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US cult make-up brand Morphe will be hitting the shelves of none other than BOOTS next month. *Pause for gasps* 

Anyone unfamiliar with the hyped retailer has been missing out until this point, it's one of the best in the business and has every colour under the sun in its palette range.

The brand has garnered a devoted fan base on social media and has scored multiple collaborations with names like Jeffree Star, James Charles and Jaclyn Hill.


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Boots has really been upping the ante over the last few months, after successfully releasing Fenty Beauty and The Ordinary earlier this year to it's stores.

Morphe’s Instagram account has 9.8 million followers, while its #Morphebabe hashtag has over 1.3 million posts to date, so it's safe to say that it's a little bit popular.

Founded in 2008, the brand first found success through influencer-led promotions. In the States, new launches have been known to crash websites as they sell out within a matter of minutes.


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Boots will be launching next month with the coveted Jeffree Star x Morphe Artistry Palette (28 euro for an incredible array of 30 shades), available exclusively online until October 11.

The rest of the collection will include foundation, available in an impressive 60 shades, brushes, makeup sponges and lip kits.

Joanna Rogers, Commercial Director and VP of Beauty and Gifting at Boots, released a statement on the beauty news.


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“We are thrilled to be launching Morphe at Boots, a daring brand with a bold approach to beauty which celebrates individuality and self-expression.

"From high-quality tools, to dreamy eyeshadow palettes and influencer collaborations, I’m sure our customers cannot wait to get their hands on these products.”

Morphe will be available online from September 12, but you can join the waiting list on Boots.com from today. Get on that list as fast as you can, ladies.

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Beauty lovers, we’ve got some wonderful news for you. The highly-anticipated No7 Beauty Vault launched this week and you need to get your hands on one before they’re all swiped up.

The set features some of the brand’s most loved products, including their Matte Liquid Lips in Captivate and the Radiant Results Revitalising Cleansing Wipes.


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Better than half price, this incredible offer from trusted beauty experts No7 is sure to be hugely popular, so shoppers are encouraged to pop into your Boots store or shop online as soon as they can to avail of this super offer while it is still available.

Why not visit your local Boots store on the way home from work or during your lunch break and brighten your day with all these beauty goodies. 

The incredible list of products, worth €141 but available for only €40, includes:

No7 Matte Liquid Lips in Captivate

No7 Last Impact in Ultra Black

No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand

No7 Protect and Perfect Intense ADVANCED Facial Suncare SPF30 50ml

No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Cleansing Wipes

No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water 200ml

No7 Stay Perfect Metallic Eye Pencil in Blackest

No7 Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer 30ml

No7 Skin Illuminator in Nude 30ml

No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm in Coral Blossom

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This product never fails to sell out in lightning time so make sure you get your skates on and pop into your closest Boots store as soon as possible.


Boots has called on the people of Ireland to tackle the most common cancer – skin cancer – by proactively checking moles and pigmented lesions that they may be worried about. 

Over 11,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, with the number of cases projected to double by 2045.

Heather Feeney, Boots Pharmacist, said, “Many people in Ireland have fair skin and burn easily, and UV rays can cause skin damage even on overcast days. We have seen growing rates of skin cancer diagnosis in Ireland, but if spotted early, up to 90 percent of cases are curable. We hope the Mole Scanning Service will encourage people to be more proactive about their skin health and help identify changes that might be suspicious.”

Developed by ScreenCancer, the Boots Mole Scanning Service uses a specialist device called a SIAscope to scan moles and pigmented lesions. A member of the Boots healthcare team will obtain images of moles or pigmented lesions using the SIAscope in a private consultation room, with a consultation typically taking around 20 minutes. The images and information collected are then sent securely and assessed by a ScreenCancer Dermatology Specialist. Each person will receive an individual assessment report. 

The Mole Scanning Service costs €39 for one mole scanned, and €19 for each additional mole scan, up to a maximum of four moles. Boots Advantage points are available with the Mole Scanning Service purchase.

Boots Pharmacist Heather Feeney says: “With the Mole Scanning Service, consultation typically takes just 20 minutes, so people can avail of the service at a time that suits them, even popping in over their lunch break. It’s a good idea to be vigilant in spotting any changes to your skin, and in particular moles. As these are often in hard-to-view areas such as the back, and it’s difficult to notice gradual changes, this simple scan is a great way to either put your mind at ease, or quickly move to get further investigation if needs be. This is a part of the exciting expanding range of services by Boots Ireland to support health and wellbeing nationwide.”

