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Scandinavian Beauty

What keeps Scandinavian women looking effortlessly beautiful and age-defyingly graceful? A simple skincare routine.

Scandinavian people are well-known for the way they prioritise contentment and wellness. In fact, they even have a word for it “hygge”. The hygge mindset has received a lot of attention over the last few years, particularly in home and lifestyle magazines, as we all look for ways to make our lives cosier and more comfortable. But hygge extends far beyond home decor, it’s a way of life for Scandinavians, even down to their pared-back beauty routines.

The norm when it comes to beauty revolves around functionality and results. Beauty regimes value quality over quantity and less is most certainly more. If you’ve ever wondered how those women from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland get their hair and skin looking quite so effortlessly flawless, read on for the inside secrets.


Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

With average winter temperatures often dropping below freezing, keeping skin hydrated plays a key role in Scandi-Beauty routines. Moisture can quickly be lost in harsh winds and freezing temperatures, so to prevent dehydrated and chapped skin, Scandinavian women have adopted an effective yet simple skincare routine.

A targetted serum is applied daily to hydrate the skin at a cellular level. Next, a rich, nourishing day cream is used to lock in moisture and protect against the elements. Throughout the day, many women will also top up their skin with a hydrating mist to prevent any additional dryness. And during winter, sheet masks become a twice-weekly investment in that dewy, youthful skin we all so admire.


Quality Ingredients

Most of us would love a skincare routine that includes as few steps as possible, but the Scandinavians have it down to an art. Prioritising quality ingredients, they achieve the best results from the least possible products. Scandinavian skin and hair products will often include glacier water, cloudberries or omega oils. These three ingredients are highly valued for their beneficial properties.

Glacier water is believed to be the cleanest water in the world. Along with it being one of the main sources of drinking water, many skincare products also use it in their formulation. 

Omega oils are a popular addition to skincare, but are also an integral part of the typical diet which is naturally high in fish. 

Cloudberries are a rare berry found predominantly in Scandinavia. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, one cloudberry contains around 4x more vitamin C than an orange. 

The Finnish brand Lumene utilises many of these ingredients, why not try them for yourself?


Keeping it Cool

One Scandi-Beauty tip that you can easily integrate into your own routine is the power of cold water. While heat is great for opening your pores – that’s where the sauna comes into its own – it’s important to close them again. Coldwater restricts your pores and blood vessels, making it the perfect final step when cleansing. After finishing giving skin a thorough cleanse with a Swedish Foreo cleansing brush, many Scandinavians will regularly finish their shower or face cleanse with a burst of cold water.


Healthy Hair

While cold water in the shower may not be everyone’s idea of fun, there is an alternative when it comes to achieving shiny, healthy hair. Sachajuan is a Swedish haircare company loved by Scandinavians thanks to their range of highly effective hair products. With each product tailored specifically for the complex needs of different hair types, you’re sure to find something you love. 


Beauty That Radiates

Many women from Nordic countries explain that the secret to their complexion is a love of the great outdoors. Those who live in Scandinavian countries traditionally spend a lot more time outside than their British counterparts and its believed that the fresh air and exercise plays a part in their healthy appearance. In summer, the daylight hours are long, so a good SPF facial cream of at least 50 is vital in skincare.


Minimalist Makeup

The passion for quality over quantity comes back into play when we look at typical Scandinavian makeup. For daily wear, most women opt for a simple lined eye and a pop of lip colour. Foundation is often dismissed as instead, there is a preference for a more natural look.


Whether you’re ready to take a leaf from the Scandi-Beauty book and ditch the foundation, or are ready to brave the cold water at the end of your shower, there’s something we can all learn from our nordic neighbours. Why not browse our full range of Scandinavian products and see what works for you?

Swiss Beauty

Welcome to a world of caviar, spa and holistic wellness, it’s time to take a dip into Swiss Beauty.

Being centrally located in the middle of  Western Europe, Switzerland enjoys the influence of cultures from neighbouring France, Italy and Germany, but adds its own unique twist. Prioritising luxury skincare and overall wellness of body and mind, Swiss-Beauty is indulgent, decadent and holistic.

But you don’t need to venture to a luxurious Swiss spa to experience the best of Swiss-Beauty. In fact, it might be closer than you think.


Luxury Skincare

Swiss-Beauty is first and foremost about great skincare. 

Being surrounded by green mountains, crisp air and expansive lakes, it comes as no surprise that Swiss women have a preference toward clean, green skincare that utilises natural active ingredients over artificial substitutes. Ingredients like caviar; which plays a central role in La Prairie Luxe Cream, a must-have product for Switzerland’s wealthy and beautiful. Alterna is another brand which offers a range of caviar infused products, bringing luxury to skincare. Of, why not try La Prairie’s Cellular Perfecting Fluid, which contains particles of real gold, an example of the Swiss approach to enriching their beauty with quality ingredients.

And La Prairie isn’t Switzerland’s only high-end skincare name, they’re accompanied by brands such as Valmont, whose L’Elixir des Glaciers Serum Majestueux Vos Yeux, literally elixir of glaciers, uses pure ingredients sourced from the mountains of Switzerland, including decadent royal jelly and honey. But it’s not only the high-end names with price tags to match that are loved by Swiss women, in fact, they are also a large consumer of skincare from an unlikely source.


French Pharmacy Skincare

A great perk of being so close to bordering countries is being able to make the most of their retail options, and French pharmacies are a great example of this. People from all over Switzerland often make their way across the border to frequent local pharmacies, where the shelves are lined with the best of French skin and hair care. 

Popular names such as Caudalíe, Nuxe, Vichy, Avène, Embryolisse and Rene Futerer can all be found in French pharmacies alongside the more obvious offerings of medical supplies and vitamins. So, in just a short journey, you can easily top up your supply of cult beauty favourites, two popular choices in Swiss-Beauty being Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre and Caudalíe Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.


