How to make your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendly

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendly

Plus the brands that are doing their bit for the planet

It’s been a long time coming, but people are finally realising that it’s cool to give a crap about the planet we live on. From ethical fashion brands to upping our recycling, most of us are being a bit more conscious about our lifestyle choices and wastage.

‘As consumers, I think we’d all like to feel as though we’re helping make a change for the better; but sometimes it’s hard to know how to do that, and understand what impact a small change can really make,’ says Jo Chidley, founder of Beauty Kitchen.

‘For me, sustainability is a combination of things. It’s how we consciously develop and formulate products to the long term environmental impact they have.

‘We carefully consider the ethical sourcing, the packaging and the production and how we operate as a fully rounded sustainable business. Consumers want to know that as a sustainable business you truly care about them and the environment.’

With that in mind, keep reading to find out how you can gradually upgrade your skincare to be more planet-friendly.

What are some easy first steps you can take to make your beauty routine more sustainable?

Shop with a brand that follows environmentally friendly practices

From thoughtful packaging to sustainable ingredients, make sure they’ve covered the bases so all you have to do is decide on what products to try.

‘Consumers used to think that natural meant compromising on quality, smell, texture or all three,’ says Jo. But today, our products stand up against their synthetic counterparts and really do perform – proving that effective, natural and sustainable is possible.’

Ensure the brand is cruelty free and against animal testing

‘The leaping bunny is a guarantee that none of the products will have been tested on animals. If you can’t find it on the products, research!’ says Jo. ‘You’ll find brands are very good at telling you about all the work they’re doing to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, so if you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask the brand directly.

‘We love to hear from our customers and will always answer questions and help arm them with the info they want whenever we can.’

Start with one product and take your time!

If you’re used to a certain routine it’s best to swap things out gradually to make your transition into a more sustainable routine all the more smooth. Start by buying just one sustainable product to incorporate into your routine, then gradually build it up.

What easy sustainable ingredient swaps can you make?

‘Understanding that we do not have an infinite resource of ingredients is an important part of the journey,’ Jo explains. ‘Look at Argan Oil – what was once a niche ingredient from Morocco is now a thriving industry. But how long can small communities work to meet demand? Trees and ingredients take time to grow and for us, it’s important to take our time and do things the right way.

‘Swapping from Argan Oil to Abyssinian Oil and using products that have marine extracts and algae in them is a great start. When these ingredients grow they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and are truly effective on your skin.

‘You’ll get the same enjoyment from the products, but you’ll also be helping to ensure that those ingredients stick around for a lot longer as they’ll become more sustainable – and the cycle then becomes a totally renewable one.’

Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Concentrate, £12.50, Feelunique

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‘Here at Beauty Kitchen, we work tirelessly to ensure we’re doing things as well as we can – from the efficacy of our products, to the way we source ingredients right down to the packaging we use for each and every one of our products,’ Jo continues.

‘Being the most sustainable beauty company in the world is what I’m working towards.’

Other brands doing their green bit

As well as the brilliant Beauty Kitchen, there are other brands below who are working to reduce their ecological footprint, whether through recycling initiatives or using less harmful ingredients. Read more about them below.

REN has pledged to be a zero-waste brand by 2021, working towards 100% recyclable packaging, reusing ocean plastic and offering refillable services. They’ve also teamed up with Surfrider to clean up the world’s beaches, currently touring the UK.

Tata Harper‘s packaging is almost entirely reusable and recyclable glass, and everything is made on their 1,200 acre farm in Vermont, USA.

L’Occitane’s Teracycle Initiative will accept your used beauty products to be recycled (not just L’Occitane ones!). Simply take them to your nearest store and they’ll do the rest – as well as giving you 10% off your next shop.

WE ARE PARADOXX use no plastic in their packaging, instead opting for aluminium which, unlike plastic, can be recycled an infinite number of times. Using recycled aluminium requires only 8% of the energy used to make new aluminium.

Origins recycle their empties at counters, meaning consumers can take their empty Origins containers and the brand will ensure they are recycled. They also never use Styrofoam packaging or PVCs and  avoid using cartons where possible, but any that are used are FSC certified, post-consumer recycled fibre and made using wind and and hydro power. Cosmetic bags are made from 100% recycled materials, while shopping bags are 100% craft paper that is itself recyclable. Not bad, eh?

bareMinerals products are all free from chemical sunscreen, coal tar, formaldehyde, mineral oil, palm oil, parabens, peanuts, propylene glycol, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclocarban, and triclosan.

Beauty just got a whole lot cleaner.

For more tips and tricks head to our Hair & Beauty section

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How to squeeze your spots, according to Dr Pimple Popper

How to squeeze your spots, according to Dr Pimple Popper

Because if you’re going to do it, you need to do it right

How to pop a pimple
Lily Donaldson backstage

We all know dermatologists and skin experts say not to pop pimples. But how many of us actually adhere to their advice? If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit that there’s been more than one occasion where you’ve popped a pimple at home.

