How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

As it’s World Oceans Day tomorrow, we want to encourage everyone to do their bit for our seas, not to mention the rest of the planet.

Ever since that final episode of Blue Planet II aired in December 2017, we have known just how horrific the extent of the devastation that plastics has on planet, especially our oceans. According to Global Citizen, by late 2018 88% of those who had seen it had changed their relationship with plastic completely. They went on to call the episode, ‘a key moment sparking the war on plastics.’

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We have certainly noticed more reusable water bottles on our commute and in the office, some people have gone a week completely plastic-free and huge brands like Waitrose are doing their bit to reduce their plastic waste.

So, does this mean that we are nailing our recycling routines? Apparently not, according to research carried out by Garnier 56% of Brits don’t recycle their bathroom products. It’s thought to be partly down to us being used to having two bins in our kitchen, that it’s almost second nature to separate our recyclable goods. But the other issue is the complexity of bathroom products; a hand soap bottle and an eyeshadow palette are slightly more confusing that the plastic container your mushrooms come in. ‘Beauty product packaging is often composed of a variety of types of material,’ explains Stephen Clarke, Head of Communications at TerraCycle Europe. ‘For example — mirrored glass, cardboard sleeves, paper inserts, expanded plastic foam and more have been known to be used in cosmetics packaging– sometimes all in one item.’ This makes recycling them incredibly difficult.

‘120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry,’ explains Clarke. ‘Of these, very few plastic waste items generated in the bathroom are accepted by most public kerbside recycling programmes. Most common beauty products and packaging contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem and, without adequate recovery solutions, are tracked for landfills, burned, buried, or simply littered where waste management is insufficient. Many plastic waste items find their way into oceans and waterways, compounding the problem with environmental hazards.’

recycling beauty products

We need to make sure that where we can, we are recycling our beauty products properly. Below is our guide to what can be recycled and what should just be thrown in the normal bin. When in doubt, throw it out. This is important, says Clarke, because ‘beauty products and packaging that cannot be recycled through the public system will not only be diverted towards landfill or incineration anyway, they slow down the system and have the potential to contaminate bales of secondary material. This is important because we must improve the system to create a circular economy for plastics.’

How to recycle your beauty products


So many beauty products, like fragrances and new make-up products, come wrapped in cellophane. Annoyingly, this cannot be recycled and should be put in your normal bin.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles, like shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, are accepted by most recycling programmes. However, make sure that you have emptied and cleaned them out first. You can also leave the lids on as these can be recycled, unless it’s a trigger head or a pump. These will need to go in your normal bin. If you haven’t completely finished your conditioner, do NOT pour it down the sink. Instead, get out as much as possible and put it in your normal bin. (The same goes with any product that you have a little left of.)


Yes, hairsprays and deodorants can be recycled in most household collection schemes. But do make sure they’ve been completely finished before recycling them.

Mascara, lipstick, make-up palettes (eye shadow, bronzer, blusher)

Annoyingly, these are too complicated to recycle. However, TerraCycle has partnered with Garnier to create a free recycling programme for beauty packaging, and these can be taken to one of their allocated drop-off locations. Find your nearest one here. They will also take sheets masks and their wrappers, face wipes and their packets, trigger sprays, pumps, pipettes, roll-on deodorants.

Glass jars

Hooray, as long as these have been emptied and cleaned then these are free to be popped in your recycling bin.

Cotton pads

This is an interesting one, as they have come under quite a bit criticism for being as bad for the environment as face wipes, but in actual fact these can be recycled with your food waste. So after taking your make-up off, take them straight into the kitchen to throw away.

Hair tools

If they still work, check with your local charity shop if they’ll take them. If they’re broken, then they can be recycled at a specific centre. To find your local one, click here.

Nail varnish, fragrance bottles, make-up brushes

These can’t be recycled, so should just be placed in the normal waste bin.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Don’t put these in your recycling, there are special drop-off locations (that can be found here) that have been set up by TerraCycle and Colgate.

What else can you do?

  • TerraCycle has also paired with brands like Kiehl’s, L’Occitane and The Body Shop. Theses brands are accepting old beauty containers and will recycle them on your behalf. There are often freebies and discounts if you do it this way.
  • Get your hands on a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box – they send an empty box to your house, you fill it with your beauty empties (shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, non-pressurised hair spray bottles, hair paste plastic jars and caps, lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, lotion bottles, lotion tubes, lotion dispensers and jars, non-pressurised shaving foam tubes, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye liner pencils and cases, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes and sticks) and then send it back to them to recycle it all.
  • Buy products that are packaged in highly recycled materials, like PET bottles
  • Buy from brands that offer a refillable service or reusable packaging

Brands doing their bit

Ren Skincare

Ren has a company-wide goal of being completely zero waste by 2021. That’s only two years away. It currently has 100% recyclable packaging, refillable solutions and bottles made from reclaimed ocean plastic.


