Retinol Treatments That Actually Work

Retinol Treatments That Actually Work

When it comes to this power-house skincare ingredient, it’s probably safe to say we’re all in need of a retinol rulebook. It’s that one ingredient you hear about that has something to do with anti-ageing but you’re just not sure. Today, you can wave goodbye to all confusion because we’re telling you everything you need to know!

Most importantly, you have to build up a tolerance. It’s an intense ingredient to produce visible anti-ageing benefits but increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen and producing more elastin. All of these will help you on your journey to firmer, smoother and more even skin.

It’s Never Too Early

Your 20’s is the best time to start using retinol especially if you suffer from breakouts or pigmentation. As retinol is all about cell turnover, you should use retinol products for three months and then take a three-month break.

There Are Some Side Effects

Like any other skincare product, retinol doesn’t work for everyone. If you suffer from rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, it’s likely to be too powerful for your skin and may increase inflammation. The best way to find out whether any retinol product will work for you is to start out with a low strength. After doing so, it’s best to seal it all in with a moisturiser to soothe the skin.

Wondering When And Where To Apply It?

Gradually introduce retinol into your skincare routine and limit your use of it to once or twice a week to begin with. Then you can slowly increase your intake depending on how well you tolerate it. A small amount at nighttime to clean, dry skin while avoiding the eye area is ideal, and a half an hour wait before applying other skincare products will make for optimal results.

Wondering what products are out there and where to start?

Look no further, we’ve done the searching for you…

Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Power Firm 15ml, £37.99

This powerful, firming complex helps combat lines around the delicate eye area. With this product, you can accelerate your skin’s natural repair process with AGE Smart® Vitamin A (Retinol) as antioxidant vitamins C and E improve elasticity while scavenging free radicals. Silicones shield vulnerable skin, acting as a protective barrier against further assault.

The Organic Pharmacy The Expert Serums Value Set, £88.95

If you’re looking to try out a few different serums including retinol, this Expert Serums set contains: Four Acid Peel Serum 30ml Hyaluronic Acid Serum 30ml Retinol Night Serum 30ml Stabilised Vitamin C Serum 30ml. What better way to find out what works for you than to try out a few different pieces of kit?

Philosophy Miracle Worker Retinol Pads 60pc, £54.95

Introducing the ultimate retinol miracle, where the power of science meets nature. Philosophy has combined the power of pure retinol with nourishing superfood oils for an efficacious formula designed to comfort the skin. Featuring pure retinol and a retinol-like complex powered by alfalfa extract to help strengthen skin’s natural renewal process. Comforting superfood oils including pomegranate, olive, argan and amazonian sacha inchi oils, known to be rich in fatty acids, help counteract the typical irritation and dryness of retinol. Plus a healthy dose of antioxidants: potent forms of vitamins C and E help protect skin from damaging free radicals.

Super Facialist Retinol Anti-Ageing Night Cream 50ml, £16.99

This unique anti-ageing treatment cream is designed to work through the night – when the skin is believed to be the most receptive. The cream is enriched with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and proven collagen-boosting active to target wrinkles and lines.

Retinol 15 Minute Mask (x5), £6.99

Are you more of a mask-er? This Retinol Anti-Aging Sheet Mask is an intensive, vitamin-enriched treatment that improves the look of skin’s firmness and tone while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This saturated custom mask adheres to the face for targeted treatment and visible results.

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Keep Calm And Love Your Skin With Gatineau

Keep Calm And Love Your Skin With Gatineau

Do you suffer from breakouts, dryness, redness, ageing or inflammation? Today, Gatineau are here to provide all the skincare solution goodies and more along with real advice that will help you to combat some of these issues we know all too well!

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and sadly it reacts to stress in a number of different ways due to the surge and fluctuations in the hormone cortisol, creating multiple problems. When cortisol levels go up it prompts the skin to produce excess sebum, clogging the pores and provoking skin breakouts and acne flare-ups. Cortisol also increases blood flow leading to extended capillaries and skin flushing whilst at the same time breaking down the skin’s ability to retain water leading to skin dryness and dehydration. On top of this the lack of exposure to sunlight means our skin isn’t getting as much Vitamin D.  This important Vitamin boosts the skin’s immune system and low levels of it can be associated with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

For skin breakouts:  Clear and Perfect Tonimasque

If you do get a spot or pimple avoid touching it as you can spread bacteria. Instead treat it with the Clear & Perfect Tonimasque that uses natural clay to boost absorbent properties in the skin and tighten pores. Enriched with menthol to refresh the skin, this mask leaves the complexion clear and shine-free.

