 metres of hand-dyed<br />

silk to complete.<br />

Back in Launceston for<br />

the evening, La Cantina<br />

Italian restaurant (on George<br />

Street) offers good value for<br />

money holiday fare, with quick<br />

service, friendly staff and lots<br />

of tables to accommodate<br />

unplanned tourist arrivals.<br />

day 2<br />

Bay Of Fires<br />

& Freycinet<br />

National Park<br />

Heading east from Launceston,<br />

it’s an easy 2.5-hour drive<br />

(minimal traffic) to the<br />

spectacular coastline along<br />

Bay Of Fires – a conservation<br />

area (famous for its crystalclear<br />

waters, sugar-white sandy<br />

beaches and orange lichencovered<br />

granite boulders)<br />

stretching 50km from Binalong<br />

Bay in the south to Eddystone<br />

Point in the north.<br />

In 2009 Lonely Planet<br />

named it the ‘world’s hottest<br />

travel destination’.<br />

The bay was given its name<br />

in 1773 by English navigator<br />

Captain Tobias Furneaux (who<br />

accompanied James Cook on his<br />

second voyage of exploration).<br />

While charting the cost from<br />

his ship Adventure, Furneaux<br />

observed the many fires set by<br />

the local Aboriginal people along<br />

the beaches.<br />

On the road into scenic<br />

Binalong Bay (population 200), a<br />

‘must stop’ is Lichen Restaurant<br />

and Café, offering a spectacular<br />

verandah view up the coastline<br />

and across both the nearby<br />

viewing platform for passing<br />

pods of migrating whales and<br />

playful visitors strolling over,<br />

and swimming in, the large<br />

natural rock pools.<br />

Down the scenic east coast<br />

another 1.5-hour drive is the<br />

magnificent Coles Bay and<br />

nearby Freycinet National Park<br />

(a peninsula defined by Schouten<br />

Island and a granite mountain<br />

range known as the Hazards).<br />

The most popular walking trails<br />

all lead to Wineglass Bay.<br />

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Freycinet was first discovered by the Dutch<br />

