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5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Caring for your toddler or newborn this winter is easier than ever with a number of skincare items available from the pharmacy to the supermarket. We have hand-picked some of our favourites to treat your baby’s skin and keep it hydrated over the next three months of winter weather.

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Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner, $14.25

This is a very special cause as $1 from every 375ml bottle of Milk Baby Bath Time Wash and Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner purchased at Coles and Woolworths nationally or online will be donated to Brainwave Australia for the month of June. Brainwave is the only online charity supporting the families of children with neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, tumours and acquired brain injuries.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Gaia Skin Natural Baby Moisturiser, $10.99

Apply this lightweight and non-greasy moisturiser every morning and evening to ensure skin is hydrated during the winter. Use after a bath to lock-in moisture, or even for nappy rash.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Little Innoscents Organic Baby Hair and Body Wash, $12.99

Treat your baby during bath time this luxurious 2-in-1 wash which is bursting with essential oils of spearmint, lavender and sweet orange.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Bubble Bath, $25

Make bath time enjoyable with a soothing bubble bath that gently cleanses your baby’s delicate skin. The non-petrochemical formula comforts the skin without causing dry patches and is gently enough to use multiple times per week.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

MooGoo Scalp Cream, $17.95

If your baby suffers from cradle cap or extremely dry skin, use this on a daily basis to hydrate the area and to keep it from getting infected. It can also be used on skin which suffers from eczema, rosacea or sun-burn.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

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Top 5 Hand Creams For Winter

Since the winter weather has well and truly landed in some parts of Australia, it’s time to start thinking about hand creams and using them before bed.

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Hand creams are essential during the colder months since they help to lock-in moisture, and also keep hands from getting dry and flakey. So, if you suffer from extremely dry or dehydrated skin, you might know the deal, but for those who are just starting out, the following hand creams are a must-have for winter!

Milk & Co Hand Quench, $12.95

If you’re looking for something compact to keep in your handbag, then the Hand Quench by Milk & Co is one of the best hand creams to choose from. Why? The fast-absorbing formula is perfect if you’re on-the-go and is packed with nourishing cocoa butter, vitamin E, and Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil to keep hands germ-free. Did we mention that it also smells divine?

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Appelles Sea Buckthorn Skin Lotion, $49.95

So, we might be cheating on this delicious lotion by Appelles (it’s for your entire body), but it’s just too good! The lightweight formula doesn’t take too long to sink into the skin and is packed with vitamins C and E for proper cellular function.

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La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream, $17

Someone suffering from extremely cracked or dry hands needs a formula which is a little more intense, and that’s where La Roche-Posay comes into the mix. The lightly fragranced hand cream protects skin from extremely cold weather by creating a protective barrier over the surface. Keep it in your car, handbag and bedside table at all times and reapply throughout the day.

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100% Pure Lavender hand Cream, $16.95

Although this one is a recent find, it is one of our favourites so far. The sweet smelling lavender scent is perfect right before bed and the cream absorbs so quickly into the skin. Deeply nourishing for all skin types with vitamins and added antioxidants, it also boasts a gluten-free formula.

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, $103

If you’re looking to splurge on a luxury hand cream this winter, nothing beats the selection at Aesop. We finally took the plunge and decided on the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, which is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves skin feeling soft and nourished. Use after washing with soap and before bed for best results.

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What is your favourite hand cream for winter? Tell us in the comments below!

Holy-Grail Makeup Tricks For Dry Skin

Applying makeup onto dry skin can often feel like you’re constantly losing a battle – with yourself. Foundation never sits the way it should, the dewy-skin look always turns into matte (by proxy), and don’t even start with cheek and eye makeup.

RELATED: 3 DIY Face Masks For Dry Skin

If you, or someone you know, suffers from dry skin, use these holy grail makeup tips which are sure to make your skin glow!


One of the most important tips for anyone suffering from dry skin is to keep it hydrated. Whether you’re lounging around the house on a no-makeup day, or heading out to a special event – moisturise! It will leave your skin smoother for longer and will make it so much easier to apply makeup.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Riche Cream, $39.99

Cream foundation

Rather than using a powder foundation, you’ll want to stick to creamy formulas. They sink into the skin much easier than anything else, and will last longer on your skin type. For a natural look without any dry patches, use a damp cosmetic sponge to buff the product into your skin.

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Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, $59

Cosmetic sponge

Brushes can often feel too harsh on dry skin types and actually create dry patches around the eye and cheek areas. Instead, bounce the cosmetic sponge over your skin for an airbrush look every single time.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $15.99

Cheek and lip stains

Rather than using the same-old pressed powder which doesn’t agree with your skin type, test out a few cheek stains instead. They are so quick and easy to apply with your fingers and blend seamlessly into dry skin. Maximise on your beauty products and use the stain as a 2-in-1 for both your cheeks and lips.

