Is your phone bad for your skin?

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Think about it, your phone goes everywhere you go and, more often than not, the bacteria from your fingers and excess oils from your face get all over the screen. Then when you put your phone to your face, that all gets transferred again to your skin, which can cause you to break out.

Also, if the surface of your phone has any metal on it, it is likely to contain nickel, which can cause an allergic reaction in your skin known as contact dermatitis. This is characterised by an isolated dry patch of skin that may have redness or be itchy.

So how can you tell if it's your phone causing this irregular skin reaction? If you hold your phone up to your cheek, the irritated skin would line up with the metal parts of the phone.

This isn't a serious condition so you don't need to stress too much, but it definitely isn't pretty.

These skin issues can easily be prevented by limiting your phone use, using a plastic case and cleaning your phone regularly with alcohol wipes.

Just prevention is usually enough for the skin to heal itself, but you can also speed up the process by using a gentle toner like TN Dickinson's Witch Hazel (details at www.dickinsonbrands.com) to clean the area and by moisturising it with a gentle hydrating face creams targeted for sensitive skin. Try: Olay Complete UV Protection Moisture Lotion SPF 15.

Has your skin ever broken out due to your mobile phone? What are your tips for treating sensitive skin?

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Posted by: stackcats (Australia)

I'm a bit of a germophobe so I wipe my phone almost every day. I've seen some people's phones, all smudgy and greasy, yuck! Nothing treats sensitive skin better than all natural products

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 1:26pm)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Ive never even considered this. Thanks for bringing me up to date. Lucky i reguarly wipe down my phone with diso. Especially if ive been out all day.

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 1:44pm)

Top skin tips from the woman dubbed ‘The Facialist’

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With a client list featuring Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Elle McPherson, it’s no wonder Nichola Joss has been dubbed ‘The Facialist’ by industry folk and celebrities alike. 

As the ambassador of Sanctuary (super) Spa in London’s Covent Garden (she first started her career there 35 years ago), and a renowned celebrity skin care expert, she was definitely our first pick when we desperately wanted advice on how to get the best out of our skin…

bh: Nichola, you’re a big fan of facial oils, right? Do you have any application tips and tricks that will allow women to get the most out of the product?
NJ: It’s best to apply a few drops of oil into the palms of your hands and rub them together before pressing them into your face. Use your fingertips and start at the centre of your face, working outwards and upwards feeling for any tension points especially under your cheekbones and along your jawline. Apply more pressure to these points to de-stress the muscle. Breathe in deeply and slowly whilst massaging your face for a more pampering experience.   

bh: Tell me about the signature facial that you developed. Why is it so different to other facials? What are the benefits?
NJ: It’s very deep and uses lymphatic drainage movements. It de-stresses and removes tension from the muscle tissue allowing your muscles to sit correctly. It also adds health, vibrancy and volume to your muscle, in turn providing better contouring and firming and toning the structure of face. It also benefits the skin by improving texture as well as feeding and nourishing the skin. Massaging inside the mouth, along the jawline and under the cheekbones and into the masseter (cheek) muscle means you are also de-stressing and improving muscle tissue.

bh: You have many famous clients – who is your favourite celebrity to work with? And what services do they get from you?
NJ: All my clients are fantastic. I really like working with Elle McPherson and Kate moss. Also Kelly Brook and Claudia Schiffer! They always request a variety of treatments, from massage to facials and tanning, as well as manicures.

bh: What is your best skin care tip?
NJ: Spend a couple of minutes every night massaging your face with a great oil, concentrating on the tension points on your face (temples, inside ends of your eyebrows, above your ear.)

bh: What do you wish you could tell your younger self in regards to caring for your skin?
NJ: Always wear SPF and avoid too much sugar! 

What are your best tips for making the most of your skin care application?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

To make the most of skin care application, I think you need to make sure you exfoliate. No point spending $$ on awesome ingredients if they are going to sit on top of dead skin cells rather than sink in to nourish your skin. And speaking of nourishing the skin, I still think the best overall skincare tip is to drink heaps of water. Clear skin is beautiful skin.

