Discover The Best Exfoliator for Your Skin Type

Exfoliation is an essential process in maintaining good skincare – but with such a variety of exfoliators on offer, which one should you use? From AHAs to BHAs, and a whole myriad in-between, confusion is an understatement. Not only that, get it wrong and your skin will NOT be pleased. To save you stress, time and wasted money, we have selected the very best chemical exfoliators to suit every skin type and age.

1.For Acne/Blemish-Prone Skin (Oily), Exfoliate with Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £9 (30ml), www.paulaschoice.co.uk

Discover the best chemical based exfoliator for your skin type
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Those with acne or blemish-prone skin should look for products that contain salicylic acid. Not only does the little miracle worker effectively remove dead skin from outside and within pores, but it also comes with much-needed soothing properties and will thwart further breakouts.

We love this impressive exfoliator. Other ingredients include green tea extract (renowned for its antioxidant-rich composition) and methyl propanediol, which acts like a straw to suck in all other ingredients. You will love how hydrated your skin feels afterwards. The results truly are remarkable This exfoliant is suitable for combination/oily skin types.

2. Combination Skin Types Try: Caudalie Glycolic Peel, £18.62, www.amazon.co.uk

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Combination skin types should veer towards a glycolic (plant-based) acid, as it can be applied to both dry and oily areas without issue. Caudalie’s Peel is incredibly gentle, yet unbelievably effective. Combining grape-sourced viniferine brimming with antioxidants, this peel repairs, renews and resurfaces to a happy-faced standard. You will love it!

3.For Dry Skin Exfoliate With Tatcha Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder, £60, www.amazon.co.uk

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People with dry skin should avoid alcohol-based products like the plague (or corona). Also, you need to look for ingredients that offer high moisturising properties (such as ceramides). Dry skin and mature skin types should only exfoliate once per week. We love Japanese brand Tatcha’s exfoliator. The rice bran and papaya extract boast an array of amino-acid soldiers that tackle exfoliation with ease. This is a gentle and natural process of buffing away dead skin cells, with incredible results. Your complexion will radiate healthy luminosity and a velvety touch.

4.Normal Skin Types Try: Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector, £19 (130ml), www.glossier.com

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Those with normal skin types should aim to exfoliate a couple of times each week.  We love Glossier’s Skin Perfector. This exfoliator contains 3 acid types (AHAs, BHAs and PHAs). The outstanding formula removes all dead skin cells, revealing a beautiful glowing and polished complexion. Awesome.

5.For Sensitive Skin Try: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment, £38.50, www.katesomerville.co.uk

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There’s a reason this is award-winning – it is OMG amazing. Including key components to revive sensitive skin that has fallen foul of dullness, this treatment is D-reamy. With ingredients such as vitamin A & E, honey, lactic acid, and natural oils, you can expect a total skin overhaul with mesmerising results.

For more reading inspo try, “5 Kick-Ass Liquid Exfoliants.”

The Best And Most Affordable Vegan Beauty To Try This ‘Veganuary’

‘Veganuary’ is here – and there’s never been a greater need to feel healthy (and also, totally pampered). We need affordable and guilt-free, ethical beauty products we can truly enjoy. Yet again, beauty brands we adore have come to our rescue. Read on to find the very best vegan beauty items. Having passed the test on affordability, ethics and incredible results – all you need to do is choose, buy, indulge…and relax!

1.Glossier Soothing Face Mist, £13 (95ml), www.glossier.co.uk

the best and most affordable vegan beauty to try this veganuary
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Don’t let pesky face masks get the better of your complexion. Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist allows you to refresh, rehydrate and soothe your skin. The vegan formula contains aloe and rosewater (two skin-loving ingredients). You can opt for a hands-free spritz – or should you need extra TLC, spritz and then apply your serum and moisturiser. This will provide an extra layer of locked-in hydration. Although Glossier is moving towards being totally vegan, there are few products awaiting transition (of which include beeswax or lanolin). Bear this in mind when shopping for vegan products.

