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July 13, 2016

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

For years, skincare specialists have advised that women (and men) who suffer from oily skin should steer clear from oil-based skincare and makeup products. This couldn’t be further from the truth nowadays, since the very same products have been known to actually help the problem at hand.

RELATED: Turn Oily Skin Into Dewy Skin

Long story short: oil-based skincare won’t make your skin look and feel oilier. Research suggest that serums and face oils are better absorbed by oily skin types, and can actually help it in the long-run.

Don’t believe us? Here are a few products you need to try (even if you have oily skin!). They won’t clog your pores, or create excess sebum on the surface.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil, $48

One of the best treatment oils to apply on your skin is the Maracuja Oil by Tarte. The benefits? It’s super-soft on the skin, extremely lightweight, and absorbs almost instantly. Layer it with your eye cream and nightly moisturisers, or apply it solo before going to bed.

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Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105

A little bit on the pricey side is Luna by Sunday Riley. This relatively new release comes with a bunch of positive reviews by beauty bloggers across the globe. The extremely concentrated formula means that only a few drops are ideal to hydrate the entire face. Just beware, it might leave a light residue on your pillow the morning after, the serum itself is actually blue!

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum, $74

Soothe even oily skin types with this gentle face oil which is packed with all natural ingredients. Use it as a primer to illuminate the skin in winter, apply it before bed, or layer it with your other skincare essentials for best results.

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, $32

Who said that argan oil was just for your hair? Take off your makeup with this gentle cleansing oil to remove excess impurities from the skin. Apply onto a full (dry) face of makeup, and wet a damp cloth to exfoliate the skin.

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

Do you have any experiences with oil-based skincare products?

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August 10, 2015

Turn Oily Skin Into Dewy Skin

Do you struggle with oily skin turning your makeup into anything but matte?

Why not use this natural glow to your advantage, and transform oily skin into a dewy, satin-inspired finish. We have hand-picked just a few products to make the subtle transition, which are also packed with skin-loving nutrients to keep your face feeling hydrated.

RELATED: What is Matte, Dewy, and Luminous Skin?

Use a dry oil

Many women with oily skin believe that using a dry oil will only encourage their skin to produce more natural sebum. It’s actually quite the opposite! Try and use a dry oil a few times a week before going to bed, since it is wonderful for all skin types.

Rather than leaving your skin feeling oily and sticky, a dry oil is actually more hydrating than a moisturiser. It also leaves your skin with a natural glow which cannot be replicated through any other product.

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ModelCo Rosehip Luxury Facial Oil, $20

Hydrate with a gel

Gel products are amazing for oily skin since they don’t feel thick and cakey immediately after application. Rather than using a basic moisturiser, use a hydrating gel to lock-in moisture and help to revitalise skin from the inside out and with added radiance!

They can be used as a primer before applying makeup, an eye cream, and also to cool-down aggravated skin.

Turn Oily Skin Into Dewy Skin

L’Occitane Angelica Hydrating Vital Gel, $52

Use an SPF of 30

Rather than blotting your face with a sheet or translucent powder throughout the day, control the shine by limiting the amount of SPF on your face. Sometimes foundation with too much SPF (we’re talking 50+) can leave even dry skin looking completely oily and unmanageable. Apply a thin layer of translucent sunscreen on your skin, to avoid a shiny, white flashback by the early afternoon.

Turn Oily Skin Into Dewy Skin

This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 30, $46

Try an illuminator

One of the best tips is to limit the amount of foundation you put on your face. Sometimes skin can completely freak out from the layers of makeup used to achieve a ‘natural’ finish. Fake it with an illuminator which you only need to apply on the angles of your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and through the brow bone for that subtle, sun-kissed glow.

Turn Oily Skin Into Dewy Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash, $76

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February 12, 2015

How To Treat Dehydrated Skin

The mystery of dehydrated skin is that almost everyone has it; even if you experience a typically oily t-zone and dry patches across your face.

This could be the result of a few different factors which include your diet, not enough moisture on the skin, and sometimes even a lack of exfoliating. If you find your skin is feeling particularly lacklustre, try a few of these tricks to combat dehydration.

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Serums work for a variety of skin types since they are extremely gentle, and can be used to cure a number of skin disorders. Try using a serum at least 2 times a week after cleansing your skin but before applying moisturiser. The role of a serum is to prep the skin so it can better absorb moisturiser and eye creams, leaving skin quenched for the day. Apply just 2-3 drops into your hands, and dab onto the t-zone, cheeks and chin, or any other problem areas you have.


