UpCircle

The Ideas Factory

We're restlessly determined to make products that leave the planet better than we found it. We do things differently – and love sharing our ideas for making things better. Each week we add to our blog, posting everything from DIY beauty recipes, waste-fighting tips, UpCircle guides and interviews with people and brands who inspire us.

Welcome to the UpCircle blog, we hope you enjoy reading…

Pro-retinol vs. bakuchiol


What is bakuchiol? We explain why bakuchiol skincare is trending, compare bakuchiol to retinol, and give you some alternatives to these ingredients.

Ingredient spotlight: rosehip oil for skin


What are the benefits of using rosehip oil? UpCircle talks you through how rosehip oil can be used in your daily routine for acne, scars, rosacea, and eczema.

A guide to SLS free skincare

What is SLS in skincare? UpCircle explains exactly what sodium lauryl sulfate is, why we should be concerned about it, and why we should use SLS free skincare.

Enough is enough


Last week we learned of the tragic death of Sabina Nessa and our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Enough is enough. Sabina deserves outrage, action and justice. Here's out latest campaign to make change. 

What is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is when a spot or acne breakout leaves behind dark marks or blemishes. We explain how to prevent and get rid of it.

A GUIDE TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE PERIOD

 

Let's talk periods. At UpCircle, we're always chatting about sustainable skincare routines and plastic-free bathroom accessories. However, having a sustainable period routine is just as important.

Does chemical-free skincare exist?

Chemical-free skincare is a bit of a myth. To help you understand the realities of chemical-free skincare, we explain all about the chemicals used in skincare products.

Does makeup make acne worse?

For those who struggle with spots, makeup can be an amazing tool for boosting self-confidence. But does makeup cause acne or make acne worse? We explain all.

LEFTOVER FRUIT ICE LOLLY RECIPE

 

Check out our recipe for turning leftover fruit into ice lollies. The perfect summertime snack to rescue strawberries, blueberries and more!

Top Tips For Looking After Spot Prone Skin & Acne

Teenage acne is incredibly common but can feel difficult to tackle. We advise on the best skincare routine for oily teenage skin and how to minimise acne.

This summer's hottest reads

 

Our friends at Books that matter take us through this summer's hottest reads. 

The ugly side to the sheet mask trend

Are sheet masks bad for the environment? They may be popular but there’s an ugly side to the sheet mask trend – we explain everything you need to know.

REAL PEOPLE, REAL RESULTS - TAKE 5

 

We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference! But of course, this is all very easy to say... The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

Have a look, and a read, of some of our latest UpCircler feedback:

The benefits of night creams

If you go to bed without using a night cream then you’re missing out on an incredible treat for your skin. Here we explain the many benefits of night cream.

A guide to choosing an SPF

In our guide to choosing an SPF, we explain the different types of SPF, why you still need SPF in winter, and the best SPF products for sensitive skin.

Understanding skin structure and skin microbiome

 

Understanding the structure of the skin and the skin microbiome can be really useful in helping you choose the best skincare products and ingredients.

LGBTQ+ resources to celebrate Pride Month

 

We've pulled together our favourite LGBTQ+ resources, from podcasts to books and films, these are some our top picks...

Salicylic acid benefits for skin

 

Salicylic acid is increasingly being recognised as a wonder ingredient in skincare. We explain the various benefits of salicylic acid in your skin routine.

SKIN GLOW UPS

 

We want show the world there's no compromise on performance when elevating leftover natural ingredients. In fact, the results are usually much better than the conventional, mass-produced skincare options out there!

Have a look, and a read, of some of our latest UpCircler feedback:

Simple skin care routines for morning and evening

 

Are you looking for a simple skin care routine for morning and night that’s natural, straightforward, and absolutely not convoluted? Then this guide is for you.

A celebration of natural skin texture

 

We believe that everyone should celebrate their natural skin texture. But we also know that considering your skin texture is vital when choosing your skincare.

NEW UPCIRCLER TRANSFORMATIONS!


We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference!

But of course, this is all very easy to say... The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

Bioplastics: good or bad for the environment?

 

What is bioplastic? We discuss the pros and cons of bioplastics, whether they are better for the environment, and the different types.

Introducing our "Return, Refill, Reuse" scheme

 

All UpCirclers are invited to help us close the loop (or, as we prefer, 'circle') on packaging. From Body Scrubs to Cleansing Balm, you'll now be able to reuse and relove your product time and time again. Hurrah! 

The UpCircle guide to skincare for men

 

In our UpCircle guide to male grooming and skincare, we explain all the basics of a good men’s skincare routine – from washing and shaving to moisturisation.

