Is Facetheory a Good Brand?

As you guys know, I’m big on the eco-beauty picks. So Facetheory is right up my street. But is the brand good?? Is it worth the hype, and worth the money? To find out, keep on reading!

Facetheory are a UK-based skincare brand who combine science backed skincare with eco-conscious and sustainable ideas. This is fun because you can find great skincare ingredients such as vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and different AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), which are often absent from eco-friendly beauty products. Facetheory only use very little amounts of single-use plastic, and opt for more sustainable materials such as glass and aluminium. When they ship your package to you, they use 100% plastic-free packing materials (recycled cardboard)- which I absolutely love!

When I first tried Facetheory products a year and a half ago, they were already quite eco-conscious, but I can see a huge improvement that’s taken place over the last year. I love that they show it’s possible to get good, effective skincare that can be planet (and pocket) friendly.

Some of the products in this post were sent to me by the brand for review on my Instagram- but my opinions are all my own! This is in no way sponsored and I will be repurchasing these with my own dolla in future!

I don’t know too much about the brands ethics, but I know they’re cruelty free and have great customer service. I believe that they offer a 365 day returns guarantee. If a product doesn’t work for you, you have a year to get in touch with them, and they will offer you a refund or send you an alternative product which might work better for you. I had to do this once because a moisturiser which I bought was making my skin feel very sensitive and irritated. They gave me the option of receiving a refund or a different moisturiser, so I chose the 2nd option!

Ok, so now that I’ve told you my thoughts on the brand as a whole, let’s get into some reviews and recommendations.

Here are my top 3 facetheory picks:

Freshening Face Wash

Facetheory Freshening Face Wash review

Facetheory’s freshening face wash is a simple cleanser that just does its job, without any fancy tricks or gimmicks. This is a gel cleanser, which foams slightly with water (but not like a foaming cleanser), and it contains aloe vera and green tea. These ingredients can help with soothing, hydrating and revitalising the skin.

I don’t find that it necessarily revitalises my skin, but it’s just a good cleanser which cleans my skin and preps it for skincare without stripping it dry. After use, my skin feels happy and healthy, rather than squeaky clean.

If you’re looking for something to remove your makeup, I would recommend going in first with an oil or balm cleanser, or a bit of micellar water on a cotton pad.

Glycomide Body Cream (9% glycolic acid)

This body moisturiser really feels luxurious. It contains 9% glycolic acid, which is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which exfoliates the skin. When you use products with AHAs, expect softer skin, as the product is sloughing off the dead skin cells, revealing newer, softer skin. For more information on AHAs, check out this post.

I was worried that this would be drying for my skin when I first used it, but this moisturiser is actually really rich and nourishing. It also contains Rice bran oil, organic cranberry seed oil, organic jojoba oil, vitamin e and ceramides which are great ingredients for nourishing, soothing and moisturising the skin. I’m a big fan of ceramides in my skincare because they help repair the skin barrier. As someone with eczema, I look for ceramides in my facial moisturisers, and I’m happy to have a body moisturiser which has them too!

Facetheory Review

As you can probably tell, this moisturiser is really rich, so I would recommend it to those with dry skin, or those who really like thick moisturisers. If you don’t like sticky feelings after applying creams, I don’t recommend this one to you! If you apply too much, you can be left feeling a bit sticky.

Because this product exfoliates your skin, you should wear sunscreen during the day on the areas you use it on, because exfoliation leaves your skin more vulnerable to sun damage.

Clarifying Cleanser C2

I think this is such a unique product. This cleanser comes in a glass jar, and when you first open it, I’m sure you’ll ask yourself ‘isn’t this a moisturiser?’. That’s because it’s a thick cream! This cleanser contains both BHA (salicylic acid) and AHA (glycolic and lactic acid), meaning it’s good at exfoliating as well as pore cleansing. Salicylic acid is great for acne-prone skin as it helps to unlock those pores, so I would recommend this to people with acne or congested skin.

When I use this cleanser, it leaves my skin feeling so soft. Although it contains exfoliating acids, I don’t find it to be drying (I do still nourish my skin well afterwards)! It tingles a bit when you use it, but it’s not painful and the feeling goes away once the product is rinsed off. This is common with glycolic acid products, so expect a gentle tingle. However, it shouldn’t burn!

Facetheory Clarifying Cleanser review

Because this contains acids, I wouldn’t recommend this for use around the eyes, and I don’t think it’s gentle enough to use this as a daily cleanser. I think it could be used 2-3x a week for softer, more glowy skin- it’s important to not over exfoliate because that can lead to an impaired skin barrier, including eczema, acne, redness and general irritation.

To use this cleanser, scoop a little bit out, warm it in your hands and massage it into your wet skin as you would with any other type of cleanser. It won’t foam up at all, which is totally weird and fun haha. As usual, rinse off.

Those are my top 3 Facetheory products! But… I want to give an honourable mention to their cleansing pads/cotton rounds. These are the softest I’ve ever tried; they feel so gentle around the eye area. Mine have gotten a bit rougher with repeating washes, but that might be because I hand-wash them, rather than putting them in the washing machine with fabric softener.

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Overall, I recommend giving this brand a go if you’re UK based and you’re looking some eco-conscious skincare products! I will be repurchasing the Clarifying Cleanser C2, and the Glycomide Body Cream when they finish for sure. Comment below if you have any questions about any of the products mentioned here- or about anything at all!

Bye for now,

Jazmin 😊

How to use an Overnight Facial Mask

Hey there! Overnight facial masks, also called sleeping masks or sleeping packs are skincare products that are gaining a lot of popularity nowadays. If you’ve heard about these masks but you’re wondering what they do, and how they differ from just normal moisturiser, check out this post! I’ll be breaking down the benefits you’ll get from overnight facial masks, sharing my fave sleeping masks and explaining how they differ from other moisturising skincare products. Most importantly, I’ll let you know if they’re a gimmick or not.

Before we get any further, hey there! My name is Jazmin and I’m a skincare blogger and I manage a skincare Instagram account (or skinstagram hahaha) where I regularly post skincare reviews. Feel free to check this out or ask me some questions over there! I love skincare so much and after having struggled with acne for years I’ve developed an appreciation for all it can do.

So, what are overnight facial masks? And how are they used?

