Tag

ingredients

Browsing

Best of Beauty – Our Top Ten Moisturisers

When it comes to skincare, not all products are created equal, and as anyone with dry or mature skin will tell you, moisturisers are a prime example. Finding a quality moisturiser can be a long, expensive battle, which is why we’ve collated some of our favourite moisturisers into one handy guide. The right moisturiser can transform your complexion from dull and tired to dewy and radiant, locking in hydration and protecting against free radicals; but it’s important to find a formulation that meets your skin’s unique needs.

If you’re ready to invest in your skincare but don’t know where to start, the moisturisers on this list come highly recommended!

1. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex

The Elizabeth Arden name is synonymous with excellence in skincare, from the world-famous 8 Hour Cream to best-seller, Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex. We love this cream for its non-greasy texture, astounding value and unrivalled hydration. Many of our customers have used this moisturiser for decades and absolutely swear by it for keeping dry skin and fine lines at bay.

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (Pump) for Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin

Another tried and trusted brand in skincare, Clinique consistently creates high quality award-winning moisturisers! Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ has a light consistency but packs maximum results. Ideal for dry, combination and sensitive skin, you’ll unlock the best results by using it as part of the Clinique 3-Step System.

3. Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator

Do you suffer from dry, sensitive skin? Your search ends here. Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator is another of Clinique’s award-winners and has a cult following amongst those who suffer from dry skin. Aloe vera, caffeine and hyaluronic acid are just three of the active ingredients which fight dryness and dehydration, leaving skin plump and nourished.

4. PCA skin Clearskin

If you’re losing the battle against oily skin or blemishes, PCA skin Clearskin is a must-try! Lightweight and non-greasy, the formulation absorbs quickly into reactive complexions, restoring balance, evening tone and refreshing skin. With ingredients including niacinamide, bisabolol, chamomile and cucumber, your skin is in for a soothing, smoothing treat.

5. Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Well known for their organic blends of natural ingredients, Neal’s Yard brings a luxury touch to their salt-of-the-earth skincare. Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a hard-working, gorgeously fragranced moisturiser which can be used in a multitude of ways to improve skin tone and texture. With vitamins A, E, and nourishing rosehip oil, this beauty balm will leave your skin (and senses) rejoicing.

6. LA MER Moisturizing Soft Cream

When it comes to exclusive names in the world of skincare, La Mer is the crème de la crème. A beauty editor favourite, LA MER Moisturizing Soft Cream is a brightening, hydrating skin cream for dry and combination skin types. It’s formulation includes a transformative fermentation of sea kelp and other botanicals.

7. Darphin Hydraskin Rich Cream

Those in the know rave about French skincare brand Darphin. With different products to suit all complexions, dry or dehydrated skin will adore Darphin Hydraskin Rich Cream, with its creamy consistency and deeply nourishing properties. Use as a night cream to target those annoying dry patches, or for an extra boost of moisture during the colder months.

8. A’kin Intense Hydration Day & Night Cream

With ingredients including shea butter, rosehip and avocado oils and aloe leaf juice, A’Kin Intense Hydration Day And Night Cream is ideal for mature, dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin types. The rich concentration of botanical ingredients works to naturally replenish and rehydrate, leaving you with a radiant glow and a silky smooth complexion.

9. bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Moisturizer

Sun protection is a key element in any skincare routine, and bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Moisturizer delivers that and more with integrated SPF30. Formulated with antioxidants, peony extract and coffee seed oil, this blend hydrates, protects and invigorates. The boost of caffeine is ideal for tired, dull skin, leaving your skin plumped, radiant and with less visible signs of fatigue.

10. Caudalie Resvératrol – Lift Firming Night Cream

No moisturiser list would be complete without a hard-working night cream, and Caudalie Resvératrol-Lift Firming Night Cream beats out many others to win a place in our Top 10. With vine resveratrol, hyaluronic acid and vegan collagen booster, this is a powerhouse for reversing the signs of ageing and combatting dryness. Apply before bedtime and you’ll wake up to firmer, rested skin. Now that’s the stuff that dreams are made of!

Discover more of our best-selling day and night moisturisers. Still looking for your new skincare go-to? Find the perfect option for your complexion with our Skincare Finder.

Cica

Move over hyaluronic acid, there’s a new hydrator on the block, and it packs quite a punch. Popular in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, it’s said that tigers roll in fields of the cica plant to soothe and heal their wounds after battle. More recently, cica has been adopted into skin and hair care products throughout Asia, particularly drawing acclaim from the K-Beauty scene. But what is it about this unassuming little plant that has the beauty industry so excited?

What Is Cica?

Cica, or Centella Asiatica, is a clover-like plant, native to the wetlands in parts of Asia and Africa. It is used in cooking and as a medicinal herb and has become a sought after ingredient in skin and hair care.

The plant is known for its healing, soothing, antibacterial, and inflammatory properties, making it ideal for dry or damaged skin and hair. When incorporated into a moisturiser, cica helps restore the skin’s natural barrier, improve elasticity and lock in moisture. These combined benefits make cica a powerful ingredient for skin or hair that needs a boost.

