We caught up with the faces behind natural skincare brand, Balance Me. Read on to see what they had to say…
The story behind Balance Me
Sisters Clare and Rebecca Hopkins founded Balance Me in a quest for natural pro-age skincare that they wanted to use on their own skin and their families. Spotting a gap in the market for a high-performance natural skincare brand that focused on well-being as well as results, Balance Me was born. Starting in the kitchen as part of a business bringing wellbeing to corporate offices; in 2005 Balance Me was first retailed in a pop-up shop in Topshop, London, and it was here that it attracted the attention of British Vogue and a national retailer. Over a decade later, the brand is still independently owned and has won a legion of fans plus 40 industry and media awards.
Why do customers love your brand?
We created Balance Me for people like us who juggle busy lives and are looking for natural skincare for themselves and their families that works day after day. Balance Me uses innovative natural ingredients and advanced science-led formulas to create products that focus on bringing skin back into balance and solve skin concerns, without creating others. Our customers trust our innovative natural ingredients, sophisticated textures and aromatherapy-inspired fragrances to create a sense of balance and wellbeing in their lives. Most of our products are available in handy mini sizes, making it ideal if you want to try a product out or take it travelling with you!
What are your hero products?
The was the first product created by Clare aged 18 alongside our Super Moisturising Hand Cream while studying aromatherapy. This bestselling, multi award-winning Body Oil is 100% natural and targets poor skin tone and skin prone to cellulite. *Key ingredients: Jojoba, Juniper and Bergamot
Dewy skin in a bottle! Give your complexion an instant boost of radiance. This hydrating Face Oil will Plump, brighten and address uneven skin tone. It’s lightweight so it’ll sink into the skin, making it ideal for combination or oily skin types. *Key ingredients: Amazonian Buriti Nut, Yarrow and Benzoin
This Eye Cream is affordable and will not disappoint. Apply morning and evening to reduce puffiness, brighten and refresh the delicate eye area. *Key ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel and Cucumber Oil
Multi-award winning, protects, smooths and nourishes hands from daily wear and tear. *Key ingredients: Shea Butter, Benzoin, Yarrow
What is your top skincare tip?
Always double cleanse! Double cleansing is not only the best way to remove the build up of make-up and daily grime, but also the perfect way to prepare and prime your skin to easily absorb your serum and moisturiser. Double cleansing requires two different cleansers and in its simplest form, it means using a make-up removing product first, followed by a second, deeper cleanse that will condition the skin.
- Start off by using our Flash Cleanse Micellar Water, it’s ideal for all skin types and it’s much kinder to your skin (and the environment) than using face wipes.
- Step two is the second cleanse. This will ensure all impurities are removed whilst conditioning the skin with a deeper, more thorough cleanse. The perfect partner to the Flash Cleanse Micellar Water is our Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser.
What are your most recent awards?
Balance Me have won over 40 industry and media awards. The most recent being ‘Best Cleanser’ by Biteable Beauty Awards, ‘Best Body Scrub’ by Harper’s Bazaar Beauty and ‘Best of Hair Category’ by Red Best of Beauty 2015.
#ArcticCloudberry – This natural fruit survives at -40 degrees centigrade and still maintains its moisture levels, proving its ability to plump and hydrate skin cells.
#BidensPilosa – This extract has a natural retinoid-like effect similar to the properties found in Vitamin A, proven to increase collagen and elastin production.
#BotanicalSqualane – Dubbed as “nature’s facelift”, Botanical Sqaulane quickly absorbs into the deeper layers of skin to hydrate, smooth away lines and prime without making skin greasy.
#Peapeptide – a rich concentrated source of essential Amino Acids proven to dramatically increase the skin’s ability to produce collagen.
#Spikenard – an ancient healing essential oil thought to have been used by Mary Magdalene to anoint the feet of Jesus. It has restorative and balancing properties and a smooth, deep aroma.
#Yarrow – a powerful healing herb with softening, anti-inflammatory properties and a forest green aroma thought to have been used by Achilles to treat his soldiers’ wounds during the Trojan War.