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Autumn Skincare Routine

Autumn skincare tips to live by 2019- Love your skin

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Autumn Skincare RoutineWhile we’re all for cosy Autumnal nights in, accompanied by a mountain of blankets, hot chocolate and a lineup of rom-com films, the change in weather unfortunately isn’t good news for your skin. As we transition seasons, it’s time to curate an Autumn skincare routine that soothes and smooths your post-summer skin whilst simultaneously prepping your skin for winter. The Vanity Van team have gathered up our best skincare tips to supercharge your skincare routine as we make our way into the crisp Autumn months. 

After a Summer of long beach days and hours in the beating sun, your complexion is more likely to suffer from uneven skin texture, congested pores and breakouts. There’s a common misconception that exfoliation causes dry, flaky skin, but we’re here to tell you that you’re totally wrong. Gentle exfoliation is the best way to treat dehydrated, dull skin as it scrubs away dead skin cells and allows your skin to resurface, revealing a healthy, radiant glow. Removing damaged skin cells and dried up oils also means that the skin is able to absorb beneficial ingredients deeper, so you get more bang for your buck when it comes to skincare products. We’re ready to jump on the exfoliating bandwagon, are you?

Autumn Skincare RoutineMoisturising throughout the year is non-negotiable, but as the colder months creep in, it’s essential to upgrade your skincare products to more hydrating, nourishing formulas. Autumn months typically cause your skin to produce less oil, stripping it of acids that naturally occur in the skin. If you have dry skin, it’s officially the time to knuckle down on hydration boosters to stop your skin from getting flaky. Opt for a moisturiser specifically designed to prevent moisture loss and replenish and resurface the skin barrier. For those of you with oily skin, applying a full-duty night-cream can feel a little heavy on the skin, so opt for a moisturiser formulated for oily skin with a matte finish to prevent your skin producing more oilsIs your skin still feeling a little thirsty? Indulge in a weekly treatment mask to brighten your skin tone and replenish your skin. Leave the mask to settle overnight and remove in the morning with a soft cloth to unveil beautiful, Autumn ready skin!

Which of these Autumn skincare tips will you be trying out when the weather takes a turn for the worse?

How to maintain or fake a glowing Summer tan- Tanning routine

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Tanning Routine

Catching that “fresh from the beach” tan after a long Summer’s day is sometimes unavoidable, even if you have slathered your body in SPF. As Summer comes to an end, we’re all in a slump about the sunshine saying goodbye. But, while your holiday may be a thing of the past, it doesn’t mean your tan needs to. We’ve gathered up our best hints and tips for prolonging the life of your tan as we make our way into the Autumn months. If you haven’t had a chance to catch some rays and have remained the same pasty hue all Summer long, do not fear because we’ve got the perfect no-stress, no-mess tanning routine for a flawless summer glow.

Pre-sun prepping is incredibly important, but post-sun aftercare is equally as vital to achieving a flawless, picture perfect tan. A rich and nourishing after-sun treatment not only soothes the skin but also hydrates it, which is key for when you’re hoping to maintain your glow long after you return home. Just as you would SPF, slather after-sun on your face and body daily to replenish moisture your skin may have lost throughout the day, and to restore the natural protective barrier of your skin. While you’re loading up on the lotions, add a gradual tanning moisturiser to your basket as it is a great and effective option to extend the life of your tan and give your skin a youthful, glow boost as your tan fades.

The first step in a seamless tanning routine is exfoliation to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells and form a smooth base for your tan to stick to. Renowned as the “juice cleanse of the beauty world”, dry brushing is a new, revolutionary exfoliating technique that is incredibly effective and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Begin at your feet and brush upwards using gentle, small strokes, or work in a circular motion. Take a shower afterwards to rinse away the dead skin cells and follow up with a hydrating moisturiser to replenish your skin. Regular body brushing primes your skin to absorb the ingredients in your skincare products, keeps ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. A long list of beneficial properties, plus prepping your skin for a perfect fake tan application? Sign us up!

Tanning Routine Glowing BronzedOnce your skin is scrubbed and prepped, it’s time to choose the right formula of fake tan for your skin type. Faking a tan has become a whole lot easier recently thanks to a new crop of mousse, gel and water-based tanning products becoming readily available on our doorsteps, but which is the right formula for you? Suffer with shiny skin throughout the Summer months? Opt for a oil-free mousse that contains lightweight, natural soothers as it has a light consistency and isn’t heavy on the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, even throughout the warmer months, opt for a tan that contains hydrating properties to keep them pesky dry batches at bay. 

Are you trying to maintain your tan or nail your fake tanning routine?

