Halle Berry shares natural face mask recipe

Halle Berry has detailed her go-to recipe for a natural face mask.The Monster’s Ball actress took to Instagram on Sunday to post a mirror selfie of herself standing in her bathroom while wearing the thick mask.In the accompanying caption, Halle encoura…

Halle Berry has detailed her go-to recipe for a natural face mask.

The Monster’s Ball actress took to Instagram on Sunday to post a mirror selfie of herself standing in her bathroom while wearing the thick mask.

In the accompanying caption, Halle encouraged fans to take some time out for themselves and practice some self-care, especially those living in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“No better time than now for a #SelfcareSunday,” she wrote. “Let’s Re-spin our skin ya’ll. Today, I’m sharing one of my favourite at-home face mask recipes.”

Linking to the Instagram account for Re-spin, her lifestyle brand, Halle promised her six million followers that they would be able to make the mask from ingredients located in their kitchen cupboards. The suggested recipe consists of two tablespoons of brewed green tea, one pinch of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of plain yoghurt.

Once mixed together, the mask should be applied in two layers: the first “generous” coat for three minutes and a second coat for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and then apply moisturiser as usual.

“This potion brightens, tightens, reduces fine lines and enhances that natural glow and it’s super easy!” the 53-year-old insisted.

Halle launched Re-spin in early 2020. Described as a “digital health and wellness community”, the company promotes physical and mental wellness through workout videos and inspiration. So far, the project is comprised of an app and a line of workout gear.

Prior to the disruption caused by coronavirus crisis, the star was also set to make her directorial debut on Bruised, a film about a mixed martial arts fighter.

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Zoey Deutch opens up about struggle with hormonal acne

Zoey Deutch has candidly discussed her “debilitating” battle with hormonal acne.While the Set It Up actress always looks picture-perfect whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, in a new beauty tutorial for Vogue.com, Zoey shared that she has been s…

Zoey Deutch has candidly discussed her “debilitating” battle with hormonal acne.

While the Set It Up actress always looks picture-perfect whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, in a new beauty tutorial for Vogue.com, Zoey shared that she has been struggling with blemishes since she was a teenager.

“I’ve had hormonal acne since I was 15 but it got really bad in my twenties,” she revealed. “It shouldn’t make me that self-conscious but I can’t make eye contact, I can’t go out… you know, those kinds of things. It is debilitating.”

After some experimentation with different skincare products, Zoey has found a regime that works for her complexion.

For instance, she always removes her make-up and then washes her face with iS Clinical’s Cleansing Complex.

“It’s literally the only cleanser I can use that doesn’t make me break out,” the 25-year-old noted, before going on to demonstrate how she also uses the Foreo LUNA Play Plus to really remove any cosmetics or dirt.

Elsewhere, Zoey swipes an antibiotic wipe all over before applying La Mer’s The Moisturizing Soft Cream to the upper half of her face and EltaMD’s AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer to the lower part.

“For me, I think moisturisers are the thing that trigger my hormonal acne the most. (I use) La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream (from the cheeks up to the forehead). I use this (Elta MD) stuff on my chin, I was recommended it by a dermatologist,” she added.

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Hilary Duff: ‘I love to shave my nose’

Hilary Duff has candidly confessed that she loves to shave her nose.The Lizzie McGuire star shared her beauty must-haves in a new interview with U.S. Glamour magazine and revealed that she swears by a facial razor, which works similar to dermaplaning, …

Hilary Duff has candidly confessed that she loves to shave her nose.

The Lizzie McGuire star shared her beauty must-haves in a new interview with U.S. Glamour magazine and revealed that she swears by a facial razor, which works similar to dermaplaning, and effectively rids her face of build-up and fine hairs.

“I’m lucky enough to work with so many amazing makeup artists that I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks when I get to have a little more time. I have this dirty little secret that I love to shave my nose. It takes me, like, two seconds. I love the way (my skin) looks with it way more than without it. So I try incorporate it when I can,” Hilary candidly shared.

The mother-of-two also revealed she tries to stick to a skincare routine as much as she can, and makes sure to wash her face every night even if she’s completely exhausted.

“As tired as I am at the end of the day, I really try to wash my face and stick to a regimen. I love oils and serums and stuff like that. I think just sticking to a regimen and taking care of your skin before you go to bed from wherever you’ve been that day, or whatever dirt is on your face – I try to get that nice and clean before I go to bed,” the 31-year-old explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Hilary admitted she’s got a couple of beauty regrets, including a mishap that involved her eyebrows.

“I went through a phase where I basically had jet-black eyebrows – and still as a blonde. Jet-black eyebrows! I love a big brow. I live for a big brow, but now the tone of my brows is a little more toward my hair colour,” she laughed.

