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Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

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#Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

No matter what the skincare issue, there is guaranteed to be a product to assist you. AHAs /BHAs work on cell turnover; hyaluronic acid will plump up your skin, surging it with moisture; vitamin E aids in repairing, and retinol deals with those intrusive fine lines nobody likes. However, it is imperative to remember not to just slap on all of these together and think, “job done.” Mixing certain ingredients can deeply damage the skin, making it worse rather than better.

It is important to devise a signature skincare routine especially for your skin type and concerns. This may take a little time – but not doing it would be as crazy as buying all the ingredients for a 3 course luxury meal, grabbing a pot and throwing the squid in with the chocolate sauce, adding every other ingredient while you’re at it, and then expecting it to taste heavenly! Check out the following concoctions that should always remain a no-go union.

Vitamin A (Retinol) And Vitamin C

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Credit: Look Fantastic

The general rule of thumb is to apply retinol at night (as it can increase sun-sensitivity) and keep your vitamin C for the day. Vitamin C is an essential part of anyone’s skincare routine as it offers immense antioxidant value, providing that necessary protection against free radical damage. However, used in unison these can instigate dryness, redness and sensitive skin. An amazing vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals Serum 10 (£80), www.lookfantastic.com

Retinol And AHA /BHA

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Credit: Look Fantastic

When it comes to tackling the dreaded acne, diminishing lines or dealing with pigmentation, retinol would be your hero product. Additionally, AHAs /BHAs make fantastic exfoliators and cell regenerators; thus, should be a part of everyone skincare. But take note: applying these two warriors together is like initiating a fight club on your face. Expect at the very least some irritation and at worst, serious aggression and damaged skin. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, (£49), www.lookfantastic.com

Vitamin C With AHA/BHAs

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Credit: Paulas Choice

This will quite simply, put a car-bosh on your pH balance, causing complete ineffectiveness of what you are applying. As pointless as spending 10 minutes locating Corrie on catch-up, pressing play and then leaving the house. I’m loving Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, (£34), www.paulaschoice.co.uk

AHAs and BHAs

Basically, acid superseded by more acid – bad idea

Most dermatologists, beauty editors and experts will tell you that AHAs/BHAs, Vitamin C, E, Retinol and Sunscreen are all key ingredients. You can use sunscreen alongside vitamin C and E, no sweat.  But, as for the rest – take the above advice. Your skin will thank you for it.

Have an awesome weekend people xx

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Solve Your Skincare Woes With These Amazing Products

Hey Lovelies!

Solve your skincare woes with these amazing products and get summer dress-ready.

Yes, we are all different – but there are some things we all have in common – skincare issues. At some point or another we all will experience the following concerns. Luckily the beauty industry has our back. Check out these amazing products guaranteed to eradicate those skincare woes for good.

1.Problem: Pink Arm Bumps (Official Term, Keratosis Pilaris).

Solution: First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub 10% AHA, $26, www.firstaidbeauty.com

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Credit: First Aid Beauty

 

What the HELL are these unforgiving spot-like bumps that seem to have taken permanent residence on my arms? Otherwise known as keratosis pilaris, this unsightly and rather annoying condition is caused simply by a build-up of protein (keratin). Those with dry skin tend to be more susceptible (another reason for reaching for that glass of water). Although you can never fully rid yourself of them, you can go a long way to alleviating the situation. Check out the First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser. Formulated with glycolic and lactic acids, with some fragments of pumice stone thrown in, this new product gently yet effectively deals with pores, loosens and removes the problematic top layer of skin; thus, revealing smoother and bump-free arms in time for summer.

