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Even the most diligent sunscreen wearers slip up when it comes to the following sun damage hotspots – here are the oft-forgotten areas you need to know about.

We won’t mention a certain celebrity’s shared scant sunscreen routine last year but it’s fair to say that the majority of us know that we need to apply SPF more liberally than we would, say, a highlighter. 

Vastly improved sun safety education means that most of us are clued up on the fundamentals of sun protection, but it’s the ‘gaps’ in both our awareness and our application that can leave us particularly vulnerable to sun damage and premature ageing. 

SPF blind spots to have on your radar

Dermatologist and brand founder Dr. Dennis Gross states that skin specialists are seeing “an epidemic of skin cancers forming around the hairline”, while founder of Ultrasun Abi Cleeve highlights that “the thin skin on our scalp, combined with the fact that few of us consider our scalp and hairline when it comes to sun protection, makes this area especially prone to skin cancer.” There’s a very literal cosmetic fallout too – Abi emphasises that “UV damage is a significant trigger of hair loss”, with thinner hair then exposing more areas of the scalp to the sun rays in a vicious circle scenario. 

Other neglected areas include the hands, which Abi emphasises are also often the first place we see UV-induced pigmentation and sun damage, the tips of your ears (and behind them – top knot fans take note), as well as the back of your knees and the lips. She stresses that if you are lying face down in the sun then the soles of the feet also need a layer of SPF, as do any areas of the body where clothing is likely to rub. Waistlines, bikini tops and sandals are especially common culprits.

The Fix: Founder of 35 Thousand Misty Reich is a big fan of EltaMD’s UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF46 which she says is untinted, non greasy, and light in texture. 

Overexposure in the eye area

Another area where SPF quite literally gets overlooked is around the eyes, with The Skin Cancer Foundation reporting that cancer on the eyelid accounts for up to 10% of all skin cancer cases. 

The Fix: 

35 Thousand’s All-In Day Serum is formulated to protect the skin right up to the delicate eye area. With broad-spectrum SPF 30, it not only protects against harmful sun rays but blue light from screens too. Remember when applying to blend into the hairline. The sheer tint also means that any pigmentation, uneven skin tone or unwanted shadows get a lift too. 

Sun damage prevention with All-In Day Serum
35 Thousand All-In Day Serum

Optical specialist Dr. Andy Hepworth explains that it’s not just the delicate skin around your eyes that needs protecting either:

“Shockingly, research shows that 30% of us are completely unaware of the damage that UV rays can do to our eyes. Overexposure to UV light can lead to premature ageing and serious eye health issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Excessive UV exposure has also been linked to corneal sunburn, retinal tissue damage, eye strain and headaches.”

If that’s not reason enough to make you reach for a pair of sunnies, we’re not sure what is, but Dr. Hepworth has a few pointers in the eyewear department:

“For optimum eye health, you should be wearing sunglasses all year round. Only buy glasses with UV protection, which will be indicated on the label or shown on the product description. The minimum should ideally be UV 400 protection, which blocks nearly 100% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, with both UVA and UVB protection.”

Scratched lenses will compromise your defences according to Dr. Hepworth and it’s worth noting that style is as important as substance:

“Larger frames or those that wrap around the eye will generally provide better protection – even from the sides.”

The fix: 

Make Audrey Hepburn your eye-con in the sunglasses department (a wide-brimmed Breakfast at Tiffany’s hat won’t go amiss either) and opt for a high factor broad-spectrum SPF that fits in with your lifestyle and adapts to those easy-to-miss bits. 

Scars, tattoos and sun damage…

Finally, Abi also advises taking extra care if you have scarring or tattoos, as scars are especially susceptible to sun damage while tattoos absorb more UV radiation than the skin around them – the darker the tattoo, the more UV rays it will absorb. 

Formulated by top skincare scientists, 35 Thousand’s All In Day Serum is much like a superhero for scar areas, as well as tattoo removal sites. The ultimate skincare multitasker, it provides sun protection, deep hydration but the sheer tint (with no white cast), will help even the skin with no tell-tale marks.

35 Thousand All-In Day Serum with SPF 30 has a sheer tint
The unsuspecting sun traps

You got the memo about not baking yourself in baby oil in the midday sun, but the places, spaces and situations where we’re a sitting duck for sun damage aren’t always obvious. 

At home

For starters, research conducted by suncare brand Soltan reveals that 60% of sunburn happens at home rather than abroad or on holiday and, depending on where you live in the world, the height of summer doesn’t always hold the primetime slot for sun damage according to Abi.

For example, she says, “In the UK, the high strong UV light in the Northern Hemisphere in February and March catch many of us unawares and can be very damaging – skin is suddenly quite literally jolted into the light after winter and we often don’t give sun protection a second thought at this time.”

On the move

In addition to taking a ‘four seasons’ approach to SPF, we’d be wise to apply ourselves to all-over sun protection even when we’re not out and about. If you’re regularly at the wheel, bear in mind that The Skin Cancer Foundation found that skin cancers were most likely to occur on the left side of the body in the US, which corresponds to where UV rays hit when you’re in the driving seat (in the UK this would be the right-hand side). 

Indoors

If you’re WFH or lucky enough to have your desk set in a sunny spot in the office, it’s also worth considering that while windows generally block harmful UVB rays, they can ‘leak’ UVA rays according to the American Cancer Society, making you more prone to sun-induced pigmentation, wrinkles and some forms of skin cancer. The older the windows, the more likely that they’ll invite UVA into your indoor space. What’s more, if you regularly bag the window seat on a plane you’ll need to apply sunscreen pre-take-off too as UV radiation increases the closer you are to the ozone layer. The same rules apply if your destination (or hometown) is situated at a high altitude and you’ll also want to double down your efforts if you’re skiing as snow reflects UV radiation. Even if you feel chilly, your risk of sun damage is quite literally sky-high. Unfortunately, you’re not shielded at sea level either, as both water and sand bounce UV rays right back at you.