Sleeping masks are skincare products which are applied as the last step of your skincare routine, and worn overnight. Sleeping masks can be a lot like normal moisturiser, but they are applied your gel or cream moisturiser. Most sleeping masks are designed to be a bit thicker or occlusive so they stay on your skin overnight and form a protective, moisturising layer. Overnight facial masks have a range of different benefits, but they’re not a necessity; I view them as a luxury! For me, they’re an additional skincare step that gives my skin a boost of hydration and moisture.

What do overnight facial masks do?

Sleeping masks mainly serve as an intense hydrator and moisturiser to help you get additional skin caring benefits out of your skincare routine. As I already mentioned, sleeping masks tend to be quite thick and form a layer over the skin which lock in all the hydration and moisture from your other skincare products to leave your skin very moisturised. If you’ve got dry skin, or you’re using harsh ingredients such as retinoids and benzoyl peroxide to treat acne, I think you will enjoy using an overnight facial mask. Currently, I’m using prescription strength retinoid which leaves my skin dry and peeling. Using a sleeping pack overnight helps to keep the flakiness at bay, and helps to restore my skin’s natural bounciness and softness.

If you have skin which is sensitised (made sensitive because of some environmental trigger such as over exfoliating or cold weather for example) or irritated, you could use a sleeping mask with additional skin healing and soothing benefits. Ingredients to look out for are cica, also referred to as centella asiatica or madecassoside, propolis and oat derivatives. These ingredients have been found to help soothe irritated or inflamed skin. I’ll share my skin soothing/healing overnight facial mask recommendations below!

Another benefit of overnight facial masks can be exfoliation. This type of sleeping mask will make use of AHAs, or chemical exfoliators. For more information on what these are and if they’re good for your skin type, check out my skincare guide! Using exfoliating sleeping masks is a really handy way to get some exfoliation in because you can just put the mask on and go to sleep, and wake up to softer, brighter skin. If your skin doesn’t usually tolerate AHAs or chemical exfoliators well, it might enjoy sleeping masks with exfoliating benefits because they’re applied over a layer of moisturiser, which will help buffer the exfoliating ingredient, allowing for a gentler skin resurfacing effect. Below, I recommend a great exfoliating sleeping mask.

Are they really that different to moisturisers?

At the end of the day, overnight face masks are just moisturising products that add an extra layer of hydration and moisture to your skincare routine. Some sleeping masks are virtually indistinguishable from moisturisers because brands can call their products whatever they want. Although using a moisturiser is essential after cleansing for a healthy skin barrier, sleeping masks are an extra, pampering step. If they make you feel good, go ahead and use them! But if you want a simpler routine, or you don’t have a lot of money, don’t feel bad at all to skip this step.

For example, I’m currently using a sleeping mask which I’m loving for the way it’s soothing and protecting my skin from my retinoid. However, I could easily get this benefit from a soothing or calming serum instead, used before my moisturiser. So, if you have a particular skincare benefit that you’re looking for, you might be able to get this from sleeping masks (but don’t forget these aren’t the only way to get happy, bouncy skin).

Sleeping masks that I love

Skin soothing and healing

Okay, here are the recommendations I’ve promised. If you’re looking for soothing, healing and nourishing overnight facial masks, I recommend the Lineage Cica Sleeping Mask and the COSRX Propolis Honey Overnight Mask. Both of these help my skin when it’s really dry and irritated (either because of using AC, heating, or other skincare products which have annoyed my skin). The Laneige sleeping mask is very thick and has a slightly oily finish which feels super nourishing. This mask contains cica, or madecassoside to soothe the skin, but I didn’t find that it reduced redness; it simply forms a nice, moisturising barrier for my skin to heal overnight. My skin feels much restored the day after using this mask, and it’s so soft even after cleansing.

how to use sleeping masks

The COSRX mask is my favourite overnight facial mask because it leaves my skin feeling super soft the following morning, even once I’m done with all my skincare. Propolis is an ingredient which promotes wound healing, so it is great for irritated skin. Using this when my skin is super dry really helps to restore my skin. Unlike the Laneige mask, this one doesn’t leave any noticeable finish on the skin so it’s a very comfortable mask.  

One of the reasons why I think these two masks are great for grumpy skin because they’re unfragranced, meaning that there are unlikely to further irritate the skin (fragrance is a known irritant).

Exfoliation

When it comes to exfoliating masks, I don’t have a personal favourite. Buuuut, one which lots of people claim gently exfoliates and helps get bright, glowy skin is the SOME BY MI Yuja Niacin Brightening Sleeping Mask. This mask exfoliates but also contains niacinamide, an ingredient which helps to brighten the skin and fade dark spots. Because this is a sleeping facial mask, it contains moisturising ingredients to give your skin an overnight boost, and it helps improve skin texture with vitamin C. Like the COSRX mask, this is the kind of product that sinks into the skin and doesn’t feel sticky at all.

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Overnight facial masks can be really great for dry or dehydrated skin types, but don’t feel like you need to have them. A good moisturiser will help keep your skin both hydrated and moisturised. But if you want that boost, you can definitely try sleeping packs to see if they work for you. Personally, I’m hooked on the COSRX Propolis Honey Overnight Mask and I’ll definitely be posting a full review of that one soon here and on my Instagram.

So, what’s the verdict? Are sleeping masks going to become a staple in your daily skincare or not?

Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil Review!

Before we get started, I just want to point out that this product was sent to me for fair review by the brand. However, all my thoughts about this product are my own, and I review products the same way regardless of whether I have paid for them or they have been gifted to me.

Now, let’s get on with the post!

If you have dry, brittle hair, boy do I have a product for you! I have curly afro-Caribbean hair which is quite prone to frizziness, brittleness and a loooot of dryness. Honestly, I could dunk my hair in a vat of hair cream and it would be soaked up within the hour, lol. But this is one of those rare products that has a real effect on my hair.. This is a moisturising hair oil that comes in a really pretty frosted glass bottle. You know me on this blog by now (and if you don’t hey!); I love eco-friendly products! Glass is a widely recycled material, so after you’re done with this you can pop it in the recycling.

What ingredients does it contain?

