How To Tame Adult Acne

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.

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Exfoliate regularly

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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7 Beauty Tips All Women Should Use

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.

RELATED: No Moisturiser Skincare Routine

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.

Exfoliate weekly

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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10 Crazy Beauty Tips Which Actually Work

Cotton tips, sanitary pads and sticky tape… Who knew that these products could also be used for your makeup? Make the most of your beauty routine and try the following 10 crazy tips and techniques today!

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1. Cotton tips

While this one is a little average, they’re extremely handy and really easy to get your hands on. Dip a cotton tip into micellar water to remove mascara stains, apply highlighter and even create a signature smokey eye.

2. Coffee grounds

Notice a little cellulite making an appearance on your thighs or stomach? Simply combine a handful of coffee grounds with some lukewarm water, then apply in circular motions over the area. With time, they should diminish completely.

3. Ice water

If you’ve given yourself an impromptu manicure and need it to dry ASAP, fill a bowl with icy water and submerge your hands in it every few seconds. It will help to set your nail polish without creasing it.

4. Sanitary pads

Do you ever notice fall-out from your eyeshadow after creating a smokey eye? Simply cut a panty liner in half, then stick it just under your lower lash line. It will catch all of the colour without ruining your makeup. This one can’t be too out-there, especially if Chloe Morello uses it!

5. Red patches

For nasty rashes or red patches which might occur as a sign of stress, simply cool two teaspoons in the freezer and place them over your face. Spoons help to cool down the area without causing additional distress to your face.

6. Face primer

Do you suffer from extremely oily skin? You should probably try Milk of Magnesia. Although this product is actually a laxative, if applied directly onto the skin it has a matte effect on any oily patches – trust us.

7. Broken nails

Fix those broken nails by cutting a tiny piece of fabric from a tea bag, then applying it directly over your nail. After you’ve done that all you need to do is paint over the patch to seal it in place.

8. Puffy eyes

Keep puffy eyes away by chopping raw potato and laying it directly on the most sensitive parts of your face. Potato is full of starch which helps to decrease any puffy or hyper-pigmented patches of skin.

9. Haemorrhoid cream

Did you know that haemorrhoid cream works perfectly to keep dry patches of skin away? The super-concentrated formula is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, especially during the colder months of the year.

10. Sticky tape

Create that perfect winged liner by using some sticky tape as a general guide. Place it directly between your lash lines, draw it on, then carefully remove for a flawless cat-eye flick.

What are some of your crazy beauty tips? Share in the comments below!

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Enjoy Life’s Little Luxuries With Alpha-H

As busy working women and/or mums-on-the-go, it can be so easy to fall into bad habits like neglecting your self-care. This is why a beautiful, hand-made soy, scent candle, or a luxurious hand crème, for example, can make such a difference to your day. Both offer quick and easy relaxation and enjoyment.

RELATED: 20 Affordable Skincare Products Under $20

Enter Queensland-based unisex cosmeceutical brand Alpha-H, which has achieved both local and national success over the last 20 years by providing heavenly skincare and body products which also aim to offer long-term solutions for problem skin.

A family-run business, Alpha-H’s owner/director Michelle Doherty created the products out of a real need to change her own skin after suffering chronic cystic acne in her teenage years and throughout her 20s.

Disappointed by over-the-counter cosmetics and appalled by the disinterest and lack of empathy from medical professionals, Michelle was introduced to Alpha-H when the brand was in its infancy. Within days of using the range, she saw immediate and sustained visible improvements; not just in her skin, but in her confidence and self-esteem.

Now, Michelle travels the globe meeting men and women with their own skin concerns and problems, thus inspiring her to constantly develop new products which can help bring sustainable solutions to others.

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Available in Australia at Lulu and Lipstick, via www.luluandlipstick.com.au, plus in a myriad of other countries, Alpha-H prides itself on its concentrated and balanced performance ingredients. Its range of glycolic-based skincare has everything from cleansers and exfoliants to vitamin serums and speciality solutions for all skin types.

I trialled Alpha-H’s Luxe Limited Edition Kit, $99, (pictured) over the summer holidays, and absolutely loved it. It added much joy and relaxation to my life.

The kit is a combination of Alpha-H’s most decadent products including my favourites: the ultra-luxurious Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Cream (pictured) and the sublime Scented Soy Candle in Delicate Fig and Cedarwood (pictured). The candle smells glorious and I still light it every night before bed for its soothing and calming properties. In addition, the lovely hand creme really calms my problem dermatitis.

