The skincare brand straight out of Paris you should definitely know about

A couple of weeks ago, a very exciting e-mail landed in my inbox introducing me to Typology: the Parisian skincare brand which has just launched in the UK. 

If you've read my blog before now, you may have picked up on a couple of my skincare values. First of all: I avoid fragrance, synthetic and natural. (There are some instances where I'll accept it, but I mostly avoid it altogether.) I've also mentioned how I'm a baffled by gendered skincare. Skin is skin. The notion that men and women's skin differ drastically is so bizarre to me. The gendered beauty myth is mostly perpetuated in marketing and superficial aspects of formulas, like the scent (as we all know, for a product to be 'for men', it needs to smell of diesel and sweat!)

So here's why I was so excited about Typology coming to the UK: most (but not all) of the products do not contain fragrance and they're unisex. *I was sent a range of products that tailor to my personal skin concerns: dryness, continued prevention of acne (haven't had a break out in about a year and I want to keep it that way!) and generally improving skin texture and appearance. All of the products have limited ingredients list with only useful and effective ingredients, no 'filler' or unnecessary extras (in fact, they have an entire 'ingredient blacklist'.) All of their ingredients are sold at an affordable price, with their most expensive serum being less than £20! 
They're doing all that whilst committing to ethical manufacturing and sustainability. Most of their range is vegan and all of their ingredients are "sourced from sustainable farms using gentle extraction techniques". Their packaging is made using glass, aluminium (both 100% recyclable) or recycled plastic. Typology have also achieved the B Corp Certification which companies only receive when they can prove they're being environmentally responsible in terms of energy supply, waste and water management, as well as committing to staff wellbeing, diversity and transparency (more on B Corp here.)

Bottom line is: this is a company to be really excited about...and that's before we even get to their products! So let's take a look:
Organic Peppermint Hydrolate £8.80
  • 100% pure peppermint water distilled from peppermint leaves in France
  • Peppermint water is less sensitising than peppermint oil. However, I personally would still recommend using this on the body only. Because - as per Typology's directions - "hydrolates are sensitive to their environment" so should be stored away from light or in the refrigerator, I would be wary of putting this on my face so as to not risk becoming irritated by the formula being compromised by sunlight or warmth. 
  • Recommended for use as a cleanser or facial oil. Has astringent properties so could potentially offer benefit for enlarged pores. 
  • Can be used topically to treat rashes and sunburn. 

Micellar Water with 7 Ingredients £12.80 
  • A gentle micellar water with a line up of 7 ingredients: the bare basics for an effective micellar cleansing water with no 'filler' ingredients or fragrance. 
  • Purified water base containing glycerin to hydrate; formulated to match the natural ph of the skin and with a preservative (cetrimonium bromide) to prevent bacteria within the product. 
Nettle Purifying Cleanser - Solid Cleansing Bar £11.80
  • Hand crafted in France
  • All ingredients are organic 
  • Eucalyptus and spearmint essentials oils - I would typically suggest avoiding putting essential oils on your face. However they pose the least risk of irritation in a cleanser because of the short contact time. 
  • Olive, coconut and sunflower oil - hydrators and skin softeners. 
  • Shea butter - excellent hydrating ingredient. 

Serums
  • Salicylic acid 2% + zinc 1% £11.80 - Salicylic acid is an excellent chemical exfoliant and famously dissolves sebum within pores and helps cell turnover. This is particularly helpful to people with acne because it prevents the two key stages of spot formation: excess sebum building up and inefficient cell shedding. Zinc also aids these functions in addition to reducing overall sebum production and reinforcing the skin barrier. Fragrance free. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid 3% + B5 2% £11.80 - Hyaluronic acid (derived from wheat) is known for being extremely hydrating and can retain up to a thousand times its weight in water! Formulated to retain water on the surface of the skin - boosted with the humectant B5 (panthenol - not to be confused with niacinamide a.k.a vitamin B3) - as well as promote natural production of hyaluronic acid within the body. This serum also reinforces the skin barrier. Totally fragrance free. 
  • Bakuchiol 1% £14.80 - Contains four total ingredients and is completely free from fragrance. Bakuchiol is colloquially known by skincare enthusiasts as 'retinol-lite' because it's gentler than  any form of vitamin A but is similarly effective. It's a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. This concentrated dose of bakuchiol helps to quell bacteria within sebum and repair skin (including scarring and hyper pigmentation) by preventing the breaking down of elastin and collagen. 
  • Niacinamide 12% £11.80 - Niacinamide - also known as vitamin B3 - is a popular skincare ingredient thanks to it's ability to soothe skin and promote repair, so is helpful for healing hyper pigmentation. Niacinamide is a simple but very effective ingredient (I would describe it as a very good 'all rounder') and I would recommend it to all skin types. This formula especially, which is fragrance free. 
Typology Woman
  • Typology Woman is like a 'mini range' within the brand. It's a set of four "periodic serums" (£44.90) which supposedly target different skin concerns as hormones fluctuate throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. The idea is that you use each serum for one week each month. I'm only giving a brief overview in this introductory post because I intend to try this out at the beginning of my next cycle and review it then. 

  • Soothing and Moisturising Serum (week 1) - Glycerin and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, with some plant extracts to soothe, like aloe and cornflower water. From what I can tell, the plant extracts in this aren't problematic and aren't perfuming ingredients. This formula is fragrance free. 
  • Radiant and Supple Serum (week 2) - Unfortunately this is a week I will be skipping. It contains Vitamin C which is a volatile ingredient (so carries a lot of risk) and fragrance in the form of orange and lemon extract. They may offer a transient brightening effect to the skin but as far as I'm concerned they are just fragrance (sorry Typology I still love 99% of your range!) 
  • Moisturising and Astringent Serum (week 3) - This also contains glycerin to hydrate, with alcohol and pistacia lentiscus gum (extracted from a tree) as astringents. Astringents 'tighten' the skin to temporarily give the appearance of smaller pores. The size of your pores is genetic so it's not biologically possibly to make them smaller for good. If you're very dry I'd suggest avoiding alcohol but I don't think it's the end of the world otherwise, especially not when - as in this formula - the alcohol isn't top of the ingredients list. I think this serum will do exactly what it says on the tin: moisturise and offer some 'pore shrinking'! 
  • Mattifying and Anti-Imperfection Serum (week 4) - this is a blend of skin softeners and hydrators, so don't be put off my 'mattifying'. That's where the zinc comes in: it helps to control sebum but, at least in my experience, isn't overly drying and it isn't an astringent. As I mentioned above, zinc is also effective at restoring the skin barrier and repairing hyper pigmentation. 

Lip Balm 
  • Typology describes their lip balm as "minimalist" as it contains only 9 ingredients. Of which are a whole host of excellent hydrators and softeners like shea butter, castor oil and sunflower seed oil. 
I'm very, very excited to really dig into this skincare and try it out. The Micellar Water and all of the serums except the Glow and Bounce one tick my box for being fragrance free, and I'd say fragrance free serums are especially hard to find. I'm looking forward to trying the lip balm as well! Typology is a range I'd genuinely have bought from anyway so I'm thrilled they reached out first and invited me to try, I will definitely be a customer now that they're available in the UK. Us Brits can order from typology right now from https://uk.typology.com/ and free shipping is available for orders £50 or over. 

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*All of the products in this blog post are press samples. 

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