Fancy an at-home facial massage that reduces facial puffiness and soothes the skin? Gua sha has you covered! Gua sha is the hottest self-care and skin-boosting technique right now, popular on Tiktok, we’re here to talk you through the dos and don’ts of the popular ancient natural therapy…
What Is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a treatment traditionally used in Chinese and East Asian medicine. “Gua means press, and ‘Sha’ means sand – it’s a treatment that consists of dragging a flat rose or jade quartz stone over the skin in strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage. At first, the results don’t look the best, it leaves you with redness and bruising as your face heals. However, after a few months you should see dramatic results!
Although gua sha facial videos have been the top trend on Tiktok, you can do gua sha on the face, body and even the scalp. Begin by starting with an oil, never on bare skin, the oil helps the tool to easily glide across the skin, ensuring you don’t cause any damage to the skin cells.
Gua sha is done relatively gently (you’re in control of the pressure and the shape of the tool you use), we recommend avoiding this technique if you are prone to broken capillaries or acne breakouts.
How Often Should You Gua Sha?
To ensure that you receive the best results, be sure to gua sha once per day. However experts say that you can still experience the benefits of this facial massage technique if you do it two, three times a week.
Which Gua Sha Tool Should I Use?
If you do a quick internet search you’ll probably find yourself on a page filled with 100’s of gua sha tools, it all can become slightly overwhelming! Jade is one of the most popular options, Jade is known for its balancing effects and its ability to soothe and de-puff facial features whilst clearing inflammation. Another good option is rose quartz, it’s especially good to use on the neck and chest! Whatever you go for, you’re going to see the benefits.
How To Use A Gua Sha
1. You can use a gua sha on the face, body and scalp, and it’s best to use this alongside your preferred choice of oil.
2. Hold the gua sha tool with the curved side to your face and glide it gently up and out, starting with the neck, jawline, chin and around the mouth, between three and five times per area. Always take short strokes in just one direction, not back and forth.
3. Next, press the tool flat to the skin, under the eyes or over any redness, to soothe and de-puff.
4. Work the tool in small horizontal strokes over the brow bone to lift, or hold and press upwards between the brows to release tension.
5. Stroke down the neck, never upwards, to drain fluid.
6. If you want to reduce puffiness, work lightly, then more firmly, to relax muscles.
New launches have officially landed and we’re here to talk you through the freshest new arrivals at FD! From luxurious beauty to irresistible new scents, discover the latest and greatest products you need to have on your radar!
Introducing the new PowerBright Dark Spot Serum from Dermalogica, an advanced serum that begins to diminish the appearance of uneven pigmentation fast, and keeps working to even skin tone over time! If you’re on the hunt for your next new favourite holy grail beauty product then look no further!
Flashmud is a fast-acting vitamin C brightening mask that chemically and physically exfoliates to reveal luminous, radiant, and more even-looking skin in just one use! Recently launched at FD, this product creates balanced looking skin using a blend of unique ingredients including ellagic acid and betulinic acid. Whether it’s oily skin, dry skin or even combination skin, this Glamglow product is designed for instant results for both men and women across the globe!
Turbo booster c is a 99.8% high potency topical vitamin c powder and the hottest new beauty launch right now! Use this product alone or mixed with your favourite water-based serum, moisturiser or spf, our vitamin c powder helps protect skin against environmental attacks and brightens skin tone! For use, place one scoop in the palm of your hand with your water based moisturiser or serum in the morning.
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If instant, camera-ready skin sounds like something you could get on board with, Glamglow might just become your new favourite beauty brand. With an incredible skincare range aiming to instantly diminish visible imperfections and produce a noticeable glow that lasts for days, Glamglow is home to some of the most amazing skincare – plus, celebs love it! Let our beauty blog editor take you through some of her tried-and-tested favourites!
Each year our skin’s fight with the cold, dull weather the UK likes to grace us with every now and then is inevitable. From the Winter to Spring transition, I found that my skin was drier than ever. When I clocked that Glamglow created a hydrating face mask in their extensive line of treatments, I jumped at the chance to try it. Not only does it smell gorgeous, but the texture feels like nourishing silk. Simply pop a layer of this baby on for 20 minutes and your skin will soak up all of its goodness. Composed of apples, oats, honey, coconut and ginger, this mask gives your skin and instant wake-up call.
After just one use of Glamglow’s hydrating mask and having noticed a change in my skin already, I decided to give their Youthmud mask a go. It’s not like any of those clay masks that feels super dry as it works it magic, this one applies like a soft exfoliating paste and is easy to clean up. Featuring stacks of anti-aging antioxidants, green tea leaves and volcanic pumice rock, this stimulating treatment works wonders at leaving your skin feeling silky soft along with helping to control breakouts so you can have camera skin that is ready to go.
