Beauty Boost Smoothie

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This tropical smoothie is rich in skin loving antioxidants including vitamins C & E as well as essential fatty acids which nourish & hydrate our skin from the inside out. The omega 3 & 6 fatty acids lower inflammation and nourish our brain, heart and reproductive system. As well as tasting great, mango is rich in beta carotene which helps to protect and enhance skin radiance.  This fresh and fruity smoothie will help you to stay full and energized because it contains a good balance protein, fibre and healthy fats.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks (allow to thaw slightly first)
  • ½ a ripe avocado, cut into chunks
  • 3tbsp. Greek Yogurt (use coconut yoghurt for a non-dairy alternative)
  • 1tsp. honey/agave

Optional: 1 sachet of Revive Active Amino Acid, Vitamin & Mineral Complex.

Method

Add all ingredients to a blender starting with the milk and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Power Up: Power up your smoothie by adding a sachet of Revive Active – a comprehensive vitamin & mineral complex which helps to boost our immune system and energy levels.

elsa jones logoElsa Jones is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and author of bestselling book ‘Goodbye Sugar’. She works as a nutrition consultant in a Dublin practice and also internationally via her online nutrition programs. She specialise’s in motivational weight management combining effective nutrition & mind-set strategies. www.elsajonesnutrition.ie

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Introducing the NEW UltraCalming range by Dermalogica

The powerfully soothing antidote to sensitive skin, the UltraCalmingTM System from Dermalogica® now has two new incredibly unique additions! Introducing Calm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster, harnessing the best of nature with science to bring back balance to sensitive skin.
Do you consider yourself as having sensitive skin?
You are not alone! Nearly half the global population describes their skin as sensitive or very sensitive. Yet everyone’s skin is unique, so skin sensitivity takes on different forms. You may be oily and acne prone with inflamed breakouts and flaky patches. You may experience flare-ups of irritation at certain times of the year or when your stress levels rise. Or perhaps you were born with delicate, reactive skin and have always struggled to find skin care products you can tolerate.
What causes sensitive skin?
Unfortunately, some level of skin sensitivity is almost unavoidable due to lifestyle and environmental factors. Stress, poor diet, smoking and alcohol effect our skin negatively causing symptoms of skin irritation and dehydration. Add to that the changes in climate, central heating and air con, high pollution levels and our naturally fluctuating hormones, it’s no wonder our skins have a hard time staying balanced and calm. But no matter what your trigger factors and subsequent symptoms, treating sensitive skin is straight forward when you have products designed to relieve, restore and hydrate.
The science bit!
Research done at Dermalogica®, show’s three primary signs of sensitisation: redness, compromised barrier, and dehydration. Visible redness is a common complaint, skin can turn red through internal inflammation causing skin to look angry or blotchy. A compromised skin barrier can be likened to a weathered brick wall, our skin is made up of hardened cells (bricks) and a mortar like lipid layer, when weathered by our environment and incorrect product use, gaps are created triggering irritation, stinging and burning sensations. Finally, due to the gaps in the skins protective barrier, essential moisture escapes. This results in dehydration with symptoms such as tightness, flakiness, roughness and itchiness.

Introducing Dermalogica’s powerful NEW UltraCalmingTM additions.
Enriched with potent actives that target sensitivity, Calm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster work synergistically to relieve today’s irritation providing instant comfort and protect skin against environmental assault, intercepting tomorrow’s flare-ups.
Calm Water Gel
A weightless water-gel moisturiser that hydrates dry, sensitive skin. As you dispense this product, the unique formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid to provide hydration to dry, irritated skin. It contains dual Hyaluronic Acid technology that works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture. Apple Fruit and Glycerine hydrates
and softens whilst defending against dryness. And Cactus Pear provides soothing and calming effects by impacting neurogenic inflammation.
94% of people noticed their skin felt more hydrated, both 8 hours after initial application and cumulatively after 4 weeks of use.

Barrier Defense Booster
This concentrated oil booster soothes, nourishes and moisturises to restore balance to
sensitive skin. The lightweight, non-comedogenic formula contains a Triple Defense Complex that nourishes the skin and relieves dryness. It locks in moisture and reinforces the lipid barrier to combat sensitivity and support healthy looking skin. Tetrahydrocucurminoids an active constituent of Turmeric Root acts a powerful antiinflammatory and anti-oxidant. And Oat Kernel Oil reduces irritation and redness plus it hydrates the epidermal layers to improve skins barrier. Use 6-10 drops pressed onto the skin before moisturising or add into your moisturiser. Use twice a day for around the clock defence.
96% of people felt their skin soothed both 8 hours after initial application and cumulatively after 4 weeks of use.

