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Ingredient of the Month: Lactic Acid

In our last post, we 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. This month, 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 winter 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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Shoosh or Shine? 

One of the things we love most about our growing silver community is that no two heads of hair are the same. Some of us have an icy halo, others have a chic smattering of salt & pepper, but every single grey is different. For some of us our white hair is finer and thinner and for others it’s more a question of taming the wild grey strands with a mind of their own.  That’s why we’re aware that not everyone needs the same products to care for their hair. 

Grey hair can have a tendency to be coarse and wiry and although everyday care may be similar from person to person, what you need depends on the thickness and length of our hair, our lifestyle and many other factors. I don’t use a conditioner every time I wash because my hair doesn’t need it. I have a ‘messy layered’  crop and for the kind of volume and movement I want in my hair, our Shooshing Creme does the trick. If it feels a touch dry I use our Luminous Conditioner from mid hair to ends as its lustrous formula is great for strengthening and gives your silver added shine.   

Our advice is to not take blanket advice on your hair!  If you don’t need to condition every time, then don’t. If your hair works better a couple of days after a wash, then go with that. A good hair care regime is one that’s flexible and works for you and your hair.  A touch of Lifeshine Oil to smooth stray strands may be all the added moisture you need. A soak in the bath with our 3 minute Intense Lustre Mask may be perfect after a week of swimming in the pool or walking the dog in all weathers.  It’s up to you.

We only have 6 products in our range because we don’t think you need dozens.  We don’t make hairspray because I’m not prepared to ditch my favourite Elnett and I won’t create a product just for the sake of it.  I’m a Glorious Shampoo and Shooshing Creme woman with an occasional dabble in our other products depending on what I’m doing. Go your own way. “

Jayne

Founder- White Hot

How to Deal with Frizzy Hair   

Contrary to popular belief, no hair type or texture is immune to having to deal with frizz. But don’t worry: We’ve got you covered with these helpful hair smoothing tips and tricks, plus the best hair product picks.

What Causes Frizz?

Dry hair and frizzy hair go hand and hand. When your hair is dry, moisture in the air penetrates the hair cuticle, causing the hair to swell and expand, and get frizzy and fluffy. It’s a basic law of science that moisture will always move from areas of high concentration to low concentration—which is also why muggy, humid weather can mean major frizz.

Start in the Shower

It’s not just styling products that can help you manage frizz; using the right system of shampoo and conditioner makes a huge difference. The more moisturising the better. Try Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Frizz Dismiss Conditioner, which provides humidity protection and hair smoothing.

How You Dry Your Hair Matters

Step one: Swap your usual towel for a microfiber one or even a cotton T-shirt; both are softer and gentler on the hair, and will help keep the cuticle smooth and closed. (A closed cuticle means less moisture can get in and your hair is more likely to stay smoother looking.) Step two: Be gentle, instead of aggressively rubbing it all over your head, think of blotting or lightly squeezing out the water. The less you can rough up the cuticle during the drying process, the better. And the same applies once you reach for your blow-dryer. Avoid flipping your head upside down or working your fingers throughout your hair. Lightly comb or brush your hair downward as you blow-dry, and finish with a shot of cool air to help seal the cuticle. Go slowly and take your time, and ultimately, your result will be hair that appears less frizzy for longer.

 Layer Products for the Best Results

Cocktailing the right frizz-fighting products is the best hair smoothing secret. Frizz Dismiss offers options for all kinds of textures; try the Frizz Dismiss Anti Static Oil Mist Spray if you have fine hair, the Instant Deflate Leave-In Smoothing Serum if you have medium hair, or the Rebel Tame Leave-In Smoothing Control Cream if you have coarse hair. Either way, keep them  near your shower and apply right after you get out. The drier your hair gets the harder it becomes to change the style. So, if you get dressed or put on makeup first, by the time you finally get back to your hair, it may have already started to frizz. Once your hair is dry, look for a finishing product to add extra shine. Diamond Oil Glow Dry Oil or the smoothing and heat-protecting Iron Shape Thermal Holding Spray.

Shop the range here.

What’s The Difference?

We love a bit of jargon busting at allbeauty, so today’s blog is one we’ve been looking forward to writing for a while. The beauty industry can be a daunting place if you don’t know your CC from your BB and your serums from your tonics – but it needn’t be as confusing as it seems.

