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You are what you eat, right? Well, so is our skin, so forget buying expensive lotions and potions. A healthy complexion is easy to achieve just by improving our internal health and eating a balanced diet.
But which foods are best for glowing skin? Nature’s Own Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, Kate Save shares her expert insights into the three essential nutrient groups – and which foods to eat – that will leave you with clean, youthful-looking skin. Just think of this as your clear skin diet.
1. Support skin synthesis and strengthening with key minerals
Zinc is an essential mineral that assists in developing cell membranes and repairing damaged tissues. It’s also shown to help resolve acne by controlling the production of the skin’s oil. Six per cent of the body’s zinc is in the skin, so eating zinc-rich foods can help maintain and enhance healthy skin.
What to eat: Red meat, scallops, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, or oysters.
Silica and Selenium are trace minerals necessary for achieving and maintaining good skin health. Silica strengthens the connective tissues such as hair, nails and cartilage, and can be found in foods such as strawberries, cucumber and asparagus. Selenium is responsible for preventing cell damage and sustaining skin elasticity.
What to eat: Salmon, eggs, wholegrain breads and cereals, or garlic.
2. Combat pre-mature ageing and boost skin renewal with Vitamins A, C & E
Vitamin C is your anti-ageing weapon! It acts as an antioxidant to prevent damage to the skin’s collagen or elastin caused by overexposure to sun or pollution. Don’t forget, Vitamin C is sensitive to heat so best to eat raw or only lightly cooked for maximum goodness.
What to eat: Citrus fruits, red and green capsicum, turnips, kale, parsley, broccoli, other dark leafy greens and strawberries.
Vitamin E works in conjunction with Vitamin C to reduce the effects of sun exposure and may reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also has unique anti-inflammatory properties to help maintain a youthful appearance.
What to eat: Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, peaches, prunes, tomatoes, cabbage, asparagus and avocados.
Vitamin A is the secret to skin cell turnover and renewal making it ideal for those who suffer acne or other skin ailments.
What to eat: Egg yolks, butter, chili, carrots, apricots, melon and sweet potato.
3. Achieve a natural glow and protect your skin with essential fatty acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are a vital component of a balanced diet, as they cannot be produced by the body. EFAs protect against external toxins by creating a barrier in the top outer layer of the skin. They also maintain moisture content and skin flexibility and have anti-inflammatory properties – all of which are important for bright skin appearance.
What to eat: Found in salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseeds and canola oil (all rich in Omega 3) and sunflower and safflower oils (rich in Omega 6).
What foods do you eat for healthy skin?
Adult acne can often feel a little embarrassing, especially if spots show up in time for work events or special functions. It is important to stick to a solid skincare routine which regulates the natural production of oils, but also keeps your skin looking its best. Try a few of our favourite treatments and tricks below to tame acne without letting it ruin your social life.
To remove the build-up of excess skin from your face, make sure to use a light exfoliator at least once per week. Stay away from abrasive scrubs which could actually be aggravating your acne and use lightweight formulas with warm flannels to carefully cleanse the skin.
Apply a toner
Toners usually have a bad reputation as alcohol-heavy treatments that only emphasise the scars on your skin. Make sure you’re using a lightweight formula on selected areas of your face such as the nose and forehead. Toners are used to minimise the appearance of pores and prep the skin before applying a serum or moisturiser, so there is simply no need to apply them all over your face! Instead, think of a toner as a concentrated spot treatment.
Hydrate the skin
Follow-up an exfoliator with a hydrating moisturiser that won’t leave skin feeling tight afterwards. Apply it in an upwards motion onto the skin and pay special attention to your eyes and neck – they are the most sensitive areas!
Remove your makeup
This tip might seem a little obvious, but removing your makeup with a wipe just isn’t enough. For those lazy days, use a micellar water to pick-up any excess makeup and dirt from clogging your pores.
Use a serum
Get into the habit of using a facial serum which can dramatically alter the appearance of your skin, especially if you’re suffering from premature sun damage. Just 2-3 drops is enough to nourish the face, neck and decolletage area. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive either – rosehip oil is a fantastic serum that is available at the supermarket.
