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Valentine’s Day Gift Giving SOS Guide

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a national institution. At allbeauty, we’re fairly unanimous in that it’s a nice way to break up the winter doldrums and inject some excitement into what would otherwise be the long slog between Christmas and Easter. 

But, and there is a but, we know that for many people Valentine’s Day can bring with it a fair amount of hair-pulling. The panic shopping that occurs over those 24 hours is a sight to be seen. Ideally from a great distance. If you would rather be shot with an arrow than find yourself desperately trying to rip the price tag off the last bouquet of petrol station flowers, this Gift Giving SOS Guide is for you.


The Newly Besotted

You’re in a new relationship and want to buy your special someone a gift, but don’t know them well enough to narrow down your gift options? We hear you. A gift set may seem like a safe choice, but if chosen well, can be incredibly romantic. Scented shower gels and indulgent lotions can make for an ideal night in for two!

 

For Him

With scents such as Fireside and Whisky and Water, the Noble Isle Warm Cocoon Gift Set is the perfect gift for the new man in your life. Containing three luxury shower gels, he can smell great whether at home, the gym, or staying at your place.

Noble Isle Gift Set
Warm & Spicy Bath and Shower Trio – 3 x 75ml

Our Price: £20.00

 

For Her

Presented in a beautiful gift box, The Ritual of Ayurveda Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set contains four products to balance mind, body and soul. Enriched with sweet almond oil and Indian rose, it offers the ultimate aromatic experience.

Rituals – The Ritual of Ayurveda
Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set
RRP £69.90

Our Price: £62.90


Are We, Aren’t We?

 

If you’re on that awkward middle ground of not knowing whether you’re ‘a thing’ or not, buying Valentine’s gifts can send you into a tailspin.

For Him

Acqua Di Parma
Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream 125g
RRP £46.00

Our Price: £34.95

For Her

Dior Rouge – Dior Couture Colour
999 Celebrity Red 3.5g
RRP £30.00

Our Price: £27.00


No Gifts This Year…

How many times has this one caught you out? One of you declares that you won’t be buying gifts this year, only to blindside you with something at the last minute. Don’t get caught out this Valentine’s Day, have a little something on standby. The best part? These gifts won’t cost the earth and can easily be gifted later in the year on the off chance your other half stays true to their declaration.

 

For Him

Keep it simple with this beautifully presented set of toiletries by Rituals. The Ritual of Samurai Invigorating Medium Gift Set includes everything he needs to look and smell fabulous for a weekend away, so you could even pair it with the promise of a city break if he really pushes the boat out on your surprise gift this Valentine’s.
Rituals – The Ritual of Samurai
Invigorating Ritual Medium Gift Set
RRP £29.90

Our Price: £26.90

 

For Her

From french beauty giant L’Occitane comes the Collection Voyage, including travel-sized versions of eight of their top-selling products. Rich in ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil, you can buy this with confidence that whatever her skin type, it will be well received.

L’Occitane GIfts
Collection Voyage
RRP £24.00

Our Price: £21.60


Time To Up The Ante

Are you ready to push the boat out on a luxury gift this Valentine’s Day? There’s no better way to say “I Love You” than with the perfect fragrance. But how do you choose from the thousands of options available? While buying a tried and true favourite is a safe option, why not surprise your significant other with one of these top picks?

 

For Him

Winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, Fragrance Foundation Award and GQ Grooming Award, Tom Ford Fabulous Eau de Parfum is an ideal gift for the discerning gent. Combining the deep scent of leather with notes of lavender, vanilla and almond, this fragrance is sure to be a new favourite.
Tom Ford Fabulous
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £218.00

Our Price: £185.30

For Her

Designed for the strong, contemporary woman, Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is a feast for the senses. From its couture bottle to its effortless combination of floral, aromatic and citrus, it’s no surprise that this perfume has gained a cult following. 

Yves Saint Laurent
Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £78.00

Our Price: £66.00


To shop all of our incredible Valentine’s Day gifts, visit allbeauty.com or click the image below.  Happy Valentine’s Day, love allbeauty!

Are hair fibres right for me? By Nanogen

Our hair is often described as our “Crowning Glory” and is one of the most important parts of our self-image, it’s the first thing someone usually notices about us, so when we start to lose our hair this can have a devastating effect on our confidence. 

Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, stress, certain lifestyle choices such as hair styling, illness as well as the result of a number of medications, and can also be temporary. At Nanogen we understand that hair loss is such a complex issue, that’s why we always recommend that you see your doctor first, to help determine the cause and go through the treatments that may be available to you.

There are a lot of products on the market which claim to combat hair loss and for those suffering from losing their locks, it can be very distressing to trawl through all the scary information online to find out exactly what’s going on up top. Well fear not, we want to help you cut through the smoke screens and better educate you on your choices, we’re on a crusade to inform consumers about what works, and what doesn’t when addressing thinner hair. 

Now, whilst serums, shampoos and conditioners can certainly add volume and density as well as nourishing the scalp creating the optimum condition for hair growth, in reality, there are only two medicines that work for re-growing hair. Minoxidil and Finasteride. 

There are also surgical options, such as hair transplants, which can give great results but should only be explored after you have taken the necessary steps to address the cause of your hair loss and if diet deficient, some supplements may help. All of these have varying degrees of success and what may work for some, others may not see the same effect. 

However, whatever hair loss treatment route you decide on, they all take time and go through phases as they synchronise with your natural hair cycle, so it is important to understand that results won’t be seen overnight.

Whilst this can be an understandably frustrating waiting game, there is help at hand through this journey in the way of our world-famous Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibres. Hair Fibres are the perfect saviour, not only for anyone wanting to add volume and thickness to fine or thinning hair but also to those wanting to conceal wider partings, hair extensions or even roots in between trips to the salon. 

Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibres are made from the same protein as your hair and have brought about millions of incredible transformations. Whilst regularly used by barbers, celebrity stylists, as well as healthcare professionals, Fibres, help create amazing confidence-boosting alterations. They are so easy to use just like any styling product and will add bulk to existing hair, concealing any areas of hair thinning or scalp show through in seconds. The results are incredible and virtually undetectable.

Thanks to the incredible patented technology, Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibres create 400% greater binding than alternative fibre products. Additionally, the Fibre Locking Spray enhances the performance even further in adverse weather conditions. 

So, if you find yourself needing an extra volume boost, to conceal thinning hair or root growth on (coloured hair), we recommend to always keep your Nanogen Fibres close at hand. You can expect the instant appearance of thicker fuller hair while you’re waiting for treatments to work because, although there’s much more to life than hair, when your hair looks great, you feel great and full of confidence.


Watch Nanogen real stories here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I267TVHes5U

How To: Get Date Night Ready

Whether you’re new to a relationship or are trying to bring some romance back into your life, adding date night as a regular fixture in your calendar is a must. But if you’re anything like us, the pressure of getting all dolled up for a meal out with the other half can seem like more effort than it’s worth.

And it’s not just married date night grinches that find the build-up overwhelming. If you’re newly dating, the pressure to look just right, not too overdressed, not too casual, is a minefield.

Here’s a handy guide to getting date night ready with just a few easy tips. 


1. “Be prepared”

Those boy scouts are onto a good thing with this handy motto. If you know it’s date night, leave yourself time to get ready. There is nothing worse than sweatily trying to apply eyeliner as your Uber waits outside. For bonus points, try to get to bed early the night before so you don’t find yourself dozing during the dessert course. A relaxing fragrance, like the Pillow Spray from ThisWorks, can be a great help for encouraging sleep.


2. Defuzz, or don’t

If you play your cards right, date night could easily become date morning. With this in mind it’s worth a last minute defuzz, if that’s the way you usually roll. Whether you epilate, shave or wax, avoid any unwelcome razor rash by applying a good quality moisturiser to the skin post-treatment. Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter is one fantastic choice.

Au naturale? You’re good to go!


3. Keep your makeup simple

First of all, let me preface this by saying if you enjoy putting on a full face of makeup before you go out, you do you girl! We are not here to tell you the ‘right’ way to get ready for date night, simply how to make the whole process as easy and breezy as possible.

With that in mind,  keeping your makeup simple is a great choice. A good mascara and bright lip (preferably kiss-proof) can go a long way, and take seconds to apply. Unless you have time to kill, date night is not the time to experiment with new eyeshadow techniques or to try out contouring. Play it safe, keep it simple and stay you,  your last-minute jitters will thank you. 


4. Let your crown shine

Your hair is your crowning glory, make sure it’s looked after. Again, simplicity is key on date night, particularly if you have a small window to get ready in. A quick squirt of antifrizz or volumising spray will ensure you look great the whole night through, finished with a shot of setting hairspray depending on whether you plan on breaking some moves on the dance floor.


5. Pack the essentials

Finding the balance when it comes to packing a handbag is an intricate art that can take decades to master. However, a few tips for date night: you probably don’t need your entire purse complete with 4 different coffee rewards cards, but you probably do need gum (because garlic bread shouldn’t stand between you and your sweetheart), that new lipstick, your phone, and, ahem, any relevant protection, aka umbrella.


6. Treat every sense

We’ve saved this one until last because it’s too often forgotten. Smell is an incredibly powerful sense but can often be overlooked when it comes to romance. Before you head out the door, make sure you smell great, but don’t overdo it. When it comes to perfume, less is more. Which fragrance is best for date night? One that fills you with confidence. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list of favourites below, shop all our fragrance by clicking here or try our fragrance finder to help you be date night ready.

Stella McCartney Stella
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £78.00 (Save 53%)

Our Price: £36.95
Jimmy Choo
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £79.00 (Save 51%)

Our Price: £38.75
Calvin Klein CK One
Eau de Toilette Spray 200ml
RRP £59.00 (Save 56%)

Our Price: £25.95
Cerruti 1881 Pour Femme
Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
RRP £52.00 (Save 58%)

Our Price: £21.95


While all of our tips will hep you be prepared for the big day the most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself! To shop all of our Valentines Day products click the image below or go to allbeauty.com.

Salcura explains: How to Prevent Itchy & Cracked Winter Skin

For people with dry, itchy and cracked skin, winter can really be a challenging time with the skin having to work overtime to keep up with all the demands we put on it. The colder, wetter weather means bundling up, putting the radiator on full blast, hot showers and warm drinks. However, all these actions can have a negative impact on our skin, with our skin not being able to retain enough moisture leading to drier, itchier and sometimes even cracked skin. 


When outside, our skin has fewer benefits of sunlight and Vitamin D as we cover-up and the days are shorter and less sunny. On top of that, the kind of clothing we wear can aggravate our skin, especially the more synthetic fabrics like tights can add to our skin feeling itchier and more irritated.

Once we have made it inside, we turn the temperature up to a pleasant warmth, but unfortunately, those higher temperatures dehumidify the space we are in, which means less natural external moisture for the skin. Additionally, many of us tend to turn up the shower to a very hot temperature and in areas where water is known to be very hard (like London), the hot, hard water, will be your skin’s worst enemy.

Lastly, as we secretly all already know, the foods and drinks we consume during the Winter season tend to not be the greatest for our skin, especially with alcohol being a big reason for further dehydration for your dry, itchy skin. 

Luckily, our skin is always working hard to support and protect us. If we provide the right tools and nutrients, we can ensure our skin will help us get through another winter without too much dryness and itchiness. 


Avoid wearing clothes that are very synthetic

This might be a tricky one given that it is the party season, but more natural fabrics tend to be gentler on the skin. Do be aware if you have a wool allergy, however, as that might be even more aggravating on the irritated skin!

Additionally, if you know you suffer from very sensitive skin, it might be worth considering using more skin-friendly, natural washing powders, as more synthetic powders might irritate your dry skin. Particularly ingredients like phosphates are not just bad for your skin, but also for the environment!


