Saturday, 23 May 2015
With so many different brands and formulations to choose from, picking the right anti-ageing products for our skin can be a thoroughly confusing and complex task. Which ingredients should we be looking for and why? Is there anything other than applying topicals that we could be doing to help keep our faces looking radiant and youthful?
Finding myself at the Anti-Ageing Health & Beauty Show at London’s Olympia last weekend, I felt an urge to go pick the brains of some of the beauty gurus attending, and find out their top anti-ageing tips.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Balance Me, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, has been one of my most treasured discoveries since launching the blog (most recent review Rose Otto Body Oil here).
It wasn’t a brand familiar to me previously, not having a High Street stockist close by (products are available at John Lewis, Beales and selected Waitrose and Debenhams, as well as online). I also rarely internet shopped for my beauty – something I do with alarming regularity these days!
The blog has also opened my eyes to the joys of organic and natural skincare, something Balance Me excel at. I defy anyone to sniff one of their formulations and not drift off (mentally speaking) to somewhere beautifully exotic and zen-like.
Monday, 18 May 2015
When it comes to the skin around the eyes, crow’s feet and dark circles are among our biggest bug bears.
The first is directly related to ageing (skin loses collagen/elastin and so wrinkles form); the second isn’t, though dark circles can often get worse as we age because skin becomes thinner and so more transparent.
In recent months I’ve picked up some great tips from make-up experts on how best to conceal both. They’re tricks that I swear by and use daily. I’ve also recently discovered new products that truly help to disguise these two enormously irritating problems.
Friday, 15 May 2015
One of the big challenges with skincare is measuring efficacy. How do we know that this latest peptide-tastic wrinkle-busting skin-tightening serum we shelled out £100 for, and that did so well in brand clinical trials, has actually done the trick for us?
Well, there’s anecdotal evidence (not the most reliable); there’s ‘before and after’ selfie pic evidence (more reliable); and then there’s Visia evidence (a professional analysis of our skin done using highly sophisticated computerised equipment).
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Every dark cloud has a silver lining. That was the well-known adage running through my mind last week as I was battling a nasty skin issue – an outbreak of zits on my face.
I don’t suffer much with spots as a rule, but when I do, boy do I suffer. They usually pop up big and angry and I simply can’t help but zoom in on them whenever I catch my reflection in a mirror. Last week was one of those occasions.
Monday, 11 May 2015
Toners. Remember those? Cleanse, tone and moisturise used to be the mantra of a good skincare regime, but not so much these days. How many of us still use a toner? Do you?
Well, actually, I do, though only if decanted in to a squirty bottle. I rarely dispense toner on to a cotton wool pad and sweep it across my face. Instead, I tend to spritz it to give my skin a freshen-up, though I never much consider what I’m doing an essential step in my skincare routine. It’s more a treat for my skin. I like the feel of a toner splashed on to my face.
Though, perhaps, it is time that I started taking my toning more seriously. One skincare expert who believes we all absolutely should be using toner is leading celebrity facialist Su-Man Hsu.
Friday, 8 May 2015
Beauty boxes offer a great way to discover brands and products that might not otherwise have crossed your mind, and the Naturisimo ones are coming along thick and fast right now.