This new perfume evokes the sensory pleasures of pouring iced water on summer skin – the perfect antidote to this season’s scorching heat. With crisp mint, Italian lemon, Italian Mandarin, violets, jasmine and Fir Balsam, it’s both fresh and energetic, making for a great pick-me-up on a hot, humid, sweaty day. And it’s a limited edition, so I suggest you get your hands on it rightaway!!
It’s that time of the year once again when you either let your skin get burnt to a crisp or actually head out and buy a new bottle of (gasp!) sunscreen. UV protection is the number-one summer health and beauty helper, yet 75% people don’t bother to use any.
It’s a well proven fact that 80% signs of ageing (like fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles and sagging) are accelerated by the sun’s rays, which penetrate deep into the skin to attack collagen – the spongy protein that keeps skin supple and firm.
New studies also indicate that regular SPF use allows skin cells to focus on tasks that actually improve skin – such as shedding dead cells and building collagen – rather than on fighting environmental effects. So you not only prevent further damage, but actually get repairing benefits as well.
And no, the bottle from last year won’t do, because sunscreens usually degenerate and lose their effectivity within six months of opening the bottle. Still confused about what all those numbers and rating signify? Here is a quick brush-up 101 to help you choose:
- SPF: Higher SPFs don’t give better protection; they just allow you to be out in the sun longer without burning. SPF 15 works for approximately two hours, so it’s fine for everyday use, but on outdoor days go for SPF 30 or above to cut down on reapplications.
- UVA/UVB: Earlier, SPF regulations only measured the product’s efficacy against UVB rays; however, studies have proved that UVA rays are equally damaging to the skin. So, the revised labeling system for sunscreens includes a four-star rating system for sunscreen protection against UVA light – one star represents low UVA protection, while four stars represent the highest protection available in an over-the-counter product.
Celebrity, eco-friendly and skincare… three words that don’t normally come together in one sentence are getting a dramatic fillip from Gisele Bündchen, who launched her own range of environment-friendly beauty products last week. Called Sejaa Pure Skincare, the line “promises to use all-natural ingredients, “thoughtful” packaging and recycled paper.” Interesting!
With so many makeup collections floating around nowadays, its a rare one that gets me excited enough to want to run out of the house that very minute….but I simply cant wait to get my hands on MAC’s new Give Me Liberty of London goodies. For the uninitiated, Liberty is a charming Brit store, housed in a gorgeous Tudor building on London’s Regent Street, and is best known for its exquisite prints.
The two iconic brands have collaborated on a full makeup collection – complete with romantic sounding names like Petals & Peacocks, Prim & Proper, Dame’s Desire and Blue India. And the packaging is just as delectable as the products themselves – I see myself being hard pressed to throw out the empty tubes and cases. Blooming lovely, as one would say!