The best highlighter for your glowiest skin ever

The fastest way to get an added radiance boost

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First came contouring, then came the best highlighter in every shade, finish and intensity imaginable.

With so many on the beauty market, it can be overwhelming to know which is the best highlighter for you to stock up on.

Read on as the Marie Claire beauty team chart the latest and greatest formulas, from liquids to powders and everything in between.

Best drugstore highlighter

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder, £9, Boots

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NYX makes some of the best highlighters you’ll get your hands on for under a tenner, available in rosy blush and bronze finishes. Don’t be put off by the blue shade – it adds a bright, silvery, ethereal glow that’s out of this world. Collect them all!

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Best highlighter palettes

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, £59, Space NK

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When it comes to the best highlighter palettes, Hourglass users are rarely (read: never) disappointed. Their Amibent Lighting Palette gives skin a gleam in different blushing shades and makes it instantly look five times healthier, whatever the weather. Dust all over for a radiant glow or apply to cheekbones to make your whole face pop.

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Best liquid highlighter

Iconic London Illuminator Drops, £33, House of Fraser

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Iconic’s highlighting drops are, well, pretty iconic in the beauty community. Liquid highlighter is great because it’s so versatile: for a seriously extra chrome glow, apply these drops straight onto skin; or mix a drop with your best foundation or moisturiser for an overall healthy finish to your skin.

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Best highlighter for fair skin

BURBERRY Fresh Glow Stick in Nude Radiance, £25, Fabled

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Developed with the help of legendary make-up artist Wendy Rowe, you can see why this is the perfect stick for highlighting dozens of models backstage at fashion week; it’s super-quick and easy to use and creates a natural-looking radiance in seconds. The colour finish is a creamy, butter like shade, making it perfect for fairer skin tones.

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Best highlighter for dark skin

Glossier Haloscope, £18, glossier.com

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Instagrammble brand Glossier, brought to you by blogger extraordinaire Emily Weiss, has completely taken off since its UK launch. Their Haloscope stick highlighters contain a sheen, crystal-enriched highlighting formula as well as a solid balm core to up your skin’s sheen. Plus, the stick formula makes them handbag-friendly for on the go glow ups.

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Shop our edit of more of the best highlighter shades below.

Now go forth and shine bright.

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“Adaptogens” Is Skin Care’s Buzziest New Word, Here’s Why

You’ve been seeing the word bandied around by your favorite beauty brands, but what exactly is an adaptogen? To start, it’s an umbrella term encompassing non-toxic plant extracts that help reduce stress and restore balance to the body. Up until recently, the term has largely been used in the context of herbal supplements — but now it’s quickly gaining traction in the beauty world.

The jump from herbal supplements to skin care might seem like a big one, but think of it this way: like the rest of your body, your skin could definitely use some de-stressing. And as Dr. Craig Kraffert, board-certified dermatologist and president of Amarte Skin Care, explains, employing adaptogens to reduce these stressors “will benefit skin by promoting a calm and normalized appearance and by delaying the changes that occur in skin appearance and function with time.”

Though the term “adaptogen” may be on the newer side, the methods are not. “Many protective, brightening and rejuvenative aspects of skin care are the result of adaptogens,” says Kraffert, who estimates that the actual amount of adaptogens out there is “likely in the hundreds to thousands.” In fact, you’ve probably been using adaptogens in your skin care routine since day one — after all, he counts popular ingredients like witch hazel and sulfur as members of the club (though not a plant extract, Kraffert counts sulfur as “fully adaptogenic,” for the record).

It’s time to get better acquainted with all the adaptogenic products and ingredients currently making their way through the beauty sphere — read on for some of our favorites.

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Who Knew? Fermented Ingredients Also Do Amazing Things for Your Skin Care

Fermented skin care is having a moment, though the concept has been a staple in K-beauty routines for centuries. Our skin loves natural food sources. Fermented skin care, much like fermented foods, means that microorganisms (bacteria) have been added, which release enzymes that break down the ingredients, yielding products that our skin (and tummies) love. Just like wine, beer, kimchi, sauerkraut and yogurt are fermented into foods that promote healthy gut bacteria, ingredients like yeast, milk, fruit and plants are fermented into skin care products with so many added benefits.

