Protect dry skin with nourishing sunflower oil
Most of us think of fried food and salad dressings when it comes to humble sunflower oil. And yet this kitchen favourite is as skin-friendly as its costlier equivalents and a miracle worker when it comes to dealing with dry skin.
Hydrogen water for your skin: meet the newest antioxidant craze
Anyone recall who first came up with the theory that necking eight litres of water a day would give us all radiant complexions? No, us neither, but it's advice most of us strive to follow.
#Greenaddict: the benefits of chlorophyll for skin
We all know about getting our five a day, but did you know about the anti-ageing power of chlorophyll? An nutritious ingredient par excellence, chlorophyll boasts a multitude of skin-loving benefits!
Weird yet magical active skincare ingredients
No, we haven't lost the plot... The list may be heave-worthy, but they're lauded by the skincare world... Whacky and (to say the least) unconventional, these natural cosmetics work a treat!
The plant kingdom, a beauty-boosting natural resource
The skincare world is rapidly heading down a simpler, back to basics route. Plant-based cosmetics are seeing a resurgence, as more of us gravitate towards natural skincare ingredients.
Quinoa, a multi-tasking beauty queen
Packed with antioxidants, gluten-free and a vegetarian favourite, superfoods such as quinoa have also made their mark on the skincare world. Here's all you need to know about the skin-friendly powers of this humble grain.
5 flowers to work wonders on your skin
Mother Nature can give us beautiful, young-looking, bright skin… Natural skin care ingredients bring the best she has to offer to our cosmetics. We take a look at the 5 flowers that can make our skin flourish.
Gold! Add a bit of bling to your beauty routine with gold in cosmetics.
Gold has more than jewellery up its sleeve! This yellow metal is also found as an active skincare ingredient - a precious element in our quest for a flawless complexion.
Mallow: The New Wonder Ingredient For Sensitive Skin
Marshmallow root is having a serious skincare moment right now, thanks to protective qualities that make it ideal for sensitive skin.
The power of beauty-boosting blueberries
Blueberries are a 'superfruit', touted for their medicinal properties since the Middle Ages. Today, the benefits of these small blue berries continue to take the skincare world by storm.
So you thought charcoal was just for BBQ's?
Charcoal does more than burn our bangers... It's also a detoxifying ingredient par excellence. Face masks, micellar water, soap... A purifying superhero, it's present in loads of skincare treatments and we're loving every last crumb!
Birch juice, the new beauty-boosting detox for perfect skin
From its buds to its bark, birch is an effective health and beauty booster. Its beneficial properties have long since been recognised, but it's recently made a comeback as a post-winter detox ingredient.
The amazing benefits of orange blossom for skin
With its gorgeous scent and delicate taste, orange blossom's also a powerful beauty booster. Here's all you need to know about this zesty ingredient...
Zinc, the clear skin mineral
Zinc is a trace element and oily skin-zapper that regulates sebum production. Here's why you should think zinc, when it comes to sorting out your skin...
Lemons - a fruity route to perfect skin!
Lemons are great for our overall health, but they're miracle workers when it comes to our skin: purifying, antibacterial, antioxidant, bursting with vitamin C... Here's how to add a zesty touch to your skincare routine and get all the benefits of lemon.
The skin-soothing benefits of cornflower water for sensitive skin!
Cornflowers are gorgeous, delicate wild flowers that bloom between May and July. They're an old favourite when it comes to dealing with minor wounds. Once transformed into a floral water, they work wonders on skin!
Become a spirulina superhero
Spirulina's under the spotlight... This fresh water algae has extraordinary body and skin-boosting properties! Here's a closer look at spirulina and its potent anti ageing promises.
Hive products to bring out your inner Queen Bee
Hands up anyone who loves a honey face mask... We all know that honey's great for our skin. The good news is that it's not the only skin-friendly ingredient sourced from bee hives!
The benefits of collagen on our skin
Collagen is an integral part of our body's cells. It's also a cosmetic powerhouse. Here's all you need to know about collagen and how it helps our skin.
10 amazing beauty benefits of baking soda
Baking soda has become a beauty must-have, particularly if you enjoy whipping up homemade treatments! Why? Because it's a cheap as chips, eco-friendly multi-tasker!
