Combat skin sensitivity with Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

The PERFECT cleanser! Very soft for my sensitive skin, even on the eyes. It doesn’t sting and I don’t turn red after cleansing my face! I’ve been using it for several years now and I don’t think I will ever change!
— Muriel, Lyon, France Customer

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser is an extremely gentle cleansing gel/cream that can either be rinsed off or gently removed with tissue. It helps combat skin sensitivity caused by exposure to pollution, harsh climate, irritating cosmetic products and other environmental influences - watch the video below to find out more!

Posted on April 27, 2015 and filed under Dermalogica.

Make sure your skin is getting daily hydration with Dermalogica Active Moist

An amazing product - the best moisturiser on the market. Lasts for about 3 months using it twice daily. I have been using active moist for about 5 years and have never been happier with a moisturiser. I encourage anybody who doesn’t use this product to definitely give it a go - it is light, absorbs quickly into your skin and smells great. Try it with the multi-active toner too, they are great together.
— Juliet, Somerton, United Kingdom Customer

Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours, Dermalogica Active Moist is a lightweight, oil-free lotion for daily moisture protection that actively combats surface dehydration while smoothing the skin's surface with botanical extracts. The video below explains how it refines, soothes and hydrates skin:

Posted on April 27, 2015 and filed under Dermalogica.

How to reveal your smoothest, brightest skin ever with Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

This product is amazing!!! Having tried and tested lots of different scrubs/exfoliators I was so happy to have found this one. Whilst other exfoliators can be abrasive and rough, you can mix this one to just the right consistency to suit your skin type. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin types and still gets the job done to leave your skin look polished and much brighter. I have used this for 5+ years and wouldn’t try anything else!
— Laura, King's Lynn, United Kingdom Customer

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a gentle, rice-based exfoliating powder - it activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter!

Posted on April 27, 2015 and filed under Dermalogica.

Strike the right Intensive Moisture Balance

Love this moisturizer! I’ve been using it for a few months after facial cleansing (precleanser and dermal clay cleanser) in the evening and it really helps my skin feel much better! I don´t have as much acne anymore, my skin around the nose and cheeks are no longer dry and I’ve got less oily chin and forehead!
— Maria, Hisings Backa, Sweden Customer

Smooth away the appearance of dry lines and damage with this ultra-rich antioxidant moisturizer for dry skin. Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance is an ultra-rich phytonutrient moisturizer designed to combat dry skin and reduce the signs of premature aging!

How to use:

Apply over damp face and throat with light, upward strokes. Use twice daily, morning and night. Can be applied over or mixed with prescribed Dermalogica Concentrated Booster for additional results.

Posted on April 24, 2015 .

Replenish your thirsty skin with Dermalogica Super Rich Repair

My skin is both sensitive and dry this product is brilliant for those times when I need a heavier moisturiser. This is deeply moisturising without being greasy, doesn’t aggravate sensitivity, doesn’t congest my skin or cause break outs. Perfect in the winter when skin is suffering from cold weather & central heating.
— Elena, Preston, United Kingdom Customer

This deeply nourishing, heavyweight skin treatment cream helps combat chronically dry, dehydrated skin while replenishing critical moisture levels. Super Rich Repair reinforces skin's natural protective barrier, locking in moisture to relieve the driest, most sensitized skin conditions, restoring strength to weakened, damaged skin and defending against future environmental attacks. Watch the video below to find out how you can replenish your thirsty skin today!

Posted on April 24, 2015 and filed under Dermalogica.

How to use Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Tried a variety of cleansers but I always come back to this product. A 250ml bottle lasts me a couple of months because you don’t need to use a lot of the product to cleanse the skin.
— Natalie, Kidderminster, United Kingdom Customer

Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours, this soap-free, foaming gel cleanser with a refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance - and it couldn't be easier to use!

Posted on April 24, 2015 .

The Benefits of Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

My absolute favourite moisturiser. At Christmas I was given a new regime. Wished I hadn’t bothered. My skin felt dry and taut. I’m back to using skin smoothing full time. My skin is hydrated and has a healthy glow again thanks to skin smoothing.
— Charlotte, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom Customer

Formulated without artificial fragrances or colours, Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream is a medium-weight cream with soothing botanicals and antioxidant vitamins to maintain your skin's moisture balance while improving its texture, helping to restore suppleness and tone. But don't just take our word for it - check out the video below!

