Acne is a horrible thing to have to live with, and unfortunately, some of us are more prone to it than others. The positive point is that it is treatable with an acne-based skincare program — in conjunction with clean eating and drinking plenty of water. A word of warning: stay away from soft drinks and energy drinks that are often packed with tablespoons of sugar. But when it comes to skincare options, there is a brand to suit all budgets. The main thing is understanding the key ingredients, and then your choice will be much easier. Keep a lookout for foam and gel products with either glycolic, salicylic or lactic acids; and benzoyl peroxide is your friend, but only as a spot treatment. Click through to see our top five!
The votes are in and we can finally reveal the products that scooped the accolades in our first ever BellaSugar Australia Beauty Awards! We'll be bringing you details on all of the winners this week so stay tuned. First up, let's see which new releases our readers voted for in the skincare category. If you're on the hunt for a new moisturiser, eye cream or serum, be sure to see what ones our readers rated before hitting the shops!
Put a bunch of girlie girls in an office together and what do you get? Some very flattering copycat behaviour. New shoes from Zara? — Sarah, I'm looking at you — then chances are one of us will turn up wearing those very shoes the next day. And the same goes for beauty products! When PopSugar ed Jess read my review of Kit Cosmetics' Futuristic Fever Nail Polish, she put the set on her must-buy list! FabSugar ed Ali is after her Winter skin saviour and our publisher Marisa is loving a natural but effective eyecream. And me? I'm treating myself to a unique set of perfumes so each day will have a little splash of special. Click through to see all the products we're lusting after and do tell — what's on your must-buy list this week?
Serums are probably the fast-growing, yet sometimes misunderstood category in skincare. If I had a $1 for every time someone asked me if they really needed one and if they're really necessary, I'd be a rich little lady. The short answer I always give is yes. A big, fat YES. Because essential they're like a targeted treatment in a bottle. Containing more active ingredients than your regular cleanser or moisturiser, it's their sole job to fix problems. Be it lack of hydration, pigmentation, fine lines, enlarged pores. The list is endless. Which meant it was hard to filter them down to these short-listed finalists: Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, an oil-free serum pumped with antioxidants that imparts instant radiance, Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum which features a host of AHAs and BHAs to slough away dead skin cells and improve overall texture and tone, The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth which uses plant stem-cell technology to target the first signs of ageing, Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, a skin transformer that minimises the appearance of wrinkles and tightens and reduces pores, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Luminosity Day Serum which combines lumi-gen technology and Anderson liquid to improve luminosity, Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, a peptide-rich formula that nourishes and repairs overnight and Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum which is infused with glycans to reduce fine lines. Vote now!
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