Apply a daily SPF
While SPF won’t heal your acne-prone skin, it can save it from scarring due to overexposure of the suns rays. Make sure your foundation is equipped with at least an SPF of 15+ to protect your skin from premature sun damage.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Do you have any experiences with oil-based skincare products?
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The beauty community is buzzing about one of the newest skincare trends – multimasking. Similar to clown-contouring, this skincare trend is all about layering your masks, creams and sheets all at once. The result? It might look a little ridiculous at first, but it’s the best way to maximise on time and target your problem areas at once.
Where to start? Here are some of the best ways to make the most of multimasking and pave the way to clear skin!
The t-zone is usually a problem area that all women suffer from, regardless of age and skin tone. It can be too oily, too dry, dehydrated and the occasional blackhead will sometimes call it home.
What to use: A mask with salicylic acid that dissolves bacteria and leaves your skin feeling healthy and clear.
Cheeks and chin
You might want to be a little more gentle on these areas since they are prone to some of the worst breakouts. Use fragrance-free products that will feed your skin and help to kill the surrounding bacteria.
What to use: Sheet masks are always a great way to hydrate the skin if you have some extra time on your hands. If you’re looking for a quick-fix, peptides and products with vitamin C will leave your skin with a healthy glow.
Decrease black circles around your eyes by using a highly concentrated serum or eye cream that is deeply hydrating. Serums can be applied as a spot treatment or used overnight to quench the skin and put a halt to dry patches.
What to use: Small doses of retinol are best to combat fine lines and dark circles.
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While we’re all quick to moisture our face and body during the winter, our lips can often feel left out of the mix. Don’t let your lips suffer from the icy temperatures and try some of our favourite products which will heal them in no-time!
Lanolips Banana Balm 3-in-1, $15.99
If you’re looking for an affordable drugstore lip balm, Lanolips is the perfect option. Their poplar Banana Balm 3-in-1 protects lips, plus gives them an extra amount of shine so you don’t have to use any other products. Get it while you can – it’s always sold out!
By Terry Baume De Rose SPF15, $78
A little on the pricey side, this is a cult-favourite for a good reason! The super soft formula is ideal for those suffering from dry, chapped lips and can also be used as a base for lipstick. It’s extremely hydrating with a hint of rose, which is perfect for all occasions.
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, $26.80
Keep this compact tube in your handbag or clutch and re-apply as needed to soothe dry, cracked lips. The lightweight formula is also ideal for skin suffering from acne, eczema and sun-burns.
Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99
Another favourite amongst makeup artists at an affordable price is the Baume Levres by Nuxe. This French pharmacy brand creates hydrating products for both the face and body which is targeted at women with sensitive skin. Apply it to your lips before going to bed and wake up feeling completely hydrated.
Luca’s Pawpaw Ointment, $4.99
We’re closing off this list with an essential that all women need to have in their handbag: pawpaw ointment. The multipurpose balm is made to cure cracked lips, but can also be used on burns, cuts, nappy rash and bites.
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Planning to spend some time in the sun this summer? Make sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen on both your face and body to protect the skin you’re in. Try these sunscreens which are ideal for both face and body (which aren’t too greasy) to avoid a nasty sun burn.
Invisible Zinc Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 30, $31.95
A light, everyday sunscreen which doesn’t leave a thick caste on the skin. Gentle enough to use on both the face and body, packed with moisturisers to keep skin hydrated throughout the summer sun.
Eco Tan Natural Sunscreen, $29.95
Sick of the white colour of sunscreen, especially in holiday pictures? Try this revolutionary sunscreen which is tinted to adapt to your skin tone. Works also as a tinted moisturiser and can be worn in the beach or pool without washing off.
La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Fluid Extreme SPF 30, $30.95
If you want to save and use a 2-in-1 sunscreen, then Uvidea should be your must-have purchase. The hydrating formula doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or patchy, and applies evenly thanks to its super-light texture.
True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF 30, $60
True Solutions have perfected the face and body sunscreen which is light, creamy and protects skin from the suns harmful rays. Pack in your beach bag and re-apply as required.
ModelCo Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 50 & Lip Balm, $24.95
If ultimate protection is what you’re after, ModelCo have an SPF 50 sunscreen which is ideal for both face and body. The tube comes with a scented lip balm to protect your lips from the sun.