Find out how to integrate the UltraCalmingTM Duo into your regimen
Visit our Dermalogica Skin Experts in *LloydsPharmacy Stores for a personalised Skin Fitness Plan, powered by Face Mapping®. Our Therapists will take the time to understand your skin concerns and share tips on how to manage your sensitivity triggers.

We also offer the Sensitive Skin Rescue SkinSolver; this 10 minute professional service leaves your skin calm, smooth and hydrated.
Don’t just pacify your sensitive skin symptoms with simple, bland formulas, use Dermalogica’s UltraCalmingTM system to powerfully soothe, calm and repair your skin with the power of nature and science to bring the balance back to sensitive skin.

 

*Our 8 Dermalogica stores are:

LloydsPharmacy Blackrock S.C.
LloydsPharmacy Tullow St. Carlow
LloydsPharmacy Omni Park S.C.
LloydsPharmacy Jetland
LloydsPharmacy Leopardstown
LloydsPharmacy Donnybrook
LloydsPharmacy Claremorris
LloydsPharmacy Castletroy

Laura Loves: May Must Haves

Laura BThere’s lots of really great beauty to choose from this May at a LloydsPharmacy near you. As ever, there are super savings to be made on seasonal items like sun care and everything you need for getting bikini ready.

Starting with hair care, getting your locks in great condition will help defend against the drying effects of sun, sea and chlorine. This month at LloydsPharmacy you can get Garnier Ultimate Blends super Honey Treasures in a bundle deal; shampoo, conditioner and restorative creme 1-minute treatment, all three for €8.99, amazing bargain.

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Bikini season, don’t shudder. Veet have your unwanted hair removal sorted, there’s 33% off selected creams and wax strips, the easy breezy way to smoother skin.

Veet Hair Removal CreamIf you are counting down the days to holidays in the Summer, stock up now on your sun care needs. With products for all the family, there’s 3 for 2 on amazing brands like Ambre Solaire, Nivea, Eucerin and Parasol. If you need advice on your SPF’s and which to choose, ask one of our colleagues in LloydsPharmacy or why not tweet for the information @LloydsPharmIre, they are only too happy to help.

Ambre Solaire Dry MistKeep cool with this great offer from Avene – two tins of Thermal Water (150ml each) for just €12 will rehydrate and soothe overheated, delicate skin. If you keep it in the fridge and use it as needed, it will be a real saviour for Summer.

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From saviour to life-saver, before you dig out those flip flops and sandals, let’s talk about feet. Hardened heels leads to a heavy heart, buff them back to smoothness with Scholl’s Pink Pedi device on sale while stocks last for just €29 (RRP €49.99).

uploadArticlesuperClientScholl_Pedi_PinkPharma_Nordi8zzk9urw750h750exactAlso in this special May offer is P20, the sun care range with SPF’s 20/30/50 and superior water-resistance. Usually priced at €29.99, while stock is available you pay €19.99, putting €10 back in your pocket. Stay safe in the sun this Summer!

P20 Sunscreen SPF 30Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Laura BMark the date in your diary, March 15th is Mother’s Day, a time to treat that special lady in your life. Mums usually spend all of their time taking care of everyone else, so it’s nice to return the favour, even if it is for just one day a year!

So get your card ready and consider a little gift to go with it.

1015If Mum loves fragrance there’s plenty on offer for the month of March. Standout scents, DKNY Woman 50ml and Chopard Wish For Her 30ml both offer incredible savings. For DKNY Woman, save 60% this month as the original price of €52 is reduced to €19.99. Chopard is also €19.99, a fantastic reduction from the usual price, €32.

uploadArticlesuperClient4058698_Chopard_Wish_30ml_EDPi6c9qeixw750h750exactIf your budget is less than €20, check out Halle Berry Pure Orchid For Her (100ml), €14.95, a super size for a super price. And if €10 is your limit, Kylie Darling (30ml) is reduced from €23.95 to only €9.99, you really can’t beat that value.

