Can't we Eat in Peace ??

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Low-carb, sugar-free, don’t eat fats, avoid salt blablabla.

Are you also sick and tired of influencers that promote diets and fads that don’t make any sense? Yeah us too. But what really, REALLY annoys us is when I come across social accounts that encourages “skin diets”. Of course, there have been studies that show avoiding certain food groups can possibly help different skin conditions, but everyone is different. The way I’m going to digest a pineapple will be completely different from Megan. What works for one person, might not for the next…and many of these results are anecdotal and probably a lot to do with a placebo effect.

We can’t stop talking about how “excess” impacts our body, health and skin, but what about the other way around? What actually happens if you don’t have enough of something? How does food deprivation affect your skin health? We want to spin the idea of removing things from your diet, and prove you that food should be enjoyed rather than feared…a slice of cake from time to time won’t make your skin breakout!

To explain the effect of food deprivation on skin, we were inspired by the amazing Deliciously Ella Podcast Episode “Calories, Carbs, Fats & Sugar”, where these terms that we come across everyday were brilliantly explained. Keep on reading for our de-brief of this information.


Calories (unit) - The energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C . Calories have created a whole platform of confusion! In fact, people look at it as a food measure because it helps to estimate what they put in their body and what they eliminate (through exercise for example). However, the body is a complex system and there are some variations in the number of calories absorbed by the body and how many calories the food contains! An example is almonds, if you eat 100 calories, you actually absorb 70%  because of the amount of fibres that aren’t broken down as easily, which are harder for the body to digest. Depending on the food group that you are eating, the calorie will be broken down differently! For example, 2-3% of the fats calories will be used in the energy itself it takes to break down fat. On the other hand, proteins will use 25-30% of its calories to be broken down by the body.  

Effect on skin

If you are trying a diet to treat a certain skin condition, remember that a lot of the information that’s out there is not based on sound scientific research. The problem with diet based on calorie counting is that by cutting food based on their “calorie number” rather than the nutrient content, you are automatically cutting down essential minerals and vitamins. These all play an important role in skin’s healthy. Vitamin A, for example, is needed for cell function and regeneration, while Vitamin C helps collagen formation and protects us from free radicals. In addition, dieting can lead to poor skin health, tired skin, darkness around the eyes, loss of skin volume leading to flaccid tissue and a crepey texture.


Fats - How many times have we scrolled down though our Instagram home page or the explore feature to find influencers talking about “cutting fats “ in their diet? There is such a negative stigma attached to the word “fat” which causes fear. Fats are friend! In fact, they can be very beneficial for your health. Fats are another form of energy in the body, a good carrier of Vitamins A, D & K and also provides a cushion for our vital organs.  Let’s not forget that our brain is made out of 60% of fat! 

The fats that we want to avoid are trans fats, as these raise the level of LDL or “bad cholesterol” in our bodies, which over time cause health problems. Fats that we want to limit in our diet are saturated fats. They can be found in animal fat and full cream dairy products. If consumed in high amounts, they can also impact the level of LDL. The fats that our bodies love are polyunsaturated fats, which are Omega 3  & Omega 6! Olive oil, sesame oil, avocado, seeds, salmon are essential in our diet to make sure that our bodies get the right nutrients it needs.

Effect on Skin

Polyunsaturated fats, also know as free fatty acids are a principle component in healthy cell membranes. Skin needs free fatty acids for the production of both healthy sebum and epidermal lipids, which form the bilayer structure of the natural barrier function. They are thus essential to keeping skin supple and protected, while also helping skin absorb lipid based substances. 

Many acne sufferers believe that by removing all types of fats, their skin will magically clear up. But this is false! Free fatty acids are essential in the formation of the acid mantle, which maintain balance within skin. Therefore, removing them will not make your skin less oily or prevent acne! 

Generally speaking, depriving the body of essentials free fatty acids will result in a lipid dry skin or asteatosis, which has a number of adverse effects on skin such as accelerating the ageing process, poor barrier function & imbalance of the acid mantle. 