2.The Hair Boss The Scalp Scrub, £7.99 (150ml), www.thehairboss.co.uk

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A proper detox means from head to toe – so let’s begin with the scalp. The Hair Boss, The Scalp Scrub is nothing short of incredible. Affordable, vegan and truly effective, the treatment will tackle scalp concerns such as dandruff, revitalise your head and encourage those luscious locks to grow! For a full review, check out ‘Begin Veganuary the Right Way.

3.Pura Cosmetics Blissful Bubblegum Lip Scrub, £4.99, www.puracosmetics.co.uk

the best and most affordable vegan beauty to try this veganuary
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We absolutely LOVE these lip scrubs – honestly, the scent is utter heaven in a jar! Why not try out the Blissful Bubblegum or Revitalising Raspberry (we’re totally obsessed with)? They effectively smooth and rejuvenate your lips, leaving an irresistibly kissable pout for hours to come. Simply gorgeous!

4.St. Moriz Advanced Pro No Mess Spray Tan in a Can, £7.75 (150ml), www.feelunique.com

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Right now, we need clean beauty with minimal fuss – and that’s exactly what you get with the St. Moriz Spray Tan in a Can. Developed to create an enviable glow within hours and drying within minutes, this vegan tan formulation works like a dream. We have tried so many self-tans, and this one has to be one of the best. The can is designed with a 360-degree spray, meaning you will reach those places previously unobtainable. Y’know, the places you blindly spray, hoping for the best! This clear spray does everything you need it to do (and you won’t smell like you’ve been attacking the biggest biscuit barrel in the world)!

5. Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub, £9.99 (125ml), www.sukinnaturals.co.uk

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When it comes to clean beauty, Sukin know their stuff. This brand has been high on our radar for some time. Each product tested has come up trumps. For a ‘Veganuary’ super skin boost, why not try Sukin’s Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub? Super green is the buzz word for 2021. There is a reason that celebrities are falling over themselves for a natural super green skin treatment – these ingredients really offer a complexion upgrade. Combining kale, spirulina and parsley (to name a few), this scrub will clean, refresh and smooth your skin like no other.

Happy detoxing!

Begin ‘Veganuary’ The Right Way With The Hair Boss, The Scalp Scrub

Never has there been a greater need to turn January into ‘Veganuary’ then now. Given that no one wants to add dandruff and lacklustre hair to the list of concerns, we turn to the high impact vegan brand, The Hair Boss for help. This hugely popular haircare brand will ensure you give your locks and scalp a thorough detox this Veganuary, with their incredible Scalp Scrub.

Who Would Benefit From The Scalp Scrub?

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Should you find your scalp is particularly flaky or itchy at present, the Hair Boss, The Scalp Scrub should be your go-to solution.

Additionally, should you be a big fan of dry shampoo (who isn’t?), then a good scalp detox will help to free you from the frequent build-up; thus, giving your scalp a chance to breathe again. This little step is so underrated.  Just by applying a regular scalp detox, you will find that your hair becomes healthier, stronger and ‘have to run my fingers through it’ awesome, in minimal time.

How to Use The Scalp Scrub

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We should treat our scalps and hair with the same TLC as we do our faces. Think of the Scalp Scrub as an ideal pre-wash exfoliator. The scrub effectively removes all the build-up and debris left behind from all the products we love.

The Scalp Scrub should be used weekly in order to maintain beautiful and healthy locks and keep your scalp in tip-top condition.

Ingredients

This vegan formula is the perfect detox treatment for your hair. Featuring natural components such as rosebay extract and tea-tree oil, these ingredients team up to diminish signs of dandruff, leaving your scalp clean and clear. Better yet, it enhances the ‘natural ecosystem’ of the scalp. Should you have any stubborn makeup lines around the edge of your hairline (umm, yup), this multitasker will also work to swiftly remove the issue.