In their most recent beauty campaign, Liberty launched Conscious Beauty. Throughout, there has been a drop-off point, where you could take your packaging to be collected and recycled. They also championed all of their brands that are doing what they can to be more sustainable.

Neal’s Yard

From tomorrow until 2nd July, Neal’s Yard will have an in-house recycling scheme. You will be able to take some of the trickiest items to recycle to one of their stores, this will include sample sachets, superfood pouches, facial wipe packages, pumps and atomisers. You will then receive 10% off their next purchase.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop, renowned for its ethical trading initiatives, has teamed up with tech business Plastics For Change and Hasiru Dala, a local Indian NGO and social enterprise, to buy 250 tonnes of plastic collected by waste pickers in Bangalore this year, which will rise to 500 tonnes in 2020. This  recycled plastic will be used to create the bottle of their haircare ranges. There are also recycling points in store.


L’Occitane have had TerraCycle collection points in their stores and have sponsored beach cleans all over the UK, from Brighton to Edinburgh.


Yesterday saw the launch of Selfridges Project Ocean Beauty Booth, which sees them pledge to ensure that at least 50% of their products are better for humans and the planet by 2022. As part of the initiative, they will have people on hand to help teach customers how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste in their bathrooms.

If that wasn’t enough, here are some products to get your hands on that are ……..

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Hyaluronic acid: Everything you need to know about the super hydrator

Hyaluronic acid: Everything you need to know about the super hydrator

We’re all on acid… Hyaluronic acid that is

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that you see plastered all over product packaging and hear dermatologists wax lyrical about. And with very good reason – there’s pretty much nothing else out there that can help boost moisture levels more than hyaluronic acid.

Also don’t be put off by the word acid – it’s a common misconception that acids for skin are going to strip and cause irritation, when actually they are key to good to a top notch complexion.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural component of your body’s connective tissue that maintains skin’s strength and elasticity. 50% of it is found in our skin. Everyone sings its praises because it can retain over 1,000 times its weight in water, so it’s super hydrating, and helps to give you a bright appearance by keeping cells plumped and strong.

As we age, the natural hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease. Mostly found in the best anti-ageing beauty products for mature skin, it’s quickly becoming a preventative treatment and skin staple for younger people looking to stave off the effects of ageing for as long as possible.

Continuous use of HA ensures you retain moisture and elasticity in your skin, which will help if you’re worried about fine lines or dull skin. Hyaluronic acid can also be injected directly, in what’s known as dermal fillers, into the skin to help fill and plump. (N.B., this is very different to botox.)

Hyaluronic acid serum

One of the best face serum you should use, hyaluronic acid serums are hero products because of their higher concentration of HA. Each one tends to be a clear, sticky liquid that absorbs super fast and creates a beautiful base for make-up. Because they are so lightweight as well, all skin types will benefit from introducing one into their routines and you can use one in conjunction with another targeted serum.

Read on for our round up of the best products containing the miracle ingredient…

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How to fake tan: the tips and tricks for nailing your self tan

How to fake tan: the tips and tricks for nailing your self tan

Goodbye patchy knees and streaky arms

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Fake tanning is an art form. It takes practice, but with the right paint (the best fake tan), the right tools (fake tan mitt) and the right technique (our fake tan tips and tricks below) you can nail your at-home glow.

Fake tan tips & tricks

We sat down with tanning guru, James Harknett (who incidentally offers the best spray tan in London) to help us create this comprehensive guide.
‘Gradual, buildup tans are a great way to start, because they contain far less tanning agent than a mousse or lotion.
If you have a fair skin tone and you freckle in the sun, then a red-based tan will complement your colour,’ he advises. ‘Olive skin tones and those who tan well on holiday should choose a green base.’
So now you know which formula to opt for, here are your fake tan tips & tricks for faking it.

Tip 1: Exfoliate

It may sound obvious, but keeping your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the fake tan bottle. To avoid a patchy fake tan, you need to gently scrub skin before beforehand to lift any dead skin cells and reveal revitalised, ready-to-tan skin beneath.

Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Salt Body Scrub, £25 Fabled

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Tanning pro Harknett says: ‘Wrists, ankles, elbows and knees are prime areas prone to colour grabbing and will easily turn too dark so you should always apply less tan to these areas. And make sure you exfoliate them first to keep the colour even.’
If you’re wondering how to remove fake tan, once your tan starts to fade then you can also exfoliate to get your natural skin tone back.

