THE DERM DIARIES
They spend their days tending to the skin woes of their clients, but have you ever wondered what the experts slather on themselves? You may be surprised. Interviews by SHONAGH WALKER
What do skin experts put on their own faces?
Dr Cath Porter
VITAL STATS: A leading aesthetic physician at All Saints Skin Clinic in Double Bay, Sydney, Porter is known as the queen of non-surgical facial rejuvenation. allsaintsskinclinic.com.au. AM RITUAL: In the morning, I cleanse using Rationale Proceramide Cleanser , $90. I follow with Rationale Immunologist Serum , $163, and Cosmedix Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum, $110, before moisturising with Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Moisturiser Cream, $116. Finally, Rationale Beautiful Skin Superfluid tinted sunscreen , $85, offers SPF 50 protection and a nice even skin tone. PM RITUAL: At night, I pre-cleanse with Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil , $42, to remove makeup, and then double-cleanse with Rationale Proceramide Cleanser to whisk away any final debris. I then hydrate with Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Moisturiser Cream. SECRET ANTI-AGEING WEAPON: There is an amazing serum called Skinmedica TNS. I’m so devastated that it is no longer available in Australia. I stock up on it on when I travel to the US. It’s a non-irritating growthfactor serum. I also use Retrieve tretinoin cream a few times a week.this is a vitamin A formulation that must be prescribed by a doctor. THE SKIN SUPPLEMENT WE ALL NEED? Pre- and probiotics to facilitate a healthy gut microbiome and reduce inflammation. The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder , $60, is fantastic. FRIDAY-NIGHT FAVE: Ultraceuticals Ultra Energising Mask , $74. I leave it on all night and awake to amazing skin. MOST EXCITED ABOUT: “The University of Sydney has developed a synthetic version of the elastin protein.this has great potential for skin rejuvenation, as our ability to produce elastin declines with age. It hasn’t been released to market, but it will ultimately be an injectable that will be used in scars, wound healing and, of course, aesthetic applications. There are lots of things we do to address collagen depletion with age, but now we are really looking towards elastin, which is every bit as important.
VITAL STATS: A registered nurse and owner of Clinica Lase skin and laser clinics, clinicalase.com.au.
AM RITUAL: I nourish with topical vitamins and antioxidants. I cleanse twice daily with Cosmedix Purity Solution , $57 (AM), and Société Pure Everyday Cleanser, $69 (PM). In the
morning, I use Société Intense Firming Complex, $215, and Cosmedix Elite Pepoxide, $132.These products treat my skin with antioxidants and peptides. Next, I apply PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum, $182, Société Triple C Vitamin Therapy Serum, $172, and Cosmedix Elite Serum 24, $155, before using Cosmedix Reflect SPF 15 Moisturising Spray , $77. PM RITUAL: In the evening, I alternate between the following: Cosmedix Elite X-cell+, $132, Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus Serum , $130, and Cosmedix Elite Serum 24, depending on what my skin needs on any particular day. PET HATE: We pay far too much attention to social media.what works for one person may not work for another. Always seek professional advice and have an individualised plan devised for you. FRIDAY-NIGHT FAVE? Pyjamas, pinot
noir and Société Rejuvenating Peptide Gel Mask , $130. (BAZAAR loves Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask , $59).
GOLD NUGGET: Eat well, sleep well, exercise regularly, laugh immensely, use only the best skincare and always wear sunscreen.
VITAL STATS: Skin therapist, makeup artist, reiki practitioner and founder of The Vogue Room, Bowral, New South Wales, thevogueroom.com.au. AM RITUAL: I cleanse and tone twice
daily with Payot Lait Micellaire Démaquillant  and Lotion Tonique Réveil , $42 each, before applying Payot Hydra 24+ Gel-crème Sorbet , $100, and Payot Techni Regard Antiwrinkle Smoothing Care for Eyes, $76.
After a well-blended layer of my Payot BB Cream Blur, $66, and a dusting of Adderton Beauty Pressed Mineral Powder , $75, I’m good to go! PM RITUAL: I’ll cleanse twice, then apply Payot Techni Peel Nuit cream, $138. CURRENT OBSESSION: Payot Suprême Jeunesse Lèvres, $83 — the perfect anti-ageing, plumping lip product.
PET HATES: Time-poor people resorting to using wipes to cleanse their face. I get it, but many of them congest the skin. It’s better to reach for professional micellar cleansing water on a single-use cotton round. Micellar Cleansing Water attracts makeup and impurities like a magnet and removes them without stripping the acid mantle. (BAZAAR loves Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water , $15.)