Rather using an exfoliating scrub which could only disturb already sensitive skin, it’s much easier to exfoliate with a cotton cloth. Use a cleansing oil to remove your daily makeup and skincare, then run a cotton cloth or flannel under warm tap water. Gently remove any makeup with downward swipes, or leave the flannel over your face to open pores for a deep-treatment. This is a less abrasive way of exfoliating the face (and neck!), without using a harmful scrub which can cause redness and breakouts.


Keep your skin feeling hydrated by applying an appropriate moisturiser for both morning and night. For the morning, use a lightweight formula with added SPF to keep your skin protected all day long. If your skin is acne-prone, there are many fragrance-free formulas which won’t clog your pores or disrupt established breakouts.

Before going to bed, use a rich moisturiser which will keep your skin hydrated while you sleep. This is extremely important since dehydrated skin needs constant attention – even when you think it doesn’t need it! Choose non-oily formulas which won’t leave your skin with a greasy residue the next morning.

Thermal water

Spritz your face with a thermal water to beat the heat, and keep skin hydrated for those hot summer days. Thermal water is perfect for dehydrated skin because it helps to keep pH levels consistent, and prevents breakouts if you’re acne-prone. Keep a small bottle in your handbag and spray every time your face needs some additional moisture throughout the day, or on a long plane trip.

How do you treat dehydrated skin? Let us know of your tips below.

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December 22, 2014

Facial Toners For All Skin Types

Toning is an essential part of a steady skincare routine. Not only does it minimise the size of enlarged pores, but it also preps the skin for other products such as serums and moisturisers.

If you haven’t used a toner before, here are just a few selections which will work perfectly on your skin.

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Oily skin

Most women who have oily skin think that using oil-based products will only make skin look and feel oilier. This is far from the truth! After you’ve cleansed your face for the evening, apply a few drops into a cotton pad and wipe carefully across the face and neck. This formula by Aesop is fast absorbing, and it won’t feel oily on your skin.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $33

Dry skin

Use an alcohol-free toner on dry skin to remove dirt and unclog your pores. Anything that contains too much fragrance will cause skin to dry out, and lead to unwanted under-the-skin bumps. Don’t forget to tone your neck, and apply a moisturiser immediately after the toner has settled to nourish dry skin.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner, $8.99

Combination skin

Since combination skin can often feel difficult to maintain, it’s best to use a toner which will relax your skin. Anything containing aloe vera or shea butter is best for keeping skin feeling clean and hydrated before applying moisturiser or makeup.

Facial Toners For All Skin

L’Occitane Fresh Gentle Toner, $34

Normal skin

Anyone with normal skin can use any type of toner on their face, and it will still look amazing! For best results, use rosewater and chamomile extracts to reduce redness, or simply splash on your face at any time of day for an instant cooling effect.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner, $13.95

Sensitive skin

If your skin is extremely sensitive, then it’s best to use a toner with no added fragrance. This could only irritate the skin, and lead to redness and bumps all over. A thermal water will still tighten and tone the skin without making it feel too over-processed.

This is the best alternative since most toners can be quite drying, and cause breakouts on already sensitive skin.

Facial Toners For All Skin

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $25.99

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December 8, 2014

What Is My Skin Type?

Do you find it difficult determining which skin type you have? Oily, sensitive, dry, and even combination types are difficult to determine if your skin is inconsistent. We have outlined the six main skin types below, and how you can recognise which one you have.

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Oily skin

Oily skin usually absorbs moisture really quickly due to larger pores. The t-zone is the worst place for someone suffering from oily skin, since this is where most of the build-up occurs. People suffering from oily skin will need to blot their face numerous times per day, and will most likely be accompanied by an oily scalp.

What Is My Skin Type?

Dry skin

Skin which is dry all year-round can feel dry and scaly. The cheeks and forehead are the worst areas, since skin can feel tight and irritable even after a gentle cleanse. Red patches are a common occurrence since skin dries up very fast and feels itchy and irritable.

What Is My Skin Type?

Combination skin

Combination skin is one of the most common skin types, since it’s both oily and dry on different parts of the face. An oily t-zone is accompanied by dry, or itchy cheeks which break-out after a cleanse.

What Is My Skin Type?

Sun-damaged skin

Skin which has been damaged as a result of premature ageing will often have frown lines on the forehead, and deep crows feet around the eyes. Take care when heading out into the sun, and always apply an SPF if you’re out and about.

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Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is easily irritated by moisturisers, serums, makeup, and generally products packed with fragrance. Red patches around the nose, cheeks, and chin are most likely to occur, and it’s important to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible.

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Normal skin

People with normal skin usually have an even skin tone, and no particular pigmentation issues. Although this skin type is quite rare, it does exist! Pores are very small, and bumps or blemishes rarely appear unrelated to menstrual cycles.

What Is My Skin Type?

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November 26, 2014

The Best Makeup For Flash Photography

Do you want to know the secret to flawless makeup for formal events such as a wedding, baptism or simply just a picture-perfect photo? It’s true, you do have to pay more attention to detail when getting ready – but it’s all worth it when the pictures come out truly flawless!

Use these tips the next time you’re getting ready for an event that requires lots of flash photography.

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Get matched

If this is your first time doing your own makeup for a formal event, then it’s always a good idea to get your skin matched by a professional. Not only will they recommend a shade that is close to your skin tone, but it will actually blend in with your neck and the rest of your body. Foundations are either pink or yellow based depending on the undertones of your skin, and a professional makeup artist will guide you through the colour process as best they can. This process might take a little longer, but is so much better than just purchasing any colour via the internet because you can’t see how it interacts with your skin.

Stay matte

Regardless of oily, dry, or combination skin, it’s always good to keep your foundation matte if you want an airbrushed look in your photos. Always carry around a compact powder, or blotting pads so you can easily remove the shine from problem areas such as the chin, forehead, and cheeks.


Stick to SPF-free foundation and primer if you know that you will be photographed for an event. Products containing SPF can result in a white and shiny cast on the face, which show-up in photos like a ghost-like colour if you’re using flash photography.

Oil-free primer

Use a primer to even out your skin tone, and act as a base for the rest of your makeup. It’s best to use an oil-free alternative since this will work to keep your skin matte and shine-free. Only apply a face primer to your cheeks, nose, and forehead. Applying this over your eyes can make the area look oily.

Blend it out

To avoid any harsh lines of contour from showing up on camera, it’s a good idea to invest in high quality brushes which won’t have your makeup looking too dramatic. Make sure to properly blend out your bronzer, highlighter, concealer, and apply blush with a light hand, building up the colour instead of packing it all on at the same time.

Set your makeup

Keep your makeup looking fresh and matte by setting with a translucent powder or even with a spray. This will keep your foundation from oiling up throughout the day, but also won’t have your under-eye makeup from creasing either.

If you are going to use a setting spray, make sure to apply your mascara after you’ve sprayed your face. If applied to freshly painted lashes, this can often ruin the formula and make your lashes look and feel clumpy which makes them hard to manage.

Long-lasting makeup

The secret to flawless makeup in photos is by using high-quality products that are made to last. Foundation, concealer, and eyeshadows are all important products to invest in, since they will really allow your makeup to look flawless regardless of the weather. Keep a small mirror in your handbag to quickly touch-up any problem areas throughout the day.

Natural light

When applying your makeup, choose a setting which is filled with natural light. Any artificial light or filters can often give the wrong impression of how your makeup will actually look.

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November 4, 2014

Home Remedies For Combination Skin

Combination skin is often difficult to control since different parts of your skin require extra love and care. This skin type is often characterised by an oily chin, nose and forehead but often dry cheeks. Why spend lots of money on products that won’t work half the time? Create this homemade facemask with a bunch of natural ingredients you probably have in your pantry!

Banana face mask

Not only is banana good for you, it’s also great for treating combination skin. Bananas are unique fruits which contain magnesium, folic acid and even potassium which helps to hydrate dry skin. Apply to your problem areas, and notice a significant different in your skins appearance.


1/3 banana

1 egg

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon full-cream milk


1. Pour the milk into a hot pan and bring it to a complete boil.

2. Remove the pan off the stove, and set aside so it can cool down. Scoop up the milk (a skin should’ve developed over the top), and deposit into a small bowl.

3. Mash the banana, and add the egg, honey and milk.

4. Spread the mixture on your problem areas, then relax for 10 minutes,

5. Remove the mask with lukewarm water, then moisturise as usual.

Tips for combination skin

  • Combination skin is more likely to break out since it’s typically quite irritable. Make sure to wash your skin daily with a mild cleanser, and always moisturise in the morning and at night.
  • If you’re noticing some unusual breakouts, trim down your skincare routine and stop using products with fragrance. This is most likely the culprit which is causing your breakouts. Try using natural skincare and makeup products which are fragrance-free.
  • Never try more than 2 new products at the same time. This could only disrupt your skin, and cause unnecessary breakouts or possibly scarring.
  • Avoid exfoliating since this could only anger your skin. The very small mirco-beads have the tendency to scratch the surface of your skin, which could lead to more frequent and aggravated breakouts.
  • Never sleep with your makeup on! This could get into your pores and lead to nasty breakouts which can prove to be incredibly painful. Use a Clarisonic or PMD to effectively deep-clean your skin.

