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How to get beautiful skin with Medik8 Skincare

One of the fastest growing brands in recent years, Medik8 Skincare has been creating quite a stir in the skincare world. Simply type the name into your search bar and you'll find hundreds of articles in which beauty editors and aficionados review the brand's products - and in some cases, hail them as 'game changers'. In fact, the brand's innovative night cream R-Retinoate Intense, which contains two different forms of retinol, sold out in 12 hours flat when it hit shelves in 2019. Medik8 hailed it as the 'most powerful anti-ageing product it had ever made'.

The British-based brand uses the slogan 'Beautiful Skin for Life'. In 2009, it created the CSA Philosophy, which is becoming increasingly commonplace in skincare regimes around the world. The CSA method advises that a vitamin C plus sunscreen is used by day, with vitamin A (or retinol) added into the mix by night. According to the brand's website: "If you look after your skin and follow our simple advice, we believe you can look 40 when you're 50."

So, let's look at some of Medik8's most popular products and how they can help you achieve the beautiful skin of your dreams using its CSA method.

Vitamin C

Medik8 Super C Ferulic is one of the brand's top sellers and has earned great reviews. It is the brand's most powerful vitamin C. It uses 30% ethylated ascorbic acid (vitamin C) as well as vitamin E to fight sun damage, reduce signs of ageing, boost collagen and brighten skin. Use it after your morning cleanse and before moisturiser. Another vitamin C option is C-Tetra Intense, which promises to restore radiance and reduce the visible signs of ageing. C-Tetra has been crafted in a water-free formula so it is 100% stable and does not degrade over time.

Sunscreen

SPF of 30 or over should be a staple of the skincare routine. Medik8 caters to that with Physical Sunscreen, which has an SPF 50 to help protect the skin from the ageing effects of UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 is also included in the Advanced Day Total Protect SPF30, a day cream offering sun protection, pollution shield, anti-infrared and anti-blue ray technology.

Vitamin A

R-Retinoate Intense is the one that has got all the beauty editors flustered. A Glamour magazine review even hailed it as a 'holy grail' product. R-Retinoate Intense is the first ever product to combine retinoate with retinaldehyde, which is proven to work faster than retinol. Ceramides and peptides also work to target the deep layers of skin and restore skin, promising to soften fine lines and wrinkles and reduce pigmentation in just four weeks. The Crystal Retinal range - available in four strengths - is another popular vitamin A option. It combines vitamin A with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and vitamin E to offer even, youthful-looking skin.

Medik8 also offers products specifically engineered to refine pores, control blemishes and reduce redness and pigmentation. Visit https://shop.flawlessbody.co.uk/medik8-2 to find out more.

A Skincare Routine with SkinCeuticals

Whatever your age, building a solid skincare routine and sticking to it will pay dividends for the health of your skin. High-quality skincare that has been backed by science is your best bet in tackling problem areas and achieving the youthful, glowing skin of your dreams. Step forward SkinCeuticals, which prides itself on being an industry leader in terms of research and innovation. Its skincare is based on three main principles - to prevent, correct and protect. Here's how you can use their products in a regular daily skincare routine.

Cleanse

All good skincare routines start with a good cleanser. It is important to choose the right type of cleanser for your skin. The Blemish and Age Cleanser Gel promises to remove oil and make up while refining pores and brightening skin. Those with normal, combination or oily skin may enjoy Simply Clean cleanser which combines the gentle exfoliation of hydroxy acid with soothing botanicals to smooth skin while removing oil and make up. Or those with dull, discoloured or ageing skin may reach for the Glycolic Renewal Cleanser to brighten and rejuvenate.

Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C serum should be a mainstay of a great daily skincare routine. CE Ferulic contains 10% L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and works to reduce the appearance of ageing while offering protection from free radicals which can attack the skin's defences.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is known to be super hydrating and smoothing on the face. H.A Intensifier is one of SkinCeuticals best-selling products, winning outstanding reviews from scores of customers. This corrective serum is clinically proven to boost plumpness, elasticity and firmness in your skin. Simply apply up to six drops to your hand and dab it around the face. This can be used in the evening too after applying a retinol product in place of vitamin C serum.

