Have you been making your way through your moisturiser quicker than usual? It turns out, life indoors these past few months hasn’t been all too great for our skin. It’s also likely that with no real need to experiment with skincare during this period, you’ve been using the same old products for a little too long. When it comes to the face cream game, the best formulas out there are made up of advanced moisture-grabbing ingredients to give your skin that real boost and pick me up.
So, where to start on the search for a new face cream if you suffer from dry skin? Right here, with our top 5 from cheapest to luxury depending on what budget you’re working with this month!
This Super Lift Day Cream will help to restore your skin’s youthfulness and radiance with a unique cocktail of Shea Butter, UV filters and scientifically proven skin firmers. Hyaluronic Acid and a plumping tetrapeptide combined with radiance enhancer Hibiscus extract will also help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while simultaneously helping to rebuild natural collagen. With regular use your skin will look more youthful and feel ultra-smooth.
Envelop your skin in softness with Urban Veda’s nourishing Reviving Day Cream. Revive your complexion with this skin-softening and regenerating day cream. Rose damask locks in moisture, whilst Ayurvedic arjuna extract helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Packed with antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, this deeply hydrating day cream helps to counteract the damage caused by free radicals and support healthy skin renewal. Healing geranium, moisturising evening primrose and repairing rosehip work in harmony to hydrate dry skin and nourish the complexion. This rich yet fast-absorbing moisturiser leaves skin feeling more soft, smooth, firm and supple. This day cream also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract which is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by deeply moisturising the skin. This baby is full of the best hydrating goodness!
Dermalogica’s next-generation moisturiser with Active HydraMesh Technology™ infuses skin with 48 hours of continuous hydration and helps protect against environmental stress. This best-selling moisturiser features a state-of-the-art complex that works on a molecular level to help reduce Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and infuse skin with 48 hours of vital moisture. This advanced technology also helps shield skin’s natural microbiome from environmental stress. A dynamic Hyaluronic Acid Complex with Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica distributes hydration throughout the skin, helping to lock in moisture for lasting hydration. It’s also formulated with naturally-antioxidant Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Achieve a refreshed complexion with the philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturiser; a luxurious daily moisturiser that delivers all-day hydration. Developed using the latest scientifically advanced skincare, this innovative hydrator envelops skin in a veil of long-lasting moisture, which refines the appearance of the skin texture and pores as well as providing an enviable, radiant glow. The rich formula utilises a blend of Hyaluronate and Asian Fruit Extract, which leaves the face bright and energised. Expect an awakened complexion that feels calm and comfortable.
Instantly achieve glowing skin with Parisian aromatherapeutic beauty brand DECLÉOR’s Green Mandarin Sun-Kissed Cream; an anti-ageing moisturiser that revives skin’s luminosity with an antioxidant blend of citrus essentials oils extracted from Green Mandarin, Lemon, Grapefruit and Orange. Melting effortlessly into skin, it effectively replenishes and plumps skin with vital moisture from natural Hyaluronic Acid, whilst Beta-Carotenes get to work on re-energising tired, dull, lacklustre skin in need of a radiance-boost. Suitable for all skin types and tones, it softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevents further ageing by shielding skin from environmental stressors. Bright orange in colour but blending into the skin with a sheer finish, it leaves you with an enviably luminous complexion.
Taking good care of your skin is one of the most
important things you can do for yourself. And it all starts from within. From
staying hydrated to eating a nutritious diet and choosing the right skincare,
healthy skin often means a healthy life.
We’ve written about skincare before, including
guides to adult
rid of dark circles, and banishing
blackheads. This is different. We’re here to discuss how you should be
taking care of your skin as part of your lifestyle. From the things you eat and
drink to the SPF you choose (yes, you really need to wear it) and the best
products for your rotation. Let’s get started.
Caring for your skin with hydration
You know how important hydration is for your
skin, but do you understand why? When you drink water, every part of your body
becomes better hydrated and healthier. Drinking plenty of water also helps
clear impurities and toxins at a cellular level, encouraging cell turnover and
leading to healthier skin.
Proper hydration can also aid healing, improve
skin tone, reduce puffiness, and prevent acne. Not to mention the many benefits
hydration can have on your physical health overall.
You can help boost your skin’s hydration from
the outside by using a quality
moisturiser every day. Look for skincare which contains hyaluronic
acid, which can hold 1000 times its own weight in water! This will help
lock in moisture and improve the appearance of your skin.
Nourishing from the inside out
Choosing the right foods to nourish your body
can have a considerable impact on the condition and appearance of your skin.
When you eat the right things and ensure you’re getting all your essential
vitamins and minerals, your body works at its best. This means better healing,
skin cell turnover, and blood flow, which can all contribute to skin health.