This hair oil moisturises the hair using coconut, sesame, olive, arnica and sunflower oil. These are all great ingredients for moisturising the hair, and arnica oil can help dandruff and flaky scalps. Unlike a lot of hair oils which give you the ‘soft hair feeling’, this hair oil doesn’t contain silicones. Now, I’m not saying that silicones in hair care or skincare are bad! What I mean, is that these give you the illusion of smooth hair, regardless of what the hair product is actually doing for your hair. There is a time and a place for these products though; if you want a shiny look to your hair, or you’re trying to manage flyaways, a silicone-rich hair oil or serum can totally give you that effect.

However, if you have dry hair and dry scalp and what you’re looking for is some real, long-lasting nourishment, then a hair oil like this should give you the results you’re looking for.

This Hallelujah hair oil is fragranced using rosemary and lavender essential oil. I love the smell of the oil; it’s got quite an aromatic scent but it’s not overpowering at all. In skincare, I avoid essential oils because I’ve found they irritate my skin, but in my haircare I’m not that fussy. They don’t irritate my scalp so as long as my scalp is happy, I’m happy!

What hair types does this oil suit?

I recommend this product to people who have dry, brittle hair and a dry scalp. Those with curly hair will really like this hair oil, but I think that people with straight hair might also benefit this product- but only on the ends of the hair because this is such a rich product!

How to use this oil

On my hair, I use hair creams after washing to help form my curls. In between washes, I like to use a hair oil or hair butter (like this Anita Grant one I reviewed on my blog before) to keep my hair soft and nourished. This one fits into my haircare routine perfectly.

Method 1- On the packaging, it says you can use 2-5 drops of this oil to bring softness and moisture back to the hair after washing it. I think that those with hair that is always dry (such as afro-Caribbean hair) can afford to use a bit more if they like!

Method 2- You can also use this oil as a hair mask before washing it. On the bottle it says to massage 2-3 pipettes of the oil into your hair and scalp, and then go to sleep. Your hair will be very greasy if you do this method so I have a top tip for you; place a shower cap on your head overnight to protect your pillow. The bottle says this will intensely nourish your hair.

Does this method work?

Well, my girlfriend’s hair and my hair would definitely say YES! After washing our hair, the morning after using this oil we were shocked at how silky soft our hair was, but in a healthy-from-within kind of way.

I’ll definitely continue to use the hair oil in between hair washes and I think when my hair feels a bit drier than usual, I’ll use the oil as an overnight treatment again.

Drawbacks

Although I think this is a fab hair oil, it’s on the pricey side. For £19.99 you only get 100mls of product. If you only use a few drops this might last you ages! But if you’re someone who does regular hair masks then it won’t last as long. However, I think that I will repurchase it when I finish the bottle!

Overall, I’d really recommend this to all of you, but especially to those who feel like they can never get enough moisture in their hair. For more hair and general beauty reviews, check out my other posts. I hope you find my blog useful!

Stay safe,

Jazmin

What is Differin Adapalene Cream (and how to use it)?

Hi there! In this blog post I’ll be talking about the retinoid Differin or adapalene gel/cream. This is the one thing that has brought about a big improvement in my acne, so keep on reading if you’d like to learn what Differin/adapalene is, and to discover my top tips for using retinoids safely and successfully for the best acne treatment results!

Types of retinol

Differin cream or gel is a retinoid (specifically the retinoid named adapalene). Retinol and Retinoids, also known as vitamin A, have strong anti-ageing and anti-acne benefits. Vitamin A is amazing for acne because it unclogs pores and boosts the production of new skin cells. There are lots of different types of retinoids, of varying different strengths and effectiveness. It can be really confusing to understand what the different retinoids are and what they’re good for. I’ll briefly go into this here so you can understand what on earth adapalene is! From least to most strong, you can find: granactive retinoid, retinol, retinaldehyde, adapalene and tretinoin. Adapalene and tretinoin are the two which are diagnosed for acne (usually at the 0.025%, 0.05% or 0.1% strength).

Differin cream/gel consists of adapalene. This is a great acne treatment because it works on whiteheads, blackheads, pimples that stay under the skin (papules) and hormonal acne. This cream is applied to the skin, and can be used as part of your PM skincare routine (if you have one!). Differin gel is the more lightweight option out of the two products, and the cream is thicker and richer. I prefer the cream because I find it more moisturising and less drying and it layers a lot better with the rest of my skincare! Personally, I found the gel a bit sticky on the skin.

In the UK, adapalene is only available on prescription because of its strength, but I believe that in the US, you can easily buy them over the counter. If you’re British, you can buy it via online pharmacies such as Boots, by uploading some photos for a doctor to analyse and prescribe you the medication. When using retinol and retinoids for the first time, you should expect to wait 3 months before seeing any skin clearing benefits.

My Differin experience

I’ve spoken about my acne journey openly here on my blog and on my skincare Instagram account (or Skinstagram lol?). To read about this, and learn what has worked for my acne-prone skin, check out this post. I have always had comedonal acne, or small whiteheads on my cheeks, but in the summer of 2020, I started developing large, painful breakouts along my jaw. I believe this was due to hormonal reasons, because I hadn’t changed anything in my diet, lifestyle or skincare routine. I tried the normal acne-busting ingredients such as salicylic acid and niacinamide, but this did nothing for more sore, inflamed pimples. I started using Differin 0.1% cream around October 2020, and I began seeing some benefits around January (around the 3-month mark).

Adapalene has helped me immensely! My inflamed acne around my jawline has completely gone now, and the adapalene is really helping to fade the post-acne hyperpigmentation I’ve been experiencing. My skin is a lot clearer overall, but I’m still experiencing smaller pimples on my cheeks and forehead. I will continue with this product for a while longer, and I will update with any developments in my skin!

How to use Differin cream/gel

Differin should be applied in the evening. It is a strong skincare product, so if you wear it during the day your skin will be at high risk of getting sensitised by the sun. When first using Differin, you should slowly build up to using it to avoid irritation, redness and peeling of the skin. If you use Differin nightly when you first start using it, I guarantee you will get very irritated skin. I recommend using it once during the first week, twice during the second, then as many times as you like per week (but at least 3x per week to allow the product to actually work for you!). You should go slowly when using any retinoid for the first time, to avoid damaging your skin barrier, leaving you vulnerable to dry skin, eczema or worse acne.