The Low-Carb Diet  has also been clogging up our social feeds! In fact, carbohydrates have become the number one enemy, causing us all guilt and shame just by looking at them. First things first, carbohydrates are not just bread and pizza, lots of fruits and veggies contain carbohydrates. They are essential in everyone’s diet and provide the body glucose! The reason why this group of food is demonised is that we have taken it too far with the amount of carbs we come across. In fact, refined grains are present in most processed foods (pastries, biscuits etc.). However, we tend to forget that carbohydrates are also present in whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, vegetables and dairy too! 

If you eat carbohydrates you may weigh more due to the water retention that comes along with carbs, not necessarily because you have gained weight.  This is why, if you cut them completely from your diet your scale will show you’ve lost weight fast (meaning you have lost some water content which will bounce right back up when you add them back in!). 

Effect on Skin

Like mentioned above, if your diet doesn’t contain enough carbohydrates, all your body’s function will be affected, which will reflect on your skin as a tired and sluggish looking appearance. 


Again, not all sugar are bad for your health. The problem that we currently have with this food group are “free sugars”. They are the sugars added in processed foods like syrups, honey, sucrose and fruit juice. Therefore, enjoy the natural sugars that you get in food from fruits & vegetables. The problem here is excess sugar; the key is moderation. 

Effect on Skin

Cutting sugar completely from your diet, can sometimes help certain skin condition as it decreases inflammation throughout the body. However, most whole foods essential to our body’s function contains natural sugars! They are essential to provide energy and make sure everything works. For example, a serving of fruit has sugar, plus it is bound with fibres and phytonutrients that support the proliferation of good bacteria to crowd out candida and bad bacteria. Watermelon is a very good example, it has a High Glycemic Index, but is super healthy because of the fibbers that it contains; they keep us full for longer and keep our gut health in top form! Did you know that watermelon contains very low amounts of SPF (4), this is why it is one of our favourite snacks for the beach.


Sodium is an essential nutrient in the diet, it plays an important role in blood pressure. Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, which is often associated with hypertension and heart disease. Not adding enough salt in our diet can, on the contrary, cause health problems such as reduced hydration, muscle cramps, headaches, weakness due to low blood pressure. If you are cooking from scratch, don’t be scared to add salt as it really helps with flavour, cooking process and break down the walls of the vegetables. The most important thing is to avoid processed food that contains high levels (1 Grams of sodium is 2 Grams of salt).

Effect on Skin

When consuming too much salt, skin can become puffy and bloated-looking due to water retention. When not consuming enough salt, dehydration can occur due to the low water levels in the body! 


Another important thing to know it that food doesn’t go to the same place in the body, fructose (sugar from fruits) gets digested by the liver, while glucose gets digested by every cell in the body. Plus, we are all unique in the way we digest, so the way one will process food may differ from the next. Therefore, calculating the amount of calories, fats, salt or sugar is not very accurate. Don’t COUNT food, eat in moderation, and when you have that slice of cake, appreciate the feeling of happiness that it gives you! Stop shaming yourself for the way you eat! Food and mealtime, should be a happy part of your day…not something you dread. 

The Switch - Last Update

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It has been now exactly two months that I decided to make THE skincare switch from products that are more synthetic/chemical to completely natural. (I really did my research, I know ‘natural’ is a loose term these days!)

Let me assure you, this is not the kind of post where I’m going to preach about ‘how my skin dramatically changed & how natural products are 100% way better than synthetic products’.  I’ve done my best to give you the most honest/unbiased review of my experience. 

I decided to do the switch as more of an explorational journey, rather than a complete lifestyle choice. When I was younger, I used to be passionate about mythology and Egyptian history, and once read that Cleopatra (my teenage idol) used salt scrubs to exfoliate her dead skin cells and castor oil to prevent wrinkles.  So with all the hype in the industry around natural skincare in addition to my curiosity into what has been practiced in the past, now was a great time.

On the more technical side, I’m lucky to have normal skin that can tolerate most products (as I am writing this, a big cystic spot is on the verge of making his big debut right in the middle of my forehead..maybe I spoke too soon). This is why for me, it was a task that could be achieved, where someone like Megan with more sensitive skin would need to be more careful! Enough about why I did it, let’s get to the nitty-gritty! 

