The ozone layer really is going away in many parts of the planet. The radiation coming through via solar damage is much worse than previous decades. UV mutations are caused by reactive oxygen species such as superoxide anion, hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl free radicals.

Environmental Damage on Skin

Radiation penetrating the atmosphere directly affects human skin through the nucleotide base pairing in DNA. The obvious effects of UV on skin is inflammation. UVB starts up a cascade of cytokines, vasoactive and neuroactive mediators (veins and nerve endings) in the skin that collectively result in sunburn (inflammatory response).

At this point, the DNA of each cell permanently records this insult forever and plays it back like an evil digital recorder years later. People age much faster on exposed areas than if they had never burned their skin at all.

In addition, more cancer-causing radiation is pouring down through our atmosphere. Free radicals and less humidity are present in many parts of the world. Eventually, human skin will adapt to these ecological changes; perhaps by the year 2500 everyone on the planet will have dark skin or even reflective scales. We are the transitional generation, which means removing, rebuilding, protecting and maintaining with skin care is more important now than ever in history. Educating yourselves and then your clients, no matter how reluctant they may seem to absorb knowledge, is a professional obligation.

Beta Glucan Defense

Beta Glucans are the first defense after the protection of all categories of antioxidants including superoxide dismutase and catalase. Beta Glucans strengthen the Langerhans cells, creating strong dendrites (arms) that can either block lipofuscin (free radical soup) from forming or destroy free radicals outright. The DNA stops recording the damage instantly.

UVA/UVB Defense

Screen, screen, screen. Transepi­dermal formulas are best along with the newer nutritive screens. Keep in mind that sunscreen agents, both organic and inorganic, do not mix well with every buzz word ingredient, but a few powerful bio-nutrients can be added.

Using an SPF 15 is OK during winter, but cranking it up to 30 at least in summer is a must. SPF is determined by realizing how fast your skin would burn without screening. For example, blonde Caucasians would burn in 30 minutes in direct sun. You multiply 30 minutes by 30 SPF and you have ostensibly 900 minutes of protection if you don’t sweat it off or swim for more than an hour (about all the time a water-proof base can take regardless of claims).

There is much controversy about organic and inorganic screens and which is best. I leave it up to choice and allergy potential knowing that not screening will certainly court cancer.

We are the transitional generation, which means removing, rebuilding, protecting and maintaining with skin care is more important now than ever in history.

Treatment Defense

Cryotherapy is also vital to maintain homeostasis in tissue against inflammation and erythema, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Enzymatic skin revision treatments versus aggressive peels are preferable in summer months to avoid excessive melanoge­nesis. The summer is deceptively harder on skin than the coldest winters, where we are all forced to “cover up”.

Essential Fatty Acids

Lastly, keeping our matrix thick and bouncy as we age is also possible with good essential fatty acid (EFA) blends with prostagl­andins. In my experience, evening primrose oil grown in volcanic soils and sea buckthorn oils grown indigenously in inner Mongolia re-establish the skin matrix from inside out and help grow strong nails and hair.

Tell clients that there is no longer such a thing as a “healthy tan” unless it’s a fake one—take it from me at 73.

by Danné Montague-King

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Years ago, stem cells and growth factors became hero ingredients in skin care formulations. Some brands have claimed plant-based stem cells helped reproduce human stem cells and growth factors, directly changing the behavior of human DNA. Our revolutionary concept aims to match an individual’s biochemistry with the appropriate skin therapy. This article will explore the facts on stem cells in skin care products.

Growth Factor Facts

Let’s start by clearing up some confusion about the roles that stem cells and growth factors perform in regenerating skin.

  • Growth factors are proteins that regulate cellular growth, proliferation and differen­tiation under controlled conditions, maintaining healthy skin structure.
  • Growth factors are secreted by all cell types that make up the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and dermis (the layer of skin between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissue) of the skin, including keratino­cytes, fibroblasts and melanocytes.
  • Growth factors are naturally occurring regulatory molecules. They stimulate cell and tissue function through influencing cell differentiation by changing their biochemical activity. They regulate the rate of proliferation-certain beta glucans are in this class.


Plant Stem Cells and Skin Care


Medical stem cell implantation plays a role as back-up support to the implanted cells and potential auto-immune rejection. However, this is a far cry from creams, serums etc. in skin care.