Are you looking for easy and quick at-home massage treatments to incorporate into your self-care routine? Check out our last blog post!

Home Massage Gua Sha and Jade Roller

At-home massage techniques designed for healthier skin

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Home Massage TechniquesWhether you’ve vowed to make 2019 the year of self-care, or you want to tone and tighten your skin for the Summer, home massage therapy can be highly beneficial. For those interested in effective at-home beauty treatments, we have compiled a list of the most popular massage techniques in the mainstream beauty world that you can perform at home. 

When setting off for a Summer holiday, fears of exposing cellulite can put a dampener on the experience. However, as well as the usual anti-cellulite techniques, such as drinking lots of water and detoxifying your body, massage can also be hugely beneficial. A deep tissue massage at a salon works to reduce cellulite by rolling and suctioning different parts of the body to restore circulation. While this massage technique and regular treatment will not rid the body of cellulite alone, they will help diminish the appearance and help prevent further deterioration of the tissues.

For an at-home massage treatment, use a cream or oil and mimic the technique using firm, circular pinching movements from the lower leg upwards.  If you’re looking for a little extra help, use a scrub vigorously in the shower that contains sea salts containing minerals that are detoxifying which will also rid you of dead skin cells – giving you a healthy glow and helping make your legs appear smoother. While it’s definitely not a relaxing treat, after a few treatments you’ll be ready to hit the beach in no time!  

Facial massage is the secret every skincare guru relies on, and just like the body, the more you move your facial muscles, the more lifted and tightened your skin becomes. Recently becoming a cult product in the mainstream beauty world is the ancient Chinese ‘gua sha’ tool.  To use the tool, stroke it across your face in different directions and areas. It not only aids skincare products in further penetrating the skin, but it will also help to boost blood circulation and stimulate the skin. Another tool that helps to de-puff the skin, reduce inflammation, and brighten your appearance is the infamous Jade facial roller. Using the same Home Massage Gua Sha and Jade Rollermovements and technique, this tool is renowned for being a quick-fix workout for your skin, helping to sculpt and naturally contour your skin. We don’t need any more convincing! 

Whether you use it when you wake up as a morning ritual, or a wind-down at the end of the day, this at-home massage is not only meditative, but it is also a great way to sneak in some self-care. Thanks to its collagen and immunity-boosting results, no wonder this self-treatment ritual has become a staple in achieving toned, glowing skin. 

Whichever technique you decide to try out, the most important part is to incorporate it into your daily routine so that you can fully reap the rewards. What is five minutes out of your day when you could have tightened, healthy skin?

Summer Skincare Healthy Skin

Summer skincare our teams must-haves- beat the summer heat

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Summer Skincare Must-HavesWith summer officially upon us it’s the time to rethink your summer skincare routine. When the weather is hot and humid, your skin may experience more oil than usual and is more vulnerable to sun damage, so tweaking your usual regime can help you score clear, glowing skin this summer. Check out these summer skin care tips to keep your skin hydrated and protected in the heat. 

Sweat, bacteria, and heavy sun creams can cause our skin to break out if we don’t treat it right after a long day in the sun. When a sweat-induced breakout is on the horizon, reduce lumps and bumps with a glycolic mask once or twice a week. These exfoliating masks refine and smooth skin texture that’s irritated by sun and help to reduce the likelihood of blemishes and breakouts resurfacing. Body acne is also common during sweatier, humid months as your body produces more oil. Washing in the morning with an acne-fighting body wash and following up with anti-blemish pads can help to reduce inflammation of the skin and unclog pores. Goodbye acne, and welcome flawless, glowing Summer skin!   

Although we recommend wearing SPF all year round, it should definitely be an essential step in your Summer skincare routine. A lot of sun-creams can be heavy and greasy on your skin, which can contribute to breakouts and shine throughout the warmer months. Swap your SPF for a lightweight serum that will soak into skin underneath your makeup without leaving a casper white cast. Sun protection doesn’t just stop at the skin, but the sensitive skin along your hairline can get neglected when it comes to SPF application. Apply a scalp sunscreen over damp hair by working the product from the scalp through the layers after getting out of the shower. Scalp SPF is extremely lightweight and works to replenish any depleted moisture whilst protecting your hair from the harmful UV rays. 

Summer Skincare Healthy SkinAntioxidant-rich skincare products can offer massive benefits for the appearance of your skin by fighting visible signs of ageing and aiding the recovery of sun-damaged skin. If your skin is looking a little dull and lifeless in the morning opt for a cleanser with lycopene as it promotes collagen and protects against cell damage. For your daily moisturiser, bring out the big guns with an multi-purpose, antioxidant infused day cream. Long gone are the days of applying a multitude of products to achieve sun defence, moisture, and colour correction, because this hero product does it all. With all of these beneficial properties, it is impossible to deny the superiority of antioxidants in skincare. 

