For many of us, summer means all good things.
Beautiful weather, our favourite clothes, and outside adventures with friends.
What’s not to love? Unfortunately for around 13 million of us in the UK, hay
fever comes around each year with different ideas.
You read that right; around 13 million Brits
suffer from hay fever every summer, making it one of the most common allergies
in the nation. At least you’re not alone!
If you’re familiar with the allergy, which sees
sufferers react to pollen with cold-like symptoms including sneezing, runny
nose, sore throat, and itchy eyes, you’ll know how much of a pain it can be.
While hay fever is not caused by a virus, which means you won’t feel unwell in
any other way, the cold-like symptoms can be super inconvenient.
There’s no cure for hay fever currently.
However, there are some ways to treat the allergy, which can make your
favourite summer activities (we’re thinking picnics, hikes, and sunbathing in
the countryside) a lot easier to manage.
Use Vaseline around your nose
to trap pollen particles
Wear sunglasses to stop pollen
getting into your eyes
Shower and wash clothes
regularly to get the pollen off
Keep windows and doors shut to
avoid a pollinated house
Vacuum and dust with a damp
cloth to keep pollen away
Buy a pollen filter for the air
vents in your car
Because no cure or treatment can prevent hay
fever, if you’re stuck with the allergy, you’ll need to learn to deal with it.
It can be a little uncomfortable and inconvenient, but that’s as bad as it
Hay fever and makeup
This is the stuff we’re most interested in! How
can you keep that perfect makeup looking
its best throughout summer, when pollen is making your eyes itch and stream?
Read on for our tips and tricks for hay fever-proofing your look this summer.
Skip eye makeup altogether
Hear us out. Summer is a perfect time to try out
a fresh new look, which can mean skipping out on eyeshadow and liner and
focusing on other parts of your face.
Less makeup works particularly well at this time
of year. You’re more likely to have a peachy tan,
which means your eyes will be popping naturally without the need to heavy
mascara and liner to emphasise them. Skipping these steps can also be a great
way to keep your makeup looking great when it’s super-hot outside; mascara and
liner are two of the biggest culprits for sweating off, so leaving them out
means no chance of panda eyes at your summer event.
Keep your eyes natural and pair back your makeup
routine to suit the warm weather. A swipe of blush can emphasise
your summer glow, while a bright lip is a playful way to wear makeup in the
sun. Bright lipstick
also looks great with minimal eye makeup, as French girls everywhere will tell
you. Try out the look and wave au revoir to smudgy hay fever eyes forever!
Use waterproof formulas
If you aren’t willing to forgo the mascara, waterproof formulas
are a great way to enhance your lashes in the face of hay fever. Choose the
right product, and you’ll be able to dab and wipe your tears away without
spoiling the look of your makeup.
There are plenty more waterproof makeup options
available, including some great liquid liners!
Perfect for a BBQ cat-eye or a flawless summer wedding look.
If you’re considering waterproof makeup this
summer, why not switch your entire collection and ensure a picture-perfect look
no matter how sweaty it gets. You can find plenty of waterproof eyeshadows,
foundations, blushes, and lipsticks over on our shop site.
Enhance your eyes with a lash lift or tint
Our favourite way to beat hay fever is with a
summertime lash lift and tint. Lash work has become super popular in recent
years, with plenty of salons offering the service and lots of at-home kits
available too. There are several different options available, so you can choose
the lash treatment that suits you based on the look you want.
For subtly enhanced lashes, stick with a tint
An eyelash tint is a great way to enhance your
eyes while still maintaining a natural look. Whether you go to a salon or
choose an inexpensive yet effective at-home dye kit, your results will include
darker lashes that look naturally thicker and longer. If you don’t have silky
dark lashes, this is the simplest way to fake it.
Choose a lash lift for a semi-permanent mascara finish
If you’re a mascara diehard but suffering from
hay fever eyes, a lash lift is a perfect solution. Most salons offer the
service now, which involves lifting your natural lashes for a just-curled look
that stays. Your therapist will usually then dye your lashes and apply a
thickening treatment to make them appear more defined. Lash lifting is a
favourite among the beauty elite, who love natural-looking results and the
procedure’s several-week lifespan.