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Natio Cheek and Lip Tint, $10.46


It might seem a little weird to regularly exfoliate dry skin, but it’s actually quite the opposite! Since your skin is prone to dryness, regular exfoliating will help to remove those dry skin cells and leave you with a flawless base. Use a charcoal scrub once a week to remove any excess skin and carefully pat down with a towel to avoid the build-up of additional dry patches.

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clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Face Exfoliant, $18

Facial spray

Since dry skin can feel tight and itchy throughout the day, keep a facial spray in your handbag to hydrate it. Something like this will instantly bring back the glow to your face and will actually make your foundation last longer.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $9

What are some of your makeup tips for dry skin?

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The Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oils

Did you know that the humble frankincense oil can be used to treat more than 50 different skin conditions, as well as relaxing the entire body? If you said no, we are about to blow your mind so much that by the end of it, you’ll definitely be interested in getting your hands on a bottle for the medicine cabinet!

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What is frankincense oil?

Frankincense oil is made primarily from boswellia carteri, a type of plant which has been around since Biblical times. Tree resin is steamed down, pressed, and made into a handy little essential oil which we all know and love to this day as frankincense. It is well known for its antibacterial properties and other skin loving and relaxation elements.

Skin damage

If your skin has been left damaged by years of skin exposure or even a nasty burn, use twice a day to treat the area. Not only does it help to diminish the look of dark spots, it will help to naturally brighten the skin.


Suffering from a dry cuticle, or two? Apply frankincense oil before bed (it will soak better into your skin) to bring back the moisture in your fingernails.


Did you know that frankincense has been used for years to reduce stress? Apply a few drops onto the back of your neck, and try to sit back and relax. The sweet smell will soothe your body and mind, and help to increase your concentration.

Mosquito bites

Improve the look and feel of bug bites by applying a few drops of frankincense on the skin. Not only will it help to decrease the redness, but will also soothe the itchy feeling.


If you suffer from particularly dry or acne-prone skin, frankincense could really help to curb those future breakouts. Mix a few drops into your moisturiser and apply onto both the face and neck a few times a week.

Use frankincense as a deep cleansing mask and apply onto freshly washed skin. The antibacterial properties will help to remove any impurities and un-clog your skin.

Dry skin

Apply a few drops of frankincense oil onto dry patches to quickly hydrate and moisturise the entire area. This is a quick and easy trick if the cold weather hasn’t been kind to your skin, or similarly if it needs a bit of glow before heading out.

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5 Cold Creams For Every Skin Condition

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.

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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.

5 Cold Creams For Every Skin Condition

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.

5 Cold Creams For Every Skin Condition

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.

5 Cold Creams For Every Skin Condition

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.

5 Cold Creams For Every Skin Condition

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.

5 Cold Creams For Every Skin Condition

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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.

RELATED: Benefits of Thermal Water For Your Skin


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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Why Are Toners So Important?

Ever thought why we need to use a toner on clean, dry skin? Toners work in a few different ways to keep acne in order, minimise pores, and even help to control the vapid pH levels on our skin.

Although they might take a while to work, they are an essential part of a balanced skincare routine – just as much as cleansing and moisturising!

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How do they actually work?

Toners are made from super-fine formulas which look and feel like water (but there are also cream toners) and work best when applied to clean, dry skin. Firstly, they help to balance the pH level on skin to 5.5 which is ideal for clear, healthy skin. Sometimes using too many chemicals and even tap water can turn the pH level too acidic, and this in turn creates redness, irritation and even increased amount of pimples.

Does my skin need a toner?

Your skin doesn’t need a toner, but is it important to use one. Over the years, toners have been used after cleansing to remove any extra bit of makeup or residue from the skin. Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, and gently swipe upwards to the forehead. Take special care when using around the mouth, hairline, and eyes since it is ultra sensitive.

Toners are also used to tighten the skin, and minimise the appearance of enlarged pores. Think of it this way; hot water has the ability to open pores and remove any excess dirt and bacteria, but toners close them up afterwards. Don’t let this scare you! They are really easy to use, and help to remove any excess build-up of bacteria which cleansers can miss.

Can toners over-dry my skin?

Most toners are made from natural, plant-based ingredients and help to tighten the appearance of pores. Your skin might feel a little tight afterwards, but this is just because the toner is working! Only apply a few drops over problem areas such as the t-zone – you don’t need to apply a toner all over patches of skin that don’t require are not problematic.

Despite this, there still are a number of toners which are packed with alcohol to tame oily skin. This is probably why toners are initially feared in the beauty community, because some can completely dry the skin out and create extra irritation. Use a fragrance and alcohol-free formula if you suffer from extra-dry or sensitive skin, just to be safe. Follow-up with a hydrating moisturiser to lock-in a soft, smooth texture which is perfect for any skin type.

How can I use a toner?

