Bridal Skincare

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Bridal Skincare

August is officially the most popular month for weddings in the UK, which means that thousands of brides up and down the country are only a matter of weeks away from their big day. Every bride on the planet wants to look their best as they say their vows and pose for photos which they’ll treasure for decades to come, so we thought we’d put together some skincare tips which will come in handy in the run up to the most important day of your life.

Keep it Clean

There’s a good chance that your skin will have taken a bit of a battering, with make-up trials and the like, so a proper cleansing system is vital for keeping your pores clear and your face blemish-free. Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser is the perfect product as it can be used on both face and eyes and gently cleanses without stripping the skin of its own essential barriers.

Say No to Eye Bags

Although you’ve probably had MANY a sleepless night in the run up to the wedding (and we don’t just mean the Hen Weekend!), eye-bags are a big no-no for wedding photos. We highly recommend Decleor 2-In-1 Dark Circle and Eye Wrinkle Eraser; as well as reversing any signs of aging that you may have suffered whilst dealing with tricky caterers or tyrannical wedding planners, this product will banish dark circles, making sure you look bright eyed and ready for anything.

Banish Dry Elbows

Your face isn’t the only place which needs attention, and depending on the cut of your dress, you’ll want to make sure that the rest of your skin is in tip-top condition too. In the weeks ahead of the wedding, use Decleor’s Exfoliating Body Cream to get rid of dull dry skin and ensure that every inch of you has that bridal glow.

Don’t Get Tango’d!

Speaking of bridal glow, there’s always the temptation to go for heavy spray tans to give you a healthy hue, but we think that Decleor’s Self Tanning Milk gives a far more natural glow. Use daily ahead of the wedding (although not at the same time as the exfoliator as one will cancel out the other!) and you’ll look naturally tanned and gorgeous.

Pucker Up

The last thing you want when you kiss your Husband or Wife for the very first time is for your dry, chapped lips to feel rough and unappealing. We know how make-up and air conditioning can play havoc with your lips at this time of year, so be sure to use plenty of Decleor Nourishing Lip Balm to ensure your lips are soft and super kissable.

Here Comes the Sun

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Feeling the heat from the sun on your body makes you smile and puts a spring in your step, but protecting your skin is vital if you want to keep safe and well.

Sun safety

Whether you’re at home or on holiday, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate deep into the skin causing cell destruction. Sunburn damages the top layers of skin, which eventually peels off, and whilst the new skin might look healthy all may not be well under the surface.

UV rays attack the skin’s elastin, which when weakened can cause sagging and stretching. Spending too much time in the sun can also lead to the formation of freckles, accelerated ageing and of course the increased risk of developing a malignant melanoma.

We’re not saying don’t go out in the sun but to be aware of the health risks it poses if you aren’t careful. Our top tips should help you protect your skin whilst still enjoying one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts.

It is essential to apply sunscreen everyday and in all weathers, even when it is cloudy. The Dermalogica Solar Defence System keeps skin healthy and youthful whilst still enjoying being in the sun.

For an easy to use, daily moisturiser that can be used as all year round Dermalogica’s Ultra Sensitive Tint with a 30 SPF is the perfect choice. Not only does it offer the most sensitive of skin first class protection but the subtle formula blends into the face easily for the perfect finish.

For more sustained exposure or when you are on holiday, opt for a ‘broad spectrum’ with an SPF of at least 30 plus. Applying Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 to your skin, preferably 15 minutes before going out in the sun, is ideal. The lightweight lotion isn’t greasy even when applied liberally, the rule of thumb is to use a shot glass-worth of cream every two hours, but is extremely effective. Ensure you put sunscreen all over your body including the tops of your ears, back of your neck, hair parting, face and the tops of your feet to be totally safe.

Don’t think once is enough when it comes to sunscreen. Reapply every two hours especially if you are going in the water or exercising.

Keep out of the sun between to 12pm and 3pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. During these times cover up with longer sleeves, hats and sunglasses with UV protection – there should be a sticker indicating this on the lenses or label.

At the end of the day, shower and moisturise to ensure the skin is soothed and rehydrated. Dermalogica’s After Sun Repair is an excellent balm containing a blend of Clove Oil, Licorice, Lavender, Cucumber and Chamomile that aids the repair of UV damage as well as soothing skin. If have been sunburnt it will also help reduce the irritation, redness and pain.

Young skin is extremely sensitive and can be easily damaged by the sun so protection is vital. When out and about, or on holiday, use an age appropriate sunscreen, hats that cover the back of the neck and ears, and look for clothes and swimsuits that come with UV protection. Remember babies under the age of six months need to be kept out of the sun altogether.Drinking for hydration

Check your skin on a regular basis and if you notice any changes or new moles seek medical advice.

It is really important to drink water when you are in the sun. Drink steadily during the day and don’t wait until you’re thirsty as this can be a sign that you are already dehydrated. Dehydration not only causes skin issues but can also lead to swollen feet, headaches and heat stroke.

Don’t use tanning beds. Simple.

5 Beauty Faux-Pas

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Beauty Faux-Pas

2015 has been a great year for natural beauty, with the no-poo revolution taking over and everyone jumping on the fruit and veg bandwagon with juice diets and super smoothies. It’s all about looking as natural as possible, and with that in mind, we thought we’d share 5 big no-nos which could really let you down in the beauty stakes.

Keep it clean

Taking your make-up off before bed is Skincare 101. Leaving your face made up when you’re sleeping is the easiest way to clog pores and cause spots. Even on days when you’re exhausted and want to fall into bed, maintaining a skincare regime using the right Dermalogica system for you could be the difference between bright clear skin or a face full of unsightly blemishes.

