The latest anti-ageing active you need to try

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The world of anti-ageing skin care is constantly evolving with new technologies and formulations, which can make it hard to know exactly what to look for in your anti-ageing skin care product.

One anti-ageing active that changed the anti-ageing industry and features in thousands of anti-ageing products today was the discovery of Alpha Hydroxy Acids in the 1970’s –or better known as AHAs. Discovered by two leading dermatologists who founded the medical dermatology skin care company NeoStrata, they became the first company to formulate a glycolic peel and discover the rejuvenating and exfoliating power of AHAs & PHA's.

This discovery positioned NeoStrata as leaders in anti-ageing and the professional results-driven treatment of cosmetic skin concerns and saw AHAs continue to have effective anti-ageing benefits for skin in years to come.

NeoStrata has now introduced a new-generation active anti-ageing ingredient to their skin care called NeoGlucosamine, which solves the industry’s need for highly active, yet milder ingredients to deliver a multitude of benefits, including:

- Exfoliating, renewing and stimulating skin cell turnover
- Brightening and exfoliating dark spots
- Evening out skin tone
- Helping to plump and firm the skin

The key difference between NeoGlucosamine and AHAs is that it is chemically neutral, so it doesn’t require a high acid pH to work effectively on the skin, meaning it is well tolerated by most skin types – including sensitive.

This clinically proven non-acid sugar based anti-ageing active is now available in NeoStrata’s new Enlighten range.  A milder way to treat Australian sun damaged and ageing skin, the Enlighten range is a three-step system that brightens and evens out skin tone, and helps control pigmentation.

The range includes the Enlighten Ultra Brightening Cleanser, which prepares the skin for the best treatment from the Enlighten regimen. NeoGlucosamine works to gently exfoliate dark spots and surface cells, and clarify the skin with a blend of alpine extracts including mallow and lemon balm. The cleanser also removes oil and make-up for a refreshed complexion.

The Enlighten Illuminating Serum contains 12 active brighteners to help break up and reduce the appearance of existing pigmentation and discourage new spots from forming. It also contains Vitamin C to promote a brighter and more even skin tone.

The Enlighten Pigment Controller has been clinically proven to control pigmentation and discourage dark spots forming. As well as NeoGlucosamine it includes other innovative ingredients such as SabiWhite, to achieve visible results. It also increases natural skin cell turnover, contains antioxidants and Vitamin E to protect the skin, and features ingredients that instantly brighten the skin.

Want to find out if the NeoStrata Enlighten range is right for your skin type? Check out NeoStrata’s product selector online tool to discover the right skin care routine for your skin type and concerns.

Do you suffer from sun damaged and ageing skin? Would you like to try the NeoStrata Enlighten range?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Oh I indeed would love to try these products!! They sound like perfection and it's exactly what my skin needs. I just had 'old fashioned' skin care delivered this morning and now after reading this I want the whole range!!

Posted on: August 16, 2014 (Aug 16, 2014 12:42pm)

Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

Well my mum uses a lot of anti-ageing products, none of whioch really worked...

Posted on: August 16, 2014 (Aug 16, 2014 12:42pm)

Tell us what brands bh is missing

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Have you ever wanted to review a particular beauty product but found it’s not on our site? While we are constantly adding new brands to the bh family (check out the very latest ones here), with so many out there, it’s definitely an on-going task and we know there are plenty more out there that you guys would love to write about.

So we want to know is, what beauty brands would you like to see on beautyheaven?  Big or small, international or Australian made, tell us in the comments section what brands and products you’d most like to review and read about.

Once we have you’re feedback, we’ll do our best to get them here. In the meantime, we encourage you to post about these brands in our forums.



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Posted by: All is rosy (Australia)

I would love to post some reviews of Clarins and NARS products

Posted on: August 15, 2014 (Aug 15, 2014 2:05pm)

Posted by: Cherrykisses13 (Australia)

would love to see Youngblood on here, its a favourite Aussie minerals brand that deserves more recognition

Posted on: August 15, 2014 (Aug 15, 2014 2:06pm)

Lip colour of the week: ruby red

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Last week we introduced you to our ‘colour of the week’ series, and today we’ve got a fresh dose of make-up inspiration in the form this week’s shade – the ravishing and sultry #304 Ruby Opera.

The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire shade not only coats your lips in a gloriously vibrant red hue, but the combination of seven micro-oils in the formula will ensure that the colour sits comfortably on your lips and keeps them soft and nourished all day long.

Here are three different ways you can incorporate the shade into your make-up look:


Start by applying L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Ruby Opera to your lips, ensuring that the colour looks bold and vibrant. Next, take to your waterlines with L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Kajal. It sounds too simple to be true, but lining both your top and bottom waterline is actually a really effective way to add definition to your eyes while maintaining the focus on your bold lip shade. Finish your eyes with lashings of mascara and you’ll have the perfect eye look to complement to your ruby red lips.

Tip: if you have small eyes apply black liner on your top waterline and white liner on your bottom waterline to ensure your eyes remain wide and bright.