1608Maybe Mum would prefer something different this Mother’s Day? Your local LloydsPharmacy is the place to head to, or stay sitting on the sofa and click through to our homepage to see what great offers are available this month. And each week too, there’s a must-have item chosen for every week that won’t break the bank. Starting in March is a 40% on Aveeno Hand Cream, €3.15. The following week it’s 40% off Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi, a bargain for this Summer sandal must-have, now €29.99, (March 5th-11th). And if you are shopping last minute for Mother’s Day, Oscar de la Renta So (100ml) is reduced from €37.50 to €19.99 from the 12th until the 18th, so it’s worth checking out the weekly deals regularly.

The great deals in March extend to many skincare ranges that Mum would love. There’s 3 for 2 on super brands like Avene, NUXE, Trilogy, Caudalie, REN and Vichy. The LloydsPharmacy staff are knowledgeable on all brands and can advise on which products to choose for Mum, or you might like to pick from favourites you know she likes.

AMP2576_Lloyds_MARCH2015_Rotating_Banners_FA4And don’t miss the limited edition offer from Clarins that LloydsPharmacy have this month at selected stores. While stocks last you can pick up a Cleanser and Toner Duo that are 400ml in size. The saving on these duos are as big as the bottles themselves, they usual cost €52 for both, now you will spend just €45, that’s €17 less!

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Because your Mum is the best in the world you would like her to have lots of beautiful treats for Mother’s Day, of course you would. So, go in store and online to find out details on how you can win a super selection of fabulous gifts from your local LloydsPharmacy. That would make it an extra special day, but you have to be in to win. Love you Mum.

Written by Laura Bermingham

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Laura Loves: February’s Must Haves

This month I’m thinking of ways that small changes in our beauty regimes can make a big difference to how we look and feel. Top to toe, little tweaks in grooming can have a big impact. Let’s start….

In colder months we all need extra hydration for the skin. Come Spring, we want radiant skin that looks healthy. Between now and the warmer months two beauty buys will give you all your skin needs. Nivea’s Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer is a quickly absorbed hydrating layer for dry or sensitive skin, €6.09. It provides a smooth base before makeup and acts like a buffer between your precious skin and the wind chill outdoors.

94158011_0_640x640FaceD Luronics CC Cream (€19.90) is a colour correcting skin care makeup that provides SPF 20, evens out discolouration and plumps with hyaluronic acid. The finish is natural, sheer and radiant. Two products, endless benefits.

4052338_FACED_D_LURONICS_CC_CREAM_LIGHT_40MLAnother two tricks can totally change your appearance, changing your eye makeup or brightening your smile. Hands up who wears the same shadow week in, week out. Switch shades to suit the season, a new shade makes all the difference. Keep it easy and inexpensive with Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks. These chubby pencils of long wear colour are so simple to apply, remain in place all day long, and come in lots of great shades. Priced at €5.99, they are available 3 for 2 this February.

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A regular scale and polish will keep teeth and gums healthy, in between sessions you can keep food and drink staining at bay with an at-home remover. Pearlys Teeth-Brighten Weekly Powder contains green tea and sodium bicarbonate that effectively lifts away external stains. Wet teeth, dip your toothbrush into the powder and brush. Simple. Use 1-2 times weekly for a brighter smile, €14.99.

weekly-teeth-brighten-powder-display_nf1To finish our February transformation let’s talk tan and hair. All over tan in Winter/early Spring isn’t necessary, but the upper body can benefit in a lift in colour. To save on moisturising and dressing time, choose a rapidly absorbing tan like TanOrganic Self Tan Oil, €24.99. Applied with a mitt the tan is hydrating on the skin no need for lotion. You can dress immediately after, and within a few hours have a super golden glow. It’s the perfect way to tan in colder weather.

TanOrganic_Oil_Arganic_Multi_Use_Dry_Oil_100ml_1416406413Finally hair, don’t let windy weather give you a bushy old barnet, especially if it’s coloured. Protect from wind, UV damage and heat styling with L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo will restore hair strength, give it shine, and most importantly make your locks feel super soft and hydrated. €4.99 each.

l_oreal_shampooWritten by Laura Bermingham.

Click the banner below to view more amazing offers available in-store and online this February at LloydsPharmacy.

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RTE Today Valentine’s Day Feature

As seen on RTE Today on February 9th 2015.

1) Chloe Love Story 30 ml – €59.70

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Inspired by Parisian romance and the love padlocks on the bridge of the Pont des Arts, Chloe Love Story is has a floral composition, with notes of orange blossom, neroli and jasmine. A clean, fresh fragrance for the modern woman.

2) Fuschia Free Gift with Purchase – worth €19.95

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here: http://bit.ly/LPStoreLocator

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here: http://bit.ly/LPStoreLocator

Valentine’s Day once you pay €40 or more on a fragrance at LloydsPharmacy you will receive a free Fuschia make up case with 5 miniature products absolutely free! This Offer is only available in in-store.

