The one place you are forgetting to apply sunscreen

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Lips are wonderfully talented when it comes to kissing. They also look fabulous lacquered in a bold lipstick. Oh, and they do a darn good job of protecting your teeth if you’re a little bit of a clutz and are known to take a stack or two…

Something lips are not fantastic at is this: protecting themselves from the sun. In fact, they are rubbish at it. And that’s precisely why it’s up to you to apply an SPF lip product on a daily basis, alongside your usual facial and body sunscreens.

Not sure if you can be bothered with this extra step? Read this and you may just change your mind…

Why your lip products should contain SPF

#1 Lips do not contain melanin – the pigment that causes your skin to tan after sun exposure – which puts your lips at a higher risk of sun damage.  

#2 Lips are very sensitive. This is because the underlying bloody vessels are extremely close to the skin, hence your pout’s pinky-red hue.  

#3 Lips do not contain sebaceous glands, which are the glands that hydrate your skin. This means they require extra protection and hydration in comparison to other areas of the body.  

#4 Just like the shiny surface of water or snow, lip glosses without an SPF actually attract the sun and can leave your lips dehydrated, burnt or even blistered. 

#5 Sun damage alters your body’s natural ability to produce collagen, which can cause your lips to wrinkle and fine lines to form around the mouth area.

BEST LIP PRODUCT WITH SPF #1: OP Therapy Leverage for Lips.
Along with nourishing Manuka honey, this SPF 15 lip balm also delivers a moisture hit thanks to its Australian sandalwood oil. 

BEST LIP PRODUCT WITH SPF #2: Rubifresh Skincare Lip Balm ($12,
Containing raspberry seed oil, a naturally-occurring ingredient that helps protect against sun damage, this hydrating balm is also packed with vitamin E, and macadamia and almond oils.  

BEST LIP PRODUCT WITH SPF #3: Carmex Lip Balm Click Sticks with SPF15 in Strawberry.
Not only does this soothing formula give a gloss-like shine, but it smells absolutely divine, too.  

BEST LIP PRODUCT WITH SPF #4: Banana Boat Aloe Vera Lip Balm SPF 30+.
Soothing and protecting, this balm is absolutely wonderful at preventing and relieving dryness, cracking, peeling and chapping.

BEST LIP PRODUCT WITH SPF #5: Ella Bache Great Lipsaver 30+.
Containing a sheer tint with a glossy finish, this high-sun-protection product also contains a nourishing blend of lanolin, mango butter, shea butter, jojoba and pomegranate.

Did you know your lip area was so susceptible to sun damage? Do you apply an SPF to your lip area? Will you do so from now on?

Member Comments

Posted by: cocoflower3 (Australia)

thanks! this is so good to know. usually i use lip products with spf anyway but now i'll definitely remember to keep using them :)

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 5:35pm)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

fantastic information. I always use a lip balm with SPF30, then i feel confident out in the sun.

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 5:37pm)

Foundation tips for mature women

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Finding a foundation that provides flawless coverage and lasts the day can be a pretty difficult thing. When you’re young you’re up against issues of oiliness, battling base that slides off your face midway through the day. Then, as you age and your skin becomes more prone to dryness, the problem shifts to finding a foundation that doesn’t cake, flake or settle into fine lines.

So what’s the secret to achieving that flawless, youthful-looking foundation finish when you have mature skin?

Firstly, you need to prep your skin with a serum. This will not only work to hydrate your skin and ensure that your foundation doesn’t flake, but if you choose one that’s specifically designed for more mature skin, you’ll be simultaneously treating your anti-ageing concerns, too. For an extra powerful pre-foundation age fighting solution, apply Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate in conjunction with Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector. Together, they’ll help hydrate, refine and even out your skin tone, as well as minimise fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and assist your skin’s repair process.

Next, opt for a treatment foundation. As you age, you’ll need more from your foundation than plain and simple coverage. Treatment foundations are formulated with hardworking ingredients that help to correct skin issues, such as discolouration, dark spots, and dark circles, as well as provide smooth, flawless coverage. Plus, given they’re targeting mature skin they’re usually more hydrating, too, so are less likely to settle into and exacerbate any fine lines or wrinkles. Lancôme Teint Visionnaire is one such foundation that ticks all the right boxes. Combining the advanced technology of Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector with the brand’s winning foundation formulation, it will leave provide long-lasting, natural looking coverage that leaves your skin looking smooth, even-toned and more youthful.

