Sweat Proof Gym Makeup - Viorela Coman

Having collaborated with brands including Adidas, Burberry and Asos, Makeup Artist Viorela Coman is famed for her signature soft makeup. Its little wonder she’s our go to when it comes to getting a post work out glow that doesn’t gleam as bright as a bad case of sunburn.

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“It is possible to wear confidence boosting make-up to the gym, without harming your skin or clogging up your pores.

To achieve a natural finish that is both flattering and will ensure your skin won’t break out, it’s vital to use good quality skincare products. Serums and moisturisers, BB creams and some foundations which are non comedogenic are the best choices to ensure your skin will look great during, and after your sweaty session.

If you workout outside, do not underestimate the power of sun protective creams and sprays that protect your skin from sun damage, pigmentation and premature aging.

My favourites are
Bioderma Photoderm Max Mist, La Roche-Posay Antehelios or Jan Marini’s Physical Protectant SPF 45.

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PRE WORKOUT

BASE:
Firstly use a cleanser suitable for your skin type. Light foam cleansers like the one from
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, H2O Micellar water from Bioderma, SkinCeuticals’ Simply Clean are my top picks. They will not upset your skin's natural pH balance so that you enjoy a spotless complexion.
To prevent clogged pores that can cause break outs, I also like using zinc-containing mists, such as the
La Roche Posay’s Sero Zinc spray.

Avoid using a rich face or body lotion, this will feel heavy and prevent your skin from breathing, causing blocked pores.

After a proper cleanse, treat your skin to a very light, oil-free moisturizer. I love the following;-
La Roche Posay’s Toleriane Fluide, - Eau Thermale Avène Tolérance Extrême Emulsion for Acne Prone & Sensitive Skin- Sebium range from Bioderma to help your skin stay put while still feeling moisturized.

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MAKEUP:
Start with applying the
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ packed with skin-nourishing benefits. Or if you are in a rush, go for the amazing IT concealer in the areas you feel need correcting – another great option is Delilah Take Cover Radiant Cream for medium to full coverage.

If you would like more coverage than a CC cream or concealer provides, and would like to wear a foundation, in the same spirit of breathable skin and gorgeous complexion, use
Oxygenetix Oxygenationg Foundation, or the oil-free foundation from CliniqueFIT Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF. I also love the BB Complexion Rescue Cream by Bare Minerals.

If you can’t go without your trusty mascara, add a coat of Eyeko Yoga Waterproof Mascara that will give you long luscious lashes and prevent the dreaded panda eyes.

For lips, moisture is best especially when air con filled gyms can dry them out. Apply the
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips or Boiron Homeostick Lips Balm or Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm generously. Avoid any lip products that contain mineral oil and petroleum jelly. 

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POST WORKOUT

REPLENISH YOUR SKIN:
Following your workout, ensure you shower and cleanse your skin straight after if possible – I love
Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser With Saw Palmetto & Mint.

If you feel hot and need to refresh and add a little moisture after all your hard work, I’d recommend using the
Skyn Iceland’s Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion, it has a cooling effect on your skin and will instantly make you feel refreshed and rejuventated.

Red faced? Reach for the
CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Neutralising Face Powder, it will even out your complexion, and the colour correcting powder with neutralise any redness post-work out.”

For more from Viorela please visit www.viorelacoman.com


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7 Foods That Help Repair Sun Damage - Glo Skin Beauty

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Everyone know s that applying sunscreen to block the sun’s UV rays is crucial, but you should ensure you don’t miss a step in your sun-protection routine which includes the food you consume. Your diet is an important yet overlooked part of how we adapt to our external environments throughout the seasons. Eating antioxidants helps to protect skin from sun damage, certain foods contain nutrients that help it repair and replenish itself. The number of antioxidants in your blood decreases when your skin is exposed to sunlight, so it is important to ensure there is a consistent presence of antioxidants.

Amanda Von Dem Hagen, skin specialist at Glo Skin Beauty UK has shared the top 7 foods which can help repair sun damage.

Crimini mushrooms

Crimini mushrooms have one of the highest selenium contents. This trace mineral is needed to make one of the body’s most potent antioxidants, glutathione peroxidase, which fights damaging compounds called free radicals that form in the skin during sunlight exposure. They are also a great source of B vitamins, which are needed to create new, youthful-looking skin cells.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates have a high antioxidant content and have been found to offer anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. Scientists have discovered that nutrients in pomegranates can reduce the ability of UVB radiation to cause cancer-promotion damage in skin cells. Pomegranate seed oil works to protect against skin cancer because of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant found in large quantities in pomegranates which researches have found inhibits the growth of skin tumors.

