The best moisturiser for combination skin to balance oil and dryness levels

The best moisturiser for combination skin to balance oil and dryness levels

The day cream buys that’ll harmonise your skin’s two biggest ailments

moisturiser for combination skin

The best moisturiser for combination skin is an elusive species, but it does exist.

The key is to nourish the skin without overwhelming it to the point of breakouts; you want an ounce of the key moisturising ingredients but so many that they’ll clog your pores to high heaven.

The classic defining features of combo skin are an oily t-zone and chin along with dry cheeks; however you may be here because you have predominantly oily skin with the occasional bout of dryness (or vice versa).

Kep reading to find your perfect moisturiser match – and when you’re done here, be sure to bookmark the best foundation for combination skin too.

Best moisturiser for combination skin with SPF

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30, £29, Amazon

best moisturiser for combination skin with SPF


Getting the balance between deep moisture without being too heavy for oilier complexions just right is Paula’s Choice’s Daily Defense. When it comes to picking the best SPF moisturisers, the key is to seek out a formula that offers broad spectrum protection; that is to say it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. This one won’t leave you looking even shinier than you were before, plus it’s fragrance-free so won’t worsen any existing sensitivity.

Buy now

Best drugstore moisturiser for combination skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, £16, Boots

best moisturiser for combination skin drugstore

Its reputation precedes it as one of the best moisturisers on the block for oily skins, but LRP’s Effaclar Duo+ is also great for combination types. Helping to unclog pores and prevent further congestion, it’s still a moisturiser and so will help tackle those tight or flaky patches too, plus you’ll find it in just about every high street drugstore under the sun. No claggy feelings or shininess here: we love it.

Buy now

Consider your combination skin needs fulfilled with our edit of the best moisturisers for your skin type.

Read on for more of Team Marie Claire‘s hero picks for combination skin.

The post The best moisturiser for combination skin to balance oil and dryness levels appeared first on Marie Claire.

Best night cream: 8 must-haves to revitalise your skin overnight

Best night cream: 8 must-haves to revitalise your skin overnight

Searching for the best night cream to add to your evening skincare routine? Look no further as the Marie Claire beauty desk has scoured the land for the best of the best and the best for your skin type.

best night cream: The 8 best wonder products to invest in

Looking for the best night cream to add to your evening skincare routine? And have you ever wondered what makes night cream different from normal moisturisers? It’s all down to the differences in your skin at different times of day.

Our skin’s cycle means that its needs first thing in the morning are very different from its needs overnight – hence why having a totally different moisturiser for night time to the one you use in the morning is so important. In the evening, your skin is more receptive due to its higher temperature, meaning that it absorbs active skincare ingredients more easily – therefore bed time is the best time to apply a highly concentrated cream: Enter, night cream.

During the night, skin’s trans-epidermal water loss is higher, meaning your skin releases more of its moisture while you’re sleeping. This is another reason why it’s important to use a product that’ll keep your face hydrated and the best night creams are designed to do exactly that.

Skin’s cell regeneration is also heightened overnight, and the best night cream will assist with maximising this. Cell regeneration peaks between 11pm and 4am – meaning it’s best to be asleep by 11pm. It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing!

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best night creams for different skin types below. If you want to stop the ageing process in its tracks, allow us to point you in the direction of Caudalíe’s brilliant Reservatrol Lift Night Infusion Cream. It’s thick and indulgent without making your skin feel smothered and smells divine.

Struggling with oily skin but need a good night cream? Try Origins’ oil-free version of their famous Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream, a nutritive treat that’s fortified with vitamins C, E and H.

If it’s dryness you need to combat, we recommend Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Intensive Night Cream. Designed to be thoroughly absorbed into the layers of the skin, the formulation leaves skin seriously hydrated and restored as a result.

So, what are you waiting for? Scroll through our round up to find the best night cream for you.


The post Best night cream: 8 must-haves to revitalise your skin overnight appeared first on Marie Claire.

Everything you need to know before taking the plunge and getting a bikini wax

Everything you need to know before taking the plunge and getting a bikini wax

From salon FAQs to the best at-home kits, we asked the questions you were too afraid to ask

Bikini Wax Adriana Lima Victoria's Secret
Adriana Lima

Getting a bikini wax is about as appealing as going to the dentist, if not much worse.

Should you try and master bikini waxing at home? Or visit a salon, lay back and think of England?

To help put your mind at rest, we’ve scouted out some of the best at-home waxing kits, and spoken to a top waxing professional about everything you need to know before booking a waxing appointment.

Sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…

Mastering the at-home bikini wax with a shop-bought kit isn’t easy. But once you’ve done it, you’ll be able to neaten up at home any time, or even touch up next to your tan lines on holiday.

The most important thing to remember when waxing at home is to always work on clean, dry skin. So shower first, and thoroughly dry the area, adding a little baby powder (unperfumed to avoid irritation) before you start.

You should also always work against the hair growth, so smooth strips or hot wax downwards in line with the direction of hair growth and rip away as quickly as possible in the opposite direction, as opposed to straight upwards (ouch).

Hot wax kits are great once you’ve found your waxing groove, but to get started, try a wax strips kit for ease – we love Veet Bikini & Underarm EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips, £4.90, Boots.

And if you’d like to give hot wax a go, we recommend Rio Total Body Waxing Hair Removal Kit, £39.99, Lookfantastic.

If you’re new to waxing, we’d recommend going to a professional for your first time. We quizzed the brilliant therapists at Benefit for waxing tips and what to expect at your first appointment…

What prep should you do before getting a wax?

‘Nothing! No hair removal or trimming. We’ll take care of that for you. Just wear some comfortable underwear to put back on after the service for ultimate comfort.

‘We’ll provide you with body wipes and a body fragrance too so you can freshen up before your service starts.’

What is the most popular bikini wax?

Hollywood wax is the most requested wax of the four Intimate Services we offer. This popular wax removes all of the hair in the intimate area from front to back! But don’t worry everyone’s modesty is kept and protected with our disposable underwear.

‘If removing all of the hair isn’t your cup of tea then choose from any of the other Intimate Waxing Services we offer; Bikini, G-String or Brazilian.’

How much will a bikini wax hurt?

‘The more you wax the less painful the experience. The first wax isn’t everyone’s favourite, but once you’ve done it, it’s totally worth it and it’ll gets much easier. Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal that removes the hair from the root meaning each removal weakens the hair growth cycle.

‘Plus, at Benefit we recommend a Hot Wax rather than Strip Wax. Hot Wax coats the hairs being removed and doesn’t stick to the skin, meaning the removal is a lot softer and kinder on the skin and therefore less painful.’

bikini wax

How far in advance of a holiday should you get a wax?

‘A lot of people wax only a few days before going on their holiday, but if you’re not a regular waxer, then this can mean the hairs grow back quicker and that’s not something you want when you’re in your best bikini.

‘We recommend seeing you for at least three Waxing Services before your holiday to ensure all of the hairs are growing at the same stage and removed at the best time. Depending on the speed of the hair growth, we’d suggest 3 months prior to your holiday.’

How often should you get a wax?

‘When you become a regular waxer, you can be hair free for 2-3 weeks on average. Then you need at least ½ cm in length for us to give you a Super Smooth Finish. If the hair is too long, the hair will detach itself form the root and another hair will start growing, so the results won’t last as long.

‘Your Benefit Body Expert will be able to book your monthly follow up appointments to give you the best results for longer.’

What to avoid when getting a bikini wax

‘Don’t shave. I know it may sound like a given, but don’t feel like you need to tame any hairs, we’ll take care of everything for you. Don’t think you’ll need to strip down to nothing and sit on all fours either… At Benefit we want you to have the best experience possible, so your modesty is our priority.

‘You may find you are more heat and pain sensitive when it’s that certain time of the month, so we’d recommend for your comfort to book in when you’re back to feeling your normal self. If you’re headed for the sun/sunbed after your wax, give at least 24-48 hours. Heat on heat can cause redness and the skin to feel sore and can even burn.’

Anything else important we should know?

‘The first trimester of pregnancy is a no-no. At this time, you’re hyper sensitive and lots of hormonal changes are taking place! Get through those key 12 weeks and let’s get you booked straight in after.’

The post Everything you need to know before taking the plunge and getting a bikini wax appeared first on Marie Claire.

Best way to cover a massive spot, according to a make-up artist

Best way to cover a massive spot, according to a make-up artist

Solution spotted

best way to cover a spot

Spots might just be the most annoying, ugly, pain in the arse things in the world. Whichever type – back acne (or bacne as it’s so pleasantly known), adult acne or just plain old zits – they all suck. There are no two ways about it. I hate them, you hate them, we all bloody hate them. ‘I really love this whitehead that has just appeared on my chin,’ said no one ever. They always appear at the most irritating time. Whilst you can arm yourselves with salicylic acid and the best spot treatments the world has to offer, at the end of the day they don’t disappear fast enough, so you really need to know the best way to cover a spot in every day life.

