Using the right skincare products is a must if you want to look your best. Many people shop purely by skin type, or continue to buy their favourite, tried and tested products throughout the decades. But your skin changes as you get older, and using age-appropriate treatments will effectively brighten, freshen and moisturise your skin to perfection.
Taking care of teenage skin can be a troublesome business. For those in the rough 16-20-year-old bracket, you may be experiencing a number of irritating complexion crises. Acne, spots, oily or dry skin are all common side-effects to changing hormones. That means it’s more important than ever to get the best advice for your specific condition, and to keep up a solid skincare regime. Depending on your complexion, check out products like L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Face Wash, T Zone Clear Pore Gel Facial Wash, and Balance Active Formula Hylauronic Moisturiser.
Skincare for your 20’s
Many people continue to have skin problems like acne into their 20’s, and this is the decade when fine lines begin to show. So, while you’re at the prime of your life, and still youthful, it’s wise to solidify those good habits, and take a fresh look at your skincare. Shop for products like Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water, Murad’s Anti-Ageing Moisturiser SPF 30, and the brand’s Blemish Spot Treatment to keep your skin clear and fresh.
Skincare for your 30’s
Now’s the time to invest in some great anti-aging moisturisers. Boosting collagen production is a top tip to maintain a youthful glow, and that’s all because our skin stops producing as much of it in our 30’s. Top products to watch out for include Elemis’s Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal, DECLÃ‡?OR’s gorgeously rich Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream, and Yes To’s ultra-hydrating Coconut collection.
Skincare for your 40’s
If you’ve taken care of your skin throughout your younger years, your 40’s can be a heyday of happy skin for many. Spots and acne are rare during these years, but you will need to spend attention to effectively moisturising your skin, to combat wrinkles and overcome dullness. Check out products like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream All Over Miracle Oil, NUXE Creme Fraiche 24hr Moisturising Cream Enriched, and Cougar’s clever Hylauronic Acid Facial Oil.
When you’re in your 50’s, the most common complaints include loss of elasticity, dullness, and a rougher texture. Moisture-boosting products, serums and gentle cleansers will all help with these issues. To give you some initial inspiration, have a look at DECLEOR’s Aromessence Magnolia Youthful Night Balm, NUXE’s new formula Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse, and Murad Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum Resurgence.
Oilixia is a new, amazing skincare brand that has recently launched on the FD website but how much do you know about the gorgeous facial oils and cleansers in the range? Keep reading to discover more’
Oilixia was inspired by the inherent wanderlust of founder Alexandra Jansons. This natural beauty brand celebrates powerful and rare botanical oils and extracts. The capsule range is a tribute to the wonderful ingredients Alexandra discovered while traveling through over 50 countries!
Oilixia uses ingredients treasured by indigenous cultures for their potency and beauty enhancing benefits. As Alexandra learned more about these unique and uncommon ingredients, she was inspired to create something special ‘ the result is Oilixia.
So what makes Oilixia special?
All Oilixia products are made from 100% natural or naturally derived ingredients, globally sourced for results your skin will love. Potent ingredients are used that are unique and not widely available, including retinol-rich Cacay oil and Kakadu Plum, one of the best natural sources of antioxidant vitamin C. The product textures are totally unique, the gummy cleanser glides effortlessly over the skin while the smooth facial oils have an ultra-light texture that absorbs instantly leaving beautiful, glowing skin.
Oilixia have chosen to work with local suppliers to source the star ingredients, which supports their local communities and the environment.
All the products are under 100ml making them super travel friendly, so you can pick up and go wherever life takes you!
Q&A with the brand’s founder Alexandra Jansons
How many countries have you been to and which was the first place you visited outside of your home country of Australia?
At last count it was about 55, not including going to the same country multiple times, which I seem to have started making a habit of! My first overseas trip was when I was 21, to Thailand with a small group of my friends. I had such a great time exploring a different country and culture and that was when the international travel bug surely bit! Before that, I’d travelled a lot domestically in Australia but hadn’t made the journey overseas.
Tell us about the top 5 places that stand out and why?
