Even though you think you're doing all the right things when it comes to managing sensitive skin, some of your daily habits could be taking a toll on your condition. Hey, no one is perfect! But there are a few things you can change right now to get a glowing appearance and kick reactions to the curb. Find out if any of these activities are culprits, and get your complexion moving in the right direction.
The best foundation makes you look like you're not wearing any at all, but the secret to achieving that flawless effect is knowing your skin type and choosing a foundation to suit. For example, if you have dry skin, there's no point in wearing a pressed powder foundation because it will only accentuate the dry areas — big no-no! And what about oily-skinned beauties? Well, you're less prone to deep-set wrinkles in the future, but you probably have trouble getting your foundation to last all day right now. We've hand-picked the perfect foundation for five common skin types (yes sensitive, you included!), so click through to meet your perfect match.
When it comes to sensitive skin disorders, there is three main culprits — acne, rosacea and eczema (also known as dermatitis). This week is Eczema Awareness Week and as any sensitive skin sufferer would know, using new products or products not specifically designed for sensitive skin can result in a costly trip to the dermatologist or worse, a very severe reaction. It's important to understand the basics about our skin, as well as what causes each skin disorder. Knowledge is power when it comes to finding some relief, so keep reading.
Lucky for Cara, she received some help in an unlikely place. "Kate [Moss] saw me before the Louis Vuitton show, at 3 am, when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs," Cara explains. "She got me a doctor that afternoon; Kate gives really good advice." Read the full interview online or in W's September issue.
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.
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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