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Bens Beauty Regime

My Regime For Beautiful Skin

When it comes to my skin, and what products I decide to use, I can get pretty particular and choosy about it.

You only get one skin and it should be taken well care of!

It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of Estée Lauder, and just love the way they formulate a product with so many beneficial ingredients and state of the art science behind their products

Here is my regime..

I firstly like to start my regime with a super gentle cleanser which does its job without stripping my skins natural oils.

-Estée Lauder- Perfectly Clean Cream Cleanser

This cleanser is extremely gentle, p.h balanced and includes ingredients to replenish your moisture barrier whilst calming any redness on your skin. The perfect start to a skincare regime! This also doubles as a moisture mask, so when you need that comforting moisture, just put this on and wait 10 minutes before rinsing or wiping off!

-Estée Lauder-Even Skintone Illuminator

This lightweight serum is easily spread across the skin and leaves your skin beautiful and luminous. I love that it evens out your skin tone ready for your moisturiser! It has a high amount of vitamin C, and a wide range of antioxidants and anti irritants, perfect for sensitive skin as well.

-Estée Lauder- Daywear Sheer-tint Release

This moisturiser is my absolute favourite in terms of multitasking and in the prevention of ageing.

Lauder understands in order to
tackle ageing from a young age, we need a wide range of different ingredients which perform different functions to keep us young, and they do it so well! I love the tan this product gives my skin, and it is so sheer it looks invisible, whilst evening out your skintone and giving it a glow!

What is your regime for beautiful skin?

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The Power Of “C”

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin-lightener,
Collagen booster
and can even protect the skin from u.v damage!

It is no wonder why this ingredient has gotten so much hype over the years and has been used in countless amounts of products on the shelves.

But how much vitamin c will actually make a difference in my skin?

Well it depends what exactly you are wanting to get out of using vitamin c. If you are wanting skin lightening properties, vitamin c needs to be at a concentration of 2% , and only some forms of vitamin c will function as a skin lightening ingredient.

The problem when searching for a vitamin c product is that we don’t understand where vitamin c stands in a serums formula , the most common form of vitamin c would be “ascorbic acid” if you see this ingredient at the top of the list, that is great! If you see it at the end (after preservatives) don’t even bother!

I have put together a few of my favourite “C” superstars !

Keeping in mind; these are not in order of vitamin c concentration but picked for its overall formula!

Enjoy

3. Dermalogica- MAP-15 Regenerator

I am not usually one for gimmicky like products that look cool to use but “don’t perform”. In this case it’s an exception! Yes this product goes from powder to liquid in a cute mini dispenser, but it also delivers ALOT of vitamin c into the skin , and is “magnesium ascorbyl phosphate” which has lots of research to perform well! This can be mixed with your favourite product or worn alone!

2. Kieh’s- Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate

I LOVE this product! It contains a very high amount of vitamin c, and the reliable kind as well (ascorbic acid). This formula is simple which is great for sensitive skin as you are less likely to be allergic to any of the ingredients. This is silky and works great under your moisturiser !

1. Estée Lauder- Even Skintone Illuminator

This is my favourite multi tasking serum! This provides a high amount of vitamin c and a wide cocktail of antioxidants and anti irritants to prevent more sun spots from forming! This will effectively diminish discolourations, reduce redness, prevent against oxidation and it also has a slight shimmer to it to make your face more luminous! This is also oil free and works great under your moisturiser.
I am smitten over this serum!

Have you tried the power of C…. If so, which serum do you like?

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Do You Need A Toner?

Many people question whether they need a toner/lotion in their skincare regime .

I personally prefer not to, as I don’t want to add too many steps into my regime,

But toners can be an extra step that you could greatly benefit from.

What are toners for, you ask?

-reduces pore size
-balances acid mantle on the skin
-removes excess cleanser
-can give skin an extra dose of antioxidants and beneficial ingredients

Something I find quite often when I look at a toners formula is that they are very cheap when it comes to a good amount of ingredients , and after all, you don’t want to pay 30 to 40 dollars for a bottle of water and some glitter in it.. Right ?

So here are some things to look for in a toner !

