Free Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, worth £10, with August Marie Claire

Free Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, worth £10, with August Marie Claire

Get radiant skin for less this summer with a free, travel-size Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser…

Murad Free Cleanser

Despite our best efforts, we’re all far too familiar with waking up to lackluster, dull skin. This is exactly why we’re so excited to bring you Murad’s key beauty technology. You can find their powerful exfoliating cleanser completely free in the August edition of Marie Claire. Worth £10 this product refines skin to target dehydration or oily excess. It also improves texture and tone to bring a softer, brighter finish even without make-up.

As we move into the (hopefully) fiery heat of summer, we want to be able to wear less and less makeup for a natural, effortless effect. We also want to stop sweating foundation. This is why we turn to Murad exfoliating cleanser. Used once or twice a week, the cleanser fixes dry and uneven skin, giving us the confidence for a lighter application. It’s quick and easy to use, as you only need a small amount to work up a rich, creamy lather that’s massaged into the skin before being rinsed off. This lets us get out of the house quicker and thus into the warm weather. It leaves us feeling rejuvenated and looking awake. It’s also a great way to remove makeup swiftly and confidently before getting into bed, after a long summer evening out.

Even better? The bottle you can get free with our next issue is a deluxe travel size (30ml). You’ll be hooked right before a sunny, summer holiday and have the perfect size bottle to take away with you.

Don’t miss out on the clever application of salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids, which dissolve dead skin cells. Or, the Jojoba beads which polish and smooth the surface of the skin. All of these make this product a summer essential. So what are you waiting for? Go and get your free cleanser with the August Marie Claire ASAP.

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New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

We’ve tested all the new launches to bring you the best of the best

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The life of a beauty addict is rarely ever dull thanks to dozens of brand new makeup, skin and hair products launching every single week.

New launches always bring with them a lot of hype, and so it can be hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted; nobody wants to splash the cash on something they’ll end up hating.

Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire online beauty team gets to test the lot of them way before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best moisturisers for dry skin.

We’ll be bringing you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out – which, trust us, they will do.

So, what’s good this month?

It wouldn’t be summer without stocking up on the best fake tan, and we’re loving the new launches from bronze intelligence St Tropez. As well as our favourite, the new Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, the brand has also launched a self-tanning face mist that’s perfect for building up your complexion while you sleep.

Meanwhile Chanel is taking centre stage when it comes to beauty innovations, having launched a mascara with the first ever 3D printed wand. The formula itself is also pretty genius, as it doesn’t require you to keep topping up the brush with more product.

And Estée Lauder has brought out its annual Bronze Goddess collection, containing everything you need to look, smell and feel like summer personified. From a Cooling Body Mist to their summer colour palettes, they’ve got you covered when it comes to seasonal beauty.

Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new makeup launches and hype-worthy skincare drops (and wave goodbye to your healthy bank balance in the process).

It’s time for a big beauty haul.

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FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?

FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?

We tested it for ourselves to see if the workout really works

It sounds too good to be true: a non-invasive facial that results in plumper skin and a sculpted jawline and cheekbones. But that’s exactly what FaceGym promises.

Given that Meghan Markle is a reported fan of anti ageing facial exercises and face yoga, it’s no surprise that they’ve surged in popularity recently.

With this in mind, I visited the Selfridges counter to put one of their workouts to the test.

The treatment: FaceGym’s Signature Electricalworkout

After a gentle cleanser to remove any make-up and impurities from the skin, the treatment begins with a gentle shoulder and neck massage to reduce tension.

Your face is then treated to the Signature workout, a vigorous combination of rhythmic pushes and slaps to stimulate the facial muscles before a brief derma rolling of the skin.

The next part is a pretty weird experience, but it’s where the real work is done. Using the FaceGym Pro device, your facial muscles are stimulated with an electrical current, causing them to contract – cue particularly strong spasms around the eye and lip area.

The end result is a firmer face overall, and while I wasn’t sure how dramatic the results would be after just one treatment, the difference after the first half of my face was finished made my jaw drop. As someone with quite deep lines around the mouth, the one on the left side of my face was noticeably softened.

