CosBeauty Magazine #83

CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia. In this issue: - Summer Skin SOS - Brush up on your tools the trade - Maekup Trends from the Autumn Runway - No-sweat body shaping - all your options

CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- Summer Skin SOS
- Brush up on your tools the trade
- Maekup Trends from the Autumn Runway
- No-sweat body shaping - all your options


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ISSUE 82 NOV-JAN 2019<br />


summer<br />

skin<br />

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Contents<br />

skin<br />

regulars<br />

8 Editor’s Letter<br />

10 Beauty Insider<br />

100 Ed’s Faves<br />

features<br />

44 Tools of the Trade<br />

Do yourself a favour and brush<br />

up on some of the best beauty<br />

tools around..<br />

76 Donna Aston<br />

An expert in the field of weight<br />

loss, health and fitness, she<br />

explains her AstonRX program<br />

80 Body Matters<br />

The guide to no-sweat body<br />

shaping<br />

86 Why do Men Age Better?<br />

While women may be the fairer<br />

sex, men enjoy some significant<br />

cosmetic advantages when it<br />

comes to ageing.<br />

BEAUTY<br />

40 The Pinnacle of Skin<br />

Rejuvenation<br />

Medik8’s most powerful<br />

anti-ageing technology,<br />

r-Retinoate Intense is a<br />

masterpiece of simplicity.<br />

52 The secret to a perfect<br />

complexion<br />

Lycogel is the go-to colour<br />

corrective foundation that<br />

combines flawless coverage<br />

with advanced skincare<br />

technology.<br />

56 Autumn Trends<br />

Autumn is all about porcelain<br />

skin and vixen lips. Check out<br />

these runway trends and the<br />

products you need to recreate<br />

the looks.<br />

24 Summer Skin SOS<br />

Post-summer skin survival<br />

tactics to target dehydration,<br />

pigmentation and premature<br />

ageing.<br />

30 Out Damned Spot!<br />

For best results, sometimes<br />

pigmentation spots need to<br />

be treated professionally and<br />

cosmelan ® is the treatment of<br />

choice for clinicians Australiawide.<br />

34 Skin That Glows<br />

Our skin is often the first<br />

thing others notice about us.<br />

Here are our tips for a radiant<br />

complexion at any age.<br />

62 Luxe Treatments<br />

While today’s luxe treatments<br />

don’t necessarily break the<br />

bank, they all deliver on their<br />

promise of quality and results.


42 Home Spa Ambience<br />

Being positive about ourselves<br />

includes self care and looking after<br />

our skin – not just to look our best<br />

but for survival<br />

64 Feed Your Face<br />

Welcome to the next generation<br />

of superfoods.<br />

72 Take Care Down There<br />

Women’s health has been too long<br />

under wraps and gynaecologist<br />

Dr Oseka Onuma says it’s time to<br />

understand what’s happenIng under<br />

the covers.<br />

90 Doha – Stopover Hot Spot<br />

For many antipodeans travelling to<br />

Europe, the traditional south-east<br />

Asian stopover has been replaced<br />

by a taste of the extravagant<br />

futuristic skylines of the Middle<br />

East – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and more<br />

recently Doha<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

It seems like only last week I was madly organising myself for my<br />

summer holiday – waxing, bleaching, primping – and now I’m already<br />

slathering on the treatments to repair my dry skin and frizzy hair.<br />

Where did the time go and was it worth it? Yes, of course, but we all<br />

need to pay the piper at some stage. Turn to page 24 for our Summer<br />

Skin SOS article, which showcases our fave products to help get our<br />

skin back into tip-top condition. And don’t even mention my hair! The hints in<br />

Post-summer Hair Repair on page 48 will help tame the unruliness and frizz that<br />

days at the pool or beach have fostered.<br />

Using the correct tools of the trade is imperative in every industry, so having<br />

the right brushes is a no-brainer – not only for our hair, but also to help hone<br />

how precisely we are able to apply our makeup. Tools of the Trade on page 44 is a<br />

great place to choose your weapons.<br />

No matter how à la natural we go with our makeup over summer, it seems the<br />

one staple is always applying a good lipstick. I love the quotes we feature from<br />

four fabulous beauties who all agree on the importance of a good lipstick – not<br />

just to look better, but to feal great as well.<br />

As autumn approaches and our tans and summer memories fade, we start<br />

wearing more layers of clothing and our makeup takes on more importance. On<br />

page 56 we show the latest autumn makeup trends from the runways, and the<br />

newest products to help you achieve these looks.<br />

Have you ever wondered why men seem to age better than women? On page<br />

86 we look at the details of how men’s faces actually age and why we might<br />

think this is true.<br />

Getting healthy and in shape is important all year round. No matter how<br />

you decide to smooth your curves, we have you covered. Donna Aston is an<br />

inspiration and her routine AstonRX is helping thousands get into shape. If<br />

exercise isn’t your thing, we also have a no-sweat body feature from page 72 that<br />

outlines all the methods available to reshape your body without hitting the gym.<br />

A holistic approach is important, so whichever method you choose, healthy<br />

eating, adequate hydration and a good night’s sleep are still up there!<br />

Issue 83<br />

February 2019 - April 2019<br />

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Michelle Kearney<br />

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Maria Leahy, Aimée Rodrigues<br />

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Beauty insider<br />


kkw Beauty’s glam BIBle<br />

After launching KKW Beauty in 2017,<br />

Kim Kardashian West has become<br />

a formidable force within the<br />

beauty industry. Her first product,<br />

a contouring and highlight kit, sold<br />

out in just under three hours, and<br />

each new rollout still generates the<br />

same buzz.<br />

For the Glam Bible, Kardashia West<br />

wanted to include everything except<br />

skin products such as concealer. She<br />

wanted it all to be very universal and<br />

chose highlighters and blush colors<br />

that could work with all skin tones,<br />

along with two different lip colours,<br />

lip liner, lashes, mascara, eyeliner,<br />

and a six-pan eyeshadow palette.

@cosbeauty<br />

the BIggest trends In the<br />

Beauty Industry<br />

In his blog for Forbes.com,<br />

Richard Kestenbaum caught up<br />

with Jennifer Hessell, an industry<br />

consultant and L’Oreal alumna,<br />

who told him there are four<br />

major trends that the fastestgrowing,<br />

young brands are taking<br />

advantage of now:<br />

The Instant Fix: This refers to<br />

the age-old desire for instant<br />

gratification, focused on the<br />

skincare segment. Products<br />

that allow a consumer to see<br />

immediate improvement in bags<br />

or lines or brightening are often in<br />

this class.<br />

The Doll Look: Using heavy makeup<br />

or surgery to create a look that<br />

is more porcelain-like, smooth<br />

and perfect. It doesn’t aspire to<br />

be natural-looking — it’s about<br />

flawlessness and it’s taken deep root<br />

in the makeup and hair businesses.<br />

Most recently, L’Oreal acquired<br />

my firm’s client, Pulp Riot Hair, in a<br />

perfect example of the trend.<br />

Skin Care From The Earth: The<br />

skin category continues to explode<br />

with more natural, clean and even<br />

food-standard products. There is a<br />

perception that skin and mind are<br />

linked and there’s a connection<br />

between skin care and wellness.<br />

It’s the opposite direction from<br />

where makeup is going.<br />

Customisation and<br />

Personalisation: Using data and<br />

customer input to create products<br />

for a universe of one is a new form<br />

of luxury.<br />

Source: https://www.<br />

forbes.com/sites/<br />

richardkestenbaum/2018/09/09/<br />

beauty-industry-biggest-trendsskin-care-loreal-shiseidolauder/#5e4f92356982<br />

dr anh’s new skInCare<br />

Dr Anh is a leding Australian<br />

plastic surgeon from Perth. Her<br />

eponymous new luxurious range<br />

‘Dr Anh’ uses only the finest<br />

ingredients with the strongest<br />

scientific evidence to protect and<br />

repair the skin without any harmful<br />

fillers and perfumes.<br />

The focus of this range is simple<br />

– no empty promises, just pure<br />

results.<br />

www.dranh.com.au<br />

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@cosbeauty<br />

new dna restorIng mask<br />

DNA Renewal, the anti-ageing<br />

skincare line created by American<br />

dermatologist Dr Ronald Moy, has<br />

introduced the DNA Restoring<br />

Mask. This research based<br />

treatment works to instantly<br />

refresh the skin without any<br />

irritation, utilising the power of<br />

DNA Repair Enzymes and Vitamins<br />

E and C.<br />

It delivers instant hydration,<br />

to improve the texture and<br />

appearance of skin, minimising<br />

fine lines with DNA Repair<br />

Enzymes and Vitamins E and C for<br />

sun damage protection and repair.<br />

Formulated to help reduce the<br />

toll nature takes on your skin<br />

for an instantly refreshed and<br />

healthy looking appearance,<br />

it helps boost cellular renewal<br />

for an instant glow. It also helps<br />

reduce sun damage with DNA<br />

Repair Enzymes delivered through<br />

liposomes to deeply penetrate the<br />

skin.<br />

Size: 60ml jar RRP: $89<br />

ryan reynolds, the new<br />

faCe of armanI Code<br />

fragranCe<br />

Giorgio Armani beauty has<br />

announced Ryan Reynolds as<br />

the new face of its Armani Code<br />

fragrances. The new Armani Code<br />

campaign starring the Canadian<br />

actor and producer will be<br />

released worldwide in Feb 2019.<br />

“With his status as modern male<br />

figure of self-fulfillment, Ryan<br />

Reynolds perfectly embodies the<br />

modern sensuality of the Armani<br />

Code man: someone with charisma,<br />

authenticity, an effortless style, and<br />

the right dose of irony”, said Mr.<br />

Giorgio Armani.<br />

Originally introduced in 2004,<br />

Armani Code is the modern<br />

embodiment of self-fulfilment and<br />

personality, of a man who effortlessly<br />

masters the art of seduction. The<br />

fragrance ranks in the top 10 of<br />

men’s fragrances worldwide.

@cosbeauty<br />

Beauty knows no gender<br />

Chanel has borrowed the best<br />

from the beauty world to create a<br />

new line of makeup for men. Three<br />

imperceptible, easy-to-use products<br />

in midnight blue packaging to<br />

create the look of even skin,<br />

defined brows and smooth lips.We<br />

say, ‘go for it’, guys!<br />

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@cosbeauty<br />

The most-requested UK makeup<br />

looks of 2018<br />

According to premiumnews.com, Kylie<br />

Jenner is so famous for her plump pout<br />

that the makeup mogul’s signature<br />

pillowy lips were apparently the mostrequested<br />

beauty look of 2018. This<br />

comes from research by the service<br />

platform Bark.com, which interviewed<br />

2,000 makeup artists, stylists and<br />

beauticians to determine the top 10<br />

requested beauty looks of the year in<br />

the UK. Jenner’s over-lined lips were<br />

the beauty asset that clients coveted<br />

most in 2018.<br />

While Jenner’s lips are famously due<br />

in part to cosmetic fillers, the second<br />

most-requested look of the year was<br />

at the opposite end of the scale.<br />

The natural makeup look sported by<br />

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex,<br />

was in high demand across the UK,<br />

with clients seeking to emulate her soft<br />

smokey eye shadow and nude pink lip.<br />

The third most-popular beauty look<br />

was Kim Kardashian’s extreme contour<br />

look, followed by supermodel Cara<br />

Delevingne’s statement full eyebrows.<br />

Ariana Grande’s signature winged<br />

eyeliner, comprising a cute flick drawn<br />

on with liquid liner, was named the fifth<br />

most-requested look.<br />

Multiple event-specific looks also<br />

featured in the top 10, from Beyonce’s<br />

Coachella makeup to the Gothic-esque<br />

products worn by Lily Collins at the<br />

MET Gala in May. Bella Hadid, Rihanna<br />

and Taylor Swift rounded out the list.<br />

According to the survey, 75% of UK<br />

beauty clients request a specific<br />

celebrity look from their makeup artist,<br />

but this comes as no surprise to Bark.<br />

com co-founder Kai Feller, who said:<br />

“Considering the popularity of these<br />

celebrities, it’s no surprise to see many<br />

of them on the list. The influence of<br />

celebrity culture on the cosmetics<br />

industry is huge.”<br />

Source: premiumbeautynews.com<br />

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‘Pour yourself<br />

a drink, put<br />

on some<br />

lipstick and<br />

pull yourself<br />

together.’<br />

Elizabeth Taylor

‘I believe in<br />

manicures,<br />

I believe in<br />

overdressing.<br />

I believe in<br />

primping at<br />

leisure and<br />

wearing<br />

lipstick.’<br />

Audrey Hepburn

‘Beauty, to me,<br />

is about being<br />

comfortable<br />

in your own<br />

skin. That, or a<br />

kick-ass lipstick.’<br />

Gwyneth Paltrow

Anna Magnani

‘Live your<br />

eyeliner,<br />

breathe<br />

your lipstick<br />

and kill for<br />

each other.’<br />

Lady Gaga


Summer<br />

skin<br />

S S<br />

Post-summer skin survival tactics<br />

to target dehydration, pigmentation<br />

and premature ageing.<br />

Too much fun in the sun may have fast tracked your path to fine<br />

lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, and dry, blotchy skin. Get your<br />

skin back on track and help reverse signs of sun damage with active<br />

skincare to replenish, rehydrate and promote healthy skin turnover.<br />

Caring for your skin and preventing premature ageing is not a wash-andgo<br />

approach; it should be tailored to your skin type and the skin concerns<br />

you wish to address.<br />

A serious skin routine incorporates a variety of layering strategies and<br />

techniques to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, fade pigmentation and age<br />

spots, firm skin, minimise uneven skin tone, and improve breakouts.<br />

A few extra minutes every day spent with your skin rejuvenation products<br />

will turn a basic skincare routine into a serious skincare regime that will<br />

comprehensively address an array of skin issues – particularly needed after a<br />

long hot summer.<br />

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cleansing<br />

beauty<br />

Cleansing should be your first<br />

beauty ritual every morning.<br />

choose a simple, gentle cleansing<br />

product that will effectively remove<br />

dirt and makeup. maintaining the<br />

evening cleansing step is the most<br />

important of them all to wash away<br />

the day’s wear and tear on the face.<br />

there are cleansers for every skin<br />

type. if you’re prone to blocked<br />

pores, use gel formulations. For<br />

delicate skin, use milky products<br />

and for dry skin, cream products<br />

work best. try something with<br />

glycolic acid or aha to complement<br />

an anti-ageing skincare regimen.<br />

cleansers are also instrumental<br />

for optimum absorption of<br />

moisturisers and serums.<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

1. Murad redness therapy<br />

sensitive soothing gel cleanser<br />

200ml, $44, 2. Organic Nation<br />

rosemarymint Body cleanser with<br />

aloe and superberries 350ml,<br />

$42, 3. Medik8 micellar mousse<br />

150ml $49, 4. DNa renewal<br />

dna Foaming gel cleanser, $39,<br />

5. Murad aha/Bha exfoliating<br />

cleanser 200ml, $62, 6. Corbin RD<br />

restorative cleanser Balm 50g,<br />

$49.95 7. aspect Dr aha/<br />

Bha cleanser 240ml, $66.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

6.<br />


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moisturisers<br />

beauty<br />

Give your skin the fuel it needs to<br />

ignite and sustain the rejuvenation<br />

process. Look for products containing<br />

hyaluronic acid (HA), antioxidants,<br />

vitamin complexes, alpha hydroxy<br />

acids (AHAs) and peptides to<br />

really deliver results and reduce<br />

signs of ageing.<br />

HA (also found naturally in the<br />

skin) is a standout ingredient in many<br />

anti-ageing products due to its ability<br />

to attract and bind water, locking<br />

moisture into the skin and binding<br />

collagen with elastin.<br />

Antioxidants help protect skin<br />

by combating free radicals, which<br />

attack healthy skin cells and collagen,<br />

resulting in lines and wrinkles, uneven<br />

skin tone and sensitivity.<br />

Topical vitamins play a huge part<br />

in protecting and repairing skin.<br />

Vitamin C, for example, is an<br />

antioxidant that works to prevent<br />

free radical damage and help<br />

reinforce the skin’s own defenses<br />

and prevent long-term damage.<br />

Arguably the most potent topical<br />

is retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A<br />

(retinoic acid), which is widely touted<br />

as ‘the’ anti-ageing solution. Retinoids<br />

encourage better cell function and<br />

turnover, stimulating the dermis and<br />

helping to boost collagen and elastin<br />

production and improve fine lines<br />

and wrinkles, skin texture, skin<br />

tone and colour, and your skin’s<br />

hydration levels.<br />

Peptides are known for their<br />

rejuvenation and repair properties,<br />

such as copper or hexapeptides, so<br />

they come highly recommended.<br />

Some active skincare may initially<br />

induce mild irritation, so it is best to<br />

build up gradually as your skin gets<br />

used to treatment. Find a different<br />

skin rejuvenating moisturiser for day<br />

and for night that work well in synergy.<br />

And don’t forget to moisturise your<br />

neck and décolleté as well – this area<br />

is one of the first to show signs of sun<br />

damage and age.

