Our skin, it’s important. You probably know by now that it’s our body’s biggest organ and that we should be taking good care of it. I’ve been using clean, non-toxic, natural products for years and I have a regime that works well for me. However, I do appreciate that every body is different and we need to do what is best for our own body.
I’ve been lucky throughout my 25 (almost 26!!!) years to have skipped any major skin troubles. While some of that may be my luck in life (what I lack in height, I make up for with good skin?) I also think that a lot of it has to do with my lifestyle choices and what I put on my skin.
When it comes to our skin’s appearance and behaviour what goes into our bodies is probably more important than what goes on them. Still, the products we choose to apply to our skin will obviously have an effect and I feel it’s wise to look for an ingredient list that is as natural as possible.
My skincare regime has become precious to me. It’s an act of self-care and self-love. I look forward to cleansing, toning and moisturising every morning and night. While I have always struggled with self-confidence (especially when it comes to my appearance) I can acknowledge that this particular routine and my lifestyle has given me good skin. Skin that gets complimented a lot (something that still makes me feel awkward) and skin that goes makeup free 99% of the time (I’ll obviously wear makeup when performing).
Let’s talk about my favourite miracle makers. These are all brands and products that I adore and I rotate in my routine. Typically I will cleanse, tone and then moisturise with an oil. There are a few little extras that I will use if my skin is feeling particularly dry, sensitive or needs a little extra tlc that I’ve also added in.
– Magic Organic Apothecary’s Green Balm is my everyday hero. It’s a herbal salve that has so, so many uses. I use this with one of their amazingly soft flannels to cleanse away any impurities and it works. This is probably my favourite skincare item I have ever bought (and will continue to purchase forever).
– Coconut Oil. If I’m performing or in front of a camera and have makeup on, this is what I use to clean it all away. Super gentle and moisturising, it’s the best makeup remover. Coconut oil is also what I use as a body moisturiser everyday and as a weekly hair mask.
– Pai Skincare Organic Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. I reach for this if I want to feel a little fancy and like I’m at a spa.
– Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. Using this and a cotton pad to swipe away surface grime before going in the shower to make sure nothing nasty sinks into my open pores takes two seconds. It also has a really great clean, floral fragrance and it’s a big bottle.
– Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. Perfect post-cleanse and pre-oil. This is also great to mist on your skin throughout the day for a little glow.
– Avene Thermale Spring Water Spray. If my skin is irritated or feeling extra sensitive I reach for this spray to provide some instant relief. The travel size is perfect for popping in your bag on hot days or when you’re travelling.
(I don’t use moisturising creams as I feel like they don’t work with my skin so I’ve used oils for years and they work far better for me. Don’t be scared to try an oil instead of a cream, there’s definitely one for every skin type!)
– Magic Organic Apothecary Aphrodite Facial Oil. Truly beautiful ingredients and works incredibly well with my sensitive skin.
– Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Oil. This has the most intoxicating, sensual floral scent and makes my skin feel velvety soft every time. Their facial oils also come in travel size which makes travelling with them super easy.
– Pai Skincare Organic Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. This was the first facial oil I ever bought and I still use it now. It provides moisture, calms redness and my skin glows every time.
– Cocokind Collective MYMATCHA moisturising stick. This is amazing for an extra dose of hydration, especially around my eyes.
– Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask. Usually I make my own masks but this one is really great for a light exfoliation and is packed with goodness for skin on the sensitive side.
– Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum. I LOVE THIS STUFF.
– Sister & Co. Skin Food Raw Coconut Lip Tonic (I use the Rose Otto & Cardamom one). I don’t go anywhere without lip balm and this is my favourite one to date.
– Pure Potions Skin Salvation. Another herbal salve, I like to use this as a night-time moisturiser and it’s also helpful for any scratches I gain from either being in the studio or playing with my cat.
Some other things that I think contribute to glowing healthy skin;
– meditation, it helps keep stress at bay
– fresh air and being in nature
– exercise and sweating regularly
– drinking lots of water
– dry brushing, helps move lymphatic fluid around the body, aiding in good circulation and good skin tone
– not wearing makeup (or at least not a lot of it)
– eating skin nourishing foods (leafy greens, healthy fats, vitamin c & e loaded foods)