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London Make-up Blog by Corinna Harrod - 3M ago
Natural deodorants, I have tried loads. They never work on me, it's not that I sweat particularly profusely, they just don't quite seem to do the job. I'd transferred my eco ideas somewhere else as I was just wasting money on products that weren't working. But somewhere I saw the Natural Deodorant Co. recommended and I went to have a look at their website, as you do. Cleverly they sold sample pots and their choice of smells appealed to me so I ordered some sample pots - Orange and Bergamot, Coriander and Lime active and then at the last minute I added a sample of the men's deodorant. The sample pots were £2.50 each.



Now my husband sweats, and smells, there is no delicate way to put it. I make him carry deodorant in his work bag, it's something about using his brain, it's not that he's particularly active. Literally the more he thinks the more he smells. It's not ideal. Especially as I'm his wife and I work in the beauty industry I feel it is a problem I should be able to help him solve.

The samples arrived. Good sized pots that would last you a couple of weeks if you use it sparingly and you actually don't need that much at all. Get a bit on your fingertips and cover the whole armpit area, you don't need a thick covering at all. Just make sure the whole area is covered. I made Joe put some of his on, he had a big presentation so I double checked the bag for his usual aerosol and reminded him to check before he went in.

He didn't smell. At all. I put my face into his armpit. It's witchcraft. I have no idea what's going on. And it wasn't a one off. It is absolutely incredible. I mean life-changeingly incredible because washing shirts is less of a problem. It was so good that after day three I was ordering full size pots (only £11 for 55g) - the mens deodorant for Joe and the Orange and Bergamot for me.

They arrived a couple of days later - sadly I couldn't order directly from the website because they are moving to a bigger premises (which is a good sign) but you can now pre-order there - in lovely glass jars. I am blown away. In the 13 years I've been writing this blog and testing products I have had this reaction to only a handful of products.

At the moment I'm struggling to think of a reason why everyone shouldn't buy this.

What You Need to Know - The Natural Deodorant Co. 

  • £2.50 (5g), £6 (20g), £11 (55g)
  • 14 to choose from including gentle, means and active ranges. 
  • contains magnesium and sodium bicarbonate
  • Vegan, leaping bunny certified
  • Available through The Natural Deodorant Co.,  Glasshouse 
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London Make-up Blog by Corinna Harrod - 6M ago
The first Empties video of 2019 and indeed the first video of 2019. I haven't done a video or a blog for quite a while. I will be trying to up my game a little but other work has taken over and if I was to see my husband at all something had to give a little.

Anyway, I've been meaning to do this video since before Christmas and I'm going to be so happy to have my 'empties' washbag no longer full to bursting. As always, all the products are listed below and any of my product reviews are listed below them!

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Empties 1 (2019) - YouTube


Dove Deodorant 
OGX Argan Oil Conditioner
Origins Spot Remover Pads (no longer available here are the Medik8 ones I am currently using)
Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse (looks like this is going to go so get it while you can)
Lush Scenic Shampoo Bar
SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM
Liz Earle Botanical Shine Treatment (no longer available)
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
LimeLife Perfect Mascara
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Garden of Wisdom Azelaic Acid
Amelia Moss Argan Oil (discontinued)

Reviews:
Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM 
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel 
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Amelia Moss Oils

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I was sent some of these products as a gift or for review purposes but the choice to feature it was entirely my own. 
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I love books and they make fantastic presents for all ages. Whether you are going to stay with someone and need to take something or are posting something to a niece or nephew, hopefully I've got it covered.



Agatha Christie - you know I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan and there are three gorgeous new editions out this Christmas. The ABC Murders, 4.50 from Paddington (my favourite of the three) and The Mystery of the Blue Train - all great reads and I really love the new colours. How I wish I could have them.

Blind Date with a Book Club - this is such a fantastic idea - choose the genre's and every month for 6 months you get a book sent to you or you can choose one book based on it's five line sentence. I personally love the sound of the Last Christmas selection.

Blue Bowl - not only my favourite place for presents in general but a great selection of unusual books for grown-ups and children. My eldest (6) loves Smart about Sharks and I'm going to get the middle one Bonkers about Beetles (his nickname is Beetle) and I love the Dahlov Ipcar books too. For grown-up's this is Florence's latest pick.

