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Bright, glowing skin is all about maximising your skincare regime and using products which help to highlight your natural features.
Use the following products in conjunction with your daily routine to restore the look of tired, dry skin and make it shine from the inside out. For extra radiance, use before applying your moisturiser or makeup for an instant glow.
Kickstart your skincare every morning and evening with this miracle product by Indeed Laboratories. The super-light formula melts seamlessly into the skin and helps to reduce the intensity of dark spots for a radiant, even complexion.
Indeed Laboratories Pepta-Bright Fade to Bright Intense Brightening Treatment, $34.99
Part of the age defence series bringing women natural skincare at all ages, this unique eye gel rejuvenates and lightens the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Use morning and night or under your makeup for best results.
La Mav Organic Anti Dark-Circl and Ultra-Firm Eye Gel, $32.95
For the serum, we headed to the drugstore to find a much-loved product by the French pharmacy. Packed with pure thermal spring water, the Hydrance Optimale Rehydrating Serum unloads mega hydration for the entire face and takes away any puffiness from the eyes.
Avene Hydrance Optimale Rehydrating Serum, $59.99
If you suffer from dry, tired eyes each morning, then a heavy-duty eye cream is exactly what you need. Apply after cleansing to dry skin and dab around the delicate eye area. You will immediately notice a much brighter visage, especially under makeup.
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, $38
Finally, we’re wrapping up with an all-over hydrating cream, which has been formulated to boost radiance and promote healthy looking skin. Use each morning after cleansing and toning for best results.
ModelCo Instant Miracle Booster Hydrate and Rejuvenate, $34.99
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Although cold creams are actually targeted for more mature skin, this doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t use them!
Made popular by French pharmaceutical brands, cold creams are heavily concentrated formulas designed for dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin. If used on a regular basis they can clear acne, scars, spots, fine lines, and even the odd dry patch during the winter months.
We have hand-picked some of the best cold creams to treat and repair almost any skin condition, from cheap and cheerful, to luxury products.
Oil of Aloe Cold Cream, $2.50
Use this cold cream to gently remove your makeup by applying a thin layer over your face, and removing with a warm flannel towel. The formula isn’t too concentrated, so it won’t feel like your pores are blocked by using it on your face.
Ponds Cold Cream, $3.99
Undoubtedly one of the most popular and cost-effective cold creams, Ponds have created a nourishing formula ideal for all skin types, and all ages. Apply generously onto both the face and body every morning and night.
Nivea Creme, $6.64
Another holy grail skincare product is the blue cream by Nivea. The thick consistency is ideal for applying during winter, since it helps to nourish extremely dry skin and hands. Suitable for dry skin since it is also fragrance and paraben-free.
Avene Cicalfate Cream, $14.95
A deeply moisturising cream which is hypoallergenic and won’t cause your skin to break out. The fragrance-free formula is perfect for women with sensitive skin, and can be used as an all-over body cream for dry, flakey skin.
Eve Lom Cleanser, $68
This two-in-one miracle product is slightly more expensive, but completely worth the extra money. Use as a cleanser, makeup remover, and hydrating moisturiser on skin which is dehydrated and needs an instant pick-me-up. Don’t let the creamy consistency fool you, it’ll cleanse your skin without over-drying it.
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Admit it, taking care of your lips is probably the last thing you want to be doing.
Even though it takes just a few minutes to exfoliate and apply a balm before going to bed, this can often be forgotten (especially if you just want to hit the sack). If your lips are looking a little worse for wear, try some of these hydrating lip products which will repair them in no-time.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips, $13
A intense formula enriched with natural vitamins to cure chapped, dry lips overnight. The fragrance-free formula is perfect for those suffering from sensitive skin, since it won’t interfere with your current routine, or leave a nasty smell. Used as a high-strength formula for patients on Roaccutane.
Nuxe Reve De Miel, $19.99
Now you’ve probably heard us proclaim our love for this product before, but it’s just so good!
The formula dries matte, and leaves lips feeling so soft and silky. Apply a tiny amount before going to bed, or use it to prime your lips before applying lipstick. There is also a stick balm, which unfortunately is only sold in the United States and Europe.
Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, $9.59
Packed with various antibacterial properties, Cicalfate is the ultimate 2-in-1 skincare secret suitable for the entire body. Apply a tiny amount (a grain of rice), and massage in circular motions over the skin.
Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy, $22
A luxurious overnight treatment which helps to repair lips by conditioning and soothing. Packed with nourishing shea and mango butter for a pleasant smell which lingers all night long.
L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm, $15
A heavy duty formula ideal for the colder weather, and helps to repair broken lips. Apply over clean, dry lips before going to bed for best results. Use daily until lips are completely repaired, or apply onto other dry patches on the face and body.
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Keep your skin hydrated this summer with a handy facial mist. Not only are they the perfect size to fit into your clutch or beach bag, but they actually help to neutralise the pH levels on your skin.