Body Care

Other than a love for luxury skincare, what makes Swiss-Beauty unique in comparison to many other countries is the importance they put on the body. Skincare extends beyond the face, with bath bombs, body scrubs and skin lotions being a regular part of the routine. 

And it isn’t only skin which receives special attention, a holistic approach to wellness means that Swiss women appreciate the importance of a healthy body and mind. Plenty of time is spent outdoors, hiking, kayaking and connecting with nature. To shield the skin from the elements while outdoors, many women will use a high SPF sunscreen, ensuring that the face, body and hair are protected. 

Of course, appealing to all the senses isn’t overlooked in Swiss-Beauty, which is why so many women love home-grown perfume brand Chopard, which creates sophisticated fragrances centred around specific scents.  

The Swiss approach to overall wellness leads us to an enviable element of their beauty regime – the spa…


Wellness Weekends

Unlike much of the world where a trip to the spa is a rare treat, spa culture is an integral part of Swiss culture. Indulgent? Yes. But it’s an expense that is factored into life the same way as we might factor in a haircut. From soaking in a thermal bath to getting a deep tissue massage, a visit to a spa provides the perfect opportunity to rest, unwind and prioritise your wellbeing.  

While treatments aren’t always necessary on a trip to a Swiss spa, many women enjoy a facial, particularly when visiting a world-renowned spa such as La Prairie Clinic in Montreux, Switzerland. Here, treatments are offered using the exquisite range of La Prairie products, culminating in the perfect combination of relaxation and luxury skincare.


Swiss Hair Secrets

With so much attention being placed on skincare for both face and body, it’s unsurprising that Swiss hair care is all about a simple, easy routine. Natural waves are par for the course, with Swiss women spending less time on intricate straightening, curling or styling regimes. 

Rene Furterer is much-loved for targeted hair products, designed to make the most of each individual’s natural locks, with deeply nourishing masks designed to breathe life into hair that is regularly exposed to the elements. Multi-use products also come into their own, with Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil being a favourite thanks to its ability to effortlessly smooth frizz and improve hair texture, on wet or dry hair.


When it comes to Swiss-Beauty, to get the full experience, there’s no better way than visiting one of the country’s famous spa resorts, but if that’s not an option right now, why not try one of the Swiss beauty products that locals swear by? We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Australian Beauty

The epitome of sun-kissed, natural beauty, Australians know what’s important when it comes to skincare. 

The land of sand, surf and sunshine, Australia has a reputation for it’s glamorous and carefree inhabitants. If you’ve ever wondered how to get that effortless beachy look, keep reading to find out the secrets of Aussie-Beauty.


Daily SPF, Always

It’s no secret that Australia has more than its fair share of sunshine. In summer, temperatures can get as high as 40℃, and have even been as high as 50℃! With that in mind, effective skin protection is an absolute must. 

Most Aussie women attribute their age-defying complexion to their commitment to using a high SPF skin cream separate from their moisturiser every day, regardless of how bright the sun is shining. For the face, SPF50+ is required, both to avoid ageing and the dreaded sunglasses tan line! And in general, before leaving the house it’s ingrained in Australians to apply sun protection to all exposed skin, using a sunscreen lotion of at least SPF30 to avoid the risk of long-term skin damage. 

While we might not be blessed with the same climate as Australia, protecting our skin is just as important. In fact, we have the same number of daylight hours in summer as many areas of Australia – albeit with quite a few degrees difference in temperature!

And of course, with the need for a daily dose of SPF, good cleansing is a must…


A Thorough Cleansing Routine

With the combination of salt air, SPF, makeup and sweat, giving your skin a thorough cleanse at the end of each day is a core part of the Aussie-Beauty skincare routine. For most, a hot cloth cleansing is the technique of choice, using a muslin cloth to help buff away any dead skin and dirt. A fantastic product for this is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, which includes a dual-sided muslin and microfibre cloth to both cleanse and exfoliate.

An alternative method favoured by many Australian women is to use coconut oil in place of a cleansing balm. This moisturising oil removes makeup with ease and nourishes the skin at the same time. However, it is important to bear in mind that coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores, so we suggest using with care, particularly if you are prone to acne.


Natural Ingredients

Coconut oil is only one of a host of natural ingredients found in Aussie-Beauty skincare. The aboriginal people of Australia have been using the country’s native plants for centuries for their healing and moisturising properties. Eucalyptus and tea tree are two common ingredients, both growing wild all over Australia. 

Eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory, decongestant and deodorant, it also possesses antiseptic qualities. 

Tea tree oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and has antifungal properties.

Together, these multifaceted ingredients are used in everything from acne treatments, to dandruff shampoos. There is also the acclaimed Australian Pink Clay, which is a combination of red and white clays and is rich in silica. This clay is another ingredient which has been used for hundreds of years, thanks to its detoxifying and hydrating properties.


Beach Bum Vibes

Australian women have that sun-kissed-sea-tousled look down to an art. After all, swimming in the ocean is a national pastime and one which naturally results in that beachy look. Many women go so far as to fill up a spray bottle with seawater so they can spritz their hair at home and have just-stepped-off-the-beach hair any day of the week. 

While taking a dip in the English sea may not be high on your to-do list, you can achieve that same look at home with a sea spray hair product designed to replicate those tousled waves. For bronzed skin at any time of year, our range of self-tanning solutions will make sure you look sun-kissed, not tangoed.


Hair and Skin Hydration 

All that sunshine and seawater can be incredibly drying for both skin and hair, so hydration is the secret to maintaining a healthy glow. 

After spending time at the beach, a nourishing hair mask brings oils back into the hair, stopping it from becoming dehydrated and splitting. Better yet, Australia’s warm sun means that you can sit outside to make the most of the heat, which gives the hair mask even better results. At home, you can replicate this by combining your favourite hair mask with a blast of the hairdryer, using the heat to speed up absorption and hydration.

