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The second month of 2017 is upon us and already I’m looking at the calendar for the year ahead.  This is set to be a busy year for myself and the team at Yours Truly Skincare and as such time for leisure activities will be severely limited.  We live in a society where everybody is busier than ever and as such we need our products and services delivered to us more efficiently.

This busy-ness that we are all living has got me thinking about how beauty companies need to adapt in order to meet our customers’ needs. Looking at my own habits – I mainly order beauty products online but always take the option to click and collect wherever possible.  When click and collect is not an option, three working days is the maximum time I expect to wait to receive my order.  Before ordering any products for the first time, I’ll usually pop into store to try a sample first (Liberty are usually great for providing samples) or I’ll look for reviews written by customers or bloggers I trust (Caroline Hirons for me).

Waiting a long time for beauty orders to arrive can be a frustrating experience for the customer.  Have you ever waited so long for your order to be delivered that by the time it arrived you’d completely forgotten about it?  In recent months, there’s been huge focus on the level of service provided in Department stores, but I think there needs to be the same if not more focus placed on the level of service provided online.  At Yours Truly Skincare, while we take the time to replenish our stock, we’ll also be taking stock of our website, and the user experience of our brand from the first time you hear about us, to your first visit to our website and the delivery of our products to your destination of choice.

Our job is not only to make quality skincare products but to deliver them to you in a manner which meets the high standards that are required by our customers.  As more customers than ever are ordering their beauty products online and are increasingly using social media to make purchasing decisions. I would love to know what factors into your decision making – is it customer reviews, blogger reviews or just plain old word of mouth.

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One thing I’m absolutely dying to know is what do you think when you see a blogger/influencer talking about a new product launch or their favourite products on Instagram and you see #AD at the end of the post.  Does this have a positive or negative influence your decision to buy that product?  Or do you trust their opinion so much that you would still take their recommendation regardless.  As we plan to invest more heavily into social media this year it would be great to know if this is an avenue worth exploring.

I’d really love to hear your thoughts.  What are your expectations of a beauty online store from initial contact, through to order and delivery? What is your number one source of influence when it comes to skincare and makeup purchases?

Best,

Kelita


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Going to the chapel……….

So you’re getting married.  Firstly congratulations! We know how excited you must be.  Enjoy this time of love and happiness, venue and dress shopping as well as hen and stag dos.  There is however another aspect to consider and that is the condition of your skin.  I’ve witnessed many brides unhappy with the condition of their skin in the lead up to their big day and have often asked them why they didn’t make a plan for having treatments beforehand.  Most brides I know have told me that it wasn’t something they’d previously thought about.

When considering the image you wish to portray on your wedding day, most brides tend to focus on the dress (obviously!), their hair and makeup, but I can tell you without a doubt that the state of your skin will most definitely impact how good your makeup looks and ultimately how good you will fell on the day.

It’s best to start thinking about treatments for your skin from six months to a year before your wedding.  Now I know that in many cases one doesn’t always have a year to plan their wedding and in those cases I would recommend thinking about seeing a skincare specialist as soon as possible.  If you are seeking treatment I would recommend booking a consultation with a dermatologist/aesthetician. Let them know that you are getting married, when you are getting married and what your skincare goals are for the day.  The dermatologist/aesthetician should then recommend a course of treatment tailored to your needs which should help you achieve your goals for the day.

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During your consultation, it is vital that you provide as much information about your health, medications and overall diet in order that a holistic approach can be taken to your treatments.  A course of three to six treatments should go a long way towards achieving your goals.  Many clinics offer deals for bulk appointments so you may also benefit financially by booking in advance.

Your dermatologist/aesthetician can also recommend products for you to use in your daily routine to prolong the benefits of your treatments in between appointments.  In my early twenties I use to have monthly Dermalogica facials at a beauty parlour in my local area, it was there that I learnt to really take good care of my skin (for instance, I’ve been double cleansing every evening for the last ten years because of it and now double cleansing is seen as a new thing!).  I learnt about the cleansing, toning, treatment/repair stages of a skincare routine and when they should be applied.  These are all of the things that you’ll also benefit from when you begin a treatment programme.

Where to start?

How do I choose a clinic I hear you saying? There are so many to choose from and the temptation to source treatments from discounting sites to save money is very tempting but I would urge caution here.  You are planning for the probably the most significant day in your life, your face will be photographed many times and all eyes will be on you.  If you invest in anything, invest in a highly experienced, well qualified and recommended specialist, preferably in a clinic that specialises in skin care.  When looking at their website, see what qualifications they have and what specific treatments they offer and most importantly ensure that treatments are within your budget.

