July 25th, 2014
What is it, why do we have it and how can you deal with it? We put combination skin under the microscope.
Combination skin is basically skin with a split personality.
Your nose, forehead and chin are donning big pores, lots of shine and like to show off a few spots every now and then, whilst your cheeks and the skin under your eyes tend to look flaky, dry and dull.
Thought to be the most common skin type, there are many of us battling combination skin, but fear not because there are plenty of ways to tackle it. Below we take a look at what it really means to have combination skin and how to work with it, rather than against it.
What is combination skin?
Self-explanatory, combination skin is a bit of everything. You will have fine lines and wrinkles as well as breakouts and greasiness. This can make skincare rather complex.
What causes combination skin?
You can blame your parents for this one. Skin type – whether oily, dry or combination – is considered to be largely genetic. Just like you inherit your hair colour, eye colour and body type, your skin type will be a family affair.
Having an oily T-zone means you will have inherited overactive oil glands in these particular areas, while your dryer patches will have less. In some cases however using the wrong type of product can lead to the overproduction of oil or could cause your skin to dry out and look dull.
What can I do to look after combination skin?
First and foremost you need to buy the right products. Avoid harsh cleansers with ingredients such as alcohol and soap, which can strip your skin of natural oils. Fragrance free and hypoallergenic products will help to prevent irritation while providing just the right amount of moisture for oily patches. We love Garnier’s Moisture Match Shine Be Gone mattifying day cream (£5.99).
Secondly you need to master the art of exfoliation. This is essential for cleansing pores and removing dead skin cells, but the trick is to apply selectively. Spread your exfoliator lightly over dry patches where sensitivity is increased and focus more on your oily spots. Make sure you use a product that does the job gently and without irritating the skin, such as The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Cream Exfoliator (£10).
Finally, make sure your make-up is specially designed for your skin type. Some products will clog pores and make your oily T-zone worse, so opt for a lightweight foundation like Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions (£24), which provides excellent coverage without penetrating your skin too deeply.
Why not give your skin some tender loving care by treating yourself to a professional facial? For more information on the benefits of this pampering skincare treatment, please see our facials page.
July 23rd, 2014
Home remedies for improving dry skin and cracked heels.
With sandal season now well and truly upon us – more attention must be paid to our feet. If you suffer from cracked heels, you’ll know that not only are they unsightly, they can be painful too.
Luckily, there are plenty of home remedies you can try to help nourish your feet and heal cracked skin:
1. Stay hydrated
One reason for dry skin is dehydration. To ensure you are staying hydrated from the inside out, make sure you are drinking plenty of water – especially during hot summer months. Remember you can get water from your food too, so eat plenty of water-rich snacks like cucumber and watermelon.
2. Soak feet in warm water and use a pumice stone
An easy home remedy for dry skin on your feet is to soak them in warm water with a pinch of salt. This will help to soften the skin and prepare it for exfoliation. Use a pumice stone to slough off dead skin and follow up with a rich moisturiser.
3. Try Shea butter
A great moisturiser for feet is Shea butter – a nut butter that nourishes and protects skin. Massage a generous amount of the butter into your skin and cover with clean socks before you go to bed. When you wake up your feet should feel smooth and soft.
4. Use a banana and avocado treatment
Another easy treatment to try is a home-made mask using banana and avocado. Mash up one ripe avocado and one ripe banana and apply to your feet and heels. Leave the mixture on your feet for around 20 minutes before washing off. Repeat this regularly to get the best results.
5. Moisturise with olive oil
Olive oil isn’t just for cooking – it has moisturising properties that work well for dry heels. Massage some into your feet and leave for an hour before rinsing with warm water. Again, doing this regularly will help your feet to heal.
6. Exfoliate regularly
To keep your feet soft once you have tackled your cracked heels, make sure you exfoliate regularly and use a nourishing moisturiser. Don’t neglect your feet once the sun disappears either, otherwise you’ll leave yourself with another big job next summer!
If you want some professional help with your feet, you can search for a pedicure specialist using our advanced search.
