Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Detox makes us think of extreme regimes, juices cleanses and fasting but it doesn’t have to be that way for your skin and hair.

Living in the world right now where we’re encouraged to stay away from our friends and families and be at home as much as possible, it’s the perfect time to give your skin and hair a break. Constant application of makeup, walking round in polluted atmospheres and heat application has negative effects on our skin and hair. So, take this opportunity to have a break and reset!

Skin

Detoxing your skin allows you to remove all the impurities, toxins and pollutions from the surface and reveal fresh and revitalised skin cells. Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull, textured and just a little bit sad. Exfoliating regularly removes these cells from the surface to reveal brighter, more youthful skin.

Start with an at-home facial

Give yourself a pamper from the comfort of your own home! Dig out that cleansing brush you’ve had for ages but rarely use and give your skin a really good cleansing. Make sure you include a facial massage at the end to get the blood circulating effectively!

Cleanse twice a day

A skin detox requires cleansing morning and night, but you don’t necessarily have to use the same product for both. If you have dryer skin try using an oil based cleanser in the morning like Gatineau Transforming Cleansing Cream and then a mousse cleanser in the evening like Decleor Neroli Bigarade Cleansing Mousse. If you have oily skin try using a foaming cleanser to remove any surface sebum like the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  

Multi masking!

Staying at home all day is the perfect excuse to pop a face mask on and get on with any jobs on your to do list. Regularly using face masks allows your skin to truly absorb the potent skincare ingredients and helps them penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. We often think we don’t have enough time to sit down and put a face mask on for 20 minutes so now is the perfect opportunity! Make sure you choose one that tackles your skincare concerns whether that be ageing, acne or pigmentation.

Take makeup breaks

I’m sure this is something a lot of us will be doing when spending more time at home. No point wasting expensive makeup is there! Your skin is definitely going to thank you for a few weeks’ makeup free. It allows the skin to breathe, reset back to its natural rhythm and stay fresh. Makeup often clogs up the pores when it isn’t properly removed so just giving yourself a couple of weeks makeup free will really help the skin to detox.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated is always number one for keeping your skin in the best condition possible. Drinking lots of water eliminates toxins from the body and very few people drink as much water as they’re supposed to. With spending more time at home, try to focus on giving yourself targets e.g. two glass by 10am. Then you’re just setting your skin up to function as well as it can do and glow!

Hair

So, your hair could benefit hugely from a little detoxing! We put our hair through a lot on a regular basis with our normal routines of washing, drying and styling which can leave hair dry and damage.

Wash Less

If you’ve always thought about trying to wash your hair less but never got around to it with too many social occasions in the calendar, well now’s the time to give it a go! Washing your hair less allows the oils and minerals to stimulate the hair follicles properly and get into its own self-cleaning routine. We’re not saying to stop washing your hair completely but try cutting it down to twice a week to start with and see how you get on.

Have a break from heat styling

Heat is the number one thing that causes your hair damage. Constantly blow drying, straightening, curling and styling hair put stress on your locks and causes them to dry out, which then leads to weak and brittle hair. Staying at home means you don’t need to constantly be washing and styling your hair so just leave it to do its thing! It will thank you massively for it after a few weeks…

Give it some love

Apply a hair mask once a week to give your hair a boost of nutrients and minerals. A deeply nourishing mask will help restore moisture and deeply penetrate the hair follicles. We love the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

Get to Know the Brand: Philosophy

Get to Know the Brand: Philosophy

Philosophy is a brand us here at Fragrance Direct have got very excited about. One of the new skincare brands to welcome to the site, it has lots of AMAZING skincare products for you to get your hands on.

If you’ve never tried any of the Philosophy products or heard much about them before then we’re going to take you through a bit about the brand and some of our favourite products, so keep reading!

The background

Philosophy’s moto is to inspire beauty beyond skincare, with products that transform, deliver very real results that instil confidence and wisdom for wellbeing. Their philosophy on skincare is simple: cleanse daily, peel weekly and treat the skin with expert formulas, returning the skin to its ideal state.

Where did Philosophy come from?

The founder of Philosophy was deeply inspired by the beauty of Arizona, the land or surprises and extremes. A place where nature creates true beauty. The Philosophy scientists took this inspiration and used nature to create the best beauty and expert skincare products, combining gold-standard ingredients with natural scents and memorable textures.

