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Summer’s almost here! But before you throw on a bikini and head to the beach you may want to invest in one summer essential that’s sure to solve those troublesome (and often embarrassing!) beauty problems that many of us are faced with once the mercury rises. Coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts Brynley King shares her top tips for tackling seven of your most cringe-worthy summertime dilemmas – and the best part? All you need is one jar of coconut oil!
Let’s get the most embarrassing out of the way first, shall we? Chafing is a common problem that many people experience during our steaming Aussie summer – and it’s not just the thigh area that can fall victim to the dreaded chafe. Fortunately, coconut oil can be used on any part of the body to not only prevent chafe from occurring but also to heal sore and inflamed skin. It’s also perfect to use on infants as an all-natural alternative to nappy rash cream.
Forgot to slip, slop, slap and now you’re looking less like a bronzed goddess and more like a tomato? The properties found in coconut oil are known to relieve the pain of a bad burn plus heal the skin and limit peeling at the same time. Try patting a washcloth splashed with a little apple cider vinegar on burnt skin to relieve stinging before generously applying coconut oil mixed with peppermint oil to the affected area. The peppermint oil helps to cool the skin while the coconut oil heals and protects.
A pop of colour on the lips can make any outfit go from good to great, but if your pout has been receiving a little too much sun, wind and salty air, even the most moisturising lipsticks aren’t going to glide on as they should. Coconut oil works as an incredibly nourishing 100% natural lip balm and Pacific Islanders have been using it for centuries. Feeling creative? Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and olive oil with ¾ teaspoon of honey for a sweeter, DIY lip treatment.
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs aren’t pretty but for many people they’re inevitable after any type of shaving, waxing or hair removal. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal which makes it a miracle pre and post hair-removal product. Replace shaving creams or soaps with coconut oil for your closest shave yet before rubbing a decent amount into the area after your shower; and you can say goodbye to painful, unsightly bumps – for good!
Unfortunately, humidity = frizz. Luckily your new beauty Holy Grail works wonders at smoothing and conditioning unruly tresses. Before bedtime, apply a good dollop of oil to your lengths and ends, tie in a topknot and leave in overnight for a super nourishing and inexpensive hair treatment or use as an anti-frizz hair serum by applying a pea size amount to dry hair. You can also protect blonde locks from chlorine damage (green hair is never in fashion) by wetting the hair and evenly distributing coconut oil from roots to tips, which seals in moisture and creates a barrier against harmful pool chemicals.
For many, this time of the year means outdoor barbeques, picnics and the occasional game of backyard cricket, however, it also means the mosquitos are out in full force. If these pesky little bloodsuckers make you itchy just thinking about them, then coconut oil may be your new best friend. When applied to an insect bite, the oil is known to work faster than calamine lotion at stopping the itch and reducing swelling. Plus, if you dab it on the area regularly it works to speed up the healing process too.
Winter can play havoc on our skin, as we often neglect our moisturising routine in favour of hiding our pins under jeans and tracksuit pants. Come summertime, why are we then surprised when we pull on a pair of shorts only to discover our limbs aren’t quite as smooth and supple as we’d like? Bid dry, flaky skin farewell by mixing coconut oil with raw sugar for a DIY body exfoliator, then use the oil on its own as an all-natural, paraben-free body moisturiser.
For more coconut oil tips grab your copy of ‘Going Coconuts’ plus Banaban Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at www.naturepacifc.com
The UK cosmetics industry is worth an estimated £4.5 billion but an article in the Daily Mail shows that added toxic ingredients present in some forms of make up can cause danger. Although the UK Government regulates these products there are always loopholes that can be exploited. Here are ten chemicals and products to avoid.
1. Dying your hair
Latex Gloves from Brosch Direct are an excellent way to protect your hands when using hair dyes and other chemicals, but they don’t stop your scalp from being damaged during the dying process. Although hair products have changed drastically over the years there are still certain compounds such as coal-tar, which can cause bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
2. Aluminium pigments
Most skin care products are safe; mascara, eye shadow and eye pencils all contain aluminium powder, which can lead to neurotoxicity and cancer. There is a misconception that high cost and quality products are safe but these products are just as dangerous as their cheaper counterparts.