This is such a difficult one! My top 5 places, in no particular order are:
1. Norway. The Fjords are a hiker’s paradise with stunning scenery and such fresh air! The country is also very long, so the diversity from north to south is fascinating.
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is such a beautiful city. I love the fusion of city and beach life, surrounded by the mountains dropping down into the ocean.
3. Budapest, Hungary. Two words: thermal baths!
4. Fraser Island, Australia. I went here with my family when I was quite young. Considering it is a sand island, the diversity was impressive ‘ from long beaches and big dunes to tropical oases and rainforest. The constant threat of being eaten by a dingo also adds a terrifying thrill.
5. Bath, UK. The sandstone buildings are beautiful, the cathedral is impressive. And ‘ baths!
Oilixia is obviously inspired by your love for travel with the products taking ingredients from different locations. Where were you in the world when you decided to launch the brand?
Looking back on it, the development of the brand was quite an evolution, but the final lightbulb moment and decision to launch a beauty brand came when I was in London. I had just finished a three-month trip traversing Asia and Europe (from China through Mongolia, Russia and into eastern Europe). During that time, I kept a personal blog where I wrote about treatments, local products and ingredients that I found in each country I visited. This formed the beginning of the idea for Oilixia. I love the spa and wellness culture that countries like Russia, Finland and Hungary in particular have ‘ I could happily spend hours in a sauna and be very content!
Ok so we’re officially majorly jealous of all the amazing countries Alexandra has travelled! But let’s get started on the Oilixia products for super glowy skin! Let us know in the comments below what you think of Oilixia!
Applying foundation can help when you need to look pristine. But thicker layers of make-up isn’t ideal for your skin if you wear it day-in, day-out. There are other ways to brighten and freshen up your complexion, so you can minimise the make-up and still look radiant.
Invest in your skincare regime
Any skin expert will tell you about the importance of your skincare regime. Using the right products for your skin type and routinely cleansing, toning and moisturising are the basis for glowing skin. The first step is finding out what your true skin type is. Then you can get hold of the best products for you. Healthy, cared-for, nourished skin will always require less make-up to look great.
Perfect with primers
If you want your make-up to last longer, a good primer is a must-have. Used after your moisturiser, they’ll smooth out your complexion as well as giving your foundation or BB cream staying power. A top tip is to use a brush, like a foundation brush to smooth it onto your face. Depending on your skin and budget, you can find lovely products like W7’s Porefection Face Primer, to Dermalogica’s lush Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer.
Get a great BB cream
Using a BB cream instead of a foundation may seem like a bold move for foundation lovers. But, there are so many great products out there, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. There’s a big reason why the beauty world has fallen in love with BB creams. These multi-tasking products do everything from moisturising, to protecting against UV rays, adding a layer of foundation and priming. For best results, using a moisturiser and a primer before your BB cream will make it go on smoother and last all day. Try Yves Rocher BB Cream SPF for starters, or Garnier’s best-selling Skin Naturals BB Cream Miracle Skin.
Clever dabs of concealer
A good concealer is the ultimate secret weapon. Depending on whether you need to even out parts of your complexion, brighten tired eyes, or hide blemishes, there’s the perfect concealer for the job. Apply right after your BB cream to tidy up those last imperfections. Popular products include W7’s Go Concealer Pot, CK Mousse Concealer, and Maybelline’s Better Skin Concealer.
So it’s that time of year when we’re all obsessing over pumpkin spice lattes and thinking about carving them. But you probably haven’t considered the health and beauty benefits of pumpkin and what it can do for you skin and hair’
Pumpkins are super vitamin rich foods that can help you keep healthy and also look gorgeous! So get baking those pumpkin seeds, baking pumpkin bread, serving up pumpkin soup and basically anything else you can think of that involves pumpkin! Pumpkin has loads to offer so keep reading for a breakdown of the benefits.
‘½ It combats wrinkles. Ok so we’re sold already! Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which helps supports vibrant skin, strong vision and an active immune system. This powerful vitamin helps keep your skin wrinkle free.
