Summer skincare with Dermalogica

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Finally, summer is here in the UK.

We have waited patiently for the sun to come out and the clouds to drift away, but this doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind and forget about looking after your skin.

Whilst it is tempting to bare all and let your heat starved skin soak up the rays, this isn’t going to do you any favours in the long term.

We have put together a guide of some of the best Dermalogica products that will let you make the most of the warm weather but not at the cost of harming your skin, or hair.

If you are heading to the beach, running track or pool, don’t forget your Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50. This sheer lotion uses ‘oleosome microspheres’ to help enhance the SPF performance of the product, which means it can counteract moisture loss caused by exposure to the sun. This is a water-resistant, broad spectrum wonder lotion that can be used on all skin types and is best applied at least 15 minutes before heading out into the sun.

If you want to really look after your complexion and prevent burning, premature ageing and pigmentation, Dermalogica Pure Light is your friend. This is a medium-weight, daytime broad-spectrum moisturiser that treats hyperpigmentation while protecting the skin from UV light. For the best results, smooth a generous amount of the lotion of onto your face and neck (avoid the eye area) at least 30 minutes before you go out in the sun but remember, you can actually use this all year long for ongoing protection.

If you want some colour in your face but don’t want to wear full make-up in the heat, why not try the Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint? This is a Broad Spectrum sunscreen that’s infused with tinted earth minerals and offers protection, colour. This lightly tinted sunscreen is bursting with natural humectants that protect against moisture loss.  The tint blends easily on face and neck and can be used on even the most sensitive skin.

You might not be able to control the weather, but you can take charge of your lips. The intense heat can really dry out your lips so take care of them with the Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment. Shea Butter softens your lips whilst a combination of Vitamin E and Oat Extract boost the skin’s natural defense system. Lavender Extract helps ensure antiseptic application and the overall outcome is smooth, kissable lips all summer long.

As the temperature rises, it is only natural we sweat. The Dermalogica Environmental Control Deodorant can be used on even the most sensitive skin and is a safe alternative to irritating antiperspirants. The cool, invisible formula smoothly glides on and is quickly absorbed, leaving no pesky residue or stains. A blend of Rosemary, Lemon Peel, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oils fight odour and leave you smell fresh rather than stale.

Whilst we cover our arms and legs in sun-cream, we often forget about looking after our hands, which is crazy as they are in the sun at a lot of the time. As well as using sunscreen on your hands, also treat them to a little pampering with the Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment. This gorgeous, non-greasy cream is packed with nourishing, pure vitamins that help to repair chapped hands and strengthen nails. Provitamin B5 and Algae Extract are mixed with Sweet Almond Oil to help heal dry, rough hands and provide an invisible barrier against further damage.

Be sure to wear sunglasses and a hat, to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun between 12 and 3pm.

Happy summer everyone and if you need any advice on which products would work well for you this summer, get in touch and we will be very happy to help.

Team Pure Beauty

Common Summer Skin Problems

summer skin problemsSummer is a favourite season for much of the population, a time when we can enjoy being outdoors without the need for layers and waterproofs (most of the time…). However, with it can come a whole new set of skin problems which can be tricky to deal with or prevent in the first place. Today, we’re looking at some of the most common skin issues for the summer season and some of the ways to deal with them.

Sunburn

Probably the single most common skin problem during the sunnier months is sunburn. Spending too much time in the sun or failing to use adequate sun protection can cause serious damage and in some cases can even need hospitalisation. Obviously, the most important thing is using a good SPF to avoid getting burned in the first place, but applying Dermalogica After Sun Repair will also help to heal and repair the skin.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is super common when the temperature soars, especially for people with sensitive skin the first place. There’s no agreed ‘cure’ for heat rash and it’s largely harmless apart from being slightly itchy and uncomfortable, but applying a soothing treatment like Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist can really help to relieve the discomfort.

Spots

The combination of sweat, sun-cream, air conditioning and chlorine can play absolute havoc with your skin’s natural balance and give rise to breakouts of spots and pimples. Using a really good cleanser like Dermalogica Skin Cleansing Wipes will keep your skin blemish free while Dermalogica Breakout Control is an on-the-spot treatment which will reverse blemishes as they happen.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is also quite common during the summer months, with a number of causes, but fortunately it’s quite simple to treat. Choose a rich product such as Dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream which will cocoon the body in a layer of moisture and help to return the skin to its normal state.

