Are Hormones to Blame for Post 40s Breakouts?

Are Hormones to Blame for Post 40s Breakouts?

For many women over 40 sudden skin breakouts, usually associated with teenagers, would be enough to have them reaching for the lotions. But don’t apply them just yet. While breakouts are a barely spoken symptom of perimenopause, they are just one of many challenges characterised by significant fluctuations in hormone levels. We know that the perimenopause is a huge …
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The Science and Beauty of Grey Hair

The Science and Beauty of Grey Hair

While some women take a shine to their strands of silver, there are many more of us who frantically stock up on the DIY re-touch kits in fear of our first grey hair. So, what’s all the fuss about and how can we navigate this stage in the ageing process with more positivity than panic? Let’s …
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Morning Routines That Make Your Day

Morning Routines That Make Your Day

We’ve likely established a morning routine this past year that works for our unique needs, and now we are coming out of lockdown retaining the routine we have created feels even more important as we return to a new normal. There is lots of advice from people who set their alarm clock to start their day at 5…
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The minimal skincare routine you can get away with

The minimal skincare routine you can get away with

As more of us are embracing slow living and self care in favour of our old hectic lifestyles, similar trends have become more prevalent with our skincare choices. It seems that as women, we’re no longer just looking to simplify our beauty regime because we’re so short of time, but rather we’re thinking more …
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How To Get Rid Of Keratosis Pilaris On Arms And Legs

How To Get Rid Of Keratosis Pilaris On Arms And Legs

  Layers of clothing are coming off now that we are heading out of winter and into warmer weather, and arms and legs are coming out of hibernation, with skin more visible to our own keen eyes. Is skin appearing bumpy and looking like chicken skin? Are scattered, patchy rashes of very small bumps or pimples appearing on the skin&…
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Moisturisers With SPF vs A Separate SPF

Moisturisers With SPF vs A Separate SPF

  It’s getting brighter, with more sunny days coming. Thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors, and the need for more SPF in our routines to protect our skin from sun damage. Is it enough to use moisturisers with SPF or is it better to have a separate SPF? Let’s take a look at the pros …
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Spring Clean Your Beauty & Wellbeing Routine

Spring Clean Your Beauty & Wellbeing Routine

It feels like we are coming out of a double hibernation with the easing of lockdown and winter moving firmly behind us, and with the Spring flowers and sunshine comes a sense of excitement and possibility. Spring is a wonderful season to birth new morning habits and spring clean your home, beauty and wellbeing routine. With lighter mornings helping us&…
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Tips For Supporting Healthy Hair Growth

Tips For Supporting Healthy Hair Growth

  At some point, we’ve all longed for our hair to grow quickly, for it to be less dry or less prone to breakage. For most of us, the first thought is to turn to products as the solution, pinning our hopes on shampoos, conditioners and treatments with promises to make a visible difference in just a few …
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How plant oils strengthen the skin barrier – Part Two

How plant oils strengthen the skin barrier – Part Two

In part one we looked at what the skin barrier does, how it works and introduced the role of plant oils in strengthening it. But which plant oils are particularly important for supporting normal skin function? We’ll be sharing some of the most effective ones in today’s post…   5 OF THE BEST PLANT OILS FOR …
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How plant oils strengthen the skin barrier – Part one

How plant oils strengthen the skin barrier – Part one

  The skin barrier has such an important role in maintaining happy and healthy skin but how can we care for it for optimum strength? In this two part series we’ll be exploring both aspects, with a particular focus on our favourite ingredients – plant oils…   WHAT IS THE SKIN BARRIER? The skin has three main …
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Cruelty-Free Alternatives For Silk Pillowcases

Cruelty-Free Alternatives For Silk Pillowcases

  Silk pillowcases are a saviour for curly hair. They’re said to help with keeping hair frizz-free, tug less on the skin and some believe they’re great for letting skin retain its moisture (but the jury is out on this one). Bamboo pillowcases are growing in popularity too but can they replace the feel of silk? &…
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The Skin Microbiome – What Is It And How To Support It?

The Skin Microbiome – What Is It And How To Support It?

