Fine lines, dry skin, blemishes no matter what your skin type or skin issue, when it comes to getting good, healthy skin, there is nothing that is more effective or more important than consistency (and you’re using nontoxic skincare like NEEK’s ). Like most things, using or doing something once doesn’t produce results 🙄 so the best thing that you can do for your skin is create a really simple skincare routine that is easy-double-peasy to do morning and night.
What are the chances?!? 🤷🏼♀️
“Hy-a-lu-ron-ic Acid, the skincare ingredient everyone is searching for” Eva Longoria is all HA this and HA that “It’s natural”, “plumps my skin”, “it’s incredible” blah blah.
We already know, Eva! 🙄 NEEK has been using Hyaluronic Acid in its moisturisers for 5 years, like, way before it become cool, popular and ‘...because I’m worth it’ 😎😜
PLUS...NEEK’s research-backed formulas are toxic-free, vegan and cruelty-free - always have been and always will be🐰
When it comes to shower temperature, the Goldilocks rule applies…especially if you’re cleansing your face. Too hot 🔥 will zap the moisture from your skin and dry it out - regardless of how much moisturiser you lather on after. Luke warm is 'just right' for your skin👌🏻It allows the pores to open and helps cleanser remove oils and bacteria.
If you are a cold shower enthusiast, (the thought of anything other than a cold shower, or the sight of a jumper 🙀 is torture for us right now 🇦🇺♨️) and like the circulation and muscle recovery benefits, try ending your shower with a 30 second cold water blast ❄️
Naturally (and veganly 😉), we recommend our vegan cleanser accompany you in your ‘just right’ shower. Our clever cleanser is a multi-tasker that has your make-up removing, blemish-free, anti-aging needs covered.
PS. leave your skin a little damp before applying moisturiser as it helps absorb and lock in the moisture.
Maybe it’s because life’s so fast and busy these days, but when it comes to trying new products (and other things in life), I’m as impatient as... anything!
If I don’t see that promised thigh-gap emerging the morning after a spin class, my faith is lost and the towel is going down. Sure, I know it’s almost impossible for my thighs to instantly melt away, but without a timeline or end goal to hold on to, I’m lost.
Thankfully, with years of experience working with natural ingredients to care for my skin, my expectations around skincare are a little more realistic.
So, for those of you who are a bit like me, I thought I’d put together some answers about timelines and when you can expect results after trying new skincare products.
P.S ↑ that is not my thigh-gap nor thighs.
Every time you use a healthy cleanser, your skin should feel smooth and soft. An effective cleanser should also gently remove makeup without stripping your skin of its natural goodness. (NEEK’s vegan cleanser uses Aloe Vera and Calendula to rebalance dryness and calm delicate skin.)
When using new products, your skin may breakout. But don’t panic. Wait! Before you roll your eyes and think “awesome!?”, you need to understand that this is actually kind of a good thing. It means your skin is purging toxins and preparing to get its glow on. So, don’t lose heart if you experience a breakout early on. It usually only lasts for a few days. By 28 days (after a full skin cell cycle), you should start to see the difference.
Natural cleansers heal and rebalance your skin over time. Used day and night, you should see improvements in a month, and reap all the benefits after three. (NEEK’s vegan cleanser is packed with blemish-fighting ingredients, including green tea to normalise sebum production and Vitamin C for natural regeneration.)
Nothing will completely reverse the visible signs of ageing. BUT, some kick-arse natural active ingredients can soften deep wrinkles and fill out fine lines after three to six months of consistent use. (NEEK’s vegan moisturiser uses hyaluronic acid to help your skin hold water and “plump up”, plus wattle seed and bladderwrack to repair your skin and fade sun spots.
To sum up, when it comes to trying new skincare, you should start seeing the changes in one month… and you should start reaping all the benefits in three months.
Trying new things like this takes some commitment. So, we thought we’d help you on your way.
To support you on your skincare mission, we’re offering you the chance to take advantage of our limited 3 for 2 deal.
Simply add two of our cleansers or two of our moisturisers to your shopping bag, enter this code on checkout:
SKINLOVE342, and we’ll pop a third one in – free!
Are you in? Make sure you keep us updated on your radiant results!
Shop our special 3 for 2 offer here...
Angelique & NEEK Team xo
This bride has had reactions to makeup in the past, so we had to figure out what would work for her and what wouldn't. It was so nice doing that together and ending up with a beautiful look that didn't make her skin flare up!
Most of my products generally don't cause reactions but sometimes we have to use mineral makeup only or have a close look at ingredients. I'm happy to take that time and figure out exactly what works for my brides. I always recommend having your hair and makeup trial on the same day as a dress fitting (or if you already have your dress at home, pop it on after your trial and take some photos), that way you can see if it all fits together.
Ali decided she wanted a side-swept hairstyle after seeing everything together (she had all her hair out on the trial). It looked freaking AWESOME!! Don't you agree?"
Hair: Beautiful side-swept beachy wave using Giovannie Cosmetics and Delorenzo Hair Care.