explorer Abel Tasman in 1642, when navigating<br />

the east coast of Tasmania. He named Schouten<br />

Island (1.6km south of the Freycinet Peninsula<br />

and now part of the Freycinet National Park) and<br />

nominated his nearby last sighting of Australia –<br />

before turning east to New Zealand – to be known<br />

as the peninsula ‘Vanderlyn’s Eylandt’ (believing<br />

it to be a chain of islands).<br />

The first landing by Europeans occurred with<br />

Captain Weatherhead of the transport ship<br />

Matildaon in 1791. However due to the narrow<br />

northern isthmus, Weatherhead (like Tasman)<br />

also mistook it for an island. This myth was<br />

subsequently dispelled during the visit of French<br />

explorer Nicholas Baudin in 1802-03, who named<br />

the peninsula after French explorer Louis de<br />

Freycinet. Baudin also named the region’s Cape<br />

Baudin, Cape Faure, Cape Forestier and Thouin<br />

Bay, although that bay is now known as the world<br />

famous Wineglass Bay.<br />

The area was reserved as a National Park<br />

in 1916, making it (along with My Field) the<br />

oldest in Tasmania.<br />

Today the Freycinet Peninsula is renowned for<br />

the dramatic pink granite peaks of the Hazards<br />

Range, and its secluded bays below, sheltering<br />

white sandy beaches and bird-filled lagoons.<br />

The Moulting Lagoon is a wetland sanctuary<br />

for black swans, water fowl and other migratory<br />

birds; lucky visitors may observe a majestic whitebellied<br />

sea eagle gliding overhead.<br />

Among the favoured treks through Freycinet<br />

National Park are:<br />

• a half-day excursion down from the top<br />

of Wineglass Bay lookout to the azure<br />

waters of the beach itself, and back to the park<br />

entrance via the Hazards Range for amazing<br />

views of Great Oyster Bay and<br />

the coastline surrounding the seaside village<br />

of Swansea; and<br />

• a 2.5-day hike along the whole length of<br />

Freycinet peninsula, stopping at remote jewels<br />

such as Cooks Beach and Bryans Beach.<br />

Other favoured activities in the Park include<br />

kayaking, diving and snorkeling – the latter two<br />

rewarded with rare underwater views of abundant<br />

marine life. Camping inside the Park is extremely<br />

popular in summer and autumn, and is allocated<br />

by ballot in August each year.<br />

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Hobart & MONA<br />

It’s a pleasant 2.5-hour drive from<br />

the Freycinet Peninsula to Tasmania’s<br />

capital city Hobart (population<br />

225,000). And to minimise further<br />

travel times (and maximise sightseeing)<br />

it’s good advice to make Hobart your<br />

‘home base’ for the next four nights.<br />

One of the ‘must see’ excursions<br />

from Hobart is MONA – David Walsh’s<br />

idiosyncratic Museum of Old and<br />

New Art (the largest privately funded<br />

museum in Australia) carved into the<br />

cliff face over three levels within the<br />

Moorilla winery, 11km north of Hobart<br />

on the Berriedale peninsula overlooking<br />

the Derwent River.<br />

Described by its owner as a<br />

‘subversive adult Disneyland’, the<br />

always controversial museum presents<br />

antiquities, modern and contemporary<br />

art from Walsh’s massive personal<br />

collection – everything from ancient<br />

Egyptian mummies to some of the<br />

world’s most infamous and thoughtprovoking<br />

contemporary works.<br />

MONA is open Wednesday-Monday<br />

(closed most Tuesdays) from 10am-6pm.<br />

Catch the ferry (a 25-minute ride) or<br />

bus (30-minutes) from Brooke Street<br />

Pier on the Hobart waterfront.<br />

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MONA<br />

‘Subversive<br />

Adult Disneyland’<br />

Once you’ve conquered the 99<br />

steps up from the wharf, the<br />

important first task upon entry to<br />

MONA is to arm yourself with<br />

‘The O’ – a custom-built, hand-held<br />

device (similar to a mobile phone<br />

with ear plugs) which each visitor is<br />

given for free.<br />

It tells you about the work on<br />

display – by instantly determining<br />

precisely where you are in the<br />

museum and which individual<br />

artwork you are observing at any<br />

particular time.<br />

For each work, ‘The O’ allows<br />

you to choose between:<br />

• Art Wank – a short and pithy, but<br />

otherwise traditional, mini essay;<br />

• Gonzo – ramblings from Walsh<br />

himself and some of his buddies<br />

about ‘what the stuff on show<br />

means on a more personal level’;<br />

• Bite-sized nuggets of information<br />

and interviews with artists; and<br />

• Buttons to let the museum<br />

authorities know whether you<br />

‘Love’ or ‘Hate’ something.<br />

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PORT<br />

ARTHUR<br />

Earth’s End For<br />

some<br />

Now set in 40 hectares of<br />

landscaped grounds, Port Arthur<br />

was named after George Arthur,<br />

the Lieutenant Governor of Van<br />

Diemen’s Land.<br />

The settlement started as a<br />

timber station in 1830, but from<br />

1833 it became the punishment<br />

destination for the hardest of<br />

convicted British criminals – those<br />

