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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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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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5 Rituals For A Grounded And Easy Day

5 Rituals For A Grounded And Easy Day

Today’s post is by my photographer, and now friend, Helena, who I have worked with for years. I always leave our meetings feeling comforted and calm, so I reached out to her to find out her secret to remaining so grounded and calm when she works in such a busy, and often, stressful industry as a photographer. Here, …
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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 and …
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Face Masks vs Exfoliators – The Superhero Skin Winner

Face Masks vs Exfoliators – The Superhero Skin Winner

Face masks and exfoliators can be valuable elements of any skin care routine. However, there’s often some confusion about which is more beneficial for skin health. While exfoliators brush away dead skin cells to reveal the healthy, new skin underneath, face masks are all about infusing the skin with nourishing ingredients to boost your best skin health. For …
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Solutions For Sensitised Skin

Solutions For Sensitised Skin

Sensitised skin is a common skincare challenge that is the result of skin which has been overstimulated by the use of too many or harsh topical products. This is as opposed to sensitive skin, which is the result of genetics, age and thin skin. Whether it relates to redness, rashes or a change in texture, most women across all age&…
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Spring Clean Your Beauty & Wellbeing Routine

Spring Clean Your Beauty & Wellbeing Routine

It feels like we are coming out of hibernation with the days getting longer and brighter, and little blossoms appearing on trees, all giving us 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 to get up a little&…
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Dry Brushing Your Face – Fad or Not?

Dry Brushing Your Face – Fad or Not?

Dry brushing is the process of sweeping a brush in gentle circles across your skin, without the use of water. While it is a technique that can be used across the whole body, the method is becoming more popular for use on the face, and so is slightly different as the skin here is much more delicate and sensitive. But&…
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Why Sleep Care is Self-Care

Why Sleep Care is Self-Care

Often fronted by images of women enjoying spa days and face masks, the term ‘self-care’ is sometimes associated with frivolous self-indulgence. But self-care is actually an essential part of living sustainably and taking the time to nourish both body and mind. One of the essential pillars of good self-care is sleep. Like self-care, our society today often rewards …
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What is Skinimalism?

What is Skinimalism?

On the surface, ‘skinimalism’ might seem a tongue-twister, but as complex as it sounds, its meaning is, in fact, rooted in simplicity. Coined by users on Pinterest, skinimalism is about stripping back your skincare, bringing your natural skin texture to the surface and embracing slow beauty that supports sustainable skincare and clean products to nourish your best skin …
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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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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 and can be the most vulnerable parts of our body. 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 of natural/vegan hand creams to combat the …
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Strengthen Your Skin Barrier With Organic Sweet Almond Oil

Strengthen Your Skin Barrier With Organic Sweet Almond Oil

Organic sweet almond oil has been a celebrated hero ingredient at SL Towers, and across the skincare industry, for years. Used widely in India, sweet almond oil can help to soothe sensitive skin and was a memorable part of our founder Sofia’s skin care routine growing up. Packed with skin-loving vitamins and fatty acids and intensely hydrating, sweet …
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The Gratitude Habit: The Route To Better Wellbeing

The Gratitude Habit: The Route To Better Wellbeing

Actress Doris Day once said, ‘Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.’ It can feel like there’s plenty to complain about at the moment. From the weather and traffic to the seemingly constant negativity in the news, complaint has become almost a normal way of life. Especially during the times we live in, for many of us …
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How To Prepare Your Skin For The Cold Weather

How To Prepare Your Skin For The Cold Weather

As the cold weather starts to creep in, maybe you’ve already begun spending more time indoors and clicking the switch on a little evening heating. But while it’s a way to keep things warm and cosy, the combination of cold air outdoors and dry atmosphere indoors can play havoc with your skin, making it feel tight …
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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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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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Tips On Shifting Our Energy To Shift Our Mindset

