Stem cell facials are in the news this week thanks to Victoria Beckham's sheep placenta treatments and Made in Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop's papaya version. It has been revealed Caggie Dunlop's tweet thanking DestinationSkin for her "skin glowing" DermaQuest Stem Cell Facial has encouraged the Brit's Twitter followers to follow her lead, resulting in month long waiting lists for the treatment throughout the UK. Plenty of celebs tweet about their beauty routine, and I'd love to know if that encourages you to try new treatments? Vote below!
It turns out sheep afterbirth is the latest must have ingredient for facials Stateside, and none other than Victoria Beckham is a fan. Posh Spice recently tweeted about her love of Dr Lancer's Nourish moisturiser, and it has now been claimed the British beauty is getting more unusual treatments at the Beverly Hills dermatologist's Rodeo Drive clinic. A spokeswoman for Dr Lancer said: "She has had the stem cell facial several times already. She visits the office every two weeks when she is in town." The treatment, which costs £320 a pop, contains stem cells from New Zealand sheep which are flash-frozen and mixed into a gel containing gold flakes. The 90-minute facial starts with an exfoliation and steam, then LED light opens the pores in readiness for the placenta gel. Dr Lancer said:
"These sheep are completely untouched by the modern world. It is very important as they have no impurities in their system whatsoever. The stem cells we harvest are amniotic cells which means no harm is caused to the animals. The stem cells are preserved because they are full of rich nutrients that fight free-radical damage to the skin and make it more radiant. The stem cells interact with your own cells, basically telling them to wake up, produce new collagen, and stimulate new cell growth. Gold particles are included as gold helps to diffuse the stem cells and acts as the transdermal delivery system to help it work into the skin."
This isn't the first unusual beauty product Victoria has been linked to, as the mum-of-four is also said to have facials made from nightingales' excrement as well as the Manuka Doctor bee venom range. What do you think of unusual animal products being used in cosmetics?
On sunny Saturday in London, Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh headed to The Vitality Events Show at Earls Court as part of her role as brand ambassador for Manuka Doctor's bee venom skincare range. The reality TV beauty held court at the health, beauty and well-being stand, tweeting about all the fun they were having. Earlier this month, Millie signed up to represent the company which sources New Zealand Manuka honey and other bee products.
As a makeup artist herself, Millie decided to work with the beauty brand because she loves their ApiClear range. The Purified Bee Venom is an alternative to using antibiotics to treat acne, and combines the anti-bacterial qualities of honey with blemish-fixing propolis. Millie's not the only celeb on the bandwagon, as Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham and Kylie Minogue are all said to be fans too. The products range from £3.49 - £49.99. Take a look at Millie this weekend here, and tell me: would you use bee venom as an alternative to an injectable?
According to a new report in industry bible Women's Wear Daily, the hottest new wave of skincare products are working harder than ever to deliver dramatic improvements the second we apply them.
The report jokes, "They read like billboard advertisements you might see for some weirdly appealing, futuristic movie about Utopia. Your moisturizer will firm up your skin by spring? Yawn. The new ones will make you look 18 by lunchtime."
New products include Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Treatment Mask and Skin Tightening Serum, Peter Thomas Roth Instant Un-Wrinkle, Strivectin Instant Moisture Repair Daily Hydrator, Sansai Cellular Performance Hydrachange Cream, Aminogenesis Gone In Sixty Seconds Instant Wrinkle Eraser and Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum.
Price is a factor in the trend; companies have been elevating the price of luxury skincare creams, and with that comes extra demands. The phenomenon is easily explained. These days with busier lifestyles we're more impatient than ever. If we can have a coffee in 30 seconds, why not reduced wrinkles? We already have lunchtime plastic surgery, so there's also extra pressure on non-invasive products to produce similar results.
I haven't tried many of these new creams, but I'd be interested to see if they deliver on their claims. Would you buy a cream that promised overnight transformation?
