Buying the Right Duvet for Summer

June has been colder than usual this year but as the weather hopefully warms up, it will be time to say goodbye to the heavier autumn/winter duvets we’ve been snuggling under and say hello to the light summer duvets that will keep us cool over the next few months. A question I am often asked is why bother with a summer weight duvet at all? Surely a duvet that can see you through the whole year is more cost effective?

While it is true that only owning one duvet will be lighter on your wallet in the short term, in the long term an autumn/winter weight duvet will be heavier on you and make you uncomfortable during the warmer months. If you share your bed with a partner, then a summer weight duvet is even more important. Couples generate a lot of body heat and a heavier duvet will store more of this heat than a summer duvet and you’ll wake up feeling like you’ve both spent the night sleeping in a sauna!

There are many different department stores and bedlinen specialists out there selling a wide range of duvets to suit all budgets. In my personal experience, I can highly recommend John Lewis as a supplier of quality bedding that is value for money. To review the different summer duvets on offer, I recently took a trip to the Grand Arcade in Cambridge to visit the city’s premier department store – John Lewis Cambridge. Here are my recommendations to help you choose the right duvet this summer.

Tog Rating

Tog rating is a measure of how well the duvet traps warm air. It is a measurement that was originally developed during the Korean War by the American Air Force for their flying suits. The higher the Tog number, the warmer the duvet. A good summer weight duvet is between 2.5 Tog and 4.5 Tog. If your home is well-insulated then you should go for a lighter Tog rating.

Synthetic Fillings

The polyester hollowfibre duvets are suitable for those who are allergic to feather and down or who will need to wash their duvet frequently. All John Lewis polyester duvets can be washed in a large capacity washing machine at 60ºC. This is the temperature which is hot enough to kill house dust mites that live in bedding and cause allergies. A good quality synthetic duvet can last up to 10 years.

Polyester duvets are heavier in weight compared to natural filled duvets and are not as breathable so if you do not have allergies it is better to go for a natural filling for better comfort. Saying this John Lewis has now launched a new range of premium synthetic duvets called Breathe which are made from Modal – a breathable material that actually draws moisture away from the body and helps regulate body temperature. John Lewis also sells a reassuringly low priced duvet with a filling made from recycled drinks bottles.

John Lewis Microfibre Light Duvet, 2.5 Tog – £30 to £75
John Lewis Microfibre Light Duvet, 4.5 Tog – £35 to £80
John Lewis Breathe Duvet, 4.5 Tog – £55 to £105

Natural Fillings

Duvets with natural fillings are softer and lighter than synthetic fillings. They will also last longer than a synthetic duvet as they are very hardwearing. The natural fillings and covers also make these duvets breathable and therefore give a better night’s sleep. Natural filled duvets need to be completely dried after washing so I recommend you get them professionally laundered by your local dry cleaner as thorough drying may difficult to achieve using a domestic tumble dryer.

The best quality goose down duvets last as long as 30 years. Lifespan is decreased each time the duvet is laundered so only do this as and when required. Avoid lying or sitting on top of your duvet as this crushes the filling and reduces the fluffiness and warmth of your duvet.

Duck feather and down duvets are great value as they are less expensive than goose down duvets. However, they are heavier than goose down and not as soft. Even so, they are still light and cool and a good choice if your budget can’t stretch to the higher quality goose down.

John Lewis Duck Feather and Down Duvets, 4.5 Tog – £30 to £45
John Lewis Duck Down Duvets, 2.5 Tog – £40 to £75

Goose down duvets are lighter and fluffier than duck down, but still offer the same level of warmth. John Lewis manufacture all their goose down duvets in Herbert Parkinson – their own factory in Lancashire. This means that they can ensure the highest levels of quality control. The Hungarian goose down duvets from John Lewis provide luxurious lightweight feel and are so comfortable that they feel like you’re wrapped up in a fluffy cloud.

John Lewis Goose Down Duvets, 4.5 Tog – £55 – £95
John Lewis Hungarian Goose Down Duvets, 2.5 Tog – £70 to £140
John Lewis Hungarian Goose Down Duvets, 4.5 Tog – £90 to £180

For ultimate luxury, John Lewis exclusively sells a premium goose down duvet made from the down of the Winter Snow Goose that lives in the Altai mountains in Russia. This remote glacial region helps produce large down clusters from the bird’s thickest winter coat which are used by John Lewis to create a fluffy duvet that is almost as light as air and is the best quality money can buy.

