Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare blog

I can’t believe it’s been over 16 years since I first started working with Liz and this amazing British brand. I’ll never forget my first Cleanse & Polish™, it really was unlike anything I’d ever experienced and I knew then that Liz, and her co-founder Kim, were very special women indeed. Fast forward to 2015 and not only are we celebrating our 20th birthday, but Liz has just launched the beautiful new printed version of her Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine into our stores. It’s full of wonderful features and delicious recipes perfect for summertime. Here are my favourite picks from the current issue…

Holiday herbs 

I adore herbs for cooking and eating, but Liz is an expert on their therapeutic benefits beyond the kitchen counter. Did you know a lavender bath is one of the fastest ways to relieve jet lag? While aloe vera – the hero in our Botanical Aftersun Gel – has supreme skin cooling properties. You can read more about Liz’s herbal holiday first aid kit in the latest Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine.

Download now for £2.99, or pick up the new Summer issue in store for £4.99.

Happy and hydrated

When I’m feeling sluggish or stressed I often overlook the fact that I may just be dehydrated. As little as a 5% drop in fluids can affect brain function, stress levels and circulation, not to mention our skin! If, like me, you struggle to drink enough, take Liz’s advice and add water to fresh juices or brew your own tea with fresh herbs. See the latest issue of Liz’s magazine for more clever ways to stay hydrated.

Braidy bunch 

I love this simple rope braid hairstyle (see the step-by-step in the latest Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine) and can’t wait to try it on my girls. To tame flyaways and boost shine, I’ll smooth the tiniest drop of Botanical Shine™ Nourishing Hair Oil onto my hands before I begin – it makes their hair so much more manageable.

Win a pampering break to London 

We’re giving away a pampering break for two, in association with Emerald Street, the free daily lifestyle email, at luxurious new boutique hotel, Leicester House, in London’s West End. As well as an overnight stay with breakfast, the winner and guest will each enjoy a Liz Earle Signature Facial and complimentary Liz Earle goodies. For your chance to win, all you need to do is answer a simple question and subscribe to Emerald Street for your daily fix of fashion, beauty, culture, careers, literature and events.

Click here to enter.

 

Posted by Caroline on July 3rd, 2015
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What an adventure it’s been over the last two decades, not to mention a month of exciting events and limited editions to celebrate our 20th birthday! My highlight? An anniversary dinner with the press, including the original beauty editors who received the very first Cleanse & Polish™ samples all those years ago. I’m also delighted to announce that the new printed version of my Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine has just hit the shelves in Liz Earle flagship stores – the perfect end to what’s been a truly memorable month. Below, discover my fellow ambassadors’ favourite birthday moments…

Coveted collectable

‘It’s no secret that I adore Cleanse & Polish™, so my favourite birthday moment has to be unwrapping my set of 20 Years Special Edition canisters celebrating our three hero botanicals − rosemary, eucalyptus and chamomile. What a gift for a diehard Cleanse & Polish™ collector like me!’ Abigail James, Treatment Ambassdor.

Signature Blue salute.

‘Meeting so many loyal, plus brand new, Liz Earle fans at the Isle of Wight Festival was an excellent way to kick off our 20th birthday month − especially the sight of a sea of Signature Blue manicures created with our new Limited Edition Strengthening Nail Colour.’ Sarah Carr, In-house Lifestyle Expert.

Making Cleanse & Polish history.

‘Helping the team create Jasmine & Osmanthus – our new Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Limited Edition – was pretty special. The floral fragrance is really uplifting, a true summer scent. I’m proud to have played a part in the history of Cleanse & Polish™!’ James Wong, Ethnobatnist. Shop Cleanse & Polish™ Limited Edition.

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. on June 26th, 2015
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As the third annual British Flowers Week wraps up, I’m turning my attention from the veg patch to the flower bed. From the abundance of scented blossom on my fruit trees to the wildflowers attracting bees and butterflies to my plot, flowers are an essential tool for any gardener. Also this week, don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday – it’s not too late to shop our men’s skincare in store (I swear by it!).

My floral field trip

I love my job! Just a few weeks ago I was walking through the sun-soaked fields of Isparta, Turkey, where we source the Damask roses for our Botanical Essence™ fine fragrances. The scent was truly magnificent while the harvest itself was a sight to behold. The reason for my visit? Stay tuned for a very special announcement coming later this year! 

Blooming British

Flowers aren’t just for show – two of our most highly prized botanicals come from native British flowers. Borage oil, found in our Superskin™ Moisturisers, is packed with essential fatty acids that help skin to retain moisture, while the pretty blue cornflower features in our iconic Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion, a must-have to refresh tired or irritated eyes.

