Meet The New Acure Organics Product Range

Acure Organics has a fresh new look! All the packaging has changed, while their lovely products stay the same. You’ll find it easier to work out which products work best for your skin type with the new packaging system.

As always, all the products are pure, simple and effective. And they’re still just as affordable!

Acure products are plant based and vegan, made in the USA using certified organic ingredients. They’re all Certified Cruelty Free by PETA and Leaping Bunny. All products are colour safe, vegan, and gluten, and are free from sulphates, phthalates, parabens and preservative. You won’t find any synthetic fragrances or artificial colours, either.

There are five skin care collections: The Essentials, Brilliantly Brightening, Radically Rejuvenating, Seriously Soothing and Incredibly Clear. Plus, there’s hair care, and a body care range.

Which range is best suited for each skin type?

Acure Organics - the new skincare collections

The Essentials

The Essentials range works with all skin types. Mix and match this range with any of the other Acure products. You’ll find organic marula, argan and rosehip oils in this range, as well as the gorgeous all purpose Flower Balm.

Brilliantly Brightening

The Brilliantly Brightening range supports radiant and glowing skin, of all skin types. Try the new Micellar Water, or the ever popular Fruit Peel and the award winning Brightening Facial Scrub.  You’ll also find cleansers, moisturisers and serums in this range.

Radically Rejuvenating

Looking for anti-ageing skincare? Try the Radically Rejuvenating range. It’s an anti-ageing range for all skin types that helps fight free radical damage. We love the Resurfacing Cream for dark spots, blotchiness and dull skin, and the Oil Free Serum for lightweight hydration.

Seriously Soothing

The Seriously Soothing range works best for normal to sensitive skin. I’m loving the Cloud Cream with argan oil and hyaluronic acid, and who can go past the ultimate in easy skincare: Micellar Water Cleansing Towelettes?

Incredibly Clear

Also in the skincare range, there’s Incredibly Clear. It’s ideal for oily and acne-prone skin. I’ve got my eye on the Cleansing Stick for my teenager!

Natural Hair Care

Acure’s natural hair care range includes shampoos and conditioners, dry shampoo and leave in conditioners. They’re all sulphate free and silicone free, too. I’ve got a separate post on the natural hair care range, here.

Body Care

Finally, let’s not forget the lovely body washes, lotions and body oils. Dry body oils are just the ticket for winter skin. I’ve got my eye on a hit of tropical coconut to transport me away during the upcoming Melbourne winter!

All the new Acure Organics range is instore now at Hello Charlie.

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Your Guide to the New Acure Hair Care

The New Acure Hair Care Range

Are you looking for natural hair care? Trying to avoid silicones, sulphates, phthalates, parabens and synthetic fragrances? If your answer is yes, you need to check out the new Acure Hair Care range.

Acure Organics is 100% vegan and never tested on animals. Everything is based on natural and organic plant based ingredients and essential oils. The result is a range of non toxic personal care products that are good for your hair and the environment. Their commitment to green packaging, recycling and biodegradability underlies their entire process.

Acure Organics is a family owned and operated company with a mission to make natural hair care that looks great and works brilliantly, at an affordable price.

The New Acure Hair Care Range

Why do we love the new Acure hair care?

  • Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • EWG certified
  • Gluten free
  • Silicone free
  • USDA certified organic ingredients
  • Pure essential oil fragrances
  • Uses 100% certified organic Moroccan argan oil
  • Committed to principles of sustainability
  • Sulphate free, paraben free, phthalate free, mineral oil free, DEA free, formaldehyde free, petrolatum free and paraffin free

Acure uses cutting edge plant based ingredients to get clinically tested performance. From cool stuff like chlorella growth factor and plant stem cells, to amazing ingredients like argan oil and blue tansy oil, these are great ingredients that really work.

Some of our favourites in the Acure hair care range

Acure Organics has a number of natural hair care lines, so you can mix and match depending on your hair type.

Mega Moisture range

The mega moisture line is for dry, thirsty hair. It’s great for curly heads, since it adds moisture while leaving your curls bouncy and shiny. Organic pumpkin and argan oils hydrate, but don’t weigh your hair down.

 

Acure Mega Moisture Leave in Conditioner

This leave in conditioner spray smells great and moisturises hair without leaving it greasy. It boasts an amazing list of ingredients, including acai, pomegranate and rosehip extracts, lavender, rosemary and lemongrass essential oils, and argan oil.

 

Acure Mega Moisture Deep Root Conditioner

This deep moisturising hair mask has a pleasant minty fragrance and detangles hair without weighing it down. Naturally-derived fermented sugar extracts make hair soft and manageable, while argan oil and cocoa butter deeply moisturise. Finally, rosemary and peppermint essential oils smell great and lend their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties to this conditioner.

 

Simply Smoothing

Designed to smooth frizzy, fried, colour-treated hair, this Acure hair care range uses marula oil and coconut water to moisturise. It’s also great for fine, thin hair. As a bonus, it smells like a pina colada!

