Coronavirus is keeping us all on lockdown in our homes, now
rather than dwell on the fact we can’t go out and socialise, we think it’s the
perfect time to home in on your skincare! Enforced solitude offers you the
chance to trial a different skincare routine, add new products or treatments
and give yourself a little extra pamper with all the extra time on your hands.
With that in mind, we wanted to find out how the staff at FD
are coping working from home and what their skincare routine is looking like!
Lauren – Graphic Designer
I have been adding an extra couple of steps in my routine
since working from home. Normally I do a quick cleanse in the morning and slap
on some moisturiser before my makeup and then cleanse, tone and moisturise in
the evening. But since staying at home, I’ve been using glycolic acid in the
mornings to really give my skin a boost throughout the day, sloughing off all
the dead skin cells. I’ve also not been wearing much makeup and am really
enjoying giving myself a break in that way. Once I’ve logged off my computer
for the day, I’ve been popping on a sheet mask for an extra little pamper. And
then my normal cleanse, tone and moisturise in the evenings!
Products Lauren recommends: Love
Beauty and Planet Hydration Infused Sheet Mask
Lucy – Product Marketing Exec
So, I’ve been using a chemical exfoliant cleanser in the
morning, followed by hyaluronic acid and then an oil-free moisturiser to keep
my skin hydrated throughout the day. I haven’t been using any makeup remover
because I haven’t applied makeup up nearly two weeks! I’ve also cut down on the
amount of lip balm I usually use. I’ve also been adding in a daily face mask
and yesterday I did some at-home dermaplaning which is a treatment I usually
have done in a salon!
Products Lucy recommends: Dermalogica
Calm Water Gel
Lauren – Marketing Manager
Now I’m working from home, I’m trying to wear less make up
and focus more on giving my skin the care and attention it needs. Usually I
only cleanse and moisturise, whereas now I’m spending more time making sure to
spritz a toner, apply a serum and an eye cream. I’ve also been making time to
do parts of my skincare routine that I usually neglect because I don’t have
enough time, such as applying a face mask.
Products Lauren recommends: Nuxe
Exfoliating and Unifying Insta-Masque
Mia – Social Media Executive
Since working from home, I thought I’d take the opportunity
to give my skin a break from day after day makeup application for when I’m
usually in the office. I’ve recently been struggling with constant breakouts
(shoutout to my new pill) and so I’ve decided that whilst I can, I’ll be
stripping back my routine so that I am just using a light cleanser when washing
my face before applying a gel moisturiser in the evenings. Before this, I was
applying two different serums before moisturising for the daytime and evening
as well as exfoliating almost every day. I think it’s safe to say, my skin is
enjoying some fresh air!
Products Mia recommends: Urban Veda Purifying Protecting Night Cream
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Detox makes us think of extreme regimes, juices cleanses and
fasting but it doesn’t have to be that way for your skin and hair.
Living in the world right now where we’re encouraged to stay
away from our friends and families and be at home as much as possible, it’s the
perfect time to give your skin and hair a break. Constant application of
makeup, walking round in polluted atmospheres and heat application has negative
effects on our skin and hair. So, take this opportunity to have a break and
Detoxing your skin allows you to remove all the impurities,
toxins and pollutions from the surface and reveal fresh and revitalised skin
cells. Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull, textured and just a
little bit sad. Exfoliating regularly removes these cells from the surface to
reveal brighter, more youthful skin.
Start with an at-home facial
Give yourself a pamper from the comfort of your own home!
Dig out that cleansing brush you’ve had for ages but rarely use and give your
skin a really good cleansing. Make sure you include a facial massage at the end
to get the blood circulating effectively!
Cleanse twice a day
A skin detox requires cleansing morning and night, but you
don’t necessarily have to use the same product for both. If you have dryer skin
try using an oil based cleanser in the morning like Gatineau
Transforming Cleansing Cream and then a mousse cleanser in the evening like
Neroli Bigarade Cleansing Mousse. If you have oily skin try using a foaming
cleanser to remove any surface sebum like the Clarins
Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
Staying at home all day is the perfect excuse to pop a face mask on
and get on with any jobs on your to do list. Regularly using face masks allows
your skin to truly absorb the potent skincare ingredients and helps them
penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. We often think we don’t have enough
time to sit down and put a face mask on for 20 minutes so now is the perfect
opportunity! Make sure you choose one that tackles your skincare concerns
whether that be ageing, acne or pigmentation.