Depending on your skin concern, your therapist will also apply one of the Training Serums, the base of which is like a protein shake for your face; with a base of olive squalane, coffee bean oil,

The most unexpected thing about the experience is how relaxing it actually is; by the end of the treatment I was half-asleep in the chair, despite having my face slapped and electrically pulsated for the best part of an hour.

Although you’ll need a few sessions if you want longer lasting results, but it’s a great pre-party fix if you want your complexion to look its best.

FaceGym is located on King’s Road and within Selfridges, and treatment pricing starts at £50. To book visit

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Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?

Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?

They’re not just amazing, they’re essential

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a new regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and today I start my role as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will be de-bunking skin myths, letting you in on skincare secrets and telling you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

We start with an ingredient that’s having somewhat of a moment: peptides.

What are peptides?

Peptides are found naturally in skin. They are composed of a vast range of tiny fragments of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are a fundamental building block of skin. On their own, peptides are part of the body’s complex communication system that tells different aspects of skin to do a better job.

What do peptides do?

Peptides are an absolutely fascinating group of ingredients that ongoing research has proven can benefit several age related (mostly from sun damage) skin concerns. Whether you’re struggling with wrinkles, loss of firmness, discolouration, dehydration, dullness, and so on, there are specific peptides that can make a difference for each one. However, it really takes a range of peptides to help fight multiple skin problems, there isn’t one that does everything.

While peptides are a natural component of skin, in their natural form they are very fragile, unstable ingredients. To stabilise and create peptides that can actually be absorbed into skin, remain intact, and therefore be able to positively impact skin, they are lab-engineered. When science figured out how to do this, the possibilities and number of peptides available exploded.

Each “designer” peptide can be created to specifically activate a youthful element of skin, for example a peptide to make more collagen, or deactivate a problem in skin, like stop making so much abnormal melanin.

Here are a few peptides names to look out for on ingredient lists on the backs of products:

Types of peptides

  • Tripeptide-1 helps with firmness
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 these smooth wrinkles and enhance hydration by strengthening the skin’s barrier
  • Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16 and Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 help minimise redness
  • Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate improves how skin cells function
  • Azelaoyl Bis-Dipeptide-10 diminishes the appearance of forms of pigmentation, like brown spots

Anyone from teenagers to pensioners can benefit from applying products with peptides, just like they can from other healthy skin ingredients, like niacinamide, vitamin C, antioxidants and omega fatty acids etc. For younger people, it will help stave off the appearance of ageing and for those who are a little older, they can improve the skin look and feel.

Although peptides are an exciting advancement in skincare they have limitations. Any great anti-ageing skincare routine should contain a healthy mix of skin-replenishing ingredients, antioxidants, and other a healthy dose of other anti-ageing ingredients and the best ones do.

Here are a few products with peptides that I recommend

1. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, from £56.70 Fabled

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Why not add one of these to your basket and let us know how you get on? Remember to give a product around a good eight weeks of testing.

See you next month!

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Psoriasis: How to deal with the frustrating, flaky skin condition

Psoriasis: How to deal with the frustrating, flaky skin condition

Plus where to get the help and support you need to manage your condition


Counting eczema among its unsightly friends, psoriasis is another uncomfortable skin condition that can leave its sufferers feeling incredibly self-conscious.

It’s estimated that some 125 million people have psoriasis worldwide, according to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations.

But you may not be 100% sure if you have it, or what exactly it is (we’re guessing that’s why you’re here, anyway).

We asked Dr Justine Kluk, Harley Street dermatologist, to answer the most common questions about the skin ailment below.

What is psoriasis?

‘Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition of the skin that affects approximately 2% of the population,’ Dr Kluk explains. ‘The outer layer of our skin is constantly generating new skin cells and replacing old ones.

‘But in psoriasis, this process is sped up significantly and occurs over days rather than weeks. This increase in cell turnover leads to the typical symptoms that we see.’

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

‘Psoriasis causes salmon pink patches to appear on the skin. These often have silvery scale on the surface. Sometimes, they cause soreness, discomfort or itching and sometimes they don’t,’ explains Justine.