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July 16th, 2014
Preening your posterior is all the rage, but we have a quick guide to a DIY bottom facial that won’t cost you £300!
Thanks (in part) to Kim Kardashian, over the past decade having a desirably curvy and smooth bottom has become the fixation of many women the world over.
However while some will be more than willing to spend £300 plus on the increasingly popular Brazillian butt lift, or Kim Kardashian’s infamous ‘VelaShape’ cellulite-busting treatment, many of us are less inclined to such extravagant spending.
Yet fear not ladies because it is very easy to get smoother skin and a more pert-looking bottom without having to fork out a fortune.
Check out our little guide below to a very cheap and cheerful DIY bottom facial:
Body brush that butt
Dry brushing is essential for improving circulation and tackling the dreaded cellulite, and if you haven’t yet cottoned on to this beauty trick, bikini season is definitely the time to do so! Buy yourself a mitt or a bristled body brush and give your bottom a massage every morning to kick-start stimulation and encourage toxin release. Use simple upwards strokes to ensure the best results.
Best bottom beauty buy: Opal London Knitted Sisal Glove £4
Shower and scrub
To improve radiance and make your bottom look ultra smooth, stick to a regime of body scrubbing twice a week with a special exfoliation product. If cellulite is your biggest problem, choose a product bursting full of essential oils as they promote drainage. For a spotty posterior, choose scrubs containing natural antiseptics which can help to cleanse the skin of sebum and bacteria.
Best bottom beauty buy: Balancing Geranium Dead Sea Body Scrub £22.20
Regularly massaging your bottom will help to promote lymphatic drainage which is hugely important for detoxification. The best time to massage is when applying moisturiser – using light and small hand movements to target the 70% of lymphatic vessels that are located just underneath the skin’s surface.
Best bottom beauty buy: If you fancy getting a professional lympathic massage, we strongly recommend booking yourself in for Endermolgie treatment which is designed to improve the appearance of cellulite.
Smooth on serum
Serums are intensely moisturising and can help to enhance the elasticity of the skin on your bottom. Make sure you choose an advanced formula that comes with a special roller tool to provide ultimate skin stimulation and produce firm, smooth results in an instant.
Best bottom beauty buy: Soap & Glory Sit Tight Super Intense 4D £18
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July 16th, 2014
Keeping skincare simple – take a look at these three expert tips for glowing skin.
During the summer months many of us opt for a more au natural look, choosing to let our complexions shine through our make-up rather than hiding behind thick foundation. For many of us, this means we need to do a little extra work to ensure we have glowing skin.
So what can we do if our complexion is looking dull, flaky and lifeless? The following tips have been recommended by Kerry Benjamin, skincare expert from LA.
1. Exfoliate at least once a week
Regular exfoliation is a must for radiant skin as it sloughs off dry, dead skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin. Aim to exfoliate around one to two times a week using a natural exfoliator – Kerry recommends one tablespoon of raw organic coconut oil mixed with one teaspoon of cane sugar. Apply to the face and neck in a circular motion and rinse with warm water.
2. Use an overnight mask
Our skin does most of its healing while we sleep, therefore it makes sense that this is the best time to give your skin a little extra help. Kerry advises her clients to apply a thin layer of their favourite hydrating mask to their face and neck before they hit the hay. This can be especially helpful when travelling as skin can get dry and irritated.
3. Eat antioxidant-rich food
Beauty starts from within, so don’t forget to watch what you eat. Foods rich in antioxidants (such as blueberries) and those that contain anti-inflammatory and healing nutrients will keep skin healthy from the inside out. Kerry recommends cutting down on sugar too, as this causes an inflammatory response in the body.
Having professional treatments from time to time can really improve your complexion. To find a beautician near you who offers facials, please use our advanced search.
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July 10th, 2014
Discover the skin-boosting benefits of rose oil which can be found in lots of fab products.
The rose is a very special flower – colourful, sensual, fragrant and oh so British – but it is also a secret ingredient for a number of special skincare products designed to enhance our complexions and boost hydration.