Shower less and turn the heat down when you do

We tend to shower quite a bit more than is necessary which will disrupt our natural skin balance and possibly strip our skin of its natural oils. It might sound crazy but showering every other day instead of every day or more than once a day, will really help your skin.

Additionally, try and use shower products that do not dehydrate or aggravate the skin. Check the ingredient list in your shower gel and try to avoid ingredients like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, heavily fragranced (Parfum) and peroxides. 


Help your skin by feeding it hydrating and moisturising ingredients both inside and out

Drink plenty of water and herbal teas, try and avoid caffeinated drinks like Black Tea and Coffee. Other drinks that might be helpful are water-infused drinks (or make them yourself to avoid any unnecessary sugars), like cucumber water, coconut water or aloe vera drinks. Feed your skin the healthy nutrients it needs to ensure it gets deeply moisturised.

Look out for oils that have a scientifically proven ability to help itchy and cracked skin. Non-fragrant oils like Argan, Borage and Sunflower significantly hydrate the skin and have antioxidant properties so they can help defend the skin against the cold winter weather.

Ingredients like Jojoba and Shea Butter are known to provide an enormous amount of emollient benefits, which will help your skin retain its natural moisture level. And more unique ingredients like Sea Buckthorn and Zeolite, ingredients which can be found in our Bioskin range for dry, itchy and cracked skin, are natural powerhouses to support the natural moisturising factor of the skin and feed the skin the vitamins and minerals it needs to be strong and help you through the winter!


SHOP THE FULL SALCURA RANGE: https://www.allbeauty.com/gb/en/brands/salcura/bioskin

Hair thinning, Hair falls, Hair loss? Foltène has the solution! 

Signs of hair loss can be very daunting experience for both men and women. Everyone will experience some form of hair loss at least once in their life time. Most of us are keen to learn, what causes our hair to fall? People are often so quick to conclude that hair loss is linked to aging.  Yes, to some extent age is a contributing factor to our hair health but there are several other factors too. We spoke to haircare experts, Foltène to find out more about hair loss and how their products can help. 


Common Causes Of Hair Loss: 

  1. Stress – Stressful lifestyle/environments can certainly take a toll on our body, which reflects on our wellbeing and mind, this is when our hair shaft is likely to get weaker resulting in hair loss. 
  2. Lack of vitamins – Vitamins such as B12, C, D, E and iron are vital to provide nutrients and to maintain healthy hair. 
  3. Hormonal FactorsHair thinning can also be signs of imbalanced hormones. Menopause is one of the toughest hormonal changes a woman will have to go through. This conjoined with aging, plays a huge factor in increasing hair loss
  4. Medications and supplements – There can be side effects of certain drugs that are used for medical conditions such high blood pressure, cancer and etc. 

But Why Foltène?

Foltène is known for it’s rich Italian heritage and extensive amount of clinical research and trials on anti- hair loss treatments. It has 75 years of market presence globally and continues to expand further with new products and research.  The effectiveness of the products lies in Foltène’s active ingredients; Tricosaccaride® and Tricalgoxyl ®. Foltène’s patented hair loss ingredients have been established as the leading non-drug solution dealing with issues associated with thinning hair, hair loss and scalp issues.

Hair Life Cycle 

These active ingredients are designed to normalise and strengthen the hair life cycle. Each Foltène product is formulated with vitamins and specialised ingredients to nourish and stimulate natural hair growth. The formula does not mix with blood streams therefore it is safe to be used during pregnancy too.


Early Stages of hair thinning?

Age can be a common cause for hair loss, however if this is not treated in the early stage it can make difficult to treat in the latter stage.  

Foltène Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Women Shampoo 400ml - thinning

Foltène

Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Women

RRP £20.00

Our Price: £16.25

Foltène Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Men Thinning Hair Shampoo 400ml - thinning

Foltène

Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Men

RRP £20.00

Our Price: £15.00

Foltene Shampoo - thinning


Continuous Hair fall? 

When there is continuous hair fall it is better to look out for hair fall preventing products that are treatment based to tackle the hair thinning before it becomes severe. 

Hair thinning

Just like Foltène shampoos, the hair treatments are uniquely designed individually for men and women with their patented ingredients.  This treatment is ideal for intense hair loss. There are clinical studies that proves Foltène treatment increase the number of hair growth in the Anagen phase by 10.3% and reduce the number of hairs falling by 10.2%.  The formulation strengthens and nourishes the scalp to promote natural hair growth.

 

Foltène Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Women Hair and Scalp Treatment 100ml - thinning

Foltène

Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Women – Active Ingredient ‘Tricalgoxyl’

RRP £26.00

Our Price: £19.50

 Foltène Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Men and Women Hair and Scalp Treatment 100ml - thinning

Foltène

Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Men and Women – Active Ingredient ‘Tricosaccaride’

RRP £26.00

Our Price: £20.95

Without digging too deep into scientific terms, both active ingredients were intentionally chosen for targeted gender types. Hair may look and feel the same on men and women however both may require different levels of nutritional values and minerals to match their hormones.


Foltène Patented Ingredients

The purpose of the patented ingredients is to strength the hair and bring the balance of the scalp to its natural condition.

Women (Tricalgoxyl)

Nourishing Biomineral Complex: extracted from algae, (Asparagopsis Armata, Himanthalia Elongata, Undaria Pinnatifida), rich in essential mineral salts (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc).

Men (Tricosaccaride)

Revitalising Nourishing Complex: a mixture of amino acids and vitamins (A,B5,PP,C,E) necessary for the health of hair and scalp. 

Zanthin: powerful antioxidant of natural origin (500 times more efficient than vitamin E) Thanks.


