Tips to Treat Dry Skin

Is dry, flaky skin getting in the way of that glow you’re chasing? Here are six moisture-injecting tips from the team at Adelaide Laser Skincare

Avoid harsh exfoliants

Rather than using a harsh exfoliant to sloth away deep skin cells use cleansers containing AHA’s (alpha hydroxy/glycolic acid) and BHA’s (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid). Glycolic acid will get rid of dead skin cells, while salicylic acid will purge out the pores and keep your skin clear of bacteria.   


Cream-based cleansers are a good choice if you’re battling dryness, although foaming cleansers are not as severe as you might think. It is important, however, that you choose one that is right for your skin type, ensuring it balances the pH levels of your skin to avoid stripping, which will make your skin even more sensitive and reactive. Fragrant cleansers may irritate the skin and cause dry patches, itchiness and breakouts. 


Highly concentrated hyaluronic acid immediately plumps and increases moisture for all skin types. It’s a moisture magnet that leaves the skin visibly smoother and plumper with more resilience. Popular hydrating treatments include our LPG Endermologie Facial, LED light therapy, sonophoresis and our HydraFacial.

introduce a facial oil

Bring back radiance to dull, tired looking skin with our Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Oil – it’s an ultra-lightweight oil that hydrates, nourishes and soothes dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin. Packed full of moringa, sea buckthorn and grape seed oil, as well as stabilised antioxidants to brighten and help rejuvenate ageing skin, it is just the pick-me-up that your skin needs.   


Moisturising is a must – morning and night. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and just like your internal organs need feeding, so too does your skin. Our hero moisturiser is the Environ Skin Essenstia Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturisers 1-5. These ingenious moisturising creams contain a selection of vitamins, peptides, botanical extracts and antioxidants, all expertly selected to assist in moisturising, softening and smoothing the skin while helping to promote a natural, fresh radiance. It is a step-up system and contains a low concentration of vitamin A in the form of retinyl palmitate, as well as vitamin C. 

Adelaide Laser Skincare
1/455 Greenhill Road, Tusmore
08 8332 4590

How You Can Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Can a visit to the dentist really help you get a better night’s sleep? We ask the team at Azura Dental.

What is sleep disordered breathing?

Sleep Disordered Breathing is where a person has either partial obstruction or full obstruction of their airway during sleep, causing them to either stop breathing for periods or have trouble breathing. This can lead to lack of oxygen or low oxygen, or the person waking often so they never really get to deep sleep. The person may or may not be aware that they stop breathing or snore or are waking frequently during the night. This can affect anyone at any age, including very young children.

what are the signs to watch out for?

The signs can vary greatly and can be very different in a child compared to an adult. Some of the signs may include waking up tired, waking up with headaches, snoring, being tired throughout the day, having dark circles under the eyes, teeth grinding and clenching, waking up coughing and gasping and breathing predominantly through the mouth instead of through the nose.

can a dentist make the diagnosis

Dentists can identify the signs and symptoms and manage diagnosis by referral to the appropriate practitioner. Dentists can also assist in the management of sleep disordered breathing with special oral appliances.

how important is early detection?

Early detection is vital to prevent future health conditions, early learning developmental delays, behavioural challenges and to improve quality of life. 

is sleep disordered breathing more prevalent in people with periodontal disease or other disorders?

Although it is not necessarily more prevalent in people with pre-existing conditions/diseases, there are some medical conditions that can either contribute to sleep disordered breathing or make it worse. There is ongoing research that suggests some conditions may occur as a result of sleep disordered breathing, such as high blood pressure, reflux and others that are currently being investigated with further research. If left untreated, sleep disordered breathing can have long term health effects including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and depression. 

what kind of treatment options are there?

Depending on the cause, there are several options for treatment. For some patients, a simple mouthguard-like device (called a mandibular advancement device) can be all that is required, for others they may require surgery or use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. An oral appliance is a custom fit dental device recommended for patients with mild to moderate sleep disorder breathing or for those patients who are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is recommended for those with moderate to severe symptoms and is a machine that delivers pressurised air through your airway while you sleep. Surgery is considered for those patients with an obstruction within their nose and/or airway causing a blockage. There are also conservative management methods including weight loss (being overweight increases the chances of airway obstruction within the throat), positional therapy (as apnoea mostly occurs whilst sleeping on your back), and also the use of nasal sprays to treat allergies can be helpful. 

Azura Dental
644 Grange Road, Henley Beach
08 8353 8221

North Adelaide Village Health Hub

For a healthy mind and body you’ll need organic wholefoods and luxe workout spaces. It’s all under one roof at North Adelaide Village.


