Acne doesn’t just plague teenagers and if you have had to deal with acne in later stages of your life, you’ll know how distressing it can be. Statistic show that 40% of women suffer from adult acne with the main cause being hormonal changes.
Stress and sugar can induce acne
We know there is a definite link between acne and your refined sugar intake. Sugar increases insulin production and this has been shown in some studies to increase acne count, especially in women. Dairy also contains male-like hormones and these can also potentially trigger our sebaceous glands into clogging up. Stress hormones also garner a similar response. The lesson: try to reduce your intake of refined sugar and dairy if you’re suffering from acne flair ups and also take some time for yourself to destress, why not attend a yoga class or take a long bath once a week?
Contraceptives are trigger
Stopping the combined contraceptive pill is often a trigger for acne. Removing these hormones from your body and letting it get back to its natural rhythm can often be a process, but can also lead to oily, blemish prone skin.
Too much skincare can be harmful
Double cleansing, using balms and oils, long wear foundation, these can all cause havoc for the skin. The combination of products is potentially disastrous for acne prone skin as they can result in a sea of bumps and dull, congested skin. Try to avoid physical scrubbing or using cleansing brushes, these will just aggravate any acne and increase sensitivity.
If you do have acne prone skin, make sure you are using products that focus on keeping skin clear and pores unclogged. Why not try to have at least one makeup free day per week?
Troublesome acne can lead to complications with the skin for, in some cases months, after the actual breakout has disappeared which can cause even more frustration. However, what you might think is scarring can actually be discolouration, these are red marks that are left behind after a breakout. These will disappear in time and you just need to be patient with them, however scarring feels different from the rest of your skin. So, it could be a raised area or an indentation in the skin and this needs to be treated differently. For particularly bad scarring it is best to see a qualified dermatologist who can diagnose the best way to deal with the area.
Prevention is better than a cure
To prevent acne from forming you need to be using a topical retinoid at night with an anti-inflammatory agent like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Support this with non-clogging hydrating products to keep your skin functioning at its best. Use a gentle non foaming cleanser daily to make sure the skin is clean without clogging pores or stripping the skin of its natural oils and defences.
These are the products we would recommend for those struggling with breakouts no matter what your ages is:
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – this cleanser is soap free and gently removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. Calming mint and lavender extracts soothe the skin while natural Quillaja Saponaria washes away toxins and debris for a super clean surface.
REN Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate – this anti-ageing oil delivers retinoid results without irritation while enhancing skin vitality and radiance. It also helps lift and smooth the skin whilst keeping it super hydrated.
Alba Botanica Acne Oil Control Lotion – This lotion fights acne with 2% salicylic acid, it is super effective at keeping shine at bay whilst also hydrating the skin. It helps to clear out pores and keep breakouts at bay.
Hit The Spot Acne Patch – To deal with a breakout once it’s already reared its head you need these acne patches in your collection. They visibly reduce the size and inflammation of any breakouts overnight, you simply pop them onto clean, dry skin and they work at penetrating the breakout.
Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Booster – This treatment gel is aimed at teens however if you are suffering from any acne related issues it will definitely help! The fast-acting treatment is enriched with salicylic acid to help kill breakout-causing bacteria in as little as 15 minutes.
Decleor have introduced a new range into their gorgeous collection of essential oils skincare, enter Green Mandarin. The Green Mandarin range is all about glowing skin, fighting the first signs of ageing and boosting your natural glow. Powered by Green Mandarin Essential Oils it gives a daily boost of energy to give an instant glow to all skin types. Fine lines look smoothed out and skin looks fresh and healthy.
So, what do you know about the humble Mandarin…?
• Mandarin is first green in the early Autumn because of its peel is rich in chlorophyll
• Then temperature changes between day and night increase in early winter and chlorophyll slowly disappears, so that the mandarin becomes yellow and finally turns orange
• Hence the 3 colours, green, yellow and orange are related to just a different harvest time and not to different varieties
• Green Mandarin comes from fruit harvested prior to ripening. Despite the fact that the oil is distilled from unripe fruit. Green Mandarin’s aroma is less sour than most citrus oils. Green Mandarin oil is sustainably sourced in Brazil.
• The Green Mandarin Essential Oil in the Decleor products is cold pressed. The cold-pressed green rinds yield a fragrant, uplifting oil distinct from that of fully ripened mandarin.