If you’ve ever found yourself staring blankly at a row of similar looking products wondering what on earth makes them different, you’re in the right place.


Cleansers

Main types: Cream, Gel, Foam, Water, Milk

A cleanser is a cleanser, right? Wrong. Sort of. While all cleansers do the same basic job, their different consistencies affect how they work on your skin.

  • While the heavier cream and gel cleansers are better suited for removing makeup and SPF from your skin, the lighter cleansers are best used for a second cleanse to remove any final traces.
  • Cleansing water or milk is also better suited for sensitive skin as they tend to be developed to be gentler on the skin. Technically, you could use cleansing milk to take off your makeup and SPF, but it’s going to have to work much harder than a cream cleanser would.
  • You certainly don’t need one of every variety of cleanser, but ideally, you’d have both a heavy and light cleanser in your bathroom cabinet to cover your bases.

Skincare

Main types: Oil, Serum, Tonic, Balm

Skincare is one of those categories which come with a diverse range of language. Along with the usual list of lotions and creams, come tonics, balms, oils and serums. What’s what when it comes to skincare?

  • Oil may seem like an odd thing to use on your skin, particularly if you’re of an oily disposition, but a good quality natural beauty oil can be your skin’s best friend. Hydrating and moisturising, oil not only absorbs easily into dry skin, but can also help to regulate oil production. Use in place of, or underneath, moisturiser for a hydration boost.
  • Serum’s are designed to target specific skin complaints. Rosacea? Dehydration? Fine-lines? There’s a serum for that. Lighter than a cream and easily absorbed into the skin, they’re best applied after cleansing and before moisturising.
  • Tonic is essentially the same as toner. Now, there are sometimes subtle differences between the two, but these are changeable between brands and formulas. A tonic or toner is used post-cleansing and pre-moisturising to minimise pores and get your skin squeaky clean. If you’re using a toner already, you don’t need to rush out and purchase a tonic. 
  • Balm is the heavy-duty alternative to moisturiser for when a light cream just won’t cut it. Often formulated with dominant ingredients of oil and beeswax, balms offer a heavier layer than other skincare products. Best used overnight or as a 30-minute mask, balms nourish your skin deeply but are too heavy for daily wear except on those problematic dry patches.


Face

Main types: BB, CC, Tinted Moisturiser, Foundation

There are so many options for skin coverage that it can be hard to keep up with the terminology. To best understand how the main types of makeup differ, let’s start at full coverage and work our way backwards.

  • Foundation is a pigmented cream used to even out skin tone and provide a flawless base of colour. While foundation itself comes in different levels of coverage, for the sake of our article, we’ll say that foundation is at the top end of the spectrum. 
  • CC Cream is a step down from foundation in terms of coverage. It balances skin tone and reduces redness like a foundation, but will often include other skincare benefits, such as hydration and an SPF. While all CC creams will have different pigments, in general they are less pigmented than foundation.
  • BB Cream combines skincare with light coverage. Essentially, wearing BB cream is like putting on an SPF, a serum, and a moisturiser, while getting the benefits of a more even complexion. They’re a great option for days you can’t be bothered with make-up, or for the woman who feels self-conscious in full foundation.
  • Tinted Moisturiser is considered by many to be a dying breed. Less coverage than a BB cream, and lacking in the additional skincare benefits, tinted moisturiser simply gives you hydration with a sheer cover.


Fragrance

Main types: Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum, Parfum

All fragrances are created by combining concentrated oils with an alcohol and water base. The stronger the ratio of oils, the stronger the scent. 

  • Parfum has the highest concentration, boasting around 30% fragrance – this makes it the most expensive fragrance option, but also the longest lasting. Parfums are fairly rare in most fragrance circles, with the majority of women preferring something easier to wear.
  • Eau de Parfum is what most people think of when they consider women’s perfume. At around 15% oil, the scent of an Eau de Parfum will last upwards of 4 hours, making it ideal for an evening out.
  • Eau de Toilette is a weaker concentration still, which makes it fantastic for day-wear, especially if you don’t mind topping it up as needed. Eau de Toilette sits lighter on the skin, making it easier to wear if you prefer subtlety over statement. 


