07 Apr 2014 15:05 PM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
Every woman would love to go through life without a single body or skin insecurity; but when you go through things like pregnancy, puberty, acne or even accidents, stretch marks, scarring and pigmentation can occur – and they can wreak havoc on your confidence.
So what would you say if I told you that there is a way to reduce the appearance of these pesky imperfections and make you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin? And even better, a way that is one 100 per cent natural and doesn’t involve any nasty chemicals, parabens or silicones?
Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil targets and minimises all three skin problems; stretch marks, scars and pigmentation. The 100 per cent naturally derived face and body oil is made up of a blend of plant oils to provide the skin with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to deeply nourish the skin and reduce the visibility of imperfections. When used every day, it will help to visibly improve the appearance of skin on both the body and face. Here’s how:
Stretch marks can appear in all shapes, sizes and colours, and on various areas of your body. They occur when the skin is stretched substantially over a short period of time (most commonly during puberty and pregnancy.) Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil contains sweet almond, rosehip, grapeseed, and wheat germ oil, all of which are high in essential fatty acids. These fatty acids help to nourish the stretched skin, while reducing discoloration. This oil blend is also infused with mandarin essential oil, which helps reduce the visibility of stretch marks. It produces the best results when used everyday and is also 100 per cent natural, making it a more appealing choice for many women to use throughout their pregnancy*.
Scars can form as a result of the skin’s natural healing process when body tissue has been harmed. Things like cuts, burns, piercings, accidents and tattoos can cause tissue damage. Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil nourishes and hydrates the effected areas and contains hypericum and calendula oils to reduce the appearance of scarring.
Pigmentation generally appears due to an over production of pigment or melanin. This can be caused by overexposure to the sun, inflammation, hormonal changes and/or skin injuries. The sweet almond oil in the formulation of Thursday Plantation Nurture Oil helps to soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness, while the combination of rosehip oil and wheat germ oil help to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin to for a calm and clear complexion.
*If pregnant, consult with your medical practitioner prior to use.
Do you suffer from stretch marks, scars or pigmentation? Do you prefer using natural products on your skin?
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I have tried numerous products, including ones approved by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, to reduce the appearance of scars on my body and nothing has helped. So I am sceptical of any products that makes these claims.
Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 4:10pm)
Wow sounds lovely and I haven't tried this product before so would love to find out more.
Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 4:17pm)
07 Apr 2014 11:09 AM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
If you’re at all into fashion, you’ll probably find that that love crosses over into hair and beauty, too. It’s for that reason that many women jump aboard of-the-moment hair and make-up trends as fast as they do sweeping fashion trends – we just can’t get enough of anything that’s hot right now.
That statement was never truer than with the arrival of the balayage trend to the scene. After Sarah Jessica Parker immortalised the look in Sex and the City we saw two-tone girls pop up by the tonne, embracing the trend with open arms. It was a style that stuck around for years – with many girls still enjoying traditional ombré ends today.
The question now is, what’s next?
Dario Cotroneo, owner of Dario Salon has a few ideas – like ‘smudging’. What’s ‘smudging’ you ask? Think of the effect you get when you smudge out your kohl eyeliner. You get a soft, blended colour that fades out effortlessly. ‘Smudging’ for hair follows the same principles. Let’s let Dario explain in more detail; “Softer than ombré and favoured by the likes of Jennifer Anniston and Kate Hudson, 'smudging' exposes the natural underlying pigments in your hair to brighten up your tired re-growth. In simple terms, 'smudging' softens the harshness of your re-growth by blending it into your existing highlights.
Yep, as you can see on the stunning Lily Aldridge here, this subtle-yet-striking take on traditional balayage is created using colour that’s only between 2-5 shades lighter than your overall hair colour, meaning that you get subtle, lightened ends that blend into your natural hair colour seamlessly and look more like natural highlights.
So how do you get the look for yourself? Going in salon to see a hairdresser that understands the trend is best, so Dario Salon would be top of the list for Sydney-based ladies. However, if you wanted to get the look at home, you could try using good quality, at-home hair colour and scrunch it onto teased ends. We like: Schwarzkopf Nectra Colour in Nougat Brown, John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in Lightest Copper Brown and Garnier Olia in Light Brown.
Is this a look you would try? Which colour would you opt for? Is there a hair trend you love at the moment?
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Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 11:30am)
I'm not at all a fan of two-toned hair, but it actually do like the sound of this.
Posted on: April 07, 2014 (Apr 7, 2014 11:38am)
04 Apr 2014 15:57 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
Brows looking a little sparse? Are you dying to thicken those bad boys right up?
I totally get you. Which is why I threw all your brow-growing questions at Brow Expert Jazz Pampling, and here’s what she had to say:
What are your tips for trying to grow out your brows?
