8 Must-Have Ingredients in Your Natural Skincare Routine

Going "all-natural" has been making waves in the beauty and skincare world, and for good reason! There's a growing demand for consumers to know what...
Going "all-natural" has been making waves in the beauty and skincare world, and for good reason! There's a growing demand for consumers to know what exactly is in their favourite products, especially as many of them contain artificial ingredients, preservatives, and even toxins that aren't so great for your skin. If you've been finding it tricky to find organic products online, why not introduce some natural ingredients into your skincare routine? They're easier to find and extremely versatile, and sometimes going back to basics is exactly what you need. Here are some of our faves.
Matcha

Matcha is more than just a yummy (and healthy) flavor for your drinks and ice cream! It's a powerful anti-aging ingredient that also rejuvenates your skin cells. Try mixing with rose water or honey for an easy DIY face mask!

Raw Honey

Raw honey can be one of the most soothing things to introduce to your skin, and can be incorporated into your routine in a number of ways! Use it as a soft facial cleanser (after removing your makeup), mix it with some other natural ingredients to make your own hair or face mask, or massage it into your face as a gentle exfoliant. The possibilities are endless.

Tea Tree Oil

If you have acne-prone skin and those store-bought artificial products haven't been doing the trick, try this out! Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it a popular ingredient in cleansers and can greatly reduce itchiness and irritation. Make sure to dilute tea tree oil by mixing it with another natural oil like carrier oil, or your favorite moisturizer or toner.

Shea Butter

If you have dry skin, raw shea butter is a great fat that can act as a great remedy, softening and smoothing the skin. You can use it as a natural moisturizer or lip balm, or mixed into your go-to lotion.

Aloe Vera

It's no wonder why aloe vera is a common ingredient in over-the-counter skincare products. In its purer forms, aloe vera works as an amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Mix it with honey for a face mask, or apply to irritated areas like bug bites or acne for relief.

Coconut Oil

Besides being a healthy fat that is great to cook with, coconut oil has some great moisturizing properties for your skin and hair. While it is too thick to act as an effective oil on its own, it works great when applied on top of moisturizer or as an ingredient in your all-natural cleanser.

Ginseng

Yep, not only is ginseng one of the best health drinks out there but it can do great things for your skin. Ginseng extract is beneficial for all skin types, but it's especially good as an anti-aging product. Add it to your next DIY face mask!

Apple Cider Vinegar

You've heard of throwing it onto your salads, now get ready to put it on your skin! Apple cider vinegar can help out with clearing your skin when implemented into your routine. Add this to your facial cleansers and toners, or take a bath in a diluted version to soothe sunburned skin.

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10 Hair Styling Tools You Never Knew You Needed

Styling your hair doesn’t have to be a hassle this season. Schwarzkopf Express-Repair Hair Spray Before you take a curling or flat iron to your...
Styling your hair doesn’t have to be a hassle this season.
Schwarzkopf Express-Repair Hair Spray

Before you take a curling or flat iron to your hair, make sure you use some protective spray to reduce any damage from the heat.

Hair Dryer Roll Curler

Attach this to your blow dryer for a quick and natural curl that doesn't require a curler.

K-Skin Hair Straightener Comb

This magical comb gives you smooth and straight hair in a matter of minutes, from root to tip. You'll wonder how you ever survived without it!

Automatic Curling Iron

It can be difficult to get the perfect ringlets, so let this tool do the hard work for you. Just feel a section of your hair into the tool, wait 30 seconds and watch it work its magic.

VS Sassoon 3-in-1 Hair Styling Stick

Combination hair dryer, hair straightener and hair curler. Check, check and check!

Dyson Hair Dryer

Yes, it's far from cheap, but this innovative hair dryer from Dyson has been receiving many good reviews. It cuts your drying time in half, and monitors temperature to make sure your hair is protected from heat damage and remains nice and shiny. See what the hype is about!

Heated Hair Roller

Long gone are the days of setting your hair in curls before you go to bed. This one can work in only 10 minutes!

Schwarzkopf OSIS Hairspray

Don't forget to apply this hairspray to keep your hair fabulous the whole day!

Hair Fixer Wax Stick

Don't let those pesky baby hairs ruin your look.

Ponpon Powder

It's easier to get greasy hair in the summer, but washing your hair everyday can only make it worse for some hair types. Keep this powder in your purse for a quick fix on the go!

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5 Chinese Cosmetics Brands Chinese People Are Loving Now

Korean and Japanese cosmetics have earned themselves a stellar reputation in recent years, but the Chinese cosmetics industry is currently on the rise! Many Chinese...

Korean and Japanese cosmetics have earned themselves a stellar reputation in recent years, but the Chinese cosmetics industry is currently on the rise! Many Chinese influencers have been raving about these five domestic labels.