Also known as: gotu kola or tiger grass

How Does It Work?

Cica is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals and is a humectant, binding water to itself. Nourishing and restorative for all skin types, cica also helps repair the skin barrier, which may become damaged through ageing, dryness, skin conditions, or harsh products.

As an antioxidant, cica can slow down the damage caused by oxidative stress. Pollution, UV light and many other environmental stressors introduce free radicals to our bodies, leading to cell damage. Antioxidants neutralise these free radicals, preventing premature ageing.

Perhaps the most crucial attribute of cica is it’s anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties. Studies have shown that cica not only reduces skin inflammation, even in conditions such as dermatitis, but that it’s also incredibly effective at locking moisture into the skin. This makes it an asset in targeting dry, red and irritated skin, particularly when sensitivity is present.

“Centella asiatica extract is an effective ingredient not only in anti aging cosmetics but also for improving skin hydration.”

In research published by the Academy of Cosmetics and Healthcare, it was found that cica reduces skin redness, decreases transepidermal water loss and improves moisture retention and that it is, therefore, beneficial to dry and sensitive skin.

Who Can Benefit From Using Cica?

With so many nourishing and healing properties, cica is becoming the must-have ingredient in any product tasked with restoring moisture. From hydrating damaged hair to soothing chapped, eczema-prone skin, cica could be just the ingredient you’ve been waiting for.

Dry, Damaged Hair

Sick of battling flyaways and frizz? Look for hair products that contain cica, and you’ll be wowed at the transformation. The addition of cica encourages your hair to lock in more moisture and repairs any damage to the follicle, leaving you with healthy, hydrated hair.

Mature, Dry and Dehydrated Skin

Whether winter has taken a toll on your complexion, or your struggle is year-round, cica is a fantastic ingredient to have in your skincare routine. Nourishing and plumping your skin from the inside out, fine line and wrinkles are reduced, while dryness is alleviated.

Cica also works as a preventative ingredient in skincare, repairing the skin’s barrier, so moisture isn’t lost as quickly. As an antioxidant, it also fights free radicals, the compounds which speed up the ageing process in our skin.

Sensitivity and Skin Conditions

It’s very rare that a popular skincare ingredient is also suitable for sensitive and irritated skin, but cica is an exception. Studies have shown that cica is anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic, suppressing the allergy response in atopic dermatitis (eczema). If you’re tired of using heavy emollients to keep your skin hydrated, cica provides an excellent way to lock in moisture, improve your damaged skin barrier and reduce redness. These traits also make it ideal as a post-procedural skincare treatment.

What Products Contain Cica?

If you’re eager to jump in and see what cica can do for your skin or hair, you’re in luck! A growing number of brands are incorporating it into their products, so whether you’re looking for a cream, serum or conditioner, there’s something for everyone.

Elemis Advanced Skincare SOS Emergency Cream

One of our best-selling moisturisers for dry and sensitive skin, SOS Emergency Cream is an intense treatment for soothing irritated skin. Containing cica, myrrh and lavender absolute, skin is left nourished and protected.

Elemis Advanced Skincare Superfood Cica Calm Booster Serum

Another gem from Elemis, this time from their Superfood range, the Cica Calm Booster Serum is a prebiotic serum designed to hydrate and renew the skin. Enriched with Fermented Rice Water and Green Tea Seed Oil, this is the perfect addition to your daily regime.

Elemis Superfood Superstars

Why choose just one product that contains cica when you can sample the range? The Elemis Superfood Superstars Gift Set includes: Superfood Cica Calm Foam, Superfood Cica Calm Hydration Juice and the highly popular Superfood Facial Oil.

Sisley Ecological Compound Day And Night

Discover what makes Sisley such a famous brand in the skincare industry with the acclaimed Ecological Compound. Skin is repaired, moisturised and protected from environmental damage by a compound of stimulating and revitalising plant extracts.

Matis Paris Réponse Yeux Reviving Cream For Eyes

Say goodbye to dark circles and puffy eyes with Matis Réponse Yeux Reviving Cream. Rich in botanicals, it includes nourishing compounds of wild mango butter, horse chestnut, cica and Marigold.

Matis Paris Réponse Homme Global Anti Age Active Cream

Another fabulous cream from Matis Paris, the Global Anti Age Cream contains hemp and sweet almond oils for their moisturising and regenerating properties. Cica is the main active ingredient in this cream, making it the ideal way to see the benefits for yourself.

Want to experience the power of Tiger Grass yourself? Shop all Cica Ingredients here.

Ingredient of the Month: Niacinamide

When it comes to skincare, we love removing the mystery surrounding some of those long names on ingredients lists. Niacinamide is a great example of an ingredient which sounds more intimidating than it actually is. 

Used in skincare for decades, niacinamide rarely gets the limelight – being more of a back-up singer than the main act until recently – however, we believe that this little number is ready for its moment centre stage. In this article, we’ll be shining the light on how niacinamide affects your skin, whether it’s right for your skin type, and what skin care products you may want to try. 

So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about niacinamide.

What Is Niacinamide? 

