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Keep your skin protected from the sun with Environ Skincare and Jane Iredale Skin Care Makeup

Let’s focus in on some of the best and most versatile SPF Suncare products we have on offer here at The Skin Clinic Direct 

Before we begin the product breakdown – let’s take a look at the reason why the sun is so damaging to the skin.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it indicates how long it will take for ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to redden your skin when you use a sun protection product, compared to how long the skin would take to redden without the product. So, the SPF number gives you some idea of how long you can stay in the sun without burning.

Why is the sun harmful to our skin?

UVB rays were once thought to be the culprits because they penetrate and affect the epidermis, but UVA rays are now known to be equally, if not more damaging.

The aim of a Sunscreen is to minimise the damage that the sun can cause to our skin. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in Jane Iredale bases physically block UV rays by acting like tiny mirrors on the skin reflecting and refracting the rays.

Some damage can be reversed or minimized but only if the skin is always protected from the sun – that is why it is so important to try and prevent skin damage before it happens. There are many excellent skin care products and nutritional supplements on the market today that can substantially aid the skin in repairing sun damage. But they do little good if they aren’t combined with sun protection – so remember to wear your sunscreen and a hat!

What are the results of skin damage?

Lines, wrinkles and sagging are the direct results of sun damage to the underlying collagen and elastin fibres. Hyperpigmentation can be caused or exacerbated by sun irritation to the melanocytes (the pigment-producing cells), which in turn causes overproduction of melanin, which is in fact the body’s attempt to protect itself. Add in hypopigmented macules, telangiectasias and raised, rough precancerous actinic keratoses (the most common skin precancers) and the result of tanning is not pretty.

Remember – a tan is a sign of injury! More than 90% of the visible signs of aging are due to sun exposure. Try Environ’s RAD SPF 15 Sunscreen, Jane Iredale’s SPF Powder-Me, and the Jane Iredale Mineral Base Foundation with SPF.

Sunscreen

Environ’s RAD SPF 15

RAD SPF 15 is a sun protection cream containing sun filters and reflectors to provide SPF 15 sun protection, along with antioxidants, titanium dioxide, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E which help to fight free radicals. One of the great things about this sunscreen from Environ is that it is suitable for all skin types and all ages, including babies older than six months!

What makes it so special is the unique combination of physical and chemical sunscreens offers broad protection against UV-A and UV-B rays. Not only does it provide your skin with the important protection against these harmful rays, but it also supplies the skin with the essential antioxidants necessary for enhanced protection from harmful environmental influences. These are called Free radicals, they are released: when your body breaks down food, and when you are exposed to external irritants such as pollution, radiation or cigarette smoke. This added layer of protection means that Environ’s RAD SPF 15 is a must-have preventative product in delaying the ageing process of the skin.

It’s light, creamy texture is easily applied to the entire body for a smooth, satiny after-feel and it is suitable for use under make-up.

 Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen

Nourish, protect and soothe your skin with this broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen for body, face and scalp that’s water-resistant up to 40 minutes as well as being reef-safe sunscreen.

The feel of this powder is nourishing and soothing. The handy applicator makes for mess-free UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection from the sun. It can also be used sunburn to help soothe inflammation. 

Makeup with SPF

Amazing Base Loose Powder

A loose mineral foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage with consistency and wearable feel likened to silk. Available in cool (pink undertone), warm (yellow undertone) and neutral shades.

A foundation, powder, concealer and broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 20 UVB/UVA – the perfect makeup item for summertime. It conceals redness and diffuses appearance of fine lines and pores with a soft-focus effect.

Are you suffering from Breakouts and Acne? Environ Can Help Your Skin

There are a million and one supposed solutions and quick fixes to problematic acne-prone skin found online. But before we get to any possible solutions to these problems, let’s take a look at what causes those pesky breakouts.

What causes Acne and Breakouts?

Spots including acne and breakouts are caused by the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous gland. These can be influenced by hormonal changes and stress.