Take makeup breaks
I’m sure this is something a lot of us will be doing when
spending more time at home. No point wasting expensive makeup is there! Your
skin is definitely going to thank you for a few weeks’ makeup free. It allows
the skin to breathe, reset back to its natural rhythm and stay fresh. Makeup
often clogs up the pores when it isn’t properly removed so just giving yourself
a couple of weeks makeup free will really help the skin to detox.
Staying hydrated is always number one for keeping your skin
in the best condition possible. Drinking lots of water eliminates toxins from
the body and very few people drink as much water as they’re supposed to. With
spending more time at home, try to focus on giving yourself targets e.g. two
glass by 10am. Then you’re just setting your skin up to function as well as it
can do and glow!
So, your hair could benefit hugely from a little detoxing!
We put our hair through a lot on a regular basis with our normal routines of
washing, drying and styling which can leave hair dry and damage.
If you’ve always thought about trying to wash your hair less
but never got around to it with too many social occasions in the calendar, well
now’s the time to give it a go! Washing your hair less allows the oils and
minerals to stimulate the hair follicles properly and get into its own
self-cleaning routine. We’re not saying to stop washing your hair completely
but try cutting it down to twice a week to start with and see how you get on.
Have a break from heat styling
Heat is the number one thing that causes your hair damage.
Constantly blow drying, straightening, curling and styling hair put stress on
your locks and causes them to dry out, which then leads to weak and brittle
hair. Staying at home means you don’t need to constantly be washing and styling
your hair so just leave it to do its thing! It will thank you massively for it
after a few weeks…
Give it some love
Apply a hair mask once a week to give your hair a boost of nutrients and minerals. A deeply nourishing mask will help restore moisture and deeply penetrate the hair follicles. We love the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask.
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Philosophy is a brand us here at Fragrance Direct have got
very excited about. One of the new skincare brands to welcome to the site, it
has lots of AMAZING skincare products for you to get your hands on.
If you’ve never tried any of the Philosophy products or
heard much about them before then we’re going to take you through a bit about the
brand and some of our favourite products, so keep reading!
Philosophy’s moto is to inspire beauty beyond skincare, with
products that transform, deliver very real results that instil confidence and
wisdom for wellbeing. Their philosophy on skincare is simple: cleanse daily, peel
weekly and treat the skin with expert formulas, returning the skin to its ideal
Where did Philosophy come from?
The founder of Philosophy was deeply inspired by the beauty
of Arizona, the land or surprises and extremes. A place where nature creates
true beauty. The Philosophy scientists took this inspiration and used nature to
create the best beauty and expert skincare products, combining gold-standard
ingredients with natural scents and memorable textures.
They are a mindful beauty brand that believes beauty is more
than skin deep. Their products help you look and feel your best, whilst also
having the confidence to seize the day! Philosophy aim to inspire beautiful
skin as well as beautiful days with products that consistently deliver visible
Skincare, fragrance, bath & body?
Philosophy offer a whole range of different products that
cover everything you could need to create a solid beauty regime.
Skincare – their skincare harnesses the power of science and
nature with dermatological science for clinical, visible and instant results.
Fragrance – scent your life and live with grace, wearing
fragrances that scent the skin from head to toe.
Bath & Body – soak up the joy with playful and joyous
bath & body formulas that treat the skin and delight the senses.
Our favourite products
Now after reading that I’m sure you’re excited as we are to
try all the amazing products available from Philosophy. Here we have a quick
round up of our favourite products and some bestsellers…
Transform dull and tired skin with this pore-refining mask. In
just 60 seconds it gives your skin a luminous, spa-like glow. Including
mineral-rich and deep-cleansing sea salts it helps to naturally purify and
detoxify the skin while marine extracts and vitamin E help to calm and smooth. The
result is visible, clearer and smoother skin after just one use!
