FD Beauty Blog Editor Tries: Glamglow

FD Beauty Blog Editor Tries: Glamglow

If instant, camera-ready skin sounds like something you could get on board with, Glamglow might just become your new favourite beauty brand. With an incredible skincare range aiming to instantly diminish visible imperfections and produce a noticeable glow that lasts for days, Glamglow is home to some of the most amazing skincare – plus, celebs love it! Let our beauty blog editor take you through some of her tried-and-tested favourites!

Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

Each year our skin’s fight with the cold, dull weather the UK likes to grace us with every now and then is inevitable. From the Winter to Spring transition, I found that my skin was drier than ever. When I clocked that Glamglow created a hydrating face mask in their extensive line of treatments, I jumped at the chance to try it. Not only does it smell gorgeous, but the texture feels like nourishing silk. Simply pop a layer of this baby on for 20 minutes and your skin will soak up all of its goodness. Composed of apples, oats, honey, coconut and ginger, this mask gives your skin and instant wake-up call.

Glamglow Youthmud Glow Stimulating Treatment

After just one use of Glamglow’s hydrating mask and having noticed a change in my skin already, I decided to give their Youthmud mask a go. It’s not like any of those clay masks that feels super dry as it works it magic, this one applies like a soft exfoliating paste and is easy to clean up. Featuring stacks of anti-aging antioxidants, green tea leaves and volcanic pumice rock, this stimulating treatment works wonders at leaving your skin feeling silky soft along with helping to control breakouts so you can have camera skin that is ready to go.

Glamglow Supertoner Exfoliating Acid Solution

Now onto the daily products! If you’ve ever bought yourself a toner that looks like water, and let’s be honest just feels and works like water, you won’t be turning back if you try this one. Glamglow’s gorgeous silver-y super toner works with a six-acid complex to keep your complexion clear by removing dead surface cells that cause skin problems. In just one sweep, your pores are immediately refined and unclogged. It also smells beautiful and refreshing too!

Glamglow Youthpotion Rejuvenating Peptide Serum

Next up, their mesmerising serum. The consistency and colour of this product is almost amazing as the results. Packed with supportive peptides and raspberry stem cells to help support the skin’s natural collagen for firmer, plumper and younger looking skin, this lightweight serum is a keeper. Formulated with reg algae extract and hyaluronic acid, I definitely noticed a difference when it came to having a more radiant complexion.

Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturiser Nude

Strobe cream lovers, make way for your new favourite illuminating moisturiser and makeup base bestie. This creation from Glamglow just hits different. From its decadent, silky texture to the sheer power of its radiant, built-in illuminating technology, this product instantly floods dull skin with hydration and moisture. It’s perfect for creating a gorgeous, dewy makeup base while being an incredible product to pop on for no makeup days set aside for soaking up all the best skincare goodness.

Glamglow Bright Eyes Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream

Whipped to perfection, this eye cream is like no other. Formulated with peptides, caffeine, watermelon, apple, and an intense infusion of hyaluronic acid, it instantly brightens dark circles and gives you the perfect boost of moisture for that super well-rested, glowing look. This eye cream has a delectable, thick, whipped texture that when applied on the skin, melts away instantly while the skin soaks up every last ounce of nourishment.

Watch our full Glamglow Skincare Routine Reel here:


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Why You Should Be Using Foot Masks

Why You Should Be Using Foot Masks

Summer is creeping up, which means our favourite flip-flops, sandals, and slingbacks are coming out of retirement and back into our regular rotation. Are you ready? Nope.

After a winter of lockdowns and rainy weather, the last thing we’ve been thinking about is the skin on our feet. But – celebrate – it seems like we’re on the right side of the pandemic. The nights are getting longer, and the thermostat is hitting new heights each and every day. We couldn’t be happier! Until we think about cracking out our dry, rough heels for all the world to see…

Why do we get dry skin on our feet?

