The 15 Minute Morning Skincare Routine

The 15 Minute Morning Skincare Routine


The morning rush means a race against time to catch your bus, train or tram. Planning your skincare routine ahead of time makes for one less thing to worry about as you scramble to find your keys, phone and bag.

To help you cut down your time as much as possible, we’ve put together this quick and easy guide to streamlining your morning beauty routine so you can beat the rush while looking and feeling your best.

1. Get Your Bathroom Organised

As the cheesy motivational posters warn us, ‘if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’, and your morning beauty routing is no exception. When we first wake up we can be groggy and forgetful (especially if it’s a Monday!) so it’s important to line up all your essential products within reach in your bathroom to save you any needless anxiety.

2. Cleanse and Wash Your Skin

We all know how important it is to take your makeup off before bed, but it’s also really important to cleanse and wash your face each and every morning to freshen and purify your skin. Using Simple’s Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes is a quick and easy way to cleanse your skin, whilst also giving you a refreshing and moisturising boost of multi-vitamins and cleansers.

Next, why not give your face a gentle scrub with the Witch Oil Control Foaming Face Wash? The deep cleansing action will wash away any leftover oil and impurities and leave your skin feeling tingly clean and smooth to the touch.

3. Tone Your Skin

Next, you should use a toner to remove all the impurities from deep in your pores and balance your skins PH. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Toner is perfect for those with dry skin, while Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 is ideal if you have oily or combination skin.

4. Apply Morning Serum

Applying morning serum is an important step in any morning routine. Morning serum has some amazing benefits which include helping with cell regeneration, as well as leaving your skin refreshed and restored. L’Ocean Caviar Collagen Boosting Facial Serum will leave your skin looking soft and smooth until it’s time for your night time routine!

5. Moisturise Your Face

The last step in your routine should always be to moisturise. We have a range of moisturisers to help your skin stay soft and smooth, no matter what skin type you have. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil, L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection Anti Fatigue Daily Moisturiser is packed with vitamins that’ll revive your skin, whilst the SPF 20 will help you face the day without worrying about damaging UV rays.

If you don’t have time for breakfast your skin can still have some superfood! Elemis’ Superfood Day Cream is rich in anti-oxidant oils and superfoods that nourish and replenish your skin. The combination of ginger, matcha tea and goji berry will leave you with a healthy-looking complexion, so even if you’ve skipped breakfast, you don’t have to skip out on great looking skin.

And there we have it, five simple steps to amazing skin every morning.

Even if you’re in a rush, you should always try to stick to your skincare routine each morning. By simply washing, cleansing, toning and moisturising your face, you’ll minimise impurities, clear your pores and be left with soft, smooth, clear skin throughout the day.

CBD in Beauty Products – What’s The Hype?

CBD in Beauty Products – What’s The Hype?


Ok, so we haven’t seen this much hype around a leafy green since kale but thanks to CBD, cannabis is having its moment. Cannabis is a hot topic now in the luxury beauty and wellness world thanks to the many benefits it can offer your skin. But what does it actually do? Can it get you high? Why are people talking about it so much? Well keep reading to find out more…

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of over 80 compounds extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. The two most well-know compounds that are extracted are CBD (which does not get you high) and THC (which does). CBD is a non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, sourced from the flowers of cannabis plants.

CBD has lots of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which can help reduce puffiness, swelling and even soreness which is why it has been helping people for a long time with pain management. It’s an all in one solution as it is able to target all of these problems simultaneously.

How does it work?

Studies have shown that CBD can potentially be helpful for people who suffering with acne, helping to reduce inflammation and give a more youthful appearance. It has a soothing effect on the skin, just as other natural oils that are used in skincare, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants make it a great option for people with dry skin or eczema. Initial studies have shown it is a great ingredient in products to reduce redness, irritation and signs of ageing.

Hemp oil is renowned for its moisturising properties and has been used in skincare products for many years. High in omegas three, six and nine, it helps the skin to preserve moisture. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it can be used on the skin without clogging the pores and causing breakouts.

Beauty products with CBD oil in?

Are you sold and want to give it a try? We have a range of different products at FD with CBD oil in the ingredients.

