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Arctic Beauty Secrets – The Story Of Polaar

What if the secret to your beauty was hidden beyond the Arctic Circle?
Come with us on a journey of discovery through Polaar’s Arctic Beauty Secrets!

Although the Arctic is sometimes thought of as a barren icy place – devoid of life – the truth is quite the opposite…

Polaar Secrets of Arctic Beauty

A remote, pristine landscape located in the northernmost part of the earth, the Arctic is the polar region that surrounds the North Pole and showcases a wonderful range of native flora and fauna, some of which can’t be found anywhere else on earth! It was here, 30 years ago in 1990, that the Polaar brand was dreamt up by Daniel Kurbiel, the teenage son of a Polar explorer.

The story of Daniel’s fascination with Arctic beauty secrets began when he embarked on a voyage aboard the Vagabond, an icebreaker leaving for the far North on a scientific mission.  He soon crossed paths with Maria Olech, who showed him her studies into lichen – the small plant organisms that can survive for millennia under extreme conditions. It was the extraordinary properties of lichen which sparked a realisation in Daniel –  that a remote world with an almost unknown flora contained active ingredients of unequaled rarity and purity.  And so Polaar was born. 

Polaar Arctic Beauty Secrets

Polaar, the pioneering French brand and expert in Polar research, applies all of its cosmetic expertise to enhance your beauty. Through the application of pure Arctic ingredients such as Arctic Berries, Siberian Ginseng, Nunatak Flowers, Polaar’s unique textures and incomparable fragrances will take you on a journey across the far North.

Formulas have been inspired by the traditional beauty recipes of Lapland women,  as well as by the active ingredients cultivated and harvested by local producers in Scandinavian countries.


 Polaar’s Values:

#1 Respect Mother Nature
#2 Be a pioneering brand
#3 Pure and Rare Ingredients
#4 Local Expertise
#5 Inspired by the Arctic, Made in France


Polaar’s Ingredients

The Seven Wonders of the Arctic Circle Discovered and Collected by Polaar

Arctic Berries
Found in
Genuine Lapland range
Nourishes– Repairs – Protects

Arctic Berries

Grown and harvested in Lapland by Finnish producers, these berries are extracted by cold Cryogenic extraction (-28°c), to preserve all the properties of the fresh plant and prevent their oxidation.  The mix of arctic berries contain :

#1 Blackberry, an important source of Vitamin C (antioxidant).
# 2 Raspberry, considered the noblest berry of the Nordic countries.
#3 Cranberry, known to have nourishing, restorative properties.

Arctic Cotton
Found in IcePure range
Cleanses – Detoxifies – Soothes

Arctic Cotton

Arctic Cotton grows in the vast wilderness of Scandinavian countries, preserved from any pollution. Harvested by hand, the flowers and stems are dried and macerated in hot water and glycerin to obtain their extracts. 

Iceberg Water
Found in IceSource range
Hydrates – Softens

Glacier Water

Polaar’s Glacier Water is collected in Canada,  from icebergs that stand at the confluence of the Hudson Strait and the Davis Strait, facing Greenland. Not only is there no trace of pollution, the water of these icebergs also contains an abundance of minerals and trace elements. 

Siberian Olive
Found in Northern Light range
Promotes Radiance – Regenerates – Hydrates

Siberian Olive

The exceptional regenerating properties of the Siberian Olive have long been classified as top secret. The tree produces a small berry that contains more than 108 natural active ingredients with an unparalleled concentration of vitamins: 30 times more Vitamin C than a single orange! The fruit is a powerful ally in fighting against free radicals, photo- ageing and dehydration. Harvested in the wild, the fruits are then pressed and macerated in hot water and propylene glycol, and the extract is then clarified and filtered to give the extract.