Flower power

It takes a brave lady – well, two – to take on the British floristry establishment, but Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey have triumphed with The Flower Appreciation Society, their London-based floristry business adored by the fashion world and celebrities alike. Their beautiful book, The Flower Appreciation Society: An A to Z All Things Floral, is out this week and is full of useful ‘how tos’ to recreate their distinctive floral displays at home.

Available at Amazon for £13.60

Bringing the botanicals home

A team of green-fingered colleagues based at our Isle of Wight HQ have constructed a new greenhouse onsite – fittingly called The Botanical House. Home to some of our most exotic ingredients, including blue seakale and Kalahari melon, and some of our most-loved, like the beautiful star-shaped borage flower, they hope to discover even more about these beauty-boosting botanicals. Good work team!

 

Posted by James on June 19th, 2015
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All the current 20th birthday celebrations have got me reminiscing back to when it all began. Ever since the brand HQ first opened on the beautiful Isle of Wight, I’ve enjoyed discovering the scenic hidden gems dotted around our island home – and I’d love for you to see them too. Also this week, as well as celebrating the brand’s 20th birthday, we’re saying a big “thank you” to dads near and far (plus you’ll enjoy a treat for yourself with every gift!).

Lunch with Liz

When Kim and I started Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, we were both young mums setting out on an incredible journey. It was a hugely busy time with lots of travelling between growers and suppliers so I became an expert in lunch-on-the-go, something I continue to enjoy. For a quick lunch break boost, try my delicious Salad in a Jar – jam-packed with tasty nutrition. Find the recipe on the Liz Earle Wellbeing website here.

An island gem 

With so much beautiful scenery, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to days out on the Isle of Wight. One of my favourites is the hidden beach at Steephill Cove in Ventnor – partly the stunning surroundings, partly the legendary fresh crab sandwiches from Wheeler’s Crab Shed. For more of my favourite things, download the latest edition of my Liz Earle Wellbeing digital magazine.

Download now from the Apple App Store, Google Play or via zinio.com, for £2.99.

A day for Dad

When I first worked on the men’s range almost 10 years ago, we were inundated with requests – not from men, but from wives and girlfriends fed up with sharing their skincare! Looking back at the benefits we brought to so many makes me realise just what a special opportunity Father’s Day is to say “thanks for all” with a personal treat. And this year, when you buy a gift for him, you’ll receive one too!

 

 

Posted by Liz on June 12th, 2015
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Are you thinking of spoiling Dad with the ultimate pampering experience, but worried it might be a daunting experience for him? We sent our Creative Copywriter, Ryan, for a facial with Liz Earle’s renowned Treatment Ambassador, Abigail James. Here’s what he discovered…

Having never had a facial before, I had no idea what was in store for me. I always thought facials and beauty treatments were a bit too much fuss – but I was wrong.

I was greeted by Abigail at our flagship Duke of York Square store and taken to her calming new treatment room. Abigail asked me what products I used, my current routine and any other factors that could affect my skin.

I’m prone to flushed cheeks, and for years I have used steam rooms post-workout, but upon further investigation, it was concluded that this probably wasn’t suitable for my sensitive skin.

After discussing my needs, she tailor-made a treatment to suit my concerns and talked me through each action and product. It was both informative and relaxing! After 90 minutes, I looked in the mirror and could not believe how fresh my faced looked, I could really tell the difference.

I asked Abigail why it is so important for men to look after their skin:

“Men are becoming increasingly more aware of the importance in looking after their skin. Having healthy skin isn’t, and shouldn’t just be specific to women – we all feel confident when our skin looks healthier, and now there are no stigmas attached to male grooming and skincare.

It’s just as important for men to look after their skin, however, skincare and beauty advice can be intimidating to those who don’t know where to start. Don’t be put off though, it’s a valuable learning experience. Ask one of my friendly Liz Earle customer advisors, or book an appointment with me, for a professional consultation. Our customer advisors are trained to offer expert advice and will help you find the products that are suited to your skin type.”

Abigail’s top skincare tips for men

1. Moisturising isn’t just for women. Men need to be just as careful when choosing their products, as they have larger hair follicles, meaning they absorb products quicker than women. Our After-Shaving Moisturiser is perfect for male skin – it’s lightweight and mattifying.

2. For the gym goers out there, keep a cleanser in your bag to get rid of sweat and grime post-workout and be wary of the heat from sauna and steam rooms as it can over-stimulate the blood vessels which can cause redness.

3. Try my Hero Performance Men’s Facial. it’s a bespoke experience offering a botanical lift and a hands-on massage to unlock tension and smooth the contours of the face, delivering a clear complexion with improved texture and definition. It’s the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

To find out how to book Dad an experience at our London, Leeds, Ryde and Guildford stores, click here. You can also purchase treatment gift vouchers here.

