They’re good for more than just guac.
Is there anything coffee can’t do?
Move over coconut oil, a new beauty secret has us all talking this season and it’s grapeseed oil! Why? It’s good for cooking, skincare, beauty and even pain relief since it’s packed with high levels of vitamin E – a must-have for healthy skin!
Massage grapeseed oil slowly through your roots to stimulate hair growth and awaken the follicle.
Apply it all over your face and neck as an evening skincare serum to deeply hydrate your skin. It’s ideal for all skin types and won’t make you break out!
Combine one part castor oil and two parts grapeseed oil to create a luxurious body scrub that will leave your skin looking glowing and vibrant.
Use it as a hair mask to repair split ends, give your hair some extra shine and make it look super-sleek and smooth. Rinse with shampoo and cold water for best results.
Spent a little too much time in the sun? Mix a few drops of grapeseed oil into your sunscreen for ultimate protection. It can also help to minimise the appearance of age spots after extended use.
Skip the usual moisturiser in favour of natural grapeseed oil which can decrease the severity of stretch marks.
Create your own homemade muscle scrub by combining coconut oil, castor oil and grapeseed oil, and rubbing onto freshly washed skin.
Apply grapeseed oil as a concentrated spot treatment for acne spots and existing scars. It helps to regulate your natural oil production and will prevent future breakouts.
Just 2-3 drops of grapeseed oil onto a cotton pad will remove even waterproof mascara – without any leftover residue. The extremely concentrated formula means that a little goes a long way!
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Once the domain of the kitchen, superfoods are creeping into our beauty regimens – and for good reason! Beauty superfoods, as we like to call them, proves that our health consciousness is going mainstream as we put our trust in the power of these wonder foods.
Superfoods ingredients offer a holistic approach to achieving that elusive glowing skin. What you apply on the outside should go hand-in-hand with what you put in your mouth. The high nutrient content in superfoods has been proven to be beneficial to your health and wellbeing, inside and out.
But before you start slapping greens on your face, we explore why superfood-charged skincare is a growing trend and how it stacks up against those found in our diet.
Superfoods have been proven to help protect and support the skin’s structure and cells, greatly improving your overall health and most importantly, your skin! Cosmetic manufacturers have been able to harness the properties in these healthy foods for effective topical use.
Superfoods in beauty have been around for centuries but have been gaining popularity over the past few decades. Natural skincare ingredients like coconut, avocado, aloe vera, acai and honey are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. The variety of ingredients being incorporated into skincare has even started expanding.
Education plays a large role in this new trend. The elevated demand for superfoods is growing because more consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of superfoods in their skincare routines. People are starting to take steps towards doing the right thing for their overall health and wellbeing by not focusing on just one problem.
So why are these beauty superfoods so good? The foods we eat play a large role in our skin’s appearance and a healthy gut and digestion is key to a radiant, clear complexion. Applying these superfoods topically can wield the same benefits. When you apply these ingredients to your skin, they help to nourish and protect the upper and lower layers of the skin, creating visible results. However, consuming superfoods in your diet will reap these benefits on a cellular level and help make your whole body healthier.
This is because superfoods like kale and coconut supply a concentrated mix of antioxidants that can be beneficial in treating certain skin conditions and can aid in the prevention against the ageing process. Pomegranate, for example, is known for its ability to penetrate the skin’s surface and assist in cell regeneration and collagen protection that protects against cellular damage.
Key products that include superfoods
Nutrimetics Energise Daily Boost Creme-Gel: Formulated with beetroot extract, taro leaf extract and Japanese pagoda flower extract, this gel moisturiser helps to energise skin while protecting it from everyday environmental stress.
Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ Moisturiser: Featuring pomegranate and mango seed butter, this daily hydrating moisturising protects against environmental elements and hydrates skin.
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If there’s one product we should all have in our cupboard, it has to be apple cider vinegar. Not only is it great for cooking, but it has been proven to assist in beauty, hygiene and skincare routines as a natural agent. Ditch the nasty chemicals in favour of some apple cider vinegar – your body will thank you for it!
Blood sugar levels
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to lower blood sugar levels, especially for those suffering from type 2 diabetes. Vinegar improves insulin sensitivity, reduces blood sugar and lowers blood glucose levels.
Enjoy 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after every meal to aid digestion and kickstart your metabolism.
Apple cider vinegar contains chlorogenic acid which protects LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidised. This slows down heart disease and reduces blood pressure at the same time. Pretty impressive!
Kick-start your metabolism by indulging in 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after every meal. It’s ideal if you’re feeling bloated or sluggish.
Feeling a little under the weather? Apple cider vinegar can help kill pathogens including some types of bacteria which can make us feel seriously ill.
Banish bad breath by combining 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water. Gargle every 10 seconds, spit, then repeat the process. You will be left with fresh breath.
Use apple cider vinegar as an all-natural toner to combat fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also safe to use over scars and pimples!
After washing your hair in the shower, rinse with apple cider vinegar to remove excess build-up of dandruff and dry skin.
Gargling with apple cider vinegar will help to remove stains and kill bacteria sitting in your mouth – eek!
