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Supplements for Healthy Skin

Supplements for Healthy Skin

Taking the right supplements to support healthy skin is something we are all keen to do, but may not know which supplements to choose. I reached out to Daisy Connor who is a Nutritional Therapist and founder of City Survivor – simple supplements for busy people, and asked her which supplements are best for healthy skin. To maintain beautiful, healthy&…
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The Benefits Of Massage For Your Wellbeing

The Benefits Of Massage For Your Wellbeing

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of going to a salon or spa and enjoying a massage, then you’re probably already reminiscing about the feel-good pressure and deep relaxation you felt during and after your treatment. Massage is one of the fastest and most effective ways of relieving tension in your muscles, but you don’…
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Night-time Nourishment – Face Oils vs Creams

Night-time Nourishment – Face Oils vs Creams

When it comes to skincare, it can be difficult to know what kinds of products to invest in, when there are just so many different ones on the market. Here at SL Towers, we swear by a few staples – one of these is a good night and day cream duo. The difference is night and day Day creams work&…
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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 for …
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Hydrate and Restore with Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Hydrate and Restore with Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Ever heard of meadowfoam seed oil? If not, it might be something to consider for the spot of hydration hero in your skincare routine. Native to the USA and Canada and pressed from the seeds of the white meadowfoam plant, meadowfoam seed oil is beginning to gain popularity for its dual lightweight quality and ability to pack a hydrating punch.&…
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Best Natural Face Masks For Sensitive Skin

Best Natural Face Masks For Sensitive Skin

Face masks are a great way to give skin a much-needed boost. Maybe your skin is a bit dull and lacklustre, so you would reach for a radiance mask, or perhaps your skin is dry, then you would reach for a hydrating one. It might be that you don’t like using exfoliators, so you would reach for one …
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The Tradition And Skincare Techniques Of Gua sha

The Tradition And Skincare Techniques Of Gua sha

Also known as ‘coining,’ Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique, traditionally practiced on the body but now more commonly known in the West as a method of relaxing and reviving stiff neck and facial muscles. It’s an alternative therapy recommended for reducing inflammation and stimulating blood flow, and while the benefits are yet to …
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Should You Change Your Skincare In The Summer?

Should You Change Your Skincare In The Summer?

This summer’s schizophrenia has us all searching for ways we can feel cooler and lighter one minute and wrapping up warm the next. 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 …
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A Guide To Your Skin During Menopause

A Guide To Your Skin During Menopause

Usually occurring between 45-55 years of age, the period of menopause succeeds perimenopause and officially begins one year after a woman’s last period. It often comes with changes, related to hormone fluctuations. When it comes to our skin, many women feel unsure about how to manage changes like dryness and breakouts. This post is here to guide you …
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How To Make The Most Of Hyaluronic Acid

How To Make The Most Of Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the darling of the skincare industry but did you know it is not actually an acid? In this post we’ll be revealing some of the science behind how it works, its skin benefits and how you can make sure you’re getting the best from it… SO WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID AND WHAT …
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Could Your Hyaluronic Acid Be Making Your Skin Drier?

Could Your Hyaluronic Acid Be Making Your Skin Drier?

For years, hyaluronic acid has been the darling of the beauty industry but more recently, it’s been surrounded by controversy that it could well be causing more harm than good. Today we’re looking at both sides of the debate and sharing our advice on using this popular product… THE ‘FOR’ ARGUMENT Hyaluronic acid …
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Your Skincare Routine – A Chance To Mindfully Unwind

Your Skincare Routine – A Chance To Mindfully Unwind

At the end of a busy day, a little self-care can go a long way to restoring your energy and lifting your mood, so you can better take care of yourself and others. Just as you might cook a meal or go for a run to give yourself space to slow down, your skincare routine is another opportunity to unwind&…
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A Guide To Your Skin During Perimenopause

A Guide To Your Skin During Perimenopause

When it comes to perimenopause, many women feel unsure about what to expect, especially when it’s related to changes in their skin. It’s particularly difficult to navigate when there’s little mainstream conversation on the subject too. That’s why we’re here, to provide you with information, education and to carry on …
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 function&…
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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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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 them. …
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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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How Much Is My Gut Health Responsible For The Health Of My Skin?