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The fab kit also contains a velvety Balancing Cleanser, indulgent Essential Hydration Cream, the brand’s award-winning Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ and a multi-tasking Instant Facial. The hand crème is also available for individual sale at $39.

Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.au and www.alpha-h.com.

10 Basic Beauty Tips You Can’t Live Without

When it comes to beauty, we are constantly searching for easy tips and tricks to make the wonderful world of cosmetics so much easier. From using a mascara as an eyeliner, or even a concealer as a cheek contour; there are many ways to simplify things when it comes to applying your makeup every single day.

RELATED: 20 Affordable Skincare Products Under $20

1. Clean your brushes

To ensure the longevity of your brushes, do a deep-clean once a week with olive oil and soap. Firstly, soak each brush with olive oil, then add some soap and water to easily remove any residue stuck on the bristles.

2. Illuminator

Mix a tiny amount of your illuminator into a matte foundation for a dewy finish. This is a quick and easy way to turn your matte foundation into an illuminating shade just in time for summer.

3. Cleansing oil

Rather than scrubbing your face with a wipe, use a cleansing oil to remove your eye makeup. This is a quick and easy way since it breaks down the makeup, and gently removes it without endangering the skin around your eyes.

4. Coconut oil

Use coconut oil on dry hair once a week to nourish your ends, and keep hair looking shiny and healthy. Leave-in for at least an hour, then use a shampoo and tepid water to carefully remove any residue from the oil.

5. Oily skin

Set oily skin with a powder in between liquid foundation. This makes it so much easier to get the most out of your makeup if you’re attending a special event, or simply a night out.

6. Blackheads

Get rid of blackheads at home by using Vaseline and a hot towelette over your pores. The hot air helps to open your pores, and then simply use a cleanser to remove any dirt from your face.

7. Baby oil

If you suffer from rash burn, use a baby oil since it has many soothing properties on the skin. This not only gives you a closer shave, by nourishes the follicle, and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry and itchy afterwards.

8. Lipstick

Make any lipstick look glossy by applying a soft lip moisturiser over the top. The lightweight formula will nourish your lips, and make it so much easier to remove at the end of the day.

9. Big lashes

For voluminous lashes, tug the wand from side to side and work from root to tip. If you want to make your lashes appear full, tight-line the eyes by using a black or brown eyeliner pencil on your top lid.

10. Decrease pimples

To make your pimples look smaller overnight, dab a tiny amour of honey over a blemish before going to bed. The honey acts as an antibacterial agent, which will also treat dry or inflamed skin.

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Interview with Dia Foley of Indeed Laboratories

You’ve probably heard about the hydraluron series before. So far there are 3 miracle products in the line created by Indeed Labs: a moisture serum, a moisture mask, and a jelly moisturiser. All provide easy ways to achieve softer, smoother skin.

We speak to the woman behind the mind of Indeed Labs, Dia Foley, who has created some of the most nourishing products which tackle common skincare problems at any age.

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How important is Hydraluron in a daily skincare routine? 

There are a few key ingredients in cosmetics that truly help affect the appearance of our  skin. One of those ingredients is hyaluronic acid. It not only helps to increase skin moisture after just one application, it also acts like a sponge attracting  moisture. So it also boosts the performance of your topical moisturizer. Most consumers don’t realise that hyaluronic acid comes in a varying degrees of quality. At Indeed, we always provide the best quality of ingredients as well as the highest level of actives.

If one of our SHESAID readers could only purchase one product from Indeed Labs, what should it be – and why? 

It’s like favoring a child, it’s  impossible.. since Indeed is not set up like a traditional regime brand, and we develop our products to address individual skincare concerns, every person’s needs are unique. However as I travel across the globe, everyone (woman and man) I meet mostly suffers from dehydrated skin. So I always recommend our hydraluron skin series, these are essential hydrating products that are great for all skin types.

Insider Tip: Always use the hydraluron moisture serum  first before all other products.

Do you have any insider tips on how to best care for your skin? 

Exfoliate at least once a week. It will help smooth out your skin and allow your products to penetrate better. 

Insider Tip: Before bed, face-washing is never optional.

If you skip this step your skin can’t perform its restorative processes during the night, which ages your facial skin over time. I keep my serums next to my toothbrush so I never forget to apply!

