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How To Have Radiant Skin in Winter

By | 2018-07-12T21:21:34+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Product Reviews, Skin Concerns, Skincare Shopping, Skincare Tips|

Lightening & Brightening skincare should reflect that the skin is challenged by transition from cold outdoors to warm indoor temperature in winter.  The range of brightening skincare products is overwhelming - and reading the INCI lists essential. Traditional plant extracts have a renaissance in natural skincare. They target all aspects of skin repair such as dull appearance, sub-clinical inflammation aggravated by weather changes, patches of redness and oiliness at the same time, overall uneven skin tone. It is the combination of actives contained in the plant extracts as well as the levels of the extract used that deliver clinical results. Some of the plant staples to look for in your products are listed below: For Extra Hydration  Lupin - for skin hydration and improved barrier function Lady's Smock - rich in amino acids and helps skin recovery (re-epithelialisation) Anti-inflammatory Actives Borage - anti-inflammatory, capillary dilating compounds incl. gamma-linolenic acid Centella asiatica - alleviates fragility of capillaries and facilitates re-epithelialisation Anti-pigmentation Shiitake mushroom (contains kojic acid) - prevents melanin formation and collagen breakdown, astringent Mulberry root - brightening, tyrosinase inhibitor reduces melanin synthesis Grape (contains resveratrol) - strong antioxidant, prevents melanin formation and transfer and last but not least Licorice root used in my signature Anti-Ageing Serum '4' - brightening, tyrosinase inhibitor reduces melanin synthesis - also anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial (contains saponins, flavonoids) and

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M&S Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream Review

By | 2018-07-12T21:28:38+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Product Reviews, Skincare Research, Skincare Shopping|

The UK skincare market is price conscious and focused on feel-good textures. At times, the 'feel' can only be achieved by adding non-natural, texture forming ingredients within the manufacturing process. There is nothing wrong with that but the feel of the product does not ensure that it contains only ingredients that benefit the skin. What the skin needs is products made by companies that prioritise the quality of ingredients above other factors [e.g. Neal's Yard Remedies], yet we must recognise that focus may lead to a compromise on the 'feel' of the product.  The secret is to blend the best quality ingredients to both optimise your skin condition and achieve great "skin feel". I would always encourage you to read the ingredient list. I want to refer back to India Knights column on Sunday [15.1.2017] musing about the M&S Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £22 [50 ml]. So let's have a look together: M&S use comforting words like intuitive, luxurious, created with expertise, very best of formula.. "Part of the luxurious formula absolute skin care solutions range which features proven active ingredients to fight 10 signs of ageing. Formula skincare is created with more than 20 years of expertise with results proven by real women. Proven to tackle 10 signs of ageing, absolute offers. The very best of formula skincare. Luxurious textures designed to be layered into

Sensitive & Dry Skin In Winter

By | 2017-01-07T17:04:32+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Skin Concerns, Skincare Shopping|

Lack of hydration in winter months demonstrates as dry, tight feeling skin that is red, itchy and scaly. Ingredients For Sensitive Skin in Winter I have an expertise in treating sensitive skin types; many of my clients have this skin type, and have reviewed the scientific research in detail. Sensitive skin suffers particularly in winter and skincare should be all about protecting the strength of your skin barrier. When walking outdoors, wrap up warm and watch for that tight feeling that signals low levels of hydration. It leaves your skin more open to environmental damage including broken capillaries and more lines and wrinkles. My signature 4 Anti-Ageing Serum appeals to people with strong eco credentials and seeking science-based products that work: it contains echium oil and liquorice that act as both anti-ageing actives and calming ingredients. Echium oil is an oil rich in omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids and, in particular in stearidonic acid [SDA]. The anti-inflammatory oil has been proven to regenerate skin by increasing production of structural proteins, reducing wrinkles and surface roughness associated with winter skin. Liquorice has soothing properties – ideal for sensitive and irritated skin, uneven skin tone and hyper-pigmentation. Winter Skincare Recommendations Change your skincare to protect and strengthen your skin barrier with nurturing serum and moisturiser with intensive, hydrating ingredients.  Change

Effective Skincare [Without the Price Tag]