The best time to use a toner is after cleansing the skin. Make sure your makeup has been completely removed (even that pesky mascara), and dry your face with a towel. Apply a few drops of toner onto a cotton pad (or between your palms), and gently pat onto your problem areas. As a general rule, don’t apply any type of skincare product over inflamed or damaged skin, since it could only make the area more irritable. Follow up with a serum, eye cream, and finally a hydrating moisturiser on both your face and neck.

Shop from three of our all-time favourite toners below:

Why Are Toners So Important?

1. Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $55

2. Puretopia Refresh & Balance Hydrating Soothing Mist & Toner, $14.99

3, Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, $30

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Facial Toners For All Skin Types

Toning is an essential part of a steady skincare routine. Not only does it minimise the size of enlarged pores, but it also preps the skin for other products such as serums and moisturisers.

If you haven’t used a toner before, here are just a few selections which will work perfectly on your skin.

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Oily skin

Most women who have oily skin think that using oil-based products will only make skin look and feel oilier. This is far from the truth! After you’ve cleansed your face for the evening, apply a few drops into a cotton pad and wipe carefully across the face and neck. This formula by Aesop is fast absorbing, and it won’t feel oily on your skin.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $33

Dry skin

Use an alcohol-free toner on dry skin to remove dirt and unclog your pores. Anything that contains too much fragrance will cause skin to dry out, and lead to unwanted under-the-skin bumps. Don’t forget to tone your neck, and apply a moisturiser immediately after the toner has settled to nourish dry skin.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner, $8.99

Combination skin

Since combination skin can often feel difficult to maintain, it’s best to use a toner which will relax your skin. Anything containing aloe vera or shea butter is best for keeping skin feeling clean and hydrated before applying moisturiser or makeup.

Facial Toners For All Skin

L’Occitane Fresh Gentle Toner, $34

Normal skin

Anyone with normal skin can use any type of toner on their face, and it will still look amazing! For best results, use rosewater and chamomile extracts to reduce redness, or simply splash on your face at any time of day for an instant cooling effect.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner, $13.95

Sensitive skin

If your skin is extremely sensitive, then it’s best to use a toner with no added fragrance. This could only irritate the skin, and lead to redness and bumps all over. A thermal water will still tighten and tone the skin without making it feel too over-processed.

This is the best alternative since most toners can be quite drying, and cause breakouts on already sensitive skin.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $25.99

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What Is My Skin Type?

Do you find it difficult determining which skin type you have? Oily, sensitive, dry, and even combination types are difficult to determine if your skin is inconsistent. We have outlined the six main skin types below, and how you can recognise which one you have.

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Oily skin

Oily skin usually absorbs moisture really quickly due to larger pores. The t-zone is the worst place for someone suffering from oily skin, since this is where most of the build-up occurs. People suffering from oily skin will need to blot their face numerous times per day, and will most likely be accompanied by an oily scalp.

What Is My Skin Type?

Dry skin

Skin which is dry all year-round can feel dry and scaly. The cheeks and forehead are the worst areas, since skin can feel tight and irritable even after a gentle cleanse. Red patches are a common occurrence since skin dries up very fast and feels itchy and irritable.

What Is My Skin Type?

Combination skin

Combination skin is one of the most common skin types, since it’s both oily and dry on different parts of the face. An oily t-zone is accompanied by dry, or itchy cheeks which break-out after a cleanse.

What Is My Skin Type?

Sun-damaged skin

Skin which has been damaged as a result of premature ageing will often have frown lines on the forehead, and deep crows feet around the eyes. Take care when heading out into the sun, and always apply an SPF if you’re out and about.

What Is My Skin Type?

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is easily irritated by moisturisers, serums, makeup, and generally products packed with fragrance. Red patches around the nose, cheeks, and chin are most likely to occur, and it’s important to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible.

What Is My Skin Type?

Normal skin

People with normal skin usually have an even skin tone, and no particular pigmentation issues. Although this skin type is quite rare, it does exist! Pores are very small, and bumps or blemishes rarely appear unrelated to menstrual cycles.

What Is My Skin Type?

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Home Remedies For Combination Skin

Combination skin is often difficult to control since different parts of your skin require extra love and care. This skin type is often characterised by an oily chin, nose and forehead but often dry cheeks. Why spend lots of money on products that won’t work half the time? Create this homemade facemask with a bunch of natural ingredients you probably have in your pantry!

Banana face mask

Not only is banana good for you, it’s also great for treating combination skin. Bananas are unique fruits which contain magnesium, folic acid and even potassium which helps to hydrate dry skin. Apply to your problem areas, and notice a significant different in your skins appearance.


1/3 banana

1 egg

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon full-cream milk


1. Pour the milk into a hot pan and bring it to a complete boil.

2. Remove the pan off the stove, and set aside so it can cool down. Scoop up the milk (a skin should’ve developed over the top), and deposit into a small bowl.