3) Vera Wang Pink Princess 30ml – €19.99 (Was €39.95)

Vera Wang Pink Princess is energetic and girlish, with a floral bouquet of pink grapefruit and raspberry, middle notes of pink hibiscus and honeysuckle, finishing with a sweet white amber base.

4) Hugo Boss Bottled Night – €31.15 (Was €46.50)

1369734244-87441800Hugo BOSS Bottled Night 30ml evokes the classic values of the successful, classic Boss man. The simple, clean lines of the bottle are elegant yet stylish and unmistakably Boss.

5) Face D, Get Perfected Set – €20.00

a-1_171017The FaceD Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream evens out dark, uneven circles under the eyes, makes dull skin glow and visibly reduces the signs of aging around the delicate eye area. The FaceD Luronics CC Cream is a correcting cream with SPF protection. This product evens out uneven skin tone, makes dull skin glow and visibly reduces the signs of aging, protecting the skin from the sun’s rays. With the FaceD 3-LURONICS face cream, it is possible to get an immediate rejuvenating effect and at the same time to contend with the ageing signs in the long term. All products can be used alone or as part of a daily skin routine. Suitable for all skin types, paraben free, allergen free.

6) Dr K Shaving Sets – Various Prices

IMG_5569_edit__63979.1397332654.1000.800Dr K’s range of all natural shaving products have been specially developed for a comfortable and luxurious experience, without all of the nasty chemicals. From preshaving to shaving to after shaving care, Dr K has all the shaving supplies you need. We also have a range of shaving accessories, including real badger hair shaving brushes and shaving bowls. Stock up with Dr K’s range of shaving products and make shaving a pleasing experience rather than a chore!

7) Nivea Q10 Facecare Range – Various Prices

nivea-visage-q10-anti-wrinkle-skin-care-trial-team_article_newNivea Face Care Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle System helps fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and visibly smooths the skin.

Click the banner below to view more amazing offers available in-store and online this February at LloydsPharmacy.

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New Brand Spotlight: Wild Oats Soap

Natural Soap – Pure & Simple

wild_oats_logoHave you ever wondered why Natural handmade soap differs from more commercial soaps? Although different handmade producers have their own formula and recipes, one of the main differences is that most handmade soap has natural oils as a base, as opposed to the inclusion of various chemically based additives which are present in many commercial soaps. So why do commercial soap makers bother with additives in the first place? It comes down to Glycerine. Glycerine is the element which gives soap its moisturising properties and occurs naturally during the soap making process. But it is also an important and popular commodity in its own right, often being extracted from the soap and sold on for use in cosmetics and skin care products. That natural moisturiser is often replaced with synthetic moisturising substitutes changing the make up of what should be a very simple process. Add on to that synthetic colourings and perfumes, and your skin is already exposed to a load of chemicals before you even get your moisturiser on!

Wild Oats was born from wanting to make products for my own family’s skin that would smell gorgeous but be great for their skin. It seemed like I had to choose between one and the other. That is when I decided to make my own.

_DSC5581I started with my preferred blend of natural oils, chosen for their lather, skin softening and moisturising properties and creaminess. Many of them are organic, but sometimes there is a choice to be made between sustainability and organic, like for instance with Palm oil. In my case, choosing a product that was Forest Friendly, in other words, preserving habitats for wild animals and maintaining a sustainable ecosystem, outweighed a certificate of organic status. Then there was the colouring. Loud colours just didn’t appeal, so I searched for ways to add gentle colour without compromising on the natural aspect of the soap. It turns out that spices and clays are natures paint box. Not just that, but they add silkiness and a myriad of other benefits to the soap.

Finally, the scent. To me, scent was the key to all of the products I wanted to make. The soaps and bath milk had to be kind to skin but I also wanted to come out of the shower or bath with a subtle, natural scent that would linger a little. So I began my research. Essential oils are complex. Over months, I discovered that Lavender isn’t just Lavender, there are dozens of variations and blends and it took me some time to discover the particular oils that were just right for what I wanted in our products. For me, that entails hours spent sniffing beautiful, natural fragrance and carefully blending herbs and botanicals.

There was still one important element I needed to explore. I wanted my soaps and bath products to have a feel good effect on the senses, not just the body.

