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The product textures that work best for your skin type and concern

When considering which skincare products are right for you, there may be one crucial factor to consider that you haven’t thought about. Stylist looks into which textures suit each skin type and concern.

From the basics like day and night moisturisers to the flashier products likelactic acid peels and essences, the beauty world’s skincare offering seems to expand every year. But finding a skincare routine ideal for your skin isn’t just about navigating lists of ingredients and endless product categories, you also need to consider the formula’s texture.

A product’s texture actually makes more of a difference than you think. Different skin types will absorb thicker creams and thinner liquids differently, and this may affect the results you get from using a product.

When our skin absorbs product, there are three barriers it has to penetrate: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue. There’s a lot of layers to get through and some ingredients actually absorb better than others. For instance, a retinol of any strength absorbs a lot easier than other ingredients which may take more than five minutes to sink into the skin.

We spoke to FOREO’s skincare therapist, Chris Luckham about which product textures work best for each skin type and concern.

Which textures are best for acne-prone skin?

The cleanser: acne-prone skin can be sensitive to certain textures such as foams, but other formulas work more efficiently. “You’ll want to focus on gel like a perhaps a salicylic acid based cleanser. These ingredients really penetrate into the pores,” says Luckham.

The exfoliator: it’s best to avoid physical scrubs to reduce the risk of aggrivating the skin. Instead, opt for a liquid exfoliator if you do use one. Try Paula’s Choice Calm 1% BHA Exfoliant, £26, if you’re looking for a gentle exfoliant that still works to unclog pores.

The mask: Clay and cream textures will be your best friend when it comes to masks. “Products containing cica, witch hazel, green tea and allantoin all work really well for this skin condition,” adds Luckham.

Which textures are best for skin with rosacea?

The cleanser and moisturiser: “Stick to milky or creamy textures for cleansers and moisturisers. Always use a device like the FOREO Luna to cleanse as this will exfoliate daily without any harshness.” Try SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser, £35.

The face mask: it’s best to stick to light, creamy textures as they don’t aggrivate the skin as much as clay and oil-based masks when you remove them. Ingredients wise, there are a few that may work best. “Try rosehip which is really calming, ceramides that help keep in moisture and niacinamide as this supports ceramides.” Niacinamide is known for its redness reducing powers. 

Which textures are best for dry and dehydrated skin?

The cleanser: embrace the creamy and milky textures, as they’re best for maintaining moisture levels. “Humectant based toners are also a great at providing a hydration hit and will only make the next steps more effective. Try hyaluronic acid or niacinamide based formulas,” says Luckham.

The moisturiser: go for a thicker cream, like Cerave’s Moisturising Cream, £13. “Look for ceramide or hyaluronic acid based moisturisers which don’t just rely on silicone. They offer a false sense of hydration,” explains Luckham. 

The face mask: hydrating overnight masks like the thin gel-like mask from Drunk Elephant’s F-balm Electrolyte Water Facial, £44, really seals in moisture. Gel textures are usually cooling and hydrating and infused, perfect for drier skin in need of moisture.

Which textures are best for oily skin?

The toner: liquid acid toners are great for decongesting pores without stripping skin.“Exfoliate using a toner focused around salicylic or lactic acid as this can help declog pores.”

The moisturiser: “Keep your day moisturiser light, look for oil-free formulas that are usually much more gel-like. In the evening make sure to feed the skin with a thicker textured cream. Hydration is key even when we suffer with excess oiliness,” recommends Luckham. Try Kate Somerville’s Oil Free Moisturiser, £55, for the evening.

The face mask: similar to clay masks for acne skin, face masks that unclog pores are important for oily skin. Clay is known for being great at absorbing excess oil. Try Sand & Sky’s Australian Pink Clay Mask, £41.90. 

Which textures are best for combination skin?

The cleanser: focus on hydrating cleansers like CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser, £9.50, that are usually water-based and have a lighweight cream texture. “Put even more of a focus on hydration, because this skin type craves deep hydration in certain areas,” explains Luckham. 

The moisturiser: a lightweight cream would work best, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £26. “Try incorporating hyaluronic acids, ceramides and niacinamide in your moisturisers.”

The face mask: double masking is a great option for combination skin as it targets each area specifically. If you’re looking to tone down oiliness, clay textures work best, whilst exfoliating, resurfacing and gel masks suit all skin types. 