This urban food joint is home to nutrient stacked poke, smoothie bowls, breakfast bowls and delicious wraps, and has become the go-to when looking for an easy, good for you meal. The North Adelaide store is the fourth Adelaide store to open and to coincide with its launch, four sweet new smoothie bowls have been added to the menu – you can choose from Green is Gold, Peanut Butter Miso, Acai Berry and Mellow Yellow. Or if you’re in the mood for something savoury, treat yourself to a chef-curated bowl like the Tuna Poke, Beef Bibimbap, Chicken Curry or Tofu and pair it with a smoothie or an organic kombucha off tap.

goodlife health clubs

The gym that is for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a gym junkie. The 24/7 access gym has everything you need in the one location – exercise therapy, a cycle studio, a Hypoxi studio, sauna and free paring onsite. With a range of classes on offer, from Body Attack to yoga, you can choose the perfect one for you. Classes run from 5.45am until 7pm to accommodate for all member’s schedules; personal training services are also available if you’re seeking one-on-one coaching. In addition to this, members get access to home workouts and recipes, as well as a free activation session with a personal trainer.

studio pilates

New to North Adelaide Village, Studio Pilates North Adelaide delivers high energy, intense 40 minute Pilates reformer workouts that will transform your entire body. With great music, amazing instructors, personal attention and luxe surrounds, what’s not to love? Get started with six classes for $60 as a special introductory offer for new clients (terms and conditions apply). Book now at Studio Pilates North Adelaide.

romeo’s organic wholefoods

Romeo’s Organic Wholefoods specialises in organic and alternative foods. The staff at Romeo’s can assist in groceries for people with food intolerances, allergies, health disorders, vegans and vegetarians, or those just wanting to eat clean.

metropolitan fresh fruiterers

Metropolitan Fresh Fruiterers has provided premium fresh fruit and veg for over 30 years! Along with gourmet foods, specialty coffee and floral creations, they also have a cafe where customers can take a respite from grocery shopping and catch up over a coffee and a slice of continental cake.

North Adelaide Village
67 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

Words Mia Vidale

Cellulite Treatment That Actually Works

What if you could get rid of those unsightly lumps and bumps with a quick 30-minute treatment? No downtime, big results. We chat to the team at Regenesis Cosmetic Surgery to find out more about ‘Emtone’.

How does it work?

The Emtone treatment is getting a big thumbs up from doctors and beauty lovers worldwide. It works be delivering thermal and mechanical energy simultaneously to eliminate the five main causes of cellulite and loose skin – enlarged fat chambers, damaged collagen fibres, loss of skin elasticity, poor blood flow and the accumulation of metabolic waste.

what makes it different to other cellulite treatments?

Not all cellulite is the same. There’s edematous cellulite, which often affects the thighs and knees and is commonly caused by poor circulation; flaccid cellulite, which is often the result of abnormal fat accumulation; and compact cellulite, which is when the skin clings to the muscle to create the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect. These three different types of cellulite ordinarily require different treatments, but the Emtone treats all three – it’s the only device that can do this.

it’s quick.

The treatment is really quick – just 20-30 minutes – and it’s pain-free. The feeling has been described as being similar to a hot stone massage, but with intense mechanical vibrations.

you’ll get results.

You’ll notice an improvement to those dimples and in the tightening of the skin after the very first treatment, however for optimal results four to six treatments are required, ideally scheduled twice a week. The results typically continue to improve for 12 weeks post-treatment and can last for up to 12 months.

Regenesis Cosmetic Surgery
81 King William Road, Kent Town
08 7225 8810

Skin Expert Shares Her Daily Routine

A hard-working retinol, an arsenal of antioxidant packed serums and a zinc-oxide infused sunscreen are just a few of the things you’ll find in skin expert Dr Katina Koukourou’s own beauty cupboard. The face behind Lifestyle Medical tells us more.

morning routine

My morning routine begins with cleansing using SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Gel Cleanser. This is followed by Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Liquid Rehydration Serum and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum. These serums contain vitamins and antioxidants that generate anti-ageing effects on the skin cells. Next is the SkinCeuticals A.G.E Interrupter Corrective Cream – this product improves the reparative ability of the skin’s natural collagen and elastin. The Medik8 Physical Sunscreen, which contains zinc oxide, is applied just before my make-up. 

night routine

At night, I swap out the sunscreen for Medik8 Crystal Retinal, which contains Vitamin C to promote cell turnover, and SkinCeuticals A.G.E Eye Complex to reduce fine lines under the eyes. 


I indulge in a few regular treatments – my go-to is a combination of skin needling and LED Light Therapy, alternating between a Jessner Peel and intense pulse light treatment (IPL) triennially. I maintain with three-monthly wrinkle relaxants and lip treatments. I like a natural look, so I tend to not overdo the dermal filler. I do believe that non-invasive anti-ageing treatments can deliver results, particularly when paired with healthy lifestyle choices and a regular daily skincare routine.