3. Mash the banana, and add the egg, honey and milk.

4. Spread the mixture on your problem areas, then relax for 10 minutes,

5. Remove the mask with lukewarm water, then moisturise as usual.

Tips for combination skin

  • Combination skin is more likely to break out since it’s typically quite irritable. Make sure to wash your skin daily with a mild cleanser, and always moisturise in the morning and at night.
  • If you’re noticing some unusual breakouts, trim down your skincare routine and stop using products with fragrance. This is most likely the culprit which is causing your breakouts. Try using natural skincare and makeup products which are fragrance-free.
  • Never try more than 2 new products at the same time. This could only disrupt your skin, and cause unnecessary breakouts or possibly scarring.
  • Avoid exfoliating since this could only anger your skin. The very small mirco-beads have the tendency to scratch the surface of your skin, which could lead to more frequent and aggravated breakouts.
  • Never sleep with your makeup on! This could get into your pores and lead to nasty breakouts which can prove to be incredibly painful. Use a Clarisonic or PMD to effectively deep-clean your skin.

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3 DIY Face Masks For Dry Skin

Treating dry skin can often be a nightmare, especially since the cold weather will often cause more breakage on the skins surface. If you prefer to use natural products on your skin, face masks are easy to prepare at home and can be personalised to your particular skin type. Only a few ingredients are required to create a hydrating face mask which will repair the appearance of your skin and soften any harsh lines.

Honey and avocado

Both of these ingredients are perfect for dry skin since they are hydrating, but also brighten the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.


1/2 avocado (ripe)

1/4 cup honey


  1. Mash the avocado in a small bowl, then stir in the honey and mix well.
  2. Apply onto the skin and neck and leave for 10 minutes. Try and relax until the mask has penetrated the pores of your skin.
  3. Wash off with cool water then moisturise as usual.


Works for both dry and sensitive skin, this mask will decrease the appearance of spots and keep the face feeling cool and hydrated. Not only do bananas work to naturally exfoliate the skin but combined with egg yolk, helps to prevent future breakouts since they are packed with zinc, vitamin B2 and vitamin B3.


1 egg yolk

1 mashed banana

2 teaspoons olive or coconut oil


  1. Combine the egg yolk, mashed banana and 2 teaspoons of oil into a small bowl. Then mix well until they create a clump-free paste.
  2. Apply onto the face in a thin layer and work into dry areas such as the t-zone. Allow the mixture to set for 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.


This revitalising mask is easy to create at home and will help to repair inflamed skin while also targeting clogged pores. Gentle enough to use on any skin type, the mixture is packed with essential vitamins and minerals which leaves skin feeling youthful and soft.


Kelp powder

Aloe vera gel

Distilled water


  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of kelp powder and 1 tablespoon of water into a small bowl.
  2. Squeeze out the juice from one aloe vera leaf, or use aloe vera from a bottle. Then mix it all together until there is a fine paste.
  3. Apply onto the face and neck, then leave it on for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture hardens.
  4. Remove with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.

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Winter Skincare Tips

The harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on the delicate skin for both your face and body. Commit to a daily winter routine which will moisturise skin and have it feeling brand new. No need to spend a fortune on new products which could cause unrealistic expectations, just grab a few inexpensive products from the supermarket or drug store, and get started.


Keep in the habit of regularly exfoliating your face and body through the next few months. Dead skin cells will now more than ever build up on the forehead, knees, elbows and shins. Using a gentle clay mask on the face is the best way to remove any build up, and keep your skin looking firm and soft. For the body, try a coffee scrub which can quickly remove dead skin in minutes.


Make sure to moisturise your entire body before you go to bed. This will help to keep skin soft and less likely to break or damage easily over time. Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser ($7.99) is perfect since it dries in seconds, and deeply moisturises without leaving a greasy residue on your clothes or sheets the next morning.


Cracked lips are painful, unpleasant and difficult to deal with during the colder months. Regularly exfoliate your lips by using a dry toothbrush and rubbing it along your top and bottom lips. Apply a lip balm which will soothe and nourish your lips, and re-apply throughout the day. A great option is the Carmex Mint Lip Balm Tube SPF 15 ($4.99). The added SPF will protect your lips against the sun, and keep them hydrated.


Don’t forget to apply products with sunscreen even though the sun might not be shining. Instead of using a sunscreen which could leave an unpleasant sheen or shade of white on your face, look for a foundation with an added SPF. These products are easy to apply, inexpensive and don’t leave you with a shiny face all day long.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

Skincare Tips for Dry Skin

If you’re prone to dry skin, finding the right skincare regime and makeup products can be difficult. It’s important to find products that don’t contribute to or exacerbate dryness. To help you get the most out of your beauty regimen, follow our best skincare and makeup tips for dry skin.

For women with dry skin problems, it’s important to find the best moisturiser for your face before you start applying makeup. The right moisturiser will provide your skin with the hydration it needs to be smooth, supple and healthy. Ideally, dry skin sufferers should avoid products that contain alcohol and nasty chemicals which can typically promote irritation and cause itching and flaking. Instead, look for a product containing natural ingredients that nourish the skin and help facilitate repair. The Christina Moss organic facial moisturizer is a great way to help give your face the hydration it needs, without all of the chemical filler.