Now onto the daily products! If you’ve ever bought yourself a toner that looks like water, and let’s be honest just feels and works like water, you won’t be turning back if you try this one. Glamglow’s gorgeous silver-y super toner works with a six-acid complex to keep your complexion clear by removing dead surface cells that cause skin problems. In just one sweep, your pores are immediately refined and unclogged. It also smells beautiful and refreshing too!
Next up, their mesmerising serum. The consistency and colour of this product is almost amazing as the results. Packed with supportive peptides and raspberry stem cells to help support the skin’s natural collagen for firmer, plumper and younger looking skin, this lightweight serum is a keeper. Formulated with reg algae extract and hyaluronic acid, I definitely noticed a difference when it came to having a more radiant complexion.
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Summer is creeping up, which means our favourite flip-flops, sandals, and slingbacks are coming out of retirement and back into our regular rotation. Are you ready? Nope.
After a winter of lockdowns and rainy weather, the last thing we’ve been thinking about is the skin on our feet. But – celebrate – it seems like we’re on the right side of the pandemic. The nights are getting longer, and the thermostat is hitting new heights each and every day. We couldn’t be happier! Until we think about cracking out our dry, rough heels for all the world to see…
Why do we get dry skin on our feet?
Our feet are more prone to dryness than other parts of our body because there aren’t as many oil glands there, so the skin isn’t great at keeping itself soft. Throw in daily stresses from walking, running, or whatever else you do on foot, and you’re looking at some unavoidable dryness and rough areas.
No natural moisture from oil glands or hair follicles
Pressure from standing or exercising
Exposure to too-hot water in the shower or bath
Artificial heating in the colder months
Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
Let’s take a look at these common causes of dry feet in a little more detail, so you can prevent the problem before it arises.
1. No natural moisture from oil
The soles of our feet are up against it even more than our toes, bridges, and ankles. That’s because the skin here is naturally thicker and has more sweat glands but no hair follicles or ability to produce oil.
2. Pressure from standing and walking
Many of us rely on our feet to get us from A to B. Regular standing and walking is enough to put some pressure on our feet. Throw in running, yoga, competitive sports, and anything else you might be into, and you’re giving your feet a lot to contend with!
Regular movement can cause dry, hard skin to form on pressure points like our heels, big and little toes, and the balls of our feet. These are the areas you’ll want to focus on with your new footcare regime.
3. Too much hot water
You might already know that too-hot showers and baths can dry out your skin. While they might feel great in the short term, steamy soaks suck moisture away, leaving your body feeling dry and dehydrated. Feet too!
If you can bear to be parted with your hot bubble bath or shower, it’s better to wash in lukewarm water. Suppose you’re particularly concerned about dry skin on your body, including your feet. In that case, keeping your water temp in mind could be a game-changer.
4. Sun damage
We’ve all done it. Even the most sun-conscious among us sometimes forget to apply SPF to the skin on our bridges and toes. The skin here is naturally delicate, which means long periods in the sun without the proper protection can cause dryness and premature ageing.
5. Indoor heating
Just like heated rooms can dry out your face and body, they can dry out the skin on your feet, too. If you notice your feet are dehydrated and cracked in winter, it could be a good idea to turn down the thermostat or wear socks at home. Heating systems reduce the moisture in the air, so avoid exposing your toes to these conditions if you’re struggling with dryness.
6. Skin conditions
Another common cause of dry skin on the feet, skin conditions like eczema, can be persistent in sufferers. Still, once you understand these conditions, they can be straightforward to treat with the proper creams.
How to take care of the skin on your feet
You wouldn’t ignore dry, cracked skin on your hands or face. So why let it slide when it develops on your feet? Get ready for sandal season with a regular foot care routine and enjoy feeling proud of every inch.
Cleansing is essential
When you take a bath or shower, you might assume your feet get clean by themselves. Fresh water and lather run over them while you look after the rest of your body, right? Wrong! Well, sort of.
Sweat and dirt can get trapped in dry skin on your feet, which means bacteria and bad smells are more likely to linger. These can turn into conditions like a fungal infection or athlete’s foot. They’re pretty standard and can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Still, we know you’d prefer to avoid them.
To keep your tootsies healthy and hygienic, be sure to clean them every day, just like any other part of your body. You might like to use a nourishing soap or body wash, getting between your toes and everywhere else with the lather.