#cbd Full Spectrum CBD Body Butter
Containing 500mg of cbd in this body butter it gives you all over body therapy. Slather on after a long, relaxing bath and you’ll really feel the benefits! Leaving your skin feeling smooth, moisturised and revitalised.

CB&CO Hemp Body Moisturiser
The hemp seed oil in this body moisturiser dramatically decreases skin’s dryness, providing long lasting moisture. Helping to maintain healthy and silky skin with long lasting effects.

CB&CO Hemp Facial Serum
This hemp facial serum is a gentle but hardworking serum, loaded with nutrients to penetrate deep within the layers of your skin giving you phenomenal results.

#cbd Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Capsules
Hemp also helps to support the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels and supports the brain and heart health. So feeding your body from the inside out to help improve you skin and your insides!

What to Expect: When You Go For A Facial

What to Expect: When You Go For A Facial


There’s nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up and being pampered. But if you’re new to treatments like facials, you may be wondering what actually happens when you get in the room. The not-knowing element can leave you feeling a little tentative, but in actual fact, the whole process is designed to be blissful for you, so there’s no need to fear. Here are just some of the things you can expect from your first facial, along with a few spa products to try at home between treatments:

Getting ready

For most beauty treatments you’ll be asked to disrobe, and that includes facials. Why, you may ask? Because a facial will usually include both a facial massage, and a massage around the upper back, neck, and shoulders. Lovely stuff, but it does mean you’ll be asked to take your top and bra off, or at least lower your bra straps.

Most facials last around 60 minutes, and the course of treatment will depend on you. A professional will give you a short series of questions to answer, including noting your skin type, any skin problems, and even your general state of mind. With those answers, the beautician will tailor the treatment around you.

Cleansing and exfoliating

Despite each facial being unique to you, you’ll almost certainly start with a cleanse followed by an exfoliation. The cleansing comes first, and at this stage, your beautician will be able to asses your skin.

Once they’ve fully cleansed your face, they’ll exfoliate with a scrub, steam or a cream. From your point of view, you’ll be laying back in complete serenity by now, so although this is all going on behind the scenes so-to-speak, you’ll simply be relishing the sensation of being slathered in creams and primped. You’ll find that beauty-room favourites like DECLÉOR’s Hydra Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse are commonly used.

Massaging

At this stage, you’ll often have a massage. Typically, the cleansing and exfoliating products will be used in a massaging motion across your face, but now the beautician will actively massage your face and shoulder areas to boost blood flow and improve drainage in your glands.

All very technical stuff, but again, you won’t need to think too hard. In fact, the opposite is true. Fully embracing the feeling of being treated like a princess is highly recommended.

Masks and moisturising

Finally, your skin will be replenished with a mask and moisturisers. The mask applied will again depend on your skin type, and it may be left on for a few minutes if required. Some of the products you’ll see in good spas include Thalgo’s Deeply Nourishing Mask. Moisturisers and serums will come next.

Finally, you’ll be given some water and a few moments to come around before you dress and leave the room. After all that, you should step out looking slightly dishevelled, but luminous and relaxed.

Aftercare

A good beautician will give you a quick debrief of your treatment, so you’ll know what products they’ve used and why. It’s common to hear that your skin is dehydrated, and truth be told, the best way to manage that is to have regular facials. For drier skin types, the winter months are the best time to increase treatments. For oiler skin, additional facials in the summer months will help you manage things.

Between treatments, be sure to follow the beautician’s advice based on your skin type. You can also get hold of gorgeous spa-treatments to use at home, like NUXE’s Crème Fraîche de beaute set Dry Skin.

5 Reasons We Love Dermalogica

5 Reasons We Love Dermalogica


As soon as we first tried Dermalogica’s products, we were in love. Our crush on the brand hasn’t waned over the years, and we’re as passionate as ever about their smart-working skincare range.