As part of the service, people will also be provided with guidance on assessing their own moles using the ABCDE guide and given further advice on staying safe in the sun. 

The ABCDE guide advises people to monitor moles for:

A – Asymmetry: Irregular shape – the two halves should be symmetrical

B – Borders: Unclear, irregular or ragged boundaries against normal skin

C – Colour: Changes in colour – especially black, blue or uneven colours

D – Diameter: More than 5-6mm in diameter and changes in size

E – Evolving: Changes in shape, size and colour, itching or bleeding of existing moles, or a new mole

The Mole Scanning service has been available via Boots pharmacies internationally since 2010, with 99 percent of respondents scoring their overall satisfaction as “good or higher” and 95 percent saying they would recommend the service to others.



According to the brand itself, a tube of No7 'The Full 360' mascara is sold every nine seconds. NINE SECONDS. There must be a pretty good reason for it's cult beauty status.

We simply had to jump on the offer once we saw Boots were handing out No7 mascara for just €14, with four slick options available; 'The Full 360', 'Lash Impact', 'Exceptional Definition' and 'Lash Extender'.

No7 mascara is specially formulated for "instantly more noticeable lashes," according to the company, and produce the product in both brown and black tones.

The curved brush grips every lash, coating from root to tip for longer-looking lashes and a wide-awake curl.

Apply three coats for best results which last up to 12 hours, so whether it's a night out with the gals on a sweaty dancefloor or a morning meeting where you want to show off, you won't have to reapply.

The patented brush is made from paddle-shaped bristles which are carefully rounded at the ends to grip onto lashes, defining and coating them in layers of formula. We like the sound of that.

Fans have long been praising No7 mascara for the way in which it grips onto lashes, yet doesn't leave any clumping. Is this some kind of beauty sorcery? What miracle is this?

Boots has to carefully stock it's 'The Full 360' mascara so that it doesn't sell out, and now we know why. 'Lash Impact' and 'Exceptional Definition' use nutrients to enrich the intensity of the coating.

The incredible offer is only from July 3 until July 30, so get yourselves down to Boots ASAP before it expires and you're the only one without these perfect products. Bat them lashes to the MAX ladies.

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This week's Beauty Product of the Week is one of the most exciting announcements yet, because renowned skincare brand Science of Skin is finally launching in Ireland.

The brand uses all natural ingredients such as EGCG, a green tea extract which acts as a powerful antioxidant active and is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of scarring and redness.

Solutions to your scarring and stretch mark worries have never been so easy to find.


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The company was created by Science of Skin leader Dr. Ardeshir Bayat, an internationally renowned expert in scar management, and Douglas McGeorge MBE, a leading UK cosmetic surgeon.

Clinically-proven, solution-focused skincare remedies created by Science of Skin are now available in Boots pharmacies nationwide. We can't contain our excitement that three effective remedies for scars and stretch marks will be at our fingertips.

Science of Skin combines ground-breaking ingredients from science and nature into treatments that safely heal, soothe and repair your gorgeous skin. We're officially hooked.

The main ingredient, EGCG, has been scientifically proven to reduce scars by over 40 percent, and as if that wasn't enough; The products are all vegan-certified and alcohol, paraben and fragrance-free.

1. Science of Skin Solution for Scars, €20.99

A huge amount of the population have experienced skin scarring, whether from acne marks or other ailments. It's incredibly hard to find the right product for the job.

 A product that is clinically proven to reduce the appearance for scars, we're over the moon that Boots will now stock this specialist scar cream with a difference. 

Solution for Scars works at a cellular level to actively support your skin and improve the appearance of scars by reducing redness and thickness, as well as soothing the skin.

2. Science of Skin Solution for Stretch Marks, €43.99

Developed by a team of skin and scarring experts, the formula behind the Solution for Stretch Marks works by combining active natural phytochemicals and highly moisturising natural ingredients with vitamins C and E to offer a soothing treatment.