Thandie's campaign celebrates the brand's tenth anniversary in the UK and launches on TV screens this week. She commented, "When filming, my working day is hectic so trying to strike a balance between work, a family and time for myself can be challenging. Olay is a brand I trust and I love the fact that it does the skincare multi-tasking for me."
I'm loving Thandie as the new front woman. For a while, Olay has focused on beauty editors endorsing its products, but this gives the range a bit of glamour. Olay has a lot going on at the moment. This month, it also launched its brand new Complete Care range of summer skincare staples.
The range boosts natural beauty and includes Touch of Foundation, a 24-hour moisturiser with Max Factor foundation pigments included, along with Everyday Sunshine Face, a light moisturiser with buildt in SPF 15 and a gentle self-tanner, and Multi-Radiance, a luminising moisturiser with built in SPF 15 sun protection. (I managed to snag samples and so far they're great. They're fantastic staples for summer.) All we need now is the sun!
Click through my gallery below to check out Complete Care in more detail.
Images courtesy of Olay
It seemed like just exciting speculation, when we first heard a few weeks ago that 42 year old Mexican stunner Salma Hayek leaked that she was in the research stages of developing her own line of skincare products. She said,
"I’m trying to develop a line with a drugstore so that it is affordable for everyone. We’ve researched for two to three years. My grandmother was a cosmetologist and she used to make her own creams, but my whole approach is how can we get the essence of the really expensive ones, but for everyone to be able to afford." She then quickly added, whilst outside of Beso restaurant in Hollywood, "I shouldn’t be talking about this!"
However, it now seems like it's all beginning to come together. Her decision to join forces with a non-designer brand (any guesses which one) is great news as it wont be too expensive, especially in these tough economic times. As of now, we don't have any exact figures on price-points, or a title for the range, however, it is believed that the name will honour her maternal grandmother Maria Luisa. Salma adds, "When she died at 96, of course her skin had sagged, but she didn''t have any wrinkles. She made her own creams using secret ingredients you can only find in Latin America." Ahh, if only beauty product could make us as pretty as Salma! Would you be interested in buying her line of goods?
Cosmeceuticals are beauty products containing pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, which can now be bought over the counter. They claim to give rapid skin-improving results, and are often high-end anti-ageing creams.
The term 'cosmeceuticals' was first used by the American Dr Albert Kligman in the 70s, to describe products in a segment of the facial skincare market that acted like drugs in the way they functioned on the skin. Dr Murad was the first dermatologist to launch his own patented clinical skincare line in 1989.
The formulations were also the first to incorporate ingredients such as pomegranate, Goji berries and antioxidants. They can often be spotted by their plain, pharmaceutical-style packaging. Just read more
While British men have been experimenting with makeup lately – cue the launch of guyliner and manscara – it seems in Europe men are getting back to basics with their skincare.
While your opinions are divided about whether you like makeup on men, or not, it goes without saying that we'd all like our men to have good skin.
But, somewhat surprisingly, it's German men, in particular, who are addicted to their lotions and potions. WWD reports that in an online survey, it was found that German men spend, on average, thirty minutes a day on their daily skincare routine.
The VKE’s (the German Association of Cosmetic Producers) Martin Ruppmann says the figure exceeds the average German woman’s 26-minute daily routine, from a 2007 study.
Two-thirds of the men polled regularly use skin care products, while a whopping sixty percent use a fragrance. The average man surveyed has four different bottles of scent, in his bathroom, but typically only uses three of them.
“We predict that the market for men’s care and beauty products will double it's volume in the next year.” Christina Heinz, head of research for the Burda Community Network, who conducted the survey in conjunction with the VKE, in Germany, tells WWD.
We can't really complain about a man with good skin who smells great, can we? I guess that it's just when your man starts to hog the bathroom, that the problems may occur. Gentlemen, take note.
Your skin is really important and requires as much attention as your make-up/wardrobe, but how good are you at looking after it?