How to manage dry and acne-prone skin II

If you are dry and blemish-prone, most acne-fighting products you’ve tried probably didn’t work well. This is not surprising, as most of them are designed for normal to oily skins. So what should you really be using?
As a general rule, avoid products that are labelled “anti-blemish” – they will almost certainly cause further dryness. There are also additional specifics to look out for in every type of product as detailed below.

Cleanser
Cleansing is the most important step in...

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How to manage dry and acne-prone skin I

What’s trickier than being acne-prone? Being dry and acne-prone. How does one get rid of spots without drying out our already dry skin further?!
Before we get into that, let’s try to make sense of how someone can be both dry-skinned and blemish-prone. Isn’t acne an oily skin problem? (Answer is: usually, but read on)

Blemish-prone ≠ Oily
Although acne is closely related to oil (sebum) levels, any skin type can be acne-prone. This is because sebum originates from the base of...

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How to Live Foundation-Free

I love a good foundation. In the wonderfully vast world of makeup, there is nothing like the transformative power of a pristine complexion. However, when my skin was at its worst, this love for foundation become a dependency. Much more than the way I wanted my skin to look, I had a desperate need to hide the true state of my skin.
If you feel the same way, or perhaps are currently trapped in the bad skin-foundation cycle literally afraid to...

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Ace of Base - The Power of Complete Customisation II

Products are made out of actives and functionals. Although actives get all the attention, functional ingredients largely affects the overall performance of the product as they make up most of the formula.
The following shows the main types of functionals required to create various products.


Take formulating a cream for example, the chemist has to select the most compatible ingredient from every functional group required to form the product, along with the desired actives....

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Ace of Base - The Power of Complete Customisation I

Customisation has become quite a trend in retail and is also taking a firm hold in the beauty industry, including skincare.
Is custom skincare fad or fab? To some, it may seem a fleeting craze, but customisation can be truly transformative if all the right ingredients are selected and added at the right proportions for the individual. I don’t mean just the actives or ‘special extracts’, but every single ingredient.

Breakdown of any product
All cosmetic ingredients can be broadly categorised into...

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Beautycrew Feature

Beautycrew feature, Everyone is losing it over this old-school beauty ingredient.


Published on 6 Feb 2019

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Beautycrew feature, Is coconut oil good for your skin?


Published 4 Feb 2019

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Beautycrew feature

Beautycrew feature, The easy ways to get a handle on your enlarged pores
Published 13 Sept 2018

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Beautycrew feature, Chapped lips just won’t go away? Here’s what to do
Published 9 Nov 2018

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My City Life Feature

My City Life feature, "Brisbane's Best Beauty Brands".
Published 26 Oct 2018

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Neoclair Pro® - Biomimetic antioxidant amplifier

How would you like to brighten skin tone, supercharge skin with antioxidants and avoid premature ageing? Yes please!
Introducing Neoclair Pro® , a biomimetic peptide by Lipotrue that does all the above by intelligent design.

But first, what is a biomimetic peptide?
Biomimetic means to mimic, or copy, something that occurs naturally. A peptide is a very small protein made out of amino acids.
A biomimetic peptide is thus, a small protein our skin recognises and activates certain functions. What exactly does Neoclair...

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Byrdie Feature

Byrdie Feature, 'Call Off the Search: I've Found the Three Best Mineral Sunscreens Out There'.
Published 12 Oct 2018.

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Beautycrew Feature

Beautycrew Feature, 'The easy ways to determine your skin type, once and for all'.
Published 11 Sept 2018.

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The Skinshield

You know you should be using sunscreen daily. But you don't, because you cannot find one that doesn't break you out, irritate your skin or feels like something you want to put on your face everyday. Is this you? Me too!
This is why I've created The Skinshield.

What it is and how it feels like
The Skinshield is a day protectant with 21% zinc oxide, giving broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB. Made for the most...

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Sun Protection FAQs

Today we're answering the most frequently asked questions on sun protection.

Which is better - physical sunscreen or chemical sunscreen?
If you can tolerate both, the better one is the one you can bring yourself to use consistently. Those very picky with textures might prefer chemical (or hybrid chemical-physical) ones as they are typically more fluid/spreadable than physical ones. They also do not give any white-cast or flashback in photography.
If you have rather sensitive skin, a physical sunscreen will be your...

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Physical vs Chemical Sunscreens

Sunscreens protect us from UV radiation, the biggest contributor to premature skin ageing.
As mentioned previously, sun filters are the ingredients in sunscreens that protect us from UV rays. These filters work using a chemical or physical mechanism that prevent UV from entering our skin.

Physical Sun Filters
Physical filters reflect UV radiation from skin's surface. There are only two physical sun filters to date

Zinc oxide: UVA and UVB protection
Titanium dioxide: UVB...

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How to get rid of winter skin

Spring is almost here! But it seems your skin still stuck in the thick of winter mode - parched and lacklustre.
With the worst of the dry season over, now is the perfect time to start getting your glow back on. But the key to getting rid of winter skin isn’t in religious application of heavy-duty creams; it’s about exfoliation.

Why skin suffers in winter
'Winter skin' is mainly a result of dehydration i.e. lack of skin water. Not only is there...

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Are you deep-cleaning or over-cleaning?

If getting rid of blackheads, pimples and oiliness are at the top of your skin list, I'm certain you’ll have a regular deep cleansing ritual to pull the oils and gunk out from the murky depths of your pores.
There is, however, some danger in such cleansing sessions if made too extreme. Instead of deep-cleaning, many end up over-cleaning. This throws the skin off its happy balance and start a viscous bad skin cycle.

When cleansing becomes stripping

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The balancing act - A chat with The Happy People Co. founder

Charlotte Grigg founder of The Happy People Co turned to yoga while working in the fast-paced world of global fashion. She thought yoga would be a great work out and fitness activity – it ended up being more than that. It was the mindful, stress reducing, meditative approach that connected her to a new passion.

The Happy People Co brand is a symbol and celebration of the greater joys of life – love and freedom. What was...

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Beautycrew Feature

Beautycrew Feature, 'This unusual acne treatment apparently cures breakouts'.
Published 14 Aug 2018

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