CosBeauty Magazine #84

CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia. In this issue: - Celebrity Trend Spotting - Mother's Day Gift Guide - Winter Skin Saviours - Pregnant? What products are safe to use - About Face; Rejuvenation with lasers and injectables

CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- Celebrity Trend Spotting
- Mother's Day Gift Guide
- Winter Skin Saviours
- Pregnant? What products are safe to use
- About Face; Rejuvenation with lasers and injectables


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8 Editor’s Letter

10 Beauty Insider

108 Ed’s Faves


20 Celebrity Trends Spotted

Who better to look to for the

latest makeup & fashion trends

than the big name celebrities

spotted strutting their stuff?

50 Light Therapies Explained

The power of light is infinite.

From targeting wrinkles, fine

lines and scars to improving

skin complexion and hyperpigmentation,


therapies can treat a wide range

of facial ageing concerns.

64 Your Guide to Cosmetic


Do you know your neurotoxins

from your HA fillers? We

simplify the jargon and give you

the what’s what of injectables

70 How Will You Age?

When it comes to how our skin

ages, it seems it’s a case of like

mother, like daughter.

78 Pregnant?

Dos & don’ts for facial


90 Happy Mother’s Day

We’ve done the hard work for

you. Here are our favourite

picks for the perfect Mother’s

Day gift or even a guilty

pleasure for yourself.

28 Makeup Tricks to Look Younger

As we age, cosmetics that once

enhanced our looks can become

unflattering. These beauty

products can help you turn back

the clock and revive a youthful


34 Eye Spy

With a few expert techniques

and products, a steady hand can

create ways to really make your

eyes pop.

40 Winter Skin Saviours

Dry skin is winter’s worst side

effect and a build-up of dead

cells on the surface means

moisture sits on the outside

and doesn’t penetrate to the

deeper layers.

98 All That Glitters

Bling is not just for jewels in

2019. This season rock the

glitter trend by applying it to

the cheekbones, eyelids, inner

corners and lips for the blingedout

beauty looks we love.

100 Lips

Matte vs gloss


74 The Dos & Don’ts of Falling


Could your lifestyle be hindering

your hopes of starting a family?

Here, a check list of the habits you

should halt – and some to take

up – to improve your chances of


86 Intimate Surgery

Adelaide gynaecologist and pelvic

reconstructive surgeon Dr Oseka

Onuma explains how minimally

invasive genital surgery can

transform lives.

102 Woman on a Mission

Stephenie Rodriguez is an Australian

businesswoman, award-winning

digital marketer and the founder

of JOZU for Women Inc. She is the

inventor of the world’s first personal

safety ecosystem designed by

women, with compassion.

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From the



do love summer, but even I’m looking forward to some cooler weather

ahead. However, the cold can cause havoc with our skin due to the lack

of moisture in the air while the bite of the wind can cause chapping.

In response, it’s only natural to luxuriate in a hot shower or bath, but

sometimes this only exacerbates the problem. The heat can actually strip

the skin of its natural oils and contribute to moisture loss and ultimately

dehydration. In our special feature on page 40 we have collected the best of the

best ‘winter skin saviours’ to help combat these skin problems that are almost

impossible to avoid.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so take a look at our special Gift

Guide starting on page 90 – you won’t be able to resist these gift sets and

special products and nobody will hold it against you if you buy them with good

intentions and end up keeping them for yourself!

Our article on page 70 looks at how similarly mothers’ and daughters’ skin

changes with time – it may give you an insight into how well you will age,

looking at your own gene pool.

We all know rejuvenation treatments are becoming more and more popular;

and if you have been considering having a laser treatment, winter is the

recommended time of year to undergo it, as your comfort won’t be hampered

by hot, sticky weather. Our feature on page 50 explains all your options and,

if laser isn’t for you, we also have a comprehensive guide to facial injectables

on page 64.

Falling pregnant is a challenge for some, and we have an article on page

74 that explains the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ – and also details a new product

that is making it easier for many. If you are already pregnant, turn to the article

on page 78 to make sure your products and treatments are suitable to use while

you are expecting.

As usual, we highlight the latest celebrity trends and in the feature on page

20, we showcase the latest looks spotted out and about.

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She’s already conquered the world of fashion,

and now Victoria Beckham has her sights set on

the beauty industry with the arrival of her first

makeup range.

The designer, 44, revealed via social media

in February that she will be officially launching

Victoria Beckham Beauty later this year.

The former Spice Girl, who splits her time

between west London and the Cotswolds,

has already enjoyed phenomenal success with

two sell-out collections in collaboration with

Estée Lauder.

According to a press release, she’s planning

to sell direct-to-consumer through www.

victoriabeckham.com and to use social media

to communicate with fans directly about their

product needs.



The Next Generation of Vitamin

A from Medik8 - available in four

Strengths from May 2019

Last year, through progressive

clinical research and testing

methods designed with scientists

at the University of Hertfordshire,

Medik8 launched two strengths of

their now award-winning serum,

Crystal Retinal. Formulated with

retinaldehyde, a super-charged

derivative of vitamin A, Crystal

Retinal works in synergy with skin to

help promote cellular turnover.

Now, Medik8 have expanded

the Crystal Retinal family by

introducing a further two strengths

– Crystal Retinal 1 (gentle-strength

retinaldehyde) and Crystal Retinal

3 (medium-strength retinaldehyde).

The new gentler strengths of 0.01%

and 0.03% crystal-encapsulated

retinaldehyde allow skin to get used

to vitamin A slowly, while minimising

any irritation.

Even the most sensitive of skin

can now benefit from the next

generation of vitamin A that is

clinically proven to work up to 11x

faster than retinol.

Clinically proven to be faster than

retinol, this luxurious night serumcream

firms, plumps and resurfaces

skin, visibly minimising fine lines and

wrinkles to deliver youthful-looking,

more even toned complexion. With

the two new strengths – at 0.01%

and 0.03% respectively – Medik8

now offers a complete Vitamin A

ladder with a stepping stone to the

stronger strengths of Crystal Retinal

6 and 10.


We love it! Beauty that you eat!

Introducing Australia’s First ALL

NATURAL, fully functional beauty


Developed by Keira Rumble,

Founder of Krumbled Foods to help

women look and feel more beautiful

from the inside out, BEAUTY BITES

combines illuminating and proven

age defying ingredients including

Collagen, Probiotics, Vitamins and

Prebiotics, in one convenient single

dose snack.

‘The huge focus when creating

BEAUTY BITES was to create a

fully functioning on-the-go snack

that’s specifically designed to support

skin, nail, hair and gut health from

the inside out. BEAUTY BITES

combines 5 anti-ageing ingredients

that all work together to create a

delicious healthy snack with ultimate

beauty benefits!’ – Keira Rumble,

Founder of Krumbled Foods.


• Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides

Help to combat signs of ageing and

support digestive health.

• Probiotics (Bacillus Coagulans)

Support digestive health, strengthen

the immune system and help protein

(collagen) utilisation.

• Prebiotics Support digestive health

and help stabilise the skin and gut


• Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Powerful

antioxidant protection again free


• Vitamin E Antioxidant that works

synergistically with Vitamins C to

fight collagen-busting free radicals

whilst supporting the skin’s lipid


BEAUTY BITES are available in three

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Coconut and White Choc Raspberry at

PRICELINE Pharmacy nationally, from

May 2019 RRP $3.99 each.

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Australian based cosmeceutical

skincare brand, Synergie Skin,

announces the launch its latest

innovation. Enter Plabeau G4+

– a revolutionary Plasma Skin

Rejuvenation Device, brought to the

Australian market by Terri Vinson,

Cosmetic Chemist and Founder of

Synergie Skin.

Set to propel the beauty arena to

new heights, Plabeau G4+ employs

non-invasive, cool and painless

plasma technology to break down

air particles into active plasma ions

at a rate of 1 billion ions per second.

It is the world’s first portable

beauty device with plasma

technology delivering six clinical

proven benefits for the skin:

1 Enhances the absorption of

active ingredients

2 Boosts collagen to reduce

the appearance of fine lines and


3 Refines pores and overall texture

4 Soothes irritated skin

5 Hydrates

6 Removes harmful bacteria

‘When I first studied the clinical

data from Plabeau, I knew I was onto

something special. The industry

has seen the clinical benefits of

hot plasma science, but this new

cold plasma technology is seriously

cutting-edge. The results from the

at-home device are phenomenal for

relieving irritation and regenerating

the skin. Whether it’s for anti-ageing,

acne, redness or dermatitis, so

many clients will benefit from using

Plabeau. I’m so excited to be the first

to bring this to the Australian market,’

says Vinson.


News just in! The Australian

launch of Skin Perfusion, a skincare

line specifically formulated to

accompany medical aesthetic

treatments and protocols is

imminent. Formulated in France

by the genius medical team at

Fillmed Laboratories, it has been

the go-to range for European

women since 2013.

For more information, call

Cryomed on 1300 346 448 or visit





FLAYR is an online, at-home

beauty marketplace that connects

thousands of Australian women

with professional hair and makeup

artists, providing beauty at

affordable rates across Australia and

giving stylists the opportunity to

own their side hustle.

From time-poor professionals

who want their makeup done at the

office, to reality stars needing an

onscreen glam team to pre-tinderdate

makeovers – FLAYR caters to

all hair and makeup needs, bringing

experts direct to customers without

the inflated in-salon prices.

Top FLAYR stylists can earn

upwards of $40,000 a year working

only weekends. For some of their

stylists, FLAYR is a side hustle

that can help them earn an extra

$200-300 a week, whereas others

now use the platform as their fulltime

job, booking upwards of 10

appointments a week.

Co-founders, husband and wife

Subhaga Amarasekara and Roshan

Mahanama created the platform in

2016 with the simple aim of helping

Roshan’s mum, who is a trained

makeup artist, drum up more

business. Two years later, FLAYR now

has over 800 stylists across Australia

and has raised half a million dollars

in seed capital.

Whether you’re looking to build

your portfolio, searching for a

convenient blow dry or a beauty

editor looking for localised beauty

statistics – FLAYR is at your service.

www.flayr.com.au / @withflayr


Limited edition iconic skincare

collection released by Ella Baché

in time for Mother’s Day to

celebrate 65 years young

New book by Pippa Hallas, CEO of Ella Baché

Pippa Hallas believes women are equally as capable

of making bold moves as men.

Her new book Bold Moves: How to stand up, step

out and make your next bold move is a personal

celebration of Pippa’s Great Aunt and founder of Ella

Baché, with her own experience along with those

of several innovative Australian women, including

Tracey Spicer and Layne Beachley.

Ella Baché, the founder and Pippa’s great aunt was

very much the inspiration for her book. Ella Baché

was not just an incredible pioneer in the worlds of

business and beauty but a truly independent thinker.

The book documents how Ella Baché graduated

as a Pharmacist in Prague despite being denied

an education as a woman in 1920s. Two world

wars forced her to leave her family and friends

and relocate: first to Paris where she opened her

own laboratory and boutique selling her skin care

formulations. The history expands across the waters

to Pippa’s current experiences as a modern thirdgeneration

female CEO leading Ella Baché.

Alongside Madame Baché & Pippa’s story, female

pioneers and leaders interviewed in Bold Moves such

as Kit Willow, Jessica Watson and Kym Ellery, share

their personal journeys, the challenges and triumphs

of being an Australian woman in business and the

lessons they have learnt to pursue the boldest

version of their own lives. Pippa is a big believer in

surrounding yourself with great people which is why

the stories of these woman provide practical ways

you can live a bold life.

As a dedication to her mum, all profits from

the book will also be going to Cherish Cancer

Foundation cherish.org.au. The primary goal of

Cherish is to fund clinical research that results in

kinder, gentler and more effective gynaecological

cancer treatments. Bold Moves is available on

Booktopia, Dymocks, instore at Ella Baché salons,

David Jones nationally and online at ellabache.com.

au from April 1st.

Bold Moves, $29.95

www.ellabache.com.au / @ellabacheaus

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‘Beautiful has

never been

my goal.’




‘True beauty is not

related to what

colour your hair

is or what colour

your eyes are.

True beauty is about

who you are as a

human being, your

principles, your

moral compass.’