That’s when we started working on what effects different essential oils and scents had on mood. After a lot of blending and experimenting and mixing, we came up with a selection of essential oils that really do soothe both body and soul. Neroli uplifts, Lavender helps with sleep, Lime revives, and Bergamot has been used for relaxation and uplifting spirits for many years.

There’s a whole other blog on the selection, history, use and benefits of pure essential oils, but for now, I’ll just take you through the soap making process.

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They say soap was discovered as far back as when animals were sacrificed on stone alters. Apparently, people found that some of the oils from the beast had mixed with the ash and a chemical reaction took place producing crude soap. Whilst some people still try to make soap from ash and animal fats, we tend to stick to using fruit and vegetable products and tend to work indoors rather than on draughty mountain tops.

There are a few different ways of making handmade soap, but the most popular two ways are known as Cold Process Soap and Melt and Pour. Melt and Pour consists of melting a pre-blended mixture, which already includes Lye and oils, before adding your own fragrances and colours. This soap will be ready in a matter of hours and usually, though not always, has a translucent quality.

For me, the down side of Melt and Pour is that there is no control over the basic oils and lye mixture, not just in what percentages or quantities, which would affect the feel of the final soap, but as importantly, there is less control over the provenance of those ingredients- whether they are organic, contain Parabens or preservatives, are tested on animals, or are from sustainable stock. These things are as important to us as the finished bar of soap. So although the Cold Pour Process is akin to making a cake from scratch, including making the jam and picking the strawberries , not to mention experimenting until the recipe is just right, it was an easy choice to choose this process to make our soap. The down side is that Cold Process Soap takes between 5 and 6 weeks to “cure” or harden before we can trim, wrap and pack the soaps by hand, so the process is a bit longer. But we think it is entirely worth it because the soap we produce for you is made from the very best ingredients available.

Wild oats soapmakingSo how do we make the soap in the first place? Having selected the grade and percentages of oils best for our mixture, we slowly melt the measured oils in a large melting pot. When our oils and lye (a mixture of caustic soda and liquid or flower waters) achieve the correct temperature, we carefully mix both together and stir until we get a smooth creamy mixture, like custard. It’s a bit like baking a giant cake mixture.

Next we mix our nutrient oils, these are oils selected for various moisturising properties, like sweet almond oil which is gentle on the skin and not too greasy, or avocado oil for skin that needs a little more nourishment. After that, we add our botanicals, clays, milks and hand ground oats. Finally, we carefully add our blend of specially selected fragrance in the form of pure natural essential oils. This is where it can get a bit sticky. Certain essential oils can cause what is called “acceleration of trace”. In plain English, they cause the mixture to thicken up really quickly. So when we use these oils, we need to add them at the exact right time so that we maintain that nice pourable creaminess. The mixture is now poured into pre-lined moulds and left to harden for anything between 24 and 36 hours, after which they are cut, stamped and left to cure for around 6 weeks, when they are hand-wrapped, packaged, batched and sent off to go out on the shelves.

lavender puringOur bath milks are made in an entirely different way. We blend varying amount of salts, milks, oats and essential oils to end up with a treat for the body- relaxation in a bottle so to speak. All of our ingredients are food grade, so not only are they natural, but they are of the purest quality available.

We at Wild Oats absolutely adore the whole soap making process. From picking the elderflower in the hedgerows near Lismore in June, to grinding the Flahavans Organic Oats used in each bar, to researching and acting as essential oil mixologists to get the right blend for our soaps and bath mixtures. This is our passion.

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Written by Karen Cottier of Wild Oats Soap.

Wild Oats Soap is now available in select LloydsPharmacy stores:

LloydsPharmacy Leopardstown

LloydsPharmacy Clonskeagh

LloydsPharmacy Churchtown

LloydsPharmacy Blackrock S.C.

LloydsPharmacy Donnybrook

LloydsPharmacy Nutgrove S.C.

LloydsPharmacy Grand Parade

LloydsPharmacy Hollyhill

LloydsPharmacy Midleton

LloydsPharmacy Dungarvan

LloydsPharmacy Thomondgate

LloydsPharmacy Lucan

LloydsPharmacy Ashleaf S.C.

LloydsPharmacy The Mill S.C.

LloydsPharmacy Claremorris

LloydsPharmacy Blanchardstown S.C.

LloydsPharmacy Longford S.C.

LloydsPharmacy Naas

LloydsPharmacy Castleknock S.C.

LloydsPharmacy Castleknock

LloydsPharmacy Gorey

LloydsPharmacy Parkway

Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.