LIFESTYLE HEALTH & BEAUTY
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8 Editor’s Letter
10 Beauty Insider
108 Ed’s Faves
32 The Power of Positive
How the right attitude to beauty
can help you face each day
confidently and positively.
72 Beauty Just Got Serious
com.au, the online cosmetic
enhancement destination to
research and read reviews on
your next procedure.
74 We Explain Lasers vs IPL
IPL and laser devices have
become fixtures in beauty
and aesthetic medicine. But
what’s the difference between
102 Winter Beauty Rituals
Cocoon yourself with these
self-care rituals by Trudi Jaye,
skincare & wellness expert and
GM of Retreatment Botanics
Skincare by Olivia Newton-John
and Gaia Retreat & Spa.
24 Bathtime Bliss
If there’s one thing selfquarantine
has taught us, it’s the
lost art of taking a bath.
38 Isolation-Proof Your Skin
The tips and products you need
to keep your skin happy and
hydrated during lockdown.
49 Keep Glowing
Travel plans cancelled? Fake a
holiday glow with these all-star
50 Top 10 Celebrity Perfumes
of All Time
Take a trip down memory lane
with the most iconic celebrity
fragrances of all time.
60 Makeup Style
Our current fave looks:
Lockdown Chic, Weekend Vibes
88 Tame Your Mane
The at-home hair treatments for
The beauty of a good night’s
sleep can never be overstated.
Here’s how to get your full
WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE
80 No Gym? No Problem
Best workout ideas for home
86 Home Fitness Essentials
hese are strange times in which we find ourselves. In the wake of
the COVID-19 pandemic, extraordinary situations have somehow
become ordinary – from social distancing and self-quarantine to
working from home and Zoom happy hours.
In challenging times, self-care has never been more important.
One of the best ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally,
is to keep active. On page 80 learn some pro tips for an at-home workout from
Australia’s favourite fitness guru Sam Wood – it’s guaranteed to get your sweat
session on. We also dive into the lost art of taking a bath on page 24, and discover
how this ancient beauty and mindfulness ritual offers a myriad of research-backed
Beauty rituals are important during this time, helping to boost your mood and
unleash your creativity. Check out some of the celeb #LockdownLooks and the
products to create your own version on page 60. We also investigate whether
isolation skin is now a thing (spoiler alert: it is) on page 38, and we have the athome
DIY hair treatments for quarantined hair on page 88.
Is stress keeping you awake these days? There’s no debate sleep is a vital
component of staying healthy, but did you know research has shown a lack of sleep
doubles the signs of skin ageing, including fine lines? Read more on page 96 and also
our tips on how to maximise your beauty sleep. If you’re binge watching Tiger King
until the early hours of the morn, let this be your warning!
Whether you’re feeling restless or well-rested, we hope this special issue of
COSBEAUTY helps to lift your spirits and equip you with the products and knowhow
to live beautifully, mindfully and make the most of this unique time.
May – July 2020
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THE WHO’S WHO AND WHAT’S NEW IN BEAUTY.
BACKSTAGE WITH SAWEETIE
Powerhouse cosmetics brand Morphe has
launched a platinum collection featuring hiphop’s
rising star, Saweetie. It includes a brandnew
lip gloss trio, Icy Lips by Saweetie, along
with a 24-shade Artistry Palette, a limited-edition
Mini Continuous Setting Mist, and a stunning
6-piece eye and face brush set.
The eyeshadow palette boasts an impressive
collection of amped-up pigments, in 24 nextlevel
colours and a variety of show-stopping
finishes, including matte, iridescent, shimmer
and silk slip toppers.
The Icy Lips lip gloss trio comes in dazzling
shiny shades of shimmering gold, peachy pink
and violet. Get your backstage pass to a flawless
finish with this super-fly collection.
KISS GOODBYE DRY LIPS WITH
BIOLOGI’S NEW BL NOURISH
Biologi, the brand renowned for
its 100% active ingredient skincare,
delivers their latest innovation
which harnesses the power of
Australian natives: BL Nourish
Containing Australian Red
Finger Lime, BL Nourish Lip
Serum is a powerful treatment that
soothes, hydrates and protects
the lips. Honouring Biologi’s
promise to provide only highquality,
sourced directly from nature,
Biologi BL Nourish Lip Serum is
a revolutionary new treatment
designed for the perfect pout.
The potent serum offers a
powerhouse of antioxidants and
phytonutrients known for their
positive effects on skin. Helping to
repair, hydrate, protect and
anti-age, this water-soluble
serum helps promote natural
exfoliation while delivering a
boost of moisture to leave lips
feeling refreshed, supple, and
soft to the touch.
‘Rather than a lip balm or gloss
that just sits on top of the lips, our
Lip Serum will help to regenerate
the skin cells, restore suppleness,
prevent water loss, gently
exfoliate, whilst also providing a
clear and effortless shine,’ says
Biologi founder and cosmetic
chemist Ross Macdougald.
Best used daily, or overnight
as a powerful lip treatment,
Biologi’s new BL Nourish Lip
Serum will make this season all
about the pout.
FOLLOW JO MALONE LONDON
Jo Malone London introduces a
new limited-edition collection,
offering a fresh perspective on an
iconic ingredient: English lavender.
Journey to an enchanted world
of violet visions, where English
lavender meanders in purple
pathways across the countryside.
Jo Malone has developed a
trio of fragrances, each offering
a different presentation and
perspective of natural lavender.
One strikingly aromatic, the second
fresh with a cool woodiness, and the
third cascading with soft florals.
The collection includes three
limited-edition distinctive colognes:
Lavender & Coriander, Silver Birch &
Lavender and Wisteria & Lavender,
each available in 30ml.
INTRODUCES EYE COLOUR
MAGIC COLLECTION TO LIGHT
UP YOUR EYES
From the queen of makeup magic,
Charlotte Tilbury, comes a new
collection of magic trick kits to
enhance the look of your eyes.
Introducing four new Eye Colour
Magic Luxury Palettes and four new
matching matte and metallic Eye
Colour Magic Eyeliner Duos – this is
Charlotte Tilbury’s colour matching
artistry in a collection, to create the
illusion of brighter eyes.
Tilbury has poured decades of
colour mixing magic, the lessons of
her father, artist Lance Tilbury, and
hours of research and interviews
with artists, colour theorists and
psychologists to give the world the
power to transform the look of their
eyes through makeup.
Her upbringing amongst the
vibrant, magical hues of Ibiza has
encouraged her attraction to colour
– daring to explore their nuanced
tones and shifts in light-play, and
translating that magic for the red
carpet and runway. With her easy
to use, easy to chooses Eye Colour
Magic Collection, Charlotte Tilbury
wants to empower the world with
secret tricks for playing with colour.
Amplify your natural beauty
with this expertly curated eye
colour collection – and watch
your eyes sparkle!
INTRODUCING ALKIRA, THE
NEW AUSTRALIAN NATIVE
The founders of internationally
renowned skincare brand, Sukin,
have launched a new Australian
native skincare range, Alkira Skin
Care, into pharmacies and health
food stores across the country.
Successful beauty entrepreneurs
and siblings, Alison Goodger and
Simon O’Connor, joined forces once
again, this time for the creation and
development of Alkira Skin Care
– a vegan-friendly and cruelty-free
brand formulated and inspired by
Australian native extracts.
The affordable brand, which
means ‘bright and sunny’ in the
Australian Indigenous language,
showcases the incredible benefits
derived from Australia’s flora.
Together, they are combined with
an array of natural botanicals to help
deliver clear, hydrated and radiantlooking
There are five different ranges
– Hydrating, Brightening, Hydra+,
Detoxifying and Refining – each
with a selection of products,
which include cleansers, creams,
facial oils and moisturisers. The
Detoxifying range has four masques
to detox, brighten and minimise the
appearance of fine lines.
Infused with ingredients and
extracts such as Kakadu Plum,
Finger Lime Caviar, Quandong,
Davidson Plum, Lilly Pilly and
Kangaroo Paw, Alkira Skin Care
products are formulated to help
repair, protect, revitalise and leave
the skin glowing.
‘Australia is blessed with some
of the most beautiful and diverse
landscapes in the world. This varied
landscape offers a collection of
extraordinary Australian native
extracts, typically rich in vitamins
and antioxidants, which provide a
powerhouse of goodness to help
nourish and regenerate skin cells,’
‘The idea is to use fewer, more
efficient ingredients in a smarter
way and with Alkira Skin Care, it’s
to introduce new and exciting
Australian native extracts that have
impressive bioactive constituents.’
Alkira products range from
$14.95 to $19.95 and are available
nationally from April 2020. Alkira
marks an exciting addition to the
Australian skincare market.
ELLA BACHÉ LAUNCH
Launched nationally on March 26th,
Ella Baché have created Virtual Salons
offering all Australians digital beauty
expertise at home.
The Virtual Salons will provide
complimentary Virtual Skin Consults
with local Ella Baché beauty therapists
via video chat, delivering the same skin
expertise at home. The Virtual Salons
will also empower franchisees, salon
owners and therapists to service their
local communities while also providing
personalised skin solutions available for
‘Ella Baché are dedicated to
making bold moves and bringing
salon expertise into the home. We
are mobilising our national network of
expert therapists and franchisees to
provide Virtual Salons to support the
skin health of all Australians,’ says CEO
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
Ella Baché temporarily closed the doors
of all 120 physical salons nationwide
as a result of federal government
restrictions at the end of March.
