Reducing Anxiety With Skincare

Reducing Anxiety With Skincare

Safe to say, it’s been a strange year. The global pandemic has thrown life as we know it into complete disarray, and we’re all having to adjust to brand-new routines and ways of doing things.

If you’ve been feeling the effects of stress and anxiety recently, you’re not alone. With lots of us working from home and spending more time indoors away from our family and friends, living in these unprecedented times is tough.

While everything is very much up in the air right now, there is one thing we can control – our skincare routines. Research suggests that sticking to a great skincare routine can do wonders for our mindset. Not only this, but stress and worry can have adverse effects on our skin, so it’s more important than ever that we keep on top of our cleansing and moisturising right now.

Let’s look at some of the symptoms of pandemic-related stress and anxiety. These include:

  • Struggling to switch off and relax
  • An increased heart rate  
  • Feeling restless, tense, or nervous
  • Oversleeping or being unable to drift off to sleep easily
  • Trouble concentrating on work and leisure activities

Read on to discover how a great skincare routine can help tackle anxiety. We’ll take you through some simple skin care tips and recommend some great products for a calm and refreshed complexion.

Take a break

Even though we might be restricted on where we can and can’t go, sticking to an effective skincare routine allows us to escape the pressures of the pandemic for a little while.

Beginning and ending the day by dedicating a little time to yourself can help ground you and provide respite from anxious thoughts, which is beneficial for both the mind and complexion. There’s also a sense of achievement from completing a routine, and this can counteract the loss of control.

Our lockdown picks

The skin is the biggest organ in your body, so any type of stress or anxiety will easily manifest itself. Suppose your skin is struggling to adjust to lockdown life. In that case, we recommend the Balance Me vitamin C face serum for its soothing effect and brightening qualities. Apply morning and evening for a plump complexion and a quick boost of energy.

Soothe the skin

Stress acne. It’s real. And it’s a vicious cycle, too. Stress caused by a change in routine leads to acne, which in turn causes more stress. Eek!

While it isn’t clear how stress and acne breakouts are connected, anxious thoughts definitely play a big part in triggering those pesky spots. If you’re dealing with this common problem, it’s essential to be kind to your skin.

Our lockdown picks

Start by introducing anti-inflammatory and acne-fighting products to promote healthy skin, if you haven’t done so already. We love the Dermalogica foaming wash for its lovely texture and deep cleansing abilities. Or for complete overnight care, try out the Dermalogica clearing gel to reduce inflammation while you sleep. And if you want to cover up your spots, check out our range of concealers to find just the right consistency for you.

Use moisturising products

Did you know that too much stress can dry out the skin and lead to peeling and flaking? When the body releases stress hormones, the sweat glands are activated, which causes our skin to become irritated and dehydrated. Since the lockdown period has resulted in increased stress for a lot of people, there’s a good chance we’re all dealing with super dry skin right now.

Our lockdown picks

Massaging the face with a highly moisturising product not only tackles the problem of dryness, but it also encourages a sense of calm and relaxation. Suppose you’re on the hunt for a new cream. In that case, we recommend the Elemis cream for its super hydrating and collagen-boosting formula. Don’t neglect the under-eye area, either. Discover our extensive range of eye care products for a happy, healthy complexion and mind.

Choose calming scents

It’s a well-known fact that essential oils and strong fragrances provide fantastic calming effects. This can help reduce anxiety and restlessness as well as promote a healthy mindset. For this reason, be sure to incorporate products infused with essential oils into your skincare routine, to help combat lockdown anxiety and leave your skin glowing.

Our lockdown picks

The Alteya Organics facial cleanser is a treat for the senses, the mind, and the skin! Infused with wonderful, regenerative essential oils, it works to cleanse the face of any impurities, leaving you with a soft, supple, and healthy complexion. It also helps to restore moisture balance and tackles the root problem of dry skin. Healthy skin equals a happy heart!

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How To Care For A Dry Scalp

How To Care For A Dry Scalp

Struggling with a dry scalp? Whether it’s from over-styling or certain skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis, there are many reasons behind this common skin problem. Harsh winter weather conditions also play a part in drying out the skin and causing damage, meaning many people suffer from a dry scalp during the colder months.

If a dry scalp is causing you stress and worry, there are things you can do to relieve the problem. In this blog, we’ll take you through the causes of a dry scalp, and the steps you can take to keep it at bay. Make sure to browse our thinning and hair loss range to find lots of great products to achieve a hydrated and healthy scalp.