‘Any part of the skin can be affected, however the elbows, knees, belly button, scalp and ears are some of the most frequently affected sites. Psoriasis can occur on genital skin, between the buttocks and in the armpits, where the patches are typically smooth, red and shiny rather than flaky.

‘If the nails are affected, pits or ridges can appear on the surface, or the nails can become thickened and discoloured. In certain individuals, psoriasis can also affect the joints by causing swelling, pain and stiffness and this is known as psoriatic arthritis.’


What causes psoriasis?

There are a fair few factors that can contribute to a person developing and having the condition.

‘Your genes play an important role, meaning that if one or more of your parents or siblings has psoriasis you will have an increased chance of developing it compared to someone who doesn’t have any affected family members,’ Dr Kluk tells us.

‘Environmental factors, such as stress, smoking, infection and certain medication, such as beta blockers, can also act as triggers.’

Are there psoriasis treatments?

Unfortunately, like a lot of skin conditions, there is no ‘cure’ per se for psoriasis. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to keep its prevalence under control

‘The choice of treatment really depends on how severely you are affected and includes creams containing a steroid or vitamin D, tablets and injections that modify the immune system, and phototherapy, which is a form of outpatient light treatment carried out in hospital Dermatology Departments,’ our doctor explains.

‘Most psoriasis sufferers will benefit from frequent and liberal application of a moisturising cream or ointment, and scalp symptoms can improve with the regular use of a coal tar-based shampoo or scalp lotion containing coconut oil,’ she adds.

‘If you are suffering with psoriasis and are finding it difficult to put your feelings into words and get the right support from friends, family or even your doctor, charities like The Psoriasis Association or the website from the British Association of Dermatologists are a good place to start.’

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So what’s in the new Lush egg foundation?

So what’s in the new Lush egg foundation?

It’s not as scary as it sounds…

The Slap Stick from Lush is completely plastic free

Words by Katherine Benson 

 You can now get your perfect foundation match with the latest environmentally friendly, vegan foundation sticks from Lush.

The new ‘egg’ foundation – The Slap Stick – is the latest beauty trial to come to Lush. But don’t worry, the egg-shape is purely aesthetical as the product is 100% vegan!

The Slap Stick is cruelty-free, packaged in wax instead of harmful plastic and comes with its own recyclable cardboard box that can be re-sealed to protect your product in-between uses.

Following in the steps of Fenty Beauty, Lush is expanding the variety of inclusive beauty products. The Slap Stick will come in forty different shades – including warm, cool and neutral undertones. Each ’egg’ is also packed with a combination of skin loving ingredients – amazingly 45% Indonesian coconut oil, and Moroccan argan oil to provide glowing moisture that blends effortlessly.

The handy solid ‘egg’ form means a little goes a long way. It can be built up for your desired coverage. Or, for a lighter feel it can be applied with sponges or fingers for any blemishes. The ingredients are rich but the result isn’t heavy, making it perfect for every day use.

But the best part is that Lush is giving 10% of its profits from the coconut oil to funding literary classes and a dentist on the island of Nias in Indonesia. The argan oil it uses is also harvested by a women’s co-operative in Morocco. So you can apply your makeup guilt free!

Rowena Bird, Lush Co-founder and product inventor, explained the motivations for this environmentally friendly product, ‘Making foundation, a staple in many people’s daily routine, solid, is a major leap forward to reducing plastic packaging without compromising on quality or effect’.

The sticks are set to launch on June 29, but you’ll need to grab them quick! The range will only be available to purchase online in the space of a one-month bracket at £16.95.

Be right back – off to form an orderly queue.

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Skin supplements that’ll tackle just about any skin concern out there

Skin supplements that’ll tackle just about any skin concern out there

Get the glowing complexion of your dreams from within

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While the best cleanser and the best moisturiser are no-brainers when it comes to a healthy glow, sometimes the best way to fix your skin is from the inside out by taking skin supplements that actually work.

