The natural touch: alternative sun protection products

The natural touch: alternative sun protection products

Protecting your skin from the sun shouldn’t mean exposing it to a whole host of harsh chemicals, which can be found in many traditional sunscreens. As the summer heats up, it’s time to consider more natural alternatives to the mainstream sun protection products you find on the shelves. It goes without saying that we should avoid sunburn and the health risks associated with excessive exposure to the sun’s radiation, including skin ageing and discolouration, and ultimately skin cancer. So it’s important to stock up on sunscreen for holidays and hot days. Yet, according to a University of California study, these...

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Skincare: chemicals to be careful of

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Skincare: chemicals to be careful of

Cleanse, tone and moisturise – a good skincare routine is as simple as these three steps, right? Well, it can be, as long as your skincare products are packed with all of those good, natural active ingredients and don’t come with any nasty surprises. And in the same way that we like to know exactly what's in the food we pop into our shopping baskets, it's worth getting to understand the chemicals that might be in our skincare products too. Here are five to try and avoid. Of all the ingredients on this list, you might already know of parabens....

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Jetsetters: holiday skincare tips

Jetsetters: holiday skincare tips

It’s this time of year that we all start thinking about preparing for our summer getaways. Some sun, sand, sea - and sangria - is certainly good for the soul, but not always so good for the skin. Keep your complexion fresh and blemish-free on vacation with these simple skincare tips. Minimise the effect of long-haul flights by keeping skin free of heavy lotions, avoiding rich foods and drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids on the day you travel. Hot weather encourages your skin to produce more oil, which can lead to blemishes, so opt for an oil-free moisturiser. It’s also...

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How to stay youthful: our top skincare tips

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How to stay youthful: our top skincare tips

We all know how important it is to look after our skin, especially on our face, which is thinner and more fragile than anywhere else on the body. It’s also the first place where our good – and bad – habits show themselves. Changes in our hormones, the weather and other environmental factors all take their toll too, making dullness, red patches and flakiness all-too-common concerns. To help protect your skin from the elements and daily stresses, and attain a silky smooth complexion, follow these easy skincare tips. Buffing away dry top skin will make way for the healthy, glowing...

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5 All-Natural Face Masks

5 All-Natural Face Masks

Get your glow back with our three-ingredient magic masks If your post-winter skin is looking a little lacklustre, look no further than your kitchen cupboards for the ultimate quick fix beauty boosts. Our five all-natural recipes will brighten, tighten and restore you to your radiant best. Each one should be applied and left on for 8-10 minutes before gently removing with warm water and a muslin cloth. Ingredients: Half a very ripe avocado, mashed 2 tablespoons of manuka honey 1 teaspoon of coconut oil   Months of central heating can take a heavy toll and leave skin feeling dry, flaky...

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