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Scandinavian Beauty

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

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

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


Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

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

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


Quality Ingredients

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

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

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

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

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


Keeping it Cool

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


Healthy Hair

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


Beauty That Radiates

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


Minimalist Makeup

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


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

Australian Beauty

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

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


Daily SPF, Always

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

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

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

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


A Thorough Cleansing Routine

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

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


Natural Ingredients

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

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

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

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


Beach Bum Vibes

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

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


Hair and Skin Hydration 

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

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

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


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

Cancelled Beauty Appointment?

With everything going on in the world, many of us have ditched the coiffed hair and perfectly manicured nails in favour of a more low maintenance routine. Realistically, the choice isn’t entirely ours anyway, as getting out to a beauty appointment isn’t something that will be on the cards any time soon.

Whether you’re naturally low maintenance at the best of times, or this is a new development for you, we’ve got everything you need to embrace the lazier days and manage isolation with ease. After all, if you can’t be lazy now, when can you be?!


Fixing Your Roots 

If you’ve never missed an appointment with your colourist, you might be worrying about just what’s hiding underneath your dyed locks. The good news is, colouring your roots at home is super easy. You might not get quite the same finish as a professional, but it’s the next best thing. Of course, you could always just embrace the grey, it’s very on-trend now don’t you know!


Party Lashes 

For those with lash extensions, there’s no way around it – you’ll have to prepare to look a little patchy over the next few weeks. But help is at hand! While we can’t help with infills, we can offer the next best thing. If you love the way that long fluttering lashes look on you, we stock a fabulous range of false lashes and lengthening mascaras, so you don’t have to go without. You might also want to try a lash treatment, giving you a little extra boost to accentuate your natural assets. 


Fall Back In Love With Your Natural Nails 

We love a good gel polish as much as the next woman, but unless you’re kitted out with a UV lamp at home, that’s not on the cards. Instead, why not embrace your natural nails by treating them to a protective, nourishing treatment. Follow up with a coat of a light, subtle shade of polish from Dior or Givenchy to finish the look. With a little bit of TLC, you may just be surprised at how great your nails are au natural. 


Get Your Brows Ready 

When you wake up knowing you won’t be leaving the house, do you really want to spend time drawing on the perfect brow? We didn’t think so. Ditch the brow pencils for now and instead simplify your beauty routine by tweezing out stray hairs as needed and perhaps following with brow wax for a little extra control. You might even surprise yourself with the results!


Your Hair Removal Method 

Let’s face it, your social calendar is depressingly empty for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you have to embrace the fuzz (unless you want to of course!). Hot wax is out, back-to-basics is in. Go for the quick and easy option with a quality ladies shaver, a smoother finish with an epilator, or go for the longer lasting option with an IPL hair removal system. For the best results, follow with a growth inhibiting product designed to slow regrowth. 


Get The Glow 

Tanning beds and professional sprays are out, low-maintenance glow is in. We might be spending less time indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the bronzed look. With a range of instant and gradual self-tanning solutions, you can achieve that sun-kissed glow without leaving the house! And if you find yourself looking washed out on those Zoom conference calls, a facial tanner or touch of bronzer can make the world of difference. 


We hope you’ll agree, not being able to leave the house doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy looking great, without having to put in too much effort. Of course, the lowest maintenance option of all is to forego your beauty regime altogether, but what fun is that?!

Beauty Essentials you can’t live without

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


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

Hot palette – Worth £9.99

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

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

Nude palette – Worth £9.99

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

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

Dramatise 106 lashes – Worth £5.49

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

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

Individual Lashes – Worth £5.49

 

