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Ingredient of the Month: Glycerin

Glycerin is one of the most used ingredients in skincare, featuring highly in the active ingredients of many bestselling moisturisers. You may have also noticed glycerin listed in the ingredients of other items around your home, such as on natural soaps, cough medicines and even baked goods. 

A highly adaptable liquid that lends itself to all manner of uses, glycerin is one of the hardest working ingredients in the world of skincare. Here’s why:


What Is Glycerin?

Most glycerin is vegetarian, being made by heating vegetable fats, such as palm, soy and coconut oils either under pressure or with an alkali. Through this process, the glycerin separates from the oil and fuses with water molecules, creating an odourless, colourless liquid. 

Glycerin has a syrupy consistency and is also sweet, which makes it ideal for using in the catering industry as it lends itself perfectly to confectionary.  You might then wonder how on earth glycerin has made its way into the world of cosmetic beauty products. Well, it turns out that not only is glycerin an incredibly safe ingredient, it also does wonders for our skin.


How Does it Work?

There are three main categories of moisturiser: emollients, humectants and/or occlusives. Glycerin is a humectant, alongside other ingredients like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. 

Humectants draw water to the skin and bind the water to keep it there. They are quickly absorbed and usually a light consistency, making them suitable for all skin types. 

Emollients fill the cracks on the surface of the skin, creating a smoother complexion and helping to repair your skin’s natural barrier. They are usually a creamy consistency and are suitable for most skin types, though not ideal for oily skin.

Occlusives seal moisture into the skin, preventing it from escaping. They usually come in the form of thick cream or balm and are ideal for mature, dehydrated or dry skin.

As glycerin attracts moisture to itself, it can bring moisture up from deeper layers of skin and also draw moisture out of the air towards the skin, all without creating an oily layer on the skin’s surface. This combination of features make it ideal for keeping skin hydrated, no matter your skin type.


What Products Contain Glycerin?

We have a wide range of skin and hair products that include glycerin, but here are a few of our favourites:

For Oily/Combination Skin

REN Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream

When you need to hydrate your skin without risking a break-out, REN offers the solution. This gel cream reduces oil, hydrates dry patches, and leaves the skin with a matte finish.

For Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Thelgo Hydra-Marine Gel-Balm

Dry or dehydrated skin needs a little extra love when it comes to moisturisation. This gel-balm by Thelgo does just that, combining the nourishing properties of glycerin and aloe vera with heavier ingredients designed to lock in moisture.

For Sensitive Skin

Elemis Hydra-Boost Sensitive Day Cream

With both glycerin and hyaluronic acid, you know this day cream by Elemis will do wonders for your skin’s hydration, and with the addition of orange blossom milk, your sensitive skin will be soothed at the same time.

For All Skin Types

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hydrating Mist

Combining two powerful humectants, glycerin and aloe vera, this mist from Elizabeth Arden is a fantastic addition to your handbag, either when travelling or just for an afternoon hydration boost. 

For Hair

Matrix Moisture Me Rich

Could your hair do with a boost of moisture too? Glycerin is equally as popular in hair products as it is in the world of skincare. Moisture Me Rich uses glycerin as one of its key ingredients to draw moisture into the hair, leaving you with bouncy, hydrated locks.


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Ingredient of the Month: Jojoba

As well as being incredibly fun to say, jojoba (ho-HO-ba) is a fantastic natural ingredient that is often used in the world of hair and skin care. Ever wondered what this funny-sounding ingredient actually does? Well, you’re in the right place.  Here’s everything you need to know about jojoba.


What Is Jojoba?

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) is a plant that grows in dry regions of northern Mexico, southern California and southern Arizona. While the plant itself is fairly unassuming, it’s the Jojoba seeds that hold the beneficial properties. About 50% of the seed consists of wax and oil, which is extracted from the harvested Jojoba and used in beauty and natural medicine.

Native Americans have used Jojoba oil to treat wounds going back centuries, but the use of Jojoba in beauty began as recently as the 1970s.


How Does It Work?

The use of Jojoba in the beauty industry was fueled by the desire to move towards natural ingredients. Prior to 1970, the oil of choice in many cosmetic products was whale oil. When the importing of whale oil was outlawed, manufacturers began to look at alternative oils that had similar benefits, jojoba made the top of that list. 

Jojoba oil is an emollient which soothes the skin and relieves dryness without blocking pores. Because of it’s fantastic lubricating and moisturising properties, jojoba is now an ingredient of thousands of hair and skin care products, particularly those with a focus on using natural ingredients. You’re most likely to find jojoba oil in moisturiser, body lotion and shampoo and conditioner.

 


Who Can Benefit From Using Jojoba Oil? 

Jojoba oil can be used on all skin types, either as a treatment or for moisturising.

Jojoba oil acts in a very similar way to the natural oil produced by our skin, Sebum. Because of this, it is non-comedogenic (pore-clogging) and the body reacts well to its presence on the skin. Many of our allbeauty customers find that by using a clay mask which contains jojoba a few times a week, they notice a reduction in their blemishes.

