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Seven Steps To Spa Heaven At Home

Stop Press! It’s National Spa Week

It’s that time of year again. The week where we prioritise self-care, put relaxation before the rat-race and take time to reinvigorate body and mind. 

If you’ve never taken part in National Spa Week, there’s no better time to start. It begins on September 16th, but at allbeauty we believe that practice makes perfect, so we like to get a head-start! The best part? Having a week dedicated to spa treatments needn’t cost you the earth. Whether you want a full-body scrub or a hydrating facial, we’ve got everything you need. 

Seven steps to spa heaven… at home!

1. Scrub

The best place to start your spa week at home is with a good scrub. As well as being a great way to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation, a body scrub is a symbolic way to wipe your slate clean.

Our customers particularly rate the L’Occitane Exuvberant Verbena Exfoliating Pulp, which is a light, fresh formula that includes menthol as a key ingredient. If you want to step out of the bathroom feeling invigorated, this is the scrub for you!

A personal favourite, this time from French brand Caudalie, the Crushed Cabernet Scrub brings spa-quality luxury right into your own home. As with all Caudalie’s products, grapes are a dominant ingredient, with this scrub containing both grape seed oil for hydration and grape seed powder for exfoliation. 

2. Soak

What’s a spa without a good long soak? After scrubbing all the stress away, the next item on your spa week agenda is to submerge yourself in a hot bath. Now, while the heat alone will do your body good, for a true spa experience there’s nothing like a bath oil or foam to up the luxury factor.

The Aching Muscle Super Soak by Elemis contains antioxidants and works to restore tight and aching muscles. With ingredients including juniper, thyme and rosemary, it smells amazing too.

If you find that your skin needs more attention than your muscles, look no further than The Ritual of Ayurveda Holistic Bath Foam by Rituals. Indian rose and Himilayan honey combine to create a bath foam which not only smells like an exotic summertime garden but nourishes and moisturises dehydrated skin.

3. Candlelight

The lighting within a spa adds to the atmosphere, creating a muted glow which encourages a relaxed state of mind. This is incredibly easy to recreate at home using candles, but seeing as it’s spa week, why not opt for something a little more special? 

Using 100% natural ingredients, the Neom Organics London Scent to Sleep Candle makes an ideal companion during an evening soak. The candle’s oil has been designed to be used on the body, so after you’ve enjoyed the fragrance of English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine, use the warm oil to replenish your skin.

Elemis needs no introduction, and their Life Elixirs Sleep Candle is a firm favourite with allbeauty customers. Combining 12 pure essential oils including patchouli and palmarosa, this candle has been designed to encourage relaxation and aid sleep – the perfect accompaniment for a pre-bed spa treatment.

4. Deep Breathing

Scent has a remarkable impact on your state of mind, so why restrict your spa fragrances to the evening? Whether you want a fragrance tailored to the time of day, or a gentle background perfume to elevate a room, we’ve got just the thing.

Molton Brown are well known for their exquisite hand soaps and luxury bath products, but their diffusers bring fragrance to new areas of the home. The Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Aroma Reeds create a multi-layered fragrance with elements of ginger, tangerine, vanilla, and of course, spa favourite – ylang-ylang. 

The Neom Organics London Essential Oil Blends contain four bottles of thoughtfully created scents to take you from day to night. The oils can be used in a variety of ways, either through the Neom Wellbeing Diffuser Pod, dropped into a shower or bath, or simply rubbed into the skin. 

5. Face Mask

An at-home facial is an absolute must during National Spa Week. Whatever your skin type, a well-chosen face mask can bring new life to dull, tired skin.

A favourite amongst those with dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin is award-winning Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator by Clinique. This gel textured formula has been designed to use as both an ultra-hydrating moisturiser and a face mask and boasts hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.

From Bomb Cosmetics comes the French Kiss Clay Mask, a cleansing mask that uses white kaolin clay as the main ingredient. Ideal for all skin types, the light exfoliating nature of clay will leave skin refreshed, while rosemary and geranium essential oils stimulate circulation and tighten the skin.

6. Foot Mask

At this time of year, our feet are often hidden away and shown little love. During National Spa Week celebrate your feet and give them the attention they deserve with an at-home pedicure. 

For feet that need a total reset, these Exfoliation Socks from Iroha Nature are a godsend. Wear for 90-120 minutes and within a week the calloused outermost layer of skin will peel off to reveal baby-soft feet.

