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Busting Feet Myths for National Feet Week

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It’s National Feet Week, the time of year we cast a guilty glance downward and wonder how long it’s been since our tootsies last got given any TLC. It’s ironic really, that Feet Week falls during the depths of winter when our feet have been wilfully neglected for months. Well, it’s time to turn that around. Here are some myths (and truths) about feet, along with some of our favourite feet-friendly products.


It’s bad for you to walk barefoot – MYTH

While many of us squirm at the thought of walking around barefoot, it’s actually very good for your feet. Walking barefoot on natural surfaces strengthens muscles, helping both balance and coordination. While we don’t suggest you forego shoes altogether, taking an occasional stroll in your garden sans footwear can make a difference to your posture and muscle strength. After getting back to nature and letting your feet get dirty, give them a soak and treat them to a pedicure. It doesn’t get much easier than the Seoulista Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure!


Feet are best left alone – MYTH

While our feet are pretty self-sufficient, taking care of them should be a priority. After all, our feet ground our bodies; if they are in any way impacted, so too are our hips, back and overall posture.

As well as seeing a podiatrist at the first sign of foot discomfort, basic care should include taking care of your toenails and moisturising the hardest wearing areas around the heel and ball of the foot. While it can be tempting to forget your feet altogether over Winter, pulling on socks and hoping for the best-come Spring, this is the time of year your feet need you the most. Regular moisturising with a cream designed to penetrate the thicker layers of skin will ensure you don’t have to battle with cracked heels down the line. We love this Intense Foot Balm by L’Occitane for this exact reason.


Your feet don’t change size in adulthood – MYTH

Your shoe size is the one thing that stays consistent through the ups and downs of adulthood, right? Wrong. As many as 20% of women will change shoe size during pregnancy, with many of these not returning to their previous size after birth. This is due to a hormone called relaxin, which as well as allowing a woman’s body to stretch to accommodate a baby, also allows the joints in the feet to stretch.

For most women, the change is less than 5mm, so the difference isn’t noticeable, but for many others, the need for new shoes is right up there with baby grows and nappies.


Toenails shouldn’t be cut on a curve – TRUE

When it comes to trimming your nails, shape matters in more ways than one. Cutting toenails into a curved shape can cause serious damage to the nail bed, resulting in ingrown nails and infection. While the top edge of your nail may have a natural curve, the corners should never be rounded off toward the nail bed. Instead, nails should be left a little long and simply trimmed along the top to create a natural shape.

Be sure to use the right nail clippers too, as the smaller clippers made for fingernails aren’t designed for the thicker structure of toenails. This twin set of clippers by Tweezerman are a great investment and will last for years.


Removing dead skin on feet keeps them healthy – TRUE

While rough, dry skin on feet isn’t going to cause you any health issues on its own, it can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. As your feet sweat, the dead skin can become moist and create the perfect environment for conditions such as athlete’s foot (particularly in the warmer areas between the toes).

Keep on top of your foot health with a regular exfoliation using Cowshed Revive Foot Scrub and follow with a moisturiser, such as Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream.


Stinky feet signals poor hygiene – MYTH

There are a number of reasons that people experience smelly feet, due to exercise, footwear, diet or health conditions. It’s an embarrassing problem, and one which often comes with a stigma of having poor hygiene; this simply isn’t the case. If you are battling foot odour and need a short-term fix while you find a treatment option, we have just the thing.

Before starting your day, apply Dr Haushka Deoderising Foot Cream. Infused with rosemary oil, silk and rice starch, the cream absorbs moisture, softens the skin and deodorises. Then, when out and about, keep a can of Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray close at hand. With antibacterial properties, it not only smells great but keeps odours at bay and prevents bacteria from taking hold. 


Whether you love or loathe your feet, show them a little love this week. After all, they’ve earned it. Shop All Feet Now.

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CBD

An ingredient that carries with it a wealth of beneficial properties, CBD is gaining a reputation as an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. If you’ve been searching for a supplement that can relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve mood, look no further than CBD

While hugely beneficial to the millions of people who use it, we understand that an ingredient which is extracted from cannabis may be cause for concern for some readers. That’s why we’ve created this article to help put to rest any worries or questions you’ve had about what CBD is and where it comes from. 