Nunatak Flower
Found in Eternal Snow range
Redensifies – Illuminates

Nunatak Flower

The Nunatak flower is a rare and protected plant, managing to survive the last ice age, where nearly 90% of living species were destroyed. The plant took refuge on rocky spurs not covered by ice: Nunataks (hence its name) and developed its own defence system to cope with intense cold and dryness. This resulted in its morphological adaptation to produce antioxidants. In order to preserve nature, Polaar reproduces and cultivates stem cells of this Nunatak Flower sustainably, according to patented expertise. 

Boreal Algae
Found in Polar Night range
Regenerates – Smooths – Relaxes

In the depths of the Polar oceans, where light is scarce, lives a mysterious algae: Rhodymenia Borealia. Under the influence of the blue light of the moon, it synthesizes phytomelatonin. This plant enzyme is similar to melatonin, a hormone which is secreted by the brain at night for night cell regeneration.

Siberian Ginseng
Found in IcyMagic range
Tones – Decongests – Illuminates

Siberian Ginseng

Once harvested, the roots of Siberian Ginseng are macerated in a hot solution, which is then clarified and filtered to give the extract. More concentrated in micro-nutrients than classic ginseng, it is an adaptogenic plant that stimulates the body to increase its resistance to the different types of stress / fatigue that affect it. 


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Pour Yourself A Beauty Cocktail, You’ve Earned It

After an April and May that seemed as if they’d never end, we’ve finally made it to June – it’s summer baby! And while we might still not be going out much, that doesn’t mean we have to forego the summertime vibes. 

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


Pina Colada

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

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

Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel

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

Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub

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

Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Spray

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


Daiquiri

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

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

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

Elemental Herbology Watermelon Cucumber Body Moisturiser

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

GlamGlow BerryGlow Probiotic Recovery Mask

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


Mimosa 

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

Grace Cole Nectarine Blossom & Grapefruit Handcare Set

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

The Natural Deodorant Co Orange & Bergamot Clean Deodorant Balm

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

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie

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


Mojito

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

Aveda Rosemary Mint Weightless Conditioner

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

milk_shake Sensorial Mint Shampoo

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

Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner

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


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

Aloe Vera

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

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


What is Aloe Vera?

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

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


What Does Aloe Vera Do For Your Skin?

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

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

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


Who Can Benefit From Using Aloe Vera?

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

Aloe Vera For Sensitive And Dry skin

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

Aloe Vera For Inflammatory Conditions

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

Aloe Vera For Burns

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


What Products Contain Aloe Vera?

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

Best aloe vera for dry skin:

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

Best aloe vera for all skin types:

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

Best aloe vera shower gel: 

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

Best aloe vera body moisturiser:

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

Vitamin D

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

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


Indoors and Vitamin D

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

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


What Is Vitamin D?

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

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

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


Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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

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

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

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


Vitamin D During Winter

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

Sources of vitamin D from food include:

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

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

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


How Much Sun Exposure Is Optimal?

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

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

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


Sunscreen and Vitamin D

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

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


Vitamin D Boosters

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

Vitabiotics Perfectil Platinum Skin Radiance Tablets

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

Healthspan Super Strength Omega 3 Gold Capsules

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

Vitality CBD Ginger, Turmeric, Vitamin D and Papain Tablets

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

Cubid CBD skincare for dry hands

We’re finally out of those cold winter months, summer is in sight and that harsh dry skin we’ve all been suffering from should be long gone. Then an unforeseen pandemic got its grip on the world and we’ve found ourselves washing our hands more frequently than ever. When hand washing isn’t an option, more and more of us are relying on alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Suddenly, those dry winter hands didn’t seem that bad at all, because now we’re suffering from extremely dry, chapped hands and brittle nails.


What causes dry skin?

The more we wash our hands, the more we strip away moisture. Whatever natural protective oils are left on the skin’s surface are washed down the drain when we combine water and soap. Not only does this leave the hands exposed, it can also cause further irritation. This can lead to inflamed and raw looking skin.


How might CBD help my dry skin?

One of the main benefits of CBD to the human body is its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been identified in several studies to aid in fighting skin inflammation. It’s this benefit which can help prevent dry and inflamed skin, as well as aid in the repair process. 