For the skin, an Aussie-Beauty tip is to apply a rich moisturiser overnight, so that you wake up with a plump, nourished complexion. Particularly during summer, when the skin is at more risk of dehydration, a weekly face mask is also used to prevent chapping or dryness.


Whether you’d looking for a night cream to wake-up looking refreshed, or want to try a leave-in conditioner that Australians swear by, you’ll find everything you need at allbeauty. As stockists of the A’kin range of Australian skin and hair care, we have all your Aussie-Beauty needs covered.

Beauty Essentials you can’t live without

We could all do with a bit of extra TLC and self-care at the moment, so this latest prize draw couldn’t come at a better time! We’ve rounded up a fantastic selection of must-have beauty essentials and put together some top tips to get the most from each of them. The best part? You have a chance to win it all, worth £193! Enter below:


Hot & Nude palette, Dramatise 106, Individual lashes, Lash Lovers set.

Hot palette – Worth £9.99

Featuring 12 must-have, amber-hued neutrals – including warm browns, burnt oranges, and deep red eyeshadows to impress the girls, even if it is on Facetime! Create the hottest looks from a super smokey matte eye with a glimmering copper lid, to a blown out, all over intense bronze. 

Top tip: when applying the shimmer shades, apply with your finger for the most pigment payoff, spraying your eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying to your eyelid.

Nude palette – Worth £9.99

An exclusive mix of neutral and pinky mattes, shimmers and glitters which adhere easily to the eyes, giving a soft-focus effect, blending smoothly and evenly across the eyes, lips, and cheeks. These rich textures can be used wet or dry for added intensity. With combinations of shimmering rose and metallic pinks start getting creative and achieve that perfect, neutral smokey eye.

Top tip: when applying the shimmer shades, apply with your finger for the most pigment payoff, spraying your eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying to your eyelid.

Dramatise 106 lashes – Worth £5.49

Eye Candy False Eyelashes Dramatise 106 is a set of highly dramatic silk lashes which include a free lash glue. For the dramatic party look for your eyes, Eye Candy Dramatise wispy lashes create an intense look that will enhance your eyes. 

Top tip: cut your lashes to fit your lash line, cutting from the outside edge inwards. Use the Eye Candy Hold Tight lash adhesive and leave to go tacky for a minute before applying to your lashes.

Individual Lashes – Worth £5.49

 

Eye Candy Individual Lashes are a range of short, medium and long lash flares. The three lengths allow you to customise your look and get creative. The black silk individual lashes are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly professional lashes which will last up to 3-4 weeks.

Top Tip: apply the longer lashes to the outer edge of the eye to create a wispy effect, using the glue provided, dip the end of the lash into the glue and apply as close to your natural lash line as possible.

Lash Lovers Set – Worth £14.00

Ready, prep, go! Our Lash Lovers Set has everything you need for your lash application and brow prep. Including a Lash Curler, Lash Applicator Tool, and x2 different Tweezers, you can leave your bad lash days behind.


Makeover Brush Set, Complexion Sponge, Brush foam, Travel brush set.

Make Over Brush Set – Worth £19.99

Four brushes to define, contour, blend and set. This set includes every brush you’ll need for a flawless base and eye look. Including a Powder Blush Brush, Stippling Duo Fibre Brush, Tapered Blending Brush, and Precision Rounded Brush.

Top tip – use the stippling brush to blend out cream contour flawlessly, as well as using the precision rounded brush for concealing under the eyes.

Flawless Complexion Sponge – Worth £5.99

expertly apply any liquid or powder product with our versatile Complexion Sponge. Designed to deliver a flawless finish. The rounded side is perfect to hug the contour of the face, whilst the smaller, precision tip is great for the harder to reach areas such as around the eyes or nose. This sponge can be used damp or dry, dependent on if you are looking to create that dewy glow or an airbrushed finish.

Brush Sanitiser Foam – Worth £8.99

The Look Good Feel Better Anti-Bacterial Brush Sanitiser Foam is This alcohol-free brush sanitising foam is effective against the Norovirus and kills up to 99.9% of bacteria with lasting protection for up to 4 hours.

Top Tip – Use in conjunction with a brush cleanser or on its own for immediate protection.

Travel Brush Set – £14.99

Combined for ease of use, this professional and durable Travel Brush Set includes a Powder Blush Brush, Shading and Concealer Brush and a Foundation Brush. With shorter brush handles and full-sized heads, this set is perfect for any trip away. With ultra-soft, versatile bristles, create a variety of looks from sun-kissed complexion to an airbrushed glow.

Top Tip –

• Powder Blush Brush: The Powder Blush Brush is the perfect tool for dusting loose or pressed powder over the face.
• Foundation Brush: Evenly apply liquid or cream foundation for a faultless, smooth makeup base.
• Shading and Concealer Brush: Shaped and cut to blend around the eye, this brush allows you to apply concealer or eyeshadow to achieve expert results! Ideal for that perfect cut crease or covering any dark eye circles.


Detangling Hairbrush, Duo sponge set, Exfoliating gloves, Face Kit, Konjac sponge.

Detangling Hair Brush – Worth £9.00

Your hair is just as delicate as your skin, use our So Eco Detangling Bush to tame hair and avoid damage and breakage. This brush is loved by hairstylists alike and is perfect for being soft on hair extensions whilst brushing out your blow-dry for soft, smooth waves!

Top Tip –

Use on wet or dry hair to smooth out knots with ease.

Duo Sponge Set – Worth £10.00

The new So Eco Complexion Sponge evenly blends makeup for a flawless, enhanced finish. This sponge is ultra-soft, non-sensitive, flake resistant and long-wearing. The sponge works both damp and dry, expanding with water making blending effortless and absorbing less makeup.

Multi-purpose and covering all different aspects of your makeup, from blending base products to baking under your eyes, this duo set has everything you need for your daily routine.

Exfoliating Gloves – Worth £5.00

Buff away dry and dead skin cells to prep skin before your tan application, for a glowy and fresh-looking complexion.