Fermentation causes a substance to undergo three major changes — 1) it becomes easier for the skin to absorb, 2) it removes irritating substances and 3) it becomes more nutrient-dense. Basically, the bacteria breaks down the substance into smaller particles (for easier absorption), it neutralizes irritants (like pesticides) so the end product is gentle enough for sensitive skin and the process produces antioxidants, peptides and amino acids not found in the raw material, so it becomes a topical nutrient powerhouse. Typically, the fermentation of skin care ingredients is much shorter than that of foods because it will eventually cause the ingredients to break down and be less effective. Fermentation also helps to prolong a product’s shelf life — no need to add synthetic preservatives as it’s full of anti-microbial organisms.

If you’re looking to hydrate, plump and minimize lines and wrinkles, consider adding a fermented skin care product to your regimen. Popular fermented ingredients include: berries, seaweed, tea and yeast (to name a few). These natural wonders can strengthen your skin barrier and give you stunning results. Here are a few of our favorite fermented products to try now.

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Tying herself in knots, Serbian skin artist boggles senses

Armed with makeup brushes and pencils, skin artist and illusionist Mirjana Kika Milosevic gets to work on her own torso, sketching elaborate knots and making chunks of her flesh disappear, earning her videos millions of views on YouTube.


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11 Beauty Products That’ll Give Your Skin That Coveted Bounce

Flawless skin is hydrated, balanced, radiant and even. Bouncy is another word to add to the list of adjectives. It may initially seem like an odd way to describe skin, but bouncy skin equals youthful, perky skin. That’s something everyone’s after, right?

Kat Burki, CEO and founder of Kat Burki, elaborates that when skin care products claim to improve skin’s bounce, they’re referring to improving its elasticity and firmness for a supple, taut appearance. Having more bounce becomes more important with age. “As we age, we tend to produce less collagen and elastin, which naturally give skin its bounce and elasticity,” says Burki. “To improve bounce, the ideal formula would contain ingredients that boost collagen and elastin while hydrating, plumping and smoothing skin.” Neuropeptides are one of those key ingredients because they repair and rebuild your skin’s elasticity.

You probably already have products for bouncy hair, now it’s time to set your sights on your skin. These 11 skin care products boost bounce while tackling other skin care concerns.

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These Moisturizing In-Shower Treatments Leave Your Skin Oh-So Soft

In the summer, it feels like you can’t shower enough: The perfect storm of sweat, humidity and unrelenting heat join forces to create an overall sense of ickiness that sends most of us running to the water. All that showering comes with a price, though — it can actually strip your skin of vital moisture, causing dryness, itching, and other skin maladies.

Never fear, though — we’ve rounded up the best in-shower body products that work with water to seal in hydration while they do their thing. There’s something for every situation, whether you’re looking for a moisturizing body wash, an in-shower lotion, or even a hassle-free self-tanner. Better skin is right this way… just add water.

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Body brushing is the key to better skin texture – here’s why

From buffing away dry skin to reducing the appearance of cellulite, here’s why you should invest in a body brush, stat

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If there’s one thing you should be doing for better looking skin, it’s body brushing.

The skincare trend has surged in popularity this year, probably owing to a recent BBC documentary (more on that later). So how does it work, exactly?

Keep scrolling to find out why body brushing is the key to improved overall skin texture.

Body brushing for cellulite

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having cellulite, a lot of us will admit that we’d be happy to see the back of it. So if you’ve frantically been Googling ‘how to get rid of cellulite‘ this whole time, allow us to step in.

The Truth About Looking Good, which first aired in January, conducted a small five-week experiment with the University of Sunderland comparing the effects of body brushing, toning exercises and a caffeine-based cellulite cream on the appearance of women’s cellulite.

Those in the body brushing group saw 26% improvement in appearance on average, more than 10% more than each of the other two methods, while one woman’s cellulite was 35% less visible.

Although it’s likely that the fat was redistributed rather than got rid of, the proof was very much in the pudding (or pictures).

What’s the best body brush?

This is kind of a trick question, as there’s little differentiation between them: generally speaking, a body brush is a body brush. That said, it’s thought that those with natural cactus bristles are slightly superior. Aromatherapy Associates, Elemis and Hydrea all make great ones. Consider them an investment in yourself.

Aromatherapy Associates, £25, Net-a-Porter

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Benefits of body brushing

As well as reducing the appearance of cellulite, using a body brush is a great way of keeping dry skin under control and will help to get rid of pesky ingrown hairs. Body brushing before you apply your best moisturiser will give those results an all-important boost, leaving you silky smooth.

