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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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How Breasts Change Through Life

Big or small, firm or soft, love them or loathe them, breasts are part and parcel of our genetic makeup. While the amount of breast tissue may vary, we all have breasts in one form or another whether we’re male, female or non-binary. However, we’ll be discussing the physical changes that occur in our breasts throughout three of the main stages of a woman’s life; pregnancy, motherhood, and the menopause.


What Makes A Breast, A Breast?

The term ‘breast’ actually describes the internal area that lies beneath the nipple, and above the pectoral muscle. It consists of fatty tissue, milk-producing glands, connective tissue, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. 

At birth, we all begin with a layer of fatty tissue and milk-producing glands in this area, and in fact, until puberty girls and boys have the same tissue makeup. It’s only after puberty that girls grow additional tissue and begin to develop what we traditionally think of as breasts.

Father and baby - breasts

Fun Fact: Biological men have all the equipment to be able to breastfeed a child. The only thing missing is the right balance of hormones needed to kickstart production. There have been many documented cases of men inducing lactation in order to nourish their infants.


Changes in Breasts During Pregnancy

From the moment you fall pregnant, your body begins to prepare and your breasts are one of the first to leap to action. In fact, for many women, it’s pain and tenderness in their breasts that is the first symptom of pregnancy. 

Breasts grow an average of 50% over the course of pregnancy, as the internal structures that were lying dormant get ready to play their role in nursing a new baby and your body as a whole readies itself for motherhood. From around 15 weeks, the milk-producing breast cells become active, and by week 22 they begin to produce milk. 

Milk - breasts

With all of this going on, it’s hardly a surprise that breasts become a bigger focus of daily life, with seemingly endless shopping for new maternity bras, the constant itch of taught skin, wishing stretch marks away, and the odd leaky boob!

Many women enjoy the boost in fullness and cup size during pregnancy and manage to alleviate the side-effects by using skin oil designed for stretch marks to soothe any itching and improve skin elasticity.


The Role of Breasts in Motherhood

After pregnancy, hormones begin to return to normal, and, if a woman chooses to breastfeed, after a few months of nursing the breasts will swing less extremely between full and empty. Lack of breast density is one of the top complaints from mothers postnatally. It’s a common misconception that breastfeeding is responsible for these changes – that in short, breastfeeding gives you saggy boobs. This isn’t the case at all, in fact, the most dramatic changes in breast fullness can often be found in women who haven’t breastfed at all.

Woman breastfeeding - breasts

After around six months of breastfeeding, breasts begin to lose some of their stored fatty tissue and slowly decrease in size, though will often still be larger than pre-pregnancy. When you wean completely, whether this is after 2 days, 2 months or 2 years, the breasts begin to revert to their original size – this process takes around 3 months. So, all pregnant woman will go through dramatic changes to their breast size, but the difference is whether you lose that fatty tissue gradually over a longer period, or quickly over a shorter period. For some women, their skin and tissue snap back to being firm and pert, but for the majority, emptier, softer breasts are a reality. 

All is not lost though, as there are a range of products designed to help improve firmness in the breasts once you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding. Here’s one of our favourites:

 Clarins Bust Care Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel 50ml / 1.7 oz. - breasts

Clarins Bust Care

Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel 50ml

RRP £44.00 (Save 20%)

Our Price: £35.20


Menopause and Breasts: What To Expect

As you enter the menopause, the hormones oestrogen and progesterone begin to peak significantly, much like they do during puberty. This can cause various changes in the shape, size and density of your breasts. 

For some woman, the size of their breasts will increase, for others, they’ll decrease, all depending on the combination of hormones being produced by the body. One common experience of most women experiencing menopause is that most will also notice that the amount of glandular tissue in their breasts will lessen and be replaced by more fatty tissue, this leads to a further lack of fullness. 

Woman keeping herself cool - breasts

From around the age of 30 skin begins to lose its elasticity, which is why fine lines and wrinkles become more commonplace. The same is true for the skin on your breasts. Combined with the fluctuations in size over the past decades, the skin loses much of its ability to “bounce back” and so breasts can become more drooped in appearance.

While all this may sound like losing your pert breasts of yesteryear is a sad inevitability, it’s all the more reason to love the skin you’re in today. And while we can’t stop time, we can slow down its effects, here are a few of our recommended products for improving the appearance of your bust. 

 

Clarins Bust Beauty Firming Lotion - breasts

Clarins Bust Care

Bust Beauty Firming Lotion 50ml

RRP £40.00 (Save 15%)

Our Price: £33.95

 

Prai Ageless Bust Creme - breasts

Prai Ageless

Bust Creme 60ml

Our Price: £30.00

 

Sisley Phytobuste + Decollete Intensive Bust Compound - breasts

Sisley Body Contouring

Phytobuste + Decollete Intensive Bust Compound 50ml

RRP £188.50 (Save 35%)

Our Price: £123.45

Product Smooge - Breasts


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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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Glycolic Acid

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, another of the organic acids which are known to improve skin health. .


