Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare blog

Hello June and the World Cup! I am not saying that I am the biggest football fan around, however I do like the atmosphere. We’ve done a sweepstake in the office which is proving rather fun and a little competitive… come on Switzerland!

I read a lovely article recently about the return of the traditional Sunday lunch and the weekend shop. Can you imagine sitting and eating with family and friends, minus technology, and preparing your meals and snacks for the week? This is my new mission for future Sundays. Since moving back to London, the day has been morning yoga, brunch with friends and discovering local farmers’ markets.

What I’m reading – I have to confess my head is still immersed in blogs, online articles and magazines. I have just ordered A Sting in the Tail by Dave Goulson which will be my in-flight reading.


Where I’m going – This month is all about Devon and New York! My brother is studying for his master’s degree in hydrography (he is going through a lot of Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion to help with late night studying) and I decided to book a long weekend down south to visit, part exploring and part celebrating a friend’s birthday. We went to a jazz night overlooking the sea and did some little road trips out to Woolacombe beach and Reservoir, where we decided to walk around the reservoir, not realising that is was over four miles long and included a walk over a fallen tree – all in flip flops!

My New York update will follow soon… I feel it deserves a special entry of its own!


This month’s lifestyle tip – Everybody, meet my spiralizer! My friend in New York was raving about this last year and I have finally purchased one… hello clean, raw food. This is my latest hobby and all part of the new lifestyle I am embarking on. I will bore you with some food pictures next month – I need a little practice as I am not the world’s best cook…

This month’s skincare tips – My skin has really loved having some fresh sea air this month. I popped in to see the team at our Duke of York Square store the other day, and to pick up my in-flight essentials for New York – Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, Eyebright and Superbalm, the ultimate long-haul flight partner. Simply massage onto clean skin, sit back and relax while it protects skin against moisture loss.

This month’s make up tip – I have moved over to our Strengthening Nail Colour in Quicksand for my nails and now have Knockout (the most perfect red varnish) on my toes. Calling all flip flop wearers… now is the time to invest in Foot Repair Moisturiser and a good foot file to keep dry, cracked heels at bay. I massage this in every evening just before I go to bed to keep my feet flip flip and sandal-ready!

See you soon,

Sarah x

Last week, I had the privilege of spending time with some colleagues, training them on our range of botanical beauty treats. I was amazed when one of my colleagues announced that he didn’t really know what a cleanser was, which got me thinking…

When I first joined the Liz Earle family, I was one of a handful of guys in the office. Back then, ‘skincare’ really wasn’t a cool thing for a guy to indulge in, in fact, I can remember, when I was working in the customer centre, I would often get calls from ladies saying that they had caught their other half secretly using their Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Of course, it wasn’t long before we started work creating our range of Liz Earle for Men products, a targeted selection of simple, dependable, hardworking grooming solutions – including their very own Cleanse & Polish, complete with its own ‘manly’ packaging.

Today, grooming for guys is much more accepted and no longer something that they have to hide from their other halves – so why not treat him to something from our range for Father’s Day (and maybe ‘borrow’ yourself from time to time)…

Three products he’ll love (and you can steal, too!)

  1. A close shave: Finding a shave cream that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, foams effectively and gives a close, clean shave is the equivalent of the finding the Holy Grail. Our Sensitive Shave Cream ticks all the boxes. With its creamy, skin-friendly formula, it really is the best product I have ever used for shaving (and you ladies love it for shaving legs, too!).
  2. Bright eyes: Whether he’s been burning the candle at both ends, suffering with itchy eyes, or maybe just wanting to indulge in a bit of ‘he-time’ at the weekend, our Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion is the perfect way to refresh and awaken tired eyes. If you haven’t tried this yet, it really is love at first sight… a real unsung hero!
  3. Smooth operator: Keep his skin feeling soft and smelling great with our new Bergamot & Ginger Creamy Shower Nectar – a refreshingly zesty, yet spicy and warm way to kick-start your day, or wind down after a long day.

