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The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Beauty editors and skincare specialists have been raving for years about hyaluronic acid, one of the best ways to boost moisture and keep skin looking radiant for years to come. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid and does it have hidden benefits for all skin types?

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What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally found in the skin as polysaccharide, but starts to decrease in the late 30s and early 40s. It’s not as harsh as you might think (we’re looking at you, glycol acid) and it has a lubricating agent for  our sensitive skin and eye area. Once our natural supply of hyaluronic acid starts to decrease, it’s time to use synthetic copies which help to cure the skin from the outside.

Is hyaluronic acid better than moisturiser?

It definitely has a few added benefits over the humble moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid contains molecules which can retain in excess of 1000 times their weight. This means that they are better absorbed into the skin and that a little goes a long way. Your products will actually last longer because they are much more concentrated than a standard daily moisturiser.

How can I use hyaluronic acid?

You can tailor hyaluronic acid to fit into your skincare routine in various ways.

Primer: Use it as a primer to set your makeup in place all day long. Apply a small, pea-sized amount directly over you skin and massage until it sets. This should take seconds since it easily absorbs into the skin.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer, $62

Moisturiser: Enjoy a hyaluronic acid moisturiser for both morning and night when your skin requires a little pick-me-up during the week. Apply over your troublesome areas such as the t-zone and don’t forget the neck.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, $76

Sheet mask: Treat your skin to a nourishing hyaluronic treatment with the help of a sheet mask. This is the best way to let the hyaluronic acid absorb into the skin for 10-15 mins before going to bed. It’ll leave your skin feeling silky smooth the next morning, minus those dry patches.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Indeed Laboratories Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

Serum: Finally apply it directly as a serum to soothe troublesome skin during the cold, winter months.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $52

Anti-ageing: Use a nightly, eye cream to combat dark circles and leave your skin feeling soft and nourished for longer. Use in conjunction with your daily moisturiser for best results.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye Cream, $23

Have you used hyaluronic acid before? Let us know of your experiences in the comments below.

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July 29, 2015

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

To protect your skin from the icy weather this winter, it’s important to keep it hydrated and regularly exfoliate at least once a week. Make sure your skincare routine includes the following products, which will leave all skin types feeling nourished all winter-long.

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Cleanser

Start by using a gentle, purifying cleanser to remove makeup and impurities that have built-up on your face during the day. Use a small, pea-sized amount and carefully massage it over your entire face and neck (taking care around the eyes). Keep working it into the skin until you have a lather, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Coast to Coast Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser Lilly Pilly and Euchalyptu

Coast to Coast Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser Lilly Pilly and Eucalyptus, $19.95

Moisturiser

Follow-up with a hydrating moisturiser that will keep your skin from drying-out. Apply directly onto freshly cleansed skin, remembering to swipe it in an upwards motion for both the face and neck.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

ModelCo Soothing Day and Night Moisturiser, $25

Sheet mask

If your skin is particularly feeling dry and lacklustre, treat it to a nourishing sheet mask. Make sure your skin is freshly cleansed, then sit back and let the mask do its work. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then apply any excess moisturiser to your neck and decolletage.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

Transforming serum

To give your skin an extra boost of hydration, follow-up the moisturiser with a serum. Apply it all over your face, or just to those troublesome areas such as the t-zone.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

Philosophy ‘No Reason To Hide’ Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum, $75

Lip balm

Finish off your skincare routine by applying a heavy duty lip balm to combat dry, chapped lips. One of our favourites for winter is Cicaplast since it helps to repair lips without leaving a sticky residue.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres, $14

What are some of your winter essentials?

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July 22, 2015

Interview with Dia Foley of Indeed Laboratories

You’ve probably heard about the hydraluron series before. So far there are 3 miracle products in the line created by Indeed Labs: a moisture serum, a moisture mask, and a jelly moisturiser. All provide easy ways to achieve softer, smoother skin.

We speak to the woman behind the mind of Indeed Labs, Dia Foley, who has created some of the most nourishing products which tackle common skincare problems at any age.

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How important is Hydraluron in a daily skincare routine? 

