our skin naturally ages, but environmental factors such as UV rays can cause skin to age prematurely, and increase risk of skin cancers

ageing - blame it on the sunshine

research has found that the suns rays are responsible for 80% of skin ageing.

just a 2% increase in skin damage from UV, ages a face by 3 years, and the effects of UV exposure increase with age.

lips and eyes are particularly vunerable to the effects of UV ageing, because skin here is particularly thin and delicate.

come rain or shine

we are exposed to UV rays every day, even on cloudy days.

UVA can penetrate through glass, so can silently damage and age your skin whilst you are in a car or inside sitting by a window.

UV exposure

long term exposure to UV, pollution and infra-red rays generates free radicals in the skin, where they cause oxidative stress and the breakdown of collagen.

loss of firmness, elasticity, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, changes in skin texture and wrinkles are the result.


the good news

the good news is that premature ageing due to UV rays is largely preventable.

avoiding excessive sun exposure and protecting your skin every day with broad spectrum sunscreen and anti-oxidants, can help keep your skin healthier, post-poning wrinkles and loss of firmness.

lips and ageing

lips are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing, particularly in women.

daily use of broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen, anti-oxidants and emollients can help slow this process down.

daily lip sunscreen also protects against lip cancers, which are seen more in people who spend a lot of time outside.

so why are lips so vunerable and need extra care?

skin is very delicate and thin – just 3-5 cell layers thick compared to up to 16 layers on the face.

lips have no melanin (a natural pigment produced in response to damage in an attempt to prevent more), so they can burn and peel, but will never tan.


lips can’t produce natural oils, so can easily become dehydrated and dry – thick layers of dry ‘hard to remove without further damage’ skin are never fun!

UV exposure also triggers cold sores because it suppresses natural immunity within tissue – they cause further damage to delicate skin and often changes in the lip line appearance over time.

reduce damage, slow ageing

UV damage, sunburn, smoking, cold, dry weather, air-conditioning, sore and chapped lips – just a few factors that accelerate lip ageing.

we can’t stop ageing but we can reduce the damage that speeds it up – with daily care, lips will be healthier, happier and we will slow down the loss of lip volume, definition and the onset of wrinkles on and around the lips.



we all enjoy a sunkissed glow

but despite what some sun care may claim, there is no safe way to tan.

a tan is simply the skin’s response to UV injury – tanning occurs when the sun’s UVA rays penetrate into the skin’s deeper layers, causing the skin to produce melanin to try to protect itself.

it’s actually oxidative stress that creates the tanned skin often and mistakenly associated with good health.

the clock is ticking - and its in your hands

every time you tan you accumulate damage to the skin -and, unfortunately, the skin never forgets this damage – clocking up all the hours of damage over a lifetime.

in fact, over-exposure to sun in your teens and early twenties can produce free radicals for decades.