Thing is, there are a few things you should know before you pinch your fingers over that blemish. Which is why we sat down with the famous Dr Pimple Popper to find out exactly how to pop a pimple at home, safely.

Got a few pimple questions that need answering? Read on…

What’s the golden rule to popping pimples at home?

‘Let me start off by saying, that I don’t recommend that you pop your own pimples. However, I know that most of you won’t follow this recommendation. So I instead insist, “Know when to POP, and know when to STOP”.

‘If you really MUST, you shouldn’t pop anything on your face unless it has come to a white/yellow “head”’, she went on. ‘If the pimple has a head, at that point it is the easiest to extract, with the least risk of scarring because the bump is very superficial to the surface of the skin.’

What is the gunk? And why does it manifest?

‘Pus is composed of skin cells, bacteria, and inflammatory cells which are sent there by your immune system to fight off this localised bacterial infection in the skin. It’s also a protein-rich fluid called liquor puris that is usually whitish-yellow, yellow, or sometimes a little yellow brown in colour.’

Ok, but what are you meant to do once you’ve squeezed it? Should you dab with tissue? Leave to dry?

‘Clean the area with alcohol and leave the area alone, don’t keep squeezing it. You may want to apply a cool compress to help minimise the redness and irritation or use an over the counter topical steroid to minimise redness and inflammation.  Usually you know that a pimple has been completely drained if no more pus can be expressed, so if you see a little blood, stop squeezing!

Once a pimple has been popped, be sure to keep the area clean and let it heal properly to avoid scarring. It will sting a little, but you can disinfect the area with rubbing alcohol after popping.’

Why does clear fluid come out if you squeeze a pimple too much?

‘Clear fluid is just edema, fluid that accumulates in the area due to redness and swelling of the area. It is not pus, it’s not infection.’

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Is there anything we should be aware of while popping pimples?

‘If you have a red pimple that hurts to touch, and is deep under the skin, it’s pretty impossible to pop it at that point. Usually if the pimple doesn’t have a head yet and is still under the skin, trying to extract it can not only be very painful, but you can cause irritation and even infection that will make it harder for the pimple to heal. Worse yet, if you really traumatize the skin, you risk scarring and that is likely permanent.’

How can I tell the difference between a cyst and a pimple?

‘Depends on what type of cyst we’re talking about. There is the cystic form of acne, which is a more severe form of acne vulgaris, and this type of acne created deeper, larger, more painful pimples under the skin that have a higher potential for scarring.

‘The cysts that you see me remove on my YouTube channel, are more commonly other kinds of cysts, such as epidermoid cysts, pilar cysts, steatocystomas. There are many types of cysts, and these are very different from pimples, and each other.

‘Cysts in general should not be squeezed because squeezing won’t resolve them, and in fact, can really cause many problems, like inflammation, infection, scarring.  Cysts should be evaluated by your physician and you may likely need a surgeon to remove them entirely.’

Why do you get clusters of pimples in certain places?

‘Pimples tend to occur in oily areas of the skin, which is why we commonly see breakouts in the “T-zone”. Also, hormones can trigger breakouts in certain areas, which is why for example, people with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome who have increased hormone levels (androgens), get more breakouts in the “beard distribution” of the face.’

Why do some pimples return in the same spot?

‘The pimple likely never completely resolved. When we have changes in hormone levels on a monthly basis, an increase in hormones can trigger increased oil production, increased risk of bacterial infection, and re-irritation of that pimple again.

‘Sometimes these reoccurring pimples are cystic and come back because they never form a head to be extracted. The pore is clogged under the surface of your skin and can enlarge and appear on the surface of your skin when your body is producing more oil.’

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What can you do about under the surface pimples? How can you treat them at home? 

‘Pustules and inflammatory papules are white bumps with a red base, and they can often be painful to touch. When you have a pustule this means there are purulent contents inside, meaning localised infection… bacteria is involved and has a hand in creating this type of bump.

‘To treat them at home, always be sure to follow directions on the product or as directed by your dermatologist. It’s important to pay attention to your skin and if you notice drying or irritation, reduce how often you are using the product.

‘You can use acne products to treat current breakouts AND prevent future breakouts, so it’s usually OK to continue using them even after a breakout has improved and some people may opt for a spot treatment if they have specific areas that they are more prone to acne and breakouts.’

Dr Pimple Popper’s 6-step guide on how to pop a pimple

1. Sterilise the area and be sure to have clean tools, hands, and environment.

2. You’ll want to make sure you wash your face before with warm water, or better yet, take a steamy shower, to really open up the pores.

3. Use your fingers or a comedone extractor as I most often use in my videos, to place pressure on the skin immediately surrounding the whitehead, to push the contents out. If using fingers, increase traction by wrapping clean tissue paper around the fingers applying pressure.