Makeup: NEEK Skin Organics, Klara Cosmetics, Eco Minerals, Hanami Cosmetics, Malin and Goetz, Skindinavia, Iridis cosmetics
Dress: By Kinsman
Suit: Oscar Hunt Tailors
Venue: The Burrow Event Space
As you probably know, at NEEK Skin Organics, we’re on a mission to make switching from toxic, skin-damaging, animal-cruel, and non-eco products to plant-based, skin-loving, human-friendly, animal-friendly, and environmentally-friendly products as EASY PEASEY as possible.
And, of course, we want to make sure that when you make the switch, you can choose vegan natural products that actually work!
Part of our strategy has involved making our prices as affordable as possible, without compromising on the integrity of our products.
By using more local Australian active ingredients including Wattleseed and Quandong Extract, getting rid of unnecessary outer packaging, and negotiating with our suppliers, we can now offer you more value, with the same awesome quality and results.
We’re also excited to reveal our new bio-plastic skincare packaging tubes. Not only are these tubes lighter and safer for the accident prone 🙋🏼 than our glass bottles, they’re also being supported by two exciting recycling initiatives (more details to come), helping us to show you and our planet more love.
Meet our new-look vegan face cleanser.
Created from gentle, vegan botanicals (including sage, aloe vera, and calendula), our cleanser removes makeup and cleans and detoxes your skin properly, without stripping away any of the good stuff.
Say hi to our new face moisturiser all 75mls of her. Yup, it's been upsized too!
Non-greasy, lightweight, and packing a serious hydration punch, our best-selling moisturiser-it-back
With kick-arse natural ingredients including hyaluronic acid (which attracts and holds water like nobody's business), skin-balancing antioxidants (looking at you, wattleseed), and skin-soothing aloe vera, our moisturiser has your anti-ageing and anti-blemish needs covered… literally!
So you can get your hands on the new NEEK today. (As you’ll see, our online store has also had a spruce up!).
To all our lovely loyal customers, thank you for your patience during this transition. It took time to get things right, and we appreciate you sticking by us in the meantime.
We hope you have a wonderful New Year, and that 2019 is full of love and happiness.
With your lipstick, that is. Actually, not with... we’re talking crushed beetles - in your lipstick. Sound yuck? It sure gives us the ick!
Unfortunately, many of us have been smooshing insects on our lips our entire life. That’s because one of the most popular red colouring additives for lipstick is carmine, which is made from crushed bugs.
The bugs in question are cochineal. Native to South America, these insects are farmed in Peru and crushed to create the red dye. The dye is then added to lipsticks to create bright reds and other red-tinged shades. (You’ll also find it in food such as ice cream, cupcakes, and berry pies.)
While cochineal-derived carmine is technically a “natural” product rather than a chemical, it’s still an animal by-product. It can take up to 70,000 female cochineals to produce just 500g of carmine dye. Not only does this raise ethical considerations about the products (these insects are specifically farmed in order to be crushed), it’s also a bit yucky.
After all, who actually wants to smoosh and smear crushed bugs on their lips?
The other problem with colourings like carmine and similar animal by-products is that all too often, the beauty industry hides these ingredients in plain sight on their labelling.
“Cochineal extract” and “carmine” are pretty clear now that you know what they are. If your lipstick is labelled with either of these, it contains crushed bugs, but the manufacturers are at least being honest about it.
However, if your lipstick ingredients include “CI 75470”, “crimson lake”, or “natural red 4” then you’re also smooshing crushed insects on your lips – all while your cosmetic company tries to pretend like you’re not.
If you’re as freaked out about the idea of smooshing bugs on your lips as we are, don’t worry. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your favourite lippie shades. Instead, you can choose natural, non-animal-derived alternatives.
Now we’ll be honest with you – finding these natural, vegan ingredients isn’t easy. But at NEEK Skin Organics, we’ve been doing this for years, so we’re getting good at it.
Our lipstick colours are created using natural micas and pigments. It can be tricky formulating and replicating chemical colours, but we’ve got the hang of it now. In fact, we’re up to 12 gorgeous lippie shades – and counting! Shades that are glossy, bright, bold, and entirely crushed-bug-free.
If you’ve ever been bamboozled by less-than-straightforward ingredients lists on your makeup (or your food), you’re not alone.
Thankfully, however, there’s an easy solution. Let us introduce one of our favourite apps: Chemical Maze.
With Chemical Maze, you can enter the scientific name for any ingredient you want to explore, and the app will give you a safety rating and let you know if the ingredient is derived from animals, plants, or chemicals. Win-win.
Check out our beetle-free, chemical-free lipstick range here
When it comes to skincare, all the focus tends to be on your face.
But have you spared a thought for the rest of your skin? Especially your hands?
Of all our bodies’ appendages, our hands get a pretty rough deal.
Just think about it for a moment…
Your hands are regularly exposed to harsh detergents, chemicals, hot water, the sun, and everyday wear and tear. This is a great recipe for skin damage. So it’s no wonder that your hands show signs of ageing more quickly than your face!
Because your hands are out there on the frontline, it’s worth giving them some extra TLC.
To help you get this right, we’ve listed some common signs of hand ageing, and how you can give your hands the right kind of loving to counteract these signs. (Hint: it’s pretty similar to the skin routine you should be following for your face.)
You have more control over your hand “volume” than you might realise. In fact, you can take steps to prevent or minimise the appearance of bones and veins showing through.
