Five Mists That Do the MOST!

There are many different types of products on the market with many different application methods, but at this time of year there’s no denying that mists are one of the most popular. The idea of a mist is that the applicator gives you a fine mist of product over your whole face, and some don’t even need to be rubbed in, but they all have a different purpose. Here are five of our favourites:

Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist

Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist

Mists usually feel very refreshing a moisturising, so it stands to reason that Dermalogica would create a mist specifically designed to hydrate the skin. It provides a wash of antioxidant protection with flash-firming properties designed to improve skin texture while intensely hydrating dry, dehydrated skin.

Decleor Refreshing Mist

Decleor Refreshing MistThis tonic from Decleor is designed to refresh the skin, as well as containing salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and refine skin’s texture. It contains mint-flower water, lemongrass, thyme and rosemary which rejuvenate the skin while offering a uniquely fragrant experience for your senses. It can be used at any time, but is also excellent as a setting spray for make-up.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist

Dermalogica UltraCalming MistMisting products are especially good for sensitive skin as they can help to reduce inflammation and calm redness and the feeling of tightness. This mist from Dermalogica was created to do exactly that and will also help to repair the skin’s natural barrier and support the skin while it recovers from damage. Ideal for use after chemical treatments.

Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray

Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. SprayThis Tea Tree S.O.S. spray from Elemis is a mist like no other – it can be used in so many different ways, which makes it worth its weight in gold! It contains concentrated tea tree oil, which is a known anti-bacterial and is used for fungal infections on the feet, cuts and spots, protecting against insect bites, soothing the skin after waxing and so much more!

Dermalogica All Over Toner

Dermalogica All Over Toner

Acne-prone skin can be problematic in many ways, but this misting toner tackles many of the issues. Firstly, it contains bacteria-killing properties which can kill the spot-causing germs before they’re able to form blemishes. It also contains ingredients which soothe the skin, reducing redness and soreness, and addressing the root causes of spots, as well as a  beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates surface skin cells.

The Week Before Your Wedding

The Week Before Your Wedding

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Wedding season is well and truly upon us, which means that many of us are in full blown prep mode, making sure we’re looking and feeling our best before the big day. We’re sure you’ve got your beauty schedule sorted, but we thought we’d put together a list of things that you might have forgotten amongst all of the madness!

Exfoliating

One of the things that a lot of people do before a wedding, whether they’re a guest, a bridesmaid, or even the bride, is have a spray tan so that they’ve got their glow on. To make sure your tan lasts as long as possible, we recommend ensuring that you exfoliate your skin in the week before. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub gives the skin a renewed glow and also smells fantastic, too.

Moisturising

Keeping your skin well hydrated is essential, especially if you’re stressed and rushing around. Decleor Moisturising Body Milk is a velvety lotion which nourishes and softens the skin, giving you a comforting and protective layer of moisture. It not only re-hydrates the skin, but improves skin elasticity and firmness enhancing the overall appearance of your skin.

Hands

If you’re the bride, the last thing you want is to look down as your partner is slipping the ring onto your finger and notice how dry your hands look! You’ll likely have had a manicure before the big day, but keeping your hands soft and supple with Jan Marini Luminate Hand Cream will give you the confidence that your hands will look amazing as you say “I do”.

Feet

If your gown is floor length, there’s a good chance you’ll forget about your feet, but it would be pretty annoying to jet off on your honeymoon before realising your feet aren’t beach ready! Give yourself a home pedicure in the prep-week and use Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream daily to make sure you don’t have a build-up of hard skin.

Face

Your face is probably the MOST important thing that you’re going to want to look after, and masks are a great way to do this. We recommend Decleor Flash Radiance Mask which is an express mask designed to revive the complexion and hide any skin imperfections. It contains elemi and saro essential oils to help promote microcirculation and to purify and cleanse.

Natural Products from Pure Beauty

Natural Products from Pure Beauty

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Here at Pure Beauty, we’re crazy about all things beauty related, but we do keep a special place in our hearts for products which are all, or almost, all-natural. These products take ingredients and inspiration from nature, harnessing the power of natural products and give us the confidence to use them without needing to worry about what’s in them.

Decleor Body Refining Oil Serum

This serum from Decleor is made from 100% natural oils and is designed to target orange-peel skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. It’s intended for use during ‘self-massage’ and  is concentrated with essential oils of grapefruit and patchouli known for their aromachological energizing and stimulating properties.

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

It’s not just about products which soak into your skin; using natural fibres on your skin is also recommended for minimal damage to the top layer of your epidermis. This skin brush from Elemis is made from 100% natural cactus fibres, so you can exfoliate or dry brush with the confidence that it will only get rid of the skin that you want it to!

Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash

This body wash from Dermalogica contains natural extracts and essential oils which are designed to clean the skin while nourishing it and maintaining a natural balance. It’s enriched with moisturising essential oils and panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) to leave skin smooth and supple while tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary invigorate the skin.

Elemis Superfood Facial Oil

We all know that we should be eating superfoods, but putting them ON your body can also be highly beneficial. This facial oil from Elemis contains all-natural oils from broccoli seed, flaxseed, daikon radish, rosehip, cucumber, macadamia, poppy seed, rice bran and meadowfoam seed to enrich the skin, eliminate dryness and replace essential lost minerals and vitamins.

Decleor High Repair After Sun Balm for the Face

If you’ve spent time in the sun, it’s really important that you use an after-sun treatment, even if you haven’t been burnt, and there’s nothing better than using natural ingredients for this. Decleor’s after sun balm is made from 100% natural ingredients and will intensively repair skin after sun exposure. It will nourish and repair the skin to maintain a radiant and long lasting tan as well as reducing the appearance of signs of ageing.

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.