What Is CBD

CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol, a beneficial compound from a group known as cannabinoids, which are found in the cannabis plant. Another of these cannabinoids is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for the inebriating qualities you may think of when you hear the word ‘cannabis’.

However, cannabis is in fact not a single plant, but a family of plants which includes hemp and marijuana. While marijuana is high in THC, hemp is biologically very different. The hemp plant has been used for centuries in the manufacture of cloth, paper and rope, thanks to its easy cultivation, hardy nature and fibrous stalk. Importantly, it is naturally low in THC, allowing the beneficial CBD to be extracted without any of the mind-altering aspects of its sister-plant.


How Does It Work?

Our body has an internal endocannabinoid system which is involved in everything from mood and appetite to inflammation and pain. As a phyto(plant)cannabinoid, CBD is able to enter this system and impact the cannabinoid receptors, helping to rebalance the body. 

Studies have found that CBD is able to reduce the perception of pain, control inflammation in conditions including arthritis and IBS, and improve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions.  


Who Can Benefit From Using CBD?

If you have a chronic health condition that stems from inflammation or results in you experiencing pain, taking CBD regularly is an option well worth exploring. Thanks to its pain-relieving qualities, it can also be great to throw in your gym bag for using as and when it’s needed. CBD also naturally reduces anxiety, which can benefit those struggling with stress, insomnia or low mood.

Always speak to a doctor before using CBD, as it can counteract some medications, including antidepressants and antibiotics. 


What Products Contain CBD?

CBD is available in many forms and can be used in different ways depending on the condition you are struggling with. While the fastest effects come from inhaling the CBD in vape form, there are less invasive, more discreet options also available. Here are a few of our favourites:

CBD Balm

Whether you have painful arthritis in your joints or simply want something to soothe those post-exercise muscles, a balm is a great choice. Applied directly to the desired area, the CBD absorbs into your skin’s receptors and gets to work alleviating pain. 

Try Healthspan CBD Balm 180mg 30ml.


CBD Drops

Taken under the tongue, oral drops are one of the most effective ways to take your CBD as they absorb directly into your system via the thin tissue. 

Try Naturopathica CBD 350mg Oil


CBD Capsules

In terms of ease of use, nothing is much more straightforward than taking your CBD in capsule form. This option does take a little longer to take effect but is an easy way to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, making it particularly good for chronic conditions. 

 

Try Canabidol CBD Capsules in 250mg, 300mg, or 1000mg.

Understanding Dandruff: What is it and how to treat it

At one time or another, most of us will have experienced some degree of dandruff. A common misconception is that dandruff is caused by a ‘dry scalp’, in fact, it is usually found on oily scalps! As a result, people experiencing dandruff often aren’t shampooing frequently enough, if you are experiencing a flaky, itchy scalp you should actually shampoo more often – ideally every day.


Dandruff can be caused by several things and often comes and goes, flaring up when you’re under stress or even due to changing temperatures; like rushing from the brisk outdoors to the cosy warmth of a heated house.

If you are experiencing dandruff it’s worthwhile taking a quick look at your diet, if it’s rich in fatty, salty or sugary foods these may be contributing. Sadly cheese, white wine and champagne can also be triggers!


The term ‘dandruff’ is used to describe scalp flaking but there are various degrees of severity ranging from loose or tight flakes on the scalp to more severe conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis. Mild or moderate dandruff can often be easily treated by an over-the-counter shampoo such as Philip Kingsley’s Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo.


Philip Kingsley Shampoo
Flaky/Itchy Scalp 250ml

Our Price: £24.50


This special formulated antidandruff shampoo works to soothe and clear the scalp of build-up and flakes; in an independent consumer study, 99% agreed it cleared their flaky, itchy scalp. Containing antifungal Piroctone Olamine it helps to relieve flaking and itching whilst restoring the scalp’s microflora balance.

Originally created for Oscar-winning actor Sir Laurence Olivier you can trust the effective yet gentle cleansing of this award-winning and colour safe shampoo. Used alongside their Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner, a water-based toner which utilises Piroctone Olamine to offer immediate relief, you can keep your scalp refreshed after every wash and even use it on the go to give respite from that nagging discomfort.


