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Taking Care of Your Skin During Menopause

Going through menopause is difficult for all manner of reasons; your complexion shouldn’t be one of them. A large proportion of women find that entering the menopause plays havoc with their skin. Fluctuating hormones can cause flare-ups of acne and exacerbate combination skin, while there seems to be a sudden increase in the number of fine lines and wrinkles staring back from the mirror. While it’s no secret that this phase of life can be challenging, we’re pleased to say that by adopting a menopause-specific skin routine and using products targeted at aging skin, you can get back to feeling like yourself in no time.


Menopause and the Face

Your face is one of the first places to show the effects of menopause, with many women experiencing acne breakouts for the first time since their teens. Often, menopause can exacerbate existing conditions too, whether it be dryness or discolouration. With this in mind here are our top 5 favourite products for acne:

 

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel 100ml - Skin

1. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments

AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel 100ml

RRP £44.50

Our Price: £29.95

 

Perricone MD Treatments No:Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner 118ml / 4 fl.oz. - Skin

2. Perricone MD Treatments

No:Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner 118ml / 4 fl.oz.

RRP £35.00

Our Price: £31.50

 

Murad Blemish Control - Skin

3. Murad Blemish Control

Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment 50ml

RRP £35.00

Our Price: £28.00

Payot Paris Pâte Grise Spéciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel 15ml - Skin

4. Payot Paris Pâte Grise

Spéciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel 15ml

RRP £19.00

Our Price: £11.50

 

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments Acne-Clear Invisible Dots - Skin

5. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments

Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

RRP £29.00

Our Price: £18.50

 

Hydration

The key to caring for your skin during menopause is to treat it with extra care; using products designed specifically for aging skin.  Using a serum is a fantastic way to deeply hydrate the skin, as it can not only hydrate, but smooth fine lines and rebuild the skin’s structure. Pair this with a menopause-friendly day cream to ensure your skin is getting all the nourishment it needs to meet the day head-on. A good day moisturiser should contain an SPF, protecting your skin from any future damage. 

Utopia Skincare Anti-Wrinkle

Hydrating Day Cream 50ml

RRP £34.00

Our Price: £16.95

 

And daytime moisturisation isn’t where your skincare should stop. Investing in a good night cream allows you to get a headstart on the coming day by giving your skin everything it needs to recover and repair overnight. For example, Utopia Nourishing Night Cream encourages cell renewal and aids the skin’s outermost layer to eliminate dead cells. Two birds – one stone.


The Skin Around Your Eyes

The delicate skin surrounding the eyes is even more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles, due to its location and fragile nature. As the skin is so thin, you should avoid using your usual face cream around the eyes, instead, choose a product which is suitably gentle. 

An allbeauty favourite, Utopia Instant Firming Eye Serum has been shown not only to reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet, but to reduce dark circles and calm puffiness.


Hands, Neck and Decolletage

While most of us remember to moisturise our face daily, there are a few common areas which are missed. These left-behind areas are, unsurprisingly, the first to show the signs of aging.

The skin on our hands, neck and decolletage are exposed to the sun just as often as our face, which is why they so often succumb to discolouration, dryness and wrinkling. The decolletage and neck can also lose elasticity over time, resulting in a ‘crepe’ or ‘draped’ effect. Thankfully, products such as the Utopia Age Defying Hand, Neck and Decolletage Serum have been designed to target this exact complaint, firming, smoothing and toning these problem areas. 


And The Rest…

While the face, hands, neck and decolletage are all more obvious places for menopause symptoms to strike, that isn’t to say the rest of the body is safe. Whether it’s your knees, elbows, arms, or elsewhere, wrinkles can start to appear in all manner of places.

Utopia Skincare Anti-Wrinkle

Enriching Derma Gel 100ml

RRP £24.00

Our Price: £11.45

 

This skin is thicker than other areas of the body, so requires a moisturiser which is able to penetrate deeper. An age-specific, gel-based moisturiser, like Utopia Enriching Derma Gel can hydrate and repair large areas of skin while plumping and brightening problem zones.


To view all of our menopause products and read similar articles go to allbeauty.com/menopause

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Dealing With Hormonal Acne: How To Recognise And Treat it

Hormonal acne is exactly what it sounds like – it’s acne that occurs due to fluctuations in your hormones. Although men and women can both be affected by acne, hormonal acne is more common in women, because of factors like menstruation, pregnancy and the menopause, which bring surges in hormone levels. While hormonal acne is often associated with fluctuating hormones during teenage years, it’s actually most like to strike in your 20s, when women are most hormonally active. You might be surprised to know that over 90% of the world’s population will suffer from acne at some point in their life, making it one of the most common disorders treated by healthcare providers. 

Aside from the physical symptoms of acne, this skin disorder can also have an emotional and psychological impact too. Studies have shown that acne can affect a person’s mood, self-esteem and quality of life. In fact, 95% per cent of individuals with acne in the UK say that it affects their daily lives. 


What Causes Hormonal Acne? 

Acne is a skin condition that happens when your sebaceous glands (tiny glands near the surface of your skin) make too much sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands). The excess sebum bands together with dead skin cells, clogs your pores and forms acne lesions, which include blackheads and whiteheads. 

Hormonal Acne

Fluctuations in your oestrogen and progesterone levels are the main causes of hormonal acne. These fluctuations can vary greatly during your menstrual cycle. Changes in the ratio, or balance of these hormones can affect your testosterone levels, which in turn can also contribute to the appearance of acne. Stress plays an important part in hormonal acne too – when cortisol levels go up as part of your body’s stress response, your skin produces more sebum, which can lead to breakouts. 

Acne can also be caused or made worse by: 

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 
  • Menopause 
  • Increased androgen levels, which are hormones that play a role in the development of male traits. These hormones are present in both men and women. 

Recognising Hormonal Acne 

If the below apply, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from hormonal acne. 

  • You have pimples that appear on your chin and jawline. Increased hormone levels in your body can stimulate your oil glands—and most of them can be found around your chin area. Although the chin and jawline are really common places for hormonal acne, it can also flare-up on the side of your face or down your neck.
  • You have monthly breakouts. Hormonal acne follows a cycle – a lot like women’s menstrual cycles. Postmenopausal women can experience hormonal acne too, as they are still susceptible to monthly fluctuations in their oestrogen and progesterone levels. 
  • You’re under a lot of stress. A build-up of too much stress can lead to flare-ups, as cortisol (the stress hormone) can put your other hormones out of whack – another reason you should try to relax and de-stress on a regular basis. What’s more, if you’re stressed, you might not be looking after yourself quite as much as you should, and your skincare routine and diet can suffer, making breakouts more likely. 

