Time to try: products to help soothe your eczema

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For those who didn’t know, this week is Eczema Awareness Week.

And did you also know, according to the Eczema Association of Australia, that 20 per cent of children will develop eczema before the age of five? That’s one in five people suffering from a skin condition that can be so irritating and painful that it’s debilitating.

See, eczema’s not just about having dry skin.  It can be extreme dryness, redness, swelling, itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or even bleeding. And if the wrong products are used on the skin – well, it’s pretty much disastrous.

So, if you’re an eczema sufferer and you’re looking for some soothing, calming, and nourishing products that are safe to use on your skin, try some of these eczema-friendly picks:

Cetaphil™ RESTORADERM™ Skin Restoring Body Wash, $19.95, 1800 800 865 – Safe for the whole family to use, the body wash features patented technology to help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect it from dryness, reducing the itchy and painful effects of eczema. The creamy, soap-free body wash will be sure to cleanse your skin without inflaming your eczema. What more could you ask for?

Bellamer Soothing Balm
– Use the nourishing body balm to hydrate your skin on a day-to-day basis, or use to it provide relief for eczema and other irritating skin conditions. With ingredients like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, you can be sure that any irritations are soothed and your skin feels nothing but moisturised.

Botani Olive Hand Cream – The non-greasy hand cream is made from natural plant extracts to hydrate and soften your skin. But even better than that, the formulation is incredibly gentle and soothing enough for sensitive skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

QV Flare Up Cream – Free from lanolin, propylene glycol, and fragrances, the emollient cream will help relieve the symptoms of eczema, improve skin suppleness, reduce roughness, and help skin barrier recovery. Definitely a treatment cream you want to keep in the bathroom cupboard!
DermaVeen Eczema Lotion – Featuring 100 per cent natural colloidal oatmeal, and free from lanolin, parabens, and dyes, the lotion can be used to moisturise your skin while soothing any inflammation. It’s also great to use after a long soak in the bath with DermaVeen Bath Treatment.

Find out which other products are safe to use on sensitive and eczema-prone skin…

Self-tanning and sensitive skin? Surely not…


Do you suffer from eczema? How do you treat sensitive skin?

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Posted by: stackcats (Australia)

I tend to have dry itchy skin in winter, probably is a case of very mild eczema. Vaseline jelly has helped prevent it though. It's really greasy but works great

Posted on: September 08, 2012 (Sep 8, 2012 9:28am)

Posted by: Hippy (Australia)

I've never had eczema before, but my cousin had it really bad when he was younger. Heard great things from DermaVeen!

Posted on: September 08, 2012 (Sep 8, 2012 10:05am)

The top five make-up looks from the MTV VMAs

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I’m not going to beat around the bush. Ke$ha looked good at the MTV Video Music Awards. Like really good. Like she didn’t just fall out of a garbage bin or have a fight with a homeless person. Believe me, I was just as shocked when I also picked her as having one of the best make-up looks of the night. Weird.

Anyway, she wasn’t the only celeb to rock a make-up look so good that I was dying to have my entire make-up collection at my disposable just so I could try them out myself. And I feel like you’ll be on the same page too. Just take a look and see for yourself…

Don’t know why we’re so shocked about Ke$ha? One look at this and you’ll see why…

Rihanna, the ultimate hair chameleon…


What do you think of these make-up looks?

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Posted by: GoddessMagick (Member since 2007, Australia)

Wow, Ke$ha looks like Xtina here! Definitely more stylish than usual, Taylor looks quite nice and grown up. Rihana's crop is great on her. Makeup looks are really different on each celeb here, None I really like but Taylor S looks chic.

Posted on: September 07, 2012 (Sep 7, 2012 5:04pm)

Posted by: prittykitty (Australia)

omg Zoe looks so pretty!

Posted on: September 07, 2012 (Sep 7, 2012 5:09pm)

Let’s sneakily kick dull winter to the kerb, shall we?

