This week I felt like mixing it up a little with this fun idea, which I’m sure has been done many, many times before but it’s new to me and everyone’s a to z would be different! To keep things tidy and relatively readable this will be a three part series to cover all the things I want to chat about!

A is for Acids You can’t talk about skincare without talking about acids. I’ll try and keep this brief! Various acids are used to treat blemishes (like the popular salicylic acid) and are a popular way to resurface the skin- think chemical exfoliation which sounds scary but doesn’t have to be. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are both well known for delivering great results, for texture issues, hyper-pigmentation, clogged pores and fine lines. If your skin is very sensitive and you’re concerned about these ingredients being too strong, mandelic acid has a larger molecule which leads to slower absorption and a gentler approach. Not to be forgotten is the wonderful hyaluronic acid which is moisturising, rather than exfoliating. It’s great for a healthy, nourished and plump complexion. Pixi’s Glow Tonic is a classic, and in my opinion, a nice way to dip into an acid type exfoliation.


B is for Botanical I’m a sucker for the word, it fills my head with thoughts of verdant and bountiful greenhouses, lush gardens after summer rain, bunches of herbs and lavender, coils of fragrant citrus peel. I love a product that’s packed with natural ingredients. Some beloved brands that satisfy my craving for plant life are: Aesop who have a wide range of lovely products and the most gorgeous packaging, Clark’s Botanicals and Fresh.


C is for Chlorophyll I’m a recent devotee of chlorophyll as a skincare ingredient. It has vitamins, it has antioxidants, it’s got healing, nourishing properties. It’s super softening and encourages a balanced complexion. I’m going to be keeping an eye out for more products that contain it because of these properties. I’m hearing that it can help with stressed or blemish prone skin. One of my favourite oils is by an Australian brand called Dewy & Bae, whose green serum-oil contains chlorophyll from alfalfa.


D is for Dew It’s a look, it’s not for everyone, but I love a dewy complexion. Light coverage and a healthy glow is my favourite makeup look, and I’m gradually building an arsenal of products that make me feel like I’m glowing. Tatcha Violet-C Radiant Mask is something I often use the evening before a special day. Their Dewy Mist is something I like to put both under and over makeup, it’s such a delicate way to add extra moisture. Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes has demonstrated the many ways Weleda’s Skin Food can be used. so now it’s my favourite way to get a natural highlight look. Herbivore’s Orchid Oil is a little thicker than some oils, so I use it as another ‘night before’ product, and concentrate it on the cheekbones.


E is for Empties I always try to finish all my products before expiry, I hate feeling like anything is wasted, but it’s not always possible. It’s really satisfying when I manage it (and sad because I get attached) and it really means something when I end up with multiple empties of the same product. Here’s what I keep coming back to! Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution, Lanolips 101 Ointment, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.

F is for Fragrance Free If, like me, you have sensitive skin then you might be struggling to find out what upsets your skin. Fragrance in various forms can be an issue, especially with products that go on your face. If you’re not happy with your skin, a little dabbling with cutting out different ingredients can be a good idea. Some of my current fragrance free options are the Frank Body Oil Cleanser, the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and their Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturiser.


G is for Green Tea I love to drink it, I also love to use products that contain it. The antioxidants in it are supposedly great for de-puffing and soothing the skin, and its anti-inflammatory properties can help with blemishes and irritation. The Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner is a refreshing and balancing tonic for moody, demanding skin. I’m fond of The Body Shop’s Green Tea range for hair, though unfortunately I tend to have allergic issues with many fragranced face and body products. Happily my scalp isn’t quite as sensitive!


H is for Honey One of my favourite things in the world, for many reasons. It’s delicious, it’s gorgeous, it heals and restores.  In my teens I used to make fresh masks with my mum, usually involving honey and oats. Honey has a lot of antibacterial properties, it suppresses the growth of any little nasties that cause infection. Lately it’s been having a resurgence of popularity in skincare products, such as Farmacy’s lovely range.



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