Regularly using a moisturiser that’s full of active ingredients and antioxidants on your hands can help to make your skin more hydrated – and that means plumper! If you’re on the lookout for a great moisturiser, we always recommend our These Days Active Face Moisturiser because it’s full to the brim with natural, hydrating goodness.
Cracked and dry hands don’t just look uncomfortable – they feel it. But you can take steps to counteract this, including some surprising ones.
The hydrating benefits of moisturiser won’t just make the skin on your hands appear plumper. Regularly moisturising your hands can also help prevent cracking and dryness, making them look and feel softer. And while it might not seem as obvious, gently exfoliating your hands to remove dead skin cells will also help to give your skin a smoother, healthier finish. (Your Miss Divine Face Cleanser can do double-duty as a hand cleanser, so this step is too easy.)
Sun protection is an important, preventative approach to minimising the signs of ageing. But are you including your hands in your sun protection routine?
Hands often cop it from UV rays – especially when you’re driving. Thankfully, this is an easy solve. Simply pop some zinc on the back of your hands if you’re going to be on the road for more than ten minutes during the day. Zinc is an excellent sun blocker and it’s less slippery than sunscreen (pretty important when you’re at the wheel!). So next time you’re applying sunscreen or a hat to protect the rest of your body, spare a thought for your hands too.
If you’re already following a skincare routine for your face, sparing a moment to take care of your hands is easy! And really, that’s how all skincare should be. Wouldn’t you agree?
We all love a bit of shut-eye. But did you know sleep also plays a central role in your skin’s health?
Sleep is your body’s optimal time for skin repair. This means that sleep deprivation is more than just a form of torture (although that’s bad enough). By preventing the extra boost in blood flow your body enjoys when you snooze, lack of sleep also leads to dullish-looking skin. In other words, when your Mumma was telling you that you needed your beauty sleep, she really wasn’t kidding!
While sleep intrinsically offers a number of natural benefits, you can also help it along with some steps that will boost your skin health and make sleep a central part of your daily beauty routine.
So to ensure you get the most out of everyone’s favourite eight hours, we’ve outlined our top six beauty sleep and skin health tips below.
Sleeping with makeup on can lead to clogged pores (hello pimples, who invited you?) and sore, gunky eyes. Even if you didn’t wear makeup during the day, everyday exposure to air pollution can also affect your skin’s visible ageing. So keep it clean by cleansing your face and neck before bed to encourage healthy, vibrant skin and prevent premature ageing!
We recommend you opt for a good cleanser like our Miss Divine Active Face Cleanser that washes away impurities and makeup (without stripping your skin), soothes and balances (great for acne and blemishes), and protects and sings you a sweet lullaby (… ok, so we did make that last bit up).
Slippery fabrics cause less friction between your skin and the surface you’re sleeping on. By choosing a satin or silk pillow case, you can reduce creasing and wrinkles and avoid ending up “sheet-faced”.
(As an added benefit, slippery pillow cases are kinder to your hair, meaning fewer tangles to un-tease in the morning.)
PS… while you’re there… because bacteria like sleeping on your pillow case too, it’s also worth changing your pillow case every three days to boost your skin health even further.
Sleeping on your side puts pressure on your skin and causes creasing. Years sleeping on the same side can make that creasing more defined.
Sleeping on your back will help prevent this problem… But when you’ve been sleeping on the same side since you left the womb, we realise this can be easier said than done!
To help you along, try propping yourself up with an extra pillow – “Weekend at Bernie’s” style.
Yes, we’re yelling! Because this one is sooooo important!
Before you go to bed each night, apply an anti-ageing moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid (we can recommend a good one… These Days Active Moisturiser. This stuff holds water like nothing else and is best applied at night for optimum results.
If your mind immediately went 50 Shades of Grey, that’s not what we meant (though we won’t judge). Instead, we’re talking about your hair. The natural oils in your hair can upset your skin, so be sure to get tied up by popping your hair up in a high pony or bun before you hop into bed so it stays off your face overnight.
Most of us enjoy indulging in salty foods and alcohol. But it’s important to avoid them before you sleep. Both these guilty favourites can dehydrate your body, which responds by trying to compensate. Unfortunately, this means it tends to collect fluid around your eyes, causing puffy eyes. So steer clear of the salt and booze before bedtime.
Sleep is such an important part of your day. And while you might not be getting as much of it as you’d like, these 6 sleep tips will help you get the maximum beauty benefit out of the ZZZZs you are getting, every night.
Are moisturiser and serum interchangeable? We say nope!
Moisturiser and serums treat the skin differently. Serums are formulated to help keep the skin in good condition whereas moisturiser is for hydrating. Skin is made up of layers. The top oil-based layers are best conditioned by oils whereas an active moisturiser will help the water-based deeper layers retain moisture. For best results use both - pop moisturiser on twice daily then add a little concentrate oily serum every night.
From dawn to dusk, we are all about Liptember. Today only… we are reducing our 100% natural, vegan lippies from $28 to $20 AND will be donating $5 from every lipstick sold to this important women’s mental health campaign*.
*Valid via online store only.
To throw our support behind Liptember and help raise funds…tomorrow (yay for Saturday!) we will be donating $5 from every lippy sold to this important women’s mental health campaign.
AND to entice you to help us contribute as much as we can, we’ll be reducing our 100% natural, vegan lippies from $28 to just $20 each. Win, win…win!