Tip 2: Moisturise

Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturiser before you fake tan, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your self tan. You won’t get the best results if your skin is still slightly tacky. Pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet as these areas can get dry and need extra moisture.
Moisturise every day when you step out the shower because patchy, dry skin just wont respond well to a faux glow and it’ll make it easier when you come to the bottle bronzing.
You should also moisturise every day after you’ve fake tanned, as it’ll make it last longer. Harknett always recommends the below to all of his spray tan clients.

Kiehl’s Creme de Crops, £18.50 John Lewis

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Tip 3: Apply your fake tan with latex gloves

Orange-tinted palms and grubby-looking fingernails are the tell-tale sign that you’ve been cheating that golden glow. The best way to avoid this look is to get into the habit of applying fake tan wearing latex gloves. Yes, it may feel a little strange at first, but after a few applications it will become second nature.
Once you’re covered all over, take the gloves off and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of tan to the back of each hand. As much as orange hands are a no-no, so are bright white.

Tip 4: Invest in a back brush

Unless your other half is a dedicated co-pilot during every fake tan venture, tanning your back can seem like an impossible mission. Investing in a back spatula or roller will help you to reach those nooks and crannies that are easily missed and difficult to reach, meaning a much more even and realistic tan.

Fake Bake Bronzie Dual Mitt, £14.99 Feelunique

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Tip 5: Dab Vaseline onto eyebrows and hair line

The last thing you want to do when fake tanning your face is end up with an uneven colour and a horrible tide mark along your hairline and eyebrows. Dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy marks appearing in these areas.

Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, £2.09 Boots

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Tip 6: Buff

When the professionals want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they don a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any build up of tan to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades. These are generally cheap to buy and easy to use so get buffing.

Bondi Sands Application Mitt, £4.99 Fabled

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Tip 7: Wear loose, dark clothing afterwards

In an ideal world we would have unlimited time to let our fake tan completely dry, but in reality it’s always much more rushed that we’d like. The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favourites. We recommend a loose black dress and bare legs in summer, then in winter go for baggy, wide-legged trousers and a loose matching top.

Tip 8: Polish and reapply

Now your tan has developed and you’re happy with the results, the work doesnt stop there. Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturising. And if you can feel the flawless fake tan starting to fade, then simply top up.
So there you have it – you’ll be a glow pro in no time.

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Got milk? These milky skincare products can soothe, hydrate, and gently exfoliate

Got milk? These milky skincare products can soothe, hydrate, and gently exfoliate

By Rebecca Fearn

Rex Features

Milk skincare is having a moment; from milky textured cleansers and micellar waters to lactic acid face masks that actually contain milk, there isn’t a step in your routine that can’t benefit from a touch of the white stuff.

Milky formulas are excellent at soothing the skin, skincare expert and London-based facialist, Lisa Franklin confirms: ‘milky textures are great for more sensitive skin types as they tend to remain at a consistent cool temperature, creating a lovely, soothing sensation on application.’ She continues: ‘they also tend to be gentle formulations which are also ideal for sensitive skin.’

In addition, products that contain milk usually feature lactic acid, which can be used to gently buff away dead skin cells and exfoliate.

Take a look at our top milky textures and milk formulas here.

Best milk skincare: cleanser for sensitive skin

The Organic Pharmacy Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Milk, £35, Feel Unique  

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With extracts of rose water, aloe, and shea butter, this ultra gentle milky formula is ideal for even the most sensitive skin types, including those that may have been out in the sun a little too long. It removes makeup with ease, and is best used alongside a muslin cloth or flannel.

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Best milk skincare: cleanser for oily skin

Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk, £25, Selfridges 

milk skincare

Despite also being super kind to skin, this milk textured cleanser is effective enough to thoroughly cleanse normal-oily skin types that need a deep clean. With grape seed and sandalwood, this smells like a spa and leaves skin feeling soft and bouncy.

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Best milk skincare: cleanser for combination skin

Collosol Eau Du Lait, £14.50 for 200ml, Feel Unique

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A Parisienne classic, Collosol has been used by French women and handed down in families for generations. The unique half milk, half water texture ensures skin never feels greasy, and it’s effective at removing makeup on all skin types, including combination.

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Best milk skincare: moisturiser

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cream, £55, Cult Beauty

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Another classic that only hit UK shores a couple of years ago (it had previously been an American exclusive), Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Moisturiser is deeply nourishing yet lightweight in feel. The formula, as its name suggests, also contains moisturising goat’s milk, and natural milk proteins.

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Best milk skincare: toner

Pixi Milky Tonic, £10, Pixi Beauty

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Formulated with oat to soothe skin, this milky toner adds an extra nourishing step to your routine, AM and PM. It’s also alcohol free, meaning it never feels drying or leaves skin feeling taut.

