I think it's safe to say that winter has well and truly arrived, which means cosy jumpers, woolly hats and large mugs of hot chocolate in your favourite coffee shop. It also means a drop in temperatures and rise in windy days that can cause a range of problems for your skin that seem to only surface during winter.
Your skin is left battling cold temperatures outside and heating indoors which can cause many irritations. For those of you who have sensitive skin, issues such as eczema, psoriasis, and itchy, dry skin may surface, requiring you to take extra care or alter your skincare regime to cater for its needs. This does not have to be anything drastic and some simple changes can make great improvements to sensitive skin.
I understand the frustration that comes with sensitive skin which is why Thea skincare offers a full range of skincare products specifically to target sensitive skin in our endeavour to help you overcome problem skin. I also wanted to share some great skincare tips that can really enhance your skincare regime:
November is international vegan awareness month, which means a whole month dedicated to raise awareness of the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle. Now, I promise you, living a vegan lifestyle isn't as scary as it sounds!
It can be flexible and designed to meet your lifestyle needs, so it's totally up to you how dedicated a vegan you want to be. For example, this can range from going 100% full vegan with your diet to simply only using vegan products on your skin.
I know how important and beneficial vegan skincare can be for our skin which is why all Thea Skincare products are vegan and vegetarian friendly - leaving out animal ingredients and harsh chemicals that can further irritate and aggravate the skin. So, whether you have dry, sensitive or acne prone skin, switching to all vegan skincare products might be a great alternative. To make your decision a little easier, I wanted to share with you some of the pretty amazing benefits a vegan skincare routine can offer:
I love Halloween, firstly because it's my birthday and secondly because it reminds me of the glorious days of making pumpkin lamps and watching my children's face light up when we switched of the lights and lit the candles inside the pumpkin.
Over the years, I've also discovered the wonderful natural skincare benefits of this autumn winter vegetable. The magical skincare ingredients in pumpkin will not only lights up your lantern but will also light up your body and bring a wonderful seasonal glow to your skin.
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So here are 6 top skincare tips using pumpkin to light up your skin this Halloween
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of these about 350 are men. The biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer are getting older, being female and for a few, having a significant family history of the disease. Just over 80% of breast cancers occur in women who are over the age of 50. Nearly half of all cases are diagnosed in people in the 50-69 age group. Source: breast cancer care.
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Here's my friend Ann's personal journey
It's not very often that we discover that something we love to eat is actually good for our health and our skin. Naughty but nice can be replaced with it's good and nice, at least for the rest of the week.
There are many different types of chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate with mint, orange, fruit, nuts and you name it every kind of chocolate you can think off in between.
But what's really good for our skin is the rich dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate the more natural cocoa it contains and it is the cocoa that makes dark chocolate so special and so good for our skin. The higher the levels of natural cocoa in the chocolate the better it is for our body and our skin. As a rule of thumb, look for dark chocolate that has at least 70% natural cocoa, for maxiumum benefit for your skin and body.
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Here are 5 reasons why dark chocolate can give you flawless glowing skin
So October is Stoptober a campaign devoted to encouraging people who smoke to kick the habit. There are approximately 10 million adults in Britain who smoke cigarettes and research suggests that those who successfully give up for four weeks, are five times more likely to stay smoke-free.
Quitting smoking also has beneficial effects on your skin as the appearance of your skin will improve as smoking causes premature ageing due to the toxins in tobacco smoke. 'Your skin reflects your lifestyle and what you eat and drink.' Smoking makes your skin look dull, sallow and it reduces the skin's natural elasticity making it more prone to sagging and wrinkles. Kicking the habit will rejuvenate the complexion as the skin becomes better nourished with oxygen and nutrients.
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There is also a link between heavy smoking and developing hand eczema. If you are prone to atopic eczema smoking and stress can make this condition worse. Smoking and skincare are closely linked and the heavier you smoke the more your skin will age prematurely. For many smokers, giving up is one of the hardest things to do due to the addiction to nicotine in cigarettes. The good news is that there are some great nutrient rich foods that anyone who smokes can eat to help them to quit the habit and feed, nourish, tone and hydrates the skin all at the same.
Here's 6 of the best natural foods that can help anyone who smokes to quit
I remember my 30th birthday I went for a week to Spain with 5 girlfriends to celebrate. It was a week of sun, sea and a bit too much to drink. Then in a flash, I was 40 and my skin had started to change and although I had a regular skincare routine, I noticed things about my face and skin in general that I had not noticed before.
My skin had started to get dryer and I could see some fine lines and a few wrinkles appearing around my eyes for the first time. It hit me, I was getting older so I had to take some drastic measures to step up my skincare mantra to address my progressively ageing skin.
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Here's 6 of the best natural antiaging skincare tips
I spend a lot of time reading about celebrities and skincare experts to find simple ways to keep my skin in tip top condition. Like many people, working long hours and sometimes not getting enough sleep can play havoc with my skin and to top it all winter's on its way so there's another challenge to conquer.
My skincare aim is to avoid getting spots and to control my oily T-zone, so that my face does not look oily under my make-up. So, I try to find time at least once a week to give my skin some extra TLC.
I have typical combination skin, with an oily T-zone and dry forehead so I like to use a treatment mask to give my skin a deeper clean and remove excess oil around my nose area. I don't have time to do anything more in the week than my basic skincare routine so on Saturdays I like to step up my skincare prep ready for the weekend and week to come. It's amazing how my skin feels afterwards and I feel ready for the weekend when I've had this simple 'face treat'.
So, here's how to get a perfect face treatment in just 20 minutes.
As we get closer in the world, we get more exotic high performance organic skincare ingredients from the east. Africa and Asian organic body butters bring a new dimension to organic skincare and provide a range of naturally derived skin care products that provide excellent solutions for dry skin and dry skin related skin care problems.
An organic body butter is the perfect skincare choice for anyone with extremely dry skin that often craves for and struggles to get that soft and supple skin. If you experience this problem then an exotic body butter is the best skin care solution for you. Organic body butters usually contain extracts from exotic nuts and seeds like the shea nut, cocoa, mango seeds and the neem plant from India.
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Researching this blog post took me back to the science lessons I had at school. I was fascinated by the fact that scientists have undertaken an enormous amount of research to find out the key differences between asian, black and white skin.
It was a eureka moment when I first realised that there was 'science of the skin' and that there were some real and interesting differences between asian, black and white skin types and their skin care needs.
Read more to find out the real differences and skincare needs of asian, black and white skin