*Valid Saturday 2 September. Online Aust only.
The most important time to look after your skin is in your 20’s & 30's - not when you see your first wrinkle 👵🏻If you want healthier more youthful looking skin in your fabulous 40's and beyond, in addition to being sun safe, you need to use antiaging products to strengthen, protect and repair your skin.
It’s easy to give up when you don't see short term results but it's easy peasy to do - just a slip of cream and pop of serum daily and done!
50 year old you, will want to kiss you 💋
We have value bundled our two key antiaging products,, and together into a skincare set . You can enjoy 20% off as well as healthy skin with our .
Windswept hair...and paper-like cuts on your lips 😳 Follow these 3 tips to get your pout from parched to pashworthy by Friday. Windburn is essentially really dry, thirsty and irritated skin caused by (wait for it…) the wind 😱 but also cold temperatures and low humidity that suck the oils from skin.
|💋||Lips don’t have oil glands so you need to give them some moisture. Use a balm containing oils such as coconut or jojoba rather than petroleum oil and avoid alcohol or chemicals that may aggravate them further. Keep the balm on hand and apply it 6-8 times a day – this will also prevent lip licking (which makes it worse). If you can’t go without lipstick for a few days, make sure you apply balm first.|
|💋||When outside, try and keep your lips covered and warm with a scarf or high neck top.|
|💋||Lastly, drink plenty of water to help keep lips and skin hydrated.|
Made on a nourishing base of jojoba and avocado oils, shea butter and vitamin E and infused with orange peel oil for its antiseptic benefits and no synthetic toxics,lipbalm is our year round go-to for soft, sensual lips.
After just one night’s sleep, our bed linen collects dead skin, dirt, bacteria and fungus. Ew! This build up of dirt and nasties can lead to breakouts, skin irritations and even sickness. We know the drill about washing bed linen weekly, but because our hair holds so much dirt + pillowcases are against our face, we should change our pillowcases every second day. Worth a whirl particularly if you suffer from facial breakouts and inflammation.
Clean sheets = simple pleasure.
The constant influx of new products featuring the latest anti-ageing and skincare trends can cause, even the savviest of shoppers, major head spins. To help you shop for a good face moisturiser (and prevent intoxication by mystical claims and the fancy price tag that goes with) we’ve put together a '4 moisturiser must-have ingredients' checklist:
🌱Emollients to hold moisture and soften skin - think coconut or avocado oils, olive squalane, shea butter.
🌱Antioxidants to help defend against environmental elements like kakadu plum, vitamin E or green tea extract.
🌱Alpha Hydroxy Acids to remove dead skin cells and reveal glowy skin. Look for natural AHAs such as hibiscus extract.
🌱Last one, skin-replenishers to penetrate lower layers and attract and maintain water in the skin.
Naturally (and organically 😉) our active face moisturiser checks these 4 boxes. Shop ourhere.
By cleansing you face at night and removing makeup, dirt and pollution, you allow your skin to breathe and repair itself overnight. At night while we’re resting is also the best time to apply anti-ageing products thanks to the increase in our blood circulation allowing better absorbtion. However, absorbtion wont be as efficient if your skin’s not clean when you apply them. So be like Brigette, and keep it clean!
If you have blemishes or breakouts, sensitive skin and like your products organic and vegan, click to have a squizz at our cleanser here ➸.
It's true! The winner and their lucky friend will each win the following skincare stash to keep their skin looking lovely and healthy for the next 6 months:
Follow these 3 easy steps for you and your friend to be in the running:
The competition starts Friday 25 May and closes Friday 2 June. Winners will be drawn and notified by email on Monday 5 June 2017. We’ll get yours and your friend’s postal addresses and send you out your skincare stashes.
Good luck 🍀
T&Cs: Completing all 3 steps is a requirement for entry. Only customers living in Australia and the UK customers can enter. Two winners will be drawn - one in Australia and one in the UK.
If sleeping with this spunk-rat made your skin age 7 times faster, would you still do it? 👀 Would you?! Well, our jury is still out on this one 😜. Apparently this is the case if you sleep with your makeup on! Porky pie, wives’ tale, whatever, the reality is that makeup can hold free radicals which break down collagen causing skin ageing, pimples, irritation and dull looking skin. It’s super important to remove eye makeup as it holds bacteria and can lead to blocked hair follicles and oil glands leading to pink eye or something worse. When you’re feeling super lazy, even a quick 1 minute cleanse and splash of water will help to reduce bacteria. So when it comes to 💤, we say NO to makeup (and YES to Brad)😉 💕.
And if you’re looking for a good vegan, organic active cleanser, there’s one Brad, Ange, Jen and everyone keeps raving about. Oh what’s it called? Uh, oh yeah! Miss Divine Active Cleanser.
Loads of things I don’t miss about being a teenager: my mean Art teacher, curfews, pimples, worrying about what everybody thought and generally feeling awkward. Unfortunately, one of these things still lingers and it’s not Mrs F 😜
While it may no longer ‘ruin your life’, breakouts can be frustrating and embarrassing. Although multiple factors contribute to acne such as genetics, stress and hormones, using quality, natural skincare products can make a HUGE difference.
