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Want True Anti-Aging Products? Here’s What You Need To Look For

Hey Lovelies!

Of course, we want anti-aging products that actually deliver! Christ, anything that means the Botox clinic can wait a while longer is worth a shot, right? The amount of anti-aging products around is enough to send the most well-informed peoples’ heads in a spin.

Well, lovely people, here are the key, proven ingredients and some amazing brands that provide optimal results.

1.B3 (Niacinamide) Try: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, £5, www.boots.com
the ordinary niacinamide anti-aging serum
Credit: Boots

Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is all-important when it comes to maintaining that much sought-after youthful complexion – and yet it is regularly over-looked. Fantastic for locking in moisture and strengthening the skin’s barrier, the water-soluble vitamin even helps to diminish inflammation and thus, any redness too. Studies have shown this component to aid in smoothing out fine lines and significantly repair the skin. Additionally, niacinamide is a great warrior against the dreaded acne attack. I love The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

2.Astaxanthin. Try: DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel, $49, www.dhcare.com
Astaxanthin collagen all-in-one gel anti-aging
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Seriously, is there nothing this antioxidant can’t do? Think of the crazy-good component as your secret weapon against environmental and UV damage. Sourced from freshwater algae, it is 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C. Japanese skincare brand, DHC’s Astaxanthin Collagen All-In-One Gel, $49 (www.dhcare.com) offers immediate absorption and is combined with collagen, vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate to further firm, smooth and nourish.

3.Vitamin C. Try: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, £114.95, www.facthefuture.com
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic anti-aging
Credit: Face The Future

Whilst astaxanthin has well and truly proven it can beat vitamin C in a Pepsi challenge when it comes to fighting a UV onslaught, it is still kind of vital if you want your collagen levels to be top notch. It is also great friends with vitamin E, greatly supporting its efficacy in fighting free radical damage. A great vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.

4.Retinol (Of Course) Try: Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk
esthederm intensive retinol serum
Credit: Esthederm

Widely considered as everyone beauty obsessives’ Mecca, this is the go-to anti-aging component for most. Extensive studies prove its supreme worth in combatting the globally hated skin consequences that come with stocking up the years. Age, we hate you, but you will not defeat us!

When you use retinol, you can expect improved collagen production, prevent pigmentation, smooth the skin and minimize the appearance of pores. But (and it’s a big BUT), care should be taken as the ingredient does increase sun sensitivity. Therefore, it is better to apply at night and remember your SPF during the day. This is a product that has to be used consistently. Newbies to retinol should build up dosage gradually as reactions can occur. I am totally obsessed with Esthederm’s Retinol.

4.AHAs/BHAs And Peptides. Try: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75, www.paulaschoice.co.uk
Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging AHA Exfoliant
Credit: Paula’s Choice

Using an exfoliator is so important when it comes to cell renewal and staving off the aging process. AHA and BHAs means dead skin cells are removed, taking along with it, that unwanted dry and dull complexion. Silky softness? I think so!

We need to be fully armed when going up against the mighty age factor. This means skin-repairing and rejuvenating peptides (from amino acids) are a must. Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75 (www.paulaschoice.co.uk) combines 4 AHAs, BHA (salicylic acid) together with an array of antioxidants and peptides that provide the ultimate result.

5.SPF

Scientifically proven to offer huge anti-aging abilities, SPFs are ESSENTIAL in maintaining that youthful complexion by fully protecting your skin. Look for an SPF that provides UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF30. Remember that you should apply this every day, no matter what the weather.

6.Vitamin E. Try Superdrug’s Vitamin E, £3.49, www.superdrug.com
Superdrug vitamin e cream
Credit: Superdrug

Last but not least is vitamin E. The antioxidant is well-known for its protective and reparative properties. Recognised for its ability to fight free radical damage, healing the skin and reducing inflammation, this little gem works a treat. I adore Superdrug’s Vitamin E Radiance, £3.49, www.superdrug.com

 

 

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Retinol’s Days Are Numbered: There’s A New Queen In Town And She’s Called Bakuchiol

Hey Lovelies!