The fix:

35 Thousand’s All In Day Serum to the rescue once again! This light, easily absorbed tinted serum will protect skin against the sun’s harmful rays but will also cushion skin against the drying effects of the less oxygenated, lower humidity atmosphere. Be extra vigilant when applying it to your ‘window facing’ side, whether you’re driving, working, commuting or jet setting. 

If you enjoyed reading this then you will love our article about facial oils.

We tend to hold very strong opinions about facial oils. Some of us use them passionately, virtually bathing in them morning and night, whilst others (often those with acne-prone skin) refuse to touch them with a 10-foot pole. Perhaps the greatest myth about facial oils is that they all clog the skin and lead to breakouts. Whilst this may be true for some, it isn’t true for all. On the contrary, the right oil can not only help calm the skin and reduce inflammation and flare-ups but they are packed with a swathe of other anti-ageing and ‘wow what have you done to your skin’ benefits too.

Why does our skin need oil?

Our skin lipid barrier is our defence mechanism against bacteria and viruses and is crucial for both protecting against damage and boosting moisture retention. If it’s not nourished, skin can become dry and brittle. More surprisingly, without sufficient oil balance, skin will compensate by producing more sebum resulting in breakouts and blemishes.

As with nutrition, exercise and alcohol consumption, balance is key. 

So which facial oils should I be looking for?

The oil you chose is everything. You need to seek out a non-comedogenic oil. Translation: a facial oil that won’t clog pores and therefore won’t lead to unwanted skin eruptions. Oils to avoid are ones that suffocate the skin – these are more commonly the synthetic ones often derived from the petrochemical industry such as paraffin, mineral oil, liquid petroleum and baby oil to name a few. 

At 35 Thousand we use oils that encourage skin to function optimally. We only use natural oils within our formulations which are easily recognized by the skin, won’t glue your pores, enable normal cellular turnover, and allow skin to breathe and help to keep it balanced and happy. These are our favourites.

Magic Marula 

If there was an Oscars of the skincare world, Marula oil would get a standing ovation. Present in our Clever Cleansing Balm, the Refresh & Revive Mist and the Really Radiant Cream this natural wonder oil can beautify your skin today but also help defend it against the onslaught of tomorrow.  With intense hydration boosting effects it also works as an occlusive layer, reducing any moisture loss and therefore leaving your skin immediately and noticeably plumper and more radiant than before. 

Marula’s spectacular portfolio of skin benefits doesn’t end there – it is also high in antioxidant vitamins C and E which help to defend against ageing free radicals. Claire Bristow, Director of Product Development at 35 Thousand says “Perhaps the best thing about marula oils is its’ fatty acid profile which is very similar to the oils naturally found in skin which makes it highly bioavailable.” Plus Marula has been proven to inhibit enzymes that break down the elastins within the skin, meaning it constantly works to ward off the development of fine lines.

35 Thousand products that contain facial oils
Clever Cleansing Balm, Refresh & Revive Mist & Really Radiant Cream by 35 Thousand
Clever Camellia Oil

We are also big fans of Camellia oil which we have used in our Clever Cleansing Balm and Really Radiant Cream. Like all of our ingredients, Camellia oil is also a queen of multitasking. 

Firstly it has a molecular weight that is very close to the skin’s own sebum, resulting in rapid and deeper absorption, which makes it a fantastic choice for blemish-prone skin. Secondly, with over 98% long-chain fatty acids which are vital to help combat signs of ageing and dark spots, Camelia oil can also aid in the production of collagen.  Thirdly, Camelia oil has fantastic anti-inflammatory qualities combined with a very mild astringent profile, meaning that it not only helps to keep skin clear and blemish-free but it also does so without irritation. Genius.

Superstar Squalane

Squalane has become somewhat of a skincare superstar in recent years for good reason. Used in both our Clever Cleansing Balm and the Really Radiant Cream, it has steadily grown in popularity as a protective powerhouse. Claire explains why, “It can help to neutralise damage caused by UV light and it has natural antioxidant properties to help protect skin and fight pigmentation. It is also an incredible natural emollient that locks moisture into the skin despite its incredibly light texture.” Its ability to hydrate without clogging or blocking pores also makes it ideal for spot-prone complexions. Add to that the fact that it is proven to scientifically strengthen the skin barrier, without oiliness or surface residue and we think we’ve found skin primer perfection.

35 Thousand products that contain facial oils
Clever Cleansing Balm & Really Radiant Cream
Crazy for Castor Oil

No newcomer to the world of beauty, Castor oil has been used medically and cosmetically for thousands of years. Taken from castor beans, Castor oil naturally hydrates the skin without blocking pores which is why we are trialling it in some new products in development. It is also rich in ricinoleic acid, a chemical compound that has been shown in early studies to have the potential in reversing hair loss. Whilst the jury is still out on whether it can promote hair growth, it is a fantastic nourishing ingredient for glowing skin and a great conditioner for eyebrows and lashes.

If you liked reading about facial oils then you will love our ingredients page.

Read more about founder of 35 Thousand Misty Reich here

What is it? 

Chicory root is key to our unique OTG-7 complex – a key component you’ll find in our 35 Thousand skincare formulas. This natural extract helps to maintain the delicate balance of our skin flora, preserving it, protecting it and maintaining the microbiome.

The microbiome refers to the microorganisms which live on our skin. This microbial layer is our skin’s first and outermost defence against unsafe external elements such as pollution and UV exposure. The different microorganisms within the microbial layer co-exist happily, ensuring stability for our skin. However, factors like stress and diet, as well as some beauty products, can all disturb the equilibrium, resulting in disruption of the skin’s barrier and increased sensitivity. This can lead to skin conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea. 

Chicory root works by optimising the skin flora naturally by encouraging the ideal balance of microbes. As a prebiotic – a skin friendly food consumed by good microorganisms only – it discourages harmful bacteria from settling on the skin. It actively puts our microbiome on a healthier diet as it were, purifying / balancing our skin in the process, while helping the microbial layer to thrive and strengthen the skin barrier too. In effect, chicory root ensures that the good microorganisms on our skin can keep doing their day job, defending against any damaging effects to keep our skin balanced, healthy and strong. 