How was my experience? Pretty interesting. It started with long and sad goodbyes to my favourite products. Adios, Sulphur Mask from Dr.Dennis Gross that saved my menstrual breakouts time and time again. Goodbye Nars Concealer and its super power to give the ‘I just finished yoga, drank 2 celery juices, and had 5 herbal teas’ look. When I say goodbyes, I didn’t totally chuck them, they were kept safely in a box to hibernate in peace. 

It was super satisfying to go through all my products, Mari Kondo-ing my bathroom shelves. I found a turmeric mask that my mother gave me when I first moved to London (don’t ask me when), let me tell you that wasn’t a sad goodbye…at all. It also made me realise how many products we think are natural, but are actually not. In fact when I ended my bathroom purge, there were only 4-5 survivors on the shelf.

Once I found the right products for my skin that were mostly bought on my favourite natural multi-brand skincare platform Content Beauty, ‘The Switch’ had officially commenced. To slowly introduce my skin to natural products,  I chose very simple formulations in order to make sure I wasn’t over-feeding or irritating my skin. I chose to test out carrier oils, as I felt they were the most clean natural options out there. Once my routine was established, I religiously stuck to that for a month and a half.

It’s hard to explain my impression of each specific product, as I completely switched my routine overnight. I would recommend actually doing it slowly if you have the time, as you will be able to isolate the products reaction on your skin. I will give you my overall impressions per “group” product category;

Skincare Routine

  • Includes : Daily Morning & Evening Skincare Steps

  • Score : 5/10

  • Comments : Well, I may have started the switch with normal skin, but today I feel my T-zone is much more congested and oily. I noticed that every time I was using something with oil, my skin would suffocate and react with small bumps. I realised that my skin looks at oils like our Marketing Director, Lena, looks at me when I drink my green vitamin powder mix with water…with disgust. However, I added after 3 weeks I added the Therapy Lemon Myrtle Mist, which has helped to decongest my skin.

Treatments & Extra

  • Includes : Mask, Exfoliators SPF

  • Score : 10/10.

  • Comments : I can’t stop talking about the May Lindstrom Problem Solver Mask that is in my opinion the equivalent of the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial. I also love the Kypris Heliotropic SPF Primer, that makes me feel I would be protected in a free radical nuclear bomb. I also liked the Susanne Kaufmann Enzymatic Peel, but I have to say it didn’t give me the same affect as other exfoliants. I also loved the various Eminence Masks that were super gentle to my skin.

Natural Make-Up

  • Includes : Everything from foundation to mascara

  • Score : 9/10.

  • Comments : If there’s something that I’m keeping it is definitely my natural make-up routine. I really felt that my skin was breathing 24/7 with these products. That said, I will be switching back to the Trish McEvoy Mascara and NARS concealer. I’m sorry, but nothing will ever beat these products. Besides these, I have a new appreciation for my natural make-up vs. my synthetic make-up. After two months, I finally woke my unnatural make-up from hibernation, and found my much beloved bronzing powder from Laura Mercier, which should have made me super happy actually made me feel like I was cheating on my Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer…I am officially a cult follower of this brand, and now feel loyal!

Overall, my experience was quite successful, and I have to say that I discovered many products that will given a permanent space on my bathroom shelf. However, having done that with the purpose of exploring, rather than following a personal environmental belief, I am definitely not ready to completely switch to a 100% natural skincare regime. 

I prefer to be a more flexible, mixing natural products with clean and synthetic/chemical products. I will continue to avoid mineral oils, parabens, and other chemicals that my skin has already proven it does not like, and try where I can to shop cruelty-free. I wouldn’t advise anyone to switch dramatically like I did overnight. You need to know your skin, how it works, and assess its needs in order to choose and buy the right products! Take it one step at a time. 

EVENT REVIEW : An evening with Dr. Anjali Mahto

AboutTime you discovered the secrets of great skin : An evening with Dr. Anjali Mahto

A few weeks ago, we attended an event featuring one of our favourite and most knowledgable skin experts Dr. Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist and author of my all time favourite skincare book The Skincare Bible.  To learn more about her qualifications and treatment options click here

The event was very informative, and tackled everything from skin myths to ideal skin regimes based on your skin type. I was frantically jotting down notes from the event, because everything that Dr. Mahto said was, in my opinion notable! Here were my key takeaways; 

On the subject of skin myths

Spending more money on a product does not make the product better! Many luxury products will have similar ingredients to more budget friendly products, what may be different is product texture and fragrance.  And as we talk about a lotttt, fragrance can sensitise skin so for most skin types is best to be avoided when possible. 