 

Curiously Clarifiying

This gentle and colour-safe clarifying shampoo and conditioner is suitable for all hair types. Its natural hair care formula gives you clean, healthy, shiny hair using organic argan and avocado oils, argan extract and lemongrass essential oil. Use it every day, or just when you need to remove any residue that might be left over from other products.

 

Vivacious Volume

If you need more volume these bottles of minty goodness will get the job done. This colour-safe range uses echinacea, pumpkin seed oil and peppermint essential oil to invigorate even the flattest hair. It moisturises and detangles while adding fullness. Also, if you have oily scalp problems this is the line for you.

 

Acure Dry Shampoos

Don’t have the time to wash your hair? Dry shampoos fluff up your style and get rid of that oily look without water, and in under a minute. Available in for both light and dark hair shades, this is one product that I can’t do without! And all you have to do is sprinkle, brush and go. You hair will look clean and volumised, with a light pleasant scent.

Take a look at the Acure hair care ranges at Hello Charlie.

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Sea Buckthorn in Your Skincare: Why It’s Awesome

Sea buckthorn has exploded on the scene as both a superfood and a super ingredient in skincare products and cosmetics.

Touted as the next big thing in anti ageing, you’ll now found it in moisturisers, serums, facial cleansers, and hand creams. And because of its many health benefits, it’s also available in juices and capsules so you can add it to your smoothies.

But what exactly is seabuckthorn?

Is it a plant? An animal?

Let’s find out.

Sea Buckthorn

What is sea buckthorn?

Contrary to what its name implies, sea buckthorn isn’t an aquatic creature. It’s more like a berry.

Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is common in the coastal and mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. The shrubs are dense, stiff, and thorny, and have long silvery green leaves. Male sea buckthorn bushes produce brownish flowers while female bushes produce the small, orange, edible berries.

The Greeks, Tibetans, and Indians have been using sea buckthorn medicinally for centuries. It’s said that the ancient Greeks fed sea buckthorn leaves to their racehorses, which made the animals’ hair shiny and smooth. This is supposedly how the plant got its genus name Hippophae, meaning “shining horse.”

For hundreds of years, sea buckthorn has also been used as folk medicine in the treatment of skin diseases, tummy troubles, fever, coughs, and colds. In the last few decades, modern science has caught up with ancient knowledge and studies have confirmed that sea buckthorn does have some impressive healing properties.

Let’s look into how sea buckthorn can keep us healthy inside and out.

What is sea buckthorn good for?

Who would have thought that these cheerful little berries can do such wonders for our health? As it turns out, sea buckthorn contains about 190 bioactive substances. It’s a potent source of powerful phytonutrients that are rarely found in other vegetable oils, making it “one of the most valuable natural products in the world.”

Sea buckthorn contains a super cocktail of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, flavonoids, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. It has one of the highest amounts of Vitamins C and E among all plant sources. It may also be the only plant to contain all four omega fatty acids (3, 6, 9, and the rare 7), all of which have anti inflammatory properties.

Because of its intensely rich nutritional profile, sea buckthorn has a mind boggling number of medicinal uses. This mighty berry is believed to have strong antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It also:

Uses of sea buckthorn oil

Benefits for skin

Aside from promoting overall wellness, sea buckthorn has some specific benefits for skin. It:

  • Accelerates skin healing
  • Treats acne, sunburn, cuts, wounds, rashes, bedsores, eczema, and skin ulcers
  • Firms sagging skin
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and discolourations
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Prevents and reduces stretch marks
  • Is beneficial for rosacea
  • Nourishes dry, flaky, and itchy skin
  • Controls sebum
  • Protects from UV radiation and environmental damage
  • Fights free radicals

How to use sea buckthorn

You’ll find sea buckthorn in topical skincare products like face creams, body oils, lotions, balms, deodorants, and nail treatments. For extra moisturising power, you can take sea buckthorn as a dietary supplement in the form of oils, extracts, elixirs, concentrated juices, and capsules.

Sea buckthorn berries are used to make pies, jams, syrups, purees, jellies, sauces, liquors, and fruit wines. Tea made from sea buckthorn leaves is a good source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.

Safety precautions

Sea buckthorn is generally considered safe to use on skin. However, as with all herbal products, it’s always best to consult your doctor, especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, on medication, or have a medical condition.

Sea buckthorn fruits are safe if you’re eating them just like any other fruit (though they’re too acidic when raw) or as an ingredient in sauces, jams, drinks, and such. They’re considered possibly safe when used as medicine.

Product suggestions

Sea buckthorn is an incredible addition to your natural skincare regimen. Give it a try in one of the lovely products from Weleda’s skin boosting Sea Buckthorn range.

