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Your Guide To The Ultimate Staycation

Not going out? We’ve got your summer covered with our guide to planning the ultimate staycation. Whether your dream holiday involves trekking up a mountain or indulging in new cuisines, we’ve got tips on how to get the essence of the experience at home. 

Not being able to travel doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some well-deserved downtime this summer. All you need is a can-do attitude, a little forethought and some out-of-the-box ideas. So, grab a cuppa, pull up a chair and let’s make a plan for your 2020 holiday. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:


Tour Your Town

Many of us enjoy a stroll along the cobbled streets of interesting cities during our holidays, exploring the unique sights and sounds of another culture. Well, by embracing a staycation you can do the same thing without leaving your hometown. 

Even in small towns, there’s likely to be streets or suburbs you’ve not explored, so grab a travel cup of your favourite brew (for that Euro city vibe) and go for a walk in an unfamiliar area of your town. 


Visit A Day Spa 

Ok, it might not be the same level of luxury as you’d get from a spa on holiday, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a spa during your staycation. With the right supplies, you can feel just as pampered as you would in a Turkish hammam, and all without leaving the house. 

Get your face masks, mani-pedi supplies and body scrub and indulge in some relaxing TLC from the comfort of home.


5* Hotel Treatment

The best part of any holiday is returning to your hotel at the end of the day, falling into crisp white sheets and dialling room service. Am I right? With a little forethought, you can get this same experience at home, albeit with slightly more legwork!

Prepare for your staycation by laundering your best linens and making your bedroom a relaxing haven. A scented candle can completely lift a room, so choose one that you love the sound of and transform your space. 

Neom Organics London Scent To Calm &Relax
Complete Bliss Scented Candle (3 Wicks) 420g

When it comes to room service, it isn’t quite as easy. However, by making sure you have some easy food options in your fridge, you’ll at least not have to worry about making a meal from scratch.


Get Your Body Moving

If you’re one of those rare breeds who enjoy taking part in group aerobics and cardio sessions during your annual vacay, you’re in luck. With the global lockdown, people are increasingly going online to share their skills and talents, allowing you to join in from your living room. 

We all know that Joe Wicks is offering his daily workouts, but there are tons of other options too. Whether you’ve always wanted to try street dance or want your Zumba fix from home, it’s all available online. Just remember, if you’re a bit out of practice, those muscles might not thank you for the workout the next day. Make sure you have relief at the ready.


DIY Yoga Retreat

In a similar vein to our last suggestion, a staycation is an ideal opportunity to attend your own mini yoga retreat. Banish family members into the garden for an hour or two, prepare yourself a large jug of cucumber water and get settled in for some yoga lessons courtesy of Youtube. 

Go a step further by creating a relaxing space in your home with a scented diffuser. A contemporary alternative to incense, we love the L’Occitane Harmony Reed Diffuser.

L’Occitane Home
Source D’harmony Reed Diffuser 100ml 


Get Some Fresh Air

We’re all spending a lot of time indoors, so during your staycation make a conscious effort to get outside and fill your lungs with fresh air. Whatever the weather, pop on your walking shoes and make the most of your natural surroundings. A brisk walk through a local park, a stroll along the coast or a trek up your nearest fell, it all counts. 

Not only is fresh air great for the body, but it helps to reset your mind and lower your stress levels too – just don’t forget your sun protection!


Sleep Under The Stars

With so many of us missing out on our annual festivals this summer, why not recreate the camping experience at home? We’ve already covered how to throw your own festival at home here, but simply spending a night camping in the garden is another great way to embrace the staycation.

Grab your camping gear, pitch a tent and snuggle down to listen to the weird and wonderful sounds of nature. Do take note, with the longer sunlight hours of summer, getting a solid night sleep in a tent is no easy feat. We recommend equipping yourself with the Dream To Sleep pack from thisworks, which includes a sleep mask and pillow spray to help you drift off.


Get Cooking!

Pasta making in Tuscany, curry classes in Thailand – the world is a pretty delicious place! While we aren’t able to experience culinary delights on foreign shores, it couldn’t be easier to bring those delicacies to you!

Dust off those recipe books and create a menu for the week based around an area of the world. Kids love getting involved in the kitchen, so get them involved too. You’ll be covering math, science, home economics, geography and social sciences all in one task!

Support your local Asian grocers by going straight to the source. You’ll be amazed at the wide range of ingredients. A few, in particular, are fantastic for your body, so try to include:

  • Turmeric – Popular in Indian cooking, this yellow spice has been shown to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system.
  • Cinnamon – As well as being delicious, cinnamon has more antioxidant value than half a cup of blueberries!
  • Garlic – We all know garlic is good for our immunity, but did you know it’s also great for your hair? It boosts collagen production which stimulates hair growth.
  • Peppers – Chilli, paprika, cayenne, and jalapeño are not only great for your metabolism, but they’re also high in vitamins A and C.

The world might be changing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your creature comforts. What does your staycation have in store for you?

Pour Yourself A Beauty Cocktail, You’ve Earned It

It’s summer baby! And while we might still not be going out much, that doesn’t mean we have to forego the summertime vibes. 

We’re bringing the best of fresh, fruity beauty cocktail ingredients straight to your door with these tropical-inspired beauty must-haves.


Pina Colada

Is there anything more uniquely tropical than the scent of coconut? Close your eyes and let yourself drift away to a deserted beach, lying under a palm tree, toes in the sand, pina colada in hand – *sigh*.

