Beauty Tip of the Day: Wash Your Face with Tepid Water

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Hi Beauties!

Today, I thought I would share with you my experience using tepid water to wash my face versus when I used to use hot water. My skin type is dry/sensitive and is very break out prone if I use the wrong products. It is also very sensitive to weather changes and will become extremely dry and flaky in the winter months, and oily in the summer months. Since I made the decision to use only tepid water to wash my face, I have noticed a significant difference in my skin. It is less dry, I have noticed a reduction in redness and breakouts, and the overall suppleness of my skin. I began to notice a trend that in the winter months, my skin would break out more, becoming very irritated and dry. I linked it to the use of hot water to wash my face since it is colder and that is what you would tend to do. In the summer months, I always have flawless skin because I use tepid, sometimes cool water to wash my face.

It is suggested that the right temperature of the water for your face is warm or tepid water. You can try experimenting to see what temperature is comfortable for you and it should not burn your finger when under the tap. So why is it important to use tepid, warm water? It is said that this temperature not only unclogs the pores, but it also maintains your skin natural oils. If the water is too hot, you will strip your skin of the natural oils, causing it to become very dry and irritated. However, if the water is too cold it cannot sufficiently remove the daily oil and dirt that is trapped in your pores. Its all about a balance! This may sounds very simple and basic, but it has made such a significant improvement in my skin. I used to think that washing my face with hot water will somehow dry out my pimples, but it only made things worse. I hope this beauty tip has helped you out! Don’t forget to like, follow, and comment!

love always,



Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray Toner Review

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Today I will be reviewing the Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray Toner. I was on the search for an all natural and certified organic pure rose water spray as a makeup setting spray to help make my skin look more dewy as I have really dry skin. The only other rose water spray I have tried was one from MV Organics which I found to be too oily and heavy for my skin because it contained rose oil as well as other ingredients. I find the Vanessa Megan rose water spray to be a better option for my skin as it is light but also very hydrating and soothing as the same time.

Description as on Website:

Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray (100ml) is a pure, certified organic Rose Hydrosol. Wonderful as a natural toner and spritzer, it leaves skin hydrated and refreshed. It also makes for a fab makeup refresher and hydrating travel companion.

Rose Otto Hydrosol ‘Super’ (Certified Organic) is produced using beautiful, Bulgarian organic roses. This is not a bi-product of essential oil distillation, instead it has been produced exclusively for its highly fragrant rose water.

Rosewater is suited to all skin types. It controls and balances sebum production, making it ideal for both dry and oily skin. It can balance and restore skin’s Ph and help reduce open pores. Its antibacterial properties help fight acne giving troubled skin a gentle, rather than harsh treatment. It is also known to be useful in the treatment of dermatitis.

About the Company:

Vanessa Megan is an aspiring and passionate Australian company created by Vanessa Gray to give customers visible skin results with luxurious, eco-friendly, natural and organic skin care products that have been scientifically proven. Every single Vanessa Megan product has been designed to meet the uncompromising standard of this statement: “You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat.”

I absolutely love what the company stands for, I love supporting Australian brands, and their products are quite affordable for the high quality ingredients.

Rose water is known for its many cosmetic benefits, such as:

-Maintaining skin’s natural pH balance.

-Helps fight against eczema, acne, rosacea and dermatitis.

-Helps heal scars, wounds, and cuts.

-Hydrates and moisturises dry, dull skin, making it feel and look smooth.

-Cooling and soothing to the skin, which is especially great for sensitive and inflammed, dry skin!

-Helps even out skin tone.

-Antibacterial properties

-Helps revitalise ageing skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

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The scent is absolutely divine! Very calming and soothing. It doesn’t linger on your skin though, so you won’t smell like a bouquet of roses (unfortunately).  It uses the highest quality Bulgarian roses to produce this luxurious scent. It’s not overpowering at all, just simply delicious.

The way I use this toner is both as a makeup setting spray, over my Jane Iredale Purepressed Base, to give a more dewy look, or I spray this throughout the day over my moisturiser to hydrate and even out skin tone, whilst also bringing down any inflammation I have.