Want the results retinol offers without the side-effects? Retinol’s days may be numbered! It’s time to discover the natural alternative, bakuchiol.

When it comes to skincare there are a few key products we should all be using. These include vitamin C, E and retinol (vitamin A) and are brimming with vital antioxidant value. However, now there is another antioxidant on the table – making its name known across the globe for providing outstanding skin-loving benefits. Discover bakuchiol and why it is way better than retinol.

What is This Mystical Bakuchiol You Talk Of?

Pronounced “buh-coo-chee-all”, this antioxidant is in a beauty league of its own. Revered for having retinol-like anti-aging abilities, with its superpowers being the reduction of inflammation and excelling in the rejuvenation mission – this component packs a powerful punch and is literally transformative.

Bakuchiol is sourced from the bakuchiol seeds of the babchi plant, found mainly in Asia. offering a natural alternative to retinol. This plant-derived ingredient is perfect for those who are looking for all-natural skincare that delivers the same outstanding results we see from retinol. Should you suffer from sensitive skin and do not tolerate retinol products well, listen up; this has shown to cause none of the retinol-induced side effects yet gives the same outstanding results.

Basically, bakuchiol provides the skin with boosted collagen levels, added elasticity and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. All of this can be achieved without even a hint of flaky skin. Sold yet? I know I am.

Some Reasons Bakuchiol Rocks:

Bakuchiol Booster, £12 (15ml), www.bybi.com

bakuchiol booster
Credit: Bybi

Natural / vegan skincare is fast-becoming the most sought-after beauty trend. Loved so much it deserves its own handprint on the wall of fame. Should you be looking for fast no-fuss product and application, check out this awesome gem: Formulated with 1% bakuchiol and 99% olive squalene, this all-natural product can be added to your daily moisturiser. Expect some effortlessly rejuvenated skin.

  1. Unlike retinol, you are not restricted to using it at night for fear of adverse reactions under direct sunlight.

2. It Comes Without Side Effects

Whereas retinol can cause skin sensitivity and should be used wisely of sensitive skin, bakuchiol has no harmful effect. It can be used regularly without dryness, flaking, redness or irritation. Hooray.

3. Natural Alternative – Better Results

 

The Inkey List Bakuchiol Moisturiser, £9.99 (30ml),. www.cultbeauty.com

the inkey list bakuchiol moisturiser

This fabulously cost-effective yet exceptional moisturiser by The Inkey List combines bakuchiol together with omega-3, sacha inchii oil and squalene. These ingredients work in unison to achieve incredible anti-aging and nourishing results.

Retinol increases cell turnover to achieve rejuvenation, whilst bakuchiol aids in the mitochondrial process. This component greatly enhances collagen and elastin production and usage (essential proteins for youthful skin).

4.Goodbye Wrinkles

Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil, £82 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

 

 

omorovicza miracle facial oil

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I love a good facial oil and this…this is one PRECIOUS facial oil. Formulated with bakuchiol and a host of richly hydrating oils such as sweet almond oil, your skin will feel like an angel has literally blessed your face. Worth the price tag? I think so!

Should you hate wrinkles (like me) you can go ahead and wave bye bye to them. This component has shown to actively reduce the appearance of this troublesome feature. Thank you, God!

5.Acne-Reducing

Better yet, bakuchiol’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that acne and blemishes go from being a volcanic eruption of despair to being reduced to an insey wincey tiny dot soon to be out of your life forever. (Evoking bizarrely similar traits as to that of my recent break-up.)

Have you tried bakuchiol yet and how impressed were you? Leave a message in the comments below xx

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham’s Secret To Youthful Skin (And Where You Can Buy An Affordable Version)

Victoria Beckham’s Secret To Younger Looking Skin – And Where You Can Get An Affordable Version

Hey Lovelies!

