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.

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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