Hope Water Cream
The lightweight, fast absorbing texture of this innovative
water cream replenishes parched skin by increasing skin’s hydration levels by 86%
and delivers a cooling burst for up to 72 hours. This moisturiser leaves your
skin perfectly primed for makeup, with a fresh and natural glow that lasts all
day. Formulated with exclusive hydra-glow complex containing Norwegian glacial
water, hyaluronic acid and pineapple extract. It leaves the skin feeling
infused with moisture with a baby soft feel.
in a Jar Warming Exfoliator
This gorgeous exfoliator reveals a mousse like texture that
gives you a spa-like facial in the comfort of your own home! It works to eliminate
dulling impurities from the skin and promote a healthy-looking glow. The instant
glow facial uses a combination of physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic
complex to gently roll away dry, flaky skin revealing a soft, smooth and
Grace Nude Rose EDT Spray
This is beautiful and delicate fragrance that is perfect for
the first days of Spring. Effortless simplicity in a composition of delicate blush
rose balanced with dewy greens, neroli and bright orange flower cocooned in the
warmth and sensuality of cedarwood and sun-kissed musk.
in a Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser
This restoring and nourishing moisturiser soothes dryness, restores
skin’s moisture barrier and reinforces its natural resilience for improved
texture and tone. It leaves the skin feeling recovered and revived.
Margarita Shampoo and Shower Gel
Bring happy hour home with the Senorita, Margarita Shampoo,
Bath and Shower Gel, a multi-tasking formula for the hair and body. It transforms
into a rich lather when it comes into contact with water, the luxurious wash
gentle cleanses and conditions while releasing a energising scent to shake up
your shower routine. Added bonus, this product can be poured into your bath to
create a tub full of energising and revitalising bubbles.
Whether you’re involved in a long-term
relationship with acne, or you suffer from occasional breakouts, understanding
the cause can be the key to successful treatment.
From hormonal imbalances to stress, environment,
or even diet, there are plenty of possible causes. And, good news,
dermatologists are often able to tell the reason for your breakout based on its
appearance and location.
Read on for everything you need to know about
acne face mapping and spot
treatment and trial a couple of solutions at home before shelling out for a
dermatologist appointment. If you still can’t crack it, consider booking
yourself in for a professional check. It might just be the best thing you ever
do for your skin.
What is face mapping for acne?
Face mapping has been around for years, evolving
from ancient techniques with not much evidence to support them. The idea is
that internal issues show themselves on different parts of your face. For
example, face mapping believes that acne
on your forehead could mean a problem with your liver.
While internal issues can cause acne and
breakouts, it’s not realistic to jump to these kinds of conclusions every time
a new spot appears. We can, however, suggest some possible reasons for your
skin troubles based on where the problem sits.
Different types of spots
Before we get into the where of your acne
or breakouts, let’s look at the what. There are six main types of spots
which can be caused by different things and need treating in different ways.
You know the ones. Blackheads
are small black or yellowish spots, sometimes raised, which develop inside
pores. Blackheads aren’t necessarily filled with dirt but can be coloured
because the inside of the hair follicle produces colour. Blackheads will
sometimes empty when squeezed.
Whiteheads are similar in size and appearance to
blackheads, although the centre of the spot will be white instead of black or yellow.
Whiteheads might be firmer than blackheads.
A papule is a small red bump which can feel
tender when touched.
Pustules are small red bumps, like papules, but
have a white head in the centre. Pustules are filled with puss and are the kind
of spots that will pop when squeezed.
A nodule is a large, hard spot which sits
beneath the surface of the skin. Nodules can be painful, and no amount of
squeezing will pop them.
The most difficult type of spot to treat, cysts
are large, puss-filled lumps that are hard to remove and should be treated
professionally. Cysts are the most likely type of acne spot to scar.
Face mapping – what do spots mean?
You might be able to tell a little about the
cause of your acne or breakout depending on where it is on your face. Whether
it’s your chin, forehead, cheeks, or back, read on for help understanding the
cause of your blemishes.
Acne or spots on the chin
acne on your chin? If you’re wondering what it means, you’re in luck! The
chin is affected quite significantly by hormones.
