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5 products that will bring your dry skin back to life

If you’re like me, or the ‘old’ me should I say! You’re one of many who suffer from dry skin.  I’m talking dry, dehydrated and lacklustre, only made worse in the winter months thanks to the cooler, windy, weather, and constant need for indoor heating which let’s face it sucks the life out of our already devitalised complexions!

So if you need to breathe some life back into your dry, lifeless skin, these products, I personally promise, will be a lifesaver, what’s more, they come highly recommended by our customers and the BC experts too!

 

Pevonia Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream

Formulated with some of the best natural ingredients to counteract dry skin including pear seed extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Shea Butter, this deeply nourishing and skin smoothing cream diminishes dry and flaky skin while combatting fine lines and wrinkles for a truly rejuvenated, hydrated appearance.

“I have tried numerous products whose purpose is to hydrate and soften dry skin but this is the only product that I have found that actually accomplishes this goal. I have used this product for nearly five years and have no plans to use any other product than this in the future. Actually, I love the entire Pevonia Dry Skin line of products!” Sarah S

Pevonia Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream

 

Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate

If you don’t have a nightly skincare ritual, start now by introducing Pevonia’s Vitaminic Concentrate. You will thank me later. This soothing, silky oil with the most amazing mandarin aroma, is worth its weight in gold! It’s fast-absorbing and radically combats dryness by locking in hydration and delivering moisture that stays! So you’ll wake up to smooth, supple and seriously glowy skin every morning.

“This product has saved my dry skin especially during the colder months. You put it on after cleansing and it is absorbed right away. It is a dry oil and is just wonderful.” Amelia G

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate

 

Phytomer Nutritionelle Dry Skin Rescue Cream

Salvation for even the most dry as a desert skin! This soft, silky rich cream incorporates a cocktail of marine and plant oils including organic glasswort, organic buckwheat, apricot kernel, shea butter and hydratfusion, to bring comfort and hydration all day long. Say goodbye to tight, uncomfortable and parched skin and hello to a suppler, soft and visibly plumped complexion.

“This is glorious. My skin feels so soft and plump after I use it.” Lisa D

Phytomer - Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream

Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Serum

Liquid gold! The powerhouse serum packs a punch as it delivers a burst of hydration to seriously thirsty skin. Formulated with one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid on the market (12%) combined with marine collagen and hibiscus esculentus extract, it eliminates dryness almost instantly while maintaining surface hydration throughout the day. It leaves the skin’s texture softer, plumper, and firmer while looking healthier, luminous, and supple.

 “I have just started using this serum and the results are already noticeable. My skin is so much more youthful! Smoother, plumper and visibly radiant! I couldn’t recommend more highly!!”  Marie C

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Hydra Serum

 

Vie Collection Mesoforce Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin Mask

Taking its inspiration from mesotherapy – a technique which uses injections of vitamins, minerals and plant extracts to deeply rejuvenate and nourish your skin – this mask, rich in vitamins and hyaluronic acid, visibly revitalizes for a more radiant, smoothed and plumped complexion.

“My skin was feeling patchy with the changing seasons, but after one application of this mask it felt better moisturised and fresher. Dry, flaky patches were soothed and smoothed. I’ve used it once or twice a week since and my skin tends to feel plump and fresh for a good 4 days after using the mask. Very gentle and soothing.” A McBride

skincare favourites

Team BC’s skincare must-haves for winter

We’ve all heard that just as you alter your wardrobe to suit the season, you should update your skincare to compensate for the change in weather, and for good reason – cold days, zero humidity and artificial heating can put undue stress on our skin in the cool winter months, leading to a dry, lifeless or super sensitive complexion.

So if you aren’t already, now is the time to introduce a number of winter skin saviours into your daily routine. Read on to find out what products the BC pro’s highly recommend to ensure your skin glows through the cold months ahead.

 

Vitaminic Concentrate

By integrating an oil into your nighttime routine during winter will strengthen your skin’s barrier, locking in hydration, preventing moisture loss and rendering skin plump and oh so glowy (seriously!) Oils are for everyone, so don’t be scared to use them. For many years now I have turned to my faithful friend Pevonia’s Vitaminic Concentrate during the winter months and I can honestly say it’s a game-changer for my skin. It’s a luxurious dry oil (so absorbs very fast!) with a mandarin aroma which is to die for, and it radically combats excessive dryness, dehydration, and premature aging all in one!