Take care of your skin by eating:
Yellow and orange fruits and
vegetables, like carrots, squash, and papaya
Leafy green vegetables like
spinach and kale
Beans, pasta, lentils
Fatty fish like salmon and
Choosing the right SPF
Using SPF every day is one of the most important
things you can do to take care of your skin. You should be wearing sunscreen on
your face every day, not just in summer but throughout the year.
UV rays are the most significant cause of fine
lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation. We’re sure you want to avoid these things
and maintain healthy-looking, smooth skin for as long as possible, and SPF is
There are lots of everyday
sunscreens available that won’t leave your face feeling greasy or stifled.
And these formulas work well under makeup, just like your favourite
moisturiser. So choosing a daily SPF has never been more straightforward or
exciting. Look for a broad spectrum product which will shield your skin against
UVA and UVB rays.
Finding products that suit your skin type
One last thing to keep in mind when you’re
planning new ways to take care of your skin – choose products
that suit your skin type. That cult skincare favourite might look great in
your bathroom lineup, but slathering your face with products that don’t suit
you is a sure-fire way to mess up your skin.
Oils are a big offender when it comes to this.
While oils can be great for dry and combination skin types, many people with
already oily skin can find themselves in a mess when they try these kinds of
products. Similarly, moisturisers and cleansers designed for acne-prone skin
might not be appropriate if you don’t suffer from blemishes. It’s all about
finding the right products for you.
So don’t read too many generic blogs and articles about the powers of products, but research ingredients and brands designed with your unique skin makeup in mind. And if you do love a magazine or blog, take their recommendations with a pinch of salt. Figure out your skin type and look for advice that relates to you.
From the dreamiest of luxurious diamond creams to soothing and illuminating night treatments, you can get treating yourself to a sumptuous skincare buy or two no matter what your budget is. We’re put together the ultimate list of skincare must-haves to indulge in from high-end and premium goodies to skincare steals under just £20. Happy browsing!
It’s the serum of all serums. This high-performance Vitamin C serum works with the skin’s own defences to brighten and firm with serious skincare science. Advanced bio-technology fuses ultra-stable Vitamin C and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, helping to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with advanced technology to deliver more Vitamin C into skin. This superior formula outperforms other Vitamin C products including those formulated at higher concentrations too!
If you’re in need of some eye TLC, this luxurious diamond cream is definitely one to indulge in. The delicate eye area benefits instantly from this velvety, complete care cream. Damask Rose flower water and Diamond Powder provide instant hydration and a soft-focus finish to blur imperfections. Persian Silk Tree and St Paul’s Wort combine to lift the upper eyelid, fade dark circles and smooth lines while Omega 6 Safflower Ceramides and Rose Hip strengthen skin.
After some peeling action? This Vitamin C Peel Kit contains Philosophy’s Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel (Step 1) & The Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel 60ml (Step 2) a two-step, in-home peel that resurfaces and rejuvenates sun-damaged, hyperpigmented and ageing skin. the kit includes vitamin c/peptide crystals and lactic/salicylic acid activating gel. Pure skincare magic if you ask us!
Lover of nighttime treatments? This one is for you! This anti-ageing night cream with Saffron and Bougainvillea Bi-floral Cells helps regenerate and re-plump the skin and reshape facial contours. Skin appears unlined and luminous. It seems younger: smoother and denser. Its natural radiance is enhanced, and features look rested.
Repairing and protecting against environmental damage, this 365 Skin Repair Day Cream uses DNA technology to repair damage to the skin caused by UV rays, stress and pollution. It supports the skin’s natural regenerative properties and defends it at a cellular level. A great product if you’re after some youthful skin action.
This skin rescue kit from one of our all-time favourite skincare brands comes in at a mid-range budget offering serious relief for sensitive skin featuring three Dermalogica icons that are soon to become your new favourites. The UltraCalming Cleanser 50ml, UltraCalming Mist 50ml and the Calm Water Gel 15ml.
On this Vitamin C hype? This light gel-cream moisturiser will hydrate and illuminate your skin. Tara Pod extract will activate in contact with the skin’s natural microbiome to help illuminate skin complexion, while Vitamin C and Magnesium will help to smooth and re-energise skin’s look for the perfect glow.
Delivering supreme hydration for a fresh-faced finish, Hydra Floral Everfresh light cream by Decléor is formulated with 98% natural-origin ingredients including Baikul Scullcap root extract for a healthy glow. As well as feeling plump and smooth, your skin will benefit from a protective anti-pollution layer for a reduction on the amount of damaging pollution particles covering the skin, perfect for busy city-dwellers.
