Latest research shows that 80% of skin ageing is due to UV rays and pollution. Most of us consider ourselves pretty savvy when it comes to skincare, but do you know how much damage pollution is really doing to your complexion? With London persistently breaching safe limits not only is pollution impacting our health, it has an adverse effect on the skin too. Increased pigmentation, premature ageing, dehydration and inflammation are just a few signs that pollution is having a negative effect. Here’s our guide to pollution proofing your skin.
1. Eat foods rich in antioxidants
Free radicals present in pollution, break down the collagen in our skin thus preventing it from looking plump and radiant. Eating a diet high in anti-oxidant rich foods such as dark leafy vegetables, cranberries, blueberries, pecans and walnuts – can help nourish the skin from the inside out. For lacklustre skin, amp up your facial massage when applying your night cream. This stimulates lymph glands and expels toxins. Better yet, indulge in a blissful facial (yes, of course we’ve got just the one) and ask your therapist to add a vitamin C booster to counteract urban skin aggressors.
2. Avoid congestion areas and cleanse quickly
Pollution particles can be 20x smaller than the human pore and traffic pollution has emerged as the single most toxic element to the skin. Dodge it, by taking a “low pollution” route to work. Innovative apps such as City Air can help you plan your journey in the most pollution-free way possible. At the end of the day, limit damage by not allowing pollution particles to sit on the skin for any longer than necessary. Don’t wait until its time for bed, thoroughly cleanse skin as soon as you get in.
3. Use sunscreen all year long
You’re probably already using it when it’s sunny, but here’s another reason to slather sunscreen on whatever the weather: Pollution weakens the skin’s natural barrier increasing the likelihood of skin pigmentation. Our favourite product to “city-shield” your skin is Khiel’s Ultra Light Daily Defence, £35 and if you’re browsing for others, remember to look for SPF formulas that contain antioxidants which further boost the cream’s pollution-fighting powers.
Your Pollution Proof Skincare Routine
Here are our top pollution-busting products that literally breathe fresh air into skin – because let’s face it – it’s all about the glow!
Next, apply your serum of choice or try Skin Ceuticals Triple Lipid Restore, £123. It’s the ultimate in leaving skin feeling soothed and cosseted (Cosseted Meaning: care for and protect in an overindulgent way).
Give your skin a healthy boost with one of our blissful at-home facials. Treatments start at £43 and our Sparistas only use premium brands such as Comfort Zone and NuSkin. They arrive with full expert kits and tailor the treatments to your skin type and condition.
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From New York, London, Milan and Paris, the latest fashion trends have now been revealed for us mere mortals to immolate.
Check out our favourite makeup and nail look inspirations, to make sure you stay on flick!
– THE MAKEUP –
Remember when you were 16 and experimenting with lipgloss as eye shadow? No? Maybe it was just us then… Anyway, it’s officially a thing now and Tadashi Shoji and Sportmax say so too.
The classic red lip gets a modern makeover. Bloggers worldwide rejoice, as adorned by designers Jason Wu, Marco de Vincenzo and the ladies of one of our favourite blogger duos, Wardrobe Icons.
As if we needed any more excuses to add glitter to things, Fendi has now given it the fashion seal of approval. Shine on!
More graphic eyeshadows, more false eyelashes and more coverage. According to Moschino, Emilio Pucci and Antonio Marras, next spring/summer, more is more.
– THE NAILS –
This fresh and fun nail art trend is making us dream of Summer 2017 already… Is it April yet? As seen in the show of Novis.
A trend suitable for boardroom meetings and nights out alike. Leave nails nude for optimal contrast and cool sophistication… Brought to us by Rodarte.
Did we mention that we have a weakness for shiny things? Metallic shades took over the catwalks and are now set to take over your nails too. Thanks Phillip Lim for making this happen.
Half and Half Divide and rule. Let your hands do the talking with a cool new contrasting look. Warning: may cause serious nail envy from your girlfriends. As seen on models of Cushnie et Ochs.