The Perfect Daily to Monthly Routine for Maximum Impact

Daily 

  • Drink lots of water – not only will your hair benefit from it, your skin and body will thank you too.
  • Eat Healthily – Nutritionally balanced food is very important to keep your hair in good condition, don’t forget food also has a huge impact on our hair health. 
  • Minimise using heat and styling products on your hair – this can allow your hair shaft to breath and take in oxygen that is needed for natural growth.  Foltène foam treatment can replace your styling product as it provides shine to the hair and as well as provide daily nourishment that it needs.

 

Foltène Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Women Daily Nourishment Foam 70ml - thinning

Foltène

Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Women – Daily Nourishment Foam 70ml

RRP £25.00

Our Price: £18.50

Foltène Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Men Daily Nourishment Foam 70ml - thinning

Foltène

Anti-Hair Loss Solutions for Men – Daily Nourishment Foam 70ml

RRP £25.00

Our Price: £19.95


Weekly 

  • Use Foltène Shampoo for thinning hair 2-3 times a week, to strengthen and nourish your hair shafts.
  • For continuous hair loss, apply Foltène Hair and Scalp treatment as instructed 3 vials, 2 per week for 2 months.
  • Exfoliate and massage your hair scalp, this will stimulate natural hair growth as well as remove any dead skins on your scalp. 
  • Apply hair masks according to your hair type! This will further provide nutritive benefits to your hair. 

Monthly 

  • Trim 2-5cm every month to maintain the thickness of your hair and prevent split ends. 

If you believe that you are suffering from any of the above then give Foltène a try today and shop the full range at allbeauty.com.Shop all Foltene - thinning

Around the Clock Skincare with thisworks

If you haven’t heard of circadian rhythm, here’s a quick guide form thisworks as to what it is and how you can tailor your skincare routine around it. 

Circadian rhythm is one of your body’s natural body clocks and it dictates your bodily functions: temperature, hormone release, metabolism, sleep, and cognitive function. thisworks consider themselves experts in circadian rhythm – they know how it affects your sleep patterns and what your skin needs in different phases, so we spoke to them to find out exactly how we become more in tune with our own circadian rhythm and the benefits that it brings. 


thisworks split the circadian rhythm into 4 phases: night, wake-up, daytime and evening. They started with the night phase because they believe that it is the most important of them all and know that the saying “with sleep comes beauty” is true! Here is their walk through of around the clock skin care:


The Night Phase 

We believe that sleep should be the first step in every skincare routine, as this is the time when the skin repairs and regenerates. However, skin also suffers from trans-epidermal water loss (water loss through the skin), which means that it might get dehydrated. 

When you can’t sleep or you suffer with broken sleep, these repairs can’t be made as well as they should. Beautiful skin really does start with a good night’s sleep. 

How can we help?

Can’t sleep? Try our award-winning deep sleep pillow spray, to help reduce sleep anxiety and improve sleep quality. Our unique blend of 100% natural fragrance of lavender, camomile and vetivert has been proven to work by fMRI studies. 

deep sleep pillow spray - thisworks

89% fell asleep faster than normal.*

*In a study of 100 subjects and 100 ex-prescription users compared to no product.

If you can’t stay asleep, try our sleep plus pillow spray to restore healthy sleep patterns and support a longer, less interrupted sleep. It’s slow-release and motion-activated system provides sleep support throughout the night and it is proven to give you up to 2 hours of extra sleep a night**.Sleep plus pillow spray - thisworks

96% had a less disturbed sleep***.

**In a study of 23 subjects, use of sleep plus pillow spray resulted in a mean increase in the total sleep time of two hours and three minutes per subject compared to no product. 

***Independently tested on 200 participants with sleep problem, aged 18+ over a 14-day period, compared to a placebo.


The Wake-Up Phase 

Upon waking, skin can be dull, dehydrated and irritated, and its barrier function might be impaired. The DNA repair is less active and skin is susceptible to UV damage and needs to moisturised and protected. 

Morning Expert - thisworks

Re-hydrate with our morning expert hyaluronic serum, containing a 2% hyaluronic complex with Vitamin C to brighten and plump tired looking skin. Next up, whatever the weather, make sure to wear a broad spectrum SPF. Try our in transit skin defence SPF 30 for everyday, UV protection. 


The Daytime Phase 

During the day your skin takes its own measures to protect itself from day-to-day stress and  environmental aggressors. Stress levels can fluctuate throughout the day and busy skin needs support to make it through the day looking and feeling healthy. 

Stress check - thisworks

Our Perfect body care range, with a shortlist of skin-loving ingredients helps your skin to remain radiant and energised throughout the day, boosting your confidence. And if the day is getting a bit too much take a deep breath of our stress check breathe in, containing eucalyptus, frankincense and lavender essential oils to help clear the mind and reduce tension. 


The Evening Phase

This phase is all about preparation for your nighttime repair. Hydration and DNA repair is boosted and skin is more receptive to absorption of topical treatments, making it a great time to use skincare with super-active ingredients. However, skin has also accumulated environmental pollutants and needs to be thoroughly cleansed.

Clay Mask - thisworks

Try the deep cleansing heros from our Evening Detox range, which blends purifying actives to naturally decongest with calming ingredients to help reduce redness. Our anti-pollution purifying mask with malachite and kaolin is a 10- minute skin detox, helping to protect against environmental aggressors.


Not too sure where to start?

pillow sprays - thisworks

With sleep comes beauty, so we always recommend starting your skincare routine with a good night’s sleep! With thisworks range of natural pillow sprays, there is a solution for each sleep concern.


thisworks

The 28 Day Hormonal Cycle

As women, our hormones are constantly in flux throughout the month, and don’t we know it!? Whether it’s an unexpected outpouring of tears at a KFC advert, unbridled rage at crumbs left on the kitchen side, or the unwavering feeling that one must have chocolate (all from personal experience), Hormones can play havoc in what is otherwise a fairly well-balanced individual.

But why do these hormones affect us so, and what is the point?


A Breakdown Of The Main Hormones

Hormones

 

There are fifty hormones in the human body, but three, in particular, are involved in the physical and emotional peaks and troughs women experience throughout their menstrual cycle. 

