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Are you looking for the best serum? Here's our thoughts on some of the top brands out there right now.
It’s hard to get through daily life without it leaving its mark. We’ve been looking at some fabulous products called 'brightening serums' which are available which all help counter these effects whether caused by slight physical scars or skin conditions caused by nature, nurture or pollution. They all have a brightening effect on the skin. With varying price points our team have been looking at some of the varying natural ingredients being used ranging from the cucumber plant to rosehips.
PAI ROSEHIP BIO REGENERATE OIL
This product is for all skin types is made in London Founded by Sarah Brown some thirteen years ago Pai steer clear of using common irritants preservatives and man made ingredients. Not tested on Animals. The company has certification from The Soil Association and accreditation from the Vegan Society. Rich in Omegas to help skin regeneration Pai’s Rosehip BioRegenerate Facial Oil offers help for all skin types including Acne, Eczema and Rosacea prone skin. This product uses Andean Rosehip oil. It has a RRP of £24.00
From the New Zealand Company Living Nature we next present LIVING NATURE ACTIVE BRIGHTENING SERUM with Hyaluronic acid Again this is a brightening treatment with active Atlantic Kelp and tropical Pracaxi fruit seed to minimise skin pigmentation and even out skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid boosts collagen and Rosehip oil boosts skin regeneration Harakeke Flax Gel helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Unlike other similar products which are mainly clear serums Living Nature Active Brightening Serum is a creamy liquid It absorbs easily and is best used along with Living Nature moisturiser. This product is £32 and currently available in the UK if you purchase from their stockist Naturisimo.
Back to London based companies HOUSE OF LIFE LONDON presents No 7 INTENSE RADIANCE BOOST. This is aimed at targeting age defying skin problems. The oil is hand crafted from the purest ingredients including parsley, lemon and potato. With its Neroli infused essential oil blend acting as a mood enhancer both body and soul are being treated. A terrific skin correction product. It has a RRP of £47.
THE ORGANIC PHARMACY, another firm favourite of ours offers THE ORGANIC PHARMACY STABILISED VITAMIN C SERUM a boost to firmness and collagen and to improve texture and brighten even skin tone Ingredients are 91% organic. Vitamin C has been shown to reverse multiple signs of ageing whilst boosting collagen and skin elasticity suitable for vegans Also great for the decolette. The main ingredient is Virginiana flower water from organic farms The Organic Pharmacy never fails to deliver. RRP £45.00
SCIENCE OF SKIN
And last but not least Science of Skin Rescue No 1 Douglas Mc George a leading UK cosmetic surgeon along with Ardeshir Bayat , an acclaimed academic skin biologist have joined ranks to produce a series of products all aimed at helping specific skin repair. Science Of Skin No 1 Is just one of these natural, cruelty free and vegan products developed to encourage treatment for scarring
This July's hottest shower gels as tried and tested by the Global Makeup Awards and Global Green Beauty Awards team
Don't be caught out by July showers, indoors not outdoors!
We’ve been having a great time testing shower gels and smelling really sweet. Shower gels are such a pleasure to use and can really awaken and revitalise your morning routine. When choosing a shower gel you've got to go for what is important for you.
Maybe you struggle waking up in the morning - in which case choose a citrusy shower gel with zest to wake you up. If you suffer from dry and dull skin you will need a more performance related shower gel that will hydrate your skin and leave it smooth - perhaps with a light exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. Or maybe for you it's all about the materials - is it organic, ethical, natural, zero waste? (If the last things are important to you then you will love reading about our 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards winners which will be announced in our e-magazine Global Makeup Magazine on 10th August.)
As shower gels cover such a huge range of personal choices whether though ingredients, strength or just personal taste, we thought we would touch on some of our July favourites from three well known brands, each with shower gels at a very similar price point, but all delivering something completely different.
We tested The Organic Pharmacy Shower Gel with Lemon & Eucalyptus, REN Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium antifatigue Body Wash and Guava and Gold Paradise Found Bath and Shower Gel.
