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…) Read More…

Every One A Beauty Bible Award-Winner

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This editorial is written by the Beauty Bible team, lying down with cold flannels on our foreheads. (Who says women can’t multi-task?) Because we just unveiled the winners of the 2017/2018 Beauty Bible Awards – and it’s all a bit epic! (Gill and Shabir were among the throng of journalists and brands who joined us at Grace Belgravia for the Gold Awards celebrations.)

It’s our 21st year of doing these. But the system’s the same. We hand-pick teams of ten women who share the same beauty concerns – from lines and wrinkles to cellulite via age spots, eye bags, whatever. Products that will suit that team of ten are then also hand-picked (and we mean this literally), to ensure that every tester gets suitable products – and every brand gets its best chance of putting on a good show. And every time, we’re blown away again – by the stellar scores, and by how consistent the testers’ scores and comments are.

As you’d expect, many, many of the winning products can be found here – so we thought we’d give you a flavour or our testers’ comments on just some of the Beauty Bible Gold Award-winners which are showcased right here. Six of the best, for sure… Read More…

Bodycare

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The central heating’s on. (Wow, that happened early, didn’t it?) The Wolford opaques have been excavated from the winter clothes drawer. And if we’re not careful, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ could be the watchwords when it comes to bodycare over the next few months. When we’re clad in Heattech vests and thermal socks and generally cosied up against the elements – always remembering that gorgeous Danish phrase, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes’ – bodycare can go on a back burner. (With that pan of warming soup, perhaps.)

But even though skin may not be on show, it’s as important to focus on bodycare in the cold months as it is when you’re in a swimsuit. Moisture in skin makes for healthy cellular communication: when those electrical charges can pass between cells, their ability to repair and renew is optimised. (As we’ve said before, moisturiser is in itself ‘anti-ageing’.) Winter conditions – and even the clothes we wear – are the enemies of well-moisturised skin, however; tight clothing actually ‘wicks’ moisture from the surface of the body (think of your clothes as giant blotting paper!), while central heating makes for desert-like conditions atomospherically, further evaporating water from the skin. Read More…