3 Must-Have Maskne Survival Essentials

3 Must-Have Maskne Survival Essentials

With face masks more essential than ever before, while they’re working away to protect us, they aren’t doing too many wonders for our skin. Face coverings trap warmth and moisture which aggravates the skin causing it to produce excess oil and bacteria which can clog up pores causing breakouts, aka Maskne!

We’ve picked out 3 essentials for helping prevent and treat all cases of maskne. Staying protected is worth it but so are these handy heroes for keeping your skin as clear and clean as possible.

NUXE Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel, £11.99

Maskne Survival Essential 1: A refreshing exfoliator

Achieve fresh-faced results with the Nuxe Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel, a soap-free, daily use cleanser for combination skin. Part of the balancing Aquabella skincare collection, this ultra-gentle, crystalline gel is infused with botanical blue micro-beads that smooth areas of uneven texture whilst eliminating impurities and excess sebum. A good exfoliator is essential for helping acne-prone skin and with this one you just can’t go wrong.

YOUTH LAB Cleansing Radiance Mask, £2.95

Maskne Survival Essential 2: A deeply cleansing mask

This Cleansing Radiance Mask is a creamy mask which will refresh your skin in just 10 to 15 minutes! It provides deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation while activating cell renewal. It draws out impurities, oil and toxins that clog pores while leaving your skin smooth and vibrant. It regulates sebum production, minimizes enlarged pores and prevents acne bursts which is great for our new mask-wearing lifestyle.

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel, £4.95

Maskne Survival Essential 3: A supercharged anti-bacterial moisturiser

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel supports the healing of acne and increases the moisture-binding capacity of the skin. Irritated, rough scaly skin is soothed and its pH 5.5 value of healthy skin supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle. It’s well-suited for all types of skin especially if you’re on the oiler or more acne-prone side.

Now we’ve got the products on lockdown – pun intended – here are a few FAQ’s with helpful answers to give you even more information of Maskne and other things you can do to help look after your skin in this new lifestyle moving forwards!

Should I still wear makeup?

You don’t need to worry! Wearing makeup is fine as long as you aren’t working with too many base layers. One thing that almost isn’t worth it, however, is lip gloss. Masks + lip gloss definitely weren’t meant to be. Makeup stains may limit the ability to reuse your mask so it’s just worth noting that regular washing of them may be in order too.

Do certain fabrics cause maskne?

Lightweight fabrics are definitely better for your skin but of course they don’t offer the same level of protection as others. While lighter fabrics are cooler and usually easier to breathe in, tight weave fabrics with several layers are the best protection.

How do I treat maskne?

Using cleansers daily are great for helping to keep your skin clean and calm. If you already suffer from acne-prone skin lookout for the ingredient, salicylic acid. Rogue but allegedly effective, dandruff shampoos have been found to help calm the skin and remove excess yeast build-up especially around the nose and mouth thanks to the ingredients ketoconazole or selenium sulfide.

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Your Post-Lockdown Beauty Checklist

Your Post-Lockdown Beauty Checklist

After months of self-isolating, lockdown rules are slowly but surely lifting, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s time to get back to life, back to beauty! We’ve rounded up six products you should be adding to your post-lockdown beauty checklist from protective wear to mask-resistant foundation. Let’s dive in!

Breathe Happy EVERYDAY 95 Filtration Reusable Mask, £19.99

Say hello to the Breathe Happy BH95 re-useable face mask that has simple-to-use replaceable filters that just need replacing every 7 days. Your breathe happy BH95 re-usable mask can be worn shopping, out and about or at work and can be worn 24 hours a day. Made from silicone, these masks are amazingly comfortable because it forms a gentle but effective seal over your nose and mouth.

Skin Solutions Antibacterial Sanitising Gel 50ml, £1.50

Skin Solutions Hand Sanitising Gel is fast absorbing and designed to protect your hands against bacteria. Fast and effective, a gel is the best hygienic alternative to washing hands while you’re on the go. Killing over 99.9% of bacteria fast, this non-sticky gel dries in seconds and can be used anytime, anywhere. Leaving your hands feeling clean, fresh and bacteria free, a little hand gel is a must have for entering post-lockdown life.