4. A whitehead should come out pretty easily if it is ready, but if the pimple is not popping, there’s definitely a time to give up because forcing it and continually pushing and squeezing will only irritate your skin cause increased swelling, redness, and pain, and certainly increase your risk for local infection and scarring.

5. To finish I would recommend applying a topical corticosteroid and /or a topical acne spot treatment that likely contains benzoyl peroxide or an antibiotic, cool compresses if desired, or just try to leave the area alone.

6. See a dermatologist or skincare professional to help you get these extracted. In short, Know When To POP and Know When To Stop!

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The best aftersun to soothe your skin this summer

The best aftersun to soothe your skin this summer

After a day outdoors it’s essential that you apply post-sun skincare, regardless of whether you burned or not

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We hope by now that we’ve drilled in the importance of wearing the best SPF moisturisers all year round and slathering on the best sun cream before heading outdoors. But equally as important is rehydrating the skin afterwards – enter the best aftersun.

There are various lotions, mousses, creams and gels out there to cool the heat of sun-soaking, prevent peeling and rehydrate your skin, getting it back to tip-top condition in no time.

Packed with hydrating ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E, shea butter, almond oil and Omegas 3 and 6 to boost moisture levels, some also contain subtle tan enhancers to prolong your summer glow.

Keep in mind that speed is the key to cooling the skin – don’t wait until you start to feel itchy or overheated – so apply your best aftersun as soon as you’re back indoors or safely in the shade.

What does the best aftersun do?

Aftersun isn’t reserved only when you’re burnt; it can and should be applied every time you’ve been soaking up the sun. But, of course, it’s especially important in sunnier climes.

‘Heat, salty sea water, chlorine, winds and sand will all dry out your skin,’ says consult dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong. So, what’s the best way of caring for skin that’s been out in the sun?

‘Ensure all sunscreen, chlorine, sand and salt is washed off your body and face, before applying generous quantities of a good quality, hydrating moisturiser, to help restore the lipid barrier of the skin,’ she adds.

‘If your skin has been sunburnt, the red, sore areas can be treated with over-the-counter strength steroids, such as hydrocortisone, to reduce the inflammation quickly, and cool compresses and soothing agents, such as cold aloe vera gel, are also very calming for inflamed and sensitive skin.’

Dr Wong also advises that you use a thicker moisturiser when the skin is shedding, but that you should ‘keep it simple with fragrance-free products, as sunburn tends to make the skin more sensitive’.

Best aftersun lotion

Bioderma Photoderm Après-Soleil, £7.90, Lookfantastic

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Once you’ve been out in the sun, you need to slather on your aftersun lotion to restore your skin’s functions. Rightly hailed as one of the best European skincare brands on the market, Bioderma’s Photoderm After Sun is one of the best aftersun lotion buys. Its milky texture helps to soothe and reduce any inflamed, sore patches, but more importantly it helps to heal the skin and prepare its next trip out in the sun.

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Best aftersun to keep tan

The Organic Pharmacy Tan Enhancing After Sun, £35,

aftersun The Organic Pharmacy

While sprays are a favourite for convenience when it comes to aftersun, some people prefer to indulge in a thick and creamy formula. Although it’s named ‘Tan Enhancing’, The Organic Pharmacy’s aftersun doesn’t actually contain any fake tan. What it does do is help prolong a sun-kissed glow by repairing and replenishing the skin, with pure organic extracts of aloe, rosehip, carrot, calendula, green, white and red tea and nettles.

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Best aftersun to prevent peeling

Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Lotion, £7, Boots

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Ambre Solaire is one of the best trusted, go-to brands when it comes to sun protection and aftercare. Enriched with cactus extract and aloe vera, it’s a super hydrating formula that replenishes your skin with the right amount of moisture, preventing that nasty peeling skin we all love to hate.

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Be sure to always take care of your skin after being in the sun – even when you can’t see any visible damage. And remember, post-sunshine skincare is essential any time your skin has been exposed to the sun’s rays, not only when it’s hot!

Keep reading for the best aftersun reads on the market now.

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The best face oils to completely transform your winter complexion

The best face oils to completely transform your winter complexion

There’s a perfect face oil for every skin type (yes, really)

As a rule, the best face oils are your one-way ticket to a glowing, healthy complexion – whatever your skin type.

Although it seems counter-intuitive to apply oil to a complexion that is already naturally shiny, the right one can and will in fact regulate your skin’s oil production. It’s just a case of knowing your onions.

Oily skins don’t need to avoid all oil completely; you need oils that have low comedogenic ratings of 0, 1 or 2 at a push, as they won’t clog pores. Oils like Argan, Kukui, Camellia, rosehip, Calendula and almond are your friends here.