John Lewis Winter Snow Goose Down Duvet, 2.5 Tog – £180 to £380
John Lewis Winter Snow Goose Down Duvet, 4.5 Tog – £220 to £440

You can buy any of the above quality summer duvets by going to the John Lewis website or visiting your local John Lewis store.

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Discover the Power of Prevage

It’s time to discover the power of PREVAGE – the revolutionary luxury skincare range from Elizabeth Arden. The world is full of skin-damaging assaults and free radicals, unleashed by the sun and the environment. Put up your guard and help protect your skin with PREVAGE high performance anti-aging treatments to address the effects of oxidation on the skin, a leading cause of visible signs of aging.

PREVAGE treatments bring your skin the benefits of Idebenone, a revolutionary new skincare technology that helps correct and prevent the look of the visible signs of aging. Environmental stressors like UV light, air pollution, ozone, cigarette smoke, and even oxygen create damaging by-products — called free radicals — during normal cellular metabolism. Antioxidants protect the body’s cells by scavenging these free radicals and bind to them before they cause damage. Idebenone is proven to be the most powerful and effective antioxidant available when compared to alpha lipoic acid, kinetin, vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10.

Idebenone is an extraordinary antioxidant, first recognized in the medical field for its protective, restorative and corrective capabilities. Now in exclusive PREVAGE formulas, it has been proven as the only topical antioxidant that can act on all levels of free radical assault, working deep within the surface layers of the skin to restore skin cells. It helps prevent further damage and supports skin’s natural repair mechanisms to help address past damage, and provides the most effective and highest level of antioxidant protection available.

PREVAGE offers a high performance regimen to visibly protect, correct and repair skin’s appearance with dramatic results. As well as protecting the skin against all levels of free radical assault it also delivers:-

  • Visible correction to the appearance of sun damaged skin
  • Serious environmental protection from future aging signs
  • Clinically proven benefits to transform the look of skin
  • A high powered regimen suitable for all skin types

The number one product in the PREVAGE range is the PREVAGE Face Advanced Anti-ageing Serum. This is an all-in-one product that does it all. It is proven to reduce the visible signs of aging. PREVAGE Face also helps to re-energize skin, which results in a firmer, less lined, smoother look. Tests show PREVAGE Face helps keep skin looking younger than ever because it evens skin tone, increases the look of firmness, reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sun damage, redness, age spots, minor scars and discolorations and brightens the look of skin. To use the product, apply a pea size amount onto your fingers and thoroughly massage onto cleansed face, neck and décolleté in the morning and evening.

To get the best results when using PREVAGE Face Serum it is also recommended that you also use the PREVAGE Day Ultra Protection Anti-ageing Moisturizer SPF 30 during the day.

PREVAGE Day will work in conjunction with PREVAGE Face to help fight ageing signs and diminish the appearance of existing sun damage – fine lines, wrinkles and discolorations. The moisturizer has broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens with an SPF rating of 30 which means you are protected against sun damage – a major cause of premature ageing. It also contains Idebenone so provides the same powerful antioxidant protection against free radical damage that you get from PREVAGE Face. PREVAGE Day instantly moisturises the skin to create a brighter, more radiant look leaving skin feeling softer and smoother than ever before. PREVAGE Day has been endorsed by The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation Program as it meets their strict criteria for UV protection products.

Click here to see the promotional video from Elizabeth Arden on “The World of PREVAGE”.

The PREVAGE range also contains the following products which help to visibly protect, correct and repair the skin’s appearance and offer dramatic results:-

  • PREVAGE Night Anti-ageing Recovery Cream
  • PREVAGE Eye Advanced Anti-ageing Serum
  • PREVAGE Eye Ultra Protection Anti-ageing Moisturizer SPF 15
  • PREVAGE Body Total Transforming Anti-ageing Moisturizer

For full details of the range, click here.

Elizabeth Arden is so confident in the PREVAGE range that in July they gave women across the country the unprecedented offer of a full refund if they did not see any results or improvement in their skin after 4 weeks of using PREVAGE Face daily on its own or as part of a PREVAGE daily regime. This money-back guarantee was available from all Elizabeth Arden counters across the UK and Ireland.

To experience the power of PREVAGE for yourself, make your way to your nearest Elizabeth Arden counter. If you live or work in Cambridge you can purchase PREVAGE from either Debenhams in the Grafton Centre or John Lewis in the Grand Arcade.

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