How to Double Cleanse

Did you know that cleansing should be a two step process? Removing makeup and washing your face are two entirely different things, which is why double cleansing is so important at the end of the day.

Double cleansing is essentially washing your face twice, but there are a few tricks which are useful to know.

Pick your cleansers wisely – the first cleanse is just to remove makeup and grime for the day, so you don’t need expensive or luxurious cleansers for this, or one with many active ingredients. An oil works well to remove makeup, as it emulsifies and removes it completely. Your second cleanse will cleanse the skin and work as a treatment – make it into your own little spa experience! Use a balm, and massage it thoroughly into the skin, paying attention to congested areas. Remove it with a warm, wet flannel before toning and using any treatments and moisturisers.

Double cleansing your skin every night will lead to a clearer and healthier complexion.


The Skincare Rule for Life

If I could go back and talk to my teenage self, but could only offer one piece of beauty advice it would be this: protect during the day, repair at night. This is the best rule for beautiful skin throughout life.

During the day is when our skin has to put up with the most. It is contending with sun damage, pollution, stress, oxidative damage and weather conditions. All of which take a toll on the complexion. By using the right products such as sunscreen and antioxidant rich serums, we can hugely minimise the amount of damage our skin is subjected to throughout the day.

At night, our skin is relatively safe and sound. This is when you should focus on repairing the skin – taking action against skin complaints and undoing any daily damage that has occurred. The best thing for this is retinol treatments and overnight acid peels which give the skin a boost, improving cell turnover and making skin function at its best potential.

Stick with this simple concept and you will find yourself with an enviable complexion.


A Makeup Challenge

When it comes to makeup, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. We find a look that works for us (for me, it’s a natural eye, pink cheeks and bare lips) and we stick with it – for years and years. However, our face changes. Whether it’s our skin tone changing, ageing setting in or even a new hair cut or colour. Except, most of us won’t change our makeup to keep up with our face and before we know it our makeup doesn’t suit us anymore and we haven’t even realised.

My challenge to you this week is simple – change up your makeup! Try a different look; give it a chance for at least a day and keep an open mind. So if you love a smoky eye, maybe use just a slick of mascara and opt for a bold lip instead. If you wear a lot of makeup, why not try a natural look? Give it a go and let me know how you get on!


5 Ways to Improve Your Mood

We all have days when we’re just not in the best mood. Sometimes it feels like it’s for no reason at all – we just feel sluggish, down in the dumps or a little bit grumpy. It can be hard to snap out of a bad mood, but there are some things you can do to make yourself feel better. You might not want to get started with them and prefer to binge watch Netflix, but once you get going you’ll notive your mood lift.

1. Tidy up – it really is true that a tidy home equals a tidy mind. Clutter can feel stressful, so set a timer for 30 minutes and clean up as much as you can in that time. You’ll have a nicer space to relax in, and you’ll have achieved something productive – both instant mood lifters!

2. Get dressed up – lounging around in your PJs may feel like a nice plan but you’ll feel better about yourself if you get dressed nicely. Do your hair and makeup too while you’re at it. It’ll give you a confidence boost!

3. Listen to your favourite album. Have a dance and a sing along too!

4. Have a healthy but wholesome meal. Tuck into a homemade meal full of protein, vegetables and healthy fats. The boost of nutrition will give you a mental boost too!

5. Get some exercise. Whether it’s lifting weights, running, yoga or going for a walk – take time out to get some exercise and the endorphins released will make you feel a hundred times better.


The Beauty Vloggers You Should Be Watching

Over the last few years beauty blogging has become a huge business. The top beauty YouTubers have an enormous following and are highly respected in ther field. Their chatty, friendly videos offer brillaint advice, information, entertainment, reviews and tutorials are they are a goldmine of beauty info. They know about all the latest products, what’s worth your hard earned money and what isn’t.

Here are the top beauty vloggers that you really should be following:

Essie Button

A Canadian living in London with her partner and her greyhound, Essie is funny, charming and the sort of girl you really want to be BFFs with. Her beauty advice is from the heart – you know you can trust her opinion – and she is wonderfully watchable

Vivianna Does Makeup

Vivianna comes across as smart and ambitious. She’s not afraid to hold her hands up and admit that she has made beauty blunders, and she is a skincare junkie. She also has the most enviable hair, which may be worth watching her for alone.

Amelia Liana

If you love a good smoky eye that Amelia is your girl. Check out her eye makeup tutorials to see just how she gets that perfect blending and even eye makeup (you’ll never guess her trick!).

A Model Recommends

Ruth Crilly is a model as well as a blogger and YouTuber. Her videos are perfect for women in their thirties as they offer brilliant skincare advice, as well as well thought out and honest makeup reviews.


Skin Care Ingredients for your Skin Type

It can be really, truly difficult to find skincare which suits our individual complexions. While one person my rave about one moisturiser, another may hate it. It’s difficult to go off recommendations from friends when it comes to skincare because everyone’s skin has different issues, problems and needs.

Trying to find the right skincare for you can go on for years, and just as soon as you think you’ve cracked it, your skin changes due to age, the seasons, hormones, illness or sometimes for no apparent reason whatsoever. our beloved skincare doesn’t do the job anymore and you’re back to square one.

However, trying to find skincare which your complexion will love needn’t be so tricky. The key is to look out for ingredients which your skin type is known to tolerate, and benefit from.

