Coco Chanel said, “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Not just time, but also a different climate adds an extra challenge to your skin.

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Monday, 04 July 2022 09:10

How To Take Care of Sensitive Skin

Finding the perfect skincare that goes with your skin type can be challenging, but it must be undertaken to protect the body from age and temperature. However, if you choose the wrong type of products to apply, you may end up with sensitive skin.

Woman with sensitive skinPh. Kimia Zarifi (unsplash)

Skin can be subject to allergies, excessive foliation caused by daily usage of products that irritate the skin, high temperature, dry weather, and eczema.


If you have sensitive skin, finding the right skincare products can be quite difficult.

Many products are too harsh and end up making your skin worse, so you should opt for products made from natural ingredients, such as Misumi’s products. This brand offers expert solutions for acne-prone skin and guarantees effective results.

In this blog post, we'll share tips on how to take care of your sensitive skin. We'll also recommend some of our favourite skincare products that are gentle enough for sensitive skin. So, if you're looking for ways to improve your skin health, keep reading!

Determine Your Skin’s Sensitivity Level

Woman with bright skinPh. Feur Kaan (Unsplash)

First, you need to determine whether your skin is sensitive or if you instead have another skin condition. To identify your skin’s sensitivity level, look for clues in your skin pattern and find out if there are differences in the level of your skin.

For instance, if your skin is naturally pale, you can spot some red spots due to irritation. If your skin is of a darker shade, you can notice some itching. To protect your skin’s sensitivity, one must understand the different factors that can affect skin sensitivity.

Not everyone is exposed to the same factors. Some people are affected because of a wrong choice of products, some because of sudden temperature change, some because they don’t like the heat, and others’ skin is sensitive to cold.

Skin sensitivity can be caused by multiple agents, so check which one of them would harm your skin to understand how to protect it. One way to ensure good skincare in the long term is to use the perfect products to protect you.

Sometimes, you can only find what works for them through an experiment with different products and seeking professional help. Whether your skin is dry or oily, a professional can always recommend what goes better with your skin type. Finally, follow a regular skincare routine to keep your skin healthy.

Choose the Right Skincare Products

Skincare productsPh. Alesia Kozik (pixel)

Choosing the right products is the biggest step when attempting to protect the skin from any inconvenience. If you choose wrong, the skin may experience side effects such as irritations, allergies, and eczema.
Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, choosing skincare products that are gentle and won't cause irritation is important. Of course, you shouldn’t try it out on the entire skin surface all at once, but test out the new skincare products on a small patch of skin before using them all over your face.

This way, you will be protecting your body in case of any side effects, and you’ll find out if this product is the best to use or a must-avoid. Stay away from regular exfoliation when you have sensitive skin because it can affect your skin surface and worsen things. Instead, moisturise your skin and keep it hydrated.

Also, try to look for products labelled “sensitive” or “for sensitive skin.” When in doubt, packages are the answer; they will provide you with the necessary information concerning the products you’re about to try out, including whether they contain harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, exfoliators, or natural and organic elements that can improve your skincare experience.

If you feel more comfortable using natural hacks to take care of the skin, we recommend drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Adjust Your Skincare Routine

Woman using a roller on her face Ph. Pavel Danilyuk (Unsplash)

Some people follow a skincare routine to fix their skin from unwanted effects, some simply look for the glow, and others just want their skin to look fine when they go to work.

In any way, it’s important to adjust your skincare routine to your best interest. If you have sensitive skin, there are some steps to follow to ensure a better glow. Try using a gentle face wash that doesn't contain any harsh chemicals nor alcohol, fragrance, or other harsh ingredients to avoid irritation. Instead, apply moisturiser to your skin every day to keep it hydrated, and use lukewarm or cold water to wash your face to ensure the pores’ opening.

Moreover, if you're experiencing redness or irritation on the skin level, avoid rubbing it or applying random products to get rid of it. Instead, try using an Aloe Vera gel to soothe your skin. Many research has shown that Aloe Vera products relieve the skin from any irritation and overheating.

Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Healthily

Healthy FoodPh. Ella Olsson (Unsplash)

A healthy body equals a healthy mind, and your body is nothing but a mirror reflecting how healthy you are. To keep your skin healthy and young, keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water daily to stay hydrated.
Dry skin is the number one enemy and can cause many complications. Therefore, it is important to drink as much as possible, perhaps squeezing some lemon in your water for a further glow!

And while we’re speaking of keeping it healthy, try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods and sugary drinks to get the nutrients your body needs. Keep it energetic by getting enough sleep at night and regular exercise to spend the day refreshed and in a good mood. There’s nothing worse for the skin than having dark circles under your eyes and an exhausted skin covering your body.

