5 minutes with...Danné Montague King

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bh: You developed the original DMK acne range over 40 years ago to cure your own acne – why did you feel the need to create a new acne range?

DMK: Over the last decade the benzyl peroxide (BP) approach to acne has become controversial. Partly because long-term use of BP products tends to dry out the skin and interfere with the skin’s natural acid mantle, respiratory systems and in a way, become a free radical, but primarily because of increasingly difficult regulations that demand that BP products be only listed and sold as a drug. I decided to re-formulate and create home use products that are paraben and sulfate free and contain no benzoyl peroxide – yet still address the main concerns of acneic skin, such as infection (bacterial), inflammation, cuticle build up and sebum control. The active ingredient in most of the new Klear Collection products is salicylic acid. This ingredient aids in the correction of abnormal desquamation that occurs in acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid is especially helpful in treating acne as it aids in penetrating the follicle.

bh: Is there a particular age group/skin type that Klear Collection is most suited for?

DMK: Anyone who suffers from any grade of acne, including onset adult acne, will benefit. This range is designed to help people who have tried it all and are still looking for relief from their acne at any level of severity.

bh: What makes the Klear Collection range different from other anti-acne ranges?

DMK: ACU-MIST is the most unique product in the range and will revolutionise the way teenagers manage their acne. It’s a light spray that hydrates the skin as well as helping to kill off the P.acnes bacteria. This is an easy product to carry with you and have on hand all day.

bh: Is there one ‘star’ product that you think all breakout sufferers should use?

DMK: The one product I couldn’t live without is ACU-THERM. It’s the ultimate weapon against those nasty breakouts that always appear at the most inappropriate times. Using a pseudo heat, similar to tiger balm, it brings blood to the area and encourages circulation and healing.

bh: Are there any DMK in-salon treatments that can complement these at-home products and make them work more effectively?

DMK: All the signature DMK enzyme treatments (which work with transfer messenger enzymes) and resurfacing procedures will complement and encourage the success of these products.

The DMK Klear Collection comprises: ACU-KLENZ (an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory cleanser), ACU-KLEAR (a fast-working pimple and acne treatment cream), ACU-MIST (an anti-bacterial, hydrating face spray), ACU-MOIST (a skin balancing moisturiser), and ACU-THERM (a deep pore cleansing treatment).

Have you ever tried any DMK products or treaments? Are you prone to pimples or do you suffer from acne? What do you do to try clear your skin?

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Posted by: Princess75 (Member since 2007, Australia)

I have never heard of the brand, maybe because I have never had problem skin. I do tend to get more breakouts now after having children :/

Posted on: September 24, 2012 (Sep 24, 2012 12:13pm)

Posted by: s2pring (Australia)

hmmm first time hearing sbout this brrand

Posted on: September 24, 2012 (Sep 24, 2012 12:32pm)

Spring and summer essentials: lip products with SPF

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The weather is heating up – hooray! And that means that you should be even more conscious of slapping on that SPF before heading out. And while we know you’re all over sunscreen for your body and face, we wouldn’t want you to forget the delicate skin on your lips. Just hover your mouse over the stars below to find out more about these fabulous lip products with SPF...

  1. Bonne Bell Therapy Lip Gel SPF 30+

    With such a high SPF, you know your lips will be safe in the summer sun. Just remember to reapply!

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  2. Lanolips Lip Ointments with Colour SPF

    You can’t go wrong with a nourishing lipgloss mixed with pure pigment AND SPF 15. Now to choose a colour...

  3. Blistex Lip Condtioner SPF 15

    There’s a good reason the Blistex lip balm is so iconic, so give those dry, chapped lips a run for their money with this soothing conditioner.

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  4. QV Lip Balm SPF 30+

    The soothing gel protects and moisturises dry and sore lips. And it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin, too!

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  5. Vaseline Lip Therapy SPF 15

    The pocket-sized tub is perfect for carrying around in…well…your pocket, so you can be sure your lips will be nourished and protected all day.

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  6. Yes To Pomegranate Conditioning Lip Balm

    The all-natural, paraben-free lip butter will protect your lips from both UVA and UVB rays. And it feels pretty darn good when you apply it, too.