who had re-offended after their<br />

arrival in Australia.<br />

In addition Port Arthur had some<br />

of the strictest security measures of<br />

the British penal system, including<br />

the infamous ‘Separate Prison’ –<br />

based on a shift from traditional<br />

physical punishment (usually<br />

severe whippings involving several<br />

dozen lashes of the cat-o’-nine-tails<br />

while a prisoner was strapped to a<br />

wooden structure) to psychological<br />

punishment (including wearing<br />

woollen hoods over their<br />

faces whenever outside their solo<br />

cells and being forced to remain<br />

silent at all times).<br />

After several years of total<br />

non-communication, many of the<br />

prisoners psychologically punished<br />

by relocation from the general<br />

prison to isolation in the ‘Separate<br />

Prison’ developed mental illness<br />

due to lack of light and sound as a<br />

result, an asylum<br />

was duly built next door to the<br />

‘Separate Prison’.<br />

The peninsula on which Port<br />

Arthur is located is a naturally<br />

secure site, being surrounded<br />

by water (rumoured by the<br />

administration to be sharkinfested).<br />

The 30m wide isthmus<br />

of Eaglehawk Neck (the only<br />

connection to the mainland) was<br />

fenced and guarded by soldiers, man<br />

traps and half-starved dogs.<br />

Occasionally prisoners did try<br />

to escape. In one famous attempt,<br />

George ‘Billy’ Hunt disguised<br />

himself using a kangaroo hide and<br />

endeavoured to flee across the Neck,<br />

but the half-starved guards on duty<br />

tried to shoot him to supplement<br />

their meagre rations. As the bullets<br />

flew, Hunt threw off his disguise and<br />

surrendered, receiving 150 lashes.<br />

Port Arthur Prison is also the<br />

location of one of Australia’s<br />

earliest novels, 1874’s For The Term<br />

Of His Natural Life by Marcus<br />

Clarke (also made into a film in<br />

1927). It tells the horrendous<br />

story of Rufus Dawes, wrongfully<br />

convicted of a crime and transported<br />

from England to the prison where,<br />

despite numerous attempts, he never<br />

successfully escapes.<br />

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Feature<br />

Port Arthur Penal<br />

Settlement<br />

The World Heritage-listed Port<br />

Arthur Historic Site (a 90-minute<br />

drive from Hobart) is the best<br />

preserved convict site in Australia,<br />

and among the most significant<br />

convict era sites worldwide.<br />

day 5<br />

Hobart Markets<br />

& Huonville/<br />

Cygnet<br />

If you are in Hobart on a weekend<br />

morning, tourists usually enjoy:<br />

• Saturday’s Salamanca Place<br />

Markets (over 300 street stalls<br />

on the Hobart waterfront); or<br />

• Sunday’s Farm Gate produce<br />

markets (dozens of trestle tables<br />

laden with the island’s freshest<br />

seasonal produce, from both<br />

land and sea, in a blocked-off<br />

city street a short walk up from<br />

the waterfront).<br />

Alternately, directly behind<br />

Hobart the landmark Mount<br />

Wellington (first ascended by<br />

explorer/navigator George Bass<br />

in 1798) rises 1,271m above sea<br />

level. A narrow sealed road winds<br />

22km from Hobart’s CBD to the<br />

summit, where an enclosed lookout<br />

provides views north and east across<br />

the Derwent River plus glimpses of<br />

World Heritage areas nearly 100km<br />

to the west. From Hobart, the<br />

most distinctive feature of Mount<br />

Wellington is the cliff of dolerite<br />

columns known as the ‘Organ Pipes’.<br />

These potential morning diversions<br />

are often followed by a short drive<br />

south to the tranquil towns of<br />

Huonville (35-minutes) and then<br />

Cygnet (a further 15 minutes).<br />

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6<br />

Queenstown & Strahan<br />

Leaving Hobart, drive northwest across the<br />

undulating peaks and valleys of the Wild<br />

Rivers National Park (part of the Tasmanian<br />

Wilderness World Heritage Area) to emerge<br />

onto the infamous ‘moonscape’ above former<br />

timber and mining centre Queenstown (3.5<br />

hours), and then onto the sharp contrast of<br />

idyllic Strahan (a further 40 minutes) on the<br />

northern tip of Macquarie Harbour.<br />

The dramatic drive – down a steep,<br />

spiraling road with over 90 sharp bends – into<br />

Queenstown (population now under 2,000)<br />

on the slopes of Mount Owen is described<br />

truthfully as ‘a spectacular testament to the<br />

brutal reality of Tasmania’s mining past’.<br />

Once the world’s richest mining town,<br />

copper mining and mass logging in the early<br />

1900s (when the population of the town and<br />

surrounding district was 10,500) have created<br />

what government travel guides now describe<br />

as a ‘surreal and rocky moonscape of bare<br />

coloured conglomerate’.<br />

The mountainous area was first explored in<br />

1862, but when alluvial gold was discovered<br />

nearby in the 1880s the Mount Lyell Gold<br />

Mining Company was formed and in 1892 the<br />

mine also began searching for copper. By 1900<br />

Queenstown was the centre of the thriving<br />