The Home Bar - a great book (dare I say it?) for men. My husband really loves this book and it looks beautiful.

The Nancy Mitford Collection - from Heywood Hill (where she once worked) this is a beautiful collection of five Nancy Mitford paperbacks in a beautiful box.

Penguin Classics - Waterstones are doing beautiful hardback editions. You can get someone their favourite book or if you have a baby why not get the A Christmas Carol - we got one (in not such a beaut edition) for Ned for his first Christmas and we read it to him at this time every year and it's so lovely.

Small Print Books - a really fantastic independent book shop that has an incredible selection of unusual books for children.

Timeless; A Century of Iconic Looks - Louise Young is the make-up artist when it comes to historical accuracy and I'm so happy to have this book with me when I go on shoots. Not only is it great for make-up artists but a wonderful read for those interested in cosmetics and hair through the ages.
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Finally, the pro foundation I've used in my kit for years is now available to buy individually. But how do you apply it? I hear you ask. Well let me show you how.

How to Apply LimeLife Perfect Foundation - YouTube


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LimeLife Perfect Foundation
LimeLife Blenderful
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

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Of course there is a beauty guide on it's way but for all those non-beauty bits there's this. Everything is in alphabetical order except for the first one because it's the most important.

Choose Love - buy things for people who have been forced to flee their homes with nothing. From children's coats, blankets and nappies, to hot meals, hot showers and tents. The Mother & Baby bundle is a food, clothes and hygiene pack for a mother raising her baby in a refugee camp. You can even get someone medical care. I often get cross with people who make me feel that what I do is a frivolous thing for women with no brains (it isn't) but compared to what these people are going through it is even having a bath is a total luxury. I'm thinking about every little thing I buy this year and where I can, I'm cutting back to get from here instead.

Beeswax Wraps - the ultimate stocking filler or present for someone you just don't know that well. Everyone I know got these last year. A clingfilm replacement that is easy to wrap, easy to post and is a small UK based company. There's nothing about this I don't love.

Black Dragon Press - I love my Agatha Christie prints from here - they look fantastic.

Blue Bowl - always my first port of call for any present and at Christmas I find I can usually do the majority of my presents here. From stocking fillers (these tassel earrings are beautiful and there's beard balm for your hairier other half) to kids stuff via really unusual things in between. The stationary is out of this world (we all know I can't resist a notebook) and this drum charm is stunning. Everything is carefully curated and thought about - the zip bags are handmade with vintage fabrics - I adore this jungle print.


Brass Spoons - make a lovely stocking filler and I think the stags and elephants are particularly appealing. £6.95

Chambers & Beau - I'm obsessed with this jewellery. You know when you love a brand partly because you love the person behind the brand. Well that's what happened here. The jewellery is stunning and made by an incredible woman. Members of my beauty group will know I love a lightening bolt so this brand is perfect for me. The cufflinks can be personalised are are lovely - I really like the sequin ones. I particularly want the mini lunar necklace with my sons initials on. I have charms on my necklace and I'm always losing them - one of these would be heaven.

Cheese Knives - these are very cool and ideal for the foodie man in your life or as a house gift.

Desmond & Dempsey - when I'm a grown-up I shall own a pair of these pyjamas. Hopefully these ones. But for now the eye masks are more in my budget - I love the Sansindo Tiger print one as it's most likely to withstand the mascara onslaught. From £15

Dilli Grey - Indian-inspired, ethically sourced clothes and homeware. I love these elephants so much I couldn't wait for Christmas and have one above my bed. Their sleepwear is incredibly reasonably priced - for those of you who have wanted my sadly-discontinued floral dressing gown, these kimonos are the closest thing I've found and they are stunning.

Hammered Glass Bottles - I love the shape of these - the small one in particular. £16.95

Light-A-Ball - how cool are these? Great for a bit of Christmas cheer or just as an awesome light feature all year round. From £7.30

LimeLife Walk in the Woods Candle - this candle smells incredible. And it's not just a candle when the soy wax is melted it won't burn you but can be used as an incredible softening hand treatment. And when you've finished the pot looks gorgeous and you can keep stuff in it. You have to contact me to get your hands on one of these.