The key to keeping your feet in good shape is regular hydration and the Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure from Seoulista Beauty provides just that. Infused with rose oil, aloe vera and beeswax, this 3-pack of pedicure booties will nourish your feet to keep them soft, supple and sandal-ready. 

*Please note: DO NOT hydrate your feet during the treatment days, even if they are dry. It would slow the exfoliation process. After 5-10 days the dead skin will begin peeling off, don’t remove skin harshly, it will gradually fall off itself*

7. Massage

Whether you have an in-house masseuse (we’re looking at you Mr. allbeauty) or not, indulging in a little massage is the perfect way to wind down after a long day. If you don’t have someone on hand to provide a back massage, get into a comfy position and give your legs a deep rub. Not only does massage relax your muscles, it stimulates circulation and improves the texture of your skin.

We’re all about products that have more than one use, so you won’t be surprised that the Neom Organics London Scent to Sleep Candle gets another mention on our list. Using ingredients such as soybean oil and cocoa butter, after 30 minutes of burning and two of cooling, the oil is ready to be poured over the skin. Fragrant and deeply nourishing, this is the ideal addition to any massage.

For a massage oil that is ready the moment you need it, this Huile Prodigieuse from Nuxe Paris comes in a handy spray bottle for easy use. Multi-award winning and with a host of 5* reviews from allbeauty customers, this comes highly recommended as a low-mess body oil option.


Shop our limited edition National Spa Week Edit now

For even more tips on how to prepare for a great night’s sleep, read our interview with Neom celebrating ‘Sleeptember‘.


National Spa Week Competitions

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**Full T&C: Spa Day T&C: All entries close 11:59PM 22/09/2019, UK only. 21 winners will be chosen at random from all entries received via the allbeautyHQ blog page. The first prize winner will receive vouchers for a Spa Day for two people, courtesy of Iroha Nature and My Spa Pass. Prize can be claimed at any UK Macdonald Hotels Ltd Spa, subject to availability. Prize valid for six months from date of winner announcement.  Spa day and treatment times must be booked directly with a qualifying Macdonald Hotels Ltd Spa. 20 runners up will receive Annual ‘My Spa’ Passes, entitling them to discounts from some of the UK’s most popular spas, hotels, treatment specialists and online retailers via https://myspapass.com . Valid for 12 months from date of winner announcement. All prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable.  In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days. Please note that the winner’s email and postal address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.

Keep Your Summer Skin Glowing

Ah, the great British summer, heatwave one moment, downpours the next. As the sun once again becomes a stranger, many of us at allbeauty are ruing not making the most of that warm weather while it lasted. Whether you were lucky enough to get sun-kissed, or missed the narrow window, it isn’t too late to create, or maintain, a bronzed body throughout Autumn. 

While there’s no argument that pale skin can look absolutely gorgeous (we’re looking at you Audrey Hepburn), it’s no secret that many of us feel more radiant with that summertime glow. So, whether you’re a tanning aficionado or just dipping your toe in the water, here are our top-rated essentials for getting that holiday look, year-round.


Best Body Exfoliators

The key to an even tan is skin which has been properly exfoliated. By scrubbing those dry areas around your knees and elbows, you’ll avoid that patchy tan we all live in fear of. Here are our best body exfoliators, as rated by you.

#1 Tonic Body Polisher – Clarins

The exfoliator most highly rated by our valued customers, the Tonic Body Polisher with Essential Oils by the UK’s top luxury skincare brand, Clarins, not only feels wonderful, it smells heavenly too.  

Our Price £26.95 – save 18% off RRP

#2 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator – Decleor 

Our Price £19.95- save 50% off RRP

#3 Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish – REN Clean Skincare

Our Price £22.95 –  save 34% off RRP


Best Body Moisturisers

It doesn’t matter how great a tanning product is, if you don’t keep that gloriously glowing skin moisturised, you can say goodbye to an even, all over tan. All body moisturisers aren’t created equal, but you can forego the trial and error with these top rated options.

#1 Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter For Dry Skin– Clarins

For skin hydration that goes on and on, Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion is the ultimate in skincare. Apply in the morning for day-long relief from dryness.  

Our Price £39.10 – save 15% off RRP

#2 Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream

Our customers say “Amazing product.it smells and feels very nice on the skin.”

