Posts Tagged: Skincare


10
Oct 13

Four of the Best: Night Creams

Most of us know that it’s worth spending a little extra on night cream. Our skin repairs itself at night so it’s worth treating it to something a little special considering all the abuse we throw at it through the day via pollution, wind, sun, rain, central heating etc.

Here are my current faves:

Omorovicza Gold Night Drops – £185
This anti-aging night serum works in three stages to smooth wrinkles and repair skin overnight. First, Vitamin A (encapsulated retinol) begins the skin repairing process by reducing the depth of fine lines and wrinkles while redensifying the epidermis and reversing the effect of sun damage. Next a bio-available form of colloidal gold, a powerful anti- inflammatory, and Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, repair the skin, boost its immune system and restore elasticity.
Finally, Omega 6 ceramide and hyaluronic acid retexture the lipid matrix and provide long lasting hydration. The serum also contains Gold Ferment, a powerful anti-inflammatory that works to heal accumulated micro damage and strengthen the skin.

Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Night Cream – £95
This super soft night cream harnesses the science of plant stem cell technology and was designed to target the sagging of jowls, cheeks and chin. The cream is nice and rich and layers the lipid barrier and works overnight to stimulate the cell’s biological energy cycle to deliver a lift effect. In tests, 78% of users felt the product helped improve texture and tone of their skin.

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Murad Pore and Line Minimizing Hydrator – £49.50
If you look at the ingredients list on your favourite moisturisers, one of the first few ingredients will be water, which does little more than bind the ingredients in the jar. Murad have taken that water and treated it with patent-pending technology called Replenicell. Replenicell water has been treated (with osmolytes, select amino acids and trehalose) to take it from a filler ingredient into active skincare. Murad surveyed 1240 women and found that pores, for the first time, were now as much of a concern as wrinkles. This cream (which is quite rich so I like to use it at night) works to both create plumper, firmer skin to minimise the signs of ageing, whilst reducing the appearance of pores and repairing skin breakouts to reveal a more even, refined skin tone. Kombucha collagen defense stimulates collagen production and inhibits its breakdown to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lentil seed extract and witch hazel tighten pores and help control excess oil while cinnamon extract restores skin surface by reducing inflammation and optimising oil production.

Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum-in-Oil – £44
This serum-in-oil combines with electrolytes found naturally in the skin to transform the gel into oil allowing instant diffusion into the skin. Blending together Ceramides that maintain the skin barrier function, Vegetal oils which are rich in antioxidants, and the ‘Blue Therapy Trio’ (AFA Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca and Life Plankton), targets visible signs of anti-ageing to smooth and nourish the skin.


3
Oct 13

The Lancer Method

Want to know the product behind the perfect skin of Victoria Beckham, Scarlett Johanssen and Dakota Fanning?

They are all fans of dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer’s approach to skincare. Previously only available in the US, the Lancer range is finally available in the UK, exclusively at Harrods. Dr. Lancer is a Beverley Hills based board certified practicing dermatologist with over 30 years experience in the field.

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Lancer believes that skin will begin to look younger if trained to follow a 28 day cycle, resulting in the signature A-List ‘Lancer glow’.

Known as the ‘Lancer Method’ his collection of products focus on stimulating the upper-most layer of the skin, shifting the dermis into high gear. Cell turnover speeds up, more collagen and elastin are produced and skin visibly glows – the skin effectively begins to follow a more youthful cycle, becoming more resilient and younger looking!

The Lancer Method is made up of three steps:

Step 1: Polish
‘Polish’ uses physical exfoliation beads and fruit enzymes to maximise cell turnover without causing irritation. In addition, brown sea algae moisturises skin and stimulates collagen production.

Step 2: Cleanse
‘Cleanse’ has been formulated to pick up where the Polish leaves off. It sweeps skin clean of any residual exfoliation debris and prepares it to receive further treatments. As the key middle link in the Method, the composition and pH of Cleanse precisely interlocks with the Polish and Nourish to enhance the potency and efficacy of each step in the Method.

Step 3: Nourish
Once skin has been properly exfoliated and thoroughly cleansed, it is more receptive to anti-ageing benefits than unprepared skin. The Nourish step delivers the maximum amount of age-reversing superstars.

The Method is also available in a sensitive or blemish-prone formula, optimised for the specific demands of the skin. I’ve been using the range religiously for the past five days and oh my goodness the difference it has made to my skin! My skin is brighter and smoother. Some hormonal pimples have dried up; this stuff is amazing!