Natural skincare is more of a lifestyle choice. It is not necessarily bad for the skin, but there is just more variability in natural/organic skincare. I loved the way that Dr. Mahto explained this, with botanicals there are SO many factors that can make one batch different to another.  For example, the season, what part of a plant they use, and how the product is transported (i.e.-temperature) to name a few.  Again, this does not mean it is bad, but the EU currently regulates synthetic products more.  Good food for thought! 

It is very difficult to get a product that is completely cruelty-free, because in order for ingredients to pass certain regulation, they at some point may have been tested on animals.  This was just an interesting point because SO many brands claim to be cruelty-free, and there is just not much regulation around this term and what it means.  

Be sceptical of marketing like ‘dermatologist tested’ as these are very loose terms! 


You should be getting the nutrients you need from your diet if it is balanced with fruit and veg.  That said, for those that are vegan for example, there may be the need to supplement with things like B12 or Iron. 

Thank you

Thank you About Time Magazine and Dr. Mahto for a fabulous and insightful evening. These were just a few of the skin myths that she tackled, and we will be looking out for the next event to get our myth busting fix! 

The Battle of the Travel Toiletries

We breakdown our skincare & makeup travel essentials that are worth the coveted space in your teeny tiny clear ‘security’ bag.

We’ve all been there—the night before the trip you are trying to pick out what you really really need to take in your carry on bag (since you weren’t willing to splash out on the £40 Ryanair hold luggage). You are picking your skincare/makeup/hair products, and it feels like someone is asking you to ‘rank your best friends’. Airport security has no time for your pleas, “But that Vitamin C serum brings up my UV protection to 96%!”, and clearly do not know that some of our favourite brands charge an astonishing amount for their travel sized heroes. 

So, for those of you rule followers, that aren’t willing to risk ‘accidentally’ leaving extra liquids in your bag, we have done some digging and put together a guide on travel essentials for your skin and holiday mood.

The Ocean

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If you’re spending time on the beach and in the water, then you priorities are SPF, beach hair essentials, and waterproof/minimal make-up looks. Here are our top picks for you: 

  • SPF - Undeniably, the most important product you need to bring with you when beach-travelling is your sunscreen! SPF should be your #1 priority either in your carry on or hold luggage. Please remember that your sunscreen ingredients need to be chosen according to where you are travelling too ! In fact, certain ingredients such as oxybenzone & octinoxate might be harmful for the ocean’s ecosystem . Therefore, avoid using them in 

  • Antioxidants - Antioxidants help to boost your skin’s protection when being in the sun this is why it is essential to have something that will fight free radicals in your skincare bag ! Megan advises you to take your antioxidant serum with you and use it at night instead of the morning. In fact, using an antioxidant at night will make sure that your skin is fully protected for the upcoming day ! You want to avoid laying-up too much your skin when you know you are going to pass your time in the water or in the sun. For Ksenia, her go-to antioxidant product when travelling in the sun is a Vitamin C mask such as the Lixirskin. They need to be applied as a mask for 2 minutes in the morning before your sunscreen et voila! You’re fully protected for the day.

  • Hair- Just like your skin, you want to protect your hair . When your skin burns, you see the effect of the sun within 20 minutes but with hair, the damage is much longer ( up to 3 days) and once the hair is damaged, there is literally nothing you can do to save the ( true story). Make sure to bring with you a SPF mist that you can in your hair or a protective oil, Ksenia’s favourite is the Leonord Grey’s Oil. 

  • Others - Then of course, body lotion waterproof or minimal make-up looks anything that makes you & your skin happy !

