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Summer must-haves

The summer is one of my favourite times of year, a time to relax –  if you’re lucky enough to go on holiday – and an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, either at home or away. Make summer 2016 your most beautiful  to date with some of these secret weapons…

ENVIRON IONZYME C-QUENCE EYE GEL

beautyspotblogThis eye gel, is a real wonder. The Environ Ionzyme C-Quence Eye Gel has been specifically designed for use on and around your eye area to deeply hydrate and prevent fine lines, and can also be used on your forehead. It contains peptides (Argireline, Matrixyl and Dermaxyl), which have been scientifically proven to combat the appearance of wrinkles, antioxidants (from Soybean and Rosemary extract) and vitamins A, C, and E to boost the skin. It’s a soft, see-through gel that is instantly absorbed on application. It’s also lovely to use when it’s hot because it’s very refreshing, so a real hydration boost for those hot summer days. Apply in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning. It’s available in a 10ml special airless dispenser, at £49.36 it’s not cheap but excellent quality and value, as a little goes a very long way…

For more information go to www.environskincare.com.

RADIANCE LIFTING SERUM

laiafarrangravesThis small package, with its low price, is not to be underestimated: RADIANCE LIFTING SERUM, from the ARGAN 5 – ARGAN PLUS PRODUCTS range. A little goes a long way, and it really helps firm the skin, leaving it smooth and thoroughly hydrated. It contains bee venom and antioxidant botanicals, which help with elasticity. The bee venom is known to boost collagen in your skin, the argan oil hydrates intensely and the serum also contains various nourishing oils – baobab oil, kukui oil, moringa oil, sacha inchi oil – and a firming formula. Use a tiny amount under your usual day or night cream. An absolute treat to give your skin a lift!

For more information go to arganplus.co.uk. The RADIANCE LIFTING SERUM from ARGAN5 is priced at £15.99 for 30ml.

Environ® cannot be purchased directly online, and must always follow a consultation and product recommendation by a trained Environ® Skin Care Professional. Our unique STEP-UP SYSTEM™ helps skin become gradually more comfortable with increasing doses of vitamin A and other ingredients thereby reducing the likelihood of a skin reaction.

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Want some sheer tint? We’ve got it covered

laiafarrangravesIf you’re after a daily moisturiser with sun protection and a hint of colour, look no further. The Sheer Tint from Dermalogica is a great light moisturiser that will smooth out your skin and hydrate it whilst adding a hint of colour to it. It’s ideal all year round because it gives you a healthy glow and protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB sun rays and it’s easy to apply – just once a day after cleansing your skin. You can use it alone as your daily moisturiser or, if like me you need an extra hydration boost, you can use it over a serum or a rich day cream. The colour is translucent enough to provide a radiant glow without looking like you’re wearing make up, giving you a natural, healthy glow. It contains hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidant Walnut Seed extracts help improve
 the skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine dehydration lines. It also has an SPF of 20, which is great to provide your complexion with that extra protection from damaging sun rays all year round (and not just when you’re on holiday!). It comes in three shades, light, medium and dark. I tried the medium and it worked well, once I mixed it in with daily moisturiser. I also tried it as a blush, applying just a little on the cheek area and it looked great, so like any good quality product it’s a bit of a multi-tasker. The shades are very adaptable and subtle too, so one shade will accommodate a number of skin tones. As always, it’s formulated without artificial fragrances and colours – well, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Dermalogica! A good, staple investment if your skin need a pick-me up…

For more information go to www.dermalogica.co.uk. Dermalogica’s Sheer Tint spf20 is priced at £34.80.

Into the sun

beautyspotblogWe all know that we’re meant to wear sun protection all year round to protect our skin from damaging sun rays, but during the summer months it’s that more important to do so, as the sun is out in full force – even if it’s cloudy. I try to always wear sun cream, but often I find that the products that offer the best protection are thick and white, so hard to blend into one’s skin. So when I came across a brand new product called SPF45 Tinted Moisturiser, which is part of the Marine Skincare from Spa Technologies, I was keen to give it a try. It’s a gorgeous cream that smells clean and refreshing and is instantly absorbed into the skin, providing an even and matt finish. It’s a great daily moisturiser with a hint of colour that you can wear without worrying about adding sun protection, and because it’s so packed-full of nutrients (its main active ingredients are Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and mineral make-up) you know that you’re also nourishing and feeding your skin. The entire range of serums and creams are, in fact, formulated by blending natural active ingredients into a 70% food-grade seaweed base (seaweed contains magnesium, potassium and phosphorous, essential for collagen production, which maintains the skin’s elasticity), resulting in a nutrient-rich product that provides protection against ageing without relying on chemicals, so you know it’s completely safe to wear. Not only that, but the range is completely vegan so free of any animal products, which is wonderful in itself on so many levels… I love that this luxurious, high-end brand is so ethical and results driven, as often the most effective creams available have very heavily chemically-based formulas. So if you’re conscious of what you consume inside and out (remember that the skin is the largest organ of your body), but still want a product that delivers, this could be the brand for you. You heard it here first!

Spa technologies is:
Hypo-allergenic, contains no Parabens, no sulphates, no sulphides, no MI, no artificial fragrances or colours, no animal product, and is not tested on animals.

