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We try to be as careful with our skin as possible. We cleanse, tone and moisturise; we use the best recommended products, and we try the new creams that promise beautiful skin.

But sometimes they don't work and it seems all that money spent on skin care products is a total waste. We lose faith in a product or a brand as our skin suffers in the meantime. 

But it might not actually be just the one thing that is ruining your skin care routine. Many popular ingredients, like vitamin C and retinol don't perform at their maximum effectiveness if you use them together. 

Certain mixtures can also cause severe dryness, irritability, inflamation, and even burning, hindering your skin’s ability to look the best it can be. 

Here are some products that do not go together and can actually harm your skin: 

 

Retinols and benzoyl peroxide

These ingredients are often found in acne treatments. Use the two of them together and they deactivate each other. The side effects could include peeling, redness, discolouration and even burning on the skin. 

 

Citric acid

Citric acid is used to adjust the pH in many skin care products. However, layering with other ingredients can cause irritation in sensitive skin so be careful what you put on your face and always ask a professional if you're not sure. 

 

Alpha hydroxy acids and retinols

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) come at a pH of level 2 while retinols prefer a pH of level 5. Obviously they aren't two peas in a pod and that's why they shouldn't be used together. Both ingredients serve a different purpose, therefore they should be used at different times of the day. 

 

Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids

Both of these ingredients are acid based so using them at the same time will overload your skin with acid which is not good. Vitamin C is better for daytime use where as AHA is better for repairing your skin so keep that to night time. 

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When your feeling tired you don't just feel it on the inside, it shows on your skin too. But not to worry, the International skin care experts at Kiehls have FINALLY come up with a solution for this and we couldn't be more excited! 

The new Daily Reviving Concentrate is a light facial oil which awakens and energizes your skin when it looks fatigued to help improve it's appearance. 

Kiehls discovered that 'tired looking skin' is a beauty concern worldwide and this product now combats the problems that cause it. 

This oil contains all natural ingredients including ginger root essential oils, tamanu and sunflower seed botanical oils which all work together to revitalise your skin during the day. 

These ingredients will continuously work together to keep your skin looking radiant and it will increase your skin's hydration, reduce the appearance of redness and improve skin smoothness. 

The facial oil is quickly absorbing and helps strengthen and protect the skin barrier for a fresh and healthy look all day. Not only does it absorb quickly, it smells amazing too!

This product will be available from the 24th of August.

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Anyone who has ever tried bringing avocados into their life knows two things.

The first, is that they are delicious and good for you so therefore become a firm household favourite. Secondly, they know the pain that is waiting for the perfect avocado to ripen and then two seconds later it becomes a sludgy mess.

Stockpiling your avocados and placing them in the optimum conditions for deliciousness is how most people play it. The only downside then is an excessive amount of avocados in your life.

Not to worry. They are full of vitamins A, K, C, B and E, antioxidants and healthy fats. All of which are excellent for your skin, so you need to try these avocado beauty hacks ASAP.

Makeup remover
You don’t even have to sacrifice your guacamole for this one. Just rub a cotton pad over a freshly cut avocado and the use the oil collected to banish panda eyes. It’s rich in vitamins A and E so is very nourishing for your skin.

 

Hair mask
Biotin is one of the best vitamins for longer and stronger hair, and avocados have plenty, so you need to try this. Combine your avocado with olive oil and apply to the lengths and ends of your hair if you tend to have greasy roots. Itchy scalp? Add some lemon juice and massage into your scalp. Pop on a shower cap, give it a quick blast with your hair dryer and let the heat help boost the moisturising process for 20 minutes before you rinse.

 

Homemade scrub
Half an avocado, a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of olive oil and brown sugar can be combined in a bowl for a fabulous scrub. Just buff it over damp skin and then wash off for super-smooth skin.

 

Face mask
Try mixing half of a very ripe avocado with a teaspoon of raw honey and leave on your face for 10 minutes before you wash it off. If you’re prone to blemishes you can also try adding a spoon of natural yoghurt, lactic acid is apparently helpful in killing of unwanted bacteria. 

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If you’re a beauty and cosmetics fan, it can be a little difficult to keep on top of things.

When we get bogged down in BB creams, hyper-lengthening mascaras and youth-boosting serums, sometimes it’s best to take a step back and look at the products that have been quietly sitting in the background, doing their thing just as well as everyone else.