Why your skin will thank you for it

Aside from its prebiotic nourishment, chicory root is well also known for its high-performance conditioning properties. It has a deeply nourishing effect that leaves skin feeling silky smooth. Perfect for parched complexions, it reinforces the skin’s protective barrier, whilst reducing sensitivity, inflammation and irritation. 

Where you can find chicory root

We’ve chosen to include chicory root as one of the main actives in our OTG-7 complex which is central to all the 35 Thousand products. Combining seven carefully chosen ingredients that work in synergy, this intelligent, multitasking blend supports skin on the go, both at home and when away.

To shop the 35 Thousand skincare range click here or discover more about the OTG-7 Complex, read here

Wild indigo extract is a key ingredient in 35 Thousand’s OTG-7 Complex because studies have shown it is an essential ingredient for counteracting the damaging effects of stress on the skin. Here’s why we wouldn’t have made our products without it.

What is it? 

Extracted from the seeds of Native Indian Wild Indigo flowers, this stress-relieving and soothing botanical has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic skincare traditions.

In a nutshell, Wild Indigo has the ability to reduce the impact of cortisol on the skin. Each day, our skin and brain are in constant communication with each other to coordinate internal and external danger signs. They do this through sending electrical impulses and the release of hormones like cortisol that we now know to be detrimental to the appearance of the skin.

Stressful situations that might provoke the release of cortisol are pollution, lack of sleep and exposure to UV light. Over time, continuous production of cortisol – caused by prolonged exposure to stress – can result in damage to skin’s internal equilibrium which can lead to breakouts, redness, inflammation and visibly tired-looking skin.

Thankfully, Wild Indigo Extract helps to break down the production of cortisol in skin cells which can prevent disruptive influences on the skin and stimulate a healthier looking complexion. Not only that but Wild Indigo is reputed to activate the release of endorphins in our cells which can help our skin manage stressful conditions and return to optimum balance.

Why your skin will thank you for it

Wild Indigo Extract is clinically proven to enhance skin luminosity and tone in an impressively short amount of time. In tests it’s been shown to be especially effective in rapidly improving colour around the eye (the most sensitive part of our skin) by significantly reducing redness and signs of fatigue like dark circles. A fast-acting skin de-stresser this plant extract works in harmony with the skin and is perfect for tackling the damage caused by hectic schedules and modern living. 

Where you can find it

A key ingredient in the 35 Thousand OTG 7 which lies at the heart of all our 35 Thousand products, Wild Indigo extract will stimulate the revival of dull or lacklustre skin, leaving it with a healthy glow. Because when your skin is happier, you will be happier too.

You can learn more about the 35 Thousand products and their ingredients here

What is it? 

Frankincense is by no means a new ingredient. Used for centuries by Indian Ayurvedic medicine to counteract inflammation, frankincense is a dried resin taken from the Boswellia Serrata plant. Included as one of seven components in 35 Thousand’s unique OTG-7 complex, and collected via small cuts to the bark so that the plant’s life cycle is not disturbed, Frankincense features in all of our products, soothing stressed out skin, protecting it from ageing, enhancing smoothness and basically helping you achieve your best ever boss skin.

Here’s the science: packed with acids that deliver an anti-inflammatory effect on skin, studies of frankincense show that it can prevent the formation of 5-lipoxygenase, an iron-containing enzyme that transforms fatty acids in our body into leukotrienes – molecules scientists have identified as causing inflammation. In simple terms, Frankincense works by blocking pro-inflammatory enzymes in our body. While other plant resins can also block the 5-lipoxygenase enzyme, clinical analysis suggests that the acids in Frankincense are specific inhibitors of 5-lipoxygenase. In short, Frankincense is especially successful in combatting inflammation and since we at 35 Thousand have used a phytosome form of the ingredient, it is most bioavailable to the skin, helping it to return to its most calm state. 

Additionally, scientific evidence points to Frankincense’s ability to significantly increase skin elasticity and decrease wrinkle depth. Again, the active works by inhibiting specific enzymes linked with cell damage, supporting the improvement of the skin’s texture. And that’s not the end to its benefits –  clinical trials have even proven that Frankincense can make skin less sensitive to UV radiation, reducing redness caused by UV exposure.

With a soft, calming, gentle scent known to ground our senses, we have also used a touch of Frankincense instead of a complex fragrance in our products.

Why your skin will thank you for it

You may know Frankincense as a herbal medication. Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, it is often taken in pill form to fight conditions such as arthritis. However, used in 35 Thousand’s OTG-7 Complex it helps to soothe even the most stressed-out complexion. So whether yours is irritated, jet-lagged, suffering from redness or generally feel a bit angry, the Frankincense used in 35 Thousand’s products will help promote a clearer, smoother, calmer and softer complexion with a more even tone. 

Where you can find Frankincense

Frankincense features as a key active in 35 Thousand’s OTG-7 complex and is therefore present in every product. So whether you are cleansing your skin with our Clever Cleansing Balm or nourishing skin with the Really Radiant Cream you are safe in the knowledge that it is constantly working to achieve your best complexion yet.

To shop the 35 Thousand skincare range click here or discover more ingredients within our OTG-7 Complex such as the Red Algae Extract here

What is it? 

Think of Pea Protein extract like an invisible suit of armour for your skin. A key active in 35 Thousand’s scientifically formulated OTG-7 complex, it is clinically proven to counteract and reduce damage caused to skin by harmful UV rays, infrared rays and blue light from our screens.

So how does it work? Research has shown that a group of proteins called ‘opsins’ play an important role in our perception of light. When activated, opsins can trigger adaptive responses, therefore protecting our skin from the harmful effects of solar and artificially produced blue light. Pea Protein activates these opsins, stimulating our skin’s defence against light-induced damage.

