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Find the Perfect Summer Serum – with Decléor

Why swapping your heavy winter moisturiser for a lightweight summer serum could improve your skin this season.

The arrival of summer calls for some big changes, switching out our winter wardrobe for those lighter options, embracing our natural hair to avoid the extra heat damage and opting for a more minimal approach to makeup, it’s just going to melt off anyway, right? But do we give the same consideration to our skincare?

The winter is harsh on our skin, and it calls for rich, heavy moisturisers to protect against the elements, like a nice thick jumper for your face. It is important during those summer months that your skin is able to breathe. Our skin is naturally able to hydrate itself better during the warmer months, meaning that thick coverage from moisturisers can clog up your pores and leaving your skin looking and feeling oily.

Essential Oil Serums are the perfect alternative to your winter moisturiser; they are lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin, leaving you feeling fresh and glowing even during hot and humid weather. The uplifting essential oils have more than a skin-deep effect and can help ease stress and restore emotional balance, with the added benefit of being the perfect base for applying your sun cream without multi-product buildup. We caught up with Decléor to discover the science behind each Essential Oil serum and what makes them the perfect summer skin saviour for every skin type.

Decléór Serum Ingredients

Decléor Skincare Specialist Fiona Brackenbury knows a thing or two about Essential Oils. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, she is a fountain of knowledge on all things skin! Here she shares with us the lowdown on the best Essential Oils, and which ones to try for your skin type.

“Essential Oils are one of the most powerful parts of the plant and can be extracted from the roots, blossoms, leaves and fruits of plants. Mostly famously documented the Egyptians used Essential Oils in the mummification process to preserve the organs. Each has 150 active molecules and is a potent power-packed ingredient.”

Essential Oils have the same molecular structure as our blood and lymph. Therefore the body recognises them and can absorb them into the skin to the deepest layer – the dermis. They are one of the quickest ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Essential Oils are effective in addressing skin, body and mind disorders thanks to their rebalancing properties. Impermeable to water but permeable to gases and oils, the epidermis can easily absorb Essential Oils through the hair follicles and sweat glands to allow them to penetrate deep down. The rapid absorption of these oils allows us to turbo boost the effectiveness of other products by acting like a magnet and drawing them deeper in the skin to the dermis. This gives us magnified results and is why they are at the heart of every Decléor product.

Essential Oils can enter the body through application to the skin or inhalation.

It takes 4 seconds from inhalation for Essential Oils to stimulate the highly sensitive cells at the back of our nostrils and send signals directly to the brain. These signals alert our limbic system which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that controls our memory, stress levels, hormonal and emotional balance. The limbic system in the brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, physiological and emotional responses that the body performs based on stimulus from the outside. This makes Essential Oils a powerful tool in treating our emotional state and can change and recharge your life. Next time you apply one of the Aromessence oil serums, take a deep breath and inhale before applying it to the skin.

So you’ve heard all the benefits – now let’s take a look at which ones are right for you.


BEST ESSENTIAL OIL FOR MY SKIN TYPE

FOR DEHYDRATED SKIN:Decléór Neroli Bigarade Aromessence Serum

Neroli Essential Oil is at the heart of many Decléór products. Known for its benefits to increase hydration levels and improve the complexion of the skin it also leaves skin glowing. Neroli is ideal for those who have a dehydrated skin type or find that skin is lacking luster and looking dull. Neroli Essential Oil is obtained from fresh flower buds of the bitter orange tree, cultivated in Tunisia. The fresh flower buds are harvested in late April/early May. Harvesting is delicate due to the risk of frosts before and during the harvest. 1 ton of flowers yields 500g of Neroli Essential Oil. Its composition comprises 120 molecules.


FOR SKIN THAT’S LACKING FIRMNESS, WITH SLACKENED SKIN OR WRINKLES:

Lavender Essential Oil has 3 main benefits on the skin. Lavender Essential Oil is beneficial to target lines and wrinkles and loss of collagen and is suitable for a mature skin type with a skin age of 40+. It reduces glycation ageing (sugar damage build-up), it increases the quality of the elastin fibers and has a boost on cell proliferation. Lavender Essential Oil takes 6 years to create; 3 years to grow the root of Iris and 3 years to dry the root before distillation.


FOR SENSITIVE, FRAGILE, REACTIVE SKIN:

Essential Oil of Damascena Rose is the queen of roses and comes from Turkey. It is a large pink potent flower and it is proven to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. This makes it the ideal ingredient to use if your skin is suffering from sensitivity (through hormones, pregnancy, stress or hereditary causes) or if you notice that your skin type needs calming and soothing due to adult acne or rosacea. Damascena Rose helps to relieve sensitivity,  soothe and calm the skin and reduce redness and inflammation whilst building the skin’s tolerance.


