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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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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 Power Of Pomegranates For Skin Elasticity

The Power Of Pomegranates For Skin Elasticity

Pomegranates have been lauded as a jewel in the superfood crown. Sprinkled over salads or broken at breakfast, pomegranates are a great addition to any meal for their nutritional benefits. But while their role in cuisine is clear, the power of pomegranates in skincare is lesser known. First appearing in Egyptian literature and Greek mythology, pomegranates are packed with antioxidants&…
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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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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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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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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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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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Best Natural Face Exfoliators For Sensitive Skin

Best Natural Face Exfoliators For Sensitive Skin

Exfoliating is such an important process for the health of skin, but using products that aren’t too harsh and gently applying them is essential. To help you narrow down the choice and find one which ticks all the boxes – from efficacy to ethics – we are sharing the best natural face exfoliators we’ve come across …
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Could your dry skin be caused by hormonal changes?

Could your dry skin be caused by hormonal changes?

We all know the usual culprits of dry skin: lack of water, naturally dry skin and chemicals in our products such as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) stripping it of our natural oils, but as women, one of the areas we don’t focus on as much when trying to understand the cause(s) of our dry skin is …
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Paying homage to our signature face oil

Paying homage to our signature face oil

We have a new product launching soon, which we are very excited about. But before our attention inevitably goes towards the shiny newness of our under eye oil, we thought we would pay homage to our signature face oil, specifically the ingredients in it. True, it is boring to read an ingredients list, but we promise to make it a&…
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Winter skin – Do we need a whole new routine?

Winter skin – Do we need a whole new routine?

Do you suffer from different feeling skin in winter or the colder months? And do you overhaul your skincare routine (and products) with the change of seasons?   What is winter skin? Winter skin is a catch-all term used to describe a change to the way skin feels and looks in the cold. Skin can feel uncomfortable – dry, tight,&…
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What does healthy skin mean to you?

What does healthy skin mean to you?

Healthy skin can mean so many different things… calm, strong, supple, and balanced, are my personal descriptors. For me it means having confidence in my skin, and that it is OK for it not to be picture perfect (whatever that is). I have learnt to accept my skin how it is and all its idiosyncrasies. I want to be …
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Why give SLS a bad name?

Why give SLS a bad name?

SLS also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and its bestie SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) have been getting a bad rep for a while now, but do you know why?   WHAT ARE SLS AND SLES USED FOR? They are used as surfactants and emulsifiers – the stuff that makes soap, shampoos, shower gels, toothpastes, laundry detergents, and household cleaning products&…
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Jasmine essential oil – a natural mood enhancer

Jasmine essential oil – a natural mood enhancer

I’ve been geeking out at the science behind why jasmine essential oil is a mood enhancer. I love it when scientific studies confirm what aromatherapists and holistic practitioners have known for centuries, suffice it to say, it does give some comfort to anyone getting ready to part with their hard earned cash. I’m continuing my …
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Battling dry skin – could your cleanser be the culprit?

Battling dry skin – could your cleanser be the culprit?

Dry skin happens to everyone, even when skin is oily or combination in nature. When skin is feeling oily, our natural reaction is to cleanse more vigorously, adding scrubs to the routine, a face wash or mask, and even some AHAs or BHAs (which exfoliate the skin). What I have learnt is that it doesn’t help to strip …
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What’s oil got to do with it?

What’s oil got to do with it?

Walk into any Space NK or Boots or department store, and you’re inundated with all the different products that can be used to lift, plump, smooth, refine, hydrate, tone, tighten… it can be a bit of a minefield, even for a beauty addict like me. It is one of the reasons I started using face oils… …
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