1. Progesterone

Produced by the ovary, progesterone plays an important role in maintaining the early stages of pregnancy. Most of us will never have a need to think twice about progesterone, as its effects are predominantly internal. However, women who don’t produce enough progesterone are likely to have heavy and irregular periods.

2. Testosterone

A hormone found in much higher quantities in men than in women, testosterone is produced by the reproductive and adrenal glands. High levels of testosterone can lead to irregular or absent periods, acne and increased body hair. Low levels of testosterone will often result in low libido. 

3. Oestrogen

Oestrogen actually consists of a group of hormones: estriol, estradiol, and estrone, and is produced predominantly in the ovaries. It is one of the most important hormones in the female body, responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and controlling the growth of the uterine lining. High levels of oestrogen can result in weight gain and irregular periods, while low levels can cause absent periods, mood swings, headaches and depression.

Oh the female reproductive system, what a joy!


The Four Menstrual Phases

Tummy Pain - Hormones

The 28 day menstrual cycle can be split into four different phases: menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation, the luteal phase. Each phase has a different ratio of hormones circulation, and as such, different effects on the mind and body.

Stage 1: Menstruation

The only phase of the menstrual cycle that most of us pay any attention to, menstruation represents the beginning and end of the cycle. Every month, unless an egg has been fertilized, the body sheds its uterine lining. Over an average duration of 3-7 days, a combination of blood, mucus and uterine lining is expelled from the body, and the cycle begins again.

Stage 2: Follicular Phase

The follicular phase lasts 15 days, beginning during menstruation and ending at ovulation. During the follicular phase, the ovary produces 5-20 nodules onto its surface. These nodules, or follicles, are precursors to eggs, only one of which will mature. As these nodules grow, the uterus is stimulated into thickening its lining ready for the potential of pregnancy.

Stage 3: Ovulation

The Ovulation Phase is incredibly important if you wish to increase your chances of falling pregnant, as it’s when you are at your most fertile. The ovulation window lasts approximately 24 hours and is when the mature egg is released from the surface of the ovary, usually around two weeks before the next menstrual cycle is due to start. 

Stage 4: Luteal Phase

There’s a lot of chemistry that happens during the luteal phase (most of which is thoroughly uninteresting unless you have a specific interest in the subject), but essentially, this is the stage in which the follicular lining which once surrounded a mature egg attached to the uterine wall. 

This residual cluster of cells, called a corpus luteum, releases an increasing amount of progesterone, encouraging the uterus to make itself a hospitable accommodation in case of pregnancy. If a fertilised egg implants into the uterine wall, the progesterone will continue to circulate at a high level, if not, the progesterone levels drop and the lining is expelled as menstruation. 


Dealing With Hormonal Flux

Hormone Levels & Your Cycle Chart

As you can see from the above graph, the hormonal changes that a woman’s body goes through over 28 days is dramatic. While some women have barely perceptible symptoms, others are not so lucky. If you have problem periods, allbeauty may be able to offer some relief.

Cramping

Period cramps are caused by the uterus contracting in order to shed it’s lining. While this a rather clever self-cleaning method, most of us would rather do without the accompanying muscle spasms and dagger-like pain. While over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen can go a long way, nothing is quite as relaxing as a hot soak in the tub. We recommend using a bath oil, such as Cowshed’s Calming Bath and Body Oil. Not only will the heat soothe your aches and pains, but the oil is nourishing for your skin and the scent of lavender and eucalyptus calm the mind. If you prefer to avoid baths during your period, this can also be used as a body oil pre or post-shower.

Cramps - Hormones

Hormonal Skin

If your skin erupts at the same time every month without fail, preventative action is the best course of action. Soothe hormonal skin with a product designed to target breakouts on adult skin. Murad Anti-Aging Blemish Control does just this, and thanks to its clever formulation, can be used without the risk of drying out your skin in between flares. 

Hormonal Skin - Hormones

PMS and Mood Swings

Scientists aren’t certain what causes PMS (Premenstrual syndrome), but it’s believed to be linked to the changing levels of oestrogen, progesterone and mood-regulating hormone, serotonin. While we can’t provide you with a cure for PMS or monthly mood swings, we can recommend Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Roller Ball for relaxation on the go. Containing bitter orange, rosemary and wild chamomile essential oils, this pocket-sized roller can be applied to your pressure points when you feel stress building for a mini-moment of mindfulness.

Mood Swings - Hormones

Fatigue

Many women experience fatigue or extreme tiredness while menstruating. This is thought to be caused by the decrease in oestrogen levels at this point in the cycle. The best way to take care of yourself during this phase is by unapologetically allowing yourself to rest and recharge. Forgo evening screentime, head to bed early, and increase the chances of deep sleep by using a relaxing fragrance in your bedroom. Award-winning Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works is a customer favourite, with notes of lavender, patchouli and camphor.

Fatigue - Hormones


The 28 day hormonal cycle is something that most of us deal with month in, month out, without stopping to consider what a great job we’re doing. The world doesn’t stop turning, and we push on to fulfil our responsibilities, regardless of the disturbance raging inside. If ever there was a reason to treat yourself to something special, whether it be scented bath oil or a bar of chocolate, this is it.

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Taking Care of Your Skin During Menopause

Going through menopause is difficult for all manner of reasons; your complexion shouldn’t be one of them. A large proportion of women find that entering the menopause plays havoc with their skin. Fluctuating hormones can cause flare-ups of acne and exacerbate combination skin, while there seems to be a sudden increase in the number of fine lines and wrinkles staring back from the mirror. While it’s no secret that this phase of life can be challenging, we’re pleased to say that by adopting a menopause-specific skin routine and using products targeted at aging skin, you can get back to feeling like yourself in no time.