Most importantly you should be able to enjoy your treatments and feel the benefits straight away.  Ensure that your final treatment is no less than three weeks before that wedding to allow any inflammation that may occur the necessary time to subside.  Most importantly enjoy the day and I wish you the best in your future married life.

 

Kelita x

 

Yours Truly Skincare are now offering mobile facial treatments within the M25 (London) Costs start from £80 for an hour.  Treatments are tailored to the needs of the individual client.


We all know that ultimately healthy skin and overall wellness and health begin with what we feed our bodies. We thrive on a diet abundant in whole plant foods, which have all the minerals and vitamins we need for optimal health and wellbeing.

Often though many of us instead turn to prepackaged snacks, drinks and meals, high in refined sugar and saturated fat. These can lead to irritated, unbalanced skin more prone to acne and inflammation.

As part of a balanced diet of carbohydrates, plant proteins, vegetables, fats and sugar, fruit is a fantastic way to provide your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which in turn will lead to healthier and happier skin, plus fruit can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. Here are our favourite fruits for healthy and clear skin.

Fruits For Healthy And Clear Skin

Avocado

Let us start with one which could be mistaken for a vegetable, and definitely isn’t sweet – the wonderful avocado! Don’t be afraid to incorporate healthy plant fats such as avocado into your diet. It is high in vitamin E (an antioxidant which repairs skin) plus vitamins K, C, B5 and B6. Try it in a salad, burritos, with rice, or of course as a classic ‘avocado on toast’ breakfast or lunch.

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Berries

Berries are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant shown to help heal acne and improve skin’s overall appearance. Try them in smoothies, on your porridge or muesli, or grab a handful of them for a healthy and tasty snack! They are absolutely bursting with sweet goodness so try them all – we love strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

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Lemon

Also bursting with vitamin C, lemon is a lovely citrus-y addition to your diet.

We love it added to hot water with a chunk of ginger for a refreshing herbal tea, or why not add the zest to your cooking or baking. Your skin will be left glowing.

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Dates are perfect for anyone wishing to reduce their intake of refined sugars, as they are truly lovely and sweet. You can enjoy them on their own as a snack, or include them in baking as an alternative to refined sugars.
Other posts you may find interesting:

How To Care For Acne-Prone Skin
Vegetables For Healthy Skin
Is Sugar Bad For Your Complexion?
Skin Guide: Oily And Acne-prone Skin
Four Ingredients To Look For In Your Skincare

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On another note – We’re going to be at the exciting Professional Beauty event in London on the 28th and 29th February 2016, showcasing our skincare range including two brand new products! If you are planning a trip, come you can visit us stand p81. Find out all about it the event at over on the Professional Beauty website.


For those of you dealing with oily and acne-prone skin, we’ve put together a guide on how to deal with the symptoms of these skin types as well as recommendations on effective ingredients and products.

It’s important to note that your skin may be a combination of types, and additionally that during different seasons you may experience different skincare issues and needs. Such as during winter time you may want to incorporate hydrating oils more frequently into your skincare routine to battle dryness.

Let’s start with an overview of what your skin may be like if you have oily or acne-prone skin:

Oily skin

Basically, oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum (your skin’s natural oils). It can be hormonal, genetic, due to diet, exacerbated by stress, climate, and a number of other causes.

Acne-prone skin

If you have skin prone to acne, you may also be dealing with an overproduction of sebum. Spots can also be hormonal, due to diet and stress, or can be the result of excess sebum or dead skin causing pore blockages. You may also have combination skin type, which means you have areas prone to oiliness, as well as some normal or dry patches elsewhere.

What ingredients can help?

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Whether you have oily, acne-prone, or combination skin, rebalancing your skin and its sebum production is vital to a calmer, soothed complexion. We recommend using a gentle cleanser enriched with Vitamin C and Sandalwood Oil morning and evening to cleanse your skin of dirt, without stripping your skin of its natural hydration.

Using a Balancing Toner in your skincare routine is a fantastic way to bring your skin back to its optimal pH, ours also contains moisturising plant extracts such as pomegranate oil.

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When your skin is prone to acne, it can also become irritated and likely to become inflamed. Using Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa) can be hugely beneficial for irritated skin, as it naturally soothes skin and reduces inflammation.

Our Fix Me! Repairing Serum contains Oat Kernel Extract as well as Jojoba Seed Oil, which is non-comedogenic, so it promotes clear and healthy skin without clogging pores.

Don’t be afraid of oils! Using oils on oily skin may seem a bit strange, but doing so can actually help hugely in balancing sebum production. Try it for yourself and you should notice a huge improvement!