I sat down with Caroline Barnes, the Max Factor UK Ambassador and a pretty darn brilliant make-up artist, to ask her what she thinks is the best way to cover a spot.

Best way to cover a spot – step 1:

‘First things first’ she says, ‘pop some blemish gel onto the spot. I really like Medik8’s one. This will dry the spot out, as well as sealing it from any infection from makeup. Wait for this to dry.’

best way to cover a spot


Best way to cover a spot – step 2:

‘Next up apply your foundation in your usual way, then go in with an opaque concealer. I recommend Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer, Vichy Derma Blend SOS Cover Stick or Cover FX Cream Concealer. But make sure it’s a concealer in a solid formula that has nothing reflective in it.’

Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer, £27.50 Space NK

best way to cover a spot

Buy Now

Vichy Derma Blend SOS Cover Stick, £15 Boots


best way to cover a spot

Buy Now

Cover FX Cream Concealer, £24 Cult Beauty

best way to cover a spot

Buy Now

Best way to cover a spot – step 3:

‘Then apply Mac Studio Fix, which is a foundation and powder in one, with a cotton bud to that area. This provides a really dense application.’

Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, £24.50 John Lewis

best way to cover a spot

Buy Now

Best way to cover a spot – step 4:

‘Finally, grab a really delicate blending brush – one that you might use on your eyes – and just dance it around the area to soften the edges and diffuse the colour.’

Zoeva Luxe Eye Blender Brush, £8.99 Cult Beauty

best way to cover a spot

Buy Now

Et voila, you’re done!

Spot covered.

The post Best way to cover a massive spot, according to a make-up artist appeared first on Marie Claire.

The best sun creams for the ultimate protection

The best sun creams for the ultimate protection

(Don’t) feel the burn.

best sun creams
Rex Features

Finding the best sun creams, sunscreen or sun tan lotion (whatever you call it) is essential. Burning ain’t cool kids. Neither are weird tan lines. You have to find the right one to make sure you actually use it.

Sun cream is typically synonymous with summer; so let’s get it right with the best sun cream. You know there’s nothing more cheery than standing in the line at Boots with a fresh new bottle in your hand, because that means you’re going to be in the sun very soon. Yay.

The important thing when picking out a good sun cream is to not only look at the SPF, but also the PA rating. Just to clarify – SPF is the stuff that stops you burning red raw by protecting your skin from UVB. It either reflects (physical sunscreen) the sunlight or absorbs (chemical sunscreen) the UV rays. PA protects against UVA, which is the stuff that causes pigmentation – like dark spots.

In fact, protecting yourself from the sun is so bloody important that you should actually be wearing an SPF moisturiser every single day. Even in Winter. Don’t do this yet? Read our guide to the best SPF moisturiser.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you like an oil, a cream or a spray, we’ve carefully selected the best sun creams below…

The best sun creams for face

Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Moisturiser SPF50, £33, Look Fantastic

 best suncream Paula's Choice

What Paula Begoun doesn’t know about skin isn’t worth knowing. So we trust her skincare line implicitly. This smooth, super absorbent day moisturiser can be used poolside, on a hot city break or at home everyday under make-up.

Why not check out the holiday beauty products roundup?

Buy now

The best sun creams for tanning

Piz Buin Protect and Intensify SPF30, £17.99, Beauty Expert

best suncream Piz Buin

If your aim of the game is to become a bronzed goddess, then this will be your new best friend. The original tanning brand has nailed it once more by creating a clever sun tan lotion that protects, but also intensifies your tan at the same time by hydrating your skin to stop future peeling and help your tan last for longer. Genius no?

Buy now

The best natural sun cream

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30, £14.50, Look Fantastic

best suncream Green People

Green People products are completely natural and chemical free. They’re also vegan and organic. What more could you want really? This Scent Free sun tan lotion is perfect if you suffer from prickly heat on holiday, because it allows skin to breathe. Prickly heat is when your sweat gets blocked in the epidermis.

Buy now

The best sun creams for lips

Blistex Ultra Lip Balm with SPF50, £2.49, Boots

best sun cream

Don’t forget your lips. The skin on your lips is so much thinner than the rest of your body. Imagine the pain of trying to drink a cup of coffee with burnt lips or even trying to kiss with burnt lips. Exactly. Don’t make the mistake – always carry an lip balm with a high SPF, like this Blistex one.

Buy Now

If that wasn’t enough, scroll down for more of our best sun cream edit…


The post The best sun creams for the ultimate protection appeared first on Marie Claire.