The City Escaper

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If you’re escaping to a city this summer, then you want to look nice for your candid photos walking through quaint alleyways. Your hair/make-up will need to be looking (100 emoji). Here are our top picks for you: 

  • SPF (moisturiser + spray): First things first, don’t forget your SPF. We know, we can’t stop talking about sunscreen, but it’s the only product that really protects you from premature ageing. No need to go crazy when travelling to a city, the easiest product to carry is a moisturiser that contains SPF. We also recommend you have an SPF mist/top-up on hand - don’t forget that your morning SPF won’t last throughout the day. 

  • Antioxidant. Cities = pollution ! Imagine passing a whole day outside, sightseeing, visiting & eating on a terrace all of those activities although extremely nice, are not the best for skin as its facing pollution, chemicals and other harmful subtsances for a whole day. This is why it is important to double up your protection with an antioxidant serum.

  • Good Cleanser. At night, it is essential to remove all the impurities that our skin encountered throughout the day. Think about the pollution particles, the remaining SPF on your skin, sweat etc. You really want to double cleanse your skin to make sure that it’s perfectly clean. For oily skin, you also want to go a little bit deeper and use a BHA exfoliant to make sure that the oil excess is taken care off

  • Others - Shampoo, body lotion & make-up!

The No-Makeup Traveller

If the whole reason you are going away is to take a break from having to look cute every day, and you plan on doing a social media cleanse for your getaway (count us in)…then skincare will be your focus for your teeny tiny clear bag. Think weekend in the countryside, back home home, or a place to detox your mind and body. Here are our top picks for you: 

  • SPF - as usual! Especially in the countryside, as you will hopefully take advantage of spending more time outdoors. In order to make sure that your skin is taking in that country air, go for a lightweight SPF!

  • Exfoliant - When unwinding from the stress of work, you can focus more on your night routine to boost skin cell renewal and nourishment. Exfoliating your skin at night will help to enhance your natural ‘glow’ that comes with a relaxing weekend away from screens and pressure!

  • Serum- By exfoliating the skin, you are inadvertently preparing it for the next products you will apply, so the serums you choose are important. Something hydrating and repairing will offer a quick pick-me-up for skin.

  • Moisturiser- A good moisturiser will help to seal the benefits of the previous products applied, and ensure your skin receives all the necessary nutrients it needs to rest and recuperate overnight.

The “I did it for the instagram’er” 🤳🏻 

If you are going away to get some good social media content (it’s fine, we’ve done it too!), then you might need to borrow some space from your travel partners clear bag. 

  • Essentials ✨you need are SPF, Make-Up, and skincare that will look nice for the social content while delivering hydration/protection. 

  • SPF Primer/Setting Spray☀️- Avoid that extra step by incorporating your SPF in to your make-up routine.  We like the Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30, which is a great multitasker!

  • Make-Up 💄 - Being photo ready means packing your make-up essentials.  We love the Erborian CC Cream, which gives you a natural glow and will adjust to your colour. So no need to pack two shades of foundation for when you catch the sun. It also has SPF 25 for added protection. 

  • Instagram worthy skincare 🍋- We all like a nice shelfie on holiday, and skincare like Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask not only looks good in the photo, but also gives your skin extra hydration post plane so makeup will go on smoothly and skin will be satisfied. 

  • Other needs👋🏼- Eye cream for travel day, travel friendly fragrance, and skincare staples like cleanser/moisturiser!

Top Tips

  1. Tubes and pump bottles are better for packing than your pots or odd shaped jars

  2. Only take the essentials! Cleanser, Moisturiser, SPF

  3. Try those sample products. Travelling is a great time to test a new product without committing to the full size, after all we don’t want to waste those sachets you have been given!

  4. Make sure your skincare regime matches the climate of your destination. Meaning if you are going to the beach, pack a lighter moisturiser and heavier cleanser to make sure you are able to get ALL of the SPF off at the end of the day.

  5. Brands that do really good travel size products are : Drunk Elephant, Paula’s Choice, Coola, Exuviance (only because their products are already small), Benefit, Herbivore, and Laura Mercier to name a few. 

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Press London Celery Juice Challenge 

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If you have been on Instagram or recently gone to your local juice spot, then you know all about the celery juice movement. Prior to this new health craze, I only saw celery as a natural stir stick for my Bloody Mary’s and a healthy crisp replacement for my hummus habit. But now celery has been rebranded, and is said to help reduce inflammation in the body, oxidative stress caused by free radicals, and bloating.   