Dermatologists and specialists have found plenty
of research linking spots on the chin, jaw, and lower cheeks to hormonal
changes. This part of the face is known as the U-zone. It’s often a problem
area for teenagers who’re going through puberty.
While it’s not always the case, hormonal wobbles
can cause acne on your chin. If hormones are the cause of your skin problems, the
type of acne you see on your chin will most likely be cystic. That means large,
sore red bumps which won’t squeeze and small whiteheads that don’t break
through the surface.
Of course, there are other possible causes for
acne on your chin, like touching or leaning on the area regularly or a reaction
to something in your diet.
Some possible causes for hormonal imbalances
that can cause chin breakouts are:
- Your period
- A messy sleep routine
- You’ve stopped taking your
The best way to deal with chin acne is to try
and identify the cause. If you’re suffering from regular or constant acne on
your chin, think about the above hormonal influencers and try to figure out if
one of them is affecting you.
Acne or spots on the cheeks
Spots on the cheeks can be a real pain. They’re
super-visible, hard to conceal, and are often sore and red. There are several
possible reasons for cheek acne or breakouts, most of which you can control if
you understand them properly.
Some dermatologists connect the cheeks to the
respiratory system, which includes the lungs and other organs involved in
converting oxygen to carbon dioxide. When something bothers your respiratory
system, like smoking, allergies, or pollution, you might find you breakout on
The most common cause of cheek acne or
breakouts, however, is the transferring of grime and bacteria from other
surfaces like your hands, your phone, or an unwashed pillowcase. To combat
this, try to be aware of what touches your face. Keep your phone and
pillowcases clean and most importantly – hands off!
Acne or spots on the forehead
Another common area for acne or spot breakouts
is the forehead. There are several reasons for spots on your forehead; whatever
it is that’s getting you, we’re sure you’ll want to do something about it if
spots can be the result of bladder or digestive problems. These kinds of
problems come from the things you eat or don’t eat and the amount of water
If you’re fighting a constant battle with
forehead acne, try increasing the amount of water you consume to at least two
litres a day, or cutting processed foods out of your diet. Alternatively, try
cutting back on things like dairy, caffeine, and alcohol, all of which can
cause spots on your forehead.
Forehead acne or breakouts can also come from
puberty or stress. While you can’t necessarily control these things,
understanding the cause can be a good way to come to terms with your temporary
Acne or spots on the hairline
Hairline acne or spots are – sigh – pretty
common. If you have red bumps or whiteheads along your hairline or on your
scalp, you’re probably suffering from this type of acne or breakout.
There are several possible causes of hairline
spots. Some are controllable, while others are a little more difficult to
manage. Take a look below and think about whether any of these factors might be
affecting your skin’s condition:
- Hair hygiene
- Makeup in the hairline
- Hair products
- Helmets, hats, or headbands
The good news is, if your hairline acne is coming
from an external influencer like grease, makeup, or sweat and dirt trapped by
helmets, hats, or headbands, you should be able to deal with it easily. Whether
you start washing your hair more frequently or switch your foundation to a
lighter coverage that won’t clog pores, adjusting one of these factors should
help clear up your acne or breakout quickly.
If, however, you have more severe hairline acne
caused by hormonal changes or genetics, you’ll need to be more patient when it
comes to treatment. Try picking up an anti-acne medication, wash, or lotion to
clear away the spots, and always treat the area with care.
Treating the different types of spots
Now you know a little more about the different
types of acne and breakout, you’re better placed to start treatment.
If you think your problem is grease or grime, or
that your skin is touching something dirty, you can remove that influencer from
the picture. Whether you stop touching your face, wash your pillows once a
week, or take a break from your favourite headgear, you might find that the
problem clears up within a couple of weeks.
If you’re worried that your acne or breakouts
are coming from hormonal wobbles or genetics, for example, if you frequently
breakout on your chin or forehead, it might be time to visit a dermatologist. A
dermatologist can recommend changes to your diet and daily routine that might
help clear up your blemishes or provide medications to see them off.
