Although cold creams are actually targeted for more mature skin, this doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t use them!
Made popular by French pharmaceutical brands, cold creams are heavily concentrated formulas designed for dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin. If used on a regular basis they can clear acne, scars, spots, fine lines, and even the odd dry patch during the winter months.
We have hand-picked some of the best cold creams to treat and repair almost any skin condition, from cheap and cheerful, to luxury products.
Oil of Aloe Cold Cream, $2.50
Use this cold cream to gently remove your makeup by applying a thin layer over your face, and removing with a warm flannel towel. The formula isn’t too concentrated, so it won’t feel like your pores are blocked by using it on your face.
Ponds Cold Cream, $3.99
Undoubtedly one of the most popular and cost-effective cold creams, Ponds have created a nourishing formula ideal for all skin types, and all ages. Apply generously onto both the face and body every morning and night.
Nivea Creme, $6.64
Another holy grail skincare product is the blue cream by Nivea. The thick consistency is ideal for applying during winter, since it helps to nourish extremely dry skin and hands. Suitable for dry skin since it is also fragrance and paraben-free.
Avene Cicalfate Cream, $14.95
A deeply moisturising cream which is hypoallergenic and won’t cause your skin to break out. The fragrance-free formula is perfect for women with sensitive skin, and can be used as an all-over body cream for dry, flakey skin.
Eve Lom Cleanser, $68
This two-in-one miracle product is slightly more expensive, but completely worth the extra money. Use as a cleanser, makeup remover, and hydrating moisturiser on skin which is dehydrated and needs an instant pick-me-up. Don’t let the creamy consistency fool you, it’ll cleanse your skin without over-drying it.
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Not only are concealers used in a variety of ways, there are different formulas on the market which can heal almost every skin tone and condition.
Whether you’re planning to contour, highlight, conceal, or emphasise your features, a concealer is the most important tool to possess in your makeup bag. Shop our top 10 favourites below, and comment with some of your holy grail products as well!
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $14.95
Ideal for: under eye circles, spots
Often referred to as a dupe of Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, the formula is lightweight which won’t crease on even dry skin. Use under the eyes, around the nose, and even to cover those nasty spots on your jaw and forehead.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, $38
Ideal for: under eye, pigmentation
A highly pigmented formula which glides softly over the skin, offering high coverage which won’t crack or crease under the hot sun. Packed with skin-loving nutrients which are beneficial for all skin types, and won’t clog pores.
Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer, $26
Ideal for: blemishes
The pigmented formula offers complete coverage over nasty spots and redness without oxidising on oily or combination skin. Use in conjunction with a hydrating moisturiser to keep the concealer looking flawless all day long.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, $14.95
Ideal for: contouring, spots
An affordable concealer which both conceals and illuminates all dimensions of the face. Use lightly to cover irritable spots and redness, or grab a lighter shade to contour the face.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $49
Ideal for: blemishes, redness, acne-prone skin
The iconic dual concealer by Laura Mercier boasts ultimate coverage and is available in a number of shades to match your unique skin tone. Warm the product between your fingers, and dab gently onto problem areas. Don’t forget to set the concealer with a translucent powder!
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer, $44
Ideal for: redness, spots, under eye
A correcting formula which is super-creamy and melts seamless into the skin. Unlike other stick concealers, this formula can also be used under the eyes since it doesn’t crease, and is highly undetectable.
Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Concealer, $7.50
Ideal for: spots
Coming in at a very affordable price-point, the SuperStay Concealer has a great reputation of providing natural-looking coverage all over the face. Dab lightly over redness and pigmentation, then set with a powder so it can stay in place all day.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, $57
Ideal for: highlighting, contouring
A cult-favourite used by makeup artists and celebrities around the world, the Touche Éclat is primarily known for it’s highlighting capabilities. The super lightweight formula is perfect under the eyes, and blends seamlessly into all skin types. Erase the signs of fatigue, and hide a long night with the easy-to-use applicator.
Bobbi Brown Corrector, $40
Ideal for: colour correcting, pigmentation
The corrector is pink or even salmon-based to neutralise dark circles and hyper-pigmentation, and make the eye area look bright. Blend with your fingers, and push the product into the skin. No makeup tools required!
Stila Perfecting Concealer, $32
Ideal for: blemishes, contouring
Boasting a wide variety of shades, the Perfecting Concealer is a long-wearing product ideal for women with oily and combination skin. Use a darker shade for hiding blemishes, and a lighter shade to contour and highlight the dimensions of your face.