So whether your skin is wind-whipped because you’re the outdoorsy type, blemish-prone or goes through stages of being duller than dishwater, one of the best face oils can – and will – remedy your biggest skin concerns. Find the right one for you in our guide below.

Best face oils for dry skin

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, £38, Space NK

best face oils Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate

While those with oily skin may want to avoid applying oils in the morning – they’ll take longer to absorb as your skin isn’t crying out for moisturse – dry complexions will soak an indulgent oil up in no time. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is an everyday oil that repairs and keeps the skin soft.

The key ingredients are sunflower botanical oil, which strengthens the skin’s barrier, and Tamanu to soothe the skin. An effective daytime treatment, it really isn’t a surprise that both the Day and Night versions are bestsellers for the brand.

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Best face oils for glowing skin

ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil, £45, Fabled

best face oils for combination skin Elemis Superfood

Your parents always nagged you to eat your greens, but we bet you’d not considered slathering them all over your face as part of your skincare routine. ELEMIS has a few face oil offerings in its stocks, but the Superfood oil is a firm favourite at MC. It’s packed with the goodness of broccoli, radish and Flax seeds and is a good all-rounder treatment oil for all skin types. Put on before bed and expect to wake with a healthy glow.

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Best face oil for oily skin

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, £68, Net-A-Porter

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All of Sunday Riley’s oils are excellent and although you’ve probably heard all about LUNA, those with oily skin should make U.F.O. their first port of call. As oils go, this one is very lightweight – aside from the greasy finish (for want of a better word) that characterises an oil, when you squeeze it out of the pipette it’s incredibly fluid. Don’t let the bright green put you off though, as even oily skin will lap it up – with a 1.5% concentration of salicylic acid to help decongest pores.

We love the slightly medicinal scent, which is down to the tea tree and licorice, combined with a comforting smell not dissimilar to baby oil. Pricey, but worth every single penny.

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Best face oils for combination skin

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Facial Oil, £34, Space NK

best face oils Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant’s offering is so lightweight that you’ll barely realise it’s an oil. The thin  cold-pressed formula is nourishing enough for dry skin but not so heavy that oily skins feel overloaded and greasy. The oil is naturally antimicrobial and soothing for the skin, reducing blotchiness and redness for an all-round smoother complexion, and also softens the appearance of fine lines.

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Read on to see more of Team Marie Claire‘s favourite face oil buys.

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A guide to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products

A guide to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products

When it comes to hair and make-up, the Duchess of Sussex has excellent taste

There’s no denying that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is pretty darn beautiful. From her perfect hair to that jawline, the woman looks great whatever the weather.

You may not have been blessed with her genes, but fortunately you can get a slice of the Markle lifestyle by shopping some of her favourite beauty products.

Read on for the make-up, hair and skincare favourites of the soon-to-be mum.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara, £8.99, Boots

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Meghan’s former make-up artist touted a high street buy as the mum-to-be’s go-to mascara. ‘Meghan actually introduced me to a drugstore mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara,’ she told HELLO!. ‘I keep it stocked in my kit now at all times thanks to her!

‘[It] really helps to amplify your lashes and polish off the entire look. It’s great for full volume and lengthening, the formula is super hydrating. I love how it builds and that price point is accessible for all budgets.’

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria, £24, John Lewis

Inspired by Victoria Beckham, no less, Meghan’s go-to lipstick shade was created by beauty mogul, Charlotte Tilbury. The perfect balance of pink and brown nude, it’s reportedly the shade she wore for the royal engagement photocall, and is now surely at least as popular as the iconic Pillow Talk shade.

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Laura Mercier Illuminating Foundation Primer, £30, John Lewis

‘I don’t wear foundation unless I’m filming so this is what I put on every day after moisturiser to give my skin a dewy glow. It’s not sparkly, it’s true to its name… “Illuminating”, she told Beauty Banter. The primer comes in two shades, a slightly pink pearlescent formula and bronze for a summery glow.

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NARS Orgasm Blush, £24, Fabled

In a recently resurfaced interview with Beauty Banter, Meghan tipped NARS’ Orgasm as one of her five can’t-live-without products due to its ‘perfect rosy flush tone that brightens the face.’ The pinky, peachy blush with golden undertones is one of the most universally flattering blush shades on the market, so it’s really no wonder Ms Markle is a fan.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42, John Lewis

Meghan favours a glowy, healthy formula and has one specific foundation rule. ‘Every time I’d do her make-up, she’d say “Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation,” her former MUA Lydia Sellers told Refinery 29.

Although she doesn’t wear loads and loads of the stuff, Armani Luminous Silk was always Sellers’ go-to to perfect Meghan’s skin. Well-loved in the celebrity world, this one counts the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cate Blanchett and Rashida Jones as its fans. A medium thickness liquid formula, it leaves skin with a healthy glow and has buildable coverage.