I finally cleared up my acne and these are the must-have ingredients that did it

I finally cleared up my acne and these are the must-have ingredients that did it

One woman recounts her journey from heavily blemished 27-year-old to a fresh-faced, acne-free woman who no longer feels the need to wear foundation,,,

Words by Lamya Tilmatine

I was staring at my reflection in the bathroom mirror with a face riddled with pimples and scars. This was no regular breakout – I had acne.

The pimples, some red and swollen others with white heads, were angry and quite painful, particularly to look at. At the time I was a 26-year-old teacher in Dubai, literally living the dream. Only, my skin had completely hijacked my life.

I couldn’t wear make-up without it caking around my spots, evenings out were ruined by my low self-esteem and feeling self-conscious and the heat only seemed to make it worse.

To top it off, I spent hundreds trying excessive amounts of high-street branded skincare with big names, bigger promises and a long ingredient list, which later I learned made my acne much worse.

Nothing was working and I started to hate going out – I didn’t even want my husband to look at me for long periods of time during conversation.

I decided it was time to take back control of my skin.

What I did first (and what didn’t work)

The first thing I did was research the best acne treatments that had worked for others, but they were either too expensive or completely unfounded – like the use of apple cider vinegar.

Sudocrem helped with inflammation and reduced the swelling of some pimples, but that’s it. However I did find plenty of information on key ingredients that help with acne – salicylic acid being the main one.

I popped down to the local shop and bought a generic face wash with matching moisturiser that had salicylic acid listed in the ocean of ingredients printed on the back.

After a week, it seemed to have made my skin worse.

I then tried Tea Tree oil, the holy grail of essential oils that claims to help fight acne – it had some effect but after months of using it as a toner, wash and spot treatment my skin became dry, flaky and immune to its extreme antibacterial properties.

I ended up having dark patches of dry skin around my chin and mouth so I dialled it down to only using it as a toner.

Call the doctor

After months of practicing my new skincare routine, little had changed and  so I booked an appointment with my doctor.

She prescribed antibiotics, which I wasn’t too pleased with about as I wanted something I could sustain long term; I didn’t want to have to rely on antibiotics for clearer skin.

After two weeks it did help with one or two pimples, but it couldn’t keep up with the rate at which my pimples were forming. In a day, I could easily have two new pimples to join the pimple party that I had on my face.

It was time to try something else.

What causes acne?

‘I commonly see the following cycle – girl breaks out, girl panics, girl applies heavy-duty makeup to conceal blemishes… the acne worsens so she applies more make-up,’ says Dr Sam Bunting, a lead dermatologist and skincare expert, summing up my life with acne.

It is really important to understand what type of acne you have and how it is caused. With acne, the skin’s sebaceous glands are over producing oil (sebum), which clogs our pores, causing them to become infected and resulting in acne.

Acne can be ‘small red bumps – papules, red bumps with a white head – pustules or deeper, tender more lumps lesions – nodules and cysts’, explains Dr Bunting. These spots develop from blocked pores, too much oil and clogging of follicles with dead skin cells and grime from the day.

The little bumps found on our skin are sometimes open to air (blackheads), Dr Bunting explains, which the P. acnes bacteria thrives on if clogged and oily.

Sugar, dairy and acne

I then looked at changing my lifestyle in the hope of pinpointing a trigger.

I began by drinking more water, cutting out all processed food including genetically modified meat and dairy, as it ‘contains male-like hormones (androgens) and triggers our sebaceous glands into clogging up,’ Dr Bunting explains. ‘It’s much like the effect of our androgens in the week before our period.’

There’s also a link between high refined sugar intake and acne (goodbye chocolate), ‘as it increases insulin-like growth factor… this has been shown in some studies to increase acne lesion count, especially in women.’

After a few weeks of watching my diary and sugar intake I noticed my skins texture improved and my skin was less volatile; my adult acne seemed to have been brought on by a change in either my hormones or stress level and evidently my diet too.

What finally worked

Limiting your dairy and sugar intake is an essential first step with a proper skincare routine to beating acne.

Dr Bunting also stresses that ‘the right skincare and make-up make a huge different’ and ‘the key is to use non-comedogenic products’ – meaning they won’t aggravate blemish-prone skin by further clogging your pores.

The game-changing ingredients that should be included in your skincare routine are salicylic acid and glycolic acid. ‘Inflammatory acne is best treated with topical agents like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid’ and ‘non-inflammatory lesions [aka whiteheads and blackheads] are best treated with retinoids’ – a powerful acne fighting ingredient and scar healer says Dr Bunting.

