Five Tips for Silky Hair

Five Tips for Silky Hair

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Do you ever look at other people and wonder just HOW they ended up with such perfect, silky hair, while you were blessed with something which makes you look like the lovechild of Doc Brown from Back to the Future and Tina Turner, circa 1986? Well, the chances are, those with silky hair didn’t just wake up like it and they’re probably doing certain things to make their hair look that. Here are five top tips to help you achieve silky, flawless hair:

Think About Your Shampoo

Unless you do a job where you get seriously mucky, the chances are that the ends of your hair don’t need to be vigorously washed. Most of us follow the “pile it on top of our head and lather with fury” hair-washing method, but this basically tangles your hair up and can cause the ends to become frazzled. We recommend washing the roots and top inch or so of your hair with Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo, which is sulphate free, and simply rinsing the ends to keep them smooth.

Don’t Weigh it Down

There’s a fine line between silky and slick, and using a heavy conditioner all over your head could make you look more of the latter. Using Dermalogica Daily Conditioning Rinse from your ears down, and not on the roots, will ensure your hair looks smoothed and moisturised without making the roots listless.

Sleep on Silk

It may sound like a tip from a Disney Princess, but sleeping on silk pillows is a massive help when trying to keep your hair as sleek as possible while you sleep. Silk is shiny and not abrasive, so doesn’t cause the hair to kink or mat while you’re sleeping, allowing you to relax in bed and wake up looking polished.

Blast with Cool Air

We all know that drying our hair with hot air and heat styling can leave it frazzled and in need of some TLC, but using a blast of cool air at the end of blow drying can help. Run your fingers through your hair like a comb, gently squeezing as you go, followed by a blast of air on the cold setting of your hairdryer, from root to tip. This will close the cuticles of your hair and make the hair look smoothed down.

Comb When Wet, Brush When Dry

This one may sound like a no-brainer, but your hair needs different tools for different times. When your hair is wet, you should stick to a comb, which will work through and separate tangles, rather than ripping through like a brush. Equally, dry hair should be brushed, not combed, as combing dry hair can cause breakages.

How to Deal with Premature Ageing

How to Deal with Premature Ageing

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Ageing is perhaps the one and only fact of life that almost every human on the planet will have to deal with. As we get older, our skin stops producing as much collagen and we start to form wrinkles, lose firmness and generally starts to look less youthful. However, for some women, this process begins when they’re younger and this is what we classify as “premature ageing” – the face looking old before it’s really time to. This can be because of external factors such as smoking or sun-worshipping, or even down to genetics. Fortunately, we’ve got a whole bunch of products which can help to target the premature signs of ageing:

Decleor Daily Defence Fluid Shield SPF30

One of the most important things we can do for prematurely ageing skin is protect it from factors which can make things worse, and the sun is probably the biggest one. This daily moisturiser from Decleor gives the skin a deep wash of moisture while giving high-factor, broad spectrum sun protection, which will prevent the skin’s ageing process from accelerating because of harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex

The eyes are one of the first places that we notice the signs of ageing, often because of factors like stress and tiredness making things worse, so a specific eye cream like this one from Dermalogica is a good weapon to have in your arsenal. It will help with eye are concerns such as wrinkles, crow’s feet, puffiness, dark circles due to hyperpigmentation and skin sensitivity due to dehydration and is suitable for drier and prematurely-aging skin.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream

As we mentioned above, premature ageing starts when collagen production slows, so using a cream which promotes the production of collagen within your skin should be a no-brainer! This night cream from Elemis helps with the skin’s own regeneration process, protects cells from free-radicals and increases the skin’s oxygen absorption, giving you firmer, younger looking skin.

Jan Marini Physical Protectant SPF30

This protectant from Jan Marini does a number of different jobs at once. As well as giving the skin broad-spectrum sun protection, the cream contains a wash of colour to give you some coverage, as well as containing microscopic oil absorbing particles for additional oil control with a sheer, matte finish – perfect if you’re on holiday and don’t want to wear make-up, or for everyday use.

Decleor Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF30 Face

Another multi-functional product, this face cream from Decleor actively targets wrinkles and fine lines and prevents premature ageing by boosting skin’s natural defences. It will also protect the cell’s DNA, combat the signs of ageing and reduce wrinkles and fine lines and reduce cutaneous reactions caused by sun exposure.

Which Type of Foundation is for You?

Which Type of Foundation is for You?

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With every celebrity and their dog releasing cosmetics ranges, it seems that there is more make up to choose from than ever before. Of course, choice is never a bad thing but it can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed at times, so we thought we’d give you a quick lesson on the different types of foundation out there and which skin types they’re good for.

Oil-based liquid

Liquid foundation is probably still the most popular type and the one that most brands seem to focus on, but the formulation of the liquid is what’s important. If you have dry skin, then opting for an oil-based liquid is preferable as it won’t dehydrate your skin and end up looking flaky or patchy. Equally, people with oily skin should avoid oil-based foundations as they’ll be sliding off before you’ve even left the house!

Water-based liquid

If you have normal skin, water-based foundations will be fine for you as you won’t need the added hydration. Liquid foundations give the heaviest level of coverage so they’re good if you want to really even out your skin tone or cover blemishes.