Solutions to Acne and Breakouts

The solution is to cleanse the skin without stripping it. Using topical and oral vitamin A products from Environ can normalise the skin and oil production. The entire Focus Care Clairty+ Range has been specifically formulated to calm the appearance of breakouts, and help prevent further spots.

Environ founder Dr Des Fernandez says that the focus of the range was in ‘cleaning, controlling and clearing the skin.’

The below products are a part of the Focus Care Clarity+ Range from Environ. To purchase the products click the links.

How can I deal with breakouts? 

1.Cleanse 

Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser helps to combat the appearance of congestion and excess oil.

It gently cleanses and removes dirt and excess surface oils while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture balance. Suitable for oily, breakout-prone and congested skin. Use morning and evening before toning with Sebu-Tone Clarifier.

2. Control

Vita-Botanical Sebu-Ace Oil is scientifically formulated with vitamins and botanicals, this lightly textured, non-greasy oil helps to control the appearance of breakouts by providing your skin with a daily dose of essential vitamins.

‘Most people suffering from breakouts believe that they must avoid oils at all costs, now this is not true – we actually need oils.’ – Dr Des. Fernandez

Mix Sebu-Ace Oil with Sebu-Lac Lotion in equal parts in the palm of your hand and then gently massage into the affected areas. Use morning and evening for the best results to help improve your problem areas. Hydroxy Sebu-Lac Lotion combats breakout signs and assists the texture and tone of breakouts. Lactic Acid exfoliates and combined especially to moisturise and smooth the skin.

Check out this video for a quick tutorial

3. Clear

The third and final step, according to Environ founder Dr Des Fernandez is to clear up the skin. The products discussed above contain vitamins essential to helping to keep the skin breakout free, but in addition to the topical application of cleansers, toners and lotions, the use of Supplements from Advanced Nutrition Programme has proven to help achieve clear skin. Treating breakouts from the inside out – try Skin Accumax Supplements for clearer skin.

Skin Accumax is a brand new nutritional supplement that works from within providing clear, flawless skin naturally. Skin Accumax contains a completely unique patented and exciting ingredient called DIM which works from the inside out. This scientifically advanced formulation enables the active nutrients to work together much better than they would individually.

DIM is a clever plant compound that has been patented! You will not find this unique combination of ingredients in any other supplement. We have combined DIM with a special blend of vitamins known for maintaining healthy skin. Take one or two capsules twice a day with meals or as your health professional advises. To get the full benefit of this product, we recommend starting with two Skin Accumax™ twice a day for 14 weeks.

Remember to protect your beautiful skin from harmful UV rays this Summer. To celebrate staying safe in the sun, we are offering a FREE full-sized Environ RAD SPF 15 Suncream when you purchase an Environ Moisturiser and Toner. Follow this link to shop this special offer: https://www.theskinclinicdirect.co.uk/product-category/brands/special-offers/

Holiday Skin Care Tips for Smooth, Even and Firm Skin

It’s that time of year again – time for some holiday skin care!

Who doesn’t want nourished, soft and glowing skin in time for the holidays? The Body Range from Environ will help you to achieve the kind of holiday skin you deserve.

Environ offers an effective range of Body care products that work in harmony with your preferred Environ face products.

In this Beauty Blog post we have decided to highlight just a few of the products in the range. This shortlist of body care essentials will be sure to have your skin feeling and looking smoother, improved texture and tone, and more radiant in time for your summer holidays.

A, C & E Oil 

  • This vitamin enriched body oil from Environ is a multi-functional oil rich in vitamins and antioxidants that leaves skin feeling and looking soft & velvety. 
  • It helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, uneven tone and sun-damaged skin

For best results follow these steps:

  • Apply to your body in a thin layer twice a day after a shower or bath
  • Massage into your skin and follow with your preferred Environ Sunscreen

Versatility – This oil is extremely versatile and can be used as an all over body treatment, a face moisturiser for problematic skin, and mixed in to enhance your favourite Environ moisturiser.

This Oil can be used in conjunction with Derma-lac lotion and/or with one of the Environ Instruments to assist firming and toning the appearance of skin.