I used Barbara Sturm’s Cleanser, £40, Space NK, which contains salicylic acid and was extremely gentle to the skin. The acid helps to unclog the pores and sloshes away build-up of dirt and dead skin cells, which prevents pores and blackheads from becoming infected.

I’d also recommend La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel, £12, Boots, as it’s ideal for calming and minimising inflamed pimples. Glycolic acid, also known as AHA (alpha-hydroxy-acid), offers a deeper clean as it penetrates further into the skin due to its smaller molecules.

I used Proactiv’s Glycolic Mark Fading Pads, £22.99, Amazon, as a toner treatment and SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight, £80, Lookfantastic, as a peel for extensive exfoliation of dead skin cells.

Lixir Skin’s Night Switch PHA/AHA 10%, £20, Liberty, offers a great alternative, a small bottle but a potent product which you can add to your face oils or moisturisers for an overnight treatment. Another overnight treatment is Retinol product Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwear – it helps with redness, inflammation and helps clear clogged pores.

To treat those testy pimples head on I used another salicylic acid product, Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, £16, Beauty Bay – I used this by dotting on each of my pimples. It packed a punch and stung slightly but it was working as pimples were visibly smaller due to the anti-inflammatory properties of zinc and calamine lotion.

To moisturise? Oils! You literally fight oil with oil and I cannot stress this enough. Try and stay away from mineral oils and incorporate acne friendly ingredients like rosehip oil and jojoba oil.

Products that help treat acne and blemish-prone skin which I found safe to use were Rå’s Eternal Radiance Oil, £65, Cult Beauty, and Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil, £60, Space NK, which contains hero ingredient azulene that fights bacteria and is anti-inflammatory.

Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil, £34.50, John Lewis, is another great facial oil, high in fatty acids, it leaves skin feeling silky smooth, refined with a slight healthy glow. If you prefer a cream, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+, £16, Boots, is a winner for hydrating, correcting and reducing inflammation.

Dr Sam Bunting’s acne tips:

  • Stress can trigger our sebaceous glands to produce more oil, so chill.
  • The sun thickens up our skin’s protective outer layer which makes it susceptible to clogging. SPF is essential.
  • The wrong skincare can cause acne – using anti-ageing ingredients is ‘poorly formulated for blemish-prone skin’.
  • Stay away from heavy-coverage long-wear foundations.
  • Powders are prone to clogging pores
  • Eating a diet rich in plant-based foods with micronutrients like nuts, spices and omega 3 fatty acids helps maintain an anti-inflammatory diet.
  • PCOS is a common condition that affects women and will often trigger acne as well as hair loss and excess facial/body hair. If this a concern, please see your doctor.

I have spent an entire year scouring the planet for ingredients that are affordable, which you can use at home and for those that don’t want to spend a shed load on clinical treatments.

I hope that my journey to acne-free skin helps you along yours – good luck!

The post I finally cleared up my acne and these are the must-have ingredients that did it appeared first on Marie Claire.

Skin pigmentation products to fight blemishes, dark spots and dull skin

Skin pigmentation products to fight blemishes, dark spots and dull skin

Want to get rid of pigmentation, blemishes and dark spots? Look to our round-up for the skincare glow-boosters you need

Skin pigmentation, uneven skin tone and dullness of the complexion are issues the majority of us have had to contend with at some point in our lives.

But thanks to several innovations in skincare, there are a host of products we can use to minimise their appearance.

We spoke to world-renowned, board certified dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross to find out more about excessive skin pigmentation and how it can be treated.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

‘Melanin is produced by multiple enzymatic functions working together in the skin,’ explains Dr Gross. ‘Hyperpigmentation, melasma and sun spots are the “warning-flags” created by your body to inform you that it is injured or under attack.

‘Hyperpigmentation is a deposit of melanin (a protein manufactured by the skin) that goes into the skin like globules and gives way to dark spots, stains and unsightly discoloration. It is brown discoloration that comes in many different forms, including; sun spots, age spots, pregnancy mask, melasma and or freckles.

‘It is a little known fact that people are not born with any types of brown spots or hyperpigmentation, including freckles. It is an excess of sun exposure or any other type of environmental aggressor that brings them out; they appear because of a genetic pre-disposition.’

All the more reason why your best sun cream and best SPF moisturisers are so essential, all year round.

Hyperpigmentation treatment

‘You can treat hyperpigmentation with high-powered active ingredients and in-office procedures,’ Dr Gross tells us. ‘Professional chemical peels, like my in-office Alpha Beta Peel, and lasers are commonly used to treat hyperpigmentation.

