Moisturising

Sheet Mask 101: The Best and Where To Find Them

Want to re-hydrate your skin without lifting a finger? Sheet masks have been used for years to bring back some added moisture to the skin, with the simple requirement of sitting back and relaxing. So, if you’re looking for a few sheet masks to try out this winter, try a few of our recommendations below.

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Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks, $29.99

With winter just around the corner, now is the best time to treat the skin to a hydrating mask after a long day. Everyone is bound to love these sheet masks since they’re the perfect way to create a plump, moisturised complexion after a long day at work.

Sheet Mask 101: The Best and Where To Find Them

Missha Real Essential Collagen Sheet Mask, $5.90

Treat your skin to a fine sheet mask from Missha, which helps to bring back moisture to the skin. Apply onto freshly cleansed skin, then sit back and relax for 15-20 minutes. If there is any essence leftover on the mask, apply it over the neck area.

Sheet Mask 101: The Best and Where To Find Them

For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask, $47.98

A revolutionary face mask with added whitening treatments to give the skin an extra kick during the colder weather. Apply onto the face for a short period of time, or sleep with it on for extra moisture.

Sheet Mask 101: The Best and Where To Find Them

Skinfood Deep Sea Water Mask Sheet, $3

Try this brightening gel mask if you’re looking for an instant treatment for flawless looking skin. Remove the film from the hydrogel mask, then apply onto the face and neck for 15-25 minutes and relax.

Sheet Mask 101: The Best and Where To Find Them

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalising Face Mask, $63

We’ve saved the best for last! This concentrated sheet mask by Shiseido is perfect for a pampering session. It encourages the skin’s natural recovery function and it suitable for all skin types – even acne or blemishes.

Sheet Mask 101: The Best and Where To Find Them

After you’ve applied a face mask, there is no reason to wash it off! Simply dab the remaining essence onto your neck and decolletage, then proceed with your usual skincare routine. This could mean applying an eye cream over the top, then a nourishing lip balm afterwards.

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May 18, 2015

9 Timeless Overnight Beauty Tips

There’s no wonder it’s called beauty sleep; it is the best time for your skin to breathe, hair to relax, and it allows your body to take a break from the stress of daily life.

We’ve rounded up our favourite overnight beauty tips which have been used for years to rejuvenate the skin and to make the most of those 8 hours per-night.

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Remove your makeup

Even if it’s 2am and you’re hobbling into bed, always take your makeup off. Just think of the state of your pores which have been wearing heavy-duty makeup and moisturiser all day long – let them breathe!

Use a micellar water and cotton pads to remove all traces of your makeup (even mascara), before hitting the sack. You don’t even need to wash it off!

Moisturise

If you suffer from extremely dry or flakey skin, it’s important to moisturise every single evening. Hydrate your face and body with a lightweight moisturiser which isn’t too greasy and sinks into the skin instantly.

Have a bath

Not only is a bath extremely relaxing before bed, it will also help those who are suffering from sleep apnea. Use a bath bomb or salts to create a relaxing environment and help your body to sleep better.

Lip balm

We might moisturise our face religiously, but what about those lips? Apply a lightweight lip balm right after brushing your teeth to combat cracked lips. By the next morning, they should feel so soft and nourished!

Hair oils

Apply an overnight oil from root to tip and wrap your hair in a towel before going to bed. While you sleep, the oils work their magic by nourishing damaged hair, and help to combat split ends.

Face mask

Revitalise your skin with an overnight face mask which helps to lock-in moisture and combat existing fine lines and wrinkles. Most of these formulas are actually quite rich, so a little goes a long way!

Essential oils

Not only are essentials oils good for the mind, but they work wonders on all skin types. Mix a few drops into your nightly moisturiser to replenish dry skin and relax before it’s time for bed.

Longer lashes

Apply a mixture of essential oils and a lightweight moisturiser with a cotton bud onto each lash to help them grow. The serum is lightweight, so it won’t cause irritation to your eyes and works while you sleep.

Healthy cuticles

If you change your nail polish every single week, the odds are that your cuticles aren’t in the best shape. Soothe them by applying a cuticle cream every single night and we promise you will see results in a week!

The nourishing formula penetrates the skin and leaves your cuticles looking brand new by the morning.

What are some of your overnight beauty tips?

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March 5, 2015

Essential Body Oils For Summer

Since we’re in the midst of the summer season, it’s more than important to keep skin hydrated, and sometimes using a moisturiser just isn’t enough.

Body oils are a great alternative because they soak into the skin, and soothe even nasty dry patches on the face and body. Shop from a few of our must-haves for the summer season, or simply use as a luxurious pampering treatment throughout the year.

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Argan oil

Used for years as a supplement for hair, skin, and nails, argan oil is packed with Vitamin E for optimum strength and shine. Lather over your dry patches to quickly rejuvenate the skin while you sleep.

Coconut oil

While coconut oil may feel rather thick in texture, it is one of the best products you can put on your skin. The fatty acids contained inside help to replenish dry, cracked skin without feeling too greasy.

Grape seed oil

If you have acne-prone skin, grape seed oil is gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Unlike other oils, it won’t aggravate your acne, but instead is packed with linoleic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and heals the skin.