Combine one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water, and apply this solution over your face and body as an acne treatment. Rinse, then apply a nourishing moisturiser over the top.
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There’s really nothing good about a sunburn – skin is red, extremely irritable,and sticking to loose clothes isn’t always an option. To assist with the healing process, hydrate the skin with a few of our natural after-sun products. Just remember to apply a generous amount of sunscreen before heading out again!
Who doesn’t love coconut oil? This miracle product actually soothes burns and reduces redness, all whilst keeping the skin hydrated. Apply a new layer every few hours to keep your skin from overheating.
Apple cider vinegar
Trust us, it won’t hurt! Get into the shower and quickly rinse your burns with apple cider vinegar. It might feel a little weird at first, but the apple cider vinegar helps to remove dry patches and heal your skin from the outside. Follow up with a moisturiser before going to bed.
Aloe rose water
Combine equal amounts of rose water and aloe vera into a small bowl. Apply directly onto your serious burns or have a quick rinse in the shower. Not only will it heal your burn, but it smells amazing!
Green tea bags
Fill a bowl with 3-5 tea bags and pour boiling water up to the top. Let the tea bags steep, then wait until the water cools down to room temperature. Apply the mixture right onto your burns to cool-down after a hot day in the sun. You can also apply the tea bags directly to your skin if the burn is small (such as on your forehead or cheeks). Another way to use green tea is to fill up the bathtub and add a few tea bags, then simply sit back and soak!
Apply a tablespoon of grapeseed oil after a cold shower to lock-in moisture and keep your burn from peeling. Repeat this step every few hours to decrease pain and get a good night sleep!
What are some of your remedies for sunburn?
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Your skin is the foundation of your whole look – literally! Which makes some easy skin TLC a big priority. That’s why we’ve put together some skin saving remedies that will solve all your skin woes.
Your skin will be with you for life and the last thing anyone wants is blotchy and pigmented skin, or worse still, the first tell-tale signs of wrinkles or skin that isn’t as plump and dewy as it should be. A number of factors can cause skin damage, but usually it’s not irreparable. From too much time in the sun to plummeting temperatures and not washing off makeup at night – some skin TLC can help reverse the damage to your skin before it’s too late.
Feed your face
Certain foods combined with a healthy balanced diet will work wonders for your complexion and ensuring your skin has an irresistible and vibrant glow.
Foods rich in vitamin C protect your cells from breaking down, resulting in younger looking skin and act as a natural combatant against the appearance of fine lines. Although traditionally oranges are renowned for being rich in vitamin C, strawberries are actually more of a skin super food. Strawberries have more anti-ageing vitamin C than both oranges and grapefruit.
Antioxidant stars blueberries, raspberries, and green tea also all help boost your skins natural vibrancy.
Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin fresh and hydrated, but liquids alone aren’t going to cut it. You can also boost the natural moisture in your skin with toners, boosters, and masks. Ensuring you keep your skins moisture levels up will make your skin maintain the extra plumpness and dewiness in your skin.
Holding on to dead, dull skin isn’t going to do you any favours – that stuff’s got to come off! A combination of skin brightening lactic acid and hydroxy acid exfoliant two to three times per week will help make your skin the picture of health. A daily dose of rice bran powder and phytic acid microfoliant skin polisher will then be the icing on the cake.
Slip, slop, slap
Many of us take the health of our skin for granted and get blinded by the chance of being naturally sun-kissed. Well, there’s some fantastic self-tanning lotions available on the market, including tinted moisturisers and non comedogenic products (so your skin won’t breakout), that are just as good as the real thing, minus the associated risks. That said sun protection is a must all year round. SPF+ moisturisers should be worn even when its cold and there’s plenty of cloud cover. When it’s hot and sunny out, always wear sunscreen, not wearing it will quicken your skins aging and cause permanent damage. Excessive sun exposure will also make your skin dry out in the short term.
Our skin is exposed to the elements everyday and as such we need to give it a little extra care and attention. These easy skin TLC tips will work wonders and prove to be your skins true salvation in both the long and short term.
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We all know sticking to a beauty regimen can wreak havoc on our bank accounts, not to mention a lot of those costly products are filled with chemicals that do god only knows what. But, us mere mortals can finally rejoice because household beauty hacks can save us some serious time and money!
From apple cider vinegar to coffee filters, using everyday products, we can spruce up our regular beauty routines and liven up our hair and skin with little to no effort on our behalf.
We’ve all been having the benefits of coconut oil drummed into us, but did you know that it works wonders to soften your hair and save split ends, without giving them the cut. Using it as a conditioning treatment softens the look of split ends when it’s dry and helps add moisture to your hair before you wash it. Washing your hair strips it of its essential oils, so it’s important for us to replace them. Pure coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, so you can expect your hair to look healthy, shiny, and hydrated.
Use a homemade salt spray to create texture
Soda water and a teaspoon of salt is all you need to get that gorgeous post-beach look all year-round. Mix 600ml of the soda water with a teaspoon of rock salt in a spray bottle to make your own ocean spritz at home.