The Body Shop British Rose Petal Hand Cream 100ml, £9.99

With all that extra use of hand sanitisers, your hands risk drying out more than usual. A solution? Cocoon your hands in dewy hydration with our rose-scented hand cream. Infused with the essence of hand-picked British roses, this caring, lightweight hand moisturiser is like carrying a bouquet of beautiful blooms wherever you go!

NOTE Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation 35ml, £11.50

Now we’re all wearing protective face coverings, for those of us that still prefer decent coverage, Note Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation is specially formulated to provide exactly that all-day. Recommended for those with oil-prone skin, this formula helps balance sebum levels to maintain a healthy complexion. Medium to full coverage with a matte finish, this buildable foundation is soon to be your new favourite especially with it’s ability to resist the friction and contact of face masks. This foundation also contains SPF15 helping to protect your skin against harmful, sun rays.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, £5.99

For the eyes: reveal the Look of Layers & Layers of Lashes for a sensational, multiplied Lash look with Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara. When it comes to mask makeup, shall we call it, lipsticks at this time are only really going to get in the way, so it just makes sense to focus on the eyes! Whether you’re a lover of eyeshadows or a liner, or you’re simply on the run and don’t have too much time, mascara is the perfect addition to any post-lockdown beauty look.

Narciso Rodriguez Ambree Eau de Parfum 50ml, £63.95

Who said a new scent was off the table? NARCISO Eau de Parfum Ambrée is a luminous fragrance that reveals the vibrant warmth of a sun-kissed skin. In it, Narciso Rodriguez’s signature heart of musc is surrounded by an accord of frangipani, ylang-ylang, amber and cedar to create a magnetic fragrance. The new NARCISO Eau de Parfum Ambrée reveals the sensuality of a radiant and confident woman. Whether you’ve booked a post-lockdown vacation or you’ll just be making the most of finally being able to go out for dinner and drinks, a new summer fragrance is always a good idea!

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Breathe Happy, Live Smart

Breathe Happy, Live Smart

Breathe Happy and live smart. Discover the world’s first reusable face mask today that not only protects you and others but is cost-effective and eco-friendly! From the EVERYDAY 95 for general wear, while shopping and walking to the COMMUTER 98 for higher density interaction, these safe, affordable, comfortable and recyclable masks are incredibly innovative. Simply, change your disposable filter every seven days and you can Breathe Happy.

Why use Breathe Happy Face Masks?

Each filter for these masks can last for 7 days which is much more environmentally friendly resulting in 59 times less impact than the disposable paper ones. They’re recyclable and you can also customise your mask with so many cool, unique designs. Breathe Happy are using one of the latest innovations in mask technology using spectacle that will not fog up unlike with disposable masks. They form a good seal around the nose, mouth and face too.

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By investing in a reusable mask, therefore, using less material that is instead long-lasting, this frees up materials for health services. With superior filtration, this results increased protection and lessening the spread of Covid-19.

What’s the difference between the Everyday 95 and the Commuter 98?

Breathe Happy EVERYDAY 95 Reusable Mask, £19.99

The EVERYDAY 95 is for general wear while going shopping or walking around public spaces with low-density interaction. This includes 95% filtration with 5 replaceable filters providing a 35-day supply.

Breathe Happy COMMUTER 98 Reusable Face Mask, £24.99

The COMMUTER 98 is for commuting and walking around areas with high-density interaction such as on public transport and in busy city centres. This includes 98% filtration with 5 replaceable filters providing a 35-day supply.

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The Ultimate Facetime Date Beauty Checklist

The Ultimate Facetime Date Beauty Checklist

Finally started seeing someone new but self-isolation has put a bit of a pause on things? Or, you’re isolating in a separate place to your SO? Video call dating has become the new norm and today we’re delivering the ultimate Facetime date checklist full of all the beauty bargains you could need to achieve that natural glow at-home look… 

Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask, £19.50, Dermalogica

Step one: It’s face mask time

First up, is a little pamper time post-shower with a bit of self-care skincare. This unique mask’s active fizzing formula effectively cleans pores and helps target blackheads. The technology inside activates upon application, helping to open pores, decongest skin and facilitation blackhead extractions. Sulphur provides anti-microbial benefits to help keep skin clear, Kaolin Clay absorbs excess oil and purifies the skin while Apple Fruit Extract helps to maintain hydration.