Happy Father’s Day!
Leighton

Cleansing is as essential to skin health as anything that comes afterwards. In fact, many beauty experts swear that nothing works effectively if this first step isn’t just right. Cleansing without stripping, transforming your twice-a-day cleanse into a luxurious skin treat, radiant skin results – for this, we are famous. And guess what – it all comes down to botanicals. Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser’s potent blend is so gentle and skin compatible, yet powerful enough to remove heavy make up and thick SPF sun creams. Offering triple duty benefits, Cleanse & Polish cleanses the skin, removes eye make up and gently buffs skin, twice a day – and is packed with nature’s best botanicals (cocoa butter, eucalyptus, rosemary, hops, chamomile). Customers across the decades have told us their story – how this rich creamy cleanser feels like a real treat for the skin, encouraging a healthy-looking, radiant glow – from teens to septuagenarians. For many, this is their top beauty secret… which is also why it’s won over 100 awards since we launched in 1995.

Bringing skin into bloom, Cleanse & Polish has a special new twist this summer, with our new Cleanse & Polish Orange Flower & Chamomile Limited Edition. Already much feted as the skincare star of your Liz Earle summer, many of you are particularly commenting on the soft, clean, exquisite aroma of English chamomile and gentle yet refreshing orange flower – comforting and reviving in equal measures. This summer essential will have you falling in love with Cleanse & Polish all over again – it’s definitely my favourite limited edition! A new twist on your favourite daily essential, it will calm and soothe your spirits, and really motivate you to cleanse for longer, or try a double cleanse (with lots of fingertip massage), to give skin a real summer workout. The gentle, warm aroma of chamomile is quintessentially British – it’s the comfort of a warming traditional afternoon tea, of the beautiful chamomile that flourishes naturally in the countryside around us. It’s soothing to the senses – a true rebalancing, re-centring aroma. And that’s just the smell!

Of course, with Cleanse & Polish, removing SPFs and melting off make up is effortless and the core formulation is the same. So, keeping thirsty skin in balance is easy with the rich cocoa butter base; the clever muslin’s gentle exfoliating action helps keep skin flake-free and soft, whether you’re tanning or not. Imagine what’s sitting on your skin’s surface – sebum, sweat, pollutants, dirt, make up – it really isn’t a very pretty picture, is it? Do make sure you keep your skin clean and clear, summer-long, with this – the most awarded cleanser in the UK – literally transforming the routine of cleansing into a wonderful ritual, something to be enjoyed (yes really) and looked forward to!

P.S. Please don’t forget to change your muslins regularly! This is the key to the gentle exfoliation phase of our Cleanse & Polish. I’d recommend replacing your muslin cloths each time you start a new Cleanse & Polish, just so you don’t lose any of that brilliant buffing power!

I never tire of talking about Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - the humble skincare hero that’s the star of our botanical skincare range. With well over 10 million sold and one selling every 23 seconds, Cleanse & Polish has truly taken on a life of its own. Last month, we were thrilled to reach an exciting new landmark – 100 awards for our beauty icon, marking Cleanse & Polish as the most awarded cleanser in the UK.

Women and men across the globe choose to have our trusty cleanser delivered monthly – across time zones, climates, humidity, skin type, skin colour, across the equator and even to the Artic. What makes this simple cleansing regime such a secret that you just have to share it? Like you, I’ve officially and unofficially spread the word, in my role as Brand Ambassador and passionate Cleanse & Polish fan across the past two decades, during what time I’ve travelled the world with work and met so many new fans along the way. The beauty press love it too – it’s what many choose to use in their personal time to cleanse.

From the most extreme to the most gentle of uses – here are just some of our more remarkable Cleanse & Polish tributes from customers:

  • One of our wonderful British soldiers serving in Afghanistan emailed us a photo of his night-time camouflage combat gear, protective helmet… and his Cleanse & Polish (for removing his face camouflage after his mission).
  • Soon after we launched in 1995, customers wrote to tell us that it was transforming the removal of children’s party face paints – as with the army camouflage, it’s the simple science of oil breaking down oil.
  • My stopover flight to Sydney, at Singapore: three of us in a row – all strangers – at the airport basin for a quick cleanse with… Cleanse & Polish! We all looked at one another and laughed.