I love how pure and simple this product is as it contains only one ingredient, 100% natural and certified organic rose water hydrosol. It is also Australian made, Australian Certified Organic (the highest certification for food and cosmetics), vegan, and not tested on animals!

The packaging is a let down for me. Although I love the glass bottle and butterfly detail, the sprayer is just terrible. It sprays so uneven and doesn’t spray where you position it, which in turn wastes product (The KORA rose mist nozzle is amazing with even application of the fine mist). I love how the glass bottle is dark so that the sunlight doesn’t spoil the product inside, but it is also transparent enough for you to see how much product you have left.

This rose water spray has not broken me out once, but has made my skin a lot better. If I do have any breakouts, this is very helpful and soothing to areas of inflammation. It definitely gives you a nice, healthy glow, smoothing out the skin. It never makes your skin oily or too heavy feeling, just very refreshed and comfortably hydrated. As for the evening out of the skin tone, I feel like I need to use this over a long period of time to see results.

The price comes to AUD$29.95 for 100ml. I think it’s very affordable considering the quality of the rose water, the amount you get, and how much comes out with one spray, making it last for months.

I highly recommend rosewater to anyone suffering from dry, ageing, sensitive skin that is also prone to breakouts and inflammation. Although I love the product inside, I do wish they would fix the sprayer to provide a more even and fine mist application. Because of this issue, I will not be repurchasing this product.

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KORA ORGANICS Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil Review


Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the KORA ORGANICS Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil. You all know how much I absolutely adore this line of certified organic skincare because of my very sensitive, troublesome skin. I am very particular of what products I use on my skin, both face and body, because I am prone to breakouts and eczema. I have tried a lot of different products from the KORA range and so far have been absolutely impressed with pretty much everything I have tried. The quality of ingredients and the results you get is really amazing. I bought this product to help even out my skin tone and add hydration because I have really dry skin on my face and body. I also use the KORA Essential Body Wash, which works great with this product. I also use a derma roller on my body once a week to help build collagen, encourage cell turnover and help reduce some light marks I have leftover on my body from previous breakouts.

Previous to using certified organic body care, I used conventional body washes and scrubs that would irritate my skin and cause bumps to form on my skin. What I love about the KORA body range, the body wash and body rosehip oil in particular, is how light they feel on my skin. I cannot use coconut oil or any heavy oils on my skin because it will get clogged. I aim to use lighter, water based products on both my face and body. The Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil is great because it is such a light, watery oil that doesn’t clog my skin, hydrates it overnight leaving my skin silky soft in the morning, provides a nice healthy glow, and evens out my skin tone beautifully. I prefer to use this when I don’t have any active breakouts, however it works wonders when applied to small red bumps from ingrown hairs. It gets rid of them overnight! This is my second bottle of this heavenly goodness, so you know it’s good!


“A carefully blended powerful treatment Body Oil combining Noni Extract, and Organic Rosehip providing the skin with a rich source of antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’S). EFAs are important in preventing damage to skin tissues. This Luxurious Body Oil hydrates and replenishes the skin’s moisture levels. It improves skin tone and texture and leaves the skin feeling radiant, soft and healthy.”


“For the ultimate bath experience put a few drops of KORA Organics Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil into the bath to create a super moisturising bath experience. Alternatively, for a great after shower or after bath experience, warm several drops of this delicate, luxurious oil in the palms of the hands and rub all over the body into moistened skin. An essential multi-purpose, nourishing body oil designed to hydrate and illuminate the skin.”

Ingredients: Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Oil*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit)*, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From Essential Oils.



This product has the typical rosehip oil scent, which I can’t quite describe. It’s not a terribly offensive smell, but it is also not the most amazing smell either. I happen to really like the scent. The scent doesn’t linger very strongly on the skin, especially when left to soak in overnight.



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As I said, this oil is very light and watery so it does have a runny consistency. It is incredibly easy to blend and spread over a large surface area of skin. It does take a little while to soak in after application, I’d say about 10 minutes and you shouldn’t have that oily feeling anymore. I like to press and dab it into the skin after i’ve applied it everywhere so that it dries quicker. It leaves your skin feeling so silky soft, supple, hydrated, and comfortable.