-antioxidants are a must! And there should be lots if you are going to tone at all
-avoid alcohol as the 1st or second ingredient (mostly alcohol denat)
-look for skin identical ingredients such as glycerin , or cholesterol for better value
-make sure it suits YOUR skin type so it balances your skins oil flow/dryness evenly.
-an exfoliating toner (a.h.a or b.h.a) can be a great addition to an oily skins regime

So whether you need a toner in your regime is really up to , and whether your skin needs something extra or you need to refine more oil after cleansing!

Choose wisely and if it smells like last weekends bottle of vodka … Don’t use it!

What’s your favourite toner ? 🙂

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Bb Cream Crazy!

When I first heard about “bb” creams, I was quite intrigued and wanted to find out what made these products so special, and
Why everyone was talking about them.

Before I could even blink, every company started advertising their own bb creams and following this crazy new trend that Asia had first started!
Garnier, Loreal, Maybeline and even the more luxurious company’s started to follow!

So what is a “bb” cream?
Well, it was initially called “blemish balm” but is now commonly called “beauty balm” as it beautifies the face and has multiple functions.

They usually consist of…

-a texture for all skin types (usually oil free formula)
-offers spf, usually 30+
-tinted to suit your skin color
-has skin-lightening properties as this is a popular request in the asian markets
-has a broad range of antioxidants inside
-evens out skintone
-reduces redness
-gives light to medium coverage (a little more than sheer)
-moisturisers and repairs
-balances oil production
-treats blemishes

So you can see from this long list of benefits, that these bb creams sound amazing but there is nothing different about a “bb” cream compared to a “tinted moisturiser”, the only difference I can think of is that a bb cream was typically used to lighten the skin in asia, when a tinted moisturiser is to even out skin tone, or to give a tan for a healthier bronzed look!

There is also now a new craze similar to the “bb” creams!

It is called “cc” creams. I must admit, I did have a big laugh when I heard this name… More ridiculous names for products that do the same job.

Cc stands for “color corrective” and is all about using a tint that will reduce a certain concern, ( i.e green for redness ).
The formula is usually a little thicker and providing slightly more coverage and still maintaining a high spf.

I honestly am still not impressed by this, as it has been done many times before, but just hasn’t had a ridiculous name behind it before, so now it has been advertised and marketed heavily, everybody wants one !

I have always been a huge fan of tinted moisturisers and love that you only need one step in the regime (after cleansing of course)

When I’m looking for the perfect tinted moisturiser, this Is what I look for…

-sheer natural coverage with a glow
-sufficient moisture for cold days
-low in fragrance/fragrance free
-no alcohol
-loads of antioxidants for my money
-spf 15 or above (preferably 30+)
-extra touches, such as skin identical ingredients, and vitamin b3 is a plus!)
-gentle formula

As I am on the topic of tinted moisturisers/bb/cc/creams, I thought I would share my favourite products of this category ! (Keeping in mind, these products work for my skin and what suits my concerns)

3. “Daywear BB Cream- Estée Lauder”- $48

This bb cream exceeds over many bb’s that I have come across
It is LOADED with antioxidants and all those skin loving extras that most company’s miss out on!
This product includes: gentian root, knotweed, rice, wheat, rosemary, linoleic acid, vitamin e, vitamin c extracts! Not to mention extras like caffeine and cholesterol for the skin, very well done! ( did i mention it is spf 35+ ! )

It’s all you need this summer as the coverage is light to medium leaving your skin looking perfect. (Tho coverage is a bit too much for boys but girls will love this!)

2. “Vitazing Energy Boosting Moisturiser- Origins- $45”

This product leaves the most BEAUTIFUL coloured tint on my skin and somehow magically adheres to your own skintone. I can’t explain how healthy it makes the skin look and feel.

The moisture it provides is just perfect and leaves a slightly Dewey finish! It has spf 15 and has quite a few antioxidants such as mangosteen. The only drawback I find is that it has a few essential oils known to cause slight irritation but I have given this a high rating due to its overall formula and the beautiful finish it has on the skin, these oils aren’t too much of a cause for concern as its a pretty gentle product all up !
I alway have this baby on hand and is perfect for boys and girls! Very natural glow .

