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Our best skin care tips for winter

As the chillier weather sets in, the mad dashes from the comfort of cozy beds, through chilly hallways, and into steamy-shower-salvation begin. The morning routine can become somewhat torturous, and it’s not just our moods that can suffer from the drop in temperature - our skin can too. Fear not, with just a few tweaks to your products, some cold weather skin care tips and a little extra TLC, your skin will be glowing like you’ve taken a five-week-sabbatical in the Bahamas. So, read on to rejuvenate and celebrate your great skin. Your new best friend? A gentle cleanse. When it comes to cleansing in cold weather, a gentle formula helps to prevent that unpleasant, tight skin feeling. Ultrabland is based on an age old, Greek formula and contains minimal ingredients, meaning you can enjoy a deep but delicate cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural defences. A stunning combination of hydrating almond oil, soothing rose water and beeswax - Ultrabland will cling to any impurities as it contains antibacterial honey. The rich, melty texture of this cleanser makes it wonderfully warming and comforting in cold weather. Simply apply all over the skin and then remove with either a warm cloth or cotton pads. If you’re pressed for time, then try 9 to 5 - the ultimate essential in a low maintenance skincare regime. Scented with sweet and floral ylang ylang, this cleanser will bring back a little sunshine on grey days. Fresh dove orchid extract helps to delicately purify the skin, while almond oil is full of conditioning vitamin E, which acts as a cleansing agent. Its gentle nature means that 9 to 5 is ideal for skin that craves a delicate touch and is perfect for removing makeup. Apply a couple of drops to a clean face cloth or cotton pad and smooth over your face to leave it soft and clean. Scrub up well It’s no secret that regularly exfoliating can help to brighten the skin. Scrubbing up a couple of times a week will boost blood circulation and help you to regain radiance. Shake off the winter blues with Let The Good Times Roll. This mild maize flour exfoliator has a sweet, butterscotch scent and contains corn oil, a rich source of hydrating linoleic acid and protective vitamin E. Cinnamon, a natural antibacterial, adds an aromatic twist to this comforting scrub and aids blood flow to the surface of the skin, giving you a smooth and glowy finish. Pinch a little from the pot and rub into a paste in the palm of your hand using a little warm water. Then simply spread over your face using circular motions and rinse away with warm water. You’ll be a-maized by the results! The best thing since sliced bread - Movis is a doughy facial soap with a gourmet base of extra virgin coconut and sunflower oil which froths into hydrating suds when rubbed between your palms. Wheatgerm oil and Fair Trade organic cocoa butter deeply moisturise, while wholemeal bread buffs to achieve perfectly polished and rejuvenated skin. Time to tone! Spending more time in air conditioned rooms or out in crisp winds can leave our skin feeling more sensitive than usual. Toners can help moisturisers to penetrate the pores further for extra hydration and will leave your skin feeling seriously clean. Just a spritz of Eau Roma Water will help balance complexions. This delicately floral toner water contains soothing rose and pacifying lavender to revitalise and even out skin tone. Spray onto a cotton pad, or directly onto your face, breathing in the relaxing scent before wiping away and enjoying eau so soft skin. Looking for a cosy option? Dream Steam is an indulgent way to tone. Pop one of these solid toner tabs in a bowl of boiling water and place your head over the bowl. When it hits the water it will fizz and slowly dissolve, creating steam that will open up your pores and allow the essential oils to sink into your skin. Dream Steam contains the natural anti inflammatory chamomile blue oil, which is renowned for its soothing qualities. Tea tree oil will keep your face clean and clear due to its antiseptic nature, while rose and lavender will calm and balance, and if you’re feeling under the weather inhale the steam to relieve blocked sinuses. All eyes on you Whether it’s the darker mornings or the busy party season, winter can leave us feeling a little bleary eyed. The skin around the eyes is naturally more sensitive, so investing in a gentle eye cream can give you back that bright-eyed feeling. Use a small amount of Enchanted Eye Cream just before you moisturise, dabbing it along the line of the cheekbone and up towards the brow bone. A mix of organic oils and lavender honey water will hydrate the under-eye area and keep it feeling firm. A soft touch End your routine with a generous slather of rich moisturiser to lock in enhancing oils and butters for supple and soft skin. There’s a whole host of moisturisers to choose from, but here’s a couple of top picks for chillier days. For full hydration, quench your skin with Skin Drink- a rich formula, packed to the brim with softening butters and oils. Nutrient-rich Fair Trade organic sesame oil and almond oil will protect your skin from the elements, while fresh avocado deeply hydrates. Aloe vera will soothe wind-beaten skin and evening primrose oil restores. Finally, a sunny rose and neroli scent will keep you and your skin in good spirits. When bitter weather bites, opt for Celestial, a light yet deeply softening moisturiser that is ideal for tender skin. High in vitamin E - almond oil and milk can protect the skin from damage, while dove orchids and Fair Trade organic cocoa butter condition and calm. Scented with sweet vanilla water, your skin will feel out of this world. Get naked! Winter may sound like the least convincing time of the year to strip off and bare it all, so our Naked skincare range has gone and done it for you. Across this range of packaging-free cleansers, balms and oils, you’ll be sure to create a winter wonderland routine for your skin. If the cold winter breeze has left you longing to feel the sun on your skin, grab Amazon Primer, one of our Naked facial oils. Filled with tropical andiroba oil and murumuru butter, this natural face oil provides enough hydration to soothe winter skin, while a soft matte finish will protect you from the cold. If you’re prone to a rosy glow from the chilly air, Sleepy Face solid cleanser is packed with calming French lavender and oat milk to settle skin tones back to their normal hue. Combine this with the balancing Turkish rose oil found in Argan solid facial oil and say goodbye to red cheeks this winter. Don’t fret the freeze With a whole host of products to choose from, you can welcome winter without worry, knowing your skin will be soothed and shielded from the cold. We encourage you to experiment with your routine, so go and explore your options here.