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Beauty editors and skincare specialists have been raving for years about hyaluronic acid, one of the best ways to boost moisture and keep skin looking radiant for years to come. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid and does it have hidden benefits for all skin types?
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally found in the skin as polysaccharide, but starts to decrease in the late 30s and early 40s. It’s not as harsh as you might think (we’re looking at you, glycol acid) and it has a lubricating agent for our sensitive skin and eye area. Once our natural supply of hyaluronic acid starts to decrease, it’s time to use synthetic copies which help to cure the skin from the outside.
Is hyaluronic acid better than moisturiser?
It definitely has a few added benefits over the humble moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid contains molecules which can retain in excess of 1000 times their weight. This means that they are better absorbed into the skin and that a little goes a long way. Your products will actually last longer because they are much more concentrated than a standard daily moisturiser.
How can I use hyaluronic acid?
You can tailor hyaluronic acid to fit into your skincare routine in various ways.
Primer: Use it as a primer to set your makeup in place all day long. Apply a small, pea-sized amount directly over you skin and massage until it sets. This should take seconds since it easily absorbs into the skin.
By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer, $62
Moisturiser: Enjoy a hyaluronic acid moisturiser for both morning and night when your skin requires a little pick-me-up during the week. Apply over your troublesome areas such as the t-zone and don’t forget the neck.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, $76
Sheet mask: Treat your skin to a nourishing hyaluronic treatment with the help of a sheet mask. This is the best way to let the hyaluronic acid absorb into the skin for 10-15 mins before going to bed. It’ll leave your skin feeling silky smooth the next morning, minus those dry patches.
Indeed Laboratories Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99
Serum: Finally apply it directly as a serum to soothe troublesome skin during the cold, winter months.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $52
Anti-ageing: Use a nightly, eye cream to combat dark circles and leave your skin feeling soft and nourished for longer. Use in conjunction with your daily moisturiser for best results.
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye Cream, $23
Have you used hyaluronic acid before? Let us know of your experiences in the comments below.
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The secret to good skin isn’t just about using the most expensive product on your face, or getting a trendy facial. Sticking to a consistent skincare routine is the best way to give your skin the nutrients it needs on a daily basis. Even though we all have different skin types, there are a few tips all women should try for good skin.
Cleanse every evening
It seems pretty simple, but a good cleanser is often difficult to find. Getting into the routine of cleansing every evening before bed is ideal since it removes those impurities lying on the skin all day long. Don’t choose anything too harsh or abrasive if you’re suffering from exposed acne spots since it can leave a scar.
Remove your makeup
And not just with a wipe. Think about how much makeup we all pile onto our face (neck and body) on a daily basis. Sometimes, the skin needs a deep clean even after using a makeup wipe. If you’re feeling lazy, use a lightweight micellar water which will remove any makeup residue, and doesn’t need to be washed off the skin.
Use an SPF everyday
Or try and find a foundation with an added SPF which suits your skin type. Women suffering from oily skin might find this a little difficult since SPF can only cause a heavier build-up of oil. Set your foundation with a light, translucent powder so it doesn’t get too oily throughout the day. Your skin will thank you!
Don’t pop your pimples
It might feel a little tempting to pop those pimples, but it’s really just a short-term solution. Busting your own pimples is actually a hazard since it invites a whole lot of bacteria into an open wound – not good. Apply a topical cream with a cotton bud, and let the pimple heal itself.
Many women feel a little scared when it comes to using an exfoliator since it can feel quite harsh. Avoid using micro-bead formulas which can actually scratch the outer layer of the skin and lead to irreversible damage.
Hydrate your lips
Especially during the summer, our lips can get dry and dehydrated. Use a matte lip cream and re-apply as often as you need to moisturise your lips.
Start using an eye cream
Although eye creams are often targeted to women in their 40s, it’s never too early to start using one. Opt for a lightweight, cream formula and dab it gently around the eyes until it completely soaks into the skin.
What are some of your must-have beauty tips for women of all ages?
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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.
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 Eucalyptus, $19.95
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.
ModelCo Soothing Day and Night Moisturiser, $25
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.
Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99
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.
Philosophy ‘No Reason To Hide’ Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum, $75
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.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres, $14
What are some of your winter essentials?