Hormonal Acne Treatment 

Although hormonal acne can leave you feeling like your skin has a mind of its own, there are several options to help treat it. 

Contraception 

Oral contraceptives have compounds that target the hormones which cause acne. So if you aren’t already on the Pill, consider asking your doctor whether they’d recommend it to help treat your acne

Topical retinoids 

Retinoids - Hormonal

If you have mild to moderate acne, you can use topical retinoids, which work by removing dead skin cells to prevent them building up inside hair follicles. They usually come in a gel or cream and should be applied once a day before bed. You can get retinal-containing products over the counter, but for stronger concentrations you’ll need to get them prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor. 

Diet 

What goes into your body can also affect you and your skin. Although the relationship between diet and acne hasn’t yet been firmly established, what we do know is that some foods can help alleviate skin inflammation, which can cause acne. Foods high in antioxidants, such as lentils and green leafy vegetables, and Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish (salmon, herring, and mackerel) can help reduce skin inflammation. You could also opt for an Omega-3 supplement if you don’t eat a lot of fatty fish. 

Non-comedogenic makeup 

Non-Comedogenic Makeup - Hormonal

Be extra kind to your skin and take care when choosing makeup. Go for non-comedogenic types – makeup that won’t clog your pores – which in turn should minimise the chance of flare-ups. 


6-step skincare routine 

Committing to a good skincare routine can help treat or alleviate hormonal acne. Try this 6-step routine to take care of your skin and minimise the chance of acne flare-ups. 

Double cleanse

Cleansers - Hormonal

Cleansing your skin helps to keep sebum from building up. Double cleansing is when you first cleanse the skin with an oil cleanser, followed by a second cleanser which is either foam or cream based. Why double cleanse? Using an oil cleanser first helps to break down the makeup, dirt and oil on your skin which builds up during the day. Cleansing your skin properly will make sure you get the benefits of the other products which follow.

Cloud Cream Cleanser 120ml - Hormonal

Shiseido Essentials

Perfect Cleansing Oil 180ml

RRP £34.00 (Save 21%)

Our Price: £26.75

 

Instant Foaming Cleanser 150ml - Hormonal

Caudalie Cleansers & Toners

Instant Foaming Cleanser 150ml

Our Price: £15.00

 

Cloud Cream Cleanser 120ml - Hormonal

Peter Thomas Roth

Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser 120ml

RRP £23.00 (Save 22%)

Our Price: £15.00


Steam

Steam - Hormonal

Steaming can help open and unclog your pores. Simply boil some water, pour it into a bowl and add essential oils or herbs like chamomile or lavender. Steam your face with a towel over your head for up to 10 minutes. Don’t steam your skin more than once a week.

Essential Oil Blend 10ml - Hormonal

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Our Price: £20.00


Mask

Face Masks - Hormonal

Face masks help to remove dead skin cells and other debris that can accumulate in pores and contribute to break outs. Using a clay mask after steaming can work wonders – your pores will be open, so the mask can get in and do its work more easily, drawing out dirt and impurities.

Visible Difference Peel & Reveal Revitalizing Mask 50ml / 1.7 fl.oz. - Hormonal

Elizabeth Arden Face Mask & Exfoliator

Visible Difference Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask 50ml

RRP £26.00 (Save 36%)

Our Price: £16.75

 

Clay Mask AHA 100ml - Hormonal

Baxter of California Skin Care

Clay Mask AHA 100ml

RRP £18.00 (Save 40%)

Our Price: £10.80


Tone

Toners - Hormonal

This is an important step after cleansing your skin, because toner helps to close your open pores and remove any final traces of dirt or makeup. Follow the instructions on your acne-fighting skincare products carefully and don’t be tempted to apply too much at once, this can lead to further irritation. Remember to check with your GP or dermatologist to make sure you’re using the most effective products for your skin type.

Sisley Toners Grapefruit Toning Lotion Combination/Oily Skin 250ml - Hormonal

Sisley Toners

Grapefruit Toning Lotion Combination/Oily Skin 250ml

RRP £72.50 (Save 37%)

Our Price: £45.55


Moisturise

Moisturiser - Hormonal

Whether you’re prone to dry or oily skin, either can aggravate your acne, making moisturising an important step in your skincare routine. Using a moisturiser every day is a great way to seal the moisture in your skin. If you have oily skin, look for oil-free moisturisers, and opt for lotions and serums rather than thick creams. If your skin is prone to dryness, go for a more hydrating cream. Keep in mind that your skin might be dehydrated rather than dry – your skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time, as dehydration is lack of water, not oil. Dehydration can be caused by factors such as the weather, pollution and diet, as well as the overuse of harsh skincare products. Dehydrated skin looks dull, feels tight or rough, may be sensitive, and can show fine lines. If you have dehydrated skin, switch to more gentle skincare products, don’t over-wash your face (no more than twice a day), and avoid irritating ingredients like essential oils or alcohol. 

Clinique Serums & Treatments - Hormonal

Clinique 

Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment 50ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 18%)

Our Price: £17.20

 

 Murad Blemish Control Skin Perfecting Lotion 50ml - Hormonal

Murad Blemish Control

Skin Perfecting Lotion 50ml

RRP £28.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £21.00

 

 Omorovicza Budapest Serums Instant Perfection Serum 30ml - Hormonal

Omorovicza Budapest Serums

Instant Perfection Serum 30ml

RRP £85.00 (Save 30%)

Our Price: £59.50

 

 Dr. LeWinn's Line Smoothing Complex S8 Hydrating Cream 30g - Hormonal

Dr. LeWinn’s

Line Smoothing Complex S8 Hydrating Cream 30g

RRP £51.00 (Save 50%)

Our Price: £25.50


Seeking professional help 

Talk to your GP or dermatologist if you’re having trouble controlling or treating your acne, or if your acne is moderate to severe. If your skin has developed nodules or cysts, see your GP as soon as possible and have these treated to prevent scarring. 


Try not to let acne get you down – there are lots of options and treatments out there, and you shouldn’t let acne stop you from living your best life. Start taking control of your skin today! To learn more about how to start living your best life, read our blog on ‘Time for You’ and join the Me Time Movement!

Time For You

Hands up if you’re getting enough “me time” in your week? Anyone? That’s what we thought. Taking time to prioritise your own physical and mental wellbeing can often feel like an indulgence. There’s washing to be done, dishes to do, box sets to catch up on… we get it! But the old adage that you can’t pour from an empty cup really is true, and something all of us, particularly if we have family members depending on us, should take heed of.  