Bursting with high-quality organic ingredients to help skin repair overnight, this restorative evening ritual delivers optimal hydration. Nourishing oils combine with sea plant stem cells support cell production for increased radiance and tone.
Reveal healthy, fresher-looking skin with Urban Veda’s Reviving Exfoliating Facial Polish. A delicate yet effective exfoliator, Reviving Facial Polish is designed to be massaged in to stimulate circulation and to gently buff away dead skin cells to reveal deeply cleansed, soft and youthful skin.
A rich repairing balm, perfect for overnight, this night cream is enriched with Manuka Honey and Calcium B5. For anti-sagging and smoothing action, Manuka Honey is famous for its repairing and medicinal properties. This powerful raw ingredient is concentrated in essential nutrients and minerals. Calcium B5 is known for its fortifying and moisturising properties, and also as an antioxidant. The L’Oréal Paris Expertise L’Oréal Paris laboratories have created Age Perfect Intensive Re-Nourish Night Balm, a rich restoring formula specifically designed for mature and very dry skin, providing comforting overnight care.
The ultimate cleansing experience for fresher, more revived skin starts with Super Facialist’s unique, lightweight Vitamin C Cleansing Oil. Infused with Vitamin C and nourishing Olive, Grapeseed and Rosehip oils, this highly soluble cleansing oil transforms itself, upon contact with water, into a light milky texture.
Everyone gets a whitehead from time to time. Whether you suffer from frequent breakouts or you’re lucky enough just get the odd pimple, we’re sure you’ll want them gone as soon as possible. Since these spots are one of the most common types of acne, it’s a good idea to understand them so you can treat them properly when they do pop up. No pun intended.
Let’s take a look at the pesky whitehead, so you
can manage your breakouts without making the situation worse. We’ll explore
whitehead causes and treatment options, so you can get back to feeling your
best in no time.
What is a whitehead?
The clue’s in the name when it comes to this
very typical type of spot. Whiteheads, or ‘comedones’, are blocked pores or
hair follicles with a white point in the middle. One of the mildest forms of
acne, these spots are covered by a thin layer of skin, which traps oil and dead
skin cells beneath the surface.
What causes whiteheads?
Whiteheads are caused in the same way as many
other types of acne. When your skin overproduces oils, these mix with dead skin
cells and can clog pores, creating a whitehead or blackhead to form.
You’re more likely to overproduce oils when your
body goes through a hormonal change. This can mean puberty, pregnancy,
menopause, or your monthly period.
What is the difference between a whitehead
and a blackhead?
These common types of acne are mostly the same.
The difference between a whitehead and a blackhead is that whiteheads have a
thin layer of skin over the clogged pore, so what’s inside isn’t exposed to
air. When there’s no layer of skin over a clogged pore, the skin cells and oils
inside react with oxygen and turn black, or ‘oxidise’.
How to get rid of whiteheads
This is why you’re really here. Fortunately,
whiteheads can be pretty easy to manage with a good skincare routine, although
sometimes breakouts can be more stubborn. Here are some of the most effective
ways to get rid of whiteheads.
Wash your face twice a day using
a cleanser with acne-fighting ingredients
Avoid scrubbing and over-exfoliating,
as this can irritate and make whiteheads worse
Don’t squeeze or pick! This
will irritate the skin and can lead to infection or scarring
Treat yourself to a facial
Be patient. Understanding your
breakouts will take time
Choosing the right skincare to get rid of
The most common skincare ingredient used to
treat whiteheads is salicylic acid, which helps open up your pores. Look for a cleanser which
contains this ingredient for your best chance of fighting whiteheads.
You’ve probably been hearing this your whole
life, but it’s never a good idea to pop your whiteheads!
We know, a red, sore-to-the-touch whitehead is
just begging for a squeeze. While popping acne can get rid of trapped oils and
skin cells immediately, removing the ‘white’ from your whitehead, you’ll irritate
your skin. You also risk pushing the clogs further down into your pores, which
can result in a dreaded under-the-skin spot later.
Other types of acne are often mistaken for
whiteheads, which can mean more problems if you’re a popper. If you squeeze or
pick a spot that isn’t a whitehead, you risk inflammation and even bleeding.
These symptoms of picking often take longer to heal than the original blemish
would have. If you break the skin, the area can take a few weeks to heal
It’s always best to leave a whitehead to go away
by itself or use skincare and other gentle methods, like a hot compress, to
hurry along the process.
Eating a good diet
Your regular diet plays a significant role in
your skin’s overall health and condition. Be sure to drink plenty of water to
stay hydrated and eat lots of colourful vegetables and fruit to help keep skin
clear. If you’re worried about your skin, you might also like to reduce your
intake of dairy, sugar, and simple carbohydrates to reduce acne.
