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We were finally treated to some glorious weather over the long weekend.

Thanks to the high temperatures, we flocked to the beach, the local park and to barbeques to embrace that sweet sunshine.

As we waved goodbye to the bank holiday weekend and returned to work, college and school, many of us have been left suffering from some brutal sunburn.

 

Health experts always stress the importance of wearing sunscreen, especially during the summer months, however, many people tend to neglect their skin and fail to realise just how dangerous sunburn can be.

We all know just how painful sunburn can be so we have gathered up a list of home remedies that will soothe your pain in no time.

1: Sit back and relax in the bath with a good book. Simply add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to your bath and your skin will be sting-free.

2: To soothe that nasty sunburn on your face freeze some cucumbers and then blend them until they form a paste. The cucumber will also help soften your skin when it starts to peel.

3: Always keep some aloe vera at home as it will be your saviour when you or your kiddos are sunburnt. It has strong healing remedies and has often been hailed as the perfect natural remedy for burns.

4: You may not believe this but potatoes can also help ease your pain. Boil and peel the potatoes, and then let them cool. Apparently, the starch in potatoes draws out heat which will help cool your skin and relieve some discomfort.

5: Staying hydrated will speed up your recovery. Your skin is extremely dehydrated when you’re sunburned, so make sure to boost your water intake.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland and the fifth most common cancer in the United Kingdom.

Protecting your skin is vital and applying sun cream should be part of your daily skincare regime. The home remedies mentioned above may help ease the pain of sunburn, but it is far easier to just protect your skin from the sun.

Experts encourage the public to apply a sunscreen with a good UVA and UVB protection, with a four- or five-star rating and a high SPF, especially from April to September.

Don’t forget to protect your skin this summer!

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Up to 80% of a person’s annual UV exposure happens in day to day life, rather than on holidays, and with up to 22 degrees promised this weekend, it's time to consider your sun care. 

 It's meant to be as hot in Ireland as it is in Spain on Saturday and Sunday, so get prepared. 

 KIEHLS Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF50 €41.00

One of the main complaints about sun screen is the sticky consistency it leaves on our skin. 

This offering from Kiehl's promises to eradicate that feeling, with an ultra-light formula. 

Sun screen is a day to day essential, so apply liberally, sis. 

 

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hydrating Face Sun Cream Mist Spf 50 €11.95

While we all hate applying sun screen under makeuop beacsue it can be a tad greasy, this product completely combats that.

The hydrating face spray has been designed to provide UVA and UVB protection with a lightweight skin feel, and can easily be applied either under or over makeup whilst on-the-go. 

So literally keep it in the handbag and take it out as you need. 

Sun Protection Lip Treatment €26.00

While you're looking after the skin on your face, it's important not to neglect your lips. 

The skin on your lips is more delicate than the rest, and the sun's UV rays are ageing AF. 

L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Solar Sublime Shampoo €14.50, L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Solar Sublime Masque €19.50, L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Solar Sublime Spray €18.00

One area people probably don't consider oo much when it comes to sun protection is their hair. 

Like the rest of our bodies, our hair is susceptible to the sun's rays. 

The Série Expert Solar Sublime haircare range from L’Oréal Professionnel protects your hair from UV rays as well as leaves the hair feeling hydrated after a day in the sun. It's available from salons nationwide. 

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter Exotic Coconut, €6.50

So if you do happen to get a little too much sun, a soothing after-balm is essential. 

This Hawaiian Tropic Coconut body butter doubles as an after sun to enrich over-heated skin with shea butter for 12 hour moisturization. 

Plus THE SMELL lads. Divine.

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Is is just us, or has the process of looking after our skin gone a little OTT over the past few years? 

Gone are the days when an auld bar of soap and basin of warm water was enough to keep the blackheads at bay – now it's all about vampire facials and Korean sheet masks. 

Now, don't get us wrong – we love a goof sheet mask as much as the next girl, but there are some skin-care trends that we struggle to get on board with. 

Namely, butter-masking. And no, 'butter' isn't a cute name for Lush's new face mask. We talking 100 per cent dairy, spread-on-your-toast butter. 

This rather peculiar process involves smearing the ingredient all over you face and body, in what we can only imagine would be pretty slippy circumstances. 

