A change in the season typically means a change in the way our skin behaves. With just some minor tweaks to your in-clinic treatments, complementing this with targeted home care products we can ensure that your skin stays healthy during this seasonal change.
The oil production that takes place in the skin over the summer months is still occurring and the cooler air creates layers of dead skin cells which build up. Try a course of Vitamin A Boost treatments to counteract this. The high potency retinol resurfacing peel is perfect for sun damaged skin by strengthening, improving elasticity and enhancing healthy skin cell renewal by sloughing away the build up of tired skin cells.
You might also be experiencing more dryness, breakouts and lackluster appearance including hyperpigmentation. On top of this, as the Central Heating starts to crank up the skin may start to require a lot more hydration.
Look for specialty serums with actives such as Carnosolic Acid and Ethyl Ferulate to neutralise the free radicals which damage skin cells thus effectively preventing the occurrence of UV damage. Uridine Monophosphate, one of the pre-cursors to DNA synthesis, also supports the cells in repairing their DNA. Also look for Arbutin and Licorice Root extract which brighten the skin helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
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5 Minutes With…
Vita Liberata founder Alyson Hogg
As winter takes a hold we are totally making more use of all things Vita Liberata to keep our post-summer glow going. So this month we asked founder Alyson Hogg to talk us through her journey to creating one of our favourite brands.
On getting into the business...
" My mother suffered terribly from psoriasis, so I have always been curious as to how we make better, longer lasting topical remedies for skin conditions. It was a short move from there to creating beauty products that would make a real difference to confidence and therefore quality of life. For super pale girls with translucent skin, tanning products that offer a truly natural glow easily fall into that category. "
On her favourite beauty trends...
" At the moment it’s a light, bronze, smokey eye. It’s a lighter look that works with all skin tones and is perfect for the festive season. I find that our Trystal loose powder works beautifully for this look."
On her best beauty memory...
"As a little girl watching my mum put her ‘face on’ in the bathroom mirror. I thought her the most beautiful woman in the world. . "
Who or what inspires her...
" I am totally inspired by those who must fight against the physical odds, and who will not be destroyed by fate. In particular, a young blogger called Nick Santo (@nicksanto534), and a mother who suffered 60-degree burns. "
One product she doesn't leave home without...
"I can’t narrow it down to one: Vita Liberata Peptide Mist, Vita Liberata Body Blur, and YSL lip gloss! "
Workouts & Wellness we love…
For our workout kicks this month we're loving these tips from the guys at Hip & Healthy all about Autumn fitness hacks...
First up they recommend SPF - Even though you can’t feel the heat, the sun’s strong ultraviolet rays can cause harm to our skin all year round and combined with harsh winds and cold temperatures, your skin will not be happy or healthy. We also recommend our Pollution Defence Cream for that everyday protection against the elements.
Next up think new activewear gear and practice the art of layering. Thermal, long-sleeved tops are a great base layer and a lot of brands provide sweat-wicking fabrics that will help keep you dry and insulated throughout your workout. Believe us, there is nothing worse than feeling wet and cold from your own moisture! Then also get your workout outfit sorted the night before so those anti-training demons don't get to work on you on a dark winter morning telling you to stay in bed.
They also suggest training little and often until you get into your Autumn groove. 15-30 minutes on a HIIT programme will do the trick. Then take the time to schedule your workouts so you have less chance of bailing on them. Why not plan a few evening yoga classes so you can de-stress after a long day at work? Or if you’re more of the social kind, perhaps you can organise a few run catch-ups with your best fitness bunny?
To find more great health and wellness tips head to Hip & Healthy here.
What we are eating this month
Right now we are loving this recipe from the Daylesford team. A warming dhal with butternut squash and tumeric is perfect for chilly winter nights. (serves 2-3)
You will need...
250g peeled butternut squash or pumpkin, cut into 2cm cubes
3 tsp olive or coconut oil, or melted ghee
1 onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
½ tsp fresh turmeric (or 1 tsp ground turmeric), peeled and finely grated
1 medium red chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp ground coriander
4 cardamom pods, crushed
700ml vegetable or chicken broth
185g red split lentils
sea salt and black pepper
50ml olive oil, coconut oil or ghee
3 large garlic cloves, finely sliced
½ a chilli, finely chopped
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Place the squash in a baking tray. Drizzle over 1 teaspoon of the oil or ghee, add a pinch of salt and pepper and toss together.