By | 2017-01-07T17:03:18+00:00 October 10th, 2016|FaceWorkshops, Facial Ageing, Facial Massage, Skin Concerns, Skincare Shopping|

There is more to an effective skincare routine than expensive products! I come across women who are devoted to expensive skincare brands, yet with little visible result to their skin, and others who do wonders on a shoe string. There are parallels with food - buying quality raw ingredients is only the start to creating a delicious meal. It is the tips and tricks of the application, smart combinations of the ingredients, understanding your skin, lifestyle and seasons - and regular therapy that can make a noticeable difference to your face. My clients who get the best results do the following:  Cherish their skincare products [like expensive perfume] Use skincare products to their best potential Have regular facial treatments  Adopt a holistic approach incorporating advice on relaxation, diet and facial exercise into their skincare routine. They ask me to recommend the best products [to a budget and across all brands] and edit their skincare routines regularly to achieve results. I like to talk to an engaged audience who are truly interested in 'properly' looking after their skin with efficacious products & treatments. This goes beyond the brand story; reading the ingredient list and looking at the scientific evidence is essential. "I feel I am worth it and don’t hesitate to spend on myself.  If women are very busy focusing on work & family, they don’t

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SAVE or SPEND REVIEW: Aldi Cuvee Moisturisers

By | 2016-12-06T21:14:19+00:00 September 30th, 2016|FaceWorkshops, Product Reviews, Skincare Shopping|

Skin Feel Perception Study, summer 2016 We ran a small perception study on the 2016 Cuvee moisturisers. This was an independent study [not funded by Aldi or any other 3rd party]. Please note that Aldi have independent data on improvement of skin parameters. The participants were unaware of this as well as the packaging; they were only evaluating "skin feel".  The age and skin types of my participants are below - they are a group of skincare connoisseurs - enjoying a spectrum of brands - natural, professional, medical to prestige. All based in Yorkshire, Caucasian and like a bargain too! Connotations: The Neck Mousse KS: Good connotations [with the limitation of any mass-market offering]. The British are yet to learn to use neck creams. This product might be an introduction..  The product texture is right for hydration of the neck area. Different skin types respond differently - for some too rich, for others not enough but the product absorbs well and that is important. Recommended for all skin types aged 45 +. Great gift for your mother or aunt. SPEND [FOR YOURSELF AND THE FAMILY]. I loved the neck cream, it did make a difference.  "I felt I was using something nourishing. It felt good on my skin, silky, creamy, even like an "expensive" product." I am not sure without any packaging but feel

SAVE or SPEND REVIEW: Aldi Special Buys Skincare 2016

By | 2016-12-06T21:09:22+00:00 September 27th, 2016|FaceWorkshops, Product Reviews, Skincare Shopping|

In the clinic, I favour skincare product purchases that can be a) repeated and b) returned and refunded in case of sensitisation. I also appreciate a brand portfolio which allows for creating skin-type-specific skincare routines. However, the mass-market Aldi Special Buys can be a good one-off purchase or a gift; and some will make it back to the all-time portfolio.   Me-too brands copy an existing brand, either a luxury brand e.g. La Prairie or the multinationals e.g. Nivea, L'Oreal. Aldi Special Buys generate wonderful momentum and a surge of emotion that appeals to bargain hunters - as does having a pre-order waiting lists [see Olay, Aurelia etc.], a specific launch date and a limited number of products that can be bought on the day.  Hand-picked from the NEW Launches [October 2016]: Cuvee. I am not in favour of all Aldi products, however, I believe that the Cuvee 2016 range is good for the price you are paying. We have run a small trial on the perception of the two creams within the Cuvee range - day/night moisturiser and the neck cream. They also have independent clinical data to support their claims.  Caviar Mask. My clients like the new lifting mask. It is a great pre-party pick-me up [although not for very sensitive skin types]!  Last but not least, the Christmas Calendar

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SAVE OR SPEND REVIEW: Sophisticated Skincare [without the price tag]

By | 2017-01-07T17:12:37+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Facial Ageing, Product Reviews, Skin Concerns, Skincare Shopping, Skincare Tips, Wellbeing|

I encourage my clients to aim high in terms of their skincare products. To treat themselves to NICE skin feel & scent as well as interesting & effective active ingredients, good for their skin type.. It is important to establish a pleasant skincare routine that changes with seasons; a sophisticated skincare routine – ideally without the price tag. I advise my clients to be savvy and scrutinise the commercial sites for discounts & bargains (FeelUnique, SpaceNK, Cult Beauty, Look Fantastic, Time to Spa, even Amazon) and also visit TkMaxx, Boots, Holland&Barrett for skincare and “skin health” supplements or shop with the organic MyShowcase. Good skincare can be found in unexpected places – last year’s Aldi Caviar Peel was a great product for a fraction of the high-street price.

