Help End Period Poverty

It’s hard to believe, but one in four girls have missed school because they don’t have access to feminine hygiene products (2020 survey by South Australian Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People), and further to this one in two girls reported not having access to products or not knowing how to access product at school.

The Victorian Government has been progressive – last year, they donated $20.7 million in funding for 1500+ public schools to provide free sanitary products, while Jacinda Arden recently announced that the New Zealand government will invest $AUD23.5 million from 2021 to 2024 in a program to provide free sanitary products to all schools in New Zealand.

Earlier this year, the South Australian Government announced they would pledge $450,000 over the next three years to provide hygiene products to girls in schools from Year Five onwards. This will enable products to be supplied to 1250 young women, potentially leaving 29,547 girls without access to hygiene products in schools per year.

To help bridge the gap, KickStart For Kids it launching a campaign to help raise $100,000 to help provide 25,000 packs of sanitary pads to over 2000 young South Australian women to help manage their periods for 12 months.

To do your bit and make a difference in the lives of young South Australian women come along to the official launch event on Friday 25th June at The Gallery on Waymouth Street. There’ll be a fashion parade by Rundle Place, live music, a silent auction and drinks by Bird in Hand and Pirate Life.

Tickets are $150 and 100%t of profits will be donated to the cause.

Get your tickets here.

5 Minutes with Dr Rahma Targett

Skin expert Dr Rahma Targett from Advanced Cosmetic Medicine uses years of experience as a medical practitioner and United Nations deputy chief medical officer to help patients achieve their best ‘natural’ skin. Here are some of her top tips. 

don’t over-do it

I advocate natural results – that is to enhance without overdoing it. I care about my patients’ wellbeing and I understand that over-treating the skin is not healthy anatomically or physiologically. 

wear sunscreen

A common misconception is that you don’t need to wear sunscreen if it’s a cloudy day. You should wear sunscreen every day, even on a cloudy day or when you’re just lounging around. If you plan to sunbathe, lather your skin in sunscreen. I see teenagers lying on the beach without sunscreen to achieve that perfect tan. It’s dangerous to the skin and wrinkles could appear earlier. 

prevention is better than a cure

Getting regular skin treatments before you start seeing wrinkles is completely advisable and safe. Again, just don’t overdo it and make sure to go to a reputable cosmetic physician.

less is more

Cosmetic medicine is about enhancing your beauty and recreating the physiological aspect of your skin at a certain age. For example, if you do too many injectables on your forehead for many, many years, the muscles will get weaker and flatter and the skin can appear thinner and looser. The sad part is, as your muscles become weaker, they start to recruit surrounding muscles. So instead of achieving a more natural result, the outcome makes the patient look unnatural and aged.

anti-ageing micro treatments are a thing

Collagen-stimulating laser genesis and thread lift work together to achieve the best results, and they’re non-invasive. The thread lift works to lift or reposition and addresses skin problems such as droopy skin. It’s a facelift without the surgery to some extent. I also do nose thread lift to improve the height and shape of the nose. Collagen-stimulating laser such as laser genesis helps restore firmness, minimise pores, improve fine lines and achieve a clearer complexion.

products you should own

For me it’s pore refining scrub, moisturiser, Vitamin C, eye cream and sunscreen – during summer I also include pigmentation serum.

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
58/41-47 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

Two Botanicals that will Help Reduce the Signs of Ageing

There is no doubt about it, almost everyone wants to appear younger than they are. Radiant, fresh skin is something not only women, but also men, strive for. Ageing may be inevitable but there are two key ingredients that may help you to remain fresh-faced well into your later years. 

Jurlique’s miracle-working Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum consists of two main ingredients – Spilanthes Flower Extract and Horseradish Extract. The potency of these two botanicals has the power to reduce the appearance of any signs of ageing, from fine lines to visible wrinkles, along with possessing natural properties that increase hydration and help plump the skin. Here’s what you need to know about these age defying botanicals.

spilanthes flower extract

Spilanthes Flower Extract purifies your skin while reducing overall oiliness. It also increases the production of collagen by a whopping 46 percent. 

horseradish extract

Another collagen-boosting ingredient, this root vegetable is the secret ingredient to maintaining youthful skin. Achieve your desired firmness and elasticity with this dynamic skin antioxidant. 