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate

Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream & Intensifier Collagen and Myoxy Caviar

If Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t already feature in your daily skincare routine, now is a great time to start! It really is a year-round essential, but is hands down my most-loved skincare ‘must’ during the winter period. This is because hyaluronic is the don when it comes to hydration – and dehydration is the no. 1 skincare issue during the cooler months!

My ‘cannot live without’ this season is Pevonia’s Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream. It combines both hyaluronic acid with marine collagen in a rich silky cream to infuse skin with moisture replenishing vital nutrients. Love love love it!

Use in conjunction with the Intensifier and you will reap the rewards. No more dry, lacklustre skin! Just radiant, moisture-rich skin instead.

Pevonia Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream

 

Phytomer Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream

Winter is the perfect time to introduce a nourishing night cream! Skin cells do their greatest renewal and repair whist we sleep, so applying much needed hydration at night is encouraged to maximise absorption and to enhance your skin barrier. In the winter months I use Phytomer’s Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream religiously because my skin demands that extra layer of rich moisturiser. The cream literally cocoons my skin in nourishing hydration and really does restore youthful vitality by morning. I simply love how my skin looks and feels when I wake up so why would I ever turn to another product when I’ve found my one!

Phytomer - Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream

 

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant with Natural Enzymes

It may be the last thing on your mind when you have dry, itchy or sensitive skin but there are huge benefits to exfoliating your skin during winter. Not only does it slough off those dry, dead skin cells but it also helps you regenerate new ones! Just be sure to opt for a chemical (don’t let the name scare you) as opposed to physical exfoliant though. Physical – the kind that use granules to physically scrub off dead skin cells – can be too harsh for already vulnerable winter skin and in turn result in further dryness. No thanks! Instead use an exfoliator formulated with AHA’s, BHA’s or natural enzymes which gently dissolve the top layer of your dead skin. My winter go-to is the Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant with Natural Enzymes, it’s a soft and gentle exfoliant formulated with natural enzymes that encourage cell turnover without scrubbing or irritating your skin. I use it twice a week and my skin is always smooth, soft and visibly luminous after! Give it a go, I promise your skin will thank you!

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant with natural enzymes

 

Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi-Protective Wrinkle Cream

I am a stickler for sunscreen and for good reason. Along with a few other key ingredients SPF is hands down THE most important anti-ager. Most will reach for a sunscreen automatically during the warmer months but it’s just as important to shield skin from harmful UV’s during winter. In the summer I like to use a lightweight moisturiser with higher spf for my face, however for winter I have used started using the Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi-Protective Wrinkle Cream and I’m in LOVE. It is nurturing and hydrating as well as protecting! And my skin is all the more better for it! It’s rediscovered its radiance. At the top of my go-to list for winter skincare now!

Phytomer Algodefense

 

Phytomer Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream

A good hand cream is an absolute essential for me in winter and hey why shouldn’t we look after our hands as we do our face and body? The thing is before I discovered Phytomer’s Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream I hated the feel of wearing hand cream and I’d want to wash my hands immediately after I’d applied it, so instead I used to bear the brunt of dry cracked skin! Not anymore! My favourite hand cream (and I’ve tried many) absorbs into skin immediately and intensely nourishes, soothes and softens my dry, damaged hands.  I take it everywhere I go!

Phytomer Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream

 

Pevonia Dry Oil Body Moisturiser

During the winter months I, like many, can be very guilty of neglecting areas of my body which I religiously attend to in summer! But it’s important to maintain routines all year around after all your body skin loses moisture just like your face! You know that tight itchy feeling we all experience all too often in winter?

Now, if you’re not one for applying rich body moisturisers I hear you. Yes richer formulations containing ingredients such a shea butter can be very nourishing and beneficial for your skin, but a dry body oil to ensure your skin doesn’t become dry and flaky can be just as effective and make a huge difference too! Pevonia’s Dry Oil Body Moisturiser is my go-to. It quite literally indulges my skin without an oily or greasy feeling. It is incredibly nourishing but absorbs immediately which I LOVE and my skin feels silky-soft after every application.