 

  1. Problem: Dehydrated/Dry Skin

Solution: Institut Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Acid Serim £49.50 (30ml), www.facethefuture.co.uk

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Credit: face the future

Should you suffer from severely dehydrated or dry skin you are probably a tad concerned about the heatwave forecasted for these coming weeks. Fear not friends, for Esthederm’s Intensive Hyaluronic Acid Serum will literally work big miracles. I was given this serum to review some time ago and I have never looked back. Formulated with 3 different types of hyaluronic acid and cellular water, this serum repairs the skin’s hydrolipidic film. It also replaces optimal moisture in the layers of skin, thus fully rehydrating even the driest of skin. Think oasis in a desert. The result is not only healthy-looking hydrated skin, but also a firmer, smoother and much rejuvenated complexion you will adore.

3.Problem: Spider Veins:

Solution: SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair, £59.95,

www.radianceskincare.co.uk

Home Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar and Vitamin C Products

Okay, when I first noticed (in horror) this red thng on my leg and realised it wasn’t a pen mark that wouldn’t rub off I totally freaked out. Apparently twice as many women than men are affected (obviously) and they can be caused by standing for long periods (such is a woman’s life)), water retention and blood problems, which leads to weakened veins. Hey presto, spider legs. Discovering that the treatment is generally medical or surgical – and yep, you guessed it, is mind-blowingly expensive too. However, all is not lost.

One of my fave skincare brands, SkinCeuticals provide an aid for such dreaded woes. Should you discover your skin has been compromised, tackle it with their awesome formula that combines both beta glutin and centella asiatica. These ingredients work in unison to trigger the repair of the skin’s barrier, so it can go right ahead healing, protecting and making you feel amazing!

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Credit: Radiance Skincare

Alternatively, apple cider vinegar has been shown to greatly improve this concern. The natural cleanser will improve circulation helping to prevent further damage.

Furthermore, any vitamin C serums (or even some chopped parsley in essential oils), when applied will give your collagen production a super-boost, offer exceptional antioxidant benefits and greatly support cell repair.

4.Problem: Pigmentation

Solution: Neostrata Enlighten Pigment Controller, £49.95, www.facethefuture.co.uk

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Credit: Neostrata

I tested this product (with some reservation) some time ago and I can say whole heartedly, that the treatment delivers amazing results. You can actually see it working within minutes of application. For this I will use my phrase I keep for products that continually astound me (of which several well-known magazines are also now coining) THIS PRODUCT IS MAGIC IN A BOTTLE!

Containing key ingredients proven to achieve effective results, including:

Neoglucosamine

Retinol

Skin Brightening Plant Extracts

Vitamin C

Turmeric Sourced Antioxidant

This product both addresses the cause of uneven pigmentation whilst treating the discoloration. Expect a seriously gorgeous and luminous complexion, all ready for summer.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday people xx

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Oily Skin Perfect This Summer With These Awesome Gel Lotions

Hey Lovelies!

Oily skin and worried about staying moisturised as summer approaches? Never fear – check out the best gel lotions that guarantee your moisturiser won’t use your face as a slide. Instead, you can rejoice in a beautifully hydrated, moisturised and radiant complexion – even if the weather reaches el scorchio levels. (A girl can dream!).

1.Confidence In A Gel Lotion Moisturiser, £30 (75ml), www.itcosmetics.co.uk

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Credit: it cosmetics

My skin seems to forever suffer from being oily and also the treat of dry patches. As soon as I believe I’ve eradicated them for good and breathe a sigh of relief, they return from the dead for a repeat performance. So, when I discovered this new product from IT Cosmetics, I was literally beside myself with joy (yes, a little sad, maybe). It Cosmetics truly deliver on their promise – this lotion provides 72 hours of hydration. It deals with dryness and moisturises without causing an oily riot on your skin.

This almost weightless liquid is readily absorbed into the skin, taking with it a host of highly nourishing skincare ingredients that really take care of your complexion. Infused with ceramides, glycerine and cactus flower, the formula offers antioxidants, moisture-locking properties and nourishment. This liquid ensures your skin looks healthy and luminous. Perfect for the summer sun. Verdict: Impressed!