However, as odd as it may seem, it looks as though butter-masking actually holds an huge amount of benefits. 

The high fat content works to moisturise dry skin, while the abundance of B12 and vitamin D give your skin a super goddess-like glow. 

Explaining the process, dermatologist Jacques Lurpacques told Metro.co.uk

"Simply take a stick of butter and apply it to your face using the stick as a crayon, painting it on, or rubbing in the butter with your hands."

But what about taking it off? Not a problem. 

"Don’t worry about removing the butter – it’ll sink into your skin in 15 minutes or so and the lingering product will give your skin a healthy sheen."

What's more, Jacques even recommend using butter as a natural highlighter – though we're not sure we'd want our faces smelling like a block of Kerry Gold all day. 

"I actually recommend my clients use butter as a skin-friendly highlighter. A stick of butter is much easier to use as there’s no need for brushes, so your makeup bag won’t have clutter."

So, will you be trying this? 

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January is always the move where you can move for ads flogging fitness teas or gym discounts. 

However, some of us may not be interested in making resolutions that only involve diet and exercise.

Here are five other avenues of health to consider when deciding what rules you want to set for 2018: 

Embark on a proper skin care regimen

Whether it's spots, dry patches or the first few wrinkles coming in, your skin changes on the regular. 

Make 2018 the year that you finally invest in skincare and crate a legit, multi step night time routine, instead of scrubbing your face with a makeup wipe and slapping on some Sudacreme. 

Some routines can include up to ten steps, but we're good with just six: First cleanse, second cleanse with hot cloth, gentle exfoliation, toner, serum, moisturiser and, if necessary, spot or acne treatment like Sudacreme or a drying potion. 

Focus on your sleep schedule

Not getting enough good quality, regular sleep can be a nightmare for our bodies. 

As well as wandering around in a haze the day after a late night, it's bad for both your physical and mental health to wander through life on less than six hours per night. 

Seven to nine hours is idea, so turn your phone to night mode, rub on some of Lush's Sleepy body lotion and snuggle that hot water bottle for the required amount of hours. 

Take a social media sabbatical

If you find you're spending way too long on Snapchat, getting FOMO from Instagram and creeping on randoms on Facebook, it might be time to take a break from your smart phone. 

Going offline for one day a week, or just a few hours per day can help self esteem and stress issues hugely, as you are no longer bombarded with the highlight reel of everyone you follows lives. 

Make a deal with yourself that you will only go on social media on your commutes to and from work, or for half an hour after dinner, and prepare to be amazed with how much more grounded you are to the actual world. 

Brush up on book reading

Reading books keeps your brain sharp, and works of fiction can boost your own feelings of creativity. 

Make a list of ten books you'd love to read but have never gotten around to, and get through them over the next 12 months. 

Keep one in your bag to read on the commute or on the sitting room table. That way, when it comes to choosing between watching TV or reading, both are within easy reach. 

Declutter your mind

Make a list of the important things you have been putting off that have been stressing you out, and set a goal to get through one or two of them a week. 

Whether it's that dentist appointment you've reschedule four times, a trip home to see your Granny or arranging a course of counselling sessions for yourself, putting pen to paper and physically seeing the things you want or need to do can motivate you do check them off the list. 

Getting an actual physical planner can also help with organisation issues, so make sure you always have it plus a pen handy in your bag to keep your appointments in order and check things off that list.

 

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Looking for a luxury beauty regime without the high-end price tag?

Well, when it comes skin and hair care, you don't always have to spend big to see great results. 

Here at SHEmazingHQ, we're always on the lookout out for a good bargain, so we've compiled a list of 10 budget-friendly beauty products that are well worth the money. 

Face 

Sukin Facial Moisturiser 125ml – €9.95

Seoulista Super Hydration Instant Facial – €8.99

Lips 

 

Kiehl's – 'Lip Balm #1' lip balm – €11.50

Urban Decay – 'Rehab Make Up Prep' lip love lip balm – €14.00

Eyes

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask – €10.00

Yes To Carrots Nourishing Moisturizing Eye Cream – €10.10

Hair 

Free from Frizz: Blowout Mango Shampoo for Thick/Coarse Hair – €7.99

Fudge Professional Dynamite Rebuild 150ml – €13.70

Body 

Burt's bees – 'Ultimate Care' natural body lotion 170g – €14.40

Scrub Love Coffee Body Scrub Original Lovin' 200ml – €13.50

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Everyone has a different skin care routine. For some, just slapping on some moisturiser is enough to keep your skin glowing, and for others, it might be a 15-minute job of cleansing, toning, moisturising, creams and scrubs.

