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There is a lot of buzz around Essential Oils but what are they and why do you need them in your skincare routine? We spoke to the experts at Decléor to find out how to choose the best for your skin type…
To find the right Essential Oils for your skin type, you first need to understand what your skin goal is; are you looking for glow, to reduce blemishes, or to target signs of ageing? Decléor have pioneered a range of Aromessence Oil Serums, each with their own specific blend of Essential Oils, to target specific skin needs…
First Thing’s First: What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are small but very powerful compounds – one single drop of Essential Oil contains 150 botanical actives!
Where do Essential Oils come from?
Essential Oils come from plants. They are grown in the heart of the plant but only 1 in 10 plants can produce them. They help the plant avoid disease, heal and defend themselves.
Why are Essential Oils good for my skin?
Because Essential Oils are only grown from the fittest plants, they are incredibly powerful and are known to have the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin that other chemical compounds can’t. They are highly volatile and lipophilic and have an incredible affinity to the skin. So, it’s not just the skin of today that is benefitting, but the skin of tomorrow too
Essential Oils for Oily Skin
Oily skin is caused by overproduction of sebum and it’s a common myth that using an oil-based serum will make your skin more greasy. Over-cleansing and using products that strip the skin will actually cause your skin to become oilier as the skin works to replace the lost oil. Try Aromessence Ylang Cananga Oil Serum twice a day with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to reduce shine, improve skin texture and reduce blemishes.
Essential Oils for Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin affects most women at some time in the year. Often, your moisturiser works in the morning but by lunchtime, your skin can start to look dry again. Try Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum to lock in hydration all day long, with Essential Oils of Sweet Orange this serum is clinically proven to protect against the signs of pollution whilst leaving your skin with a glow.
Essentials Oils for First Signs of Ageing
Our skin starts to age at about 25 years old, with the loss of collagen starting from 30 years old. It can be hard to know what to do when you start to see the lines and wrinkles appearing but it is important to target these signs of ageing when they first appear. Try Aromessence Mandarine Oil Serum with Mandarine Essential Oil to target the first signs of ageing.
Essential Oils for Ageing skin
At certain times of the year and as we age, our skin can start to lose its plumpness and not feel as tight as it used to. Our Aromessence Lavandula Iris Oil Serum contains two key Essential Oils to counteract the loss of firmness: Lavendin Essential Oil to stimulate youth, limit collagen degradation & boost collagen; and elastin synthesis and Iris Absolute to reduce the cell degradation.
Essential Oils to Fight Advanced Signs of Ageing
Many different factors can cause your skin to age, from genetics to environmental factors such as the sun, smoking, being outside in the elements, air conditioning and lack of hydration, all of which can cause your skin to age at different rates. Skin ageing is caused by a loss of collagen in the skin and Essential Oils can help to re-start the collagen production revive dull skin. Our Aromessence Magnolia Oil Serum contains Essential Oils to counteract the effects of ageing: Magnolia which initiates collagen production; Peony which works to re-plump the skin; and Lychee which reduces inflammation to revive rosy skin.
You can shop all Decléor Essential Oil skincare at www.allbeauty.com
With a change in season fast approaching and temperatures starting to drop, it’s even more important to step up our beauty routines, and that applies to foot-care too!
And just because our feet go into hiding in Autumn and Winter, doesn’t mean we should forget about them. In fact, feet tend to needeven more care and care during the colder months thanks to the colder air, central heating, and closed and often tighter-wearing shoes. It’s time ramp up the foot pampering now more than ever!
Research has shown that the blood supply in the feet is hugely affected by the fluctuating temperature. So when the temperature drops and your feet become cold, your heels can become incredibly hard and crack.
Did you know? Tights and socks can restrict your foot’s blood supply, causing cold, dry feet”
In order to keep the soles of your feet healthy and happy for this season and beyond, it’s important to exfoliate and moisturise them regularly to prevent the build up of hard skin. For beautifully soft feet all-year round, we’d recommend the best-selling Exfoliation Foot Peel andwith the newly launched Extra Rich Foot Cream from Baby Foot.
Described as ‘weird’, ‘gross’ and the ‘best thing ever’, Baby Foot is Japan’s no.1 selling foot peel. A total foot care package for the feet, the Exfoliation Foot Peel takes just 60-minutes to get to work on dead skin build up. Formulated with 17 types of natural extracts which both exfoliate and moisturise at the same time, it works harder than any pedicure can achieve. The principal ingredient in the Exfoliation Foot Peel is fruit acid; a super gentle ingredient when compared with other acids.
