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Have you ever ever wondered why rose water is so relaxing? There are actually properties found in rose water which correspond with specific acupressure points in the face and body.
Whether you make it yourself, buy it from your chemist, or borrow it from your mum, there are a number of ways rose water can transform your skin.
Many toners are packed with the essence of rose water because they act as an astringent. But what does this mean? It helps to restore the glow back to your skin, and is gentle enough to use on both your face, neck and even the entire body.
Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Toner, $13.95
Invest in a rose water cleanser since they carefully help to clean the skin (without over-drying it), and make your skin look and feel brand new.
Nuxe Lait Demaquillant Confort, $24.99
Refresh your face and body in the humid months of the year with a rose water mist. They help to bring back that youthful glow without making your face feel sticky or thick.
ModelCo Replenishing Rose Mist Facial Mist, $20
Not only are rose water moisturisers extremely relaxing, but they also smell incredible as well! Use daily on all skin types to nourish the skin from the inside out.
Trilogy Rose Hand Cream, $26.99
Any product with rose water will ultimately help those suffering from any kinds of acne. Not only is rose water antibacterial, but it isn’t harsh on the skin like other agents such as tea tree oil. You only need a small amount of product to treat a spot, and remove gently with lukewarm water to diminish its appearance.
Rose water is perfect for those suffering from rosacea since it’s clinically proven to subside any side effects. Apply onto a cotton pad, and dab into your problem areas before applying moisturiser or makeup for a perfect base.
Use rose water in the same way to treat sunburn and relieve dry, cracked skin. This is even applicable for those suffering from extremely sensitive skin, since it won’t further irritate the area.
What are some ways you use rose water?
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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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With so many cleansers, serums, moisturisers, and face masks currently available, it’s often difficult to figure out how to incorporate all of the above into your daily skincare routine.
There is actually a crazy method of using all of these essential products on your skin without feeling too overwhelmed. Use the following tips the next time you apply your morning and nightly skincare products.
After cleansing your skin and washing the solution off carefully with tepid water, it’s time to apply your daily serum. Serums typically go first because they contain concentrated ingredients, and act like a primer for the other products. Allow the serum to settle completely into the skin for 5-10 minutes – your skin should feel soft and matte.
If you’re applying serum during the night, you can also use a retinol in this step as well. They should always be applied first, since this can really maximise the way they interact with clean, dry skin.
Now is the best time to use any acne-fighting spot treatments on your skin. Topical prescriptions, and acne gels should be applied with a light hand on the skin. Let the product soak into the problem area before rushing to the next step of your skincare regime. While you wait, you can also apply eye cream around the eyes and over the crows-feet (if you have any). Dab the product in gently with your ring finger, and avoid dragging skin back and forth.
The moisturiser is important because it helps to really set all of the previous products. Because it’s so thick, it helps to settle everything else, and makes the skin feel soft and luminous for makeup or other cosmetics during the day.
If you’re heading out, now you can apply a sunscreen all over your face and neck. Use a product with SPF 15 and higher to protect your skin from any possible sun damage.
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Is there a right way to wash your face? There certainly is if you wish to keep your skin feeling young and want to avoid premature ageing. We recently by a video featuring Isabelle Bellis who amongst other things, works as a facialist in New York City. The French-born beauty follows a specific routine of face washing, which is oddly therapeutic and will forever change the way you think about your skin.
If you haven’t caught the entire how-to by Isabelle, below are just a few key points she makes for everyone who wants to switch-up their facial cleansing routine.
Thermal Spring Water
If you want to remove your makeup, use a gentle thermal water to break down those particles on the skin. Thermal water is mild, and has a lower p.H level in comparison to tap water, so it’s better for your skin. Spray the product onto a large cotton pad, and gently dab across the skin to loosen up your makeup.
Invest in a quality cleanser which is specifically formulated for your skin type; whether that is dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or even acne-prone. By nature, cleansers aren’t too drying on the skin, so they won’t make matters worse (in comparison to using an exfoliator). Massage a cleansing milk over your skin, with circular motions. This technique called ‘swimming’ essentially means that you’re moving the product all over your face, but also boosting blood-flow and circulation under the skin.
Immediately after this, wash your face with tepid water (not too cold, not too hot), and gently dab dry with a soft face towel. Give your face another quick spritz with the thermal water to break down the particles in the tap water – then dry with tissues. Tissues are often softer on the skin, and won’t leave a residue from the cotton.
Finally before applying moisturiser, Isabelle insists that you must use a toner. Treat your skin like silk, so don’t tug at it, avoid rubbing skin (especially around the eyes!) and confine toner to problem areas such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Then moisturise by dabbing the product gently onto your face, and again swimming around the eyes. This is a perfect motion since it won’t cause the skin to tear which can lead to premature ageing.
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Giving your skin an occasional deep-clean helps to ward off dry patches, unexpected acne and even keeps your skin looking bright and healthy. Micro-dermabrasion has been popular over the last few years since it effectively penetrates the skin cells, removing dirt and bacteria from the surface.
Many of these dermabrasion kits are now available at home, which means we are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking care of our skin.
How often should I deep-clean?
This will vary according to skin type and texture – especially if you suffer from super-dry skin. If you’re new to this, try and deep-clean your skin once a week. Only you will be able to determine how much attention your skin needs, but 1-2 times a week is enough.
How can I deep-clean my skin?
There are many ways to effectively deep-clean your pores, whether you choose to do it at home yourself or have a professional treatment.
