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April 20, 2016

The Correct Way To Wash Your Face

Who knew that there’s a secret technique to face-washing? Follow our tips to get the most out of your cleansing, exfoliating and toning routine every morning and night, especially during those colder months of the year.

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Removing makeup

There are a few different ways you can remove your makeup every evening, and just one is with a micellar water. This is the perfect option if you have a lot of heavy eye makeup and foundation, which can take a little longer to remove. Other ways include using facial wipes, cleansing oils and foam cleansers. Once your makeup has been completely removed, it’s then time to move onto cleansing.

Tip: Never use water which is really cold or really hot – the only water you should be using is right in the middle. Anything too extreme can cause redness, broken capillaries and dry patches.

If you’re wearing false lashes, refrain from pulling them off your eyes directly. This can actually cause your real lashes to fall out, which is never a good thing! Wet a damp cotton pad with makeup remover or micellar water and pat it over your eye instead.

Cleansing

A light cleanse is essential both at the beginning and at the end of the day, since it removes any skincare particles or bacteria from the previous night. One to two pumps is enough for your entire face and neck, then rub it in circular motions over your problem areas. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Tip: Even if you haven’t been wearing makeup during the day, it’s still essential to cleanse on a daily basis. It helps to remove any impurities from the skin without going for a deep-clean.

Exfoliating

Depending on your skin type, an exfoliator is one of the best ways to regulate the follicles and keep your face looking clear. Apply the product on damp hands, and slowly massage it over your face (taking care to avoid the eye area). Let it sit for a few seconds, then wash with lukewarm water.

Tip: Some exfoliators are packed with large micro-beads, which can actually disrupt the epidermis. If your skin is super-sensitive and prone to breakouts and redness, use a powder exfoliator instead. They’re gentle, and won’t make your face feel like it’s on fire.

Use in conjunction with a warm flannel or cleansing cloth to give your skin a deep-clean without the added pain. This will also remove any remnants of makeup which are still lurking around on your face.

Toning

While the jury is still out on the effectiveness of toners, the truth is that they help to regulate oil – especially on combination/oily skin types. Apply it with your fingers or onto a cotton pad, then dab it into the areas with enlarged pores. The forehead, t-zone, and chin are the most popular areas for this.

Tip: You might feel like your skin doesn’t benefit from a toner, but if you are trying it out for the first time, it’s important to note that a little goes a long way. Don’t go overboard and apply it near your eyes or neck since it’s a little too abrasive for these areas.

Moisturising

Together with serums, moisturises should be the last parts of your skincare regime. Look for a hydrating formula which matches your skin and doesn’t leave your face feeling overly oily or overly dry, which is a bad sign.

Tip: Take a pea-sized amount and dab it into all areas of your face. You might need a little more on your neck, and remember to push the product upwards into the jawline – this will help to prevent premature ageing down the track.

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April 13, 2015

Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

Are you looking for a gentle way to exfoliate your face, which won’t cause redness and irritation?

Rather than using the same-old facial scrub, try a few of these non-irritable ways to exfoliate without the added pain. This is strictly a mircobead-free zone, and is ideal for all skin types!

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Powdered exfoliator

Using a powdered exfoliator isn’t a relatively new skincare trend, but it really does work! Many brands such as Dermalogica and Indeed Laboratories offer their take on this ingenious little product which gently exfoliates the skin without causing any irritation.

Simply mix with lukewarm water, and massage over your face in small circles. This helps to get the blood circulating, and should be used 1-2 times per week.

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $62.48

Warm flannel

If you just don’t have the time to exfoliate throughout the week, why not use a trusty flannel cloth to remove your makeup and any dead skin cells. Massage a few pumps of your favourite dry oil onto your face (our favourite is the Body Shop Cleansing Oil), and wait for it to break down even your mascara!

Right now you might be rocking those panda eyes, but take a warm flannel cloth and wipe away the residue from your face. No double-cleansing needed, and your skin feels silky soft!

Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Cotton Flannel, $8

Face polish

Rather than using an abrasive formula packed with microbeads, invest in a gentle scrub which also acts as a cleanser. One of our new favourites by CR Formulations features pearl and bamboo extracts which helps to buff the skin without over-drying. Follow up with a lightweight moisturiser and focus the product into your problem areas.

Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

CR Formulations Pearl and Bamboo Face Polish, $70

Exfoliating cleanser

Combining both the benefits of a cleanser and an exfoliator is the best way to treat sensitive or acne-prone skin. Luckily there are a number of products out there which are packed with skin-loving jojoba and other essential oils to make your face feel soft as silk. Use 1-2 times a week or as much as your skin needs it.

Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

Ren Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, $50.37

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February 17, 2015

How To Treat Dehydrated Skin

The mystery of dehydrated skin is that almost everyone has it; even if you experience a typically oily t-zone and dry patches across your face.

This could be the result of a few different factors which include your diet, not enough moisture on the skin, and sometimes even a lack of exfoliating. If you find your skin is feeling particularly lacklustre, try a few of these tricks to combat dehydration.

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Serums

Serums work for a variety of skin types since they are extremely gentle, and can be used to cure a number of skin disorders. Try using a serum at least 2 times a week after cleansing your skin but before applying moisturiser. The role of a serum is to prep the skin so it can better absorb moisturiser and eye creams, leaving skin quenched for the day. Apply just 2-3 drops into your hands, and dab onto the t-zone, cheeks and chin, or any other problem areas you have.

Exfoliate

Rather using an exfoliating scrub which could only disturb already sensitive skin, it’s much easier to exfoliate with a cotton cloth. Use a cleansing oil to remove your daily makeup and skincare, then run a cotton cloth or flannel under warm tap water. Gently remove any makeup with downward swipes, or leave the flannel over your face to open pores for a deep-treatment. This is a less abrasive way of exfoliating the face (and neck!), without using a harmful scrub which can cause redness and breakouts.

Moisturiser

Keep your skin feeling hydrated by applying an appropriate moisturiser for both morning and night. For the morning, use a lightweight formula with added SPF to keep your skin protected all day long. If your skin is acne-prone, there are many fragrance-free formulas which won’t clog your pores or disrupt established breakouts.

Before going to bed, use a rich moisturiser which will keep your skin hydrated while you sleep. This is extremely important since dehydrated skin needs constant attention – even when you think it doesn’t need it! Choose non-oily formulas which won’t leave your skin with a greasy residue the next morning.

Thermal water

Spritz your face with a thermal water to beat the heat, and keep skin hydrated for those hot summer days. Thermal water is perfect for dehydrated skin because it helps to keep pH levels consistent, and prevents breakouts if you’re acne-prone. Keep a small bottle in your handbag and spray every time your face needs some additional moisture throughout the day, or on a long plane trip.

How do you treat dehydrated skin? Let us know of your tips below.

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December 22, 2014

5 Skincare Mistakes You’re Making (And How To Fix Them)

Ever realised that you’ve been applying your skincare all wrong? While there are a number of ways to apply your toner, moisturiser, and serum – sometimes it’s best to just take a step back and really listen to your skin and what it needs.

Here are just a few common skincare mistakes most women are making, and how to easily fix them.

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Mistake #1: Nightly routine

Between moisturisers, serums, and even eye creams, it feels like there’s so much variety out there and not enough structure. If you really want your skin to benefit from all the products you’re investing into, it’s time to structure your skincare routine. Although we have previously made a post about this, there is a simple way to layer your skincare so you can receive the benefits of each product.

Start with freshly cleansed skin, making sure that all of your makeup has been carefully washed off your face, eyes, and neck. Apply a nourishing night serum, wait for it to sink into the skin (this could take up to 10 minutes), then apply an eye serum, and follow this with a deeply nourishing moisturiser. The serum helps to prep the skin for all of the other products – somewhat like a primer!

Mistake #2: Exfoliating

Over-exfoliating the skin can cause irreversible damage, especially to the delicate under-eye area which is the first place to show visible signs of premature ageing. Using an exfoliator with micro-beads is definitely a no-no, since you’re essentially scraping them across the surface of your skin and rubbing off the protective layer.

To keep this to a minimum, only exfoliate once or twice a week, and use a gentle formula to carefully remove the layers of dead skin from your face. Afterwards, lock in the moisture by using a hydrating cream all over your face.