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YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighter, £25, Fabled

Six of these iconic pens are sold every minute (or one every ten seconds), so it’s not a huge surprise Meghan Markle is also a fan. ‘It blends, it’s compact and if you’ve worked a 17-hour day and have nothing else on, you will still look relatively alive. Relatively,’ she told Beauty Banter.

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Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara, £27, Boots

‘My favourite mascara is Diorshow Iconic,’ Meghan told Allure back in 2014, noting that she first discovered a lot of her favourite products on the set of Suits. This one is great for super lifted, eye-catching jet black lashes to really make your peepers pop.

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner, £22, Boots

‘I use Chanel Cassis Eyeliner on my upper lash line and water line, and the touch of shimmer powder adds a brightness and sparkle,’ Meghan said in her Beauty Banter interview. ‘Even if I have no make-up on, I am likely to apply concealer and a bit of shimmer in the corners of my eye.’ Cassis is a rich purple liner, as Meghan rightly recommends, is great for tightlining and defining the eye.

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Make-Up For Ever HD Powder, £26, Feelunique

A photo-ready look requires a photo finish powder, and Meghan says she loves Make-Up For Ever’s – ‘It lets your skin look shiny and fresh, but not greasy-shiny,’ she told Allure.

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Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, £9 Boots

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Daniel Martin, Meghan’s friend and make-up artist who created her wedding make-up look, has said that the way to creating a natural, healthy glow (which MM does VERY well) it starts with before make-up. ‘A lot of my highlighting is done with skin-care,’ he explains. ‘Before highlighters, you would do highlighting with Aquaphor, it will give you that same texture, especially in a photo when applied to the high points of the face.’

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Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, £21.50, John Lewis

‘I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best. Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it,’ she told Beauty Banter. And we have to agree – the smooth balm comes in a range of gorgeous tints and has the added benefit of SPF. Not too sticky, not too matte.

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Meghan Markle skincare

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum, £63, Space NK

Meghan Markle beauty products

When asked what she moisturised her face with, Meghan touted Kate Somerville’s Quench serum as her fave. ‘I’ve been going to Kate’s clinic in LA for facials for years, and now that I live in Toronto for work, I still use the products to maintain that glow that her products give,’ she said in the Beauty Banter interview. Considering she’s always glowing, we reckon the duchess is still a fan.

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Nivea Body Q10 Firming Lotion, £4.79, Boots

‘I use this religiously,’ the former Suits star told Beauty Banter. ‘It’s honestly my favourite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it,’ she added.

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Dr Bronner Organic Lavender Castile Liquid Soap, £7.69, Fabled

Meghan Markle beauty products

Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 ‘magic soaps’ are loved by beauty addicts all over – including the Duchess of Sussex. ‘I love the smell and it lasts for such a long time. (The almond scent is quite nice too if your prefer something warm and sweet). I alternate between the two,’ she told Beauty Banter.

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Meghan Markle hair products

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, £41, Space NK

Meghan’s hair never looks limp or lifeless; it’s always bouncy, and that’s probably down to this guy. ‘When my hair is feeling a little weighted, Suanne, my hair artist on set, has me bend forward and she sprays a little Oribe Dry Texurizing Spray, and then has me “flip back hard” to give my hair a little extra bounce,’ she said in an inteivew with Birchbox.

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Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense for Thick Hair, £31.70, Lookfantastic

According to Beauty Banter, Meghan says that she ‘religiously’ uses both ‘Masquintense and the Oleo Relax line’. The Masquintense treatment mask comes in two separate versions for both thick and fine hair (we reckon Meg uses the former), for when your locks need a repairing deep moisture boost.

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Needless to say, Meghan Markle’s beauty judgments are pretty solid.

We wonder if her beauty routine will change much once she’s given birth?

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The best tinted moisturisers for healthy-looking skin

The best tinted moisturisers for healthy-looking skin

Give your skin a boost with the right formula for your skin type

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On a daily basis, more and more of us are leaning towards a paired-down, natural look over layering up the best foundation for a flawless finish. Enter the best tinted moisturiser to add a little bit of sparkle to your complexion.

Bringing with them a whole host of skincare benefits, tinted moisturisers can offer UV and sun protection as well as coming in moisturising, mattifying and oil-free versions.

You won’t get a whole lot of coverage here: Instead think of it as your skin, but just that little bit better than usual. (If you do want a bit more coverage, look to the best BB creams and best CC creams.)

Intrigued? Read on for the formulas that pass the Marie Claire test in the best tinted moisturiser department.

Best drugstore tinted moisturiser

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturiser, £13, Boots

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Available in three shades to complement the Match Made range (light, medium and medium-dark), this one is a great lightweight alternative to foundation. With UVA and UVB protection of SPF 15, your skin will be protected from the elements and some of the harsh effects of the enrivonment, like pollution.