Avoid those containing Benzoyl Peroxide and opt for research-backed natural actives. We formulated our Miss Divine Cleanser with pimples, eczema and rosacea in mind adding Horsetail (🌿 not 🐴 ) for its antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory properties, Sage for its antiseptic benefits and Calendula for healing and to help minimise scarring.
Our active skincare range has worked for us (and loads of customers) so if you have skin concerns such as breakouts, rosacea and eczema, we’d love it to help you too. Email us anytime if you have any q’s.
Inside this limited Mother’s Day Pamper Gift Pack:
RRP $55 (valued at $90)
when it comes to clear skin🐛. The realisation that micro bugs inhabit our skin makes most squirm. For decades, we've been scrubbing 'n' stripping our skin to annihilate everything to ward off acne, excess oil and other skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. Research now shows these little critters (good bacteria) actually promote immunity, protect against harmful bacteria acting like a barrier to the outside world. Dermatologists are recognising that the microbes have an impact on our complexion. Research is ongoing but the take out thus far is... opt for products that remove the baddy bacteria BUT enhance the work of the goody-bug bacteria, to maintain the equilibrium of our epidermis 🤓. So... for the love-of-clear-skin, embrace your bugs and avoid harsh ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Triclosan, EDTA, bad alcohol’s such as Isopropyl & Ethyl, parabens, mineral oils & fragrance (the chemical maze is a tops app for deciphering ingredients in cosmetics and food) Pardon?…oh, some scientist just yelled out recommending NEEK’s Miss Divine Cleanser.
Do you suffer from a skin condition such as eczema or rosacea ? We’d love to hear what products have and haven't worked for you. Please comment below.
One of the most coveted… is the sun-kissed just-spent-the-day-at-the-beach looks. Reality for most after a sea dip, is the just-nearly-drowned-and-I’m-part-zombie look 🙈.. Us coastal gals thought we’d share our top 3 (tried & tested) beach-proof beauty tips…
☀️ You’re beach-proofed and ready to go!
P.S Don’t forget your suncream & hat!
Do you have any beach beauty tips? We’d like to hear them. Comment below.
The key to achieving and maintaining healthy, glowy skin is first; choosing products that are kind & nourishing to your skin and secondly, being consistent. Like most things, if it’s easy, you’re more likely to stick with it.
We designed our skincare range because we wanted organic, vegan products that did all the things that the chemical laden ones promise (we love animals & hate toxic harmfuls ☠️). We also wanted it to smell, feel and look nice (us sisters like pretty stuff 🌸) AND we like quick and simple (we’re a tad busy, working, mothering & living 😵). Simply cleansing and moisturising morning & night consistently (with nourishing, multitasking products) and you’ll be on the road to healthy skin AND save dosh on emergency treatments.
To help get started, we have a special skincare duo pack available until now til Sat 25 Feb. Shop here!
Our lippies recently turned one (that’s 21 in lipstick years), so to herald this coming of age, we have a new look. We’ve moved from paper to gorgeous bamboo tubes, and because bamboo is a natural fibre, every tube is unique. You’ll also find our lippies in white luxe boxes to match our skincare range.
Don’t worry – we’ve kept the same popular shades (using a mixture of natural micas and pigments). We have however tinkered with our natural shea butter and jojoba oil base, and also added a touch of avocado oil for maximum moisturising, and to up the glide factor on application. It’s your old favourite lippie, but even more lippie!
You can shop our new look lippies here now.
We’d love to hear what you think of our new look. Let us know in the comments!
Grab some of your favourite vegan, natural NEEK lippies at reduced prices in our flash sale.
To say thanks to our beauitful customers and make way for some lovely new things, this weekend we have 50% off selected lippies*
*Stock is running low so get in quick. Online offer.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (try saying that after a few margaritas!) found in our body and acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin and eyes. 50% of this supply is located in skin tissue so it plays a huge part in skin appearance helping to keep it nice n plump, soft and supple.
Hyaluronic acid is also the main ingredient in injectable dermal fillers. We’re focusing on its benefits in topical skincare right now, however if that kind of thing is up your alley, there is a lot to love about it according to dermatologists and cosmetic practitioners. Hyaluronic acid has replaced collagen as the ingredient of choice for restoring lost volume since the body does not recognize it as a foreign substance.
As our age goes up our hyaluronic acid goes down leading to fine lines, dryness and loose skin. Hyaluronic acid molecules have a unique ability to attract and retain more than 1,000 times their weight in water. That’s more than any other biological substance. Shut the front door?!
But that’s not all… sun damage, acne, sensitive skin, rosacea and inflammation can lead to a damaged skin barrier, so repairing it with skin-identical ingredients, like hyaluronic acid can really benefit and help minimising these issues.
NB: This does not mean that everyone’s skin becomes dry with age. So it’s possible to still have oily skin in your 50s but it’s probably not as oily as it was in your 20s.
A great thing about hyaluronic acid is that it’s super-light weight so the texture isn’t an issue for oily skin, and it’s gentle enough that it isn’t a problem for sensitive skin either. Winning!
Hyaluronic acid cannot be absorbed when applied topically this is where sodium hyaluronate steps in. Sodium hyaluronate is the salt from hyaluronic acid and it has a much smaller molecule size enabling it to penetrate skin. That's why we use sodium hyaluronate in These Days Active Moisturiser.