Conclusion

begin Veganuary the right way with the hair boss scalp scrub
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A good scalp scrub is more important than people realise. Should you have hair or scalp concerns, the first point of call is to ensure your scalp is healthy. We absolutely love The Hair Boss, The Scalp Scrub. Pesky dandruff is no longer an issue and it dramatically improves the overall health and look of your hair.

The Scalp Scrub is the must-have haircare detox that everyone should incorporate into their Veganuary. Totally affordable, the Scalp Scrub is priced at just £5.32(150ml). You can purchase The Hair Boss, The Scalp Scrub at www.superdrug.com.

For particularly distressed scalp issues, try The Scalp Soothing Tonic, £5.32 (100ml), www.superdrug.com

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My Fave Multi-Tasking Products Of The Week

Hey Lovelies!

Multi-tasking products (that actually work) are a dream come true. We all have lazy days, too busy to stop days – and days when we just don’t care that much. For these occasions, we need some multi-tasking heroes to give us a helping hand. Fear not, the following are not only amazing, but will save you so much time in the day. I’ve seen the future – and it is simple.

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1.Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, £16.50, www.amazon.co.uk

Multi-tasking product, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil
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I cannot state enough just how good this little multi-tasking is.  For those who suffer from extremely dry or dehydrated skin and hair, the oil offers sorcerer-like capabilities. Smooth into your skin for that iridescent sheen, then add (a very small amount) to the ends of your hair and sit back in wonder at the truly remarkable results. You will be amazed!

2.Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, £105, www.spacenk.com

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This beautifully luxurious multi-tasking oil should be on the top shelf in everyone’s cabinet. Scrap that – it’s so good it should be locked away in the safe. Containing the purest retinol, this oil diminishes spots, reduces fine lines and evens skin tone with ease. Unlike many other retinol products, once this outstanding oil has carried out these crucial tasks, it will then go on to deliver optimal moisturising benefits. All this whilst you are sound asleep. When you awaken you may just touch your incredibly soft skin and wonder if perhaps you are still dreaming. It’s that good.

3.Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £46, www.francesprescott.com

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Perfect for lazy girls like me, this multi-tasking balm is a literal game-changer. The hero product delivers incredible cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising results in minimal time and with almost no effort required. Win, win!

Created by renowned makeup artist and facialist, Frances Prescott, the formula offers a unique blend of natural actives and no nasty chemicals, parabens or synthetics.  Ingredients such as antioxidants, botanical oils, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed enzymes and starflower, work in unison to effectively nourish and rejuvenate the skin. Expect a seriously gorgeous glow. LOVE THIS!

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday people. xx

Keep Your Complexion Looking Gorgeous Over Winter With These Awesome Products

Hey Lovelies!

Keep your complexion looking gorgeous during the bleak winter months with these awesome products. Dry and distressed skin will quickly become a thing of the past. You can turn up your heating or go out and brave the elements, safe in the knowledge that your complexion (at least) will stay in tip-top condition.

1.Invest In A Great Night Oil: Beauti Sleep Elixir Facial Oil, £47 (30ml) www.harveynichols.com

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You may be bored of hearing me rave on about this product – but there really is good reason; it works. Loved by the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex (and many beauty experts), this facial oil is loaded with anti-inflammatory essential oils that truly care for your skin. Apply at night and simply let it works its other-worldly magic. You are very welcome.

2.Buy An Overnight Exfoliator: Try Alpha-H Liquid Gold, £33.50 (100ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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This incredible product literally takes off all the unwanted dry and flaky skin whilst you snooze. What could be better? Simply add a few drops and it works like a dream – in fact, the results are so good you will be wondering if you are still dreaming when you awaken and peer in the mirror. I love this!

3.A Great Serum: Try Bioderma Sebium Hydra, £11.10 (40ml), www.boots.com

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I reviewed this brand a few years ago and still I use it today. Rich and nourishing, the formula delivers much needed hydration to quench dehydrated and dry skin. Additionally, should you use acne treatments that further dry the skin, this will be the go-to product for you. Think restructuring and soothing active ingredients and a face which glows with luminosity, not redness!