Here are my top tips for using Differin:

  1. Go slow
    As I mentioned above, introduce your skin to Differin slowly to avoid irritation!

2. Apply over moisturiser
Because Differin is a really strong skincare product, you can “buffer” application to minimise irritation. Buffering is applying moisturiser, letting it dry down fully, then applying your retinoid on top. This provides 2 main benefits.

The first, is that the moisturiser creates a layer of protection before applying the retinoid, meaning it will be less harsh on your skin. This is such a good way to minimise irritation when using retinoid. My skin is completely used to adapalene because I’ve been using it for 3+ months, but I still prefer to apply my moisturiser before adapalene; my skin feels dry the next day when I apply moisturiser AFTER Differin!

Secondly, because adapalene is such a strong ingredient, using a moisturiser at night when using it will help keep your skin balanced and avoid it from getting stripped.

3. Apply on dry skin
As I just mentioned, let your moisturiser dry down before applying Differin. This is because when the skin is damp, products are absorbed better and the effect on your skin will be much more intense. I use this trick to help my skin absorb moisturiser (by applying moisturiser while my skin is still damp) but I avoid this like the plague when I’m going to apply adapalene. Applying adapalene onto damp skin will make it work more effectively and feel so much more irritating, trust me here guys!

4. Keep it simple
If you already have a skincare routine, dial back the number of active ingredients you use. Active ingredients are things like AHAS (glycolic acid, lactic acid…), salicylic acid and vitamin C. In the evenings you use Differin, make sure you don’t use any other active ingredients to avoid sensitising your skin or the adapalene interacting with them! Nowadays, I use an exfoliating acid mask or peel once a week or once every two weeks, and I do not apply Differin on that evening to not overwork my skin.

5. Protect your skin
Because adapalene exfoliates your skin and encourages new skin growth, it will be more sensitive and vulnerable to cell damage. To avoid sun burning and damage to your skin, it’s important to use sunscreen when using retinoids and other active ingredients. It’s recommended to use at least SPF 30 to protect your skin (I use factor 40 to 50)!

6. Use a pea-sized amount
When you’re really struggling with acne, it can be tempting to slather on your adapalene or other retinoid to make sure it really works. But with retinoid, you only need to use a pea-sized amount for your face; any more than that, you are just bringing yourself unnecessary irritation!

7. Watch out for your neck
If you have acne on your neck, you can use retinoids there. But you should be extra cautious when using Differin on the neck because the skin there is thinner and less tolerant than the skin on the face!

Overall, Differin/adapalene is a fantastic treatment for those with acne. I know that when you’re suffering from bad breakouts, it can feel like nothing will help your painful skin. But within 3 months of using this product, my acne is so much less prominent. I hope these tips I’ve shared will allow you to have the smoothest transition to using Differin, avoiding irritation! I find that the information that comes with the product doesn’t necessarily cover the things I’ve learnt over time (based on my personal experience and dermatologists online).

If you found this blogpost useful, please consider subscribing to my blog for more acne tips and low-waste beauty tips. And comment below if you have any questions about retinoids!

#adapalene #differin #hormonalacnecare

3CE Pink Hotel (Myeongdong) Tour!

Hey there! Welcome to my blog. Today I’ll be taking you on a tour of the Stylenanda 3CE Pink Hotel in Myeongdong, Seoul, and talking about my experiences shopping K-beauty in Korea. If you’re a fan of K-beauty, you have to check out this post!

Last year, pre-COVID, I stayed in Seoul, Korea for 3 months. I had such a great time there; I was fascinated by the food (especially the street food!), cafés, cultural differences and their beauty products. Not only are their beauty products very unique and different to western beauty, the way people shop is really different. I think that aesthetics in Korea is quite important, and this extends from product packaging to cafés and stores. This makes for a lot of cute or beautiful products, and a lot of lovely interiors! Shopping can actually be really fun and entertaining in Korea; shopping isn’t just about buying things, it’s also an experience!

That’s why I want to share some of my shopping experiences here with you! I think you’ll love what I’m about to share. So, let’s get into it…

On the average shopping street, you’ll come across lots of different beauty stores:

  • Etude House
  • 3CE
  • Holika Holika
  • The Face Shop
  • Skinfood
  • Innisfree
  • Tony Moly
  • Nature Republic
  • Missha
  • Aritaum
  • The Saem

And more! These are all popular Korean beauty brands, which usually carry both skincare and makeup. But Olive Young and LOHB’s, which carry many different brands are common too! You can actually get lost in these, because they’re so big and they’re jam packed with products.

However, of all the stores I visited in Korea, 3CE’s flagship store in Myeongdong is my absolute favourite. This shop is nicknamed the Pink Hotel, and has a café on the top floor called the Pink Pool Café. This store carries all the usual 3CE and Stylenanda (a clothing brand) products, but in a really innovative way. You’ll definitely be tempted to get your phone out to take some photos when you come here.

Ground floor

3ce pink hotel myeongdong tour

As you enter the store, you’ll come across 3CE’s makeup products on display. Isn’t the hotel theme so cute! The makeup in this shot is displayed like a hotel buffet… I love that.

3ce flagship store tour
3ce myeongdong seoul tour

More shots of their products on display on the ground floor.

stylenanda pink hotel myeongdong
3ce stylenanda pink hotel

While I was there, their Milk skincare collection was newly released. I love the milk carton design, it’s so fun. Unfortunately, the paint cans were just for display!

3ce seoul myeongdong tour

At the back of the shop, you have the elevators which you can use to go up to the next floors! Love the style of these and the sink on the right keeping with the hotel theme here. My girlfriend and I took the stairs up.

Here we are on our way up!

2nd Floor

On the second floor of the building, there’s a small area displaying some of their other products, including their makeup bags, in the style of a bathroom. I just love the style of this shop! I think it’s so innovative.

3ce stylenanda pink café tour
3ce flagship store myeongdong

3rd floor

If you can’t tell already, this was a really narrow but tall shop. This floor is kind of like the launderette. Here, you’ll find Stylenanda clothing. I actually really liked a lot of it but it was firmly out of my budget lol. The launderette style works so well I think.

3ce pink hotel myeongdong tour

4th floor

The fourth floor was themed like a hotel corridor with all the rooms on the sides. On this floor you have more Stylenanda clothes.

3ce pink hotel tour
3ce stylenanda myeongdong tour

Those are some dream house plants. They were absolutely real and absolutely huge!!