Philip Kingsley Treatments
Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner 250ml

Our Price: £22.00


If you’re experiencing quite a large build of up flakes it may require a targeted treatment alongside your anti-dandruff shampoo and toner. Philip Kingsley’s Flaky/Itchy Scalp Mask has been formulated with anti-fungal Piroctone Olamine, exfoliating Salicylic Acid and antioxidant-rich Green Tea Extract, to calm whilst tackling the root causes of dandruff to keep flakes at bay. For the ultimate hair and scalp pamper use it alongside Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, the cult hero beloved by celebrities and beauty insiders, which restores your hair’ elasticity, bounce and shine for beautiful healthy locks and a perfectly soothed and cleared scalp.

A very severe build-up of flakes may need to be treated with stronger prescription products, as it can cause severe discomfort and may eventually lead to some hair loss. If you are concerned or an over-the-counter treatment isn’t working, we would advise seeking Trichological advice.


Shop all Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp range now at allbeauty.

5 Ways To Show Your Mum You Love Her

Of all the annual holidays, Mother’s Day is arguably one of the most important. Raising kids is a thankless job, and our mums did a pretty good job (if we do say so ourselves). So, showing her how much she means to you isn’t a task to take lightly. 

This year, instead of panic-buying expensive socks, treat your mum to a thoughtful gift when she’s least expecting it. In fact, why not give one of the below gifts for Mother’s Day and the others at random times throughout the year? 

Go on, she deserves it.


Add atmosphere to her living room

Whether your mum has retired or isn’t quite at that stage yet, she’s likely to spend more time at home than she once did. By nature, as we age we tend to enjoy our creature comforts more and appreciate the little things in life, like the comfort of a favourite armchair or the routine of a nightly tv line-up. 

Candles - Mum

Why not add to the ambience by gifting her a scented candle? Choose the right fragrance and you’ll add a whole new element to the room, enveloping her home in a warm scent that adds to the atmosphere. For safe options, Orla Kiely does a fantastic Earl Grey candle with notes of black tea and bergamot – perfect for tea lovers, and you can’t go wrong with The Ritual Of Sakura, which combines the delicate scent of rice milk with cherry blossom.


Give her the gift of a good night’s sleep

How many sleepless nights have we given our mums over the years? Well, why not make up for it by helping her drift off with ease this Mother’s Day? Thisworks is an award-winning company that produces a range of sleep-inducing oils, diffusers, balms and pillow sprays. 

Sleep - Mum

The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, in particular, has a fan following, with 97% of people surveyed reporting they felt more awake the day after using it. With lavender, chamomile and vetiver, the fragrance blend relaxes body and mind, improving sleep quality and reducing restlessness. Or, if you know she’s having a particularly difficult time drifting off, try the Sleep Plus Pillow Spray which has an increased concentration.


Let her know you’re thinking of her

It’s the little things that count, and nothing is quite as impactful as being surprised with a gift when you’re least expecting it. We love the idea of slipping a gift-wrapped goody into mum’s handbag for her to find later. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or ground-breaking gift, something as simple as a hand cream can be just as appreciated.

If you’re looking for a product that looks as luxurious as it feels, you can’t go wrong with Neom Organics Scent to Make You Happy. It contains mood-boosting essential oils, designed to lift spirits as well as nourishing the skin. Or, if her hands are particularly dry from gardening and other hard-wearing activities, try something more powerful like this Shea Butter Intense Hand Balm by L’Occitane.


A touch of the spa, at home

When was the last time your mum enjoyed a day at the spa? Treating her to a spa day would be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, but if you can’t, or if she’s not one to indulge in the rest and relaxation that spa treatments offer, there are plenty of other ways to bring the experience to her. 

Home Spa - Mum

A good-quality body scrub is a fantastic way to indulge in some pampering. Aromatic, invigorating, exfoliating and hydrating, scrubs offer an at-home treatment with minimal effort. Opt for a brand that can be found in the top spas, such as this Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Scrub from REN Skincare, or the Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow from Elemis


Give her bathroom an upgrade

No, I’m not talking about a full bathroom renovation, though that would seriously earn some brownie points; I’m talking soap. I don’t know about your mum, but ours buy themselves the same old hand soap from the bottom shelf in the supermarket, year in, year out. It’s one of the many things she doesn’t like to spend money on. So, this year, I’ll be replacing her depressing bar of hand soap with something a little more luxurious. 