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What are some common misconceptions that women have about their skincare? 

One of the reasons we were inspired to create Indeed Labs was to let women know that fancy jars and gold spoons don’t mean better skincare results! Quality of ingredients and good formulas with high actives gives you results, and at the end of the day that’s what matters!

The other point I really want to stress is that if we want to see results we must commit to using our products consistently! You didn’t get that wrinkle in one day so using products for a few weeks isn’t going to give your skin a chance to see results.

Could you let our readers know of any new and exciting things that are in works for Indeed Labs? 

We are always searching for new products! As I mentioned earlier, we build on brand on finding products that answer our consumers concerns. We are super excited about our line-up for 2015! You won’t be disappointed!


Give The Gift Of Good Skin This Christmas

Get your inner and outer glow on this holiday season with these beautiful Christmas skincare gifts. Treat yourself, or your loved ones, to some much-needed, luxury pampering! This handy Christmas gift guide is everything. Shop to it, Santa baby!

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Handy help: Keep hands and cuticles hydrated this summer with the philosophy hands of hope ornament (30ml), $14. This trial-size intense hand cream makes for a perfect mini-gift for a rele, friend or even yourself. Even better, you can hang from your tree this Christmas. Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Love and lemons: Get your glow on this festive season with the Simplicite Lemon Night Creme, $53.50. Simplicité, a luxurious natural and organic skin care range developed from pure plant extracts, swears by this hydrating night moisturiser formulated for all skin types. It’s said to brighten and clear the complexion and improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Face off: The philosophy hope favourites holiday gift set, $60, will give that special someone the gift of a beautiful complexion. This gorgeous Christmas gift pack contains some of philosophy’s famed, best-selling skin care: hope in a jar high-performance moisturizer (60ml), hope in a jar night intense retexturizing moisturizer (15ml) and eye hope (7ml). Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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All the buzz: UK skin sensation Beetox has been hailed as the natural alternative to Botox, so give this baby a whirl: Beetox Manuka Honey and Bee Venom Facemask, $110. A luxurious and unique formula containing bee venom and Manuka honey, it rejuvenates the skin; boosts the renewal of damaged skin cells; and stimulates the facial muscles. It’s all about creating lifting, tightening and firming effects. What’s more, no bees were harmed in the ingredients sourcing. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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You glow, girl: Is this the best holiday care package? philosophy glowing days ahead, $99, has got to come very close. It features purity made simple3-in1 cleanser (240ml); the microdelivery exfoliating wash (240ml); microdelivery peel in-home Vitamin C/ peptide crystals (30ml) with activating gel (30ml); hope in a jar high-performance moisturiser (30ml) and hope in a jar night intense retexturizing moisturizer (30ml). Find philosophy’s Christmas gift sets at selected David Jones stores, davidjones.com.au, mecca maxima and adorebeauty.com.au. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Green queen: I’m a big fan of the eco-friendly, natural and non-toxic Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $86.25. Having recently tried this for the first time, I can see why it’s a huge favourite of A-list stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe, whose famous tagline “MAJ” is now on the Tata Harper labelling. It’s luxurious, gentle and anti-aging – winning! It also acts a 4-in-1 product to thoroughly cleanse and improve skin glow while purifying, minimizing the appearance of pores and helping to protect the skin’s natural hydration balance. Find it at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Does your makeup ever look like it’s been through a rough time by the end of a long plane trip? Or, should you even be wearing makeup in the first place?

Whilst we all want a little bit of coverage to even out those blotchy parts of the skin, or just to conceal any dark circles, there is a way to go about it without loading on the makeup. Below you will find just a few helpful tips on what to wear on your face if you’re up for a very long, and tiring flight ahead.

RELATED: Essential Makeup Tips For Beginners 

Before you leave the house


It’s important to keep your skin hydrated and gently wash away any of the skincare from the night before. Use a mild cleanser to remove any oil or grease on your face without drying it up completely. Wet your face with lukewarm water, then gently massage the product into your problem areas (most commonly include forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin), then wash off, and don’t forget the neck!