CBD is a natural fit in our skincare routines because it’s full of fatty acids and antioxidants, like omega 3 and 6, which help promote moisturised skin and maintain elasticity.

Research shows CBD extracts can contain more effective antioxidants than Vitamin E and C. These antioxidant properties in CBD help to protect the skin from free radicals and pollution which can damage healthy skin cells and cause premature aging.


The Endocannabinoid System

CBD works with the endocannabinoid system in the body. This is a microscopic chain of receptors all living beings possess. The body produces these cannabinoid receptors (there are two types, CB1 and CB2) which interact with CBD when it is introduced to our systems. 

When taken orally, the endocannabinoid system can treat inflammation from the inside. But on the surface of the skin, CBD has also proven effective in treating localised inflammation through the endocannabinoid system. Meanwhile the antioxidants and fatty acids present help soothe irritation and restore moisture.

The reason this is allowed to happen in the skin is all down to the widespread presence of the two types of cannabinoid receptors in the body which tend to show up near our organs. And with the skin being our largest organ, it responds well to CBD with these receptors carrying out their work. 

The next key element is hydration. Excessive hand washing and regular use of alcohol-rich hand sanitisers often leads to dehydrated skin. CBD-infused creams can help improve hydration levels in our skin

In some extreme cases of dry skin, often skin diseases, dermatologists may prescribe topical steroid creams, which act as anti-inflammatory medicines. For people that like to avoid using steroid ointments, some doctors suggest CBD could be used as a non-steroidal alternative. While CBD works as an anti-inflammatory, the emollient nature of hemp oil, the base of every CUBID CBD product, works as a barrier to help protect the skin to allow it a chance to heal.


How to use CBD for dry hands

The easiest way to treat dry skin with CBD is with a hand cream.  

Choosing good quality CBD skincare is a must. The key is investing in a seriously hydrating moisturiser with high quality CBD. Re:new Hand & Nail Cream by CUBID CBD is made with 250mg of broad spectrum hemp oil containing 66% CBD and other cannabinoids, perfect for intensively re-hydrating dry hands. 

The next step is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. In the same way we must regularly wash our hands, it’s vital to be regularly applying your moisturiser. We recommend applying a coin-sized amount a minimum of twice a day, or whenever you feel your hands and nails need some extra care.



 

 

 

 


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Meet Antipodes – Connecting you with New Zealand’s Nature

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

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

Ingredients from nature

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

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

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

Explore the Antipodes Range:

Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel

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

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

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

Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream 

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

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

Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask

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

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

Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum

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

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


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Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

We all understand protecting ourselves from the sun is important for our skin health, but with so much conflicting information out there, how do we know which products do the best job? 

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two of the most widely used sunscreen ingredients, but how they work isn’t general knowledge. If chemistry isn’t your forte, we’re here to break it down for you. In this article, we’ll be explaining what these ingredients are, how they work, and whether they’re good for your skin.


What Are Zinc Oxide And Titanium Dioxide?  

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two types of natural ingredients used in “physical sunscreen”. 

Physical sunscreen, or mineral sunscreen, is made from natural ingredients which sit on the skin’s surface. They act as a shield, bouncing the sun’s rays off the skin.

Chemical sunscreen meanwhile, uses a combination of chemical ingredients that deactivate sunlight, converting UV rays into heat.

Dermatologists widely recommend that we choose physical sunscreen over chemical sunscreen for the following reasons:

  • It lasts longer than chemical sunscreen.
  • It is gentler on the skin and won’t clog pores.
  • It works immediately on application (chemical sunscreen doesn’t work for around 20 minutes).

What Do They Do?

In order to understand how zinc oxide and titanium dioxide work, we first need to get to the bottom of how the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays operate. 

There are three different types of UV rays, UVA, UVB, and UVC. The two we most need to worry about are UVA and UVB, as UVC is filtered out by the atmosphere before it can make it to the Earth’s surface. 