Our Price £12.30save 35% off RRP

#3 Decleor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Moisturising Body Milk

Our Price £23.50 –  save 48% off RRP


Best Natural Tan Boosters

Last-minute opportunity to catch the sun? Want to make the most of the last of summer’s rays? A natural tan booster encourages your skin to turn the right shade of sought-after-sienna in a shorter amount of time, while encouraging the skin’s natural self-protection function.

#1 Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face – Clarins

Explore the depth of your tan with just a couple of drops of Clarins, Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face.  Our customers say “This is an excellent product – you just need a drop mixed with your moisturiser so really easy to apply and colour is very natural” 

Our Price £17.60 save 12% off RRP

#2 Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion – Gatineau

Our Price £32.80-  save 33% off RRP

#3 Aftersun Tan Booster – Ultrasun

Our Price £19.95 save 17% off RRP


Best Gradual Tan

If you like the idea of fake tan but don’t want to make a drastic change, gradual tan is the ideal choice. Build up to your preferred shade over time, ensuring that you get a perfect glow, tailored to you.

#1 Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner – Olay 

From one of the most well-known brands comes this all-singing, all-dancing moisturiser – Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner. Olay pride themselves on their deep hydration and anti-aging skincare, so you know you’re getting the full package with this cream. 

Our Price £11.95 save 20% off RRP

#2 Elemis Sunwise Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

Our customers say “The best gradual tanning product on the market!”

Our Price £25.95- save 31% off RRP

#3 St Tropez Gradual Everyday Body Lotion Medium/Dark 

Our Price £11.60 save 20% off RRP


Best Instant Tan

Whether for a special occasion or just to keep the winter blues away, instant tan gives you the colour you need, when you need it. There are literally hundreds of products available, but real customer reviews separate the awesome from the average.

#1 Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse – St Tropez

St Tropez is one of the most respected self-tanning brands, and the reviews for their Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse speak volumes.

Our Price £18.20save 45% off RRP

#2 Tan Organic Self Tanning Certified Organic Oil

Our customers say “Brilliant! No mess no after smell lovely even false tan. Does not stain hands after application.”

Our Price £22.40save 10% off RRP

#3 Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion

Our Price £17.85 save 15% off RRP


Best Applicators

The right applicator can be the difference between a good tan and a great tan. Even coverage is much more achievable when using one of our top reviewed tanning applicators.

#1 Self Tanning Application Mitt – Tan Organic

The best tanning applicator as voted by you, this mitt by Tan Organic will help to ensure you get a flawless tan. Even better? It’s one of the most competitively priced too!

Our Price £6.00

#2 Self Tan Back Applicator – ModelCo Tanning

Our Price £8.00

#3 Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid – Fake Bake

Our Price £15.50save 38% off RRP


There we have it, everything you need to keep that summer glow going all year long. Ready to get your tan on? Head over to take a look at the range of tanning products on allbeauty.com

Smooth & Buffed: Summer Bodycare Tips

From festival days to beach rays, here are our top products for ensuring that your summer body care routine leaves you feeling at ease – whatever the weather.

Self Tanning & Fake Tan – products to ensure an even and beautiful skin tone!

Albeauty carries a wide range of self tanning products, which can assist you in the quest to get that elusive sun-kissed glow from tip to toe whilst treating your skin to some sweet summer scents. Don’t forget to apply SPF in addition though – more on that below!

allbeauty loves:

Getting Silky Satin Smooth: Indulging in Cocoa:
Gatineau Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion 400mlGatineau Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion 400ml
RRP: £49.00
Our Price: £28.45
Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream with Unsaponiflables of Cocoa 150ml

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream with Unsaponiflables of Cocoa 150ml
RRP: £26.00
Our Price: £22.75

Beautifying the complexion with Pansy & Chestnut: Soothing with Magnolia Essential Oil & Vanilla:
Sisley Self Tan Hydrating Facial Skincare 60mlSisley Self Tan Hydrating Facial Skincare 60ml
RRP: £97.00
Our Price: £67.50
Decléor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk 250ml

Decléor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk 250ml
RRP: £35.00
Our Price: £18.95

Want to fake a tan, but feeling a bit cautious? We understand. For years, there has been a great divide between those who can apply product to look like they’ve just spent the summer in the Bahamas sunning with cocktails on tap and those who have been, for want of a better word, tangoed. However, formulas have changed over the years and with the importance of SPF becoming more and more widely known, you never know, 2019 may just see you becoming a fan of the fake tan. Check out our product recommendations!