People with dry skin may find jojoba oil particularly beneficial as it has been shown to alleviate conditions such as Psoriasis and help to soothe chapped, dry patches of skin. It is also safe to be used on sensitive skin due to its sebum-imitating qualities.

There is some debate as to whether jojoba oil can aid in hair regrowth, but a large number of people believe that it may do just that. Jojoba oil has been shown to unclog hair follicles when used directly on the scalp, either as a pure oil or in a hair product. One of the reasons for hair loss may be due to blocked follicles, it stands to reason that jojoba oil may help those battling premature hair loss.


Which Products Contain Jojoba?  

At allbeauty, we stock a range of natural products which include jojoba oil in our list of ingredients. Ready to see what jojoba oil can do for your skin? Here are just a few of our allbeauty favourites.

 

Bomb Cosmetics Jade Jojoba Body Polish

Combining shea butter, jojoba oil and cedarwood oil, this lightly grained body polish will have your skin looking silky smooth in no time.

 

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Oil

A fantastic oil for nourishing your skin after a bath, the three main ingredients are coconut oil, peach kernel oil and jojoba – so you know it’s going to deeply hydrate.

 

Rich Styling Silk Oil Serum for Hair

When rubbed through damp hair this serum smoothes the cuticle, protects for breakage and locks in moisture. For hair with a luscious, natural shine, look no further.


To view all of our Jojoba oil products and read similar articles go to allbeauty.com/ingredients

Rosalique: changing skin routines… and lives!

Skin sensitivity and red skin are very real problems for many people. Rosalique is an innovative dermo-cosmetic that aims to make sensitive and red facial skin a thing of the past – its bio-scientific formula uses a triple action effect to instantly conceal, gently treat and provide long term protection from common red skin issues such as Rosacea, Couperose and Keratosis Pilaris. Rosalique’s 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF 25 has recently been shortlisted as Pure Beauty’s Best New Skincare Product 2018. 

As a 2-in-1 face cream that instantly improves and evens out skin discolouration and red sensitive skin, Rosalique can be used in two key ways. Firstly, It can be used as a concealer or foundation – as well as a base or primer under daily makeup. Secondly, It can be used as an active cosmetic offering an alternative to harsher medical products.

Its clinically proven ingredients actively work with skin to effectively reduce the intensity of the skin’s redness whilst it is one of the only creams available to use a triple action effect to not only conceal and treat, but also protect skin. 


The impact of Rosalique can be seen on the following case studies below: 

Samantha Franks, 48, Cleethorpes – Red skin 

‘I was sceptical at first trying this product. I have had red areas around my nose, cheeks and chin for a long time. Concealers I have used in the past have covered these areas but only for a short period of time so when I was asked to try this product I thought, oh well I have nothing to lose. I cannot believe just one application lasted the whole day. I did not have to apply any makeup afterwards. My skin looked radiant! Almost everyone I met that day commented on how fresh and flawless my skin looked which made my confidence go through the roof! I wear this product daily and will never buy another concealer ever’ 

Ann-Marie Wilson, 41, Grimsby – Red Skin

‘I love it! I’ve been using it as a primer under my foundation, which I hardly need much of now. It really evens out my skin tone. I’ve also found putting it on with a makeup sponge minimises the green fingers!’ 

Sarah Johnson, 48, Grimsby – Rosacia

‘I use the cream most days under my normal make up. I wouldn’t be without it, it’s made a massive impact on my life. It’s fab as a primer and redness corrector.’ 


Rosalique Skincare

3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF25 30ml

£30.00


Supported by science, Rosalique is both dermatologically and clinically tested – the unique formula has been created to be the fastest, safest and most effective solution for facial redness. The instant effect of Rosalique boosts confidence by concealing the affected areas – simply apply Rosalique daily and massage into skin to see the difference! 


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The Menopause: How To Recognise The Signs & Symptoms

Have you heard that 50 is the new 30? Many women are now more confident in their 50s than their 30s; a new confidence comes with knowing who you are, what you want, and what looks and feels good on you. And with fiftieth birthday bashes taking over 21st birthday celebrations, there’s plenty to celebrate as you get a little older. But with 51 being the average age a woman in the UK starts the menopause, the symptoms can leave you feeling less like yourself, and not in the mood to party.

So what can you expect with menopause? And how do you recognise the signs and symptoms?

We take a look at some of the common symptoms of menopause, with tips to get you feeling back on track.


What is the menopause and when does it start?

The menopause, often called ‘the change’, is a completely normal condition that all women experience as they age. As part of going through the menopause, a woman will stop having periods and loses the ability to get pregnant naturally. The menopause is caused by changes in the balance of our sex hormones, and starts as your body stops producing as much of the hormone oestrogen as it did during your fertile years.

Less commonly, menopause is sometimes caused by medical procedures such as oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries – chemotherapy, radiotherapy or some breast cancer treatments. Having Down’s syndrome or Addison’s disease can also trigger menopause earlier in life.

