Keeping your makeup in place on your big night out

Organising a big night on the town with the girls is a fantastic way of giving yourself something to look forward to during a long week at work, and making preparations and getting ready are all part of the fun.

If you are planning on making a proper night of it, and hitting the dance floor with a vengeance, you may start to wonder how on earth your make-up is going to stay in place throughout the night.

As well as throwing some serious shapes, there are other factors which can also have a negative effect on the staying power of your make-up- such as smoke machines and busy and humid bars and clubs.
However, just by taking heed of a few simple tips, you can increase the longevity of your make-up and look as fresh as a daisy all night.

Firstly, don’t apply your make-up straight after a bath or shower, as your skin is still likely to be warm- so any make-up applied may start to melt before you’ve even left the house.

Make sure that you cleanse, tone and moisturise properly- this will provide the perfect base for your make-up. Try and use a light moisturiser such as Dermalogica Active Moist– which moisturises effectively without feeling heavy.

Although it may be tempting, try not to layer on tons as foundation, as it is likely to get oily far more quickly, particularly in humid nightspots. Carrying oil blotting sheets in your handbag will help keep shine at bay throughout the night- and is preferable to regularly applying more powder- which will start to look caked on.

Follow these simple steps and hit the dance floor with confidence.

Is your skin starting to look as dull as dishwater?

A common but easily treatable skin complaint is dull looking skin. People of all ages and from all walks of life can suffer from lifeless looking skin, and it can be caused by a number of different reasons.

A hectic lifestyle, poor skincare regime, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and generally feeling under the weather are all factors that can contribute to making skin look a little weary.

Luckily, it’s not too difficult to perk your skin up and restore it to its former glory, it just requires a little care and attention.

One of the most effective ways of dealing with dull skin is investing in a good exfoliating product. Exfoliating is a great way of getting rid of all of the dead skin cells on your skin, which will have a visible impact on its overall appearance.

Dermalogica Powerfoliant is a fantastic product for those who want quick yet effective results. Skin is left significantly smoother and more radiant, meaning that dull skin is nothing but a distant memory.

Now all that’s left for you to do is cut down on those late nights and those extra glasses of wine!

Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque

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Curing cracked heels

Putting on the highest pair of stilettos possible is every woman’s prerogative, and the discomfort that can follow is just one of the sacrifices that we make in the name of fashion.

As great as they look, wearing the latest styles of shoes can leave our feet in a bit of a sorry state (you only have to look at Posh’s bunions to see this!)

Wearing ill fitting and uncomfortable shoes are a common cause of cracked heels- which can be both painful and unsightly. There’s no need to confine those stilettos to the back of the wardrobe and reach for the flats though, as you can sooth and repair cracked heels by following a few simple steps.

The first step in your fight against cracked heels is exfoliation. The thought of exfoliating raw, cracked skin may be slightly unpleasant, but trust us- it can make all the difference. Using The Ultimate Buffing Cloth by Dermalogica, in conjunction with Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash, can help to gently but effectively eliminate roughness and reveal fresh, smoother skin.

After exfoliating, your next step is to use an intensive moisturiser, such as Dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream– which is specifically designed to intensely hydrate extra dry areas without leaving behind a greasy residue.

So, combat cracked heels and wear your stilettos in style this spring.

The importance of moisturising your skin after a hot bath

There’s nothing like a nice hot bath to soothe away the stresses of the day and give your skin a thorough cleanse- particularly in colder weather.

However, if you prefer taking long baths rather than quick showers, after time your skin can start to get seriously dehydrated. If you don’t moisturise sufficiently after every bath it’s only a matter of time before dry skin will start to rear its ugly head. Staying in the bath for a long period of time can strip the skin of its essential oils- which is the main culprit in causing dry skin.

Fear not though, as there is no reason why you need to give up on your much loved soak in the bath, provided you slap on the moisturiser as soon as you’ve dried yourself off.

Using a rich moisturiser, such as Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream, will help to restore moisture and keep skin feeling soft and supple throughout the day.

After applying this fantastic moisturiser, your skin will feel as soft as silk- so you can lie back and enjoy a long relaxing bath after a hectic day in the office.