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French Drugstore Skincare

By Elicka Ghahramani, @Elicka_G Thanks to factors such as an abundance of organic produce (and despite the fashionably excessive smoking) French –in particular, Parisian—women have long been heralded for their natural beauty. While this could partly be down to the vitamin-packed, rich, organic diet or simply a matter of winning the genetic jackpot, it could […]

Sunday Riley Vitamin C + Retinol Serums

Sunday Riley Serums: Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum and Luna Sleeping Night Oil

By Elicka Ghahramani, @Elicka_G Combining clinical and clean skincare, the brand slogan at Sunday Riley is: ‘Powered by science, balanced by botanicals’. Founded in Houston, Texas back in 2009, the brand only reached international cult status in the last few years. Now, we see their serums dominating the go-to routines of beauty insiders.  Dedicated to […]

Best Korean Skincare Products to Buy in the UK

By Elicka Ghahramani, @elicka_g Korean skincare follows a failproof philosophy which has ensured that natives are often the highest subjects of skincare envy. They believe in nurturing and maintaining healthy skin and body at all times, to prevent breakouts and blemishes before they can even think about forming. This means that what we often see […]

The Ordinary Retinol For Acne Scars

The Ordinary Regimen For Acne Scars

The Ordinary boast a superb range of products which can help tackle acne scars. Acne scars are a complication which develop after acne has cleared up. These can present themselves as dips in the skin, raised areas of skin, and enlarged pores. Risk of acne scarring is increased by popping and picking acne, genetics, and […]

Woman applying skincare toner

Should You Use Toner Before Or After Moisturiser?

With skincare routines becoming increasingly hectic, it can be hard to know which order products should be applied. This is no different with toners, which come with all sorts of active and natural ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. If you’re wondering when in your skincare routine you should apply toner, read on: So, toner before […]

Drunk Elephant: Routines for all Skin Types and Concerns

Looking for an effective skincare regimen with only products by Drunk Elephant? Then look no further. We’ve compiled AM and PM routines to tackle your skin concerns once and for all. We love Drunk Elephant’s products here at Obviously Skincare. Their potent, pH balanced formulations contain high quality ingredients that provide effective results. In addition […]

The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer

The Inkey List: Top Five Products

The Inkey List focus on providing superb skincare results at a budget price point. While their product line is expanding (even into haircare), there are a few hero products we’ve found provide better results than the rest –including luxury alternatives on the market. We’ve compiled a list of the best five products The Inkey List […]

The Inkey List Retinol

The Inkey List Retinol Review

Everyone’s heard of The Ordinary by now, but sharing a brand focus of top results at a low budget, The Inkey List are slowly pushing them out of first place. Striving for innovation and alternatives, The Inkey List has established itself with a staple set of products typically priced no more than £15 per item. […]

Here Are The Top 10 Skincare Products For Under £20

Being a skincare fanatic doesn’t have to break the bank. A high price tag doesn’t always mean better results either. There are an abundance of skincare formulations on the market at a reasonable price tag that offer excellent results. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 skincare products for under £20 that you should […]

The Ordinary Regimen For Dry Skin

With the winter months approaching it’s a good idea to develop a skincare routine to tackle your dry skin concerns. We’ve developed a skincare regimen/routine for dry skin using only products by The Ordinary . What causes dry, flaking skin? Dry skin has several causes, below are just a few: Hot Showers: Hot showers are […]

The Ordinary Regimen/Routine For Acne

The Ordinary have an excellent range of products that can help tackle stubborn acne and skin blemishes. We’ve put together a simple routine/regime only using products by The Ordinary to help tackle your facial skin oiliness and acne. What causes oily skin and acne? Acne forms when pores (the small openings in the skin) become […]

Paula's Choice Retinol 1% Booster

The Top 5 Anti-Aging Serums You Need To Have In 2020

Aging skin is a problem everyone has to deal with. Fine lines, dark circles, skin sagging, and wrinkling skin take a significant toll on our complexions. The good news is that there are many serums which work to tackle visible signs of aging by promoting collagen synthesis. Below are the top 5 anti-aging serums you […]

Stearic Acid

What Is Stearic Acid In Skincare?