There is such a wide range of decadent hand washes that the hardest part is narrowing it down to a shortlist, but on ours is the Molton Brown White Mulberry Hand Wash and the L’Occitane Shea Butter Verbena Liquid Soap. L’Occitane gets bonus points for having an eco-refill option, but that Molton Brown bottle is all class.


Whatever you do to show your mum how much you care this Mother’s Day, remember to appreciate her throughout the year. After all, without her, you wouldn’t be who you are today.

Alcohol-Free Beauty: Should Your Skincare Be Teetotal?

With campaigns like Dry January getting ever more popular and a growing awareness of how too much alcohol can affect your long-term health, alcohol in skincare is now under the spotlight. But is alcohol really as bad for our skin as it can be for our health?


Alcohol in Skincare and Cosmetics 

Far more than just a way to help you unwind after a long week, alcohol is used in many different industries, from medicine to science. Ethanol, one of the best-known alcohols, is used in pharmaceuticals and fuels, as well as for sterilising hospital instruments. It’s also a common ingredient in skincare products and toiletries. 

So should you be concerned about alcohol in beauty products? With the Conscious Beauty skincare revolution in recent years, consumers are becoming more aware of what goes into the products they use in their beauty regime, and it’s true that alcohol can do damage to your skin’s natural layer of sebum. But not all alcohol is bad for your skin – certain alcohols can actually benefit your skin and should remain part of your beauty routine. We break down some of the main alcohols used in skincare and cosmetics.


Ethanol 

Alcohols like Ethanol, Isopropyl alcohol, Alcohol Denat, and Methanol are used to make creams feel lighter, help other ingredients to penetrate your skin, and act as a preservative. The downside is that these alcohols can cause dryness, irritation and breakouts, making them not so skin-friendly.

When used in high concentrations these alcohols wear down your skin’s protective barrier, making it less effective at retaining moisture. This also stimulates oil production, which could lead to breakouts if your skin already makes too much oil. So, you should avoid using lots of products with Ethanol or Ethyl alcohol as the main ingredient – especially if you’re prone to acne.

Products that don’t contain Ethanol, even if they have other kinds of alcohol (Cetyl, Stearyl, Cetearyl, or Lanolin alcohol – fatty alcohols with a different effect on the skin), may be labelled as “alcohol-free.”


Benzyl Alcohol

Although within the EU Benzyl Alcohol is a listed allergen, it’s also a necessary ingredient to keep organic and natural skincare products safe from bacteria. Benzyl Alcohol is found naturally in certain essential oils and is an approved preservative under the COSMOS Organic Certification criteria – because of this, it’s used by many natural and organic beauty brands. When used in the correct, low concentration it’s considered safe, but it’s always a good idea to do a patch test first to check it’s okay for your skin.

Caudalie Masks & Scrubs
Instant Detox Mask 75ml


 Fatty Alcohols

Fatty alcohols are derived from saturated vegetable fats like coconut oil or palm oil and are known to be beneficial for skin and hair. Commonly used as a thickener in beauty products like liquid foundations and moisturisers, this type of alcohol contains nourishing fatty acids and doesn’t damage the skin. Cetearyl, Stearyl, Cetyl and Behenyl alcohol are the most common fatty alcohols, so if you see these on the label of your skin care product, you should have nothing to worry about. 

Perricone MD Treatments
Cold Plasma Plus Face 59ml


So can alcohol be good for your skin? 

Put simply, it depends on the type of alcohol. Some alcohols can be harmless or even beneficial for your skin, while others can have negative effects. Different skin types also react differently to varying concentrations of alcohol in beauty products, so it’s always best to do a patch test when using a new product for the first time. 