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Suffering from tonnes of blackheads, bumps and imperfections on your face with no explanation? It could come down to the ingredients found in your daily skincare and beauty routine. Avoid the following ingredients next time you’re looking for a new beauty product – it could just be the trigger of bad skin!
Although it’s commonly used as an anti-ageing cream, Retin A can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and thin over time.
Mostly found in shampoos and conditioners, this cleansing agent could be detrimental to the skin on your face.
Although this one is too common to avoid, more skincare and beauty companies are eliminating this preservative in their products. Not only has it been proven to cause damage to the endocrine system, it can also break out the skin on a cellular level.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Not only is sodium lauryl sulfate bad for your skin, it can also cause damage to the immune system – eek!
Who knew that something so sweet could be so bad? Steer clear of fragrance if you suffer from extremely sensitive or dry skin, since it can cause breakouts and irritation.
Make sure you restrict shea butter to just the body, it can clog pores and disrupt the natural oils of your face.
Stay well away from mineral oils since they are actually made from petroleum. Who knew?
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Ever wanted to skip the water in your daily skincare routine? Products such as Bioderma Crealine and Garnier Micellar Water have made this temporarily possible, especially if you don’t feel like turning on the ice-cold tap first thing in the morning or late at night. So, what’s it like to cut out water altogether?
How it works:
The waterless skincare routine is widely popular in Korea since it cuts out the ingredient of water in most creams and toners. Water isn’t exactly a bad thing, but it does make most formulas feel runny and muddy – not a good characteristic, especially if you’re spending money on high-end skincare.
Waterless skincare products are more concentrated and contain pure botanical extracts at their foundation. They also might be on the costly side, especially if you’re looking towards evening creams, peptides and toners.
If you’re curious about waterless skincare, incorporate a few of the following products into your routine – they are also on the cost-friendly side!
While essence isn’t as popular in the UK or USA as it is in Korea, this trend is quickly catching on and is effective on all skin types. The role of essence is to prep the skin before applying serums, toners and moisturisers. Apply a few drops on a cotton pad and spread it evenly across the forehead, cheeks and chin.
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, $12.90
Similar to essence, toners are actually more astringent and assist the skin in absorbing serums and moisturisers. Apply them in the same way you would use an essence to make the skin shine from the inside out. If you’re prone to acne or scarring, toners aren’t recommended since they can cause irritation.
Innoxa Super Sensitive Shone Control Oil Free Toner, $14.95
Have you even realised that your moisturiser feels runny and watery? Look for a formula that skips the added water and is purely concentrated. Most water-based moisturisers are actually better for sensitive skin types since they don’t interfere with the average pH levels of the skin. A little goes a long way, and a small, pea-sized amount of product is enough for both the face and neck.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Creme, $35
Did you know that some of the first signs of ageing aren’t technically on your face? The decolletage is often over-looked and can carry the strain of endless exposure to the sun (sans SPF) and simply not receiving enough hydration from your moisturiser.
According to an independent survey conducted by Australian anti-ageing skincare brand, Wrinkles Schminkles, 70 per cent of women over 35 had signs of ageing on their chests and 84 per cent failed to apply sunscreen to their chests before heading out into the sun.
“Almost half of Australian women wear sunscreen on their faces regularly, but the delicate and often exposed décolletage area is still not registering for most,” said Gabrielle Requena, founder of Wrinkles Schminkles, a company specialising in a range of wrinkle relieving medical grade silicone pads for the chest, décolletage, neck and face.
“It’s interesting that despite the regret so many women felt about not taking care of their décolletages in their 20s, very few are making any additional effort today.
“Our survey also told us that chest wrinkles and lines are not a problem exclusive to women in their 50s and 60s, with 59 per cent of respondents between 35 and 39 already noticing signs of ageing on their chest and décolletage,” she said.
Requena cautions that prevention is always better than cure, but for the 38 per cent of women over 35 already feeling self-conscious about their décolletage lines and wrinkles, her range of Wrinkles Schminkles stick-on silicone pads provide a non invasive solution that reduces a woman’s “decollet-age,” literally overnight.
“I created the range after beginning to notice fine lines and wrinkles on my own chest,” said Requena. “While there are countless lotions and potions for the face, I found there was a distinct lack of simple, practical treatments available for the chest and décolletage that actually worked.”
