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Angelica: Your Skin’s Answer To Hydration

Thanks to Australia’s harsh sun, a constant infliction of AC, prescription only acne-gel, and a sometimes poor diet lacking in water-rich foods; my skin at the best of times is generally pretty dehydrated and the rest is an extreme mix between dry and oily.

So how do I KNOW that my skin is dehydrated rather than just dry? This is one question I get asked on a daily basis with most people using products that are suited towards dryer skin types when in fact they should be targeting their skin’s DEHYDRATION. So how do you tell the difference?

Dry skin is visibly sallow and extremely dull looking. It will look lack-luster and can even flake. Dry skin usually feels exceptionally tight and your pores will be barely visible if at all. Wrinkles are more prominent and skin can feel itchy and uncomfortable. Dry skin will generally be VERY sensitive and react easily to different products, which is why it’s best to stick with a simple regime boasting products with high moisture properties.

DEHYDRATED skin is super easy to self diagnose. Look closely in a mirror before pushing the skin on your cheek towards your eye. Is there a crepe papery effect? Are there visible fine lines around your eyes and/or on your forehead that probably shouldn’t be there just yet? Is your skin still prone to oiliness yet it looks dull rather than all glowy?

Any yes answers to the above are probably suffers of skin dehydration.

Better yet just head to your nearest L’Occitane boutique for a skincare consultation and the friendly staff can actually test your skin’s hydration levels. 🙂

That’s what I did and my skin’s hydration level read at a measly 38% 😮 (Generally 40-70% is considered normal yet dehydrated).

Oh rats 😦

Note the wretched fine lines lurking around my eyes & on my forehead. BAD hydration levels BAD!

So I discovered the power of Angelica and have fallen in ridiculous amounts of love with the prodz.

You see, all skin needs is a mixture of oils and water in skincare for it to remain balanced and feel comfortable. Angelica stimulates the production of aquaporins (the skin’s water channels) and makes them efficient, maximizing levels of hydration. The Angelica range contains the following PLANT BASED AND ORGANIC ingredients in the delicious and luxe formulas. The Angelica ingredients are extracted from the roots of the Angelica plant that has marvelous abilities for self-hydration. The cheeky plant can grow 2-meters in a matter of days! 

  • Angelica Water: Boosts the production of the aquaporins, which boosts the skin’s hydration making it plumper and more radiant.
  • Angelica Essential Oil: Protects your skin against free radicals (the nasties that increase premature ageing).
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Borage Oil: Works with the skin’s natural oils so that your skin can seal water in rather than it quickly losing its water levels.

The combination of the above result in a very happy epidermis that retains water far better. YAY FOR PRETTY AND DEWY SKIN!

The Prodz

Gel Cleanser

An ultra-light and ridiculously fresh gel that gently removes make-up and impurities while protecting the skin’s hydrolipidic film to reveal the skin’s natural radiance. This is an absolute GEM of a cleanser and poops all over some far more expensive cleansers I’ve used (and I’ve used more cleansers than Miley Cyrus has received flack for that silly haircut… heaps right!). A steal at only $26. This is a beauty must-have.

Toner

First up this bad boy is alcohol free which is super as alcohol only dries out your skin. (On a side note did you know that some TRUSTED toners on the current market have so much alcohol in them you can remove nail polish with it? *Cough Proactive. *Cough Clinique.) The toner in the Angelica range is also only $26 and prepares your skin for your treatment products and moisture. A toner is imperative for any skincare regime as it removes all traces of grot and impurities that the cleanser may have missed and this gem also aids in hydration.

Exfoliating Gel

What some people don’t realise is that some face scrubs on the market don’t use ROUND exfoliating particles to slough of dead skin cells. So in effect some abrasive products are actually causing tiny scars on your face as you scratch the skin’s surface. This exfoliating gel is very gentle (yet does the job) as it contains microbeads to massage away all the none-essentials, leaving your face youthful and fresh looking. A real radiance booster. (Use 1-3 times per week.) RRP $32.