allbeauty loves:

The Flawless Faker The Award Winner
Fake Bake Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid 170ml & Professional Mitt

Fake Bake Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid 170ml & Professional Mitt
RRP: £24.95
Our Price: £16.35

St Tropez Gradual Everyday Tinted Body Lotion 200ml,St Tropez Gradual Everyday Tinted Body Lotion 200ml,
RRP: £15.00
Our Price: £12.00
 

The Bronzer

 

The Hydration Booster

MineTan Hydrate Base Tans Coconut Foam with Coconut Water 200ml & Tanning MittElemis Sunwise Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face 50ml
RRP: £32.50
Our Price: £19.95
MineTan Hydrate Base Tans Coconut Foam with Coconut Water 200ml & Tanning MittMineTan Hydrate Base Tans Coconut Foam with Coconut Water 200ml & Tanning Mitt
Our Price: £11.95

Top tip : Fake tan debutantes – make sure that you are well moisturised in advance to avoid a streaky look.

 

SPF (Sun Protection Factor):

We can’t stress this enough, whilst it’s important to ensure that your skin gets its daily dose of Vitamin D from outdoor exposure, applying products with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is crucial for the protection of your skin against UV B rays. It is highly recommended that SPF is worn in summer with a minimum factor of 15 to ensure that your skin is protected – even on those overcast days.

Water Resistant Wonders
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Confort Cream SPF 50+ 50mlLa Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Confort Cream SPF 50+ 50ml
RRP: £16.50
Our Price: £12.35
Shiseido Aging Protection Lotion Plus SPF50+ 100mlShiseido Aging Protection Lotion Plus SPF50+ 100ml
RRP: £34.00
Our Price: £27.20
Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk for Body SPF30 400ml

Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk for Body SPF30 400ml
RRP: £32.00
Our Price: £17.95

Caudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF30 150mlCaudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF30 150ml
Our Price: £21.00


Hair Removal

Whether you embrace it, tolerate it or loathe it, controlling hair growth in the summer can be time-consuming and repetitive. If you’re fed up of choosing between a myriad of neon disposable razors, expensive salon trips or shaving subscriptions, then this section is for you. From epilation to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), handheld devices can provide more permanent solutions to your hair removal issues. Consider it a Summer Beauty investment!

What is IPL?

IPL uses light pulses to tackle hair pigmentation, which targets hair follicles at the root, discouraging growth. It can take between 6-8 sessions to be completely hairfree, but it offers you less maintenance in the long term.
IPL can reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. Double check that IPL is suitable for your hair and skin type, as pigmentation and melanin can impact product use.

Exploring Epilation:

Epilation is the act of removing multiple hairs at once using an electrical device (referred to as an Epilator). The Braun range of epilators catches even the smallest of hairs, meaning that it is a good alternative to waxing, where you have to allow for hair growth in between sessions.

We recommend exfoliating first to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. To allow for an easier and more comfortable epilation, you can use the devices in the shower or bath.

allbeauty loves:

Philips IPL Lumea Prestigage Cordless BRI950/00
RRP: £520.00
Our Price: £299.95

Braun Silk-épil 9-561 Epilator
RRP: £149.99
Our Price: £99.95

Braun Silk-épil SensoSmart 7/880 Cordless Epilator
RRP: £164.99
Our Price: £74.95

Braun Silk-Expert 5 IPL
RRP: £399.99
Our Price: £229.95

Feet

Have your feet had a winter of hibernation in socks and tights? Now is the time to air those toes and schedule in a bit of pampering – especially if you’re planning on donning your best summer footwear. Let’s face it, summer is when you are most likely to try out those super impractical but oh so fancy wedges or go on an impromptu hike (let’s hope not in conjunction but, hey, we’ve all been there), so it’s a good time to make sure your feet are adequately cared for.

allbeauty loves:

 

The Refresher

Masque B.A.R Intensive Moisturising Foot Mask x 2
RRP: £9.99
Our Price: £8.95

The Comforter

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Foot Cream 75ml
RRP: £11:00
Our Price: £9.90

Bring The Beach To You

Ahava  Deadsea Water Mineral Footcream 100ml
Our Price: £17:00

The Ultimate Foot Peel

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel
RRP: £19.99
Our Price: £14.90

For further summer beauty inspiration visit our Summer Beauty shop at www.allbeauty.com/summer

*Information correct at time of publishing

How To Use: Elemis Superfood Regimen

NEW from Elemis, the Superfood Skincare System range that contains pre-biotics for healthy, glowing skin.