You may have seen news reports flooding the Internet today, revealing Victoria Beckham’s apparent secret to achieving younger looking skin. According to sources Victoria attributes her flawless complexion to a sheet mask. This particular sheet mask consists of caviar and crushed pearls and its results last for approximately 2 weeks. However, the sheet mask is priced at…wait for it – a shocking £1,000! Hmmm.

Should you wish to get your hands (and face) on this amazing-sounding sheet mask (a-hem, like the sucker that is me), but don’t have a spare £1,000 in your back pocket (again, like me)), read on. Here are some pretty awesome sheet masks alternatives that will give you incredible skin and won’t leave you wondering how to pay the mortgage! Not surprisingly, these products are mainly K-beauty brands.

1.Oh K Caviar Hydrogel Mask, £7.95, www.thebeautystore.com.

oh k caviar sheet mask
Credit: the beauty store

Combined in this exceptional formula is moisturising caviar (like Vitoria Beckham’s mask). This nourishing ingredient is loaded with amino acids that greatly improves the look and feel of your skin, leaving it appear gorgeously radiant. This little gem may not contain crushed pearls but it does include red tea extracts (brimming with antioxidant value) and charcoal powder to further detoxify. Go on – pamper yourself without breaking the bank!

2.Anthropologie Keep Cool And Shine Sheet Mask, ($12, Set of 3), www.anthropolgie.com

anthropologie sheet mask pearl
Credit: anthropologie

When it comes to anti-aging skincare, pearl is definitely having its moment in the spotlight. Known for its anti-aging and antioxidant-rich properties, as well as being highly beneficial for brightening, prohibiting skin discoloration, exfoliating and protecting, makes this a must-have ingredient in your sheet mask.

Anthropologie’s awesome sheet mask combines pearl extract, B3 and ginger root; thus, ensuring intensely anti-aging brightening benefits and deep rehydration. The ginger root further compliments the antioxidant support provided by pearl extract to guarantee a beautiful and youthful glow. (Shhh, it only costs $12).

3.Life Brand Anti-Aging Sheet Mask Caviar & Pearl Powder, $1.99, www.beauty.shoppersdrugsmart.ca (eBay for UK residents).

life brand caviar and pearl sheet mask
Credit: life brand

This brand is really difficult to get hold of in the UK – but if you can, it’s totally worth it. Combining both caviar and pearl powder, this mask makes light work of brightening, firming and creating that all-important youthful luminosity. For less than £2, you really can’t go wrong!.

N.B. Steer clear of this if you have particularly sensitive skin.

What are your fave sheet masks? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

 

Everything You Need To Know About BB And CC Creams

Hey Lovelies!

When it comes to BB and CC creams there seems to be no shortage of choice. These are a great option for those who want to save time on their skincare routine and are looking for slightly less coverage than a foundation. But which to choose? Read on to discover the differences between BB and CC creams and what you should opt for depending on your skin concern.

The Difference Between BB Creams And CC Creams

BB Creams:

BB (or beauty balm) creams are basically tinted moisturisers that contain specific qualities. Some offer blemish protection, some provide primer or anti-aging benefits, and most will offer an SPF. A BB cream generally aids in the prevention of skin concerns and are great for those lazy days.

CC Creams:

CC (or colour correcting) creams add a tad more coverage than a BB creams, making them the go-to choice for more mature skin with certain concerns. Whether the problem is dealing with age spots, redness or wrinkles, a CC cream will help by colour correcting, priming and concealing the issue.

Which Should You Choose?