Using a dry brush on the regular is also known to boost your circulation and aid lymphatic drainage, which helps the body expel toxins and avoid fluid retention, leading to healthier looking skin overall.

How to body brush

The key to nailing body brushing is to use a circular motion as you brush to help buff away dead skin cells, stimulate lymphatic drainage and encourage cellulite to budge.

Use the brush in clockwise circles all over the body and, if you’re looking to target cellulite, apply significant pressure but not so much that it’s painful.

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11 Dew Products That Will Make Your Skin Glow This Summer

The beauty industry is full of buzzwords. Longwear, glazing, ampoule, skin barrier, glass skin, hydrating, anti-pollution and the newly controversial anti-aging. But the latest It term in the space is all about the dew.

Dew has its name on everything from highlighters to eye treatments to mists to serums. Usually, it’s associated with magically turning problem skin into glowing skin. Or it’s another way of bragging that the product is a super moisturizer.

But not all dewy products are created equal. So we went ahead and hunted down the best ones that had glowing reviews. We’re talking a blush that gives a natural, baby pink hue, a cream/powder hybrid that promises a dewy finish without the stickiness, and a much-loved highlighter in a limited-edition rose gold shade. Read on for 11 dew products that really deliver.

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Psoriasis: How to deal with the frustrating, flaky skin condition

Plus where to get the help and support you need to manage your condition

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Counting eczema among its unsightly friends, psoriasis is another uncomfortable skin condition that can leave its sufferers feeling incredibly self-conscious.

It’s estimated that some 125 million people have psoriasis worldwide, according to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations.

But you may not be 100% sure if you have it, or what exactly it is (we’re guessing that’s why you’re here, anyway).

We asked Dr Justine Kluk, Harley Street dermatologist, to answer the most common questions about the skin ailment below.

What is psoriasis?

‘Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition of the skin that affects approximately 2% of the population,’ Dr Kluk explains. ‘The outer layer of our skin is constantly generating new skin cells and replacing old ones.

‘But in psoriasis, this process is sped up significantly and occurs over days rather than weeks. This increase in cell turnover leads to the typical symptoms that we see.’

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

‘Psoriasis causes salmon pink patches to appear on the skin. These often have silvery scale on the surface. Sometimes, they cause soreness, discomfort or itching and sometimes they don’t,’ explains Justine.

‘Any part of the skin can be affected, however the elbows, knees, belly button, scalp and ears are some of the most frequently affected sites. Psoriasis can occur on genital skin, between the buttocks and in the armpits, where the patches are typically smooth, red and shiny rather than flaky.

‘If the nails are affected, pits or ridges can appear on the surface, or the nails can become thickened and discoloured. In certain individuals, psoriasis can also affect the joints by causing swelling, pain and stiffness and this is known as psoriatic arthritis.’

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What causes psoriasis?

There are a fair few factors that can contribute to a person developing and having the condition.

‘Your genes play an important role, meaning that if one or more of your parents or siblings has psoriasis you will have an increased chance of developing it compared to someone who doesn’t have any affected family members,’ Dr Kluk tells us.

‘Environmental factors, such as stress, smoking, infection and certain medication, such as beta blockers, can also act as triggers.’

Are there psoriasis treatments?

Unfortunately, like a lot of skin conditions, there is no ‘cure’ per se for psoriasis. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to keep its prevalence under control

‘The choice of treatment really depends on how severely you are affected and includes creams containing a steroid or vitamin D, tablets and injections that modify the immune system, and phototherapy, which is a form of outpatient light treatment carried out in hospital Dermatology Departments,’ our doctor explains.

‘Most psoriasis sufferers will benefit from frequent and liberal application of a moisturising cream or ointment, and scalp symptoms can improve with the regular use of a coal tar-based shampoo or scalp lotion containing coconut oil,’ she adds.

‘If you are suffering with psoriasis and are finding it difficult to put your feelings into words and get the right support from friends, family or even your doctor, charities like The Psoriasis Association or the website skinsupport.org.uk from the British Association of Dermatologists are a good place to start.’

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12 Mushroom Skin Care Products That Work Like Magic

Beauty has been going green in more ways than one. In addition to more vegan, cruelty-free products, we’re seeing ones that are packed with superfoods plus fruits and vegetables. Similar to food and wellness trends, there are certain buzzy ingredients that seem to be everywhere. Watermelon is one of the hottest ingredients for summer, with the juicy fruit showing up in everything from masks to serums. Pomegranate, avocado and almost every leafy green have enjoyed their time in the spotlight. Now it’s the divisive mushroom that’s popping up in skin care launches, making it a perfect candidate for the next It ingredient.

