June 29, 2017
We grow up being told how to eat right, drink right, and exercise right to take care of our bodies. Somewhere along the way, skin seems to get left behind as an ‘everyday’ essential step to taking care of yourself. It’s a part of your body too, and deserves to be taken care of with a little TLC each day. These are 5 habits you should start TODAY, and are easy to implement regardless of budget, time, age - or inclination.
Always remove your makeup
This seems like a no-brainer, but I’m always surprised by how many people don’t always remove their make-up before bed, or cleanse their skin every night regardless of whether they wear makeup or not. Next to sun damage, environmental pollution is the biggest cause of the visible signs of aging. A good antioxidant protection moisturiser will help with a lot of that, but another step is to cleanse the skin every day.
You don’t need to do it twice a day, as once the skin has been cleansed at night, it just sleeps with nothing but your skincare on, so doesn’t need another cleanse in the morning (I just do a water rinse with a cloth).
My favourite cleanser is the Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser (thanks to Eve for introducing me to it). It’s very gentle, and is perfect for congested or acne-prone skin (it really helps keep my skin clear of all congestion/blackheads!), or any skin type really for cleansing the skin of dirt, environmental build up and anything else you’ve been wearing for the day!
If you are wearing makeup, however, I always recommend doing a double cleanse - usually starting with an oil to remove everything first, then following with a cream, milk or lotion type cleanser (like the Blissoma one mentioned above). The Happy Skin Face Oil from Romeo & Madden is a good choice!
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
I think even the laziest person amongst us would agree that when it comes to skincare, moisturising is essential. Face and body. Dry, dehydrated skin isn’t comfortable or good. And if you’re skin is oily, all the more reason to keep it moisturised, as your skin is overproducing sebum to try and do the job itself!
Moisturising doesn’t just keep your skin soft and supple. Dehydrated skin can prematurely age, show fine lines & wrinkles far more quickly, and skin can begin to lose that healthy, radiant glow.
For very dry or more mature skin, Earthwise Beauty’s Ferns & Moss Serum is a beautiful product. The Bless Balm from Leahlani Skincare is a good all-rounder for most skin types, including sensitive skin. And if your skin tends to be oily, you might prefer something lighter like the Blissoma Awake Morning Facial Moisture, as it’s fast absorbing and won’t leave a shine.
Get your mask on
I really can’t recommend a weekly mask to everyone enough. Regardless of your skin ‘type’, there’s a mask option for you and it’s a brilliant way to give the skin a thorough cleanse, exfoliation, and boost it with antioxidants and nutrients. I love masks so much I wrote an entire post on why you should be using one.
This one from The Little Alchemist is a great option for most skin types wanting to detox - so if you’re acne-prone, your skin is congested, dull or lacklustre. For dry or sensitive skin (or those who just can’t stand the feeling of a clay mask as it dries), the Mermaid Mask from Leahlani Skincare will be just the thing. With a raw honey base, it’s extremely gentle, hydrating, anti-microbial, and it’s filled with spirulina & chlorella which give it the amazing emerald green hue and feed the skin with antioxidants. It also has very fine granules throughout, which you can massage in to gently exfoliate the skin as you remove it. I personally use both of these weekly.
This is a bit like #2, except for your eyes. Dehydrated skin begins to show signs of aging much more quickly than if you keep your skin supple and moisturised. You should apply an eye cream or serum twice daily - beginning as early as possible. The reason you need to purchase a separate eye cream or serum, and can’t just use your regular moisturiser is because the eye area is delicate and sensitive. You need to use something specifically formulated for that area, so it won’t cause irritation or sensitivity, either immediately or with long term use.
One of my favourite products for the eyes is this serum from Earthwise Beauty. I wasn’t convinced it was doing much at first, because I was so used to “instant” firming creams etc, but after using this for several months now (although I saw a difference in a few weeks), I can say it really does help reduce fine lines & wrinkles, keeps the skin supple and helps reduce dark circles and puffiness. I also dab a little on my lips each night to keep them smooth and plump!
I know everyone and their grandma goes on about sun protection or SPF and how much damage the sun does to your skin. You don’t need to be afraid of getting some sunshine without wearing any SPF - it’s actually essential for our bodies to get Vitamin D. You do need to be sensible though. Always avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day (I live in North QLD so that’s from about 9am - 4pm in Summer, a little shorter during the Winter months for me), and cover up if you must be out either with clothing, SPF or a combination of both. Big floppy hats are my favourite style regardless of the sun, but an SPF that I like if I'm going to be in the sun all day is the Hynt Beauty Sun Prep SPF30 Primer. It goes great under makeup (or mixed with their concealer) and doesn’t feel tacky or heavy like so many SPF products can. You can also wear it alone, of course.
I also like the Earthwise Beauty Farizad’s Veil SPF30 Powder. I mix it with an oil to make an SPF lotion and apply as needed. You can also mix it with your body lotion/oil/moisturiser to make an SPF for the body!
Passionate about health and beauty, I began the Liberty-Green blog to prove that green CAN be glam. My aim is to educate women on the safer, healthier alternatives to the mainstream – that work. You needn’t sacrifice your health for beauty, and you don’t have to sacrifice performance for health.
Organic beauty has come a long way in the last few years, and I know from personal experience how overwhelming making “the switch” can be. Along with product reviews and brand spotlights, I share useful tools and handy resources that help make the switch to organic that much easier. Your skin will thank you.
I also have a handcrafted Flower Crown & Accessories label by the same name, so when I’m not writing on organic beauty and skincare, you’ll most likely find me in the studio up to my elbows in flowery goodness.