How seasonal changes affect our skin

Both the daily weather and the changing of the seasons can play havoc with our skin. In fact, together with stress and pollution, it’s known to be one of the key factors that influences the health of our epidermis. And it’s not just those who live in an area where the seasons are clearly marked that suffer, mild climate residents will also see their skin needs vary throughout the year. Read on to discover just how seasonal changes affect our skin … If a skin problem suddenly crops up or…

How long does it take for skincare products to work?

Have you ever found yourself asking how long it will take for your new beauty routine or skincare product to work, even though you’ve only just started using it? And when you don’t see immediate results, you’re tempted to throw in the towel and switch to yet another ‘miracle’ product… If this is sounding familiar, you might want to read on to discover just how long beauty products really need to work wonders on your skin … At the beginning of last year, I was asked for my opinion on…

A natural remedy for blackheads

Blackheads are a fairly common concern, especially in areas of the skin that are richer in sebaceous glands such as the nose, cheeks, or back. Once formed, they can remain for long periods of time; disappear; or degenerate into inflammatory processes of bacterial origin. So, it’s no wonder that in some cases blackheads are considered a precursor to acne. In this post I want to share with you a natural remedy for blackheads. What are the main causes of blackheads in adults? There are three main situations that result in…

Are “clean beauty” products safer than conventional ones?

It’s no secret that skincare trends closely follow those of the food sector, from organic farming to reclassifying ingredients such as quinoa or blueberries as superfoods. It’s no wonder then, that we’ve gone from “clean eating” to “clean beauty” in a relatively short time. But when all is said and done, are “clean beauty” products actually safer than conventional ones? Without actively demonizing synthetic ingredients, together with the fact that, at time of press, there’s no official governing body to implement some form of legislation, “clean beauty” products have become…

12 Facts About Squalane | Twelve Beauty

Although squalane has been around for a while, it’s only relatively recently that it’s taken the beauty world by storm. We check out 12 interesting facts about this wonder ingredient. My fascination with squalane started early-on in my student days. I remember my University professor discussing it in class and demonstrating just how compatible it is with our skin, as it’s one of the most important components of human sebum. It’s no wonder I fell for this ingredient quickly and decided to include it in the 12 key natural ingredients…

5 ways to boost your skin moisture levels this winter

If the recent adverse weather conditions have left your complexion looking dull and oh-so dry, read on to discover how to boost your skin moisture levels this winter. You might have heard that switching to a richer moisturiser (one containing a higher quantity of oils) is what your skin needs to survive the colder months. However, as this season your skin has to deal with many other external influences that can have a negative impact on it, in most cases it will take more than just changing your cream to…

Happy Birthday to our skin consultation service!

Did you know that our free online skin consultation service is now one year old? Read on to discover how we chose to mark the special occasion … One of the main reasons why I decided to launch my own skincare collection was the desire to dispel the myth that natural skincare doesn’t work. I wanted to create effective green products using the very best botanical ingredients available and, if I’m honest, developing skincare products independently is the best thing that can happen to a formulator! Being completely free to…

Melasma treatment | Twelve Beauty

Although we tend to believe that melasma is more prevalent during the summer months when our melanin production is stimulated by sun exposure, symptoms are known to persist during the cold months too. In fact, truth be told, winter time is exactly when you should be upping your melasma treatment game so as to get it under control for the rest of the year. The term ‘melasma’ refers to symmetric blotchy hyperpigmented patches on the face (but it can appear on other parts of the body too). Although it’s often referred to…

Gift Guide: The Art of Giving

For many of us, this Christmas will be different from previous ones, which is why at Twelve Beauty we thought we’d try and help make things a little easier for everyone by putting together this gift guide. Choose natural, effective, green skincare this year for a more sustainable, eco-conscious Christmas and start to the new year. Clementine Cleansing Balm A delicious delight for the senses! This emollient-rich formula with its unique texture and gorgeous clementine aroma, is guaranteed to be a hit on Christmas Day. Rapid Eye Treatment If this…

Does ‘natural’ mean ‘sustainable’? | Twelve Beauty

Being sustainable is in fashion. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that “sustainability” has been one of 2020’s biggest buzzwords, with many businesses now promoting their new-found green credentials and love for the environment. But how much is true sustainability and how much is just marketing? In general, there is a misunderstanding about what sustainability really means. While contextually it symbolizes a balance between people, planet and profit, it is very easy for brands to fall into the trap of only focusing on a single aspect of…