Moisturiser

An essential step for maintaining skin hydration and smoothness, your choice of moisturiser should, once again, depend on your skin type and what you hope to achieve. Those with normal, combination or oily skin should try the Daily Moisture Pot, which adds moisture while helping to reduce pores. Those with dry or sensitive skin will love the restorative properties of Emollience. This easily absorbed cream nourishes skin and maintains moisture levels and can even soothe skin in cold or dry climates or high altitudes.

Sunscreen

Every good daily skincare routine should end with an SPF of at least 30. Whatever your day holds, a specialist facial SPF is a must-have and can help to prevent fine lines and premature ageing. It is especially important to use one if your evening routine includes retinol. SkinCeuticals offers an impressive range of innovative facial SPFs. Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF50 won't leave a residue and protects from UV rays while brightening skin. Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50 is a mattifying fluid which offers UVB and UVA protection for even the most sensitive skin.

Stick to a regular skincare routine using great, science-backed products and you should see results within a matter of weeks.

Combat Ageing With Flavoured Collagen Drinks

Combat ageing with flavoured collagen drinks

Collagen loss is a natural part of the ageing process, bringing with it fine lines, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and youthful radiance. With environmental stressors, diet, and lifestyle potentially accelerating this process, collagen-boosting products are having their moment - and for good reason.

What is collagen?

Everyone talks about collagen, but what is it and why is it so important to our skin? Collagen is an important protein produced by the body to boost skin's strength, elasticity, and aids in simulating hyaluronic acid. So far, sounds good? Our bodies produce numerous types of collagen which, in addition to our skin, can be found in the hair, muscles, and bones. With most of us losing an estimated 1% of collagen a year after the age of 20, there are additional factors that can accelerate this ageing process and further reduce the production of collagen. These include smoking, alcohol and drug consumption, excess sugar, and a lack of fresh, nutrient-dense foods. The result is prematurely aged skin, with physical changes including dehydration, wrinkles, and a slacker, lacklustre complexion.

Combat the aging process

With so many collagen-infused products from edible gummies to collagen drinks and beyond, it's hard to know whether products are going to deliver with seemingly endless choice. Hydrolysed collagen (peptides) is one form of the protein which is easily absorbed and digested. Research indicates ingesting collagen improves the condition of the dermis and epidermis - meaning a visible reduction in wrinkles; with other studies showing collagen peptides enter the bloodstream just one hour after taking. Other noted benefits include improving hair, strengthening nails, and repairing joints.

Flavoured Collagen Drinks

Collagen drinks are another form of infused products with remarkable health benefits. Early investigations indicate despite the rapid absorption, peptides from the collagen drink reach the skin where they remain in the tissue for up to two weeks. Skinade is an award-winning patent pending collagen drink formulated with hydrolysed collagen and a delicious natural peach and mangosteen flavour. The UK-based cosmeceutical brand aims to improve skin in as little as 90 days, with potent ingredients which promote the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines, boost skin elasticity and general radiance.

Flawless Body is an authorised stockist of science-backed cosmeceutical brands - such as collagen drink manufacturer Skinade. For more information on our evidence-backed beauty products, please get in touch at 01780 660302.

How to Rehydrate your Skin with SkinCeuticals

How to Rehydrate Your Skin with SkinCeuticals


What is dehydrated skin?
Dehydrated skin is a common condition for many of us. Exposure to sun, winter weather, indoor heating, and other irritants can cause our skin to feel dry, itchy, and uncomfortable. Dehydrated skin occurs when the topmost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, does not have enough moisture. This causes the skin to lose plumpness and elasticity, resulting in dull, drawn skin, dark shadows around the face, and the increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet full of lots of fruit and veg can help to reduce the risk of skin dehydration, but it's also important to make sure that you are following an appropriate skincare routine. This will not only rehydrate skin but will restore and protect it from further damage.

