Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica Sunday, Oct 31 2010 

Years ago, one of my good friends turned me on to Dermalogica and their brilliant range of products. At first, I hesitated at their prices (you are looking to spend, on average, about NZD$80.00 per product), but after giving in one day and buying a skin regime I was instantly hooked.

Now, Dermalogica is an American brand that is sold around the world including in some of the best beauty salons and skin clinics. The main focus of all of their lines is getting your skin to be at it’s healthiest, whether that means clearing up adult acne or reducing dry skin. After 25 years of success, and with a lot of scientific proof to back their claims, it stands to reason why they are so popular.

There is one particular product that I fell hard for – the Dermal Clay Cleanser (NZD: $74.00 for a 250ml bottle). Made from water soluble kaolin and green clays, this cooling product feels amazing on and leaves your skin fresh, refined and supple. I use it a couple of times a week when I’m in the shower, and find that if I forget to use it my skin actually looks dull. Using it is luxurious, as the cool menthol feels glorious when you have had a long day/hard night. Leaving it on for five minutes gives you the added benefit of a masque, for those days when your skin has just packed it in.

I would recommend this for anyone with oily or combination skin, and though it isn’t cheap, it lasts for months on end. You only need a small dollop per application, and I find it works well with other brands of skin-care.

Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica

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Headache Tips Monday, Apr 5 2010 

I just thought I’d post a few tips for curing/abating headaches and migraines, seeing as I get them quite often and so have a few suggestions to share.

Obviously, pain killers help. But I’d advise against things like Nurofen and Voltaren, despite the fact they can work, because they cause real damage to your stomach lining. (If you have to use them a fair bit over a day, or over a few days, then they can cause you anything from nausea to internal bleeding.) I stick with high strength Panadol as it doesn’t cause any of these issues, plus it’s not addictive like products that contain Codene. If you suffer from migraines though, you will need to talk to a Doctor about which prescription medicine is right for you. Now on to a few natural ways.

Panadol Extra

When I get a headache, I always get either an ice pack, or wrap ice cubes in a towel. Then I sit back and press it to my forehead and over my eyes. This usually relieves the pain tenfold.

Ice Therapy

A lot of headaches are caused from back and neck tension. A really good way to relieve this (Duh!) is to get a massage. Wether it be by a professional, or your partner, it can really help release all of the tight muscles that are causing your pain.

Massage

Another way to release neck tension that could be aggravating your headaches is by using heat-packs to soothe those aching muscles. Don’t use the packs on your head though, this will make the headache worse in my experience.

Heat Pack

Acupuncture/Accupuncture is a well known Chinese practice where trained specialists insert fine needles into different points all over the body to cure an assortment of ailments. I know a lot of people who have used this procedure to help manage everything from back pain, to injuries and, of course, headaches. I have tried this too, and it really does help. (Hurts the pocket a little bit, though!)

Accupuncture/Acupuncture

A nifty little product I found in a chemist that now lives in my handbag is the HeadOn stick. There is one for Migraines and one for plain old headaches. You take the top off, roll the stick up and smear the clear paste onto your forehead. (Definitely a “do it alone” kind of thing!) The goo has a cooling effect on your skin that can last for hours on end, and feels marvelous. I find it really helpful; it works much the same way ice does.

HeadOn: Migraine/Headache Relief Stick

Another thing I would recommend is looking at your diet. I find that when I have too much sugar or caffeine, I can expect a headache soon after. Lack of sleep and dehydration is another way to increase your chances of setting one off, or not getting rid of one quickly.

For you fellow headache sufferers – good luck! And let me know what helps you recover from these nasty little buggers.

Sandpaper Skin vs Bio Oil Tuesday, Mar 2 2010 

This is just my uber quick beauty tip.