Hallas, talking abut the heritage of
the brand, says, ‘Founder Madame
Baché created the Ella Baché brand
in 1936 during hard times with a focus
on innovation, respect for people,
leadership through trustworthy
expertise and results. We will get
through this together and hold onto
these values to guide us.’
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Girls of all kinds can be
beautiful – from the thin,
plus-sized, short, very tall,
ebony to porcelain-skinned;
the quirky, clumsy, shy,
outgoing and all in between.
It’s not easy though because
many people still put beauty
into a confining, narrow box.
Think outside the box.
Pledge that you will look
in the mirror and find the
unique beauty in you.
I want to encourage
women to enhance their
Because just like a
rose is beautiful, so is a
sunflower, so is a peony.
I mean, all flowers are
beautiful in their own way,
and that’s like women, too.
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I have body image
problems just like many
other women, but I don’t
let them rule my life. I’ve
seen how wanting to be
thinner or have bigger
boobs wears women down.
There are way bigger
issues in the world than
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when we put
so I try not to.
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If you’re lucky
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if there’s one thing self-quarantine
has taught us, it’s the lost art of
taking a bath.
January Jones has hers with
vinegar and unspeakable
amounts of salt and baking
soda. Madonna’s is sprinkled with
rose petals. Yes, the humble bath is
making a comeback.
It seems quick showers have
been overtaken by luxurious bubble
baths during the coronavirus
pandemic, and have become an
easy way to help practise self-care
Celebrity Instagram posts aside,
it’s never been more important to
focus on our mental health and
wellbeing. While retreating to
a day spa might be out of reach
right now, 30 minutes in the tub is
Most ancient cultures have long
believed in the healing effects
of water, and a growing body of
research backs this up. In a 2017
study, researchers found that
soaking in an hour-long hot bath
burned as many calories (around
140) as a 30-minute walk due to
the warm water making your heart
beat faster. They also found positive
anti-inflammatory and blood sugar
responses which can help protect
against illness and infection.
It’s also been shown a warm
bath can calm the nervous system,
reducing the levels of stress and
anxiety in your body and improving
A stress-relieving soak can offer a
much-needed chance to switch off
from the stresses of life and practise
mindfulness. Here are some of our
favourite bathtime meditation aids.
Citrus oil is said to have anti-anxiety and
anti-depressive effects in aromatherapy, so
a fresh citrus-smelling bath and shower gel
will help invigorate the senses to give you
Other scents such as mint, lime,
peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, grapefruit
and orange are zesty and invigorating to
help motivate you for the day ahead. For
calming a weary mind, try lavender, ylang
ylang, jasmine, chamomile, honey and rose.
For some extra post-bath pampering,
moisturise your skin with a generous
amount of body lotion in the same scent
as your bath gel. Your skin will be extra
soft and layering the fragrances will extend
Bath oils are our picks for relaxing
the senses and harnessing the
power of aromatherapy. Aside from
moisturising and rejuvenating the
skin, due to their intrinsic warmth
bath oils can also improve blood
circulation and even help with fatigue
and stiffness in joints
The use of essential oils for
medicinal purposes dates back to
ancient cultures, and continuing
research points to a variety of health
benefi ts for specifi c essential oils.
Using a few drops of plant-based
essential oils in the bath is generally
safe, however, certain oils may cause
an adverse skin reaction, and if you’re
pregnant use with caution.
To get the most from your
aromatherapy bath, fi ll the tub and
turn off the water fi rst before adding
essential oils for full aromatic effect.
Milk has also been a body
beautifi er for centuries, used by
kings and queens to keep them
looking as youthful as possible.
Cleopatra is legendary for many
things, but did you know she
reportedly bathed in milk with honey,
lavender and rose petals?
Bath milk lightly moisturises the
whole body and blankets the skin
with nutrients. Milk is rich in fats
and proteins to leave your skin feeling
silky soft, while lactic acid, an alpha
hydroxy acid, helps cleanse the skin
and release dead skin cells.
For next-level tub-time luxury, try
adding essential oils to your milk
bath – your mind and body will thank
you for it.
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The right attitude
to beauty and
objectively can help
you face each day
The concept of beauty is undefined; it
varies among cultures and societies and
even through the decades. However,
the way you carry yourself will arguably always
affect how others perceive you.
As the saying goes, if you look good, you
feel good. But the reverse is also true, as
confidence and inner beauty do show on the
outside. Confidence is thought to be one of
the most attractive qualities and can be even
more intoxicating than physical beauty alone.
Together, it’s a tough combination to beat.
Many people have found someone
physically attractive, even though they were
not conventionally ‘good looking’. Their
personality, charm, confidence, goodness, wit
or energy seem to shine through. It may take
inner beauty longer to make an impact than a
first impression, but it is what goes the distance
and can be present at any age.
Confidence is about self-respect and
self-understanding. How you perceive
yourself will ultimately affect how others
Consider the ubiquitous ‘Best Celebrity
Body’ surveys. Although the Hollywood
ideal seems to be stick thin, names such
as Beyoncé, Sofia Vergara and Scarlett
Johansson regularly make the list. These
celebrities are admired by many women for
their voluptuous curves, but a large part of
their appeal is due to their confidence in
their bodies and how they carry themselves.
Recognising the power of the positive, an
increasing number of people are turning to
cosmetic procedures to enhance appearance
and boost confidence – whether this be a
minor tweak or a major procedure. Advances
in technology have revolutionised the field
of cosmetic surgery and made it part of
mainstream medicine. It’s no longer reserved
for the rich and famous, but now available to
anyone who wants to wishes to utilise it.
Additionally, in the past 20 years or so,
advancements in the cosmetic and aesthetic
industry have created a highly popular, less
permanent breed of cosmetic enhancement
for those of us who aren’t ready to go ‘under
the knife’. Non-surgical alternatives to facial
rejuvenation are being requested more and
more, so much so that they are becoming
regular treatments for many women and
men, alongside facials and other mainstream
A study at Queensland’s Griffith
University examined the emotional
impact of cosmetic surgery on patients
and their families. It found the emotional
experience of cosmetic surgery was largely
a beneficial one, after which many patients
indicated they would undergo the same
procedure again if necessary. They said they
enjoyed significant positive psychological
outcomes, including growth of self-esteem
Understanding the ‘why’ behind your decision to
undergo cosmetic enhancement is a critical step
towards receiving the results you are looking for.
Melbourne body image researcher and clinician
Roberta Honigman says talking to someone
about your motivations will help both pinpoint
your reasons for seeking cosmetic enhancement
and manage your expectations of the results.
‘You’re actually helping yourself by
understanding what it is you are seeking and
why, as that’s the key to happiness in this field,’
‘It’s important to be honest with yourself
in terms of what you hope to achieve. “If I
go through this, I expect to look like somebody
who is going to find a new relationship”, or
“my looks are going to help me get a new
job”, or “my looks are going to allow me to
reconnect with an aspect of my life that I’ve
let go of”,’ she explains. ‘That is the key to a
One of the most disconcerting experiences
of ageing is the disconnect that occurs between
feeling young and vibrant on the inside and the
physical effects of getting older on the outside.
As a result, one of the most common motives for
undergoing facial rejuvenation is the desire to
bridge this divide by minimising the signs
In line with this attitude is the tendency for
some young people to express their perfectionism
through cosmetic enhancement procedures,
particularly through non-surgical enhancements.
This kind of motive can cause both young
and older people to lose sight of their inner
self, and to define themselves according to
‘People have to be prepared to take
responsibility for their own bodies and their
own lives. That’s why they must understand the
motivation driving them to seek a change before
they do anything,’ Honigman says. ‘Starting out
with realistic expectations of what is possible is
the key to being happy with the result.’
Beauty alone is no guarantee of happiness.
Leslie Zebrowith, professor of psychology at
the Brandies University in Massachusetts,
conducted a personality test on a number of
men and women and found that beautiful
people with ugly personality traits looked
less and less attractive with the passage of
time. Through her research, she concluded
that women who were gregarious and
vivacious in their teens, looked more
beautiful to others even in their 50s – more
than their aloof, unfriendly but more
What the study encapsulates is the notion
that being attractive might make you happy,
but being happy means you make yourself
The physical beauty of a woman is only
a small portion of her overall beauty, and
this portion wanes. Internal beauty includes
manners, behaviour, intelligence, sense of
humour, compassion and family or personal
values, which are intrinsic and lasting
So in a nutshell, beauty may be a
fascinating or illusive gift for the bearer, but
it may not make he or she happy. Having the
self-esteem and confidence to be happy in
your own skin may just be the guarantee for
eternal beauty. CBM
Professor Timothy Sharp of The
Happiness Institute tells us how
positivity and happiness can help
us lose weight.
If you’ve tried traditional diets with
minimal or no success, you might be
interested in a new approach based
on the science of positive psychology.
Whereas most diets propose that if
you lose weight then you’ll be happy,
The Happiness Diet proposes that if
you get happy first then you’ll lose
weight. It’s all about putting positivity
first; creating the motivation and
energy to do what you need to do
and achieve your goals.
So how do you get happier for a
brighter, slimmer, less stressed life?