And of course, in between these uses, whole generations of women choose this trusty daily cleanser, month after month, year after year, and recommending to their daughters, their girlfriends, their colleagues and their menfolk. Hence why we launched our Men’s Cleanse & Polish back in 2008 (our fabulous botanist James is himself a staunch fan).

So from plantsmen, supermodels and top Hollywood actresses… to whole legions of mere mortals like you and I – it truly is an icon we regularly call on and have grown to love. It was you, in fact, who first called it an ‘icon’, who elevated it to its legendary status – the pinnacle of the UK cleansing awards. So many new cleansers launch every week, yet ours has stood test of time.

And guess what, just as we finish celebrating 100 awards, we’ve just scooped no. 101 – the CEW award for… ’Best Cleanser:Prestige’. I can’t wait to celebrate 20 years next year, and see what number we reach then!

But what is the secret? Well… it never lets you down, it always delivers, it’s so quick yet so luxurious. And it works for everyone that you know. However you like to cleanse, it appeals.

Firstly, I can’t believe it’s May already – where is this year going?! The sun is shining and I think we’re in for our best summer in years. The flip flop season is well under way… how I love having my toes out!

I made my big move back to London at the beginning of May, and now I’m all settled in my new home and getting to know my new area. I have a wonderful selection of cafes, parks and a lovely organic supermarket right on my doorstep.

I’ve been on the Isle of Wight for most of April and May. It’s been amazing working from our fabulous Biskra beach house (see right) doing our new starter inductions and evening events at our island store. This week, I’m heading to Ireland to see our teams in Dublin and Belfast and to host an evening with Caroline, our Brand Ambassador.

What I’m reading – At the moment I’m waiting for a new book to present itself! I’ve been doing lots of reading around nutrition and having a healthy lifestyle – blogs and online articles have taken over from paperbacks this month.

What I’m wearing – I’ve been enjoying unpacking all my summer clothes and also have a slight obsession with Gap at the moment… T-shirts, jeans and my latest chambray shirt which I plan to wear with my favourite leather skirt for the next bank holiday celebrations.

What I’m planning – This month is all about London! Exploring, catching up with friends and getting to know East London.

This month’s lifestyle tip – As I’ve been travelling all over the country over the past few months, keeping on top of a fitness regime has proved rather difficult. So I’ve been trying interval running training. I saw an article online that recommended trying this if you are short of time and always on the go… so I packed my running kit and have been doing approximately six minutes every morning, alternating 30 seconds sprinting with 30 seconds walking. It’s a great start to the day, perfect for getting the circulation and digestive system going first thing in the morning.

This month’s skincare tips – My skin has been rather oily and I’ve been suffering from breakouts lately, I think the stress of moving and the change in season has had a large impact. To try to balance my skin, I’ve been doing double cleanse with Cleanse & Polish (of course) to ensure my skin is really clean at night, then applying Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Superskin Concentrate to help rebalance. For the morning cleanse, I’ve been using Gentle Face Exfoliator two to three times a week and Deep Cleansing Mask to help regulate oil and keep my skin clean without stripping it. Both of these are perfect for all skin types except sensitive. If your skin is having a funny turn like mine at the moment, keep to a strict cleanse, tone and moisturise regime and target your concerns with collection of naturally active masks and treatments.

This month’s make up tip – I’m still wearing our Strengthening Nail Colour in Moonlight on my nails, I love this shade! I’ve actually been applying a glitter top coat (there are so many of these around at the moment) – it’s really quick way to update your look with something fun for summer. Try this yourself over the top of our colours.I have decided to embark on a lifestyle overhaul on the back of all my research, so watch this space as I am going to take all on my journey with my blog updates!

See you soon,

Sarah x

AbigailAbigail

The secret to truly radiant, healthy-looking skin isn’t only in the products you use – as a facialist, I know that how you apply your skincare matters just as much too. See the difference for yourself and try these four naturally active techniques to bring a fresh, new feel to your skincare regime…

The sunrise

Just as your neck and shoulders carry tension, stress can also show itself through pent up facial muscles and worry lines. Facial massage is a wonderful way to keep those muscles relaxed and skin looking smoother, but depends on being practiced regularly for results – ideally every day, twice a day. That’s why this tension-busting technique is perfect with Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Try this:

  1. Warm one pump of Cleanse & Polish between fingertips then work it over the face and forehead using small, firm, circular motions – this will help relax muscles from multiple angles.
  2. Use small, circular motions with your knuckles along and under the jaw and beneath cheekbones. Apply a slightly deeper pressure here.
  3. Spend at least one minute doing this each time you cleanse – adding a little water will help the massage last longer.