SkinCeuticals offer a range of cosmeceutical products that contain biologically active ingredients contributing to optimum skin health. SkinCeuticals' products have been specifically designed to work together as part of a dedicated self-care routine to address skincare issues, such as dehydrated skin, and their products have been tested and researched to ensure that they are as effective and practical as possible.


How to care for dehydrated skin

1. The first step of an effective rehydration skincare regimen is ensuring that your skin is adequately cleansed of impurities. These not only damage the skin but prevent moisturising products from being absorbed. This should be done using a Gentle Cleanser applied to wet skin and massaged into the face and neck. An Equalizing Toner can then be applied to balance and restore the skin's natural pH levels. This should be done twice a day for maximum effect.

2. A Hydrating B5 serum can then be applied. This serum contains Vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin and increase the effectiveness of moisturisers. A few drops should be applied to the face and affected areas.

3. It is then important to ensure your skin is properly moisturised. SkinCeuticals Emoillence is enriched with seaweed extracts, as well as macadamia and rosehip oil, to rehydrate skin and restore moisture. This should be applied to the skin daily.

4. Protecting your skin from UV damage is also essential to make sure it retains moisture. Using SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 ensures that skin is protected, while the lightweight and nourishing formula helps to lock in moisture. Apply before going outside to make sure your skin is protected.

 

Follow this skincare routine to effortlessly rehydrate skin and leave it feeling fresh, nourished, and healthy.

 

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Lipid Restore

Lipid restore - beauty's best-kept secret to anti-aging

Dermatologists agree that our ability to produce more collagen than our bodies consume reduces from the age of 20 at approximately 1% per year. The result? Wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, and sagging, crepey skin. Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin firm, elastic, and youthful, whereas lipids - or fat cells - keep skin smooth, plump, and pores under control. Thanks to advances in science, we can restore essential dermal lipids lost during the aging process.

Lipid loss

Lipids are an essential macronutrient, but their role in keeping skin youthful is worth knowing too. They are the skin's natural fats whose purpose is to keep nutrients within the dermis and the unwelcome free radicals from the sun, out. They also help with the reduction of moisture loss, and, as the body is 60 percent water, we definitely want to hold onto that. The three main lipids: cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids deplete with aging, with dry sagging skin and fine lines and accelerated aging being visible signs that our fat cells are in decline.

Lipid Restore

Studies show that the most effective topical skincare products have a lipid composition close to our own skin of 1:2:1 ratio of ceramides, natural cholesterol, and fatty acids. No wonder they're so popular in skincare. Topical creams containing lipids enter two layers of the skin: the epidermis and dermis and get to work to restore lost lipids. The result? Improved skin texture, hydration, radiance, and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

SkinCeuticals

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 by SkinCeuticals (https://shop.flawlessbody.co.uk/triple-lipid-restore-242-48ml-2) is a clinically proven cream that combats lipid loss by restoring our three core skin lipids but in double the skin's natural fat cell ratio. SkinCeuticals are leaders in pioneering skincare research whose ethos is to provide products backed by science. Clinical results prove the product elevates skin texture, reduces the appearance of pores, and increases hydration. Further visible results include an increase in skin laxity and a boost to overall radiance. Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 contains:

-    2% pure ceramides
-    4% natural cholesterol
-    2% essential fatty acids

Flawless Body is an authorised stockist of pioneering cosmeceutical brands - such as SkinCeuticals - which provides evidence-based targeted treatment which gets results. Cosmeceuticals are skincare products with bioactive ingredients such as retinol. They're amongst the most effective scientifically-backed products on the market with medicinal or drug-like benefits.

