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

best spf moisturisers

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.

skincare order


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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Did you know that pH balancing skincare is key to healthy looking skin?

Did you know that pH balancing skincare is key to healthy looking skin?

It’s all about the balance

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Great skin

‘Perfect skin’ doesn’t really exist – we all have our own issues that we’re dealing with, everything from bags under our eyes and adult acne to rosacea and pigmentation. However, there is something that we can all do to ensure that our skin is looking and feeling better: keep the skin’s pH levels balanced with some pH balancing skincare.

What is pH?

You would have learnt about pH in Chemistry class back in the day. It’s a figure that shows whether something is acidic or alkaline, based on a measurement of 0-14. Anything below seven is acidic, anything above is alkaline and bang on seven is neutral (water is 7).

Why do you need to keep your skin’s pH levels balanced?

Skin’s ideal pH is 5.5, which is slightly acidic. When it’s balanced on 5.5, then skin is working to it’s optimum. Throw this balance out of whack (by using the wrong products or eating the wrong foods) and your pH levels will suffer resulting in sensitivity, wrinkles, inflammation or acne. Mega dermatologist, Dr Colbert of Colbert MD products, tells us that the phrase ‘pH balanced’ is more than a marketing ploy. “Our body and skin require a balance between alkaline and acidity for our acid mantle – the barrier that keeps moisture in and germs and toxins out. Anything over seven is considered alkaline. Skin that falls on this end of the scale tends to be drier and more wrinkly, while skin that’s too acidic can appear red, irritated and itchy. Slightly acidic, around 5.5, is epidermal heaven.”

How do you keep your skin’s pH levels balanced?

The easiest way to keep skin’s pH balanced is to use products that don’t muck the pH around. Here’s is our roundup of the best pH balancing products…

Micellar water

Rumour has it that Cameron Diaz uses Evian to wash her face. Whilst this might seem to be fairly excessive (not to mention super spenny), she might actually be on to something. Nichola Joss, facialist and Decleor ambassador tells us why: “Hard water has a high mineral composition containing heavy metals like iron, copper, zinc, and nickel that can lead to irritation, inflammation and itchiness and it can even breakdown collagen and elastin. It can also contain chlorine, which is drying so it strips the top layer of the skin of its natural oils.” Yikes! To her patients with hypersensitive skin, she recommends not using hard tap water. If there’s a build-up on your shower head you know your water is hard and this is the same residue that ends up on your face. Shock horror. French women are spearheading the anti-tap-water movement. In its place they’re using their favourite micellar water, which was developed in France in the nineties to combat their harsh water.

Avène Cleanance Micellar Water, £16 Look Fantastic

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Cleansers and toners

“To maintain a healthy balance in the skin, it’s best to avoid harsh cleansers that have an alkaline pH and instead use neutral or slightly acidic ones with alpha or beta hydroxy acids, these especially help the bacteria/pimple cycle,” says celeb facialist Anastacia Achiellios. “I have seen thousands of skins transform from just making changes to cleansing routines.” Though lathering up might help you feel squeaky-clean, harsh cleansers dry you out, leaving skin feeling tight.

Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser, £24.50 Fabled

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Origins United State Balancing Tonic, £18.50 Fabled

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Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar, £24 Space NK

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SebaMed Clear Face Clear Face Care Gel, £5.69

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SebaMed is a product range created specifically so that it has a pH value of 5.5 – the same as your skin’s ultimate level.