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

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

Lash Lovers Set – Worth £14.00

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


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

Make Over Brush Set – Worth £19.99

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

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

Flawless Complexion Sponge – Worth £5.99

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

Brush Sanitiser Foam – Worth £8.99

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

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

Travel Brush Set – £14.99

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

Top Tip –

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


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

Detangling Hair Brush – Worth £9.00

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

Top Tip –

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

Duo Sponge Set – Worth £10.00

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

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

Exfoliating Gloves – Worth £5.00

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

Top Tip –

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

Face Kit – Worth £20.00

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

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

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

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

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

Charcoal Konjac Sponge – Worth £7.00

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


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

Honey Comb Brush – Worth £7.99

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

HD Complete Face Set – Worth £19.99

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

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

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

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

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

 Blending Sponge Set – Worth £9.99

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

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

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

Jade Roller – Worth £9.99

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

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


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


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

T&C’s: All entries close 11:59PM 27/04/2020, UK only.
1 winner will be chosen at random from all entries received via the Woobox sweep stake. The winner will receive x1 eye candy hot palette, x1 eye candy nude palette, x1 eye candy dramatise 106 lashes, x1 eye candy individual lashes, x1 eye candy lash lovers set, x1 look good feel better make over brush set, x1 look good feel better flawless complexion sponge, x1 look good feel better brush sanitiser foam, x1 look good feel better travel brush set, x1 so eco detangling hair brush, x1 so eco duo sponge set, x1 so eco exfoliating gloves, x1 so eco face kit, x1 so eco charcoal konjac sponge, x1 brushworks honey comb brush, x1 brushworks HD complete face set, x1 brushworks blending sponge set and x1 brushworksjade roller.
In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days.
This competition is in no way associated with Facebook or Instagram.
Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.

How To Tips From Samantha

About Samantha

 My name is Samantha Ogier, I have been working at allbeauty for nearly 4 years full time, coming up to almost 6 altogether! I started my training locally at the College of Further Education over 6 years ago. My favourite treatments to do are Manicures, Waxing and Facials!

Facial at home

When you can’t get to the salon for a facial, my top tip is to use some of our hero products at home.

My Skin Saviours include :


1) Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream – perfect to use for buffing away and removing those dead skin cells

2) Guinot Masque Essentiel – use to reveal radiant smooth feeling skin


3) Decleor Green Mandarin Aromessence Night Balm – use this gorgeous product enriched with essential oils at the end of your routine to recharge your skin overnight.


 

At Home Shellac Removal

No peeling off your shellac when you can’t get to the salon!

For safe at home removal of Shellac, you can use the following steps:

1) Take cotton pads and soak them with an acetone-based nail varnish remover.

2) Then apply them to your fingernails, making sure that you wrap round the ends of your fingers with foil. 

3) Leave on for 10 minutes, then place hands under a hot water bottle for quicker and easier removal. 

4) Remove the excess polish with an orange wood stick or something similar (soft tool). 

5) Finish with a treatment base coat and/or cuticle oil. Allbeauty stocks nail and cuticle oils from Mavala, L’Occitane and Dr Hauschka

6) Bask in your achievement – Safe, shiny and no stress!

Is Your Skin Stressed? How To Recognise The Signs

Despite how hard you may try to ignore it, eventually, stress stops being purely in your head and starts affecting other areas of your body. You may be able to ignore those niggly aches and pains that start to surface, but there’s simply no denying the effect that stress has on your skin. 

Whether you’re under a lot of stress at work or are juggling too many plates at home, your skin will be one of the first places to show the signs of it. Often, we don’t link the two, seeing those fine lines and blemishes as just another untimely thing to deal with, but by dealing with the stress head-on, you can actually improve your complexion along with your mental health.


Accelerated Ageing

Believe it or not, stress can lead to premature ageing, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear. It’s believed that the reason for this is that stress releases a hormone called cortisol, which has been shown to break down collagen. Collagen, as we know, is one of the compounds that help skin elasticity and firmness. So, during times of stress, we really can age overnight!

Caudalie Moisturisers
Resvératrol [Lift] Face Lifting Soft Cream 50ml

Our Price: £42.00


Acne and Blemishes

Although stress doesn’t directly cause acne, it does trigger some of the factors which lead to breakouts. Heightened stress increases the action in our adrenal glands, the part of our body that produces adrenaline and cortisol. Unfortunately, these adrenal glands also stimulate the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for oil production. Lo and behold, when we’re stressed, our skin becomes oilier, setting the stage for acne breakouts.

And it isn’t only those of us prone to acne that suffer from skin issues during stress. Stress can also increase blood flow and widen capillaries, making skin appear blotchy, red and inflamed. It’s a no-win situation!

Clinique Serums & Treatments
Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel 30ml
RRP: £22.00 (Save 15%)

Our Price: £18.70


Dryness

You may think that if stress triggers oil production, those of us with typically dry skin will reap the benefits. Sadly, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Those dastardly adrenal glands are once again the cause of skin troubles, this time due to the spike of adrenaline they produce. Adrenalin triggers the eccrine (sweat) glands, causing us to sweat more and risk dehydration. Unless you’re keeping yourself well hydrated (which, let’s face it, falls off the priority list when we’re under stress), your skin will pay the price.

Weleda
Body Care –
Skin Food 75ml

RRP: £12.95 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £11.65


Dullness

Dull skin? But didn’t we just say that stress increases blood flow? This is yet another example of how our skin bears the brunt of the stress. While circulation does indeed increase during times of stress, that circulation is concentrated around the vital organs as part of our inbuilt fight or flight response. Meanwhile, our skin goes without, leading to a lacklustre, dull complexion which makes us look tired and poorly. 

