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Hair dyeing tips

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Are your roots giving the game away that you’re not a natural blonde? Or maybe you fancy a big change but don’t want to part with a small fortune at the hairdressers? Whatever the reason you’re reaching for that bottle of hair dye, don’t slap it on and hope for the best. We take you through the pro tips that’ll give you ultimate hair goals in the comfort of your own home.

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How to dye your hair at home like a pro

If you want salon-quality from your at-home hair dye job, then you need to a teeny bit more than the box instructions.

Upgrade your tools

You’ll never see you hairdresser applying colour from a bottle or using their fingertips – so why should you? Invest in a mixing bowl and hair dye brush so that you can whizz up the perfect shade and evenly distribute the colour.  

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Target the right areas

Do you just chuck it on and hope for the best? Stop! Even if you’re applying the same colour all over, you should section your hair into 4 (2 in the front of your ears and 2 at the back) and go from the back to the front.

Also, if you’re redying your hair and only need to top up on your roots, then don’t get carried away and dye your hair from root to tip.  The ends of the hair take to colour really easily, so often when you wash off dye from your roots that’s almost enough to spread the colour to the ends!

Don’t wash and go

Time is money, we know we know. Everyone is too busy for their own good these days, but there are no shortcuts to hair dying at home unfortunately. Even if you’re time-strapped, always finish with an application of conditioner. If you skip the conditioner after dying, the colour may develop and darken as you leave your hair cuticles open. Oo-er. Moral of the story? Always use the mini conditioner in the box.

Have enough product

It might seem obvious, but always make sure you have enough hair dye for the job. There’s nothing worse than running out halfway through (please don’t spread it over and hope for the best!). If you’re going for an all-over dye job then you’re likely to need at least 2 boxes of hair colour – 3 if you have long hair – so stock up before you start slapping it on.

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Don’t tie it up

When waiting for your hair colour dye to take, it’s tempting to tie back your hair so you have better view of that binge-worthy TV show, right? Wrong! Sweeping hair into a bun or pony can cause uneven colour, so always leave your hair down when the colour is developing.

How to pick the right type of hair dye

There’s a hair dye for every job, but what’s the difference between all the options? We thought you’d never ask…

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Permanent hair dye

As the name would suggest, there’s not really much going back when you opt for a permanent colour – so you need to be committed to the shade. If you’re trialling a colour for the first time, you might want to start with a semi-permanent dye.

In a permanent hair dye kit, you’ll usually have to mix two parts together – an oxidizer and ammonia with the colouring agent – before you apply them to your hair. Permanent dyes can be more damaging to your locks as the chemicals are stronger than those used in temporary hair colours, but results will last longer.

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Semi-permanent hair dye

Also referred to as temporary hair dye, semi-permanent hair dye is a lot easier to use than permanent because they don’t require any mixing, they can be used straight from the box. However, the final colour will gradually fade and they only tend to last around six weeks depending on how often you wash it. It’s also worth noting that temporary dyes don’t contain any bleach so you won’t be able to make your hair any lighter – only darker. 

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Wash in, wash out dye

If you want a temporary hair colour (like a one-night-only kind of deal) then your best bet is going for a wash in wash out colour or a colour hairspray. This is perfect if you want to channel unicorn vibes on the weekend, but still need to look totes profesh come Monday in the office.

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Toner

When you go to the salon for colour, odds are they are using a toner. It’s often the final process of the dying application and can make blonde tones less brassy red/brunette tones more glossy with a touch of copper. Add one into your routine at-home to get the perfect result and if you want a quick refresh in-between dying then incorporate a toner shampoo/conditioner into your haircare regime once a week. This can help maximise your colour.

Balayage / highlight kits

Want to take on one of the biggest haircare trends? Try a balayage or highlights hair kit. Find out how to balayage at home with our step-by-step tutorial.

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How to care for coloured hair

If you want to maximise the vibrancy and life of your new ‘do, then these top tips will help you retain your colour for longer.

  • Use a sulphate-free shampoo/conditioner to extend the life of your dyed hair as it won’t strip out the colour. And look out for hair products that are formulated specifically for dyed hair.
  • You might have heard experts harping on about how much colour can damage the hair. Well, yes it can dehydrate your locks but you can combat these effects by hydrating with intensive hair masks and leave-in conditioner treatments.
  • Try to keep your hair out of the sun as this can cause your colour to fade. So even in the peak of summer or on your hols, keep your hair protected by a sun hat or cap.
  • Calling all new redheads. When you’ve first dyed your hair, wait at least 48 hours before you wash it for the first time – this will help lock in the colour. Thereafter, try and only wash your hair up to three times a week. Red is such a vibrant colour so the more you shampoo it, the more it’ll fade. We also recommending washing with cool water – when you wash hair with water that’s too hot, it opens up the hair follicles and major colour fade happens.