For more skincare tips and lots of advice on fragrance, makeup, and haircare, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!
How much attention do you pay to not only the skincare products you’re using but which order you apply them? Applying your skincare in the correct order will make a huge difference to the outcome and we’re showing you exactly how. Follow us from AM to PM on your journey to clearer, more radiant-looking skin!
One of the best things you can do for your skin is cleansing, AM and PM. This Daily Brightening Cleanser is carefully formulated with anti-ageing goodness to ensure that your skin is left thoroughly cleansed and feeling rejuvenated. Calcium and Copper minerals will help to renew your skin whilst antioxidant Mango seed oil and nourishing Sunflower seed oil will help to deliver optimum cleansing benefits.
Exfoliating is a vital step to help buff the skin to it’s healthiest most polished self. This leave-on, flash-foaming chemical exfoliant by Dermalogica helps clear and prevent breakouts while brightening skin. Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), helps wipe out existing and future breakouts to clear skin while Tangerine Peel Extract brightens dull skin while Grape Extract –a potent source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) –exfoliates dead skin cells to help even skin tone.
Next up is removing excess oil and tackling ever-ongoing congestion to give your pores an intense cleanout. Garnier’s Organic Thyme Perfecting Toner is formulated with Organic Thyme Essential Oil, Organic Barley Water and Salicylic Acid. This daily-use toner purifies and mattifies the skin, making pores appear tightened and your skin’s texture appear refined. Once your skin is dry from cleansing and exfoliating, you can apply your toner by placing it in your palms and patting into the skin or by taking a cotton pad and sweeping over your face.
To get that next step further, a face mask will help to absorb further excess oil and will help to control the shine of your skin too. Refine and revive your skin with The Boy Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan tingling clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows.
Serums are the one type of product you’ve heard about and may have even tried samples here and there in gift sets, but they really are packed with some of the best hydrating goodness. This Restoring Serum from YOUTH LAB is an anti-ageing serum that enhances the synthesis of the skin’s structural components. It restores its radiance and brightness, leaving the skin more elastic, smoother and firmer.
Finally, to lock in all of that skincare goodness, a luxurious moisturiser is a must-have! Did you know that in addition to environmental stressors, psychological stress can also impair skin functioning and contribute to the acceleration of skin ageing? Philosophy created this incredibly comprehensive product to help regenerate the look of skin in just 1 week, smooth out lines and wrinkles, and act like a de-stressor for your skin. Don’t forget to apply AM and PM!
Flawless makeup? Yes, please! Do you dream of achieving that magic, silky, nourished base that would just be perfect for blending your foundation, concealers and loose powders on top of? We’ve done the work for you and have rounded up our top skin care products for you to finally master the perfect makeup base in just five simple steps…
To begin your journey to a clearer, fresher makeup base, a morning cleanse if the perfect place to start. Garnier’s cleansing milk is made with natural ingredients such as Rose Flower which is known for its nourishing properties. This cleansing milk gently, yet efficiently removes makeup and impurities while leaving the skin feeling nourished and perfectly comfortable. Using a cleanser day and night works wonders at keeping blemish-causing bacteria at bay!
A nourishing face mask is great for makeup preparation. If you’re getting ready for evening plans, popping on a mask while you’re putting together your outfit or having your dinner is one of the best ways to multitask. YOUTH LAB’s Thirst Relief is a rich creamy face-mask which hydrates your skin in just 10 minutes! It strengthens the epidermal barrier while restoring elasticity, for even and plump skin while restoring smoothness and elasticity for a healthier and youthful look.
You can never be too moisturised! A good layer of nourishment is key for ensuring the smoothest makeup application possible. There’s no better feeling than when you’re blending in your foundation and everything glides on so effortlessly. We recommend Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour skin protectant cream. In addition to providing dreamy moisture, it soothes minor skin irritations and is a great treatment for chapping, peeling or flaking.
If you’re a lover of brightening concealers and baking under your eyes, pre-makeup eye treatments are great for giving you the silkiest base. Super Facialist’s high potency Vitamin C Dark Circles Eye Cream has been boosted with light diffusers to target dark circles under the eye area. Skin brightening Vitamin C, stimulating Caffeine and a proven anti-dark circle peptide combine in this eye cream to help reduce the look of dark circles and the appearance of fine lines.
Finally, the last step to master the perfect makeup base is a little bit of CC cream. Gatineau’s lightweight, intensive tinted moisturiser hydrates and protects the skin while leaving a sun-kissed glow. With Gatineau’s Perfection Ultime Anti-Ageing Complex Cream you can achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin with all-day SPF protection when you wear this gorgeous cream.