It has been proven that Pea Protein is no pushover when it comes guarding our skin. Obtained from one of the most radiation-resistant microorganisms using state-of-the-art biotechnology. These powerhouse organisms are so resistant in fact, they’ve been proven to successfully withstand extreme doses of radiation, like those found in outer space. 

Not just highly effective , pea protein also has enviable eco creds.  The process used to isolate and extract these microorganisms has been thoughtfully devised to reduce negative environmental impact and ensure natural materials aren’t unnecessarily harvested. This commitment to protecting the planet was recognised by the beauty industry in 2019, with Pea Protein extract being awarded Silver in the Green Ingredients category by the prestigious Paris-based In-Cosmetics Global Awards

Why your skin will thank you for it

With its powerful radiation-resisting qualities, Pea Protein extract is a key ingredient in the fight against premature ageing – a process intensified by our daily exposure to the sun and to digital light from tech devices. Essentially, Pea Protein has been shown to be hugely effective in guarding skin against the major signs of ageing, by preparing, protecting and repairing. Her Majesty of multitaskers, it visibly decreases pre-existing brown spots caused by UV exposure, while simultaneously protecting against the appearance of future spots. Pea protein can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and roughness, leading to a rejuvenated, healthy and all-round more even and luminous complexion.

Where you can find Pea Protein extract…

Pea Protein extract is one of seven active ingredients in our OTG-7 complex – a potent blend created by world-leading skincare experts to boost stressed-out skin on the go. You’ll find the OTG-7 complex in all of the 35 Thousand products. So, home or away, sky high or feet firmly on the ground, you can be assured that this wonder ingredient is working hard to shield your skin from the hazards of indoor and outdoor light. The result? A radiant, younger-looking complexion without the need for a complicated skincare regime.

To shop the 35 Thousand skincare range click here. If you enjoyed learning about this ingredient then you will enjoy reading about red Algae Extract (also in the 35 Thousand OTG 7Complex which acts a little like a personal trainer for your skin. Read all about it here

Red Algae Extract is one of the super hard-working seven actives in the 35 Thousand OTG-7 Complex that will revitalise, revive and firm less than perky skin.

What is it?

Using patented cutting-edge technology, Red Algae Extract works by increasing collagen production and improving cellular vitality. A potent source of Taurine, an amino acid that has energising properties, as well as Oligofurcellaran, a type of marine sugar that’s well known for its protective and restructuring qualities, our Red Algae Extract creates what we like to call “fibroblast bodybuilders.” Found in the dermis (the inner layer of our skin) these fibroblasts produce proteins such as collagen, which give our skin a network of strength and elasticity, maintaining its tautness. 

Not only that but this wonder ingredient can also act a bit like your skin’s personal trainer , intensifying activity within our cells and giving it a good workout by helping to raise energy levels. This helps skin to look fitter and firmer and it can potentially help to slow the ageing process.

Last but certainly not least, Red Algae Extract can also combat the effects of oxidative stress, which can be caused by many lifestyle factors from diet to environmental damage and pollution, which in turn can cause ageing. Studies have shown that Red Algae regulates antioxidant function, helping to protect and restore stability. 

Why your skin will thank you for it

The perfect ingredient for frazzled complexions, Red Algae Extract has a myriad of glow-guarding benefits from fighting the signs of fatigue and giving you that well rested glow, to helping, over time, to plump the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Where you can find Red Algae Extract

You can reap the benefits of this skin bolstering ingredient within every product in the  35 Thousand product range. Along with six other scientifically proven ingredients that make up the OTG 7 complex, the Red Algae Extract promises a fresher, brighter and more radiant complexion as part of your daily skincare routine.

To shop the 35Thousand skincare range click here. To read more about the story of the brand click here.

As an executive coach, board member and former Fortune 500 global HR executive I can confidently say that I know a thing or two about ‘the juggle.’ Over the course of my 23 year career I have clocked more than 2 million air miles, had my passport stamped in 57 countries and commuted by car, train, plane and foot. I know all too well the joys and challenges of managing travel, work and family life on the go and I fully sympathise with trying to decant my entire ‘best skin day’ products into those mini bottles or compromising with drug store minis that would wreck my skin.

Misty Reich, founder of 35 Thousand
The Why

Having suffered from cystic acne most of my adult life, the 35 Thousand product range has been born out of my never ending mission to keep my skin healthy and happy on the go. It’s taken 4 years of research, thousands of product samples, and pulling through a global pandemic, but we have finally arrived with a beautiful, highly effective set of products to boost even the most stressed out or busy skin.

We are launching with five luxury skincare products for use at home and away
The science

In case you missed it in my bio, I’m no cosmetic scientist, but I worked with the best of the best to formulate a highly effective complex  – the OTG-7 –  which is made up of 7 powerhouse ingredients and is central to every product in our range. From boosting skin’s energy to calming irritation, protecting from blue light, reducing the effects of cortisol and restoring circadian rhythms, think of the OTG-7 as your skin’s invisible force field.

Misty Reich (right) with Content Director Susannah Taylor (left) and Product Development Director Claire Bristow (centre)

The products 

With multitasking at their core, all five of our products have been carefully developed to give you instant impact as well as long term results and are thoughtfully packaged to be your go-to good skin day saviours whether you are chilling at home, commuting on a Tuesday or jetting off on a big adventure.

The products will hit our digital shelves right here on 35thousand.com later this summer. For the latest launch updates, access to special offers, and a regular dose of on-the-go inspo be sure to sign up for our ‘Brief and Brilliant’ newsletter here.

We cannot wait to share it all with you.

Happy juggling!”

Founder

We don’t know about you, but we are done with slobbing around at home bare-faced with our hair scraped up in a dirty top knot. What was once an au naturel novelty in lockdown 1.0 has morphed into an insatiable desire to ramp up the beauty regime in 2.0 with nails, home blowdries and the desire for a glow that look as if we’ve been chilling out on a Caribbean island for weeks on end (we wish, right?).