1.For Aging Skin Use A CC Cream. Try: Thrive Causmetics Buildable Blur CC Cream, $38, www.thrivecausmetics.com

thrive causmetics bb cream
Credit: thrivecausmetics

Although there are a few BB creams that support aging skin, should you have noticeable and significant imperfections you wish to conceal, a CC cream is the better option. Mature skin types that have hyperpigmentation or sallow skin will benefit from CC creams that contain antioxidants as well as vitamins C and E. Thrive’s multitasking formula successfully blurs (with their Blur Effect Technology), whilst the colour correcting micro-pigments and vitamin C offer optimal hydration and buildable colour correction. Say goodbye to unsightly pores and unwanted signs of aging. Better yet, it comes in 18 shades and has an SPF35.

Another fantastic product is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50, £31, www.itcosmetics.co.uk

it cosmetics cc cream
Credit: itcosmetics

This awesome anti-aging cream boasts an array of highly beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacin, peptides and vitamins A, C and E.

2.For Blemish Prevention Choose BB Creams. Try: No.7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream, £22.50, amazon.co.uk

no.7 beautiful skin bb cream
Credit: Amazon

BB creams are specifically formulated to prohibit blemishes, so this is a fabulous product to try.  Expect nourished and enhanced skin and warrior-like fighting against irksome blemishes.

For more information read my article on the best BB creams to try here.

3.For Skin With Existing Blemishes Try CC Creams. Opt for: by Terry Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream, £44.35, www.amazon.co.uk

By terry cellularose moisturising cc cream
Credit: Amazon

CC creams offer slightly more coverage, so if you already have blemishes, this would be the preferable cream to choose. By Terry offers an all-singing, all-dancing formula, specifically created to conceal any imperfections, as well as discolouration and redness. Brimming with hydrating qualities and vitamin E for protection, this is a true hero CC cream.

4.For Luminosity Choose: BB Cream. Try MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF35, £25, www.lookfantastic.com

mac cosmetics bb cream
Credit: lookfantastic

BB creams are designed to provide that much sought-after healthy glow (set to be a key beauty trend this A/W 2019) and to enhance your natural beauty. Great for tired skin, MAC’s pearlised pigments get straight to work, blurring, disguising and creating that much-needed glow.

5.For Redness Choose A CC Cream (Always). Try: La Roche Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness CC Crème, £15, www.boots.com

la roche posa cc cream
Credit: Boots

This is a fantastic CC cream that effectively deals with all kinds of redness and is suitable for those with fair to medium skin types. This formula glides quickly and seamlessly, making light work of hydrating, smoothing and concealing problem areas. Amazing!

What are your thoughts on BB and CC creams? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

 

 

Ensure Your Lips Stay Luscious Throughout Winter With These Best Products

Hey Lovelies!

The sun may be shining – but it’s definitely from afar as there’s no mistaking just how cold it is outside. Keep the harsh elements at bay and ensure your lips stay luscious throughout this cold spell with the help of these truly fantastic lip care products:

1.Kiehl’s Lip Balm, £10, www.kiehls.co.uk

Kiehls Lip Balm
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Combining ultra-soothing emollients such as squalene, lanolin and sweet almond oil together with the nourishing support of vitamins A and E, Kiehl’s is the go-to lip balm to protect you from unwanted cracked or dry lips.

2.SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair, £32.99 www.facethefuture.co.uk

SkinCeuticals antioxidant lip repair
Credit: skinceuticcals.

SkinCeuticals always goes above and beyond to deliver the best skincare results – hence the hefty price tag. This product feels like a serum and is loaded with all of the necessary ingredients to ensure your pout stays luscious and fully protected until those warmer days finally appear. The formula boasts hyaluronic acid, glycerine and vitamin E, as well as a dose of humectants for good measure.

3.Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub, £6.50 (25g), www.lush.com

Lush bubblegum lip scrub
Credit: Lush

Don’t even think about making it through these winter months without applying a lip scrub. I recommend Lush’sBubblegum Scrub which contains both exfoliating castor sugar and jojoba oil to intensely soften and topped off with an oh-so sweet taste that tastes divine. Win, win. #lipandsugargoals!

