Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

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Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

Their Claim 🤑: “Inspired by Kiehl’s apothecary heritage, our calmative facial oil is uniquely formulated for problem skin including skin prone to blemishes, visible redness and discomfort. Formulated with 100% naturally derived* ingredients, including Hemp-Derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and Green Oregano Oil, this lightweight non-comedogenic facial oil helps calm the feeling of stressed skin.”

Active Ingredient: Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil & Green Oregano Oil 

Our review🕵🏼‍♀: Personally, I don’t have stressed or acne-prone skin, but wanted to try the product for the hype! It’s a little bit hard to say how well it works as my skin was pretty clear, but I love the texture of the oil. It is super lightweight and goes straight into skin, it really doesn’t feel like other oils that give a greasy feeling. I also felt that my skin was still breathing after!

For Who🙋🏻‍♀: Although oils are not necessarily our first choice for oily or acne-prone skin, some people really prefer it and if you have either of these skin conditions and prefer an oil to a moisturiser this could be a winner for you. It would be a great soothing product for skin that is stressed or inflamed and I would recommend it for someone who is putting acne antibiotics on their skin. It will give skin a break from harsh products, as it is nourishing and non-comedogenic.

Tip🌸: Apply it as you would normally apply an oil. No need to massage it for a long time as it goes straight into the skin!

Mushroom Coffee

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Having a hard time getting through the fist half of the week? Why not try the new coffee alternative that is so hot right now: Mushroom Coffee!

Coffee is not our body’s best friend, but let’s not start pointing fingers it is also not our worst enemy. In fact, there are strong arguments for both sides of the coffee debate; both good and bad. The one thing that we do know, is that coffee can trigger different skin conditions when consumed excessively (more than one coffee per day) - which is something that effects many of us. 

So why else might be want to trade in our second coffee for a trendy Mushroom Latte? 

1- Drinking coffee in excess does dehydrate the skin. In fact, it can impair mineral absorption from our food, blocking our body from its vital vitamins and nutrients. The skin will look sluggish and pale as our body will lack in selenium, zinc & iron (essential for blood circulation). 

2- If you drink coffee too much, it can have a diuretic effect due to its highly acidic content. It irritates the lining of the stomach and the small intestine - we know you all get that post coffee poop. More than this, it can make the liver work over time causing toxic build-up in the body!

3- Coffee could be a culprit in premature ageing as it can stunt collagen production. So what’s the solution?

Moderation IS the solution. If you want to be cautious after reading the above, we would recommend keeping your coffee fix to one cup a day - before 11am & with a non-dairy milk (almond or oat). If you haven’t already switched to a non-dairy option - do it now! Coffee with milk & sugar can in some cases effect acne conditions and mess with the hormones that control the skin’s oil production.  You can also boost your coffee with a functional Mushroom powder mix - it can counteract the potential pitfalls of coffee. 

Switching coffee for a functional Mushroom powder mix will bring you the same benefits: helps to focus & maintain energy levels without the jitter and acidic burn that coffee usually comes with. More than that, mushrooms are a powerful antioxidant and immune-booster!

Our favourite Mushroom Latte is from Raw Press - tastes like a hot chocolate. We also love the Four Stigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix with Cordyceps, which is the best pre-workout coffee, as it help with muscle fatigue and endurance!

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£9.23

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Dr Jackson's Face & Eye Essence

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Their Claim: “Whether you’re suffering from a late night, jet lag, overexposure to the sun, or an intense session at the gym; this refreshing and firming gel like formula is like a tall drink of water- but for your skin.”

Vitamin (C, E & B12) Baobab Seed Oil, Kigali Fruit Rxtract, Damask Rose Flower Water, Aloe Leaf Juice and Roman Chamomile Flower.

Harold’s review: Dr. Jackson’s Face & Eye Essence was recommended to me by Lion/ne to help with the dark circles under my eyes and some occasional puffiness. This product smells amazing, kind of herbal, and very refreshing. It feels light on the skin and spreads really easily under the eye and over the face. It gets absorbed quickly and also has a fresh cooling effect (kind of like eating a mint but on your face!) so it feels great.

For Who: For any guys wanting a super simple and easy moisturiser in the morning. It’s the best product to have on hand for your post-workout shower. Don’t forget to layer it with SPF!

Tip: You don’t need a lot and can apply it up to your under-eye area.