Castor oil, a skin-loving moisturiser
Castor oil's been used since time immemorial for its many benefits. Castor oil deeply moisturises our bodies and hydrates skin - from tip to toe, hair and nails included. Apparently it was Cleopatra's favourite make up remover (and boy, did she pile it on!).
The benefits of tomatoe, a flawless skin fruit and here's the proof!
We all love a bit of spag bol or extra sauce on our pizzas... But did you know that tomato on skin works wonders? Here are 3 tried and tested DIY tomato-based treatments.
Sweet almond oil, a sure-fire ingredient to soothe irritated skin
From Egyptian Pharaohs to our grandmas' bathroom cupboards, sweet almond oil has always been THE skin-soothing miracle worker. It works wonders on dry, painful, uncomfortable or irritated skin. Reason enough to head to the shops...
White tea, the latest anti ageing superhero
As professional cuppa-guzzlers, we know that there are loads of different types of tea. But what about white tea and its beauty-boosting benefits? Here's a closer look at this leafy elixir of youth!
Aloe vera, your one way ticket to well-hydrated skin
We've all heard of aloe vera, but may not know how this fleshy plant can help hydrate our skin.
The extraordinary cleansing power of green clay
It's been used for donkey's years and now green clay's back under the cosmetic spotlight. Not least because of its amazing detoxifying properties. Here's the lowdown.
Royal jelly: the hard facts about our wintertime BFF
Known since the dawn of time for its nutritional and mineral-packed properties, royal jelly is a skin-friendly superhero. Particularly during winter!
Lucuma, the latest skin-loving superfood!
Ever heard of lucuma? Unless you've hit the Machu Picchu trail, probably not! And yet this sunshine yellow fruit is known for its numerous skin-friendly benefits.
Honey, liquid gold for dry skin during winter
Favoured by ancient Egypt's royalty and a staple ingredient in our grandma's cupboard, honey has been part of the Beauty Hall of Fame since time immemorial... Whether derived from acacia or chestnut trees, lavender or thyme, what makes this humble ingredient so good for our skin during winter?
Argan oil to beat the winter skin blues
Argan oil's numerous benefits make it a beauty boosting superhero. This multi-tasking oil moisturises, repairs and helps skin to regenerate. And it's the perfect protective ingredient to apply during harsh, winter months.
Pomegranate, an elixir of youth
Underneath a tough, spiky skin, a miracle awaits. Known for its refreshing properties, pomegranate is the latest fruit to help us keep looking younger for longer.
Hyaluronic acid, the hydrating active ingredient
A hydrating, anti-ageing wrinkle-buster and miracle molecule that's perfect for sensitive skin. We can't sing its praises enough: hyaluronic acid is a skin-loving superhero!
Lip balm - the superstar ingredients
Our lips are sensitive creatures and hate winter's biting cold. We all love a bit of balm to nourish our pout throughout the day. But what are the best lip-friendly ingredients that we should choose ?
Nigella oil, your one way ticket to perfect skin
Although less well-known than shea butter and coconut oil, nigella oil certainly deserves a place on the podium. Its active ingredients soothe and improve skin of all ages.
The wonderful world of skin-saving plants!
It's called phytotherapy and it's the science of using plants or their active ingredients to give us back our youthful, peachy glow.... Miracles at work? Not quite - this is Mother Nature doing what she does best!
Glycerin, a moisturising superhero
Glycerin, the humble ingredient that's once again gracing our shelves. Here's a closer look at this remarkable compound!
Happy Halloween! Here's the lowdown on the beauty benefits of pumpkin on the skin
It's Halloween... The pumpkins are piling up and it's time to reap the benefits of a vegetable that will bring out your inner Cinderella!
Caffeine, the perfect ingredient for your eye area
Mostly known for its stimulating and energising effects widely advertised by George Clooney, did you know that caffeine also has draining properties which make it the perfect ingredient to treat your eye area?
Turmeric, skin's spicy helping hand!
An exotically perfumed, tasty orange spice that has loads of surprises up its sleeve. Turmeric is a powerful cosmetic active ingredient!
Winter is coming, the days are getting shorter, you're worn out… And so is your skin! Kiss goodbye to a sallow complexion and follow these 10 tips for glowing skin.
