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  1. July 01, 2020

    Top 5 ingredients to look for in your daily moisturiser

    How do you choose your daily moisturiser? You probably tried what your friend uses, and you were not so over the moon as she was. Celebrities mostly recommend products they are paid to use (advertising)!

    One moisturiser promises to help you get rid of pigmentation spots. Another one claims to be the best moisturiser for acne-prone skin. Another one sounds like it could give you that much-needed boost of hydration for dry skin. Some contain amino acids, fatty acids, free radicals, some are for sensitive skin........and the list could go on for pages.

    The reality is that moisturisers are not created equal. Some do their job; others don’t. Some are good for your skin; others trigger breakouts.

    In summary, it is a real challenge to understand it all! So, where do you turn to when you need help with the best moisturiser for your skin type? The product label, of course!

    The product label is a good starting point; however, the ingredients list can be rather c

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  2. June 24, 2020

    Best non-comedogenic skincare products for acne-prone skin

    Did you ever feel grateful that you manage to get through the teenage years without dealing with acne? I know I did! However, what was until not long ago a skin issue associated mostly with the hormonal imbalance during the teenage years, is now a problem for many adults. This means that even if you are after 40 years old, you might still get acne. 

    An improper diet (too much fat and sugar), pollution, excessive stress, not enough sleep - they can all contribute to the overproduction of the sebaceous glands. And this is how we get from a normal or combination skin to a real battlefield.

    Acne is not nice, whatever the age. The emotional discomfort is just as accentuated, if not even more, during adulthood. So, let’s see how to take care of the acne-prone skin.

    Skin care for acne

    People with acne usually have an oily (or combination) skin. This means that the oil glands are hyperactive, and the skin has a greasy shine most of the t

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  3. June 17, 2020

    5 Anti-ageing myths busted

    Navigating the world of skincare is not an easy job, especially after a certain age when your skin needs more than a good dose of daily hydration. 

    With the first signs of ageing – fine lines around the mouth and the eyes, maybe even some wrinkles and pigmentation spots, less elastic skin – comes the temptation to try the overly hyped anti-aging products. 

    In a vast majority of cases, this translates into a lot of money spent for very little (if any) anti-ageing benefits. Because unfortunately, not all promises come true! 

    Before putting those products (that failed to deliver) on the blacklist, you should know that different products deliver different results for different skin types. This is the reason why one product might be great for you but not so good for someone else. This is the reason why some people swear by a certain skincare product while others swear at it. 

    To help you make better skincare choices in the future, we dec

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  4. June 10, 2020

    How to find THE perfect foundation

    The struggle is real when it comes to foundation. There are so many things that could go wrong with it – it could rub on our clothes, be too dark or too light for our skin tone, it can even make our pores look larger.

    The role of foundation is to even the skin, hide certain imperfections, and get us compliments such as “your skin looks amazing” not “your foundation is great.” Ideally, the perfect foundation should look like we’re not wearing any. Talking about a quest for the Holy Grail! So, how to find THE perfect foundation?

    1. Consider your skin type

    As usual, it all starts and ends with your skin type. For oily skin, it is ideal to choose a water-based foundation and a matte finish. A mineral foundation can absorb the excess sebum better than a liquid one, so you might want to try Youngblood Pressed Min

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  5. May 31, 2020

    10 Rules for healthy hair

    Everybody has a bad hair day occasionally. If this day turns into a week, a month, or even longer, it might be a sign you are not doing the right thing by your hair. Here are ten rules to follow if you want healthy, gorgeous looking hair!