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Best tinted moisturiser for oily skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifant, £16.50, Lookfantastic

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For acne and blemish prone skins, there’s a tinted version of the famous Effaclar Duo+. It has all of the original’s skincare benefits – salicylic acid to break down blockages, niacinamide to calm blemishes – plus a slight tint to help reduce the visibility of breakouts. A great buy for excessively oily skin.

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Best tinted moisturiser for dry skin

Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser, £32, John Lewis

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Dry skin needs something that’s going to keep it soft and smooth for the long run. Crammed with hyaluronic acid, this tinted moisturiser packs a punch. Continuously moisturising your skin while you wear it and providing three layers of UV protection, this beautifying cream will do your complexion the world of good.

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Keep scrolling for more tinted moisturiser chart-toppers.

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Augustinus Bader: what’s all the fuss about?

Augustinus Bader: what’s all the fuss about?

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In this new franchise we ask: what’s all the fuss about? There are so many products and brands that enter stratospheric realms of popularity – going from zero to hero in what feels like a matter of weeks – think Drunk Elephant and Milk Makeup. But why are they so popular? We’ve decided to investigate…

Augustinus Bader – the background

A brand that has gained celeb and beauty-editor interest quite quickly is Augustinus Bader. The super-duper scientific skincare brand is currently only made up of two products – The Cream and The Rich Cream – but it’s enough to completely convince some; with it being touted as the future of skincare.

You’ve probably spotted the thin blue and rose gold bottles on your Instagram feed (where else?) last year, following the German brand’s initial launch in February 2018.

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Created by Professor Augustinus Bader, a Director and Professor of Applied Stem Cell Biology and Cell Technology, the products are inspired by his extensive research into the healing process and treatments. He has dedicated years to helping develop treatments for burns patients, in particular creating a medical-grade Hydrogel that encourages scar-free healing. Using this breakthrough technology, he realised that it could help with a range of conditions – including skin concerns.

And so the brand was created.

The two iterations of the face cream are designed to appeal to your personal preference; both deliver active ingredients to the skin, boost cell function and improve the appearance of your complexion.

How does it work?

The formula contains Professor Bader’s Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8®). In layman’s terms this is basically a mixture of natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesised molecules naturally found in the body that quite literally trigger your skin’s natural repair and renewal process, by ensuring your cells are getting the key nutrients and ingredients to create an ideal environment for regeneration. As we age our body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate declines, so the trigger complex ensures the skin gets the right ingredients to create the best healing condition.

But what does all of that mean? When skin cells are able to repair properly wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and redness are reduced; skin tone is evened out and texture is smoothed. Which is what everyone wants right? It’s the ultimate anti-aging beauty product.

One of the most interesting things is that the formula is said to be so complex, rich in ingredients and delivers such great results that it can be used alone, in the place of your normal toner, serum and moisturiser. The brand believe that it performs better without other products interfering. So whilst the high price point (£125 for 30ml, £205 for 50ml) might scare you, you wouldn’t have to buy the rest of your skincare routine on top of that.

Does it work?

‘I have fallen in love with Augustinus Bader. I have dry skin, so prefer The Rich Cream (oily to combination skin would be best suited to the original) and at first I noticed how much it transformed my dry, barren complexion into a plump, hydrated one. But it’s only after continued use that I’ve noticed the bigger change – anytime a blemish appears on my face it never gets to an angry state. There’s very little redness and no marks left afterwards. On days when my skin would typically be patchy and dull (hello hangover) it just isn’t. It’s still plump, glowy and more importantly hydrated. I know it’s pricey and it won’t suit everyone’s budgets, but I believe this is just the start for technology like this and eventually smart ageing will touch brands in all price ranges.’ KT – Digital Beauty Editor

‘Coming from a founder who is one of the foremost regenerative medicine and tissue engineering scientists of his generation, the Augustinus Bader one-product-range was a complete no-brainer for Cult Beauty; it’s Skincare 2.0. I love it personally as within three-week’s usage I noticed a couple of chin spots healed quicker, my cheek age spot was fading and the surface of my skin just looked better. After a couple of months I’m noticing that a pinched cheek springs back more readily. I wasn’t convinced that it would become a top seller, because of the price point, but from the moment we uploaded The Cream to the New In page it started selling well. It’s one of those brands that has ‘good grapevine’. – Alexia Inge, Founder of Cult Beauty

Who loves it?

The question really should be: who doesn’t love it?

It has been reported that Alexa Chung, Sandra Oh, Priyanka Chopra, Bella Hadid and many more have fallen head over heels for the brand. Diane Kruger got involved with the brand quite early on, Kate Bosworth is constantly uploading clips of her using the cream and Victoria Beckham loves it so much she had the models from her AW18 show all prepped with the products.

Augustinus Bader The Cream & The Rich Cream, £205 Cult Beauty

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If you give it a try, let us know how you get on.

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Shea butter: the beloved ingredient set to revolutionise your beauty routine

Shea butter: the beloved ingredient set to revolutionise your beauty routine

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From moisturising dry skin to replenishing hair, there’s nothing shea can’t do.