For skin dryness:  Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask  

Moisture is critical to stop flaky uncomfortable and rough skin and this mask speaks volumes when it comes to flooding the skin with all important water to elevate hydration levels.  Think of it like you are giving your skin 8 glasses of water to drink and what I love is that this mask is effortless as it does all the hard work whilst you sleep!  Apply a thick layer of this indulgent soufflé-like mask all over the face, neck, décolleté and eyes and leave on whilst you get that all important 8 hours of shut eye.  You will wake up to a baby-like soft, smooth and radiant complexion and no mask left on the skin to be seen.   

For skin redness:  Alkessence IonActive Alkaline Soothing Mist

This weightless Mist is charged with negative ions and not only dramatically injects some much-needed moisture into cells but it rebalances out of whack pH levels which can trigger inflammation. A simple way to preserve the health and well-being of your complexion and undetectable once misted over the face, neck and décolleté.  Apply morning and evening after cleansing and pat gently into the skin.

For skin ageing: Melatogenine Morphobiotique Cream

The skin’s microbiome plays a pivotal role as the first line of defence against the harmful environmental aggressions which cause accelerated ageing.  With a powerful Morphobiotic complex together with bundles of antioxidants, this superior lightweight moisturiser tackles crinkles, wrinkles and frankly anything else to bestow a smooth and youthful complexion.  

For skin inflammation: Perfection Ultime Skin Perfecting Cream-Serum

This incredible feather light cream-serum boasts high levels of anti-inflammatory goodness and is an ancient healing wonder discovered centuries ago.  Packed with Centella Asiatica, White tea and Wild Indigo Extract (which is proven to reduce cortisol levels in skin cells) this serum is a game-changer when it comes to extinguishing any kind of inflammation and redness on the skin.

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NUXE: Taking Care Of Our Planet And Beauty Routines

NUXE: Taking Care Of Our Planet And Beauty Routines

Combining nature with luxe, the incredible, multi-award-winning skincare brand NUXE is a beauty expert favourite. Known for their ultra-nourishing pamper products, they’re also just as great for taking care of our planet. If you’ve set yourself the challenge of diving into more sustainable beauty, carrying on reading to find out more and to see a showcase of our current NUXE faves!

Sustainable Sourcing

The active ingredients in NUXE products are fully traceable and sustainable.

Green Technology

NUXE feature eco-responsible formulas with green extraction methods.

Eco-Designed Packaging

All NUXE packaging is eco-designed and made from recycled materials.

In addition to this, earlier this year, NUXE partnered with the Good Planet Foundation to support numerous environmental and social projects. The brand is also committed to protecting our oceans. Respect for Nature has always been one of NUXE’s core commitments. They work alongside the environmental NGO Oceanoplastic to protect oceans from plastic pollution. As if that wasn’t already a great effort, NUXE are also committed to protecting bees. They work with the charity Un toit pour les abeilles (a home for bees), sponsoring hives located in the Vosges region of France.

Our Current Favourite NUXE products

Huile Prodigieuse Limited Edition Blue 100ml, £25.95

NUXE invited students at the French art and design school of Penninghen to give free rein to their creativity and transform, as a limited seasonal edition, the iconic oil bottle, a symbol of summer. Turquoise, yellow and coral: the symbol of Made in France beauty reveals a precious triptych in a trio of colours. Nourish and beautify face, hair and body in a single step with the Huile Prodigieuse you know and love, now in a beautiful limited-edition option!

Very Rose Radiance Peeling Lotion 150ml, £16.95

This innovative product is applied every evening for a gentle and progressive “new skin” effect. Enriched with salicylic acid and 4 fruit acids, day after day, its formula removes the outer layers of the epidermis for skin that appears “renewed”. This daily exfoliation refines the skin’s texture and reveals its radiance. Use in the evening and avoid exposure to the sun.