Posted on April 24, 2015 and filed under Dermalogica, Professional Skincare Products.

Moroccanoil how to's for super healthy hair

Goodbye bad hair days, hello lovely locks.

Moroccanoil isn't your standard, oh so predictable, tainted with disappointment kind of hair product. These little bottles and jars are packed with ingredients specially developed and expertly formulated to create hair which looks salon tamed and professionally treated.

If you need salon professional advice for achieving fabulous hair this spring, look no further...

Here at Jersey Beauty we offer FREE delivery, a reassuring 30 day no quibble money back guarantee and super fabulous prices every day (delivered with wow and happy as standard!). Buy now.

Posted on April 23, 2014 and filed under Q and A, Misc.

40 Years of Decleor

DARIEN, Conn., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For 40 years, DECLEOR PARIS has been the trusted Leader in Aromatherapy Cosmetic and Professional Skincare. As the brand celebrates its 40 year anniversary in 2014, it's a time to honor DECLEOR's commitment to offering a unique art of beauty based on the power of nature's purest and most active ingredients. 

Understanding that beauty and well-being are intrinsically linked, DECLEOR offers a unique sensorial experience that visibly enhances the skin's natural beauty and radiance. DECLEOR scientifically selects and masterfully blends premium essential oils to provide proven skincare solutions that heighten the senses and evoke total relaxation and well-being. Trusted by the world's best beauty professionals, DECLEOR offers specialist products and exclusive massage techniques to deliver ultimate skincare results and professional care.

DECLEOR: Creation and Innovation

DECLEOR was created in 1974 by Solange Dessimoulie, a woman bursting with energy and self-will. During a time when the cosmetic industry still favored active ingredients of animal origin, Solange devoted her training to discovering a new innovation in skin health: the powerful and extraordinary benefits of essential oils. Since then, DECLEOR's development has been built upon three founding values: Naturalness, Sensorality and Effectiveness.

After years of research in the science of plant energies, Solange was introduced to renowned Aromatherapist, Caroline Colliard, and a life-changing encounter ensued that would become the  key to the success of DECLEOR.  It was through Caroline's hard work and spirit that Aromatherapy, the art of masterfully blending essential oils in an ultra-precise dosage to produce effective products derived from the highest quality natural plants, officially became a science.  DECLEOR was the first brand to introduce the term Aromatherapy to cosmetics and, as a true pioneer in the industry, created the brand's cult product: AROMESSENCE™, which is still celebrated today.

DECLEOR's 100% active, 100% natural AROMESSENCE™ serums concentrate the full expertise of the DECLEOR laboratories and are made from essential oils which treat the skin and increase the effectiveness of skincare products subsequently applied. Thanks to the microbicidal and antiseptic properties of essential oils, AROMESSENCE™ serums offer deep treatment to the skin, ensuring incomparable healthy skin that glows with well-being and radiance.

The effectiveness of the AROMESSENCE™ serums brought to light DECLEOR's exclusive "Aroma Duo Concept," a beauty ritual which features an AROMESSENCE™ serum along with a corresponding day cream for each specific skin type that when used together can dramatically improve results and effectiveness.  Whether your complexion is normal, sensitive, dry, mature, combination or pigmented – or your body needs refining, firming or relaxing – there's an "Aroma Duo" solution for unparalleled results and noticeably healthier skin.  The Aroma Duo Concept is at the heart of DECLEOR and is expertly crafted into each unique skincare collection.

DECLEOR Today: 40 Years of Expertise and Innovation

Over the past 40 years, DECLEOR has become the world leader in Aromatherapy, with a legacy rooted in the science of plant energies, combined with an in-depth understanding of the body's vital energies.  DECLEOR's fundamental research and product developments cover over 50 essential oils used in more than 50 unique formulations designed to target every skin concern. The brand collaborates with best suppliers of essential oils, collecting raw materials with quality harvesting, extracting and conservation methods. DECLEOR continues to give back to nature year after year, particularly to Madagascar, where DECLEOR sources over 25% of the raw materials used in their formulations.

With the help of the ASMADA Association, DECLEOR has implemented an eco-responsible and sustainable management project which helps preserve the Madagascar ecosystem and improves the living conditions of local populations. This includes projects focusing on reforestation, access to drinking water and solar electrification for schools. Environmental commitment remains a top priority for DECLEOR and the brand will continue to give back to nature.