Menopause and the Face

Your face is one of the first places to show the effects of menopause, with many women experiencing acne breakouts for the first time since their teens. Often, menopause can exacerbate existing conditions too, whether it be dryness or discolouration. With this in mind here are our top 5 favourite products for acne:

 

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel 100ml - Skin

1. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments

AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel 100ml

RRP £44.50

Our Price: £29.95

 

Perricone MD Treatments No:Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner 118ml / 4 fl.oz. - Skin

2. Perricone MD Treatments

No:Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner 118ml / 4 fl.oz.

RRP £35.00

Our Price: £31.50

 

Murad Blemish Control - Skin

3. Murad Blemish Control

Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment 50ml

RRP £35.00

Our Price: £28.00

Payot Paris Pâte Grise Spéciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel 15ml - Skin

4. Payot Paris Pâte Grise

Spéciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel 15ml

RRP £19.00

Our Price: £11.50

 

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments Acne-Clear Invisible Dots - Skin

5. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments

Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

RRP £29.00

Our Price: £18.50

 

Hydration

The key to caring for your skin during menopause is to treat it with extra care; using products designed specifically for aging skin.  Using a serum is a fantastic way to deeply hydrate the skin, as it can not only hydrate, but smooth fine lines and rebuild the skin’s structure. Pair this with a menopause-friendly day cream to ensure your skin is getting all the nourishment it needs to meet the day head-on. A good day moisturiser should contain an SPF, protecting your skin from any future damage. 

Utopia Skincare Anti-Wrinkle

Hydrating Day Cream 50ml

RRP £34.00

Our Price: £16.95

 

And daytime moisturisation isn’t where your skincare should stop. Investing in a good night cream allows you to get a headstart on the coming day by giving your skin everything it needs to recover and repair overnight. For example, Utopia Nourishing Night Cream encourages cell renewal and aids the skin’s outermost layer to eliminate dead cells. Two birds – one stone.


The Skin Around Your Eyes

The delicate skin surrounding the eyes is even more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles, due to its location and fragile nature. As the skin is so thin, you should avoid using your usual face cream around the eyes, instead, choose a product which is suitably gentle. 

An allbeauty favourite, Utopia Instant Firming Eye Serum has been shown not only to reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet, but to reduce dark circles and calm puffiness.


Hands, Neck and Decolletage

While most of us remember to moisturise our face daily, there are a few common areas which are missed. These left-behind areas are, unsurprisingly, the first to show the signs of aging.

The skin on our hands, neck and decolletage are exposed to the sun just as often as our face, which is why they so often succumb to discolouration, dryness and wrinkling. The decolletage and neck can also lose elasticity over time, resulting in a ‘crepe’ or ‘draped’ effect. Thankfully, products such as the Utopia Age Defying Hand, Neck and Decolletage Serum have been designed to target this exact complaint, firming, smoothing and toning these problem areas. 


And The Rest…

While the face, hands, neck and decolletage are all more obvious places for menopause symptoms to strike, that isn’t to say the rest of the body is safe. Whether it’s your knees, elbows, arms, or elsewhere, wrinkles can start to appear in all manner of places.

Utopia Skincare Anti-Wrinkle

Enriching Derma Gel 100ml

RRP £24.00

Our Price: £11.45

 

This skin is thicker than other areas of the body, so requires a moisturiser which is able to penetrate deeper. An age-specific, gel-based moisturiser, like Utopia Enriching Derma Gel can hydrate and repair large areas of skin while plumping and brightening problem zones.


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Dealing With Hormonal Acne: How To Recognise And Treat it

Hormonal acne is exactly what it sounds like – it’s acne that occurs due to fluctuations in your hormones. Although men and women can both be affected by acne, hormonal acne is more common in women, because of factors like menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, which bring surges in hormone levels. While hormonal acne is often associated with fluctuating hormones during teenage years, it’s actually most like to strike in your 20s, when women are most hormonally active. You might be surprised to know that over 90% of the world’s population will suffer from acne at some point in their life, making it one of the most common disorders treated by healthcare providers. 

Aside from the physical symptoms of acne, this skin disorder can also have an emotional and psychological impact too. Studies have shown that acne can affect a person’s mood, self-esteem, and quality of life. In fact, 95% percent of individuals with acne in the UK say that it affects their daily lives. 


What Causes Hormonal Acne? 

Acne is a skin condition that happens when your sebaceous glands (tiny glands near the surface of your skin) make too much sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands). The excess sebum bands together with dead skin cells clog your pores and form acne lesions, which include blackheads and whiteheads. 

Hormonal Acne

Fluctuations in your oestrogen and progesterone levels are the main causes of hormonal acne. These fluctuations can vary greatly during your menstrual cycle. Changes in the ratio, or balance of these hormones can affect your testosterone levels, which in turn can also contribute to the appearance of acne. Stress plays an important part in hormonal acne too – when cortisol levels go up as part of your body’s stress response, your skin produces more sebum, which can lead to breakouts. 

Acne can also be caused or made worse by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Menopause and Increased androgen levels, which are hormones that play a role in the development of male traits. These hormones are present in both men and women. 


Recognising Hormonal Acne 

If the below apply, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from hormonal acne. 

  • You have pimples that appear on your chin and jawline. Increased hormone levels in your body can stimulate your oil glands—and most of them can be found around your chin area. Although the chin and jawline are really common places for hormonal acne, it can also flare-up on the side of your face or down your neck.
  • You have monthly breakouts. Hormonal acne follows a cycle – a lot like women’s menstrual cycles. Postmenopausal women can experience hormonal acne too, as they are still susceptible to monthly fluctuations in their oestrogen and progesterone levels. 
  • You’re under a lot of stress. A build-up of too much stress can lead to flare-ups, as cortisol (the stress hormone) can put your other hormones out of whack – another reason you should try to relax and de-stress on a regular basis. What’s more, if you’re stressed, you might not be looking after yourself quite as much as you should, and your skincare routine and diet can suffer, making breakouts more likely. 