3. Sunscreens and vitamin A
Half of all sunscreens on the market contain an ingredient known as retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A palmitate. This chemical should not be put onto skin if you are going to be in direct sunlight, it is used in many night creams due to the fact that you can’t use it in daylight. If you use a sunscreen with this additive you can develop tumours.
4. Perfumes and fragrances
Any product that has the word fragrant on the advertising is probably not going to be good for your skin. Some alcohols used in the manufacture of perfumes have been known to cause hormone disruption and allergic reactions.
5. Propylene glycol
This clear odourless, tasteless liquid is used in food and cosmetics and is classed as safe, but it can cause brain, liver and kidney disorders if used incorrectly or regularly. When used in the chemical industry as revealed on the mindbodygreen website it is treated with great care by the people working with it.
6. Benzoyl peroxides and acne
Acne can be a horrendous problem for the young and old but most creams contain the chemical benzoyl peroxide which can cause cancers and also become a skin irritant.
7. Teeth cleaning
Brushing your teeth twice a day or maybe more should be a safe process but the toothpaste itself contains a chemical called triclosan which is linked to cancer cell growth and can cause damage to the gums and premature births if used long term.
8. Hair straightening
Some people prefer straight hair others curly; if you are using chemical hair straightening products you may not realise the damage you are doing to your hair and also your body. These products contain keratin which can cause nerve, chest pain and rashes.
9. Green isn’t always safe
Some so-called green products can still contain harmful chemicals such as chlorphenesin and neurotoxin. When buying cosmetics even reading the label won’t give you all the information you need. Some chemicals are left out.
All of us use some form of anti-perspirant and don’t realise the possible dangers of the aluminium salts that are present which can cause of breast cancer and skin irritation.
We’re all guilty of playing on the dark side – but these 10 beauty commandments will ensure you’re beauty regimen is always golden!
Thou shalt regularly wash your beauty brushes
Washing your makeup brushes at least once a week can prevent the development of acne or skin infections and reduces the amount of skin oils building up in your compact. Synthetic foundation and concealer brushes can be cleaned with regular face wash, while all your fluffy brushes and powder puffs can be cleaned with shampoo. Make sure you leave plenty of time for them to dry out before you try using them again – the last thing you want is lumpy powder.
Thou shalt get regular trims
Every six or so week’s just like the doctor ordered! The key to healthy hair is loyalty and regular trips to your hairdressers will keep those pesky split ends at bay – a good trim will keep your hair tidier and healthier.
Thou shalt indulge in a facemask
You don’t need to commit to these every other day, but using a hydrating sheet mask once a week will give your skin a moisture surge that will keep your skin glowing for days.
Thou shalt nourish from the inside out
It’s true ladies, good on the inside equals good on the outside. A diet rich in all your fruits, vegetables, protein, fibres, and healthy fats is exactly what you need to keep your skin, hair and nails healthy.
Thou shalt check your foundation shade as the seasons change
You might be white and pasty in winter, but come summer your skin develops a warmer glow. As such you should check your foundation shade as your complexion changes with the seasons to make sure you’re using the shade that’s right for you.
Thou shalt not use mascara that’s more than 3 months old
Mascara, like most other things, grows bacteria over time. Do you really want to put a bacteria filled mascara brush near your eye?
Thou shalt try something new
You don’t own just one pair of shoes, so why would you restrict yourself to one type of lippie or eyeliner? Be bold and exciting by mixing your style up every now and again.
Thou shalt learn the art of smoky eyes
This is the number one requested makeup look and is sexy and sultry for any time of the day or night. Try lighter shades during the day and darker, bolder shades at night.
Thou shalt never compare oneself to anybody else
A healthier and happier you – a more beautiful you – isn’t dependent on anyone else. Love your own skin and forget about everybody else’s.
Thou shalt abolish all self-doubt
You are who you are and you should love that!
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Imagine never having to fill in your eyebrows, attempt (and fail) at creating the perfect cat-eye, or even filling in your lips for years to come? This can all become a reality with a little help of cosmetic tattooing.
The process is quite simple, the cosmetic shape is tattooed on your lips, eyelids, and eyebrows to make it look like you’re wearing makeup. These procedures are very convenient for women who are constantly on-the-go, and don’t have time to sit for hours and apply their makeup. Would you try this for yourself?
