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5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

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.

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Exfoliate

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.

Skincare: 5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

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!

Skincare: 5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

Manicare Cellulite Bristle Brush, $14.99

Moisturise

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.

Skincare: 5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

Coast To Coast Australia Nourishing Body Balm Desert Lime & Sweet Orange, $24.95

Hair removal

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.

Skincare: 5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

Andrea Brazilian Hard Wax, $14.99

Fake tan

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.

Skincare: 5 Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

Red Earth Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid, $39

What are some of your summer skincare secrets?

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June 5, 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

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

The French pharmacy is known for its miracle skincare products which are ideal for sensitive skin types, and those suffering from redness and inflammation.

Luckily, it’s easy enough to shop some of these products in Australia – but where do you start? Below is a cheat-list of the best products you need from the French pharmacy.

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Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser & Make Up Remover, $29.99

By now, you’ve probably heard us rave about the importance of micellar water for effectively removing makeup. Bioderma was one of the first brands to release a micellar solution for sensitive skin, which is perfect to use on both the face and eyes!

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99

A hydrating lip product which locks-in moisture, and heals chapped lips overnight. The thick formula is packed with a pleasant honey and fruit fragrance, and won’t irritate sensitive skin and lips.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser, $24.99

A gentle cleanser which acts as a 2-in-1, and carefully removes makeup while keeping skin feeling soft and hydrated. The formula isn’t too drying, and won’t leave your skin feeling tight after each wash.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99

Cleanse, smooth, and refresh your face with thermal water every single day to achieve clear skin. The non-irritating formula aims to neutralise the pH levels in your skin, without causing extra redness or irritation.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $29.99

The best multi-purpose oil with an added golden shimmer to give skin a healthy glow all year-round. Keep this in your bag for a boost of added hydration, or even just a quick touch-up during the summertime.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Ar Intense, $39.99

Intended for those with couperose-prone, inflamed, just overall sensitive skin, the Rosaliac aims to restore skin back to good health. Apply a pea-sized amount of the product onto the areas that need treatment, then apply your usual moisturiser over the top.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, $39.99

Use this hypoallergenic formula for super-sensitive skin after cleansing to lock-in moisture without over-stimulating the skin. The lightweight moisturiser treats dehydrated skin to lots of hydration, which is perfect during the morning or even before bed.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avene Cleanance Lotion Toner, $29.99

A gentle-action toner which soothes the skin, while also minimising the appearance of large pores with long-term use. Apply onto the face using a cotton pad, and focus on areas such as the forehead and t-zone after cleansing.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

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December 16, 2014

Face Facts: How To Detox Your Skin

We often talk about detoxing or cleansing our bodies but what about our skin? And, in particular, the skin on our faces that is constantly exposed to the elements. It needs a little love, too. So here are a range of products that you can combine with a night in at home, surrounded by the waft of burning incense and your fave DVD indulgence to detox your skin:

1. Luminesce Youth Restoring Cleanser

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This unique facial cleanser with glycolic acid which essentially acts as a mild exfoliant to help detox your complexion by removing impurities from deep within your pores without over-drying your skin. Formulated with carefully chosen ingredients under the expertise of world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Nathan Newman, Luminesce Youth Restoring Cleanser detoxifies your skin without stripping away the essential nutrients or moisture that are needed to support the cell renewal process.

2. Racinne Massaging Facial Cleansing Brush

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A cleansing brush for your face? Weird, right? Well, not so. This gem uses 400 movements per minute to get out the gunk that’s trapped deep down in your pores. That build-up not only damages the skin but also keeps skincare products from producing optimal results. The facial cleansing brush removes dead skin cells, impurities and minimises the appearance of visible pores. Just what your skin has been asking for!

3. Ella Baché Detox Aromatique Extra Purifying Corrector Serum

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This nifty little product is a part of a powerful new detoxifying and purifying skin care range, by Ella Baché, that combats the harmful toxins in every day life by minimising pores, concealing blemishes and in turn smoothing and clearing skin for a fresh, healthy glow. The shine and sebum-reducing serum soothes and clears blemished skin.   