Shea butter: a multi-purpose beauty booster
It can untangle the most unkempt of manes, but did you know that it also works wonders on our skin? Indeed, shea butter is one of the best treatments there is for dry skin. Here's the lowdown!
Hyaluronic acid, a boost of hydration for all ages
Hyaluronic acid, it’s not just for injections to fill in wrinkles! This “miracle molecule” is also a fantastic moisturiser that works well on both younger and more mature skin.
Pour your skin a revitalising cuppa
Detoxifying, slimming, cholesterol-reducing, digestion-easing, packed with vitamin C... Tea (green in particular) has long been recognised for its health benefits. What's more, our humble morning wake up call is also great for our skin!
Irises are known for their gorgeous blue/violet/purple flowers. What you may not know is that this flower has been used in beauty treatments for donkey's years. Learn more about this beauty powerhouse!
Using imperial peonies for a healthy glow
Even if we learn to live with the appearance of fine lines on our face, having a lacklustre complexion in the morning is out of the question…We’re betting on the magical powers of the imperial peony to get that healthy glow back!
Marvellous menthol, a purifying superhero!
Astringent, stimulating, antiseptic, refreshing ... Mint's a medicinal plant that's been used since time immemorial. Its essential oil is a cosmetic powerhouse.
Back to the future: traditional active ingredients that still amaze
Skincare labs are always on the look-out for new ingredients, but sometimes the oldies remain the goodies. They're back in our products, having been refined for maximum effect. Here's a closer look at these skin-saving superheros!
Vitamin C benefits for the skin: eat your veg to get glowing!
It is hard to imagine all the good things vitamin C can do for us… Known for its anti-fatigue and anti-cold properties, this star among vitamins must not be forgotten in the winter; it offers a range of benefits in our daily life and can play a major role in the health of our skin. Here's why.
Vitamin A, our skin's personal bodyguard
We all know that vitamin A helps us see in the dark. We may not, however, realise the essential role it plays when it comes to our skin. Here's a closer look at this multi-functional vitamin.
Perline, for visibly beautiful skin
Stress, fast-paced days, jam-packed weeks …Our skin sometimes finds it tricky to keep up. It becomes dull, tired and loses its radiance. How can you restore flawless, younger looking skin that’s free of imperfections? Using Perline, of course!
Calcium, to help make mature skin more resistant
We already know how good calcium is for our bones and teeth…But it can also be a powerful active ingredient in the fight against skin ageing, by helping to restore density and firmness.
The magical powers of soybean oil
A favourite with vegetarians and vegans, thanks to its high protein content and praised for its health-boosting properties by those in the know, soya is now a staple part of our diet. What you may not know is that soya, and particularly soybean oil, is an anti-ageing superhero.
Hyaluronic acid, the star ingredient for tear troughs
You know that rather unsightly fold that you've noticed under your eyes? We call that the tear trough and it can be filled using one special ingredient: hyaluronic acid!
Natecium, the ingredient for boosting cellular regeneration
As time passes, our skin transforms and signs of ageing start to creep in and settle permanently. The cause? Cellular regeneration slows down. But don’t panic, there is a solution.
Vegetable oils that can save our skin
Sometimes the most simply formulated products, with the most natural composition, are life savers when it comes to skincare. Welcome to the world of vegetable oils.
Lavender, the perfect skin-pamperer
An aromatherapy superhero, lavender is not only famous for its floral scent, but also for its benefits to body, face and skin.
The amazing detoxing powers of charcoal
When we hear the word ‘charcoal', the first thing that pops into our heads is an image of miners with faces blackened by long working days spent in the gloomy underground tunnels. It’s, therefore, a bit tricky to imagine how charcoal could possibly sneak into our bathrooms, and yet…
Pro-Xylane, an anti-ageing super hero
In our quest to turn back the clock, anti-ageing treatments are perhaps our biggest ally: they can help with wrinkles, blemishes, sagging and lack of plumpness. And Pro-Xylane is the star ingredient.
Peptides, what's the deal?
Peptides have been included in skincare treatments for donkey's years. They're basically skin-loving multi-taskers. Here's why...
Boost your summer with coconut oil
Known for its delicious, thirst-quenching water, coconut is also a beauty must-have. Its oil boasts a multitude of benefits, so join its fast-growing fan base.