Exfoliate: Exfoliating is an essential way to keep your pores clean and healthy if you’re on a budget. Invest in quality products which are suited to your particular skin type, and do your research before buying something you haven’t used before. Try and avoid scrubs which have micro-beads since this could potentially scratch your skin and cause more bad than good, especially around the eyes which is hyper-sensitive.
Facials: A great way to deep-clean your pores is by having a facial every now and then. Keep it down to 1-2 times a month, and really take note if your skin feels better or worse after the procedure. Facials are important since they carefully cleanse the skin and remove impurities that you might not be able to reach at home.
PMD: Personal Microderm is a product designed to give you a professional microdermabrasion treatment in the comfort of your own home. Although these products can be quite expensive, they will last for years – the only thing you would need to replace is the brush. This product is designed to cleanse the stratum corneum (otherwise known as the topmost layer of your skin). This is the layer where we apply moisturiser, oils, serums and makeup which can often build-up and block our pores over time. Systems such as the PMD and Clarisonic are designed to give you a deep-clean treatment in the comfort of your own home.
What else can I do to deep-clean my skin?
Regularly cleanse your skin and remember to let it breathe. Facial oils and beauty balms are important since they deeply hydrate the skin, without blocking your pores. Work these products into your problem areas such as the t-zone to avoid dry patches and premature ageing.
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Most men shower, brush their teeth and style their hair before they’re out the door on the way to work. Incorporating a simple skincare routine into their day-to-day life doesn’t have to be complex, rather using a few products that will certainly benefit the skin. Here are a few products to show that special man in your life what he’s missing.
Milk and Co Cleansing Face Wash, $12.95
If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser to use on a daily basis which doesn’t dry out your skin, you’re certainly in the right place. Michael and Lindy Klim have created a natural based cleanser that cleans the skin, and unclogs pores every time you clean your face. The formula is non-drying, and paraben free with a pleasant scent and perfect for all skin types.
Appelles Konjac Sponge, $15.95
The Konjac Sponge has been used for centuries in Asia, as a way to deeply cleanse the skin without causing harm or irritation to the epidermis. The bamboo charcoal sponge is made from a rich fibre of the konjac plant root, and is free from any nasty preservatives. The sponge is already moist in the packaging, but for best results submerge it completely in water and gently squeeze out any excess fluid. Then simply add your preferred shower gel and use the sponge over the face and body in a gentle circular motion. After you’re done, rinse the sponge and leave to dry. Perfect for anyone suffering from acne, since it removes bacteria and other nasty sources from the surface of the skin.
Clinique For Men Moisturising Lotion, $39
This is an extremely hydrating moisturiser which locks in essential oils, and aims to deliver firm skin all year round. Perfect to use both day and night, the lightweight formula is absorbed quickly onto the skin and is low maintenance and fragrance free.
Appelles Willow Bark Hand and Body Wash, $18.95
Perfect to use daily for the entire body, Appelles Black Label collection includes salicin which is an important ingredient to reduce the signs of ageing. The sweet smelling body wash will gently exfoliate the skin, making it look fresh and youthful every time you step out of the shower. Great to use for all skin types.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
Flawless skin doesn’t have to be an unattainable goal, that is if you take care of your skin and use a reliable skincare routine each day. Great skin comes down to four main parts: cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturising in the morning and at night. Keep reading to find our choice of products that will quickly be your new skincare saviour.
Milk And Co Face Cleanser with Goji Fruit Extract, Ylang Ylang Oil and Hibiscus Flower Extract, $16.95
This sweet smelling facial cleanser is light on the skin, but just what you need to remove oil, makeup and anything else that has accumulated onto your face during the day. The non-drying formula allows your skin to breathe, but is also an amazing product to cleanse the skin before applying a toner. Gentle enough to use everyday, without fear of breaking out even sensitive skin, or feeling too dry. For best results, follow with a moisturiser at night, or a toner/primer to start the day.
Puretopia Smooth and Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub, $9.95
Exfoliators should be used once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells off the surface of the skin. Puretopia have created a 100% sulfate, paraben and soap free scrub, packed with silica and limestone to gently remove dead skin cells, and keep your skin feeling soft and fresh. Appropriate for all skin types, as the formula is not overly drying, and has a fragrant tangerine flower scent that is creamy and easy to apply.
La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing Toner, $26
French pharmaceutical brand La Roche Posay have a variety of skincare products that will transform your skin, including the Physiological Soothing Toner. A toner is best to use after you have cleansed/exfoliated your face, and works to remove make-up easily, cleanse, and prep skin for makeup or moisturiser. The formula is perfect for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin as it is non-comedogenic, soap free, alcohol free, colorant free and paraben free.
Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair, $95
There is no exact age which dictates when you should start using an eye cream, or serum. The Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair is a holy grail product, since it is proven to fight all visible signs of ageing, and promotes skin’s nightly renewal. Before you moisturise your face, apply a few drops and massage onto the face and neck. The serum is packed with Hyaluronic Acid which locks in moisture, which helps the skin to repair itself throughout the night.
Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron, $35
We’ve saved the best until last, with Indeed Laboratories and their miracle product, Hydraluron. This moisture booster is filled with the purest hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, which will dramatically change the look and feel of your skin. Best used after cleansing, apply all over your skin (we apply onto the neck as well) leave it to sink in for a few minutes, then apply moisturiser or makeup, since it works just as well as a primer.
What are some of your skincare must-haves?
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