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7 Beauty Tips All Women Should Use

The secret to good skin isn’t just about using the most expensive product on your face, or getting a trendy facial. Sticking to a consistent skincare routine is the best way to give your skin the nutrients it needs on a daily basis. Even though we all have different skin types, there are a few tips all women should try for good skin.

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Cleanse every evening

It seems pretty simple, but a good cleanser is often difficult to find. Getting into the routine of cleansing every evening before bed is ideal since it removes those impurities lying on the skin all day long. Don’t choose anything too harsh or abrasive if you’re suffering from exposed acne spots since it can leave a scar.

Remove your makeup

And not just with a wipe. Think about how much makeup we all pile onto our face (neck and body) on a daily basis. Sometimes, the skin needs a deep clean even after using a makeup wipe. If you’re feeling lazy, use a lightweight micellar water which will remove any makeup residue, and doesn’t need to be washed off the skin.

Use an SPF everyday

Or try and find a foundation with an added SPF which suits your skin type. Women suffering from oily skin might find this a little difficult since SPF can only cause a heavier build-up of oil. Set your foundation with a light, translucent powder so it doesn’t get too oily throughout the day. Your skin will thank you!

Don’t pop your pimples

It might feel a little tempting to pop those pimples, but it’s really just a short-term solution. Busting your own pimples is actually a hazard since it invites a whole lot of bacteria into an open wound – not good. Apply a topical cream with a cotton bud, and let the pimple heal itself.

Exfoliate weekly

Many women feel a little scared when it comes to using an exfoliator since it can feel quite harsh. Avoid using micro-bead formulas which can actually scratch the outer layer of the skin and lead to irreversible damage.

Hydrate your lips

Especially during the summer, our lips can get dry and dehydrated. Use a matte lip cream and re-apply as often as you need to moisturise your lips.

Start using an eye cream

Although eye creams are often targeted to women in their 40s, it’s never too early to start using one. Opt for a lightweight, cream formula and dab it gently around the eyes until it completely soaks into the skin.

What are some of your must-have beauty tips for women of all ages?

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July 27, 2015

How To Tame Curly Hair In Summer

Having curly hair can be both a blessing and a curse, but sometimes the humid weather doesn’t agree with those long, curly locks! The best way to keep it in control is to adapt a simple haircare routine which both emphasises and controls your curls.

Try just a few of our tips to tame your curly hair, without resorting to damaging styling products!

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Flaxseed hair gel

Keep your hair looking shiny and frizz-free by treating it to a hair gel every few weeks. Make this simple gel at home which won’t leave your hair feeling crunchy, heavy, or with a heavy residue at the roots.

All you need is 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of flax seeds, and aloe vera for extra protection. Boil over a medium heat, strain the water, then apply directly to your hair. You can leave it in as an overnight treatment, or simply apply to your ends before air-drying.

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Did you know that curly hair is twice as likely to become frizzy? As a general rule, it’s best to stay away from haircare that includes alcohol and sulfate as main ingredients. Not only do these ingredients make hair look dull and lifeless, but they also strip away the natural oils from your scalp, which can┬ácause dandruff.

Stay away from heat

We all know that heat damage is bad for all hair types, but can create the most visible damage to curly hair. Split ends, dull colour, flat roots are all common symptoms of heat damage which can often be difficult to cure.

Leave your hair to air dry at least once at week, or simply use a diffuser with the temperature on cool – this will be a life saver for your hair, and will maintain those bouncy curls!

Condition

Don’t use a heavy conditioner on you roots since this can really weigh down your hair. Instead, concentrate the product on your ends. Apply conditioner on freshly damp and shampooed hair, then comb the product through with a wide-toothed comb.

No brushing?

Stick to combing your hair with a wide-toothed comb which won’t cause more damage to your ends. Excessive brushing can lead to severe hair breakage, and it’s best to keep this to a minimum (or sometimes not at all, especially for curly hair that’s been coloured blonde).

Don’t over-wash

Since curly hair is naturally dry, it’s not always a good idea to wash it every single day. This can lead to a dry, itchy scalp and cause damage to your ends from the sulfate which is mostly found in shampoo and conditioners. Use a deep conditioning treatment every 2 weeks to keep your hair looking its best.

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November 1, 2014

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.

Exfoliate

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.

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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.

Balms

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.

Sunscreen

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

May 22, 2014