  • UVA rays are able to deeply penetrate our skin, damaging cells and leading to premature ageing. 
  • UVB rays don’t penetrate as deeply, only reaching the skin’s surface. These are the rays that can cause sunburn and ultimately, skin cancer. 

In order to protect ourselves from both UVA and UVB rays, a “broad-spectrum” or “full-spectrum” sunscreen is needed. While there are a number of natural ingredients that can shield skin from either UVA or UVB rays, there are only two ingredients that can do both – zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Top tip: An easy way to remember which UV ray is responsible for an outcome is, UVA(geing) and UVB(urning).


Who Can Benefit From Using Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide?

Ultimately, we all need to be using sunscreen daily, particularly during the warmer months, but choosing the right sunscreen is an important part of the process. Which natural ingredient is best suited for your skin will depend on your skin’s sensitivity and tone.

Zinc oxide has slightly larger particles which create a slightly opaque white sheen on the skin. This makes it ideal for pale skin, as it creates a nice, even coverage, so is often used in SPF makeup products. It’s also great for those with oily skin or acne, as it has natural antimicrobial properties and is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. Zinc oxide is also the most effective natural ingredient against both UVA and UVB rays.

Titanium dioxide has smaller particles and doesn’t leave a milky sheen, which makes it ideal for darker complexions. For this reason, it’s often used as an ingredient in cosmetics as it can offer protection without diluting the colour. Like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide is non-comedogenic, but it’s also very gentle on the skin, making it great for oily and sensitive skin alike.


What Products Contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide?

At allbeauty, we stock a wide range of products that include both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. While titanium dioxide is the more common of the two, increasingly, beauty brands are combining both ingredients in order to get the superior protection of zinc oxide and the gentle, invisible coverage of titanium dioxide

Here are a few of our top-selling sun protection products:

Sun Protection

Ultrasun Anti-Ageing Sun Protection For Sensitive Skin SPF50+ – Zinc oxide only

With a combination of antioxidants and natural minerals, this face cream protects your skin against the sun’s rays while restoring moisture and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

Perricone MD Face Finishing & Firming Tinted Moisturizer SPF30Titanium dioxide only

For an all-in-one moisturiser that boasts sun protection and light coverage, look no further than this best-seller from Perricone. Suitable for all skin types.

Meet the Brand: Odylique

Like any company who wants to truly make a difference Odylique has a great story… 

A sensitive issue

It started with Margaret. Thirty years ago, Margaret Weeds – Nottingham native, and qualified in herbal medicine and aromatherapy – was suffering with very, very sensitive skin. She wasn’t alone: eczema ran in her family and she and her children were all plagued with sore, dry, itchy patches. It being the late 80s, conventional cosmetics or prescription skincare were the only real option available. These were often packed with petroleum, artificial additives and other skin irritants which simply didn’t suit her allergy-prone skin.

A natural solution

Confident that she could find answers through natural ingredients, Margaret began tinkering with skin-friendly concoctions. Armed with her exceptional herbal knowledge and belief in the capabilities of nature, she started experimenting using only organic herbs, plant oils and natural active ingredients that were kind to super-sensitive skin. The result was a small range of gentle, effective, delightfully caring formulas that worked wonders on the family’s collective skin complaints. On the strength of these results, Margaret and her daughter Abi launched Essential Care in 2003, a company with a passion for the power of genuine natural skincare.

Keeping it in the family

“Essential Care” was going well, but Margaret and Abi knew they could do more. By 2014, after a decade of bringing certified organic skincare and (the world’s first) Fair Trade make-up to the world, they re-christened themselves “Odylique”. Pronounced “Oh-dih-leek” (for those who struggle with their French linguistics!), the name is derived from a phrase that means “power of nature” and it suits perfectly. They’re still a family-owned company run by Margaret’s daughter Abi and a dedicated team of skin-loving experts. Odylique found its home amidst the rolling fields of Suffolk, where visitors are welcome to enjoy the botanical gardens. Every single one of Odylique’s products is handmade there. This makes them fairly unique in the skincare world and able to promise the highest quality and freshness for everything they make. It’s a haven for those seeking care for their sensitive skin.

