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How to Transition Your Skincare Routine to Winter

It’s that time of year, my lovelies! Time to cozy up on the couch with a blanket and hot cup of chocolate, while a fire crackles in the fireplace. Time for shorter days and brisker air, and also for drier skin, for most of us. In today’s post, we will be discussing how to transition your skincare routine to the colder season, to protect your skin from winter’s icy winds and to keep it looking fresh and youthful all season long.

1. Layer More Steps In Your Skincare Routine

Whereas in the summer you may have gotten away with just a toner, a serum, and a moisturizer, in the winter, feel free to go all out in adding steps to your skincare routine. There’s no rule against using multiple toners and serums, so add as many as you need to keep your skin plump and soft. Generally, use products in order from thinnest to thickest. So start with a thin toner or hydrating first essence, and follow that up with your thicker toners, essences, and serums.

2. Use The 7 Skin Method With Toner

Watery hydration is often underestimated in Western-style skincare but is essential to a K Beauty skincare routine. This is where hydrating toners come in. You can layer a single toner several times using the popular “7 Skin Method” that has gained a following in Korea. Simply pat one layer of toner over your skin, wait about 30 seconds, and then pat on a second layer, and so on three, four, or more times. This method forces the moisture to absorb deeper into your skin, resulting in a plumper, smoother, and more hydrated complexion. Be sure to seal in that moisture with a good cream afterward!

Try: Swanicoco Refine Ferment 1st Essence

A first essence is a kind of watery toner that contains tons of fermented extracts (see our post about Ferments for more info on these super-hydrating substances). A super fast-absorbing liquid, the Swanicoco Refine Ferment 1st Essence is the perfect candidate for the 7-Skin Method because you can layer it multiple times without any stickiness. Start your skincare routine with a few layers of the 1st Essence, and then follow up with heavier toners, serums, and creams.

3. Look for Ceramides

Ceramides are lipids that are naturally found in the spaces between your skin cells. Ceramides naturally provide much of your skin’s protective barrier function. Products containing ceramides support your skin’s own ability to protect itself, which is essential in the dry cold of winter. There are 9 forms of ceramides available in skincare products, known as ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, ceramide NG, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, phytosphingosine, and sphingosine.

For best results, look for products with multiple forms of ceramides as well as cholesterol and fatty acids, which are also essential to healthy skin.

Try: Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream

This fan favorite is a luxurious white cream that moisturizes skin with pure honey extract, nourishing oils, and ceramide 3. Although highly nourishing, this cream is suitable for all skin types and does not leave a sticky or greasy residue.

4. Use A Protective Cream

If you were fine using a gel-cream during the summer, you might want to look into a richer and more occlusive (sealing) cream that will protect your skin and keep the moisture in. For dry skin, creams with natural oils and shea butter, as well as skin-supporting ceramides, will nourish and keep your skin supple during the winter.

Try: Whamisa Organic Flowers Nourishing Cream

This intensely rich cream, featuring mango, cacao, avocado, and shea butter, absorbs deeply into even the driest skin, nourishing it from within. Fermented extracts and aloe moisturize and hydrate the skin. With all of the plant lipids in this emollient cream, your skin will feel restored and protected no matter what the season.

5. Add A Facial Oil

People who are new to facial oils often fear that they will feel greasy and clog the pores. In reality, while there are certainly comedogenic oils, many facial oils are very light and feel almost dry once applied, not greasy. Even if your pores clog easily, you can do very well with non-comedogenic argan, camellia, rosehip, and sea buckthorn oils. Facial oils have a host of benefits besides naturally moisturized Korean skin cream — many of them contain potent antioxidants and other healing compounds that make your skin glow.

In general, you can use a facial oil after your cream to seal in all the moisture from your routine. Or, you can mix it into your moisturizer to give it an extra boost.

Try: Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

This richly protective facial oil blend softens and protects skin from the elements with the star ingredients, argan and camellia oils. Whamisa’s fermented flower complex nourishes and hydrates skin while evening primrose, carrot seed, and other botanical oils nourish the skin and improve elasticity. Use as the last step in your skincare routine on top of your cream. Try putting a layer of this on before going outside to protect skin from harsh winds.

