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…

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 Teenage 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.

MORE UPCIRCLER SKIN TRANSFORMATIONS!



It's all well and good us telling you how great our by-product beauty products are... but of course we're biased - so let's hand over to our customers to do the work for us.
Have a look and a read through some of our latest UpCircler skin transformations!

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...

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Hyaluronic acid – what’s all the fuss about?

 

It may sound like something out of a chemistry set, but hyaluronic acid for skin and eyes is big news in the beauty industry. We explain what it is and the benefits.

Behind the Scenes at Dragons’ Den – Our Experience

What was the biggest surprise for us going on the show? Spending over three hours being grilled by the Dragons! Standing the whole time, with bright lights beaming at you, answering question after question.

We had no idea what the BBC would decide to show on TV. It could be the worst moment of our lives: embarrassed in front of millions, laughed at and kicked out of the Den. It was terrifying!