Perfect Diary

Perfect Diary is a makeup brand established in 2016 in Guangzhou. This young and fashionable beauty label is committed to developing cosmetic products suitable for Asian skin types, without compromising on quality. At the same time, the beauty label actively encourages youths to express themselves with makeup. Check out some of their popular products below!

Judydoll

Judydoll is an affordable brand that has been gaining popularity recently among Chinese netizens. Their package design is cute and simple, and has captured the hearts of many young teenage girls.

MAOGEPING

Mao Geping is a makeup legend in China and he is also the founder of MAOGEPING cosmetics, one of China's major domestic brands. His make-up range was inspired by Chinese classical poetry, paintings and costumes that reflect the country's rich history.

Chioture

Chioture Cosmetics was established in 2009 and has been promoted by many Chinese Internet celebrities. Theirs skincare products are primarily made from natural ingredients.

Meiking

Meiking's goal is to create natural make-up and skincare products that can work together to protect the skin. Their products are sold throughout the world, and their skincare line targets problem areas such as wrinkles and enlarged pores.

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What We’re Buying These Days: Body Care Edition

Here at Baopals we spend a lot of time looking at products, and it is only natural that we would pick up some up for...
Here at Baopals we spend a lot of time looking at products, and it is only natural that we would pick up some up for ourselves. We've got over 800 million to choose from, after all. Here are some of our most recent orders of body care products, personally vetted by our beautiful female Baopals team members!
The Face Shop Shower Gel, 500ml*3

This series of body washes from The Face Shop have been my favorites for 2 years now. They smell great, and wash off easily yet don't leave the skin dry or sticky. The designs are gorgeous too!

---Van N., Design Team

Fresh Rose Petal Toner

I use this toner all the time back home in Canada, and I’m so glad they have it here! It lasts a long time, it evens out your skin so nicely. The roses make it so refreshing to put on your face.

---Renee, Content Intern

RE Body Lotion

I like the smell of this lotion very much. The bottle also has a nice design that looks good in my bedroom!

---Regina, Service Team

Lady Speed ​​Stick Deodorant

I used to buy this in the United States, and I am so happy I found it here! Works really well and smells nice.

---Ginger W., Content Team

Victoria's Secret Love Spell Fragrance Mist

I always choose fragrance mists over perfume. This fragrance mist from Victoria's Secret is my newest bae and a must have every time I go out and want to smell sexy but not too sexy.

---Lela C., Content Team

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion

Bath and Body Works’ products smell so good, and Warm Vanilla Sugar in particular is a popular option. I love that it smells like a pastry, but classy.

---Evelyn, Content Intern

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

This shower gel from L’Occitane is the best I have ever tried. The smell of almond is to die for and it leaves my skin soft as a baby.

---Lisa A., Content Intern

NUXE Hand Cream

This hand cream is so soft and smells really good. I always carry it with me.

---Lisa J., Content Intern

Clean On Me Shower Gel

I fell in love with this shower gel a few years back. It smells nice and leaves you with soft skin. When I found it on Baopals I was so happy!

---Alice, Service Team

Eco&More Body Wash

I’ve been using this body wash ever since I found out about this brand. I like that they are environmentally friendly!

---Zara, Service Team

Check out our previous editions of What We're Buying These Days for more of our staff's personal product recommendations!

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The 5 Most Important Summer Skincare Products

Say no to oily skin, sunburns, enlarged pores and acne this summer with these 5 products you shouldn't skip on your daily skincare routine! Sunscreen...

Say no to oily skin, sunburns, enlarged pores and acne this summer with these 5 products you shouldn't skip on your daily skincare routine!

Sunscreen

You should apply sunscreen all year round, but in the summer the days are longer, the sun is stronger, and people just can't resist spending more time outdoors, so sunscreen become more important than ever. Here are some small tips for choosing the best sunscreen for the summer:

  • Choose a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum” protection.
  • Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating.

Check out our top sunscreens for face, body, lips and after sun care here!

Face wash with AHA/BHA

Your skin will become oily and sweaty in the summer, creating acne-prone environment. Choose a exfoliating face wash that has AHA or BHA, but remember to use it only 3 times a week at most as the acidic properties may dry out your skin.

Clay Mask

Use a clay mask once a week to detoxify your skin in the summer. Clay masks also help unclog and shrink pores!

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. It also contains antioxidants that protect your skin from damage. Apply aloe gel to your face and body after a long day outside, and it will feel amazing.

Hydrating Mist

Whether your skin is too dry, too dull, or just in need of a little pick-me-up, a few spritzes of a hydrating facial mist can transform your skin in seconds. Always keep one bottle in your bag when you go out on a sunny summer day.

