It’s Earth Month once again, and so far I’ve been doing my bit by making a conscious effort to preserve water. It’s not been easy and although I love gin, I do miss the odd cup of tea.
Being slightly more eco-conscientious than me this month, are beauty brand Origins who are continuing their partnership withGlobal ReLeaf in an effort to plant trees in areas that have been damaged by wildfire. For every product purchased within the Origins A Perfect World franchise between 15th – 28th April 2012, Origins will plant a tree on your behalf. It doesn’t get a name tag or anything, you just get to feel momentarily smug before jumping in your 4×4.
Did you know that April is Earth Month? Well it is, so listen up!
Now in its 12th year, Aveda created Earth Month in April 1999 to raise awareness and funds for critically important environmental issues around the world, and has since raised more than $18 million for organizations that directly affect environmental change.
This year, Aveda are focusing on helping to provide access to clean water and sanitation for children and families around the world.
Lisa Snowdon and Margherita Taylor join Aveda’s 2011 Walk for Water as part of 12th Earth Month Initiative
Last week, the brand successfully organised and completed a five mile “Walk for Water” campaign along London’s Southbank, raising funds for Wateraid along the way.
The company have also released a rather lovely, limited edition “Light The Way” candle.
The Aveda Light The Way candle features a French-inspired aroma made with 100 percent certifed organic ingredients, including lavender, lavandin and clary sage sourced from the Diois region of northern Provence, France.
Formulated from soy wax, which means that the candle burns cleanly and completely from first light through to final extinguish.
The candle retails in the UK for £16.
Of that purchase price, £12.80 per candle sold in the UK will go to Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) and their water-related projects.
Origins have established a partnership with Global ReLeaf to plant trees and restore wildfire-damaged areas which means that for every Plantscription sold during 17th – 30th April 2011, Origins will plant a tree on the customer’s behalf.
What a good way to get green thumbs without getting dirty!
In addition to this, you need to know about their trade-in/amnesty deal!
To find your nearest Origins counter/store, check the Origins website and search for your postcode.
Finally, French organic beauty brand Melvita are celebrating Earth Month and honouring their own bee-entwined roots by installing an apiary above their London flagship store in Covent Garden in an attempt to protect the declining bee population!
The apiary will be a permanent fixture on the roof of the Covent Garden store and also celebrates the launch of The Melvita Foundation which exists to protect the environment and bee populations around the world.
“We should not be scared of bees. They are the guardians of the environment, they contribute to ecological biodiversity. With the Melvita Foundation, you can act and protect them” Bernard Chevilliat, Melvita Founder.
During Earth Month, Melvita customers can help add more hives to the Melvita City Apiary through purchasing select Melvita products which contain honey.
For each of these products purchased, Melvita will donate £1 to the Apiary fund, which will raise money to buy new hives and to further encourage the protection of the bees in and around London.
If you want to learn more about the Foundation, Melvita are holding a Bee Workshop on the 22nd April in the St Martin’s Courtyard store from 1pm – 4pm. It’s open to all, so pop along to take a closer look at the bees and indulge in some free honey tasting!
Since the 90s, I’ve been in posession of at least one form of blemish busting treatment. Hence my excitement at devices like the LMS Spotlights… it all stems from growing up with ads like these (and Grange Hill!):
They must have made a long-lasting impression!
I think it’s the promise of being able to regain some control over your skin at a time when your hormones are doing everything in their power to relinquish you of any say at all in how your body behaves.
How times have changed! Sure, many of the active ingredients remain the same: salicylic acid, witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, toothpaste… (not really), but blemish-busting is a slick, billion-dollar business and far less blush-worthy than it used to be!
Here’s some blemish-busting treatments to suit all skin-types and budgets:
1. Murad Blemish & Wrinkle Reducer – £57.00
More sophisticated than your average zit zapper, Murad’s Blemish & Wrinkle Reducer is aimed at those of us who are (quite frankly) too old to be putting up with spots!
On the blemish-busting side, it features encapsulated salicylic acid to deliver a slow-release, prolonged treatment alongside Silver Citrate, the product’s anti-bactierial of choice. The formula also claims to minimise fine lines and wrinkles with something called Kombucha Collagen Defense™
A good option for anyone with problem skin over the age of 30. You can buy online in the UK from LookFantastic.