Some ‘bad’ alcohols can also be acceptable when used in spot treatments such as to dry up an infection, even if it’s not a good idea to use them often or long-term. If you exclude every ingredient that ends in OH, which is the chemical abbreviation for alcohol, you might end up missing out on those alcohols with beneficial properties, like fatty alcohols. The key is to carefully read the label on your skincare products. If you see beauty products with Ethanol or Ethyl alcohol, denatured or SD alcohol, or Isopropyl, you’ll probably want to steer clear of them, to avoid the harmful effects on your skin such as dryness and irritation

Avoid Say Yes!
Ethanol Benzyl
Ethyl Cetearyl
SD Stearyl
Isopropyl Cetyl

Shop our most popular alcohol-free beauty products here. To find out more about Conscious Beauty, why not check out our other blogs?

Celebrating UK Beauty Brands

It’s British Science Week, which can only mean one thing… it’s time to celebrate some of the UK’s fantastic beauty brands! Yes, beauty is a science, and our line-up of pioneering British brands are taking the world by storm. 

Take a look at some of the great companies that began on UK shores, you may be surprised with just how many household names are homegrown. 


Elemis

Created in London in 1990, Elemis quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the world of beauty. Currently, the UK’s #1 luxury British skincare brand, Elemis not only have an array of award-winning products, but they also work with a number of spas to provide high-end treatments.

Our pick: try the multi-award-winning Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Rich and nourishing, this balm is ideal for deeply cleansing all skin types. 


Molton Brown

Influencing the most renowned London noses since 1971, Molton Brown is the darling of Britains fragrance world. Their bath and body ranges can be found in homes across the globe, with limited edition fragrances keeping customers wrapt in attention. 

Our pick: for a fan favourite, try Molton Brown’s signature fragrance, the Orange and Bergamot Hand Wash. After all, no bathroom is complete without a “good soap” for those times you have guests pop over. 


Neal’s Yard Remedies

With their unmistakable blue glass bottles, Neal’s Yard has been turning heads since 1981. Selling aromatherapy and skincare products from their Covent Garden store, the business quickly expanded and now has more than 60 stores worldwide.

Our pick: allbeauty customers rave about the Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense Lift Cream for its ability to hydrate and tone the skin. Containing omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acids, it’s perfect for mature skin.


Cowshed

From the emergence of their first spa in 1998, Cowshed has gone from strength to strength, bringing a touch of country calm to the lives of its busy customers. Animal-friendly and free of silicones, parabens and mineral oils, their products make the perfect gift for practically anyone. 

Our pick: find out what the hype is about and try a range of the best-selling favourites with the Cowshed Hand & Body Set. With hand cream, hand wash, body lotion and shower gel, you’ll be treated to the full Cowshed experience at home.


thisworks

Founded by health and beauty guru Kathy Phillips in 2003, thisworks was created to offer everyday skincare and sleep solutions to the British public. Their range of products uses aromatherapy to invoice the senses and contribute to wellbeing, with their pillow sprays in particular gaining worldwide attention.

Our pick: for the best thisworks experience, you have to try their Deep Sleep Pillow Talk Set. Featuring their best-selling Pillow Spray and a daytime roll-on, this set has everything you need for the ultimate in relaxation.


Noble Isle

Creators of luxury bath and body products, Noble Isle is one of the newest brands to make it big on UK shores. Established in 2011, the company uses local ingredients to showcase the best that our isle has to offer. With ten fragrance collections, you’re sure to find something you love.

Our pick: with the Heavenly Hamper Gift Set you can experience five of Noble Isle’s fragrances, including Tea Rose and Fireside.


So, next time you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, why not invest in Britain and buy local. Purchasing from UK brands not only helps to support local talent, but it also invests in local jobs and the growth of our economy. 

Shop all of the brands mentioned at allbeauty.com

Conscious Beauty – The Smart Beauty Choice

Beauty and the conscious consumer

Conscious consumerism is about making positive, responsible and ethical purchasing decisions. It’s part of a push towards mindful consumption among consumers across every sector, from beauty to everyday essentials. Conscious consumerism aims to consider the impact of what people buy, and from Fairtrade chocolate to pre-worn clothing, we can see conscious choices almost everywhere.

Conscious Beauty’ describes the way people choose their beauty products, according to their personal values. Generally, this means choosing organic products, products that contain fewer chemicals and pesticides, and those that are eco-friendly, and cruelty-free


Why do our cosmetics choices matter? 

Modern-day consumers are well-informed – we now know that “no sugar added” doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, and “all-natural” products can still contain potentially harmful ingredients. The more we know about what we’re putting onto our skin, the more we’re able to make smarter choices while purchasing.