Very Rose Ultra-Fresh Cleansing Gel Mask 150ml, £17.95

This new gel-mask is set to revolutionise facial cleansing with its amazing effectiveness… The melting translucent gel is applied to the face and left for one minute and then massaged to effectively remove impurities before rinsing. Result: skin is deeply cleansed, freed from pollution particles.

Sun Fragrant Water 100ml, £22.99

NUXE Sun Delicious Fragrant Water is a gorgeous fresh mist with exotic notes which is non-photo sensitising. A lovely summer scent with sparkling notes of Sweet Orange and Petitgrain, sensual touch Coconut and Tiare, sunny accord Vanilla and Musks.

Prodigieux Absolu de Parfum EDP Spray, £48.99

A fresh interpretation of Prodigieux® le parfum, an even more intense and sensual version with a new harmony of Sweet Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Tiare Flower. Savour the pleasure of this new absolute perfume experience, with 25% perfume concentrate (twice as concentrated as an Eau de Parfum*) and a novel oil galenic** for a longer-lasting fragrance. This new scent invites you to rediscover the art of fragrance with a novel application system** that applies the precise dose of scent.

Huile Prodigieuse Florale Dry Oil, £24.99

Huile Prodigieuse has a dry-oil texture containing 7 precious botanical oils, such as repairing Argan oil and moisturising Tsubaki oil. Discover it in a new fresh, delicate, floral perfume. As an all in one product: skin is nourished, smoothed, evened out and beautified: hair is soft and shiny. Proven efficacy on antioxidant properties and on the ability to help reduce stretch marks’ appearance.

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Why V-Care Is Becoming The Biggest Wellness Trend

Why V-Care Is Becoming The Biggest Wellness Trend

Our private parts are no longer too private and it’s a good thing! When it comes to the whimsical world of innovative beauty products, more and more creations are coming to light every day offering solutions for a diverse range of beauty issues. Today, we’re covering the topic of V-Care (Vagina-Care).

From intimate washes with carefully balanced PH levels to hydrating moisturisers and balms, there are so many V-Care products to experiment with. V-Care is just as important as looking after the rest of our bodies, it’s just something that only very recently brands are paying more attention to which enables us as women to take pride in the way we care for ourselves and feel even more confident than ever. Here are some of our favourites from three incredible brands!


Science for healthy skin. Sebamed is one of the leading medicinal skincare brands offering the perfect ph levels in their products for healthy skin. All Sebamed products contain high-quality, active ingredients which cleanse and nourish the skin without destroying natural acids.

Sebamed Intimate Wash ph3.8 200ml, £6.95

For women aged 15 -50. 100% soap and alkali-free, this Sebamed Feminine Intimate Wash pH 3.8 supports the ecological balance of the natural micro-flora for protection against genital infections and odour formation. It supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle, stabilising the moisture and content of the skin and leaving it feeling soothed.

Sebamed Intimate Wash ph6.8ml 200ml, £6.95

For women aged 50+. This intimate wash is exactly the same yet is designed for mature women. This wash has all the same great properties to support the vulva’s moisture balance while featuring a protective care complex with Panthenol and Hamamelis virginiana to help combat any dryness and irritation.

Australian Bodycare

Australian Bodycare has been the leader of tea tree oil products for over 25 years. The appeal of Australian Bodycare lies not only in its simple and straightforward use but its sustainability for all the family and also the knowledge that they use only the highest quality and grade of tea tree oil.

Australian Bodycare Intimate Care Kit, £29.95

Made from natural and active ingredients approved by the Australian Bodycare’s cosmetic science team, this Intimate Care Kit helps with vaginal dryness, itching, irritation and unwanted odour. It includes three heroes of feminine care: Intim Wash 200ml, Femi Daily 100ml, Femigel 5x5ml.

Australian Bodycare Intimate Shaving Kit, £29.95

This Intimate Shaving Kit by Australian Bodycare helps you get rid of and soothe red spots, bumps and ingrown hairs after shaving. It includes three heroes for feminine care: Intim Wash 200ml, Intim Shaving Gel 100ml, Intim Balm 100ml.


MegsMenopause create natural, organic and plant-based products to help improve the symptoms of vaginal dryness, sexual discomfort, dry skin, hot flushes and more to help women and encourage them to feel their best self!

