Friday, 3 July 2015

Eucerin Sun Protection

With the current UK heatwave, there's no better time to talk about sun protection! I often ignore the expiry dates of products but when it comes to sun cream it's especially important to buy a new bottle every year. This Summer I've turned to Eucerin to keep my skin safe from the sun. Their skincare products are incredibly effective & I'm massively into their lactic acid-heavy DermoPurifyer range. Knowing that my skin reacts well to their other products, I was keen to find out how their sun protection range measures up. The product lineup is very impressive with different sunscreens for normal, dry, oily, sensitive & even blemish-prone skin types. I have combination, blemish-prone skin & also react quite badly to the sun. I always get heat rash & my skin is incapable of tanning. SPF 50 is essential for my lily-white complexion but they also have products with SPF 20, 25 & 30. All of the Eucerin sun products feature licorice extract which helps to further protect skin cells against sun-induced damage alongside the highly effective photostable UVA/UVB filter system. No matter what your skin's individual needs, Eucerin have got you covered.

Facial sunscreen is a must for me, whatever the weather. I frequently use skincare products that can increase sensitivity to the sun so I always make sure that my face is adequately protected. Over the years I've really struggled to find sun protection that my skin can tolerate. Most things would either look greasy, feel sticky or smell horrendous. Products with SPF often cause me to breakout & I hate the white cast that physical sunscreens give you. I normally reach for the Soap & Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50 but more recently I've been loving the Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF 50+*. This sunscreen is suitable for normal to combination & sensitive skin. It's a very lightweight fluid with a slight yellow tint. It doesn't make your skin look oily & it feels very comfortable to wear. What really makes this sunscreen stand out is that the finish is very matte. The sun can make you look sweaty enough on it's own so you don't want your sunscreen to make you look any worse. It also sits nicely under my makeup & doesn't make it any more likely to slide off your face during the day. The only downside is that it doesn't smell quite as a nice as the Soap & Glory one but the scent soon dissipates after application. Otherwise this is a lovely high SPF facial sunscreen that will keep any shine at bay.

Personally I prefer to use transparent sprays to protect my body. They are easy to apply, quick to dry & less likely to ruin your clothes. The Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent SPF 50* is a really fantastic sunscreen. It doesn't feel greasy or sticky at all. The product doesn't pill on the skin after reapplication either. It is also water resistant. This spray is suitable for all skin types including those with very sensitive or blemish-prone skin. People tend to think of spots as a problem that only affects the face but as someone who has suffered from bacne in the past, it's important to use a product that my body can tolerate. Sun cream can be hard to apply to your entire body without someone to help you out but this spray is able to reach every area without difficulty. You can also spray it on your scalp if you've forgotten your sun hat!

If you want a more traditional sun cream then the Sun Lotion Extra Light SPF 50* is a great choice. It feels light on my skin & absorbs right away. The lotion refreshes the skin upon application & feels more moisturising than the spray. Those with very sensitive skin or a skin condition like dermatitis or eczema should get on well with this product. If you tend to get heat rash like me then using an after sun cream is imperative. I feel like most people forget about this step but it's the perfect antidote for allergy-prone skin. The Allergy Protection After Sun Creme-Gel* is a fab way to rehydrate your skin after a long day in the sun. The texture feels wonderful on the skin & sinks in quickly. It features an ingredient called Alpha-Glucosyl-Rutin which helps to strengthen the skin & reduces the likeliness of developing an allergic reaction. This product is free from perfume, emulsifiers & preservatives to reduce the risk of irritation. The calming properties of licorice extract also reduces the redness of the skin. I like to keep my bottle in the fridge to add even more oomph to it's cooling powers!

Have you tried any of Eucerin's sun protection products before?

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

June Favourites

Bioderma White Objective Lightening Fluid SPF 25
I recently ran out of my Bioderma Sensibio micellar water & as Escentual had 1/3rd off all French pharmacy products, I decided to place an order with them. They exclusively stock the Bioderma White Objective range which is aimed at those with hyper pigmentation. I picked up the White Objective micellar water & also added this Lightening Fluid onto my order. The cleansing water is pretty much the same as the Sensibio version. It apparently contains a patented complex that can brighten the skin & prevent the development of further pigmentation. I can't really tell if it's working but it can't hurt to try & only cost £1 more. I've been much more impressed with the Lightening Fluid which is a really lovely day moisturiser. It's the perfect consistency for the Summer, light yet hydrating. As well as the White Objective complex, this moisturiser also boasts a high dose of vitamin C & SPF 25. It contains everything you need to keep your skin looking bright, even & youthful. I'm so glad I gave it a shot!

MAC Fix+
Fix+ is something I've been meaning to purchase for years. I've always heard so many good things about it but felt bad about paying £17 for what could just be glorified water. There are some misconceptions about this product. It is not a setting spray. Fix+ is a finishing spray that you can use after applying your makeup to prevent it from looking powdery or cakey. It makes my base look soft, dewy & fresh. I especially like to spray it over my powder highlighter as it really adds some oomph to the shimmer. I also use it with eyeshadow to intensify the colour. I had my doubts about it but this is a fab multi-tasking product that can make such a difference to the finish of your makeup.

