Makeup-remover

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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February 18, 2015

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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January 24, 2015

DIY Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

Why spend endless amounts of cash on remover which never really takes off all of the product on your face? Sometimes the best products are the ones you make yourself, and this is certainly no exception! All you need is a roll of paper towelettes, coconut oil, and purified water.

Not only is this a cost-effective way of removing your makeup, but you know exactly what’s going on your skin! Pop the container into the fridge so your wipes are fresh, and can last for much longer than something you could buy over the counter.

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Ingredients

2 cups water

Microwaveable bowl

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons baby wash

Container with a snap-on lid

Roll of paper towels

Utility knife

Instructions

1. Combine the coconut oil, baby wash, and water into a small bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds.

DIY Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

2. Cut the paper towelettes in half with a knife (depending on how big your container is, then place them into the container with the microwave mixture.

DIY Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

3. Remove the cardboard from the centre of the towels with a small knife, then apply the snap-lid over the top.

DIY Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

4. To avoid putting your hands into the mixture every time you want to use a wipe, cut a cross over the top of the lid. This will make it super-easy to pull and tear a wipe as you need it.

DIY Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

5. These wipes are gentle enough to use on both the face and body, not to mention the amount of money you’ve saved on this simple DIY!

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October 2, 2014

DIY Eye Makeup Remover

Buying makeup is often expensive, but removing it from your skin doesn’t have to follow suit. Generic makeup removers often sound too good to be true and claim to remove a full-face of makeup in seconds. If you’re sick of using the same old products, why not try making your own which caters towards your skin type. Below are just a few products which remove makeup effectively, without burning a hole in your pocket.

Ingredients

Extra virgin olive oil

Aloe vera water (or natural aloe vera from the source)

A clean plastic bottle

Cotton pads

Instructions

  1. Start off by filling your clean plastic bottle with 500ml of aloe vera water.
  2. Then simply pour less than half a cup of extra virgin olive oil into the mixture. The oil is highly potent, so it’s best not to add too much into the bottle.
  3. The oil will float in a thick layer above the water, then close the bottle up and really shake the mixture well so it completely combines.
  4. Soak a cotton pad with the mixture then gently press it over your eye so it can break down the makeup particles. Don’t rub your eye since this could cause damage to the delicate skin and lead to premature lines and wrinkles.
  5. When you’re done, use a mild cleanser which will wash off the extra virgin olive oil from the surface of your skin.

Other natural makeup removing substitutes

Aloe vera: Natural aloe vera is perfect to use on the face and delicate eye area since it is soothing and will calm any rough patches or dry skin. If you can’t get your hands on any aloe vera plants, a gel is also amazing to use on a cotton pad to effectively remove makeup.

Almond oil: Not only does almond oil work to reduce skin pigmentation, but will easily help to remove face and eye makeup as well. Using just a dab of natural almond oil on a cotton pad will leave skin feeling clean and smooth in seconds.

Coconut oil: Using coconut oil under the eyes will help to remove that irritating residue left by wearing mascara for long periods of time. Simply apply some coconut oil on your lashes and rub downward to remove any excess makeup still lurking on the skin. Then cleanse and tone as usual.

Recipe by Michelle Phan

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July 9, 2014

4 Best Products To Remove Makeup

It can be a daunting chore to remove your makeup every single evening, but I honestly cannot think of a time where I’ve skipped this nightly ritual. Whether it was with face wipes, micellar water or purely just a cleanser, these products worked well to remove every spot of makeup from my face. Through strenuous trial and error, here are our top four products which work wonders at removing your makeup.

1. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, $55

This one is for all the women who don’t have the patience of double cleansing, using a clay mask or even using makeup wipes night after night. The Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is lightweight and works best when applied onto dry skin. Take extra care when massaging over the delicate eye area, then rinse well with warm water. Your makeup slides right off your face without any extra maintenance.

2. Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser & Make Up Remover 250ml, $23.99

I just can’t can’t get over Bioderma ever since they started stocking it on Australian shelves. It is gentle enough to use on a day-to-day basis, and is gentle enough to makeup from both the skin and eyes. The best way to use this micellar solution is to add a few drops onto a cotton pad and pat over the face and eyes. Soap-free, fragrance-free and gentle on skin, the solution is designed to remove makeup, bacteria and other fatty molecules. The best part? You don’t have to wash it off either.

3. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil $26.95

This is a relatively new find, but is silky-smooth on the skin and removes makeup instantly. The sweet fragrance isn’t offensive in the slightest, and works effectively to remove even stubborn waterproof makeup. Massage two pumps of the solution over dry skin, then wash off with warm water.

4. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel 200ml $22.99

Another skincare saviour from the miraculous French pharmacy, Effaclar is a low maintenance cleansing solution which removes a full-face of makeup in seconds. Step away from the wipes, and simply wet your face with lukewarm water and apply a thin layer of gel onto your face. Massage into any problem areas and over the eyes, then wash off well with warm water. The formula is gentle enough for all skin types and won’t over-dry the skin, which is great for those who suffer from acne.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 28, 2014