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As soon as the sun comes out to shine, I’m assuming your first concern is your paler-than-you’d-like legs and not-exactly-super-smooth thighs. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not just your body that needs attention come springtime – your face does too…

To gain back your pre-winter radiance, you need to revive your skin to get it back to its glowy best. But rather than stick a rocket under its cute toosh, switching up your skin care regimen is the key. It’s time to ditch the old products that have passed their use-by date and give your skin what it needs – exfoliation and hydration.

Start by making a concerted effort to exfoliate twice a week to remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal. Smooth skin reflects the light better, helping to give you an instant radiant glow. To amp up this radiance even more, you’ll need to focus on moisturising. Do apply a hydrating serum after toning along with a moisture-boosting eye cream to treat your skin concerns. Do follow that up with a luxurious moisturiser to act as a blanket on your skin so it can protect the ingredients you feed into your skin. And finally, do adopt good SPF habits. If you don’t wish to apply a separate sunscreen, for the love of non-leathery skin, please apply a day moisturiser with an added SPF each and every morning. No buts - just do it.

Finding a range of skin care products that suit your skin concerns and needs is a tough gig, but the good news is this: there is now a dedicated skin care line meeting the needs of all different skin varieties.

beauties, please give a warm, fuzzy welcoming hug to Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference – a skin care line that features a range of different products for specialised skin types (think oily, combination, and dry and dehydrated) that are designed to be mixed and matched. Yep, that’s right – all the products in the collection work together to give you the best skin you can have, and can be switched and swapped depending on your seasonal skin concerns. Feeling a little dry in winter? Reach for the Gentle Hydrating Regimen range. Find your skin is super-oily during the height of summer? It’s time to adopt the Oil-Free Regimen. Or maybe your skin sits somewhere in the middle? No worries – the Skin Balancing Regimen will suit you to a tee.

But what makes this skin care line so modern is its out-of-the-box thinking. By creating these three lines that are designed to all work side-by-side, Elizabeth Arden is actually encouraging you to use a cleanser from the Oil-Free Regimen if your skin needs it, and then combine it with the Skin Balancing Regimen serum if your skin needs a little extra hydration boost. Why? Because it’s what your skin needs. You’re not stuck with the same group of products all year round – you’ve got options. Added bonus: your skin won’t freak out when you make a small switch either. Coming from the same skin care family, these products have got each other’s backs. So. Stinkin’. Smart.





Is your skin looking a little dull after months of wild, cold weather? Have you amped up your skin care routine since spring started? Are you keen to check out this new ingenious skin care line that caters to pretty much every man and his bunny?


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Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I definitely need to amp up my skincare regime. I am always on the look out for a new product. I would be keen to try the skin balancing regimen.

Posted on: September 07, 2012 (Sep 7, 2012 12:09pm)

Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

I totally agree. Have started really moisturing my akin.to death once agaim, plus u can't go past a good scrub. Loving alpha h products atm, but this range sounds devine sure to get my hands on.it!

Posted on: September 07, 2012 (Sep 7, 2012 12:11pm)

Embarrassing facial hair? Help is on the way

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Do you ever catch a glimpse of yourself in the sunlight and gaze at just how pretty your lipgloss looks? Yeah, me too. Are your eyes then torn away by the completely visible hairs on your top lip?! Eek!

Yeah, it happens to the best of us. Honestly, embarrassing facial hair plagues more of us than you may well think. The trick is being able to take care of it in a subtle way – and I'm happy to tell you there are plenty of cheap, easy-to-use solutions out there for everyone.

I thought I'd round up a few of the best facial hair removers available and show you why they're worth spending your beauty bucks on.

Waxaway Precision Wax Wand
Why we love it: the easy-to-use wax wand makes application a breeze, plus it's gentle enough to ensure you don't wax off more from your mono brow than you intended!

