I get lots of questions about my skin care routine so I’ve decided to write a post about it. If you’re not into that kind of thing, then best skip this post.
Let’s start with my tips for keeping your skin in tip top condition:
Get plenty of sleep. This is when your body heals from the inside out so help it by getting lots of shut eye.
Stay hydrated. No brainer.
Wear a good sunscreen that has broad spectrum cover, natural if possible (I’m still working on this one). Sun damage is a fast track to wrinkles, which are amazing and tell the story of your life, but in due time.
Eat a varied diet made up of whole foods, with healthy fats and lots of brightly coloured fruit and veggies for anti-oxidants.
Exercise to get your blood pumping thus improving your circulation.
Stress less. It’s a know fact that stress can trigger a breakout so anything you can do to help with that will also help your skin. Meditation saved me, and apart from the obvious mental benefits, my skin is benefiting too.
Don’t pick your imperfections!
Use mild, gentle products with no dyes or perfumes.
Don’t over cleanse.
Keep your routine simple.
You don’t have to use everything from the same range. Pick what suits you. All brands have a star product.
My skin care routine is super simple, and I use basic products that are not expensive, and after lots of trial and error, I now have it down pat with products that work well with my skin.
Cleanser: Aveda kinetics cleanser (not my usual as it’s too expensive for me to buy, but this was a gift from my bestie). When this runs out I’ll go back to using my trusty QV wash which I also use on the girls as it’s fragrance free and for sensitive skin so it doesn’t strip your skin of the natural oils.
Moisturiser: For daytime in summer I just spray my face with Jurlique rose water spray as my skin is oily so this is sufficient. In winter I use a drop of Delicious Skin Serum after I spray with the rose water and it’s enough to do my whole face. It’s a lovely serum that leaves your face dewy.
For night time in summer, I spray with the rose water and then use Elucent night moisturiser which has AHA’s to gently exfoliate whilst I sleep. I’ve only just discovered this cream and have just finished my first jar but it’s AH-MAZING! I’ve put my sister and mum on to it and they love it too. I noticed such a difference in about a week of using it, my face was brighter and smoother. Love it! I can’t wait to try some of the other products of this line but I have to wait until I finish what I’m currently using.
In winter if my skin is dry, I’ll add 1 drop of the Delicious skin serum before I use the Elucent.
Under eyes: Delicious skin serum (a teeny tiny drop for both eyes is sufficient).
Sunscreen: Biore Aqua rich 50+. It’s not natural but this is the only sunscreen so far that dries matte and doesn’t leave a white mask on my skin. If any one has a good one that they use that doesn’t leave you shiny and it’s all natural/organic, please let me know!
Treatments: I have just discovered this amazing peel that you do once or twice a week and it’s by a brand called Derma-E. You put it on at night, sleep on it, and wake up to clear, soft skin. True story. Here’s me after my second application, first thing in the morning, after I washed my face.
I also love to do a gentle mask/scrub maybe once or twice a month, more for the relaxation than because I need it. I like Delicious Skin exfoliating mask. It’s so lovely and leaves my skin super soft. Perfect in winter, after which I spray some rose water, than rub in a drop or two of their serum.
Make-up: When I wear foundation, I use ID Bare Minerals powder, but most of the time I just wear a cheek stain by The Balm, curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemera eyelash curler and fill in my brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow Pomade. I finish it off with a rose water spritz, specially if I’m wearing foundation as it helps to set it in place and gives your skin a dewy finish.
I don’t wear eye make up because it doesn’t really suit me, except for the occasional cat eye for which I use a liquid liner by Marc Jacobs.
I rarely wear lipstick, but my fave red shade is by Australis and it’s budge proof (which is totally necessary when wearing a red lippy IMO). Sometimes I use my cheek stain on my lips for a dash of colour.
For my body, I use QV or Dr. Bronner’s magic soap in Sandalwood and Jasmine.
I moisturise with coconut oil and have been for years, it’s the best moisturiser I’ve ever used. I also dry brush my body before I shower every day. It really helps to keep your skin smooth and helps with detoxification.
I keep a hand cream next to my bed for when I remember but I never really buy hand cream, just when I’m about to finish one, someone gifts me another one, it’s purely by chance. Currently I have one by Aesop which is lovely.
To the best of my knowledge, all of these products are not tested on animals which is good to know.
There you have it, all my secrets revealed
If you have any tips, or products you love that are natural and organic and work well with oily skin, hit me up, I’d love to hear about it, specially if it’s a good sunscreen, so on the hunt for that!
Peas, love and mungbeans