MegsMenopause Blossom Balm Intimate Moisturiser 100ml, £8.99

This intimate skin moisturiser Blossom Balm has been uniquely formulated to gently moisturise and care for the intimate skin areas, whilst reducing dryness and the feeling of discomfort. This product’s ingredients are also vegan-approved!

MegsMenopause Motion Lotion Water Based Lubricant 100ml, £10.00

This Motion Lotion Water-Based Intimate Lubricant has been formulated to provide extra silky lubrication, which can help alleviate discomfort caused by dryness.

Which of these products are you most fascinated by and are thinking about trying out for yourself?

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Urban Veda Are Setting The Highest Standards For Sustainability In Beauty

Urban Veda Are Setting The Highest Standards For Sustainability In Beauty

Every day we go into battle with environmental factors such as excessive central heating or air conditioning, exhaust fumes, dust, dirt and stress which negatively affect the health of our skin. Our lifestyles are mirrored in our complexion and Urban Veda are here to switch up the game completely. It’s time to let your skin breathe and indulge in some natural skincare rich in omega bio oils, free radical-fighting antioxidants, vitality-boosting essential fatty acids and more…

First, let’s take a look at what exactly it is that makes Urban Veda such a sustainable and refreshing beauty brand in addition to being vegan and cruelty-free!

Urban Veda Are Plastic Intelligent

“We have made careful decisions when it comes to packaging choices. As we use essential oils across all of our products, they need to be housed correctly in packaging that will prevent them from going rancid which could potentially cause a reaction on the skin. When Urban Veda was founded, a decision was made for all packaging to be 100% recyclable as a benchmark. All our tubes are currently made from PET plastic meaning they are accepted into all recycling plants.”

Urban Veda Hold Ethics At Heart

“We are proud to say we donate 10% of our online sales to Plastic Oceans each quarter to help them continue their work educating and spreading awareness about plastic pollution.”

Urban Veda Encourage People To Recycle Their Empties

“A recent addition to our eco credentials is our partnership with Wastecare which now means we have a way of recycling our skincare empties from our customers – not only from our brand but any other skincare brands too. Customers can either send in their skincare empties to our HQ for a 15% discount off their next online order or bring them along to any events or popup shops we run.”

Now you know a little more about some of the incredible products Urban Veda has on offer, why not take their test to find which range is best for your skin type! Each bespoke collection is made with natural ingredients that are all designed to suit different skin types, which in the principles of Ayurveda are associated with ‘doshas’. This is the Ayurvedic term to describe the physical and emotional tendencies within the mind and body.

Now, It’s Time For The Products!

Soothing Day Cream 50ml, £16.50 / RRP £18.99

Calm, care for and protect delicate, sensitive skin with this Soothing Day Cream a comforting moisturiser designed to balance and lock in moisture. Enriched with natural Ayurvedic ingredients, Soothing Day Cream helps to smooth and soften uncomfortable, tight dry skin. Immerse yourself in the deep, spa-like scent as this nourishing moisturiser envelops your skin in softness.

Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish 125ml, £11.50 / RRP £12.99

Deeply cleanse pores and buff away dead skin cells with the Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish. With natural, mildly abrasive exfoliants of pumice and crushed walnut-shell powder to gently exfoliate, the skin is left feeling cleansed and looking brighter. Packed with revitalising botanicals, this gentle yet effective facial scrub is set to enhance vitality for dry, dehydrated and dull complexions, whilst helping those with hyperpigmentation by balancing skin tone.

Purifying Body Lotion 250ml, £11.50 / RRP £12.99

Lock in moisture with this zingy, lightweight Purifying Body Lotion. Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles, this fast-absorbing moisturiser is infused with cold-pressed neem oil and hydrating, antioxidant-rich extracts to nourish and revitalise oily and acne-prone skin. This body lotion also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract, clinically proven to moisturise and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Reviving Facial Oil 30ml, £25.95 / RRP £29.99

Reviving Facial Oil replenishes moisture with delicate yet hydrating rose and nourishing Ayurvedic Shatavari, whilst moisturising argan oil boasts anti-ageing properties. This restorative, antioxidant and omega-rich formula is set to recharge tired skin, supporting suppleness and elasticity.

Reviving Renewal Night Cream 50ml, £17.50 / RRP £19.99

Replenish parched skin with the deeply hydrating Reviving Renewal Night Cream. Nourish your skin whilst you sleep with this uplifting concentrated night cream, resulting in a soft and supple complexion as you awaken from your slumber. Heavenly rich, Reviving Renewal Night Cream has been specifically formulated to comfort dry, tired and mature skin.