 

Cherries

Tart Montmorency cherries are your best source of the antioxidant melatonin. Melatonin protects the skin against ultraviolet radiation. Researchers have discovered that the nutrient helps to repair sunburned skin since it stimulates new skin-cell growth. Cherries are also a great source of vitamin C which is needed to build collagen. Cherries never tend to come cheap but they are in season during late spring and summer, so they’re lower in price and tastier to eat during this time of year.

 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of an antioxidant called lycopene which protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Lycopene gives the tomatoes their colour and neutralises harmful molecules produced in skin sponsored to the sun’s ultra-violet rays. Damage inflicted by the free radicals on skin structures and DNA can lead to premature ageing and skin cancer. They are also an anti-inflammatory which means soothing any redness from being in the sun all too long. 

Carrots

Carrots are full of beta-carotene which not only protects against sun damage but also can help to reverse it as it has natural sunscreen properties. They also contain biotin, a type of B vitamin which promotes healthy hair and rapid nail growth. 

Almond butter

With high amounts of Vitamin-E, almonds reverse sun damage and keeps skin hydrated and smooth. This can make any smoothie tastes like a dessert and is great paired with bananas.

Sweet potatoes

These are loaded with beta-carotene like carrots. The antioxidant is converted to vitamin-A in the body which keeps skin smooth and healthy whilst promoting collagen production. By eating sweet potatoes you are giving yourself a good lather of natural sunscreen in conjunction with physical sunscreen too.

So with the temperatures rising over the next few weeks make sure you get the right nutrition to ensure your skin stays healthy and bright!

Glo Skin Beauty, formerly Glo therapeutics, delivers truly personalised skincare solutions by seamlessly pairing daily regimens with professional skincare products. Utilizing innovative technology and cutting edge research, our formulas are designed with potent concentrations of active ingredients to clinically transform the skin. Both paraben and cruelty free the brand is PETA approved.

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“At Glo, we see makeup as an extension of skincare. We understand how active ingredients in proper concentrations deliver skin transformation. And that what's not in our formulas is as important as what is. We are passionate about delivering products that make you look and feel your authentic best.”

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For more information about Glo Skin Beauty Please visit https://gloskinbeautyuk.com

Ethical Hair Care - Green People

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We can all agree that lazy days spent catching a few rays does wonders for the soul. But while we all know the harmful effects that UV rays have on the skin, we often forget about our hair. Best known for their organic, award winning skincare range, Green People has created a range of Summer-focused hair products that work to protect against the harmful effects of sun, salt and chlorine. In line with the brand ethos, there’s no synthetic fragrances, chemicals or colourants; just pure, hard-working natural, certified organic ingredients and vegan approved.

UV rays cause the most environmental damage to hair, more than blow drying and chlorine, meaning locks can often feel a little lacklustre and frazzled after a day in the sun. Just like our skin, hair needs tailored protection from sun and sea salt. Those tousled sea-salty beach waves may look right on trend, but the damage can run much deeper. Breakages, lack of moisture and depleted levels of protein result in weakened and brittle hair that’s far from shiny and lustrous. 

When packing for your next sun-soaked break, look no further than Green People’s Quinoa and Artichoke range (approved by the Vegan Society). Designed to protect hair from the damaging effects of sun, salt and chlorine, these three superhero products are fast becoming Summer’s ‘must-have’ essentials.  

The first step, is to treat the hair with a deep cleanse. Made with 81% certified organic ingredients, the Green People Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo is a blend of superfoods for the hair. Artichoke removes mineral deposits and acts as a protective shield to the hair shaft cuticles; think more shine, less frizz. Quinoa then coats the shaft for hair that looks thicker and fuller in an instant. Finally, soothing Marshmallow and Chamomile Extract work to soothe the scalp after sun exposure and rejuvenate dry hair.    

Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo - £15.50 (200ml) / £10.00 (100ml)

Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo - £15.50 (200ml) / £10.00 (100ml)

 

When hair is fully cleansed, follow with the Green People Quinoa & Artichoke Conditioner for an intensely conditioning boost. This wonder conditioner is made with 91% certified organic ingredients and is ideal for both coloured and virgin hair. Recent studies show that Quinoa protein increases shine by over 50% after just five washes; perfect for dull, depleted locks. Multi-tasking Artichoke Leaf forms a protective shield to the cuticles in the hair shaft and protects against UV damage. This conditioner is ideal for post-beach bathing; added Pineapple Extract is packed with natural enzymes that remove dead skin cells, chlorine and other impurities.   

Quinoa & Artichoke Conditioner - £15.50 (200ml) / £10.00 (100ml)

Quinoa & Artichoke Conditioner - £15.50 (200ml) / £10.00 (100ml)

 

Treat hair with a final nutrient boost with the Green People Quinoa & Avocado Serum. Made with 96% certified organic ingredients, this all-natural serum is a wonderful alternative to chemical-based styling products. Silicone free with no sticky residue, this serum can be used as a leave-in conditioner for a high shine finish. Antioxidant rich Avocado Oil works to deeply condition the hair, while shine-boosting Quinoa Protein prepares the hair for another day spent in on the beach, acting as protection against sun, salt and chlorine. Two humble ingredients that pack quite the punch. 

Quinoa & Avocado Hair Serum - £11.00 (100ml)

Quinoa & Avocado Hair Serum - £11.00 (100ml)

Green People products are available from Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Revital and independent natural health retailers nationwide, as well as online at www.greenpeople.co.uk.

Chemical Peel vs. Laser Treatment: What's Best For Your Skin?

The AEdit.com gives us the low down on these popular skin resurfacing procedures.

Acne scars. Wrinkles. Dark spots. Any of these names ring a bell? Unfortunately, they happen, and when they do, we find ourselves in panic mode. From skincare products that claim to cure age spots to endless online searches, we have hunted everywhere hoping to eventually find that “magic” treatment to erase skin textural irregularities and beyond. Luckily, there are solutions out there. Enter chemical peels and laser treatments, two skin resurfacing procedures that remove damaged regions to encourage skin regeneration. The end product? Smoother, revitalized skin. Combatting your problem areas has never been easier, but it can be overwhelming if you are new to the world of skin resurfacing. We consulted with New York dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah, MD of SmarterSkin Dermatology, to get the latest on everything you need to know about chemical peels, laser resurfacing treatments, and how it affects the skin.

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What is the difference?

Chemical peels and laser treatments are skin resurfacing procedures that remove old skin to promote new skin growth. Both treatments are commonly used to minimize acne scars and hyperpigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and correct sun damage issues such as age spots.

Foremost, what differentiates chemical peels and laser treatments is the procedure itself. As the name already implies, one utilizes chemical solutions to remove skin and the other uses lasers.

Chemical peels use acid solutions of varying strengths to treat the outer layer of skin. There are three types of peels: superficial, medium, and deep peels. Superficial chemical peels(e.g. VI Peel® and lactic acid peels) are gentle and utilize mild acids to lightly exfoliate the skin. Medium chemical peels (e.g. glycolic acid peels and TCA peels) are more intrusive and penetrate the middle and outer layer of skin. Deep chemical peels(e.g. phenol acid peels) are the strongest, using powerful acids to not only penetrate the skin, but remove damaged skin cells.

Laser resurfacing treatments use beams of light to penetrate the skin, removing one layer at a time. The laser method allows for a more precise removal process, but is generally more expensive than chemical peels, according to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There are two types of lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers (e.g. CO2 and erbium) are more intense but provide the best results by vaporizing the skin. Non-ablative lasers (e.g. Fraxel) are less intrusive to the skin and heat the skin instead without destroying it. Keep in mind that because non-ablative lasers are not as powerful as ablative lasers, multiple sessions may be required for best results.

However, Dr. Shah notes that although chemical peels and laser treatments are different, there is some overlap in the benefits they offer and the issues they correct. "For example, a strong TCA (trichloroacetic acid) chemical peel can provide a resurfacing similar to a resurfacing laser, or both peels and lasers can be used to improve acne and acne scars,” she explains.

The two procedures also differ depending on skin tone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people with a darker skin tone benefit the most from chemical peels, as peels are an effective treatment against hyperpigmentation. Dark skin tones are often prone to hyperpigmentation issues such as PIH (postinflammatory hyperpigmentation) because of an increased amount of melanin in their skin. Chemical peels use acid solutions to stimulate collagen production and contain antioxidants that better penetrate darker skin and treat pigmentation.

