Wrinkles – Why You Get Them and What to do About it.

For many of us, wrinkles are just a fact of life, something that happens once we reach a certain age and are just a sign that we’re getting older. There are, however, many different causes of wrinkles, and knowing those signs means that there are things you can do to try to combat them. Read on for four of the most common causes of wrinkles and what you can do to combat them:

Sun Exposure

One of the most common causes of skin ageing is prolonged sun exposure. The sun’s rays strip the skin of vital oils and speed up the ageing process, so the most important thing is to avoid the sun and never use sun beds. The sun can also cause hyperpigmentation, which are dark spots on the skin which get worse as we age. Jan Marini Daily Face Protectant contains broad-spectrum protection which will help to decrease the risk of cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Dryness

It’s a fact that dry skin will look older than oily skin because it lacks moisture and plumpness. It’s important to stick to a strict regimen of moisturising products, and that doesn’t just mean moisturiser. You need to opt for cleanser, toner, moisturiser, eye creams and other products which ALL add moisture to the skin, rather than stripping it away. The Elemis Pro-Collagen range is perfect, and even includes a moisturising balm which removes make-up!

Smoking

We hate to go all preachy, but smoking is bad for you in SO many ways, not only because you’re effectively sucking poisons into your body, but also because there are things in the actual smoke which clings to your skin and speeds up the ageing process. Quitting is going to be the biggest step towards minimising the damage, but using Elemis Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask helps to restore a glowing complexion, or when the skin is looking tired and dull as a result of smoking.

Stress

We all know that stress is bad for us, physiologically, as it literally causes the blood to thicken and can have many knock-on effects. However, stress also has more obvious ramifications, such as frown lines, which deepen as we age and our bodies can no longer produce the collagen. Yoga is a fabulous way to combat stress, and we also recommend investing in a tube of Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, which can help to combat the signs of stress.

Five Mists That Do the MOST!

There are many different types of products on the market with many different application methods, but at this time of year there’s no denying that mists are one of the most popular. The idea of a mist is that the applicator gives you a fine mist of product over your whole face, and some don’t even need to be rubbed in, but they all have a different purpose. Here are five of our favourites:

Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist

Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist

Mists usually feel very refreshing a moisturising, so it stands to reason that Dermalogica would create a mist specifically designed to hydrate the skin. It provides a wash of antioxidant protection with flash-firming properties designed to improve skin texture while intensely hydrating dry, dehydrated skin.

Decleor Refreshing Mist

Decleor Refreshing MistThis tonic from Decleor is designed to refresh the skin, as well as containing salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and refine skin’s texture. It contains mint-flower water, lemongrass, thyme and rosemary which rejuvenate the skin while offering a uniquely fragrant experience for your senses. It can be used at any time, but is also excellent as a setting spray for make-up.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist

Dermalogica UltraCalming MistMisting products are especially good for sensitive skin as they can help to reduce inflammation and calm redness and the feeling of tightness. This mist from Dermalogica was created to do exactly that and will also help to repair the skin’s natural barrier and support the skin while it recovers from damage. Ideal for use after chemical treatments.

Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray

Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. SprayThis Tea Tree S.O.S. spray from Elemis is a mist like no other – it can be used in so many different ways, which makes it worth its weight in gold! It contains concentrated tea tree oil, which is a known anti-bacterial and is used for fungal infections on the feet, cuts and spots, protecting against insect bites, soothing the skin after waxing and so much more!

Dermalogica All Over Toner

Dermalogica All Over Toner

Acne-prone skin can be problematic in many ways, but this misting toner tackles many of the issues. Firstly, it contains bacteria-killing properties which can kill the spot-causing germs before they’re able to form blemishes. It also contains ingredients which soothe the skin, reducing redness and soreness, and addressing the root causes of spots, as well as a  beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates surface skin cells.

The Week Before Your Wedding

The Week Before Your Wedding

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Wedding season is well and truly upon us, which means that many of us are in full blown prep mode, making sure we’re looking and feeling our best before the big day. We’re sure you’ve got your beauty schedule sorted, but we thought we’d put together a list of things that you might have forgotten amongst all of the madness!

Exfoliating

One of the things that a lot of people do before a wedding, whether they’re a guest, a bridesmaid, or even the bride, is have a spray tan so that they’ve got their glow on. To make sure your tan lasts as long as possible, we recommend ensuring that you exfoliate your skin in the week before. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub gives the skin a renewed glow and also smells fantastic, too.

Moisturising

Keeping your skin well hydrated is essential, especially if you’re stressed and rushing around. Decleor Moisturising Body Milk is a velvety lotion which nourishes and softens the skin, giving you a comforting and protective layer of moisture. It not only re-hydrates the skin, but improves skin elasticity and firmness enhancing the overall appearance of your skin.

