Typology is a superb, science-led, mid-range skincare, makeup and hair range that’s now come over from France to the UK
UPDATE: The Typology Advent Calendar 2023 has arrived. Coming in at £189 – but worth more than £370 – the 24-day calendar contains some of the French brand’s bestselling items. What’s more, 15 of them are full-size. You can see the full list of what’s in the Typology calendar below, or by going to our best beauty advent calendar, or best skincare advent calendar guide.
Alternatively, click the link below to go to Typology’s website.
Original Typology guide continues below
After gaining an almost cult following in its home country of France, Typology is now on sale in the UK.
If you’re not yet familiar with Typology, it was set up by Made.com’s founder Ning Li to take skincare and beauty “back to basics.”
Channeling the likes of The Ordinary and Inkey List, Typology strips all the BS and unnecessary chemicals from its range in favour of high-quality, natural, ethically sourced, vegan skincare at an affordable price.
What’s more, the brand’s packaging is sustainable – coming in either glass for smaller items or recyclable plastic for larger ones, once a bottle is empty it can be repurposed.
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To introduce you to Typology Skincare, we’ve handpicked the best Typology Skincare products to get you started, based on different skin concerns.
Jump straight to each section using the links below
On the Typology Skincare site, you can search by product name or by skin concern. Our pick of the best product designed to target fine lines and wrinkles is the retinol serum.
£14.80 | Buy now
This serum contains three key active ingredients: Retinol (0.3%), Soy Oil and Castor Oil.
Retinol (also known as Vitamin A) is one of the most effective, and common, ingredients found in skincare designed to treat the signs of ageing.
It has a high level of antioxidants, meaning it fights off free radicals – the annoying molecules that cause premature ageing.
Retinol also targets inflammation, and pigmentation while boosting the skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid, leaving it hydrated and plump.
Soy oil is known to activate cell renewal, while castor oil helps cleanse the skin.
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£86 | Buy now from Typology
This Face Routine kit is designed to tighten and firm your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles:
This kit cost £86 but you can remove any products you don’t want or need.
Our pick of the best product designed to target acne, spots, blemishes, and imperfections is the Purifying Toner.
£17.80 | Buy now
The skin is naturally acidic and, as a result, cleansers with a higher pH can sometimes disturb this balance. If this balance is thrown off and the skin’s barrier is damaged, it can’t defend itself as well against bacteria and this can end up causing pimples and inflammation.
Typology Skincare’s purifying toner has an acidic pH similar to the skin’s and works to rebalance its pH after cleansing. This toner also removes the limestone and mineral residues found in tap water.
It contains four key ingredients including Salicylic Acid (1%), Centifolia Rose Hydrolat, Zinc, and Aloe Vera.
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) used to exfoliate the skin and get rid of the dead skin cells linked to larger pores, blackheads. It also helps manage the production of sebum, which is what leaves skin looking and feeling oily. You can read more in our The science of oily skin and how to get rid of it for good guide.
Centifolia Rose is a fragrant flower from which soothing floral water is extracted. This water is astringent, firms the skin and cleans pores.
Derived from beetroot, zinc is ideal for oily skin and significantly reduces how much sebum is produced. It promotes healthy cells and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier. While Aloe Vera hydrates and soothes the skin, relieving irritation and itching.
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£53.20 | Buy now
This Face Routine kit is designed to tighten your pores and reduce their appearance, which in turn helps reduce the appearance of blackheads through the use of:
Our pick of the best product designed to target dark circles and bags is the Typology Eye Serum.
£11.80 | Buy now
Eye bags are caused by a build-up of water and fat. While dark circles are caused by poor blood circulation. Typology Skincare’s Eye Serum contains three key active ingredients to target both of these problems – Caffeine, Niacinamide and Albizia Julibrissin extract.
Naturally found in coffee beans, tea leaves, and cocoa beans, caffeine helps improve blood circulation and reduce water retention, helping to get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Blood also carries nutrients around your body, so the more blood you can get to the surface of your skin, the more nutrients it can deliver.
Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, similarly improves the regulation of blood circulation in the capillary veins (small blood vessels around the eyes) and can reduce redness.
Meanwhile, Albizia Julibrissin extract restores radiance to the skin. Tired-looking skin is caused by what’s known as glycation and glycoxidation. Glycation is a natural chemical reaction of sugar molecules attaching themselves to proteins in the skin.
Once attached, it makes the proteins more sensitive to oxidation (glycoxidation). This leads to oxidative stress, which results in more free radicals being released. These free radicals then cause fine lines to appear around the eyes. Cutting down on sugar can help. As can this serum.
You can read more about free radicals in our guide to the best foods for skin guide.
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£62 | Buy now
This Face Routine kit is designed to brighten your skin and revitalise your under eye area through the use of:
Typology Skincare also sells products that combine the benefits of skincare with the coverage of makeup. It’s a rising trend that was made popular by IT Cosmetics with its Your Skin But Better Foundation+Skincare’ staple, and more recently with the launch of the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation. Glossier should also get a shoutout for its Skin Tint, as should The Ordinary for its Serum foundation.
£21.20 | Buy now
This is because it contains caffeine – a wonder ingredient for making your skin look more awake – with niacinamide and cornflower hydrolate. These ingredients combine to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Not just when it’s being worn, but over time too.
There are only six shades available in the Typology Tinted range, but this because they’ve been created on what’s known as the Fitzpatrick Phototype Scale.
Developed by an American dermatologist from Harvard, this scale classifies different people’s skin tones – or phototypes – based on how they react to sun exposure.
For example, the more melanin your skin releases, the darker it gets and the better protected it is from sun damage. People who burn easily sit at the lower end of the scale, while people who never burn and only tan are at the upper end.
Typology has a useful Shade Finder guide to help you know which concealer you need.
£25.80 | Buy now
The Tinted Serum from Typology combines all of its skincare expertise into a formula that improves the skin while making you glow. It’s silicone-free and non-comedogenic and provides a light coverage that is perfect for a natural no-makeup finish.
On the skincare side, this tinted serum contains Vitamin C to brighten your skin and leave it looking radiant; squalane to help with hydration and anti-ageing, and aloe vera which calms and cools redness and helps with breakouts.
As with all Typology products, the formula of this serum is naturally derived and vegan and like with the Tinted Concealer, there are only six shades to choose from when buying this Tinted Serum.
Typology has a useful Shade Finder guide to help you know which concealer you need.
Following the Typology Skincare launch in the UK, the brand released a haircare range under the sub-brand, Racines.
Racines, which means “roots” in French, is born from the idea that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp.
After all, your scalp is covered in skin so it’s no surprise that more skincare brands are venturing into this space. A trend that’s known as the “skinification” of hair.
One of the leading manufacturers and authorities in this space is Monpure, but more recently The Ordinary and The Inkey List have entered this space. You can read more about this in our guides on Women’s hair thinning, and How to make hair grow faster.
There are four products in the Typology Racines range, at launch, and these include:
If you’re not sure which products in this range are best for you, take our What type of hair do I have? quiz.
Victoria is founder and editor-in-chief of mamabella, freelance journalist and Mum. She has a passion for empowering people to feel beautiful whatever their age, size, skin type and budget