Lemon and sugar facial scrubs
Fashion blogger Zanita swears by this! All you have to do is mix lemon juice with caster sugar until you achieve a scrub consistency. It works to de-clog your pores and leaves your skin looking bright and fresh. Plus, for an added bonus it helps to clear pimple prone skin.
Apple cider vinegar that doubles as toner
Yes ladies, this is true and it works! Apple cider vinegar is a putrefying agent and acts as an astringent. So you can use it as toner and to fend of nasty breakouts or acne.
Blot your face with coffee filters
These are actually made from similar ingredients as blotting paper – but are a lot cheaper! Just stash them away and get blotting when you need to reduce shine.
De-puff your eyes with green tea
Green tea bags quickly de-puffs and tightens your under eye area. Applying cold caffeine based products under your eyes for five-to-six minutes can work wonders on tired, droopy eyes and serve as an instant pick-me-up.
Listerine and vinegar foot scrub
This at home foot treatment gently removes the dead skin from your feet, particularly the nasty hard skin that has a habit of forming on our heels. Mix the following ingredients together in a bucket and then soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
1/4 cup of antiseptic mouthwash (Avoid blue as it can stain your skin).
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup of warm water
Use plain yoghurt on burns
You’re casually straightening your hair, or adding some volume with your favourite curling iron, when you slip up and burn your ear. Ouch! But instead of spending the rest of the day complaining about your burn, try soothing it with some plain yoghurt. Immediately after you scorch yourself, apply it thickly over the surface of your burn and leave it for approximately 10 minutes. Yoghurt contains a lot of natural probiotics so it helps to restore your skins natural barrier.
Wash your face with olive oil
You’re probably thinking who the hell in their right mind would was their face with oil? Well, it’s more effective than you may think! The oil acts as a magnet for the oil in your skin and pores, it draws the oil out and leaves with you with softer skin and an extra glow.
Use sticky tape for perfect eyeliner application
Nail the tail of your smoking cat-eye look every time by placing some clear sticky tape in line with the end of your brow you can get a perfect flick by tracing your upper lash line along the edge of the tape. It’s that easy!
You can finally quit wasting hours standing in the beauty aisles at your local supermarket, everything you need is already in your cupboards.
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Ever heard of the Morocco Method? This hair detox has been used for years and basically all about using holistic methods to look after your hair.
If you’re looking for a sulfate-free alternative, the Morocco Method is the best way to give your hair some natural loving.
Below are just a few benefits of the Morocco Method, especially if your needs little TLC every now and then.
Using too many suds in your hair can strip the scalp of its natural oils. If you’re looking for a little detox, invest in shampoos and conditioners with no added Sodium Laurel or Laureth Sulfate which usually cause the most damage. Natural shampoos replace these chemicals with cocamide diethanolamine (DEA) which is actually made from coconut oil.
Switch it up
Rather than using the exact same shampoo and conditioning treatments, keep your scalp guessing with new products. Rotate your haircare on a regular basis so your scalp doesn’t rely on the same ingredients – otherwise your money is going down the drain!
Treat your hair to a rinse at least once a week to remove excess skin and oils from the scalp. This is particularly handy if you suffer from a dry scalp which is producing too much dandruff.
Use an apple cider vinegar rinse to carefully exfoliate the scalp without making your skin extra sensitive afterwards. Simply rinse with warm water and leave hair to air-dry.
Henna as dye
Rather than damaging your hair with peroxide and other nasties to achieve that perfect colour, use henna instead. From blonde to black, there are a variety of natural-based hair colorants which are semi-permanent, but won’t leave your hair feeling dry and brittle.
Morocco Method Natural Henna Hair Dye: Light Blonde, $9.50
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In an age where living a healthy and organic lifestyle is paramount, why shouldn’t this extend to our panty liners and tampons? Sure, it might seem a little awkward at first, but you can’t deny the facts: Most conventional tampons and pads can contain synthetic perfumes and chlorine-bleached materials such as rayon.
Organyc is changing all of that, however. You see, unlike conventional brands, Organyc cotton fibers are never bleached with chlorine, using naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide instead. Their products are also biodegradable, containing absolutely no crude oil derived plastics – even the outer wrap and backing for pads and liners are created from corn starch.
You will be able to find something which suits your lifestyle, whether it’s pads, liners, or even tampons. All Organyc products are Certified Organic by the Soil Association and the Global Organyc Textile Standard, which ensures these methods are providing a safer future environment.
Organyc Tampons, $6.95
Made with a 100 per cent hypoallergenic cotton wool core for maximum absorbency. All tampons are free from chlorine bleach and colouring dyes, and the natural cotton can hold up to 20 times its weight in liquid. Each pack contains 16 tampons, available in regular, super and super-plus sizes.
Organyc Pads, $6.95
Made with 100 per cent organic cotton inside and out, Organyc’s pads are naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and pH neutral. They are free from crude-oil derived plastic, instead using a backing and wrapping made from corn starch.
Ultra thin and with wings, they are especially comfortable and suitable for women with sensitive skin. The individually wrapped pads are available in packs of 10, for both moderate and heavy flows.
