“We have plans to launch a skin-care brand in 2019 — which is also independent of Huda Beauty with its own brand identity — which is a really exciting challenge for us,” she told the publication.
Unfortunately for us, that’s all we know as of yet as the beauty expert kept schtum about any details, including what kind of products she will be launching or when in 2019 we should expect this new venture.
From Rihanna to Rosie Huntington Whiteley, if you’re a big celebrity, chances are you have your own beauty line. So it comes as no surprise that Jennifer Lopez has confirmed she is set to release a skincare range.
The seemingly ageless icon has finally tapped into the portion of her fan base (practically everyone) who are dying to know how she keeps her skin looking so youthful.
During an event in New York where she was promoting her newest film Second Act, the star addressed rumours she would be delving deep into the world of beauty. Speaking pretty matter-of-factly, Jen explained to moderator Yari Blanco:
“I will be coming out with a skin-care line. I’ve been working on it for a long time because I don’t want to put [just] anything out.”
“I get that question a lot, especially as I get older,” the actor said.
“I want it to be something that encompasses all the things I’ve learned and all the secrets I have. And it doesn’t have anything to do with needles.”
“It’s going to be something that works… That’s what you can count on when my name is on something.”
This is the first time JLo will have experimented with skincare but not beauty, having previously released a number of fragrances in the past. She also recently collaborated with INGLOT to launch a curated line of glow-enhancing makeup.
She will join an elite range of celebrity women who have got involved with the beauty industry as of late. Most notably has been Rihanna, who has been phenomenally successful in her foray into makeup with her Fenty line. Other famous faces who have beauty lines or have collaborated with brand include Victoria Beckham, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Kylie Jenner.
Beauty has well and truly entered a brave new world where the best beauty gadgets are so high-tech, they have changed the way we use and apply our products.
The best beauty gadgets can now buzz, vibrate and oscillate, so that your cleansing, detoxifying and firming regime is improved to greater and more effective heights. They also create just the right amount of stress to causes your facial muscles to tense up and harbour wrinkles.
In the same way that you hit the gym to beat stress and strengthen your muscles (much like our favourite at-home anti-ageing facial exercises), you can now give your skin the same treatment with the best beauty gadgets that have completely revolutionised our skincare routines.
LED facials have become more and more the norm…for those with mega bucks. The thing is, light therapy is becoming more and more accessible, but still it counts as something that you probably wouldn’t have done that regularly. Now, with Dr Dennis Gross’ newest FaceWare Pro you can have regular LED treatments whilst watching the TV. Inspired by his in-clinic lasers, it’s medical grade and has blue light to fight acne and four grades of red light to smooth wrinkles, firm skin and help with discolouration. The best thing? Each ‘session’ lasts just three minutes.
This is kind of like the gadget that we’ve all been waiting for. Spots plague us all, whether that’s from adult acne, hormonal acne or just that irritating zit that appears out of nowhere randomly. So a handy (and well priced, let’s be honest) machine that can zap blemishes into oblivion is like a holy grail. The blue light targets the bad bacteria that causes spots and the red light that minimises the inflammation. You’ll never want to be apart from it.
OK, so this might not exactly be a whizzy machine that was developed by clever people in a lab, but it is one hundred percent one of the best beauty gadgets. The jade roller has had one helluva year in 2018 and with good reason. It is a master de-puffer (especially if you keep it in the fridge or freezer for extra coolness) for the face and eye area. Excellent in the morning. It’s actually a delight to use.
There are electric toothbrushes and then there’s the Oral-B Genius 9000. The only thing this toothbrush doesn’t do is transport you to the other side of the world. It is so advanced that it has position detection technology with the help of your phone so that you don’t miss any parts, automatic speed reduction so that you prevent gum damage and a travel case that charges.
Yes, this is the second LED face mask on the list, but this one has five lights. As above, it has the red and blue lights, but it also has green to reduce pigmentation, even out skin tone and brighten the complexion; yellow to reduce redness; and white to repair and reduce sensitivity. It’s the whole package.
It’s the first cleansing brush to use the optimum frequency of 15 hertz and a counter-rotating head to encourage skin cells to move. ‘This jogging movement causes your pores to open and close in order to push dirt out of them and encourages cells to produce the proteins needed to firm the skin,’ says Dr Helen Knaggs, Vice President of Global Research and Development at NU Skin.