Mouse Lamps - these are appealing... but I don't mind mice. They come in gold and white (my preference). I like the standing one best, it looks like it's offering you the light to help you read. From £63

Mrs Bridges Chutney Trio - I miss the pre-child Christmases where I would treat myself with a 'big shop' from Lakeland to get all my Christmas party bits. It's also a great place to get presents and the famous Mrs Bridges Chutney's come in this cute trio with a jute bag - a great foodie present or house gift.

Nikuku - have a lot of lovely things and 10% off your first order. You'd be able get quite a few things from here I think. These brass star lanterns are chic and festive, I love these hooks and this heart dish is delightful.

Plastics Free - for those trying to be more ethical in their shopping this year I love this shop. I've already got the steel straws for the kids stockings and am going to order the hair cubes in my next shop. If you need inspiration they have a great gift selection - the bee bombs are great for the present drawer,

Red Face Prints - I love these vintage style prints. Although there isn't one of my area of London (not trendy enough?) I love the ones of Richmond Park and the South Bank.

Rose Bottle Stopper - I've never been one for a bottle stopper but I love these rose shaped ones and the vintage gold and silver finishes.

Skandinavisk - one of the few candle makers who makes products that you can really smell. Even when these aren't lit you can get a waft making them worth their slightly higher-end price tag. Skog is my absolute favourite.

Socks - surely a stocking staple and my favourite socks are these bamboo ones from BAM. Super soft and hardwearing.

Susie Watson -  love Susie Watson designs and have her material for the curtains in my bedroom. This domed glass candle holder is heaven.

Susie Watson Candle Pot - I love Susie Watson designs and have her material for the curtains in my bedroom. These candle pots are sweet and would be really useful for teaspoons, hair ties, teabags when the candle's long gone. £15

White Company Winter Candle - it's not so much the candle that I'm interested in though I have an almost obsessional love for a candle, but the gorgeous mercury pot it comes in which I would use as a trinket dish on my dressing table afterwards.
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This one was really popular last year - kids are hard to buy for especially if you are trying to avoid the plastic tat route! If you have godchildren, nieces and nephews or any littlies to buy for that aren't yours it can be hard to know where to start. Well you can start here...


A Quarter of - if you are going to buy your kids sweets, make them good ones. This is like your old fashioned sweet shop with all the sweeties you loved as a child.

Animal lights - a lovely addition to a children's bedroom or playroom. They have dinosaurs, flamingos and unicorns. Available in 2 sizes from £12.95

Apron - these are really sweet and can be personalised - great for cooking and craft. I love the fox one. Currently from £13.95 in the sale.

Bath Bombs - my kids love a bath bomb and, if you get it from the right place, they are a wonderful plastic-free, tat-free option. They smell great, look great and there's no evidence of it after it's gone. These ones from Lush are child-friendly, purse-friendly and look great.

Bee Bombs - I love these. Every now and again I throw one into my garden and hope for the spring.

Bingo - lots of varieties available. We have the bird one and love it - I'd quite like to get under the sea too!

Black Cat Pouch - such a sweet little purse or pouch for special things. Festive sparkly ears but perfect for all year round. £12.50

Blue Bowl - you can do all your Christmas shopping in one place and it's here. But as this is a post for Childrens gift ideas I'll stick to those for now.  There's loads to choose from - wooden train set, vegetable chopping set, pom pom hair ties (another great one for the emergency present drawer) and pin-a-farm. This wooden tool box is incredible and my 6 year old would love this portable potion kit.

Bright Corner - these are incredible. Little houses and tents made out of ply wood and lit with a lovely warm glow, even the cable has been thought about - it's fabric.

Cotton Twist - this has been my go-to for party bags and it is a fantastic place to go-to for tat-free stocking fillers and gift boxes. Taking your kids to someone else's house over the festive period? Take one of these amazing craft kits and they will have something to keep them occupied. I also love these letter decoration making kits.

Denim Jacket - these customised denim jackets are heaven!

Dino String Lights - lovely for a dino loving kids room all year round. £32

Jessica Mesquita Illustrations - send in a picture of your kid and any pets, hobbies and she will create a beautiful illustration for you.