Stearic acid is an acid that pops up everywhere in the skincare world. Whether in soaps or cosmetics, stearic acid has a critical function in emulsifying and managing formulation weight and textures. Read on to find out a little more about stearic acid and where it comes from: What is stearic acid in skincare? Stearic […]

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

How To Incorporate Niacinamide Into Your Skincare Routine

Niacinamide, also known as Nicotinamide is a derivative of Vitamin B3 used in skincare products for it’s excellent blemish battling and oil controlling properties. Continued use of niacinamide can help you reduce the size of your pores, minimise skin blemishes, regulate sebum activity and improve overall skin texture. It is no surprise then that niacinamide […]

DEA bottle

What Is DEA In Skincare?

Diethanolamine, or DEA, is an organic substance typically used as an emulsifier or wetting agent in skincare products. DEA produces foam and bubbles when added to cosmetics, characteristic of certain face washes, and it also modifies the consistency of the products. This allows for a pleasant experience when using these cosmetic and allows for the […]

Skincare Fridges: Everything You Need To Know

Skincare fridges have definitely been the talk of the town for a while now. These fridges supposedly improve the shelf life of products and improve the effectiveness of certain treatments amongst other things. But are these fridges really worth it? Read on to find out. What is a skincare fridge? By ‘skincare fridge’ we’re simply […]

Is Baby Oil Good For Facial And Body Skin?

You may be wondering whether or not you should apply Baby Oil to your face and body, and whether it’s any good for your skin. Baby Oil’s easy accessibility make it a common choice for parents and skincare enthusiasts alike. What many aren’t aware of is what Baby Oil actually is, and what effects it […]

The Ordinary Regimen For Large Pores

Large pores can take a significant toll on your complexion. There are many causes for large or enlarged pores, including sun damage, aging and genetics. We’ve put together a simple regimen for large pores using only products by the ordinary that can help to minimise the size of your pores. The Ordinary Regimen For Large […]

How To Start A Skincare Line: Everything You Need To Know

If you’re a skincare fanatic looking to make the transition from consuming skincare products to making your own, then look no further. We’ve written this article to give you an insight on how to start a skincare line, and everything you need to know before making the jump. How to start a skincare line: The […]

Citric Acid: Benefits For The Skin

Citric acid is another type of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) gaining popularity amongst skincare enthusiasts for it’s exfoliating properties. Although it is still less popular than other acids such as Glycolic Acid, it’s benefits shouldn’t be overlooked. We’ve summed up what citric acid is, and it’s key benefits for your skin. What is Citric Acid? […]

Citric Acid AHA derived from Citrus Fruit

What Is An AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) In Skincare?

The term AHA is popping up everywhere in the skin care world, and if you’re wondering what exactly an AHA is you’ve come to the right place. While it does literally sound like a eureka moment ‘AHA!’ it’s actually an abbreviation of Alpha Hydroxy Acid; although the results AHAs offer are definitely worth shouting about. […]

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary Regimen For Aging And Mature Skin

If you’re a big fan of Deciem products like ourselves here at Obviously Skincare, you may be wondering which products will work best for your aging or mature skin. We’ve made a skincare routine/regimen for aging and mature skin only using products by The Ordinary. The focus we had in mind is to restore hydration, […]

The 10 Best Skincare And Beauty Gadgets To Buy In 2020

If you’re a bit of a beauty fanatic like us here at OBVS. you’ll know by know that beauty and technology is not all a new concept. New gadgets are being developed for at-home use and the results can be staggering. We’ve rounded up the 10 best skincare and beauty gadgets that you should buy […]

How To Layer Skincare Products Effectively

It’s easy to build up a large collection of skincare products, just have a look in your bathroom cabinet. Where things get a little confusing is understanding which order they should be applied. You should know how to layer skincare products effectively to maximise results. The basic order of layering skincare products is to begin […]

What Is Skincare And Why Is It So Important?