The Green Mandarin is a vitamin-zinging blend of citrus essential oils that prevent the appearance of early signs of ageing. Beta Carotene gives an instant sheer tint. There is almost 1KG of citrus fruits in 15ml of product!
So, what are the new products in the range:
Aromessence Essential Oils-Serum
A vitamin-zing blend of citrus essential oils of 100% natural origin, this professionally blended serum will re-energise tired-looking skin and leave it instantly glowing. Just 3 drops used daily is enough for the botanical oils cocktail, including green mandarin, lemon, sweet orange and grapefruit, to hydrate and revive the skin whilst reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Giving an instant healthy, vitamin glow to prevent the ageing process. You will see a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles from the first application.
Thanks to a blend of citrus essential oils, natural hyaluronic acid and beta-carotene, which instantly melt into the skin and match your skin tone, you can achieve a healthy glow instantly with this Sun-Kissed Cream. Used daily, fine lines and wrinkles will appear smoother whilst tired skin will look re-energised and hydrated all day long.
The sunkissed cream is tinted with a glowing complexion enhancer, the formula has a universe shade for all skin tones, suitable for all women. Its texture is enriched in ultra-light natural pigments that instantly melt into the skin revealing a glowy appearance with a zero makeup feel.
This 100% natural origin night balm, made with Bees and Carnauba Waxes, will help you to achieve glowing skin whilst you sleep. A blend of citrus essential oils provides energy-boosting care whilst the a surprising cocooning texture will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and nourished. A pea-sized amount used each night will help to prevent the ageing process and recharge your skin.
Jasmine Eye Cream
This anti-fatigue, illuminating and anti-ageing eye cream will leave your delicate eye area looking more radiant all day long. With Jasmin absolute caffeine, vitamins B3 and CG and orange pigments, this targeted cream works to fight against wrinkles as well as darkness and dullness around the eyes, delivering an instant brightening effect. Use twice daily to deeply treat the skin and get a glow boost.
Shop the Decleor Green Mandarin range at Fragrance Direct today and don’t forget they are our Brand of the Month for May!
“Instinct is the new power. A strength that we should all listen to, celebrate and nurture. Instinct is where beauty comes from.” Aliza Jabes, CEO and Founder of Nuxe.
This is definitely a statement we can get onboard with! Nuxe merge nature and luxury to provide you with a diverse range of luxurious face and body products tailored to different skin types that feel and smell incredible.
Nuxe’s most iconic product is the Huile Prodigieuse, a multipurpose dry oil. The ultimate skincare product, offering a unique sensory experience. This cult product nourishes, repairs and beautifies the skin in both summer and winter. Containing precious botanical oils and enriched with Vitamin E, its unique formula absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving a satin-like finish with absolutely no leftover greasiness.
When we say is a multi-use product, we mean it! Keep ready for some different ways Huile Prodigieuse can be used for your skin…
1. Hydrate the skin
Huile Prodigieuse is formulated with 7 precious botanical oils to thoroughly hydrate and moisturise the skin. Each of the oils used, including Macadamia, Camelia and Argan that are packed with fatty acids which support the skin’s natural barrier and keep it soft and supple.
2. Protect the face from free radicals
Huile Prodigieuse has incredible antioxidant properties. Just one drop of the formula is enough to protect against free radicals which can cause skin fatigue and early ageing. It limits the adhesion of pollutant particles to the skin, making it the perfect anti-pollution product.
3. Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
If you suffer with stretch marks then Huile Prodigieuse could be your saviour. Due to the repairing qualities of the botanical oils, daily application to new stretch marks has been show to reduce in appearance by up to 30%.
4. Use as a relaxing bath oil
Relax and indulge your muscles by using it as a luxurious bath oil. Add a few drops to your bath water and soak yourself in the beautiful scent of Orange Blossom, Magnolia and Vanilla.
5. Use as a hair repair treatment
With the repairing qualities of the botanical oils such as Argan and Almond Oil, Huile Prodigieuse can be used to restore and improve the suppleness of the hair. Apply as a nourishing mask before washing and leave for 10 minutes before shampooing. This will also guarantee an enviable shine to the hair, add a couple of drops through your locks whilst damp to add nourishing moisture.
