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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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…
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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”
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.