From skincare to haircare, there’s a huge range of coconut-infused products for all your beauty needs. Here are a few we know you’ll love…

Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel

While the brand may sound better suited to your teenage niece, we assure you, this product is all grown up. Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel is a staple for those days you’ve soaked up a little too much sun. Free of alcohols, this gel uses ingredients including algae extract, coconut water and hyaluronic acid to cool and soothe the skin.

Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub

Suffolk-based natural skincare brand Odylique offers a huge range of products which are good enough to eat, and this one is fast on its way to becoming a summer staple. The Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub combines exfoliating cane sugar and poppy seeds with virgin coconut and cocoa bean butters to hydrate the skin. It’s heaven in a tub.

Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Spray

Summer is all about easy, breezy beauty, and that’s one of the reasons we love the Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Spray. Use it wet or dry, and on hair which is curly or straight, thick or thin. This great smelling spray detangles, reduces frizz, adds shine and protects the hair from heat and breakage. One little bottle packs a whole lot of punch!


Daiquiri

Ooooh yes, who doesn’t love the sweet, icy hit of a daiquiri?! Melon or berry – how do you like yours? Well, we’ve got something for every taste at The allbeauty Cocktail Bar, so pull up a chair and sample the range.

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

If you make one new addition to your bathroom this summer, this is a brilliant choice. We do love a good multi-functional product, especially one that smells as heavenly as this! Lather it up or have a soak for a deliciously indulgent treat.

Elemental Herbology Watermelon Cucumber Body Moisturiser

We all need a lightweight body moisturiser to keep our summer skin hydrated, and this one perfectly fits the bill. With watermelon and cucumber to tone and hydrate, plus the added benefit of nourishing argan and macadamia oils, you’ll be glowing all summer long.

GlamGlow BerryGlow Probiotic Recovery Mask

With more sun exposure, sweat and SPF, the delicate skin on our face can take a hammering during the hotter months. BerryGlow to the rescue! Rich in probiotics, hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil, and with an antioxidant boost from blueberry, cranberry and wolfberry, your skin will be plumper and brighter in no time.


Mimosa 

The zesty, punchy hit of citrus fruits are a perfect match for summer weather. Grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime, we have something for every taste. Why not try one of these citrus-scented faves…

Grace Cole Nectarine Blossom & Grapefruit Handcare Set

Take the chore out of handwashing with this luxe set from Grace Cole. With grapefruit, mandarin and nectarine, this fruity set is balanced with warming vanilla. A well-balanced fragrance that will compliment any home.

The Natural Deodorant Co Orange & Bergamot Clean Deodorant Balm

Forget traditional deodorants filled with toxic compounds and metals – The Natural Deodorant Co are shaking up the industry. With a base of coconut oil and shea butter, this balm nourishes your underarms while eliminating odours.

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie

Spending more time in the garden with all this lovely weather? Protect your hard-working hands from the elements by hydrating them with Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie. With coconut, cocoa, aloe, calendula, and of course, lemon, this hand cream is the perfect gift for you, or someone you love. 


Mojito

Mint makes a fantastic ingredient in any haircare range. Not only does it smell great, but it actually stimulates hair follicles, leading to increased growth and a healthier scalp. If you’re not already including mint in your hair care routine, now is the time to start! Here are a few of our favourites to get you going…

Aveda Rosemary Mint Weightless Conditioner

Rosemary and mint – it’s a scent sensation! Green and earthy, sweet and savoury, it’s a perfectly balanced bouquet. With spearmint, peppermint, rosemary and white vinegar, your hair will be squeaky clean and summer-ready. 

milk_shake Sensorial Mint Shampoo

A gentle, cleansing shampoo that can be used daily, milk_shake Sensorial Mint Shampoo is a great addition to your hair care regime. With active ingredients including mint, sage, and extracts of raspberry, blackberry, papaya and mango, this shampoo will become your go-to favourite.

Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner

Last, but certainly not least, this moisturising conditioner by Paul Mitchell combines invigorating mint with calming lavender and soothing tea tree. The perfect quencher for dry or dehydrated summer hair. 


So, throw on your bikini, get your beauty shopping list at the ready and prepare for a summer to remember with allbeauty.

Choosing An Exfoliator

Throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months, exfoliating plays a key role in a skincare routine. Not only does it offer a good old fashioned deep clean of your pores and outer skin layer, but it also buffs off those dead skin cells that can make our skin look dull, textured and unhealthy. 

But with so many types of exfoliators available, how do you know which is the best option for your unique skin? Can a cream exfoliator infused with acids really do the same job as something that physically scrubs the skin’s surface? Are microbeads really all that bad? Spoiler alert: yep, they really are.

In today’s article, we’ll be giving you the lowdown on the main types of exfoliants, how to use them, and what makes them different from the rest. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about exfoliating (and a few things you didn’t)…


The Main Types of Exfoliator

Largely, the most utilised ingredients in exfoliating products are either physical or molecular in nature. Microbeads and pumice are examples of physical exfoliators, while alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) represent the molecular options.

The best option for your skin type will come down to a mixture of personal preference and your areas of concern. For example, sensitive skin types may find that physical exfoliators are too abrasive, while certain acids are gentle enough to be used by all. 

