January Beauty

January beauty

Since I turned 30, I have started paying more attention to my skin care routine and experimenting with new make-up and other beauty products. This month though I’d like to share a couple of my all-time favourites: a moisturiser, a lip balm, and a push top bottle (my recent discovery).

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Hydra Life Pro-youth Sorbet Creme has been with me for almost 10 years. Despite my efforts to find a better and cheaper product, I always end up purchasing it again. I apply it to my face and neck in the morning so my skin is fully hydrated, luminous and incredibly even throughout the day. It was interesting to learn that Dior builds on major scientific and medical research discoveries and applies this knowledge to skincare. One of their discoveries was the subject of the Nobel Prize in 2003, after over 10 years of research. Also, a trilogy of floral extracts (Jisten, Mallow & Centella) contained in Hydra Life are sourced from Dior gardens. One of them, Jisten, was found in Uzbekistan, the country I grew up in, so I have an emotional attachment to it.
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Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment made in Australia from pure Australian pawpaws and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. I’ve always had extremely dry and scaly lips and this oitment revived them in a matter of days. I always have it handy at home or in my handbag and use it for minor burns, sunburn, rash and insect bites.
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This push top bottle has been my recent discovery. I usually polish and paint my nails at home and this bottle makes the experience more salon-like. It can also be used for make-up remover, cleanser / toner and other cosmetic liquids.

Enriching Face Mask

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I’ve always understood the importance of skin care, but often failed to apply it to myself. After I turned 30, I started thinking more about how to sustain my skin, especially my face. My daily skin routine has always been the same and I religiously maintain it. However, I’ve never been into face-masks and have now decided to try them. I like the idea of making your own by using predominantly the foods from the kitchen. This recipe works well and helps the skin to bring blood to the surface, oxygenating the cells and getting rid of dead skin. My skin felt fresh and less clogged.

All you need is 1 egg, 1tbs honey, 1 tbs fine oats or wheat bran and few drops of olive oil. Mix well, apply to cleansed skin and leave for about 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, rubbing to get extra exfoliation. Dry skin, then apply a nourishing cream.

Rosehip Oil

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When growing up, I was surrounded by rosehip… This is something that every Russian family would use to cure cold & flu in winter and when steeped, it is one of the greatest drinks to have on a cold day.

With my move to Australia, rosehip first became a distant memory and then completely forgotten. These days, I hear more and more about the benefits of a beauty product called rosehip oil. I’m using this oil on a daily basis and here is what I’ve learned about it.

Rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes called “Rosa Mosqueta” and predominantly grown in Chile. Rosehips are a remedy that was used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans all because of their healing properties. The “hip” is the fruit of the rose plant and continues a multitude of fatty acids and other components that are responsible for the wonderful properties of rosehip oil.

Rosehip oil is like a multivitamin for your skin and it is:

– Rich in essential fatty acids, include omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids that are vital for our general health and the health of our skin and that our bodies are unable to produce. It helps to regenerate skin cells and repair damaged skin tissue like sun damaged skin, burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. It is also a great natural skin care moisturiser.

– Natural source of vitamin A (known as trans-retinoic which is effective in helping to prevent premature ageing caused by sun exposure)

– Antioxidants (responsible for protection of tissues in the body and slowing the signs of ageing)

I normally use ‘Sukin’ certified organic rosehip oil and apply a tiny amount of it before going to bed.

Source:
Rosehip oil benefits, Kosmea, Huffingtonpost,
Green Life Diary

Lavender Face Mist

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I found out about the Face Mist only recently and now I cannot spend a day without it. I used to buy the face mist from ‘Sukin’ but now I discovered a way to make my own face mist and would highly recommend it to everyone.

What you will need:
– 1 glass spritzer bottle which can be purchased from a pharmacy or a health food store
– 1 cup of boiling water (as much as your bottle can hold)
– 1 drop of organic lavender essential oil or steep a few lavender flowers

Let the water cool the pour it all into your spritzer bottle and ready to use. Please note it keeps only for about 1.5 weeks. Try not to add too much oil as the fragrance can be very strong.

You can use the mist on your face, your body, to heal any blisters, bites or sores. It can also be used as an air freshener and on pillows at night.

Source: http://theresekerr.com/

Dry body brush

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I’ve been lucky enough to have a non-problematic skin. I must admit, most of the time I’ve been taking it for granted and exposing it to very harsh sunlight which we get here in Australia. As I get older and hopefully wiser, I have started paying more attention to what I put inside as well as apply outside of my body. As a result, I decided to share some of my skin care secrets starting with dry body brushing.

One of my rituals in the morning is to dry body brush. I do it every morning before I shower and it helps me wake up, re-activate and embrace a new day. It also leaves my skin feeling smooth and glowing. After noticing the benefits of it on my skin, I did some research and here is what i found.

Dry body brushing helps to get rid of dead skin cells, promotes blood circulation and cell renewal. It can provide an effective detox for your body by assisting in the elimination of waste via your circulatory and lymphatic system. Most people are unaware of the number of toxins building up in their systems daily. Toxic metals and other chemicals can be in the food we eat, the water supply and air pollution. Our bodies can produce toxins as well from stress, muscle fatigue and lack of sleep and if not eliminated they can cause health problems.

Dry body brushing calms the mind, especially if done with candlelight and a drop or two of essential oil, such as lavender [post on that coming soon]. It also reduces muscle tension, re-energises in the morning and deeply relaxes you at night.

Please note:
•Do not brush over sunburn or inflamed or irritated skin
•Avoid breasts & genitalia area
•Wash the brush after use to remove dead skin cells
•Brush from your feet upward and toward your heart
•Brush from the left to the right side of your body

For the best results, I’d suggest to combine dry body brushing with a healthy diet and regular exercise.