Just like almost any product, skincare and cosmetics can have an impact on the environment, from deforestation caused by palm oil production (an ingredient found in many personal care products) to the toxic chemicals found in many beauty products, and the waste caused by single-use plastics and packaging. 


Conscious Beauty is cruelty-free

A big part of Conscious Beauty is avoiding products that are tested on animals, so that our purchasing choices fit with our personal values. Conscious skincare and beauty brands do not test their finished products or ingredients on animals, and they won’t opt for third-party testing either – which is asking another company to perform animal tests on their behalf. Many cruelty-free products are also vegan – find out more about Vegan Beauty here


Conscious Beauty is organic

Conscious consumers have high standards when it comes to health and the environment. As organic ingredients are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides, Conscious Beauty products are often organic. 


Conscious Beauty is safe for the environment

Conscious Beauty aims to decrease the negative impact on the environment by cutting down on plastic waste and excessive packaging, as well as implementing environmentally friendly formulations and production practices. That’s why opting for conscious beauty products means choosing natural ingredients from sustainable sources. 


Conscious Beauty means making healthy choices

Conscious Beauty products tend to contain fewer chemicals and pesticides than conventional beauty products. They are generally free from sulphates, parabens, silicones, pesticides, petroleum derivatives, synthetic fragrances, and artificial colouring. They don’t contain ingredients that are reported to have harmful health effects such as hormone disruption or skin irritation.

Here are our top conscious beauty product picks:

Perricone MD Treatments
Cold Plasma Plus Face 59ml


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray


Stella McCartney
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml


thisworks Sleep
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray


Acqua Di Parma Colonia
Alcohol-Free Deodorant Stick 75ml


Want to find out more about Conscious Beauty? From Vegan to Eco-friendly, explore our other Conscious Beauty articles and shop clean products. 

How to Transition Your Skin Routine From Winter to Spring

The crocuses and daffodils have begun to bloom – it’s official, Winter is behind us. Throw off the woollen layers and say goodbye to wind-chapped lips, we can finally begin to enjoy the warmer, sunnier weather that has for so long been hiding from us. But before you rush out the door to find the nearest glass of Pimm’s, it’s time to give your skin routine an overhaul, ready for the new season. 

That’s right, it’s the time of year that we can put away our heavy-duty face oils and industrial-strength moisturisers, and introduce skincare products more suitable for the season. Where to begin? We’ve got you covered. 


Start Fresh With A Peel

For months your skin has taken a beating; central heating, high winds, freezing temperatures, it’s seen it all. That outermost layer of skin is probably looking dull, tired and… well, just a bit sad. 

Turn over a new leaf with a face peel, designed to encourage the turnover of that top layer of skin, revealing the fresh, supple skin beneath. For a quick treatment that does it all, you can’t go wrong with the philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel which includes Vitamin C and Peptide Resurfacing Crystals and a Lactic and Salicylic Acid Activating Gel. 

philosophy
The Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel Kit
RRP: £59.50 (Save 20%)

Our Price: £47.50

If you have sensitive skin or want to explore some of the other options available, browse our full range of resurfacing peels.


Step Down Your Moisturiser

The need for a thick and creamy moisturiser may be gone, but that doesn’t mean you should go without. A good skincare routine should involve using a quality moisturiser every day, but during Spring you can get away with a much lighter formulation.

We all have unique skin needs, but when it comes to a brand that delivers a great daily moisturiser, you can’t go wrong with Clinique. An ideal all-rounder, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is suitable for most skin types and won’t clog pores. Or, for drier skin that needs a little more hydration, Moisture Surge’s lightweight gel, makes it a great choice for warmer weather. 

Clinique Moisturisers
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
For Combination to Oily Skin 125ml

RRP: £31.00 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £27.90


And Don’t Forget The Decolletage!

As a side note to the importance of choosing the right moisturiser for Spring, it’s important to remember that it’s not just your face which will be saying hello to the sun. As the weather warms, lower necklines start making an appearance, so treat this delicate skin to an added hydration boost too. 

Prai Ageless Throat and Decolletage Creme is an ideal option for keeping those fine lines and signs of ageing at bay.

