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

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

The Perfect Base - Kevyn Aucoin

Renowned as one of the greatest make up artists of his generation, Kevyn Aucoin’s cosmetic line is a firm favourite amongst celebrities and makeup devotees alike. Famed as a master of artistry due to his ability to transform and enhance facial features, many have labelled him the inventor of the way we know make up today. Here luxury beauty apothecary Space NK pick their top three products from the brand for creating the perfect base.

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“Kevyn Aucoin Beauty is a visionary collection of cosmetics and tools that reflect artistic expertise and philosophies, which is deeply rooted in values of empowerment, originality, and inclusivity. It is a brand for anyone and everyone, and made accessible by way of innovative, easy-to-use and beautiful formulas. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty products and techniques celebrate fearless creativity that is obtainable by all. Beauty belongs to the brave.” KevinAucoin.com

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Living Coral - Get the Look

Living Coral is the shade of the moment (read our fashion post in The Edit) and so to keep you bang on trend we’ve picked our favourite products for creating the perfect look. Famed for being universally wearable, all skin tones benefit from the colours warming effect, breathing life into sallow skin and lips. Shop our edit now to get the sun kissed look ahead of the summer months!

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1. Benefit Coralista £26. 2. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen £22. 3. Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss £28. 4. Dior Nail Polis £21. 5. Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette £25 6. Charlotte Tilbury lipstick £24. 7. Illamasqua Blush £18.40 8. Nars Juliette Lipstick £26 9. Lancome My Parisian Blush £28.

Golden Globes - Get The Look For Less!

One of our favourite looks from this years Golden Globe Awards was Saoirse Ronan’s perfectly polished, minimal make up. With just the slightest hint of colour on her lips, Saoirse exuded elegance whilst remaining true to her signature edgy style sporting a sleek, blunt bob. If you want to give this effortless look a go, our faves at George at Asda have picked out their top products for recreating the look for less!

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Vichy's Mineral 89

Vichy’s Mineral 89 is here and has officially launched on Lookfantastic.com! It’s one of Vichy’s most exciting releases this year.

 

Vichy Mineral 89 combines the power of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water + Hyaluronic Acid to strengthen the skin’s barrier function whilst protecting it from pollution. Formulated with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water and just 11 other ingredients, Mineral 89 is a new ‘Step 0’ in your daily routine: plumping, protecting and preparing skin from within for the next steps in your skincare regime.  Suitable for the most sensitive skin, the light and fast absorbing formula drenches skin with freshness before disappearing instantly, getting to work to stimulate antioxidant defences and reinforcing skin’s integrity by stimulating regeneration and improving its barrier function.

Skin is the interface between our body and the external world: it acts as a protective shield against daily aggressors, such as pollution. Keeping it healthy and strong is essential. A more resilient skin means a smooth protective surface and a plump structured mattress below.

Powered by in depth expertise called the EXPOSOME, Vichy developed a breakthrough formula: Mineral 89. Your new essential 1st step of your skincare routine to strengthen your skin from within, protecting it from pollution, preparing it for the next steps of the routine and plumping it with health drop after drop. 

IN-DEPTH EXPERTISE GAINED FROM THE EXPOSOME

The Exposome is a scientific concept that emerged in 2005; a holistic approach and new way of understanding health and the skin.Research revealed 80% of ageing is due to the Exposome with environmental agressors such as pollution as well as UV rays and internal agressors such as stress and fatigue all impacting the barrier function. Based on this knowledge Vichy developed a new daily booster, Mineral 89 to reinforce skin barrier function whilst plumping and priming the skin. 

A FEAT OF FORMULATION FINALLY ACHIEVED!

With Mineral 89, Vichy Laboratories took on its greatest ever challenge: formulating a skincare product based on 89% Mineralizing Water.

Vichy Mineralizing Water is a very active, potent ingredient thus very unstable to formulate. Until now Vichy laboratories were only able to reach a 20% concentration, but with Mineral 89 Vichy managed to achieve a concentration at 89%.

