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.

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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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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Sun Protection 101

Sun protection is essential, even if you don't spend a lot of time outdoors.
Other than painful burns, the sun is also the main cause of premature skin ageing i.e age spots, dullness, wrinkles and chronic dehydration. These signs only creep up on us many years later in our lives, where we will then spend an even longer time trying to reverse the damage.
Why is the sun so detrimental to skin health? How can it affect us even if we are...

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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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Glycoin® natural - Efficacy studies

We've learnt all about the benefits and origins of the novel active Glycoin®. Today let's dig a little deeper.
How do we know if it really works? Every stipulated claim of Glycoin® is backed up by carefully designed studies. These studies were performed either on human volunteers (in vivo), cultured human skin tissues(in vitro) or first on volunteers then removing a small portion of their skin for further testing before evaluation (ex vivo). Here we will highlight some results...

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Glycoin® natural - Desert miracle molecule

If you haven’t not heard about Glycoin®, you can catch up quickly here.

Origins from the Resurrection Plant
This fascinating ingredient has fascinating origins. Glycoin® is the key to the unique resilience of the desert resurrection plant Myrothamnus flabellifolia. Resurrection plants have the ability to withstand long periods of drought and extreme weather conditions; during which it completely desiccates, appearing withered and dead. However, as soon as rain falls, it revives and re-greens itself within hours.
Glycoin® is the stress-protective molecule...

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Glycoin® natural - A novel active

Despite the sheer number of new cosmetic raw materials that enter the market, genuine breakthroughs are few and far in between. However, once in a blue moon, an exceptional innovation comes along.
Boosting a multitude of skin benefits, German-bioengineered from 100% natural origins and comprehensively studied with excellent skin safety profile; introducing a novel active, Glycoin® natural.
Glycoin® is remarkable in many ways. Let’s start with an overall view of what it does.

Anti-age & rejuvenates

Lift, tighten,...

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Interview with a cosmetic research scientist

Have you wondered who are the actual brains behind a breakthrough ingredient? They are cosmetic materials research scientists, working behind the scenes in R&D departments of cosmetic material suppliers and manufacturers worldwide. I am fortunate enough to learn more about what goes into developing novel cosmetic raw materials with a brilliant researcher, Dr Bianca McCarthy.
Originally from Brisbane, Bianca started her career as a cosmetic chemist, then obtained a PhD in Science at the University of Sydney (in record time!) and...

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Does non-comedogenic mean no breakouts?

Ever broken out from a non-comedogenic product before?
By their very definition, they are technically not supposed to clog pores. So why and how did the opposite happen?

The origins of comedogenicity
'Comedogenicity' is the ability for something to cause comedones or clogged pores. This concept came about in the 1970s to explain how acne can be caused by the application of certain cosmetic products.
The original study involved applying different ingredients on rabbits' ears and see if they caused comedones. The...

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Whimn Feature

Whimn feature, '6 skincare experts share their number 1 hero ingredient'.
Published 25 June 2018

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