1. “Daywear Sheer Tint Release- Estée Lauder- $65”

I know! I know! Another Lauder product… What can I say? They exceed over a lot of other company’s in my eyes… when it comes to formulary excellence.. Anyways, I am giving the facts of what it is in these products that make them so special to me!

-This product has a similar base formula to that of the daywear bb cream, but has MANY more potent antioxidants included for the ultimate protection of ageing.

It has grapeseed, birch, coffee, red tea, vitamin c, vitamin e, hyaluronic acid, white tea and rosemary! Very impressive formula, and I must say, when I compare it to alot of the other formulas out there, it makes a lot of them look sad !

This has grey speckle beads that break open and release a beautiful tan onto your skin! I love how the coverage is sheer enough for me to wear and it just gives such a healthy glow to the skin! It has spf 15 which Is enough for me as I am not in the sun enough to worry.

The texture is slightly tacky leaving a well moisturised Dewey finish! Good for normal/combination or slightly dry skin. Love it! And it’s fine for girls and boys !

do you have a favourite tinted moisturiser or bb cream? I would love to hear about it? 🙂

Ben x

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Cleansing the right way!

Most people don’t take into account how important the cleansing step really is in our beauty regime!

There are a lot of things to take into account when choosing a cleanser and how many times to actually use it without disrupting your skins natural processes!

First of all I would like to say that I am SO excited about the launch of Estée Lauders new cleansers! I have always been a fan of their skincare and how advanced the formulas are (as oppose to competitors in the market)

But I will go into detail about these 3 new fabulous cleansers after !

When looking for the right cleanser, it is true that expensive doesn’t mean better !

( Especially with cleansers, as it doesn’t cost much money to formulate an effective and gentle cleanser! )

So don’t cut off the cheap products straight away from your list assuming they won’t work! I have tried a beautiful cleanser from the “YES TO” brand called “yes to cucumbers gel cleanser”. This cleanser is great for normal/combination skin and is extremely gentle and soothing (great for sensitive too)

Take into account a few things

1. If you have quite oily skin, look for either a gel, foaming, or any light cleanser that doesn’t contain ingredients such as peppermint, menthol or camphor ( these are common in cleansers ) also avoid alkaline ingredients towards the top of the list as well! These are no no’s for even the most oiliest of skins!

2. If you have combination or normal, you can go for the same type of cleansers as mentioned above , but could also use a light lotion cleanser (my favourites!) as these don’t affect your skins natural oils on the surface, but clean effectively!)

3. For normal to dry skin, you can use a moisturising formula. Light foam to cream cleansers are okay! But ingredients should be read before purchasing for dry skins !

4. Over cleansing ! This can contribute to ageing too quickly, as our skin produces its natural oils and acidity levels that need to be left alone a lot of the time, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t cleanse! It means we should cleanse minimally! I recommend cleansing at night as we should remove dirt and grime from that day, and to splash your face with warm (not hot) water in the Morning and to apply your day care products! (Gentle is best )

Estée Lauders new cleansers are absolutely fabulous to use and create a real luxury experience whilst cleansing) (not to mention very effective)

The cream cleanser for all skin types (preferably dry) is a cold cream and really removes all types of make up and cleans well without even slightly effecting your skins acid mantle. Just apply to dry skin and either splash away, or cotton pad the product off (or wash cloth, NO TISSUES)

The foaming cleanser for all skin types (preferably combination to oily) is refreshing , foams up ALOT, and is extremely effective, I personally believe this cleanser should be avoided for a normal to dry skin. (Especially dry!)

As the foaming agents in this cleanser are slightly drying.

There is also a gelee cleanser for oily skin with exfoliating beads and is fabulous as the formula isn’t that stripping for the intended skin type and gently exfoliates daily (which is amazing to hold off ageing)

All 3 of these cleansers double as face masks as well! Just cleanse, leave on then remove as you wish! That’s what I call a multi purpose product!

I personally LOVE the green one (cream cleanser)

Enjoy .

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