10 things I learnt from beauty guru Eleanor Pendleton

When Eleanor Pendleton talks beauty, you pay attention.

She’s the editor-in-chief of online beauty magazine Gritty Pretty and knows her stuff when it comes to all things beauty so that’s why I had to be there when the beauty guru came to Canberra.

I have to also mention that Eleanor is so lovely and went round the room making sure she chatted to everyone who was there.

The event (held at Hotel Realm and organised by Cara Ho from The Clinic Skin Health in Barton) was called Join the Glow Gang because one of the things Eleanor’s known for is her glowing, healthy looking skin.

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So much knowledge was shared over champagne and chocolate fondue and here are 10 beauty tips Eleanor shared with us.

  1. Wear sunscreen all year round. It’s the best way to protect your skin from ageing and pigmentation. Eleanor uses physical sunscreens because they contain no oxybenzone which causes coral bleaching when it comes off your skin in the ocean. For more about the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens, click here.

  2. Retinol is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation but should not be used everyday - once or twice a week is plenty and only use it at night (it doesn’t play nice with the sun). If you use too much, it can weaken the skin barrier.

  3. LED light therapy is her favourite beauty treatment because it’s not invasive and gets into the layers of the skin to rejuvenate it.

  4. Eleanor would pick a fruit enzyme peel over microdermabrasion because she says microderm is a little more intense on the skin. A peel eats away the dead cells on the top layer of the skin.

  5. Any beauty brand in Australia can say it’s organic because it’s unregulated. In reality, the product might have just 0.1% of organic ingredients. Look for one with an eco certified stamp on it because that means it’s certified organic.

  6. Put your sheet mask in the fridge before you use it to make it extra effective. Do the same with a jade roller that can be used to decrease puffiness on the face.

  7. If you suffer from pigmentation (like me), you should use a serum because this product has the highest percentage of active ingredients than any other. Pick one containing Vitamin C (it might be ascorbic acid on the ingredient list).

  8. Eye cream is necessary from a certain age so when you start to notice collagen production is dropping (happens as we get older) and the area is less hydrated, then this is the time to use one. It will be more effective than a moisturiser.

  9. Hyaluronic Acid is the greatest ingredient for hydrating the skin and can be used at any age. For more info about the master ingredient, click here. Face oils are also effective at adding that extra level of hydration and won’t make your skin oilier. Jojoba Oil is one Eleanor recommends.

  10. Ingredients written on the back of a product are written in order of quantity contained in the product.