What are your Summer skincare must-haves?

Pre and post workout essentials- our best gym beauty tips

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Pre and Post Workout Gym BeautyWhile we’re all for getting our sweat on, we’re not ready to sacrifice our beauty regime. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide for gym beauty pre-workout preparation and post-workout pampering for gym bag heroes, so you can look and feel refreshed before, throughout and after your gym session.

While it may be tempting to head straight to the gym from work with your full face of make-up on, this can cause the products to mix with the build-up of sweat, resulting in clogged pores and an uneven skin texture. Thankfully, there is a new crop of gym beauty and skincare products on the market that are guaranteed to outlive a sweat session, without effecting your skin. If you feel that your skin is looking a little dull and lack-lustre, a glow enhancing face lotion can provide light coverage, while quickly perking up and injecting radiance into your complexion. A glowing lotion is also perfect for applying after your gym session to amplify and enhance your post-work out glow. 

After your workout, spritz on a cooling mist to replenish the moisture you lost while sweating. Opt for a cooling spray that contains cucumber extracts to cool and calm down your skin. A new gym beauty product that has taken the beauty sphere by storm is self-tanning water, the new revolutionary method of tanning at home. The transparent water hydrates the skin whilst it gradually tans, going on clear and transforming into a subtle glow. The lightweight feel of the water on the skin, along with the hydrating benefits and instant absorption, makes it a perfect product to use after working out, whilst making tanning feel like less of a chore. Who doesn’t love a multi-purpose product?

If your exercise shine wasn’t a burden enough, you may also get a severe case of post-workout red face. Created specifically for Gym Beauty Essentialsgym junkies, a yellow-toned primer will help to combat all redness before the problem even begins. It works as a quick fix before or after heading to the gym and can be used without the need for make-up on top, similar to a tinted moisturiser.

For when a primer isn’t enough to tackle that post-gym flush, game-changing colour-correcting loose powder has hit the shelves and will be your new best friend. A yellow toned powder will instantly calm redness, the yellow pigment and natural mineral working to neutralise redness and absorb excess oil and shine. Pop a light dusting over your problem areas before leaving the gym and everyone will be none the wiser!

Which of these essential gym beauty products will you be adding to your gym bag?  

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Sustainable beauty – how to go green with your beauty routine

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Waste free sustainable beautyIt’s no secret that the beauty industry takes a toll on the environment, whether it’s non-recyclable packaging, unethical sources or water waste. Here at Vanity Van, we’ve decided to look at our entire product range this year to determine how we can adapt it to make it sustainable for the environment. Now we’re encouraging you to do the same! In the quest for sustainable beauty, we’ve compiled a list of products that will reduce your carbon footprint, without having to compromise on the luxuries. 

With a whole range of gel, foam and cream cleansers on the market, it’s difficult to pick the one that’s right for you. Welcome to our new summer skincare obsession: powdered cleansers. While definitely not new, powdered cleansers have recently been on our beauty radar, not only for their cleansing and exfoliation properties, but also for their sustainability. Simply place the product in the palm of your hands, add water and then mix until you’ve achieved your ideal texture and lather. Powdered cleansers don’t contain any water, so all active ingredients remain undiluted, and because they’re dry, which means they last longer. The majority are made from sustainably harvested essential oils, and are packaged in a recycled and recyclable refill package, meaning that your skin remains clean and nourished without impacting the environment. We couldn’t ask any more of a cleanser! 

Shampoo bars are a revolutionary product that will take you one step closer to establishing a sustainable beauty hair care routine. These bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos so you can use less product per hair wash, saving you money and extra trips to the shop when your (sustainable) dry shampoo is no longer cutting it. If you need more convincing, there is no need for plastic packaging as most shampoo bars come wrapped in recycled paper or in paper boxes, occasionally needing no packaging at all. While many traditional shampoos are jam packed with with preservatives and chemicals that can strip hair of its natural oils, shampoo bars contain essential oils and natural ingredients so you can say goodbye to injecting harmful chemicals into your hair and the environment. 

Sustainable Beauty Shampoo BarOne major area of the beauty industry has been overlooked is water waste. Water-free skincare products are the eco-friendly step that your sustainable beauty regime is missing, one of our favourites being the game-changing dry sheet mask. A sheet mask is typically a thin sheet drenched with serum, but with a dry sheet mask, active ingredients are infused into the fabric, meaning there’s no need for water in the formulation. Without water, fewer preservatives are needed. While the concept may seem strange, these dry sheet masks will instantly amp up your skincare game, providing hydration for your skin without any water waste.

