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Tancream and skin conditions

TANCREAM & DIFFERENT SKIN CONDITIONS

Wearing SPF50 daily is so important for most skin issues as the UV rays flare up & enhance them. That’s where Tancream comes in handy as your daily morning moisturiser as its not just an SPF50 it has a 5 star UVA sun protection in there so its gives you the best defence.  It has an instant bronzer that evens out the skin tone and a natural gradual self tan that leaves you with a healthy glow. It also has a very hydrating moisturiser which leaves your skin silky smooth.

We have had some great reviews from people with different skin issues…

Rosacea

The sun causes a flare-up of rosacea so dermatologists recommend wearing  SPF every day even on cloudy days. We have had great reviews from people with different skin issues using Tancream as it evens out the skin tone & reduces the redness.

 

 

Thank you Elaine for a lovely review 

I have been using Tancream for 3 day’s now and I’m so happy with the results already.  I suffer with really bad hyperpigmentation and rosacea, my face varies from pale white to really dark and finding a foundation has always been a nightmare. The summer months have always been the worse as it brings my pigment out. I use SPF 50 all year round because of my condition, but I can’t believe the difference Tancream has made to me already. It evens out all my different skin tones, I already feel less anxious about people looking at me and I know it’s going to get even better the longer I use it. My neck has always been white which makes my chest and face look worse, it’s already evened it all out, even the redness around my nose too. I’m so happy to have found this product so wanted to say thank you.”

 

Hyperpigmentation

This is when the skin has darker patches caused from excess melanin which you get from the sun.  These include age/sun-spots & melasma. This can be linked to hormonal changes in the body or other types can occur after an injury or skin inflammation such as cuts, burns or acne which can occur anywhere on your body. To avoid it or prevent it getting worse, sun protection is vitally important.

 “I suffer from dark pigmentation on my face. I normally have to wear a lot of foundation to cover it. I’m also very self conscious about it. Tried Tancream after reading a great review and I’m more than impressed. It’s amazing. So easy to put on, no odour, no sticky feeling and the result is fantastic. First time in years my skin has not been clogged up with make-up plus the added protection of factor 50 sunscreen. I’m so happy” 

Claire Morse

 

Lupus – is a chronic auto-immune condition that can cause inflammation throughout the body, this causes photosensitivity which means they are sensitive to sunlight & UV radiation so it is important to always wear SPF.

                                     

“I have lupus and connective tissue disease and like many other sufferers of these conditions I found the sunlight caused a flare of symptoms. One of the symptoms I got was a prominent red rash on my neck every time I went out in sunlight with my neck exposed.

Additionally, like many lupus sufferers I was put on a medication called Azathioprine or Imuran and it is essential to protect your skin from exposure to sunlight when on it.

I was miserable at being covered up with clothing or high UV protection products because I used to look and feel much better with a nice tan.

When I discovered Tancream I was really delighted… I got the high protection from the sunlight I needed plus a really nice colour – my rash has completely gone as a result of using Tancream and I know other lupus sufferers would love to know about it.”

Kim, Ireland

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a long term skin condition that causes patchy pigmented skin which often originates on areas exposed to the sun, so it is important to wear SPF every day. Unprotected vitiligo skin is highly likely to burn quickly as it does not contain melanin. Sun exposure might stimulate the vitiligo to spread in some people.

 

“Tancream has given my daughter the confidence to go out without tights – as a nurse I have tried everything for her but Tancream is just amazing it not only gives her sun protection but it evens out her skin tone as well, she is now using it every day as a daily face & body moisturiser – its great to see her love the skin she’s in.

Thank you for developing such a fabulous product.”

Jane, North Yorkshire

Eczema & Dermatitis

Eczema is sometimes called atopic dermatitis, which is the most common form. ‘Atopic’ refers to an allergy, people with eczema often have allergies or asthma along with itchy red skin.

“I was a bit apprehensive to try yet another product but a friend had recommended Tancream to me that has the same skin issue as me.  I applied it to my legs & even with just one application I could see the difference then after two I loved it. In fact it not only evened out my skin tone, it took away a lot of redness & itching. I’m hooked & now use it every day, all over my body even on my face. It has given me so much confidence I even wore shorts in the UK which I’ve never done before”.