How did this come about? 

The celery juice movement rose to the stardom over the past couple of years, and apparently began with Anthony William, of @MedicalMedium. William has been seen canoodling with stars like Miranda Kerr & Kim Kardashian, who jumped on board with this fad supporting William’s claims of the juice being ‘life changing’. (source)  Although William is not a medical doctor, he claims that the ‘miracle juice’ can help with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.  Williams advises his 1.9 Instagram followers, to drink fresh pressed celery juice every morning on an empty stomach for the best results. 

Should we believe it?

When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. There are several doctors and nutritionists that dispute big claims made by celery activists, and warn consumers not to get their hopes up! (source) According to Dr. Liz Cruz, who is Board Certified in Gastroenterology, “…as is with a lot of nutritional type medicine, sometimes studies haven't been done in human[s]…There’s got to be some caution taken with stuff you read”. (source

Harley Street Nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert, expresses her concern in an Evening Standard article, “We don’t really have any evidence to prove these magical claims to celery juice. A lot of the stuff out there is purely anecdotal.” With that said, she also told the Evening Standard that there definitely are pros to the juice, one being hydration. She adds, “…if people are enjoying it, there's no harm in adding a little extra nutrition in the morning."

What are my thoughts?

I personally am sceptical that the celery juice fad is just that, a fad! But more importantly, I also am too lazy to buy stockpiles of celery and wake up earlier than I have to in order to blend the juice and clean the blender. Yep, that is honestly my level of laziness! I also did attempt to drink celery juice once when my very healthy friend Claire insisted, and let’s just say it was a waste of £6.50. With all that said, when Press London  asked me if I would like to take part in their 30 day trial, I did still jump on it! 

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Why have I decided to take part in the celery juice challenge even though the thought of this juice makes me gag a little bit?

There are a few reasons why, given my scepticism, I am still keen to test the benefits for celery juice. The first is out of curiosity! I do have friends (Ksenia being one of them), that truly believe drinking celery juice in the morning has really helped with their energy levels, skin, and bloating. I am also a sucker for marketing, and whether or not it is true, the celery hashtags have had an impact on me. I want in…I want to glow…I want to not look 6 months pregnant at the end of the day from bloating! 

Not to mention, Press London has incredible juices, and even managed to make beetroot taste good (not an easy task in my opinion). So, if there was one brand I would trust to make celery drinkable, it’s them.  They kindly asked both myself and my housemate to try the juices for 30 days. Their instructions were very easy to follow; drink the juice every morning, 30 minutes before drinking or eating anything else. For someone who is not a morning person, even I can do that.I started drinking the juices Friday 31st May, so I haven’t been using them long enough to give any real feedback. But what I can say is: 

1. They taste good for the first few sips when it’s cold, then as the juice gets a little bit warmer (because I am the slowest drinker of all time) it gets harder to drink. 

2. I do look forward to drinking them in the morning, because I walk out the door feeling like I have done something good for my health. 

3. They help with monumental hangovers like the one I had on Sunday, and that is life changing enough for me—shhh don’t tell Miranda Kerr.

4. Celery juice stains on your shirt are more difficult to explain to clients than coffee stains. I have been walking around with drips of the juice on my white shirt for nearly 2 weeks now. 

The verdict is still out, so keep an eye out for my post at the end of June, with an update on how my 30 days drinking celery juice went and my final thoughts! +my roommate Harry’s honest male review! 

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Skincare Routine for Pigmentation

We have now explained the most common pigmentation conditions! Now it’s time to discuss the most appropriate skincare routine.

If you have pigmentation irregularities, and want to control them, the best ingredients to look at are Retinol, SPF, Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, Azelaic Acid & Niacinamide. These ingredients target hyperpigmentation and help stimulate cellular regeneration so that new skin cells take the place of old ones. Activating this process, will help to fade skin discolouration as much as topical ingredients can.

Don’t go crazy with too many ingredients, as they can over-strip your skin and compromise its barrier function. It is really important to focus on one treatment, and use it religiously in order to see if it is benefitting your skin. Remember, that every skin is unique, and therefore something might work for someone else and not you.