You’ll love the Body Oil for the gorgeous scent alone, but you’ll be glad to know it works like a charm on even super dry skin. The Replenishing Body Lotion has the same sensational scent and will leave your skin with a youthful glow. It’s lightweight and non greasy but intensely hydrating.

Complement these with the Creamy Body Wash, which cleans without stripping skin of its natural oils, and the Hand Cream — a soothing and deep moisturising treat for dry or overworked hands.

 

 

Have you used seabuckthorn in skincare products? What are your favourites and how well did they work for you? Share below!

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Shopping Guide: Bicarb Free Deodorants For Sensitive Skin

Bicarb is extremely effective at eliminating armpit stink. Unfortunately, some people find that they are sensitive to the ingredient.

The good news is you don’t have to choose between aluminium or bicarb in your deodorant. Today, we’re giving you our tried and tested picks for natural, bicarb free deodorants.

First, what’s wrong with bicarb deodorant?

Sodium bicarbonate is the oft-irritating ingredient that usually takes the place of aluminium in natural deodorants. It’s great at controlling odours and absorbing moisture, and it’s non toxic, too. However, it can also cause redness, rashes, and itching, and can leave some people with dry, damaged skin.

This happens because bicarb is alkaline and, if used in high concentrations and left on skin for an extended period, it can damage the natural acid mantle that’s there to keep moisture in and irritants out. Some people are more sensitive to bicarb than others. If you’re one of these people, then you should probably just steer clear of deodorants with bicarb.

But don’t sweat it (pun intended!). There are plenty of other ingredients that will help reduce underarm funk.

Alternatives to bicarb in natural deodorants

These ingredients can be just as effective at eliminating odour and preventing wetness, but are more suitable for sensitive skin.

  • Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Activated charcoal
  • Tea tree oil
  • Zinc (oxide or ricinoleate)
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Tapioca root starch
  • Diatomaceous earth

Bicarb free deodorants for sensitive skin

Everyone’s skin chemistry is unique, so it may take some trial and error before you find the bicarb free deodorant that works best for you. But whether you prefer a solid stick, roll-on, paste, or spray, there’s sure to be at least one option that will give you all day protection from smelly armpits.

Deodorant sticks

  • Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick – Sensitive Skin

Schmidt’s is one of the most popular natural deodorants in the market today, and rightfully so. The award winning formulation lets you smell good and feel good without aluminium salts, artificial fragrance, and other nasties. Instead of bicarb, magnesium hydroxide neutralises odours and arrowroot powder absorbs wetness. Application is a breeze—the texture is smooth and creamy, and it dries quickly. Just swipe and go!

Comes in five delightful scents: Coconut Pineapple, Lavender Tips, Jasmine Tea, Geranium, and Tea Tree. There’s also a Fragrance Free variety for hypersensitive skin.

Schmidt’s Bicarb Free Deodorant Sticks - Sensitive Skin

Deodorant roll-ons

  • Earth’s Purities Bicarb Free Deodorant

These 100% natural deos from Australian brand Earth’s Purities keep you odour free using apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, and witch hazel. Bentonite clay and arrowroot powder help keep your underarms dry the entire day and won’t stain your shirts.

Comes in two variants: For Her lends a floral and citrusy scent from rose geranium, violet, lavender, and grapefruit. For Him is masculine and woodsy from frankincense, sandalwood, bergamot, and black pepper.

Earth’s Purities Bicarb Free Deodorant

  • Weleda 24 Hour Roll-on Deodorant

Weleda products are loved and trusted around the world, and these new bicarb free deodorants are no exception. The NaTrue certified formula lets skin breathe and won’t clog pores, and was designed to prevent irritation.

There are two variants: Citrus has a bright invigorating scent from lemon and Litsea cubeba. Men is woodsy and herbal thanks to vetiver and rosemary essential oils.

Weleda 24 Hour Roll-on Deodorant Bicarb Free

  • Miessence Milk of Magnesia Ultrasensitive Roll-on Deodorant

With just four ingredients, this Miessence deodorant is perfect for ultrasensitive skin. The certified organic roll-on eliminates odour with magnesium hydroxide and soothes skin with aloe vera. Miessence is also vegan, cruelty free, and Australian made, so you can feel good about your purchase and smell great at the same time!

Miessence Milk of Magnesia Ultrasensitive Roll-on Deodorant

  • Lavera 24 Hour Deodorant

Feel fresh for an entire day with these bicarb free deodorants from Lavera. The NaTrue and Australian Certified Organic roll-ons are free from parabens and synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and colours. Application is easy peasy. The deodorant dries quickly and the scent is subtle. If you wear a lot of black, there’s an Invisible variant that doesn’t leave marks on clothes.

Comes in Orange, Lime Verbena, Wild Rose, Sensitive, Fresh, and Invisible. There’s also a bicarb free one from the Basis Sensitiv line that doesn’t contain alcohol.