Through quality essential oils and Aromatherapy, DECLEOR's professional spa rituals and products provide unparalleled skincare benefits. The brand offers a targeted choice of relaxing, high performing and personalized treatments for face and body for both women and men and a true mosaic of treatments customizable according to skincare needs. The sense of well-being provided by the exclusive treatment techniques combined with the effectiveness of the products is truly unmatched.

Originally available only to professional institutes and spas, DECLEOR is now represented in more than 10,000 points of sale across 70 countries. This expansion will only continue in the coming years, driven by the same passion for Aromatherapy and commitment to excellence that the founders instilled in the brand 40 years ago.

DECLEOR Tomorrow: The Legacy Continues

To commemorate the brand's 40th Anniversary, DECLEOR will introduce a new AROMESSENCE™ Serum in 2014: AROMESSENCE™ Marjoram to provide deep nourishing benefits for the skin. The addition of this cult product highlights the continued growth and innovation of the brand and its commitment to quality and excellence. With this new product, DECLEOR celebrates four decades in the service of beauty, naturally.

DECLEOR Paris, the Leader in Aromatherapy Cosmetic and Professional Skincare for 40 years, is committed to harnessing the best of the plant world for the health of your skin.  With a legacy rooted in the science of plant energies combined with an in-depth understanding of the body's vital energies, our R&D Scientists in France continually study the plant world to develop innovations for skin health.  Found in spas and salons across the globe, DECLEOR products and spa treatments offer a unique art of beauty based on the power of essential oils and plant extracts that heighten the senses and invite the body to fully experience relaxation and well-being.  At the heart of DECLEOR are daytime AROMESSENCE™ treatment serums and nighttime treatment balms, 100% natural, pure, active and preservative-free essential oil blends that regenerate the skin, drain toxins, treat the skin from within and impart lasting radiance. AROMESSENCE™, exclusive to DECLEOR, improve the efficacy of skincare products applied subsequently. 

SOURCE DECLEOR

Posted on April 15, 2014 and filed under Top News, Professional Skincare Products.

Top tips for an active lifestyle

Last week the super fab beauty blogger and pool person in the know Becka over at Beckas Beauty Blog wrote a lovely review on Oqibo Purifying Cleanser and Toner, if you missed it, you can catch up here

Becka told us that as a new and regular swimmer, the chlorinated water was creating that dreaded tight and dry sensation that's oh so familiar to any of us that spend time in the pool. Getting your exercise skincare routine working when external factors seem to conspire against even your very best efforts can be a bit of a challenge, but then we also know that with the right products and techniques, healthy and happy skin can go hand-in-hand with a happy healthy body. 

Here's some super quick top tips for whipping skin into shape when hitting the gym, pool or track.

Let skin breathe

Most of us know that exercise and make-up really don't mix but if you're tempted to keep even a little on or usually slather skin liberally in moisturiser before you workout,  think again. Exercise is super efficient at helping raise a healthy flush to hardworking faces and it's this stimulating action that has greatest benefit when pores are free, clear and open to do their thing. Skin needs to breathe as you workout, allowing increased blood flow and perspiration to occur, clearing the pores and stimulating healthy skin naturally. 

Up your game

If you're a regular exerciser, tailor your products to meet the demands of your routine and choose multi-action, hardworking products that take the hassle out of skincare following a heavy workout. Don't be tempted to scrimp on proper cleansing before you exercise, skin should be thoroughly clean to avoid trapping in dirt and surface debris as your perspire. Choose a super gentle but hardworking cleanser that leaves no residues but is as easy to use both before and after exercise (and yes, you need to do it twice!).

Nourish well

Boost the effects of your weekly workouts by choosing skin supportive products that put back or prepare skin for an extra dose of skin loving nutrients. Choose exfoliators that are super gentle but effectively whisk away debris and drab old skin cells; cleansers that help balance the skin ph as you cleanse; moisturisers that help keep skin thoroughly hydrated day-to-day, and boosters that take advantage of increased blood flow to deliver deeply penetrating overnight nourishment. Skin Supplements can offer additional support on the inside too,  helping top up those often missed but vital micronutrients for a super busy or active lifestyle.

What are your top work out tips?

N x 

Spring has officially sprung...

We have officially stepped into spring this week and if these brighter days are revealing complexions that are a tad tired, patchy or generally winter weary here are some super hardworking products that will have your skin feeling bright and perky again with just one extra step.