    1. Don’t wash your hair too often

    If you’re always looking for shampoos for daily use, you should know that your hair will appreciate it if you give it a break from time to time. This doesn’t mean that you should go to work with greasy hair or hair that smells bad. However, if the hair is ok, it is better to avoid daily washing. What you could do instead is become friends with dry shampoo. Dry shampoo can absorb oils in the scalp and hair and make it look great for longer. Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo is a good choice if you’re worried

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  6. May 14, 2020

    Tips from skin therapists – how to avoid skin dryness

    The most popular advice we get when complaining about dry skin is to get a moisturiser. The recommendation is useful, and it works… up to a certain point. There are certain mistakes we do every day that can result in skin dryness. And most of the time, it’s not even about the skincare products we use. Skincare therapists all agree that the key to getting rid of skin dryness is not necessarily in your cream but your daily habits. Here are some recommendations to avoid skin dryness:

    Read the label of your shower gel

    Just like micellar water and facial cleansing gels, there are certain ingredients in your shower gel that can lead to skin dehydration. Salicylic acid, as well as glycolic acid, are among the active ingredients. They have a powerful anti-aging and rejuvenating properties, however, they can also, in some instances, cause skin dryness. To avoid this, read the label of your shower gel carefully and look for hydrating ingredients such as cer

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  7. March 21, 2020

    8 Eye creams that make a difference

     

    Do we really need an eye cream when we’re already using a moisturising cream? Couldn’t we just use the same cream? In short, the answer is no. Paying special attention to the skin in the eye area is essential for your beauty routine, especially if you are in your 30s or older. The skin in this area is very delicate and prone to wrinkles and fine lines. A good eye cream is an irreplaceable product for the modern woman, not a whim.

    What you should know about eye creams is that they are ophthalmologically tested, and don’t contain ingredients that can cause irritation. A good eye cream is gentle but highly efficient. Another vital thing to mention about eye creams is that, in most cases, the miracle doesn’t happen overnight. This means that you should use them regularly, according to the indications on the label, for at least three to six months to see results.

     

    What to look for in an eye cream:

    - Comfort for the eyes Just like the pro

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  8. February 24, 2020

    Essential vitamins for radiant skin

    Radiant skin is the result of a good skin regimen coupled with a great diet. Avoiding highly processed foods and unhealthy fats is vital for healthy skin. Several studies performed over the years show that there are essential nutrients that can prevent the premature aging of the skin. These nutrients should come from two sources: your beauty rituals and the foods you eat. When there is a good balance, the skin is radiant, youthful-looking, and glowing.

    All the vitamins and minerals that our skin needs can be found in nature. Fresh fruit and vegetables should be an important part of your diet. At the same time, the skincare products you choose should support the beneficial effects your diet has on the skin. Most skin conditions, such as premature wrinkles, acne, inflammation, and irritation, can be signs of an improper diet with not enough vitamins and nutrients. Here are the essential vitamins you need for radiant skin:

    1. Vitamin C

    One of the

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  9. February 17, 2020

    The best non-invasive anti-aging skincare solutions

    Aging is a complex biologic process that is influenced by both internal and external factors. While aging is a natural process, multiple anti-aging therapies and products were developed over the years to help erase some of the signs of aging or delay their occurrence. If you want to find out how to fight the wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation spots associated with aging, first we need to see when, how and why they occur and what can be done to prevent them by using the best noninvasive anti-aging skincare solutions.

    Why do wrinkles occur?

    We all know what wrinkles look like – these are the lines or folds in the skin that forms as we age. Some wrinkles tend to get more in-depth with time, such as the ones around the eyes, mouth, and neck area. Wrinkles occur due to various factors, and it is only a few of them that we can control. As we age, the skin becomes less elastic and more fragile. The reduction in collagen production can considerably affect s

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  10. February 10, 2020

    Top 5 makeup trends for 2020

    The fashion trends for 2020 are daring and so creative! It's only natural for the makeup trends for this year to exude boldness and courage with a touch of impudence. We've seen the red lipstick on the runway of many fashion shows, so it is making a come-back in style this year. Golden, glitter and smokey are key words for the makeup trends for 2020. So, it's about time to embrace your inner diva and let her shine this year! Here are the top 5 makeup trends for 2020:

    1. Glitter & golden for eye makeup

    This year you should give metallic textures a try, as well as embrace glitter and golden for eye makeup. Graphic designs with different colour eyeliner (different textures too) are very fashionable this season, so let your imagination guide you. Golden is a colour no longer reserved for dressy attire, and now you can wear it pretty much anywhere as it is undoubtedly the colour of the year in makeup. The eye makeup trends for 2020 are a combination

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