But now we’re at home more, unable to have beauty treatments as regularly as we once did, and watching our finances, we feel that we need beauty hacks that give us big bang for our buck.  Here are the tricks, treatments and tips that save us time, money and last longer than two days. Because as 2020 has shown, we can never be sure that the next salon visit is guaranteed.

Here’s our pick of our favourite beauty treatment trickery:

The Light Salon’s Boost LED face mask for on-the-go glow
The blowdry saviour: The Brazilian Blowdry

If you have thick, frizzy or hard to manage hair, then a hair smoothing treatment could well change your life. Editorial Director Susannah Taylor has badly behaved, frizzy hair that she says can “Take up to 45 minutes to blow dry sometimes into a presentable state.” Having tried many types of smoothing treatments over the years, Susannah finds that the Brazilian Blowout is the best she has found. “It smooths my hair without making it super straight or lank. Some treatments have left my hair really damaged and broken, but this genuinely leaves hair in better condition than before, plus it seems to last in my hair for many months. The best part is that you don’t have to leave it in for a few days either – you can wash and style your hair the same day. Every time I have it done I can’t believe the results.”

Susannah goes to taylortaylorlondon.com based in Libertys in London . In the US go to Brazilianblowout.com to find your nearest salon

The perma-glow: Profhilo

Profhilo has caused quite a stir in the past few years and won a few awards along the way too. If you haven’t heard of this revolutionary treatment, here’s the low-down: Profhilo is an award-winning treatment made up of 100% hyaluronic acid. It is administered through a few (potentially 5 on each side of the face) injections into the dermis, where it spreads and provides hydration for ‘crepey skin.’  The hyaluronic acid is also said to interact with your skin tissue and encourage it to create more collagen. The results? Many people experience visible, often dramatic improvement in skin tone after just two sessions (a month apart) and see firmer, smoother more hydrated looking skin rather than the volume associated with fillers. With minimal downtime, the results are very natural and you can be back at your desk straight after treatment. The downside? It’s expensive – around £850/ $1100 for two treatments. However when we say it lasts for 6 months you may reconsider.

For bare-faced chic: eyelash dye and lash lift

If you’re after a  non-invasive trick that will enhance your face even with no makeup on then we suggest a lash dye and lash lift together.  Yes, it’s totally possible to dye your lashes at home  – Editorial Director Susannah does it all the time – but she says “It’s never quite as good as when you have it done in the salon as I can’t quite get to the roots.” Susannah says that lash dye means she “Never feels totally bald. For example, when you bump into your boss in the gym with no makeup on and still feel you can look them in the eye!” It also means you don’t have to apply quite so much mascara since it gives your lashes a coloured base.

As for lash lifts – this is one of our favourite instant beauty hacks. Not like the lash perming processes of old where your lashes ended up curling in on themselves, the lash lift makes you look like you’ve had a squeeze with the lash curlers, permanently – even when you wake at 4am with jetlag. The process involves lying down with the solution on your eyes for an hour, and the results last about 3 months. 

Note: most beauty salons now offer a lash lift as well as eyelash tinting.

The face framer: brows

If you want to look 50% better, all the time, and if you don’t already, then you might want to think about getting your brows groomed professionally. Vanita Parti, founder of Blink Brow Bars across the UK says, “Keeping brows shaped is vital. By lifting the brow, creating an arch and highlighting the cheekbones, we create space around our eyes. It’s a small difference for a big impact.” Here at 35Thousand we can confirm that a brow shape at Blink, as well as a brow tint (if neeeded), is the equivalent of a small face lift, and makes us looked groomed and ‘put together’ even when the rest of the beauty regime is out of whack .  You can of course maintain your brows at home but we find the best results come when you are in the hands of an expert, especially if you have dark, unruly or very bushy brows.

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Long lasting nail polish – The Red Carpet Manicure

Love wearing nail polish but hate the way it chips so easily? Now there are plenty of gel nail formulations you can use at home rather than having to go to a salon. One of the best, available worldwide, is the Red Carpet Manicure. If you buy the Starter Kit, it contains everything you need for a professional manicure at home that will last up to three weeks. Included is everything from a professional LED light, to nail cleaning wipes, to gel nail polish remover and remover wraps (you can buy gel nail colours separately). 

Go to redcarpetbeauty.co.uk or redcarpetmanicure.com

The long lasting DIY Red Carpet Manicure that stays chip-free for at least two weeks
The at-home facial: The home LED mask

Facialists have been using LED therapy in their treatments for years to help with acne, skin glow, an increased ski barrier function, not to mention its good mood benefits. Mostly used as an expensive add-on at the end of a facial, LED science has now entered our homes. Take for example The Light Salon which now has salons across the US and UK –  founders Hannah Measures and Laura Ferguson decided to start their LED salon business in 2015 where people could book to reap the benefits of light therapy treatments .  However their clients soon wanted access to LED treatments between appointments so they then decided to create the BOOST collection, a range of at-home portable LED devices. Personally we love the BOOST LED face mask (there’ss one for the decolletage too), because it delivers clinically proven red and infrared wavelengths, leaving our skin looking radiant and plumped whilst also resetting and calming our mind at the same time. It’s the perfect boost when you can’t get to a facialist – just be careful not to frighten any children when you’re wearing it.

www.thelight-salon.com (deliveryworldwide)

Once upon a time, all we had in our bathroom beauty arsenal was a face mask and (if we were lucky) an exfoliator. How times have changed. Thanks to huge advancements in the world of skincare and technology we are now able to mimic professional beauty treatments at home with a huge array of hi-tech at-home facial gadgets and tools. And with current COVID-19 restrictions on spa-based beauty treatments, they have never been more in demand . But which do we use and rate? Here’s how the 35 Thousand team get their glow on….

The at home facial

Foreo UFO II, $159.20

This palm-sized gadget is a bit like the Swiss Army knife of the beauty world. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a round silicon covered disc-shaped gadget with one side that has a ring round it that lights up (hence the name). On this (flat) side you attach one of the Foreo masks (you scan the barcode on the back of the mask so your device knows which one you are using) and a synced app on your phone will talk you through the next steps.

