Many centuries ago, Jojoba was first used by Native Americans to heal wounds and treat sores. Jojoba is a drought-resistant perennial woody shrub that’s native to the Southwestern area of the United States and Mexico. A light-gold colored wax ester is extracted from the jojoba seed and contains a primary storage lipid from the plant. The wax is used to make quality oil that’s now the leading oil used in skincare ingredients since whale sperm was banned in 1971 and for great reason: it contains a slew of amazing skincare benefits.
Jojoba is naturally derived and full of Vitamin E, Selenium, Zinc, Copper and Iodine. All staples of your skincare routine that help to moisturize and hydrate the skin. Jojoba Oil actually mimics the skin’s own sebum (a waxy oil produced by your skin glands) and acts as a natural conditioner. Curious about how jojoba can help your skincare routine, find out here.
Much like coconut oil, jojoba helps smooth and tighten fine lines and wrinkles by restoring dry skin with natural oils when used as a daily supplement to your skincare routine.
The most powerful benefit of using jojoba oil is that the oil contains anti-inflammatory properties once harnessed by Native Americans to treat wounds. Today, jojoba oil is still used to treat acne, eczema and psoriasis. It works by tricking your skin into thinking it’s made enough sebum, thus lowering the amount of pore-blocking excess oil that’s created. It’s also found in skin lotions and gels that treat sunburn or skin damage.
Because jojoba can be used without being diluted, it has a long shelf life. And even when mixing it with moisturizers and lotions, you only need a small amount to reap big benefits. When treating spots, scars or acne, you just apply a drop directly to the spot. Such powerful properties help you get more bang for your buck!
Have you ever used a face oil for oily skin? Did it work or break you out? Leave a comment below.
Our skin is our biggest organ and it’s constantly regenerating itself. You lose skin cells on a daily basis and then new ones grow to replace them. This shedding process is exactly why we need to exfoliate. Exfoliation is the act of removing the dead skin cells from your top layer of skin to allow for regrowth of new cells. When the skin sheds or when oil builds up, it can block your pores and lead to breakouts.
And if you’ve got acne or congested skin, you’ll still want to stick to your normal glycolic and salicylic acid routine, but you may find some relief through exfoliation as well. Scrubbing away your skin is easier than you might think and you don’t need to look any further than your own cupboard to find these amazing, all natural exfoliates.
The very texture of sugar helps it rub away dead skin cells but it also contains glycolic acid which works to remove the upper layer of skin. The combination is a super pack that leads to shiny, brand-new skin.
Though it sounds strange, actual yogurt contains enzymes and lactic acid which work to smooth and repair skin. Yogurt also evens out skin tone and can help if you have hyperpigmentation.
This technique has been around for thousands of years. Oatmeal’s texture is course and allows dirt and other impurities to be removed easily from the skin. It also contains minerals, vitamins and lipids that help protect your skin from free radicals. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of oats are so renowned that they’re often used to treat Eczema and Poison Ivy.
If you’ve got acne, spots or blemishes, lemon is an instant skin brightener. Applying it to your face can help even skin tone and refresh the skin. Sea Salt. Packed with minerals and nutrients, the rugged texture of sea salt is perfect for shaving off dead skin cells. But it may actually work too well. If you get irritated easily, you may want to avoid using it on your face and use it as bath soaks or a foot scrubber instead - both of which work famously.
To make a face scrub at home: Mix any of the above with honey, yogurt or oil (like coconut or olive) to make a face mask or paste. Honey is a humectant that helps heal and moisturize.
Do you have any tips for homemade skincare exfoliators? (The five best will win one of our glycolic cleaners worth £11.99)
Liquorice was found in King Tut’s tomb in Egypt, was used by the Japanese Geishas and is a fundamental herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Known best to us as a tasty treat or an additive for tea or tobacco, Liquorice has been used for 4,000 years and boasts a ton of health and skin care benefits.
Liquorice is derived from the plant Glycyrrhiza glabra meaning “sweet root” in Greek. The plant is a legume, much like a bean, and is native to Africa, Southern Europe and parts of Asia including India. The secret to reaping the sought-after health benefits lies within the plant’s root. Liquorice root extract is removed from the plant and melted through a boiling process that absorbs much of the water. The two important parts extracted from the root are Glycyrrhizin acid, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar and gives Liquorice it’s notable flavor, and Glabridin, which hosts a ton of medicinal purposes, like helping treat hepatitis, stomach ulcers and congestion. Together, these enzymes combine to form a super syrup or powder that’s also great for natural skin care.