Jo,  Norfolk

For more information about Tancream,

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We are what we eat

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT, DRINK & PUT ON OUR SKIN

Here are a few tasty ingredients for a quick & easy meal that will give you lots of the vitamins you need so you will always ‘Look Healthy & Stay Healthy’

Salmon fillets – Vitamin D & Omega 3

Garlic – anti-inflammatory, strengthens immune system, cancer prevention

Olive Oil – change to Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Reduces risk of heart disease

Fresh Chopped Tomatoes – Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Finely Chopped Basil – Cleanses the skin from within

 

It is often recommended that you drink eight glasses of water per day. Here are some well researched facts about the health benefits of drinking water regularly.

Top 10 reasons for drinking water

However, it is also widely believed that infusing water with fresh fruit and vegetables also has health benefits. Popular combinations are: Cucumber & mint or Lemon & ginger for detox and weight loss. It is also believed to aid digestion, boost immune system and is good for the skin!

Click here for more info

Applying sun cream to protect your skin from UV rays will give you the best defence against premature ageing and skin pigmentation. If you apply Tancream every day, your skin will have a gradual natural glow whilst allowing your skin to breathe and is full of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients and enriched with conditioners to give a velvet soft finish.

Tancream ingredients:

Aqua, Dibutyl Adipate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dihydroxyacetone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Octocrylene, Caramel, Troxerutin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone.

A blend of Organic Sunscreens, Anti-oxidants, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-Ageing

Getting the best out of your skin from the outside-in!

Follow us @tancreamworld

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Your Guide to Safely Tanning with a Tattoo

 

      Your Guide to Safely Tanning

      With a Tattoo

          AS GUIDED BY LEADING DOCTORS & DERMATOLOGISTS

 

We all love to feel the warm rays on our skin, but it’s so important to protect our skin, especially if you have a tattoo as your skin is more sensitive & needs lots of TLC.

SPF is Key

This should go without saying, but you should be wearing SPF every single day, whether you have tattoos or not. UV rays fade will your tattoos faster, but the key takeaway here is that sun exposure can also cause skin cancer (including deadly melanomas). Inked or not, protect any area of skin that is not covered by clothing by wearing SPF 30 or higher.

Tanning Beds

Indoor tanning beds (sunbeds) are more damaging than the sun. The ultraviolet rays are much more concentrated, and people tend to overexpose themselves on them not realizing just how strong the rays are. Burning the skin damages a tattoo even more than slowly tanning out in the sun. DO NOT USE THEM

Everyday Exposure

Even if you are not laying on a sun lounger you are being exposed to more sun than you think. travelling with the windows down in your car or running errands outside expose you to the sun’s rays. Using SPF every day is important to protect your skin from signs of aging, but it also keeps your tattoo looking new longer.

Brand New Tattoos

Keep your tattoo covered or shaded with clothing for the first few weeks. You can use SPF once your tattoo has finished peeling and has grown its first protective layer of skin. A tattoo is usually considered well-healed after about 3 months.

Self-Tanner

Luckily, self-tanner is a safe option to achieve a golden glow if you have a healed tattoo. If your tattoo is completely healed, you can apply lotion or tanner to it like you would other parts of your body.

Do not Be a Gambler

Your tattoo is an investment, so don’t take a gamble by not properly caring for it. It only takes a little effort and time to either cover up or safeguard your tattoo with sunscreen. Proper care can keep a tattoo looking vibrant for years to come, meaning you will not have to go back for constant touch-ups.

Here you have the perfect all-in-one solution www.tancream.co.uk

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MY MOLES & ME

MY MOLES & ME

by Gillian Robson

 

Be skin savvy during lockdown & know your own skin

Its melanoma month & we are in lockdown so it’s the perfect time to get to know your skin. If you have any concerns at all about anything that does not look quite right on your skin, then here is my story & my guide as to what to do during lockdown.

My story   

My first mole appeared on the back of my left leg at the base of my thigh – I first noticed a slight mark & within days it had got darker & within ten days it became irregular & even darker. My gut instinct kicked in. I knew it didn’t look right so I took myself off to the GP who immediately fast tracked me. Within a few days I was in hospital, had it checked by a dermatologist & it was removed there & then!