Avoid Harsh Astringents
Many women use facial toners prior to applying their makeup, but some of these products can worsen dry skin and cause redness and burning. Most of them contain ingredients like alcohol, fragrances and artificial colors that can damage skin cells and promote dermatological disorders. If you want to use a toner, then it’s recommended to select one that is designed for use on dry skin. Many of these contain natural substances that are particularly soothing to the skin, such as cucumber or aloe vera extract. One great product is the Images Skin Care Aloe Cucumber facial toner made for sensitive skin.

Take Care of Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is especially delicate. When you have dry skin, this already sensitive area is made even more vulnerable to the effects of aging and stress. While taking care of your skin by avoiding harsh products can go a long way toward preserving your youthful appearance, that’s not all you can do. The addition of a nourishing eye serum can help to further prevent the formation of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. It’s also a great way to help diminish the appearance of under-eye circles. The Premier Dead Sea eye serum is a fantastic product for rejuvenating and lifting the skin beneath your eyes.

Choose Products With UV Protection
The sun’s UV rays are one of the biggest threats to your skin’s health and vitality. For women with dry skin, the damage is often two-fold. Dry skin is made even drier when it’s under assault by the sun. People with dry skin may also be more susceptible to sunburn. Even at low levels, this can age dry skin mercilessly. It’s essential to protect dry skin’s integrity by using a foundation that offers UV protection, such as the Revlon Age Defying foundation with SPF 15 and Botafirm.

Go Natural
When you remove your makeup, do you scrub it away with a bar of soap that makes your face tight and itchy? Perhaps you, like so many others, use a drugstore liquid cleanser that burns and turns your skin red. While both of these methods seem like convenient ways to take off makeup, they’re terrible for women with dry skin. If convenience is what you’re after, there is an all-natural product that is even more convenient, and it won’t dry or irritate your skin. With the Blum Naturals Dry and Sensitive Skin daily cleansing towelettes, you just wipe away the makeup and walk away with clean, fresh and happy skin.

Makeup Tips for Dry Skin

Dry skin is never fun, especially when your trying to apply makeup on top of it. You try to hide your dry skin but you find that it doesn’t stay on or it makes your dry skin worse. Luckily there are some amazing makeup tips and products  that can really make a difference to your complexion.

Moisturise and prime
After washing your face, moisturise three to five minutes before applying makeup. After hydration add a drop of primer. The primer creates a protective barrier and helps the makeup stay fixed to the skin.

Remember that midway through the day your skin might start to feel dry again. Carry a moisturising mist with you.
We love: Derma E Facial Moisturizer Hyaluronic Hydrating Mist, which comes in a travel-sized bottle, like that can be sprayed on over your makeup. It helps your skin stay hydrated and keeps your makeup from coming off.

Use a foundation brush to blend a thin layer of foundation over your face to hide dry skin. It also adds a healthy glow. In this case less is more, so remember to apply a light layer. Try a tinted moisturiser but don’t skimp on your regular moisturiser. Proper skin hydration is important for dry skin.
We love: Urban Decay Surreal Skin Creamy Concealer and for extra coverage try L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Instant Age-Reversing Foundation.


Creams instead of powders
Makeup artists do not recommend people with dry skin use powder-based makeup because it cakes on and draws attention to lines and wrinkles. Cream-based makeup is usually better for dry skin, so look for cream blushes, instead of powder, liquid foundation, instead of powder, etc. Using a brush will give your skin a dewy look, instead of dulling  your skin.

If you need a touch-up during the day, there are finishing powders that are designed for dry skin, that will set makeup and leave you with an airbrushed finish.
We love: Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder is light and perfect for a polished makeup.


Don’t forget your lips
With dry skin often comes dry lips, which can look cracked and dehydrated. To rid your lips of dry skin flakes try this homemade scrub. A scrub can easily be made with a mixture of honey, coconut oil and sugar. In addition to tasting divine, the mixture works wonders on your kisser. The honey and coconut oil hydrate while the sugar scrubs off any dead skin. In addition, you can also gently rub a wet toothbrush over your lips to rid them of dry flakes.

Opt for conditioning lip gloss or sheer lipstick for your lip colour. Don’t use matte lipstick or lipsticks with long-lasting formulas which are super drying.
We love: Laura Mercier Lip Silk, a sheer lip balm that acts like a lipstick and locks in moisture.


What makeup products do you love for dry skin?

It’s OK to fake…

It’s OK to fake…

Get a gorgeous sun-kissed glow without the burn and long term damage of sun baking. It’s never been cooler to fake it. And new generation tanners mean better application, longer lasting, natural looking results and no tell-tale fake tan smell.

The golden rules of applying fake tan need to be obeyed no matter what potion or lotion you go with.