Mistake #3: Sleeping with makeup

Say it isn’t so! Many women are guilty of this mistake, especially after a night out when sleep seems to be the only agenda. Always find the time to remove your makeup – think about your pores! The makeup is trapped under your skin, and can cause increased acne, clogged pores and oil glands.

Don’t make this a habit, and remove your makeup with a micellar water which is simple and doesn’t require a cleanser – use a masque the next day to lock-in the moisture you’ve lost.

Mistake #4: Face wipes

Sometimes face wipes are just the easiest way to remove all of the makeup from your face, right? Wrong! Not only do face wipes scratch the surface of the skin, they’re also super-abrasive and can cause future breakouts. They irritate the skin because of the constant tugging back and forth to remove makeup from difficult places such as the eyes and neck.

Use a mild cleanser to remove excess makeup from problem areas, and don’t rub your eyes! A cotton pad and some eye-makeup remover is the best way to remove your mascara without causing any longterm damage to your skin. Simply dab the cotton pad over your eyes and the makeup will quickly come off.

Mistake #5: Dirty brushes

Keep your brushes clean by using a mild cleaning agent to freshen them up every time you use them. Once every month you should set aside some time and deep-clean your brushes one-by-one. Use olive oil and an anti-bacterial solution to effectively remove all the build-up from your brushes, and keep them stain-free!

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November 13, 2014

Natural Underarm Whitening Scrub

Do you or someone you know have extremely discoloured underarms? This is most prominent in women (and men) with a darker skin tone, and can often prove difficult to deal with – especially during the summer months. Here is a homemade scrub you can use to eliminate any discolouration from your underarms.

Ingredients

1/2 cup cucumber juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon tumeric powder

Instructions

  1. Combine the mixture, then apply a think layer onto skin for 20 minutes.
  2. Rinse with lukewarm water, then repeat this step again until you’ve reach your desired results.

Tips

  • Avoid using deodorants which are packed with fragrances, since these chemicals could be causing more harm than good. For a more natural deodorant, use baby powder which won’t discolour or discomfort your skin in anyway.
  • Sometimes even shaving can cause irritation to the sensitive skin under your arms. Try other hair removal techniques such as waxing or laser treatments.
  • Exfoliate the dead skin cells under your arms. This will leave your underarms looking and feeling their best – especially if you want to apply fake tan.
  • Try dry body brushing at least once. All you need to do is apply a dry loofah on your skin in small, circular motions. Not only will it remove dead skin cells, but also improve your circulation.

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September 7, 2014

Avoid These 5 Common Skincare Mistakes

In order to protect the skin you’re in, it is important to cleanse, moisturise and exfoliate on a regular basis. Common skincare mistakes which include over-cleansing, leaving makeup on while you sleep and not moisturising enough can often lead to premature wrinkles and dry, lacklustre skin. Follow our guide below to avoid the most common skincare mistakes you’re making, and how to treat your skin the correct way.

DO: Remove your makeup

While coming home from a night out can often be tiring, it is important to always remove your makeup before going to bed. Think of it as a nightly routine which helps your skin to breathe, recover and start fresh the next morning. If you don’t have much time for a deep-cleansing treatment, even using a cotton pad and micellar water is enough to remove makeup effectively. Pay special attention to your eyes, and make sure not to rub too vigorously when removing mascara, liner or eyeshadow.

Avoid These 5 Common Skincare Mistakes

DON’T: Overdo the SPF

Applying a sunscreen on your face and body is a good habit to have – just don’t use more than your recommended amount. Sunscreens with an SPF of 90 and 100+ won’t necessarily protect you more than a product with boasts an SPF of 30. It is only a guide which rates how long it will take for your skin to burn. Dermatologists usually recommend an SPF of 30 if you’re heading out into the sun.

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DON’T: Over-exfoliate

It is best to keep away from harsh scrubs or exfoliators with little micro-beads in the formula. When applied onto the skin, these micro-beads are harsh enough to scratch the surface of the skin causing long-term damage if used on a daily basis. Instead, opt for a clay mask which is soft and less abrasive on the skin.

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DO: Moisturise regularly 

Keep your skin feeling hydrated by moisturising your face every morning and night. Use a light cream for the daytime, and a rich night cream when you’re heading to bed. The best time to moisturise your face is when you’ve just popped out of the shower – this will really penetrate the pores and soak better into the skin. There is nothing worse than dry patches!