With the menopause come many changes that may seem daunting or scary, but they are changes that women all over the world are experiencing too. You don’t necessarily just need to put up with the symptoms of menopause, either – there are plenty of ways to manage them.


How will I know when I’ve started the menopause?

Perimenopause is the transition phase as your body prepares for menopause, and can start around 8 to 10 years before you experience menopause. For many women, perimenopause happens in their 30s or 40s, and you might experience menopausal symptoms such as changes in period cycle, mood swings and hot flashes. In the perimenopause stage, your body starts providing physical clues that the menopause is on its way, although it can still be a few years before your last period. Menopause is defined as your last menstrual period, and confirmed when you haven’t had a period for twelve months in a row.


What are the symptoms of the menopause?

No two women’s bodies are exactly the same, and your experience of menopause might be very different to that of your friends or family. But there are some common symptoms of the menopause to look out for:

Irregular periods

When you’re approaching the menopause, the length of time between your periods can be shorter or longer than usual. The amount of blood flow will also vary, and there may be months when you don’t have your period at all.

We can counter the decline of our body’s oestrogen levels by supplying our body with phyto or plant oestrogens found in tofu, soya milk or soya flour, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. It is recommended to take at least 4 to 5 portions of seeds and unsalted nuts every week.

 

Hot flashes

Hot flashes (also called hot flushes) are the most common sign of menopause or perimenopause, and affect up to 80% of women – so you’re not alone! A hot flash is a feeling of intense warmth, that seems to creep up then spreads throughout your body. Hot flashes can cause you to sweat and make your face look flushed, and they can cause night sweats too, which can leave your clothes and bedding soaked in perspiration even if the room temperature is cool. They can happen suddenly within the day, but the following can also trigger hot flashes or make them worse:

  • Eating spicy food
  • Drinking caffeinated and alcoholic drinks
  • Smoking
  • High temperatures
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Receiving treatment for certain cancer types
  • Taking certain medicines
  • Health conditions such as an overactive thyroid, tuberculosis and diabetes

Depending on your sensitivity to hormones, your doctor might recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help with hot flashes. You can also try to manage them yourself – here’s how:

  • Reduce your intake of tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Sip cold or iced drinks
  • Stop smoking
  • Keep your room cool and well-ventilated
  • Use a cold gel pack or spray your face with cool water if you feel that you’re about to have a hot flush
  • Wear light cotton clothing and layers that you can easily take off
  • Take lukewarm showers or baths instead of hot ones
  • Speak to your doctor if you think that your medicine is causing hot flashes
Bone weakness

Our bones can weaken during the period leading to menopause as we produce less oestrogen, which stimulates the activity of osteoblasts, the cells that produce bone. This can make our bones fragile, making us more prone to osteoporosis, the deterioration of bone density and quality. To keep your bones healthy, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and other natural sources of calcium such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Vitamin D from sunlight exposure — about 10 minutes twice a day — and food such as oily fish, eggs and certain mushrooms will also help your body absorb calcium.

Higher cholesterol

Less oestrogen may cause an increase in ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and a decline in ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in our body. Higher LDL raises the risk of heart disease. Some diet changes can do a lot for your heart’s health:

  • Cut down on fatty meats. Use low saturate oils and spreads and go for lower fat dairy. Grill your food instead of frying it.
  • Switch to food with higher fibre content like oats, wholegrain bread and brown rice. Also include beans, lentils and chickpeas once or twice a week.
  • Include at least two portions of fish every week. Choose fish that is rich in omega-3 fats like canned sardines, salmon, mackerel, herrings and trout.
  • Cut down on sweets, soft drinks, cakes and other products made of refined sugar.
  • Aim for the recommended 5 a day of fruits and vegetables, which contain heart-friendly antioxidants.
  • Limit your intake of processed products such as ready-meals, soups and cooking sauces that are high in salt. Swap in herbs and spices for flavour.
Mood swings

We can be more irritable or emotionally unstable as a result of the various changes that our body goes through as part of menopause, including disrupted sleep resulting from hot flushes. Complex carbohydrates like bran, oatmeal and brown rice can bring up your serotonin levels, helping to control your appetite and make you feel brighter. Eating breakfast in addition to small food portions several times a day can also help you feel less irritable. Include exercise in your daily routine to release endorphins, your ‘happy hormones’ – anything from a group exercise class to a light jog around the park can re-frame your outlook for the day and leave you feeling energised.

Vaginal dryness and bladder problems

Our vaginal tissues can lose lubrication as the amount of oestrogen we produce declines. The condition sometimes causes urinary incontinence and discomfort during sex, and it can also make us more vulnerable to vaginal and urinary tract infections. Aside from the menopause, there are other causes of vaginal dryness too, such as breast feeding or taking the contraceptive pill. Vaginal dryness can be embarrassing to talk about, even with your friends or partner, but there’s no need to suffer in silence, and many other women will be going through exactly the same thing! You can manage vaginal dryness by avoiding douches or perfumed soaps, creams and washes in and around your vagina. You can also use vaginal moisturisers, and try water-based lubricants before sex to relieve any discomfort.