  Maintaining healthy bacteria in our gut, also called our microbiome, has become the norm helping to support our overall health. Skin microbiome is becoming increasingly important in maintaining healthy and balanced skin. But what is the skin microbiome and what can we do to support it?   WHAT IS THE SKIN MICROBIOME? The skin is the largest organ your&…
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Understanding Acids in Skincare – AHAs and BHAs

Understanding Acids in Skincare – AHAs and BHAs

  Are you confused by acids, how to use them and what to look out for? It is important to exfoliate skin and acids are one way to introduce exfoliators into your routine. Not everybody’s skin can tolerate acid – particularly those with extremely dry or sensitive skin – and some like our Founder can’t use …
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Layering Your Skincare Products For The Best Results

Layering Your Skincare Products For The Best Results

    One debate we see often is whether a face oil should be used before or after a moisturiser. Which side do you sit on? In today’s post, we’re going to be sharing how to layer your skincare to get the most from each of your products and leave you with happy, healthy skin.   …
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Revitalise Hair With Black Seed Oil

Revitalise Hair With Black Seed Oil

    Black Seed Oil has a fascinating history. The ancient wisdom from the traditional uses of this plant-based product has since been tapped into and today we are able to reap its many benefits. A hero ingredient in our Scalp Oil, Black Seed Oil is perfect for revitalising hair and promoting hair growth…   WHAT IS BLACK SEED …
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Antioxidants And Our Skin

Antioxidants And Our Skin

  Today we are continuing with our Inflammation series, focusing on antioxidants – what they are, how they help prevent inflammation, their other functions, why we need to supplement our body’s natural antioxidants and the best sources…   WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS? We touched on their anti-inflammatory action in our post, Inflammation and Its Impact on Skin. Antioxidants …
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Inflammation And Its Impact On Skin

Inflammation And Its Impact On Skin

  Inflammation is something we hear about all the time, and how it can have a negative impact on our health if not managed correctly. In today’s post we talk about what it is and how to support your body in managing it and reducing it. Inflammation is the body’s natural immune response to foreign bodies …
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Best Natural And Vegan Hand Creams For Sensitive Skin

Best Natural And Vegan Hand Creams For Sensitive Skin

  We do so much with our hands. They are an invaluable tool but also one of the most vulnerable parts of our body. And as we follow the guidance from the World Health Organisation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they may be left feeling rather more sensitive at the moment. So we’ve curated our top picks …
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How Sugar Impacts The Health Of Our Skin

How Sugar Impacts The Health Of Our Skin

  We already know a high sugar diet causes issues with the health of our bodies but have you ever thought about the impact it has on our skin? Many of us enjoy chocolate, sweets, biscuits, cakes, desserts, fizzy drinks and more, with some of us even referring to ourselves as having “a sweet tooth”! And while it&…
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Is A Detox Worth It For Healthy Skin And Hair?

Is A Detox Worth It For Healthy Skin And Hair?

  *Spoiler alert* it all depends on what is meant by a detox. It’s that time of year when we give ourselves a hard time for being indulgent over the festive period, and we go on a detox as a counterbalance. A detox means different things to different people; for some, it’s giving up certain foods …
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Our Five Tips For Restoring Balance After An Indulgent Few Days

Our Five Tips For Restoring Balance After An Indulgent Few Days

  We know that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are going to be very different this year. Workplace parties have been swapped for virtual events and meals out have been stripped back to be with just a few of our closest colleagues, friends or family, where restrictions allow. Everyone will be enjoying festivities in smaller groups or alone, …
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The Best Way To Use A Face Oil

The Best Way To Use A Face Oil

  We are often asked what is the best way to use a face oil. It is something we love talking about, as you can imagine! In a nutshell, there is no best way to use a face oil, just your way which you are most comfortable with when including it in your routine. Face oils are versatile and can&…
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Getting Skin And Hair Ready For Winter’s Bite

Getting Skin And Hair Ready For Winter’s Bite

  Winter is certainly here. The temperature has dropped, the wind can be pretty harsh and snow has been forecast for some parts of the country. But adapting for seasonal changes doesn’t just mean changing from lightweight clothes to layers, sandals to slippers, fans to fires or cold drinks to hot chocolates. We need to make some tweaks …
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Forest Bathing And Its Benefits

Forest Bathing And Its Benefits

  More than ever, more of us are enjoying walking for pleasure, exploring our local areas and reconnecting with the simple joys in life. But are we fully paying attention and soaking in our surroundings? At SOFIA LATIF, we support any form of connection with nature so today we want to introduce you to forest bathing – which despite the&…
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Give Hair Life With Baobab Seed Oil

Give Hair Life With Baobab Seed Oil

  With Argan Oil marketed as the hero ingredient in so many skin and hair care products now available, it’s easy to overlook some of the alternatives that too can leave you with luscious locks. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Baobab Seed Oil – a similar ingredient, but one which comes without the heaviness associated …
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How Long Should You Use Skincare Before Giving Up?