How Much Is My Gut Health Responsible For The Health Of My Skin?

There are times when our skincare products alone aren’t enough when trying to clear up a breakout or reduce inflammation. This is when you have to look at why that might be. But one thing you might not have considered is the responsibility your gut has in the health of your skin. So today that’s exactly …
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Will My Skin Breakout Now I Am Wearing Makeup Again?

Will My Skin Breakout Now I Am Wearing Makeup Again?

  We’re slowly coming out of lockdown and getting ready for a new normal. Many of us will have taken a break from wearing makeup; not necessarily a conscious decision but one of not needing to put a face on for the rest of the world. For us, it’s been a good thing taking a break …
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Is Dry Body Brushing Worth The Hype?

Is Dry Body Brushing Worth The Hype?

  Dry body brushing has been practised for centuries in many different cultures but has more recently evolved into one of the hottest trends to try. So what is it? It’s just as it sounds – it involves using a dry, natural brush to exfoliate and massage the skin on your body through brush strokes, most beneficial on …
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Skincare Tips For Exercisers, Indoors Or Outdoors

Skincare Tips For Exercisers, Indoors Or Outdoors

Incorporating some exercise into our routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle is becoming second nature, whether it be a gentle walk in the evening or a sweaty hot yoga session. After all, exercise is beneficial for both our mind and our body and is one of the keys to having healthy, youthful-looking skin.   If you exercise regularly yourself you&…
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Sofia In Conversation With Nadira V Persaud

Sofia In Conversation With Nadira V Persaud

A friend, an inspiration, as well as make up artist, beauty expert and author of Press Here Face Workouts for Beginners, I am delighted to share with you my conversation with Nadira, to learn more about her tips on skincare, wellbeing and, of course, face workouts.   S: We are going through a profound period of change. What has been&…
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The Importance Of SPF Even When Indoors

The Importance Of SPF Even When Indoors

  Most of us are conscious of the need for SPF when out and about and can be confident that we are maintaining the habit of applying it. However, it is still a common misconception that we don’t need to use SPF when indoors. Getting into a routine of applying SPF to our face, under eyes, neck and …
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Can An SPF Help With Dark Circles Under The Eyes?

Can An SPF Help With Dark Circles Under The Eyes?

There are many reasons why some people have dark circles under their eyes. Most of these can be grouped into two categories: genetics and dilation. But did you know that using an SPF regularly on the skin around the eyes not only protects this delicate area but also helps to prevent the overproduction of melanin which may make hereditary dark&…
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Using Your Skincare Routine As A Form Of Self Care

Using Your Skincare Routine As A Form Of Self Care

  When we put ourselves first, we build up the energy and reserves to be able to show up for and give to others. Making time for ourselves comes in many forms, such as going for a run, having a cup of tea in your favourite armchair before everyone wakes up, running a bath, reading your favourite book, doing some&…
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The Benefits Of Cleansing Your Skin In The Morning

The Benefits Of Cleansing Your Skin In The Morning

  Back in our post, Should You Cleanse Your Face In The Morning? we discussed the concept of not cleansing during your morning skincare routine. While some think that by cleansing in the morning we are removing an essential level of protection which comes from natural oils and dead skin cells, we believe that if you use the best products&…
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The Easiest Way To Seal In Moisture For Hydrated Skin

The Easiest Way To Seal In Moisture For Hydrated Skin

We all know that winter can play havoc with our skin. With colder weather, central heating on and most of us drinking less water, moisture loss from our bodies is increased and can ultimately lead to poorly hydrated skin. One misconception is that if we slather on more moisturiser than in the warmer months we will increase hydration levels sufficiently&…
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