Loss of libido

Along with the drop in oestrogen levels, symptoms of the menopause such as difficulty sleeping, weight gain and vaginal dryness can affect our sex drive. Everyone’s sex drive is different – there’s no such thing as a “normal” libido, but if you are experiencing a reduced interest in or enjoyment of sex, start by talking to your partner so they know what you’re going through.
Along with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which helps with several of the symptoms of the menopause and is often prescribed for menopausal women, treating vaginal dryness, sticking to a healthy diet and doing physical activity can help keep you feeling more like yourself and more in the mood…


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Living With Rosacea

If you suffer from rosacea, the chances are that you’ve already spent hours of your life researching everything you can about how to avoid flares and know more about the quirks of your particular variety of rosacea than your own GP does. If this is the case, feel free to skip to the next section.

However, if you’ve recently been diagnosed, or are trying to support a loved one with the condition, it’s helpful to have an overview of what rosacea is and how it can best be dealt with.

Rosacea is a common skin condition which is still poorly understood. It can come and go, with “flushing” being spread across the cheeks, forehead and chin, generally avoiding the eye and mouth area. It can also result in a stinging sensation, spots, visible blood vessels and/or permanent redness. 

While we don’t know what causes rosacea, there are triggers which have been identified as making a flare more likely. They are:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sun exposure
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Hot/cold weather

Living With Rosacea

There are a few things you can do to make living with rosacea more manageable. First of all, avoid the factors which trigger flare-ups. If you haven’t yet identified what your triggers are, keep a diary for a few weeks to help spot patterns – it’s mundane, but it can be incredibly helpful at pinpointing which events most upset your skin.

Woman writing in diary - Rosacea

Next, make sure you’re protecting your skin from the sun by using a sunscreen of at least SPF30. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays may harm your skin, so it’s best to get into the routine of wearing an SPF daily to completely eliminate the risk. You can find many sun-protection products which have been specifically designed for sensitive skin and redness, such as Uriage’s SPF30 Eau Thermale Anti-Redness Cream.

Being gentle with your skin is key when it comes to rosacea, whether that means protecting it from the elements or using ultra-mild cleansers. Men may also find that using an electric razor rather than a blade is less irritating for the skin.


How To Deal With Rosacea (Without Making It Worse)

When flares do happen, it can be tempting to reach for the heavy artillery, but dermatologists recommend avoiding steroid cream unless you’ve been instructed to use it by your doctor. While steroids are wonderful for targeting inflammation, they can thin your skin, which can ultimately make your rosacea worse, so they must be used only as needed. 

If you want to use make-up to camouflage your rosacea, dermatologists also advise that you avoid anything water-proof or oil-based. Instead, opt for water-based skincare products where possible. We highlight some of the best options further below in the blog.

If your rosacea is proving particularly challenging and is significantly affecting your day-to-day life or mental health, there are other options you may wish to explore. UK based charity, Changing Faces, helps people with a range of conditions related to their physical appearance and can provide camouflage makeup to rosacea sufferers. If you’d like to explore this service you’ll need a referral, so make an appointment with your GP to discuss this further. 


Clinical Treatments for Rosacea

While there isn’t any cure for rosacea, many people find that clinical intervention can help to control their condition or reduce the occurrence of flare-ups. 

Prescription gels and creams are available from your GP or dermatologist. These are applied directly to the affected area to lessen redness and spots.

Female doctor speaking to red haired patient - Rosacea

Oral medications can also be prescribed by your medical professional, such as antibiotics. These are usually only used for severe rosacea over a short period of time.   

Alternative procedures such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser treatment have been found to help some sufferers of rosacea. These treatments are offered privately at many cosmetic clinics without a referral.


Rosacea and Blepharitis

It’s incredibly common for people who suffer from skin inflammation, such as rosacea and eczema to periodically develop blepharitis too. Blepharitis can come and go and is characterised by itchy, sore, red eyelids and flakes along your lash line. 

The good news is that blepharitis is much easier to get rid of than rosacea. Wash your eyelids each day using a warm, wet flannel. It can help to leave the flannel on your eyes for 10 minutes to loosen up and flakes and then massage the skin around your lashes to remove the buildup. By doing this frequently, your eyes will soon be clear. 


The Best Skincare Routine for Rosacea

As we’ve mentioned before, the most important factor when it comes to dealing with rosacea is a ‘softly softly’ approach. It doesn’t take much to irritate rosacea-prone skin, so opt for gentle products wherever possible.

Cleansing

We recommend cleansing your skin twice daily using a gentle, soap-free cleanser. Look for cleansers which have a neutral pH, and avoid anything that lists fragrances or alcohol among its ingredients*. A suitable example is the Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water, or if you prefer a slightly creamier cleanser, the Manuka Doctor Anti-Redness Cream Cleanser is another great option.

 

Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water - Rosacea

After cleansing, rinse your face with warm water and pat dry, ensuring the skin is completely dry before applying any topical medications. 