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Soothe Your Dry Hands With This Hemp-Infused Sanitizer (70% Alcohol!)

Please note: Information below is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Hand sanitizer is pretty hard to come by these days, and when we do find some, the first thing we do is check the ingredients. While alcohol-free hand sanitizers are helpful for certain things, when it comes to fighting viruses, they’re not what we need in our back pocket!

The CDC recommends that if you’re using a sanitizer, especially during this uneasy time, you’ll need to use once with at least 60% alcohol for it to be effective at killing those harmful germs and bacteria. The problem is, the more alcohol you pour into a product, the worse it is for your skin — especially if your hands were already on the dry side. Cracked knuckles, redness, uneven texture…it can be rough — literally. Luckily, these are all things Whispr’s hemp-infused hand sanitizer won’t stand for!

Get the Hemp-Infused Hand Sanitizer (originally $29) for just $22 with code SMARTER25 at Whispr with free shipping! Also available in multi-packs.

We were immediately relieved to see this Whispr sanitizer met the CDC’s requirements with 70% ethyl alcohol in its ingredients. It’s lab-tested and meets the FDA healthcare personnel hand-wash criteria, and it claims to eliminate germs and bacteria in as little as 15 seconds!

Now that we can check off the “musts” of our ingredient checklist, we need to get into all of the other goodness inside — because this product could just be any other rub-your-hands-until-they’re-raw sanitizer without it. Most notably, this sanitizer is infused with 50% CBD and 50% CBG so it’s ultra-soothing and anti-inflammatory, along with being anti-bacterial. Consider these, along with the antioxidants, neuroprotectants and fatty acids, and your skin actually may come out softer than ever before!

Get the Hemp-Infused Hand Sanitizer (originally $29) for just $22 with code SMARTER25 at Whispr with free shipping! Also available in multi-packs.

Reviewers are already so obsessed with this new product, saying it’s the only one that “doesn’t leave your hands dry,” and instead “genuinely leaves [their] skin moisturized and healthy.” They say it’s an “essential” and that they won’t leave home without it. “This is a product I trust to use on myself and my family,” one shopper said, which massively warmed our heart. Another little thing we love to see, on top of all of that? This sanitizer even smells “amazing.”

If you’re also looking for sanitizers for your whole family or stay-at-home crew, there are options to buy in multi-packs. There’s a 2-pack, a 3-pack, a 5-pack and even a 10-pack, and yes, the more you buy, the more you save!

Another thing we love about Whispr — yes, there’s even more — is that the company has a 30-day guarantee. If for any reason you’re not satisfied with this hand sanitizer, the company promises a refund within 30 days. It’s nice having that reassurance, but mostly, we’re just looking forward to finding that satisfaction from first sanitization!

Get the Hemp-Infused Hand Sanitizer (originally $29) for just $22 with code SMARTER25 at Whispr with free shipping! Also available in multi-packs.

See more tips and information from the CDC here.

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COVID-19 was like ‘a dry throat in a dusty cattle yard’ senator says

When Nationals senator Susan McDonald first noticed she had a sore throat and a mild temperature on Friday, her first thought wasn't coronavirus.

After Peter Dutton confirmed he had tested positive to COVID-19 on the same day, the Queensland senator decided she better be tested for the virus despite not having been in contact with the Home Affairs Minister for several weeks.

Nationals senator Susan McDonald tested positive to coronavirus on Monday.

She then went into self-isolation while awaiting the test results, cancelling a number of events she had on the weekend including the North Queensland Cowboys' first game of the season in Townsville's new NRL stadium.

"When I went to be tested I felt a little bit foolish, I wasn't really aware of having been in contact with anybody who had coronavirus, it was only that Peter Dutton was diagnosed that day," she told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

"I had a dry throat as you get in a dusty cattle yard, and a very mild temp which barely measured on the Richter scale, but because of the work I do I thought it would be precautionary to be tested, I then went home and self-isolated until the tests came back."

After the test returned a positive reading, Senator McDonald went to hospital on Monday but was discharged on Tuesday to self-isolate at home.

Susan McDonald, in Parliament last month, said she “hadn’t seen Peter Dutton for several weeks” when she came down with COVID-19.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

"There haven't been any more confirmed cases in Cairns and Townsville… I guess the lesson is that potentially people are having such mild symptoms that they're not being sick, so it just reinforces the medical advice to wash your hands frequently, maintain distance of 1.5 metres, and observe good personal hygiene."