Where does one even start on this self-care journey? Fret not allbeauty readers, as always, we’re here to point you in the right direction. Here are a few easy tasks you can incorporate into your day to make sure you stay looking and feeling great all week long.


Monday: Start the Week Hydrated

Eugh, Mondays. The weekend is officially over and its straight back to the daily grind. Do yourself a favour and make Monday the day you really focus on hydrating yourself.

Water Splash Wide - Time for You

Too many of us dip in and out of dehydration simply because we forget to sip on a bottle of water throughout the day. Well, no more! Starting with just one day a week, focus on getting enough water into your system, the rest will follow.  

For bonus points, pop this Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hydrating Mist into your bag and give your face a spritz throughout the day to hydrate from the outside-in. 

Elizabeth Arden - Time for You

Elizabeth Arden

Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist 100ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £15.70


Tuesday: Hair Care and Chill

Combine two self-care winners into one, by taking care of your tresses while enjoying some downtime on the sofa. We can’t all get to the salon regularly (or even bi-annually, ahem), but with such a great range of hair treatments available, its never been easier to bring the salon experience into the comfort of your own home.

Hair care - Time for You

One of our favourites is multi-award winning Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3, designed to repair and restore the hair’s cuticle. And better still, it works best when left for at least 10 minutes, so grab a cuppa, put your feet up, and let it do its thing.

Olaplex Hair Perfector - Time for You

Olaplex Hair Perfector

RRP £26.00 (Save 33%)

Our Price: £17.35


Wednesday: Put Your Best Face Forward

You’ve made it to hump day, the weekend is in sight! Prep that skin for whatever the rest of the week throws at you with an at-home facial.

Face Mask - Time for You

Now, in a perfect world we’d all be regularly exfoliating and using a face mask, but let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way! Once a week, make skincare your priority and take the time to give yourself a quality facial. Cleanse as normal, then use an appropriate exfoliator to remove any dead cells and dirt, before applying a moisturising face mask. Your skin will thank you!

 Clarins Exfoliators & Masks - Time for You

Clarins Exfoliators & Masks

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 12%)

Our Price: £18.45

 

 Omorovicza Budapest Face Masks - Time for You

Omorovicza Budapest Face Masks

Ultramoor Mud Mask 50ml

RRP £68.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £51.00


Thursday: Early To Bed, Early to Rise

We know it’s not the most glamorous form of self-care, but getting an early night can make a world of difference to your energy levels, mood and general sense of wellbeing. At least once a week, try to climb into bed an hour earlier than usual. In general, we need around 8 hours of sleep a night, but another few hours will only do you good!

Sleep - Time for You

Changing your sleep habits can be difficult, so if you find yourself wide-eyed and staring at the ceiling, try creating an environment more conducive to sleep. Settling down with a good book can tip the scales toward sleep, and relaxing scents can also help lull you off to the land of nod.

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep - Time for You

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep

Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist 30ml

Our Price: £20.00


Friday: Soak Up The Weekend

Ooooh yeah! Do you have that weekend feeling yet? Well, there’s no better way to say farewell to the working week than by washing your stress away with a good long soak in the tub. Nothing is quite as relaxing as submerging yourself into a hot bath. Nothing, that is, except for submerging yourself into a hot bath that has added sumptuousness.

Bath and Body - Time for You

Get all sudsy with one of our foamy bath soaks, unwind aching muscles with a fragrant bath oil, or feel the fizz with one of the gorgeous range of Bomb Cosmetics bath bombs. Additional fizz in the form of a glass of wine optional, but always recommended. It’s officially the weekend, after all.

Rituals The Ritual of Dao - Time for You

Rituals The Ritual of Dao

Go With the Flow Bath Foam 500ml

RRP £13.90 (Save 5%)

Our Price: £13.20

 

 Elemental Herbology Five Element Bath & Body Oils - Time for You

Elemental Herbology 

Five Element Bath & Body Oil – Water Soothe 145ml

Our Price: £28.00

Watercolours Gift Pack - Time for You

Bomb Cosmetics

Watercolours Gift Pack

RRP £15.00 (Save 11%)

Our Price: £13.40


Saturday: Fingers and Toes

The weekend is an ideal time for those self-care tasks that you can’t make time for during the week. Carve an hour out of your day to put on your favourite music, grab a biscuit or something equally delicious, and get the mani/pedi kit out.

Mani/Pedi - Time for You

Our feet and hands are so hard-working, but they rarely get shown the same attention we give to our face and hair. Pamper yourself with a moisturising foot mask, while you deal with those cuticles and touch up your nails.

3 Pack Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure - Time for You

Seoulista Beauty

3 Pack Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure

RRP £21.50 (Save 11%)

Our Price: £19.20

 

L'Occitane Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Oil - Time for You

L’Occitane

Shea Butter Nail and Cuticle Oil

RRP £14.00 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £12.60


Sunday: Don’t You Scrub Up Well!

After a full seven days of embracing “me time”, how will you end your week? Perhaps its time for another face mask, an extra early night, or one last soak in the tub? Well, why not do something different with your Sunday by giving yourself a spa-quality body scrub from the comfort of home?

Body Scrub - Time for you

At a cost of £60+ a session, a body scrub is a great way to slough off the dry skin or lotion build-up that makes your skin uneven. The best part? If you’re willing to put in the work yourself (or can rope in a willing partner), you can get the same results at home. Try our favourites, urban spa and luxury beauty brand Rituals, or 100% handmade, vegan friendly Bomb Cosmetics.

 

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub - Time for You

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura

Body Scrub 250g

RRP £14.90 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £13.40

 

 

Bomb Cosmetics Body Scrub & Polish - Time for You

Bomb Cosmetics

Scrubology Body Scrub 400g

RRP £7.99 (Save 19%)

Our Price: £6.45


There really is no excuse for not creating a small window in your day to take care of yourself, inside and out. So, get started today and start investing in the “me time” movement.

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Ingredient of the Month: Glycerin

Glycerin is one of the most used ingredients in skincare, featuring highly in the active ingredients of many bestselling moisturisers. You may have also noticed glycerin listed in the ingredients of other items around your home, such as on natural soaps, cough medicines and even baked goods. 

A highly adaptable liquid that lends itself to all manner of uses, glycerin is one of the hardest working ingredients in the world of skincare. Here’s why:


What Is Glycerin?