OILY AND COMBINATION SKIN PRONE TO BREAKOUTS:

YlangYlang Essential Oil comes from Malaysia and is clinically proven to help reduce our own oil flow by 20%, limiting surface oiliness and shine. It is 1.5x more effective than salicylic acid to help refine the skin’s texture. YlangYlang Essential Oil is suitable for people suffering from breakouts and acne as it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to deeply cleanse the skin. Essential Oils are a great treatment for oily skin as oil attracts oil (fight fire with fire).


FIRST SIGNS OF AGEING (EXPRESSION LINES, DEHYDRATION):

Green Mandarin Essential Oil has a triple-action performance on stimulating the youthfulness of the skin. Green Mandarin Essential Oil helps the skin to repair from damage and protect and repair the skin cells whilst hydrating. It can alter the way that the skin behaves and helps to prevent wrinkles from appearing whilst correcting the appearance of those that have.


FOR MATURE SKINS (LOSS OF CONTOUR, LOSS OF DENSITY, LOSS OF COLOUR AND DEFINITION):

Magnolia Essential Oil is clinically proven to stimulate your body’s production of collagen and fibrillin (responsible for giving the skin elasticity) and also helps to increase the decorin in the skin. Magnolia Essential Oil acts as a support mattress for more mature skin by helping to hold everything up. Magnolia Essential Oil helps to reshape, re-cushion and re-densify the skin.


FOR ANTI-POLLUTION:

Antidote Daily Advanced Concentrate, Hyaluronic Acid Serum strengthens the skin’s barrier and protects it from daily aggression’s, such as pollution. The Antidote Serum leaves the skin soft and comfortable, immediately after application and all day long. This patented formula combines a powerful blend of Peppermint, Sandalwood and Patchouli Hydrating Essential Oils and Natural Origin, Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid. Antidote Daily Advanced Concentrate Water-Based Serum is suitable for all skin types: dry skin, uneven skin, oily skin and sensitive skin.

Inspired to make a skincare switch from moisturiser to serum this Summer?  Discover the full Decléor range.

Arctic Beauty Secrets – The Story Of Polaar

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

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

Polaar Secrets of Arctic Beauty

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

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

Polaar Arctic Beauty Secrets

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

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


 Polaar’s Values:

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


Polaar’s Ingredients

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

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

Arctic Berries

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

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

Arctic Cotton
Found in IcePure range
Cleanses – Detoxifies – Soothes

Arctic Cotton

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

Iceberg Water
Found in IceSource range
Hydrates – Softens

Glacier Water

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

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

Siberian Olive

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

Nunatak Flower
Found in Eternal Snow range
Redensifies – Illuminates

Nunatak Flower

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

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

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

Siberian Ginseng
Found in IcyMagic range
Tones – Decongests – Illuminates

Siberian Ginseng

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


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

Father’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re feeling the gift buying dread as Father’s Day approaches, we feel your pain. Whether you’re shopping for your dad, husband or another significant man in your life, men can be notoriously difficult to buy for. Unlike mums, who are more likely to have a wishlist at the ready, narrowing down potential gift options for dads can be a tricky task. 

Well, we know you already have enough on your plate, so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Below, you’ll find our top picks for various gift categories, including some beautifully packaged gift sets and a high-end candle that will blow his socks off.  

If you’re looking for something a little different, you’ll also find some fantastic fragrance ideas in Top 3 Fragrances For Every Dad, and grooming gift suggestions in Traditional Shaving For The 21st Century.


Low Cost, High Impact Gifts

For many of us, the budget is already stretched pretty thin at the moment without the added pressure of gift-buying. Thankfully, there are plenty of low-cost gifts that don’t scrimp on quality. If you’re looking for a Father’s Day present that won’t break the bank, here are a few fabulous options:

Rituals, The Ritual Of Samurai Refreshing Treat Gift Set
A much classier twist on the traditional toiletry set, Rituals have packed four of their most popular men’s products into a sophisticated gift box. The Foaming Shower Gel, 2-in-1 Shampoo & Shower Gel, Shaving Cream and Deodorant are inspired by the traditions of ancient Japanese samurai. 

Noble Isle Fragrance Sampler Gift Set
Inspired by the British Isles and using only the finest ingredients, this collection of four luxury bath and shower gels is sure to please. With scents including Whiskey & Water, which uses ingredients sourced from Scotland, and Golden Harvest, from the North Downs of Kent, it’s a feast for the senses.


Smell Amazing Gifts

If you know his signature scent, a fragrance gift set makes an ideal gift, but for something a little different, why not buy him a miniature set which includes a variety of fragrances. He’ll love either of these highly praised collections…

Versace Dylan Blue Gift Set
Italian cologne connoisseurs Versace have been making high-end fragrances for decades, much to the delight of perfume lovers everywhere. Whether the man in your life sees himself as a Versace wearer or not, it would be a crime not to try these beautiful, high-end colognes. The Dylan Blue Gift Set includes a 50ml Eau de Toilette Spray, 50ml Shower Gel and 50ml Aftershave Balm.