Our feet are more prone to dryness than other parts of our body because there aren’t as many oil glands there, so the skin isn’t great at keeping itself soft. Throw in daily stresses from walking, running, or whatever else you do on foot, and you’re looking at some unavoidable dryness and rough areas.

  1. No natural moisture from oil glands or hair follicles
  2. Pressure from standing or exercising
  3. Exposure to too-hot water in the shower or bath
  4. Sun damage
  5. Artificial heating in the colder months
  6. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis

Let’s take a look at these common causes of dry feet in a little more detail, so you can prevent the problem before it arises.

1. No natural moisture from oil

The soles of our feet are up against it even more than our toes, bridges, and ankles. That’s because the skin here is naturally thicker and has more sweat glands but no hair follicles or ability to produce oil.

2. Pressure from standing and walking

Many of us rely on our feet to get us from A to B. Regular standing and walking is enough to put some pressure on our feet. Throw in running, yoga, competitive sports, and anything else you might be into, and you’re giving your feet a lot to contend with!

Regular movement can cause dry, hard skin to form on pressure points like our heels, big and little toes, and the balls of our feet. These are the areas you’ll want to focus on with your new footcare regime.

3. Too much hot water

You might already know that too-hot showers and baths can dry out your skin. While they might feel great in the short term, steamy soaks suck moisture away, leaving your body feeling dry and dehydrated. Feet too!

If you can bear to be parted with your hot bubble bath or shower, it’s better to wash in lukewarm water. Suppose you’re particularly concerned about dry skin on your body, including your feet. In that case, keeping your water temp in mind could be a game-changer.

4. Sun damage

We’ve all done it. Even the most sun-conscious among us sometimes forget to apply SPF to the skin on our bridges and toes. The skin here is naturally delicate, which means long periods in the sun without the proper protection can cause dryness and premature ageing.

5. Indoor heating

Just like heated rooms can dry out your face and body, they can dry out the skin on your feet, too. If you notice your feet are dehydrated and cracked in winter, it could be a good idea to turn down the thermostat or wear socks at home. Heating systems reduce the moisture in the air, so avoid exposing your toes to these conditions if you’re struggling with dryness.

6. Skin conditions

Another common cause of dry skin on the feet, skin conditions like eczema, can be persistent in sufferers. Still, once you understand these conditions, they can be straightforward to treat with the proper creams.

How to take care of the skin on your feet

You wouldn’t ignore dry, cracked skin on your hands or face. So why let it slide when it develops on your feet? Get ready for sandal season with a regular foot care routine and enjoy feeling proud of every inch.

Cleansing is essential

When you take a bath or shower, you might assume your feet get clean by themselves. Fresh water and lather run over them while you look after the rest of your body, right? Wrong! Well, sort of.

Sweat and dirt can get trapped in dry skin on your feet, which means bacteria and bad smells are more likely to linger. These can turn into conditions like a fungal infection or athlete’s foot. They’re pretty standard and can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Still, we know you’d prefer to avoid them.

To keep your tootsies healthy and hygienic, be sure to clean them every day, just like any other part of your body. You might like to use a nourishing soap or body wash, getting between your toes and everywhere else with the lather.

Exfoliate every week

Add a weekly foot exfoliation to your self-care regime and get one step closer to the baby-softness of your dreams. You can exfoliate your feet using a pumice stone or foot file; it should take around five minutes if you stay on top of things, so it’s no biggie to add this step to your post-shower routine.

Rub whatever tool you’ve chosen over your feet in small circles, focusing on dry areas (usually your heels, toes, and the balls of your feet). You could do this to wet or dry feet, but scrubbing after a wash means any dry skin will have softened and should come away quickly.

Choose cotton socks

Cotton is a natural, breathable material that will be kind to your feet and help keep them soft. If your sock drawer is bursting with synthetics, consider switching them out for cotton alternatives to take better care of the skin on your feet.