Most glycerin is vegetarian, being made by heating vegetable fats, such as palm, soy and coconut oils either under pressure or with an alkali. Through this process, the glycerin separates from the oil and fuses with water molecules, creating an odourless, colourless liquid. 

Glycerin has a syrupy consistency and is also sweet, which makes it ideal for using in the catering industry as it lends itself perfectly to confectionary.  You might then wonder how on earth glycerin has made its way into the world of cosmetic beauty products. Well, it turns out that not only is glycerin an incredibly safe ingredient, it also does wonders for our skin.


How Does it Work?

There are three main categories of moisturiser: emollients, humectants and/or occlusives. Glycerin is a humectant, alongside other ingredients like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. 

Humectants draw water to the skin and bind the water to keep it there. They are quickly absorbed and usually a light consistency, making them suitable for all skin types. 

Emollients fill the cracks on the surface of the skin, creating a smoother complexion and helping to repair your skin’s natural barrier. They are usually a creamy consistency and are suitable for most skin types, though not ideal for oily skin.

Occlusives seal moisture into the skin, preventing it from escaping. They usually come in the form of thick cream or balm and are ideal for mature, dehydrated or dry skin.

As glycerin attracts moisture to itself, it can bring moisture up from deeper layers of skin and also draw moisture out of the air towards the skin, all without creating an oily layer on the skin’s surface. This combination of features make it ideal for keeping skin hydrated, no matter your skin type.


What Products Contain Glycerin?

We have a wide range of skin and hair products that include glycerin, but here are a few of our favourites:

For Oily/Combination Skin

REN Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream

When you need to hydrate your skin without risking a break-out, REN offers the solution. This gel cream reduces oil, hydrates dry patches, and leaves the skin with a matte finish.

For Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Thelgo Hydra-Marine Gel-Balm

Dry or dehydrated skin needs a little extra love when it comes to moisturisation. This gel-balm by Thelgo does just that, combining the nourishing properties of glycerin and aloe vera with heavier ingredients designed to lock in moisture.

For Sensitive Skin

Elemis Hydra-Boost Sensitive Day Cream

With both glycerin and hyaluronic acid, you know this day cream by Elemis will do wonders for your skin’s hydration, and with the addition of orange blossom milk, your sensitive skin will be soothed at the same time.

For All Skin Types

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hydrating Mist

Combining two powerful humectants, glycerin and aloe vera, this mist from Elizabeth Arden is a fantastic addition to your handbag, either when travelling or just for an afternoon hydration boost. 

For Hair

Matrix Moisture Me Rich

Could your hair do with a boost of moisture too? Glycerin is equally as popular in hair products as it is in the world of skincare. Moisture Me Rich uses glycerin as one of its key ingredients to draw moisture into the hair, leaving you with bouncy, hydrated locks.


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Rosalique: changing skin routines… and lives!

Skin sensitivity and red skin are very real problems for many people. Rosalique is an innovative dermo-cosmetic that aims to make sensitive and red facial skin a thing of the past – its bio-scientific formula uses a triple action effect to instantly conceal, gently treat and provide long term protection from common red skin issues such as Rosacea, Couperose and Keratosis Pilaris. Rosalique’s 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF 25 has recently been shortlisted as Pure Beauty’s Best New Skincare Product 2018. 

As a 2-in-1 face cream that instantly improves and evens out skin discolouration and red sensitive skin, Rosalique can be used in two key ways. Firstly, It can be used as a concealer or foundation – as well as a base or primer under daily makeup. Secondly, It can be used as an active cosmetic offering an alternative to harsher medical products.

Its clinically proven ingredients actively work with skin to effectively reduce the intensity of the skin’s redness whilst it is one of the only creams available to use a triple action effect to not only conceal and treat, but also protect skin. 


The impact of Rosalique can be seen on the following case studies below: 

Samantha Franks, 48, Cleethorpes – Red skin 

‘I was sceptical at first trying this product. I have had red areas around my nose, cheeks and chin for a long time. Concealers I have used in the past have covered these areas but only for a short period of time so when I was asked to try this product I thought, oh well I have nothing to lose. I cannot believe just one application lasted the whole day. I did not have to apply any makeup afterwards. My skin looked radiant! Almost everyone I met that day commented on how fresh and flawless my skin looked which made my confidence go through the roof! I wear this product daily and will never buy another concealer ever’ 

Ann-Marie Wilson, 41, Grimsby – Red Skin

‘I love it! I’ve been using it as a primer under my foundation, which I hardly need much of now. It really evens out my skin tone. I’ve also found putting it on with a makeup sponge minimises the green fingers!’ 

Sarah Johnson, 48, Grimsby – Rosacia

‘I use the cream most days under my normal make up. I wouldn’t be without it, it’s made a massive impact on my life. It’s fab as a primer and redness corrector.’ 


Rosalique Skincare

3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF25 30ml

£30.00


Supported by science, Rosalique is both dermatologically and clinically tested – the unique formula has been created to be the fastest, safest and most effective solution for facial redness. The instant effect of Rosalique boosts confidence by concealing the affected areas – simply apply Rosalique daily and massage into skin to see the difference! 


To find out more and shop Rosalique Skincare visit allbeauty.com

The Menopause: How To Recognise The Signs & Symptoms

Have you heard that 50 is the new 30? Many women are now more confident in their 50s than their 30s; a new confidence comes with knowing who you are, what you want, and what looks and feels good on you. And with fiftieth birthday bashes taking over 21st birthday celebrations, there’s plenty to celebrate as you get a little older. But with 51 being the average age a woman in the UK starts the menopause, the symptoms can leave you feeling less like yourself, and not in the mood to party.

So what can you expect with menopause? And how do you recognise the signs and symptoms?

We take a look at some of the common symptoms of menopause, with tips to get you feeling back on track.


What is the menopause and when does it start?

The menopause, often called ‘the change’, is a completely normal condition that all women experience as they age. As part of going through the menopause, a woman will stop having periods and loses the ability to get pregnant naturally. The menopause is caused by changes in the balance of our sex hormones, and starts as your body stops producing as much of the hormone oestrogen as it did during your fertile years.

Less commonly, menopause is sometimes caused by medical procedures such as oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries – chemotherapy, radiotherapy or some breast cancer treatments. Having Down’s syndrome or Addison’s disease can also trigger menopause earlier in life.

With the menopause come many changes that may seem daunting or scary, but they are changes that women all over the world are experiencing too. You don’t necessarily just need to put up with the symptoms of menopause, either – there are plenty of ways to manage them.


How will I know when I’ve started the menopause?

