Skin Focus – Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris

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Keratosis Pilaris may sound like some sort of tropical disease, but it is in fact a really common skin condition which affects many people all over the world. It’s characterised by areas of rough, raised skin which looks permanently goose-pimpled, usually affecting the upper arms, buttocks and thighs. It’s completely harmless, simply caused by a build up of keratin in hair follicles, but many of our customers who suffer from it find the appearance of the condition unpleasant and distressing. There are several things you can do to help with the appearance of keratosis pilaris – here are just a few:

Body Brushing

Body brushing can be really helpful for keratosis pilaris as it helps to dislodge the keratin plugs which are blocking the hair follicles. It’s important not to rub too hard as you’ll inflame the skin and potentially make the condition worse, but using an Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush with its natural cactus bristles will allow you to improve your skin’s texture, reduce the bumps and dryness and allow your skin to heal itself.

Go Soap-Free

Keratosis pilaris is hugely affected by dryness, and products which contain soap are renowned for drying out the skin. If you want to ensure you don’t to anything to exacerbate the problem, then swapping your usual body wash for something soap-free would be a really good idea. Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash contains no soap but keeps the skin clean and refreshed without drying the skin. It also contains a mixture of fragrant botanical extracts which help to unwind the mind while moisturising oils enrich the skin with much-needed hydration.

Moisturise

Using non-drying products and exfoliating the skin will help to limit regrowth of keratin plugs in the skin, but giving your skin as much added moisture as possible is probably the single-most important thing you can do if you want to go some way to reducing the appearance of the condition. Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream is the perfect product as it is quickly absorbed by the skin and will help smooth away dull, rough surface debris to retexturise and soften skin, while essential oils of Sandalwood, Orange, Clary Sage, Patchouli and Rosemary help to hydrate the skin and lock in moisture.

Avoid Heat

Having hot baths is a sure-fire way to strip moisture from the skin, so avoiding them is a sensible precaustion to take if you want to keep your keratosis pilaris under control. Lukewarm showers will keep your skin in a more healthy condition and will allow you to lock moisture in when using the products we suggested above, rather than letting your skin sweat it all out again!

Autumn the Dermalogica way at Pure Beauty

Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster

With the last bank holiday behind us (how did that happen?), schools starting for the new term and holiday makers putting their cases back in the loft, our attention is shifting to autumn.

This is a time for new beginnings, long walks in the leaves, scarves and jackets in the evening and a new beauty routine.

The thing is, as we move through the seasons, we don’t always know it but our skin’s needs change. The cooler autumn temperatures can actually dehydrate the skin and steal away that beautiful Ibiza glow. The result can be a tired, dull complexion that is more prone to breakouts and sensitivity.

Cleanse a different way
The cleanser that worked wonders over the summer may now dry out your skin and if it is being stripped of too much natural oil, it will compensate and produce more and more.  A gentle cleanser can help balance and soothe the skin as well as removing impurities, toxins and pollution and this is what you get with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. We love this soap-free, foaming gel because while it removes the bad stuff it doesn’t disturb the natural moisture balance. This can be used on all skin types and thanks to extracts of mint and lavender your skin will feel great from the first use.

Switch your moisturiser
A moisturiser that works great in the heat, might not be up to the job of maintaining glowing skin in the run up to Christmas. We suggest trying the lightweight, oil-free Dermalogica Active Moist because it is perfect for daily moisture protection and deals with surface dehydration. This sheer, easy-to-apply cream is packed with Lemon, Watercress, Burdock and Ivy extracts that help refine the skin while extracts of Lavender, Mallow and Cucumber provide deep hydration.

Exfoliate the summer away
Yes, the warmer weather, sunny beaches and summer parties are great fun but they can actually leave your skin feeling a little tired. To clear the way for a fresh complexion, exfoliation is key part of any beauty routine and this is where the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant comes into play. We love how this is gentle, non-abrasive treatment removes dead cells and instantly improves the look and feel of the skin. Natural fruit enzymes clear away dead cells and stimulates skin renewal while extracts of Lavender, Aloe Vera and Coneflower reduce sensitivity and soothe skin.