Hydrating Mask

Primarily water based, this bad-boy takes your skin from drab to fab in a matter of minutes. I’ve been using this before I go out of a night and my skin retains its ‘dewiness’ even after I’ve plastered makeup on my mug and crumped excessively. RRP $40.

Eye Gel

I’ve banged on about eye rollerballs here and I still love these prodz. But this fellow is pretty special. An ultra fresh gel that decongests the eye area with an instant cooling effect. It boosts microcirculation and works to reduce dark circles and puffiness while immediately tightening the skin around the eye. I keep him in the fridge for an added pick-me-up in the AM and a see-ya to my puffy ‘I wanna go back to sleep’ eyes. RRP $30.

Lotion

A light, fresh lotion that provides immediate and long-lasting hydration, helping to improve skin elasticity while protecting against free radicals and sun damage. I am not usually a fan of SPF products (skin sin I know) but used sparingly this delightful lotion doesn’t clog my pores. RRP $46.

Hydration Cream

My favourite product in the range (big call as they are all amaze) this opulent cream is so fresh and silky, it makes my cheeks as smooth as a babies sweet little bottom.  Try this for complete 24-hour hydration. RRP $52.

Hydration Face Mist

Pop one of these in your beach bag this summer for a perfect dose of hydration throughout long summer days. As it’s a light mist you can use over makeup and instead of making your face ‘slide’ it simply sets it in a very model glowy way. Love it. RRP $22.

So what did my skin look like after a facial using the products?

Well another water level test proved my hydration levels SKYROCKETED and my skin looked simply lovely (if I do say so myself) at a girlfriends birthday that night.

After Angelica!

YAY!

All of these products and a FREE skin consultation can be found at all boutiques nationwide.

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One lucky LTR reader can go into the draw to win my FAVOURITE product in the range, The Angelica Hydration Cream, and then you too can begin seeing some amazing hydrating results!

To enter, tell me about your favourite ‘water’ experience. Mine is definitely when I sat underneath a waterfall with my home girl on a tropical island, sipping on cocktails as the water beat down on our tired shoulders (you know, from all the strenuous holidaying). BLISS.

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Indulge Yourself: Relax, Unwind & Rejuvenate

Many of us have been looking forward to this long weekend for WEEKS! SO LETS RELAX! YES?! Some people like to drink, some like to stuff so much food down their gullets they need to be rolled home, some like to engage in light bondage and special cuddles, and some like to sit zombie-like in front of the TV with one leg slung over the arm rest in a very attractive manner. Now although I enjoy all of these things on occasion, my way to relax and unwind is by immersing myself in water. Unfortunately I am not referring to a secret fitness fanatic hidden away inside me, rather a penchant for long and languishing baths…. ahhh

So I have handpicked a few selections in each ‘must-have’ category and you have choices whether your choosing to save, spend or splurge! Hard works done you cheeky rascals, now all you need to do is make the time. Come Tuesday you’ll be MORE than ready to face the (shorter) working week. 🙂

Bubble Bath

Lie back amongst a plethora of fragranced bubbles as all of your worries soak away…

Save: I Love… ‘Blueberry & Smoothie’ Bubble Bath & Shower Cream

Bish, bash, bosh; brace yourself, as this sweet aroma of juicy blueberries and smooth yoghurt explodes into action leaving your senses refreshed and invigorated. Sweet-tooth lovers beware, you may just want to guzzle this delectable bottle of creaminess down your greedy gullets but please don’t as a) you should NEVER waste lovely prodz and b) you could, you know, like die…

Squeeze generously under running water for bubbles galore and emerge from your bath smelling better than a wedding cake topped with macaroons.

RRP $11.50. Available at MYER, David Jones and selected independent stockists.

Spend: L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath

Get rid of the old ‘Lavender is for Nanna’ perception and jump on the train to Haute-Provence! Well don’t actually do that unless you have the cash, I havent been there either but I hear it’s quite nice. Anyway the reason behind the above usless rambling is that this divine bubble bath is made with the finest quality organic A.O.C lavender essential oils, which actually COME from Haute-Provence where it is grown exclusively for L’Occitane products. This bad boy is a firecracker in the tub and boasts a rich formula that generously foams in the tub and offers all the relaxing benefits of lavender (reduces anxiety, eases stress and promotes a good nights sleep). This newly re-formulated product has only recently hit the shelves so please enjoy the bliss that it brings. 🙂

RRP $42. Call 02 8912 3000 for stockists.