For more help understanding skincare, keep
exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. From a guide to
SPF to hypoallergenic
beauty, there’s plenty of information to help you uncover your best-ever
First things first – what does it stand for and what does
it actually mean? SPF, aka, sun protection factor, refers to the amount of
protection a product offers against the sun’s damaging UV rays. The number on
the label, in fact, refers to a theoretical amount of extra time you can spend
in the sun until your skin is truly exposed. For example, if just after 5
minutes you feel a slightly tight, burning sensation, SPF30 would increase that
time by 30 until you felt that way. Got it? Let’s continue.
UV rays are pretty lethal. Considering the fact that they
have the power to cause skin cancer and premature ageing while remaining naked
to the human eye is pretty scary, right? In addition to this, they’re present
all year round, no matter the weather. Did you know that approximately 80% of
UV rays still make their way through clouds? What’s more, if that water, sand
and even snow reflect them. It’s a problem we can’t avoid.
Even in the colder months and the dark, wet winter we all
adore (not), while our bodies tend to be pretty covered up, our faces are still
very much exposed. In a day and age where we’re finally lucky enough to have
moved away from all the old-fashioned pore-blocking formulas that were utterly
terrible, we should be making the most of newer skin technology. We’re in an
era where SPF has met luxury skincare.
SPF + Luxury Skincare = Soulmates
Today we’re showcasing three standout SPF products that
you just need to try! In order of affordable to high end, each one is 100% worth
investing in to truly save your skin…
Age Sun Anti-Ageing Sun Eye Cream SPF50, £21.50, RRP £38.00
Featuring a very high protection formula specifically
designed to fully care for the eye area, this cream from Guinot protects the
skin against the harmful of effects UVA and UVB rays. It also shields against
blue light rays and their harmful effect on skin ageing.
Dynamic Resurfacing Day Cream SPF30, £49.99, RRP £82.00
This daily moisturiser with SPF 30 protection gently resurfaces
the skin by stimulating the natural cell renewal cycle. This skin-smoothing day
cream is perfect for treating yourself to a touch of luxury in the skincare
AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, £62.99, RRP 66.50
Achieve absolute hydration with this incredible product from
Dermalogica that helps defend against the internal and external causes of skin
ageing. This medium-weight, emollient daily moisturiser with Broad Spectrum
SPF50 contains their classic AGE Smart ingredients that are just to die for.
How do you look after your skin all year round? Are you
guilty of only topping up the SPF in the summer month when you go on holiday? Trust
us, you’ll thank yourselves later when you’ve invested in quality sun
protectants for not only your body but your face too. Come on now, who doesn’t
want younger looking skin?
New year, new you? If like us you’ve overdone
it a little this Christmas, you might be jumping firmly onto the Dry January
wagon. Dry Jan is the UK’s monthlong no-alcohol challenge, which helps millions
of people get back in control of their health after the heavy festive period.
Taking a break from alcohol, partying, and
unhealthy eating is a great way to get your physical and mental health back to
its best for the new year ahead. If you’re joining in with Dry Jan this month,
good for you!
What does Dry January involve?
For most people, Dry January means giving up
alcohol for 31 days, from New Years Day until the end of the month. However,
there aren’t any strict rules when it comes to taking on the challenge.
You might choose to quit alcohol, smoking,
unhealthy eating or other bad habits to kick start the year. Anything is better
than nothing, and whether you’ll be saying no to a drink or skipping parties altogether,
Dry January can be a great way to get in control of your habits for the new
How can Dry January help?
The results can vary from person to person,
depending on how much alcohol you usually consume and how healthy you are. Many
people enjoy benefits like better sleep quality, weight loss, and even better
skin when they cut out the alcohol and focus on healthy habits.
Excessive or binge drinking can cause serious
health problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol. When you cut out
alcohol, you do plenty of good for your body, including improving your overall
health and reducing the likelihood of complications in the future.
Though alcohol can make falling asleep easier,
having a drink can harm the quality of your sleep. Whether you’ve had a little
or a lot, alcohol can interfere with your sleep regulation and reduce the
amount of REM sleep you get. This means you’re more likely to wake up feeling
groggy and unrested even after a full night’s sleep.
As well as improving the quality of your sleep,
removing alcohol from your routine can mean more cosy nights relaxing on the
sofa. When you skip the nights out and go to bed on time, you’re more likely to
get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling energised in the morning.