Kidly - a great place to find toys for all different ages and I love their Go Green section.

Kid O Magnatab - these are a huge hit with all of mine. You can get letters, numbers and freestyle.

Makeup Set - this is pretty incredible though whether it will stop them stealing yours I don't know. £21.50

Matchstick Monkey - also seen in my sons stocking last year this is the only teething toy any of my kids has shown any interest in. £10

Meri Meri - lots of lovely little stocking fillers - hair clips and jewellery are particularly pleasing. They also have lots of festive bits you didn't know you need!

Nailmatic - some kids want makeup and nail varnish but it's a minefield trying to find stuff that isn't going to put nasties into them. Nailmatic have it sorted from soaps and lip balms to nail varnishes and bath bombs. Great for stockings, for the child you don't know that well, or as an emergency in your present drawer.

Phil & Phae Salopettes - gorgeous, velvet and ethical I wish these came in grown-up sizes.

Play Hooray - Claire is an early years teacher and she has such wonderful ideas on how to get your child playing in all sorts of ways and mostly involving you being able to have a cup of tea. I have loads of her play prompt packs - my youngest got the First Year play prompts in his stocking last Christmas.

Polar Post - another great place to find unusual gift ideas including books and decorations. I love these glow in the dark stars.

Pyjamas - I love these ones from The Bright Company. Ned's TBC pyjama's are his favourites. The Montserra slim jims are my favourites at the moment. 

Scout & Co - one of those places where you can buy everything for your kids in one place! Lots of lovely ethical clothes and unusual toys.

Seedbom - I love these. You can either get a seedbom 'grenade' or one of their lovely gift sets. I'm particularly fond of the bee hotel.

Small Bob - I really love the art deco style of the initial prints here. And you can build your own gift bag which is a lovely idea for a godchild.

Steel Water Bottle - for the eco conscious this is actually really useful. Ned has to go take a water bottle to school, we're constantly looking for one to take to the park or in the car.

Teepee Tent - not just lovely to have in the garden for summer, these can be put up as a den or reading nook during the winter too. From £60 in the sale.

Tiger Head Wall Decoration - only £10 and made from recycled cardboard - make your own Tiger Head!

Turn & Twizzle Puzzle Board - great for fine motor skills and doesn't take up too much space or look horrendous. £14

Wonder & Rah - gorgeous prints for everyone though these ones I've selected are the children's ones. You can also get personalised initial prints and From £15



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I hate that we have this in the UK as we don't celebrate Thanksgiving BUT I also don't want you, dear reader, to miss out on some great deals that may really help with your Christmas shopping so here are my picks from the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals.



Beauty Bay - are offering 50% off some Anastasia Beverley Hills products and 30% off lots of other products across the site.

Benefit - have some beautiful sets at great discounts. They also have freebie offers based on spend so you can get 3 free minis when you spend £35 or more and 6 free mini's when you spend £60 or more. Use the code FREEBIEFUN

The Body Shop - are offering 40% off lots of their products (including my favourite Camomile Cleansing Butter) using the code 19085 at checkout or instore.

Boots - have 1/2 price on selected Clinique products.

Guru Makeup Emporium - are offering 15% off everything across the site using the code BLACK15. Starts on Friday 23-Monday 26th

LimeLife - we have the most amazing deals available. Not only does every order get a free blenderful beauty blender (worth £16) but you can also get my two favourite products, the perfect liner and perfect mascara together for £30 saving you £6. You can get two of our incredible Enduring Lip Colours for £28 saving you £8. And we have an exclusive Glamcor Mirror too.

Look Fantastic - have 20% off for the first 250 customers and 15% off for everyone else. They have 3 for 2 on Elemis, 40% off selected Urban Decay, and 20% off NYX.

Monica Vinander - have 30% off some of their gorgeous jewellery. I love the bead friendship bracelets.
Victoria Health -
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London Make-up Blog by Corinna Harrod - 8M ago
The festive season is bearing down upon us and party season is nearly here. But what to do if you want to be festive just not that festive. If you have a job and/or kids that don't allow for a 3 hour glamathon or that you're just a bit too old to have a full face of glitter? Well, cheat is the answer to that.