Hands

If you’re the bride, the last thing you want is to look down as your partner is slipping the ring onto your finger and notice how dry your hands look! You’ll likely have had a manicure before the big day, but keeping your hands soft and supple with Jan Marini Luminate Hand Cream will give you the confidence that your hands will look amazing as you say “I do”.

Feet

If your gown is floor length, there’s a good chance you’ll forget about your feet, but it would be pretty annoying to jet off on your honeymoon before realising your feet aren’t beach ready! Give yourself a home pedicure in the prep-week and use Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream daily to make sure you don’t have a build-up of hard skin.

Face

Your face is probably the MOST important thing that you’re going to want to look after, and masks are a great way to do this. We recommend Decleor Flash Radiance Mask which is an express mask designed to revive the complexion and hide any skin imperfections. It contains elemi and saro essential oils to help promote microcirculation and to purify and cleanse.

Natural Products from Pure Beauty

Natural Products from Pure Beauty

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Here at Pure Beauty, we’re crazy about all things beauty related, but we do keep a special place in our hearts for products which are all, or almost, all-natural. These products take ingredients and inspiration from nature, harnessing the power of natural products and give us the confidence to use them without needing to worry about what’s in them.

Decleor Body Refining Oil Serum

This serum from Decleor is made from 100% natural oils and is designed to target orange-peel skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. It’s intended for use during ‘self-massage’ and  is concentrated with essential oils of grapefruit and patchouli known for their aromachological energizing and stimulating properties.

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

It’s not just about products which soak into your skin; using natural fibres on your skin is also recommended for minimal damage to the top layer of your epidermis. This skin brush from Elemis is made from 100% natural cactus fibres, so you can exfoliate or dry brush with the confidence that it will only get rid of the skin that you want it to!

Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash

This body wash from Dermalogica contains natural extracts and essential oils which are designed to clean the skin while nourishing it and maintaining a natural balance. It’s enriched with moisturising essential oils and panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) to leave skin smooth and supple while tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary invigorate the skin.

Elemis Superfood Facial Oil

We all know that we should be eating superfoods, but putting them ON your body can also be highly beneficial. This facial oil from Elemis contains all-natural oils from broccoli seed, flaxseed, daikon radish, rosehip, cucumber, macadamia, poppy seed, rice bran and meadowfoam seed to enrich the skin, eliminate dryness and replace essential lost minerals and vitamins.

Decleor High Repair After Sun Balm for the Face

If you’ve spent time in the sun, it’s really important that you use an after-sun treatment, even if you haven’t been burnt, and there’s nothing better than using natural ingredients for this. Decleor’s after sun balm is made from 100% natural ingredients and will intensively repair skin after sun exposure. It will nourish and repair the skin to maintain a radiant and long lasting tan as well as reducing the appearance of signs of ageing.

What To Do If You Feel Like You’ve Let Yourself Go

What To Do If You Feel Like You’ve Let Yourself Go

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There are a lot of things that can make us feel like we’ve let ourselves go, from bereavement to break-ups, births and illnesses, but it’s never too late to pull it back and get to a point where you feel like yourself again. Beauty is probably the last thing on your mind when you’ve had a major event in your life, but we’ve got some tips to help you once you get to the point where you want to start looking after yourself again:

Brows

The brows are one of the first places that we neglect when we fall out of love with our beauty routine, but the good thing is, they’re one of the simplest to get back into check again. Pop to a salon for some waxing or threading to get them back into shape and rid yourself of any stragglers, then treat your brow area to some Decleor Post-Wax Cream – Sensitive Areas to soothe and slow down regrowth.

Eyes

Tiredness, crying and stress can all have an effect on the eye area, leaving you with dark circles and puffiness. Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift is specifically designed to erase the signs of stress from around the eye area and can be used as needed for a quick boost, or daily to address signs of chronic eye fatigue.

Complexion

Stress and upset, or just general neglect, can leave your skin looking dull and lacklustre, and it can take a very special product to get you back to your former glowing self. Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask visibly improves the appearance of skin tone, texture and luminosity starting with the first use and continuing over time, so your skin will get better every time you use it.

Nails

We don’t know about you, but our nails and hands always suffer when we’re stressed, as we tend to bite them down and neglect them completely. Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Hand and Nail Cream is a nourishing treatment which will give essential moisture and vitamins back to your hands and nails, smoothing the skin and helping nails to regrow quickly and with added strength.

Body

The skin on your face isn’t the only place to suffer when you’ve let things go; our bodies often need a lift, too. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub will not only scrub away the top layers of dead skin, leaving your neglected areas looking fresh, but the scent is designed to stimulate your mind too, helping to bring you out of your funk and back to being fully functional again.