While we recommend avoiding the use of toners for rosacea-prone skin, you should particularly be wary of any which contain astringent ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate, lanolin, witch hazel, menthol, camphor, peppermint and clove oil. 

*Some alcohols are not drying, but are instead used to stop products from separating, such as cetearyl alcohol.

 

Moisturising

If your skin feels tight or sore, using a moisturiser can provide much-needed relief. Choose a product which is targeted at sensitive skin; it will usually be noted as being fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Simply being ‘dermatologically-tested’ won’t cut it for skin that is prone to rosacea.

We recommend the 100% natural Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil which contains a host of nourishing oils and has been formulated specifically for sensitive, reactive and dry skin. You may also want to pair this with a heavier cream on top, such as Dermaskin from Salcura’s Bioskin range. Containing Omega’s 3 and 6, as well as Vitamin C, E and a combination of natural oils, Dermaskin gives skin a rich protective base. 

 

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil - Rosacea

 

Night-time Moisturising

At night, you may wish to pair your Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil with something even heavier, to work on repairing your skin as you sleep. Love CBD Balm is a thick base of shea and coconut butter, infused with grapeseed oil, rosemary and CBD oil. Making waves in the scientific community for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is one of the fastest-growing ingredients in skincare. 

 

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil and Love CBD balm - Rosacea

 

Make-Up For Rosacea

When it comes to choosing a foundation to cover your rosacea there are a few key features to look for. A good foundation needs to have the ability to build layers – this will allow you to get the right coverage without that full-face ‘caked’ look. Your foundation should also have ingredients that actively help your rosacea, not just cover it up. It should also be free of any potential irritants to ensure it doesn’t do more harm than good. 

A few of our favourite foundations that tick all the above boxes are:

Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation SPF15 has been designed by skincare experts to reduce redness while using probiotic technology to enhance skin health. Not only does it give great coverage, its formulation actually helps to improve the appearance of your rosacea from the inside out.  

 

Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation SPF15 - Rosacea

 

Using a combination of minerals and pigments, Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF30’s ‘one-tone’ foundation is buildable with a semi-matte finish. The neuropeptides contained in the product can help with inflammation, while the SPF30 will give you total peace of mind. 

Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF30 - Rosacea

 

If you prefer a truly natural foundation, bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15 may be just the product for you. This original formula uses just five minerals to give buildable coverage in a wide range of colours. 

bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15 - Rosacea

 

Have you had success with any of the products on our list? Or perhaps you swear by something we haven’t listed? Let other readers know your top tips for dealing with rosacea in the comments below.


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Cellulite: The Lowdown on Orange Peel

Ah, cellulite. That dimply, dappled effect that dons the legs, bums, tums and arms of 90% of women. First of all, let that statistic sink in. 90% of women suffer from cellulite, so if you’ve spent years battling the dreaded orange peel, you’re in very good company. 

Whether you’re working toward embracing and accepting your lumpy bits, or are looking for ways to banish them, here you’ll find everything you need to know.


Myths About Cellulite

Women of different ethnicity's showing their cellulite

Let’s start by covering some of the untruths many people believe about cellulite. 

Cellulite only affects you if you’re overweight

Cellulite is one of those things that strikes indiscriminately. Despite what many may think, weight isn’t always a factor. While a larger surface area can certainly make cellulite more obvious, being overweight isn’t a precursor for cellulite. Many of us will vouch for that fact. 

Cellulite is genetic.

While there can be a genetic element to cellulite, our biology is rather complicated so it isn’t quite as straightforward as that. One sister within a family may inherit her mother’s dimply bottom, while her sibling may not. If ever there was a trigger for sibling rivalry! 

When it comes to hereditary cellulite, it’s luck of the draw.

Men don’t get cellulite.

Blokes aren’t passed over in the genetic lottery either I’m afraid. Cellulite does affect women in a greater proportion due to our typical fat distribution and connective tissue, but it also affects an estimated 10% of men. However, men do have the benefit of being able to wear their hairy thighs with pride to take the focus off those lumps and bumps. If only!

There’s nothing you can do about cellulite.

Time for hard truths. There’s nothing you can do to rid yourself of cellulite completely. We know, we know. It hurts to hear it. If there was a magical treatment that blasted those bumps into oblivion, we’d be first in the queue. Sadly, that’s just not the way it works. BUT, and this is a big but, you can reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. So, for those of us who would rather eradicate than embrace, there’s hope in sight. 


So, What Causes Cellulite?

Without going too far into the science, cellulite is the term for the bumps and dimples created on the skin by underlying fat. When the fat pushes through connective tissue it can make the skin above pucker or bulge, creating cellulite. Women have vertical connective tissue, making us more susceptible to this effect, while men have a criss-cross structure that makes cellulite less likely. 

Woman showing her Cellulite

Your genetics play a role in determining your connective tissue, but lifestyle factors can also play a role. If you smoke, have a diet low in fibre, or live a sedentary lifestyle, you’re more at risk of exacerbating cellulite. 