Hard Skin

Hard skin on the feet is the ultimate summer paradox; we spend so much time getting our feet “summer ready” and looking presentable in sandals, only for the sandals (and other shoes with a thin, unsupportive sole) to actually cause hard skin! Use a pumice stone after you’ve soaked in the bath to reduce hard skin and add Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub into your regular foot care routine to keep it at bay.

Healthy snacks for kids

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Key to establishing, and maintaining, healthy diets for children and teenagers, is to start good eating habits young.

Whilst peer pressure and endless adverts for junk food can make life hard for parents, it is possible to create healthy eating so that the dining table doesn’t turn into a battlefield.

“I hate the way the put chocolates and sweets at the checkouts in the supermarket as my kids always want something and when I say no, there are tears.” 
                                            Jules 

“So often, my son comes home from a party with so many sugary treats, I have to take some away and give them to him over time – but it isn’t easy.”
                                          Megan 

“Adverts on the TV are all about expensive toys and gadgets, or sugary cereal and fizzy drinks – please make it stop.”
                                                Dave 

A healthy, varied diet is vital for good health and growth, strong teeth, it helps keep obesity at bay and can also stabilise moods and energy levels, sharpen minds, and allow children to grow into strong, healthy adults.

Focus on your overall family diet rather than specific foods. The ideal is to eat whole-foods that are as close to their natural form and keep processed options to a minimum. Create a diet that is full of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and pulses, good oils and proteins and go organic whenever you can.

Kick off with a healthy breakfast and the whole family is set for the day. A meal that includes quality protein such as enriched cereal, yoghurt, milk, cheese, eggs, meat, or fish is best and will keep the hunger pangs, and sugar cravings at bay.

Keep salt and sugar to a minimum and this also goes for saturated fats.

When buying meat, go for organic, grass-fed options because they are so much better for you than cheaper, industrially raised meat

Be a role model to your child. Plan meals together, talk to them about what is good for you and tastes great. When you can, eat together, don’t talk about dieting or being fat and generally practice what you preach.

Cook at home. Yes, going out to eat or having a take-away is fun but these meals tend to have more fat, sugar and nasties in them than food prepared by you at home. Plan ahead, make batches of family favourites and freeze them so you have great meals at the touch of a button.

Keep an eye on what children are eating at school. Either order their school dinners ahead of time or make a packed lunch so you know they are having a nutritious meal and snacks when they are away from home. An egg salad sandwich, pot of yoghurt, some fresh fruit, cubes of cheese and a bottle of water is ideal.

Rice, noodle and pasta dishes are great, quick and easy meals for weekday evenings. You can use meat or fish, make homemade sauces and add seasonal vegetables on the side and the whole family will be happy.

Keep snacks and desserts healthy. Offer fresh fruit and vegetables as snacks rather than an endless supply of biscuits, crisps and chocolates. These foods might taste good but they offer little, or no nutrition and can affect waistlines and teeth. Freeze 100% fruit juice to create lollies and make fun fruit kebabs using pineapple chunks, bananas, grapes, apples and berries. A handful of nuts is a tasty bread, as is a vitamin packed green smoothie.

When it comes to drinks, water is an excellent option. It is sugar free and keeps you hydrated. Add some slices of lemon and cucumber as well as ice and keep the fizzy drinks away.

Check portion sizes.

Don’t insist your child cleans their plate before they leave the table, and never use food as a reward or bribe as both can create issues.

If you have any handy hips or tips on healthy eating, do let us know.

Team Pure-Beauty

Exfoliate your way to healthy skin

Dermalgocia Daily Microexfoliant

As well as cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin, if you want to keep it in the very best condition, exfoliation needs to be part of your beauty regime.

There are three types of exfoliation: manual, enzyme and chemical and the main benefits of this process are:

  • It improves the texture and look for your skin.
  • It takes away layers of dead skin to remove softer, fresher, newer skin.
  • It can help keep pores clear and unclogged and thus assist with keeping acne at bay.
  • It increases blood circulation, which helps achieve healthy, glowing skin.
  • It can help with the signs of ageing.

Today we are looking at some of the exfoliation products we stock at Pure-Beauty from Dermalogica and how they can help your skin.