Top Tip –

Use in the shower after shaving, alongside your favourite body scrub for the smoothest possible complexion.

Face Kit – Worth £20.00

So Eco Face Kit is a four-piece collection of vegan-friendly makeup brushes and tools, essential for any makeup bag, here are the main uses for each brush:

Angled Contour Brush – The contouring brush of our range is perfect for creating defined and sculpted looks for the base of your makeup, whether the product is cream or powder.

Tapered Blending Brush – The Tapered Blending Brush is ideal for powdered products. The tapered bristles make this brush easy to blend your powder, contour or apply highlighter to the cheekbones.

Round Foundation Brush – A medium brush ideal with liquid or cream products. This brush is targeted for those hard to reach areas and precise application of concealers and cream contour.

Lip Brush – A small precision lip brush, ideal for lining, filling and creating a buildable coverage. This brush will help you to create a neat and expert looking edge.

Charcoal Konjac Sponge – Worth £7.00

So Eco Charcoal Face Sponge is the perfect cleaner that can be used on both the face and body. The sponge helps to eliminate any dirt or leftover makeup, helping to keep the skin exfoliated. Ideal for those with oily, spot-prone skin. With added charcoal, the sponge works to leave skin feeling revitalised after use.


Honey comb brush, HD Face Set (Purple), Blending Sponge Set, Jade Roller

Honey Comb Brush – Worth £7.99

Our large paddle brush is designed to keep your hair sleek & tangle-free. Designed with a unique honeycomb structure to allow faster, controlled blow-drying. The honeycomb design makes the brush softer and more forgiving on the scalp. Using the latest technologies, this brush works effortlessly with fine, thick, curly or straight hair. The honeycomb paddles flexibility enables pain-free detangling while the FLEXI SOFT tapered bristles massage the scalp to stimulate circulation at the follicle. Our Tri-length Bristles are firm enough to comb through knots, whilst also preventing breakage or snapping.

HD Complete Face Set – Worth £19.99

Our HD face set contains a selection of 4 essential brushes. Created to apply, blend, highlight, contour & define your face. This indispensable collection will allow you to create natural or dramatic looks with ease and precision.

Buffing Brush
Perfect for the application of powder, liquid or cream products to flat areas of the face. Achieve a perfect, natural finish by buffing product onto your skin with the soft, rounded fibres for an ultra-smooth HD finish.

Tapered Contour & Highlighter Brush
Designed to suit many areas of the face, including the cheek and brow bones. This brush offers control for delicate highlighting and contouring but is flexible enough to blend out the product effortlessly. Use with a highlighter for an illuminating glow, helping to sculpt and contour the face.

Flat Foundation Brush
Densely tapered to suit liquid or cream products, helping you to achieve even, streak-free makeup. The flat design easily applies product to areas of the face that are hard to reach and can also be used for stippling concealer or colour-correction.

Precision Detailer & Concealer Brush
A small flat brush that is perfect for covering spots, scars, and discoloured areas. Great for adding detail to the corners of the eye, bridge of the nose and cupids bow.

 Blending Sponge Set – Worth £9.99

The Brushworks HD Complete Blender Sponge Set is a versatile set that can be used to apply foundation, cover dark circles & eliminate harsh lines flawlessly. The Micro sponges are perfect for those small, hard to reach areas of the face and the larger sponge helps to apply makeup quickly and effectively. The set evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish.

The latex-free hydrophilic sponges are ultra-soft, non-sensitive, flake resistant and long-wearing. The sponges expand with water to make blending easier and absorb less product to hold only what is absolutely necessary. The material is ideal for applying all foundation formulas, as well as blush and powder.

The Brushworks HD Complete Blender Sponge Set is easy to clean, 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan Friendly.

Jade Roller – Worth £9.99

Made from jade minerals, our Jade Roller cools and soothes skin, helping to reduce puffiness, plump skin and increase circulation. Great for on the go and great to use with sheet masks, moisturisers, and oils.

Top tip –  Place in the fridge before use for extra cooling effects, gliding in an upwards motion across your cheeks, jawline, and forehead, using the smaller end for the under eyes.


From the perfect micro-sponge to stunning eyeshadow palettes, these are the essentials every beauty buff needs in their collection. And with such a comprehensive selection of essentials, the winner of our prize draw will have everything they need to create beautiful makeup looks at home. So, what are you waiting for?! 


Enter the giveaway below to be in with a chance of winning £193 worth of prizes!

T&C’s: All entries close 11:59PM 27/04/2020, UK only.
1 winner will be chosen at random from all entries received via the Woobox sweep stake. The winner will receive x1 eye candy hot palette, x1 eye candy nude palette, x1 eye candy dramatise 106 lashes, x1 eye candy individual lashes, x1 eye candy lash lovers set, x1 look good feel better make over brush set, x1 look good feel better flawless complexion sponge, x1 look good feel better brush sanitiser foam, x1 look good feel better travel brush set, x1 so eco detangling hair brush, x1 so eco duo sponge set, x1 so eco exfoliating gloves, x1 so eco face kit, x1 so eco charcoal konjac sponge, x1 brushworks honey comb brush, x1 brushworks HD complete face set, x1 brushworks blending sponge set and x1 brushworksjade roller.
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How To Tips From Chris

About Chris

Chris Pearson, one of our senior stylists, has been in the hairdressing industry for over 35 years. Some of his career highlights have included working with Vidal Sasoon as well as an array of other talented stylists. His work has even been on the cover of Hairdressers’ Journal. He has been a long standing member of the allbeauty team specialising in colour techniques and cutting. As a keen surfer and paddle boarder, Chris is often out on the water. With the recent corona outbreak, he has been finding this a great way to social distance whilst unwinding and relaxing but is always thinking of his skincare/ haircare at the same time.

