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

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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 [5], $90. I fol­low with Ra­tio­nale Im­mu­nol­o­gist Serum [4], $163, and Cosmedix Af­firm An­tiox­i­dant Firm­ing Serum, $110, be­fore mois­tur­is­ing with Ul­traceu­ti­cals Ul­tra Bright­en­ing Mois­turiser Cream, $116. Fi­nally, Ra­tio­nale Beau­ti­ful Skin Su­per­fluid tinted sun­screen [3], $85, of­fers SPF 50 pro­tec­tion and a nice even skin tone. PM RIT­UAL: At night, I pre-cleanse with Jurlique Nour­ish­ing Cleans­ing Oil [1], $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 [6], $60, is fan­tas­tic. FRI­DAY-NIGHT FAVE: Ul­traceu­ti­cals Ul­tra En­er­gis­ing Mask [2], $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.

Crys­tal Pa­tel

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 [7], $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 [8], $77. PM RIT­UAL: In the evening, I alternate be­tween the fol­low­ing: Cosmedix Elite X-cell+, $132, As­pect Dr Ex­fol A Plus Serum [12], $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 [13], $130. (BAZAAR loves As­pect Fruit En­zyme Mask [10], $59).

GOLD NUGGET: Eat well, sleep well, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, laugh im­mensely, use only the best skin­care and al­ways wear sun­screen.

Ari­ane Dobler

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 [17] and Lo­tion Tonique Réveil [11], $42 each, be­fore ap­ply­ing Payot Hy­dra 24+ Gel-crème Sor­bet [15], $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 [9], $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 [16], $15.)

FRI­DAY-NIGHT FAVE: Payot Uni Skin Masque Mag­né­tique [14], $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+ [18], $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 [19], $79. PM RIT­UAL: I cleanse again and then use

Con­cen­trated Il­lu­mi­na­tor [20], $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+

[21], $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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