All skin types, except really sensitive cases, can benefit from using the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. This is a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliator that removes dead cells and improves skin texture. Alpha hydroxy Lactic Acid, beta hydroxy Salicylic Acid and natural fruit enzymes remove the debris and help stimulate skin renewal. Extracts of Lavender, Aloe Vera and Coneflower help reduce sensitivity and soothe skin and also help to combat dryness.

Suitable for all skin, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a rice-based enzyme powder that can be used on a daily basis for salon worth results. Mixing half a teaspoon of the powder with a little water brings the active ingredients alive and a paste is created in-front of your eyes. As you gently apply the mixture to the face, debris and dirt is removed to reveal brighter, smoother skin. Regular use of this product stimulates cell renewal and leads to improved suppleness and,
thanks to skin-brightening ingredients, uneven pigmentation can be corrected.

If you are looking for something a little more powerful, we suggest trying the Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant. This outstanding product combines advanced ingredient technology with chemical and physical exfoliants so that not only is the skin refined but thanks to Vitamin A (Retinol) and Vitamin C, signs of premature aging are tackled too. Self-heating technology providing a burst of heat that aids the penetration of active ingredients so that after use, your skin feels dramatically smoother.

Whilst you can use your fingers to apply all of these products, you can supercharge your products by using the Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush. The durable, hygienic, nylon bristles gently loosen dead skin cells and dirt and offer professional results.

It’s only your face that benefits from exfoliation, your body does too. For most of the year we hide out bodies in jeans and jumpers, blast it with central heating and then the sun shines and we strip off. This can be a recipe for disaster but Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub is here to help. This creamy and lightly foaming body scrub is gentle enough for all skin types, but together enough to buff away dead cells leaving behind polished, super soft skin. Remember, if the sun does come out, make sure you do use a sunscreen, such as the water-resistant Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50.

If you have any questions about exfoliation and how to get it right, contact us and we will be happy to help and send out free samples so you can try before you buy.

Skincare for Tweens with Dermalogica and Decleor

skincare for tweensIt may seem a little early to be thinking about skincare but if you’ve got a ‘tween’ (a child between the ages of 8 and 12) you may find that they’re already suffering with hormone related skin issues. Hitting puberty can play havoc with a child’s skin, and with that stage hitting earlier than ever (the average UK child starts puberty at 11-12 years old), it’s important to start looking after their faces ASAP. We’re taking a look at products which are gentle yet effective enough to keep hormonal skin under control.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

This cleanser from Dermalogica will cleanse the face effectively without stripping the skin of the natural layer of protection, which can lead to redness and sensitivity. It’s great for tween skin as it’s so gentle and helps reduce sensitivity, redness, irritation and inflammation. It comes in a pump bottle for convenience and can be used without water, which can actually dry the skin out.

Decleor Soothing Micellar Water

Decleor Soothing Micellar Water

Micellar water is water with tiny particles of oil suspended in it, and is actually far more effective at wicking excess sebum away from the face than other types of cleansers. It’s also really mild, so you can use this on tween skin with complete confidence that it won’t contain harsh chemicals which will upset the delicate balance of their complexion.

Dermalogica Pore Control Scrub

Dermalogica Pore Control Scrub

If you’ve noticed that your tween’s skin has already started to look slightly congested or is prone to oiliness or blackheads then you may need to opt for an occasional cleanser which is slightly more powerful. This scrub from Dermalogica’s Clear Start range is formulated to deal with young skin which is prone to breakouts and will gently exfoliate and purify the skin to clear spots and blackheads.

Decleor Imperfections Roll-on

Decleor Imperfections Roll-on

If your tween feels self-conscious about their spots, this little roll-on from Decleor could be the perfect thing. It targets blemishes, reducing redness and killing the bacteria within, helping to reduce the appearance of unsightly areas and giving them a little confidence back on bad-skin days.

Dermalogica Cooling Masque

Dermalogica Cooling Masque

This masque from Dermalogica is also from the Clear Start range and is a multi-functional product. As well as helping to cleanse the surface of the skin by getting rid of spot-causing oil and bacteria, several ingredients work together to soothe areas of redness and irritation which will help to prevent further breakouts. It can be used 3-5 times a week and is a great ally against hormonal skin.