Skincare

If you are leaving the house as part of essential exercise, or maximising the opportunity of being able to take lunch breaks in the garden, Chris recommends a high SPF to protect your skin. Caudalie SPF 50 High Protection Anti Wrinkle Face care is a fantastic product that boosts an ocean protect label as it has no nasty parabens or preservatives such as oxybenzone or Octinoxate that damage our skin and our oceans.

Haircare

For exposure to seawater and salt air, Chris makes sure to use a leave in conditioner to protect his curls. Kérastase Discipline leave in spray conditioner is one of his top recommendations for unruly hair! When home he recommends a good smoothing shampoo followed by a mask to nourish his  locks (especially after having been in the sea)

1) Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Smooth- In-Motion Shampoo

2) Kérastase Maskeratine Smooth-In-Motion Masque

3) Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Gel soufflé

4) To style and hold the curls use Redken Ringlet Shape Perfecting Lotion


How To Tips From Anya

About Anya

Anya Goy is a professional senior hair stylist at allbeauty’s Guernsey salon. She is also owner of RainbowHairColour.com & author of: “Any Colour of the Rainbow – Guide to Alternative Hair Colour”. A TikTok guru, here are Anya’s top hair tip do’s and don’ts during lockdown.


Hair at home

CUT:

Don’t try to cut your own hair. I know the salons are closed, but it’s not forever. A hair disaster on top of the uncertainty of these times probably won’t help.

Do take the time to plan your next style, use your free time to Pinterest some looks together to show your hairdresser when they reopen. There are some fun phone apps you can play with to try different looks and styles on yourself. This could be a good opportunity to reinvent yourself and plan for a new look. As your hair will be longer than usual, there will be more for your hairdresser to play with.

COLOUR:

Don’t touch the permanent box dye or bleach! Unless you have the funds for a big colour correction when the salon is back open, this is not a good idea. If you get the urge to, try go watch some Brad Mondo “Hairdresser reacts to hair fails” on Youtube instead.

Do use temporary wash out root touch-up sprays to conceal the grays before your grocery run. If you’re a blonde who can’t get a salon toner top up, try Kérastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra Violet Treatment instead. This will help cool off the brass and keep the condition feeling beautiful.

STYLE:

Don’t heat style your hair. This is the perfect opportunity to give your hair a heat holiday. Put the straighteners down and air dry if possible. You’ll be amazed how good your hair feels even after just 2 weeks without regular heat.

Do try some new styles! With more free time on your hands this is a great opportunity to learn a new skill like learning different braid techniques, or cute simple day to day looks, how to do thos festival styles… or if you want a challenge try some formal event upstyles. Youtube has some wonderful free tutorials. I personally love to watch Kayley Melissa’s channel for tons of great ideas and easy to try tutorials. I would recommend MOROCCANOIL Styling Luminous Hairspray to help give your hair some hold and make practicing these looks easier.

CARE:

Don’t neglect yourself. It can be easy to feel anxious or depressed with a bad situation and to stop caring for yourself. In lockdown, no one will see you anyway right? But it’s actually more important than ever to take time and practice self care and look after your mental wellbeing. And have fun with those new styles, as above.

Do pamper yourself! Treat yourself to an at home spa day. Take a nice long bath, and do a hair and face mask. Light some candles and let the worries slip away. For your hair treatment I would recommend Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste

This mask has the key ingredient “Maleic Acid”, which is also the same key ingredient that is used in L’oreal Smart Bond systems, so has the same added benefit and balances out the PH levels in your hair and scalp. After cleansing, tower-dry hair. Use a hazelnut-sized amount and apply to hair length. Leave in for a minimum of 5 minutes, but I like to leave it for a good hour myself! Then rinse only!


How To Tips From Courtney

About Courtney

I started at allbeauty’s Guernsey salon 3 and a half years ago and I will become a qualified hairdresser this summer. My areas of interest as a hairdresser are interacting with clients and helping them achieve their desired look. I particularly enjoy working with colours and doing big colour changes. I also like doing hair updos for weddings and occasions and I was proud to be placed first in the Guernsey College of Further Education hair show 2019.

Detangling Your Hair

A lovely product from Shu Uemura, Art of Hair is the Create and Perfect Wonder Worker. Wonder Worker is the perfect product to help detangle hair, whilst helping with frizz and hydration. It boosts radiance and also adds silkiness to the hair. This product is perfect for when you’ve just washed your hair. Spray to your mid-lengths to get the perfect blow dry without any tangles!

Dealing With Stressed Hair

If you are struggling with distressed hair or hair prone to fall out, maybe due to stress, diet, medication, emotions or anything that makes you feel anxious, then my top recommendation is the Genesis Range from Kérastase. Fans of Kérastase will know that the brand offers targeted solutions for different hair types and the new range from Genesis does not disappoint. There are two types of shampoos in the Genesis range;  Kérastase Genesis Bain Nutri-Fortifiant, which is specifically targeted for dry hair needing extra nutrition and Kérastase Genesis Bain Hydra-Fortifiant, for normal hair. In the range you also have a beautiful blow dry spray which you spray into your mid-lengths to end after shampooing your hair with the Genesis Shampoo, Conditioner or Masque: this blow dry spray protects the hair up to 230 degrees heat which is perfect for the people who use daily heat on the hair for example (straighteners, curlers and blow drying)! This product also helps to detangle the hair to prevent further hair fall and has 24 hours protection against frizz.

Looking for a long term at home solution?

Kérastase Genesis Ampoules Cure Fortifantes Anti-Chute are specially designed as a six week care programme that you can undertake yourself. The product contains 10 x 6ml ampoules* of serum, designed for use daily over a six week period. Use after washing your hair with other products from the Genesis range for best results. Use once daily in the morning or before going to bed during a 6 week period. Break off the top of the ampoule to reveal the silicone applicator. Apply to the scalp, section by section, simultaneously pressing the button at the bottom of the ampoule. Do not rinse. *An ampoule is a small sealed capsule containing a liquid, offering the perfect amount of concentrated solution. 