‘½ Keeps your skin hydrated. Pumpkin is high in vitamin B3, this vitamin increases the production of ceramide and fatty acids. These two components are key to keep the protective barrier of your skin strong so it can lock in moisture.
‘½ Helps you detox. Pumpkin seeds in particular, are a rich source of zinc and magnesium. Zinc optimises immunity and supports glowing skin. Magnesium is something a lot of people are deficient in but it plays a huge part in helping your body detoxify.
‘½ It erases dark spots. Another benefit of the vitamin B3 is that it helps inhibit the transfer of pigment to the skin cells, minimising dark spots.
Ok so we’ve definitely established how beneficial pumpkin is our health and also for keeping our skin looking healthy and glowing. However, you don’t have to just eat pumpkins to get the benefits there are plenty of products out there that use pumpkin in their ingredients!
1. Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk Facial Moisturiser ‘ this moisturiser is rich in anti-oxidants that help reduce oil and congestion. With the added benefit of fresh pumpkin seed cells it will help keep your face glowing throughout the winter months.
2. Murad Skin Smoothing Polish ‘ this a powerful, yet gentle exfoliating scrub that helps improve clogged pores and removes day to day dirt. It’s amazing at tightening the appearance of enlarged pours and this is down the added benefit of pumpkin seed extract!
3. Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Body Scrub ‘ instantly reveal smoother skin with this gentle exfoliator. The pumpkin seed oils replenish and soften the skin to help protect it.
4. Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve ‘ moisturise and nourish hair, hands and body with this amazing multipurpose product. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in fatty acid and helps to hydrate and nourish dry hair and skin.
5. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask ‘ this natural mud mask draws out impurities with charcoal and then treats and prevents blemishes with the a blend of natural ingredients including pumpkin extract.
6. Suki Renewal Bio-Resurfacing Facial Peel ‘ this is a corrective treatment that helps combat dull patches and wrinkles by gently exfoliating and nourishing damaged skin cells. Enriched with pumpkin enzymes it removes impurities and unclogs the pores.
Balance Me is one of our newest skincare brands here on FD and we’re all about natural skincare that really works! How much do you know about the brand Balance Me? Read on to see how it was all started and what they promise’
Balance Me provides a natural skincare alternative that achieves visible results through botanically active formulations. The Balance Me brand was started by two sisters Claire and Rebecca Hopkins, in a quest to address their work/life balance and find natural, solutions driven skincare that really worked.
They named the brand Balance Me for a reason’ Each product has been designed to enhance a sense of balance and promote wellbeing. They work with a highly skilled, natural perfumer and each product is blended to work on three levels: aroma, skin benefits and mood-boosting properties. The essential oils they use have been tried and tested over centuries such as benzoin, yarrow and spikenard.
The girls behind Balance Me think honesty and clarity is the most important when it comes to ingredients. They clearly state the natural percentage of each ingredient on the front of each product so you know exactly what you’re getting. They are equally vigilant about what they use in the formulations and offer a Balance Me promise. All Balance Me products are free from parabens, dea, mineral oils, sulphates, pegs, petroleum, silicones, propylene glycol, microbeads, artificial fragrance and colours. And they never test on animals!
Some of our favourite products from the Balance Me range are:
Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm ‘ this daily cleanser polishes the skin and adds radiance, whilst deeply hydrating and gently exfoliating.
Radiance Face Oil ‘ ‘Dewy skin in a bottle’ this facial oil is deeply hydrating but sinks into the skin quickly so you don’t have that oily feel on the face. It also helps to even out skin tone.
Congested Skin Serum ‘ The Congested Skin Serum is amazing at keeping spots under control if you suffer from breakouts or acne. Apply a little to the affected area and you’ll see amazing results.
Pure Skin Face Wash ‘ this face wash is super gentle and leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh without causing any dryness or irritation.
Wonder Eye Cream ‘ this eye cream literally works wonders! It helps to brighten dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It keeps the eye bright and youthful all day long.
Art of Balance Kit ‘ this kit is great if you just want to get a feel of the brand and see what it’s all about. The kit contains 8 mini skincare and body products to complete your daily routine.
Check out the Balance Me range here, and let us know what you think!