1) Exfoliate religiously with particular emphasis on dry skin prone areas like elbows and knees

2) Make sure your skin is nicely moisturised so your tanner glides on smoothly

3) Wear disposable gloves when applying to avoid tell-tale orange palms

4) Go easy on areas like your neck, knees and ankles, where colour can accumulate giving a less than natural result

SheSaid Self Tanning Picks

Dr. LeWinn’s Sunless Tanning Lotion

Smelling more like a yummy dessert than a self-tanner, Dr. LeWinn’s Sunless Tanning Lotion glides on smoothly and give a great coloured tan in just a few hours. Available in specially priced Get Ready for Summer packs including 150ml Liquid Loofah and 150mls Sunless Tanning Lotion plus a cool beach tote for only $59.00! From pharmacies and department stores or call 1800 033 122.

Tan Airbrush in a Can

ModelCo Tan Airbrush in a Can

Models Amber Valetta and Eva Herzigova swear by this revolutionary self-tanning product. You’ll love the instant colour and be amazed as the depth of colour intensifies after application. Smells like cocoa butter and goes on quickly and evenly, fading naturally after a few days.

$32 from David Jones, Myer/Grace Bros and selected independents.

Dermalogica Protective Self Tan SPF15

Trust Dermalogica to answer all our self-tanning prayers! Protective Self Tan SPF15 is really a three in one product that delivers a looking tan, SPF15 and an instant bronzing agent that gives a quick glow to skin, while making it easy to see where it’s been applied. Biopeptides in the formula also stimulate natural melanin production that means your tan will last longer!

$42 from Dermalogica. For stockists call toll free 1800 659 118.

Clinque Self-Sun Quick Bronze self-tanner

Clinque Self-Sun Quick Bronze self-tanner

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Pale-faces, take note! This product has been made with you in mind, providing a natural looking tan for the fairest of them all. The lightweight gel glides on easily giving instant colour to the palest of skins. The summery citrus scent will have you heading for the beach before you can say ‘Tan line!’

$30 from department stores and selected pharmacies nationally.


A Beauty Therapist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning – Part Two


The quickest and easiest way to boost the skin instantly is to give it a good scrub. Exfoliation gives the skin instant sheen by removing dead skin build up that makes the skin look dry and dull. Dermalogica Sea Salts are an excellent solution for crepe skin and thorough barnacle removal. For a fabulous, freshly scrubbed feeling apply the salts to dry skin with your hands or better still in combination with a loofah mitt. If you’re feeling a little delicate, simply add the salts to your bath water, the salicylic acid in the salts will melt away “roughness” without stimulation or aggravating fragile skins.If you are scrubbing, remember not to scrub too hard, or too long. For your face no longer than 30 seconds in a light circulation motion, and the body, keep your scrubbing to 2-3 minutes making sure soles of feet, knees and elbows are thoroughly worked. Top tip: If you look flushed after exfoliating you are scrubbing to hard. Keep it light and only exfoliate once a week depending on skin condition. Over exfoliation can break the capillaries in the skin, unsettle your acid mantle (which is the skin’s natural ph balance, protecting it from the environment) and expose you to environmental damage.

Professional body scrub treatments not only feel great but they’re great for stimulating the lymph system detoxifying your system and assist in blood circulation. They also ensure a thorough body overhaul to those hard to reach places such as the back, shoulders and bottom. Most body scrubs range from $80 to $120 and products used in the salon can be purchased for home maintenance.

What to look for A treatment that uses quality salts and/or scrubs, and a therapist with an angel’s touch.

Day Spa at home

Thalgo Aroma Relax

You don?t need to leave the house to give yourself an hour of divine pampering. Make the most of the great indoors this winter with our guide to the at home day spa experience. Dim the lights, light the candles and chill?First, choose your time wisely. Make sure you?ll have at least one and a half hours uninterrupted. There?s nothing worse than the sound of an unanswered phone to break the spell of the spa, so make sure your mobile and land line and quiet.

Prepare the space. Most pampering will take place in the bathroom, so set the mood by

Thalgo Rebalancing Mask

lighting some candles.Run a bath and make it comfortably hot, you want to relax, not scald yourself! Add a few drops of Thalgo Aroma Relax bath and body oil ($69.50) from the Thalgo Aromatics body range. Essential oils of Lavender, Magnolia, Romaine Chamomile and Bitter Orange will calm stress and whisk you into a world of well being.

Next, disrobe and give yourself total body scrub using Thalgo Descomask Body Exfoliating Scrub ($40.00). You can use this treatment on wet or dry skin. The gentle but effective exfoliants get to work eliminating dry skin from problem areas elbows and knees,

Thalgo Intensive Nutrition Cream

but it?s also gentle enough to use on your d?colletage too!Cleanse your face and apply a layer of Thalgo Rebalancing Mask ($43.50) to help fight oiliness, and impurities in the skin. And as a treat for your eyes, apply couple of Thalgo Youthful Look Patch Masks ($62.50 for a box of ten) to your under eye area. Top tip: keep them in the fridge for an extra lift! These fantastic new treatments are actually cloth-like eye patches saturated with Lifiline to tighten, Marine amino-acids to repair and Marine MPS to hydrate the eye area.