Prai Ageless
Throat & Decolletage Creme 50ml

Our Price: £25.00


Start (or Continue) Using Antioxidants

Antioxidants play an important role in protecting your skin for the future, but there isn’t quite as much need for them over Winter. The benefits of using an antioxidant are that they fight free radicals, which are the little blighters caused by oxidative stress, speeding up the ageing process of your skin cells. Two of the main things that trigger this process are the sun’s UV rays and pollution, both of which we’re exposed to more now that we’re back to spending more time outdoors.

We recommend using a stand-alone antioxidant instead of using a moisturiser that contains both. This ensures you can tailor how much of each you’re using daily, giving you the best overall results. Elizabeth Arden does a fantastic Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion which combines a wide range of antioxidants to seamlessly safeguard your skin.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage
Anti-Ageing Antioxidant Infusion Essence 140ml

Our Price: £39.95


Up Your SPF

This wouldn’t be a skincare article if we didn’t mention how important it is to use a good SPF. Over Winter, we can get away with using a moisturiser that includes a low-level SPF, but now that the sun has returned, it’s time to get serious. 

Keeping your SPF separate from your moisturiser ensures you’re getting enough coverage and that you can top it up when needed. Look for SPF50 for the best protection from the sun’s harmful rays. We stock sun defence products for all skin types, but by far our best-selling is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour SPF50 Sun Defense Cream.

Elizabeth Arden Environmental Defense
Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF50 50ml

RRP: £26.00 (Save 46%)

Our Price: £13.95


Cleanse, Cleanse and Cleanse Some More

Not only are you going to be using a daily SPF which, by design, clings to the skin, but you’re also more likely to sweat during the day. Fall behind in your cleansing, and that’s just begging for a breakout. If you don’t use the two-step cleansing method already, now is the time to start. Choose one heavier oil or balm cleanser to remove the make-up, sweat and SPF from your face, then repeat the process with a lighter water-based or milk cleanser to get deep into the pores and remove trace impurities. 

When it comes to allbeauty favourites, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm has stood the test of time as a fantastic option for your first cleanse, with Sisley Lyslait Cleansing Milk a great way to finish.

Elemis Anti-Ageing
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 105g

RRP: £43.00 (Save 23%)

Our Price: £32.95

 

Sisley Lyslait
Cleansing Milk with White Lily for All Skin Types 250ml

RRP: £82.50 (Save 30%)

Our Price: £57.75

Leap Year: What Will You Do With Your Bonus Day?

Every four years we’re blessed with an astronomic anomaly – an extra day of the year. Since the dawn of the Gregorian calendar, we’ve added an extra day every four years to ‘balance the books’, making up for the fact that it actually takes 365.25 days for the earth to orbit the sun. 

But let’s face it, the newsworthy part to us is that we all get a bonus day.  Not only that, but this year Leap Day falls on a Saturday, so you can enjoy every minute of it! You could just treat it as any other day, or you could embrace the novelty and make it a quadrennial (definitely a word) day of ultimate luxury.

Need a bit of inspiration? Here’s how the allbeauty team plan on spending February 29th 2020.


Put Your Best Foot Forward

An absolute guilty pleasure, we love a good foot peel! The Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel is a #1 seller in Japan, so you know it must be good. The socks work best if they’re left on for around 60 minutes, so pour yourself a coffee or tea, then sit down and catch up on your social media or TV while the foot socks do their thing. 

If you haven’t used these before, it’s worth noting that your feet will begin to peel in 2-7 days, so rule out any spa days or sandal-wearing for the next week (which shouldn’t be an issue in this weather)!


Freshen Up

After your 60 minute treatment your feet will need to be washed, so why not combine it with an indulgent shower using some new aromatic products? Treat yourself to a new shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. With so many options, you’re sure to find something you love. Personally, we’ll be trying Clarins Bath & Shower Relax and finding out firsthand what the hype is surrounding Biolage Hydra Source.


Pamper Party For One (Or More)

You’re fresh from the shower, smelling fabulous and ready for the day. What it holds, only you can decide! Why not throw an at-home pamper party for a few close friends. Bring out the manicure kits, face masks, perhaps a cheeky bottle of prosecco? Or if you’re more of a lone wolf, do all of the above with that new Netflix series you’ve been dying to watch. 