6. Get the glow
Add a touch of radiance to your makeup look by mixing a couple of drops of Huile Prodigieuse into your face cream or foundation. You can also use it as a subtle highlight to add illumination to the high points of the face.
NUXE have also just launched a new product to the Huile Prodigieuse range… Floral! Made the same botanical oils as the original, Huile Prodigieuse Florale reveals a new floral and delicate scent. Its inimitable dry oil texture is accompanied by a novel olfactory signature at NUXE, featuring fresh and floral notes for a new moment of pleasure. The delicate floral scent includes notes of grapefruit zest, magnolia and musk.
As you can see Huile Prodigieuse is a product you NEED in your beauty regime, to check out the whole range you can find it here.
Instagram beauty trends seem to come and go faster than you can say ‘influencer’, so the few exceptions – the beauty trends that stick – are usually pretty special. We’ve tried everything, from 24-karat gold facemasks to charcoal everything and even bubble masks, to bring you this guide to the best of Instagram beauty.
The Best Gold Face Masks
The gold facemask movement hit our screens a while back and quickly ascended to popularity for obvious aesthetic reasons. Well, some time has passed, and we’re still seeing glints of gold not only across the gram but in the skincare routines of experts and recommendations of celebrities.
Well, it turns out gold isn’t just great to look at – the precious metal can also benefit your skin! By working to stimulate skin’s natural collagen, gold face masks and creams can help to reduce collagen loss long-term and keep your skin looking youthful.
If you’re looking for a face mask with instant, short-term benefits, one infused with gold is a great option. Gold helps to boost the circulation, leaving skin energised and radiant. Furthermore, there are anti-inflammatory properties in gold which can reduce the appearance of blemishes and even the skin tone.
The Best Charcoal Face Masks
At the other end of the aesthetic spectrum from ultra-pretty gold face masks, we have charcoal masks. Thanks to their appearance, these jet-black face masks have become wildly popular on Instagram, but there’s more to them than their colour.
Activated charcoal is just carbon soot which has been treated to change its structure. The activated charcoal in our skincare is aerated and therefore has a huge surface area which is perfect for soaking things up. Because it’s so good at absorbing other substances, activated charcoal is used in skincare to remove dirt, oil and other impurities from your skin.
If you fancy giving charcoal a try, this Charcoal Rescue Masque by Dermalogica is a great option. This fast-acting formula can help rescue dull, tired looking skin while detoxifying and removing impurities.
Charcoal bubble masks
Two Instagram-favourite beauty techniques combine in charcoal bubble masks. Bubble masks generate oxygen bubbles to lift toxins, dead skin cells and sebum and can help to deeply cleanse and brighten skin.
The Purederm Deep Purifying O2 Bubble Sheet Mask with Charcoal combines the benefits of a bubble mask with activated charcoal to purify skin and leave it looking and feeling fresh, soft and even.
If you feel like trying a gold or charcoal face mask, you’ll find that there are plenty to choose from in our face mask collection. For more skincare advice as well as makeup tips and lifestyle inspiration, head to the Fragrance Direct Beauty Blog.
Have you heard about Himalayan Pink Salt? We are talking about a salt which can be the answer to many skin woes that we suffer with due to environmental issues, everyday stresses and hormonal changes. Himalayan Pink Salt is known for being the purest salt available to us, with being 98% sodium chloride this is a pure, unspoiled, oxygen rich, nutrient full substance which is small enough for our body to absorb providing our skin with numerous benefits.
There are numerous benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt to the body such as lowering blood pressure but today we are focusing on the benefits to your skin.
Balancing out your pH Levels – You’re skins ability to fight environmental stresses and infections can be affected by the pH level, side effects to your pH level being to alkaline or acidic could result in eczema, rosacea or dermatitis. Your diet, smoking, water, the sun and pollution are all factors than can sway your balance so using a facewash with pH balancing or soaking a cotton pad in a cup of dissolved Himalayan pink salt will help keep or this conditions at bay.
Exfoliating Dead Skin Cells – Salt scrubs have been around for years, but Himalayan Pink Salt are the new thing! They work to remove dead skin cells increasing the speed of cell turnover, leaving your skin silky soft and glowing.
