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GEORGIA KILPATRICK Founder and lash artist, Face Australia Co.
Does waking up, showering, throwing on some tinted moisturiser and walking out the door looking your absolute best sound appealing? Eyelash extensions mean less time putting on your face and more time sleeping – they’re amazing for the gal on the go. They can add length and fullness to your natural eyelashes, they’re customisable to you, water resistant and lightweight, and they enhance your natural beauty while cutting your makeup time in half. You can opt for a natural look or go dramatic – no mascara needed. So how does it work? Basically, you come in for an hour, have a nap and wake up looking amazing! Eyelash extensions are individually applied to each of your natural lashes and there are a range of different types, lengths, thicknesses and colours. They’re perfect for every day, holidays or special occasions, and should last up to four to six weeks with the proper isolation, application, products and aftercare – proper cleaning and daily brushing are essential. They generally fall out with your natural lash cycle, which is why two to three ‘infills’ are recommended to keep them looking full and fresh. However, this can vary depending on your skin type (oil breaks down the adhesive), skin products used, exercise and sleeping patterns. My clients’ experience is of the utmost importance to me. I really take the time to get to know my clients and their lashes, I customise the length, thickness, type and colour of the extensions to the client, considering both their wants and what their natural lashes can hold in order to stay healthy. Because I am a one-woman show, my clients see only me, every time, which ensures they get the same experience every time, same products, same great outcome.
www.faceaustraliaco.com.au DR RACHEL WYNDHAM, Medical doctor and naturopath
Abdominal pain in children – which isn’t bad enough to warrant an emergency visit, but enough to disrupt school and activities – is a common presentation in my clinic, and such a frustration for parents. It can go on for months or even years, and I frequently see families who have had tried complex tests and diets without a clear diagnosis or any real improvement. The solution? Start with the basics. Figure out what it is, or what it’s not. Three common causes of children’s stomach pain are: Mesenteric Adenitis: Inflammation of the lymph glands in the stomach area due to infection, such as a viral illness, commonly causes mild temporary stomach pain for children. Children are frequently exposed to new bugs and their developing immune systems react appropriately by building new immune memory cells, which can cause gut discomfort. The good news is, this is easily treated with simple pain medication and your child will grow out of it. Constipation: Causes of constipation can vary and an examination and a simple X-ray can help identify what’s going on. A dairy protein allergy is a frequently identified cause of constipation, but chronic constipation – which can present as loose liquid motion (the ‘overflow’ of a very slow functioning bowel full of hard stools) may require a trial of softener or a specific laxative. Stress: Our nervous system is very powerful and will shut down the gut when under threat, so children – who are particularly sensitive to emotional changes – can often present stress as physical symptoms. Professional emotional support for children and their families can help and may often be enough to improve the symptoms. Every parent is worried they will miss the signs of a serious illness, so if your child isn’t gaining weight or meeting expected growth and development milestones, has mucous or blood in their stool, is in moderate to severe pain or has a fever, a medical review and tests are required. Otherwise, sit down with your doctor and have a conversation about the potential causes of your child’s stomach pain and the necessary tests and make a plan.