Organyc Panty Liners, $6.95
These ultra-thin, flat panty liners are made from organic cotton with a highly absorbent, breathable core. The organic top sheet allows air to pass through promising no irritation and all-day comfort. The panty liners are available in packs of 24, folded and individually wrapped to slip easily and discreetly into your handbag.
While we’ve all heard about waxing, shaving, and threading, sugaring is often a practice which is barely mention as much as its popular counterparts.
Sugaring is actually an old Persian way of removing hair using a natural, sticky gel made from water, sugar and water to completely remove hair from the follicle.
How does it work?
The act of sugaring actually works by using a thick paste which is warmed between the hands, applied on the legs, then quickly ripped off (somewhat like waxing).
You also place the gel in the direction of the hair to remove it completely without ripping or causing any in-grown nightmares.
- Sugaring is actually a quick and easy way to remove hair without causing your body unbearable pain. Even though there aren’t too many salons which offering sugaring, if you find one – stick to it!
- The process takes no time at all, and can remove lots of hair at once. Unlike waxing, if you miss a few hairs, you can easily apply the paste over without causing additional irritation to the pore or hair follicle.
- Did you know that sugaring can actually stunt the hair growth? It can cause damage to the hair follicle and actually leave your legs, arms, and bikini line with less hair over time.
- There are many DIY kits available both in-store and online so you can remove your hair at home. Alternatively, you could also create your own paste at home.
- Your hair actually needs to be quick long before sugaring can take place – longer than if you’re waxing! Not a good idea if you need to show your legs off over the weekend.
- If you have decided to remove hair via sugaring at home, just beware that it can leave your skin feeling red and inflamed. Just be careful, and use clean products, jars, and find a sanitary area to remove hair from your legs. After you’re done, wash up with shower gel and pat the area dry with a clean towel. Apply a moisturiser containing aloe vera over the top to soothe the skin.
If you would prefer to do it at home, use this easy recipe to create a gel and remove hair directly from the follicle.
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1. Combine all of the ingredients into a deep pan and cook on high. Wait until the sugar begins to caramelise, then remove from the heat and allow it to cool. By now, the water will evaporate out, and you will be left with the raw mixture.
2. Use a thermometer and wait until it drops in temperature. It should be of a slimy consistency.
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Since the temperature is already dropping and winter is just around the corner, now is the best time to invest in some skincare products for your baby.
From cradle cap to simply dry skin, sometimes it’s difficult to track down products which are safe for both mum and bub. Our selections, however, are gentle, perfect for all budgets and can be delivered right to your door!
Bambini Baby Massage Oil, $4.79
Keep skin soft and hydrated with a fragrance-free moisturising oil. Use generously on dry patches to heal the skin and bring back added moisture.
Gaia Baby Moisturiser, $10.99
One of the best moisturisers from the drugstore is this classic formula by Gaia. A light and non-greasy formula, which soaks quickly into the skin, and won’t cause any irritation.
Mustela Bebe Foam Shampoo for Newborns, $19.95
The perfect shampoo for newborns – and even toddlers – which helps to eliminate dry patches, without removing additional moisture from the skin. Use daily, or every few days for best results. Ideal for babies suffering from cradle cap.
L’Occitane Bonne Mere Rosemary Shower Gel, $22
A relaxing shower gel enriched with rosemary essential oils to calm your baby right before bed, and lead them into a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Dermatologically tested and ideal for both mum and baby.
Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Moisturising Cream, $35
A gentle moisturiser which keeps baby’s skin feeling hydrated for all seasons. Use after a bath, or on a nappy rash, to subside the side effects and soothe the skin.
What are some of your favourite baby-safe products?
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Like your beauty au naturel? There’s no mistaking the dangers everyday chemicals pose to us in everything from our food to top-shelf beauty products. I’m loving these fabulous, new “green” luxury and anti-aging face, hair and body products which both promise and deliver much, without all the nasties. What’s more, we can all do with some extra TLC in autumn/winter! Shop to it, beauties.
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1. Mermaid Perfume Hair Shine Spray, $38: Ever wanted to make like Ariel, the iconic heroine from The Little Mermaid? Here’s your chance: Mermaid Perfume is said to be the new “it” global product. This beauty consists of heavenly orange blossom flowers and coconut oil. What’s more, it enhances hair shine, softness, elasticity, lustre and tames flyaways. Mysterious, romantic and ethereal, its stunning scent will transport you to sunnier climbs on a paradise island… Sigh. This is guilt-free beauty too, not tested on animals.
2. Waterlily Vitamin A Enriched Treatment Crème, $59, via: This is a super delicious smelling vitamin-intensive facial crème enriched with vibrant carrot and precious cold pressed oils. What’s more, there’s casings of anti-ageing vitamins for this ultimate repair treatment targeting the signs of ageing. This authentic Australian spa collection uses only the purest of natural botanical ingredients. Rich in aromatic essential oils, organic French clays, cold pressed plant oils, anti-ageing vitamins, healing herbs and lashings of exotic fruit, floral and marine extracts, this beauty brand is a feast for the senses.
3. Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Gel, $99.95: Try to turn back the clock with this cooling gel, which is perfect for normal to oily skin – especially if you live in a tropical or humid climate, as I do. Its all-natural ingredients, such as antioxidants and blueberry extract, are said to tighten and smooth the delicate eye area. Obagi products are designed to minimise the appearance of premature skin ageing, skin damage, hyperpigmentation, acne marks, and sun damage. Find them at dermatologist and plastic surgeon clinics, medical spas and via other skin care professionals.
4. Olivine Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist, $25: Love + Salt is a vegan, volume-enhancing mist which will give you divine beach waves, in manner of a Californian sun goddess. Even better, you can spray it all over your body for beautifully hydrated skin thanks to “good” hydrating salts like Himalayan pink salt. And, happy days, Love + Salt is 100 per cent natural, vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. It’s a love/love!
5. Grown Alchemist Regenerating Night Cream: Neuro-Peptide & Violet Leaf Extract, $84.95: This rich facial cream is formulated with a potent blend of peptides, antioxidants, vitamins and more. Its aim? To beautifully restore skin elasticity, noticeably reducing the appearance of fine lines, and soften and smooth the skin while boosting hydration. And ladies, this hard-working product does all this while you sleep. Yay! And this brand is the business: organic, anti-aging skincare, body and hair care.
6. 100% Pure Mint White Tea Moisturiser, $39.95, via: This super lightweight, non greasy, mattifying facial moisturiser is said to hydrate and nourish the skin without clogging pores. Even better, it’s packed full of skin-loving, nourishing, organic nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and looking youthful. Naturally, there’s no hidden nasties (pardon the pun), and it is instead loaded with goodness, and so is suitable for sensitive skin types, vegans and those avoiding gluten.
7. Waterlily Moroccan Rose & Guava Hand Treatment, $42, via: This luxurious hand and nail crème treatment is a rich buttery blend of cocoa and shea butters finished with precious oils of evening primrose, apricot and jojoba. Laced with an exotic blend of skin brightening fruit extracts and pro vitamin B5 and E to protect and repair nails and cuticles, I adore both its heavenly feel and smell. Treasured oils of Moroccan rose with healing benzoin complete the treatment, to promote gorgeous hands and stunning nails. Hands down, it’s a dead-set winner.
8. Tata Harper Elixir Vitae, $399, via: This supercharged, lightweight anti-aging face treatment promises to reduce wrinkles, which is lucky because, motherhood! It works by visibly smoothing the skin’s surface and filling the look of fine lines, topically delivering the visual effect of an injectable. What’s more, Tata Harper is a 100 per cent fresh, natural and cult-status beauty brand favoured by A-listers like Rachel Zoe. Sold!
9. Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Serum: Peptide-8 & e-2 Polysaccharide, $94.95: Smooth those expression lines faster than Usain Bolt, with this potent, fast-acting anti-aging serum. Peptides 8 & 6 combine to erase the look of forehead brow creases, squinting creases surrounding the eyes and feathery lines surrounding the lips. And all bases are covered with this organic, anti-aging skincare, body and hair care brand. Sign me up!
10. Obagi Professional-C Serum 10%, $69.95: Got dry, irritated, or sensitive skin? Help combat the signs of skin damage, via the healing power of Vitamin C, with this gentle yet concentrated formula. A skin antioxidant, Vitamin C is said to brighten skin, retain moisture, replenish Vitamin E and more. Your skin will love you for it!
Does your skin ever get those annoying dark spots which don’t seem to go away, even with makeup?
The odds are, that your skin is probably suffering from some type of hyperpigmentation which is actually most common for women in their early thirties, due to skin damage and other sun related spots. If you’ve seen your dermatologist but to no avail, try these tips to manage your hyperpigmentation rather than aggravate it over time
The act of face mapping is an age-old practice which determines that certain breakouts across the face are deeper connected with the body. Rather than giving your skin a topical cream for the outside, you will also be placed on a routine which will cleanse your body from the inside – where it counts.
A homemade scrub derived from natural ingredients is one of the easiest and most effective ways to treat your skin. Turmeric, lemon, and banana are all natural ingredients which help to detoxify the skin and work on all skin types to unblock pores.
Change your diet
Who knew that high concentrations of dark spots could be linked to a bad diet? In order to help your skin shine from the inside out, it’s important to keep a healthy, balanced diet. Remember to drink lots of water to keep hydrated and increase your intake of antioxidants.
Depending on your skin type, it’s important to lightly exfoliate about once a week to remove any dead or dry skin cells. Smog, humidity, and even pollution in the air can all lead to blocked pores and gently exfoliating (even with a facial scrub) is the best way to detox your skin.
If you’ve grown increasingly dependant on wearing makeup and applying too much skincare on a daily basis, then this could also be your downfall. Allow the skin to regenerate itself and breathe by letting its natural oils shine through whenever you’re just relaxing at home. In time, it will find its own rhythm, and you will find that all those serums, scrubs and cleansers won’t be required as much.
In terms of makeup, use a lighter foundation such as a skin perfecter or BB cream which will enhance your features, not conceal them completely. They are typically lighter on the skin and feature a solid amount of SPF to protect against the suns harmful rays.