Lavera 24 Hour Deodorant Bicarb Free

Deodorant pastes

  • Black Chicken Remedies Deodorant Paste Barrier Booster – Sensitive Skin

Black Chicken Remedies makes a great natural deodorant paste for sensitive skin. This one has no synthetic fragrances, alcohol, triclosan, parabens, and other nasties. The formula is rich in lipids and fatty acids to strengthen skin’s natural barrier.

A little goes a long way with this paste, so a tiny jar should last you at least a month. It’s also a treat to use—completely invisible upon application and dries quickly so you can get on with your day. Made in Australia, cruelty free, and vegan.

Black Chicken Remedies Deodorant Paste Barrier Booster – Sensitive Skin

  • Woohoo! Body Deodorant Paste – Mellow

This version of the popular Woohoo! Body deodorant paste is your go-to if you’ve got hypersensitive skin. It’s formulated to be just as effective as the original, but was designed to be gentle on underarms. Unlike Urban (pink) and Wild (green), Mellow (yellow) contains no bicarb soda and no essential oils. The paste applies like a dream, is non sticky, and keeps you smelling good all day long. Did we mention this is Australian made, vegan friendly, and cruelty free?

Woohoo! Body Natural Bicarb Free Deodorant Paste - Mellow

Deodorant sprays

  • Weleda Deodorant Spray

Weleda’s deodorant sprays were formulated to neutralise odour without disrupting your body’s natural detoxification process. These come in three variants (Citrus, Sage, and Wild Rose) and are free from aluminium salts, synthetic fragrances and preservatives, as well as ingredients derived from mineral oils. With their invigorating scents, these spray deodorants can also double as perfume.

Weleda Deodorant Spray

  • Lavera Deodorant Spray

Lavera’s spray deos are super easy to use and effectively zap BO with just a couple spritzes. These are NaTrue certified, cruelty free, vegan, and contain absolutely no aluminium, bicarb, or anything synthetic. Plant extracts and essential oils keep pit stink at bay and soothe skin. Comes in beautiful Lime Verbena, Orange, and Wild Rose scents.

Lavera Deodorant Spray

If you’re looking for more info on making the switch to natural deodorants, have a look at some of these articles:

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Best Moisturisers with SPF: A Cheat Sheet

Best Moisturisers with SPF

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Moisturisers with SPF: Researched and Reviewed

It’s essential to use sun protection every day in a climate like Australia’s. SPF protects you from skin cancers, and is the best way to prevent signs of ageing. But not all of us are happy to slather thick sunscreen on our faces every day.

And that’s where daily moisturisers with SPF come in. Add one of these to your skincare routine and you don’t even have to think about extra protection unless you’re going to be outside for a while. But just like sunscreen, moisturisers with SPF can contain problematic ingredients.

It’s not just the active (sunscreen) ingredients, either. You still have to watch out for all the usual nasties like parabens, preservatives and synthetic fragrances. And to make it even more confusing, some of the ingredients lists are incredibly long and totally confusing.

And that’s where Hello Charlie comes in. I’ve spent months finding all the ingredients, researching them and reviewing them so that I can recommend the safest and best moisturisers with SPF to you.

There are so many moisturisers with SPF available in Australia. With some of them, you just know they’re going to be chock full of toxic ingredients, so I didn’t include them. I’ve tried to include all the ‘natural’ ones, so that I can help you work through the greenwash. And I included a few mainstream ones, too, so that you can compare! They’re all in alphabetical order for easy reference.

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Moisturisers with SPF:

  1. Ahava Age Control Even Tone Moisturizer SPF 20
  2. Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses CC Cream Sheer Nude with SPF 30
  3. Antipodes Immortal SPF15 Face & Body Moisturiser
  4. AQI Daily Facial Moisturiser with SPF
  5. AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser SPF15
  6. Burts Bees Skin Nourishment Daily Moisturiser SPF 15
  7. Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Free Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 30
  8. Dermalogica Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser SPF 15
  9. Dove Essential Nutrients Tinted Moisturiser Honey SPF15
  10. Green Foot Mama Sun Balm
  11. Hurraw Lip Balm SPF15 Tangerine Chamomile
  12. Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear SPF 30+
  13. Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm SPF 15
  14. Kelapa Organics SPF15 Face Moisturiser
  15. Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30
  16. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
  17. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
  18. Milk & Co Face Moisturiser + Sunscreen
  19. Moo Goo Anti-Ageing SPF 15 Face Cream
  20. Moo Goo Cover-Up Buttercup SPF 15 Natural Moisturiser
  21. Mukti Tinted Moisturiser with Sunscreen Medium
  22. Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20
  23. NeoStrata Sheer Triple Protection Moisturizer SPF 50+
  24. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF15
  25. Nivea Moisturising Face Care Fluid SPF15
  26. Olay Total Effects 7 in One Day Cream Normal SPF 15
  27. Palmer’s Australia Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lotion with Sunscreen
  28. Rodan & Fields Reverse Shield Brightening Lotion SPF 15
  29. Simplicite Moisturiser with Sunscreen SPF 15
  30. Skin Juice Sun Juice Mineral Moisturiser SPF 15
  31. Skin Juice Sun Juice Mineral Moisturiser SPF 15 – Tinted
  32. Sun & Earth Natural Sun Zinc
  33. Surf Mud Natural Zinc
  34. Suvana Paw Paw & Acai Lip Balm SPF20
  35. Swisse Natural Defence Moisturiser SPF 15
  36. The Jojoba Company Moisturising Protective Day Cream SPF 15
  37. The Body Shop Pomegranate Day Lotion SPF 15
  38. Trilogy Daily Defence Moisturiser SPF15
  39. Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 50+
  40. Y-Not Natural Daily Care Moisturiser SPF15