For a more glamorous look, try lash extensions
If you love stand-out eye makeup and you’ve
never tried eyelash extensions, you don’t know what you’re missing! Lash
extensions involve a professional beautician fixing tens of individual false
lashes onto your own to create your desired finish. You can go a little more
natural with a scattering of shorter lashes, or choose thick, long, false-lash-looking
extensions for all-out glamour.
Eyelash extensions last for a few weeks and
eliminate the need for any mascara, which means they’re perfect for summer and
even better for hay fever sufferers!
Choosing hypoallergenic makeup in summer
If you have hay fever, you might also experience
sensitive skin and reactions throughout the summer. Whether your skin reacts to
grass, heat, or pollen in the air, there’s never been a better time to consider
hypoallergenic skincare and makeup.
Hypoallergenic skincare, like face wash, moisturiser,
and even SPF
cream, is gentler on your skin than chemical options. Because they’re so
gentle, these hypoallergenic skincare products are unlikely to cause or
aggravate a reaction from something like hay fever or sun intolerance. Brands
and Simple are great
for hypoallergenic and sensitive-skin-friendly products.
If you’re searching for hypoallergenic makeup
for hay fever season, look to the likes of bareMinerals and
Vichy, who are great at making beautiful makeup that won’t cause or worsen a
reaction. Hypoallergenic makeup means you can still apply all your favourite
products and keep your skin happy too – win-win!
For more summer skincare advice or 2020 trend
tips, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!
Just how powerful are they? Will they really give you the
feeling of being at a beach all winter long? How and when are you supposed to
use them? Today, we’re answering everything you’re wondering about those
daylight mood lamps that are popping up more and more every day.
When you live somewhere where you experience all the seasons
of the year, as excited as we all may get about the seasonal hot drinks in
coffee shops and all the candles, blankets and cosy nights in, when it’s dark
early in the morning and early evening, the days feel so much shorter
and they’re a lot harder to wake up for let alone feel energised.
The changes that come with the winter season can actually
cause people to feel depressed enough to hibernate inside for prolonged periods
of time which tends to have a rather negative effect on mental health. This is
also known as seasonal
affective disorder (SAD) which is marked by downshifts in mood and energy
starting in the fall and lasting throughout winter. In rare cases, it can
continue on into spring and summer too. After a quick google search on the
topic, you’ll find that a commonly recommended treatment is light therapy.
However, there is an alternative cure for treating your winter blues…
This 10,000 lux light is said to stimulate good well-being
for the body and soul. It has a 2-in-1 bright light and moodlight too which is
great for using in the winter months to balance out that lack of sunlight and
energy we have. In addition to this, the moodlight feature is great for playing
around with colours and setting a calming tone to relax or fall asleep too. You
can even use this light with the Beurer LightUp app to control ten brightness
levels and 256 colours.
Now that’s one funky piece of technology, right? The bright
light in the ironically named ‘SAD’ lamp hits the retina and sends nerve
signals to the brain to kickstart chemical and hormone levels which then helps
improve your mood. It’s pretty crazy when you think about how just one lamp can
have such a positive effect on our mood but it all makes sense why there’s an
uplift in people’s mindsets for the day when the sun is out shining whether
that’s co-workers going for a walk on their lunch break or children not completely
dreading another day at school.
What are your thoughts on daylight mood lamps? If you tend
to struggle with the shorter, darker days of the winter, why not invest in one
and experiment? It could be totally life-changing. Or even if you don’t feel
like you suffer as such, the fact this lamp can be controlled by a single app
on your phone with over 250 colours to choose from is definitely something
worth checking out.
Overworked skin is a thing and we all suffer from it. Dullness,
sagginess, dryness and wrinkles are all signs of our skin’s lack of energy. Why?
Because of the environment we live in. Pollution, staring at computer screens,
rushing around, not getting enough sleep – we’re all guilty of it because it’s
the lifestyle we’ve adjusted to living. However, incredible, innovative ingredients
are being added to skincare formulas every day. Could they be our skin
saviours? Let’s take a look.