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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The switch to natural skincare seems to be a most logical thought since they are free of parabens, preservatives, and other skin-loving nutrients… or so we think.
Most women who have solely transformed their skincare routine find that cystic acne, milia, and a variety of other skin disorders are the price they have to pay. But why is this the case?
Although we usually blame this as an allergic reaction, or simply due to the harsh nature of most skincare products, there is a bigger explanation on why this is happening so frequently.
Why do these reactions occur?
Statistics show that anything you put on your skin enters your blood stream within the first 20-30 seconds of contact. While we all can’t escape using products sans-preservatives or harmful chemicals, it is important to take note of your skin type, and which ingredients don’t agree with the skin you’re in.
The hidden reality with natural skincare is that they actually contain larger molecules which the skin finds difficult to break-down. As a result, they usually sit on top of the skin, and cause additional irritation, redness, and dry patches. These molecules are larger than usual because they contain no preservatives and don’t react the same way as other products.
How can you tell if a product is 100% natural?
A large amount of harmful ingredients are often concealed under different names. Toxic synthetic chemicals are found in a number of natural products, and this could be the route of all your negative skincare reactions. Even the words ‘natural’ and ‘all-natural’ don’t mean that your skincare products are free from harmful chemicals. If you’re unsure of what an ingredient means, it’s always ease to ask the salesperson, or simply look it up! There is a large beauty and skincare community online which makes it easy to identify common problems and how to tackle them.
Invest in skincare which uses natural preservatives instead of harmful chemicals. These include hops oil and grapefruit seed oil which are both certified organic. These products are free from synthetic chemicals, and are substituted with a natural counterpart.
What are some harmful ingredients found in natural skincare?
The tiny particles are often found in natural sunscreens, lotions, moisturisers, and certain makeup products. Upon contact, there are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, and can cause long-term damage since they are mostly untested.
Parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben)
These just a few different variations of common preservatives which are used to prolong the life of skincare and beauty products. While their safety is always at the centre of dispute, they are added in most products to subside the growth of bacteria, and keep products looking and feeling brand new.
Similar to the use of parabens, they are used mostly to act as an antibacterial agent in skincare cleansers and toning solutions. Despite being named as a probable human carcinogen, it is still widely used in the beauty and skincare community, albeit under different alias.
Which ingredients offer the best benefits for skin?
Anything with plant-based essential fatty acids (EFA’s) will be the best product on any skin type. Antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E are all natural and won’t give your skin any nasty side effects – ever! They are also antibacterial, and will keep any unnecessary dirt from seeping into your bloodstream.
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Did you know that the secret to better skin is in the humble avocado? Slather it on your body for a smoother appearance, use it as a face mask for clear skin, or apply to the ends of your hair for reduced split ends.
Use avocado in the following body and skincare treatments to create a personalised serum for your skin type.
Combine one avocado, egg, and and splash of olive oil and create a fine paste. Apply evenly across your face and neck, and let it settle for 5-10 minutes. Avocado’s contain a protein called sterolin which helps to reduce skin spots, harsh lines and wrinkles due to sun exposure.
Mash 1/2 an avocado, one tablespoon of yoghurt and honey and stir until combined. Apply from root to tip, and tie your hair up into a high bun. Leave on for 15-30 minutes for best results, then wash out with a mild shampoo. Your hair should feel super-soft!
Who else suffers from dry, cracked hands all year round? Mash 1/2 ripe avocado with a handful of rolled oats, one egg white, and a splash of lemon juice. Massage into hands and apply gloves over the top to lock-in moisture, (do this with your feet if you suffer from cracked heels). Wash-off with tepid water for best results.
If your hair still needs an additional TLC, use this hair mask every month to lock in that moisture. Combine 1/2 avocado and coconut oil then apply to the ends of your hair before going to bed. Wrap hair in a towel, and wash-off well in the morning.
Create an natural body lotion which you can use on your skin once the weather takes a turn for the worst. Combine equal parts of avocado, sheer butter oil, lavender oil, and Vitamin E before mixing well over medium heat. Remove the mixture, let it cool down, then transfer it into a tub or jar for easy access.
Mix one tablespoon of avocado and coconut oil until you have a fine paste. Apply directly to the under-eye area before using your nightly moisturiser. Skin should feel smoother and even in no-time!
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If you like treating your skin to homemade masks and cleansing solutions every few months, then you’re aware of the benefits of cucumber. Not only are they super-easy to find (every supermarket and green grocer sells them), but they work miracles on tired and inflamed skin types.
Create your own signature face mask or complete skincare treatment in just 5 minutes using a few of our suggestions below.
Reduce the appearance of your pores (especially if you suffer from oily skin), with this natural treatment. Equal parts of fresh yoghurt and mashed cucumber makes a cooling face mask which gives amazing results.
Just place two cucumber slices over your eyes to transform your swollen, tired eyes. The water weight in a cucumber is enough to replenish your eyes, and leave them feeling firm soft to the touch.
Juice three cucumbers and strain away the pulp so you’re left with just the liquid. Apply onto your entire face to soothe red and inflamed skin. If your skin feels tight, simply wash-off with a mild cleanser, and apply a toning solution to diminish your pores. Follow-up with a moisturiser to lock-in the hydration.