There are a few key ingredients in cosmetics that truly help affect the appearance of our  skin. One of those ingredients is hyaluronic acid. It not only helps to increase skin moisture after just one application, it also acts like a sponge attracting  moisture. So it also boosts the performance of your topical moisturizer. Most consumers don’t realise that hyaluronic acid comes in a varying degrees of quality. At Indeed, we always provide the best quality of ingredients as well as the highest level of actives.

If one of our SHESAID readers could only purchase one product from Indeed Labs, what should it be – and why? 

It’s like favoring a child, it’s  impossible.. since Indeed is not set up like a traditional regime brand, and we develop our products to address individual skincare concerns, every person’s needs are unique. However as I travel across the globe, everyone (woman and man) I meet mostly suffers from dehydrated skin. So I always recommend our hydraluron skin series, these are essential hydrating products that are great for all skin types.

Insider Tip: Always use the hydraluron moisture serum  first before all other products.

Do you have any insider tips on how to best care for your skin? 

Exfoliate at least once a week. It will help smooth out your skin and allow your products to penetrate better. 

Insider Tip: Before bed, face-washing is never optional.

If you skip this step your skin can’t perform its restorative processes during the night, which ages your facial skin over time. I keep my serums next to my toothbrush so I never forget to apply!

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What are some common misconceptions that women have about their skincare? 

One of the reasons we were inspired to create Indeed Labs was to let women know that fancy jars and gold spoons don’t mean better skincare results! Quality of ingredients and good formulas with high actives gives you results, and at the end of the day that’s what matters!

The other point I really want to stress is that if we want to see results we must commit to using our products consistently! You didn’t get that wrinkle in one day so using products for a few weeks isn’t going to give your skin a chance to see results.

Could you let our readers know of any new and exciting things that are in works for Indeed Labs? 

We are always searching for new products! As I mentioned earlier, we build on brand on finding products that answer our consumers concerns. We are super excited about our line-up for 2015! You won’t be disappointed!

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December 4, 2014

De-Stress Your Skin In 4 Simple Steps

Do you find it difficult to relax and de-stress your skin, especially when it’s breaking out? Take a break from the heavy makeup routine and treat your skin to a nourishing face mask once a week to lock-in the moisture.

Not only will your skin feel better, but it will also look hydrated and feel gentle to the touch. Here are just four simple ways to treat your skin when it’s had a rough week.

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche 40ml, $27.99

What does it do?

Locks in moisture, and helps to prevent dry skin and premature ageing.

The number one reason our face feels dry and tight is because of over-cleansing and not enough moisturising. To keep skin feeling hydrated, it’s best to moisturise both day and night – your nightly moisturiser should be thick and extremely hydrating.

Apply onto the forehead, cheeks, and chin then dab into the skin in a circular motion on the cheeks, and an upwards motion on the forehead and neck.

Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

What does it do?

Helps to boost the moisture on dry or damaged areas on the face.

Indeed Laboratories have formulated the perfect moisture boosting facemask that uses 3D timed release hyaluronic acid. Just one mask helps to boost moisture in the skin, and prevents dry patches and premature ageing that come with more mature skin.

Simply press the sheet over your face, and push the product into problem areas such as the forehead and cheeks. Relax for 15 minutes, and allow the product to sink into your skin before applying a moisturiser over the top.

Moreish Euphoria Cream Cleanser 200ml, $14.99

What does it do? 

Cleanses the skin without over-drying trouble areas such as acne or scarring.

Anything with aloe vera will help to relax troublesome skin, and when used on a regular basis will clear it of any spots or pimples. Did you also know that aloe vera works as an anti-bacterial when applied on the skin? This is especially useful if you suffer from chronic acne, and have trouble finding a gentle cleanser which doesn’t strip the skin of it’s natural oils.

Skin Doctors Beetox 50ml, $59.99

What does it do?

Helps to renew the delicate skin on the eyes and face through the production of collagen and elastin.

Perfect for women who have more mature skin, since bee venom is packed with vitamins and nutrients to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The product fools the skin into thinking that it’s been exposed to melittin, and as a result helps it to bounce back into shape.

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September 26, 2014