Café

This is the top floor of the store! The café is themed like a pool which is super fun. The changing room on this floor (the picture on the right) was styled like a shower cubicle… Cute or what?!

I didn’t have anything to eat at the café though because we were going to a cat café directly after!

3ce stylenanda pink pool café
3ce stylenanda pink pool café

Overall, I had such a fun time in this store. If you can’t already tell, I find it incredibly fun when things look like one thing but they’re something else completely. I’ll definitely be updating this blogpost soon with some more shopping experiences I had in Korea because this place isn’t the only cool one! I might even do a blogpost on the whole Myeongdong shopping area. If this is something you’d be interested in seeing, let me know below in the comments.

I hope you found this post fun (or maybe even useful??)! If you go to Seoul, you should definitely check our Myeongdong, especially this 3CE/Stylenanda store.

#3ce #stylenanda #myeongdong #pinkhotel

The best ingredients for acne

Hey there! If you have pimples and you’d like to discover which are the best ingredients for acne, keep on reading! In this post I’ll share the top skincare ingredients for soothing and treating acne and acne-prone skin.

My name is Jazmin and I’m a low-waste, eco-conscious beauty blogger, and I also run an Instagram account dedicated to all things skincare. I also have acne, which I talk about often here on my blog and on my Instagram account.

I know how annoying, uncomfortable and embarrassing acne can be, so that’s why I want to help you heal your spots and get clearer skin. There are lots of ingredients out there that can help improve acne, but some are more effective for certain types of acne. So, let’s get into it together and find out what ingredients are going to help you and your type of acne.

Comedonal Acne

This is also called non-inflammatory. When pores become blocked with oil, dust, skin cells and other debris, they can form closed or open comedones. Closed comedones are the type that form pimples. These are very small, and they may or may not have a small whitehead. These usually aren’t painful or swollen (although might be a bit itchy and uncomfortable).

Although it can be hard to identify what type of acne you have, this acne tends to crop up on the oily parts of the face, which tends to be the T-zone: the forehead, chin and cheeks.

Ingredients that help comedonal acne

This type of acne responds very well to ingredients that are going to help unclog the pores. But with acne, it’s also really important to make sure your skin isn’t being overly stripped by other products you might be using, and it can be beneficial to use soothing ingredients to keep your skin balanced. These are my top picks for comedonal acne:

  1. Salicylic acid– this Beta Hydroxy Acid gets into the pores and over time, will help to break down the debris and oils that are getting trapped and causing pimples.
  2. Niacinamide– much loved by many people with acne, this ingredient is fab at reducing oil production (thus making future breakouts less likely), and it also helps to restore the skin barrier and fade acne scars.

None of these ingredients are better than the other, so it’s up to you to experiment and see what works best for you!

Inflammatory Acne

This type of acne is deeper in the skin than your typical whiteheads, or non-inflammatory/comedonal acne. When blocked pores become infected, you get inflamed spots. They often have a very angry appearance, meaning they can be very red and swollen, and may sometimes just stay under the skin as a hard, painful lump. If they have a whitehead, it’ll typically be on the larger side. This acne very often hurts, and can be very tender to the touch. Some people only get one or two inflammatory pimples at any given time, whereas other people get many (cystic acne).

Inflammatory acne is also caused by blocked pores (which become infected), but there is often a hormonal element to the acne, too. When the cause of inflammatory acne is hormonal, it’s common to see it along the jaw line and chin (especially in women!) This is why I always say that acne is no-one’s fault. You don’t get acne because you don’t do enough skincare or because you’re not hygienic! Acne often crops up without a visible cause, and it can be difficult to treat.

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Differin 0.1% which has really helped me with inflammatory acne.

Ingredients that help inflammatory acne

Like comedonal acne, skincare ingredients that are going to help unclog pores are beneficial for those with inflammatory acne. But, inflammatory acne often requires stronger ingredients than those for comedonal acne. I also find that soothing and calming ingredients, or those that help restore the skin barrier, are really great when you have this type of acne. This is because they can help to calm your already irritated skin, and prevent your skin from getting overly dry from the use of acne-targeting skincare.

  1. Salicylic acid– This may help inflammatory acne, but it is not as effective for treating it as the other ingredients listed below.
  2. Benzoyl peroxide– Similarly to salicylic acid, this powerful antiseptic ingredient really helps improve acne by reducing the amount of bacteria on your skin, which make blocked pores become infected and lead to the painful pimples.
  3. Retinoids– Because inflammatory acne is a little more tricky to treat than comedonal acne, you might have to bring out the big guns. Retinoids, or vitamin A, are very strong ingredients which literally get under the skin to increase cell turnover rate and unblock pimples. The stronger, more effective forms of this are prescription-only, but Adapalene or Differin is available over the counter in the US, and is easy to get in the UK after a doctor’s consultation.
  4. Madecassoside– This is a product of centella asiatica, a skin calming and soothing plant extract. When you have inflammatory acne, I’m sure your skin will be calling out for something to help soothe it, and bring down the irritation that your acne is feeling.
  5. Green tea extract– This is another skin soothing ingredient that I personally love! I find that it really helps when my skin is feeling particularly sensitive or inflamed.

In my opinion, these are the best ingredients for acne-prone skin! When dealing with acne, it’s not only important to treat the acne, but making sure your skin is hydrated and soothed is also important. The easiest ingredients to add into your routine are definitely salicylic acid and niacinamide, as well as the soothing ingredients madecassoside and green tea extract. Even though retinoids and benzoyl peroxide can be really strong, they definitely are very beneficial for improving acne!

As usual, if you have any questions, please leave them below! I hope this post helps.

Jazmin xx

The truth about pimple patches and what they do!

If you have acne or even just occasional pimples, you might have heard of pimple patches. If you’ve ever wondered what pimple patches are and what they do for acne, you need to check out this blog post! I’ll be letting you know about my favourite product for managing active breakouts, and how best to use them so they have the biggest effect on your acne!

I’ve been dealing with acne caused by blocked pores for many years now, but in the past year or so I’ve started experiencing hormonal breakouts along my jaw and chin, which are much more aggressive and difficult to manage. If you’d like to read more about my acne experience, and what I’ve learnt through having acne and what I’ve found helps the most, you might be interested in these past blog posts of mine!