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To use the product, just tip over the bottle and the product drips out. I really like the control and amount of product the top dispenses. However, I don’t like how the oil seeps around the top and down the bottle which can leave it feeling oily. I love the positive affirmation inscribed at the back, which reads confidence, as I feel like this product has definitely given me my confidence back.

Results: With continued use, results took up to a couple of weeks for me to see a difference with my uneven skin tone and texture. However, after the first use, my skin instantly felt and looked hydrated, glowy, smooth and supple. This product also doesn’t break me out, which is amazing for an oil!

Size: 80 mL / 2.7 fl.oz.

Skin Type: For all skin types. I find this is particularly good for dry, sensitive skin.

Price: AU$59.95. Although this is very pricey, the amount of product is reasonable and the results are worth it if you have uneven skin tone. It also lasts a while if you use it once/twice a week. Mine lasted for around 5-6 months.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? Absolutely Yes! Because of it’s price, I would suggest this product to people who are concerned with uneven skin tone and texture on their body.

Where to buy: http://www.koraorganics.com




Environ Intensive Revival Masque Review


Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing another holy grail skincare product, Environ’s Intensive Revival Masque. What I love about Environ is the minimal, but highly concentrated and effective ingredients used in their products to achieve maximum results.This is my second tub of this masque, which goes to show how much I love this product! I’m very picky when it comes to skincare as I expect to see results either within the first use or a couple of uses. This product did not disappoint me at all! I was recommended by my aesthetician to try this product because my skin is really dry, uneven, dull and I needed help to lighten some red marks on my face. My skin type is dry/sensitive breakout prone and in the winter time it is extremely dry. This product really helped to not only add moisture to my skin and help reduce redness and my smile lines, but also was very effective in instantly brightening, tightening, and gradually fading the red marks on my face. This product is best used during autumn/winter when the skin is very dry.

This masque has been described as a “facelift in a bottle,” because of its ability to reduce lines and wrinkles, lighten pigmentation marks, tighten and smooth the skin, giving a youthful radiant appearance. It uses three main acids to achieve these results, which include Asiatic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Mandelic Acid. As I’m very breakout prone, I’m always hesitant to try new products out, but now I know to trust Environ skincare. It never breaks me out, but rather helps to significantly reduce any redness and inflammation! After the first use, my complexion was instantly brighter and more even, adding a nice youthful glow. My pores looked smaller and my face felt tighter. Because of all the acids in this product, there is a sunburn alert and you should always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen. I would recommend the Jane Iredale Purepressed Base, which is a sunscreen, foundation, and concealer all in one. A tip is to use this mask right before makeup application if you have trouble with powder foundation creasing and accentuating smile lines, as I experienced none of this after application!

Description: The Environ® Intensive Revival Masque has a unique combination of revolutionary ingredients
Asiatic, Mandelic and Lactic Acid that make the skin appear more luminous, smoother and

Key Ingredients:
• Asiatic Acid
• Lactic Acid
• Mandelic Acid

• Research over many years has shown that Asiatic Acid promotes the synthesis of growth
factors that are important in the regenerative processes of the skin.
• Lactic Acid is a powerful promoter of the natural hydrating factors of the skin.
• Mandelic Acid works in synergy with Lactic and Asiatic Acid in creating a smoother, younger
and more refined skin appearance.



Aqua (Water), Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Mandelic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Disodium EDTA.


I cleanse my face with the Environ Interactive Cleansing Gel, and then exfoliate with the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub so that the mask can penetrate deeper into the skin. Apply a thin layer of the mask all over face, neck and décolleté. I was recommended to leave the mask on between 20-30 minutes, however if you really need the moisture to come back into the skin, you can leave it on for longer, but I find that 30 minutes is long enough. After the time is up, I like to rinse with tepid water with a cotton pad. Do not use any chemical exfoliating toners or products that contain any active acid ingredients as the acids in the mask will already be exfoliating dead skin cells overnight. All you need to do is follow up with a gentle and soothing moisturiser. I like to use the Dr Spiller Collagen Creme, which is fantastic at locking in moisture. I use this mask about 1-2 times a week. When you first start using this product, because it is so strong, you should start off with using it once a week, and then slowly build to 2-3 times a week.