Have you spent too much time in the sun lately? Grated cucumber naturally reduces the appearance of prominent freckles anywhere on the body. This is a safe way to improve the complexion of your skin, without using harmful chemicals.
Sliced cucumbers are a great way to relieve painful sunburn (especially if you have blisters – eek!) Cucumbers provide a cooling effect on dried skin, and will speed up the healing process.
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Anti-ageing beauty brand Wrinkles Schminkles has just recently launched their range of new and innovative age-defying wrinkle treatments. Perfect to apply on the neck, chest, around the eyes, and even on the décolletage to prevent premature ageing, and diminish existing lines.
The new range has been specifically designed around the Wrinkle Relieving Silicone Pads ($35.95), which are quick and easy to use on the entire face and neck to prevent lines and wrinkles overnight! Simply apply the pads before bedtime, and let the product work its magic whilst you sleep. In the morning, skin will feel hydrated due to the advanced formula, and with time will soften lines and wrinkles.
Follow up this treatment with the fabulous Morning After Glow Serum ($38.95) which is specially formulated to moisturise dry patches of skin, and leave your entire face feeling smooth and soft.
“I created the range after beginning to notice fine lines and wrinkles on my chest,” said Gabrielle Requena, who founded Wrinkles Schminkles.
“While there are countless lotions and potions for the face, a cream alone cannot treat other areas of the body, and I found there was a distinct lack of simple, practical treatments available for places like the chest – which can tend to act its age.”
Why not try the new collection for yourself? You can purchase each individual product exclusively from their website, and enjoy a free cleaning solution when you buy any 3 smoothing kits.
While we’re on the search for flawless, youthful skin, this trendy facial was right at the top of our to-do list. Women have been using ice cubes for centuries to reduce lines and wrinkles, and to keep skin looking soft and smooth. If you’ve ever wanted to try this for yourself at home, here is all the information you need.
Benefits for your skin
Running an ice cold cube of water of your face helps to clean the surface and renew cells at a much faster rate. Although this treatment is certainly not for everyone – people who suffer from sensitive skin or very prominent blood vessels should definitely not volunteer themselves. However acne-prone skin can benefit from the ice cube facial, especially if you choose to freeze chamomile which will help to decrease the severity of spots and pimples on the skin.
After the treatment, your skin should have a nice rosy glow – especially on the cheeks, chin and forehead. The cold sensation will settle down after a few minutes, and skin will feel fresh and rejuvenated.
How to make your own ice cube facial
This facial is specifically designed for people suffering from problematic acne-prone skin, so chamomile is used to relax those angry blemishes.
Mineral water or chamomile (green tea)
Ice cube container
- Pour mineral water into a container and store in the freezer.
- Squeeze out one half of the lemon, then add a teaspoon in a glass of water. Pour the water into a container and freeze for a few hours.
- Boil a cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers (or tea) into the mixture. Heat for 10 minutes over a medium heat then wait for the solution to cool down before applying over the face.
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Looking to plump your lips without going under the knife? It is possible to make your lips look bigger without the need for surgery, injections or even over the counter plumping products. Use the following tricks to naturally enhance your lips right at home!
Apply some of your favourite lip balm and brush over with a clean toothbrush will not only exfoliate your lips, but also promote blood flow which will make them look bigger. Use in circular motions to both the top and bottom lips before applying lipstick or other makeup products. If you want your lips to last longer, use cayenne pepper or cinnamon powder which will work to make your lips look huge!
Make like Kylie Jenner and use that lip liner to give the illusion of fuller lips. The trick is to use a liner which matches the colour of your lips, since this will look the most natural. Start by lining the bottom lip, then match along to the top – taking care when drawing over the cupids bow. Then blend together with your fingers before applying a lipstick or lip gloss over the top.
The derma roller is a quick and easy home care treatment which is used specifically for collagen stimulation and helps to plump up your lips! A total of 192 tiny needles surround the roller, which you will then press back and forth over your lips. With no damage to the skin, this treatment is really easy and can be used on the face, hands, and even legs.
Focus on the centre of your lips and fill in both the top and bottom with a concealer stick or pencil. This will give your lips a 3D look, especially when filled in properly. Blend in with your fingers, then apply your usual lip liner/lipstick combination over the top for fuller lips!
Which tip would you use to enhance your lips?
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Puffy eyes can often be a symptom of a poor diet, lack of sleep or simply just genetics. Even though there are many over-the-counter treatments aiming to completely eradicate puffy eyes, sometimes it’s best to take the simple approach. Keep reading for some easy home remedies you can whip up with ingredients straight from the kitchen.
Green and black tea both work well at reducing the appearance of swollen and puffy eyes. The caffeine targets swelling, while chamomile and green tea soothe any redness and inflammation with just a few treatments. Allow 2 teabags to cool down, then place over eyelids for 5-10 minutes.
For years cucumbers have been used on the sensitive eye areas for their healing properties, and natural ability to reduce swelling and redness. Cool, fresh and extremely easy to get your hands on – apply a slice on each eye before relaxing and taking it easy.
