Oils vs Moisturiser. Many moisturisers have man-made ingredients in them that your skin isn't accustomed to which can, in turn, cause breakouts. On the other end of the spectrum, your body creates its own oils on the regular, therefore tends to respond better with pure oils. There are oil-based moisturisers available to market, however it's best to check which oils these are - do a little investigating of your own to ensure you're putting your best (moisturised) foot forward. Pure oils aid your skin in healing and reducing inflammation, as it deposits healthy essential fatty acids into the skin and supports your skin's natural barrier, also know as the acid mantel. In addition, oils help support the natural PH levels of your skin (roughly 5.5). Oil-based products we LOVE..For Face: Go-To Face Hero. For Body: Go-To Exceptionoil
Not so long ago, natural skin care was a jar or box with a green leaf on the front of the packaging, collecting dust at the back of a health food shop. Though we have come a long way in a fairly short amount of time. Natural and organic skincare is now a big player in the beauty market as consumers become more savvy about what's in the creams and lotions they apply to their skin. Not only is the segment booming, but Australia leads the way with some of the best brands recognised the world over. Created by ex-beauty editor and author of Amazing Face, Zoe Foster Blake, she dreamt up the brand out the confusion, frustration. Go-To is a tight edit of skincare essentials that are certified cruelty-free, all-natural, effective and completely free of irritants. I created Go-To because I knew how baffled Aussie women were by skin care. They just wanted simple, effective stuff that gave them good skin, but found most products intimidating and confusing. I had industry knowledge on which ingredients actually do something, and saw a gap for something playful in the skin care arena, so I thought I'd give it a go. Funnily enough, the decision to go all-natural has probably become our biggest strength: we're finding a huge amount of customers with allergies and sensitivities and conditions like rosacea are getting phenomenal results. I'm thrilled," Foster Blake told The Huffington Post Australia.
My name is Elfy Scott. I'm an Australian writer, model, and absolute child on social media. I'm a big proponent of a good skincare routine and natural beauty, but I do like to wear a bunch of makeup when I go out and drink a lot, so what do I know, really? I love to squander vast amounts of money on skincare, and I really try to stick to a healthy rotation of oils, goos, and cleansers to make me feel all lovely and feminine. I also rarely miss an opportunity to get on the ol' high horse about using sunscreen every day (literally, everywhere, all over my body) I feel like a dolphin and leave grease prints on every surface I touch, but I'll be damned if it isn't a good investment of my time. Go-To's Face Hero is such a dream when my skin is in dire need of hydration and revival. I like to use it after long shoot days, when foundation has just sapped the moisture out of my skin, or after days at the beach, when the sun has done its best to leather-preserve my face. Itâ€™s also a must-have for long-haul flights, because it keeps me from looking like a crypt keeper by the time I step off the plane. This foaming cleanser by Go-To is both exceptionally powerful and remarkably gentle. Itâ€™s the Meryl Streep of cleansers. Itâ€™s such a deep clean, I think that even if you were wearing a full face of clown makeup, this stuff would take care of it. I use it for my morning and nightly cleanse every day.
Zoe Foster-Blake is beauty royalty, in my opinion. I admit, I may have been slightly persuaded Go-To was the bomb.com when it landed on my desk accompanied by a giant Toblerone, but this face cream is actually the business.
With the long weekend only hours away, and summer in full swing, there's no time like the present to champion some really great Australian beauty products (hey, it wasn't just Tim Tams that put us on the map). Our lucky country is actually the producer of some damn impressive beauty exports, and no, I'm not just talking about Miranda Kerr and Lara Worthington. From well-known, iconic products to unheard of gems, some of the greatest discoveries of my life didn't need to cross any oceans to find their way into my vanity. Below, I've rounded up 11 of my absolute Aussie favourites that I can seriously vouch for. If you're #blessed with a little extra time this long weekend, some online shopping might be just the trick. The best part about homegrown brands? The shipping is almost always free. Zoe Foster-Blake is beauty royalty, in my opinion. I admit, I may have been slightly persuaded Go-To was the bomb.com when it landed on my desk accompanied by a giant Toblerone, but this face cream is actually the business. It's packed with plant oils and antioxidants to keep skin clear and hydrated.
Go-To. Launched by Zoe Foster-Blake (former beauty director of Cosmopolitan Australia, Harper's BAZAAR, author of The Wrong Girl, Amazing Face and Amazinger Face, and mumma to Australia's cutest - and funniest - kids, Sonny and Rudy). After growing tired of searching for products on the market she couldn't find, Zoe Foster-Blake put down the pen, picked up the test tube and launched her very own skincare brand, Go-To. The range, which perfectly combines ZFB's wit and beauty expertise, launched with five essential skincare products. Since then, the line has expanded, with Foster-Blake adding four more everyday essentials including lip balm and hand cream and most recently, an equally exciting (and cute as a button) line for men, Bro-To.
With access to the world's leading experts, attending new product launches every single day, there's no one that knows beauty trends, products, treatments, ingredients and what really bloody works better than a beauty editor.
With access to the world's leading experts, attending new product launches every single day (sometimes up to four times a day) and interviewing celebrities about their skincare must-haves, there's no one that knows beauty trends, products, treatments, ingredients and what really bloody works better than a beauty editor. So when they launch their own product, it usually has something important - and actually different - to add to the conversation. Here are six (yes, six!) of those brands created by the insiders who know best. Teeming with ideas of products she wanted for herself, beauty journalist Foster Blake would pitch them to existing beauty bosses like Sodashi founder, Megan Larsen. Foster Blake tells Gritty Pretty magazine: â€œI would be like, â€˜Oh Megan, what if you make an multipurpose body oil? Thatâ€™s what the girls want, thatâ€™s whatâ€™s cool.â€™ And I think after a while sheâ€™d just had so much of a gutful she was like â€˜Hey, why donâ€™t you do it?â€™.â€ So thatâ€™s what Foster Blake did. In 2014, Go-To launched with five essential skincare products capturing Foster Blakeâ€™s trademark sense of practicality, wit and beauty expertise. The skincare line has since added some more essentials including a hand cream, tinted lip balm and skincare spin-off for men, Bro-To.
I know. I KNOW. $65 for a pillowcase - even if it is silk - seems ridiculous and indulgent but please hear me out. I was one of the skeptics. I'd read about the beauty benefits of swapping your standard cotton pillowcase for a fancy looking silk one and scoffed. "Another money making scheme" I said out loud, to no-one in particular. Then I got a Go-To Skincare Face Case, $65, and I'm completely converted.
Zoe Foster Blake's CV is varied and oh-so-impressive. Beauty editor gigs at the country's top mastheads books - one of which was made into a TV series - an app and, of course, a hugely successful beauty line
Zoe Foster Blake's CV is varied and oh-so-impressive. Beauty editor gigs at the country's top mastheads books - one of which was made into a TV series - an app and, of course, a hugely successful beauty line, Go-To skincare, which to date, has sold more than 300,000 products (!). Then, there's the half a million followers on Instagram obsessively following her every peach-drenched post, interspersed with snaps of her husband Hamish Blake, first born Sonny, travel inspiration and pregnancy tips. (Her second baby is close.) Here, the Bundanoon-born darling and pin-up for chasing - and achieving - your dreams shares career advice, her secret to maintaining good health (spoiler: it's all about the gut) and the best fitness tip she's picked up in training. We're all ears.