The unique fruit acid formula penetrates the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes which holds the layers together. With this process, the skin is un-damaged and peels away from the fresh layers beneath; with no pain experienced at all!
When the peeling is all done (which is usually around the 10-day mark), your feet will look and feel as though they’re reborn and softer than you could ever achieve with the typical pedicure tools available.
The Extra Rich Foot Cream is the essential aftercare care product to the Exfoliation Foot Peel. This rich and hydrating cream is enriched with Shea butter and provides your feet with exactly what they need post-peel; intense much-needed moisture! It’s just really important to remember that the Extra Rich Foot Cream should only to be applied once the peeling process is completely finished.
Exfoliation and moisturising your feet really do go hand-in-hand. After-all, it’s hard for moisturiser to penetrate the skin deeply if hard skin is there; highlighting the need for both products for the absolute maximum results.
You can shop Baby foot at allbeauty.com
A total, holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing, Weleda has led the way to cleaner beauty since 1921.
Weleda has led the way in cleaner beauty since 1921. For us, it has always been far more than a mandate to ensure products are free-from all ‘nasties’ such as artificial additives or synthetic fragrances and preservatives, GMO ingredients, mineral oils, silicones and petroleum derivatives. It’s a total, holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing, understanding the connection between nature and human beings and taking the mind, body and spirit into consideration because beauty is more than skin deep.
Towards the end of 2017 Jayn Sterland, MD of Weleda UK, claimed the top spot in the ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ list of industry movers and shakers – for the second year running. As an advocate for cleaner beauty, Jayn is on a mission to clean up the beauty industry by eliminating greenwashing and encouraging the industry to be socially responsible for what they put on the shelf.
“It’s important to show the true face of natural beauty and expose the ugly side of the industry’s false claims. I recently joined a panel at The Big Stink – an event hosted by the Women’s Environmental Network – to discuss what can be done about the harmful chemicals in everyday products. Work is being done, but we all need to play an active role in cleaning up the beauty industry.”
Clean beauty, or to be more accurate we should say ‘cleaner’ beauty, has primarily come about because of the ever-increasing rates of skin disorders we are facing, says Jayn. “Today in the UK, we have the highest incidence of eczema and dermatitis than we have ever had – affecting one in four babies and one in twenty adults.
“Cleaner beauty is a fundamental need for many people as they find that through pollution and stress their sensitised bodies are starting to react to the environment and everyday chemicals. This isn’t a fad. Until we change how we formulate our beauty products it’s here to stay. In an ideal world we would have a choice over what we put in our bodies. One way we can do this is to adopt a ‘cleaner’ beauty routine.”
Cleaner beauty can easily be incorporated into daily life, by simply replacing each conventional cosmetic product with a natural and organic alternative when you run out. Start with the products you use most of – your toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant.
Familiarise yourself with the ingredient names that you want to avoid. Websites such as the Women’s Environmental Network and EWG’s Skin Deep are useful references. Or try apps such as SkinNinja or ThinkDirty to identify common culprits with a quick product check.
You could begin by simply deciding to avoid a couple of particular ingredients that you have concerns about. For instance, if you are pregnant, it may be that you are keen to reduce chemicals such as triclosan or parabens (EDCs).
At bath time, in the shower, even when cleaning your teeth. Detergents such as SLES are not skin-friendly and foaming agents do not make you any cleaner. They are known to cause skin irritation for many of us (research shows that one in two under 35-year olds have a skin sensitivity, ranging from mild dermatitis through to severe eczema). Weleda uses plant-based cleansers such as Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, which is made from coconut oil and plant sugars, is biodegradable and creates a low foaming sudsy lather.
Not something that you will find many beauty brands suggesting! But if we wash less, we use fewer products, which means we are less likely to strip our skin of its natural protection or alter its pH, which in turn means we don’t need to replenish it with moisturising products (we’ll waste less water too! Over the past thirty years we have tripled the amount of water that we each use daily from three gallons, to more than fifteen today.)
This is important if skin has become particularly sensitised or you are stressed. Certified natural baby products are a good option. For example, our top selling product is our Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash and it’s equally popular with adults who want to reduce the number of products they are using.
