These are the must-have skincare items you need for good skin

These are the must-have skincare items you need for good skin


A simple step-by-step

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Welcome back to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and I’m back with my next column as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will de-bunk skin myths, let you in on skincare secrets and tell you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

Knowing the right products to use and putting together a brilliant skincare routine can be a daunting task. The sheer number of options, figuring out what you need for daytime versus nighttime, determining order of application, and how many products you should be using is just confusing. I’ve done the hard work for you. I’ve compiled the list for you. These are the products you need to use to achieve beautiful short and long-term results no matter your age or skin type.

Skincare routine in order of application

Step 1: Cleanser

Everyone needs to start with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser. If you wear heavy makeup and sunscreen, use a makeup remover and follow with your gentle cleanser.

Step 2: Exfoliator

Next, apply a leave-on AHA (5% to 10%) or BHA exfoliant (0.5 %to 2%) every day or every other day based on how your skin responds. This is a game-changing step to resurface and smooth skin in ways no other product can.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, £26 Look Fantastic

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Step 3: Moisturiser with SPF

Every morning, the last step is a daytime moisturiser with an SPF 30 or greater. Sunscream is not optional. You cannot prevent aging or have even-toned, radiant skin without protecting it year-round from sun damage, which is really about daylight damage.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50, £46.75 Fabled

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4. In the evening, after repeating steps one and two (cleansing and exfoliating), apply a nighttime moisturiser loaded with skin-restoring ingredients and antioxidants. It can even be use around your eyes.

Skincare routine for your skin type:

It’s so important that the texture of your products suits your skin type.

Skincare routine for oily skin

If you have oily, blemish-prone skin, only use products with a liquid, gel, or light serum texture to nourish and repair skin and prevent clogged pores.

Skincare routine for dry skin

If you have dry skin use richer, softening creams.

Skincare routine for combination skin

If you have normal to combination skin use thin lotions or light creams.

You also might want to add products to the above routine depending on your skincare concerns. For example, if you have acne, rosacea, extremely dry or oily skin, advanced signs of sun damage such as skin pigmentation, a rough uneven dull surface etc. This is fine, as long as the basis of the skincare routine follows the above steps.

If the skin around your eyes is drier the skin on your face, add an eye cream. If you’re using liquid or light serums on your face they might not be soothing enough if your eye area is very dry. During the day don’t forget to apply suncream around your eyes and wear sunglasses when outdoors.

Skincare routine – things to avoid

Jar packaging

Well formulated products should contain lots of antioxidants, replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients. Almost all of these vitally important ingredients break down with ongoing exposure to air. Every time you use a product in a jar, you take the lid off and expose it.

Fragrances products

Whether the fragrance is from plant extracts, essential oils or it’s synthetic, fragrance causes irritation, which is awful for your skin. Scary, but true. Even if you don’t see or feel the irritation on skin’s surface, the damage is silently occurring below and will lead to skin problems and signs of aging in the years ahead.

Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Anti-Aging Fragrance-Free Moisturiser, £9.99 Boots

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Harsh or abrasive scrubs

These are your really rough facial scrubs. They cause micro-tears in skin and breakdown the skin’s surface protection, making skin more susceptible to environmental damage. Stick to you fruit enzymes and chemical exfoliants.

Stick to this routine and watch your skin go from strength to strength.

 

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The Face Prep Tricks That Will Help Your Base Last, Even If You’re Sweaty

The Face Prep Tricks That Will Help Your Base Last, Even If You’re Sweaty


Ace of base

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hi, I’m Cher Webb, I’m a professional make-up artist. I’ve worked backstage at some of the most exciting fashion shows and have worked on many, many photoshoots. I am the new Marie Claire Make-up Master and every month I’ll be letting you in on some of make-up secrets; things that I have picked up along the way.
One of the HOTTEST topics of the moment is how to keep your base super-durable and long wearing in the heat.
This is one of the warmest and longest UK summers and without a doubt the most humid. Here are some tips on how to keep that shine at bay and how to boss that base.

PREP SET GO!