& serums<br />

1.<br />

17.<br />

16.<br />

10.<br />

5.<br />

11. 12.<br />

2.<br />

6.<br />

13.<br />

3.<br />

14.<br />

20.<br />

15.<br />

21.<br />

22.<br />

4.<br />

7.<br />

8.<br />

9.<br />

1. alpha-H daily essential<br />

moisturiser sPF 30+ 50ml, $46.95,<br />

2. dermalogica calm water gel<br />

weightless water-gel moisturizer<br />

50ml, $73, 3. medik8 Balance<br />

moisturiser 50ml & glycolic acid<br />

activator 5ml, $98, 4. Medik8<br />

daily radiance vitamin c 50ml,<br />

$109, 5. Medik8 liquid Peptides<br />

30ml, $98, 6. Medik8 Pore<br />

minimising tonic 100ml, $78, 7.<br />

PCa Skin Perfecting neck and<br />

decolletage cream, $120, 8. ella<br />

baché hydra cationic skin elixir<br />

50ml, $69, 9. La Roche-Posay<br />

lipikar Baume aP+ Body Balm<br />

200ml, $24.95, 10. asap super c<br />

serum 30ml, $89, 11. ella baché<br />

hydra Jelly moisture shot 50ml,<br />

$89, 12. environ Body dermalac<br />

lotion, $79.99, 13. alpha-H<br />

vitamin c 25ml 25ml, $69.95,<br />

14. mesoestetic glycolic + e +<br />

F ampoules 10 x 2ml, $118, 15.<br />

SkinCeuticals a.g.e. interrupter<br />

50ml, $225, 16. Cosmedix simply<br />

Brilliant 30ml, $105,17. aspect<br />

Pigment Punch 30ml, $130,18.<br />

ultraCeuticals ultra retexturising<br />

Body complex 250ml, $89,19.<br />

SkinCeuticals advanced<br />

Pigment corrector 30ml, $130.64,<br />

20. asap super B complex<br />

30ml, $95, 21.ultraCeuticals<br />

Ultra Smoothing Pore Refiner<br />

50ml,$115, 22. Skeyndor eternal<br />

cream antiage 50ml, $154.95<br />

19.<br />

18.<br />

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exfoliants, peels<br />

4.<br />

beauty<br />

removing old skin cells that<br />

collect on the surface of the skin<br />

encourages the growth of new cells,<br />

revitalising your skin. When you<br />

exfoliate, you remove dead surface<br />

cells that contribute to dryness and<br />

oil that can cause blocked pores and<br />

problems like acne.<br />

you can choose to use a<br />

mechanical exfoliation method,<br />

which is a granular scrub style,<br />

or a chemical/enzyme exfoliant<br />

incorporating alpha hydroxy or beta<br />

hydroxy acid, or vitamin a (retinol,<br />

tretinoin and retinyl palmitate).<br />

scrubs treat the surface of the<br />

skin and help unclog pores, while<br />

exfoliants remove surface cell<br />

debris and leave skin fresher and<br />

looking brighter.<br />

skin peels are another way to<br />

more deeply achieve the removal<br />

of the older, outermost layer of<br />

skin, which stimulates new skin cell<br />

growth. common types contain<br />

lactic acid and glycolic acid. lactic<br />

acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that<br />

occurs naturally in our bodies and<br />

helps stimulate the production of<br />

collagen and elastin in the dermal<br />

layer. it is also a humectant, which<br />

attracts water molecules in the skin<br />

to the surface, giving a plumper<br />

appearance. a glycolic peel contains<br />

a higher potency of alpha hydroxy<br />

acid. low-concentration lactic or<br />

glycolic peels are available as athome<br />

treatments.<br />

using a facial mask can soothe<br />

and nourish skin, oxygenate,<br />

improve the circulation, help clear<br />

up blemishes and discolouration<br />

and even reduce the appearance of<br />

fine lines and wrinkles. The benefits<br />

of masks are often underestimated,<br />

but they can give the complexion a<br />

real boost. generally, they should be<br />

used weekly after exfoliating. CbM<br />

6.<br />

2.<br />

8.<br />

1.<br />

7.<br />

3.<br />

10. 11. 13.<br />

17.<br />

5.<br />

14.<br />

9.<br />

18.<br />

15.<br />

16.<br />


& masks<br />

1. DNa Renewal DNA Restoring Mask 60ml, $89, 2. C Lab<br />

& Co Coffee Body Scrub with Coconut Tub 330g, $24.95,<br />

3. aLPHa-H Micro Cleanse Super Scrub, 100ml, $49.95,<br />

4. Organic Nation Black Rice Scrub, 150ml, $53, 5. Genie<br />

Exfoliate 3 Triple Action Microdermabrasion Exfoliant Face<br />

Scrub, $40, 6. Dermalogica daily microfoliant 74g, $84,<br />

7. ultraceuticals Ultra Dual Microfoliant 75ml, $79,<br />

8. aspect exfoliating clay m 118ml, $59, 9. asap Revitalising<br />

Bodyscrub 200ml, $45, 10. Skinbetter Science Detoxifying<br />

Scrub Mask 60ml, $55, 11. Skeyndor Derma Peel PRO<br />

Resurfacing Peel Cream 50ml, $119, 13. mesoestetic<br />

brightening peel booster 50ml, $114, 14. asap daily<br />

exfoliating facial scrub 200ml, $49, 15. Société Superfruit<br />

Enzyme 59ml, $69, 16. environ Tri Bio-Botanical Revival<br />

Masque 50 ml, $110, 17. Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel,<br />

4 Single-use Treatments, $68, 18. Frank body Express-O<br />

Scrub 250ml, $19.95, 19. milk & Co, Body Scrub 375ml,<br />

$16.95, 20. Skeyndor MyMask Fresh Sorbet, mineralising<br />

and moisturising mask 50ml, $67, 21. Medik8 Activated<br />

Charcoal Refining Mask Starter Kit, $78.00, 22. Cosmedix<br />

Pure Enzymes Exfoliating Mask, $80.<br />

21.<br />

20.<br />

22.<br />

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Skin<br />

Out<br />

Damned<br />

Spot<br />

For best results, sometimes<br />

pigmentation spots need to<br />

be treated professionally<br />

and cosmelan ® is the<br />

treatment of choice for<br />

clinicians Australia-wide.<br />

Developed by mesoestetic ® and<br />

distributed in Australia by<br />

Advanced Cosmeceuticals,<br />

cosmelan ® is a one-off treatment that not<br />

only helps visibly reduce dark spots, it<br />

also restores radiance and luminosity to<br />

the skin while equalising skin tone. The<br />

treatment works by helping to decrease<br />

the skin’s melanin production.<br />

cosmelan ® is a new-generation<br />

depigmentation treatment that finally<br />

offers clinically proven results in all types<br />

of pigmentation, including melasma.<br />

Melasma is a common skin problem

that can cause brown, blotchy patches<br />

of discoloured skin to appear, usually<br />

across the face, and is exacerbated<br />

by exposure to the sun. Although<br />

it affects such a high proportion of<br />

Australians, especially women, it is<br />

extremely difficult to treat.<br />

However, cosmelan ® is a gamechanger<br />

and has an impressive<br />

clearance rate, helping to reduce age<br />

spots by up to 95% in nearly all cases.<br />

The treatments are suitable for all<br />

Fitzpatrick skin types and can be used<br />

all year around.<br />

And it gets better – cosmelan ® has a<br />

dual action. It has a short-term action<br />

to improve the appearance of superficial<br />

pigmentation via chemical exfoliation<br />

and it has a longer term action which<br />

gives it an advantage over other<br />

products, in that its ingredients actually<br />

help to reduce melanin production.<br />

Although you need to prepare<br />

yourself for some downtime, if you’re<br />

a lifelong pigmentation sufferer, you<br />

will know the possibility of having<br />

smooth and clear skin far outweighs<br />

the short downtime.<br />

What to<br />

expect<br />

The cosmelan ® treatment consists<br />

of two phases and it is imperative<br />

both be used according to<br />

the directions to achieve<br />

complete success.<br />

Phase 1 – in the clinic<br />

The cosmelan ® 1 mask is applied<br />

in the clinic and left on the skin<br />

for a period of time which is<br />

determined by the professional<br />

according to your skin colour<br />

and type. This is usually around<br />

8-12 hours.<br />

Phase 2 – home maintenance<br />

The mask is removed at home<br />

and followed by an application<br />

of melan recovery. cosmelan ®<br />

2 maintenance cream is applied<br />

at home according to the<br />

recommended protocol of the<br />

professional. The objective of<br />

this highly effective maintenance<br />

cream is to help the continued<br />

brightening of the complexion,<br />

while restoring luminosity.<br />

Follow daily with melan recovery<br />

and hydrating moisturiser with<br />

sun protection.<br />

Peeling of the treated skin<br />

begins in approximately 48-72<br />

hours and lasts about three<br />

days. hydra-vital factor k is<br />

provided for multiple applications<br />

during the day and night. Follow<br />

up is in 7-10 days and the<br />

cosmelan ® home maintenance<br />

program must be adhered to for<br />

effective results.<br />

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Skin<br />

Kojic acid<br />

Topicals to treat melasma usually<br />

incorporate inhibitors of tyrosinase,<br />

a key enzyme in melanin production<br />

within the melanocyte. Until now,<br />

these products have usually been<br />

associated with adverse side effects and<br />

a long-haul to real results.<br />

cosmelan ® uses kojic acid (KA),<br />

which is a natural chelation agent<br />

and tyrosinase inhibitor produced by<br />

several species of fungi.<br />

A report by Jean Levy and Frederic<br />

Pons et al., conducted at the Centre<br />

Laser Dermatologique in France,<br />

explains the benefits of KA in the<br />

cosmelan ® treatment line.<br />

‘It is well established that tyrosinase<br />

is a key enzyme in the synthesis of<br />

melanin,’ the report states. ‘Depicted<br />

as a natural approach to skin<br />

depigmentation, cosmelan ® features<br />

KA, which is extremely stable in<br />

solution and retains its potency<br />

over time.’<br />

This KA complex is partnered<br />

with a high antioxidant vitamin<br />

complex, which can help the skin<br />

look rejuvenated and renewed, and<br />

diminish the appearance of age spots<br />

and pigmentation.<br />

A vegetable extract complex is<br />

used to hydrate and soothe the skin.<br />

Notably, cosmelan ® also includes an<br />

exfoliating agent to help accelerate<br />

the natural renewal of the skin’s<br />

upper layers and further reduce the<br />

appearance of age spots.<br />

WHERE<br />

TO GET IT<br />

cosmelan is available at select<br />

skin clinics across Australia.<br />

For stockists, visit www.<br />

advancedcosmeceuticals.com.au<br />

or call 1800 242 011<br />

Patients<br />

shown to<br />

endure side<br />

effects for<br />

improved<br />

results<br />

A study, published in the Journal of<br />

Cosmetic Dermatology, enrolled 22<br />

women with melasma into a splitfaced<br />

trial lasting four months.<br />

The aim was to compare the<br />

effects of cosmelan ® with another<br />

depigmentation product on<br />

the market.<br />

The study found cosmelan ® to<br />

be more effective in reducing the<br />

appearance of pigmentation and,<br />

even though some participants<br />

experienced mild irritation following<br />

use, they preferred the efficacy of<br />

cosmelan ® to the alternative.<br />

With documented results, the<br />

cosmelan ® Professional Treatment<br />

affords an effective and fast track<br />

solution to the clearance of melasma<br />

pigmentation. The accessibility and<br />

usability of the treatment means<br />

patients are likely to adhere to the<br />

regimen, without experiencing<br />

any disruption to their social and<br />

professional lives. Most importantly,<br />

the clinical results show great promise<br />

for the management of melasma, in<br />

even the most resistant of individuals.

world’s leading professional<br />

depigmentation method<br />

cosmelan ® is a professional, topical skin brightening treatment that<br />

helps to visibly reduce and eliminate dark spots and blemishes caused<br />

by excess melanin in the skin. It’s cutting edge formula has been<br />

After<br />

designed to achieve DNARenewal: maximum efficacy, THE while FOUNDER it helps to balance skin<br />

Before<br />

tone and increase skin Dr. Ronald luminosity. L. Moy, The renowned cosmelan scientist, ® application researcher, acts on dermatologist, and cosmetic surgeon,<br />

the cells that are responsible has dedicated for his skin life’s pigmentation, work to understanding helping to the reduce impact of photo damage on skin’s health and aging.<br />

melanin production Today, in hyperpigmented DNARenewal marks areas the and culmination thereby helping of his passion to to create a clinically proven regimen that<br />

remove or lighten unsightly effectively blemishes helps repair and photodamaged spots. aging skin.

Skin<br />

feature<br />

that<br />

glows<br />

Our skin is often the first thing<br />

others notice about us. here are<br />

our tips for a radiant complexion<br />

at any age.<br />

Effected by the lifestyle we lead,<br />

the foods we eat, the products<br />

we use and the vitamins we<br />

consume, our skin, and the way<br />

it ages, is an amazingly complex<br />

phenomenon. External factors work<br />

alongside genetics, ethnicity and<br />

other intrinsic processes to map our<br />

path to skin ageing. And while there<br />

is little we can do to halt the hands of<br />

time from leaving their mark on our<br />

skin, there is plenty we can do to limit<br />

the damage being done by the choices<br />

we make on a day-to-day basis.<br />

Spanning from the active cells of<br />

the dermis to the dead cells of the<br />

stratum corneum (the outermost<br />

layer of the epidermis), the skin<br />

serves to protect the body and acts<br />

as an exchange system for water and<br />

waste. Skin cells are produced by<br />

stem cells in the dermis and, from<br />

here, move up through the layers of<br />

the epidermis before they are shed<br />

from the stratum corneum. As we<br />

age this process of skin cell renewal<br />

slows down, meaning the skin’s<br />

integrity, texture and resilience are<br />

slowly impaired. Also in the dermis<br />

lie interlinked collagen and elastin<br />

fibres, the skin’s support structure<br />

and the key to a youthful facial<br />

contour. Again, these fibres lose<br />

strength with age, causing wrinkles<br />

to form, elasticity to deteriorate and<br />

firmness to fade.<br />

While these ageing processes are<br />

somewhat inevitable, a number<br />

of external factors contribute to<br />

their onset and development. Sun<br />

exposure, diet and lifestyle all impact<br />

the speed of skin cell renewal and<br />

the integrity of support structures in<br />

the dermis.