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Having sensitive skin doesn’t mean you should alter your entire skincare routine; stick to fragrance-free formulas, and try testers instead of buying full-sized products (just in case your skin has a bad reaction).
Invest in these luxe to less products which are gentle enough on sensitive skin, and won’t disrupt the delicate nature of your pH levels.
Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser which is gentle enough to use on an everyday basis. Try and avoid cleansers and exfoliating agents packed with mirco-beads which have the opposite effect on sensitive skin. Massage a few pumps of cleanser into your face and neck, and wash with tepid water. Pat dry with a towel or muslin cloth.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9.29
Rather than using an abrasive exfoliating solution, try a powder which won’t leave your skin red and puffy afterwards. Use 1 teaspoon and combine with water before gently applying onto wet skin. For a deep clean, let the solution set onto your skin for 3-5 minutes, then remove with tepid water.
Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator, $34.99
Cleansing oils are gentle enough to help breakdown makeup and skincare products for sensitive and irritable skin. Rather than scrubbing your face with a wipe or exfoliating, gently rub the product onto dry skin, and carefully remove with a warm muslin cloth. For a deep-clean, focus over problem area such as the nose and forehead to diminish pores.
Youth Boosting Cleansing Oil, $15.99
Light eye creams are the best option for those suffering from sensitive skin and eyes. Use day and night under your moisturiser to de-puff the eyes, and help to replenish skin while you sleep.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream, $20.95
Most people with sensitive skin share one common problem: redness. Use a daily moisturiser which is light and creamy, but also won’t clog your pores. Apply to problem areas such as cheeks, chin, and around the nose to diminish the appearance of redness and hyper-pigmentation.
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Ar Intense, $39.99
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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.
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.
Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $33
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.
Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner, $8.99
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.
L’Occitane Fresh Gentle Toner, $34
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.
Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner, $13.95
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.
Avene Thermal Spring Water, $25.99
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If you suffer from sensitive skin, you know very well that some makeup products just won’t work. It’s best to keep makeup simple, and avoid using products that are packed with fragrance, or could weigh your skin down and cause under the surface breakouts.
Below are just a few suggestions for girls (and guys) who suffer from sensitive skin, and need some safe makeup products to use.
Choose a light coverage beauty balm which features a high SPF and combines the benefits of both skincare and makeup into one product. If you are worried about trying a new foundation for the first time, do a spot-test on your neck and monitor it’s activity over 5 hours.
Dr.Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45, $39
Just like a foundation, choose a primer which will hydrate your skin and keep your makeup lasting all day long. Anything with hydraluron is perfect for sensitive skin, since it is lightweight and doesn’t feel like you’re loading your face with too much product. Let it sink it your skin after toning, then apply a foundation afterwards.
Indeed Laboraties Hydraluron, $34.99
Tarte Cosmetics have created the perfect cheek products which are gentle enough to use any every skin type (even sensitive skin!) and last for hours. Choose from over 16 shades which stay on for over 12 hours, and feature Amazonian clay which gives a really deep, pigmented colour on your cheeks.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush, $26
Cream bronzers are best for sensitive skin, since they are talc-free and bring a more natural glow to the face. Choose one which doesn’t have too much shimmer (this could make you look like a disco ball), but instead something with a matte consistency will make your face look truly sun-kissed.
Nars The Multiple in Portofino, $52
It’s always best to test a few concealers on your neck (in store), and avoid buying online since you never know how the product will interact with your skin.
The Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer is not only build-able to full-face coverage, but it’s light and creamy enough to disguise even the darkest of under-eye circles.
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer, $44
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If too many late nights, poor food choices or one too many cocktails have taken their toll, you may be noticing puffy eyes and dark circles creeping in. When baggy eyes or dark shadows linger, the cause is often less than temporary. Dark circles can be due to a multitude of different reasons ranging from genetics to food intolerances. Health and beauty expert Fiona Tuck, MD of Skinstitut Australia and author of The Myth Minx, investigates…
Dark circles can be a pigment issue which causes under-eye discoloration and is particularly common among people of Asian or African descent. These types of dark circles tend to be genetic which means no amount of eye cream will be able to fix this. Good concealers and sneaky make up tricks are the secret to camouflaging away the underlying pigment.