Ever popped into Wholefoods for a green juice in the hope that it would make you healthier and transform your skin overnight? Formulated with plant-based, nutrient-dense superfoods and prebiotics, the Elemis Superfood Skincare System does just that!

Formulated with nutrient-dense, plant-based superfoods, the Elemis Superfood Skincare System is made from a variety of grains, greens, fruits, seeds and oils, including ginger, kale, broccoli, avocado, matcha and flax seeds. Designed to help replenish, nourish and hydrate skin, the Superfood System feeds your skin from the outside in.

Introducing The Super Squad!

These award-winning skincare savaiours will make any skincare routine SUPER:

Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

Step 1: Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

Loaded with nutrients and an active sugar-based prebiotic, this gel cleanser helps keep skin looking clean, healthy and feeling refreshed throughout the day. RRP £25.00allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Mix in your palms with water and apply morning and evening by gently massaging over the face. Rinse off and gently pat dry.

 

Elemis Superfood Blackcurrent Jelly Exfoliator

Step 2: Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator

NEW Superfood Blackcurrent Jelly is jam-packed with anti-oxident rich extracts, including Nordic Bilberry and Black Tea, to help remove the build-up of dead skin cells and leave skin feeling soft and smooth, and looking radiant. RRP: £28.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply to a  dampened face using light, circulr motions. Add worted to transform into a milky scrub and remove with a wet flannel.

 

Elemis Anti-ageing superfood oilStep 3: Anti-ageing Superfood Facial Oil

This award-winning, nourishing facial oil has been designed to re-energise and hydrate skin. Enriched with the power of concentrated antioxidants, omega 3s, vitamins B and E, it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and supple. RRP: £45.00, allbeauty price: £32.60

To use: Apply 3-4 drops every mmorning tocleansed face and neck. Massages over the skin before or instead of your daily moisturiser.

 

What is good for your body is also good for the skin, and this nutritional oil – packed with superfood ingredients and rich in antioxidants – is the key to a glowing, radiant complexion’ – Georgia Louise, Elemis consulting facialis

Elemis superfood day cream

 

Step 4: Elemis Superfood Day Cream

This nourishing day cream instantly hydrates your skin with a combination of  ginger, matcha and goji berry, leqaving skin looking plumped, refreshed and replenished. Promoting dewy radiance, the softening cream will revive a luminous complexion while balancing and protecting against the environment. RRP: £42.00, allbeauty price: £32.95

To use: Apply in the morning to cleansed skin after Superfood Facial Oil and Serum.

Step 5: Elemis Superfood Night Cream Elemis Superfood Night Cream

This cream works throughout the night to keep skin healthy by supplying it with a superfood grain complex and an active pre-biotic. In the morning skin will be healthy and restored with a fresh new look. RRP: £46.00, allbeauty price: £29.95

To use: Apply in the evening to cleansed, dry skin. Rinse thoroughly if in contact with eyes.

 

Superfood Vital Veggie MaskStep 6: Vital Veggie Mask

Nourish, hydrate and brighen skin with NEW prebiotic face mask. Packed with supergreens and radiance-boosting fruits including vitamin C, omega-rich avocado, wheatgrass and nettle extract.  RRP £30.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply a generous amount to to clean, dry skin twice weekly. A slight-tingling may occur while it works its magic. After 10 minutes, remove with a damp cloth.

 

Step 7: Berry Boost Mask

Mattify, balance and purify skin with NEW smoothie-inspired face mask. Packed with omega-rich SuperBerry Complex, Brazillian purple clay to help draw out impurities, gentyl exfoliate and mattify the T-zone.  RRP £30.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply a generous amount to to clean, dry skin twice weekly. A slight-tingling may occur while it works its magic. After 10 minutes, remove with a damp cloth.

Shop Elemis online at www.allbeauty.com 
Prices correct at the time of publishing

WIN! Elemis x Misha Nonoo Limited Edition Gift Set Worth £65

WIN 1 of 5 Elemis x Misha Nonoo Limited Edition Gift Sets Worth £65!