1) Microbead Exfoliators

Let’s rip off the bandaid and get this one out of the way. Microbead exfoliators were all the rage in the early noughties. Those little plastic beads were great for ridding our faces and bodies of rough patches, but that’s not the only thing they were effective at destroying. Millions of these tiny beads were making their way from bathrooms all over the world into drains, waterways, and ultimately, the ocean. 

Microplastics in the world’s oceans are a huge problem, and that’s without the addition of tiny plastic beads literally being poured down the drain. In 2016, the UK banned the use of microbeads in toiletries and cosmetics, and rightly so. 

Luckily for us, as you’ll see in this article, there are lots of other fantastic options for exfoliation which don’t involve harmful ingredients.

2) Pumice Exfoliators

Ideal for those who enjoy a physical scrub and are looking for an alternative to microbeads, pumice has been used around the world for centuries. A light, porous rock formed when the foam of volcanic lava cools, pumice is a sustainable resource which needs minimal processing – this makes it a fantastic green option.

We already know that pumice is a great way to smooth heels, and it’s that same pumice which is used in cream exfoliators. Crushed into smaller particles, it physically helps with the turnover of skin cells.

Best Pumice Exfoliators:

A luxurious facial treatment, Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher combines natural pumice with Hungarian Moor Mud to deeply cleanse and refine the skin. With added copper gluconate, it also helps to regulate sebum production making it a great option for oily and combination skin.

A cleanser and exfoliator in one, Jurlique Radiant Skin Foaming Cleanser uses super-fine pumice to brighten the skin, with natural ingredients adding hydration and a boost of antioxidants.

For the body, Cowshed Dual Action Body Scrub is a fantastic choice, combining a host of other exfoliating ingredients, including peach kernel, with nourishing aloe vera.

3) AHA Exfoliators

Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, represent one of the biggest groups of exfoliators. They work by exfoliating the uppermost layer of skin, revealing brighter, more radiant skin beneath. Found as both peels and leave-on treatments, different alpha hydroxy acids have slightly different properties, and can vary their effects depending on their concentration.

The three main types are glycolic, lactic and citric acids:

  1. Glycolic acid is the most popular AHA and is found naturally in sugar cane. It can improve the skin’s firmness, reduce pigmentation, improve texture and even improve hydration. There are a wide range of glycolic acid exfoliators, but one of our favourites is the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel Wipes. With 10% glycolic acid, this extra-strength exfoliating treatment can be used 2-3 times per week for best results.

Read more about glycolic acid.

2. Lactic acid is naturally found in milk, although it’s more common for a synthetic version to be used in skincare. Slightly less potent than glycolic acid, lactic acid is a great option for sensitive skin as it’s mild nature makes it less likely to cause a reaction.

Many lactic acid exfoliators include other AHAs, but if you’re looking for a standalone product, try Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wipes which use lactic acid and probiotics to improve the texture of the skin.

Read more about lactic acid.

3. Citric acid is another popular AHA which is found, unsurprisingly, in citrus fruits. While less effective than many other AHAs, it is often used in exfoliating cleansers. One in particular that we love is the REN Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, which uses a combination of oils to cleanse and soothe.

4) BHA Exfoliators

If AHAs are the best all-rounder, BHA wins the title in the heavyweight category. Oil-soluble, beta hydroxy acids are able to penetrate deep into the pores, making them a great choice for those with oily or acne-prone skin. However, these same factors make BHAs unsuitable for dry or sensitive skin as they’re simply too harsh.

The main BHA which is used in skincare is salicylic acid.

Salicylic acid is a compound which was first derived from willow bark, another common ingredient in skincare. It is a powerful exfoliator, dissolving the debris which clogs pores and leads to acne. One of our favourite salicylic exfoliators is by French beauty titan Darphin. The Darphin Resurfacing Peel is a weekly treatment which can dramatically change the health and texture of your skin.

Read more about salicylic acid.


An Important Note On Exfoliators

No article that covers AHA and BHA exfoliants would be complete without mentioning how important sun protection is. Following exfoliation, your skin is particularly susceptible to sun damage, so it’s incredibly important to wear a high SPF sunscreen before stepping foot outside.

Enjoy your summer skin, safely. 

Aloe Vera

You’ll find them at every Farmer’s Market, car boot sale and school fête, but what makes aloe vera such a popular plant? Sure, it’s indestructible nature makes it an obvious choice to grow, but there’s much more to it than just that.

A staple ingredient in natural skincare products around the globe, you might be surprised at just how beneficial this unassuming succulent really is. Here’s the lowdown on aloe vera: what it is, how it’s used and who it’s for.


What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe is a genus of shrubs that predominantly originate from North Africa. Aloe vera is a succulent which has been used for centuries, and which is now grown all over the world thanks to its hardy nature and beneficial properties. The thick upright leaves of the aloe vera plant are harvested for the gel which they contain, which is used in food, herbal remedies, and of course, cosmetics. 

Fun fact: We know that many natural ingredients have been used “for centuries”, but here’s an example of just how long people have been using aloe vera. The earliest records of aloe vera being used to benefit people dates back to Egypt in the 16th century BC – that’s over 3500 years ago!


What Does Aloe Vera Do For Your Skin?

With a water content of a whopping 99.5%, aloe vera is super soothing and cooling, which is why it’s so often used in skincare, particularly for hydrating dry skin and as an ingredient in products aimed at sensitive skin, psoriasis and eczema.