‘IPL laser involves light-based energy pulsed onto the skin while simultaneously targeting blood vessels. The light seeks out the discoloration in the skin to lift it up and out.’

With the doctor’s advice in mind, keep scrolling for our favourite creams, serums and treatments that can help tackle pigmentation.

The post Skin pigmentation products to fight blemishes, dark spots and dull skin appeared first on Marie Claire.

Dermal fillers: everything you need to know about what they are and how they work

Dermal fillers: everything you need to know about what they are and how they work

They’re the popular choice for getting plump, youthful skin and smooth skin. But are they safe? Here’s our guide to dermal fillers for beginners…

dermal fillers
Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

Dermal fillers – if you’re thinking about getting them or have heard them mentioned and want to know more, then read this comprehensive overview of the cosmetic procedure that are designed to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.

We spoke to Dr Terry Loong of W1 Knightsbridge to get the lowdown on facial fillers, from what happens during the procedure to possible side effects and cost.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are small injections of gel, typically made up of hylauronic acid, that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue.

How do they work?

Fillers basically restore lost volume to your face and plump areas, so that deep set lines are smoothed. Why is this needed? Well, as we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to the youthful look.  Experts argue over when we start losing collagen; but the generally agreed age is 25. Which is pretty young, right? Your collagen and elastin levels then decline at a rate of about 2% per year, and you rbody will have stopped producing it altogether by your late twenties.

Fillers have been used for decades to restore lost volume or add lift.

How long do dermal fillers last?

It depends how your body reacts and which hyaluronic acid is used, but most dermal fillers will last between six to 18 months.

Do dermal fillers have side effects?

‘It’s easy for clients to confuse side effects to reactions, so it’s extremely important to understand what side effects can be expected,’ says Dr Loong. ‘Temporary side effects – those that are completely normal after facial injections – can include; swelling, redness and tenderness.

It’s completely normal to experience a little bit of discomfort, redness and bruising after the procedure. Reactions generally occur immediately after the needle injection and can include; redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection location. These reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection and are usually resolved a few days after the injection into the skin.

Do dermal fillers hurt?

‘There may be a slight discomfort whilst the filler is being injected into the face,’ says Dr. Loong. ‘But we minimise this by applying an anaesthetic cream before treatment. To provide further relief and alleviate as much pain as possible, our fillers contain a pre-mixed local anaesthetic.’

dermal fillers

Are there different types of dermal fillers?

As we said above, the most common type of facial filler is hyaluronic acid – the natural substance found in many areas of the body including eyeballs, joints and skin, that can hold 1000x its weight in water. Hyaluronic facial fillers helps to maintain shape, even out depressions in the skin and provide hydration.

‘Poly-Caprolactone (PCl) or Ellanse is another popular filler that acts as a collagen stimulator,’ Dr Loong explains. ‘When injected in strategic places in the face, it triggers the body’s natural response to produce collagen, which provides you with a much longer lasting result.’

Is there a difference between Botox and dermal filler?

Yes there is 100% a difference between Botox and fillers. Botox stops the small muscles in your face from making the movements that cause wrinkles, whilst dermal fillers plump from below the wrinkle to smooth them out and promote the youthful look.

How much do dermal fillers cost?

So how much do dermal fillers set you back? Well, that depends entirely on how much you’re going to have done, which fillers you opt for and who you pay to administer them.

‘Obviously every clinic differs, but the general starting price for facial fillers is from £500 per syringe,’ Dr Loong tells us.

Where should you go to get dermal fillers?

The first thing you need to know, above all else, is never ever consider having any kind of injectable treatment at a beauty spa or salon. For some inexplicable reason, here in the UK we’re unable to regulate who is able to inject filler into someone’s face (the same goes for Botox) – in the rest of Europe you have to be a qualified doctor in order to perform the treatment.

Dr Loong expands on this: ‘The face has many underlying sensitive structures, for example: nerves, vessels and eyes when treating wrinkles. If the person administering fillers is untrained and not careful, there’s risk of damage, infection, artery occlusion leading to tissue death and scarring. Hence why it’s so important to see a registered medical professional who understands the anatomy of the face and knows the areas to avoid.’

So, just to be clear, see a qualified doctor or forget about having fillers altogether.

Consult the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Dermatologists website to find a qualified practitioner.

We hope we’ve cleared a few things up about dermal fillers.

If you have any other questions, then comment on our Facebook page and we’ll try and get these answered for you!

The post Dermal fillers: everything you need to know about what they are and how they work appeared first on Marie Claire.