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  7. Bloom Daily Shield Lip Balm SPF 30+

    Macadamia nut oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera oil make for a super-hydrating trio.

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  8. ARTISTRY Lip Color Sheer SPF 15

    Try this lippy for a hint of colour and shine while protecting your lips from the sun. It’s the perfect summer BBQ companion.

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  9. Ultraceuticals Ultra Lip Therapy SPF 15

    If you tend to suffer from windburn, sunburn, or excessive dryness on your lips, this will be your new go-to lip balm.

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  10. Key-Sun Zinke Clear Zinke Plus Lip Balm SPF 30+

    Don’t worry about this SPF-packed balm leaving a film on your lips; it absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy residue.

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Do you think to use lip products with SPF during summer? How sun safe are you?

More sun-safe tips on bh:
- How to be sun-safe, the sensitive way…
- Your sun protection routine starts…NOW!...

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Posted by: Deb763 (Australia)

It definitely is important especially with how strong our sun is here! I stick with blistex but great to see all the other options too never thought to check out else is out there :)

Posted on: September 24, 2012 (Sep 24, 2012 8:58am)

Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I try not to buy lip balms without SPF.

Posted on: September 24, 2012 (Sep 24, 2012 9:06am)

How-to: manage your freckles

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Are you a freckle person? Do you have them/love them/hate them? I grew up despising the big brown spots all over my face, but I’ve since grown to love them. The key to learning to love your freckles is knowing exactly how to manage them. Whether it’s by using the right make-up, trialling a secret skin treatment or embracing them as they are, there are ways we can start to like this part of life that most of us can’t seem to avoid.

Here are three ways to befriend your freckles

Protect your skin 

If you’ve got enough freckles (I know I do!), then sunscreen will be your best friend when it comes to preventing any more from spattering across your face. Super strong, long-lasting sunscreen with SPF30+ is the way to go – and not just on your face. Cover yourself in protective sunscreen to not only look after your skin this summer, but to minimise the chance of getting too many more freckles. Rest assured, though, if its freckles you’re craving, spend enough time in the sun (even with sunscreen), and you’re bound to land a few cuties. 

Banish dark spots! 

If for some crazy reason you despise your freckles and want to get rid of them, then skin lighteners tend to be the way to go. Products like SK-II Cellumination Beauty Essence contain Vitamin C, which help to buff away surface skin cells and lighten your complexion. Alternatively, there are some kooky natural remedies rumoured to rid you of your freckles. Facial masks made from fruits such as apricots, strawberries and cucumbers contain high levels of antioxidants, which work to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the formation of new skin cells. Sounds bizarre, but it could be worth a go! 

Make them over

The key to making your freckles look gorgeous is to keep it natural. By caking your face in thick, heavy make-up, it becomes pretty obvious that you’re trying to hide those sweet spots sprinkled across your nose. Tinted moisturisers, or foundations with a light, dewy finish are the holy grail for freckled folk. Try Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for alightweight coverage that blends away imperfections while giving you sun protection as well! If you prefer to opt for a foundation, AHAVA Light Foundation offers sheer to medium coverage and is oil-free for a light, dewy complexion.

Are you blessed with gorgeous freckles? What are your tips for managing freckles?

-Want to know the perfect companion for your freckles?

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Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I have light brown skin AND freckles. I have always loved my freckles and so do others. I never try and cover or hide them. Freckles rock!

Posted on: September 23, 2012 (Sep 23, 2012 8:22am)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I have a couple really light ones dusted on my cheekbones, it's really cute and draws attention to my high cheek bones which I like.

Posted on: September 23, 2012 (Sep 23, 2012 8:34am)

Ultimate beauty boosters

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Are you feeling like your current beauty products are missing a little something? Like they could be doing a little more for you? Are you more interested in improving what you already have, rather than just covering it up?

Then you need a group of hard-working beauty buys that will help get the most out of what you've got: products that will make your daily skin care and beauty regimes a little more worthwhile. Gather your beauty bucks, ladies, because the following list could have you rushing out to the shops...

philosophy turbo booster c powder: add this topical vitamin C powder to any of your regular water-based serums or moisturisers to instantly convert them into an anti-ageing vitamin c treatment. Seriously, a regular moisturiser can become a state-of-the-art age-blitzer just by adding a pinch of this powder.