Jurlique has recently launched a larger version of their Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum. Previously only available in 30ml ($65), you can now purchase the 50ml ($210) bottle to keep your skin looking youthful and glowy that little bit longer. 

Words Mia Vidale

Influencer Sarah Jeavons’ New Beauty Secret

Influencer and dating and social development coach Sarah Jeavons road tested a revolutionary non-invasive ‘facelift’ at BalaBala Laser Clinic. Here’s what she thought.

My experience with the team at BalaBala Laser Clinic has changed the way I think about my skin. 

Dana performed my skin laser treatment. We sat down and went through the initial paperwork and had a chat before heading into the skin analysis room. This was an eye-opening experience as I have never seen my skin magnified with such detail. The 3D system uncovered the not-so-sexy effects of 25 years running around in the sun, my wrinkles and skin age. This was a big wake up call for me. 

We made the decision to go ahead with the Fotona 4D Laser Treatment. This is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure to address skin laxity, lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, uneven tone and texture on the face. I am blown away that this technology exists and is so accessible.

Dana clearly communicated what she was doing during every part of the treatment. She used four types of laser on my face and oral cavity. It was a relaxing experience with no pain at all. The four-phase treatment went for 60 minutes and Dana finished by applying a hydrating mask and facial toner, which left my skin glowing. I was shown my before and after photos and you could clearly see the difference after just one treatment!

The team made sure I had all the aftercare goodies to care for my skin and ensure the best results. There was no redness so I could walk straight out of the clinic feeling fresh and confident!

I’ve organised to visit the clinic again in a few weeks for a follow up and another treatment, this time focussing on my sun damage!“

BalaBala Laser Clinic
Shop 1/65 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
08 7078 1806

The Change of Season with Burnside Cosmetic

Changing weather can be a shock for our skin. Whether it’s the cool winter air or the scorching and humid change to summer, skin rejuvenation could be the secret to maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin. We spoke to Burnside Cosmetic about two innovative treatments to help prep your skin for any season.

Laser Genesis 

To achieve an even skin tone and a clearer complexion, Laser Genesis may be the treatment for you. Laser Genesis has been called #nomakeup, a treatment that clients are incorporating into their routine to enable them to go make-up free with confidence. The treatment focuses on evening out the tone and texture of your skin while treating acne scars to target redness on the skin’s surface. It’s non-invasive and uses micro-pulse technology to penetrate the skin’s cellular layers, promoting collagen production and helping to restore firmness. People suffering from adult acne, childhood acne or acne scarring, pigmentation and rosacea can benefit from this treatment. Burnside Cosmetic often combine Laser Genesis with a skin boosting treatment to give skin an instant pick-me-up or for a pre-event treat. After receiving Laser Genesis you can continue with your daily routine, with no downtime at all. Most clients begin to see the results of Laser Genesis after just three sessions.


PicoSure a laser rejuvenation treatment that re-texturises the skin, improving the skin’s elasticity and overall appearance. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and deep scarring, as well as shortening the distance between pores, all while plumping and firming the skin. Collagen and elastin are stimulated by using pressure wave technology, this makes the skin feel warm for a few hours, with very minimal downtime. It is safe to apply mineral make-up immediately after, making it a lunchtime treatment for some. This stimulation of collagen and elastin continues for some time after the first treatment, and it is cumulative – so the more treatments, the better the results. PicoSure has become one of Burnside Cosmetic’s most popular treatments and clients return for regular treatments to their face, neck, decolletage, back of hands and even their feet! PicoSure is also used for tattoo removal, with clients needing fewer treatments and better clearance thanks to advanced laser technology. 

Burnside Cosmetic 

Suite H, Balcony Level, Burnside Village 

447 Portrush Road, Glenside

Pregnancy and Post Natal Pilates Classes in Unley

Calling all mums-to-be… Studio Pilates Unley is offering pregnancy and post-natal Pilates classes for those looking for a safe activity to help during pregnancy and beyond. 

