The Secret To Beautiful Looking Skin? Evening Primrose Oil Is The Supplement You Never Knew You Could Benefit From

In the quest for smooth, supple and radiant skin it’s safe to say I’ve probably tried everything going; if there’s a new serum I’ll apply it, if there’s a new device I’ll try it, and if there’s a new breakthrough ingredient I’ll embrace it. Although I’ve been blessed (thanks mum!) with clear and relatively unproblematic skin, I’m still always looking for ways I can retain my glow and keep those telltale signs of ageing at bay for as long as possible. As I speed towards my forth decade those fine lines become more visible, my complexion starts to lack the plumpness it once had and a night of interrupted sleep is more visible than ever under my eyes – so I’m increasingly looking for solutions that can support my body’s needs. Once such area I’m particularly passionate about is boosting my diet with targeted and proven supplements, and the latest addition to my morning routine is Efamol Evening Primrose Oil capsules that have been that have been shown to support beautifully smooth and nourished looking skin.

WHAT IS EVENING PRIMROSE OIL?

I’ve no doubt you’ve heard of Evening Primrose Oil, but you’ve also quite possibly dismissed it as something not dissimilar to an old wives remedy. I recall my mum dragging me round health food shops as a child to stock up on those little yellow capsules and popping them daily. So what is this age-old ingredient and why is it still so relevant to women of today?

Extracted from the seeds of the yellow wildflower, Evening Primrose Oil is a rich source of Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids which are essential for the normal functioning of every cell in our body.

HOW CAN EVENING PRIMROSE OIL BOOST MY BEAUTY REGIME?

I’ve been taking three capsules of Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for over three months and have definitely noticed a subtle overall improvement in the texture and tone of my skin. As I reach less and less for my makeup bag and embrace my natural skin on a daily basis, those noticeable signs of fatigue have become less visible and the overall feeling is that my skin is softer than it once was.

Despite being in the middle of winter, I haven’t been reaching for the deeply nourishing treatments or night time moisturisers like I would’ve expected; instead my skin is happy enough with a little lightweight cream or a quick spritz of a hydrating spray. In recent years the constant movement from brisk wind to central heating has played havoc with my complexion, but over the last few months I’ve not experienced a single moment of dryness.

Although it’s hard to pinpoint Evening Primrose Oil being the sole reason for this positive change, it’s the only real ongoing difference or addition I’ve made to my routine. I believe it’s such a simple way to boost your beauty regime and ensure your skin gets the helping hand it needs, no matter your age or skin type.

Efamol Evening Primrose Oil: Skincare Benefits You Never Knew About

WHY EFAMOL EVENING PRIMROSE OIL?

The oil used in each capsule is carefully extracted from a specially cultivated Rigel Evening Primrose, the seeds of which contain up to 33% more GLA than other Evening Primrose Oils; this makes Efamol’s oil unique. Efamol also carefully manages each step of the extraction process to ensure that the oil stays in the same form as in the seed, retaining its natural properties once again.

Quality and purity are of high importance, which is why their unique Rigel Evening Primrose is grown in the Netherlands and New Zealand by the same growers they’ve relied on for the last 40 years. Efamol Evening Primrose Oil also has a long history in scientific research, with four decades of studies – and you know I’m all about being able to read up on the science!

THE CONSUMER TRIALS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

In a recent consumer trial, 77 participants were asked to complete a skin perception survey after taking Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for a three month period. The results illustrated the beauty benefits that such a simple addition to a daily routine could make…

** 82% agreed that Efamol Evening Primrose Oil supports beautifully smooth and nourished looking skin. **

** 85% felt happier and 82% more confident with their skin after three months. **

** 87% felt their skin looked and felt less dry and 72% agreed that their skin looked firmer. **

** 85% said their skin felt softer and 84% felt their skin was smoother. **

Efamol Evening Primrose Oil: Skincare Benefits You Never Knew About

I take so many supplements that I practically rattle, but the addition of Efamol Evening Primrose Oil is definitely something I plan to keep up with.

Even better is that it’s super affordable: £9.99 for 30 capsules or £12.99 for 90 capsules.


(GET 20% OFF USING CODE ‘EFAMOL20’ WHEN PURCHASED FROM www.efamol.com)

Why not add Efamol Evening Primrose Oil into your daily routine and see what it can do for you!

Find out more about Efamol Evening Primrose Oil and the consumer research conducted HERE.

AD: sponsored feature in partnership with Efamol Evening Primrose Oil; all opinions and insights my own.

The research was conducted between 18th September and 26th November with 77 consumers (women) aged between 18 and 65. The study was conducted by Cue Consumer Research in the UK and the study group took 6x 500mg capsules a day for 12 weeks.

