Suncreen daily – Even in Winter? Yes REALLY – and this is why…

Don’t be fooled….ageing rays are always around us even on grey days

If you are serious about protecting your skin, daily sunscreen is an absolute must.  In fact, in our salon we recommend that if there is only one product you wish to take, it would be SUNSCREEN applied daily, all year.  UVA/UVB rays are consistently around us, sun or cloud.

But did you know that Blue Light is a ‘silent ager’? 

So, what is blue light? A lot of the white light we are exposed to is actually made up of blue rays, which have short wavelengths and more energy than warmer colours found in light, such as red and orange.  Blue light gives that beautiful blue colour on a cloudless day.  But, it is also emitted by that hypnotic blue glow of devices and computer screens.  So what is this blue light exposure doing to our skin?

The research into the effects of blue light is still in its infancy, but a study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that when participants were exposed to equivalent levels of UVA and blue rays, they experienced more pigment, redness and swelling after the blue light exposure.

Dermatologists are increasingly finding pigmentation at the sides of the face, where a mobile phone is held giving credence in the that hand held devices can cause skin damage. 

Although reducing screen time will help to decrease our exposure to blue light, its important to remember that the sun is still the biggest source of damaging rays. 

So… What kind of Sunscreen? 

Chemical ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreens – those high street ones you will have heard of – do protect against UVA & UVB but not blue light, but they get also get absorbed into the skin.  Dozens of studies in the last decade have found that some of the small chemical particles absorbed are causing skin irritation, allergy, hormonal disruption and skin damage.  Many of these chemicals are suspected allergens,  hormone distruptors and carcinogens.  

Physical filters– Such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (minerals)  – sit on the top of the skin and do NOT get absorbed into the system. They are photostable and have an excellent safety record for skin protection.  Using a physical filter sunscreen daily, along with antioxidents and peptides, will result in more firm, less wrinkled and pigmented skin.   They come in powder or cream consistencies and should be applied daily, after applying your usual moisturiser.

Ennviron have created POWDER ME – a powder physical sunscreen

Both Alumier MD and Environ offer a full range of tinted and untinted screens for the face – For more information on what is suitable for you personally do ask your skincare consultation on your next visit to us at Eve & Adam Boutique Spa

 Sources – the IIAA (Environ uk) and Alumier MD

Environ’s RAD – SPF 15 – a physical filter sunscreen for the face & body

How to achieve this amazing look with Jane Iredale mineral make-up

To achieve my makeup look I applied Smooth Affair primer to clean skin, then used the Blending brush to apply Glow Time BB Cream for a smooth, glowing base. I used the Colour Correction palette to help achieve a flawless finish, blending a peach tone under the eyes to counteract purple/blue, and yellow on spots to counteract redness. I then blended Disappear concealer over the top to fully cover any imperfections.

Before applying powder I used my finger to blend in the creamy In Touch Highlighter on the highest part of the cheekbones, under the arch of the brow and over my Cupid’s bow. I then used the Handi brush to dust on Pure Pressed powder for a full coverage, flawless base.

I added dimension to my face with a little contouring. I used the White Fan brush to blend So Bronze 2 in the hollows of my cheeks, on the temples and along the jaw. I then finished with Pure Pressed blush on the apples of my cheeks, using the Chisel Powder brush to blend and avoid any harsh lines.

I defined my brows with the Bitty Brow kit, then applied my eyeshadow. I used the Smoke Gets In Your Eyes kit mixed with the Silver Lining trio to create a subtle smokey eye. I dusted a pale colour over the whole lid using the Deluxe Shader and built up darker shades in the crease and under the eye with the Small Fluff. I applied Jelly Jar Gel Liner with the Bent Liner brush along the upper lash line, and used the Eye Pencil to colour the waterline black.

I lined and filled in my lips with the Lip Pencil to create a rosy base, and topped it with Lip Fixation for colour that lasts all day.

Lastly, I set my makeup with Pommist Spritz, giving my skin instant hydration and antioxidants, and melting the minerals into my skin for a perfect finish.

Products used:
Smooth Affair primer
Glow Time BB Cream in BB3
Colour Correction palette
Disappear Concealer in Light
Pure Pressed Powder in Radiant
In Touch Highlighter in Complete
So Bronze 2
Pure Pressed Blush in Barely Rose
Bitty Brow Brunette
Eyeshadow Kit in Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Eyeshadow Trio in Silver Lining
Eye Pencil in Basic Black
Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Black
Lip Pencil in Rose
Lip Fixation in Fascination
Pommist Spritz

White Fan
Chisel Powder
Deluxe Shader
Small Fluff
Bent Liner

Is a regular cleansing regime important …or will wipes do?

Go on admit it….you’ve used wipes to remove make-up or clean you face before.  Perhaps you regularly do?  That could be considered better than using soap and water I suppose.  Even if you don’t wear make-up it is really important to ensure we clean our face properly each day.  Our skin is actually the biggest organ of our bodies, and is often overlooked even though it’s the one we see! It needs to breath in order to repair and rejuvenate.  If you think about what might ‘hitch a lift’ each day on it – bacteria, dust mites, dirt, sweat and bacteria to name a few – it is not a pretty thought.  If they are not removed these critters block the pores causing spots, dry or a grey and lifeless complexion.

