The truth about silicones

Silicones are a tricky topic. They are widely used in cosmetics, and you will find ‘cones on many a cosmetic label, both in high-end and drugstore products. However, you will also have likely seen an increasing number of products advertised as ‘free of silicones’. Does that mean that silicones are harmful and should be avoided?

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Why sunscreen is a must for dark skin

Are you under the impression that, thanks to your skin tone, you don’t really need to wear sunscreen? We hate to be the bearers of bad news but the evidence is clear: damaging UV rays can penetrate all skin types and tones. The biggest misconceptions Unfortunately, we have been conditioned to believe that this is

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Is your nail polish toxic?

Smith & Cult nail polish

We love our manicures! The only dilemmas most of us have at the salon are whether to go for a classic mani-pedi or for a gelish colour. Maybe we debate whether to choose the safe nude colours or to go funky and bold for a change. There are even times when we flirt with the

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The ultimate guide to getting your glow

Side profile of a model wearing red lipstick

It’s official – dewy skin is in. Healthy-looking skin has an irresistible glow and a spark of energy – regardless of age. Although a superficial glow can be created with illuminating make-up, we are here to tell you that there is no real shortcut. The secret to a truly luminous, lit-from-within complexion is in the

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Does the pH of your skincare really matter?

Two models looking away from the camera

Good question. You may be wondering why the pH of skincare is becoming an increasingly hot topic, with brands regularly promoting their products as ‘pH-balanced’ or ‘low-pH’. So, is pH in skincare another marketing concept or an important factor in maintaining beautiful skin? The truth is that the pH of your skincare could be very

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All About Acids

Model looking at Sarah Chapman skincare product

You may have heard about acids in skincare… Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid and Hyaluronic acid among others. If these names take you back to high school chemistry class (or to a general state of confusion) – you are not alone.  They may not sound like ingredients you want on your skin, but they can be

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What should you look for in a cleanser?

Earth Tu Face face wash and face serum

Cleansing is the first and possibly the most important step of your skincare routine. It sets the tone for everything else that follows. Unfortunately, it is also the step that often gets paid the least attention! Sure, it only stays on your face for a couple of minutes before washing off. However, we also know

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