During pregnancy, women experience a range of changes to their bodies, both internally and externally, including muscle inflammation, joint and back pain, postural changes and shortness of breath to name a few. 

Studio Pilates have tailored specifically designed pregnancy classes by their team of highly experienced physiotherapists, so that women can continue to enjoy an exercise routine that is both safe and good for their wellbeing.  

The low impact pregnancy classes work on the whole body with a focus on strengthening legs, glutes and arms as well working on the pelvic floor. 

These classes will help pregnant women achieve:

Healthy posture
Great balance and strength
Improved breathing
Spinal and pelvic alignment
Efficient body mechanics
A more comfortable pregnancy
Faster recovery time post-pregnancy 

Studio Pilates pregnancy classes are safe to attend throughout your entire pregnancy and are on at Studio Pilates Unley every Friday at 10:15am. Six classes are currently available for $120. 

For bookings and more information, contact Studio Pilates Unley on (08) 8464 7474 or via email
148 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061.  

The Brotox Boom

The number of men chasing a line-free complexion may be on the rise. Adelaide-based Azura Dental explain.

There’s no doubt about it, men are the new growth market in the world of cosmetic medicine – in fact, Adelaide’s Azura Dental say that men now make up about 30 percent of their clientele. “We are seeing a lot of young men in their 30’s coming in for the first time,” says Azura’s practice manager. This statistic has seen continued growth in recent years, particularly in the wake of COVID as men become more conscious than ever before of their appearance (thanks Zoom calls). But despite the growth, anti-ageing for men still remains clandestine.  

Why do you think men are more reluctant than women to get anti-ageing injectables?

Men seem to feel more embarrassed around topics of self-care. We find that men can sometimes be stereotyped for taking pride in their appearance and being open about it. They can be concerned about how others will perceive them for having anti-wrinkle injections. It is something that is slowly becoming more acceptable to more men, however, we still have a lot of male patients who like to keep their wrinkle smoothing injections as their own little secret.

Do you think men are more comfortable making an appointment for anti-ageing treatments at a dental surgery rather than a traditional cosmetic clinic? 

Yes, definitely! In fact, one of the main benefits for men having their wrinkle smoothing injections at Azura is because no one has to know what they are here for. If they are seen in the reception area or tell a friend they have an appointment with us, it can be disguised as a dental appointment. Because we are in a medical field there are strict regulations around confidentiality. Meaning that your secret is our secret! Our environment is also tailored to both male and female dental and cosmetic patients, making it a comfortable experience for everyone. Our staff are expert in making patients feel more relaxed for their appointments, whether they be cosmetic or dental.

What percentage of your cosmetic patients are men? 

I would say about 30 percent at this time, and it’s definitely on the increase. We believe all men have the right to feel great about their appearance and are excited to see our male cosmetic patient percentage grow.

Has this increased in recent years? 

We have seen an enormous jump in male cosmetic patients over the past two years. Due to COVID, people in general have been more aware of the importance of medical grade hygiene in all types of procedures, including wrinkle smoothing injections. A lot of men and women are moving towards getting their wrinkle smoothing in a practice where these standards are more regulated and ensure a completely hygienic experience. We have also noticed that men working from home have become more conscious of the way they look in Zoom meetings. They also enjoy that they can get a wrinkle smoothing injection often timed with their dental check-up appointment for convenience. Our out of hours appointments are also convenient and help them schedule their appointments around their busy work and life schedules. 

What is the average age of first-time male cosmetic patients? 

We are seeing a lot of young men in their 30’s coming in for the first time to help prevent future wrinkles and to minimise their current fine lines. We also have a lot of patients in age brackets above this, however the growing trend is with men in their 30’s followed closely by businessmen in their 40’s. Our signature style is subtle and natural and this fits with the desired look of most male patients.

Azura Dental
644 Grange Road, Henley Beach
08 8353 8221

5 Collagen-boosting Treatments to Try

These collagen-boosting treatments promise to tighten the skin, and they’re much cheaper (and less painful!) than a facelift. The team at Balabala Laser Clinic explain.

  1. Ultherapy (face $3400; neck $1400)

Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that goes deeper to stimulate production of your body’s own collagen and elastin, for natural looking results without surgery or downtime.