Rich in enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C, aloe vera also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for treating burns, including sunburn, and improving the appearance of acne.

Overall, aloe vera is a fantastic all-rounder that is widely well-tolerated, sustainable and great for all skin types.


Who Can Benefit From Using Aloe Vera?

As we’ve already covered, there’s no limit to who can benefit from using aloe vera. However, there are a few areas where aloe vera really excels; for sensitive or dry skin, inflammatory conditions, and burns.

Aloe Vera For Sensitive And Dry skin

While you can have one without the other, we’re lumping sensitive and dry skin together here because the benefits of aloe vera apply to both. Whether you have reactive skin or irritation caused by dryness, the natural soothing and hydrating properties of aloe vera can ease your discomfort.

Aloe Vera For Inflammatory Conditions

It may not be able to cure your eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, but aloe vera can be a great help for those with inflammatory skin conditions. Thanks to its combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties – and with the added benefit of being very hydrating – aloe vera can offer some much-needed relief.

Aloe Vera For Burns

While it goes without saying that you should seek medical advice for serious burns, for milder cases, aloe vera can be a huge help. Whether you’ve grabbed a hot pan or just spent a little too much time out in the sun, aloe vera can cool the skin down and soothe the inflamed area.


What Products Contain Aloe Vera?

A wide range of skincare products boasts aloe vera amongst their ingredients. Thanks to its light texture, easy tolerability and green credentials, it’s a must-have for any soothing skin range. Here are just a few of our favourites…

Best aloe vera for dry skin:

With aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and black oat extract, Babor Essential Care Moisture Serum is ideal for drier skins, though can be used for anyone who needs a boost of hydration.

Best aloe vera for all skin types:

Combining ultra-hydrating aloe vera with vitamin A & C, Elemis Superfood Kefir-Tea Mist nourishes and refreshes the skin. With the added bonus of antioxidants from superfood, Kefir-Tea, it’s a great all-rounder for any skin type.

Best aloe vera shower gel: 

Free of drying soap and 100% plant-based, Caudalie Shower Gel is an incredibly gentle body cleanser. With natural iris and white musk fragrances, this is sure to add a touch of luxury to your daily routine.

Best aloe vera body moisturiser:

An allbeauty best-seller, Clarins Body-Smoothing Moisture Milk with Aloe Vera is a lightweight body moisturiser which deeply hydrates the skin for up to 48 hours. Find out why our customers swear by it – read reviews.

Freckles: Friend or Foe?

Love them or loathe them, freckles are part and parcel of the warmer summer weather. Fading over winter, many of us completely forget quite how many freckles we have until they make their grand reappearance. But while many of us fret over our new speckled complexions, the beauty industry is embracing freckles in a big way. 

Models like Carissa Pinkston and Kokie Childers are in demand for their unique (gorgeous) appearance, with freckles playing centre stage. So should we be embracing freckles, or avoiding them?

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at what freckles are, what causes them and how we can get more (or less) of them.


What Are Freckles?

Technically, there are two types of freckles. The type most of us think of, and what we’re referring to in this article, go by the scientific name of ephelides. 

Ephelides are small spots of pigmentation, usually 1-2mm wide that appear on the areas of your body which get the most exposure to the sun – usually the face and shoulders and arms. 

The other category of freckles are called solar lentigines. These develop in adulthood, usually after the age of 40, and include age spots and sunspots. Solar lentigines tend to be larger than 2mm and, unlike freckles, don’t fade during winter.


Are Freckles Dangerous?

While freckles can be a good indicator that your skin is more prone to UV damage, they’re not a cause for concern in the same way as say, moles. 

While they might look similar, moles are very different from freckles. They’re more likely to affect people with lighter skin, but moles aren’t specifically caused by exposure to the sun, they’re actually a cluster of pigmentation cells and blood vessels. 

Neither freckles or moles are dangerous, but moles do offer a warning sign that you may be at increased risk of skin cancers and melanomas.

If you’re not sure whether your skin markings are freckles or moles, check the texture and colour. While freckles are flat and lighter in colour, moles are often raised and darker.


What Causes Freckles?

Freckles (ephelides) are created due to a combination of sun exposure and genetics. In some groups of people, exposure to the sun’s UV radiation increases melanin production. Melanin is the compound that controls skin and hair colour. 

Theoretically, anyone who doesn’t use sun protection can get freckles, but there are other factors that can make it more likely.  If you have lighter skin or are prone to burning in the sun, you’re much more likely to get freckles. 

There are other, less visible, elements which can affect how likely you are to get freckles, such as your genetic makeup. Two types of melanin can be made by the body, eumelanin and pheomelanin. If your genes produce more pheomelanin, you are less protected from UV rays, and therefore more at risk of getting freckles. 

The good news for those people who have a genetic predisposition to freckles, but wish they didn’t, is that it’s not written in stone that you’ll develop freckles. With good habits and a quality sunscreen, you can prevent them entirely.


How to Prevent Freckles

If you’re prone to freckles, avoiding them is as easy as making sure you’re protecting your skin. Using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will help to shield you from UV rays and prevent freckles. Of course, even in winter the sun can do damage, so this should be a year-round habit.

If you already have freckles and want to reduce their appearance, the best courses of action are acid peels and products that contain alpha hydroxyl acids. The acids contained in these skincare products can break down the areas of pigmentation within the dermis, lightening and even removing freckles over time.