Maintenance for Blondes

Redken Colour Extend Blondage is a perfect Shampoo and Conditioner for blondes – and, as a bonus, is also available in a 1000ml supersize. Say goodbye to your brassy unwanted yellow/orange locks and say hello to shiny blonder hair. This shampoo has a beautiful violet pigment which will help take control of your blonde hair. It will help neutralise and reduce brassiness and also strengthen the hairs cuticle for less breakage with a triple acid protein complex. I would recommend using the Redken Colour Extend Blondage shampoo and conditioner twice a week depending on how many times a week you wash your hair but will also depend on the amount of toning you would want. This is the perfect Shampoo and Conditioner for you perfect blondes. Wearing suitable gloves, apply the shampoo on to wet hair and lather up and rinse well. Repeat as necessary, for maximum benefits leave the second lather of shampoo on the hair for approximately 3-5 minutes for amazing results and then rinse off. After shampooing, apply the conditioner and leave on, also for 3-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.


Nourkrin: Meet the Brand

How long has Nourkrin been around?

Nourkrin® has been on the market in the UK for around 30 years. It was the first natural hair growth product available in the UK and has been the market leader ever since. Nourkrin® is now a global name and is available throughout the world where, in many countries, it is actually prescribed by healthcare practitioners to those suffering from hair thinning or hair loss.

Throughout all this time, we have continued to invest heavily in research into both the products and hair growth disorders, and have more than 55 published clinical papers looking at hair growth disorders of various causes and types and how Nourkrin® can help to rebalance a disrupted Hair Growth Cycle and promote new growth.


What are hair growth vitamins?

Hair growth vitamin is a catch-all term for what are usually generic vitamin blends, sold as ‘hair, skin and nails’ preparations and which contain biotin among the list of ingredients.

However, research shows that in the western world, due to our varied diet,  vitamin deficiency only accounts for around 2% of hair loss cases. Therefore, dealing with hair loss usually requires more than just a vitamin preparation, and needs something which actively addresses the effects of the hair growth disruption – the root cause of all types of hair loss.

Proteoglycans are the molecules within all our bodies which, among other things, govern our Hair Growth Cycle. The one thing that all cases of hair loss have in common, is that these proteoglycan molecules are missing from their usual place in the hair follicle, and this leaves the follicle unable to function normally. This means that after shedding the hair, as part of the usual function of the follicle, the follicles fall dormant. As this can happen across the whole of the scalp, the effect of many dormant follicles manifests as a general thinning of the hair, usually preceded by an increase in shedding.

By supplementing with a product which contains the same proteoglycans which are found in the follicle, rather than a simple multivitamin, the Hair Growth Cycle can be rebalanced, reawakening dormant follicles and new growth can be restored.


Who are Nourkrin’s products for?

Nourkrin® is suitable for men and women who are suffering from hair thinning or hair loss, or those who wish to support and protect the health of their hair. Nourkrin® is not suitable for those who suffer from a fish allergy as the active ingredient in the tablets, Marilex®, is derived from fish.


Why is Nourkrin Unique? / What it Marilex? (How does it work)?

Nourkrin® is the only product to contain Marilex®, which contains high levels of the specific proteoglycans, and in the precise ratios and quantities, which regulate hair follicle functioning. Marilex® has been clinically proven to help induce and prolong the growth phase of the Hair Growth Cycle.

The proteoglycans in Nourkrin® help to induce dormant hair follicles back into the growth phase of the Hair Growth Cycle and also helps to elongate the growth (Anagen) phase back to a natural, healthy length (usually around 3-5 years) to ensure that each hair reaches its full growth potential before entering the transition (Catagen) phase.

By encouraging more hair follicles to re-enter the growth phase, the resting phase is pushed back to normal levels, resulting in a reduction in the levels of shedding; the combination of these two elements promotes continuous, healthy hair growth.

All ingredients in Nourkrin® are naturally based and 100% drug-free and have been tested for efficacy and safety.


If I begin taking supplements for my hair, how long should I wait to see results?

As hair is so slow-growing (think how long it took to grow out that haircut that you hated!) it can take several months before the results can become visible, in the same way, that it took several months for the effects of the hair growth disruption to show themselves. On average, most people will start to see some improvement in their hair, such as a reduction in the levels of shedding, by around 3-4 months although this can vary from person to person depending on the duration and severity of the problem.

For this reason, we always recommend a minimum programme of 6 months of Nourkrin®, as each follicle is in its own growth cycle and it can take some time for the benefits of the programme to be realised across the 100,000 follicles present on our heads.


Can supplements help my hair regrow?

By supplementing with a product which contains proteoglycans in the same ratios and quantities as found in the follicle, it is possible to help hair regrow, although there are a couple of exceptions to this. Conditions such as cicatricial alopecia (where there is permanent damage to the follicle), alopecia totalis (complete scalp hair loss) and alopecia universalis (total hair loss) are usually permanent due to the factors that cause them, however, most other types of hair loss can be helped by Nourkrin®.


I have pretty normal hair – will supplements do anything ‘extra’ for me, such as making my hair grow faster?

Your hair is only capable of growing at a certain rate (usually around ¼ to ½ inch a month), regardless of whether or not you support with supplementation, so it’s not possible to speed up growth beyond this rate. However, even for those who are not experiencing hair growth disorders, supplements can help to support their hair and improve the quality and health of the growth.

For those of us who are aware that the health of our hair is at risk, maybe as the result of a stressful period we’re going through, or because of hormonal changes or a recent illness, supplementation can help to protect the health of the follicle and existing growth and help to prevent hair growth disruption occurring.


Can my diet cause thinning hair?

Extreme dietary restriction following bariatric surgery, disordered eating conditions or even certain health conditions such as coeliac disease can cause hair growth disruptions due to the poor absorption of the nutrients from food through the gut. However, outside of this, it is unlikely that diet is to blame for your hair loss. In the modern western world, we are fortunate that our diet is typically healthy and sufficient in the protein, vitamins and minerals needed to keep our hair healthy. Hair loss as a result of a vitamin deficiency only accounts for around 2% of cases and it is far more likely for more common conditions such as stress, hormonal changes or even over-styling to be the cause of the hair loss instead.

