5 Amazing Beauty Products To Carry You Through Lockdown With A Smile

Hey Lovelies!

Feeling a little frazzled from the lockdown? This weekend, give yourself some TLC with these amazing beauty products, guaranteed to carry you through lockdown with a smile. Rest assured that by Sunday, your mind and body will look and feel totally rejuvenated and able to cope. with anything. Take that, Corona. #Beautifullychill! Read on:

1.Bentonite Clay Mask, £12.98 (2kg), www.amazon.co.uk

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Formed from volcanic ash, this clay is an incredible skin saviour.  used for thousands of years, this component still retains is credibility for outstanding beauty benefits today. Brimming with nutrients and having the ability to absorb excess oils and bacteria, the ingredient is fantastic for creating a healing DIY mask or adding to your bath to infuse your body with utter nourishment and TLC. Also, this bag will outlast the pandemic (hopefully).

Should you suffer from breakouts, create a mask by mixing a tablespoon of bentonite clay with a few drops of tea tree oil.

If the lockdown heating system has caused dryness or redness, simply mix a tablespoon of clay with a tablespoon of honey and drop of water – and hello radiance!

2.The Ordinary 5% Granactive Retinoid and Squalene, £11.90 (30ml), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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For those of you who are well acquainted with retinol, this may seem like a step back. However, if you are a retinol newbie, have a bad reaction to retinol, or suffer from acne, this product may be a must-have. The Ordinary’s fabulous Granactive Retinold 5% with Squalene serum combats acne, will help to even out skin tone, whilst simultaneously hydrating and nourishing your complexion. What’s more, it is totally affordable. Take note as with all retinol or retinoid products, results are NOT immediate. You need to use this consistently and check in with your skin after a couple of months before you see good improvements.

3.SkinCeuticals 1% Retinol Cream, £74.55 (30ml), amazon.co.uk

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Should your skin be accustomed to retinol and of late, it just doesn’t seem to cut the mustard, you may need to up your game. Yes, SkinCeuticals is pricey, but it is SO worth it. Like Obagi, SKinCeuticals offer outstanding skincare results. Containing 1% pure retinol, this is the most potent non-prescription retinol you can get your hands on – and it is like gold dust! Fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, problematic pores will soon become nothing more than a bad dream.

Furthermore, there’s never been a better time to jump on the retinol train. As you may know, you can react to this ingredient and your complexion looks a tad worse before it begins to transform. So why not make the most out of the not going out situation and give it a go? As previously mentioned, don’t expect to slap on the product and wake up to a complexion of your dreams. You need to be in this for the long haul – but believe me, you will glad you did!

4.The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.99, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Everyone’s skin benefits from moisture, and hyaluronic acid is that golden ingredient waiting to give your skin that much-needed moisture boost. This ingredient is awesome for all skin types currently suffering from dry lockdown skin. Additionally, each year we age, the need for extra moisture grows that little bit more. I love The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid for several reasons:

It combines 3 strengths of hyaluronic acid to achieve optimal absorption and efficacy.

It Contains B5 to offer extra skin nourishing and smoothing results

At £5.90, it is totally affordable and provides incredible results.

5.CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £13 (30ml), lookfantastic.com

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Another can’t live without product is this Moisturising Cream by CeraVe. Including 3 key ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide, this amazing product is my go-to night-time moisturiser. Literally, it combines everything my skin needs to help it achieve optimal restoration whilst I sleep.

I begin with some retinol and then apply this and sleep, knowing my skin is receiving the best care during slumber time. As with The Ordinary, I can’t rate CeraVe highly enough. Not only does it tick all the right skincare boxes, but it is also so cheap – just £13 for 30ml! Life may be a lockdown, but right now, life is good. Now, I just need to find a new hair dye…

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and has a stellar Saturday people xx

Dark Under-Eye Circles Are No Match For These Ingredients

Are dark under-eye circles the bane of your life? I feel your pain (as does the entire adult population, aside from the odd freakish and lucky exception). Several factors cause hyperpigmentation, leading to this pesky appearance. We can’t do much about aging or genetics, but there are some beauty products that will greatly help. Several key skincare ingredients can aid in both diminishing and thwarting off, the universally hated look. Read on:

Ingredients That Tackle Under Eye Circles Of Doom

1.Caffeine

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We are seeing caffeine in products everywhere. This feels a bit contradictory, as we are told that caffeine dehydrates the skin. When applied topically, however, it works wonders in temporarily diminishing the look of dark circles. This is because caffeine improves circulation and reduces that unwanted puffy appearance.

2.Vitamin C

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You are probably tired of hearing me bang on about the brilliance of this little beauty of a vitamin. Studies have proven the ingredient to not just work in protecting the skin, but it also triggers collagen production. The result is a larger space between veins and skin; therefore, a less Adams family-like appearance. Even better, the component will increase skin luminosity too.

3.Ceramides And Tri-Peptides

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Ceramides are fats that are found naturally, making up a part of the skin’s barrier. Their job is to protect and retain moisture. Ceramides are incredibly effective in anti-aging skincare due to an incredible ability of hydrating, whilst enhancing both collagen and elastin production. Likewise, studies have shown the use of tripeptides can help achieve a plumper complexion and strengthen the skin’s barrier. The result is your delicate under-eye skin is firmer, healthier and stronger. Take that you pesky circles!

4.Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid has received huge credibility for its hydrating and moisture-retaining abilities – but also for its anti-aging capabilities. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin leading to a firmer complexion. In turn, this minimises that dull and transparent ‘might be a secret vampire’ look.

5.Vitamin K

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This little warrior of a vitamin greatly enhances tissue renewal whilst also being a fabulous antioxidant. When paired with caffeine or ceramides, this ingredient works like a boss in reducing the appearance of those dreaded under-eye circles.

6.Niacinamide

This fabulous ingredient is often overlooked. It shouldn’t be. Niacinamide provides skin-lightening properties, offering a noticeable improvement in the case of dark shadows.

When searching for eye creams that will actually treat those dark circles, look for products with these key ingredients. For more info on the best products to use, read “5 Amazing Products That Significantly Reduce Dark Circles.”

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