Why we need to banish face wipes

 

Face wipes wreak havoc on both the environment and your skin. We explain why face wipes are bad for the environment and share some eco-friendly alternatives.

Tips for looking after skin during and after the menopause

 

Skin changes during the menopause are perfectly normal. We share our tips on the best skincare for menopausal skin – both during and after the menopause.

HOW WE CAN ALL HELP TO STOP ASIAN HATE

 

During the pandemic, Asian hate crime has wrongfully sky-rocketed. For many of us, over the past few weeks, we’ve consumed knowledge via social media, articles, podcasts – there's a lot to digest

We’ve created a non-exhaustive list of resources, which we hope will serve as a hub of educational materials for us to continue to #StopAsianHate.

LATEST BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES

 

We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference!

But of course, this is all very easy to say... The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

Why fragrance-free skincare is best

 

We explain why synthetic fragrances are problematic for skin, and why alcohol and fragrance-free skincare is kinder to both your skin and the environment.

SHE WAS JUST WALKING HOME

 

Last week via our Instagram we expressed our sadness at what was a particularly awful week for women. We committed to gathering our thoughts before coming back with ideas for what we might be able to actually do. Have a read of this post for our actionable plan, and some additional resources.

Meet the new Team UpCircle members

 

Team UpCircle has gained 5 new members in as many weeks! We are so excited to be working alongside them and we're already benefitting from the fresh energy and ideas they've brought to the team. 

Chai Five! Chai Health Benefits & Uses

 

We use leftover and repurposed chai tea spices in our soap bars and award-winning candle. Here we explain what chai is and the amazing health benefits of chai.

IWD: MEET THE WOMEN OF UPCIRCLE

 

One of the best things about working in a small team? Every one of us is our own boss. This International Women's Day is about how we each make a difference.

So, let's meet the team and celebrate the vital input of each of the UpCircle gals.

Skincare for oily skin – why your oily skin still needs oil

 

Here we share our best tips for oily skin. From characteristics and what causes it, to the best products to use and whether it’s okay to use oil on oily skin.

DIY At-Home "Beauty" Recipes for Children

 

Looking for easy lockdown activities with kids? We've got the best surplus food DIY at-home beauty recipes for you to enjoy. Time to get messy!

Why eye cream should be part of your skin routine

 

Eye creams are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. We explain the benefits of eye cream and why you should consider using it.

Five protein-rich foods for a vegan diet

 

Here's our five easy foods for getting enough protein in a vegan or vegetarian diet. It turns out that peanut butter is good for you? Yum!

Is your skin dry or dehydrated?

 

Did you know that dry skin and dehydrated skin are different things? We explain how to tell whether your skin is dry or dehydrated and how to combat both.

How to practice mindfulness in your skincare routine

 

Here's our straightforward guide to practicing mindfulness in your daily skincare routine. With five simple tips you can easily try out using any skincare products. 

How to tackle pregnancy acne

 

If you’re dealing with acne during pregnancy, you’re far from alone. We share our best pregnancy skincare advice and tips on how to tackle pregnancy acne.

UPCIRCLE GLOW UPS

 

We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference!

But of course, this is all very easy to say... The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

How much product to apply: A step-by-step guide

 

Using too much, or too little, of a product can be a reason for not seeing the results that you’re hoping for. So, when it comes to skincare you have to act like a bit of a Goldilocks to get it ‘just right’. To help you on your merry way we’ve made a handy guide.

Your sustainable & vegan Valentine’s Day gift guide

 

We’ve put together a list of thoughtful vegan gift ideas for her and for him in our sustainable Valentine’s Day gift guide – suitable for all budgets.

Fruit waters and their benefits in skincare

 

Fruit water for skin brings a range of fabulous benefits. We use bergamot, kiwi and mandarin fruit waters in our skincare – here we explain why.

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT: UPCIRCLE SKIN TRANSFORMATIONS

 

We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference! The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

Did you know these popular skincare ingredients come from animals?


Did you know these popular skincare ingredients come from animals? Here are all the non vegan skincare ingredients to be aware of and their vegan alternatives.

7 benefits of using face serum


Should you be using a face serum? We share 7 amazing benefits of using face serum, what face serum is, and how to choose one for your skin type and routine.

New Year, new skincare resolutions


New Year, new skincare resolutions.

2020 is here, and we've got plenty of suggestions for easy-to-implement skincare regime upgrades!

2020: A look back

 

What a year it's been. Quite frankly, we'll be glad to wave goodbye to 2020, it's been a bit of a shocker for both people and planet! However, in the spirit of always looking for the positives, join us as we take a look back at an unforgettable year.

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