Summer Essentials

in Health & Beauty

Holland & Barrett understands that you want to know what goes into your beauty products and how they are made, so the leading health and wellbeing retailer works hard to ensure all their ranges are made from simple, natural ingredients. 

When it comes to summer, make sure that you stay topped up with natural beauty essentials from Holland & Barrett. Natural beauty products are, as the name suggests, beauty products made from natural ingredients rather than synthetic ingredients and now is the time to take advantage of Holland & Barrett Gibraltar’s 3 for the price of 2** offer on natural beauty products.


As we get older our skin changes, and this is down to a few different factors including dehydration, so it is important to drink enough water, always use SPF sunscreen and eat lots of fruit and vegetables to give your skin the nutrients that it needs. 

There are several other lifestyle factors that can accelerate premature skin ageing. These include:

Smoking –which contributes to wrinkles and a sallow, dull complexion.

Pulling repetitive facial expressions – if you forever have raised eyebrows or squint a lot in the sun, this can contribute to deeper wrinkles. A pair of sunglasses should help your squinting habits!

Unhealthy diets – a diet full of sugar and other refined carbohydrates can contribute to premature ageing. Try swapping sugary snacks for fruits and vegetables to help your skin health, rather than hinder it.

Too much alcohol – your skin has its own kind of hangover too! Alcohol dehydrates the skin, which can make us look older over time.

Lack of exercise – moderate exercise has been found to improve circulation, which could help support the skin.


Retinol is something that has increased in popularity over the years, becoming a staple product in skin care routines. Made from vitamin A, retinol is primarily used on the skin to reduce signs of ageing. As with all skincare products, it’s advisable to do your homework when purchasing retinol and start with a low strength formula, i.e. around 0.05% (unless you have a prescription-strength cream from your GP). Start slowly by applying retinol once a week for a week, then two nights a week for two weeks, then three nights a week for three weeks etc. and build up your use of it over time. It’s also incredibly important that you apply an SPF 30+ to your skin. 

Mineral Sun Cream

While some sun exposure is good for us – it provides vitamin D and increases serotonin levels (the happy hormone) – too much can cause burning and lead to skin damage.

Mineral sun creams are kinder to the planet and to your skin. Mineral sunscreens contain the minerals zinc oxide and titanium oxide, and work by creating a physical barrier on your skin that reflects the sun’s rays. A lot of mineral sun creams now come with skin-beneficial oils and antioxidants, so they’re actively good for your skin.

They have to be applied evenly over your skin to be effective. In contrast, chemical sun creams – the most common kind – chemically engineer a barrier to protect against UVAs and UVBs. Mineral sun creams offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays, but often use fewer ingredients, which makes them more suitable as skincare for sensitive skin or people who want to use conscious beauty.

Protecting your skin is the most important thing, whichever sunscreen you choose. Look out for a high SPF rating (which protects the skin from burning and skin-damaging UVB rays) and a UVA or Star rating (which protects the skin from skin-ageing UVA rays). Remember, it’s important to cover up and stay out of the sun during its strongest hours from 11am-3pm.

Holland & Barrett Mineral Sun cream with SPF 15 or 30 or 50 is great for all the family and is 100% mineral sunscreen provides immediate UVA & UVB protection once rubbed into the skin. Formulated with natural filters, antioxidants and oils, it leaves the skin feeling nourished as well as protected throughout the day. Packaging made from minimum 50% recycled materials.

This formulation does not contain chemicals Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, which are known to harm coral reefs and local fish.

Hyaluronic Acid 

It sounds a bit scary doesn’t it! Anything with the word ‘acid’ in is a bit off-putting, but there’s no need to be alarmed. It’s actually an amazing ingredient for the skin that can help to increase your skin’s moisture levels, as well as being soothing and preventing further moisture loss.

Hyaluronic acid is best used before moisturising your skin. A good tip is dampen your skin beforehand to get the best results and lock in the moisture.

Try the Holland and Barrett Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid serum which is packed with ingredients known to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is known to help stimulate collagen production and Hyaluronic Acid creates a protective layer on the skins surface leaving you with soft, firm and moisturised skin. This combination also helps leave your skin looking bright and youthful.

Taking Hyaluronic acid in tablet form can also benefit your skin health. Solgar’s Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex tablets are ideal if you want to get all of your skin health supplements from one tablet. Made with hyaluronic acid, collagen, chondroitin and vitamin C.

** The 3 for price 2 offer commences 11th July 2022 and ends on 13th August 2022, products subject to availability and our standard T&C’s apply.


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