Ditch the Summer Smoothies – It’s Time for a Cup of Tea!

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herbal teas for the skinNow that we’re reaching the end of the summer holiday period and the weather seems to be taking a sharp turn towards the autumnal, we’re craving warmth and comfort which we just don’t seem to be able to achieve with our summery smoothies.

Tea is a far more warming option and there are a number of herbal teas out there which can help to improve your skin from the inside out. We thought we’d take a look into the best teas for your skin so that you can warm your cockles whilst helping your skin and maximising your hydration at the same time.

Green Tea

The most obvious choice is green tea, and for a good reason. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants and polyphenols which are micronutrients, vital in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as skin cancer. Green tea is also abundant in anti-inflammatory properties which can slow the development of some of the most common signs of ageing.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is well-known for being good for the stomach and digestive issues, but it’s also great for the skin as it encourages new cell growth, as well as slowing the over-production of oil. Drinking peppermint tea can also help your skin to rid itself of old cells, leaving only your fresh, new skin glowing through!

Nettle Tea

Nettle tea is a triple threat, offering therapeutic properties to your skin, hair and scalp. It’s rich in most B vitamins, vitamin K, selenium, zinc, chromium and boron, as well as offering anti-inflammatory properties which help to clear and purify the skin. It’s also said that nettle tea helps to purify the blood, ridding your system of toxins which can be responsible for dull skin and hair, and general sluggishness.

Calendula Tea

Calendula tea, sometimes also called Marigold Tea, is a lymphatic cleanser which can help to clear toxins which may be stagnating in your system. The tea is rich in carotenoids, an essential component of human nutrition, which are usually only found in fruit and vegetables, and are turned into vitamin A by our systems.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea, or Redbush Tea, is one of the most powerful teas on the market. Naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos is actually used in developing countries as a remedy for colic in small babies and can be used to offer relief for a number of digestive complaints. Rooibos can be hugely effective on inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and rosacea and can even be applied topically for more targeted relief – just make sure you allow it to cool down before applying to your face!

Six stress busting tips

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Lyndelle Palmer Clarke is a personal growth expert and author of the Dailygreatness Journal range. A recovering self-help junkie who’d read all the books, been to all the seminars, listened to all the DVD’s and followed all the gurus she realised (after hitting a major crisis in her life) that she wasn’t moving forwards because of the lack of applied knowledge.

Lyndelle has now made it her life mission to empower others to apply all those self-help ideas into your life in a fun, practical and dynamic way so you can start seeing results.

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Today she has six great steps to help you beat the stress in your life so can be happier and more fulfilled than ever before.

Acknowledge your triggers: Awareness is the first step to change. You need first to know what triggers stress for you before you can take steps to change it. Acknowledging those triggers is how you begin to manage and overcome stress, so it doesn’t end up overwhelming you. If caffeine is a stress trigger, then limit your coffees to one a day or less. If certain people trigger stress in you, limit your exposure to them. If certain situations cause you to feel stressed, you have two choices. Either learn to face those situations, so they don’t overwhelm you or limit your exposure to them.

Follow the source: Sometimes it’s not obvious where your stress is coming from. It could be an outside situation that is obvious or a subtle recurring thought pattern that creates your stress. Either way, you need to get to the source so you can proactively work to remove the stress point and find peace.

Remember to breathe: It might seem simple but when was the last time you actually stopped and took a big deep conscious breath? Sometimes that’s all it takes to reduce stress and instantly feel better.

Journal: Journalling brings the unconscious into the conscious, and unconscious thinking patterns are very often the cause of stress. By putting those thoughts on paper, you can begin to reveal the source of your stress and finally empower yourself to let go of whatever is holding you in that stress pattern. Try the Dailygreatness Journal: A Practical Guide for Consciously Creating Your Days which can help you master your mind-set and reach your potential.

Take a day off: Sometimes all we need is to relax, re-set and rejuvenate. Taking a day off to do nothing but rest can be all it takes to feel unburdened, energised and inspired again. It takes emotional intelligence to recognise when we need to rest, and it is the smartest thing you can do for yourself and those around you.

Build a foundation: Stress is usually not an overnight occurrence. It builds up over time due to not taking care of ourselves. Stress strikes when we don’t have a good foundation in place. My simple stress relieving check list includes daily exercise, drinking enough water, yoga or meditation, a good night sleep, a healthy diet and a positive mind-set.

Our Favourite Retro Beauties

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There are women whose beauty has shone through the decades, women who will be long remembered for their classic looks and effortless style. From Rita Hayworth to Marilyn Monroe, these women provide inspiration with not only their looks but their words as well. Here at Pure Beauty, we thought we’d share our favourite retro beauties and give you some tips to help emulate their styles.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth

“I never really thought of myself as a sex goddess; I felt I was more a comedian who could dance.”

Rita Hayworth, perhaps best known for being the inspiration behind the short story which was the basis for The Shawshank Redemption, was a vibrant redhead with alabaster skin and eyebrows to die for. To maintain even skin tone like Rita, Dermalogica’s range of Sheer Tints provide an all-day sheer wash of colour whilst offering up to SPF20 protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”

Audrey Hepburn will forever be remembered as the enigmatic lady with delicate features and elfish crop, and her most memorable feature was definitely her huge eyes. If you’re as blessed as Miss Hepburn in the eye department and want to make the best of the feature, we recommend Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser for removing make-up without harming the delicate eye area, as well as Decleor Harmonie Calm Relaxing Milky Gel-Cream for Eyes to soothe and calm your skin.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Marilyn Monroe is probably the best-known pin-up of all time and had a pout that women, in modern times, pay thousands to achieve. If you want to make the most of your luscious lips, use Decleor Nutri-Smoothing Lipstick to smoothe and moisturise the area as well as Dermalogica Lip Renewal Complex to minimise countour lines and signs of ageing.