Use a foot mask to get rid of dry skin

If you’re struggling with dry, cracked feet or want them looking their best for summer, adding a foot mask to your routine can be a game-changer. There are two types of foot mask you might want to try: deeply moisturising foot masks and those which promote skin peeling.

What does a foot mask do?

You might want to use a foot mask if your skin is severely dry or calloused, or just to take care of your already-soft feet! There’s no reason you shouldn’t try this indulgent beauty treatment – foot masks are suitable for everyone.

Hydrating foot masks

Some foot masks are just like those you might use on your face. Made from nourishing ingredients that can help to exfoliate, moisturise, and improve skin’s condition after a few minutes of wearing. You’ll slather the product on, sit for 10 to 20 minutes while it does its thing, then rinse it away to reveal rejuvenated feet.

Peeling foot masks

Other, more potent foot masks contain active ingredients which promote cell turnover. So you’ll wear the product for a period, rinse it away, then watch your skin peel off dramatically over the next day or so.

These foot masks usually come as a kit, including little socks that have been soaked in the formula – think sheet masks for your feet. To enjoy the full benefits of a peeling foot mask, you might need to wear your stylish new socks for an hour or so, so it’s also a great excuse to put your feet up and catch up on your shows!

How do peeling foot masks work?

Peeling foot masks work by using skin-safe acids to dissolve the bonds between live and dead skin cells. So you’ll shed those dry cells like a snake and be left with only the baby-soft skin underneath.

Who shouldn’t use peeling foot masks?

Peeling foot masks are generally safe to use, and they’ll provide excellent results for most people. However, if you have diabetes or you’re pregnant, you should speak to your doctor first. Similarly, avoid using masks if you have any cuts, bites, or rashes on your feet.

The best foot masks to try for yourself

There’s lots of foot care out there, which can make choosing the right products for you a challenge. Good news! Many of our favourite skincare brands make foot masks and peels, so you can buy with confidence and enjoy the same great results you’ve grown used to. But there are also many foot care-specific brands, who make lotions, masks, and scrubs that you might not have come across before.

The BARBER PRO and BeautyPro foot peels are two award-winning masks that remove hard skin and callouses with next-to-no effort. With salicylic acid and botanical extracts, these easy-to-use foot booties should be worn for a maximum of 90 minutes. Your skin will peel away over the next week, so don’t try this the day before your big flip-flop debut!

Explore our foot care collection for more moisturisers, exfoliators, and colourful nail varnishes to complete your summer preparations!

FD Beauty Blog Editor Tries: Lamazuna

FD Beauty Blog Editor Tries: Lamazuna

Have you heard of a zero-waste bathroom? It’s the concept of swapping out the usual bottled shower products for products with plastic free packaging. Enter Lamazuna. This eco-conscious brand create a beautiful range of sustainable, solid cosmetics that are perfect for the zero-waste lifestyle. Here on the blog, we’re going to run through some of our favourite products from the brand!

Just before we jump in, let’s take a look a further look into the brand’s history. Lamazuna was founded in 2010 and set out with an aim to minimise bathroom waste in order to help reduce your overall environmental impact. The products do not contain any water and each solid bar replaces the waste equivalent of two plastic bottles. All of the brands products are naturally derived, cruelty-free, vegan and the packaging is fully compostable thanks to its recycled cardboard and nontoxic vegetable inks. In short, if you’re a fan of brand that keep environmental ethics at heart or know someone who does, these are the perfect little treats.

Now for my favourites…

Lamazuna Palmarosa Solid Deodorant, £7.95

If you’re like me and can’t stand breathing in spray deodorants or the feeling of wet and sticky armpits thanks to roll-ons, you need to try this solid formula. This zero-waste deodorant in solid form features coconut oil to nourish the skin, sunflower wax to leave the skin soft and supple, along with Palmarosa essential oil which eats away bacteria.