If you prefer a heavier weight moisturiser or the one you're using doesn’t contain sodium hyaluronate, to prevent missing out on the benefits you can add a squirt of our powerful These Days Active Moisturiser to yours for an extra boost of wrinkle-smoothing hydration and fine line plumping!
werk, werk, werk, werk. To get the most out of sodium hyaluronate, avoid perfume or irritating fragrance ingredients and other harsh chemicals that will undo your moisturiser’s (and your) good work.
Have you tried hyaluronic acid? Do you think topical use makes a difference in your skin? What's your favourite moisturiser? Please let us know in the comments section.
At NEEK, we love Pandas… But only the black and white furry kind that hail from China – not the variety we sometimes become after washing our faces.
One benefit people keep telling us they’re loving when they use our Miss Divine Active Face Cleanser is that it effectively yet gently removes eye makeup.
However, effective eye makeup removal isn’t just about not looking like a panda. It’s also about protecting your lashes.
You’d be surprised to learn how many lashes become casualties when you remove your eye makeup. Eyelash hair is super fine and fragile, so even when you remove makeup with a gentle cleanser, you need to take special care if you want to encourage thicker, longer, luscious lashes.
That’s why we’ve put together our top tips for preserving your eyelashes and enjoying effective eye makeup removal in the process…
We get that waterproof mascara is a must in some situations. If you’re going to a wedding (and may shed a few tears) or you want to look all Jessica Alba-esque at the beach, waterproof mascara will be your friend. But eek! Your little lashes take a bashing in the removal process due to waterproof mascara’s heavy formula.
The solution? We recommend that you limit the waterproof formulas for special occasions. That way, you can encourage luscious lashes in the meantime. We promise your lashes will love you for it!
Giving your face and eyes a good splash of water before you cleanse will kick-start everything by diluting your eye makeup and removing the top layer before you even get started on the more formal removal process.
Yep, we know this approach means “hello temporary panda!” But it also means “hello more eyelashes” at the end. Which is the result we all want, right?
Once you've rinsed and splashed around your eyes, apply cleanser to your fingers or to a cotton pad. Next, gently move the cleanser in a downward motion over your eyelid and lashes to start removing your eye makeup. Repeat this step a few times, and use circular motions to gently get under your lashes. Then rinse with water before gently washing your entire face with cleanser (including brushing over your eye area). This should completely remove your eye makeup and any other makeup on your face.
Some people do the cleansing and washing steps perfectly, only to damage their face and lashes during the drying stage. Tut tut! Don’t make the same mistake.
When drying with a towel, always gently pat your face rather than rubbing it. Not only can hard rubbing break your lashes, it can also be harsh on your face’s delicate skin, weakening its elasticity. Not an outcome any of us want!
If you find that you’ve missed a spot or still have a little bit of stubborn mascara or eye makeup left on your face, there are other steps you can take.
Rather than wash your face again (which can be harsh on your skin), pop a drop of oil (we recommend our Lovely Wide Eyes eye serum, of course) on a cotton bud tip and gently dab it to remove the offending makeup.
Yep, moisturising your eyelashes is a thing. Moisturising your lashes helps to condition them, making them stronger and preventing unnecessary breakage. All of which = longer, luscious lashes.
To moisturise your lashes, put a teeny weeny drop of oil on your finger tip, then blink your top lashes onto your finger, moving the finger along to share the oil around as you go. For your bottom lashes, gently apply oil by brushing your finger along your lash line. Be very careful not to get any of the oil in your eyes, and only use it sparingly.
Away from the makeup removal process, there are other steps you can take to protect your eyelashes.
If you suffer from hay fever or get something in your eyes, and you need to rub them, be sure to only rub them gently. Your little lashes will often break in the process otherwise.
Try and limit using eyelash curlers, as they can lead to damaged or broken lashes. Because your lash hair is so fine and delicate, bending your lashes with a curler can cause them to break.
If you’re a fan of falsies, then we have a few tips to reduce carnage to your real lashes.
Opt for lashes that use a glue made from a natural formula, rather than a chemical-based one. Harsh chemicals not only weaken your lashes and cause breakage – they can also cause irritation or adverse reactions on your eyelids, lashes, and eyes.
Removing falsies can also be super damaging to your lashes. To be kind to them on removal, we recommend applying our Lovely Wide Eyes eye serum on to two cotton pads, then lying down and having a little relax for a few minutes with a pad over each of your closed eyes. The oil will soak into the lashes and help to loosen your falsies so that they slide off more easily. We got this hot tip from Lash guru and makeup artist, Helen Dowsley. Thanks Hels.
So there you have it – our top tips for fabulous, flutterable eyelashes and effective eye makeup removal. If you follow this formula, you’ll have more luscious lashes and can say good riddance to panda eyes in no time.
Do you have any other eye makeup removal or lash care tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
The double cleanse is when you wash your face twice in a single session. Many cleansers don’t remove concealer and foundation completely with one wash.
The first cleanse is to remove makeup or suncream, and the second is to soften the skin, provide a deeper cleanse and let those active and nourishing skincare ingredients get to your skin. We recommend using a soft muslin face cloth to help gentle rinse the skin during cleansing.
