The science of skincare: Cosmetic vs pharmaceutical products

It is no coincidence that many aesthetic clinics will stock the same skincare brands and that you won’t find any of them on the shelves of your high street shop. It is all down to skincare science.

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While cosmetic products are commonplace (and usually a fraction of the price), the reality is they won’t have much more of an impact on your skin.

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CBD skincare explained

As medical research continues and the beauty obsession grows opinion remains divided on the science, yet beauty brands and skin clinics have jumped right on the CBD skincare bandwagon.

CBD skincare explained
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Cut, keep growing or add extensions? Existential hair questions [gifts]

Short bob hairstyles have been a last-minute takeover trend of 2019, likely to continue into 2020 — and they’re really messing up my plan to grow my hair.

To help me decide whether to go for the chop or keep growing I thought I’d try out some clip-in extensions* to see if long hair would look as good as I pictured it to in my head. (SPOILER: It does).

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Are salon visits worth the cost? [ad]

The average woman in the UK will spend over £140,000 on cosmetics and haircare during her life — and this number is constantly growing, which is no surprise considering the prices of beauty treatments. (Research here.)

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Best silk pillowcase for skin and hair? Calidad Home reviewed [gift]

Last month I made the very grown-up decision of getting myself a pure silk pillowcase for my skin and hair, in an effort to slow down the emergence of fine lines that have been bothering me for a while now.

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As my skin began to age, I first fretted over my frown line. Now that I am nearing 30 my laugh/smile lines are quickly catching up on the scale of concern because they aren’t coming from continual joy or laughter, but from my face being squished onto a pillow overnight as I sleep. And one side is worse than the other because I sleep on it more than the other).

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The health craze that promises weight loss and great skin

Can subjecting yourself to extreme temperatures aid weight loss, improve skin condition, boost your immune system and help the body heal faster? Is cryotherapy good for you?

is cryotherapy good for you

Whether the temperature is high (like in an infrared sauna) or as low as -90C (like a cryotherapy chamber), exreme temperatues trigger reactions in the body, giving way to a whole host of benefits (apparently).

I tested out cryotherapy and, after researching all the claims, it didn’t live up to expectation at all. 

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Aesthetics at home: 5 beauty gadgets between £15 to £200

With salon-worthy technology now available and affordable, beauty gadgets to use at home have revolutionised our skincare regimes and anti-ageing endeavours. Advanced aesthetics are now available on a daily basis from your bedroom — but do the high-tech claims really live up expectations?

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From micro-needling to freezing my face, and even non-invasive lip plumping, I have tried and tested five different beauty gadgets for under £200 to bring you honest reviews. (While you’re here, check out my top five salon beauty treatments)

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How to keep your hair healthy throughout winter [ad]

In the winter hair needs caring for too. Dryness of the cold season, which comes from both cold air and central heating, is damaging not only to your skin but health in general.

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Photo by Lexie Janney

Your beauty routine will also need corrections beyond skincare. You’ll need to pay more attention to your hair during this season because it becomes extremely vulnerable in the cold (and wearing hats doesn’t help either).

*post contains sponsored links.

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Autumn and winter skincare: 5 changes to make to your routine

A few simple winter skincare tips to help you with your morning and evening skincare routine will help prevent the colder months — and drying effect of central heating — wreaking havoc on your skin. It can be important to change your products and remove certain steps from your usual routine.

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To help prevent damage, dryness and irritation here are five winter skincare tips — just a few of these simple changes could have a big effect. See my advice for winter haircare here.

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