Everything below can take as little or as long as you have and will be a lot of wow and actually not a lot of fuss.



1. JT Make-up Studio Metallic Leaf

This is incredible. Available in a whole range of colours - my favourite is Peacock - use Duo Glue to stick this anywhere you want but I really like doing it on my eyelids with a dramatic flick liner (do the liner first, stick on the foil and then touch up the liner after) or in a crazy C shape around one eye and temple area. Looks great swept into the hair (you have to put some gel in first) for the more adventurous. Going to a do after work? Do your eye makeup as usual take the foil, some tweezers, the glue and your eyeliner pen (LimeLife make the best for this) and just apply it in the loo before you go out. It doesn't have to look neat and it takes 5 mins to do. JT Makeup studio also do a whole load of glitters, glitter discs and sequins.


2. Biodegradable Glitter 
Sadly glitter and sequins are mostly made of plastic! But some brands are on to that and have made it biodegradable glitter and sequins. My favourites are from Ecostardust - theis signature blends look incredible and they have a good range of sizes - Moonshine signature blend looks festiveThe Gypsy Shrine also have a great selection,   I really like the look of the Wild Glitter's Chunky Gold. I use Duo Glue to stick mine on and a C-shape around the eye is easy to do and flattering on everyone.



3. Bright Lip
For those who really don't want to put in that much effort a bright red lip can look very festive. But it should be bright to make that Christmas statement. My favourite bright reds are Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura, MAC Retro Matte Dangerous and LimeLife Enduring Lip Colour in Candy Apple.

4. Sparkly Liner
NARS used to do a fantastic black liner with gold glitter through it that was perfect for us grunge lovers during the festive season. But you can easily do your own but finding a sparkley eye liner and smudging it into a black kohl liner using a damp brush. Or there are ones that you can paint on yourself. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner comes in loads of colours and is so easy to carry in your bag and stick on in the loos after work - the more creative of you can also dot it around the eye like I suggest with the glitter.

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So you may know that in July I started working with a company called LimeLife by Alcone who had just launched in the UK. I thought I would do a video so you could see why I decided to join *dramatic pause * a network marketing company and why I think you probably should too.

Why I Joined LimeLife by Alcone (& Why You Should Too) - YouTube


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London Make-up Blog by Corinna Harrod - 9M ago
One thing I get asked a lot in the Facebook group is my recommendations for teenage skin. I have to say it's a question I always rather dread giving an answer to. Skin is so individual and hard to advise on without being seen and teenage skin is 100 times trickier. How hormones and puberty affect someones skin is completely unique and can change almost overnight.

One thing we usually associate with teenage skin is spots and these can be caused by a number of things but one thing that can definitely help is making sure the skin is clean. Many products can go too far and overly strip the skin causing further damage and in some cases increased sebum (oil) production. A good cleanser will keep the skin clean without taking away too much oil or messing with the natural balance of the bacteria on the skin. A good cleanser is important because it will help to keep the pores clear from oil and dirt therefore helping to prevent spots and blackheads. If your teenager has acne you will need more than a cleanser.



However, there is everything to be said for encourage your tween/teen to develop a good skin care routine. Not only will the reap the benefits in the future but it also encourages self-care, taking time to look after oneself and be aware of whats going on with your skin and face. We want our kids to play sport and eat well and I think it's great to ensure they are looking after their skin too - it's their biggest organ after all.

As with all aspects of skincare there is so much more choice available to teens now it's hard to know where to start. It's also very tempting to go for one of the more fashionable, big-name brands which may actually do more harm than good for younger skins. Luckily there are some great brands developed by parents who discovered there was a big gap in the market for what they wanted for their teenagers. I've listed these below.

But first here are some of my teen skincare do's and don'ts that will make choosing your skincare and deciding on a skincare routine a whole lot easier.

