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.
As I’ve been trying out a few different skincare products recently, I thought it was high time I spoke to you all about my updated cleansing routine. My morning skincare routine, being constrained a little by my inability to get up on the first (or the second) snooze, consists of a quick spritz of toner, a dab of cream under each eye and a few drops of serum rubbed in. However, in the evenings, I have a little more time to spare on my skin, and it seems all the better for it.
Facial oils and serums seemed to really take off in 2016, or at least I found them coming up on my radar more and more often last year. For good reason, too; they can be a wonderful alternative to a daily moisturiser, keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. A good facial serum can prove to be a saviour for your skin, feeding it with nourishing ingredients you hadn’t known you’d needed. In Tropic Skin Care’s Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum*, I have discovered one such product.
Since switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty, I’ve become much more conscious of the brands I buy from. Popping into the local Superdrug to pick out a new lipstick or mascara is not as simple as it once was, as there are several things I now need to consider: does this brand sell in mainland China? Does this lipstick contain carmine? Is this company parent-owned by a notorious tester? Thankfully, there are resources available which make things easier, and after a few years of practice, I’m getting there in terms of knowing who to buy from and who to avoid.
Despite jumping on the seasonal LUSH bandwagon this year, I’d never really bought into their Halloween or Christmas ranges before. Crazy, I know – their themed products are a blogger’s dream come true! I’ve not picked up any winter specials just yet, but I did get my hands on some of their Autumn releases, including the Lord of Misrule shower cream and bath bomb.