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Another way to help keep your pH in check is watch what you eat.Your body is a machine, and the things you put inside it affect the way it looks on the outside. “When your body is functioning at its best, your cells are able to maintain healthy blood pH easily,” explains Nutritional Therapist and Founder of GP Nutrition Gabriela Peacock. “However, when our bodies have to work to filter the foods you eat to maintain blood pH, then you could be more susceptible to illness and our diets sometimes tend to be on the acidic side.” Acid-producing foods include meat, poultry, cheese and dairy and, sadly, baked pastries, white bread, caffeine and processed foods. “Alkaline foods balance the body and allow our blood to absorb more oxygen to aid digestion, which will in turn lead to clearer skin,” says Peacock. Eat plenty of pH balancing kale, cayenne pepper, garlic, carrots, cabbage, and apple cider vinegar. Dalton Wong founder of TwentyTwo Training recommends drinking green juice, which is like a ‘salad in a glass’, with spinach, kale, lemon and cucumber. Give yourself a hand; avoid fizzy drinks and swap your morning coffee for green tea, which is more alkaline.

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The best cleanser that’ll make you actually look forward to washing your face

The best cleanser that’ll make you actually look forward to washing your face

Right this way for the cleanest skin of your life

face cleanser

I would go out on a limb and say that finding (and using) the best cleanser for your complexion is the most important skincare step. Washing away the day’s grime and removing make-up are both essential for healthy skin, and any products that follow need to be applied to a clean face.

Whether you prefer a cream cleanser, thick balm, lightweight gel or nourishing cleansing oil, there’s one to suit your skin’s needs (and those of your bank balance, too).

Armed with a hot flannel and these bad boys and we defy you not to look forward to washing your face.

Best micellar water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99, Boots

best cleanser micellar water Garnier

Of all of the micellar waters out there (and boy, are there a lot of ’em), Garnier’s is both exceptional and insanely good value. It’s free of alcohol and perfume, making it a great choice for even sensitive skin, and makes light work of lifting away your best mascara and long-wearing eyeliner. Piece of cake. Yes micellar water is wonderful stuff but please, please, please don’t use it as your sole cleanser; It’s an excellent make-up remover and first step, but should always be followed with a proper cleansing face wash unless you’re on-the-go.

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Best cleanser for acne prone skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream, £12, Lookfantastic

best cleanser La Roche Posay

This particular cleanser is very gentle and soothing on the skin, with clever anti-friction technology so as not to further irritate skin that’s already a bit unhappy, which makes it a good starting place for blemish or acne-prone skin. Dr Justine Kluk often recommends this cleanser to acne patients in her clinic, so you know it’s a good’un.

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Best cleanser for oily skin

Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, £7.50, Boots

best cleanser for oily skin Avene

A gentle soap-free cleansing gel that works to refresh the skin and normalise oil levels, this one can be used all over the body – great if you struggle with back acne too.

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Best cleanser for dry skin

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, £24, Fabled

best cleanser for dry skin Clinique

This deliciously thick balm does exactly what it says on the tub, taking the day’s make-up, SPF and oil off in a few easy sweeps, turning into an oil upon massaging that then rinses off easily with warm water. It’s a reliable cult favourite cleanser for good reason, and won’t strip your already dry skin of all its moisture. We love it.

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Best cleanser for combination skin

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser, £16, Space NK

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ExfoliKate is particularly effective here as it tackles both characteristics of combination skin – the AHAs, lactic and glycolic acid, break down dead and dry skin cells while also removing excess oil for a softer, more radiant complexion. The brand has just launched into its first physical store space at Space NK, so be sure to pop down and check out the products IRL.

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Best cleansing oil

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, £32, Fabled

best cleanser oil Shiseido

This oil is seriously lightweight and dissolves make-up SO easily, rinsing away as a milk upon contact with warm water. But perhaps even better is that it doesn’t leave you with blurry eyes after you’ve used it, something that’s common with an oil cleanser.

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Best cleanser for sensitive skin

Simple Cleansing Oil, £6.99, Boots

best cleanser for sensitive skin Simple Cleansing Oil

Simple is a household name when it comes to products for sensitive skin. Made from 100% grape seed oil, this cleanser is gentle and nourishing; massage into dry skin, rinse with a little water and wash all impurities down the plughole. As ever there are no artificial colours or perfumes involved, so your sensitive skin is in good hands.