Using a peel such as the Babor Refine Cellular: AHA 10+10 Peeling Gel or Murad Resurgence Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel is a must if you’ve had enough of your freckles and want a clearer complexion.


How to Get Freckles (The Safe Way)

Of course, while many women who have freckles would rather get rid of them, they’re equally lusted after by women who wish their face had a little more character. The grass is always greener, right?! If you love the youthful, sunkissed look of freckles, but want to avoid sun damage the great news is that there are a number of methods for giving yourself DIY freckles that look incredibly realistic.

Henna is a popular product for this task; it temporarily stains the skin, so will stay in place for at least a week. However, this does make it a dangerous option if you’re still practising your freckle application! 

For a quick, easy and fairly foolproof option, we recommend simply dotting your cheekbones and nose with a brown eyeliner.

Best overall: benefit BADgal BANG Pencil

Offering 24 hour stay-proof power thanks to its waterproof and transfer-resistant formulation, the benefit BADgal BANG Pencil is a perfect eyeliner for creating safe freckles. The creamy pencil is gentle on skin and dries to a realistic matte finish. It’s also currently on offer in our Outlet, making it great value for money.


Enjoy experimenting with your new look, and remember to protect your skin with a high SPF sunscreen this summer. After all, it’s easier to add freckles than it is to remove them!

Vitamin D

Compared to other vitamins which we absorb primarily from food sources, vitamin D is a bit of an odd duck. What makes it so unique is that our bodies actually create vitamin D through sun exposure. When the cholesterol in our skin cells is exposed to the sun’s UVB rays, a conversion occurs which produces vitamin D3. Voila! Just like that, we’re all set for the day. 

But of course, the downfall of this system is that we don’t always get enough sunshine, and vitamin D only lasts for so long in the body before we need more of it. With that in mind, let’s take a look at why we need vitamin D, how much we need, and how to get more of it.


Indoors and Vitamin D

Summer is prime vitamin D season, but with many of us forced to spend more time indoors than we usually would, there’s a real risk of people around the country missing out on the sunshine hours they need.

For this reason, it’s currently recommended that adults take 10micrograms of vitamin D per day if they are not able to regularly access safe outdoor space.


What Is Vitamin D?

We’ve covered how our body creates vitamin D, but what does it actually do that makes it so important? Well, vitamin D plays an important role in regulating how much calcium and phosphate is circulating the body at any one time. Calcium and phosphate are nutrients that keep our teeth, bones and muscles at their prime. 

Ultimately, without vitamin D, we’re at higher risk of developing bone conditions such as osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults, or rickets in children. 

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include bone, muscle and back pain, fatigue, tiredness, depression and more. We think you’ll agree, making sure we’re all getting enough vitamin D is pretty important!


Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

The big questions then, is are you getting enough vitamin D right now? Well, the good news is that from April- September, most of the UK gets enough sunlight to keep our vitamin D levels in check. But even during the summer months, you might still be at risk depending on the sunlight levels where you live, as well as your habits and physical characteristics.

The NHS recommends that you take a daily vitamin D 10 micrograms of vitamin D if any of the below applies to you:

  • Don’t spend much time outdoors
  • Are usually fully covered when you’re outdoors
  • Have dark skin 

While the first two might be fairly self-explanatory, the last one may need some explanation. Darker skin tones have been shown to need longer periods of sun exposure before the process of UVB to vitamin D occurs. To be on the safe side, it’s worth taking a supplement if you are in this category.


Vitamin D During Winter

From October – March, the sun levels in the UK are too low for most of us to get an adequate amount of vitamin D. And while there are edible sources of vitamin D, the chances are that you’re not eating enough of them to keep your levels high.

Sources of vitamin D from food include:

  • Red meat
  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Oily fish including salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel

There are also some foods which have been fortified with vitamin D, including some breakfast cereals and fat spreads.

Unless you have a diet particularly high in the above, the advice is to take a daily vitamin D supplement.


How Much Sun Exposure Is Optimal?

One of the difficult aspects of knowing whether you’re getting enough vitamin D is that we don’t actually know how much sun exposure we need per day to fulfil our quota. Even if there was a defined amount of time spent in the sun we needed, it would still be impossible to apply this to the whole population.

Factors such as location, cloud coverage, skin tone and clothing can all impact how much vitamin D is produced in an individual. Estimates range from as little as 15 minutes in full sun for a person with light skin, to a few hours for darker skin tones.

What we do know is that ideally, we should all be getting some time in the sun on a daily basis.


Sunscreen and Vitamin D

As its the trigger of the sun’s UV rays that allow our body to create vitamin D, many people have questioned whether sunscreen use might lead to a deficiency. So far, the research doesn’t show any evidence that people who use sunscreen regularly are at risk of developing a vitamin D deficiency. 

Another important consideration is that the risks that come with too much sun exposure outweigh the risks of being low in vitamin D. Once you take into account that its possible to top up your vitamin D through supplements, the use of sunscreen is an absolute no-brainer – you don’t have to choose one or the other.


Vitamin D Boosters

If you’re looking for easy ways to improve your vitamin D levels on overcast days or when you’re stuck indoors, we have a few options that can help.

Vitabiotics Perfectil Platinum Skin Radiance Tablets

A great all-in-one multivitamin, Perfectil Platinum is packed with beneficial nutrients including vitamin D, C, E, B2, B3 and B12 among a host of others. This will do much more than just improve your bone health, its fantastic for skin, hair and nails too!

