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5 Winter Skincare Saviours

To protect your skin from the icy weather this winter, it’s important to keep it hydrated and regularly exfoliate at least once a week. Make sure your skincare routine includes the following products, which will leave all skin types feeling nourished all winter-long.

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Cleanser

Start by using a gentle, purifying cleanser to remove makeup and impurities that have built-up on your face during the day. Use a small, pea-sized amount and carefully massage it over your entire face and neck (taking care around the eyes). Keep working it into the skin until you have a lather, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Coast to Coast Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser Lilly Pilly and Euchalyptu

Coast to Coast Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser Lilly Pilly and Eucalyptus, $19.95

Moisturiser

Follow-up with a hydrating moisturiser that will keep your skin from drying-out. Apply directly onto freshly cleansed skin, remembering to swipe it in an upwards motion for both the face and neck.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

ModelCo Soothing Day and Night Moisturiser, $25

Sheet mask

If your skin is particularly feeling dry and lacklustre, treat it to a nourishing sheet mask. Make sure your skin is freshly cleansed, then sit back and let the mask do its work. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then apply any excess moisturiser to your neck and decolletage.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

Transforming serum

To give your skin an extra boost of hydration, follow-up the moisturiser with a serum. Apply it all over your face, or just to those troublesome areas such as the t-zone.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

Philosophy ‘No Reason To Hide’ Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum, $75

Lip balm

Finish off your skincare routine by applying a heavy duty lip balm to combat dry, chapped lips. One of our favourites for winter is Cicaplast since it helps to repair lips without leaving a sticky residue.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres, $14

What are some of your winter essentials?

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July 22, 2015

The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil

We all know that chia seeds are good for our health, but did you know that they also have many benefits for healthy skin? Not only are chia seeds packed with vitamin E – which is essential in fighting against the ageing process – but there are also a few different ways this miracle product can help your skin when applied topically.

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Vitamin E

If you want the secret to soft, smooth skin, look no further than vitamin E. It is essential in decreasing those existing lines and wrinkles and is so quickly absorbed by the body. Chia seed oil is packed with high volumes of vitamin E to repair the skin and give it a nice, youthful glow.

All skin types

Who knew that chia seed oil is ideal for all skin types? Even those suffering from extremely sensitive skin can use this product on a daily basis without the fear of imminent breakouts. Simply use 2-3 drops for your face and neck, then pat it gently until your skin soaks it up.

Antioxidants

Just like other natural skincare products, chia seed oil is known for its antioxidant properties. It’s packed with high volumes of phyto-nutrients which assist cell-turnover and keep the skin looking its best at all times.

Omega-3 fats

This super-food is also rich in omega 3 fats which is essential for a healthy body, skin and mind. Since the serum is so concentrated, just a few drops in the morning and night is enough to nourish even dehydrated skin types.

Hydration

Did you know that chia seed oil has been clinically proven to hydrate super dry skin? Incorporate it into your daily skincare routine after toning, but before moisturising, for best results.

The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil

Goodness Natural Beauty Lab Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil, $19.95

May 29, 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

5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Winter

Since winter is just around the corner, it’s time to prep your skincare and devise a fool-proof plan which tackles your common skin concerns.

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Invest in a few extra skincare products such as serums, cleansers, face masks, and at-home facials to give your skin the extra hydration it needs in winter.

1. Hydrate

Use: Face sheet

About once a week, use a hydrating face sheet which locks-in moisture and will make skin feel smooth and shiny in no-time. Generally, the best time to use a face sheet is right after cleansing but before bedtime, since the product can really penetrate your pores while you sleep.

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Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

2. Moisturise

Use: A thicker moisturiser

Invest in a heavy duty moisturiser if you suffer from dehydrated skin or patches across your face. These places are most commonly the forehead and chin area which need some extra TLC, especially during the winter season. Apply a pea-sized amount of moisturiser to this area and remember to exfoliate on a weekly/bi-weekly basis to remove any dead skin cells.

How To Prep Your Skin For Winter

Natio Evening Primrose Moisturising Face Lotion, $13.95

3. Super-concentrated

Use: Serum

While serums are often misunderstood, especially amongst those who suffer from oily skin, they are nothing to be afraid of! The molecules found in serums are actually more concentrated than your typical moisturiser, and that’s why they’re more hydrating.

If you want to start using a serum, apply just 2-4 drops on your entire face and neck to really quench the skin. They help to add a lot of external moisture back into the skin, but should only be used once per day.

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Grown Alchemist Facial Serum: Rosehip & Camellia Seed, $24.95

4. Remove dead skin cells

Use: Exfoliator

If your face is prone to the occasional break out, then it’s time to start using an exfoliator on a regular basis. Not only does it help to unblock pores, but it will actually remove the layers of dead skin from your face. You could try using a PMD (personal microderm), but a cream exfoliator works just as well without being too abrasive.