Valmont Hydration
Moisturising Booster 20ml
RRP: £116.00 (Save 17%)

Our Price: £95.90


Helping Stressed Skin

So, it’s not just your imagination, during times of stress, you really do like as bad as you feel. You could apply some extra concealer and highlighter and hope for the best, but we’d advocate fixing the cause, not the symptom. Take the time to learn some easy 5-minute mindfulness tricks to help bring down your cortisol levels during the day and ensure you’re staying hydrated for the sake of your skin. 

When it comes to your skincare routine, stress can throw a spanner in the works, but you can prevent damage by making sure you cleanse well every evening and use a good quality moisturiser for your skin type. 


Stress is unavoidable, we all have to face it at some point. But taking care of yourself is key to coming out the other side of it.

Nourkrin: Meet the Brand

How long has Nourkrin been around?

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

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


What are hair growth vitamins?

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

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

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

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


Who are Nourkrin’s products for?

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Can supplements help my hair regrow?

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


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

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

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


Can my diet cause thinning hair?

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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Time For You

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

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


Monday: Start the Week Hydrated

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

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

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

Elizabeth Arden

Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist 100ml

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Our Price: £15.70


Tuesday: Hair Care and Chill

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

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

Olaplex Hair Perfector - Time for You

Olaplex Hair Perfector

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Our Price: £17.35


Wednesday: Put Your Best Face Forward

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

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

 Clarins Exfoliators & Masks - Time for You

Clarins Exfoliators & Masks

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml

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Omorovicza Budapest Face Masks

Ultramoor Mud Mask 50ml

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Our Price: £51.00


Thursday: Early To Bed, Early to Rise

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

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

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep

Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist 30ml

Our Price: £20.00


Friday: Soak Up The Weekend

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

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

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Rituals The Ritual of Dao

Go With the Flow Bath Foam 500ml

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Our Price: £13.20

 

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Elemental Herbology 

Five Element Bath & Body Oil – Water Soothe 145ml

Our Price: £28.00

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Bomb Cosmetics

Watercolours Gift Pack

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Saturday: Fingers and Toes

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

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

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Seoulista Beauty

3 Pack Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure

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L'Occitane Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Oil - Time for You

L’Occitane

Shea Butter Nail and Cuticle Oil

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Our Price: £12.60


Sunday: Don’t You Scrub Up Well!

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

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

 

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Rituals The Ritual of Sakura

Body Scrub 250g

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Our Price: £13.40

 

 

Bomb Cosmetics Body Scrub & Polish - Time for You

Bomb Cosmetics

Scrubology Body Scrub 400g

RRP £7.99 (Save 19%)

Our Price: £6.45


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

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Toolkit to Lower Your Anxiety

By Nicola Elliott, Founder NEOM Organics London

I’m not a calm person, I wish I was. I am a full-on ball of energy (and have burnt the candle at both ends) kind-of-girl. My default state is busy, busy, BUSY AND it’s probably why I suffered (and still do) from anxiety, which happens to be one of the reasons I turned to blending essentials oils to help. The NEOM Lifestyle Audit from March this year revealed that a third of the UK population suffer from stress on a regular basis – so seems it’s not just me!

So, I turned to essential oils and found blending the right ones were a massive help. In particular the blend I started with was what we now call Real Luxury with 24 different oils to work their absolute hardest for you if you’re prone to stress, or like me, anxiety. If you are not a naturally calm person, then I believe you have to learn to create calm with modern remedies for modern life. I am able to manage it every day with these oils and a bit of a wellbeing tool kit.

In a recent NEOM wellbeing article we interviewed Emily Wysock-Wright – a wellness expert and founder of self re-discovery programme, Adira who says her top tips for lowering anxiety are things like having a bath; “this is my place to cleanse my thoughts and gain perspective. Essential oils can be great for anxiety and relieving stress and I love adding lavender or chamomile to my bath.” Says Emily. She recommends trying a supplement and eating chocolate too.

It’s really important to note that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another, so you have to find your own tool kit. It takes time to get it right BUT here are a few things that work for me…

 

  1. Move. Yep exercise. I love the saying that our friends over at FRAME have which is ‘support your local endorphin dealer’ – which is so true. Endorphins are good for everything!
  2. Meditate. I use the Calm app when I can (this is one of the hardest things for me to do!)
  3. Use NEOM Real Luxury oils amongst it all. My fav’s are the Magnesium Body Buttercandle (or the Essential Oil Blend in my Wellbeing Pod if time is limited and I need an instant boost) and I keep the On The Go Mist and Pulse Point handy (and use the 7/11 breathing technique alongside). Wherever I go, they go!
  4. Supplements – Magnolia Rhodiola.
  5. Reading. I find good books can reside my brain! I rate Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat.