Protect your skin by regularly applying SPF before entering the sun, moisturising both morning and night with a hydrating formula and always using an upwards motion to prevent signs of premature ageing.
Wrinkles Schminkles Silicone Pads, $39.95
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Whether you’re laying out by the pool or travelling through Europe this summer, it’s important to make your skincare count. Swap a few of those heavy-duty winter creams and serums in favour of SPF, exfoliators and dry oils, which will protect you skin and keep it hydrated at the same time.
Red Earth Sheer Canvas Moisturising BB Cream, $28
Who wants to be applying layer after layer of thick foundation only to sweat it all off? Choose a BB cream since it’s lightweight, provides enough coverage for your pimples and blackheads, but also features SPF to protect your skin from the sun.
Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99
Give your face some instant hydration without even ruining your makeup. How? Thermal water is a fantastic way to keep your skin feeling hydrated without removing (then re-applying) your makeup throughout the day. Simply spritz it all over your face and neck, then pat dry with a tissue.
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion, $12.95
If your skin is feeling dry and burnt after a day at the beach, make sure to use a fragrance-free moisturiser. It won’t cause your skin to breakout like others might and it will help to heal the burn before you know it!
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50, $29.95
Protect your skin from the suns harmful rays by re-applying SPF every few hours. If you’re extra worried about burning your face, make sure to use a BB cream with added SPF to prevent that awful white caste from showing up on your face.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Masque, $50
To avoid peeling and dry patches, treat your skin to a hydrating face mask at least 1-2 times per week. You can apply the masque for 20 minutes then wash-off, or leave it on overnight for a truly intensive moisturising treatment.
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There’s no denying that blackheads are one skin concern that all women face, regardless of their age and skin condition. In case you’re not familiar, they are those pesky little bumps on the skin that are almost impossible to remove without scarring, or even tearing, the skin with harmful microbeads.
Treat your blackheads at home with these 6 different options, which will carefully cleanse the skin and leave your face feeling fresh and clean.
Whip-up a natural face mask with a bunch of ingredients from the fridge and pantry. All you need is one egg white, honey and lemon. Mix in a small boil, then apply directly over the skin. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Who knew that toothpaste could be a good remedy for blackheads? Apply a small amount of toothpaste over an aggressive blackhead to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Wash your face at least once a day with lukewarm salty water. This will help to remove any impurities from the skin and will keep bacteria away from any open pores. Make sure to follow up with a toner for best results, followed by a moisturiser.
Fenugreek leaves is another great way to remove those pesky blackheads away from hard-to-reach areas such as the nose and chin. Apply them over dry skin, then rinse after 10 minutes with lukewarm water.
Any acidic juice is great for shrinking enlarged pores since it acts as a natural toning agent. Use it on your nose, forehead, or chin to detoxify the area before bed.
Apply some fresh aloe vera over the blackheads to cleanse the area without adding any additional impurities into your pores. It essentially works the same way as lemon juice and will help to prevent any infection from an open blackhead.
What are some of your remedies for treating blackheads?
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Do you suffer from bumpy, dry and blackhead-prone skin – especially around the trick parameters of your nose? Some of us might have accepted that this is just a way of life and perhaps use those annoying little strips to pull out blackheads every once in a while; this is where facial extractions enter the skincare game.
Although they might feel a little invasive at first – imagine having every inch of your skin poked and prodded to essentially extract the gunk underneath – the long-term effects outweigh the short-term pain, especially if you want to build a solid skin care routine in your 20s, 30s, or 40s.
How does it work?
Extractions are carried out by a beauty therapist who first massages the skin with a nourishing oil. This way, the skin can relax and improve circulation for the future extraction. Most of the time this is followed by a steam facial which opens up the pores and makes it easier – and less painful – to extract the gunk from under the skin.
Next up is the extraction itself, which requires no tools or sharp bits. The beauty therapist is simply using their hands (with gloves, of course) to squeeze out the gunk from main areas of concern on the face. These places usually include the t-zone, chin and nose. The skin is then cleansed, toned and prepped to go. You might experience some pain directly afterwards, but this is nothing to worry about and should subside over the next hour.
The cost of an average extraction facial is anywhere between $50-$100.
