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How to Care for Your Skin in Your 40s

The beauty of skincare is that it changes, shifts and evolves with you. As you grow and transform, so does (and should) your skincare routine!  Most conversations around skincare are centered on what you need to do in your early 20s to 30s - with a heavy emphasis on anti-aging. But what about skincare in your 40s? That’s what we’re here to talk about!    How your skin changes in your 40s ‘Many women will notice their skin will start to become drier from their mid-40 to late-40s as they start to approach the menopause,’ says consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto. Your skin glows most when your estrogen levels are high so,...

The Beginner’s Guide to Exfoliating Acids

If you’re looking to step up your skin care regime or are looking to understand exfoliating acids for beginners, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog we are going to explore the benefits of exfoliating acids for your skin. But, more importantly, we’re going to address questions like - what exactly are exfoliating acids? What do I use for my acne prone skin? How much is too much? Is it really important to incorporate them into your skin care routine? Well, here’s a quick guide on all things exfoliation!   There are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical Physical exfoliation involves removing dead skin cells while chemical exfoliation...

5 Common Mistakes that could be drying out your skin

Anyone who has dry skin is entirely too familiar with that annoying papery feeling, the dullness that comes with parched skin, the itch to keep rinsing your face to make your skin “feel” hydrated. And in the process, we just end up with even drier skin that we started out.  It's quite possible you're making some of these common skincare errors that could be giving you contrary outcomes.  Over-washing: While we’ve been told to wash our face often, over-cleansing ends up removing the much-needed oils from the skin that would otherwise help maintain moisture. This eventually leads to dry patches and might even cause irritation.  So if you have dry skin,...

Signs Your Skin’s Barrier Is Compromised

In the quest for “texture-free” skin or quick acne fixes, we often end up putting our skin through a lot. And whether we achieve those results or not is debatable, one thing is for sure: our skin’s barrier takes a hit. Damaged barriers are so common, most of us don’t even realize it’s happening!  So, today, we’ll dive deep into all things barrier - how it functions, signs of barrier damage and how to repair it.  What is the skin barrier? [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Via: //www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/6/3/52/htm[/caption] The skin barrier, also known as the moisture barrier, is fundamentally made out of three lipids: ceramides, cholesterol and essential fats. These lipids cooperate...

5 Skingredients You Need In Your Routine

Social media and trending routines may have you believe that the key to good skin is seemingly endless steps and countless products. But, listen, good skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re just starting out with your skincare journey, all you need are just 5 hero ingredients that will keep your skin looking and feeling at its best all year round. Hyaluronic acid: Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!  Hyaluronic acid assists in binding water to collagen, keeping it trapped in the skin, hydrating and plumping your skin. Hyaluronic acid works like a vacuum, bringing products into the surface layer of your skin with the goal that they can infiltrate your pores....

VAUNT’s Guide to Dewy Skin During Winter

For most of us, winters are synonymous with skin that often ends up looking dull. How do we go from dull to dewy, without pretty much bathing in moisturisers and face oils? The strategy behind achieving hydrated, dewy-looking winter skin need not be an overcomplicated 10-step routine. It all revolves around using light layers of the right products in order to lock in moisture. Here's our guide to healing your winter skin, and giving yourself dewy, supple skin!  Step 1: Cleanse As important as this step is, it’s also where you could be stripping your skin off its natural oils and moisture. With dryness already being a point of concern, you...

#VAUNTVoices – Nauheed Cyrusi

You can’t think of Indipop music from the 90s without thinking about Nauheed Cyrusi, who to this day is as fresh-faced and sprightly as she was when she first appeared on our TV screens. While she’s not as active on the big screen anymore, her Instagram is a delightful place to be, where Nauheed actively shares advice on makeup and skincare which are as fun as they’re useful. We caught up with her one day, to dive a little deeper into her beauty secrets, skincare routine and more. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself – from where you started to the challenges you had to...

In conversation with the superbly talented Pia Hazarika

Pia Alize Hazarika is an illustrator and designer whose works, from comics to children’s books, have been a pure delight to witness. ‘Spreading Your Wings’ – A Health Infocomic for Girls of All Ages, illustrated by Pia is even nominated for Children’s Book of The Year at Publishing Next 2019! Her illustrations make our Instagram feed so much more interesting, while also shedding light on important issues. Naturally, she’s one of our favourite creators to follow. So, it was quite exciting when we got the opportunity to do a quick Q&A with her, about our common love – skincare! What does skincare mean to you? Tell us...

Purging or Breaking Out: What’s Happening To Your Skin?

Picture this: you’ve finally got your hands on that skincare product you’ve been eyeing. You excitedly open it up and follow instructions. While you’re waiting for the product to work its magic, what do you see? A constellation of break outs! This could mean two things: either your skin is purging or it’s reacting. What’s the difference? Let’s find out.   Skin Purging Purging is the result of faster cell turnover. This means, pimples and blackheads that would usually take weeks to spring up to the surface, show up almost immediately and all at once. So, if you’re using a product that promotes faster skin turnover, you’re likely to experience purging. Having...

What Your Acne Breakouts Are Trying To Tell You

Acne occupies the top spot in the list of skin-nightmares for most of us. There’s so much panic and discomfort surrounding acne that it makes us jump headfirst into anything that’ll offer an instant fix. But, instant fixes aren’t permanent solutions. If you want to eliminate acne breakouts completely, you have to understand the underlying cause and fix that instead. Different types of acne showing up on different parts of your face are indicators of a bigger issue. So, what are your acne trying to tell you? Let’s find out. Acne on the Hairline: The Problem: Product build-up, along with sweat and dandruff. The oils and chemicals in your...

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