Now step into your heavenly scented

Thalgo Bust Shaping Serum

bath, immerse yourself and take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Clear your mind of all thoughts and concerns. Starting at the top with your face, relax each and every muscle working your way down your body and to your toes. Don?t forget to breathe! When you?re ready, use a wash cloth and a gentle circular motion to remove any remaining body scrub.Out of the bath, dry off lightly with a soft plush towel and apply a liberal slathering of Thalgo Intensive Nutrition Cream for the body ($85.50). This super-hydrating treat is the perfect antidote to our harsh climate. It?s a godsend for sun-ravaged summer skin and also comes to the rescue of tired, neglected winter skin.

Now focusing on your d?colletage, apply a thin layer of Thalgo Bust Shaping Serum ($57.00), which is especially designed to tone and firm tissue, shape the bust and lighten the d?colletage area. Peach tree extract comes to the rescue lightens age and sunspots too.

Complete your pampering session by enjoying a cup of herbal or fruit tea and savoring the silence. Ease yourself back into the real world slowly, and don?t forget to make time for yourself every week!

To find a Thalgo stockist in your area call 02 9477 6900.

Frill Seekers

Whether it?s a reaction to the stark serious show of black on the Autumn/Winter catwalks, or an antidote to the prim Victorian influence that is everywhere this season, the message from the runways is clear: Romance Rules. Yves Saint Laurent embrace this Romany mood with models in delicate gypsy ruffles, while Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQueen all play with fashion?s softer, seductive side. Never one to miss a trend, Witchery has a fantastic range of soft cotton shirts with ruffled fronts in black, white, grey and stripes.

Pair your shirt with skinny cigarette pants and you have the perfect, effortlessly chic evening outfit. Dress it down with denim and you?ll find yourself in ?Relaxed Chic? territory. It doesn?t really matter how you wear it. The ruffled shirt proves that it is a must-have item by the fashion cognoscenti. No self-respecting style-o-phile would go without it, so go straight to www.witchery.com.au for one right now! The message is clear girls, get frilled!She?s got legs!

Even though you have to rug up, wear layer after layer at the moment and do everything but show them, it

have to turn into the ape woman. Take ultra care of your legs and feet in winter-the hibernation will do them good. Soak them in creams and oils to get them ready for summer and every now and then show them. That is what fishnets are for. We all know that fishnets were the craze last winter, but this season they really are a wearable winter accessory. The textures are richer and the colours endless. Great teasers, fishnets worn with trusty blacks and browns create intriguing flashes of colour. The look will bring just the right amount of eccentric colour to your wardrobe. The ultimate in hosiery is Voodoo. They have a fabulous range of stockings, tights, pantyhose, anklets, trouser socks and the most beautiful lace range. Our pick for colour would have to be Voodoo African Violet and Coco. Available through David Jones/Grace Brothers

selected boutiques nationally.Saving Face

Skincare technology has advanced so far that the latest creams on the market claim they can cure all manner of ills and virtually leave us looking twenty-one forever. For years you put up with a face cream more out of habit than for the results it achieves. Then one day, you find yourself faced with a plethora of the latest top-notch creams, each boasting the fruits of revolutionary 21st century research. Rather than drowning in choice, here a few that we think might just be the winners:

Clinique Total Turnaround

If you have dull and tired, stressed skin this is the perfect jar for you. This product is more of a resurfacer than moisturiser. Rather than stripping away the top layers, it conditions skin to function properly and leaves it with a uniform thickness and a smooth, even surface.

Chanel Precision Ultra Correction Anti-Wrinkle Restructuring Cream

This is one of Chanel?s first major anti-ageing cream they have devised. It helps to prevent skin slackening, but it also works on other telltale signs of ageing, such as lines, dark spots and dryness. We love the massage creams it comes with. Apparently research shows that women who massage in cream, rather than merely applying it, are pleased with the results and physically and psychologically happier.

Lancome Absolute; Absolute Replenishing Cream

This is the only cream for you if you complain about very dry skin. It is a special product that helps stimulate the skin?s lipid production to combat dryness. It contains soya which boosts collagen and elastin production.

Nutrimetics Botanicals Aloe Hydragel

Dry skin? Then this is the product for you. The Botanicals range is an innovative skincare range, which is formulated by using botanical and real fruit extracts. This is a light, easily absorbed and refreshing facial moisturising gel, enriched with one of our favourite natural goodies ? Aloe Vera. This nurturing ingredient will soften and condition even the driest skin. Go to www.nutrimetics.com.au for further information.