4.Hero Project Glow Drops Facial Oil With Vitamin C, £19 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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Ensure you are providing your skin with the essential protection it deserves during the winter months with the help of your super-protective friend, vitamin C. The Hero Project’s Glow Drops will keep your skin safe from the bleak winter so you can stay looking gorgeous! This vegan-friendly ultra-nourishing formula will provide a much-needed boost of proven ingredients that work in unison with vitamin C. The result is that dry, lacklustre skin becomes a complexion of enviable beauty.

5.Azelaic Acid: Opt For The Ordinary Azelaic acid Suspension 10% £5.50 (30ml), www.cultbeauty.com

complexion for winter:The Ordinary Azelaic acid suspension
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Some of you will be concerned with acne scarring, some with rosacea, but Just about everyone suffers from dreaded unsightly pores. Move over products, because there’s a new Queen in town – and she’s here to take them down. This relatively new amazing component targets and treats these skincare issues in a flash. The awesome ingredient is fast-becoming an internet sensation and it can come at a high price. Thanks to the fabulousness of super-brand, The Ordinary, you can pick up this amazing formula for next to nothing. Yes, it delivers the same superior results as the ones with the hefty price tags!

6.Don’t Forget The Retinol: Viola Skin Retinol Serum, £14.97, www.amazon.co.uk

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Retinol products are so important for keeping those dreaded wrinkles at bay. However, retinol products are essential during the winter months too. There are many on the market which can vary greatly in price. This little gem of a product by Amazon is not only cost-effective, but includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, that help in firming and repairing the skin. Laugh in the face of abrasive weather and overly high central heating. This formula will promote collagen production and protect your skin. Behold, a transformation from a dehydrated and dull appearance to a complexion or resilience and sheer radiance! Winter is no match for this brand.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

 

 

4 Of The Best At-Home Peels For Gorgeous Skin

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With the vast selection of at-home peels on offer it is very easy to get caught in the mire with products that aren’t fitting for your skincare needs. Never fear – the following are some of the best at-home peels for every skin concern.

  1. Dr. Jart + Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel £28.50 (100ml), www.lookfantastic.com
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Whether your skin concern may be aging skin, blemishes or dullness, Dr. Jart’s peel is just the ticket. The gentle, yet powerful coconut milk-based exfoliator is ideal for those with both combination and sensitive skin, and quickly achieves a youthful complexion of sheer luminosity. Combining allantoin, coconut milk, panthenol and squalene, the formula effectively soothes and hydrates, tackling any irritation that may otherwise incur from applying a peel and locking in moisture. Lactic and salicylic acid deeply exfoliate, ridding the pores of any dead skin cells or dirt. Also included in this peel is glutathione. This component offers optimal toning and brightening properties to the table, stimulating cell renewal and creating a clearer more youthful and complexion you will love.

2.Perricone MD No Rinse Exfoliating Peel, £35 (59ml), www.perriconemd.co.uk

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This exfoliating peel is one in a million. Scientifically proven to promote cell turnover by 100% in just 3 weeks, it is one peel everyone should try. The liquid formula makes light work of its task to diminish dead skin cells. Including key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, copper complex and l-cartinine Furthermore, it offers superior hydrating abilities, whilst simultaneously plumping up the skin; thus, reducing the appearance of pesky fine lines. Apply and unveil some seriously beautiful youthful radiance.

For optimal results use in conjunction with Perricone MD’s other skincare products.

3.Deborah Mitchell Bee Peel, £109, www.heavenskincare.com

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I tried this innovative peel some time ago and it remains one of the best. Formulated with ABEETOXIN, organic coconut and raw cane sugar, this peel successfully resurfaces the skin, tackles age-related skin concerns and even reduces the appearance of scars. Additionally, the peel provides a super-boost to the skin’s collagen production, achieving a firmer and younger looking complexion.

You can feel this product working within moments of application. The sensation is tingling and may sting a little. This enhanced exfoliation peel is not for those with extremely sensitive skin and should only be left on for a couple of minutes. Additionally, it should be used for no more than 3 consecutive days.