She joked that the "whole of Townsville" has been tested after she announced she had contracted COVID-19, saying people should not be tested if they didn't need to.

"There has been a level of concern, people I have seen [in the past week] are now self-isolating," she said.

"My message is to observe good personal hygiene, only be tested if you have symptoms – if people are being tested unnecessarily and who aren't at risk they are tying up facilities and testing times for people who need to be tested.

"The other thing I want to say to people is that often the part of the community that is forgotten in all of this is our children, it's really important we're having practical conversations with them and reassuring them that they should observe good personal hygiene in the same way we don't want them to get the flu.

Senator McDonald said she had spent her time in self-isolation reading submissions to senate inquiries and watching her favourite childhood films from the 1980s.

She said she had been overwhelmed by the number of people wishing her well, and the individuals who were now self-isolating as a result of coming into contact with her had been understanding and supportive.

"We do need a understanding of how to keep yourself well and how to be more thoughtful of people," she said.

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Experts Explain What "Dry Fasting" Actually Does To Your Body

As Instagram floods with people trying intermittent fasts in the hope of improving their health — despite the warnings of healthcare professionals about the dangers — dry fasting, in which people stay away from both food and liquid for up to a day, is becoming more widespread. However, experts say that doing a dry fast in the hope of health boosts isn’t a good idea, to put it mildly.

"This is an unsafe diet fad that lacks credible scientific evidence to support any health benefits," Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian at Piedmont Healthcare and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells Bustle.

Dry fasting involves staying away from any kind of food or drink for up to 24 hours. Claims about dry fasting’s benefits range from cleansing the body of "toxins" to improving digestion and weight management. However, the risks of dehydration are real.

Hydration is an essential part of bodily functioning. "We know that proper hydration is key for physical and mental health," Max Lugavere, a science writer and author of Genius Foods, tells Bustle. Not drinking anything at all for 12 or 24 hours, even if an influencer says it makes her "glow," is an unsound poor idea for your body. "Restricting fluids can lead to severe dehydration, extreme fatigue, and even organ failure," Smith says. Even if you’re eating while you’re avoiding liquids, she says, it’s still difficult to get adequate hydration. Water-heavy foods like fruits and vegetables simply don’t offer enough water to help your body function, which is estimated at 2.7 liters per day for an adult woman.

Cutting off all sources of water can be dangerous in multiple ways. Smith says that hydration plays a key role in maintaining optimal health because it regulates body temperature, protects organs, carries nutrients to cells, and helps flush out waste products. Any claims that dry fasting can help remove "toxins" are wrong: the liver requires hydration to function properly, so staying away from all liquids will impede your body’s ability to process waste, not help it. Dehydration can also impair cognitive function and mental health, Lugavere says. A 2017 study of 50 people in Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism found that even mild dehydration for one day could cause mood to plummet.

Fasting from both food and liquids hurts your electrolyte levels. Electrolytes, including sodium and potassium, are found in both food and drinks, and help your organs work properly. When your body is low in them, it can cause muscle cramping, dizziness, brain fog, and exhaustion.

Dry fasting can also have an ongoing negative effect on relationships with food. "This diet could be extremely dangerous, especially for individuals who struggle with disordered eating or have chronic disease," Smith says. "It doesn’t teach habits that will help create a healthy relationship with food and isn’t sustainable or recommended in the long haul." While the language around dry fasting can be tempting, the reality is very different, she says.

If you’re tempted to do a dry fast, experts advise just saying no. Hydration is crucial to a healthy body and brain, and depriving yourself of water for any prolonged period is a very bad idea. "Skip getting your nutrition advice from influencers, and seek direction from a registered dietitian who is adequately trained on the science of nutrition," Smith says.


Max Lugavere, author of Genius Foods

Kristen Smith M.S., R.D., dietitian at Piedmont Healthcare and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Studies cited:

Pross, N. (2017) Effects of Dehydration on Brain Functioning: A Life-Span Perspective. Ann Nutr Metab. 70 Suppl 1:30-36. doi: 10.1159/000463060.

Trepanowski, J. F., & Bloomer, R. J. (2010). The impact of religious fasting on human health. Nutrition journal, 9, 57.

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