Beauty is skin deep and prepping the face for every eventuality is key to a long wearing flawless base. Lock in your foundation with the best primer that is most suited to your skin type and one that will bring out the best in your complexion.
If you are looking for an all over primer that does everything and works on all skin types try the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, £30.
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This unique smoothing formula blurs imperfections whilst protecting the skin from the environment. An all round beauty staple! If you are looking to absorb oil and reduce redness try the MAC Prep and Prime Skin, £22.50. A total winner, this will lock your base in place.
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Givenchy Mister Mat, £29 is an invisible magic gel that leaves a light flawless veil, that’s also brilliant at absorbing shine and creating the perfect canvas for makeup.
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LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

I love low maintenance bases, here are some of the best foundations that are heat proof and shine proof. The game changers that I pull out of the bag for red carpet, destination brides and everyday flawless babes…
  1. MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation, £27.50, has up to 36 hours long wear! Say whaaat!!?? Nothing will budge this bad boy! This formula is seamless and lightweight and there’s no need for powder touch ups. A strong contender in my makeup kit and my personal makeup bag.

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  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear, £33.50 is a global all star! With it’s 24 hour staying power, zero transfer and a medium buildable coverage.

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  1. YSL All Hours Foundation, £33.50 is an absolute game changer with it’s gorgeous matte hybrid finish. It’s enriched with a signature skincare complex, so it’s got your back when it comes to the shine and heat.

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FIX UP LOOK SHARP

Fixing sprays or make-up setting sprays are a new obsession of mine. You have to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £24. One quick spritz of this magic mist to complete your makeup regime, giving up to 16 hours of wear, winning.
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I also like to take it back to the classics with blotting papers… little mini God-sends. So easy and effective, just lightly press the paper onto the t-zone area and upper lip – any excess oil and sweat from the face will be instantly absorbed without removing any makeup. And you are left feeling really refreshed – genius!

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How to style your hair in this heatwave

How to style your hair in this heatwave


Because we are SO not used to this weather

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hi, I’m Nicola Clarke – I am the Creative Colour Director of John Frieda Salons, and in the past I’ve done Kate Winslet, Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth’s colour. All the Kates! It’s with great pleasure that today I start my stint as the Marie Claire Hair Master. With this heat looking like it’s sticking around for a bit longer, I thought we’d begin with talking about how to air dry your hair.

You will never hear me complain about a heatwave. The warmer the better, as far as I’m concerned. But hot weather certainly doesn’t make me feel inclined to spend hours in front of the mirror with a hairdryer or straighteners.

The good news is that you can cut the heat styling altogether and still get great results – once you know how. When you take heat out of the equation it’s hard to transform your hair type; the trick to successful air styling is to work with your natural style, using great products and clever techniques to achieve a natural, hassle free look.

If you have naturally frizzy hair, leaving it to air dry may seem like a recipe for disaster. Not so. The secret is in the product – a good serum will add extra moisture to hair, reducing dry ends and frizz without weighing it down. I like Iles Formula Finishing Serum, it’s brilliant for soft waves and when used on air dried hair leaves it feeling soft and conditioner.

Iles Formula Finishing Serum, £43 Net-A-Porter

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If you have naturally flat, fine hair, avoid using product on the root. Leave hair to dry naturally and when it’s just a little damp, flip it upside down and plait. Once it is completely dry remove the plaits to leave a natural, beachy looking wave. And an extra tip to add volume at the root – try parting hair on the opposite side from usual.

Finally, dry shampoo is the ultimate hack for air dried hair. Yes, it gives your hair the look and feel of being newly washed – but the often overlooked bonus is that it also adds fabulous texture. I swear by Sam McKnight’s Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo; it’s super light formula adds volume and body, which can be hard to achieve without heat styling.

Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo, £19 Cult Beauty

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If you really must use a hairdryer use one that has temperature control settings and is powerful enough to dry hair quickly. I love the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, it’s quick and light and the cool setting is great when it’s hot outside.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, £299 Boots

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Embrace the heat.

Air dry your hair now.

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You’ve been applying sun cream wrong the whole time

You’ve been applying sun cream wrong the whole time


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Welcome back to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and I’m back with my next column as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will de-bunk skin myths, let you in on skincare secrets and tell you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

With the weather so beautiful in the UK at the moment, I think it’s essential we chat about how to look after your skin in the sun.

