Beauty & Health


by Adriana Donnola, expert beauty stylist 

Try not to overcomplicate your skincare routine when it comes to addressing problems. Often it takes just a few simple tweaks to get your skin back on track. Remember, stress plays a big part in the look and feel of your skin too, so daily meditation and a sonic diffuser with a few drops of comforting oils - I love Natio’s Calm Blend, $19.95, David Jones -  will go a long way in creating a relaxing atmosphere at home or in the office. 

Problem 1: Enlarged Pores

These are not restricted to only congested, oily skin. Ageing skin is also prone to pores flattening-out and increasing in size, usually when skin becomes too dry and loses firmness. Stress as well as too much sun damage is also a contributor. Help minimise pores with a gentle yet effective cleanser, use a clay-based mask to shrink pores and for drier skin use a silicon-based primer before you apply makeup for a smoother surface.  

Pore-reducing beauties: 
Spray: Jojoba Co Jojoba Water Toning Mist, $19.99, Priceline Pharmacy. With the hydrating and antioxidant benefits of Vit C. (Don't forget to check out the exclusive Priceline offer at the end of this article!)
Mask: Kiehl's 1851 Red Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, $47, Myer. Unclogs efficiently to minimise the look of large pores. 
Cleanse: Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, $61, Mecca Maxima. Gently exfoliates while it cleanses and balances out skin. 
Prime: The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer, $8.80, Myer. Creates a smoother canvas for a better base application.

Problem 2: Fine lines 

Inevitable of course, but make sure you are applying the two (simple) products that really work long term - UVA/UVB protection, which means an SPF 50 every single day, and also the right level of hydration for your skin. Remember, dry skin is ageing skin. The addition of a results-driven serum, day and night moisturisers with hyaluronic acid as well as targeted facial masks go a long way in plumping up and smoothing out early wrinkles. 

Line-reducing beauties:  
Serum: The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate Environmental Protection, from $49, The Body Shop.  A beautifully hydrating and fresh-feeling, gel-like serum that strengthens skin. 
Moisturiser: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer, $81, Sephora. This goes on light, but is so very hydrating.
Mask:  Peace Out Wrinkles Anti-Wrinkle Microneedling Patches, $48 (for 6 patches), Sephora. Great for crow’s feet and forehead, the microneedles action a better delivery of active ingredients. Leave on overnight.
Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+, $29.99, Priceline Pharmacy.  The best sunscreens are the ones you forget you’re wearing (and don’t interfere with your makeup).  This is one of them. (Offer included end the end of article)

Problem 3: Hyperpigmentation

These spots that pop up seemingly overnight are caused by your skin overproducing melanin - the pigment that gives skin its colour. It’s triggered by too much sun, acne, hormonal changes and trauma to the skin. But, the good news is that right now during the cooler months is the best time to fade these spots, as the active ingredients often make your skin more sun-sensitive. 

Spot-fading beauties:
Serum: Endota Spa New Age Potent Brightening Serum, $46, Endota Spa. This hardworking serum really does visibly brightens and improves the look of your skin. (Don't forget to check out the exclusive Endota Spa offer at the end of this article!)
Mask: Andalou Glycolic Mask, $24.99, Priceline Pharmacy. A gentle yet effective mask if used regularly. (Offer included end the end of article)
Moisturiser:  Clarins White Plus Brightening Revive Gel, $107, David Jones. This works on minimizing the look of spots while you sleep. (Offer included end the end of article)


Problem 4: Sensitive skin

If you are experimenting with way too many active ingredients you may have destroyed your skin’s acid mantle (the protective layer ) and it will take time to restore.  Or you might have always had to deal with flare ups. Either way, choosing products to reduce inflammation and soothe skin will rebuild strength in your skin. 

Sensitive-skin reducing beauties:
Sensitive: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight, $41, Priceline Pharmacy. A hero product in an excellent range for sensitive skin sufferers (like me)  
Eye cream:  Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream, $39.95, David Jones.  Non-greasy and dermatologically tested so it doesn’t irritate this thin-skinned area.
Exfoliator: Radical Skincare Express Delivery Enzyme Peel, $72, Mecca Maxima.  An absolute favourite as it gives such rewarding results right before your eyes. Make sure you follow the instructions and be patient for smoother, softer skin ASAP.   


Problem 5: “Maskne”

A new acne that many of us are dealing with now. Coined to describe an increase of blemishes caused by wearing a face mask, there are a few simple ways to deal with this ‘new normal’.  Washing and/or replacing your mask often, wearing minimal makeup or switching to a mineral-based foundation and applying a barrier cream will all go a long way in preventing problem skin.  Keep up regular exfoliation to prevent a build-up of dead skin cells and acne-causing bacteria too. 

Maskne-reducing beauties:
Makeup: bareMinerals Original SPF15, $51, Mecca Maxima. Just the best mineral makeup. It won’t clog pores or irritate skin.
Exfoliator: Natio Acne Clear Detoxifying Face Scrub with Jojoba Beads,  $13.95, David Jones. Antibacterial yet gentle enough for all skin types.
Moisturiser: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream, $59, Sephora. So soothing, hydrating and calming. 




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Adriana Donnola has been writing about all things lifestyle for over 25 years on magazines including New Idea, Who, InStyle, TV Week and New Weekly. She has interviewed the world’s top celebrity makeup artists, skincare specialists and hairstylists loves to help women become a more beautiful version of themselves. For more information, please click here to visit her website 'Shop With A Beauty Editor'.