Food supplements must not replace a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

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5 Simple Beauty Mantras To Live By Every Day For Better Skin

Over the past decade I’ve definitely become a skincare aficionado. Discovering the impact great products and an established regime can have has honestly changed my world, and skin care has become a real passion point of mine – from daily applications of SPF and a double cleanse, to embracing targeted ingredients and knowing to listen to my complexion, it’s something I spend a lot of time (and money) on. And it really does make all the difference.

One brand that’s definitely new to me, but is making waves within the skincare world, is Édelora – hailing from Switzerland, every product is enriched with a combination of Swiss alpine plant extracts and mineral-rich glacial waters for results that surprise and delight.

Sustainably cultivated Edelweiss plant stem cells act an excellent natural skin barrier protector and offer great anti-inflammatory properties, as well as helping to provide antioxidant benefits; what protects the plant from harsh weathers mountain-side can be harnessed for the benefit of our skin too. Additionally, the extraordinary water harvested from the Swiss glaciers has become globally recognised for its therapeutic properties, and is often recommended by dermatologists for those suffering with skin concerns and inflammatory conditions. Together they’re a real powerhouse to be reckoned with.

5 BEAUTY MANTRAS TO LIVE BY FOR BETTER SKIN WITH Édelora

Édelora believe in consistent small habits that work to contribute to stronger and healthier skin in the long term, so with that in mind I thought it would be visit five of my favourite beauty mantras that I live by every single day. They’re not complicated, they don’t require a lot of effort, but they will make all the difference if you embrace them fully; so here are five simple mantras to live by for better skin…

ONE: Skincare Is Self Care


You deserve to have moments of ‘me time’ and your skin deserves to be treated with respect; self care isn’t just about finding thirty minutes to practice yoga or wrapping up in a blanket with a cup of tea, it’s about looking after your skin and ensuring you look and feel your best at all times. Whether that’s adding in an extra step or two to your regime, investing in your face as much as you do your wardrobe, committing to a weekly face mask or simply taking the time out at the end of the day to thoroughly cleanse, it’s all self care.

WHY NOT TRY: Édelora Radiance Glow Mask is infused with Ionized Kaolin, Kombucha, Aquaxyl, Shea Butter and Cell Active Hydro to help boost circulation, hydrate, soothe and re-energise skin. It’s a great bi-weekly treat for skin, leaving it looking and feeling clear and radiant without any tightness or dryness.

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TWO: Sleep Smart


Those eight hours between the sheets aren’t only restorative for body and mind, but a key opportunity to look after your complexion too; and it starts way before your head hits the pillow. Removing your makeup thoroughly at the earliest opportunity allows you the time to fully enjoy applying the products you love, and for them to get to work. A thorough cleanse and a great moisturiser is often all you need at the end of the day, but little changes can also make the world of difference to your overall sleep experience. Spritzing a little sleep spray will help calm your mind and get ready for slumber (which is so important for looking and feeling refreshed,) while investing in a silk pillowcase can help to prevent the friction and irritation that sleeping on a cotton one can cause.

WHY NOT TRY: Édelora Timeless Youth Regenerating Emulsion features a combination of soothing botanical extracts that are an ideal treatment for stressed skin that’s been exposed to pollutants, UVA and UVB. Mimosa Bark Extract stimulates circulation, Sweet Broom Extract and Evening Primrose Oil revitalize skin, soothe irritation, reduce redness and fine lines, while Lotus Flower and Beech Tree extracts help to improve uneven skin tone. It’s the perfect way to combat the day.

THREE: Flow With The Seasons


Our skin is a living organ and responds to changes in our diet, stress levels, environment, hormones and so much more. A ‘one size fits all’ approach to skincare will never truly deliver the benefits you want, so it’s important to update your routine every season and really focus on what will help to make that all important difference. It may be swapping to a more lightweight moisturiser, or replacing your blemish control serum for a radiance building one; maybe it’s introducing a bi-weekly nourishing face mask or simply adding in a higher value SPF. Whatever it is, I guarantee you flowing with the seasons will ensure your routine is working as hard as possible for your needs.

WHY NOT TRY: The Édelora Treatment Essence is an easy way to boost your routine and deliver effective ingredients when you need them most: infused with fermented black tea (Kombucha,) it’s a great first step that will help to plump, condition and prepare your skin, as well as protecting from Blue and UV light.