Perimenopause is the transition phase as your body prepares for menopause, and can start around 8 to 10 years before you experience menopause. For many women, perimenopause happens in their 30s or 40s, and you might experience menopausal symptoms such as changes in period cycle, mood swings and hot flashes. In the perimenopause stage, your body starts providing physical clues that the menopause is on its way, although it can still be a few years before your last period. Menopause is defined as your last menstrual period, and confirmed when you haven’t had a period for twelve months in a row.


What are the symptoms of the menopause?

No two women’s bodies are exactly the same, and your experience of menopause might be very different to that of your friends or family. But there are some common symptoms of the menopause to look out for:

Irregular periods

When you’re approaching the menopause, the length of time between your periods can be shorter or longer than usual. The amount of blood flow will also vary, and there may be months when you don’t have your period at all.

We can counter the decline of our body’s oestrogen levels by supplying our body with phyto or plant oestrogens found in tofu, soya milk or soya flour, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. It is recommended to take at least 4 to 5 portions of seeds and unsalted nuts every week.

 

Hot flashes

Hot flashes (also called hot flushes) are the most common sign of menopause or perimenopause, and affect up to 80% of women – so you’re not alone! A hot flash is a feeling of intense warmth, that seems to creep up then spreads throughout your body. Hot flashes can cause you to sweat and make your face look flushed, and they can cause night sweats too, which can leave your clothes and bedding soaked in perspiration even if the room temperature is cool. They can happen suddenly within the day, but the following can also trigger hot flashes or make them worse:

  • Eating spicy food
  • Drinking caffeinated and alcoholic drinks
  • Smoking
  • High temperatures
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Receiving treatment for certain cancer types
  • Taking certain medicines
  • Health conditions such as an overactive thyroid, tuberculosis and diabetes

Depending on your sensitivity to hormones, your doctor might recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help with hot flashes. You can also try to manage them yourself – here’s how:

  • Reduce your intake of tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Sip cold or iced drinks
  • Stop smoking
  • Keep your room cool and well-ventilated
  • Use a cold gel pack or spray your face with cool water if you feel that you’re about to have a hot flush
  • Wear light cotton clothing and layers that you can easily take off
  • Take lukewarm showers or baths instead of hot ones
  • Speak to your doctor if you think that your medicine is causing hot flashes
Bone weakness

Our bones can weaken during the period leading to menopause as we produce less oestrogen, which stimulates the activity of osteoblasts, the cells that produce bone. This can make our bones fragile, making us more prone to osteoporosis, the deterioration of bone density and quality. To keep your bones healthy, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and other natural sources of calcium such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Vitamin D from sunlight exposure — about 10 minutes twice a day — and food such as oily fish, eggs and certain mushrooms will also help your body absorb calcium.

Higher cholesterol

Less oestrogen may cause an increase in ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and a decline in ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in our body. Higher LDL raises the risk of heart disease. Some diet changes can do a lot for your heart’s health:

  • Cut down on fatty meats. Use low saturate oils and spreads and go for lower fat dairy. Grill your food instead of frying it.
  • Switch to food with higher fibre content like oats, wholegrain bread and brown rice. Also include beans, lentils and chickpeas once or twice a week.
  • Include at least two portions of fish every week. Choose fish that is rich in omega-3 fats like canned sardines, salmon, mackerel, herrings and trout.
  • Cut down on sweets, soft drinks, cakes and other products made of refined sugar.
  • Aim for the recommended 5 a day of fruits and vegetables, which contain heart-friendly antioxidants.
  • Limit your intake of processed products such as ready-meals, soups and cooking sauces that are high in salt. Swap in herbs and spices for flavour.
Mood swings

We can be more irritable or emotionally unstable as a result of the various changes that our body goes through as part of menopause, including disrupted sleep resulting from hot flushes. Complex carbohydrates like bran, oatmeal and brown rice can bring up your serotonin levels, helping to control your appetite and make you feel brighter. Eating breakfast in addition to small food portions several times a day can also help you feel less irritable. Include exercise in your daily routine to release endorphins, your ‘happy hormones’ – anything from a group exercise class to a light jog around the park can re-frame your outlook for the day and leave you feeling energised.

Vaginal dryness and bladder problems

Our vaginal tissues can lose lubrication as the amount of oestrogen we produce declines. The condition sometimes causes urinary incontinence and discomfort during sex, and it can also make us more vulnerable to vaginal and urinary tract infections. Aside from the menopause, there are other causes of vaginal dryness too, such as breast feeding or taking the contraceptive pill. Vaginal dryness can be embarrassing to talk about, even with your friends or partner, but there’s no need to suffer in silence, and many other women will be going through exactly the same thing! You can manage vaginal dryness by avoiding douches or perfumed soaps, creams and washes in and around your vagina. You can also use vaginal moisturisers, and try water-based lubricants before sex to relieve any discomfort.

Loss of libido

Along with the drop in oestrogen levels, symptoms of the menopause such as difficulty sleeping, weight gain and vaginal dryness can affect our sex drive. Everyone’s sex drive is different – there’s no such thing as a “normal” libido, but if you are experiencing a reduced interest in or enjoyment of sex, start by talking to your partner so they know what you’re going through.
Along with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which helps with several of the symptoms of the menopause and is often prescribed for menopausal women, treating vaginal dryness, sticking to a healthy diet and doing physical activity can help keep you feeling more like yourself and more in the mood…


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Living With Rosacea

If you suffer from rosacea, the chances are that you’ve already spent hours of your life researching everything you can about how to avoid flares and know more about the quirks of your particular variety of rosacea than your own GP does. If this is the case, feel free to skip to the next section.

However, if you’ve recently been diagnosed, or are trying to support a loved one with the condition, it’s helpful to have an overview of what rosacea is and how it can best be dealt with.

Rosacea is a common skin condition which is still poorly understood. It can come and go, with “flushing” being spread across the cheeks, forehead and chin, generally avoiding the eye and mouth area. It can also result in a stinging sensation, spots, visible blood vessels and/or permanent redness. 

While we don’t know what causes rosacea, there are triggers which have been identified as making a flare more likely. They are:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sun exposure
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Hot/cold weather

Living With Rosacea

There are a few things you can do to make living with rosacea more manageable. First of all, avoid the factors which trigger flare-ups. If you haven’t yet identified what your triggers are, keep a diary for a few weeks to help spot patterns – it’s mundane, but it can be incredibly helpful at pinpointing which events most upset your skin.