Whether you love eating them or fall into the camp of people who find mushrooms too earthy to eat, you’ll like them in beauty routines, promise. When it comes to skin care, mushrooms can be pretty magical — which is why they’ve been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. According to Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa, it’s the variety of mushrooms to choose from that makes them interesting. “There is no one hero mushroom,” she says. “Different varieties have different properties.” Hamdan suggests looking for a product that has a blend of at least three different mushrooms to get the most benefits.

In general, mushrooms are popular in skin care because they soothe, soften and provide mega moisture. Some, like reishi, are “super antioxidants,” Hamdan says. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Collection, says that tremella fuciformis, aka snow fungus, has the ability to retain moisture in skin even more than hyaluronic acid. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been proven to accelerate wound healing.

In addition to knowing whether a product has oyster, enoki, chaga, portobello mushrooms or another variety, Hamdan says it’s helpful to know the extraction method of the mushroom as well as what part of the mushroom is used because products that typically use the whole mushroom are best. In terms of specific products, Vargas says mushrooms are mostly found in serums, masks and moisturizers.

There’s no need to go foraging beauty aisles on a hunt for fungi. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best mushroom skin care products so you can see for yourself just how good ‘shrooms are.

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Blac Chyna Advertises Organic Skin Lightener Product But Turns Off The Comments Section – Can You Guess Why?

Blac Chyna’s latest post is about some organic skin lightener products which she claims will protect your hair and skin from the sun. On the other hand, she turned off the comments for this post.

‘Summer is here! 👙Who else wants to have smooth, flawless skin? A lot of factors can affect your skin one of the biggest factors is the SUN! 🌞 Taking care of your SKIN should be just as important as taking care of your HAIR! One of the best products I’ve used is @organicskinlightener which is an ALL NATURAL way to help skin with discoloration, stretch marks, acne scars; it works from the inside out to give your skin a beautiful glow!’ Chyna began the caption for her post.

‘They were just picked by Life & Style Magazine as a 2018 Top Celeb Break Out Product! Check out ALL their reviews on their ig and Tell them Chy 💋sent you! USE code Chyna20 to get a discount!’ Chyna finished captioning her video in which she is presenting the product to her fans and followers.

We assume that she turned off comments for this specific post because her fans have been slamming her for a long time, telling her that she is trying to bleach her skin.

And considering the product she is currently advertising on her Instagram is called ‘organic skin lightener’ she probably just fuels these rumors even more.

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Found: 7 Best Contour Products for Dark Skin

A well-defined facial structure is a makeup look that doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon. The trick to achieving it? Contouring — an age-old makeup technique that gained popularity in the beauty community a couple of years ago after celebrities like Kim Kardashian started raving about how they use it to transform their faces temporarily.

As popular as it is, there just aren’t enough products on the market with shades deep enough that women of color can use. Remember: In order to properly sculpt any part of your face, you need a complexion product two or three shades darker than your skin. So when there aren’t many options out there that are darker than caramel, it’s really difficult for women of color to properly sculpt their faces as they please.

All in all, while the pickings are limited for those rich in melanin, there are some high-performing contour palettes, powders and sticks worth checking out if you want to try out contouring if you have darker skin. Ahead, we’ve compiled a range of them at all price points.

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Sammy Sosa doesn’t listen to ‘devil’ skin critics

Sammy Sosa, who once compared himself to Jesus because of Chicago’s treatment of him, thinks anyone who questions him about his skin color just might be Satan. The PED-tainted slugger, whose home-run duel with Mark McGwire captivated Major League Baseball in 1998, has a much-publicized paler complexion these days, an oddity that he once attributed…
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Licorice Is the Soothing Skin Care Ingredient to Know

When it comes to skin care products, it’s all about the ingredients. The right ones can transform skin but the wrong ones can cause dryness, redness and a smattering of breakouts. Those with sensitive skin know this too well, which is why people with reactive skin are very careful about what they put on their faces. If you’re looking for a soothing ingredient that won’t irritate skin, licorice is an important one to know.

