The first step to achieving healthy, glowing skin, is ditching your bad skin habits. From popping pimples to sleeping in your makeup, these seemingly harmless habits are preventing you from achieving a clear complexion.
To do this, you first need to identify your problem habits. That’s why we’ve put together some of the worst skin habits that we’re all guilty of.
Smoking causes premature skin ageing, makes sun damage more noticeable and can cause skin lesions. On top of this it worsens the appearance of wrinkles and can give your skin a yellow discolouration. Smoking can be incredibly difficult to quit, so we’ve started with a hard one! But quitting could put you on a road to a healthier body and mind, as well as decreasing your risk of noticeable skin damage.
While you’re sleeping your body is actively working to rejuvenate itself and a lack of sleep can result in grey, sagging skin under your eyes, frown lines and redness around the eyes. Although this isn’t harmful to your skin as such – it’s also not giving you the bright and fresh complexion you want.
Picking and scratching
Every time you pick or scratch at any form of skin irritation or insect bite, you’re increasing your need to scratch and harming your skin in the process. It will also slow down your healing process, leaving your skin irritated for longer.
Not removing your makeup
Leaving your makeup on, especially while you’re sleeping or exercising, can build up a layer of dirt on your skin that blocks your pores. This often leads to breakouts or oily, irritable skin. Making sure you wash your face before bed and remove any makeup before you hit the sack, or the gym is really important if you want clear and glowing skin.
Not wearing sunscreen
Sun damage from Australia’s harmful UV rays can cause premature ageing, dry your skin out and most importantly, it increases your risk of developing cancerous melanoma. There are plenty of scent free, moisturising sunscreens available on the market, so there’s really no excuse to skip your slip, slop, slap.
As tempting as it may be to squeeze that unsightly pimple, you’re actually doing more harm than good. Popping pimples, especially if you’re a pop-aholic, can cause permanent scarring and your pimples will take longer to clear up than if you just let them be.
We know it’s hard, but these really are the bad skin habits you need to ditch right now!
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Once the domain of the kitchen, superfoods are creeping into our beauty regimens – and for good reason! Beauty superfoods, as we like to call them, proves that our health consciousness is going mainstream as we put our trust in the power of these wonder foods.
Superfoods ingredients offer a holistic approach to achieving that elusive glowing skin. What you apply on the outside should go hand-in-hand with what you put in your mouth. The high nutrient content in superfoods has been proven to be beneficial to your health and wellbeing, inside and out.
But before you start slapping greens on your face, we explore why superfood-charged skincare is a growing trend and how it stacks up against those found in our diet.
Superfoods have been proven to help protect and support the skin’s structure and cells, greatly improving your overall health and most importantly, your skin! Cosmetic manufacturers have been able to harness the properties in these healthy foods for effective topical use.
Superfoods in beauty have been around for centuries but have been gaining popularity over the past few decades. Natural skincare ingredients like coconut, avocado, aloe vera, acai and honey are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. The variety of ingredients being incorporated into skincare has even started expanding.
Education plays a large role in this new trend. The elevated demand for superfoods is growing because more consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of superfoods in their skincare routines. People are starting to take steps towards doing the right thing for their overall health and wellbeing by not focusing on just one problem.
So why are these beauty superfoods so good? The foods we eat play a large role in our skin’s appearance and a healthy gut and digestion is key to a radiant, clear complexion. Applying these superfoods topically can wield the same benefits. When you apply these ingredients to your skin, they help to nourish and protect the upper and lower layers of the skin, creating visible results. However, consuming superfoods in your diet will reap these benefits on a cellular level and help make your whole body healthier.
This is because superfoods like kale and coconut supply a concentrated mix of antioxidants that can be beneficial in treating certain skin conditions and can aid in the prevention against the ageing process. Pomegranate, for example, is known for its ability to penetrate the skin’s surface and assist in cell regeneration and collagen protection that protects against cellular damage.
Key products that include superfoods
Nutrimetics Energise Daily Boost Creme-Gel: Formulated with beetroot extract, taro leaf extract and Japanese pagoda flower extract, this gel moisturiser helps to energise skin while protecting it from everyday environmental stress.
Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ Moisturiser: Featuring pomegranate and mango seed butter, this daily hydrating moisturising protects against environmental elements and hydrates skin.
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Since we’re in the midst of summer, it’s time to pack away those layers of makeup in favour of a summer-friendly approach. It’s all about making the most of your beauty products and embracing the natural glow which comes with the warmer weather.
Below are five of our essentials, which are sure to make your face glow all summer-long. Don’t forget to check back on the second part which is focused on summer skincare!
Nars The Multiple, $56
Give your face an instant glow with this iconic cream, available in over ten different shades. Apply it to your cheekbones for a pop of colour, or use it on your brow bone and blend it into your foundation to achieve a beautiful bronze glow.
Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35
While we’re on the topic of a bronzed summer glow, an illuminiser is a must-have for any summer trip. Use it on your cheeks, decolletag, or even your arms and legs to fake that perfect glow.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $39.95
A cult-favourite, no makeup bag is complete without a bottle of dry oil. Use as a primer for glowing skin, on the body before bed as a moisturiser, or even in your hair for an extra glossy finish. A little goes a long way and it will surely become a huge part of your beauty routine.
By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Care Wand SPF 15, $72
If you suffer from particularly dry or chapped lips, then your makeup kit won’t be complete without this. It’s just like the original, although it’s been transformed into a travel-friendly form for instant hydration.
Modelco Highlighting Trio, $22
Give your face a vibrant, youthful glow with this multi-functioning palette to give the skin beautiful luminosity. The three shades can be worn separately or combined to create any look in seconds – and without makeup brushes!
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Fake than instant summer glow with the use of a pigmented illuminator which is perfect for all skin types.
Not only are there a variety of products available for your budget, but they’re so quick and easy to apply! Follow our guide on how to use your illuminator for that youthful, summer glow.
Take a small swatch of your product and apply it into the centre of your forehead. We promise it won’t make you look like a disco ball! If you’re scared about this step, mix a drop of illuminator into your foundation for an instant glow.
Take your ring finger and lightly dab it down the bridge of your nose. This gives your entire face a subtle glow, and lightly contours the nose making it appear smaller. Use in conjunction with a matte bronzer to achieve a sun-kissed look.
One of the best places to apply illuminator if you’re on-the-go are the cheekbones. Dab lightly on the higher angles of your cheekbones leading into the hairline.
If you feel like you’ve applied too much product, mix a drop of your foundation and it will conceal any mistakes. Imagine that you’re drawing a semi-circle, and keep the illuminator away from the inner corner of your eyes.
More specifically, keep the product above your brows. This not only frames the face in a beautiful way, but creates an almost luminous finish to your makeup. Keep a powder handy in case your face gets oily throughout the day, and blot regularly.
Finish up the entire look by applying any leftover product on your cupids bow. This is the area just above your upper lip. It creates the illusion of full, enhanced lips without any surgery!
1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $66
2. Tom Ford Skin Illuminator, $100
3. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $57
4. Nars Illuminator in Copacobana, $39
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