Fancy getting your hands on a limited edition Elemis x Misha Nonoo gift setsworth £65? Enter down below for your chance to win!

To coincide with the allbeauty Elemis sale, we’re giving five lucky readers an iconic Elemis x Misha Nonoo gift set for themselves or a friend! This gorgeous set worth £65 includes:

1 x Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream 50ml
1 x Gentle Foaming Facial Wash 30ml
1 x Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
1 x Papaya Enzyme Peel 15ml
1 x Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser 50ml
1 x Misha Nonoo Toiletry Bag

Enter right here on the blog of over on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to shop the Elemis sale over at allbeauty.com!

 

Spotted By allbeauty – Lily James in October’s Marie Claire

Actress Lily James was spotted by allbeauty in this month’s Marie Claire, talking about her beauty favourites.

Actress Lily James, currently starring in Romeo and Juliet, is best known for TV dramas Downton Abbey and War and Peace; her beauty faves were spotted by allbeauty in the October 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

As a teenager Lily suffered from serious acne (we were surprised too!) These days she likes to take care of her skin with Elemis Marine Cream and Elemis Toner. Although Marine Cream is primarily an anti-ageing treatment, it does provide hydration and supports collagen. Both great news for anyone dealing with acne scarring!

spotted by allbeauty


Although Lily wears My Burberry Black (coming soon to allbeauty.com) the classic My Burberry Eau de Toilette isn’t a world away in scent. The fragrance contains notes of sweet pea, rose, freesia and patchouli. It’s described as “a London garden after rain” – how lovely!!

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Daily sunblock is essential, even in winter, to prevent premature ageing, sunspots and skin damage. Lily is a fan of Clinique City Block which is an oil-free formula for daily urban use. Perfect for on-the-go use and easy to pop in a bag.


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Not a natural blonde, Lily’s suffered terrible hair damage from years of bleaching. Hardly surprising that she looks to products like Kérastase Elixir Ultime to restore the hair and shield it from external aggressors.

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To tone her skin, Lily likes to use Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner
This alcohol-free toner is suitable for delicate, sensitive skin and can even be used as a soothing eye treatment when applied to cotton buds.

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Lily is also a fan of scented candles – we think she’d love the range by bespoke parfumiers Penhaligon’s! Our favourite is this Neroli candle – it’s a luxury splurge but just divine.

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You can see Lily in the October 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine, on-sale at time of writing.

Dry Body Brushing – Your Skin’s Favourite Treat

You may have heard of dry body brushing. Maybe you experienced a treatment at a spa. But what is it and why are so many people fans? Read on to find out more.

Dry body brushing is as simple as it sounds. Using a specially designed brush you sweep over the whole body in circular motions. It may sound a bit odd, but for your skin it’s a wonderful treat. As the brush moves over your body you’re removing dead skin cells, stimulating the circulation and helping the lymph nodes remove toxins. As an added bonus, any products you apply after brushing go deeper into the skin.

 

benefits of dry body brushing

Here are The Benefits of Dry Body Brushing:
Removes dead skin cells
Helps remove ingrown hairs
Stimulates circulation
Assists the lymph nodes to remove toxins
Improves the appearance of skin and cellulite
Improves application of products
Relaxes your mind and wakes you up!

 


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How to Use a Dry Body Brush:
Try to brush first thing in the morning (it’s invigorating!)
Start at the feet and move upwards
Use circular motions, always towards the heart
Don’t use the brush on your face, or anywhere sensitive
Shower after brushing and apply products

We love Elemis Sp@ Home Body Detox Skin Brush

Here’s what fans of dry brushing said:

My skin feels like a baby’s …all of those annoying little bumps on my legs are gone, gone, gone!

Always feel like I am in a spa when I use mine. Goodbye, dead skin!

Truly therapeutic!!!!

The exfoliating process from dry brushing is helping to keep my skin moisturized better on its own.

The lymphatic cleanse may at first be a bit… Urgent. I brushed at midnight … and was running to the bathroom at 10:00am the next morning.

To complete the dry brush experience, and for a real ‘spa at home’, we like to add treats from the Elemis collection of bath and body products. We suggest taking the 30 day brush challenge – try to brush every day for a month to give yourself time to see the benefits.

Are you a fan of dry body brushing? Comment below and let us know the benefits you’ve seen.