Store a bottle in your makeup bag for a quick touch-up, or simply use it as a toner to prep the skin for SPF before going into the sun. A few of our favourites can easily be purchased both online and in-store, below.
Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, $42
A refreshing facial and body mist packed with skin-loving botanicals to give your appearance an instant glow. Ideal for those suffering from patches of dehydrated skin, or to be used as a refreshing mist during those hot summer afternoons by the pool.
Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist, $49
Ideal for dry skin types, this mist helps to soften dry patches and hydrate the entire face and body. Use all over for a instant boost of moisture, especially on a long plane or car journey to freshen up existing makeup.
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray, $9.99
A lightweight thermal water with unique properties to cleanse, tone, and nourish all skin types. The non-drying formula makes it a winner for us, and is gentle enough to use on top of your makeup. Treat red skin and dry patches by spray lightly onto the face, and allowing it to absorb completely.
Evian Brumisateur Mineral Water Facial Spray, $26
Containing pressurised water from the French Alps, this mist is free from chemical treatments which make it appropriate for hyper-sensitive skin. Use for both adults and kids to refresh during a hot summer day at the beach.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $30
A must-have product in the beauty world, Caudalie have created the perfect facial mist to tackle almost any skin condition. Use daily to minimise the size of large pores, tone the entire face and neck, and even set your makeup with it. This product can only be purchased online, so don’t hesitate!
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Rather than purchasing a multitude of products which will never see the light of day, there are a number of options which work as a 2-in-1 gentle enough to use on both the face and body.
Not only do they offer intense hydration, but are readily available and come in a variety of price-points according to your budget.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, $49
If you have tried anything from Clinique, you’re already well aware that their products feel silky-smooth on the skin. One of the most popular products is the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ since it is deeply hydrates any skin type without feeling too greasy. Apply all over your body in the morning or before going to bed.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, $39.99
A cult favourite from the French Pharmacy, Nuxe has created the perfect oil moisturiser for face, body, and hair. Enriched with Vitamin E and made from over 95% natural ingredients, the formula works best on dry skin and feels nourishing once completely absorbed.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $22
Many toning mists have moisturising properties and ideal for women who want to treat their skin whilst on-the-go. One of our favourites contains plant-based ingredients which helps to minimise pores, treat ingrown hair, and will even boost the skins radiance overnight. Keep it in your handbag and spray throughout the day on tired, dry skin.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Cream, $38
Loaded with nutrient-rich plant oils for a truly unique experience, this hydrating balm is perfect for women suffering from sensitive skin. Use daily to reduce the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles, or treat the skin to a luxurious face and body mask as part of an at-home pamper session.
Avene Cicalfate Cream, $10.99
A cold-cream ideal for repairing dry and dehydrated skin, Cicalfate is gentle enough to use on the entire body. The fragrance-free formula won’t inflame already irritated or acne-prone skin, and is perfect to use multiple times per day.
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The French pharmacy is known for its miracle skincare products which are ideal for sensitive skin types, and those suffering from redness and inflammation.
Luckily, it’s easy enough to shop some of these products in Australia – but where do you start? Below is a cheat-list of the best products you need from the French pharmacy.
Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser & Make Up Remover, $29.99
By now, you’ve probably heard us rave about the importance of micellar water for effectively removing makeup. Bioderma was one of the first brands to release a micellar solution for sensitive skin, which is perfect to use on both the face and eyes!
Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99
A hydrating lip product which locks-in moisture, and heals chapped lips overnight. The thick formula is packed with a pleasant honey and fruit fragrance, and won’t irritate sensitive skin and lips.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser, $24.99
A gentle cleanser which acts as a 2-in-1, and carefully removes makeup while keeping skin feeling soft and hydrated. The formula isn’t too drying, and won’t leave your skin feeling tight after each wash.
Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99
Cleanse, smooth, and refresh your face with thermal water every single day to achieve clear skin. The non-irritating formula aims to neutralise the pH levels in your skin, without causing extra redness or irritation.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $29.99
The best multi-purpose oil with an added golden shimmer to give skin a healthy glow all year-round. Keep this in your bag for a boost of added hydration, or even just a quick touch-up during the summertime.
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Ar Intense, $39.99
Intended for those with couperose-prone, inflamed, just overall sensitive skin, the Rosaliac aims to restore skin back to good health. Apply a pea-sized amount of the product onto the areas that need treatment, then apply your usual moisturiser over the top.
Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, $39.99
Use this hypoallergenic formula for super-sensitive skin after cleansing to lock-in moisture without over-stimulating the skin. The lightweight moisturiser treats dehydrated skin to lots of hydration, which is perfect during the morning or even before bed.
Avene Cleanance Lotion Toner, $29.99
A gentle-action toner which soothes the skin, while also minimising the appearance of large pores with long-term use. Apply onto the face using a cotton pad, and focus on areas such as the forehead and t-zone after cleansing.
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