Woman writing in diary - Rosacea

Next, make sure you’re protecting your skin from the sun by using a sunscreen of at least SPF30. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays may harm your skin, so it’s best to get into the routine of wearing an SPF daily to completely eliminate the risk. You can find many sun-protection products which have been specifically designed for sensitive skin and redness, such as Uriage’s SPF30 Eau Thermale Anti-Redness Cream.

Being gentle with your skin is key when it comes to rosacea, whether that means protecting it from the elements or using ultra-mild cleansers. Men may also find that using an electric razor rather than a blade is less irritating for the skin.


How To Deal With Rosacea (Without Making It Worse)

When flares do happen, it can be tempting to reach for the heavy artillery, but dermatologists recommend avoiding steroid cream unless you’ve been instructed to use it by your doctor. While steroids are wonderful for targeting inflammation, they can thin your skin, which can ultimately make your rosacea worse, so they must be used only as needed. 

If you want to use make-up to camouflage your rosacea, dermatologists also advise that you avoid anything water-proof or oil-based. Instead, opt for water-based skincare products where possible. We highlight some of the best options further below in the blog.

If your rosacea is proving particularly challenging and is significantly affecting your day-to-day life or mental health, there are other options you may wish to explore. UK based charity, Changing Faces, helps people with a range of conditions related to their physical appearance and can provide camouflage makeup to rosacea sufferers. If you’d like to explore this service you’ll need a referral, so make an appointment with your GP to discuss this further. 


Clinical Treatments for Rosacea

While there isn’t any cure for rosacea, many people find that clinical intervention can help to control their condition or reduce the occurrence of flare-ups. 

Prescription gels and creams are available from your GP or dermatologist. These are applied directly to the affected area to lessen redness and spots.

Female doctor speaking to red haired patient - Rosacea

Oral medications can also be prescribed by your medical professional, such as antibiotics. These are usually only used for severe rosacea over a short period of time.   

Alternative procedures such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser treatment have been found to help some sufferers of rosacea. These treatments are offered privately at many cosmetic clinics without a referral.


Rosacea and Blepharitis

It’s incredibly common for people who suffer from skin inflammation, such as rosacea and eczema to periodically develop blepharitis too. Blepharitis can come and go and is characterised by itchy, sore, red eyelids and flakes along your lash line. 

The good news is that blepharitis is much easier to get rid of than rosacea. Wash your eyelids each day using a warm, wet flannel. It can help to leave the flannel on your eyes for 10 minutes to loosen up and flakes and then massage the skin around your lashes to remove the buildup. By doing this frequently, your eyes will soon be clear. 


The Best Skincare Routine for Rosacea

As we’ve mentioned before, the most important factor when it comes to dealing with rosacea is a ‘softly softly’ approach. It doesn’t take much to irritate rosacea-prone skin, so opt for gentle products wherever possible.

Cleansing

We recommend cleansing your skin twice daily using a gentle, soap-free cleanser. Look for cleansers which have a neutral pH, and avoid anything that lists fragrances or alcohol among its ingredients*. A suitable example is the Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water, or if you prefer a slightly creamier cleanser, the Manuka Doctor Anti-Redness Cream Cleanser is another great option.

 

Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water - Rosacea

After cleansing, rinse your face with warm water and pat dry, ensuring the skin is completely dry before applying any topical medications. 

While we recommend avoiding the use of toners for rosacea-prone skin, you should particularly be wary of any which contain astringent ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate, lanolin, witch hazel, menthol, camphor, peppermint and clove oil. 

*Some alcohols are not drying, but are instead used to stop products from separating, such as cetearyl alcohol.

 

Moisturising

If your skin feels tight or sore, using a moisturiser can provide much-needed relief. Choose a product which is targeted at sensitive skin; it will usually be noted as being fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Simply being ‘dermatologically-tested’ won’t cut it for skin that is prone to rosacea.

We recommend the 100% natural Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil which contains a host of nourishing oils and has been formulated specifically for sensitive, reactive and dry skin. You may also want to pair this with a heavier cream on top, such as Dermaskin from Salcura’s Bioskin range. Containing Omega’s 3 and 6, as well as Vitamin C, E and a combination of natural oils, Dermaskin gives skin a rich protective base. 

 

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil - Rosacea

 

Night-time Moisturising

At night, you may wish to pair your Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil with something even heavier, to work on repairing your skin as you sleep. Love CBD Balm is a thick base of shea and coconut butter, infused with grapeseed oil, rosemary and CBD oil. Making waves in the scientific community for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is one of the fastest-growing ingredients in skincare. 

 

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil and Love CBD balm - Rosacea

 

Make-Up For Rosacea

When it comes to choosing a foundation to cover your rosacea there are a few key features to look for. A good foundation needs to have the ability to build layers – this will allow you to get the right coverage without that full-face ‘caked’ look. Your foundation should also have ingredients that actively help your rosacea, not just cover it up. It should also be free of any potential irritants to ensure it doesn’t do more harm than good. 

A few of our favourite foundations that tick all the above boxes are:

Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation SPF15 has been designed by skincare experts to reduce redness while using probiotic technology to enhance skin health. Not only does it give great coverage, its formulation actually helps to improve the appearance of your rosacea from the inside out.  

 

Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation SPF15 - Rosacea

 

Using a combination of minerals and pigments, Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF30’s ‘one-tone’ foundation is buildable with a semi-matte finish. The neuropeptides contained in the product can help with inflammation, while the SPF30 will give you total peace of mind. 

Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF30 - Rosacea

 

If you prefer a truly natural foundation, bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15 may be just the product for you. This original formula uses just five minerals to give buildable coverage in a wide range of colours. 

bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15 - Rosacea

 

Have you had success with any of the products on our list? Or perhaps you swear by something we haven’t listed? Let other readers know your top tips for dealing with rosacea in the comments below.


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How Breasts Change Through Life

Big or small, firm or soft, love them or loathe them, breasts are part and parcel of our genetic makeup. While the amount of breast tissue may vary, we all have breasts in one form or another whether we’re male, female or non-binary. However, we’ll be discussing the physical changes that occur in our breasts throughout three of the main stages of a woman’s life; pregnancy, motherhood, and the menopause.


What Makes A Breast, A Breast?

The term ‘breast’ actually describes the internal area that lies beneath the nipple, and above the pectoral muscle. It consists of fatty tissue, milk-producing glands, connective tissue, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. 

At birth, we all begin with a layer of fatty tissue and milk-producing glands in this area, and in fact, until puberty girls and boys have the same tissue makeup. It’s only after puberty that girls grow additional tissue and begin to develop what we traditionally think of as breasts.