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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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. 

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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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Fragrance Gifts Made Easy

The temperature has hit single digits and tinsel is donning supermarket shelves, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. 

When it comes to buying gifts for our nearest and dearest, there are always some people who are extra tricky to buy for, but nothing beats the feeling of finding that perfect gift. Fragrance can be particularly hard to get right, but there’s no need to panic this festive season. Grab your beverage of choice and sit back as we walk you through these perfect pairings. Trust us, they’ll be the gifts you can’t wait to give. 


The Lovebirds

Whether for a pair of newlyweds or a gift for your loved one that you’ll benefit from too (why shouldn’t you spoil yourself?!), Armani’s ‘With You’ collection offers the ideal pairing. The combination of masculine, Stronger With You, pairs perfectly with the feminine In Love With You. For the ultimate ‘his and hers’ gift this Christmas, Armani has you covered.

Available individually or as gift sets, shop the range.


The Contemporary Woman

Described by some as “a light breath of fresh air”, Yves Saint Laurent Libre embodies freedom, strength and sensuality. With notes of lavender, orange blossom and jasmine, this scent is the perfect everyday fragrance to empower and embolden.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and Limited Edition gift packs, shop the range. 


The Rocker

The epitome of glam-rock, YSL Black Opium is a sweet, dark fragrance for the wild and rebellious woman in your life. Aromatic notes of coffee, vanilla and pink pepper create a warming bouquet that is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and 150ml, shop the range.


The Dreamer

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the woman in your life that dares to dream? Lancôme Idôle may just be the perfect gift for a strong empowered woman. With notes of pear, rose and white musk, this fragrance is clean and sophisticated – “Because there is an idol in every woman, and because every woman is an idol”

Available in 25ml, 50ml and 75ml, shop the range.


The Young and Young At Heart

A light, warm scent that combines vanilla with blackcurrant and pear, Lancôme Le Vie Est Belle is ideal for women who value the beauty in simplicity. A versatile fragrance that manages to be both effortlessly simple and deep in complexity, this would be equally well suited to a collegiate niece or world-traversing aunt.

Available in a range of sizes and gift packs, shop the range.


The Lad

Designed for the strong, graceful and creative, Only The Brave by Diesel makes buying for the special young man in your life a breeze. Combining citrus top notes of lemon and mandarin with woody cedar, violet and coriander, this fresh scent sits on the right side of mature. 

Available in a range of sizes and gift sets, shop the range.


The Gentleman

Often the hardest group to buy for, Ralph Lauren Polo Red Rush makes it easy to shop for the father figure or significant other in your life. Fruity notes of lemon, red apple and orange flower sit atop musk and cedarwood to create a warm, fresh and balanced scent that compliments any discerning gent. 

Available in 75ml, 125ml and 200ml bottles, shop the range.


The Timeless Woman

An iconic feminine fragrance, award-winning Ralph Lauren, Woman makes a wonderful gift for the elegant woman in your life. Rhubarb, orange blossom and tuberose counterbalance hazelnut and sandalwood to make this effortlessly glamorous scent.

Available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles, shop the range. 

 

Whoever you’re buying for this Christmas, rest assured that allbeauty is here to make finding the perfect gift easy. 

 

Lactic Acid

We’ve covered the benefits of using salicylic acid in your skincare regime, but that was only scratching the surface when it comes to acids that are worth being familiar with. Here, we’ll be looking at lactic acid, a lesser-known skincare ingredient that packs a punch.


What Is Lactic Acid

An organic alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) lactic acid is found naturally in our bodies, as well as in some food products such as sour milk. Often associated more with running than skincare, lactic acid is the bane of gym bunnies as it’s the compound that, if produced faster than it can be processed, leads to muscle cramps when exercising. 

But there’s so much more to lactic acid than just curdled milk and sore biceps! Like the other better known AHAs and BHAs, a beneficial function of lactic acid is that it can promote softer, smoother skin. 


How Does It Work?

The actions of lactic acid are threefold. It increases cell turnover, improves skin moisturisation and stimulates the production of collagen. 

Like other AHAs and BHAs, lactic acid is naturally exfoliating and breaks down the bonds that hold old skin cells to the surface. For this reason, it’s also a popular ingredient in creams that reduce keratosis pilaris, the condition associated with bumpy “chicken skin” in which a plug of skin cells build up around a hair follicle. 

Not only that, but lactic acid also improves the skin’s own moisture retention capabilities and increases the release of collagen, leading to skin which is better hydrated and has fewer fine lines and wrinkles. 


Who Can Benefit From Using Lactic Acid?