Splurge: Molton Brown Intoxicating Davana Blossom Foaming Bath Oil

For the ultimate bathing experience, look no further than this enriching formula by the gems at Molton Brown. A unique formula, this indulgence is infused with an intoxicating blend of Indian davana blossom, conditioning grape-seed, raspberry, blackseed and star flower oils to cleanse the skin and leave it silky soft.
Swoon worthy bathing moment.

RRP $100. Available at David Jones and Molton Brown Emporium store, Queen Victoria Building.

Candles

Set the mood with a flickering candle gloriously wafting sweet trails of relaxation…

Save: 1966 Gardenia & Amber Perfect Spaces Candle

Circa Home Gardenia & Amber Perfect Spaces Candle features a sophisticated blend of violet, freesia, gardenia, China musk, and amber, and is made with soy wax and a lead-free cotton wick. It has been handcrafted in Australia using high-quality fragrances and oils, and contains natural ingredients. I have mine in a bookshelf yet I notice the gorgeous scent as soon as I open my front door each evening, it’s heaven!

RRP $19.95. Available at Bed Bath N’ Table and selected gift and homewares stores nationally.

Spend: Galapagos – Kaffir Lime & Cocoa Butter Triple Scented Candle

Glasshouse Galapagos Kaffir Lime & Cocoa Butter Triple Scented Candle is my all-time faveourite candle. I have a serious addiction to it. Seriously, sometimes I can be found perched somewhere with my nose just shoved in it as I continuously inhale (obviously at this point in time it isn’t lit). Since my Galapagos foray begun I’ve also become obsessed with the soap and hand cream so I am continuously confronted with its delightful odor. (Why does the word odor sound gross even though it’s just another word for fragrance?) Featuring a blend of lemons, verbena and kumquats, the energizing aroma is rejuvenating and will enliven your senses. FAVE CANDLE.

Oh and 80-hour burn time. Damn straight.

RRP $39.95. Available at David Jones, Peter Alexander and selected gift stores nationally.

Splurge: Chameli

This candle screams sensuality with all of its spicy and sultry undertones. The Sundari Chameli is a) a sexy little minx and b) predominately floral, with hints of jasmine and lotus flowers, mixed with lemongrass and cinnamon. Enticing right!?

RRP $69. Available at www.sundari.com.au and www.sundaristore.com.au.

Hair Masks

Coat those locks with one of these hair gems and feel the difference between lank and lush…

Save: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle – Single Ampoule

Despite the flack it’s received over the years, I love Pantene. I don’t give a rats ass that it apparently ‘isn’t very good for your hair’ pft. Pantene 3 Minute Miracle is, to put it simply, amaze. It really does leave your hair looking 100,000,000 times better as it’s enriched with a pro-vitamin formula to repair damaged hair QUICK! You should all try this one if you haven’t already and I mean what have you got to lose? The price of a few measly stamps?

RRP $2.99. Available at all leading retailers.

Spend: De Lorenzo Essential Treatments Equilibrium


Everyone who knows the slightest bit about beauty (AKA knows the difference between dry shampoo and baby powder) has some sort of an understanding on the effectiveness of rosehip oil. In effect, it is one of the greatest things ever. Besides Caramel Space Sticks apparently. The organic rosehip oil formulated in this masque, along with oat peptides, and vitamins A & C, give your locks the deep treatment they deserve.

RRP $29.95. http://www.delorenzo.com.au.

Splurge: Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask

Moroccanoil literally saved my hair. Seriously. A serial offender in low hair care maintenance, I am a walking ad for split ends and damaged hair in general. Until I coat my mug with this bad boy. That’s right people, this rich, creamy treatment formulated with proteins repairs my damaged hair ridiculously while providing an intense moisture boost. The technical jargon boasts that this mask penetrates deep into the hair shaft to help restore elasticity and rebuild damage caused by chemical and other environmental damage, and you know what? I believe em!