Masks

Whether homemade or store-bought, a mask is a great way to indulge in a little pampering, making them a staple product for any girls’ night in. But what makes a mask different from any other product? 

  • Sheet masks are everywhere right now. They’ve been a favourite amongst beauty bloggers and product reviewers throughout 2019 and are showing no signs of stopping. A Korean phenomenon, sheet masks come in a face-shaped delivery system, pre-loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients. Self-care doesn’t get much easier than this.
  • Face masks have been kicked from the top position by sheet masks, but offer similar benefits. The product is applied manually to your face and usually either washed or peeled off after a set time. Face masks can be exfoliating, hydrating, or clarifying – there’s something for everyone.
  • Hair masks are a must for anyone with dry, damaged, coarse, curly or frizzy hair. Similar to a heavy-duty conditioner, hair masks are packed with smoothing, nourishing and hydrating properties, with additional ingredients based on specific hair type. Adding a weekly hair mask into your routine can make a huge difference to distressed locks. 
  • Foot masks are a perfect addition to the at-home pedicure. Available as a scrub, lotion or sheet mask, they provide exfoliation and moisturisation to the hardest working part of your body. The sheet-style foot masks are particularly popular at the moment and come in the form of a pair of pre-loaded booties; slip them on for the ultimate in easy pampering.


There we have it, you’re now equipped to browse the latest beauty products with ease. Are there any products we haven’t covered that still have you scratching your head? Let us know in the comments. 

Inside a Winter Scent

Our sense of smell is inextricably linked to memory. Whether it’s freshly cooked biscuits like mum used to make, that sweet smell of a baby’s head, or the combination of orange and clove at Christmas, one of the ways we reminisce is through aroma. It makes sense then, that people search for their ‘signature scent’, that cologne which becomes so synonymous with its wearer that one is reminded of them at the smallest sniff.

Whether you’re still searching out your signature fragrance or have one you wear year-round, this post is for you. 

Why one signature fragrance isn’t enough.

Summer perfumes, with their fresh and citrus notes, are best worn when the days are warm as their lighter notes are projected by the heat in the air; these subtle elements are too easily muted by cold weather. Conversely, winter fragrances typically include heavier notes and larger molecules, allowing them to better project off the skin and carry beyond those thick winter scarves. 

If you try to make a summer fragrance perform over winter, you’re fighting a losing battle. 


How to find your winter scent.

Fragrances can be classified into one of eight families: Aromatic, Chypre, Citrus, Floral, Fougère, Leather, Oriental And Woody. Each category can be further split into multiple sub-families and with such a broad range of fragrances, there’s a scent for every season. 

If you’re searching for your winter signature scent and are overwhelmed by the options, you may want to pinpoint a subfamily and start from there.  Two of our favourite options for a winter fragrance are Woody Musk and Spicy Oriental. 

Woody Musks can be either floral or fruity and may have notes of sandalwood, pine, patchouli, vetiver or cedarwood.

Spicy Oriental Ambers combines spices like cinnamon and cloves with woods including sandalwood and atlas cedar.

Other notes that lend themselves fabulously to a winter perfume are ginger, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla, amber, myrrh and resin.

If all of this information is making your head spin – the allbeauty team has you covered.

Our favourite winter scents…

Shopping for a new fragrance needn’t be an arduous task. If you want a short shortlist, why not try one of these top picks.

For Women

#1 With fruity top notes of apricot and pomegranate, this may not immediately seem like a winter perfume, however, the base notes of Diesel’s Loverdose Red Kiss provide a heavy base that offsets the lighter notes perfectly. With patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood, you’re sure to love this sensuous scent.

#2 Award-winning and a firm favourite with allbeauty customers, Modern Muse Nuit by Estee Lauder combines florals with creamy woods to create a seductive fragrance that you’ll adore. Vanilla and tonka bean dominate the base notes, while chamomile and jasmine balance out the top notes.

#3 A more winter-friendly version of their classic Lady Million perfume, Lady Million Prive by Paco Rabanne is a delightful combination of woody notes, sweetened with honey, cacao, vanilla, and a touch of raspberry. Good enough to eat!

#4  A truly glamorous fragrance, Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto is a velvety scent which features orchid, vanilla and citrus juxtaposed against wood and ebony base notes.