Most people wonder how stem cells in creams work with their own stem cells, and the short answer is they do not. As a way of inflicting miniature wounds, technicians extract and scratch cultured plant tissue. This damage stimulates the plant’s stem cells to act and heal, inducing the formation of new stem cells on the wounded surfaces. After slow replication and division on the outside, new cells fashion a large accumulation of colorless cells, known as callous. Cells composing the callous divide into cells that do not carry the specific features of individuated plant cells. This callous is used as an ingredient in facial creams. Downstream differentiated plant cells are ones that possess the biochemical machinery required to produce the myriad of substances derived from plants that have pharmaceutical or other value (e.g. quinine, digitalis, aloe vera, etc.).

Plant totipotent stem cells do not produce substances capable of affecting other cells. Callouses are forced upon living plant stems to encourage new baby cells, harvested and then put into creams as “stem cell therapy.” Even rubbing human stem cells on the skin would never work. They have to be alive in the product despite any effective delivery mechanism.

Use Skin’s Biochemistry


There are many types of stem cells with a variety of special functions, and there is so much more to say. Many research papers have concluded that stem cells are just too large to penetrate the lipid barrier of the epidermis. Rather than looking at stem cells as the answer to healthy skin, we should look at what produces a positive response in skin cells and what they recognize. Then, we can determine how we can influence and support growth factors and the life-cycle of cells. The answer should involve the body’s chemistry. DMK Skincare does just that, using skin’s biochemistry to Remove, Rebuild, Protect and Maintain.

-Danné Montague-King.

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There are many reasons why women wear make-up. They do it to feel confident by enhancing their natural beauty, increase their sex appeal, present a more professional appearance, and cover blemishes and to just feel better about themselves. Mascara can add length and fullness to eyelashes. Blush adds color to the cheeks and draws attention to the eyes.

These are all great reasons to wear makeup and DMK Cosmetics™ is proud to be able to offer a full line of natural beauty products that not only help women meet these goals but also has useful skin-preserving functions. The skin is a living organism that needs to be cared for, nourished, protected and replenished in order to look its best. That’s why we formulate our foundations to work on the skin’s function as well as cover blemishes, age spots and lines.

DMK has done extensive research and experimentation to find products that work hard and look great. DMK Premier Foundations utilize the proven botanical preservative systems; a revolutionary new organic compound that prevents the growth of microorganisms on contact. The high pigmentation factor of up to 53% ensures that the DMKC Premier Foundation Series offers a sheer application without sacrificing coverage and lasts all day with little or no maintenance.

Join the revolutionary change from camouflage to function and face the New Year with new courage, confidence and vigor. We should all be thankful for new opportunities that are presented to us and embrace the opportunity to enhance our natural beauty. Put your best face forward in the New Year and let your true skin show. Visit our clinic locator to find a clinic near you.

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Blog Jessikas Story

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At DMK we like to say, you won’t believe your eyes! Because this gorgeous-textured formula is gentle, effective and nourishing by design.


The primary focus of eye tone is to help the precious skin around the eyes function like it did when it was young. Who wouldn’t want that!?!

It’s specifically designed to target dark circles, fine lines, redness and puffy bags under the eyes. Which means you can nurture a more youthful looking you!

It also helps to promote normal cellular proliferation, while aiding in revising wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a much-loved product by many of our loyal DMK fans and a must-have product all year round!

The key ingredients that help make this product perform are:

• Beta glucan – to help stimulate and re-educate traumatised tissue

• Ascorbyl glucoside – a stabilised form of vitamin C

• Hyaluronic acid – to aid in hydrating tissue and promoting healthy cellular functioning
• Rutin – to assist in decreasing capillary fragility

• Squalane – to help to reduce swelling
• Seabuckthorn oil – (a nutrient-rich oil known for its healing properties) to help revise fragile capillaries.

eye tone is something that you have to try, to love!

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Each year DMK holds an awards night to celebrate the amazing clinics and therapists around the country who are dedicated to
rebuilding skin and rebuilding lives utilising the DMK method.