                                                                         

We are SO LUCKY to have such an amazing NHS system

I got my results within about 10 days. A day I will never forget as I walked in to see the consultant only to be faced with a MacMillan nurse when they told me the devastating news. None of us want to hear the word ‘Cancer’ but yes it was an aggressive form of Malignant melanoma (Skin cancer) I had to have more surgery to remove more skin, this was the most horrendous & terrifying time.

Having to wait for the results to see if it had gone any deeper than 6mm below the surface as this would go into my bones & blood stream.

                                    

It is so frightening to think if this happens, it spreads rapidly & in most cases can be fatal. Thankfully mine was contained in that area & had not spread, what a relief that was! However, 2 months later when I started with back pain the rollercoaster started again. They rushed me in to have some bone scans & blood tests as they were worried it had escaped them – the NHS are incredible – I was fast tracked to have all the tests, then a wait for 2 weeks for the results seemed like forever, & my life was on hold! I was determined to remain positive & that this wasn’t going to take me away from my family. Something that I learnt from my aunty who died when I was 12, she taught me lots of values in life but most of all to keep smiling & stay positive. Something she did so well during her last few months of her life as she hid her pain from me & that has given me strength to get through anything. The next two weeks were all a bit of a blur really, but the call came to say I was all clear of any signs that the cancer had spread.

                                       

My new life began – I was determined to make others understand why it is so important to wear sun protection. I felt guilty that I had used sunbeds, sun bathed with little sun cream on – something that so many of us did as we didn’t know the reality behind the harmful UV rays that the sun did to our skin & how bad sunbeds really are. Now I was paying the price for it all as I now live with skin cancer. I have had 14 lesions removed over the years; BCC’s, SCC’s all caught in time as I now know what I’m looking for.

 KNOW YOUR OWN SKIN

                                                  

Knowing your own skin & any changes is so important. My number one tip would be to photograph all your skin areas. Take them in good lighting & get your partner to take photos of your back & back of the legs – these are the most common areas to get issues as they are the places we miss when applying sun protection.

If there are certain moles or skin issues that your gut feeling makes you feel uneasy then pay more attention to them. Watch those closely every day & take photos (make sure they are taken in the same lighting as previous ones & the same angle). Measure the diameter over a few days if they change then get them checked out – at the moment due to COVID none of us want to have face to face appointments – so give your GP a call, explain exactly how its changed & that you have photos. Offer to send them over via email so they can send them direct to the dermatology department & they can look at them more closely – if there are any concerns then they will tell you the next steps.

Early detection in any cancer is key & skin cancer can affect all skin types

                                                     

Skin cancer is predicted to be the most common cancer by 2024, 86% is preventable if we wear sun protection. Our skin is the largest organ in our body so we must look after it. If there was a cream that we could apply to prevent breast cancer would you wear it?

It is estimated to cost the NHS 180 million this year so let us start saving them money & looking after our skin.

This is one of mine I had removed from my face in August 2019

Here are a few guides so you know what to look for

I also have some more information I can share with you from MelanomaMe a charity in the North East that support patients and families experiencing skin cancer. Kerry the founder has also had skin cancer so knows only too well how important it is to talk & share your experiences.

Do contact me if you would like their booklet.

www.melanoma-me.org.uk

www.melanomauk.org.uk

www.macmillan.org.uk

www.melanoma-fund.co.uk

www.melanomafocus.com

www.damc.org.je

www.bad.org.uk

This image shows the signs of ageing – most ageing is caused by the sun – so protect it by wearing sun protection.

Wearing sun protection every day even through cloud is so important – this shows your skin through a UV light – It just shows the protection when wearing sun cream.

I still love being outside and feel so much more confident knowing that I not only know my skin but I can protect it & still have a tan. TANCREAM is the perfect way of tanning safely & loving my skin. It has SPF50 & a 5 Star UVA sun protection. I can use it every day as a daily moisturiser for the face & body so perfect for all year-round skin care wherever I am & whatever I am doing. It has an instant bronzer which is a great guide to application & a natural gradual self-tan that develops after 2-3 hours, so I don’t need any other products.