How To Prep Your Skin For Winter

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Exfoliant, $40

5. Regulate

Use: Toner

The secret to glowing, radiant skin is by consistently using a toner after cleansing morning and night. Not only does it help to control the amount of sebum your skin produces, but it actually brings the skin back down to a suitable pH level, which sometimes tap water can interfere with.

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Antipodes Ananda Gentle Toner, $24.99

March 28, 2015

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Recently, one of my friends asked if I noticed any difference after using an eye cream in my skincare routine: “Does it smooth out dry patches? Has it made your makeup glide on better, easier?”

Truth is, we won’t actually know if any of these products are actually working, all we can do is wait and see. Sticking to a solid skincare routine of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and applying a serum is the best way to fight premature ageing, but what are some of the best products to use in your early 20s?

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Cleanse

The purpose of cleansing is to gently remove any makeup and other impurities from the surface of the skin. There is even a variety of cleansers (foam, liquid, powder, gel) which all work well to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant.

If you’re searching for a daily cleanser, look for something with mostly natural ingredients and with no strong fragrance. This is a deal-breaker for most women, especially those who are already suffering from sensitive skin.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Nuxe Lait Demaquillant Confort, $24.99

Exfoliate

Think about the layers of dry skin and makeup that your face has to deal with on a daily basis – the idea is somewhat scary, right? Regular exfoliating helps to renew the skin cells and will actually help to fight against the build-up of acne spots and clogged pores.

This can get a little tricky for women suffering from dry or combination skin, since it can strip your face of all its natural sebum. Rather than using a scrub which can potentially damage your skins surface, use a warm flannel and hot water to carefully wipe away any impurities. Always follow any type of exfoliating regime with a solid moisturiser.

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Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream, $60

Moisturise

Regardless of our skin type, it’s important that we all moisturise on a daily basis – even those who suffer from oily skin! If you’re heading out into the sun, make sure your moisturiser has an SPF of at least 20. Anything lower won’t give your skin the protection it needs and can lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

A pea-sized amount is enough to hydrate your entire face, but don’t forget to pay attention to your neck. With an open palm, swipe the products upwards into your jaw line. It will help against lines in the future.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF15, $50

Serums

One of the most important (but neglected) parts of a solid skincare routine are serums. Serums are often misunderstood because, well, who wants to apply a think oil onto their face every morning and evening? The truth is, serums are actually more concentrated than moisturisers and when used properly, can dramatically change the appearance of dull, patchy skin.

If you are interested in using a serum for the first time, choose one which has rosehip oil. Not only will it leave your skin with a sweet fragrance, but it’s suitable for all skin types – even those suffering from extremely oily patches! Just two drops is all your need for your entire face and the correct way to apply it is to pat it gently over the forehead, cheeks, and neck.

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Tarte Maracuja Oil, $47

Eye creams

When is the correct time to start using an eye cream? Answer: whenever you want. Eye creams are usually more concentrated than your average moisturiser, therefore, a little goes a long way. Even though you won’t see any drastic changes any time soon, they will help to smooth the appearance of dry skin and bring moisture to the delicate eye area.

It’s easy to get carried away and search for a formula designed for mature skin (we’re talking for women 50 plus), but honestly, this won’t prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As long as you’re using it consistently (and not abusing it), you will see results over the next few years.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Indeed Laboratories Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue, $34.99

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March 17, 2015

How To Layer Your Skincare

With so many cleansers, serums, moisturisers, and face masks currently available, it’s often difficult to figure out how to incorporate all of the above into your daily skincare routine.

There is actually a crazy method of using all of these essential products on your skin without feeling too overwhelmed. Use the following tips the next time you apply your morning and nightly skincare products.

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1. Serum

After cleansing your skin and washing the solution off carefully with tepid water, it’s time to apply your daily serum. Serums typically go first because they contain concentrated ingredients, and act like a primer for the other products. Allow the serum to settle completely into the skin for 5-10 minutes – your skin should feel soft and matte.

If you’re applying serum during the night, you can also use a retinol in this step as well. They should always be applied first, since this can really maximise the way they interact with clean, dry skin.

2. Treatments

Now is the best time to use any acne-fighting spot treatments on your skin. Topical prescriptions, and acne gels should be applied with a light hand on the skin. Let the product soak into the problem area before rushing to the next step of your skincare regime. While you wait, you can also apply eye cream around the eyes and over the crows-feet (if you have any). Dab the product in gently with your ring finger, and avoid dragging skin back and forth.

3. Moisturiser

The moisturiser is important because it helps to really set all of the previous products. Because it’s so thick, it helps to settle everything else, and makes the skin feel soft and luminous for makeup or other cosmetics during the day.

4. Sunscreen

If you’re heading out, now you can apply a sunscreen all over your face and neck. Use a product with SPF 15 and higher to protect your skin from any possible sun damage.

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November 5, 2014