‘I say if I’m


I say if I’m


You will not

determine my

story – I will.’




Kendall Jenner



spot ted

Who better to

look to for the

latest makeup &

fashion trends

than the big name

celebrities spotted

strutting their


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blue with




Janelle Monae

Lily Collins

Miley Cyrus








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Amandla Stenberg





Rita Ora


Margot Robbie




Selena Gomez




Emily Ratajkowski

Chrissy Teigen

Hailee Steinfeld

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Lucy Boynton



Cara Delevingne








Vanessa Hudgens

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t r ic Ks

to Look


As we age, cosmetics that once enhanced our

looks can become unflattering. These beauty

products can help you turn back the clock and

revive a youthful complexion.

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lines &


Fix: It’s important not to go

overboard with foundation in an

effort to mask lines and wrinkles.

Besides looking cakey, too much

product can sink into any lines

and make them more evident. The

same goes for concealers; go for

lightweight formulas that contain

light-reflecting particles, which will

also combat dark under-eye circles.

Before applying foundation, using

a primer will moisturise your skin

and help to hold your foundation

in place. Primers are designed to

smooth and conceal fine lines and

uneven skin texture. ‘Primers are

important for creating a flawless

complexion,’ says Terrett. ‘What

works a treat for reducing years off

the complexion is a pore-minimising

and fine-line diffusing primer.’

You can set your foundation with

a powder if you feel the need to – a

light, translucent powder is your best

option. Also keep in mind that too

much powder will highlight wrinkles

and dryness, so use sparingly.

Bobbi Brown

Primer Plus

Hydrating Spray, $50,


Skinperfect Primer

SPF 30, $76.50,


POREfessional Pearl

Primer, $53.


Dull skin

FIX: As we age, our body slows down

the natural exfoliation process – which

can leave skin feeling and looking

dull. ‘Prepare your skin with plenty of

hydration! Start by using a moisture-rich

cream,’ says Terrett. ‘Don’t forget your

peepers. The delicate skin surrounding

the eyes needs plenty of love; prep your

eye area with a specialised cream tailored

to the eye area.’

Combat lackluster skin by investing

in a tinted moisturiser that contains

luminescent particles. A light-refl ective

formula will help create the illusion of a

glowing complexion.

For an extra glow, use an illuminator.

Containing shiny minerals that attract

light, illuminators can be strategically

placed for an intensifi ed highlight, or

they can be mixed into your foundation

or moisturiser for an all-over glow.

Brighteners are also an important

skincare product when it comes to

addressing skin dullness.

Peter Thomas Roth

Potent-C Targeted Spot

Brightener 15ml, $81

Peter Thomas

Roth 24K Gold

Pure Luxury Lift

& Firm Prism

Cream 50ml, $60


A sunken


FIX: As we age, it’s inevitable we will lose

fat and structure from our face. This results

in a loss of volume that can lead to sagging

cheeks and lack of prominent bone structure.

TARTE Tarteist

Contour Palette

Version III, $67

But all is not lost – there are certain beauty

products that can assist in helping to create

the illusion of a more supple and contoured

appearance. To add a more vibrant and 3D

dimensional look to your features, dab a sheer

highlighter on your cheekbones and apples of

your cheeks.

Blush can also be used to make your bone

structure stand out. Simply dust it along the

highest points of your cheekbones.

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Thin lips

FIX: The older we get, the thinner

our lips become – especially the upper.

This is due to less collagen, a protein that

supports soft tissue, being produced. The

best approach to giving the illusion of

fuller lips naturally is by sticking to shades

that enhance your natural lip colour, and

avoiding dark hues, which can be ageing.

Avoid matte lipsticks, which can be drying

on the lips and emphasise any lines you

may have around the mouth. Instead, opt

for a creamy alternative before applying a

gloss, as the shine will keep lips looking full

and hydrated.

As we age, our natural lip line can also

fade, which makes lipstick more likely to

bleed. Combat this problem by tracing

lips with a clear lip liner, or one the same

colour as your chosen lipstick, to help it

stay put.

‘Enhance your lip colour by using a

cheek and lip stain,’ says Hannah Terrett,

BeneFit Cosmetics National Education

Manager. ‘Try layering your stain with your

favourite lip gloss to boost lip volume and

add a pop of shine.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

Enamored Hi-Shine

Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in

Skindeep, $42

Nude by Nature

Defining Lip Pencil in

Rose, $16.95

Dior Backstage

Dior Addict Lip Glow

in Holo Pink, $49




FIX: As the years pass, our eyelashes tend to lose some

of their thickness and length. They can become sparser

and fl atter, causing the eyes to look smaller. To open

up the eye area and create the illusion of wider eyes,

everything should be going upwards against gravity.

An eyelash curler can make a huge difference. Even

if you choose to skip mascara, curling your lashes should

still remain a part of your makeup routine. As for

mascara, opt for a natural brown shade, which will create

a youthful look while still defi ning the eye. But be careful

not to be too heavy handed with the mascara wand –

fl aky, cakey lashes are never a good look!




FIX: Thin eyebrows can be instantly

ageing and unfl attering. Ward off sparse

brows by fi lling them in with an eyebrow

powder. Choose a powder which is a similar

colour to your existing hairs and follow the

lines of your existing eyebrows, rather than

trying to create a new shape. An angled

brow brush will give you the best results.

Strong, well-groomed eyebrows will help

achieve a more youthful appearance (while

sticking with today’s brow trends). csbm

Benefit Cosmetics

Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color, $43

Benefit Cosmetics

Angled Brow Brush & Spoolie, $35

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It’s the one beauty staple no girl

can live without, yet the next

generation of mascara is anything

but basic. Employing the best in

lash lengthening, volumising and

growth technologies, these innovative

products will work a treat for anyone

who’s not quite ready to commit

to a more durable form of lash


1. Sisley So Volume Mascara, $80, 2.

Babor Ageid Extra Volume Mascara

Black, $65, 3. Benefit Cosmetics

BADgal Bang! Mascara, $43, 4.

Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D,

$44, 5. Arbonne Cosmetics It’s A

Long Story ® Mascara, $50.

spyNew! Modelrock


An easy way to glam up a bare eye

is to intensify your look with eyeliner.

If a smouldering look is what you’re

after, use an eyeliner pencil around

the entire eye and on the inner rim.

For a quick smokey look, smudge

it off using a crease/smudge brush.

For more of a clean, strong line,

create a winged liner using a gel

or liquid eyeliner. This, combined

with generous lashings of mascara,

will instantly glam up your look and

get you party ready! A really great

makeup trick is to use eyeliner to fill

in the tiny spaces between upper

eyelashes. This helps eyes look

fuller and more alive and lends an

amazing frame to the eyes.

Cosmetics Wings Out

Loud Felt Tip & Brush

Tip Eyeliner, $19.95

Chanel Stylo Yeux

Waterproof Long-

Lasting Eyeliner, $47












Party up with fake

lashes. They’re flirty and

playful and no amount

of mascara can create

the same drama.

Modelrock Lashes

In Paper Dolly













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Bobbi Brown

Luxe Camo Face

and Eye Shadow

Palette, $125


we love

Bobbi Brown Crystal

Drama Eye Palette, $125

Arbonne eye shadow

palette, Volume 1, $56

Charlotte Tilbury

The Icon Palette, $105

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Dry skin is winter’s worst side effect

and a build-up of dead cells on the

surface means moisture sits on the

outside and doesn’t penetrate to the

deeper layers.

Now is the time, before winter is really upon

us, to take action. To prevent the cold

weather affecting your skin turn to some

more heavy duty skincare products that will protect,

calm and soothe skin as well as protect against the

elements – think of it as comfort food for your face.

Barrier is the word of the day. In healthy skin the

epidermis (top layer) has a seal around the cells

to trap the moisture, known as a barrier function.

However, dryness, cold and sensitising products

wreak havoc on this natural function, so you need

products to bolster your skin’s defences. Up the ante

by using or adding a richer cream or oil into your

routine – it will help to nourish and nurture your

skin back to health. Get religious with your eye

cream at night and lip balm during the day.

Blood and lymph fluid naturally nourish your skin

but in the winter months circulation flows less freely

ecause you’re cold, so you need to compensate

by giving your skin extra protection and

nourishment to repair your skin cells and

combat ageing.

Use regenerating day moisturisers and

night creams, massaging the skin in a light

circular motion to improve circulation and

keep the skin’s outer layer active and healthy.

Don’t drop sun protection from your routine

– maintain at least an SPF 15 each day with

UVA and UVB factors.

Hydration Boosters

Dryness is one of the top skin concerns

amongst women. Just as you would layer your

outer garments to keep warm, try layering

your products to lock moisture into your skin.

A hydrating serum used underneath your

moisturiser will penetrate deep into the skin,

helping to nourish the bottom layer of cells

so when they come to the surface they will

be hydrated, plumper and brighter. Multiple

applications during the day, with products high

in active ingredients, will ensure your skin is

receiving the extra attention it needs.

It’s also essential to incorporate sunscreen

into your daily skincare all year round (UV

rays are still a very real threat no matter the

season). Layer sunscreen under moisturiser

every morning or choose a moisturiser that

contains a broad spectrum SPF. And make sure

you don’t forget your lips – use a lip balm with

sunscreen protection and apply it frequently.

Of course, it’s just as important to hydrate

your body from the inside as it is from the

outside. Staying on top of your 8-glass a

day water consumption will visibly improve

the appearance of your skin, making it less

susceptible to dryness and improving its health

by flushing toxins from the body.

Body Beautiful

Moisturising your body with a quality product

will help protect your skin and lock in the

moisture. Very dry skin is well suited to

honey and shea butter-based body products

and nourishing body oils. But if your skin is

ultra sensitive, choose an all-natural product

without synthetic perfumes to prevent

triggering a reaction.

Everyone’s skin behaves differently from

season to season, so you might find that you’ll

use a moisturiser for dry skin in winter and a

lighter one in summer.

Scented moisturisers can be a great

substitute for perfume, and chances are

your favourite brand of perfume has a lotion

in the same scent. If it’s not heavy duty

enough for your skin, mix it with a rich

fragrance-free lotion to keep your skin

smooth and smelling sweet.

Regular exfoliation in the colder months

will prove to be as beneficial to your skin as

keeping it moisturised, buffing away the dead

cells that might otherwise leave your skin

looking dull. The use of a gentle exfoliator

once or twice a week will simultaneously

eliminate dry and flaky skin, as well as aid in

the absorption of body moisturiser. Even better,

experts believe the very action of removing the

redundant top layer stimulates the production

of new skin cells further down in the

epidermis. The result? Brighter, healthier skin.

Hands & feet

Our hands are often neglected as recipients of

much-needed TLC. Chapped fingertips and

cracked knuckles can cause hands to suffer the

most in the cooler months, so take a moment

to massage a heavy-duty hand cream or cuticle

cream into dry crevices around the wrists and

fingers. Exfoliation can also be a key element

to hand care, but make sure you don’t get too

scrub-happy on raw areas of skin. If your hands

are ultra dry, use an extra layer of hand balm

and wear cotton gloves for a few hours to let

the moisture soak in properly.

And let’s not neglect the feet. After all,

it’s your feet that carry you through life so it’s

important to keep them happy and looking

good. Dry skin is a common problem and may

cause other symptoms such as itching, redness

and cracked heels. Some people tend to have

naturally dry skin that predisposes them to

cracks, and thickened dry skin around the heel

(that is more likely to crack) is often due to

increased pressure.

The best way to prevent and treat dry skin

is to keep your feet hydrated with refreshing

lotions and moisturisers. Feet get a rougher

deal than the skin on your body or hands, so

it’s worth investing in a specialised product to

take care of them. Some regular exfoliation

and buffing will stop the build-up of hard, dry

skin. A range of foot scrubs is available from

the luxurious to the down-to-earth, along with

buffing stones and other products. CBM

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Barrier is the word of the

season. In healthy skin the

top layer (epidermis) has

a seal around the cells to

trap moisture, known as a

barrier function. Dryness,

cold and sensitising products

wreak havoc on this natural

function, so you need

products to bolster your

skin’s defences. Using or

adding a richer cream or oil

into your routine will help to

nourish and nurture your skin

back to health.




3. 4. 5.


8. 9.









