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.
Since quitting face wipes (more on this in another post soon!) I’ve been spending around 10 minutes on my skincare routine every night. The products I use vary depending on what sort of day I’ve had, and how I’m feeling that evening. If I’ve been wearing makeup, I remove it using Odylique’s Creamy Coconut Cleanser* and a bamboo or muslin cloth soaked in warm water. However, on days where I’ve gone barefaced – something I’m trying to find the confidence to do more and more – I reach for a different cleanser, which I’ll tell you about now.
Some months ago, I received the Barefoot SOS Repair + Renew Nourishing Cleansing Cream in a LoveLula beauty box*. I’d never tried anything from Barefoot SOS before, and was excited to give this cleanser a try. With “rejuvenating Rosa Mosqueta Oil, soothing Calendula extract, smoothing Cocoa Butter and purifying Rosewater” the cleanser addresses all my skin’s needs with natural, vegan-friendly ingredients. It’s also made in the UK, reducing its carbon footprint and making me a very happy hippy indeed.
Carrying a very subtle scent, the cleanser feels cool and refreshing, and not at all sticky. It comes away at the wipe of a warm facecloth, leaving my skin clear and smooth. I was disappointed to find a generic “avoid eye contact” warning on the packaging; I look for cleansers which can be used in the eye area without risk of irritation because I don’t want to have to buy a separate product for removing my eye makeup. While this cleanser doesn’t seem like it would irritate my delicate eye area, I haven’t taken the risk and regrettably wouldn’t consider repurchasing it without being sure that it wouldn’t. That said, it is lovely for makeup-free days!
Next up, it’s time to tone! For this step of my cleansing routine I’ve been enjoying Balm Balm’s Organic Rose Floral Water Hydrosol, which was also included in a LoveLula beauty box a few months ago. Carrying a fresh, floral scent, this spray provides a spritz of “soothing and balancing” Rose, which I normally pat into my skin with clean, dry hands or a cotton pad. Balm Balm are a brand I’ve been getting into recently; I love that their products are organic and manufactured in England, too. Unfortunately the design of this spray means that the product comes out rather violently, certainly not as a “mist” as it claims! That, however, is my only concern.
Finally, I use the Ermana Revive Face Oil with Lavender and Frankincense to moisturise before it’s time for bed. This product, also from a LoveLula beauty box, is hand blended in Scotland (yay) and leaves my skin feeling very nourished. While it carries a rather strong, herby smell, I love the style of the packaging, and find it effective as a nighttime moisturiser. I’d consider buying from Ermana again, and learning more about their range.
If you want to try out new natural and cruelty-free products, the LoveLula beauty box is a great option, which offers you the opportunity to try out full-size products often worth a lot more than the box! You can find more details here.
Have you tried anything from these brands?
*This post was not sponsored, but I did not have to pay for these products.