Rose oil is considered highly effective for soothing dry skin and inflammation, and its high levels of vitamin C make it a powerful antioxidant and skin protector.
So in order to make the most of this iconic flower and its natural beauty benefits, we have put together a guide to some of the best products on the market designed especially for sensitive skin.
Weleda Rose Cream Bath £10.85
Soak yourself in a relaxing bath filled with a few glugs of this rich, creamy product and you will be in heaven – well almost. Containing extracts of organic musk rose, jojoba and olive oil, your skin will be left feeling beautifully nourished and blissfully cleansed.
A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil £16
Ladies with very sensitive skin will benefit from a daily dose of rosehip oil mixed into a dollop of their favourite moisturiser. Packed full of vitamins A and E, omega 9, 3, and 6, as well as fatty acids, A’kin Pure Rosehip Oil will revitalise your skin and provide super intensive moisturisation. Apply before bed to ensure it soaks in overnight.
Burt’s Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner £12.99
This is a refreshing yet ultra-gentle toner that wipes away excess grime without aggravating even the most sensitive of skin. Plus the cooling rose water will help to soothe any irritation.
Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream, £35
Pricey, but definitely worth the splurge, this body cream is super luxurious and contains heaps of skin boosting ingredients including evening primrose, geranium, shea butter and of course rose oil. Key benefits include instantly softer skin and essential fatty acids which encourage healthy skin cell formation.
Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream, £28
Again, not cheap but this rich moisturiser is the ultimate celebrity beauty buy and uses rose petals picked by hand to strengthen the skin and soothe redness. There is even a lighter version for oily or combination skin available.
For more information on how to boost your complexion and target problem skin, visit our facials page.
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July 9th, 2014
We look at one of this season’s favourite colours in all its glorious forms and tell you the best ways to wear it.
This summer colour has made a welcome return, with purple proving to be a favourite hue.
For many of us, purple probably reminds us of our early days of experimenting with make-up where purple eyelids and red lips were commonplace. Thankfully, the colour has since had a sophisticated makeover.
This season purple was seen in many forms, from deep plums to the lightest of lilacs. So how can you take the look from schoolgirl to sophisticate?
1. Try lavender lids
One of the hottest looks from the catwalk came from Holly Fulton – a label inspired by 70s music icon Noosha Fox who added a wash of lavender to their model’s eyes. To keep the look modern, leave the lash line bare.
We love: Mac’s eyeshadow in Parfait Amour (£13)
2. Embrace lilac lips
Lips were given a new lease of life and a hint of modernism with frosted lilac lip colours. On the catwalk this look was ombré or pastel – to recreate the look at home, try just a subtle wash of lilac.
We love: Lipstick Queen’s ‘Let them eat cake’ lip colour (£35)
3. Pop some purple on your nails
If you’re not convinced purple is your colour, try out the trend on your nails instead. Play with ombré nails going from dark to light purple or experiment with nail art for a more fun approach.
We love: OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Do you lilac it?’ (£11.50)
If you have an event coming up, why not treat yourself and have your make-up done professionally? Find out more on our professional make-up page.
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July 3rd, 2014
Give your pores a deep clean with an exfoliation product that is perfect for your skin type.
Exfoliating can be an effort and for most of us it involves enduring a few days of blotchy pimples before getting that desirable fresh glow.
But before you resign exfoliating to the ‘never to-do list’, new research suggests it might just be worth it in the long run.
Skin experts have found that scrubbing your skin and deep-cleansing your pores of impurities can actually help to slow down the rate that your skin ages.
According to Harley Street cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting, exfoliating is the extra boost our skin cells need to replenish.
“As we age, the cell cycle slows down,” she says. “As a consequence, skin cells accumulate on the surface and the skin looks matte, lacks radiance and skincare doesn’t penetrate effectively.
“Cleansing alone won’t change this, but exfoliating helps to slough off these cells.”
So in order to make the most of this nifty wrinkle-fighter, we have a guide on the best exfoliation treatments for different skin types so everyone can scrub up perfectly.