Quick Tip: For intense and immediate results, apply after shampooing and leave on overnight. Caution: Please put towel on pillow and tossers OR turners need not apply. To much effort for all that extra washing.

RRP $49.95. Call 1300 437 436 for your nearest stockist.

Face Mask

Treat your parched face by massaging one of these into your attention seeking pores…

Save: The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

This is the answer to any gal suffering from enlarged pores, acne or oily skin. I am one of them. Clay masks are uber effective at drawing impurities from deep in the skin while removing excess oil and bacteria. This treatment mask has algae extracts, natural ionic clay action, and is enriched with minerals (magnesium, iron and calcium). To use, apply to clean, dry skin once or twice a week. Leave to dry for up to ten minutes, then remove, with a sponge and clean water.

RRP $26.95. Available at he Body Shop retail stores or online at www.thebodyshop.com.au.

Spend: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

Look closely in the mirror. Now push your cheek fat up towards your eyes. See that crepe paper effect? That’s dehydration bitches and there’s a super quick and easy fix. This is the moisture-boosting mask used and recommended by beauty editors all over the world. And they know their shit. It DEEPLY hydrates the skin, just like a professional facial, leaving skin radiant and crystal clear. Many brides-to-be or vain (raising hand) girls in general use this before their ‘big day’ (or night out), as it gives an instantly flawless and bright complexion as the perfect makeup base. 🙂 LOVE.

RRP $28/$140 Single/6 Pack. Available at selected David Jones and Myer store.

Splurge: La Prairie Cellular 3 Minute Peel

For instant gratification AKA vanity seeking in the mirror, you CAN’T look further than this magicians mask. Seriously, after application it looks like someone has waved a magic wand over your mug wiping out all the fine lines. The 3-Minute Peel works to re-invent the skins surface, helping to reveal a youthful firmness and a radiant and flawless finish (which it does to dramatic effect). The fast-acting formula is filled with concentrated exfoliants to help speed up cell renewal, and helps to shrink the appearance of pores, improve elasticity, hydrate skin and protect against moisture loss. Go on, spoil your face.

Quick Tip: Recommended to be used only once a week so this jar should last you yonks.

RRP $300. Available at selected David Jones and beauty salons nationally.

Cream

Slather your (probably prune-like) body with a luxe moisturising cream in an exquisite aroma. This will nourish your skin and smell simply delectable to all those around you as they catch whiffs of your subtly scented (AND silky smooth) skin…

Save: MOR Dolce Hand & Body Lotion in Pomegranate

I’m not usually a huge fan of lotions as they aren’t rich enough for me. When I say slather I MEAN slather, like, you really need to work that cream into your skin. However, this lotion is just unbeatable for price and perfume alone, I’m pretty smitten. The formula features a fragrance of violet, jasmine, pomegranate, sweet raspberry, black currant and sweet musk. It includes castor seed oil leaving skin soft to touch and smelling sweet. Presented in a handy pump, the product is not tested on animals and is made in Australia.

RRP $15. Exclusive to Target.

Spend: L’Occitane Shea Limited Edition Ultra Rich Body Cream ‘Desert Rose’

One thing that really annoys me about L’Occitane is the constant stream of ‘limited edition’ products or continuous ‘discontinued’ product lines. GRRRRR. I DESPISE loving something that won’t be around for long! SO, this is a perfect example. An exceptional body cream and a tortuously delicious scent. I applied this before bed last week and every time I rolled around I got a whiff of myself. One word – YUM. The 25% PURE shea butter prod envelopes skin in comfort and softness and there just isn’t enough words to describe how much I love it. Tip: Buy a few, you can currently get 2 for $50 so stock up while the bloody things are in stock.

$32 Please call 02 8912 3000 for stockists.