Most of us know not cleansing properly builds dirt and dead skin causing dull looking and often blemishy skin but perhaps more detrimental, particular as our skin ages, this surface layer can prevent active ingredients from getting into the skin and keeping it healthy. So...the double cleanse can be critical in the antioxidants securing victory against the free radicals. Important stuff!
Do you already double cleanse or perhaps use a makeup remover before cleansing? If you have any tips or questions – we’d LOVE to hear them.
You probably know what we’re talking about, even if you’ve never called it that before. Think: pimples, bags, dehydration, or just no glow. We’ve all been there (or are there).
If you’re in the post-festive season skin boat, you’re not alone. Which is why we’ve put together our top tips for a little skin rehab to get your skin back on track in the New Year.
When you’re getting home late from Christmas and New Year’s parties, it’s easy to neglect (or completely miss) your cleansing routine.
But there’s no time it’s more important, especially for the southern hemisphere folk, where the festive season is also summertime. During summer, we tend to wear sunscreen more frequently. This can contribute to blocked pores and congestion, so cleansing is super important.
If you’ve fallen off the cleansing cart, the New Year is the time to get firmly back onto it. If you wear makeup, you need to cleanse twice: once to remove makeup and then once to cleanse the skin. We recommend our Miss divine face cleanser (naturally) to do this job.
Egg nog, champagne and exotic cocktails tend to replace our water bottles during the festive season. But as you know, staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is the best way to help your body cleanse itself of impurities and toxins. These impurities and toxins are often the cause of blemishes and unhealthy skin. So it’s time to pack your water bottle and get back on the H2O!
We all know that alcohol, caffeine and sugar can be detrimental to healthy skin, so keep your intake of these in mind.
This doesn’t mean it’s time to take a crash diet. Usually, simply returning to your usual ‘non-party’ diet will improve your skin. Too easy!
Simply choosing unprocessed food as much as possible will also do your skin (and health) a world of good.
If your skin feels dry or dehydrated, apply a moisturiser containing ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate and Vitamin E.
These ingredients help attract and maintain water, which helps to rehydrate the skin and restore its softness. We recommend our These days moisturiser. This moisturiser not only includes these two ingredients – it’s also packed with antioxidants and other hydrating hero ingredients such as Olive Squalane and natural AHA’s to help exfoliate skin Regular exfoliation is also important to decrease the roughness of your dry epidermis.
Sleep allows more production of collagen and elastin to keep your skin taut.
So if you’ve been having a few late nights, it’s time to catch up on some shut eye!
If you can, find yourself a good skin therapist and treat yourself to a microdermabrasian facial and maybe even a lactic peel to exfoliate and brighten up your skin.
There are different facials and peels available, but your skin specialist should be able to recommend the right treatment to suit your skin.
So there you have it – our skin rehab 101. No crazy crash diets or sacrifices that bring out your inner demon. If you want to recover from post-festive season skin, why not give our top tips a try.
Do you have any skin health tips that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them if you do.
Nude lips paired with a bold brow and smokey eyes can give you a super glamourous look.
Or, when teamed with minimal makeup, nude lips can give you that simple and stylish no-makeup look.
But have you ever seen a friend who pulls off the nude lip, only to borrow her colour and end up looking like you have concealer on your lips? (Or, worse yet, like you’re an extra for a zombie movie?)
If that’s you, then we have the solution. Simply follow our 3 tips to choosing a nudie that will suit you and bring your lips back to life.
The first step to choosing a nude lipstick is to start with your skin undertone.
If you’re not sure what your undertone is, take a look at the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue, your undertone is cool. If they’re more on the greenish/yellowy side, then your undertone is warm. Or, if you find it hard to tell, you’re probably neutral – which means you can have the best of both undertone worlds.
Your skin undertone determines which nude lipstick shades you can wear.
Nude lipsticks that lean towards the pinkish or berry spectrum suit those with cool undertones. Those that are a warmer beige or peachy-coloured tone are perfect for warm undertones.
You also need to take your natural lip colour into account.
When choosing a nude lippie, you want to pick one that subtly matches your natural lip colour. If you choose a colour that’s lighter, it will make you look washed out and a bit sickly. And if you choose one that’s too different from your natural colour, it won’t give you the proper nude effect.
Lighter lipstick colours such as nude shades can sometimes emphasize cracks or lines on your lips. So before you start applying nude lipstick, you need to take proper care of your pout.
Besides, lipstick in general – not just nudes – sits better on smooth lips. So keeping your lips exfoliated and hydrated is important for pulling off every colour. But this is especially true for rocking the nude lip.
Do you have some more tips for pulling off the nude lippie look? Then we’d love to hear them! Share your tips in the comments below.
At Neek Skin Organics, our favourite nude lippie is our very own Come into our World. This delightful nudie has a pink base, so is best suited to you if you have cool or neutral skin tones.
Next time you’re at your local supermarket – keep your eye out for some coconut oil to pop into your trolley. You won’t regret it!
Coconut oil has a range of uses, from skin and hair hydration, to cooking, and everything in between. Best of all, it’s chemical free, natural, effective, and cheap as chippies. So here are 5 uses for coconut oil that you’ll just love!
While we all love to use natural products on our skin whenever possible, the sad truth is that some natural cleansers just don’t have enough kick to get your eye makeup off.