Try Oqibo Skin Refining Exfoliator to gently refine, polish & condition skin for beautifully natural and healthy radiance 

For super-quick but gentle exfoliation, use Guinot Gommage Biologique, a  skin exfoliating preparation that leaves faces primed ready for the next step

Drench skin with the Decleor Hydra Floral Expert Mask with it's Hyaluronic-rich formula for skin drenching hydration right when you need it

Give skin a superboost with Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, de-stress hydrate and revitalise quickly for spring ready skin

Use Guinot Serum Longue Vie a skin revitalising concentrated treatment for radiantly healthy skin

10 days to a super healthy complexion with Decleor Source D'eclat 10 Day Radiance Powder Cure, an Intensive treatment for super springtime radiance.

Supercharge your skin with just one extra step this Spring. Boost, refine or treat for a super-fresh, spring-ready complexion that radiates with health and vitality. 

What are your top tips to pep-up and prepare skin for spring-ready radiance?

Top tips for a super lovely Mother's Day

We happen to think our mums are truly magnificent and whilst we try to let them know just how incredible they are in those little ways daily, we love to do something a little extra special every now and then and what better time than this coming Sunday.  Here are some top tips for some super lovely Mother's Day celebrations this year.

Celebrate in style

Crack open something chilled and sparkling, go all out on a fabulously laid table and cook up a storm in the kitchen. Think long and leisurely with those special twists on old favourites. Prep ahead to get time at the table as well as in the kitchen and stock up on those favourite movies for an after dinner treat. 

A year of firsts

If you and your mum have an ever growing list of "I'd love to do such and such" or "ooo I fancy I go at that" stop talking and start doing! Grab yourself a diary and plan a year of firsts starting next week. Book that course, plan a hike, schedule the seaside cycle and do those seemingly silly or insignificant never been or done before things. Scrapbook your new adventures for a lovely recap next year. 

Take time out

When was the last time you got to relax and unwind together? Book that weekend cottage, choose a much needed spa trip or find that week long retreat you've both always fancied. Want something longer term? Book in some weekly classes and treat mum to a course of dance lessons, yoga classes or other fab courses that you can both stuck into.

What are your top tips for a super lovely Mother's Day treats this year?

PS If you fancy spreading a warm glow and uplifting scent of the season this year, pick up the Oqibo Special Edition Green Tea Candle whilst stocks last, for a beautifully delivered Mother's Day treat.

Posted on March 25, 2014 and filed under Misc.

5 Things you can do for your skin this week

Throw away those winter woes and prepare skin for super springtime freshness with these top tips for a radiantly happy you.

  1. Get moving and get outside daily. Fresh air, exercise and a daily dose of UV will top up those all important vitamin D stores, boost your mood, lower those stress levels and help rebalance your sleep cycles.
  2. Clear out your empties ditch the oldies and throw away those oh so way past their best. Healthy skin needs healthy, happy products that are fresh, active and doing what they do best (which is not bathing in bacteria or harbouring those nasties!).
  3. Go bare. Skin sometimes needs to simply breathe for a while. If you're a daily make-up wearer give your skin a break for a day or two or whisk it off as soon as you get home. Indulge in a deep cleansing pamper session then slather skin in a gloriously nourishing and super rich moisturiser that will hydrate deeply.
  4. Stock up on skin loving snacks to nibble on when those sweet or salty cravings come calling. Try nibbling on almonds, brazil nuts, linseeds, dried apricots, blueberries, raspberries and even a little dark or raw chocolate for a dose of skin loving goodness.
  5. Book yourself a full body massage. We're not talking sports massage here, more the deeply relaxing swedish aromatherapy type where you're cocooned in warm towels, slathered in nourishing oils and taken to a whole different place for an hour or so. You'll feel relaxed, re-energised and refreshed, muscular tension will be eased, circulation boosted, skin will glow with health and you'll sleep and feel better for days afterwards. What's not to love?

Those are out top tips for loving your skin this week, what are yours?

N x

Posted on March 16, 2014 and filed under Misc.

Video's: Oqibo Candles, A Review & A How-To

Happy Sunday! If you missed the latest video updates on the Oqibo Youtube Channel, pull up a chair grab a cuppa and take a peek.  More coming soon....

N x

 

Love candles? You'll love this fab little tip...