Suncare and skincare

If you want to prevent signs of aging or reduce the appearance of those tell-tale signs you already have and prevent skin cancer the daily application of a broad spectrum sun cream with an SPF 30 or greater is essential. “Daily” means every day, rain or shine, whether you’re inside or outside. The bad rays of the sun even come through windows and most shockingly sun damage begins within the first minute skin is exposed to daylight.

Sun cream – the dos and the don’ts

DO Start them young. Use sun cream on babies from birth onwards. Pediatricians recommend they wear sun cream if their skin is exposed to daylight. It’s best to use a pure mineral based sun cream for babies, where the only active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, because of how extremely gentle they are on young skin.

DON’T Go low. Use sun creams rated SPF 30 or greater. That’s the minimum rating recommended by medical boards worldwide.

DO Apply sun cream liberally as the last step of your morning skincare routine. Any skincare product you apply over a sun cream dilutes it and reduces its effectiveness.

DON’T Be afraid of sun creams. Be more afraid of sun damage. You may have heard horror stories about some synthetic sun cream ingredients and if you are concerned about those, a pure mineral SPF 30 should allay your fears and protect your skin.

DO Apply makeup over sun cream as makeup does not absorb into skin, it stays on the surface. Layering sun creams can help ensure you’re getting enough protection so try using a primer, foundation, or pressed power with SPF to add more coverage.

DON’T Forget your neck, chest, hands, and arms if they will be exposed to daylight, too.

DO Choose a day cream based on your skin type, with an added SPF. If you have dry skin use one with a creamy texture; if you have oily skin use a gel or fluid; if you have combination skin, look for a gel or lotion texture.

How to apply sun cream the right way

  • Applying sun cream isn’t simple. But it is so important to understand exactly how to apply it, otherwise you aren’t protecting your skin properly.
  • Apply sun cream 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside and be sure it absorbs in before you get dressed. If you get dressed immediately after applying, most of it will rub off on your clothes.
  • I cannot stress enough how important it is to use the right amount. If in doubt –  always applying more than you think you need.
  • If you’re swimming or sweating you must use a water-resistant sun cream and you must reapply afterwards.
  • Aim high – go for an SPF50 in the summer.
  • If you live in areas during the winter where there are limited hours of daylight I would still not recommend going any lower than an SPF 30. No one should get used to lower SPF products.
  • This is probably the last thing you want to hear, but seek shade, wear UV-rated sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and sun-protective clothing whenever possible (it certainly ’s less expensive than applying sunscreen liberally all over an entire naked body).

For you face I recommend the follow SPFs:

1. Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF50, £45 Look Fantastic

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2. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen, £35 House of Fraser

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3. Paula’s Choice Resist Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid, £33 Look Fantastic

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There is no better way to protect your skin from premature aging than protecting your skin from the sun.

Make sure you’re applying it correctly.

Until next time!

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You’ve been applying sun cream wrong the whole time

You’ve been applying sun cream wrong the whole time


sun cream the right way
Welcome back to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and I’m back with my next column as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will de-bunk skin myths, let you in on skincare secrets and tell you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

With the weather so beautiful in the UK at the moment, I think it’s essential we chat about how to look after your skin in the sun.

Suncare and skincare

If you want to prevent signs of aging or reduce the appearance of those tell-tale signs you already have and prevent skin cancer the daily application of a broad spectrum sun cream with an SPF 30 or greater is essential. “Daily” means every day, rain or shine, whether you’re inside or outside. The bad rays of the sun even come through windows and most shockingly sun damage begins within the first minute skin is exposed to daylight.

Sun cream – the dos and the don’ts

DO Start them young. Use sun cream on babies from birth onwards. Pediatricians recommend they wear sun cream if their skin is exposed to daylight. It’s best to use a pure mineral based sun cream for babies, where the only active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, because of how extremely gentle they are on young skin.

DON’T Go low. Use sun creams rated SPF 30 or greater. That’s the minimum rating recommended by medical boards worldwide.

DO Apply sun cream liberally as the last step of your morning skincare routine. Any skincare product you apply over a sun cream dilutes it and reduces its effectiveness.

DON’T Be afraid of sun creams. Be more afraid of sun damage. You may have heard horror stories about some synthetic sun cream ingredients and if you are concerned about those, a pure mineral SPF 30 should allay your fears and protect your skin.