The product is suitable for weight-gain stretch marks and growth-spurt marks, and is certified vegan as well as paraben, alcohol and fragrance-free. You won't have to worry about any harmful toxins, that's for sure.

The Solution for Stretch Marks targets problem areas such as stomach, hips and thighs, and contains one of nature's most powerful soothing extracts; magnolia bark.


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The Science of Skin also have a stretch mark product for mums-to-be, suitable for use throughout pregnancy; Science of Skin Stretch Mark Defence (€26.99)

The full range is now available from Boots stores across Ireland and on the Science of Skin website.

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A study has just found that major high street chemists are selling potentially damaging tooth-whitening kits, leaving teeth weaker and more sensitive.

Testing of five common brands discovered that they can harm enamel, and dental experts are now requesting a ban on non-hydrogen peroxide based whitening kits sold over the counter.

Tests on extracted teeth that had been whitened saw damage, according to a study published on Friday in the British Dental Journal.

Home users can apparently cause more damage to occur by leaving the whitening strips on for too long or using them too often. If they have underlying dental problems, the authors said they are also at risk.

Dr Linda Greenwall, author from Manchester University wrote; “The lack of research and ease of availability of these products from major retailers is alarming and may potentially be harming the consumers’s dentition.”

A wide range of teeth whitening products have been saturating the market since an EU directive in 2011 said products with more than 0.1 percent hydrogen peroxide were only be sold to dentists.

Dr Greenwell and her colleagues claim that, despite safety testing taking place, the longer-term effects of the whitening kits are drastically misunderstood.

Three of the tested products in the BDJ study possess sodium chlorite, an additive which can react in the mouth to product enamel-harming chemicals.

Samples which were treated with the Brilliant 5-minute kit and iWhite instant teeth whitening had the most noticeable effects after being tested, and also showed softening which leaves teeth vulnerable to abrasions.

Users have potentially wasted time and money, as some of the tested whitening kits produced no effects at all.

The British Dental Bleaching Society is now asking for all dentists to be trained in tooth-whitening and bleaching. A spokesperson for the group said;

“We are concerned that the OTC products included in the study may be harmful to teeth and advise the general public to see their dentist if they are considering having their teeth whitened.

A Boots spokesperson said: “The safety of our customers is extremely important to us and we thoroughly assess all of our dental care products before we put them on sale.”

High street cosmetic procedures have been increasingly popular with more of the public trying to imitate the look of celebrities and reality TV personalities.

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Codilia Gapare, a breast cancer survivor, has revolutionised the beauty industry by creating the first ever false lashes range for chemotherapy patients.

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2014 on the same day that she underwent an interview with the Manchester Metropolitan University.

While she was offered her dream place, she eventually had to drop out to focus on her chemotherapy treatment after struggling to balance her studies. She chose to use her spare time to create something truly special.

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She initially had tried to ignore the diagnosis, but later had to face the illness head on after losing all of her hair.

"The mental battle caused me to become drained. I had two kids, I was a single mum, working two jobs. And that was my reality. I was so upset with myself for being sick. I was supposed to be realising my dream but instead, I felt like a failure," she explained.

Through this intensely difficult time in her life, she realised that there were no fake eyelash options for cancer patients.

She transformed her idea into an actual product, 'C Lashes', and partnered with beauty brand Eylure. The company have since released the range in Boots stores, making the cosmetic industry more accessible for women with cancer.


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In an interview with metro.co.uk, she describes how the lashes are designed with a larger, more flexible adhesive band and a bigger surface area to help them stick to the eyelid, and this makes the whole process far easier for women with little-to-no eyelashes.

Colidia wanted to make something that would help cancer patients feel like themselves again, and recalled how hard it was for her to lose her hair;

"Being black, we always play with our hair. Losing my hair was a big deal. No one talks about how much hair you lose though. I lost my eyelashes, eyebrows, pubes, underarm hair."

Colidia came from Zimbabwe to the UK when she was 26-years-old to pursue her ultimate dream of becoming a lawyer, so a full-time business model wasn't exactly planned. Especially after spending years working and studying to apply for university.


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The 41-year-old Cheshire resident chose to drive three hours away to her law degree interview after being given her cancer diagnosis, and she NAILED it. What a woman.