“Placing the UFO II against your skin it will either then vibrate (sonic massaging), use full spectrum light therapy, warm up to deliver ingredients into your skin and cool down to close pores. Editorial Director Susannah Taylor uses one and says “It’s a very clever piece of kit that makes skincare work harder. It’s perfect for these times when we can’t make it to a spa and my skin looks radiant since I’ve started using it. However the one downside is that you have to use the Foreo masks with it when you may prefer to use your favourite brand.”

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The Microcurrent device

ZIIP GX $495

The ZIIP is a handbag sized electrical facial tool that promises healthier more glowy skin. It uses nanocurrents and microcurrents to communicate with your skin cells, increasing their effectiveness and encouraging the production of elastin and collagen. Misty Reich founder of 35 Thousand says “It’s super portable and I love that there are different treatment programs you activate via an app on your phone that then load onto the device via Bluetooth. Each one also comes with a video which you mirror at home. Programs span 1-12 minutes and can be super focused – for example you can choose depuffing and brightening the eyes or treat your whole face and neck.”

The downside, Misty says, “Is that the shape of the device can make it tough to get into some parts of the face (such as round the eyes) and it has two larger contact metal pads that both have to be touching your face for the device to work. However the glow factor is great.”

The ZIIP electrical facial tool

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NUFACE Trinity $325

The Nuface is an advanced microcurrent device which helps to improve facial contours, tone skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles – all in just 5 minutes a day. With two models – Trinity and Mini – they both have similar power levels, but the Trinity is bigger and you can change the treatment heads to sizes and shapes to address specific areas (ie eyes or body).  Meanwhile, the mini version is very portable, and great for on the go.

“The device beeps at regular intervals to tell you to move to another area and you can find and print out treatment programs to follow,” says Misty Reich, however she says the one downside is that there is no app to follow. “Microcurrent in general can give great results if used regularly for lifting and tightening – it has a subtle but real impact,” she says, “They all require use of a conducting gel of some sort- they will try to sell you their gel but Aloe Vera gel works great for me too.”

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The Contouring bar 

The Gold Bar, Jillian Dempsey $195

Jillian Dempsey’s Gold bar is a high-tech 24 carat gold vibrating bar that promises to lift, contour, tone and revive skin. “I’m a big fan of this product,” says PR director and journalist Anna-Marie Solowij “It delivers a deep massage, making my skin glow, while helping to prop up sagging jowls and iron out ‘tech neck’ lines. I was lucky enough to have a masterclass with Jillian, in her studio in LA, and the way she used it wasn’t what I expected – with really firm pressure, working upwards to counteract gravity. Pre COVID, it was a key prep tool in my arsenal before a night out; ironically, now I’m not going out but have more time, I find I’m using it more.” 

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The Gold Bar from Jillian Dempsey

The Dermaplaning tool

The Hollywood Smoother

Over the last few years, dermaplaning – the removal of the peach fuzz (known as ‘vellus’ to the beauty world) from your skin – has risen in popularity. According to CurrentBody who stock a huge selection of electrical beauty products, there has been a 58% lift of sales in home dermaplaning products since the beginning of lockdown. Here at 35 Thousand we feel it’s best to have a consultation with a dermaplaning expert before you attempt it yourself at home (removing the wrong type of hair can cause it to grow back thicker), however once you’ve learnt the ropes the Hollywood Smoother – which uses sonic technology to remove hair – can be useful for many reasons. Susannah Taylor says “Whilst I don’t use this to remove vellus, I actually use it for tidying up under my eyebrows and it works very well on removing random nasal hairs. I also use it on my husband’s ears which are becoming a bit furry around the edges! It’s much less traumatic than plucking.” 

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The derma roller

Glo PRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool 0.3mm needles, $199

If you are not familiar with a dermaroller then it is a hand-held rolling device covered in tiny spikes . The thought process behind it is that it will create micro tears in your skin which will allow product to penetrate more deeply but it will also cause the skin to heal in that area and rebuild with more collagen. Formerly just used in facials or by dermatologists, they have now made it into our bathrooms.

There are two lengths recommended for home use  – 0.3mm and 0.5mm. Misty Reich says “The longer the needle the deeper the ‘channel’ in the skin and the deeper the skincare actives you apply afterwards will go. If used properly, where the device is kept sanitised, and you use it with good skincare and don’t overuse it you can get a great glow.” Misty says she also knows people who swear by using it on brows in conjunction with a growth serum for rebuilding over plucked or thinning brows.”
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The GLOPro microneedling tool

The Gua Sha tool  

Hayo’u Beauty Restorer, £38

For those that like a more natural approach, then the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer is definitely worth a try. Made from one piece of polished rose quartz and inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition of Gua Sha (which means ‘pressed skin flush’) it is ergonomically designed to fit the contours of your face to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage, plump and sculpt skin and help reduce lines and wrinkles. Susannah Taylor says, “I use the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer regularly and love the glow that it gives my skin. I have tried many other brands but think this is the best for its thickness and design. In the mornings I often use it in sweeping movements from the centre of my face outwards with a few drops of facial oil and find it leaves my skin glowing and plumped for the day ahead.”

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The Ice Roller

001 Cryopress £148

Much has been written lately about Cryotherapy for the body – cold showers and wild swimming in chilly waters are said to increase blood circulation and immunity experts even believe a shock of cold can be beneficial for our immune systems. The ‘cold’ trend has now transferred to skincare – for many years facialists have spoken about splashing our faces with cold water after washing it to close the pores, but now we can take that one step further with a Cryotherapy roller. To be kept in the freezer, this one from 001 Cryopress is said to biologically trigger blood circulation which in turn increases oxygen supply to the skin as well as nutrients and an increase in cell renewal. Susannah Taylor says, “I personally love this tool for the way it feels on my skin – you take it out of the freezer and it’s ice-cold but feels very soothing on the skin. My skin looks like it does after a freezing cold walk (smooth, pores closed), but then transforms into an amazing glow. Perfect before a special event.”