You really need patience. What you have to remember is if you have been incorrectly shaping your brows for years, it can take time to regrow. Generally I have found if you have one bad session of waxing/tweezing it will take up to six months for that section to regrow. Don’t be afraid to grow your brow out, no one will pay as much attention to your messy brow as you will. If you aren’t sure what your shape should be, I suggest you see someone who specialises in brow shaping, even if you only see them once or twice, it will put you on the right track.
Is there anything you can do to help the hair grow? Do brow serums work to help hair growth?
I have had clients use brow growth serums and they do work. Just keep in mind that it can take up to six months to really see a difference, so stick with it.
Sidenote: bh’s Cherie has been using Regaine (yep, the men’s hair growth treatment) and Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Eyebrow Enhancer on her brows and she’s had excellent results!
When growing out your brows, are there any areas you can pluck so that you don't look completely dishevelled?
I always tweeze quite low around the brow bone. Don’t take anymore than about your pinky width of hair on the bridge of the nose.
If you aren’t sure, don't go crazy. The moment you "umm" or "ahh" about a hair, don’t take it. If you do make a mistake, don’t try and balance it on the other side, just pencil it in until it grows back in. Put the tweezers down and walk away from the mirror.
Where should you avoid plucking/waxing when growing out your brows?
Pencil in your brow the way you would like to see your brow grow, this will help identify areas that need to re-grow, then tweeze around that shape. This way you wont keep tweezing the same areas time and time again.
For more from Jazz, check out her website...
Are you trying to grow out your brows? Have you had any success in growing out your brows?
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I have grown my eyebrows out previously. I used to just pluck the hairs low on the brow bone, that I knew I didn't need. It made me feel like I looked cleaner lol.
Posted on: April 06, 2014 (Apr 6, 2014 12:06pm)
I have thankfully never gone overboard with my eyebrows. I have relatively tame eyebrows that need minimal maintenance. I love the shape. My son on the other hand needed to grow his out because he decided to plus the inner corner for some bizzare reason. Looked very odd!
Posted on: April 06, 2014 (Apr 6, 2014 12:09pm)
04 Apr 2014 15:21 PM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
You may have heard the term ‘dry body brushing’ before. It’s a technique that’s gained some popularity over the last few years after Miranda Kerr, one of the best bodies in the business, declared her love for it. The term ‘dry’ doesn’t normally mean a good thing when it comes to the body and skin, but you may be surprised once you learn a bit more about this technique…
What is dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing is when you use a wooden-handled brush (often found at health food stores) to brush the surface of the skin all over the body while it’s completely dry.
What are the benefits of dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing has many benefits including:
- Helping to increase circulation to the skin, which in turn helps to break down unwanted toxins that cause cellulite.
- Rejuvenating the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings.
- Improving muscle tone by helping to evenly distribute fat deposits.
- Leaving skin smoother and brighter by shedding dead skin cells.
- Strengthening the immune system by improving blood circulation.
What do I need to start dry body brushing?
The only thing you need is a natural bristle brush. (The bristles should not be made from synthetic materials or nylon).
How do I do it?
Start with completely dry skin. Using gentle circular upward motions begin brushing from the soles of the feet up towards the heart. Follow the circular motions with longer, sweeping strokes, still in an upward direction to encourage lymphatic fluid towards the heart. The only area you shouldn’t use upwards motions is the back. Instead, use downward motions from the neck down to the lower back. Be cautious of sensitive or softer areas of the skin and never brush over any skin injuries such as sunburn, sores or cuts. Once finished, you can apply a moisturiser or body oil to nourish the skin.
Top tip: You can dry body brush before or after a shower. Most prefer to do it before to wash off any dead skin cells and impurities.
Have you ever tried dry body brushing? Did you know this technique had so many benefits?
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thanks for the tips and the how-to. i heard about this before but not quite sure on the how. thanks BH!
Posted on: April 06, 2014 (Apr 6, 2014 1:03am)
I had no idea what body brushing is until this article popped up. Wow this is very informative, thanks bh for letting us gain benefits
Posted on: April 06, 2014 (Apr 6, 2014 1:03am)
05 Apr 2014 09:34 AM | Posted by bh's Laura Simpson
On Monday we sent all of you eagle-eyed beautyheaven members off on a treasure hunt around the site in search for our Golden Ticket to beautorium.
The reward on offer was 500 points and VIP access to beautorium, our exclusive loyalty rewards room. (New to the site? Find out about beautorium here.)
So many of you found the ticket and entered the competition, but we could only pick three winners at random. And these winners are...
CONGRATULATIONS! We'll be adding the 500 points to your accounts and we'll be in touch via email with details of your Golden Tickets.
For all of you who didn't win, don't fret, you can still swap your points for products when beautorium opens on Tuesday.
Will you be taking part in beautorium this time around? What have you got your eye on?
Posted on: April 05, 2014 (Apr 5, 2014 2:07pm)
Exciting! I struggled to choose this time around. Go with a firm favourite or try something new? I think I'm going to go with a brand I haven't tried yet - Kosmea.
Posted on: April 05, 2014 (Apr 5, 2014 2:10pm)