Women of Beauty: Medicine Woman

Dr Sarah Hart is a member of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine and works at Auckland’s Palm Clinic performing non-surgical cosmetic facial enhancement. She travels regularly to teach facial rejuvenation techniques to doctors around the world.

When do you feel most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful when my husband looks at me, breaks into a smile and says, “Phwoar!” Sometimes this happens during those special moments, such as cuddling up with him and my children on a beach at sunset. There’s also a magic formula that almost always works:

  1. Three full nights of delicious sleep;
  2. A bouncy professional blow-dry;
  3. Freshly pedicured toes;
  4. A golden spray tan;
  5. A sprinkle of makeup;
  6. A dress that showcases the good and disguises the not-so-good.

As a busy working Mum, I rarely achieve such grooming standards, but occasionally the universe smiles and everything falls into place.

What is your favourite skin care product and why?

I’m a recent convert to Aspect Dr Multi B Plus Serum. Like many New Zealand women, my Viking genes make me prone to inflamed skin and the B vitamins in this serum hydrate the skin and calm inflammation, making pores appear smaller and my skin feel smoother. It has made a remarkable difference in the past two months.

Who is your beauty icon?

I really admire Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. During her recent royal tour of New Zealand she managed to pull together outfits that covered enough flesh, suited the weather, acknowledged her hosts and were stylish enough to turn heads but casual enough to make her seem accessible. Her hair and makeup philosophy is refreshingly simple. She seems very much her own woman and I’m looking forward to watching her style develop. I think she will be a powerful influence in years to come.

Beauty-Medicine-WomanWhat is your daily beauty routine?

Much to the horror of most skin care experts, I don’t use cleanser; just a facecloth and warm water. I sun protect with Image Skincare Prevention Daily Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 30+ in the morning. At night, I use Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus Serum and Multi B Plus Serum, together with the richly emollient Neova Cu3 Intensive Tissue Repair Creme on my eye area, to give my skin a good nourishing “dinner” to absorb while I sleep.

What product lives in your handbag?

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment (aka “Mummy’s Magic Healing Cream”) has lived in my handbag since I had my children. It’s sting-free and soothing and, along with a cuddle, has helped dry many tears. It’s fermented papaw in a petroleum base, so it’s very simple. The red colour of the tube seems to increase its magical properties.

What is your beauty philosophy?

My job as a cosmetic medicine doctor means I have formally studied the definition of beauty in conferences around the world. Facial beauty can be defined by ideal proportions, symmetry, facial shape and skin health. It is important for me to know this when transforming a face. Behind this, however, lie deeper principles I believe in. The foundation of beauty is to take care of your physical, mental and spiritual health with nurturing habits. Beauty is nourished by sleep, unprocessed whole foods, restorative exercise, calming practices like meditation and loving relationships.Pay attention to these and you’ll be beautiful from the inside out.