Results for me were instant. I noticed my skin was smoother, brighter and more even. My skin felt tighter and more plump. The smile lines I had were becoming less apparent with each use. Your skin does peel a little overnight if you have any dry patches or scabs. This mask is great at healing any wounds at a faster pace. This is especially good for large pores around the nose! Obviously the fading of the red marks will take a little time, but I saw a significant reduction within the fourth use. On nights I don’t use this mask, I do use the Environ Alpha Toner Forte, which has Glycolic Acid, so that is also helping to lighten up the red marks.


It definitely has a strong, potent scent because of all the acids, although it isn’t unbearable.



The texture is very light, watery, creamy and easy to spread all over the face. It’s whitish in colour, although goes clear on face. Once it starts to slightly dry (although still stays creamy) on the face, you can feel your skin tightening, but it isn’t so tight that you can’t move it. It’s not uncomfortable, however if you have any open wounds, it will sting for a little but will go away very shortly.

My Skin Type and Who is this for?

My skin type is dry to very dry (in the winter especially), sensitive and breakout prone. It’s very uneven, dull, and fair in complexion. This mask is suitable for uneven skin texture and sun damaged skin.

Shelf Life:

24 months unopened 10 – 12 weeks period after opening.

Packaging: 50ml (1.7 fl oz) jar with special spatula.

Price: AUD $120

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? 100% Yes! Although it is expensive, it will last you a while, and you will see instant results. This would most definitely benefit women with more mature skin or very dry, uneven skin.

Where to Buy: Due to the strength and specificity of each Environ product, you will have to purchase this at an Environ Stockist. To search for one near you, click here.





Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions: Clarifying Salt Treatment Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing my holy grail body scrub. I was looking for a natural and simple solution to help with my body breakouts. My skin really responds well to natural and simple (in terms of the number of ingredients) products. The skin on my body is similar to my face, in that it is very sensitive, dry, and breakout prone if I use oily products, which is why I use water based products. This product is especially amazing during the summer months when your skin is a little more oily. It can also be used various different ways. You can just use it as a body scrub, as it is just course enough but not too abrasive, or you can use a few scoops of it in your bath and soak in it for its full benefits.

I don’t take baths often, so I have not soaked in it yet, but I feel as though I do still get the benefits of it when using it as a body scrub. I could not be happier with how radiant and clear the skin on my body looks! I have tried everything, and this is the best stuff! What initially attracted me to this Clarisea product was the fact that they saw and understood the benefits of sea salt minerals in the ocean and its effect on the skin. I did always notice how clear my skin looked after swimming in the ocean, so I thought that the concept of bringing that to your bathroom was a fantastic idea!

About Clarisea from their Website:

“Swimming in the ocean clears up your skin. Why? Because the minerals in the ocean work naturally with the pH balance of your skin to return it to its purest state. The sodium chloride is a natural cleanser and deep pore exfoliant. It fights bacteria on the surface of skin while drawing out impurities from deep within pores. With the help of gently exfoliating sand, blemishes are brought to the surface and flushed out while redness is minimized and moisture re-balanced.”

“The Sea Salt Solutions system works because it brings the skin clarifying effects of the ocean into your own bathroom in 2 easy steps: Soak (salt water) & Scrub (sand). Unlike most sea salts, clarisea salts are gentle enough for sensitive facial skin yet strong enough to help banish the blemishes. During the first few weeks of use they draw out blemishes from deep within pores, gradually revealing a clearer and more natural complexion.”

Everything that is stated in the description is 100% true for me. This product deeply exfoliates, bringing any blackheads or dirt to the surface, and then heals the blemishes so fast it’s incredible. I cannot be happier with how clear the skin on my body looks and I rarely get anymore breakouts!

Description of the Clarifying Salt Treatment: 

“This 100% natural fine grain blend of Pacific Ocean and Himalayan Pink Sea Salt naturally combats breakouts without over-drying or irritating skin. While you soak, sodium chloride deeply cleanses and exfoliates clogged pores. Existing blemishes heal more quickly and emerging breakouts are brought to the surface and flushed out. Essential sea minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium work to tone, soften and smooth out skin while minimizing redness and balancing moisture. With regular use this cycle repeats and skin is returned to its most natural state.”