How Long Should You Use Skincare Before Giving Up?

  We are living in an era of instant gratification, where we want things now, sometimes jumping in with both feet and expecting quick results. But when it comes to our skin, any product or routine changes we make require patience to fully reap the benefits.   SKINCARE IS MORE THAN JUST THE PRODUCTS Skincare is more than just the&…
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How To Keep On Top Of Your Wellbeing

How To Keep On Top Of Your Wellbeing

  For many of us, this is shaping up to be a winter like no other. In the middle of another national lockdown and swiftly approaching the festive season, we’re full of uncertainty instead of the usual Christmas cheer. We don’t know if or when we will be able to get together with our families and …
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The Role Of Vitamin E In Skin And Scalp Care

The Role Of Vitamin E In Skin And Scalp Care

  Alongside A and C, vitamin E is another vitamin that is a focus in beauty products. It is found in our bodies, in foods and as supplements, but it’s also the most common ingredient found in skincare and hair care products today. With eight types – including pure vitamin E oil, tocopherol and tocopheryl acetate – ‘…
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Get To Know Squalane

Get To Know Squalane

  Most suited to those with dry or combination skin (but can be used for all skin types), our next hero oil, squalane is a multi-purpose, lightweight oil that can help to seal in moisture on the scalp, face and body. We’re starting this post by covering the difference between squalane and squalene – two commonly confused compounds &…
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The Role Of Vitamin A In Skin And Scalp Care

The Role Of Vitamin A In Skin And Scalp Care

  Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for the body, playing multiple roles in skin and scalp care. There are two types of vitamin A – retinoids (preformed) and carotenoids (proformed). Both types are converted by the liver to a derivative called retinol. If it isn’t used immediately, it’s stored by the body or transported via …
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Strengthen Strands With Organic Hemp Seed Oil

Strengthen Strands With Organic Hemp Seed Oil

  Organic hemp seed oil – not to be confused with hemp oil – comes from cold pressing the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike hemp oil, hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any cannabidiol (CBD) – the compound commonly used as pain relief and in anxiety treatment – or any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive compound that …
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I Have Oily Skin. Can I Use A Face Oil?

I Have Oily Skin. Can I Use A Face Oil?

  Face oil has many benefits, from repairing the skin’s barrier to helping seal in moisture. But with it seeming counterintuitive to add more oil to oily or combination skin, it’s unsurprising that we get asked a lot whether face oil should really be used for these skin types. The short answer? YES! As although you …
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Getting Ready For Autumn, The Slow Living Way

Getting Ready For Autumn, The Slow Living Way

  It certainly feels like autumn is late to start this year. The days may be getting shorter and it is getting darker earlier in the evenings, but the weather has been unseasonably warm. Yet the season of crispy leaves underfoot and a chill in the air will arrive soon enough, with cosy evenings, layers and hot chocolates becoming our&…
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The Role Of Vitamin C In Skin And Scalp Care

The Role Of Vitamin C In Skin And Scalp Care

  Another wonder ingredient making the headlines lately, Vitamin C – an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) also called Ascorbic Acid – is a water-soluble vitamin which plays multiple roles within the body. Despite its importance, it’s not something stored in the body, therefore it’s important that we provide it through consumption and topical application. Today we&…
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Stimulate Collagen Production With Tamanu Seed Oil

Stimulate Collagen Production With Tamanu Seed Oil

  Tamanu seed oil, commonly known as ‘Beauty Leaf Oil’, is one of the hero oils in our Body Oil, selected for its role in boosting the production of collagen in skin. Can we stimulate this essential protein in our bodies by using plant-based, vegan-friendly ingredients? We think so!   WHAT IS COLLAGEN AND HOW DO WE SUPPORT …
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Making Slow Living Permanent

Making Slow Living Permanent

  We love slow living. It is a conscious choice we make each day so that we can live life as fully as possible and appreciate every moment. Being present allows us to remain balanced in mood and wellbeing, feeling connected to ourselves and the world around us. When the pandemic hit, it forced many to slow down and embrace&…
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Could Drinking More Water Be The Solution To Our Dry Skin And Scalp Woes?

Could Drinking More Water Be The Solution To Our Dry Skin And Scalp Woes?