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Armani Beauty re-enters the men’s skincare market

Armani Beauty has launched a new men’s skincare line. Armani Men, to be released in June, contains three products that have up to 99 per cent natural ingredients and are biodegradable, according to WWD. The face wash, toner and moisturiser come in …

Armani Beauty has launched a new men’s skincare line.

Armani Men, to be released in June, contains three products that have up to 99 per cent natural ingredients and are biodegradable, according to WWD.

The face wash, toner and moisturiser come in eco-designed packaging, and are anti-pollution.

“The new Armani Men line is conveying Giorgio Armani’s DNA (related to) simplicity and naturality, and taking it to the maximum, from formulation to (packaging) to efficacy,” Veronique Gautier, global president of Giorgio Armani Fragrance and Beauty, stated. “The challenge was to create high naturality without compromising on sensoriality and efficacy.

Armani had already launched a skincare line for men in 2008, which is being discontinued.

The Face Wash includes jojoba pearls and birchbark extract, plus the MAG C vitality complex to protect skin, while the 98 per cent biodegradable formula purifies, smooths and softens skin.

The Toner is said to soothe, moisturise and energise all types of skin, and features ingredients such as baobab leaf extract and birchbark extract.

While the Moisturizer Face & Eyes is designed to fight against signs of age and fatigue, and rebalance skin.

The products’ white outer packaging uses less material than a traditional cosmetics box and is made of FSC-certified and controlled materials, and there are no plastic foil or paper inserts.

“The biodegradable formulas are unique within our brand segment and luxury skin care because of the combination of high naturality and cleanliness. Armani Men is formulated without controversial ingredients,” Gautier added of the new natural skincare line.

Armani Men will launch online in the U.S. in early June, then in Canada and Europe later that month, before expanding to Asia later this year then China in 2020.

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Cindy Crawford: ‘Take care of your body and your mind’

Cindy Crawford believes taking care of your body and your mind is the key to looking and feeling beautiful. The 53-year-old supermodel and founder of anti-ageing skincare company Meaningful Beauty spoke to People about her daily beauty routine, and re…

Cindy Crawford believes taking care of your body and your mind is the key to looking and feeling beautiful.

The 53-year-old supermodel and founder of anti-ageing skincare company Meaningful Beauty spoke to People about her daily beauty routine, and revealed how she achieves her youthful glow.

“I think if you take care of your body and your mind, are present in your relationships and have girlfriends you can laugh with and share with, that’s most important,” Cindy shared.

The mother-of-two credited wonder product Lano All Over Everywhere Multi-Cream as her go-to beauty staple.

“It’s the only thing that works on my cuticles. But you can also use it on your heels, on your lips or anywhere you have a dry patch. I just love it,” she gushed.

And the fashion star, who travels across the world on a regular basis, can’t live without Kevin.Murphy Un.Tangled when she’s away from home, spraying it on wet hair straight out of the shower, or using it to tame frizz.

Another regular in her beauty routine is the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Hydrate, which she uses daily, followed by a quick sweep of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in 10, which gives her a dazzling glow and has SPF 15 in.

Cindy, who collaborated with one of Europe’s leading anti-aging specialists, Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, for her exclusive skincare line, also swears by two of her own products, and credits them with plumping up her skin and reducing wrinkles.

“I’ve been using eye masks for five years. It’s an instant pick-me-up that hydrates and smoothes the skin,” she said of her Revive & Brighten Eye Masque, adding that she preps her skin every morning with the Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum, applying it before moisturiser.

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Simple tricks to keep skin looking young

To age as gracefully as possible is the goal of people everywhere.But with all the complicated products and celebrity-endorsed beauty regimes out there, it can be confusing to know exactly what to do in order to take care of your skin and hair.Stuart M…

To age as gracefully as possible is the goal of people everywhere.

But with all the complicated products and celebrity-endorsed beauty regimes out there, it can be confusing to know exactly what to do in order to take care of your skin and hair.

Stuart Miles, the U.K.’s leading anti-ageing expert and founder of MilesYounger.com, doesn’t believe it is necessary to spend lots of money on treatments, and has shared his top tips for looking young regardless of how many candles are on your birthday cake.

Wear sunglasses while driving

Always sport dark glasses when driving in the sun, as UVA rays, the major cause of skin ageing, can even penetrate the car windscreen. “Even on a sunny winter’s day with the sun low in the sky, put on a pair of shades when driving to protect the delicate skin around the eyes,” he said.

Drinks lots of water in the morning

Put down those fancy moisturising creams and instead gulp back a big glass of water as soon as you get up. Your skin will benefit immediately, as the water will help de-puff your face by giving your lymphatic drainage system a boost.

Try a simple facial

A simple hot and cold facial can help decongest your skin and rid it of toxins. It will also trap moisture in the deeper layers of your skin so it looks fresher, brighter and altogether younger.