1. Skeyndor Power Retinol Intensive Repairing

Cream 50ml, $98, 2. Invisible Zinc Sheer

Defence Facial Moisturiser SPF50 50g, $34,

3. Cosmedix Reboot, $58.30, 4. Cosmedix

Elite Pepoxide, $136, 5. Murad Hydro-

Dymanic Quienching Essence 30ml, $125, 6.

Murad Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal

Night Cream 50ml, $125, 7. Rejuvaphyl

Ultra-Rich Hydration, $158.40, 8. Skinstitut

Retinol Serum 30ml, $49, 9. Avène Hydrance

Intense Serum 30ml, $59.95, 10. Environ

Super Moisturiser 50ml, $64,, 11. Arbonne

Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil, $110, 12.

Omveda Honey Sandalwood Moisturiser

50mls, $75.90, 13. La Roche-Posay Toleriane

Caring Wash Cleanser 200ml, $26.95, 14.

Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% 200ml, $49, 15.

Genie Exfoliate3 Exfoliant Face Scrub 70g,

$40, 16. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal

Purifying Clay Wash, $22, 17. Maaemo

Certified Organic Skin Care Hydrating Face

Cream, $57.95, 18. Revision Skincare

C+ Correcting Complex 30%, $155, 19.

Endota Spa Organics Deep Hydration Face

Moisturiser, $65, 20. Mayerling Forte Day

And Night Face Creams 2 X 50g, $198, 21.

Aspect Super Serum 30ml, $130, 22. Guinot

Clean Logic Cleansing Care Cream 150ml,

$85, 23. Guinot Clean Logic Revitalising Care

Lotion 200ml, $85, 24. Aspect Dr Resveratrol

Moisturiser, $94.60.


18. 19.

21. 22. 23. 24.

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Winter can wreak havoc on your skin’s pH

balance so don’t assume the products that

maintained the status quo over the humid

summer will cut the mustard in winter.

Whether your skin is sensitive, dry, oily,

blemish-prone or combination, re-evaluate

what you’re working with. Regular exfoliation,

balancing and purifying masks and hydrating

moisturisers are essential.

Get religious with your eye cream at night

and lip balm during the day, and up the ante

with daily body hydration. It’s all about putting

back what your skin’s giving out, so replenish


1. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer, $48,

2. Organic Nation Supernatural8 Recovery Oil,

$71.50, 3. Meso Ha Densimatrix 30ml, $129, 4.

Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense 30ml, $99, 5. Medik8

Crystal Retinal 1 30ml, $75.50, 6. Skinceuticals

Hydrating B5 gel 30ml, $129, 7. Ella Baché

Collagen+ Treatment Oil 30ml, $79, 8. Medik8

Advanced Night Restore 50ml, $129, 9. Ella

Baché Radiance+ Treatment Oil 30ml, $79, 10.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Bright & Plump

Moisturizer, $102, 11. Dermalogica Intensive

Moisture Balance 100ml, $121, 12. Dermalogica

Intensive Moisture Cleanser 295ml, $95, 13.

Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser 185ml, $43.95, 14.

Alpha-H Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser

50ml, $59.95, 15. Clarins Blue Orchid Face

Treatment Oil, $55.



1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

6. 7.

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1. Carmex Watermelon Moisturising

Lip Balm, $5.99, 2. Dna Eye Balm 15ml,

$129, 3. Skinstitut Eye Believe 30ml,

$49. 4. Alpha-H Absolute Lip Perfector

10ml, $32, 5. Aspect Hydrating Lip Balm,

$15.40, 6. Carmex Lip Balm, Jasmine

Green Tea Squeeze Tube, $3.95.


2. 3. 4. 5.


Winter is the season for richer beauty products that will protect, calm

and soothe skin as well as protect against the elements – think of it as

comfort food for your face.

Blood and lymph fluid naturally nourish your skin but in cooler

weather blood flows less freely, so give your skin extra protection and

nourishment to repair skin cells and combat ageing effects.

Don’t drop sun protection from your routine and carry a luxurious

hand cream in your handbag. Use regenerating day moisturisers and

night creams, massaging the skin in a light circular motion to improve

circulation and keep the skin’s outer layer active and healthy.


11. 12.


14. 15.

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1. Babor Reversive Anti-Ageing Glow Body

Cream 200ml, $182, 2. SALT By Hendrix

Crystal Waters, $44.95, 3. Skeyndor

Bodysculpt Silhouette Remodelling Mud

For Body Beauty 200ml, $56, 4. Guinot

Gommage Facile Easy Body Scrub 200ml,

$62, 5. Mesoestetic Stemcell Body 200ml,

$120, 6. Avène Hydrance Rich Hydrating

Cream 40ml, $54.95, 7. Jurlique Softening

Rose Body Cream 150ml, $45, 8. Invisible

Zinc Face & Body SPF50 Sunscreen 75g,

$19.95, 9. The Body Shop 100% Natural

Shea Butter, $25.





Avoid hot baths and long showers.

They strip essential oils and moisture

from your skin.





Avoid products with strong fragrance,

colour, astringents or high alcohol

content which can irritate your skin.


Don’t forget to exfoliate! Skin

renews itself more effectively when

it’s free of dead cells.


Apply a moisturiser straight after a

shower when your skin is still slightly

damp. This traps the water in the upper

layers and reduces dryness

and itching.


Drink eight glasses of water a day and

eat lots of omega 3-rich fish containing

fatty acids, which contribute to a healthy

heart and brain and moist skin.





1. Mesoestetic Hydra-Vital Face Mask 100ml, $78, 2. Babor Hydro

Cellular 3D HydroGel Face Mask, 4 pack, $110 3. Guinot Masque Essential

Nutrition Confort Instant Comfort Mask, 50ml $80 4. Maaemo Certified

Organic Skin Care The Elimination Mask, $49.95 5. L’occitane En Provence/

Aqua Reotier Hydrating Mask, $65 6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask, $5.99

7. Neutrogena Youthful Boost Mask, $5.99 8. Estée Lauder Advanced

Night Repair Powerfoil Mask, 4 Pack, $120 9. Charlotte Tilbury

Revolutionary Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, $35.



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Medik8’s age defying skincare r-Retinoate

Intense harnesses the power of vitamin a, giving

transformational results in as little as four weeks.

Research shows that 20 per cent of women

under 30 are concerned with developing

wrinkles, so it is never too early to start

caring for your skin. The anti-ageing fight has been

given a formidable boost recently by the arrival of

Medik8’s revolutionary r-Retinoate Intense, whose

profound visible age-defying results represent a true

breakthrough in anti-ageing skincare.

The result of eight years of collaborative research

applying the most advanced technology, Medik8’s

r-Retinoate Intense formulation contains three

widely patented discoveries with a revolutionary

combination of the legendary molecules retinyl

retinoate and crystal-stabilised retinaldehyde. The

manufacturer worked with a Korean super-laboratory

to produce a ground-breaking ‘encapsulated’ form

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of r-retinoate which goes to work directly on the

nuclei of skin cells. This expertly engineered hybrid

molecule was designed with a single purpose:

to outperform ordinary retinol in every way. It

rejuvenates the appearance of the skin, by promoting

cell turnover to reduce wrinkles and give the skin

a smoother, more refi ned and plumper appearance.

This next generation vitamin A helps defy the signs

of premature ageing and achieves an impressive

transformation in as little as four weeks. Medik8 is

a cosmeceutical skincare brand. They provide the

assurance that only the best active ingredients are

used in their formulations, and use clinical

studies from trusted, ethical sources to validate

their products.


When including any Vitamin A product in your

skincare, you must wear sunscreen during the day.

Consult your GP if you are pregnant or breast feeding

before using Vitamin A. Consult your GP if you are

taking any acne medication and/ or are undergoing

any type of skin peeling treatment.


Vitamin A is extensively acclaimed as the most effective and powerful ingredient in cosmeceuticals for

its ability to help retard the fi rst signs of skin ageing. Retinol rejuvenates the appearance of the skin,

helping it to look smoother, refi ned and plumper. It helps promote skin rejuvenation to diminish the

appearance of fi ne lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and blemishes. Medik8’s breakthrough innovation

with r-Retinoate Intense is that it combines the most powerful Vitamin A molecules - crystal stabilised

retinaldehyde and retinyl retinoate - for absolute Vitamin A power. r-Retinoate Intense’s revolutionary

‘drone-targeted’ delivery system ‘drills’ down deeper than previously possible to deliver a range of skin

optimised ceramides and peptides to the skin’s deeper layers. It visibly reduces the fi rst signs of skin

ageing such as the appearance of fi ne lines and wrinkles and actively rejuvenates and revives to achieve

plumper, more youthful looking and radiant skin.










As reported in a number of prestigious medical

journals, including the Journal of American

Academy of Dermatology and the British Journal

of Dermatology, clinical studies have demonstrated

the effi cacy of retinaldehyde and retinyl retinoate.

Studies found Medik8’s revolutionary molecule

retinyl retinoate to be more powerful and work faster

than retinol, which has to be converted within

the skin into retinoic acid, before it starts to work.

Plus, retinaldehyde boosts penetration and power

because retinyl retinoate is eight times stronger while

retinaldehyde works 11 times faster than retinol. No

side effects were seen and it was reported to be gentle

on the skin. In essence, these extensive clinical

studies found that retinyl retinoate is signifi cantly

more effective than retinol. The studies have

concluded that retinyl retinoate is able to reduce the

appearance of wrinkles and rough skin, and can help

to repair damage induced by UVA exposure. CBM


• Retinyl Retinoate is eight times more powerful than retinol

and stable both day and night.

• Retinaldehyde – one step closer to retinoic acid than

retinol, it delivers results up to eleven times faster than

retinol, while being gentle on the skin.

• Retinaldehyde’s antibacterial properties aid blemish prone


• Smart Hydration Reservoir – a combination of hyaluronic

acid, nourishing squalane and humectant glycerine delivers

multilevel hydration to your skin.

• Vitamin E – an oil-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E

can quench free radicals on the skin while stabilising

retinaldehyde for optimal power.

• Ceramide Complex –ceramides are almost ‘skin identical’,

allowing them to easily nourish the skin.

• Drone-Targeted Copper Peptide – directed like a drone to

skin’s deeper layers for optimum results, the peptide is timereleased

over time, resulting in more youthful-looking skin.

• Organic Carrot Seed Oil provides a stability system, which

preserves the potency of r-Retinoate Intense.



• Ground-breaking age-defying skincare

• Absolute Vitamin A power- 8 times more powerful and 11

times faster acting than retinol

• Backed by clinical studies

• Fast and impressive transformation in as little as 4 weeks

• Reduces wrinkles and fi ne lines

• Plumper, more youthful and more radiant looking skin

• Suitable for all skin types

• No side effects- non-irritant



r-Retinoate Intense is available

at select skin clinics across

Australia. For stockists,

visit www.medik8.com.au

or call 1800 242 011
















The healing power of light has been

recognised and used for thousands of years,

dating back to the Ancient Greeks and

Romans. Over the millennia, our understanding

and use of light-based therapies have continually

evolved to optimise results, reduce downtime

and treat a wide range of skin conditions and

ageing concerns.

For cosmetic indications, light-based

treatments can be broadly categorised as intense

pulsed light (IPL) therapy, light-emitting diode

(LED) therapy, photodynamic therapy and

laser therapies.

Today’s light-based technologies can

significantly diminish and even reverse many of

the tell-tale signs of ageing – from early lines,

uneven pigmentation and broken capillaries to

deep wrinkles and severe sun damage.

They can reach much deeper levels and

affect far more significant changes than would

be possible with most other cosmetic treatments,

and without needing to invest significant money.

Moreover, a procedure can often be performed

in less than an hour and may require little or

no downtime.

There is a dizzying array of choice – and

much potential confusion for the consumer.

It’s always best, therefore, to seek the advice of

a doctor or clinician who is fully qualified and

experienced in using laser and light devices and

who will be able to advise which treatment is best

for different concerns.

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While lasers may sound like

magic wands, it is important to have

realistic expectations. Some skin

tightening is possible, but lasers

cannot produce the same degree of

lifting seen after a surgical facelift

or eyelid lift. Wrinkles caused by

constant muscle movement such as

frown lines can be hard to treat with

lasers alone; anti-wrinkle injections

may be used in conjunction.