I think it’s best to apply it straight out of the shower or bath while skin is still damp to lock in moisture. Plus it’ll restore any moisture lost from standing under that super-hot water we all love to indulge in!

Pevonia Dry Oil Body Moisturiser

trending beauty hacks

The top trending beauty hacks that really do work

From flawless skin to big beautiful lips and everything in between, we are all in pursuit of quick beauty fixes that promise to deliver, but do they really work?

Read on to reveal our favourite beauty hacks of all time. You might well have heard of a few before now, but we are here as testament to their success having personally tried, tested and lived by each and every one of them.

 

LIPS – THE PERFECT POUT

If filler isn’t your thing, and the many lip plumping products out there are either short lived or seem to somewhat irritate your skin, you can perfect your pout by simply creating the illusion of plumper lips with a few key steps;

  1. Exfoliate

Firstly creating a smooth canvas is a necessity to perfecting your pout. The way to achieve this is to start sloughing away any dead skin cells on the surface of your lips by using a gentle lip scrub. Don’t have a lip scrub? No worries, a face scrub such a Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser will suffice! It’ll leave lips silky smooth and lipstick ready!

Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

  1. Line those lips

Lip liner is used to define the look of your lips but it can also make lips look bigger instantly. Apply before lipstick and use either a neutral shade or match the shade of your lipstick. Begin by applying a fine line just outside your natural lip line starting from the centre of the lips and working out to the corners, keep it light and fine, then blend it inwards. Try ELES Longwear Lipliner for ultimate staying power.

ELES Longwear Lipliner

 

  1. Apply long lasting lippie

Next apply your lipstick, then simply place a tissue over your lips and dust translucent powder onto your lips through the tissue with a brush. Doing so will help set the pigment without dulling the colour and make it instantly longer lasting. Another option is to give a lip stain a go! The ELES Lip Stain imparts lips with long lasting vibrant colour that protects the lips and stays in place for hours even after eating, drinking and kissing!

ELES Lipstain

 

  1. Plump up the volume

After applying and setting your chosen lipstick, brush either a little shimmer eyeshadow in an ivory shade or some concealer in light, to the middle of your lips. This creates a 3D effect that makes lips look fuller and no irritation or special products are required! The same goes for your lipgloss – for a little extra lip plumping apply in nude to the centre of your lips.

ELES Lipstain

FACE – A FLAWLESS FACE

We are all on the quest of a flawless face and you really can fake it till you make it!

  1. A perfect base

Skin still feel and look a little dry and patchy even after you’ve completed your morning skincare ritual? You can prevent your foundation from collecting in any flaky spots by simply adding a few drops of face oil directly to your foundation. The oil primes your face enabling the foundation to glide on easily for a seamless finish.

Phytomer Rosee Soin

  1. Fake your cheekbones

Sadly we aren’t all born with striking cheekbones but we can all fake it! All it takes is some simple sculpting. Start by puckering to find the hollows of your cheeks and apply a deep nude blush (my go-to is the ELES Baked Blush in Posey) or contour powder in the sunken area under your cheekbones. Next, apply a peachy blush (try ELES Baked Blush in Bouquet) starting from the apples of your cheeks and moving outwards while lightly blending. Finish by applying illuminator along the top of your cheekbones and under your temples.

ELES Stick Illuminator

 

EYES – AN INSTANT EYE LIFT
  1. Big bright eyes

Who doesn’t want to achieve brighter instantly awake eyes? Yup I’m talking for all the tired mums out there and some! I promise if you invest in a nude waterliner you’ll never look back. Firstly don’t make the mistake I used to by applying black liner all around your eyes (top and bottom as well as your waterline! This will only make your eyes appear so much smaller than they are. Instead just line the top lashes with black liner and the bottom with brown, applied very lightly just to add eye definition, then apply the waterliner (I use daily ELES’s Waterline Liner) to really open up your eyes. It works a treat. You can thank me later.

