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Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

Do you find that your face often looks red, blotchy, and even itchy after a day out in the sun? This is probably because you’re not wearing enough SPF – even when the sun isn’t shining!

To protect your skin on a daily basis, use a foundation with at least 20+ SPF, or layer one of your favourites under your usual makeup for extra protection.

RELATED: How To Choose The Right SPF In Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s

Foundations

Dr Jart Gold Label Premium Beauty Balm, $58.41

Featuring medium coverage and an SPF of 45+, this is the perfect BB cream to use on a daily basis. The formula is lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing layers of makeup, and is ideal for all skin types.

If your face is on the oily side, remember to use a translucent setting powder before leaving the house.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, $59

If you’re looking for something with a little less coverage for the office, then a tinted moisturiser is the best option. They come in many different colours to suit your skin tone (you can also blend them to create a bespoke shade).

Most tinted moisturisers can also be applied without brushes, so they’re easy to keep in your handbag if you’re on-the-go.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

MAC MatchMaster SPF 15 Foundation, $59

For something a little more full coverage, try the reliable MatchMaster by MAC Cosmetics. This is the best product for an outdoor wedding, pool party, or even gathering during the warmer months.

The foundation might feel a little dehydrating for dry skin tones, so make sure to apply a nourishing serum underneath.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

La Roche-Pose Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid, $27.99

One of the best drugstore sunscreens without that terrible white caste has to be Anthelios by La Roche-Posay. Not only does it layer well under your makeup, but it provides your skin with an SPF of 50+ and protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

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May 21, 2015

Holy Grail Beauty Tips For Fair Skin

Sometimes fair skin requires a little extra TLC, especially during the summer when sea salt and exposure to the sun can leave it looking less than perfect.

If you have fair skin, brush-up on your skincare and try some of our tips so it looks amazing all year round.

RELATED: Haircare Tips For Redheads

Sunscreen

Even if the sun isn’t shining, it doesn’t mean that the rays won’t harm your sensitive skin! Make sure your moisturiser and foundation have at least an SPF of 20 added into the formula. Carry some additional product into your handbag if you feel the need to touch-up through the day.

Tip: Use a translucent formula which won’t leave a white, thick caste on your face all day long. This might involve using a lightweight moisturiser underneath your foundation for ultimate protection against the sun.

Hat

Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you will be out in direct sunlight. Not only will it protect your scalp against sunburn, but also your decolletage and shoulders from sun damage.

Remember to apply additional sunscreen to your neck and ears since these are painful places to burn.

Foundation

If your skin is quite light, odds are that it won’t be easy to find a foundation which suits your colour seamlessly. Search for BB creams or light perfecting formulas which are pink-based, lightweight, and will improve the look of your skin. They are also packed with high volumes of SPF to fight against imminent skin damage.

Tip: Most concealers also feature SPF, so apply onto your problem areas and follow up with a moisturiser to hydrate the skin.

Exfoliate

Most harsh exfoliators can leave fair skin looking rough, especially if you already suffer from regular red patches or eczema.

Exfoliate in a gentle way by using a flannel and carefully remove the scrub in an upwards motion. This won’t leave your skin red and flakey afterwards, but will remove excess skin and dirt without the additional unpleasantness.

Pores

Avoid rinsing your face and body with hot water since it can open your pores and soak in bacteria and grime. Get into the habit of washing your face with cold-lukewarm water which keeps the pores tight and firm.

Tip: Use pore strips a few times a month to open the pores in a safe way (and in concentrated areas of your face such as the forehead and nose).

Razor burn

If you have fair skin, then the hair on your arms and legs is probably blonde or light brown. Rather than shaving and causing any inevitable razor bumps on your fair skin, wax once a month. Not only does this remove the hair from the follicle, but it will be better for your skin in the long run.

If you do suffer from razor burn, cleanse the area with natural aloe vera then rinse with cold water. Apply a nourishing moisturiser over your legs and relax as the pain subsides. Also, never apply fake tan onto skin which is damaged since it can cause a severe allergic reaction.

Brown mascara

Most women with fair skin find that using a traditional black mascara often looks too harsh on their skin tone. Why not switch it up and use a brown formula, instead? It makes your lashes look natural and won’t look too weird if you have little to no makeup on.

Tip: Use a waterproof formula to make your lashes last for longer and wiggle the applicator from root to tip for best coverage and lift.

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March 10, 2015

What Is An EE Cream?

While we are already familiar with BB, CC, and even DD, the EE cream is sure to change the face of makeup and skincare as we know it.

Formulated by Estée Lauder, the miracle cream stands for Enlighten Even Effect which helps skin in a variety of different ways, and aims to decrease the amount of unnecessary products you buy each year.

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What does it do?

EE creams help to diminish the appearance of common fine lines around the face, while also acting as a neutral barrier for clear, healthy skin. The lightweight formula boasts an SPF of 30, which is perfect if you need something quick and easy to apply before heading out the door.

Just like a CC cream, it aims to correct uneven skin tones with a light coverage finish which feels like wearing no makeup at all. Apply generously onto problem areas such as the t-zone, chin, and cheeks for an instant glow without a cakey finish.

Who can use a EE cream?

There is no age limit when it comes to taking care of your skin, and the EE cream certainly does not discriminate. The formula is gentle enough to use on any skin type, and won’t disrupt your skincare routine – rather, it enhances it! Use over a nourishing moisturiser or skin primer for best results, and remember to blend into your neck and hairline so it looks like your own skin!

How does it compare to other creams on the market?

Rather than focusing on just one main skincare issue, the EE cream comes with a string of different benefits if you decide to take the plunge.

Colour corrector: Create an even base by using an EE cream on clean skin to cover hyperpigmentation spots and uneven skin tone. Apply generously onto these areas, and let the product soak into the skin before proceeding with cosmetics.

Moisturiser: Almost all beauty creams come with an added SPF which is an essential in protecting skin on a day-to-day basis. Don’t worry about that subtle sheen which most products have; the EE cream is light and creamy without creating any additional shine on oily skin.

Primer: Use as a primer to prep the skin for other makeup or cosmetics. If you need your makeup to last the distance, follow-up with a solid cleansing routine which will create a flawless base.

EE creams are designed to be used in a variety of ways, so you can cut down the cost on your other products!

Where can I try an EE cream?

If you are unsure about your first EE cream, ask for a sample the next time you’re at the beauty counter. Another alternative is using a few inexpensive products from the drugstore which will give your skin a sense of what the EE cream is like. Some of our cheap and cheerful favourites include:

What Is An EE Cream?

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January 8, 2015