Moisturisers

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Caring for your toddler or newborn this winter is easier than ever with a number of skincare items available from the pharmacy to the supermarket. We have hand-picked some of our favourites to treat your baby’s skin and keep it hydrated over the next three months of winter weather.

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Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner, $14.25

This is a very special cause as $1 from every 375ml bottle of Milk Baby Bath Time Wash and Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner purchased at Coles and Woolworths nationally or online will be donated to Brainwave Australia for the month of June. Brainwave is the only online charity supporting the families of children with neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, tumours and acquired brain injuries.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Gaia Skin Natural Baby Moisturiser, $10.99

Apply this lightweight and non-greasy moisturiser every morning and evening to ensure skin is hydrated during the winter. Use after a bath to lock-in moisture, or even for nappy rash.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Little Innoscents Organic Baby Hair and Body Wash, $12.99

Treat your baby during bath time this luxurious 2-in-1 wash which is bursting with essential oils of spearmint, lavender and sweet orange.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Bubble Bath, $25

Make bath time enjoyable with a soothing bubble bath that gently cleanses your baby’s delicate skin. The non-petrochemical formula comforts the skin without causing dry patches and is gently enough to use multiple times per week.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

MooGoo Scalp Cream, $17.95

If your baby suffers from cradle cap or extremely dry skin, use this on a daily basis to hydrate the area and to keep it from getting infected. It can also be used on skin which suffers from eczema, rosacea or sun-burn.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

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June 15, 2015

5 Line-Filling Skincare Secrets

Hide those premature signs of ageing by incorporating a line-filling cream into your daily skincare routine. Most of these formulas are thick and luxurious and are designed for women in their mid-thirties, but you can use them as often as you like for best results!

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Indeed Labs Fillume Volumising Moisturiser, $39.99

Try a topical moisturising cream such as Fillume to restore the look of facial contours, plump the appearance of smile/laugh lines and even improve the tone and texture of the skin. This handy little applicator makes it so quick and easy to distribute the right amount of product over your face at all times.

5 Line-Filling Skincare Secrets

Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator, $84

For a luxurious moisturiser with added SPF, try this cell plumping formula which is perfect for morning, noon and night. Use it under your makeup as a primer, or layer it with your other skincare for an instant lift.

5 Line-Filling Skincare Secrets

Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti Wrinkle Cream, $120

Effectively reduce the appearance of impending lines and wrinkles with this lightweight cream for both morning and night. Not only is it amazing for all skin types, but it also helps to fight against the appearance of skin discolouration.

5 Line-Filling Skincare Secrets

Puretopia Pert & Plump Line Filling Peptide Lip Cream, $14.95

While we technically might be cheating since this product is designed for your lips, it still deserves a mention! Packed with shea butter and vitamin C extracts to fill those lines and give you a long-lasting smile, it will also act like an instant primer when applied under your lipsticks.

5 Line-Filling Skincare Secrets

Philosophy Deep Fill Fix, $34

We’re finishing off this list of products with an instant line smoother for the face and body. Ideal for laugh lines, crows feet and forehead creases, it instantly creates a smooth appearance. Layer it with your other skincare, or use it under your foundation or concealer to get the full effect.

5 Line-Filling Skincare Secrets

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May 16, 2015

5 Drugstore Moisturisers Under $15

Why spend so much money on your skincare when you just don’t have to? We have found five of the best drugstore moisturisers under $15, which are sure to keep your skin looking and feeling its best during winter.

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Puretopia Sensitive Care Soothing and Comforting Moisturiser, $14.99

Ideal for sensitive skin types, this formula by Puretopia has a light fragrance which won’t break out your skin. The breathable formula can be worn on its own, or layered under makeup for extra hydration.

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Sukin Facial Moisturiser, $9.99

The daily moisturiser is ideal for all skin tones, and helps to boost hydration during the day. Apply generously onto your t-zone, cheeks and neck in the morning and before bed.

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Neutrogena Moisturiser SPF15, $10.49

If you’re having a makeup-free day, this oil free moisturiser is your best option. It offers UVA/UVB sun protection whilst keeping your skin clear and hydrated at all times. Wear it under your foundation, or re-apply as needed on a daily basis.

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Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, $3.99

An ultra light moisturiser designed for all skin types, especially if applied before using foundation. You only need a few pumps to cover the face and neck area for the ultimate sun protection.

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Natio Evening Primrose Moisturising Face Lotion, $13.95

Finish off your morning skincare routine with this moisturiser which will leave your skin feeling super-soft. It neutralises oil production for all skin tones and also helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

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May 12, 2015

5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Winter

Since winter is just around the corner, it’s time to prep your skincare and devise a fool-proof plan which tackles your common skin concerns.

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Invest in a few extra skincare products such as serums, cleansers, face masks, and at-home facials to give your skin the extra hydration it needs in winter.

1. Hydrate

Use: Face sheet

About once a week, use a hydrating face sheet which locks-in moisture and will make skin feel smooth and shiny in no-time. Generally, the best time to use a face sheet is right after cleansing but before bedtime, since the product can really penetrate your pores while you sleep.

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Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

2. Moisturise

Use: A thicker moisturiser

Invest in a heavy duty moisturiser if you suffer from dehydrated skin or patches across your face. These places are most commonly the forehead and chin area which need some extra TLC, especially during the winter season. Apply a pea-sized amount of moisturiser to this area and remember to exfoliate on a weekly/bi-weekly basis to remove any dead skin cells.

How To Prep Your Skin For Winter

Natio Evening Primrose Moisturising Face Lotion, $13.95

3. Super-concentrated

Use: Serum

While serums are often misunderstood, especially amongst those who suffer from oily skin, they are nothing to be afraid of! The molecules found in serums are actually more concentrated than your typical moisturiser, and that’s why they’re more hydrating.

