11 Beauty Lessons You Can Learn from Laid-Back Aussies
While Korea may be the center of the beauty universe, Australia is carving out its own niche in the industry—with an emphasis on low maintenance routines and natural formulas. We asked Aussie beauty gurus to spill their low-key secrets and fave products from down under.
Slather on Shea butter
Aussie beauties like Emma Louise of Chemical Detox know that a flawless face starts with great skin. “I use straight organic Shea butter at night to hydrate my skin and heal any acne scarring. In the morning, my complexion is primed and ready for makeup application,” she says. Fake flawless skin with these six simple makeup tricks.
Pop on a sheet mask
Quick, easy, and travel-friendly, sheet masks are a skin savior—not to mention a fast fix for lackluster, dehydrated, and problem skin. “If you’re attending special events, meetings or frequently traveling they work wonders to transform the skin in as little as 20 minutes,” says Anna Mitsios, naturopath and founder of Edible Beauty. She recommends Edible Beauty Express Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask, which contains hyaluronic acid to plump and firm, aloe vera to hydrate and soothe, along with an Ayurvedic botanical, called Swertia Chirata, to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Here’s how to find the right face mask for your skin type.
Make your facial care work harder overnight
Make your beauty sleep count! According to Mitsios, when it comes to lazy skin care, overnight formulas are the ultimate way to achieve results with minimal effort. “Using products to enhance the skin’s detoxification and repair process, and upping the ante on hydration is the key to waking with firm, bright, and hydrated skin.” She loves Edible Beauty & Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse, which hydrates and restore suppleness and glow while you snooze! This product is a must have to prevent morning face puffiness or dull skin after an indulgent night out eating and drinking or in the sun. It is also works to correct an oily T-zone or hormonal acne. “It’s as easy as applying a thick layer of the pink mousse and waking to fresh, rejuvenated skin the next morning.” Read up on the eight nighttime habits of people with great skin.
Apply SPF every day
You already know sunscreen is a must, but it bears repeating. “Living in Oz my biggest secret to anti-aging is wearing SPF 30+ every day on all visible skin,” says Emily Crawford of Why Hello Beauty. She uses Elucent Anti Ageing Day Moisturiser SPF 50+ for face and Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 to protect her pout. These are the sunscreen dos and don’ts you need to memorize ASAP.
Use facial oil in the A.M. and P.M.
Natural beauties in the U.S. have been touting the benefits of face oil for some time. And it seems our skin-care-savvy pals from down under are equally obsessed. Crawford applies facial oil morning and night—even during the summer time—for plump skin that always feels soft and lush. “Right now, I’m using Simplicite Skin Sage Face Oil.” Here, 10 healing facial oils your skin will adore.
Eat more fermented foods
“My first beauty secret is to include fermented foods in my diet,” says Matilda Martinez of Eleventh Beauty. Not only are nutrients from fermented foods more easily absorbed by the body, but the process of fermentation creates beneficial bacteria (or probiotics) that work to improve gut health—the key to healthy, glowing skin. “I get my daily dose by taking The Beauty Chef’s Glow Advanced Inner Beauty Powder.” Fill up on these 13 probiotic-rich foods.
Keep your complexion hydrated
Remember, hydrated skin is dewy and radiant. “I moisturize in the A.M. and P.M., but over the course of the day, my skin can dry out. To keep my complexion refreshed, I always keep a facial mist on hand,” says Kelsey Price of Liberty Green. Her can’t-live-without formula? Edible Beauty No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist. “I spritz it whenever I feel like my skin needs a pick-me-up, or set my makeup!” This is what your skin-care routine should look like if you have dry skin.
Detoxify skin weekly
Price swears by a weekly detoxifying mask to deep cleanse, decongest skin, minimize the appearance of pores, and get circulation going. “One of my favorites is The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow. It’s rich in antioxidants, fruit enzymes, and clay to really boost, firm, and cleanse the skin. Plus, it only takes a few seconds mix it up (just add water) and apply. The mask does all the work. After ten minutes, simply rinse it off. Price admits that she’ll wash it off in the shower if she’s feeling super lazy. Laid back ladies will love these 10 easy beauty tricks.
Oil cleanse with a muslin cloth
“My favorite evening ritual is oil cleansing with a muslin cloth,” says Shahrzad Kahrobai of The Spot Beauty. Her go to formula? Buddha Body Care Divine Cleansing Oil. Oil breaks down oil, making it super effective at removing the daily build up of grime and dirt. Added bonus: When you remove the cleanser with a muslin cloth, you’re actually giving your skin a very gently exfoliation. It’s like a mini facial at home!” Try these pampering products for an at-home spa day.
Mask strands on the beach
Aussie babes are known for their effortless waves that always seem to look healthy. So what’s the secret? “Giving your hair and scalp a pre-beach treatment, like Lux Aestiva Endless Summer Hair Hydrator, is a super simple way to get nourished, mermaid locks,” says Liv Lundelius, makeup artist, natural beauty expert, and founder of Liv Life Mag. Simply saturate your tresses with a mask, comb through, and pull hair into bun before hitting the beach. “The sun will help the mask penetrate better, and your hair will stay protected from drying out in the sun and sea. Win-win.” Craving for more global hair inspo? These are the hair tricks from around the world you should be using.
“We don’t tan, but we like to look tanned—not in the contoured way, but in the low shimmer, sandy, freckly way,” says Kirsten Carriol, founder of Lano. The secret to glowing skin, sans harmful UV rays? “We bronze all year round!” Carriol counts Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk With SPF 15 among her top faux glow formulas. Dreaming of looking like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model? Read up on these pro tips to achieve a flawless tan at home.