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. on June 11th, 2015
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Welcome to the start of an exciting month for everyone at Liz Earle.  We’re busy counting down the days to our 20th birthday, so it’s all hands on deck! Luckily, summer’s arrived just in time to provide a much-needed energy boost, not to mention the promise of balmy evenings eating al fresco and the garden’s natural bounty to come.  It simply couldn’t be a better time to  start the festivities, so stay  tuned for more news on our very special birthday celebrations.

Al fresco accessories

What better way to welcome the start of summer than with a gorgeous garden party? There are lots of easy, inexpensive ways to dress your table too, like these simple rose and pebble place holders, so pretty yet practical in the summer breeze. You’ll find more decorative inspiration for al fresco dining in the latest issue of my Liz Earle Wellbeing digital magazine.

Download now from the Apple App Store, Google Play or via zinio.com, for £2.99.

Power pudding

I’m thoroughly enjoying the fruits of the season – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries – all bursting with skin- boosting vitamin C and antioxidants. Try my extra-special indulgent summer pudding, jam-packed with these beautiful, health-giving berries  – it’s the perfect taste of summer. Find the recipe on  my Liz Earle Wellbeing website here.

Calling all Cleanse & Polish™ fans…

I adore the new Cleanse & Polish™ 150ml classic-formula pumps in an array of stylish 20 Years Special Edition collectable canisters – they look absolutely beautiful. I’m sure you’ll also be pleased to hear that our iconic cleanser has just scooped yet another award! Woman & Home magazine have named Cleanse & Polish™ the top Skin Reviver in their Best in Beauty awards.
What an honour!

Win tickets to the Isle of  Wight Festival!

We’re sponsoring the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 and to celebrate, we’re giving away 7 pairs of festival tickets, plus a VIP stay for one lucky winner. Click through to our Facebook page for full details on how to enter.

Posted by Liz on June 5th, 2015
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What a fabulously floral few weeks! We’ve enjoyed both The RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom – I know many of you experienced the exquisite Secret Garden outside our flagship store in Duke of York Square (in-between the showers that is!). My own garden is also bursting with new botanical life, which tells me just one thing – summer is definitely on the way. What better moment, then, to celebrate spring’s abundance of flowers in all their colourful, scented glory?

Best in bloom

Roses, for me, are the most fabulous of all flowers – perfectly formed and exquisitely scented – so I’m delighted they feature throughout the new Summer Edition of my digital magazine, Liz Earle Wellbeing. From beautiful flower arrangements to floral crafts and more, I’ve included lots of fresh ideas on how to make the most of these beautiful blooms.
Download now from the Apple App Store, Google Play or via zinio.com, for £2.99.

Petal power

Aside from looking glorious in the garden, rose water is a lovely cooking ingredient, adding a unique, delicate sweetness to summer dishes. I like to use it in a honey and garlic marinade for chicken, or in a dressing for one of my favourite summer salads made with watermelon, feta and mint. You’ll find the recipe on my Liz Earle Wellbeing website here.

Scent of the summer

Botanical Essence™ No.100 was launched as a limited edition to celebrate the centenary of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is now back by popular demand! With blossoming notes of Indian jasmine and ylang ylang, plus floral-fresh white freesia, rose-scented geranium and gardenia, it’s my favourite scent to celebrate the summer.

Posted by Liz on May 29th, 2015
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It’s the busiest week of my entire year, but one I look forward to immensely. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an Ethnobotanist’s dream – there’s just so much colour and texture to take in! But let’s not forget these few days are the culmination of months of backbreaking work for the gardeners and growers involved. I know from experience they’ll be looking forward to a well-deserved dose of TLC this weekend, luckily my new handcare kit is just the job.

Top growers’ tip

Chelsea isn’t just about flowers. I’ve loved checking out the medal-winning edibles on show too. If you’re growing tender vegetables like courgettes and tomatoes, ‘hardening them off’ can reduce the shock of their transition from the cosy indoors to the outside world. To do this, place pots outside in the day, then bring them back in each night to slowly acclimatise them to outdoor conditions.

For more tasty tips, check out my new book, Grow for Flavour – available to buy at your local book store.

Our floral tribute

Our Duke of York Square flagship store is a stone’s throw from the showground. As part of the annual Chelsea in Bloom competition, we’ve transformed our storefront into a Secret Garden with a wash of pretty pastel flowers and aromatic herbs. If you’re visiting Chelsea this weekend, be sure to pop by and say hello!

A helping hand

Tending the garden is great for the soul, but it can really take a toll on your hands. My new Helping Hand Collection, £33.00, contains our nourishing Hand Repair™, revitalising Orange Flower Hand Wash, intensive  Superbalm™ and luxurious Superskin™ Hand Serum, to transform dry skin and return hard-working hands back to their former glory. But order now, it’s only available until this Sunday 24th May.