Renewed Hope Water Cream, £29.95, Philosophy

Step two: A lick of moisture

The brand philosophy creates so many luscious skincare formulas and this lightweight water cream of theirs is a must-have in your collection. The fast-absorbing texture of this innovative cream replenishes parched skin by increasing hydration levels +86% and delivering a cool burst of 72-hour hydration. If after a soak in the bath or a nice hot shower, you find your cheeks just won’t cool down, this is the perfect product to ensure a lovely smooth, cooling base under your makeup before the big call.

BB Cream, £9.95, NOTE

Step three: One subtle and luminous base

I know, I know, when it comes to makeup while you’re stuck at home, you’d think that rarely anyone is making the effort to be looking even more beautiful than they naturally are but why not add a little something for the camera? After all, you’re going on a date via Facetime so why not feel and look your best? This BB Cream by NOTE cosmetics offers medium coverage with citrus and grape extracts to give your skin that added boost of rejuvenation.

PRO Sculpt and Glow Face Palette, £9.99, LaRoc

Step four: Add that out-in-the-garden glow

To add to that oh so sultry base, try this sculpt and glow palette formed of gorgeous golden bronzers, bright blushers and silky highlights. Featuring the buttery-est of formulas, this palette is a go-to and it will be great to whip out in summer when we’re all finally free! For now, it’s a great addition to top off your base ready for your Facetime date.

Brows Collection, £10.50, Viva La Diva

Step five: Frame your gorgeous face

Of course, let’s not forget the ultimate way to add that model-like structure to the face. It’s time for some brow powered action. This brow kit by Viva La Diva features a complete eyebrow collection of brown shades, light to dark with paler shadows to apply underneath to give your that lift you’ve been craving. It also comes with tweezers and an application brush too, how great!

So Kiss Me Lipstick & Liner Set, £9.95, SOSU by SJ

Step 6: A final touch of colour

Last but not least, lipstick. Adding a lip colour really makes a difference. When it comes to Facetime dates, I think it’s safe to say we’re all trying to build on that natural glow rather than go for that heavy-duty evening out look. Playing around with different shades of nudes is always your best bet to finally find that ‘my lip colour but better’ shade to let your subtle blusher pop and your highlight glow keeping the attention on your sultry, luminous base.

Which of these products do you fancy testing out now you’ve had a browse? Our Facetime Date Beauty Checklist is the best place to start.

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Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-care is having a real moment right now, with everything that is going on in the world it is vital that you look after your own mental health, body and relationships. With everyone staying at home at the moment it gives us so much more time to focus on ourselves and making some key improvements in our daily lives.

Keep reading for some top tips for introducing self-care into your routine and daily life…

  1. Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is super important even when you’re not leaving the house as much. Every function in your body requires water and when your body is properly hydrated, it performs so much more efficiently. When you’re at home it can be easy to lose track of how much water you’re drinking, try using a reusable bottle to keep track of your hydration levels and give yourself goals to hit throughout the day.

  • Make a menu for the week

Trying to keep some sort of routine is key when you’re spending a lot of time at home. It’s super easy to fall into getting up when you want, staying in PJ’s and grazing throughout the day. But keeping a routine with your meals is much healthier for you and will keep your body functioning as well as it can. Write out a menu for the week and try to stick to it.

  • Write a to do list for the day

When you wake up in the morning, write out a list of tasks and activities you’d like to achieve throughout the day. By doing this you give yourself a focus and purpose for things to focus on through the day. Try to prioritise in order of urgency so you get the most important things done first.

  • Try an online yoga class/guided meditation

If yoga and meditation is new to you, then now is the perfect time to give it a go. There are hundreds of online yoga classes that are super easy to follow. Introducing some mindfulness into your routine will help keep yourself positive and motivated throughout this time and trying a new hobby is always exciting!

  • Take time to decompress at the end of the day

It’s super important to take time to breathe, reflect and evaluate. Self-care doesn’t have to be super lavish or expensive facials; it’s about taking time to yourself and giving yourself a break. Put your phone down for 10 minutes at the end of the day and sit with your thoughts, try to focus on the positives from the day and what you have managed to achieve.

  • Move for at least 30 minutes a day

Get your body moving for at least 30 minutes per day. It is vital for keeping yourself in a good headspace, exercise releases positive endorphins which is exactly what we need at this time! Try a home workout, get out for a run or walk and get your heart pumping!