Unfortunately, age also plays a factor, as those connective tissues weaken over time. From around the age of 30, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, the substance which gives our skin its elasticity. The combination of these two age-related factors makes cellulite more likely to form.


Types of Cellulite

Did you realise there was more than one type of cellulite? You’re not alone! There are in fact three types of cellulite of different severities which are grouped based on their visual appearance.

Grade 1, mild cellulite:

Typically “orange-peel” in appearance. Mild cellulite is categorised as having between 1 and 4 superficial depressions and slight sagging to the skin. 

Grade 2, moderate cellulite:

Typically “cottage cheese” in appearance. Moderate cellulite is categorised as having between 5 and 9 medium-depth depressions and moderate sagging.

Grade 3, severe cellulite:

Typically has a “mattress” appearance. Severe cellulite is categorised as having 10 or more deep depressions and severe sagging.


How to Get Rid of Cellulite

As we learned in #4 of the cellulite myths, you can’t get rid of cellulite, but that’s not to say you have to be happy with the status quo. So, if you can’t wave a magic wand and reveal a silky smooth bum, tum and thighs, what can you do?

Embrace Those Curves

Life’s too short to spend hiding behind sarongs, knee-length shorts and drapey kaftans. Throw off those excess layers and stride to the sand or poolside with confidence. 

Ok, if you’re reading this article then chances are you’re not quite at that point. But next time you’re at the beach or pool, instead of worrying what your body looks like, take a moment to look around. People come in every shape and size. That woman with the glorious legs is probably self-conscious about her small breasts, the one with the pert bum may have crooked teeth she spends her life trying to hide. 

We all have our imperfections, so why not just accept and embrace them? 

Give Your Skin A Fighting Chance

While there are a lot of factors that can’t be changed, there are a few things you can do to help your body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables which are high in fibre, and reduce the salt and saturated fats you consume. Staying hydrated will also help your skin retain some of its moisture, reducing the appearance of cellulite. 

In terms of lifestyle, step away from the cigarettes and try to move more. Exercising won’t get rid of cellulite, but it does help to improve the muscle tone beneath the fatty layer of cellulite. Blood circulation to the affected area can also play an important role in cellulite, so avoid sitting for long periods of time, or wearing clothing that may limit blood flow.

How Can You Smooth The Appearance Of Cellulite?

If you’ve tackled the lifestyle aspects of cellulite but still aren’t seeing the results you want, it may be time to enlist some expert help. There are a variety of techniques and ingredients which can tackle cellulite, but here are a few of the products rated highest by other allbeauty customers.

 

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel - Cellulite

If you have a special event and need smoother skin in a flash, look no further than the Fast Action Slimming Gel by Guinot. Stimulating circulation and encouraging the draining of excess fluid from tissue, cellulite is visibly reduced. 

“Very happy with the purchase, price, delivery and quality of the product.”

Our Price: £23.95

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules - Cellulite

Caffeine has been shown to stimulate circulation and burn fat, making these oil capsules a great way to shift your dimples.

“Impressed with the results already, easy to apply. Would highly recommend.”

Our Price: £18.50

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush - Cellulite

Stimulating blood flow to those problem areas can help to plump skin and reduce the appearance of orange peel skin. Incorporate a dry scrub into your daily routine with this Body Detox Skin Brush from Elemis.

“Introduced to this product on a cruise. Bought 4 more for Christmas presents says it all!”

Our Price: £14.70

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil - Cellulite

Rich in natural plant extracts, the Cellulite Oil by Weleda firms and improves the appearance of cellulite. Use in tandem with the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush for best results.

“This oil is amazing, it has completely changed how I feel about my back thighs. It has reduced the cellulite dramatically with help from using a body brush. I highly recommend this product!!!”

Our Price: £14.90

5* review from allbeauty customer


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Ingredient of the Month: Glycolic Acid

Next in our series of Ingredient of the Month blogs, we highlight another of the organic acids which are known to improve skin health. 

Along with salicylic acid, glycolic acid is one of the most researched of the hydroxy acids used in skincare. Toners, creams and masks containing glycolic acid are popping up everywhere, with even high-street brands jumping on the bandwagon. But who can most benefit from glycolic acid? And what should you look for when making a purchase? 

Read on for everything you need to know about using glycolic acid in your skincare routine.


What Is Glycolic Acid? 

Glycolic acid is an organic compound with acidic properties, very similar to lactic acid. It is one of the smallest of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), meaning that it’s water-soluble and can penetrate easily into the skin. 

With fantastic exfoliating properties, high-potency (10%+) glycolic peels have become a must-have beauty treatment, but these are best done by a trained cosmetic professional. That doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune to feel the benefits though! Thankfully, glycolic products up to an 8% concentration are readily available for you to use from the comfort of home. 


How Does It Work?

Like other AHAs, glycolic acid works by dissolving the ‘glue’ that bonds old skin cells to the surface. By breaking down these bonds, dull, dry skin is sloughed away, revealing the smoother, brighter skin below.