Don’t make the mistake of applying a deep-purifying mask before you leave, since this could only make your skin extra-dry.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser, $16.95


Apply a moisturiser over your face and dab carefully around areas such as the eyes and neck. Choose a formula which is lightweight and won’t feel heavy on your skin. Since you’ll be indoors for most of the day, it isn’t necessary to use a moisturiser with SPF as this can often weigh down the skin and make it feel oiler. Something light and hydrating your best option for a long flight.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, $29

Tinted moisturiser

If you need a little more coverage, apply half a pea-sized amount of tinted moisturiser over your problem areas. All this product will do it smooth out an irregular skin tone, and gently cover spots and blemishes without over-drying the skin.

Don’t use a stippling brush or cosmetic sponge if you don’t have time on your side, blending in the product with your fingers is just fine!

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturiser, $46


This is an essential if you want to keep your eyes looking large and awake. Gently curl lashes with an eyelash curler (10 seconds for each eye), then apply a waterproof mascara from root to tip. A waterproof formula won’t leave you with excess product on your eyelids if you do decide to doze off in the plane.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Eyeko London Skinny Brush Mascara, $28

On the flight

Thermal water

If you feel like your skin is a bit rough during the flight, spritz your face with a small amount of thermal water. This will be enough to hydrate dry skin caused from the high altitude, without completely ruining your makeup. Applied too much thermal water on your skin? Gently dab away the excess product with a tissue.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99

Makeup wipes

Wipes are perfect for both refreshing your entire face, neck and arms if you just can’t find the time to freshen-up in the bathroom. You can also remove your makeup completely, mist your face with thermal water, and apply a nourishing face mask if you feel that your skin needs some extra TLC.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Milk & Co by Lindy Klim Beauty Wipes, $9.99

Face mask

Skin has a tendency of breaking out and creating irritating dry patches – especially if you’re in the air for nearly 24 hours! Remove your makeup and apply a nourishing face mask. Choose one with Hydraluron which will make your skin feel smooth and soft, while boosting hydration as you sleep! Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then pat skin dry with you fingers. No need to wash-off!

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $23.99

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10 Beauty Hacks You Didn’t Know

Ever wanted to get more out of your beauty products, or even learn a trick along the way which can save you some money down the line? Use just one or all of these hacks to really make the most of all your skincare and makeup products. Below are just a few beauty and makeup hacks which will not only save you time, but money as well! Adapt some of these tricks into your usual routine to personalise a one-size-fits-all beauty regime.

1. Apply fake lashes

Do you have trouble applying false lashes since they don’t suit your eye shape? Try cutting them into 2 or even 3 parts for an easier application. Then put a mirror on the table and apply the piece just over your natural lash line.

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2. Eyeshadow lines

To achieve a precise eyeshadow line every single time, try and use a post-it note or even tape stemming out from the bottom lash. This will also allow you to draw on a perfect cat-eye flick.

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3. Quick curls

If you’re short on time and want to achieve glamourous curls, why not try this fast method instead. Separate your hair into 4 strands and plait them all the way to the bottom. Then flat iron your braids each for 20 seconds before removing the elastic. Apply hairspray to keep it together before heading out the door!

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4. Natural highlights

Use lemon juice to naturally highlight hair without the use of hair dye, bleach or ammonia. Simply run wet hair over a lemon to your preferred length. For an added boost of shine, soak hair in a lukewarm bowl of chamomile tea before rinsing with water.

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5. Mascara as eyeliner

If you suddenly find yourself out of eyeliner, why not use your mascara? Dip an angled brush into a clump of mascara and apply as usual. Genius!

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6. Exfoliate lips

Forget about paying money for lip exfoliators that almost never work, anyway. Simply apply a soothing balm over your lips, then brush over lightly with a toothbrush. This will remove any excess skin which could be compromising your lipstick.

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7. Straighten hair without heat

Yes, this is actually possible. Mix one cup of water with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Pour mixture into a spray bottle then spritz all over the hair before letting it air-dry.

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8. Remove eye makeup

Ever find it difficult to remove panda-eye makeup from the night before? Apply extra virgin coconut oil on a cotton tip over the eyelashes to remove any signs of mascara. Even works effectively to remove stubborn waterproof makeup.

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9. Nail polish stain

Often nail polish can stain not only nails but your entire hands. Apply a whitening toothpaste on the cuticles and fingertips, then leave on for 10 minutes before scrub off.

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10. Perfume last longer

One simple little trick which allows your makeup to last longer is Vaseline. Simply rub a bit of Vaseline or any other petroleum-based moisturiser onto your pulse points before spraying your favourite perfume. This will help it cling onto the skin better.

