Five Tips to Stop Your Under-Eye Area from Ageing You Prematurely

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Five Tips to Stop Your Under-Eye Area from Ageing You Prematurely

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Under-eye bags are something which can affect people of all ages, skin tones and skin types and can be dealt with using various products. However, when you’re prone to under eye bags AND the signs of ageing have started to appear, it can be trickier to deal with as the skin becomes paper. We’ve put together five tips to help stop your under eye area from making you look old before your time.

Don’t Over-Conceal

There are plenty of color correcting concealers which can help to mask the appearance of dark circles. However, once your skin starts to thin with age, adding heavy concealer to your under eye can drag the whole area down, making it look far worse. Opt for a mineral powder instead, which will give buildable coverage without the weight.

Use a Tightener

Using a product to tighten the skin under the eye will not only reduce the appearance of fine lines, but it will also help to minimise the size of your eye bags in the process. Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex will help with eye are concerns such as wrinkles, crows feet, puffiness, dark circles due to hyperpigmentation and skin sensitivity due to dehydration.

Get Cool

Using something cooling on the area under your eyes is a simple way to reduce both dark circles and puffiness. An old-fashioned method is to refrigerate two teaspoons and place them over the eyes – if you haven’t got time for this, we recommend Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist which quickly relieves inflammation and discomfort, helping skin recover from damage and lipid barrier breakdown.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Fine lines and wrinkles are usually massively exacerbated by dryness, so it stands to reason that adding moisture will help. Additionally, sweeping massage gestures from the inner corner of the eye to the outer is a good way to reduce accumulated fluid from the puffy under eye area, so applying Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex with self-massage will help with both issues.

Pack a Punch

Sometimes, you need to just reach for the most powerful product you can find to hit all of the issues at once and in this case, Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift is the product you need. It’s a high-performance eye treatment and masque that energises skin to reduce visible signs of ageing, dark circles and puffiness, all in one powerful treatment.

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How to winter proof your wardrobe

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The UK saw its coldest temperatures of the winter last week, and don’t we know it. As well as the white stuff causing chaos for planes, trains and automobiles almost everywhere, it also made us dig out our cosiest clothes in an attempt to keep warm and stave off the frost bite.

Yes, as a nation we do love to make a meal out of the weather, but with a good couple of months until spring rears its pretty head, we would say its time to get with the programme and make sure your wardrobe can deal with all that Mother Nature might throw at you.

Bring on the boots
Sorry to break it to you, but ballet pumps and heels will not help you get through the snow, this is where moon boots and wellies come in. There are some really funky options out there from the likes of Hunter, and ASOS is jam-packed with cute, quirky options that will ensure you look totally on trend and your toes stay toasty.

Dress it up
Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear dresses. A dress is a must-have for colder days and the trick is to go for thicker materials, midi styles, long sleeves and a high neck. Match dresses with boots and a roll neck for the office, and to make this look work for the weekend, a soft knit and trainers tick all the boxes.

Get the right jeans
Winter isn’t the time for flares or rips if you want to keep warm, so we suggest going for skinnies. Wear them casually with a sweatshirt and trainers, go for a silk blouse and heels for a night out, and you tuck them into snow boots and still look great. We would suggest going for black or indigo and if it is really cold, put a pair of leggings or tights on underneath for extra insulation.

Cool coats
Now when we say this we mean a coat that is going to keep you warm but look on trend. There is the puffa and parker, but while these totally work with skinnies and Uggs at the weekend, they don’t have the wow factor for work. We would suggest investing in a statement coat in navy, camel or black, one that is tailored, and go for the top end of your budget if you want it to last.

Basic t-shirts
Long and short-sleeved t-shirts might not be the most exciting items, but they will be your winter saviours when it comes to keeping warm. You can put a chunky kint over the top, layer with a pretty cardigan and they work well with shirts and dresses too. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but go for soft, stretchy fabrics that feel good against your skin, and once you have found the perfect fit, buy it in a range of colours.

Wrap up in a scarf
A cosy scarf won’t only keep your warm when the wind is biting, but it will look good too. Whether you opt for a thick blanket style scarf, a woollen one with pompoms, or glam up with faux fur, you won’t catch a chill when you are out and about, but you will show you are up to date with current fashions. Oh, you might want to buy a hat and gloves too.

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Protect Your Lashes from Bad Habits

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Protect Your Lashes from Bad Habits

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Whether you’re a falsies girl, you have semi-permanent lashes, or you prefer to go all natural, lashes are really important to framing your face and finishing a look. However, many women still have bad habits which cause them to lose lashes and stunt growth, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the bad habits that many women have, so that you can protect your lashes in the future:

Using Harsh Cleansers

We all know that taking your make-up off before bed is important, but using harsh cleansers which aren’t designed for use around your eyes can cause your lashes to fall out in much greater numbers than usual. Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make Up Remover is designed to gently remove all traces of make-up and contains silk amino acids to help strengthen lashes and condition the delicate eye lid area.

Using Old Mascara

We know that it can be annoying to replace make-up every few months, especially if you’ve bought a high-end brand or still have loads left in the tube, but using old mascara can leave you prone to lash-loss and eye infections. Infections can damage hair follicles and could permanently affect your eyelash growth.

Too Much DIY

If you have eyelash extensions, proper care should mean than your natural lashes aren’t affected. However, pulling them out yourself instead of getting them professionally removed can pull your lashes out and damage the lids, leaving you prone to scarring and infection. Always allow a qualified technician to do your removal.

Neglecting Your Eye Area

Your eye area is delicate and needs regular care to stay in the best condition possible. Even if you don’t feel that you need an eye cream for anti-ageing purposes, using one to keep the whole eye area in good condition is essential for healthy lash growth. Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF15 is ideal and will protect you from UV rays, too.