2. Proactiv Repairing Night Lotion – £17.95
A Salicylic Acid/Retinol blend that is known globally for its brand affiliations with some of the biggest teen-sensations on the planet: Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber…
This is one targeted toward younger consumers with skin concerns and a quick google shows just how well-known and widely-used the brand’s products are.
Origins Spot Remover promises to be a gentler alternative to the harsher side-effects of chemical zit zapping! We’re all familliar with the dryness that can be left behind once a spot has been busted. It’s sometimes just as annoying to deal with the flaky skin as it is the initial blemish!
Another Salicylic Acid based formula with the added antibacterial benefits of witch-hazel and clove.
This seems to be a good all-rounder for many skin types. You can buy online in the UK from the Origins website.
4. Nelson’s Pure & Clear Anti-Blemish Treatment Gel – £8.17
Tea Tree Oil and Arnica extracts work together to calm blemishes in this high-street treatment gel. I’m a fan of Arnica’s ability to relieve aches and hopeful that it can work its herbal magic on zits too!
A natural, purse-friendly option with ingredients that suggest a more gentle approach. You can buy online in the UK from the Boots website.
5. ELF Zit Zapper – £1.50
An impressively priced product that still manages to squeeze in active ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor.
Housed with a convenient roller-ball delivery method, this would be a great option for those of you who only need something for emergencies.
You can buy online in the UK from the ELF website.
6. The Doctor Brand Blemish Relief: Step 2 Spot Eliminator – £6.95
As the name suggests, this is step 2 of a 3-step programme designed to clear the skin from blemishes. Interestingly, it bucks the common ingredient trend and lists Sulfur as the top active ingredient (though good old SA still puts in an appearance further down the list!)
I’m also pleased to see Allantoin in the list which is known for it’s anti-irritant properties and is something I used to actively look for in mineral foundation mixes that I wear.
You can buy online in the UK from the Boots website.
What are some of your favourite anti-blemish treatments?
You might remember this post from August… I talked about a new serum from Origins that I had been sent for review consideration. It contained (amongst other things) mushrooms! It promised to relieve sensitive, red and reactive skin and I’ve been putting it to the test on those claims.
I won’t go into too much detail on the background and theory behind the product because that’s already been covered in my earlier post. Today, I want to talk about how it was to use and more importantly, the results.
The pump dispenses a decent sized blob of serum which is light and cooling when applied to the skin. It has a slight earthy smell but nothing unpleasant. However, when I had a sniff of the Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Serum on counter I thought it smelled foul. Proper, unbearably horrible. Like rotting compost. I’m not sure what was wrong with the tester… but it’s something to perhaps be aware of and don’t be too put off if you encounter the same because mine still smells perfectly fine after 2 months use!
It’s quite a ‘wet’ feeling serum and a small amount spreads a long way. It doesn’t take too much effort before my skin absorbs it and it leaves no residue behind. I would always apply a moisturiser over this night and morning if you’re prone to dry skin like me.
So how did the trial go?
Well, I didn’t notice instant results. It’s taken nearly 2 months and it’s only now that I feel my redness has subsided a little. As I expected, I haven’t seen any results on the broken capillaries around and on my nose… but to my eye, there’s definitely less contrast between my red areas and the areas where I’d consider my skintone to be ‘normal’.
It’s always quite difficult to judge these things and even harder to ensure that a before/after photograph taken 2 months apart retains simillar lighting/poses etc. I’ve done my best and I’m pleasantly surprised by the difference, it basically confirms what I thought I was seeing in the mirror. Can you see it too?
Incase the last one didn’t give you nightmares (you can even click to enlarge)…
So overall, my experiences with Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Serum have been positive. Perhaps not mindblowing, but for me…. enough to warrant a repurchase in the hope that I will continue to see improvement.
Skin redness and hyper-sensitivity is a cause for concern in many women’s lives. Whenever I announce something dramatic like that… it always makes me think of my Dad who would gently tell me that in the grand scheme of things, there’s far worse things that can affect one’s life.
But, as someone who suffers from diffused redness and visible capillaries, let me tell you. It’s not much fun looking like a lush.
Origins have developed a serum designed to give instant relief for the appearance of redness, sensitiviy and reactivity and I’ve got a sample to put to the test.
My problem areas are the common ones… nose and cheeks. My nose especially (hence the lush comment), but it’s something that I can generally cover up quite well with a bit of concealer.
Erm, obviously the above photo shows my skin NOT covered up well!