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7 Ways You Never Knew You Could Use Vinegar As A Beauty Product

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June 15, 2016

We Put The Latest Beauty Gadgets To The Test

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November 13, 2015

Skincare Saviours For Acne-Prone Skin

Anyone with adult acne-prone skin can tell you that treating your skin with less product will help it over-time. The ‘less is more’ approach works wonders on helping skin breathe and repair itself. Although finding these holy-grail products can be prove difficult, since testing them on sensitive acne-prone skin can be a nightmare. Below are a handful of products which won’t break skin out, and are gentle enough to use everyday.

PanOxyl Acnegel 5, $5.00

This solution works to diminish the appearance of nasty spots and decrease any blemishes or redness that come along with it. Simply apply a tiny amount of the gel onto affected areas, then wash off after 1-2 hours. Don’t leave the solution on while you sleep, since it needs to be washed off to achieve the best results. A great product to use if you see an incoming pimple and want to stop it before it hits the surface.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, $27.99

The Effaclar Duo is mentioned so many times, but that’s simply because it works very well at reducing the severity of breakouts. Apply onto the entire face 1-3 times a day to help blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts diminish in just a few weeks. The formula is fragrance-free and won’t cause any incoming irritation or breakouts.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 500mL, $13.19

Finding a great cleanser which won’t strip the skin from it’s natural oils is the first and most difficult part of a stable skincare routine. Cetaphil is ideal for any skin type (even infants) since it cleanses without removing the natural protective oils from the face. The product can be used with or without water, and it’s one of the most gentlest non-soap cleansers on the market.

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque 60mL, $51

If you’re on the hunt for a rich deep cleansing face mask, Aesop have formulated one especially for acne-prone skin. The clay-based formula is packed with purifying botanicals which absorbs excess oil, calms problem areas and deeply refreshes the skin making it feel brand new. Use 1-2 times a week for best results.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wash for Acne 150mL, $12.99

Tea tree oil extract is another ingredient to look out for when choosing acne-friendly skincare products. It removes a build up of excess bacteria on the surface of the skin by gently cleansing away impurities. With just a touch of chamomile also found in the formula, it soothes skin keeping it fresh and soft.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 4, 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About Natural Cosmetics

With more and more women becoming conscious about the ingredients used in cosmetics, the demand for natural cosmetics is on the rise. There are more natural beauty products on the market than ever before. But are all natural and organic products the same, and are you getting what you expect when you buy a product labelled ‘natural’? We look at the truth behind natural cosmetics and which natural cosmetics brands we use everyday.

1. Natural cosmetics come in different categories

Yes, even when brands scream ‘natural’, the cosmetics may be widely divided as those containing some ingredients collected from nature; the all-natural products having every single ingredient sourced from nature; cosmetics made with organic ingredients (where ‘organic’ represents a standard of products); and cosmetics made with 100% organic ingredients. While we tend to believe that natural cosmetics will not have any chemical components, that’s definitely not always true.

2. Cosmetics and labels

There are no hard and fast rules so far as labelling cosmetics are concerned. So even if that lipstick contains a hint of strawberry flavour, it may be labelled as ‘natural’.  Different agencies around the world certify cosmetics as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ based on different sets of criteria. So whether the organic cosmetic you bought contains 100% organic components can only be decided from an analysis of the ingredients.

3. Check to see what you’re actually getting with natural cosmetics

Concerned about parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)? Plenty of ‘natural’ beauty brands and products still contain parabens and SLS  so don’t assume a product with the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the label is free of all those questionable ingredients. Also, check to see if your natural cosmetics contain fragrance – while you may love the smell of that lip gloss, fragrance in makeup is mostly always synthetic, even if it’s labelled as aromatherapy.

4. Natural cosmetic certifications

How do we know that cosmetics we buy are natural and chemical-free? A good way to know is to check for accreditation with noted certification agencies. In Australia, Australian Certified Organic is an agency that checks cosmetics and their ingredients with its world-leading certification scheme Cosmetics Organic and natural Standard, COSMOS.  Check with Australian Certified Organic to see if your natural cosmetics brand is everything they say they are.

5. Truth about mineral makeup

If you thought your expensive and branded mineral makeup is pure and natural, then you may be in for a surprise. While mineral beauty products include ingredients such as natural minerals, remember that minerals have been part of the cosmetics industry long before the ‘mineral makeup’ concept swept the market. Also most cosmetics include chemicals to increase their shelf life, and mineral makeup products are no exception. Mineral makeup products can also contain synthetic minerals which may cause irritation and allergic reactions. So before you reach for the latest mineral foundation or bronzer, do your research first.

Some of our favourite natural cosmetics brands include Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Ere Perez and Organix. What are your favourite natural cosmetics brands? 

July 26, 2013

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