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DON’T: Over-wash your face

With tap water that is! Sometimes the pH level in tap water can interfere with the condition of your skin, so regularly use a thermal spray instead. They are packed with rich minerals and antioxidants and are free from bacteria and pollution. Designed to help skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

Avoid These 5 Common Skincare Mistakes

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August 20, 2014

5 Common Skincare Mistakes

Ever used products on your skin which cause redness, irritation and don’t fix the problem? This is your own personal guide to breaking out of the cycle of skincare blunders, and building a routine which is designed for your skin. Keep these tips in mind the next time you wash your face.

Over-cleansing

Put down that cleanser immediately! While having clean skin is often believed to be the only path to clear skin, it is important to avoid too much cleansing. Over-cleansing causes the skin to dry out and cause troublesome patches across the face. The oil-producing glands are overworked, which will make skin feel hydrated but actually look dry and flakey.

Stick to what you know

Did you know that the number one way to irritate your skin is by constantly switching up your products? Each product is comprised of different ingredients which could irritate the skin, cause redness and worst of all, facilitate breakouts. Don’t replace your entire skincare routine with something new – instead make small changes every few months so your skin can adjust to the change.

Cut the exfoliating

Clay masks, deep-cleansing foams and exfoliators are a great way to remove dead skin cells from the surface, but using these products too much will only irritate your skin. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it is good to treat to your skin with gentle exfoliators, maximum 1-2 times a week. Anything more than that will can cause breakouts, dryness and irritation.

Use sunscreen

Keep your skin looking and feeling youthful by slathering on that sunscreen every single day. If you don’t have time to apply it to your face, use a foundation or BB cream which is equipped with at least an SPF 15. This will decrease the effects of sun damage, burning and sun-spots.

Patting skin dry

Take extra care to pat your skin dry since harsh rubbing will only cause irritation and encourage wrinkles. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin this helps to maintain it’s elasticity, especially around the delicate eye area.

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July 30, 2014

Are Exfoliators Bad For Healthy Skin?

Exfoliating both the face and body contributes to smoother looking skin, but also a more youthful appearance. It is recommended that individuals should mildly exfoliate once or twice a week, since anything more could lead to dry and cracked skin if not heavily moisturised afterwards. Gently exfoliating the skin with a method which works for you is the best way to rejuvenate the skin and keep it feeling healthy and brand new.

Benefits of exfoliation

There are many benefits which come along when exfoliating skin on a weekly basis. For the body it can smooth out any lines or buildup on the knees, elbows and feet and improve the appearance of un-even skin tone. While for the face helps to remove any dry patches and diminishes problem areas which attract a build-up of dead skin cells.

Exfoliating the face

Take extra care when exfoliating the face and neck, since these areas are usually more sensitive and prone to break-out. Exfoliating scrubs are available almost anywhere and work wonders when paired with warm water to give a noticeably smoother appearance to the skin. If you do suffer from itchiness or mild sensitivity whilst using a scrub, only exfoliate once a week or however often your skin needs needs to be pampered. It is always best to leave your skin to breathe, rather than constantly over-treating it with products.

As of late, exfoliating brushes such as the PMD and Clarisonic have become a fast way to remove dead skin cells with ease. If you’re just starting out, make sure to use the product on the lowest setting so your skin can slowly adjust to the process. These brushes are also amazing at removing excess makeup, oil and grime off the surface of the skin, where makeup removers, cleansers and wipes just can’t reach.

Exfoliating the body

There are many tools available to gently exfoliate the body, even for those who have very sensitive skin. Bath and shower loofahs, exfoliating gloves and textured sponges should be used in circular motions to effectively exfoliate the skin. Body scrubs such as the Instagram-famous Frank Scrub contain various vitamins and minerals which together help to exfoliate and moisturise the skin in one go.

How much is too much?

Look out for signs that your skin might be suffering from over-exfoliation since this can cause more harm than good. Itchiness, redness, sensitivity and break-outs are all common side-effects which can harm the epidermis otherwise known as the outer layer of skin. If skin appears to be dry and scaly, apply a moisturising cream or aloe vera to avoid any further pain or sensitivity.

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July 9, 2014

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

Exfoliate

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.

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