This is so that you are exposed to fewer ingredients. Weleda’s Skin Food is my own ‘miracle cream’ – always in my pocket, bag, car and by my bedside. You can use it anywhere – for dry skin, hands, feet, face. I have even been known to use it on my hair! A classic product formulated in 1926, it uses just five simple natural ingredients and it works. It’s Victoria Beckham’s favourite Weleda product too so I’m in good company.
Look out for a respected natural or organic certification standard’s logo on the pack. This means you can know at a glance that the product won’t contain potentially troublesome ingredients that you want to avoid. For example, every single Weleda cosmetic bears the NATRUE seal, meaning they are all verified cruelty-free.
Some of our products do contain animal products and their derivates like beeswax, lanolin, goat milk and lactose, as well as honey in the elixirs which is why we do not say we are a Vegan company. However, there are more than 60 products in Weleda’s range that are suitable for vegans. Find out more information about Weleda Vegan products here.
You can shop Weleda at allbeauty.com
Did you know that the idea for Clinique came from a Vogue editor?
The year is 1967, and the question on everybody’s lips is: Can great skin be created? Norman Orentreich, a New York dermatologist, is advising his patients to use a 3-step skincare system of his own creation: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise, when he meets Vogue Beauty Editor Carol Phillips. Tired of seeing the same one-size-fits-all creams in stores, together they create a trailblazing Vogue article and the rest, they say is history!
In a leading article in the August 1967 edition of Vogue magazine – aka THE article – Dr Orentreich explained how great skin can be created. It was a fascinating article, and one that was also read by Evelyn Laude – daughter in law of Estée. A meeting was promptly set up between Carol Phillips, Dr Orentreich and Estée Lauder, and ‘Clinique’ was born.
The idea that great skin could be created with the righ products marked a new era in skincare, and in 1968 the world famous 3-Step Skin Care System was introduced. Barely a year later, Clinique opened its first UK beauty counter, and has since become on of the most trusted prestige beauty brands in the world.
The first ever dermatologist-developed prestige beauty brand, all of clinique’s skincare products are 100% fragrance-free and allergy tested. They debuted with 117 products, of which, the 3-Step System – cleansing with facial soap, exfoliating dead skin cells with the clarifying lotion, hydrating and balancing the skin with moisturiser – will forever be the star of the lineup.
Every prestigious beauty brand has it’s cult favourites, and none more so than Clinique. Here’s our star buys:
Step one of the 3-Step System, it gently cleanses skin and leaves it ready for exfoliating without harming the skin. Allergy tested and 100% fragrance free – use twice daily for best results. allbeauty price: £14.75
Step two of the 3-Step System, this award-winning exfoliator leaves skin looking and feeling healthier, reduces excess oil and pores are unclogged. Simpyl apply with a cotton ball twice daily after cleansing and before moisturising. allbeauty price: £22.95
Step three of the 3-Step System, this lightweight moisturiser is easily absorbed to help keep skin hydrated and looking healthy. Easily their best-seller, one of these is sold in the world every 3.7 seconds. allbeauty price: £26.35
Launched in 1988, Clinique Happy is a cool, modern, floral scent that contains top notes of apple, blood grapefruit, plum, bergamot, Indian mandarin and orange. Middle notes of rose, lily-of-the-valley, freesia and orchid, and base notes of musk, amber, magnolia, lily and mimosa.
allbeauty price: £38.45
This award-winning soft-solid cleansing balm melts into a soothing, lightweight oil upon application, gently dissolving eye makeup, dirt, oil, suncreen and impurities.
allbeauty price: £19.95
Shop Clinique at allbeauty.com now
You might be looking forward to an extra hour in bed this weekend thanks to the clocks going back, but here’s three ways to recharge your beauty routine that are better than sleep – yes, really!
The clocks go back this Sunday (28th October 2018) but rather than spending an extra hour asleep, we’ll be bounding out of bed thanks to Neom! Their Scent To Boost Your Energy Range is complex blend of 21 first-pressed essential oils such as lemon and basil, purposefully chosen to encourage pure, natural energy.
For your chance to win a selection of Scent To Boost Your Energy goodies worth £85, simply enter the competition below and tell us how you’ll be spending your extra hour! Here’s our ideal way to start the day:
How many of us make time for a bath nowadays? Especially in the morning?! Though delightfully relaxing, baths don’t have to be before bed. Rather than spending an extra hour lounging in bed, try waking up slowly with the Neom Organics Energy Burst Bath & Shower Drops. Catch up on social media, watch an episode of your favourite show, tune into the morning news or finally start reading that book you’ve been meaning to read- you’ll be ready for the day in no time!