Alongside your skincare routine and eating well, these give your skin the boost it needs to leave it healthy, soft and radiant, as well as targeting specific skin concerns if necessary.

‘Even the healthiest diet cannot provide the body with everything it needs,’ says world-renowned, board certified dermatologist Dr Howard Murad. ‘Supplements ensure optimal nutrition by topping you up with the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.’

It’s safe to say that both the skin and hair supplements markets are completely saturated, though, and trying to find the ones that work is akin to looking for a needle in a haystack.

Fortunately we’ve done the hard work for you, sorting the functional from the fruitless to bring you the best skin supplements for any skin type. Your skin just got an upgrade.

Skin supplements for collagen

Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Complete, £45 for 120 capsules

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‘After age 26, the body starts to slow down and doesn’t make collagen and elastin as efficiently as it once did,’ says nutritionist Lorraine Perretta of the International Institute for Anti-Ageing. Fine lines and sagging become more apparent and the damage from free radicals can result in pigmentation and dark marks, giving the skin a more aged appearance. This duo is perfect for someone who wants to promote collagen and elastin plus a skin protector in the form of plant antioxidants, containing two pots: Skin Vit A+ to boost collagen and compact elastin, while Skin Antioxidant contains seven free radical-fighting plant antioxidants.’

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Skin supplements for clear skin

Bodyism Omega Brilliance, £40, Fabled

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Fatty acids are important for so many health reasons, but did you know they’re essential to a good complexion, too? As a natural anti-inflammatory, Omega-3 can calm particularly angry skin that’s prone to breakouts as well as being an anti-ageing substance. Bodyism’s capsules are high quality and all natural, so you know you’re getting the good stuff here.

It’s also thought that there’s a link between having acne and being zinc deficient, so it’s worth also adding one of these supplements to your routine if you’re an acne sufferer.

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Skin supplements for healthy skin

Murad Hydra Glow Supplements, £50, John Lewis

‘Diet has a huge impact on skin and skin’s health, because topical skincare products address only 20% of your skin on the surface,’ says world-renowned, board certified dermatologist Dr Howard Murad. ‘The other 80% of your skin is affected by what you eat and drink, including dietary skin supplements. A key ingredient to look out for in is Glucosamine, which helps create the ideal environment for skin to be healthy and allows it to effectively build Collagen and elastin.’

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See our edit of more top supplements (and the odd hair supplement too) below and shop your favourites for your best skin yet.

Say hello to a clearer, more radiant complexion…

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Best peel-off masks that reveal brighter and tighter looking skin

Best peel-off masks that reveal brighter and tighter looking skin

We challenge you to find a more addictive beauty product

There are some beauty products that are so deeply satisfying to use that I swear you could become addicted. Things like those exfoliating socks, Erborian’s CC Cream that goes onto skin white, but then blends to match your skin tone right in front of your eyes and then there are the best peel off masks. I reckon these are the most satisfying of all, because you feel like you’re actually peeling away bad skin to reveal good skin. They fall into a very camp to the best face masks, because as wonderful and powerful they are, they just don’t have the same addictive draw.

There are different types of course – ones that help to hydrate, those that light up the skin to give it a natural-looking glow and those that deep clean and help with congestion

Best peel off masks with charcoal

You’ve seen the thousands of YouTube clips of people with their black peel off masks and it all going a bit Pete Tong; peeling the black substance off their faces with painful results, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Activated charcoal is wonderful at drawing crap out of your pores, which is why it is such a popular ingredient in peel-off masks. However, there are a lot of crap products on the market, in our opinion the best peel off mask with charcoal is Rodial Glamoxy Snake Mask, £63 Space NK.

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Golly, we love this mask so much. As this dries, you can almost feel it tightening everything underneath, then after 15/20 minutes you peel it off and with it comes the dirt, grime and excess oil that have been clogging your pores. This super duper deep cleanse rids your skin of the things that cause dullness, so you’re left with a brighter and happier complexion.

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Keep scrolling for our list of the best peel off masks on offer…

But do so at your own risk, for they are highly additive.