Hugo Boss, Boss Bottled Trio Gift Set
Hugo Boss is synonymous with quality men’s fragrances, making this Trio Gift Set a great choice. The included BOSS BOTTLED, BOSS BOTTLED TONIC and BOSS BOTTLED INFINITE are each their own unique fragrance, so he’s sure to discover something he loves. 


Well Groomed Gifts

Buying for a man who takes a lot of pride in his appearance? We’ve got just the thing! Check out these options for hair and skincare gifts that offer the ultimate in luxury for the special guy in your life. 

Sachajuan Haircare Ocean Mist Collection
If you’re buying a Father’s Day gift for a man who’s still boasting a full head of hair, he’s guaranteed to love this collection. From Swedish brand Sachajuan, this trio of volumising products from their Ocean Mist range uses proteins and minerals to give shine, lift and bounce. 

Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Set
When it comes to skincare, Japanese brand Shiseido are heavy hitters, having been in the industry for over 100 years. The Total Revitalizer Set for Men includes their nourishing Cleansing Foam, Total Revitalizer Eye Cream, Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and Total Revitalizer Cream


Home Fragrance Gifts

If he’s not much of a beauty guy, consider treating dad to a scented candle, with a masculine twist. Ideal for the den, man cave, office, or simply for any man who wants to make his home smell wonderful, these home fragrances are just the ticket.

Noble Isle Lightening Oak Candle
Another entry from Noble Isle, the Lightening Oak candle is beautifully boxed ready for gifting and has a rich, warming scent. Described as a “handsome fragrance balancing smoky wood aromas with modern notes of crushed pink pepper and bergamot”, it’s an incredibly popular choice.  Alternatively, try Whisky & Water, for a spicier masculine scent.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Oud Candle Cube
You’d be hard-pressed to find a candle that looks as sophisticated as this. With around 60 hours of burning time and a scent that truly lasts, the Oud Candle Cube blends citrus, agarwood and coriander with heavier base notes of cedar, sandalwood, musk and leather. 


Impossible To Buy For?

Even with all the suggestions we’ve covered in this and other articles, you may still be struggling to find the right fit for the significant man in your life. We get it. Some people are just impossible to buy for. Well, for those people, you can’t go wrong with a gift voucher

Grab a funny card, add a heartfelt message and pop a gift voucher inside – you’ll show that you care, but can let them handpick something that they’ll truly enjoy. 

Phew! Job done for another year. Although… it’s only 6 months until Christmas. *sigh*

Marvellous Minis For Every Occasion

Who doesn’t love a miniature!? Mini eggs, mini quiche, Minnie Mouse… ok, that may be a little too much of a stretch! 

Whether it’s those tiny shampoos from upmarket hotels or designer sets of miniature fragrances, miniature versions of perfumes and cosmetics have always been incredibly popular, and for good reason! Minis are perfect for when you’re on-the-go or just fancy trying something new without too much commitment. Here are some of our top reasons that minis are marvellous for every occasion, complete with a little inspiration to help you on your way.


Little Cosmetics For A Big Night Out

Who knows what will go on during a big night out, it’s best to be prepared! Bring your favourite beauty products out with you, regardless of how slinky your handbag is with miniature versions of fantastic cosmetics. Whether it’s topping up your lippy or pencilling in an eyebrow, minis have you covered.  

With teeny versions of their best-selling products, Benefit are leading the way with their Minis Range. Perfect for topping up your makeup on a night out, try the teeny Benefit Minis Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer or the equally diddy Benefit Minis Roller Liner

Benefit Minis Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer


Whatever You Need For A Weekend Break 

Getting away for an indulgent weekend break? You don’t have to go without OR be weighed down with full-size toiletries. Our range of products below 30ml is the ideal size for a few days of use, keeping your weekend bag light, and you looking gorgeous.

We particularly love the Clinique 3-Step Introduction Set, which includes a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser. If you have trouble drifting off to sleep in an unfamiliar setting, invest in thisworks Super Sleep. The limited-edition, travel-size spray has two options, depending on whether you have a busy weekend of activities ahead, or are catching up on some much-needed downtime.

thisworks Super Sleep


Holidays Without The Hold Luggage

Don’t get caught paying over the odds for overweight luggage. Full-sized toiletries add unwanted heft to your luggage and often end up being left at your hotel to save the spill-risk of transporting half-empty bottles home. Instead, miniatures ensure you have exactly what you need for your holiday – no more, no less. 