DO Apply makeup over sun cream as makeup does not absorb into skin, it stays on the surface. Layering sun creams can help ensure you’re getting enough protection so try using a primer, foundation, or pressed power with SPF to add more coverage.

DON’T Forget your neck, chest, hands, and arms if they will be exposed to daylight, too.

DO Choose a day cream based on your skin type, with an added SPF. If you have dry skin use one with a creamy texture; if you have oily skin use a gel or fluid; if you have combination skin, look for a gel or lotion texture.

How to apply sun cream the right way

  • Applying sun cream isn’t simple. But it is so important to understand exactly how to apply it, otherwise you aren’t protecting your skin properly.
  • Apply sun cream 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside and be sure it absorbs in before you get dressed. If you get dressed immediately after applying, most of it will rub off on your clothes.
  • I cannot stress enough how important it is to use the right amount. If in doubt –  always applying more than you think you need.
  • If you’re swimming or sweating you must use a water-resistant sun cream and you must reapply afterwards.
  • Aim high – go for an SPF50 in the summer.
  • If you live in areas during the winter where there are limited hours of daylight I would still not recommend going any lower than an SPF 30. No one should get used to lower SPF products.
  • This is probably the last thing you want to hear, but seek shade, wear UV-rated sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and sun-protective clothing whenever possible (it certainly ’s less expensive than applying sunscreen liberally all over an entire naked body).

There is no better way to protect your skin from premature aging than protecting your skin from the sun.

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Ridiculously easy at-home exercises that will trim your waist, tighten your abs and tone your arse

Ridiculously easy at-home exercises that will trim your waist, tighten your abs and tone your arse


No excuses.

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

 

I’m Catie Miller, owner and founder of Xtend Barre’s London flagship studio, where we offer classes that combine dance, ballet and Pilates. I understand that not everyone has the time or money to attend regular exercise classes, and so in my new role as the Marie Claire Fitness Master, each month I will creating simple at home exercises based on the workouts at Xtend Barre.

These exercises are designed to sculpt your muscles through dynamic stretching and increase your heart rate for that cardio burn. You can do these workout moves anywhere, anytime. All you need is a chair and a set of ½ kilo dumbbells (if you don’t have any, use two 50cl water bottles). Start working on three exercises, then work up and combine the six for a longer dynamic workout.

At home exercises

The basic positions

Within the sequences, I mention various ballet positions. Don’t worry if you don’t know them, previous dance experience isn’t needed. Here are the basic positions…

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First exercise: Knee Lifts

Muscle Focus: Hamstrings/quadriceps/lower abdominals

Step 1:

Standing center of the floor, feet hip width distance apart and arms out in front in 1st position with dumbbells in hand. Brush the right leg out in front of you bringing the thigh towards your chest, not the chest to the leg. Keeping the back straight and arms strong continue this movement alternating leg lifts with fluidity and strength. (8 reps for each set—up to 2 sets).

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Step 2: Make it a bit harder

Continue the leg lifts for another 2 sets with added arm movements to challenge the core. Swing opposite arms to legs. Arms should move in a controlled swing reaching to the sky and to the floor.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Add a little hop with each leg lift and swing. I love to make hearts race.

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Second exercise: Curtsy Plies

Muscle Focus: hamstrings/quadriceps/core

Step 1:

Standing centre of the floor with your legs open to a wide 2nd position. Make sure feet are turned out and the arms are stretched out to the side from the shoulders. Step one leg from 2nd to curtsy (cross foot behind), plié down in each position. The working leg is moving as the supporting leg is still. Arms open from 2nd (when the legs are in 2nd) and 1st (when the legs are in curtsy). 8-16 reps

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Step 2: Make it a bit harder

Continue for another 8-16 reps. Curtsy the right leg as the right arm reaches towards the floor and the left arm extends up at a high diagonal. Step right foot to tendu side as arms come back to 1st.

Tip: Keep a proud chest, square shoulders and hips and even placement between both feet.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

To finish take your curtsy straight to a passé adding a hop at the top before you place it back down into curtsy. Feel the hamstring and quadriceps burn.

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Third exercise: Hug and Carriage

Muscle Focus: deltoids and pectoralis major (with advancement quadriceps)

Step 1:

Standing center of the floor begin with your feet in 1st position (heels together, toes turned out) with a soft bend at the knees and arms in 1st position. Begin with arms in front of body (1st), step legs and arms to 2nd, close legs and arms to 1st, step again to 2nd. 8 reps in each direction.