The reason these timeless products have stuck around so long is that they’re consistent, simple and reliable. Next time you’re looking to boost your beauty arsenal, why not try one of these favourites…

1. Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser (€6.19)
There’s probably a pot of this sitting in your mum’s dresser – or even your nana’s. When your skin needs a hydration boost, Pond’s has your back. This simple cleaner is actually 50% moisturiser, meaning your skin will never feel dried out after using it, and it gets off waterproof mascara in seconds.

2. Astral Face & Body Moisturiser (€5.09)
This is a great night cream for repairing dry and damaged skin on the face – and a small amount in the morning goes a long way too. Melt it in your hands a little before applying to allow it to spread more easily. The dense formula is also great for stubborn dry areas like elbows and heels, though it could be a bit heavy for all-over use.

3. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (€32)
An investment you won’t regret! This iconic product is great for chapped lips, sunburnt skin, shaping eyebrows and adding shine to eyelids and cheeks. It’s also a great barrier against wind, central heating and air-conditioning. Again, this is good for use on the body too – it soothes and softens skin quickly.

4. Vaseline (€2.59)
Aside from saving dry lips, Vaseline has a whole list of other uses – from moisturising dry skin to helping heal small cuts and grazes. No make-up bag should be without this wonder product!

5. Carmex (€3.39)
The formula for this lip balm is much less oily than Vaseline so it’s a great option for chapped and sore lips – it will sink in rather than staying on the surface. The formula is available in a tub or a tube – choose the tube for some extra gloss!

6. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (€7.49)
Every girl has their signature mascara, but this is a great option if you are in need of a quick fix that won’t break the bank. It’s sold in almost every pharmacy or supermarket, and it gives just the right amount of colour and volume. Why fix something that’s not broken?!

7. L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray (from €5.39)
This spray comes in a range of strengths but they all brush out easily, meaning you can take your hair down without it looking like there’s a bag of straw sitting on your head. The original and best!

8. Johnson’s Baby Oil (€5.49)
Just one application of this a week is enough to keep your skin soft as a baby’s (the hint is in the name). Apply after a shower while your skin is still damp. This takes a good while to sink in so it’s definitely not one to slap on before a night out, but it’s the perfect body pampering treat for a cozy evening in!

9. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps (€31.50 for 250ml)
It’s a hefty price to pay for moisturiser, we agree, but this is one of those products that you won’t be able to live without once you’ve tried it. Kiehl’s aren’t shy about how good this stuff is either – the label claims that “continued use for one week will give you a skin texture heretofore unattainable.” That’s a bold statement – but we’re inclined to agree!

All prices may vary!

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Ok – we’re coming clean. We have, on occasion, stepped out without sun cream. But never again!

Watch as these people look into the camera while an ultra-violet light shines on their faces, showing the not-yet-visible effects the sun is having on their skin.

Now, where did we leave that factor 50?

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After a night out it's easy to grab a face wipe to take your make-up off before bed.

However, while every now and then it's ok to use cleansing wipes. Every. Single. Day. is not good, and here’s why:

Your face is not fully cleansed
Wipes don’t fully remove your make-up so you will end up going to bed with some foundation or mascara still on your face.

They’re drying
A lot of wipes contain alcohol which can be harsh on your skin and are particularly drying as they remove your skin’s natural oil.

Full of preservatives
If you have sensitive skin you should avoid using wipes too often as they can contain preservatives which will just irritate your face.

Under eye winkles
If you are using wipes to remove your eye make-up, you are putting yourself at risk of getting under eye wrinkles and damaging the delicate eye area. This is because they require you to rub your eyes quite vigorously to remove mascara.

Your moisturiser won’t work
As wipes won’t fully cleanse your face, anything you put on your skin – like moisturiser – after using them won’t be properly absorbed. This means they won’t be of benefit to your skin.

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Here at SHEmazing we know how important it is to look after your skin, so we are very excited to hear that Shiseido are bringing out a brand new product called Ultimune. Believe us ladies this one will not disappoint.

Researchers at Shiseido have been working for over twenty years, to develop Ultimune, which focuses on improving your skins immune system, which in return improves your skin. This magical lotion will work hard to strengthen your skins defence powers, protect it from harmful aggressors, repair damage and slow down the ageing process. Ultimune will be available to buy from September and we can’t wait for it.

SHEmazing! TV Emma Power went along to the Residence club in Dublin last week for a sneak peak.

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