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6 Tips to Beat Teen Breakouts

Over 85% of teenagers are afflicted with acne breakouts, but taking preventative action can hugely help in assisting them to navigate this challenging period of their lives both physically as well as mentally.

Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute, shares her expert skincare tips on caring for teenage skin.

1. First thing’s first: develop a routine
Keeping a handle on teen breakouts isn’t easy, especially with so many raging hormones to contend with, however a great deal can be achieved when incorporating a good skin care routine. In order to avert skin problems teens need to use products that are designed for their specific skin concerns, formulated with ingredients that address oiliness, breakouts and congestion, and that contain a high volume of anti inflammatories helping heal the lesions and reduce the incidence of  pigmented scars.

2. The routine needs to be simple but effective
* Be diligent with your cleansing routine both a.m. and p.m. it is as important as brushing your teeth!  The majority of teens don’t cleanse their skin thoroughly enough, good cleansing can help reduce skin congestion.  I’d advise a clay based cleanser, these are fantastic at removing excess skin oil and deep cleansing the skin, and can be used also as a mini masque. Alternatively use a soap free, facial wash that is balanced to the pH of the skin. By cleansing the skin you ensure the skin remains healthy, clean and smooth and you have a fresh ‘palette’ to apply the remainder of your skin care.

* Exfoliation helps keep the skin from becoming congested. Exfoliate 2 to 3 times per week to remove dirt, debris, excess sebum and dead skin and prevent blockages, it will help keep a smooth texture and eradicate the bumps (underlying congestion). Salicylic acid is a fantastic great ingredient to look out for if your prone to blackheads and congestion. It  works by releasing congestion in the follicles. If the skin is free for inflamed spots then you can use a scrub 2 to 3 times a week to keep the skin smooth and clear of debris that said it is important to avoid scrubs if you have sensitive skin as they can irritate or if you have spots as they can spread the infection. Never over0exfoliate, two to three times a week is sufficient. Over exfoliation can sensitise and irritate the skin and cause more breakouts than less!

* A bit of extra help; Try using a topical skin clearing (mattifying) product during the day and or a night time lotion that works hard to decongest the skin whilst you sleep.  Also there are some great sebum clearing masques that you can apply once or twice a week. Often teens think because their skin is so oily they should avoid using a moisturiser…wrong! Use a protective moisturiser that has sebum regulating ingredients and antibacterial ingredients so your skin is protected at the same time as the ingredients get to work on improving the condition of your skin.

* Avoid aggressive products – teens often mistakenly opt for aggressive products that strip the skin of its facial oil – they use toners and lotions that often contain alcohols such as SD alcohol. This will certainly strip the oil BUT it deprives the skin of its needed protection causing it to become more dehydrated and sensitised, but worst of all, doing this actually causes the skin to respond by producing even more oil to compensate! Avoid aggressive oil stripping products at all costs. Instead use an anti-bacterial, oil free, matiffying, lightweight moisturiser designed for oily contested skin that regulates the oil flow and make sure it also contains a sun block  to protect and keep skin hydrated and glowing.

Take a look at Dermalogica’s Clear Start range, a new skin care line for teens and young adults, which includes a really effective cleanser, emergency spot fix and lightweight daytime moisturiser.

3. Teens should become label readers to avoid ingredients in their products that…
* Cause congestion leading to breakouts. Sadly many teen products contain comedogenic ingredients. Look for products that clearly state they are non-comedogenic.

* Free of SD alcohol (found in teen products such as lotions, toners and gels) which can irritate, strip and dry out the skin.

4. Watch their skincare ingredients and what they eat
There are some fantastic ingredients to address the specific needs of a teenage skin these include:

Sebum regulating ingredients such as Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Niacinamide, Zinc Gluconate and Sarcosine.

Antibacterial ingredients such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Tea Tree Oil, Zinc Gluconate and Sulphate, Balm Mint and Rosemary Extract, Sulfur.

To reduce oil flow, use an ingredient called Enantia Chlorantha Bark which has a 36% in reduction in pore size,  49% reduction in sebum flow and 55% less skin shine.

Salicylic acid is a great ingredient to assist with skin congestion.