Healthspan Super Strength Omega 3 Gold Capsules

A highly concentrated supplement which includes vitamins D and C, Omega 3 Gold is also high in sustainably sourced omega 3 fatty acids and contains a premium turmeric extract with 95% curcuminoids. 

Vitality CBD Ginger, Turmeric, Vitamin D and Papain Tablets

CBD is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great base for any immune-supporting supplement. The ginger, turmeric and papain in Vitality CBD reduce pain and inflammation, while vitamin D keeps your bone structure healthy and strong.

Choosing A Summer Moisturiser

As the weather heats up and we spend more time outdoors (albeit, mostly in our gardens), it’s crucial to our skin’s health that we’re using the right moisturiser. 

A quality moisturiser helps to hydrate the skin’s outermost layers while targeting any underlying issues. It can also help to restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier in dry skin, or prevent pore blockages in oily and acne-prone skin. But, and this is a big ‘but’, your moisturiser is only as good as the way you use it. Even the most celebrated, high-end moisturiser can create more issues than it cures, if used in the wrong season. 

If you’ve already transitioned your skincare routine as the seasons change, you’re a step ahead of the game! If not, we’ve got you covered.



Why Should You Change Your Moisturiser?

All moisturisers are not created equal. When the weather is particularly cold and windy, a rich cream moisturiser gives the skin the extra hydration and protection it needs. However, this same formulation can sit far too heavily on the skin in warm weather, giving it a greasy feeling and often resulting in sweaty, clogged pores. Instead, opt for a lightweight moisturiser such as a lotion or gel.


With SPF, or Without?

For most of the year, using a moisturiser that includes SPF protection is a great choice. It offers better protection from UV rays than no SPF at all, and can adequately protect you on cloudy and overcast days. However, during the hotter months when the sun is at its hottest and we’re spending time outside, it’s better to separate your moisturiser from your sunscreen

Using two separate products ensures that you’re able to get full coverage where you need it, and allows you to top up your SPF as needed during the day. Look for an SPF30+ for your face, which will help to reduce sun damage and premature ageing.



Best Summer Moisturisers For Normal/Combination Skin

Keeping the skin hydrated without exacerbating oily patches is the aim of any moisturiser targetted at normal and combination skin. This is even more important during the summer months when the sweat and oil glands are more active. 

While the polar opposite ends of dry and oily skin are well catered for, finding a good middle-spectrum option can take some searching. But much like it’s important to tailor your moisturiser to the season, finding a product that suits your skin type is a must.  3 favourites; 

 

  1. A great option for daily wear is Clarins Multi-Active Jour Antioxidant Day Cream-Gel, which has a lovely light texture. Packed with beneficial antioxidants, it helps to prevent premature ageing and improves radiance.

 

 

2. Thalgo Hydra-Marine 24 Hour Gel-Cream. This light Gel- cream hydrates the skin with a delicate, non-oily freshness. perfect for normal to combination skin types.

 

 

 

 

3. Darphin Hydraskin Light Gel Cream  A refreshing, lightweight cream-gel hydrator for normal to combination skin types which moisturises the skin to keep it smooth and supple. Gives long-lasting relief from dehydration.

 

 


Best Summer Moisturisers For Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Changes in seasons can be unforgiving for those of us with dry or dehydrated skin. While the cooler months bring out flaking and exacerbate dryness, the warmer months make it difficult to keep skin hydrated. If you have dry skin, you’ll already know that heavy-duty winter moisturisers are not compatible with summer temperatures – claggy, sweaty, cloying skin isn’t a fair trade-off for fewer flakes. 

Thankfully, there is no shortage of fantastic summer moisturisers designed for dry and dehydrated skin. Look for gel formulations, which offer more hydration than a liquid, but a lighter texture than a cream. 3 favourites;

 

  1. Our favourite is Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator, which sits beautifully on the skin yet packs enough power to keep dryness at bay.

 

 

2. Payot Paris Hydra 24+ Gel-Creme Sorbet. An ultra-sensory, fresh and silky melt-in gel-cream that is light and non-greasy and procures an immediate sensation of freshness.

 

 

3. Biotherm Aquasource Intense Regenerating Moisturizing Gel 50ml. Skin is left with a renewed complexion that glows. Even the most dehydrated skin is cared for.

 


Best Summer Moisturisers For Oily Skin

Thinking of going without moisturiser during summer because your skin won’t need the hydration? Think again. With increased sweat and oil production, more exposure to dirt and air pollution, and of course the addition of full SPF coverage, your skin will rely on thorough cleansing more than ever. And with more cleansing, comes an upset in your skin’s natural oil balance. 

A light moisturiser that has been formulated for oily skin will help keep your oils in check while offering mattifying properties and hydration. 3 favourites;

 

1. Our top pick for oily skin is Estée Lauder DayWear Matte, which does all of the above and more, controlling oil for up to eight hours, and enriching the skin with antioxidants.

 

 

2. Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer. This lightweight moisturiser is perfect alone or with makeup, reducing surface shine of the skin and helping to reduce the appearance of pores and dry lines.

 

 

3. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Skin is strengthened and moisture balance restored with no greasy residue left behind.