4. Queen B Beauty Queen Tea

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Add an internal component to your skin cleanse and detox by drinking a cup of this tea before bed. Its carefully selected ingredients are caffeine-free and antioxidant-rich. These ingredients help eliminate dry skin, whilst aiding in collagen, elastin and scar tissue repair.

April 4, 2014

How to Reduce Cellulite (No, Really!)

Cellulite is one of the most frustrating issues for women of all ages, sizes and ethnicities, and if you have it, welcome to the “over 80% of women above 20 years of age” club that develop it at some point in their lives.

Unfortunately for women it’s not only due in part to our hormonal profile and an excess of estrogens, but it’s also related to how many toxins our bodies are holding on to, and to the anatomy of our skin and the way in which our fat cells and receptors are distributed.

Fitness and health expert Alexa Towersey, listed by Lifestyle Asia as one of the Top 5 Toughest Personal Trainers in 2013, knows there is no miracle overnight cure to getting rid of cellulite. But there are ways to combat cellulite naturally by making some lifestyle changes. Here’s how:

1. Minimise your exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants
Go organic with your cosmetics and household products (check out www.ewg.org to find out how toxic your favourite brands are), don’t reheat your food in plastic containers, avoid soy products, and buy organic produce when possible.  If you’re on a budget and need to prioritise, watch out for the pesticide laden “Dirty Dozen”: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, capsicum, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.

2. Eat nutritionally dense, high fiber and low GI foods to manage your blood sugar and reduce bodyfat
The worst offenders for cellulite are alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars.  If you just can’t do without your glass of wine with dinner, stick to Sardinian and Spanish red wines, pinot and merlot which have some beneficial anti-oxidants.

3. Cellulite isn’t just a fat issue, it’s a skin issue
One of the reasons it may be so visible is that the collagen in your skin lacks optimal connective tissue structure. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C, high in collagen strengthening and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals, and have lots of essential fatty acids.  Citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits and oranges are good choices, as are nuts and seeds. Plant based omega oils are a great supplement to increase fat burning, decrease inflammation and improve the health of our cell membranes.

4.  Support your digestive system
Learn to love your cruciferous veges (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy) which contain compounds that draw out excess estrogens, and include plenty of fiber which will then bind to and eliminate the waste products (flaxseeds, dark green leafy veges, fresh fruits, beans and lentils, steel-cut oats, buckwheat and barley).  Raw apple cider vinegar in warm water is a strong digestive aid, and a really cheap and effective way to kickstart your system first thing in the morning.  I’m a fan of includng a good quality probiotic and a plant based digestive enzyme.

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5. Use resistance training to help rebalance your hormones and reshape your body
Hormonal imbalances can often show up as stubborn fat on different parts of your body, with estrogen dominating the hip and thigh region.  You can effectively lean out your legs by telling your body to turn on your fat burning hormones and turn off your fat storing hormones.  I recommend women include weights as part of their training program using a circuit style of high reps (15-25), moderate weight and low rest.  For fans of spin classes, I’m sorry I’m about to ruin your day, but research has shown that spinning actually increases the intramuscular fat stores in the legs!

6. Reduce the appearance of cellulite by improving your circulation
Lymphatic drainage and detoxification channels using alternative body treatments such as acupuncture, lymphatic drainage massage, Epsom salts baths, body brushing and infra-red saunas will all help to reduce cellulite.  Drinking plenty of water is also important for flushing out toxins.

What are your best tips for reducing the appearance of cellulite?

January 29, 2014

7 Essential Summer Skincare Tips

From body brushing to getting your fake tan on, pamper your over-partied skin with these 7 essential skincare tips from Veet Beauty Director Amy Erbacher.

Waxing
1. Firstly make sure hair is long enough to wax, otherwise you won’t be able to achieve that silky smooth look. However, with Veet’s EasyGrip Ready-To-Use Wax Strips formula, you can remove hair as short as 1.5mm in length so you will have no more trouble with stubble!