                                                   

             Its also multi award winning, just recently winning the beauty shortlist award for Innovation

                                           

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How the Tancream team made it on Dragons’ Den

What may look like 10 minutes of footage actually comprises two hours of interrogation – just ask the Tancream team.

Founders Gillian Robson and Katy Foxcroft appeared on Dragons’ Den in summer 2019, two years after founding their luxury self-tanning skincare product. Their aim was simple: to secure a £75,000 investment in exchange for a 10 per cent stake in the business.

What is it really like in the Dragons’ Den studio?

“What you see on television is nothing compared to what goes on in the studio,” says Katy Foxcroft, who heads up business development. “We were in there for two hours fielding their questions.”

Said questions were no easy task for the dynamic duo, who faced a grilling over their branding and price point. In particular, luxury fashion tycoon Touker Suleyman had concerns over the product packaging, while tech entrepreneur Peter Jones had some issues with the pricing.

The interview was no match for Gillian and Katy’s quick thinking, however. In response to the dragons’ concerns over pricing, they offered a detailed insight into the quality of the product. Specifically, with its premium range ingredients, combined with a unique formula that blends two formerly incompatible products, Tancream sits firmly within the luxury skincare market.

Winning over the team

Gillian and Katy’s pitch was supported by a live demonstration of Tancream’s sun protection qualities. With the help of two models – one wearing the tan lotion and one without – they demonstrated the strength of the sun protection as soon as it was applied.

This live demonstration was enough to convince Deborah Meaden and newcomer Sara Davies to try it themselves. Under UV lighting, they could immediately see the sun protection benefits, displayed by dark patches on the screen. Craft supply company founder Sara was particularly impressed, noting how she herself had experienced serious damage to her skin in the past.

A triple threat

Bowled over by the uniqueness of the product and the ladies’ bubbly personalities, three dragons stepped up to offer the pair their investment. First up was Sara Davies, who was keen to push the product on television, with an offer of £75,000 for 40 per cent equity.

Next was Peter Jones, who saw the potential for Tancream to go global. He undercut the newcomer’s offer with a 25 per cent offer. However, on his tail was Touker Suleyman who, on the proviso of a few branding changes, made the ladies an offer.

Mr Suleyman offered just half of the money in exchange for 12.5 per cent of the business and suggested that Mrs Davies match his offer.

Sara Davies and Touker Suleyman consider their investment carefully
Sara Davies and Touker Suleyman consider their investment carefully

The decision

Astounded by their feedback, Gillian and Katy opted for the joint proposal and walked away with a £75,000 investment.

Since appearing on Dragons’ Den, Tancream has gone from strength to strength. It’s won multiple awards and appeared in the national press, from The Telegraph to Cosmo.

None of this would have been possible without the dragons – but this is just the beginning.

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Tancream: the ultimate safe way to tan

Built on innovation and a passion for healthy living, Tancream is a revolution in the self-tanning industry. After co-founder Gillian Robson was diagnosed with melanoma, she sought a solution that would keep her skin safe and simplify her beauty regime.

Gillian soon discovered that no such product was available. She teamed up with York-based business development specialist Katy Foxcroft to bring the idea to market, and Tancream was born.

The skincare challenge

Gillian and Katy knew their product would have to meet a strict set of requirements. It would need to provide a high sun protection factor, whilst promoting a gradual bronzing effect and nourishing the skin.

They were led to Dr Jack Ferguson BSC PhD, an independent cosmetics consultant. As a specialist in sun protection and anti-ageing skincare, he worked alongside skincare formulation expert Jo Warren BSC Hons.

Why self-tan and SPF had never been tried before

Based on Gillian’s recommendations for skin cancer patients, the formula would need to offer a sun protection factor of 50. The reason no dermatology experts had ever attempted this comes down to the chemistry.

Quite simply, the core ingredients of self-tanning lotions have an incompatible pH (acidity/alkalinity level) with SPF products. This led to an intensive two-year research period, with the aim of creating a product that not only balanced these levels, but was easy to apply.

The end result

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was all worth it. The product was a hit, and was stocked in three retailers after its first production run.