The practice of cosmetic tattooing is mostly prominent in Asian countries, where the idea of quick beauty is often a virtue that many women would love to possess. But this doesn’t mean you have to travel out of the country to get your procedure done; there are hundreds of Australian-based centres which are known for eye, lips, and permanent make-up training.
How much does it cost?
Although most procedures can vary depending on what you actually want to get, this is just a guide of how much you could be paying for each procedure.
Eyeliner tattooing can involve just lining the top of the eyelid, the bottom, introducing a subtle cat-eye on the sides, and even framing the entire eye (just under the water line).
Give your lips a more defined shape by choosing to emphasise the top, bottom, or even both with the help of a cosmetic pigment. The artist will follow the natural line of your own lips, with a colour that will complement the shade of your lips.
Tattooing eyebrows is very common for women who have lost a lot of hair in this area due to continuously over-plucking. This can leave eyebrows looking patchy and lacking any proper shape or arch.
Does it hurt?
While you can imagine that the procedure isn’t completely pain-free, most clients actually suggest that it’s more irritating rather than painful. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the selected area, so a large degree of the pain is numbed out for a short period of time.
If you are experiencing excruciating amounts of pain during your procedure, it’s best to stop it altogether and let someone know.
What is the recovery like?
This all depends on where you get the procedure, but it generally shouldn’t be longer than a couple of days. Don’t start to worry if the area is red and inflamed the next morning, just keep the area clean and free of makeup, and wait for the swelling to go down.
It’s best to keep skin cleansed and moisturised until the procedure has completely healed itself.
Can the process be reversed? What about removal?
Most pigments last for about 5-10 years, and after this period you will start to notice that the colour will begin to change slightly. This doesn’t mean it’s time to get the tattoo re-done, but it all depends on the elasticity of your skin and where you have the tattoo in the first place.
In terms of eye liner, this is very common since the skin does get a little bit droopy with age. Lips, eyebrows and corrective tattooing will last longer since they are on more durable places on the face and skin. You can get the cosmetic tattoo removed or altered (most likely at the same place you got it done), but be warned that this can leave a scar on the skin.
Would you ever try cosmetic tattooing? Have you already had this procedure before?
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While superfoods are having their moment in the spotlight, we seem to have forgotten about the benefits of traditional herbs and spices. Used for centuries in medicinal remedies, not only do they help to fight disease and inflammation, surprisingly they’re also one of the best ways to ward off fine lines and wrinkles.
We chatted to nutritionist and herbalist Stephanie Berglin to find out what herbs and spices are best for anti-ageing and how to incorporate them into your diet every day.
Inflammation is said to be one of the main reasons our bodies experience increased rates of ageing. Ginger, with its strong anti-inflammatory properties, helps to combat this while also stimulating digestion and calming the intestines, says Stephanie.
“Grated ginger is great to add to soups and stir fries. You can also put a small chunk in a vegetable juice, or try ginger teas during the colder months to help support the immune system and assist in protecting against potential colds and flu,” she insists.
This smaller version of a blue berry is rich in antioxidants and is believed to prevent the early signs of ageing. What’s more, bilberries are also said to promote better eyesight including night vision.
“Bilberries can be had in tea, as an extract, or dried for a small snack,” recommends the herbalist.
This particular spice is believed to speed up your metabolism by increasing your body’s temperature, therefore experts say cayenne can be good for weight-loss because it can help to reduce your appetite.
“Try cayenne as an alternative to chilli when you’re cooking next,” Stephanie insists. “Add the spice to your green juice to give it an extra boost, or combine it with lemon juice to toss with salad.”
Often referred to by the Chinese as the “Fountain of Youth,’ this ancient spice has been used for thousands of years to treat internal ailments. Thought to improve digestion and appetite, Ginseng is considered a restorative spice that can assist with stress. Enjoy “stewed in water to make soups and teas.”
Turmeric has made quite the comeback in recent years with supermodel and health nut Miranda Kerr admitting to adding it into her morning smoothie. Said to contain loads of anti-inflammatory properties, including curcumin which is good for your joints, it’s possibly one of the more versatile spices to include in your diet.
“A sprinkle of turmeric can help bring to life the most basic of veggie stir fries and can also be used in a morning elixir to help kick start your day with an antioxidant boost,” Stephanie recommends.