Busting the confusion out of knowing which skincare ingredients are ideal for your skin is the fabulous and informative Caroline Hirons. Her recent post ‘Quick grab – What to look out for depending on your skin issue’ is worth studying. Commit the ingredients for your skin type to memory and looks for skincare which ticks all the boxes. Perfect.

You will notice that there are a few common ingredients which any skin type should ignore or use. Nourishing oils which don’t clog the pores can work for everyone – almond oil and jojoba oil are fantastic at taking care of the skin without causing it any issues, providing you don’t have nut allergies. Glycerin is perfect for practically everyone – it moisturises the skin better than most ingredients, and protects it from drying out in future. Then of course there are the ingredients to avoid – namely alcohol which is drying, dehydrating and ageing. Menthol and camphor are also bad news for the majority of skin types as they are so strong.

To get the full low down head on over to Caroline’s blog now.


Is Make Up Bad for Your Skin?

There are many people who believe that wearing makeup is bad for your skin. Personally, I am not one of them. Apart from a few exceptions (I’m looking at you, long wear foundations and concealers), I believe that makeup needn’t be bad for the complexion providing you remove it thoroughly at the end of the day with a good double cleanse.

However, I don’t think that makeup is good for your skin either, and he’s the rub – when you are wearing makeup it means that you have fewer chances to really treat your skin to extra doses of serums and moisturisers which it may crave.

Lucky for ,me, I work from home. That means thats during the day I don’t wear any makeup and can top up my skin with treatments as it needs it. Whether that’s an extra layer of moisture or a face mask.

However, not everyone has that luxury. So here’s what I suggest:

When you are home from work or wherever you’ve been during the day, take your makeup off. Do one cleanse to remove makeup and another to remove dirt in the pores.

Follow with an exfoliating toner, to revive and rejuvenate the skin.

Now, you have two options. You can go straight to a serum or you can use a face mask. Assess your skin – does it need a bit of extra help? If so – opt for a treatment mask which will help with your skin trouble, be it dryness, sensitivity or congestion.

If your skin is looking OK, then pop on a serum and follow it with a facial oil. The oil will seal in your serum and make it work harder.

Before you rush to apply moisturiser, give yourself an hour. If your products have sunk in by then, you can reapply them, then put your moisturiser on.

If you follow these steps then your skin will be glowing, plump and more youthful looking in a matter of days! What have you got to lose?


How to Prevent Milia

milia

Milia is a real nuisance for those who suffer from it. Seen on the skin as small white bumps, milia is actually a build up of keratin under the skin which appears as a small cyst. They are most commonly found under the eyes, around the nose, on the eyelids and across the cheeks, though they can appear anywhere.

Milia will eventually go away on its own in most cases, but if you want to remove it then the best way to do so is professionally. A skin clinic or dermatologist will be able to add a small puncture using a needle, in each milia. They can then extract the protein inside, leaving the skin smooth.

However, milia will continue to return if you don’t chance the source of the problem.

Milia is most often caused by using a rich moisturiser which is too heavy for your skin type. Switch to a lighter moisturiser and you may prevent new milia from forming and exisiting milia from getting worse.

Regular exfoliating will also help prevent milia from forming. At home peels are your best option – looks for products which contain lactic acid, salicylic acid or glycolic acid and use them a couple of times every week.

Finally, a good clay mask is a must have for milia sufferers. Use it every other day to draw out impurities and help keep the skin deeply cleansed. Once you have a handle on your milia you can drop this to twice per week.

Do you suffer from milia and have some tips on how to control it?


Do You Detox?

The Easter bank holiday means one thing is guaranteed – a sugar high! Whether it’s one too many chocolate eggs or another glass of wine with the sunday lunch, most of us tend to overindulge duringĀ  the Easter weekend. The trouble is, that after all the fun is over our sugar high becomes a sugar crash and we can be left feeling lethargic and sluggish, and so can our skin.

Many people will undertake a short detox to combat the after effects of sugar binging at Easter, but I would like to suggest you try something different. Right now, your body doesn’t need a juice cleanse. It needs sustainable energy which will keep it going, stop you from feeling tired, and keep your blood sugar level and free from spikes.

So, over the next few days make sure you have hearty and healthy meals which are nutritionally dense. Porridge with banana and peanut butter, toast with scrambled egg and avocado, lean meats with salad and new potatoes, salmon and broccoli. You get the idea – don’t starve yourself in the name of a detoc. Instead, give the body what it needs – complex carbohydrates for energy, fat, and protein.


Welcome Back to the Blog

Welcome back to the Only Nature blog! We’re very happy to be back to writing here again, and we can’t wait to connect with you whether you’re an old reader, a dedicated OnlyNature.co.uk shopper or a total newbie!

Here’s what you can expect from the Only Nature blog:

Two posts every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. So, you know where to come when you’re gearing up for the weekend or need some cheering up at the start of the working week.

Tips and advice. Learn how to handle milia, bust blackheads, smooth fine lines and get that glow. We’ll be sharing practical suggestions to improve your skin care regime, and the products which will help you.

Product news. Find out about the latest products to hit the virtual shelves at Only Nature, who they’re suited for and why you need them in your bathroom cabinet.

Inspiration posts. From the best catwalk looks to celebrity makeup tutorials, we’ll be sharing all the hottest makeup looks and how you can steal them for yourself.

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