What’s the deal with parabens?

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With all these paraben-free products flooding the market, we can’t help but wonder exactly what parabens are, and if we really should be staying away from them…

If you’ve been paying attention in the beauty aisles, you’ll probably have noticed that there are more and more products popping up that are free from some or other ingredient, with the words ‘free from parabens’ possibly topping the lot.

Cue the panic. Parabens? What are parabens? Have I been using all the parabens and, as a result, slowly ruining my body? Is that why I have wrinkles? Or is this just another money-making gimmick giving brands an excuse to change us extra for the same old product?

OK, take a deep breath and calm down – we’ve got everything you need to know about parabens right here… But first this first:

What are parabens?

Parabens are basically preservatives that are added to many beauty products to prolong the shelf life, preventing the growth of bacteria, mould and fungi.

If you check the ingredients list and see methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben or propylparaben (so basically any fancy word ending in paraben), then you’ll know that product contains them.

They can be in anything from shampoos and body wash to mascara and face cream and, considering the fact that some products last in our cupboards for a good few months (or, in some cases, years), and many of these in super humid or moist conditions in your bathroom, they do need something to keep them ‘fresh’. But, as you know with food, additives and preservatives aren’t always that great.

Why are they so bad?

Well, that’s when we get into the good old grey area. A research paper published by a British scientist revealed that paraben traces had been found in breast tissue, however, there has been no link found between parabens and cancer.

What is evident from the research though, is that parabens are able to penetrate our skin into our bodies, and that isn’t ideal since it has been found that they do disrupt normal hormone production.

In addition to this, it has also been discovered that parabens are present in some marine life, meaning that once they inevitably end up in the ocean, they are breaking through the skin barriers of some animals.

But is there an alternative?

There most certainly is! These days, there are plenty of synthetic-free products out there, which means we don’t actually need to rely on these artificial ingredients any more – especially when they cause skin irritations for so many people.

Any self respected – green – brands will avoid parabens, and you’ll generally find the words ‘free from parabens’ splashed across the product’s packaging.

However, some non-green (mostly low-budget) brands simply replace one synthetic preservative with another one, so you’ll need to be clued up on your ingredients to be sure.

Final verdict on parabens…

At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you want to err on the side of caution, or if you’re trying to go more green, and if that’s the case, it’s time to bid parabens a farewell.

 

 

 

 

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum new formula

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From next month, Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Serum will be available in a brand new formula, which is a product of 15 years in microbiome research. The launch of the new serum overlaps with the 10th anniversary of the bestselling original Advanced Génifique, which has sold over 25 million bottles around the world and has over 10,000 five-star reviews! Renowned for its ability to activate 10 key signs of youth, the serum has won more than 170 awards.

A face serum suitable for every woman: all ethnicities, ages, and every skin type – dry, combination/normal and oily.

Now is the time to innovate. According to Lancôme, the microbiome research is the future of skincare. The new formula relies on a groundbreaking discovery of an entire symbiotic living ecosystem of microorganisms in human skin. When the microbiome is balanced, the skin is able to protect itself from pathogenic organisms and environmental hazards. When it is disturbed, the skin’s natural defenses and regenerative qualities are also compromised.

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The new Advanced Génifique Serum is formulated with seven prebiotic and probiotic fractions, including sugars, amino acids, and lipids that provide a vital source of nutrients for the good bacteria (prebiotics). It also contains three plant or biotech-based prebiotics: Mannose, α-Glucooligosaccharides and β-Fructooligosaccharides.

The formula specifically targets the microbiome, which is normally compromised by external aggressors, aging, and a stressful lifestyle. The patented self-loading dropper releases 30 million prebiotic and probiotic fractions with each application. The serum is weightless, it absorbs instantly, and delivers immediate results. A new holy grail. This new serum is a powerhouse: patented until 2039.

How tot use: Use it morning and evening after cleansing and before your favourite day and night cream for radiant, healthier-looking and smother skin.

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Lancôme-Advanced-Génifique-Youth-Activating-Concentrate-04Lancôme’s new Advanced Génifique Serum drops at the end of the August. It will be available in three sizes 30, 50 and 75ml, at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Lancôme.

 

 

 

 

Tom Ford Is Launching High Tech Skin-Care Collection

 

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It’s been three years in the making, but Tom Ford’s debut skincare line is finally heading our way.

In 2006, when Tom Ford reached beyond his fashion foundations to launch an eponymous empire that included fragrances and, come 2011, makeup, it emerged as one of the most coveted names in beauty. One very significant category has been conspicuously missing from the luxury brand’s offerings, though: skin care. But now, more than a decade later, Ford is expanding his partnership with Estée Lauder to launch Tom Ford Research.

I wanted to start a serious skin-care arm and have it be science-based. This is a real skin-care product and regimen. I’m not a designer who has thrown his name on a beautifully packaged cream.

Tom Ford

Ford told WWD in a new interview about the upcoming debut, ensuring consumers they’re not just splurging on something that will look lovely on their vanities.