Michael Kors White
The name White is very apt for this limited edition fragrance. White floral scents are my very favourite kind and this Michael Kors perfume delivers a delicate blend of freesia, tuberose & white musk. It is sweet & feminine with a sensual, oriental base. When first sprayed the scent is very floral & green but as it dries down the vanilla & amber base warms it up a bit. It's certainly seems a lot more glamourous & sexy than the other floral perfumes in my collection. The packaging looks really cool & chic but the spray mechanism tends to squirt me with a stream of liquid instead of misting me with the scent! Technical faults aside, I absolutely love this perfume.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
This purchase was inspired by Wayne Goss & the good people over at /r/SkincareAddiction. I've used loads of products containing salicylic acid before, with Stridex pads being my previous BHA of choice. However the SkincareAddiction subreddit is forever inundated with rave reviews of the Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid & I couldn't resist trying it out any longer. There was just so many different people saying how this product had saved their skin & unearthed clogs that other acids couldn't touch. I would consider my main skin problem to be recurrent closed comedones located mainly on my forehead. Most people told me that AHAs were the answer to this problem & although they did help immensely, this BHA product is exactly what I needed all along. BHAs are better for people with oily skin because they can get through the oil that's clogging your pores. It works on all kinds of blemishes & is especially effective on sebaceous filaments. Unlike Stridex it doesn't contain menthol so it's less likely to irritate the skin. It also features butylene glycol which allows the BHA to further penetrate the skin without drying it out. This is a seriously brilliant product & a must-have for anyone with acne-prone skin.

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Coconut*
I used to be obsessed with the Barry M Nail Paints but I hadn't tried any of their newer formulas. The Gelly range is supposed to be a high-pigment, high-shine collection of polishes that provide a glossy, gel-like finish with a single coat. Coconut is a creamy off-white shade & I think it looks gorgeous! I'm so impressed with the formula. It wasn't quite opaque with one coat but it applies very smoothly & evenly with a super shiny finish. The polish is quick to dry & very long lasting. The colour is surprisingly flattering as the slightly warm tone compliments the skin. There's no sign of Tipp-Ex here! I love white nails in the Summer as they look so fresh & clean. Coconut would also make a great base for nail art.

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Nature's Life Beauty Elixir

Nature's Life Beauty Elixir* - £79.99

When it comes to skincare I consider health supplements to be just as important as any topical product. In my experience there is a definite link between what you put in your body & what shows on the outside. I've suffered with eczema as a result of food intolerances & cystic acne due to hormonal imbalances. By changing my diet & regularly taking a variety of supplements I've managed to keep both of these skin ailments in check. However there's always room for improvement & as I've gotten older a whole new set of skin concerns has been raised. Holding onto your youthful looks is a priority for many people. I always say that prevention is better than cure & as someone in their mid-twenties I've recently started taking anti-ageing products a lot more seriously. I never leave the house without sun protection even in the middle of Winter & I love retinol as an anti-wrinkle/anti-blemish solution. A few months ago I also welcomed an anti-ageing supplement into my roster - Nature's Life Beauty Elixir. Despite my devout belief in the power of supplements I did wonder whether a pill could actually help to combat the signs of ageing. I decided to give it a go & the results were pleasantly surprising.

One of the key ingredients in the Beauty Elixir supplement is Resveratrol. This is a natural antioxidant found in things like red wine, cocoa & Japanese knotweed. You might have noticed many companies capitalising on it's current popularity but it does have scientifically proven anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer & life-prolonging effects. Resveratrol is something of a miracle molecule & it's effects reach far beyond skin health. The pill also features Peptan Collagen from fish which helps to boost the hydration, structure & appearance of your skin. Natural collagen production decreases as you get older but this substance is needed to make your skin elastic, firm & supple. AHAs like lactic & glycolic acid can help with collagen production but absorbing a collagen supplement internally is even more effective. The other ingredient that really piqued my interest in this product is the NutraFood Blend which is comprised of wheatgrass, barleygrass, maca & spirulina. I try to include as many superfoods in my diet as possible but they are often expensive & have an unpleasant taste. This is a much more convenient way of getting all that natural goodness in your system. There's also alpha lipoic acid, hyaluronic acid, kelp & biotin which are all commonly found in other hair, skin & nail type supplements. Plus it boasts a whole host of essential vitamins which can help to improve & maintain general skin health.

Each bottle contains 60 pills & you're supposed to take 1-3 capsules per day with a meal. The pills are a good size & easy to swallow. They don't taste of anything but they have a bit of a grassy herbal scent which is probably due to the NutraFood Blend. When I was trialling this product I took one a day for two months. Whilst taking the pills I did notice a visible difference to my skin & some of the effects have endured since finishing the bottle. My skin had fewer blemishes along with less redness & more radiance. It felt softer & plumper too. The main thing that I noticed was the sudden disappearance of the fine lines that had started cropping up on my forehead. This means that it really did visibly plump up my skin enough to get rid of those lines. At my age botox is something I would never consider. I might change my tune by the time I get to 60 but for now knowing that I can reduce fine lines through supplements & skincare products is good enough for me. I honestly didn't expect the anti-ageing element of this pill to work so well! Even though the Beauty Elixir supplement is incredibly pricey I still didn't think that it would actually be this effective. Just like with skincare products I think it's very important to invest in supplements. They can provide so many benefits that are simply unobtainable through a healthy diet. If I ever notice any fine lines again I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase this product.

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