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It’s January so let’s assume we’re all bouncing off to the gym with ponytails swinging and lycra clinging after a session of transcendental meditation to start the day, the year, the New You.

I said ‘assume’.

Anyhow, well done – whatever it is you have decided to do or not to do. In the off-chance that it does involve the gym, there follows the Golden Rules of Gym skincare – an area that if neglected can quickly negate the feel-good factor of your work-out. A toned body is a fine thing but doesn’t present as well as it might alongside congested dehydrated skin!

 1. Go bare-faced

Before working-out, cleanse your skin thoroughly and apply a light moisturiser. Make-up mixed with sweat is not a good combination – it will lead to clogged pores, dull skin and break-outs.

 2. Avoid touching or wiping your face with your hands

Use a handcloth to pat sweat from your face – gym equipment carries a host of sweat and bacteria which you don’t want to transfer to your hot and open pores.

 3. Stay hydrated

Your skin’s BFF in the gym is your water bottle. Keep sipping to stay hydrated during exercise and to reap the maximum benefits for your skin from your work-out.

 4. Shower soon & not too hot

Shower as soon as possible post work-out to clear the pores. Avoid a very hot shower as this will strip the skin of its natural oils. Opt for a short, lukewarm shower to rinse off and refresh.

 5. Cleanse gently 

Skin can be sensitive post work-out so ensure that your cleanser is gentle, nourishing and non-foaming. Apply a hydrating serum and light moisturiser after cleansing and stay make-up free for a couple of hours.

Enjoy your work-out, follow the golden rules and look forward to a fit body combined with happy, refreshed and rejuvenated skin!

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Dry, flaky skin and a feeling of tight discomfort are all skin complaints that we hear time and time again. A lot of people find that particularly in Winter time, their skin needs something extra to look supple and feel soft. Cold weather, lack of sunshine, indoor air conditioning and excess partying (!) can be harsh and drying for skin and Winter is dreary enough without the added insult of your skin flaking off and feeling dry and dull. The good news for dry skin is that you can pretty much kiss it goodbye by incorporating the following four skincare products into your routine. A note of advice: It’s best to use all of them together in your routine as a hydrating system. And please be consistent. Consistency will produce the best results!

1. Pure Hyaluronic Serum 

With the ability to hold 1000 times its own weight in water, hyaluronic acid is an essential skin hydrating tool. This serum provides an instant skin-plumping effect and leaves skin feeling supple and looking dewy.

2. Recover Eye Cream 

The skin around the eyes needs extra special attention as it’s much thinner than the skin on the rest of the face. Every line and wrinkle will show if you have dry skin around the eye area. Recover is a soft and lightweight eye cream formulated with the active ingredient palmitoyl tripeptide-5 which serves to diminish fine lines, improve skin texture, reduce puffiness and reduce dark circles around the eye area. 

3. Balance Facial Spritz 

Aaaah. A spritz. Do not underestimate the power and convenience of a good facial spritz. Spritz all day if you need to. Balance facial spritz is a fine-misting magnesium spritz that provides protection to the skin barrier, calms the skin and clarifies the skin. It feels great and it’s a 24-hour skin saviour.

4. Hydrate Moisturiser 

Your choice of daily moisturiser is crucial. Choose one that is absorbent and that contains essential skin hydrating and skin softening ingredients. Hydrate is an ultra-lightweight skin moisturiser formulated with peptides and squalane which soothes and softens skin. It’s perfect for daily use and suitable for everyone.

And the best news is…. 

the Pestle & Mortar All I Want for Christmas set contains all of the above four hydrating heroes beautifully packaged and presented. In the unlikely event that you don’t know anyone with dry skin, get it for yourself!

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It’s Party Season again folks and we are intent on bringing you the gift of Christmas Clarity. For your skin that is – we’re not taking any responsibility for your brain! You can glitter up as much as you like when flitting from party to party, but one thing is certain – if your skin looks tired, dry and partied-out then glitter just ain’t gonna rescue your look. These simple skincare tips will though, so read on if you want your skin to be Party Perfect this season.