Protect Your Skin This Winter With SkinCeuticals

The winter months can be harsh on your skin and so now is the perfect time to invest in some extra protection and give your skin some TLC.

It isn't always easy to know what products to buy, or what your skin needs, so look for products that protect and nourish, and that have SPF included. Even though the sun is not as powerful or damaging at this time of year, it can still age the skin.

Eyes
The Mineral Eye UV Defence cream from SkinCeuticals not only protects but also enhances and optimises the eye area. It has been specially formulated for the delicate skin around the eye area and is 100% mineral-based, and suitable for all skin types.

Lips
One of the most common skin problems in winter is dry lips. The Antioxidant Lip Repair from SkinCeuticals contains vitamin E and Silymarin for damaged and aging lips and can replenish moisture and make lips feel smooth and nourished.

Face
Everyone knows how important it is to remove makeup and cleanse the face at the end of the day. Blemish and Age Cleanser Gel from SkinCeuticals not only removes makeup, but also brightens the skin and helps smooth irregularities, giving the skin a smooth and fresh appearance.

Ensuring the skin stays moisturised is vital, especially during the winter months. Daily Moisture from SkinCeuticals contains a range of ingredients to enrich and restore the skin, including vitamin E, three nutrient-rich algae extracts, and a bend of seven botanical extracts, including chamomile, soya, and Witch Hazel. You might also want to consider the Hydrating B5 moisture-enhancing fluid which is an oil-free moisturiser, containing hyaluronic acid to help bind moisture to the skin leaving it feeling supple and smooth. This product is recommended for use in particular with skincare that contains vitamin C.

One of the best ways to hydrate and protect your skin is to apply a treatment that works as you rest. The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight treatment cream features a combination of glycolic-free acid, botanicals, and oils which combined, support the restoration of the skin overnight.

If you are lucky enough to be heading to warmer climates, the Oil Shield UV Defence from SkinCeuticals with SPF 50 provides high UV protection and offers a long-lasting matte finish, even in humid conditions. This light mousse gives a powder finish and is ideal as a pre-make-up moisturiser.

 

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Why it's important to moisturise in the Winter

There are several very good reasons as to why it's important to moisturise our skin in the winter. Regular moisturising helps with the protective skin barrier; this not only improves the look of our skin but also prevents skin damage, blemishes and, more seriously, infections. With the effects of a harsher external environment during the winter months, our skin can be depleted of natural oils even more quickly as a result of being exposed to much colder and dryer air. It is therefore very important to moisturise in the winter.

Best moisturisers for the face:

Whether your skin has a tendency to be dry or oily, a good hydrating daily moisturiser. Use the Daily Moisture Pot from SkinCeuticals for oily skin or Emollience for Dry/Normal skin.  Both will improve your look, giving a plump youthful appearance and providing a great barrier to the winter elements. Apply whilst the skin is slightly damp and this will help lock in the moisture. Always moisturise the face and neck area twice a day in the winter.


The best moisturisers for the face can depend not only upon skin type, but upon environment too. A water-based product is good for use in high altitudes or cold and dry climates. Alternatively, a lightweight pore minimising vitamin E and nutrient-rich oily cream, will help moisturise the skin in the winter.

Also recommended is a gel textured product, used as a complement for the daily face moisturising routine. This product is particularly recommended for use with Vitamin C skincare products, as it helps bind moisture to the skin. Enriched with Vitamin B5 it provides an essential nutrient that promotes the skins natural repair process.  The Hydrating B5 serum from SkinCeuticals is our best seller.