That being said, hair does need certain nutrients to grow healthily, including protein, glucose and vitamins and, as hair consists of around 85-90% protein, making sure that you eat a varied diet which is rich in protein can help to keep your hair looking its best.


What has been the highlight of the Nourkrin® story so far?

Nourkrin® are incredibly proud to have been instrumental in helping to improve the life quality of countless women and men over the last three decades, not only in terms of the health and quality of their hair but also, equally importantly, in terms of their confidence, self-esteem and quality of life.

We’ve been awarded not one, but an unprecedented two gold medals by the hair loss experts at the World Trichology Society, for our continuous and ongoing research and development into improving the life quality of women and men suffering from hair growth disorders. In addition to this, we’re also the proud recipients of numerous consumer awards voted for by Nourkrin users, and trade awards.


What’s your number one tip for choosing or using haircare supplements?

Give them time to work! If you’re trying to redress a hair growth disorder it takes time… several months in fact. The effects of a hair growth disruption usually start to appear around 4-16 weeks after the triggering event and it can take at least this long again to start to see the visible results of a supplementation programme, which is why we recommend a minimum programme of 6 months. If the cause of your hair loss is more permanent, such as, in the case of certain health conditions or medications, then you may also need to consider a longer-term plan with your hair growth supplement, to help protect the health of the follicles and hair and maintain healthy hair growth against the effects of the trigger.

Whether you’re choosing a hair supplement to help support your hair in the face of an ongoing disrupting factor, or to help to promote growth after a period of acute hair loss, consistency is also key – remembering to take the supplement as directed on the pack and at the same or similar time every day is vital to get the best possible results from the programme.

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Time For You

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

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


Monday: Start the Week Hydrated

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

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

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

Elizabeth Arden

Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist 100ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £15.70


Tuesday: Hair Care and Chill

Combine two self-care winners into one, by taking care of your tresses while enjoying some downtime on the sofa. We may not be able to get to the salon, but with such a great range of hair treatments available, its never been easier to bring the salon experience into the comfort of your own home.

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

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Olaplex Hair Perfector

RRP £26.00 (Save 33%)

Our Price: £17.35


Wednesday: Put Your Best Face Forward

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

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

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Clarins Exfoliators & Masks

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 12%)

Our Price: £18.45

 

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Omorovicza Budapest Face Masks

Ultramoor Mud Mask 50ml

RRP £68.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £51.00


Thursday: Early To Bed, Early to Rise

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

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

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep

Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist 30ml

Our Price: £20.00


Friday: Soak Up The Weekend

Ooooh yeah! Do you have that weekend feeling yet? Will it be a spot of gardening, catching up with friends online or enjoying lazy mornings with the paper? Well, there’s no better way to say farewell to the working week than by washing your stress away with a good long soak in the tub. Nothing is quite as relaxing as submerging yourself into a hot bath. Nothing, that is, except for submerging yourself into a hot bath that has added sumptuousness.

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

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Rituals The Ritual of Dao

Go With the Flow Bath Foam 500ml

RRP £13.90 (Save 5%)

Our Price: £13.20

 

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Elemental Herbology 

Five Element Bath & Body Oil – Water Soothe 145ml

Our Price: £28.00

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Bomb Cosmetics

Watercolours Gift Pack

RRP £15.00 (Save 11%)

Our Price: £13.40


Saturday: Fingers and Toes

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

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

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Seoulista Beauty

3 Pack Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure

RRP £21.50 (Save 11%)

Our Price: £19.20

 

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L’Occitane

Shea Butter Nail and Cuticle Oil

RRP £14.00 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £12.60


Sunday: Don’t You Scrub Up Well!

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

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

 

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Rituals The Ritual of Sakura

Body Scrub 250g

RRP £14.90 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £13.40

 

 

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Bomb Cosmetics

Scrubology Body Scrub 400g

RRP £7.99 (Save 19%)

Our Price: £6.45


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

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Ingredients Glossary

From acids and alcohol to certified vegan and oils, here you can find our glossary of ingredients inside your beauty products. Break down the jargon and find the key to your beauty needs.

A


ACETONE
A strong solvent, used for removing nail polish.

ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE
A sugar from amino acid, used to bind water to the skin.

ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE 3
A synthetic amino acid, used for its muscle relaxing effects.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT
Any ingredient in a product that can alter your skin.

AGAR-AGAR
A seaweed extract that is used as a thickening agent, similar to gelatin.

AHA or ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS
Acids used to exfoliate the skin can be natural or synthetic.

ALCOHOL DENAT
An alcohol which is used as a preservative, made by drying to hair and skin.

ALKYLOAMIDES
Synthetic fatty acids used to emulsify ingredients, often used in soap and shampoo foaming of shampoo and soap. (
May be listed as DEA, TEA, or MEA)

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
A water and oil-soluble antioxidant.

ASCORBIC ACID
Water-soluble Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant.


B


Balsam Peru
An essential oil, see also Benzyl Alcohol.

Batyl Alcohol
A fatty alcohol derived from glycerin which is used to emulsify skincare products and reduce moisture loss.

Beeswax
A natural wax which is moisturising and has antibacterial properties.

Behenyl Alcohol
An alcohol used to emulsify skincare ingredients and prevent moisture loss.

Bentonite
Natural clay that is used in masks to gently dry oily skin.

Benzalkonium Chloride
A preservative used in skin products, is also antimicrobial.

Benzyl Alcohol
An alcohol which is used as a preservative, derived from Balsam Peru, it may cause skin irritation.

Benzocaine
An anaesthetic, used to numb skin when applied topically.

Betaine Salicylate
A beta-hydroxy acid used to exfoliate.

BHA or butylated hydroxyanisole
A synthetic antioxidant and preservative.