4.Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch, £5, www.amazon.co.uk

Tony Moly lip mask
Credit: Amazon

The recent reports that Halle Berry’s flawless complexion is due to sheet masks gives us the perfect excuse to go shopping – and when it comes to taking care of our lips, a mask is just as beneficial.

You may have read my rave reviews on Tony Moly or seen the hype all over Instagram for this brand. Basically,Tony Moly rocks! Brimming with awesome components such as berry complex and vitamin C, this mask increases elasticity, hydrates and plumps, so your lips can survive to fight another unbearably chilly day (whilst looking simply gorgeous).

5.Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment, £6.99 (7.08g), www.feelunique.com

burt's bees overnight intensive lip treatment
Credit: feelunique.com

Should you suffer from dry, cracked or peeling lips, you really need this product in your life. Burt’s Bees formula includes 100% natural Ceramide (the oils found naturally in your skin) not only aids in maintaining moisture, but which also help in protecting the skin’s barrier. The best thing is that you don’t even have to do much – simply apply and go to sleep. You will awaken to discover truly nourished and beautiful lips. Yay!

Have you tried any lip treatments are which are your favourite? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday people xx

The Best Vitamin C Serums To Combat The Onslaught Of Winter

Hey Lovelies!

Happy hump day and brace yourselves, for we are about to experience the true wrath of winter. Never fear – here are the best vitamin C serums to ensure your skin receives warrior-like protection against the onslaught of brutal weather. Take that, cruel UK winds!

Whether you need a boost to keep bugs at bay or give your skin a lift, vitamin C products are literal miracle workers. Loaded with antioxidants, good vitamin C serums will reduce fine lines, kick-start collagen production, boost hydration and brighten the skin with minimal effort required! People, we need this in our lives.

1.Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, £67, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

drunk elephant firma-c serum
Credit: Cult Beauty

This is one brand to keep your eye on and for good reason; it’s outstanding products deliver real results and people are loving them. Their C-Firma Day Serum offers a noticeable improvement to the firmness, tone of the skin, providing an overall luminous complexion you will absolutely love.

2.SkinCeuticals Vitamin C E Ferulic Serum, £135 (30ml), www.skinceuticals.co.uk

skinceuticals vit c serum
Credit: skinceuticals.co.uk

OK, I know this is crazy expensive – but if you’ve read any of my reviews you will know I totally rate SkinCeuticals products for their superior results. This brand is in a league of its own. Should your skin look dehydrated, dull, tired and in desperate need of help (as does mine of late), take a leap of faith and invest in this serum. It will not disappoint, and a little goes a long way.

3.Obagi Professional C-20 Serum, £96.49 (30ml), www.cosmedic-clinic.co.uk

obagi vitamin c serum
Credit: cosmedic-clinic.co.uk

Obagi has been the name on top skincare specialists’ lips for some time now and when it comes to skin transformation, people in the know swear by its almost magical properties. I would recommend purchasing an Obagi skincare package for optimal results. However, if you were to buy just one of their products, this is the one. Renowned for its skin brightening and plumping abilities, the Professional Vitamin C Serum is one of the greats.

4.Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, £70, www.spacenk.com/uk

ssunday riley vitamin c serum
Credit: spacenk.com

Another incredible brand has to be Sunday Riley. Their vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is a true hero product. Want to tackle fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone? This cult product does all its name suggests, and a whole lot more besides! I love this.

5.Inkey List Vitamin C Serum, £7.99, cultbeauty.co.uk

inked list vitamin c serum
Credit: cultbeauty.co.uk

Should the other products seem a tad pricey (particularly as it’s January and we are all broke), The inkey List’s Vitamin C Serum is a fantastic alternative. Providing a huge 30% L-ascorbic acid, the serum ensures amazing skin brightening, plumping and protective antioxidant benefits, without making a dent in our back accounts. Yay!

What is your fave vitamin C serum? Leave me your comments below xx

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