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Beauty upgrade: Where to buy smarter skincare online

Looking to upgrade your beauty regime in 2021? As lockdown 3.0 is in full swing, here are 3 online stores that are getting smarter with skincare

With working from home, maintaining social distancing and mask-wearing now mandatory, it comes as no surprise that the beauty industry has seen a huge shift in the last 12 months. As our need for foundation and fake tan decline, skincare has shot to the top of our selfcare schedules. 

Having worn minimal makeup for almost a year, my shopping habits have definitely changed. Rather than obsessing over the latest shade of YSL lipstick that can no longer be seen under my mask, I’ve spent more time fixating on my skincare and making considered choices for my age, skin concerns and budget. 

Changing the face of skincare

With a plethora of beauty brands doing amazing things online, the volume of information on the latest and greatest products and what you should buy to deliver results can sometimes feel a little overwhelming.

Fear not my friends… Whether you’re looking to make your skincare routine more natural and sustainable, find a virtual dermatologist to tackle adult acne or just want to get your hands on the latest 24-karat gold face mask fast, here’s three brands to watch out for in 2021.

Skoosh Skin

Perfect for: the smart shopper who wants to save time shopping, simplify their routine and who lacks skincare know-how

How it works: take a short survey detailing your skincare concerns and your product recommendations will be served within minutes

Hands up if you’ve been guilty of splurging on the latest serum or eye cream after watching your favourite vlogger’s beauty haul on YouTube or reading an article written in a glossy by one of London’s top beauty journalists? The reality is… this is how many of us shop skincare. And the result is we end up with a bathroom #shelfie that doesn’t quite meet our needs, isn’t sustainable and costs a small fortune. 

The good news is that shopping habits are shifting and one positive to come out of 2020 has been the consumer’s desire to make more considered choices whilst being kinder to the environment. 

If you’ve been searching for a skincare brand that aligns with the above then look no further than Skoosh Skin. Skoosh Skin is a personalised, real results, no nasties, skincare brand with sustainability at its core. These guys have reviewed thousands of products on the market and selected only the best clean and effective formulations that will match your skin concerns.

Take a short survey and their unique recommendation engine will serve you only the best products on the market that will work for you. 

Keen to still give their customers choice, you’re able to shop brands you know and love but also discover new products. 

With personalisation at the heart of the brand, you can hand pick your products and receive a beautiful handwritten card with your beauty box explaining exactly how to use them.There really is no guilt in getting gorgeous here!

Verdict

If you’re looking to simplify your skincare routine (with a little guidance from the experts) and shop sustainably then this is the brand for you. What I love the most is that you can buy new and exciting products with the confidence that they’re safe for your skin. 

Want to give it a go? We’ve bagged an exclusive 15% discount* for you guys! All you need to do is use code BNG15 at checkout. 

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Beauty Pie

Perfect for: those clued up on skincare looking for luxury products without the hefty price tag

How it works: choose a subscription package (starting from £5 a month) and shop straight-from-the-suppliers skincare

Throw the words ‘Beauty Pie’ into your next Zoom hangout with the girls and I guarantee you’ll see at least one pair of eyes light up.

The exclusive members-only beauty club, founded by serial entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore (who is already responsible for bringing us FitFlop, Soap & Glory and Bliss), was created to give women a bigger piece of the beauty pie. 

With zero shop overheads, no elaborate packaging costs and large celebrity-endorsed marketing campaigns in sight, your monthly subscription gives you access to luxury products without the markup straight from the world’s best beauty labs.

In terms of what to shop, think Swiss ‘oxygen’ facials, Japanese moisture masks and Korean stem cell serums. New product launches can sell out fast so be sure to always keep an eye on the site to grab the ones you want to try.

Verdict

If you’re looking for the latest skincare trends and treatments to trial at an affordable price then Beauty Pie should be your go to. 

However, with such an expansive skincare offering you really need to know your AHAs from your PHAs and your vitamin A from your C. Just make Caroline Hirons’ latest book Skincare: The ultimate no-nonsense guide your bedtime bible!

Skin + Me

Perfect for: those seeking an affordable dermatologist

How it works: simply sign up for an online consultation, snap and submit  three photos of your skin and wait for your personalised treatment to arrive in the post

Not all of us are lucky enough to have access to private medical care and our local GP probably isn’t going to take our skin concerns seriously. If there’s a specific issue you’re looking to tackle with medical-grade products and the help of a qualified skin doctor then look no further than Skin + Me

Skin + Me is an online dermatology service backed by industry-leading dermatologists and pharmacists in the UK offering consumers a simplified routine using only a small handful of active ingredients

Whether your concern is adult acne, uneven skin texture, scarring or pigmentation, the team is on hand to prescribe you your very own treatment plan. After a quick online consultation with one of the team your treatment will be made up in a neatly packaged daily doser to ensure you use the optimal amount of product.

What makes this service even better is that you’re supported throughout. For £19.99 a month not only do you get a personalised solution but the team is on hand to answer your questions and put in time for progress check-ups. 

Verdict

With the rise of these smart platforms, an appointment with the experts doesn’t need to be expensive or stressful. Yes, the monthly fee is a commitment but the expertise offered is pretty incomparable. Thank goodness we no longer need to self-diagnose our skin woes with this affordable and accessible service!

Kat x

Have you guys tried any of these brands? We’d love to hear how you shop skincare below…

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