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Using a simple, caring skincare routine is key to keeping acne-prone and oily skin at its best, as mentioned in our blog post on skin resolutions to make right now.

Of course, as mentioned previously, your skin’s health is also greatly impacted by both diet and stress. Eating an abundance of whole foods, fruits and vegetables ensures you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, as well as staying hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day.

Refined sugar can also have a detrimental effect on the condition of your skin so it is fantastic to cut it out of your diet where possible. Stress meanwhile is a normal part of life, but it can be tackled head on through healthy practices such as regular exercise and sleeping habits for a happier you – plus healthier skin, too!

Other posts you may find useful:

How To Care For Acne-Prone Skin
Vegetables For Healthy Skin
Is Sugar Bad For Your Complexion?
How To Reduce Stress
Four Ingredients To Look For In Your Skincare


It can be difficult to navigate the array of ingredients you find on skincare products, and know which ones will truly nourish and care for your skin, so here are four ingredients to look for in your skincare. They will give your complexion the most rejuvinating, gentle and effective goodness it needs to glow, and are especially effective for those with oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.

JOJOBA OIL

Jojoba oil is extracted from the seed of the scientifically known Simmondsia chinensis, indigenous to parts of South America and Mexico. The oil is chemically structured very similarly to human sebum (our own naturally produced oils), so it is thought that use of jojoba oil can intensely moisturise your skin while also helping to balance oil production. It is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog pores so is perfect if you have acne-prone skin. It contains vitamin goodness such as vitamin E which which is known to help promote healthy and clear skin. We love it so much you can find it in our Fix Me! Repairing Serum, Face Base Face Balm and Take It Away! Gel Cleanser.

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VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is a real skin saviour, working as an antioxidant to fight free radicals which can cause inflammation.  It can also help in boosting skin’s collagen levels, improving elasticity and reducing discolouration. You can find Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil in our Take It Away! Gel Cleanser, designed to remove everyday impurities without stripping away your skin’s natural oils. Plus the natural orange scent smells divine and is perfect for using morning and evening.

GLYCERIN

Derived from vegetable oils, glycerin works to moisturise the skin by absorbing moisture from the air. It can keep your skin hydrated by keeping the outer layer of your skin intact, therefore protecting your skin from daily pollutants and filling in the microscopic gaps which occur in dry skin. As glycerin is non-toxic and not harsh, it is perfect for sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin. We use it in our Cleanser, Toner and Balm.

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LAVENDER OIL

Lavender oil (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil) doesn’t only smell incredibly beautiful and relaxing, it also has a balancing effect on sebum production, making it great for oily skin. It works as an antibacterial, meaning it can inhibit bacteria on the skin and treat acne as well as psoriasis, cuts, scrapes, burns, and sunburns. We use organic Lavender oil in our Balancing Toner, which is designed to return your skin back to its optimal pH level and leave you feeling refreshed.

Other ingredients we love include: Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum) which improves skin’s elasticity and eases sensitive skin, found in our Balancing Toner and Face Base Face Balm and Aloe Vera, which acts as a moisturiser and helps towards producing collagen and makes skin smoother. You can find Aloe Vera in all of our products.

You can find out more about some of the ingredients we use in our skincare range by taking a look at our Ingredients tab. You can also explore our growing collection of blog posts on an array of skincare, health and beauty topics.


Stress is something we all experience at some point in our lives, but many of us may not be aware of the array of negative effects it can be having on your mind and body.

High levels of stress mean your body’s immune system can’t function the way it’s supposed to, affecting your skin and causing acne flare ups and conditions such as eczema. We hope with these simple yet vital tips we can shed some light on how to reduce stress, guiding you on your way to feeling a whole lot better.

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SLEEP

As we have previously mentioned, most recently in our post about skincare resolutions to make right now, sleep is key to keeping stress levels at bay, therefore increasing the health of your skin, overall mental happiness, wellbeing, immune system function and energy levels.

Get comfy and ease into your sleep by switching off bright electronic devices and not watching television before heading to bed. These distractions can keep your brain overstimulated and lead to a sleepless night! Try a spot of reading, journal writing, or listening to gentle music. Whatever works for you.

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EXERCISE

We know, exercise can be hard enough when you’re feeling upbeat and energetic, but when you are suffering from anxiety and stress? It can seem impossible. Don’t fear though – you don’t need to go out and sign up for a gym membership (unless that’s your thing, then go for it!) exercise can be done from home, in the local park, or even on your lunch break.

30 minutes each day is enough to get your heart pumping and your circulation going, leading to increased levels of dopamine which will make you feel happier. Yay!