Here are some tips to harness the
power of positivity for inspiration
Having the self-esteem and confidence to
be happy in your own skin may just be the
guarantee for eternal beauty.
Imagine a positive vision
of the future – one in
which you’re living a
great, fulfilling, active and
Imagine you at your best
living this great life.
Start living this life now
by planning positive
and inspiring activities
Also plan activities that
require a degree of effort
Be mindful about what
you say to yourself –
try to develop a more
optimistic thinking style.
Build confidence by
trying new activities.
Focus more on strengths
and stop trying to fix
Find ways to think
positively about healthy
eating and activity.
Build positive and
by enlisting the support
of family and friends.
Build positivity by
isolation skin is
now a thing. stress,
extra time indoors
and lack of exercise
all play havoc with
our skin’s moisture
levels. here are the
products to fight it.
Now’s the time to do our part
and #StayHome while we wait
out the coronavirus pandemic.
However, consequences of isolation
such as spending more time indoors and
doing less exercise can lead to dryness
It’s time for some more heavy duty
skincare products that will protect, calm
and soothe skin – 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, and incorporate moistureinfused
brightening masks into your
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.
SKIN TIP #1
Just as you would layer your outer garments to keep
warm, try layering your products to lock moisture into
your skin. a hydrating serum underneath your moisturiser
will penetrate deeper into the skin for boosted hydration
and brightness. multiple applications during the day, with
products high in active ingredients, will ensure your skin is
receiving the extra attention it needs.
CLeaNSeRS: 1. Medik8 lipid Balance cleansing oil, $52,
2. aLPHa-H Balancing cleanser, $43.95, 3. Clarins extra
comfort cleansing cream, $52, 4. Jurlique nourishing
cleansing oil, $44, 5. Ole Henriksen truth Juice daily
cleanser, $38, 6. tmX Factor soap 100g, $9
eXFOLIaNtS: 1. aLPHa-H micro cleanse super scrub,
$49.95, 2. LuMa crushed pearl facial polish, $34.95,
3. Synergie Skin mediscrub, $79
SKIN TIP #2
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.
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polish 220ml, $59.50, 3. babor daily Bright serum, $212, 4. asap super
B complex, $95, 5. asap ultimate hydration, $85, 6. Paula’s Choice skin
recovery super antioxidant concentrate serum with retinol, $46,
7. CeraVe hydrating hyaluronic acid serum, $29.95, 8. aLPHa-H
hyaluronic 8, $69.95, 9. Medik8 hydr8 B5 intense 50ml, $99,
10. mesoestetic ha densimatrix 30ml, $149, 11. mesoestetic proteoglycans
ampoules 10x20ml, $106, 12. Peter thomas Roth pro strength retinoid
peptide serum, $181, 13. Clinicals emBrace advanced lipid complex
20ml, $149, 14. Ginger & Me flash white even skin Booster, $85, 15. NGS
Non Gender Specific everything serum, $89, 16. Salt by Hendrix Botanic
facial serum 30ml, $39.95, 17. Clarins double serum, $98, 18. biologi Bk
serum, $88, 19. Luma Brighten up Beauty serum, $39.95
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. 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 fi nd 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
Regular exfoliation is as benefi cial to your skin as
keeping it moisturised, buffi ng 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 fl aky skin, as well as
aid in the absorption of your 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.
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3. Glasshouse Fragrances midnight in milan Body lotion, $34.95, 4. Dermal therapy very dry skin cream, $9.95,
5. biossance squalane + omega repair moisturiser, $50, 6. Skinstitut multi-active mist, $49, 7. Jurlique rose Body
oil, $59, FaCe MOIStuRISeRS: 8. Charlotte tilbury magic cream, $125, 9. Cremorlab o2 couture hydra intense
cream, $75, 10. ella baché neobright correcting night cream, $140, 11. Sisley Black rose precious facial oil, $280,
12. SkinCeuticals 0.3 Retinol Refining Night Cream, $97, 13. Clarins Beauty flash Balm, $65, 14. bybi Babe Balm, $29,
15. edible beauty exotic seed of youth anti-ageing oil, $64, 16. Paula’s Choice moisture renewal oil Booster, $52,
17. Cannabella hemp Jelly, $62, 18. bobbi brown hydrating water fresh cream, $88, 19. PCa Skin hydraluxe, $215,
SKIN TIP #3
Stress is a trigger for inflammatory skin conditions such
as eczema, psoriasis and acne. to help keep breakouts
and flare-ups at bay during these challenging times,
adding mindfulness and meditation can help you
de-stress and relax – and keep skin in the clear.
24. 23. 22. 21.
20. Synergie Skin hydrolock, $138, 21. Dr. LeWinn’s ultra r4 collagen surge plumping gel, $74.95, 22. a’kin
intense hydration day & night cream, $39.95, 23. Clarins hydra-essentiel silky cream spf15 - normal to dry skin,
$70, 24. La Mer crème de la mer moisturizing cream, $242, 25. Ole Henriksen c-rush Brightening gel crème, $60,
26. aLPHa-H daily essential moisturiser spf50+, $49.95, 27. Hop & Cotton the makeover, $208, 28. the Jojoba
Company ultimate youth potion+l22, 29. mesoestetic hydra vital factor k, $129, 30. Sisley velvet nourishing
cream, $265, 31. Skinstitut multi-active oil, $49, 32. Paula’s Choice resist intensive repair cream, $45,
33. Jurlique skin Balancing face oil, $69, 34. Skin Virtue pure nourish moisturising cream, $89, 35. Skinbetter
hydration Boosting cream 50ml, $109
SKIN TIP #4
stay active! as well as supplementing all those extra quarantine
calories and fortifying your mental health, exercise is a key part
of glowing, healthy skin. aerobic activity helps to protect skin
from free radical damage and can even slow down the ageing
process. get moving and work out daily and your whole body,
mind and spirit will reap the rewards.
eyeS, LIPS & HaNDS: 1. Lanolips milk & honey
hand cream, $16.95 2. Lanolips 101 ointment
minty, $14.95, 3. Peter thomas Roth water drench
hyaluronic cloud hydrating eye gel, $64, 4. La Mer
the lip Balm, $99, 5. Peter thomas Roth hungarian
thermal water mineral rich eye cream, $75,
6. Societe eye peptide gel mask, 10 pairs per box,
$165, 7. Peter thomas Roth skin to die for darkness
reducing under-eye treatment, $50, 8. eminence
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cloud eye cream, $142, 9. Carmex pineapple mint
moisturising lip Balm, $5.99, 10. Karen Murrell
natural moisture stick, $29.95, 11. tmX Factor hand
cream 100ml, $20
All that extra hand-washing can damage the integrity of the
skin barrier, stripping away natural oils and causing our hands to
become dry, cracked and chapped. After washing hands, take a
moment to massage a heavy duty hand cream.
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. Dry skin is a common
problem which 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
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 buffi ng 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 buffi ng stones and other products.
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trilogy age proof overnight mask, $44.95, 9. Retreatment botanics instant glow face masque, $65, 10. Cosmedix micro
defense microbiome sheet mask, box of 5, $120, 11. Dermal therapy exfoliating foot mask, $24.95, 12. Peter thomas
Roth irish moor mud purifying Black mask, $99, 13. eminence organic skin care snow mushroom & reishi masque, $142,
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hydrating mask, 6 pack, $190
All eyes on
ActivLayr’s new 5-second nanocollagen
boost firming eye patch is
here (and it’s everything tired eyes
If 2019 was the year of the sheet
mask, then 2020 is shaping up to
be the year of the eye patch. Like a
tall glass of water for tired, puffy eyes,
a quality eye patch is the next musthave
skincare product. And here’s
why: it supercharges the delicate skin
around your eyes with moisture and
helps minimise the look of bags,
dark circles and fine lines, giving
an instant glow and more youthfullooking
One of the frontrunners is
ActivLayr’s 5 Second Nano-Collagen
Boost Patches for the under-eye
area. Using sustainably sourced deep
sea marine collagen found in New
Zealand’s pristine ocean and infused
with powerful bioactives, ActivLayr is
the only skincare manufacturer in the
world to use marine collagen nanofibre
technology to deliver bioactives
into the deeper dermal layers of the
skin, offering instantly noticeable antiageing
Resulting from years of
biotechnology research and
development, ActivLayr can also
boast that it’s the fastest non-invasive
bioactive dermal delivery system in
the world – the eye treatment literally
takes all of five seconds to absorb,
achieving deep dermal delivery of
collagen and actives to help firm the
delicate skin around the eye area.
This easy to apply at-home
treatment quickly and effectively helps
reduce the hallmarks of under-eye
ageing such as sagging and bags, fine
lines, wrinkles, crows feet, puffiness
and dark circles.
How the ActivLayr
eye patch works
Scientifically designed to deliver
bioactives to depths of 2.5mm into the
skin, ActivLayr is proven to penetrate
the deeper dermal layers noninvasivally,
to produce instant results.
In an independent clinical test,
volunteers experienced an average
of 19% reduction in wrinkle volume,
16% improvement in skin elasticity,
and a 15% improvement in transepidermal
water loss after daily
application over 7 days.
