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Mineral Make up: Why it is so good for you.

Timaru Courier Column - November/Decembert 2014

Conventional makeup contains chemicals; oils and other additives that can either irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary acne breakouts.

courier Nov2014Makeup is actually good for people to wear, as long as it is a good quality mineral makeup, like Osmosis Colour. Osmosis Colour is a unique and exclusive mineral makeup that offers virtually seamless and natural looking coverage that will not look heavy, will not oxidize (deteriorate) during the day and also will not accentuate pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Pure mineral makeup binds to oils not water, which gives the makeup a natural water resistance and is much better for your skin then conventional makeup. This is because it adheres to the natural oils in your skin and doesn't seep into your pores. Makeup acts as a protective layer against free radicals. Almost any barrier between your skin and the environment is good, so long as it's still letting your skin breathe, which a good quality mineral makeup does.

Mineral makeup should have very few ingredients. Not all mineral makeup is as good as it should be. Most mineral makeup has a base ingredient of natural mica, which is found in granite and other rocks. Mica has incredible skin adhering properties. This means mineral makeup is not only long lasting on your shelf but also on your skin. The pigment also lasts a long time and a little goes a long way. Using very little mineral foundation can give excellent coverage. For extra coverage, after lightly applying a mineral base, women can use a more concentrated amount of foundation to conceal the areas that need special attention. This also helps mineral makeup last longer on your skin.

Another important ingredient in mineral makeup is Titanium Dioxide. The benefits of Titanium Dioxide include: UV protection, flawless coverage, and natural, healthy beauty care for your skin. Zinc oxide is another ingredient offering UV protection and additionally has soothing properties. Osmosis Colour Mineral Makeup, unlike other Mineral Makeup is also filled with goji berry, amino acids, proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants to help nourish your skin.

A good makeup will not clog your skin or looked caked on. Osmosis Colour is mineral makeup that is healthy and safe for all skin types (including those with acne), while being simple and versatile to use. Finally there is makeup that offers multiple health benefits and great coverage, with each product available in refillable containers to offer value and support the environment.CC_OsmosisColour_Ad_100x150-141020F-web600px.jpg

IPL truths and myths?

Timaru Courier Column - September 2014

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a relatively recent technology. It is an essential tool in our clinic for removing hair, and rejuvenating skin.

IPL machines are similar to lasers in that the light energy produced by the IPL machine is absorbed by a particular target in the skin, such as spider veins, age spots and hair follicles.  The light energy is converted to heat which safely removes spider veins, age spots or hair and stimulates collagen to help slow down ageing and shrink pores.

What can be treated?

1. "Pink" blood vessel type problems, such as rosacea, redness, and broken capillaries (spider veins) of the face or body.

2. "Brown", melanin type problems, such as sun or age spots and pigmentation.  These can be prevented to some degree by sun protection measures but once you have them, IPL is the most effective and fastest way to remove them.

3. Hair removal.

Who should perform my treatment? There are hundreds of different IPL machines on the market, ranging in price from $3000 to $200,000.  Like most things, you definitely get what you pay for.  A $200,000 medical IPL machine is obviously more effective and safer than a $3,000 machine. Medical clinics only use medical IPL machines. Unfortunately New Zealand currently has no regulations regarding IPL treatment, so anyone can operate an IPL machine.  To ensure your treatment is safe and effective make sure your IPL practitioner has a Diploma from the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (DipNZSCM) or is supervised by one.

How frequently do I need treatments? For “pink marks”, “brown marks” and sun damage, treatments are repeated every month over 5 months.  For hair removal, it depends on the colour of the hair and of the surrounding skin.  However they are initially performed every 6 to 12 weeks.

How do you do the treatments and does it hurt? Your skin is thoroughly cleaned, covered with a thin layer of gel and then the area concerned is treated.  Treatments take from 15-60 minutes depending on what is being treated.  The sensation is a “warm pinch” which only lasts for a fraction of a second.  You may feel warmth or a tingling sensation for a few seconds after.

How long will the results last? For the “pink”, “brown” and sun damage based skin conditions, after the initial 5 treatments, you will require a single maintenance treatment every 6-24 months (depending on subsequent sun exposure) to keep the skin looking rejuvenated. For more information, check out  Hair removal with IPL is considered permanent.