The Method: Polish / £60.00
The Method: Cleanse / £48.00
The Method: Nourish / £105.00

www.harrods.com


24
May 13

Argan Oil Bodycare

We all know the benefits to using argan oil on our hair but have you ever thought of using it on your skin too?

Argan oil is so much more than hair oil; it offers valuable healing and protecting qualities due to its active substances triterpenoids (I had to Google it!) which work to heal the skin tissue, cool and soothe inflammation whilst nourishing and protecting the skin.

With twice as much vitamin E as olive oil and containing essential fatty acids, argan oil hydrates, helps in the healing of skin ailments and protects against premature aging caused by oxidation.

I tried the Argan Oil Bodycare Replenishing Body Butter and Emulsifying Body Dry Oil from Sally Express. The range is 100% natural, organic and chemical free so gentle enough to use on even the youngest skins. Both have a slight fruity fragrance so don’t worry, you won’t go around smelling like hair!

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The Body Butter is thick and creamy but completely non greasy so it absorbs into the skin well and leaves your skin looking and feeling hydrated. The Emulsifying Body Dry Oil contains Moroccan Argan Oil, jojoba oil and rosemary extracts to help restore skin’s moisture and improve elasticity. It too is non-greasy and quickly absorbed into the skin. After bathing simply spray onto damp skin and rub in.

That said, I couldn’t talk about argan oil without talking about hair. I’ve started using Argan Secret Oil from Marrakesh in between washes if my hair is looking a bit dull.

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The benefits for hair are well known but I’ll list them again:

  • Adds shine
  • Prepares hair for heat-straightening
  • Protects hair from heat styling tools
  • Speeds up drying and styling time
  • Helps to soften the hair and reduce frizz
  • Helps to protect from sun and wind damage

As these are natural and organic I’ll be using them on my children too but they are perfect for anyone who likes soft, smooth, hydrating products.

The Argan Oil Bodycare collection is available from Sally stores nationwide and www.sallyexpress.com.

Argan Oil Bodycare Replenishing Body Butter – £12.98/226g
Argan Oil Bodycare Emulsifying Body Dry Oil – £14.99/177ml
Argan Secret Oil from Marrakesh – £14.99/60ml

 


12
Mar 13

Three of the Best: Day Creams for Dry Skin

As the weather continues to conspire against me, I’m having to really up my skin and hair care routine. The cold, wind and recent snow sometimes literally hurt my face so I’ve had to switch my usual moisturiser for something slightly richer.

I’m rotating between these three:

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L’Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Hydrafresh Active Day Cream
L’Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Hydrafresh Active Day Cream is enriched with calcium, magnesium and vitamins C, E and B5 and it hydrates the skin without weight it down. Of the three creams listed, this one feels the lightest on the skin. It goes on like a cream/gel hybrid and has a very pleasant fresh scent. It moisturises the skin very well and, although it’s meant for normal to combination skin, I found it rich enough to use in this harsher weather as it moisturises very well.

L’Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Hydrafresh Active Day Cream – £6.99/50ml

REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream
The Ultra Moisture Day Cream from natural skincare pioneers REN. With bio extracts of Phytostimuline peptide, Hyaluronic acid, and Omega 6 ceramide, it’s thick and creamy without being greasy and it stops that dry, taut feeling you get when it’s cold.
My face feels moisturised and soft and as the cream also protects against free radicals, I know my face is protected from environmental pollutants and the harsh winter sun. REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream is meant for dry skins but in this weather I think it is perfect for normal to combination skin too.

REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream – £27/50 ml

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Ultra Face Cream
This face cream is for the seriously dry and dehydrated. With Evening Primrose, Rose Hip and Rose oils, this cream bring instant relief to the driest of skins. If you have normal or oily skin the Double Rose Ultra Face cream might be too much, but in winter, even my combination skin has been in need of extra moisture and this seriously luxurious cream more than delivers. I find it rich enough to use as a night cream too and a little goes a long way so the pot should last for a fair amount of time.

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Ultra Face Cream- £46.95/50ml


21
Jan 13

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

If you’ve ever breastfed a baby, you will be familiar with the searing pain of sore and cracked nipples and you’ll also appreciate the magic feeling of relief a good nipple balm can give.

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips contains medical grade lanolin which has historically been used by breastfeeding mothers. It is 100% organic and natural and so safe for babies that it doesn’t need to be washed off before breastfeeding. It makes perfect sense to transfer this knowledge to sore and chapped lips.

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As harsh as the environment can be to our lips, it’s nothing compared to breastfeeding (trust me!) so a little dab of this wonder balm can work miracles on even the driest and cracked lips. It soothes, protects and repairs the skin’s natural barriers so you are left with soft and luscious lips.