Laser skin rejuvenation cannot

stop the skin from continuing to age;

crow’s feet may reappear and new age

spots can develop. Lasers and other

light therapies have fewer side effects

than more traditional skin resurfacing

procedures such as chemical peeling

and dermabrasion, but there are still

risks. The most common is unwanted

temporary darkening or lightening

of the treated skin (hypo or hyperpigmentation).

There also is a

relatively small risk of scarring.

As with any procedure, the success

of treatment is highly dependent

on the skill level and knowledge

of the person performing it, so it is

important to ‘do your homework’

before choosing a laser practitioner.

intense pulsed

light therapy

Intense pulsed light (IPL) in cosmetic

therapy uses light wavelengths

that safely target either melanin

or haemoglobin in the skin. It can

be used to permanently reduce

unwanted hair growth, fade brown

spots and cauterise enlarged or

broken capillaries and port wine stain

birthmarks. Some treatments have

been developed specifically to treat

rosacea.the lower abdomen, which

can be hidden within the bikini

line, and minimised with various

scar therapies.

Unlike lasers, IPL devices produce

a broad spectrum of light in a range

of wavelengths. The emitted light is

further adjustable through the use of

filters, allowing any skin colour to be

treated. The range of light is typically

between 500- 1500nm, depending

on the machine and filter used. This

versatility allows the characteristics

of the light energy to be adjusted

according to each patient’s skin type,

specific condition and location of the

area to be treated.

Another difference is in the size of

the area that can be treated in one

session. Generally IPL treatment

heads are up to eight times larger

than the small spot size produced by

lasers, so treatments are quicker but

not as targeted as laser.

In terms of safety, the two types are

similar, but with both IPL and laser

facial rejuvenation treatments the

practitioner and patient each need

to use eye protection, and treatment

needs to occur in a controlled area

where people cannot wander in and

be exposed to the light.

While lasers and IPL treat many

of the same conditions, IPL is a

single technology for a multitude

of applications – from unsightly

veins and birthmarks to ageing and

sundamaged skin, unwanted hair

and rosacea.

During the procedure pulses of

intense light are fired at the skin

through varying filters which isolate

specific wavelengths of light. Various

targets (such as haemoglobin in the

blood to remove vascular lesions, or

melanin to treat hyperpigmentation)

are preferentially absorbed, heated

and selectively destroyed by certain

light wavelengths (called selective

photothermolysis) without damaging

surrounding tissues.

IPL treatment cannot typically

address extensive sun damage and

skin discolourations but it can reduce

surfaced capillaries and brown spots,

as well as help revitalise and even

out the overall complexion. Typically

four to six treatments are required for

optimal results.

The usual downtime with IPL

modalities is minimal to none,

depending on the intensity of

treatment, however full recovery can

take around two weeks in some cases.

Immediately after IPL a slight burning

sensation can occur for a few hours

but there is generally little discomfort.

Temporary discolouration can occur

for around three to four days after

the procedure and this skin will

flake off slowly. Short-term side

effects include reddening of the

skin (erythema), temporary bruising

and oedema (swelling). Reactions

such as scabbing and blistering are

possible, though rare. It’s important to

protect skin from UV light with daily

sunscreen application.

led therapy

Treatment with light emitting

diodes (LED) delivers light at

certain wavelengths to stimulate

cellular activity and collagen

production in the dermis. This

delivers an anti-ageing, rejuvenating

effect, and LED treatment is often

recommended before and after

surgery, as well as a standalone skin

revitalisation treatment.

It uses different wavelengths to

increase blood flow to the skin,

accelerate cellular turnover and

address specific concerns such as

acne or pigmentation.

An is a shallower, gentler treatment

than IPL, and is often used for

collagen boosting and rejuvenating

the skin.

LEDs are very small light bulbs

that, in contrast to ordinary

incandescent bulbs, don’t get

especially hot and don’t burn out.

LEDs have been found to trigger

natural chemical processes inside

the cells, boosting the body’s own

production of collagen, which

make them particularly useful for

skin rejuvenation.

During treatment, certain light

wavelengths are used to cause

different reactions in the skin.

Infrared light deeply penetrates the

dermis and stimulates blood flow

and collagen rebuilding in the skin’s

deeper layers. Blue light, which

is a shorter wavelength, doesn’t

penetrate as deeply and is used for its

anti-microbial effect, inhibiting the

growth of acne-causing bacteria.

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Photodynamic therapy uses a

chemical reaction activated by light

energy to selectively destroy specific

tissues and can be used to treat

sunspots, certain types of skin cancer,

rosacea, acne and sun-damaged skin.

A photosensitising medication

is applied topically on the skin

and a narrow band of light (red or

blue light) is administered to cause

a moderately deep exfoliation

and target damaged tissue and

sebaceous glands.

When skin is exposed to a

light source of an appropriate

wavelength, its photosensitiser

molecules are activated to produce

oxygen intermediates that destroy

the targeted cells. Recovery time

is around two weeks after each

treatment and usually one to three

sessions are required.

laser therapy

Laser is an acronym for Light

Amplification for the Stimulated

Emission of Radiation. Laser light

is different to normal light for many

reasons: it travels in a synchronised

fashion; retains its intensity over a

long distance; is monochromatic (of

the same wavelength or colour); and

can be pulsed.

Laser therapies work by targeting

tissue and can be used for a number of

treatments, including pigmentation,

scarring, unwanted hair, spider veins,

sun-damaged skin, wrinkle reduction

and overall complexion rejuvenation.

The principle behind lasers is light

absorption. The same as a black

car will be hotter than a white car

because it absorbs more wavelengths

of light, certain target tissues will

absorb certain wavelengths of light

more effectively.

As the laser light is monochromatic,

the target tissue will take

on maximum absorption while the

surrounding tissues won’t. This allows

the target to be isolated and treated.

In other words, the laser emits a

single frequency of light

with all the light waves going in the

same direction, allowing the target

tissue to absorb the maximum amount

of heat.

The target tissue is all-important

when treating skin problems with a

laser. For pigmentation it is melanin;

for spider veins and other vascular

conditions it is haemoglobin (blood);

and for wrinkles it is water. Each of

these target tissues absorbs a different

wavelength of light, meaning a

different laser is needed for each

specific problem.

Recent advances in laser

technology mean that laser skin

resurfacing, once reserved for the

treatment of severe conditions such

as acne scarring due to the extensive

downtime involved, has become an

effective option for many people

seeking reduction of lines and

wrinkles and uneven skin colour,

tone and texture.


laser therapy

The advent of fractionated laser,

where microscopic columns of skin

are treated while surrounding skin

is left intact, has made it possible

to achieve results comparable to

traditional CO2 laser resurfacing

with fewer side effects and profoundly

less downtime.

Fractional skin resurfacing can

utilise both non-ablative and ablative

lasers – the breakthrough difference

of this technology is the fractionated

delivery system of light.

Fractional laser technologies

break up light beams to allow

columns of untreated tissue to

activate healing mechanisms beneath

the skin’s surface, treating skin

conditions ranging from scars and

birthmarks to wrinkles.

These lasers work by creating

microscopic thermal injuries

that trigger collagen production,

stimulating cell renewal and

plumping out the tissues. In other

words, the laser works by creating

tiny holes, or ‘dots’, in the skin’s

surface, penetrating deep into the

dermis which triggers the body’s

natural healing responses. It leaves

the skin around each dot intact,

enabling the surrounding tissue

to heal these microscopic thermal

injuries by stimulating the production

of new collagen.

The anti-ageing benefits of

fractional laser technology include

improving evenness of skin tone and

texture, reducing pore size and the

appearance of lines and wrinkles,

and helping to reverse the effects of

sun damage. A more mild treatment

may take several sessions, while one

procedure is usually sufficient for a

more aggressive treatment.

Because laser treatments use

heat, a mild to moderate burning

sensation is experienced during

treatment and slight swelling,

redness and bronzing afterwards.

This can be covered with mineral

makeup and normally subsides after

a few days, however full healing can

take several weeks, depending on

the intensity of treatment and the

areas targeted.

Results of light-based therapies

vary, depending on the technique

and experience of the practitioner,

and the individual patient. Patients

should always ask their practitioner

how new the laser or IPL machine

is and when it was purchased.

Recent models are far superior to

earlier ones in terms of achieving

predictable and precise results. With

a wealth of medical, cosmetic and

scientific applications, research into

laser and light-based technology is

constantly evolving. What offers

outstanding results today may one day

be superseded by the next advance

in laser-based therapies. One thing

is certain, however: a wealth of

conditions once untreatable can

today be improved rapidly and with

minimal discomfort thanks to laser

and light-based technology. CBM

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The new

skin tightening


that has everyone




Do you fi nd that you no longer look as

young as you feel? If the mirror doesn’t

refl ect the way you are on the inside,

now there’s a way to turn back the clock

without surgery or injections.

The Thermage FLX is the newest

generation of Thermage, a non-invasive skin

tightening treatment with more than two

million procedures worldwide under its belt

and favoured by celebrities such as Gwyneth

Paltrow, Demi Moore and Oprah Winfrey.

Thermage is like Pilates for your skin; it’s a

skin fi tness treatment that tones and tightens

the skin on your face, eyes and body to give

you a more youthful appearance.

One of the new bells and whistles of the

Thermage FLX is the improved comfort level

for patients due to its vibrating handpieces













and cryogen-cooled applicator tips, making it

both an extremely effective and comfortable

treatment. An FLX session is also 25% faster,

with a typical face and neck treatment taking

under an hour, and an eye treatment taking

about 20 minutes.

This impressive device uses patented skin

tightening technology to give your collagen

a workout, stimulating existing collagen and

promoting new collagen growth over time.

Specifi cally, Thermage uses radio frequency

energy to heat the deep layers of the skin,

causing them to contract and tighten over a 4

to 6 months period and giving the treatment

area a well-deserved lift. It helps soften

lines around the mouth, eyes, forehead and

improves defi nition on the jawline and under

the chin.

The best part? Thermage FLX can help

smooth and tighten your skin without surgery,

injections and with little to no downtime.

Another huge plus is that only one treatment

is typically required for lasting results.

It’s time to put your best face forward,

and with the exciting technology behind

Thermage FLX, looking as young as you feel

has never been so effortless. CBM

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Softened lines lines around the the mouth, eyes, forehead;

improved definition on on jawline and and under the the chin.


Softened lines lines around the the mouth, eyes, eyes, forehead;

improved definition on on jawline and and under the the chin. chin.


Thermage FLX


How long will the

resuLTS last?

For most patients, measurable results appear

gradually in the two to six months following

a single treatment session and can last for 1-2

years depending on your skin condition and

ageing process.

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How many treatments

will I need?

Unlike many cosmetic procedures requiring multiple

sessions, Thermage FLX delivers results after a

single treatment. Best of all, results continue to

improve over time.


AFTER Thermage

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on the area you’re having

treated. Your doctor can give you a more

precise idea of cost based on where you want

to see results.

Does it hurt?

The Thermage FLX system incorporates vibration

on the face and body treatments, which has been

shown to provide patient comfort.

You’ll feel a brief heating sensation when the

treatment device’s tip touches your skin, followed

by a cooling sensation to help protect your skin and

minimize any discomfort.

Are there common side


Some patients have temporary redness or minor

swelling after treatment, but this usually goes away

within24 hours.

How long before I can get

back to my normal activities?

Most patients return to their regular activities

immediately following treatment. No special

care is required afterward, aside from basic skin

maintenance and sunscreens as part of a regular

skincare regimen.

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The Clinic

Bondi Junction, Sydney – 02 9386 1533


Skin Renu Balmain

Balmain, Sydney – 02 9555 9506


MD Cosmedical Solutions

Sydney City – 02 9283 5344

Wahroonga – 02 9489 1633


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Bare Laser and Skin Clinic

Hampton, Bayside Melbourne – 03 9598 5495


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Ultimate skin


We chat with leading NYC

dermatologist Dr Judith

Hellman about some of her

favourite anti-ageing and

beauty treatments.