Is it safe? IPL treatment is very safe for the skin.  There are no long-term health hazards from light energy.  There are many more dangers from the sun, especially if you don’t use sun-screen.  Light energy has been used for decades in medicine and surgery without problems.  You can have the procedure done in your lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.  Remember, for the safest and most effective result make sure your IPL practitioner has a Diploma from the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (DipNZSCM) or is supervised by one and uses a medical IPL machine, such as ELOS.

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ABOVE: BEFORE & AFTER Hair removal treatment - Results may vary



Skin Health – What Skin Needs To Be Healthy

OSMOSIS-aging normal kitTimaru Courier Column - July/August 2014

The skin is an organ, like the brain and heart. It is the largest organ in the human body. When it is stretched out it averages two square metres and makes up around 15% of your total weight.

Just like any other organ in our body it needs the same things to keep it healthy, namely good nutrition, exercise, sleep, TLC (no that’s not a fancy skincare ingredient but simply tender, loving care) and no exposure to pollutants such as smoking.  In addition, and unique to the skin, it also needs a great skin care regime. 30,000 dead skin cells are shed every minute, which is why around 50% of the dust in your home is dead skin cells.

Skin Nutrition

Our diet, particularly a balanced diet containing enough fruit and vegetables (see for healthy eating guidelines) contain numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Excess fatty foods are not only bad for our waist and heart, but also decrease the production of collagen and elastin in our skin, making it dull looking and loose.


Exercise releases endorphins, which improves blood flow to promote healthier skin. In addition exercise improves our mood, confidence and quality of sleep. There is thought to be a strong link between our mood and the functioning of our body, with stress known to worsen some skin conditions as an example of this.


More cortisol (a stress hormone) is released when you don’t get enough sleep. In excess, cortisol can break down collagen, which is what keeps skin smooth and elastic. Lack of sleep also causes reduced amounts of growth hormone. Growth hormone helps thicken skin amongst other benefits.

Tender Loving Care (Great Skin Care)

Our skin is delicate and needs attention to work effectively. When we cleanse our skin with effective, natural cleansers, we wash away toxins, e.g. smoke and pollution etc. Serums and moisturisers help keep skin hydrated and softer, promoting a healthier and more youthful appearance.

Specific skin problems, such as rosacea, acne, pigmentation and dehydration needs more targeted treatment with specialist skin care. Osmosis is a scientifically formulated, medical range designed to treat all skin conditions and slow down ageing.

In order to learn about the right treatment plan for your skin type, consult with a reputable Cosmetic Doctor or Skin Consultant. Without correct information on how to treat your specific skin issues, you could actually be doing more harm than good. Finally remember, prevention is always better than cure. Healthy skin can be here to stay!!!!


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What is that skin 'thing'?

CC PreventSkinCancer AdTimaru Courier Column - July/August 2014

I often get asked to "look at this thing on my skin doctor". That 'thing or lesion' can also be called, by patients, anything from red/brown/age/beauty spots, pigmentation, spider veins, broken capillaries, flaky skin, lumps, bumps, moles or freckles. The definition of a skin lesion is 'a part of the skin that has an abnormal growth or appearance compared to the skin around it'. There are numerous illnesses that can cause skin 'things' including skin cancer (of which there are various different types), pre-skin cancer, lentigo's, actinic keratosis, telangiectasia, eczema, etc, etc. The list goes on and so it is important that you see someone medically trained to diagnose and also ideally treat your skin 'thing'-who knows, it could be melanoma.

Causes of skin 'things': The most common cause of skin 'things' is sun damage but exposure to other chemicals in the environment and genetics can also play a part.

Diagnosis: Although not all skin 'things' are dangerous, some in particular, like melanoma can be. Melanoma is the third most common form of cancer in NZ, and can be lethal, if left untreated. Dermoscopy, performed by a doctor trained in it, increases the accuracy of diagnosing skin 'things' and reduces unnecessary surgery.

Prevention: Excessive sun exposure is clearly linked to skin cancer. In addition snubbed exposure doubles you risk of skin cancer. The SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP sunsmart campaign ( is the best summary of sun safety.