2. If you have sensitised skin, I recommend waxing two days before your special event using Veet’s Easy Wax Electrical Roll-On Kit with Sensitive Refills and then wait another day to exfoliate to prevent irritation that may be caused immediately after.

Exfoliation
3. Prior to achieving a subtle glow with your fake tan application, exfoliation is a must! Why? To gently remove dead skin cell build up, so you have an even canvas to apply your fake tan. It also keeps the tan longer.

I would dry body brush before jumping in the shower or bathing. Remember not to push too hard with the brush as the bristles will do the work, along with gentle swift movements towards the heart. Dry body brushing also aids in detoxification and adds a glow to the skin!

Tanning
4. Fake it – don’t bake it! Don’t over do the fake tan, but just slightly take the edge off pale skin. Especially if, for instance, you are wearing a lot of bright colours and printed fabrics.

5. Fake tan doesn’t work for you? Always apply body shimmer with your favourite moisturising body cream.

Moisturise
6. To prevent dry snake-like skin, be sure to moisturise as much as possible – body oils are great, particularly as fake tan tends to dry the skin out more. I’d apply body oils in the evening and a light weight moisturiser with sunscreen during the day.

7. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinks lots of water to keep skin hydrated for overall health.

December 30, 2013

Skin Care Tips With Skin Expert Emma Hobson

If there’s one expert on skin care, it’s Emma Hobson, Education Manager at the International Dermal Institute. We chat with Emma on which skin care and beauty products she can’t live without, how to really cleanse and moisturise your skin, and what the best anti-ageing ingredients out there are.

Which 3 skin care products can’t you live without?

I can’t live without age reversal eye complex. This is an awesome, eye care saver containing highly active cosmeceutical product containing retinol and ARG-LYS Poleptide , stabalized Vitamin C, Niacinamide and a UGL complex. Which reverses the multiple signs of ageing around my eye area (fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and dehydration).

I simply can’t live without is Power Rich™ ; this is the ultimate multi-functional product that packs an incredible punch of Dermalogica cosmeceutical active ingredients to address my ageing skin needs. It’s the ultimate restructuring cream, and one of Dermalogica’s premium super performers.

C-12 Concentrate is my third can’t-live-without product. After way to many years in the sun when I was younger, I suffer from hyperpigmentation on my neck and face. Since skin discolouration/uneven skin tone is the number 1 sign of premature ageing on the skin I need to ensure I keep my pigmentation at bay.  C-12 Concentrate does this,  it’s a high potency treatment  containing a proprietary peptide called Oligopeptide-34, Zinc Glycinate, Phytic Acid, and various botanicals and mineral amino acids that all targeting the pigmentation. This product keeps my skin looking luminous and improves its clarity.

And which 3 makeup products can’t you live without?

1. My Lancôme Dolls Eye Mascara- just the best for defining my lashes, creating length without clogging or smearing.

2. My MAC eye shadows, I have way too many, the ease of application, the variety and depth of colour they offer and the colour lasts all day.

3. Dermalogica’s skinperfect primer SPF30, this provides a great canvas for my foundation making it easy to apply, I need less foundation which lasts day to night on my skin. It heightens and improves the colour of the foundation I am wearing, it has an SPF30 to help protect my skin, AND since it is a skin care product too it is packed full of cosmeceutical age fighting ingredients.

What are your best tips for cleansing and moisturising your skin?

Cleansing
To get a really squeaky clean skin I would recommend the use of a pre-cleanse oil. Cleansing oils are a fantastic new type of product that you use ideally for your first cleanse, they deliver a level of cleansing traditionally experienced in the professional treatment room. They work on the principle that like attracts like. The oil in the product attracts the oil as well as the dirt, make-up and debris on the skin surface. These are simply massaged into the skin with light fingertips. They help liquefy sebum without stripping the skin or compromising the barrier function. Therefore, when you wash off the cleansing oil you will thoroughly wash away all the dirt, surface oil and debris. This ensures your second cleanse with your normal cleanser, really cleans the skin so it is squeaky clean.