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Step 2: Make it harder

Repeat the above but on the last one, extend your inside leg to tendu and sweep arms through 2nd to high 5th. 8-16 reps each direction.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Continue with the hug and carriage movement for another 8-16 reps adding in a little hop as you take the leg out to tendu.

Tips: Maintain soft knees throughout series. Move gracefully with control and resistance. Remember to pull your abs in and up.

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Fourth exercise: Tricep Kick Backs

Muscle Focus: Triceps w/ lower body stabilisation

Step 1:

Square off the hips and shoulders. Reaching both arms above the hips with your palms facing each other, bend/extend the arms, keep the elbow lifted. The bend is small, concentrate on extending the arms to engage the triceps fully. 8-16 reps.

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Step 2: Make it harder

Add a lunge when you bend the arms and straighten the legs when you extend the arms. 8-16 reps.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Continue with the lunge/tricep kick-backs and add a kick of the back leg off the floor. Think about extending the leg longer, not higher to activate your core and glutes for an added burn. Hold the leg and arms off the floor for your final balance.

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Tip: Try all 3 levels back to back to increase the heart rate. Try slowing it down or pick up the tempo!

Exercise 5: Xtend Teaser

Muscle Focus: Abdominals, shoulders

Step 1:

Begin seated on your mat. Reach arms out behind your body on the mat. Draw knees in to balance on tailbone. Draw one leg to table top and then alternate to the other leg focusing on lifting through the spine and the abdominals to balance. 8-16 reps.

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Step 2: Make it harder

Add the opposite arm lift to challenge the core and balance. Alternate to the other side fluidly. 8-16 reps.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Lift both legs and arms at the same time reaching to a teaser position. 8-16 reps. Hold at the top for your final balance lifting through the crown of the head, lengthening the spine and drawing the abdominals in. 8-16 counts.

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Tips: Focus on lifting through the chest and drawing the shoulders down!

Exercise 6: Plank

Muscle Focus: Core, Hip Extensors

Step 1:

Begin with legs together in a plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Hold your plank for 8-16 counts.

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Step 2: Make it harder

Continue holding your plank and add a passé with the leg to focus on core strength and lower abdominal connection. Alternate leg passé. 8-16 reps

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Continue alternating leg passé and pick up the tempo to a mountain climbing run. 8-16 reps.

Tips: Remember to focus on your core strength. Lower down to your forearms if you have any wrist injuries. Keep abdominals in and shoulders down.

It really is as easy as that. Repeat these moves three times a week, until I’m back next month with more easy to do at home exercises.

See you then!

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Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?

Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?


They’re not just amazing, they’re essential

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a new regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and today I start my role as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will be de-bunking skin myths, letting you in on skincare secrets and telling you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

We start with an ingredient that’s having somewhat of a moment: peptides.

What are peptides?

Peptides are found naturally in skin. They are composed of a vast range of tiny fragments of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are a fundamental building block of skin. On their own, peptides are part of the body’s complex communication system that tells different aspects of skin to do a better job.

What do peptides do?

Peptides are an absolutely fascinating group of ingredients that ongoing research has proven can benefit several age related (mostly from sun damage) skin concerns. Whether you’re struggling with wrinkles, loss of firmness, discolouration, dehydration, dullness, and so on, there are specific peptides that can make a difference for each one. However, it really takes a range of peptides to help fight multiple skin problems, there isn’t one that does everything.

While peptides are a natural component of skin, in their natural form they are very fragile, unstable ingredients. To stabilise and create peptides that can actually be absorbed into skin, remain intact, and therefore be able to positively impact skin, they are lab-engineered. When science figured out how to do this, the possibilities and number of peptides available exploded.

Each “designer” peptide can be created to specifically activate a youthful element of skin, for example a peptide to make more collagen, or deactivate a problem in skin, like stop making so much abnormal melanin.

