How to Keep Your Tan Glowing Even in Autumn

How to Keep Your Tan Glowing Even in Autumn

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With the stunning weather we had in the UK this summer, many of us have managed to get a glowing tan without even needing to go abroad – and if you have been lucky enough to have a holiday, your tan is probably looking a million dollars right now! Despite the Met Office telling us that summer would probably last through October too, it seems like the nice weather is being replaced by clouds and drizzle already, so how do you prolong your tan when the sun isn’t on your side? Here are our tips:

Don’t Bathe!

Okay, so we aren’t suggesting that you don’t wash, but soaking in the bath for long periods of time is one of the quickest ways to lose your tan as the top, tanned layers of skin will soften and eventually slough off with too much regular soaking. Opt for brief showers using a gentle product like Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream to wash your skin, as this will moisturise your body and prolong your tan as much as possible.

Don’t Exfoliate!

Just as we mentioned above, you’re trying to preserve the top layers of your skin as much as possible, so for now, exfoliation is off of the cards. If your skin feels dry or uncomfortable, Decleor Satin Softening Dry Oil is scented with a subtle, delicate and beautifully feminine fragrance, which leaves your body and face feeling softer and more comfortable.

Don’t Dry Out!

Moisture is the key to keeping your tan as golden as possible, even throughout autumn and winter, but many of us forget to moisturise our bodies when we’re covering them up with jumpers and coats! Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Cream contains oat kernel and limnanthes alba, combined with the lipid rich Sesame and Shea Butter, which ensures skin is left silky soft and healthy looking.

Don’t Forget Your Veggies!

There’s a whole lot of research which shows that a diet rich in beta-carotenes (a type of red-orange pigment) can help to prolong the glow of sun-kissed skin from within. The best natural sources are sweet potatoes, apricots, mangoes and obviously carrots, so be sure to munch on as many of these sunshine-coloured fruits and veg as you can manage.

Don’t Be Afraid to Fake it!

If you’re at a point where you really can’t do anything else to prolong your tan but you still feel a bit pale and drab, don’t forget that the healthiest tan comes from a bottle. A gradual tanner like Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion is perfect for giving your skin a sun-kissed look without having to worry about the sun’s harmful rays, and you’ll be looking like you’ve just got back from the Bahamas even up to Christmas!

Autumn is the Time for Ath-Leisure

Autumn is the Time for Ath-Leisure

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Ath-leisure is one of those mixed-up words which seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment, but it describes the concept of going from gym to everyday life perfectly. Wearing leggings is no longer just for the gym, and many of us are combining gym and social life by going to classes and workout sessions with friends.

Dermalogica has jumped on the ath-leisure bandwagon by releasing an Ath-Leisure Essentials kit, which we’re giving away with a £70 on qualifying Dermalogica products, so we thought we’d give you an overview of what’s in the kit and why you should be using it:

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

This toner is absolutely ideal after exercise and other leisure activities as it contains skin-repairing aloe, moisture binding sodium PCA and soothing lavender, as well as balm mint and arnica which, when sprayed on, will add critical hydration after cleansing. It is suitable for all skin types and evens out porosity of the skin to allow moisturizer to be more evenly absorbed.

Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift

The next product in the Ath-Leisure Essentials kit is the Stress Positive Eye Lift from Dermalogica. After a workout (or even after a lot of leisure time!) the skin around the eyes can seem lacklustre, showing signs of puffiness and fatigue. This product is designed to invigorate the eye area, firming skin to help generate a lifting effect as well as visibly de-puffing the under-eye area. It energises skin and helps restore skin barrier integrity as well as brightening the appearance of dark under-eye circles.

Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

Everyone knows that your skin can be a little…tricky to deal with! This primer from Dermalogica is designed to sort out all of your skin issues in one swipe, hydrating the skin, reducing redness and evening out skin tone and texture.  Pearl powder and natural earth minerals provide a neutral tint to perfect skin tone and enhance luminosity and radiance while a potent peptide helps improve skin firmness, as sunscreens shield against sun damage.

The best part is, you only have to spend £70 on Dermalogica products to get this wonderful little kit, so you get to treat yourself to double the skincare!

The Kids are Back at School – You Deserve a Treat!

The Kids are Back at School - You Deserve a Treat!

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It’s almost the beginning of September, which can mean only one thing – school will be starting soon and you’ve survived the holidays! As much as we all love spending lots of time with our little cherubs in the holidays, there’s no denying the fact that we’re suffering with a little bit of burnout by the end of the six weeks holidays. But, now is YOUR time! Follow our guide below and treat yourself to a bit of pampering once the house is quiet and the kids are out of the way:

Take a Bath

Bathing during the holidays can be a bit of a wild ride – no sooner do you sink into the hot water than someone is banging on the door, demanding to use the loo, a small person strips off and gets in with you despite your protestations, and dreams of a soothing soak are a distant memory! But, now you’ve got time, run yourself a bath and add a splash of Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak, which will help you to relax and soothe your aching muscles.

Use a Mask

There’s a good chance that your skin needs extra pampering, after weeks of play dates and park days, so using a mask while you’re in the bath will give you the chance to repair your complexion. Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque would be a great place to start as it floods the skins with essential vitamins and minerals, while adding moisture and Vitamins E and B5 to promote healthy tissue regeneration.