2. Thermage FLX (face $3500; neck $1998; eyes $2600)

Thermage FLX is the most advanced skin tightening technology available, with each pulse of the machine delivering customised radiofrequency to heat the deeper, collagen-rich layers of the skin. The applied heat causes collagen to contract and encourages new collagen to start growing.

3. PicoSure Laser Skin Rejuvenation ($699)

PicoSure will stimulate your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin to promote visibly younger skin in as little as a single treatment. Unlike other laser treatments, PicoSure offers impressive results, fewer treatments and minimal downtime.

4. Collagen Regeneration Injection (from $999/vial)

3D Poly-L-lactic acid/PLLA directly stimulates autologous collagen regeneration, changing the face in a gradual way.

5. Icon MaxG IPL ($699)

This is a popular, non-invasive treatment used to significantly improve many skin concerns. It uses specific wavelengths of light to simultaneously target pigmented and vascular lesions in the skin, while stimulating the production of collagen.

Balabala Laser Clinic
Shop 1, 65 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
08 7078 1806

What Women Want

We chat to Lifestyle Medical’s Dr Katina Koukourou about new treatments and skincare misconceptions.

What is the biggest skincare complaint your clients have?
The most common complaint is people “looking tired”.  This can be sagging skin due to loss of volume and bone recession, as well as dull, dry, lined or pigmented skin. 

What treatments do women ask for the most?
The most common treatment I perform is facial volumising and improving wrinkles around the forehead and eyes. This combination of treatments is helpful in reducing and preventing that tired look. Replacing facial volume with dermal fillers and restoring the facial shape with either dermal fillers or facial threads can achieve the desired lifted and youthful oval shaped face. Wrinkle relaxants are used to smooth the skin.

What is the biggest misconception around anti-ageing treatments?
One of the biggest misconceptions around injectable anti-ageing treatments is that you will look unnatural and people will be able to tell you have had work done. This isn’t necessarily the case at all. Aesthetics definitely shouldn’t be about a one size fits all approach. A carefully mapped treatment plan looks at the ageing face as a whole. A skilled practitioner can target individual areas with a balanced approach using specific proportions and amounts to create a restored appearance, not necessarily an enhanced appearance. 

Another misconception is that if you start injectable anti-ageing treatments and then stop you will end up looking worse than you did before you started. The muscles may seem weaker initially, but over time they will re-build. With regard to filler, skin is generally elastic and will restore to normal if and when you decide to stop treatments. 

What new treatments should people try and why?
A new treatment we have are facial threads. This is an alternative or an adjunct to dermal fillers. It is something to perhaps consider if you have particular concerns about facial sagging. 

Lifestyle Medical
Shop 5/155 King William Road, Unley
08 8374 4909

Skincare by your Star Sign

For over 35 years, Jurlique have grown powerful botanicals on one of the purest places on Earth – the Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills. Their potent crops, rich is a plethora of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, is thanks to a unique biodynamic zodiac calendar.

You may already know that Jurlique prides itself in its holistic and sustainable approach to agriculture, using certified organic and biodynamic farming methods to produce plants that are rich in nutrients. These nutrients are what make Jurlique products so powerful and beneficial for the skin. But what you might not know is that planting and harvesting at the Jurlique Farm is guided by a biodynamic calendar that is based on the moon and planet positioning.

The moon’s phase and the zodiacal constellation the moon is passing through determines when crops are planted and harvested. The constellations – air, water, fire and earth – have different energies, allowing Jurlique to work in harmony with nature to produce botanicals that are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. An example is the Spilanthes Flower, which is grown on the farm and only harvested on days when the moon passes through the air and light signs of Libra, Gemini and Aquarius. This particular flower possesses naturally rejuvenating properties that plump and infuse skin with a youthful, hydrated glow.

If you would like to learn more about this unique farming method Jurlique Farm welcomes visitors for – it’s a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about the iconic Australian skincare brand at its source. 

On the tour you’ll visiting the garden, seed propagation area, biodynamic preparation area and herb drying area. Afterwards, why not duck into the retail shop and stock up on your favourite products?

Jurlique Farm
31 Liebelt Rd, Biggs Flat SA