Derma-Lac Lotion 

This lotion is light, easy-to-apply that helps to energise the appearance of dull and tired skin

A lightly fragranced lotion that helps to soften he texture of rough areas on your skin, such as elbows and heels, whilst also helping to boost the effects of skins moisture levels.

It helps re-energise dull, tired-looking skin, and assists in gently exfoliating the skin and in improving the appearance of skin tone and texture, leaving it looking healthy and beautiful.

  • softens the texture of rough, calloused skin.
  • Re-energises the appearance of dull skin so that it looks visibly improved and more radiant.
  • Speeds up the appearance of skin renewal, leaving it looking smooth and refreshed.

How to Use for best results:

Apply to your entire body, morning and evening, to help soften and create the appearance of smoother skin.

For the best overall body care, always use with your recommended Environ vitamin A body products

Combat the feeling of very dry skin and dry climatic conditions by using on the fact as an occasional hydrating boost.

Body Profile

A gently moisturising body sculpting gel containing plant extracts that assist in firming and conditioning the skin, leaving it looking radiant youthful and feeling silky soft and supple.

This body sculpting gel has been scientifically developed to assist in firming and conditioning the skin, as well as in improving the appearance of uneven skin texture such on the hips, thighs, buttocks, tummy and arms – which is why this product is so perfect for your holiday skin care! 

Skin is left looking and feeling smoother and more radiantly resilient.

Assists in firming the appearance of your skin texture, leaving it looking more supple and youthful.

  • Helps to refine the appearance of your skin tone.
  • Assists in gently moisturising the look of your skin, giving it a softer, silky appearance.
  • To optimise efficacy, use Body Profile in conjunction with Environ’s Electro-Sonic DF Mobile Skin Care Device which will assist to deliver more essential nutrients to where the skin needs them most.

Tackling Acne with Environ | Acne Awareness Month

The month of June marks the beginning of #acneawarenessmonth so we at The Skin Clinic Direct thought it would be the perfect opportunity to draw your attention to the some of the best acne solutions around, courtesy of Environ UK, Advanced Nutrition Programme and Jane Iredale.

At the heart of Environ is science, care and beauty. Founder Dr Des Fernandes discovered that the right doses of Vitamin A can counteract the harmful effects of the environment, pollution and stress on the skin. That is exactly what Environ skincare does – delivers the right amount of Vitamin A, alongside other vitamins and anti-oxidants, direct to your skin.

With this in mind, we have outlined the best plan of attack against spots, blemishes and acne from theEnviron’s B-Active Range.

Skincare Routine For Acne-Prone Skin | with Environ

  1. Sebu-wash – a low foaming cleansing gel containing tea tree oil to assist in removing skin debris without drying the skin, while maintaining a natural acid balance.

  2. Sebu-tone clarifier  helps to hydrate and refine skin texture.

  3. Mix equal amounts of Sebu-Lac Lotion and Sebu-ACE Oil in your hands and gently massage the affected areas.

  4. For specific breakouts Sebu-spot helps clear localised impurities and reduces the signs of redness and congestion.

Vitamin A is the only molecule that can help control acne by reducing the appearance of blackheads and white heads, helping to control an inflamed appearance of the skin and helping to inhibit excess sebum.

Over time, increasing doses of vitamin A help normalise skin cells to the point where breakouts occur less frequently and are less visible.

Shop the Skincare routine above now using the links

Environ Skin Instruments

We have a selection of Skincare Instruments available from Environ here on The Skin Clinic Direct Online Beauty Boutique. They might seem a little daunting at first, so we have put together a short introduction into Skin Instruments.

Starting with derma-rolling or micro-needling, as it is also known. This has recently exploded in the skincare and beauty communities as a revolutionary method of delivering the essential vitamins and nutrients into the skin. These tools should be used alongside Environ products in order to get the most out of derma-rolling, and the products themselves.

Environ has the Cosmetic Focus-CIT  which is a small, hand-held stamp needling instrument embedded with durable stainless steel 0.1mm micro-needles. It is small enough to allow you to focus on specific problem areas, and smaller more difficult to reach areas of the face such as the upper lip and eye area.