Here are a few peptides names to look out for on ingredient lists on the backs of products:

Types of peptides

  • Tripeptide-1 helps with firmness
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 these smooth wrinkles and enhance hydration by strengthening the skin’s barrier
  • Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16 and Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 help minimise redness
  • Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate improves how skin cells function
  • Azelaoyl Bis-Dipeptide-10 diminishes the appearance of forms of pigmentation, like brown spots

Anyone from teenagers to pensioners can benefit from applying products with peptides, just like they can from other healthy skin ingredients, like niacinamide, vitamin C, antioxidants and omega fatty acids etc. For younger people, it will help stave off the appearance of ageing and for those who are a little older, they can improve the skin look and feel.

Although peptides are an exciting advancement in skincare they have limitations. Any great anti-ageing skincare routine should contain a healthy mix of skin-replenishing ingredients, antioxidants, and other a healthy dose of other anti-ageing ingredients and the best ones do.

Here are a few products with peptides that I recommend

1. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, from £56.70 Fabled

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Why not add one of these to your basket and let us know how you get on? Remember to give a product around a good eight weeks of testing.

See you next month!

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Three simple at-home exercises that will trim your waist and tone your arse

Three simple at-home exercises that will trim your waist and tone your arse


No excuses.

at home exercises

Welcome to the first of our Marie Claire Masters series, a new regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT

 

I’m Catie Miller, owner and founder of Xtend Barre’s London flagship studio, where we offer classes that combine dance, ballet and Pilates. I understand that not everyone has the time or money to attend regular exercise classes, and so in my new role as the Marie Claire Fitness Master, each month I will creating simple at home exercises based on the workouts at Xtend Barre.

These exercises are designed to sculpt your muscles through dynamic stretching and increase your heart rate for that cardio burn. You can do these workout moves anywhere, anytime. All you need is a chair and a set of ½ kilo dumbbells (if you don’t have any, use two 50cl water bottles).

At home exercises

The basic positions

Within the sequences, I mention various ballet positions. Don’t worry if you don’t know them, previous dance experience isn’t needed. Here are the basic positions…

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First exercise: Knee Lifts

Muscle Focus: Hamstrings/quadriceps/lower abdominals

Step 1:

Standing center of the floor, feet hip width distance apart and arms out in front in 1st position with dumbbells in hand. Brush the right leg out in front of you bringing the thigh towards your chest, not the chest to the leg. Keeping the back straight and arms strong continue this movement alternating leg lifts with fluidity and strength. (8 reps for each set—up to 2 sets).

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Step 2: Make it a bit harder

Continue the leg lifts for another 2 sets with added arm movements to challenge the core. Swing opposite arms to legs. Arms should move in a controlled swing reaching to the sky and to the floor.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Add a little hop with each leg lift and swing. I love to make hearts race.

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Second exercise: Curtsy Plies

Muscle Focus: hamstrings/quadriceps/core

Step 1:

Standing centre of the floor with your legs open to a wide 2nd position. Make sure feet are turned out and the arms are stretched out to the side from the shoulders. Step one leg from 2nd to curtsy (cross foot behind), plié down in each position. The working leg is moving as the supporting leg is still. Arms open from 2nd (when the legs are in 2nd) and 1st (when the legs are in curtsy). 8-16 reps

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Step 2: Make it a bit harder

Continue for another 8-16 reps. Curtsy the right leg as the right arm reaches towards the floor and the left arm extends up at a high diagonal. Step right foot to tendu side as arms come back to 1st.

Tip: Keep a proud chest, square shoulders and hips and even placement between both feet.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

To finish take your curtsy straight to a passé adding a hop at the top before you place it back down into curtsy. Feel the hamstring and quadriceps burn.

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Third exercise: Hug and Carriage

Muscle Focus: deltoids and pectoralis major (with advancement quadriceps)

Step 1:

Standing center of the floor begin with your feet in 1st position (heels together, toes turned out) with a soft bend at the knees and arms in 1st position. Begin with arms in front of body (1st), step legs and arms to 2nd, close legs and arms to 1st, step again to 2nd. 8 reps in each direction.

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Step 2: Make it harder

Repeat the above but on the last one, extend your inside leg to tendu and sweep arms through 2nd to high 5th. 8-16 reps each direction.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Continue with the hug and carriage movement for another 8-16 reps adding in a little hop as you take the leg out to tendu.

Tips: Maintain soft knees throughout series. Move gracefully with control and resistance. Remember to pull your abs in and up.

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It really is as easy as that. Repeat these moves three times a week, until I’m back next month with more easy to do at home exercises.

See you then!

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