How are you planning on making your beauty routine more sustainable?  

The ultimate Mother’s Day self-care guide

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Prioritising self-care is not always easy, especially as a working Mum, but it’s important to take the time you need for rest and self-restoration. This Mother’s Day, we encourage you to create space to take care of yourself, whether it’s just for an hour of relaxation or an extended pamper weekend.  

Mother's Day Manicure close upA simple way to infuse some self-love into your daily routine is by creating small luxuries that you can work into your everyday life. No time or money for a manicure? We get it. Thankfully, we have gotten our hands on a luxurious DIY hand lotion recipe that can serve as a low-maintenance care package for yourself, on Mother’s Day and all year round.  

Ingredients:

  • 120ml sweet almond oil
  • 60ml coconut oil 
  • 2tbsp shea butter 
  • 10-20 drops of essential oils  

Set up a bowl over a pot of gently simmering water and add the almond oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to the bowl. If you are adding essential oils, add them in at this point and give the ingredients a mix. Pour the mixture into any jar or container that you wish to store it in, and let it cool. This recipe is perfect for keeping your hard-working hands moisturised, and is a great option for a quick pick-me-up each day.  

Mother's Day foot care

As important as your feet are, they are usually only thought of when there is a problem with them. So, some tootsie TLC to treat tired, worn-out feet is the perfect treat to indulge in on Mother’s Day. Begin by soaking your feet in warm water for 5 minutes and scrub with a gentle exfoliator to remove the excess dead skin. For tough, stubborn areas, invest in a diamond crystal roller, or a pumice stone as a cheaper alternative, and apply gentle pressure to remove all hard skin and replenish the area. Push back the cuticles of your toenails with a metal cuticle pusher and rub cuticle oil in with your fingers. Slather on a generous layer of foot cream to your feet and heels and immediately chuck on the fluffiest pair of socks you can find to lock in the moisture. 

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Having a warm, fragrant salt bath is a wonderful way to relax and soothe sore, tired muscles, especially if you’re a busy, working Mum. The pre-game is very important here, so make sure to dial in to whatever self-care settings apply to you. While your bath is bubbling away, we suggest lighting candles and switching on an inspiring podcast to shift your mindset and mood. The key to the perfect bath is using a mixture of salts and oils which will give you the perfect balance of aromatics and hydration. For this, we have the perfect DIY bath salt recipe which will not only fill your bathroom with a heavenly scent, but will also rehydrate your skin with a burst of essential oils. 

Ingredients:  

 – 230ml rock salt or sea salt & 230ml epsom salts 

– 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda & 10- 15 drops of essential oil  

 

Simply mix together the salts in a glass mixing bowl and sift in the bi-carbonate of soda. Add your essential oil of choice, and mix the salts together thoroughly. When it comes to putting your creation to the test, dissolve a handful of bath salts under running water, and lay back and relax! 

Follow our hints and tips this Mother’s Day and your self-care barometer will be off the chart! Which of these will you be testing out?  

Contouring Curve

To contour or not to contour – is the art of contouring dead?

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Popularised by A-listers, such as Kim Kardashian, and Instagram beauty influencers, contouring has quickly become one of the biggest beauty trends of the last few years. What was once a well-kept secret of celebrities and makeup artists has now become an everyday practice for the typical makeup obsessive. But like every trend that emerges from the beauty world, has contouring had its day?

Contouring naturalHere at VV we personally believe that it is here to stay, but in a much more subtle way. Say goodbye to the dramatic, ‘insta-famous’ way of face contouring and welcome a soft, bronzed contour that naturally shapes the face without it looking streaky or muddy. Pick a cool toned cream contour colour that compliments your skin-tone, making sure to steer clear of warm, orange tones to avoid the dreaded wotsit effect. Using a cream contour will allow the product to seamlessly blend into the skin, making it look natural and soft.

2019 is officially the year of the liquid highlighter. I’m sure we can all appreciate the difference a well-placed highlighter makes to our face shape. Opt for a high-shine version of your typical highlighter and strategically place it along the top of your cheekbone, temples and the bridge and tip of your nose. This will create the illusion of a slim, elongated face without having to cake your face with bronzer. When in doubt, turn to the glow.