She found a lump in her breast in July 2014, and confirmed the illness just a month later. "Mostly, I was in denial," she told Metro.co.uk.

"I really convinced myself I wasn’t ill, I was totally unprepared. I didn’t even tell anyone I was going to my interview but I didn’t even think about cancelling it. ‘For me going ahead with the interview was going ahead with my life."


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She continued; "But I wasn’t prepared to lose my lashes."

"When my lashes started to thin out, I bought fake ones, but I struggled because it took off all the remaining hair. I didn’t do it for attention, I just wanted to feel like myself. I just wanted to be me again."

Codilia's life has gone up and up since then; she was offered a scholarship through support network Women in Business to study a masters in Business Admin at the same university.

H​​​aving received the all-clear from the disease at her latest check-up, Codilia is now in the final year of her studies in Manchester. What an UNREAL gal.

The lashes come in three different styles including 'Naturals', 'Lengthening', and 'Volume', and can be bought on boots.ie for just €7.49 now.

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Our luscious locks need the best hair care, so we've assembled some of our fave products.

If your loved-one is hair obsessed or you're looking for a little extra to go with a big pressie, these are ideal.

Give someone the gift of beautiful hair this Christmas.

 Herbal Essences bio: renew Micellar Water & Blue Ginger Collection from €7.49

Tangle Teezer £11.00

Pantene Superfood from €5.29

Brown Thomas: Piubelle Diamantine Housewife Pillowcase €39.95 

InStyler® MAX – Black 32mm 2-way Rotating Iron €99.99

Silke Hair Wrap The Eva €51.95

Macadamia Conditioner Masque £17.99

Champagne silk hair scrunchies €7.49

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Treatment 250ml €5.99

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Huile Cheveux Colorés €37.10

L'Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Straight Hairspray 170ml €8.99

Pantene Superfood: 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner 200ml from €4.99

Roots Scalp Treatment £12.95/225g

Fanola No Yellow Shampoo 350ml €11.55

Revlon Equave Blonde Detangling Kit €17.99

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer €399.95



We know that Christmas is still a long way away (117 days, FYI) but you just have to see this unreal Christmas beauty calendar from No7.

Being huge fans of No7, we're seriously excited at what this calendar holds – €250 worth of the brand's cult hero products.

Yes, you read that right. 

The products include the ever-popular Protect & Perfect serum, which is priced at €50 alone.

If you're looking to get your hands on it, well, you might want to register via the online waiting list as that way, you have the chance to buy it one day ahead of everyone else. 

Over a whopping 4,000 people in Ireland registered last year for the calendar waiting list alone. 

Yep, it's just that gorgeous.

So, what else comes with this stunning calendar I hear you ask?

It has thirteen full-sized beauty products, nine miniature products as well as a limited edition champagne mini foundation brush, tweezers and a Match Made Lipstick voucher.

Perfect for stocking fillers or perhaps, a well-deserved treat to yourself? (We won't tell a soul!). 

To be in with a chance to nab this exclusive limited-edition purchase, sign up today at https://www.boots.ie/no7/no7-beauty-calendar-waiting-list because, trust us, this will sell out fast!


Will Smith has taken to Instagram to announce that he, along with his son Jaden, has launched a sustainable drinking water brand in the UK.

Just UK is hitting shelves soon, and it's USP comes in the form of the fact that components of the packaging are made up of plant-based plastic. 

'A few years ago My Son, Jaden started a company, setting out to make bottled water a little safer for our world,' Will announced. 


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'Ours isn’t a perfect solution – yet. But it is a step in the right direction,' reads the brand manifesto.

'We consider the materials we use, where they come from and how they can be reused. It is our mission to create better options for the things we need in our lives.' 

The bottle is made mostly from recyclable paper, while the the cap is made of plant based plastic. 

The 'plant plastic' used by Just is derived from sugar cane, meaning it is made from almost entirely renewable sources. 


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Plant plastic can also be made from bamboo, corn and soy, but the company chose sugar cane as it grows very densely.

This allows them to utilise the land to produce the maximum amount of plant plastic without negatively impacting the surrounding environment by deforesting areas for farmland.  

As for the water itself, it actually comes from the River Braid, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. 

The water has previously just been available in the USA, but it is coming to UK Boots stores on August 20th, and Wholefoods UK in September – we're keeping our eyes peeled for an Irish launch date. 