  • Cleanser - The cleanser here should be chosen depending on the skin type. Something soothing and hydrating if your skin is dry or sensitive, gentle foaming if your skin is oily or combination.

  • Antioxidant - Antioxidants protect skin from free radicals, but also improve the signs of ageing like lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. In fact, Vitamin C is also considered to be a great treatment for pigmentation:  “It interacts with copper ions at the tyrosinase-active site and inhibits action of the enzyme tyrosinase, thereby decreasing the melanin formation” (source). However, bare in mind that you choose an antioxidant that contains magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP) rather than ascorbic acid. In fact, its acidity and short shelf life might be irritating for problematic skins.  To make sure that it works properly for pigmentation issues, it has to be combined with liquorice for example.

  • Moisturiser - To make sure that the vitamin C is highlighted, search for a moisturiser that contains liquorice and/or niacinamide. They are great ingredients to fight brown spots. Niacinamide works by slowing down the transfer of the melanin granule to the keratinocyte meaning inhibiting melanogenesis while liquorice “ improves hyperpigmentation by dispersing the melanin, inhibition of melanin biosynthesis and inhibition of cyclooxygenase activity thereby decreasing free radical production”(source).

  • SPF - Often , pigmentation = sun exposure. Therefore, it is essential to protect skin at all times with a high SPF factor that fights UVA and UVB rays. In addition, skin that is more prone to pigmentation should have a top-up SPF like a mist to apply throughout the day. Remember that if the DNA has been damaged, then melanocyte will produce more melanosomes and pigment! (and wear a hat!)


  • Cleanser -  The cleanser here should be chosen depending on the skin type. Something soothing and hydrating if your skin is dry or sensitive, foaming if your skin is oily or combination.

  • Exfoliant - When treating pigmentation is is better to avoid chemical exfoliants (or used only as advised by your dermatologist) as again, depending on the root of the problem, it can either enhance the condition or cause hypo-pigmentations.

  • Retinol or pigmentation treatment (3-4 times per week) - Most pigmentation treatments will contain retinol, as it is an amazing ingredients to manage this condition. Retinol helps to stimulate skin-cell turnover, so dead cells fall off and new skin will rise to the surface. They also help to disperse the melanin in the epidermis, making the pigment less visible over time. Long term, they decrease melanin and dramatically improve skin tone.

  • Another ingredient to look at for pigmentation treatment is azelaic acid. It reduces inflammation and also helps to reduce pigmentation. Azelaic acid is suitable for photo types 4-6, they slow down the formation of melanosomes without any side effects! However, bare in mind that azelaic acid will not help with pigmented skin that shows as freckles, moles etc., but only with post-inflammatory pigmentation especially on acne skin.

  • Hydrating Serum - When using several treatments to treat a certain skin condition, it is important to have a soothing step that will allow skin to rest. This is why including a Hyaluronic acid serum in pigmentation-prone skin is important as it will keep a healthy skin balance and make sure that the enzymatic activity is not impaired.

  • Moisturiser - The night moisturiser will depend on what you are using in the morning and if you included a retinol in your night routine. If your routine includes different active ingredients, it is better to have a simple moisturiser with peptides for examples that will focus on strengthening your barrier function and deliver the right nutrients to the skin. If your morning routine is very simple and you’re not using any retinol or pigmentation treatment, maybe you could include something with niacinamide or azelaic acid in this step!

What's Causing Pigmentation?

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The problem with pigmentation irregularities, is that it is really difficult to find the root of the problem 🕵🏻‍♀️. It can be related to hormonal imbalances, the contraceptive pill, medication, stress, and/or UV damage ☀️ . It could also come from a post procedural treatment such as laser, derma rolling or injections 💉.

Before trying to remove your pigmentation, it is very important to find the root of the problem as it can dramatically help your skin tone🔑. Chloasma  for example (which we will discuss further down), can often fade after pregnancy or when the contraceptive pill is discontinued. This is why before buying multiple whitening and anti-pigmentation treatments try to find out what caused it💡!

Note: the answer might also hide behind your skincare products. The most commonly found and known photo-sensitisers are:


⚡️Essential Oils (absolutes) : Jasmine, Lavendar, Ylang Ylang oil, bergamot, lemon, lime, orange, mandarin, juniper, tee trea.