How to choose the right hair colour for you

Whether you’re dying your hair for the first time or having second thoughts about that dramatic colour change, no one wants to live with hair dying regret. So, before you start mixing up your colour check out our expert tips on how to decide if a hair colour will suit you.

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How to Deal With Oily Skin

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Expert tips and product picks for dealing with overactive, oily skin and spots…

What causes oily skin?

There’s nothing you’re doing wrong that causes oily skin because it’s all down to genetics. However, there are certain reasons your skin produces more oil at certain times, such as during your menstrual cycle or when you’re physically or emotionally stressed – or you may simply be using products that don’t suit your skin type.

Best cleansers for oily skin

Don’t be tempted to scrub your skin into submission: over-cleansing can cause dryness, which stimulates the sebum flow and causes skin to become even oilier. Surprisingly, oil-based cleansers are good for oily skin: they attract the excess oil on your face like a magnet and remove it. But if you can’t face using anything oily on your skin, try micellar water, which removes dirt and makeup without leaving the skin stripped of moisture.

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Using exfoliators and facemasks on oily skin

Using a gentle exfoliator two to three times a week will help keep oiliness and blemishes to a minimum. A deep-cleansing facemask once a week will also help with the condition. Choose one containing tea tree, which will help fight spot-causing bacteria. When the weather is warmer, your skin produces more sebum, so pop your facemask in the fridge for a cold, soothing effect.

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Using moisturisers on oily skin

It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t use a moisturiser on oily skin, but it’s really important not to miss this step out. Skin can become dry after cleansing and if it’s not rehydrated, it will produce more sebum to compensate. Apply morning and evening to regulate your oil production and to keep skin supple. Moisturiser also acts as a barrier, protecting the skin from free radicals and toxins. The secret is to choose a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type, such as a light, mattifying formula. A thick moisturiser will be too heavy for oily skin, further clogging pores.

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Best makeup for oily skin

When choosing primers, moisturisers and makeup, opt for a mattifying formula to prevent shine. Start with the primer, which will keep your makeup firmly in place. Aim for light, oil-free makeup, which not only conceals any blemishes, but treats them, too, then finish with a light dusting of powder. Don’t layer powder on too heavily as it can clog hair follicles. Carry mattifying shine control papers in your bag and use them throughout the day to get rid of excess oil. Alternatively, if you find your makeup slips out of place during the day, use a damp foundation sponge to smooth it back into place.

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Face Masks for Every Skin Type

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Never underestimate the power of a face mask. Suffering from a bad break out? Lather up a foaming mask. Had a super busy day? Time to cut up the cucumber slices. Skin dehydrated? You guessed it - face mask to the rescue!

Scroll to discover the right formula to suit your skin type... 

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Oily & Combination Skin

If a shiny T-zone stresses you out, then you’ll need a face mask that will work hard removing all excess oil that may appear on your skin throughout the day. The best one to use is a natural clay face mask.

The mud or clay within the mask will draw out all of the impurities and excess oil, while reviving ingredients such as witch hazel will lock in moisture keeping your skin hydrated. You'll feel refreshed and ready-to-go. You can use clay masks once or twice a week.

Dry & Sensitive Skin

If your skin is dry or sensitive, a hydrating mask will give your skin a much needed moisture boost. The hydrating properties of Vitamin E often found in these masks will replenish your skin in minutes while the natural oils will keep it feeling soft and smooth.

Depending on how dry your skin is, it’s a good idea to use a hydrating face mask two to three times per week.

Dull Skin

The effects of our busy lifestyles can often be seen on our skin as it loses its glow and becomes dull. Luckily, using an exfoliating or a peel-off mask can help to bring back the skin’s natural radiance. These types of masks have ingredients such as kiwi fruit or cucumber extracts which work to remove dead skin cells and make way for a glowing fresh-faced look.

Remember, don’t be tempted to over-use exfoliating or peel-off masks, only use them once or twice a week when you feel your skin needs a boost.