Men’s Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners

An easy to follow men’s daily skincare routine, for beginners and the clueless! What to use and when to use it, with products that won’t break the bank.

Men’s grooming has come a long way in a short time, so we decided to come up with a men’s daily skincare routine for beginners and the clueless. Questions, comments or tips? Leave them below!

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Cleanse

 

Step one of your daily routine is of course to cleanse. Choose either a liquid cleanser such as Clarins Mens Active Face Wash or a face soap. If you prefer soap, make sure it’s really a dedicated face cleanser such as Clinique Mens Face Soap as normal soap is too harsh for the face, stripping away natural oils. This leads to over-production of oil, spots and premature ageing. If you suffer from oily or spot-prone skin, a fragrance-free cleanser like the Baxter of California Daily Face Wash is perfect.
When To Use: Use cleanser first thing in the morning (in the shower is fine) and before bed.
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg spotty, oily, ageing. Find a cleanser dedicated to your main concern, or one for normal skin if you’re happy with your skin.

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Moisturiser

 

Step two of our men’s daily skincare routine is to moisturise. Now there’s a whole world of moisturiser out there so let’s make it super simple: choose a moisturiser based on your budget and your main skin concern. Why do you need this? Quite simply, it puts moisture into the skin. This makes it look great and protects it from ageing. If you have skin concerns (such as oily skin) a dedicated moisturiser will control oil for you and combat inflammation. Using moisturiser every day is a great way to stay looking young!
When To Use: Use moisturiser after you cleanse. Use it morning and evening unless you want to spend a bit more and use a special night time cream.
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg spotty, oily, ageing, dryness. Find a moisturiser dedicated to your main concern (or one for normal skin if you’ve no main concern) and one that’s within your budget.

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Exfoliate

 

On to step three: exfoliate (yes you have to do the Dalek voice). Do you really need to do this? Yes. Do you need to do it every day? Not necessarily. Let’s explain: exfoliation is the part where you get rid of dead skin cells, clear out your pores and unplug the gunky bits. It’s basically a deep clean (and helps keep you looking young!) If you have acne-prone skin or your skin looks dull and lifeless this is your friend. But for everyone else it’s a once a week thing for maintenance.
When To Use: Use a daily exfoliating fluid like Clinique Mens Exfoliating Tonic if you have dull, congested, acne-prone skin. Use it right after you cleanse and before you apply moisturiser.
If you just want a boost use a traditional exfoliator that you massage around the face for several minutes. Use this once or twice a week, at night, after you cleanse.
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg acne-prone, blackheads, dullness. Think about how urgent it is for you to address that. Major concern? Buy a daily exfoliator. Just need a boost? Buy a weekly one such as Biotherm Homme Facial Exfoliator.

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Treat

 

The last step in our men’s daily skincare routine is to treat. Another step?! Yes but one you can leave out if you’re a) under 30 with good, clear skin or b) want to keep things simple for now. Treatment is the part where you address ageing, oily skin, spots etc. Basically the things that bother you about your skin. If ageing is your concern, look for an anti-ageing serum for men. Dark spot correctors will help with pigmentation marks and under-eye serums are ideal for crow’s feet. Spot-prone? An antibacterial gel or lotion is your friend, though keep away from anything with salicylic acid, it can be too harsh.
When To Use: This depends on the product, so check the label. A good anti-ageing serum is Clarins Men Line Control Balm. For spot-prone skin try Biotherm Homme T-Pur Gel. For crow’s feet you may like Lab Series Instant Eye Lift for a quick cheat!
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg acne-prone, ageing, dryness. Buy based on your budget and how much time you want to dedicate to this.

So what did we leave out from our men’s daily skincare routine? Well we didn’t mention sunscreen – super important if you’re outside, both for skin health and anti-ageing (the sun ages you faster than anything else). We didn’t talk about face masks or toners, but those are added extras so don’t sweat them. And we didn’t talk about night balms. If you want to buy a special night time face balm you’ll certainly see better results. But feel free to use your daily moisturiser morning and evening. As long as your skin is kept clean and hydrated it’ll be happy.

Men-only skincare brands we REALLY love: Biotherm Homme, Clarins Men, Clinique For Men.
If you’re struggling with adult acne or acne scarring, check our dedicated blog posts.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below, or get in touch via our social channels and let us know if there are other problem areas you’d like us to address.