Mineral powder

Mineral powder is great for sensitive skin as it’s usually make from organic, non-comedogenic ingredients which are gentle on the skin. They can be build up for heavier coverage if you like a very evened-out look and they give a very matte finish, which is great if you’re prone to a little excess oil. Mineral powders sometimes come enriched with colour correction, so if you sometimes need a coloured cream under your foundation, this could be perfect for you.

BB Cream

BB Cream is best if you’re one of those lucky people who is blessed with perfect skin! It gives a light coverage of colour while imbuing the face with a wash of moisture. It’s also great for ageing skin because it won’t settle between your fine lines and wrinkles or look cakey on thinning skin.

Pressed Powder

Pressed powder is perfect for younger skin as it helps to combat oiliness, gives a good level of coverage over blemishes but is best used on skin with minimal wrinkles as it has a habit of gathering into fine lines. Some pressed powders come with an anti-spot formula, making them perfect for teens and those of us who still struggle with acne.

Five Causes of Adult Acne and How to Treat Them

Five Causes of Adult Acne and How to Treat Them

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You may be under the impression that acne only affects teenagers, but actually clinical studies have shown that up to 40% of adults aged 20-40 have some form of acne. Acne can vary in severity from small pimples to large, cystic, painful lumps and it can also contribute to feelings of depression. There are, however, lots of things which can contribute to adult acne and addressing the causes can help to reverse it. Here are five of them:

Hormones

Obviously, your hormones are often the number one cause of adult acne. If you’re using birth control, it might be worth speaking to your GP to see if this could be making things worse, and opting for a non-hormone based form of contraception might make a difference. In the meantime, Dermalogica Breakout Control can help to minimise spots as and when they occur.

Stress                        

Another major cause of adult acne is stress, as it triggers all sorts of reactions in the body which can manifest themselves on the skin. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands produce cortisol, as well as a tiny bit of testosterone, and this is where the acne comes from. If you struggle with stress, treat yourself to a massage using some Elemis De-Stress Massage Oil.

Skincare

One of the simplest causes of acne can be that you’re just using the wrong skincare. Some people find their acne easier to manage when they’re using acne-specific products like those in the Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Starter Kit, and let’s face it, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying something different.

Sugar

We’ve all heard people say that eating junk can cause acne, and while that’s largely untrue, sugar can  have an effect, just not in the way that most people think. When we eat sugar, the body releases insulin to help us to process it, and raised  insulin levels may boost those oil-triggering male hormones. Try to stick to a low GI diet to avoid sugars triggering your skin issues.

Over-cleansing

A lot of acne sufferers report having dealt with stigma because of their skin problems, and that having acne makes them feel ‘unclean’, which sometimes triggers a cycle of OVERwashing, and this in itself can make things worse. Acne-prone skin often has some underlying dryness, and too much washing will strip the skin of natural oils, which could then cause the skin’s oil-production glands to go into overdrive. Try to use an acne-specific cleanser like Dermalogica Foaming Wash which will help you to maintain balance.

Peptides – What They Are and Why You Should Love Them

Peptides – What They Are and Why You Should Love Them

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In the world of beauty, it can sometimes seem like a lot of jargon and buzzwords get thrown around like they’re the greatest thing in the world, when most of us don’t really know what they mean. Some things, however, are worth learning about and peptides are one of them. It’s a word we see on several of our products so we thought we’d give you an insight into what peptides are and why they’re in your face cream:

What Are They?

Peptides, in very short terms, are proteins. In longer terms, peptides are “short chains of amino acid monomers linked by peptide (amide) bonds”[1] Still as clear as mud? Don’t worry, it is for us, too! To make it a bit simpler, collagen is a protein comprised of long segments of amino acids arranged like a chain. When collagen breaks down, short segments of amino acids are formed. These are the tiny proteins and active molecules known as peptides. Peptides in skin care can provide significant anti-aging benefits.

What Do They Do?

As mentioned above, the main use for peptides in skincare is for their anti-ageing benefits. As we age, the skin loses its ability to form collagen which means that the skin literally starts to lose the building blocks which keeps it firm and plum. By using peptides, the skin is encouraged to start producing collagen again, which makes the skin look younger with fewer fine lines, a tighter appearance and more of a youthful glow.

Which of Our Products Contain Peptides?

Jan Marini Age Intervention Peptide Extreme

This powerful serum from Jan Marini uses a concentrated blend of targeted peptides to which have extraordinary skin rebuilding properties encourage the increased production of collagen and elastin. It contains antioxidants which target inflammatory responses and offers immediate hydration and suppleness.

Decleor Lift and Firm Eye Cream

This product from Decleor uses peptides to target the eye area, one of the place where the signs of ageing are perhaps most obvious. Natural Eye Tech Peptide help combat signs of ageing by re-energising the support fibres and reactivating the microcirculation, reducing puffiness and smoothing wrinkles.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix

We can understand Elemis using the word ‘matrix’ on the product as it’s every bit as futuristic as it sounds! The blurb says “Drone Peptide Technology: Acts as a targeted delivery system, bringing stressed skin a much-needed boost of hydration and anti-aging actives. With encapsulated Peptide4 and Hetra-Peptide, this dual action formulation works both to protect the delivery of the actives and to help with the penetration into the skin’s surface.”