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This Beauty Expert’s 3 Favourite Skincare Brands – And Their Best Products!

So, 2020 was the Year Best Forgotten. Let’s face it – there are neglected piles of fabulous heels, LBDs covered in dust (although who even knows if those are still in style?), makeup and bras became a thing of the past and takeaways the highlight of the weekend. Except wasn’t every day a weekend?!

Enter 2021 and we’re finally emerging from the chrysalis; beautiful, bleary-eyed butterflies that are in dire need of some pampering. Well, the summer is here, and we are here for it! With a key focus on ‘skinimalism’ this year, the phrase ‘less is more’ has never been more true. Forget nine step skincare routines and layer upon layer of makeup – we’ve finally got places to go and nothing is holding us back.

It can be a minefield out there when it comes to picking some key pieces – so we’ve taken the hard work out of it and rounded up some must have products, and a few multitasking ‘hero’ pieces to get you summer skin ready, from pins to pout.

Frank Body

Body by name, body by nature. As the brand itself states: It’s time to get naked. And we could not agree more! Australian-based natural beauty brand Frank Body hit the market with their coffee-based scrubs which leave skin smooth as silk, and they’ve since branched out into a range of skincare products that are the unsung heroes of the summer. Now, here’s our faves…

Frank Body Lip Balm Original

This multi-tasking product not only uses macadamia, coconut and grapeseed oils to keep your lips soft and supple for that summer romance, it’s also perfect for taming brows and even acts as a highlighter when dotted onto cheekbones, making it the perfect day-to-night addition! 

Frank Body Shimmer Scrub

‘Follow the call of the disco ball’ is our kind of summer anthem, and this combination scrub and moisturiser will have you smooth and glowing after just one use. A mix of sugar, salt, coffee grinds and glow dust, this latest offering from the king of body scrubs leaves behind beautifully moisturised, subtly shimmering skin using only natural ingredients!

Frank Body Booty Drops

The last in our trio from this top beauty brand, Booty Drops can be used with or without your favourite moisturiser to provide a burst of conditioning treatment to soften the appearance of problem areas, scars and stretch marks. The brand’s signature caffeine addition works to firm and invigorate skin, whilst guarana extract works against pesky environmental aggressors – all while intensely hydrating and evening skin tone. Perfect pins, anyone?

Medik8

Combining science and research with the unbeatable power of nature, Medik8 specialises in cruelty-free, 100% vegan skincare with a focus on problem areas and maintaining youthful looking skin as you age, making it ideal for all skin types and maturity. Alongside their many serums and retinoids, the three standout contenders for us include…

Medik8 Gentle Cleanser

It’s time to say bye-bye to breakouts! This beautifully light, rosemary scented foam gently cleanses all skin types, removing both impurities and make up effortlessly. Mild enough for daily use this packs a punch, nonetheless, leaving skin feeling soft, clear and moisturised.

Medik8 C-Tetra Eye Serum

The ever-important and easily forgotten eye area gets the VIP treatment with this little beauty. Fast absorbing and easily included into your daily routine, this vitamin C and E rich serum intensely hydrates your under eye area, visibly improving the look and texture of fine lines and dark circles – the ultimate late-night saviour!

Medik8 Blemish SOS

Everyone’s best friend and a must-have product for those prone to blemishes, this clear gel works to gently exfoliate and unclog pores, getting to the root of the cause and working to reduce the appearance of breakouts in just 24 hours. Salicylic acid and vitamin B3 mean just one drop of this SOS gel after cleansing will have you back to your clear-skinned, confident best with no one any the wiser…

Revolution Skincare

Promising to deliver the latest ingredients, high end results and affordable prices, Revolution Skincare offers a lot to its devotees. From daily routines to targeted concerns, their 100% cruelty-free products are the high street brand to look out for. My top three Revolution Skincare products right now are…

Revolution Skincare Moisture SPF15 Cream for Normal/Oily Skin

This lightweight moisturiser is perfect for daily use, combining the necessary SPF with a natural filter for environmental aggressors. Combating oily areas and hydrating dry patches makes this the dream product for combination skin, all while creating a perfect base for makeup. Did someone say hero product?!

Revolution Skincare Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

This super gentle eye makeup remover is super tough in all the right places. Keeping the delicate eye area protected with moisturising peach kernel oil and refreshing cucumber, it sweeps off even the most stubborn of mascaras without the need for scrubbing. It’ll leave even the most sensitive peepers clear and bright.

Revolution Skincare Overnight Soothing Sleeping Mask

With a lavender scent and velvety texture, this overnight mask works hard while you slumber. Featuring lightweight moisture in the form of vitamins E, B5, and grapeseed oil, as well as colloidal oatmeal to calm irritated skin, this overnight mask evens skin tone and moisturises without clogging pores, making it the perfect time saving treatment!

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Polly Shepherd

Polly Shepherd

Beauty Writer

As a busy mum-of-one, a good skincare routine means I can feel confident even without the time to apply makeup! On those occasions I do get glam, I tend to keep my base simple and add some sparkle to eyes, lips or cheekbones to really put a spring in my step and take me from regular mum to cool mum.


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