Beauty Talk

The brainchild of Josie Caruso, Farrago Skin and Body is a one-stop-shop for all things beauty. “When I opened seven years ago my vision was to design a clinic that provided everything skin, health, cosmetics and make-up,” says Josie. She’s done just that – with cosmetic treatments, injectables, make-up, waxing, brows and more, all available in-clinic – but she also offers another unique point of difference. “I feel that good skin starts from within with nourishing healthy foods, water, habits and a positive mindset”. We ask Josie and her all-female team, cosmetic nurse Emily Woods and make-up artist Carla Ielasi, all the burning beauty questions.

would you say that health and beauty work hand in hand?

Josie: Good skin starts from within. Nutrients and a healthy gut can help keep our skin glowing, and flare ups like breakouts, redness, irritation, inflammation and other skin conditions can be a result of factors such as diet, digestive issues, toxins, medication, hormonal imbalance and stress. We perform a skin consultation to see what factors may be contributing to certain conditions and concerns, and prescribe a skin care routine and in-clinic skin treatment journey. Our transformations have been phenomenal!

preventative anti-ageing has quickly gained notoriety, what sort of preventative anti-ageing procedures would you recommend for young skin? and how does this differ to the procedures you would suggest for a more mature client?

Emily: It’s never too early to start preventative treatments – teenagers can introduce gentle skin care and skin treatments. A lot of clients start dabbling with subtle anti-wrinkle treatments in their 20s; from the age of about 30 dermal fillers can be introduced, replacing fat/volume in the face that is lost as part of the normal ageing process. 

tell us about a new and/or unique treatment that you offer at farrago.

Emily: At the moment we are doing a lot Skin Boosters – this is an injectable treatment that uses the same product used in dermal fillers in a more diluted form. It is injected into the skin layer to hydrate, plump and give a fresh, glow-up look.

you only use australian products in-store – why is this so important?

Josie: I was very selective when I chose our brands, Ocosmedics and Ultraceuticals. Both brands are Australian made and owned and these ranges know Australian skin and are formulated to target skin conditions that are prevalent in Australia, such as skin ageing and photodamage. They are formulated with medical strength actives and are results driven. There are no nasties such as parabens, fragrances, sulphates, petrochemicals, artificial colours or plastic microbeads. The professional grade and in-clinic treatments also help target all major skin concerns such as photodamage, skin ageing, acne and pigmentation.

you offer customised treatment plans for clients – do these customised plans mean bigger, better results?

Emily: Customised treatment plans mean helping clients achieve their goals, regardless of how big or small. The process of achieving healthy skin is sometimes a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about creating a plan that works long-term, that fits a client’s time, availability and budget. It’s educating clients on how their face and skin will change over the next year, five years, or ten years so that there’s a greater understanding of why we do what we do, what treatments are available, what’s realistic and suitable, and how we can do our best to slow the ageing process and reduce the work we have to do in the future. 

what have been the biggest make-up trends for 2021?

Carla: Glowy, clean, fresh skin and matte eyes are huge right now –glossy lips are also a 2021 fave. The less is more approach is definitely something to do, keeping it fresh and youthful. 

who are your clients?

Carla: My clients vary, although I do specialise in deep complexion and mature skin. For 11 years I was the national and international make-up artist for a very well-known global French luxury brand. Some of my clients are influencers, and I also do a lot of brides, bridal parties and photo shoots.

Farrago Skin and Body
4/180–184 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla