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November 27, 2015

5 Skincare Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

While hemp seed oil might not be a popular choice when compared to other essential oils, it will help your skin – especially if you suffer from acne spots and scarring.

This natural oil helps to prevent moisture loss in dehydrated skin, can be used as a moisturiser, and is extremely concentrated so a little goes a long way.

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Nails

If your cuticles are feeling dry and dehydrated during the winter months, apply 1-2 drops of hemp seed oil onto your hands before going to bed. Massage it well into your cuticles and dry spots to rehydrate your skin while you sleep!

Anti-ageing properties

Hemp seed oil contains large quantities of antioxidants which are essential in reversing the early symptoms of ageing. Use on your sun-spots, under puffy eyes, and over your dark circles to give your skin a boost of circulation from the inside-out.

Moisturiser

Acne-prone skin just loves hemp seed oil since it’s natural and won’t clog your pores or lead to additional irritation. Combine a few drops of hemp seed oil, neem oil, and lavender oil into one small container. Mix it together with a small spoolie, then apply to freshly cleansed skin.

Rashes

Skin rashes such as eczema and psoriasis are difficult to maintain, especially since they can come and go as they please. Dab some unrefined hemp seed oil onto any inflamed areas to keep the rash from spreading.

Serum

If your skin is feeling dry and lacklustre due to the cold weather, use hemp seed oil as a nourishing serum before hitting the sack. Just 1-2 drops is enough to hydrate your entire face, and cure any dry spots by the next morning!

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August 14, 2015

5 Essential Dry Oils For Winter 

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to develop a solid skincare routine to avoid dry patches and scaly skin. The first thing you need? Dry oil.

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Dry oils are so quick and easy to apply since they melt into the skin, and leave you feeling hydrated all day long. Shop from a few of our favourites below and give us some of your recommendations in the comments.

10C Moisturising Body Oil, $34.95

Treat your skin to this delicious coconut scented body oil which is perfect to use every single day. Not only does it help keep away dry patches, but will also lengthen the appearance of your tan during the summer.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, $39.99

A cult-favourite in the French pharmacy, Nuxe has created the perfect dry oil for all skin types. Why? This sweet smelling oil is perfect to use on the face, body and hair, plus it also helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

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Fresh Dry Oil, $48

Only available at Sephora, this dry oil is perfect if you have sensitive skin as it’s super-gentle. It’s made from jojoba, rice bran, borage and grapeseed extracts to nourish the skin and will moisturise even those annoying dry patches during the winter.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, $32.95

If you want something with a little bit of a shimmer, try The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil. Not only does it help to moisturise the entire body, but it leaves the skin with a subtle, sun-kissed tint for summer.

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Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil, $44

Finally, we’re completing this must-have list with an old favourite by Kiehl’s. The argan extracts are designed to make your skin glow from the inside out and can be used on hair, nails and feet for a leave-in treatment.

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May 12, 2015

What’s The Difference Between Ampoules and Essence?

In recent weeks we’ve covered essence, serums, but what exactly are ampoules?

These very similar skincare secrets are most popular in countries like Korea and Japan, and are used to repair the skin after stress or breakouts. Shop a few of our personal recommendations below, and share some of your own in the comments.

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What are ampoules?

Ampoules are tiny containers filled with extremely concentrated amounts of botanical extracts, vitamins and even enzymes for skincare. Although they aren’t as common as serums and essence, they are used to gently penetrate the layer of skin after cleansing. Since ampoules are so concentrated, you only require a few drops all over the face and neck for best results.

Types of ampoules

Ampoules usually come in two different types: gel and liquid oil.

If you’re using a gel ampoule, pat it gently across your main areas of concern (cheeks, forehead, chin), and use in conjunction with a facial mask. It will absorb better into skin which has been freshly cleansed and moisturised.

Liquid or oil ampoules can be applied at any part of the day, and will give your skin an instant glow. They can be used as part of a nightly routine, or in lieu of a moisturiser or primer. The downside? They’re quite costly, but they will last for years.

How can I use ampoules?

Rather than using them on a daily basis, ampoules are sort of a quick-fix, especially if you’re having some kind of skin breakout or issue. Use a few drops of ampoules after a long and stressful week of work, if your skin is feeling particularly dry and flakey, or if you’re recovering from a large skin breakout.

A concentrated vitamin C serum which is ideal for those suffering from hyperpigmentation or other skin woes. Apply to freshly cleansed skin to instantly re-hydrate.

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Ella Bache Radiance C Ampoules, $189

A nourishing formula which is ideal for skin suffering from dehydration, stress, and even breakouts. The formula is packed with 50% Propolis extract and 20% multi vitamins to nurse the skin back to good health.

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LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule, $38

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May 6, 2015

Anti-Ageing Serums For Women At Any Age

There isn’t a right or wrong time to start introducing anti-wrinkle serums into your daily skincare routine. Sometimes factors such as age, skin damage, and sun-exposure can leave skin feeling dry and dehydrated, especially around the eyes and forehead.

Use these amazing serums if you want to brighten the appearance of your skin without going under the knife.

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Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum, $19.99

Filled with antioxidants to make skin come alive, this lightweight eye serum is designed to reduce puffiness if used on a regular basis. Containing aloe vera, cucumber, and burdock to help dehydrated skin at any age.

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Nuxe Nirvanesque Contour Des Yeux, $44.99

French pharmacy label, Nuxe have created a nourishing anti-wrinkle cream which is perfect for smoothing out those fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Over 80% of the ingredients are from natural products, so it won’t interfere with your skincare or makeup routine.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $75

Skin soothing avocado makes this eye cream a great option for women who want to de-stress their face. Packed with skin-loving nutrients, the gentle cream is ideal for tired eyes, and comes in a unique, fragrance-free texture for those who suffer from sensitive skin and breakouts.

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SK-II Advanced Eye Treatment Film, $125

Treat your skin to a luxurious oil-free cream which boasts long lasting hydration around the delicate area around the eyes. Apply to freshly cleansed skin, and allow the serum to settle for 3-5 minutes before following up with a rich moisturiser.

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What are some of your favourite anti-wrinkle serums?

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December 13, 2014

Skincare Benefits of Cucumber

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.

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Pore minimising

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.

Swollen eyes

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.

Redness

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.

Fade freckles

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.

Sunburn

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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November 25, 2014

Give The Gift Of Good Skin This Christmas

Get your inner and outer glow on this holiday season with these beautiful Christmas skincare gifts. Treat yourself, or your loved ones, to some much-needed, luxury pampering! This handy Christmas gift guide is everything. Shop to it, Santa baby!

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Handy help: Keep hands and cuticles hydrated this summer with the philosophy hands of hope ornament (30ml), $14. This trial-size intense hand cream makes for a perfect mini-gift for a rele, friend or even yourself. Even better, you can hang from your tree this Christmas. Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Love and lemons: Get your glow on this festive season with the Simplicite Lemon Night Creme, $53.50. Simplicité, a luxurious natural and organic skin care range developed from pure plant extracts, swears by this hydrating night moisturiser formulated for all skin types. It’s said to brighten and clear the complexion and improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Face off: The philosophy hope favourites holiday gift set, $60, will give that special someone the gift of a beautiful complexion. This gorgeous Christmas gift pack contains some of philosophy’s famed, best-selling skin care: hope in a jar high-performance moisturizer (60ml), hope in a jar night intense retexturizing moisturizer (15ml) and eye hope (7ml). Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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All the buzz: UK skin sensation Beetox has been hailed as the natural alternative to Botox, so give this baby a whirl: Beetox Manuka Honey and Bee Venom Facemask, $110. A luxurious and unique formula containing bee venom and Manuka honey, it rejuvenates the skin; boosts the renewal of damaged skin cells; and stimulates the facial muscles. It’s all about creating lifting, tightening and firming effects. What’s more, no bees were harmed in the ingredients sourcing. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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You glow, girl: Is this the best holiday care package? philosophy glowing days ahead, $99, has got to come very close. It features purity made simple3-in1 cleanser (240ml); the microdelivery exfoliating wash (240ml); microdelivery peel in-home Vitamin C/ peptide crystals (30ml) with activating gel (30ml); hope in a jar high-performance moisturiser (30ml) and hope in a jar night intense retexturizing moisturizer (30ml). Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Green queen: I’m a big fan of the eco-friendly, natural and non-toxic Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $86.25. Having recently tried this for the first time, I can see why it’s a huge favourite of A-list stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe, whose famous tagline “MAJ” is now on the Tata Harper labelling. It’s luxurious, gentle and anti-aging – winning! It also acts a 4-in-1 product to thoroughly cleanse and improve skin glow while purifying, minimizing the appearance of pores and helping to protect the skin’s natural hydration balance. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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November 19, 2014

Best Organic Beauty Products for Summer

With summer just about here, odds are we’ll all be showing a bit more skin. Synthetic nasties have been linked to all sorts of health issues from disrupting hormones to serious skin irritations. So rather than slathering ourselves in potentially toxic products, here are our favourite organic beauty products for skin, makeup and hair.

 

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Eco Tan
I love a fake tan, but the last few years have slacked off using such products because although I adored the honey glow, the boyfriend objected to myself, the bathroom and most of the house smelling like a toxic pineapple, which was undeniably true. Enter: Eco Tan. I am obsessed. Eco Tan has Winter Skin, which is a gradual, build-up tanning moisturiser and a regular, rub-on Invisible Tan. I’m a fan of both. The colour is in no way tandoori-esque, but super natural and has no fake-tan smell. Winter Tan is great for a slow deepening of colour, which is great for everyday, whereas Invisible Tan (named so because it’s invisible going on) has you going golden in 24 hours, making it perfect for events. Both are certified organic, vegan and cruelty free, and on top of that are the best body mosturisers I’ve ever used. I was getting changed when I was genuinely staggered with how soft (let alone bronzed) my skin had become since using it. And there’s the added bonus of being super affordable.