Ingredients: Sea Salt (Pacific Ocean), Mineral Salt (Himalayan Pink).

How to use: 

As a Natural Cleanser and Exfoliant: Add a touch of water to a small amount of salt and rub gently into skin in a circular motion for a few seconds. Rinse off completely with cool water. Not intended for use on the most sensitive skin. If redness or irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately. Avoid use on fresh cuts and scabs.”

Even though I have sensitive skin, the skin on my body can handle this scrub only if I use it the way it is intended. You must add a little water with the salt otherwise it will be too abrasive. You must also use luke warm-cold water otherwise your skin will be irritated if you use hot water. And definitely don’t use this on any open wounds as it will sting!

Consistency/Feel: It is literally salt, but a really fine milled soft kind of salt. It is light pink in colour from the Himalayan salt, which is so pretty! The feel is definitely grainy, but you must add a little water in your hand before scrubbing to dissolve the salt a little so it isn’t too abrasive for people with sensitive skin.

Packaging: This product comes in a very generous sized plastic tub. The 38 oz. size comes with a little scoop which is really amazing for getting the product out and into your hand. It is quite a bulky and large product, especially the 80 oz. size.

Longevity: I first had the 38 oz. tub for around a whole year! I only scrubbed my body around 1-2 times a week, and you only need a small amount. I now have the 80 oz. which I think will last me even longer!

Size: You can purchase this product in 3 different sizes. The first is the 38 oz. size, then the 80 oz. size, and finally a 15 lb bag size.

Price: Price varies for each size. the 38 oz. is around AUD $20. The 80 oz. is around AUD $27. I think that this product is very reasonably priced considering how well it works, how much product you get, and how incredibly long it lasts.

Recommend? 100 % YES!

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: I purchased mine from aveyou boutique, which ships really fast. The only thing that I dislike about the website is the shipping price to Australia. I’m sure you can also find this on Amazon as well.




Dermalogica Colloidal Masque Base Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing another Dermalogica product, the Colloidal Masque Base. I purchased this product during the cold winter months in hopes that it would help hydrate my skin. I was a little disappointed because it didn’t make such a difference to my skin that I would repurchase it again in the future. I think because of the texture, in that it is a gel, it would suit more oilier skin types during the summer months. It definitely calms redness, cools the skin, and feels very smooth and lightweight. However, it did make my skin feel somewhat tight and flakey in some areas. I’ve applied it in the morning and left it on all day, and also at night and slept in it. However I think it is recommended to apply for about 15 minutes, wash it off, and apply your moisturizer, which I think is the best way to use this mask. I think that because my skin is so dry, it loves more rich, creamy and thick moisturisers, not gels, however I do have to keep in mind that this is a mask. I did also notice that this would clog my pores a little if I wore it too often, so that is why I am also disappointed with this product. Although most of the ingredients are really natural and good, there are some other ingredients that I am not happy with using on my skin. This mask comes in a professional size tube, which lasts for so long, which is a bonus considering it is a very expensive product.



“The Colloidal Masque Base is a clear, phytonutrient-rich masque that deeply moisturises dehydrated skin. Botanical humectants attract moisture and bind it to the skin, leaving it hydrated and supple. Incredibly soothes & comforts skin, leaving your skin feeling clean, fresh, supple & healthy. Highly recommended for dehydrated skin. Dermalogica products contain no artificial fragrance and colour.”


-This gel form mask contains high content of moisture
-Keeps skin wet & gives a cooling effect
-Anti-oxidation & fight against external aggressors
-Incredibly soothes & comforts skin
-Leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh, supple & healthy
-Ideal for dehydrated skin & eye zone
-After applying repairing essence, spread the mask on face & wait for 10 minutes. Then rinse off with water.

How to use:

-After cleansing and/or applying a suitable serum, spread masque evenly over the face.
-Leave on for 15 – 20 minutes.
-Rinse off cleanly with warm water.
-May be used around the eyes and lips.
-For intensive hydration, this masque maybe be used together with the Dermalogica Oatmeal Masque. In this case, first apply the Colloidal Masque Base, place a gauze over the face, then spread the prepared Colloidal Oatmeal Masque over the gauze. Steam the face for about 15 minutes (or leave on if a steamer is not available) and wash off cleanly.