When combined with Hyaluronic Acid, an incredibly hydrating ingredient which also strengthens the skin’s barrier function, Vichy discovered the two ingredients have a complementary action to protect the skin’s integrity.

THE POWER OF VICHY MINERALIZING WATER

Drawn from the depths of the French volcanoes, Vichy Mineralizing Water is:
• Rich in 15 essential minerals, strengthening the skin’s natural defence
• Backed by 16 scientific studies
• Proven to stimulate antioxidant defences and reinforce skins integrity

specifically by stimulating regeneration and improving its barrier function

A CLEAN & MINIMALIST FORMULA

The light and fast absorbing formula drenches skin with freshness before disappearing instantly. This sensorial blend has been created with a very pure formula, made of 11 ingredients only: clean and safe, it has been tested on the most sensitive skin and contains no fragrance or colourants. 

HOW TO USE?

Think of Mineral 89 as your step 0 in the routine, used daily post cleansing. Apply 1-2 pumps to face and lips followed by subsequent serums, moisturisers or SPF.

Neom Holiday Heroes

The summer is officially here and that means one thing....Holidays!!!!! It also means there's a certain amount of stress when it comes to packing. With highly priced luggage allowances, carry on plastic bags and 100ml liquid rules, deciding on the essentials can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you're anything like me and you want to take all of your favourite products. Well fear not help is at hands from the lovely folks at Neom.

 

Neom Organics have created two travel collections to enhance your wellbeing journey. The Holiday Heroes Kit and Wellbeing Discovery Kit both include powerful therapeutic minis packed full of the purest possible essential oils, to keep your skin feeling nourished and hydrated, whilst providing true wellbeing benefits; to relieve stress, aid sleep, boost your energy and lift your mood. 

 

Holiday Heroes

 

Travel calm from take-off to touch down with the new Holiday Heroes Kit, comprising of six holiday essentials. Create calm and banish any pre-flight nerves with the Nourish, Breathe and Calm Hand Balm and spritz the Energy Burst On The Go Mist on touch down to instantly re-energise. Prep your skin and mind for a relaxing day in the sun with the Great Day Body Scrub and keep skin glowing with the Great Day Bath and Shower Wash. The Great Day Lotion will help to nourish skin, whilst the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist helps you drift into a deep night’s sleep, wherever your travels take you.

Holiday Heroes £45

Holiday Heroes contains: 10ml Nourish, Breath & Calm Hand Balm, 5ml Energy Burst On The Go Mist, 50g Great Day Body Scrub, 50ml Great Day Bath and Shower Wash and Lotion and a 5ml Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist. 

Wellbeing Discovery Kit

 

The Wellbeing Discovery Kit is a curated collection of Neom’s 5 best sellers to start you on your wellbeing journey. Begin your day with the Great Day Body Scrub to lift your mood, whilst nourishing the skin. On the go, practice some quick mindful breathing techniques and boost positivity with the Nourish Breathe and Energise Hand Balm. The Real Luxury Body and Hand Wash and Lotion will help provide stress relief after a busy day and the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist will prepare you for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Wellbeing Discover Kit £36

Wellbeing Discovery Kit contains: 50ml Great Day Body Scrub, 10ml Nourish Breathe and Energise Hand Balm, 50ml Real Luxury Body and Hand Wash and Lotion, 5ml Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist

I absolutely love these kits!!, I'm a huge fan of Neom anyway and so these handy kits mean I can take my favourite wellbeing products on holiday with me. I love using the On The Go mist on long haul flights to settle me before take off and then again when we land to energise. My personal holiday hero though is the Real Luxury body & hand wash from the wellbeing kit. Packed with aloe vera, my skin feels super soft after using in the shower and the fragrance leaves me feeling uplifted and ready to start the day!" 

Available at www.neomorganics.com /Leeds, Wimbledon and Kings Road stores.