E45 Repair and Protect Overnight Hand Cream

27 January 2015

One of E45's newest products to launch is the overnight hand cream.  Containing vitamin B3 they claim it helps skins cell regeneration overnight.

The price point is great, at just £3.99 for 50ml and the consistency is thin which means it sinks in easily with no greasy residue, perfect so you don't get greasy prints on your bedsheets!  There is no scent which is great as the products would suit anyone, male or female and while my hands can get very dry, it doesn't irritate them at all.

The ingredients list is below.  In case you were wondering where the vitamin B3 falls it's other name is Niacinamide, so it's fairly near the top of the ingredients list although it would be helpful to know what percentage is in there.  Niacinamide is a great anti ageing ingredient and works on dark patches, dryness and elasticity and is in a lot of higher end and higher price point products such as Dr Jart and Olay Regenerist to name just two.

Ingredients: Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Niacinamide, Sodium Gluconate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Polyquaternium-51

Overall, this is a great cheap handcream that I wouldn't just reserve for using at night.   Personally I have been using this in conjunction with my favoured Hand Chemistry hand cream (Extreme Hydration Concentration) as they both contain different ingredients and therefore using them both in harmony with each other gives my hands the best boost of all the ingredients, the E45 cream is also much much cheaper.  This is much better than most low priced hand creams out there that just contain moisturising ingredients as the Niacinamide will actually work on your skin to make the tone and texture better, it is also (from research I have done on the Internet about the ingredient) a good one to use if your skin is dry because of eczema.

For me, looking after the skin on your hands is just as important as your face, as it's a place that really starts to show ageing. So if you can't afford a pricey hand cream but want something that does contain more than just shea butter and liquid paraffin to moisturise, then give this a go.

Product was provided for review.

Enhance your Natural Skin Tone

23 January 2015

Enhance your Natural Skin Tones with Skin Lightening Cream

From the age of 30 a number of women start to develop irregularities in skin tone and colour, often causing concern and distress about the effects upon appearance. These irregularities and brown spots are often pigmentation and can be caused by a number of problems, including age spots due to aging or exposure to the sun, hormone imbalances which are often caused during pregnancy, or inflammatory reactions following an acne spot. All these pigmentation problems are treatable and are due to excess melanin production which builds up on the surface of the epidermis.

Factors like aging skin, sun exposure and genetics which cause excess melanin production move into overdrive after the age of 30, disrupting the melanin production cycle and the way it is distributed to the skin.  

Any woman that is concerned about coloured spots or marks on the skin understands that the daily cosmetics routine can disguise pigmentation issues and give an appearance of flawless and unblemished facial skin, however, following a regular skin care routine with the correct treatment products will eventually combat this pigmentation problem and allow women to achieve the perfectly even skin tone desired.

Ultra Light Derma White Duo

Ultra Light Derma White Duo is one product that will combat, minimise and eventually remove dark spots and pigmentation from facial skin, when used correctly. This skin lightening cream is derived from marine and plant extracts and correct use of the product involves a two-step process. Firstly, it's necessary to exfoliate skin gently with the skin polish using a circular massage motion. The ideal time to use the exfoliant is directly after showering when pores are open and the cleanser should be applied to dry skin. Following the recommended exfoliation time, the skin lightening cream needs to be massaged thoroughly into the skin. It's then possible to apply regular daily moisturiser and sun block, when required. 

The pure marine and botanical ingredients within Ultra Light Derma White Duo work in synergy to combat skin pigmentation, giving instantaneous results which will accumulate over time to reduce pigmentation and lighten skin tone. Just some of the actives within the exfoliant include:
  • Wakame sea kelp, a marine derivative rich in B vitamins, calcium, potassium, sodium and iron, and known to inhibit enzymatic reactions causing the breakdown of hyaluronic acid
  • seaweed extract, renowned for its abilities to protect against UVA-induced collagen degradation
  • Co-enzyme Q10 which helps to reduce the aging of skin and formation of wrinkles by acting as a free radical scavenger to support cell metabolism
  • Diatomaceous earth, a mineral material created from fossilized remains of a variety of algae, which removes and extracts impurities from the skin

Some active ingredients contained within the skin lightening product include:
  • a luxurious blend of alpine herbs known to have skin brightening and lightening qualities, which will also reduce the appearance of pigmentation and brown spots
  • marine plant extract, studies have shown this to protect against collagen degradation and protect the skin against attack from free radicals
  • Squalane which is a plant extract that has phenomenal moisturising properties
  • almond oil, another excellent moisturising product

The Laser Treatment Clinic of Harley Street, London are experts in assessing pigmentation and age spot damage and recommending the best course of treatment for any woman, which will minimise and eventually remove signs of skin discolour, giving enhanced self confidence. Free consultations are available at the Clinic to provide professional and expert advice to any woman who is troubled by pigmentation and age spots and wants to source the best treatments.  


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