ELES Waterliner

  1. Thicker lashes

Using an eye shadow brush or cotton tip, dust a little powder over your eyelashes between the first and second coats of mascara to plump up your lashes. Translucent powder has grip so it will stick to your lashes in between each coat of mascara making your lashes appear more voluminous.

Oh and if your mascara has dried up a little, just add some saline to the tube, this will give it that little moisture it needs for flawless application.

 

  1. Brow perfection

Adding definition and shape to your eyebrows can completely transform your face! For an instant eye lift firstly shape your brows. Start by brushing your eyebrows so the hairs are sitting naturally, then use a soft, waxy brow pencil like the ELES Precision Brow Pencil to shape and fill in your brows using short, hair-like strokes. Next define and ‘lift’ brows by using a white eyeliner as a brow highlighter. Line below and above your eyebrows and smudge it out with a sponge or fingertip. You can also opt to use a highlighter if you don’t have a while liner on hand.

ELES Precision Brow Pencil

How to look younger than your years

How to look younger than your years – the top 12 tips of all time

Although ageing is inevitable there are both simple and less invasive ways to look younger than relying on the likes of Botox or turning to cosmetic surgery. From miracle makeup products to the best anti-ageing skincare routines, a diet high in super foods to daily yoga, if you are searching for a way to look younger than your years try incorporating a few of these beauty habits into your daily life, and we promise they won’t just have you looking fresh faced, they’ll boost your overall energy too! Sound good? Read on…

Choose skincare wisely

Skincare, while not as fast as the effects of Botox, really can slow down ageing if you select the right products. Choosing serums and creams formulated with one or more of the top 5 skincare ingredients will have your skin looking smoother, firmer and plumper in next to no time.

Get serious about sunscreen

I’m talking about religiously applying it daily. Just as you use a cleanser to wash your face, apply a sunscreen to protect your face! Sun damage is hands down THE most aggressive form of ageing. In fact it’s estimated that 90% of skin ageing is due to the effects of the sun! It causes proteins in our skin to deteriorate, leading to the loss of our youthful appearance over time. On the bright side this type of ageing can be prevented with proper sun protection, but it needs to be worn even on cool, cloudy days too!

Fortunately there is a myriad of products out there with SPF, from sunscreen, to daily moisturisers, foundations and more, and many are now formulated to work with specific skin types, so if you are a sensitive skin sufferer and the idea of slathering on sunscreen scares you, worry no more! Here at BC we have a few firm favourites;

Foundation – ELES Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15

Daily moisturiser – ELES Luminous Defence Brightening Day Protection SPF 50

Sunscreen face & body – Medicalia Sunscreen SPF 30

ELES Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15Medicalia Sunscreen SPF 30

 

Choose the right makeup base

You really can disguise the ageing process with makeup but you have to choose carefully. For example face powder, when used correctly and frugally can be a fantastic makeup staple (I have been I’m in love with the ELES Mineral Powder Foundation for years!) however, no matter your skin type, too much face powder can actually age you! That’s right, it can highlight fine lines and wrinkles instead of helping to conceal them, so it’s best to use powder sparingly – on your t-zone or as the perfect tool for touch ups.

ELES - Mineral Powder Foundation

A hydrating or satin-finish liquid foundation will be your best choice, especially as skin gets drier with age. Choose a formula that has hydrating ingredients. Foundations that have sheer coverage and dewy luminous foundations will be your best youth enhancing options especially for those concerned about lines and wrinkles.

I am a huge advocate for both the ELES Mineral Sheer Tint and ELES Age Defying BB Cream 30 but if you do love a slightly more matte finish the best-selling ELES Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 will be your go-to.

ELES Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20

 

Illuminate your face with a highlighter

By doing so your skin will look dewy and more youthful. Apply highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, brow bones and Cupid’s bow for a natural glow that will leave you looking rejuvenated and refreshed. Try ELES Stick Illuminator. I personally can’t get enough of it!

ELES Stick Illuminator

 

Apply bronzer correctly

We are all on a quest for that healthy youthful glow, especially in the winter months when it’s almost non-existent, but dusting copious amounts of bronzer all over our nose, chin, cheeks and forehead can play up fine lines and large pores as the powder sinks into them. The best way (and the most flattering!) is to apply your bronzer with a bronzer blush to the perimeter of your face in the shape of a number three. Start on your forehead near your temples and loop down to the tops of your cheekbones, then curve out and around again along your jaw.