Hair removal tips to ensure a pain-free session every time

Hair removal tips to ensure a pain-free session every time

From how to epilate properly to getting rid of shaving rash, we grilled an expert to ensure you get it right

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9023709a)
MODEL RELEASED Woman sitting on edge of bathtub shaving her leg

Body hair is totally normal, but that doesn’t stop a lot of us from going to great lengths to get rid of it.

The reality is that the majority of us like to have smoother-as-silk legs and bikini line when we’re sunning it on holiday or enjoying the shorts weather.

But aside from knowing how to run a razor along your shins, you might not be so clued up on how to avoid that rash, or the other possible methods of hair removal out there.

Below Dr Anita Sturnham, skin expert and Venus ambassador, shares her tips and tricks for ensuring a smooth and (almost) pain free hair removal session, whether you’re armed with hot wax or a razor.


The key to a good shave is all in the planning. ‘Don’t skimp on shave prep; soaking the skin for a couple of minutes hydrates the hair and makes it around 60% easier to cut. Two to three minutes is optimum soaking time,’ explains Dr Sturnham. ‘After soaking always use a shave prep, like Gillette Satin Care (£3.55, Boots).

‘These products are designed to reduce friction to minimise irritation, like shaving rash. It also creates a light foam which acts as a guide to avoid over-stroking, which can contribute to skin irritation.’

Whatever you do, you should never dry shave, even if you’re in a rush. ‘The risk of irritation isn’t worth the time it may save,’ our doctor adds.

Shaving rash

hair removal shaving

The biggest bane of shaving your legs is the unsightly rash that can appear shortly afterwards. So what can be done about it?

Change your blade regularly, a blunt blade increases friction, which in turn can raise the likelihood of irritation such as shaving rash,’ explains Dr Sturnham.

‘Also, don’t apply too much pressure when shaving – the Venus Swirl razor (£5.99, Boots) is designed to glide with minimum effort over the skin’s surface leaving smooth, silky skin.’

How to stop ingrown hairs

A recent study by Venus revealed almost 30% of women consider ingrown hairs to be their biggest hair removal bug bear when it comes to the bikini line – closely trimming them may help, using the new Venus Bikini Precision Trimmer, £14.99, Boots.

‘It’s important to find a hair removal solution that works best for you, but there are a few simple things to keep in mind that can help prevent ingrown hairs from making an unwelcome appearance,’ explains Dr Sturnham.

‘Gently exfoliating skin is the best way to prevent these, as the gentle scrubbing action removes the upper layer of skin and hair can get through to the surface. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to use a gentle exfoliator’

‘For those looking for a longer lasting form of hair removal try the Braun Silk-epil 5 Starter kit. When used with the beginner cap 60% of the hair is epilated whilst 40% is shaved making it a gentler form of root hair removal that offers some exfoliation during use and can help prevent ingrown hairs.’

‘Also remember to hydrate your hairs first, by soaking in lukewarm water for 3-5 minutes, when shaving. This improves the efficacy of your hair removal by up to 60%. Hydrating the skin also plumps up your epidermal barriers (the top skin layer) so that you have a smoother surface to glide the razor along.’


Those red bumps on your skin you get after hair removal might look like acne, but they’re actually more likely to be folliculitus, an infection of the hair follicle.

‘Treatments for folliculitis depend on the type and severity of your condition, what self-care measures you’ve already tried and your preferences,’ explains Anita. ‘If you have mild eosinophilic folliculitis, your doctor may suggest you try a steroid cream to ease the itching.

Rather than moisturising in a circular motion, dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk recommends you smooth it downwards in the direction of hair growth to avoid irritation.

Summer #skincarehacks number 2⃣: To get the most out of your moisturiser, apply it within 5 minutes of getting out of the bath or shower whilst your skin is still warm. What many people don’t know is that there is a recommended technique for applying moisturiser to their bodies 💡 Rubbing moisturiser in circles can actually irritate the hair follicles on your skin leading to angry red bumps and whiteheads, which Dermatologists refer to as folliculitis. This can look a lot like #acne and the two are often confused with each other 😳 Instead, moisturiser should be smoothed onto the skin in a downward motion, in the same direction as the hair growth in order to avoid this 🏖 . . . . #sun #sunawareness #sunscreen #spf #skincancer #sunburn #antiageing #dermatologist #sunprotection #summer #london #skin #skincare #beauty #beautyproducts #beautyblog #skinexpert #acne #acnetreatment #selfworth #skinpositivity #moisturiser #drjustinekluk

A post shared by Dr Justine Kluk Dermatologist (@drjustinekluk) on Jul 11, 2018 at 2:17am PDT


Waxing is one of the most popular hair removal methods, whether that’s at-home or by a professional.