Don’t be put off by the fact that it tackles worry lines by driving teeny holes into the upper layers of your skin with what looks like a paint roller covered in needles. This sends a signal to get extra collagen to the site of the damage and creates channels into your dermis to ensure your skincare absorbs 200 times more effectively.
Made from pure jade crystal and applied with gentle stroking actions, this tool hugs the curves of your face and neck to increase blood circulation, buffs away dead skin and stimulates a variety of acupressure points. It encourages lympathic drainage in the face too, which can reduce puffy eyes. We totally get though that at first glance it can be confusing to figure out how to use it. Luckily on the FaceGym website there are demonstration videos.
Whether you’re dry, oily or a combination of the two, there’s a face cream for you
You might have tried so many different lotions and potions in your lifetime that finding the best moisturiser is starting to feel like a pipe dream.
But fear not: With a little bit of knowledge and preparation you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect match for your face, thanks to Marie Claire’s handy guide.
The key is knowing your skin before you buy. Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist, author of The Skincare Bible and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation says: ‘Finding the perfect moisturiser depends on your skin type, because not one size fits all.
‘Dry, sensitive and oily skins all need different skincare. And it needs to be designed specifically for your skin type. If you don’t know what your skin type is, speak to your dermatologist.’
Not everyone has access to a dermatologist, but you can usually work out your skin type based on the following: If you have enlarged or open pores, blemishes or are prone to greasiness, you need the best moisturiser for oily skin, something light and ideally non-comedogenic (which means non-pore clogging).
Struggle with skin that’s uncomfortably tight, flaky or just feels like sandpaper and we’ll point you in the direction of the best moisturiser for dry skin. These are usually richer emollient creams that
And, finally, if your skin is sensitive you’re probably already aware that certain ingredients cause inflammation or break outs. It’s best to avoid creams that contain alcohol, essential oils or fragrance.
So without further ado, keep reading for some of the greatest hits of the moisturiser world – you might just leave here with a new skincare best friend.
Skincare is so focused on our faces that it’s understandable if you’ve never given your hands a second thought. But they’re exposed to the elements just as much as our faces, making the best hand cream pretty important stuff.
Great news: There’s a hand cream to tackle pretty much every major skin concern, from SPF to anti-ageing, as well as those that’ll prevent sore and cracked hands from spoiling your festive fun.
So if you’re looking to keep your hands soft and supple this winter, combine one of the best hand creams below with a good pair of gloves and you’re good to go.
Few things are more uncomfortable than hands and fingers so dry they start cracking. Whether you’ve got a labour intensive job, love spending time in the garden or (more likely) your skin struggles when the temperatures drop, most of us suffer from cracking at some point. To combat it, this potent 20% shea butter lotion nourishes sore cracked fingers in seconds and, best of all, won’t leave them feeling greasy.
Retinol, vitamin C and antioxidant grape seed combine in a three-pronged attack on ageing in this powerful wrinkle busting hand cream. After just a month of use we found the delicate skin on the hands softer, smoother and brighter looking. AKA, mitts that looked decidedly younger than when we started out. We’re sold.
By now we’re all well rehearsed on the benefits of retinol for turning back the clock on ageing skin. Beauty Pie’s affordable members service cuts out the ‘middle man’ from skincare and make-up shopping, resulting in much more affordable luxury products; case in point, their hydrating and anti-ageing hand cream containing micro-encapsulated is just £6.50 for members, and will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots.
If you have eczema, the last thing you want to do is apply a product that will worsen or irritate it further. Gallinée’s patented Triple Biotic Complex works to support your skin’s microbiome to keep it as healthy and functional as possible. It’s very soothing has absolutely no greasy feeling whatsoever and, bonus, it can also be applied to the feet.
Plus where to get the help and support you need to manage your condition
Psoriasis is an uncomfortable skin condition that can leave you feeling incredibly self-conscious and, according to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, an estimated 125 million people worldwide suffer from it.
But you may not be 100% sure if you have it, or what exactly it is, so we asked consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk to answer the most common questions about psoriasis 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.’
According to the NHS, skin cells are usually replaced every three to four weeks, but in psoriasis this can take as little as three days. ‘This increase in cell turnover leads to the typical symptoms that we see,’ Justine adds.