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

What is the Sirtfood Diet?

The Sirtfood Diet grabbed headlines earlier this year when photos of a super slim Adele were published around the globe – it’s rumoured that the seven stone weight loss was a result of the revolutionary diet. 

A ‘sirtfood’ is a food that is able to stimulate the production of sirtuins, a group of proteins in the body that regulate functions such as metabolism and inflammation. This diet combines sirtfoods and calorie restriction.

Its creators, two UK-based celebrity nutritionists, insist sirtfoods are the secret to weight loss and disease prevention, however many health experts urge those considering the diet to do so with caution. To find out more, we spoke to Alex Parker, Accredited Practising Dietitian from @thebitingtruth.

What are some examples of foods high in sirtuin activators (‘sirtfoods’)?  

Sirtfoods include green tea, dark chocolate (that is at least 85 percent cocoa), apples, citrus fruits, parsley, turmeric, kale, blueberries, capers, red wine, coffee, extra virgin olive oil, soy, onions, walnuts and buckwheat.

How does the diet work?

The diet has two phases that are repeated continuously. The first phase involves having only 1000 calories a day for three days. These calories are consumed via three green juices and one main meal. Then four days of 1500 calories via two green juices and two meals. 

Are there any adverse health effects to this diet?

Diets like these can result in unhealthy relationships with food and are unlikely to result in long lasting weight loss. Essentially, this is just another form of calorie restriction. For many people, restricting calories so significantly may result in them missing out on essential nutrients, which could put their health at risk. 

Is there anyone who shouldn’t follow the diet?

Sure, following this diet may result in initial weight loss but it does not set someone up for long term success. I wouldn’t recommend any of my clients follow this diet. It would be particularly dangerous for individuals with chronic health conditions such as diabetes.

What are the pros?

The diet promotes whole foods rather than refined/processed foods or supplements, and the foods containing high levels of sirtuins are generally nutrient rich, which is important for overall health. 

What are the cons?

The diet appears to eliminate entire food groups, such as lean protein sources (meat, fish, legumes) and dairy, which is a huge red flag. [There is also] no scientific evidence to show that the sirtfood diet really works. There is some lab research to show that sirtuins may have an anti-ageing effect, but the studies have been on mice, human stem cells and rats, not people.

Make-up Tips From Beauty Insider Ross Andrewartha

What are your tips for creating a dewy, flawless base?

Preparation is key. If you’re looking for that dewy, natural healthy look then you need to ensure you prep your skin well. I love to start by adding a essence in lotion into the morning routine, it really does give your skin that extra bounce and lift and creates a great base for make-up. Another way to add radiance to your skin before foundation is to use an illuminating primer. The Laura Mercier Radiance Primer really does the trick. My last tip would be to use the Mac Cosmetics Prep & Prime Essential Oils Stick, it provides instant hydration and is a great way to cheat your way to a radiant glow.

Eyes or foundation first?

Oh, this is a great question! It actually depends on the look. If I’m creating a natural look I always start with foundation (I love doing skin), but if I’m creating a red carpet look, which maybe slightly more dramatic, I would start with the eyes first as I want to ensure I spend as much time as possible to perfect this look.

What are three must-have make-up products everyone should own?

All day every day would be some type of base with SPF – Ultra Violette would my pick. Next would have to be bronzer (Nars Laguna); a bronzer is such a versatile product that can be used on the face to add colour, sculpt the skin, use as eye shadow or even on the body. Final product would be a mascara, it completes any look, it is like a blow wave for the lashes and helps give you a healthy look.

I have five minutes to do my make-up – what should I do?

This is my kind of make-up! Hydrate your skin well – this can totally change your day and how your skin looks. In winter I love using a serum-in-oil, it makes the skin look plump. Don’t forget SPF before starting your make-up [and] add a concealer to brighten under the eye area and chase any unwanted shades away. Instantly even out skin with a tinted moisturiser or BB cream for sheer, all over coverage or spot-apply a touch-up stick just where skin is red or uneven. Next step, press cream blush on the apples of the cheeks for a healthy, natural glow (choose a colour that looks like your cheeks when you pinch them – Mecca has some great ones for cheeks and lips). Add a touch of mascara to define the lashes with 1-2 coats. Finish with a quick swipe of lip colour – for a day look I tend to use the cream blush on the lips and at night a matte lippy (I love the Nars ones).

What is one of the biggest make-up mistakes people make?

Buying a foundation that their friend is wearing! Buying a foundation is so personal and you want to make sure you choose the right foundation that feels good and lasts on your skin type. A texture and colour can look great on your bestie and not sit well on your skin. It is so important to research and try the texture that works for you and to get colour matched in store before buying.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, $53, Mecca / DiorShow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, $56, Sephora

Interview by Alyssa Cairo