Best Moisturisers with SPF: A Cheat Sheet

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It’s right here, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Download your free ebook now! Our Best Moisturisers with SPF: Cheat Sheet will help you sort out the eco from the eeek-o!

Further reading on moisturisers with SPF and natural mineral sunscreens

We’ve got lots of other articles that you might find useful, too:

Are we missing any?

It’s impossible to review every single moisturiser with SPF available in Australia, but I did try to include all the ‘natural’ ones. If I’ve missed your favourite, let me know! Drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.com.au with the name of the moisturiser with SPF and a link to the ingredients, or pop it into the comments below.

I can’t promise that I’ll get to it straight away, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Postpartum Hair Loss: How To Minimise Shedding And Make Your Hair Look Thicker Than It Is

post partum hair loss remedies

The postpartum period is definitely a challenging one, especially for new mums just learning to manage life with a newborn. Then, as though things aren’t tough enough, there’s a bunch of postpartum side effects to deal with: stretch marks, hemorrhoids, postpartum depression, and – for many mums – hair loss!

If you’ve just had a baby and find yourself losing clumps of hair in the shower, don’t panic. You’re definitely not alone in this. Postpartum hair loss is perfectly normal, common, temporary (for most!), and manageable.

So what is postpartum hair loss? Why does it happen? And what can you do about it?

post partum hair loss remedies

What is postpartum hair loss?

Sometime after childbirth, you might notice thinning hair, usually around the hairline and above the temples. You might find more hair than usual on your hairbrush or – yes – your hair might actually fall out in patches, leaving you with noticeable bald spots.

It may sound absolutely horrifying, but rest assured this happens to almost all mums after childbirth. No, you’re not going bald. And yes, your hair will grow back.

Contrary to what you may have heard, postpartum hair loss isn’t caused by stress or vitamin deficiency or breastfeeding. It’s only your hormones readjusting after pregnancy.

You see, the hair cycle has three stages: a growth stage (anagen), a resting stage (telogen), and a period in between (catagen). While you were pregnant, the increased oestrogen levels in your body sort of froze your hair in the growing stage, which meant that fewer hairs fell out each day. This was the reason for the fuller, bouncier, shinier locks you had during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, after you give birth, your oestrogen levels fall, your hair enters the resting stage and starts falling out. Doctors refer to this as excessive hair shedding or telogen effluvium. Most mums notice this happening around three months after giving birth. The stage usually ends (and your hair returns to its former fullness) by the time your child blows out the candles on his first birthday cake.

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Post partum hair loss, or why new mums really lose hair?

What you can do about it

Your hair will be back to normal before you know it. But if the excessive shedding or the unusually thin hair bothers you, there are ways to fake the look of healthy, bouncy locks until your hair grows back. We’ve rounded up a few:

  • Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner. Look for formulas that don’t leave hair feeling greasy or weighed down. Ingredients like biotin and quinoa protein extract leave hair strands thicker and fuller.
  • After washing your hair, detangle strands with a wide tooth comb. Hair loses much of its strength while wet, so avoid pulling and scraping it into tight ponytails or buns.
  • While your hair is still damp, spray it all over with a lightweight leave-on conditioner that will keep it smooth and easier to comb.
  • Argan oil stimulates hair regrowth and improves overall hair quality. Take 2-3 drops and work it through your hair, focusing on the ends.
  • Go short or try a new style. A shorter, low maintenance cut is perfect when you have a baby—just wash it and forget about it. Layers give more volume and fringes help disguise thinning hair at the temples.
  • Experiment with headbands, wraps, bandannas, and hats—great for when you have absolutely no time for grooming.
  • Say no to hot tools and chemical treatments. Your hair needs a little extra TLC during this period, so be extra gentle with it.
  • Fake the look of thicker tresses with a thickening hair spray.
  • Or use dry shampoo, which will also bulk up your hair.
  • Nourish your strands from the inside. Vida Glow collagen supplements boost hair regrowth and are perfect for postpartum as they also help skin and nails. Safe for breastfeeding, too.

[Word of caution: If your hair isn’t back to normal by the time your baby turns 1, see your doctor. Excessive hair shedding could be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis or other conditions.]