When comparing healthy skin cells to overworked ones,
results are known to show that the latter struggle to regenerate. This process
normally happens at night time while our skin moves into repair mode.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-stress hormones are released allowing us to effectively
sleep our skin younger. However, all those late nights spent watching that extra
episode on Netflix or scanning socials on our phones before we finally turn in often
stop us from doing this.
If we were to aim to sleep longer, improve our organisation
skills to decrease stress levels and generally slow down a little bit, this
would lead to healthier skin in the long run that would produce more energy
cell regeneration vitamins. However, to optimise this process, skincare comes
in rather handy. More and more ground-breaking ingredients are coming to the
surface every day.
Ingredients To Look Out For
Moonlight cactus – Repairs skins radiance and is as efficient as
melatonin, the chemical our body produces while we sleep. It has high levels of
vitamin E which keeps the skin nourished by drawing in maximum moisture while
boosting the fatty acid known as linoleic which encourages cell growth.
Marsh Mallow – The extract of this plant helps to soften skin, lower swelling and kill bacteria. It’s also known to treat sunburn and dry skin too.
Barbary Fig – Helps to support skin structure with
its antioxidant-rich, light oil that provides intense hydration. This deeply
moisturising ingredient easily penetrates the epidermis (the outer layer of the
Orange Blossom – Renowned for its many uses and benefits, orange blossom extract naturally contains anti-microbial properties to provide the skin with a fresh feel, while removing excess dirt and oil that clogs pores resulting in supple, nourished skin.
Glycolic Acid – Known as the holy grail for exfoliation, this acid effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal brighter, fresher skin. It’s great for treating scars, discolouration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.
Ribose – Increases skin hydration, reduces the surfaces of wrinkles, boosts plumpness and smooths skin. It’s actually the only known cosmetic ingredient used by skin cells to control energy restoration and effectively give new energy to tired, overworked skin.
Peptides – Short chains of amino acids that act as
building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. All of which
are proteins that make up the foundations of your skin and are responsible for texture,
strength and resilience.
It’s just as important as skincare but why don’t we hear about it? Maybe it’s because it doesn’t have that luxurious ring to it, ‘scalp care’ – it sounds a little bit raw, right? We put so much effort into looking after our skin and investing in the best products around to get the gorgeous healthy locks that we desire but what’s missing is the thing that connects the two, quite literally.
So, you’re thinking: “why do I need to know about it, my scalp feels pretty fine to me?”. Well, even though it might not be at the top of your hierarchy of beauty needs, you’d be surprised just how much dirt and grime finds its way to the top of our heads from being exposed to polluted environments. Or maybe, you do suffer from issues relating to it such as dandruff or itchiness, either way, we’re here to give you a little bit more info on the topic.
Why is it so important?
Treating your scalp with extra TLC will only benefit you
as your strands will soon be thanking you in no time for the added silk and
hydration. Signs of an unhealthy scalp include excessive oiliness, hair loss,
dryness, itching and peeling. However, if you choose your hair products
well, you can easily begin to combat these issues.
What do I avoid?
Don’t take super-hot showers. The high heat of the water will
only dry out your skin even more by irritating it. When brushing through your
hair, comb it gently while being extra careful near the roots. Something you
probably didn’t know is that excessive brushing with some force to detangle can
actually bruise your scalp – that’ll probably ring some bells for those of you
who were lucky enough to have your dad scrape your back into a ponytail when
you were younger.
Ingredient Don’ts: sulphates, parabens, silicones, chlorides,
mineral oils, petroleum
Where do I start?
Depending on how dry you feel your skin and scalp get,
this will determine the amount of product you can use and how oily you can go
with the formula. For example, thicker more textured curly hair can
handle heaps of oil because it almost soaks it up in an instant. This is due to
curly hair shafts that don’t allow natural oils our heads already produce to
get very far. However, straighter, finer hair will need much lighter
formulations and finer shampoos and conditioners so that the hair isn’t left
feeling weighed down or too oily.
Veganism has grown in popularity over the past few years and
January is the perfect time to kick start a new regime. Veganuary is where
people attempt to eat completely Vegan for a month, reducing their meat
consumption and helping towards environmental issues. When you talk about
veganism, most people assume you mean your diet. But what about other aspects
of your life, like clothing and beauty products?