Best Summer Moisturisers For Mature Skin

For ageing skin, you want a moisturiser that does more than one job. Mature skin is thinner and lacks the same levels of elastin as it did earlier in life, making fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation all more likely. While there’s no one product that can completely reverse the signs of ageing (we wish, right?!), it can certainly help to make sure each step of your skincare routine is targeting the same issues. 3 favourites;

 

1. For a great all-rounder, you can’t beat Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, an allbeauty best-seller. A silky, non-greasy cream which absorbs easily into the skin, it visibly improves fine lines and wrinkles, while offering a much-needed boost of summer hydration.

 

2. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference. Hyaluronic acid manages to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tree mushroom extract tightens pores and Vitamin E both softens and protects the skin.

 

 

3. Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream. With added SPF protection, this moisturising day cream protects against the harmful effects of UV rays.

 

But remember readers, there’s no point investing in a fantastic summer moisturiser if you aren’t protecting your skin from further damage. Make sure your skincare routine includes a good covering of SPF face cream to keep those harmful UV rays at bay.


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Meet Antipodes – Connecting you with New Zealand’s Nature

An island nation deep in the South Pacific and the closest nation to Antarctica, New Zealand’s unique and pristine environment is like nowhere else on Earth. Untouched by humans until just a thousand years ago, their pristine flora is bursting with potent anti-blemish, anti-fungal and antioxidant-rich properties.

Antipodes is a highly innovative scientific organic beauty brand. Its visionary New Zealand founder and director, Elizabeth Barbalich, has built her skincare and makeup company on a cutting-edge combination of the highest quality ingredients from New Zealand nature and raw super-fruit extracts, their clean, certified vegetarian skincare delivers outstanding results for helping support production of collagen, elastin and antioxidant activity. 

Ingredients from nature

Whatever you add to your skin is ingested, so ensuring it is as clean and non-toxic as possible will help you achieve a beautiful healthy complexion – and has the dual bonus of being kinder to the earth too.

Experience the skin-enhancing power of sustainable, wild-harvested extracts from New Zealand rainforests. These are bioactive extracts from New Zealand’s plant species that have evolved in geographic isolation over tens of millions of years:

  • Golden kowhai for high antioxidant bioactivity. Natural antimicrobial properties halt the growth of microorganisms like bacteria or fungi, making it the perfect cleansing and moisturising agent.
  • Mamaku black fern for cell renewal. Firms and protects your skin, and generates fresh cell growth. Mamaku is a stunning rainforest tree fern, and the spiral shape of its unfurling frond is a strong symbol of new life in New Zealand. 
  • Crimson pohutukawa for skin conditioning. The bioactive extract from the flowers of New Zealand’s iconic pohutukawa is conditioning, deeply moisturising, antioxidant-packed and antiseptic. It also promotes cell regeneration and soft, youthful skin.
  • Health-generating totara: The mighty totara is a native New Zealand hardwood tree that is extremely durable. Totara extract imparts this strength to your skin, neutralising the free radicals linked to skin ageing. It also has powerful antimicrobial and anti-blemish qualities, meaning you can achieve super-clean skin.
  • Omega-rich harakeke New Zealand flax: our native flax yields an oil that deeply moisturises skin. We hold in adoration its high levels of omega – an essential fatty acid for truly healthy skin.

Explore the Antipodes Range:

Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel

The superstar new product from Antipodes, will help keep your skin intensely hydrated with the use of potent, natural ingredients including world-famous New Zealand manuka honey and harakeke gel, from the roots of the native New Zealand flax bush. 

It features a weightless, intensive formulation that immerses thirsty skin in pure, natural moisture. Deeply thirst-quenching without heaviness or oiliness, the formula is easily absorbed yet powerfully hydrates skin, all day and night. Adding to its powerful effects is Baptise’s uplifting pure plant fragrance of fresh rose, guaranteed to raise anyone’s spirits.

How to apply: Baptise should be applied reverently at dawn and dusk to your face, neck and décolletage. It is suited to most skin conditions, especially dry, and is certified vegetarian by the UK Vegetarian Society, a globally respected organisation for the assessment of vegetarian status.

Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream 

A sublime combination of pure plant oils means that essential Omegas 3, 6 and 9 unite in a ratio that your skin recognises and easily absorbs. An excellent dose of Vitamins A, C and E provides the ultimate daily nutritional skin boost. Immerse your spirit in the jubilant aroma inspired by exotic feijoa and wild blackcurrant.

To use: Apply generously to your hands and body to relieve excessive dryness. Suited to most skin conditions, especially dry.

Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask

Mud-paint your face to deeply deliver skin-brightening extracts for instant light and lift. Improve your skin’s appearance with antioxidant compound Vinanza Grape & Kiwi, clinically shown to lighten skin by targeting melanin production*. Prized peony also contributes to a bright and luminous visage by addressing uneven tone. Detox your skin with mineral-blessed volcanic mud from geothermal New Zealand, revered for its regenerative brilliance.

To use: Lavish a thick layer of this creamy mask over your cleansed face and neck, avoiding your eye area. Leave for 15 minutes, and rinse away thoroughly with warm water. Use twice a week religiously.

Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum

Defend cells against the oxidative stress that can lead to your skin’s early ageing with a daily dose of healthy antioxidants that help combat free radical damage. This supreme organic skin booster features New Zealand grown superfruits blessed with some of Nature’s highest concentrations of anti-ageing antioxidants: boysenberry, blackcurrant and kiwifruit, plus revolutionary antioxidant Vinanza Grape.