Treat Acne – Himalayan pink salt is a natural antiseptic so can kill bacteria that leads to acne. It removes excess oil meaning any oily build ups which can could outbreaks will be cleansed and it balances of pH levels which can also be the cause of acne breakouts. Looking for Himalayan pink salt in a toner will massively improve your skins appearance.
Skin Detoxifier- Running yourself a bath with Himalayan pink salt’s will therapeutically benefit your body as well as remove any toxins from your skin. Removing any grime, dirt or bacteria from your pores will prevent breakouts and keep your skin in the best condition. Adding a couple of handfuls of salts into your bath will allow you to really see the benefits, and who doesn’t love an excuse to have a candle lite bath?
Decreases fine lines and wrinkles – Himalayan Pink Salt gets rid of free radicals and other substances in the air that may have caused signs of pre-aging such as lines, dull areas or dark circles. Not only that it can help you sleep, and everyone knows the more sleep you get the better you look.
Scalp Care – If you suffer with dry skin or dandruff on your scalp using Himalayan pink salt will allow you to cleanse your skin, improving hair follicles and its ability to grow. You should treat you scalp like an extension of your face and use products that will help nourish the skin not only wash your hair.
Himalayan Pink Salt can be used in face scrubs, toners, mists, body scrubs and detox bath products but here at Fragrance Direct we have a range of products for everyone’s budget. A favourite is the Isla Apothecary Himalayan Salt Soak perfect for encouraging cell growth and problematic or mature skin.
There’s no denying the appeal of a sun-kissed glow. No matter what your natural skin tone, even just the hint of a tan can help to make you look healthier and feel more confident, and that’s why so many of us reach for the fake tan as part of our regular routine.
While some of us prefer a deep golden tan to a subtle hint of summer, we’re all in agreement when it comes to faking it – a natural look is best. Throughout the colder months, achieving that fresh-off-the-beach glow sometimes seem impossible, and when your tan needs topping up every few days, maintaining it can be even harder.
If you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of application, patchiness, and reapplication, consider the type of fake tan you use. If you’ve been applying the same extra-dark lotion since your college days, it might be time to think about the formula you’re using and how well it suits you.
Here, you can find all you need to know about fake tanning mousses, sprays and lotions – prepare to get your glow on!
Fake tan mousses don’t contain much moisture in their formula, so if you have oily skin, this could be the way to go. Aside from their lack of moisture, mousses tend to have a soft, silky feel, so they glide onto the skin and feel lovely.
If you’re a fake tan first timer, we recommend choosing a light mousse and applying with a mitt. Tanning mousses have an aerated formula, which means they leave a more even finish than thicker lotions – if you miss a spot, the line of colour difference won’t be quite so harsh.
Our favourite fake tan mousse is St. Tropez Gradual Tan, which has a lightweight formula and builds colour gradually, making it suitable for all skin tones. St. Tropez are tanning experts, and this hydrating mousse dries quickly, streak-free, and fades evenly. What more could you ask for?
Fake tan sprays are having a moment. Their easy-to-apply formula and consistent even finish make them an unbeatable option for busy tanners looking for a quick, fuss-free option.
Tanning sprays work best when you have somebody else around to apply them for you – reaching your back can be tricky, especially if you’re looking for an even finish, which, of course, you are.
Tip – make sure you apply spray tan in the bathroom (in a dry shower for complete safety), and move any towels or fabrics out of the range of the spray.
If you think spray is best for you, try our favourite St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray. This super-fine tanning spray is so lightweight you won’t feel it going on. The St. Tropez standard formula is infused with hydrating aloe vera and intense colour, so it leaves an ultra-smooth, long-lasting tan that can’t be beaten.
Lotions are go-to for fake tanning masters thanks to their long-lasting colour. If you have the time and patience to apply your tan thoroughly – that means you’re sure you won’t miss a spot – choose a lotion for long-lasting colour and an even fade.
Lotion tanners are the best choice for dry, sensitive and mature skin because they’re often gentle, nourishing and moisturising. We adore Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Lotion for its rich colour, which is underlain with olive tones – not a drop of orange in sight!
Another fantastic option is NKD Skin’s Natural Tan Lotion, which is formulated with organic extracts to leave skin feeling nourished and can be built on to achieve the perfect colour.
For expert tips on how to apply your fake tan, head over to the Fragrance Direct beauty blog – arm yourself with the right products for you and never go streaky again!