The truth about pimple patches

Pimple patches, acne patches, or spot stickers are hydrocolloid bandages which can be applied to certain wounds to help healing and absorb excess fluids. Hydrocolloid is a plant-based material, meaning that these patches are biodegradable and compostable! Aside from that, it’s a super absorbent material that is quite gentle on the skin. This makes them perfect for sticking one on an active breakout (one with a head), and letting it absorb the pus and fluids out of your spot. After using one, your spot is usually left flattened, and much less angry and painful.

They also work by forming a seal, which protects that compromised skin from bacteria, scratches and picking/popping. Not only that, but the moist environment of the spot sticker allows the blemish to heal faster. Because you won’t be able to pick at or pop your spots, and the spot will heal faster under the moist environment, you’ll be less likely overall to form post-acne hyperpigmentation/scars where your spot was. If you’re someone who is prone to scars after getting a spot, these might be something to try!

So basically, I love these little stickers!

how do acne patches work?

How to use spot stickers to get the BEST acne improvement

  1. Apply the sticker to clean, dry skin

This ensures the spot sticker adheres well.

2. Leave the sticker on for at least 6 hours, or overnight

The patches take some time to work. I like to wear my acne patches overnight, to give them time to work, but I also wear them during the day. They’re almost invisible, and now with all the mask wearing and staying at home, people are unlikely to notice them. But regardless, spot stickers are usually really hard to spot (if you’ll pardon the pun), because of their see-through material.

3. Be prepared to use consecutive stickers on the same pimple

As healing the skin takes a while, you should expect a pimple to require more than one spot sticker. This isn’t always the case, but sometimes, after using a spot sticker, your pimple might still have a small head. Also, it can be beneficial to use multiple in a row to give your pimple more time to heal in a clean, protected environment.

It’s totally okay to use a second spot sticker if you need one! For example, I might use one during the day, then decide that overnight, my spot will benefit from a touch more help with healing. In this case, I’ll wash my face, then apply my spot sticker on dry skin before doing my night-time skincare routine.

4. Use the right type of acne sticker for your zit

In this post, I’ve been talking about hydrocolloid patches that help to absorb pus and fluids from your spot. But there are so many types of acne patches! In my next blog post, I’ll be talking about the different types of spot sticker and what types of acne they suit best.

In general, these hydrocolloid spot stickers are best suited to spots which have formed a head.

best pimple patch

There you have it! Those were my top tips for how best to use pimple patches. Now that you’ve learnt what pimple patches are and what they can do for acne, will you give them a go?

The best affordable plastic-free facial cleansers!

As regular readers of my blog will know, finding fantastic low-waste and plastic-free beauty options is a passion of mine! In this post I share with you the best affordable plastic-free facial cleansers, which are all easy to find in the UK.

I’m really excited to share this post with you today, as I’ve been experimenting with low-waste, sustainable skincare products for the last year or so, and I’ve finally found my top 5 options for those who want to switch to a greener facial cleanser.

Feel free to check out my other blog posts for more low-waste and green beauty tips and product recommendations. Ok, now on with the blog!

These 5 cleansers are all under £12 (and one is even £5), which I think is a realistic price for a cleanser. You don’t really need to splash the cash on your cleansers, I think it’s better to splurge on your serums and skincare treatments. But if you’ve got the money to spend, you do you! I just want to help you find good, affordable options.

This list is in no particular order; they’re all great for different reasons.

1. Carbon Theory Charcoal and Tea Tree Facial Cleansing Bar: £6

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For a full review of this plastic-free cleanser, check out this previous post of mine! But in short: this is a gentle cleanser that cleanses without stripping the face at all. You can choose paper wrapping for the bar, making it 100% plastic-free.

It contains charcoal and tea tree for the purpose of targeting acne. It didn’t help me with my acne (when using it I was dealing with spots caused by blocked pores on my cheeks), but everyone’s skin is different.

To use this cleanser, rub the bar between wet hands until it forms a lather. Use this lather to cleanse your face, massage for 30 seconds (per the instructions), and rinse well.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with and without acne

– Normal and Oily skin types (this might be too drying for those with already dry skin).

– People who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

2. Gallinee Probiotic Facial Cleansing Bar: £10

The best plastic-free facial cleanser

Of the cleansing bars in this post, this is my favourite for my skin in particular. I haven’t done a full review of this one before but I definitely need to, as I really love it. It comes in a plastic-free carboard box. This bar contains prebiotics and probiotics in order to try and rebalance the skin, as irregularities in the pH and bacteria of the skin can lead to skin irregularities such as irritation, dryness and even acne.

Now, I can’t comment on how much of a necessity your pre and probiotics are in your skincare. I just like this cleanser for how it cleanses, how it smells, and how it leaves my skin feeling. Maybe there is something to the whole bacteria thing? I don’t know!

But, when using this cleanser, my skin feels so nourished and SOFT after cleansing. It has a really gentle soapy smell which to me smells really luxurious, and it makes me enjoy cleansing a lot more! When I rinse off the soap, my skin is appropriately cleansed, without feeling overly dry and tight, nor is there any residue on the skin.

This cleanser is used the same way as the Carbon Theory cleanser, although it doesn’t need to be massaged into the skin for a specific amount of time.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with and without acne

– Normal and Dry skin types (it might be a bit too nourishing for oily skin).

– People who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

3. Facetheory Freshening Face Wash: £12 but it’s on sale for £6

The best plastic-free cleansers!

I’m quite a fan of this UK brand because I admire how clearly they’re trying to present the information surrounding their products. On the listing of a particular product, you can learn about the ingredients in it as well as the percentage of the active ingredients, but you can also learn about the pH level of the product, the texture, and what the product is packaged in. I wish all brands would tell you about what the packaging is made of; for me this can be a deal breaker!

Facetheory also ship with 100% plastic-free packaging, which is amazing. They also have a 365 day money-back guarantee.

This Freshening Face Wash comes in a glass bottle with a plastic-pump. Because of this, it’s a low-waste cleanser rather than 100% plastic-free. It’s quite a gorgeous cleanser with a silky soft gel texture which foams on the skin. It’s a dream to massage into the skin. I never want to rinse it off because the texture is just so satisfying!