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Blemish-Prone Skin

If you have blemish-prone skin, a purifying mask will work wonders for you. Ingredients such as green clay that is packed with plant minerals from volcanic activity will help to draw out impurities and unclog the pores, leaving your skin feeling clean, cool and full of energy. Use it once or twice per week if needed.

Mature Skin

If you have mature skin, look out for a good firming or lifting face mask that will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking radiant and youthful.

Natural ingredients including manuka honey will help moisturise dehydrated skin and the regenerating properties of almond oil will leave the skin looking lifted and plumper. It’s best to use it once or twice a week when required.

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Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, a whole array of masks will work for you. For days when you feel your skin needs that extra moisture boost, go for a hydrating mask. When you want a deep cleanse, a purifying mask can work wonders.

Generally, a cleansing or moisturising face mask can become the go-to treat for your skin. Try a few masks and see which one you enjoy most. You can use a face mask once a week or when required.

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How to Get Rid of Spots Fast

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Spots, blemishes, breakouts… why do we get them and what’s the best way to treat them? We’ve rounded up 10 of the most common triggers, along with the most effective spot solutions...

How to get rid of spots fast

The Triggers

When did you last clean your makeup brushes?

It’s easy to forget or make time to clean your brushes regularly, but dirty tools can cause skin problems. Make brush cleansing a weekly routine.

Are you a picker?

Picking at spots or blemishes on your face spreads germs and leads to more redness, inflammation and even scarring. Try to avoid touching your face at all.

Have you changed your pillowcases recently?

If your breakouts tend to be on your cheeks, a dirty pillowcase could be to blame. Change pillowcases at least once a week.

Do you take your makeup off before going to bed?

Leaving your makeup on overnight is a beauty sin. Cleansing, toning and moisturising before bed is a must to prevent residue makeup plugging the pores. For those times when you’re too exhausted to remove your makeup properly, use a cleansing wipe – but try not to make a habit of it.

Do you get enough sleep?

Missing out on sleep not only leaves you feeling tired, but causes skin problems, too. Not getting enough sleep raises your cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) levels, which makes you feel cranky and leads to breakouts. Struggle to snooze? Try our Mindfulness Techniques to help you sleep.

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Is your cleansing routine too harsh?

If your skin feels tight or inflamed after cleansing, you could be using products that are too harsh for your skin type. Try switching to a gentle cleansing routine, designed for sensitive skin, and you should notice an improvement.

Are you addicted to your phone?

There’s nothing wrong with chatting on your mobile for hours – as long as you clean the screen regularly. Using an antibacterial wipe once a week helps prevent breakouts on your cheeks, where you hold your phone.

Are the products you’re using clogging your pores?

Using the wrong products for your skin type can clog up pores and cause breakouts. Change to non-comedogenic products, which won’t cause pores to become blocked.

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Is it your hormones?

If you suffer from breakouts on your chin or jawline around that time of the month, you can probably put the blame on your hormones, which overstimulate your skin’s oil glands and cause breakouts. If you’ve tried everything and are still suffering, see your GP, who can give advice and medication that may help.

Are you a worrier?

Ever wondered why you get a spot just before a big event? It’s usually because your cortisol levels become raised when you’re anxious or nervous. Reducing your stress levels through exercise or relaxation techniques will benefit your skin, but in emergencies, opt for a blemish-busting treatment that can be applied directly to the spot after cleansing.

 

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The Solutions

Cleansing routine

Make sure your cleansing routine works for you and your skin type. Blemish-prone skin tends to be oily or combination, so using products that combat excess oil without drying skin is key. Face scrubs and masks should also be a permanent fixture in your weekly routine.

Emergency spot treatments

These are fast-acting formulas that help tackle blemishes quickly and effectively. The advantage of these targeted formulas is that you can apply a stronger concentration of the acne-fighting ingredients to blemishes than when using a treatment that’s applied to your entire face.

Best spot-fighting ingredients

Targeted treatments often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide – two of the best acne-fighting ingredients. They target pimples to reduce the size, swelling and redness without drying out the skin.

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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

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Blackheads are unsightly, stubborn and can appear at any time without warning. And while it may be tempting to poke and pick the blemishes, it’s not the best way to eliminate the appearance of them – if anything it could make them look and feel worse. Follow our expert advice and try these at-home blackhead removal tips, before resorting to a costly, deep-clean facial…

How to get rid of blackheads

What are blackheads & how are they caused? 