Why bh members love it: "It is super easy to get the wax precisely where you want it and I find when I wax my own eyebrows the pain and redness factors are much less! I have been using this wand for two years now and haven't paid for an eyebrow wax in that time." - Meghead87

Nad’s Facial Hair Removal Strips
Why we love it: these facial strips feature a unique contour weave, which means they fit the contours of your face perfectly.

Why bh members love it: "The wax strips are the perfect size for the face area. I usually use them on my upper lip, and in between my brows. The strips are soft, and work well. So convenient, none of that warming up the wax and spatula nonsense." - Hippy

Andrea Gentle Hair Remover
Why we love it: if you're not all that into waxing, hair removal creams are great! We love this one as it's designed for use on the face and contains a soothing cream to use afterwards.

Why bh members love it: "This is a fast, effective and painless way to remove upper-lip & chin hair." - dawndale

Do you prefer to have a face that's entirely hair-free? What are your tips for removing facial hair?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

Gee, I wouldn't be game to wax my own eyebrows!

Posted on: September 07, 2012 (Sep 7, 2012 6:16am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

I dont wax my brows i only pluck but i like using the nair facial wax strips for some unwanted lip hair.

Posted on: September 07, 2012 (Sep 7, 2012 7:35am)

Hair conditioner… on your legs!?

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When it comes to your favourite beauty products, wouldn’t you love to see some dual-power action? Do you ever wish that your make-up bag was smaller, but your routine stayed the same? Well, do we have a surprise for you! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite beauty products that every girl should have, and found ways to multiply their uses! Check out our list of these everyday products that sneakily double up for maximum gain. Your wallet will thank you in the long run too!

 Lip tints
The best option for keeping lips simple is a lip tint, and now this product gets even better! Lip tints use lightweight gels and water-based dyes to stain the lips for a rosy shine, but blend a few dots into the apples of your cheeks, and you’ll find yourself with a natural-looking flush. A few clever brands have picked up on the dual-trend with Benefit Benetint, ModelCo CHEEK + LIPS and MeMeMe Cheek & Lip Tint, however most lip tints will do the same job. Keep this one stashed inside your handbag for sneaky touch-ups throughout the day.

So we all know conditioner is used on your hair, but that’s all it’s good for, right? Wrong! Conditioner contains moisturising properties that hydrate your hair, so it’s even kinder to your skin. The next time you’re shaving your legs, ditch the shaving cream and try conditioner instead. It’s great for sensitive skin and ensures your razor glides smoothly to avoid nasty cuts. Try Palmolive Intensive Moisture Conditioner or Dove Therapy Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner for super-conditioning qualities.

Vaseline is a skin saviour! It can be used for a myriad of purposes, from moisturising dry skin and acting as a lip balm, to soothing rashes and treating nail cuticles. This is the wonder product of multi-purpose products, and once you’ve got it, you’ll find it’s the answer to so many woeful beauty bothers. Get your hands on the classic Vaseline Intensive Care Petroleum Jelly.

This sneaky little wonder has a few sweet uses. Not only can it be great to use before applying nail polish (to help avoid yellowing nails), but slick some on after prettying your nails up to prevent chipping. On a completely non-nail related topic, if you hate getting ladders in your stockings, I suggest you keep some of this stuff in your handbag. Everyone gets holes in their stockings, but with a quick application of topcoat, you can avoid them looking like they’ve been attacked by your cat. Our pick of the bunch is Manicare Hi-Shine Top Coat.


Do you know any products that have a dual purpose? What are your money-saving beauty tricks?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

8 Hour Cream. I use it for pretty much everything the article suggests for Vaseline, but I'm pretty sure it also has a BHA added.

Another one is hand cream as an anti-static. At work I'll spread a touch on my legs - more static clinging :)

Posted on: September 06, 2012 (Sep 6, 2012 5:12pm)

Posted by: Isabelle135 ()

I've heard all of these before, they're smart tips!
I agree about the 8 hr cream.. it's a saviour.
Use a whitening tooth paste to get rid of fake tan on hands!

Posted on: September 06, 2012 (Sep 6, 2012 5:22pm)