Take care of yourself, and give yourself some breaks throughout the day to meditate, relax and rejuvenate. Stay away from anything that can stress you out, and more importantly, be happy! Your sensitive skin will thank you for that!

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Wednesday, 01 June 2022 08:01

Model Approved Skin Care Essentials

Are you looking for some skincare essentials that models and beauticians equally love? Well, we’ve got you covered. 

We reveal 5 simple and accessible products models love and use in their daily skincare maintenance and why models swear by it.


Skincare Essentials That Models Love

Woman with a face mask onPh. Engin_Akyurt (Pixabay)

The world of skincare is absolutely massive and having a winning set of products is key, but finding these great products can be a tough task because of how many competing brands there are on the market.

In this article, we'll be sharing which products are most important and why you need to be using them. These items should be part of your daily skin care routine and we think you’ll absolutely love them.

1. A Great Cleanser

A good cleanser is the cornerstone of any solid skincare routine and should be the first step in your regime, morning and night. It's important to find a cleanser that suits your skin type as this will help to ensure that your skin is being properly cared for.

If you have oily skin, you'll want to look for a gel or foaming cleanser as these will help to remove excess oil without stripping the skin. If you have dry skin, on the other hand, you'll want to look for a balm-based cleanser as these will be more gentle.

Cleansing is really important to your skin care routine because it is designed to remove any grime, impurities, or excess oil from your face that could otherwise cause a breakout.

Why not give your face a double cleansing approach like they do in Japan? It's super easy to do as well, with you first cleansing with an oil cleanser before washing and then using a moisturising cleanser to restore hydration after cleaning your skin.

2. A Skin-protecting Serum

moisturiser in a jarPh. Phoyosforyou (Pixabay)

Vitamin C is an absolutely essential ingredient in any skincare routine as it has so many benefits for the skin. It's a powerful antioxidant which means it helps to protect the skin from damage caused by sunlight, brightens the complexion, and even helps to boost collagen production.

If getting it in serum form isn't for you, supplements can do a decent job at giving you skin that's robust and sun damage resistant. Getting vitamin C onto your skin and into your diet is something that's overlooked by many, despite the benefits of it being well-known.

All of these factors combined, make this vitamin a real powerhouse ingredient that every model swears by. Many don't seem to have incorporated it into their skin care routines, but we have no idea why.

3. An Spf Primer

SPF primer is an absolute must-have for caring for your skin, no matter what time of year it is. The sun's UV rays can cause all sorts of damage to the skin including wrinkles, sunspots, and even cancer so it's important to always make sure you're protected with a good quality SPF product. Look for an SPF30 or higher on the label.

Using a good primer with a good SPF rating can help your skin from drying out and stop you from ageing prematurely, making you look younger for longer. When buying a good SPF primer, you should look for a product that will give your skin a good glow and is easy to use, whilst also giving you a grease-free finish.

4. A Hydrating Moisturiser

person moisturising their hands with creamPh. AdoreBeautyNZ (Pixabay)

A good moisturiser is essential for keeping the skin hydrated and looking perfect. What's important is to find one that suits your skin type as this will help to ensure that your skin is getting the hydration it needs without becoming too greasy or oily.

Your moisturiser is something that's definitely worth spending good money on because it can help you to look fresh, as well as help you continue to a youthful appearance thanks to the lack of dried and cracked skin. It's worth the investment!

5. A Facial Oil

Facial oils are a great way to add an extra boost of hydration to the skin and they can be particularly beneficial for those with dry or mature skin types. They can also help to balance out oil production in those with oily or combination skin types.

Why use facial oil though? These beauty facial oils help give you a luminous appearance and can keep you looking moist and ready to seize the day. There are lots of different facial oils on the market so it's important to find one that contains ingredients that are beneficial for your specific skin type.

Nobody wants to have skin that's dry and in poor condition, so investing in a good facial oil will help remedy this and help make you confident in your skin. These oils can actually restore aged skin, and deliver vital antioxidants.

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Did you know that the skin is not only an organ but actually the largest one in your body?

Published in Beauty

So many of us live or work in cities and built up areas these days, where traffic blocks up our streets all day long and air quality stagnates indoors. The result is an increase in our exposure to pollution, dirt, train fumes and smog, all of which takes its toll on our skin and overall health.

Published in Beauty
Wednesday, 27 April 2022 18:38

5 New Beauty Launches You'll Be Obsessed With

Beauty products are an extension of your overall look and our top 5 gets you there faster, for flawless results. Trust us, you’ll be obsessed with these to treat your skin, hair and lips for the quality and reliability to switch up your style as you please.