Still having a hard time believing in the benefits of Liquorice? Here’s 10 reasons why you should add this super herb to your daily beauty routine:
If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, a condition where patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin due to extra melanin deposits in those spots, Liquorice can restore the skin to a lighter color when applied daily to the darkened area. Today, the leading treatment for hyperpigmentation and skin spots is a chemical called hydroquinone. Liquorice is an exciting all-natural treatment option that offers a brilliant alternative for those looking to avoid putting a chemical on their skin. If you are suffering from melasma (known as the mask of pregnancy), it’s a great natural remedy to help lighten the skin after delivery.
Dark spots and age spots caused by the sun can wreak havoc on the body by giving away your age. Applying Liquorice in topical form can help bring your skin to a smooth, lighter tone thanks to the Glabridin that stops the skin from darkening after sun exposure. And since sun damage is a primary cause of discoloration of the skin, Liquorice also contains UV blocking enzymes that help protect you from future damage.
When injuries from falls or other mishaps leave a scar on your body, it can take years before they fully match your normal skin tone. Liquorice helps to speed up the process by blocking the melanin production and evening out the skin tone of dark scars. Though, it won’t help much on light-colored ones.
Psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) are skin conditions that leave scaly patches all over the skin. Liquorice contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and itching or burning of the skin. Studies have shown that eczema patients can either use a topical cream or drink a Liquorice tea twice a day to stave off symptoms.
Many things can disrupt your skin and leave behind itchy, swollen and red spots. From poison ivy to bug bites, you would use a hydrocortisone cream to calm the sting. The Glycyrrhizin found in Liquorice is helpful in relieving redness and swelling in the exact same way that hydrocortisone helps soothe the pain.
Who doesn’t want to keep their skin feeling baby soft? Liquorice helps regenerate elastin and collagen for skin that’s smooth to the touch and stretches easily. It also contains amino acids, which have long been known to help moisturize and rehydrate the skin.
Acne is a condition marked by red bumps that is caused by excessive oil production in the glands. Liquorice helps control oil production and will also help reduce the redness experienced by those with Rosacea, which causes a flushed face with red, patchy skin.
Everyone hates the itchy, sometimes painful results of having forgotten to wear your flip-flops in the hotel shower. Rubbing on a topical cream, can help eliminate the symptoms of Athlete’s foot and treat the problem.
Liquorice has natural antimicrobrial and antifungal properties and is great for wound cleaning. It also helps to keep swelling and redness to a minimum. The Liquorice works by reducing the amount of bacteria on the skin and allowing the skin to repair faster.
No one wants to have crow’s feet but sun damage can bring them on faster than you can say sunscreen. Thankfully, UV blocking enzymes help to ward off sun damage that can cause wrinkles to accelerate at an unwanted rate. Liquorice is also full of antioxidants that help block free radicals and keep your skin from aging prematurely.
Your skin is your most important organ. From the day you are born, it guards you from the impurities of the daily grind. You are constantly bombarded with UVB rays, pollution and other damaging free radicals. It’s imperative that you add as many natural beauty products to your daily routine as possible. You want to make sure you treat your skin with the upmost of care and that’s why adding natural alternatives, like licorice root extract, is great for treating common skin ailments and helping you have a beauty routine that is 100 percent good for you.
Are you having problems with oil control? Does your skin feel constantly dehydrated? Are you constantly struggling with shine?
If you feel like you've tried everything - join us for a live chat with Facetheory Chief Aesthetician Sarah on Wednesday 22 June at 7-8pm UK time - and we'll try and help with one-to-one skincare advice to help solve your concern. Sarah's encycolpaedic knowledge of skincare ingredients will help you get to the bottom of skin problems and we'll even (gosh!) recommend other non facetheory products where we think they may help you more.
PLUS - 5 lucky participants will receive a free product worth £13.99 - we'll draw winners out of the hat at 8pm on Wednesday and post here.
Leave your questions below - and we'll answer them live on Wednesday evening.
When we're thinking about our product roadmap, we try to deliver what our customers want in a way that reduces complexity from over-engineered formulations.
Most moisturising creams are a blend of oil and water, mixed in two phases. The reason is that some active ingredients are water-soluble (e.g. vitamin c) and some are only fat-soluble (e.g. vitamin e). So - formulators use a mix of both to deliver a cream that can carry water and fat-soluble active ingredients in a form that's evenly dispersed throughout the cream. And people also love face creams :)
We love face creams too and wouldn't be without them - but we also love the natural simplicity of face oils - so we've decided to introduce some into our range, with a unique Facetheory spin.
