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Alcohol Skin: Is Your Skin Suffering?
Monday, November 21st, 2016
There’s a reason your skin looks grey and dull after a night out of drinking. It’s called alcohol skin and you could be suffering from it.
Waking up with a hangover is bad enough, also seeing your lackluster complexion is even worse. Alcohol is one of the worst, most aggressive compounds in destroying your skin. Allegedly it can take up to 30 days for your skin to recover from a hangover!
Alcohol is basically sugar, with 50% more calories. Sugar causes
glycosylation (the attachment of sugars to proteins). It also forces ageing cells and tissue through higher levels of insulin. This can mean free radical damage, and reduce cell proliferation and collagen production. In the simplest of terms, all the things that keep you looking young slow down or reduce and all the things that age you are accelerated. Alcohol skin is not a pretty thing.
Alcohol is also a diuretic: it dehydrates you. You absorb nutrients less successfully and crave salt. In women it changes their hormones, creating higher levels of testosterone, leading to things such as spots, wider waists and bloated faces. You may notice a facial bloating as a symptom of alcohol skin after a night out of boozing. If it’s a one off it’ll wear off, but if it’s a regular occurrence it’ll become a common feature.
With it taking 30 days for you to overcome alcohol skin, we’re considering some changes to our lives…
It’s true that Britain is a boozing nation. It’s common for the rich and famous to give up alcohol, or reduce their intake to barely anything to keep their skin glowing and their waists slim. The UK Government released guidelines earlier this year stating that you should have no more than 14 units a week. This is the equivalent of about seven 175ml glasses of wine. It’s also suggested you take a three- or four-day gap between bouts to give the system a break. We’re sure, like ourselves, some of you out there are questioning their intake.
If you love a nightly glass of wine, we’re not going to tell you off. We do too! However, there are ways to keep having that glass of wine and not succumb to alcohol skin.
1. Always remove your makeup, whether it’s at the end of a work day or after a heavy night out. Don’t sleep with a full face. You can find out why by reading one of our older blogs.
2. Hydrate your skin in the morning by applying a good moisturiser or a sheet mask if you have time.
3. Being hydrated is the key to skin repair. Drink water and avoid excess caffeine, which dehydrates it further.
4. If you’re really feeling like being healthy an antioxidant-rich green juice containing leafy spinach, stomach-settling ginger and vitamin A-rich carrots
We can’t all afford expert dermatologists and chefs to keep us on the straight and narrow with our skin and bodies. With Christmas party season coming up, we’re not expecting people (or ourselves!) to renounce alcohol. However, taking good care of your skin is always going to be beneficial whether your combating alcohol skin or not.
Do you have any skincare tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!
Here’s Why You Might Be Breaking Out All the Time
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much hard work you put into your beauty routine. You’re still going to keep breaking out all the time.
Those who follow a strict cleansing routine are more likely to reap the benefits of good skin. However, the behaviour of your skin may have a lot more to do with other issues in your body. We’re going to go through some reasons why you might be breaking out all the time.
Not Cleansing Your Cleanser.
Cleansing your skin is the best way to remove impurities and dirt from your face. After a long day of wearing make up, ensuring you have removed all of it is a key part of keeping your skin healthy. However, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any cleanser behind. That means once you’ve used your cleanser, then you get rid of the first cleanser using a toner. When you don’t remove it properly, the cleansing particles get trapped under the top level of the skin and cause a pH imbalance. This can leave you with congested pores and this can create spots.
Hormone fluctuation happens for many different reasons. You may be on hormonal birth control or you may even be nearing the menopause. Experiencing this may be a key player in why you’re breaking out all the time.
Dirty Make Up Brushes.
Make up application has advanced rapidly in recent years. Women are wearing heavier make up on a day-to-day basis. Heavier duty make up will mean dirtier brushes. Brushes and things like beauty blenders with harbour a lot of bacteria. So being sure to clean them regularly will be a big benefit to you.
There are things we are a allergic to that we may not even realise. Switching up your fabric softner or shampoo could cause you to be breaking out all the time. You may be allergic to some ingredients and be unaware that they are causing the issues. If you have changed up a part of your routine recently, that could be the root of the problem.
Not Being Thorough Enough When Washing.
No we aren’t accusing you of not showering enough. What we mean by this is that certain products can clog your pores while you think they’re cleaning you. For example, you may be a lush fanatic. Your bath bomb addiction isn’t anything to worry about but these products are fragranced and dyed. Therefore, after you use products like these you may need to have a rinse off to be sure you’ve washed off all of the excess bath bomb clinging to your skin.