However, one person we didn't see having a major skin care routine was Justin Bieber, but alas, he's proved us wrong.

As JB headed to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, his skin care specialist, Florido (yep, he actually has one of those), shared a photo on Instagram of all the products he used so the Biebs could have a glow.

 

Getting Ready For The Show. Thanks @ole_henriksen #OleGlow #BBMAs #JustinBieber

A photo posted by F L O R I D O (@florido) on

Want to know how to get Justin's baby-soft skin? Well, Florido used some foaming milk cleanser, a transformation moisturiser, an 'Ultimate Life' eye gel, and finally, grease relief facial water.

"Justin was performing at the awards show, so we really wanted his skin to glow. The facial water was perfect for backstage as a post-show refreshing mist," Florido explained to TeenVogue.

Good to know. Now we feel lousy about our skin care routine. 

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It's safe to say inner beauty is something most of us struggle with in Ireland.

Yes, we have good days and bad days, and sometimes our inner voice speaks louder than anything else.

So, we caught up with Roz Purcell, the new ambassador for IMEDEEN skin care, to see how she keeps on top of her healthy glow and her inner confidence.

When asked about her skin care routine, Roz believes that it's a round-the-clock job and something you need to keep in check.

"Skin is something that's 24/7 and that just comes from drinking water all day. Obviously I eat really clean, 80% of the time, and I just make sure I'm eating foods that won't spike any outbreaks."

Being the foodie wonder that she is, Roz knows that you sometimes have to avoid certain foods in order to work towards a healthy complexion.

"It's more that I try to avoid processed sugars and processed food in general but sugar is something that definitely spikes any sort of outbreak."

"Obviously I eat a lot of natural sugars and a lot of the stuff I make is nut based, which I try to stick to during the week."

Sometimes, however, you can't avoid an outbreak, which means our confidence might take a hit. But fear not; Roz believes that a few simple little tricks will give you enough of a boost to get you through a bad day.

"For example, if I'm having a bad skin day, my hair is on point and likewise if I'm having a bad hair day, my skin is on point, so you kind of compensate one for the other."

"I think when your skin has an eruption, which happens to all of us, it's worse when you try to cover it loads. It's important your skin breathes and I guess just try to drink as much water as you can."

These day, many of us are trying to tone down our make-up as we learn about letting our skin breathe, but it's often easier said than done.

"If you look at my photos from like, five years ago, I totally layered on the make-up and my hair was huge; so, it's taken me a while to tone it down.

"Make-up is there to enhance your features, not cover them up. You want someone to tell you, 'Oh, you look gorgeous today' not, 'Oh, your make-up is fab today'."

"It took me a number of years and getting to know my face a lot, but you'll get there eventually, it's all about trial and error."

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Who wouldn’t love the opportunity for sun-kissed skin all year round? For most people, that healthy just back from the Caribbean glow also comes with freckles.

So, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a product that allows you to bask in that sun soaked healthy feeling without actually having to be in the sun. 

Great news, because the storms just don’t seem to stop rolling these days.The beauty brand Freck Yourself thinks freckles are sexy and we should all embrace the look.

"We want to give people the option to have freckles forever, but not forever to the point that they get them tattooed," says founder Remi Brixton to Mashable

So, she created a semi-permanent freckle stencil that lasts for 48 hours. 

The freckle kit includes 72 self-adhesive stencils and a rollerball formula similar to sunless tanner. The adhesive sticker features tiny puncture holes smaller than a 1/16 of an inch.

The formula seeps through the holes when the stencil is removed, and you have then defied your own genetics, because why not? 

“Users who apply Freck Yourself every morning have several layers of faded frecks, which produces incredibly realistic results for four to six weeks,” according to the Kickstarter page for the product.

Trial users have said that their temporary freckles have left them felling “fresh faced” and “youthful”.

What ever will they think of next?

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Ryan Seacrest is probably the most employable person in Hollywood.