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Best milk skincare: mask

Patchology FlashMasque MilkPeel, £28, Patchology

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Milk skincare isn’t just brilliant at soothing the skin, it can also gently exfoliate thanks to the naturally occurring lactic acid  This Patchology 5 minute Milk Peel uses coconut and soy milk to gently exfoliate and sloughs away dead skin, while thoroughly moisturising.

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I tried exfoliating socks to get rid of dry skin on my feet and this is what happened

I tried exfoliating socks to get rid of dry skin on my feet and this is what happened

Warning: Includes graphic before, during and after pics


When spring/summer hits, I live exclusively in sandals, I simply refuse to wear any sort of closed shoe. But this comes with drawbacks, mainly my feet getting super dry from excessive rubbing with no socks to protect the skin.

It’s not completely dire, but I have cracked heels and corns on my toes (see picture below) that no amount of scrubbing with a pumice stone in the shower will get rid of. Trust me, I tried. Hard.

So having had enough of investing in expensive foot creams that didn’t work, I turned to my trusted friend, Google, to find out if there were any other solutions like at-home pedicures out there, and Footner exfoliating socks popped up. Accompanying that review were before and after pictures that blew my mind a little bit, so I thought I would give them a go, and here’s what happened.

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Before the treatment

Warning: Do not scroll down if you don’t want to see slightly awful before and after pictures of my feet peeling.

Footner Exfoliating Socks, £19.99, Boots

Exfoliating Socks Footner

Footner exfoliating socks are also available at Superdrug and Amazon.

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What are exfoliating socks?

They are basically plastic socks containing a special solution that will help break down dead skin over time. You use scissors to open the top and slip your feet in them, wear them for 60 minutes and then bin them. That’s pretty much all you need to know for now.

How do exfoliating socks work?

Firstly, you’ll need to soak your feet in water, because that helps with the exfoliating process (damp skin means product will be absorbed better). So that’s what I did, before popping my feet in them for 60 minutes while watching an episode of Poldark – I’m all about multi-tasking.

I thought that soaking my feet in a product that essentially causes skin to peel would be painful, but I didn’t feel so much as a tingle, so much so that I was pretty sceptical whether it would actually work. After the allotted time was up, I took the socks off, binned them (you can only use them once), and rinsed my feet with warm water. And waited.

How long does it take for the dry skin to peel?

I didn’t see any results straight away, and the instructions say it takes 5 to 7 days for the peeling process to start. After 5 days, I started thinking nothing would happen, until I got home after work and noticed what looked to be a massive air bubble under my foot. Yep, the process had started.

The PR for the brand advised me to soak my feet every day (‘plug in when showering is enough’) and to make sure not to moisturise, so that’s what I did, and I found it made the process speedier. Over the next few days, the peeling got worse and worse.

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During the peeling process

Now I’m a person who actually likes to squeeze blackheads (TMI?), and you’re not meant to peel your skin, just let it fall off, so that was hard for me. I must admit I did cave during day 7 and just started picking at it. If you can imagine peeling clingfilm off your feet, but instead of clingfilm, it’s skin, that’s pretty much what it’s like. I really didn’t realise I had this much skin. It was gross, but in a satisfying sort of way.

As I write, I’ve hit day 10, and the peeling has stopped.

Who can use exfoliating socks?

It doesn’t matter how little or how dry your feet are, these will get rid of any dead skin.  They’re one size fits all, and I’m a size 3 so thought they would be too big but it wasn’t a problem. The skin is delicate after you use the socks though, so sunbathing isn’t recommended.

Also if you are pregnant, nursing, diabetic or have sensitive skin, you can’t use these as they contain alcohol amongst other ingredients.

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After the treatment

Are exfoliating socks worth it?

A big fat yes. My feet have never been this soft (when I was a baby maybe?) and all signs of dry skin have disappeared. I would absolutely do it again.

How long do the results last?

I’ve only just done this, so obviously my feet are still looking great, but the instructions seem to advise to do this every 2-3 months depending on how quickly your feet get dry again, and you need to leave it at least three weeks between treatments because your skin will still be sensitive.

Buy foot exfoliator products

If you’re still unsure about the foot exfoliating socks, then here are a few more products I rate for dry, cracked feet, from foot scrubs to leave-in masks.

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The best face masks that’ll give your skin a bit of TLC

The best face masks that’ll give your skin a bit of TLC

Nothing beats ’em

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It’s easy to write the best face masks off as non-essentials. After all, you wear them for 10-minutes, watch a little Netflix, then wash your hard-earned pennies down the plughole. Or so you might think.

The truth is, the best face masks for your skin, can transform and treat all kinds of problem skin. From tired, blotchy and dehydrated skin to blemished, dull and congested skin.