FRIDAY-NIGHT FAVE: Payot Uni Skin Masque Magnétique , $95, is rich in the mineral magnetite, which attracts pollution from the surface of the skin and is then removed along with the mask [using a magnet]. It’s a must for the night before any event.
GOLD NUGGET: Makeup is an extension of your daily skincare ritual, and top-quality mineral makeup is essential. I use Adderton Beauty [Mineral
Foundation], a triple-milled, talc-free foundation that prevents dehydration and keeps skin glowing.
Marionne de Candia
VITAL Room, STATS: Gold Coast, Aesthetician mxskincare.com. at Mx Facial AM RITUAL: I cleanse with Mx Skincare Cosmeceutical Foaming Cleanser+, $95, and follow with Mx Skincare Illuminating Serum Peptides+, $189. Every second day, I alternate with Mx Skincare Rejuvenating Serum B3+, $189, and Firming Serum Vitamin C+, $249. I complete the morning ritual with Mx Skincare Moisture Ceramides+, $179. PM RITUAL: I cleanse again, apply Renewal Serum Vitamin A+, $249, and moisturise and seal with Mx Skincare Cosmeceutical Facial Oil+ , $185. CURRENT OBSESSION: Healite II Low-level Light Therapy, which is amazing for skin rejuvenation and stimulating collagen, and is also an adjunct to faster healing when used pre- and post-operatively with treatments, assisting with swelling and bruising.
SECRET ANTI-AGEING WEAPON: Topical vitamin A stimulates cell growth and turnover, which is important for refreshing the complexion.
GOLD NUGGET: To look 10 years younger, simply smile. Happy people are rated as far more attractive. And always be careful in the sun.
Dr Natasha Cook
VITAL STATS: One of Sydney’s most renowned dermatologists, she’s the ultimate fixer-upper. After decades of seeing patients with skin conditions triggered by misuse of skincare, she has created her own collection of cosmeceuticals, drnatashacook.com.
AM RITUAL: It’s so simple.twice daily, I cleanse using my [Dr Natasha Cook Cosmeceutical] Concentrated Cleanser, $69, which is soap- and detergent-free. In the morning, I follow this with Concentrated Clarifier, $99, which renews skin using hydroxy acids, and finish with Concentrated Moisturiser , $79. PM RITUAL: I cleanse again and then use
Concentrated Illuminator , $99, a vitamin-rich serum. I lock it in with Concentrated Moisturiser, which works around the eye area, too.
CURRENT OBSESSIONS: I look for ingredients that have been clinically tested and proven to deliver what they claim.the top ingredients, I believe, are vitamin B3 for DNA repair, alpha and beta hydroxy acids for gentle, effective exfoliation, and medical grade lanolin, a powerful humectant that continues to prove invaluable to our skin.
SECRET ANTI-AGEING WEAPON: Forever Young BBL laser evens out tone and plumps the skin. It was tested at Stanford University and has been shown to activate the anti-ageing genes in your skin and rebuild collagen, on top of improving sun damage, pigmentation and redness. I recommend having these every six months as a minimum.also, think of sunscreen as your holy grail of skincare.a favourite for the body is Sunsense Sensitive Invisible SPF 50+
, $11, applied liberally.
SKIN SUPPLEMENT WE ALL NEED: Vitamin B3, 1000 milligrams a day [check with your GP and dermatologist which form you need before taking]. With science to back it up, it has been shown to regenerate the cell’s mitochondria and, in phase three studies, to reduce the incidence of sunspots by up to 40 per cent in skin-cancer patients.
MOST EXCITED ABOUT: ‘Pollu-ageing’ is a term we are increasingly hearing. How are polluted air, light and noise affecting our skin and how can we mitigate this using antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients like niacinamide and vitamin B3? We also understand more that wavelengths from our phones and devices are damaging our skin. Physical blockers like zinc and titanium, mixed with antioxidants, is the way to go. However, we might end up wearing shields when in front of our computers.
GOLD NUGGET: Ignore marketing claims — turn that packet over and read the ingredients list. Look for the ingredient you want [for your skin’s needs] and ensure it is somewhere in the top five on the list. Ingredients labels are legally obligated to show the highest concentration at the top and lowest at the bottom. For example, if you are buying an anti-ageing vitamin C cream that lists vitamin C at the bottom, you are essentially being sold a diluted formula that underdelivers.
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