In case you were not aware he’s the producer of American Idol and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, hosts a daily radio show, hosts American Idol and collaborates with Macy’s on his own menswear line, Ryan Seacrest Distinction

Now he is adding another gig to his already mile long CV. The television personality has announced he’s teaming up with celebrity skin expert Dr. Howard Lancer to launch a men’s grooming line in 2016. 

The doctor is Ryan’s long-time dermatologist. The pair have come together to produce a line of products that are designed specifically for men. 

“Ryan has been a patient and friend for a long time,” Lancer told Allure. “He’s always been interested in skincare, and while we’ve talked about this partnership for a while, now is the right time.” 

Ryan is not the only Hollywood A-Lister to launch such a line. Rob Lowe, a seemingly age-defying human being, has just launched his new skincare line, Profile

“I’ve sent it out to all my bros and the response has been great,” he told People magazine.  

“Zac Efron is a big fan of the cleanser. It’s very early — I’m sure I’ll be getting more feedback. But it’s pretty much as I hoped. People are digging it.”

Well, if Rob’s line already as Zac’s blessing then we reckon Ryan is going to be facing some serious competition. 

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We all know from Gigi’s Instagram account that she never shies away from a make-up free selfie. And surprisingly, it’s not expensive facials that have her skin looking so well.

In a recent interview with W Magazine, Gigi revealed that she has a simple beauty routine that DEFINITELY gets our lazy-girl seal of approval.

"I hate facials," she told W. "I just don't want someone touching my face — I get claustrophobic."

Her clear complexion is not down to the work of Hollywood’s best dermatologists, but rather something you would find in the chemist or supermarket.

"I put toothpaste on pimples to dry them out," she says, stressing that "it works."

Gigi admits she only gets the odd zit every now and then, but when she does, it’s toothpaste that saves the day.

Controversial. Would you try it out?

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There are a lot of beauty products on the market right now. For nearly every single skin type there’s a whole new range every week. It can be kind of intimidating trying to figure out what will work best for you. So often we get stuck in the same routine, or just using our go-to products every day.

However, without even realising our mistakes, our failsafe methods could actually be doing more damage than we realise. It might be time to break some of your old habits and start fresh, here’s how you can:

Stop using dirty brushes:

Your skin will be less likely to break out and your products will go on smoother with a fabulous finish, you can use mild soap and water. 

Take your make-up off before bed:

Keep your pillowcases clean and stop bacteria building up on your skin. If you're feeling especially lazy at night, try and keep at least a packet of make up wipes beside your bed. 

Are you over-exfoliating?

Exfoliating can reveal softer and healthier-looking skin, but over scrubbing can do damage you do not want. Look for a light, silky moisturizer to use overnight to help refresh your skin if you think you may have overdone it.  

Did you forget your SPF this morning?

This is one habit that is essential for good skin health. Without it your skin can be more susceptible to sunspots, wrinkles and in serious cases skin cancers. Try and find a moisturiser or a foundation that has a measure of SPF to ensure that your protected everyday, even if you don't think it's hot enough, your skin still needs protecting.

How do you use eyeliner?

Whether you're keen to give tightlining a go, or if your preferred method of lining your eyes means your going close to the rim of your eyes, then be careful. If the tip of the pencil is sharp or full of fragments then you could be looking at a potential eye infection. Avoid this by ensuring the pencil is always clean and slightly rounded. 

 

 

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Do you remember the popping candy we used to all get as kids? The minute you put one on your mouth there was a tiny explosion of sugar. 

Now imagine that on your face. 

Perhaps they explain the thrill for the new next-level skin care: fizzing face masks. 

A face mask that froths, bubbles and explodes on your skin! We reckon this sounds oh-so interesting, so SHEmazing! decided to investigate further.

It seems that the foaming formulas penetrate more easily into the skin and help remove dirt, oil and impurities. The addictive fizzing treatments use a layer of bubbles that activate ingredients to stop breakouts so they are perfect for people who are prone to acne. 

The remedy enlists clay and carbon dioxide to coax oxygen to the skin's surface. It foams up to nearly cartoonish proportions before washing away and leaving your skin smooth and silky.

We have also found some of the best fizzing masks on the market for you to try out – with prices from just €3.

 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions – €30

 

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask – €3.99

 

Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Detox Mask – €3

 

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Mask – €11.99

 

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