Before embarking on a new skincare regime to banish blackheads, it’s important to understand what they are and why they appear.

Pores naturally release sebum, which helps to moisturise and protect skin, but a combination of oil and dead skin cells can clog the hair follicle, resulting in a blackhead. As skin attempts to secrete and shed sebum and dead cells, the bacteria come into contact with oxygen at the opening of the pore, which then turns black.

Blackhead Removal Tips

Choose products packed with salicylic acid

A key ingredient in many acne treatments, salicylic acid is great at attacking blemishes including blackheads. Without boring you with all the detailed science behind the ingredient, it essentially deeply exfoliates the skin by breaking up the skins ‘glue’ and unclogs the pore.

Use on skin once or twice a day and look out for products with concentrations between 0.5-2%. As it can give such a thorough cleansing of the skin, it can have a drying effect on the skin so be careful not to overdo. Avoid keeping formulas on for too long and if you notice any flaking, give your skin a break.

Scrub regularly

Top up your cleansing regime with a scrub, as this will gently exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells that can potentially clog pores (resulting in blackheads).

Look for oil-free products

One of the causes of blackheads is excess oil, so if you’re suffering from blackheads it’s best to incorporate oil-free or noncomedogenic makeup and skincare products in your regime.

Try retinol & retinoids

Usually associated with anti-ageing, retinol products and retinoids are also recognised by dermatologists for removing blackheads. Without over-stripping, these products keep skin cells turning over and replenishing efficiently.

Don’t skip out on the moisturiser

If you’re undergoing deep exfoliation and cleansing treatments in a bid to banish blackheads, it’s likely all the oil-stripping methods will dry out the skin. But, it’s vital to keep the balance right and provide nourishment with the help of a moisturiser. If you’re worried about adding oil, always opt for a noncomedogenic moisturiser.

The Blackhead-Busting Routine

Cleanse

Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, with an oil-free cleanser that’s formulated to target blackheads.

Exfoliate

Use a face scrub twice a week to remove dead skin cells, and opt for one that contains lactic acid to help absorb excess oil.

Face masks

Treat your skin to a detoxifying facemask once a week to cleanse the skin of dirt and bacteria thoroughly. Clay masks stimulate the blood flow and draw out impurities – you’ll be able to see excess sebum as it surfaces on the clay.

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Mattifying papers

Use mattifying papers throughout the day to absorb any excess oil that could potentially clog open pores.

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Removing blackheads with pore strips

Pore strips can help you remove blackheads with one quick movement - and some people find them ridiculously satisfying to use! 

Start by washing your face with a deep-cleansing electronic face brush to loosen any sebum and dead skin cells that might be blocking pores. Then wet your nose (the strip won’t stick otherwise) and apply the strip, smoothing it down as you go and making sure there are no lumps. Once the strip has dried, slowly peel it off, starting at the edges. 

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Should you squeeze blackheads?

We know how tempting it is to squeeze blackheads, but it’s important not to squeeze every one you see – and remember that squeezing can increase the risk of scarring.

Focus on the oldest blackheads – they tend to be darker in colour and will be easier to remove. If you try to squeeze newer blackheads, you risk damaging the pore walls, which allows the bacteria to spread to the surrounding tissue and cause spots to form.

Start the process by holding your head over a bowl of hot water or having a hot shower – the steam helps to soften the pores. Then wrap a tissue around the fingers you’ll be squeezing with, to help stop the bacteria spreading, and gently push down on either side of the blackhead, slowly moving your fingers around so you’re not constantly putting pressure on the same area of skin.

The blackhead should come out fairly easily; if it doesn’t, leave it for another day. Once you’re finished, apply a clay mask to the affected area to help reduce the inflammation.

 

 

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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Brushes are key to pristine, professional-standard makeup application, so give them the love and care they deserve by treating them to a thorough clean at least once a week.

Dirty brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you don’t look after your beauty tools, they won’t last as long as they should. Here are our top tips for how to clean makeup brushes and keeping them germ-free and in perfect condition, even when you’re on the go - so no excuses!

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Cleaning Makeup Brushes With Gel

Step 1 

Start by running the brush under lukewarm water, using your fingers to spread out the bristles. Try to avoid getting water on the part of the brush where the bristles meet the handle – known as the ferrule – because water will dissolve the glue and cause the bristles to shed.