The NHS notes that, although it can start at any age, psoriasis usually develops before the age of 35 and varies in severity from person to person. And it’s not contagious, so you can’t catch it from another sufferer.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
‘Psoriasis causes salmon pink patches to appear on the skin,’ explains Justine. ‘These often have a silvery scale on the surface; sometimes, they cause soreness, discomfort or itching and sometimes they don’t.’
‘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 few different factors that can contribute to a person developing and having the condition, but the cause is thought to be rooted in your body’s immune system.
‘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 medications, 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.
‘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 skinsupport.org.uk from the British Association of Dermatologists are a good place to start.’
From one sufferer to another, consider this your need-to-know on the irritating skin condition, from what causes a flare-up to how it can be managed
I’ve suffered with eczema for as long as I can remember. It’s a year-round thing; in the summer the heat and my hayfever make it worse, while in the winter the harsh cold causes the sore and dry skin to split, weep and itch.
When it’s at its worse it does my head in, and I’m not alone in being driven mad by it. According to Allergy UK as many as 15 million people are living with the infuriating skin condition in the UK alone, but a lot of us still aren’t really sure what causes it or how we can keep the symptoms at bay.
Eczema varies from person to person – your eczema may be completely from mine – but to explain it thoroughly, we asked consultant dermatologist Dr Walayat Hussain of Bupa Health Clinics to shed some light on the skin condition.
What is eczema?
First thing’s first, let’s break down exactly what eczema is.
‘Also referred to as “dermatitis”, eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can make your skin red, dry and itchy,’ says Dr Hussain. ‘There are a number of different types, and the type you have determines which treatment options are best for you.’
If you’re experiencing uncomfortable dry, rashy skin there’s a good chance that it’s eczema, and your GP will be able to confirm a diagnosis. It can appear pretty much anywhere on the body; it’s possible to get eczema on hands, feet, legs, arms, torso and eczema on the face.
Although eczema in babies is very common, many people will experience symptoms throughout adulthood too.
Are there different types and causes of eczema?
Despite usually being referred to as simply ‘eczema’ there are quite a few different types, each with its own specific set of causes and treatment options. Read on for a breakdown of each below.
Also known as pompholyx, dishydrotic eczema appears as tiny, fluid-filled blisters usually on your hands and feet. They look like raised pinpricks covering the top of hands or feet or in patches between the fingers and toes, and are incredibly itchy, becoming even more sore if they burst as your skin tries to heal.
While the exact causes are unknown, it’s thought dishydrotic eczema is triggered by stress or upon contact with allergens.
Also known as atopic dermatitis, this is the most common type of eczema, often found in people who also have asthma, hayfever and allergies. ‘This can be genetic and you may notice your skin gets irritated on the face, in front of the elbows and behind the knees,’ says Dr Hussain. ‘It usually flares up if you have allergies and come into contact with soaps, detergents or other types of chemicals.
‘Although there is no cure for atopic eczema, your GP or dermatologist may prescribe you with a specific type of moisturiser known as an emollient. These work by restoring water and oils to your skin to soothe and hydrate it, as well as helping to repair the damaged skin.’
This type appears when your skin becomes sensitised to something in the environment. ‘Unlike a peanut allergy, which occurs immediately upon exposure, contact dermatitis develops over a period of time as your body becomes sensitised to something you may have been using or wearing for years, such as nickel in jewellery,’ says Dr Hussain.
‘Contact dermatitis often affects your hands, so avoid this, consider what products you’re using that maybe irritating your skin and try shielding your hands from them. Your GP may refer you to a specialist Dermatologist who performs patch testing, which can help identify what you’re allergic to.’
This type appears as very itchy, flat red patches of inflamed skin, usually on the arms and or legs, and is most commonly found in middle aged or elderly people. ‘We don’t know what exactly causes discoid eczema, but in keeping with other types, your skin loses moisture and therefore struggles to provide an effective barrier against substances,’ says Dr Hussain. ‘This means usually harmless substances, like soap, can irritate your skin.
‘Although there’s no simple cure for this type of eczema, your dermatologist or pharmacist can recommend some medications to help ease the symptoms, along with daily moisturising.’ Read our guide to the best moisturiser for dry skin and choose a gentle formula for eczema-prone skin.
In seborrhoic eczema, inflammation usually occurs in areas of your skin that are hairier or more oily, i.e. where there are more sebaceous glands, such as your eyebrows, chest or scalp.
‘It’s believed that seborrhoeic dermatitis is caused by having too much yeast in your system or your immune system’s over-reaction to yeast,’ adds Dr Hussain. ‘Your Dermatologist can recommend some creams and shampoos to help reduce the level of yeast you have which should help ease the symptoms.
