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Skincare Secrets For Long Flights

Let’s face it, there’s nothing glamorous about a 22-hour flight across the globe.

To make skin feel a little more relaxed, why not invest in some quality products which will fight against those dreaded dry patches. Below are just a few holy grail tips involving thermal water to cold creams to save your skin.

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Makeup-free

Rather than packing on each layer of foundation, blush, bronzer, and highlighter for the long trip, stick to something light and hydrating for your skin. If you just can’t stand the thought of going make-up free, use a light tinted moisturiser to even out your skin tone. They are usually packed with skin-loving vitamins and minerals which won’t result in dry patches.

Keep hydrated

To avoid dry, flakey skin, use a thermal water or face wipe to refresh during the trip. Pressed thermal water is great for your skin because it’s pure, and won’t disrupt the state of your foundation or eye makeup. Keep a small can in your carry-on luggage, and spritz your face every few hours.

Dry oil

Use a multi-purpose dry oil on both your face and body to keep skin feeling fresh and energised. You only need a few drops, and your skin will feel hydrated for hours! Ideal for women who suffer from dry and sensitive skin.

Apply a mask

A hydrating moisturiser is the one of the best ways to avoid dry patches, and treat your skin at the same time. Simply apply over clean, dry skin, then just sit back and relax! Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, and take any excess product and pat into your neck.

Lip balm

Always pack a moisturising lip balm to soothe dry, cracked lips. Use a stick version as opposed to a tub which is more hygienic.

Use a cold cream

Ever heard of a cold cream before? These products are known to be super-hydrating for all skin types, and can be used in a number of ways. Apply onto your face as a hydrating mask, decrease puffy eyes, apply onto your hands, and even use it to remove your makeup. A tube of this stuff in your luggage is sure to be a lifesaver.

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5 Items Every Bride Needs On Her Wedding Day

If you are a bride-to-be, don’t miss out on packing the essentials on your wedding day. We have created the ultimate survival kit packed with the absolute must-haves which every bride needs before walking down the aisle.

Choose a small, discrete clutch to store some of these products which you and all the bridesmaids will be using throughout the entire day.

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Thermal water

Especially if you suffer from extremely dry skin, or your wedding is taking place in a hot, humid climate, then this is most definitely the number one essential. Use it as a toner before applying makeup, setting your fake-tan in place, adjusting your hair, or even applying over your body to cool down before walking down the aisle. Almost all thermal waters are all the same, and don’t contain any nasty additives, so they are perfect to use on your wedding day!

Plasters

Just in case. Your shoes might terrorise your feet throughout the entire day, and it’s always better to carry around a pack of plasters in your survival kit. Choose a waterproof formula which is best because it sticks to sweaty feet (gross, but true), and they will be your holy grail.

Deodorant

While a deodorant might seem like a no-brainer, this is such an important product you should never forget to pack. Just think about standing out in the heat all day long! A spray is easy to use, and won’t stain your dress unlike a roll-on formula which sometimes leaves a nasty white residue on clothes. Quickly dab the area with a tissue to remove an excess product after each application.

Eye drops

Can you imagine all the crying you and the bridesmaids will be doing during the speeches and ceremony? A pack of mini eyedrops are a must-have since they will remove any redness, and won’t show that you were crying in the wedding photos. Phew!

Blotting paper

If you suffer from oily skin, then blotting paper should be one of the first items to add into your kit. These thin pieces of paper soak-up any oil on the surface of the skin, and create a flawless base for pictures. No need to carry around a translucent powder which will only make your face look thick and cakey.

What are some of your essentials?

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5 Facial Mists For Hydrated Skin

Keep your skin hydrated this summer with a handy facial mist. Not only are they the perfect size to fit into your clutch or beach bag, but they actually help to neutralise the pH levels on your skin.

Store a bottle in your makeup bag for a quick touch-up, or simply use it as a toner to prep the skin for SPF before going into the sun. A few of our favourites can easily be purchased both online and in-store, below.

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Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, $42

A refreshing facial and body mist packed with skin-loving botanicals to give your appearance an instant glow. Ideal for those suffering from patches of dehydrated skin, or to be used as a refreshing mist during those hot summer afternoons by the pool.

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Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist, $49

Ideal for dry skin types, this mist helps to soften dry patches and hydrate the entire face and body. Use all over for a instant boost of moisture, especially on a long plane or car journey to freshen up existing makeup.

5 Facial Mists For Hydrated Skin

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray, $9.99

A lightweight thermal water with unique properties to cleanse, tone, and nourish all skin types. The non-drying formula makes it a winner for us, and is gentle enough to use on top of your makeup. Treat red skin and dry patches by spray lightly onto the face, and allowing it to absorb completely.

5 Facial Mists For Hydrated Skin

Evian Brumisateur Mineral Water Facial Spray, $26

Containing pressurised water from the French Alps, this mist is free from chemical treatments which make it appropriate for hyper-sensitive skin. Use for both adults and kids to refresh during a hot summer day at the beach.

5 Facial Mists For Hydrated Skin

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $30

A must-have product in the beauty world, Caudalie have created the perfect facial mist to tackle almost any skin condition. Use daily to minimise the size of large pores, tone the entire face and neck, and even set your makeup with it. This product can only be purchased online, so don’t hesitate!