⚡️Sun screen (yes you heard us correctly, some chemical sunscreens such as Glyceryl-paminobenzoate are photo-sensitising and cause allergic reactions such as dermatitis).

⚡️Topical acne medication: benzoyl peroxide or isotretinoin

If you are using any of the above products, make sure to use them at night and wash them off in the morning as well as apply a 50SPF sunscreen. The golden rule is to never have them on your skin when stepping out of your house 🏠 - can create unwanted pigmentations, especially if your skin is already sensitised by the sun or is of a sensitive type 🥀 !


or Melasma, your sexy Summer Mustache👨🏻‍💼

  • Origin: Hormonal pigmentation commonly caused by pregnancy, ovarian dysfunction, contraceptive pill and other types of medications.

  • Face: Appears frequently on the upper area of the lip. 

  • Good to know: Those with this skin concern, may be genetically predisposed, as our genets play a major part in the development of melasma. 

  • Top tips: Find the root of the problem. By targeting the root issue rather than the symptoms, this can  dramatically improve the pigmentation. Also, protect skin everyday from the sun. 

With so many amazing SPF ☀️ options today, there is no excuse. Bare in mind, you need to boost your morning sunscreen throughout the day (especially if you are spending time outdoors). Applying sunscreen in the morning is the first step 👏🏻, the second is topping it up until the sun goes to sleep👏🏻👏🏻. Some of our favourite products are SPF mists💨, that help to keep the skin not only hydrated💦, but fully protected 🛡 !

Another great product to have on hand is an SPF Lip Balm 💄 ! They are so important to protect our delicate lips. and also prevent pigmentations from appearing. For those prone to Chloasma and Melasma, we recommend you purchase a simple uncoloured balm and apply it evenly on the upper lip area. Follow with a matifying powder - all hidden without a trace 🕵🏻‍♀️!


or Irregular Pigmented Patches 🐄 

  • Origin: Repeated sun exposure.

  • Location: They appear in the most sun exposed areas such as the hands, décolleté and face. Don’t think that they will stay as light as they are right now - they tend to turn much darker with age.

  • Good to know: Solar lentigines are most often found in 40-50 years olds, but are more and more present in younger skins due to the increased exposure to the sun.

  • What to do: Prevent them by applying sunscreen everyday.

Warning ⚠️ ! Don’t forget to protect your hands 🤲🏻! This is one of the first parts of the body to show any signs of ageing. We love Shanni Darden’s advice to treat hands like you treat your face✨. She recommends exfoliating this area (Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels are perfect) and protect them with sunscreen ☀️ !


 Freckles AKA Ksenia’s Face

  • Origin: Genetics, they are more common in fair-skinned, red or blond-haired caucasians. They are caused by the sun but are not sun damage ! This is why they tend to intensify in summer and fade in winter.

  • Location: Depends on the person. For me, they are all over my most vulnerable sun exposed areas such as my face, shoulders, arms, even my ears.

  • Good to know: If you had freckles when you were younger, we are able to see them in the Complexion Analysis light of the OBSERV - so if you want a little TBT of your skin book a consultation with us. More seriously, those who have freckles are more susceptible to skin cancer and pigmentation grouping on the face.

  • Best thing to do: Protect your skin. Sunny? Sunscreen. Cloudy? Sunscreen. Winter? Summer? Sunscreen!

Eminence Blueberry Soy Repair Masque

If you had to ask me before my switch to natural products what the natural brand that I couldn’t live without was, it would be Eminence. Their products are organic, natural, sustainable & cruelty-free plus have the added benefit of being free of parabens, phtalates, sodium lauryl sulfate & propylene glycol. While you  might think “ugh sounds a little bit too intense for me“, I would encourage you to have a look at their products, especially their masks.

Lifespace Healing x Lion/ne

Are you ready to scale back your 10-step skincare routine?

We are popping up at Lifespace Healing on Talbot Road this May 18th & 19th from 11am - 9pm for a unique 1:1 skin consultation to get your skin ready to glow this summer. This is the perfect time to update your regime and replace those old products that are running low.