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5 Colorful Summer Hair Colors

Summer is the best time to spice things up and add a pop of color to your head. Go big or go home! Here are...

Summer is the best time to spice things up and add a pop of color to your head. Go big or go home! Here are 5 summer hair colors you should definitely consider.

1. Rose Pink

The rose pink shade works best for those with a fair complexion. Keep it cool-toned and you'll be chic, not punk rock.

2. Lavender

It's time to be the magical unicorn you've always wanted to be!

3. Caramel

If you are looking for something more tame and suitable for work or school, caramel is your color! Trust us, it's not boring at all.

4. Peach

The peach trend is here to stay. Peach eyeshadow and lipstick looks amazing, so why not try the color on your hair?

5. Platinum

Platinum hair is a very bold look that is effortlessly cool. Although it requires a bit of work and maintenance, the results are so worth it!

Here are some basic supplies to dye your hair and keep your color looking fresh for as long as possible!

Maic Panic Hair Dye

The cult classic temporary hair dye. Available in so many fun colors!

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Wash your dyed hair less frequently. The more you wash, the quicker your color will fade. So try dry shampoo instead.

Schwarzkopf Shampoo & Conditioner

Choose the correct shampoo and conditioner for colored hair, as it will help to wash out less color from your hair.

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Ready To Get Tan?

While you might not be getting much sunshine if you live in the big city, you can still get the perfect sun kissed tan without...

While you might not be getting much sunshine if you live in the big city, you can still get the perfect sun kissed tan without any risk of sun damage (wrinkles, age spots or much worse). Here’s how to do it!

Step 1: Exfoliate your face and body

Make sure that you have removed all of your dead skin skills with some exfoliating glove to make sure the tan color penetrates your skin. For the delicate areas around the throat and face, use a gently exfoliating scream. If you do not have one, you can easily make your own at home. All you need is coconut oil and sugar! Mix them together and gently rub them into your skin in a circular motion.

Step 2: Hydrate your skin

Hydration is the most important step to getting the perfect tan. We all have areas of our body that are particularly dry. The drier areas of the body will absorb the tanning lotion more, which can result in a spotty tan. This can easily be avoided by hydrating your skin first. Do not forget to let the lotion dry well before you apply anything else to the skin.

Step 3: Time for tan!

Start applying the tanning lotion from bottom to top, starting with your lower body and working your way up to your neck and face. Take your time and be careful not to miss any part of your skin. After you're done, don't put any light colored clothing on and let it dry for at least 12 hours, or it may stain your clothing! You can also do it right before bed and sleep with it overnight.

Step 4: Missed a spot?

After the lotion has dried, you can see if you missed any spots and do some easy fill-ins. If the tan is too dark, just take a shower to lighten it.

Step 5: Keep your tan!

To make sure that your tan does not fade away too quickly, repeat the steps listed above. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated, and try making this a part of your daily morning routine to easily maintain the nice glow all summer long.

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Nail Polish Colors You Need This Summer

Brighten up your look with all of the nicest nail polish colors for the summer time. You'll also probably be wearing sandals a lot more,...
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Make-Up Artist Johanna Tonentschuk On The Beauty Industry

Want to know the secret to having perfect brows? Johanna Tonentschuk is a Swedish make-up artist based in Stockholm that has been freelancing, working full...

Want to know the secret to having perfect brows? Johanna Tonentschuk is a Swedish make-up artist based in Stockholm that has been freelancing, working full time and teaching her own make-up classes throughout Sweden since graduating. Read on for her top tips and tricks, and find out what it's like to work in the beauty industry!

Photo: Lovisa Åström

 

PROFILE

Name: Johanna Tonentschuk

Birthday: June 27th

Birthplace: Oskarshamn, Sweden

Location: Stockholm

Interests: Travel, music and food

Favorite quote: "Don't let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you anything about life."

Who are you?

My name is Johanna Tonentschuk, and this summer I will turn 25 years old. I grew up in a small city in south Sweden called Oskarshamn. I moved to Sweden's capital Stockholm approximately five and a half years ago to work as a professional make-up artist.

Photo: Lovisa Åström
When and how did you get into the beauty industy?

I have always liked everything beauty related. My mother works as a hairdresser, so I think some of my interest stems from there. When I started university it was obvious to me that I wanted to focus on programs related to make-up. After I graduated I moved to Stockholm and started to freelance. The freelance work included everything from shows, shoots, recordings and after a while I also worked as a freelancer for the makeup-brand  PÜR. Four years ago I got a full-time job for PÜR and quit freelancing.