  • Snow is falling in the Alps...the countdown is on! Big thanks to @bexsurfs_and_skis for this lovely shot of @albusandflora balms last season in Courchevel.⁠⠀
All our balms have full UVA & UVB SPF30 protection and are suitable for every day and for use at altitude. So if you have any skiing or snowboarding friends and are in need of a little stocking filler inspiration, keep an eye on the website as we will be doing some lovely offer through November and December!⁠⠀
#stockingfillers #snowisfalling #countdownison #mountainarecalling #SPF30 #protectyourlips #naturalskincare #lipcare
  • #Autumnskin TIP #3....lets talk about FACIAL OILS....⁠⠀
....and for those that asked about Vit C, check out next week's post :-)⁠⠀
The temperatures are dropping further, the wind is chillier, the central heating is on, sucking moisture from the skin.  Our summer glow seems to have faded and often our skin looks dull..and dull skin is, well lets face it, its just dull!!!⁠⠀
Continuing to support the skins barrier is key and a facial oil can really help increase elasticity, support the barrier and put the glow are a few of @albusandflora tips⁠⠀
1.  Facial Oils can vary enormously in price, you can buy a single oil, or a blend of oils.  I always have a single oil on hand, and you can't go wrong with Rosehip oil,  its easy to use for all skin types. For a more tailored approach for specific skin types I always go for a formula which blends multiple oils, they often give you more bang for your buck, and can really help specific concerns⁠, which is a win-win.⁠⠀
2. Choose plant oils that are hydrating but not comedogenic (will block pores and can cause breakouts), sea buckthorn, camellia, safflower, squalene are good examples (there are many more!). Jojoba is a great base if you have oily skin as it helps balance sebum. Coconut oil is very comedogenic so I would avoid this for your face!!!⁠⠀
3. Do not use mineral oils, they are by-products from the petrochemical industry and can be problematic for skin. Stick to cold pressed plant oils, which have more nutrients, and look for those with Vit A & E.⁠⠀
4. Beware of formulas which are highly fragranced, and if you have sensitive skin be really careful with blends that have a lot of plant essential oils.  Many have fantastic benefits for the skin but can sometimes be a little too strong and can irritate. ⁠⠀
4. Use a few drops of oil at night, as the last step, after serums & moisturisers, or just apply the oils on their own.  Press or massage in. ⁠⠀
photo: Jason Strull
  • The sky has been grey all of today, let's hope we get a little more yellow tomorrow and the sun comes out to play... !!! ⁠⠀
Have a lovely weekend, I can't believe its November!!⁠⠀
#stillobsessedwithyellowandgrey #winteriscoming #greydays #cleanbeauty #SPFeveryday #perfectlips #cleanskincare #albusandflora
  • Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.....⁠⠀
As we move from Autumn to Winter, nature gives us a final flourish of red, orange and yellow tones before fluttering to the ground, returning once more to the soil. It's a powerful time to reflect on what really matters to you and to let go of things that no longer support or serve you well.⁠⠀ 🍁🍁🍁
I always tend to journal more as the seasons change, it feels somehow,  for me anyway, the best time to reflect on the professional and personal challenges of the last few months and to let go,  in readiness for the new. ⁠⠀
Happy Autumn's end, Happy Halloween, and Happy Journaling everyone!⁠⠀ 🎃👻⁠🎃👻🎃👻🎃
#happyhalloween #letgo #reflect #autumncolours #autumnselfcare #changingseasons #innerbeauty #innerwisdom #loveandletgo⁠ #albusandflora @albusandflora⁠⠀
📷: Debby Hudson
  • We are often asked what Albus & Flora and our logo means....⁠⠀
ALBUS, meaning white in Latin, symbolises the natural purity of our formulations, and the beauty of freshly fallen snow (if only our skin would reflect light that perfectly!)⁠⠀
FLORA, meaning regional plants, and the name of the roman goddess of flowers & spring, symbolises the beauty and wisdom of the botanicals we use.⁠⠀
Our logo is a representation of a four petaled flower, to reflect the seasons of spring, summer, autumn & winter, and the line it traces is continuous to reflect the adventure of life - continuous,  with no beginning or end 😊
#whatinaname #albusandflora #botanicalskincare #cleanskincare #naturehastheanswers
  • Had to share this gorgeous shot from @katiejaneendurance, inspirational adventurer & endurance athlete bringing, as she would say "a touch of pink & girly glamour to adventure". We are thrilled @albusandflora gets to support her on adventures great & small!⁠⠀
We may be heading towards winter but daily UVA & UVB protection for the face and the delicate lips is still as essential as it is in the summer. The levels of UVA do not reduce in strength or amount and are constant all year round. They contribute to premature photo-ageing and increase the risk of certain skin cancers along with UVB. UVA can also travel through glass, so if you are stuck at a desk or in the car instead of being up a wonderful mountain, you still are being exposed to the damaging rays, so protect & support daily.⁠⠀
If you are a keen adventurer or are thinking about dipping your toe in,  I highly recommend you check out @katiejaneendurance and her blog, full of fascinating accounts of her many adventures and challenges and packed full of helpful guides and support. As Katie says on her blog, "through adventure we perpetually learn that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they can just be bold enough to begin" here's to be being bold, here's to taking a little first step toward anything you want to do, anything you dare to dream and here's to having extraordinary ordinary days 🏔😊🏔⠀
⁠#katiejaneendurace #adventuregirl #thisgirlcan #thisgirlcanadvneture #womenoutdoors #adventurequeens #bebold #naturalbeauty #cleanbeauty⁠ #albusandflora ⁠⠀