Life doesn't get much better than Bey blasting, a couple of cocktails and soaking up the sun. 

However, what you mightn't be aware of is: melanoma is prominent in Irish society.

In fact, the National Cancer Registry Ireland reports that diagnoses of melanoma have more than trebled in Ireland in the last twenty years. (EEK)

To raise awareness of the skin cancer, Boots is giving us a helping hand to still be sun goddess, but take care of our skin too! 

Being the absolute lifesavers they are, Boots will be offering a mole scanning service.

To encourage a life-long habit to check your moles, the system will be rolled out in ten stores nationwide.

Boots engineered the check in conjunction with ScreenCancer UK.

The Boots Mole Scanning Service allows anyone aged 18 and over to have their moles or pigmented lesions scanned using a specialist device called a SIAscope.

Your scan will then be assessed by a dermatology specialist, and each person will receive a report based on the specialist assessment.

If any suspicious lesion is detected, the individual will be referred to their doctor or specialist for follow-on treatment.

Although you won’t get a skin cancer diagnosis from the service, it will help to identify any suspicious characteristics that may need more expert attention.

Melanoma has soared in Ireland and 10,000 cases are diagnosed each year.

However, if spotted early, up to 90 percent of cases are curable.



Included in the screening, you will also be provided with guidance on assessing your own moles using the ABCDE guide, and given further advice on staying safe in the sun.

You can use the guide to check yours before a more thorough screening in-store. Be sure to look out for:

  • A – Asymmetry: Irregular shape – the two halves should be symmetrical
  • B – Borders: Unclear, irregular or ragged boundaries against normal skin
  • C – Colour: Changes in colour – especially black, blue or uneven colours
  • D – Diameter: More than 5-6mm in diameter and changes in size
  • E – Evolving: Changes in shape, size and colour, itching or bleeding of existing moles, or a new mole.

As part of the service, people will also be provided with guidance on assessing their own moles using the ABCDE guide, and given further advice on staying safe in the sun.

The Mole Scanning service has been available in Boots pharmacies internationally since 2010.

They have scored in overall satisfaction as “good or higher” with 99 percent of respondents and 95 percent saying they would recommend the service to others. 

The Mole Scanning service costs €39 for one mole scanned, and €19 for each additional mole scan, up to a maximum of four moles.

The service will be available in the following Boots stores: St Stephen’s Green, Dublin City Centre, Swords, County Dublin, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Shop Street, Galway city centre, Killarney, Co Kerry, Half Moon St, Cork, Letterkenny Retail Park, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and Wexford, Co. Wexford.



When I was a teenager, the time when your skin is meant to be as stroppy and hormonal as you are, I was pretty much acne free. 

Other than the odd stand alone spot here and there brought on by a penchant for chemical-laden makeup wipes, I was usually in the clear as far as my skin was concerned. 

Once I went to college, things started to change. After starting on hormonal contraceptives and living the typical work hard, play hard uni lifestyle, breakouts were cropping up more and more often all over the plains of my face. 

2017 – my 'usual' skin

It wasn't just a trio of spots here or there, it was an ever-changing constellation of angry, cystic blemishes along the sides of my chin, red pimples across my cheeks and bumpy, haphazard arrangements of spots between my eyebrows and down my nose. 

My skin was unhappy, and so was I. Makeup couldn't even cover up the huge welts on my chin and cheeks, and slathering them with concealer made them look even worse.

I went from being someone who just threw some concealer under my eyes for lectures to feeling like I couldn't leave my apartment without a full face of cosmetic intervention.

It was taking a huge toll on my self esteem. Every time I would meet and talk to new people, I would think they were staring at my chin wondering what the hell was up with my skin. I was de-tagging pictures on social media left right and centre, and I was desperately eliminating diary and gluten and sugar from my diet and popping multi-vitamins hoping something would change. 

Mario Badescu €17.95, Sudocreme €2.50

I tried quite a few different methods to rid myself of my new affliction – I would go to bed with Sudocreme covering more areas of my face than not thanks to the amount of spots I had. 