ELES Bronzer

 

Look after your lips

Often overlooked, lips can really show your age so it’s important to show them as much love as you would your skin. This means applying a lip cream daily. We are huge advocates for Pevonia’s LipRenew Plump & De-Age treatment which deeply moisturises and volumises the lips, blurs imperfections, and, unlike other lip plumpers, also smooths the surrounding skin folds, lines and wrinkles!

We also recommend using a hydrating lip balm to lock in moisture and get lips lipstick ready, after all applying lipstick to dry, chapped lips is a definite no no, as your lipstick won’t apply evenly, it’ll seep into any lip lines making your lips appear even more dry than they already are.

Pevonia LipRenew

 

Fill in your brows

Creating the perfect brows can completely transform your face and make you look 10 years younger, seriously! but you need to know how.

Just as the hair on our heads can thin with age, so do our eyebrows, so to look younger, we want to create instantly fake fullness and to do this we need to fill them in with the perfect brow pencil! Just be sure you don’t overfill the front part of your brow though! This area should have soft hair that graduates into more density. If you overfill this area you can make your eye brows look way too harsh. Read more on how to create perfect brows.

ELES Brow Pencil

Cleanse correctly

In the quest for a clear complexion cleansing is a must. But cleansing with conventional, harsh products can simply dry out skin which will age you! Worse, it can make skin over-produce oil so you could be hit with rather a few pesky pimples too!! Teenage acne? No thanks.

So be sure to use a cleanser specific to your skin type. Beauty Collective has a myriad of cleansers for every skin type and concern so get searching!

Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
Make sure you exfoliate

Dry, dull skin lacks youthful luminosity, so exfoliating is a necessity! We’re not talking daily though, just once or twice a week depending on your skin type will suffice, as too much exfoliation can be counterproductive.

A good weekly exfoliation will break up dead surface skin cells and reveal a fresh glowy complexion. If your skin is a little on the sensitive side, exfoliation is still important just be sure to opt for a super gentle formula – we LOVE Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, it gently polishes your skin with its unique creamy, granular texture. But if granules scare you, we also highly recommend Phytomer’s Vegetal Exfoliant with Natural Enzymes. It’s a soft exfoliant for even the most sensitive or rosacea prone skin and uses natural enzymes to encourage cell turnover without scrubbing or irritating your skin.

 

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant with natural enzymes

 

Remove remnants of makeup before bed

You know you’re supposed to do it, you’ve been told time and time again but sometimes you just…don’t. But we can’t stress enough that failing to remove makeup at the end of every day is a major missed opportunity for skin to be able to regenerate while you sleep, you see not removing your makeup means the skin ceases to breathe freely, pores clog and fatigue signs start to appear.

Just remember since skin renews itself overnight, the most important ingredients should be applied before bed (and we all know what those ingredients are now right?)

 

Eat your antioxidants

Antioxidants are SO important when it comes to protecting our DNA from damage – they are the last line of defence against premature ageing. Thankfully our bodies produce antioxidants on their own, but we can definitely strengthen our protection against ageing by eating an antioxidant-rich diet. Multiple studies show that a diet rich in antioxidants can help keep your skin healthy, your immune system strong, your digestive system working smoothly and can also help you look and feel younger longer. Yassssss! So what foods are rich in antioxidants? The favourites in our house include, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, spinach and kale!

 

Get enough shut-eye

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a hundred times, and we all know it’s the truth, not enough shut-eye can have serious ramifications on our skin! We need to think of sleep as an essential step in our daily skincare routine. Not only will plenty of shut-eye let skin cells regenerate overnight, it will also help prevent dark under-eye circles which can really make us look so much older than we are! And we know, no one is choosing to be sleep deprived, the stresses of everyday life can seriously prevent us from getting the amount of sleep we crave, but if it’s possible to try and get our heads down at a reasonable time (I’m talking to myself here too!) and stick to it nightly, it’ll improve quality of sleep and in turn have a positive impact on our complexion too!