Here’’s why you should use a face mask: beautifying ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and retinol, are able to penetrate further into your skin where they can impact cell turnover, collagen and elastin production and, ultimately, have a huge impact. That’s because face masks literally hold these ingredients captive against your skin for 10-minutes or so, and your face has no choice but to suck all that goodness up. Neat, hey?

If your skin is dull and dry, the best face masks can make for a great exfoliator. Whilst you might be currently using a grainy scrub to rid your face of dead skin, they’re actually not gentle enough on skin. Look for masks containing mild peeling actions or ingredients like fruit enzymes, which will nibble away on dry, flaky skin to reveal the softer, plumper stuff underneath. No scrubbing involved.

We’’re obsessed with the best sheet masks, and where would we be without the best eye masks? They almost instantly plump up dehydration lines and boost brightness around the eye area.

Best face masks for acne

Struggling with adult acne can make you a bit wary about what you put on your face. The last thing you want is a product that causes you to break out even more or make existing breakouts even worse. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Anti-Blemish Clay Mask, £8.25, is formulated for oily, spot-prone skin. Use it a few times a week and you’ll notice a marked difference in your complexion – it’s no wonder that oily-skinned women rave about the entire range. Want more acne-friendly masks? Try these face masks for problem skin on our Fabled store.

Best face masks for blackheads

If blackheads are your biggest issue, seek out something with exfoliating properties to help clean out your plugged pores. Salicylic acid is a well-known hero when it comes to treating congested skin, so if it appears on a face mask’s label you can put your faith in its ability to help get rid of blackheads. But think twice before trying one of those Instagram-famous black face masks, which can potentially ruin your skin.

Glamglow’s Supermud, £16, is a firm favourite of the MC Beauty Team. It has activated charcoal inside, which draws out dirt and toxins from the pores. As the mask dries, you can actually see the darker bits of oil and grim that have been extracted. Beyond satisfying.

Best face masks for dry skin

Trust us when we say that the best face masks will completely transform even the driest of complexions into soft and radiant skin. The key is to choose something that’s going to supply your skin with a high concentration of moisturising ingredients. While shopping, be sure to keep your eye out for hyaluronic acid, a mega-hydrating ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Genius. The best we’ve tried? Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, £55.

Homemade face masks

If you’re not so willing to splurge on a ready-made face mask, chances are you have some of the ingredients you should slap on your skin in your fridge or kitchen cupboards already. That supermarket-bought honey is seriously moisturising, while organic yoghurt is jam-packed with lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cells as well as zinc to regulate your skin’s sebum production. Your avocado obsession will also do your skin some serious good, as they’re packed with antioxidants and fatty acids that preserve skin’s moisture.

Not sure where to start when it comes to the DIY version? Try out one of these six recipes for homemade face masks for an excellent skincare boost on the cheap. Scroll through our detailed round up of the best and most brilliant face masks, to suit every budget and skin type.

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Moisturiser for oily skin to remedy shininess and control blemishes

Moisturiser for oily skin to remedy shininess and control blemishes

Because non-greasy, non pore-clogging moisturisers DO exist and we have the proof

moisturiser for oily skin

The best moisturiser for oily skin may seem counter-intuitive, but believe it or not, oily skin can still get dehydrated. You’ll need a different set of ingredients to someone with dry or flaky skin.

Although your skin is overdoing it on the oil front, it still needs some hydration to maintain skin barrier health. ‘Many anti-acne products dry out skin, so it is important to rehydrate it to prevent overproduction of sebum to combat the dryness,’ consultant dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong says.

Be sure to also tailor your skincare routine to your skin type: take your pick from our best cleansers and fighting shine will become a whole lot simpler. Then for make-up, add one of our best foundations for oily skin to your beauty routine.

So what should you look for when buying products? ‘Avoid heavy moisturisers and opt for oil-free creams or serums instead,’ says Dr Wong. With this in mind, we’ve sourced different types of the best moisturiser for oily skin below.

Best moisturiser for oily skin and open pores

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimising Lotion, £29.50, John Lewis

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Enlarged pores are unlikely to completely shrink down – their size is down to a combination of things like skin type and genetics – but there are some steps you can take to minimise them. Some moisturisers can help to encourage pores to shrink a little; Kiehl’s lightweight lotion is one such formula, containing Amazonian white clay, that reduces the appearance of pores without simply drying the life out of your skin. If your pores are very large it may be worth looking into microdermabrasion if you’re keen to reduce their noticeability for the long-term.

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Best moisturiser for oily skin with SPF

Dermalogica mediBac clearing™ Oil Free Matte SPF 30, £44.50, John Lewis

best moisturiser for oily skin Dermalogica

It can be a real struggle to find a moisturiser with a good SPF that’s simultaneously not too greasy or heavy – which SPF notoriously can be. Fortunately, there are a few carefully formulated moisturisers that both benefit oily skin and protect it from sun damage. Dermalogica is known to cater for the needs of oily-skinned people, and their mattifying SPF 30 lotion works to mop up excess oil, while also shielding against sun damage. No more oily sun cream problems.