“Simply lay a steaming hot cloth on the face for a minute followed by one that is rinsed in ice cold water for a further minute and repeat,” advised Stuart.

Raid kitchen cupboards for easy beauty treatments

Next time your skin is feeling dry, head to your kitchen cupboard for an easy remedy. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil all make fantastic moisturisers for the body and offer intensive nighttime hydration for the face, depending on your skin type. And never throw leftover cucumber away! Simply slice up cold cucumber and place the pieces on your eyes for two minutes – it will instantly calm the eye area.

Or indulge in a milk bath. “Simply add milk to your bath. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin preventing future dryness, so it’s perfect if you have any dry or eczema-prone areas,” the expert added.

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Why stress is skin’s worst nightmare

We’ve all been there, when things look like they can’t get any worse, a cluster of spots spring up from nowhere.But why is it that when life is on a downward spiral, with work, love and home stress, does our skin decide to breakout? It’s all to d…

We’ve all been there, when things look like they can’t get any worse, a cluster of spots spring up from nowhere.

But why is it that when life is on a downward spiral, with work, love and home stress, does our skin decide to breakout? It’s all to do with hormones, celebrity facialist Abigail James tells us.

“We have all suffered from some kind of stress, on whatever level that might be,” Abigail explained. “It’s a modern-day phenomena, I see this weekly in my treatment rooms. A massive part of skin freaking out is increasing stress levels.

“This has a huge impact on our skin. When we are stressed our adrenal glands are going head to the dozen. We might not feel it, we might be firing off the energy that we’re getting, but because the adrenal glands are going, we’re releasing stress hormones, cortisol is one of them. They’ve done research, and found that cortisol actually destroys the telomeres that hold DNA together. It physically ages us when we are stressed.”

And this stress is happening on a daily basis, heightened by the fact that technology now rules our life, which means that before we even get out of bed in the morning we check our email and social media pages.

“Stress also affects our hormones,” Abigail continued. “We give off different hormones and a big chunk of that is they’re connected to the sebum production in our skin, which increases breakouts. Along with that, it really interferes with the barrier function of the skin, the protection of the skin. “And that’s not even mentioning the pollution, which is a stress to the skin.”

So what exactly can we do to combat the effect of stress on our skin? Have some ‘me time’, advises the skin specialist, whose clients include model Arizona Muse and British TV presenter Donna Air.

Treating your skin to a double cleanse when you remove your make-up and a daily facial massage will help to unclog pores and let skin breathe.

Top skincare products to incorporate into your daily routine include Darphin’s new Vetiver Aromatic Care Stress Relief Detox Oil Mask, which is soothing and calming, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer and multi-purpose balm Egyptian Magic.

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You beauty! Top Australian skincare brands to try

Australia is the home of cute koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and of course gorgeous actresses Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.But the land Down Under is also a mecca for top-notch skincare brands, with many companies based there breaki…

Australia is the home of cute koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and of course gorgeous actresses Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.

But the land Down Under is also a mecca for top-notch skincare brands, with many companies based there breaking fresh ground when it comes to innovative formulas and natural ingredients. Here are some of the top products for beautiful skin that Australia has on offer right now.

Cleansers

Need a new daily face wash? Aesop’s Amazing Face Cleanser is a winner for those with oily or combination skin types. Formulated with mandarin rind, ylang ylang, and lavender oil, this cleanser leaves the complexion refreshed and balanced, and also has a delightful scent.

While those with dry or sensitive skin could check out Go-To, a company founded by Australian beauty editor Zoe Foster Blake. Go-To’s Properly Clean is a silky mouse with a low level of willow bark extract that will leave your skin smooth and hydrated. The Millennial pink packaging will look super cute in your bathroom too!

Oils

Superstar Aussie model Miranda Kerr is a big fan of beauty oils and has expanded her KORA Organics range to include several must-try products. KORA Organics’ Noni Glow Face Oil harnesses the power of noni extract, rosehip, pomegranate and sea buckthorn for a rich yet delicate treatment perfect for soothing dry skin. Warm a few drops in the palm of your hands before applying to the face and neck – if it’s good enough for Miranda, it’s good enough for us! Another great option to try is RosehipPLUS’ Australian Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. This 100 per cent pure oil is made from cold pressed seeds of the rosehip berry and features essential fatty acids to keep the skin moisturised and glowing. It can also be used on stretch marks, sun damaged skin and scars.

Moisturisers

With its extreme climate, it’s no wonder Australian beauty brands are experts at creating quality moisturisers. Melbourne company Sukin is all about affordable yet natural skincare, with the Sensitive Facial Moisturiser well worth investigating. Made with rosehip, sesame and jojoba oils, this cream absorbs quickly and leaves just the tiniest hint of floral fragrance behind. Gorgeous!