Unsure of what routine and products to use?  If you are partial to water then a wash may be for you.  If you have dry or mature skin then I would recommend a creamy cleanser (some remove eye make-up too – eg Elemis rehydrating rosepetal cleanser).  For the mature skin try the NEW Elemis Pro Collagen cleansing balm. Follow by toning.  This is key as it rebalances the PH of the skin, plus you won’t believe how much more dirt is removed in this stage! Mature skins should add a serum at this stage, eye cream plus a good moisturiser. I’ll talk about exfoliating next time.

Worried about Intimate Waxing?

Worried about intimate waxing? Here are some tips to help overcome any fears…


1) Knowledge – Meet the therapist & take a look at the wax and room. You’ll feel more comfortable when you’ve asked questions and know a little more about what to expect.
2) Also ask friends about their experience and get any tips. Girls like sharing experiences!
3) Are you worried about exposing ‘that’ area?! – don’t worry. As therapists we are NOT looking or assessing your parts! We are professional and are here to provide a service and do this treatment many times over a day.
4) Is it pain you are worried about? Our Lycon hot wax is one of the least painful products on the market. The wax is flexible due to its soothing essential oils so is easier & quicker to remove and we find the best distraction tactic – is talking!
5) If  you’re really worried about pain – Some clients have been known to take pain relief or have a stiff drink prior to their wax – if anything, this would relax you!
6) Have a smaller area waxed first – ie, have an underarm or standard bikini wax? That way you’ll be familiar with the sensation and procedure before attempting the full monty
7) Visualise the end product – think how you will undress in the changing room or jump into the pool with the confidence there will not be a hair is in sight!
8) Remember this is just a moment in time – in fact just 30 minutes every 5 weeks to achieve a smooth and hair free finish!
9) Think PAST your first visit. If you book in every 5 weeks the hair removal gets easier and quicker each time
10) Reward yourself afterwards with a treat – maybe new pair of knickers 

Top Tips to a healthier skin this Autumn

As much as I love the changing seasons of this country, they can play absolute havoc with our skin.
Autumn is now with us and like the leaves on the trees, our skin may now feel dry, dehydrated and flaky thanks to sun, air conditioning and heat exposure over the summer.
Now is a great time to take stock and get your skin glowing and re-hydrated ready to tackle the mixed temperatures of winter.
Over the summer, you may have chosen to spend more than a few hours on a deck chair, ignoring the fact that extensive sun exposure can affect your skin. Regardless of whether you spent time tanning or not, obviously wearing your ENVIRON RAD and sunscreens, your skin will certainly now need some TLC.

1. Have Facials to Restore Health to Your Skin. A cleansing facial is recommended to remove all the sunscreen you put on, which can sometimes clog the pores. As a matter of fact, weekly facials enable you to unlock a virtually endless list of important benefits. For example, this type of pampering treatment allows you to relax and reduces stress levels while helping you achieve a beautiful, glowing complexion. Through a well-balanced combination of professional products and proper massage techniques, facials heal you body and soul, giving you the chance to feel rejuvenated, lightweight, and stress-free for many hours in a row. On top of that, facials boost blood flow, facilitating skin cell renewal—which basically means that you can shed years off your skin and take pride in a radiant complexion without lifting a finger; schedule professional facials on a regular basis and you (and your skin) will feel brighter and more balanced in no time.

2. Adopt a daily skincare routine. Pop into the salon for a FREE 10-15mins  skincare consultation, or after a facial, a therapist will talk you through the correct procedure and products for your skin.
You could even book into one of our Environ Skin Analysis event where your skin is scanned using visia technology to reveal it’s true skin condition. It is important to cleanse and exfoliate your skin properly now and use a gentle eye makeup (oily) remover,  always. A richer moisturiser, perhaps even consider a night cream, is important with harsher weather approaching.

3. Oxygen & ‘what goes in your mouth’. Implement a few dietary changes to support the positive transformation of your complexion. Say goodbye to processed foods, eat plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables, and try to replace at least one meal with a nutritious green smoothie. Add seeds & avocados for natural oils and pulses, lean white meat and fish for protein.
Get out and look around you at the array of Autumn colours! Jog or powerwalk alone, or with a friend as much as you can. Get some weight bearing exercise in two or three times a week also. This increases our bone density and muscle which will burn fat quicker. Hit the gym or download an HIIT (High Intensity Interval) programme to do at home. Believe it or not, physical activity not only stimulates you mentally, it promotes better circulation and keeps your skin vibrant and healthy…and you only need 30mins a day.

4. The land of nod….yes I am not particularly good at achieving 7-8hrs of sleep a night myself. But what a difference I immediately see in my skin, when I do!  Our bodies heal at night.  Sleep is restorative so aim to get as much as possible of it a night.  A good book, warm shower or bath – or even better – a massage could help you drift off into a dreamy sleep….and KEEP ELECTRONIC DEVICES OUTSIDE OF THE BEDROOM

Hope this is helpful

Sally Shepherd