An anti-ageing superstar for a rosy complexion
We're familiar with rose’s delicate scent, but know less about its benefits to the skin. A multi-tasker, its active ingredients are used in a variety of cosmetics, including those that fight ageing skin.
Panthenol, the perfect active ingredient for sensitive skin
Panthenol, also called provitamin B5, is the most widely used vitamin in the cosmetic industry as it is an essential ingredient for beautiful skin. Here we explain what panthenol is in 3 simple steps.
What Essential Oils Can Do for You
Creams, personal hygiene products, shampoos... Essential oils are everywhere and it's with good reason. With a high concentration of active ingredients, they're able to treat a multitude of minor imperfections. Zoom in on how to use EOs and discover what they can do for you.
Superhero argan oil can rescue dry skin
If ever there was a wonder product for face and body, Argan oil is it. Moisturising parched skin and giving all complexions a healthy glow, it truly is 'liquid gold'.
Aloe vera, rescue remedy for sunburn
Yes, it’s probably one of the ugliest cactus-like plants around, but the humble aloe vera has some very important health and beauty benefits that make it one of our favourite green, spiky things. Here are a few reasons why we love it so much.
Anti-ageing: the natural antioxidant approach!
Antioxidants are THE nutritional anti-ageing superheroes: and there’s no need to raid your local chemist, the answer’s on your plate.
Monoi oil: the A-Z of this holiday inspiring scented oil
Sun-worshippers have long used Monoi oil as a deep tanning accelerator, and, used with a sunscreen, it can enhance your glow. But there’s more to this wonder oil than just acquiring a David Dickinson-esque colour (which, by the way, we don’t recommend). Beneficial to both the body and hair, it’s actually a great all-rounder for soft, nourished skin and locks.
Antioxidants are your skin’s BFF – they keep cells and skin tissues healthy, and therefore you more goddamn beautiful. Here is your antioxidant primer, so pay attention!
Jojoba oil - oily skin's BFF
Jojoba is not only joyous to say (pronounced ho-ho-bar), but its oil is a beauty superstar, with a multitude of benefits, not least for oily skins. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder why you waited…
Collagen in our creams, we say yes!
Collagen is an essential and natural part of our skin, keeping it firm and youthful, so it stands to reason that it should make up an important part of our beauty creams, too. In fact, this vital ingredient is the royalty of skincare solutions.
Vitamin E, natural antioxidant
Vitamin E is recognised as one of the best antioxidants there is. It actively fights against the oxidation caused by free radicals, which accelerate the ageing of the skin. That’s our kind of antioxidant. So let’s celebrate this precious vitamin, and find out how best to use it.
Pay attention, class. Collagen is the material that is responsible for the firmness and elasticity of our skin, and if you want to preserve a youthful look for longer, you need to understand its active mechanisms.
The 5 beauty benefits of glycolic acid
Glycolic acid... The name rings a bell. But where did we hear about? Who mentioned it? And what makes it so great? Here are the 5 indisputable reasons why glycolic acid can help us in our quest for perfect skin!
Retinol, a grow old in style wrinkle-buster
An anti-ageing powerhouse, retinol knows how to slow down the clock. It's a sure-fire, wrinkle-zapping ingredient. Here's a closer look...
Vitamin E: the skin protection vitamin
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and the ideal weapon to protect cells and fight premature skin aging. We take a look at the benefits of vitamin E for skin.
Hyaluronic acid: true vs false
Moisturising, anti-ageing, plumping, available in creams or by injection, hyaluronic acid is THE anti-ageing essential. Here are the facts...
How does clay work when applied to my skin?
This mud has been used since the dawn of time to heal, beautify and purify the skin. Natural, inexpensive and very effective, clay is the active star ingredient in many cosmetic products. Here's why...
How jasmine can save your skin
Jasmine has always been loved for the delicacy of its white flowers and the seductiveness of its fragrance. But there’s much more to the humble white shrub than petals and perfume.
The truth about galangal: we sort fact from fiction
There are loads of well-known anti-ageing active ingredients, such as skin-smoothing retinol, plumping hyaluronic acid and rejuvinating collagen. We take a closer look at the galangal plant, an effective anti-wrinkle filler and booster for dull skin.
