The New Moon is a particularly special time of the month for me. I use it as an opportunity to give myself a little extra attention, taking a step back from the stresses and expectations of everyday life to just focus inwards for a while. The energy of the New Moon depends on the sign that it’s occurring in, but it’s generally a period fit for setting goals and intentions, nurturing new ideas and putting your mind to what you want from life.
I’ve managed to accumulate quite the skincare collection over the last while – from gifted products to firm favourites repurchased in advance, I seem to have no shortage of cleansers and the like. The collection has reached the point where I’ve decided I won’t buy another thing until what I have is used up – by all means, congratulate me on my inspiring self-restraint! In the meantime, I thought I’d chat to you about my top skincare picks from 2017.
Festive calendars are great, aren’t they? Whether it’s a chocolate-a-day to count down towards Christmas or a bells-and-whistles set from a favourite cruelty-free beauty brand, there’s just something very special about opening up those little doors and seeing what awaits you on the other side. You can imagine my jubilation, then, when Tropic Skincare’s 12 Days Of Tropic Gift Collection* arrived in the post; I could hardly contain my excitement as I opened the parcel.
When it comes to keeping spots and blemishes at bay, I feel like the internet is full of ideas and suggestions. From notorious, acne-fighting prescription meds, through teen skin ranges, to holistic home remedies and dietary changes, there seems to be no end to what you can try in the quest for clear skin. And personally, between the chemical-laden treatments and countless DIY concoctions, I feel a little bit lost.
As much as I love using gorgeous cruelty-free skincare (not to mention writing about it for this blog), a lot of my routine is functional. From my morning cleanse to taking my makeup off at the end of the day, every step has its own function. While that consistency has its charm, it’s nice to indulge in effective skincare for the pure enjoyment of it now and again – for pleasure over business, if you will.
Summer’s a hot topic right now (see what I did there?). But seriously – some of us live for the feeling of the sun on our skin, while others among us yearn for the temperatures to drop to jumper-wearing and candle-lighting lows. I’d say I’m a bit of both: as renewed and joyful as I feel in Autumn, I’m a July baby whose mood can be greatly lifted by the rise of a few degrees. Lazing in the park, on a beach, or in a pub garden with a cold beer in hand are three of my favourite ways to bask in the heat.
I last wrote about my nightly cleansing routine back in January; since then I’ve switched up the products I’ve been using and thought I’d fill you in on the updates! A good skincare routine can be a wonderful part of your personal self-care; whether its primary function is to remove makeup or if it’s simply to clean your face before bed, nightly cleansing is key to healthy and happy skin.
Exfoliating is one aspect of my skincare routine that I really feel the benefits of. There’s nothing like giving your skin a good scrub to make it feel deeply cleansed and revitalised. Call it a placebo effect, but I usually need quite an abrasive product to make me feel like it’s really worked so, when I was approached to try something out from Botanicals, and spotted their Gentle Face Polish*, I was certainly intrigued.
To say I was a little bit nervous, as I headed towards London’s South Place Hotel in the fading twilight on the last Tuesday of March, would be quite the understatement. I was hugely flattered to be on my way to Tropic Skin Care’s SS17 event, and excited to meet members of their lovely team. At the same time, though, I was harbouring an ever-growing sense of fear about going, the usual catastrophes that maraud future social engagements already reaching fever pitch in my anxious mind.
Winter is terrible for my skin, and I feel like the ill effects are worsening the older I get. I’m talking flaky under eyes, random dry patches on my face and absolute havoc being wreaked upon my poor lips. Unpleasant, to say the least. So, as the cold weather clings on for dear life, I’ve been doing my best to combat the negative impact it’s been having on my skin, by trying to add as much nourishment and moisture into my routine as possible.