Our top tips for caring for a dry scalp are:

  • Reduce how often you wash your hair
  • Use a gentle shampoo
  • Take care when styling your hair
  • Turn down the heat on the styling products
  • Use deeply moisturising hair care items

Let’s look at how to care for a dry scalp in more depth, as well as some of the products you can incorporate into your hair care and skin care routine to improve dry skin in general.

Reduce how often you wash your hair

Overwashing and excessive shampooing can be detrimental to the condition of your hair and scalp. It can make your hair brittle, difficult to style, and even greasy due to over-production of oil. If you wash your hair every morning and notice symptoms of a dry scalp, like itchiness, flaking, and dry skin elsewhere, it might be time to cut back on the cleansing.

Which products should I use?

Make sure you’re using cleaning products specifically designed to treat dry scalps such as the Sebamed Anti-dry revitalising shampoo 200ml. And if you’re experiencing dry skin elsewhere, it’s time to invest in good-quality moisturising products. One of the best products for dry skin, we recommend the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion 500ml for its deeply hydrating formula.

Use a gentle shampoo

Using a gentle shampoo is one of the most important steps you can take to combat a dry scalp. Treating your hair with harsh products can strip it of much-needed moisture, which can lead to irritated skin and thinning of the follicles. Refresh your shower stash with some milder shampoos which will provide quick relief for your dry scalp.

Which products should I use?

The Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range is a great choice when it comes to tackling dry skin. Their fantastic products work to hydrate and moisturise, leaving you with soothed and shiny locks. And even better, all their products are made from natural ingredients, which is excellent news for your hair! Try the Tara Smith gorgeously gentle shampoo 250ml for rapid, noticeable improvements.

Take care when styling your hair

If you suffer from a dry scalp, being very careful when styling your hair is crucial. If your hair becomes super tangled after washing, try not to be too harsh when brushing through the knots, as this can damage your scalp further and cause it to dry out faster. Using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush is a great way to provide gentle care for your hair and make styling a more comfortable experience.

Which products should I use?

The John Freida detangle comb offers one of the best dry skin solutions. Featuring widely-spaced teeth, this is a Holy Grail product when it comes to styling sensitive hair and tackling a dry scalp.

Turn down the heat on the styling products

If you find yourself reaching for the styling products daily, it might be a good idea to cut down your use. Excessive heat on your head can cause the water droplets in your skin to evaporate, resulting in loss of moisture and a damaged scalp.

Whether it’s super straight hair or bouncy curls you want, try turning down the heat on your styling products to the lowest setting. Or start using them only a couple of times a week. Avoid the hairdryer and let your locks dry naturally, too.

Which products should I use?

Investing in a high-quality heat protection spray is a good idea if you use heated styling products. We recommend the Tresemme keratin smooth heat protection spray 200ml to protect against damage and give your hair a boost.

Use deeply moisturising hair care items

When choosing hair care products, go for deeply moisturising varieties to restore a bit of moisture to your hair and help repair a dry, damaged scalp. And if you aren’t already doing so, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin nice and hydrated.

Which products should I use?

The American Crew Daily Moisturising Shampoo 450ml is an intensely hydrating shampoo which provides a deep clean and ultimate protection for the scalp. Give it a go and discover the results for yourself!

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

With the 27th just around the corner, prepare to experience a Black Friday like never before! Shopping online is the easiest it’s ever been here at Fragrance Direct as we’re showcasing some of the best beauty offers along with incredible deals on fragrances, pamper essentials and home scents too. Are you ready?

Gatineau SPF Daily Urban Protection Collection, £34.99

SAVE £40

Take advantage of incredible savings on this Daily Urban Protection Collection from iconic beauty brand, Gatineau, featuring their Perfection Ultime Daily Urban UV Shield SPF50, Perfection Ultime 30ml, Nourishing Lip Balm SPF15, Clear Aquamemory High Hydration Mask 15ml and Travel Cosmetic Bag.

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo, £13.99

SAVE £15

If you’re a haircare fanatic and a fan of this brand, the TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo has been put together especially for people with flat hair that needs some serious lift. Working together, the shampoo and conditioner will add volume and enhance your hair’s flexibility, creating big, bouncy hair that moves freely and exudes vitality!

REN Clean Skincare Ultra Moisture Day Cream 50ml, £19.99

SAVE £14

Skincare lover? This day cream has been specially developed with a moisturising complex to leave your dry skin feeling soft, comfortable, unbeatably hydrated and looking gorgeously healthy. Bio Extracts strengthen the skin’s structure to help retain moisture. If you don’t know REN Clean Skincare, get to know!