Meanwhile, Mecca Cosmetica’s Hydrating Moisturiser is ideal for combination-to-dry skins and is fast becoming a beauty favourite, as it uses shea butter, amino acids, and plant polypeptides to reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

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Go green this January


January is all about going green, but we’re not talking about kale and spinach. We’re all for a 2018 health kick when it comes to our diet, but what’s even more fun is some green goodies to fulfil our beauty needs.

Read on for our top green …

January is all about going green, but we’re not talking about kale and spinach. We’re all for a 2018 health kick when it comes to our diet, but what’s even more fun is some green goodies to fulfil our beauty needs.



Read on for our top green picks this January.

Mugler Aura


Encased in the most gorgeous of green bottles, Mugler’s latest perfume Aura is a delight for the nose and eyes. The green heart-shaped bottle reflects the smell of the perfume, which is fresh and vibrant, mixing together rhubarb leaf, tiger liana, orange blossom, bourbon vanilla and wolfwood notes. At the quite literal heart of this perfume is the celebration of women, and it makes for the ideal new signature scent.


Schwarzkopf Beology


Beology is the first customizable premium line from Schwarzkopf, with the experts at the haircare giant inspired by the potent power of nature when creating the products. Enriched with Deep Sea Extract and Anti Ox Algae, Beology is just the thing your tresses need to start the New Year right, Choose from repairing, moisturising & smoothing, and feed your hair this January.

Cocunat Micellar Water 3-in-1


Natural and toxic-free beauty brand Cocunat shuns harsh sulphates, artificial colours and parabens, meaning your skin is only getting the best of the best. We love the aloe vera and lavender infused Micellar Water to remove the day’s dirt and grime.


Coco & Eve Like a Virgin


Ethical Balinese haircare brand Coco & Eve has recently launched in the U.K., much to the delight of vegans and devotees of cruelty-free products. This five in one hair treatment, made with raw virgin Balinese coconuts and figs, helps to rejuvenate and revive parched hair which has been damaged by styling, heat, dyes and the environment.


Jane Iredale cruelty-free make-up brushes


If you’re looking to become more animal conscious in 2018, then Jane Iredale has the perfect products for you. The brand is rolling out a whole range of cruelty-free make-up brushes, made from soft, synthetic brush hairs. There are more than 25 new brushes launching, with the Blending Contour Brush and Contour Brush the first to hit shelves.


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Hello, hibiscus! 

Around the globe, hibiscus is held in pretty high regard.  It’s the national flower of Haiti, with other versions also representing South Korea and Malaysia, and in Hinduism, red hibiscus is the flower of the goddess Kali.  While in Hawaii, where…

Around the globe, hibiscus is held in pretty high regard.  

It’s the national flower of Haiti, with other versions also representing South Korea and Malaysia, and in Hinduism, red hibiscus is the flower of the goddess Kali.  

While in Hawaii, where the hibiscus is the state flower, the pretty bloom can be worn to show if a woman is single or not; placed behind the left ear, it shows a lady is married or on a relationship, while wearing it behind the right represents being single.  

In Chinese medicine, it is revered for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties, which also makes the flower a powerful player in beauty and skincare. If you’re not already familiar with it, now is the time to say hello to hibiscus!  

Also known as Rose Mallow, more and more beauty brands are turning to it thanks to hibiscus being a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), a hero product when it comes to exfoliating, reducing wrinkles and curbing the visible effects of ageing on the skin. Plenty of popular skincare brands use chemical forms of AHAs, though these can often be too harsh for some complexions, whereas the natural form is much gentler.  

Eminence Organic Skincare tapped into the visage boosting power of the flower with its Hibiscus range, which includes the Instant Line Filler, Ultra Lift Eye Cream, and Ultra Neck Cream because the ingredient increases elasticity. These products are moisture rich and truly keep skin hydrated and supple.  

Similarly, the high vitamin E, antioxidant and omega content of the flower is what inspired Aurelia Probiotic Skincare to use it in the botanical rich Restorative Cream Body Cleanser, and new British brand Nakin have included Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Extract in the Anti-Ageing Performance Face Serum and Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex, calling it “natural Botox”.  

No7’s brand new Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation chose to use hibiscus extract, taken from the seed of Hibiscus Abelmoschus because it’s rich in peptides and amino acids, which helps to support collagen production and makes skin look and feel smoother.  

And Jimmy Choo has zoned in on the delicate scent of hibiscus for the L’Eau perfume, as has fun new brand Being, from the makers of Sanctuary Spa, using it for one of its signature fragrances, pairing it with coconut water for a nine-piece range of bathroom goodies, including a body butter, shower gel and hand cream.  

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