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let it breathe

8 Jul

Do you go days without makeup to let your skin breathe? You should if you don’t… I rate it highly, alongside haloumi cheese, cupcakes and puppy snuggles. I usually choose one day of the weekend when I know I’m just going to be slothing around the house cleaning, watching The Vampire Diaries and doing the grocery shopping, and today was one of those days!

Here I am without makeup on today…

I feel like my skin benefits greatly from letting it “breathe” for the day. To give it the best chance at refreshing, I cleansed my face this morning with a natural exfoliant. It’s by Wild Nature which can be found here and it is great to use first thing in the mornings to slough away the dead skin cells that have built up and also stimulate the blood flow to the skin to give your face a healthy glow.

The Wild Nature Face & Body Exfoliant (AU$33.00) containing pure Aloe Vera and crushed Almond Shell is a gentle face & body polish that removes dead skin cells. Giving you that deep cleanse needed to ensure that new cells can develop and surface. A twice weekly application that leaves your skin fresh, stimulated, smooth and hydrated.

Aloe Vera is great for stimulating the natural healing mechanisms of the body. Some of the most prominent active ingredients contained in Aloe Vera are:

  • Vitamins A, C, E, B, B12, Choline, Folic Acid
  • 7 of the 8 essential amino acids
  • 9 essential minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Chromium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Sodium, and Manganese.
  • Enzymes

Wow that’s a lot right? Using this just twice a week is all that is needed for brighter and more radiant skin.

And back to letting it breathe… it needs a break from all the makeup. So please, when you are at home and you’re reaching for the makeup just think “do I really need to put my face on today?”. If you can do without… DO! Your skin will thank you for it.

Oh but please remember to still wear sunscreen. This is a MUST!

Tell me hautees, will you be giving your skin a day off soon?
Please do, then Tweet or Facebook me if you do. I would love to know who’s giving their skin a little breather.

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the yoggie bare face mask

24 Jun

I got talking on Twitter one day with Audra from Audra James Botanicals about natural ingredients that you can buy from the store and use as facial treatments/face masks at home. A few that popped up were Avocado Oil, Avocado, Yoghurt, Honey, Egg, Lemon etc. This spiked my curiosity, as I had some natural yoghurt leftover in the fridge, and I had never made my own face mask before.

So I decided, I would head home and try out a Yoghurt and Honey face mask, as Audra said that the lactic acid in yoghurt is great for exfoliating and fading discolouration (which is exactly what I needed!!). The honey would help moisturise.

Externally, lactic acid and enzymes in yoghurt help to hydrate and sooth the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. The cleansing properties which make it beneficial to digestion, purify the skin as well, both when applied directly to the skin and when ingested. When combined with honey and lemon juice, yogurt makes a moisturising and exfoliating mask, great for softening the face and neck and minimising discolouration.

Benefits from using yoghurt on the skin:

  • Clear skin
  • An effective remedy for sunburn
  • Helps with blemishes
  • Tones down freckles
  • Whitens the skin
  • Exfoliates the skin due to the lactic acid contained in yoghurt
  • Moisturises the skin

Yoghurt can be used alone or blended with other natural ingredients in your own home. You must be careful to choose yoghurt with live active cultures in order to get the full benefits. When using yoghurt topically it is best to use plain, not flavoured yoghurt.

So here I bring you……… the YOGGIE BARE FACE MASK (corny but oh so clever… I’m smarter than your average bear! So I like to think)

YOGGIE BARE FACE MASK – a DIY Natural yoghurt and Honey face mask

All you need is:

1 Tablespoon of Natural Yoghurt

1 squeeze of Honey

Small bowl and spoon

Add a spoon of yoghurt to a bowl and then squeeze a small amount of honey in (how much you use is up to you).

Mix together well.

Spread all over face and leave on for 15-20mins.

I just used the back of a spoon to spread it all over my face, but you can use a brush or fingers, whatever you please.

After leaving it on for 15 mins, I washed the mask off with warm water and a washer and was presented with  clear, radiant skin! The face mask didn’t cause any skin reactions (there was slight tingling but nothing major) so I would say this would be great for most skin types, no matter what your concerns. And because you make this at home, with natural ingredients – you know what has gone into it.

Not only is a DIY face mask at home using natural ingredients great for your skin… it’s great for your hip pocket too!

Information Source: here 

avoid winter’s cold kiss

22 Jun

Feeling dull? Winter not only takes its toll on your complexion, but can also be a prime suspect for chapped and flaky lips. Just as we pay extra attention to exfoliating and moisturising our skin in winter, we need to see the same is done for our lips.

More often than not, our poor lips are left neglected resulting in a less than ideal lip condition that ultimately sees us skip the lippy in the cooler months.

Follow these simple steps to get your lips back to prime condition and flaunting a statement lip in no time.

Scrub Up! 

As the temperature drops, the need to exfoliate your lips rises. The best way to get rid of forbidden flakes is to use a lip scrub, such as Lush Sweet Lips Lip Scrub (1). Over the sink, apply a small amount to your lips and scrub away. The sugar granules will naturally exfoliate your lips and the scrubbing action also stimulates blood flow and will add some plumpness to your pout!

Tip… If you can’t get your hands on a lip scrub, DIY lip scrub at home by mixing brown sugar with a small amount of olive oil.

Balmy Nights

Once you’ve ditched the dry lips, keep them in top condition by applying a conditioning lip balm during the day and before bed. Keep and eye out for super moisturising balms, such as Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid (2) a rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil that naturally exfoliates dry skin on lips; or Blistex Lip Conditioner (3) which contains two proven moisturisers – Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter along with Vitamins A & E to replenish moisture, soften and smooth the surface of your lips – great to apply before lipstick.

Twice as Nice
Don’t shy away from colour this season. While you’re typically going to wear black in the colder months, why not inject some colour into your look with new hybrid lip products, a perfect mix of a lip balm and lipstick, these products are a double delight. They contain a range of moisturising ingredients to keep your lips flake free, all whilst giving your lips a pop of colour.
During the day, opt for products that offer a mix of natural colour and hydration, such as the Face of Australia Mineral Lip Shine (6) or the Clinique Chubby Stick (7), which come in a range of colours and contain super-nourishing ingredients to keep lips soft and hydrated.
For a bit more glamour, try Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Colour (4) a lightweight lipstick that features a Hydratendre complex to help soften, soothe and condition lips – even boosting their ability to hold in moisture – for plumper, smoother and healthier-looking lips.
Try a bold look; rock a bright statement lip using a long lasting lipstick containing ingredients that stop your lips from drying out. Ciccone Cosmetics Lipstick in Voluptas (5) is a high coverage, lasting red lipstick with the added benefits of Evening Primrose oil and Jojoba Seed oil to nourish the lips, and is the most gorgeous shade of red to take you well into the night.

Abide by these cold season commandments this winter and your lips will love you for it.

Written for and originally posted in Charlie Magazine Issue 4

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