Lana Turner

Lana Turner

“It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies – because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.”

Lana Turner was another blonde bombshell whose cascade of golden curls were a trademark part of her look. To maintain your own hair and keep it in tip-top condition for pincurls and bobby pins, we recommend Dermalogica Shine Therapy Shampoo followed by Dermalogica Silk Finish Conditioner which contain vitamin A and panthenols to leave hair silky smooth and shiny.

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

“Most girls don’t know what to do with what they’ve got.”

Jayne Mansfield was a heck of a woman who was never afraid to bare her flesh in the name of getting an amazing photo. Baring all means taking good care of your skin, so exfoliating with Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub is a must. Follow this up with an all-over coating of Decleor Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk which has a little self-tan included in the formula to help you to build up a healthy glow over time.

Top tips for cleaner teeth

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Are you one of the seven million people who didn’t brush their teeth this morning? Oral hygiene is something we should be taking seriously as not taking proper care of your mouth can not only lead to tooth decay, but also to gum disease, which is linked to health problems in other parts of your body too.

Diet, tobacco and poor oral hygiene are some of the risk factors contributing to dental problems. We’ve put together the five most important tips for making your teeth cleaner and healthier, all of which are simple but can make a big difference. Following these tips will help to reduce the likelihood of oral health problems and give you a smile that you’ll feel confident with.

Brushing twice a day, everyday, for two to three minutes is vital. What seems like an easy rule can often be hard to follow. Sometimes at night we may be too tired, or in the morning we’re rushing off to work. However, this simple step makes the most difference to your oral health. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste decreases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, just be careful not to brush too hard as this can also damage teeth.

Flossing
As you eat throughout the day, food gets trapped between your teeth. When you brush in the evening, some of this will be removed. However, in order to really get rid of the pieces of food in between your teeth which means flossing throughout the day is crucial.

Smoking
If you’re a smoker, the effect on your teeth is probably already apparent. The long-term damage to both teeth and gums should be a concern for any smoker as not only does it lead to tooth staining and decay, but also gum disease and mouth cancer.

Sugary Food and Drink
One of the main causes of tooth decay is the food and drink we consume. Sweets and fizzy drinks are common culprits, but we eat lots of other things which you may not realise have high levels of sugar. Smoothies, bread, salad dressings and alcohol all contain sugar. Always check the label for sugar content and try to stick to having sugary treats at mealtimes, rather than snacking on them throughout the day. Stick to water in between meals and try and brush or rinse your mouth out if you do have a sugary drink.

Visit Your Dentist
Even if you are careful about looking after your teeth, it’s so important to go to the dentist. A dentist can spot signs of tooth decay, gum disease or even mouth cancer, and can help you before the pain or damage become worse. Don’t wait until something goes wrong to visit your dentist, they are there to help you and make you have a healthier mouth which you feel happy with.

Jenny Kabir is the Clinical Director at Fresh Dental Smile Clinic. Fresh Dental Smile Clinic is a leading Dental Clinic in York. Free consultations are available and dental treatment ranges from simple fillings to outstanding beautiful smile makeovers, dental implants, teeth straightening and orthodontics. For further informaton visit www.freshsmiles.co.uk.

Post-Festival Beauty Repairs

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Music FestivalFor most of us, by the end of August, the festival season is well and truly over. Whether you were lucky enough to make it to Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Reading or Leeds, or V Festival (or any number of lesser-known local shindigs), the chances are you’re in need of some serious relaxation to overcome the post-festival lull.

Days spent drinking in the sun, staying up late and sleeping in a tent can play havoc with your beauty routine, so we’ve got a few intense treatments to recommend to you, to try to repair some of the damage.

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is an herbal supplement which works wonders on the liver if you’ve been over-doing it at the festival beer-tent. Experts have concluded, after extensive testing, that milk thistle is an extremely effective against damage caused to the liver by excessive alcohol consumption. They also have little to no side-effects, and will help you to repair yourself from the inside out.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

Your skin is probably the area which has suffered the most over the festival season, with limited access to proper showers and days spent in the sun, so an intensive treatment such as Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque is a must for your face. The masque contains Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 to promote healthy tissue regrowth, while soothing extracts of Licorice, Comfrey and Burdock calm the skin.

Mayonnaise

This one may sound a little icky, but believe us, it works! Your hair is probably suffering from over-exposure to the sun, too much dry shampoo and very little washing, so you’ll need something to add moisture and begin the process of repair. Slathering mayonnaise on your head may not be your idea of fun, but the combination of egg protein and oil will work wonders on your frizzy mop.

Decleor Ongles Nail Oil

If you’ve been doing the whole festival thing right, you’ll have been getting your hands dirty in a number of ways, from tent pitching to outdoor cooking. All of this is great for feeling like Ed Stafford, but not so great for your nails. Decleor Ongles Nail Oil is a serum which helps to restore your nails to their former glory with a concentration of pure essential oils which soften cuticles, strengthen nails and restore vitality to weak and brittle talons.

Dermalogica After Sun Repair

It’s not just your face that needs care after sun exposure, and we all know how easy it is to forget to re-apply sunscreen when our favourite band is on stage (although, slapped wrists from us if you didn’t wear any at all!). Dermalogica After Sun Repair is a treatment balm which helsp to soothe and repair skin which has been exposed to UV rays and contains a unique Reparative Complex which helps protect cell proteins from further damage.

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