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Top Sulphate-Free Hair Products

Looking to protect your scalp from harmful silicone and sulphate additives found in shampoo’s and conditioners? Not only can these ingredients lead to a dry scalp, but they can also strip your hair of its vibrant colour. Shop from our list of sulphate-free products below, and protect your hair from the harmful elements.

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The Colour Shampoo

If your hair has just been freshly coloured, it’s best to keep your haircare routine as low-maintenance as possible. Avoid sulphate’s and silicone’s which can strip the colour from your hair, leaving it brittle and lifeless. Look for ingredients which contain vitamins and nutrients to give your hair extra shine.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Sunflower Colour Preserving Shampoo, $27.59

The Conditioner

Treat your hair to a fortifying conditioner which will lock-in moisture, and leave it feeling super-smooth. Apply it onto your ends, and carefully comb through the product to remove any existing knots or tangles. Wash in cold water for best results, and pat your hair dry with a towel.

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MooGoo Cream Conditioner, $17.50

The Dry Oil

Use a dry oil once a week to lock-in moisture, or simply apply it to your hair just like a mask. The concentrated particles help to soften split ends, and make your hair feel like brand new.

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L’Occitane Shea Fabulous Dry Oil, $52.27

The Hair Mask

If your hair needs a bit of a pick-me-up, a hair mask is your best option. Not only does it help to strengthen and nourish the follicle, but it can repair damaged ends.

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Sukin Protein Hair Treatment, $12.95

The Dry Shampoo

We all need a little dry shampoo once in a while, but it doesn’t need to dry-out our entire scalp. Luckily, Klorane is a lifesaver from the French pharmacy and it’s so affordable! Packed with oat extract (and without those nasty sulphate’s) to soothe hair from the outside.

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Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract, $7.50

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August 3, 2015

5 Essential Dry Oils For Winter 

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to develop a solid skincare routine to avoid dry patches and scaly skin. The first thing you need? Dry oil.

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Dry oils are so quick and easy to apply since they melt into the skin, and leave you feeling hydrated all day long. Shop from a few of our favourites below and give us some of your recommendations in the comments.

10C Moisturising Body Oil, $34.95

Treat your skin to this delicious coconut scented body oil which is perfect to use every single day. Not only does it help keep away dry patches, but will also lengthen the appearance of your tan during the summer.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, $39.99

A cult-favourite in the French pharmacy, Nuxe has created the perfect dry oil for all skin types. Why? This sweet smelling oil is perfect to use on the face, body and hair, plus it also helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

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Fresh Dry Oil, $48

Only available at Sephora, this dry oil is perfect if you have sensitive skin as it’s super-gentle. It’s made from jojoba, rice bran, borage and grapeseed extracts to nourish the skin and will moisturise even those annoying dry patches during the winter.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, $32.95

If you want something with a little bit of a shimmer, try The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil. Not only does it help to moisturise the entire body, but it leaves the skin with a subtle, sun-kissed tint for summer.

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Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil, $44

Finally, we’re completing this must-have list with an old favourite by Kiehl’s. The argan extracts are designed to make your skin glow from the inside out and can be used on hair, nails and feet for a leave-in treatment.

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May 12, 2015

Skincare Secrets For Long Flights

Let’s face it, there’s nothing glamorous about a 22-hour flight across the globe.

To make skin feel a little more relaxed, why not invest in some quality products which will fight against those dreaded dry patches. Below are just a few holy grail tips involving thermal water to cold creams to save your skin.

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Makeup-free

Rather than packing on each layer of foundation, blush, bronzer, and highlighter for the long trip, stick to something light and hydrating for your skin. If you just can’t stand the thought of going make-up free, use a light tinted moisturiser to even out your skin tone. They are usually packed with skin-loving vitamins and minerals which won’t result in dry patches.

Keep hydrated

To avoid dry, flakey skin, use a thermal water or face wipe to refresh during the trip. Pressed thermal water is great for your skin because it’s pure, and won’t disrupt the state of your foundation or eye makeup. Keep a small can in your carry-on luggage, and spritz your face every few hours.

Dry oil

Use a multi-purpose dry oil on both your face and body to keep skin feeling fresh and energised. You only need a few drops, and your skin will feel hydrated for hours! Ideal for women who suffer from dry and sensitive skin.

Apply a mask

A hydrating moisturiser is the one of the best ways to avoid dry patches, and treat your skin at the same time. Simply apply over clean, dry skin, then just sit back and relax! Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, and take any excess product and pat into your neck.

Lip balm

Always pack a moisturising lip balm to soothe dry, cracked lips. Use a stick version as opposed to a tub which is more hygienic.

Use a cold cream

Ever heard of a cold cream before? These products are known to be super-hydrating for all skin types, and can be used in a number of ways. Apply onto your face as a hydrating mask, decrease puffy eyes, apply onto your hands, and even use it to remove your makeup. A tube of this stuff in your luggage is sure to be a lifesaver.

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February 16, 2015

Common Skincare Do’s and Don’ts

There is no secret to clear skin; other than keeping it simple, and sticking to a consistent routine for both morning and night. It is important to realise that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for skincare, and trial and error is encouraged – albeit in moderation.

If you are looking to create a stable skincare routine for your skin, follow our guide documenting what you should (and shouldn’t) be using.

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DO: Moisturise daily

Treat your skin to a lightweight, moisturiser to keep everything hydrated for both the morning and night. Sometimes skin can feel a little tight, so it is extremely important to lock-in the moisture, especially after taking a shower, removing makeup, and going to bed.

DON’T: Use face wipes

Actually, as a general rule, don’t tug at your skin whilst removing makeup. Although it can feel like the cosmetics are never going to come off (we’re look at you, mascara), it’s always best to take time with this step. Use a gentle micellar water on a cotton pad, and soak over the skin.

DO: Apply eye cream

It is never too early to start using an eye cream, but it’s important to use a formula recommended for your age. A woman in her twenties should not be using a line-filling formula designed for mature skin – it just doesn’t work like that! Apply a tiny amount (a grain of rice for each eye), and pat into the skin.

DON’T: Rely on natural skincare

Avoid making the mistake of switching to purely organic skincare. A large quantity of these products are made with larger molecules, which the skin finds extremely difficult to break down. Switch up your skincare, and use a few different products from some trusted brands – and always read the ingredients!

DO: Facial oil

Many women who suffer from oily skin think that using a dry oil will only make their skin look and feel tacky. Oils are ideal for all skin types, since they are deeply hydrating, and actually penetrate the skin better than lotions. It is important to incorporate this into your routine a few nights during the week, and use 3-5 drops for your entire face and neck.

DON’T: Try everything at once

While it might be tempting to switch up your skincare routine on the regular, it could leave your skin looking less than perfect. It takes a few weeks to see any visible changes from a new product, and if you’re using more than one at a time, you will never know which is worth repurchasing.

DO: Exfoliate weekly

Depending on your skin type, it is important to exfoliate at least once a week. If you’re using a harsh formula which has the tendency to strip the skin of its natural oils (micro-beads), don’t use this product more than once a week. A gentle, powder-based exfoliator is ideal for women suffering from sensitive skin and redness.

DON’T: Over-work your skin

Sometimes it’s just best to keep it simple, and stick to a standard skincare routine for clear skin. This might involve cleansing, moisturising, and toning with an alcohol-free solution which won’t disrupt super-sensitive skin.

What are some of your skincare tips?

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January 28, 2015