The great thing about these types of product is that they are excellent at removing sun screens off the skin surface. A sun screen can often sit on the skin and result in skin congestion or sensitivity. They are also fantastic at removing waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick.

One of the secrets to effective cleansing, is to cleanse the skin twice (morning and evening),that’s right double cleanse!

You follow the pre cleanse oil with a good cleanser which needs to match your skin type for your second cleanse. If you have oily skin, you need a cleanser with a stronger surfactant (degreasing agent) and one that does not strip the skin of oils (i.e. soap or products containing S.D alcohol) these normally come in the form of clay based cleanser or a gel facial wash. Equally if you have an oil dry skin you will need to use a milder cleanser with less surfactant, they often come in the form of a milky/ creamy cleanser. For a combination skin the cleanser sits in the middle of the cleansing spectrum (re surfactant) and can be a light milky cleanser or a gel facial wash. If you have a some sensitivity, choose a cleanser ensuring it has no know skin irritants (free from artificial colours and fragrance) and has calming and soothing ingredients. If you have a very traumatised/sensitised skin choose a cleanser that normally states ‘for environmentally sensitised skin’. These come in milky/creamy formulas or cleansing gels.

There is no need to change your cleanser during the seasons as your skin type does not change winter to summer, what does change is your skin condition, being perhaps more sensitive and dehydrated. If your skin is environmentally sensitised (disregarding your skin type) you may want to choose a cleanser specifically for this skin condition. These cleansers are formulated to be gentle and help repair the barrier function of the skin. And are great for people who are so sensitised they can’t even tolerate water on their skin, as they can be completely removed with soft  tissues instead.

You will notice if you have chosen the incorrect cleanser as you will not be getting the results you should expect such as clearing the skin from congestion,  helping prevent breakouts form reoccurring. You may find it has to strong a degreasing agent and the skin becomes dehydrated or your skin can become sensitised to the cleanser.

The correct cleansing routine would be to firstly ensure you have your hair back from the perimeters of your face, this will enable you to clean the often neglected hair line and around the ears. Then apply the correct amount of product (check product instructions) to the skin with clean hands. With a facial brush or your fingers work the cleanser into your skin in light circular motions from top to bottom or vice versa. Pay special attention to the areas where you have congestion such as the nose, forehead, neck or chin.  Ensure you take your cleanser right up to your hair line and around to the back of your ears and under your jaw line and down the neck as these are common areas for congestion, often due to poor cleansing. It should take about one minute to cleanse your skin; research at the International Dermal Institute found that most people spend less than 10 seconds on cleansing!  It is essential to use  the correct amount of product , and if it is a gel to mix it with sufficient water otherwise the gel remains too concentrated and can result in irritation, dehydration or poor results.  Most cleansers these days can be used in the shower as they are easily washed off.  There are some cleansers which have been developed for environmentally sensitised skin, these are for people who can’t tolerate water on their skin so they can be completely removed with tissues instead.

Moisturising
For your moisturiser, ideally this will be applied over your toner. By applying a hydrating spritz toner it will boost the hydration levels of the skin and prevents dry skin patches (which soak up heaps of moisturiser) you will then only need about half the quantity of moisturiser than if you hadn’t spritzed, that would need about the size of a pea. If your moisturiser is also your sun protection you will need to apply about half a teaspoon for the SPF to be effective.

To combat dry skin think  PROTECTION, HYDRATION AND MOISTURISATION. Choose a moisturiser with lots of hydrating and soothing ingredients and one that acts as a protectant (may contain silicones that form a protective barrier over the skin),there are many ranges now that have products designed specifically for harsh/extreme weather conditions. You may want to choose a moisturiser with a slightly higher oil content but note ‘only slightly’ if you feel your skin is more flaky, dry and dehydrated. If the skin is oil dry, then it needs additional nourishment which can be easily found in a good moisturiser.