Beth tells us what she thinks about the Oqibo Purifying Cleanser & Toner...

Want to know more? Here's what makes the Oqibo Cleanser & Toner so fab!

February Favourites

February has been a super fabulous and fun filled month over at Jersey HQ and we’re truly excited to be heading into March with a smile on our face and a song in our heart! Here’s some of our favourite bits...

New product parcels Hurrah!

This month Jersey HQ has taken delivery of the much awaited and oh so in demand Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes. Clever little cloths that do exactly what their liquid cousin does, just in a handy wipe shaped package. Throw in the bag, take to the gym or pack in the suitcase for an on-the-go, super easy cleanse.

We made a vid

Which was super exciting and a whole lot of fun. Andy, the man with the cam, has beautifully captured Oqibo Purifying Cleanser and Toner in use and on show. Go take a peek, tell us what you think. More to follow soon yay!

Bumps a go go

Lisa, one of our skincare experts, therapists and all round lady in the know has just received her baby wings meaning that our Liverpool Salon can now treat mums-to-be with a range of super fabulous and indulgent treatments to have them floating away into a little slice of personal bliss. 

Love love me do

This month, the Ladies at HQ decided to let our bodies, as well as our loved ones, know just how much we appreciate them this year so on Valentine’s Day we launched the #alovelettertomyself project as a way to celebrate our individuality and encourage others to do the same. We have had some incredible and lovely emails and received some fab letters from a whole bunch of super lovely ladies that have made us very happy indeed. 

Cupcakes were delivered by Batman

Yup, they really were! There really is no such thing as an average day here at Jersey HQ but this month really was extraordinary thanks to a certain someone who, (we name no names but we have been busily looking for the next guy or gal to come join the team), decided not only to draw their alter ego but who sent over a box of super delicious cupcakes, flown in (hand delivered) by Batman himself. Yum and Yay in one day!

We have secret plans

And secret they shall stay! We can’t tell you the ins and outs just yet but we can tell you that behind the scenes of the calm and effortless day-to-day we’ve been beavering away on all kinds of mischief and happenings. We will of course be shouting from the rooftops in the coming weeks so keep those eyes and ears on full alert.

That was our February, how was yours?

Nx

Supersize savings for a more beautiful Spring

Lighter nights and sunnier days are a sure sign than Spring is about to poke a cautious nose above ground fairly soon. If you, like us, bounce out of Winter with a spring in your step and a song in your heart, you’ll love the latest trio of fabulous money saving lovelies to take through the season.

First up, is the oh so gorgeous Guinot delivering a double dose of skin loving goodness with their most popular Cleansers and Toners, now offering 400ml for the usual 200ml price. 

Next is a hair essential guaranteed to put a bounce back into winter worried tresses. Buy the supersize Moroccanoil Hydrating Twin Pack and save a rather lovely £27.70 (rrp).

Finally, we have the oh so wonderful, larger than life 250ml Oqibo Purifying Cleanser and Toner, delivering an extra 100ml of spring skin health essentials. 

Hurry, they’ll only be around for a wee while! Stock up now and breeze through into a more beautiful spring.

N x

Top beauty tips when travelling light

Planning a spring getaway? Here are our top beauty tips when travelling light...

  • Buy travel sizes of your must have faves or invest in some super stylish travel bottles and tubs then refill from your full size containers.
  • Invest in dual action or multi use products to keep tub numbers to a minimum. Look for products that deliver extra skin loving treatments to feel truly pampered whilst you’re away.
  • Pack an essential oil or two. Lavender is the perfect sleep aid, bath partner, spot treatment and mosquito repellant. Great for calming those pre-flight nerves or tension headaches too.
  • Pack a trio of small muslin squares or soft cotton cloths instead of space eating cotton wool. Use one a day, hand wash in hot water if you’re staying an extra night or two. Great used with a floral hydrolat too as a space saving replacement for wipes. 
  • Heading off to sunnier climates? Take a mini sunscreen or invest in products that have added UV protection to cut down on the clutter. 

They're ours, what are yours?

N x

Quick Tips For Better Cleansing

Choose the right type of cleanser

This may sound oh so blindingly obvious but how many times have you sworn never to use a type of cleanser because one particular brand didn’t work for you? Revisiting old product types can often reveal wondrous and skin loving goodies that will have you wondering why on earth you never tried them before! Get to know your skin type, get some no-nonsense advice on the type of products that perfectly suit your skin and grab some sample sizes to try out and experiment with.

