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10 great ways to slow down and take time for yourself

10 great ways to slow down and take time for yourself

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Life can be hectic, so it’s important to consciously make time to slow down and pay attention to your wellbeing. This precious downtime reduces the physical and emotional effects of stress, leaving you feeling healthier and ready for anything. Here are 10 ways to find peace in the present, and improve your future health.MeditateEven 20 minutes of meditation each morning can help to improve your concentration. You may find it tricky at first, but you should improve with time as well as seeing a reduction in anxiety and stress. Try downloading meditation apps that can guide you through the process, allowing you to take five wherever you are.Take a walkGet back to nature and take a walk in the park or an open space whenever you can. Besides benefiting your cardiovascular health, walking can h...
Age-specific recommendations from dermatologists on how to age slowly

Age-specific recommendations from dermatologists on how to age slowly

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We asked a panel of leading dermatologists to give us their top tips on getting older and tackling common skin concerns.As the skin matures, fine lines and wrinkles develop and become more visible. You may also notice the skin getting drier, thinner and more sensitive over time; this is caused by environmental aggressors such as UV and pollution which cause hidden cellular and molecular damage. In order to protect the skin from these aggressors, it’s vital to cleanse the skin thoroughly and apply moisturising products with broad-spectrum UV protection within them.Whatever your age, hydrating the skin, protecting it with free-radical fighting antioxidants and using sun protection with an SPF of at least 25 can help to reduce and prevent cell damage. The kind of products you use, however, wi...
5 things we can learn about slow ageing from traditional medicine

5 things we can learn about slow ageing from traditional medicine

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Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic and Central American medicine can teach us a lot about ageing gracefully. Here are five tips that can help preserve your internal and external health.Staying healthy on the inside helps you look good on the outsideMaintaining a healthy digestive and immune system becomes particularly important as we age. Central American medicine values the papaya plant for its ability to help aid digestion, while fennel is commonly used in the Mediterranean to help stimulate the flow of bile in the stomach, while preventing and removing gas. In the Caribbean, flu symptoms are treated naturally with a tea made from mango leaves.The answer might be in your kitchen cupboardsSometimes the simplest remedies are the most effective. In South America, crushed allspice berries, warme...
3 Tips For Slowing Down & Energizing Your Day

3 Tips For Slowing Down & Energizing Your Day

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You’ve heard the saying ‘more haste less speed’, but have you thought how it applies to your own life? Constant rushing around exacerbates cortisol in our bloodstream, a major contributing factor in stress-related diseases. Stress also inhibits production of dopamine, our feel-good brain chemical. The more we rush, the unhappier and less focused we become.Psychologist Prof. Wiseman’s new book Quirkology reveals research that shows the average person now walks ten per cent faster than 20 years ago. We also sleep less, consume more processed foods, are more irritable and we have far more road accidents. But do we really have to keep exhausting ourselves in this way?Many clinical studies agree that by hurrying a little less, we lower the risks of high blood pressure and obesity, have better r...
Fight End of Day Skin Fatigue and Over-Day Aging

Fight End of Day Skin Fatigue and Over-Day Aging

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Over-day aging. Ever heard of it? Perhaps not, but here’s the thing: over-day aging is most likely affecting the quality of your own skin right now—particularly if you’re over 40. Ever notice how each morning your skin looks healthy, plumped, and hydrated but when you look in a mirror towards the end of the day—or worse… during lunchtime—you look just a little older? It’s not all in your head. Studies suggest that throughout the day your skin can lose elasticity, prompting features to drop slightly, color to diminish, and wrinkles to become more prominent causing you to look older. In short, this is over-day aging. Now what can you do about it?Aside from constantly touching-up in the mirror throughout the day, there are some skin care steps you can take to fight end of day skin fatigue and...
An expert guide to caring for very dry skin conditions

An expert guide to caring for very dry skin conditions

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The skin condition community is one of the most knowledgeable out there – but sometimes it’s still hard to judge a clever tip from an old wives’ tale. So we asked our Research & Development (R&D) team.Our in-house experts, Vivek and Christy are from our R&D team – and there’s nothing they don’t know about putting together a dry skin care routine. According to their advice, figuring out how to soothe dry skin all starts with understanding your skin’s needs – so if you’re seeing very dry, flaky skin, check out their top five tips below. Go mild.Dry, scaly skin needs every step of your routine to be as gentle as possible. “Your clean...
How to moisturize dry skin in the summer

How to moisturize dry skin in the summer

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Dry skin can get even drier in the summer. Sun exposure, heat and chlorine can dry out your skin in the warmer months as you spend more time outside or poolside. You may also become more dehydrated as the temperature rises which can affect your skin’s appearance. Find out how you can keep your dry skin healthy-looking, happy and hydrated during the summer and looking its best. Your summer season should be filled with glowing skin.What Are Good Ways To Moisturize Dry Skin In The Summer?You have a lot of options when it comes to moisturizers so it’s important to pick the right products. “Moisturizers with sun protection and antioxidants are perfect for summer dry skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes. “You get the benefit of hydration and‎ protection. Avoid any heavy oin...
Can oil help dehydrated skin?