The butterfly

When applying your moisturiser, use the entire surface area of your hands in symmetrical ‘butterfly wing’ motions. This technique is superior to using your fingertips only as it ensures your moisturiser is massaged evenly over skin (so your make up sits impeccably) and also minimises the chances of accidentally skipping areas too.

Try this:

  1. Take a blueberry-sized amount of your preferred Skin Repair Moisturiser or Superskin Moisturiser and warm between your hands.
  2. Massage from neck upwards, using the length of your fingers over the cheeks, chin and forehead in symmetrical gliding strokes.
  3. Finish by sweeping the heels of your hands slowly upwards from the jawline with a steady pressure to stimulate circulation for a rosy glow.

The raindrop

Because skin around the eyes is significantly thinner than elsewhere, using swift ‘pitter-patter’ motions with fingertips is the best way to apply eye products. More gentle than rubbing which can drag delicate skin, it’s a useful technique which can also help puffiness too and rejuvenate tired-looking eyes.

Try this:

  1. Warm one pump of Smoothing Line Serum between the pads of your index, middle and ring fingers on each hand, then gently ‘drum’ the serum over the under-eye area, moving from the inner to the outer of eyes for a minute each morning.

The midnight rose

As well as being soothing before bedtime, facial massage stimulates blood flow which brings a nutrient boost to skin cells, helping to restore a glowing complexion by morning. This technique is easy, even if you’re feeling tired, and combined with our divinely aromatic Superskin Concentrate, will help scent you into a glorious beauty sleep.

Try this:

  1. Apply one pump of Superskin Concentrate over the face and neck, then press your thumbs against your inner brows. Push up and hold for 10 seconds.
  2. Use your index and middle fingers to push up under cheekbones, press and hold for 10 seconds then glide out.
  3. Pinch along the jaw with the thumb and forefinger. Hold each point for 5-10 seconds.
  4. Don’t forget to treat your neck too – press and hold all your fingers under the collarbone and work outwards for blissful relaxation.

Psst! My 30-second brightening secret for skin

Brightening Treatment Mask never fails to perk up my complexion and works in as little as 30 seconds. If my skin is really struggling with fatigue, then while the mask is on, I use brisk ‘pinching’ actions with my thumb and forefinger over my face to give its surface an intense brightening nudge.

As I hopped aboard the hovercraft this morning at Southsea, I chose a fun postcard for my two-year-old, who loves all things ‘transport’ and is about to celebrate her third birthday. As I amused myself looking at the card (literally a photo of a hovercraft!), it made me think how little we actually write these days. Everything is done at the touch of a button, or a screen – rarely do we capture memories by transcribing. Do you remember the days when your hand ached from handwriting, after the summer holidays? Today made me take a step back and reminisce about the beauty of a postcard, a letter, of capturing a special moment.

When I arrived home, my little one took out ‘Mummy’s vintage Ladybird book’ – Pictionary. We came to ‘I’ for ‘INK’ (illustrated with a little boy filling his ink well for his fountain pen). My daughter looked totally non-plussed: “What’s he doing, Mummy?”. Suddenly I was praising the beauty of writing, of writing down your feelings, sending letters and cards (just like we did to Grannie and Grandma on Mothering Sunday)… she still looked confused, so I told her to ask to see Grandma’s fountain pen, with real ink cartidges – while part of me lamented quietly that this young generation will grow up with speedy fingers, not ink stained hands.

I also sat down with my Director, Tina, and discussed the beauty of a surprise piece of post. Her four-year-old gets extremely excited by post arriving too, and together, they discuss what post is. Tina told me of a favourite aunt who always sends postcards and we reminded ourselves of the time it takes to choose a card, the love it takes to handwrite, find the address, put on a stamp, and pop it into the post box.