Splurge: Crabtree & Evelyn Lily Body Cream

Lilies are my fave flower. (Useless information for you all for the day.) And one would assume that this prod smells like lilies…WELL it doesn’t! That said it is still as pretty as this glorious Saturday. With extracts of peony, white magnolia and elderflower, this conditioning body cream glides on easily leaving skin soft and scented. Contains a rich blend of shea butter (YES) and rosehip and evening primrose oils (WINNING) rich in fatty acids. Grapeseed, jojoba and wheat germ oils moisturise dry skin.

RRP $44. Avaialble at selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide.

Top Five Book Suggestions…

A bath would just be a bath without something to occupy us right? After all, women are the queens of muti-tasking! So make it a GREAT bath by flicking through one of these (recently read so I can vouch for them) awesome books…

  1. The Hunger Games. By Suzanne Collins. Go on, you secretly want to jump on the bandwagon admit it! Generally there is hype about something for a reason so please don’t listen to the haters. 🙂
  2. Fifty Shades Of Grey. By E L James. Soooooooo this book is pretty intense. The sex I should say anyway. But all in all it’s pure indulgent trash. Just think of a long-winded ‘mills & boon’ and you have the basic idea of this in-demand novel, with a few added doses of angry sex and major themes of dominance/submission. Why you should read it? Some parts are pretty darn hot. Like the first elevator ‘incident’…. WOWZA.
  3. The Patchwork Marriage. By Jane Green. If you haven’t read a Jane Green novel before you probably should. Like ASAP really as she’s pretty amazeballs. Now, although this book wasn’t her best (personal fave being Bookends or The Other Woman), it was still a mighty fine chick-lit read with strong lessons interwoven into the ‘patchwork’ of the storyline. Perfect bath read.
  4. The Younger Man. By Zoe Foster. Zoe has done it again and her writing just seems to get better and better! This is light-hearted reading at it’s best with some seriously funny one-liners interjected. I actually LOL-ed a few to many times much to the annoyance of anyone arround me. The only thing I didn’t like (and please if anyone else felt the same speak up) was a touch of dislike towards the central character. I found her to be a bit of a winge and, quite frankly, a self-indulgent bitch at times. But Marcus? Wow. You can woo me anytime babe.
  5. The Fault In Our Stars. By John Green. This book was beyond moving with its subject matters primary narration bring that of death as she (and those around her in her cancer support group) are dying. Beautifully written, I was captivated by this gorgeous story of life and death and all the silly inconsequential things in between. Trust me, after reading this you’ll think twice before complaining about having stretch marks in your 20’s. At least you made it to your 20’s! This is DEFINITELY my top pick from the 5. Read it now please.

Enjoy xx

How To: Get Rid Of Cellulite

See – Even skinny Hilton can’t escape the wrath

There is nothing more attractive than a backside which simply shimmers with dimples. You know, those enviable lasses whose buttocks and upper thigh regions resemble serious hail damage or lumpy lasagna.

HOT!

Obviously I am one of them and obviously I am kidding.

Ahh cellulite… the problems in the world that would be eliminated if ONLY you would cease to exist. But you will never disappear of our backsides will you, you silly prick of a mass of skin cells that retain water like its going out of fashion.

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Seriously, I despise cellulite, I LOATHE it. If it were a person I would petition to torture it and even if it weren’t passed I would so deliver it right into Alf Stewarts rape dungeon. (Cheers c***) Now I don’t know anyone that does actually like it (except the few lying idiot males who have tried to tell me it is ‘sexy’ and womanly’ – losers) but I also don’t know any female who doesn’t have it.

But what IS cellulite!?

Firstly, Cellulite isn’t actually a medically recognised condition; it is simply the popular term coined many years ago to describe the dimpled appearance many women develop on their tooshies and upper pin areas. Cellulite doesn’t discriminate and 95%+ of women have it on some part of their body.

Cellulite is caused by the fat deposits that sit under the surface of the skin (which is why women are prone to getting it around their ‘pear’ area as this is were we generally store weight). Cellulite is also known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy in the medical field; and as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon in colloquial language (lol).