They love your skin (and the planet)

Odylique was one of the first companies to create certified organic cosmetics and formulate the purest cosmetics possible. 

Each and every one of their ingredients has therapeutic credentials. There are a few ways in which Odylique makes this happen: 

  • By using actives – herbs and essential oils – in therapeutic concentrations.
  • Plant oils must be virgin and cold-pressed so that they have their full antioxidant vitamin-content intact (this more actively nourishes the skin and protects it from premature ageing).
  • They don’t do synthetic chemicals. Ever.
  • Everything is certified to strict Soil Association organic standards (those guys are strict, trust us)
  • They leave out lanolin, wheat, dairy & soya derivatives, salicylic acid, peanut oil, common allergen tree nut oils and more…all the things that can upset sensitive skin.
  • They NEVER test on animals. Instead, we test on human volunteers who have sensitive and allergy-prone skin. 

Odylique are big on doing the planet as many favours as possible. As such, they make sure that their raw materials suppliers and all of their distributors follow the no-testing-on-animals rule, and they go out of their way to adhere to Fair Trade standards and use responsible, sustainable packaging.


Odylique’s Top 3…ok, 4 must-haves

  • Creamy Coconut Cleanserthis organic face cleanser is gentle but highly effective. The skin-conditioning creamy blend of extra virgin olive & coconut oils gently but thoroughly lifts away make-up, skin impurities and airborne dirt. Organic rose water and a subtle trio of pure essential oils calm sensitive skin and complete a thorough natural cleanse. This is a non-comedogenic cleanser, detergent-free and soothing for sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, normal or mature skin types! It is often used on skin prone to rosacea.
  • Superfruit Concentratethis organic face oil is a blend of super-strength 100% organic rosehip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate, giving an exceptional synergy of 5 omega fatty acids, plus antioxidant vitamins and nature’s miracle phytosterols, to target dry skin and all aspects of skin ageing. Use this super serum daily or as needed to boost moisture, cell renewal and collagen synthesis for smooth, instantly radiant skin.
  • Gentle Herb Shampoothis herbal shampoo will bring shine and vitality back naturally to even the most sensitive scalp. A 100% natural, certified organic, vegan shampoo – the first shampoo that ever achieved Soil Association approval.

 

 

 

 

 

It is free from all sulphates (including SLS, ALS, sodium coco sulphate), silicone, salt, fragrance and artificial preservatives.

  • Black Eye Linerthis organic eyeliner is the first eye pencil certified to Soil Association AND Fairtrade standards! Intensely rich mineral eye-liner pencil colour combines with organic jojoba, sunflower, shea butter and calendula for a rich, smooth texture that glides on effortlessly to define and nourish the delicate eye area, without tugging or pulling.

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Mienai Oshare; The Unseen Japanese Beauty

You have probably heard of the popular beauty craze K-Beauty from Korea, but did you know there is a different Asian derived beauty trend which was founded before Korean Beauty? So, what is it? J-Beauty.

J-Beauty incorporates beauty, skincare, and regimes in Japan. KBeauty tends to feature a lot more colours in their makeup palettes and quirkiness within their skincare regimen such as bubble masks, whereas J-Beauty likes to keep things a little simpler. You may think that J-Beauty would incorporate the same type of products as K-Beauty, however, Japan has a long history of traditions when it comes to skincare and cosmetics. Below the mystery of Japanese beauty secrets are unravelled:


Timeless Traditions

Japanese minimalist and timeless traditions have been rooted in their culture from as early as 700 AD. When you think of traditional Japanese beauty, what comes to mind? Possibly a Geisha? Women cover their face with a white powder called Oshiroi as a symbol of beauty. Fast-forward to the 1600s and beauty cosmetics in Japan were primarily focused on three colours: white, black and red. White powder was used to lighten the face whilst red lips were painted on top in a smaller shape than the natural lip. Red lipstick was also used to accent the outer corners of their eyes with red. Some Japanese women would colour their teeth black as it was a traditional expression of beauty and grandeur. 