Golden Rules for a Simple Skincare Regime

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So guys, what do you really need? Don’t worry you don’t have to spend more that 5 minutes in front of your mirror or mask while watching a game. A skincare regime can be very simple and straightforward. To assure protection and balance in your skin this is really what you need:

• (1-2 min) Cleanse x 2/day : in the morning, cleansing your face is all about preparing your skin to receive the next essential products . At night, this step is essential as it will remove the accumulation of dirt and pollution acquired throughout the day.

• (2-3 min)Exfoliate X 2/week : NOT your body scrub that will leave scratches on your skin and potentially cause scars, we are talking the real deal chemical exfoliation. This one will really depend on your skin. If you have blackheads and your skin is oily - BHAs . If you skin skin is sensitive and dehydrated - PHAs. If your skin is dry or normal - AHAs. 

• (1-2 min) Moisturise x 2/day : SPF should be your new best friend! First, because it’s the best ingredient to protect you against free radicals and second from irritation (especially if your shaving in the morning as you’re skin is more « exposed »). No, wearing SPF will not mean that you can’t get a little colour in your skin, you can get tan through your sun cream after all….but having healthy skin > a tan any day of the week, right? At night, it’s important to rebalance the skin by hydrating with a nourishing moisturiser (NO SPF HERE). 

Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the options out there and want something more tailored? Check out our consultations. We offer our l’Essence, a 20min taster for £35 and our La Crème, a 45 min in-depth consultation in our permanent location in Notting Hill. We are open from Wednesday to Friday!

Working out? Eating healthy? Great. What about your skin?

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t’s time to expand the definition of being healthy. A balanced lifestyle means protecting your body inside and out which means working out, eating healthy, being mindful, but also protecting your body from harmful substances.

The skin is our bodies largest organ, this is why protecting what makes us waterproof is essential. And no gentlemen, using your body exfoliant or shower gel on your face doesn’t count. On the contrary, you do more harm that good to your skin with these products. Using harsh ingredients on your skin can compromise its barrier function, making it more vulnerable to the outside world. By doing so, you’re welcoming bad bacteria and free radicals that will irritate your skin further and cause long therm damage such as pigmentation, scaring and even cancer (think holidays without sun cream year after year). 

Don’t be scared about the term ‘skincare regime', it is often associated to beauty, which then suggests this is only a female concern. However, a good skincare regime for your specific skin is not just here to make you beautiful, but to protect one of your most vital organs.

You just need a few core products that will keep your skin balanced and protected. Check out our blog section to find a few of our recommendations for different skin types, but remember that assessing your skin’s current state is crucial before buying any products. That’s why we are here, to educate you about your skin and give you the right tools to make you conscious consumers. Our permanent location in Notting Hill is open from Wednesday to Friday!

Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturiser

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Their Claim 🤑: “A luxurious moisturiser with a soft-focus luminescence using real diamond dust for a highlighting effect. Best for dull, dry, or mature skin.”

HA (Hyaluronic Acid), Diamond Dust, Cocktail of plant-derived ingredients .

Our review🕵🏼‍♀️: Just before the beginning of December, I realised that my skin looked tired and dehydrated due to the change in seasons. I am not a huge fan of tanning products and wanted something that would give me a natural healthy glow. I heard so much about Tata Harper and wanted to try their illuminating range for a while now ! I’ve been using this moisturiser for about two months and I have to say I love it. It definitely gives a subtle natural glow to the skin. The moisturiser is very light and goes straight into skin. The only thing is, it doesn’t contain any SPF so I wouldn't advise anyone to use it on its own! I like to layer it with a Paula’s Choice SPF on top.

For Who🙋🏻‍♀️: For anyone looking for a glow enhancer product. I wouldn’t recommend this product for oily-prone skin as it has to be layered with a SPF which can be heavy on skin. However, for any dry or dehydrated skin this product is a great addition to your winter skincare regime. 

Tip🌸: Use it as a primer before applying make-up at night or only on your cheekbones for a natural highlighter effect.

Tata Harper’s Illuminating Range

£74 Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturiser

£74 Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturiser

£91 Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Cream

£91 Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Cream

Other glowing options

£30 Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator

£30 Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator

£105 Dr Barbara Strum Glow Drops

£105 Dr Barbara Strum Glow Drops

Kiehl’s x Lion/ne

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The Kiehl’s x Lion/ne Event is SOLD OUT! To all of you that have signed up, we are beyond excited to meet you. You know your skin better than anyone, but we are here to educate you further and give you the tools you need to be empowered consumers when shopping for skincare. 