UV damage<br />

In a country as sun-drenched as Australia,<br />

the skin is unavoidably battered by some<br />

degree of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.<br />

With profound effects on skin health,<br />

sun damage has been deemed responsible<br />

for up to 90 percent of visible signs of skin<br />

ageing and impacts the entire spectrum<br />

of skin processes. It is difficult to tell just<br />

how much damage is occurring during<br />

sun exposure, as the radiation responsible<br />

for photoageing is different to that which<br />

causes sunburn. While excessive UVB<br />

exposure induces burning, blisters and<br />

discomfort, UVA radiation penetrates<br />

the skin unnoticed, reaping havoc on<br />

the cells, vessels and support structures<br />

of the dermis.<br />

Working to compound, accelerate<br />

and trigger intrinsic signs of ageing,<br />

UV damage alters molecular processes<br />

to gradually transform fine lines into<br />

deep wrinkles, a smooth complexion<br />

into a think, leathery texture and mild<br />

pigmentation into harsh, irregular sun<br />

spots. According to Siddharth Mukherjee<br />

et al. in a study published in the journal<br />

of Clinical Interventions in Aging,<br />

severe photodamage morphs the dermis<br />

into a “massive quantity of thickened,<br />

tangled and degraded elastic fibres.”<br />

This phenomenon causes blood vessels<br />

to widen and show on the skin’s surface,<br />

atrophying the skin and collapsing its<br />

support structures.<br />

While prevention is always preferable,<br />

reversing some signs of UV damage<br />

is achievable. An antioxidant-fuelled<br />

skincare regime can slow the process of<br />

pigmentation arising, certain skincare<br />

products can prohibit melanin generation<br />

and some treatments can lighten the<br />

skin, reducing the appearance of existing<br />

pigmentation on the surface. Zinc fortified<br />

cosmetics provide enhanced protection<br />

against the sun’s harmful rays, preventing<br />

further damage from occurring.<br />

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feature<br />

diet<br />

The way we nourish our bodies,<br />

satisfy our cravings and sate our taste<br />

buds manifests itself on the skin in a<br />

surprisingly direct fashion. Though<br />

we often adjust our diet to slim the<br />

waist or fl atten the stomach, we<br />

don’t always think of the impact<br />

such dietary decisions are having<br />

on our skin. For example, skin cell<br />

membranes, which are comprised<br />

of fatty molecules, or lipids, are<br />

responsible for protecting the cell,<br />

absorbing nutrients and eliminating<br />

wastes. The integrity of this lipid<br />

membrane is dependant on the<br />

availability of essential fatty acids,<br />

which the body cannot produce<br />

independently. Because of this, those<br />

following extremely low fat diets<br />

will often exhibit compromised skin<br />

barriers, due to a lack of essential<br />

fatty acids and a weakening of cell<br />

membranes. Alternatively, a diet<br />

high in Omega 3 and 6 will work to<br />

refi ne and strengthen epidermal skin<br />

cells, enhancing the skin’s protective<br />

barrier and increasing water and<br />

nutrient retention.<br />

Omegas aside, not all fats benefi t<br />

the skin. An excess of unhealthy<br />

fats will induce a heightened sebum<br />

production and disrupt the skin’s<br />

acid mantel – or the water/oil barrier<br />

across the skin’s surface. Similarly,<br />

highly acidic diets will cause your<br />

body to excrete excess acid via the<br />

epidermis, sometimes triggering<br />

conditions such as psoriasis, eczema<br />

or adult acne.<br />

Finally, bad news for those with<br />

a sweet tooth; excess blood sugar<br />

molecules bombard the collagen and<br />

elastin fi bres in the skin, causing the<br />

proteins to become hard and brittle.<br />

Too much sweet indulgence will<br />

deteriorate the skin’s elasticity and<br />

resilience, resulting in a ‘criss-crossed’<br />

wrinkle formation around the chin<br />

and eye area – a condition known as<br />

glycation. Anti-glycation agents can<br />

be found in certain cosmetics, while<br />

balancing your diet with nutrient-rich<br />

vegetables and red meat will soften<br />

the glucose effect.<br />

stress, sleeP,<br />

smoKing and<br />

exerCise<br />

Triggering the release of the hormone<br />

cortisol, stress takes a toll upon every<br />

aspect of the body, skin included.<br />

Maintained levels of stress, whether<br />

it’s induced mentally or physically–<br />

for example diffi culty sleeping – will<br />

result in an overload of cortisol in<br />

the system. Produced by the adrenal<br />

glands, cortisol breaks down collagen<br />

in the skin leading to increased skin<br />

laxity, fi ne lines and dark circles<br />

under the eyes.<br />

Ensuring the standard six to eight<br />

hours of sleep each night will keep<br />

those cortisol levels at bay, while<br />

regular exercise will induce an<br />

increased blood supply to the dermis,<br />

delivering adequate nutrients and<br />

removing excess waste for a healthier<br />

looking complexion.<br />

There is signifi cant research<br />

to suggest smoking increases the<br />

appearance of fi ne lines and wrinkles<br />

in the skin. By reducing the capillary<br />

and arteriolar blood fl ow to the skin,<br />

smoking leaves the skin starved of<br />

oxygen and nutrients, while also<br />

damaging the connective tissue fi bres<br />

in the dermis.<br />

Our lifestyle can directly manifest<br />

itself upon our complexion. By<br />

moderating external ageing factors<br />

in fi lling your diet with nutrients,<br />

exercising regularly and using sun<br />

protection, those inevitable intrinsic<br />

ageing factors will be slower to<br />

appear. Whether used alongside<br />

cosmetic interventions or not, a<br />

holistic approach to anti-ageing will<br />

leave your skin healthier, fi rmer and<br />

more youthful for longer. csbm

6<br />

WaYS tO GEt<br />

younger looking skin<br />

Modern skincare products are formulated with potent active ingredients to work magic<br />

on your complexion. While selecting the products to include in your beauty arsenal,<br />

there are many important ingredients to look for.<br />

The following are the critical and most vital ingredients to any anti-ageing product.<br />

1.<br />

sunsCreens<br />

Sunscreens are an integral part of any anti-ageing regime. They<br />

are, fi rst and foremost, products to help prevent extrinsic ageing<br />

of the skin. Ensure any sunscreen has physical and chemical<br />

blockers plus antioxidants. While not perfect, these sun care<br />

products are the best we have at the moment.<br />

2.<br />

antioxidants<br />

Antioxidants are nature’s magic<br />

bullets, protecting our bodies against<br />

the chemical reaction responsible<br />

for the free radicals that are one of<br />

the key mechanisms in ageing. Free<br />

radicals are by-products of normal<br />

cell activity but they also occur as<br />

a result of exposure to pollutants<br />

and sunlight. They are extremely<br />

destructive, damaging cell structures<br />

and contributing to degenerative<br />

illnesses such as heart and liver<br />

disease and cancer.<br />

Antioxidants can break the chain<br />

reactions triggered by the production<br />

of free radicals. The good news is<br />

that they are freely available because<br />

most benefi cial antioxidants occur<br />

in foods we eat. These include<br />

Vitamins A, C and E, carotenoids<br />

such as betacarotene, some minerals,<br />

phenolic compounds and other<br />

naturally occurring chemicals with<br />

antioxidant properties.<br />

Antioxidants help prevent tissue<br />

damage that could potentially lead<br />

to ageing and disease. They are<br />

important in photo-damage repair<br />

and protection.<br />

Antioxidants are increasingly being<br />

included in skincare products, but<br />

there are a number of factors that<br />

infl uence their effectiveness in topical<br />

form. These include the chemical<br />

makeup of the antioxidant, what<br />

it is combined with and how it is<br />

delivered in the product formulation.<br />

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4.<br />

feature<br />

3.<br />

Vitamin A<br />

Most skin health professionals<br />

will agree that Vitamin A is the<br />

single-most important ingredient<br />

to prevent, restore, normalise and<br />

help repair damaged skin. Since our<br />

body does not make Vitamin A, our<br />

skin becomes deficient over time.<br />

For that reason, Vitamin A is a very<br />

important and necessary ingredient<br />

in all quality anti-ageing product<br />

lines. However, in its acid form it<br />

may cause redness and irritation. It<br />

can also cause a thinning of the skin,<br />

which is not a good thing. There<br />

are now effective forms of Vitamin<br />

A that are less damaging. Look for<br />

retinal palmitate, acetate and retinol.<br />

The sun depletes the skin of<br />

Vitamin A and this is one of the<br />

reasons those who super-expose their<br />

skin to sun damage age faster than<br />

those who do not.<br />

Vitamin C<br />

Vitamin C repairs and rejuvenates<br />

the skin. It helps to prevent<br />

hyperpigmentation by slowing the<br />

production of melanin. Vitamin C is a<br />

normal component in the skin, but is<br />

utilised first for other bodily functions,<br />

so the skin is vulnerable for deficiency.<br />

We should include it in our diet, in<br />

supplements and in topical products.<br />

The problem is that the longproven,<br />

most effective form is ascorbic<br />

acid, which quickly degenerates with<br />

exposure to air and light. Ascorbic<br />

acid is recommended for maximum<br />

delivery of fresh, high-potent Vitamin<br />

C. To do so, the delivery and storage<br />

of the product is all-important; a<br />

‘mix-before-use’ product is typically<br />

preferred. Vitamin C is also now<br />

available in effective fat-soluble forms<br />

(eg, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate<br />

and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmltate),<br />

which work well and remain stable and<br />

efficacious for longer.

5.<br />

Exfoliants<br />

Exfoliants are believed by many to be<br />

a necessary component to maintain<br />

the health of the skin. The outer<br />

layer of the skin must be thick and<br />

compact, an important protection<br />

against the environment, and it<br />

best exfoliates naturally. On the<br />

other hand, not exfoliating prevents<br />

maximum penetration of ingredients<br />

and can create a skin that is dull with<br />

poor texture and older in appearance.<br />

The best policy is a compromise of<br />

mild resurfacing. Remember, as with<br />

most things in life, less is more to<br />

remove excess dead cells.<br />

6.<br />

Peptides<br />

Peptides are one of the newer<br />

ingredient groups to hit the antiageing<br />

skincare scene, and many<br />

studies have shown significant results.<br />

But for many skin scientists the jury is<br />

still out on just how effective they are<br />

as an anti-ageing product.<br />

That being said, peptides are highly<br />

respected for their ability to penetrate<br />

the skin and activate their target –<br />

increasing the production of collagen<br />

and elastin. Peptides have been<br />

shown to ‘turn on’ the fibroblasts,<br />

which are essential for building<br />

and repairing the skin and a basic<br />

requirement for anti-ageing success.<br />

Results are cumulative and it can take<br />

three to four months of twice-daily<br />

use for a good skincare product to<br />

show results.<br />

The anti-ageing attack is focused<br />

on a brigade of reliable and stable<br />

formulations of established and<br />

trusted ingredients. The ones<br />

mentioned above are synergistic<br />

troops in the battle, and their<br />

effectiveness has a long history of<br />

studies and proof that they do assist<br />

in the maintenance of healthy and<br />

beautiful skin. CBM<br />

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Skin<br />

The Pinnacle<br />

of Skin<br />

Rejuvenation<br />

Medik8’s most powerful<br />

anti-ageing technology,<br />

r-Retinoate Intense is a<br />

masterpiece of simplicity.<br />

The fight against ageing is<br />

starting younger and younger<br />

with research showing one<br />

in five young women stress about<br />

wrinkles before they’ve even reached<br />

their mid-twenties.<br />

It’s never too early to start looking<br />

after your skin and r-Retinoate Intense<br />

is a revolutionary complex of the<br />

most powerful Vitamin As - crystal<br />

stabilised retinaldehyde joins forces<br />

with breakthrough retinyl retinoate<br />

- for the ultimate Vitamin A power.<br />

Never before have these two legendary<br />

molecules been combined and never<br />

before have such profound visible<br />

results been attainable at home.<br />

Vitamin A is arguably the most<br />

renowned ingredient in cosmeceuticals<br />

for it’s ability to help reduce the<br />

first signs of skin ageing. Retinol<br />

rejuvenates the appearance of the skin,<br />

helping it to look smoother, refined<br />

and plumper. It helps promote cell<br />

turnover to diminish the appearance of<br />

fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone,<br />

and blemishes.<br />

The new r-Retinoate Intense is<br />

eight times stronger than retinol and<br />

eleven times faster acting. In as little<br />

as four weeks, it visibly reduces the<br />

appearance of fine lines and wrinkles<br />

and radiance reaches unprecedented<br />

levels of luminosity. Suitable for all<br />

skin types and designed for use only<br />

at night, it has been formulated into<br />

a cashmere-soft moisturising night<br />

cream centred around a suite of skin

youthful-looking skin.<br />

inGREDiEnTS<br />

Polymer-Encapsulated Retinyl<br />

Retinoate – eight times more<br />

powerful than retinol and stable<br />

both day and night, this nextgeneration<br />

vitamin A helps defy<br />

signs of premature ageing.<br />

Crystal-Encapsulated<br />

Retinaldehyde – one step closer<br />

to retinoic acid than retinol,<br />

retinaldehyde delivers results<br />

up to eleven times faster than<br />

retinol, while maintaining its<br />

kindness to the skin. Retinal also<br />

has antibacterial properties,<br />

which crown it as the best<br />

Vitamin A for blemish prone skin.<br />

Smart Hydration Reservoir<br />

– a complex of multi-weight<br />

hyaluronic acid, nourishing<br />

squalane and humectant<br />

glycerin, which delivers multilevel<br />

hydration that adapts to your<br />

skin’s needs throughout<br />

the night.<br />

Vitamin E – an oil-soluble<br />

antioxidant, Vitamin E can<br />

quench free radicals on the skin<br />

while stabilising retinaldehyde for<br />

optimal power.<br />

Ceramide Complex – a cocktail<br />

of ceramides, which are almost<br />

‘skin identical’, allowing them to<br />

easily nourish the skin.<br />

Drone-Targeted Copper<br />

Peptide – directed like a drone to<br />

skin’s deeper layers for optimum<br />

results, the peptide is released<br />

over time, promoting plumper,<br />

more youthful-looking skin.<br />

Organic Carrot Seed Oil –<br />

providing a soft, apricot hue to<br />

the luxurious cream, carrot seed<br />

oil makes up part of a unique,<br />

patent pending stability system,<br />

which preserves the potency of<br />

r-Retinoate Intense.<br />

optimised ceramides and dronetargeted<br />

peptides.<br />

r-Retinoate Intense is infused with<br />

the sweetest notes of Madagascan<br />

vanilla, expertly paired with soft<br />

citrus aromas to promote the perfect<br />

night’s rest. Applied before bed,<br />

means upon waking your skin<br />

feels revitalised, rejuvenated and<br />

undeniably youthful-looking.<br />

The science behind the product has<br />

been ten years in the making and the<br />

formulation contains three patented<br />

and patent pending discoveries with a<br />

revolutionary blend of retinyl retinoate<br />

and crystal-stabilised retinaldehyde.<br />

This powerful combination enables<br />

you to experience the pure power<br />

of transformation in as little as four<br />

weeks. The r-Retinoate Intense<br />

contains an ingenious ‘drone-targeted’<br />

delivery system – directed like a<br />

drone to ‘drill’ down deeper than is<br />

usually possible to deliver the actives<br />

to skin’s deeper layers for plumper,<br />

more youthful looking, radiant skin.<br />


Sunscreen must be worn during the<br />

day when incorporating Vitamin A<br />

into your routine.<br />

Consult your GP if you are<br />

breastfeeding or pregnant before using<br />

Vitamin A.<br />

Consult your GP if you are<br />

taking any acne medication and/<br />

or are receiving any sort of peeling<br />

treatment. CBM<br />

WHERE<br />

TO GET IT<br />

r-retinoate intense is available<br />

at select skin clinics across<br />

australia. for stockists,<br />

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

or call 1800 242 011<br />

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BEAUTY<br />

home spa<br />








The overwhelming responses to what<br />

factors women consider most contribute<br />

to a home spa ambience are the presence<br />

of beautiful candles, a soothing fragrance and soft<br />

relaxing music.<br />

If you are stressed out and tired, but can’t seem<br />

to find the time to unwind, you are not alone.<br />

Many Australians also go through this, especially<br />

women. There is nothing more enjoyable than<br />

a day spent at the spa; so when a spa experience<br />

doesn’t quite fit into your schedule - or your<br />

budget - there are plenty of easy ways you can<br />

recreate a relaxing spa-like experience in the<br />

comfort of your own home.<br />

Creating a soothing ambiance for it is top of<br />

the list. With a home spa, you can relax any time<br />

that best suits you, whether you just got home<br />

from work or it’s your day off. Having one will<br />

also help you save money and time in traveling to<br />

spas.<br />

Taking care of yourself is something you<br />

shouldn’t take for granted. So get to it and create<br />

an amazing spa ambience at home. And don’t<br />

forget how important it is to unplug your laptop<br />

and turn off your mobile.