2.Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, £24.50 (50ml), www.kiehls.co.uk

Kiehl's ultra facial gel cream
Credit: kiehls

Oily skin types work better with gel moisturisers due to the fact that they are lighter and not oil-based. Kiehl’s Gel Cream intensively hydrates, moisturises and conditions the skin. Enriched with Imperata Gylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to firmly lock in moisture. Once you apply this cream you will notice fast absorption and an immediate cooling effect.

This formula offers 4-hour hydration and effectively keeps control over shine. I love this!

3.SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, £47 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk

 

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Credit: Amazon

If you have read any of my favourite skincare posts, you will know how much I love this brand. SkinCeuticals is at the top of its game, consistently providing optimal results. They have cleverly combined 2 incredible ingredients of which work in unison to guarantee superior hydrating and moisturising capabilities, without the fear of clogged pore syndrome. B5 nurtures your skin and hyaluronic acid provides and maintains that much-needed moisture. This product is suitable for all skin types, but if you have oily skin, skip for joy!

3.SkinCeuticals Phyto-Corrective Gel, £51.75 (30ml), amazon.co.uk

skinceutical phytocorrective gel
Credit: Amazon

Should you suffer from acne or blemishes, this oil-free gel/serum works a treat. Particularly great for age spots, blemishes, dry skin, oily skin with dry areas and extremely sensitive skin, the formula intensively soothes and moisturises, leaving you looking and feeling nothing but beautifully radiant. And my life is complete. #Lifegoals.

Have you tried any of these products? Do you use any others you think are great? Lave 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
Credit: kiehls

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

How The Hell Do We Get Rid Of Pores IRL?

Hello Lovely People!

What the Hell is the deal with enlarged pores? There’s so many products on the market that promise to blur, conceal and diminish these – and some are effective to a point.

However, that point is short-lived and unless you walk around with an arsenal of products at the ready every minute of the day, you just know that the little improvement you can obtain just isn’t worth the endless hassle. So, what do we do? Put up and shut up? Hell NO! Check out some pore reducing procedures that will actually work (for far longer than half your working day). Gooodbyyye pesky enlarged pores!

 1.Laser Up

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You may have noticed the use of laser treatments amongst celebrities has rocketed in recent times. Lasers are touted as a key rejuvenating treatment for their hugely successful results for many skin concerns such as: diminishing fine lines, plumping up the skin, tightening, reducing eye bags…oh and you guessed it, reducing those wretched pores. Should these skin concerns be particularly problematic, laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option.

 2.Micro-Needling

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Credit: swissclinic.co.uk

Micro-needling is basically the process of putting many tiny little needles just under the surface of the skin to trigger the body’s own restorative response by stimulating collagen to work its magic. Micro-needling repairs and renews the skin, and in turn greatly reduces those pesky pores. You can visit a clinic or alternatively purchase an at-home device such as the fabulous Swiss Clinic’s Micro-needling Skin Revival Treatment.

 3.Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that utilises fine crystals and a vacuum to remove the dead skin cells. This treatment feels like your top layer of skin has been completely removed, will leave your face very red for the rest of the day – and you definitely need a strong SPF. However, in the whole scheme of things it isn’t particularly painful and definitely not the worst procedure to undergo – and it does greatly improve your complexion, whilst going some way to reduce enlarged pores.

 4.Chemical Peels

 

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Another good treatment option for rejuvenating and diminishing pores are chemical peels. The process involves applying a chemical solution to the skin which in turn deeply exfoliates the skin, so that when it dries it then peels off (hence the name). The result is a more youthful complexion with far fewer pores.  Visit: goodskindays.co.uk

 5.Retinol Products

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For quite some time we have heard about the miracle that is retinol. This little gem makes quick work of firming and rejuvenating the skin. The appearance of pores is reduced, and fine lines are lessened. However, take note – retinol can be a tricky product particularly for newbies or those with sensitive skin. If in doubt, firstly talk to your dermatologist. A great retinol product is the SkinCeuticals retinol.

Have you tried any of these products or procedures? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below xx

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