We also have the Cosmetic Roll-CIT which provides a similar function but with a larger roller device, ideal for use on the whole face and neck.

These tools are designed to be used in conjunction with Environ products. They aid the deep penetration into the skin of important vitamins in Environ products. Tiny needles puncture through the outermost layer of the skin, prompting the natural wound healing process, and allowing environ products to penetrate the skin further

Dr Des Fernandes, Environ Founder and Scientific Director says that “skin needling induced collagen and elastic production” and that “the procedure can be safely repeated until the desired effect is achieved”

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Pure Skin Hydration with Skin Omega Supplements

What is The Advanced Nutrition Programme?

The Advanced Nutrition Programme is a premium, science-led range of supplements. They support healthy skin and help enhance your overall wellbeing. Free from artificial preservatives, colours, flavourings, PCBs and fillers. Also with no added sugar, salt, soya, wheat, gluten, yeast, lactose or dairy products.

Advanced Nutrition Programme believe that if you only treat skin topically (certain areas) you are missing a major factor in skin care efficacy. To achieve healthy skin – you must start from the inside.

What are Skin Omegas?

Today, we’ll be talking about Skin Omegas – the perfect companion to your skincare regime.

Skin Omegas contain Vitamin A which is a key ingredient for skin health. They contain optimum levels of EPA (an important omega 3) along with GLA (an important omega 6) made from Evening Primrose Oil.

Do Skin Omegas work? 

“Women lacking in Omega 3 can suffer from dehydration, spotty areas, breakouts and general poor skin health. After a month of trialling Skin Omegas+, our tester said her skin seemed less dry and a whole lot more bouncy.” – Good Housekeeping | May 2015 Edition

Made with premium, clinically researched omega 3 from EPAX, a world leading supplier known for its purity, quality and innovation. These supplements hold a Friend of the Sea certificate, meaning that the Omega 3 is sourced using methods that conserve marine habitats and resources.

How do I take them?

Sold in either 60 or 80 capsule size packages, take 2 capsules daily with a meal or as your health professional advises, and enjoy the benefits!

Advanced Nutrition Programme recommend to take one of their multi-vitamins in conjunction with the skin range of vitamins to receive the widest range of benefits. 

Shop Skin Omegas and more of the ANP range below:

SKIN OMEGAS+

Environ Holiday Essentials with Helen

Keep your skin safe in the sun

Today is Friday, and although we’re forever grateful for a Friday, this week we’re just that bit more excited being that it’s a long-weekend here in the UK!

We always want to make sure that our skin is protected from harmful UV-rays, whether the sun is set to be shining or not this weekend, let’s protect our skin from harmful UV-rays.

Environ‘s range of Suncare products contain advanced ingredients that work together to assist in providing protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays before, during and after sun exposure.

Product Spotlight

The RAD Sunscreen contains sun filters and reflectors to provide SPF 15 sun protection, along with anti-oxidants, titanium dioxide, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E which help to fight free radicals.

Suitable for all skin types and ages, including babies over six months old, this sunscreen provides medium sun protection in a light, creamy texture that is suitable for use under makeup!

Environ also offers the Alpha Day Lotion. With SPF 15, this lotion contains a combination of moisturisers, sunscreens and reflectors that help protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

Has your skin been left looking blotchy or uneven because of sun exposure? Alpha Day Lotion will not only protect from further sun damage, but also offer assistance in improving the appearance of uneven skin tone.

Now that we’re protected from the sun, let’s enjoy it and continue to stay safe from the sun using Jane Iredale’s SPF containing make-up!

Check out the video below where Beauty Therapist Helen French talks us through some of her holiday essentials. Featured in this video is the Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF Dry Sunscreen, available in three shades now at The Skin Clinic Direct.

Shop all the products mentioned in this blog post below

POWDER-ME SPF DRY SUNSCREEN

ALPHA DAY LOTION

RAD SPF15

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