1.<br />

3.<br />

2.<br />

4.<br />

1. SALT By Hendrix Coconut<br />

Candle That Love, $39.95<br />

2. Ginger and Me Be Grateful: White<br />

Candle, Natural Coconut, $54.95<br />

3. The Body Shop Mango<br />

Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub, $29<br />

4. endota spa Essential Oil Diffuser, $80<br />

5. endota spa Mini Ceramic<br />

Mood Lamp, $60<br />

6. The Body Shop Spa of the World<br />

Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream $53<br />

7. Pure Fiji Aroma Diffuser available<br />

in Coconut, Coconut Lime Blossom,<br />

Mango or Guava, $29.95.<br />

8. T2 Beauty Queen Loose Leave<br />

Green Tea With Botanicals, $18<br />

9. endota spa Essential Oil Burner, $30<br />

10. Arbonne Rescue & Renew Pure<br />

Essential Oil – Lavender, RRP $35<br />

5.<br />

6. 7.<br />

8.<br />

9. 10.<br />

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tOOLS<br />

of the<br />

TRADE<br />






No matter what the industry,<br />

everyone relies upon specialised<br />

tools of the trade to complete<br />

their work. From dentists to mechanics,<br />

neurosurgeons to musicians, or<br />

carpenters to plumbers, everybody who<br />

is serious about quality outcomes needs<br />

their tools of choice. The beauty industry<br />

is no exception.<br />

evo Hank 43,<br />

ceramic radial brush,<br />

$36.95,<br />

evo Tyler, teasing<br />

brush, $30,<br />

evo Bruce 22, bristle<br />

radial brush, $40<br />

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eauty<br />

Jane Iredale Kabuki<br />

brush, $80, Blending/<br />

Contouring brush,<br />

$62 and The Handi<br />

Brush, $71<br />

nude by nature<br />

Essential collection<br />

brush set, $39.95<br />

MaKe uP bRuSHeS<br />

These are essential beauty tools<br />

as they can make a massive<br />

difference to how things blend,<br />

the precision of application<br />

and the shapes or styles we can<br />

achieve with our make up.<br />

In fact, having the right make-up<br />

brushes can make the difference<br />

between magnifi cent and<br />

mediocre. They can also be a<br />

godsend if there is something we<br />

fi nd trickier to do, such as work<br />

accurately on a precise lip line, or<br />

winged eye.<br />

It is important to have a<br />

selection of good quality brushes<br />

at your fi ngertips, whenever or<br />

wherever you need the expertise<br />

or extra help.

HaIR bRuSHeS<br />

It isn’t long ago that 100 strokes<br />

of the brush each night before<br />

bed was thought to give beautiful<br />

shiny hair. While that’s now<br />

considered excessive, brushing<br />

remains an important part of<br />

grooming and, and is good for<br />

healthy hair in moderation.<br />

Too much or too vigorous brushing<br />

can lead to or exacerbate hair loss.<br />

Gentle brushing makes hair shine<br />

by fl attening the cuticles (the outer<br />

layer of the hair shaft), which makes<br />

the hairs more refl ective. Styling<br />

with a special brush can also add<br />

volume to fl at hair.<br />

Brushing also cleans the hair<br />

and scalp, removing old hair, dead<br />

skin cells, chemical products and<br />

other deposits.<br />

The sebaceous glands produce<br />

sebum, a protective oil and natural<br />

conditioner, and brushing stimulates<br />

these glands and distributes sebum<br />

from the base of the hair along the<br />

shaft. This makes hair stronger,<br />

more resilient, less dry, smoother<br />

and shinier.<br />

If you have straight or wavy hair,<br />

you should never brush your hair<br />

while it’s wet. Wet hair is weak,<br />

elastic and vulnerable to breakage.<br />

It’s also not recommended to tousle<br />

your hair with a towel – this is too<br />

rough and tangles the hair. Instead,<br />

slowly wring out your hair, using your<br />

hands. Then air-dry, or wrap your hair<br />

in a towel. Wait until it’s almost dry<br />

before styling it.<br />

On the other hand, if you have<br />

curly or textured hair, you shouldn’t<br />

brush when it’s dry as this will create<br />

frizz. Curly hair isn’t as weakened by<br />

moisture and can be untangled and<br />

styled while damp, using a brush,<br />

comb or fi ngers.<br />

These days, hair brushes come in<br />

a bewildering variety of shapes and<br />

sizes, so ask your hairdresser for advice<br />

in choosing. A paddle brush is a<br />

wide, fl at brush that detangles and<br />

smooths most hair types, while roundbarrel<br />

brushes are used for styling hair.<br />

These are our pick of some of the<br />

best tools of the trade around.CbM<br />

beautyblender<br />

Original, $30<br />

asap pure Sculpt + Blend<br />

Brush Set, $165<br />

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BEAUTY<br />


Hair<br />






The unrelenting summer sunshine, chlorine and salt water can<br />

have us looking like Medusa before we know it, if we don’t<br />

take steps to look after our locks. From frizziness to breakage,<br />

dryness to split ends, a little extra care can go a long way to keeping<br />

our crowning glory in tiptop condition.<br />

Chlorine can make blonde hair bright green, while even red heads<br />

and brunettes might notice a khaki tinge. Make sure you rinse your<br />

hair straight after pool time and, if hair already has a green tinge,<br />

use a deep cleansing shampoo to help remove mineral deposits, and<br />

follow with conditioner.<br />

Sun exposure and swimming can cause hair to dry out and become<br />

dull, so use a deep conditioning treatment weekly to stop the problem<br />

before it starts.<br />

Sunburn and dehydration can cause a dry, fl aky scalp, so remember<br />

to wear a hat in the sun. Keep your scalp hydrated by drinking<br />

plenty of water. Treatments for dry scalp include oils and medicated<br />

shampoos if the fl akiness continues.<br />

Your hair probably seems frizzier now then it did when summer<br />

started. Frizzy hair responds well to moisturising hair products,<br />

so it’s important for you to incorporate a hydrating shampoo and<br />

conditioner into your hair care routine. After you rinse your hair,<br />

how you dry it is also essential. When using a blow dryer or fl atirons,<br />

make sure you use a cool setting, since heat can exacerbate frizzy hair.<br />

These products are our go-tos when making sure our hair condition<br />

isn’t a casualty of our summer fun. CBM<br />


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1. Moroccanoil Protect &<br />

Prevent Spray, 160ml, $30<br />

BEAUTY<br />

2. Moroccanoil Color<br />

Continue Shampoo, 250ml, $26<br />

3. Moroccanoil Color<br />

Continue Conditioner, 250ml, $27<br />

4. DAVINES MELU Hair<br />

Shield, 250ml, $41.95<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

5. DAVINES Oi Oil, 135ml, $65.95<br />

6. OLAPLEX No.4 Bond<br />

Maintenance Shampoo,<br />

250ml, $49.95<br />

7. OLAPLEX No.5 Bond<br />

Maintenance Conditioner<br />

250ml, $49.95<br />

8. OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector<br />

treatment, 100ml, $49.95<br />


Hair Mask, 250ml, $42.95<br />

10. DAVINES Circle Chronicle<br />

Hair Masks, Wake-Up, Purity<br />

& Quick Fix, 50ml, $17.95 each<br />

4.<br />


10.<br />

6.<br />

7. 8. 9.<br />

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Skin<br />

The secret<br />

to a perfect<br />

complexion<br />

Lycogel is the go-to<br />

colour corrective<br />

foundation that<br />

combines flawless<br />

coverage with advanced<br />

skincare technology.<br />

Lycogel has deservedly<br />

developed a cult following and<br />

those in the know use it to<br />

provide that flawless complexion so<br />

coveted by women everywhere. This<br />

is truly a beauty product with benefits,<br />

providing natural-looking buildable<br />

coverage with quality non-irritating<br />

and skin-soothing ingredients.<br />

With 12 shades available, it’s easy<br />

to find the perfect colour match for<br />

every skin type and tone, and to<br />

achieve the exact level of coverage<br />

and finish desired.<br />

Ranging from natural-looking<br />

camouflage to a sheer tint, the<br />

products can be used on all skin types,<br />

including sensitive and acne-prone<br />

skin, as well as immediately after laser<br />

treatment or facial surgery, to blend<br />

out skin imperfections and minimise<br />

redness and colour irregularities.

Lycogel contains powerful antioxidants<br />

and vitamins and is suitable<br />

for every skin type. Its standout<br />

feature is its breathable base,<br />

which delivers oxygen to the skin.<br />

Originally formulated as a postprocedure<br />

camouflage base, users soon<br />

recognised Lycogel’s advantage as a<br />

daily foundation, which delivers even<br />

coverage while providing anti-ageing<br />

benefits to the skin.<br />

Hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic,<br />

Lycogel delivers<br />

moisture and reduces trans-epidermal<br />

water loss, thus preventing the skin<br />

from becoming dehydrated. This<br />

helps to reinforce the skin’s natural<br />

defence system, while protecting the<br />

skin barrier.<br />

All products feature the<br />

revolutionary LYCO-Complex, a<br />

carefully balanced formulation of<br />

12 active ingredients, including<br />

hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and<br />

peptides, which work together to<br />

deliver oxygen, moisture, and nutrients<br />

to the skin.<br />

This promotion of skin repair results<br />

in younger looking skin, whilst the<br />

delivery of oxygen soothes the skin,<br />

helping to minimise lines and fine<br />

wrinkles. An added bonus for wearers,<br />

Lycogel also contains a non-chemical<br />

SPF, which offers both UVA and<br />

UVB protection – a daily necessity<br />

for everybody.<br />

Importantly, Lycogel is also suitable<br />

for immediate post-procedure<br />

application, especially after laser<br />

treatments, peels or skin needling.<br />

Loaded with active ingredients, it<br />

aids in the healing of damaged skin,<br />

helping bruising, inflammation,<br />

redness and tightness after cosmetic<br />

procedures, as well as helping to<br />

prevent excessive scar formation. CBM<br />

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Skin<br />

The<br />

Lycogel<br />

range<br />


a clear balm that energises and<br />

protects the skin and is packed<br />

with the benefits of the LYCOcomplex.<br />

contains sPf 15.


Lycogel Breathable Tint provides perfect coverage without that ‘heavy’<br />

look and feel. This revolutionary tinted cream is long lasting and water<br />

resistant, making it the perfect base to match any situation – from<br />

minimal coverage for a day at the beach to natural-looking coverage<br />

for dinner with friends or a night out.<br />

The tint is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, providing a<br />

light coverage while still managing to even out any redness in skin, hide<br />

broken capillaries, smaller blemishes and pigmentation. This amazing<br />

product doesn’t just offer long-lasting coverage – it also supports the<br />

longer term health of your skin, while providing SPF for daily wear.<br />



a buildable coverage<br />

featuring an elegant matte<br />

finish. Suitable for everyday<br />

use and for people with<br />

sensitive skin trying to<br />

camouflage eczema,<br />

blemishes, rosacea and<br />

other skin conditions.<br />

Also suitable for immediate<br />

use following cosmetic<br />

procedures. contains sPf 30<br />

and is available in 12 shades<br />


a luminous light<br />

coverage that gives<br />

skin a vibrant glow.<br />

contains sPf 30 and is<br />

available in 4 shades.<br />


Provides maximum coverage<br />

to effectively reduce the<br />

appearance of imperfections,<br />

age spots and blemishes. it is<br />

ideal for use around the eyes to<br />

cover dark circles, or on specific<br />

areas that require extra coverage<br />

such as birthmarks or scars.<br />

contains sPf 30 and is available<br />

in 3 shades.<br />

WHERE<br />

TO GET IT<br />

Lycogel is available at select<br />

skin clinics across australia. for<br />

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

or call 1800 242 011.<br />

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BEAUTY<br />

Autumn Trends<br />

Becca Sunlit Bronzer<br />

in Capri Coast, $58<br />




SKIN AND<br />






YOU NEED<br />


THE LOOKS.<br />

Charlotte Tilbury<br />

Hollywood Contour<br />

Wand, $60<br />

Jane Iredale<br />

greatshape<br />

Contour Kit, $84

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Arbonne Sheer<br />

Glow Highlight<br />

Stick, $69<br />

BEAUTY<br />

The Body Shop<br />

Shimmering Dry<br />

Oil Honey, $33<br />


Runways: Giambattista Valli,<br />

Maison Margiela, Versace<br />

Summer has been ablaze with<br />

illuminators and pearly powders and<br />

this trend shows no sign of stopping<br />

through autumn.<br />

HOW?<br />

Make sure the glitter has staying<br />

power and doesn’t spread to<br />

unwanted areas, by applying base<br />

makeup before the glitter and finish<br />

with a setting product afterwards.<br />

asap Pure<br />

Mineral<br />

Bronzer, $40<br />

Charlotte Tilbury<br />

Luxury Palette ,The<br />

Vintage Vamp, $80<br />


Runways: Fendi, Versace, Tommy<br />

Hilfiger<br />

As the temperature starts to fall and<br />

the days get shorter, it’s time to give<br />

your eyes a little wake-up call.<br />

HOW?<br />

A touch of white eye shadow in the<br />

inner corner of the eye. Just use a<br />

small brush or the pointed end of<br />

a sponge to apply the eye shadow,<br />

then blur it in slightly.