For Men

#1 Wanted by Azzaro is an award-winning fragrance for men that combines fresh top notes of lemon and ginger with heavier middle and base notes. The scents of cardamom, vetiver and tonka bean make this a great winter scent.

#2 Another fantastic fragrance, this time from Boucheron, Quatre Absolu De Nuit Pour Homme sits within the spicy wood family and has notes of clary sage, lavender, nutmeg, black pepper, atlas cedar and vanilla.

#4 Boss brings us Boss Bottled Oud Saffron, a sensuous scent that features saffron, rose, and oud – some consider this to be unisex due it’s effortless combination of masculine depths with warm florals. 

#5 Award-winning L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake is a classic scent that is incredibly versatile. A woody aquatic, it features top notes of juniper and bergamot with sage, vetiver, nutmeg, moss, cedar and sandalwood.


Still not sure where to start? Our Fragrance Finder for Him or Her makes choosing your next signature scent a breeze. Try one out!

The Bounce Back

Start 2020 Right!

Christmas, a time for reflection, time spent with loved ones, and cheese… so much cheese. 

If healthy eating and drinking in moderation didn’t feature high on your priority list over Christmas (solidarity), your skin is probably not looking its best. 

Whether the festive period gifted you dull skin, dryness or fine lines that definitely weren’t there in November, we’ve got the solutions to help you start the year looking fresh-faced. 

1. Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse some more.

Ok, three times might be overkill, but cleansing your face twice every night, aka ‘double cleansing’ is a super important part of any skincare routine. The first cleanse removes the layer of makeup, moisturiser and SPF, while the second cleanse addresses the skin itself. Without thorough cleansing, those expensive serums and moisturisers won’t be half as effective as much of it will stay above the surface of the skin. 

Unsurprisingly, there are different cleansers designed for each stage of the process, with hard-working cream cleansers removing oil-based products, and gel or foam cleansers removing water-soluble dirt on the skin. 

If you’re still using a single product to remove makeup and clean your skin, try one of these products for the second stage of your nightly cleanse.

 

2. Hydrate those skin cells!

Winter plays havoc with skin. Cold blasts from wind and rain, significant changes in temperature and dry central heating all play a part in creating a dehydrated complexion. Add too many glasses of wine or cups of tea into the mix (both are diuretics, expelling water and salt from your system), and you’re in for trouble.

The good news is, if you feel like you’ve suddenly aged overnight, it’s probably just dehydration. Make sure you have hyaluronic acid on hand to quickly replenish those skin cells to help banish fine lines and patchy skin.

3. Swap the moisturiser for a facial oil.

Another key way to combat winter dryness is by regularly feeding the skin with a facial oil. It might seem counterintuitive, but water dries out the skin, and its presence in winter cosmetics can severely impact your complexion especially if the temperature drops below zero. By using a facial oil a few times a week in place of your regular moisturiser, you’ll help to seal in moisture, plump the skin and protect it from environmental damage – all while keeping those flaky patches at bay.

With extracts of rosewood and patchouli, the Blue Orchid Treatment Oil by Clarins is sure to become a winter favourite. 

4. Use an acid toner.

To buff away those dead cells and resurface your skin, there’s no better product than a chemical exfoliator. After cleansing, apply a few drops to a cotton wool pad and run it over your face to let the acid work it’s magic. Just be sure to wear an SPF under your makeup the following day as that newly exposed, baby-soft skin is more susceptible to sun damage. 

We have a selection of acid toners available at allbeauty, but the one we’re in love with at the moment is The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser. 

5. Netflix and chill. 

Now I don’t know about you, but to me, ‘Netflix and chill’ involves fleece pyjamas, a cosy blanket, the largest block of chocolate I can find, and a glass of vino. In these post-Christmas months we’re all trying to reduce our spending, so why not indulge in some at-home indulgence by adding a face mask to your Netflix binge sessions?

We love the Recovery Powerfoil Mask by Estee Lauder, and as it comes in a 4-pack, you could even invite a friend… if you don’t mind sharing your snacks of course.


There we are readers, everything you need to bounce back from Christmas and meet 2020 head-on. Bring it!

 

Hangover Hydration Help

Those boozy nights out wreak havoc on our skin, in more ways than one. If you want your skin to be fighting fit this party season, allbeauty are on hand to help. We’ve created a handy six step process for reversing the effects of the night before; so those late nights don’t need to catch up with you.