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Best Facial Oil For Your Skin Type

By | 2016-12-01T19:11:24+00:00 March 29th, 2016|FACEWORKSHOPS CLUB, Product Reviews, Skincare Shopping, Skincare Tips|

When looking for a facial oil, buy the best for your skin type. Pure plant oils differ in how they feel on your facial skin; dependent on your skin type. Read through the participants' comments on texture, scent and colour [the FaceWorkshops trial run in March 2016].  *** Jojoba oil (Nr 1) Dry/Dehydrated  Light and very well absorbed -  No scent noticeable - Pale  The product absorbed well and I like the texture - I couldn't pick up a fragrance on this, other than a natural oil type aroma - I like the colour. Texture good, felt quite rich - Could not smell any fragrance - Colour good Sensitive  Very good as it gave enough slide to the skin but did not leave it feeling oily - Not noticeable - Fine Absorbs very well, skin felt silky and smooth - I couldn't decide the scent but it was gentle and calming - Colour was fine, light Normal/Combination  Absorbed ok - scent was bit chemical - pale colour Light texture - No scent - Liked colour *** Rose hip seed oil (Nr 2) Dry/Dehydrated   Slightly heavier than Nr.1, easily absorbed but thinner than Nr.1 - No noticeable scent - Slightly darker in colour As Nr.1 - Couldn't pick up a fragrance on this other than a

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Consumer Attitudes & Beauty Trends [SCS RGNorth]

By | 2016-12-07T09:57:00+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Skincare Shopping, Society of Cosmetic Scientists, Wellbeing|

Canadean are a market research company looking at beauty market value and trends.  The Western European market is worth 69.2 bn, with 0.3 % forecast growth (2014 - 2019). The growth is slow, almost stagnating due to brands being established; it is a saturated market.  Emerging markets, in particular Asia and Middle East, differ in their attitudes to beauty.  LOOKS MATTER. 3/4 of people in the world believe their looks are important, being a part of a visual culture. This belief is higher in the emerging compared to the mature markets. Culturally, they connect personal appearance with professional and personal success. IN FOCUS. Digital culture is exacerbating the pressure on people to "look good" - digitising the society means we no longer have to be in the same room to make a judgement. There is a pressure to "look your best all the time". Smart phones, apps, tablets - technology facilitates digital engagement and supports this trend. ASPIRATIONS & SELF-IMAGE. Emerging consumers are highly aspirational and 41 % believe their disposable income is increasing. They are likely to be spending more money on buying better quality beauty products within the next 12 months. WEALTH & STATUS. The quest for status is growing, 73 % agree that enhancing social recognition and status is important in creating a feeling

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British Brands: Sam Farmer

By | 2016-12-07T10:32:07+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Skincare Shopping, Skincare Tips, Society of Cosmetic Scientists|

"A teen range that really works, without the hype." Exclusively available in SpaceNK I am a fan of the way Sam Farmer approaches skincare for teenage children. A British "clean-looking", unisex, sustainable brand with no claims, a simple design that won a SpaceNK listing.. Launched in January 2013. Sam Farmer's focus is on efficacy, affordable pricing and avoiding myths and misinformation about teenage skincare needs. Having previously worked in the TV industry, Sam understood that marketing skincare is often "all about the words" and did not want to be part of that.. Sam takes time to discuss teenage needs in schools - thus building personal relationships and having direct consumer contact. He wants to make a difference to image conscious children by teaching them about self-image but also responsible manufacturing, sustainability, carbon foot print.. Teenage years are time of greater self-monitoring and an anti-acne product line would be of great benefit. Another British brand that is of interest for teenagers is Elizabeth's Daughter. ***

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