Q. I’m thinking about getting my eyebrows tattooed and keep hearing the  MicroBlading. What is it?

COSMETIC TATTOOING With Esmeralda Gowing

The world of cosmetic tattooing has changed significantly in the last decade, with feathery, natural-looking eyebrow tattoos replacing the old block-style eyebrow tattoo, thanks to the introduction of microprocessor-controlled digital cosmetic tattooing equipment. In the past couple of years, a new eyebrow treatment has been pushed by beauty salons – MicroBlading. MicroBlading is a form of cosmetic tattooing, similar to feather-stroke eyebrow tattooing. However, it involves the use of a manual hand tool similar to what was used predating digital cosmetic tattooing equipment. The difference is that the blades used are very fine needles, usually set at a slope. In the hands of a well-trained technician, super fine tattoo lines may be created, making it ideal for simulating hairstrokes for eyebrows. Another reason for its gain in popularity is the low barrier to entry, meaning the cost of the equipment is extremely low, making it an attractive option for new entrants into the cosmetic industry. But while this new technique is a great alternative to other eyebrow tattoo methods, there are some issues to be aware of. This form of tattooing will require a greater frequency of retouching due to the shallower application of pigment into the skin. The low equipment cost is also a double-edged sword, as often insufficient training accompanies the purchasing of MicroBlading kits. Hand tools, if not disposable, require correct sterilisation as outlined in infection control legislation, so it is therefore important that the technician is qualified in infection control and operates from a licensed clinic. MicroBlading in the hands of an experienced and well-trained technician may be an ideal solution for your diminishing eyebrows. However, make sure you consult with an experienced technician to discuss if this is the best form of eyebrow tattooing for you. ESMERALDA’S COSMETIC DESIGNS Phone: 1300 376 372 www.cosmeticdesigns.com.au

Q. What is lymphatic drainage and massage, and how can I benefit from it?


Most people are familiar with the body’s vessel system that carries blood to and from the tissues. But there is another vessel system that is equally vital – the lymph system.  The lymphatic system’s main function is detoxification. It removes cell wastes, proteins, excess fluid, viruses and bacteria. Your lymphatic system processes within the body at all times, but through providing manual stimulation, it can offer us a variety of added benefits such as clear and youthful skin, cellulite reduction, fluid retention balance, increased detoxification, illness recovery and can aid general health and wellbeing. When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defence against illness.  When it is not performing at its optimum levels, often after surgery or an injury, we can experience swelling, feel tired, and be more susceptible to colds and infections. It is through a specialised form of bodywork, known as lymphatic massage, that stimulation and drainage is promoted. Seventy per cent of the lymph system is found just beneath the skin’s surface. Through light pressure in a rhythmic, circular motion, a massage therapist is able to stimulate the vessels and aid the system to work more efficiently. Lymphatic massage can benefit just about everyone. It can assist in recovery from surgery and injury, and it can be used as part of a care program to aid illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Lymphatic massage can also aid long term general health and wellbeing. However, as with all treatment programs, you should consult with your doctor first. THE WATERFALL DAY SPA, MOOLOOLABA Phone: 5444 3050 www.waterfalldayspa.com.au]]>