BHA or beta hydroxy acid
Oil-soluble acids used to exfoliate the skin, can be natural or synthetic.

Bronopol
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives.

 

C


Calamine
A compound used to soothe itchy skin

Calcium Ascorbate
A form of vitamin C

Carnitine
A natural amino acid

Carvone
An essential oil, used for its fragrance

Cetearyl Alcohol
An alcohol used to emulsify skincare ingredients and prevent moisture loss

Cetyl Alcohol
An alcohol used to emulsify skincare ingredients and prevent moisture loss

 

D


Decyl Glucoside
A plant-derived, gentle cleanser

Dextrin
A polysaccharide which binds water to the skin

Diazolidinyl Urea
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

Dibutyl Phthalate
A solvent and fragrance, used in nail polish and perfume

Diethanolamine
See Alkyloamides

DMDM hydantoin
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

 

E


Ectoine
A protective stabiliser used in cosmetics

Elastin
Plays a role in skin flexibility, plant and animal derived versions are often used in cosmetics

Emollient
A waxy substance which moisturises the skin by softening and protecting the outermost layer

Ensulizole
A sunscreen ingredient that protects against UVB rays

Ester C
A formulation of vitamin C that contains predominantly
ascorbic acid

Ethanol
An alcohol which is used as a preservative, may by drying to hair and skin

 

F


Ferulic Acid
A plant-derived antioxidant that enhances the effects of other antioxidants

Formaldehyde Releasing Preservative
An older type of preservative which is out of favour due to potential for harm

Includes: quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, bromopol and glyoxal

 

G


Gelatin
A thickening agent, usually derived from animal sources 

GLA or Gamma Linolenic Acid
A fatty acid which is both an antioxidant and an emollient

Glycerin
An ingredient which is present naturally in fats, but can also be produced synthetically.
See also humectant.

Glyceryl Ester
A large group of fats and oils which are used as emollients and lubricants

Glycolic Acid
An alpha hydroxy acid used to exfoliate the skin

Glyoxal
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

 

H


Hemp Seed Oil
Natural oil derived from the seed of the hemp plant, often used as an emollient

Hexyl Laurate
A combination of hexyl alcohol and lauric acid which is used to condition skin

Humectants
Light moisturisers which draw and bind water to the skin

Hyaluronic Acid
A substance which holds water and prevents moisture loss

Hypoallergenic
A term used to explain that a product contains no common allergens 

 

I


Idebenone
A synthetic antioxidant

Imidazolidinyl Urea
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

Isopropyl Alcohol
An alcohol which is used as a preservative, may by drying to hair and skin

 

J


Jojoba Oil
An oil derived from the seed of the jojoba plant, it is moisturising and antibacterial

 

L


Lactic Acid
An alpha hydroxy acid used to exfoliate the skin

Lanolin
A thick emollient sourced from sheep’s wool

Limonene
A compound naturally found in citrus fruit that contributes to their smell

Liposomes
An ingredient that helps ingredients cross the skin/tissue layer

 

M


Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
A form of vitamin C that is often used as an antioxidant in skincare

Mallow
A thickening agent that is often used for its soothing effect

Menthyl Lactate
A derivative of menthol, often used for its fragrance or for its natural cooling effect 

Methanol
An alcohol which is used as a preservative, may by drying to hair and skin

Mineral Oil
An odorless oil which is derived from petroleum

 

N


Neroli Oil
An oil derived from Neroli which is fragrant but can often be a skin-irritant

Niacinamide
Another name for niacin or vitamin B3

 

O


Occlusives
Moisturisers which
seal moisture into the skin, usually balms or thick creams

Octocrylene
An organic compound used in sunscreen, protects against UVB rays

Oleic Acid
A fatty acid which has
surfactant properties

 

P


Pantothenic Acid
Also known as B5, used to treat acne

Parabens
A group preservatives which may be harmful

Paraffin
A substance derived from petroleum, used as a thickener

Phenoxyethanol
A common preservative which is favoured over others due to being less of an irritant 

Phosphoric Acid
Used to adjust the pH level in skincare products

Polyoxymethylene Urea
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

Polyquaterniums
A group of ingredients used in hair product, have an antistatic effect 

Preservatives
A group of substances used in products to prevent bacterial contamination

Prickly Pear
An oil derived from prickly pear cactus, rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants

Primrose Oil
A soothing, moisturising oil from the evening primrose plant

Propylene Glycol
A hydrating humectant which helps ingredients penetrate the skin

 

Q


Quaternium-15
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

Quercetin
A flavonoid found in many plants, has antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties

 

R


Reducing Agent
A substance that can break down the disulfide bonds in hair, used to aid hair straightening 

Resveratrol
An antioxidant which is found in red grapes

Retinol
The name given to the Vitamin A molecule

 

S


Salicylic Acid
A beta hydroxy acid that has deep exfoliating properties, used to target acne

Silicone
Used as a slip agent and to create a layer on the skin, filling in fine lines and giving a smoother appearance

Slip Agent
A term used to describe compounds which, when added to a cosmetic formulation, enable other ingredients to spread more easily on the skin and penetrate deeper

Sodium Benzoate
A derivative of benzoic acid that is used as a preservative

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
See Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
A cleansing agent commonly used in detergent and shampoo, known to be drying to hair and skin

Stearyl Alcohol
An alcohol used to emulsify skincare ingredients and prevent moisture loss

Sulfates
A cleansing agent used in many shampoos and bath products

Surfactant
A compound that lowers the surface tension between two states, detergents, emulsifiers, foaming agents

 

T


Tallow
An animal by-product used in the soap and candle making process

Tannic Acid
An antioxidant which is believed to carry anti-carcinogenic properties

Thickening Agent
Any substance that, when added to a cosmetic formulation, acts as a lubricant 

 

W


Water Binding Agent
A range of ingredients which, when added to skincare, improve the skin’s moisture retention

 

X


Xantham Gum
Used as a thickening agent