Our top five products gives you a head start with skin, hair and nails with brands we sample ourselves

 

OPV Matt Liquid Lipstick

OPV Matt Lipstick

The BRAND NEW OPV Beauty matte liquid lipsticks are available in 25 fabulous colours to suit you and your mood.

You will love the effortless application, giving your lips a tender coverage that dries to a gorgeous matte finish - Let your lipstick do all the talking!

OPV Lipstick £7.99

Only Curls Conditioner

Only Curls Volumising Curl Mousse 

A volumising, conditioning, protein rich mousse perfect for curly or wavy hair. This lightweight foam styler will help to boost volume, smooth frizz and define curls, all with weightless hold. The special blend of rice water, rice protein, and pro-vitamin B5 helps strengthen curls, replenish moisture and prevent breakage.

Onlycurls.com £16

Mylee Speckled Matte No Wipe Top Coat

Mylee Speckled Matte No Wipe Top Coat

Give your manicure a stunning black speckled matte finish with this top coat. Perfect for a mini-egg effect at Easter over your favourite pastel polishes! Packed with irregular black fragments and with a matte finish you can protect your polish from natural wear and prevent chipping and peeling for a long lasting manicure. Perfect over any MyGel polish shade, the 5-In-1 Builder Gel and Polygel! With no tacky inhibition layer to remove, you're good to go once cured!

Mylee Speckled Matte No Wipe Top Coat 15ml £8.50

The Jojoba Company Youth Potion

ultimate youth potion 50ml

Formulated with signature Australian Wadi-Wadi Jojoba, the Jojoba Company’s Ultimate Youth Potion + L22 ® is naturally packed with antioxidants, omegas, and vitamins. Delivering superior anti-ageing results for all skin types without harmful additives or chemical nasties. It has been developed to prevent and repair fine lines and wrinkles and is clinically proven to deliver results. Sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients such as patented L22®, a blend of botanical oils that deliver the same ratio of lipids as healthy 22-year-old skin, and free-radical fighting CoQ10 work together with Jojoba to activate your skin’s natural intelligence to boost skin hydration, enhance firmness and elasticity whilst restoring healthy skin lipids.

Ultimate Youth Potion + L22® – The jojoba Company UK £29.95

Eresos Aloe Vera Hydrating Face Mask

Eresos Aloe Vera Hydrating Face Mask

For some serious skincare pampering, our 500mg CBD isolate infused moisturising and calming Derma Hydrating Face Mask is packed with natural extracts of Aloe Vera and Chamomile for an instant pick-me-up. Easily applied and easily removed, the soothing Kaolin clay will give you a healthy, fresh complexion and long-lasting results.

www.eresos.co.uk £45 (500mg)

Why so obsessive?

If you’ve been hankering for a deep intensive repair for your face, we think you’ll love Eresos who design their products for a longer result and of course the Jojoba Company for quality ingredients that work along with your own skin’s ecosystem.

As far as DIY nails are concerned, we say, the time spent polishing and sealing that perfect pigment must endure washing up the dishes and a steamy bath as a minimum. It’s all in the top coat friends! The Mylee Top Coat is to be teamed up with their Mygels range but also what you already have in your home. We expect thank you letters on this recommendation alone.

We really do have to mention the level of protein rich ingredients in the curling mousse here. It reminded us of the home remedy of egg yolks as a hair conditioner, but this offers a great vegan alternative for hair breakage repair (and without the mess)!

And finally, for real lipstick, we truly believe your lips should do all the talking with a dense and rich pigment. Whether you intend to say anything or not. Embracing “the silent type” with a subdued matte finish is sexy, sultry and easy to achieve with a reliable lipstick such as OPV.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022 16:35

Clearer Skin In 4 Simple Steps With Face 4ward

Skincare can be overwhelming and confusing, even for the most savvy skincare junkies. Not to mention men, who have their specific skin concerns and needs.

Shakeup Face 4ward cosmetics for men

When it comes to skincare for men, there are even fewer places where male consumers can access skincare knowledge or tips.


That’s why Shakeup Cosmetics, the fastest growing men’s beauty brand in the UK is bringing to market a four-step skincare regime – FACE 4WARD, which is aimed to demystify skincare jargons, and make skincare for men easy to understand and simple to follow.

Step 1: Multi-action Daily Face Wash

Face 4ward face wash

Deep cleansing face wash designed to remove dirt, oil and environmental pollutants to reveal fresh and smoother looking skin. Packed with Willow Bark extract & fruit AHA complex of Orange, Lemon and Bilberry to gently exfoliate skin, improve skin tone and the appearance of pores. Aquaxyl™, a natural pro-age moisturiser preps skin for shaving, and boosts hydration to prevent dryness.