My Skin Type:

Dry/really dry, sensitive, and breakout prone.

Feel: Since this is a gel texture, it feels very comfortable and cooling on the skin. It feels very lightweight, non tacky and absorbs right into the skin. If you have really red, irritated skin, this would feel instantly soothing on your skin. However, if you have really dry skin, this unfortunately doesn’t provide enough moisture and can feel a little tight.

Smell: There is absolutely no fragrance.

Longevity: This tube is still quite full, and has lasted me now for about 4 months plus, although I don’t use this very often. You only need the smallest amount as it is easily spreadable.

Texture: This is a watery, gel like consistency. I feel like this would be the perfect texture for more oilier/normal skin types during the warmer months as it feels very lightweight.

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Price: around $120, but you can find cheaper options on ebay or various other sites.

Recommend? Personally, I don’t feel like this product is worth the price. I feel like this is a very expensive product that you could find cheaper options out there that do the same or a better job. It didn’t work for my severely dry skin and would sometimes break me out, so I wouldn’t recommend this product. However, if you don’t mind spending a little more money on a gel like face mask for the summer months that instantly cools and soothes your normal/oily skin that isn’t break out prone, then this would be perfect for you.

Rating: 3/5




Chemical Vs. Physical Sunscreens: Choosing the Safest Option

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Hello Beauties!

Since it is almost summer here in Australia, I thought I would make a blog post about the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens. Although, you should be wearing sunscreen all year round, especially here in Australia, the sun is more harsh in the summer months. It is so important to protect your skin from sun damage as well as skin cancer. Before doing my own research, I never knew that conventional sunscreens, or chemical sunscreens, could do more damage than good. You would expect a sunscreen to protect you from the sun, not expose you to more damage by allowing the sun’s rays to be easily absorbed into the skin.

To see what type of sunscreen ingredient/s is used in your product, look at the ACTIVE ingredient list.

Ingredients to AVOID in Sunscreens (Chemical):


-Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate)

-Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)




Basically, anything other than Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, should be avoided.

These toxic, chemical ingredients, used in almost all conventional sunscreens, should be avoided due to thier ability to deeply penetrate the skin, causing allergic reactions and are known hormone disruptors. This is why many people avoid wearing sunscreen because they say it breaks them out. Not only are these toxic ingredients not offering the best possible broad spectrum protection, they are also damaging to your health!

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, minerals that occur in nature, offer the best broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. 

Ingredients that are SAFE in Sunscreens (Physical):

-Zinc Oxide

-Titanium Dioxide

These two ingredients are incredible not only because of the broad sun protection they provide, but they also help heal such skin conditions as acne! You should also choose non-nano particle sized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, so that the minerals sit on top of the skin to act as a physcial barrier, rather than being absorbed into the skin. Most of the time, a product will state this on their labelling.

You should choose a mineral sunscreen that has an SPF of 15-20 to be the safest. It is a common misconception that the higher the spf, the more protection you get. However, the protection you get isn’t correlative to the numbers. For example, an SPF of 10 means 90% of UVB rays are blocked. There is plenty of research out there on SPF and the percentage of protection each offers. Basically, don’t be fooled by marketing schemes with higher SPFs!

I personally wear and love the Jane Iredale Purepressed base in Warm Silk (review here). It not only offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is also approved by the Skin Cancer Council, offering an SPF of 20! It gives amazing buildable coverage, is water resistant, look flawless and natural, has incredible staying power, and heals any hormonal breakouts I may have! It is honestly such a wonderful multitasking product recommended to me by my beautician!

There are many other mineral sunscreens out there to choose from. All you need to look for in the active ingredient list is either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, or both! Other great brands that offer mineral sunscreen include; Inika’s mineral foundation SPF 15 (they also offer a liquid foundation with SPF) that is more sheer in coverage, and Mukti’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15. I would really recommend the Jane Iredale if you are looking for an all round fabulous and affordable (considering what it does and the quality) mineral foundation sunscreen.