Western Influences

Skip forward to the late 1800s and Western influences were growing ever-stronger in Asia after Japan opened their borders to Dutch merchants. Japanese women started to use a broader range of palettes and colours for their make-up as opposed to the traditional three colours. The 20th century provided face powders and lipsticks in a wider range of shades. Extensive variations of skincare products appeared within the cosmetics industry. After World War II and Japan’s surrender to the United States, Japan’s beauty regimes became heavily influenced by Western media – especially American films, celebrities and print magazines.


Innovation Of Cleansing 

So, what is the main focus when it comes to J-Beauty skincare?

Primarily, J-Beauty is all about simplicity, freshness, velvet-like skin and enhancing natural beauty. Did you know that Japanese women introduced us to the concept of double-cleansing? Protecting the skin from the sun is important within the J-Beauty trend, so expect a lot of products to contain SPF. Having clean, moisturised skin is important so products such as serums, facemasks, cleansers and oils are popular, with lighter textures such as milks, gels and emulsions being favoured over thicker creams. Japanese Beauty prioritises taking care of the skin with respect and creating products with the intention of making the skin look and feel its absolute best by offering long-term benefits as a result of preventative care. Why don’t you give Sensai’s 2 Step Cleanse & Purify range a go? Let the results do the talking:

SENSAI Silky Purifying Step 1 Remove & Reveal Cleansing Gel with Scrub. Our Price £34.95 – save £6.05 (15%) off RRP

SENSAI Silky Purifying Step 2 Cleanse & Purify Mud Soap (Wash & Mask). Our Price £34.95- save £6.05 (15%) off RRP


Genuine Ingredients

How does a J-Beauty skincare regime differ? Japanese beauty products tend to avoid ingredients with a high percentage of alcohol or the use of harsh chemicals which can irritate the skin. J-Beauty makes use of natural ingredients which derives from the Japanese tradition of using fruits/vegetables, leaves and other organic ingredients in their skincare products. A few examples of popular ingredients used include collagen, pearls, seaweed and green tea extracts. These all-natural ingredients have provided Japanese women with a number of benefits for the skin for centuries, such as softer skin with more elasticity.


Creating Circles

Here’s another Japanese beauty secret for you – as well as being mindful about what is being put on the skin, J Beauty also considers the method of application. Japanese tradition considers the beauty regime as a sign of self-love with the philosophy that skincare should be like a marathon rather than a sprint. Being delicate and applying lotions in a circular motion instead of rubbing are examples of this.  Have you tried SENSAI Silky Purifying Sponge

Shop now to avoid causing any irritation or stress to the skin for just £9.90


Time Is Of The Essence

So, if you are looking for skincare and beauty products which prioritise creating healthy skin and natural ingredients, J Beauty would be perfect for you! Do you want to know how to start your own J-Beauty routine?

#1 Use products with a high percentage of natural ingredients, and a low percentage of alcohol and harsh chemicals.

#2 Double-cleanse and use light textured products such as gels, emulsions and milks.

#3 Always use an SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.

#4 Take your time with your new skincare regime and think of it as an act of self-love and self-care. 


Shop Now for our hand-picked Japanese beauty range;

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream 

Our Price £44.75 – save £13.25 (23%) off RRP


Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Masque 

Our Price £31.95save £13.95 (30%) off RRP


Shiseido Protection Urban Environment UV Cream  SPF50 For Face & Body

Our Price £23.50 – save £10.50 (31%) off RRP


SENSAI Cellular Performance Standard Series Emulsion II 

Our Price £67.50save £14.50 (18%) off RRP


ISSEY MIYAKE L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray  Gift Set

Our Price £48.95 – save £14.05 (22%) off RRP


Shop the full range here: Japanese Beauty Secrets

South American Beauty

Get ready for carnival with these little-known ingredients and beauty secrets, straight from the rainforests of South America.