An evening Hydrating Mask can be applied in a thin layer over the face, then left to penetrate for 10-15 mins. Areas of the body such as knees, elbows, hands and feet have a tendency to become very dry. Opting for a deep penetrating product such as this can be extremely beneficial for these tricky areas and is especially valuable in moisturising in the winter

Best moisturiser for the body:

Our immediate thoughts naturally go to moisturising our face in winter because the rest of our body is generally wrapped up with layers of clothing. So why is it important for us to remember our body as a whole and moisturise our face and body in the winter? As well as the damaging harsher external elements, hot showers or baths are always welcome during the cooler weather. However, this has the potential to strip the moisture right out of our skin, allowing it to become cracked, flakey and worst-case scenario subject to infection. The best moisturiser for the body should have a richer formula that locks in moisture and maintains a protective skin barrier during the harsh winter months. Preferably fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, with 3 essential ceramides to protect the skin's natural barrier.  We stock Cera Ve which is taking the UK by storm right now and you can find something for your skin type in their range. You can see the full range here.

The key is to keep our skin, the largest organ of our body, healthy, glowing and protected 12 months of the year. As such, it is imperative that we remember to moisturise in the winter.

SkinCeuticals Face Masks - for that calming and cleansing feeling

SkinCeuticals formulas have been scientifically created to improve skin health, repair the damage and improve visible signs of ageing. SkinCeuticals offer their customer base a conduit between over-the-counter beauty products and prescription-based products. What sets this brand apart is their products are backed by medically accepted science.

SkinCeuticals face masks promise a spa experience in the comfort of your own home, whenever and wherever you choose to indulge. Face masks serve to refresh the skin and remove the stresses and strains of the day. The invigorating ingredients help to open and unblock your pores or boost your skin's hydration levels. By including a face mask as part of your weekly skin care routine, you will notice brighter, more radiant skin and enjoy the calming and refreshing experience a face mask can offer.

Choosing the right SkinCeuticals calming face mask

Choosing the right one for you and your skin type can be difficult. Here we look at our three SkinCeuticals face masks in detail, so you can make the choice that will bring maximum benefit to your skin.

SkinCeuticals offer a range of face masks to relax and refresh, calm and control skin. Their Clarifying Clay Masque is a calming face mask recommended for all skin types. It boasts cleansing, skin-refining qualities that can decongest pores, exfoliate skin and lift impurities and oils. Blended with natural earth clays and hydroxy acids, you are getting a luxury mask that will revive and refresh your skin. Using this mask a couple of times a week is going to revitalise your skin.

The SkinCeuticals Hydrating Masque is going to give your skin some serious hydration. Created with hyaluronic acid, this mask will replenish depleted moisture levels at the same time as de-stressing your skin. Vitamin B5 is an ingredient designed to restore skin to its healthiest appearance. Suitable for all skin types, this intensely calming hydrating mask will radiate your skin, inspiring a more radiant and brighter tone.

Renowned for creating innovative technologies, SkinCeuticals calming face masks offer beneficial effects on skin health. Their Phyto Corrective Masque does not disappoint. Famed for its intensive calming botanical ingredients that soothe and nurture the skin, this calming mask will deliver immediate hydration. This gel-mask is suitable for all skin types, infused with highly concentrated botanical extracts, hyaluronic extracts and calming dipeptide. As soon as it makes contact, it will calm and soothe the skin as it works to restore your natural radiance.

Whichever of the calming face masks you choose, the benefits will leave you with brighter more radiant skin that's nourished and hydrated.

 

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SkinCeuticals cleanser - Why you can't live without it

The Skinceuticals cleanser range offers up four candidates each designed to specifically target, correct and protect the delicate facial skin. With constant exposure to damaging UV, pollution, hot and cold weather, wind and humidity, it is important to care for your facial skin at every step of your skincare routine.

In search of that clean feeling? Skinceuticals cleansers might be the answer

Each day before you put on your make-up, starting with a clean base is critical and so finding the right cleanser for your skin is important- but with the range of Skinceuticals cleansers, this becomes very simple. For a cleanser to become one you can't live without, it is worth recognising that the purchase of a quality product is absolutely about the whole experience, along with the product itself.