Although we enjoy all the ease, immediate pleasure and brilliant connectivity of the modern age, let’s also celebrate and practice the art of letter writing and sharing memories on paper. I spent today archiving in the basement under our island store – so many past newletters, customer letters, top product requests and press releases… these ephemeral things need to be lovingly preserved for prosperity. Next time you visit us, do share your story on the ‘Your thoughts’ pads.

And so here I am, preparing my daughter’s birthday gifts and card. As well as the hovercraft postcard, she has a beautiful birthday card, with a special message from Mummy and Daddy and big sister. I’ve added the year and few words about what she’s enjoying so she can keep it in her memory box. I hope she relishes reading this one day – a memory captured in writing. I should do this more.

CarolineCaroline

With a botanical trio at its heart – coconut, radish seed & yangu oils – our miraculous Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil is fast becoming one of your top favourites, just a year after launching in 2013. How did we survive without this speedy multi-tasker, we all cry?

Customers I meet in store, online or on paper have all been raving about this new find, and we’re talking all ages – be it the teenage daughter protecting her hair from her new styling tongs, the swimmer keeping her locks in top condition, the working mum speeding up her morning blow-dry, or the party-goer’s secret to super-shiny locks… take a peek at some of our customer testimonials.

I’m amazed at how it’s revolutionised my haircare and it’s now my top haircare product for all the family. I use it on my own fine, oily, (highly highlighted) hair – with great effect. For me, it’s both a quick-fix between washes to calm and de-frizz – as well as really adding shine and manageability before blow drying. My latest trick is to use it pre-shampoo, as a ‘10-min-leave-in’ treatment (I use five pumps), then wash and condition as normal. Though nothing quite takes the place of our Botanical Shine Treatment, our hair oil can double up in this clever way when you’re short on luggage space.

The other bonus? It lasts for ages. Experiment and truly get to know (and fall in love with) this bountiful hair oil and all the different ways you can use it.

You love it (I know, I’ve been keeping notes in my ‘customers love…’ notepad!) and here’s how you’re all using it:

  • An intensive treat following highlights or bleach
  • Defining layers
  • Defrizzing unmanageable, curly or dry locks and restoring manageability
  • Adding shine
  • Enlivening hair with the beautiful aroma of our haircare range (sweet orange, patchouli, geranium, vanilla absolute, rosemary, carrot seed, cedarwood, lemon)

Not tried it yet? Do watch our short video for a quick-fire ‘how to’ and enjoy! Plus, read the 162 top reviews for more customer feedback…

Keep us posted with any new tricks that you’ve discovered with our hero oil too.

Caroline X

As the mum of two young sons, aged four and one, there’s only one thing on my Mothering Sunday wish list – a lie in! However, as the clocks go forward that morning, sadly that’s even less likely than usual. I do love having the chance to say thank you to the significant women in my life though, spending some time to reflect on what I have learnt from them and how they continue to support me in all that I do.  I am fortunate that this includes not only my own my mum, but also my grandmother and these days my mother-in-law as well.

In fact, it was my mum who introduced me to Liz Earle a few years ago, prior to my wedding, treating me to the daily essentials of cleanse, tone and moisturise to help get my skin ready for my big day. We’ve both been big fans ever since, loving the fuss-free simplicity of the products, but also the element of pampering luxury that the products bring to our daily skincare routine. Since then I have also introduced the range to my mother-in-law, who has found our Superskin range particularly beneficial to her very dry skin, as well as my grandma, who loves the luxury of our delicately scented products.

I am absolutely thrilled that this Mothering Sunday I can introduce my mum to the delights our new Indulgent Bath & Body collection. The perfect thank-you present for all marvellous mums, I know that she’ll love both the gentle Creamy Shower Nectar and the sumptuous Silky Body Lotion.

My mother-in-law is the gardener of the family, helping to put right my horticultural mishaps and keeping the family provided with beautifully fragrant flowers and wholesome home-grown vegetables from her stunning garden, which looks out across the tranquil Solent. So I’ve decided to treat her hardworking green fingers to two hero products – our multi-tasking ‘emergency skin salve’ Superbalm, which can be used to condition nails and cuticles as well as dry skin on hands, elbows and lips – and Superskin Hand Serum, which leaves hands looking visibly plumper, smoother and more rejuvenated with a potent botanical blend.