Decleor Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, £17.99


Would you really turn down a pamper session? Experience a calming cleanse with the DECLÉOR’s Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, a soothing body wash infused with Lavender Essential Oil. Tested on sensitive skin, this bath and shower gel effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while delicately scenting the skin with its relaxing Lavender aroma. It will soothe and caress the skin, softening and cleansing to leave the body feeling refreshed and comforted. Ah, a dream…

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, £12.99


Grow your glow with the classic brand, The Body Shop’s British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Inspired by the European bathing rituals, their 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. And what’s more, it’s formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance.

Australian Bodycare Hand Cream, £9.99


Because a good hand cream is an essential! This hand cream features natural, Australian Tea Tree Oil for very dry and cracked hands. Simply, rub the cream into your hands, paying special attention to knuckles and dry areas. Apply it 1-2 times daily or as needed. For a complete refreshing experience, combine with Australian Bodycare Body Wash. What’s better is that this hand cream is dermatologically tested and 100% vegan.

Sanctuary Spa Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Wash, £2.99


Featuring a unique blend of super fruity cloudberry and intensely juicy lychees. Juice up your shower show each morning and get jiggy in tumbling clouds of fluffy foam, filled with cloudberry and lychee extracts to leave your skin feeling super cleansed, seriously soft and smelling good enough to eat.

Fragrance Deals

If you’re on the lookout for incredible deals on your favourite scents from brands including Viktor & Rolf, Calvin Klein, Elie Saab, Marc Jacobs and more, you can shop from the best right here!

Body Deals

In need of some new pamper products or looking to gift your loved ones some nourishing bath and body treats? Shop Australian Bodycare, NUXE, Gatineau and more!

Candles & Home

On a mission to turn your home surroundings into an entrancing Winter Wonderland? Shop great brands featuring Yankee Candle, WoodWick, Shearer Candles, Price’s and more!

5 Natural Skincare Products We Love

5 Natural Skincare Products We Love

Considering going vegan? You aren’t alone. Having grown in popularity in recent years, many people are turning to veganism. This involves changing up eating habits, contributing to environmental issues, and switching up daily beauty and lifestyle products.

With Veganuary just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give your skincare drawer a quick refresh with some beautiful vegan and cruelty-free skincare goodies.

Many people who suffer from skin conditions, such as acne, are often hesitant to make the switch to vegan skincare products. Suppose you struggle with acne, specifically whiteheads. In that case, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of great natural skincare picks out there which offer a solution to this common skin problem. You can find many of these must-have items in the vegan range on our site.

In this blog, we’ll give you a run-down of what whiteheads are, and take you through five fabulous natural products to help combat them this Veganuary.

How can I get rid of whiteheads?

Characterised by their small, round appearance, whiteheads are a common form of acne and occur when pores get clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. If you’re struggling with whiteheads, there are a few simple steps you can take to help banish them for good. These include:

  • Washing your face thoroughly every evening with lukewarm (not hot) water.
  • Washing your hair regularly. The build-up of oil in the hair follicles can transfer to the face and cause breakouts.
  • Avoiding harsh cleansers and scrubs which can irritate the skin.
  • Exfoliating a couple of times a week to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface.
  • Treating your complexion with acne-fighting simple skin products.

Read on to discover five natural skincare products designed to help combat whiteheads.

The Organic Pharmacy Peppermint Facial Wash

The Organic Pharmacy is one of the best brands on the market for natural products. Their peppermint facial wash is infused with antibacterial ingredients which help reduce the number of bacteria on the skin’s surface. It’s is a Holy Grail product if you’re suffering from acne.

The benefits

Made up of a blend of excellent organic ingredients such as lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree, this cleanser works to balance combination and oily skin, leaving it refreshed and revived. After use, skin feels clean, calm, and awakened. Use every morning to help keep pesky blemishes under control.

Best for

One of our favourite simple skin products, The Organic Pharmacy peppermint facial wash is best suited to those with oily and sensitive skin.

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser

With a philosophy of discovering ‘truth in beauty’, Elemis is renowned for delivering brilliant skincare results with the help of natural ingredients. The first step to ridding your skin of whiteheads is unclogging congested pores. And with the Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser, this is easy to do.

The benefits

This terrific product provides a deep cleanse for the skin, pulling out any surface oils and impurities whilst balancing the complexion. After use, skin feels beautifully smooth, energised and refreshed.

Best for

The Biotec cleanser works well with all skin types. Still, those with acne-prone and oily skin will achieve noticeable results quickly.

