An Acne-Busting Injection Is On Its Way

Acne Injection

Late last summer scientists revealed that they were one step closer to creating an injection to could help cure acne. Researchers at the University of California unveiled their approach in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology following a small scale study.   Read More…

Hormones and Skincare

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Our hormones are critical to our overall wellness and skin health so being aware of how hormone levels change within a month can make us more inclined to use skincare products that are functional during these times.  This is apparent for example when one gets pregnant, the skin will often glow, basically because oestrogen is a hormone that protects our skin. Your hormones constantly affect your skin. It is linked to your age, but below are some tips to consider for those with a regular period and not on the Pill.

Immediately after your period has ended and for approximately ten days or so, oestrogen levels begin to rise and this does impart a gradual glow to skin. Skin is less liable to inflammation and redness and so during these times you can further heighten the glow with the use of hydration based products such as Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and/or Anti-aging MultiPeptide Serum.  These will help to further enhance skin radiance and encourage healthy hydration within the outer layers.

This is also the time to capitalise and incorporate serums that help extend this “glowing” period such as PHA Plus Serum, which works to gently exfoliate the dead cell layers and strengthens skin barrier function. The two serums are available separately or maybe purchased as part of the For Hydration kit by Garden of Wisdom.

For the majority, the above products are completely fine, but for some women, an increase in oestrogen may be too high due to genetics or due to poor liver function. When oestrogen levels are too high the liver cannot cope with this and an enzyme called tyrosinase is released, which causes the deposition of abnormal amounts of pigment that may result in hyperpigmentation.

For those affected, consideration should be given to incorporating Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid.  Vitamin C helps to brighten and lighten hyperpigmented areas as well as helping to encourage skin hydration and collagen synthesis. Because the skin is generally healthier and not inflamed during this time, the high concentration of pure L-ascorbic acid in this formulation should not be an issue. If the hyperpigmentation is extensive then perhaps consider incorporating Alpha Arbutin + Kojic Acid serum to further support the brightening and lightening effects of vitamin C serum.

By the third week, oestrogen levels begin to drop and testosterone and progesterone become dominant leading to greater inflammation, which in turn can lead to greater oil production.  This may result in the first signs of spots and acne.  It is during this time that you may wish to change your routine to GoW’s For Acne products, which provide Niacinamide Serum to help calm inflammation and regulate oil secretion, Salicylic Acid to deep clean pores of excess sebum and debris and Hyaluronic Acid Serum to maintain hydration since dehydration is a known causal factor for inflammation, which would ultimately lead to either greater oil production.

Whether you suffer from acne, hyperpigmentation or simply wish to have a radiant and glowing complexion for the entire month, there is one supplement that I would highly recommend called Clear Skin Complex by Viridian Nutrition.  This supplement contains Burdock Root which works to cleanse and purify the bloodstream of toxins that can cause dullness.  Burdock, by its virtue of cleansing the bloodstream, will help the liver to detoxify efficiently so it may also be invaluable for hyperpigmented skin types. It is safe to take Clear Skin Complex on an ongoing basis.

How To Boost Your Overnight Skincare Routine

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New figures suggest that we’re honing in on our overnight skincare routines. Sleep has always been big business, but now we’re as obsessed with boosting our skin as we are with getting enough shut-eye. According to NPD UK, sales of night creams in the UK have risen sharply in the past year and the night-time skincare market was valued at £43 million between October 2017 and September 2018. Read More…

Post-Summer SOS

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It isn’t usually like this. We get through to the end of August feeling like we need to add tanning drops to our moisturiser, spritzing BetterYou Vitamin D spray to make up for the sun we didn’t get during our British summer, and lamenting money spent on swimwear not worn.

And then along came ‘The Summer of 2018′ – to go down in history, like ‘The Summer of 1976′ (only this time we weren’t, alas, cruising London streets in the passenger seat of a Triumph Stag with the roof down…)

Hasn’t it been quite extraordinary living in a country where everyone – but everyone – seems to have a tan? Because basically, all the wisdom we preach about shielding skin against UV light went out of the window, along with the intentions not to eat more than one ice cream cone a day. As a nation, most of us have soaked up every ray we could. We’re certainly guilty. (Though we think it’ll be interesting to see whether we all get fewer colds and ‘flu this winter.)

The bottom line is, even if you languished like a heroine from a Victorian novel under a parasol, it has been almost impossible to escape without some collateral damage from the sunshine – not just to skin but to hair. So rest assured: you aren’t the only person whose face, body and hair is suffering from post-summer skin stress, right now. Yes, we all headed into summer knowing full well that UV light’s the enemy, ageing-wise. But short of spending summer in a darkened room, almost everyone’s caught red-nosed/cheeked, this year. The solution? Once you’ve unburned your sunburn, you need to answer some other urgent beauty needs – and here’s how.

First, tackle dryness

When you’re actually enjoying the sun, skin can seem miraculously dewy and gorgeous. Then the minute you get back home – or to the office, where the air-con may be on (and we’re only weeks away from the central heating season) – something hideous happens, and almost everyone starts to look like a snake due to shed at least one skin. So: replenishing moisture and nutrients, top-to-toe, is No. 1 beauty priority – not least because moisture is essential for healthy cell communication and regeneration.

So: start by quenching skin with a boost of hyaluronic acid, the ‘buzz’ molecule which can retain over 1,000 times its weight in water, making it just about the best complexion drink we know. Garden of Wisdom Hyaluronic Serum can be layered under any other serum or moisturiser (and is suitable for all skin types, including oily and sensitive). We also love This Works Light Time Skin Plumper – and both of these can just be slotted, hassle-free, into your existing regime. Alternatively, power up the moisture factor by switching to Derma E Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid, perhaps, or – one of the richest, simplest rich moisturisers we know – good old Weleda Soothing Facial Cream.