Ceramides – your skin’s natural defence system
You may well have noticed that ceramides are frequently found in your beauty products – in everything from soaps and moisturisers to shampoos, hair conditioners and even sunscreens. But how exactly do they help to defend your skin?
Its anti-ageing properties have taken the world of cosmetics by storm. Smoothing out wrinkles and firming the skin, retinol – otherwise known as vitamin A – is THE ingredient of the moment. Here, we sort out the fact from the fiction regarding this wonder ingredient.
Propolis: the facts and the fiction
Propolis – a plant resin collected from tree buds by bees – is one of the most powerful natural ingredients around. Here’s the lowdown…
A guide to busting dark patches of skin
Don’t let those annoying brown spots (AKA liver spots) that appear on the face, cleavage and hands as you age get you down. The right regime can lessen their appearance and stop the formulation of new ones. Let’s take a closer look…
Superhero skincare ingredients to calm your skin
Tight, itchy face? Burning cheeks? Listen up, your skin's sending out an SOS. It's in need of soothing and softening, so try these star active ingredients.
Hold back the years with the best anti-ageing active ingredients
We all dream of smooth skin, a glowing complexion, a plumped-up face and well-defined contours. Get the skinny on active anti-ageing ingredients that will do the trick with minimum fuss.
Green, pink, white: try all the colours of the clay rainbow
Clay has been used as a quick and effective beauty trick for thousands of years all over the world. It's a star ingredient that comes in loads of colours, thanks to different mineral properties, and they all meet different skincare needs. Here’s your colour-coded guide to which one to use.
Why royal jelly delivers skin fit for a queen
Royal jelly has long been used to get skin buzzing with nutrients and minerals. But should you use creams, capsules or the pure stuff?
Hyaluronic acid - how to keep your internal fountain of youth!
Hyaluronic acid is gold dust for skin, a precious ingredient we need to conserve. Here are 3 beauty tips for boosting your hyaluronic acid levels.
Collagen, a facial fountain of youth
Along with hyaluronic acid, collagen is a key factor in our quest to turn back the clock. So what exactly does that mean? How does it help our skin look younger? Read on...
Oxygen, a breath of fresh air for perfect skin
We're always on the lookout for new treatments, products and techniques in our quest for healthy, glowing skin. Here's a look at the latest craze: oxygen facials!
Seaweed your way to great skin
Algae: we may hate swimming in seaweed but boy, does it work wonders on our skin! Intrigued? A favourite skincare ingredient, algae are taking Britain's bathrooms by storm!
Retinol's back on the scene and here's why
Retinol was THE star anti ageing solution during the 90's, before becoming sidelined by other active ingredients. At the time it was considered to be an irritant and deemed unsuited to sensitive skin. The good news is that's now back in action, thanks to new, gentle formulae!
Hyaluronic acid in all its glory
Highly regarded as a miracle-working molecule, hyaluronic acid has become a must-have to combat the effects of skin ageing. It guarantees hydrated, smooth and firm skin. But how can your skin reap these benefits?
Pro-xylane, a furrow-busting active ingredient
Our skin becomes finer and more fragile as we age. Collagen levels drop, leading to lines and wrinkles. Thank goodness for Pro-xylane, a powerful wrinkle-zapping active ingredient.
Galanga: the plant ingredient with anti aging effects
We already knew about collagen, hyaluronic acid, retinol… They all have one aim: to combat signs of aging. Galanga has a claim to this anti aging, wrinkle filling club too. We take a closer look at this little-known plant ingredient…
What can adenosine do for my mature skin?
When we reach 50, the skin's needs are different to what they were at 20, 30 and even 40. Just a simple moisturising cream is no longer enough; the skin needs specific care with enriched formulas. Adenosine is a powerful anti wrinkle ingredient and an excellent weapon in the anti aging struggle.
Sirtuins, our built-in, anti ageing proteins
Sirtuins, alongside vitamin PP, are currently under the anti ageing spotlight. Here's a closer at sirtuins, the powerful proteins that govern longevity.
Glycerin, a moisturising superhero
Glycerin is a simple active ingredient that works wonders on our skin. It has the amazing ability to hydrate skin of all types.
Fibroxyl, otherwise known as the firming ingredient
Fibroxyl? This is one of the most recent innovations to help fight the loss of firm skin on your face. Time to investigate this star of the beauty world, capable of stretching out fibroblasts…