I hope this helped you beauties out there in making the safest choices about the sunscreen you wear! Please be safe this summer and have fun! I would love to know what is your favourite mineral sunscreen brand?




Beauty Tip: Limit the Amount of Products You Put on Your Skin

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With years and years of trial and error on my skin, I have definitely learnt what to do and what NOT to do. One of the biggest beauty tips i’ve learnt and practice now is to limit the amount of products I use on my skin to avoid suffocating it and clogging my pores. Layering and layering products on your skin does more harm than good. It doesn’t let your skin breathe, because you are suffocating it with all these different mixtures of ingredients. I used to use around 6-8 products with my skincare and makeup routine. Now, with my skincare routine, I only cleanse, tone, and moisturize. This has significantly helped my skin as it’s no longer irritated or clogged like it used to be. It also makes your routine ten times faster! My makeup routine now also consists of three steps. I use the same mosturizer (no added primer), my powder, and a setting spray. Keeping everything simple is the way to go!

Sue Dann, the national trainer for the German skincare range, Dr Spiller (I use their wonderful collagen cream), explains in an article why too much product is really bad for your skin. Dann explains that part of why this luxury anti-ageing brand is so successful is that, their formulations “…work with th skin you have, rather than against it.” Sue explains that;‘”Good skin, like a good relationship, is the result of good habits practised daily, over the long term. It requires regular application of home care prescribed by a skin care professional.” Basically, what she is getting at here is to stick to a simple, good quality skincare regime ritually and avoid changing up your products, as well as using a lot of different products all at once. I couldn’t agree more with her! Your skin can’t handle a lot of different products all at once. If you just stick to your simple 3 steps, cleanse, tone, and moisturize, your skin will love you!

-Read the full article here.




Beauty Tip of the Day: Body Breakouts

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Hello Beauties!

Today I thought I would share some of my beauty tips that have helped dramatically in reducing the breakouts I used to get on my body, including my back, shoulders, chest, and upper arms. I didn’t necessarily have “bacne,” but rather clogged and irritated skin on my body from harsh scrubs and soaps, leaving it very sensitive. Not a lot of attention is put on body breakouts and treatment as much as facial breakouts out there. I believe that you should treat your back like you wash your face; it’s just as important. I have done a lot of research on this topic, as well as “experimented” with several home remedies and beauty tips out there. I’ve finally gotten rid of almost all breakouts, with the occasional one or two small pimples. So, I thought I would share with you what REALLY works. Enjoy!

1. Length of Hair & Hair Care Routine

The length of your hair can really affect the amount of breakouts you get as well as where you get them. My hair used to be waist length, and I would always break out around my lower back area. Since cutting it a lot shorter, I don’t experience breakouts nearly as often or as bad. Although your hair produces natural oils that can break you out, adding other oils to your hair can significantly clog the pores on your body and break you out. Another thing to consider is your hair care routine; from shampoo, conditioner, masks, hairspray and leave in treatments. Hair products, including shampoo and conditioner, definitely played a role in my body breakouts. For the moment, I find that the UNITE hair range works perfect for me as I never notice any breakouts from it.

2. Drink Plenty of Water & Green Tea with Lemon

I never used to believe that drinking water could have such an effect on my skin. Drinking 2L of water a day has honestly been AMAZING to my body breakouts. It has significantly reduced them, because drinking water flushes all the nasties out of your system. If these “nasties” aren’t flushed out, then they have nowhere to go but seep out of your pores and form into pimples (Gross!). Green tea with lemon (my miracle tea) is a wonderful antioxidant tea that really improves and heals my skin so much faster than anything I have ever tried! Occasionally, I also take a natural medicine that was recommended to me by my naturopath, to assist with irritable bowel syndrome. I’ve had this problem ever since I could remember, and this is the only thing that REALLY works. It’s called Iberogast and I put 20 drops of this into a cup of hot water, and that will be my tea. It’s made of all natural herbs, and it tastes wonderful! As before, why this is so important, is because all the “nasties” will build up in your body, and if they aren’t flushed out, they will seep out through the pores of your body.