Dr Judith Hellman

When NYC-based dermatologist

Dr Judith Hellman recommends

a treatment, you take notice,

and for the most versatile overall

rejuvenation treatments she recommends


Fractora is a fractional radiofrequency

(RF) skin resurfacing and rejuvenation

treatment and is one of the newest

non-surgical methods to reduce wrinkles,

scars and tighten sagging skin with

limited downtime and long-lasting

natural-looking results.

It targets concerns such as skin tone,

texture, sun damage and fine lines,

through to deep textural concerns such as

deep wrinkles, scars and vascular lesions.

In addition to general facial rejuvenation

and wrinkle reduction, you may notice

rejuvenation and tightening of skin

around the jawline, neck, under the eyes,

and on the cheeks and forehead.


Fractora is just one part of the

comprehensive InMode platform, which

also includes Lumecca IPL for pigmentation

and sun damage, Forma for non-surgical

skin tightening, and Triton for superior

hair removal.

As a highly sought-after dermatologist,

Dr Hellman has access to the whole ambit

of aesthetic devices and technologies.

She says the InMode platform stands

out because it is equipped with the most

practical technologies and delivers the

highest quality performance she has

experienced. ‘With InMode, I can treat just

about any skin problem effectively with a

minimum number of treatments and with

outstanding results,’ she says.

Dr Hellman uses the InMode platform

for a wide variety of applications,

including skin tightening and wrinkles;

non surgical ‘lift’; acne and acne scars;

hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating); sun

damage and brown spots; rosacea; vaginal

rejuvenation; hair removal; and nonsurgical

fat reduction.

In particular, she says combining

treatments enhances the results. ‘A

common combination is starting with

Forma, a non-surgical skin tightening

treatment, followed by Lumecca IPL for

rosacea and/or brown marks,’ she explains.

Another innovation is the Triton

application for hair removal. This differs

from other systems on the market as it

uses two simultaneous laser wavelengths

to destroy the hair follicle for a greatly

enhanced hair removal effect and can treat

most skin types.

‘My patients are truly happy with their

InMode treatments,’ says Dr Hellman.

‘What the Lumecca photofacial can

achieve in 1-2 treatments is the equivalent

of 4-6 treatments with other technologies,

and my Forma patients call it the ‘wow’

treatment and send their friends.’

Dr Hellman’s impressive results using

Fractora for acne treatment has literally

created a niche practice for her simply by

word of mouth referrals. ‘My acne patients

experience not only a resolution of the

inflammatory acne using Fractora but

also up to about 80% decrease in scar

depth,’ she says.

Treatments themselves are well tolerated

with mostly no or minimal downtime.

Fractora and Forma usually take a series

of about 6 treatments, and Lumecca

photofacials about 1-2 treatments. Results

last for years with minimal maintenance.

From wrinkles, acne scars and

pigmentation to skin tightening, smoothing

and rejuvenating, the Inmode suite of

applications is a game changer, offering a

complete range of non-surgical solutions for

the face and body with one device. CBM



To find a practitioner near you,

visit www.likeyourlook.com.au

or call 1300 309 233

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Your guide

to cosmetic


Do you know your neurotoxins

from your HA fillers? We simplify

the jargon and give you the what’s

what of injectables

Plump cheeks, smooth foreheads and perfect

pouts have led many of us down the cosmetic

medicine path. Injectables – anti-wrinkle

muscle relaxants and dermal fillers – are usually the goto

treatment for beautifying our looks and defying age,

with minimum discomfort and no downtime.

The surge of minimally invasive procedures has

been significant and with an ever-expanding and

increasingly sophisticated array of options available

today, you need to know your options.

We now have an enormous range of fillers, many of

which can last a long time and be used to re-volumise

and sculpt ageing faces. We also have neurotoxins

to reduce lines and wrinkles, as well as lasers to

effectively treat a wide range of skin conditions.

In the past 10 years, there have seen significant

improvements in the technology and design of

soft tissue fillers.

There are now different grades of fillers designed

specifically for use in different parts of the face and

different anatomical levels of facial structure.

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all about



Fillers are used to plump out lines

and smooth skin, restore volume

to areas where tissue commonly

degenerates with age, fill in

pockmarks and acne scars, contour

or reshape facial features and add

volume to the lips. They are also a

popular adjunct to treatment with

anti-wrinkle injections to create a

universal result.

Fillers are gel-like in consistency,

and the type of filler (composition

and viscosity), the area of injection

and the depth of injection all

influence the final result, and how

long they last. Fillers can be made

with biodegradable substances,

such as collagen or hyaluronic

acid (HA), or non-biodegradable

substances like silicone.

Fillers can be used in multiple

areas. There is a lot of science

behind soft tissue fillers that make

them customisable to each patient’s

individual requirements and to

different areas of injection.

As with most cosmetic

procedures, a holistic approach

using fillers will obtain the best

result. As we age, the whole face

ages – there are priority areas but,

essentially, the entire face is subject

to ageing.

Gone are the days where patients

come in and ask to have their

nasolabial folds filled and that’s

enough. Injectors now know that

treating the nasolabial folds will

not change the patient’s overall

appearance. It is important to

address and harmonise the face

as a whole so the patient will

look the best for their age at any

age. Through communication,

understanding and education,

together the patient and

practitioner can create some truly

spectacular results.

Filling fine lines &


When injected superficially, dermal

fillers can help smooth out fine lines

and fill superficial wrinkles. Commonly,

the HA chains are smaller and softer in

superficial filler products, reducing the

risk of lumpiness post procedure.

These fillers are used for areas that

are more delicate, such as the corners of

the mouth, the lip line and the crow’s

feet. Theyneed to be very soft so the

product can be placed superficially in

the skin to smooth the area without the

risk of seeing or feeling the product after


A small amount of filler is usually

required; as the objective is to fill a line

or wrinkle, not necessarily add volume to

the area.

The small particle size, and low

quantity of HA injected, means results

typically last around six to 12 months.

The level of movement in the area – for

example frowning, talking and squinting

– also affects the duration of the result.

The lip area tends to have slightly

less longevity due to the degree of

movement in the region.

Adding volume

Medium volume HA fillers use

medium-sized HA particles, which

combine with the body’s own HA to

enhance the volume of targeted tissue.

These fillers are injected more

deeply than superficial products, and

are used to treat deeper skin folds and

enhance volume in certain areas.

In areas such as below the cheek,

many injectors prefer to inject soft

fillers a little deeper, so they’re encased

in the fat region. This provides some

soft-tissue padding in the area.

Medium volume HA fillers typically

have a greater number of cross-links

between the HA particles, compared

with superficial fillers. This increases

cohesiveness of the product and



under-eye circles

As some patients age, rather than

having drooping skin, they become

gaunt and hollow, particularly around

the eye area. This is where fillers

tend to be very useful.

Each injection can last up to

three to four years, as the product is

usually placed quite deeply to reduce

the risk of visibility and palpability


In the past, when surgery was the

only option available, rejuvenation

tended to be the domain of the rich

or famous. Now you can take years

off a person’s face at a fraction of the

cost with neurotoxin injections to

minimise lines and wrinkles combined

with strategic filler placement, giving

the eyes and overall face a fresher,

younger appearance.

These non-surgical measures

have revolutionised the aesthetic

anti-ageing industry and made it

available and ‘acceptable’ to a much

broader audience.

The benefits

of HA

The longevity of results with HA dermal fillers

can last anywhere between 6-18 months

and beyond, depending on the amount of

filler injected, the depth of injection and the

level of movement at the injection site. The

duration of the result is also affected by the

extent of cross-linking between the hyaluronic

acid chains, as well as the concentration and

size of the HA particles themselves.

Increased cross-linking and higher HA

concentrations boost the viscosity and

elasticity of the dermal filler. This extends the

longevity of the result. Larger HA particles,

alongside higher concentrations, tend to

absorb more water and result in more tissue

swelling following injection, also increasing

the duration of effect.

Many practitioners prefer to use HA-based

fillers because hyaluronic acid is versatile,

long-lasting and effective. It also comes in

a variety of grades to cater for the different

requirements of every patient.

The other benefit of using HA fillers is

that, in the rare occasion where there is a

minor adverse reaction such as swelling or

lumpiness following injection, the HA can

be easily dissolved with a chemical called

hyaluronidase. This works almost immediately

and acts as a valuable safeguard.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs

naturally in the body. It is associated with

attracting and maintaining hydration in the

skin. For this reason, the benefits of dermal

fillers are double-fold – adding volume and

attracting hydration at the same time.

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Commonly known under the

brand names Botox,

Dysport and Xeomin,

botulinum toxin has become

one of the biggest players

in the field of cosmetic


The treatment offers

patients an effective nonsurgical

alternative for

reducing dynamick lines such

as frown lines and crow’s feet

to rejuvenate the appearance

of the face and help reverse a

prematurely aged appearance.


uses for



Botulinum toxin can be used

in many ways to not only

minimise wrinkles and lines but

also lift and sculpt the face. It’s

able to:

• Block the action of the

nerves that control sweat

glands, and in this way treat

excessive localised sweating

(hyperhidrosis), especially

severe underarm sweating.

• Create a subtle lift around

the eye area via injections

in the outer corners of

the brows.

• Soften and minimise the

appearance of an overly

square jaw (masseter

hypertrophy) through

intramuscular injections

around the jaw area,

resulting in a more ovallooking

face shape.

What is it?

Botulinum toxin is a protein produced

by the bacterium Clostridium

botulinum. In cosmetic procedures,

botulinum toxin works by blocking

nerve stimulation to wrinkle-causing

muscles, which prevents the muscle

from contracting and significantly

reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

As a muscle relaxant, it is commonly

used to treat crow’s feet around the

eyes, the frown lines between the

eyebrows (glabellar lines) and the worry

lines across the forehead. In addition,

it can be used to produce the effect of

a brow lift by relaxing the muscles that

drag down the brow and even in the

masseter muscle to create a slimmer

looking jawline.

Botulinum toxin is used by thousands

of women and an increasing number of

men to help rejuvenate the appearance

of the face, most often to reduce a tried

or over-worked expression when the

face is static.

According to the most recent

statistics by the American Society

for Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) botulinum

toxin injections ranked number one

in the top five minimally invasive

procedures performed in the US

in 2015.

Although Australia doesn’t

currently have definitive data about

cosmetic surgery trends, we seem

to follow American statistics to

provide an insight into emerging

and changing trends. These statistics

highlight that this age-defying,

wrinkle-busting powerhouse has

become a very familiar, accessible

and ‘normal’ anti-ageing treatment.

how does it work?

Cosmetically, injections of botulinum

toxin work by relaxing wrinkle-causing

muscles, softening existing facial lines

and helping to prevent the formation of

new ones.

A few tiny injections are

administered just under the skin,

reducing nerve stimulation to the

targeted muscles. The procedure usually

takes about 10 minutes, but this can

vary depending on the number of

areas being treated. Because men tend

to have larger and stronger muscles,

they often require more injections to

achieve the optimal results.

Anaesthetic is generally not required

for the treatment as the needles are

very fine and only a small volume of

the product is needed, making the

treatment virtually painless. If the

patient is particularly concerned, the

practitioner can numb the area using

ice or topical anaesthetic cream before

administering the injection.

The effects are not immediately

visible. Over the next few days, the

muscles gradually relax, and it often

takes around three to four days for final

results to become visible, normally

reaching their full results by one week.

It is important to note that botulinum

toxin is gradually reabsorbed by the

body over time, so repeat injections

are necessary about every three to five

months in order to maintain results.

With continued use, the effects may

start to last longer because the targeted

muscles have ‘unlearned’ the response

that originally contributed to the

development of the lines.

In its 14 years of cosmetic use, there

have been no reported long-term or

permanent side effects from the use

of botulinum toxin. Common side

effects are generally restricted to minor

temporary redness or bruising at the

injection site, and some patients can

experience slight headache or nausea

post treatment.

There is a very slight risk that

botulinum toxin can cause a temporary

weakness in nearby muscles that

can result in a slight drooping of an

eyelid or eyebrow, lasting anywhere

from around one to six weeks.

Treatment with botulinum toxin is

not recommended for women who are

pregnant or breastfeeding. CBM

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ow will you

When it comes to how our skin

ages, it seems it’s a case of like

mother, like daughter.