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Still want more moisturiser offerings? Scroll though our gallery below for more brilliant buys.

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The Ordinary’s first ever mask is under £10 and aids acne-prone skin

The Ordinary’s first ever mask is under £10 and aids acne-prone skin

Fans of the cult brand, rejoice!

Fans of cult affordable skincare brand The Ordinary will rejoice in the news that they are finally, finally, launching a face mask. Deciem’s most iconic brand, which was made famous for its affordable hyaluronic acid serums and retinol formulations, is set to release The Ordinary salicylic acid mask, perfect for acne-prone skin.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is formulated for blemish prone skin, to target active breakouts, as well as clogged pores that need cleaning out. As well as deeply cleaning and exfoliating, the new addition also promises to balance uneven skin tone and texture.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque, £9.90, Deciem

Out on 29th May

As well as a powerful dose of spot-fighting salicylic acid, the mask also contains a potent combination of mud and clay that helps to clean and clarify.

Sharing the news about their new product, The Ordinary wrote:

‘Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is formulated to target lackluster tone and textural irregularities. The formula, infused with charcoal and clays, aims to enhance the appearance of smoothness and clarity, leaving the skin feeling refreshed.’

As mentioned, this mask is ideal for acne-prone skin types, as well as normal-oily/combination types. However, The Ordinary recommends sensitive skin types or those prone to peeling stay away from this formula. They also remind users that the mask includes a BHA (beta hydroxy acid), which increases sun sensitivity. For this reason, it’s important to use an effective SPF formula following use.

If The Ordinary’s salicylic newbie sounds familiar, that may be because the brand actually already sells a Salicylic formula (Salicylic Acid 2% Solution), but it’s a leave on targeted treatment, rather than a wash off mask. The mask is ideal for use twice weekly, to help breakouts and the overall tone and texture of skin.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque will only set you back £9.90, and is available to buy from Deciem’s online store from 29th May 2019.

By Rebecca Fearn.

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Anti-pollution products your skin needs to prevent premature ageing

Anti-pollution products your skin needs to prevent premature ageing

Pollution is threatening the planet – and it’s ageing our skin, too.

Kyle Galvin x Revlon

The word anti-pollution is one hell of a buzzword at the moment and you’ve probably spotted it on many of the latest skin launches. There’s now a whole species of product that protects the skin against environmental nasties and prevents the damaging effects – anti-pollution skincare is going nowhere.

With plans to completely pedestrianise London’s Oxford Street after King’s College London found that it was the most polluted street in the world and the new Ultra Low Emission Zone in place in Central London, it’s no wonder that people are more attuned to the damaging effects of pollution. In fact, Liberty London recently saw a sales increase of 166% in anti-pollution beauty, while online searches have gone up by 73% in the past year.


Kyle Galvin x Revlon

What does pollution do to the skin?

Pollution really is the silent aggressor, because it doesn’t just sit on the surface of your skin, muddying it up like a windscreen, it can seep deep down into your skin speeding up the deterioration of your cells. Which is why it is one of the worst things for premature ageing. Nitrogen dioxide gas from car exhausts and toxic oily molecules measure 2.5 micrometres, that’s one 400th of a millimetre, so 20 times smaller than the diameter of a skin pore. So it’s no wonder that they easily gain entry into your skin.

‘Once inside skin, they cause chronic inflammation,’ says Dr Tom Mammone, vice president of skin physiology and pharmacology at Clinique. ‘This overstimulates melanocytes, giving you skin pigmentation. Your skin’s antioxidant and DNA systems also become overwhelmed so they no longer repair sufficiently, resulting in lines and sagging.’

Not only do they cause inflammation, but also dehydration and can exacerbate existing skin concerns, like eczema.


Kyle Galvin x Revlon

But can anti-pollution skincare products help, or are they just a marketing ploy? It’s a bit of both. Unlike SPFs, there’s currently no comparable ‘pollution protection factor’. However, the power of antioxidants such as vitamin C to protect against free radicals is backed by science. All that’s happened is the emphasis has shifted from UV rays to pollution and the same chain reaction. So, if you’re using an antioxidant serum daily, you’ve already ticked one box in an urban skincare regime.

Also remember: keep skin’s moisture barrier intact with hydrating ingredients including hyaluronic acid. ‘We’ve been able to prove that pollution tears tiny holes in the skin’s barrier, causing moisture loss,’ explains Dr Mammone.

Ingredients that form a film over the skin’s surface can help, too. ‘Alteromonas ferment, from marine bacteria, is brilliant at preventing pollution particles from adhering to skin,’ says dermatologist Dr Barbara Sturm.