Dietary advice to help assist the skin: Apart from eating a healthy well balanced diet , avoid processed sugars. There is believed to be a link that the consumption of high levels of processed sugars may be a trigger for skin breakouts e.g  milk chocolate. Caroline Caperton, MD, MSPH, senior clinical research fellow in dermatology at the University of Miami states “Some of the ingredients in pure chocolate that might exacerbate acne are caffeine and its cousin theobromine, which is known to have pore-clogging properties.”

Avoid eating too much diary as it is also linked to stimulating increased breakouts.

There is anecdotal evidence to support the theory that a reduced-grain diet may curb acne.

Take a supplement of Zinc which aids skin healing.

5. Don’t squeeze!
Though teens just love to squeeze a spot they absolutely must avoid it. A spot (being an inflamed lesion) is filled with bacteria, and if you squeeze it you can spread the infection, cause damage to the very delicate skin and end up having not only more spots but a scar as a result.

6. Teens vs adults
Teens breakouts are different to adult breakouts. Hormones during puberty are different to the ones secreted through stress, both can lead to increased breakouts but they tend to be in different places on the face and body;

* Acne vulgaris (puberty) can be found on the upper back, chest and particularly on the face where it forms mainly on the ‘plumb’ of the cheeks and the middle of the forehead.  Teen acne unlike adult acne does heal much quicker, hangs around for less and doesn’t scar as badly as when we are adults suffering from acne.

* Menstrual breakouts are usually found around the sides of the chin.

* Stress/adult acne is common on the neck and under the jaw as well running along the hairline of the forehead and more randomly dispersed over the face. Stress acne does not generally have the same severity as acne vulgaris.


Beauty Tips for Women Who Can’t Be Bothered

I am not pretending I have better things to do with my time than pamper myself. I just don’t find a $200 intensive facial relaxing, because my mind drifts towards the money I would save if I had stayed home and picked my own pimples. I want to look gorgeous and do nothing about it, that’s all. When I meet women with beautiful skin, I ask them what their secret is and if it requires zero effort, I manage to integrate it into my bare-minimum beauty routine.

We spend most of our time over-washing our hair and it reacts by pumping out more oil, which is quickly stripped away by aggressive shampoos and skin cleansers. Do less. I haven’t washed my hair with shampoo for months. I rinse it with conditioner and it has never looked so good, but I have curly hair. Straight hair needs to be washed as the oil travels down the hair, but no more than once a week. Stop using flat-irons and don’t heat the curling wand so high it could brand cattle.

Don’t wash your face in the morning. Cleanse it at night and leave it alone in the morning. Your face might feel wonderful when it’s been scrubbed clean, but it damages the skin to strip it of natural oils twice a day. I got this piece of advice from Selma Hayek and she is not only smoking hot, but has access to better dermatologists than you or I do and better dermatologists give better advice.

Sleep on your back. You might rail against this one, ‘I can’t fall asleep on my back!’ Shut up. Rolling your body over is not that hard to do. If you sleep on your side, you might have noticed in the morning – wrinkles start on your face and travel all the way down to your décolletage. I met a woman who looked twenty years younger and she gave me this fantastic tip, requiring zero effort. You will get used to sleeping on your back. Tuck pillows under your knees if that is more comfortable.

Don’t drink too much alcohol. It really does hammer the skin.

The sun is not your friend. I remember watching a British comedy series when a character cried out, “I’m getting wrinkles around my eyes like an Australian woman!” Take Vitamin D, instead. Wear sunscreen and a hat. I wear a hat, scarf and driving gloves in the car. I have been told I look like a Korean Grandmother. I would wear a full face mask and body suit if I didn’t think it would scare people.

Try to drink at least a couple of glasses of water a day. If your urine looks like it has leaked from the rods of a nuclear reactor, you’re dehydrated. Drink herbal tea if water bores you too much.

Don’t pluck your eyebrows. Fashions will come and go, but eyebrows leave when they have been over-plucked and they don’t grow back. Trim them if you are worried you look mentally ill. Elderly women have to draw fake brows on and we think it’s something old people like to do. They do not. Imagine trying to hold your hand steady when you’ve got the shakes. They were gorgeous Mods once and over-plucked them. Eyebrows give your face youthfulness. If you have a monobrow, then you might want to pluck it but personally I think they look cool. Like Frida Kahlo.

Buy the softest toothbrush you can find. If you are too harsh on your gums, they get offended and recede. People don’t talk about their gum transplant and not because they don’t happen, but because they did it to themselves and the punishment was horrifying.