Roast in the oven for 15–20 minutes or until soft.
Place a saucepan over a medium heat and warm the remaining oil or ghee. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, all the spices except the cardamom and season with salt and pepper.
Sauté for 4–5 minutes until the onions are soft and the spices release their aroma. If the pan looks as though it is getting dry, add a splash of water.
Crush the cardamom pods with the back of a spoon and add them to the pan with the broth.
Pour in the lentils and stir. Allow to simmer over a medium heat for 15–20 minutes until the dhal begins to thicken. The lentils will be cooked when they begin to lose their shape and break down into a creamy, thick texture.
When the lentils are almost cooked, add the squash and stir through, then continue to cook for 5–6 minutes and check the seasoning.
Meanwhile, if you’re making the tarka put all of the ingredients into a pan over a medium heat and simmer gently until the garlic is beginning to turn golden brown and crispy.
When the dhal is deliciously thick, ladle it into deep bowls and top with the tarka. Serve with warm brown rice and wilted greens.
Where we are headed this month
From cosy pop-ups to getting ready for the festive season, this time of year is perfect for getting out and about in London. Here are a few of the things on our radar this month.
Dinner in a dome at the Coppa Club in Aldgate where you can snuggle up with 7 of your besties with sheepskin blankets and festive snacks and enjoy the view.
We will also be heading for dinner at Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, where the large upscale dining space in the Corinthia Hotel has been taken over by the ever popular cheeky chef and serves up classic Grill fare in his down to earth style.
We will also be heading for a spot of Sunday Lunch at our new favourite country pub in the city, The Fox & Pheasant. A dart board, open fire and a buzzy atmosphere awaits you at this cosy Billing Street boozer, and after a pre-dinner drink head to the wonderful dining room with it’s retractable roof, olive tree and great seasonal menu.
Who can resist Bonfire Night? We’ll be out there oohing and aahing with the best of them at one of our local displays. From Alexandra Palace to Crystal Palace you can bet your bottom dollar that you will find somewhere not too far away to enjoy this fun night. We’re thinking beanie hats, scarf and gloves and a warming hot toddy to see us through.
November also sees the welcome return of the fabulous London Jazz Festival - from November 16-25th you can delve into all things Jazz at various venues around the capital. We’re looking forward to some quality time at Ronnie Scotts or catching Jeff Goldblum at Cadogan Hall on the 17th. For more on the festival take a peek here.
makeup shopping event
5th December 2018
Join us at Clinic Privé on the 5th December for an exclusive shopping event. Tickets are £30, redeemable against any purchases on the day and include a makeup session with one of our artists where you can obtain advice and find out about all the latest trends and techniques to change up your look. There will also be exclusive discounts on all makeup products and makeup gifts sets on the day along with some extra special treats. Book now to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited and selling fast.
Continuing our feature on skincare science in easy to understand terms - this month we're looking at Retinol
Retinol is a super hero in the beauty industry. It’s famed for its ability to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and what’s not to love about that. But what exactly is it and how should we use it?
Retinol is another name for vitamin A. You will find a number of Vitamin A derivatives in non-prescription skincare products, such as retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, but they all come in the form of a chemical compound known as an ester, which is where they are converted to retinoid acid at a cellular level and made available for the skin to use.
It’s an extremely effective ingredient that has the ability to communicate with any skin cell receptor site and telling it to behave like a healthy, younger skin cell. It also works as a powerful antioxidant interrupting the free-radical damage process that causes the signs of ageing. If that wasn’t enough this anti-ageing ally has the ability to increase collagen production helping to fade pigmentation and age spots.
Retinol comes in variety of percentages which can be quite confusing if you are new to retinol. The general rule is to start at a lower percentage, for example 0.25% concentration and then increase overtime as your skin becomes used to the effects. However, there are some advanced products which challenge this theory. The Lisa Franklin Pro Effect Night Renew Treatment contains the most bioavailable form of vitamin A (without a prescription) and is slowly released through micro-encapsulation. This means a much lower dose can be provided to maximum effect without the irritation associated with retinol.