Once you’ve had at least one professional waxing session, you can keep your smoothness levels topped up at home using wax strips or an at-home hot wax kit. Ensure that the skin is clean and exfoliated before you wax, which will allow for the hair to be removed more easily.

‘Take time, make sure you have all the tools you need and prep the skin,’ says Veet’s beauty and skin expert Nichola Joss.

‘Cleansing and exfoliating can help to ensure the skin is prepared for waxing, giving you better results. If you need to exfoliate the skin, do this 24 hours before.’

Whatever you do, be sure to pull the wax or strip away from the skin in one quick movement, otherwise the wax will pull and won’t remove the hair properly.

hair removal waxing


Epilators are handy devices that rapidly tweeze multiple hairs out at once from the root. To start with, it can hurt a little, but your pain threshold soon adapts and the regrowth speed is significantly lessened.

‘Pre-treating the skin is so important and makes epilation a much gentler process,’ explains Dr Anita. ‘Soaking the hair will make epilation more comfortable, but if you’re epilating dry, rub your skin with a dry towel beforehand. This causes hairs to stand up from the skin surface ensuring a perfect finish.

‘Using a product like Braun Silk-épil 9 SensoSmart (£99.49, Amazon) will also ensure you aren’t compromising on caring for your skin. The technology provides guidance via a light signal letting you know if you are applying too much pressure to the skin.

When you’re finished epilating, don’t apply product straight away. ‘With root hair removal it’s best to wait a few hours before applying any product to the skin.’

Congratulations; your hair removal crash course is now complete.

The post Hair removal tips to ensure a pain-free session every time appeared first on Marie Claire.

Waxing at home for beginners – everything you need to know

Waxing at home for beginners – everything you need to know

Proof that you can get salon results in the comfort of your own home

Waxing Strips

Whether you’re a fair-weather-hair-removal type of gal or a once a month regular, waxing at home has never been easier.

Yes you could opt for an in-salon bikini wax, but there really isn’t the need when you can do it so easily and for much less money from the comfort of your own sofa, in front of Love Island.

Waxing may be a little on the painful side, but it is quick and yields longer-lasting results than your razor will.

Read on to master the art of at home waxing, from lower leg to full-on Brazilian.

Waxing at home with wax strips

‘Making sure you have time, tools and the correct preparation are essential,’ says beauty and skin expert Nichola Joss.

The number one thing you should remember while waxing yourself is not to rush it, ‘take the time, make sure you have all the tools you need and prep the skin. Cleansing and exfoliating can help to ensure the skin is prepared for waxing, giving you better results. If you need to exfoliate the skin do this 24 hours before.’

‘On the day, cleanse the skin with a fragrance free non-oily product and ensure your skin is dry,’ Nichola advises. ‘Take your time and do one strip at a time, ensuring you gently apply to the skin. Remember to remove as instructed.’

Waxing strips need to be pulled from the skin in a single, quick move. Be bold and go for it.  Slowly peeling them off will be uncomfortable and won’t remove the hair effectively.

‘After you have waxed the desired area, gently apply an oil and lightly massage into skin,’ Nichola adds. ‘Wait 24 hours before applying any self-tan.’

Acorelle Ready to Use Aloe Vera and Beeswax Underarms and Bikini Strips, £8.99 Look Fantastic

waxing at home

Buy Now

Leg waxing and eyebrow waxing are both pretty self explanatory, but some hair removal procedures using wax have slightly more ambiguous names.

Hollywood waxing

This kind of waxing involves removing ALL the hair; bikini line, vulva, butt crack, the works.

It’s not an easy one to do DIY so, we’re calling it: you’d have to be mad to do your own Hollywood wax at home. The logistics of removing all hair from your nether regions without causing yourself injury just isn’t worth it.

Brazilian waxing

Brazilian waxes are very similar to Hollywood, except usually a small, visible strip of hair is left on the vulva (the external part of your lady garden). Again, unless you’re a pro, we don’t really recommend you try this one at home.

Bikini waxing

Removing hair from your bikini line, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward.

For a successful DIY bikini wax, pull the skin taut, apply the wax strip, press firmly and use the warmth of your hands to soften the wax if necessary.

After that, it’s a case of just gritting your teeth and pulling away quickly.

The post Waxing at home for beginners – everything you need to know appeared first on Marie Claire.