  • DO avoid mineral oils, sulphates and parabans all of which can contribute to dryness and aggrivate the skin. 
  • DON'T go overboard. Your skin knows what it's doing. The most important thing for teen skin is to keep it clean so cleansing twice a day is great. If that's all you need to do then that's fine. 
  • DO wear sunscreen. 80% of wrinkles are from UV exposure so before you think about adding products to your teens skin routine to prevent problems arising in the future, stop. You are probably overloading the skin and in fact making sure they are using a sensible SPF is the best thing. 
  • DO go to the GP if you have full-blown acne. You don't have to just get on with it, there's lots you can do and a trip to the GP is the first thing I'd suggest to see what they recommend. 
  • DO use rosehip oil if you have acne scarring and to prevent scarring. 
  • DO look for 'natural' products as up to 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream.*
  • DON'T use wipes or misceller waters as they can be drying and cause a whole host of other problems. 


One product I get asked about specifically is Azelaic Acid as I recommend this a lot to my clients. I love the one from Garden of Wisdom which I use myself and as far as I know this should be safe to use on teenage skin. I would say try to do a patch test to see how the skin reacts. It is antibacterial, inflammatory and helps remove dead skin cells so is great for those who suffer with breakouts.

For those who already have a good skin routine but just want a moisturiser the Olay Radiant Glow Moisture Lotion is a moisturiser aimed at young skins though it's suitable for all and it has light-reflecting particles so will even the appearance of skin tone.

Below are my picks for teen skins, have a look and see which ones will work for you/your teenager. I don't have a teenager and I'm quite far away from being one myself so I haven't tried a lot of these however, I have done extensive research and these are the ones I would go to.

1. Sam Farmer
Created by a dad for his teenagers. He actually went back to school to study cosmetic science and is now sits on the council of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. This is the place I'd start. The range is basic, as it should be. I'd get the Face Wash and Moisturiser and start there. If you buy 5 of the travel size products they get put together in a travel washbag which would make a lovely present! I love the design of these, the price point and the ethics of this company. Read the About and Education pages on the website and if you don't love Sam Farmer then I'll be surprised. 



2.Oy!
A range of organic skincare designed specifically for teenagers though this goes a little further than Sam Farmer to include a serum and a concealer. For just £2 you can get a Sample Pack which includes two sachets of the serum and moisturiser so you could get this and the Face Wash as a good starter pack though as it's a foaming face wash I would recommend only for the oilier skins. Again this is reasonably priced with a great design that will appeal to everyone.



3. Elizabeth's Daughter
A wider range but again made using botanical and natural ingredients. With more products available you can be more specific in your requirements with a Gel Cleanser for oilier skins, a Cream Cleanser for normal to dry skins and Eye Make-up Remover for those who wear make-up. The Purifying Mask is supposed to be lovely.

4. Amie Skincare
This range is definitely more aimed towards young women rather than men it would be a great choice for those who want to have a grown-up skincare routine - all the steps are available but in versions suitable for younger skins. Oils, masks and exfoliators are available and again this is a brand created by a mother with her daughter in mind. The one thing that puts me off this brand is that they offer wipes - wipes for me on any skin are a complete no so I don't particularly like seeing them in a brand aimed at teens.

5. La Roche Posay Effaclar
For those who like to buy their products from somewhere familiar or if you are a teenager who shops for themselves then La Roche Posay is a high street brand that is well worth having a look at. Their Effaclar Range is aimed at those with breakouts and the oilier skins and they have a lot to choose from. The Effaclar Duo moisturiser contains niacinaminde, salicylic and glycolic acids so will work to get rid of spots and keep the skin blemish free. The Effaclar K is a great mattifying 8hr cream works well under make-up and keeps oil at bay. Definitely a range for those 15+ as this is more active that others. From £11

6. Avene Clearance
Another great brand that you can get in Boots and the one that I'd go to if I was shopping for me or a teenager on the high street. Though they technically have something to suit every skin type their Clearance range would be great for teenage skin that is oily and breaks out. The Clearance Cleansing Gel is great for oily/blemish prone skin and is soap and paraban free so won't strip the skin. The Clearance Mask has everything you need to help a skin with  breakouts - kaolin clay to absorb sebum and sweat, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids to slough off dead skin and unclog pores and cellulose microbeads exfoliate. From £7.50



If I were shopping for a teen today I would go to Sam Farmer first and get some Azelaic Acid if they needed something for breakouts. Remember that any skin routine needs time to take effect

*'up to' does not mean 60% of products every single time you apply anything to your skin. What is absorbed completely depends on the chemical make-up of the products.
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