If you want to start using a serum, apply just 2-4 drops on your entire face and neck to really quench the skin. They help to add a lot of external moisture back into the skin, but should only be used once per day.

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Grown Alchemist Facial Serum: Rosehip & Camellia Seed, $24.95

4. Remove dead skin cells

Use: Exfoliator

If your face is prone to the occasional break out, then it’s time to start using an exfoliator on a regular basis. Not only does it help to unblock pores, but it will actually remove the layers of dead skin from your face. You could try using a PMD (personal microderm), but a cream exfoliator works just as well without being too abrasive.

How To Prep Your Skin For Winter

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Exfoliant, $40

5. Regulate

Use: Toner

The secret to glowing, radiant skin is by consistently using a toner after cleansing morning and night. Not only does it help to control the amount of sebum your skin produces, but it actually brings the skin back down to a suitable pH level, which sometimes tap water can interfere with.

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Antipodes Ananda Gentle Toner, $24.99

March 28, 2015

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Recently, one of my friends asked if I noticed any difference after using an eye cream in my skincare routine: “Does it smooth out dry patches? Has it made your makeup glide on better, easier?”

Truth is, we won’t actually know if any of these products are actually working, all we can do is wait and see. Sticking to a solid skincare routine of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and applying a serum is the best way to fight premature ageing, but what are some of the best products to use in your early 20s?

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Cleanse

The purpose of cleansing is to gently remove any makeup and other impurities from the surface of the skin. There is even a variety of cleansers (foam, liquid, powder, gel) which all work well to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant.

If you’re searching for a daily cleanser, look for something with mostly natural ingredients and with no strong fragrance. This is a deal-breaker for most women, especially those who are already suffering from sensitive skin.

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Nuxe Lait Demaquillant Confort, $24.99

Exfoliate

Think about the layers of dry skin and makeup that your face has to deal with on a daily basis – the idea is somewhat scary, right? Regular exfoliating helps to renew the skin cells and will actually help to fight against the build-up of acne spots and clogged pores.

This can get a little tricky for women suffering from dry or combination skin, since it can strip your face of all its natural sebum. Rather than using a scrub which can potentially damage your skins surface, use a warm flannel and hot water to carefully wipe away any impurities. Always follow any type of exfoliating regime with a solid moisturiser.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream, $60

Moisturise

Regardless of our skin type, it’s important that we all moisturise on a daily basis – even those who suffer from oily skin! If you’re heading out into the sun, make sure your moisturiser has an SPF of at least 20. Anything lower won’t give your skin the protection it needs and can lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

A pea-sized amount is enough to hydrate your entire face, but don’t forget to pay attention to your neck. With an open palm, swipe the products upwards into your jaw line. It will help against lines in the future.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF15, $50

Serums

One of the most important (but neglected) parts of a solid skincare routine are serums. Serums are often misunderstood because, well, who wants to apply a think oil onto their face every morning and evening? The truth is, serums are actually more concentrated than moisturisers and when used properly, can dramatically change the appearance of dull, patchy skin.

If you are interested in using a serum for the first time, choose one which has rosehip oil. Not only will it leave your skin with a sweet fragrance, but it’s suitable for all skin types – even those suffering from extremely oily patches! Just two drops is all your need for your entire face and the correct way to apply it is to pat it gently over the forehead, cheeks, and neck.

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Tarte Maracuja Oil, $47

Eye creams

When is the correct time to start using an eye cream? Answer: whenever you want. Eye creams are usually more concentrated than your average moisturiser, therefore, a little goes a long way. Even though you won’t see any drastic changes any time soon, they will help to smooth the appearance of dry skin and bring moisture to the delicate eye area.

It’s easy to get carried away and search for a formula designed for mature skin (we’re talking for women 50 plus), but honestly, this won’t prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As long as you’re using it consistently (and not abusing it), you will see results over the next few years.

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Indeed Laboratories Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue, $34.99

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March 17, 2015

Multi-Purpose Products For Face and Body

Rather than purchasing a multitude of products which will never see the light of day, there are a number of options which work as a 2-in-1 gentle enough to use on both the face and body.

Not only do they offer intense hydration, but are readily available and come in a variety of price-points according to your budget.

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, $49

If you have tried anything from Clinique, you’re already well aware that their products feel silky-smooth on the skin. One of the most popular products is the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ since it is deeply hydrates any skin type without feeling too greasy. Apply all over your body in the morning or before going to bed.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, $39.99

A cult favourite from the French Pharmacy, Nuxe has created the perfect oil moisturiser for face, body, and hair. Enriched with Vitamin E and made from over 95% natural ingredients, the formula works best on dry skin and feels nourishing once completely absorbed.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $22

Many toning mists have moisturising properties and ideal for women who want to treat their skin whilst on-the-go. One of our favourites contains plant-based ingredients which helps to minimise pores, treat ingrown hair, and will even boost the skins radiance overnight. Keep it in your handbag and spray throughout the day on tired, dry skin.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Cream, $38

Loaded with nutrient-rich plant oils for a truly unique experience, this hydrating balm is perfect for women suffering from sensitive skin. Use daily to reduce the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles, or treat the skin to a luxurious face and body mask as part of an at-home pamper session.

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Avene Cicalfate Cream, $10.99

A cold-cream ideal for repairing dry and dehydrated skin, Cicalfate is gentle enough to use on the entire body. The fragrance-free formula won’t inflame already irritated or acne-prone skin, and is perfect to use multiple times per day.

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January 15, 2015