5 skin care ingredients to try in your 40s

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It’s hard enough choosing a new toothbrush at the supermarket, let alone an entire skin care range. And once you enter your 40’s, there seems to be even more pressure to try something new, something fancy and something with anti-ageing benefits. But with so many ingredients and products to choose from, it can be a little daunting. In order to make your life a little easier, we’ve narrowed the list down to five fantastic skin care ingredients - all of which are perfect for navigating your way through your fourth decade.


#1 Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an all-round excellent skin care ingredient with numerous benefits. It helps to increase collagen production, strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, enhance the skin’s natural repair process, and reduce pigmentation and inflammation. So if you’re not exactly sure what your skin needs, this is a great place to start.

Try: philosophy time in a bottle, Doctor BABOR Derma Cellular Ultimate Vitamin C Booster Concentrate, and Environ Ionzyme C-Quence Crème.


#2 Retinol

If firmer skin is what you’re after, then retinol is an ingredient to look out for. It helps to produce healthier skin cells and increase collagen production for improved texture and less sagging.

Try: Indeed Laboratories retinol reface™, Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum and asap super A+ serum


#3 Green Tea

Good for your health and good for your skin, green tea is packed full of anti-oxidants. It will help your skin to produce more collagen, reduce cell damage, and calm inflammation.

Try: St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea ScrubShu Uemura Anti-Oxi Cleansing Oil, and Eminence Organic Skin Care Green Tea & Guava Fortifying Serum


#4 Caffeine

You drink it to perk yourself up, so why not also use it to perk your skin up? Caffeine as a skin care ingredient is mostly found in eye creams. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help to minimise dark circles and sagging underneath the eyes.

Try: Garnier Youthful Radiance Caffeine Eye Roll-OnL’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Eye Cream and La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Eye Gel


#5 Grape seed

Grape seed is a nourishing ingredient that is high in antioxidants and will help to efficiently reduce free radical damage and wrinkles. It’s also known for healing wounds and stretch marks.

Try: Skinvitals H-Revive with Honey + Grape Seed OilBIODROGA Age Performance Formula Restoring Day Care and Organi Night Cream.



Have you tried any of the above skin care ingredients? What do you tend to look out for when sourcing new skin care products?



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Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

I'll keep this in mind for the future

Posted on: April 03, 2014 (Apr 3, 2014 11:32am)

Posted by: philippa495 (Australia)

Ive found as im in my late 40s its worth spending a bit more on quality products, thanks BH for a great article, some good products to try on the list!

Posted on: April 03, 2014 (Apr 3, 2014 11:35am)

The red carpet beauty mistake we didn’t expect to see…

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By now we’re used to seeing outrageous frocks, see-through dresses and horrible colour clashes on the red carpet (thank you Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and most recently, Jessie J).

But one thing we never EVER thought we’d see on a red carpet (and at a movie premiere, no less) was chipped nail polish!

Shailene Woodley, actress in the upcoming film Divergent, was spotted on the movie’s red carpet in the UK, with one-and-a-half blue nails, while the rest were bare.   

The 22-year-old star looked completely flawless otherwise, so it was disappointing to see her chipped mani.


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Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

Oh no, I can't stand the chipped manicure look especially on a special occasion.

Posted on: April 03, 2014 (Apr 3, 2014 10:43am)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

Oh wow... that's even worse than just chipped! Looks like she was halfway through removing it when the limo arrived ;)

Posted on: April 03, 2014 (Apr 3, 2014 10:45am)

How to apply CC cream

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CC creams are magnificent multi-taskers. They correct any redness and any other skin discolorations, while also feeding your skin with anti-ageing ingredients to help promote smoother, more youthful skin.

But how do you actually use one? You can apply your CC cream over the top of your everyday moisturiser and sunscreen like you would your regular foundation, or wear it on bare skin for a quick, no-fuss make-up look. (We love NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle CC Cream for its anti-ageing properties and youthful, hydrated finish.)

Oh, and you don’t need much product, either – simply apply the product to your t-zone and blend outwards so that it fades into your skin for a natural finish. This will help prevent that dreaded ‘mask effect’ along your jawline. Phew!


Do you use CC cream? Do you suffer from redness or skin discolourations?





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Member Comments

Posted by: MoniqueKerstin (Australia)

Ive really wanted to try out a CC cream!

Posted on: April 02, 2014 (Apr 2, 2014 4:04pm)

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I don't use cc cream, but this is a great tip for applying any base product.

Posted on: April 02, 2014 (Apr 2, 2014 4:06pm)

The best in the (hair) business

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We love celebrating amazing stylists here at bh HQ. Not only because they provide us with such awesome inspiration for our own ‘dos, but because they’re so talented at what they do – and the industry benefits from their creativity.

Want to know who got the top gongs at the 2014 Australian Hair Fashion Awards? These are the stylists you need to know about…

Eugene Souleiman

Sarah Laidlaw


Congratulations to the lucky winners!


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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Congratulations to these talented stylists and all the other stylists who were entered too. I would love for one of you to get a hold of my hair and go to town on it!

Posted on: April 02, 2014 (Apr 2, 2014 2:04pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I've tried a pixie a few times, but unfortunately it just doesn't suit me. I still have no idea what hairstyle best suits me. Perhaps I need to visit one of these super stylists! :)

Posted on: April 02, 2014 (Apr 2, 2014 2:04pm)

5 scary facts about our health

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Uh oh. It appears we Australians aren’t exactly as healthy as we think we are.

Priceline Pharmacy recently surveyed over 60,000 Australians on their health and lifestyle habits, and the results are a little daunting: the average woman has a health age 5.5 years older than her actual age, and the average male’s health age is 4.9 years above his actual age. I guess it’s high time we all booked in for a health check-up, huh?

The survey also brought to light these five rather scary health facts about Australians:

#1. Current smokers are adding an extra 15.1 years onto their health age by keeping up the bad habit.
#2. Only one in five Australians eat the recommended daily intake of two pieces of fruit and five servings of vegetables.
#3. Only one in two Australians take part in at least three hours of exercise each week.
#4. A huge seven out of 10 Australians do not know their current cholesterol levels.
#5. A third of all Australian women feel their quality of sleep is low.

If you’re a little concerned about your health age after reading this, the good news is this: Priceline Pharmacy is offering free in-store health checks nationwide from April 9 until May 14 to help you get your health back on track.

“The health checks will include blood pressure and cholesterol level checks and of course our pharmacists will be on hand to offer people advice about any other health issues of concern,” says Priceline pharmacist, Justin Withers.

Thanks, Priceline. We appreciate you looking out for us.

Do you consider yourself to be rather healthy? When was the last time you had your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked?



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Posted by: MoniqueKerstin (Australia)

I consider myself reasonably healthy, I exercise for 30 minutes a day on average 6 days a week, and have plenty of fruit/veggies and organic products in my diet. Im not a saint though and do enjoy a good treat every now and then! Everything in moderation :)

Posted on: April 02, 2014 (Apr 2, 2014 12:28pm)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

I think I'm reasonably healthy. I don't smoke, rarely drink, and try to eat well. I could do with shedding a few kgs though.

Posted on: April 02, 2014 (Apr 2, 2014 12:35pm)