Ayumi Sandalwood Face Scrub

Kickstart your Veganuary by adding the all-natural skincare brand Ayumi to your beauty collection. Founded in 2011, this innovative brand uses only the very best natural and cruelty-free ingredients in its products to totally transform your skin. Tackle acne head-on with the sandalwood face scrub, just the thing to free your complexion of dead cell build-up to reduce the likelihood of whiteheads.

The benefits

Infused with a combination of essential oils such as frankincense, ginger and lavender, the Sandalwood Face Scrub works to buff away cells. It leaves the skin looking and feeling healthy and moisturised. 

Best for

If your skin is both dry and acne-prone (a complex combination), you’ll see fantastic results with this product. 

REN Clean Skincare Clear Calm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask

Introducing the Clarity Restoring Mask by leading skincare brand Ren. If you haven’t already incorporated face masks into your beauty routine, this natural skincare must-have is a great place to start.

The benefits

The outbreak of whiteheads is down to the overproduction of sebum which forms a ‘plug’ on the skin’s surface. With the help of Licochalcone, Ren’s mask helps to control sebum production. It penetrates and smooths the skin, leaving you with a fabulously glowy complexion.

Best for

This mask is excellent for those with sensitive skin who want to control their whiteheads.

Australian Bodycare Concentrated Tea Tree Oil 30ml

Say hello to one of your new-favourite simple facial products – the Australian Bodycare Concentrated Tea Tree Oil. The Australian Bodycare brand is one of the best around for high-quality products devised from vegan and natural ingredients.

The benefits

Due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities, tea tree oil is excellent for improving acne. This concentrated oil will help maintain your skin’s natural PH balance while giving it a deep clean, keeping your pores clean and healthy.

Best for

Those with acne-prone skin who would like to improve the condition of their skin will benefit from this product.

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

6 Shimmering Skincare Gifts To Buy This Christmas

6 Shimmering Skincare Gifts To Buy This Christmas

We can’t believe we’re saying it either but Santa is nearly on his way and Christmas is well and truly here to stay! So we’ve gathered some of our favourite skincare treats because after all, who doesn’t enjoy the gift of great skin? Whether it’s your skincare-obsessed sister or your hard-to-buy-for aunt, a luxurious skin treat never goes a miss. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Anti Wrinkle Day Cream

Clinically proven to have been made with powerful anti-ageing ingredients, this Pro-Collagen Marine Cream aims to reduce the depth of wrinkles, improve skin firmness and even hydrate it in just 15 days! Not only did it take three years to develop, this rich cream also contains antioxidant properties that provide an accelerating lifting effect. So, indulge yourself or a loved-one this Christmas with this luxurious gift set to make anyone smile this season!

Dermalogica AGE Smart Daily Superfoliant

Now this is one to shout about! Dermalogica creates the dreamiest products that your skin will thank you for, with it’s unique powder form that activates into a creamy paste when you add water, this exfoliant will turn your skin from dull to dewy in just minutes. It’s purifying mixture of alpha hydroxy acid and activating charcoal expertly dissolves dirt and impurities from deep within your pores, revealing a smoother, more refined texture, sounds impressive right? So, if you’re stuck for ideas this Christmas, then give the gift of glowing skin!

NUXE Organic Anti-Puffiness & Dark Circles Eye Care

Did you know that if you’re feeling a little stressed, it can affect your skin making it appear tired and dry. So why not try NUXE’S Organic Anti-Puffiness & Dark Circles Eye Care? It reduces and corrects signs of fatigue, making sure that fine lines are smoothed over and those pesky dark circles are visibly reduced! So give yourself or someone special the chance to start the new year off with a gorgeous creamy complexion that makes them feel good within their own skin… Oh and it’s certified organic too!

Gatineau Spa at Home Tree Decoration

Tis’ the season to get your skincare routine in order… And by thar we mean use this Gatineau two step skincare set! Packaged in a gorgeous shimmering box, this gift would sit perfect upon anyones tree. If you’re looking for someone a little extra for that special friend or maybe even a stocking filler for your daughter, then grab this hydrating set whilst you can! The set features two of Gatineau’s must-have staples, enjoy the Radiance Enhancing Gommage and the Aquamemory High Hydration Mask this festive season.