So everyone’s on the same page, we’re not talking about licorice candy, we’re talking about the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra, a plant native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. In terms of skin care, licorice is beneficial for brightening, lightening dark spots and improving skin tone, saysDr. Toral Patel, leading board-certified dermatologist in Chicago. Patel notes that licorice also contains an anti-inflammatory compound known as glycyrrhizin, which can soothe red, irritated skin.

Unlike divisive licorice candy, licorice skin care is generally well tolerated by the majority, says Patel. The exception is those with a licorice allergy or intolerance, in which case, steer clear. Those who are curious about trying the soothing ingredient can find licorice most commonly in serums and creams. Here are some of the best calming licorice beauty products to try now.

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Lactic acid for skin: The complete guide for beginners

When it comes to skincare, not all acid exfoliators are equal…

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Like many other chemical exfoliants, lactic acid is an increasingly popular skincare ingredient in many a beauty lover’s regime.

Like glycolic acid, it’s an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), however, it’s far more moisturising to the skin than glycolic, and less likely to cause irritation. It’s therefore an excellent choice for more sensitive complexions.

Naturally present in milk, lactic acid has a larger structure than glycolic acid, and doesn’t affect the thickness of your skin (not that that means you can skip using your best SPF moisturiser in the morning).

Unlike salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy acid that penetrates deep into your pores, AHA sloughs off dead skin cells leaving a more radiant, smooth complexion underneath.

Lactic acid peel

Max-strength chemical peels are performed by a professional, but it’s possible to buy slightly weaker AHA peels you can perform in the comfort of your own home. Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Treatment, for example, is a mega tingling formula that sloughs all the dead skin cells from your face, leaving you positively glowing.

Don’t fancy the fuss of applying a peel and sitting around waiting for it to do its thing? Peel pads, like those made by Skyn Iceland are an easy way to exfoliate fuss-free both morning and night.

Lactic acid serum and cream

These are leave-on formulas enirched with AHA exfoliating prowess; for example, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes serum can be left on overnight to smooth out the skin, or a thicker layer can be applied as a 10-15 minute wash-off treatment.

Similarly, lactic acid cream gently resurfaces the skin while you moisturise for a smoother finish to your complexion over time. If you have sensitive skin, higher concentrations of lactic acid may still cause your skin to become irritated, so always do a product patch test beforehand.

Keep scrolling for team Marie Claire‘s top five favourite lactic acid skincare products you can shop now. Happy peeling!

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11 Beauty Products That’ll Save Your Skin From (Shudder) Recycled Plane Air

Travel — or rather, stale, recycled airplane air — is notorious for doing a number on your skin. It sucks all the good things out of your face, leaving it tight, dry and annoyingly breakout-prone. Still, dreaded plane air is a necessary evil one must face in order to cross great distances — for pleasure, business, familial obligation, etc. — in a timely manner.

On the bright side, these days, the general population is pretty obsessed with skin care. You’ll often see people performing entire hydration-minded skin care routines in-flight without attracting so much as a side-glance from their neighbor. In short, there’s no need to suffer through dryness and dullness for the sake of social decorum, or anything else.

With that in mind, check out the slideshow above for some genius travel beauty tips, plus 11 TSA-approved (aka under-3.4 ounce) skin care products that, when used correctly, will prevent you from touching down looking like a shriveled-up prune. Throw them in a plastic baggie, throw that in your carry-on, arrive looking impossibly dewy and fresh.

And if you’re more of an audio-visual learner, check out beauty blogger Tamira Jarrel’s simple(-ish) in-flight travel routine in the video below.

Bon voyage.

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Eczema: The sufferer’s guide to red, itchy, flaky skin

From one sufferer to another, consider this everything you need to know about the irritating skin condition, from what causes a flare-up to how it can be managed

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I’ve suffered with eczema for as long as I can remember. It’s a year-round thing: in the summer, heightened pollen levels aggravate it, while during winter the harsh cold causes the sore and dry skin it to split, weep and itch. It does my head in – and I’m not alone.

According to Allergy UK, as many as 15 million people are living with the infuriating skin condition in the UK alone, but a lot of us still aren’t really sure what causes it or how we can keep its itchy, red symptoms at bay.

To some extent, it’s down to individuality – your eczema will probably differ completely from mine. But to explain the condition thoroughly, we asked consultant dermatologist Dr Walayat Hussain of Bupa Health Clinics about all things eczema.

What is eczema?

First thing’s first, let’s break down exactly what eczema is. ‘Also referred to as “dermatitis”, eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can make your skin red, dry and itchy,’ says Dr Hussain. ‘There are a number of different types, and the type you have determines which treatment options are best for you.’

