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Skincare Tips, Tricks and Secrets from NZ Beauty experts and Nivea

Today I popped along to a lovely lunch hosted by Nivea, where they shared a whole host of skincare tips, tricks and secrets from NZ beauty experts from magazines and online (and myself!) and I have a few to share with you.

Before the event, Nivea asked us all to submit our skincare tip or trick and then they turned them into mini works of art and displayed them on the wall of the room we were eating our lunch in – cute!

So here are a few skincare tips and tricks that I thought sounded like a great idea (and mine’s in there too!)

Skincare tip number 1: Aspirin

Skincare tip number 1:

Skincare tip number 1: Aspirin

“Dissolve an aspirin in warm water for a relaxing foot soak that will loosen up any rough skin before a pumice scrub.”

Skincare tip number 2: Baking Soda

Skincare tip number 2: Baking Soda

Skincare tip number 2: Baking Soda

“I sometimes use baking soda mixed with cleanser instead of pre-made exfoliator”

A friend of mine also uses baking soda to wash her hair, it’s a great natural alternative that nearly everyone has in their kitchen cupboard!

Skincare tip number 3: Tea Tree Oil

Skincare tip number 3: Tea Tree oil

Skincare tip number 3: Tea Tree oil

“My most recent beauty discovery is plain and simple tea tree oil for blitzing zits.”

I used tea tree oil a lot during my teen years when I had breakouts, it’s also fabulous for treating pesky in-grown hairs.

Skincare tip number 4: Coconut Oil

Skincare tip number 4: Coconut Oil

Skincare tip number 4: Coconut Oil

“Whenever I run out of moisturiser, cleanser or eye make up remover, I jsut use the coconut oil I use for cooking…”

Olive Oil is another fabulous usually-restricted to the kitchen product that works fabulously for skincare.

Skincare tip number 5: Aloe Vera

Skincare tip number 5: Aloe Vera

Skincare tip number 5: Aloe Vera

“I have an aloe vera succulent growing in my garden and I always break a piece off when I have mozzie bites, pimples, scratches on my legs or shaving irritations.”

Aloe Vera plant is a brilliant skin-soother and so easy to use, you literally just break a piece off and rub the open end onto your skin!

Skincare tip number 6: Sugar and Olive Oil

Skincare tip number 6:

Skincare tip number 6: sugar and olive oil

“For a simple, cheap and effective body scrub, mix equal parts of sugar and olive oil and use in the shower in circular motions.”

Skincare tip number 7: Face products aren’t just for your face

Skincare tip number 7: extend your routine

Skincare tip number 7: extend your routine

“When you pamper yourself with a home facial, try using the same products on your hands too. It helps make them soft, supple and look younger for longer.”

Skincare tip number 8: Olive Oil and Flaky Salt

Skincare tip number 8:

Skincare tip number 8: Olive oil and flaky salt

“My secret for lovely exfoliated, moisturised hands – mix olive oil and flaky sea salt, rub all over hands then rinse.”

These are just a few of the fantastic, super-easy, super-cheap skincare tips and tricks that were shared today!  Here are  few more notable tips:

  1. Tap lip balm on your cheekbones for instant faux radiance
  2. Mix rosehip oil with night cream to boost radiance and help fade scars
  3. Mix lemon and sugar to scrub off patchy fake tan
  4. Use honey as a face mask for dry skin
  5. Try cold stewed tea bags to zap away under-eye bags
  6. Use a cut tomato over an oily t-zone, the lycopene antioxidants help clear up a shiny forehead

Have you tried any of these yourselves? Or do you have any slightly more unusual skincare tips that you swear by? I’d love to hear them!