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Face Fixers – Non-invasive Botox and filler alternatives

We’ve all heard of Botox and dermal fillers, let’s face it (pardon the pun!) with the ever-increasing gen-Z idolisation of the likes of the Jenner-Kardashian clan or the millions of social media ‘influencers’ all with their perfectly plumped lips and ‘smooth as a babies bottom’ skin, these procedures have today become commonplace. But if you’re like me and needles are a formative no-go, or Botox has been a consideration but you’d rather search for topical skincare solutions before taking the plunge, we are here to inform you that there are excellent alternatives, and these days, thanks to the advancement in both technology and skincare ingredients, these said alternatives can seriously achieve similar smoothing and plumping results. You can take our word for it!

Okay, so you are unlikely to see life-changing results overnight (even Botox takes a week to have effect don’t you know) but these non-invasive topical alternatives give you more control over the change in your appearance (no poker-face in sight), provide a much more natural look, plus you will achieve outstanding on-going results when used as part of your daily skincare routine.

So if you’re looking for a painless, subtle and (relatively) cheaper solution, here are our top 5 topical treatment alternatives;

Pevonia - Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream

Pevonia Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream

Combining Marine Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane this best-selling rich moisturiser softens fine lines and wrinkles while replenishing vital nutrients.

“I love this daily face cream….I use it morning and night! My skin looks and feels amazing. I’m 52 and am told constantly that I look so young….I give Pevonia products the credit!” Linda

 

 

Vie Collection Concentrate de Vie Youth Elixir

Formulated with three advanced ingredients selected for their ability to correct visible signs of ageing, this elixir offers complete and incomparable action to reduce wrinkles, improve firmness and reveal skin’s radiance.

“I have been using this product for the past two years and have noticed a remarkable difference in my skin. My facial lines are significantly less noticeable!” Sarah P

 

Pevonia MyOxy Caviar Timeless Repair Cream

Pevonia MyOxy Caviar Timeless Repair Cream

A restorative treatment cream for visibly younger-looking skin, it features an advanced, triple-action formula – caviar, pearl and Escutox – the natural equivalent to Botox – combined with Retinol to correct and prevent signs of premature ageing. Enjoy increased oxygenation, greater cellular activity, improved blood circulation, increased suppleness, improved elasticity, extreme hydration and fewer visible wrinkles!

“I love this product, I saw a noticeable difference within 2 weeks, wrinkles less noticeable and my skin seemed to look younger and smoother.” Dianna K

 

Phytomer Pionniere XMF Perfection Youth Cream

Phytomer Pionniere XMF Perfection Youth Cream

XMF, a 100% natural advanced ingredient with exceptional youth preserving properties is featured in this luxurious and comfortable “second skin” cream. It instantly smoothes wrinkles and plumps the skin. In just one hour, wrinkles are visibly diminished.

“This creams big claim to fame is a purported reduction in wrinkles in just one hour. I’m in my early 30s so I don’t have any deep creases, but I do have fine lines and I can tell you for certain this helps to smooth them out. And it feels AMAZING. The texture is pure luxury.” KK

 

Medicalia Retinol C Care Cream

Medicalia Retinol & C Care Cream

This creams innovative ‘age-reversing’ Micro-Retinol® technology normalizes mitosis, boosts cellular performance, and restructures skin layers for visible rejuvenation. Skin appears dense and supple with a smoothed surface and diminished wrinkles resulting in brighter, more youthful looking complexion.

“This is the best product for aging skin I have found.” Heather

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Can Cleansing Your Face for a Full 60 Seconds Give You Amazing Skin? I Tried It

It’s called the 60-second rule, and the internet is OBSESSED with it.

As someone who is never completely satisfied with my skin’s texture, I live in hopes of one day finding a technique or product that miraculously makes my pores disappear. So when I stumbled on something called the 60-second rule – a simple method of washing your face for a full 60 seconds (instead of your usual, 10-20) to get beautiful skin – I couldn’t wait to get into the bathroom and get started.  This could be the answer to my skin prayers!