Philosophy’s mission

They are a mindful beauty brand that believes beauty is more than skin deep. Their products help you look and feel your best, whilst also having the confidence to seize the day! Philosophy aim to inspire beautiful skin as well as beautiful days with products that consistently deliver visible results.

Skincare, fragrance, bath & body?

Philosophy offer a whole range of different products that cover everything you could need to create a solid beauty regime.

Skincare – their skincare harnesses the power of science and nature with dermatological science for clinical, visible and instant results.

Fragrance – scent your life and live with grace, wearing fragrances that scent the skin from head to toe.

Bath & Body – soak up the joy with playful and joyous bath & body formulas that treat the skin and delight the senses.

Our favourite products

Now after reading that I’m sure you’re excited as we are to try all the amazing products available from Philosophy. Here we have a quick round up of our favourite products and some bestsellers…

Purity Pore Mask

Transform dull and tired skin with this pore-refining mask. In just 60 seconds it gives your skin a luminous, spa-like glow. Including mineral-rich and deep-cleansing sea salts it helps to naturally purify and detoxify the skin while marine extracts and vitamin E help to calm and smooth. The result is visible, clearer and smoother skin after just one use!

Renewed Hope Water Cream

The lightweight, fast absorbing texture of this innovative water cream replenishes parched skin by increasing skin’s hydration levels by 86% and delivers a cooling burst for up to 72 hours. This moisturiser leaves your skin perfectly primed for makeup, with a fresh and natural glow that lasts all day. Formulated with exclusive hydra-glow complex containing Norwegian glacial water, hyaluronic acid and pineapple extract. It leaves the skin feeling infused with moisture with a baby soft feel.  

Nature in a Jar Warming Exfoliator

This gorgeous exfoliator reveals a mousse like texture that gives you a spa-like facial in the comfort of your own home! It works to eliminate dulling impurities from the skin and promote a healthy-looking glow. The instant glow facial uses a combination of physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic complex to gently roll away dry, flaky skin revealing a soft, smooth and illuminated complexion.

Pure Grace Nude Rose EDT Spray

This is beautiful and delicate fragrance that is perfect for the first days of Spring. Effortless simplicity in a composition of delicate blush rose balanced with dewy greens, neroli and bright orange flower cocooned in the warmth and sensuality of cedarwood and sun-kissed musk.

Nature in a Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser

This restoring and nourishing moisturiser soothes dryness, restores skin’s moisture barrier and reinforces its natural resilience for improved texture and tone. It leaves the skin feeling recovered and revived.

Senorita, Margarita Shampoo and Shower Gel

Bring happy hour home with the Senorita, Margarita Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel, a multi-tasking formula for the hair and body. It transforms into a rich lather when it comes into contact with water, the luxurious wash gentle cleanses and conditions while releasing a energising scent to shake up your shower routine. Added bonus, this product can be poured into your bath to create a tub full of energising and revitalising bubbles.  

Spring Newness With Dermalogica

Spring Newness With Dermalogica

Sunshine, flowers blossoming, new launches… spring it on! Whether you’re all cooped up inside or you’re going out for daily walks to get your dose of fresh air, with the help of Dermalogica you can create your very own bootcamp too to keep yourself entertained and get your skin in to tip-top condition.

Dermalogica are an incredible skincare brand offering some of the most innovative beauty products in the market. With so much astonishing scientific research behind the brand too, their products really are Worthing investing in because they deliver real results.

Also, did you know that all of their products are actually unisex which makes them great to gift for special occasions too. Then, to top it all off, the formula of each product is cruelty-free and vegan – it doesn’t get any better than this! Today we’re showcasing some of Dermalogica’s finest skincare products that are the perfect place to start to build your collection.

Invisible Physical Defence SPF 30, £40.95

The latest and greatest launch of Dermalogica is this lightweight, physical sunscreen packed with ground-breaking ingredients to blow all other sunscreens out of the park. You can finally wave goodbye to thick, white sun creams that just won’t blend away no matter how hard you try. Key ingredients include antioxidant green tea to help fight damaging, UV induced free radicals and mushroom complex to disrupt the inflammation process and reduce UV-induced redness and dryness. It’s perfect for all skin types and is definitely a staple item to carry on you leading into summer.