So there you have it, the quick run-through of a typical extraction facial! Are you brave enough to try one?
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Regardless of your age and skin type, it’s important to get started in a solid evening routine in your early 20s.
This way, your skin will feel nourished, hydrated and will know what to expect every evening before bed. Follow our standard evening routine below, which will cater to all skin types.
Cleansing the skin after removing makeup is so important since it helps to remove that extra bit of residue on your face and neck. Depending on your skin type, you might use a lightweight cleanser and follow-up with an exfoliator for an extra treatment.
ModelCo Gel Cleanser Daily Gentle Cleanser, $15
This doesn’t need to be the case every single evening, but try to exfoliate your skin at least 2-3 times per-week. Avoid using formulas with micro beads since they can scratch the surface of the skin and cause unnecessary breakouts.
Coast To Coast Pore Refining Facial Exfoliant, $26.95
Rather than toning your entire face, concentrate on the nose, forehead and chin. These are the areas which require toner since pores can look quite enlarged after cleansing and exfoliating. Apply the toner onto a cotton pad, and gently press it over your face.
Aesop Parsley Seed Antioxidant Facial Toner, $65
Use a lightweight eye cream every evening to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Rather than swiping the product across your delicate eye area, pat it gently into the skin with your ring finger.
Alpha-H Age Delay Eye and Lip Treatment Cream, $72
If you summer from particularly dry or dehydrated skin, a serum can dramatically help to balance out any dry patches. Apply just 2-3 drops over your face and neck, then pat into the skin with your fingers until dry.
Philosophy No Reason To Hide Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum, $75
Once the serum has settled into the skin (this can take 3-5 minutes), apply a moisturiser to lock-in your skincare.
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate Moisturiser, $35
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Since we’re already in the midst of summer weather, it’s time to shed the winter skin in favour of less layers and more sun. Below are our top 5 tips to pamper yourself and prep your skin for the beach, pool and anything in between.
Exfoliating is an essential part of any skincare routine since it helps to decrease the build-up of dry skin. There are a few different ways to exfoliate with masks, shower gels and scrubs to effectively give you instant results.
Coast To Coast Australia Refreshing Body Exfoliant Sea Kelp & Bamboo, $24.95
Dry body brushing
Not only is this essential in taking away some of those extra layers of dead skin, it also boosts the appearance of circulation – meaning that your skin will actually look better and the appearance of cellulite will diminish. Your skin will feel so soft and smooth for summer!
Manicare Cellulite Bristle Brush, $14.99
It’s important to moisturise every single day regardless of the weather, but especially if your skin will be exposed to sun, chlorine and salt water. Use a lightweight formula all over the body and focus on dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet to boost hydration.
Coast To Coast Australia Nourishing Body Balm Desert Lime & Sweet Orange, $24.95
Everybody wants smooth, hair-less legs before summer rolls around and it’s important to get started a few weeks earlier. If you’re going to wax, use a hot formula on arms, legs and the sensitive bikini area since it removes hair directly from the follicle.
The pain might feel a little intense at first, but it does last for up to four weeks! If your skin does have a reaction to the wax, use a tea tree oil to smooth out those bumps before heading to the beach.
Andrea Brazilian Hard Wax, $14.99
Who doesn’t want to fake that beautiful summer glow? Use a body shimmer on your arms, legs, stomach and decolletage to help your body looked toned and tan! But don’t forget to apply a generous amount of SPF since shimmers have little to no sun protection.
Red Earth Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid, $39
What are some of your summer skincare secrets?
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Ever wanted a perfect fake tan without streaky skin or orange hands? Bondi Sands Co-Founder and Director, Blair James shares exclusive tips on how to manage an easy streak-free tan at your own home. Keep reading to find out the number one trick to avoid any fake tan-related drama.
Tip #1: Skin preparation
This is the most important factor to achieving a streak free beautiful tan. EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE. Self tan will grab to any areas of dry skin resulting in blotchy patches and your tan flaking off in the coming days.
Tip #2: Shaving
Shaving is a major part of the skin preparation process – so if you shave your legs try to do so a day before applying your tan. By shaving the day before, your skin won’t be too sensitive and reactive to the self-tan. Also shaving prior to applying your tan means you do not need to shave over the top of your tan, which can reduce the length of your tan.