We’ve all heard the old adage

told to hubbies-to-be that

if they want to know what

their wife will look like in many years

time, just look at her mum. As it

turns out, there may be a large grain

of truth when it comes to ageing skin.

A group of plastic surgeons from

the Loma Linda University Medical

Center in California scanned the

faces of mothers and their daughters

using computer modelling and 3D

cameras. The research team found

that mothers and daughters who look

similar also age in a strikingly similar

pattern. They found the daughters’

faces were beginning to sag, wrinkle,

thin and lose elasticity around the

eyes in exactly the same patterns as

their mothers’ faces. This similarity

particularly increased after the

daughters hit the age of 30.

One of the surgeons, Dr Matthew

Camp, says the study was the first

to prove scientifically that women

age like their mothers. Until now,

Dr Camp says studies of facial

ageing have mostly been subjective

and observational.

The findings may be especially

helpful for women in their mid-

30s to early 50s, which is the ideal

window for using minimally invasive

techniques to maintain a younger

looking appearance. Recognising

how your mother’s face changed over

the years could help guide a cosmetic

surgeon in the appropriate procedures

to address similar patterns of sagging

skin or volume loss. For example,

doctors would be able to pinpoint the

appropriate areas to inject

dermal fillers.

Another author of the study, Dr

Subhas Gupta, says knowing exactly

how a woman’s lower eyelids will

change with age can help surgeons

plan a surgical correction

that will prevent the changes seen

in her mother. ‘If you come in when

you’re 30, we can tell you where you

will have changes and quantify what

you will need and where,’ he says.

’The findings were surprisingly

repetitive regardless of ethnicity and

actual age difference between mothers

and daughters. You can beat Mother

Nature to the punch and not have

your mother’s eyes,’ says Dr Gupta.





When you’re young it’s all about

preventative, gentle and nourishing

products. Your hormones are still

balancing themselves, so stick to

oil-free cleansers, moisturisers and

makeup where possible.

Getting into a good skincare regime

in your teens not only helps resolve

some of the teen angst-causing

problem skin issues, but it also

forms good habits for the coming

decades. Cleanse, tone and moisturise

are the basic three steps at any age

and should be followed morning

and night.

Many teens find oily skin is their

main concern, so a gel-based cleanser

is best – perhaps one that includes

salicylic acid to help clear acne. Use

a light, non-comedogenic, oil-free

moisturiser to follow up.

Women in their 20s may opt

for foamy gel cleansers and light

moisturisers, perhaps a milky cleanser

if you’re prone to dry skin. Of an

eve, use a hydrating fluid or an oilfree

moisturiser along with a mild

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hydrating gel eye cream to stave

off early signs of ageing. If you’re a

30-something, even if you’ve taken

good care of your skin it may become

a little drier and sun damage may

begin to appear.

As you age, keep adjusting your

routine. Your mid-30s is a great

time to start using a nutrient-packed

serum and active night creams.

Use a creamy cleanser and creamier

moisturisers to lock in hydration

(apply over damp skin) and continue

with a slightly richer eye cream

at night.

A clay mask applied weekly will

deep clean your pores if you’re oily,

or a light hydrating mask if you’re

slightly drier. Use a grainy mechanical

exfoliator or something with alpha

hydroxy acids (AHAs) for a chemical

process twice a week to remove

the top layer of skin and deal with

clogged pores.

Try adding some products with

antioxidants to combat free radicals

and introduce some products with

Vitamin A derivatives in your 30s.

Retinol can be found in low doses in

many over-the-counter night creams

and serums or, for stronger dose

retinoids, creams and gels may be

prescribed by your dermatologist or

GP in some cases.

Keep your skin glowing with

some professional treatments such

as microdermabrasion and Vitamin

C facials. It’s around your 30s that

you may be considering anti-wrinkle

injections as a preventative method

for future wrinkle formation and to

refresh your appearance.

Not to sound like your mother,

but you must use sun protection at

all ages – the younger you start, the

better. Not only does it protect your

skin from the sun but 90 percent of

premature ageing is caused by UV

exposure. You’ll be thankful for this

advice when you’re your mum’s age.




Whether you grow old gracefully

depends partly on your lifestyle and

partly on your genes. It’s been noted

that one of the most important factors

is the way that skin collects and

retains its moisture, using molecules

that bind water into skin. As skin ages,

the genes that control this process

become less active and skin retains

less moisture, causing wrinkles.

Another involves collagen, which

is the protein that gives skin its

underlying structure. As we age,

the genes that degrade collagen

can become overactive, leading to

more wrinkles. Other factors involve

inflammation, how the skin reacts to

sunlight and the skin’s response to

free radicals.

Of course, all this data doesn’t

mean you’re going to look exactly like

your mum. Regular SPF use will help

you ward off the sun’s harmful rays

and cut back on the risk of premature

fine lines and sun spots. And, until we

uncover the elusive fountain of youth,

a good skincare regimen tailored to

your specific skin type will keep you

looking the best you can at any age.

Damage control for mums

Kicking up the nutrients a notch is a

must as the signs of ageing deepen –

it’s all about products with plumping

and firming benefits. Those beach

holidays may have started to catch

up and the gradual (and unfortunately

unavoidable) loss of collagen is a

part of intrinsic ageing and becomes

more apparent.

You can help slow cellular

degeneration with the antioxidant

properties of Vitamins C and E,

which help protect the skin from

free radicals that devour healthy

cells. Vitamin C can also boost the

synthesis of collagen, especially when

it is applied in a potent form.

Additionally, prescription retinoids

containing Vitamin A acid used

topically is a potent free-radical

fighter. It can reduce brown spots,

increase exfoliation and collagen

production, thicken the epidermis

and can help reverse sun damage.

Chemical peels are also good for

refining the skin’s surface, and

injectable dermal fillers work well in

replenishing volume and boosting

collagen production.

Of course, it’s essential that you

continue slathering on thick face and

eye serums on a nightly basis, with

rich moisturising properties such as

hyaluronic acid, shea butter or oils.

Along with your broad-spectrum UV

moisturiser, add in a couple of creams,

lotions or serums containing at least

two types of antioxidants.

For crepey skin try a formula with

peptides, which have been shown to

strengthen collagen. Use a creamy

cleanser morning and night or, if your

skin tolerates a cleanser with a mild

AHA or salicylic acid, substitute this

in once a day.

Anti-ageing or wrinkle-reducing

prescription formulas containing

retinol or glycolic acid products

are essential in reducing fine lines

and wrinkles, improving skin

texture, skin tone and colour, and

boosting hydration.

There is a plethora of cosmetic

surgery and dermatologic treatments

applicable to the more mature

woman. Laser skin resurfacing is

one such procedure that can offer

an effective solution, significantly

improving crepey eyelids and wrinkles

around the eyes, minimising lines and

age spots, and improving the overall

appearance of the skin. cbm

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Do’s &


of Falling


Could your lifestyle be

hindering your hopes of

starting a family? Here’s a

check list of the habits you

should halt – and some to

take up – to improve your

chances of conceiving.

Have you been trying for a

baby with no luck? You’re not

alone. ‘One in six Australian

couples of child-bearing age will

face fertility issues,’ says Dr. Raewyn

Teirney, Australia’s leading fertility

expert and gynaecologist.

‘We often find that these issues can

be the result of some not-so-great

lifestyle choices by one or both partners

in the relationship. They might have

fallen into bad habits, with no idea that

the behaviour could affect fertility. ‘

The good news? ‘We also often

find that by tweaking the behaviour

that is detrimental to health, couples

can greatly improve their chances of

conceiving naturally,’ say Dr. Teirney.





We all know that the younger you

are when you try for a baby, the

better your chances of succeeding

will be. However, it is not widely

recognised that this applies to men

as well as women.

‘For women, the depletion of eggs

is accelerated after the age of 35 until

menopause, when her Ovarian Store

is exhausted,’ explains Dr. Teirney.

‘Statistics indicate that if a man

is under 25 and a woman is in good

fertility health, then it should on

average take four and a half months

for the couple to conceive. This time

frame jumps to almost two years if

he’s over 40. If he’s over 45, it can

take up to five times that of a healthy


‘However, men do have a safety

net – new sperm are constantly

being produced and just by adopting

healthy lifestyle habits, it’s thought

they can revitalise their sperm

and improve its chances of fertilising

an egg.

Obviously, you can’t change the

age you’re at now, so to improve your

chances, speak to your doctor or

specialist about support products that

will help improve your fertility health

and fitness, and implement healthy

lifestyle habits as outlined here.



Whether you’re male or female,

excess alcohol intake can have a

dramatic effect on fertility health. ‘In

both men and women, it introduces

free radicals that can adversely affect

the vitality and quality of both the

sperm and egg,’ says Dr. Teirney.

‘Limit alcoholic beverages to less than

two drinks a day and avoid binge

drinking altogether.’

It can often be hard to abstain

when others are raising a glass. ‘Swap

cocktails for refreshing mock-tails

made from fresh fruit and mineral

water,’ suggest Karina Francois,

nutritionist and naturopath from

Infinite health in Victoria. ‘Throw

in some heathy herbs like mint or

lemongrass, muddled into fruit juice

and poured over ice – it will taste

great and be so much better for you.’



It’s impossible to feel healthy, vital

and energetic when you’re running

low on sleep, which can quickly

translate to a low libido. What’s

more, lack of sleep can have a

negative effect on immunity as well

as general health, which may in turn

impact your reproductive health.

‘While there’s no hard and

fast evidence that lack of sleep

contributes to issues of conceiving, we

do know that when you’re exhausted

you just don’t want to have sex,’ says

Dr. Teirney. ‘Furthermore, couples

tend to be less diligent tracking their

fertility windows and this can throw

timed intercourse off schedule.’

If you’re having trouble sleeping,

try some gentle exercise like yoga

stretches prior to bed, suggests

Francois. ‘A warm bath with lavender

oil will help, too, and leave all

devices out of the bedroom.’




It’s likely that we all have to take

prescription medications at some

stage in our lives. However, if you’re

trying for a family, it would be wise

to ask your GP if a medication might

have an effect on either partner.

‘Some prescription medications can

affect fertility health,’ explains Dr.

Teirney. ‘It could be one medication

alone, or a combination of a couple

that interfere with fertility health.

It’s also wise to ask your GP about

taking medication when pregnant, or

if you’re breastfeeding, too.’

Francois says, ‘medicinal herbs as

prescribed by your naturopath can be

as potent as some medications and

may interact in ways not conducive

to conception. Always have a lengthy

discussion with your GP and you

naturopath regarding any and all

medications, tinctures or elixirs you

might be taking.’



‘Eating on the run, eating highly

processed foods or those with low

nutrient content … these can all

reduce the health and vitality of the

reproductive organs,’ says Dr. Teirney.

Leave the packet food on the

shelf and shop in the fresh food

aisles instead.

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nutritional value,’ says Dr. Teirney.

‘A well-balanced diet for both

partners is essential. This means

lean sources of proteins with each

meal, wholefoods and plenty of

fresh fruits and vegetables. Try

to eat organically wherever

possible, to avoid the introduction

of chemicals from pesticides and

fertilisers into the body.’

Francois says: ‘Semen quality

improves with healthy diet and a

healthy weight in a male, while diets

high in saturated fat seem to do the

opposite. Positive effects on fertility

for women are seen when her diet

includes lots of folic acid, vitamin

B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids.’

Track Your Cycle

Couples who track the menstrual

cycle of the female will be more

aware of when ovulation occurs and

know when to cleverly time sexual

intercourse, thereby improving their

chances of conception.

‘There are lots of ways to do this

that are really quite easy,’ reveal Dr.

Teirney. ‘Monitoring your basal body

temperature using a digital highspeed

thermometer is the first step, as

women typically notice a small drop

in temperature – about 0.2 degrees

Celsius, when they are ovulating.

‘Following this, a urine test can

detect Luteinising Hormone (LH).

A surge in LH indicates ovulation is

about to occur, typically within the

next 24-36 hours.’

‘I always advise women to check

their cervical secretions, too, as they

can be a good marker of fertile times.

In less fertile times, the secretion

will be minimal. When fertile, the

secretions are clear and slightly wet

and when most fertile, secretions are

clear, thin, slippery and stretchy.’

