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Founder, James Vivian Dermal Therapies
They call him the face whisperer. Well known and highly respected throughout the cosmetic industry, Dermal Therapist James Vivian lives and breathes beautiful skin. The driving force behind James Vivian Dermal Therapies, James is also the creator of The Travelling Peelsman, the mobile skincare business that changed the face of Melbourne and Sydney’s beauty scene, and more recently, The Cosmeceutical Curator, an online skin consultation platform.

Name: James Vivian

Home is?  Cremorne, Victoria

What do you do?

I live and breathe beautiful, healthy skin and help my client’s achieve this through advanced in-clinic treatments and at-home cosmeceutical skincare. My passion is to assist as many people as possible with their skin, so my latest project, The Cosmeceutical Curator (thecosmeceuticalcurator.com) is helping people both on- and off-line get the most appropriate advice and care for their skin’s needs.

Beauty heroine…?

Any woman, or man who makes a commitment to their skin, large or small.

Last supper…

Spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs, pomme frittes, capriccioso with pineapple (no anchovies) and a vanilla milkshake – let’s go out with a bang!

Things that make my skin happy…

Besides a monthly chemical peeling treatment, my skin is happiest when receiving its twice-daily application of Vitamin A (Calm by MAHC), Vitamin B (Multi B Plus Serum by Aspect Dr) and Vitamin C (Catalyst Plus by Osmosis MD) in addition to thorough cleansing, scheduled exfoliation, hydration and SPF during the day.

Evening hero product…?

Defy by Cosmedix – An l-lactic acid and fruit based exfoliant which gently and invisibly lifts away dead and devitalised skin cells whilst promoting a visibly brighter and smoother complexion. No scrubbing required.

Top five skin staples and where to find them…

1. The Signature Dermal Therapy Treatment at James Vivian Dermal Therapies – The perfect pre-occasion treatment and regular maintenance procedure (if I do say so myself).

2. Reflect by Cosmedix – A light-as-water, 3-in-1, SPF 15. It provides physical SPF protection (think anti-ageing and pigment protection) via Titanium Dioxide, hydrates the skin and offers excellent antioxidant support. (Available through The Travelling Peelsman and Melbourne Aesthetic Health Care)

3. Code M Skin Care’s manicures and pedicures – Maria and her girls have these treatments down-pat and the salon is beautiful!

4. Aurora Spa Retreat’s signature Kitya Karnu Steam Room Treatment – Your stress and worries are literally scrubbed away and your skin will love you for weeks.

5. Aesop’s Resurrection Hand Balm – A cult-classic.

What are the two key skincare contacts that you recommend to all your clients?

It has to be Donna Phillips, Registered Nurse and Cosmetic Injector Specialist and Andrew Ives, Qualified Plastic Surgeon who work at the Melbourne Aesthetic Health Care clinic. After visiting these two prodigies you will never have to worry about skincare concerns again!

Other must-have contacts in your address…

Maria and her girls
Code M Skin Care
2 Wallace Avenue Toorak
9827 1331

My hairdresser
Jamie MacFarlane
Sweet Caroline
40 South Caroline Street, South Yarra
(03) 9867 6611

Tanya Wells
Living Well
381 Malvern Rd, Malvern VIC 3144, Australia
(03) 9827 0886 

  • Fleur Harris – Designer and Illustrator. I am known for my whimsical and colourful approach to business and Fleur has done a remarkable job in capturing both my love for colour and science through her illustrations.