Although it might sound like something dreamed up in a lab, niacinamide is actually just one form of vitamin B3. Also known as nicotinamide (you can see why that name didn’t catch on in skincare), it’s water-soluble, making it ideal for topical applications. Interesting fact – it can also be produced by the body when eating niacin-rich foods including nuts, legumes and fish.

How Does It Work?

While there hasn’t been a huge deal of research published on niacinamide as a stand-alone ingredient, scientists do have their theories about how it works to improve our skin. Niacin (and therefore niacinamide) is a precursor to two chemical compounds created in our bodies, NAD+/NADH and NADP+.

These two molecules play a key role in the chemical reactions which take place in our skin cells – repairing damage, maintaining normal function and creating new cells. Some of these actions wouldn’t be able to take place at all without niacinamide first being present in the body.

Essentially, by giving your skin a boost of niacinamide, your body has access to more NAD+ and NADP+, allowing your skin cells to function at their best and fight certain stresses that can impact the skin. The particular stresses targeted by NAD+ and NADP+ are referred to as free radicals.

What is a Free Radical? 

99% of the human body is made up of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms. Oxygen is one of the main elements that compose the human body. Atoms contain protons, neutrons and electrons.
Free radicals are the result of oxygen molecule splits within the body. when an 02 (oxygen) molecule splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Because electrons prefer to be paired, the free radical atoms search the body for electrons they can pair with. Unfortunately, this results in oxidative stress, damaging the proteins, cells or DNA that come into contact with these rogue atoms. Ultimately, this can lead to premature ageing, alongside a host of other conditions. But NAD+ is fantastic at neutralising these, offering up an electron to free radicals and effectively neutralising them. 

Who Can Benefit From Using Niacinamide?

The most well-documented benefits of niacinamide for skincare are its anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been suggested that just a 2% dose of niacinamide might inhibit oil production. It also causes less irritation compared to other treatment options, making it particularly good for those with sensitive skin. 

Topically applied niacinamide has been suggested to increase ceramide production. Ceramide molecules are lipids which maintain the skin barrier (making up over 50% of skin composition). Skincare products which contain ceramides – or boost the production of ceramides – can help improve skin texture,  reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin dehydration.

It’s no surprise then that niacinamide is such a popular ingredient in a whole host of skincare products.

What Products Contain Niacinamide?

If you think niacinamide may be the answer to some of your skincare woes, we’ve got great news – it’s an active ingredient in a huge range of serums and moisturisers. Most skincare guides recommend that a concentration of 2-10% gives best results, so the higher up the ingredients list you spot it, the better. Here are a few suggestions for common skin troubles.

Oily Skin

If you’re struggling to keep your blemishes in check, Cosrx AC Collection Lightweight Soothing Moisturizer may just be the answer to your prayers. With soothing propolis, aloe and niacinamide, it offers fantastic hydration for skin.

Uneven Skin Tone

For a great all-round moisturiser for an uneven skin tone, we recommend PCA Skin Moisturisers Clearskin, which combines niacinamide with vitamin A and chamomile extracts to soothe and calm. Not only will it brighten your complexion, but it also reduces pigmentation, uneven skin tone, whilst extracts of marigold, lemongrass and cucumber purify and refresh the skin. 

Sensitive Skin

Remember those anti-inflammatory properties we talked about earlier on? Well, they’re not only beneficial for blemishes! Anyone with redness should try Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For Redness-Reducing Treatment Primer, which uses natural calming ingredients to not just camouflage, but reduce redness.

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

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

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. 


Have you been inspired by the story of Polaar?
Discover the beautiful mysteries that lie beyond the Arctic Circle – Shop the full range

Pour Yourself A Beauty Cocktail, You’ve Earned It

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

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


Pina Colada

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

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

Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel

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

Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub

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

Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Spray

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


Daiquiri

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

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

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

Elemental Herbology Watermelon Cucumber Body Moisturiser

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

GlamGlow BerryGlow Probiotic Recovery Mask

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


Mimosa 

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

Grace Cole Nectarine Blossom & Grapefruit Handcare Set

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

The Natural Deodorant Co Orange & Bergamot Clean Deodorant Balm

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

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie

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


Mojito

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

Aveda Rosemary Mint Weightless Conditioner

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

milk_shake Sensorial Mint Shampoo

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

Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner

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


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

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.



 

 

 

 


Discover the full Cubid CBD Range 

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.


Discover the Full Range

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

Protecting yourself from the sun is important for skin health, but with so much conflicting information out there, how do you know which products do the best job? 

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two of the most widely used sunscreen ingredients, but the science behind how these two superstar ingredients work often isn’t general knowledge. If chemistry isn’t your forte,  read on – in this article, all the secrets behind these ingredients will be revealed, including key facts on 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,  it’s important 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 that you 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 the 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 yourself 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, you 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 it 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?

allbeauty stocks 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 the 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. 

The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF30 – Combined

Omorovicza Budapest Correct & Conceal Mineral UV Shield SPF30 – Combined


Skincare with SPF

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.

Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield SPF50Combined

IMAGE Skincare Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF30+Zinc oxide only 

Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 – Titanium dioxide only