Treat Your Skin to Potent Papaya

Treat Your Skin to Potent Papaya

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Most of the finest ingredients in the products we sell are taken directly from nature, with extracts derived from plants, fruits and even clay. Today, we’re taking a look at a tropical ingredient which features in many of our products, the papaya. According to Wikipedia “The fruit is a large berry about 15–45 cm long and 10–30 cm in diameter. It is ripe when it feels soft (as soft as a ripe avocado or a bit softer) and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue.” – but what can it do for your skin? Read on to find out:

Decleor Hydra-Radiance Cleansing Mousse

This cleansing mousse is designed to get the skin smoother and cleaner than ever and harnesses the skin-polishing power of papaya, along with grape juice, Japanese white mulberry to exfoliate and gently slough away dull, dead skin cells. It also contains hyaluronic acid and neroli oil to ensure the skin receives a wash of moisture while you’re cleaning.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads

These facial pads from Elemis do so much more than cleaning your skin. They contain a tri-enzyme formula which actively breaks down the surface dead cells to gently yet effectively resurfacing the skin. It contains a special enzyme derived from exotic Papaya which breaks down proteins into smaller molecules to reveal clearer, more supple skin.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Serum

Serums are a potent problem-solver for various skin issues and this one contains the same tri-enzyme technology as the resurfacing facial pads. This serum smooths the skins surface using papaya extract, as well as other botanical ingredients, revealing a stunning complexion. It’s formulated in line with the ELEMIS Promise, which means it contains no parabens, no SLES and no artificial colours.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

This peel from Elemis is a non-abrasive exfoliator which uses extract of papaya to slough away dead skin cells and reveal a radiant complexion beneath. Crushed papaya contains a natural enzyme called Papain that gently lifts dead skin cells. It also contains a seaweed also known as fucus vesiculosu which is rich in minerals and trace elements and has powerful moisturising properties.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash

This daily wash from Elemis helps to encourage the cell renewal process of your skin, getting rid of old, dead cells and encouraging the growth of new ones. It supports the skin’s micro flora without altering the skin pH and uses papaya extract to provide a non-abrasive peeling action.

One of Your Favourites Has a New Formulation for November 2018

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing CreamDermalogica is a company that knows the perfection is achieved through constantly striving for better, which is why they’ve given their best-selling moisturiser a new formulation.  Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream is a customer favourite as it can be used by skin types from normal to dry, and the company has spent time looking at the formula and deciding how they can improve it. Here’s an overview of the product and the changes Dermalogica have made:

What does Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream do?

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream smooths fine lines and promotes elasticity, while antioxidant vitamins help prevent the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Rich emollients help shield against dehydration and pollution and a selection of herbal extracts help restore suppleness and tone.

What changes have Dermalogica made?

Dermalogica’s best-selling moisturiser now features Active HydraMesh Technology.

What does Active HydraMesh Technology do?

Active HydraMesh Technology works to infuse your skin with 48 hours of vital moisture, distribute hydration throughout the skin to lock in moisture and shield the skin’s natural microbiome from environmental stress.

What’s in it?

The Skin Smoothing Cream contains antioxidants, such as grape seed oil, vitamin C and vitamin E that help reduce free radical activity and defend skin. It also contains mallow, cucumber and arnica extracts that help soothe and hydrate the skin. Finally, aloe moisturises, promotes healing and helps prevent the appearance of dehydration lines.

How do I use it?

Apply Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream over a face and throat with light, upward strokes. Best used following Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner. Use twice daily, morning and evening.

What do people think of it?

“This moisturiser comes in a flip cap, squeeze tube. It is a thick white cream and it feels very luxurious. It spreads easily on my skin and is quickly absorbed. This moisturiser works well under my makeup and keeps me hydrated throughout the day. The main thing I love about it is that it does not ball throughout the day or become flaky.”

“Another winner from my favourite skin care brand! The packaging is sleek and hygienic as you don’t have to dig it out with your fingers. The cream itself it lightweight yet intensely moisturising which my super dry skin appreciates! It sinks straight in leaving no residue. My skin is left glowing and my dry patches are gone. I find it calms any redness I have also. Unlike some other moisturisers, I find this leaves me hydrated for hours after application.”

Caring for Post-Acne Skin

Caring for Post-Acne Skin

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So, you had acne in the past and have been lucky enough to recover with clear skin. This is great news for acne-sufferers, but many people in the recovery stage still worry about how to care for their skin so that the acne scars are minimised and the spots stay gone for good. We’ve taken a look through our products and curated a list of five which will be most effective for post-acne skin:

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Cream

This cream from Jan Marini is a powerful combination of glycolic, salicylic and azelaic acid provide a broad-range of benefits for dramatically smoother, clearer, more luminous looking skin. It has a broad range of benefits and will help to reduce the appearance of redness, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and uneven texture.