It is no longer necessary to use a ‘thick, greasy’ moisturiser as there are now such fantastic ingredients and formulations available that can be really effective without being too heavy or sticky on the skin. Look for moisturisers that contain a complex of vitamins A,C,E, Panthenol (B5), as well as essential fatty acids found in many vegetable oils such as Evening Primrose oil Borage Seed oil, Shea butter, Jojoba oil,  a great ingredient to combat dry skin is Betaglucan derived from Oates. It is important not confuse (as so many people do) a dry skin (skin lacking oil) with that of dehydration (a skin lacking moisture). If your skin feels dry solely from dehydration, you will need a lightweight moisture rich, moisturiser which may have little to no oil content.

What are some of the key ingredients we should be looking for in skincare products as we get older?

  • Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide: A peptide that acts as a sugar trap, binding free sugar that would react with proteins to form AGEs.  Provides an anti-glycation effect
  • Palmitoyl Pentapeptide & Olgiopentapeptide:  for deeper fortification of collagen structure. They stimulates collagen & works similarly to retinol & vitamin C.  Helps skin re-structure the extracellular matrix
  • Glucosamine HCl : Helps stimulate collagen production, fights AGEs, inhibits melanin formation, inhibits MMPs, stimulates Hyaluronic Acid, defends against ROS and inhibits AGE formation
  • Glycine Soya Protein (Soy)
  • Genestein
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate being a non-acidic, stable form of Vitamin C that stimulates collagen formation in the skin while providing antioxidant protection, inhibiting melanin formation and inhibiting MMP enzymes that contribute to collagen degradation.
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract protects against Reactive Oxygen Species (free radicals), fights the formation of AGEs in skin and inhibits MMPs.
  • Vitamin A, E and Beta Glucan
  • Hyaluronic Acid & Cross Linked Hyaluronic Acid provides intense skin hydration.
  • Yeast Extract helps stimulate wound healing, collagen formation and increases oxygen utilisation in skin.

What’s your favourite Dermalogica product and why do you love it so much?

My favourite of the three above would have to be…ohhh this is very hard……Power Rich. It is such an amazing multi-functional skin performer, the results I get from it are fabulous especially as I am so concerned with trying to inhibit the ageing process!

What are your can’t-live-without skin care products? Tell us in the comments below!

July 30, 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

Make Your Skin Glow – Now!

Bag of the weekDon?t go past this Witchery drawstring bag ($149.95) in soft polished brown leather. Will look great with denim or black. Hurry because there are not many left. Log onto www.witchery.com.au and buy one now.

Get the summer glow all year round

Now that we are heading into the cooler months, it doesn?t mean you have to look like an Eskimo when it comes to your beauty regime. Follow our lead and get that ?summer? healthy glow all winter.

Here are the latest offerings that promise to give your face and skin a healthy summer glow and if nothing else put you in a good mood.

Stila Flaunt Candle set. This limited edition trio of frosted votive candles are to die for. If you want to keep that summer, happy mood inside your home just light one of the three scents either, Green Tea, Ginger

or Vanilla. They will pick you up in a minute. Available through www.meccacosmetica.com.auThe must have bronzer comes from Chanel. Make sure you head to your nearest Chanel counter and try the Bronze Universal which has a light gel texture that goes on smoothly and doesn?t leave streaks. It honestly gives your complexion a warm glow without that caked on look.

Even if the sun isn?t shining you still have to protect yourself from the great outdoors. Shiseido?s Ultimate Sun Block Lotion boasts SPF of 50 (yes, 50) and the company claims it?s also more resistant to water, perspiration and sebum than any other product. The other great bonus to this sun block is that it will moisturise the skin with natural sophora and white lily extracts. If you don?t know already, white lily extracts help to fight dryness, fine lines and restore elasticity.

Want to keep your legs looking gorgeous until summer than try the new cellulite reducing Jergens Firming Lotion. It contains a blend of seaweed extract (known for its natural firming action) and Centella Asiastica, a botanical extract which boosts collagen.

April 9, 2002