Sink a serum
Yes, we use serums as part of our facials at our Midlands based salon, but these increasingly products are ideal for use at home too. A good place to start is the Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster. Red Raspberry Extract soothes unhappy skin and moisture-rich honey swoops in to aid long-lasting hydration. Extracts of Calendula, Chamomile and Cornflower have also been added to reduce irritation. Simply squeeze a little serum onto your fingertip and massage into cleansed skin and let the goodness sink in before applying your moisturiser.

For customised skincare advice and samples, get in touch today and we would love to help.

Team Pure-Beauty

Show Your Lips Some Pure Beauty Love!

Show Your Lips Some Pure Beauty Love!

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Looking after your lips is important for so many reasons; aside from the fact that chapped lips can look unsightly, they can also be painful, not to mention the fact that the lips are one of the first places to show the signs of ageing. Fortunately, we stock several products which will keep your lips in the best possible condition and even reverse some of the early signs of ageing – read on to find out which would be the best for you:

Elemis Pro-Definition Eye and Lip Contour Cream

The skin around the eyes and the mouth are very similar in a lot of ways; the skin is thinner and more delicate than other places on the face, but they’re also both areas of movement which means they’re subject to more wear and tear. Smoking, frowning, laughter and other repeated activities can indelibly affect the eyes and mouth, but this cream from Elemis will deeply moisturise the thin, dry skin around the eyes and mouth, and make vertical lip lines appear finer and smoother, revealing a plumper, more youthful and renewed skin texture.

Dermalogica Lip Renewal Complex

This lip treatment from Dermalogica can be used daily like a normal lip balm, at least twice a day, to keep the lips moisturised and supple. It also contains ingredients which will minimise fine lines, fight against damaging free radicals, reduce contour lines and eliminate rough skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which holds over a thousand times its weight in water, provides maximum skin hydration for delicate lip tissue.

Elemis Lip Revive

Some lip products are sold as products which will give your lips moisture, but use a petroleum base which may feel as though it’s moisturising your lips, but will ultimately dry them out further. This lip balm from Elemis is based on white bees wax, which is a natural, non-drying base, rich in vitamins and nutrients for the skin. The peppermint will add zing to your lips and will both help to soften the lips while also giving a slight plumping effect.

Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment

Night time is often when we use our most potent products, and this lip treatment is no exception. It comes with a dedicated applicator and helps to restore volume around the lips, smoothing out fine lines and improving elasticity in the area. It can be used nightly, before bed and after cleansing the face, and should be massaged in and around the lips with the tip of the tube for maximum effect.

Elemis White Flowers Eye and Lip Make-Up Remover

With the current popularity of long wear and matte lipsticks, removing your make-up at the end of the day is trickier than ever, which is why a dedicated remover is often needed to tackle it. This make-up remover from Elemis has been designed specifically to tackle tough-to-remove eye and lip make-up and harnesses the power of white flowers for both gentle but effective cleansing.

Feeling the lemon love at Pure Beauty

Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil

Did you know that the little yellow lemon can help with the treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, fever, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders and high blood pressure,? Well it can and it can also really benefit your hair and skin too.

At Pure Beauty we sell a range of products from Dermalogica, Decleor and Elemis that are packed with amazing, natural ingredients including the wonderful essential oil of lemon.

One of our most popular products on the site is the Dermalogica Active Moist light weight, oil-free moisturiser. Perfect for normal to oily skin, this smooth cream easily absorbs into the skin to create a protective invisible barrier that prevents moisture loss. Silk Amino Acids help smooth skin texture and extracts of Lavender, Mallow and Cucumber provide deep-hydration but the the botanical extracts of Lemon, Ivy, Watercress and Burdock that help refine the skin so it looks super healthy.

Dealing with a cellulite and toxins doesn’t have to mean an expensive trip to the spa. The Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil is a unique blend of Sea Buckthorn, Sea Fennel, Lemon and Juniper essential oils and the perfect ‘at home’ body detox programme. Rubbing a little warm oil into problem areas such as the tummy, buttocks and thighs can help combat the build-up of toxins and as the oil nourishes, detoxifies and stimulates the skin, it is left feeling satin soft and smooth.