 


Step 1 – Wipe the slate clean.

After you’ve woken up and checked your text messages through bleary eyes, the most important thing you can do is clean your face. If you managed to reach for the make up wipes last night, congratulations are in order, but it’s still worth making sure that you refresh your skin and start the day right. 

Foundation and sweat are terrible for clogging pores and encouraging breakouts, so rinse away any trace of the night before with a good cleanser. Our favourites are the shea butter infused Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser and the more exfoliating Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash, both by Elemis.

Step 2 – Rehydrate.

Dehydrated skin is unhappy skin. Those fine lines, enlarged pores and sallow complexion that you see in the mirror after a night out are all caused by dehydration. Start the day by replenishing your skin from all angles. Drink plenty of water, and treat your skin to some extra hydration with a product that contains hyaluronic acid. This moisture magnet holds 1000 times its weight in water, so it’s a powerful tool when it comes to skincare. 

The 3-Pack Instant Facial Masks by Seoulista Beauty are great for those mornings when you want a low-effort, high-impact product, while The Organic Pharmacy 30ml Hyaluronic Acid Serum can be slathering straight on. 

Top tip: Store either product in your refrigerator for an additional cooling effect.

Step 3 – Get your blood pumping.

Stimulating blood flow is great for dehydrated skin as it helps to reduce puffy skin and reduce dark circles. You could go for a brisk run in the crisp morning air, but personally we prefer something a little less intensive. Skincare products formulated with caffeine provide the same effect, so pour yourself a tea or coffee and enjoy the rejuvenating effects of Clinique Superdefense Eye Cream.

Step 4 – Wake up those muscles.

Believe it or not, there are 43 muscles in the face, many of which will be feeling a little out of shape after a late night of drinking. You can help to stimulate circulation and increase skin brightness by taking your time to massage your creams and serums into the skin, focusing on all areas of the face. 

An alternative option if you’re short on time is to use a face cream that includes niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B which has been shown to reduce redness. This Water Drench Cream by Peter Thomas Roth is a firm favourite. 

Step 5 – Check in on your skin.

Throughout the day your skin can grow fatigued and lose its brightness, particularly if you’re working in an environment with air pollutants, such as in the city. For an afternoon pick-me-up, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a handbag must-have. Acclaimed as a travel essential for busy jetsetters, this plant-based facial mist gives you an immediate boost of radiance, tightening pores and smoothing lines, wherever you are.

Step 6 – Rest and repeat.

You’ve made it! Top up the water bottle, get your pyjamas on, and settle down to a rom-com and some well-deserved chocolate snacks (choose dark chocolate for bonus antioxidants and brownie points). 


Do you have your hangover hydration essentials at the ready? Shop the range at allbeauty.

 

A Reason To Smile #WorldSmileDay

Smile Makers: Meet the Brand

Beauty, health, nutrition and wellness no longer standing in isolation rather, a more holistic approach to beauty considers skin, body and mind as a whole entity.  An important element of this includes sexual wellbeing; something that Smile Makers have been dedicated to since launching in 2013. 

We caught up with the brand for National Smile Day and spoke with them about the health benefits of their products, their mission and got some top tips for choosing the right Smile Maker.

Sexual wellness and overall health

The wellness benefits of sexual activities reach far beyond plumped skin and flushed cheeks. From better intimate hygiene to pain relief, quality of sleep and self-confidence, solo sex and couple sex help us live happier and healthier lives. 

Yet, despite these benefits and the changes brought about by the sexual revolution, the topic remains often taboo and has been preempted by the shady adult industry. It’s time we create spaces out of the shadow, and in broad daylight to start an open and respectful conversation about it!

Enter Smile Makers…
For a joyful and educated sexuality

Smile Makers has been created to normalize the perception of female sexuality and invite women to explore and enjoy their sexuality. They do so by developing quality sexual products for women: friendly vibrators and premium lubricants that you can now find on allbeauty

Firm believers that sex is a normal part of life and an important component of our well-being, Smile Makers sell their products exclusively in health, beauty and fashion stores. Never in sex shops. They also believe that to change mindsets around female sexuality, education is key. That’s why their work with experts of female sexuality to develop a reliable sex education called Vulva Talks. They embed this knowledge in their products to bring you the best possible experience! 