Gloss Bomb Universal Lip<br />

Luminizer in Fussy, $30<br />


Runways: Versace, Custo<br />

Barcelona, Moschino, Miu Miu,<br />

Emilio Pucci, Oscar de la Renta<br />

A must-have look from the autumn<br />

shows is shimmering lips with that<br />

‘just kissed’ effect. Gloss is a great<br />

way to keep your lips looking<br />

summer fresh through autumn.<br />

HOW?<br />

Go for softer, subtler colours that<br />

tend towards pastels, like peach or<br />

rose, paying close attention to the<br />

texture, using glossy finishes that<br />

promise a lustrous effect.<br />


Diamond Bomb All-Over<br />

Diamond Veil, $56<br />

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BEAUTY<br />


Runway: McQueen, Tadashi Shoji<br />

This season features the comeback<br />

of the classic vixen-red lips.<br />

HOW?<br />

Lipstick is the focal point of<br />

minimalist makeup. For a defined<br />

sharp look, take the time to outline<br />

the lips with a well-sharpened lipliner,<br />

then spread the lipstick with a<br />

brush. Always start from the centre,<br />

moving outwards, for lip perfection.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

1.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

1. mellow Liquid Lip<br />

Paint in Paris, $21<br />

2. BITE BEAUTY<br />

French Press Lip Gloss in<br />

French Press, $36<br />

3. NuSkin Powerlips Fluid<br />

in Maven, $39<br />

4. Sisley Le Phyto-Rouge<br />

in Monaco, $68<br />

5. NUDESTIX Intense<br />

Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil<br />

in Icon, $35<br />

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Genie Beauty Make Me Blush<br />

Anti-Ageing Cream Blush, $50<br />


Moroccan Spice<br />

Eyeshadow Palette, $82<br />


Runway: Anna Sui, Gigi Hadid<br />

The last few years have given pop<br />

colours a touch of class, and these<br />

neon shades now enjoy a special<br />

place on your eyes, your lips<br />

and even your cheekbones. This<br />

autumn, go for some unexpected<br />

colour combos: bright pink and<br />

ultraviolet, electric orange and<br />

soft green.<br />

HOW?<br />

Contrasts are always a safe bet, like<br />

pale/dark or warm/cold. Use them<br />

to create gradients on your eyelids<br />

or to contrast your eyes with your<br />

lips. Otherwise, try a variation on<br />

the monochromatic theme by using<br />

complementary colours on your lips<br />

and eyelids.<br />

7.<br />

Mavala<br />

Heritage Color<br />

in Versailles &<br />

Bergen, $8.50<br />

Lycogel Breathable Tint<br />

SPF30 30ml, $89<br />

Skindinavia Post Makeup<br />

Recovery Spray, $36<br />

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SALT By Hendrix<br />

Botanical Facial<br />

Serum, $39.95<br />

Skeyndor Eternal<br />

Cream 50ml, $193<br />

Giorgio Armani<br />

Ga Lip Balm<br />

15ml, $42<br />

BEAUTY<br />

L<br />

Chanel Hydra<br />

Beauty Nourishing<br />

Lip Balm, $55<br />

LUXE<br />


asap DNA<br />

renewal treatment<br />

30ml, $129<br />

Frank Body<br />

Anti-Drama<br />

Face Mask<br />

80ml, $21.95<br />

La Prairie<br />

Skin Caviar<br />

Luxe Cream<br />

Sheer 50ml,<br />


Dermalogica<br />

ProSkin60, $120, available<br />

www.dermalogica.com.au<br />

EYERIS Hyaluronic Acid<br />

Eye Patch, $99<br />

Arbonne Nightly<br />

Resurfacing Pads &<br />

Solution, $145<br />












TOM FORD<br />

Intensive<br />

Infusion Eye<br />

Treatment<br />

15ml, $205<br />

NuSkin<br />

ageLOC ® Tru<br />

Face ® Essence<br />

Ultra, $265<br />

Image Skincare<br />

Ageless Overnight<br />

Retinol Masque, $120<br />

PAYOT Masque Sos<br />

Coup De Soleil, $58<br />

Arbonne RE9<br />

Advanced Cellular<br />

Renewal Mask, $105<br />

Jurlique Purity<br />

Specialist<br />

Treatment Mask<br />

100ml, $85<br />

Arbonne RE9<br />

Advanced<br />

Prepwork Gel Eye<br />

Masks, $73

feature<br />

feed<br />

your<br />






Not all foods are created<br />

equal. Certain foods have<br />

been given the title ‘super’<br />

for their ability to fi ght disease,<br />

immune disorders and the signs of<br />

skin ageing. Here are some of the<br />

new kids on the superfood block –<br />

plus the foods that have earned cult<br />

health status.<br />

Chia seeDs<br />

These tiny but mighty edible seeds,<br />

which date back to Mayan and<br />

Aztec cultures, are an excellent<br />

source of fi bre (three times more<br />

than oatmeal), protein, calcium,<br />

antioxidants and omega-3s. In fact,<br />

chia is the richest plant source of<br />

omega-3 oil, which is said to help<br />

lower cholesterol, reduce high<br />

blood pressure and fi ght against<br />

infl ammation in the body.<br />

Chia can also help stabilise blood<br />

sugar levels and even help target<br />

pesky belly fat! The seeds can be<br />

soaked in liquid or sprinkled onto just<br />

about every meal to add a nutritious<br />

mildly nutty taste.<br />

kale<br />

This nutritional powerhouse has<br />

become a household name over<br />

the past few years – and it’s no<br />

wonder. With more iron than beef<br />

per calorie, kale contains nine<br />

essential amino acids, as well as<br />

high levels of magnesium and<br />

oxygen-rich chlorophyll.<br />

It’s the ultimate detox food as<br />

it’s also rich in fi bre and sulphur,<br />

lowers cholesterol and is rich in<br />

antioxidant and anti-infl ammatory<br />

properties to help ward off several<br />

types of cancer. Rich in Vitamins A,<br />

C and K, kale also does wonders for<br />

glowing, clear skin.<br />

PistaChios<br />

Move over walnuts, there’s a new nut<br />

rising up the nutrition leaderboard.<br />

So why are pistachios said to be<br />

superior to their nutty counterparts?<br />

To start, they contain fewer calories<br />

and more potassium and Vitamin<br />

K per serving than other nuts.<br />

Pistachios contain two carotenoids<br />

not found in most nuts – lutein and<br />

zeaxanthin – which are essential<br />

for eye health and defending tissues<br />

from free radicals. They are also a<br />

great source of Vitamins A, B6 and<br />

E, essential for healthy, smooth<br />

and beautiful skin, and are rich in<br />

phytoserols and soluble fi bre, two<br />

plant compounds that can lower<br />

cholesterol and reduce the risk of<br />

heart disease.<br />

CaCao<br />

Consumed raw, with all enzymes and<br />

goodness left in its unheated glory,<br />

cacao has more antioxidants than<br />

chocolate, red wine and blueberries<br />

combined! It is choc-full with<br />

nutrients and incredibly high in<br />

iron. It also helps to raise endorphins<br />

and boost our serotonin levels. Add<br />

it in powdered form to a smoothie<br />

or sprinkle some over oats to add a<br />

delicious (and nutritious) chocolate<br />

fl avour to your morning porridge.<br />

aCai<br />

Pronounced ah-sigh-EE, studies have<br />

shown this Amazonian berry is one<br />

of the most nutritious foods in the<br />

world. Resplendent in amino acids,<br />

antioxidants, fi bre, phytosterols<br />

and omega-3 fatty acids, it also has<br />

powerful cancer-fi ghting properties, is<br />

a stem cell producer and assists with<br />

weight loss.<br />

kelP<br />

Essentially mineral-rich seaweed<br />

and packed with high levels of<br />

demulcent fi bre, kelp can actually<br />

help heal the digestive tract and is<br />

one of the best natural sources of<br />

iodine, which promotes thyroid and<br />

endocrine function. It also helps<br />

boost the immunity system and even<br />

improve memory.<br />

Pomegranate<br />

These Middle Eastern jewel-like<br />

seeds have earned their place as a<br />

superfood due to their high levels of<br />

polyphenols, powerful cancer-fi ghting<br />

and heart-healthy antioxidants.<br />

It is said that pomegranate seeds<br />

have more antioxidant power<br />

than cranberry juice or green tea.<br />

Pomegranate is rich in Vitamins A,<br />

C and E, and in iron, which helps the<br />

blood maintain an effective supply of<br />

oxygen to the body.<br />

Quinoa<br />

This supergrain, pronounced KEENwah,<br />

contains more protein than any<br />

other grain and is super-charged with<br />

iron, potassium and all nine essential<br />

amino acids while being naturally<br />

gluten-free.<br />

A cup of quinoa delivers fi ve<br />

grams of fi bre and aids in improving<br />

digestion, lowering cholesterol and<br />

promoting healthy blood sugar levels.<br />

Oh, and it’s great at keeping excess<br />

kilos at bay.<br />

These days, you’ll fi nd it adorning<br />

many a cafe and restaurant menu,<br />

but you can easily create a delicious<br />

quinoa-inspired meal at home, too.<br />

Add to salads, soups or try it as an<br />

alternative to rice.<br />

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feature<br />

These superfoods<br />

may not be the<br />

new kids on<br />

the block, but<br />

they’ve stood<br />

the test of time<br />

in promoting<br />

inner health<br />

and external<br />

radiance.<br />

Cranberries &<br />

blueberries<br />

Cranberries have long been used<br />

to ward off urinary tract infections<br />

and are packed with antioxidants.<br />

More recently, it has been discovered<br />

that cranberries also contain anticarcinogenic<br />

compounds, which<br />

can prevent or delay the development<br />

of cancer.<br />

Blueberries deliver high levels of<br />

antioxidants called anthocyanins,<br />

which have been shown to lower<br />

cholesterol, prevent blood clotting and<br />

protect body cells. They also contain<br />

Vitamins C and E, in addition to fibre<br />

and folic acid, which is of benefit to<br />

women who wish to fall pregnant.

Classics<br />

Dark leafy greens<br />

Leafy green vegetables are packed full<br />

of goodness, and spinach is the best<br />

of the bunch. It contains Vitamins<br />

A and C and folic acid, as well as<br />

magnesium, which is thought to<br />

help fight cancer and lower the risk<br />

of heart disease and stroke. It also<br />

blocks free radicals, which cause signs<br />

of ageing on the skin, and may even<br />

help prevent osteoporosis.<br />

Avocados<br />

Up until a couple of decades ago,<br />

avocados had a relatively bad name,<br />

thanks to their higher levels of fat<br />

than most fruits and vegetables.<br />

However, word is definitely spreading<br />

that this fat is good fat: healthy<br />

monounsaturated fatty acids actually<br />

appear to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol<br />

levels and raise the ‘good’ levels.<br />

Avocados are also rich in<br />

antioxidants, which are thought to<br />

slow the body’s ageing process by<br />

destroying free radicals and slowing<br />

oxidation. Antioxidants also reduce<br />

allergies and the risk of heart disease<br />

and cancer.<br />

Oily fish<br />

Sardines, herring, trout and salmon<br />

are all rich sources of omega-3 fatty<br />

acids, which help prevent heart<br />

disease. They’re also good news for<br />

osteoporosis prevention and can<br />

improve the texture of the skin<br />

and hair.<br />

Oily fish is a good source of<br />

Vitamins A and D. Vegetarians can<br />

boost their intake of omega-3 by<br />

taking supplementary capsules daily.<br />

Essential fatty acids play an integral<br />

part in skin hydration, cell renewal<br />

and protecting the epidermis against<br />

harmful bacteria. These unsaturated<br />

fatty acid chains maintain the<br />

permeability barrier of the stratum<br />

corneum – or the top layer of the<br />

epidermis. This barrier protects the<br />

skin from bacteria to prevent acne<br />

and inhibits trans-epidermal water<br />

loss to maintain skin hydration. cbm<br />

Green tea<br />

Most types of tea contain flavonoids<br />

called polyphenols; however green tea<br />

contains less caffeine than black tea<br />

and is also thought to aid digestion<br />

and may stimulate the metabolism.<br />

Many green tea drinkers also report<br />

that drinking a couple of cups a day<br />

helps to maintain clear skin.<br />

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Safe<br />

tanning<br />






With Australia’s warm and sunny<br />

climate, many of us are intrinsically<br />

drawn to lying in the sun – but<br />

be warned. According to the Department of<br />

Health and Ageing, approximately two in<br />

three Australians will be diagnosed with skin<br />

cancer before the age of 70.<br />

One of the best ways to protect yourself<br />

against the sun’s harmful rays is by using a<br />

sunscreen. But it’s important to know the<br />

differences in how they work, in order to<br />

choose the best option for your skin.