Take your lip look to an entirely new level by giving it an ombre finish. Using a dark purple or oxblood lip liner, define your lips and gently fill in the corners (both top and bottom) with the liner. Next, apply L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Ruby Opera over to the rest of your lips, making sure to blend the colour with the lip liner. Viola, you’ve now got ombre lips!

Tip: micro-oils in the Colour Riche Extraordinaire formulation help to illuminate the pigment, so for an extra emphasised ombre look, pop a slightly lighter shade in the centre of your lips.


A glossy red lip looks excellent on it’s own, but if you want to take it up a notch at night time, team your sexy pout with a muted smoky eye for a subtle yet smouldering finish. The neutral tones will work wonderfully to amp up your beauty look without conflicting with your lip colour.  

Tip: for a longer-lasting result, apply your lip colour in layers. Start with a light application, blot your lips on a tissue, then repeat.

WIN!! Want to get involved in bh’s ECOTW? Post a picture of how you’ve incorporated the colour of the week into your look onto Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtags #ECOTW and #304, as well as tagging @beautyheaven, and you could win the entire L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire range (that’s 10 fabulous colours, each valued at $21.95!)

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Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

I love the look on all the team members. ESP love #3. I don't know if I could pull this colour off...

Posted on: August 15, 2014 (Aug 15, 2014 9:07am)

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

I love the third look.

Posted on: August 15, 2014 (Aug 15, 2014 9:09am)

Skin challenge progress report – week 3

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Skin redness can be incredibly hard to treat. Visible blood vessels, flushing, and persistent redness are just some of the symptoms of facial redness that can leave you feeling like your skin is anything but clear, healthy and glowing.

If you suffer from skin redness, achieving an even skin tone is likely to be at the top of your wish list. Ultraceuticals has a solution to diminish redness with a product that minimises visible redness and blotchy skin tone, reduces the appearance of surface capillaries, calms and soothes the skin, and provides deep hydration.

Recently we kicked off a skin challenge with beautyheaven team member Laura, who suffers from facial redness, to trial the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex. This daily serum is formulated with kinetin, andrographolide and niacinamide, to target facial redness caused by photo ageing.

Having reached the halfway mark of her six-week trial, we checked in with Laura to see what she had to say about the condition of her skin up until week three.

“My week two progress check-in with Lynda involved a second consultation and images taken of my skin. I'd been feeling that my skin was definitely more hydrated and this is one of the first things she said to me, which is a great sign! I also felt like the serum and moisturiser combo I'd been using was making my skin feel much firmer and look generally healthier. The redness on my chin improved when I applied the Ultraceuticals Ultra Red Action in the morning, which was encouraging. I asked whether the effects would just be temporary and noticeable only after each use, but Lynda explained I would also start to see more long-term benefits the longer I used it,” says Laura.

“During week three, I feel like I’m definitely seeing the benefits. My skin tone is much more even and the redness is reduced on my chin area. My complexion is a lot more hydrated, too, which I feel is making my skin look healthier overall. Other people have also started to notice; my husband said how good my skin looked at the weekend (and he sees me make-up free a lot of the time) and a friend I haven't seen in a few months told me how healthy I was looking. Overall, I feel I'm really making progress and my skin looks more even, hydrated (and possibly younger!).”

Stay tuned for the next update on Laura’s treatment, but in the meantime check out the before photo and photo after one week of treatment taken during her treatment with the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex:


Thinking of trying Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex yourself? The brand is so confident you’ll see a visible reduction in facial redness that they’re offering a 100 per cent money back guarantee on the product if you don’t see visible results in 90 days.

Are you impressed with the reduction of redness in Laura’s skin? Would you like to try the Ultraceuticals Ultra RED-Action Complex?




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Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

I can see a small difference. I have noticeable capillaries and would love to use a product that actually made them less noticeable! Yes I would like to try it. I look forward to the updates of Laura's progress with great interest

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 4:29pm)

Posted by: Courtney907 ()

I am notoriously red-faced. I have been forever. I have to choose shades of makeup to go with the red version and the not red version...
I am so interested to see how well this works - I'm yet to find something that treats the red properly, instead of masking it with green...

Posted on: August 14, 2014 (Aug 14, 2014 4:41pm)

Guys are now posting their own make-up transformations

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Step aside ladies – guys are now doing their own ‘make-up’ transformations on social media!

Fed up with the women’s make-up transformation collages clogging up their feeds, the fellas have decided to illustrate the funny (and sometimes downright silly) side of the social media phenomenon.

Accompanied by the hashtag #makeuptransformation, the Instagram snaps show the boys messily applying make-up and skincare products - and the after-photos? Well, they’re just as hilarious. Here are a few of our favourites:


             Photo credit: rawsuich Instagram


             Photo credit: crakinskulz Instagram


            Photo credit: __luxe Instagram


           Photo credit: __luxe Instagram


One thing’s for sure: the steps just don’t add up!

Which male make-up transformation is your favourite? When it comes to beauty, do you think women are over-sharing on social media?



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Posted by: Belle88 (Member since 2008, Australia)

Haha I love the third and fourth shots. Hilarious!!!

Posted on: August 13, 2014 (Aug 13, 2014 5:13pm)

Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

Very funny

Posted on: August 13, 2014 (Aug 13, 2014 5:19pm)