But have no fear – coconut oil is here! Coconut oil is a brilliant natural makeup remover. Before you wash your face with your cleanser, gently rub a little coconut oil on your lids and lashes. Next, use a cotton square to wipe off the oil and makeup. And tada – makeup be gone!
Another reason you’ll adore coconut oil is that it’s incredibly nourishing. Because it’s a concentrate oil, it penetrates your skin to deliver awesome moisturising benefits. You can rub the oil directly on to your face or body, or add some to your existing moisturiser for a little boost. Either way, it’ll give your skin a little extra nourishment.
Coconut oil isn’t just great for your skin – it’s also great for dry hair.
If you live in a colder climate and your coconut oil is solid, then before you can enjoy the hairy benefits of coconut oil, you’ll need to melt it on the stove or in the microwave (Be sure to let it cool!). Next, rub your coconut oil into the ends of your hair or where the hair needs some nourishment.
For best results, leave the coconut oil in your hair overnight. If you don’t want to get any on your pillowcase, simply pop your hair in a bun or wrap a handtowel around it. Wash your hair the next day to get rid of any excess oil, and we guarantee a good hair day will be had!
OMG! We just love this reason for popping coconut oil in your trolley.
If you’re a coffee drinker, you need to try this. Add a teaspoon or two of coconut oil to your next coffee. It’s a great alternative if you avoid dairy or don’t want to add sugar, but still feel that your coffee needs that little something extra.
Some people say that cococoffee not only gets your heart started in the morning, but that thanks to the medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), it gets your metabolism going too. Win-win, we say!
Back on to MCFAs… unlike animal fats that are made up of Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFAs), MCFAs are said to metabolise more rapidly in your body, and therefore have increased fat burning potential. You can’t say no to that, right? (You can read more about MCFAs and LCFAs here.)
Coconut oil also remains stable at high temperatures, so it’s the perfect oil for stir frying. Plus it’s yum!
Convinced you need to grab yourself some coconut oil next time?
Then let us share a quick shopping tip with you: When you’re buying coconut oil, look for the unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil, either virgin or extra virgin. That’s the really great, most natural stuff that your body will love the most
Are you already a devoted coconut oil user? What do YOU use coconut oil for? We’d love to hear how you’re using it… and so would our readers. So please, do tell in the comments below!
No matter what shape or size your lips may be, the most luscious looking ones are those that are well hydrated and smooth, with a pinkish healthy look. Here are our four super duper easy tips for keeping your ‘front of house’ looking healthy and fresh.
The natural environment and things in our built environment like heaters and air-con dry out your skin, including your lips. Many lipsticks and lipbalms, which contain mineral oils and other harsh ingredients, will also do the same.
Like skin, your lips should be kept well moisturised to keep them supple and smooth-looking. By regularly applying lipbalm or lipstick containing natural hydrating ingredients, you will help attract water and retain moisture in your lips. They actually love it when you rub in a little pure coconut oil at night after cleaning your teeth – honest. Ask them?
As an added bonus, if your lips are well moisturised, you’ll notice that your lipstick will sit better on your lips.
Did you know that your lips need sun protection?
If you’re applying sun cream to your face, make sure you pop some on your lips too. Lips protrude like our noses, so they’re a target for the sun. Pop on a hat when in the sun and make sure you protect yours!
Some people may suggest scrubbing your lips with a toothbrush. Don’t you dare! Your lips are delicate things – even many exfoliating face scrubs are too rough for them. We suggest using a face washer/cloth/flannel/thingimijij to exfoliate your lips by gently massaging in a circular motion. This is much gentler, and won’t damage your lips.
Licking your lips dries them out, so avoid tasty lip balms that makes your tongue lose control. In fact, a lot of the time, the tastier the lipbalm, the more damaging the ingredients. Check the ingredients in your lip products and try and opt for those that have gorgeous, natural ingredients like jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E and manuka honey (known for it’s healing properties).
By following these four easy tips for keeping your lips healthy and fresh, your lips will be sure to love you!
Do you have any additional lip care tips? We’d love to hear them. Share your lip care tips in the comments below so our lip-loving community can all benefit from your know-how.
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Working on developing our new NEEK face scrub made us realise right now how much our faces needed a good exfoliation. All that zinc and oil built up on our face from suncream and as a result of our gorgeous tropical climate. Whilst we patiently wait for our scrub to go though all the relevant testing, we have been using this easy peasy, natural, vegan home made scrub. All you need is some coconut oil, raw brown sugar and some grounded cinnamon.
Add equal parts of the brown sugar and coconut oil (ours is pre-melted and a bit 'something I prepared earlier'). For first timers to avoid wastage try one tablespoon of each. The sugar will want to dissolve so if this starts to happen add some more sugar to the oil. Then add between a teaspoon to a tablespoon of the cinnamon and combine together with a spoon.
Use your clean fingers to apply and polish your face using a circular motion. Don’t forget to do your lips! Remove with a face washer (flannel/face cloth/youknowwhatImean) when done. Once a week should do the trick.
* As this is homemade you need to treat it like food so if you’d like to keep if for a few days pop it in the fridge with some cling wrap. As it is so easy and quick to make, we usually just make a small fresh batch when required.
Some behind the scene pics from our first shoot. Thank you Nadine for a great day of photography and amazing Moroccan tea @feastphoto
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