Powdered products for sensitive skin
If your skin is prone to spots and reacting to everything, you might want to consider investing in exfoliating powders. These are new to our western shores but have long been used in Asian skincare regimes. Leading brands such as Givenchy are currently catching on to this trend, although a great product is Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant (£41.30). It may be pricey, but is guaranteed to make your skin brighter and less inflamed.
Grainy scrubs for combination skin
For those of you blessed with normal/combination skin, you will benefit mostly from the traditional grainy exfoliating creams. These grains will vary from product to product, and can be anything from small plastic microbeads to tiny natural bits of walnut shells, apricot kernels, silica or lava powder. For a cheap natural product, you might want to try Aroma Actives Exfoliating Cleanser (£7.50) which leaves skin super soft and smelling of Lavender.
Chemical exfoliators for sun-damaged skin
Over time skin can become sun-damaged, fine lines start to emerge and pores can become enlarged. Chemical exfoliators – a gentler version of chemical peels – are often recommended to help target these skin problems. Liquid form, chemical exfoliators work by breaking down the ‘glue’ that keeps dead skin cells stuck to your face. They can be applied with a cotton pad and rather than scrubbing you simply leave the product to soak in and work its magic - helping to soothe problem skin, break down sebum in blocked pores and restore a natural glow. A great product is Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (£23).
Facial brushes for dry skin
Also for people who are lazy when it comes to skincare, a face brush provides the benefits of exfoliating without all the products and fuss. Like an oversized electronic toothbrush, these brushes are easy to use and can complement a normal cleansing routine. Research from skincare brand, Olay suggests 30% more active ingredients can penetrate the skin with help from a facial brush.
For a trusted facial brush, Champneys Facial Cleansing System (£14.99) will do the job perfectly, and is particularly handy for first-timers.
For more information on skincare treatments designed to target problem skin, take a look at our dermatology page.
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July 2nd, 2014
Beauty Resource trials two popular hot cloth cleansers, a classic and a newbie – but which will emerge triumphant?
There have been many different skincare trends over the years, but one that has stood the test of time is the hot cloth cleanser. Using creamy formulas to remove facial and eye make up, the beauty of these cleansers is the hot cloth removal. Working to polish and gently exfoliate the skin, complexions are left looking clean, soft and rejuvenated.
While there are now many interpretations on the market – one of the first brands to develop this type of cleanser was Liz Earle. Here at Beauty Resource we wanted to put this award-winning classic up against a relatively new formula – REN’s Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser, to see which cleanser worked best.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14.75)
The cleanser that started it all, Liz Earle’s signature formula is stocked with naturally active ingredients that can be used on all skin types. Claiming to be gentle yet thorough, we put it to the test:
- very gentle and didn’t irritate the eyes
- scent wasn’t overpowering
- value for money.
- required a little extra work to remove stubborn mascara
- toner revealed some dirt/make-up left on skin.
REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser (£16.00)
Having tried out some other REN products, we were keen to see how their version stood up. A two-phase cleanser that claims to purify and exfoliate skin, this formula promises not to leave skin feeling dry.
- the complimentary stay-warm cloth is a revelation
- removes thick make-up effectively
- lovely fragrance.
- irritated the eyes
- felt as if it may irritate sensitive skin.
Overall, there were different pros and cons for both. Ideally we would like a hot cloth cleanser that has the cleaning abilities of REN’s product with the gentleness of Liz Earle’s cleanser used with the wonderful stay-hot cloths. So, while both products do the job and make skin feel great – the hunt for the *perfect* hot cloth cleanser continues.
If you fancy treating yourself to a professional facial, please visit our facials page.
June 27th, 2014
Get your toes sandal-ready with this guide to the ultimate DIY pedicure.
With summer officially in full swing it’s time to swap boots for sandals and get those feet on display. To get your feet ready for their summer debut – try this do-it-yourself pedicure to ensure skin is soft and toes are polished…
Step 1: Soak in water
An important first step to help soften and clean skin, remove all traces of nail polish and soak your feet in warm water. Add a teaspoon of tea tree oil (to banish bacteria), half a cup of Epsom salts (to rejuvenate) and a few drops of rosemary oil (to heal and freshen).