Shea butter has long been hailed as an effective solution to dry skin, but the truth is, it’s a beloved ingredient for many more reasons. From offering a super nourishing, diverse top-to-toe regime, to helping communities of women in Ghana, here’s why you should be using shea.

It’s intensely nourishing for dry skin

Shea butter is a uniquely powerful ingredient, which nourishes even the driest of skin. Itchy legs? Sorted. Rough knees and elbows? Solved. So why is shea such a wonder product when it comes to tackling dryness? The main reason is that the shea nut contains a high level of fatty acids that help to keep things smooth and soft, as well as vitamins A and E to help protect the skin’s natural oils and maintain moisture.

Shea butter mecca The Body Shop is the place to head for all your nourishing needs. Its Body Butter is a bestseller for a reason; 100% vegan, it floods the skin with rich moisture lasting 72 hours while smelling irresistible. The range also has a new addition – multipurpose Shea Butter. Made with an incredible 192 shea nuts, it can be applied directly to your body, face, hair or lips. You could use it as a base for a DIY lip scrub by adding sugar and using a toothbrush, a hair treatment by mixing it with your favourite oil or even make a nourishing bubble bath melt by mixing with bath foam and freezing overnight.

The She in Shea: The Tungteiya Women’s Association

It helps support female empowerment

While shea’s moisturising properties alone are enough to convince us, it’s the story of where the ingredient comes from that really inspires. The Body Shop has been sustainably sourcing Community Trade shea butter from the Tungteiya Women’s Association in Ghana since 1994. As well as empowering women, making shea has a positive impact on the entire community.

An incredible 640 women handcraft 390 tons of shea butter for The Body Shop every year, using an 18-step process that’s passed down from mother to daughter. So every Shea product you use from The Body Shop allows female empowerment to go from strength to strength.

It is a super versatile ingredient

Not only does shea butter keep skin feeling tip top, it also works everywhere else – including your hair. The Body Shop’s three-step replenishing shea range, which is 100% vegan, includes a deeply cleansing shampoo, richly nourishing conditioner and a special treatment mask for super smooth, silky lengths.

Inspired? The options with shea are seemingly endless…

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The best SPF moisturisers for year-round skin protection

The best SPF moisturisers for year-round skin protection

Because they’re a must-have seven days a week, 365 days a year

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Having one of the best SPF moisturisers to hand is a much bigger deal than you might think. Applying it everyday should become second nature, a bit like cleansing.

While the best sun cream is a no-brainer for hot holidays, ultraviolet rays can be damaging on even the cloudiest of days and so a moisturiser with an SPF is in fact a year-round beauty bag essential.

It may not seem like it in gloomy Great Britain, but even in the winter months you need to be slathering on some level of sun protection to stop your skin from getting damaged. Fact: if there’s daylight – wear an SPF.

The best face sunscreen

You have two options for protecting the skin on your face. You could swap out your current moisturiser, for one that has a high SPF. The best SPF moisturisers are SPF 20, 30 or 50, to ensure the sun’s rays aren’t wreaking havoc with your skin cells. The higher the SPF the better at fighting the signs of ageing.

Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF50, £33 Look Fantastic

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Or if you’re 100% dedicated to your current moisturiser, which doesn’t have an SPF, then you could invest in a UV shield. A UV defender goes on top of your moisturiser as the last product before make-up. Yes it’s an extra step in your skincare routine, but if you find a good one it won’t feel like a chore.

Skinceuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50, £37 Look Fantastic

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Keeping you protected from the moment you step out the door is so important and one of the best ways to fight the signs of ageing.

On our list you’ll find Glossier’s famous Invisible Shield, Dr Lancer’s Sun Shield Fluid, which Victoria Beckham recently revealed is her go-to SPF and many others.

Check out our favourite SPF moisturisers and UV shields hand-picked for sun protection and anti-ageing properties, and find your favourite…

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Skincare order confusing the heck out of you? This is the correct routine

Skincare order confusing the heck out of you? This is the correct routine

Whether you prefer two steps or seven, we’ve cleared the fog on skincare routines and other FAQs

skincare order

With approximately a bajillion products on the market (ball park), it’s safe to say that skincare order has got a little confusing lately.

From glycolic acid to vitamin C serums to retinol and more, for a lot of us our skincare routine is no longer a case of simply cleansing and moisturising. So if you find yourself constantly asking yourself ‘what order should I apply my skincare products? Am I doing this right?’, then keep reading.

‘The order and steps depend on your skin type, which is why when reading blogs and online articles you have to keep in mind the person writing might have totally different skin needs to you,’ explains Ksenia Selivanov, co-founder of skin consultancy Lion/ne.