Can oil help dehydrated skin?

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Dehydrated skin feels parched and can look scaly. It feels rough to the touch and appears to be lacking in moisture. When people sense that their skin is dehydrated they often want to reach for the product that will be the most moisturizing. Some assume that this would be oil, but is that truly the case? We uncover if oil is truly the fix for dehydrated skin or if you should be gravitating towards other products to help hydrate your dehydrated complexion.What Dehydrated Skin Is LackingWhen your skin is dehydrated it’s lacking moisture. This can happen for a variety of reasons — dehydration from thirst, sun exposure, high temperatures or using products such as soaps and cleansers that are too harsh for your skin type. Environmental factors or harsh skin care products and remove water from y...
What are The best dry skin remedies ? all you must know to get rid of dry skin problems

What are The best dry skin remedies ? all you must know to get rid of dry skin problems

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Dry skin can be flaky and feel tight, particularly in the fall and winter months. If you’re plagued by dry skin you’re probably looking for a way to make it more hydrated and supple. A variety of environmental and skin care changes can alleviate your dry skin. We’ve compiled the ways to manage by your skin type, read on to find out how you can beat dry skin before it wreaks havoc on your complexion.Step #1 Cleanse With a Moisturizing CleanserIf your skin is dry, it's under-producing oil and moisture so incorporating a hydrating cleanser into your skin care routine is a great solution. Harsh soaps can strip your skin of the little moisture it has, in addition to interfering with your skin's barrier causing skin to flake. Use a gentle and nourishing cleanser to dissolve impurities and make u...
6 ways to banish blackheads from your skin

6 ways to banish blackheads from your skin

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Are blackheads ruining your otherwise even and smooth complexion? Blackheads are problematic in two ways — one, they stand out because of their dark color and two; they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. Blackheads are so tempting to pick, but we all know that picking at your skin is an absolute no no (if you don’t know why read our article on skin care mistakes here). If you struggle with blackheads but don’t know why you have them or how to get rid of them, we’re here to give you the lowdown on treating these pesky skin blemishes.Why do I have blackheads?The first step in banishing blackheads is to understand what they are and why they occur. Blackheads develop when there is excess oil produced inside the pore that is unable to fully escape. When this excess oil mixes wi...
Daily skincare habits you need for healthy, vibrant skin

Daily skincare habits you need for healthy, vibrant skin

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We get it – you’re busy. You want a skincare routine that’s quick and simple, but it also needs to be effective. Fortunately, it is possible to have radiant, healthy skin without spending hours caring for it every day. There are a few habits will really have an impact on the appearance of your skin that can easily be worked into your daily routine. Trust us, your skin will thank you for years to come.Wash It…It’s a no-brainer, but washing your skin every day is essential. To do it right, use lukewarm water. Steaming-hot water might feel fantastic, especially during the colder months, but it can dry out or irritate skin. Be gentle when washing, and avoid harsh scrubbing. When you’re finished, pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it, which can be damaging to the skin's top layer.…...
How to develop a skin care routine

How to develop a skin care routine

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Developing a good skin care routine is a necessity if you want to have good looking skin for a lifetime. Knowing how to take care of your skin and more importantly, knowing how to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturizer, and protect your skin on a daily basis truly pays off. You will help your skin defend against external damage from the sun and your skin will be cleansed and hydrated to remove excess oil, dead skin cells, sebum, dirt and sweat, revealing radiant skin for years to come. Find out how you can develop the right skin care routine for your skin type and age in our article below.Determine Your Skin TypeThe first important step to developing the right daily-skincare-habits-you-need-for-healthy-vibrant-skin is to know your skin’s needs. Not using the right products can thwart yo...
Morning Skin Care: How To Layer Your Skin Care Products Like a French Girl

Morning Skin Care: How To Layer Your Skin Care Products Like a French Girl

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In France, women know the importance of a daily skin care routine. It is a part of the culture, something you learn from your mother. Using the right products—at the right times—isn’t about pampering, it’s about prevention. The French beauty routine embraces not only a nighttime regimen but also a morning skin care routine, complete with five easy steps that work together to help reduce the appearance of aging skin. Want to layer your skin care products like a French girl? Keep reading.When you’re applying your skin care products you want to start with a smooth canvas. In the mornings we like to turn to micellar water, a beloved French go-to to gently cleanse the skin.Layering your skin care products is a great way to get the most out of them. So after cleansing you’ll want to apply a...
Skin Care Tips For New Moms

Skin Care Tips For New Moms

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If you’ve found that your skin has changed since becoming a mom, you’re not alone. From increased sensitivity to sudden breakouts, we take a look at some of new moms’ most common skin care concerns - and how to help manage them with these skin care tips for new moms.Dr. Erin Gilbert, a Vichy consulting dermatologist tells us, “Adjusting to life as a new parent can be an incredibly overwhelming experience, with many first-time moms feeling as though they’ll never get back to their pre-baby routine. It is important to adopt a new skin care routine to target your new concerns.” Whether we’re talking sleep, work/life balance or even simply taking care of their skin. The changes our bodies go through both during and after pregnancy are often wonderful, sometimes surprising and - occasionally - ...