6. Finish With A Sleeping Pack

Dry air, especially with indoor heating, can sap your skin of moisture overnight. Prevent water loss by finishing your skincare routine with a sleeping pack. These creams and gels form a protective film over your skin, preventing moisture from evaporating overnight. You can double them up on top of a cream for extra moisture and protection. Check out our post All About Sleeping Packs for more tips on how to use sleeping packs.

Try: Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

This creamy sleeping mask features nourishing rice extract as well as sunflower and palm oils to soften and protect your skin. You can use this fluffy mask on its own as a moisturizer, or wear it on top of your cream to supercharge your skin’s moisture overnight.

I hope this gives you some ideas as to how to change your winter skincare routine so that your skin will stay soft and supple all season! Till next time, beauties!

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8 Hens night Melbourne Party Ideas In Melbourne

Unlike bucks parties, the aim of a Hens night Melbourne is to show the bride-to-be a great time—and for most brides that doesn’t mean strippers, penis straws or making a wedding dress out of toilet paper. There’s so much more you can do for your bride chilla bestie to send her on her way to wedded bliss.

If you’re looking at planning a party or day of fun for your bestie-turned-bride, then look no further. We have rounded up eight of the best, alternative Hens night Melbourne ideas to give them a party to remember for only good reasons. You’ll be turning away that stripper-gram quicker than he can remove his, err hat…

Karaoke

Hens night Melbourne
Hens night Melbourne

Release your inner diva, say goodbye to stage fright and take to the stage like the true songstress you really are! Hire out a booth at Luxury Karaoke, round up the troops, order in the drinks and maybe bring a pair of earplugs for that one friend who thinks that she is Adele after one too many Pinot’s. A guaranteed night of fun, karaoke is a serious go to for a Hens night Melbourne to remember and a great way of embarrassing the heck out of everyone.

A Pole Lot Of Fun

It’s time to reverse the roles. Forget vigorous thrusting from oompa-lumpa tanned males and cringy routines to ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’, this time, it’s your turn to up the anti. Pole dancing is taking over, as not only is it super sultry and sexy, it is also a great way to tone those muscles too. Grab your girlies, book in for a pole dancing sesh at A Pole Lot Of Fun and prepare to get your spin on. You’ll be channelling your inner Xtina, circa Lady Marmalade in no time.

Hire The Caker

Jordan Rondell and the team at The Caker are renowned for their picture-perfect, rustic cakes topped with delicate roses and pretty petals. Not only are the cakes swoon worthy, their space on K Road is practically perfect in every way. Think garden party style chairs lined with faux fur, potted plants and splashes of pastel pinks everywhere. Hire out this stunning space for a dainty and delectable tea party unlike any other, featuring offerings of cake fit for a queen and a selection of teas to go with. Twerk It Out

The craze that has been captivating and causing major envy amongst most, twerking is the hypnotic dance all about the bootay that we just can’t get enough of. Grab a pair of booty shorts, round up your Hens night Melbourne and get ready to get all Nicki Minaj and Miley up in here! You’ll be laughing the whole way through and who knows, you may even learn a thing or two to impress your other half on your wedding night (Wink wink!)

Floating Cinema

Okay, so it’s technically not in Perth, but we couldn’t resist featuring this completely unique experience. Fill the car and take a trip down to Taupo for a blissful weekend away and a boat cruise unlike any other. Hire out Perth, AU’s only floating cinema, choose from a list of 100 films on offer and sail Lake Taupo with your fave gal-pals while enjoying your BYO wine and nibbles. Definitely more of a chilled-out option, but one that will set you apart from other hen parties fo sho.

Inflatable World

Release your inner child, toss your shoes to the side and get ready to completely let loose! Hire out Inflatable World at night for a fun-filled evening with your besties. With the option to bring your own food, we suggest throwing it back and having a six-year-old style party with balloons, cake and a whole lot of fun and laughter!

Life Drawing

Okay, so this one is a bit of a stereotypical choice of party but what the heck, it’s a guarantee for chuckling and a great excuse to truly understand the male form from an artistic angle. With the chance to brush up on your creative skills, you and your Hens night Sydney can compare drawings all while doing your best to suppress your giggles! Bringing the class to you, Strike A Pose is such a hassle free and clothes free option.

Glamping Slumber Party

Escape from city life and take it back to basics for a boho-inspired glamping getaway. Book in with your besties and get ready to relax amongst beautiful surroundings and take the time to really get to know one another and yourself (little bit cheesy, but you’ve gotta get your zen on!).

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