What To Do If You Feel Like You’ve Let Yourself Go

What To Do If You Feel Like You’ve Let Yourself Go

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There are a lot of things that can make us feel like we’ve let ourselves go, from bereavement to break-ups, births and illnesses, but it’s never too late to pull it back and get to a point where you feel like yourself again. Beauty is probably the last thing on your mind when you’ve had a major event in your life, but we’ve got some tips to help you once you get to the point where you want to start looking after yourself again:

Brows

The brows are one of the first places that we neglect when we fall out of love with our beauty routine, but the good thing is, they’re one of the simplest to get back into check again. Pop to a salon for some waxing or threading to get them back into shape and rid yourself of any stragglers, then treat your brow area to some Decleor Post-Wax Cream – Sensitive Areas to soothe and slow down regrowth.

Eyes

Tiredness, crying and stress can all have an effect on the eye area, leaving you with dark circles and puffiness. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift is specifically designed to erase the signs of stress from around the eye area and can be used as needed for a quick boost, or daily to address signs of chronic eye fatigue.

Complexion

Stress and upset, or just general neglect, can leave your skin looking dull and lacklustre, and it can take a very special product to get you back to your former glowing self. Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask visibly improves the appearance of skin tone, texture and luminosity starting with the first use and continuing over time, so your skin will get better every time you use it.

Nails

We don’t know about you, but our nails and hands always suffer when we’re stressed, as we tend to bite them down and neglect them completely. Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Hand and Nail Cream is a nourishing treatment which will give essential moisture and vitamins back to your hands and nails, smoothing the skin and helping nails to regrow quickly and with added strength.

Body

The skin on your face isn’t the only place to suffer when you’ve let things go; our bodies often need a lift, too. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub will not only scrub away the top layers of dead skin, leaving your neglected areas looking fresh, but the scent is designed to stimulate your mind too, helping to bring you out of your funk and back to being fully functional again.

How To Prep For a Spray Tan

How To Prep For a Spray Tan

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If you’ve got an event or a holiday coming up and want to look bronzed without the risk of skin damage from sunbathing or even sunbeds, then a spray tan is going to be your best option. Spray tans allow you to get a good level of all over coverage without having to worry about streaks or orange palms, but there are some things that you should do to help your skin to prepare, which will also make your tan last as long as possible:

Go Clean

This is obviously a bit of a no-brainer, but making sure you’re totally clean will help you to make sure the tan sticks to your skin and not a layer of sweat or dirt! Use a nourishing body wash like Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash, which will get you clean all over without drying your skin out and leaving you flaky.

Go Scrubbed

Using a decent exfoliator the night before you’re tanned is a really god idea as it will get rid of all of your dry, dead skin cells, allowing the tan to develop on the new, fresh skin beneath. This will help to reduce patchiness and give you a really even tan all over. We recommend Decleor 1000 Grains Body Exfoliator to leave skin feeling smooth, soften and refined.

Go Bare

We aren’t talking about your clothes! Before having a spray tan, make sure you aren’t wearing any make up, and we’d even recommend not using deodorant until after your tan too, as this can interfere with the application! Use Jan Marini Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser to ensure your face is totally clean and make-up free.

Go Shaved

…or whatever your preferred hair removal method is. You aren’t going to be able to shave anywhere AFTER you’ve been tanned as this is one of the quickest ways of stripping your tan off completely, so attending to all essential hair removal beforehand is a must. Use a little Elemis S.O.S. Survival Cream on sensitive areas after shaving to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs.

Go Painted

This is a slightly unusual tip, but one which has seen us through many a spray tan. Go to your spray tan appointment with your nails painted! There have been times in the past when we’ve gone with bare nails and the tan has stained them, so if you paint them, even if it’s with a layer of clear varnish, you’ll stop the tan from being able to cling to the nail itself!  It’s also worse when your nails are dry, so using Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail Cream can also help.

Introducing: The Jan Marini Luminate Range

Here at Pure Beauty, we only stock a handful of brands, because we believe in quality over quantity, and we’d rather stock a few products that we all love than hundreds that we wouldn’t use on our own skin. That’s why we’re so proud to have added Jan Marini to our shelves, and we’d love to talk to you today about the Marini Luminate products, design to brighten the complexion and revive dull skin:

Jan Marini Luminate Eye Gel

Jan Marini Luminate Eye Gel

Jan Marini know that one of the first places to look drawn and dull are the eyes, which is why they developed this gel, to take care of darkness, crepey skin and fine lines and wronkles around the eye area. It contains a highly-scientific combination of acids, peptides and retinols which create a a dramatically smoother more hydrated eye area.