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Step 2 

Next, apply a pump of cleansing gel onto the brush. Spread the bristles to remove any clogged-up makeup. For an even deeper clean, swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to lather up the soap before dipping back into the water.

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Step 3 

Rinse the brush under warm running water, then wipe back and forth across a clean hand towel to get rid of every bit of makeup. Reshape the brush as you go by pressing the bristles between your fingers until it is back to its original shape, once dry, store upright.

 

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Other Methods to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to clean makeup brushes

Using Anti-bacterial Spray

Antibacterial spray provides a quick-fix cleanse between thorough washes, especially for smaller brushes used on eyes and lips. Spray the solution onto the bristles and wipe back and forth across a clean tissue until there are no traces of residue makeup.

Solid cleanser

Wet your brush and use it to sweep the surface of the solid cleanser in circular motions until the product lathers up. When all traces of makeup have been removed from the bristles, rinse, reshape the brush and leave both the brush and pot of solid cleanser to air dry.

Using Makeup Brush Wipes

For on-the-go cleansing, pop some makeup brush wipes in your handbag and simply run the brush across the wipe in a circular motion until clean.

Using cleansing solution

Use a brush-cleansing solution to give your brushes a deep clean. Ideally, you should clean all your brushes every week, but if this isn’t always possible, make your foundation brushes a priority as they come into regular contact with blemishes and oily-prone areas of the skin.

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How to Deal With Dry Skin

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Is your skin often dry, dull and prone to fine lines? Here’s how to get it hydrated, smooth and glowing.

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Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated?

Before you invest in skincare products designed for dry skin, it’s important to know whether your skin is dry or lacking in water and therefore dehydrated. Dehydrated skin will look dry and feel tight, especially after cleansing and even after you’ve applied moisturiser. Dry skin is lacking in oil, which means it tends to be rough and possibly flaky, and if you dab it with a tissue, you’ll notice there’s no oily residue. Dry skin can also become irritated owing to a lack of sebum, which not only acts as a natural moisturiser but also forms a barrier on the skin’s surface, protecting it against infection and pollutants.

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The Best Ingredients For Dry Skin

Ingredients such as manuka honey, hyaluronic acid and glycerin are best for dry skin. Manuka honey absorbs and retains moisture, keeping skin hydrated. Both hyaluronic acid and glycerin act like a sponge, attracting and drawing moisture into the skin.

The Best Cleansers For Dry Skin

Cream, milk or gel-based cleansers are best for dry skin as they’re the gentlest. Make sure they don’t contain alcohol, which can cause further drying.

Skincare For Dry Skin

Dry skin tends not to get as many spots or blemishes as other types, but it is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eye area. So choose eye creams that are targeted to deal with anti-ageing and apply them as the first step in your routine.

Follow the eye cream with a serum – preferably containing hyaluronic acid – and then apply a moisturiser; choose one with glycerin to prevent moisture escaping.

If your skin is in need of an additional moisture boost, apply a drop of oil on top of the moisturiser in areas that are dry or prone to dryness and massage in. This will help the moisturiser penetrate into your skin and make it more effective.

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Best Makeup For Dry Skin

Heavy foundation on dry skin can look quite cakey and often dry it out even more. A BB cream is a good alternative, as it acts like a primer, moisturiser and foundation in one and usually contains an SPF to fight the sun’s wrinkle-causing rays.

For dark circles, choose a concealer with added skincare benefits. When choosing eyeshadows and blushers, use cream formulations rather than powders, which can be tricky to blend on dry skin.

My Skin is Dehydrated

How to Deal with Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is a condition rather than a skin type, which means that any skin type can suffer from it. Here are the best ingredients and products to use if your skin is lacking in moisture…

The Best Ingredients For Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin needs products that will replace lost moisture. Look for ones containing hyaluronic acid, which locks in moisture and helps to get rid of fine lines by plumping out skin. Glycerin is another key ingredient for dehydrated skin as it attracts moisture and is particularly beneficial in night creams.

The Best Cleansers For Dehydrated Skin

Look for hydrating, nourishing cleansers, usually cream or milky formulas, which will cleanse skin without stripping it of the much-needed moisture it needs. Micellar water is also suitable for dehydrated skin.

A lot of cleansers tend to strip moisture from the skin, which contribute to dehydration. Skin should never feel dry or tight after cleansing – it should simply feel fresh.

