The most common skincare questions – answered!

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

Acne Series: What is hormonal acne?

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For the final installment of my acne series, I’m going to cover the confusing topic of hormonal acne.  In my recent acne web chat, nearly every other question was about hormonal acne. Let me start by saying that as much as I wish it was, this is by no means a one-size-fits all guide. Hormonal […]

Acne Series: Myths about blemish-prone skin

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If you Google, “cures for acne” you will be faced with millions of pages containing weird and wonderful cures for stubborn blemishes. Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever covered a spot in toothpaste will know, 99% of these are complete rubbish! There are so many urban myths about the causes and cures for acne, so […]

Acne Series: How to care for & clear up spot-prone skin

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For the second installment of my acne series, I’m going to cover how to care for acne or spot-prone skin. Blemishes are the single biggest skin issue I get asked about – everyone from sixteen to sixty year olds can suffer from them! I know first-hand just how overwhelming navigating the vast market of products […]

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