Hormonal Acne Treatment 

Although hormonal acne can leave you feeling like your skin has a mind of its own, there are several options to help treat it. 

Contraception 

Oral contraceptives have compounds that target the hormones which cause acne. So if you aren’t already on the Pill, consider asking your doctor whether they’d recommend it to help treat your acne


Retinoids - Hormonal Topical retinoids 

 

If you have mild to moderate acne, you can use topical retinoids, which work by removing dead skin cells to prevent them building up inside hair follicles. They usually come in a gel or cream and should be applied once a day before bed. You can get retinal-containing products over the counter, but for stronger concentrations you’ll need to get them prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor. 


Diet 

What goes into your body can also affect you and your skin. Although the relationship between diet and acne hasn’t yet been firmly established, what we do know is that some foods can help alleviate skin inflammation, which can cause acne. Foods high in antioxidants, such as lentils and green leafy vegetables, and Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish (salmon, herring, and mackerel) can help reduce skin inflammation. You could also opt for an Omega-3 supplement if you don’t eat a lot of fatty fish. 


Non-Comedogenic Makeup - Hormonal Non-comedogenic makeup

 

Be extra kind to your skin and take care when choosing makeup. Go for non-comedogenic types – makeup that won’t clog your pores – which in turn should minimise the chance of flare-ups. 


5-step skincare routine 

Committing to a good skincare routine can help treat or alleviate hormonal acne. Try this 5-step routine to take care of your skin and minimise the chance of acne flare-ups. 

Cleansers - Hormonal 1. Double cleanse

 

Cleansing your skin helps to keep sebum from building up. Double cleansing is when you first cleanse the skin with an oil cleanser, followed by a second cleanser which is either foam or cream-based. Why double cleanse? Using an oil cleanser first helps to break down the makeup, dirt, and oil on your skin which builds up during the day. Cleansing your skin properly will make sure you get the benefits of the other products which follow.

Cloud Cream Cleanser 120ml - Hormonal

Shiseido Essentials

Perfect Cleansing Oil 180ml

RRP £34.00 (Save 21%)

Our Price: £26.75

 

Cloud Cream Cleanser 120ml - Hormonal

Peter Thomas Roth

Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser 120ml

RRP £23.00 (Save 22%)

Our Price: £15.00


Steam - Hormonal 2. Exfoliate/Steam

Exfoliation is key to any skincare routine. Unfortunately, dead skin cells re-accumulate every day, so this isn’t a one-time thing.  If you have super-sensitive skin, start off with a mild exfoliant (lactic acid), and use it just once a week for a few weeks, slowly working your way up to 3 to 4 times per week. Steaming can also help open and unclog your pores. Simply boil some water, pour it into a bowl and add essential oils or herbs like chamomile or lavender. Steam your face with a towel over your head for up to 10 minutes. Don’t steam your skin more than once a week.

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

Orange Extract All Skin Types 125ml

Our Price: £18.35


Face Masks - Hormonal 3. Mask

 

Face masks help to remove dead skin cells and other debris that can accumulate in pores and contribute to breakouts. Using a clay mask after steaming can work wonders – your pores will be open, so the mask can get in and do its work more easily, drawing out dirt and impurities.

Visible Difference Peel & Reveal Revitalizing Mask 50ml / 1.7 fl.oz. - Hormonal

Elizabeth Arden Face Mask & Exfoliator

Visible Difference Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask 50ml

RRP £26.00 (Save 36%)

Our Price: £16.75


Toners - Hormonal 4. Tone

 

This is an important step after cleansing your skin because toner helps to close your open pores and remove any final traces of dirt or makeup. Follow the instructions on your acne-fighting skin care products carefully and don’t be tempted to apply too much at once, this can lead to further irritation. Remember to check with your GP or dermatologist to make sure you’re using the most effective products for your skin type.

Sisley Toners Grapefruit Toning Lotion Combination/Oily Skin 250ml - Hormonal

Sisley Toners

Grapefruit Toning Lotion Combination/Oily Skin 250ml

RRP £72.50 (Save 37%)

Our Price: £45.55


Moisturiser - Hormonal5. Moisturise

 

Whether you’re prone to dry or oily skin, either can aggravate your acne, making moisturising an important step in your skincare routine. Using a moisturiser every day is a great way to seal the moisture in your skin. If you have oily skin, look for oil-free moisturisers, and opt for lotions and serums rather than thick creams. If your skin is prone to dryness, go for a more hydrating cream. Keep in mind that your skin might be dehydrated rather than dry – your skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time, as dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. Dehydration can be caused by factors such as weather, pollution, and diet, as well as the overuse of harsh skin care products. Dehydrated skin looks dull, feels tight or rough, may be sensitive, and can show fine lines. If you have dehydrated skin, switch to more gentle skincare products, don’t over-wash your face (no more than twice a day), and avoid irritating ingredients like essential oils or alcohol. 

Clinique Serums & Treatments - Hormonal

Clinique 

Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment 50ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 18%)

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 Omorovicza Budapest Serums Instant Perfection Serum 30ml - Hormonal

Omorovicza Budapest Serums

Instant Perfection Serum 30ml

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Dr. LeWinn’s

Line Smoothing Complex S8 Hydrating Cream 30g

RRP £51.00 (Save 50%)

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Seeking professional help 

Talk to your GP or dermatologist if you’re having trouble controlling or treating your acne, or if your acne is moderate to severe. If your skin has developed nodules or cysts, see your GP as soon as possible and have these treated to prevent scarring. 


Try not to let acne get you down – there are lots of options and treatments out there, and you shouldn’t let acne stop you from living your best life. Start taking control of your skin today! To learn more about how to start living your best life, read our blog on ‘Time for You’ and join the Me Time Movement!

Time For You

Hands up if you’re getting enough “me time” in your week? Anyone? That’s what we thought. Taking time to prioritise your own physical and mental wellbeing can often feel like an indulgence. There’s washing to be done, dishes to do, box sets to catch up on… we get it! But the old adage that you can’t pour from an empty cup really is true, and something all of us, particularly if we have family members depending on us, should take heed of.  