  • SLIP-into long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and under the shade.
  • SLOP-on 7 teaspoons worth of SPF 30+ sunblock every 2 hours, 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours or after being in water or sweating.
  • SLAP-on a hat with a wide brim or a cap with flaps.
  • WRAP-on a pair of wrap around sunglasses with 100% UV protection.

The best type of suncream is a natural sunblock like Osmosis 'Shade'. In addition Osmosis Catalyst plus and Catalyst AC-11 medical serums (skin creams) are patented as to prevent skin cancer and treat skin lesions.


Solution: For dangerous or semi-dangerous skin 'things., a doctor can perform excisions (minor surgery), liquid nitrogen (dry ice), biopsies and prescribe prescription medications. Keep in mind that your options extend beyond surgery and that most skin cancers, if detected early, are curable.

For safe but unwanted skin 'things', there are a range of treatments that include Medical quality natural serums (skin creams), facial infusions using Medical quality ingredients, IPL (ELOS) light therapy, microsclerotherapy, liquid nitrogen (dry ice) and minor surgery.

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  • Benefits: SPF moisturizes and protects using safe micronized zinc-oxide.
  • Skin Type: All skin types
  • Directions: After cleansing, treating and moisturizing, apply 1-2 pumps in AM. Repeat as needed or with perspiration and/or water exposure.
  • Quick Tip: Wear everyday, even on cloudy days, SPF is essential to protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays.
  • Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 5%, Titanium Dioxide 10%
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“The difference between a Facial and a Medi Facial”

Timaru Courier Column - June/July 2014

Our skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis, and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer responsible for the prevention of free-radical damage, i.e. from pollution, smoke, harmful bacteria etc.

CC OsmosisColour_AdA standard facial only provides pampering and is not treating the skin. They also generally include harsh exfoliation, which strips the skins barrier and is unnecessary, as our cells regularly turn over and fall away from the skin naturally, without the need of forced exfoliation. In a facial masks are applied and are generally left on the skin, where they only sit on the surface. This means a standard facial gives only temporary results that generally only last a few days. The products only sit on the skins surface, and do not penetrate to the Dermis, where our skin does the most healing and repairing. A standard facial is like taking a Panadol, it does not fix the problem, it simply masks the problem.

With Medi-Facials, the prescription strength (medical grade), natural ingredients which are exclusive to Doctors reach the Dermis to combat all skin issues, such as acne, scarring, pigment spots, sun damage, dehydration, rosacea, broken capillaries, etc. Medi-facials also improve the tone, texture, and collagen and elastin production in the skin, thus slowing down ageing.

Medi-facials are personalised to each skin type, as all our skins are different and react in different ways. The results are effective and long-term, and can be permanent if combined with appropriate prescription medical grade homecare. Instead of rough exfoliation or a chemical peel, Medi-facials use natural prescription strength ingredients to speed up cellular turnover, remove dead skin cells and repair the skin leaving it refreshed and healthy looking, without compromising and damaging its protective barrier.

For a Medi-facial, a full skin analysis is performed to determine which specific ingredients will be used. They include a pre-mask and mask, and a cocktail of powder blends specific to the skin type. This brings every skin-type back it its full health and heals skin problems. A heated towel over the face and neck allows the prescription strength, natural ingredients to penetrate further into the dermal layer. Penetration is also helped by massage throughout the Medi-Facial. In addition to massaging the face, massage of the neck, shoulders and hands means a Medi-facial is as pampering as a standard facial.

Without stripping the skin of its nutrients, Medi-facials gently recover and improve the skin, one Medi-facial at a time. This allows clients who receive Medi-facials to feel more confident, radiant, rejuvenated and relaxed. Even one Medi-facial can make a huge difference to your skin. If we treat our skin well we are making an investment in it and everybody deserves to have amazing, healthy skin.

So very simply, the difference between a Facial and a Medi-Facial is Medi-Facials give guaranteed, corrective, natural results that last.