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Kora Tinted Day Cream
I’ve been using Miranda Kerr’s Kora since it’s debut, it’s amazing. Now I’ve suffered from breakouts well into my twenties, but changing to organic skincare genuinely helped break that cycle. I now find using this tinted day cream, rather than a full foundation helps my skin stay healthy and keep spots at bay. The Kora Tined Day Cream contains sunscreen – which is great as I don’t have to put another product on my skin, and being organic, vegan and cruelty free is also a bonus. There are two main issues with this product, it only comes in one, very deep shade – which is an issue for those of a fairer tone, and the price is a bit steep. But if you’re using a tanning product, or have a naturally tanned complexion, I would definitely recommend it. It’s perfect for everyday, slap-on-and-go coverage, with the added bonus of nourishing and protecting your skin.

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RMS “Un” Cover-Up
Not being blessed with flawless skin, a bit of cover-up does me the world of good, and for the last year my absolute favourite has been RMS “Un” Cover-Up. It’s really lightweight and buildable, so it covers any imperfections while leaving my skin looking dewy and fabulous. I haven’t found a stockist, but buying online was super easy, and at only $36 a pop for something that lasts, it’s a winner. The product touts healing qualities through its use of high quality ingredients that are free from being refined, bleached, deodorised, or in anyway stripped of vital nutrients. The only downfall is it’s propensity to leave the skin somewhat shiny, but a dab of powder sorts that out no problem.

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RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek
I think blush is the quickest way to breathe life into a complexion. Again, certified organic and cruelty free, I adore this low maintenance colour pop for my skin. With it’s creamy texture and dewy glow it creates a really lovely natural look that I love. Better yet, it’s two in one, a fabulous short cut. Having the same nourishing properties as the “Un” Cover-Up, it’s noncomedogenic, which is wonderful for sensitive skin like mine. I’ve found Lip2Cheek is ideal for creating that healthy ‘I’ve just sauntered off a beach’ glow, with a really minimal effort. Genius.

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Coconut oil hair treatment
Whether it’s skipping in and out of the sun or surf, summer can play havoc on our hair. Mine tends to go particularly dry and brittle. However, I’ve found this can be avoided (with the added luxury of gaining shiny, happy locks) by slathering through a tablespoon or so of cold pressed, organic coconut oil. Granted, it is not the most flattering look whilst you’re wearing it, because it does have the tendency of making you look like an oily-beast, but for something that is all natural and cheap as chips it’s certainly a good find. Massage through a few tablespoons and take the opportunity to give yourself and invigorating scalp rub. Leave in for an hour, or even overnight if you fancy wrapping your pillow in a protective towel, for deeply nourished hair. You may need to do a double shampoo to ensure there’s no greasy residue left on your roots, but it’s totally worth it.

What are your favourite natural beauty products for summer?

Kate H Jones is a lifestyle and pop culture writer at Clavicle Capitalism.

November 3, 2013

5 Natural Beauty Tips For Gorgeous Skin And Hair

Who doesn’t want glowing skin and strong, shiny hair? And yet  few of us are aware that natural ingredients can greatly help us with soft and young-looking skin and beautiful hair – most of these are probably in your kitchen already! Here are 5 natural beauty tips and tricks for gorgeous skin and hair.

1. Olive Oil to Clean

Try extra virgin olive oil as a cleanser and moisturiser. Dab a small amount onto a cotton ball and wipe your face with it. You can also try mixing it with castor oil for a more heavy duty cleaning, and it’s especially good for removing makeup. You can also use olive oil as a body moisturiser after your shower.

2. Yoghurt for Moisture

Unsweetened yogurt can also work wonders at cleaning your face, locking in the moisture and refreshing dull skin. Start by splashing your face with water. Gently rub some yoghurt on your face and leave it to dry. Wash off to get that natural glow.

3. Oil Scalp Massage

Beautiful hair is the ultimate style secret, and for hair care, the most important part is the condition of your scalp. A warm oil massage can be a good moisturiser for your scalp, stimulating hair growth and improving the natural shine of your hair. Massage extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil into the scalp, leave the oil on for about half an hour, then shampoo it off.

4. Avocado Coconut Hair Mask

It sounds good enough to eat, but this makes an amazing natural hair mask. Once a month use a mask made of a ripe avocado, half a cup of coconut milk, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Leave for 30 minutes, then rinse out with cool water.

5. Avoid Chemicals

Avoid using too many chemicals on your hair for the longterm health of your hair. Give your hair a detox by ditching the serums, straightening creams and hairsprays.

What are you best natural beauty tips and tricks? Tell us in the comments below!

July 17, 2013