Olive oil

Add a few teaspoons of olive oil into your hair and skincare mask to receive the rich benefits of antioxidants. It contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E which is ideal for women suffering from skin damage, and even extremely dehydrated skin.

Jojoba oil

If you suffer from an oily skin and scalp, jojoba oil is the perfect product to use since it is similar to sebum. Jojoba acts as a lightweight moisturiser which soaks quickly into the skin, and won’t give a sticky residue afterwards.

Almond oil

Give your body a good exfoliating session by lathering sweet almond oil over arms, legs, back and decolletage. It acts as a natural exfoliator by gently removing dead skin cells, and is ideal for those who already suffer from sensitive skin.

What are some of your favourite body oils?

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January 18, 2015

Avoid These 5 Common Skincare Mistakes

In order to protect the skin you’re in, it is important to cleanse, moisturise and exfoliate on a regular basis. Common skincare mistakes which include over-cleansing, leaving makeup on while you sleep and not moisturising enough can often lead to premature wrinkles and dry, lacklustre skin. Follow our guide below to avoid the most common skincare mistakes you’re making, and how to treat your skin the correct way.

DO: Remove your makeup

While coming home from a night out can often be tiring, it is important to always remove your makeup before going to bed. Think of it as a nightly routine which helps your skin to breathe, recover and start fresh the next morning. If you don’t have much time for a deep-cleansing treatment, even using a cotton pad and micellar water is enough to remove makeup effectively. Pay special attention to your eyes, and make sure not to rub too vigorously when removing mascara, liner or eyeshadow.

Avoid These 5 Common Skincare Mistakes

DON’T: Overdo the SPF

Applying a sunscreen on your face and body is a good habit to have – just don’t use more than your recommended amount. Sunscreens with an SPF of 90 and 100+ won’t necessarily protect you more than a product with boasts an SPF of 30. It is only a guide which rates how long it will take for your skin to burn. Dermatologists usually recommend an SPF of 30 if you’re heading out into the sun.

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DON’T: Over-exfoliate

It is best to keep away from harsh scrubs or exfoliators with little micro-beads in the formula. When applied onto the skin, these micro-beads are harsh enough to scratch the surface of the skin causing long-term damage if used on a daily basis. Instead, opt for a clay mask which is soft and less abrasive on the skin.

Avoid These 5 Common Skincare Mistakes

DO: Moisturise regularly 

Keep your skin feeling hydrated by moisturising your face every morning and night. Use a light cream for the daytime, and a rich night cream when you’re heading to bed. The best time to moisturise your face is when you’ve just popped out of the shower – this will really penetrate the pores and soak better into the skin. There is nothing worse than dry patches!

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DON’T: Over-wash your face

With tap water that is! Sometimes the pH level in tap water can interfere with the condition of your skin, so regularly use a thermal spray instead. They are packed with rich minerals and antioxidants and are free from bacteria and pollution. Designed to help skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

Avoid These 5 Common Skincare Mistakes

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August 20, 2014

Are Exfoliators Bad For Healthy Skin?

Exfoliating both the face and body contributes to smoother looking skin, but also a more youthful appearance. It is recommended that individuals should mildly exfoliate once or twice a week, since anything more could lead to dry and cracked skin if not heavily moisturised afterwards. Gently exfoliating the skin with a method which works for you is the best way to rejuvenate the skin and keep it feeling healthy and brand new.

Benefits of exfoliation

There are many benefits which come along when exfoliating skin on a weekly basis. For the body it can smooth out any lines or buildup on the knees, elbows and feet and improve the appearance of un-even skin tone. While for the face helps to remove any dry patches and diminishes problem areas which attract a build-up of dead skin cells.

Exfoliating the face

Take extra care when exfoliating the face and neck, since these areas are usually more sensitive and prone to break-out. Exfoliating scrubs are available almost anywhere and work wonders when paired with warm water to give a noticeably smoother appearance to the skin. If you do suffer from itchiness or mild sensitivity whilst using a scrub, only exfoliate once a week or however often your skin needs needs to be pampered. It is always best to leave your skin to breathe, rather than constantly over-treating it with products.

As of late, exfoliating brushes such as the PMD and Clarisonic have become a fast way to remove dead skin cells with ease. If you’re just starting out, make sure to use the product on the lowest setting so your skin can slowly adjust to the process. These brushes are also amazing at removing excess makeup, oil and grime off the surface of the skin, where makeup removers, cleansers and wipes just can’t reach.

Exfoliating the body

There are many tools available to gently exfoliate the body, even for those who have very sensitive skin. Bath and shower loofahs, exfoliating gloves and textured sponges should be used in circular motions to effectively exfoliate the skin. Body scrubs such as the Instagram-famous Frank Scrub contain various vitamins and minerals which together help to exfoliate and moisturise the skin in one go.

How much is too much?

Look out for signs that your skin might be suffering from over-exfoliation since this can cause more harm than good. Itchiness, redness, sensitivity and break-outs are all common side-effects which can harm the epidermis otherwise known as the outer layer of skin. If skin appears to be dry and scaly, apply a moisturising cream or aloe vera to avoid any further pain or sensitivity.

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July 9, 2014