The 60-Second Rule

The cleansing method comes from Nayamka Roberts-Smith of LABeautyologist, a beauty therapist who frequently tells her 43,000 Twitter followers to wash their face for 60 seconds straight to let the cleanser ingredients really penetrate the skin.

“Cleansing your face for 60 seconds allows the ingredients in the cleanser to actually work.  Most ppl wash their face for like 15 seconds max.  It softens the skin & dissolves sebum blockages better…

Makeup, dirt, and oil are a lot more difficult to remove from the skin most people realize, so not only do you want to give the cleanser a chance to break down and dissolve products and grime, but taking 60 seconds also makes you pay attention to your skin and what you’re doing—like remembering to cleanse around the edges of your nose, under your chin, and around your hairline.”

Ok, like me you may think this sounds pretty obvious, however, according to those that have tried it, it’s a bit of a game changer. So much so, that it’s earned the hashtag #60secondrule and a huge following of devotees who swear by it.

…So I Tested the Theory

Firstly I should tell you, I’m a firm believer in double cleansing (i.e. first using an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and grime, then using a gentle cleanser to deep cleanse the skin), so I decided to split the difference in timing to 30 seconds each cleanse.

I gently massaged my face with a pump of my favourite ELES Transformation Cleansing Oil for 30 seconds, before rinsing and then massaging the Phytomer Souffle Marin Cleansing Foaming Cream for an additional 30 seconds and rinsing again.  I followed this with my usual skin care routine being careful not to change anything so I’d get a true gauge.

The first thing I noticed is that 60 seconds felt like an eternity: obviously I wasn’t spending enough time making sure every part of my face was makeup-free when I did my cleansing thing. The second thing I noticed was my moisturiser seemed to penetrate easier.

So for two weeks, I performed the 60-second rule every night.

The results?

I did see a difference.  My pores were much smaller, my skin felt a lot softer and strangely it also felt firmer.  It was calmer and brighter and I found I didn’t need to wear foundation during the day, just a little concealer.  It cost me nothing except an extra 50 seconds each day so yes, I’ll keep it up.

But Will It Work for Everyone?

Possibly, and possibly not.  It can certainly give you softer skin as long as you use the right cleanser. It can also give you a bit of a glow since it’ll stimulate circulation. But sadly you won’t be able to wash away your hormones, or DNA, or any of your other acne-causing triggers.

However, the 60-second rule could actually benefit your skin by making it cleaner. Left-on makeup will disrupt your skin barrier over time and this can lead to dryness, irritation, and even breakouts. So taking that extra 50 seconds every day may actually make a huge difference in your skin.

Regardless, this is one of those tricks that really can’t hurt to test out, because let’s face it, you have nothing to lose except 60 seconds.

Do you have the right cleanser for your skin type? Here are some of our favourites;

Medicalia Gentle Cleanserit’s so gentle and soothing!

Pevonia Hydrating Cleanserloaded with Collagen and Elastin

Phytomer Souffle Marin Cleansing Foaming Creamthe gentlest wash off cleanser you’ll ever try.

ELES Transformation Cleansing Oil Ideal as a pre-cleanse makeup remover, literally dissolves it!

60 second rule recomended products

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Q&A – MILIA: What are they and how do you get rid of them?

Here at Beauty Collective HQ we receive an abundance of skincare and makeup related questions daily, one however in particular we have been asked a lot lately – how to get rid of milia – a common problem after winter! For those of you who have had this problem in the past or are currently experiencing it, read on.

Often mistaken for whiteheads, milia are keratin-filled cysts that form just under the skin that look like little white bumps on the surface. Nicknamed ‘milk spots’, Milia is commonly associated with newborn babies, but they occur in adults too, don’t we just know it!

What causes milia?