4.Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA, £36 (60ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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Pala’s Choice offer some of the best skincare products around – and this resurfacing treatment is a total achiever. The leave-on exfoliant effectively resurfaces, brightens and evens out skin tone. Simply apply at night, go to sleep and awaken to discover gorgeous skin. Result.

The formula combines antioxidants and 10% glycolic acid (AHA). This is scientifically proven to promote collagen production, whilst targeting and treating the dreaded signs of aging.

Also included are anti-inflammatory ingredients such as liquorice root extract, willow bark and allantoin to calm and soothe skin, further supporting a renewed and fabulous complexion by the time your alarm clock beeps. What better way to begin the day?

For optimal results this treatment should be used regularly. It is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below and have a great day xx

 

Transform Your Skin With The Best K-Beauty Products And Advice

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There’s no denying it – should you want incredible skin, K Beauty is the place to look. Granted, they seem to have a rather long (10-step) beauty regime, of which may seem like a bit of a stretch. Particularly when the ugliness of Monday morning arrives and we have pressed the snooze button repeatedly until it finally gives up. Subsequently, we are rushing out of the door with evidence of strawberry jam on toast blotted on our cheeks (just me, then?), and forgetting to do our eyebrows. Can there be any possible way of squeezing in a 10-step routine? I think not.

However, not all days are like this – and these are the occasions whereby we really should make that bit of effort to try the K Beauty method. Believe me, your skin will thank you. Obviously, there is quite a bit to the 10-step process, so I have spread the information over 3 articles. Part 1 covers preparation: double cleansing, exfoliation and toning.

1.Double Cleansing

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In order for any of your beauty ingredients to work effectively, it is imperative to cleanse. I know, it’s a pain (especially when you get home in the wee small hours and crashing on your bed is all you can think of). If there’s one thing Korean beauty enthusiasts are doing better, it’s the double cleanse. Opt for a foam or gel cleanser (with ph of around 5.5) for ridding environmental pollutants without stripping the skin. I love Sulwhasoo Snowise Gentle Cleansing Foam £37.89 (200ml), Amazon.

As the years pile up on our faces (in a Victorian-esque library fashion) we may crave for our skin to feel a little tighter – but when we experience this after cleansing it is not a good thing! Behold, one of the best cleansers around. Combining duckweed and chestnut shell extracts together with Korean herbs, this super-velvety cleanser offers exceptional results without irritating the skin. This South Korean brand’s cleanser makes your skin look and feel like a dream. Suitable for use during both am and pm, following your oil cleanser.

The Oil Cleanser

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To successfully diminish superficial impurities and all makeup, you need a good oil-based cleanser. For this, why not try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £19.80 (120ml), Amazon?

Loaded with both antioxidants and vitamins, this superior cleansing oil makes light work of clearing away makeup and impurities, whilst simultaneously providing optimal hydration and nourishment. YAASS!

2.Exfoliate People!

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Always remember to exfoliate – but never overdo this process and it is worth bearing in mind that those with sensitive skin or with more mature skin types should keep this step to perhaps twice per week. Additionally, veer towards AHA exfoliators (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or BHAs (like salicylic acid) rather than more abrasive options. I love TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel, $13.50 (5 fl oz) Amazon. This little gem keeps the blackheads and dead skin at bay,   transforming dry or dull skin into a complexion that boasts luminous radiance.

3.Don’t Forget The Toner

Benton Aloe BHAs toner
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Toner has had a bad rap of recent years and is often the forgotten product. Not so, if you are a K Beauty fan. The importance of this product should never be underestimated.

A good toner will not only help in restoring your skin’s pH balance (goodbye forever dry skin) but some also supercharge your skin with nutrients, even out tone, reduce pore size and fully prepare your skin for optimal absorption of your skincare ingredients. Try Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, £14.49 , Amazon.

What are your thoughts on these K Beauty products? Leave me a message in the comments below.

Coming shortly: K-Beauty Part 2

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