Where does one even start on this self-care journey? Fret not allbeauty readers, as always, we’re here to point you in the right direction. Here are a few easy tasks you can incorporate into your day to make sure you stay looking and feeling great all week long.


Monday: Start the Week Hydrated

Eugh, Mondays. The weekend is officially over and its straight back to the daily grind. Do yourself a favour and make Monday the day you really focus on hydrating yourself.

Water Splash Wide - Time for You

Too many of us dip in and out of dehydration simply because we forget to sip on a bottle of water throughout the day. Well, no more! Starting with just one day a week, focus on getting enough water into your system, the rest will follow.  

For bonus points, pop this Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hydrating Mist into your bag and give your face a spritz throughout the day to hydrate from the outside-in. 

Elizabeth Arden - Time for You

Elizabeth Arden

Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist 100ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £15.70


Tuesday: Hair Care and Chill

Combine two self-care winners into one, by taking care of your tresses while enjoying some downtime on the sofa. We can’t all get to the salon regularly (or even bi-annually, ahem), but with such a great range of hair treatments available, its never been easier to bring the salon experience into the comfort of your own home.

Hair care - Time for You

One of our favourites is multi-award winning Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3, designed to repair and restore the hair’s cuticle. And better still, it works best when left for at least 10 minutes, so grab a cuppa, put your feet up, and let it do its thing.

Olaplex Hair Perfector - Time for You

Olaplex Hair Perfector

RRP £26.00 (Save 33%)

Our Price: £17.35


Wednesday: Put Your Best Face Forward

You’ve made it to hump day, the weekend is in sight! Prep that skin for whatever the rest of the week throws at you with an at-home facial.

Face Mask - Time for You

Now, in a perfect world we’d all be regularly exfoliating and using a face mask, but let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way! Once a week, make skincare your priority and take the time to give yourself a quality facial. Cleanse as normal, then use an appropriate exfoliator to remove any dead cells and dirt, before applying a moisturising face mask. Your skin will thank you!

 Clarins Exfoliators & Masks - Time for You

Clarins Exfoliators & Masks

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 12%)

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 Omorovicza Budapest Face Masks - Time for You

Omorovicza Budapest Face Masks

Ultramoor Mud Mask 50ml

RRP £68.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £51.00


Thursday: Early To Bed, Early to Rise

We know it’s not the most glamorous form of self-care, but getting an early night can make a world of difference to your energy levels, mood and general sense of wellbeing. At least once a week, try to climb into bed an hour earlier than usual. In general, we need around 8 hours of sleep a night, but another few hours will only do you good!

Sleep - Time for You

Changing your sleep habits can be difficult, so if you find yourself wide-eyed and staring at the ceiling, try creating an environment more conducive to sleep. Settling down with a good book can tip the scales toward sleep, and relaxing scents can also help lull you off to the land of nod.

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep - Time for You

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep

Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist 30ml

Our Price: £20.00


Friday: Soak Up The Weekend

Ooooh yeah! Do you have that weekend feeling yet? Well, there’s no better way to say farewell to the working week than by washing your stress away with a good long soak in the tub. Nothing is quite as relaxing as submerging yourself into a hot bath. Nothing, that is, except for submerging yourself into a hot bath that has added sumptuousness.

Bath and Body - Time for You

Get all sudsy with one of our foamy bath soaks, unwind aching muscles with a fragrant bath oil, or feel the fizz with one of the gorgeous range of Bomb Cosmetics bath bombs. Additional fizz in the form of a glass of wine optional, but always recommended. It’s officially the weekend, after all.

Rituals The Ritual of Dao - Time for You

Rituals The Ritual of Dao

Go With the Flow Bath Foam 500ml

RRP £13.90 (Save 5%)

Our Price: £13.20

 

 Elemental Herbology Five Element Bath & Body Oils - Time for You

Elemental Herbology 

Five Element Bath & Body Oil – Water Soothe 145ml

Our Price: £28.00

Watercolours Gift Pack - Time for You

Bomb Cosmetics

Watercolours Gift Pack

RRP £15.00 (Save 11%)

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Saturday: Fingers and Toes

The weekend is an ideal time for those self-care tasks that you can’t make time for during the week. Carve an hour out of your day to put on your favourite music, grab a biscuit or something equally delicious, and get the mani/pedi kit out.

Mani/Pedi - Time for You

Our feet and hands are so hard-working, but they rarely get shown the same attention we give to our face and hair. Pamper yourself with a moisturising foot mask, while you deal with those cuticles and touch up your nails.

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Seoulista Beauty

3 Pack Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure

RRP £21.50 (Save 11%)

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L'Occitane Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Oil - Time for You

L’Occitane

Shea Butter Nail and Cuticle Oil

RRP £14.00 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £12.60


Sunday: Don’t You Scrub Up Well!

After a full seven days of embracing “me time”, how will you end your week? Perhaps its time for another face mask, an extra early night, or one last soak in the tub? Well, why not do something different with your Sunday by giving yourself a spa-quality body scrub from the comfort of home?

Body Scrub - Time for you

At a cost of £60+ a session, a body scrub is a great way to slough off the dry skin or lotion build-up that makes your skin uneven. The best part? If you’re willing to put in the work yourself (or can rope in a willing partner), you can get the same results at home. Try our favourites, urban spa and luxury beauty brand Rituals, or 100% handmade, vegan friendly Bomb Cosmetics.

 

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub - Time for You

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura

Body Scrub 250g

RRP £14.90 (Save 10%)

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Bomb Cosmetics Body Scrub & Polish - Time for You

Bomb Cosmetics

Scrubology Body Scrub 400g

RRP £7.99 (Save 19%)

Our Price: £6.45


There really is no excuse for not creating a small window in your day to take care of yourself, inside and out. So, get started today and start investing in the “me time” movement.

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