A-Z SKIN CARE GLOSSARY

THE A-Z SKIN CARE GLOSSARY

In this new skin care glossary, we break down some of the most common terms in today’s beauty world into easy bite size nuggets of information, designed to keep you in the knowhow. A is for…ANTIBACTERIAL Ingredients such as propolis, cinnamon or eucalyptus oil, including essential oils such as thyme, lemon and rosemary have antibacterial properties. Although many are in fact classed as antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, they do not have a wide spectrum, meaning they’re effective against certain species of microorganisms only. They should not be used instead of other more effective disinfectants such as alcohol, but they can provide an...

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How to read your skincare product labels

How to read your skincare product labels

Safe and sound at home but with little to do? Then maybe it’s time to learn once and for all just how to read your skincare product labels. The format in which ingredients are listed is called the ‘INCI’, which stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. ‘Nomenclature’? That word in itself can leave us scratching our heads before we even start on the ingredients! Let’s see if together, we can decipher this ‘common’ format of listing what our skincare products contain: Different Language Where plant extracts are concerned, these are normally listed by their Latin name, such as rosehip oil "Rosa...

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Simple DIY Face Masks

Simple DIY Face Masks

As you know I am not a big fan of home remedies because some of the most commonly used ingredients can cause irritation, pH changes in the skin or even hyperpigmentation. (Check out our blog article ‘The Dangers of DIY Beauty’ for the lowdown.) However, there are some household ingredients that do work and are safe to use at the recommended dosage. Let’s have a look at what they are and how we can make simple DIY face masks using them... * REMEMEBER to only prepare enough for a SINGLE use so as to avoid the problems associated with storing and...

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Easy home remedies for dry hands

Easy home remedies for dry hands

Those of you who have been following us for a while will know that I personally prefer not to overcomplicate formulas by adding lots of different ingredients, so as to avoid potential preparation errors or problems with contamination. However, I do sometimes opt to use an easy home remedy (which should never replace commercial preparations, of course!) that contains just a single household ingredient – Something that can be quite useful now that we’re spending so much time at home! Let’s have a look at some easy home remedies for dry hands using ingredients commonly found in your kitchen cupboards... For chapped...

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Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil

Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil (Roll On)

Let’s have a look at why the Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil is so versatile and why you should always keep it to hand… Also known as ‘the ultimate skin problem solver’, our complexion boosting Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil is capable of treating a variety of skin problems. Suitable for all skin types and proven to provide visible results in just 7 days, this unique lightweight facial oil based on nature’s best-kept secret: Unsaponifiable oils. This special fraction of the purest and most expensive plant oils is naturally brimming with active ingredients, which have been hand-blended to preserve their potency and integrity....

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The London Mask

The London Mask

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this ultimate wonder mask... How should I use it? Apply a thin layer on face and leave for 20 minutes (or if you are in a rush, 15 minutes), then rinse off with lukewarm water. You can use a damp soft muslin cloth to gently remove it as well, but avoid rubbing your skin. It’s a clay (Kaolin) based mask. Does it exfoliate?  Yes, it gently exfoliates your skin. Clays stick to dead cells on the surface of the skin which are then removed as you rinse the mask off. I use pink clay which is...

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Rapid Eye Treatment

Rapid Eye Treatment

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this powerhouse of antioxidant-rich botanicals & plant peptides. Why is it called ‘rapid’? Is it like a ‘flash’ balm? Apart from the ingredients you would expect to find in an eye care product, I use a mixture of sugars derived from locust bean gum, which creates a nice film that tightens the skin without the effects of crumbling or pilling, typical of some other mechanical tighteners. So after you apply the Rapid Eye Treatment, you’ll notice how the fine lines around your eyes appear suddenly less evident, and the entire eye area is more refreshed. It...

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Hyaluroil Lip Treatment

Hyaluroil Lip Treatment

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this intensive therapy for dehydrated lips. I am a big fan of lip oils and lip serums but this one feels completely different. Yes, this one is not runny! The viscosity is obtained by the unique blending technique – This is why I do not use any mechanical blenders and prepare every single batch by hand. You need to stir softly to mix the ingredients but if you stir it too much, you lose the grade of viscosity which makes this product so effective. Hyaluronic acid is soluble in water; how do you mix it...

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Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum

Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this skin tone brightening serum... Despite only being in my mid forties, my dermatologist has classified my skin as ‘mature’. Will this serum improve my large dark patches? With age, melanin deposits caused by sun damage in your teens and twenties become can become larger and more apparent in your thirties and early forties. This serum will help you to minimize the intensity of those darker areas and improve your skin tone overall. Can I use it during the day too? Yes, it is a non-photosensitive, organic solution which naturally brightens your complexion. Furthermore, clinical studies...