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Best cleanser for blackheads

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, £14, Beauty Bay

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Mario Badescu is loved by many a spot-prone skin sufferer, and this cleanser is suited to anyone with oily skin that’s easily congested. It contains wonder exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid that breaks down those pesky plugs of dead skin and oil, reducing their appearance over time.

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Best cleanser brush

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System, £120, Fabled

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A face cleanser brush takes your daily face wash to the next level. Using one of these in your skincare routine will leave your skin feeling smoother and will give your pores a much deeper clean than just using your hands or cotton pads. The best, like Clarisonic’s Mia 2 Cleansing System, are designed to be gentle enough for every day use, though if you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated, it’s best to use every other day should you feel a bit wary about overdoing it with the scrubbing. The Mia 2 has two different speeds depending on your skin’s sensitivity, a pulsing timer option, and a handy travel case (we’re also big fans of it’s little sister, the Clarisonic Mia Fit Device).

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Keep scrolling for more of our hero cleanser buys.

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The best winter beauty products and skin savers for skin, body and hair

The best winter beauty products and skin savers for skin, body and hair

Keep skin soft and supple with our ten best winter skin savers

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By Rebecca Fearn

The best winter beauty product for skin:

Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask, £58, Space NK

The ultimate mask (or moisturiser if you use a thin layer and massage it in), this 2-in-1 formula is ultra soothing and smells amazing. It features Japanese green tea, algae extract and comfrey root for deep rooted moisture.

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The best winter beauty product for body:

La Roche Posay Lipikar AP+, Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream, £19.50 at lookfantastic

Designed especially for sensitive skin, this moisturiser from La Roche Posay is not only super hydrating but also reduces irritation and scratching.

Buy it now.

The best winter beauty product for hair:

Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque, £57, Cult Beauty

Oribe makes pretty much the best moisturising masks in the ‘biz, and the Gold Lust mask penetrates hair to leave locks looking and feeling shiny and nourished.

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The best winter beauty product for for hands:

Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy, £6.70, Feel Unique

One of the very best hand creams around, this formula contains vitamins and proteins to keep nails feeling strong and hands supple, even in the coldest conditions.

But it now.

The best winter beauty product for for lips:

Glossier Balm Dotcom, £10, Glossier

Rich in antioxidants and with a luxuriously rich formula, Balm Dotcom comes in a number of flavours and are great at keeping lips moisturised and smooth.

Buy it now.


Browse more winter skin saviours here:

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This pimple popper set will satisfy your darkest skincare desires – and you can buy it on Amazon

This pimple popper set will satisfy your darkest skincare desires – and you can buy it on Amazon

Gross but fun

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If you love all things pimple popping – from the viral videos to sorting out your own spots and getting a noticeable amount of enjoyment out of it – we’ve just found the ultimate pimple popper set to appease your deepest, darkest skincare desires.


The Siluno Comedone Blackhead Removal kit features five shaped tools designed to remove blackheads and tackle other spots. And impressively, it’ll only set you back £5.99.

Although these tools look insanely irresistible to the likes of us who love a spot squeeze, it’s important to consider that extractions are something that should really only be done by professionals. You can risk scarring and infection, so buy the set at your own risk!

The company recommends the following to make it the safest experience it can be:

‘Before treatment you should clean your face and disinfect the equipment. Once the pimples are removed with the extractor, provide a soft and nourishing cream to the skin for a soothing relief.’

If you’re brave enough to give it a go, and follow the instructions, this is pretty much the ultimate pimple popping set on the internet!

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What is CBD oil? Everything you need to know about 2019’s hottest ingredient

What is CBD oil? Everything you need to know about 2019’s hottest ingredient

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CBD has officially hit the main stream, with industries including beauty and wellbeing embracing the ingredient for its many potential benefits. But what is CBD Oil? And how are you supposed to use it? Keep reading for the complete Marie Claire guide…

By Rebecca Fearn.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an oil derived from the cannabis plant. It is different to THC (tetrohydrocannabinol), which is the part of the plant that creates the ‘high’ associated with smoking weed.