If your skin is feeling a little tired and dull, why not give Decleor Hydra-Brightening Lotion a go? This refreshing, rebalancing toner combines essential oils of Lemon, Acacia Wax and Camomile which together breath life into the dullest of complexions. From the first use skin is left feeling softer and visibly glowing and over time you will find that vibrancy and radiance are restored.

If you have a busy life full of strains and stresses, you need to try the amazing Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm. Packed with a unique blend of essential oils this clever little pot of goodness really does help create a sense of harmony, tranquillity and relaxation. The Eucalyptus essential oil clears the mind and focuses concentration while anti-inflammatory, Centella Asiatica, reduces stress and anxiety. Ho Wood helps with relaxation and Lemon essential oil comes into play to create those lovely feelings of positivity. Simply warm a little balm between your finger tips, rub into your temples, close your eyes and feel all that misery fade away.

There is something exhilarating about washing the day away from your skin and if you can use a shower product that clears your mind too, even better. We love to do this with the gorgeous Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash. Packed with powerful essential oils and natural extracts, your body mind, body and soul are cleansed. Thanks to essential oils of Tea Tree, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary rather than the skin being stripped of natural moisturisers, it is gently purified and left feeling smooth and conditioned.

If you want your skin to exude health and vitality, a balance diet, lots of water and plenty of sleep is a good place to start. If you need a little extra help, you need the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm which will instantly brighten your complexion and make you feel fantastic. An advanced vitamin complex helps improve elasticity and firm up skin. Neroli, Orange, Bergamot and Lemon create a beautiful, uplifting aroma for a luxury product that can be used on all skin types as a radiance booster, or as a make-up primer.

If you would like more information about any of these products, get in touch today and we will be very happy to help.

Team Pure-Beauty

 

 

Our Favourite Facial Oils

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Facial oils can have a number of functions; they’re great at removing make-up, especially the waterproof stuff, they can deeply moisturise, balance sebum and do absolute wonders for the signs of ageing. Here at Pure Beauty, we offer a number of different facial oils in our rages, but today we’re highlighting five of our favourites, each for performing a different beauty-related function.

Elemis Superfood Facial Oil

Superfoods are so called because they contain high levels of anti-oxidants, which make them fantastic ingredients for beauty products. This facial oil from Elemis harnesses the superfood power from broccoli, flaxseed and daikon radish, which combine to deeply nourish the skin, leaving it with a healthy glow and radiance. It’s non-greasy and is formulated in line with the ELEMIS Promise, meaning no artificial nasties on your skin.

Decleor Micellar Oil

Micellar products are huge right now, and it’s all in the science of how they work. Micelles are tiny particles of oil which are suspended in water and make removing waterproof make-up a doddle. They also help to trap moisture into the skin, helping your skin to remain hydrated and totally clean all at the same time. The fine oil particles kick-start your microcirculation to boost radiance and leave skin revitalised and nourished.

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil

Treatment oils are great for so many things but many of them are for occasional use. This Phyto Replenish oil from Dermalogica is designed to be used daily and is intended to give a wash of moisture to dehydrated skin. It uses a combination of organic oils such as chia seed and tamanu oils to strengthen the skin, bolster its natural barriers and create a luminous shield against future antioxidant damage.

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil

This oil is amazing at gently cleansing the skin because it softens any dirt and impurities and delicately lifts them away from the skin, rather than needing harsh ingredients to wipe them away. It contains vitamins and minerals from pomegranate which leave the skin looking healthy and radiant, and is ideal for those with oily skin as it protects the skins natural balance and prevents sebum overproduction.

Decleor Brightening Cleansing Oil

The beauty of this cleansing oil is that it turns into a milky lotion when it comes into contact with a wet face, which eliminates even the most stubborn traces of make-up and daily dirt. It helps to reveal a radiant complexion, especially if you feel that your natural complexion is dull and lacks luminosity and regular use will improve your complexion in the long-term.