Got a special event or date night? Book a Spaahrista at home and get a FROW worthy makeover.
You can get a fresh manicure starting from £24, make up from £59 and eyelash extensions from £99.
SPECIAL OFFER: £10 Off Eyelash Extensions and Makeup in October with code FROW10.
*Image credits: Nars Cosmetics, Sarah McGonagle, Tom Newton & Taylor Jewell
Who said a beautiful tan is only for the summer? With USPAAH, you can now achieve and maintain a sun-kissed glow all year round. Our expert beauticians come fully equipped with a tent, towels and only work with premium brands such as Sienna and Vita Liberata.
Everyone will ask, did she or didn’t she?
HOW TO MAKE SPRAY TAN LAST LONGER
Preparation is the key. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub or cleanser to get a deeper tan. This prep removes dead skin cells and other debris that can block tanning agents and cause streaks. Also get shaving out of the way before your tanning appointment to avoid stripping your colour and irritating your skin.
Moisturise to maintain the glow. Moisturise before and after your tanning session. Using lotion on a regular basis will keep your skin perfectly primed for even coverage and prevent your colour from fading. For best results, apply a daily lotion all over your body after showering to create a protective seal that locks in your skin’s colour.
Avoid getting wet and wear loose, dark clothing. Try not to get wet for 8 hours after your application. While you might see a hint of colour almost immediately, a typical spray tan takes about 8 hours to fully develop. If possible, wait a full day until your next shower. In the meantime, wear loose-fitting outfits to prevent your colour from rubbing off on your clothes.
Planning a “staycation” during the Bank Holiday Weekend? No better place than London… Whether you’ve got just half a day or an entire long weekend at your disposal, we’ve got some great ideas to help you relax and enjoy upcoming long weekend!
TREAT YOURSELF TO A BLISSFUL MASSAGE
You’ve worked, you’ve been stressed, you’ve earned it.
Reward yourself, with one of our Swedish or Deep Tissue Rituals in the comfort of your home. Fancy a couple’s massage? No problem, we send 2 therapists to transform your space into a mini oasis.
Reading outdoors under the warm August sunshine is as relaxing as it gets. And if you’re looking for a new book to read, here are this year’s best sellers: Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train, Jojo Moyes – After You and Philippa Gregory – Three Sisters, Three Queens
SEE WORLD FAMOUS FESTIVALS
The last August Bank Holiday weekend is one of the best in London’s event calendar. Join the vibrant crowd and experience the dazzling displays of colour and music. Enjoy Notting Hill Carnival, Festival of Love and Beach East festivals throughout the city.
SEE WORLD FAMOUS FESTIVALS
Make sure to pop into The Boogaloo Boil: an all-you-can-eat crawfish feast, with complimentary whisky punch & live music. Also, try out Michelin-level public dining experience at POPdown and enjoy Botanist Gin masterclass at Wild Brunch Club.
She is the ultimate multi-tasker, home improver, and the president of your fan club. Indulge and pamper her for Mother’s Day, because she’s worth it…
FOR THE MOTHER WHO… ENJOYS A SPA-AT-HOME DAY
Gifts are nice and very much appreciated but this home-maker loves nothing more than to spend time with you. Organise an indulging spa day at home that you and mum can enjoy together.
Special Offer: Full Spa Mani/Pedi For Two: £140.00*
FOR THE MOTHER WHO… NEVER MISSES HER WEEKLY BLOW-DRY
For this lady, time is of the essence. So give a gift card that lets her choose the essential treatments she needs to be done on-demand, at home or in the office. Cards start at £25.00, convenience is… priceless!
AND FOR THE… NEW MUM OR MUM-TO-BE
Prenatal and postnatal massage can be just what an expectant, or a new mother needs. Our treatments can relieve back pain, reduce stress and improve sleep. What could be more blissful than that?
Special offer: Complimentary bottle of AromaWorks body oil worth £32, with every 90 min Massage*.