BioLumin-C Eye Serum, £52.00

This supercharged Vitamin C eye serum outsmarts visible premature skin ageing caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress. It has a lightweight serum that delivers a highly-bioavailable Vitamin C complex to the skin around the eyes to dramatically brighten and visibly firm. If you tend to suffer from dark circles, or just feel like this area needs rejuvenating in general, this serum will become your new best friend in no time.

BioLumin-C Serum, £76.99

This product goes hand in hand with the previous one, focusing on the same key ingredient but for an all over treatment. If you’re all about brightening and firming action, this serum featuring Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 also helps to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too.

Daily Microfoliant, £42.95

Finally, we have their classic exfoliant that is a cult-favourite of many Dermalogica fans. This rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water to release Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells to leave the skin feeling smoother and brighter. It’s gentle enough to be used daily which is great especially if you suffer from texture from breakouts and clogged pores. Just pour out half a teaspoon into very wet hands to create a creamy paste and then just rub your hands together before massaging your face gently.

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Women have been making waves in the beauty industry for decades, with plenty of creative and forward-thinking ladies sitting behind some of our favourite brands and products. International Women’s Day has inspired us, as always, to celebrate some of these magnificent founders and their influence on the industry we love.

Check out these leading ladies and their beauty brands. Every time you purchase from one of these brands, you’re supporting women in business as well as treating yourself to something special. Win-win!

Charlotte Tilbury, founder of Charlotte Tilbury

You’ve heard of the brand, but did you know the makeup and skincare brand shares the name of its founder? Charlotte has been interested in makeup since she was a girl growing up between London and Ibiza (dream!), meeting artists and creatives through her painter father. She went on to train at the Glauca Rossi School of Makeup, working as a MUA throughout the influential 90s.

Today, Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup and skincare ranges are readily available, providing women everywhere with easy-to-choose and easy-to-wear options for daily life and special occasions.

Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste, founders of Real Techniques

Sam and Nicola Chapman launched the first Real Techniques brush collection in 2011, but their story started years earlier. The British sisters grew up surrounded by makeup, with their aunt working as a top MUA in London and their mum also interested in following the latest trends.

After several years of hustle, training and working in the industry, the pair set up their YouTube channel Pixiwoo, which took off quickly thanks to the sister’s undeniable talent and natural charisma. Real Techniques came about as the answer to a demand for high-quality, professional standard makeup tools for the masses.

Supporting Real Techniques means the very best makeup brushes, sponges, and tools for you, and a sign of support to the English sisters who’ve overcome so much to create a brand for women. We salute you, Chapmans!

Clare and Rebecca Hopkins, founders of Balance Me

Another sister act, Clare and Rebecca Hopkins are the self-made founders of Balance Me, one of our favourite natural beauty brands. Balance Me is all about finding balance in your life. That’s work, wellness, relaxation, time with family and friends; you get the idea! Clare and Rebecca are big into yoga and wellness, which led them into creating an honest, natural skincare range that makes self-care a little easier for everyone.

These inspirational women are influencing the industry with their fresh approach to skincare, and we’re here to support them every step of the way.

Discover more of our favourite beauty brands as you keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. From the underrated haircare brands you need to know about to finding the perfect blush formula, you can find everything you might need on our helpful blog.

Australian Bodycare: The Hand Sanitising Saviours

Australian Bodycare: The Hand Sanitising Saviours

Now, more than ever, we’re obsessing over hygiene but while everyone is hitting the shops panic buying and emptying the shelves, they’re all missing a trick. There is a rather well-known ingredient that often appears in a lot of blemish-tackling skincare products that can actually double up as a hand sanitiser!

Introducing Australian Bodycare…

Tea Tree Oil Body Wash, Australian Bodycare, £17.99

This incredible brand’s iconic body wash can actually also be used to substitute your regular hand wash. It’s super refreshing and effectively cleanses the skin by removing all bacteria and excess oil without causing dryness. The anti-bacterial Tea Tree Oil restores the skin’s natural protection while the glycerine adds moisture and helps the skin maintain a proper balance. What’s better is that you can use it all over!