Hair gurus, TIGI Bed Head, have the perfect miniature set for holiday hair. The Cleansing And Moisturising Mini Set includes small versions of their Totally Beachin’ Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as their Beach Freak Moisturising Detangling Spray. Small enough to meet hand luggage requirements, the set even comes in a clear ziplock bag, so you can be confident you won’t have any unwanted mess. 

TIGI Bedhead Totally Beachin
Cleansing and Moisturising Mini Set


A Miniature Emergency Supply

Life is unpredictable, which is why it’s a great idea to keep an emergency supply of miniatures with you wherever you go. Small enough to throw in your handbag, with your trusty minis on hand, you’ll be ready for whatever the day throws at you.

While the contents of an emergency kit will vary depending on the person, there are a few core items that the allbeauty team can recommend to all our readers.

Tweezerman Micro Mini Tweezer Set 

With three types of tweezers in a handy carry case, this is a must-have. If you have kids, it’s a lifesaver for those unexpected splinters or bee stings. And don’t let their small size fool you, they’re as effective as regular tweezers too (they’ve plucked many a stray hair from an eyebrow or *ahem* chin).

Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm Mini

Harking from the green shores of New Zealand, this little tube packs a real punch. The natural ingredients include tea tree, grape seed, totara and super-fruit extracts to create a healing balm with a range of uses. The Saviour Skin Balm can be used on grazes, chapped lips, cracked skin, sunburn, sore muscles and more.

Other great options include:

HealGel Intensive

 

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (and more)

 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Survival Set


Experiment With A New Look

If you’ve ever been tempted to rock a red lip or play around with a new trend, miniatures are the ideal way to dip your toe in the waters. Instead of paying full-price for something that might not be a keeper, a smaller size allows you to experiment before deciding whether it’s for you. 

With three lip stains and three lip glosses, theBalm Mini Lip Gloss Kit lets you try out a few new colours without paying for six separate products. Less wasted product + more money saved = happy chappy.

theBalm Cosmetics Lips
Plump Your Pucker & TheBalmJour Mini Lip Box Set Vol. 1

Another great kit, again from Benefit (they’re not sponsoring this article, honestly!), is the Snow Doll MakeUp Kit. This set includes small versions of their best-selling beauty products, including a mascara, rose-tinted lip and cheek stain, nude-pink highlighter and brow pencil – everything you need to perfect your look. 


Expand Your Range

Have you stumbled across an amazing perfume or skincare product and want to try more of the range? Forget the hassle of finding a brick and mortar store that is willing to let you try their items (complete with side-eye from impatient sales assistants). Instead, try a miniature collection of the range you’re interested in. Not only does this allow you to get a better feel for each product, it allows you to incorporate them into your daily routine, so you get a better idea if they work for you.

When it comes to perfume, miniatures are a fantastic way to play around with new fragrances. As scents can differ from day to night and summer to winter, having a mini bottle allows you to experiment without committing to a full bottle. Try five Versace perfumes for less than the price of one regular bottle with the great value Versace Mini Gift Set. Similarly, the popular Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum Mini Set includes four 10ml fragrances and is an absolute steal.

Versace Mini Gift Set


Give Great Gifts

Stuck trying to find a gift for someone who is notoriously difficult to buy for? Skincare products are universally well-received but can be tricky if you don’t know the person well. Miniatures make present buying a breeze as you can gift a collection of smaller items instead of putting all your eggs in one basket. 

With a huge range of beautifully packaged gift sets, it’s fair to say that our miniature skincare offers maximum value. For the ultimate in presentation, you can’t go wrong with Decleor or REN, both of which would be appreciated by even the most difficult-to-shop-for recipient. 


Whether for yourself or others, miniatures are a fantastic option. They’re cuter, more affordable, more convenient and ensure you’re never caught short or weighed down. Marvellous miniatures, get yours today.

Traditional Shaving for the 21st Century

With Father’s Day approaching, it’s high time to delve deeper into the world of men’s grooming. Handlebar, walrus, goatee or clean-shaven, a man’s facial hair says a lot about him. It’s estimated that the average man in the UK will spend around 45 days of his life shaving. What a chore! 

The good news is that by investing in the right equipment, you can turn a job into a joy. In today’s article, we’ll explore the good, bad and ugly of traditional shaving methods and how modern methods stack up. We’ll also be sharing our best buys for Father’s Day, so you can treat that special man to something that will brighten his day.


Shaving: The Tools

The tools used to get the perfect shave have changed rather a lot over the last few centuries! Traditionally, the best shave came from lathered soap and a straight, or “cut-throat”, razor dragged at an angle over the skin’s surface. Understandably, this undertaking was best performed with a second set of hands, hence the importance of the local barber! 

Over time, new variations were introduced which could be done from the comfort of home, such as the safety razor which added a physical barrier to protect the face from any accidents or injuries. Still, shaving was labour intensive, required regular changing of blades (often after every use) and irritated the skin.