Exfoliate

One of the best ways to make your whole body feel clean and properly refreshed is to use an all-over exfoliator, like Decleor 1000 Grains Body Exfoliator. It contains grapefruit essential oil, which gives it a sparkling, invigorating fragrance, and a combination of pearl sugar, argan shell and orange peel with fruit acids to totally exfoliate and resurface your skin, leaving it feeling softer, smoother and refined.

Give Yourself a Glow

While you might have managed to get a bit of a tan while running around after the kids for six weeks, it often starts to fade in September, which can leave you feeling a little flat. The best way to prolong a summer glow is with a gradual tanner like Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion, which will build an even tan while deeply moisturising and nourishing the skin.

Don’t Forget Your Hands

We often find our hands look more than a little frazzled by the end of the holidays, thanks to endless craft mornings, digging in sand, fort building and all the other activities which please your kids but ruin your manicure! Treat your hands to regular applications of Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Hand and Nail Cream to leave hands delicately scented, deeply nourished and replenished for long lasting comfort.

Follow This Guide to Get Your Smoothest Skin Ever

Follow This Guide to Get Your Smoothest Skin Ever

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If you’re not one of those people who was blessed with ultra-smooth skin, you may look at those with a complexion like porcelain and wonder what sort of witchcraft they employ to help them get a perfect skin texture. However, there’s no great mystery to smooth skin, just a good routine using some targeted products like the ones below:

Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator

An exfoliator is a good place to start on your quest for smooth skin and this gentle rose exfoliator from Elemis will smooth your skin without leaving it irritated. Use it once a week to buff away dead skin cells and the result with be a renewed youthful complexion which is smooth and perfected.

Decleor Hydra-Radiance Smoothing and Cleansing Mousse with Cloth

This cleansing mousse smooths the skin with a two-pronged approach – the mousse contains grape juice, papaya extract and Japanese white mulberry which will exfoliate and gently slough away dull, dead skin cells to leave the skin crystal clear with visible clarity and luminosity after just one use. The cleansing cloth adds another dimension to the exfoliation, wiping away any excess dirt and skin cells, leaving the skin smoothed and perfected.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

This skin smoothing cream from Dermalogica works on wrinkles and fine lines to plump them up and give the skin a smoother appearance. It harnesses the power of lecithin and aloe gel to nourish the skin while extracts of mallow, cucumber and arnica soothe and hydrate the face, leaving you awash with moisture and feeling refreshed.

Decleor Mandarine Smoothing Night Balm

Night time is the perfect time to use intensive treatments as they often leave the skin looking oily and unable to use make up. This night balm from Decleor has a rich texture and is made from 100% natural ingredients. Cupuacu butter provides optimal hydration while the antioxidant powers of mandarin essential oil help to visibly smooth wrinkles and create a luminous skin finish.

Decleor Mandarine Smoothing Oil Serum

Serums offer an intense treatment to target skin issues, and this one from Decleor is designed to target areas of wrinkles and fine lines to leave them smoothed. It contains hazelnut and sunflower oils, as well as camellia oil, which help to reveal an even and radiant skin tone and the uplifting citrus scent creates an invigorated experience on application.

10 Dos and Don’ts for Dry Skin

10 Dos and Don’ts for Dry Skin

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  1. Don’t use a steamer or hot water on your face; hot water and steam completely dries out your skin by stripping away the skin’s own oils and causes more problems in the long run. Cool water is far kinder to dry skin
  2. Don’t use water-based moisturisers on your skin. Oil-based moisturisers may feel heavier on your skin, but they’ll do a far better job of getting your skin to hold on to moisture. Decleor Intense Nutrition Nourishing Cocoon Cream is perfect.
  3. Don’t over-exfoliate. When you have flaky skin due to dryness, it can be really tempting to use exfoliators every day to try to reduce the appearance of flakiness, but doing this actually causes the skin to become over-sensitised, which can exacerbate dry skin.
  4. Don’t sleep in your make up. Dry skin needs to be able to breathe so that it can repair itself and leaving your make-up on to sleep is one of the quickest ways to worsen the cycle that causes dry skin.
  5. Don’t forget sun protection. The sun can be extremely drying to even normal skin, but if your skin is dry to begin with then you’ll need even more help. Decleor Summer Oil SPF30 is ideal for dry skin as it gives you broad-spectrum protection without drying the skin. Once you’re out of the sun, using some Decleor High Repair After Sun Balm for the Face would also be wise.
  6. Do cleanse your face with an oil-based cleanser like Decleor Bi-phase Caring Cleanser and Makeup Remover – it will melt away dirt and make-up without stripping away the skin’s own oils.
  7. Do use a heavy night cream. Night creams are often heavy and oily, so you’ll want to use them at a time when you’re staying indoors, but something like Decleor Marjolaine Nourishing Night Balm will soothe and nourish the skin overnight, relieving tightness and repairing areas of over-sensitisation.
  8. Do use an oil-based foundation. Other formulas, such as powders or water-based liquids will cling to areas of dryness and make them appear flaky and patchy. Visiting a make-up counter to ask for advice and samples before you buy is a must.
  9. Do apply your facial moisturiser BEFORE you dry your face after a bath or shower. This is the correct way to moisturise as it helps to lock moisture into your skin, and also reduces the amount of rubbing you do with a towel, which can make dry skin worse.
  10. Do layer your products. For some people, using just one type of moisturiser may not be enough, so if your skin doesn’t feel adequately hydrated after you apply your face cream, don’t be afraid to add more, or a richer product, in the areas which still feel dry.