Unlike traditional wet sheet
masks, ActivLayr’s unique Sonic
Electrospinning manufacturing process
creates functional nano-fibres, that
are instantly absorbed into the skin
during the 5-second treatment. All
the bioactive ingredients become
stabilised during the electrospinning
process onto a dry patch. ActivLayr
instantly dissolves into moistened
skin to deliver actives in less than
How to USe
simple application that takes less than one minute:
wet the skin around the eyes with water
Using dry hands, remove clear plastic cover from eye patch
Apply white side of patch firmly on to the wet skin under eye
wait 5 seconds before removing patch
Leave to dry, dab any excess residue with fingers
within seconds ActivLayr starts working through the outer
layers of the skin, allowing for immediate application of
other skincare products. the versatile bean-shaped patches
can be used below and around your eyes to help reduce
crows feet and to brighten dark circles. hooded eyes can be
treated directly by applying to the upper lids.
ActivLayr 5 second nano-collagen boost patches for under
eyes (rrp $89.99) contain seven pairs of eye patches plus
a handy refillable water spritzer to help moisten skin for
application anywhere, anytime. discover for yourself why all
eyes are on this 5-second eye treatment patch. cBM
Aids skin tightening and firmness for
youthful looking skin.
GrApe SeeD eXtrAct
A natural and powerful ingredient
that helps improve skin elasticity and
keep skin supple and firm across all
kiwi FrUit eXtrAct
Contains antioxidant properties to
help reduce the appearance of dark
circles and delay the signs of ageing.
Helps retain moisture for plumperlooking
skin, reducing fine lines and
wrinkles. Gives skin a soft, dewy and
Importantly, all ingredients are
100% sustainably sourced from New
Zealand and there are no added
nasties such as fragrances, alcohol,
detergents, thickening agents,
emulsifiers, preservatives or synthetic
chemicals. ActivLayr takes clean
beauty to the next level, and can be
used on even the most sensitive skin.
TO GET IT
seven days AFTER treatment
ActivLayr is available at selected skin
clinics across Australia.
for stockists, visit
or call 1800 242 011
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of all time
We take a
the most iconic
all time. Eau to
Fragrances hold special places in
our hearts, and some of the most
beloved are from our favourite
celebs. Reputed to be the original
celebrity perfumer, Elizabeth Taylor’s
release of ‘White Diamonds’ in 1991
has earned a cool $1 billion in sales –
and inspired generations of celebrities
to jump on board the scent train,
which reached fever pitch in the 90s
and early Naughties.
Remember when we all bought J.Lo’s
‘Glow’ back in 2002 (and contributed
to its $300 million in sales in the first
year), or dabbled in a bit of Britney’s
‘Curious’ a couple of years later? Our
allegiance to these sweet-smelling
A-listers remains strong – Kim
Kardashian West sold $10 million of
her perfume line ‘Crystal’ in its first day
on the market in 2017, $1 million of
which occurred in the first hour. Oh,
and more than 300,000 units were sold
without customers ever even smelling
the scents, highlighting the sheer
marketing power of Kimmy K.
Whether you love them or loathe
them, many of these iconic fragrances
have stood the test of time (all hail
Queen J.Lo!). Here we celebrate the
top 10 celebrity fragrances. CBM
In honour of National Fragrance Week
2020 (16-22 March), ShowersToYou.co.uk
collected poll results from 2,530 beauty
lovers who chose from 50 iconic celebrity
fragrances. Here are the top 10 most loved
celeb perfumes of all time.
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Like a personal trainer for your skin, the Medik8 ‘12
Weeks to Wow’ program helps transform your skin
into next-level wow. We chat with Daniel Isaacs,
Director of Research at Medik8, on how it works.
Q. Tell us how the Medik8 12
Weeks to WOW program works.
A. In the same way you might visit
a personal trainer for fitness, Medik8
offers you 12 weeks of personalised,
intensive training for your skin,
which includes eight appointments
and six professional peels. The key
is to stay committed – it’s possible to
just have a single peel, but research
shows that a course of six peels will
deliver long-term skin benefits. It’s a
little like going to the gym; you can
go occasionally, but the real results
will come when you commit to an
Q. What does the program
entail? What can clients expect?
A. The program is tailored to each
client’s specific concerns and designed
to deliver extraordinary skincare
results. It’s not just a treatment
program – each client is assigned
a dedicated Medik8 professional
who will guide them through the
treatment journey with educational
tips, personalised homecare and a
unique peels experience.
We team the in-clinic peels with a
prescribed at-home regime of ‘CSA’
products – Vitamin C plus Sunscreen
by day and Vitamin A by night – to
help ensure beautiful skin for life.
Clients begin their 12 Weeks
to WOW journey with a Pre-Peel
Consultation where they will receive
products to prepare the skin before
the first peel. Over the six treatments,
therapists have a choice of nine peels
to treat skin concerns which can be
built up in strength and layered for
The final appointment is the
‘WOW Reveal’ where clients will be
able to measure their skin results by
comparing photos taken in their first
consultation. To help maintain the
results achieved, a Medik8 Lifestyle
Programme will then be advised.
Q. What results can we expect?
A. Twenty-four hours post-peel the
treated skin will likely feel a little
tight and appear slightly flushed.
Within three days, skin will start to
flake but within the week you will
start to see clearer, more uniform
skin tone. Over a course of six peels,
results will be even more visibly
profound. We take photos of the
skin’s progress to track improvement
across such parameters as wrinkle
depth, clarity and texture dependent
on the skin concern being treated.
Rather than complicate,
Medik8 sets out to
demystify skincare, and
offers extraordinary results
without compromising on
texture, beautiful design and
sustainability. The company’s
continued investment in
scientific research and
development is driven by
their ultimate goal of helping
people achieve and maintain
healthy-looking, beautiful skin.
Q. How is the 12 Weeks to WOW
program customised for different
A. The beauty of 12 Weeks to WOW
is that it’s been devised for everyone;
whatever your skin concern. The
Medik8 therapist will choose a course
of peels from our Professional Peels
and Mono Peels – all especially
formulated to target different skin
concerns, delivering visible results
with less discomfort and downtime.
All trained Medik8 therapists will
arrange an in-clinic consultation
appointment for anyone looking to
start their peeling journey. This is to
discuss skin goals and work out the
best in-clinic and at-home regime.
This will likely involve six Medik8
professional peels (spaced 10-14 days
apart) and a CSA homecare regime
– vitamin C plus Sunscreen by day,
vitamin A by night.
Q. How are results maintained?
A. Medik8’s skincare approach is
encapsulated by the simple CSA
philosophy, which is the basis of the
homecare regime to maintain results.
This would then be supplemented
with additional solution-based
products as prescribed by the
therapist such as the White Balance
Brightening Serum to address
pigmentation concerns. Depending
on the concern, the therapist will
recommend tailored products for
journey clients will be treated with a
selection of peels depending on their
skin type, skin goals and treatment
plan. These may include:
A targeted formulation that helps
reduce the appearance of fine lines
and wrinkles. It helps fade away
imperfections, leaving the skin visibly
smoothed and rejuvenated.
A brightening peel targeting sun
damage, hyperpigmentation and dull,
uneven skin. Helping to minimise
melanin production, the Even peel
visibly fades pigmentation for a more
even and radiant complexion.
A powerful blend of acids that sink
deep into pores to effectively clarify
and decongest the complexion.
Rapidly brings blemishes under
control and dramatically reduces the
risk of future breakouts.
Suitable for everyone and any
skin concern, it visibly brightens,
smoothes, decongests and revitalises
the skin. Ideal for a first time peel or
to maintain results from other peels.
Q. How do Medik8 peels work on
A. Chemical peels are fast becoming
the number-one clinical skin
treatment worldwide, and as such we
have launched six new Professional
Peels and three new Mono peels.
Especially formulated to target
different skin concerns, delivering
visible results with less discomfort and
downtime. On the 12 Week to WOW
A new addition for extremely
sensitive or redness-prone skin to
visibly smooth skin texture and help
promote a stronger skin barrier.
We have created the ideal balance
between just enough tingle so the
client is aware the peel is working,
but also bearable enough to keep
the peel on for the maximum
8 clinic appointments
6 professional peels
Beautiful skin for life
amount of time to achieve maximum
results. This is by keeping the acid
concentrations high and the peel pH
low, but with the addition of Time
All Medik8 peels can be layered
with our Mono Peels – containing
one type of acid in varying
concentrations from 30, 50 & 70%.
These include: Glycolic, Lactic and
Mandelic Acid. They can be layered
or concentrated on specific areas of
concern to intensify results. This
maximises the results of the peel
and allows the therapist to provide a
bespoke, customised treatment with
faster and better results for a truly
unique peeling journey.
Q. Why is combining/layering a
combination of different peels
A. Skin can begin to tolerate peels,
so it’s important to have an option
to intensify the treatment which
maximises the results for the client.
It’s a great option for clients looking
to build progressive results or for
those who have plateaued in their
treatment results. By layering a
second or third layer of peel on the
base peel, we can achieve a deeper
level of exfoliation and achieve more
Q. What are your go-to
treatments or sensitive or
A. We have developed a new peel
for especially sensitive or rednessprone
skins: Sensitive PHA. It is
exceptionally kind to sensitive skin –
working as a surface exfoliator which
also delivers intense hydration to
visibly smooth skin texture and help
promote a stronger skin barrier. It uses
Time Release technology to minimise
irritation and delivers luminosity
whilst retexturising and decongesting
Q. What’s the Medik8
A. Each client will be given their
very own 12 Weeks to WOW Skin
Passport, handing them back the
control to track their skin journey.