So, to ensure his new skin-care products were being formulated with a commitment to science, Ford requested and received his own dedicated lab from Estée Lauder. After 75 different trial concoctions, its first two creations – Serum Concentrate and Crème Concentrate –  are mere weeks away from debuting in the U.S. at Tom Ford boutiques and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tom Ford is a true visionary. He has this unique ability to see into the future, as expressed through his singular vision and trailblazing fashion to create an inimitable world of seduction and uncompromising exclusivity.

Guillaume Jesel, President Tom Ford Beauty

Both products rely heavily on caffeine from a Japanese green tea called gyokuro and the rare white porcelain cacao. “Years ago, a dermatologist told me that the best thing for puffy eyes was moist tea bags. Every time I did it, I noticed that it also moisturized my skin”, Ford told WWD, explaining why so much of the brand’s research was focused on caffeine. There’s much more to the product than caffeine, though; Ford tells WWD that the products also contain AHAs like glycolic and lactic acids, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.

If you’re worried that this new launch means Ford is taking his eye off the ball in the beauty categories he already thrives in, don’t. A new fragrance called Métallique just joined his iconic collection, and you can find the floral-aldehyde – a first for the brand – at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.

Beauty doesn’t come cheap, Tom Ford Research Serum Concentrate will be available for $350 and Crème Concentrate for $450. Tom Ford Research Serum Concentrate and Crème Concentrate launch in August, and three more products, including an eye cream, will debut in spring 2020. Come into the beautiful world of Tom Ford.

 

 

 

 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate

 

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From the nighttime skincare expert, Estée Lauder introduces the Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate, a brand new product that harnesses the restorative power of night. Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate is described as the overnight rescue treatment that targets life’s daily challenges responsible for skin irritation, redness and dehydration.

When you feel your skin is acting up, Press Reset Tonight.

The gel emulsion formula features a soothing lavender scent that reinforces feelings of tranquility and calm. The Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate boosts skin’s smoothness and clarity while delivering long-lasting, 24-hour moisture. The formula claims to help the skin recover in just one hour, while boosting its own ability to recover by getting stronger and more resilient.

The Concentrate rescues and rests the look of skin by delivering 15x concentrated Hyaluronic Acid in a multi-molecular weight complex. It soothes the look of irritation in just one hour; fortifies skin, and restores a more poreless, refined, luminous complexion. In addition, the formula boasts anti-oxidants counteract free radical damage.

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How to use:

Apply at night after your repair serum, whenever your skin is acting up or needs an extra boost.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Intense Reset Concentrate soothes the look of irritation – in just 1 hour. It fortifies your skin so it can better respond to intense visible stressors. It allows you to power through life’s high-intensity moments beautifully. It restores a more poreless, refined texture and significantly boosts skin’s luminous clarity.

 

 

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate launches globally by the end of the month. Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate is now available for pre-order at Estée Lauder.

Come into the beautiful world of Estée Lauder.

 

 

 

 

Giorgio Armani To Launch Armani Men Skincare Collection

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Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani is gearing up to launch a 3-piece skincare line dedicated to guys. Armani had previously launched a skin care line for men, in 2008, but it was sadly being discontinued. The launch of the new collection is slated for June!

Part of the ‘Emporio’, Armani Beauty, a brand that mainly focuses on fragrances, has grown to become a three-axes brand that combines fragrances, makeup, and now skin care. The new collection focuses on two trends: a trend of grooming, and that of consumers’ growing demand for sustainable products. The collection, therefore, features formulas that are biodegradable, made of 99% natural ingredients, and come in eco-designed packaging. The three-part range includes the Face Wash, the Toner, and a Moisturizer for face and eyes.

Armani Men The Face Wash

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Conceived with purity in mind, both in terms of formula and packaging, The Face Wash perfectly stands out with 99% naturally derived ingredients and a 98% biodegradable formula. Enriched with exfoliating Birch Bark Extract and Jojoba Pearls, this daily cleanser leaves skin perfectly clean, balanced and relieved with a clearer complexion and prevention from a dull, tired appearance.

Armani Men The Face Wash comes in a 150ml tube. The tube, 100% designed for recycling, and elegant tearable box made with carton, are produced using certified and controlled material.

 

Armani Men The Toner

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Conceived with purity in mind, both in terms of formula and packaging, The Toner perfectly stands out with 94% naturally derived ingredients and a 97% biodegradable formula. Enriched with hydrating Baobab Leaf extract, anti-inflammatory Birch Bark extract & a soothing vitamin cocktail, this toner works as a refreshing anti-fatigue booster to offer a vibrantly clear and energized complexion while calming and soothing even the most sensitive skin.

The bottle, 100% designed for recycling, and elegant tearable box made with carton, are produced using certified and controlled material. Armani Men The Toner comes in a 100ml bottle

 

Armani Men The Moisturizer Face & Eyes

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Conceived with purity in mind, both in terms of formula and packaging, the The Moisturizer Face & Eyes perfectly stands out with 98% naturally derived ingredients and a 96% biodegradable formula. Enriched with anti-aging Vitality complex, hydrating & anti-wrinkle Baobab Leaf extract and anti-inflammatory Birch Bark extract, this moisturizer boosts skin with energy, revives skin’s natural balance and fights signs of fatigue.

