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    How to Fit Face Masks into your Skincare Routine

    How to fit face masks into your skincare routine

    As a busy mom and business owner I know how hard it is to actually do the face masks that I had all the best intentions to do. However, I also know just how good they can be when done regularly, especially if you are trying to create changes in your skin or improve a skin issue. So here are my top tips for making it happen: How to Fit Face Masks into your Skincare Routine 1. Forget the idea that doing a face mask equals a “spa night”. I know the vision is bubbly baths and candles but the reality of that is rare. 2. Lots of masks can be done while you are in the shower. This is the number 1 way I…

    Multipurpose skin care

    Isn't it great when you work out that your favourite cuticle cream is in fact the most awesome lip balm you have ever tried?! Not experienced this? Well, if you are using any of my Helena Lane Skincare products I'm going tell you just how multipurpose they are: Shhhhhh.... but my cleansers can also be used as a wonderful body moisturizer. I take the Chamomile & Mandarin on holiday with me and use it as a post day-in-the-sun body treatment. The flower waters can be many things. I have the Lavender & Mint in my bathrooms to freshen the air or give the sink or toilet bowl a quick freshen up. Both the Lavender & Mint and the Rose & Frankincense make gentle but delicious...

    (Flower) Water is the new black

    Hibiscus & Hyaluronic Flower Water Detail
    So we're a fickle bunch, us skin care users. In the beginning we hated oil, probably a good thing as it was often petroleum based (not plant based) and now we love oil (plant based only of course!). Plant oils are highly nutritious and have wonderful benefits for our skin, above and beyond simple "moisturizing". But is feeding our skin with these gorgeous oils enough? Our skin is actually made up more of water than oil. It is about 70% water. So surely it makes sense to be applying water based products to our skin, as much, if not more than oil based? Absolutely! And this also explains why one of the best ways to improve the health and look of your skin is quite...

    Do you know how to layer? (And I’m not talking about vests, shirts and sweaters!)

    Layering skin care products is a technique used by professional in spas to really boost the nutrition, moisture and hydration in the skin during facial treatments. By following a couple of simple rules you can do it at home too. The idea is to choose a few different products which complement each other and to apply them to the skin in the correct order (this is the key) so you benefit from all the products at once! Rule No.1 - choose products that compliment each other Rule No. 2 - always layer any water based products under any oil based products Try these at home: Layer the Hibiscus & Hyaluronic Serum (first), Jasmine & Pomegranate Serum and Rose & Argan Moisturizer (last) to really nourish...

    What are the flower waters for?

    Rose & Frankincense Flower Water Detail
    I get asked lots of different questions when talking about my products but this is one of the most common ones.... What are the flower waters for?.... it's a great question! Our skin needs both water & oils to be fully hydrated and moisturized. Skin cells need both oils and water to function properly, using one but not the other will leave your skin lacking and not looking great. To get maximum moisture into the skin I recommend using a flower water and an oil (serum or moisturizer) together. Why do I keep oil & water separate? When oil and water are combined together into a traditional cream they require emulsifiers and preservatives. I keep oil and water separate because emulsifiers and preservatives are some...

    Quick sunscreen checklist

    Schmidt's
    I tried to buy some sunscreen from my local drugstore yesterday, assuming that there would be at least one or two that I consider safe for me and my family, however there was not one that I would put on my skin, let alone my son's! I want to share my quick checklist when reading sunscreen labels. First the active ingredient: (These are the 4 most common.) Good: Zinc Oxide OK: Titanium Oxide (Note: Check these are not in nanoparticle form, it may say on the label, if not ask! Nanoparticles get absorbed into the skin which we do not want.) Not great: Avobenzone VERY BAD: Oxybenzone Scary stuff! (check out here to see why) Once you have got a good active ingredient check the...

    My Oil Cleansing Method

    Helena Lane Skincare Cleansers
    Everyday I find myself talking to people about oil cleansing, I really do believe it's the key to healthy skin. Unfortunately oil has got a really bad reputation due to the mass usage of petroleum oil (mineral oil aka Vaseline) in the skin care industry. I'll blog about mineral oil later but basically it sits on the surface of our skin and dries it out rather than moisturizes it (!) and it blocks pores so can lead to unhealthy looking skin and spots. So I guess it's fair enough that people are scared of oil if it's that kind of oil. There are a few famous oil cleansers on the market by the big cosmetic brands using mineral oil, and this is often what people...