How To Revive Your Skin Now It’s Spring

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Spring has officially sprung and the evenings are becoming a lot longer. While spring cleaning the house from top-to-toe is usually on our to-do list at this time of year, we also recommend you have a quick scan of your beauty products and supplements to check the used by dates.

If you’ve found this winter, especially with the recent snow flurries, has been tough on your skin, we’ve got just the thing to prep your complexion for the warmer months ahead… Read More…

What To Look For In A Good Face Cream

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Face cream is one of those beauty products that you can find in almost every bathroom cabinet. In fact, three quarters of British women and at least half of the male population use a moisturiser every day. With endless products on the market, each with its own enticing promise of better-looking skin, finding the right face cream for you is no mean feat. 

Why should you use a face cream?

There are more than a handful of buzz ingredients that brands highlight on their labels that promise to transform your skin. While smoothing out lines and brightening your complexion are attractive claims, what you really want your cream to do is strengthen your skin’s barrier. Read More…

Beauty supplements to boost your skin

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Skin ageing is a multi-faceted process, which is impacted by lifestyle, dietary choices and genetics. As the skincare and wellness industries become more and more intertwined, we have seen a rise in beauty supplements or ingestible beauty products. In America, the industry was thought to be worth $13.1 million and one in five supplement takers do so for skin benefits. Yet with so many options available, promising everything from improving the quality of your skin to preventing lines and wrinkles, it can be a minefield. Here is a guide to help you make the decision…

How does skin age?

Skin is like any other organ in the body and it ages over a period of time. Unlike the liver, kidneys and other organs, skin actually ages more rapidly because it is not only exposed to internal aggressors and toxins, but it also has to cope with the external pollutants, radiation et cetera.

In order to understand the ageing of skin, we need to look at the outermost layer, the stratum corneum. It is composed of flattened, hard, dead skin cells that resemble overlapping bricks. These start as living cells in the lower skin layer,  but as they are pushed closer to the surface, they flatten out and die, forming in a thin but very tough barrier. Read More…

Eye Floaters And Flashes

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, will probably experience the mild symptoms of seeing tiny spots floating around in our vision. These tiny spots are called floaters and are defined as small specks or clouds that drift in the field of vision. Floaters can be any shape including tiny dots, circles, cobwebs or clouds and are generally harmless.

To understand what causes floaters, we need to look at the structure of the eye. The eye is filled with a gel-like liquid called the vitreous humour, which is made primarily of hyaluronic acid. During youth, the vitreous humour has a gel-like consistency, but as we begin to age, it becomes more watery, especially around the middle of the eye, whilst the outer parts begin to get more solid. Read More…

Skin Problems

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Every spring, readers ask how to solve skin problems before the start of summer revelries. So I asked leading facialist Sarah Chapman and clinical pharmacist Shabir Daya, who has a special interest in skin, to suggest simple ways to get the glow back. Often, you will see a difference within days but skin cell turnover takes about four weeks so keep on with the TLC. In fact, make it a daily habit: look after your skin and it will reward you bountifully.

To sparkle like a summer day, try Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite Altrient Vitamin C gel (£22.95, victoriahealth. com), with Teapigs Organic Matcha Green Tea powder (£26.60, teapigs.co.uk) in a little apple juice.

Problem: Breakouts, oily or combination skin
Solution: Focus on deep cleansing and decongesting

  • Use gentle exfoliants or peeling pads to reveal a fresher, brighter complexion. Avoid products containing benzoyl peroxide or mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum), which will clog pores, dry skin, then send it into oily overdrive.
  • Twice a week, steam your face over a bowl of very hot water with a towel over your head to draw out toxins.
  • Massage breakout-prone areas daily, working out towards the lymph nodes and down the sides of the face – use fingertips or a facial massager.
  • Apply a clay-based mask twice weekly to help draw out blockages and blackheads and absorb excess oil production. Read More…

Anti-Ageing: The Inside View

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Q: I’ve read about taking anti-ageing supplements for the skin but can anything really stop sags, bags and wrinkles?

A: In brief, yes! But this depends on the state of your skin, and also your lifestyle (diet, sleep, exercise, water consumption), as well as your genes. Moisturisers are vital but they only penetrate the top skin layer (dermis), so feeding the skin from inside with a targeted ‘nutricosmetic’ or ‘nutriceutical’ may help overcome some of the effects of ageing. Read More…