Everyone loves a face mask, but the Sleep Power Recharge Mask from thisworks is an allbeauty favourite! Designed to recharge and re-energise skin, this bright blue mask helps clear skin and leaves it feeling softer and looking more refreshed. Apply an even layer all over your face and leave for at least 30 minutes.
Probably the most skipped part of anyshower routine, exfoliating is super important to prevent dead skin build-up and unclog pores. It’s also a great way to add a little zing in your step in the morning! We love the Grumpy Cow Uplifting Shower Scrub from Cowshed. Made from bamboo scrub particles and with energising ginseng extracts, massge into wet skin to boost circulation and nourish skin.
When it comes to skincare I’ll confess I’m fickle. At any one time my skincare (micellar water, cleanser, moisturiser, toner etc.) is all from different brands. And although cherry picking products can be the best of all worlds, I do wonder if there’s a benefit from using products created to work in sync with each other. To test this theory I set myself the task of using only skincare by one brand for 30 days. And since Guinot is one of my favourite skincare brands I decided on the ‘Guinot challenge’.
Here are the only skincare products I used for the 30 days of the challenge. I used all products in this order, morning and night.
Makeup remover: Eau Demaquillante Micellaire
I always double cleanse so start with makeup removal. This micellar water has a soft, floral fragrance and easily removes makeup with just a few wipes on cotton wool. My bottle lasted about 8 weeks and I promise I was using it liberally! I wear contact lenses and this was 100% comfortable. My verdict: one of the best micellars I’ve used, 8/10
Cleanser: Lait Hydra Confort
Next was this thick and creamy cleanser – just apply to the face then rinse with water. With a soft rose scent it was a dream to use. I still have half the bottle left and I’ve been using it twice a day for over 8 weeks. In fact it’s become my go-to cleanser and I plan to stick with it! My verdict: absolutely LOVE, it feels like a treat each time I use it, 9/10
Toner: Lotion Hydra Confort
This toner for dry skin has a soft and fruity, floral scent. One of the main ingredients is glycerin which makes it super moisturising. Absorbs very quickly and given the high glycerin content makes a great pre-makeup primer. One bottle lasts around 12 weeks. My verdict: one of my favourite products and my skin loved it, 8/10
Pigmentation Serum: Concentre Anti-Taches
Pigmentation is one of my bugbears so I added in this step. Only a 15ml tube but you need a tiny amount so a little goes a long way. Still lots left and the tiny nozzle means you can target problem areas. My verdict: pigmentation is a marathon not a sprint, but areas of light pigmentation have already gone (yay!), I’ll continue to use, 7/10
Moisturiser: Creme Riche Fermete Lift
Guinot has a large range of moisturisers so I chose this one for dry skin with firming action. Super-rich and creamy with a soft scent, you only need a 5p sized piece for the whole face. My tube lasted about 10 weeks. My verdict: I really like this, it made my skin look plumped and healthy, absorbed well and was great under makeup, 8/10
Eye Cream: Age Logic Yeux
This eye cream from Guinot is a splurge, but I really wanted to give my eyes some extra support. The cream manages to be thick yet absorbs really fast. Best of all you need a teeny tiny amount for both eyes (use any extra on your lips). My verdict: I really liked this, it didn’t irritate my eyes at all, absorbed well and helped reduce fine lines, 8/10
So did I notice anything using the same brand for 30 days? Well firstly my skincare felt more structured. I had a neat row of bottles and products that matched, instead of my usual mish-mash. And the texture and scent of each product worked so well with the next. Even though I was following a 6 step system, it seemed to work quickly – I can’t say why for sure, but it just flowed. The whole process took around 5 minutes from start to finish. My skin looked great and my dry patches vanished, which is testament to the great job that Guinot does. And although I have other favourite brands, there are products I loved that will definitely stay in my routine, such as the fabulous creamy cleanser.
If you’d like to take the Guinot challenge you can shop all Guinot at allbeauty. And if the products I used aren’t quite right for you, Guinot has a large range of skincare for all skin types.