Skincare For Dehydrated Skin

Again, it’s vital to look for products that will restore and replenish the skin’s moisture. Applying a rich, thick moisturiser before you go to sleep will also help replenish lost moisture in the skin. Carry a facial mist infused with vitamin E that you can spritz over skin throughout the day to rehydrate it.

Best Makeup For Dehydrated Skin

Opt for a light, hydrating primer that will absorb instantly into skin yet still provide long-lasting moisturisation. For foundation, look for one containing hyaluronic acid, which will help keep skin hydrated.

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The Ultimate Guide to Vitamins

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We all know that vitamins and minerals are all jam-packed with goodness. But with so much choice out there, it can be hard to know what supplement is right for you. Get the low down on what you need to keep on feeling fit and healthy.

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that is commonly found in guava, orange juice, peppers and Brussels sprouts. The body can only store vitamin C in very small amounts, which is why we need to replenish our levels daily.

Vitamin C protects cells and keeps them healthy, and maintains healthy bones, blood vessels and skin. It also helps in the formation of healthy connective tissue and to build and maintain collagen, which supports and keeps skin and bones firm.

Take vitamin C supplements to increase your intake. Just be sure to follow the recommended dosage on the packet: The Department of Health advises taking no more than 1,000mg a day.

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin D

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Vitamin D can be found in such food items as oily fish and eggs but is most commonly produced in the body when our skin reacts to summer sunlight. According to the Department of Health, as many as half of the UK population may be deficient in vitamin D.

Essential for overall good health, vitamin D helps to look after muscles, heart, lungs and brain, as well as improve the body’s immunity. Its primary function, however, is to manage the calcium content of your blood, bones and gut, ensuring cells are able to communicate properly so that your bones and teeth stay healthy.

Taking a vitamin D supplement is an easy way to up your intake of this essential vitamin. Just be sure not to take more than the recommended 1,100mg a day.

Everything You Need to Know About Omega 3

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Omega 3 supplements contain essential fatty acids commonly found in fish, which is why they are often referred to as omega 3 fish oil supplements.

The fatty acids found in omega 3 supplements help to prevent and manage heart disease. They do this by helping to lower blood pressure, slow the development of plaque in the arteries, reduce abnormal heart rhythm and lessen the chances of heart attacks, strokes and heart disease. Omega 3 can also help to boost your brainpower and concentration.

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What are Energy Boosters?

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These give you a quick-fix boost of energy. There are several types of energy supplements, and it’s important to choose the right ones for your needs. The most common are:

High-calorie drinks and foods

These usually contain protein. They mask symptoms of tiredness and give energy levels a short-term boost. They’re most useful for athletes.

Caffeine supplements

These are stimulants that increase mental awareness and provide temporary relief from tiredness. It is recommended that you don’t have more than 300mg caffeine per day.

Metabolism boosters

Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Metabolism boosters can contribute to weight loss by increasing the amount of energy your body uses, especially when accompanied by a healthy eating plan.

How to Boost Your Immune System

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Help your body keep germs at bay by looking out for these immune-boosting ingredients…

Vitamin C

Your body can only store vitamin C in small quantities, which is why you need to replenish it daily. Vitamin C protects cells and keeps them healthy, and helps form and maintain healthy bones, blood vessels and skin.

Vitamin D

This looks after your muscles, heart, lungs and brain, and improves your body’s immunity.

Zinc

This powerful antioxidant works to protect your body’s cells from the harmful effects of free radicals, which can speed up ageing and lead to health problems.

Garlic

Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Garlic capsules – unlike garlic cloves – are odourless!

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The Ultimate Guide to Long-Lasting Lipstick

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Whether you like to use lipsticks, lip stains or liquid lipsticks, here’s how apply them for smudge-proof, long-lasting colour that will take you from day to night…

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Exfoliating your lips

A weekly exfoliation will help to prevent lips chapping and keep them smooth. It’s especially important if you’re going to be applying a matte lipstick, which tends to be more drying and is likely to cling to any dry patches on your lips.

To exfoliate lips, use a toothbrush with soft bristles – a child’s one works well – then apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the bristles and gently rub over your lips using circular motions. The skin on your lips is delicate, so be firm but not too rough. Apply a nourishing vitamin-E enriched balm morning and night to keep lips hydrated.

Priming your lips

To get the best results from your lipstick, prime your lips first. Simply dab a small amount of your normal liquid concealer all over your lips, making sure you blend it right to the outer edges, for a neutral, even base. Not only will this help your lipstick to stay put all day it will also help prevent your lipstick "feathering". 