Although genetics and lifestyle play a defining role in the severity of your hail damage, the appearance of it can be determined and increased by excess water retention, which is caused by; heart or kidney problems, weak circulation, hormones and medications (here’s looking at you evil pill), a diet high in salt, toxic diets, low-calorie diets, and dehydration.

Enter my current fave prod…

L’Occitane Almond Tonic Body Oil – A must-have ‘I die’ gem of a prod, which is formulated and PROVEN to firm and reduce water retention, thanks to the anti-water technology. (I KNOW – amazeballs right!)

The body oil fights dry skin, improves skins natural tone and helps to boost microcirculation and eliminate toxins to leave skin soft, supple, and toned. (Yes please, oh and it also has an ah-maz-ing sweet almond fragrance). It contains grapefruit, cypress and geranium essential oils that stimulate microcirculation and accelerate the penetration of active ingredients. Red algae extract stimulates waste elimination and brings back the feeling of lightness.

Now I went to a skincare seminar a few weeks back and the lecturer actually banged on about this particular prod for a good 40 minutes. She then excitedly lifted her skirt to show us her ….. COMPLETELY DIMPLE FREE THIGHS!

And this woman was well into her 50s and a size 12-14.

Seriously.

I. WAS. IN. AWE.

RRP $64.95

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L’Occitane Repairing Mask: Turn That Head Of Hair From Drab To Fab!

I am one of those girls who has spent most of her life severely struggling with unruly locks. My hair is not and never has been naturally glossy and bouncy and smooth. It is big, neither curly NOR straight, fluffy, fly-away-y, frizzy and a downright pest. My friends refer to me as the nutty professor because more often than not it can be found piled in a big heap chic top-knot on my head with bits flying every which way. GRRRRR.
Neways, I recently came across this little gem of a hair prod and am so smitten with him that if anyone tried to snatch him from me I would release my fists of fury. And they are quite bony and pointy and could defs do some damage so mitts off. Go buy your own – actually you seriously should and here’s why…..

Well first up his PROPER name is the L’Occitane Aromachology Repairing Mask for Dry & Damaged Hair and he retails for $34.95 which is MUCH cheaper than the salon alternatives which is the only other time I’ve ever had such a FAB result from one hair prod.
I have been smoothing a fair portion (hey I’ve got a whole hell of a lotta hair) onto my mug weekly before leaving it for about 5 mins, and it is AH-MAZ-ING. It feels (sorry to be so corny and cliché) SO soft and SO silky afterwards and smells just divine. Say hello to nourished and deeply restored locks as the formula weasels its way into the hairs capillary’s locking in moisture and all sorts of goodness. Free from parabens, SLES, synthetic colorants, formol or formaldehyde, animal ingredients, triclosan and BHA – yeah boi.

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Beauty Advice: To Soap Or Not To Soap?

Mention using a stick of soap to any beauty junkie and it will be on par with admitting that indeed it was you who released that offensive smell. Both will be met with horror. But gone are the days when a bar of soap consisted of a 6-pack of that smelly gold coloured crap our Mum’s kept on every surface; an innocent enough looking culprit intent on stripping your skin of all the natural oils and other goodness. Nope, these days soaps have come a LONG way and are great for cleaning yourself in the bath/shower and can even provide that touch of luxury to pamper time.

I Love…

 

Lush ‘Miranda’ – A vegan soap bar with a kiwi fruit base. I’m obsessed with the ENTIRE Lush range (they just smell so darn good!) but this soap has to be an all-time fave. It has a tangy, fruity juniper scent and contains musky myrrh, kiwi fruit, ylang ylang petal oil, bergamot oil, and gardenia extract. Yum. ($7.90)

 

L’Occitane Bonne Mere Soap (in a whopping 500g) – the soap that never ends. A little piece of France in your own home, this original Marseille mold has been in production for hundreds of years and represents a piece of the original history of Provence. ($16.95)

Sisley Paris Eau de Campagne Soap –  A high-quality soap bar fragranced with invigorating herbal notes to deliver a fine-textured, creamy lather for an instant sensation of freshness. ($45)

Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Triple Milled Soap – Perfect for  luxe lovers. Enriched with a moisturising blend of shea butter and essential oils, it is a fragrant triple milled soap that sumptuously softens the skin. ($28.95) 

PHYTOMER Seaweed Soap – A multi-action soap that refines skin texture and helps keep skin soft and supple. This is what I like to call a ‘smart soap’ and the ingredients include oligomer to fortify the epidermis, exfoliating chondrus crispus, emollient palm kernel and smoothing glycerine. ($24)

QV Bar – This fab formula is enriched with moisture to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. With the look of a soap, QV Bar helps to maintain the skin’s natural protective properties without stripping away natural oils like soap can. The pH 6, low-irritant formulation is free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol. Suitable for sensitive skin, and for conditions such as ichthyosis, dermatitis, and atopic eczema. ($8.95)


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Save Your Winter Skin Sins

Ugg the dreaded ‘winter skin’; think flakey, dry, parched and dehydrated. Pale, washed out, forlorn and neglected. Hidden beneath an abundance of cute cardigans, silky scarves, and tailored trousers.

Well you will oh-em-gee over the ease of combat with this simple 5-step ‘Save Your Skin Sins’ routine, which will have your skin glowing and vital in no time!

Step 1…

Prior to your shower practice some dry body-brushing, a technique raved about by celebs and skin experts with good reason; slough away all your dead skin cells to reveal that sought after soft and smooth skin. I recommend The Body Shop Cactus Brush ($22.95); a long-handled wooden brush with soft cactus bristles to massage and exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation. Start from your feet and work your way up towards your heart using short sweeping motions. Oh and added benefits include a decrease in in-grown hairs and any body acne you may be prone to. Clever thing.

Step 2…

Now that your under that glorious spray of warmth (REMEMBER: Not to HOT! It dehydrates your skin further and can rupture capillary’s, which gives a horrid ‘red look’ to your complexion) its time to up-the-scrubbing-ante with a ‘wet use’ body scrub. I love the Shisedo Body Creator Aromatic Salt Scrub ($52) for its exceptional exfoliating benefits and mineral-rich formula. Say hello to skin that is left feeling massaged, sleek and refined.

Step 3…

So now it is time to actually WASH your skin you dirty, dirty girls and I’m in love with Dove’s Triple Moisturising Deeply Nourishing Body Wash ($12.99 for a MASSIVE bottle). Featuring a breakthrough blend of moisturisers enriched with the skins natural lipids that can deeply absorb within the skin’s surface to nourish deep down whilst you shower. It leaves skin feeling soft and supple. This rich creamy bath babe adds a touch of pampering nourishment that a silly old stick of soap JUST won’t provide.

Step 4…

Ok so now it’s time to get that cute butt out of the shower. Yes I know it’s bloody cold. But on the bright side no pancake nipples! Time to oil yourself up with Johnson’s® Baby Oil ($5.49), which contains moisturising pure Aloe Vera and nourishing Vitamin E. Use AS SOON AS YOU TURN OF THE SHOWER! Your pores are open and your skin will absorb the oil better. Oh and don’t even think about washing or wiping it off. Simply pat your skin dry with your towel and press the oils into that hot bod.

Step 5…

Now it is ALMOST time to get into your boyfriends fave look; the flannos. ALMOST. First, get that butt near a heater STAT and start applying a moisturiser liberally. I’m totes in love with the kinda new L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream ($59.95) because it actually feels like it is super rich and nourishing. Let the thick, velvety texture melt into your skin while you bask in the sweetly innocent smells of Shea. Love.

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Mr Evil Foam – We Are Onto You

I’m guessing that you have all used a foaming cleanser at some point in your life. Whether it be now (see above note) or previously (good girl) or you have one sitting in your beauty cupboard waiting to be used (the perfect gift for that girl you have to like but secretly despise) – everyone has suffered used the foam at some point in their skincare lives.

Now why WHY you ask, am I obviously telling you to stop using foaming cleansers and never touch them again? Go into your bathroom (or check when you get home) the ingredients listed on the packaging of your foaming cleanser. The 3rd or 4th listed active ingredient will be sodium methyl cocoyl taurate….spotted it? Yep, well this stuff is seriously nasty.