Unlike salicylic acid which is ideal for oily or acne-prone skin, lactic acid is a dream for those with drier complexions. It’s also one of the best options if you have sensitive skin, due to it being gentler than other AHAs. 

Whatever your skin type, if you’re nervous about using an acid exfoliator in your skincare routine, lactic acid is a great place to start. And while it was once predominantly sourced from milk, nowadays lactic acid is often synthetically produced or plant-derived, so it’s also easy to find vegan-friendly products!


What Products Contain Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid isn’t often shouted about on product packaging in the same way that glycolic acid or other organic acids are. Instead, it tends to be combined with other alpha hydroxy acids and marketed as an AHA acid peel or mask. As always, we recommend checking the ingredients list to find out how prominently lactic acid features within a product. 

We offer a range of lactic acid products at allbeauty, but our favourites happen to both be from market-leaders in organic products, REN Clean Skincare.


Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic – REN Clean Skincare

Winner of the 2018 Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, this tonic/toner is high in lactic acid and is a great choice for those with sensitive skin. It’s also 100% vegan and enriched with willow bark extract and citrus oils.

RRP £25.00 Save £3.50 (14%)

Our Price:  £21.50

Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask – REN Clean Skincare

A stronger version of the popular tonic, this mask combines lactic and glycolic acids to help beat lacklustre skin. Naturally derived, this bio-active peel resurfaces the skin and reveals a brighter, smoother, more even complexion.

RRP £36.00 Save £13.75 (38%)

Our Price: £22.25


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Salicylic Acid

The beauty industry has seen a huge increase in the use of acids in skincare formulations over the last few years, and one of the biggest names in the arena is salicylic acid. It may sound like something you squirted from a pipette in science class, but salicylic acid is a skin-friendly compound that is revolutionising the exfoliation game. Here’s what you need to know…


What Is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), one of a group of organic acids in which a  carboxylic acid functional group and hydroxy functional group are separated by two atoms. Unless you have a love of molecular chemistry, this might not mean much to you, but ultimately this structure allows BHAs to unblock pores and break down unpleasant build-up on the surface of the skin.


How Does It Work?

The reason that salicylic acid is used in beauty and skincare products is the way that it functions when applied to the skin. The acid dissolves bonds which form between cells on the skin’s surface, helping to break down dry patches and exfoliate deeply. This same function also works on clogged pores, as the acid penetrates deep enough into the pore to break any bonds which have caused clogging. 

As an additional benefit to skin health, the cleansing action of salicylic acid can reduce the production of sebum. This can lead to clearer skin for those prone to acne and makes it a great tool against blemishes

As if that weren’t enough, salicylic acid is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – a veritable powerhouse of benefits!


Who Can Benefit From Using Salicylic Acid

With such a wealth of deep cleaning functions, it’s no surprise that salicylic acid is ideal for those who suffer from oily skin and/or acne breakouts. Regularly using salicylic acid as part of your cleansing routine will clear the oily surface layer of the skin, remove any buildup from pores, reduce sebum, help to reduce blackheads and whiteheads, and provide your skin with antibacterial properties to reduce the risk of further breakouts. 

But with all that said, those of us suffering from dry skin may find relief from the use of salicylic acid too! Whether you struggle with flaky patches or have combination skin, you may well find that the exfoliation properties of an acid cleanser can help. However, due to the potential for salicylic acid to dry out the skin, it’s important to monitor yours closely to ascertain how it reacts. 


What Products Contain Salicylic Acid?  

Thanks to it’s natural exfoliating and cleansing properties you’ll find salicylic acid in everything from anti-dandruff products to high-end acne treatments. 

When choosing a product which includes salicylic acid, it is worth noting that concentrations will vary, from only containing trace amounts at the low end, to 2% at the high end. Check the ingredients list of your chosen product to see where in the list salicylic acid is mentioned, the higher it features on the list, the more is present in the product.

Want to give it a try? Here are a few of our favourite products which utilise the qualities of salyclic acid.


Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser 

A gentle formula which includes essential oils and organic rose water, this cleanser by Caudalie is a great way to experiment with salicylic acid if you have sensitive, dry or combination skin

Shop now for £16.00


Darphin Resurfacing Peel

If you’re looking for a product that has a bit more oomph, this peel from Darphin is a great choice. It’s a low-level peel which includes botanicals for total skin-renewal and has the bonus of including other organic acids too. 

RRP £50.00  Save £12.50 (25%)

Shop now for £37.50


Peter Thomas Roth Acne Face and Body Scrub

If your acne struggle isn’t contained solely to your face, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find products that can help. This scrub by Peter Thomas Roth is a fantastic addition to your skincare routine as it has been designed to target both areas. With 1% salicylic acid you’ll see results in no time.

Shop now for £17.95


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