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 5:20am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Be faithful to your routine, and be kind to your skin (and yourself). Worrying about ageing just makes it worse - you can't stop it, but you can sure slow it down and reduce the impact. Oh and try smiling instead of frowning :-)

Posted on: October 25, 2012 (Oct 25, 2012 5:30am)

Natural ingredients for acne-prone skin

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Finding products to treat acne-prone skin can be difficult, especially if you like your beauty products to contain natural ingredients. So we’ve taken the guesswork out for you, and put together a list of products specifically formulated for pimple-prone skin that contain active natural ingredients. Just hover your mouse over the stars to find out more about each product...

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  1. anumi purify ultimate exfoliator

    The gentle face scrub contains natural scrub particles to provide a deep exfoliation, unclog your congested pores, and remove excess oil. The ingredients are 100 per cent natural and Certified Organic.

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  2. Ella Bache Problem Skin Lotion

    Witch hazel in the formula will help cleanse your pores, while aloe vera cools and soothes your skin and rosemary extract promotes healing. All-in-all, a great product to have around.

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  3. Decleor Paris Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum

    Perfect for combination and oily skin, the mix of essential oils of melaleuca, ylang ylang, basil, tonka bean, jojoba, maize oil, and hazelnut plant oil will help reduce imperfections and inflammations.

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  4. Botani Rescue Acne Cream

    The all-natural treatment has been specially designed to treat acne and blemishes. It's free from benzoyl peroxide and helps reduce inflammation and redness, and kill 99.9 per cent of acne-causing bacteria!

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  5. Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Purifying Gel Cleanser

    Extracts of beetroot and primrose, combined with salicylic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid helps to deeply clean your skin without drying it out or irritating it.

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  6. Aveda Outer Peace Blemish Foam Cleanser

    The mild, non-irritating cleanser contains tamanu oil, oat, and coconut to help remove oil, make-up, and other impurities, while deeply cleansing your pores without over-drying your skin.

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  7. KORA Organics Blemish Gel

    This combo of noni extract, rosehip oil, and vitamins A, C, and E help prevent blemishes and treat existing pimples. And, well, if it's good enough for Miranda...

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  8. Yes to Tomatoes Acne Spot Stick

    Tea tree oil will help dry out and heal those pesky blemishes, while ginger root and bisabolol will reduce redness and calm any inflammations.

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  9. Natio Acne Clear Spot Antibacterial Spot Treatment

    Natural antibacterial extracts help target blemishes, clear breakouts and reduce any redness. And if that's not enough, aloe vera and green tea will calm and soothe your skin.

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Which products do you use to treat any pimples or blemishes? Do you prefer natural ingredients?

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Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Witch Hazel push up stick and Clearasil are brands I have used for my son, daughter and myself to help combat spots and pimples.
Thankfully we all have relatively clear skin and have not suffered with acne problems.
I go for any product that works, it does not have to be natural.
These featured brands look great, food for thought.
SandraXxX

Posted on: October 24, 2012 (Oct 24, 2012 5:27pm)

Posted by: xoFatima (Australia)

I haven't tried any of these products. Been using tea tree oil from the body shop on my spots and that seems to be working.

Posted on: October 24, 2012 (Oct 24, 2012 5:36pm)

Healthy lifestyle tips you NEED to know now‏

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Have you heard of Ashy Bines and her 12 Week Bikini Body Challenge? What about her Clean Living Diet Plan? No? Well, she’s a Gold Coast model-turned-healthy-eating-crusader, and she’s all about helping you lose weight the smart way. Yes, you.

And because we’re attempting to be a bunch of healthy little coconuts here at beautyheaven HQ, we tracked down Ashy Bines so we could steal her healthy living secrets and implement them for ourselves. Oh, and we also nicked a few beauty tips, of course. We simply couldn’t resist…

beautyheaven: What are your top tips for looking and feeling beautiful?
Ashy Bines: A balanced life – too much of anything is bad for you. Oh, and plenty of water, fresh foods and fresh air, and having positive people around me!

bh: What foods do you eat in order to maintain your healthy body?  
AB: Lots of good fats, lean proteins and some healthy carbs for fuel. I love my lean meats, chicken and kangaroo, and I also LOVE freshly grilled fish and I cook EVERYTHING soaked in coconut oil! I also stay away from alcohol and anything that's deep-fried.

