The lowdown on retinoids (part 1)

The lowdown on retinoids (part 1)

Do you know your retinol from your retinal? Retinoids are probably the most well studied actives used in cosmetics but not all are created equal. Learn about what retinoids are and the benefits they can offer your skin.
Sun protection: the best tool against skin ageing (Part 1)

Sun protection: the best tool against skin ageing (Part 1)

Protecting your skin from UV exposure is one of the most effective ways of preventing damage to your skin. If you currently spend your hard earned cash on skincare products for “anti-ageing”, sunscreen is without doubt the best anti-ageing product available and without it there seems little point in using other anti-ageing products.
Sunscreen filters: separating the wheat from the chaff (Part 2)

Sunscreen filters: separating the wheat from the chaff (Part 2)

Read on to learn more about the different options for UV filters - organic vs inorganic filters, the type / level of protection they offer and the pros and cons of each.

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Sun protection: the best tool against skin ageing (Part 1)

Sun protection: the best tool against skin ageing (Part 1)

Protecting your skin from UV exposure is one of the most effective ways of preventing damage to your skin. If you currently spend your hard earned cash on skincare products for “anti-ageing”, sunscreen is without doubt the best anti-ageing product available and without it there seems little point in using other anti-ageing products.

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Preservative-free skincare: friend or foe?

Preservative-free skincare: friend or foe?

In response to the scaremongering around synthetic ingredient often defined as “toxic”, some natural / green beauty products are being sold as “preservative-free”. This either means that the preservatives used haven’t been disclosed, or worse, they’re not using preservatives at all and that is something as consumers we really should be concerned about.

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Natural vs. “chemical” skincare: an irrelevant debate?

Natural vs. “chemical” skincare: an irrelevant debate?

I regularly see references to the need to avoid all “chemicals” / synthetics and “toxins” in skincare as a basis for selling some green beauty brands (N.B. not all natural brands sell in this way!). The discourse around chemicals in cosmetics these days has become so negative and surrounded in fear. As a brand owner, it’s something I feel really uncomfortable about.

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Do you really need to double cleanse?

Do you really need to double cleanse?

WHAT?? I hear you say! Let me start by saying that I have a long history of double cleansing, prompted by my use of Dermalogica pre cleanse many years ago! Up until a few months ago double cleansing was a core part of my skincare routine and I saw no reason to veer away from it. However, over the summer I was on holiday in Spain for around 10 days and by chance, took only one cleanser with me (my rebalancing oil cleanser). It was at that point that I started single cleansing every night.

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Apothaka founder Natasha Dauncey talks to Clawgasmic about nail care

Apothaka founder Natasha Dauncey talks to Clawgasmic about nail care

Aside from my love of skincare, it's probably no surprise to you all that I'm just a little obsessed with nails too! So I was very honoured to be asked by the wonderful Chan, co-founder of Clawgasmic.com to be featured on her blog to talk all things nails and nail care!

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