Step 2: Exfoliate
To help tackle dry skin, look for exfoliators with medium-sized grains (e.g. sugar crystals) and moisturising properties. Massage each foot for a couple of minutes, starting at the heel and working your way to the toes and up to your calves. Rinse with warm water.
Step 3: Eliminate calluses
For seriously tough skin and calluses use a specially designed tool like a pumice stone or lava rock. Coat the stone with body wash and lightly scrub tough areas in a back-and-forth motion. Be gentle here, the goal is not to rub your flesh raw!
Step 4: Get toenails under control
Use a clipper designed for toenails and trim nails straight across. Smooth edges using a nail file (glass files are best for this) – slightly curved shapes prevent ingrown nails.
Step 5: Moisturise and massage
After patting your feet dry, smother them in a rich moisturiser created for feet. Give yourself a DIY massage by pressing your knuckles along the arch of your foot. This mini massage will boost circulation and reduce swelling.
Step 6: Add some colour
First, use a non-acetone polish remover to dissolve any cream residue from your massage. Next separate your toes using foam separators and apply a clear base coat – look for a formula that helps to strengthen brittle nails. Once this has dried, apply two coats of your favourite colour to your toes (we’re loving coral colours for summer). To seal the colour fully and prevent chipping, add a clear top coat. Lastly, once your nails have dried, add a few drops of cuticle oil to pump up shine and create a barrier to protect against smudges.
If you fancy treating yourself to a professional pedicure it is important to find someone who is qualified. To find qualified professionals in your area who can offer pedicures, please use our search tool.
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June 24th, 2014
Summer means lots of sweating and thus lots of sliding make-up, but we have some great tips on how to tackle this common mishap.
The saying goes: “women don’t sweat, they glow” but us ladies all know that this is frustratingly, false.
Unfortunately, no matter how much many of us love the hot weather, it can bring a whole range of make-up disasters we’d rather not have to worry about.
Pimple-covering foundation sliding off your chin when you’re trying to look effortlessly sexy by the pool? Not a good look.
So in order to prevent these slight ‘slip ups’ we have some great summer make-up ideas to ensure you glow like a pro.
Prime it perfect
OK so it’s old news, but some of us are still behind. Primer is key to long-lasting foundation coverage, and all you need is a lightweight product to get you through the summer months. We recommend an oil-free formula which you should apply to moisturised skin as a base for your concealer or foundation. Why not try Benefit’s bestselling POREfessional primer (£20.41)?
Fix it foundation
If you insist on wearing foundation during the summer, we insist that you use a lightweight, silicone based product that doesn’t clog pores and cause break-outs. Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation (£7.69) is a favourite among many beauty enthusiasts for its revolutionary whipped formula.
Eye cream craze
Many of us will know sweat and eye-shadow powders are not a great combination. So just like you would bury away your winter clothes for the summer, put aside your powder eye-shadows and start stocking up on creamy formulas. Cream shadows tend to cake less in hot weather and choosing silicone-based formulas will add to their staying power. No. 7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eyeshadow (£8) is a guaranteed summer staple.
Look to liquid
Kohl eye pencils smudge and slide everywhere when they come into contact with sweat, so be sure to stick to wet, gel liners during summer. Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (£12) is super easy to apply and stays on all day. Plus, Alexa Chung is a fan!
Choose creamy bronzer and blusher
Like powder eye-shadow, powder blushes and bronzers can be a victim of hot weather. Instead, opt for creamy blending formulas that add a tanned sheen and peachy definition to your cheekbones. You can’t go wrong with Revlon’s new PhotoReady Cream Blush (£7.99) which is a lightweight formula designed for summer-lovin’. For bronzer girls, Topshop’s Glow Stick bronzer (£10) is a beauty must-have!
For more professional beauty tips and advice – which may come in handy for summer celebrations and events – we strongly recommend you check out our professional make-up page.
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