We've developed two oils: an Organic Argan Oil and an Organic Jojoba Oil where we've tried to bring the best of Facetheory to create something new.
Both face oils contain natural organic oil that's completely unfragranced. We've also added some naturally-derived vitamin e at 1% that helps to preserve the oil and stop it going rancid. The natural vitamin e gives us a much more broad range of tocopherols than a synthetic variety.
We think they're a vast improvement on a lot of the bulk produced oils that are out there that aren't cosmetic grade (i.e. they haven't been adequately safety tested in the way that a cosmetic product is) and are still at an affordable price point.
Each oil is presented in a 50ml amber glass bottle with a dropper so you can dispense just the right amount. You can use them as a touch up on your face and neck - especially where you have dry and sensitive patches of skin or as a replacement to your regular day cream. They're also a great alternative to night creams too, especially if you find a lot of night creams too thick.
We may add another face oil or two in the next few months. Are there any face oils you'd like to see us develop?
We've been offering our personalised skincare routines now for six months - and the feedback has been fab - people really like the concept along with the natural formulation philosophy of facetheory products.
As we've collected more sales data we can see which products are more popular and which are less so - and you guys (our customers!) really seem to love the combination of cloth plus cleanser plus day cream, so we've tweaked our skincare routines to reflect that.
It means it's now easier than ever to build a skincare routine that's effective - with fab hero ingredients, all at a price that's affordable for the quality of actives that we have in our products.
If you think we should make any further changes to the routines, let us know in the comment lines below :)
Cleansing is a super-important part of your daily skincare routine - and so is choosing the right face cloth for your skin. We now offer a "face cloth recommendation" as part of each skincare routine. We offer two types of face cloths: muslins, for combination and oily skin where a little gentle exfoliation is required, and bamboo - for super-sensitive and dry skin where you need a really gentle cleanse. Each type of cloth is available in a pack of three and can be machine washed.
Are there any other products you think we should offer as part of our daily routine?
We've been busy here developing our skincare that's personal range. Whatever your skin type and lifestyle, we want to try and offer the right products for you.
One of the products we're about to launch in the next few weeks is our make-up primer.
We love primers and we like the way they can turn your skin into a canvas: either to mask blemishes and large pores or to prepare your skin as the perfect make-up base. We've tried to formulate our primer so its super-simple: it contains shea butter and vitamin e along with a slip agent to give it that perfect primer skin-feel. We recommend you use it after a moisturiser.
Our beauty panel are testing it out right now. If you want to be notified about the launch and find out more, read about our ultraglide primer here.
We've had a fab launch week. After a hectic few days, things are starting to calm down a bit now. Our skincare has been well-received by our customers and we're getting some great feedback about how we can improve our personalized routine even more - so watch this space for more exciting product development.
If you've not tried them yet - I really recommend you try some samples - they've been going down a storm. At a shade over £3 for a set including postage and packing - it's a great way to try a facetheory routine without committing to the expense of a full product - and you get a further 20% off if you subsequently purchase a full-sized product after trying out the samples.
As ever, our customers are the boss. If you think there's something more we should be doing, let us know in the comments below.
In our last post we talked about prepping your skin so you look flawless all night, but what about when the partying sinks in and you look a little less glam? If you're drinking on a night out, more often than not you will wake up feeling a little rough, so we decided to share our top three tips on how to look better when you've had a bit too much fun the night before.
Alcohol dehydrates you and your skin. If you can, try to drink water in between drinks. This will not only help to keep you sober, but your skin will thank you. If you prefer, be sure to have a glass or two of water before bed and carry on drinking water in the morning. This will help to flush out the alcohol faster and hydrate your skin from the inside out.
Now, we all know that nobody wants to stand in the mirror intoxicated and remove their makeup, but it really will help you look better in the morning. A quick cleanse, tone and moisturise routine will ensure that your skin is perfectly clean and help to nourish it. Use a thicker night moisturiser if you can to replenish as much lost moisture as possible.
Exfoliate. It's a bit yucky but lots of people excrete toxins via their skin. One great way to clear your skin is to use an exfoliating cleanser, rinsed off with body temperature water.
If you're going to be facing the public, one obvious sign that you might have been enjoying yourself a bit much the night before is that your eyes may look heavy. An insider make-up artist tip is to put some wet teabags in the fridge and then rest them on your eyes for ten minutes: the tea will help reduce shadows and swelling around your eyes.
Yep - that's right. According to this study of over 50,000 people in Denmark, hangover severity decreases with age.