Since then, times have changed rather dramatically. Take, for example, Gillette Mach 3 Razor Blades, one of the top-selling razor cartridges in the world. Not only does one cartridge have three incredibly sharp blades, but it also has a gel strip to help the blade glide over the skin, and a skin guard which stretches out the skin to provide a closer shave. It’s little wonder that Gillette claims their razors leave you “feeling better after the 10th shave than a new disposable does on the first”.


What’s In Your Soap?

Old fashioned soap used for shaving has also evolved over the years. Traditional soap was made of fat and lye from wood ashes. The issue with this is that lye can be very irritating to the skin, not to mention drying. To this day, anything labelled as a ‘soap’ must follow a similar formulation to the traditional method, albeit honed to be less likely to cause skin irritation. However, many of the soaps that you find in the supermarket are created completely differently. 

The majority of products that we consider ‘soap’ are actually detergents, using ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) to provide their cleansing properties. Unfortunately, SLS strips the skin’s natural oils, making it less than ideal for shaving. 

Look instead, at the example of one of our best-selling shaving gels, Elemis Ice-Cool Foaming Shave Gel. Infused with fruit extracts and witch hazel, a naturally occurring ingredient that aids skin health. Not only is it free of stripping detergents, but it has additional skin-friendly ingredients such as glycerin, which is incredibly hydrating. 


Shaving: The Technique

While there was once a clear ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to shave, the latter of which could result in serious injury, things are a tad more simple these days. Even the traditional advice of shaving with the grain, instead of against, is redundant thanks to advances in pre and post-shaving products and the evolution of razors. 

It’s still advisable to open up your skin with a hot towel or shower prior to shaving – perhaps one of the only things that hasn’t changed over the course of history! This allows for a closer shave and makes it easier for the blade to move through the hair. 

But perhaps the biggest impact on the shaving experience comes from the leaps and bounds in product development. Shave oils can be applied pre-shave to safeguard the skin from irritation, while post-shave, soothing lotions and balms ensure that those who shave daily don’t have to sacrifice the condition of their skin.


Father’s Day Best Buys

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the special man in your life, we’re here to guide you in the right direction. Here are a few fantastic products for a range of men:

Best For The Clean Shaven

Men who prefer to be clean-shaven need to undergo regular upkeep, which can increase their risk of redness and sensitivity. Thankfully, there is a wide range of sensitive skincare products designed to ease the struggle. REN Tamanu High-Glide Shaving Oil is infused with tamanu oil, which is both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Best For Bushy Beards

We know that a big beard often requires more work, not less. Acqua Di Parma Collezione Barbiere Beard Wash gently cleanses impurities from the beard and leaves it soft and silky.  

 

Best For The Moustachioed

Nothing quite beats a spectacularly coiffed moustache, which is why the TIGI Bed Head Mo Rider Moustache Crafter is a must for any discerning gent. With ingredients including beeswax, coconut and sunflower seed oil, it offers a great hold and nourishing properties.

 

Best For The Traditional

Aftershaves have largely fallen out of favour with the modern man, but traditionalists maintain it as an important step in any shaving regime. Although we have no shortage of fantastic aftershaves, Montblanc Legend makes our list due to its great scent, its stunning bottle and its fitting name for Father’s Day.

 

Best For The WOW Factor

If you’re looking for an outstanding gift for an outstanding man, you can’t go past the Braun Series 9 Wet & Dry Shaver. Our top of the line model, this is the world’s most efficient electric shaver. With five shaving elements, a titanium coating, and a leather travel case, this is a gift that is built to last.

Why SPF Matters And What You Need To Know

If you read any of our articles over spring and summer, you’ll know we harp on a lot about the importance of SPF. But let’s face it, while most of us know that we should be using an SPF product, we don’t really know the ins and outs of why.

Well, it’s time for all that to change. By understanding how SPF is determined and what it actually means, we can all make sure we’re making the right decisions to protect our skin in both the short and long-term. Let’s unravel some of the mystery around SPF products.

If you’re interested in sun protection, you may also want to read our article on Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.


What is SPF?

SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor – it’s the way that your protection from ultraviolet rays is measured. It’s important to note here that the SPF only takes into account UVB rays, but we’ll discuss why this matters in more detail a bit later. 

The SPF rating is a universal measurement that all sunscreen products are ranked against to give more clarity to consumers as to how much UVB protection they can expect from their purchase. 

Broadly speaking, an SPF 15 sunscreen allows you to have 15x longer sun exposure without the risk of burning. So, if under normal conditions the time taken to burn is 10 minutes, an SPF 15 would extend this to 2.5 hours. 

Of course, this should never be taken as a certainty, as many elements can reduce this time. Your skin colour, genetic makeup, global location and weather conditions can all impact how quickly you will burn, so SPF should only serve as a guideline.


How Is SPF Measured?