It is without a doubt that most of us have heard or used the terms ‘skin care’ or ‘skincare’ in the past. Skincare is a term which covers a large range of practises to enhance and protect the skin. But what exactly is skincare, and why is it so important these days? This article is […]

Patch Testing Skincare: How To Do It The Right Way?

Patch testing is a critical procedure which everyone should be using to determine the compatibility of a skincare product with their respective skin types. By patch testing you’re minimising the possibility of damaging or irritating your skin, here’s how to do it the right way We always recommend a patch test when you use a […]

The Top 5 Luxury Skincare Brands In 2020

We all love a bit of luxury from time to time, whether this be through sporting designer garments or driving fancy cars; treating yourself every now and then is definitely a form of self care. Luxury skin care brands are on the up, but here are the top 5 most luxurious skincare brands in 2020: […]

Is Malachite Safe In Skincare?

Whether you’re looking to formulate your own products or even using store bought ones, you might be wondering whether or not the addition of malachite is safe in skincare products. Malachite possesses anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and skin protecting properties which explains it’s popularity as of recently. First Things First, What Is Malachite? Malachite is a green […]

Here’s Why You Should Avoid Activated Charcoal In Skincare Products

You find activated charcoal in everything these days; face masks, face scrubs, face cleansers, toothpastes, the list goes on. Charcoal is being used for it’s excellent ability to absorb things; in the medical field activated charcoal is used to treat poisoning. It’s this strong ability to absorb that might be damaging your skin instead of […]

Here’s Why You Should Change Your Pillowcase Every Other Day

After a long day’s work you want nothing more to get into bed and rest your head on your pillow. The ideal pillow offers good neck support and can promote a good night’s sleep. Seeing as you spend most of your night with your head resting on the pillow, it makes sense that it can […]

The 6 Most Common Skincare Myths Debunked

In this age of information it’s very easy to inform yourself on a topic with a tap of your fingers; this also means that misinformation is easily spread, not only through social media platforms but also by word of mouth. By believing certain skincare myths you might be damaging your complexion or simply wasting your […]

Infused Water: Skincare Miracle Or Myth?

You might have heard of infused waters, infusions or detox water in the past. Many celebrities and influencers alike swear by their skin and health improving qualities; but are these waters actually beneficial for your skin and overall health? Read on to find out Firstly, what is infused water? Simply put, infused/detox water is water […]

What Are LED Face Masks And Can They Benefit Your Skin?

Tech and skincare, by no means a new concept but certainly one that has been gaining traction over the years. There are an increasing number of gadgets you can purchase for your skin, anywhere from facial steamers to LED face masks. But what are these LED face masks, and how can they benefit your skin? […]

Back Acne: Causes And Treatments

Back acne can be particularly irritating considering the number of surfaces your back is in contact with during the day; beds, chairs, bags and clothing to name a few. If you’re prone to getting back acne and are looking for a resolution, look no further. We’ve summed up the causes for back acne and put […]

NIP + FAB Salicylic Fix Concentrate Extreme 2%

If you’ve heard of salicylic acid, you’ll know that it is the holy grail of ingredients when it comes to congested, oily or acne-prone skin. This solution by Nip + Fab not only includes salicylic acid which works to reduce pore sizes and clear breakouts, but also a few other key ingredients that can completely […]

Are Skincare Products A Waste Of Money?