Alongside its exfoliating properties, glycolic acid also stimulates the production of collagen and binds moisture to the skin. Combined, these functions encourage skin which is hydrated, radiant and less susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. Sold? Us too!


Who Can Benefit From Using Glycolic Acid?

With varying concentrations and products available, there’s a glycolic acid for all skin types, but it’s considered particularly beneficial for those with aging, acne-prone, or uneven skin. 

Glycolic acid is generally considered to be stronger than some of the other AHAs, and so if you have particularly sensitive skin or are new to using acid in your skincare regime, we suggest starting with a weaker AHA such as lactic acid. 

If using glycolic acid for the first time, a good way to start is by using it sparingly and gradually increasing your use over time. This allows your skin to become accustomed and makes it easier for you to review the condition of your skin. 


What Products Contain Glycolic Acid?

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to skincare products that include glycolic acid. The concentrations and formulations can vary greatly, so choosing the right product will depend largely on your skin’s sensitivity and what potency you’re looking for. Ideally, look for a glycolic acid concentration of 5-8% to ensure you’ll reap the benefits. 

With that in mind, here are a few of our favourite glycolic acid products, including a mask, toner and cream.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Solutions Toner 8%

With the 8% Glycolic Solutions Toner from Peter Thomas Roth you can experience the smoothing and clarifying benefits of glycolic acid firsthand. With camomile and aloe vera, this soothing toner is well balanced and great for all skin types.

RRP £33.00 Save £9.05 (27%)

Our Price: £23.95

 

Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask 

Caudalie have a reputation for their plant-derived, naturally-sourced products and the Glycolic Peel is no different. Enhanced with grape seed oil, skin is exfoliated and brightened with a dose of added nourishment.

 

Our Price: £22.00


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Ingredient of the Month: Retinol

Retinol is the darling of the beauty world, featured in the line-up of all of the best known cosmetic products. If you’ve not yet delved into the world of this must-have skincare ingredient, allow us to give you an overview. Here’s everything you need to know about retinol.  


What Is Retinol?

Often referred to by those in dermatology as the only proven anti-ageing ingredient, retinol boasts a wealth of skin-improving properties. 

Retinol is another name for Vitamin A1, which is the vitamin known for promoting collagen production and skin renewal. The stimulating effect that retinol has on collagen production is one of its most valuable functions. Why? Because our collagen production naturally slows from around the age of 30, leading to an increase in those fine lines and wrinkles synonymous with old age. 

Not only that, but retinol is also a great exfoliator, so it encourages the release of old skin cells while stimulating the production of newer, thicker skin. You won’t be surprised to hear that this is making it one of the hottest ingredients in anti-aging skincare.


How Does It Work?

Retinol works by prompting weak and discoloured cells on the skin’s outermost layer to slough off, revealing fresh skin beneath. While this turnover can cause redness and mild peeling, after around six weeks the skin adjusts and looks more radiant, smoother, and even. 


Who Can Benefit From Using Retinol?

Retinol is best used on the skin from the age of 30+, as this is the time that collagen levels begin to fall. In this group, the results speak for themselves, with tens of thousands of people around the world swearing by it for its anti-aging properties. If you have younger skin you may choose to use retinol too, particularly as a preventative solution, though you may not find the visible effects quite as noticeable. 

Because retinol breaks down dead skin cells and unclogs pores, it’s also been found to be particularly useful for people who aren’t getting results from their current acne treatment. If over-the-counter options aren’t having an effect on your acne, it may be worth consulting with a dermatologist to discuss retinol treatments. 

All that being said, there are some people who should steer clear of retinol. If you have eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, it’s best to avoid retinol because your skin’s already weakened moisture barrier will allow retinol to penetrate deeper than it should, resulting in more inflammation. 


What Products Contain Retinol?

The number of products which contain retinol are increasing by the day, but there are a few which our customers swear by. Here are three of the best retinol products, as voted by allbeauty customers. 

 

Indeed Laboratories Retinol Reface

RRP £19.99  Save £4.04 (20%)

Our Price £15.95

“I never run out of this cream it’s my bff.” – 5* review by Miss Wilcock

Containing three types of retinol, Retinol Reface by Indeed Laboratories is a 3-in-1 serum which smoothes, reduces fine lines and improves skin tone. 

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

RRP £55.50 Save £12.55 (23%)

Our Price £42.95

“Amazing results. Skin gets visibly firmer and tiny wrinkles are all gone!” – 5* review by Marina

Reap the benefits of retinol as well as vitamins C and E with this night-time serum by Peter Thomas Roth. The slow-release formula gets to work as you sleep, so you can wake to a brighter, smoother complexion. 

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules x 30

RRP £42.00 Save £6.30 (15%)

Our Price £35.70

“Love this – have been using the capsules for a week and can see and feel the difference.” – 5* review by Sue

Winner of a 2018 Grazia Beauty Award, these attractive pink capsules provide targeted treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, conveniently pre-measured to reduce product waste.


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5 Tips for Winter Hair Care

As the season changes from summer into autumn/winter, our hair steadily becomes more dry and fragile. Unfortunately, most women know exactly how frustrating it is to battle with hair in this condition, but many of us don’t understand why it happens. 