‘THC is the compound in cannabis that gets you high but CBD alone won’t get you high at all,’ explains Charlotte Ferguson-Quilter, psychotherapist and founder of Disciple skincare.

‘It is important to check that your CBD products contain minimal THC if you don’t want to feel high – also any products with >2% THC are considered psychoactive in the UK and are therefore illegal.’

What are the benefits of CBD?

Let’s start with how CBD works. We all have internal Endocannabinoid System (ECS for short), which affects things like our mood, appetite and memory. CBD can support the ECS, helping with things like anxiety.

‘The popularity of CBD says something about how stressed and anxious we are as a society,’ says Charlotte.

‘By far the most popular benefits are pain relief and anxiety. It’s thought that CBD interacts with receptors in the brain and immune system to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.’

‘CBD is also great for sleep issues and insomnia,’ she continues.

Indeed, studies conducted in recent years have suggested CBD oil can help with a range of problems. Recent studies cited by Medical News Today are an interesting read, highlighting the effectiveness of CBD Oil with anxiety, arthritis and a whole other host of symptoms.

How can you take CBD?

On board with CBD? There are a number of ways to try out the trend, from sipping a smoothie to smothering it onto your skin.

Drink it

Several boujee health food cafes now serve smoothies or coffees with CBD extract in the ingredients list. Glow Bar, for example, serves a moon milk (golden, available hot or iced) that contains Wunder Workshop Golden Mylk and CBD. Planet Organic also offers CBD Oil Coffee, which features espresso, butter, coconut oil and CBD oil. While drinking your CBD at cafes is a treat, it’s not ideal for daily usage due to money and time constraints. Another option is to eat your CBD; Green Goddess Wellness now offer a ‘Bliss Bar,’ which uses vanilla flavouring, dark chocolate and CBD oil. Delish.

Use drops

Perhaps the most versatile way to incorporate CBD into your life, CBD oils can be taken orally or applied topically onto skin. We’d recommend checking out Disciple’s new range of Miracle Drops, which offer CBD levels of 1%, 3.5% and 5%. All you need to do is swallow half a dropper’s worth (of the actual glass dropper, not just half a drop), or mix it into a drink to take it orally. Alternatively, you can apply it directly onto skin as a face oil, which will be absorbed into your skin.

Miracle Drops, 1% CBD, £22, Disciple



KiKi Health

CBD Oil 5%, £40, Kiki Health

Apply it topically

Skincare is another realm of the beauty and wellness industry that is embracing CBD oil. CBD Oil has great moisturising properties, notes Charlotte, making it great for dehydrated complexions. It’s also good for acne-prone skin:

‘CBD creates a highly effective sebostatic effect ( this essentially means that it is amazing at balancing sebum and skin oils.) Both of which are catalysts for the series of issues that result in skin breakouts and acne,’ explains Charlotte. 

While many brands are taking time to perfect CBD formulas that we hope to see in future, there are a few options you can already buy. Revolution’s Nourishing Oil – CBD Oil is perfect for dry, dull skin that needs soothing, while MGC Derma has a whole range of CBD Oil-based skincare, from creams to serums.


Revolution Beauty

Skin Nourishing Oil – CBD Oil, £10, Revolution 

MGC Derma

MGC Derma CBD Brightening Facial Cream, £37.50, Cult Beauty


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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

skin supplements

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

skin supplements Advanced Nutrition Programme

‘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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Perricone MD Omega 3 – 90 Day Supply, £75, John Lewis

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.

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.

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The 2019 best new beauty brands set to be huge this coming year

The 2019 best new beauty brands set to be huge this coming year

We’re calling it

Allies of Skin Instagram

By Rebecca Fearn.