All Dolled Up

How often do you get the chance to enjoy applying makeup? You’ve got no train to catch, nowhere to be, nothing to do, so instead, spend some time playing with a new eyeshadow palette or lip colour. After that, we’ll personally be popping out (looking rather glam) for a takeaway and retiring to the sofa – after all, who wants to be doing dishes on the most indulgent day of the last four years?!


An Extra Day = An Extra Night

That’s right, it isn’t just a leap day, it’s a leap night too. Make it count by heading to bed earlier than usual, climbing into freshly laundered sheets and drifting off to sleep. Of course, it isn’t quite that easy though is it? Your brain is still ticking away, social media is at the tip of your fingers and you could be doing other things. If you struggle to drift off at the best of times, pre-empt the battle with a few clever sleep-inducing products. 

Using a pillow spray is ideal for letting your senses be lulled by relaxing aromas; we can recommend thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Neom Organics London Scent to Sleep Pillow Spray

And there we have it, the best way to enjoy an indulgent leap day – only four years until the next one!

A Guide To Cruelty-Free Beauty

Ethical consumerism is big news, with a loyal and outspoken following. Fashion’s anti-fur movement continues to grow in its influence, with many major luxury brands announcing anti-fur policies in recent years. A British Fashion Council survey on the use of fur continues to reflect what is seen as a cultural change, with more international brands choosing to exclude fur from their collections, and increasingly more businesses moving to be entirely fur-free. 

It’s not just the fashion industry that has seen shifts in attitudes when it comes to the things we buy. The beauty industry has also been evolving to meet the expectations of ethically conscious consumers, and cruelty-free is a big part of the Conscious Beauty movement. 


What are cruelty-free cosmetics? 

Cruelty-free describes products or activities that don’t harm or kill animals. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty-free, so cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare products are those which have not been tested on animals. However, some brands may still hire third-party testers or may test the ingredients on animals, rather than the final product itself. That’s why those who want to ensure they’re buying cruelty-free cosmetics should always look for accreditations – like Cruelty-Free International’s leaping bunny or the PETA logo. 

For decades, cosmetics and drug companies have used animal testing as a method of proving a product’s safety and efficiency – and animal testing can even be dated back to Ancient Greece. Animal testing was once considered by many to be the best way to assess this and to understand the potential side effects certain products might cause to humans. However, there has been strong opposition to animal testing for a long time, with scientists from as early as the 17th Century onwards questioning the value of results gained from experiments on animals. 


Cruelty-free and the cosmetics industry 

Today, animal testing in the cosmetics industry is still common, despite it being banned in many places including the EU, India, Israel and Norway among others. The good news is, there are more cruelty-free brands than ever, offering a huge variety of high quality, ethical beauty products for the conscious consumer. 


Are cruelty-free products the same as vegan

Even though the terms “cruelty-free” and “vegan” are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Vegan products don’t contain any animal by-products, however, they might still have been tested on animals. That said, many vegan beauty products are cruelty-free and vice versa. Read more about Vegan Beauty here.


Making the switch to cruelty-free 

There are many reasons why you should switch to cruelty-free cosmetics. The ingredients used in cosmetics is one of them – most cruelty-free products contain non-toxic ingredients, with fewer chemicals and fragrances. Aside from being better for the environment, this can also result in less chance of adverse skin reactions such as flare-ups and irritation. 

Of course, the main reason for choosing cruelty-free products is to end the suffering of animals. The animals used for experiments are socially isolated, confined, harmed, and ultimately killed in the name of beauty. For many people, that’s far too high a cost to bear. Leading beauty brands have taken note, and there are now cruelty-free alternatives to almost everything, from makeup to moisturizer.

Here are our top cruelty-free picks.


thisworks
Sleeping Partners

Dr. Hauschka Face Care
Rose Day Cream 30ml


bareMinerals BarePro
Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF20


Perricone MD Makeup
No Blush Blush SPF30 10ml/0.3 fl.oz


REN Clean Skincare Face
Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum 30ml/1.02 fl.oz


Want to find out more about Conscious Beauty? From Vegan to Eco-friendly, explore all our Conscious Beauty articles and shop clean products.