Jan Marini Luminate Face Lotion

Jan Marini Luminate Face Lotion

Concentrating on the eyes is all well and good, but if the rest of your face is looking sallow, your overall look will be affected. This lotion provides a long-term solution to skin dullness – it’s suggested that you gradually increase usage from every other day to twice a day, so that you can ensure that your skin is able to tolerate the potency of the formula.

Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask

Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask

Face masks are brilliant for giving the skin a greater dose of targeted ingredients when you’re trying to tackle a specific skin issue and this mask from Jan Marini is ideal if you want to brighten your complexion fast! It contains lightening agents which progressively reduce the appearance of spots and discolouration as well as exfoliators, which gently remove dull, dry skin. It also offers calming agents to reduce irritation and redness, making it the perfect combination for tackling dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.

Jan Marini Luminate Hand Cream

Jan Marini Luminate Hand Cream

Looking after your face is of the utmost importance, but there are other areas of your body which can belie your age – your hands being one of them. Hands often succumb to the signs of age, developing dark spots which are very obvious. This hand cream is a unique formulation which will tackle the visible signs of ageing on the hands. It will dramatically improves the appearance of ageing and UV damaged and improves skin texture.

Five Face Washing Mistakes You Could Be Making

Five Face Washing Mistakes You Could Be Making

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Washing your face might seem like the simplest thing in the world to do, but believe it or not there are certain techniques that you should be using, and other things which you should be avoiding altogether. At the risk of us sounding like we’re trying to teach grandma how to suck eggs, we’ve put together a list of the most common face washing mistakes to help you to avoid them in the future:

Avoid Face Wipes

There are literally hundreds of brands of face wipes on the market, ranging in price from a few pence to a lot more, but generally speaking, face wipes aren’t that great for your face. Most of them are packed with chemicals which will dissolve your makeup, but surfactants and emulsifiers can irritate the skin. We recommend Elemis Luxury Cleansing Cloth Duo, which is designed to be much kinder to your skin and can be used with your choice of cleanser.

Keep Water Lukewarm

Using hot water to ‘open’ your pores and cold water to ‘close’ may be one of those things that you’ve been hearing since you were old enough to have a beauty routine, but it’s actually a huge myth. Pores don’t open or close and using extremes of temperature can cause dryness, so using lukewarm water is a much better idea.

Go Easy on Oily Skin

When your skin is naturally oily, there’s a temptation to use highly abrasive products so you can feel super clean, however this can actually make things far worse. Many people’s oily skin is caused by over-sensitised skin which needs a gentle touch, so opting for something like Jan Marini Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel means that your skin will be properly cleansed without being too irritated.

Don’t Scrub Yourself Too Much

Using a facial scrub is a really great way to exfoliate the skin and make yourself feel super clean and refreshed, but doing it every day can be far too harsh. Using Decleor Double Radiance Scrub just once a week to polish the skin will give you the benefit of a proper exfoliation without stripping away vital oils and damaging your pores.

Don’t Stop at One Wash

Often, washing your face just once is only enough to get rid of the surface grime, and the only way to get a properly clean complexion is to double-wash. Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash is gentle enough to allow you to wash twice without stripping away vital oils from your skin and will leave you feeling super clean and refreshed.

Dealing with Untidy Cuticles

Dealing with Untidy Cuticles

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Although some of us are lucky enough to be able to have live where we barely lift a finger to do the manual parts of life like cleaning and gardening, the majority of us have to get stuck in, and this can leave our hands in bad condition. Cleaning your nails and keeping hands moisturised, but you can still be left with ragged cuticles which ruin the overall look of your hands. We’ve put together a list of ways that you can tidy up your cuticles and keep your hands looking good.

Prep Your Nails

Before you start in your cuticles, remove any old nail varnish and treat your nails with Elemis Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend. This will stop them from being stripped of oil in the next step.

Soak Them

Softening your cuticles before you work on them will make your life so much easier and soaking them for ten minutes in warm water is the easiest way to do this. Fill a shallow bowl and take some time to chill while you get your hands ready.

Lift Them

Use a wooden or rubber-tipped orange stick to push your cuticles back and lift them away from the surface of the nail. This will ensure that you manage to get all of the ragged bits when it comes to trimming them away.

Trim Them

Two of the main things to remember here are to make sure you use proper, clean cuticle trimmers, not just any old nail scissors which aren’t properly shaped to do the job, and also not to trim too much cuticle away as this can cause bleeding and leave you open to infection. Trim away a little at a time until your cuticle looks neat and tidy.

Re-Moisturise

Once you’ve got your cuticles trimmed back and you’re happy with how they look, use Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Hand and Nail Cream to deeply moisturise and replenish your whole hand. It will also leave your hands smelling fantastic, thanks to the unique blend of exotic oils.