Go Green In 2020 With A Sustainable Skincare Regime

11 sustainable beauty products to shop now.

From animal testing to plastic packaging, the beauty industry isn’t famed for being environmentally friendly. Today, however, that is all fast-changing. Brands such as The Body Shop and Lush have long trail blazed the way to environmentally friendly beauty products, but others are now taking note. And with the likes of last year’s Greta Thunberg phenomenon, there is no longer any excuse for us to not be more conscious of our impact on the planet.

With that said, how can you create a sustainable skincare regime, kind to your skin and the planet? It goes without saying that plastic packaging should be avoided at all costs. Opt for reusable, recyclable and biodegradable packaging wherever possible. Where packaging is a must, go for bigger bottles and buy less. Single-use items like cotton pads and cotton swabs are also replaceable with more environmentally friendly options. Biodegradable pads and reusable cotton swabs are now readily available online.

When it comes to the products themselves, make sure they are free of animal testing. Check out our earlier guide to cruelty-free products. As for the ingredients themselves, avoid non-sustainable items, harmful additives such as parabens, sodium laureth, plastic microbeads, phthalates, artificial colours and chemical preservatives. 

With that in mind, check out our list of products for a sustainable skincare regime.

1. Feelunique Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Aroma Facial Concentrate

Vegan and 100% natural, use this intensely hydrating oil instead of Argan for a more sustainable option.

2. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème

Battle wrinkles with award-winning brand Tata Harper. Made from 100% natural products and 66% organic ingredients.

3. LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask

Ideal from problematic skin – this face mask does wonders. Animal and cruelty-free – take back five empty pots for a free face mask.

4. Burt’s Bees Night Cream

Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. This is the ideal overnight moisturizing for sensitive skin.

5. HERBIVORE Bakuchiol Serum

This 100% natural and vegan formula made from the babchi plant is perfect for sensitive, dry skin and fine lines.

6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

Perfect for breakout-prone skin. Mattifying, cruelty-free and sustainable toner from The Body Shop.

7. Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk 145 ml

Dr. Hauschka Is known for its synthetic dyes, fragrances and preservative-free products. This restorative cleansing milk is perfect for make-up removal for those with sensitive skin.

8. Shirley Conlon Fountain of Youth Face Cream

Shirley Conlon is a local UAE brand made using organic ingredients. This day and night cream is suitable for all skin types.


Made by local businesswoman, Dr. Lamees Hamdan, Shiffa is an all-organic, natural skincare product.

10. Neal’s Yard Remedies Honey & Orange Facial Scrub

Made using organic products, Neal’s Yard Remedies has become a cult brand for those looking for natural products. This gorgeous, natural anti-septic face scrub exfoliates intensely leaving you with smooth skin.

11. Lesgos Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

Pack up 12 reusable and washable make-up pads.


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The Skincare Routine for Oily & Acne Prone Skin

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The Basics

It’s natural to follow a morning skin care routine in this era of information, influencers, famous dermatologists, and techniques, tools and products being launched in the market everyday. With skincare routines that we should follow every morning (and night), we’ve really got to figure out what skin we are catering to.

Having oily skin and being satisfied with our early morning routine can be a challenge. Managing oily skin requires a consistent skincare routine that focuses on balancing sebum production and maintaining a healthy complexion. Start by cleansing your face twice a day with a gel-based or foam cleanser to remove excess oil and impurities. Incorporate a toner containing ingredients like salicylic acid or witch hazel to help control oil and minimize pores. Apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated without adding extra shine. Use a clay mask once or twice a week to absorb excess oil and unclog pores. Apply an oil-free sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

How Do I Know if I Have Oily Skin?

If you’ve been wondering what your skin type is, here’s a quick checklist: dry skin produces too little oil, normal skin has a good balance of oil, while oily skin produces an oversupply of natural oils. No wonder dirt and bacteria can get trapped in the skin, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples, which are among the most common characteristics of oily skin!

The signs and symptoms of oily skin are very simple to identify. You will see a shine (not to be confused with a glow) on your skin that is very oily to the touch. You’ll tend to notice open or clogged pores, concentrated in the oilier areas of the face. There will be those dreaded whiteheads and blackheads popping out from time to time. And then of course there are the regular breakouts – a huge symptom of oily skin. On a serious note, some women also have a tendency to get pimples on the chest and back. Dull-looking skin especially during that time of the month is quite usual.

Step-By-Step Routine for Oily Skin

We have scouted for a lot of information and our endeavour is to simplify this process to the T (zone)!

Step 1: Cleanser – Get yourself a gentle cleaner. Possibly, one from your dermatologist or at least a dermatologist recommended one off the shelf. We would recommend that you try out a cleanser that’s formulated with ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil, which help to control oil production and unclog pores.

Step 2: Toner – For oily skin, this is an important step. The idea is to gently remove any residue post the cleanser. It’s a subtle message to your skin that it’s time to balance the pH levels. Since the skin is an intelligent organ, it will understand the command of a good toner and will start the process of refining the appearance of your pores. We suggest the use of alcohol-free toners with ingredients like witch hazel or niacinamide.

Step 3: Moisturiser – Counterintuitive, but integral. Women with oily skin shouldn’t skip a moisturiser. The key is to go with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. Your skin essentially requires adequate hydration. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or gel-based formulas to keep your skin moisturized without adding extra shine. Dubai is famous for world-class dermatology and treatments, so getting a lab-tested doctor-recommended hyaluronic acid formula is pretty easy in the region.  

Step 4: SPF – Did you know that you need more SPF if you travel by air frequently?! Well, it’s true. Oily skin needs to be protected from harmful UV rays and this can be done simply by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or 50. Choose oil-free or mattifying formulas to avoid adding excess shine to your skin. Remember to reapply throughout the day if needed. And don’t forget to put it in your carry-on for those flights!


Dragon Blood Sage

AED 7d.00


Sleep Essential Oil Roller

AED 75.00


Relax Essential Oil Mist

AED 95.00


Amazonite Bracelet

AED 300.00


Aromatherapy Kit

AED 442.00


PMS Relief Kit

AED 370.00


Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Lessen Your Stress

Keep in mind that oily skin requires just as much care as any other skin type. While you have to find a variety of products and develop your own morning and evening skincare routine, it’s important to remember what to avoid.

Heavy and greasy products, over-cleansing, harsh cleansers that dry out your skin, and excessive exfoliation at the salon while getting your nails done is a bad idea. The worst thing you can do is touch your face constantly. That’s a BIG no-no! Lastly, don’t forget to incorporate a good diet, lessen your stress, hydrate your skin and sleep well!


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