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Looking for stocking fillers? Do ever wonder how the Christmas stocking tradition came about? Long, long ago, it is said that St. Nicholas, upon hearing the plight of a poor man’s three beautiful daughters, decided to help. He had to help in secret, as the man was too proud to accept charity. After dark, he threw three bags of gold through an open window of the man’s house and one of these landed in a stocking! Hence the tradition of Christmas Stockings was born.

It’s a nice story and a nice tradition, but what to put in it? Well, for the skincare addict in your life, we can certainly make suggestions. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or a Secret Santa gift, skincare minis are sure to please. Anyone who is serious about skincare simply adores small sizes – perfect for travelling, trialling and testing.

1. 15ml Pure Hyaluronic Serum

First up is our cute and covetable Pure Hyaluronic Serum. This award-winning hyaluronic serum is the perfect multi-tasker for skin. A velvety, lightweight serum that can be used as an on-the-go hydrator, make-up primer and skin saviour.

2. 30ml Hydrate Moisturiser 

Hydrate is a skin moisturiser that everyone will love. Lightweight and absorbent, it delivers skin hydration to all skin-types. Enriched with squalane and peptides, it’s a true handbag hero.

3. 30ml Balance Facial Spritz 

Third up but secretly one of our favourites! Balance fine-misting magnesium facial spritz is a 24-hour weapon against dehydration, pollution and dullness. Spritz throughout the day for an instant skin pick-me-up. It’s the perfect little treat for the skincare addict in your life!

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For the skincare addict in your life, gifting skincare might seem like a no-brainer. But beware!
Skincare aficionados are notoriously fussy and often extremely well informed on all matters skin- related. When gifting skincare, you need to consider gender, skin type, serum- cream- or lotion- people, scent or no scent people, those who cleanse once, those who cleanse twice, oily, dry, combination, allergies, sensitivities, favourite hero actives, particular routines, diet, lifestyle, the weather, the climate, the global economy, world peace…….

Overwhelmed? Don’t be. We’ve made it easy for you with two perfect gift ideas. Not only are these gifts suitable for all skin types, all genders, all climates and all lifestyles, they also come beautifully wrapped and fabulously presented. They are literally sure to produce a swoon from Mr. or Ms. Skincare Lover and if they don’t, quite honestly, we give up!

1. The Pestle & Mortar All I Want for Christmas Set

This set is not only All you will Want, it is All you will Need. It contains four skincare products which were very carefully selected to deliver unparalleled hydration and anti-ageing benefits to all skin types. A moisturiser, spritz, eye-cream and serum. Pretty much an entire skincare wish list covered right there. Plus, it’s ultra-cool to look at and opening it is an unboxing experience. You will be the hero of Christmas giving with this set for sure.

2. The Hydrating Duo

‘Hydrated’ is the holy grail of skin-wannabe words. The Hydrating Duo contains our iconic pure hyaluronic serum and our sqaulane-enriched lightweight moisturiser. Well formulated skincare basics are always required and always appreciated and The Hydrating Duo contains products that fall firmly into the category of well-formulated. Who wouldn’t appreciate award-winning hydration basics packaged in a sleek cylinder with a ribbon after all? This is for all and sundry – even those who are a bit meh about skincare will love it.

Happy Gifting All.


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Wow! What a night we had last night at the Image Business Woman of the Year Awards 2018. Amongst a glittering display of Art Deco décor, in the company of inspirational Irish businesswomen, and surrounded by style, glamour and intelligence, the Pestle & Mortar table was silent as the shortlist for Entrepreneur of the Year was read out. Silence exploded into screams as our CEO and co-founder Sonia was announced as the WINNER! We are absolutely thrilled, chuffed, honored, humbled, proud…

The icing on the icing on the cake was that Sonia also won the Newstalk Advertising Campaign Award… thank you Newstalk, we are looking forward to doing great things with you!