  It is so easy to confuse dehydrated skin for dry skin, and the same can be true for a dry scalp. Before looking at which of the products we are using could be the problem, our first port of call is to check our hydration levels. Water is vital for human health. Our body needs water in order to&…
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Our Five Tips For Summer Wellbeing

Our Five Tips For Summer Wellbeing

  Right about now, many of us would have been on or about to go on a holiday abroad – a week, maybe two, to enjoy the warmer weather before it’s time to start putting on those layers, getting out those deeply nourishing products and cooking up those toasty, comforting meals. But with 2020 being the year that none …
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Should you change your skincare in the summer?

Should you change your skincare in the summer?

This summer’s heatwave has us all searching for ways we can feel cooler and lighter. When it comes to the warmer weather, we change what we consume – eating something lighter and drinking something more refreshing and hydrating, so why not apply this approach to our skincare in the summer months? We definitely believe that your skincare products …
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Natural ways to reduce dark circles under eyes

Natural ways to reduce dark circles under eyes

Dark circles. One day they’re not too bad, other days they are prominent and nothing seems to help. Most commonly associated with fatigue, the shadows under the lower eyelids can actually exist for a number of different reasons. Understanding what causes them to appear will help you take steps to prevent them. Here are our tips for naturally …
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Making Plastic Free Choices Easier – Zero Plastic Inside

Making Plastic Free Choices Easier – Zero Plastic Inside

  This month is Plastic Free July – a global movement led by the Plastic Free Foundation which fosters community and provides resources and ideas to help millions of people to reduce single-use plastic in their homes, schools and workplaces. As a brand, as consumers and as humans on this wonderful planet, we’re definitely behind the movement and …
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Is Matcha Better For You Than Coffee?

Is Matcha Better For You Than Coffee?

  Most of us try to lead a healthy lifestyle but sometimes we are looking for that quick energy boost to kick start our morning or to keep us going later in the day. In these times, coffee is probably your go-to for the caffeine ‘hit’. While it does provide the body with a number of benefits and …
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Do you need a face oil, face serum, or both?

Do you need a face oil, face serum, or both?

  Understanding how skincare works empowers you to make an informed purchase, selecting products suited to your skin type/condition and getting the most out of them as part of your routine. Today we are exploring the difference between face oils and face serums, helping you to determine which you need and giving you expert advice on how to use …
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Best Natural Body Care For Sensitive Skin

Best Natural Body Care For Sensitive Skin

The skin on our body can be as sensitive as the skin on our face, so for the penultimate post  in our ‘Best of Natural’ series we wanted to introduce you to body washes, body scrubs and body creams designed to take care of our largest organ.   The Best of Natural series so far: Best Natural …
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Help! The Skin On My Legs Is Very Dry

Help! The Skin On My Legs Is Very Dry

The weather seems to have taken a turn again, and with its unpredictability one minute our legs are out and the next they are covered. We had a customer get in touch looking for some advice as to why she might be experiencing very dry skin on her legs and what she can do about it – an issue faced&…
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A Healthy Scalp Is Skincare For Heads

A Healthy Scalp Is Skincare For Heads

A healthy scalp is just healthy skin on our head. Mostly we select products for our hair – dry hair, damaged hair, oily hair, etc – when in fact thinking about the skin on our scalp in the same way we think about skin on our face and body could be the shortcut to a healthy scalp. And a healthy&…
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What To Expect If You’ve Never Used A Scalp Oil

What To Expect If You’ve Never Used A Scalp Oil

  When it comes to happy, balanced hair and the products we use, our primary focus is usually on the hair, with scalp care being a secondary priority or maybe not thought about at all. So with the scalp being equally as important or perhaps even more so than the hair itself to achieve that glossy, healthy appearance and texture,&…
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Best Natural Haircare Free From Sulphates and Silicones

Best Natural Haircare Free From Sulphates and Silicones

Haircare, like skincare, is a very personal choice and depends greatly on the texture and type of hair you have. Some like to have squeaky clean hair, so will use an SLS-based shampoo, and others may have a sensitive scalp and opt for products free from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) as it can make the scalp itchy. Silicone or derivatives&…
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The Healing Benefits of Turmeric & Curcumin

The Healing Benefits of Turmeric & Curcumin

  Knowing how best to use Turmeric to support health and skin is something we are all keen to learn about. We reached out to Sophie Nazareth who is the founder of Your Bodhi, a natural supplement specialising in Turmeric, to tell us more about the healing benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin.   Turmeric has become a star of …
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My Hair Story by Sofia Latif

My Hair Story by Sofia Latif

  Our hair changing as we get older is a fact of life, much like when our skin changes as we get older.  We have a complicated relationship with our hair, it is so much a part of our identity, and is a creative expression of who we are. My ambition has always been to have the best skin …
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