So take a walk through the park with your dog, stroll around your local countryside or beach, take a quick run, play a game of badminton or tennis, go swimming, cycling…the possibilities are (almost) endless! Why not try gentle stretches each morning, inspired by yoga. With the myriad of free online tutorials you can get all the goodness of a yoga class from the comfort of your own bedroom.

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SELF-CARE

The concept of self-care can be hard to grasp, as we are all often guilty of rushing through each day, working long hours and forgetting to stop and actually consider how we are feeling. It can be weeks of stress before we realise we are even feeling that way at all.

Self-care is all about taking time to do the things which make you happy, and caring for yourself and your wellbeing. This can mean different things to different people, but whatever it is that makes you feel happy – do it! Take a bath on a Sunday morning, buy yourself fresh flowers, light your favourite candle, keep exercise regular and stick to healthy eating as much as possible.

All these little things add up to a less stressed, and less prone to stress you.

What do you do to reduce and combat stress? We’d love to hear about it, let us know in the comments.


We’re all aware that consuming too much sugar can have an array of negative effects on our bodies and wellbeing. But how much does it actually affect our skin?

Ultimately, quite a lot. When you consume sugar, your body’s blood sugar levels are increased as are your insulin levels. This causes inflammation and attacks the healthy collagen in your skin, resulting in increased signs of ageing.

Sugar can be especially damaging to those with sensitive and spot-prone skin, as consumption can also lead to acne, irritation, dehydration and redness.

However – is there a difference between refined and natural sugars?

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Refined sugars

Where sugar can become complicated is that it can’t be avoided simply by not putting it in your coffee – sugar is contained in many of the everyday foods and drinks we buy, some of which are not so obvious.

As refined sugar has been through a lengthy process, it has been removed of all nutritional goodness, vitamins and minerals.

While the obvious culprits are milk chocolate, biscuits and sweets, prepackaged fruit smoothies and juices, for example, can often contain extremely high amounts of sugar. As can many sauces, cereals, and soups.

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Natural sugars

Of course, sugar occurs naturally in the abundance of fruits we have access to. But don’t fear, you don’t need to cut these out of your diet!

Naturally occurring sugars in fruit are completely fine to consume, even if you are trying to avoid sugar. Fruit contains much less than the refined sugars found in prepackaged meals and snacks, while offering us vital vitamins and minerals which promote, amongst many other things in our bodies, healthy skin growth and repair.

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Natural sweeteners

There are a plethora of natural sweeteners on the market today – from agave syrup, maple syrup, date syrup, stevia and more. No longer do you have to use conventional white refined sugar if you wish to avoid it.

These are all great alternatives to refined sugar and can be used in baking, in hot and cold drinks, and on porridge.

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Quitting Sugar

Giving up refined sugar might seem a hefty task, but it is possible to significantly decrease the amount you consume if you focus on natural sugars rather than refined.

Keep your fruit bowl at home stocked up at all times so you always have a supply of your favourite juicy snacks.

Craving something sweet on a workday afternoon? Grab some grapes, a banana, berries or a handful of dates to satisfy your sweet tooth. Even after a few days without refined sugar your sugar levels should revert back to normal.

Keep It Balanced

Don’t worry though if you can’t cope with the idea of living absolutely sugar-free, we don’t blame you! It’s all about working towards a balance, and reducing unnecessary refined sugar where possible. A few squares of high-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more is best) is a great compromise as it actually contains antioxidants – all in moderation of course.

You can work towards balancing out your intake of sugar with skin-boosting herbal teas, and an array of vitamins and minerals in vegetables.

What are your favourite healthy snacks or natural sweeteners? Let us know!


Often the resolutions we make at new year are ones we know to be unachievable, like give up chocolate forever? We think it’s better to be a bit more realistic, and choose resolutions you know you can stick to and ones which won’t be miserable task but a happy part of your day!

New year is a perfect time to adjust your skincare routine and and set clear guidelines for looking after your skin. Here are 3 skin resolutions to make right now, for happier and healthier skin in 2016!

photo-1422433555807-2559a27433bd1: Get enough beauty sleep.

Sleep is vital not only to your skin’s health, but your overall wellbeing and ability to function! A fresh face means you will be feeling confident and revived and ready to face the day, so try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

Find it hard to get to sleep? Make time to really relax before you head to bed, and switch off electronic devices. Indulge yourself with a warm bath or a hot cup of herbal tea before crawling under the covers. Do try to avoid watching television immediately before bed as the brightness can overstimulate your senses and keep your brain more active than you would like!

_MG_0110 edit2: Stick to a simple routine.

Especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin, keeping your skincare routine simple and not overcomplicating it will do your skin a world of good.  Stick to a routine which will balance and care for your skin without aggravating it.