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FOUR: The Power Is In Your Hands


Literally. Because facial massage is such an underrated tool that you should be embracing as often as possible. I’m such a fan of facial massage, for its blood flow stimulating properties in particular, but when I’m tired I always make time for five minutes massaging my skin in front of the bathroom mirror because you can instantly see the difference. With over 300 pressure points on the face, a massage helps to stimulate the muscles and lymphatic system to lift, tone and drain away puffiness, leaving your skin feeling fresher, plumper, brighter and altogether less tired. Manually lifting and massaging away any tiredness is incredibly uplifting – both physically and mentally – and a great way to start your day.

WHY NOT TRY: Each Édelora Hydrating Face Sheet Mask is infused with a double dose of radiance-enhancing Hyaluronic Acid and the hydrating, healing power of Vitamin E. The easy to use sheet mask creates the perfect environment to soothe and repair, fight free-radicals, firm and deliver radiance, making it a great morning pick me up – but even better is the fact you can use the leftover serum as a facial massage aid, delivering two skin loving benefits in one.

FIVE: Consistency Is Key


The best way you can look after your skin? Having a consistent and effective routine that works for you. It’s better to have three steps that you commit to than ten that you don’t, and better to have a handful of favourite products you use than a whole bathroom cabinet of ones you’ve barely touched. Start small and build your way up from the basics, fully enjoying your daily time in front of the mirror as a small step towards self care. (See point one above!)

WHY NOT TRY: Édelora Amino Acid Cleanser is an ultra gentle and versatile cleansing solution that contains  Japanese Honeysuckle and Natural Vegetable Glycerin to deliver essential Amino Acids that hydrate, repair and protect to reduce the signs of ageing and fatigue. It’s a great way to kick start your regime and can be used both morning and night.

5 BEAUTY MANTRAS TO LIVE BY FOR BETTER SKIN WITH Édelora

Which of my skincare mantras to live by do you most relate to? Which will you be embracing in your life?

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10 Of The Best Things I’ve Tried From Beauty Pie So Far

It’s been almost a year since I took the plunge and signed up to be a fully fledged Beauty Pie member. Initially it was more of an experiment than anything else, driven by the frequent questions and requests from my community as to my thoughts on the platform and the products it offered, but soon became something I genuinely enjoyed exploring. What’s unique about Beauty Pie is that there’s a real anticipation that accompanies that pink box delivery every month, a real moment of joy in the discovery of something new – even if it falls short of your expectations. Few other brands have managed to capture the emotional connection a community of women has to beauty in the same way, which is why it’s become so hugely popular amongst those that have fully committed to an ongoing membership.

With the sheer volume of products and constant new launches, it can be tricky to navigate and know where to start if you’re new to Beauty Pie. Which are the products really worth trying, and which are the ones you can leave lingering on the virtual shelf for another day? Where should you splurge on really great routine additions, and which affordable gems are really far superior to their price point? Over the last twelve months I’ve tried a plethora of different products from the skincare, makeup, body, hair and wellbeing categories; although I know I’ve yet to only scratch the surface of what’s available and have many more gems to discover, so far these are ten of the best Beauty Pie products I’ve tried…

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SKINCARE

FeatherLight UVA/UVB SPF 50 Sunscreen Primer (£10.10)


SPF has long been part of my daily regime, no compromises, so I’m always on the hunt for new lightweight textures that are easy to layer over skincare and under makeup. This is a pretty good option, especially for the price point. Containing a ‘light-absorbing DNA shield’, Chromophores to help fight inflammation, Vitis Vita Grape Extract for skin detoxification and rehydration, plus Tomato Stem Cell Extract and Peptides to reduce ‘skin stress’ this is jam packed with goodness. It’s very lightweight, doesn’t have any white telltale residue when applied, isn’t sticky or gloopy and works well in my routine; it actually reminds me of a Murad one I’ve been using for years, but at a fraction of the price this is definitely a great every day option.

Pure Ceramides Elastic Boost Eye Moisture Serum (£7.04)


I can take or leave a lot of eye creams, but under the recommendation of Sascha from Beauty Geek I popped this in my basked and hoped for the best. From the first use I knew I was onto something good, thanks to the cooling metal rollerballs that help massage and cool puffy undereyes and the refreshing gel texture. It features 10% pure encapsulated Ceramides (found naturally in skin and essential for plumpness,) Phytosqualane from Olive Oil, NMF-boosting Biomimetic Moisturizing Molecules and Deep Water Brown Algae to ensure even skin tone and radiance.

