Is The A-List “Lunchtime Facelift” Worth The Cost?

What do A-list powerbrokers Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Oprah and Linda Evangelista have in common?

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They’re all very beautiful women with gorgeous, glowing skin who are said to be devoted fans of Thermage; a new non-invasive, radiofrequency procedure that allegedly smoothes, tightens and contours the skin for a noticeably younger look.

Dubbed “the lunchtime facelift” by Oprah, Thermage is much loved by celebrities because there’s no recovery time and the anti-aging procedure can be used to tighten skin on the eyes, face, neck, arms, stomach, thighs, knees and more. Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured) even reportedly recently told Harper’s Bazaar that while painful, Thermage took five years off her face.


But here’s the catch ladies, the “the lunchtime facelift” sure ain’t cheap; costs vary, depending on the actual size of the area to be treated – as well as the individual clinic performing the treatment – but it will generally set you back from $1500-$3000.

Ouch. An A-lister’s salary would certainly help with this latest non-surgical, anti-aging procedure! So, is “the lunchtime facelift” actually worth the hefty cost? Kaye Scott, Co-Founder of The Clinic, Bondi Junction, says a resounding “yes.” The former registered general and psychiatric nurse, who went on to recognise a niche market for laser treatments, says women adore the treatment and many come back for more.

“As you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Thermage uses radiofrequency to safely heat the deep layers of the skin, stimulating your own collagen and promoting new collagen,” Ms Scott says.

“There have been several clinical studies and trials to prove Thermage does work. From our own personal experience, we have had the same clients who repeat the same procedure on an annual basis.”

A word of warning, ladies: Thermage, like all non-invasive procedures, is not without dangers. Risks associated with “the lunchtime facelift” include overheating of the skin, which can cause a breakdown in tissue, and it can be painful. It’s vital you talk to your Thermage practitioner about what to expect before you schedule a procedure.

However, Ms Scott says Thermage is so safe, she’s not seen a single side-effect in the more than five years in which her clinic has been practising the procedure. What’s more, Thermage is suited to all skin types, but would most benefit women aged 35-65, she says.

Since 2002, more than one million procedures have been performed on people with varying skin types and ages. In addition, about 2200 dermatologists, plastic surgeons and cosmetic physicians use Thermage worldwide.

What do you think? Would you pay that much for “the lunchtime facelift” if it took years off your face?

Images via imgkid.com

Katy Perry And Madonna Show Some Skin… Again

Popstars Madonna and Katy Perry are both known for being unexpected. When Katy Perry released her first hit single, I Kissed A Girl, in 2008 it shocked her family after being raised in a Christian household, but it caught the attention of millions of men and women around the world. Since then, she has continued to be a sex symbol.

Much like Madonna, who we all know to be controversial, contributing to her becoming one of the most influential cultural icons of our time. Her powerful songs and attitude have carried on since her first appearance to the music scene in 1982.

This month, they have joined together to show the world that age doesn’t matter when it comes to being sexy, it is confidence that’s the key. The two posed on the cover of V magazine for a bondage and S&M themed shoot.

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In tight, lace and leather, with red lips and heels, the stars used rope to attach themselves to each other and show off their dominatrix flair. The collaboration seemed to go well, with Perry and Madonna stating they had a great experience.

Madonna is quoted as saying to Katy Perry:

“I really enjoyed working with you on the photo shoot. People always expect when two divas get together that there might be weird vibes or a strange competitiveness, but this was nice and easy and fun.”

Katy Perry, a lady who embraces the pin-up girl look, and Madonna, who played a pseudo-dominatrix for Complex in 2009, were right at home in this shoot. Yet, despite how the two looked, they both stressed it wasn’t as simple on the body as it seemed to be.

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Perry described her experience to V Magazine:

“I was sore in my upper body and in my butt area from all that squatting.”

Madonna replied:

“It’s good to be sore in your butt. My neck is sore from that wonderful moment when I was sucking on your heel.”

I don’t think anyone can deny the stars look equally sexy, no matter their age.

Images via huffingtonpost.com

By Amy Miller

Jodi Anasta’s Favourite Pregnancy Beauty Products

Puretopia skin cares ambassador Jodi Anasta is due to have her baby in just three weeks, so we asked her a few questions about her favourite pregnancy beauty products, skin changes that she has experienced throughout the pregnancy and her hospital essentials beauty bag.

Have you noticed any skin changes during your pregnancy?
I’ve noticed that my skin has cleared up completely. I’ve never ever had such clear, smooth skin in my life, which has given me added confidence.

What is one product that you can’t live without from the range?
Eye rescue is my favourite! I apply it every night & I find my eyes feel more refreshed and uplifted every morning- I would recommend it to everyone.

Do you feel more comfortable using natural products during pregnancy?
Yes absolutely – obviously for health reasons it much better to use as many natural products as possible so it’s great to be able to work along side Puretopia who have an extensive range of natural products that really help my skin. Even for women who aren’t pregnant I would recommend these products as they contain the most beautiful natural ingredients that really do work.

What have you learnt about your skin since falling pregnant?
My skin has improved so much since I fell pregnant. It’s amazing how hormones affect your skin & how natural products can really help to balance things out.

What have you done about skin pigmentation during your pregnancy?
Yes pigmentation has been my biggest problem. I find it’s quite hard to cover with makeup especially  when I don’t like wearing a lot of foundation. But I know it will fade, if not disappear post baby. If I need some assistance, my plans is to book in for some facial peels & after the baby is born and it is safe to be treated.

Any other surprising beauty-related things to have happened since falling pregnant?
I do have a glow to my skin that has intensified the further I travel into my pregnancy. I feel it’s the right combination of healthy eating, hormones and using all my natural beauty products.

Which products will you be packing your hospital bag?
I’ll be taking quite a few products with me including Instant Moisturise, Eye Rescue and the new Rose Hip Serum which I will be using religiously! Two of these products are my favourites. I use them every day and I will continue to after baby is born. My skin has never been better so I’ll be continuing with my routine.

What is your number one piece of advice to other pregnant women?
Just to take care of yourself in every way you can. Eating right, exercising if you feel up to it & most importantly using natural products on your skin as it all gets absorbed by the baby. My skin is so sensitive so I feel that taking good care of it throughout this pregnancy has helped me a lot. Rose Hip Serum & Bio Oil are both amazing products I use religiously!

What were your favourite beauty products while pregnant?

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