This year has seen the beauty industry boom like never before – and 2019 is set to be another successful year in terms of skincare trends, makeup looks and buzzing beauty lingo. With this in mind, we reveal the hottest beauty brands of the moment that we can’t wait to see more of in the new year. From skincare to hair, body and makeup, here’s a who’s who of beauty brands to keep an eye out for in 2019…


Disciple Skincare Instagram

Designed in order to aid stressed out skin that needs a little extra help, Disciple was launched by psychotherapist Charlotte Ferguson. Ferguson’s aim was to create formulas that not only help on the skin’s surface, but that use adaptogens to improve the body internally, too. The ‘clean’ line is fairly priced, and features some unique, refreshing formulas that are set to take the skincare industry by storm in 2019. Our favourites are the Night Shift Oil Cleanser, which removes makeup like a dream, and the upcoming CBD oil, released in January.

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Augustinus Bader

Augustinus Bader Instagram

Developed by Professor Augustinus Bader, an expert in stem cell research, this name-sake brand uses a patented Trigger Factor Complex in its formulas. Targeting skin that has signs of ageing and environmental damage, ‘The Cream’ and its rich counterpart have become so revered, stars such as Demi Moore, Diane Kruger and Dakota Johnson are reportedly now fans. We can’t wait to see where this small but perfectly formed skincare brand goes in 2019.

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Lumene Instagram

Move over K-beauty and J-beauty; 2019 is going to be the year of A-beauty and all things Scandi. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Finnish brand Lumene has launched in the UK and has received a storm of praise. Lumene personifies the Finnish approach to beauty where skincare comes first. With its glow-boosting antioxidant formulas and super sheer bases, it’s the ultimate brand to go Scandi chic in 2019. Our top picks? The Lumene Nordic C [Valo] Glow Boost Essence and Invisible Illumination line.

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The Soap co

The Soap Co. Instagram

There are so many reasons to love The Soap Co., and not just because their products are brilliant and smell amazing (the Geranium & Rhubarb collection is INSANE). The brand is dedicated to helping others, with all of their products handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. In addition, their packaging is largely environmentally friendly. For example, the bottles each product is packaged in are made from old milk bottles that have a 45% lower environmental impact than regular PET bottles. This is the ultimate feel good brand of 2019.

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Wildsmith Skin

Wildsmith Skin Instagram

Combining the worlds of nature and science, Wildsmith Skin was created in order to offer skincare addicts an ethical range that actually delivers. Inspired by the natural wonder of the arboretum in the woodlands of Heckfield Place (planted by William Walker Wildsmith, hence the brand’s name), this curated line of skincare must-haves features seven products including a beautiful cleansing balm and a luxe hydrating oil.

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Allies Of Skin

Allies of Skin Instagram

Created by former acne sufferer Nicolas Travis, Allies of Skin is dedicated to providing skincare solutions for all skin types, including blemish-prone skin. The luxurious formulas are packaged in chic, user-friendly packaging, and target a whole host of issues such as dehydration, stress and dullness. The overnight masks are particularly effective, with the Bright Future Sleeping Facial a firm favourite already.

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Dizziak Instagram

Dizziak was created by Loretta De Feo, a former beauty journalist for Stylist, who was fed up with the lack of truly effective deep, nourishing conditioners for afro hair that were available to buy. Born from this frustration came her brand Dizziak, which consists of deeply hydrating hair products that don’t rely on super harsh chemicals. As well as boasting effective formulas, the brand also has some of the most Instagram-friendly packaging in beauty right now.

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Bee Yu

Bee Yu Instagram

Using a type of manuka honey native to New Zealand, this Kiwi brand is all about glow, and delivering a unique luminous complexion. As well as honey, their formulas also utilise bee venom to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Try the Face Masque for an instant boost when skin is struggling. 

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Flower Beauty

Flower Beauty Instagram

Flower Beauty sounding familiar? That’s because this affordable makeup brand is the brainchild of beloved actress Drew Barrymore, who has just launched her line in the UK at Superdrug. Believing beauty should be accessible to all no matter the budget, Barrymore’s collection is awash with colourful palettes, flattering lip shades and buildable bases. If it’s good enough for Drew…

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