Black women age very well and the secret is they have been covered in butter and coconut-based moisturizers from the time they were born. Dry flakes of skin appear as an ash on their dark skin and hence, the constant moisturizing. Have you seen what Tina Turner looks like at 73? Moisturise.

Try to reduce sugar, pasta, bread and rice as much as you can. Just don’t tell anybody about it because no one wants to hear about what you’re not eating. Seriously, I’d rather listen to the dream you had last night.

The darker the vegetable – the better it is for you. Always reach for the darker vegetable when you’re shopping; the red onion; the cherry tomato; kale. Find a way to love the kale.

Put olive oil on anything you reasonably can. Occasionally, I’ll stop drizzling it on my salad and start drizzling it on my face and hair. Get into it. Wear a bib. The olive oil needs to be fresh and have a green tint. Preferably local, as olive oils from Italy and Spain vary so much in quality. You will know when you taste the real thing because it stings the back of your throat and makes you want to cough. A single cough olive oil is very good. A two-cough olive oil is even better.

And let me know what your beauty secrets are requiring zero effort. Because there is always room to add something new, when you’re putting zero effort in.

What are your beauty tips for real women? Tell us in the comments!

Vivienne Walshe is an Australian playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been highly awarded and published by Currency Press. As an actress she appeared on The Secret Life of Us and many other television shows and performed in plays at the Melbourne Theatre company, Sydney Theatre company and Queensland Theatre company. 

Q&A With Anti-Ageing Expert Dr William Amzallag

Dr William Amzallag is one of the world’s leading anti-ageing experts, with decades of experience in anti-ageing, regenerative medicine, skincare and stem cells. The France-based M.D. is also the medical advisor for Jeunesse Global. We asked Dr Amzallag what we can do to avoid premature ageing, how much skincare plays a part in the way we age, and which ingredients to look for in your anti-ageing routine.

What is your top tip for avoiding premature ageing?

There are two different options:

My top tip by far is to improve your lifestyle – but to do it seriously – which means look at your nutrition, avoiding almost completely simple sugars, having at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day on a very regular basis, managing stress, avoiding toxic thoughts and toxic relationships.

Improving your daily nutrition will double or triple the efficacy of growth factors.

On top of improving your lifestyle, you have to treat the skin locally by protecting, hydrating, nourishing and replacing senescent cells with new ones thanks to nanotechnology and growth factors from stem cells.

What are growth factors?

Growth factors are our cells’ language. This is how thousands of cells communicate allowing them to do one vital function – repair and regenerate the tissue in the body which occurs in the deepest layers of the skin.

Can you tell us about some of the latest advances in anti-ageing skincare technology?

Today there is a revolution in skincare. A revolution thanks to nanotechnology which brings the right ingredient exactly where we want and penetrates where we want it to.

There is also a revolution in the quality of ingredients with the use of growth factors coming from adult stem cells culture. These growth factors are magic bullets which are able to refresh, repair, maintain or even replace damaged cells almost immediately.

How much do the products we apply to our skin affect how we age?

You have to use common sense: it is wrong to think that the more you apply to your skin the better it is for your skin.

Knowledge about skincare products is essential. Ask yourself what kind of ingredients are in your skincare, are they natural or from natural origins? What kind of preservatives are in your skincare?

Applying the wrong products with the wrong ingredients may be damaging for your skin and cause premature ageing.

What ingredients should we look for in anti-ageing skincare?

As well as the efficacy of the ingredients, you need to consider the compatibility of the ingredients, and how the formula penetrates the skin and how deeply it penetrates the skin for it to be efficient.

Antioxidants are the first line of defence, one of the best being superoxide dismutase. Replenishing water is essential to keep your skin firm and to prevent wrinkles. Extracts of prickly pear or baobab can help too.

But the most important factor is to look for a solution with one single ingredient: the only one available is the end result of harvesting adult stem cells from human fat and extracting the intercellular fat which is full of growth factors. Those growth factors have very special benefits: they repair, maintain and even replace damaged cells.

Growth factors are the critical ingredients used in the revolutionary LUMINESCE range. The growth factors are combined with a suite of complementing ingredients, some of which are used to nourish the skin, while others deliver the growth factors into the skin, enhancing the efficacy of the ingredients.

We want to know: what are your best skincare tips for looking younger?