“Being a gardener doesn’t mean you have to have gardeners’ hands. My Helping Hand Collection will keep your green fingers perfectly soft and smooth, no matter what Mother Nature throws at them.” – James Wong x

Posted by James on May 22nd, 2015
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As fresh mornings turn into sunny afternoons, you have to be extra vigilant to keep skin hydrated. More time outdoors equals greater exposure to UV and pollution, which can result in a dull complexion. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to rehydrate – whether it’s upping your intake of essential fatty acides (think avocados and oily fish), or upgrading your skincare routine with our brand new Thirsty Skin Quenchers and my expert tips…

Drink plenty of thirst-quenching raw coconut water

Sunshine saviour

I regularly see the effects of time spent in the sun when clients visit me for a treatment. Whether you’re enjoying the weather here, or further afield, be sure to top up moisture levels with replenishing body moisturiser after your evening shower. Our Botanical Aftersun Gel, included in our new Thirsty Skin Quenchers, contains 92% natural aloe vera – nature’s mega hydrator – to ensure your skin stays ultra-soft and supple.

Store in the fridge for extra cooling ‘ahhh’ factor

Tone smart

Toners made with alcohol can be harsh and leave skin feeling tight. Instead, choose an alcohol-free formula like our heavenly-scented Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic and use it post-cleanse to better prep your skin for moisturiser, or mist over your face throughout the day as an instantly soothing moisture veil.

Pat gently onto cleansed skin to boost absorption

Power of three

Feeling the effects of the spring sunshine? Our new collection of Thirsty Skin Quenchers is the perfect antidote to parched skin. Alongside our hydrating Botanical Aftersun Gel 200ml and replenishing Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic spritzer 30ml, you’ll find our refreshing Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion 150ml, formulated with a blend of gentle herbal extracts to gently calm and rehydrate the delicate eye area. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll save over £10.00** when you buy the collection for £24.00 before Sunday 17th May.

Posted by Abigail on May 15th, 2015
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Often, my clients pop in to seek a small escape from their world of work while they have their treatment. Being a facialist, I love having the power to restore their sense of equilibrium, however, I often see the signs of a lack of workplace wellbeing on my treatment table. Be it dehydration of the skin during a facial, stress or simply bad posture during a massage.

Maintaining good posture is something that’s so easily neglected, especially while under pressure and at the mercy of long hours. Try out my easy-to-follow, quick tips to decrease your chances of back pain in seconds.

  • Sitting straight and tall (just imagine a taut thread reaching from your head to the ceiling) engages your abdominal muscles, which in turn protect your back.
  • Mindful sitting also encourages more efficient breathing, increasing your oxygen intake which will help you feel more alert and productive.

Using a computer or laptop for an extended period of time can cause eye strain, headaches and even blurred vision, which means it’s incredibly important to look after your eye health while at work. After all, we’ve all heard the age-old adage that watching too much television will make our eyes square…

  • To keep your eyes from getting tired, it’s a good idea to ensure you give them a break from the screen every 2 hours for approximately 15 minutes. Get up and make a cup of antioxidant-rich green tea or get away from your desk and go for a quick walk.
  • For extra soothing power, why not keep a bottle of Eyebright™ on your desk for a screen-break treat?

Office air-con is a major beauty culprit. The skin is your body’s largest organ, acting as our protective coating and dealing with a lot of things, from central heating to air conditioning and varying weather conditions. Get around that tight skin feeling by following my tips below.

  • Hydration is key to helping your skin feel healthy, so keep a glass of water on your desk − you’ll be amazed how much more you’ll drink if it’s there. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside will show on the outside too.
  • If your skin feels dry and itchy, a spritz of Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic can help restore harmony and deliver an invigorating burst of freshness.

Feeling good at work doesn’t begin and end in the office. Even just making time to catch up with your girlfriends, or join in a gym class, will make a world of difference to your productivity once you’re back at your desk.

  • Be sure to make time for yourself and do what you enjoy, whether it be a walk, a bath or a film.
  • When at the office, keep your workspace clutter-free. Calm surroundings nurture a calm mind.

We all know how easy it is to fall into the groove of grabbing a take-away coffee each morning. Unfortunately, many people will find that this ‘quick and easy’ approach to the work lifestyle conflicts with their sense of wellbeing.

  • Stuck in a rut with unhealthy snacks? Keeping some nuts in your drawer and an apple on your desk will make it much easier to reach for the right options.
  • There’s no need to spend a fortune on a sandwich. Why not make your own lunch at home – it makes it far easier to prepare healthy food, plus your wallet will thank you!

I hope my workplace wellbeing tips will help bring a little calm to your 9-5.

Posted by Abigail on April 29th, 2015
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