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How to: naturally fill lines, wrinkles and sagging skin

The treatment for lines, wrinkles and sagging skin has become more natural in terms of the result and also the products used. Dermal fillers are the treatment of choice. The best ones are made of a naturally occurring complex sugar found normally in the skin. In addition newer fillers are longer lasting (around 18 months), more natural feeling and give a fantastic result. An example of one of these ‘sugar’ fillers is Juvederm as seen in ‘Hello’ magazine a while ago.

What do fillers do?

Fillers do as their name suggests. They fill in lines, wrinkles and any other volume loss, for example, due to acne scarring or sagging skin such as ‘jowls’. I have treated clients, considering face-lift surgery, who didn’t feel the need for surgery after having fillers. You can see the benefits of fillers in the before and after photos below. Additionally fillers can lift sagging eyebrows and subtly and naturally enhance lips as little or as much as desired.

What are fillers made of?

The best and most common type of fillers are made of complex sugars found naturally in skin. As well as improving the appearance of lines, fillers also hydrate skin by attracting water. Additionally and best of all, the latest research shows that fillers stimulate collagen, thus repairing skin and providing the best anti-ageing treatment possible.

How are fillers placed?

After numbing the area with a numbing cream, the filler is very quickly and easily placed in the skin. The result is immediate and clients can go back to their normal activities straight away.

What are the risks?

Because fillers are made of complex sugars found naturally in skin, reactions are rare. Newer fillers, such as Juvederm are less likely to cause swelling. Post-treatment effects such as slight swelling and pinkness are uncommon and minor. Occasionally a small bruise is possible. All of these are easily covered with makeup which can be applied immediately after treatment.

How long do fillers last?

Modern fillers last 12-18 months, depending on exactly which type of filler is used. Most people will find the results will last a little longer each time the treatment is performed. Juvederm seems to last longer than other fillers, even up to 2 years.

How much do fillers cost?

Fillers come in vials. Each vial is around $710. One vial can treat an extensive area, for example most if not all fine lines around the eyes can be treated with half a vial. With the filler lasting around 12 months, this makes them cost less than a cup of café coffee a day!

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Myths and facts about relaxing wrinkles and fine lines

ChandlerClinic-TracyChandlerThe only way to relax wrinkles and fine lines is with botulinum. Botulinum is a highly purified, naturally occurring protein produced in the same way as penicillin is made. There are two commercially available botulinum products on the market currently. One is Botox® and the other is Dysport®. Both relax muscles to help improve current wrinkles and fine lines and prevent new lines forming.

How safe is botulinum?
Botulinum is one of the oldest and most widely researched medictaions we have in medicine today, with 24 years of patient experience. Extensive clinical trials involving over 15000 patients have confirmed its safety and effectiveness. As a doctor I find this extremely reassuring-there are very few medications available with this kind of safety data and history. To ensure the best results, botulinum should only be administered by a doctor who has had specific training and who has qualifications to evaluate and determine the best treatment for you. Botulinum is widely used in medicine and has been for about 24 years. Medical uses of botulinum include, for example, prevention of migraine and treatment of excessive sweating; blepharospasm (excess eye blinking); squints; urine incontinence (from multiple sclerosis for example) and cervical dystonia (painful twisting of the neck).

What is the most common place to inject muscle relaxers?
The most common area is the upper face. The most frequent complaint I hear from clients is about “looking tired” and wanting to look “fresher” (not younger!). Botulinum helps with this by lifting the brow to open up and frame the eye area. The next most common treatment would be ‘crows feet’. I think a natural look suits people better and small amounts of botulinum is outstanding at keeping ‘crows feet’ under control by stopping them radiating down the cheek as well as preventing them getting worse as we age.

What about skincare companies that claim their creams are a natural alternative to botulinum?
Wrinkles and fine lines are formed by muscles under the skin, creasing the skin above them. Botulinum is a protein that works in specific parts of the muscle to relax it. There are no other agents available that can relax muscles. Even if you put botulinum in a cream there is no possible way that the botulinum protein can get through the skin to the muscle as it is too large.


ABOVE: BEFORE & AFTER Botulinum treatment - Results may vary



Hair removal: the bare facts!

The treatment of body hair has been subject to fashion and the influence of celebrities even since the Middle Ages with European women in the 1500’s abandoning hair removal when the queen of France in the 1500s, objected to it.