We’ve loved the healthy and refreshing fragrance when coming out of the shower after using The Organic Pharmacy’s Shower Gel with Lemon and Eucalyptus. You can buy it online for £25.95, in their shops (we love their flagship shop off Argyle Road near Oxford Street station, or even in Selfridges.) The eucalyptus in it has a really clean fragrance without being antiseptic. No sulphides in this product. Just the job to make you feel ready to face a Covid news week. We love the zesty scent which really awakens and refreshes in the morning.
RENs Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Antifatigue Bodywash, which has a RRP of £22.00 is also sulphide free and is infused with a blend of Anti-fatigue Essential oils. What better way to face a busy day.
What you may not have realised about this shower gel, is that is made from 100% recycled plastic, including using ocean plastic. If you are concerned about your plastic use, then this is a great green and clean brand to go for, as they are thinking ethically about their packaging and how they can re-use the plastic which is already out there. You can also enjoy its clean ingredients - Atlantic Kelp Extract is a source of essential minerals to nourish. Magnesium PCA helps moisturise the skin, it also contains Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Rosemary which provide a fresh, energising and uplifting scent.
And finally. Guava and Gold Paradise Found Bath and Shower Gel which has a RRP of £20.00. This shower gel left our judges feeling completely pampered and moisturised. In fact it won Gold in the UK 2020 Global Makeup Awards.
Paraben free and phthalate free fragrance, this is very much a gel based on the seductive scents Of exotic fruits and flowers and infused with jasmine, tuberose and a base of amber and pink cedar. You of course can't miss the gorgeous packaging of this product and the gold shimmer that it leaves you. A truly indulgent shower gel, this makes for a great present, or you can just spoil yourself.
So whatever takes your fancy from the range of products, you can see there is something perfect for everyone!
Vegan? Cruelty free? We look into what is behind the words for the beauty industry
The 2020 Global Green Beauty awards is aimed at beauty brands who are trying to bring out more green beauty lines or clean beauty lines. The idea is to educate and to move towards a more eco conscious direction for beauty brands and to celebrate those brands which are already greener and cleaner.
There are many ways to be green and clean, for example being plastic free, zero waste, natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free. But being one doesn't necessary mean you are the other. So in today's blog post we thought we would go through some environmental and ecological terminology as it isn't always that clear. It is one thing when you're in the supermarket picking up organic eggs, but another thing when you are browsing for the latest beauty products.
What is Vegan beauty?
Vegan beauty products by definition contain no animal products or animal derivatives. That means, no lanolin, no beeswax, no honey, no collagen, no gelatin for example.
Vegan cosmetics does not necessarily therefore mean it is not tested on animals. The term purely means it contains no animal products or derivatives. Saying that, many many ethical brands try to tick all the boxes and they will often be both vegan and cruelty free beauty products. However, saying it is Vegan is not enough to ensure it is cruelty free, it also needs to state that too in order to be certain it is. Often this is written on the packaging, or on the website, otherwise you can check with the manufacturer directly.
What are cruelty free beauty products?
Ok, so for a brand to be cruelty free, it needs to not test the products on animals at any stage.
That sounds easy, so where does the gray area begin?
Often companies say they are 'required by law' to test on animals. This is more often than not for global brands where in some countries it is necessary to test on animals for the product to be able to be sold there. That means, those companies are not cruelty free, as at some stage (to sell the products in some countries) they have to test on animals, even if it is through a third party.
So is my cruelty free product vegan?
As we said above, being cruelty free does not equate to the product being vegan. This is as though no animals may have been tested on, the product may still contain a product like honey, and therefore not be considered as vegan as the ingredients include animal derivatives.
That's quite a lot of information when looking at vegan and cruelty free cosmetics brands, but we hope that cleared up some questions for you for when you are next browsing for your next beauty purchase.
We celebrate all brands that are making efforts to support the environment, whether in its ingredients, ethics, testing or more. Slowly slowly, we are all becoming more aware about the environment and our impact on it, as well as its impact on us. We look forward to sharing the winners showcase with you for the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards on the 10th August when we announce the winners in the Global Makeup Magazine. This awards is for all brands who have products which are in some way, ethical, green and of course clean.
Have a great day,
The Global Makeup Awards team xx
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