Oher indicators include one-sided

lower pelvic pain on either side of the

body, an amplified libido, intensified

sense of smell and taste, enlarged,

tender breasts, fluid retention, acne

and bloating.

Look at Taking


Both the World Health Organization

(WHO) and the Royal Australian

and New Zealand College of

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

(RANZCOG) recommend all women

thinking about or trying to conceive

should take a vitamin supplement

containing folic acid and iodine.

‘The suggested dose is 500 mcg of

folic acid and 150 mcg of iodine,’

says Dr. Teirney. ‘For men, studies

have emphasised the importance of

antioxidants to maintain healthy

sperm and reproductive health.’



It’s no secret smoking causes all

kinds of health issues, but one you

may not have considered is that

of fertility. ‘The carcinogens and

toxins in cigarettes cause oxidative

stress to the body, which will

absolutely affect the health and

function of the reproductive organs

in both partners in the relationship,’

reveals Dr. Teirney.

‘The health of the egg will be less

ideal, and the sperm will be less vital,

less able to reach its destination and

perform as nature intended.’

Having trouble quitting? Call

the Quit Line on 13 78 48.

‘Hypnotherapy has also been shown

to be helpful in supporting people

through the process of stopping

smoking,’ says Francois.

Take Illicit drugs

Never mind that they’re illegal –

illicit drugs can certainly play a

part in preventing pregnancy, with

even small doses of ‘softer’ drugs

like marijuana having a detrimental

impact on both sperm and egg health.

‘Illicit drugs not only impair

the health of reproductive organs,’

says Dr. Teirney, ‘but they can also

reduce the sex drive of both partners

in the relationship. For men, using

illicit drugs can sometimes even

cause impotence.’

Obviously, it’s wise to sidestep

these altogether. If you’re having

trouble with addiction, speak to the

Alcohol and Drug Foundation on

1300 85 85 84.

Neglect Exercise

A sedentary lifestyle causes general

health and wellbeing to suffer, which

of course includes fertility health of

both partners. Conversely, enjoying

regular exercise can boost your

chances of starting or expanding your

family. Why not begin an exercise

routine that you can both enjoy?

‘Couples that exercise together will

not only become fitter, improving

wellbeing of the entire body, but

they will enjoy the endorphins that

exercise brings with it,’ says Dr.

Tierney. ‘The feel-good hormones

produced when we work out may

even boost sex drive. Weight

management will also be easier and

you’re more likely to want to have

intercourse if you’re not worried

about how you look naked.’

Exercise and diet are also

imperative to keep both partners at a

healthy weight.

‘We know that if either the man

or the woman is overweight, their

chances of conceiving is reduced,’

says Dr. Teirney. ‘Being overweight

or in fact, obese, can cause hormonal

problems leading to infrequent

ovulation and irregular periods. In

men, it can affect the health and

vitality of the sperm.’

Succumb to Stress

While stress isn’t directly linked

to infertility, it’s widely believed

that it can contribute to difficulty

falling pregnant.

‘It can compound the problem,’

says Dr. Raewyn. ‘For couples who

are trying to conceive, this can be

a difficult and emotionally-fraught

time, especially if they are not

becoming pregnant as quickly as they

had hoped.

‘Any additional stress can be

perceived as greater because of their

already stressed frame of mind.

Couples who are stressed are less

likely to want to have intercourse.

This less frequent intercourse will

of course impact your chances of

conceiving, but it’s also worth noting

that stress spikes cortisol levels, which

could also affect the female’s cycle.’

Dr. Teirney suggests couples

implement stress management

techniques such as regular exercise,

date nights or weekends away where

they can relax and unwind together,

yoga, meditation and/or relaxation

and breathing techniques.

‘Tracking the female cycle using

specific tracking devices such as

ovulation and hormone markers to

pinpoint the female’s most fertile time

can be particularly useful, too,’ says

Dr. Teirney. ‘It takes the guesswork

out of trying to fall pregnant and

improves their chances of conceiving.

We also recommend they look

at their lifestyle and reduce any

potential stressful factors, such as an

unhappy work place, or unnecessary

financial commitments.’

Forget to Have

Regular Sex

As obvious as this seems, many

couples do refrain from intercourse

in a bid to ‘save the good sperm’ for

the right time of the month. This is

a common myth, however it is now

dispelled, as we know that frequent

ejaculation actually helps to maintain

sperm health!

‘It encourages the body to

regenerate and refresh sperm and if

the male is otherwise healthy, we

typically see that the quality of sperm

is good,’ says Dr. Teirney. ‘Timed

sexual intercourse is also extremely

important, so be sure you are enjoying

those intimate moments when the

female as at her most fertile times in

her cycle.’ CBM


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Dos &

don’ts for



The safety of what you’re putting into your body – in the form

of food, drinks and supplements – comes under strong scrutiny

during child-bearing and breast feeding. And, according to

skincare experts and dermatologists, the same should be said for those

ingredients that you’re using on your skin in the form of skincare,

sunscreens and cosmetic injectables.

It is always best to speak to your doctor about treating skin

conditions when pregnant, as you need to be careful which products

you use. For example, topical creams like retinol (Vitamin A) and

medications like isotretinoin are usually effective treatments for acne,

yet are definitely not safe to use while pregnant.

The concern in using cosmetic injectables and some cosmeceuticals

during pregnancy is that potent active ingredients may diffuse into the

blood stream and disrupt hormone levels or affect foetal development.


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There is very little solid evidence

surrounding the effect of anti-wrinkle

injections on a developing foetus. One

study, by Morgan J C et al (2006),

found botulinum toxin A (the active

ingredient in anti-wrinkle injections)

appears to be relatively low-risk

for both the expectant mother and

foetus. However, it did recommend

further research, and suggested that

practitioners and patients carefully

consider the risks and benefits before

using anti-wrinkle injectables in

pregnant women.

This caution seems to be mirrored

by doctors and dermatologists around

the world. Most would recommend

pregnant women should refrain from

receiving any anti-wrinkle injections

during pregnancy and breast feeding, in

an effort to keep the foetus as healthy

as possible.

In the US, the Food and Drug

Administration (FDA) classifies

botulinum toxins as a pregnancy risk

Category C. This means the drug

should only be administered during

pregnancy if the potential benefit

justifies the potential risk to the foetus.

Why the concern?

Botulinum toxin is derived from a

food-related bacterium called

Clostridium botulinum – it is also one

of the most potent food-related toxins

known to humans.

‘Botulism’ is the poisoning associated

with unsafe exposure to botulinum

toxins. In humans, this can cause

blurred or double vision, nausea,

vomiting, trouble breathing, difficulty

swallowing, muscle weakness and

impaired motor control. However,

there is limited evidence as to how this

poisoning could affect an unborn child.

While the size and weight of a

botulinum toxin molecule is too big

to diffuse across the placental

membrane, scientists do not know if

transfer to the foetus is possible through

an active transport mechanism. They

also can’t be certain if the toxin’s

neuromuscular effects could potentially

affect foetal development.

Where does the

toxin go?

Common claims that botulinum

toxin does not migrate from the

treatment site following injection

are inaccurate, according to

research published in the Journal

of Neuroscience. In fact, some of

the potent toxin escapes into the

central nervous system (the brain

and the spinal chord) following

cosmetic injections.

This research adds weight to the

argument for avoiding botulinum

toxins during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Until researchers further

understand the pathways of injected

botulinum toxins in the body – and

the way the toxin might interact

with or affect a developing foetus –

the overarching recommendation is

that patients steer clear of cosmetic

injectables during pregnancy.

Insider’s tip:

treatment for

stretch marks

Stretch marks are a common concern during

pregnancy. They usually appear on the abdomen and

breasts, and also on the hips, thighs and buttocks.

Stratamark, from Swiss pharma company

Stratpharma, is a revolutionary treatment for

preventing and reducing stretch marks, and is safe

for use in pregnant women. It hydrates and protects

the skin by forming a thin gel sheet across the

treatment area – this helps normalise the production

of collagen in the skin to help prevent stretch marks

from forming.

Stratamark is recommended for use from the

beginning of the second trimester through to 60 to

90 days following birth.

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In the skincare department, parabens,

phthalates and retinoids are all of

particular concern during pregnancy.

Parabens and phthalates are commonly

found in cosmetics, body lotions, nail

polishes, hair sprays and fragrances. Both

are considered endocrine-disruption

chemicals, which have the potential to

interfere with hormone function.

One study, by Braun, J.M. et al. in

2013, looked into the use of parabens

and phthalates during pregnancy.

They found lotions, cosmetics and

perfume use were all associated with an

increase in phthalate metabolite and

paraben concentration in the urine

– of up to 111 per cent.

It is recommended to avoid parabens

and phthalates by using essential oils

instead of fragrances, checking the

ingredients listed on the label and opting

for products that are ‘paraben-free’.

Retinoids are a form of vitamin A and

are used in skincare to accelerate skin

cell renewal – this can be effective in

reducing pigmentation, treating acne

and reducing wrinkles. Retinol, retinol,

tretinoin (retinoic acid, Retin-A),

isotretinoin and alitretinoin are all forms

of first-generation retinoids.

While there is limited evidence to

show retinoids are harmful when used

topically, many studies have shown

that high doses of vitamin A during

pregnancy can be harmful to an unborn

child. As well as this, oral retinoids such

as isotretinoin commonly used in acne

treatments, have been shown to cause

birth defects. CBM

Chemical peels

Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant and is the primary ingredient in

many chemical peels. It is also the active ingredient in aspirin. High

doses of salicylic acid in oral form have been associated with birth

defects and various complications during pregnancy. With regards

to topical application, the concern is around the use of chemical

peels that contain salicylic acid. The high concentration of salicylic

acid, plus the greater quantities used in chemical peels, increase the

chances of absorption into the bloodstream, which could affect foetal

development. It is best to consult with an experienced dermatologist in

undergoing treatment with chemical peels during pregnancy.

So what

is safe?

There are several effective topical

treatments that are generally agreed

to be used safely during pregnancy.

They include:

• Benzoyl peroxide This has the

ability to penetrate deep in oil

glands, and kill off P. acnes; the

acne-provoking bacteria. This

prevents the bacteria from driving

the inflammation of acne.

• Azelaic acid This works in a

similar way to Benzoyl peroxide

in that it is anti-bacterial and antiinflammatory.

• Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) This

can be used for oil control and

minimising pores and also has

anti-inflammatory properties.

If your skin is oilier than usual during

your pregnancy, adapting your

skincare may also help manage your

acne during pregnancy; for example

switching to a less greasy moisturiser

may do the trick.

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S urgery

Adelaide gynaecologist

and pelvic reconstructive

surgeon Dr Oseka Onuma

explains how Minimally

invasive genital surgery

can transform lives.

All women are born with differently

shaped genitalia, however the effects

of childbirth and ageing can cause

many to suffer from problems that make them

self-conscious and unhappy, often affecting

relationships with their sexual partners.

‘The function and form of the different parts

of the vagina are closely linked to the female

psyche and the perception of self in terms of

attractiveness,’ says Adelaide gynaecologist and

pelvic reconstruction surgeon Dr Oseka Onuma.

‘As women become more aware that it is

possible to correct potentially “embarrassing”

problems, female genital surgery is increasing

in popularity,’ he adds ‘These days women are

less willing to accept changes in genital anatomy

resulting from pregnancy, childbirth and ageing.

They are less likely to have the attitude “it’s

just part of being a woman”.’

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Oversized, elongated or

asymmetrical labia minora – the

inner vaginal lips which surround the

entrance to the vagina – can cause

irritation and discomfort when wearing

certain clothes, during sporting

activities or sex.

According to Dr Onuma, women

often identify an apparent problem

with their labia early in their teenage

years, or notice gradual changes

with thickening as well as elongation

over time.

Laser reduction labioplasty can

sculpt an elongated or unequal labia

minora according to the patient’s

wishes. ‘There is a wide variation in

the appearance of the external

genitalia, so no one look is normal,’

Dr Onuma says.

‘The vulvar structures (including the

labia minora, labia majora, mons pubis,

perineum, entrance to the vagina and

hymen) can be surgically enhanced,

both functionally and aesthetically.’