Lamazuna Solid Facial Cleanser (Dry/Sensitive Skin), £9.50

As a lover for all things in cute shapes, I couldn’t resist this adorable cloud shaped cleanser! This product is perfect for popping in your toiletry bag or displaying on the side. This cleanser features oat flour to cleanse and soften, hibiscus powder for hydration, lavandin flowers for their antiseptic and purifying properties along with arnica montana flowers to help soothe and calm dry and sensitive skin types.

Lamazuna Solid Shampoo Vanilla & Coconut (Dry Hair), £7.50

Who else is sick of their regular shampoo bottle slipping through their fingertips and catching their toes as it falls to the bottom of the shower? I’m with you. However, this lightweight shampoo bar is perfect and compact, made especially for dry hair types featuring coconut oil to cleanse and nourish along with kaolin white clay to soothe. With a delicious coconut-y vanilla scent, what more could you ask for?

Lamazuna Iris & Tonka Bean Solid Pink Cocoa Butter, £7.95

Watch out, this one is a must-have for Spring/Summer! This heat-resistant solid cocoa butter bar is an all-in-one product perfect for using as a facial oil, body butter or even a massage oil. This melts beautifully when in contact with the skin while featuring a heavenly iris and tonka bean scent. I loved this one as it reminds me of my favourite deep, musky perfumes.

Shop Lamazuna products today at Fragrance Direct and take advantage of incredible prices. While stocks last.

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Your Guide To CBD products with Zen CBD

Your Guide To CBD products with Zen CBD

CBD burst onto the health and wellness scene and skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, popping up in everything from chocolate to bath bombs. Read on to learn more about it and whether you should add it to your daily wellness routine.  

What is CBD and how does it work?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds produced by the cannabis sativa plant. It is a natural, non-psychoactive extract with unique health benefits. In recent years it has generated a lot of interest with researchers looking at potential therapeutic uses for CBD.

CBD works within a biochemical communication system in the body. We have two types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2 which respond to CBD. CB1 receptors are found all around the body, with many in the brain, and they deal with co-ordination and movement, pain, mood and appetite, amongst other things. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system and affect inflammation and pain perception.

Is CBD Legal?

CBD products must meet strict standards to be legally bought and sold in the UK. Products must not contain more than 0.2% THC to be legally sold in the UK, it’s the THC present in the cannabis plant that causes a psychoactive effect. CBD oil does not have any psychoactive effects as it contains only trace amounts of THC, so it will not cause a ‘high’.  

How to choose a good quality product? 

With the influx of interest in this area of health, more products have arrived on the market. It’s difficult as a consumer to know the difference between products, but there are a few key things to look for: 

Organically certified – ensures the product and raw materials will be of the highest quality.

Extraction method – CBD extracted with heat or solvents may have damaged many of the plant actives. Ensure the product is batch tested for contaminants and cannabinoid levels to guarantee you are getting what you need.

Quality – Make sure the product is batch tested for contaminants and cannabinoid levels to guarantee you are getting the amount that is labelled on the bottle.

CBD oil vs. Hemp oil

CBD comes from a different part of the hemp plant (typically stalks, leaves and flowers) than hemp oil which is extracted from the seeds. Hemp seed oil is a nutritious oil in its own right, however it contains no CBD or other cannabinoids so will not provide any of its therapeutic benefits. 

Dosing

There are no set dosages for CBD, everyone metabolizes compounds such as CBD differently, so the dosage will vary for everyone. It is best to find the dosage that works for you by starting low and increasing slowly. 

What form to take?

CBD is used in a number of ways. Some products are applied topically, while others are ingested orally or placed sublingually (underneath the tongue). Sublingual forms are very effective as they bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism, going straight into the blood stream for better absorption and wider circulation throughout the body. 

The Zen CBD Difference

Organic

Hemp absorbs everything in the soil it is grown in. So, suppose there are even trace amounts of chemicals, pesticides, or any other toxic elements, they will end up in the supplement. Zen CBD is organically certified by the Soil Association which have stringent regulations and ensures the highest quality raw materials and product.