Simply put, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate is the HIGHLY TOXIC solution used at garages to get rid of the oil from the floor…

Yes exactly. Skincare companies (no matter how natural they ‘claim’ to be) use it in cleansers as it strips the skin of oil – just like the floor of the garage. The problem (besides the sheer horror at not realising you’re putting such an aggressive chemical on your face) is that it’s not just removing the excess oil but ALL the oil. And no oil means your skin will either a) over-produce more and more oil, creating an influx of pimples due to the increase of sebum (pimple causing oily bacteria) OR b) reduce the moisture and hydration of your skin SO much that premature aging and pigmentation is caused.

And no one wants that do we! So lets put the foaming cleansers down and concentrate on BETTER alternatives!

(Note: Just because a product claims to be organic and natural if you read the fine print on the back it will generally have a 99% organic disclaimer. So although the prod has an abundance of good stuff in it, it also has 1% bad stuff and that generally includes sodium methyl cocoyl taurate if it is a foaming product.)

3 NON-Foaming Prodz….(that are awesome)

 

1. Dr LeWinn’s ‘Synergise Cream Cleanser’ – A ridonkulously gentle cleanser, perfect for more sensitive skin that removes impurities and make-up while nourishing the skin. It contains powerful anti-oxidant green tea extract, which has properties to soothe the skin.

RRP $19.95, available exclusively at Coles.

2. Ella Bache ‘Lait à Démaquiller’ – A rich, creamy cleanser that contains peanut oil, it is rich in vitamins A and E and lanolin to nourish, soften and protect the skin’s natural barrier. It lubricates and instantly comforts dry skin, leaving it soft and supple. Love Love.

RRP $62, available at Ella Bache salons.

3. L’Occitane ‘Shea Cotton Ultra Comforting Cleansing Milk‘ – Dermatologically tested, this prod combines gentle and comforting shea with softening organic cotton, which minimises the risk of allergic reactions, making it ideal for sensitive skin. AMAZING.

RRP $34.95, available at all L’Occitane concept stores and David Jones.

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Should I Exfoliate Everyday?

So yesterday I went for a facial at L’OCCITANE and smartly got knocked on my knuckles by my lovely facialist, as my skin was ‘VERY dehydrated’. Hmpf, in my defence I have been ill and am in air-conditioning most days.

But after the sneaky skin saver questioned my skin care routine for a mere 12 seconds, he quickly founded the reason behind said skins lack thereof of hydration.

I use an exfoliater everyday. A GENTLE one but nevertheless an exfoliater. And yes yes I am WELL aware that you aren’t SUPPOSED to do it but it just feels so damn good that I do. (Kind of like binge-drinking…oh I joke I joke.)

ANYWAY from now on I will be sticking to the once or twice per week rule of thumb with exfoliating and we will see if my skin gets better.  I’ll probably just have an excess of oil and dead skin but I guess the skin peeps know best 😦

So why are we NOT supposed to use exfoliators everyday? As many of you like me do; a) because it feels so damn good and b) because cheeky marketing makes us think its ok (here’s looking at you Mr ‘Daily’ Scrub…. cheeky bugger).

Here is why we shouldn’t:

  • Exfoliation is in a way like sandpaper so by using it every day we are in effect buffing and scrubbing away layers of our skin. These layers don’t need to be removed every day – they are healthy, lovely skin cells not nasty dead ones, so we are killing them pre-maturely.
  • This in turn breaks down the collagen in our skin making us age faster *noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
  • Exfoliating removes the natural oils from your skin, which makes it over-produce oil in defiance. Anyone want more pimples? Yeah I thought NOT!
  • It can actually scratch and subsequently scar your skin EEK!

So if there are any everyday exfoliant lovers out there like me STEP AWAY FROM THE MICRO-GRANULES! Lets aim for 3 times per week MAX.

Give me updates on how your skin adapts to the gentler treatment!


How often do you use an exfoliation product?

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