Every organ within the female pelvic floor is

subject to stress – from gravity or from the delivery of

a baby. Muscle, connective tissue and epithelium can

break, tear, stretch and lose their elasticity, resulting

in functional consequences. The organs within the

female pelvic floor that can be subject to prolapse

include the urethra, bladder, uterus, vaginal walls,

perineum and labia minora. All can present as a lump

or mass that was not previously visible or noted by

the woman.

Common symptoms of vaginal wall prolapse or

relaxation include awareness of a vaginal lump, a

‘dragging’ within the vagina or lower back, urinary

incontinence, the need to empty the bladder

frequently and/or with urgency, pain and/or reduced

sensation during intercourse.

‘Childbirth can change the shape and tone of

vaginal tissue, sometimes resulting in embarrassment

as well as loss of sexual satisfaction,’ Dr Onuma says.

Another problem is female stress urinary

incontinence, caused predominantly by an

improperly functioning urethra. When a woman

suffers from this condition, weakened muscle and

pelvic tissue don’t adequately support the urethra.

As a result, the urethra doesn’t maintain a tight

seal during exercise or exertion such as coughing or

laughing and urine may escape.

‘Beyond pelvic floor retraining and physiotherapy,

there is now a range of minimal-access surgical

options available that can address and hopefully

resolve these problems,’ says Dr Onuma.

Laser vaginal rejuvenation (LVR) can enhance

vaginal muscle tone, strength and control. According

to Dr Onuma, the laser techniques deliver gentle

precision procedures with controlled accuracy and

result in rapid healing, minimal pain and scarring,

relatively fast recovery and allow for improved

sensation and resumption of daily activities in a

relatively short period of time.

The procedure is performed in a fully accredited

hospital to monitor any discomfort. After the

procedure, the amount of time away from work

depends on the type of work the patient does. ‘An

office worker could return to work after two weeks;

The Australian Centre for Female

Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation


‘ Childbirth

can change the

shape and tone

of vaginal tissue,

sometimes resulting

in embarrassment

as well as loss of

sexual satisfaction.

someone doing more physical work such as lifting

or remaining on their feet for long periods normally

returns to work after four to six weeks,’ he says. Total

healing of surface and connective tissues along with

damaged muscle may take up to six weeks.

Most patients report mild discomfort which can be

controlled by analgesics and cold packs to the area

during the first week after the operation.

Dr Onuma says LVR is a procedure with a

relatively low risk, provided the surgeon is skilled

and experienced. But as with any surgery, prior to

the operation there should be a thorough discussion

between the surgeon and the patient about the

operation techniques and likely outcomes.

‘No woman should suffer embarrassment or feel

inhibited in her relationship with her partner due

to the appearance of her vagina or physical sexual

dysfunction,’ Dr Onuma says. ‘The importance of

reassuring the woman that she is not alone in her

genital issues and that there are options for improving

her quality of life cannot be over-emphasised,’ he

concludes. cbm





Gynaecologist and Pelvic

Reconstructive Surgeon

BSc. (Hons), MJur., CCST,


4 Robe Terrace,

Medindie SA 5081

08 8344 6085



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Stephenie Rodriguez is an Australian businesswoman, awardwinning

digital marketer and the founder of JOZU for Women

Inc. She is the inventor of the world’s first personal safety

ecosystem designed by women, with compassion.

Stephenie Rodriguez is on a mission to impact 1 billion

lives by 2025 by democratising safety and empowering

women and vulnerable people to ‘go anywhere’.

She launched the Beacon on October 2, 2018 (the UN

International Day of Nonviolence) in Cannes, France

at the Tax Free World Association trade fair to the Duty

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seamless to the free WanderSafe smartphone safety app. Her

WHY is based on 30 years of personal experience of travelling

to over 55 countries, often as a solo traveler. Keenly aware of

the unique needs and risks that women face when travelling

or commuting led her to develop an empowering solution for

women and vulnerable people. As a global citizen who has

lived on various continents, and spent over three years at

30,000 ft and nine years in hotel room nights, her passion is

to empower women and vulnerable people to venture freely

across the world, using technology as an enabler.















For the past 20 years, I have been

an entrepreneur and working for

myself in contract roles for some

great organizations. I like the

ultimate freedom and responsibility

for creating my own destiny that

self-employment creates. I have

been fortunate to work for global

corporations in some of those

contract positions from Simplot

to Club Med, Sydney Airport and

Hardy’s Wines/Accolade. As a futurist

and a social anthropologist, I have

had the foresight to play where the

technology and communication

proverbial puck was heading. (I

actually worked in the Tech Bubble

of 2000!)

After the crash in December 2000

the Internet and I broke up for a few

years. But when I saw it had been

through its corrective period, we got

back together and my consultancy

has led some of the biggest digital

transformation projects in the travel

retail industry. My motivation can be

associated with foresight and being an

early adopter.

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My first solo trip abroad was when

I was 18, and my mother had never

traveled abroad. She was terrified for

my safety, however, I was fearless. My

first trip was to Paris and I was bitten

by wanderlust. Travel expanded my

mind and fuelled my creativity. Aptly

so, I started working in a five-star

hotel out of university and then in

a travel agency that handled many

Consulates’ travel in Washington

DC. I got to see more of the world as

a perk of the job and, again, I knew I

had chosen my career sector well.

After more than thirty years of

traveling to over 55 countries, I have

observed the rise of solo travel, the

lack of information and the need for

non-violent solutions that empower

you to walk down a new street in any

city. With so many mindless shootings

taking place around the world and

women not feeling safe with things

like pepper-spray and tasers, I set out

to design a holistic solution – not

just a bandaid on social issues that

are uncomfortable for women to talk

about. In Australia, eight out of 10

assaults go unreported and a recent

study by Mission Australia cited that

50% of women don’t feel safe when

walking outside after dark.

I wanted to build a platform

whereby women could freely share

their travel knowledge in a way that

was respected. Women make more

than 87% of vacation purchase

decisions, regardless of whose credit

card is used. However, we travel

differently than men and we have

different needs. Further, we’ll ask

for directions!

JOZU is a Japanese word and

means well done or better than, and

is indeed a word that sums up our

mission. We launched the JOZU

travel portal in March 2017 to great

fanfare at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

We knew we were creating a safe

space for women to discuss travel, but

it wasn’t enough. So, we held a Travel

Summit in Montego Bay, Jamaica

and spent four days asking influencers

and community builders, including

Mia Voss, Haley Woods (creator of

Girls Love Travel), frequent business

traveler and founder of the Luka

Cosmetic skin care range, CEO

Katherine Lugo, what women really

wanted when they were away from

home. Safety and community were

resounding themes.

In September of 2017, we were

part of the Womens Startup Lab

Accelerator in Menlo Park and

discovered we needed to pivot in

order to achieve our objectives in

delivering on the JOZU principle

in a meaningful way. We set about

creating Beacon by WanderSafe

as a very specific ecosystem. This

extended the value proposition

beyond just female solo travelers

to vulnerable people including

the LGBT community, the elderly,

and children.






ABOUT ITS featureS




We did two months of intensive

testing of the device in July

and August last year in Greece,

Amsterdam, Croatia, Rome and the

UK as well as in Australia. Some of

this testing was around the physical

size of the product and the ease of

functionality. We challenged our

‘twist to siren’ feature that we are

patenting to see if consumers would

find it as easy and straight forward

to activate as we did in the design

phase. We tested the 140 decibel

siren to determine exactly how far

this sound would carry and what

types of reactions it would elicit from

various test groups of situations. The

second click of the high lumen torch

strobe light activation actually caused

nausea in some of the test audiences

after being exposed to it in the dark

for more than a minute.

The alarm was deemed ‘brutally

deafening’ and can effectively hail

an audience, or scare away a potential

assailant. The final step was to test

the Beacon by WanderSafe Activate

button, wherein three emergency

contacts get notified in the event that

the user was in danger. The silent

signal feature completed testing in

October 2018 with the release of our

mobile app into iTunes and Google

Play stores as a free download in






WanderSafe is a social impact

venture. Violence against women

and vulnerable people is an epidemic

and, frankly, we cannot rely on

lawmakers and enforcers to protect

our communities. As women, we

can’t stand by and complain about

the situation. Women are capable

and WanderSafe and the beacon put

the power to change a situation in

the palm of the hand of its users. The

smartphone app is free. It provides

a robust means to call for help, log

unsafe areas or leave safety tips for

other users of the app. This is already

something our users love. The app

also provides geolocation information

of WanderSafe Havens, where

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such as fire




and hospitals

proximity can

be seen for

a user who

might need

to escape

if being


amenities such as fire stations, police

precincts and hospitals proximity can

be seen for a user who might need

to escape if being followed. The app

allows users to see something and say

something and our virtual concierge

JENI is there to suggest safer routes,

inform you of unsafe areas as you

approach them, and deliver important

warnings like terrorism outbreaks

or active shooters. The unfortunate

tragedy in New Zealand recently

articulates a great need for safety

information to be deployed as fast as

possible when these things happen.

To deliver on our 1 billion lives by

2025 mission we have a ‘buy one

give one’ program, inspired by Toms

Shoes. For every beacon we sell, we

donate one to an at-risk community

in collaboration with our NGO




We’ve been blessed to attract

some very talented people and

organizations to our mission. My

MVP is our Chief Technology

Officer, Paulo Taylor. I am so grateful

to have someone of his experience

and knowledge of mobile solutions

guiding the technology aspect of our

product. Paulo joined the team in

November 2018. Our partner agency,

CircleSquare in Hong Kong did an

amazing job on our packaging and

messaging and that has been a giant

milestone as we prepared to go from a

home-based business to marketing the

beacons worldwide.

Our beacon product was designed

in collaboration with a retired CIA

Security professional Thomas Pecora.

He spent a significant part of his

career in highly volatile situations

fighting terrorism. He had direct

input into the beacon feature set

and is teaching JENI our AI how to

make safety situation analysis and

provide real-time safety ratings in

our application. We have on our

advisory board Meredith Moore, a

safety and communication expert

with a history of working both at the

IMF, The World Bank and in the

United Nations based in Washington

DC. Our investors have been some

of the most important partners and

we are proudly backed by Australian

businesswomen Fiona O’Donnell,

Simone Fox, Candice Miller and

Josephine Dermatis as angel investors.

We have one investor/advisor who

is the Head of Business Enterprise

at Linkedin and a Stamford Ph.D.

We created strategic partnerships

with CrimeStoppers International

and signed The Hague Accord

in November 2018, as a wider

commitment to working with law

enforcement and NGOs to reduce

violent crime. In the US, we have

integrated the WanderSafe app

with a Crime Stoppers reporting

button that allows users to send an

anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers

directly from our smartphone

app. In January we formed a new

partnership with SWAT, the US’s

Sports World Against Traffi cking,

through an introduction with US

NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis of

the Baltimore Ravens. I met him

at Richard Branson’s house on

Necker Island at a ChangeMaker

Rulebreaker leadership retreat in

December of 2018, and when he

saw the beacon and I explained our

mission, he picked up the phone

to call the Head of the Board of

SWAT and said, ‘I found what we

need’. It was very humbling and we

will begin rolling out beacons in

collaboration with NFL, NBA, NHL

and NBL teams across American as

part of a wider campaign to inform

children and vulnerable people about

how to protect themselves and be

aware of human traffi cking. It’s the

fastest growing sector of crime in

the United States according to the

FBI and I am humbled to be able to

serve so many and be on the board

of SWAT. We also are partners

with AirlineAmbassadors.org and

Purchased.org who are actively

involved in the training, awareness

and prevention of human traffi cking

in the US.

AirlineAmbassadors.org and Crime

Stoppers International. To see how

we can improve and empower travel,

and keep people safer at scale, is really

exciting to me.



Only do that which you are truly

and sustainably passionate about.

Entrepreneurship is hard enough. If

you don’t have the love, you won’t

achieve the level of success that

makes the hard work worthwhile.

Find and seek mentorship, ask

questions and be open about how

your mentors can create the greatest

value. And listen twice as much

as you speak to their feedback

and advice. Stay humble, but be

remarkable. CBM



I am most proud of our ability to

deliver WanderSafe as a perfect

solution that has so much potential

and can help so many in under

24 months to my investors,

community and stakeholders. We’ve

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