Elemis White Brightening Even Tone Serum

Skin which has scarring from previous acne is often discoloured and suffering from hyperpigmentation, leaving your skin looking uneven. Elemis has developed this serum to help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation in just 28 days. Past imperfections, such as acne scarring, are visibly reduced while Vitamin C helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots and existing imperfections.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate

Skin which is acne prone can still retain some of the tendency towards redness and sensitivity, even after the spots are gone, so using a calming serum can really help to keep your skin under control. This serum from Dermalogica helps treat, correct and defend skin against inflammation and redness and helps interrupt inflammatory triggers to prevent flare-ups.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Gel Mask

Skin which has recovered from acne is often uneven and in need of smoothing product to get it looking its best again. Elemis make this amazing resurfacing gel mask which is designed to help refine and smooth the skins surface. The mask encourages effective re-texturising of the skins surface and balancing sebum levels, without compromising natural pH levels.

Decleor Ylang Cananga Facial Oil Serum

Even after you get your acne under control, lots of people still suffer with oily skin which can be tricky to deal with. This oil serum from Decleor is specially designed to reduce excess sebum and shine for oily skin types. A powerful combination of essential and plant oils help treat, purify and mattify the skin to leave complexions soft, clear, refined and rebalanced with reduced shine and fewer visible pores.

Five Reasons Your Skin Has Lost Its Glow

Five Reasons Your Skin Has Lost Its Glow

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Even if you’re the type of person who’s blessed with naturally amazing skin, we ALL have days or weeks where we feel like our skin is looking a little…MEH! When you’re having a day where you feel like you’ve lost your glow, there are plenty of things you can do to help, but we thought we’d take a look at some of the root causes so that you can attack your lack of glow and lay off of the highlighter!:

Lack of Moisture

You may think you have a certain skin type, but if your skin is looking dull and lacklustre, there’s a really good chance that it’s lacking moisture and you really need to up your hydration. Drinking more water is essential to get your glow back, but adding a richer moisturiser to your routine, such as Decleor Lift and Firm Day Cream will transform your skin.

Forgetting to Exfoliate

One of the quickest ways to make your skin look dull is to forget exfoliation within your routine. When you don’t exfoliate, the top layer of dead cells builds up and will literally hide the healthy skin beneath. You only need to use Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator once a week to restore your complexion to its glowing, radiant former self.

Too Much Mattifying

If you suffer from excess oil, you probably use mattifying products such as face creams and matte make-up to try to combat the effects. However, mattifying products have a tendency over time to make skin look dull and overwhelmed. Decleor Bi-phase Caring Cleanser and Makeup Remover is formulated to cleanse your skin, removing all traces of make-up and nourish the complexion using botanical oils & precious floral water.


If you live or work in a high-traffic area or a place which produces a lot of pollution, this can cling to your skin. Polluted air contains a host of tiny particles, like dirt and sulfur dioxide, that create free radicals on skin. Free radicals damage collagen (hello, new wrinkles!) and stimulate pigment production over time and when your skin’s tone and texture are uneven, it diffuses light and looks dull. Decleor Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel-Cream will protect the skin against urban pollution and prevent dullness.

Eating Badly

We know it’s boring to harp on about eating healthily and avoiding alcohol, because life is supposed to be for living right? However, there’s no getting away from the fact that a balanced diet has a profound effect on your skin. If you don’t want to go full-on health guru, add a multivitamin to your diet, reduce any mid-week drinking and try to cut processed foods down as much as possible.

Fight the Frizz and Get Smoother Hair

Fight the Frizz and Get Smoother Hair

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This is the time of year when frizzy hair is harder to control than ever. The damp air, central heating and constant temperature changes can play havoc with hair which already has a tendency towards frizz. With this in mind, we thought we’d give you a few tips to try to help you fight the frizz and get smoother, sleeker hair all year round.

Wash Less

Unless you’re the sort of person who gets greasy roots on a daily basis, you probably don’t need to wash your hair quite as often as you currently do it. Opt for a lightweight shampoo which doesn’t contain sulphates, such as Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo and try to cut at least one wash a week out of your routine.

Condition More

While washing your hair too much is a no-no for frizzy locks, conditioning MORE should be a priority. Hair often becomes frizzy when it’s fine and flyaway and adding moisturiser via a conditioning treatment like Decleor Aroma Nutrition- Satin Softening Dry Oil will help to weight the hair down and give it a wash of hydration that is really needs.

Hold Off the Heat

Heat styling may help to make your hair look sleek straight after you’ve done it, but using too much heat, courtesy of straighteners or tongs, can dehydrate and damage your hair, causing damage over time that will be almost impossible to repair. Try to turn down the heat on your electrical stylers (most people use them at top whack when they really don’t need to be that hot) and use a heat protective spray or serum before every use.

Change Your Brush

When you’re prone to frizz, you need to think about the type of hairbrush you use. Something wide and flat will give you better smoothing power, and opting for something with bristles made of natural fibres will reduce the amount of static you create when you brush you hair, therefore stopping the wild fly-aways from becoming uncontrollable.

Wear a Silk Scarf to Bed

If you’re still using cotton bedding, there’s a good chance that this is exacerbating your frizz as cotton will literally absorb the natural oils from your hair as you sleep. If you don’t fancy the expense of replacing all of your pillow cases with silk ones, try wrapping your hair with a silk scarf before you go to bed. It will cut down on static caused by friction and will allow the natural oils to remain in your hair, weighing it down and keeping it hydrated.