Tips On Shifting Our Energy To Shift Our Mindset

Feeling flat, stuck in a rut, demotivated, and generally low in energy can hit us at any time, no matter how hard we try to prevent it. It’s not a pleasant feeling and it can be difficult to overcome initially, but it is possible. Although it is part of the ebb and flow of life, we can help …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Award-winning Pro-ageing Simplified Skincare

Award-winning Pro-ageing Simplified Skincare

  SOFIA LATIF is pro-ageing, simplified skincare, connecting women with their raw beauty. Nurturing an attitude of inner confidence and knowing, a slowing down and an understanding that their raw beauty is enough. Our blends respect the differences in skin that come with age, regenerating and strengthening with pure seeds and flower oils. A fusion of Indian and African …
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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 and …
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Common Causes Of An Itchy Scalp & Ways To Prevent/Treat It

Common Causes Of An Itchy Scalp & Ways To Prevent/Treat It

  An itchy scalp is the most common hair care complaint we hear. The skin on the rest of the body may be fine, but the scalp seems to suffer. After all, when was the last time you gave your scalp the same care and attention you give to your face, body and hair? The scalp is skin too, and&…
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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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How To Give Yourself A Soothing Head & Scalp Massage

How To Give Yourself A Soothing Head & Scalp Massage

  We all love having our hair washed at the hairdressers as somehow it helps us to switch off and relax for a while. There’s just something about those magic fingers as they gently massage your scalp and condition your hair. But have you ever considered trying this treatment at home by indulging in a self-soothing head and …
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An Evening Routine To Help With A Restful Night’s Sleep

An Evening Routine To Help With A Restful Night’s Sleep

Sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. It allows your body to repair itself and rejuvenate, boosts your energy for the following day, increases your concentration, reduces stress and improves your mood to name a few. For many of us, our body feels tired in the evening but when we go to bed we find we are unable to&…
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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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How Lymphatic Facials Help With Skin Health

How Lymphatic Facials Help With Skin Health

Lymphatic drainage treatments have been around for many years and have multiple benefits. From boosting circulation to ensuring the body is deeply cleansed and nourished, in this post, we’ll be revealing why lymphatic massage (and in particular, lymphatic facials) is so important to making sure our lymphatic system is working at its best…   WHAT IS LYMPHATIC …
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Opting For Natural Retinol To Improve The Appearance Of Skin

Opting For Natural Retinol To Improve The Appearance Of Skin

Retinol is considered a must-have in skincare. With so many skin-benefiting properties, it’s unsurprising that companies are keen to include it. But the synthetic retinol ingredient itself which is used by so many of these brands isn’t the only option out there for us. Following on from our post, Rosehip Oil – A Natural Retinol, we&…
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Is Skin Fasting Good For Skin?

Is Skin Fasting Good For Skin?

Skin fasting is a trend we’ve seen recently which originally came from Japan and involves completely taking a break from skincare products. It is thought that by not using any products, you allow your skin to breathe and reset itself so it can function naturally; improving its condition and detoxifying. As the skin produces sebum (which helps prevent …
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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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Best Natural Face Moisturisers For Sensitive Skin

Best Natural Face Moisturisers For Sensitive Skin

Today we are continuing with our ‘Best of Natural’ series, bringing you our favourite natural face moisturisers suitable for sensitive skin (some more suited to dry skin and others to normal/oily skin), plus a few of our founder’s top tips for choosing and using them!   PS, if you missed the previous posts in the …
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Will You Be Setting Intentions Or Making Resolutions For 2020?

Will You Be Setting Intentions Or Making Resolutions For 2020?

Raise your hand if you have set new year’s resolutions in previous years only to find that they fall by the wayside and are forgotten as soon as we get through January? Many of us see a new year as a new beginning and a time to make things/ourselves better – a blank canvas for us to …
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Slowing Down For The Festive Season

Slowing Down For The Festive Season

The festive season is almost here (aka the most magical yet completely hectic time of the year). While it’s pretty much expected that things will ramp up and we all become really busy, the reality is that it can leave us feeling frazzled rather than refreshed as we step into the new year. But what if we signed …
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