Full Spectrum

Zen CBD offer a full spectrum CBD which retains the benefits of all the other compounds alongside CBD and the synergy of the plant including its terpenes, antioxidants and nutrients. Isolated CBD is heavily processed, and can be synthetic, meaning it’s not even derived from the hemp plant. 

Delicious Sprays 

ZEN CBD offer a great range of naturally flavoured organic CBD sprays, the perfect choice if you find the pure CBD oil taste a little too earthy. The delicious natural flavours from coffee to peppermint mask this grassy flavour, and make using CBD a pleasant and enjoyable experience. The sprays are easy to pop in your handbag, gym bag, or keep in your desk drawer for when you need a zen moment. 

MCT Oil

ZEN CBD sprays are preserved in MCT oil. This improves the durability and bioavailability of CBD. Hemp oil can be used as a carrier but it tends to go off quickly once opened (and doesn’t taste as good).

CO2 Extracted

ZEN CBD use a superior supercritical CO2 extraction method. This is regarded as the gold standard form of CBD oil. It produces a full spectrum oil, that is chemical free, so you benefit from the entourage effect of all the compounds working in synergy together.

Batch Tested

Zen CBD test each batch for 14 Cannabinoids, including CBD and THC content. Each batch is also tested for pesticides/heavy metals and contaminants, guaranteeing no nasties, and all the full spectrum goodness to help you stay zen all day long. 

Shop the full range of Zen CBD products we stock here!

How To Create A Skincare Routine For Your Body

How To Create A Skincare Routine For Your Body

I’m sure you know how important creating the perfect skincare routine for your face is but it isn’t the only routine you should be doing! It’s understandable – after all your face is a priority and everybody sees it, but body care is a must, too. It’s time to transform your body into a glowy smooth texture, just like your face! 

If your body care routine currently consists of washing up with a standard shower gel and sparingly applying a layer of lotion on, then it’s about time you created the ultimate skin care routine for your body. Not sure how? Not to worry, we’ve created an easy step by step routine that will ensure your body is soft, smooth and 100% hydrated!

Step 1: Cleanse

If you’re already following a regular skin care routine for your face then you’ll probably know the full importance of ensuring that you wash your face day and night! Whether you’re dealing with your hands, face or even your legs, the best way to kick things off is by starting off completely clean. This means using a cleanser meant specifically for washing your body, we recommend opting for a gentle body wash that won’t irritate or dry out your precious skin. Pair this with your favourite cleansing tool – washcloth, loofah, or even just your hands, then make sure to rinse off before moving on.

Step 2: Exfoliate 

Sometimes you might find it quite tricky exfoliating your face – fear of irritation, too much scrubbing or even just a bit messy! Thankfully, the skin on your body is better suited to exfoliation. Because your body is typically tougher than your face, you don’t have to be quite so careful about over scrubbing. 

Be sure to exfoliate two or three times a week, exfoliate your body by adding your favourite scrub into your shower routine and gently massaging the scrub into your skin. Don’t forget to pay extra attention to those dryer patches e.g. knees, elbows and heels.

Step 3: Shave

If shaving is a part of your cleansing routine, then start by spending a little time in the shower – this will ensure that the water softens your skin ready for the application of your razor. Once you think it’s time to reach for the razor, go ahead and take it slow, applying shaving cream to your skin and carefully moving the razor with the grain instead of going against it. 

Step 4: Hydration 

Now it’s time for you to glow! While your skin is still wet from your previous shower steps, it’s an ideal time to hydrate your skin. Applying moisturiser to your body whilst still wet helps to fully lock in the moisture. Smooth your preferred lotion/cream over your body from neck to your toes, letting it absorb before putting your clothes on.