The SPF rating of a sunscreen product helps us to identify how much more protected our skin is than if we were wearing no sunscreen at all. If used exactly as directed, an SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 blocks 97% and an SPF 50 blocks 98%. On the face of it, this might seem like a negligible difference, but let’s look at those figures a little closer.

If the sun puts out 100 photons (particle of radiation), this is how the various SPFs would stack up:

No SPF, 0% protection – 100 photos reach the skin

SPF 15, 93% protection – 7 photons reach the skin

SPF 30, 97% protection – 3 photons reach the skin

SPF 50, 98% protection – 2 photons reach the skin

So, using an SPF 30 product is twice as effective as an SPF 15, letting half as many photons reach the skin, while an SPF 50 is three times more effective as an SPF 15, letting only a third reach the skin. Considering that every particle of radiation can cause immense damage to your skin, this really matters.

Unfortunately, there is an unexpected risk to using a high SPF compared to a lower SPF. For some people, using a high SPF sunscreen produces a false sense of security, leading them to spend longer in the sun, not reapplying regularly and not seeking shade. This can result in more sun damage than if they had used a lower SPF and taken more care.  

So, while a high SPF does offer better protection, your own actions can have just as significant an impact on your skin’s protection.


UVA vs UVB Rays

Another thing to be aware of when thinking about sun protection is that the SPF rating of a product only refers to its protection against UVB rays, not UVA. The sun actually creates three different types of radioactive ultraviolet ray, UVA, UVB and UVC.

UVB rays are what sunscreen protects against, and what the SPF label relates to. While most UVB is filtered by the atmosphere, what does reach the Earth damages the superficial, outermost layer of our skin. UVB rays cause sunburn and significantly increase the risk of skin cancers.

UVA rays account for roughly 95% of the UV rays that reach the Earth. While they were once considered harmless, we now know that UVA penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB rays, causing ageing of the skin and wrinkling. UVA rays are also what creates a suntan, which is actually our skin trying (poorly) to defend itself against damage. Recent studies have also indicated that UVA rays may create further risk of skin cancers. 

While UVC rays are the most harmful form of radiation emitted by the sun, it is filtered through the atmosphere and doesn’t reach the Earth’s surface. 

As you can see from the information above, it isn’t only UVB we need to worry about, UVA rays are just as much cause for concern. For this reason, it’s important to look for sunscreens which are labelled as “broad spectrum” or “full-spectrum”. These products include ingredients designed to deflect UVA rays as well as UVB.


How Often Should You Reapply?

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends opting for broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreens with an SPF of 30+ for any extended time spent outdoors. Irrespective on the SPF, the correct application is key. The average adult should apply about a shot glass worth, or two tablespoons, 30 minutes before going outside. The sunscreen should then be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently if sweating or swimming.


What Types Of SPF Products Are There?

Any area of your body that is exposed to sunlight would ideally be protected from UV rays. While this can be achieved by wearing long clothing, a hat and seeking shade, most of us are likely to, at some point, want to enjoy full sunshine without additional layers – that’s where SPF protection comes in. 

There are five main categories of SPF: Hair, Lips, Face, Body, Child.

 

Hair

Believe it or not, the UV rays and heat from the sun affects our hair as well as our skin. Though it doesn’t cause the same health concerns, UV damage to hair can leave it dry, frizzy and untameable.
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Lips

The skin on our lips is only 3 to 5 layers thick, compared to around 16 layers on the rest of the body. This makes our lips much more susceptible to burning. Using a lip balm or lipstick with SPF protection is an absolute must for this reason.
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Face

Our face is exposed to more sunshine than most other areas of our body, but it’s also the area of the body that is most susceptible to sensitivity, dryness, acne or other skin complaints. For this reason, complexion specific sunscreens are a great choice.
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Body

Providing overall coverage on all areas that are exposed to the sun, body sunscreens are designed with a range of activities in mind. With SPFs ranging from 15 to 50+ and in a range of textures, there’s something for everybody.
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Child

SPF sunscreen for children is designed using gentler formulations that prioritise sensitivity. For this reason, it is often also recommended for adults with particularly sensitive skin, such as those suffering from eczema or dermatitis.
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Are you all set for the warmer weather? You can browse our full Sun & Tan range here.

Pour Yourself A Beauty Cocktail, You’ve Earned It

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

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


Pina Colada

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

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

Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel

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

Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub

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

Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Spray

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


Daiquiri

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

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

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

Elemental Herbology Watermelon Cucumber Body Moisturiser

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

GlamGlow BerryGlow Probiotic Recovery Mask

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


Mimosa 

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

Grace Cole Nectarine Blossom & Grapefruit Handcare Set

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

The Natural Deodorant Co Orange & Bergamot Clean Deodorant Balm

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

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie

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


Mojito

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

Aveda Rosemary Mint Weightless Conditioner

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

milk_shake Sensorial Mint Shampoo

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

Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner

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


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

Choosing An Exfoliator

Throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months, exfoliating plays a key role in a skincare routine. Not only does it offer a good old fashioned deep clean of your pores and outer skin layer, but it also buffs off those dead skin cells that can make our skin look dull, textured and unhealthy. 

