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Mythbusting With Blush + Blow’s Facial Aesthetics Expert Dr K

On the whole I take pretty good care of my skin. I use retinol, face masks and I always take my make up off before bed. But still, I occasionally get horrible hormonal break outs and I live in London so my skin is up against a hell of a lot of pollution. I’ve spoken about how much I like getting a regular facial in the past but to be honest, I always opt for something pretty superficial. That was until I got talking to a lovely doctor I know about glycolic peels and skin treatments that go a little…

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Five Reasons To Visit The Czech Spa Town Where Wellness Is A Way Of Life…

I like to think I’m relatively well travelled but I have to admit there are plenty of places I’ve never heard of. Until recently, the little Czech spa town of Carlsbad was one of those places. Sure, I’ve heard of Prague and knew enough about it to expect vastly impressive theatres, cosy Deco brasseries and cute bars on every corner, and when I touched down in the city after a short flight from London I wasn’t disappointed. But Carlsbad, now that place had a few surprises in store. In our super-anxious fast-paced world, most of us would do well to seek…

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How Often Do You Have A Facial And Is It Often Enough?

When I was 23 I had never had a facial in my life. Not one single skin treatment of any kind, but to be fair, I hadn’t yet moved to London, I knew nothing about skincare and my hormones hadn’t decided to send my face into meltdown. Obviously when I turned 25 things were a little different so I began looking into deep cleansing treatments for my pores, which were super clogged due to a rubbish skincare routine, travelling on the underground and wearing foundation every day. Over the last few years I’ve learnt how to manage my adult spots,…

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We Need To Talk About Ageism In The Beauty Industry…

Pick up any women’s magazine or head your favourite online platform and it’s likely there’ll be a glut of stories centred on the premise that women are being encouraged to stay young and beautiful forever, to defy the laws of nature and to preserve themselves against the odds. Women over the age of 35 are fairly used to the idea that it’s deemed acceptable for them to undergo various treatments and adjustments in order to maintain their looks as they age, but for women under the age of 35 it’s a different story. Over the last five years the UK…

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Why We Need To Stop Pretending Body Confidence Is Simply A State Of Mind

Sometimes we all wish we could change things about ourselves and often, when other people say things like, ‘you’re beautiful, you don’t need to change’ or ‘you’re a good looking girl, it could be worse’ it’s disarming, it’s frustrating and it doesn’t help. We all have days where we don’t feel good in our own skin, some of us more than others. It might be that you dislike your nose and can’t help but focus on it whenever you see a photo of yourself, or it could be that you struggle with a more serious issue in accepting yourself and…

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The Truth About Fillers And Botox

Working in fashion and beauty is a weird one. You’re constantly navigating the cracks and chasms between ever-shifting paradigms and trying to decide where you stand with regards to the week’s bizarre controversies. I’ve always had pretty strong views about beauty and body agency but in recent months, the onslaught of op-eds, vlogs and tweets about fillers and botox just floored me. I wondered how I could ever make my mind up about this stuff with so much contradictory information doing the rounds. Everyone I knew had a different opinion on non surgical beauty treatments, and despite these kinds of…

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How I Manage The Surprise Skin Problems That Started in My Twenties

When it comes to my skin, I’ve always been lucky. Instead of my teenage years being blighted by acne, I had baby-smooth skin that happily endured all manner of products packed with irritants. Ok, I was super pale and often streaked with orange after fake tan mishaps, but for the most part my complexion was pretty good. I can probably count the number of really bad spots I’ve had as a teenager on one hand and that’s no lie. But this isn’t a post about my great skin as a teenager, it’s about my skin now. As soon as I…