Potatoes have some amazing benefits which help to relieve pain from joints, headaches and even reduce swollen glands. Peel, wash and dry a potato then mash until you have a fine paste. Apply onto the eyelids and relax for 10-15 minutes.
Pop 2 teaspoons into the freezer, then place over the eyelids for 5-10 minutes to deflate any puffiness from your face. Now is also the best time to relax and enjoy some soothing music, and even burnt some lavender incense.
Who knew that salt could cure puffy eyes? Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with 1 quart of lukewarm water, then apply a cotton ball into the solution and pat on the eyelids and under-eye area. Rest for 5-10 minutes with the cotton balls over your eyes to see a major change when you wakeup.
How do you cure puffy eyes?
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Do you or someone you know have extremely discoloured underarms? This is most prominent in women (and men) with a darker skin tone, and can often prove difficult to deal with – especially during the summer months. Here is a homemade scrub you can use to eliminate any discolouration from your underarms.
1/2 cup cucumber juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon tumeric powder
- Combine the mixture, then apply a think layer onto skin for 20 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water, then repeat this step again until you’ve reach your desired results.
- Avoid using deodorants which are packed with fragrances, since these chemicals could be causing more harm than good. For a more natural deodorant, use baby powder which won’t discolour or discomfort your skin in anyway.
- Sometimes even shaving can cause irritation to the sensitive skin under your arms. Try other hair removal techniques such as waxing or laser treatments.
- Exfoliate the dead skin cells under your arms. This will leave your underarms looking and feeling their best – especially if you want to apply fake tan.
- Try dry body brushing at least once. All you need to do is apply a dry loofah on your skin in small, circular motions. Not only will it remove dead skin cells, but also improve your circulation.
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Are you stuck in a skincare rut? If you’re a fan of natural skincare, the Ayurda Ayurvedic Skin Care range is definitely worth a try. I’m a hard taskmaster when it comes to my skin – I’m very choosy about my skincare regime given I have very fine, pale “English” type sensitive skin prone to redness and the odd blemish.
I favour a big-brand beauty range, but had just run out of my favourite, expensive moisturiser when I was kindly offered the chance to try Ayurda. It was perfect timing and I thought: “Live a little, Carrington – try something new.” And I’m really glad I did – I’m loving Ayurda’s pure skincare products which are formulated with all-natural and organic ingredients to create “nutrition for the skin”.
Ayurda is a Sanskrit name which translates to “bestower of longevity” – this resonates perfectly with the brand’s holistic approach to beauty. Incorporating the wisdom of the ayurvedic philosophy – an ancient system of life (ayur) knowledge (veda) arising in India thousands of years ago – Ayurda recognises that everyone is unique; what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.
So, the first step is take a skin quiz here: http://au.ayurda.com/au/know-your-skin.htm to see what type of skin you have and how the Ayurveda principles can help fix any pesky problems. Ayurda links its beauty to well-being. Its customised approach ensures your skin care has a balancing effect on your face and skin.
I’m a Pitta skin type, governed by a fire and water element. Pitta is said to control digestion, metabolism and transformation. Those with a predominance of the Pitta dosha have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind. In perfect health or in balance, I will have lustrous complexion with soft, fair skin, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, my skin may be oily or become prone to skin rashes, eczema, acne, rosacea, skin sensitivity and redness, or I may develop burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn and/or indigestion. Guilty as charged! This is unbelievably accurate for a five-minute quiz.
But back to the skincare, I’m trialling the 21-day Pitta Balance program, $199 (pictured above). This includes four x 30ml bottles, including a customised cleanser, toner, moisturizer and night cream.
“Our Balance skincare programme will leave your skin feeling refined and repaired while enhancing your natural beauty from within,” says the blurb.
I have a Cucumber and Basil Cleanser to gently remove impurities while cooling the skin; Blackberry Astringent Lotion to soothe inflammation and help absorption; Almond and Saffron Moisturiser to soften skin; and Magic Touch, a skin beautifying formula which can be used as a spot cream or night treatment to calm and clear skin blemishes.
I’m also fortunate enough to have a sample-size Sparkle Eye Cream, which is a moisturiser for skin around the eyes, with cooling rose and red sandalwood to add sparkle, while turmeric and sariva are said to brighten the skin. In addition, I have a sample size Gel Scrub which gently exfoliates dead skin cells.
I like all the products a lot; it’s almost a week since I’ve started using them and my skin feels soft and dewy, with no breakouts. My favourites are the Sparkle Eye Cream and the Almond and Saffron Moisturiser (pictured below). The latter is loaded with nature’s best skin food – almonds – and the enriched moisturiser is said to soften and rejuvenate the skin by increasing blood circulation to the capillaries.
So, what’s best about Ayurda? Each and every blend is said to be handcrafted in small batches to maintain integrity and freshness. All essential oils and raw materials are the highest grade possible. There’s no artificial colours, phthalates, parabens, or synthetic fillers (like fragrance), which means no harsh ingredients that strip the skin. Check it out! Visit http://au.ayurda.com.