The SPF 45 Tinted Moisturiser from Spa Technologies is priced at £25, and £101 for the Restore kitAvailable from Spatechnologiesuk.com  For more information or to see the full range here go to http://www.veganbeautyskincare.co.uk/product-category/skincare 

Face lift in a bottle: Editor’s choice

beautyspotblogI love having facials, they’re relaxing, pampering and – of course – wonderful for your skin. But even if sometimes you don’t have the time or the money to have a facial on a regular basis, with so many amazing products out there, you really can still get the benefits of using high end treatments in the comfort of your own home. One such product is the brainchild of Environ‘s Dr Fernandes, who wanted to develop a product that literally was like a “face lift in a bottle”. The Revival Masque has been extensively trialled for over 4 years with a 99% satisfaction rate and is a unique combination of 3 acids (Asiatic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid), working together to trigger the release of growth factors from the keratinocyte cells. This product will lighten pigmentation marks, reduce lines and wrinkles making skin tighter, smoother, more radiant and younger looking. But it’s not a one-time-wonder, it’s a product you need to commit to. To use it you need to increase its applications gradually and, for instance the first week you can have two 10 minute applications in the evening, leaving it on the skin and then removing with tepid water. In week two, you can use it two to three times per week, in week three you can use it three to five times per week for 20 minutes, and in week four you can try using it five times a week overnight. The cream smells beautiful, good enough to eat – even though it’s a very subtle scent. And it feels rich and soft at the same time. I absolutely love the brand and this product doesn’t disappoint. It took me a while to get started on the routine as it’s something you need to plan and stick to, but once on the regime it’s a great product which really does give your skin a boost. And the packaging is also super-cool – let’s just say it’s taken prime position in my bathroom shelf…

Environ’s Revival Mask is priced at £49 for 50ml.  Once opened, use for four to six months for maximum benefits. Recommended to be used during winter months, but may be used all year round provided a broad spectrum sunscreen is applied daily. For more information go to iiaa.eu.

Super healthy, gorgeous lips

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Have you ever wondered what you put on your lips? I mean what you actually put on your lips? Well, it got me thinking and I came across Lippy Girl Vegocentrics, a premium line of amazing lipsticks made only with organic and wildcrafted, natural oils and waxes and natural mineral pigments.  They’re 100% vegan, bee-free, gluten free and chemical free. I tried their shade called Ski Bunny, which (like the rest of the range) contains certified organic Castor Seed Oil, Jojoba seed oil, Carnauba Wax, and Shea Butter making it very creamy and soft. In fact just like any other lipstick only better for you and for the environment.  It’s a lovely pale natural shade that has a hint of Sixties about it, and would be ideal for a bride.  beautyspot3The lipsticks come in 12 different shades including a great red called Boss Lady and a coral shade called Me Maybe and they retail at £12.50. They’re a great investment not only in your beauty regime but in your ‘bit for the planet’. Take a look and see for yourself.

For more information contact Botanical Brands on 0845 250 8455 or go to Lippygirl.com.

Sun shield

beautyspotblogAs you know, one of the main contributors to premature skin ageing is exposure to the sun, so wearing sun cream or make up with an SPF is an absolute must if you want to look great at every age. But like with everything in life, there’s sun protection and there’s sun protection, which is why I want to tell you about a label which has just launched in the UK. It’s a range of products called Ladival and which is pretty revolutionary in its approach to sun protection because as well as blocking your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays it also blocks it from Infrared-A light, which effectively translates into having 4 times more sun protection than your average sun cream.

37% of the sun’s rays are damaging to the skin. Current sun screens that you know and buy, only protect against UVA and UVB. That means they only protect you against 7% of those rays. By protecting against Infrared-A as well, Ladival offers protection against four times more of the sun’s damaging rays.

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The range includes lotions and sprays at SPFs 15, 30 and 50, as well as a children’s range. The products are free from perfume, colourants, preservatives and emulsifiers and suitable for sensitive skin (including eczema, and sun allergy and prickly heat sufferers). I tried the 15SPF lotion for every day use on my face and loved its ‘barely-there’ texture and the slight sheen it gives the skin. Next time you plan a holiday in the sun add Ladival to your checklist, you won’t regret it!

The Ladival range is available at £19.99 and is available at Boots and leading supermarkets nationwide. For more information go to Ladival.co.uk.

 

Sleeping Beauty: Give your skin a boost

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Just in time for Christmas, I’ve discovered a brand new product which is  fast-becoming my latest luxury indulgence. It’s called Sleeping Beauty from Skin Design London and it’s a mask you apply as a night treatment.  I love the idea of it working away overnight while I’m off duty so to speak, as it’s a perfect opportunity to boost the skin. Sleeping Beauty is a yeast derived plant-based collagen treatment mask, which you apply and leave overnight but can also use in the daytime and leave for 15 minutes. It also contains avocado and rosehip oils to restore hydration, nourishing Vitamins E and C to enhance elasticity and antioxidants from white, red and green teas blended with acai berries to help fight visible signs of ageing.

The packaging is beautiful and luxurious, and the cream itself is light, slightly fragranced and quickly absorbed. It feels like a treat and the skin responds by feeling plump and hydrated. I’ve only used it a handful of times, but already feel it gives me an extra boost, especially when my skin is dry from the cold weather outside and the central heating indoors. It’s definitely a luxury item, but a little goes a long way so write this one up on your Christmas list and hope someone takes the hint!

About the brand…”Driven by our success and passion, we have created SkinDesignLondon,  a personalised and professional “SKIN CLINIC IN A BOTTLE”.  A designer collection of skincare products filled with treatment based ingredients using cutting edge technology and high yield actives.  Our mission is to improve the health of your skin by delivering immediate results and giving you optimum SKIN HEALTH.”

Available at Skindesignlondon.com, priced at £85.00 50ml.