Organic vs inorganic<br />

sunscreens<br />

Inorganic sunscreens, also known as<br />

‘mineral’ or ‘physical’ sunscreens, work<br />

by reflecting or scattering UV rays and<br />

radiation. Some sunscreens combine both<br />

organic and inorganic components. Two<br />

types of inorganic sunscreens available<br />

are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both<br />

provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB<br />

protection and are gentle enough for<br />

everyday use. Zinc oxide is especially useful<br />

for people with sensitive skin, as it rarely<br />

causes skin irritation.<br />

Organic, or ‘chemical’, sunscreens are<br />

composed of several active ingredients<br />

because no single chemical ingredient blocks<br />

the entire UV spectrum (unlike inorganic<br />

spectrum). Instead, most chemicals only<br />

block a narrow region of the UV spectrum<br />

– the majority of chemical agents used in<br />

sunscreens work in the UVB region, but only<br />

a few chemicals block UVA rays.<br />

The choice between organic and chemical<br />

is a personal preference and may depend on<br />

your usage and skin type.<br />

SPF 50+<br />

Despite having the highest rates of<br />

melanoma in the world, Australians<br />

have been slow to adopt the heightened<br />

protection offered by SPF 50+ sunscreen.<br />

According to the Department of Health<br />

and Ageing, Australians are four times more<br />

likely to develop a skin cancer than any<br />

other form of cancer. So why has it taken<br />

so long to introduce these higher levels of<br />

protection to our shores?<br />

The concern has always been that people<br />

will think, by using a sunscreen labelled SPF<br />

50, they can either use less of it or won’t<br />

have to apply it as often. And while an<br />

increase from 30 to 50 sounds like a lot,<br />

in reality the extra protection offered by<br />

SPF 50 isn’t nearly as significant. Add to<br />

this the fact the average person puts on<br />

between 25 and 50 per cent less sunscreen<br />

than the recommended amount, and you<br />

can see why the authorities may have urged<br />

caution over introducing what merely<br />

appears to be a significantly more effective<br />

level of protection.<br />

The proper use of<br />

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sunscreens<br />

The use of sunscreen is an important<br />

preventative measure to help reduce<br />

the risk of developing skin cancer<br />

and premature skin ageing. Skin<br />

is susceptible to attack by the sun,<br />

resulting in the destruction of collagen<br />

and elastin structure, and more<br />

seriously the damage to cells’ DNA<br />

leading to possible cancer formation.<br />

No matter what level of protection<br />

you choose, therefore, the best advice is<br />

to use your sunscreen properly.<br />

Sunscreen should be distributed<br />

liberally enough to all sun-exposed<br />

areas that it forms a fi lm when initially<br />

applied. If you’re not using this much<br />

— about half a 100g tube (every time<br />

you put sunscreen on your whole body)<br />

— you’re probably not getting enough<br />

protection from UV.<br />

Generally a person about 175cm<br />

tall and weighing about 82.5kg will<br />

require approximately 40g – almost half<br />

a typical 100g tube – of sunscreen to<br />

cover their body to the same level as<br />

is specifi ed in the Australian Standard<br />

test procedure.<br />

Applying this amount means you are<br />

using the effective level as stated on<br />

the label. Using less means you are not<br />

getting the SPF stated on the label.<br />

The key is to reapply the sunscreen at<br />

regular intervals to ensure an adequate<br />

fi lm is maintained; but remember, using<br />

sunscreen is a fi lter only.<br />

Even when a SPF 30 sunscreen is<br />

reapplied regularly, if the intensity of<br />

the UV radiation is high enough and<br />

if the skin is exposed for long enough,<br />

invisible damage, or even sunburn,<br />

could occur. Reapplication of the<br />

sunscreen does not remove the damage<br />

that has already been caused by the<br />

transmitted radiation.<br />

Remember the sunscreen should be<br />

applied 15-30 minutes before going<br />

into the sun and it should be reapplied<br />

15-30 minutes before entering the<br />

water. This time allows the water<br />

in the product to evaporate and the<br />

waterproof sunscreen fi lm to properly<br />

form on the skin surface.<br />

What is<br />

SPF?<br />

Sunscreens are merely filters, and all<br />

of them will let some UV radiation<br />

through at varying rates – indicated<br />

by the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)<br />

rating. The level of SPF given<br />

to each sunscreen is measured<br />

using a complex mathematical<br />

equation, and refers to the amount<br />

of ultraviolet radiation required to<br />

cause sunburn with the sunscreen<br />

on, as a multiple of the amount<br />

required without the sunscreen.<br />

The protection given to<br />

individuals by a certain level of<br />

sunscreen will vary depending on:<br />

• The amount applied<br />

• The frequency of application<br />

• The skin type of the user<br />

• Immersion in moisture through<br />

swimming or extensive sweating<br />

• Amount of sunscreen absorbed<br />

by the skin<br />

1. The Body shop Honey<br />

Bronze Drop Of Sun, $25,<br />

2. The Bronzer Instant Tan,<br />

$24.95, 3. vita Liberata<br />

pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan,<br />

$85, 4. The Body shop<br />

Honey Bronze Bronzing Body<br />

BB Cream, $29, 5. endota<br />

Organics Coconut Oil & Shea<br />

Butter Instant Tanner 180mL,<br />

$45, 6. endota Organics Jojoba<br />

& Coconut Dry Shimmer Oil<br />

50mL, $50, 7. arbonne Liquid<br />

Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner,<br />

$74, 8. nuskin Sunright Insta<br />

Glow Tinted Self-Tanning Gel,<br />

$41, 9. esPa Gradual Tan<br />

Face Concentrate, $45,<br />

10. sunescape Instant Self-Tan<br />

Mousse, $44.95.<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

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fake<br />

it!<br />

BrOnZer<br />

As we’ve (somewhat begrudgingly)<br />

accepted that there’s no such thing as<br />

a safe suntan, we’ve bumped bronzer<br />

up to one of the most essential beauty<br />

products for summer—and, arguably,<br />

for every season thereafter. (There’s<br />

no expiration date on donning a<br />

believable glow, after all!) But just as<br />

with self-tanners, snagging a bronzer<br />

that doesn’t exude a telltale orange,<br />

sparkly, or otherwise unnatural hue isn’t<br />

always as breezy as a day at the beach.<br />

6.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

7.<br />

8. 9. 10.

wellness<br />

Take<br />

care<br />

down<br />

there<br />

women’s health<br />

has been too long<br />

under wraps and<br />

gynaecologist Dr<br />

Oseka Onuma says it’s<br />

time to understand<br />

what’s happenIng<br />

under the covers.

While it’s been reported that nearly half of all<br />

women have some sort of problem with their sex<br />

lives, it’s a topic many people don’t know much<br />

about, or are embarrassed to discuss.<br />

There are pivotal times in a woman’s life that influence<br />

sexual function and vaginal competency; menopause,<br />

pregnancy and childbirth among them.<br />

‘Female sexual dysfunction is complex and can be a<br />

result of hormonal, psychological, psychiatric, physical,<br />

neurological, environmental and social causes,’ says<br />

Adelaide gynaecologist and pelvic reconstructive surgeon<br />

Dr Oseka Onuma.<br />

‘Since most cases of sexual dysfunction are treatable, it’s<br />

important to keep in mind that dysfunction does not always<br />

imply abnormality and affected women should seek help.<br />

These days women are less willing to accept changes in<br />

genital anatomy resulting from pregnancy, childbirth and<br />

ageing.<br />

‘They are less likely to have the attitude that sexual<br />

dysfunction is “just part of being a woman”, and something<br />

they have to put up with.’<br />

Dr Onuma stresses that no woman should suffer<br />

embarrassment or feel inhibited in her relationship with<br />

her partner due to the appearance of her vagina or physical<br />

sexual dysfunction. Further, she should be encouraged to<br />

talk openly about her sexual health in order to gain realistic<br />

ideas of the changes in her body and in her relationship.<br />

Assessment of sexual function, mental health and<br />

relationship quality are crucial and should be considered<br />

routine.<br />

‘The majority of my patients seeking vaginal rejuvenation<br />

are not motivated by the aesthetic but, rather, by a growing<br />

dislike of pain during intercourse or discomfort when<br />

participating in everyday activities,’ he says.<br />

‘The importance of reassuring my patient that she is not<br />

alone in her genital issues and that there are options for<br />

improving her quality of life cannot be over-emphasised,’ he<br />

concludes.<br />


‘The effect of pregnancy on a woman’s life is variable: some<br />

women’s libido increases, some decreases, some remain<br />

unaltered,’ explains Dr Onuma.<br />

‘As pregnancy proceeds, the physical challenge<br />

increases and the missionary position becomes less<br />

possible or tolerable. An increase in vaginal dryness<br />

often accompanies pregnancy and use of lubricants<br />

may be needed.<br />

‘Further to this, fear of damaging the developing baby may<br />

prevent sexual activity (in most cases there is no evidence<br />

to support this). A history of early pregnancy failure may<br />

lead to advice to restrict sexual activity in the first and<br />

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sometimes second trimester of pregnancy.<br />

‘A finding of a low-lying placenta or bleeding during<br />

pregnancy may also be an indication to cease sexual<br />

intercourse during the pregnancy.<br />

‘There is also an increase in hormones such as<br />

progesterone and relaxin, which causes softening and<br />

relaxation of muscle and connective tissue. Some of these<br />

changes will not be reversed after pregnancy is complete.’<br />


A 2015 study published in the Journal of Sexual<br />

Dissatisfaction Medicine found more than 60 per cent of<br />

women suffer from sexual dysfunction after childbirth.<br />

Other studies have shown the prevalence of sexual<br />

dysfunction is high during pregnancy and peaks in the<br />

third trimester. This includes the inability to orgasm, pain<br />

during sexual activity, or a general lack of interest.<br />

The study found sexual dysfunction could lead to<br />

overall relationship dissatisfaction, as well as post-natal<br />

depression. It also showed 88 per cent of women did not<br />

consult healthcare professionals about the issue, due to<br />

shyness or embarrassment.<br />

‘Childbirth is the major factor in causing damage to<br />

the female pelvic floor, as the disruption of connective<br />

tissues [muscles/ligaments/fascia] results in reduced tissue<br />

elasticity and avulsion of tissues from their origins,’<br />

says Dr Onuma.<br />

‘There is some significant restitution [healing with tissue<br />

going back towards normal] after childbirth. However,<br />

some of the spontaneous healing involves formation of<br />

scar tissue, which is inherently weaker and less elastic than<br />

the original tissue.<br />

‘Symptoms can occur immediately after delivery, but<br />

often present some years later. Further pregnancies and<br />

deliveries can result in marked worsening of symptoms.’<br />

Damage to the pelvic floor can result in pain during<br />

intercourse, reduced sensation during intercourse,<br />

both pain and reduced sensation and reduced ability to<br />

achieve orgasm. Dr Onuma says that often these causes coexist<br />

– for example, painful intercourse may result in a fear<br />

of intercourse, resulting in psychological sequelae.<br />


Hormonal changes from menopause can result in loss of<br />

libido or physical alterations of the vaginal epithelium,<br />

which can result in difficult or painful intercourse.<br />

Laser-assisted vaginal surgical procedures can enhance<br />

vaginal muscle tone, strength and control, as well as<br />

help alleviate vaginal atrophy and dryness. According<br />

to Dr Onuma, laser techniques deliver gentle precision<br />

procedures with controlled accuracy and result in rapid<br />

healing, minimal pain and relatively fast recovery, allowing<br />

for improved sensation and resumption of daily activities<br />

in a relatively short period of time.<br />

‘Non-surgical laser vaginal treatment is not the same<br />

as traditional methods and may not be the most suitable<br />

avenue of treatment for some patients,’ he says. ‘The best<br />

approach is for a patient to discuss their symptoms with a<br />

doctor who has a clear understanding of all the modalities<br />

of treatment available and is able to guide them towards<br />

the mode of treatment that might offer the best outcome.’<br />

According to Dr Onuma, while non-surgical laser<br />

vaginal treatment shows the most promise for improving<br />

or curing symptoms related to atrophic vaginitis, it is of<br />

little value in correcting pelvic organ prolapse (particularly<br />

relevant to childbirth issues).<br />

‘While non-surgical laser vaginal treatment can<br />

improve very mild stress incontinence or reduce vaginal<br />

wall relaxation, it is unlikely to cure any significant<br />

stress urinary incontinence or improve sensation during<br />

intercourse, where the vagina and the vaginal introitus<br />

are patulous because of detached or torn muscles and<br />

fascia,’ he says.<br />

appearance<br />

At any stage of life, oversized, elongated or asymmetrical<br />

labia minora may lead to self- consciousness and even<br />

embarrassment.<br />

It can cause discomfort during sex and hinder certain<br />

activities such as cycling and horse riding, and often<br />

makes wearing certain clothes such as swimwear, jeans<br />

or tights difficult.

The Australian Centre for Female<br />

Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation<br />

Feature<br />

Vaginal rejuvenation – both surgical and non-surgical<br />

procedures – can help alleviate pain, improve form and<br />

function, and enhance quality of life for many women.<br />

‘A blanket of taboo means there is a lack of open and<br />

honest public dialogue that makes it difficult for some<br />

women to seek successful treatment – or even know there<br />

are treatment options available,’ says Dr Onuma.<br />

For example, both surgical and laser reduction<br />

labiaplasty can sculpt the elongated or unequal labial<br />

minora as desired. The vulvar structures (including<br />

the labia minora, labia majora, mons pubis, perineum,<br />

entrance to the vagina and hymen) can be surgically<br />

enhanced, both functionally and aesthetically.<br />

Each treatment is completely tailored by Dr Onuma<br />

to meet the patient’s specific needs and individual goals.<br />

Laser reduction labiaplasty can also be used to reconstruct<br />

conditions that are a result of the ageing process,<br />

childbirth trauma or injury.<br />



Every organ within the female pelvic floor is subject to<br />

stress – from gravity or from the delivery of a baby.<br />

‘Muscle, connective tissue and epithelium can break, tear,<br />

stretch and lose their elasticity, resulting in functional<br />

impairments,’ says Dr Onuma.<br />

Common symptoms of vaginal wall prolapse or<br />

relaxation include a lump, a ‘dragging’ within the vagina<br />

or lower back, urinary incontinence, the need to empty<br />

the bladder frequently and/or with urgency, pain and/or<br />

reduced sensation during intercourse.<br />

Another problem is female stress urinary incontinence,<br />

caused predominantly by an improperly functioning<br />

urethra. When a woman suffers from this condition,<br />

weakened muscle and pelvic tissue don’t adequately<br />

support the urethra.<br />

solutions<br />

As women become more aware that it is possible to<br />

correct potentially embarrassing problems, female genital<br />

procedures are increasing in popularity.<br />

Vaginal rejuvenation – both surgical and non-surgical<br />

procedures – can help alleviate pain, improve form and<br />

function, and enhance quality of life for many women.<br />

‘Beyond pelvic floor retraining and physiotherapy, there<br />

is now a range of minimal-access surgical options available<br />

that can address and hopefully resolve these problems,’<br />

says Dr Onuma.<br />

‘Non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation can effectively<br />

enhance vaginal muscle tone, strength and control, and<br />

can be used to treat minor degrees of prolapse and/or<br />

relaxation of the vaginal walls to improve sensation.’ CBM<br />





Gynaecologist and Pelvic<br />

Reconstructive Surgeon<br />

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


4 Robe Terrace,<br />

Medindie SA 5081<br />

08 8344 6085<br />

reception@dronuma.com.au<br />

www.dronuma.com.au<br />

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fitness<br />

do a

nna<br />

ston<br />

For over 25 years, Melbourne-born<br />

fitness coach, nutritionist and<br />

author Donna Aston has earned the<br />

reputation as an expert in the field of<br />

weight loss, health and fitness.<br />

Starting out as an over-weight teenager, Donna has dramatically<br />

transformed her own body and continues to help countless others<br />

achieve their personal goals through private consultations and<br />

training, as well as public speaking and numerous publications.<br />

Her extensive client-base has included numerous high-profile<br />

celebrities, such as Sigrid Thornton, Kat Stewart, Peter Alexander,<br />

Magda Szubanski, Dave Hughes, Stephen Curry and Amercian Idol’s<br />

Simon Cowell.<br />

With six best-selling books to her credit, Donna has worked in<br />

Australia, Europe and the USA as a private health and fitness coach<br />

and advisor. She continues to be summoned from various overseas<br />

locations to prepare private, high-profile clients for red carpet and<br />

film. Donna is also a Genos Emotional Intelligence (EI) Certified<br />

Practitioner, to which she credits much of her success in coaching and<br />

inspiring countless clients.<br />

Donna has emerged as one of our country’s most sought after health<br />

and fitness experts, with guest appearances on numerous lifestyle<br />

television shows.<br />

For many years now, Donna has received extensive media attention<br />

for her work. With her trademark no-nonsense approach to diet and<br />

exercise and her loyal and growing following, Donna continues to set<br />

new standards for health, fitness and weight loss.<br />

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The<br />

fitness<br />

Program<br />

According to Donna Aston, there are<br />

several contributing biological factors<br />

that must be addressed before permanent<br />

fat loss is possible.<br />

Current diets only provide shortterm<br />

success because you’ve accidently<br />

stumbled onto one of these factors.<br />

However, while they may have<br />

addressed one key aspect (generally<br />

the superficial), they have missed the<br />

other five key fundamental components<br />

that successfully address your internal<br />

health issues and result in successful,<br />

long-term weight loss. So what are the<br />

six key pillars?<br />

Donna has<br />

emerged as one<br />

of our country’s<br />

most sought after<br />

health and fitness<br />


1. Weight set-point<br />

2. Exercise<br />

3. Insulin resistance<br />

4. Gut flora<br />

5. Harnessing stress management<br />

6. Timing/circadian rhythm<br />

Donna launched a new program on<br />

1 February 2019 that will retrain your<br />

body and help you achieve permanent<br />

weight loss.<br />

‘ASTON RX starts with each<br />

person taking a detailed blood test<br />

and, using cutting edge science,<br />

we determine each individual’s key<br />

biological markers. Weight loss is not<br />

a one-size-fits-all approach like we are<br />

currently being told. It’s an individual<br />

journey, with each person requiring a<br />

unique program based on their own<br />

pathology results and underlying health<br />

issues,’ Donna explains.<br />

‘Without directly addressing your<br />

Week 1<br />

Induction<br />

Otherwise known as the<br />

transitional phase. You will<br />

receive step-by-step support<br />

to help you understand your<br />

body and metabolism.<br />

Week 2<br />

The Zone<br />

You’ve entered the optimum<br />

fat-burning zone! You’ll<br />

experience significant fat<br />

loss, increased energy,<br />

improved sleep and a<br />

greater feeling of wellbeing.<br />

Week 3<br />

Change<br />

The program starts to mix<br />

things up to give your<br />

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All your options for removing<br />