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Nutritive Repair Emulsion

Nutritive Repair Emulsion

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this barrier repairing wonder cream... I love this moisturiser so much! Can I use it during the day too? Yes, you can if you have very dry skin or if your skin is highly sensitive or reactive. It is very soothing. Did you add Mallow because of its soothing properties? When design my products, I always have stressed, reactive and sensitive skin in mind. Mallow is one of the best ingredients for this skin type. There is a very old Spanish proverb that says “A kitchen garden and mallow, sufficient medicines for a home” and...

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Essential Bio Technological Moisturiser

Essential Bio Technological Moisturiser

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this antioxidant rich moisturising cream... Is it vegan? Yes, like the entire TWELVE beauty range. What is the difference between the Ideal Moisture Level Serum and the Essential Bio-technological Moisturiser? The serum is a water based formula consisting of hyaluronic acid, hydrating molecules and a mixture of antioxidants. On the other hand, the Essential Bio-technological Moisturiser is a moisturising cream containing both water and valuable oils. It offers incredible moisture and daily protection. What is the purpose of the sunflower unsaponifiable oil in this product? Dry skin is characterised by a lack of key lipids...

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Ideal Rebalancing Level Serum

Ideal Rebalancing Level Serum

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this ground breaking sebum balancing formula... As it is designed to help balance excessive production of sebum, will it dry my skin out? No, the formula helps to balance the production of sebum by providing deep hydration to the skin. What is Epilobium? The star ingredient of this serum is Epilobium extract, a plant rich in an antioxidant called Oenothein B which inhibits the activity of 5 Alfa-Reductase, the enzyme responsible for sebum production. It also contains a high amount of flavonoids which are very soothing for skin. My skin is oily, will this serum make...

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Ideal Moisture Level Serum

Ideal Moisture Level Serum

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this hydro-regulative wonder... The serum has an oil-like consistency, will clog my pores? Despite its fabulous texture it is actually an oil free product and completely non-comedogenic. Which type of hyaluronic acid do you use? I use the largest molecule version on the market so that it does not penetrate the skin, but instead creates a wonderful permeable film that keeps skin protected, supple and moisturised. This viscoelastic film reduces the prematurely ageing effects of TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss). Think of it like a super-hydrating skin shield! Is Saccharide Isomerate a synthetic ingredient? No, the...

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Ultra Revitalising Elixir

Ultra Revitalising Elixir

We answer your most frequently asked questions about this lipid enhancing mist... Is the Elixir the same as a toner?  Not really – The elixir is more concentrated than an average toner, but you can happily use it instead of a toner if you are thinking of stepping up your skincare routine. What does it do? I always formulate my products with sensitive, reactive and stressed skin in mind so created this extremely soothing and calming elixir as a godsend for skin that’s in a bit if a panic! Over 90% of the formulation is made from an unusually high concentration of mallow flower extract. I...

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Purifying Cleansing Beauty Cream

Purifying Cleansing Beauty Cream

We answer your most frequently asked questions... It doesn’t foam, so how does it clean? The combination of plant-based oils I use in this cleanser work together to dissolve sebum, dirt, pollution and make up, breaking them up into small droplets. The addition of a coconut oil-derived emulsifier means these oil droplets are removed from the skin when we rinse the product off with lukewarm water. Skin is left thoroughly, but gently, clean. How many times can I use it during the day? I recommend using it twice a day. In the morning apply with a quick massage onto damp skin before rinsing off...

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What To Do With Oily Skin

This week I wanted to talk to you about oily skin, which seems a subject that we tend to avoid or to shelter under the phrase “combination skin” as it does not sound as bad as “oily”. First of all it is important to determine if we have oily skin. To the touch, oily skin appears oily and rough: the irregularity in the texture is given by the presence of dilated pores, often accompanied by acne and / or old scars left by acne. How to recognize Oily Skin? We can take a simple test at home by using a clean make-up...

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The new natural enemies

Most of us are switching to natural beauty but  we must be aware that not everything natural is beneficial. Over the past few months I have seen many natural and organic beauty lovers developing allergies, or complaining of tingle/irritation on their skin after they apply their new favourite products. Consumers can react to essential oils and other components but I am surprised the surge of four well documented irritants currently used in skincare: Sodium phytate: it captures impurities from ingredients so it avoids residues, discoloration or impair the foaming properties of shampoos and other cleansing products. Sodium phytate is the natural equivalent of the...

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