Pinterest recently reported that the searches for Vegan
beauty have increased by 281% since 2017, with more and more people interested
in products that are vegan.
Whether it’s for health or happiness, we think giving
Veganuary a go is a great idea. Making sustainable choices in your lifestyle
can only benefit your health, wellbeing and the environment. If you’ve decided
to give it a go, it can be quite daunting trying to work out what beauty
products you can and can’t use. To make things a little easier, on our website
we have an entire Vegan
section. Keep reading to find out what our favourites are!
If you’re looking for a brightening serum that is high
performance, then the Dermalogica Biolumin C is perfect. Not only is it
completely vegan, but it contains ultra-stable Vitamin C and Palmitoyl
Tripeptide-5 that dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and
Get beautifully clean, dewy skin in an instant with this
mask full of mineral-rich Dead Sea mud. The rich formula gently extracts
impurities from the skin and deeply moisturises for visibly clearer skin. All
the AHAVA products are Vegan so you can stock up on a full skincare collection
If you have coloured blonde or platinum hair you can still
use toning shampoos that are vegan! The Fudge Clean Blonde shampoo helps combat
unwanted brassy and yellow tones in your colour-treated hair. The deeply cleansing
shampoo effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while reviving the radiance
of your blonde hair.
This balm is a multipurpose product that can instantly
brighten your complexion with a shade that is guaranteed to suit all skin
tones. The nourishing formula is enriched with an award-winning blend of Pawpaw
(Papaya fruit), Aloe Vera and Olive Oil.
This is a luxurious milk cleanser that is rich in Omega 3, 6
and 9 and skin brightening botanicals which help to gently purify the skin and
stimulate cell turnover. All the Elemental Herbology products are vegan and
they have a beautiful collection of skincare products that are performance
driven to give you the best results.
That’s right, not all makeup tools are vegan! These FD
Beauty sponges are great for getting in all the hard to reach areas. They’re
perfect for applying product to the skin with a smooth and natural finish. Top
tip: dampen your sponge slightly before application to stop it soaking up all
Many of the Elemis skincare products are vegan and
hallelujah because they are incredible! This is a daily moisturiser with SPF 30
that protects your skin throughout the day while also gently resurfacing the
skin by stimulating the natural cell renewal cycle. This helps reduce the
appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but also keeps you super hydrated
throughout the day!
If you dream of the day you’ll spring out of
bed and breeze out of the house in twenty minutes, you’re in luck! In this
guide, we’ll bring you tried-and-tested tips and tricks to help you get up and
get out without the drama.
Does the sound of your alarm send a shiver down
your spine? You’re not alone! Waking up is a lot of people’s least favourite
part of the day, particularly throughout the winter months, when the mornings
are colder, darker, and altogether unappealing. If you’re waking up in the
mornings feeling extremely groggy and unenergetic, however, there are some
things that you can do to improve the start of your day.
When you’ve got your wakeup nailed down, it’s
time to streamline your routine. With a little thought and preparation, it’s
super-easy to cut down the steps you take towards skincare and beauty in the
morning. We’ll get to that later – first thing’s first, here’s how to make
waking up easier.
The benefits of waking up early
If you can start your day on a positive note,
you’re more likely to have a great one. That’s why it’s so important that you
can wake up and get ready without rushing around and getting stressed. Here are
some of the benefits of waking up early:
You’re more likely to eat
breakfast, which we all know is the most important meal of the day!
The morning is a great time to
exercise when there aren’t any social commitments or excuses to get in the way.
Your morning workout can help you feel energised all day long
When you wake up early, you
have a chance to switch on before you get to work
You’ll have time to focus on
tasks without interruptions, while the rest of the world is asleep
If you wake up early, you’ll be
sleepier when bedtime comes around again
How to wake up early in the morning
Lifestyle is the key to feeling fresh and
energised in the morning. If you’re used to drinking alcohol or eating
unhealthily right up until bedtime, your sleep cycle is likely to suffer. Not
only might you be depriving yourself of a deep, restorative sleep, but you’re
also less likely to enjoy waking up than you might if you changed your habits.