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P.S. Here’s some of our favourite Neom products…

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Our Price: £20.00

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Nourish, Breathe and Calm Hand Balm 50ml

Our Price: £15.00

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Real Luxury Reed Diffuser Refill 100ml

Our Price: £25.00

 

Stop! Did You Wash Your Hands?

It’s never been more important to wash your hands properly. Are you doing it right?

We all know how to wash our hands, right? Well, it turns out the majority of us actually haven’t been doing it properly (me included, this is a judgment-free zone). To make sure we’re all doing everything we can to protect those who need it most, here’s the low-down on proper hand-washing, including a few tips to make the whole thing a little more enjoyable.


The Equipment

To properly wash your hands, you need warm water, soap, and something to dry them afterwards. Simple enough? Well, these three little things can make all the difference to handwashing technique, especially if you’re getting one of them wrong.

Water

Many of us are guilty of not letting the water warm up enough before handwashing, and to adequately clean our hands, the temperature needs to be at least 38℃. Now, we’re not expecting everyone to start whipping out their thermometers, so to give you an idea of what 38℃ feels like, it should be warmer than body temperature. Think about how warm someone with a fever feels to the touch, that’s how warm the water should be, at least

Soap

Water alone isn’t enough to prevent viruses from spreading, which is where hand soap comes in, but here’s the thing… any soap will do, it doesn’t need to be anti-bacterial. Why? Well, antibacterial soaps are designed to kill bacteria, not viruses. The weakest part of a virus is its lipid bilayer, which is a fatty membrane that holds all the other bits together. Regular soap dissolves the fatty lipid layer, and so the virus essentially collapses and gets washed down the drain. So, by all means, use antibacterial soap if you want to, but it isn’t at all necessary for virus prevention. You can also choose between soap bars and liquid soap, but liquid soap does slightly reduce the risk of recontamination.

That being said, we’re all going to be doing a lot of handwashing over the next few months, so quality does count. Choose a soap that moisturises while it cleans, and look for scents that will make you actually look forward to washing your hands. Our current favourites are the new Neom Organics Scent To Make You Happy and L’Occitane Shea Butter Lavender Liquid Soap.

Hand Towel

Ideally, we’d all have a handy dryer to blast water off our hands, but the next best thing is a clean dry cloth. This should be changed out for a clean one daily, but if you have multiple people living at home or find the cloth is getting damp, change it more regularly. It’s also worth noting that anyone in the house who is in isolation should be using their own hand towel if a second bathroom isn’t available.

And don’t forget…

All that washing will be making your skin more likely to dry out. Replenish your skin’s moisture barrier by following up with a quality hand lotion. We love Molton Brown and Neal’s Yard Remedies, and in particular the Molton Brown Mulberry and Thyme Hand Lotion.


The Technique

Cleaning your hands is all about having the right technique, ensuring that any bacteria or viruses are removed from your skin. Here’s the step-by-step process:

Step 1. Wet hands with water and apply enough soap to cover hands (usually around two pumps).

Step 2. Rub palms together to lather.

Step 3. Rub back of each hand with your palm, interlacing fingers.

Step 4. Rub palm to palm again, this time interlacing fingers.

Step 5. Rub back of fingers to opposing palms, interlocking fingers.

Step 6. Rub each thumb by twisting it in the opposing fist.

Step 7. Rubs tips of fingers in the opposing palm. 

Step 8. Rub each wrist with the opposite hand.

Step 9. Rinse.

Step 10. Turn off the tap with your elbow.

Step 11. Dry hands thoroughly. 


The whole process should take at least 20 seconds when done correctly. Children are being taught to sing “Happy Birthday” twice through while hand washing, but here are a few suggestions you might prefer to try:

Dolly Parton – Jolene

“Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene/ I’m begging of you please don’t take my man/ Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene/ Please don’t take him just because you can”.

Culture Club – Karma Chameleon

“Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon/ You come and go, you come and go/ Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams/ Red, gold and green, red, gold and green”.

Toto – Africa

“It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you/ There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do/ I bless the rains down in Africa/ Gonna take some time to do the things we never had”.

Or, if you’d like to sing something a little more on-the-nose, go with one of these classics:

• Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

• Britney Spears – Toxic

• Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

• MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This


Along with social distancing, washing your hands is the best way to keep yourself, and everyone around you, safe right now. Be vigilant and stay positive, folks. Shop all of our essentials here.