Have you dealt with postpartum or hormonal hair loss? What worked? Please share your tips in the comments below.

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Quick Grooming Tips For Mums With Zero Time

quick grooming tips for busy mums

Let’s face it, motherhood can really wreak havoc on your appearance. When you have little ones running around, an uninterrupted shower becomes a memory from the distant past. And makeup? You have neither the time nor the energy to apply cosmetics, much less take it all off at the end of the day.

But this doesn’t mean you have to put beauty on the back burner. We know that lengthy grooming processes take you away from time with your littlies, so today we’re serving up some quick grooming tips for mums.

These quickie beauty tips require neither time nor makeup expertise, and will have you looking preened and polished in mere minutes.

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Quick grooming tips for mums: getting your toddler to apply your makeup for you is not one of them 🙂

Easy grooming hacks for on-the-go mums:

  • Dry shampoo is your new best friend

Create the illusion of just-washed hair by shaking or spritzing some dry shampoo onto your roots. Do this at night before bed so the powder can soak up excess oils on your scalp as you sleep.

  • Ditch the hair tools

Forget about heat styling. When you only have seconds to wrangle your hair into submission in the morning, pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail or pop on a headband and you’re good to go.

  • Wipes aren’t just for baby

Keep a pack of organic body wipes on hand for days when you have to step out of the house but have no time for a shower. Similarly, keep facial wipes by the bed for when you’re just too tired to wash your makeup off at night.

  • Get your pearly whites whiter

Your smile is one of the first things people notice. Try teeth whitening pens, which can be as effective as professional whitening treatments but aren’t as expensive or time consuming.

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Streamline your makeup routine to get out of the house looking good, and fast

Streamline your makeup routine:

Just as having a go-to outfit streamlines your morning routine, editing your makeup process will help you get out of the house in a calm, timely fashion. Save the smokey eyes and contouring for special occasions. Instead, put together a collection of tried and tested products that’ll help you get ready in a snap. Here are some suggestions:

  • You can look flawless without having to slap on foundation and powders. Eco Tan Face Tan Water gradually tans your skin with each application, giving you a sun-kissed glow. A natural-looking tan makes you look more alive and disguises imperfections, saving you from having to apply about four different products in the morning.
  • Use one of the Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots to brighten your entire face. Swipe on lips and cheeks for a healthy flush. Dab some on eyelids for a gorgeous daytime look.
  • The easiest way to look well-groomed is to tame and shape your eyebrows. Filling in and shaping your brows with a pencil takes time, though. Instead, use clear or brown brow gel to brush eyebrow hairs up and out. Easy peasy.
  • A quick swipe of mascara will make you look refreshed, as though you’ve slept at least one night this week. Wiggle the wand against your lashes before brushing upwards to create the illusion that you’re also wearing eyeliner.
  • Tinted lip balm is easier to apply than lipstick, especially when you’re in a rush and/or have a squirming child in your arms.

There will be days when it feels like you’re trying to get ready in the middle of a hurricane, and on those occasions, you just gotta let it go. So if you haven’t, now is really the time to embrace your natural beauty.

But don’t feel guilty about taking a few minutes to glam up, either (when you can!). Because when you know you look presentable, you feel better about yourself. And when you’re in a good mood, you’re a much better mum.

What are your tried and tested grooming hacks for busy mums? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments below.

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Rosacea Treatments: How To Fight Flare Ups Naturally

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Living with rosacea can be tough. Your self confidence suffers and the daily struggle to cover up imperfections takes its toll. It can be stressful, overwhelming, and just downright exhausting.

But though rosacea has no cure, there are treatments that can hep control symptoms. Depending on the severity, your doctor may recommend oral and topical antibiotics, acne meds like Accutane, or laser therapy.

Prescription meds and lasers do the job, but if that’s not your cup of tea, you can also take a gentler approach to rosacea. Many patients successfully avoid and soothe flare ups using non toxic skin care products and by implementing simple lifestyle changes.

Want to know about natural remedies for rosacea? Read on for tips that will help improve your quality of life and for our top natural products for rosacea skin.

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Rosacea natural treatment tips:

  • Sunscreen, always

UV radiation is a rosacea trigger, so be extra diligent with the sunscreen. Look for physical (mineral) sunscreens with zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Best avoid chemical sunscreens, which absorb the sun’s rays and can heat up your skin, triggering rosacea flare ups. 

  • Be gentle

If you have rosacea, your skin’s natural barrier is compromised, which means it’ll need some extra TLC. Only the mildest, most gentle products will do.

Look for rosacea skin care products with anti inflammatory ingredients like argan oil and evening primrose oil. Choose light formulations and don’t forget to wash your makeup off at night.

Avoid microdermabrasion and harsh cleansers. That means no physical exfoliants, chemical scrubs, and anything containing alcohol. You should also avoid products with fragrance, menthol, witch hazel, retinoids, dyes, and surfactants – all of which can aggravate rosacea. 