  • Sleep!

Sleep is another super important factor in self-care. Sleep has been a huge topic for the last few months, and it is even more important with us spending more time on our own. During sleep, your brain rids itself of toxins, consolidates memories and refreshes. So, you can literally sleep your way through self-care!

  • Confront any negativity

When dealing with any negative thoughts, it’s best to confront those head on. Write down what is troubling you and reflect back on this. Try to understand why you might be feeling this way and what you can do to alleviate any stress or upset and then add this factor into your daily to do list. Then every evening look back on any actions you’ve taken and if these have helped in a positive way.

  • FaceTime friends and family

With social distancing and self-isolation being so prevalent right now, it is really easy to withdraw from friends and family who you normally see regularly. Make sure you stay in touch with the outside world by regularly reaching out to your friends and family and maintaining that line of contact. Organise a ‘FaceTime Wine Night’ or a ‘Family Virtual Quiz’ night that everyone can get involved with and look forward to.

  1. Step away from your laptop/work at the end of the day

With many of us now working from home when we don’t usually, it can become really easy to lose the normal structure of your workday. Try to keep to regular hours and step away from the emails once you hit 5pm! It is really important for self-care to maintain a good work/life balance, so make sure you’re still giving yourself time to relax!

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Yankee Candle – Is It Worth The Hype?

Yankee Candle – Is It Worth The Hype?

If you’re into home comforts, you’ve probably owned or considered a Yankee Candle during a mooch around a department store. If you love a Yankee, but a cheaper alternative is tempting you, think twice!

These pretty scented candles are slick and stylish, with some unusual and tempting options to choose from. It’s always a good idea to be careful of fads and brands which might not be worth the hype. Sometimes price and quality don’t go hand in hand, we get it. So, when it comes to Yankee Candle, are the colourful candles worth spending a little more on?

What are Yankee Candles?

The family brand started out in 1977 when 16-year-old student Mike Kittredge made a candle at home for his mum’s Christmas present. A neighbour liked the candle and offered to buy it, leaving Mike with enough money to make two more, one for his mum, and one more to sell. The sweet story of Yankee Candle’s startup led to worldwide expansion and the start of a new household name.

What scents are available?

As demand for Yankee’s scented candles grew, so did the brand’s portfolio of scents. From their iconic jar candles to glass pillars, sweet tumblers, and square options, there are plenty of styles to choose from. When it comes to choosing a scent, you might find yourself spoilt for choice.

These some of the bestselling Yankee Candle scents:

  • Clean Cotton
  • Pink Sands
  • Baby Powder
  • Midnight Jasmine
  • Fluffy Towels
  • Vanilla Cupcake
  • Warm Desert Wind
  • Lemon Lavender
  • Dreamy Summer Nights
  • Sea Air

Why do Yankee Candles cost more than some alternatives?

There are a couple of reasons why Yankee Candles are a little more expensive than unbranded options, and most of them come down to quality. First off, Yankees are unique in that they burn down evenly. That’s right, no annoying trail of wasted wax stuck up the side of the glass. When you choose Yankee Candle, every bit of scented goodness gets released into your home. And thanks to their crazily long burn time, you can enjoy your splurge for even longer.

Another reason for the higher price tag is their all-natural ingredients. Suitable for vegans, free from animal testing, and made with paraffin wax, Yankee Candles are a natural alternative to some animal-derived options with chemical scents.

Finally, their smell and the choice of fragrances available makes Yankee Candles a little costlier. Few other candle companies can boast such a vast portfolio of gorgeous scents, even less which are all-natural and of such high quality. And, with new varieties added to the list each year, there’s always something new to discover.

Are they worth the hype?

We say, yes. When it comes to quality and a scented candle that lasts, you can’t beat Yankee!

How to get Yankee Candles for less

If you want all the luxury of a Yankee Candle in your home but can’t quite face the price tag, shop at Fragrance Direct and pick up your favourite for less.

You can save £5 on large jar candles, and there are plenty of great scent options to choose from. From Vanilla Cupcake and Fluffy Towels to Cinnamon Stick and Tropical Jungle, we have a huge choice of Yankees with £5 off. You can also shop Yankee Candle oils and diffusers for less when you come to Fragrance Direct.

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