Turbo-charge moisturisation with a twice-weekly face mask

They’re a great way to get back some of that dewiness – and we’re always happy to obey the command on the packaging of a face mask to ‘relax for 10 minutes’. We may not do much else we’re told to, but we’ll happily submit to teeny-tiny writing on the back of a sachet of Sarah Chapman Skinesis 3D Moisture Infusion, a jar of Temple Spa Quench or a tube of Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Treatment Mask. (However, avoid mud and clay-based masks just for now; you want moisture, not skin purification.)

Treat your body to some TLC

If you’re anything like us, it isn’t just your face that’s suffering. (Jo noticed ‘shin dandruff’ on her yoga mat the other day, swiftly remedied by a generous application of This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil, which is nothing short of a miracle-worker. We love, love, love a rich body butter for everywhere else – the Soapsmith Butter Melts are gorgeous (and affordable), though requiring a tad more elbow grease to apply than Aromatherapy Associates Enrich Body Butter, which is coming to a desert island with us if we’re ever marooned (or invited by Kirsty Young). For the ultimate indulgence, there is Temple Spa Body Truffle, which rivals Fortnum’s food hall for luxurious ingredients (caviar, truffles, champagne, etc.), and which won a Gold Beauty Bible Award in the Anti-Ageing Body Creams category of our annual awards.

Secondly, tackle pigmentation. 

The most angst-inducing legacy of summer exposure isn’t flaky skin, however (even if it is a harbinger of lines and wrinkles to come). It’s the longer-term, tougher-to-tackle challenge of pigmentation, which women find so very distressing. In the Garden of Wisdom (GoW) range, you’ll find various products to target dark spots/sun spots/whatever you like to call them. GoW 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil, for instance, is charged up with super antioxidants, alongside vitamin K to help brighten age spots and hyperpigmentation. The most potent product in the range, however, is GoW Alpha Arbutin 2% and Kojic Acid 1% Serum, containing two ingredients considered to be a gentle but effective alternative to hydroquinone, alongside paper mulberry and vitamin B3, also known to help correct uneven skintone. As the name suggests, iS Clinical White Lightening Serum also targets hyperpigmentation. Invest as your budget allows, is our advice – but be aware that if you’re using a product to tackle pigmentation, you also absolutely 100% have to wear an SPF30 over the top, a) to give the product the best chance of effectiveness, and b) to shield vulnerable skin against future damage.

Whack on a hair mask

Absolutely the best way to get hair back in good nick – although we also prescribe a salon appointment, to snip off ends that are probably beyond repair. Unless you have the very finest hair, more is more when it comes to hair treatments. More product, more generously worked through from roots to ends after shampooing, and left on for more time than you’d imagine. Overnight, ideally (we cover a pillow with a towel when we do that, to avoid trashing a pillowcase). Alternatively, again shampoo first, smooth on your chosen product, wrap your hair in clingfilm, and let it work its magic while you devour your latest chosen boxset. (‘Big Little Lies’, anyone? Eighth, albeit Meghan-less, series of ‘Suits’? Just don’t bother with Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchanted’, is our advice. You’re welcome.)

You’ll find some great hair-boosting options on VH: we’d point you in the direction of Peter Lamas Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask, or 72 Hair Intense Replenishing Mask. Then simply invest some time over the next few weeks in putting back what ‘The Summer of 2018′ took out.

And if you follow this advice, your skin (and straw thatch) may just forgive you.

GOW – Causing A Frenzy

Lisa Armstrong: The word-of-mouth affordable beauty brand causing a frenzy in the industry

 

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    Remember how excited we all got over science-savvy, budget-friendly The Ordinary? Well, Garden of Wisdom – or GOW as its blossoming herbaceous borders of fans have taken to calling it – is generating the same buzz.

    Like The Ordinary, GOW presents as honest value for money. We’re talking basic packaging and zero marketing. Each product has been formulated with just a few ingredients so that customers can build up an arsenal of potions to target their specific needs, rather than overloading with creams that keep replicating each other’s functions.

    It’s selling purely via word of mouth, which is working a treat because the products do their job without any fuss or silicones and without being tested on animals. Try the 100% Organic Cold-pressed Argan Oil, excellent for softening and protecting all skin types, the Vitamin C 23% Serum + Ferulic Acid, and the bestselling Niacinamide Serum, which regulates oil production, soothes and calms breakouts and encourages the body’s own collagen production. Many products have the ingredients’ strength on the front, the idea being that customers can make informed choices without being given silly promises. And they’re lovely to use, with pleasing textures. I particularly like the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is non-sticky and effective.
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Garden Of Wisdom Skincare Regimens

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Garden of Wisdom, or GoW as it’s often referred to, has been making waves on Reddit and beauty blogs for several years due to its clean, straightforward and affordable serums. Based in Arizona, the products are formulated and manufactured by two incredible skincare experts, Markey and Jen. Impressively, every single formula is cruelty-free, suitable for vegans and free from alcohol, soya and silicones. The formulas available on VH have been created by Shabir exclusively for us, so they are different to the ones you’ll find on Garden of Wisdom. 

From skincare staples such as Hyaluronic Acid and Rosehip Oil to more niche ingredients, including Mandelic Acid and Squalane Oil, the range has a solution for every skin issue, regardless of your skin type and tone. Here are our suggested Garden of Wisdom skincare regimens depending on your skin concern… Read More…