One of the most common struggles when it comes to contouring is achieving professional results but in a way that is quick and Contouring Curveeasy. There are minimal tools available that offer a simple solution to creating the perfect contour, until the hero product of all beauty tools was born: Contour Curve. It is as simple as hooking the tool around your ear and pointing the tool towards your mouth which automatically lines it up with the hollows of your cheekbones. Then, apply your chosen contouring product, remove the tool and blend! We spoke to founder of Contour Curve, Michaela Chalk, who has worked with us in the past. “I want everyone to feel good with their makeup results whether it was a professional applying their makeup or they were doing it themselves.”

Contouring Beauty Tool

To achieve the ‘less is more’ look brands are shifting their focus towards skincare instead of cosmetics. A new skincare tool that has recently emerged on the beauty market is the infamous facial roller. One of the top brands on the market at the moment is Nurse Jaime pictured here. This beauty tool is said to give the skin an instant ‘uplift’, temporarily energising, enhancing and uplifting the skin. It was designed with the intention of mirroring the massage techniques used in a luxury facial, giving you glowy, plump, tightened skin while saving you time and money. To use simply follow your usual skincare routine and then use the ‘press and roll’ technique with the roller across your skin. This will also help the products you have applied to fully penetrate your skin and leave you with a freshly sculpted face, without the layers of product.

How do you feel about contouring? Do you think the beauty trend is here to stay?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top beauty tips for a Winter recovery

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Months of freezing cold temperatures and drying heating can leave skin in much need of some TLC. With Spring just around the corner, you may need a little extra help in nursing your skin and hair back to health. Vanity Van has put together a list of our top beauty tips on Spring time hair, nails and skin routines to aid you in your Winter recovery.

Condition your nails

Chilling winds and cold, dry air can cause havoc on our nails, leaving them flaky and damaged. So, what is the key to getting your nails back to their prime state? Our top beauty tip for nails is to apply a generous layer of organic nail oil daily to your nail bed and the skin around it will ensure that your nails are hydrated and your cuticles manageable. When the skin around your nails becomes cracked, applying fragranced products can actually worsen the area, so we would recommend opting for a non-fragranced, sensitive oil so we don’t anger the area even further.

Repair your locks

Washing your hair every day strips it of its natural oils, resulting in your locks crying out for a dose of moisture. If there’s anything you should be investing your pennies in this season, it should be a high-end conditioner. It not only helps to improve the look of dry, weather damaged hair but it also helps to control the frizz in humid conditions. Lastly, treat your hair to a weekly hair mask as it will not only act to re-nourish your hair after it has been exposed to cold temperatures, but it also prepares it for the heat of the upcoming seasons.


Plump your skin

While your skin would surely not have thanked you for a bit of overindulgence over the Winter months – its time to start anew with your skincare regime to help you to transition into spring in style. Blow the cobwebs off of your exfoliator and indulge in a thorough regular scrub to remove any dead skin cells. Why not push the boat out and invest in regular deep moisture facials to plump up your skin for the new year? And it goes without saying, the most obvious beauty tips for healthy, plump skin is to keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water.

New year new you: Vanity Vans top tips for beauty resolutions

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Typical New Year resolutions are comprised of vowing to complete dry January, beat laziness and hit the gym, or lose a few pounds. But have you ever thought how you could improve your beauty regime? We thought we would offer you some simple steps you can take to tackle your beauty habits and set new year beauty resolutions that will stick.

Give your make up brushes a spring clean!

If you’re an avid make-up wearer, you should be aware of the importance of keeping your brushes clean and how they can trigger unwanted breakouts when you skip this essential beauty routine. Product, oil, dirt and bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. Make a vow to regularly clean your brushes and erase the risk of clogged pores or pesky spots. The unsung hero for this job is baby shampoo, its gentle and won’t ruin the brush fibres.

 

Stop your hoarding 

We are sure Marie Kondo will agree with us but tidying is not just for the wardrobe. Why not tackle your beauty products and make up collection?.  Using expired makeup and skincare products is akin to eating out of date food, so get ruthless and declutter your expired products. Getting rid of the products that are past their prime will give you more space and incentive to trial and test new products – ditch the old and welcome in the new. 

Protect your skin!

Committing to wearing SPF everyday this new year, including the Winter months, is essential to protecting your skin from the unseen dangers of the sun. If you’re still scarred from the greasy, thick suncream from your childhood, there are suncreams on the market that are super lightweight and most foundations and BB creams contain a high SPF these days. If you think that SPF will ruin your chances of achieving a bronzed glow, a self-tanner for the face is the perfect alternative to a natural tan, without having to compromise the health of your skin.

How many of these New Year beauty resolutions will you be following, and do you have some of your own ?

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