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips isn’t just for the lips (or the nipples) it can also be used on:

  • Dry cuticles
  • Feet and elbows
  • Dry knees
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Split ends
  • Diaper rash
  • Wound healing
  • Sunburn
  • Burns and abrasions
  • As an intensive moisturizing night mask

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is something a cult product as is used by all the top stylists. Just look at these recommendations:

Mary Greenwell, world renowned make-up artist who has worked on Kate Moss, Cate Blanchett, and Uma Thurman, said: “Travel friendly in a tube, and goes on so beautifully like the most luxurious lip balm ever!”

Florrie White (clients include Diane Kruger, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Alexa Chung) says: “In one small tube I have a gloss, a fixer and a treatment – and I am sure Dr Lipp will continue to impress me with further guises.”

Lady Gaga’s make-up artist Ayami Nishimura said: “It’s magical for my dry lips! But because it has nice shiny texture, you can also use on the eye lid to make eyes sexy.”

And last but by no means least, Caroline Barnes (clients include Kylie Minogue, Anna Friel, Cheryl Cole, Alesha Dixon, David Beckham and Naomi Campbell) calls Dr Lipp “…an absolute necessity in my kit. As well as being my lip balm of choice, it immediately soothes and moisturizes those dodgy areas that need some extra help. My celebrity clients love it too! An all-round must have product.”

A myriad of uses, 100% natural and celebrity stylist endorsed, I am a huge fan of Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips.

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – £11.50/15ml


4
Jan 13

Organic Surge Gentle Meadow Body Lotion

Every woman of colour appreciates the importance of moisturising the skin after a bath or shower.

From birth onwards, we’ve been slathering ourselves in a variety of lotions and potions. A good body moisturiser has to soak into the skin easily, not be greasy and smell pleasant.

All Organic Surge products are 100% free from parabens, SLS, artificial fragrances and colours. I find the Organic Surge Gentle Meadow Body Lotion perfect for use after the night time bath/shower. It contains organic lavender and geranium essential oils which help to relax you before you drift off to sleep.

It also contains natural glycerine – a humectant which attracts moisture to the skin, helping it to remain hydrated and soft; sweet almond oil – a rapidly absorbed, lightweight skin moisturiser and vitamin E which reduces skin irritation and provides natural anti-oxidant properties.

At £5.99 for 200ml it’s at a great price point and is gentle enough to use on all the family.

Organic Surge Gentle Meadow Body Lotion – £5.99/200 ml

 

 


17
Dec 12

Champneys Distant Shores Body Scrub

A visit to the Champneys spa is on my wish list but until then I will attempt to recreate the experience at home.

I recently tried their Distant Shores Body Scrub and it immediately reminded me of my summer holiday earlier in the year to St Lucia. The smells of grapefruit, lemon, mango and passion fruit immediately took me back to lazy days by the beach, too much good food and the hot Caribbean sun beating down on me.

Champneys Distant Shores Body Scrub

I tend to have mixed feelings about body scrubs as I can’t bear finding grains of sand/rice and other exfoliating substances on me the next morning. The Distant Shores Body Scrub isn’t too grainy, gives your skin a gentle polish while leaving behind a pleasant scent. The orange and lemon peel oils moisturise your skin so you don’t feel all taut once you’ve dried off.

If you’re looking for a luxurious bath time treat, give this scrub a try.

Champneys Distant Shores Body Scrub – £10/200g


13
Dec 12

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright Correcting Serum

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright skin tone correcting serum has been receiving rave reviews so I decided to try it out and see if it lived up to the hype.

Dr Andrew Weil is something of a holistic health/New Age guru. A Harvard educated Doctor; he believes we should marry Western medicines with alternative therapies.

Origins Mega Bright skin tone correcting serum contains Rosa Roxburghii to help change the appearance of discolouration. The darker your skin the more likely you are to have pigmentation marks. If you had bad skin in your youth and you weren’t virtuous enough to never pick, you might be left with a few darker brown spots on your face. The Mega Bright serum works by correcting the appearance of that discolouration and any uneven skin tone.

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Having tried the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright skin tone correcting serum, I will say you need patience. A few days in I was wondering what all the fuss is about. But I decided to persevere for a few weeks (three to be precise) and I did begin to notice my skin looked brighter.

While all the hyper-pigmentation hasn’t disappeared, my skin does appear more even. In fact Mr 32 Boroughs said my skin was glowing!

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright skin tone correcting serum isn’t a quick fix and it isn’t a skin whitener but if you apply it day and night religiously, in time you should start to see a visible difference in your skin.

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright skin tone correcting serum – £46/30 ml

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