fat, tightening skin and<br />

creating sexy curves<br />

– with no sweat involved.<br />


What is it?<br />

Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed under<br />

anaesthetic to remove deposits of fat from specific areas<br />

of the body. It can be performed almost anywhere on the<br />

body where there are pockets of fat, including the neck,<br />

arms, stomach, back, chest, buttocks, thighs and ankles.<br />

It is usually performed as day surgery, although some<br />

cases may warrant an overnight hospital stay.<br />

Generally, the area to be treated with liposuction<br />

is infiltrated with a tumescent fluid containing local<br />

anaesthetic and a vaso-constrictor before small cannulas<br />

are used to vacuum out the fat. Alternatively, a syringe<br />

can be used to withdraw the fat.<br />

Power-assisted liposuction, where radiofrequency,<br />

ultrasound or laser technology is used to improve<br />

liposuction results, can help increase skin contracture<br />

and tone and tighten the skin’s surface. These types of<br />

techniques are also typically less aggressive.<br />

Ideal candidate?<br />

The ideal liposuction patient is at or near their ideal<br />

body weight (within 30 per cent), has good skin<br />

elasticity and is seeking reduction of diet-resistant<br />

localised pockets of fat. They also need to understand<br />

the risks of surgery and have realistic expectations that<br />

liposuction is not a way of losing masses of weight or a<br />

cure for obesity.<br />

Results?<br />

Bruising can last for a few weeks and swelling for<br />

around one to two months. A compression garment is<br />

usually worn for about four to six weeks in most cases.<br />

Patients can usually return to work after around three<br />

to seven days. Final results – a trimmer-looking, more<br />

proportionate and shapely form – can be seen from six<br />

months to a year as swelling subsides. Results are long<br />

lasting provided the patient maintains a similar weight.<br />

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tummy tuck<br />

What is it?<br />

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)<br />

is surgery performed under general<br />

anaesthetic. An incision is made<br />

across the lower abdomen, the excess<br />

skin and fat are removed and the<br />

stomach muscles tightened. The<br />

navel is repositioned as the skin is<br />

re-stretched over the stomach.<br />

Ideal candidate?<br />

Abdominoplasty is best suited to<br />

patients who have lost a considerable<br />

amount of weight and have loose skin<br />

and fat deposits that don’t respond to<br />

diet or exercise, or who are looking to<br />

restore their pre-baby bodies. Like all<br />

surgery, patients should understand<br />

the risks involved and have realistic<br />

expectations of what the procedure<br />

can do for them.<br />

Results?<br />

A firm strap and drain is usually worn<br />

for the first 24 hours, followed by<br />

a compression garment for several<br />

weeks. Patients usually take around<br />

three weeks off work. Results are<br />

a flatter stomach with repaired<br />

abdominal muscles and removal of<br />

excess skin. A scar is created across<br />

the lower abdomen, which can be<br />

hidden within the bikini line, and<br />

minimised with various scar therapies.

What<br />

is fat?<br />

The human body contains<br />

two types of fat: white fat<br />

and brown fat. White fat is<br />

important in heat insulation,<br />

energy metabolism and<br />

mechanical cushioning. Brown<br />

fat actively burns calories for<br />

heat, but has been thought<br />

only to exist in childhood.<br />

Fat tissue is made up of<br />

cells that hold the fat. When<br />

food that contains fat is<br />

ingested it goes through the<br />

stomach into the intestines,<br />

where the fat droplets get<br />

mixed with bile salts from<br />

the gall bladder. The mixture<br />

breaks up the large droplets<br />

into several small droplets,<br />

which increases the fat’s<br />

surface area.<br />

The pancreas then secretes<br />

enzymes that attack the<br />

surface of each small droplet<br />

of fat and break them down<br />

into fatty acids and glycerol,<br />

which are then absorbed into<br />

cells lining the intestine.<br />

In the cells lining the<br />

intestine, the parts are<br />

reassembled into packages of<br />

fat molecules with a protein<br />

coating, called chylomicrons.<br />

These are then released into<br />

the lymphatic system, which<br />

eventually merges with the<br />

veins so they pass into the<br />

blood stream.<br />



What is it?<br />

Non-surgical body contouring<br />

procedures use medical-grade energybased<br />

devices to dissolve fat and/or<br />

tighten skin. The energy is emitted<br />

via an applicator through the skin<br />

without damaging the outer layers,<br />

only targeting the underlying fat and<br />

tissues. The most popular energy<br />

systems are radiofrequency (RF) body<br />

contouring devices and cryolipolysis.<br />

RF treatments. With RF body<br />

contouring treatment, the heat<br />

generated from the RF energy<br />

dissolves fat cells and causes<br />

microscopic changes to tissues and<br />

collagen fibres, with further collagen<br />

remodelling occurring over the<br />

subsequent months following the<br />

procedure. The broken down fat<br />

cells are drained via the lymphatic<br />

system and then excreted as urine.<br />

A reduction in the appearance of<br />

cellulite is also commonly reported.<br />

Cryolipolysis. This method uses<br />

almost-freezing temperatures to kill<br />

fat cells without traumatising the<br />

surrounding tissues or harming the<br />

skin. A gel drape is placed onto the<br />

target area to protect the skin before<br />

the applicator head is placed onto<br />

the fat pocket, where it remains<br />

for approximately one hour. The<br />

applicator acts like a vacuum to<br />

suck the area into position and direct<br />

the cold temperature to the target<br />

fat cells under the skin, which are<br />

then destroyed and eliminated<br />

naturally by the body.<br />

Ideal candidate?<br />

Patients with small to medium<br />

localised pockets of fat on the<br />

abdomen, hips and thighs are<br />

most suited.<br />

While no non-surgical device<br />

can achieve the level of fat removal<br />

possible with liposuction, it offers<br />

patients a good option to remove<br />

fatty areas resistant to diet and<br />

exercise without the associated risks<br />

and recovery time of surgery.<br />

Results?<br />

Treatment results in a circumferential<br />

reduction of the treated area and a<br />

more streamlined shape. Most nonsurgical<br />

devices require a minimum of<br />

three treatments in order to achieve<br />

optimal results, and often it can<br />

take longer before those results are<br />

seen, as the fat cells take time to be<br />

metabolised through the body’s usual<br />

processes. There is no downtime but<br />

temporary redness or swelling may<br />

be present.<br />

In conjunction with a healthy<br />

diet and exercise regime, results<br />

should be long lasting because, just<br />

as with liposuction, when fat cells<br />

are permanently destroyed they will<br />

not return.<br />

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feature<br />

What is it?<br />

Also known as brachioplasty, an arm<br />

lift reshapes the underside of the<br />

upper arm from the armpit to the<br />

elbow, and involves the removal of<br />

excess loose skin and fat from saggy<br />

underarm areas, sometimes referred to<br />

as “bingo wings”.<br />

As well as the surgical excision of<br />

loose skin, the procedure may also<br />

incorporate liposuction to remove<br />

excess fat. Performed under general<br />

anaesthetic, the procedure may<br />

require an overnight stay in hospital<br />

but patients are often allowed to go<br />

home on the same day.<br />

Ideal candidate?<br />

People who have saggy, excess<br />

skin on the underside of their<br />

arms, particularly after significant<br />

weight loss.<br />

Results?<br />

Improved appearance of the upper<br />

arm, with more definition and no<br />

flapping skin. Most people can resume<br />

normal activities around two weeks<br />

after surgery. A scar will be visible,<br />

typically running along the inside<br />

of the arm from the armpit to the<br />

elbow; however scar management<br />

techniques and products can help<br />

minimise the appearance<br />

Thigh Lift<br />

What is it?<br />

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure<br />

performed under general anaesthetic<br />

to remove excess skin and fatty<br />

tissue, typically in patients who’ve<br />

lost considerable amounts of weight.<br />

A thigh lift can be combined with<br />

liposuction for a smoother result.<br />

During the procedure, an incision<br />

is made in the upper inner thigh<br />

– in some cases this may extend to<br />

the groin line or buttock fold – and<br />

excess fat and tissue is removed via<br />

this incision.<br />

Ideal candidate?<br />

Patients with significant drooping<br />

skin on the upper leg that does not<br />

respond to diet or exercise.<br />

Results?<br />

Improved contour of the upper leg,<br />

with tauter skin and more defined<br />

musculature. Normal daily activities<br />

can usually be resumed, and are<br />

encouraged for circulation, within<br />

several days following surgery.

Surgery<br />

after<br />

massive<br />

weight loss<br />

As bariatric, or weight loss, surgery<br />

becomes more popular, so too has<br />

the need for body contouring<br />

procedures such as tummy tucks,<br />

breast lifts, thigh lifts and upper arm<br />

lifts, which are usually associated with<br />

significant weight loss, according to<br />

new data from the American Society<br />

of Plastic Surgery.<br />

Bariatric surgery has become much<br />

more common over the past decade.<br />

As these patients lose weight they<br />

may have excess ’loose’ skin and need<br />

plastic surgery procedures to remove it<br />

a year or two later.<br />

Roughly one in five people who have<br />

weight loss surgery will need body<br />

contouring as well.<br />

It is usually recommended that<br />

doctors wait until weight loss is<br />

complete before assessing whether<br />

a patient is a good candidate for skin<br />

removal procedures, and then only<br />

performing one at a time.<br />

In addition to abdominoplasty, other<br />

common cosmetic surgeries following<br />

massive weight loss include an arm lift,<br />

thigh lift and breast lift.<br />

Breast Lift<br />

What is it?<br />

For a small lift, the peri-areola mastopexy is commonly used,<br />

with an incision made around the nipple. The nipple is<br />

elevated and the skin envelope is moved so the nipple sits<br />

higher on the breast mound.<br />

For a larger lift, the anchor-incision technique may be<br />

used. It involves an incision being made around the nipple<br />

and vertically down, with another incision horizontally<br />

under the breast. Another common breast lift method is the<br />

shorter scar LeJour technique. In both cases, the excess skin<br />

is removed and the nipple placed higher.<br />

Ideal candidate?<br />

A breast augmentation can return shape to a flattened,<br />

sagging breast, but it is commonly combined with<br />

mastopexy (breast lift surgery) to raise the breasts to a more<br />

aesthetically pleasing position. In other patients, a breast<br />

reduction may be more suitable following weight loss, and<br />

again this is usually combined with a mastopexy to achieve<br />

the best results.<br />

Results?<br />

Rounder, fuller breasts with higher projection and<br />

repositioned to a more youthful and attractive position.<br />

Notably, a mastopexy can help reduce the appearance<br />

of back rolls, or sagging skin on the sides and back of a<br />

weight-loss patient. By pulling the tissue upwards, and<br />

excising a significant amount of skin in the process, breast<br />

lifting can smooth, lift and tighten the skin around the<br />

patient’s rib cage.<br />

Initial recovery takes around five to seven days and<br />

resulting scars should fade over time. CBM<br />

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Why<br />

do<br />

MEN<br />

age better?