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Girl applying lip liner

Using lip liner

Applying lip liner will help make your lipstick look neater, create a smooth, precise edge and give your lipstick something to stick to. You can use a liner that’s either a couple of shades lighter than your chosen lipstick, or one that matches the natural colour of your lips.

Start by lining the Cupid’s bow – the curved part in the middle of your top lip –then line the rest of your top and bottom lip. Step back from the mirror and check you’re happy with the shape before filling in your lips with lipstick.

How to apply lipstick

The classic tube lipsticks offer the widest range of colours, so there’s something for everyone. Although hydrating, the wax/oil base can cause the product to disappear, meaning you’ll need to reapply regularly throughout the day, especially after eating and drinking.

For a longer-lasting finish, apply the first coat with a lip brush, which will give you more control and make the application more precise. Blot with a tissue, then use the lip brush again to apply a second coat.

Applying red lipstick using lip brush

The benefits of liquid lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks are good for dry lips as they combine the pigment of a lipstick with a moisturising, velvety formula that glides on like a gloss. If a high-shine finish isn’t your thing, you can use a liquid lipstick that dries matte.

 

The benefits of lip stains

Lip stains work by staining lips rather than coating them in colour. They’re designed to enhance the natural colour of your lips, rather than change it, and are usually available only in variations of red, pink and peach colours. The result is a long-lasting smudge-proof colour. Lip stain is removed with petroleum jelly – simply apply it on the stain, leave it for a few minutes, then gently rub it off with a tissue. It’s worth noting that most stains contain alcohol, which can make lips dry, so using them regularly means you may need to exfoliate and condition more often.

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Zoella: Sweet Inspirations

Zoella sweet inspirations range
Zoella sweet inspirations range

 

The latest range from Youtube sensation and all round girl-next-door Zoe Sugg, the Zoella: Sweet Inspirations range has just hit our shelves - hooray! It's been a year in the making, and we're already obsessed - we just can't get enough of the French-patisserie-inspired packaging and the gorgeous, girly scents.  Here's the lowdown on all the different products in the collection...

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Body Fondant Shimmer Balm

Why we love it:

Perfect for giving a gorgeous healthy glow to natural skin or a little added POW! to sunkissed complexions, this shimmery balm is sweet, subtle and scented - what's not to love?

Zoella says: 

"I was most excited about this... I'm just obsessed, it's so soft.  Plus it also smells so lovely"

Sweet inspirations Body Mist

Why we love it: 

The perfect warm-weather alternative to perfume which can be a bit overpowering in the heat, or a simple post shower spritz.  However you wear it, this body mist has a delectable scent and comes in a gorgeous Twenties inspired glass bottle.

Zoella says: 

"Look how beautiful this packaging is... I wish you had smell-o-vision so you could smell it"

Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist
Zoella Sweet Inspirations Le Fizz

Le Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer

Why we love it:

Make bath time fun again with a few squares of this delicious looking bath fizzer bar. With the same sweet almond base as the rest of the collection, you can escape to bathtime bliss surrounding in a beautiful haze of scent.

Zoella says: 

"I fricking love it!"

Double Crème Body Cream

Why we love it:

Enriched with honey, cacao and sweet almond oil, this silky smooth lotion is a real treat for the skin. A little goes a long way, so your bottle will last for ages, too.

Zoella says:

"So many of you love the body lotion that I for sure had to bring it back with this scent"

Zoella Double Creme Body Lotion
Zoella sweet inspirations bath latte

Bath Latté Bath & Shower Milk

Why we love it:

It's versatile - this smooth, creamy lotion cleanser can be used in the bath or shower, and leaves your skin feeling deeply moisturised.  And the cute retro milk bottle inspired design means it looks great on your bathroom shelf, too!

Zoella says: 

"Super obsessed - it creates the best bubbles and leaves your skin feeling super smooth"

Make Up Bags: Life is Sweet & Candy Stripes

Zoella life is sweet make up bag

Why we love them: 

The small scalloped purse is great for little bits and bobs like hair clips and loose change, while the candy stripe clutch when unfolded is huge - ideal for even the biggest make up hoarders.

Zoella says:

"You can use this for anything... a night out, make up or skin care"

Zoella candy stripe make up bag

 If you haven't already left to snap up the complete set, what are you waiting for?

Ready, set... SHOP!

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