To use: Worship your face, neck and décolletage daily by dispensing onto your fingertips and gently rubbing in to skin before moisturising. Suited to most skin conditions, especially oily.


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How to prolong your hair colour – with Pureology 

We have all asked ourselves the question, how long might it be until our next salon appointment? If you have been wondering how to keep your hair colour lasting longer until your next salon visit, wait no longer. 

From faded roots, to dull looking colour, Pureology has got your back! Maintain your hair colour vibrancy in between salon appointments with these top tips from Pureology expert hair educators.


Choose gentle cleansing formulas

Sulphates can be harsh on the hair and strip the hair causing colour fade. Opt for Zero sulphate products to keep your hair colour looking vibrant. Pureology, the #1 Professional Colour Care brand, uses products that are zero sulphate containing no nasties, using corn, coconut and sugar to gently cleanse the hair without stripping its colour.


Use a heat protectant

Regular use of heat tools without protection can damage the hair and affect its colour! By using a heat protectant with added colour protection you can maintain colour vibrancy, shine and healthy hair, leaving it looking and feeling better than ever. Try Pureology Pure Volume Style & Care Infusion, apply before blow drying for heat defense, touchable volume, body and discipline all at the same time.


Use hair masks and treatments

Keep your hair looking its best with a deep conditioning treatment to improve condition and colour vibrancy. Use a hair mask once a week so that your locks remain moisturised and hair colour stays bright. Try the Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep Conditioning Mask, infused with an exclusive AntiFade Complex, this moisturising hair mask from Pureology is 100% vegan and penetrates strands to instantly restore, protect and strengthen. If your hair feels damaged and broken, reach for Pureology Strength Cure Superfood mask, formulated with keravis, ceramide and arginine to heal and repair damage.


Styling is key

Missing that fresh out of the salon shine? Use styling tools that enhance shine to keep the hair colour looking its best. Using a shine serum on the hair before blow drying can help create that silky and glossy texture you have been missing. Try Pureology Shine Max to create a reflective shine on even the dullest hair.


If all else fails, switch up your style or experiment with your hair parting and accessories! 

Hair accessories are so on trend, and can enhance any hair look! Keep it colourful and experiment with different coloured hairbands or scrunchies for that 90s feel.

If hair accessories aren’t your thing, try changing your parting around, side parting, middle parting or even a zig-zag parting can really switch up your look.


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Could a new toothbrush make you look younger?

We all know that good dental hygiene is key to a bright, white smile, but are you getting the best results from your regular toothbrush? 

Studies show that whiter teeth can make you look 5 years younger and as much as 20% more attractive! No wonder celebrities line up to pay thousands of pounds for high-cost dental procedures! But there’s an easier way to achieve a fresher smile, and it comes without a high-maintenance routine or costly upkeep. It could be as simple as switching your toothbrush.


The Evolution of Brushing

For the best results, manual toothbrushing requires you to brush all possible surfaces of your teeth using multiple directions of action to thoroughly clean the enamel. Many of us simply aren’t cleaning our teeth well enough to prevent decay and remove staining.

But while manual toothbrushes rely entirely on technique, the newest electric toothbrush in the Philips Sonicare range makes it easy to get a fresh, white smile. Featuring an adaptive brush head, it is able to remove up to 10x more plaque from those hard-to-reach places. 

Winner of the ‘Gold Pure Beauty Awards 2019’, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean Edition toothbrush is the most elegant model to date. It whitens teeth 2x better than a manual toothbrush in and removes up to 100% more stains, for whiter teeth in as little as one week. Stylish and affordable, the electric brush comes with a handy charging travel case, hygienic brush cap, and is available in four colours: classic white, modern black, feminine pink, or our personal favourite, rose gold.


Why Gum Health Matters

Our gums play a huge role in the health of our teeth – even with the best brushing regime, if the gums are neglected your teeth won’t have the base they need to stay strong and healthy. The tissue of your gums forms a tight seal around each tooth, supporting the bones and providing a barrier against bacteria. Not to mention, a good flossing routine prevents plaque buildup between the teeth and reduces the risk of decay. This is why dentists encourage daily flossing as part of our dental routine. 

Whether you’re an avid flosser, or know you could be doing better, Philips have again provided the ideal solution for making our lives easier. 

Clinically proven to be as effective as single-use floss, the AirFloss Pro Flosser was designed for inconsistent flossers and those who wish to simplify the process. The system uses unique air and micro-droplet technology to send a burst of pressurised air and liquid between your teeth and can be used with water or mouthwash for the ultimate clean.

With a one-touch activation button, flossing has never been so easy. Remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas at the click of a switch. The AirFloss Pro Flosser comes with two nozzles and a mouthwash, so it’s ready to use straight out of the box.


Say Hello To A Brighter Smile

We all want a smile to be proud of. One that isn’t hidden under a self-conscious hand or shielded by pursed lips. Whiter, brighter teeth can help to unlock your inner confidence, so you can spread the joy of a smile wherever you go. 

And the best part? With the combined power of the AirFloss Pro Flosser and Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean Edition, you’ll have everything you need to simplify your dental routine from home, at a fraction of the cost of professional treatments. 


Turn back the hands of time and unlock a more youthful smile with Philips. Discover the range today.