bh: Why does the Ashy Bines Clean Eating Diet Plan work for so many people?
AB: It’s [a plan filled with] natural foods that fuel our bodies to give us energy to get through the days, plus it’s not overloaded with sugars, which cause weight gain, bad moods and low energy. Also, the amount of support [the plan offers], which includes myself, a dietician, another personal trainer and over 37,000 other girls helps to support everyone throughout their journey.

bh: What are your top health tips for getting your body ready for summer?
AB: Drinking water and eating brightly coloured vegetables, and I always start my day with a fat burning walk (a 45 minute walk on an empty tummy).

bh: What kind of exercise routines should we all be doing?
AB: A mix of everything – walking, weight training and some high intensity interval training like stairs and hill sprints. I do a bit of everything each week. TRAIN THE SAME, REMAIN THE SAME – love that saying!

bh: What beauty products do you swear by?
AB: Sunscreen, and I love rosehip oil as a moisturiser… I believe a healthy diet and lots of water also helps in keeping my skin clear!

bh: Finally, what are your tips for maintaining a healthy body once you’ve reached your ideal weight?
AB: Find a type of training you ENJOY – I love training with my partner and best friend so I never hate it. I also love to pump my music up loud. And once you’re maintaining your weight, don't be so paranoid about having a wine or meal out with your friends. Life’s too short not to be balanced!

Thank you, Ashy Bines. Your healthy eating and living tips and tricks are just what we need to kick-start our mindset that clean living really is the way to go.

Have you heard of Ashy Bines and her 12 Week Bikini Body Challenge? What about her Clean Living Diet Plan? Have you tried either of them? And are you keen to adopt any of her no-nonsense, healthy lifestyle tips?

Images courtesy of Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge Facebook.

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Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I wonder what the benefits are of cooking everything in Coconut oil. I am really curious.

Posted on: October 24, 2012 (Oct 24, 2012 1:37pm)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

Absolutely bangin' bod!! I must admit I find it very tricky to eat healthy and exercise consistently :(

Posted on: October 24, 2012 (Oct 24, 2012 1:44pm)

Halloween make-up how-to: spooky Spiderwoman

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Are you ready to get your spook on? Are you looking for a Halloween look that you can create with products you have lying around your room? Well, it just so happens that we have just the thing. Check out how we did it below. Simply hover your mouse over the pink stars to see our spooky step-by-step…

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  1. Step 1:

    Grab your eyeliner and draw a thick line around your top lash line and the bottom lash line – the thicker the better! Add a slight flick on the end to emphasise your eye shape.

  2. Step 2:

    Add a bronzy, smoky eyeshadow to your eyelid in small obvious vertical strokes. Be sure to sweep some shadow underneath your eye (and the eyeliner) too.

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    Draw straight lines up from your eyelid, through your brow and on to your forehead, about four will do. Repeat the steps going down from your bottom lash line to your cheek.

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    Attach the vertical lines with half-circle (‘u’ shape) lines in a row that resemble a spider’s web. Add shimmery white eyeshadow or stick-on diamantes to certain points in your ‘web’.

I know what you’re thinking; it’s pretty scary, right? Why not try it on yourself this week? This is what you’ll need.

Got a wardrobe full of black clothes? Check.

A black liner? (Preferably liquid?) Check.

A bronze eyeshadow? Check, check, check.

Note: For an added dose of ghoulish glam, add a blood-red lipstick and some false eyelashes!

Great! It seems you have everything you need to create one totally terrifying Halloween look. Careful not to scare the children! Oh, still missing something? I'm pretty sure the extra-terrifying touch bh'sDeb has discovered will have you appointed the Mayor of Spooksville.

What are your top tips for looking ghoulishly glam this Halloween?


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Posted by: Sezaluke90 (Australia)

Ohh this is perfect! thanks girls, im in the US and got my spider women costume for walmart last week! i'll be copying this look :)

Posted on: October 24, 2012 (Oct 24, 2012 6:21am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Lookin spooky liv. Love the red lippy too.

Posted on: October 24, 2012 (Oct 24, 2012 7:57am)