But with so many types of exfoliators available, how do you know which is the best option for your unique skin? Can a cream exfoliator infused with acids really do the same job as something that physically scrubs the skin’s surface? Are microbeads really all that bad? Spoiler alert: yep, they really are.

In today’s article, we’ll be giving you the lowdown on the main types of exfoliants, how to use them, and what makes them different from the rest. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about exfoliating (and a few things you didn’t)…


The Main Types of Exfoliator

Largely, the most utilised ingredients in exfoliating products are either physical or molecular in nature. Microbeads and pumice are examples of physical exfoliators, while alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) represent the molecular options.

The best option for your skin type will come down to a mixture of personal preference and your areas of concern. For example, sensitive skin types may find that physical exfoliators are too abrasive, while certain acids are gentle enough to be used by all. 

1) Microbead Exfoliators

Let’s rip off the bandaid and get this one out of the way. Microbead exfoliators were all the rage in the early noughties. Those little plastic beads were great for ridding our faces and bodies of rough patches, but that’s not the only thing they were effective at destroying. Millions of these tiny beads were making their way from bathrooms all over the world into drains, waterways, and ultimately, the ocean. 

Microplastics in the world’s oceans are a huge problem, and that’s without the addition of tiny plastic beads literally being poured down the drain. In 2016, the UK banned the use of microbeads in toiletries and cosmetics, and rightly so. 

Luckily for us, as you’ll see in this article, there are lots of other fantastic options for exfoliation which don’t involve harmful ingredients.

2) Pumice Exfoliators

Ideal for those who enjoy a physical scrub and are looking for an alternative to microbeads, pumice has been used around the world for centuries. A light, porous rock formed when the foam of volcanic lava cools, pumice is a sustainable resource which needs minimal processing – this makes it a fantastic green option.

We already know that pumice is a great way to smooth heels, and it’s that same pumice which is used in cream exfoliators. Crushed into smaller particles, it physically helps with the turnover of skin cells.

Best Pumice Exfoliators:

A luxurious facial treatment, Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher combines natural pumice with Hungarian Moor Mud to deeply cleanse and refine the skin. With added copper gluconate, it also helps to regulate sebum production making it a great option for oily and combination skin.

A cleanser and exfoliator in one, Jurlique Radiant Skin Foaming Cleanser uses super-fine pumice to brighten the skin, with natural ingredients adding hydration and a boost of antioxidants.

For the body, Cowshed Dual Action Body Scrub is a fantastic choice, combining a host of other exfoliating ingredients, including peach kernel, with nourishing aloe vera.

3) AHA Exfoliators

Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, represent one of the biggest groups of exfoliators. They work by exfoliating the uppermost layer of skin, revealing brighter, more radiant skin beneath. Found as both peels and leave-on treatments, different alpha hydroxy acids have slightly different properties, and can vary their effects depending on their concentration.

The three main types are glycolic, lactic and citric acids:

  1. Glycolic acid is the most popular AHA and is found naturally in sugar cane. It can improve the skin’s firmness, reduce pigmentation, improve texture and even improve hydration. There are a wide range of glycolic acid exfoliators, but one of our favourites is the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel Wipes. With 10% glycolic acid, this extra-strength exfoliating treatment can be used 2-3 times per week for best results.

Read more about glycolic acid.

2. Lactic acid is naturally found in milk, although it’s more common for a synthetic version to be used in skincare. Slightly less potent than glycolic acid, lactic acid is a great option for sensitive skin as it’s mild nature makes it less likely to cause a reaction.

Many lactic acid exfoliators include other AHAs, but if you’re looking for a standalone product, try Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wipes which use lactic acid and probiotics to improve the texture of the skin.

Read more about lactic acid.

3. Citric acid is another popular AHA which is found, unsurprisingly, in citrus fruits. While less effective than many other AHAs, it is often used in exfoliating cleansers. One in particular that we love is the REN Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, which uses a combination of oils to cleanse and soothe.

4) BHA Exfoliators

If AHAs are the best all-rounder, BHA wins the title in the heavyweight category. Oil-soluble, beta hydroxy acids are able to penetrate deep into the pores, making them a great choice for those with oily or acne-prone skin. However, these same factors make BHAs unsuitable for dry or sensitive skin as they’re simply too harsh.

The main BHA which is used in skincare is salicylic acid.

