Skin deep - with Angela Langford

Beauty editor Kelly Andrews caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skincare designed to make you feel great

model with hair towel on, with moisturiser on her hands wiping it on her face

The idea for Angela Langford as a brand started when Angela was working in a stressful, pressured, corporate job in Gibraltar, from which she was eventually made redundant. She knew she wasn't meant for that world any longer, and set out to create her own business based on her passions. "I was travelling less, which meant I couldn't easily get my favourite skincare from the UK anymore," Angela says. "So, I started making my own products for personal use, with no intention of turning it into a career." But, having discovered a love for the whole process, she did a lot of research and eventually decided to turn her new-found passion into a business, sharing her products with others. She went on to study cosmetic formulation in depth, which in turn opened up a completely new world for her.
Beauty editor Kelly Andrews chatted to Angela recently to find out more about the brand and its products, as well as how they can help you feel skin confident for your wedding day, complete with that gorgeous bridal glow.

Angela Langford head shot

People are becoming more conscious of what's in their skincare products as well as how its produced. How can we ensure our beauty products are as harmless to the environment as they are good for our skin? I'm a very small-scale producer and I make everything myself in small batches. This means, there's very little wastage and the products aren't stored for months on end in a warehouse. I also use organic ingredients wherever available as these are also better for the environment. We're primarily an online brand, so I don't use any outer packaging, and this small change can help to make a positive difference. Where possible I use glass jars and bottles, but this isn't always compatible with the product. If a container is plastic, I use post-consumer recycled packaging. This is an area I work hard to constantly improve on, and over the years, I've made a great deal of progress. Using high quality, concentrated products can help too, because you don't need to purchase so often. Keeping your routine simple and using up what you do buy can also help.

What are your favourite skincare ingredients that you recommend we look out for? This is a bit like being asked who your favourite child is, or in my case, favourite pet! It's a tough one to answer, but I think oils rich in skin-loving omegas and essential fatty acids are vital for our skin's health. Rosehip, chia seed, argan, and evening primrose are in a lot of my products and I always try to source organic versions. I'm a huge fan of active plant ingredients too. My current favourites are electric daisy and sea buckthorn. The former has been referred to as nature's botox and can help to smooth, firm and tighten our skin; whereas sea buckthorn is like a superfood for it. It has so many amazing benefits – it's calming, soothing, repairing and can help with cell regeneration. Rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants, it's a skincare powerhouse, which is why I use it in my best-selling face oil, Bloom & Glow.

What would you recommend as the best approach for a bride or groom concerned about sensitive skin in the run up to the big day? Don't introduce a new product to your skincare routine too close to your big day. Also, avoid any treatments or introducing new make-up. If you have regular facials, that's fine, but going for something different a week beforehand may upset your skin. If you're having your make-up applied by a professional, make sure you discuss this with them during your trial and ask to use your own make-up products if you're worried.

Can you suggest a skincare regime that will ensure skin is in tip-top condition, providing the perfect base for a W-day make-up artist? Cleanse every morning and evening. A double cleanse with a balm or oil in the evening is great too. The first will remove the make-up and SPF, the second is to cleanse the skin. Unless you're very sensitive or have rosacea, I'd recommend using an exfoliator twice a week too in the evening after cleansing. Look for something with fruit acids (AHAs), which help to slough away dead, dull skin.

A once-a-week brightening face mask will really help to liven up your complexion and even out skintone. As long as you introduce them a few months in advance of your wedding, a mask the night before is wonderful. It will help to soften and smooth your skin ready for flawless make-up application and it'll help you to relax too. Also, be sure to moisturise daily, keep skin hydrated with a tonic, and by drinking plenty of water.

Finally, if there's one thing I think can make an enormous difference, it's using a face oil. Even if your skin is oily, it can really help and there's one out there for everyone. Brightening and balancing versions are wonderful, and you can use a drop after your make-up has been applied for extra luminosity.

four products lined up in a row

What would you suggest to those worried about congested or oily skin and the effect this will have on their overall make-up look? I always come back to cleansing as the key to great skin, yet it's often the step people either skip entirely or skimp on. Cleansing wipes are a real no-no for me, they just move dirt around your skin and don't cleanse properly. They aren't great for the environment either, so I'd really avoid these.

The other important thing, particularly when you have oily skin, is to choose balancing products. Often, those aimed at this particular skin type are harsh and strip skin of its natural oils. This doesn't solve the problem though, in fact it has the opposite effect, making your skin panic into producing even more oil. It may surprise you to know that oil isn't the enemy, being oil-free can be though. I even advise people with oily skin to use a facial oil in the evening. It can take time to get used to, and might take longer to even consider, as it does sound counter-intuitive! The key is to use the right ones – light, easily absorbed and balancing are what you need. Look for ingredients including rosehip, kiwi, thistle (also known as safflower) and jojoba, all great for oily, congested and combination skin. Massage a couple of drops into clean skin every night. Plus, if you aren't sensitive to them, essential oils can also help to clear congested skin. Look out for palamarosa, cypress, bergamot, lemon, lemongrass and rose geranium.

When is the best time to make changes/improvements to a skincare regime in preparation for a wedding? It can take time for our skin to adjust to new products and new ingredients. When you try something new, it's not unusual for your skin to become dry or for you to experience a little redness or even breakouts. This is just our skin adjusting. It does depend on the individual and also what products your skin is used to, but to be safe, I'd give yourself at least two months to introduce changes and new products. This also leaves time for you to see the results.

What products couldn't you live without? I use either Clean Sweep Cleansing Balm, and I Can See Clearly Now Make-up Remover. I then follow with a second cleanse using Sweet Cheeks Non-Foaming Face Wash. I exfoliate a few times a week using Scrub Up Exfoliator and use Look on the Bright Side Face Mask once a week – mixing it with some Freshen Up and a few drops of Bloom & Glow. In the day I'm never far away from a bottle of Freshen Up Hydrating Skin Tonic – I love to use it when my skin needs a hydrating boost. Most of the time I use A Little Lift Serum followed by Bloom & Glow face oil in the day and at night Bloom & Glow or Repair & Renew face oil on its own – I just love face oils and the benefits they have on our skin.

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Check out www.angelalangford.com, and call 01348 811 711 for free, tailored skincare advice. You can also order a free skincare sample pack.

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