Exfoliate every week
Add a weekly foot exfoliation to your self-care regime and get one step closer to the baby-softness of your dreams. You can exfoliate your feet using a pumice stone or foot file; it should take around five minutes if you stay on top of things, so it’s no biggie to add this step to your post-shower routine.
Rub whatever tool you’ve chosen over your feet in small circles, focusing on dry areas (usually your heels, toes, and the balls of your feet). You could do this to wet or dry feet, but scrubbing after a wash means any dry skin will have softened and should come away quickly.
Choose cotton socks
Cotton is a natural, breathable material that will be kind to your feet and help keep them soft. If your sock drawer is bursting with synthetics, consider switching them out for cotton alternatives to take better care of the skin on your feet.
Use a foot mask to get rid of dry skin
If you’re struggling with dry, cracked feet or want them looking their best for summer, adding a foot mask to your routine can be a game-changer. There are two types of foot mask you might want to try: deeply moisturising foot masks and those which promote skin peeling.
What does a foot mask do?
You might want to use a foot mask if your skin is severely dry or calloused, or just to take care of your already-soft feet! There’s no reason you shouldn’t try this indulgent beauty treatment – foot masks are suitable for everyone.
Hydrating foot masks
Some foot masks are just like those you might use on your face. Made from nourishing ingredients that can help to exfoliate, moisturise, and improve skin’s condition after a few minutes of wearing. You’ll slather the product on, sit for 10 to 20 minutes while it does its thing, then rinse it away to reveal rejuvenated feet.
Peeling foot masks
Other, more potent foot masks contain active ingredients which promote cell turnover. So you’ll wear the product for a period, rinse it away, then watch your skin peel off dramatically over the next day or so.
These foot masks usually come as a kit, including little socks that have been soaked in the formula – think sheet masks for your feet. To enjoy the full benefits of a peeling foot mask, you might need to wear your stylish new socks for an hour or so, so it’s also a great excuse to put your feet up and catch up on your shows!
How do peeling foot masks work?
Peeling foot masks work by using skin-safe acids to dissolve the bonds between live and dead skin cells. So you’ll shed those dry cells like a snake and be left with only the baby-soft skin underneath.
Who shouldn’t use peeling foot masks?
Peeling foot masks are generally safe to use, and they’ll provide excellent results for most people. However, if you have diabetes or you’re pregnant, you should speak to your doctor first. Similarly, avoid using masks if you have any cuts, bites, or rashes on your feet.
The best foot masks to try for yourself
There’s lots of foot care out there, which can make choosing the right products for you a challenge. Good news! Many of our favourite skincare brands make foot masks and peels, so you can buy with confidence and enjoy the same great results you’ve grown used to. But there are also many foot care-specific brands, who make lotions, masks, and scrubs that you might not have come across before.
The BARBER PRO and BeautyPro foot peels are two award-winning masks that remove hard skin and callouses with next-to-no effort. With salicylic acid and botanical extracts, these easy-to-use foot booties should be worn for a maximum of 90 minutes. Your skin will peel away over the next week, so don’t try this the day before your big flip-flop debut!
Have you heard of a zero-waste bathroom? It’s the concept of swapping out the usual bottled shower products for products with plastic free packaging. Enter Lamazuna. This eco-conscious brand create a beautiful range of sustainable, solid cosmetics that are perfect for the zero-waste lifestyle. Here on the blog, we’re going to run through some of our favourite products from the brand!
Just before we jump in, let’s take a look a further look into the brand’s history. Lamazuna was founded in 2010 and set out with an aim to minimise bathroom waste in order to help reduce your overall environmental impact. The products do not contain any water and each solid bar replaces the waste equivalent of two plastic bottles. All of the brands products are naturally derived, cruelty-free, vegan and the packaging is fully compostable thanks to its recycled cardboard and nontoxic vegetable inks. In short, if you’re a fan of brand that keep environmental ethics at heart or know someone who does, these are the perfect little treats.
If you’re like me and can’t stand breathing in spray deodorants or the feeling of wet and sticky armpits thanks to roll-ons, you need to try this solid formula. This zero-waste deodorant in solid form features coconut oil to nourish the skin, sunflower wax to leave the skin soft and supple, along with Palmarosa essential oil which eats away bacteria.
As a lover for all things in cute shapes, I couldn’t resist this adorable cloud shaped cleanser! This product is perfect for popping in your toiletry bag or displaying on the side. This cleanser features oat flour to cleanse and soften, hibiscus powder for hydration, lavandin flowers for their antiseptic and purifying properties along with arnica montana flowers to help soothe and calm dry and sensitive skin types.