So, what is it that keeps us coming back for more? Firstly, their collection has targeted products for any skin type, with free face mapping to find your perfect match. Secondly, they use clever scientific advancements to create treatments that do the job. Finally, they make us look and feel 100% fantastic. And if pressed, there are 5 standout products that always get big airtime at FD headquarters and give us all the more reason to love Dermalogica.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser
The superpowered formulas used by the brand are just one the things that make it stand out. If you have sensitive skin, getting hold of the right products can make all the difference. Step up Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser. Gentle enough for delicate skin, colour, and fragrance-free, and powerful enough to remove all dirt and grime, it’s a permanent fixture on our must-have list.

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash

Caring for skin that’s prone to breakouts can be a tricky balancing act. For those of us with that problem, the search to find the best products is always a difficult one. Thankfully, we’ve found Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash. It can be used anywhere where acne and spots appear, and is tough on oil and dirt, without drying out your skin.

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

Nourishing dry skin is a battle best won with daily treatments with the right kind of moisturiser. When paired with a great cleanser and toner, you’ll have all the makings of a solid skincare regime. When it comes to luxe, skin-friendly moisturisers Dermalogica has it in the bag. Their Intensive Moisture Balance cream is rich, packed with anti-oxidants, and free from artificial colours and fragrances.

Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon

We all know that a good night cream can replenish and revitalise even the most stressed of skin types. That’s exactly why we love Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon. A blend of natural ingredients works hard to nourish tired skin while you rest, restoring vitality, and soothing at the same time. Add to this the delicious motion-activated lavender oil, and you have all the skin soothing benefits along with a big-hitting aromatherapy treatment.

Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant

Exfoliating should be a part of everyone’s weekly skin routine. Dermalogica’s face mapping will help you choose the right product for your skin type, but for us, Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant is the perfect choice for aging skin. Maximum fun factor can be had thanks to the self-heating formula, but it’s not about tricks and cheats. This ingenious exfoliant brightens, tones and firms while giving your skin a mighty vitamin boost.

How to Do a Professional DIY Facial at Home

How to Do a Professional DIY Facial at Home


Facials can work miracles for your skin; they’re cleansing, relaxing and even anti-ageing. A day at the spa for a professional treatment can be a lovely treat, but it can be quite pricey. Luckily, you can get all the benefits of a professional facial with a home DIY facial, for a fraction of the price tag.

From the correct way to cleanse, to how to properly hydrate your skin, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to do a DIY facial. Follow our home facial tips to enrich your skin and save your bank balance.

1) Cleanse Your Face
First, take the time to properly clean your face with a good cleanser. Wash it with lukewarm water and a cream cleanser, such as Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash. Lukewarm water helps lift the dirt out of your skin, but try to avoid water that’s too hot as it can be drying.

If you wear a lot of makeup, you might want to use a gel cleanser such as Derma V10 Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash instead to ensure your skin is clean and clear.

2) Exfoliate
Next, use a good exfoliating scrub to really treat your skin. Exfoliating is when you remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin, leaving it looking healthy and bright, and helping your other skin care products penetrate deeper into your skin.

Apply a product such as St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub to your face, and gently move a washcloth in small, gentle, circular strokes around your face. Then, rinse your face with lukewarm water.

3) Steam

If you suffer from acne or regular blemishes, steaming your face is an amazing way to cleanse facial pores and eliminate dirt and debris. It will also help your skin absorb the products you’ll be using again later.

Boil two cups of water and once boiled, pour the water into a heatproof basin placed on a heatproof surface. Avoid plastic materials because toxic chemicals might be released by the boiling water.

If you feel like pushing the boat out then add a few drops of an oil of your choice from the Kneipp Herbal Bath Oil Collection. Just make sure you don’t add anything whilst the water is boiling or else the aroma will disappear.

After all that preparation, it’s time to steam your face. Once the water has cooled slightly, place a towel over your head and lean over the water. Make sure that the towel is big enough to trap the steam and don’t get too close or else you might burn yourself. We recommend you steam for at least 5 minutes to get the benefits, but no longer than 20 in case there are any issues you might be exacerbating.

4) Time for a Face Mask

Now it’s time for that all-important face mask. Face masks are great for hydrating your skin, getting rid of oils and improving the appearance of pores. What’s more, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to masks to try at home.