Finally, avoid heavy setting powders. These are great to use when you’re younger and you’re trying to combat an afternoon oil slick, but can leave maturing skin looking crepey and dry. If you’re using the fabulous products mentioned above your skin should be well hydrated and your foundation long lasting, so there’s really no reason to have to apply powders over the top.

Have you tried any of these Lancôme products? What are your tips for foundation application for maturing skin?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Walshy (Australia)

Sometimes I think your better off without foundation as you age, I have tried a few different things out there even though I have never really been a user of it, and it just does not look good at all.. BB cream can be good, but in small amounts, and just for the evening of skintone as opposed to hiding the fine lines etc.

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 3:17pm)

Posted by: lynx (Member since 2008, Australia)

I've noted at times my mother would put on her foundation quite heavy, I mentioned that she should try a lighter approach and now I can notice she has been doing that-and it looks much nicer and not over the top.

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 3:19pm)

Your essential wedding day survival guide

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Your wedding is a wonderful occasion. One of the most special days in your life. But that’s not to say that it’s an easy road to the big day – not only do you have to worry about booking the perfect venue, photographer, videographer, and caterer, but you also have to deal with things like your dress, your bridesmaids and their dresses, your shoes, your hair, your make-up, your nails, your tan, your…well, everything really.

So it’s pretty safe to say that you’ll probably be quite frazzled in the weeks leading up to your wedding day. And since nobody likes a stressed-out Bridezilla, you might want to try these things to ensure that you’re nothing but cool, calm and collected as you walk down the aisle towards your future hubby:

A week before the big day
Treat yourself to a long, relaxing facial. The kind that lasts an hour and a half and makes you almost fall asleep you’re so relaxed. The Langham Sydney offers an incredibly indulgent Babor Organic Glacier Facial that not only makes you feel like all your worries are melting away, but it also uses chilled crystals from the Swiss Alps to regenerate and renew your skin cells and leave your complexion completely clear, radiant, and rejuvenated. There’s not a shred of doubt you won’t walk out feeling like a new woman with skin that glows like a thousand suns.
Note: We really recommend doing this a week or two before your wedding in case the facial helps bring any toxins from under your skin onto the surface, in which case you’ll need the time for any spots to heal.

A couple of days before the big day
Feeling a little tense in the neck and back? Is your mind completely overrun with wedding details? It sounds like you’re in need of a full-body massage that will help ease any tension and calm your senses, too. CHI, The Spa CHI Balance massage is all about helping you find clarity and peace of mind while relaxing and calming your body. It’s the perfect way to de-stress and find your inner…err…chi before your big day.

On the big day
Hooray, your wedding day has arrived! You’re probably feeling all kinds of nervous and excited. And because we would really hate for anything to go wrong, we have a few suggestions of what you can have on hand to make sure your day goes smoothly:
1. Dove Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant – it’ll protect you from odour and excessive sweating for 48-hours, while making sure your underarms are soothed and nourished.
2. Coverplast Blister patches – new shoes often mean new blisters, and these nifty patches will help relieve the pain from any that crop up throughout the day.
3. Jane Iredale Blotting Paper – remove any shine without ruining your fabulous wedding day make-up.

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Member Comments

Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

These are great tips, thankfully I am planning a pretty fuss free sort of wedding but I will still make sure to enjoy a facial and massage beforehand! :)

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 12:31pm)

Posted by: Trudz (Australia)

10 years in and still no ring, so I think this might be a little while away for me yet. Still good to have tips on how to relax, these days I find it hard to really take a step back.

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 1:10pm)

One-minute makeover: look flawless in a flash

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I don’t want to come right out and say that I’m a lazy lady when it comes to my make-up, but I want what every girl wants – to look flawless in next to no time.

Sometimes I gaze at my overflowing make-up kit and sigh. Why does it take so many steps and a plethora of products to look as good as we want to? I just want to be able to snap my fingers and look like I’ve been pinched from the cover of a magazine. Me and the entire female population, that is.

I am known to love a challenge, so with that in mind, I set out to discover how I could cut my daily make-up routine down to around one minute, without jeopardising the result. In fact, the aim was to actually improve how I looked. Challenge may be an understatement.

After many a trial, I found a recipe that would prove to be foolproof. It’s rather simple – you just need a few trusty (read: awesome) products and around a minute to apply them. Ready? Go.