5 Facial Mists For Hydrated Skin

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Are You Washing Your Face Correctly?

Is there a right way to wash your face? There certainly is if you wish to keep your skin feeling young and want to avoid premature ageing. We recently by a video featuring Isabelle Bellis who amongst other things, works as a facialist in New York City. The French-born beauty follows a specific routine of face washing, which is oddly therapeutic and will forever change the way you think about your skin.

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If you haven’t caught the entire how-to by Isabelle, below are just a few key points she makes for everyone who wants to switch-up their facial cleansing routine.

Thermal Spring Water

If you want to remove your makeup, use a gentle thermal water to break down those particles on the skin. Thermal water is mild, and has a lower p.H level in comparison to tap water, so it’s better for your skin. Spray the product onto a large cotton pad, and gently dab across the skin to loosen up your makeup.

Cleansing milk

Invest in a quality cleanser which is specifically formulated for your skin type; whether that is dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or even acne-prone. By nature, cleansers aren’t too drying on the skin, so they won’t make matters worse (in comparison to using an exfoliator). Massage a cleansing milk over your skin, with circular motions. This technique called ‘swimming’ essentially means that you’re moving the product all over your face, but also boosting blood-flow and circulation under the skin.

Tepid water

Immediately after this, wash your face with tepid water (not too cold, not too hot), and gently dab dry with a soft face towel. Give your face another quick spritz with the thermal water to break down the particles in the tap water – then dry with tissues. Tissues are often softer on the skin, and won’t leave a residue from the cotton.

Toner

Finally before applying moisturiser, Isabelle insists that you must use a toner. Treat your skin like silk, so don’t tug at it, avoid rubbing skin (especially around the eyes!) and confine toner to problem areas such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Then moisturise by dabbing the product gently onto your face, and again swimming around the eyes. This is a perfect motion since it won’t cause the skin to tear which can lead to premature ageing.

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Benefits of Thermal Water For Your Skin

Thermal water has been easily accessible in the French pharmacy for the past few years – with many people travelling from all over the world to own this cheap and cheerful product on their skin. But what exactly can thermal water do for your skin?

Tap water or thermal water?

While we use tap water every single day to wash our face, it can also have a damaging effect if you’re looking at the long-term. Tap water contains many heavy metals such as lead, zinc, magnesium and copper which break-down the collagen in your skin and could potentially lead to premature ageing. On the other hand, facial water is derived from thermal springs – which means that this is some of the purest water you can ever find in the world. Thermal waters do not contain chemicals, chlorine or any other additives which could damage the look and feel of your skin.

How to apply thermal water

Thermal water can be used for a variety of ways in your own specific skincare routine. Here are just a few ways to get the most out of your thermal water:

Toner: Use thermal water as a facial toner by spraying a bit of the product directly on your face, then waiting for it to soak into the skin. You can also spray the product into a cotton pad, and apply in circular motions on your cheeks, chin, forehead and t-zone area. Follow up with your moisturiser or facial oils.

Refresh: If you’re feeling hot and sweaty, spray the thermal water lightly over your face to instantly cool down. Perfect to bring into your carry-on luggage especially if you’re travelling through countries which are dry and humid.

Cleanser: Get rid of that extra bit of makeup by spraying some product onto your face, then dabbing with a cotton pad. This will effectively remove makeup residue from subborn areas of the face such as eyebrows, hairline and lips.

Do I have to wash it off?

No. Unlike other cleansers or skincare products, thermal water doesn’t need to be washed off the skin before going to bed. There are no additives which damage the skin, and it is even suitable for people with all skin types (even sensitive skin). Some thermal waters even contain sulphur and selenium which have been proven to help people suffering from eczema.

Your skin needs to feel hydrated, otherwise dry patches can result around the t-zone, cheeks and chin which can potentially cause premature lines and wrinkles. Give your face a quick spritz if you’re in a dry environment such as in the office or on a long plane journey.

Where can I buy it from?

  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Water, $7.99
  • Avène Thermal Spring Water, $7.99
  • Eau Thermal Uriage Water Spray, $10.99

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3 Beauty Products You’ve Never Heard About

Want to stay ahead of the current trends? As women, we are constantly looking for new products which stray from the norm, and offer amazing coverage, flawless skin and new and innovative technology. If this sounds like you, keeping reading to find out about the newest beauty products you may not even know about.

Henna lipstick

The main ingredient in henna lipstick is Red 27, which has an amazing ability to react with your own body’s natural pH and temperature levels. The result? A unique shade on each person who wears it. The applicator stick is usually a bright green colour, and makes lips look sweet and natural.

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Henna Lips, $24

Thermal water

Popular in countries including France and England, many women use spring thermal water which is designed to suit your own individual skin tone. Gentle on even sensitive skin, it helps to reduce redness, breakouts and even the nastiest of inflammation.

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Avene Eau Thermal Spring Water 50mL, $6.70

Homeoplasmine

This solution is extremely concentrated, and has been used by makeup artists for years to create a dewy foundation look. Skip the primer, and instead apply on the t-zone, cheekbones and even eyelids to lock in moisture and create a natural makeup look.

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Boiron Homeoplasmine, $30.85

Would you try any of these products on your skin?

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