Tip #3: Showering
Once you have showered and exfoliated, wait 30 minutes before applying tanning lotions to ensure that your skin is dry – this will give the tan a greater chance of adhering to the skin. Never apply deodorant, moisturiser or perfume prior to applying tanning products!
Tip #4: Face
Before applying your self-tanning product to your face run an ice cube over the nose and surrounding areas. This will reduce the size of the pores so the lotion does not get caught and result in black spots.
Tip #5: Choose your shade
Choose the correct shade for you skin. If you have fair skin and want a dark tan try 1 application of a light/medium product, then reapply if you would like more colour instead of jumping straight into a Dark lotion, which may leave your tan looking unnatural.
Tip #6: Application
Always use a tanning mitt and start with a small amount of tanning lotion, no more than the size of a 20c piece – you can always add more as needed. Gently apply in a smooth circular motion when using tanning lotions and a long fluid motion when using foams or mousses.
Tip #7: Application
Leave the rough areas of the body such as the hands, elbows, knees, and feet to last, and only use the residue left on the mitt. For example when tanning your arms apply lotion to upper arm and forearm then do elbows and hands before moving on to your legs. Refrain from adding more product for these areas, as the rough skin will grab the tanning lotion quickly.
Tip #8: Brow line
The last thing you want is for your self tan to work its way into your brow line or hair line, so apply a small amount of moisturiser to your brow and hair line prior to applying your tan to you face.
Top #9: Finger/toe nails
Wipe your finger/toe nails with a cleansing wipe to prevent them turning brown.
Tip #10: Moisture is the key for tan maintenance!
The drier your skin, the faster your tan will fade. Moisturise twice a day to extend the life of your tan. Try to avoid other factors that may dry your skin such as salty water, chlorinated water or even showering with very hot water.
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Light to Medium 200ml, $19.99
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goodness Natural Beauty Lab Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil, $19.95
Do you find that your face often looks red, blotchy, and even itchy after a day out in the sun? This is probably because you’re not wearing enough SPF – even when the sun isn’t shining!
To protect your skin on a daily basis, use a foundation with at least 20+ SPF, or layer one of your favourites under your usual makeup for extra protection.
Dr Jart Gold Label Premium Beauty Balm, $58.41
Featuring medium coverage and an SPF of 45+, this is the perfect BB cream to use on a daily basis. The formula is lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing layers of makeup, and is ideal for all skin types.
If your face is on the oily side, remember to use a translucent setting powder before leaving the house.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, $59
If you’re looking for something with a little less coverage for the office, then a tinted moisturiser is the best option. They come in many different colours to suit your skin tone (you can also blend them to create a bespoke shade).
Most tinted moisturisers can also be applied without brushes, so they’re easy to keep in your handbag if you’re on-the-go.
MAC MatchMaster SPF 15 Foundation, $59
For something a little more full coverage, try the reliable MatchMaster by MAC Cosmetics. This is the best product for an outdoor wedding, pool party, or even gathering during the warmer months.
The foundation might feel a little dehydrating for dry skin tones, so make sure to apply a nourishing serum underneath.
La Roche-Pose Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid, $27.99
One of the best drugstore sunscreens without that terrible white caste has to be Anthelios by La Roche-Posay. Not only does it layer well under your makeup, but it provides your skin with an SPF of 50+ and protection against UVA and UVB rays.
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Hide those premature signs of ageing by incorporating a line-filling cream into your daily skincare routine. Most of these formulas are thick and luxurious and are designed for women in their mid-thirties, but you can use them as often as you like for best results!
Indeed Labs Fillume Volumising Moisturiser, $39.99
Try a topical moisturising cream such as Fillume to restore the look of facial contours, plump the appearance of smile/laugh lines and even improve the tone and texture of the skin. This handy little applicator makes it so quick and easy to distribute the right amount of product over your face at all times.
Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator, $84
For a luxurious moisturiser with added SPF, try this cell plumping formula which is perfect for morning, noon and night. Use it under your makeup as a primer, or layer it with your other skincare for an instant lift.
Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti Wrinkle Cream, $120
Effectively reduce the appearance of impending lines and wrinkles with this lightweight cream for both morning and night. Not only is it amazing for all skin types, but it also helps to fight against the appearance of skin discolouration.
