Alive Skin and Hair

  1. March 21, 2018

    Scented Candle Gifts: Choosing the Perfect Scented Jar Candle

    Choosing the Perfect Scented Candle Gifts

    Struggling to find the perfect gift? We’ve got something to please even the fussiest gift recipients. Whether you’re creating a hamper for a loved one, shopping for a birthday present for a friend or chipping in for a going-away gift for a colleague, our range of scented candles suit all occasions. For the person that has everything - or wants nothing - candles are a luxury worth indulging in.

    Blending Aromatherapy with Design

    It’s no secret that aromatherapy works wonders. Backed by years of practical use and experience across cultures, calming and comforting scents work to relax the mind and ease the body. Relaxing and indulgent scents allow you to let go of stress and tension, giving way to a calmer and fresher atmosphere. Whether it’s a scent that reminds you of tropical vacations or a cosy winter fire, there’s a fragrance out there for everyone.

    Ideal for the gift recipient

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  2. February 09, 2017

    Protect your skin against pollution

    Did you know, ground-level ozone generates free radicals and enzymes that compromise the skin's protective barrier? This being said, just a few hours of smog exposure can reduce natural antioxidant Vitamin E in skin by 25% which can cause accelerated ageing among other skin conditions. Pollution from vehicles, pollen, household chemicals and industry have all been linked to skin damage as well as many other health conditions.

    Our daily exposure to these pollutants leads to micro particles becoming lodged in our pores, which creates havoc with our skins natural function including moisture balance, inflammatory response and pigmentation. Dermalogica’s latest innovation is a highly-active resurfacer that delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin ageing.  

    The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant is a powder exfoliant designed to absorb pollutants and inhibit adhesion of pollution particles. As t

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  3. December 23, 2016

    Transform your skin in 2017 with Skinstitut

    We all love setting goals and resolutions at the end of each year to improve our health, wellbeing and happiness for the year ahead. However, sometimes these resolutions are not always practical or simply go by the wayside when work and family commitments kick into full swing in the New Year. Maybe it’s a new meal plan, exercise program or for some of us this could be our skincare regime.

    We may not be able to help out with your boot camp challenge but we can certainly assist when it comes to achieving a flawless complexion in 2017.  

    With a structured home care regime we can create dramatic results with a few simple steps. You just need to know when andhow to make changes.

    So let’s start with the basics (and pay attention because this will transform your skin). A results-driven homecare regime incorporates 5 steps.  

    Relax, we can already hear you stressing about the time factor. We are here to make it easy for you. Even the

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  4. December 23, 2016

    Alpha-H Review: Vitamin B

    Vitamin B has been gaining momentum in the beauty industry for some time now. In particular, Nicotinamide, a derivative of Vitamin B3 (Niacin), because of its proven ability to strengthen the epidermis which allows for higher and longer moisture retention. Vitamin B3 in skincare helps to achieve softer, smoother skin with less dryness, working to also combat fine lines.  

    Alpha-H’s latest innovation is their Vitamin B Serum with Copper Tripeptide. Don’t be fooled though… this super serum contains a powerful combination of Ferulic Acid, Copper Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid blended with Vitamin B3 and B5 in a silky serum to bring radiance to even the most devitalised skin to find out what all the fuss is about. I road-tested the Vitamin B serum in the morning and evening before applying my moisturiser for 7-days and honestly, I was amazed at the results!  

    You only need 2-3 drops of the Vitamin B serum each morning, meaning that a little of this serum, truly

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  5. November 03, 2016

    Dermalogica Review: Phyto Replenish Oil

    I’ve always believed there was no such thing as a non-oily facial oil… until now! Dermalogica’s latest innovation in treatment oils has been formulated to give your dull, tired skin an all-day dewy glow. Although it may seem that Dermalogica is a late-comer in the facial oil party, the truth is they were pioneers in the early days with their now cult-status PreCleanse.  

    My skin is normal to combination, and oily skincare products are usually not my friend. The fear of breakouts and a high-shine are at the forefront of my skincare and makeup decisions… and a facial-oil would generally be at the bottom of my list, making this very interesting.  

    Unlike many other facial oils, you’ll find the Phyto Replenish Oil to be feather-light, and from the moment I applied it to my skin, it rapidly absorbed. To apply, I tipped the glass bottle upside down to release 4-6 drops into my palm, before pressing the oil into my forehead, cheeks and chin.  