We value the effective yet gentle power of nature and love to showcase their healing powers in our skincare range, such as daisy-floweraloe vera, and oat kernel oil.

mobilephone3: Keep bacteria at bay.

To keep skin clean and fresh, avoid allowing spot and irritation-causing bacteria to come into contact with your face. The first step is to regularly wash your make-up brushes, which can harbour lots of bacteria!

Another is using antibacteiral wipes to clean your mobile phone – it may seem an unlikely culprit but mobiles spend so much time pressed up against your delicate cheek area, and dirty fingers from using phones then transfer grime to your face.

Finally, you can save your skin a lifetime of grief by not touching your face! It can be so tempting to pick at your skin, or rest your head in your hands, but by avoiding unwanted dirt on your skin you will be set for a 2016 with healthier and happier skin (and a happier you!)

What are your skincare resolutions? 

 

 


For those who deal with skin prone to blemishes, the idea of a quick fix is extremely appealing. Many of us have spent hours internet-searching for acne cures, hoping to stumble upon a miracle. The truth is, much of what you’ll read is actually nonsense, and you may end up doing more harm than good. Here are our top tips on how to care for acne-prone skin, the healthy way.

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Don’t over-cleanse.

It’s a common misconception that if you have blemished skin, it’s because your skin is dirty or that you don’t wash it enough. This is actually a harmful idea as over-cleansing is often the cause of irritation and increase in acne.

Using a gentle cleanser and a pH balancing toner will heal your skin back to its optimum health.

 

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Clean make-up brushes regularly.

We all know we need to do it, but many of us put it off without realising how important washing make-up brushes is. Keeping anything which touches your face free from bacteria is a vital way to prevent blemishes appearing.

This includes your hands, pillowcases, and phones!

 

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Use oils.

Rather than trying to dry out a blemish with harsh chemicals, using oils on your skin will tackle spots even quicker and won’t leave your skin feeling itchy or uncomfortable. Natural oils are perfect even for oily skin as they can work wonders for healing acne and regulating oil production.

Oils such as oat kernel oil are anti-inflammatory and will soothe your skin as well as brightening your overall complexion.

 

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Swap high-sugar for high-antioxidants.

Sweets and chocolate high in refined sugar can aggravate not only your skin but your whole digestive system. If you’re craving a sugary treat, swap milky chocolate for a low-sugar alternative with a high cocoa amount (70% or higher is best). Swap packaged snacks and sweets for homemade refined sugar-free bakes and bars using plant-based sweeteners like date or agave syrup. Or better yet – snack on your favourite juicy fruit!

Don’t pick them!

This one you probably already know, but might not always stick to. It can be incredibly tempting to try and get rid of a spot by touching or poking at it – but don’t! If you leave it be it will go away in much less time, we promise.

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And finally…

Take time each day to breathe deeply and relax. Stress can be a major factor for many people when it comes to acne, so do what you find most relaxing – a warm bath, a pilates class, a walk through the park or a night in bed reading your favourite book. Stay hydrated, and work towards getting your five a day of fruit and vegetables.

What are your tips for caring for acne-prone skin? 


We all want to look and feel our best when getting ready to attend a party – you never know who you might bump into! Whether you’ve got a festive family celebration planned, an office bash, or a dinner party with friends, here are some tips on how to get party-ready skin in three steps.

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Using a nourishing, natural skincare routine is a vital part of keeping your skin happy and healthy. Three essentials are a gentle cleanser, a pH balancing toner, and a hydrating face balm.

Using a repairing serum is especially important for oily and blemish prone skin, as it regulates the production of oils and smoothes skin with oat kernel oil.

 

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We hate to admit it to ourselves sometimes, but it’s true that what we eat impacts the condition of our skin. The festive period especially is so full of tempting refined sugar, high fat sweets and alcohol, and it’s easy to overindulge.

Take everything in moderation – and be sure to drink plenty of water. A hot brew of herbal tea each morning or evening is a brilliant way to boost your skin with antioxidants and rejuvenating vitamins.

Aim for five fruit and vegetable portions a day, as they are vital for good health and wellbeing, plus full of skin-boosting goodness.

 

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Prep skin for makeup.

When you have oily, combination or acne prone skin, your pre-makeup skin needs the hydration of a moisturiser but without any of the greasiness.

Our Face Base Face Balm is perfect as it acts as both a brightening moisturiser and a base for make-up: ideal for when you want your beauty look to stay in place all night.Your skin will be brightened and refreshed, ready to party.

What are your festive plans? You can keep up to date with all our goings-on during the holiday period over on Instagram.