mining district, boasting numerous smelting<br />

works, brickworks and sawmills.<br />

Peaceful Strahan (population 700) is a<br />

harbour-side village, belying its dark convict<br />

past, nestled on the edge of the Tasmanian<br />

Wilderness World Heritage Area and gateway<br />

to the World Heritage Listed Franklin-Gordon<br />

Wild Rivers National Park.<br />

Historically Strahan is full of stories<br />

from the days when convicts and pioneers<br />

toughed it out in Tassie’s rugged ‘wild west’.<br />

Nearby in Macquarie Harbour is notorious<br />

Sarah island, a windswept and barren site<br />

established as a brutal convict prison in 1821<br />

where inmates labored under the harshest<br />

conditions in the rainforest, felling ancient<br />

pines for boat building.<br />

More uplifting are the breathtaking daily<br />

boat cruises which depart from Strahan’s wharf<br />

for the journey to Heritage Landing and the<br />

densely wooded, pristine temperate rainforests<br />

of the lower Gordon River – showcasing<br />

majestic Huon pines that grow to an age over<br />

3,000 years.<br />

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day 7<br />

Burnie & Devonport<br />

Leaving Strahan, it’s a drive straight north<br />

towards the Bass Strait-facing cities of<br />

Burnie (2 hours 15 minutes) and then onto<br />

Devonport (a further 30 minutes).<br />

Burnie (population approaching 30,000) is<br />

a port city on the north-west coast founded<br />

in 1827 as Emu Bay, before being renamed in<br />

the 1840s for William Burnie, a director of<br />

the Van Diemen’s Land Company.<br />

Since the closure of its controversial paper<br />

pulp mill, Burnie has moved on from its<br />

largely industrial past and reinvented itself<br />

as a vibrant and creative city adjacent to a<br />

largely unspoiled coastline.<br />

The best place to see local crafts and<br />

artisans at work is the Makers Workshop<br />

(part contemporary museum, part arts centre,<br />

gallery and craft workshop) where visitors<br />

can meet the ‘makers’ – you’ll find papermaking,<br />

cheese tasting, ceramics, textiles,<br />

glass, print makers, sculptors and many more.<br />

Meanwhile the industrial history of Burnie<br />

can be explored at the Burnie Regional<br />

Museum, where guests wander along a replica<br />

Federation-era street and view how ordinary<br />

citizens lived over 100 years ago.<br />

Fellow port city Devonport (population<br />

30,000+) stands where the Mersey<br />

River meets Bass Strait and hosts the<br />

Spirit Of Tasmania ferry on its voyage<br />

to and from Melbourne.<br />

Maritime history looms large and on<br />

the Devonport waterfront, the Bass Strait<br />

Maritime Centre has extensive exhibits<br />

about early explorers, shipwrecks and<br />

steamers. A highlight is a life size steamer’s<br />

bridge where visitors can take the helm<br />

and steam out of the Mersey; or if you are<br />

feeling brave, steer through the infamous<br />

Rip in a storm at night.<br />

The Devonport Regional Gallery (housed<br />

in an old church) is dedicated to Tasmanian<br />

art. And heritage-listed Home Hill (now<br />

a museum) was the residence of former<br />

Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons in<br />

the early 1900s. CBM<br />

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood<br />

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Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser, $78.<br />

Available in seven shades, Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint<br />

provides a light, even coverage that blurs imperfections<br />

without feeling ‘cakey’. This hydrating tinted moisturiser is<br />

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Lycogel Breathable Camouflage, $108. This buildable<br />

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MAC Bronzing Powder, $45. Bring a little<br />

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Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream, $39.<br />

This gentle facial cleanser uses sweet<br />

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Plus,<br />

$29.95. Improving the appearance<br />

of imperfection-prone skin in just<br />

12 hours, this lightweight cream<br />

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PCA Skin Body Therapy, $99. This therapeutic full body<br />

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Dr Lewinn’s Reversaderm Glycolic Cleanser, $34.95. This<br />

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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion,<br />

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Invisible Zinc Facial Moisturiser SPF30, $35. This<br />

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution, $11.99.<br />

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Sisley Ecological Compound Limited Edition,<br />

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Lux Aestiva Prickly Pear Oil, $46. This deeply<br />

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Skinvitals Cosmeceuticals 2-Step Active Cloth Mask<br />

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Pantene Pro-V Foam Conditioner, $9.99.<br />