How we work with brands? The core of our ethos is to remain unbiased and try to step away from the current way that skincare is sold. We only work with brands that we truly believe in! And no we are NOT just saying this. Kiehl’s has always had a special place in our hearts. They have an incredibly broad range of products, that we have tried, tested, and know work. We also admire their similar mission to us : empower and educate clients on their skin.

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How we remain unbiased? The way we are working with Kiehl’s is by offering a mini-consultation that will educate Kiehl’s clients on their skin. We will use our super duper diagnostic tool, the OBSERV 520, and ask a few different health & lifestyle questions to analyse and determine primary skin type and any underlying skin conditions. We will then hand the results over to the amazing Kiehl’s team, who will use this unbiased information to advise on what products in their range would be best suited to the particular skin needs of the client. 

Spread Love For Glowing Skin

 
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Have you ever noticed that people in love have an inimitable glow? We know you know what we’re talking about. That glow that no matter how much highlighter you apply or radiant masks you do, your skin will never match THAT glow? Well lovers, there’s a scientific reason behind it: oxytocin hormone a.k.a. the “hormone of love”. 

The oxytocin hormone plays a fundamental role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, childbirth, and the period after childbirth. This bonding hormone has shown to be very beneficial for our bodies. A study discovered that by couples hugging, they were able to improve oxytocin levels and decrease stress levels, as well as improve mood. In fact, this hormone is able to lower cortisol levels (responsible for skin inflammation), making pimples and skin rashes less noticeable. It can even reduce inflammatory factors that slow healing, making skin less irritated.

However, the love hormone needs to be stimulated at all times to make sure that it takes effect. In another study, couples separated for 4-7 days showed higher cortisol levels and worsened sleep. 

The good news is that the oxytocin hormone is not only reserved for couples. Yes, that means that hugging your mother, your best-friend, or even your dog can boost your skin from within! So spread love.

That said, the impact of oxytocin on skin still needs more backing of scientific research before we can give it all the merit of glowing skin. Skin is impacted by so many things, that simply love may not be the cure for your skin problems, but it can’t hurt!

GLOWING SKIN

£39 Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

£39 Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

£54 Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

£54 Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

£105 Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

£105 Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

What's the Correct Skincare Order ?

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It depends on your skin type what the steps will be, which is why when you are reading blogs and articles online you have to keep in mind that the person writing it might have totally different skin needs than you do. For example, dry and reactive skin will not need a toner and oils aren’t suited to every skin. However, a good way to remember how to layer product would be thinner, water based, products first followed by oil based, thicker products, and always end with SPF.

That said targeted treatments, vitamin C, and more active products, will need to go before your oil or moisturiser even if they are a little bit more thick. This will make sure your skin is taking on the more active ingredients first.

Your morning routine should focus on protecting your skin, while your night routine goal will be to nourish and stimulate your skin. Therefore, any type of exfoliants (AHAs / BHAs) should be done at night as well as retinol. Using them in the morning can sensitise your skin in the long term and produce more oil as you’re removing a layer of your dead skin cells.

Here is a cheat sheet, but keep in mind some products should not be used in conjunction with one another and/or used on a daily basis.  

Click Here : Article in Marie Clair

 
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The Skin’s Hectic Schedule

The Skin’s Hectic Schedule

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Imagine your skin as someone that is a multi-tasker, and working full-time day and night. Intense right? Our skin wears many hats. It protects us from harmful substances thanks to its physical and chemical barrier, makes sure to maintain the balance of fluids, regulates our body temperature, and recognises pain! This is why it needs a little help from us, to make sure it can keep up the good work, especially today with an overwhelming amount of pollution, UV light and other harmful substances that can cause premature ageing.

During the day, skin is on defence, so it is important to prep it to meet the challenges of the day. Our favourite combo is an antioxidant serum + SPF. This powerful pair will create a super shield on your skin. At night, the skin works to repair itself. Imagine skin coming back from its day shift sweaty and tired. First thing it needs to do is cleanse itself and next it needs to address any issues that came about throughout the day (dryness, inflammation, dead skin, pigmentation). The nighttime routine of our skin should be much more targeted and nourishing, things like retinol and peels are best left for when the skin is winding down and has a full nights sleep ahead to recover.



ANTIOXIDANT


SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

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Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Facial Oil

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Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster

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SPF


La Roche Posay Anthelios XL

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SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense

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Dr. Barbara Strum Sun Drops SPF 50

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