Considering the increase in the skincare market these past few years you may be beginning to question whether all these products are actually worth your money. The skincare industry is booming, especially in the bespoke and natural product sectors; this naturally means a rise in more expensive brands and labels. But are these skincare products […]

Benefits Of Applying Rose Water To Facial Skin

Rose water is a natural beauty treatment which many people swear by. It’s use in beauty and medicine spans back hundreds of years to the crusades and with good reason. We’ve done thorough research into rose water and it’s benefits for your facial skin. What is Rose Water? Rose water is a fragrant liquid made […]

Heat Rash On Skin: Symptoms and Treatments

With the summer comes increased heat and humidity, an excellent time to be out and about. This climate also brings the increased risk of heat rash and sun damage. Think you have/are prone to getting a heat rash? Common symptoms, precautions and treatments are below; What is heat rash? Heat rash, also known as prickly […]

Best Serums For Oily Skin 2020

There’s a serum out there for every skin concern; whether this be a battle with acne, aging or even skin dryness. Applying the correct serum for your skin type can provide exactly what your skin needs, boosting skin health and vibrance. Serums are an essential for oily skin. Oily skin is often a result of […]

How To Get Rid Of Forehead Wrinkles

Forehead wrinkles and fine lines can take a significant toll on your complexion and often appear as a result of aging and facial expression. Frowning often can lead to development of forehead wrinkles but they’re also caused by reduced skin elasticity from the natural aging process. Worry not however, there are many methods through which […]

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads On Your Nose

The nose is a common area for blackhead development; many suffer from oiliness around this T-Zone area. Blackheads can be quite prominent and not extracting them can lead to a potential breakout or permanent pore enlargement. But what are blackheads, how can you get rid of them, and how do you prevent them from forming […]

What Is Squalane? And It’s Benefits For The Skin

Squalane, an oil derived from olives and shark liver is increasing in popularity for it’s hydrating and anti-inflammatory benefits. We’ve written this article to give you the 411 on Squalane; what it is, methods of extraction and how it can benefit your facial skin. What is Squalane? Squalane is a hydrocarbon derived from squalene (no […]

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

We love products by the Deciem group here at Obviously Skincare. Not only are these products cheap as chips, they’re also highly effective. We’ve previously reviewed The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% solution as well as their Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% solution, it’s time we reviewed their Retinol 1% solution in Squalane. THE PRODUCT The […]

Dry, Flaky Skin On Face: Causes And Treatments

Flaky and peeling skin on the face is often a result of excessive skin dryness brought about by skin conditions or lifestyle choices. You might find that skin peels more in the winter months where skin is drier and you’re taking hot showers more frequently. Below are some of the main causes of flaky and […]

Here Are The Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Mix

It can be beneficial to combine some serums that include active ingredients as they can work hand in hand to rejuvenate your complexion. However, this is not always the case; combining some active ingredients can have some adverse effects. This can either diminish the effectiveness of the treatments or even cause harm to your skin […]

Hair Loss Treatment With Finasteride For Men

Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia, is one of the most common causes of hair loss, with at least 50% of men experiencing hair loss by the age of 50. Male pattern baldness predominantly occurs at the temples, vertex and mid frontal scalp. Some men can get an individual bald spot or experience […]

Skincare Essentials For Travel Enthusiasts

Whether it’s a weekend away at your parents or an extended road-trip vacation, it can be difficult to know which skincare products you should take along with you. By only taking the essentials when travelling you’ll be lightening your load, beating those pesky airport liquid limits and simplifying your skincare regime. This means peace of […]

Can Caffeine Really Help Get Rid Of Dark Circles?

Eye bags and dark circles can take a significant toll on your complexion, they can be hard to cover up and it can look as if you haven’t slept in weeks. While sleep deprivation is often the cause of dark circles, there are several other causes; allergies; genetics; age and eye strain to name a […]

Do Herbal/Natural Skincare Remedies Actually Work?

These past few years have led to a sharp rise in the number of natural, herbal and organic skincare products on the market. This is partially down to consumers becoming more aware of sustainability in the cosmetics world, as well as increased research into the benefits of natural skincare solutions. But do these herbal remedies […]

5 Ways Turmeric Can Benefit Your Skin

Not only is turmeric an excellent spice used to make various food items and curries more fragrant and colourful, it’s also an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. The addition of turmeric in skincare products has seen a spike as of lately, but it’s use for it’s medicinal properties spans several centuries in India. Here are 5 key benefits […]