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August 22, 2014

Makeup Tips For Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you’re probably sick of living with a shiny face. Good news, oilier skin shows less early signs of ageing than dry skin and stays soft and supple over other skin types. But these makeup tips will conceal the shine and let your natural beauty radiate through.

Switch to a lightweight cleanser
Before applying makeup, oily skin types need to start with a clean foundation. Try using a lightweight, grease-free formula like Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture with SPF 15 protection instead. This will normalise the skin and control shine throughout the day.

Always prime the skin first
Using a good primer with shine control will prepare the skin for makeup, and stop it sliding off your skin throughout the day. The makeup artists’ favourite primer, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free is especially formulated for oily skins and will help to keep shine to a minimum without upsetting facial balance.


Avoid excess powder 
Loading up on powder might seem like the perfect way to beat the shine and absorb the oil. Too much powder, however, can cause creasing, especially around the eyes and the corners of the nose and mouth.A matte, translucent face powder will supply the best oil control. Try Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder or Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. Apply a light coat to any areas that are perpetually shiny. Over-application will send your sebaceous glands into overdrive so keep it minimal. And always wash your powder brush regularly to keep it  clean of bacteria.


Look for long-lasting makeup
Long-lasting makeup has come a long way in the last few years, with much more lightweight formulas that keep oily skin feeling fresh all day. Bare Minerals Original Broad SpectrumSPF 15 Foundation provides lightweight yet buildable coverage and is a perfect alternative to liquid foundations for those who are acne-prone.


Use an eyelid primer
Many women with oily skin struggle with oily eyelids and creasing around the eyelids. This means your eyeshadow often disappears by your mid-morning latte.

Try an eye-specific primer for the lid, such as the e.l.f. Essentials Eyelid Primer. This is ultra sheer, lightweight and nude. It perfectly preps the eyelids for a crease-free application of eyeshadow.


Don’t leave home without blotting papers
Of all the makeup tips for concealing shine, don’t skip this one: always carry around a little stash of blotting papers. These thin papers soak up excess oil without ruining your look. Our absolute favourite are Bloom Facial Blotting Tissue, which are light as air and carefully eliminate that mid-afternoon shiny look.


What are your favourite makeup products for oily skin?

February 13, 2014

7 Skin Care Tips For Healthy Skin

Acne, large pores, blackheads and oily skin are some of the most common skin conditions that many of us deal with, even into adulthood. Keeping these skin issues under control can be quite the challenge, so we’ve put together 7 skin care tips to help you get healthy skin.

1. Use the right products
You may be using the wrong skin care products for your skin type. Wash your face twice a day with a basic cleanser to keep your skin bacteria-free, and make sure you use an oil-free moisturiser. It’s also a good idea to try natural and organic skin care which has gentler ingredients as well as no preservatives and parabens (these can cause skin problems).

2. Reduce stress
Like hormonal imbalances, stress can cause the skin to flare up. Thankfully though, this is preventable. Try reducing your work load and activities in the day, spend some time meditating, doing yoga or just relaxing and doing what you enjoy, and you’ll find that your acne gradually improves.

3. Get sufficient sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleeping routine is very important to not just your skin, but your physical and mental wellbeing, so make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, cutting out caffeine intake in the late afternoon, drinking chamomile tea, taking a soak in the bath, and switching off the TV 30 minutes before bed can help to reduce stress, helping you sleep.

4. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to healthy skin and your general health, so try to get into a routine of consuming at least 2 litres of water a day. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins, keeps you hydrated from within and regulates your digestion, all key factors for healthy skin.

5. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Why is it we’re mad for the latest antioxidant-rich, vitamin-laden skin care, when we can get this naturally from within by eating more fruits and vegetables? Some fresh produce are specifically amazing for keeping your skin healthy and glowing. These include strawberries, plums, orange, red grapes, kiwi, pink grapefruit, artichoke, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, red chicory, red chilis, dark and leafy greens, sweet potato and carrot, among many others.

6. Check with your doctor whether you might have a hormone imbalance
An imbalance in hormone levels can cause a host embarrassing skin conditions. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 7 percent of all women, with symptoms including excessive hair growth, oily skin, blackheads and acne. Although there is no cure, your doctor might prescribe the contraceptive pill or progesterone to help balance your hormones and control the problem. If you do have PCOS, this will likely help with other symptoms of the condition too. Remember that treatments such as laser hair removal may not work in the long-term reduction of hair caused by a hormonal imbalance.

7. See a dermatologist
If you can’t find the cause for your skin troubles, a visit to a specialist can be very revealing. A dermatologist might be able to help determine whether an allergy is the cause of your problem, or may subscribe some effective products to help control, the condition.

July 19, 2013