There are many forms of hair removal, for example shaving, creams, plucking, waxing and IPL/Laser. Let’s have a look at these.

Shaving and trimming is performed with razors or scissors. The major disadvantage with this procedure is that it needs to be performed every day.

Depilatory creams/gels are available at most pharmacies. They usually need to be repeated every 2-3 days. It is a messy and time-consuming and can also cause rashes.

Tweezing/plucking/threading is very time-consuming and is only an option for small areas. It needs to be repeated every 3-6 weeks.

Waxing involves applying a warm wax and removing it by peeling or stripping. It is not permanent. It is safest to have your waxing performed by a therapist trained in the technique as home waxing has a higher risk of burning, blistering and bruising. Sugaring is very similar to waxing.

Electrolysis uses an electrical current to destroy the hair follicle. Electrolysis is often described as very painful and does have the potential to cause scarring.
IPL/Laser works by heating the hair follicle, which causes it to fall out. There are hundreds of different IPL/Laser machines on the market, ranging in price from $3000 to $200,000 and you definitely get what you pay for. Do not get fooled by advertising for cheap laser hair removal because it is cheap for a reason. Many clients come to us after these "too-good-to-be-true" deals, with burns and untreated hairs. To ensure your treatment is safe and effective make sure your IPL/Laser practitioner is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (FNZSCM) or directly supervised by one.
The number of IPL/Laser treatments depends on the colour of the hair and surrounding skin. Treatments are performed every 6 weeks to 3 months. Treatments take from 15-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. There is minimal downtime and most treatments can be done in a lunch break.
It is also possible to promote hair growth if you have thinning eyelashes and eyebrows. Eyelashes and eyebrows provide definition to our face enhancing our look. Latisse Lash Science is a prescription lash and brow treatment that is scientifically proven to help you achieve significantly thicker and longer eyelashes and eyebrows.

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Facial Infusion (Peel)

Being a Beauty therapist often means treating everybody else, and often forgetting about yourself. Well thankfully since our new beauty therapist joined the team I have been able to treat myself too! Yesterday I had a Facial Infusion. Not only is it a very pampering treatment with lots of facial massage and warm towels, which I love, I know that for the next 30 days my skin will be rejuvenating itself beneath the surface. Along with the substantial increase in fibroblast activity comes a significant stimulation in collagen production... 


Boost your collagen for 30 days

Would you like a facial that lasts for 30 days... Facial Infusion is our 23 ingredient liposomal dermal infusion, which boosts unparalleled collagen stimulation for 30 days following each treatment, while rejuvenating all aspects of the skin. We believe this is the most effective peel and or procedure on the market. Without wounding the skin, Facial Infusion with its potent liposomal delivery of calming, antibacterial, lightening dermal remodeling ingredients is extremely safe to use on all skin types...


Doctor offers choice of therapies


JOHN BISSET/Timaru Herald

HOLISTIC APPROACH: Tracy Chandler has opened a wellness clinic which combines traditional medicine and alternative therapies.

Doctor offers choice of therapies 

Last updated 05:00 16/11/2009

The opposing worlds of traditional medicine and alternative therapies will combine at Timaru's newest GP clinic.
Tracy Chandler has opened a holistic GP wellness centre where she will treat patients with traditional medicine as well as offering homeopathy and acupuncture, alongside cosmetic medicine and day spa services.

The idea was born out of a desire to provide a more holistic service that focused on the patients' overall wellbeing.
"As a GP I have felt restricted and felt I could do more for a patient by looking at the whole picture.

"While traditional medicine is certainly backed up by science and would be my first approach, I have seen people get really good results from alternative therapies such as homeopathy and acupuncture, so they will be available to the patient as well," Dr Chandler said.
An appointment will cost about twice the amount of a regular GP consultation and patient numbers will be limited.
Dr Chandler will provide her own after-hours care.
Patients will have a half-hour initial consultation.

Dr Chandler said this would enable her to get a full medical history and ensure "that only patients who are really committed to improving their overall wellbeing are the ones that I take on".
Routine appointments would be 15 minutes.


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