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FHITFitness<br />

Lauren<br />

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The fi rst thing you notice<br />

about Lauren Hannaford is<br />

her energy. Even through the<br />

phone, the popular personal trainer’s<br />

vibrant nature radiates through,<br />

immediately revealing why in this<br />

digital age she has attracted such a<br />

dedicated following.<br />

With 41,000 connections on<br />

Instagram alone, and the lean physique<br />

and bubbly personality to go with it,<br />

Lauren is in many respects a modern<br />

day fi tness star. But unlike some of her<br />

Insta-famous peers, Lauren’s wellness<br />

career started long before social media<br />

came to dominate so much of our lives.<br />

By the time Lauren took on the<br />

persona of Dorothy the Dinosaur and<br />

went on tour with The Wiggles, she<br />

was already an accomplished gymnast,<br />

had worked as a gymnastics coach and<br />

was a qualifi ed personal trainer. But<br />

it wasn’t until she embarked on this<br />

rather unusual adventure that she was<br />

forced to distil her training knowledge<br />

into a gym-free fi tness solution.<br />

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‘My quick tip isn’t a quick<br />

one – it’s consistency,’<br />

laughs Lauren. ‘Staying<br />

consistent and continuing<br />

to progress is the quick tip<br />

because before you know it<br />

six months has gone by and<br />

you’re fitter, healthier, more<br />

active and happier.’<br />

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‘I grew up as an elite gymnast,<br />