UVB and UVA protection

The patent-pending formula offers SPF 50 and Ultra UVA 5-star protection. SPF refers to sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well a product can protect users against the sun’s UVB rays. UVB rays can cause sunburn and skin discoloration, but are not as powerful as UVA rays.

A 5-star UVA rating provides maximum protection against UVA rays, the leading cause of skin cancer as well as wrinkles. These rays are more dangerous as we often cannot feel the damage they are doing to our skin. They can also penetrate deeper than UVB rays, including through glass.

A gradual tan with colour correction

Tancream works gradually thanks to its self-tan accelerating agents and bronzing tints. This helps to smooth out any areas of discoloration on the skin, perhaps caused by sunburn or ageing. With a non-streaking, fragrance free formula that’s easy to apply, it creates an even film with a long-lasting, healthy glow.

Anti-ageing and antioxidants

With its sun protection properties, Tancream protects against premature wrinkles and dry skin. Enriched with antioxidants, it naturally slows cell damage caused by external factors like the sun. Not only will it make you look great, you’ll feel fabulous too.

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Time to Tancream

Tancream on the beach

Phew! Where did this hot weather come from? Not that we’re complaining!

Whether you’ve decided to stay put for your Summer holiday or go abroad, your space saving saviour 100ml (hand luggage friendly) Tancream will keep you and your family safe from those harmful sun rays from dawn till dusk!

Here are just a few suggestions to help get you started with Tancream from Sunrise to Sunset!

First thing!

Got an early start and heading out for the day? Apply Tancream as part of your usual beauty routine, under or over make up for SPF 50 five star UVA coverage all day long. By applying first thing you will help prevent damage to your skin.

While out and about…

Heading to the beach or for a ramble? Take Tancream with you wherever you’re heading for peace of mind. Apply to both body and face as you would a normal sun cream, washing hands after use or use a baby wipe to remove excess. The sun’s rays are strongest late morning to early afternoon so be extra careful during these times. If there is no access to hand washing, you can top up if required with other sun protections, just look out for HIGH Protection SPF 30 or above and Five Star UVA.

Self tan SPF50
Twilight Tancream

The sun may well be setting but it is still emitting its rays, though the UV strength will be lower. Add a bit of bronze to your evening and enjoy the SPF gradual self tan and instant bronzer All-in-One benefits of Tancream.

Need a reminder on how to use Tancream?

applying Tancream to body

FACE – Apply evenly to face and neck with finger tips in circular movements, avoiding the eyes & eyebrows. Tancream will give you instant warmth and coverage of blemishes, age spots and scarring allowing you to be make-up free.

BODY – Apply evenly, working in circular movements to all exposed areas not forgetting your back and the backs of your legs. The instant warm bronzer will give you a great guide to your application, is easily absorbed and will leave your skin looking and feeling luxuriously smooth.

It’s Time to Tancream everybody! Stay sun safe with your favourite sun talisman.

5-in-1 Tancream

Heading off to even warmer/sunnier climates? Here are some holiday packing tips for you from our gorgeous local image consultant Jackie Crawford … don’t forget Tancream is your sun protection, your moisturiser, your foundation, your golden glow and age prevention All-In-One 100ml Airless Bottle!

http://www.jackiecrawford.co.uk/packing-for-a-holiday/

Tancream Testimonials:

“Took Tancream away with me to a wedding in the South of France and it saved me from getting burnt, with highs of 38 degrees! Plus had a lovely Tancream glow the entire weekend! I’m in love … my new beauty must-have.”
Olivia

“I love it. It feels so nice to put and skin feels so soft. I don’t tan easily and I’m also aware of the harmful rays, so this is perfect for me. And a little goes a long way! Thank you Tancream for creating such a lovely product, may your success continue!”
Carol

“My 15-year-old daughter and I bought this cream at “The girls day out show” in Glasgow! Its fantastic stuff! My daughter wore it on her whole body on holiday, so with SPF50, it was great! I wear it daily on my face, and I now don’t need to wear makeup as I have a lovely natural glow. So nice to apply too!”
Diane

“Fabulous product, I use it every day for a lovely golden glow, and now don’t need to use as much make up, so better for my skin. I would highly recommend Tancream, it goes everywhere with me.”
Sue

Shop now at Tancream.co.uk

 

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Tancream UV Protection

86% of skin cancer is preventable with adequate sun protection.