Most commonly, they occur due to dead skin building up and getting trapped in the pores just under the skin’s surface. If the build-up doesn’t get expelled naturally, it can become a small cyst. This is called Primary Milia.

They most commonly occur around the eye area due to skincare used in this area not penetrating properly. Unlike skin on the rest of the face, the eye area has limited blood circulation to filter excess oil – therefore eye creams need to be very lightweight and easily absorbed.

The other type, Secondary Milia, looks similar to Primary Milia but develops when something clogs the sweat ducts. This is usually caused by some kind of skin trauma or infection, (such as laser treatments or chemical peels or even cold sores), or contributing lifestyle factors, including lack of sleep, smoking, poor personal hygiene, using oil-based beauty products in excess, and long-term steroid use.

Before considering treatment for milia, it’s worth noting that they can simply disappear on their own. Depending how deep the milia lay; they can naturally come to the surface of the skin after a few weeks or months.

Milia treatment options

First up, forget squeezing. This will only irritate and cause damage to the skin without being able to remove the problem.  Squeezing the bump with your bare fingers or nails is a big no, no! As is taking any tools to the milia. You don’t want to cause permanent damage to your skin!

Your best bet is to wait it out or take the pro route. Milia removal with a skincare professional usually requires an incision, especially when the cysts are deep below the skin’s surface, typically, it’s a quick and painless in-clinic procedure. Depending on the dermatologist or skin expert, they should be able to get rid of the milia using a lancing tool or needle. They will gently flick up the outer most surface of skin freeing the milia and enabling it wiggle it out like a tiny chalk ball. Sounds horribly satisfying!

Ways to prevent milia

As ever with skincare, prevention is better than cure (there’s no needles involved, for one), so try these suggestions if milia are a recurring concern for you.

  1. Thorough cleansing: Removing your make-up thoroughly before bed is vital, if you’re not already, try double cleansing in the evenings, particularly if you wear heavy make-up and/or live in a polluted area. The first cleanse removes your make-up, SPF and sebum (use something like an oil cleanser to melt make-up, we recommend the ELES Transformation Oil Cleanser), and the second – which is where your facial massage comes into play – should remove any further impurities and treat the skin.
  2. Acid exfoliation: Next up, know that regular exfoliation works wonders in preventing milia. Look for AHA and BHA acid exfoliators, a glycolic acid 5% or 10%+ and a salicylic 2% will suffice. Apply at least three times a week, paying special attention to areas of milia. Try: Pevonia Glycocides Cream or Vie Collection Glyco 10 on freshly cleansed skin in the evening.

If you have sensitive skin, or prefer manual exfoliation, try using a scrub three times a week such as the Phytomer Marine Scrub or Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. This way you’ll keep the dead skin cell build-up at bay and your pores tight and clean

  1. Retinols: Retinol is also very helpful for both fighting and preventing milia. This form of vitamin A assists skin cell turn over, allowing the milia to surface and preventing the build-up of dead cells leading to the cysts in the first place. Try: Medicalia Retinol Serum or L-Retinol Smoothing Cream, Pevonia Micro Retinol Serum, Pevonia Micro Retinol Cream or Vie Collection Retinopur Fluid.
  2. Choosing correct eye care: Skin under the eyes can be prone to puffiness if fluid builds up there, especially with aesthetic interventions which limit muscle movements [such as Botox] and lymph circulation. This, coupled with rich products loaded onto the thin skin with limited blood circulation is a recipe for clogging. Therefore, it’s vital to use lightweight eye creams, and ensure they penetrate effectively. Try: Pevonia “C” Evolutive Eye Gel or Vie Collection Chrono Eyes.
  3. Lifestyle choices: Finally, consider adopting lifestyle changes that can help prevent milia. For example, limiting your intake of cholesterol-rich foods (meat, eggs, etc), incorporating vitamin D supplementation, avoiding heavy oil-based skincare or make-up products and limiting sun exposure could all help.