Father and baby - breasts

Fun Fact: Biological men have all the equipment to be able to breastfeed a child. The only thing missing is the right balance of hormones needed to kickstart production. There have been many documented cases of men inducing lactation in order to nourish their infants.


Changes in Breasts During Pregnancy

From the moment you fall pregnant, your body begins to prepare and your breasts are one of the first to leap to action. In fact, for many women, it’s pain and tenderness in their breasts that is the first symptom of pregnancy. 

Breasts grow an average of 50% over the course of pregnancy, as the internal structures that were lying dormant get ready to play their role in nursing a new baby and your body as a whole readies itself for motherhood. From around 15 weeks, the milk-producing breast cells become active, and by week 22 they begin to produce milk. 

Milk - breasts

With all of this going on, it’s hardly a surprise that breasts become a bigger focus of daily life, with seemingly endless shopping for new maternity bras, the constant itch of taught skin, wishing stretch marks away, and the odd leaky boob!

Many women enjoy the boost in fullness and cup size during pregnancy and manage to alleviate the side-effects by using skin oil designed for stretch marks to soothe any itching and improve skin elasticity.


The Role of Breasts in Motherhood

After pregnancy, hormones begin to return to normal, and, if a woman chooses to breastfeed, after a few months of nursing the breasts will swing less extremely between full and empty. Lack of breast density is one of the top complaints from mothers postnatally. It’s a common misconception that breastfeeding is responsible for these changes – that in short, breastfeeding gives you saggy boobs. This isn’t the case at all, in fact, the most dramatic changes in breast fullness can often be found in women who haven’t breastfed at all.

Woman breastfeeding - breasts

After around six months of breastfeeding, breasts begin to lose some of their stored fatty tissue and slowly decrease in size, though will often still be larger than pre-pregnancy. When you wean completely, whether this is after 2 days, 2 months or 2 years, the breasts begin to revert to their original size – this process takes around 3 months. So, all pregnant woman will go through dramatic changes to their breast size, but the difference is whether you lose that fatty tissue gradually over a longer period, or quickly over a shorter period. For some women, their skin and tissue snap back to being firm and pert, but for the majority, emptier, softer breasts are a reality. 

All is not lost though, as there are a range of products designed to help improve firmness in the breasts once you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding. Here’s one of our favourites:

 Clarins Bust Care Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel 50ml / 1.7 oz. - breasts

Clarins Bust Care

Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel 50ml

RRP £44.00 (Save 20%)

Our Price: £35.20


Menopause and Breasts: What To Expect

As you enter the menopause, the hormones oestrogen and progesterone begin to peak significantly, much like they do during puberty. This can cause various changes in the shape, size and density of your breasts. 

For some woman, the size of their breasts will increase, for others, they’ll decrease, all depending on the combination of hormones being produced by the body. One common experience of most women experiencing menopause is that most will also notice that the amount of glandular tissue in their breasts will lessen and be replaced by more fatty tissue, this leads to a further lack of fullness. 

Woman keeping herself cool - breasts

From around the age of 30 skin begins to lose its elasticity, which is why fine lines and wrinkles become more commonplace. The same is true for the skin on your breasts. Combined with the fluctuations in size over the past decades, the skin loses much of its ability to “bounce back” and so breasts can become more drooped in appearance.

While all this may sound like losing your pert breasts of yesteryear is a sad inevitability, it’s all the more reason to love the skin you’re in today. And while we can’t stop time, we can slow down its effects, here are a few of our recommended products for improving the appearance of your bust. 

 

Clarins Bust Beauty Firming Lotion - breasts

Clarins Bust Care

Bust Beauty Firming Lotion 50ml

RRP £40.00 (Save 15%)

Our Price: £33.95

 

Prai Ageless Bust Creme - breasts

Prai Ageless

Bust Creme 60ml

Our Price: £30.00

 

Sisley Phytobuste + Decollete Intensive Bust Compound - breasts

Sisley Body Contouring

Phytobuste + Decollete Intensive Bust Compound 50ml

RRP £188.50 (Save 35%)

Our Price: £123.45

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Cellulite: The Lowdown on Orange Peel

Ah, cellulite. That dimply, dappled effect that dons the legs, bums, tums and arms of 90% of women. First of all, let that statistic sink in. 90% of women suffer from cellulite, so if you’ve spent years battling the dreaded orange peel, you’re in very good company. 

Whether you’re working toward embracing and accepting your lumpy bits, or are looking for ways to banish them, here you’ll find everything you need to know.


Myths About Cellulite

Women of different ethnicity's showing their cellulite

Let’s start by covering some of the untruths many people believe about cellulite. 

Cellulite only affects you if you’re overweight

Cellulite is one of those things that strikes indiscriminately. Despite what many may think, weight isn’t always a factor. While a larger surface area can certainly make cellulite more obvious, being overweight isn’t a precursor for cellulite. Many of us will vouch for that fact. 

Cellulite is genetic.

While there can be a genetic element to cellulite, our biology is rather complicated so it isn’t quite as straightforward as that. One sister within a family may inherit her mother’s dimply bottom, while her sibling may not. If ever there was a trigger for sibling rivalry! 

When it comes to hereditary cellulite, it’s luck of the draw.

Men don’t get cellulite.

Blokes aren’t passed over in the genetic lottery either I’m afraid. Cellulite does affect women in a greater proportion due to our typical fat distribution and connective tissue, but it also affects an estimated 10% of men. However, men do have the benefit of being able to wear their hairy thighs with pride to take the focus off those lumps and bumps. If only!

There’s nothing you can do about cellulite.

Time for hard truths. There’s nothing you can do to rid yourself of cellulite completely. We know, we know. It hurts to hear it. If there was a magical treatment that blasted those bumps into oblivion, we’d be first in the queue. Sadly, that’s just not the way it works. BUT, and this is a big but, you can reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. So, for those of us who would rather eradicate than embrace, there’s hope in sight. 


So, What Causes Cellulite?

Without going too far into the science, cellulite is the term for the bumps and dimples created on the skin by underlying fat. When the fat pushes through connective tissue it can make the skin above pucker or bulge, creating cellulite. Women have vertical connective tissue, making us more susceptible to this effect, while men have a criss-cross structure that makes cellulite less likely. 

Woman showing her Cellulite

Your genetics play a role in determining your connective tissue, but lifestyle factors can also play a role. If you smoke, have a diet low in fibre, or live a sedentary lifestyle, you’re more at risk of exacerbating cellulite. 

Unfortunately, age also plays a factor, as those connective tissues weaken over time. From around the age of 30, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, the substance which gives our skin its elasticity. The combination of these two age-related factors makes cellulite more likely to form.