3. Derma Roller 

Because of some marks left behind from where I picked at the pimples (bad idea!), I have been using the derma roller, and ABSOLUTELY love it! It also helps if i am having a breakout on my chest, back or arms. It stops the breakout in the process, dries it out, and reveals new skin days after. The breakout diminishes and heals much faster. I don’t think it’s specifically for the body the one I use, but it works nonetheless. I only do this about once a week or whenever I feel I really need to.

4. Ditch Harsh Body Soaps & Scrubs: Keep it Simple

I stick with the same philosophy as I do with my skincare routine; using water based products, keeping it simple, limiting the amount of products used, and use a gentle scrub 1-3 times a week. I recommend to ditch any harsh chemical soaps as well as comedogenic soaps (even the Cetaphil one clogs my pores!).  I recommend a water based, natural body wash, with a short ingredient list. I am currently using and LOVE the Kora Essential Body Wash. It’s green tea based, certified organic, and contains wonderful healing ingredients. It doesn’t break me out (which is very rare for a body wash, especially an organic one), and the oils in the product are acne healing and non pore clogging. I used to think that scrubbing furiously at the acne would make it go away, but it only makes the problem WORSE. DO NOT use a loofah! It irritated my skin so bad. Many experts also recommend to ditch the loofah; its too abrasive and collects bacteria! It’s good to use a sea salt, or pink himalayan sea salt based body scrub (Clarisea makes an excellent one) 1-3 times a week or just when you feel you need to. The key is not to OVERLY scrub or use a scrub that is too grainy and harsh. Another tip is to also use lukewarm water and avoid using any soap, body wash or scrub and just use water to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. I find this is when my skin is the clearest.

5. Wear Loose Clothes

As much as possible, you should wear loose clothes, preferably cotton as it’s breathable. Some fabrics can really irritate the body and make you break out. Also, be careful of harsh laundry detergents and fabric softeners you use, as they can potentially irritate the skin.

6. Healthy Balanced Diet & Food Allergy Test

A healthy, balanced diet can play a major role in the amount of breakouts you get on your body, especially if you’re intolerant to certain foods. I was experiencing a lot of bloating, and when I visited my naturopath, I took a food allergy/intolerance test, where your blood is taken from a small finger prick. You can also take a blood test for more extensive results, however the finger prick test does the job. The main thing I found that I was intolerant to was wheat. I was then put on a 6-8 week wheat free diet, which wasn’t easy at all. I noticed a significant reduction in bloating and breakouts on my body! After that, I slowly introduced small portions of wheat back in my diet, however I don’t eat it that often. Another thing that I have cut out of my diet is dairy milk, which caused so much cystic lumpy breakouts on my body and face. Once, I stopped my skin cleared dramatically. I also breakout with soy milk, so I stick to almond milk.

I hope these tips helped some of you, and your journey to clear skin on your body. I have used a lot of products to help clear my body, and have finally found the best routine. You can also find out more about the cause and treatment of the area of breakouts on your body through a Chinese Body Acne Map.





What Your Skin Is Telling You

Your skin is the largest organ, and how you take care of it will show through. Your skin can say a lot about how much sleep you get, your diet, hygiene, as well as the amount of exercise you do. That is why it is important to keep a healthy balance amongst all these factors to promote clear skin. You are the only person who knows your skin best and what it reacts to, as well as what it needs. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work on your skin, you still can’t find the underlying causes of your acne or pimples. So, I’d thought I would share with you a link to an interesting website, where a Chinese acne face map can help further guide you to understand some of the underlying causes of acne spots on certain areas of your face. It covers the forehead, nose, temples and between the brows, left cheek, right cheek, jawline and chin. This map was designed to show how your skin most often reflects your internal health, so by detecting where on your face you get spots most often, you can identify the cause, as well as prevent it. I find this acne face “mapping” extremely useful as it gives you a better idea on what might be causing your acne spots dependent on the location on your face. The website also provides helpful solutions in regards to the different areas on your face that you may experience breakouts. I hope that this face map can help some of you out there who are struggling to figure out the cause of your breakouts, as well as help you find solutions in preventing breakouts. 

Link to the Chinese Acne Face Map:

Also, if there are any of you struggling with body acne, they also have a Body Acne Map:





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