We’re still in the throes of new year fever…here’s a follow on post on how to ‘Re’ your skincare for 2020!
Reconnect with your skin. sound weird? Well think about it….when last did you have a mindful moment with your skin… you know… when you took the time to examine it to see how it’s doing. take time to touch it, does it feel dry, tight, oily? does it seem more sensitive than usual? Reconnect with how your skin is feeling right now and think about what your skin needs. Also take this as an opportunity to remember the sensory benefits of touch, using this to connect with your skin on a sensory level. Maybe it’s time to start doing a facial massage on a regular basis to boost that mindful skincare connection.
Reflect on what your skin is normally like, how it reacts to different products and seasons. What products have worked for you in the past year? Perhaps look at the ingredients – is there anything that your favourite products have in common. Equally is there anything that has upset your skin, ingredient or otherwise. It’s worth remembering that it’s not just products or ingredients that can trigger our skin, dietary changes, stress or emotional upsets can also cause our skin to react.
Restore look to restore balance to your skin, balanced skin is in its optimal condition, with its microbiome in tact. There’s a saying that goes ‘if it ain’t broke…’ Maybe it’s time to pick up an old favourite before you start hunting down a new one.
If your skin is in need of nourishment, as many of ours skins need at this moment because of the winter months, you could try a cleansing oil or balm. These will cleanse your skin beautifully, whilst also nourishing it and leaving it feeling and looking better – and the act of massaging in the product will connect you with your skin.
Many of the cleansing products currently available are designed to work across all skin types and are perfect for restoring balance to the skin.
You could try…
Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm
This gorgeous cleanser is rich, velvety and smells gorgeous. It’s infused with rose and a wealth of conditioning botanicals to soften and hydrate the skin as it cleanses… beautiful!
This gorgeous cleanser has a gel to oil texture – which I love! It simply melts into the skin to remove makeup and dirt from the skin, leaving you glowing. It has a lovely soft Chamomile & Rose scent, which makes it a really lovely experience to use. It’s a nice, gentle cleanser, but it is beautiful and packed with vitamins!
This is a cream cleanser, which has a nice slip to it and feels lovely on the skin. It’s quite a thin consistency and they use the gorgeous scent of blue tansy to enrich this cleanser. It feels like quite a light cleanser, but it works really well.
This is designed to be a liquid moisturiser I have to say, it really does work that way. Actually, it is quite addictive. But its also an antioxidant working to shield the skin from external aggressors.
This product is a blend of oil and water elements. So as you can imagine, it is hydrating, nourishing and feels really good on the skin. It also smells fantastic …perfect a little bit of mindful beauty. You just need to shake it up before spraying to mix together the oil and water.
Reduce the amount of different products that you use. Less is more in many instances, Let’s face it…it’s easy to get carried away Sometimes, we can get a little overwhelmed with all the new launches and perhaps you had some new things to try under the tree… but if your skin is starting to not feel it’s best, perhaps being a little reactive, it’s time to slow down. Reduce the amount of products you use, strip it down to ones you know that your skin enjoys and slowly reintroduce products one by one to see which ones work for your skin and which ones don’t.
If your skin is feeling reactive, reduce down your products and see what’s not working.
You could try…
The Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleamsing Butter
When my skin is feeling particularly reactive, there’s one cleaning product I always fall back to as a base for my skincare routine – this is The Body Shop’s chamomile cleanser. For me, this product is always super gentle but also very effective at removing all makeup and dirt from my skin.
Refresh – maybe it’s time to refresh your skincare arsenal. Once you have the baseline of products that work for you, it could now be time for you to add a new element to your skincare based on what you know works for your skin.
This could be a new face oil to add nourishment to the skin – or perhaps a booster to supercharge your routine.
Inner Senses Deep Blue C Facial Oil
This is a lovely, rich oil. Has a beautiful colour and scent to it. You don’t need to use a lot on the skin and it sinks into the skin quickly, leaving it feeling very glowy and plumped. It works beautifully with a cream, leaving the skin feeling soft and glowing and the Blue Tansy is one of the elements aiming to soothe inflammation.
In this age of constant skincare innovation, every so often a brand comes along that marries science with nature and those kind of brands always catch my attention. Codex beauty is one such brand that offers organic skin care that is free of harmful ingredients and yet uses science and technology as its base.
As a big fan of facial oils, I couldn’t wait to get started with this one and I wasn’t disappointed. This oil has a lovely light texture and it sinks into your skin beautifully without leaving any surface shine just a subtle glow and the added bonus is that it smells simply gorgeous, it has an uplifting woody kind of fragrance and you can definitely smell the rosemary perfect for a little bit of mindful facial massage you know the drill inhale first and then apply to your skin.
This is a pale pink rose scented liquid that you have to shake in order to blend the oil with the other potent actives – I have to say I quite enjoy the process of shaking it and then applying it to my skin it feels lovely and light in my hand but when applied to my skin it behaves more like a face oil…you then massage it in, its easily absorbed and leaves my skin feeling super moisturised and super glowy.
This would be your first product after cleansing and you can use another serum over the top of it as well depending on your skins needs. This proves to be enough for my combination skin followed by moisturiser.
Read our full review of the vitamin c booster here.