L?Oreal Plenitude Activ Futur Cream

Girls on a budget swear by this range. Perfect for anyone aged between 20 and 35, it contains Vitamin E and a gentle exfoliator. This magic jar will protect and hydrate. L?Oreal claims the combination of Vitamin E and polyphenols gives at least 8 hours ?worth of hydration?. Well worth a try don?t you think?

Keep it clean

You?ve got the puffed sleeves, frilled shirt and petticoats ? now complete the look with simple, but subtle make-up that will make you look like a glowing, healthy maiden. Wearing white is a great excuse to pamper up. Go the old fashioned way with powder puffs. Dab on rose-scented oils, use facial blotting papers and indulge in a little boudoir bliss. Remember not to get too carried away-you don?t want to get over inspired and end up looking like one of those overly-coifed shop assistants in Alannah Hill. Ethereal is great, but it?s got to come naturally. Always keep in mind that Victorian-style clothes are very frilly and old-fashioned ? so when it comes to make-up, either, go bare or opt for sweet rouged lips and cheeks look. Simple is best. You don?t want to look like you?ve come in fancy dress. Here is what we suggest you go in search for:

Skin should look beautifully matte and utterly flawless, so check out Shiseido the ultimate Make Up Pressed Powder Compact. Don?t forget to add a dab of Loose Powder. Nothing beats Anna Sui for gorgeous packaging. Check out her black Loose Powder-the ultimate in china-girl chic.

Shiseido The Make Up Fine Eyeliner in Black is perfect for heavy eyes and Nars Lip Lacquer in Chastity is the best colour for subtle lips.

Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Clear is perfect for a clean look. Go to David Jones and Grace Brothers nationally.

Don?t forget to paint your fingernails with Nars Nail polish in Gimme Shelter. Go to www.meccacosmetica.com.au


Hydrating masks put to the test

Hippy is HipDesigners are embracing the love and peace vibe and updating hippy classics with a sexy, laid-back attitude. Make sure you search for anything with psychedelic colours and rainbow prints with faded denim, hip belts, fringed scarves and thong necklaces.

Hydrate your skin

We tried and tested 3 hydrating masks to see if they do what they really do. Here is what we discovered:

Now if you think hydrating masks are just for severely dry, sun-damaged skin, then you are sadly mistaken. In truth they are for normal, oily or combination. Beautician Ina says, ? They are for everyone. When your skin suffers from the over-indulgence of late nights, too much drink, exposure to smoke and unbalanced diets, a hydrating mask is really the only thing to sort them out.?

Hope in a Jar by Philosophy

This is gel-like and refreshing mask with Vitamin E, jojoba and soya bean derivatives. This

smells beautiful and does exactly what the name says it does. Your skin will feel soft and plump again. The packaging is slick and cool but we must admit a bottle of this is a little expensive but you won?t be disappointed. Check it out at www.meccacosmetica.com.auAveda Hydrating mask

This oil-free gel mask contains moisturising plant extracts, aloe, kelp, lavender and rosewater is perfect for tired, dry and stressed out skin. It is easy to apply and feels nice on your skin. After the application, the gel becomes a thin sheen that can either be removed after 10 minutes with a gentle swipe or left on overnight. If you leave it on overnight we can assure you your skin will feel fantastic. Head straight to the nearest Aveda store near you.

Lush facial masks

Lush products are fab and spooned from stainless steel bowls on ice, like dips at an up-market deli. Our fave is the Wow Wow mask, which is made of deli-fresh ingredients: oats (to soften), marigold (to tone), limeflower and mushrooms (for thread veins). It feels cool and lumpy but the messiness of the mask was off-putting and a bit of an effort to remove. Not such a great mask.


Benefits of Body Brushing

Did you know that on average your skin naturally renews itself every 28 days, but this process slows down as you age. Dead cells build up, making your skin look dull and feel rough. Regular body brushing gives your skin a polished finish and increases circulation, which will hopefully decrease cellulite. Body brushing will eliminate as much as one third of your body’s wastes. Dry skin brushing also offers your body the same stimulation as a good massage or 20 minutes exercise (although don’t think a good hour walk or 20 minute run is the same). Before you shower, use a soft-bristled brush and work over your body (but don’t do your face) using long, sweeping movements. Start at the soles of your feet and work up to your legs. Then work on your arms and torso, brushing up towards your heart. Work over your abdomen in clockwise strokes. Start with gentle pressure and as your skin becomes used to the sensation, increase the pressure. When you finish brushing, take a warm shower and then smooth moisturiser (read our article on hydration) all over your body. As a result of the body’s purification process you may find the odd pimple appearing on your skin where you have brushed. One tip you should remember is that if you do dry skin brush every day then take a week’s break every month so your body doesn’t get too used to the treatment. Always wash the brush in warm soapy water once a month to remove any dead skin cells and impurities. If you suffer from very sensitive skin than use a towel instead? it will be gentler on your skin.
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