Soshan Brow Boost: if your brows aren't quite as full as you might like then you'll need a special concentrated serum that helps to boost natural brow growth, won't you? Look no further, ladies.

Environ Evenescence C-Boost: worried about the ageing effects of sun damage? Fear not, this little beauty offers prolonged antioxidant protection that makes skin more resistant to the harmful, ageing effects of the sun.

Bodyography Radiance Boost Liquid Luminizer: add radiance to your complexion with this radiance-boosting illuminator that also works to replenish skin's moisture levels.

Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Daily Boost: don't deal with dull and limp hair again thanks to this daily hair boost that works to thicken and repair the hair while increasing volume over time.

What do you do to turbo charge your beauty routine? Have you tried any of the products above?

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Posted by: Jen18 (Australia)

I love paul mitchell stuff. Everyone should try the detangler :) I'm really interested in trying out the extra daily body boost now :)

Posted on: September 22, 2012 (Sep 22, 2012 7:35pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I have not tried any of the products listed or heard of them for that matter. Any pamper treat for skin or hair that gives a boost for appearance gets my vote of approval.
I have been using Avene Thermal Spring Water as a refreshing spritzer. The fine mist spray is definitely a beauty booster and soothing for skin.
I was lucky to receive the spring water in a bonus skincare bag of goodies from Priceline.

Posted on: September 22, 2012 (Sep 22, 2012 7:41pm)

Six style and beauty lessons to learn from Gucci

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I’m a sucker for Fashion Week, beauties. When it struts in on its unfairly long legs every March and September the beauty journalist in me gets VERY excited. Why? Because this is the place where all trends are born. The hair, the make-up, the fashion – everything you’ll be wearing next season originates here.

And that’s precisely why we’re nabbing style tips and tricks from the glorious Gucci S/S 2013 runway show now so you’re ridiculously ahead of the on-trend crowd come summer…

#1: middle parts should definitely be embraced this season
Yes, they may not suit everyone, and yes, they can make your nose look a whole lot bigger than it is, but if a middle part works for you, be sure to wear it with pride during the warmer months. Whether your hair is down or up, a middle part should most certainly be involved.

#2: bright clothing hues look smashing with earthy, neutral make-up
See that hot pink frock? Did you notice that moody smoky eye and neutral lip its been paired with? These two work perfectly together because they both stand out in their own right. The dress is popping, and the eyes are defined, yet they don’t clash. Not at all. Smart one, Gucci.

#3: if you’re donning a high neckline, wear your hair up
If you don’t, your flowing hair will smother and drown out that stunning number you’ve probably spent a fortune on. Give your outfit the attention it deserves and put your hair up in a top knot to show off your neck and that spectacular high neckline…

#4: bright outfits look sensational with equally bright jewellery
Thought pairing your bold frock with loudly coloured accessories was a no-no? Think again. That striking pink beaded necklace and matching earrings are doing wonderful things for that delightful Gucci orange, white and raspberry patterned number.

#5: don’t be afraid to take your eye shadow outside the lines
Gone are the days where eye shadow belongs on the upper lid only. The reason why this Gucci smoky eye is so splendid is because the smudged hues are located below the lower lash line, too. This not only frames the eyes, but adds a little extra drama.

#6: opting for a sleek hairdo is a must-do
Getting out of the pool? Or maybe you’ve just been for a dip in the ocean? Or maybe, just maybe, you’re too lazy to blow-dry your strands for work? No sweat. This season’s sleek, wet-looking ‘do lend itself perfectly to a number of situations - so be sure to embrace it.





What do you think of the hair and make-up looks from the Gucci Milan Fashion Week S/S 2013 show? Do you already follow any of these beauty lessons? Will you now?

More Fashion Week goodness on bh:
How-to: a natural, pretty smoky eye

A matte pink lip for summer? Yes, please!


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Posted by: Princess75 (Member since 2007, Australia)

Gorgeous! Love Gucci, I don't think they ever miss! Icon for a reason

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 5:04pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Loving these tips & tricks from Gucci - there's always something new to learn!

Posted on: September 21, 2012 (Sep 21, 2012 5:08pm)