Step 2: Clarifying Toner

Face 4ward Toner

A multi-tasking, freshening toner that exfoliates skin with Glycolic Acid & fruit AHA complex, and helps reduce oil & shine, leaving skin perfectly prepped for serum or moisturiser. Witch Hazel extract helps to minimise the appearance of pores to reveal smoother skin.

Step 3: Pro-youth Serum

Face 4ward serum 

A powerful and nourishing serum that helps to reduce the appearance of multiple signs of ageing. Tiger Grass assists in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and promotes a brighter complexion. Squalane helps to reduce excess oil, calm irritation and target uneven skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide help to boost hydration and tighten pores to reveal healthy, radiant looking skin.

Step 4: Matte-effect Gel Moisturiser

Face 4ward gel Moisturiser

A lightweight gel moisturiser with Matmarine™ biotech ingredient that targets oil and shine for a natural matte finish. Helps replenish tired skin by delivering a hydrating boost of Hyaluronic Acid to give skin a supple and youthful glow.

Words From The Founders

“It’s been a long time in the making and we are so excited that this range is ready to meet the world. We love the simplicity of this range, but they are packed with skin-loving actives and ingredients, suitable for all skin types, and targeting some of the most common skin issues our customers are facing. We hope you will love them as much as we do!”

Find out more about other Face 4ward products available for all men by Shakeup Cosmetics.

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Collagen is a must-have in antiageing skincare and an essential component in our tissues.

Published in Beauty
Tuesday, 28 December 2021 10:57

Festive Skin? Make it Healthier!

Holidays are for relaxation and self-indulgence but your skin is not always that happy with it. Bruce Green, chartered scientist and founder of SOS Serum Skincare, explains why.

Fresh skin for the new year. Ph. Audrey Fretz, UnsplashPh. Audrey Fretz, Unsplash

Overindulging during the festive season does no good to your skin. Bruce Green, founder of SOS Serum Skincare, reveals how it goes hand in hand with some skincare dilemmas.


Holidays And Your Skin, What Bruce Says...

"First of all, we throw our healthy habits out the window and enjoy many alcoholic beverages, and eat more sugary treats, fatty foods. Alcohol is a diuretic, which forces water out of the body making it harder to rehydrate. It can cause the skin to look sallow and make pores and fine lines more visible. Sugary foods can result in a quick rise in blood sugar which can cause a spike in insulin. This jump can increase skin and hair oiliness leading to inflammation and potential breakouts. But this isn't me saying not to enjoy yourself! Here are a few tips that can help your skin this festive season."

Rehydration

Bruce Green's expert tips for healthy skin. HydrationImage courtesy of SOS Serum Skincare

"This is the big one. For every drink of alcohol, drink a glass of water – the one for one rule. Water flushes out toxins and restores your hydration levels."

Cleanse

How to make festive skin healthy. Ph. Ron Lach, PexelsPh. Ron Lach, Pexels

"I know it's tempting after a sparkly social evening to reduce or even skip your facial cleansing routine but DON’T! After hydration, this is the next most important factor to protecting skin from party fallout. But be gentle and use a non-alcoholic, mild or no perfume face cleanser. SOS Cleanse (£15) is perfect for this as it is lightweight and rehydrating."

SOS Serum Skincare Face & Body cream

"Give exfoliation a miss until your skin cell regeneration batteries are re-charged. Follow cleansing with natural non-fragranced serums and moisturisers like our  SOS Serum (£15) that delivers comfort, moisturisation and protection to the skin."

Rest

Bruce Green's expert tips for healthy skin. Ph. Kelly Sikkema, UnsplashPh. Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash

"Take advantage of an alcohol-free night in your schedule and have an early bedtime. Your body, mind and skin regeneration is crucial and you will instantly look and feel better for it."

Wait

How to have healthy skin for 2022. Bruce Green's skincare tips.Image courtesy of SOS Serum Skincare

"New cosmetics, skincare products and perfumes will often come to you as Christmas gifts but don’t slap them all on at once or your skin could have a freak-out! Wait until your skin has settled and balance restored before trying out a new skincare formulation; your skin could reject something for all the wrong reasons."

With these expert tips in mind, you can be sure that 'festive skin' can be healthy and glowy for the new year!

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Thursday, 11 November 2021 07:43

Autumn Skincare Saviours from Aviela

Investing in a quality skincare line may just be what you need this Autumn. Aviela are a 100% natural African shea butter brand helping you transform your skin through the colder months. 

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