This handy record allows the client
and therapist to review progress, give
feedback and make changes to the
treatment programme in real-time.
It’s filled out at every consultation
and peel to ensure the best results.
Q. What’s your number-one
A. I can’t limit it to just one! My
number-one essential skincare tip
would be to invest in a skincare
regime using CSA (a vitamin C with
Sunscreen in the day and a vitamin A
at night). It’s incredibly simple
and grounded in science – it just
TO GET IT
Medik8 is available at select
skin clinics across Australia. For
stockists, visit www.medik8.com.au
or call 1800 242 011
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in phenom, $29, 9. peter thomas roth lashes To Die for The Mascara, $34, 10. morphe Morphe x Jaclyn hill
The Master remix Brush collection, $145, 11. nu skin powerlips polish Duo in passionista, $43, 12. bobbi brown
Intensive skin serum concealer, $69, 13. morphe luminous setting spray, $24, 14. trinny london eye2eye in
sun, $34, 15. morphe 18s sunset Beats artistry palette, $26
we chat with lipstick nick, aka nicole faulkner,
Morphe’s Director of Global Artistry and queen
of the celebrity makeup slay.
What does ‘beauty’
mean for you?
Beauty to me is something you
can’t technically see; you just feel
it from someone. Which is ironic
because I work in the ‘beauty
industry’, but to me the word means
so much more than just cosmetics
or outer appearance.
What are your
do’s and don’ts?
DO try new things, DO try new
trends, DO wear whatever the hell
DON’T be afraid to learn new
techniques, DON’T overthink it!
What is your brand
Work hard in silence, be consistent,
set mini goals and big goals,
surround yourself with people who
inspire you and support you.
hoW Would you
My signature look would be wing
liner, lashes and a nude lip.
face & Body Bronzer
in phenom, $29
What’s your #1
When I line my lips, I start from the
outer corner and work my way up.
This gives the illusion of naturally
fuller, round lips – without the fillers!
What are the most
CoVeted looKs at
effortless glam – dewy, healthy skin
and hydrated lips.
trends do you
foreCast for 2020?
• Unique eyeliner placement
• Softer lip shape
• More berry tones (pinks, purples,
‘Iconic’ Glamabronze bronzer! I’m
obsessed with over-sized bronzer
pans and this one has the perfect
shade for me. Most are too orange
and this one is the perfect shade of
soft brown for my skin tone.
We investigate cosmelan ® , a treatment that’s
helping banish pigmentation for good.
Freckles. Brown patches. Sun spots. Sound familiar?
You’re not alone – as many as 80% of us suffer
some sort of pigmentation skin disorder. Skin
hyperpigmentation is caused by the abnormal production
of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour, and is
a consequence of uncontrolled, localised overproduction
of melanin by the melanocytes, causing irregular skin
discolouration and dark spots. It can be triggered by a number
of factors, including exposure to sunlight, hormonal changes,
skin inflammation or injury, and genetic predisposition.
If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, chances are you’ve
already tried every trick in the book – including all the
lotions and potions with lofty claims that they can whiten
and brighten skin. The reality is that hyperpigmentation is
frustratingly resistant to treatment.
That’s why cosmelan ® depigmentation professional
treatment is being hailed as a breakthrough in treating
hyperpigmentation disorders. The advanced formulation from
mesoestetic ® , a multinational pharma specialising
in medical cosmetics, offers a relatively simple in-clinic
solution and home system for these traditionally hard-to-treat
‘We began using cosmelan ® in the clinic in August 2019
and in just seven months it has become our most widely
performed and requested treatment due to its high clearance
success rate,’ says Savanah Desiree Lee, Director at Sydney
Dermal Lounge. ‘It can be used on all types of pigmentation
and on all skin types.’
‘As a clinic which specialises in the correction of
hyperpigmentation, we will only perform treatments that
have minimal risk and offer a true solution. cosmelan ® is the
hero in our depigmentation treatments. When performed
alongside both in-clinic preparation and clinical support,
the first stages of clearance, following the application of
the mask, is often seen in as little as two weeks. The
results speak for themselves: remarkable and in some cases
What is cosmelan ® ?
cosmelan ® by mesoestetic ® is the world’s leading
professional depigmentation method, designed to help
reduce dark spots on your skin, while enhancing skin tone,
smoothness and luminosity.
‘cosmelan ® is used as a brightening method, helping
to achieve short and long-term results by keeping
hyperpigmentation under control.’ explains Savanah.
‘cosmelan ® peels consist of a proprietary blend of
tyrosinase inhibitors and exfoliators to effectively act on
the different pathways of melanogenesis (production of
the melanin pigments) to help ensure effective clearance
on all types of pigmentation. We have found it to be the
only solution which will help inhibit the production of
‘cosmelan ® uses slow release technology which provides
the depth to effectively clear out the dendrite found in the
basal layer of the skin. It is this ability which makes the
results stand out against alternative treatments such as IPL
and laser which will only create a superficial clearance,
inevitably leading to the return of the unwanted pigment.’
As an added benefit, cosmelan ® can also create a more
youthful-looking and plump complexion due to the
resurfacing stages, helping to soften the appearance of fine
lines and wrinkles alongside a reduction in pore size.
This client, 34, had melasma and hormonal acne due to a diagnosed hormonal
condition (PCOS). She also had been struggling with gut health issues and food
intolerances. The images are taken 2 weeks apart after cosmelan treatment. Following these
images further clinical support was provided to ensure long-term clearance.
As a clinic which
specialises in the
we will only perform
treatments that have
minimal risk and offer a
How does cosmelan ®
The treatment itself consists of two phases: the in-clinic
cosmelan ® 1 mask which is removed later at home; and the
at-home protocol which includes products such as melan
recovery, mesoprotech melan 130 pigment control and
cosmelan ® 2 maintenance cream.
‘The cosmelan ® 1 mask is applied in the clinic and left
on the skin for 8-12 hours, depending on your skin type
and condition,’ explains Savanah. The mask is removed at
home with warm water and followed by an application of
melan recovery. cosmelan 2 maintenance cream is applied
according to the recommended protocol. This is followed
daily with hydra-vital factor k and mesoprotech ® melan
130 pigment control.
‘The recovery system home care line is designed to
support the skin through the healing stages,’ Savanah
explains. ‘Our clients return to the clinic on day 3 to
commence clinical support which is performed over a
period of 8 weeks in conjunction with the at- home use
of the cosmelan ® 2 maintenance cream and other home
Peeling of the treated skin begins in approximately 48-
72 hours and lasts about three days.
Other side effects following cosmelan ® treatment may
include some redness, dryness and swelling for up to a
week. You should start to see some improvement after
around two weeks. Pigmented patches should be decreased
and skin will start to look brighter.
‘Seeing visible results is incredibly exciting and we
always ensure that the at-home regime is followed as this
will help maintain results once the eight weeks of clinical
support has been completed,’ adds Savanah. ‘At the sixmonth
mark, we welcome the client back into clinic for a
final assessment utilising our skin diagnostic scanner which
was used throughout the process to track the progression of
depigmentation. At this time we are then able to show our
clients the progress in the different areas of the skin.’
cosmelan ® offers a new standard in pigmentation
control, providing an advanced brightening treatment
to help prevent the signs of age spots. ‘cosmelan ® is a
remarkable method offering results that change people’s
lives,’ Savanah concludes. CBM
WHERE TO GET IT
cosmelan ® is available at select skin clinics
across Australia. For stockists, visit
or call 1800 242 011
Melasma, also called chloasma, is a hormonally
triggered condition commonly seen following
pregnancy or the use of contraceptive
measures such as the birth control pill or
implant. Common characteristics of this
condition include a brown symmetrical
pattern most commonly seen on the cheeks,
spreading across through the temples and
forehead. ‘Melasma is often mistreated as sun
damage which leads to the use of ineffective
treatment options,’ says Savanah.
Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
is a discolouration of the skin that follows
an inflammatory wound resulting from
acne, IPL or laser, or a response to an
inflammation in the area which causes
increased pigment production.
Freckles and ephelides
Freckles can be genetically driven and
developed due to a person’s DNA makeup.
They are also the most common type of
pigmentation seen in skin types 1-3. Visibility
of freckles can increase following sun exposure
due to the UV exposure stimulating the cell
responsible for pigment production.
and UV damage
Excessive UV exposure will create sun damage
within the skin due to the over stimulation
of the melanocyte. Sun damage will create a
visible discolouration on the skin called a solar
lentigo, represented as a small pigmented spot
with a defined edge. These are more commonly
found in people over 40 years of age.
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IPL and laser devices have
become fixtures in beauty and
aesthetic medicine. but what’s
the difference between the two?
The healing properties of
light have been recognised
for thousands of years.
The Greeks and Romans both
understood that sunlight could play
some remedial role – although there
was little understanding of why.
As early as 1903 scientists
realised light could be used for
therapeutic treatment. The same
year Danish physician Niels Finsen
Ryberg was awarded the Nobel
Prize for his work on light therapy,
which eventuated with a machine
that emitted similar wavelengths
to the sun.
