Anti-Ageing Tips from People With Good Skin

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Recently, a thread popped up on the social news site Reddit asking “To those who have aged well, what are your secrets? I’m 23 and already have a mature face. I want to look healthy and youthful as I age and want advice doing so” and it struck us, here at Pure Beauty, that asking people who’ve achieved good skin later in life are probably the best people to ask, so we thought we’d share some of the answers here with you:

Sunscreen

One of the most commonly given answers to the question was sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun is so important, even more so with the environmental changes and longer summers we’re seeing now, and there are already people living to spread the good news about having done so from a young age.

Water

Perhaps the second most common answer was keeping up your personal hydration levels with plenty of water. The guidance of “8 glasses a day” is now considered largely arbitrary as it can vary so much from person to person, but the general rule of thumb is that if your urine is very pale in colour, you’re probably adequately hydrated.

Good Diet

Generally speaking, a good diet is advised for maintaining your whole body, but it seems that staying away from processed foods and additives is a bonus for staying young. A few users said that they stay away from artificial sweeteners and fizzy drinks, while others swear by a shot of apple cider vinegar on a daily basis.

Sleep

Bad news for those of us with kids – it’s generally agreed that as much sleep as possible will keep you looking younger for longer! If you do have kids, the advice of “sleeping when they sleep” could really help you. Also, remember to accept help when people offer it; if someone’s happy to watch your kids while you catch up on sleep, take it with both hands!

Moisturising

It’s a fact that dehydrated skin looks older than skin which has adequate hydration, and the youthful Reddit users know this. Find a moisturiser which is suitable for your skin type and use it twice a day for maximum results, and this will keep your skin looking plumped and hydrated.

Get Super Clean Without Dryness

Get Super Clean Without Dryness

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When you suffer with dry skin, it can be really difficult to find a balance between products which make your face feel really clean, removing all traces of dirt and make-up, and products which don’t dry your skin out. Typically, many cleansing products can also be quite drying, so we thought we’ve have a look at what we have to offer and curate a list for you, containing products which will get your skin clean without drying it out:

Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution

This creamy cleanser from Dermalogica is designed to nourish the skin and add moisture as it cleans, ensuring your skin is free from pore-blocking sebum and make-up, yet soft and supple. It’s water-soluble and soothing, and is perfect for skin which is prematurely ageing or very dry.

Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash

This cleanser from Elemis, which comes in a pump bottle for easy use, contains soothing extracts of thyme, German chamomile and lady’s mantle, which provide anti-bacterial properties. The wash itself is soothing and calms dry, sensitive skin which contains no soap, ensuring your skin is thoroughly cleansed without altering its delicate pH balance.

Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make Up Remover

Eye make-up is notoriously hard to remove, especially if it’s waterproof, and using harsh cleansers when you have dry skin is a big no-no. This make-up remover from Dermalogica is designed especially for the eyes, and will instantly dissolve all traces of eye and lip make-up, including stubborn mascara. The oil-free, alcohol-free formula allows for sting-free make-up removal, without dehydrating the delicate eye area.

Decleor Bi-phase Caring Cleanser and Makeup Remover

This cleanser from Decleor uses a blend of virgin botanical oils and floral water, which you can actually see as separate layers before you shake the bottle! It wipes away all traces of even the most stubborn make-up whilst nourishing the skin and boosting radiance. It can be used in the shower or on a pad, making it as versatile as it is sensitive.

Decleor Hydra-Radiance Cleansing Mousse

This cleanser from Decleor has a mousse-like texture which will deep cleanse and soften the skin leaving it clean and velvety soft. It’s made from a combination of gentle ingredients such as grape juice, papaya extract and Japanese white mulberry which combine to exfoliate and gently slough away dull, dead skin cells to leave the skin crystal clear with visible clarity and luminosity after just one use.

Christmas is Coming and We’ve Got Gift Sets Galore!

Christmas is Coming and We’ve Got Gift Sets Galore!

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We know it’s still October and we’ve not even got past Halloween yet, but lots of us are trying to get ahead of the curve by doing our Christmas shopping now. If you’ve got to find gifts for skincare lovers, or simply want to improve the lives of your nearest and dearest, we’ve got some stunning Christmas gift sets available right now, so we thought we’d tell you about a few of our favourites:

Elemis Handsome Heroes Christmas Gift Set

This set from Elemis contains a duo that the guys will love. Elemis Ice-Cool Foaming Shave Gel smoothly moulds to the face for a clean, close shave, containing cooling aloe vera, witch hazel and English oak help to protect, soothe and soften. Elemis Active Hair & Body Wash contains mood boosting essential oils which will leave skin feeling clean and hair soft and manageable.

Decleor Silent Night Christmas Gift Set

This set from Decleor contains products to help your skin to work hard while you sleep. Decleor Aromessence Lavandula Iris Night Balm is a firming night balm consisting of 100% natural ingredients, while Decleor Bi-phase Caring Cleanser and Makeup Remover combines botanical oils to cleanse, remove makeup and boost radiance.