Eczema

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable dry, rashy skin, there’s a good chance that it’s eczema – your GP will be able to confirm a diagnosis. It can appear pretty much anywhere on the body; it’s possible to get eczema on hands, feet, legs, arms, torso and eczema on the face is very common. And although eczema in babies is very common, many people will experience symptoms throughout adulthood.

Are there different types and causes of eczema?

Despite usually being referred to as simply ‘eczema’ alone, there are many different types of the skin condition, each with their own specific set of causes and treatment options. Read on for a break down of each type.

Dishydrotic eczema

Also known as pompholyx, dishydrotic eczema appears as tiny, fluid-filled blisters usually on your hands and feet. They look like raised pinpricks covering the top of hands or feet or in patches between the fingers and toes, and are incredibly itchy, becoming even more sore if they burst as your skin tries to heal.

While the exact causes are unknown, it’s thought dishydrotic eczema is triggered by stress or upon contact with allergens.

Atopic eczema

Also known as atopic dermatitis, this is the most common type of eczema, often found in people who also have asthma, hayfever and allergies. ‘This can be genetic and if you may notice your skin can become irritated on the face, in front of the elbows and behind the knees,’ says Dr Hussain. ‘It usually flares up when if you have allergies and come into contact with soaps, detergents or other types of chemicals.

‘Although there is no cure for atopic eczema, your GP or dermatologist may prescribe you with a specific type of moisturiser known as an emollient. These work by restoring water and oils to your skin to soothe and hydrate it, as well as helping to repair the damaged skin.’

Contact eczema

This type of excema appears when your skin becomes sensitised to something in the environment. ‘Unlike a peanut allergy, which occurs immediately upon exposure, contact dermatitis develops over a period of time as your body becomes sensitised to something you may have been using or wearing for years, such as nickel in jewellery,’ says Dr Hussain.

‘Contact dermatitis often affects your hands, so avoid this, consider what products you’re using that maybe irritating your skin and try shielding your hands from them. Your GP may refer you to a specialist Dermatologist who performs patch testing, which can help identify what you’re allergic to.’

Discoid eczema

This type appears as very itchy, flat red patches of inflamed skin, usually on the arms and or legs, and is most commonly found in middle aged or elderly people. ‘We don’t know what exactly causes discoid eczema, but in keeping with other types of eczema, your skin loses moisture and struggles to provide an effective barrier against substances when it’s dry, says Dr Hussain. ‘This means usually harmless substances, like soap, can irritate your skin.

‘Although there’s no simple cure for this type of eczema, your Dermatologist or pharmacist can recommend some medications to help ease the symptoms, along with daily moisturising.’ Read our guide to the best moisturiser for dry skin and choose a gentle formula for eczema-prone skin.

Seborrhoic eczema

In seborrhoic eczema, inflammation usually occurs in areas of your skin that are hairier or more oily, i.e. where there are more sebaceous glands, such as your eyebrows, chest or scalp.

Ezcema Symptoms Treatment

‘It’s believed that seborrhoeic dermatitis is caused by having too much yeast in your system or your immune system’s over-reaction to yeast,’ adds Dr Hussain. ‘Your Dermatologist can recommend some creams and shampoos to help reduce the level of yeast you have which should help ease the symptoms.

Varicose eczema

Varicose eczema mainly affects people who have varicose veins, causing the skin around them to become itchy and inflamed, and can be managed by working on improving your circulation.

‘This can be done by keeping active and wearing compression socks every day, apply moisturiser to help with the dryness and talk to your pharmacist about which ointments would be best for you,’ advises Dr Hussain. ‘If this doesn’t work, your GP may refer you to a dermatologist or vascular specialist to explore other treatment options.

Treatment of eczema

There are many different options to manage eczema, and no ‘one-size-fits-all treatment plans. Your GP may prescribe topical steroid creams, such as hydrocortisone, eumovate and betnovate, to help with the itching. These work by stopping the skin cells from producing chemicals which cause inflammation in response to the allergens.

While there’s an element of trial and error in terms of which over-the-counter products keep symptoms at bay, Dermol 500 Lotion is a very gentle, daily moisturiser and also works as a soap substitute, used by eczema sufferers all over – because it really works.

