Usually I don't fall for cure-all creams, so the "multi-corrective" in Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream (£48) had me sceptical. However, consider me converted. The three primary ingredients in this product are jasmonic acid to repair wrinkles, beech tree extract to maintain firmness, and fragmented hyaluronic acid for moisture. The jar label touts improvements after two weeks, but I saw positive changes after only one night. I woke up with bright and glowing skin. Since this product is a thicker cream, a little goes a long way. For me, it works best as a nighttime treatment (like right after a girls' night out with lots of cocktails) when I don't have the energy for anything but a face wipe and one treatment. It's even moisturising enough that you can skip eye cream altogether. Margaritas — what margaritas?
You always hear about superfoods to eat, but what about superfoods for beauty? If there was a beauty food chain, then avocado would be at the top. You can eat it to get the hydrating benefits of omega fatty acids and protective effects of antioxidants like vitamin E. But you can also get the moisturising effects of avocado with these two do-it-all, DIY recipes for hair and skin.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 120g yogurt
The yogurt and avocado in this mask will help hydrate hair and skin, while the honey provides the extra shine you want for your hair.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 egg white
Lemon juice and egg white will help minimise the oil on your face, so this concoction is ideal for acne-prone skin. If you're using this recipe for a hair mask, the egg white will provide the protein to strengthen your hair and the lemon juice will give you a shiny finish. If your hair is chemically treated, however, do a strand test on an inconspicuous area first to test for colourfastness.
There's nothing like the squeaky-clean feeling you get when you wash your face with soap, but your skin won't thank you if you keep drying it out with harsh ingredients. Everyone has a tale of a female relative who used nothing but soap and water until the day she died ("and it never did her any harm!"), but things have moved on since then, and we no longer have to suffer tightness in the pursuit of cleanliness. There are now skin care products that clean deep down whilst remaining gentle on the skin.
BareMinerals Deep Cleansing Foam (£15) is one such product. It contains ActiveSoil Complex, a proprietary ingredient developed by BareMinerals that's now the key element of its skin care range. Using soil to get clean may sound like a contradiction in terms, but trust us, this makes getting rid of dirt, grime, grease, and makeup a treat, leaving your skin feeling super clean but never tight. The gentle, soap-like smell only adds to the old-fashioned appeal — if you just don't feel right after using an oily cleanser or balm, this might just be the skin care secret for you.
With unprotected sunning and late nights out in the sultry heat, perhaps you haven't been as kind to your skin as you could have been this Summer. Let Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (£44-£65) be your answer to a rejuvenated complexion while you sleep. Can it be any easier than that? Made with hyaluronic acid, the serum leaves skin not only soft and silky, but also subtly plumped up. And a blend of antioxidants help to protect against and neutralize environmental aggressors. Apply on freshly washed skin prior to moisturizing — you'll love the fresh, astringent scent — and let this potent potion do its thing while you're off to slumberland.
We've all been there: you start your day with a full face of flawless makeup, and by midday you've succumbed to the oil slick. Nothing you could do but wash your face and reapply, right? Wrong. If you'd followed the tips below, then you would have been able to avoid the midday slick. Study up on these and be prepared for next time.
Wash your face correctly: This not only has to do with the way you're washing, but when you're washing. Scrubbing up right before bed is the first step in controlling oily skin. By buffing away all of the dirt and grime from the day, you're creating an ideal environment for good skin overnight. Washing your face multiple times a day too drying? Skip your a.m. wash, and opt for toner instead.
Make sure you're using a toner: While we're on the subject, working a toner into your skin care regimen is another prime step in fighting midday oiliness. A toner helps balance out the pH of your skin, thus decreasing oil. Just make sure your toner is alcohol-free, as alcohol can dry out the skin, leading to the production of even more oil. Try Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-free Toner (£17), which will be gentle on your temperamental skin.
Go oil-free for your moisturiser: We all need moisturiser, but if yours contains oil, then it's going to make your skin look even oilier. Make sure you're slathering on an oil-free option, like Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturiser (£22).