‘For example, dry and reactive skin will not need a toner and oils aren’t suited to every skin. A good way to remember how to layer product is: thinner, water-based products first followed by oil-based, thicker products, and always ending with SPF [during the day].’

Below you’ll find a handy ‘cheat sheet’ for the order you apply skincare products as advised by the experts. We recommend you bookmark this for future reference.

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Daytime skincare order


First thing’s first – wash your face morning (and night) as your first step, using your best cleanser and a hand-hot flannel or muslin cloth.


If you choose to use it, do so after cleanser, but whether toner is really a necessary step is widely debated. ‘I’m not a big fan of toners as they often irritate the skin,’ says consultant dermatoligist Dr Justine Kluk.

‘Not all skin types need a toner,’ adds Kate Bancroft, founder of Face the Future. ‘Sometimes a hydrating spray is a better option.’

However, toners that contain AHAs or BHAs (like glycolic acid or salicylic acid) are a different story as they provide an exfoliating step in your routine. These can help if you struggle with breakouts, clogged pores or slow skin cell turnover, depending on the acid.


In the morning, it’s a good idea to use something antioxidant-based, like Vitamin C serums, as these will offer additional protection against pollution. Hydrating serums can be used at any time of day; skincare brand The Inkey List recommends using treatment serums first and hydrating serums (like hyaluronic acid) second.

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Depending on your skin type, be sure to choose the best moisturiser for dry skin, best moisturiser for oily skin or best moisturiser for combination skin.

Sun cream

Sun protection should be used every day, especially if you use acids and/or retinol in your routine; view our edits of the best SPF moisturisers and best sun creams for recommendations.

Evening skincare order


Start by removing make-up and washing the day’s grease and grime away, double cleansing if you wish, again using your trusty muslin cloth or flannel.


A frequently asked question is, where do masks fit into the cleanse-tone-moisturise shebang? The short answer is: after cleansing, before all your other skincare steps, about twice weekly.

‘Masks, if used, can be applied once or twice a week,’ says Dr Kluk. I would suggest applying a mask after cleansing in the evening, then following with the rest of your usual skincare routine.


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Retinol (not to be used with AHA/BHAs)

Retinol is known for being a pretty potent potion, so on the days you apply it, swap out any acid-containing products to avoid any reactions. It can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so always apply in the evening and use SPF the next day.

Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you may want to avoid any acids at all on the days you’re using retinol (more on why later) and if you’re new to it, be sure to introduce it gradually and begin with a low concentration.

‘Following retinol with any other topical skincare will dilute the active ingredient, vitamin A, and reduce its effectiveness,’ Kate adds.


Again referring to The Inkey List’s earlier advice, apply treatment serums first – this includes retinol – and hydrating serums second.


Finish your nightly routine with your usual moisturiser or the best night cream for your skin type. And if your skin is particularly dry, layer an oil over the top to lock in moisture.

Are there products that can’t be applied together?

More and more of us are using potent skincare ingredients, like acids and retinol, on the regular, so it’s important to know which of the strong stuffs don’t mix.

‘I would avoid using multiple products with irritant properties at the same time,’ explains Dr Kluk. ‘An example of this would be avoiding the application of AHAs, such as glycolic acid, and retinol or any of the prescription retinoid creams together. Many people can’t even tolerate using these on the same day, so my advice would be to choose one or the other unless advised otherwise by a dermatologist.’

Kate agrees: ‘I don’t like to mix acids and retinols at the same time; some skins are highly susceptible to retinoid reactions and mixing too many actives in one go is asking for trouble.’

Which products should you not use during the day or at night?

‘Vitamin A creams, such as retinol or retinaldehyde, may increase sensitivity to the sun and so should be applied at night – and SPF should be applied the following morning. The same goes for acids,’ explains Dr Kluk.

‘Antioxidants like vitamin C can be used both morning and night, but as they provide a form of protection against UV and pollution, it seems sensible to me to use them in the morning before heading out the front door.’

How many acid products is too many?

These days acids come in just about every skincare form, from cleanser to toner, serum and moisturiser. So what’s the safe limit for how many AHA/BHA products you can use in one go?

‘It depends on how reactive your skin is and also on your individual skin needs,’ advises Dr Kluk. ‘Acids are potentially quite irritating to the skin and can cause redness, peeling and sensitivity, so it’s best to select one product and only add others if there is still a clinical need and your skin is able to tolerate it. You don’t need to use every acid just because you can!

‘If you have oily skin or breakouts, choose salicylic acid. If you want to smooth and hydrate the skin, choose lactic acid. And if you want to brighten dark spots or treat wrinkles, choose glycolic acid.

‘For those who can’t tolerate any of the above acids, mandelic acid may be less irritating to use as the larger molecules don’t penetrate as deeply.’

So, to recap the correct skincare order…

Mask (evening, max twice a week)
Retinol (evening)
SPF (daytime)

For more skincare advice and product recommendations, head to our Hair & Beauty section

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