This miracle spice is believed to have strong anti-ageing benefits, detoxing properties and has the ability to aid digestion and heal the gut. It’s also known to stabilise blood sugar levels! So how do you get your fix?
“Ground cumin is popularly combined with other spices for a tasty taco seasoning with a rich, earthy flavour,” says Stephanie. “Cumin seeds can also be used to create crispy toppings on baked dishes like atop salmon or chicken.”
This particular herb is high in iron, calcium and vitamin B6, and according to some researchers can help to prevent brain ageing. What’s more, rosemary is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Pair with “lamb or aged beef before roasting,” says the nutritionist. “Alternatively, try combining crushed rosemary with olive oil to spread over toast with brunch.”
A superfood in its own right, cinnamon has been shown to assist with balancing blood sugar in the body, reducing cholesterol and can help women with insulin resistance. With a delicious flavour, Stephanie says “a small amount can be sprinkled over muesli, yoghurt and desserts.
“Alternatively, ask the barista to swap chocolate for cinnamon when you order a cappuccino next.”
Perfect for the cooler months, oregano is considered an immune boosting herb that boasts antibiotic properties. Some research also suggests that it can be used to help fight yeast infections.
Combine “chopped oregano with lemon juice, olive oil and red-wine vinegar to make a delicious vinaigrette and drizzle over salad.”
The first step to achieving healthy, glowing skin, is ditching your bad skin habits. From popping pimples to sleeping in your makeup, these seemingly harmless habits are preventing you from achieving a clear complexion.
To do this, you first need to identify your problem habits. That’s why we’ve put together some of the worst skin habits that we’re all guilty of.
Smoking causes premature skin ageing, makes sun damage more noticeable and can cause skin lesions. On top of this it worsens the appearance of wrinkles and can give your skin a yellow discolouration. Smoking can be incredibly difficult to quit, so we’ve started with a hard one! But quitting could put you on a road to a healthier body and mind, as well as decreasing your risk of noticeable skin damage.
While you’re sleeping your body is actively working to rejuvenate itself and a lack of sleep can result in grey, sagging skin under your eyes, frown lines and redness around the eyes. Although this isn’t harmful to your skin as such – it’s also not giving you the bright and fresh complexion you want.
Picking and scratching
Every time you pick or scratch at any form of skin irritation or insect bite, you’re increasing your need to scratch and harming your skin in the process. It will also slow down your healing process, leaving your skin irritated for longer.
Not removing your makeup
Leaving your makeup on, especially while you’re sleeping or exercising, can build up a layer of dirt on your skin that blocks your pores. This often leads to breakouts or oily, irritable skin. Making sure you wash your face before bed and remove any makeup before you hit the sack, or the gym is really important if you want clear and glowing skin.
Not wearing sunscreen
Sun damage from Australia’s harmful UV rays can cause premature ageing, dry your skin out and most importantly, it increases your risk of developing cancerous melanoma. There are plenty of scent free, moisturising sunscreens available on the market, so there’s really no excuse to skip your slip, slop, slap.
As tempting as it may be to squeeze that unsightly pimple, you’re actually doing more harm than good. Popping pimples, especially if you’re a pop-aholic, can cause permanent scarring and your pimples will take longer to clear up than if you just let them be.
We know it’s hard, but these really are the bad skin habits you need to ditch right now!
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While hemp seed oil might not be a popular choice when compared to other essential oils, it will help your skin – especially if you suffer from acne spots and scarring.
This natural oil helps to prevent moisture loss in dehydrated skin, can be used as a moisturiser, and is extremely concentrated so a little goes a long way.
If your cuticles are feeling dry and dehydrated during the winter months, apply 1-2 drops of hemp seed oil onto your hands before going to bed. Massage it well into your cuticles and dry spots to rehydrate your skin while you sleep!
Hemp seed oil contains large quantities of antioxidants which are essential in reversing the early symptoms of ageing. Use on your sun-spots, under puffy eyes, and over your dark circles to give your skin a boost of circulation from the inside-out.
Acne-prone skin just loves hemp seed oil since it’s natural and won’t clog your pores or lead to additional irritation. Combine a few drops of hemp seed oil, neem oil, and lavender oil into one small container. Mix it together with a small spoolie, then apply to freshly cleansed skin.
Skin rashes such as eczema and psoriasis are difficult to maintain, especially since they can come and go as they please. Dab some unrefined hemp seed oil onto any inflamed areas to keep the rash from spreading.