In 1917, physicist Albert Einstein
theorised on the light amplification
by stimulated emission of radiation,
or what we commonly refer to
as lasers. Today lasers are used
in a multitude of products and
systems – from barcode scanners
and 3D printers to a host of
medical, industrial and commercial
Also harnessing the power of
light, Nikola Tesla first conceived
the idea of intense pulsed light
(IPL) in the early 1900s and
presented his idea to the American
Army. He believed that light energy
could be launched to intercept a
flying object, instantly vapourising
it. However, it was not until a group
of Jewish Russian physicists, after
migrating to Israel, implemented
the idea of using intense pulsed
light in medicine, paving the way
for IPL treatments.
Light-based therapies (both
laser and IPL) have been
successfully used for decades in
beauty and aesthetic medicine,
and for many conditions, such as
pigmentation, photodamage and
skin irregularities, are often the
treatment of choice.
Superficial pigmentation, such
as age spots and sun spots
Lightening and reducing
redness, rosacea and
Overall skin rejuvenation
for mild to moderate sundamaged
between laser & IPL
Lasers and IPL devices basically
work in the same way. Put simply, a
wavelength is selected that is readily
absorbed by the target tissue, be it
melanin, haemoglobin or water. Both
types of light energy aim to heat the
target to a temperature high enough
to destroy it without damaging the
adjacent normal tissue.
The difference between the two is
that a laser emits a single frequency
of light that is coherent. This means
that all the lightwaves are travelling
in the same direction, allowing the
target tissue to absorb the maximum
amount of heat. The target tissue
is all-important when treating skin
problems with a laser. The target
tissue for pigmentation is melanin,
for spider veins it is blood and for
wrinkles water. Each of these target
tissues absorbs a different wavelength
of light, meaning a different laser is
needed for each specific problem.
Unlike lasers, IPL devices produce
a broad spectrum of light in a range
of wavelengths. While IPL can be
used for many different types of skin
concerns, such as pigmentation, sun
damage and spider veins, it is not
specifically designed to treat any of
In other words, lasers tend to be
very specific to the conditions they
treat, whereas IPL devices are more
generalist in their offering.
Intense pulsed light uses light
wavelengths that target either
melanin or haemoglobin in the
skin. It can be 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
IPL treatment cannot typically
address extensive sun damage and
skin discolourations but it can reduce
surface capillaries and brown spots,
as well as help revitalise and even out
the overall complexion.
Laser therapies also 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
The advent of fractionated laser
some 15 years ago, 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 (which can basically take
10 years off your appearance) with
fewer side effects and significantly
Fractional laser technologies break
up light beams to allow columns of
Lasers tend to be very specific to the
conditions they treat, whereas IPL devices
are more generalist in their offering.
untreated tissue to activate healing
mechanisms beneath the skin’s
surface, treating skin conditions
ranging from scars and birthmarks to
wrinkles and fine lines.
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
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 signs of
sun damage. A more mild treatment
may take several sessions, while one
procedure is usually sufficient for a
more aggressive treatment.
Another difference between laser
and IPL is the size of the area that can
be treated in one session. Generally,
the size of the IPL applicator head
is larger than most laser spot sizes,
so treatments are quicker but not as
targeted as laser and typically require
In terms of safety, the two types
are similar, but with lasers both the
practitioner and the patient need to
use eye protection. Light from IPL
systems is not harmful or dangerous
to the eyes.
Generally speaking, lasers tend to
be safer for darker skin types, whereas
IPLs are typically not suited for darker
skin types or tanned skin. This is
because dark skin absorbs more light
energy, and the adverse effects of
this can include hyperpigmentation,
blistering and even burns.
Which one’s best
When it comes to choosing between
laser and IPL, it’s important to keep
in mind that what works best for one
person isn’t necessarily what works
best for the next. An experienced
practitioner will advise you what is
most suited to your specific needs, and
should have a variety of treatment
options to select from (including both
IPL and laser devices).
Another point worth being aware
of is that IPL systems are available
in different strengths and vary in
how high the energies can be set.
Many of the IPLs in the non-medical
marketplace are not capable of
reaching energies necessary to treat
certain conditions and may even
lead to burns and other avoidable
complications, so always ensure you
are in the hands of an experienced
and accredited practitioner in a
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 superior to earlier ones in
achieving effective and predicatable
Acne and surgical scars
Improving skin texture, pore
size and skin firmness
Rosacea and broken capillaries,
port wine birthmarks
Waiting out the coronavirus?
We’ve rounded up the best
free online workouts to
get your sweat session on.
Prepare to press play on
these heart-pumping videos
designed to help keep you fit
from the comfort of your
As COVID-19 continues to spread,
social distancing is affecting
everything we do, including working
out at the gym. So what’s a fitness buff to do?
The good news is that social distancing
doesn’t mean you have to give up your
workouts or yoga practice.
Many companies and trainers are offering
free online workouts during the pandemic,
so now’s the time to take advantage of trying
something new and help preserve your
sanity during quarantine. Here are some of
• YouTube: Of course, the biggest video
sharing and second-largest website in the
world is a treasure trove of free health
and fitness videos – ranging from Pilates
to Prancercise, seek and you
shall find! (For a truly magical
#FlashbackFriday, check out the
original “Jane Fonda’s Workout”
from 1982 – no VCR required.)
• Peloton: Big news of late is
that the exercise darling Peloton
is now offering 90-day free access
to its fitness app. Even better is
that you don’t need a Pelotonbranded
bike or treadmill. Users
can choose from classes such as
yoga, meditation, strength training
• Fhitting Room: Sign up and
get a 30-day free trial of their
expert-curated workouts at
• Active by POPSUGAR app:
Access hundreds of do-anywhere
workouts from celebrity trainers
and fitness experts – head to
One of the best
ways to stay
mentally, is to stay
active and practise
• 28 by Sam Wood: Fancy a
one-on-one workout with Sam
Wood, one of Australia’s leading
fitness experts and trainers?
28bySamWood.com offers free
resources so you can get sweaty
with Sam at home.
• Planet Fitness: This gym
giant is offering free daily livestreamed
“Home Work-ins” on
their Facebook page. No equipment
needed, and look out for special
• Barry’s Bootcamp: Dubbed
the “best workout in the world”,
this local fitness brand is offering
live 20-minute workouts twice daily
on Instagram @barrys.
• Corepower Yoga: Check
out these free On Demand
yoga and sculpting videos at
• Daily Burn: Sign up for a
30-day free trial where you can
choose from thousands of different
video and audio workouts on
If now’s your opportunity to seize going
completely off-grid, there are ways to
work out from the comfort of your home
without any high-tech equipment, just your
According to experts, burpees are the
king of at-home exercises. Start with five to
10 burpees, followed by the same number
of push-ups, squats, lunges and mountain
climbers. Repeat several times for an easy
total body workout, and keep pushing your
limit each day. Keep your heart rate up by
engaging as many muscles as possible while
quickly moving from one exercise to the next.
If you want to add some variety, the
humble chair can be used to support your
squats or tricep dips. And if you have stairs,
congratulations – you have the original stair
master in the comfort of your own home.
Running up and down the stairs is a great
way to break a sweat and turn up your heart
rate as well as offering some relief from
No matter how or where you work out,
keep up good habits like regular handwashing,
getting plenty of sleep, and
eating healthy to boost your immunity. And
remember, there’s nothing stopping you
from getting outside, taking the dog for a
walk or going for a run. One of the best
ways to stay healthy both physically and
mentally is to stay active and practise
self-care. You’ve got this!
Sam Wood, founder and trainer at
28 by Sam Wood, one of Australia’s
leading online fitness and nutrition
programs, gives us the lowdown on
how to use household items instead
of gym equipment for a complete
workout at home.
First up, you don’t need to buy
expensive home workout equipment.
You can get stronger, fitter and leaner
at home by adding regular household
items into your workout, to replace
common pieces of equipment you’d
normally find at the gym.
Home HIIT workouts are
effective for burning fat and
toning muscle and the best
part is you don’t need to
use any equipment at all.
Common household items you can
use instead of hand weights (for lighter
• A can of baked beans
• A can of coconut cream
Common household items you can
use instead of dumbbells or kettlebells
(for heavier resistance):
• A heavy basket of washing
• A pile of books
• Your kids!
2. Jump squats
3. Split lunge jumps
4. Mountain climbers
5. Plank up-downs
7. Bicycle crunches
Check out the page – 28bysamwood.com – for more of Sam’s at-home workouts,
as well as tips on enhancing your mental and overall wellbeing.
1.Tiffiny Hall Online Health
and Fitness Program, TIFFXO.com,
2. MB Active by Michelle Bridges
2 x 3kg Hex-Headed Dumbbell
Weights, $25, 3. Centr, by Chris
Hemsworth Health and Fitness
10. Ella Baché Active Face Great SPF50+ 50ml, $55, 11. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara in Black,
$39, 12. Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Waterproof Black Mascara, $39, 13. Nike Sport Water Bottle Mint
600ml, $19.99, 14. Lorna Jane Clarkson Nourish – Eat Good Food Cook Book, $44.99, 15. Morphe Eye
Makeup Remover 120ml, $18
4. Lorna Jane LJ Elevate Blaze Shoes, $99.99,
5. Skindinavia Makeup Remover Spray 118ml, $43.80,
6. Sheridan Active Gym Towel, $29.95, 7. The Jojoba
Company Jojoba Water Toning Face Mist, $19.95,
8. O COSMEDICS The Skin Shammy, $19.95, 9. Slip
Skinnies Silk Hair Ties, $50
16. Cancer Council Everyday Sunscreen SPF30 110ml, $10.75, 17. Jergens Oilinfused
Skin Firming 496ml, $11.99, 18. A’kin Rose & Australian Sandalwood Natural
Roll-On Deodorant, $10.95, 19. Ted Baker Water Bottle with Hexagonal Lid, $49.95,
20. Ell & Voo Yoga Bag and Mat Combo, $59.99, 21. Bybi Mega Mist, $42
The at-home hair
Here’s the scenario: your
ends are fried, your roots are
damaged, your hair is drier than
a quarantini and you can’t get
to the salon. It’s time to get busy
at home with these hair-repairing
products to tame your mane.