This cleanser has some ingredients that are meant to help refresh the skin, such as aloe vera and green tea. I can’t say that this feels more refreshing than other cleansers because I feel like the process of washing your face is always refreshing?? But I like how it cleanses my face without overly drying it and completely without irritation.

The only con with this one is that sometimes I feel like it leaves a bit of a residue on my skin; I just make sure to exfoliate when I’ve been using this one consistently for a few days.

To use this cleanser, place half a pump into wet hands, and massage onto the face until it lathers. Rinse well after cleansing.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with and without acne

– Normal and dry skin types

– People who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

4. Facetheory Clarifying Cleanser C2: £12

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This cleanser, also from Facetheory, is really cool in my opinion. It comes in a glass jar with an aluminium lid, and you can also buy a small metal spoon from their website to use with this product. If you haven’t used cream cleansers before, the texture of this one could be quite shocking. Cream cleansers are usually thick in texture, and they don’t foam or lather on the skin. It’s kind of like massaging a moisturiser into your face, which then rinses off completely!

This particular cleanser contains glycolic and lactic acid (which exfoliate the skin) and salicylic acid (which helps clear pores). Just one use of this cleanser sloughs off a lot of the dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin, revealing softer, more glowy skin. Because of this resurfacing process, I would recommend using a sunscreen during the day if you add this product into your skincare routine.

Their Clarifying Cleanser is not to be used everyday because I think it would be quite harsh on the skin! Your skin doesn’t require that much exfoliation. But if you find that your skin tolerates it well, go ahead and do what works for you! Skincare isn’t one-size-fits-all. I use this cleanser twice a week, and I find that that is enough to keep my skin feeling really soft and supple, and absorbing the next skincare products I apply well.

To use this cleanser, take a small amount (20p coin size) and massage it into your skin. I experience some tingling with this cleanser, but it should not sting. Rinse well.

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People looking for skincare that’ll help improve acne (salicylic acid is great for this)

– People looking for softer, glowier skin (exfoliation)

– Those with normal and oily skin (the exfoliating nature + essential oils of this product would be too much for dry skin in my opinion)

5. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras: £5.50

The best affordable low-waste cleanser!

This solid bar cleanser comes in a cardboard box and is plastic-free. The Lipikar Surgras cleanser can be used on the face and the body. It is extremely gentle, designed for people with dry, eczema-prone, flaking or itching skin. So far, I’ve only used this one on my face but I think I should give it a go on my body where I get eczema flare ups.

This cleanser uses shea butter to moisturise, and niacinamide to help restore the skin barrier, which is something that people with eczema and dry skin suffer from! After using this cleanser, my skin feels super moisturised and nourished. There is a slight greasy feeling left behind, but it definitely cleanses well.

The best affordable plastic-free facial cleansers!

The Lipikar cleanser is to be used as the other bar cleansers in the post are!

I would recommend this cleanser to:

– People with dry and very dry skin, including eczema-prone skin

– People with dry skin who want a super affordable cleanser that is appropriate for the face and body

– People with dry skin who use a lot of active ingredients in their skincare routine and just want a simple cleanser

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Phew, that was long! There you have it folks; my top 5 low-waste and plastic-free facial cleansers. Please comment below if there are some cleansers that I didn’t mention here but you love.

Bye! Stay safe.

Jazmin

What is the best facial cleansing tool?

If you’re into skincare you will have noticed that there are so many different products and tools out there. It is truly head spinning. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘what is the best facial cleansing tool?’ or ‘which one is right for me?’, then this post is for you. I wanted to write a simple, clear post explaining what facial tools are, whether they’re necessary, and which one is the best one for you!

First of all, hi there! My name is Jazmin and I’m a skincare and beauty blogger here and on Instagram. I want to thank you for clicking on and reading my post! I am a big fan of skincare because I love how it makes me feel, and I love seeing improvements in my skin. I have used all the cleansing tools in this post, and these thoughts are 100% my own!

What are cleansing tools?

Cleansing tools are there to help you during the cleansing step of your skincare routine. They can help with getting a deeper cleanse, exfoliation and help with rinsing the face and hard to reach areas properly.

There are many different types out there, but in this blog post I will be talking about facial cloths, konjac sponges, electric cleansing brushes and vibrating silicone brushes.

Facial cloths

Some people use facial cloths to help rinse the face after cleansing, and to avoid water dripping all down your neck and down your arms during this step. Facial cloths are usually soft on the skin, but they can offer some gentle exfoliation too.

With facial cloths, it is very important to wash them after every use (either by hand or by washing machine). This is because they can harbour bacteria, and washing your face with unclean cloths could cause bacterial growth on your skin! If you have acne-prone skin, this may lead to an increase in acne.

Konjac sponges

Konjac sponges are super squishy, biodegradable sponges made of vegetable fibre. Because of their super spongy texture, they are able to hold a lot of water, and they are really soft on the skin. After soaping up your face with your cleanser, you can take your konjac sponge and massage it in circles over your face to cleanse your skin a little deeper, address areas you might usually miss with your hands (like next to your nose or the perimeter of your face), and very lightly exfoliate your face.

I mostly use my konjac sponge to help rinse my face and neck. The neck is an area that I find hard to rinse without making a big old mess, but using a wet (but not dripping) konjac sponge allows me to easily rinse the cleanser off my face.

These konjac sponges were gifted for review by the brand

Because konjac sponges are so soft, they are a great exfoliating option for those with very sensitive skin whose skin cannot tolerate any other form of exfoliation. For most people though, I wouldn’t rely on these as your only form of exfoliation because they are so gentle.

Konjac sponges are made of plant-based fibre, meaning that they are naturally biodegradable and compostable. This makes them a lovely low-waste cleansing tool, and one of the main reasons why I love these.

Electric cleansing brushes

One of the most famous manufacturers of electric cleansing brushes is Clarisonic. They are known for their line of sonic cleansing brushes which are touted as being gentle on the skin. This type of electric cleansing brush spins or pulsates to deeply clean the skin and pores and exfoliate the skin. To use these, you firstly apply your cleanser to your face, then work this over your skin in small circles. They are quite expensive though, and so lots of brands have tried to create their own electric cleansing brushes to try to keep up with the trend.