Who else is sick of their regular shampoo bottle slipping through their fingertips and catching their toes as it falls to the bottom of the shower? I’m with you. However, this lightweight shampoo bar is perfect and compact, made especially for dry hair types featuring coconut oil to cleanse and nourish along with kaolin white clay to soothe. With a delicious coconut-y vanilla scent, what more could you ask for?
Watch out, this one is a must-have for Spring/Summer! This heat-resistant solid cocoa butter bar is an all-in-one product perfect for using as a facial oil, body butter or even a massage oil. This melts beautifully when in contact with the skin while featuring a heavenly iris and tonka bean scent. I loved this one as it reminds me of my favourite deep, musky perfumes.
Shop Lamazuna products today at Fragrance Direct and take advantage of incredible prices. While stocks last.
CBD burst onto the health and wellness scene and skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, popping up in everything from chocolate to bath bombs. Read on to learn more about it and whether you should add it to your daily wellness routine.
What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds produced by the cannabis sativa plant. It is a natural, non-psychoactive extract with unique health benefits. In recent years it has generated a lot of interest with researchers looking at potential therapeutic uses for CBD.
CBD works within a biochemical communication system in the body. We have two types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2 which respond to CBD. CB1 receptors are found all around the body, with many in the brain, and they deal with co-ordination and movement, pain, mood and appetite, amongst other things. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system and affect inflammation and pain perception.
Is CBD Legal?
CBD products must meet strict standards to be legally bought and sold in the UK. Products must not contain more than 0.2% THC to be legally sold in the UK, it’s the THC present in the cannabis plant that causes a psychoactive effect. CBD oil does not have any psychoactive effects as it contains only trace amounts of THC, so it will not cause a ‘high’.
How to choose a good quality product?
With the influx of interest in this area of health, more products have arrived on the market. It’s difficult as a consumer to know the difference between products, but there are a few key things to look for:
Organically certified – ensures the product and raw materials will be of the highest quality.
Extraction method – CBD extracted with heat or solvents may have damaged many of the plant actives. Ensure the product is batch tested for contaminants and cannabinoid levels to guarantee you are getting what you need.
Quality – Make sure the product is batch tested for contaminants and cannabinoid levels to guarantee you are getting the amount that is labelled on the bottle.
CBD oil vs. Hemp oil
CBD comes from a different part of the hemp plant (typically stalks, leaves and flowers) than hemp oil which is extracted from the seeds. Hemp seed oil is a nutritious oil in its own right, however it contains no CBD or other cannabinoids so will not provide any of its therapeutic benefits.
There are no set dosages for CBD, everyone metabolizes compounds such as CBD differently, so the dosage will vary for everyone. It is best to find the dosage that works for you by starting low and increasing slowly.
What form to take?
CBD is used in a number of ways. Some products are applied topically, while others are ingested orally or placed sublingually (underneath the tongue). Sublingual forms are very effective as they bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism, going straight into the blood stream for better absorption and wider circulation throughout the body.
The Zen CBD Difference
Hemp absorbs everything in the soil it is grown in. So, suppose there are even trace amounts of chemicals, pesticides, or any other toxic elements, they will end up in the supplement. Zen CBD is organically certified by the Soil Association which have stringent regulations and ensures the highest quality raw materials and product.
Zen CBD offer a full spectrum CBD which retains the benefits of all the other compounds alongside CBD and the synergy of the plant including its terpenes, antioxidants and nutrients. Isolated CBD is heavily processed, and can be synthetic, meaning it’s not even derived from the hemp plant.
ZEN CBD offer a great range of naturally flavoured organic CBD sprays, the perfect choice if you find the pure CBD oil taste a little too earthy. The delicious natural flavours from coffee to peppermint mask this grassy flavour, and make using CBD a pleasant and enjoyable experience. The sprays are easy to pop in your handbag, gym bag, or keep in your desk drawer for when you need a zen moment.
ZEN CBD sprays are preserved in MCT oil. This improves the durability and bioavailability of CBD. Hemp oil can be used as a carrier but it tends to go off quickly once opened (and doesn’t taste as good).
ZEN CBD use a superior supercritical CO2 extraction method. This is regarded as the gold standard form of CBD oil. It produces a full spectrum oil, that is chemical free, so you benefit from the entourage effect of all the compounds working in synergy together.
Zen CBD test each batch for 14 Cannabinoids, including CBD and THC content. Each batch is also tested for pesticides/heavy metals and contaminants, guaranteeing no nasties, and all the full spectrum goodness to help you stay zen all day long.
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