How to Deal with Back Acne

How to Deal with Back Acne

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Acne is an issue that we speak to our customers about on an almost daily basis, and although most of them suffer mostly from acne on their faces, some of them have it elsewhere, with the most common ‘other place’ being their back. Here, we look at some of the causes of back acne (also known as ‘bacne’) and what you can do to make things better:

Causes

Dermatologist, Dr. Justine Kluk says “”Similar to the causes of spots everywhere, bacne is namely caused by excess sebum production, the build-up of dead skin cells, and bacteria. The skin on our backs is extremely thick so the potential for blocked pores is very high”

“For those who are prone to spots, the accumulation of oil and dead skin cells in our pores creates an ideal environment for a particular bacterium called ‘Propionibacterium’ acne to thrive. This triggers inflammation in the skin leading to angry red bumps and pus-filled spots.”

Further to this, the skin is more prone to acne during the summer and if you work out regularly, so now is a great time to get a handle on it.

How Do I Fix it?

  1. Make sure you wash thoroughly – you’d be surprised by how many people admit that they NEVER wash their back when in the bath or shower. Elemis Sharp Shower Body Wash offers deep-cleansing which will help to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay.
  2. Exfoliating is important because acne can be worsened by dead skin cells and sebum which isn’t scrubbed away. Decleor 1000 Grains Body Exfoliator is designed to leave the body feeling soft, smooth and refined.
  3. Replacing moisture which can be lost by exfoliating is important as often, skin which is dry and over-sensitised will be more prone to breakouts. Decleor Moisturising Body Milk is light enough to avoid blocking pores but offers a high level of moisturisation while soothing the skin.
  4. Change your bra daily – many women wear their bra for more than one day at a time, which is fine, but if you suffer with bacne, keeping it clean and free from bacteria is important, so changing your bra every day will help to avoid bacterial transfer from your clothes.
  5. As tempting as it might be to pick at your spots (or even let a popaholic loved-one do it, if you can’t reach!), this can not only cause scarring but can also cause further outbreaks. Leave your spots alone if you don’t want to make them worse!

Switch-Up Your Skincare for Springtime

Switch-Up Your Skincare for Springtime

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Spring is a time when people feel the need to make changes, slip out of the ‘hibernation’ frame of mind and mirror nature’s cycle of starting anew. It’s a great time for switching up your skincare routine too, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the changes that you should be making now that springtime is FINALLY upon us!

Lighten Up

Many people find that they need a much richer moisturiser to help them to deal with the cold and central heating drying their skin out in winter. This means that once spring rolls around, switching to a lighter moisturiser is key. Opt for something like Dermalogica Hydrating Lotion which is a lightweight formula, designed to give skin a wash of moisture without oversaturating it.

Protect Yourself

Obviously we advocate using sun protection all year round, but now that the sun has got it’s hat on, you’ll want to up the ante with a stronger SPF. Elemis Liquid Layer SPF30 is a broad-spectrum sun screen which provides water-resistant defence against sun damage and premature skin ageing, allowing you to enjoy the weather without having to worry about damage to your skin.

Reduce Shine

It’s a fact that even those of us with a Normal skin type can become a shiny gal when the sun comes out, so you’ll want to use a product which can help to mop up excess sebum and rebalance the skin. Decleor Ylang Cananga Facial Oil Serum is designed to reduce sebum excess, tighten pores, and help reduce the appearance of blemishes – perfect for keeping your skin in check all summer long!

Limit Darkening

It’s a fact that prolonged sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation and areas of uneven skin tone, which can look unsightly. Attacking hyperpigmentation before it gets too noticeable is really important, especially with the days getting longer and hotter, so using a reparative product like Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask is essential. It contains lightening agents which will progressively reduce the appearance of spots and discolouration and leaves skin immediately brighter skin from first use.

Nourish

The sun can be just as hard on your hair as it is on your skin, leaving your locks feeling more like straw, which is why remembering to nourish your hair is so important. Decleor Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil is designed to be used on both our skin and your hair and helps to replenish those essential oils which get stripped away by the sun. It contains frankincense essential oil, camellia, rose and sweet almond oils, so your hair will smell as good as it looks!

Pure Beauty on Eucalyptus

Pure Beauty on Eucalyptus

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You could be forgiven for thinking that eucalyptus’ sole usage was in cold remedies, for inhalation and helping to clear the sinuses with its potent odour, but eucalyptus has many uses, especially within beauty products. Pure Beauty stocks many products which contain eucalyptus, and we’re giving you the lowdown on five of the best:

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

This cleansing balm is actually one of Elemis’ most popular products, thanks to its superior cleansing power and ability to melt away make-up and daily grime without affecting the natural balance of the skin. As well as eucalyptus oil, it contains geranium, mint, lavender, chamomile, ho wood, orange, menthol and clove to deliver superior and therapeutic skincare benefits. It’s 100% natural and can also be used as a special treatment mask.

Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash

Dermalogica’s Clearing Skin Wash is specially formulated for skin which is prone to acne, blackhead, excess oils and other breakouts and harnesses eucalyptus to eliminate breakout-causing bacteria. This foaming wash clears spot-causing bacteria and excess oil without stripping the skin and is designed to sooth the skin at the same time.

Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm

Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm is a truly unique product which uses a specific  blend of aromatic oils to help to soothe the senses and calm the mind and body. It contains eucalyptus oil, as well as patchouli, lemon, ho wood, centella asiatica and organic Indian menthol, which combine to reduce stress and anxiety. It’s perfect for use before bedtime, especially for insomniacs or people who struggle with sleep.

Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash

It’s not just your face which benefits from a special cleanser – this body wash from Dermalogica contains purifying essential oils and natural extracts to cleanse the body without over-drying while conditioning the skin, de-stressing the mind and soothing the senses. It is suitable for all skin types and contains purifying essential oils of eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and rosemary to invigorate the skin.

Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream

Eucalyptus, as well as other menthol ingredients, are super refreshing to the skin, making them great for the foot area, which can often feel achy and overworked. This foot cream from Elemis is designed to smooth and hydrate the skin and uses a blend of aromatic patchouli, eucalyptus, and lemon oils to help comfort your feet.

Dealing with Stress the Pure Beauty Way

Dealing with Stress the Pure Beauty Way

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Most of us are aware that stress can have a profound effect on our bodies in lots of different ways, and the skin is one of the main places to suffer. From dryness to wrinkles to redness, stressed out skin is a real issue but fortunately we’ve got several products which can help to soothe your stressed complexion. Here’s five of the best:

Elemis Hydra-Nourish Night Cream

Night time is a great time to deal with stressed-out skin as you can use richer products without having to worry about how the work with your make-up or the excess shine that they often produce. This night cream from Elemis is anti-oxidant rich and helps prevent moisture loss, working to nourish and de-stress tired skin. By morning skin is left feeling supple and replenished.

Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift

The eyes often show stress before any other part of the face, displaying puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles in response to duress. Dermalogica formulated this high-performance eye treatment and masque that energises skin to reduce visible signs of stress. It is suitable for all skin conditions and uses sea water extract and arctic algae minimise the look of puffiness and dark circles.

Elemis De-Stress Massage Oil

Is there anything better than a nice massage when you’re feeling stressed, to work the knots out of your muscles, especially around your shoulders, neck and back? This massage oil helps hands to glide over the skin and contains a combination of essential oils which are designed to soothe the senses and enhance your relaxation.

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

Stressed skin is often very dry and tight, because the body’s ability to produce its own natural moisture is interrupted by stress. This means that you need something intensive to reintroduce moisture to the skin, like this masque from Dermalogica. It contains a soothing blend of botanicals which help to refresh and restore stressed and dehydrated skin.

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Hydrating Oil Serum

Serums are the ideal product to use on stressed-out skin as they provide soothing benefits and deeply hydrate. This hydrating oil serum from Decleor is made from 100% pure and natural essential oils that is specially formulated to comfort and treat skin exposed to daily stress, and has won many awards from industry experts.

Destination: Skincare

Destination: Skincare

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If you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic for your summer holidays, there’s a good chance that you’ve already started thinking about packing and what you’re going to take with you. Packing your usual skincare might not cut it if you’re in a totally different environment to home, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the different types of skincare that you might want to pack, depending on your destination.

City Break

A city break during the warmer months might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but there are plenty of European cities which are coastal, giving you the best of both worlds. If you’re planning a trip to a busy city, one of your main concerns will probably be pollution, so investing in Decleor’s Anti-Pollution range before you jet off would be a good idea.

Dry Heat

If you’re going somewhere in the desert, like Egypt or Tunisia, the heat can feel very dry and in turn can make your skin feel parched. Drinking a lot of water is vital, as is using a good hydrating formula like Dermalogica UltraCalming Calm Water-Gel. It will give your skin a wash of moisture and refresh you immediately.

Humidity

Humidity can play havoc with your hair and skin, and many people report feeling like their skin has become extra oily when spending time in a humid environment. Jan Marini C-ESTA Oil Control Serum is designed to protect the skin against free radicals while controlling the amount of sebum your skin produces, which is essential if you want to combat oily skin.

Cold

If your idea of a vacation is more ski lodge than swim-up bar, then you’ll be aware that constant changes from cold slopes to warm lodges can dry the skin out, leaving your whole face feeling chapped. Dermalogica Super Rich Repair is a heavy weight cream that will deliver immediate benefits to extremely dry or dehydrated skin. It replenishes barrier lipids while moisturising skin as well as soothing and insulating skin from extreme environmental elements while fighting inflammation.

Watersports

If lounging by the pool is your idea of hell and you’d rather be jet-skiing than sunbathing, you’ll need a sun cream which can keep up with all of your activities. Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 is a water-resistant, broad spectrum sun protection for the face and body. It is suitable for all skin types and helps neutralise damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after-feel.