Step 5: Tan

This step is 100% optional – but if you’re one to delve into the world of tan then doing it after your body care routine will work wonders. If you want your body to be bronzed, smooth on your favourite tanning product that will help give your skin a gorgeous glow over time. Try doing this step 2-3 times a week, being sure to use sparingly around joints, to achieve an even streak-free tan.

We recommend trying out the Garnier Natural Bronzer Self Tan Mist For Body tan. This quick drying body self-tan mist is formulated with a unique blend of plant origin tanning actives and enriched with nourishing apricot oil, resulting in a natural looking, all year round golden glow with no orangey tones. The spray format is easy to use with 360° application that allows you to reach those tricky-to-tan areas like the feet, hands and back. The ultra-fine mist gives an even coverage that is streak-free. No need to rub in just re-apply as desired to achieve a deeper tan glow!

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The Best Beauty Buys From Australian Bodycare

The Best Beauty Buys From Australian Bodycare

Inspired by the gorgeous surroundings of Australia, Australian Bodycare strives to provide the best skin care solutions and helps people  achieve a better quality of life! Featuring a range of unmissable hair, body and skin ranges, their products delve into natural ingredients to give you professional results with every use. 

Explore the complete collection of natural bodycare & skincare, including products that prevent and treat the most common skin problems – all while staying gentle on the skin. Discover your new favourite and read on to find out more…

Australian Bodycare Hand Cream £9.99

Discover this luxurious hand cream, infused with natural Australian tea tree oil which helps to target dry, cracked hands. Give this gorgeous blend of nourishing ingredients a go and prepare to see your hands glow! If you’re looking for a cream that rejuvenates and replenishes dehydrated skin then this cream is for you! Formulated using shea butter, meadowfoam seed oils, sweet almond oils and berry fruit waxes, this unique blend creates a protective layer over your skin, allowing the cream to protect your hands as well as deeply nourishing your skin!

Australian Bodycare Body Balm £12.95 

Moisturising after shave body lotion helps to prevent ingrown hair and red spots that often occur after hair removal, that’s why it’s crucial you try out a body balm during your all important shave routine. Why not leave your skin feeling soft and well cared for with this antibacterial blend of tasmanian pepper, tea tree oil and allantoin. This special blend of ingredients prevent irritation whilst soothing damaged skin too, go on, try it for yourself!

Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Body Scrub £10.99

Perfect for both women and men, this effective exfoliating body scrub works to hydrate and soften the skin. 100% sulfate free, this scrub provides all the benefits of natural Australian tea tree oil, which helps to leave your skin feeling clean and rejuvenated. Now onto the brainy bits – this scrub also contains glycerin, allantoin and crushed sandalwood nut shell to help draw out dirt, impurities and make-up from pores and the surface of your skin, just pop a small amount on after a shower and voila! 

Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Body Wash £16.99

This refreshing and mild body wash with Australian tea tree oil effectively cleanses the skin without causing dryness. It washes the skin clean of bacteria, and removes excess oil! The antibacterial tea tree oil restores the skin’s natural protection and inhibits unwanted bacterial growth. Next up is glycerin, this adds moisture and helps the skin maintain a proper balance, the skin-friendly pH makes it suitable for all skin types and the distinctive scent of tea tree oil disappears soon after it is applied, but not to worry the active ingredients in tea tree oil remain active for quite some time! 

FD Beauty Australian Bodycare Superstars Beauty Box  £29.99

Struggling with your Australian Bodycare purchase? Not to worry, we’ve collected all of their latest and greatest launches and popped them into a beauty box just for you! Featuring a set full of must-have products, this box includes: Australian Bodycare Concentrated Tea Tree Oil 10ml, Australian Bodycare Active Derm Deo Balm 50ml, Australian Bodycare Spot Stick With Tea Tree Oil 9ml, Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Intimate Balm 100ml, Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Foot Spray 150ml, and Sample Sachets x3 – Scalp Cure, Hair Clean & Face Wash. Worth an incredible £64, you don’t want to miss out!

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