My work at PÜR involves using the brand to educate others. I run different kinds of make-up related courses and events all around in Sweden. We work closely with a hair-brand called Davines. I work as the lead make-up artist at their hair shows.

Which element of your job do you enjoy most?

The thing I like the most about my job is that I can be creative every day. I also appreciate all of the different type of people I get the chance to meet. Every person has their own skin type and face shape, which gives me new experiences and helps me grow as a make-up artist.

Johanna Approved Products:

Benefit Ka-Brow Brow Gel

To get the perfect defined eyebrow, I love to work with this product. It is easy to use if you have thick or sparse brows. I like that it comes with a brush.

Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter

I love to use this product to keep my eyebrows in place for the entire day. This product is transparent.

Benefit Gimme Brow Cream

Gimme Brow is a perfect product to use when I'm in a rush and want my eyebrows to look natural and maintained. This product also makes your eyebrows look fuller.

Benefit Pui Ling Mascara

This is a good mascara that gives both full-bodied and long lashes. I like that it uses a rubber brush that coats every individual lash.

Clarins Lip Cream

This is one product that you can always find in my bag. It has a natural look and makes your lips feel really moisturized and soft.

Maybelline Eraser Concealer

This is an amazing concealer for hiding dark under eye circles. The applicator makes it easy to get just the right amount under your eyes.

KKW Beauty Kim Shadow

This palette gives you the perfect contouring because it has several different colors that can work well day and night.

NYX Make-Up Spray

This setting spray ensures your make-up will stay all day. There is an option for those that like a more matte finish, and those that prefer a more dewy look.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This foundation makes your skin flawless and is easy to apply.

What are some of the latest projects you have been working on?

My latest project was a show with the hair brand Davines. During this event I worked with the hairdressers and prepared everything for the show. We had many meetings about how the clothes, hair and make-up should be and which style we wanted to express. I prepared mood boards for the different teams that we would have. At this show we focused on the colors black, white and red.

Photo: Katriina Mäkinen
Photo: Katriina Mäkinen
Photo: Katriina Mäkinen
Photo: Katriina Mäkinen
Photo: Katriina Mäkinen

Another one of my recent projects involves teaching a course on how to do bridal make-up. This is a course I do every year, and it is really popular. The trends change over the years, which means that I have to take the time to prepare a new course and plan out the make-up techniques I will be teaching. I also have to find models for the students to practice on.

What are your 3 beauty do’s and don’ts?
Photo: Erika Tegnebo
  1. Always use sun protection! It doesn’t mater if you're lying on the beach, or taking a trip in the city. If you don't use it, it's easier for you to get dark spots on your skin and age more quickly. Many people believe that they won't get tan if they use sun protection, but you actually get a nicer and healthier tan. I always make sure to use a foundation with SPF so I don't have to think about using one extra product.
  2. Never go to sleep with your make-up on! Always be careful to wash off all of your make-up before bedtime. What happens if you skip this step? Your pores may become clogged, which may lead to problems with acne and dry skin.
  3. Do you have tired eyes? Everyone wakes up with red and tired eyes sometimes. To make your eyes look alert you can use a light (preferably skin toned) eyeliner pen to line your waterline. This will make your eyes look bigger and more alert.
Photo: Erika Tegnebo
What has inspired you the most throughout your career?

I've been inspired by so much. I have been inspired by many people, but the thing that has inspired me the most is how we can use make-up to help people feel more beautiful and confident.

 

What is the biggest challenge a make-up artist has to face?

The biggest challenge is understanding the customer's preferences so they are satisfied. Sometimes they don’t even know what they want! So the biggest challenge is figuring this out together with the customer.

Thank you so much for your time!

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Our Top Sunscreens For Under 200RMB

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to protect your skin. You already know that sunburns can cause wrinkles, dark spots and even...
Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to protect your skin. You already know that sunburns can cause wrinkles, dark spots and even skin cancer. We've found several good sunscreen options for under 200 RMB to help protect your face, lips and body from harm. Be sure to wear it every day!

Body

Sunscreen comes with different SPF protection. So which one should you choose? The lower the SPF, the less time you can spend in the sun without getting burned. Don’t forget to apply 15-30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours.

Face

Applying body sunscreen to the may clog pores and cause your skin to break out. The face is one of the most exposed parts of the body, so be sure to take extra care  of it with a separate face lotion.

 

Lips

Don’t forget to protect your lips! These lip balms have SPF and help prevent them from becoming blistered or chapped.

After Sun Care

The skin needs a little extra moisture after a day in the sun, regardless of you burned or not. If you were lucky and didn't get sunburned, you should still use a soothing and moisturizing lotion. And if you did get burned, aloe vera is great for cooling down the skin and repairing any damage caused by the sun.

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