Ease up on makeup: The more makeup you pile on, the more your skin will begin to revolt. So ease up. Skip your heavy foundation and just spot-treat with some concealer, opt for only bronzer or blush, and focus mainly on your eyes. You'll soon be able to kiss that grease goodbye!
Blot: When it's midday and you're looking greasy, blotting papers like Shiseido Oil Control Blotting Papers (£18) will be your best friend. Dab them along your T-zone to soak up any excess oil throughout the day. If you're on a budget, The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Papers (£4) are a great alternative. Keep them in your bag at all times for a quick fix!
—Additional reporting by Gemma Cartwright
I'll admit it: I leave my SPF up to my foundation, which isn't always the best thing unless you're using 3Lab Perfect BB Cream SPF 40 PA+++ (£61). This tube is a skin-perfecting wonder that's packed with broad-spectrum sun protection and a myriad of ingredients for serious skin care benefits. Apple stem cells help to heal skin and prevent signs of aging, while other ingredients fight dark spots and help stimulate collagen. There is also a range of tints available to give you a moderate amount of coverage for a flawless complexion. Plus, there is no telltale smell of sun cream, which makes using a higher SPF every morning so much easier to do.
Stress comes in many forms and can really wreak havoc on your skin, but Chanel is getting to the bottom of it all with its latest video series: "In Conversation With Dermatologist Amy Wechsler: The Mind/Body Connection." Dr. Wechsler has a unique board certification in both dermatology and psychiatry, which has helped her treat patients' many skin care concerns. In the latest installment of the series, Dr. Wechsler reveals her airplane skin care tips. "When I travel I never wear makeup," she says. Instead, she applies moisturizer and spritzes on hydrating spray to keep her complexion in check. Dr. Wechsler also recommends wearing sunscreen to protect from high-altitude UVA rays, and to not stray from your regular skin care regimen when away from home. Get her full recommendations on traveling beautifully, and see the other videos when you keep reading.
If your only experience with charcoal has been chucking it under your grill in the Summer, then be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (£22). Just think of the active charcoal as a magnet that sucks the pore-cloggers out. It's highly absorptive, making it the perfect deep cleaner for your acne-afflicted skin. The best way to use this mask? Run a steamy bath or shower before slathering it all over your face. Soak in the tub or stand in the steam, allowing the mask to absorb completely. Let dry, rinse well, and revel in your instantly clearer skin.
If you've spent the entire Summer keeping yourself from getting sunburnt, consider yourself lucky. But if you've succumbed to red, flaky skin and are fresh out of aloe gel, you don't have to head to the chemist. Just take a gander through your pantry; you definitely have at least one of these burn remedies. Just whip up one of these DIY recipes for instantly cooler skin.
- Potatoes — yes, potatoes — are one of the more head-scratching remedies out there, but the starchy compounds help take the sting out of sunburn. Simply cut up a potato, blend it until it resembles a paste, smooth it on, and let it dry. After you rinse (with cool water, of course), your burn will be significantly more comfortable.
- A sprinkle of baking soda to a tepid tub is another quick and easy fix, especially since everyone has a box of the stuff sitting in their fridge. The baking soda balances the pH of your skin, instantly zapping the pain of a sunburn.
- If the biggest issue for you is your clothes rubbing against your sunburn (ouch!), reach for some cornstarch. Rubbing this along the areas of your skin where the chaffing occurs can help stop it, as corn starch sucks up moisture, which can be the main source of chaffing. Feeling blissed out yet?
- When all else fails, pop a couple ibuprofen. Not only will this cut down on the pain factor, but ibuprofen will also reduce swelling and redness.
When we see Cara Delevingne walking the runway, looking effortlessly cool in magazine spreads, or being snapped by street photographers, there's one thing people don't tend to see: her psoriasis scabs. "It only happened during Fashion Week!" the model quipped in a candid interview with W recently. "Which is, of course, the worst time of the year for me to be covered in scabs." But covered she was. "Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and I'm sensitive."
Lucky for Cara, she received some help in an unlikely place. "Kate [Moss] saw me before the Louis Vuitton show, at 3 a.m., when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs," Cara explains. "She got me a doctor that afternoon; Kate gives really good advice." Read the full interview online or in W's September issue.