What do Sofia Vergara, Shakira and Gisele Bündchen all have in common – other than being drop-dead gorgeous? They all hail from South America. A continent rich in diversity, it encompasses twelve countries and an additional two territories, each with its own unique culture, traditions and of course, beauty secrets. 

We’ve collated the best of these tips into one handy place, so you can discover what elements of a beauty routine are most important to women in South America, and what ingredients they use to get that gorgeous Amazonian look.


Natural Ingredients

Whether in bustling Rio de Janeiro or in rural Guyana, natural ingredients are at the heart of South American hair and skincare. Being home to some of the largest expanses of rainforest in the world, it’s hardly a surprise! The continent has an abundance of exotic fruits and seeds, many of which are used to create natural hair masks or applied to skin for hydration. The best part? Some brands you already know and love have begun to include these ingredients in their products, so you can try them for yourself!

Buriti oil is derived from the fruit of the moriche palm tree or “tree of life”, which grows in Brazilian rainforests. It is used for nourishing and repairing skin and hair, including treating skin conditions and burns. 

Sacha Inchi oil comes from the seeds of the star-shaped sacha inchi fruit which have been grown by the indigenous people of Peru for thousands of years. High in omega-3 and containing vitamins E and A, sacha inchi oil is used to hydrate and protect skin and hair.

Amazonian white clay is harvested near the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil and has been used for centuries due to its exfoliating and detoxifying properties.

Avocados grow all over South America (envious!) and are often used in DIY hair treatments or skin masks. Don’t fancy getting messy? Check out our favourite avocado beauty products below.


Haircare

When it comes to South American beauty, women take their hair very seriously. Thick, luscious hair is a crown to wear proudly, and they use the nourishing ingredients that grow locally to enhance what nature gave them. 

Using a hair mask at least once a week delivers moisture back into the hair, protecting it from the elements, taming frizz and adding shine. Buriti oil can also be used to this effect, and Aveda’s Dry Remedy range includes it as an active ingredient, so you can try it at home. Alternatively, the All Soft Mega range from Redken uses sachi inchi oil to hydrate dry and damaged hair.  

Don’t have naturally straight hair but want to get those flawless South American locks? Most salons now offer the famous “Brazilian Blowout” treatment which combines keratin and heat to smooth hair and calm curls. But if you don’t want to pay salon prices, Novex has you covered. Their Brazilian Keratin range includes Brazilian keratin protein, so you can achieve the same look at a fraction of the price.


Skincare

Skincare plays a key part of the average beauty routine as women in South American tend to spend a lot of time outdoors and enjoy a warm climate for much of the year. Top priorities include moisturising skin products and SPF face creams. While we certainly have no shortage of either of those at allbeauty, here are a few skincare solutions that include one or more of the fantastic natural ingredients we highlighted earlier. 

Nuxe Paris, Super Skin Repair Balm includes buriti oil, honey and five other botanical oils to improve complexion and reduce tight, dry skin.

Elemental Herbology, Cell Plumping Facial Moisturiser is a nourishing cream for dry and ageing skin which includes antioxidants and sacha inchi oil, among others, to deeply hydrate.

Lab Series for Men, Oil Control Clearing Solution includes Amazonian white clay in its ingredients, helping to reduce oily skin and keep blemishes at bay. 

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream combines the rich moisturising properties of avocado and shea butter to restore moisture to hands.


Makeup

In general, things are kept super simple where makeup is concerned. With flowing hair and bronzed, flawless skin, the need for makeup falls by the wayside! Instead, most South American women swear by all-in-one products such as a good quality BB cream, a hydrating lip balm and a dark, elongating mascara.

However, that’s not to say that it’s a totally low-maintenance look. The one area where time and money is most definitely spent, is on nail care. Most women will see a nail technician regularly and invest in bold colours, nail extensions and eye-catching nail art. We all love to include a pop of personality in our beauty routine after all!


From oils from the deepest corners of the rainforest, to clay from the banks of the Amazon, South America holds a wealth of beauty secrets within its borders. Give one a try and see what you’ve been missing out on.