What are the popular types of chemical peels?

  • VI Peel® (superficial grade):The VI Peel® is a gentle, relatively painless peel that is effective on all skin types and skin tones. Made from a blend of trichloroacetic acid, Retin-A, salicylic acid, phenol, and vitamin C. It is often used to treat hyperpigmentation and reverse sun damage.

  • Lactic peel (superficial grade):A lactic peel is derived from milk and works best on dry and sensitive skin. It helps balance skin pH and gently exfoliates by dissolving dead skin cells.

  • Glycolic peel (medium grade):A glycolic peel is made out of glycolic acid that promotes the production of new collagen and elastin by targeting the skin’s outer layer. It is often used to treat acne/acne scars and tighten pores.

  • TCA peel (medium grade):A TCA peel uses trichloroacetic acid and is more aggressive than the glycolic peel. It is often used to correct skin pigment issues and soften wrinkles.

  • Phenol peel (deep grade):A phenol peel powerfully penetrates the skin to treat severe wrinkle and discoloration issues. It often requires a lengthy recovery time and may feel uncomfortable compared to milder peels.

What are the popular types of laser treatments?

  • Fraxel Laser Treatment (non-ablative): The Fraxel Laser Treatment uses FDA approved fractional laser technology to rejuvenate skin. This type of laser works best on mild to moderate acne scars and fine wrinkles.

  • CO2/Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment (ablative):The CO2 Laser Treatment uses pixelated carbon dioxide lasers to treat more extreme skin issues such as deep wrinkles and severe acne scars. This type of laser is generally not good for treating skin redness.

  • Erbium Laser Treatment (ablative):The Erbium Laser Treatment is a more mild and less intrusive laser treatment than the CO2 Laser. The laser penetrates the epidermis (the outer skin layer) and also stimulates the production of collagen. It is often used to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.

Which treatment is best for my skin?

Long story short: It all depends on your skin type and concerns. “It can be difficult to determine the best course of action, so it is always important to consult with a board certified dermatologist to discuss your concerns and treatment options,” Dr. Shah advises.

If you have a darker skin tone, Dr. Shah warns that not all chemical peels and laser treatments are suitable for darker skin tones. Unsure of your situation? When in doubt, always consult a dermatologist.

What’s better for acne scars — chemical peel or laser treatment?

For hyperpigmentation, Dr. Shah recommends chemicals peels. For textural changes, such as atrophic or indented scars, Dr. Shah finds laser skin treatments more beneficial.“However, a TCA chemical peel can also improve these acne scars,” she explains. “Often, combination approaches are needed, combining laser, peels, subcision and/or fillers.”

What should I expect when getting a chemical peel/laser treatment for the first time?

“With chemical peels, expect redness and peeling afterwards depending on the type of peel. Not all peels produce visible peeling,” Dr. Shah says. “The post-laser skin side effects depend on the laser, but include redness, peeling, swelling, and bruising.”If you use topical treatments, Dr. Shah notes that your doctor may advise you to stop applying them a few days prior. Depending on the peel and laser, it may be recommended that you stop retinoids, hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide or other harsh, drying and potentially irritating ingredients. Patients with a history of cold sores may also be prescribed antiviral drugs for prophylaxis.

Am I a good candidate for chemical peels/laser treatments?

Dr. Shah advises against chemical peels and laser treatments if you:

  • Have active infections in the areas you want treated

  • Will be under sun exposure after the treatment

  • Have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scars

  • Do not allow an appropriate amount of recovery time post-treatment

  • Have darker skin tones (applies to certain types of chemical peels and laser resurfacing treatments)

Whether you choose a chemical peel or laser treatment, there is a resurfacing skin solution for you out there!

By Kelsey Nguyen

For more information about Dr Shah or to learn more about the above treatments please visit www.smarterskindermatology.com

Give Your Hair A Spring Detox With Kerluxe Crystalisse Haircare

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Spring is all about rejuvenation; blossoming trees, new buds and the promise of warmer days ahead. But what about replenishing your locks? The dark and dreary Winter months often leave us neglecting our hair, hiding it under hoods, hats and umbrellas. So prepare for the Summer season with a Spring clean for your hair. Cult favourite, Kerluxe has your hair needs covered with the Crystalisse range; a selection of purifying and clarifying products designed to detox your hair and provide defence against environmental damage.