- Strengthened immune system
Giving up alcohol for January can give your
immune system a much-needed boost, helping you fight off any new year colds
that might be going around.
If you’re in good shape and usually lead a
healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t expect to lose any more weight throughout your
Dry Jan, though you’ll be healthier inside.
However, if you’ve been drinking excessively for
some time and you have a little weight to lose, cutting out alcohol for a month
can be a great way to shake off a few pounds.
While spirits are mostly low in calories, sugary
mixers, wine, and beer are packed with them. If these are your drinks of
choice, cutting them out will also mean cutting down calories. Alcohol can
cause bloating, too, which means you might find yourself feeling a little
slimmer after just a couple of weeks sober.
Of course, if you’re looking to lose serious
weight, you’ll need to ensure you’re eating a good diet as well as cutting out
Easy! Whether you’re staying home or opting for
soft drinks, Dry January is a great way to save a little money in the new year.
Non-alcoholic options are always cheaper than their boozy counterparts, while
drinks like lime or blackcurrant and soda are sometimes free.
Save the money you’d usually spend in bars or on
supermarket booze or find somewhere more productive to spend it. Why not count
the amount you’re saving? Putting aside just £50 each weekend throughout Dry
January means you’ll have £200 saved by the end of the month. That’s enough to
cover a gym membership with plenty to spare.
This is the benefit that’s really enticing to
us. Anything for more radiant skin, right? Cutting out alcohol can help improve
your skin’s hydration, tone, and elasticity.
What does alcohol do to the skin?
When you drink alcohol of any kind, the drug
metabolises into a compound which makes blood vessels relax. This is what
causes that tell-tale red flush and puffiness that often comes along after a
few drinks – no thank you.
As well as affecting your skin’s tone, alcohol
is super-dehydrating. When you drink, you’ll find yourself visiting the toilet
more often than usual, which means losing water quickly. When you’re dehydrated
your skin suffers, with fine lines and wrinkles appearing more visible too.
Need more? Alcohol also reduces your vitamin A
levels. Less of the collagen-producing antioxidant can be a nightmare when it
comes to your skin’s appearance. Collagen is one of our skin’s most important
proteins, and when it lacks, skin can appear weak and dull.
Finally, sugar. If your drinks of choice include
fruity cocktails and sweet white wine, you’re sure to be consuming an excess of
sugar every time you indulge. It’s no secret that sugar is bad for our health,
but did you know that the sweet stuff can also lead to breakouts?
Can Dry January make a difference to the skin?
Yes! Your skin takes around 28 days to renew
itself. That’s just less than the 31 days of Dry January, which means taking
the pledge will give your skin enough time to reap the benefits.
Taking a month off from alcohol allows you to
experience your skin at its best, which might encourage you to say no to a
drink a little more often in the future. After a month alcohol-free, your skin
should feel more hydrated, plumper, and more even in tone.
How to have fun in Dry January
Saying no to the alcohol doesn’t mean saying no
to the fun. Many people even find that their mood is improved after a break
from the booze. Whether you’re regularly stressing about money or you suffer
from the dreaded hangover anxiety, there are plenty of ways Dry January can
help improve your mood.
Save the money you might have spent on drinks
and plan a day out with some friends or family. You can still join in on
dinners and drinking events throughout your Dry Jan, just opt for a freshly
squeezed lime and soda or lemon water to replace your G&T perfectly.
Enhancing your skincare routine
If you’re diving into Dry Jan and expecting to
see results on your skin, why not give yourself a boost by switching up your
Introducing a new moisturiser
cream into your daily rotation can perk up your skin after the heavy
Christmas period. Combined with a Dry January, adding a new product to your
skincare routine is a great way to see results.
Our favourite post-festive tradition involves
taking a little of the money saved in Dry Jan and splashing out on a new luxury
skincare product. This year? We’re going for Elizabeth
Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream and Dermalogica’s
nourishing Special Cleansing Gel.
Searching for more inspiration? Keep
exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for plenty of tips and tricks that’ll have
you feeling like your best self in 2020.