A cleanser from the Skinceuticals cleanser range will offer just this. It starts with the beautiful and carefully packaged products arriving promptly once you have placed your order. Then, as you remove your cleanser from the box, you enjoy the minimalist design of the bottle, in its fresh white, blue and black colour scheme. For ease, either a pump-action bottle or a flip cap top allow you to dispense the ideal amount of cleanser - no messy tubs or screw tops to catch you out.

Skinceuticals cleanser- there is a perfect one for you

Skinceuticals offers a limited range of cleansers from which to choose; a choice of cream cleanser called the Gentle Cleanser to soothe and calm even the most sensitive of skins and a gel cleanser called Simply Clean to refine and exfoliate with hydroxyl acid-blend and botanical extracts of aloe vera and chamomile helping to improve the texture of skin whilst removing make-up, excess oils and other impurities.

A professional standard cleanser suitable for use as an in-clinic skin primer is available too, ideal for purifying the skin every day along with a glycolic renewal cleanser, gentle enough to use both in the morning and at the end of the day, helping to brighten the skin and improve the quality of the complexion and promising to make skin appear rejuvenated. Only a small amount of product is needed to cleanse the face effectively and gently.

There is most definitely a cleanser you can't live without to choose from here at Skinceuticals. The cleansers will leave skin clean and purified, but not stripped of every drop of natural oil, allowing you to gently care for your skin and in doing so, providing the perfect base for applying a serum, a moisturiser or your make up.

 

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Create the perfect skin routine with SkinCeuticals

Targeting skin issues with good skin care products improves your skin. Now you can create a bespoke skin care routine with products tailored to your needs.

We all know the importance of looking after our skin, critically before we start to notice the fine lines appearing on the delicate skin beneath our lower eyelid or the UV damage staring back at us from the bathroom mirror each morning; The beautifully packaged and sleek design of the skin care range from SkinCeuticals aims to "prevent, correct and protect" our skin whilst targeting very specific skin ailments. With many a good SkinCeuticals review on offer with very high praise for the brand, there should be something for everyone to help create a bespoke and personalised skin care routine.

Restoration

For those amongst us with dry sensitive skin, Emollience promises a rich, restorative moisturiser for normal to dry skin. Importantly, this is suitable for dry and sensitive skin types, which often go hand in hand and are ideal for those of us living in colder climes. The natural extracts of seaweed are combined with the oils of macadamia, rose hip and grape seed for added benefit. As required with today's 24/7 lifestyles, the cream absorbs quickly allowing the combination of lipids, natural extracts, and essential oils to soothe and hydrate the skin effectively.

Routine

An ideal daily routine would follow with C E Ferulic (https://shop.flawlessbody.co.uk/c-e-ferulic-30ml-2) (a vitamin C antioxidant serum), an extremely popular product it is hard to find a poor SkinCeuticals review about it! With its quick absorption, it is an ideal part of any skin routine along with sunscreen to ramp up the protection. From the very first use, the serum promises to neutralise free radicals on the outermost layer of the skin helping to prevent ozone damage.

To aid in hydrating the outer skin layer of the face and targeting specific common issues such as damage, deep lines and skin folds around the eyes, nose, and mouth, SkinCeuticals H.A. (Hyaluronic Acid) Intensifier promises improved and superior complexion appearance and texture. Facial skin is very delicate so it is best used by carefully blending up to six drops to the neck, chin, forehead, and cheeks after applying C E Ferulic and before Advanced Brightening UV Defence Broad Spectrum SPF50.

Combining this with Advanced Brightening UV Defence Broad Spectrum SPF50 (https://shop.flawlessbody.co.uk/advanced-brightening-uv-defense-spf50) for excellent high protection from both UVA and UVB rays will ensure that the delicate skin on one's face and decolletage is well protected. This SPF50 leaves no residue, with a formula that targets discolouration, offers UV protection, and brightens the skin.

Together, these products offer the perfect combination to nourish and protect one's skin whilst providing an ideal base for makeup and setting you up for the day ahead.

 

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