Born from the heritage and science of Swiss skincare, Kerluxe believe that our hair and scalp should be treated with the same care and attention as the skin of our faces. Just like a skincare routine, Kerluxe encourage us to follow a 4-step ritual to cleanse, hydrate, treat and protect. The result? Beautiful, glossy, healthy hair with every wash. The Crystalisse range has been formulated with key ingredients to treat and calm the scalp. The AntiOxi O2 Complex acts as a shield for your hair, while preserving the PH balance and repairing damaged follicles. Moringa seed oil protects the scalp and hair from external aggressors whilst menthol defends against pollution and product build up.

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Start your 4-step ritual with the Crystalisse Shampoo (£38) – 250ml, a purifying cleanser designed to combat the effects of urban life. Key actives include Puricare, a peptide found in moringa seed oil and menthol, which not only removes product build up but also soothes the scalp. Simply massage into damp hair, leave to work for 2-3 minutes and then rinse. 

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Next, reach for the Crystalisse Conditioner (£40) – 250ml, a nourishing formula that transforms hair, leaving it stronger, shinier and more manageable. By forming a protective barrier around the hair shaft, key ingredients such as lemon extract protect against pollutant particles and counter their harmful, oxidative effects. 

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Once a week, treat your hair to the Crystalisse Mask (£49) – 200ml. Nourishing, detoxifying and reparative, this treatment mask harnesses the power of moringa seed oil to eliminate toxin build up that can prevent healthy hair growth. Packed full of nourishing oils, hair are and scalp left feeling beautifully hydrated and more manageable. 

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On stepping out of the shower, spritz towel-dried hair with the Crystalisse Hair Pure Cure (£49) – 150ml. This leave-in lotion supports the oxygenation of the scalp, preserving the integrity of the hair structure and creating a lasting foundation for strong, shiny hair.

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The Crystalisse range is delicately fragranced with notes of white florals, comforting musk and vanilla; the ultimate antidote to polluted city air. Refreshed and free from congestion, the innovative formulation leaves locks shining and radiant, ready for the Summer.

Available from www.kerluxe.com

Kickstart Your Summer Body Care Routine - Jane Scrivner

We admit it.... until the sunny weather approaches our body care routine usually takes a back seat. With the summer on its way, now is the best time to put the effort into your body care to get the best results when it finally arrives......

Jane Scrivner says,"Often people will just do their skincare down to their chin, maybe the décolleté on a good day, but most of the time the body is left totally neglected. For me body care is just as important as looking after the skin on our faces, and it should be a part of peoples every day routines. We should nourish and feed the skin on our body, just as we would our face. With summer just around the corner, now is the time to kickstart your body care routine to reveal soft, smooth, toned skin so you can look and feel your best."

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Jane Scrivner Firm Believer (£49/100ml)

  • Transformational, firming, toning and conditioning body oil

  • Contains a therapeutic blend of Apricot, Jojoba and Avocado core oils which are collagen and elastin enhancing and rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B17, D and E

  • Rich in both oleic and linolenic acid; these Essential Fatty Acid's penetrate the skin to intensely moisturise and bring lustre, luminescence and glow back to your skin

  • Red Mandarin, Neroli and Bergamot essential oils for skin rejuvenation. Neroli is an astringent and cytophylactic - able to tone skin and stimulate new cell growth and red mandarin has brightening and reparative properties, used to diminish the appearance of scars and age spots and minimize stress and wrinkles

  • To totally transform your skin, exfoliate your entire body before application and then continue use every day for the first week until your skin reaches its 'turning point'

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Jane Scrivner Detox Body Bath Oil (£33/100ml)

  • Cleansing and stimulating oil to help detoxify your body from the outside and in

  • Jojoba and Coconut Oils. Rich in EFA's, with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties these oils absorb easily and act speedily to soften, plump and hydrate the skin

  • A detoxifying essential oil blend of Grapefruit, Black Pepper and Juniper works to stimulate blood flow, aid lymphatic drainage and improve digestion and urinary tract and kidney function

    For more information about Jane Scrivner please visit janescrivner.com | Instagram: @janescrivnerskincare

    Jane Scrivner Skincare is available at janescrivner.commyshowcase.com and lovelula.com