Like skincare, a good basic hair care routine is key
to achieving shiny, healthy hair. Use a shampoo
and conditioner designed to help repair damaged
hair and protect it from further trauma. Look for products
containing keratin, omega-6, ceramides, argan, avocado
and olive oils, as well as hair-loving vitamins B3 (niacin),
B5 (pantothenic acid), B9 (folic acid) and Vitamin E.
These all help moisturise and repair dry, damaged or
When it comes to daily care, it’s worth noting that
your hair may not require washing as often as you think
it does. According to top Sydney hairstylist Alan Coban,
‘Shampooing should only take place every two to three
days, and shampoo should be rinsed out with lukewarm
water to avoid damage and moisture loss.’
Supplementing your hair care regime with regular
intensive treatments, like a leave-in conditioner, will help
repair damage and encourage silky locks in the future.
If you don’t already use hair masks on a regular basis,
you need to get on board. A hair mask is like your regular
conditioner on steroids. They are essential in order
to fi ght frizz, hydrate and detox hair and give your tresses
a beautiful shine.
Working a dry oil through your hair can also make a
world of difference. Dry oils contain the lightest silicones
and oils to create a beautiful shine. They smooth the
hair’s cuticle, which is the golden ticket to healthy hair.
Focus on the dry ends fi rst, then work it through the rest
of your hair.
While we all know cutting back on heat-styling tools
is the best way to protect hair, sometimes that’s just not
going to happen. When applying heat to hair, always use
protective hair products on pre-styled hair. Add a peasized
amount from the mid-levels to the ends of your hair
to help seal in moisture and smooth the cuticles. It only
takes two seconds and will help prevent breakage and
future damage. Worth. It.
1. Fudge clean blonde Violet toning shampoo, $23.95,
2. white Sands leave-in conditioner spray, $22.95, 3. white
Sands er fusion, $39.95, 4. white Sands porosity the fix, $34.95,
5. white Sands Hair care’s the cure 24/7, $44.95, 6. nu Skin
ageloc nutriol scalp & Hair system, $18, 7. color wow dream
filter pre-shampoo mineral remover, $49
1. 2. 3.
HaIR maSK TIP
When using an intensive conditioner or
treatment such as a hair mask, cover your
hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap,
then wrap a towel around your head. This
helps protect the mask from dripping, but
it also adds some heat, which can help the
ingredients penetrate better into your hair.
Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes
to work its magic. Depending on the
ingredients, some masks can be left on for
several hours or even overnight.
smooTh & infuse
1. John Frieda detox & repair masque, $17.99, 2. davines nounou
Hair mask, $44.95, 3. daVroe luxe leave-in masque, $29.95,
4. chroMa id ice bonding colour mask, $31.95, 5. georgiemane
10 minute Hair mask, $49.99, 6. davines naturaltech nourishing Hair
building pak, $49.95, 7. a’kin miracle shine conditioning Hair mask,
$5.99, 8. davines the renaissance circle extreme repair mask 6 x
50ml, $19.95 each, 9. davines oi Hair butter, $49.95
OWn HaIR maSK
Try this intensive reparative hair treatment
from top trichologist Philip Kingsley. Whisk
together two eggs, two half eggshells of
olive oil, half a ripe avocado and 50ml of
purified water. Work the mixture into hair
with your fingertips, leave for 10 minutes
and then wash off.
PreP & sTYLe
1. John Frieda detox & repair care & protect spray, $17.99, 2. white
Sands Keratin infused Hairspray, $39.95, 3. ogX shine + argan oil of
morocco tame & shine cream, $20.99, 4. ogX shine + argan oil of
morocco Heat protect spray, $20.99, 5. ogX frizz defying + coconut
miracle oil air dry cream, $20.99, 6. ogX frizz defying + coconut
miracle oil flexible Hold Hairspray, $20.99, 7. Sisley Hair rituel preshampoo
purifying mask, $130, 8. khairpep transforme masque, $85,
9. batiste dry shampoo & colour protect, $12.95, 10. ogX refresh &
nourish + coconut milk dry shampoo, $19.99
whether you’re working from
home and want to glam up your
conference-call wardrobe, or
simply have plenty of time on
your hands, here’s a step-by-step
guide to creating an easy faux
salon diy blow-dry.
1. prep work
first up, make sure you shampoo
your hair twice. this is the oldest
trick in the hairstylist’s book! the
first washes, the second nourishes
(and really scrub at that scalp to
help remove product build-up).
next up, condition your hair with
a moisturising hair mask. this will
help add moisture and elasticity to
your hair and prolong the life of
your diy blow-dry.
2. protect, protect,
in the salon, the pros always prep
your hair with a heat protectant and
you should, too. unnecessary heat is
not a friend to hair. by adding a heat
protectant to your blow-dry, you can
help seal in moisture and protect
against damage. most of your
favourite haircare brands should
carry a heat protector in their range.
olaplex no.4 bond
maintenance shampoo &
olaplex no.5 bond
3. air dry your hair
if your hair is dripping wet, it’s going
to take double the amount of time
to dry (and turn your hairdryer into
a 15kg kettlebell). towel-dry excess
water with a microfibre towel and
leave it 10 minutes to help air dry
your hair before getting to work.
Achieve a salon-worthy oomph
with plenty of extra volume. To do
this, use a volumising spray on your
roots. Not only will this add volume
but it will also help your bounce stay
around for longer.
5. Use the right
You don’t want to spend time
only to be blowing static into your
hair. We love Cloud Nine’s Airshot
Hairdryer, which uses anti-static
technology to reduce the amount
of negatively charged particles,
diminishing frizz and flyaways and
providing you with that high-shine,
silky blow-out look. The cool shot
button also allows you to set
that bounce in place for a longlasting
Cloud Nine Blow Dry
Bristle Brush, $95
6. Switch up
Using a nozzle, dry your hair away
from your face, back on itself, and
then downwards. This will help
your hair cuticles lie flatter, making
it smooth at the root. Add those
bouncy waves by round-brushing
the mid-lengths and ends in
7. Make it last!
Investing in a silk pillowcase might
seem a little decadent in the current
climate, but if you’re serious about
reducing the frizzies and maintaining
your hairstyle for longer (not to
mention helping to reduce sleep
wrinkles), a silk pillowcase could be
a very smart investment.
Airshot Dryer, $240
beauty of a good
night’s sleep can never be
overstated. here are some
tips to help you get your
full 40 winks.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Sleeping is no mean art.
For its sake one must stay awake all day.” Maximising
slumber can be tricky in today’s rat race, which can poach
the possibility of the fabled eight hours of dream time faster
than you can say ‘toss and turn’.
Research unswervingly shows that some serious shuteye
is essential for your health and wellbeing, with lack of sleep
associated with everything from weight gain to cancer.
Research has also proven that there’s a link between
inadequate sleep and signs of ageing, with lack of sleep
doubling the signs of skin ageing, including fine lines.
One study, conducted by University Hospital Case
Medical Centre in Ohio and commissioned by Estée Lauder,
investigated the process of catabolysis in skin and cellular
synchronisation and purification, and their connection
Catabolysis is a natural purification process that helps
skin cells eliminate internal debris that can cause cellular
damage. Getting older, coupled with environmental
factors, generates internal debris within cells which can
cause cellular damage and prevent cells from functioning
efficiently. Skin cells have a natural 24-hour rhythm,
repairing themselves at night and protecting themselves
in the day. Catabolysis is at its peak at night in line with
the circadian rhythm of your body. With age the process
becomes less efficient and desynchronised, contributing to
the appearance of aged and dehydrated skin.
The researchers found that poor quality sleepers lost 30
percent more water 72 hours after a skin barrier disruption,
such as exposure to UV light, than those who regularly have
good quality sleep. The poor sleepers also showed twice
the amount of intrinsic signs of ageing such as fine lines,
reduced elasticity and uneven pigmentation.
If you’re tormented by hours spent staring at the ceiling
while the rest of the world slumbers (or so you imagine),
take heed of these sleep-inducing tips to help cure restless
nights and get your beauty sleep.
have a warm bath
Normal body temperatures play
off your body’s circadian rhythm.
Temperatures are low during sleep
and at their highest point during the
day. A drop in body temperature can
be a trigger for drowsiness, and the
cooling down that occurs after a warm
bath facilitates feelings of sleepiness.
avoid caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine products such as coffee, tea, colas and chocolate
are stimulants. They usually remain in your body from
three to five hours but some of us can still feel their effects
up to 12 hours later. It’s best to avoid caffeine within six to
eight hours of going to bed. And, dare we say it, but a glass
or two of alcohol with dinner can make for a very restless
night, not to mention a pesky hangover the morning after.