Elemis Travel Treasures For Him Christmas Gift Set

Another one for the blokes, this set contains several travel-sized products, making it perfect for a chap who spends a lot of time on-the-go. As well as Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel, Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash, Elemis Daily Moisture Boost, Elemis Sharp Shower Body Wash and Elemis Instant Refreshing Gel, the set comes with its own gorgeous bag to carry all of the lovely products around in.

Dermalogica Daily Glow Duo Christmas Gift Set

The perfect gift for someone who struggles with dull skin, this set contains Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm and Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, both of which are designed to remove excess sebum, dead skin cells and daily dirt, to reveal a radiant and glowing complexion – perfect for the winter party season!

Elemis Balancing Beauty Secrets Normal-Combination Christmas Gift Set

Normal and Combination skin deserves some love too, and this set contains four gorgeous products which makes amazing gifts. Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, Balancing Lavender Toner, Hydra-Balance Day Cream and Peptide⁴ Night Recovery Cream-Oil are the perfect products for giving a skin routine an overhaul and will offer the gift of perfect skin to your loved one.

Your Skin Type is Changing – What’s the Cause?

Your Skin Type is Changing – What’s the Cause?

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It’s very common for people to have one skin type their whole life and then for things to change – dry skin becomes oily, oily skin becomes sensitive, or skin which has always been ‘normal’ suddenly presents you with issues. As common as this may be, there are often underlying reasons for such a change, and identifying those reasons could help you to fix things. Here are five factors which can affect your skin type:

Hormones

We know women get bored of hearing this one, but hormones play a massive factor in many different areas of our body, with the skin being one of the most noticeable. Changes in birth control, pregnancy, puberty, menopause – these are ALL dictated by hormones and will all likely cause noticeable changes in your complexion.

Seasons

The seasons of the year can also play a part in affecting your skin. Many acne sufferers find their spots dramatically reduced when it’s sunny, while those of us prone to dry skin will usually find it worsens during autumn and winter, then the central heating goes on. Adjusting your skincare routine when the weather changes can really help you to get a handle on this.

Environment

If you’ve lived in a city your whole life and you up sticks and move to the country, you might find your skin makes a massive improvement, thanks to the lack of pollutants in the air. Conversely, if you’re a lifelong country girl and move to a more populated area, you might find your skin suffers at first. Using good anti-pollution is a must to protect your skin from your new environment.

 Diet

While the theory that eating sugary or fatty foods give you acne was debunked long ago, what you eat and drink can still have an effect on your skin. You need a balanced diet containing plenty of vitamins and minerals for your skin to thrive, as well as ensuring that you keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and drinking plenty of water. Fail to follow this and your skin will likely end up suffering.

Wrong Skincare

Believe it or not, but using the wrong skincare can actually do more harm than good. Products containing salicylic acid can be too potent for sensitive skins types, oil-based moisturisers can be too rich for oily skin and dry skin might not be getting enough hydration from your current regime. Take a look at what your skin is doing right now and think about replacing your current products with a targeted skin kit to see if it makes a difference.

Dealing With a Last Minute Spot Emergency

Dealing With a Last Minute Spot Emergency

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We’ve all been there – an important day arrives, be it the first day of a new job, a date or an interview, and lo and behold, we wake up with a rather unfortunate pimple in a very noticeable place. You need a way to get rid of it, and fast, and following these steps could get your face back to flawless just in the nick of time:

Get Super Clean

The first thing you should do is wash your face with a product which is designed to control oil production and spots, like Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash. It’s a foaming cleanser that is the perfect start to around-the-clock control of breakouts, comedones and excess surface oils.  It contains natural exfoliants which will slough away dead skin cells and other pore-blocking nasties which cause the spots in the first place.

Kill the Bacteria

The first step in eliminating a zit is killing the bacteria which causes the spot in the first place, so reach for Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray. It contains bacteria-busting tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial properties. This will halt the spread of bacteria and reduce the chances of getting any more blemishes.

Reduce the Redness

The thing which often makes spots most noticeable is the redness. As well as using a green-tinted base under your make-up, we’d highly recommend dabbing some Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate onto the area first. It’s a silky, super concentrated serum that helps treat, correct and defend skin against inflammation and redness and helps interrupt inflammatory triggers to prevent flare-ups.

Boost Your Healing

Your skin goes into overdrive to try to heal itself when spots occur so giving it a little extra help, courtesy of Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Booster can greatly reduce healing times. It’s a fast acting acne treatment that works within 15 minutes and is formulated with Salicylic Acid to help kill breakout causing bacteria for rapid skin clearing.

Regulate the Oil

If you’ve got oily skin, you might find that this does your face no favours when it comes to recovering from a breakout, so controlling oil production is a must. Dermalogica Emergency Spot Fix contains niacinamide, which assists in regulating sebaceous gland secretions and killing bacteria while scavenging free radicals. This will help your skin to heal while preventing further outbreaks.