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In years to come we will find probably find an old face mask in our pocket and think how glad we were that this strange time in history has now passed. However it looks like the facemark is here to stay for now and we predict that even when mask-wearing is no longer compulsory, they may remain the norm for many.

Unfortunately one of the downsides of mask wearing is that dermatologists have seen a sharp rise in skin problems and ‘maskne’. We ask the experts for their tips on sub mask skincare.

You will notice that when you remove a mask, that the skin underneath is quite damp, warm and pink, which, according to skincare expert and facialist Sarah Chapman makes for ideal conditions for bacteria which can contribute to blemishes. Not only that, but “Your mask might also rub against your face and irritate the skin, which can lead to soreness and breakouts”  she says.

We spoke to Sarah as well as leading global facialist Anastastia Achilleos, both of whom tend to the skin of many a celebrity on a regular basis. Anastasia has in fact worn a mask as a therapist for the past 25 years. Why? “Firstly you never know what lurgy people come in with. Secondly, “When you are so close to someone’s face as a facialist you tend to turn your head to one side or hold your breathe to avoid taking in others’ breath,” she says.” This in turn makes us become shallow breathers, which can affect our wellbeing.”

Here are their insider tricks to keeping your skin spotless sub face mask…

Look for lightweight skincare

To avoid your skin becoming greasier under your mask, both Sarah and Anastasia suggest swapping out rich moisturising creams for lighter formulations that won’t clog the pores. Sarah’s Intense Hydrating Booster, $105 is great for this as, she says, as it’s ultra-lightweight and oil free. “Hyaluronic acid and moisture magnets will deeply hydrate without feeling heavy, while soothing rose water will help the skin to feel calm and comfortable. The formula also contains Bioecolia® and beta glucan, two advanced ingredients that will help to defend against any bacteria that has become trapped beneath your mask,” she says.

Sarah Chapman’s Intense Hydrating Booster
Treat your skin under your mask

Anastasia brilliantly suggests that we should use the time we are wearing a mask to treat our skin beneath it.  For those with more oily or acne prone skin, she suggests trying a more cosmeceutical type product as they won’t contain fragrance or other irritants. One product she highly recommends is Environ’s Retinol Serum, $74.87, which contains Retinol Palmitrate, which she says reaches the lower matrix of our skin and balances and stabilises the cells there, so when those cells reach the surface they are extremely well formed. This product she says, has been part of her beauty arsenal for 15 years and she applies it once a day (note: this can be applied to the cheeks and forehead too.)

Another product type that Anastasia recommends for use under masks, are balms. These, she explains, can both nourish and protect the skin simultaneously.  “We’re looking at products that are slightly different to what you normally use,” she says.  Anastasia is a fan of lightweight balms which she says men have actually used forever to protect their skin from the aggressors they face daily such as razors and hair growth. Ren’s Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm $48 can be used in the day and is light and anti-inflammatory. “Even if your skin gets a bit congested, a balm helps to break down the congestion,” she says. Others she recommends are Decleor’s Aromessence Rose D’Orient Soothing Night Balm $29.70 and Darphin’s Essential Oil Elixir Aromatic  Purifying Balm which targets skin prone to imperfections whilst also acting as a barrier.

Decleor’s Baume de Nuit Rose D’Orient
Cleanse thoroughly (but not aggressively)

The message from both facialists is to cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural oils – lightly in the morning, then thoroughly at night. “At the end of the day, cleansing the skin well is key for avoiding the build-up of debris,” says Sarah, “A balm formula like my Ultimate Cleanse $99.98 will help to dislodge impurities and prevent the blockages that can cause congestion and breakouts. Oil-based cleansers have a natural affinity with your skin’s sebum, which means they can cleanse effectively whilst respecting the skin’s delicate acid mantle.”

Anastasia is a big fan of facial massage which she suggests doing for at least 60 seconds at night with your cleanser before wiping away with a warm flannel. This, she says, is a way of gently cleaning and lightly exfoliating the skin at the end of the day without leaving it feeling stripped. She says to make sure you use one per use (just throw them in the washing machine daily) to avoid bacteria growing on them.

Sarah Chapman’s Ultimate Cleanse
Should we be using different products on the top and the bottom half of the face?

This depends on your skintype, but Sarah would recommend focusing a lightweight formula for the lower part of the face, and continuing your usual routine above.

If your mask is causing congestion around the lower half of your face she suggests investing in her Pro Pore Refiner for here $205. “This clever, cutting-edge device mimics the extraction techniques we use in the Clinic such as thermo-therapy, ionic cleansing and ultrasonic vibrations deeply purge congested pores, giving you professional-standard extraction at home.”

Spot check

On the plus side, you can hide a multitude of skin problems under a mask and if you want to put toothpaste on your spots (an Old Wive’s Tale for drying out pimples), at least nobody will see it . However Sarah Chapman has a much better alternative. Her SOS stickers are ultra-hygienic patches infused with pimple-purging scientific actives that are released over time to help calm redness, soothe, decongest and accelerate blemish healing. I designed the patches to be almost invisible, but wearing a mask will provide total camouflage!”

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As if having to sleep in a space the size of a mailbox isn’t bad enough, the effects of flying can also take drastic toll on our skin, leaving us arriving at our destination not only feeling shattered but potentially not looking so fresh. Since you will be seat-bound for a long period of time, maybe think about using air time as facial time too. Here we talk to top skincare experts about their suggested in-flight facial tips…

1. Cabin Clean-up

After a potential early start/ a tube ride/ traffic jam en route to the airport/ delay in the departure lounge, nothing is quite as luxurious or refreshing as giving your skin a good clean. Whether you wash your face onboard or in the departure lounge is up to you, but one product I would recommend taking in your hand luggage is a good do-it-all Micellar Water. My favourite of all time is Bioderma Crealine H2O, $6.43 which you can get in a 100 ml travel size. Suitable for even very sensitive skin, it removes everything from waterproof mascara to heavy duty foundation. Alternatively, if you are a fan of natural products one of my favourites is Absolution L’Eau Soir et Matin $35.86 which is a certified organic cleansing water.

in-flight facial cleanser bioderma
Pack a travel sized version of Bioderma Sensible H20 which will remove will remove all makeup and refresh skin

If you prefer a wash-off cleanser then try Tata Harper’s Refreshing Cleanser, $84 which cleans skin gently but slightly exfoliates at the same time (plus the dreamy scent is the perfect aeroplane pick-me-up), but you will need to decant it into a travel-size bottle.