I tried painful extraction facials, those viral black pore masks, and even the Kardashian's favourite Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (which, to be fair, worked pretty well on drying out existing spots but didn't do much in terms of preventing new ones), 

My spots weren't found to be medically severe enough to be considered inflammatory acne, so after being denied a prescription for acne ointment, I went so far as to buy Duac, a medicated gel containing Benzoyl Peroxide from a shady beautician. 

The Duac worked, but surprise surprise, it was way too harsh for my skin and left red scaly patches in it's wake, which would get so irritated they would create huge, dry cystic spots. 

I really REALLY didn't want to share this picture with the internet, but it's the only one I have that actually shows how severe the blemishes could be (at this point I was avoiding taking pictures of myself because of my skin). 

I remember taking this picture in a train station and sending it to my friend, saying I really wished I hadn't ventured out in public without makeup, but at this point my skin was so painful that applying makeup was a traumatic event.  

You can see on my chin the welts being left by my violent attempts to chemically get rid of my spots, and my eyes are slightly swollen as my whole face was inflamed. 

I decided that I needed to reevaluate my entire method of addressing my skin issues. 

Rather than trying to harshly remove the spots I had, I thought that I should look at what I was using on my skin in the hopes of keeping my skin clear and preventing new spots forming. 

I was a micellar water gal through and through, using the product to clean my face in the morning and wash off my makeup at night. I had been lured in to thinking the product was skin-healthy because, it's just like, water right? 

However, after exploring a few skin forums online and listening to the advice of some dermatological bloggers, I found that perhaps micellar wasn't suited to my skin after all. 

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser €14.99

I had always been huge fan of The Skin Nerd, so I ordered three of her Cleanse-Off Mitts. I started using the now staple blue mitts to remove my makeup rather than disposable cotton pads, and saw an instant difference, with my skin looking brighter and cleaner with empty pores, but the spots were still coming. 

I wandered into the pharmacy section of Boots searching for a gentle, simple skin cleanser. 

There on the shelf, in it's medical-looking white plastic bottle, was Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Seduced by the label's promise of 'gently removing what your skin doesn’t need, without stripping away the skin’s natural protective oils, and without disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance,' I popped it in my basket. 

I dumped every face mask and skin cream I had in my bathroom that didn't proclaim to be gentle on the skin, and started using Cetaphil every day. 

In the morning, I'd take it into the shower with me and use a pump and my bare hands to wash my face, and at night I'd take a few more pumps of Cetaphil and warm water onto my Cleanse-Off mitt to remove my makeup and deep cleanse my skin

Almost instantly, my skin wasn't irritated anymore, red patches started to fade, and the spot production was slowing down – rather than try and describe the difference to you, I'll show you. 

On the far right is my skin today, a picture taken this morning after a good wash of my face using Cetaphil. In the middle, is my skin after about three weeks of my new routine, still a few spots on the cheeks and bumps on the forehead, but no cystic eruptions on my chin and jaw. 

And on the left, the picture that will undoubtedly haunt me, my skin as it was. It took about four months to achieve this difference in my skin using natural, gentle products, after around four years of fighting my skin with harsh chemicals. 

I still get the odd spot here and there, but they're no longer painful, angry boils of things – they're just normal clogged pores from sleeping in makeup or tucking in to too much cheese. 


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Switching over to Cetaphil changed so much in my routine – I try and keep things as simple as possible when taking care of my skin. For further spot prevention, I'm fond of doing a tea tree mask once or twice a week. 

Tea tree has antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds that help prevent sore breakouts. I picked up a really affordable one in Supervalu for less than two quid. I slather on the Beauty Formula Australian Tea Tree Cleansing Facial Mask about twice a week, leaving it on for 20 minutes and then washing it off in the shower with Cetaphil Facial cleanser. 

To keep my skin hydrated, I took the advice of a Parisian colleague with flawless skin and adopted some French pharmacy skincare into my routine. On a recent rip to Paris, I picked up the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, a light multi-functioning moisturiser that can double up as a primer to protect skin under heavy makeup.

When I feel the need to exfoliate, I go for LUSH's Ocean Salt face and body scrub, which uses natural ingredients like salt, lime and vodka to buff away dry skin.  

Whatever it is about this pared back routine revolving around cleansing with Cetaphil has kept my skin blemish free for months – no painful extractions or chemicals needed.