having started gymnastics when I<br />

was fi ve. I trained and competed<br />

nationally for most of my life,’ she<br />

explains. ‘Then I was coaching<br />

gymnastics and transitioned that<br />

knowledge into more everyday fi tness<br />

training. Instead of always doing the<br />

usual shuttle run to push-ups, I<br />

would do a run cartwheel and then<br />

do some push-ups!’<br />

‘My life then went pretty randomly<br />

in a completely [different]<br />

direction when I toured with<br />

The Wiggles,’ she continues.<br />

‘With travelling and being on<br />

the road all the time, I needed<br />

to fi gure out how I was going to<br />

keep that element of fi tness and<br />

training for myself, while being<br />

outside of my daily routine and<br />

the gymnastics gym.’<br />

Undeterred by the impractical<br />

nature of touring, Lauren<br />

set about developing a more<br />

convenient approach to fi tness.<br />

The resulting workout would<br />

eventually inspire a move into<br />

fi tness entrepreneurship as the<br />

face and founder of FHIT by<br />

Lauren Hannaford.<br />

FHIT is a functional high intensity<br />

workout program that requires no<br />

equipment and can be performed<br />

anywhere by anyone at any time.<br />

Through an online subscription<br />

platform, FHIT members have the<br />

option to follow a six or 12 week<br />

workout plan or to dip in and out of<br />

the guided training video library as<br />

they please.<br />

The nutrition side of FHIT by<br />

Lauren Hannaford is equally fl exible<br />

in that members can follow a set six<br />

week meal plan that aligns with their<br />

recommended calorie intake or work<br />

more freely with the recipe bank to<br />

build menus of their own.<br />

While Lauren acknowledges the<br />

potential business benefi ts of focusing<br />

on a particular audience, FHIT caters<br />

for everyone. ‘It’s for the time poor<br />

parent who needs to be able to just<br />

grab a moment and do a workout and<br />

the high-end executive who is just<br />

as time poor,’ she says. ‘I encourage<br />

everyone to do it at their own pace.<br />

There are low impact, low intensity<br />

workouts, but there are also really<br />

fast paced high intensity workouts<br />

so there is something that suits<br />

everyone. You do it at the level you’re<br />

up to and the pace that suits you.’<br />







FEELING.<br />



Given her experience in both fi tness<br />

and performance, Lauren’s transition<br />

to virtual trainer seems like a natural<br />

progression, but the 32-year-old says<br />

FHIT by Lauren Hannaford was as<br />

much inspired by the women who<br />

reached out to her online as her own<br />

desire to merge her existing skills.<br />

‘I had so many mums writing to<br />

me through Facebook and Instagram<br />

because I was putting videos up on<br />

my social of me training backstage<br />

or in a car park,’ she explains. ‘They<br />

were writing and asking questions<br />

about how I stay motivated and what<br />

I eat and wishing they could do some<br />

form of exercise while their child<br />

was asleep. I saw I needed to create<br />

something for these people that they<br />

could access that’s going to make<br />

them feel good; something<br />

that will help them create a moment<br />

for themselves.’<br />

While the concept of human<br />

connection may seem out of place<br />

in the online fi tness world, it is<br />

Lauren’s ability to connect with<br />

FHIT followers through a variety of<br />

mediums that makes her program<br />

so unique. ‘I base everything on<br />

communication and emotional<br />

connection,’ she says. ‘It’s amazing<br />

how many people send me<br />

an email and write as though<br />

we’ve known each other forever<br />

because of the style of [workout]<br />

I’ve tried to create.’<br />

This sense of connection is<br />

not confi ned to Lauren and her<br />

clients, but has gone on to spark<br />

an international community<br />

of FHIT followers through a<br />

members only Facebook group. It<br />

was through this page that Lauren<br />

recently witnessed two Canadian<br />

women bond as they discovered<br />

they were both from Ontario. ‘To<br />

see these two people connecting<br />

with the same interests and the<br />

same goal is just such a nice<br />

feeling,’ she recalls.<br />



While FHIT by Lauren Hannaford is<br />

easy to use and integrate into daily<br />

life, it is by no means reductionist<br />

in its approach to health. The<br />

program has been carefully crafted<br />

to address the key elements that<br />

restrict weight loss and limit healthful<br />

living – movement (or lack thereof),<br />

nutrition, lifestyle and mindset.<br />

It is the last of these factors<br />

that has gained much attention<br />

in recent years, yet many people<br />

still struggle to align their actions<br />

with their goals. When asked about<br />

maintaining motivation, Lauren says<br />

she encourages her clients to focus on<br />

the short-term benefi ts of working out<br />

rather than becoming intimidated by<br />

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FHIT by Lauren Hannaford<br />

workout library<br />

lofty long-term goals.<br />

‘I always say think about how<br />

you’ll feel afterwards, how you’ll<br />

feel once the workout is done. You<br />

might be puffed out or it might be a<br />

difficult workout to do, but you feel<br />

invigorated from it. It’s almost like<br />

the more energy you expend, the<br />

more energy you feel you’ve got. You<br />

feel that classic endorphin rush.<br />

‘Have your goals, but break it<br />

down, make it shorter term. You’re<br />

not necessarily turning up because<br />

you’ve got a goal that’s at the end<br />

of the month or end of the year.<br />

Literally turn up because of how the<br />

end of your workout yesterday made<br />

you feel and come back the next day<br />

for that same feeling.’<br />

Interestingly, while so many of us<br />

adopt the latest fitness offering with<br />

the rather superficial goal of weight<br />

loss, as we proceed on our fitness<br />

journeys Lauren has noticed how the<br />

focus is inclined to shift to something<br />

far more important, but much more<br />

difficult to explain.<br />

‘The thing that I love the most is<br />

that before people even talk about<br />

losing the baby weight or being down<br />

two dress sizes, they always say how<br />

it makes them feel,’ Lauren reveals.<br />

‘You turn up for something because<br />

of the emotional connection to it.<br />

People always write to say, “I love<br />

doing my FHIT workout, it makes me<br />

feel so good,” or “Before I know it my<br />

15 minutes is over and I just want to<br />

keep going”. Then they say, “And I’ve<br />

lost my baby weight”.<br />

‘It is exactly my intention that<br />

weight loss is not the main focus<br />

and that they keep turning up for<br />

how the workout makes them<br />

feel. They feel energised, they feel<br />

encouraged, they feel motivated and<br />

they’ve lost weight.’<br />

Having long been inundated with<br />

messages about weight loss, Lauren’s<br />

perspective seems refreshingly<br />

forward thinking. By transitioning<br />

our intentions from how we look to<br />

how we feel, perhaps we could unlock<br />

a more enjoyable relationship with<br />

fitness, one where weight loss, where<br />

appropriate, becomes a happy side<br />

effect of genuine healthful living.<br />

In one sense this idea seems almost<br />

radical. Yet in another, it feels just<br />

right. CBM<br />

15, 30 and 45 minute<br />

guided workouts with high and<br />

low intensity options<br />

No equipment required<br />

Weekly meal guides,<br />

nutritional advice and<br />

healthy recipes<br />

Personalised fitness testing<br />

Mindfulness advice<br />

and exercises<br />

Access to the Facebook<br />

FHIT community.<br />

FHIT membership<br />

costs $10.95 per week.<br />

For more information visit<br />

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