  • Take collagen

As we get older, we start producing less collagen, the substance that surrounds our blood vessels. And without enough collagen, the blood vessels start to wear down and lose their ability to shrink after dilating. Collagen supplements can help strengthen blood vessels and may help reduce redness and inflammation from rosacea.

  • Take it easy

Stress, one of the most common rosacea triggers, is also one of the hardest to avoid. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to not get stressed out (a lot). Breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, art, and Netflix are some of the best stress busters. Above all, get enough sleep, drink lots of water, eat well, and don’t forget to breathe and relax.

Now on to our top picks for rosacea skin.

Our favourite rosacea skin care products:

Grahams Rosacea Cream – specifically for rosacea, it’s a Class I Medical device, which means that it’s been scientifically proven to work. No steroids, just clinically proven natural ingredients that will help relieve itchiness, redness and dryness

Skin Juice Redness Relief Kit – made specially for rosacea and sensitive skin types; soothes, repairs, and nourishes with antioxidants and essential fatty acids; kit includes cleansing balm, recovery balm, and face oil

 

Every Bit Organic Raw Aloe Vera Gel – deeply moisturises without clogging or irritating skin; antimicrobial and cleansing properties ideal for killing the Demodex mites that may cause or exacerbate rosacea

 

ECO. Face Organic Rosehip Super Serum – heals and hydrates skin with camellia seed oil, rosehip seed extract, and rosemary leaf extract

 

Zk’in Organics Relief Moisturiser – cotton thistle extract stimulates skin’s healing process while evening primrose and hemp oils soothe dryness and itching

 

McArthur Skincare Complete Skincare Fragrance Free Cream – with 60% active paw paw extract, no fragrance, and mild ingredients, it’s great for maintaining healthy skin.

 

Every Bit Organic Raw Argan Oil – anti inflammatory properties help eliminate redness; soothes irritated skin

 

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil – blackthorn blossom extract eases irritation and reduces sensitivity; can be used as a makeup remover, a facial cleanser, and a moisturiser; restores skin’s natural protective barrier

 

Zk’in Organics Hydrating Mist – protects skin from sun damage; stops rosacea flare ups in their tracks. Why not keep one in your handbag to use at work, in school, or anywhere you happen to be when your face starts acting up

 

We hope you find these tips and product suggestions helpful in managing rosacea. Please feel free to share your own tips on avoiding and soothing rosacea flare ups in the comments below.

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Rosacea: What Is It? What Causes It? (And How To Tell If You Have It)

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A nice rosy flush can make anyone look pretty and in the peak of health. However, if the ruddiness takes forever to go away or is accompanied by bumps and broken capillaries, you may have a skin condition known as rosacea.

Rosacea (roh-ZAY-sha) is a persistent redness of facial skin that can be triggered by things like alcohol and hot showers. It can be frustrating and embarrassing for those who have it. It can make you lose your confidence, keep you from enjoying your favourite activities, and affect your performance at work.

Luckily, there are ways to control rosacea.

But first, what is rosacea exactly?

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What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a long term skin disease that causes inflammation, redness, pus filled bumps, and visible blood vessels in your face. It can make you look like you have a sunburn that just won’t heal.

The condition isn’t contagious and is most common in those over age 30. The exact cause is unknown, though doctors suspect a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Rosacea may be hereditary.

Though it can be terribly isolating, rosacea is actually a fairly common disorder. It’s more likely to occur in women and in those with fair skin, but can affect anyone, including children.

Ever had one or more of these symptoms? You might have rosacea.

  • Blushing that doesn’t fade
  • Redness that looks like sunburn on the forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose
  • Visible spider-like blood vessels
  • Bumps that resemble acne
  • Plaques (raised red areas)
  • A burning or stinging sensation
  • Facial swelling
  • Skin thickening
  • Bloodshot, gritty, or watery eyes
  • Swollen eyelids

It can sometimes be hard to tell if someone has rosacea, as it can look like eczema, acne, or skin allergies. If you suspect you have the condition, it’s best to consult your doctor. Left untreated, rosacea can worsen and the redness will become harder to reverse. In men, rosacea can lead to rhinophyma, which is where the nose becomes swollen and disfigured from excess tissue.

Rosacea can have a huge effect on a person’s quality of life. Those who have the condition can have trouble meeting new people and interacting in public. Some struggle with low self esteem and have problems at work and at home. They can also be prone to anxiety and depression.

Sadly, there’s currently no cure for rosacea. But while there’s no magic pill that will take it away, there are treatments and natural remedies for rosacea that can help you control outbreaks.

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What triggers rosacea?

The first step in controlling rosacea is to pinpoint your triggers and avoid, avoid, avoid.