Follow the instructions

Yes, we’re all guilty of occasionally ignoring those directions for use, but surely we know what we’re doing, right? Well not always as it turns out. Those directions are most definitely there for a reason and doing things to the proverbial letter will help you get the very best out of your product for healthy, happy and super clean skin. 

Practice your technique

We know that ‘massage gently’ definitely doesn’t mean rub briefly whilst attempting to brush your teeth and pull on the PJ’s, but we also know that when you’ve had an oh so long day, the urge to crumple into a warm and inviting duvet can seem far more inviting than an extra few minutes in front of the mirror. Taking time over the cleansing part of your daily routine really does make a huge difference to how your skin looks and feels. Work on getting the right technique for your cleanser type and do it daily, no excuses (your skin with most definitely thank you for it).

Keep it clean

Cloths, towels, product and brushes. Double up when you buy those much needed cleansing essentials and rotate them regularly to keep things super clean and doing their job. Watch out for nasties in your cleanser too. If using a balm, invest in a spoon or set of small spatulas rather than putting your fingers straight in the jar (as tempting as that may be!). Look out for flip-top lids or plungers to help keep your product super hygienic through every use.

Work with the weather

Changing seasons can often leave you skin wondering what the heck just happened! If your skin is the type to head for the hills, dries out seemingly overnight and then refuses to budge again until spring, you may want to take a peek at your cleanser (as well as that all important moisturiser). Richer cleansing creams and balms can work wonders during the colder months whilst enriched gel cleansers will put back some of the good stuff cleansing usually takes away. Try to avoid the temptation of using super-hot water too regularly, it may be cold outside but healthy skin needs to retain those all important natural oils to look and feel happy and healthy. 

N x

Posted on February 18, 2014 and filed under Misc, Professional Skincare Products.

Understanding Your Skincare Ingredients

Here at Jersey Beauty HQ we talk to lots of customers and curious folk every day of the year (well almost, we do get some time off for good behaviour!) and have done since around 2006. That’s a whole heap of conversations and the one consistent theme that keeps popping up is ingredients; what they are, how they work and whether they are as sinister and dastardly as some reports may say.

Over the coming weeks we will be looking at ingredients in more detail but to kick things off, here’s some top tips to think about when assessing what's in your skincare products:

Natural does not always mean good for skin

The broad use of the term natural can be questioned more closely and rigorously. Tons upon tons of chemicals that are used (some of which are not such good guys where skin health is concerned) are by their very nature, naturally occurring. Natural is often used as a super effective, feel good marketing tool based on the general understanding that natural means good. Sometimes it is of course fabulously good for skin but remember to remember that it’s not always so and if you're wanting to take a more natural approach think skin health first and research those ingredients!

Disaster headlines always have a sub plot

How often do you get to hear horrifically awful things about the ‘bad guys’ of cosmetic ingredients? Carcinogenic, petrochemical and toxic are mentioned so frequently and the context repeated so often that the truth gets submerged somewhere between research and understanding! Thinking critically, researching the source of information and taking a logical, deductive approach will help you get to grips with weeding out the horror fiction from the horror facts.

Not all ingredients are created equally

Ingredients are often lumped together as their whole. A great example is parabens where studies highlighted risk that one particular type of paraben could be possibly carcinogenic which has led to all parabens being characterised as such in the public domain. How often do you hear, read or are told to avoid all parabens at all costs? Understanding context and source is key in understanding that not all ingredients are equal, irrespective of grouping.

Stick to your values and to the facts

Choosing cosmetics from a personal position is a great place to start, come from a place based on your own personal values research and understanding and try to ditch those sometimes confused or conflicting marketing messages. Ingredients such as Mineral Oil are a great example of what has become a trigger point for reasons other than the source, muddying an industrial process with a sanitary byproduct of the process. Dirty, toxic and carcinogenic are words often used to describe what is an inert and skin friendly ingredient.  Analysing the facts and physical data as well as keeping your personal wants, needs and values in mind will help keep fact from fiction and ensure that your buying choices are the right ones for you personally.

That's it for now, a quick fire top tip rundown to get you started. If you have any thoughts, we’d love to hear how you wade through the noise and chatter on skincare ingredients. We’d also love to hear which ingredients you’d like us to cover in more details in the coming weeks.

Nx