To get into the true party spirit, each year is themed. Previous themes have included Winter Wonderland, Royal, and James Bond,
but this year it was all about the 1940’s in honour of DMK’s founder, Danne Montague-King’s decade of birth!

See all the pics from the 1940’s themed event right here!



And the winners are…


Therapist of the Year

NSW Lisa Feher

QLD Amanda Gibbons

VIC Elizabeth Dundee

WA Karen Bowen

SA Valerie Roche

NZ Christine Jones


Clinic of the State

NSW  Quietspace

QLD  Central Highlands Laser & Dermal Therapy

VIC  Your Beauty Laser & Spa

WA  Karen Bowen Dermal Therapist

SA  Skin 4 U


Most Consistent Clinic

Eden Beauty Clinic

Skin Correctives

Bellissimo Skin & Body


Most Improved Clinic

Skin Sensations

Utopia Day Spa


Most Improved Therapist

Kowhai Linnell


And the much sought after award of DMK Clinic of the year, goes to…

Australia: Advanced Body Image

New Zealand: Chrysalis






Click on the images to make larger, or see all the pics from the 1940’s themed event right here!

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Interested in DMK’s brand new, limited edition creme? Find your stockist here: or call 1300 00 SKIN

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We’ve been blessed with many rave reviews and product promotions this year, thanks to all the dedicated beauty bloggers, editors, writers and assistants out there!

Here’s to great research, honest opinions and giving your readers the best information on hand! Click on these to see to enlarge.


Let’s not forget about the amazing blogs and online articles we’ve had this year!

Beauty Heaven Klear Collection Review

MindFood Klear Collection Review

Beauty Heaven 5 mins with Danne

The Perfect Lipstick “My new DMK Addiction” 

 Truth Serum Daily Life inclusion

Body & Soul: Advice to your younger self

DMK’s APP review: Your Skin Diary

Primped: Acne & Ageing

Plastic Diaries: Best Launches

Secret Diary of a tall girl: Enzyme Therapy


Thank you for your support in 2012. Love the DMK Team. x


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This week, we shared our favourite products with our Facebook fans.

Working for DMK means we have access to the best products available, and we get to try them all – yes, we are very spoilt! So who better to ask than DMK staff for which products they recommend.


Staff Pick #1: GRAPHIC DESIGNER, Jules, loves her DMKC Foundation and Brush.

“I’m obsessed with this stuff! It’s lightweight, long lasting and actually feels good for my skin – and the compact lasts forever! I’ve converted so many friends to DMKC and
they all love it!”

Do you love DMKC Foundations? You won’t look back!


Staff Pick #2: DIGITAL DESIGNER, Jasmine, loves beta gel.

“After suffering from a bad heat rash, beta gel* saved me! It cooled the area and smoothed the bumps almost instantly! I recommend this to everyone.”

*Designed to revise irritations, beta gel is recommended daily for most skins.


Staff Pick #3: ART DIRECTOR, Katie, can’t live without her solar damage gel.

“Drinking water and solar damage gel are my staple hydrators, but using solar damage gel daily* is DEFINITELY the key to locking the moisture in my skin and keeping it there. Summer or not, I use this all year round.”

*Solar damage gel is also a saviour for sunburn and dry skin. Solar damage gel is designed to revise and minimise environmental damage.


Staff Pick #4: ADMIN ASSISTANT, Kristen, loves a pre night-out exfoliation.

“It’s a ritual for me to sleep in a micro peel masque the night before an event. It removes dead cell build-up* and plumps up my skin at the same time. Make-up looks better and lasts longer on my skin after micro peel.”

*Micro peel is known for its microscopic exfoliation affects, which requires no scrubbing or abrasive granules. Daily scrubbing/exfoliation is not recommended by DMK as it can encourage excess oil production.


Staff Pick #5: PR MANAGER, Ismay, loves the new Klear Collection, in particular, ACU-MIST.

“ACU-MIST is the best thing to find its way into my bathroom cabinet. If you find yourself touching your face while you’re working, like I do, you’ll probably notice breakouts in these areas. To keep these germs and bacteria under control I spray ACU-MIST over my moisturiser morning and night. My breakouts have lessened since using this – highly recommend!”

The Klear Collection range is now available in stores Australia-wide!


If you have a question about a product, or want to know more about DMK and what we do for skin, please email

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