Recently, I have been suffering from dry skin. Using my normal skin-care routine just hasn’t been cutting it; I end up with dry skin again a few hours later. Moisturisers, no matter how good, just aren’t quite enough to combat REALLY dry skin. Now, the one thing that looks just as bad as having dry skin, is having shiny, oily skin. So using any really oily skin products is out of the question, unless you want to walk out of your house glistening. Unless…

…Listen up, I have found something that works for me. Simple, easy.

Before I go to bed, I use my St. Ives exfoliant to get rid of any build up on the skin. Then, I absolutely slather my face in Bio Oil. Yes, you heard me correctly – Bio Oil. Bio Oil is mostly known for getting rid of stretch marks and scars, but it is equally effective on dry skin.

After you apply, you look like a shiny, glistening dork. But the next morning, when you wake up and wash the excess off, your skin is absolutely glowing, without a hint of dryness. Throughout the whole day you will see a marked difference. So if you suffer from dry skin that you just haven’t been able to beat – give it a go. It worked for me.

Extra tip – I also rub Bio Oil onto my legs after shaving/waxing. It causes no irritation, and stops my legs from becoming dry. Brilliant stuff! Plus, with a bottle of Bio Oil starting at NZD$20.00, it’s not expensive at all, and it lasts aaaggeesss.

Bio Oil can be purchased in most Chemists/Pharmacies and in some supermarkets. If you can’t find it, just go online and have a hunt. It’s worth it.

The Bio Oil Range

You Scrubber Sunday, Jan 17 2010 

 

St Ives Exfoliating Scrub

Best cheap beauty product EVER has to be (in my opinion) the St Ives range of Exfoliating Facial/Body Scrubs. You can find it in most supermarkets, both in large pots (my preference!) or tubes. 

Within the range there is everything from the Apricot scrub to the olive scrub, which also vary for sensitive to oily skin. Now, there are a lot of exfoliants out there. You buy it, you use it, and it feels like a nice face wash with a few grains in it. Nice, but certainly not an exfoliant. The St Ives range is like… well, SAND! It is extremely rough, but not in a way that it irritates your skin. It well and truly gets rid of those black-heads, dry skin and general build up on the skin. It leaves you looking fresh, clean and polished.

I use it on my face, chest, arms and legs (especially after shaving!) and then follow up by moisturising. My skin has never looked better! And when it costs me around NZD$10.00 for a pottle/tube… how on earth could I say no?! 😀

St Ives Exfoliating Scrub

Za Za Zoom! Tuesday, Dec 8 2009 

My latest foray into facial/body and makeup products has been with the line from Za New York. And I’ll tell you what – I love the stuff!

They have a whole heap of different things, but I’m mainly going to talk about their True White Emulsion Clarifying Agent. The bottle claims “Smooth moisturizing (it’s from the US so will stick with their spelling!) emulsion helps diminish spots and acne scars”. Well, like most women, my skin tone isn’t perfectly even. So I thought, hmm, worth a go. It’s also a moisturiser, prevents blemishes and smoothes skin while retaining its natural moisture balance. Now I’ve got you all excited, you’re thinking – “Does it work?!”

Well, so far yes! It feels like heavy silk when it goes on, and it absorbs beautifully. I put it on when I go to bed and have found that, in the morning, I don’t HAVE to slather myself in face creme due to my skin drying out overnight! This was a bit of a miracle to me, as dry skin just is my pet hate. It looks awful and I’m anal about making sure my face is void of it at all times.

Now, my skin tone is also looking better. More even, less dull and – amazingly – just plain healthier. The Za tinted moisturiser I am using is also great – has good coverage, looks natural and doesn’t dry out. Now, how often can you say that? (Unless you use Lancolme, but I can’t afford their products!)

And the pièce de résistance is the pricing of the Za products. I bought the emulsion creme for less than NZD$25.00 and the tinted moisturiser was less than NZD$20.00 – zing! How good is that? Available at Farmers, too, which means the range is often on special, and if you have a Farmers beauty card you get points. 

B-E-A-utiful! 

Za New York Beauty Product Range