Varicose eczema mainly affects people who have varicose veins, causing the skin around them to become itchy and inflamed, and can be managed by working on improving your circulation.
‘This can be done by keeping active and wearing compression socks every day, apply moisturiser to help with the dryness and talk to your pharmacist about which ointments would be best for you,’ advises Dr Hussain. ‘If this doesn’t work, your GP may refer you to a dermatologist or vascular specialist to explore other treatment options.
Treatment of eczema
There are many different options to manage eczema, and no ‘one-size-fits-all treatment plans. Your GP may prescribe topical steroid creams, such as hydrocortisone, eumovate and betnovate, to help with the itching. These work by stopping the skin cells from producing chemicals which cause inflammation in response to the allergens.
While there’s an element of trial and error in terms of which over-the-counter products keep symptoms at bay, Dermol 500 Lotion is a very gentle, daily moisturiser and also works as a soap substitute, used by eczema sufferers all over – because it really works.
The biggest misconception about eczema is that it’s contagious, but it absolutely isn’t. Let me say that again just in case anyone without eczema didn’t hear me: eczema is not contagious.
It’s only if eczema becomes infected and is open and weeping that the infection itself may be contagious, Dr Hussain tells us.
Are eczema and diet linked?
Many sufferers of medical conditions see a reduction in symptoms by carefully monitoring their diet, with dairy and acne being a prime example. So what’s the deal with diet and ezcema? ‘Although changes in your diet can’t cure your eczema, in some cases it may help alleviate the symptoms and minimise flare ups,’ says Dr Hussain.
‘Some cases of eczema are caused by an allergic reaction; the most common sources of allergic reactions from food are from milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, soy, wheat, gluten and citrus, so you may find it helpful to try cutting back on some of those foods to see if it helps with your symptoms.
‘Otherwise, a simple prick test can help identify exactly what you’re allergic to, so you can avoid those foods. It is however important that you discuss potential food allergies with your GP, dermatologist or allergy specialist to ensure you get the best advice which is relevant to you and best for your skin.’
Note that the purpose of this feature is to inform, not replace one-to-one medical consultations. For advice tailored specifically to you, always discuss your health with a doctor.
Plus the founders discuss their sell-out success and the values at the heart of their brand
The Inkey List sprang onto the skincare scene just a few short months ago and already has a committed base of die-hard fans, with just shy of 11 thousand Instagram followers to its name.
The sell-out success is impressive enough, but what about if I told you the brand went from concept to consumer in just 18 weeks? No really, that is how quickly founders Colette Newberry and Mark Curry got their products selling in the UK. Not even six months after they came up with the brand were they completely selling out on Cult Beauty – #JoinTheWaitlist.
Seriously down-to-earth and passionate about their products, the pair had both previously worked for some of the biggest names in the beauty industry in product development, marketing, branding and more. But both felt there was a gap in the market for something a bit simpler for the regular customer.
‘We launched the brand to answer consumer needs; there is so much clutter and frustration out there in the jargon-filled beauty world,’ Mark explains. ‘We wanted to make it easy for consumers interested in skincare; whether you are a skincare junkie or newbie and wanting to try something new, The Inkey List is for you.’
The Inkey List’s founders, Mark and Colette
Fun fact: the brand’s unique name is word play on the ;International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients’ – the complicated, often Latin names of ingredients that you usually need translated. And so the INCI List became The Inkey List, ‘Your Beauty Translator’.
The most important thing for the two brand founders when creating and marketing their products? ‘Our consumers!’ Colette enthuses; ‘We responded to a demand for simpler, more straightforward products with high-quality ingredients for less.
‘We pride ourselves on offering products that cut through the beauty jargon – our packaging reflects this, calling our products after the key ingredients and even telling you how to pronounce them.
But there’s more: ‘We also have a team of dedicated skincare experts on hand 24/7 so you can secure skincare solutions to your specific needs, any time of day!’
Case in point; The Inkey List is always putting in-depth, informative posts on Instagram and their direct messages are full of burning skincare questions from their followers (all of which they endeavour to answer).
‘You won’t find confusing, technical talk or exaggerated beauty marketing at The Inkey List,’ Mark adds. ‘You won’t find complicated science or overinflated price points either; instead you’ll get transparent communication, straightforward packaging and cutting-edge formulations made with cutting-edge ingredients. And all under £10!’