 

Interested to start a journey of self-exploration? Here are their tips…

Things to consider to buy your first vibrator

First and foremost, when it comes to sex, nobody knows better than you what you like and want. But sometimes, we don’t even ask ourselves that question. Start there. Without prejudice or social pressure. It’s only you with yourself, and nobody will judge you! If you need a little help for that, take our quiz to get a personalized recommendation based on your preferences. 100% anonymous!

Other things to keep in mind:

 – What is it made of? The whole point of a sensual toy is to give yourself a great sensorial experience. So, it’s worth paying attention to the material used. Smile Makers vibrators are made of a silicone that undergoes a unique polishing process, making it incredibly smooth. 

– Choose a body-safe product. Smile Makers are made out of super food-grade silicone, which means they are as safe for the human body as baby kitchenware.

– Don’t let the buzz ruin the mood. Bullet vibrators can be loud. Like really loud. Besides the fact that you might want to keep your me-time activities to yourself, it’s also quite annoying. With less than 40dB sound level, Smile Makers vibrators know how to keep a low profile. 

Take the quiz now to find the Smile Maker for you!

Kérastase Scalp Scrub

If you haven’t introduced scalp scrubs into your haircare routine yet, what are you waiting for? In the same way that your skin needs regular exfoliation to clear away the bad stuff, your scalp needs it too. A scalp scrub is an essential treatment that your scalp and strands will love. 


What’s a hair scrub?

When it comes to your skincare routine, you may know exactly what your skin is calling out for, such as a helpful dose of hydration, a good cleanse, or deep exfoliation. The same needs apply to your scalp, after all, under all that hair, there’s skin there that needs attention too.

A scalp scrub is a perfect way to ensure that your scalp is looked after. It’s designed to clear away styling products, pollution, dead cells and other impurities that have the tendency to collect on your scalp. Remember: you can’t grow beautiful hair if you don’t create the right conditions for it to thrive. That’s why starting with the scalp is so important. 


What’s the best hair scrub for me? 

Normal to Oily

Enriched with gentle exfoliants like sea salt minerals the Kérastase Fusio-Scrub Energisant is designed to care for normal to oily scalp conditions to help exfoliate the deeply-ingrained impurities found within the hair and scalp. Made with Salicylic acid and Vitamin B5, the formula improves skin comfort whilst helping to nourish your locks and prevent dryness. It helps to instantly reinject up to 72% more volume & up to 6x more shine after one application.

Normal to Sensitive

For those with normal to sensitive scalps, try Kérastase Fusio-Scrub  Apaisant, enriched with Jojoba Seeds and Sweet Orange Peel to gently cleanse your scalp to remove dead cells and dirt particles, therefore, helping improve skin comfort and prevent dryness. 


How do I incorporate a scalp scrub into my haircare routine?

The key here is moderation. Just as you shouldn’t be deeply exfoliating your face every day, the same rule applies to your scalp. Too much exfoliation can leave the skin sensitive, and clear away the essential oils your hair needs to thrive. It’s therefore recommended that you incorporate a scalp scrub once/twice a week into your current haircare routine. Replace your routine shampoo and apply your Kérastase Fusio-Scrub to wet hair, emulsify into the scalp and hair to gently remove all impurities from your scalp and hair. Then let it work its magic, proceed as normal to conditioning. Your hair will have had an ultimate deep cleanse for boosted volume and shine. It’s as easy as that. 


Reinject volume back into your hair while gently exfoliating your locks, all with a scalp scrub designed for your specific haircare needs- try it today! Shop all Kérastase Now:

 

Sleeptember with Neom

NEOM focus on wellbeing with small steps that make a big difference. From the shower drops that leave you energised and ready to go, to the candle that creates a tranquil calm zone in your busy home. 

September at NEOM becomes Sleeptember with a focus on their 100% natural Tranquillity fragrance – a blend of 19 of the purest possible essential oils including English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine. All expertly blended to help you relax and prepare for sleep.

NEOM Founder, Nicola Elliott, wasn’t always a great sleeper – years ago, when she was a jet setting journalist, working across two time zones (and partying across them too!) – sleep came pretty low down on her priority list.