Alcohol can also restrict airflow into the lungs which
reduces oxygen in your blood and can lead to snoring (and
no one likes a snorer).
We’re not going to be the thousandth
person in your lifetime to tell you to get
more exercise – but we are going to warn
you about achieving balance. We all
know that overresting leaves us sluggish
and lethargic. Eight hours staring at a
computer screen is standard these days,
and it can wear out your brain. Just like
your brain shutting down when it needs
to, exercise makes sure your body winds
down when the moment it needs to
arrives. Exercise also triggers those muchheralded
endorphins. Produced by the
brain, they bolster your mood and aid the
production of the hormones that help
you fall asleep.
choose the right foods
All those old wives’ tales about eating
before bed are on the mark, but less
important than you’d like to think.
Eating at the right time, your ‘metabolic
window’, conditions your body’s
metabolism to wake up and wind down.
Within this timeframe you can give
your body an important message: in your
world there is an adequate supply of food,
so it can sit back and relax into sleep
mode when it feels the need. Different
types of food can affect how you sleep.
Meals rich in carbohydrates set off a
chain reaction which makes you sleepy.
Carbs trigger the release of insulin,
which increases the level of the chemical
tryptophan in the brain. From there, it’s
turned into serotonin, and serotonin is
a sleep inducer. Eating proteins has the
opposite effect to carbohydrates and can
make us feel more alert. A lunch rich in
protein may well prevent the 3pm slump,
while eating carbohydrates at dinner
should help you to sleep.
Poor sleepers showed
twice the amount of intrinsic
signs of ageing, such as fine
lines, reduced elasticity and
Take some time out to unwind. Reading a book,
meditating or simply focusing on your breathing
are good ways to start. Creating a calm bedroom
environment is also a must. Televisions are
a defi nite no-no and put your phone down
already – your bedroom is for sleep, it’s not an
entertainment centre. Fragrance the air with a
botanical room spray, light a candle or practise
the gentle art of aromatherapy. Herbs such
as lavender can help you get a full 40 winks.
Humans are hunter-gatherers and instinctively
need to feel safe before nodding off. We all have
our own little sleep aids, whether this be an
open window, heating, a fan, white noise or a
sleeping mask. Make sure you have a good set of
blinds and earplugs handy if you need them. We
use these aids to reduce distractions and tell our
brains it’s safe to chill out.
Napoleon, Florence Nightingale and Margaret
Thatcher got by on four hours’ sleep a night.
The Guinness World Record for the longest period
without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes (during
a rocking-chair marathon).
The body’s ‘natural alarm clock’ is caused by a
burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin.
Researchers say this reflects an unconscious
anticipation of the stress of waking up.
A Harvard study found that the less people sleep, the
more likely they are to suffer from a major illness.
It’s possible there may not be a single moment of our
sleep when we are actually dreamless.
Go to bed at the same time
(and don’t hit the snooze button in the am!)
Creating a habit of going to bed and waking
up at the same time each day works to anchor
your body clock and helps your body balance
both sleep time and wake time. Some experts
recommend that you sleep for between seven
and nine hours every night, while others say
the amount of sleep you require is what you
need to not be sleepy in the daytime. CBM
It’s alleged the only thing Marilyn Monroe wore to
bed was a splash of Chanel No 5.
Premature babies have 75 percent REM sleep, 10
percent more than full-term bubs.
A new baby typically results in 400 to 750 hours lost
sleep to parents in the first year.
Several studies have found that sleeping less than
eight hours a night leads to obesity.
Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to
a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood
alcohol-level of 0.05%.
Cocoon yourself with these
self-care rituals devised by
Trudi Jaye, skincare & wellness
expert and GM of Retreatment
Botanics Skincare by
and Gaia Retreat & Spa.
Beauty From The Inside Out
Beauty and health are so closely related and the way
we both look and feel begins with what we eat. A
healthy, nutritious diet with lots of different coloured
vegetables, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, is a
sure-fire way to great skin and health.
Team this with plenty of hydration from water,
freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and gutbalancing
elixirs like kombucha, and you’re on your
way to a glowing complexion as well as improved
health and energy.
I love adding nutrient-dense supplements to my
meals and drinks. One favourite is Lee Holmes’
Supercharged Food Golden Gut Blend sprinkled on
my breakfast oats every morning – I miss its gingery
flavour if I skip it! It’s true that a healthy gut supports
glowing, vibrant skin.
I also adore the adoptogenic Reishi Mushroom
Power by Superfeast. It’s amazing for boosting
immunity, regulating stress, calming the mind and
promoting peaceful sleep – the key to inner beauty!
Olivia Newton-John and Trudi Jaye
beauty Sleep is real
Getting quality sleep is one of the best beauty
potions I know. Aim to go to bed at the same
time each evening and try for at least eight hours
of quality sleep. Switch off at the same time each
night – I always suggest by at least 10pm, and
make your bedroom a haven of relaxation. Keep it
free from clutter and devices.
Try using an atomiser with Retreatment
Botanics CALM blend diffusing through it. It
really does lull you into a perfect slumber.
Never has this been more important than now,
when our newsfeeds are overflowing with doom
and gloom. Remember, Mother Nature has a
way of bringing everything back into balance
in her own good time. In the meantime, switch
off. Take the time to cocoon yourself at home
with a beautiful rug and herbal tea. Turn off all
your devices – this means no phone, no tablet,
no laptop and even no TV. Take long walks
(practising social distancing, of course) and
breathe in fresh air, deeply.
Even if you’re in self isolation, you
should still keep up some form of
exercise. Aside from the clear benefits
of overall health, it will keep your
complexion healthy and glowing.
Enabling your mind to slow down
reduces the stress on your nervous
system and enables your body to
function at its optimum. There are
plenty of apps available that offer
guided meditation, and Gaia Retreat
and Spa even has a few DVDs
and downloads to bring the spa
meditation experience into your
There has been a myriad of studies
over the years linking animals to our
good health and wellbeing. We know
that being around animals can reduce
stress, feelings of loneliness and
isolation and induce happiness. As an
animal lover, I know this to be true. If
you don’t have a pet of your own, why
not volunteer at an animal shelter?
That’s sure to give you both an inner
and outer glow. Just be sure to check
regulations around social distancing
at this point in time.
Practice Skincare Rituals
Retreatment Botanics by Olivia Newton-
John and Gaia Retreat & Spa has a five-step
solution to ward off winter skin woes. These
self-care steps will help you to feel calmer,
while your skin stays moisturised, radiant
and healthy throughout winter.
Cleanse with Radiance
Ideal for dry, dehydrated and sensitive
complexions, this beautifully calming cream
cleanser gently removes excess oil, surface
pollution and impurities, soothing and
rehydrating the skin.
Simply apply with circular movements to
remove makeup and either rinse or remove
with a clean warm, damp cloth. At night,
repeat, leaving the cleanser on for a minute
or two longer on the second application to
allow its actives to truly soothe the skin.
Note, if you have oily to combination
skin, you may prefer to use our Purifying
Gently Massage The Orbital
Region Using Firming Eye
The orbital area is the delicate zone around
your eyes and, as a therapist, I know that
light massage here brings a truly deep form
of relaxation and inner peace.
This quickly absorbed cream has key
botanical actives including Byron Bay Green
Coffee Extract, which really helps with
de-puffing and minimising the appearance
of dark under eye circles. It also works to
visibly firm the thinner skin around the eye,
minimising the appearance of fine lines
Apply after cleansing, gently patting into
skin using the pad of your ring finger.
This is perfect for brightening
skin that might become a bit dull
in winter. It’s an ultra-strength,
intensive Vitamin C serum suited
to all skin types. It helps soothe
skin and infuses hydration while
promoting elasticity and firmness.
Apply a light layer to freshly
cleansed skin, extending along
the neck and décolletage. Allow
the serum to penetrate for up to
two minutes before applying other
products. This allows the active
water-based Vitamin C molecules to
absorb into your skin.
This superfood elixir for normal,
dry, dehydrated and mature skin,
is vitamin-rich to help minimise
the appearance of fine lines and
wrinkles and nurture winter-weary
skin to its radiant best. It contains
potent antioxidants and rich
hydrating ingredients to ensure
your skin is protected year-round.
These include Wild Rosella Flower,
Australian Sandalwood Seed, Buriti
Fruit and Kakadu Plum.
Apply after cleansing and/
or Kakadu Brightening Serum,
extending to the neck and
décolletage. Because it’s oil based,
you can take a little longer to
massage this beautiful elixir into
the skin, affording a little more
Even if you’re in self isolation, you should
still keep up some form of exercise. Aside
from the clear benefits of overall health, it will
keep your complexion healthy and glowing.
Hydrate with either
Ultra Rich Moisturiser
or Light Hydrating
Depending on your skin type, you
will want a richer or lighter formula.
Each of these is rich in Vitamins
C, A, E and essential fatty acids
to moisturise, promote elasticity
and help minimise the appearance
of fine lines and wrinkles. Gently
massage over the face after applying
your serums, extending to the neck
and décolletage. You’ll be left with
beautifully soft, dewy, luminous
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