Your Mobile Phone
Mobile phones are one of the biggest bacteria traps out there! The reason you’re breaking out all the time is likely to do with you phone. It does definitely change the way your skin behaves on the surface. Keep your phone clean with a pack of anti-bacterial hand wipes or even a tissue.
Do you have any tips for dealing with breaking out all the time? How do you combat it? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Prepare Your Skin for the Cold
Monday, September 26th, 2016
It’s October and it’s getting chilly here in the UK. So what steps do you need to take to prepare your skin for the cold weather?
In some places throughout the world, the transition between summer and winter may not be that harsh. Here in the UK the transition can be very harsh indeed. We definitely require changes in our beauty routine. Lets prepare your skin for the cold months of autumn and winter!
The colder it gets the dryer your skin gets. This means a build up of dry, dead skin cells that need to be buffed away. Not doing this can make your skin look dull; enhance the look of fine lines and make you feel dry, itchy and irritated. Think of using a gentle face and body scrub or cloth, mitt or tool that helps loosen and remove those dead, flaky skin cells quicker, leaving you with glowing fresh skin and a less itchy body.
Again dryer skin needs more moisture. Amping up the moisturiser on your face and body will keep your skin hydrated like it should be. You may need to use your moisturiser more often throughout the day and possibly a heavier lotion at night. Apply while your skin is still damp and apply liberally. A heavier moisturiser on your face at night will help heal and repair the damage done by cold weather during the day. Moisture is one of the best ways to prepare your skin for the cold.
Protect your exposed skin from the cold and wind with hats, scarves and mitts. Nothing gives away our age as much as our hands, which often bear the brunt of harsh climates. Moisturise, sunscreen and cover up hands, ears and necks. If you spend much time outdoors during the winter, consider a protective cream to prevent the exposed skin from chapping.
Resist the steamy shower urge
We know the feeling, it’s a cold morning, you’re tired and you need to get out of you warm bed. What’s a better way to gently wake up than a super warm shower? The truth is we do more damage than good with that hot water. It strips the body’s natural oils that help protect and moisturise the skin. Without that our skin is immediately drier, itchier, flakier and possibly compromised. Keep the shower temperature warm but not hot.
Take care of your lips
You may remember all you need to prepare your skin for the cold. But, don’t forget your lips! They have a tendency to chap and go flaky in the cold climate. Not the best look underneath a lipstick. Be sure to always have something on hand to keep them moisturised. Beauty bloggers all over the world rave about the Elizabeth 8 Hour cream. For good reason too, it’s fantastic for keeping your lips perfectly soft. Otherwise a standard Chap Stick is a good shout for keeping on hand.
We hope these tips are already on your mind as the temperature drops. But, if they weren’t, we’re glad to have been of service. We hope you’ll prepare you skin for the cold so well you wont even notice the seasonal change!
Turmeric: The Latest Beauty Must-Have
Monday, September 12th, 2016
We know you’re probably second guessing us. However, turmeric has been popping up in a lot of beauty regimes lately…
Turmeric spice hails from India, is most commonly used in cooking and is part of the ginger root family. We all know how good ginger is for you, so why would turmeric be any different!
People have been adding the spice to almost anything, including juices and face masks. Surprisingly turmeric has a lot of different beauty uses. It is used in the Indian subcontinent for its natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and colour-balancing properties. Currently, it is also gaining quite some fame here for its significant antioxidant properties. The ability to bring down inflammation translates to skin care by minimising acne or bringing down a rosacea flare-ups. You can also rely on it for anti-ageing benefits. It is loaded with key vitamins that facilitate important skin renewal processes, such as the creation of collagen!
If you have sensitive skin you may be worrying about applying a spice to it. Fear not! According to celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas, it’s wonderful for anyone who has supersensitive skin. Even for normal skin types, it makes the skin look flawless.
You can add a tablespoon of turmeric to a homemade face mask to give it a little extra oomph. As we previously stated it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and will do wonders for acne. Turmeric also regulates oil production and heals scars, especially those from acne.
Since turmeric has colour-balancing properties, it evens out the appearance and texture of the skin. In addition, its natural antioxidant properties make it the perfect choice to undo and prevent the negative side effects of poor diet and overexposure to the sun. Both of these could be linked to hyperpigmentation of skin, and turmeric has been highly esteemed for its ability to keep the skin protected, healthy, and glowing! This will also aid a lot in fighting the signs of ageing.
Turmeric is also known as being helpful in treating inflammation as some over-the-counter medicines. Ingest it in powdered or pill form and this helps to de-bloat the body. You can also achieve the same soothing effect of this natural anti-inflammatory when you apply it onto your skin. Your skin will be bright and de-puffed after a turmeric face mask!
If you’re not heading out to get a pot of this spice right now we don’t know what you’re doing!