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What’s in your formula? Part V: Fragrance.

Do you smell that? Must be the final instalment of our ingredient series, FRAGRANCE. Get a whiff of the 4.5.6 Skin approach to fragrance, straight from the melanin-rich skin experts in our very own laboratory.

What’s in your formula? Part V: Fragrance.

Do you smell that? Must be the final instalment of our ingredient series, FRAGRANCE. Get a whiff of the 4.5.6 Skin approach to fragrance, straight from the melanin-rich skin experts in our very own laboratory.

What’s in your formula? Part IV: Performative actives.

Join us once again on our journey for skincare knowledge, where we're shedding some light on what makes your 'skincare' so 'caring.' This week, we're diving into…

What’s in your formula? Part III: Conservation System.

Continuing on our quest to understand our skincare, let's get stuck into quite possibly one of the most important ingredient categories in the beauty industry… the CONSERVATION SYSTEM. The secret to keeping your skincare fresher, for longer!

What’s in your formula? Part II: Functional Ingredients.

On our mission to get better acquainted with our skincare, we're continuing our 'What's in your formula?' series. This week we're investigating…

New Year, new skincare resolutions.

One of the benefits of a new year (besides the fireworks), is that you can reset your mindset with new goals, new resolutions, and new habits. If you’re anything like us, some of your resolutions may include the mantra, ‘new me, new skincare.’ To make your dream complexion goals a...

What’s in your formula? Part I: Water.

Have you ever picked up a promising skincare bottle, eagerly turning it over to read the ingredients list, only to find you don’t understand a single word? Well, you’re not alone. According to a 2017 Survey, 63% of Americans don’t understand the proper functions of their skincare ingredients, let alone what they...

Brightening your melanin-rich skin, *without* Hydroquinone.

For those of us within the melanin-rich skin community, fading hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and acne scarring is probably at the top of your skincare-requirements list. And you may have even succumbed to products that claim to whiten, lighten, or bleach these problems away. If that’s the case, you’ve most likely...

The gift of giving: Your Christmas glow guide.

Some would say that spending time with friends and loved ones is the very essence of Christmas, but what about ourselves? We believe it’s just important to treat ourselves, especially after the year we’ve all had!

Should darker skin tones be using Retinol?

Retinol, Retinoids, Retinal. No doubt you’ve heard at least one of these names thrown around in skincare circles at some point in time, probably because this form of vitamin A has reached cult status. Once upon a time, it was difficult getting hold of retinol products without a prescription. But...

Be gentle with your skin barrier!

Have you ever felt your skin feeling dry, tight, and… itchy? Does your holy grail moisturiser now sting and burn? What you could be experiencing is an impaired skin barrier. Now that winter is finally here, and practically all moisture has left the air, there’s a high chance you may...

Eat your way to hydration this festive season!

As we’re fast approaching the holiday season when the time for merriment, party-going, and dinner-attending is a non-negotiable, it’s important to keep our skin in tip-top condition by staying hydrated. ‘But how can we stay hydrated and join in with the festivities?’ The answer is a simple and positive one;...

Our no-fuss guide to keeping your skin healthy through winter.

As the colder months are now upon us, it’s so important to know how to keep our melanin-rich skin hydrated, healthy, protected, and comfortable. We’ve put together a quick, no-fuss guide on the best ways to maintain the integrity of your skin this winter. 

Celebrating melanin-rich beauty; the history and the differences.

Traditionally, women of colour in Europe have had to rely solely on the beauty tips that exist along the margins of the mainstream beauty industry. Whether it be through their families, immediate communities of colour, or today, through online platforms. From the age of adolescence to adulthood, women of colour...

Vitamin D: The sunshine vitamin and melanin-rich skin.

The sunshine vitamin meets melanin-rich skin: what does this mean for our wellbeing?   Along with everything else in our solar system, melanin-rich skin needs sunshine to thrive. Not only for our skins’ wellbeing and clarity, but also for our overall health and wellness. A lack of sunlight disturbs normal...

Customisation: Our bespoke approach to your skincare.

As we live in a world where everything from our groceries to our haircare can be customised with a touch of a button, it only seems right that our skincare regimens follow suit too. Here at 4.5.6 Skin, we strive to offer a customised skincare routine tailored to your individual...

Phototypes explained & why you should care.

We all have a fairly good idea of what skin type we have; oily, dry, combination. But what do we really know about our integral skin physiology and structural characteristics? And more importantly, do we fully understand how these unique specifications affect our daily skin behaviours? While your answer may...