Rubbing Your Eyes Too Much

It’s the end of a long day, you’ve removed your make-up and you feel like rubbing your tired eyes. STOP! Rubbing your eyes can prematurely loosen lashes at their roots and can make lashes fall out way before their time. Try to keep your hands away from your eyes to protect your lashes.

How to Detox Your Wardrobe

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www.pexels.comWith Dry January out of the way and your body akin to a temple (right?), February is the perfect time to go ahead and detox your wardrobe.

Why not spend some time this month looking at what you have, and what you might need, and to get really organised so you look fresh and polished from now right through to the summer.

Set aside a morning or afternoon when you can turn the phone off and just get on with the job in hand! Put it in your diary and stick to it.

Ready? Let’s go.

The six-month rule
If you haven’t worn something in your wardrobe in the past six months, the chances are, you won’t wear it again. This is a time to be honest and ruthless so as you go through your clothes, make three piles – keep, sell, and give away. Those bright pink skinny jeans, the fluffy bomber jacket and those lime green cowboy boots didn’t work for a reason, so don’t hang onto them just incase.

Quality over quantity
You might feel good knowing your wardrobe is bursting open with hundreds of items, but how many do you actually wear and really like? You might not believe us, but having 30 pieces you really love to wear will make your clothes work so much better for you. By doing this you can also see what is missing and what you need to buy, if anything.

It’s a matter of jeans
OK, how many pairs of jeans do you have in your wardrobe? 5, 10, 15…..more???? Jeans are a staple but one that is hard to crack. They need to be the right length, colour, shape, style and only then are they perfect. Cropped jeans elongate legs and there is nothing like a flash of ankle, mid-risers are hip flatterers and skinnies work on so many levels. See which ones fit, get rid of the ones that don’t, and buy a couple of new pairs that make you look, and feel, amazing.

Jump to it
Come rain or shine, winter or spring, fine knits in black, grey and navy are essentials, end of. They are the most versatile items in your wardrobe, so it pays to invest in the best you can afford. They can be worn with tailored trousers for a smart casual look, match them with those perfect jeans you have found, or pop over a dress and you look as if you have pulled a new skirt out of the wardrobe!

Stripes
Whether you are 13, 30 or 83, a long-sleeved Breton t-shirt will always be your fashion friend. They are brilliant to wear with trainers and jeans on the school run or pop under a jacket and you have a more tailored look that will work well for a meeting with clients or lunch with friends.

Go by the seasons
When you are organising your wardrobe, do it by the seasons. As we are in the middle of winter, you can pack away bikinis, kaftans, flip flops and straw hats – wrap them in tissue paper with moth balls, and store away until the snow has thawed and spring is in the air. You want everything else, to be visible so you can grab, and go.

Be an outfit builder
If you want the clothes you have kept to really work for you, create three outfits from each item you have kept. For example, that long-sleeved floral maxi dress can be worn alone, add a jumper and boots and you have a daytime staple, and if you layer with a fine knit and fake fur gillet, you have a boho look that Sienna Millar would be proud to be seen in.

Fold or hang?
If you want them to keep their shape, always fold knits, t-shirts and jeans. You can either layer them in a chest of drawers or get storage accessories that hang in your wardrobe. Trousers and skirts can be hung on clip hangers and for dresses, go for slim hangers. The golden rule with hanging is that you should be able to fit two fingers between each hanger, and this way your clothes don’t get crushed or lost in a blur of fabric.

Sort it out
If you have taken the time to find the clothes that work for you, it is worth sorting them out in a way that works too. Hang dresses, jackets and shirts together, and then have subcategories of work, home, gym, out-out and if you want to go one step further, complete with a spot of colour coordination.

So, now you know what you have to wear, you just need to fill your diary with events to go to.

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How to Combat Dry Hair

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How to Combat Dry Hair

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Dry hair can be a real pain, especially at this time of year. The constant change of temperatures, from the cold outside to centrally heated houses combined with the need to use heat to dry our hair every time we wash it can leave our follicles feeling frazzled. Today, we’re looking at five ways to help you to combat dry hair and get your locks back to their luscious full potential.

Get a Trim

This is the eternal obvious answer to dealing with dry hair. Although it’s a myth that getting your haircut will magically make it look thicker and healthier, the driest part of your hair is ALWAYS the ends, so getting these trimmed will naturally improve the overall appearance of your hair.

Replenish Lost Moisture

Dry oils, such as Decleor Satin Softening Dry Oil are a great way to add moisture back into your hair without making it look greasy. Because this is a dry oil, you can apply it to your hair and you won’t look like you’ve dipped your head in a deep fat fryer!

Turn the Shower Down

Just like with your skin, hot water will strip your hair of essential natural oils, so blasting your shower at super hot temperatures isn’t doing you any favours. It might make you feel cleaner, but your hair and skin will both thank you if you turn the temperature down, even if it’s just a little bit.

Cut Down on Heat Styling

Another no-brainer, but we all know how heat styling can cause damage over time, so if your hair is super dry and you’re using blow dryers, straightening irons or curling wands on a daily basis, cutting back is a good idea. If you don’t like leaving your hair to air dry, try wrapping it in a towel or cloth for as long as possible after washing as this is absorb moisture and reduce hair drying time

Conditioning is Key

Dry hair can not only feel very dry, but also fine and flyaway thanks to the lack of moisture, so a conditioning treatment containing essential oils is really important. Use Dermalogica Daily Conditioning Rinse every time you wash your hair (even if it’s not daily!) as this is formulated to restore softness and shine for vibrantly-healthy hair every day.