For periods of unbearable itching, I personally keep La Roche Posay Lipikar Stick AP+, £13 at Boots, in my bag. It looks like a roll on deodorant that you apply onto itchy eczema for almost instant relief – and, more importantly, not itching your sore skin to the point of bleeding and potential scarring. The Lipikar Syndet Shower Body Gel, £10 at Boots, is a good replacement for your usual shower gel during bad flare-ups.

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Is eczema contagious?

The biggest misconception about eczema is that it’s contagious – it absolutely isn’t. Let me say that again just in case anyone without eczema didn’t hear me: eczema is not contagious.

If eczema becomes infected and is open and weeping, that infection may be contagious, according to Dr Hussain.

Are eczema and diet linked?

Many sufferers of medical conditions see a reduction in symptoms by carefully monitoring their diet, with dairy and acne being a prime example. So what’s the deal with diet and ezcema? ‘Although changes in your diet can’t cure your eczema, in some cases it may help alleviate the symptoms and minimise flare ups,’ says Dr Hussain.

‘Some cases of eczema are caused by an allergic reaction; the most common sources of allergic reactions from food are from milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, soy, wheat, gluten and citrus, so you may find it helpful to try cutting back on some of those foods to see if it helps with your symptoms.

‘Otherwise, a simple prick test can help identify exactly what you’re allergic to, so you can avoid those foods. It is however important that you discuss potential food allergies with your GP, dermatologist or allergy specialist to ensure you get the best advice which is relevant to you and best for your skin.’

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19 skin care products to treat yourself to after the Christmas frenzy

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19 skin care products to treat yourself to after the Christmas frenzy

Whether you’re traveling or staying local this holiday, it can be a stressful season. As we all know, stress wreaks havoc on your skin. Coupled with the dry weather and heaters blasting 24/7, now is the time to treat your skin to a little extra pampering.

Whether you prefer nourishing masks to rehydrate or are looking for active ingredients to resurface and revitalize your skin, we’ve got them all here for you. Take a little time for yourself after the hustle and bustle of the holiday to indulge in some *me time*. Your skin will be eternally grateful, we promise.

We all know that if we want our makeup to look rocking on New Year’s Eve, it’s all about starting with a great canvas. In this case, that means skin that is hydrated, glowing, exfoliated, and healthy. Let’s take a look at some products that will make you feel like a million bucks after the holiday madness, shall we?

Here are 19 skin care products to treat yourself to after the Christmas craziness.

1. Kora Organics The Noni Glow Collection, $ 182

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This full-sized collection of Noni Glow essentials will help to smooth, nourish and brighten your skin. The kit includes Noni Glow Face Oil, Noni Glow Body Oil, Noni Glow Skinfood Supplement, and Noni Glow Heart Chakra.

2. Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing  System, $ 129

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The Clarisonic is one of the most effective ways to gently deep clean your skin and remove dirt, oil, and makeup.

3. Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask, $ 2.28

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There’s a reason this ultra-affordable mask is a cult fave among the beauty set. It’s basically an at-home facial in a bottle for less than a cup of coffee.

4. Beauty Bioscience Limited-Edition rose Gold GloPro Microneedling Set, $ 249

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Microneedling is all the rage thanks to its ability to stimulate skin’s natural healing responses to visibly firmer, smoother, and brighter.

5. Sio Facelift, $ 39.95

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Wake up with completely radiant skin thanks to these medical grade silicone patches that firm, plump, and erase the signs of aging while you sleep.

6. Blaq Mask Tube, $ 29

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If blackheads are plaguing you, then this mask is the answer to your prayers. It’s specially designed with activated charcoal to target toxins and suck out impurities instantly.

7. Bloom Beauty Scalp Therapy, $ 60-100

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8. Meant The Whole Shower Set, $ 159

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Step up your shower routine with these delightful products that cleanse, condition, shave, scrub, and moisturize.

9. Rahua Shower Gel, $ 30

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This luxurious shower gel comes in new and improved packaging for a truly special experience that cleanses and softens skin and leaves it smelling heavenly.

10. Amareta Skincare Holiday Bundle, $ 98

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This set includes a clarifying serum and a detoxifying charcoal mask that will leave your skin smooth, bright and beautiful.

11. Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo, $ 85

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Harnessing the power of lactic acid and trans-retinol ester to exfoliate the skin, Good Genes and Luna Sleeping Night Oil are a powerful investment in your skin’s health. Treat yo’self.

12. Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $ 49

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This facial spray is worth the hype and is the best pick-me-up your skin will ever have. This best-selling elixir based on Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous Elixir of Youth is perfect for refreshing skin, setting makeup, and revitalizing the appearance of your skin.

13. GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer, $ 49

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Quench your dry skin with this insanely hydrating water cream that provides up to 72 hours of hydration.

14. Biossance Squalane Superstars Kit, $ 54

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Bring this travel-friendly set on your journeys to enrich your skin post-holiday fete. It includes Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, and 100% Squalane Oil to hydrate from head to toe.

15. SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil, $ 70

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This gentle and delicate cleansing oil melts away even the toughest waterproof makeup while cleansing and conditioning your skin.

16. Drunk Elephant Limited-Edition Come C about Me Set, $ 88

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While we often focus on our nighttime skin routine, this daytime kit features Drunk Elephant’s best-selling products to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and hydrated.

17. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $ 20

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This overnight mask soothes and moisturizes your lips while you sleep so you wake up to plump, soft lips.

18. Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask, $ 56

Farmacy honey mask
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This warming massage and face mask in one will nourish and revitalize your skin for a glowing complexion free of dryness, dullness, or uneven skintone.

19. Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil, $ 72

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This incredibly hydrating face oil balances skin while visibly improving redness and blemishes. You’ll have movie star skin in no time with this oil.

Whatever you decide to treat yourself to, taking time to soothe your skin and pamper your soul is the best way to enter the new year feeling refreshed, relaxed, and rarin’ to go.

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This is a huge win for all of us who want to stay healthy without having to always spend money going to the doctor’s office.

A group of Canadian engineering students have been named the winners of this year’s James Dyson Award, being recognized for their device that detects skin cancer without the need for a traditional biopsy. The McMaster University students developed the Skan device as a way to quickly and easily detect melanoma in its early stages–when diagnosed early enough, melanoma is virtually harmless.

According to the team, 37 people in the UK alone are diagnosed with melanoma every day. The students explained the need for their device saying: “Early diagnostic methods rely heavily on visual inspections, which are inaccurate. More advanced methods are time consuming and expensive, adding avoidable strain to already over-burdened health services….In the UK one to 10 skin cancers are diagnosed in the late stage, however, it can take a number of weeks to see a specialist. Those who do not go through biopsy procedures run the risk of missed detection.”

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“Cancerous cells have a higher metabolic rate than normal cells, and as such – they release more heat,” said the team. “This means that after a thermal shock is applied, the cancerous tissue will regain heat more quickly than the non-cancerous tissue, indicating a strong likelihood of melanoma.” The combination of these results would show the presence, or lack of presence, of melanoma.

The team claims that their Skan device will cost 80% less than the non-invasive option of thermal imaging. James Dyson made a statement about the winners saying, “By using widely available and inexpensive components, the Skan allows for melanoma skin cancer detection to be readily accessible to the many. It’s a very clever device with the potential to save lives around the world.”

 


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If you’re familiar with double cleansing, bubble masks and cushion compacts, then you’re already aware of the many amazing Korean beauty products that have infiltrated the industry over the past few years. The latest K-beauty category everyone’s buzzing about is booster serums, a skin care wunderkind that many Western brands are now also incorporating into their product lines.

What are booster serums?

Booster serums are lightweight liquids that contain performance ingredients in high concentration. You can mix them with other skin care products, like moisturizer or sunscreen, or use them on their own before following up with the rest of your regimen. Think of booster serums as the ingredient that supercharges the products you already use.

Boosters are packaged in small volume bottles due to the fact that they’re concentrated, and because you only need one or two drops, the bottle can last a long time. Light in texture and watery, they are created to target different concerns, like increase hydration, brighten, tone, reduce wrinkles or soothe irritated skin. The goal of boosters is to prime and stabilize the skin’s barrier, allowing your other products to work more effectively and give us the healthy glow we all want.

How to use booster serums

You can opt to use boosters either on their own or mixed with another product. If you choose to use them on their own, work 1-3 drops (or more, per manufacturer’s instructions) into cleansed (and, if you wish, toned) face. Follow up with serum and moisturizer.

Another way is to mix 1-3 drops of booster with a moisturizer in the palm of your hand and apply the mixture after cleansing. You will notice that you will not need nearly as much moisturizer as you did prior to using a booster.

The beauty of booster serums is that they can improve the benefits of your creams or replace your usual toner or serum. If you are curious about giving this type of product a try, click through the slideshow above to discover some of the best booster serums available.

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