"I live in Colorado and the climate is extremely dry. I have tried absolutely every face wash, toner, moisturiser I could imagine and I cannot seem to seek relief from dry facial skin — especially in my cheeks and eyes. I have even started taking vitamins and I drink more than enough water. Can you please suggest a face wash and moisturiser? — Kylee
If you suffer from sensitive skin, you're probably more than familiar with the French and oh-so-chic skincare brand, Avène. A dermo-cosmetic product line dedicated to all levels of skin sensitivity — from mildly sensitive to atopic (allergic) — it's saved us on more than one occasion! The upcoming party season with all its alluring glasses of bubbles and naughty canapés is sure to wreak havoc on not only sensitive-skinned beauties, but most social butterflies, so it's actually the perfect time to see the soothing results of Avène for yourself.
We've got five Avène party packs to give away, each valued at $200 and include: Soothing Moisture Mask, Thermal Spring Water, Soothing Eye Contour Cream, Hydrance Optimale Rich Moisturiser, Micellaire 3-in-1 Cleanser, Cleanance Spot Treatment Stick and Cold Cream Hand Cream. Phew! To win, all you have to do is Like us on Facebook and then tell us in the comments section below: If you could spend New Year's Eve anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? This giveaway has ended.
When it comes to exfoliating the face, we've heard (and read) a lot of different opinions. Some say once or twice a week is ample, others say you can do it everyday. Herein lies the facial exfoliation debate — when should we do it? How should we do it and why? What is a chemical exfoliant and can sensitive skin sufferers use one? So many questions! We turned to Emma Hobson, education manager for Asia, Australia and New Zealand at The International Dermal Institute, for answers. Keep reading.
Once you've mastered your skin care routine, the best way to keep your complexion glowing is to add in a mask treatment. Skin expert Kate Somerville recommends using a mask once or twice a week depending on your skin's needs. To find out what you should be using for your skin type, read on.
We put the call out for readers who wanted to review the Simple Kind to Skin Wipes ($6.99), and seeing as though they are a favourite among models and the Sugar editors alike (they're actually the number one facial skincare brand in the UK), we weren't short of volunteers! Our chosen beauties have been putting the colourant-free, alcohol-free and artificial perfume-free cleansing wipes through their paces, and the first round of results were really positive. Let's see what our second round of reviewers had to say!
"Beauty products that require minimum time but provide maximum results are my friend. We all know that makeup needs to be removed each and every night, but there are some occasions where scrubbing at the sink is the last thing on my to-do list! Enter, the Simple Skin Facial Wipes. One thorough swipe around each area of your face and neck takes off most makeup, while a second swipe with a fresh cloth ensures all traces of eye makeup and base is removed properly. Such a lifesaver! I make sure a pack is permanently kept in my gym bag, car and overnight bag to ensure I never have an excuse to sleep with a made-up face again. Winner." – Klarissa
"These wipes are handy to keep in your bathroom cabinet or handbag, but I wouldn’t use them each and every day. You need to use more than one cloth to get a really deep clean, which is often achieved more easily with cleanser and face cloth. I liked the ease of these wipes, and the lack of alcohol and oil meant they didn’t dry my skin out afterwards, but I think I’ll save them for occasional use only." – Sally
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We put the call out for readers who wanted to review the Simple Kind to Skin Wipes ($6.99), and seeing as though they are a favourite among models and the Sugar editors alike (they're actually the number one facial skincare brand in the UK), we weren't short of volunteers! Our chosen beauties have been putting the colourant-free, alcohol-free and artificial perfume-free cleansing wipes through their paces, and we can't wait to hear the results. Do they remove stubborn makeup? Are they safe for the most sensitive of skin sufferers? Let's see what our first round of reviewers had to say!