Why Does My Hair Get Dry In Winter?

As the temperature outside cools, it affects our bodies in numerous ways. Most of us know all too well that winter means dry, chapped skin, but did you know it does the same to your hair? 

As it’s exposed to the elements, the shaft of the hair (the part that emerges from the scalp) becomes drier and therefore becomes more susceptible to breakage. The dry, brittle hair results in a mane that is rough, unmanageable and wild.

Before you resign yourself to spending the next three months in a woolly hat, it’s important to understand how to provide your hair with the extra care it needs to restore its shine and smoothness. 


Breathing Life Back Into Winter Hair

The good news is, reviving your brittle, lackluster hair to more closely resemble your luscious locks of Summer isn’t as difficult a battle as it may seem. We’ve called on hair experts, Novex, to reveal the best ways to take care of winter hair. With these easy tips, you’ll have your shine back in no time.

Take Care with Temperature

This tip applies throughout the year, not just in winter. When you wash your hair, avoid using water that is too hot. Not only can hot water strip your hair of its natural oils, but it can also cause damage to the root, leading to problem hair. Instead, use warm water to wash your hair and consider finishing your shower with a final shot of cold water, this helps your hair to renew its natural shine. 

Don’t Sleep On Damp Hair

We all enjoy a nice warm shower on a particularly cold winter evening, but think twice before wetting your hair. If you go to bed with wet hair, your scalp stays damp during the night. Not only is this bad for the delicate skin, but it’s also an ideal breeding ground for nasty bacteria that can weaken your hair. 

Step Away From The Hat

On a bad hair day, it can be tempting to reach for a cover-up, but wear headbands and hats with care. The use of accessories can actually damage the hair, leading to a self-perpetuating cycle of hair issues. Don your head with decorative accessories sparingly – your hair will thank you.

Up Your Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a fantastic vitamin and is extra important for your health in winter. Not only does it keep the nasty cold at bay, but vitamin C helps to combat hair loss and restore shine. By prompting cuticles to close, vitamin C improves the appearance and condition of your hair, even helping it to maintain colour longer. 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It’s a mantra that applies to a myriad of winter complaints, but hydration is especially important for dry hair. Using the right product can provide an extra dose of moisture and revitalise dry hair. Enriched with the purest coconut oil and vitamin E, we recommend the Novex Coconut Oil range to maintain natural moisture and fight frizz. Try the Novex Leave-In Conditioner for deep hydration and long-lasting silky tresses. 

This winter, show your hair the love it deserves with Novex.

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Black Friday Beauty Round-Up

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds… so mummy got ready for the shopping ahead.”

Time is of the essence, so let’s cut to it: it’s Black Friday week here at allbeauty! We know that this is peak Christmas shopping time, and you’re probably getting bombarded daily with Black Friday emails, so we’ll keep this on a strictly need-to-know basis.

Tracking all the different sales is an absolute nightmare at this time of year, so, as always, allbeauty is here to make it easy to pay less. Whether you want to pick up a bargainous skincare product or want to stock up on perfumes for Christmas gifts, you’ll find all of our best discounts here. 


Skincare

Decléor – Up To 50% Off Prai – Up to 20% Off
Cowshed – Up To 40% Off

Perricone MD – Up To 65% Off

Philosophy – 20% Off When You Buy 2 Matis Paris – Up To 75% Off  
Fillerina – Up to 35% Off   The Natural Deodorant Co – Buy One Get One Half Price

 


Haircare

Flat, dull, frizzy, oily, wavy, curly or straight – whatever your hair type, you’re in for a treat. In typical Black Friday style, we’ve got amazing discounts of up to 65% off across some of our top-selling brands.

System Professional – Up To 25% Off Sebastian Professional – Up To 65% Off  
Kérastase – Up To 35% Off label.m – Up To 45% Off  
Redken – Up To 45% Off   Nanogen – Up To 25% Off
Shu Uemura Art of Hair – Up To 40% Off   Paul Mitchell – Up To 40% Off  
Foltène – Up To 30% Off  

KMS – 3 For 2 Offer (Use code KMS3) 


Electricals

Whether you’re in the market for a new electric toothbrush or something a little more intimate, we have you covered. Check out some fantastic savings on electrical goods, with discounts across our full range of Philips and Elvie products.

Philips – Up To 70% Off   Elvie – Up To 30% Off   


Fragrance

There are some fantastic savings on fragrances in the Black Friday week sale. Why not choose a luxury perfume by Cartier at an unbeatable price, or treat the special man in your life to an award-winning cologne by Dunhill London.

Cartier – Up to 50% Off Dunhill London – Up To 60% Off  


Home Fragrance

Still struggling to find the perfect gift? You can’t go wrong with a beautiful candle or home fragrance. Neom offers a range of fragrant candles, oils, diffusers and gift sets. And with up to 20% off, there’s never been a better time to try them all!

Neom – Up To 20% Off  

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