What is Digital Detox Day?

Digital Detox Day is a collaboration between mental health organisation #IAMWHOLE (co-founded by Jordan Stephens), Zoe Sugg (founder of Zoella) and Lush. The campaign sets out to raise awareness of the negative impact social media can have on our mental health, and helps people to form healthier relationships with their devices.

Digital Detox Day will take place worldwide on 5th September, when we will be asking people to step away from their phones for one whole day. Together with Lush, Zoe has created a bespoke Digital Detox Day bath bomb, called IRL which Lush will be selling online and in-store to raise vital funds for grassroots mental health charities. Money from the sales of this bath bomb go towards a fund taking applications for grants from small, grassroots groups who work on mental health issues. Find more details here To learn more about Digital Detox Day and how you can take part on the day, head here to check out #IAMWHOLE’s website.

Recycling our plastic bottles, bottle caps and black pots

Plastic isn't the root of all evil, but human reliance on the synthetic stuff is definitely creating a massive problem for the planet. That's where Lush comes in. We’re working hard on minimising our packaging footprint, which means our plastic packaging is plain, simple, recycled or even non-existent where we’ve reformulated naked alternatives. But if you're super attached to a potted or bottled product, and want to do your bit to save the planet too, this handy recycling guide will give you all the know-how you need.
Black and clear Lush pots All of our PP (polypropylene plastic) product pots (AKA the black or clear ones) are made from 100% recycled materials, that then go straight back into our ‘closed-loop’ recycling system when you return them in-store. We take them from you, give ‘em another clean (we’d appreciate it if you gave them a good rinse out for us first, it can get a bit grubby in there if products left to lurk for a long time) and ship them over to the Green Hub where they get melted down and remade into black pots over and over again. What counts in the bring back five pots scheme?
  • Any full-sized black PP pot (not including sample pots).
  • Any full-sized clear PP pot (the clear pots that shower jellies come in).
  • Black PP mascara, lipstick wands and loose powder make-up tubs.
  Whilst we don’t accept body spray bottles in the black pot scheme (as they are HDPE plastic and not PP plastic so they cannot go into the same waste stream) you can bring them in-store to be sent back to the Green Hub to be recycled. How to recycle your black and clear plastic pots:
  1. Give your pots a good wash when you’ve finished the product inside. (Get ‘em squeaky clean, please!)
  2. When you’ve collected five, take them to your local Lush store so we can send them off to the Green Hub in Poole.
  3. Receive a complimentary fresh face mask as a thank you.
Also feel free to upcycle our black pots. They’re handy storage containers when you are travelling, or great to pot plants with. Plastic bottles Our plastic bottles are made from PET clear plastic. This is the most widely recycled plastic in the world and almost every local council around the UK and Ireland will take these in household recycling bins. Whilst we could recycle them for you, it would take up a lot of extra resources to do so. We suggest that you pop these bad boys into your recycling bin at home (after giving them a good thorough clean of course). How to recycle your plastic bottles:
  1. When you have used all the product, wash them well.
  2. Pop them into your recycling bin.
Plastic bottle tops/Lush black bottle tops The good news is around 50% of UK and Ireland councils do accept bottle tops! If your local council doesn’t, we can accept small amounts of most drink bottle tops (soft drinks, milk, plant milk etc) in-store. These are collected to make bottle board that is used for furniture in our shops and sometimes donated to charities that can make use of them. However, we ask that you give these to us in small amounts as we don’t have the capacity to process bulk donations. How to recycle your plastic bottle tops
  1. Remove any additional packaging attached to bottle top.
  2. Rinse ‘em out.
  3. Bring them into your local shop and we will send them to the Green Hub to be recycled for you.
Happy recycling!
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