"I'm always a bit doubtful when it comes to cleansing wipes, but I have to admit my fears were misplaced with the Simple Kind to Skin Wipes. No filmy residue, no stinging and best of all it got off my Friday night Smokey eye. No more going to bed with my face on! I like the subtle clean smell, too." — Veronica
"Facial cleansing wipes are an essential for me, so I've tried more than my fair share! The Simple wipes stood out from others, mostly because they didn't leave my face feeling soapy. I often rinse after using other brands, but didn't feel the need with these puppies. In fact my skin felt so soft I could've skipped my night moistuiser. Very impressed." — Stacey
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Picture this. You've had a late night out with the girls and not only is it way past your bedtime, but the thought of having to go through your normal cleanse, tone, serum, eye cream, moisturise regime makes you sigh, hard. Enter Simple Kind to Skin Wipes ($6.99) — your new skin saviours. From the number one facial skincare brand in the UK, Simple Kind to Skin Wipes are free from colourants, alcohol and artificial perfumes, which means they have a barely-there scent and won't dry out your skin. At all. They are also pH balanced which is essential for maintaining happy skin, especially on the most sensitive of beauties. And while we're sharing truths, we also travel with our Simple Kind to Skin Wipes (much easier than carting around numerous bottles!), and we use them before and after a workout. Waterproof mascara beware — just one wipe and you're a goner...
We've been talking all things sensitive skin over the past few weeks and with over 40 percent of Australians claiming to suffer from some form of irritation, it's a topic that can't be ignored. We started off by explaining what skin is, and then went into detail about the different types of skin conditions like acne and rosacea. We also highlighted 10 other reasons your skin might be playing up, along with an interview about what ingredients you should use — and avoid — if you suffer from sensitive skin. Phew! But now it's time to talk sun protection. One of the most important aspects of skin health and wellbeing, wearing sunscreen everyday is a must, but we know some people find the rich lotion irritating. We sought advice from Emma Hobson, education manager at the International Dermal Institute, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, about all things sun protection. Click through to learn more, and find out our top five sunscreen picks for sensitive skin.
We put the call out for readers who wanted to review Nivea Sensitive Protect Deodorant Roll On ($3.79) last month and had an overwhelming response! We've already reported the first round of reviews, and now it's time to hear what the remaining reviewers had to say. Nivea Sensitive Protect Roll On claims to give 48-hours of anti-perspirant, and is targeted at sensitive skin sufferers because it is free from alcohol, colourants and preservatives. Here's what our readers had to say...
"I liked the products packaging, especially the purple print and the feather. The product was very easy to apply and was very soothing to my underarm area. It was thinner than other deodorants and dried quickly. It definitely provides all day anti-perspiration protection. I did not find the product irritating, there was no burning sensation. The skin under my arms felt soothed and moisturised. The product was definitely gentle enough for me. I would definitely use this product again." – Caroline
"The texture felt really smooth and gently to apply which was great, it didn’t have a scent to it which is not a good or a bad thing really, as long the deodorant works was the most important. The product definitely worked for me, but I did find on the hotter days perspiration seemed to come through a bit more and it lacks the staying power. It left no white marks or chalky residue which I loved. I also really loved the packaging and the design of the bottle however, I found it be heavier than most deodorants due to the glass shape." – Sam
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We put the call out for readers who wanted to review Nivea Sensitive Protect Deodorant Roll On ($3.79) last month and had an overwhelming response! The chosen ones have been hard at work and play testing out the product which claims to give 48-hours of anti-perspirant protection. Nivea Sensitive Protect Deodorant Roll is perfect for sensitive skin sufferers because it is free from alcohol, colourants and preservatives — so let's see what our first round of reviewers had to say!
“The Nivea Sensitive Protect deodorant ticked all the boxes for me. The formula of this roll-on really works. I have really sensitive skin, so it’s difficult to find one that is suitable and doesn’t irritate me. I also prefer my deodorants to have mild scents therefore it doesn’t compete and clash with my perfume. The product was very easy to use, didn’t leave any white marks on my clothes, dried quickly and most importantly it controlled odour. The size of the item was convenient, easily fitted into my travel cosmetic/gym bag. Would highly recommend it those who have sensitive skin.” – Priscilla
“I usually prefer aerosol spray deodorants, but I found the Nivea roll on really effective. It smelt nice, didn’t mark my clothes and kept me feeling fresh right through the day.” – Tara
"The problem with deodorants for 'sensitive' types is sometimes they don't work — luckily this isn't the case with Nivea Sensitive Protect. The almost-nothing smell meant that my deodorant didn't compete with my perfume (win!) but I didn't get any of the sting that comes with hard-core anti-perspirants. I really liked the simple, fuss-free roll-on packaging = so much more precise than a spray-everywhere aerosol, and never noticed any dreaded white marks on clothing. For me, Nivea Sensitive Protect ticks all the boxes, so I'll be buying again. And again!" — Viv