Salicylic acid is a compound which was first derived from willow bark, another common ingredient in skincare. It is a powerful exfoliator, dissolving the debris which clogs pores and leads to acne. One of our favourite salicylic exfoliators is by French beauty titan Darphin. The Darphin Resurfacing Peel is a weekly treatment which can dramatically change the health and texture of your skin.

Read more about salicylic acid.


An Important Note On Exfoliators

No article that covers AHA and BHA exfoliants would be complete without mentioning how important sun protection is. Following exfoliation, your skin is particularly susceptible to sun damage, so it’s incredibly important to wear a high SPF sunscreen before stepping foot outside.

Enjoy your summer skin, safely. 

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.

Freckles: Friend or Foe?

Love them or loathe them, freckles are part and parcel of the warmer summer weather. Fading over winter, many of us completely forget quite how many freckles we have until they make their grand reappearance. But while many of us fret over our new speckled complexions, the beauty industry is embracing freckles in a big way. 

Models like Carissa Pinkston and Kokie Childers are in demand for their unique (gorgeous) appearance, with freckles playing centre stage. So should we be embracing freckles, or avoiding them?

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at what freckles are, what causes them and how we can get more (or less) of them.


What Are Freckles?

Technically, there are two types of freckles. The type most of us think of, and what we’re referring to in this article, go by the scientific name of ephelides. 

Ephelides are small spots of pigmentation, usually 1-2mm wide that appear on the areas of your body which get the most exposure to the sun – usually the face and shoulders and arms. 

The other category of freckles are called solar lentigines. These develop in adulthood, usually after the age of 40, and include age spots and sunspots. Solar lentigines tend to be larger than 2mm and, unlike freckles, don’t fade during winter.


Are Freckles Dangerous?

While freckles can be a good indicator that your skin is more prone to UV damage, they’re not a cause for concern in the same way as say, moles. 

While they might look similar, moles are very different from freckles. They’re more likely to affect people with lighter skin, but moles aren’t specifically caused by exposure to the sun, they’re actually a cluster of pigmentation cells and blood vessels. 

Neither freckles or moles are dangerous, but moles do offer a warning sign that you may be at increased risk of skin cancers and melanomas.

If you’re not sure whether your skin markings are freckles or moles, check the texture and colour. While freckles are flat and lighter in colour, moles are often raised and darker.


What Causes Freckles?

Freckles (ephelides) are created due to a combination of sun exposure and genetics. In some groups of people, exposure to the sun’s UV radiation increases melanin production. Melanin is the compound that controls skin and hair colour. 

Theoretically, anyone who doesn’t use sun protection can get freckles, but there are other factors that can make it more likely.  If you have lighter skin or are prone to burning in the sun, you’re much more likely to get freckles. 

There are other, less visible, elements which can affect how likely you are to get freckles, such as your genetic makeup. Two types of melanin can be made by the body, eumelanin and pheomelanin. If your genes produce more pheomelanin, you are less protected from UV rays, and therefore more at risk of getting freckles. 

The good news for those people who have a genetic predisposition to freckles, but wish they didn’t, is that it’s not written in stone that you’ll develop freckles. With good habits and a quality sunscreen, you can prevent them entirely.


How to Prevent Freckles

If you’re prone to freckles, avoiding them is as easy as making sure you’re protecting your skin. Using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will help to shield you from UV rays and prevent freckles. Of course, even in winter the sun can do damage, so this should be a year-round habit.

If you already have freckles and want to reduce their appearance, the best courses of action are acid peels and products that contain alpha hydroxyl acids. The acids contained in these skincare products can break down the areas of pigmentation within the dermis, lightening and even removing freckles over time.

Using a peel such as the Babor Refine Cellular: AHA 10+10 Peeling Gel or Murad Resurgence Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel is a must if you’ve had enough of your freckles and want a clearer complexion.


How to Get Freckles (The Safe Way)

Of course, while many women who have freckles would rather get rid of them, they’re equally lusted after by women who wish their face had a little more character. The grass is always greener, right?! If you love the youthful, sunkissed look of freckles, but want to avoid sun damage the great news is that there are a number of methods for giving yourself DIY freckles that look incredibly realistic.

Henna is a popular product for this task; it temporarily stains the skin, so will stay in place for at least a week. However, this does make it a dangerous option if you’re still practising your freckle application! 

For a quick, easy and fairly foolproof option, we recommend simply dotting your cheekbones and nose with a brown eyeliner.

Best overall: benefit BADgal BANG Pencil

Offering 24 hour stay-proof power thanks to its waterproof and transfer-resistant formulation, the benefit BADgal BANG Pencil is a perfect eyeliner for creating safe freckles. The creamy pencil is gentle on skin and dries to a realistic matte finish. It’s also currently on offer in our Outlet, making it great value for money.


Enjoy experimenting with your new look, and remember to protect your skin with a high SPF sunscreen this summer. After all, it’s easier to add freckles than it is to remove them!