Über Youth Super Elixir Microbiome Mist-on Serum (£17.43)


Mists always seemed like a bit of an unecessary add-on to my already expansive routine, but during lockdown I’ve had both the time and inclination to finish my daily skincare with a spritz. Although this is expensive in comparison to a lot of other Beauty Pie pieces, it contains a powerhouse of ingredients that’s akin to a serum-in-spray format: anti-wrinkle, anti-oxidant, anti-hyperpigmentation and anti-glycation collagen boosters, plus skin-barrier-supporting Defensil and dynamic probiotic Revivyl to help balance the microbiome to reduce inflammation.When used as a last step in my skincare regime, or added over makeup as a quick refresh, it helps to boost my skin in a multitude of ways. The only thing I don’t like is the spray nozzle, which leaves a slightly wet result rather than a delicate mist, but it’s something I can live with.

Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial (£10.12)


An absolute hero of the skincare range, this contains a potent mix of Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Pomegranate Enzymes alongside gentle Quartz and Bamboo scrub grains to slough away dead and dull skin cells from the surface in only a few minutes; it also includes anti-free-radical stem cells from Raspberries, helping to keep the skin protected and healthy looking. It’s the perfect combination of liquid and manual exfoliation, leaving my skin feeling much smoother, softer and clearer after every use. I’ve tried quite a few similar products over the years and this is really comparable to face masks three times it’s price, so it’s definitely a great investment.

HAIR & BODY

Super Healthy Hair Coconut Water Heat Shield Styler (£7.84)


Coconut has to be one of my favourite ever scents, so anything with a sprinkling of the tropical stuff is something I’m willing to try. This hair-strengthening protein spray helps protect fine, weak or damaged hair from heat using ‘elasticity Peptides’, while coconut water helps to offer a hit of hydration. The spray is a very fine and manageable mist with just a hint of coconut fragrance, leaving my hair feeling less parched after use; it’s always hard to know if heat shield sprays are really doing anything, but I’m already onto my second bottle and I definitely feel like my hair is less damaged than it was a year ago.

Super Healthy Hair Shampoo & Conditioner (£6.04 & £5.80)


My hair is so easily affected when it comes to what shampoo and conditioner I use, so on the whole I stay clear of anything I think may overload it or dry it out. Chloe from Lady Writes recommended this as one of her current favourite combos, and I trust her opinion wholeheartedly, so I thought I’d take the plunge and try it for myself – and I’m so pleased that I did. The shampoo provides a gentle lather to thoroughly cleanse without stripping, while the conditioner adds much needed moisturising, colour protect and shine enhancing ingredients; it’s a great all-rounder, especially if your hair is fine like mine and prone to being overloaded with ingredients. It’s a fab daily duo that leaves my ‘do feeling great and easy to style, which is all you can really ask!

Soul Providers Dry Oil Scrub (£10.87)


First things first, this smells INCREDIBLE; a combination of Lemongrass, Black Pepper, Apricot and Evening Primrose Oil provides a refreshing but uplifting experience that I just adore. You do need to mix up the scrub before scooping up a handful and buffing it across your limbs, but the process is both enjoyable and effective – my skin is left feeling super smooth, softly hydrated and ready for either body lotion or a bit of tan. It also contains antioxidant Indian Gooseberry and detoxing Holy Basil Extracts, making this an absolute treat for your body. One of my all time favourite Beauty Pie discoveries.

MAKEUP

Superbrow Colour Pomade (£4.79)


The Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade is one of my all time heroes, and this is a great affordable alternative. Creamier and slightly lighter in texture, this delivers a decent amount of pigment and allows me the precision to create a statement brow; the more I use it the more I fall in love with it, to the point where over the last six months I’ve ditched my Anastasia altogether. The brow products are a real hero of Beauty Pie, and a great place to start if you’re dipping your foot into the pink waters; this is one of my top three finds to date.

Shine Up Lip Colour Balm Stick (£4.00)


Another gem of a find, this is pretty creamy and deposits a lovely slick of comfortable colour on the lips that’s easy to top-up on the go. Although I’d like it to be creamier and offer more of a moisturising balm-like texture, it’s a great alternative to some of the premium brand sticks that charge four times the price. For the price, you really can’t do better!

Shimmerbar (£8.75)


A blatant copy of the best selling Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, this highlighter is pigmented and reflective without being super sparkly or shiny. Great for a quick flush of radiance, especially thanks to the complementary colours and finely milled powder formula, this layers beautifully over makeup and provides the perfect finishing touch to my look. There are many highlighters within the Beauty Pie collection and all have rave reviews, so if you don’t fancy this there’s a liquid version that may just tickle your fancy instead.