For my grandma, now well into her eighties, I could think of nothing better than the perfect partnership of our rich Hand Repair and Orange Flower Hand Wash, two of her favourite products which will take pride of place in her bathroom. My grandma’s home is very much the hub of our family life, frequented by her two children, five grandchildren and now her four young great-grandchildren as well. Our delicately fragranced Orange Flower Hand Wash is perfect for washing the hands of her keen little helpers or removing all traces of chocolate buttons sneaked behind mum and dads’ backs!

Wishing all you mums out there a wonderfully relaxing (and well-deserved!) Mother’s Day,

Lucy x

Thank you so much for reading, liking and commenting on my new blog – it makes writing on the train all the more worthwhile!

February and my birthday were fabulous! A day out in Whitby, girly dinners, seeing my brother – plus the sun shone on my birthday for the first time in years. Ibiza is all booked – my amazing team here at Liz Earle treated me to some gift vouchers for my birthday, which I can’t wait to spend on new sunglasses. Keep an eye out in June for my new sunglasses in Ibiza!

What I’m reading – I think I’ve set the bar rather high with Long Walk to Freedom, I learnt so much – including that Nelson Mandela was released on the 11th February (my birthday). I’ve just begun reading Steve Jobs’ autobiography and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.

What I’m wearing – My cousin is getting married in May so I’ve treated myself to a new silver Whistles skirt and top. I also love the new collection in COS and have just indulged in a silver dress… this metallic look is perfect for spring.

What I’m planning – My New Year’s resolution to make lots of plans is still going strong, my best friend of 31 years, Emily, and I are planning a belated 30th celebration in Las Vegas this Halloween, as it’s been a dream of ours to experience Halloween Stateside.

This month’s lifestyle tip: I’m still drinking three litres of water per day and still hailing the results. Last weekend, I met up with a girlfriend whom I haven’t seen for ages –  her first comment was how great my skin was looking, and she asked after reading last month’s blog whether I was still drinking three litres per day!  Answer was yes, and Sophia has now begun the water challenge!  Has anyone else tried and seen results?  Personally my skin looks clearer with less dehydration lines and I am sleeping well and not getting up in the night (a couple of customers asked me this in store this week). With spring firmly on its way, I’m also walking as much as possible. For the ultimate mood-boost, try opening your blinds/curtains as soon as you wake in the morning – and embrace the first bright mornings.

This month’s skincare tips: How can I tackle dark circles? This question was posted on last month’s blog and I have three vital solutions: water, sleep and diet! Nasal congestion, dehydration and lack of sleep can be a main cause of dark circles. Try doing some gentle massage movements to aid fluid retention – start at the bridge of the nose and sweeping down and across the cheek. If you’re having a late night or not sleeping, make sure you drink plenty of water and green tea throughout the day, cut down on dietary salts and quit smoking.
Daily Eye Repair is my go-to morning eye saviour – this three-in-one eye treatment helps conceal dark circles while diminishing fine lines, plus it contains mineral SPF10. I use it as a base for Light Reflecting Concealer – using these two products together gives me the bright-eyed look I’m after.

This month’s make up tip:
Sheer Skin Tint SPF15 is back!  Not that it ever went away!  I alternate between Signature Foundation and Sheer Skin Tint throughout the year – now that spring has officially sprung this is my makeup must-have for spring and summer.  I love the long-lasting dewy finish, buildable coverage and SPF 15.  I apply all over, add Light Reflecting Concealer, Healthy Glow Cream Blush and dust a little powder over the T-zone.

Let me tell you a little more about wonder-product, Light Reflecting Concealer. Personally I use Shade 2, which I apply under my eyes to disguise late nights and early mornings, as well as underneath brows to define, across the top of my cheek bones to highlight, then around my lips to smooth fine lines and create a base for lip colour.

I’m all about embracing spring – I aim to be in flip-flops occasionally by the end of the month and flashing my toes with our new Strengthening Nail Colour, Awakening.

Sarah x