Armani Men The Moisturizer Face & Eyes comes in a 50ml bottle. The bottle, 100% designed for recycling, and elegant tearable box made with carton, are produced using certified and controlled material.

The Armani Men skin care line is dermatologically tested and is formulated without controversial ingredients — no silicon, paraben, mineral oil, sulfate, MIT, EDTA and PEG. The collection will launch exclusively online in the USA in the first week of June, then in Canada and Europe later that month. Asia, outside of China, will see the range in the second half of the year, and it will arrive in China in 2020.

Come into the beautiful world of Giorgio Armani and Armani Beauté.

 

 

 

 

Clarins Introduces Super Restorative Rose Radiance Cream

 

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Clarins, the French family cosmetic company was founded in 1954 by the medical student Jacques Courtin-Clarins, who died in 2007. In 1957, Courtin-Clarins developed a new approach to face and body treatments and created a few luxury products based exclusively on plants. Clarins has used its unrivalled expertise in the field of beauty to offer consumers the safest, most effective products that deliver real results.

We don’t promise you miracles, only results

Jacques Courtin-Clarins, founder Clarins

New from Clarins is the Rose Radiance Cream, a super-restorative cream that revives skin’s radiance. Just like the rest of the Super Restorative Collection, the new Rose Radiance Cream is designed for skin experiencing age-related hormonal changes. Envisioned as a beautifying treatment, the cream replenishes, exfoliates, and beautifies the skin to reveal natural, rosy radiance.

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The Rose Radiance Cream draws on the redensifying properties of three natural ingredients to help illuminate the complexion, even out the skin tone, and smooth skin texture. Roselle (Hibiscus sativa) acids gently exfoliate and smooth skin. Harungana extract redensifies the skin to counteract sagging, while Furcellaria helps protect skin from environmental damage and pollution. Smooth and supple, well nourished skin, results in a more even complexion and a brighter glow.

Clarins Super Restorative Rose Radiance Cream is designed for skin experiencing age-related hormonal changes. It combines three gently exfoliating and radiance boosting ingredients and seven plant extracts.

In addition, the cream contains four different types of light-reflecting pearls (each reflecting a particular light tone) to give the skin a beautiful glow. The soft pink cream is infused with Vitamin C to leave a healthy glow and, with prolonged use, even out the skin tone and make the skin brighter.

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The Clarins Super Restorative Rose Radiance Cream is suitable for all skin types. It is available in a 50 ml jar. The product is currently available across the UK. Launching worldwide in August 2019.

Come into the beautiful world of Clarins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion de Rose

 

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French Maison Dior extends its ultra-luxurious Prestige collection with a new micro-nutritive lotion named La Micro-Lotion de Rose. The newcomer to the already successful range is the 1st Dior micro-lotion enriched with minerals and Dior’s iconic Rose de Granville oil.

An exceptional skincare product, La Micro-Lotion de Rose associates the extraordinary power of the Rose de Granville with an avant-garde formulation, to intensely purify the skin while providing lasting comfort.

A pioneer in nutri-cosmetics, the Dior Prestige line has been enhanced with a new micro-nutritive product, La Micro-Lotion de Rose, like an ode to Christian Dior’s favorite flower. The star ingredient in this unique skincare product, the Rose de Granville is a flower exclusive to the Maison, created by Dior Science’s researchers and based on an extremely resistant variety of wild rose discovered on the cliffs of Normandy close to the childhood home of the Maison’s couturier founder.

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Dior has used a cold jetting technology that unites these opposites and transforms the rose oil into millions of micro-sized drops suspended in the lotion. Designed in response to the needs of combination to oily skin, this lotion combines for the first time the cleansing and purifying effects of rose minerals (like zinc, copper, and magnesium) with the nutritive and reparative properties of the flower’s precious oil. Thanks to exclusive micronization technology, which allows the oil to be fragmented into millions of micro-droplets each the size of a micron, its lightweight, comfortable formula procures an intensely fresh sensation, assuring 12 hours of hydration without shine.

Micronization allows the nutritive oil of the Rose de Granville to be fragmented into millions of micro-droplets, each the size of a micron, suspended in the intensely fresh texture of a lotion for ultimate purification and long-lasting hydration.

From the first application, pores are visibly tightened, the skin is instantly more beautiful, clarified and deeply moisturized. Day by day, the skin’s texture is smoother; it is cleansed, purified and rebalanced without ever compromising on comfort. The ultimate result is 24 hours of shine-free hydration.

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La Micro-Lotion de Rose is designed for application before Micro-Huile de Rose, Dior’s emblematic micro-nutritive concentrate, to be used before Dior Prestige La Crème Texture Essentielle for profoundly balanced and clarified complexion.

La Micro-Lotion de Roset is packed in a massive glass bottle with a gold-colored stopper.

Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion de Roset is available at selected stores worldwide.

Come into the beautiful of Maison Christian Dior.