If there was a cream that could prevent breast or prostate cancer… would you wear it?

This month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a month where we stop in our tracks and consider whether we are savvy in the ways that we protect our skin from the sun?

If we’re honest, life is so busy that looking after our skin from the sun can go amiss, but with these simple tips you can keep your skin safe:

  1. Check for any changes of spots or moles on your skin, specifically look for changes in size colour or shape
  2. Wear at least SPF 30 to protect you against damaging UV rays. The sun not only transmits UVA (which ages your skin) but also UVB (which burns your skin leaving it vulnerable). By wearing a high sun protection factor you are protecting it from harmful rays which are present even through cloud and not just when the sun is shining bright
  3. Remember your lips! Find a lip balm which has an SPF to it
  4. Stay away from sun beds!

With rates of skin cancer increasing faster than any other form of cancer, now is the time to look after your skin!

Gillian (our Founder) discovered a suspicious looking mole on the back of her leg just four years ago. Her GP fast tracked her on to the appropriate medical specialists who saw to remove the mole swiftly based on it being cancerous.

This experience motivated Gillian and co-Founder Katy Foxcroft to create a brand-new beauty routine for men and women around the globe today.

Heading abroad this summer?

Brits are even more likely to be sunburnt abroad, with almost half of people who have been abroad in the last twelve months getting sunburnt whilst away (46 per cent).

Skin damage caused by the sun and its harmful rays can happen every day of the year, so be sensible and introduce an SPF to your morning beauty routine.

Tancream, the World’s First SPF50 with Natural Gradual Tan, allows you to enjoy both looking and feeling great and it has anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties giving protection and perfection! Shop your summer essential now at tancream.co.uk.

Stay Alert! We’ve found the best skin cancer charities in the UK. There are all sorts of fundraising events you can get involved in from coffee mornings to marathons!

https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk/

http://melanoma-me.org.uk/event/

http://britishskinfoundation.org.uk/Events.aspx

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event

http://skincancerresearch.org/get-involved/

www.damc.co/

Worried about a mole? Find a clinic near you to check it out for you.

Take the test: https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/moleassessment.aspx

Go to the professionals:

https://www.skinhealthuk.com/

https://www.themoleclinic.co.uk

http://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/skin-cancer/mole-check-clinics

https://www.bupa.co.uk/newsroom/ourviews/checking-your-moles

https://skinsurgeryclinic.co.uk/treatments/mole-check/

https://www.cadoganclinic.com/mole-and-skin-cancer-clinic-london/

http://www.london-dermatology-centre.co.uk/mole-checks-clinic.html

OUR EVENTS CALENDAR

Saturday 5 May 2018:

Sun Awareness Event – Browns Department Store, York

Saturday 5 May 2018:

MelanomaMe Ball, Ramside, Durham – https://www.facebook.com/MelanomaMe/

Tuesday 8 May: Thursday 10 May 2018:

Beautyworld Middle East, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai

Monday 14 May:

Fenwick York – Garden Party! Meet the Tancream Founders (11-3pm)

Thursday 17 May – Sunday 20 May 2018:

This Morning Live – NEC, Birmingham

Thursday 24 May: 

Summer Extravaganza – Hoopers Department Store, Wilmslow – both Gillian and Katy will be in store (12-3pm)

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Next Stop – Hydration Station!

It's important to exfoliate

We have been nesting for some 9 weeks now (the big wigs at the met office tell us winter began on 21st December) and it certainly feels like 9 whole weeks doesn’t it?

Despite our hunkering-down nature at this time of year, our skin care can go awry!

We ask ourselves, why is it that we nourish our hair and skin all summer-long, yet when it comes to an equally taxing time of year we forget to?

Colder temperatures outside and the heating going hammer and tong inside can make for dry, itchy and irritated skin.

With news of colder climes about to hit the UK, we reveal exactly what you can do to keep our skin looking and feeling great through till Springtime!