Over-groomed brows

One of the easiest ways to ruin a look is to over-do your eyebrows. Over-plucked, tersely thin brows make a face look harsh, while painted brows a-la The Only Way is Essex is a sure-fire way to go from groomed to doomed. The best brows follow your own natural shape and should only ever be plucked from the underside, never above. If you have thin brows and want to improve definition, go for a brow pencil as close to your natural brow colour as possible.

Stay inside the lines

Lip liner can be a great way to define your mouth, especially if your lips aren’t as plump as you’d like, but using it to draw an inch outside of your natural lip line can ruin a look. Try to stay as close to your natural lip-line as possible and use a gloss on the middle part of your mouth to make lips appear fuller.

Blend, blend, blend

Whether you go for a full-on Kardashian contour, using several shades of foundation to accentuate the shape of your face, or simply slap on a little BB cream before leaving the house, you must ALWAYS remember to blend! Having a face which is one colour and a neck which is 2 shades lighter is never a good look and will only serve to make you look untidy.

Eyes/Lips

It’s an age-old secret, passed through generations of French women, that one should only ever go heavy on the lips or the eyes, never both at once, and I think we can all agree that the women of France have got chic down to a tee. If you’re going for a smoky eye, keep it light on the lips with a nude or clear gloss. If you’re going for a daring red lip, keep the eyes simple with a soft shimmery eyeshadow and a sweep of mascara.

Discover the uses of Coconut Oil

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Mention coconut in the UK until recently and the chances are it would mostly conjure up the smell of sun cream, the lure of a hot, white beach or possibly an image of someone trying to break into a hard brown nut. But over the last year or so, coconut oil is now hitting the mainstream as a health and beauty product with far more to it than the smell of a summer afternoon cocktail and baking your body safely in the back garden. Coconut – and specifically coconut oil – is being revered as a great way to keep skin, hair and body in tip top shape.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil comes as a solid block which warms in the hands to a soft oil. Below are some of the ways people use it as alternatives to other products or as a treatment in its own right.

  • Coconut oil can make an excellent skin moisturiser or massage oil. Mix it with skin safe essential oils to enhance the smell or add additional benefits to your massage.
  • A natural deodorant for people who dislike or cannot use shop bought products. The natural smell of coconut oil is ideal for disguising body aromas.
  • As an alternative to hand cream it is quick, convenient and perfect for keeping in a jar by the sink for when hands feel dry and damaged after washing up. It is rich and intense and moisturises deeply. The same applies to feet; rub the oil in to dry or hard skin on the foot after removing the worst affected areas with a file, cover with socks and allow to soak in.
  • Coconut oil works well as a hair repair mask to put life and shine back into dry or damaged hair. Many people use it as an occasional deep soak for hair to replenish oils and protect hair. It is also excellent as an emergency frizz fix; rub a small amount into over fluffy dry hair to bring back shine and control.
  • Use coconut oil as an emergency shaving cream as it will protect the skin both during and after shaving.

If you are going away and need to travel light, a small jar or bottle of coconut oil would make the perfect accompaniment and cover many of the beauty needs you are likely to have on your trip. Being hypoallergenic and with so many rich, skin nourishing benefits, it is already widely used as the base for many skincare products such as the Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Cream for dry or dehydrated skin. However, as with any product or new substance, even coconut oil can disagree with some people, so always check it carefully on a small patch of skin first to ensure no reaction develops.

Keep it clean! A guide to the ideal skincare regime.

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Looking after our face is an important part of our cleanliness routine but it is easy to ignore it until the ill effects of poor care begin to affect our looks. Exposed to the elements and the grime of everyday life, our face will look better and feel nicer if we take care of it regularly. A simple skin care routine with products that support and condition the skin will have a benefit in how it looks and feels. Healthier skin also holds makeup longer and makes us look more alert.

It’s important to understand what type of skin you have before purchasing product. If you have normal skin it is likely to be fairly robust, firm and smooth and have only occasional spots or blemishes. Cleansing, treating any spots and moisturising will keep it in tip top form. Oily skin, which will look shiny and is likely to have larger pores and more blemishes requires toner as part of the skin care regime and will benefit from exfoliating, while dry skin tends to be flaky and needs regular moisturising, including at night. If your skin is a combination type, with elements of all of the above, try to ensure you target problem areas with the correct products and attention. Sensitive skin, which tends to react or become irritated by products, requires careful testing and gentle treatment so make sure you use hypoallergenic skin treatments and patch test them first.

Your face has extremely delicate skin which can become infected easily to try to avoid picking and squeezing spots or touching it more than necessary as bacteria can easily be introduced to small cracks or open pores.

Lady Splashing Water On Face

A daily cleaning routine should involve:-

  • Cleanse twice daily, either with milk or lotion cleansers or a foaming cleansing solution. A warm water wash first will open pores, then massage the product in using fingers or cotton pads. Give it some time to soak in and remove the grime before wiping or washing it away. Splashing with cold water will close pores up once it has been removed.
  • Toner is applied with a cotton pad and restores the ph balance of your skin. While it is most essential for those with oily skin, all skin types will benefit. Do not wash toner off after application.
  • Next, apply a moisturiser best suited to your skin type to restore moisture and build strength and protection into the skin. There are special products available for eye areas.
  • A couple of times a week exfoliate to remove dead skin and freshen up the surface. Since this helps to prevent blocked pores, pay special attention to the area around the nose, where creases trap dead skin.

These simple steps will rejuvenate your skin and help keep it as fresh as a new daisy, perfect for making sure you always present your best face to the world at large.

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