Try some of these lifestyle changes for
increased energy levels in the morning:
Stay hydrated – drink at least
eight glasses of water a day to improve sleep quality and energy the next day
Stop eating a few hours before
bedtime. Late dinners and snacking can disrupt sleep, and leave you feeling
groggy in the morning
Avoid alcohol if you have an
early morning ahead
Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
Stay away from your phone and
laptop before bed. Blue light and over-stimulation can disrupt your sleep. Try
reading or listening to a podcast instead
While some of these changes might not suit your
lifestyle, making just a couple of them can work wonders for your sleep quality
and how easy it is to wake up in the morning. Not to mention, these healthy
lifestyle choices can improve your health and help you carry your morning
energy right through the day.
Changing your lifestyle can make a huge
difference when it comes to your sleep and overall energy levels. Still
fighting to get out of bed? There’s more you can do if you live a clean life
and you’re still struggling to wake up. Try out these techniques to make
getting out of bed easier than ever:
Keep to a consistent sleep
schedule, particularly through your working week. Try to stick to a rough
bedtime and wake time every day, and your body will be less surprised when your
alarm rings in the morning
Put out your clothes the night
before to make the getting ready process easier
Never hit snooze! When you
press the snooze button, your body is tricked into thinking it’s about to fall
back into a deep sleep, making it even more difficult to wake up ten minutes
Don’t check your phone while
you’re still in bed. Get up, get ready, then enjoy your scroll – you’ve earnt
Let more natural light get into
your bedroom by keeping the blinds open or with the help of a sunrise alarm
Find something that motivates
you to get out of bed. Whether it’s an early workout, a walk with your dog or
even just a breakfast you love, starting your day with something you enjoy can
make all the difference
How to get ready quickly in the morning
You’re up, and you’ve made it to the bathroom.
The hard part is over, now all that’s left to do is get ready for your day.
Whether you’re pushed for time every morning or you’ve slept through your alarm
and eaten into your getting-ready window, ensuring your morning routine is as
stress-free and streamlined as possible can help make mornings happier.
Streamline your morning skincare routine
When it comes to cutting back your morning
skincare routine, the key is the products you choose. Your morning routine
should focus on cleansing and protection. Save your treatments, masks, and
creams for evening, when you can really make the most of them. Keep it quick in
the morning with these simple steps:
That’s all you need! Ensuring your face is clean
and protected before you move onto your makeup can help cut back the time you
spend getting ready and keep your skin clear of excess product.
Remember to move quickly. There’s no need to mess
around while you perform your morning skincare routine, just get in and get it
done – the whole process shouldn’t take longer than five minutes.
Streamline your daily makeup routine
The part of our morning routine that can take
the longest is, of course, makeup. Whether you’re trying to cover a breakout or
working on perfecting your signature cat-eye, some parts of the makeup routine
can eat up time without you realising.
The best way to keep your morning makeup routine
quick is to keep it simple. We love dramatic full coverage makeup as much as
the next person, but when it comes to early mornings, we’d rather have an extra
half-an-hour in bed than a perfectly blended eye. Try cutting your makeup
routine back to these basics and see how much extra time you have in the
Comb through your eyebrows with a translucent or tinted gel
Of course, you might want to add or remove a
couple of steps. The way you do your makeup is personal, we get it. This
five-minute routine is just an example of how easy everyday makeup application
Streamline your morning hairstyling routine
Hairstyling can be as quick or as lengthy as you
want it to be. The trick is preparation and knowing what works and what
doesn’t. If you know you’re going to want your curly hair smoothed down in the
morning, consider styling it the night before. You can blow out your hair or
run the straighteners over it before bed, then sleep with it in a soft, low bun
or ponytail to hold the style.
Another great way to minimise your morning
hairstyling is to nail a couple of easy styles that work for your hair. A quick
bun, plait, or ponytail can disguise messy hair and should only take a couple
of minutes with enough practice. It’s nice to style your hair properly sometimes,
but keeping it simple means less heat damage and more relaxed mornings –
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