Age also contributes to dark circles. With age, the skin around the eye thins, exposing the tiny blood vessels that lie just below, resulting in dark shadows. Most often, dark circles aren’t about changes in the colour of the skin at all. Instead, they are created by a loss of volume in the area around the eye. This exposes the orbital bone, creating a hollow trough that shows up as a dark circle. With the delicate eye area one of the first spots to reveal signs of aging, hollowing can happen as early as 30s or 40s.
What can be done?
Makeup can help conceal dark circles. Hiding dark circles with concealer is easier than you may think. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone, rather than a lighter tone which only accentuates the issue. If your shadows are more prominent, go for more coverage with a light reflecting cream concealer. Lightly pat the concealer on from the inner corner of your eye to just past the outer corner. Skin lightening serums that contain ingredients such as daisy flower extract, licorice, niacinamide, glycolic acid may also diminish the darkness.
If the darkness is due to stagnant blood around the eye area, eye creams that contain caffeine or green coffee extract have also proven beneficial by increasing the micro circulation.
Dermal fillers such as hylauronic acid can be injected into hollows around the orbital rim to plump up they eye area. This is a fantastic way to not only diminish these dark circles but also restore youthful contours.
Here are five things you can do – without needles or knives – to help keep your eyes looking youthful:
- Always apply a sunscreen and wear sunglasses when exposed to UV rays. UV rays weaken collagen and cause premature wrinkling and sagging. Wearing sunglasses will prevent squinting and the wrinkle formation that is associated with it.
- Keep the eye area hydrated and look for nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and collagen boosting peptides.
- Calm puffy eyes and dark circles, place chilled green tea bags or slices of cucumbers under your eyes. The cool temperature and anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce swelling.
- Sleep well. Getting at least 8hrs of good quality sleep every evening does wonders for brightening the eyes. If you are prone to puffy eyes try sleeping with an extra pillow to elevate the head and assist with the prevention of fluid accumulation around the eye area.
- Eat well. Avoid highly processed foods, excessive consumption of inflammatory foods such as sugar foods, fizzy drinks, fatty foods and alcohol. Certain food intolerances can also aggravate dark circles so if you notice the darkness worsening after consumption of certain foods e.g. wheat, dairy it may be time to reduce these in your diet. A good intake of Omega 3 fatty acids commonly found in oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocados is essential for healthy cell membrane function and may even help to reduce puffy eyes by strengthening the cell membrane integrity.
Living with sensitive skin can often mean sticking to same old skincare routine in fear that something could break you out, and effectively start World War III right on the surface of your skin. Take greater care when choosing products that don’t strip oil off the skin, since this is a major source of skin breakage and irritation. Below are some products which work wonders on sensitive skin, and don’t cause any bad breakouts.
1. Kosmea Organic Rose Hip Oil 20mL, $21.99
Rose Hip Oil is a skincare saviour for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin, acne or scarring. This product is packed with essential fatty acids which include omega-3 and contribute to healthy skin all year round. They act as a super-moisturiser which repairs skin cells while you sleep, and helps to effectively decrease the appearance of wrinkles, acne scarring and also stretch marks.
2. Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream 60mL, $49.00
Australian skincare brand, Aesop is revolutionising the way traditional products look and feel when they interact with the skin. They specialise in a number of hydrating creams which lock in moisture without feeling weighed-down. The cream also includes chamomile oil which softens the skin and avoids any irritation around the forehead or cheeks.
3. Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin 200mL, $20.95
Aloe Vera is known for it’s healing properties, and is the perfect ingredient to look out for when investing in skincare products. The soap-free formula gently cleanses the skin, while the aloe vera helps to keep any irritation at bay.
4. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo 40mL, $27.99
Effaclar Duo is an incredible product for anyone suffering from sensitive skin as well as mild acne. The formula is specifically made to decrease the amount of breakouts you accumulate, and avoid any nasty blackheads from popping up over the skin. Keratolytic acid which is found within the formula helps to reduce the amount of breakouts in just three days, and dramatically changes the look of skin if used on a regular basis. Even if you don’t suffer from acne, the formula is gentle enough to use every morning, and even works as a primer before applying makeup.
5. Puretopia Refresh & Balance Facial Mist & Toner, $14.95
Recommended for all skin types, this mist toner is also packed with soothing aloe vera and vitamin C which brightens skin tone and complexion. Use as a toner to minimise the look of pores, or lightly mist throughout the day to nourish dry skin.
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