I’ve never tried Clarisonic cleansing brushes, but I did try a cheaper imitation a while back. Although you might be saving money, I would be cautious of these because they are generally not the most gentle on the skin. Cheaply made cleansing brushes with spinning heads can be overly abrasive due to improper speed or angle of rotation, as well as roughly made brush heads with overly sharp bristles.

These can be way too rough on the skin, which can lead to redness, irritation and an increase in acne.

If you’re interested in using a brush tool to help cleanse your face well, I would recommend buying a high quality one. Better safe than sorry!

Vibrating silicone brushes

The most well-known vibrating silicone cleansing tool brand is Foreo. They make many different types of cleansing brush, but they are generally small, handheld tools that have sonic vibration, and short, flexible silicone bristles. To use these, wet your face and apply your cleanser, then take your massage/cleansing tool over your face in small circles.

In this case, I think buying a cheaper alternative of this well-known brand is acceptable. This is because no matter the price, these brushes are unlikely to harm the skin (as they’re so soft on the skin). At worst, they might be ineffective, but I doubt they would be harmful.

What is the best facial cleansing tool?

These tools are thought to help acne-prone skin as they help clear your pores, but they may also help people who are looking to get some temporary skin tightening effects. This type of cleansing tool also offers some exfoliation, so if used morning and night they can help make your skin look fresher and more youthful.

Because they’re made of silicone, which is incredibly soft on the skin, silicone cleansing brushes are great for those with sensitive skin who want some exfoliation. You can even find some silicone cleansing brushes which are made with sensitive skin in mind; these tend to have even softer, more flexible bristles.

Are cleansing tools necessary?

The main benefits that I’ve mentioned you might find by using cleansing tools are: exfoliating effects, skin softening and refreshing, temporary skin tightening effects, pore cleansing, and helping to properly cleanse the hard to reach areas of the face and neck.

My answer to this question is… no! It is perfectly acceptable to wash your face and neck using your hands, and your skin doesn’t need to receive exfoliation every time you cleanse it. You’re not doing anything wrong at all by not using a cleansing tool. Plus, if you already use exfoliating acids, masks or scrubs, you won’t really need a further exfoliating step morning and night. However, these are some reasons why you might want to try cleansing tools!

1) If you find they help you cleanse your face and neck more easily, go for it! I love using a cleansing cloth or sponge to rinse my neck to avoid water dripping all down my body.

2) Some people (especially those with sensitive skin) might want to avoid using exfoliating acids (AHAs) or exfoliating scrubs because they find them too harsh on their skin, but they might still want to see the benefits of exfoliation (reduction in skin texture, softer & brighter skin). In these cases, I think some of the cleansing tools mentioned above can be a great addition to your skincare routine.

3) If you have acne-prone skin and you find that blocked pores are a contributor to your acne, using a vibrating or sonic cleansing tool might help clear out those pores. This can lead to a reduction in acne. But I would use these tools in conjunction with other skincare which are going to really target that acne; retinoids, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are going to be the most effective.

Skincare is so personal and so it can be difficult to know what’s going to be right for you. I hope that this post can help guide you in your decision of choosing a cleansing tool that’ll work for you! If you have any questions related to this post (or anything skincare), leave it below!

Bye,

Jazmin

Eco-conscious Skincare Gift Guide!

Hi there! If you’re looking for some lovely eco-conscious skincare gift ideas then check out this post! I have compiled a list of some awesome brands who make low-waste, eco-friendly skincare gift sets that are perfect for gifting this Christmas.

For those who don’t know, my name is Jazmin and I’m a skincare and beauty blogger. I also am active on Instagram, where I run a skincare-based beauty account. I’m a big fan of skincare, and I also am trying to live more low-waste. I’m excited to share some eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas with you!

  1. FACETHEORY

FACETHEORY are a UK based skincare company who I have bought from several times. I like this brand because their products are not only low-waste, they’re so EFFECTIVE. FACETHEORY believe that you can have both eco-consciousness and active ingredients in your skincare. Because of this, their products are either packaged in glass or tin packaging (although they do have some minimal plastic where it can’t be avoided).

I have enjoyed their toners and cleansers in the past, and I previously bought one of their serums that I have yet to try. I would definitely recommend this brand! They have some really nice gift sets available for Christmas, so take a look at their site to check these out.

2. Simple Skincare

If you have a loved one who is interested in starting a skincare routine but they’re not sure where to start, I recommend Simple’s Anywhere Glows Gift Set. Simple are a skincare company who focus on creating gentle and accessible skincare. Their products are great for those with sensitive skin, or those who just want really simple (if you’ll pardon the pun) products that’ll do the job!

You might be wondering why this line made its way onto a low-waste list considering the packaging is all plastic. Although I usually try to avoid plastic where possible, Simple use recycled plastic, making it a great, low-waste option.

I have used a few of their products before and really enjoyed them. They’re no frills but nice to use. This set contains some facial wipes though and I really don’t recommend makeup wipes. To find out why, check out my previous blogpost.

3. Aesop  

Aesop are an Australian low-waste brand that makes luxury skincare products (they’re one of the most expensive on this list). I have not purchased from this brand, but I have seen some rave reviews from some people whose opinions I really trust. They have many different gift sets on their site, some focusing on facial care, others on body care and hair care. Their products are mostly glass and aluminium, ingredients which are easily and widely recycled.

Something which I recently learnt is that Aesop have created a Foundation, which they use to support charities who focus on literacy. It’s lovely to support brands that do good.

4. Literary Lip Balms

I’ve mentioned this little Irish company a few times on my blog already! This company makes cute book-themed lipbalms that are actually quite nourishing. The oilier balms come in small tins, and the firmer balms come in traditional chapstick packaging, made of cardboard.

They also make some soaps, bath salts and body balms. They have multiple Christmas gift sets so make sure to check them out!

5. Youth to the People

Youth to the People are a very well-loved brand, and I’m sad I’ve never tried them! Although pricey, a lot of their products are highly rated! Like other brands on this list, they try to cut out plastic where possible. Like FACETHEORY, this is an eco-friendly brand who focuses on active ingredients to get real results!

They have many different low-waste gift set options on their site, so you should be able to find something you like!

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There we go! Those are my 5 eco-conscious skincare gift sets! I hope that you’ll find something on this list just right for your loved ones. Christmas is almost here, so make sure to buy your gifts soon!

Bye for now,

Jazmin