Kyle Galvin x Revlon

The other more obvious thing to be sure you’re doing is nailing your nighttime cleansing regimen. Ridding your skin of as much of the day’s dirt, grime and surface pollution will help you in the battle against it.

Finally, don’t forget your all year-round SPF moisturiser. ‘Pollution is worse in winter due to surface inversion, where the air directly above the ground cools down much faster than the air above it,’ explains Dr Sturm. ‘The warmth builds a wall and traps pollutants in the cold air we’re exposed to.’

You may not be able to avoid pollution, but these products are like armour against skin-scavenging smog.

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Rosacea – what is it, what causes it and can it be treated?

Rosacea – what is it, what causes it and can it be treated?

Everything you need to know if you think you might be suffering

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Controlling skin flare-ups and covering up redness can feel like a constant battle, and with a rise in pollution and environmental aggressors, rosacea has never been more prominent.

According to the NHS, it’s estimated that as many as one in 10 people in the UK have rosacea – so what causes it and, more importantly, can it be treated?

April is Rosacea Awareness Month, so we spoke to an expert and a sufferer to get the lowdown on how it works, from its triggers to how it can be managed.

What is rosacea?

‘Rosacea is a dermatological condition that affects between 0.5-10% of the population,’ says Daniel Isaacs, Formulation and Development Director at Medik8. ‘It’s a chronic inflammatory condition that causes the skin to redden around the centre of the face. The reddening is also referred to as erythema amongst dermatologists and skincare professionals.’

Unlike eczema, rosacea doesn’t cause any itching or dry skin, but it can be very sore. ‘Those suffering with rosacea will often experience flushed skin flare-ups, along with other symptoms such as spider veins (broken blood vessels that are visible through the skin),’ Daniel adds. ‘The complexion will often be sore and inflamed with a thicker skin texture, and red, raised bumps may be present as well.

‘Rosacea comes hand in hand with sensitive skin and eyes, and often people with rosacea will easily flush.’

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What causes rosacea?

‘The cause of rosacea is not completely understood, but there are many contributing factors; an impaired skin barrier can allow irritants to enter the skin, causing inflammation, and free radical damage can also play a part in intensifying inflammation,’ Daniel explains. ‘That’s why we advise those with rosacea to implement daily sun protection as well as anti-pollution skincare in their regimes.

‘Abnormalities in blood flow through facial blood vessels can cause flushing and persistent redness, and having a family member with rosacea may also make you more prone to developing the condition. Rosacea has also been linked to certain bacteria found in the gut, which may play a role in developing the condition.

‘Many factors can aggravate the symptoms of rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin. For instance hot food and drinks, spicy foods, caffeine, temperature extremes, stress, medications and alcohol can all play their part in the symptoms of rosacea.’

Lex Gillies, 33, was diagnosed with rosacea when she was 21. She blogs about skincare and nail art as Talonted Lex and is a British Skin Foundation ambassador for rosacea. ‘Over time, I have identified most of my triggers and learned to remove them or minimise them as much as possible, which is often easier said than done!,’ she says.

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‘My main trigger is definitely stress, and although I’ve made some changes to reduce my stress levels – including leaving a very intense job – some stress is unavoidable.

‘My other triggers are common ones,’ she adds, ‘extremes of temperature – hot showers, the hairdryer – the sun, air conditioning, alcohol, hot drinks, and certain skincare ingredients. It was a long process to isolate what makes my skin unhappy, and was hard to accept such a drastic change in lifestyle.

‘At times it felt insurmountable, but I’ve found a great balance with my rosacea. If I want a huge plate of cheese or a glass of wine after a bad day, I’ll weigh up that need against how my skin will react; sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes it’s not. But once you know your skin better, it gives you the control to choose how you deal with it.’

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Are there rosacea treatments?

Unfortunately there’s no cure for rosacea, but there are some treatments to help reduce its prevalence.

‘Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed, as their anti-inflammatory properties can help to take down redness,’ Daniel tells us. ‘Specific skincare is often prescribed to rosacea patients, usually containing metronidazole, azelaic acid or vitamin A.

‘Some dermatologists will refer you for light-therapy, which uses laser pulses to remove visible blood vessels and reduce excess redness, but long term therapy is often required due to the chronic inflammatory nature of the condition. Treatments and their duration should be tailored towards each individual with the help of an experienced dermatologist.’