Nicola slept when she could and, being a lot younger, it took some time for the effects to catch up. But of course, they did. We’re sleeping less than ever, but the fact is we’re living through an unprecedentedly busy digital age.

 


So here are Nicola’s tried & tested tips she keeps in what she calls her ‘Sleep Toolkit’…

1. UNPLUG 

The blue light that tech emits disrupts your sleep cycle. It cues the brain to be wide awake when it should be settling down. Make a promise to yourself to turn off electronic devices at a certain time and light your candles to bring on the cosy factor

2. SOAK IT OFF 

Nicola will happily take ANY excuse for a long hot soak in the tub – but as it helps aid sleep too – it’s a no brainer. A soak in the tub with the potent oils in the Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath & Shower Drops, and we’re on the path to sleep… 

3. MOVE EVERY DAY 

Exercise is a key factor in getting a better night’s sleep – but, the best bit – even exercising in fresh air for just ten minutes is enough to make a difference. A walk is good, but a run is even better – even if it’s short. 

4. MAGIC Mg 

Increasing your magnesium intake has wondrous effects on sleep – it helps deactivate adrenaline. Try out NEOMs Perfect Night’s Sleep Multi Mineral Bath Salts to smarten up your soak. Why not also throw in a few extra magnesium- rich green leafy vegetables, peas, nuts and seeds where you can? 


Discover below Nicolas top picks from NEOMs best selling Sleep range:

Perfect Nights Sleep Pillow Mist: One spritz of this bestselling bottle of natural goodness on your pillow and the dreamy potent oils of lavender, patchouli & chamomile plus 11 other essential oils get to work – helping you to feel relaxed and prepared for a great night’s sleep. Spritz your pillow, lay back and breathe in the pure essential oils, enjoy a deep night’s sleep and look forward to a fresh tomorrow.

Perfect Nights Sleep Cleansing Balm: A deep cleansing balm that removes makeup and daily grime. The ultimate night time cleanser which is an expert blend of vitamin-rich, skin- loving oils including rose oil, cherry blossom, peony and elderflower extract – plus 13 of the purest possible relaxing essential oils. Leave skin cleansed, deeply nourished and prepared for sleep. Massage a pea-sized amount into damp skin using circular motions to melt away makeup and daily grime. 

Tranquillity Scented Candle: The dreamy fragrance of lavender, sweet basil & jasmine plus 16 other essential oils is expertly blended to help you sleep. Hand-poured 100% natural wax, with up to 40mls of therapeutic essential oils offering a therapeutic treatment as they burn. Light up and release the essential oils into the air. Inhale and relax. Burn for 2-4 hours each time.

Perfect Nights Sleep Body Oil:  Soothe and deeply nourish skin with the seriously good natural ingredients and oils of safflower, jojoba, a blend of natural extracts like rose and elderberry, plus added vitamin A and rosehip oil. This body oil is ultra-nourishing and works throughout the night to improve skin health and help support the immune function. Apply directly the skin and massage in for an amazing skin soothing treat.

Perfect Nights Sleep Face Oil: Your skin always looks its best after a great night’s sleep. Fresh, glowing and rested. So imagine a 100% natural face oil that not only leaves your skin deeply nourished and hydrated, but helps it get the absolute most out of those midnight hours. This incredibly powerful formula of antioxidants, omega complex and oils rich in vitamins works hand in hand with 100% natural Neom Tranquillity fragrance, to help give you the best possible night’s sleep, whilst working hard to restore skin overnight. Massage 2-3 drops into your skin using circular motions.

Nourish Breathe &  Sleep Hand Balm: This deeply restful hand balm hydrates and protects your hands with nourishing, rich cocoa butter and softening, skin-loving shea butter, while inhaling 14 of the purest possible essential oils to help you relax and prepare for sleep.


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COMPETITION

Win the Neom Sleeptember Heaven package worth £124!

Pillow Mist 
– 1 wick Tranquillity candle 
– Magnesium Body Butter 
– Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle 

T&Cs : Entries close midnight 30/09/2019, UK only. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries via the allbeautyHQ Blog page. Winners will receive x1 Pillow Mist, x1 1 wick Tranquillity candle, x1 Magnesium Body Butter and x1 Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle from NEOM’s Scent to Sleep Range. In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days. Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.