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6 Sudocrem uses you’ve probably never thought of before

6 Sudocrem uses you’ve probably never thought of before

Well worth the £2.99 spend, it’s not just for infants

Although it’s primarily known as a nappy rash cream, the humble Sudocrem is so much more than that.

This unassuming, multipurpose tub can heal wounds, treat skin ailments and act as a general life hack in so many more ways than one – and it’s the same formula as when it first launched 85 years ago.

When you consider its price tag, it’s a bloody bargain. Read on for six surprising uses you may not have considered until now.

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream 125g, £2.99, Boots


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As a face mask

Because of the high zinc oxide content, many people find that a Sudocrem facial, once a week, is one of the best acne treatments if you’re on a budget. Simply apply a thin layer before bed, then wash off any excess in the morning (unless you like the chalky look).

For cuts and burns

One of the reasons Sudocrem is such a household name is because of its incredible healing abilities for things like every day cuts, scrapes and burns.

‘It helps to heal wounds by forming a protective layer over the vulnerable area, reducing the risk of infection, and also contains a mild local anaesthetic to soothe discomfort,’ the brand itself says.

As a barrier cream for fake tan and hair dye

Similar to Vaseline, Sudocrem acts as a great barrier cream. Apply it to the soles of your feet before a fake tan sesh to stop them from going orange, or around your hair line before colouring your hair to avoid stains.

To soothe sore skin conditions

The combination of ingredients such as lanolin, a skin-soothing emollient, and zinc oxide, which reduces fluid loss, helps to calm areas of skin suffering from conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

To prevent chafing

The downside to summer wardrobes is the chafing situation you can experience if you have thicker thighs. But apply a bit of Sudocrem to the problem areas, and you’ll find summer days far more comfortable.

To calm chilblains

Another seasonal ailment, this time more prevalent in winter, chilblains are seriously sore, red painful skin, usually on the fingers or toes. Apply a thin, protective layer over them to ease the pain and help them heal faster. The same can be said for summer-related skin ailment sunburn and insect bites.

All hail the mighty Sudocrem.

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Korean beauty: Everything you need to know and what to buy

Korean beauty: Everything you need to know and what to buy

Because K-beauty is the reigning skincare champion of the world

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Korean beauty burst onto the scene a few years ago, with double-cleansing, essences and sheet masks taking our bathroom cabinets by storm.

Surpassing Japanese beauty to become the most popular beauty category from the far east, K-beauty is known for creating great serums, the best CC cream and 10-step skincare routines, all encased in super fun packaging.

One of the biggest SoKo skincare trends of the moment is ‘glass skin’. You may have heard of it, the desired result being clear, smooth and poreless skin that resembles (you guessed it) a pane of glass. It’s those elusive 10-step routines that are responsible.

But before we tell you the Korean beauty products you should never be without, read on for five things you need to know about the world of K-beauty.

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They take cleansing very seriously

You wont find a South Korean woman falling asleep in a full face of make-up. Over there, women double cleanse – usually with a balm or oil to remove make-up followed by a foam or cream cleanser to get rid of pollution and remaining debris.

They love a cushion foundation

You’ve no doubt seen these on the market already – the foundation compact that contains a sponge saturated in foundation, which is applied with a pad. They’re meant to be easier to apply and also give a smoother finish than traditional foundations.

Essences are the essence of Korean beauty

They might sound a bit wishy-washy to us, but essences are the mainstay of a South Korean beauty regime. Their purpose is to add a hit of moisture to the skin before you moisturise to keep your face nice and plump.

Sheet masks are straight out of SoKo

You won’t find a beauty enthusiast without them, but the sheet mask trend came over from South Korea. The women there use sheet masks to mega-hydrate their skin and infuse it with other essentials like vitamins.

These cloth, paper or biocellulose masks are placed on your skin for 10-15 minutes and are saturated with just the right amount of hydrating ingredients (like humectant hyaluronic acid) to really boost your skin’s moisture levels.

Now that you’ve had a crash course in K-beauty, read on as we chart the most popular and effective Korean beauty products available to buy now – as well as what makes them so great.

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