Everyone’s triggers are different, but there are some common ones:

  • Sun exposure
  • Extreme weather
  • Alcohol (especially red wine)
  • Harsh skincare products (and those with fragrance)
  • Dairy
  • Spicy foods
  • Meat
  • Hot baths
  • Hot beverages
  • Heavy exercise
  • Prolonged exposure to pollution
  • Emotional stress

Dealing with rosacea

It’s important that you identify the things that spike flares and how they affect your skin. You can keep track of your possible triggers by writing them down in a diary and looking out for patterns. From there, you can figure out alternatives and workarounds (for example, turning on a fan while working out).

If you’ve been treating your face for acne but now suspect you have rosacea, you might want to skip the harsh cleansers and start cleansing your face with milder products. A medical professional can help you choose the best treatment plan for your specific case.

Look out for our next article on rosacea, where we give you our top product picks for rosacea skin care.

Do you have rosacea or know someone who does? What triggers your flare ups and how do you control them? Please share your experience in the comments below.

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The Best Natural Mascara: A Cheat Sheet

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best natural mascara cheat sheetApparently, the most popular makeup items are lipstick and mascara. More of us wear lipstick and mascara than any other cosmetic products.

Download your copy of the FREE Best Natural Mascara Cheat Sheet ebook here.

I was always careful about the lipstick that I wore because, well, you eat it. But I wasn’t always so concerned about mascara. I thought that because you only used a bit, and it didn’t go directly on to your skin, it didn’t really matter.

However, take a moment and think about how often you rub your eyes, or accidentally get mascara in your eyes, or it runs. Or heaven forbid, you sleep in it. Now you’re starting to see what I mean.

The chemicals in mascara can easily end up on your skin. They can also end up in your eyes, and in the oil glands of your eyelids. They can be absorbed into your bloodstream. And they can also cause problems like plugged ducts or dry eyes.

And even if the amount of harmful chemicals in the product is minuscule, the long-term, everyday exposure to toxins may be enough to cause problems.

Some mascara ingredients are perfectly safe (water, oils, waxes), but many are irritants, allergens, hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and environmental toxins.

Natural Mascara: Researched and Reviewed

So I’ve taken 44 different mascaras, and checked all the ingredients for you. And I’ve published all the results in my new ebook, so you can easily work out which mascaras are safe to use, and which ones are not. Here’s all the mascaras that I reviewed, in alphabetical order:

  1. 100% Pure Fruit Pigment Mascara
  2. Adorn Mineral and Organic Mascara
  3. Adorn Volumising Waterproof Mascara
  4. Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara
  5. Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara
  6. Aveda Mosscara
  7. Benecos Natural Mascara Maximum Volume
  8. Benecos Natural Mascara Vegan Wonder
  9. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara
  10. Claytime Natural Mascara
  11. Clinique High Impact Mascara
  12. Couleur Caramel Natural Mascara
  13. Dr Hauschka Mascara
  14. Dr Hauschka Volume Mascara
  15. Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Mascara
  16. Earth Lab Vegan Lash Mascara
  17. ECO Minerals Mineral Mascara
  18. Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara
  19. Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara
  20. Eye of Horus Bio Mascara
  21. Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
  22. Hanami Natural Mascara
  23. Hanami Waterproof Mascara
  24. Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara
  25. Inika Organic Vegan Mascara
  26. Kjaer Weis Mascara
  27. L’Oreal Paris Volumise Stretch & Define Your Eyes
  28. Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara
  29. Lavera Intense Volumizing Mascara
  30. Lavera Volume Mascara
  31. Lily Lolo Natural Mascara
  32. Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
  33. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
  34. Miessence Mascara Pure Black
  35. Mirenesse Mascara Pure Black
  36. Modere Mascara
  37. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara
  38. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara
  39. Rimmell Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil
  40. Sax Lengthening & Seperation Mascara
  41. Sax Wonder Lash Dramatic Mascara
  42. SeneGence LashSense Waterproof Mascara W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara
  43. Zuii Organic Flora Volume Mascara
  44. Zuii Organic Flora Volume Mascara

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Get your free Best Natural Mascara ebook now!

All this and more is in our brand new ebook: Best Natural Mascara Cheat Sheet. And because I love my readers (that’s you!) so much, there’s even a special bonus for you at the very end of the ebook. You’ll get 15% off all the natural mascaras we stock at Hello Charlie. And trust me, if we stock them at Hello Charlie, they’re awesome.

It’s right here, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Download your FREE ebook now! Our best natural mascara cheat sheet will tell you which mascara you don’t need to shed any tears over!

Further reading on natural mascara

We’ve got lots of other mascara articles that you might find useful, too:

Are we missing any?

I’ve tried to include as many natural mascaras as I could find. And I’ve also included all the ones you asked me for. But if I’ve missed any, let me know! Drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.com.au. Don’t forget to include the following information:

  • the product name
  • a list of the ingredients
  • a link to the product

Or pop the details into the comments below. Please do make sure that it’s a brand sold in Australia, too.

Any questions or comments? Let me know!

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