2. Sky High Scrub

If you are really serious about achieving a mega-watt glow then you may want to think about exfoliating your skin which will not only leave it silky smooth but will slough away dead skin cells so products can penetrate the skin better. A great product you can travel with without the fear of spillages is a dry or powder exfoliator. One of my favourites is Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains for the Face, $42.04 which contains Japanese Adzuki beans. Just put a bit in the palm of your hand and add water. Gently buff skin with circular movements and wash off.

3. Mid Air Masks

Humidity in the air cabin can be roughly a third of what it is on the ground, so it’s no surprise that your skin can look positively parched on landing. The dehydration is such that your normal skincare won’t cut it and therefore it might be worth investing in a hydrating face mask to wear on the flight. If you don’t have anyone to chat to for a few hours (and if you don’t mind looking like a Halloween extra) you can dose off with a sheet mask on. One of my favourites is CremorLab Aqua Tank Water-Full Mask, $37 for 5 which is full of hyaluronic acid (which holds 1000 its weight in water), as well as marine collagen and mineral water. Whilst it advises to leave it on for an hour, there’s no harm in doubling that time for maximum effect.

4. Mile High Hydration

Teresa Tarmey is one of London’s most sought-after facialists and regularly perfects the pores of a wealth of celebrity clients from Kate Moss to Sienna Miller. In order to counteract the effects of flying she is a huge fan of products containing Hyaluronic Acid. If you don’t fancy using one of the masks above, she recommends a serum instead to boost your skins hydration levels. We also love  Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster from Dr Dennis Gross, $84.08  or SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifer, $111.28  both of which can be worn under your moisturiser to as a mega hydration boost.

in-flight facial skincare mile high hydration
Skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier will help put intense hydration back into parched skin
5. Airborn Aromatherapy

Anastasia Achilleos, is one of the world’s most in-demand facialists, who travels all the time to plump celebrity’s skin on film sets and backstage at fashion shows. For her, it’s extremely important that her skincare products treat her senses as well, “I need to hit the ground running straight into work and usually there’s a time difference, so for me it’s all about wellness before I can take care of others” she says. Anastasia therefore says she will use aromatherapy products wherever she can weave them into her flight. “Aroma rollers are the easiest way of using aromatherapy in-flight and are the least offensive way of using them to anyone sitting close to you.” Anastasia is a huge fan of the Speak the Truth roller, $34.62 from Ilapothecary.com which contains rose and sandalwood for a comforting and uplifting scent. And for anyone slightly fearful of flying, then “Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax RollerBall is genius,” she says which contains peace inducing vetivert, patchouli and wild camomile, $34.62. Roll onto wrists, or temples and drift away on a cloud of aromatherapy heaven.

in-flight facial skincare tips wellbeing
Anastasia keeps the Ilapothecary Speak Your Truth Aroma Roller on hand for in-flight pick-me-ups
6. Facial Massage

Queen of facial massage, Anastasia says it should be non-negotiable during a flight. “We puff up, get sluggish circulation, and then there’s the dryness,” she says, “I apply face oils a lot  (almost every hour) and I massage the circle around the eyes upwards and downwards with firm pressure,  and massage my cheeks from the nose outwards toward the ears. I also spend time massaging my own shoulders.” One of her favourite oils to massage skin with is Le Prunier Plum Beauty oil, $94.82. Others we love are Aurelia’s Glowing Face Oil for its disappearing, non greasy texture and Votary’s Superseed Facial Oil, $29.67 for 15ml. The great thing about facial oils is also that they are nearly always under the 100ml liquid limit.

Facialist Lynn Rae uses facial Pilates techniques and suggests some of the following for keeping your complexion alive through a long flight:

Release the forehead by placing knuckles in centre, apply light pressure and glide out towards hairline.

Massage around back of head and neck

Release tension in your temples by placing finger pads on temples and slowly moving upwards and outwards. You should feel an easy movement with a slight grip but not so as to pull on the skin.

Massage the ears, and gently pull them in different directions

Gently squeeze the cheeks and lift

Massage around jaw with fingers or knuckles

Press or squeeze inner corners, middle and finally outer eyebrows 

Place thumbs under chin, curled fingers on top and squeeze, repeat below corners of mouth and squeeze, corners of jaw and squeeze, press under ears and glide down sides of neck.

To finish, rub palms together and place hands over the eyes feeling the energy and warmth.

7. Balmy Flights

Teresa Tarmey says she is never without a lip balm because she says ,”My lips get dry but also my nostrils do! I know it’s quite gross to share but I put a tiny bit up my nose to stop the feeling of dryness.” One of our all-time favourites is The Lip Balm from Crème de la Mer, $64.29,for super soft lips but it is also worth investing in a do-it-all multitasking balm which you can use on cuticles, lips, elbows, brows (or even nostrils! )We would highly recommend  travelling with Weleda’s Skin Food, at just $13.54. A rich blend of calendula, chamomile, natural oils and beeswax, it’s a mask, moisturiser, and balm all in one. With one sold worldwide every 23 seconds, no in-flight bag should be without one.

in-flight facial lip balm
The Lip Balm from Creme de La Mer is a firm beauty editor favourite
And finally…

Drink as much water as you can throughout the flight, and as every facialist I know says, don’t drink alcohol. Remember the state of your skin is as much about what you consume as what you put on it.