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Everyone loves a solid, purse-friendly beauty recommendation – especially when it comes from a supermodel. In a recent interview, Heidi Klum shared her surprisingly affordable wellness routine involving apricot facial scrubs and regular loofah-ing. And, to our joy, she also namechecked a product from affordable, yet celebrity-adored, skincare brand Mario Badescu.> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) on Jun 15, 2019 at 2:23pm PDTDetailing her, naturally, very healthy lifestyle routine, Klum told Today: "I eat very healthy and I run on the treadmill a little bit. There is no secret shake or secret pill. I wish there was. I just love eating good and healthy food. I don’t go to dinner a lot," she told the publication. "We cook every day. I have four children. It’s about cooking fresh food every day and not caring it too much. Eating home-cooked at meals at a specific time. I eat at six and that’s kind of it."And when it comes to her trusty skincare favourites, you might expect the supermodel to rely solely on eye-wateringly expensive premium brands but, in fact, the model says she uses Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturiser (£15.50) for its lightweight consistency. "I use it on my face. It’s very light," she said. "When I use very rich creams, I break out in pimples. I’ve been using it for years. It doesn’t clog my pores.”The product contains lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which is derived from milk and softens and moisturisers the top layer of the skin, while also giving a mild exfoliating effect. It works in a similar way to glycolic acid but is less potent, making it a good option for people with sensitive skin.The Mario Badescu buttermilk moisturiser also contains non-pore clogging carnation oil and allantoin, which is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory benefits. > View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Mario Badescu Skin Care (@mariobadescu) on Sep 14, 2016 at 10:16am PDTThe iconic beauty brand, which was founded by Mario Badescu in New York back in 1967, has built a cult celebrity following, including the likes of Kylie Jenner who reportedly swears by the facial mist. Meanwhile, the brand's Drying Lotion (£16) has been lauded by acne-sufferers for its supposed spot zapping powers. Not only do Mario Badescu products contain clever ingredient combinations that pack a punch in the skincare department, but they they all come in retro hues of pink, turquoise and mint greens which will look perfect in your next shelfie. Win, win.
Rates of melanoma skin cancers have soared by 45 per cent in the past decade as cheap international flights have fuelled a new generation of sun chasers, charities have warned.Melanomas are rarer but more serious than non-melanoma skin cancers and rates have risen most steeply among men and the under-50s, a Cancer Research UK analysis found.In a warning to holidaymakers, who are now able to jet off to warmer climes several times a year, the charity said skin damage in your earlier years can permanently increase your cancer risk.Melanoma begins in pigment-producing melanocyte cells and is the UK’s fifth most common cancer, with 16,000 people diagnosed annually.However, it is the second most common in people aged 25 to 49 and experts warn as many as 90 per cent of cases could be prevented with simple sun protection.Cancer Research UK has launched a campaign to encourage people to embrace their natural skin tone and warn of the perils of chasing the perfect tan.“While some might think that a tan is a sign of good health, there is no such thing as a healthy tan,” Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the charity, said. “It’s actually your body trying to protect itself from harmful rays.“These statistics highlight the importance of our Own Your Tone campaign, which encourages people to embrace their natural skin tone and adopt sun-safe behaviours.”Between 2004/06 and 2014/16, the most recent data available, melanoma rates have risen by 55 per cent in men and 35 per cent in women. Across all cases, the rise was from 18 cases per 100,000 people in the population to 26 per 100,000.While melanoma is still more common in those aged over 65, rates for 25- to 49-year-olds have increased by 70 per cent since the 1990s.The jump has been from nine cases per 100,000 people in 1993/1995 to 16 per 100,000 in 2014/2016.According to Cancer Research UK, the rise of package holidays in the 1970s and a more recent surge in cheap flights has seen more people going abroad, sometimes several times a year, putting their skin at risk from strong sun.Improved awareness of the disease, has also been a factor with more people seeking a diagnosis for suspect moles and blemishes.Getting sunburnt just once every two years triples the risk of melanoma.Karis Betts, health information manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “Sun safety is not just for when you’re going abroad, the sun can be strong enough to burn in the UK from the start of April to the end of September.“We want to encourage people to embrace their natural look and protect their skin from UV damage by seeking shade, covering up and regularly applying sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and four or five stars.”Susannah Brown, head of research interpretation at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “These figures are shocking, but a positive message to take out of this research is that skin cancer is preventable.“Our own research has shown that unlike many other cancers, diet and exercise patterns do not appear to be strongly associated with your risk of skin cancer and that it is the sun that continues to be the main cause.”