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  6. October 17, 2016

    Five Rules for Healthy Nails

    Ditch the brittle, and get beautiful nails. Follow these easy five nail commandments for strong, flawless nails.  

    1 - KEEP YOUR HANDS HYDRATED, ALWAYS! 

    Avoid dry patches, flakiness, splitting and peeling by using a hand moisturiser daily. Look out for hand creams with Vitamin E, a super antioxidant that comforts and repairs the skin leaving hands soft, supple and rejuvenated. Nail and cuticle oils with Vitamin E will prevent cracking and splitting of your nails too!   

    Pro Tip: If you're in need of a quick hydration boost, lather your hands in a moisturising hand cream and wear latex or vinyl disposable gloves for 45 minutes. Your hands will be left feeling soft and supple.  

    2 - SUPPLEMENTS FOR STRENGTH

    If you suffer from brittle and weak nails that split, look into taking daily silica or vitamin E supplements. Miss Vitality

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  7. September 22, 2016

    Elevating Nutrition with Miss Vitality

    Did you know? The adult body is made up of over 100 trillion cells, with every square inch of the body containing around 19 million skin cells! With this in mind, the experts at Miss Vitality were determined to bridge the gap between health and wellbeing by developing an innovative health system.

    Miss Vitality nutritional supplements are built on two core ranges. The cleansing range works to detoxify your system and boost energy while offering countless other benefits. The hero in the Miss Vitality Cleansing Range is the Miss Vitality Clean Tea, which is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The Clean Tea is the perfect way to get a healthy start to the day, while offering a healthy alternative to regular coffee and tea. The key ingredients that make Miss Vitality Clean Tea a daily essential include Rosehips which are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C & Lemongrass to stimulate the cleansing of the liver and Peppermint to soothe digestion.

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  8. September 16, 2016

    Achieve Weekend-Ready Brows

    If there’s anyone that knows how to achieve weekend ready brows in minutes, it’s the experts at Jane Iredale Makeup. Scroll for the Jane Iredale three-step guide for perfect eyebrows everytime.

    STEP 1 – JANE IREDALE RETRACTABLE EYEBROW PENCIL

    Expertly fill and define brows with this ultra-fine 1.7mm retractable precision tip to create precise hair-like strokes. Using the spoolie brush, comb your brows into place by combing hair up and across. Next, outline the underside of the brow then outline the top, lightly fill in any gaps with short feathery strokes. Using a clean spoolie brush, soften and blend the brow pencil by combing through the brows.

    STEP 2 – GREATSHAPE EYEBROW KIT

    A take any-where brow kit that includes a dual-ended applicator, transparent botanical brow wax and a pigmented brow powder to ensure you get a personalised shade. Using the mini brow brush, apply the clear wax to define the out

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  9. August 14, 2016

    The Hair Reviving Diet for Lustrous Locks

    Every wonder why, despite everything you do, your hair just doesn’t cut it? We delve into the holistic approach to looking-good that is taking the beauty world by storm.  

    1 – NEED REPAIR? ADD PROTEIN!

    Did you know that the shaft of your hair is made up of 90% protein? For this reason, it is important to ensure your intake of protein can support healthy hair growth and function.

    Foods to include: Increase your protein intake by having eggs for breakfast, lentils or chickpeas for lunch and fish, chicken or turkey for dinner.

    Our top pick: Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask has a unique formula that is rich in vegetable proteins and will help bring out your hair's inner health, leaving it incredibly moisturised with a brilliant shine. The perfect addition to your Sunday night ritual.  

    2 – MINERALS FOR STRONG STRANDS

    Your blood supply is rich in iron and zinc, nourishing healthy hair folli

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  10. June 23, 2016

    Aspect Review: Fruit Enzyme Mask

    If you’re like me, you would have noticed that ‘enzymes’ seem to be the flavour of the month for both clinic treatments and skincare products. With some enzyme based products reading more like a food label, it is difficult to separate the wood from the trees and work out if these enzyme skincare products actually do work. But, before you read on you should know that enzymes in skincare are NOT a fad, I repeat, this is not fad!

    So what are enzymes anyway? 

    As Shannon from self.com puts it, enzymes are the chemicals that hurry up the rate at which other chemical reactions occur. These enzymes are incredibly useful in biological processes, and are also used in the food industry to speed up the ripening and tenderising process.

    How do enzymes work in skincare? 

    Enzymes have two main functions when used in skincare formulations. Some enzymes such as fruit enzymes work to gently exfoliate the skin. Enzym

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