It's important to exfoliate

1. Stay hydrated on the inside and out! Mayo Clinic state we should be drinking about 2.7 litres a day to stay healthy. Not only does drinking water flush out toxins – which then shows on our skin, it has also been known to boost your mood and is supposed to be good for weight loss too. Hand us a bottle of Evian! Here are our friends over at mindbodygreen’s 10 reasons why you should drink more water.

The sun's rays can be even stronger in winter

2. Wear SPF self-tan and instant bronzer daily to tackle pale, dry and sun-exposed skin. We seem to think that the sun’s rays in the winter aren’t as strong as in the summer. Wrong. In fact, they can be even stronger! Wearing an SPF every day is a really great way to prevent sun damage and perhaps worse. Huffington Post wrote a great article on this some 5 years ago, though old it has the main reasons why you ought to wear SPF daily.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

3. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! It sounds counter productive doesn’t it? As we get older the process of cell regeneration slows down, meaning your skin can start to look dull and dry. By exfoliating once or twice a week, you can keep your skin looking healthy.

We’re determined to keep our skin in tip top condition until the warmer climes hit our island, so until then stay happy and healthy in your skin, and most of all stay sun safe!
Keen to know more? Business Insider launched their 6 winter skin tips this week: http://uk.businessinsider.com/how-to-heal-dry-cracked-winter-skin-according-to-science-2018-1?r=US&IR=T/#theres-one-simple-ingredient-that-you-should-look-for-on-the-back-of-your-cream-lactic-acid-4

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The Six Week Morning Challenge

If you’re anything like us, we’re willing for spring to arrive early, though after last week’s bad news from the Ground Hog, it looks like we have six more weeks until those first daffies appear! So, what can you do to kick start your morning for the next six weeks? Here are our top 6 tips to help get you from your winter to spring self!


Week 1 – Get active!

Coach and mentor, Emma Stirk starts every day with stretching. Her alarm goes off at 5 to 5 and then she has a whole hour’s “me time” before her youngest daughter wakes.
Just 10 minutes of stretching every day can release endorphins and boost your mood. Do whatever is comfortable for you to do, standing up or on the floor on a chair or on your bed… stretch the inside leg. Stretch to touch your toes, stretch to get your head on your knee. In 6 weeks, with continued daily stretching you’ll feel so much better!


Week 2 – Hello Sunshine

Even on the deepest darkest grey days of winter, the sun’s rays (UVA rays) which are at the same level in June as they are in December or in New York as they are in the Sahara are dangerous. Due to their longer wave length they can penetrate deeper in to our skin. So, wear your SPF daily to help prevent sun damage, premature ageing and if you use Tancream… of course give you that stunning natural glow!


Week 3 – Write a to do list for the day ahead

Whether you use a good old’ fashioned notebook and pen or like to use an iPhone to do list app, make lists to help keep your mind clear and keep you organised. Read more about what successful people do every morning.


Week 4 – Smile

Bear with us on this one… Studies have shown that when we smile it tricks are brains in to thinking we are happy. Simple isn’t it? Plus, we are more attractive when we smile! Double whammy.


Week 5 – Hot water and lemon

This must be one of our favourite beauty hacks. Ditch the coffee and get in to the habit of cleansing your system with a hot water and lemon to help flush out toxins, balance your pH, aid digestion, boost your immune system, and you got it, the vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes, purging toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.


Week 6 – Breath properly

Our days can be manic, and we can end up being pulled from pillar to post! Our bodies are a lot of the time, running on adrenaline which isn’t good for us. It means our breathing never fully deepens. Here’s how to breath properly

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. (Although you can do this exercise while sitting or standing, it’s easiest to practice by lying down at first.)
  2. Place your hands on your abdomen.
  3. Breathe in through your nose, counting to four. Picture a balloon in your belly that you’re inflating with the air you are inhaling. Your hands should rise as your abdomen fills with air.
  4. Hold the breath for a few seconds.
  5. Exhale slowly through your mouth, counting to four. Picture letting the air out of your belly balloon. Your hands should go down as your abdomen deflates.

That’s it! You did it, well done! You finished our six-week challenge, big pat on the back!

Love Team Tancream x