Tips for dealing with Rosacea

Facialist, and rosacea sufferer, Lisa Franklin has spent years researching the condition and has come up with five tips to help manage flare ups:

  1. Rose quartz facial tools, such as a roller or a Gua Sha, are ideal for skin conditions such as rosacea because they’re so cooling on the skin. They regulate the skin and help instantly calm any redness. For an extra cool hit, try popping them in the fridge for 15 minutes before you use it.
  2. Look for nutrients in your diet that help strengthen the immune system and guard against inflammation. I love rosemary – it’s high in carnosolic acid, which helps combat free radicals (one of the main causes of DNA damage) and reduce rosacea flare ups
  3. Maybe the most difficult one, but avoid touching your face too much. Cleanse with warm or tepid water and use cleansers and concealers developed for sensitive skin
  4. Don’t forget your SPF – you will need products that help limit exposure and protect against UV during a flare up. The fragile capillaries of rosacea sufferers can be easily damaged by UV, resulting in thread veins and reddened skin. Products rich in Vitamin B3 will also help protect from infrared, which has the same effect as UV rays.
  5. The first product I created to help with my own rosacea was my Lisa Franklin Pro Effect Luminescent Base. It’s a mattifying serum that also primes skin for makeup. It contains both rose quartz and rosemary leaf extract to soothe, alongside diamond particles that reduce the appearance of redness and frankincense that reduces inflammation.

Rosacea and diet

For a lot of medical conditions, patients try to manage the symptoms with what they eat and drink – dairy and acne being a prime example. ‘Rosacea patients are advised to closely assess and identify lifestyle and environmental factors which could exacerbate redness, says Daniel. ‘In terms of diet, it is best to avoid spicy foods, hot drinks and alcohol which can naturally cause flushing.’

‘Diet has been a big change for me,’ says Lex. ‘I’ve mostly removed dairy from my diet as it has an instant effect on my skin. I’m gluten intolerant (along with a few other foods), and that intolerance often triggered my rosacea, so by removing these ingredients I’ve improved my skin.

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‘Skincare routines can either aggravate or soothe redness-prone skin. Using a soap-free, pH balanced cleanser helps to keep the skin’s protective barrier intact so as not to irritate the skin. Occlusive moisturisers can also help to restore this protective barrier to enhance the skin’s defences against the environment. High SPF sunscreens are also advised as the sun can aggravate the condition. It is also good to avoid irritating ingredients such as menthol, camphor, strong fragrances and sodium lauryl sulfate.’

When it comes to specific brands and products, Lex has her favourites that prove to be very effective. ‘Brands that I tend to go back to regularly are Avène and La Roche-Posay – the French really know their sensitive skincare!,’ she says. ‘In particular, Avène’s Tolérance Extrême range and La Roche-Posay’s Toleraine range are wonderfully gentle, but really work.’

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As you can see, my skin is not happy at the moment 😞 You would think it'd get easier to post pictures like this, but it doesn’t. Instagram always makes me feel as though I’m surrounded by perfection, which is hard when you feel imperfect. . For years I’ve used my blog to share advice on managing sensitive skin. Diet, lifestyle, mindfulness… it’s all important. But the step I’ve found most helpful – for both long-term management and short-term relief – is definitely skincare. I’m so excited to collaborate with @avene_uki – I’ve supported them ever since discovering them many years ago, and they’re one of the brands I always fall back on when my skin is unhappy. They have added 2 new products to their Anti-Rougeurs range (and left out the fragrance 🙌) and there’s a post up on the blog with a love letter to the mask shown in this image. Go and check it out! . ✨ COMPETITION✨ Want to win the 2 new Avène Anti-Rougeurs products? 💕 Comment below telling me your rosacea story: what you wish you'd known when you first developed rosacea; the tips and tricks that help you; the way rosacea makes you feel… whatever you want to share with me! 💕 If you'd like an extra entry to the competition, feel free to comment on my Avène blog post as well (clickable link in bio). . Unfortunately this competition is only open to UK & Ireland residents, but if you'd like to comment and share your rosacea story anyway I'd love to hear from you. I'm going to be sharing some quotes and stories on my channels to show that everyone's experience is different – the louder our voices, the more we learn about rosacea and its impact on us. If you want to post your own rosacea story here on Instagram, I’d love to see it so don’t forget to tag me and use the hashtag #MyRosaceaStory. The competition is open until 23.59 on the 5th of December. Good luck! AD

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The important thing to remember is that a diagnosis isn’t the end of the world. ‘At 21, it was very difficult to hear that I had an incurable skin condition and that if I was “serious about treating it”, I should give up alcohol, make-up, hair straighteners, sugar, junk food…’ says Lex.

‘I had a very unsympathetic GP who made me feel very vain and stupid for worrying about my skin – but the psychological effects of my rosacea have altered every part of my life, from my relationships to career and self-esteem.

‘One of the main reasons I talk about it so openly is to raise awareness of the condition; I hope that, by increasing public awareness, the act of showing my bare face to the world won’t be seen as “brave” anymore – that I’ll just be another face in the crowd.’

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