If your skin is feeling dry and lacklustre due to the cold weather, use hemp seed oil as a nourishing serum before hitting the sack. Just 1-2 drops is enough to hydrate your entire face, and cure any dry spots by the next morning!
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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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In a move that literally screams science fiction, L’Oreal Paris has announced plans to harvest 3D skin for testing. We’re no strangers to the cruel effects of cosmetic testing on animals, so this bold move by L’Oreal is very welcome.
Although the company already utilises the skills of 60 scientists in Lyon to produce 100,000 skin samples per year, the samples are grown from donations from French plastic surgeon patients that are used to test anti-ageing moisturisers and are also sold to other beauty and pharmaceutical companies.
But this isn’t enough for L’Oreal whose latest partnerships will help speed up the production of skin samples for their usage. L’Oreal’s Global vice president Guive Balooch said of the brand’s move: “We’re the first beauty company Organovo has worked with.”
A San-Diego based company, Organavo, will help drive L’Oreal into the future with their exclusive deal. Proving the future is now, L’Oreal is leading the way in a beauty revolution that will change the way cosmetics are produced. This move will also provide the French cosmetics company with exclusive rights to 3D skin for testing on their non-prescriptive skincare ranges.
But what’s so good about 3D skin for testing?
This is the first safe method of cosmetic testing the world has ever seen. The Organavo company has methods of precisely replicating human skin, which means all their products effectiveness will be proven.
Women across the globe are constantly falling victim to beauty products that say they do one thing, but are actually over-priced lies. This new testing will help instill confidence in buyers, so you know that the products you’re purchasing are worthwhile.
Here are some of our favourite L’Oreal products:
- True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF17 Suscreen.
- This product works wonders on normal to oily skin with a fluid, silky feel that blends superbly and sets in a natural matte.
- Revitalift Daily Re-Volumising Moisturiser.
- This lightly-scented moisturiser has a beautiful perfume small and helps to naturally plump the skin.
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Once the domain of the kitchen, superfoods are creeping into our beauty regimens – and for good reason! Beauty superfoods, as we like to call them, proves that our health consciousness is going mainstream as we put our trust in the power of these wonder foods.
Superfoods ingredients offer a holistic approach to achieving that elusive glowing skin. What you apply on the outside should go hand-in-hand with what you put in your mouth. The high nutrient content in superfoods has been proven to be beneficial to your health and wellbeing, inside and out.
But before you start slapping greens on your face, we explore why superfood-charged skincare is a growing trend and how it stacks up against those found in our diet.
Superfoods have been proven to help protect and support the skin’s structure and cells, greatly improving your overall health and most importantly, your skin! Cosmetic manufacturers have been able to harness the properties in these healthy foods for effective topical use.
Superfoods in beauty have been around for centuries but have been gaining popularity over the past few decades. Natural skincare ingredients like coconut, avocado, aloe vera, acai and honey are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. The variety of ingredients being incorporated into skincare has even started expanding.
Education plays a large role in this new trend. The elevated demand for superfoods is growing because more consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of superfoods in their skincare routines. People are starting to take steps towards doing the right thing for their overall health and wellbeing by not focusing on just one problem.
So why are these beauty superfoods so good? The foods we eat play a large role in our skin’s appearance and a healthy gut and digestion is key to a radiant, clear complexion. Applying these superfoods topically can wield the same benefits. When you apply these ingredients to your skin, they help to nourish and protect the upper and lower layers of the skin, creating visible results. However, consuming superfoods in your diet will reap these benefits on a cellular level and help make your whole body healthier.
This is because superfoods like kale and coconut supply a concentrated mix of antioxidants that can be beneficial in treating certain skin conditions and can aid in the prevention against the ageing process. Pomegranate, for example, is known for its ability to penetrate the skin’s surface and assist in cell regeneration and collagen protection that protects against cellular damage.
Key products that include superfoods
Nutrimetics Energise Daily Boost Creme-Gel: Formulated with beetroot extract, taro leaf extract and Japanese pagoda flower extract, this gel moisturiser helps to energise skin while protecting it from everyday environmental stress.
Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ Moisturiser: Featuring pomegranate and mango seed butter, this daily hydrating moisturising protects against environmental elements and hydrates skin.
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