While women may<br />

be the fairer sex,<br />

men enjoy some<br />

significant cosmetic<br />

advantages when<br />

it comes to ageing.<br />

Tara Casey reports.<br />

Men and women age differently –<br />

and the process tends to treat men<br />

more favourably. So, apart from the<br />

obvious, how do the sexes differ?<br />

Bone size<br />

Male bones are generally longer and larger<br />

than female bones and have more obvious<br />

muscle markings. Men also have bigger skulls,<br />

with more prominent brow ridges, bigger jaws,<br />

chins, cheekbones and noses, giving men’s<br />

faces a squarish shape and stronger features<br />

than women’s.<br />

These differences in bone structure are<br />

hormonally triggered at puberty. Increased<br />

levels of testosterone trigger the growth of<br />

certain bony facial features so boys’ faces<br />

grow more than girls’. Female faces remain<br />

relatively childlike. High levels of oestrogen<br />

in growing girls prevent the growth of facial<br />

bone and result in increased thickness of lips<br />

and fat deposition in the cheek area, whereas<br />

a male face is often ‘chiselled’ in appearance.<br />

Faces with masculine features – such as a<br />

large jaw and prominent cheekbones – appear<br />

dominant, and dominance is associated with<br />

male reproductive success in many species,<br />

including humans.<br />

Using CT scans of 100 men and women,<br />

researchers at Duke University Medical<br />

Center in the US discovered that the bones<br />

in the human skull change as people age.<br />

The forehead moves forward while the<br />

cheekbones move back. As the bones move,<br />

the overlying muscle and skin moves as well,<br />

subtly changing the shape of the face. ‘The<br />

facial bones also appear to tilt forward as<br />

we get older, which causes them to lose<br />

support for the overlying soft tissues,’ says Dr<br />

Michael Richard, an oculoplastic surgeon at<br />

the Duke Eye Center. ‘This results in more<br />

sagging and drooping.’<br />

The dramatic ageing of facial bones also<br />

happens at a significantly younger<br />

age for women than men, according to Dr<br />

David Kahn, assistant professor of plastic and<br />

reconstructive surgery at Stanford University<br />

School of Medicine in the US. Women’s<br />

facial bones begin to shrink at the onset of<br />

early middle age, while men don’t exhibit this<br />

until they are at retirement age.<br />

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Musculature<br />

Males tend to be more muscular than<br />

females from birth, with girls showing a<br />

higher fat ratio even before puberty. At<br />

puberty, males begin to develop heavier<br />

bones and thicker muscles. The average<br />

adult male has about 150 percent of the<br />

lean body mass of an average female, and<br />

about 50 percent of the body fat.<br />

Because men have bigger muscles<br />

than women, this also affects the facial<br />

contours, especially in relation to the<br />

jaw and neck. It is the difference in<br />

their muscle development that makes<br />

males’ Adam’s apples protrude. Men<br />

characteristically have thicker necks<br />

than women, and often the masseter<br />

muscles at the hinges of the jaw are also<br />

more prominent. Cheek and forehead<br />

muscles can also be more pronounced.<br />

Their muscle size affects the appearance<br />

of men’s faces, providing a more sculpted<br />

look than is usually seen in women.<br />

Even the nerve impulses that control<br />

muscle movements differ between the<br />

sexes: men and women have different<br />

left- and right-brain connections<br />

that affect the face. In right-handed<br />

individuals, men have stronger left<br />

brain to left side uncrossed corticomuscular<br />

projections and women<br />

stronger right to right.<br />

While men have larger muscles,<br />

women are more facially expressive,<br />

suggesting that they may use their facial<br />

muscles more. This gender difference is<br />

present from birth; girl babies smile more<br />

than boys do.<br />

While many of the 53 facial muscles<br />

are involved in conveying the universally<br />

recognised expressions of anger,<br />

happiness, surprise, fear, sadness and<br />

disgust, not everyone has the capacity for<br />

the same muscle movements.<br />

A study by Dr Bridget Waller from<br />

the Centre for the Study of Emotion<br />

in the Department of Psychology at<br />

the University of Portsmouth in the<br />

UK, in collaboration with anatomists

The average<br />

adult male has<br />

about 150 percent<br />

of the lean<br />

body mass of an<br />

average female,<br />

and about 50<br />

percent of the<br />

body fat.<br />

at the University of Pittsburgh and<br />

Duquesne University in the US,<br />

found there are 19 facial muscles that<br />

may not be present in all people and<br />

that only two-thirds of the population<br />

have the risorius muscle that creates<br />

an expression of terror.<br />

It is tempting to speculate that<br />

the ‘manly’ quality of maintaining<br />

a stoic countenance under<br />

challenging circumstances may not<br />

be merely innate, due to their lesser<br />

expressiveness in general, but possibly<br />

also because they are unable to form<br />

some expressions.<br />

In both men and women, the facial<br />

muscles elongate with age and the<br />

average man’s facial muscles will be a<br />

centimetre longer at 55 than 30 years<br />

earlier, contributing to sagging of the<br />

facial tissues and the formation of<br />

creases and wrinkles.<br />

Skin<br />

Men’s skin is different from women’s<br />

in a number of respects, the most<br />

obvious being facial and body hair<br />

growth. Men’s beards and body hair<br />

growth are triggered by the hormone<br />

androgen, and its continued action<br />

causes the hair to become thicker as<br />

they mature into adulthood.<br />

They also have more sebaceous<br />

glands than women. Testosterone<br />

gives men a 70 percent higher<br />

sebum production than women,<br />

which diminishes with age but still<br />

contributes to maintaining the<br />

emollient film of lipids on the skin’s<br />

surface. While this keeps their skin<br />

naturally lubricated, it also means<br />

they have larger pores and sweat<br />

more, making their skin ‘dirtier’. To<br />

an extent, shaving compensates for<br />

this by mechanically exfoliating the<br />

lower face, but cleansing should be an<br />

essential part of male skincare.<br />

Men’s skin is not only more<br />

lubricated, it is also denser. While<br />

women’s skin is characterised by a<br />

smooth surface and plump texture,<br />

due to the underlying fat, men’s skin<br />

contains more collagen, the fibrous<br />

protein that makes up the skin’s<br />

connective tissue. This gives men<br />

thicker skins and is the reason they<br />

can appear to age more slowly than<br />

women, whose collagen production<br />

drops dramatically at menopause.<br />

But there is a balancing factor.<br />

Women’s external fat is much<br />

healthier than the internal fat even<br />

apparently slim men can carry in their<br />

muscles and around their vital organs,<br />

including the heart. This tendency<br />

is partly governed by lack of exercise<br />

and partly by genetics.<br />

‘Our work so far has shown that<br />

you can take two men of the same<br />

age, with the same BMI (body mass<br />

index), and find one with 5 litres<br />

of fat within him and another with<br />

2 litres,’ says Professor Jimmy Bell,<br />

head of the molecular imaging group<br />

at the Medical Research Council’s<br />

Centre at Imperial College, London.<br />

‘We’ve even scanned people who are<br />

underweight and found up to 7 litres<br />

of fat inside them.’<br />

Bell has coined a term for these<br />

individuals, calling them ‘tofis’ –<br />

thin on the outside, fat inside. The<br />

good news is that the way the body<br />

stores fat can be altered by changing<br />

the diet to one containing grains<br />

and lentils.<br />

Another structural difference in<br />

men’s skins is its vascularity. The<br />

fine network of blood vessels below<br />

the surface is more extensive,<br />

making men more prone to bleeding<br />

and to appearing ruddy faced.<br />

Abundant blood supply is essential to<br />

healthy skin functionality, even if it<br />

does make the practice of shaving a<br />

daily challenge!<br />

While women may be the fairer<br />

sex, men do enjoy a number of<br />

advantages over women including,<br />

apparently, the ability to age<br />

better. CBM<br />

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travel<br />


A<br />

Stopover<br />

Hot<br />

Spot<br />

For many australians<br />

travelling to Europe, the<br />

traditional south-east Asian<br />

stopover has been replaced<br />

by a taste of the extravagant<br />

futuristic skylines of the Middle<br />

East – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and<br />

more recently Doha<br />

doha is the capital of Qatar, the gas-rich constitutional<br />

monarchy perched on a peninsula jutting 160kms into<br />

the Persian Gulf from the north-eastern border<br />

of Saudi Arabia.<br />

According to a series of 2017 international surveys,<br />

Qatar now boasts both the ‘highest per capita income’<br />

and ‘highest per capita Gross Domestic Product’ in the<br />

world (overtaking Luxembourg) – thanks to its status as<br />

the globe’s leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (it sits<br />

atop the world’s third largest natural gas reserves, after Iran<br />

and Russia).<br />

And Doha is the glitzy modern capital attracting<br />

international jet-setters in record numbers – especially<br />

following the continuing expansion of Qatar Airways’<br />

international networks, combined with Qatar’s rapid rise to<br />

prominence as both surprise choice as host for the 2022<br />

soccer World Cup and home of the mushrooming Al Jazeera<br />

media network.<br />

Downtown Doha offers an eclectic mix of modern in-yourface<br />

‘glass and steel’ skyscraper architecture, overlooking a<br />

traditional dhow harbor – the slow moving dhows are lateenrigged<br />

wooden boats, almost from a bygone era, with one or<br />

two masts and a triangular sail on a long yard (the spar from<br />

which sails are set) at an angle of 45° to the mast.<br />

In similar contrast, the historic ‘souqs’ (bustling outdoor<br />

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travel<br />

markets) teem with delicious aromas<br />

and a crowded cacophony to<br />

match the busiest Turkish bazaars,<br />

while nearby sit peaceful mosques<br />

and inspiring museums featuring<br />

centuries-old art treasures from<br />

across the Islamic world.<br />

Many visitors begin their exploration<br />

of Doha with a walk along the glitzy<br />

Corniche Promenade, a 7-kilometre<br />

walkway around the downtown Doha<br />

Bay waterfront. Annual celebrations<br />

of national holidays such as National<br />

Sports Day and Qatar National Day<br />

are centred on the Doha Corniche.<br />

Museum Of<br />

Islamic Art<br />

On a man-made island at one end of<br />

the Corniche Promenade sits Doha’s<br />

famous Museum of Islamic Art, a<br />

stunning geometric structure opened<br />

in 2008 and designed by worldrenowned<br />

architect I.M.Pei – also<br />

responsible for the Louvre pyramid<br />

in Paris.<br />

Aged 91, Pei was coaxed out<br />

of retirement to undertake the<br />

project and ‘travelled throughout the<br />

Muslim world on a six-month quest<br />

to learn about Muslim architecture<br />

and history and read Muslim texts<br />

to draw inspiration for his design’,<br />

particularly noting the light fountain<br />

in Cairo’s 9th century Ibn Tulun<br />

Mosque was his inspiration.<br />

The Museum’s main 5-storey<br />

building and central tower are<br />

connected with the education wing<br />

via a large central court. Pei utilised<br />

creamy limestone for the outer<br />

facades ‘to emphasise the various<br />

shades during the different times<br />

of the day’.<br />

The five floors are covered by a<br />

glass facade to the north, providing a<br />

panoramic view of the Persian Gulf.<br />

A purpose-built park surrounds the<br />

eastern and southern facades, with<br />

two bridges connecting the southern<br />

front with the main peninsula<br />

that holds the park. The western<br />

and northern facades overlook<br />

the harbour to showcase Doha’s<br />

seafaring past.

Qatar Fast Facts<br />

• Population: 2.6 million – 315,000 Qatari citizens and 2.3<br />

million expatriates (temporary and permanent resident<br />

workers/visitors)<br />

• Before the discovery of oil in 1940, economy focused on<br />

fishing and pearl hunting.<br />

• No income tax. No unemployment.<br />

• National carrier Qatar Airways was named both ‘World’s<br />

Best Airline’ and ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by Skytrax<br />

2017 and now offers a global network of 150+ destinations.<br />

• Ruled by the House of Thani since Sheikh Jassim bin<br />

Mohammed Al Thani founded the state in 1825. Under<br />

military pressure, the ruling Al Thani tribe submitted to<br />

Ottoman rule from 1871-1915; however during World<br />

War 1, Qatar took part in Arab revolt against the Ottomans,<br />

and thereafter Qatar became British protectorate<br />

from 1916 until gaining independence in 1971. In 2003,<br />

new constitution was overwhelmingly approved (98%)<br />

in a referendum.<br />

• According to The Art Newspaper, Qatar is the ‘world’s<br />

biggest buyer in the contemporary art market’ by value.<br />

Facilities inside include temporary<br />

and permanent galleries, library, gift<br />

shop, café and restaurant, 200-seat<br />

theatre, classrooms and prayer<br />

rooms. External facilities (forming part<br />

of the crescent-shaped MIA park)<br />

include walking tracks, cycling tracks,<br />

a carousel, cafes and boat rentals.<br />

The Museum’s extensive art<br />

collection from across the Muslim<br />

world spans 1,400 years – including<br />

metal work, textiles, ceramics,<br />

jewellery, wood work, glass and<br />

manuscripts obtained from three<br />

continents and dating from the 7th to<br />

the 19th century.<br />

In addition, it also houses one of<br />

the world’s most complete collections<br />

of Islamic artefacts (gathered since<br />

the late 1980s) with items including<br />

manuscripts, textiles and ceramics<br />

originating in Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq,<br />

Turkey, India, and Central Asia.<br />

The museum also offers a keenly<br />

anticipated calendar of special<br />

events, plus courses and lectures.<br />

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Souq Waqif<br />

‘market maze’<br />

The tumultuous Souq Waqif maze of<br />

traditional Arabian markets represents the<br />

ancient heart of Doha’s history.<br />

Everything’s for sale here: garments,<br />

rugs, perfumes, jewellery, gold,<br />

handicrafts, souvenirs, spices, domestic<br />

pets of all descriptions (including dogs,<br />

cats, rabbits, turtles and birds) and<br />

– especially popular among the local<br />

males – falcons (nearly 80% of the male<br />

population reputedly own one). Falcons<br />

represent a traditional ‘rite of passage’<br />

among Qatari men and can range in<br />

price from a modest US$5,000 up to a<br />

whopping US$250,000.<br />

Traditional music, art and cultural shows<br />

add to the ambience of this historic<br />

market. It includes the 980-seat Al Rayyan<br />

indoor theatre, and a yearly spring festival<br />

around April hosts many theatrical,<br />

acrobatic and musical performances.<br />

The Souq Waqif Art Centre (located<br />

close to the Fish Market) combines a<br />

selection of small and artistic shops with<br />

exhibition rooms laid out around a long<br />

narrow courtyard, dotted with sculptures<br />

and exotic chests inlaid with turtle shell.<br />

The Souq Waqif also houses a<br />

cornucopia of cafes, restaurants and<br />

shisha lounges – where patrons share<br />

shisha (tobacco mixed with flavourings<br />

such as mint) from a communal hookah<br />

(an oriental tobacco pipe with a long,<br />

flexible tube which draws the smoke<br />

through water contained in a bowl) placed<br />

at each table or a bar.

Pearl-Qatar island<br />

Pearl-Qatar is a huge artificial island<br />

(4 square kilometres) set 350m off the<br />

coast, the first land in the kingdom<br />

available for freehold ownership by<br />

foreign nationals (by 2018 there were<br />

40,000+ residents) and now the most<br />

exclusive address in the city.<br />

The name ‘The Pearl’ was chosen<br />

because the island is being built<br />

on one of Qatar’s former major pearl<br />

diving sites; once completed The<br />

Pearl will resemble a string of<br />

pearls – there will be more than 13<br />

islands, including eight for sale to<br />

private owners.<br />

The Pearl-Qatar’s ‘Venice-like<br />

community’ has an extensive canal<br />

system, with 10 precincts that<br />

make up Pearl-Qatar Island. Major<br />

developments include: Porto Arabia<br />

Towers (31 towers with 4,700<br />

apartments); Viva Bahriya Towrs<br />

(29 towers); Qanat Quartier (977<br />

residental apartments in 31 buildings;<br />

188 townhouses; 15 bridges,<br />

including a replica of Venice’s iconic<br />

Rialto Bridge; 200 retail units; and<br />

200 moorings in the marina); and<br />

Abraj Quartier (7 towers, highest<br />

40 storeys).<br />

Meanwhile back on Doha Bay, top<br />

of the city’s most extravagant hotels<br />

is Ritz-Carlton’s Sharq Village & Spa,<br />

where the Royal Villa features the<br />

theatrical ‘blue marbled bathroom<br />

veined with 18-carat gold’.<br />

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Tips For<br />

Aussie<br />

Travellers<br />

I travelled to London via Doha in early<br />

September and Qatar Airways (the<br />

state-owned flag carrier) offered a free<br />

night’s accommodation, and free airport<br />

transfers, at the 5-star Oryx Rotana hotel.<br />

To take full advantage, I recommend<br />

paying for a second night – to allow<br />

a full day for sight-seeing – for a very<br />

reasonable US$100.<br />

Highlight of my day was the 3 hours<br />

I spent in the morning at the Museum<br />

of Islamic Art, built on an island of<br />

reclaimed land. Entry is free and, at<br />

the end of your tour, the cafe offers<br />

panoramic views overlooking the bay<br />

and across toward the new commercial<br />

district with its amazing skyline boasting<br />

88 office towers.<br />

In the afternoon I took one of the<br />

standard 4-hour city tours for A$135.<br />

They run from 3pm-7pm (starting midafternoon<br />

to avoid the earlier heat)<br />

My tour took me through some of the<br />

very wealthy suburbs (such as Pearl-<br />

Qatar) and downtown’s extraordinary<br />

architectural skyline, then back to the<br />

Museum of Islamic Art for another hour<br />

(there was still plenty more to see), and<br />

finished at the famed Souq Waqif (a<br />

labyrinth of historic markets) – where<br />

I spent several hours wandering in<br />

and out of the never-ending maze of<br />

market stalls, offering everything from<br />

camels, horses and falcons (there is<br />

even a falcon hospital), to spices, gold,<br />

cloths, restaurants and my favourite, the<br />

fantastic Middle Eastern desserts.<br />


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Tourist Highlights<br />

Corniche Promenade: a 7-kilometre walkway around<br />

the downtown Doha Bay waterfront and gateway to<br />

numerous parks.<br />

Museum of Islamic Art: on a man-made island at one end<br />

of the Corniche, housing an extensive art collection from<br />

across the Muslim world.<br />

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art: focuses mainly on<br />

art of the Arabian Peninsula, with works dating from the<br />

19th century to today.<br />

Souq Waqif: centuries old market maze selling garments,<br />

rugs, gold, handicrafts, animal pets, souvenirs and<br />

spices, dotted with cafes, restaurants and shisha lounges.<br />

Doha Fort: Near Souq Waqif is turreted Doha Fort<br />

(Al Koot Fort) built in the 1920s and now containing<br />

a small museum.<br />

Pearl-Qatar: a massive artificial island set 350m offshore<br />

and the most exclusive address in the city – a haven for<br />

the mega-rich, boasting luxury apartments, beach villas<br />

and high-end shopping.<br />

Villaggio Mall: Venetian-themed shopping district in the<br />

city’s western Aspire Zone, boasting 220 stores, plus a<br />

150m indoor canal with gondolas and the 22,000sqm<br />

Gondolania theme park (with indoor Olympic-sized ice<br />

skating rink, roller coaster, go-karts, ten pin bowling<br />

centre and a 4D-theatre).<br />

Aspire Tower: also known as The Torch Doha, a 300m<br />

skyscraper hotel located in the Aspire Zone.<br />

Doha Golf Club: an 18-hole championship course.<br />

Al-Shahaniya Racetrack: Between November-February,<br />

Doha’s biggest sport is camel racing, based 40-minutes<br />

outside the city centre with a TV channel exclusively<br />

dedicated to it.<br />

Qatar Foundation Mosque: An exhilarating landmark<br />

(in Al Rayyan City on the outskirts on Doha) sweeping<br />

across the ground with its twin ribbons reaching into<br />

the sky and pointing toward Mecca. It encompasses the<br />

Education City Mosque and Qatar Faculty of Islamic<br />

Studies, with the Mosque itself resting on five large<br />

columns, representing the five pillars of Islam and each<br />

bearing a verse drawn from the Holy Qur’an.


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