Concentrated Tea Tree Oil, Australian Bodycare, £12.95

Tea Tree Oil is a high action antiseptic that can not only give a deep-down treatment to minor skin troubles such as blemishes, spots, insect bites and more, it can effectively fight against many bacteria. This natural anti-bacterial oil also has antiviral properties that will help to keep your skin hygienically clean whilst maintaining its natural PH balance too. Now isn’t that just a miracle in a bottle.

If you wanted to go a step further, you could also use it with other products to create your very own bottle of hand sanitiser by following this recipe from Healthline.

All you’ll need is:

  • ¾ cup of rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup of Aloe Vera (to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
  • 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil

Directions:

  • Pour all the ingredients into a bowl
  • Mix the solution with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitiser into a gel-like formula
  • Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitiser”
  • Keep it stored somewhere safe away from children

Intensive Repair Body Cream, Australian Bodycare, £8.99

This antiseptic cream is great especially if you suffer with dryness to keep your skin moisturised and sanitised. If you are going to be washing your hands more than normal and using sanitising products containing alcohol, it’s definitely worth keeping on top of using hand cream too.

Do you have any hygiene hacks? Will you be taking inspiration from Australian Bodycare’s iconic ingredient Tea Tree Oil? There’s no need to stress or worry about getting your hands on little tubs of hand sanitiser that are often very overpriced for what you get when you can take steps of your own to make your own sanitising solutions with the help of a powerful, ingenious oil!

When Working From Home Met Beauty

When Working From Home Met Beauty

Self-isolation calls for a spot of self-care and what better way to do that than to indulge in pamper and beauty goodies? There’s no need to start panicking or counting down the time until cabin fever sets in when you’ve finally got the chance to pamper and be productive. Let’s make the most of it and what’s more, they’re all super affordable too!

Skincare Saviours

Morning To Evening 14 Day Trial Kit, Gatineau, £6.99

Look at that, a 14 day trial kit just in time for those first couple of weeks working in your new (albeit make-shift) home office. This stunning collection from Gatineau features their Radiance Enhancing Gommage Peeling Expert Exfoliator, Melatogenine AOX Serum and Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream. Now that’s going to be one sumptuous wake up call.

Soothing Body Ritual Set, Urban Veda, £17.99

While you’re all cooped up indoors, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get that fresh air feeling every morning. With this set by Urban Veda, you can drift away to a pamper paradise morning or evening with luscious products to soothe your and calm your skin. Featuring their Soothing Body Wash, Soothing Body Scrub and Soothing Body Lotion in a quaint drawstring cotton bag, this set is worth every penny.

Spot Stick With Tea Tree Oil, Australian Bodycare, £6.99

If you suffer with problematic skin and feel like you’re constantly battling off one spot after another, we’ve got the perfect solution in store for you to give your skin that extra little bit of TLC while you’re WFH. This spot stick is made with soothing tea tree oil in a non-greasy, anti-bacterial formula with a touch of witch hazel to sink into your skin and help fight the breakouts. You can apply this to any problem area, 3 to 4 times a day – good job we’re all at home, makeup-less with more than enough time to do so!

Makeup Marvels

BB Cream, NOTE, £9.95

While we’re all sat at home working each day, it’s probably fair to say that not too many of us will be putting on a full face of makeup everyday because, well, what better time to let our skin breathe? However, if you’re still after a little something in the form of a nice glow, this BB cream from NOTE has got you covered. It features citrus and grape extracts to help diminish dark spots along with vitamin E to rejuvenate your skin. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free which is a bonus of course!

Dripping Gold Wonder Water Tanning Face Mist, SOSU by SJ, £10.25

There’s no need to worry about not getting enough sun when you’ve got the help of SOSU by SJ’s tanning face mist. Infused with vitamin E, this super-hydrating face mist develops in 4-8 hours to give you a gorgeous golden glow that looks just as good as your favourite IG filter.

Cosmetic Organsier, LaRoc, £10.95

Finally, a little something random that you probably haven’t thought much about… While you’re WFH, why not finally sort out all your makeup bits and bobs? Of course, you’ll keep your trusty bag for travel but what’s to stop you from organising your palettes and special occasion lipsticks? This tidy white cosmetic organiser by LaRoc is the perfect place to start – especially if you have a vanity desk to accessorise.