So you want something that will apply to your skin, fit snuggly and stay there all day without wanting to fade off? I’m overjoyed to inform you that I’ve found a suitable sponge-on foundation that more than fits the bill. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Make-up is silky and sheer and applies to your skin lovingly, like it really wants to be there.  It smells amazing and delivers a smooth, airbrushed finish to your skin without feeling ‘heavy’. In fact, it feels the opposite, like you’re wearing nothing at all. Better still, it covers all of your imperfections and delivers a luminous glow to your skin that lasts all day. The very best bit? It takes around 10 seconds to apply to your entire face with a delightfully suede-like sponge that your skin will love. Needless to say, I’m hooked.

Time is of the essence, so keep your eye look simple by choosing the eye product that’s most important to you. If you’re not lucky enough to be blessed with long, full-looking lashes, grab your jet-black mascara and sweep for the stars until you’re satisfied with your flutter. If you prefer to accentuate your eye shape, grab your black liner and line your top and bottom lash line to achieve a sultry result. If you want to bring out your eye colour, opt for a shimmery eye shadow that will act as a complementary backdrop to your baby blues (or greens, or browns.)

A lip hue can help to take your entire look from washed-out to wonderful. If you want to keep the attention on your eyes, opt for a clear glossy hue that delivers ultra shine. If you’re going for a sweet and girly look choose a soft pink long-lasting lipstick that you won’t have to think about for at least a few hours. If you want to opt for a lip look that packs a punch, pick up a berry lip stain and sweep it over your lips for a show-stopping result that takes only a matter of seconds to achieve.

Are you a lazy make-up lady too? What do you think of the sponged-on airbrushed make-up concept? Do you think it's the kind of product you need in your kit, too?

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Member Comments

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Oh wow, this foundation sounds like my kind of thing - light-reflecting qualities are becoming more an more essential for me by the day, and I love that you can use the sponge wet or dry depending on how much coverage you need. If my skin looks good, then I can get away with spending far less time on the rest :-)

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 6:53am)

Posted by: Emily151 (Australia)

That Elizabeth Adren foundation sounds awesome!

Posted on: March 12, 2013 (Mar 12, 2013 6:55am)

Is your pillow making you sick?

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When was the last time you changed your pillow? Go on, be honest. Is it three years ago? Five years ago? Or (gasp!) 10 years ago? If the answer is more than two years, you’re probably not going to like what I have to say next…

Tontine, one of Australia’s leading pillow manufacturers, conducted some interesting scientific research recently and discovered that our pillows are making us ill. Our old pillows, that is.

According to the results of its research, pillows that are five years old have twice as much mould in them in comparisons to a two-year-old pillow. Um, yuck! And considering the different types of mould present in our pillows are directly related to their age, it’s a little scary to know the average age of a pillow in Australia is five years. Not good, Aussies. Not good.

Think these scary facts don’t affect you because you’re not allergic to mould? Not so quick. Allergy or no allergy, breathing in mould and all the nasties it contains puts your immune system under a stack of pressure, which makes it work a whole lot harder to fight said baddies off. And when your immune system is suffering, your body is less likely to fight off other germs. Oh, and considering many of the moulds found in these old pillows are pathogenic species (which cause bacteria infections and disease, especially in those with a low immunity), sleeping on an old pillow is actually rather risky.

But it gets worse. Tontine’s research results showed children’s pillows are just as old and mouldy as adults, and bearing in mind a child’s respiration rate is on average higher than an adult’s, they are likely to be breathing in more mould. Add to the mix their developing immune systems, and you’ve got yourself an increased risk of adverse health effects. Clearly, this is not ideal. Not one little bit.

UNHEALTHY FACT: the pillows collected in the Northern Territory had six times more mould than those collected in New South Wales. Props must go to those residing in Tasmania though, as this is where the least amount of mould was found.

So, I’ll ask you again: when was the last time you changed your pillow? And will you make an effort to purchase a new one after reading this? I will. And I’ll be hunting for one of Tontine’s Fresh pillows, which are date stamped with a use-by date so I’ll never find myself breathing in unnecessary nasties while I sleep again. Phew!

How old is the pillow you sleep on? Will you be buying a new pillow after reading this? And how often do you currently change your pillows?


Member Comments

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

i always change my pillows. that stuff really creeps me out!

Posted on: March 11, 2013 (Mar 11, 2013 5:01pm)

Posted by: Muser (Australia)

I bought new pillows at the end of last year as they were getting a bit old. They are actually Tontine pillows which have the date stamp, so they might even be the ones mentioned in the article. Part of the reason that I bought them was because they have a 'used-by date' which I think is a great idea!

Posted on: March 11, 2013 (Mar 11, 2013 5:08pm)