Is your skin reflecting your diet?


If you’ve ever woken up with a rosy face and a few spots on your forehead, you might have experienced that creeping sense of regret about last night’s wine or chocolate. Perhaps with good cause, according to a new book by Naturopathic doctor and skincare specialist, Nigma Talib. She suggests your skin can reveal much more than you […]

4 Top Tips for Reducing Stress


We’ve all experienced the feeling of emotional or mental tension or strain known as stress at some point or another, but many people don’t realise the direct effect this feeling can have on our physical wellbeing – particularly with regards to our skin. Many skin complaints, including eczema, rosacea and acne, flare in tandem with […]

Is water bad for my skin?


When you have sensitive skin, everything has the potential to become an irritant. Everything that is, except water – right? In recent months, a growing number of reports have suggested that water may be harmful to sensitive skin. Given the many variations in tap water and bottled water, these claims are difficult to prove. But […]

The most common skincare questions – answered!


To celebrate the launch of our extended customer service hours and live chat facility, Kirsti and Helen, our in-house skin care experts are answering your most common questions… 1. Can I use Rosehip Oil twice a day?   Our Rosehip Oil is super concentrated due to the expertly sourced and formulated ingredients plus unique CO2 […]

Can probiotics help sensitive skin?

Woman holding her belly with the hand.

For part two of OptiBac’s guest post series on our blog, they’re looking at the link between digestive health and tricky skin. It is sometimes said that our skin is the expression of our health and this can indeed be true. Our skin is functionally both a protective layer around our body but it is […]

How to treat cystic acne


You may remember that the blog played host to my acne series last autumn. Since then, I’ve heard from so many customers who are seeking further advice about cystic acne. So today I’m putting these dreaded spots under the spotlight and addressing how best to tackle them. What is cystic acne? Cystic acne is most […]

Refined sugar vs. Natural sugars. Is there a winner?


2014 saw sugar become the ultimate heath baddie; it gets blamed for everything from weight gain, to skin issues and serious disease. Sugar has been shunned and the health conscious are now turning to natural sweeteners – think dates, honey and maple syrup, instead. But while these sugars may be ‘natural’, are they actually any […]

How to get rid of blackheads

woman with round mirror

Whether you’re sixteen or sixty, blackheads can be a bore. While completely harmless, they can lead to breakouts and can make you feel pretty self-conscious. What are they? A blackhead occurs when a pore becomes blocked with a mixture of sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. Sometimes this blocked pore become inflamed or infected, turning […]

The 5 skin resolutions you should make today

New Year's Resolutions

Forget about quitting twelve food groups and becoming a professional athlete – I’m all about totally achievable resolutions this year. That said, the New Year is a great time to tweak your skincare routine and create good habits for the year ahead. So here are the five resolutions you should make today for healthier, happier, […]

Should I avoid coffee?


I’m not much of a coffee drinker but a recent article has got me thinking about the link between caffeine and skin. Coffee is the opinion-splitter of the health world, one minute it’s being slated, the next touted as the ultimate antioxidant or pre-workout booster (Google “bullet-proof” or “Paleo” coffee for evidence!). But what does […]

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