As the days grow shorter and temperatures start to drop, now is the ideal time to update your skincare routine. A chance to repair any sun damage, lock in moisture and rejuvenate your complexion before the cold, dry winter kicks in, here’s where to to update your skincare routine if you haven’t already…
Suffering from oily, dull, blemish-prone skin? Caudalie have a solution so pure it’s even safe for sensitive skin!
NEW from Caudalie, the VinoPure range is made up of a Clear Skin Purifying Toner, Blemish Control Infusion Serum and Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid, and has been designed to help target blemishes, reduce shine and prevent oiliness.
Oily/combination skin primarily has three main causes:
The overproduction of sebum is responsilbe for shine – usually most prominant on the T-zone – and an overall dull appearance to the skin. Hyper Keratinization is the name used when dead skin cells build up on the upper layer of the skin, clogging pores and causing blackheads. Skin is also left feeling rough. Bacterial Overdrive is responsible for blemishes.
Made from at least 97% natural ingredients, NEW VinoPure contains natural salicylic acid to unclog, tighten pores and refine skin texture; organic rose water to control oil and improve radiance; and grape polyphenols and organic essential oils to limit the production of acne and reduce sebum oxidation.
Developed from natural ingredients in the Caudalie Laboratory, the unique cockail of grape polyphenols and essential oils – lavender, lemongrass, geranium, rosemary, lemon balm and peppermint -works simultaneously to prevent P. acne bacteria – the main cause of inflammation and dullness. Vinopure is also free of synthetic fragrance.
I created VinoPure for all women concerned and affected by skin problems in everyday life. This highly natural skincare routine uses powerful, active ingredients to restore beautiful and balanced skin” – Mathilde Thomas
Made from 99% natural-origin ingredients, Clear Skin Purifying Toner adds a splash of freshness to your skincare routine. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, it gently purifies and prepares skin for the next stages of your skincare routine.
To use: Apply morning and evening to the face and neck using a cotton pad. Do not rinse.
Made from 98% natural-origin ingredients, Blemish Control Infusion Serum is a powerful ultra-concentrate of natural-origin active ingredients to help exfoliate, unclog pores and reduce blemishes. With salicylic acid, patented Caudalie complex, organic rose water and hyaluronic acid, this lightweight gel melts into skin leaving it refreshed and balanced.
To use: Apply morning and evening to the face and neck after toner. For better results, allow it to absorb for a few minutes before applying creams.
This serum can also be applied locally to target blemishes directly
Made from 97% natural-origin ingredients, Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid is a true shine control saviour! With silica powders to instantly mattify skin and organic rose water and vitamin B3 to regulate shine and restore natural radiance, it also moisturises and comforts skin.
To use: Apply morning and evening after serum.
You can shop NEW Caudalie VinoPure at allbeauty.com
Beloved by Empress Josephine, Queen Victoria, Aqua Mirabilis is the royal beauty secret that was said to be the magic behind their aura. Nearly 300 years ago, this powerful, natural elixir was created by monks and could be drunk or applied to the skin. Used to treat a wide range of remedies, it was deemed to be a true miracle. Created with 18 distilled officinal plants, each selected for their healing properties from the monastery healing garden, the formula is now owned by Roger & Gallet.
Naturally, Roger & Gallet wanted to understand the science behind the magic. Although recognised by a medicinal faculty since the 18th century, they approached a team of researchers from Ruhr University to further understand the formula. In particular, its role in cellular regeneration. They succeeded in proving this ‘magic mix’ activates certain olfactory receptors. On contact with skin, these receptors lead to activation of an enzyme which uses the energy of the plant to allow calcium ions to be penetrated into the skin. It’s these ions which trigger the cell to being the healing process and cell regeneration. These results were presented to and recognised by the European Society of Dermatological Research in 2016 and 2017.
Double Extract Serum has to be our hero product from the range. This anti-ageing serum restores, revives and infuses radiance. Very concentrated, it contains all 18 of the officinal herbs above. The serum penetrates skin quickly to restore the skin’s barrier, smooth the appearance of wrinkles and irregularities, and infuse the skin with radiance. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, with 95% natural ingredients, it’s tested under dermatological control and is paraben-free. Our tester has been using the serum for 3 months – here’s what she told us:
100% in love with this serum! It’s lightweight but hydrating (and not at all greasy). I’ve been using it at night after cleansing and every morning my skin has looked plumped, healthy and ready to face the day – I absolutely love it. The scent is beautiful too, it’s perfect for a night-time ritual!
You can shop all of the Aura Mirabilis range online at allbeauty.