Soothing Hydrating Toner 150ml, £11.50 / RRP £12.99

Skin feeling tight after cleansing? Try the Soothing Hydrating Toner to clarify and refresh sensitive skin. This calming facial toner effectively removes all impurities, hydrates the skin and balances the skin’s pH level. Packed with antioxidant-rich botanical extracts to protect against the damaging effects of free radicals, Soothing Toner helps to lock in moisture and gently cleanses without altering the skin’s protective hydrolipidic film.

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The Organic Pharmacy: Creating Better Beauty

The Organic Pharmacy: Creating Better Beauty

With a desire to create better beauty, The Organic Pharmacy is dedicated to all things organic and has fast become the one-stop destination for many skincare solutions. This incredible brand focuses on skin care that is based on homeopathic and herbal medicine with the principles that the quality of the ingredients and the purity of the formulation is paramount as well as the dosage. Want to hear more? Carry on reading!

The Organic Pharmacy was the realisation of my dream: to bring under one roof professional client advise, an exceptional, personal service that enables me to form a bond with my clients, and the best products in the world that a free from toxins.” Margo Marrone.

Whilst Margo was studying homeopathy she became aware of Organic and what it meant. Shocked that she had been unaware of the level of poisonous pesticides used in our food and the questionable ingredients used in cosmetics, she decided to use her herbal, homeopathic and pharmaceutical knowledge to create a shopping haven free from chemicals found in other stores, a place where expert knowledge on well being, herbs and homeopathic remedies were readily available. And so The Organic Pharmacy was born.

Now you know a bit more about the brand, let’s move on to some of our favourite products!

Antioxidant Face Gel 35ml, £49.95 / RRP £59.00

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Gel (For All Skin Types) has the following features: A powerful anti-aging light gel that is rich in herbal extracts and cosmeceuticals. Lifts and minimises pores, mops-up free radicals and reduces wrinkles.

Carrot Butter Cleanser 75ml, £35.95 / RRP £43.00

Carrot Butter Cleanser is a balm cleanser that melts on contact with the skin. The cleanser effortlessly removes grime, dirt, dead skin and make–up including eye make-up. Ideal for all skin types.

Antioxidant Face Firming Serum 35ml, £75.95 / RRP £85.00

The Organic Pharmacy Anti-Ageing antioxidant face serum acts like a non-invasive facelift and immediately tightens facial contours. This serum is for all skin types. Developed using the latest cutting edge research, the antioxidant face gel and antioxidant face firming serum make a powerful duo that together lift, tone, repair and regenerate the skin. The serum is nicknamed by our clients as ‘the instant face lift oil’. The power of rose hip, grape seed, alphalipoic acid, DMAE, carrot and grapefruit make this oil 50 times stronger than rose hip alone. Reverse sun damage, lift and tone the skin, reduce wrinkles, mop up free radicals.

Sweet Vanilla Dry Oil 100ml, £29.95 / RRP £37.00

Infused with the delicate fragrance of sweet vanilla, this exquisite multi-usage dry oil nourishes and repairs the skin and hair.

Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream 50ml, £38.95 / RRP £43.00

The Organic Pharmacy’s founder Margo Marrone began her love affair with homeopathy over 20 years ago when she first discovered its benefits. For all skin types. A light but nourishing cream with purifying Rose and nourishing Rose Hip blended with Ginger, Gotu Kola and Marigold to promote cell regeneration, reduce broken capillaries and make the skin glow.

Antioxidant Face Cream 50ml, £39.95 / RRP £48.00

Antioxidant face cream is a powerful anti-ageing light cream that is rich in herbal extracts and cosmeceuticals. Lifts and minimises pores, mops-up free radicals and reduces wrinkles.

Manuka Face Cream 50ml, £35.95 / RRP £43.00

Manuka Face Cream is a light non–greasy moisturiser. Normalises oil production and reduces flaky areas. Minimises blemishes.

Sun Cream SPF 50 100ml, £33.95 / RRP £39.95

An SPF with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to help prevent sunburn. If used as directed with other sun protection measures can decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin ageing caused by the sun.

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