With that in mind, shop a few of our favourite products from the capsule line below – and watch this space for even more products coming soon. We reckon you’ll be just as obsessed as we are.
A form of Vitamin A, retinol is the anti-ageing ingredient everybody is talking about at the moment, and The Inkey List’s is an impressive concoction. Combining 1% stable retinol and 0.5% of (slightly stronger) granactive retinoid, this solution also contains soothing ingredients to counter the sometimes irritating effects Vitamin A can have on the skin.
Vitamin C serums are a great brightening skincare step, both in terms of preventing and treating visible signs of damage and evening out the skin tone. Vitamin C is notoriously difficult to stabilise in skincare products, but the brains at The Inkey List have managed to do so in a waterless 30% formula.
Dark under-eye circles and puffiness? You need a hit of caffeine – in this anti-inflammatory serum, not just in your morning coffee. It’ll help protect against free radicals, which can make the appearance of dark circles worse.
I’m going to come out and say it: This is without question one of my favourite hyaluronic acid serums ever, not just because it only costs a fiver and is seriously accessible. It’s not sticky, absorbs into the skin really quickly and keeps skin’s hydration levels up – exactly what a good HA serum should do.
If there’s one kind of podcast I love to listen to, it’s a beauty one. With beauty as my day job, you’d think that by the time I leave the office I’m done with all things make-up, hair and skincare for the day.
But in a tie with a good book, beauty podcasts are my favourite thing to consume on my journey home. (They’re also great for the bath or a Sunday afternoon, FYI.)
With this in mind, I’ve rounded up a handful of the most popular beauty podcasts below for you to peruse and download. Between them, they’ve got pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about beauty covered. Happy listening!
A relative newcomer to the beauty pod game, beauty journalist and blogger Madeleine Spencer launched Beauty Full Lives earlier this year and boy, is it a good’un. Focusing on our emotional relationship with beauty and with our favourite products, Madeleine already has an amazing guest roster that includes Sam & Nic Chapman, Holly Willoughby and Millie Mackintosh, as well as upcoming guests Kylie Minogue, Zoella, Mary Greenwell and Caroline Hirons. Each guest discusses the most poignant beauty moments from their life, reminding us all that beauty is about so much more than what we put on our face or in our hair. Five stars.
Hosted by two US beauty directors, Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein, Fat Mascara discusses topical beauty news, trends, product recommendations, industry goss and more. Most episodes feature a lengthy beauty-related interview, with previous guests including the likes of Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Jo Malone CBE and Aerin Lauder, to name but a few.
Expect tips and anecdotes from world class make-up artists, hair stylists and beauty brand founders to fuel your obsession, as well as a LOT of lols. Plus, Jen and Jess put links to the people, places and products mentioned in each episode on the Fat Mascara website afterwards. There are now over 130 episodes for you to download and tune into, so now’s as good as time as any to get cracking.
The Emma Guns Show by Emma Gunavardhana is a one-on-one chat with brilliant famous faces from all walks of life, but predominantly with a link to the beauty industry. Beauty journalist and presenter Emma really does cover it all: One episode she’ll be sat down with Beck Dorey-Stein, author of From the Corner of the Oval Office, the next she’ll be with world-renowned dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross talking all things skin. Other top guests from the nearly 200-episode strong pod include Nadine Baggot, Ruth Crilly, Claudia Winkleman, Lily Pebbles and more. Get plugged in.
Hosted by Harriet Hadfield and Lindsay Kelk, Full Coverage is basically everything a beauty junkie can ask for in podcast form: Brand new launches, cult products, how-tos, empties and industry interviews galore. It’s a gold mine. Great guests include the founders of top brands like Elemis and Ciaté London, and equally famous beauty faces like Sali Hughes. There’s even a crossover episode with The Emma Guns Show above. What more could you ask for, really?
‘Behind every beauty product there’s a damn good story’ – instantly you’re drawn in, right? Breaking Beauty, hosted by former magazine editors Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins chat to ‘icons and icons in the making’ about all things beauty. The premise is all about the best-selling beauty products and the stories that make them, so you’ll learn a lot of make-up and skincare anecdotes along the way. Top guests include the Bobbi Brown, Caroline Hirons, celeb hairstylist and Ouai founder Jen Atkin, Glossier founder Emily Weiss, and so many more…