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The Importance Of Wearing SPF Every Day Of The Year (Plus 4 Of My Current Faves)

A decade ago wearing SPF outside of the summer holiday period would’ve been as foreign as double cleansing or the Insta-Brow; sunscreen was something saved for those few weeks a year that the UK was graced with sun (or were lucky enough to visit a beach,) when we rummaged around to find that sand-encrusted bottle that we last bought at the airport. Oh how times have changed, with many of us uncompromising when it comes to daily protection. Our understanding and attitude towards damaging rays has changed hugely in the last few years, but we’re collectively still a little bit misinformed about the negative impact the environment can have on our skin – and why we should be wearing our daily dose of sun protection.

UV rays are widely recognised as the number one cause of premature skin ageing, and they’re present every single day of the year – even if it’s grey and cloudy. Exposure to UV rays and pollution can wreak havoc on our skin, right down to its DNA; in fact it’s suggested that 80% of all signs of visible skin ageing are due to environmental aggressors, and therefore to a certain extent preventable. The rays can cause damage to our hydration levels as well as destroy collagen and elastin fibres found in the deeper layers of the skin, all of which is bad news if you want your complexion to look its best.

SPF should be a product we all use daily in order to protect against accelerated ageing and pigmentation issues, but it’s also even more vital if you’re using AHAs, Retinol or Vitamin C – all of which speed up cell turnover and thin the skin, meaning it’s easier for UV rays to penetrate the surface. It’s a part of my routine that I refuse to compromise on, adding it as the last step in my skincare even if I’m only planning to pop out to the shops, and I definitely believe it’s helped me to remain fresh faced throughout my thirties.

I have high standards when it comes to beauty, but even more so when it comes to SPF; these are the four that I currently have on rotation, but they’re also the four that I’ve used for so long that I’ve gone through multiple bottles. I’d thoroughly recommend any one of them, and know you’ll find your perfect match here to suit your needs and budget…

SunSenseUK Daily Face SPF50 (£20.99)


Made in Australia, offering the highest SPF allowable, Sunsense is suitable for all skin types (including sensitive skin.) Fragrance-free, oil-free and non comedogenic (it thankfully won’t block pores), the formula is super lightweight and enriched with Vitamin E & B3 to help improve skin texture, tone, hydration and elasticity. 
Not only does it work beautifully under makeup, but thanks to a subtle tint it helps to perk up the appearance of your skin when worn alone. This is my newest discovery, but it’s been a firm favourite for months now and a great affordable buy.

ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF30 Primer (£36.00)


Incredibly lightweight, not at all greasy and suitable for any age, this works as a lightweight moisturiser and makeup primer too. I tend to layer this either over my usual serum and moisturiser, or if I want a lighter skincare regime just pop this on alone – either way, it helps to keep my skin protected and hydrated while ensuring my makeup lasts all day long. Containing Vitamin E for antioxidant protection, Shea Butter to nourish and protect against free radicals, and vitamin-packed Sunflower, this is one that’s worthy of the hype and award wins. In my opinion it’s the ultimate lightweight SPF, which is why I’m already on my third bottle!

IMAGE Skincare PREVENTION Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF50 (£53.00)


With a sweet lemon-sherbert-esque scent, this oil-free moisturiser glides over skin to leave a velvety smooth finish that’s touch dry in seconds. A little really goes a long way so be careful not to squeeze too much out of the bottle, but the texture is beautiful and the hydration boost it provides is amazing; it was love at first try for me, which is why I’ve been using it for about 18 months. What’s special about this is the ‘micro-sponge technology’ that absorbs surface oils and gives skin a flawless, shine-free finish, ensuring a long-lasting makeup result and complexion that glows. Although this is expensive, it’s a worthy investment – and the bottle is huge so it lasts an absolute age.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50 (£60.00)


The super lightweight tinted formula is perfect for layering, offering a quick-dry finish without any unwanted greasy residue. Not only does it protect from UVA and UVB rays, but pollution and blue light too, making it great for those in-city days when you need added resilience against the elements. A little really goes a long way, offering instant colour correction with a dose of brightening Vitamin C; this is some serious skincare and a really easy to use SPF, so it’s no surprise that I’ve gone through at least two of these already.

Any one of these would be a welcome addition to your skincare regime, and any one would offer you the protection and skin result you desire.

It’s hard to choose between them… Which is why I’ve got all four on pretty much constant rotation!

Which would you choose?

Spa Week Deals, Facial Review, Ingredients: Joanna Vargas Skincare Spa: Vitamin C Face Wash, Exfoliating Mask, Daily Serum

In celebration of Spa Week (October 14th – 20th), I couldn’t wait to tell you all about my latest trip to the Joanna Vargas Skincare Spa (and some exciting deals for all of you beauties!). Joanna’s name has been popping up everywhere from InStyle to Vogue Magazine, deeming her one of the best estheticians in […]