Philosophy Microdelivery Dream Peel

I mean what could be easier than popping on a mask at night and voila, you wake up and your skin no longer looks dry and dehydrated, it looks silky smooth instead! It’s just that easy with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Dream Peel, it works over time and overnight to refine fine lines and make your pores less-visible. With a clear-drying formula, the peel will stay put, making sure nothing ends up on your pillow case! So make someone’s Christmas this year and they’ll be waking up this boxing day with velvety, satin skin. 

The Organic Pharmacy Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Now this one’s for the ultimate skincare fanatics… For some, skincare ingredients are a doddle, but for others, they end up getting themselves into a bit of a wobble. So let’s talk about hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient sent from the skincare saviours above, it’s main function is to retain water for your skin, leaving you looking glowing within! Give this light, yet intense formula a go, it’s been clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles by 30%, don’t miss out this season, you might just regret it! 

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

Dreamy Dermalogica New Launches To Add To Your Wishlist

Dreamy Dermalogica New Launches To Add To Your Wishlist

Luxury skincare just feels good. Nourishing ingredients, to-die-for formulas and real results are just a few aspects of Dermalogica that make them one of the best skincare brands out there. Have a flick through some of their latest, most iconic launches yet and stay tuned for an IGTV tutorial on how exactly to build them into your skincare routine!

Retinol Clearing Oil 30ml, £64.99

Why we love it: Skincare that works overnight is always a plus!

If you suffer from acne or the odd hormonal blemish, this is a great oil to invest in. This high-performance night oil combines Retinol and breakout-clearing Salicylic Acid into one skin-soothing formula. Time-released Retinol helps reduce visible signs of premature aging. Salicylic Acid helps clear breakouts and Argan, Rosehip Seed and Golden Jojoba oils actively nourish skin.

Clear Start FlashFoliant 100ml, £18.95

Why we love it: Blemish-fighting goodness? Yes please!

A leave-on, flash-foaming chemical exfoliant that helps clear and prevent breakouts while brightening skin. Sounds like just what the dermatologist ordered, right? Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), helps wipe out existing and future breakouts to clear skin while Tangerine Peel Extract brightens dull skin and Grape Extract – a potent source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – exfoliates dead skin cells to help even skin tone.

Active Clay Cleanser 150ml, £29.50

Why we love it: It’s such a powerful yet gentle cleanser!

Who else is a lover of all things clay? This prebiotic cleanser deeply purifies to help balance oily skin, a must have if you’re on the more congested side. The dual-action, mineral rich clay and charcoal formula actively cleanses and purifies with Kaolin Clay absorbing excess oil, and Activated Binchotan Charcoal powerfully adsorbing impurities to help balance skin. Botanical lipids and MUrumuru seed work together to attract and remove excess oil from skin while helping to protect its natural lipid barrier and promote a healthy microbioe. A bioflavonoid-rich complex of citurs, aloe and broccoli extract helps purify pores while leaving skin smooth, refined and revitalized.

Invisible Physical Defence SPF30 50ml, £40.95

Why we love it: Lightweight, check. Buttery, check. High defence, check.

You’ve got to try this invisible, weightless defence that blends easily on skin, featuring only non-nano Zinc Oxide. You can finally say goodbye to thick, white residue with this physical SPF formula that provides added blue light protection and helps soothe away the effects of environmental aggressors. Bio-active Mushroom Complex helps soothe skin and reduce UV-induced redness and dryness. Antioxidant Green Tea helps defend skin against free radical damage. Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive.

BioLumin-C Eye Serum 15ml, £59.50

Why we love it: TLC for the eyes? Why not!

Perfect, for a little eye treatment, this supercharged Vitamin C eye serum outsmarts visible premature skin aging caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress. With a luscious, lightweight serum, it delivers a highly-bioavailable Vitamin C complex to the skin around the eyes to dramatically brighten and visibly firm.

Hydro Masque Exfoliant 50ml, £44.95

Why we love it: It’s the mask of all masks for pure nourishment!

Hydrating and exfoliating, this five-minute masque smoothes and renews for luminous, healthy-looking skin. Exfoliating Bamboo primes skin for optimal hydration while Snow Mushroom holds 450 x its weight in water – infusing skin with hydration, antioxidants and Vitamin D. Plus, Jojoba Ester and Amino Acids derived from Sugar Beets hydrate and help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. Lastly, Cucumber Extract provides a soothing, refreshing finish.

Over On Social

If you’re interested in how exactly to incorporate these products into a routine, check out our latest IGTV video where Dermalogica Expert, Victoria, guides us through navigating a skincare routine through this new “Maskne” era. With a special focus on the eyes along with blemish-fighting goodies for around the mouth, you won’t want to miss it!