If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful, try the Metallic Easy-Peel Coconut Face Mask or the Anatomicals Hawaii Glow Tropical Hydrating Face Mask. For a little more luxury, invest in Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant 2 StepTreatment or for even smaller pores, try a charcoal face mask.

Alternatively, there are a number of recipes online on how to make your own face mask. Just try to avoid eating the bananas, honey or avocados in the process!

5) Tone

Next, it’s time to tone in order to restore your skin’s natural pH levels. The Revlon 24 Hours Gentle Toner or Kaeso Beauty Calming Toner Mulberry & Pomegranate contain a variety of ingredients that’ll help to tone and soften your skin. This is an important part of the process to ensure you have a salon quality treatment, so try not to skip it!

6) Moisturise & Hydrate

You’re almost finished! Now all that’s left is for you to moisturise and hydrate to leave you feeling as fresh as a daisy. The Derma V10 Q10 Innovations Day Cream is formulated to protect the skin against the damaging effects of everyday life. For a tropical twist why not try the Inecto Naturals Coconut Moisture Cream? The organic coconut oil will rehydrate your skin, lock in moisture and leave you smelling good enough to eat.

After all the above steps, rehydrating your skin with moisturiser is an incredibly important step, as you will have opened the pores and left it a little more vulnerable than usual.

Follow all these steps and you can be guaranteed glowing skin, worthy of the salon! For further skin care advice and information on all things beauty, check out our blog.

What To Expect: When You Get A Spray Tan

What To Expect: When You Get A Spray Tan


Many of us don’t venture to the salon for a spray tan until a big occasion is looming. But what if it goes wrong just when you need to look your best? That’s one of the worries around salon spray tans, and there certainly are some things to bear in mind to get the best results. Not all the work is down to the beautician. In fact, you’ll need to do some prep yourself to get ready for action. But with a few top spray tan tips you’ll be well on your way to looking glowingly gorgeous. Here’s how:

Pre-tan hair removal

Always be sure to shave or wax at least 24 hours before your tan. If you can do it 48 hours before, even better. This will give you pores time to close fully. If they don’t you can end up with dark spots in your pores, which won’t feel especially glam.

Follow best practices for shaving and waxing too, including shaving in the direction of the hair growth, and using a soothing, moisturising shaving cream or gel. Or if waxing, apply a good post-wax treatment like Strictly Professional’s After Wax Lotion with Tea Tree.

Why you should exfoliate

Exfoliating will remove dead skin, giving you a more even tan. Expert advice is always to pay more attention to drier areas, like your knees and elbows, where the mixture can clog and look darker.

Again, to give your skin time to recover, exfoliate the night before your spray time, rather than on the day. Choosing a luxe exfoliator like Soothing Showers’ Booster Body Scrub.

When you get there

First thing to note for first-timers – you will have to completely undress. For shy types, that can feel a little uncomfortable, but rest assured, it’s normal practice. Plus, your beautician will be firmly concentrating on creating a gorgeous, even tan, not critiquing your physique.

You’ll be given paper thongs to use during the treatment, giving you a degree of modesty. But the most important thing is that the beautician can get to all of your body, to give you an all-over glow.

What happens in the pod?

Most beauticians will work their way down your body with the spray, and they’ll instruct you on how to stand, and what to do. So, despite potentially feeling a little awkward and exposed, you won’t have to worry too much about what you’re doing.

They’ll direct you on things such as lifting an arm up, or turning your back to them for instance, so they can work around your body. Before they get started, they should also ask you how dark you want to go. The darker the look, the more layers they’ll apply.

Aftercare

It’s best not to make big plans for the afternoon after your tan. You’ll be advised to leave it on without washing – and that includes washing your hands! – for around 6-8 hours. If you can leave it on overnight, even better.

You’ll notice that typical biscuit smell before washing it off, and the general advice is to wear dark, loose-fitting clothing and flipflops if possible. This allows your tan to activate without being rubbed off.

To keep your tan looking gorgeous for as long as possible, remember to exfoliate regularly and moisturise daily. A summery lotion like Derma V10’s Body Butter in Almond is just the thing to boost your hydration levels and give you a feel-good vibe.