Types of Cellulite

Did you realise there was more than one type of cellulite? You’re not alone! There are in fact three types of cellulite of different severities which are grouped based on their visual appearance.

Grade 1, mild cellulite:

Typically “orange-peel” in appearance. Mild cellulite is categorised as having between 1 and 4 superficial depressions and slight sagging to the skin. 

Grade 2, moderate cellulite:

Typically “cottage cheese” in appearance. Moderate cellulite is categorised as having between 5 and 9 medium-depth depressions and moderate sagging.

Grade 3, severe cellulite:

Typically has a “mattress” appearance. Severe cellulite is categorised as having 10 or more deep depressions and severe sagging.


How to Get Rid of Cellulite

As we learned in #4 of the cellulite myths, you can’t get rid of cellulite, but that’s not to say you have to be happy with the status quo. So, if you can’t wave a magic wand and reveal a silky smooth bum, tum and thighs, what can you do?

Embrace Those Curves

Life’s too short to spend hiding behind sarongs, knee-length shorts and drapey kaftans. Throw off those excess layers and stride to the sand or poolside with confidence. 

Ok, if you’re reading this article then chances are you’re not quite at that point. But next time you’re at the beach or pool, instead of worrying what your body looks like, take a moment to look around. People come in every shape and size. That woman with the glorious legs is probably self-conscious about her small breasts, the one with the pert bum may have crooked teeth she spends her life trying to hide. 

We all have our imperfections, so why not just accept and embrace them? 

Give Your Skin A Fighting Chance

While there are a lot of factors that can’t be changed, there are a few things you can do to help your body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables which are high in fibre, and reduce the salt and saturated fats you consume. Staying hydrated will also help your skin retain some of its moisture, reducing the appearance of cellulite. 

In terms of lifestyle, step away from the cigarettes and try to move more. Exercising won’t get rid of cellulite, but it does help to improve the muscle tone beneath the fatty layer of cellulite. Blood circulation to the affected area can also play an important role in cellulite, so avoid sitting for long periods of time, or wearing clothing that may limit blood flow.

How Can You Smooth The Appearance Of Cellulite?

If you’ve tackled the lifestyle aspects of cellulite but still aren’t seeing the results you want, it may be time to enlist some expert help. There are a variety of techniques and ingredients which can tackle cellulite, but here are a few of the products rated highest by other allbeauty customers.

 

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel - Cellulite

If you have a special event and need smoother skin in a flash, look no further than the Fast Action Slimming Gel by Guinot. Stimulating circulation and encouraging the draining of excess fluid from tissue, cellulite is visibly reduced. 

“Very happy with the purchase, price, delivery and quality of the product.”

Our Price: £23.95

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules - Cellulite

Caffeine has been shown to stimulate circulation and burn fat, making these oil capsules a great way to shift your dimples.

“Impressed with the results already, easy to apply. Would highly recommend.”

Our Price: £18.50

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush - Cellulite

Stimulating blood flow to those problem areas can help to plump skin and reduce the appearance of orange peel skin. Incorporate a dry scrub into your daily routine with this Body Detox Skin Brush from Elemis.

“Introduced to this product on a cruise. Bought 4 more for Christmas presents says it all!”

Our Price: £14.70

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil - Cellulite

Rich in natural plant extracts, the Cellulite Oil by Weleda firms and improves the appearance of cellulite. Use in tandem with the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush for best results.

“This oil is amazing, it has completely changed how I feel about my back thighs. It has reduced the cellulite dramatically with help from using a body brush. I highly recommend this product!!!”

Our Price: £14.90

5* review from allbeauty customer


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Ingredient of the Month: Glycolic Acid

Next in our series of Ingredient of the Month blogs, we highlight another of the organic acids which are known to improve skin health. 

Along with salicylic acid, glycolic acid is one of the most researched of the hydroxy acids used in skincare. Toners, creams and masks containing glycolic acid are popping up everywhere, with even high-street brands jumping on the bandwagon. But who can most benefit from glycolic acid? And what should you look for when making a purchase? 

Read on for everything you need to know about using glycolic acid in your skincare routine.


What Is Glycolic Acid? 

Glycolic acid is an organic compound with acidic properties, very similar to lactic acid. It is one of the smallest of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), meaning that it’s water-soluble and can penetrate easily into the skin. 

With fantastic exfoliating properties, high-potency (10%+) glycolic peels have become a must-have beauty treatment, but these are best done by a trained cosmetic professional. That doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune to feel the benefits though! Thankfully, glycolic products up to an 8% concentration are readily available for you to use from the comfort of home. 


How Does It Work?

Like other AHAs, glycolic acid works by dissolving the ‘glue’ that bonds old skin cells to the surface. By breaking down these bonds, dull, dry skin is sloughed away, revealing the smoother, brighter skin below.

Alongside its exfoliating properties, glycolic acid also stimulates the production of collagen and binds moisture to the skin. Combined, these functions encourage skin which is hydrated, radiant and less susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. Sold? Us too!


Who Can Benefit From Using Glycolic Acid?

With varying concentrations and products available, there’s a glycolic acid for all skin types, but it’s considered particularly beneficial for those with aging, acne-prone, or uneven skin. 

Glycolic acid is generally considered to be stronger than some of the other AHAs, and so if you have particularly sensitive skin or are new to using acid in your skincare regime, we suggest starting with a weaker AHA such as lactic acid. 

If using glycolic acid for the first time, a good way to start is by using it sparingly and gradually increasing your use over time. This allows your skin to become accustomed and makes it easier for you to review the condition of your skin. 


What Products Contain Glycolic Acid?

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to skincare products that include glycolic acid. The concentrations and formulations can vary greatly, so choosing the right product will depend largely on your skin’s sensitivity and what potency you’re looking for. Ideally, look for a glycolic acid concentration of 5-8% to ensure you’ll reap the benefits. 

With that in mind, here are a few of our favourite glycolic acid products, including a mask, toner and cream.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Solutions Toner 8%

With the 8% Glycolic Solutions Toner from Peter Thomas Roth you can experience the smoothing and clarifying benefits of glycolic acid firsthand. With camomile and aloe vera, this soothing toner is well balanced and great for all skin types.

RRP £33.00 Save £9.05 (27%)

Our Price: £23.95

 

Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask 

Caudalie have a reputation for their plant-derived, naturally-sourced products and the Glycolic Peel is no different. Enhanced with grape seed oil, skin is exfoliated and brightened with a dose of added nourishment.

 

Our Price: £22.00


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