Puretopia Pert & Plump Line Filling Peptide Lip Cream, $14.95
While we technically might be cheating since this product is designed for your lips, it still deserves a mention! Packed with shea butter and vitamin C extracts to fill those lines and give you a long-lasting smile, it will also act like an instant primer when applied under your lipsticks.
Philosophy Deep Fill Fix, $34
We’re finishing off this list of products with an instant line smoother for the face and body. Ideal for laugh lines, crows feet and forehead creases, it instantly creates a smooth appearance. Layer it with your other skincare, or use it under your foundation or concealer to get the full effect.
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Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Michelle Doherty and my husband and I own award winning skincare brand Alpha-H.
Tell us about your role? What is it? What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
Our brand is considered a global leader in corrective and preventative skincare and our best-selling resurfacing treatment Liquid Gold has become a “cult” beauty classic. I spend most of my time expanding the Alpha-H product range both in Australia and overseas, collaborating and working closely with TV networks, international distributers and professional beauty salons. The most rewarding part of my role as Director is having the opportunity to meet with people whose life has been changed through using our products.
How/when did you know this is what you wanted to do as a career?
I started in pharmacy at the age of 15 and worked alongside a number of international skincare ranges and cosmetics, but it was after a brief introduction to just two Alpha-H products that I identified that there was more potential than what over the counter brands were offering. After 4 days of using the brand, I discovered how dramatically it improved my skin, and it was then I knew that I wanted to do this as a career. I quickly realised that there was a gap in the market for solutions driven skincare.
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career of the ground?
I didn’t really have a mentor as such, but because I had been working in the industry for international brands I had the network which helped me establish myself and my career.
You took over Alpha-H in its early stages, what were the stumbling blocks both initially and since then?
The biggest challenge has always been competing in an overcrowded market against faceless multi-national corporations that are heavily marketed and endorsed. It’s important to enlighten our customers that there is a very big difference between a professional clinic brand and what can be purchased over the counter in a department store. This is where we have to establish our point of difference and maintain close relationships with our customers so that we can accurately respond to their want and needs.
Another challenge that we have come up against is changing public perception that the more expensive a product is, the better it is. Our price points are honest because we do not over-hype or over-package and our manufacturing is cost-effective and without compromise. We want our products to be affordable because we believe everyone has the right to great skin, without the need to explore more invasive alternatives.
How did you overcome these?
We are honest, open and also very approachable. I think it helps that we have open dialogue with our customers and take a very candid approach to our marketing. Communication is a powerful tool and cannot be underestimated.
Establishing our point of difference and our value proposition early on has also helped us. We bring the salon into the home, customers’ love being able to achieve salon results in the comfort of their own surroundings. Part of our value proposition is that our products are multi-tasking, our Liquid Gold for example works as your exfoliator, toner, serum and moisturiser.
Alpha-H begun as a family run business and is now an international success. How has the business grown and changed? Was this always what you had planned?
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine Alpha-H becoming the globally recognized “go to” solutions brand that we have become. In 21 years we have gone from one employee (that being me) to a team of 50 globally. We recognized quickly that to stand out in an overcrowded space we had to create and be the best. Our constant and steady growth has allowed us to build solid foundations and made it possible to implement our own manufacturing facility which enables us to more closely monitor the quality, consistency and standard of each formulation.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Our customers and their journey inspire me when they become part of the Alpha-H family. I also find inspiration from allowing our customers to be the best possible versions of themselves, without having to resort to more invasive procedures or feel the need to ‘be’ someone else.
I gain inspiration for new products through determining the needs of our customers. We understand that they expect to see immediate results, which is why I work closely with a team of cosmetic scientists researching breakthrough ingredients and developing powerful formulations.
As the brand’s owner and director how have your personal experiences influenced your decisions regarding development and direction?
It’s a responsibility and integrity to make a difference that we all share at Alpha-H. Alpha-H was born out of an aspiration and enthusiasm to make a difference and deliver the very best to every customer every day.
What are your goals for the future?
My number one goal is to continue to be a global leader in cosmeceutical skincare through research and continuous innovation and by doing so, change people’s lives.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
Be passionate, have a desire to want to make a difference. Also to learn from hardships and turn challenges into positives.