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June 29, 2017

5 skin care habits you should start today! (with Kelsey)

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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.


  1. 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!


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Eye Care


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!


  1. Sun Protection

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!

 

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Eve Organics green beauty blogPassionate 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 fromMegsy Jane green beauty blog 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.

 

May 04, 2017

The beauty benefits of hibiscus

Whether you’re a flower-lover like me or not, you can’t help but feel happy when you look at a hibiscus flower. With their silky soft petals & the pointy, furry stem in the middle (actually called the ‘pistil’ – this is where the pollen is produced) – they’re the perfect symbol of summer and the tropics.

But aside from being strikingly beautiful, hibiscus flowers offer a plethora of beauty benefits. Here are some of the incredible things this pretty little plant can do for your skin! =

 

Brightening

Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids, which accelerate cell turnover - excellent news for anyone with dark spots, uneven pigmentation or pores that are easily clogged. The natural acids in hibiscus help to clear congestion, renew skin tone and refine skin's texture. Yes please!

 

Firming

Hibiscus contains components that inhibit the breakdown of enzymes in the skin, including ‘elastase’, which contributes to skin’s elasticity. Hibiscus is often included in anti-ageing formulations for this reason.

 

Antioxidant-rich

Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants called anthocyanocides, which not only help to combat the free radicals responsible for premature ageing, but also reduce inflammation and have a soothing effect on irritated skin.

 

Deeply-hydrating

Last but not least, hibiscus has an unusually high mucilage content. Mucilage is a substance produced by plants that helps them to retain water – and it has a similar effect on the skin. Say hello to a hydrated, softer, more supple complexion!

 

Now that you’re aware of what an incredible all-rounder this pretty flower is; where can you get it? Well, most health food stores will sell Hibiscus Tea if you're a tea lover (it goes a bright pink colour & has a tangy, fruity taste), and you can include powdered hibiscus extract in smoothies & recipes. If you'd rather apply it on the outside, here are some of my favourite hibiscus-themed beauty products:

 

Have you tried any of these products, or incorporated hibiscus into your health & beauty routine? I'd love to hear about it!

Until next time...

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April 11, 2017

What are 'brightening' products anyway, and how do they work?

Uneven pigmentation is one of the most common skin care concerns I’m contacted about. It doesn’t make it easier that every magazine ad from makeup companies shows glowing, even-toned skin with zero imperfections – and obviously this is not a realistic ideal. All of us have areas of varying pigmentation, whether it be from acne scars or sun damage. So how can you minimise this, and create a complexion that’s brighter and more even-toned?

What causes pigmentation?

‘Dark spots’ are caused by the over-production of melanin; the pigment that gives our skin its colour. Sometimes after a blemish or lesion, the skin produces too much melanin during the healing process. Over-production can also be caused by UV exposure (resulting in what we commonly refer to as ‘sun spots’). And finally, a specific type of pigmentation called ‘melasma’ can result from excess oestrogen in the system – so it often happens during pregnancy.

What do 'brightening' products actually do?

Well, a few things. Some ingredients inhibit the formation of melanin, preventing pigmentation and sun spots before they occur. Others work to inhibit inflammation, which in turn has the same effect (it prevents the over-production of melanin). Some ingredients lighten skin that’s already pigmented, either by ‘bleaching’ it, or by exfoliating it at a micro-level so that the darker surface layers of skin are removed.

What are some skin brightening products & ingredients I can look out for?

  • Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that is known to reduce melanin formation.
  • Licorice contains a component, glabadrin, which also inhibits the production of melanin.
  • Vitamin A is an antioxidant too, but rather than inhibiting melanin production, it stimulates the growth of new skin cells, replacing damaged (darkened) cells with new ones.
  • Fruit enzymes, willowbark and hydroxy acids do the same thing by acting as non-abrasive exfoliants and helping to speed up skin cell renewal.
  • Citrus ingredients work to lighten or ‘bleach’ the skin (they do the same thing for hair).

What else can I do?

  • Stay out of the sun (especially in the middle of the day), and if you have to be in it, always wear a natural sunscreen and try to cover your face by wearing a hat.
  • If you have active acne, do your very best not to pick at it! Let it heal itself naturally & don’t further damage the skin by aggravating it.
  • Be gentle with your skin during pregnancy, and make sure you’re getting all your essential vitamins and nutrients, as well as staying hydrated (all things that go without saying!).

 

Have you tried any of these products or tips - or do you have any of your own? I'd love to hear them!

Until next time...

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March 15, 2017

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Skin Care (with Kelsey)

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I have two sisters, and out of the three of us, I’m the only one with much (any) interest in skincare. They both want it to be as simple, quick and no-fuss as possible, where I will spend hours researching products to ensure that I will get the results I’m after (whether it’s a moisturiser or a mask). My sister’s no-fuss approach made me realise how many other women are out there, also wanting good skin (because who has time to deal with breakouts or irritation?), but without any hassle or fuss or more than three steps.
With that in mind, I’ve created the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Skincare.

Now, most of what goes into good skin begins in the gut, and is affected by diet & lifestyle, but speaking from personal experience with my own skin and what I’ve witnessed with others, what you apply topically can and does make a massive difference. These three simple steps take little to no effort, can easily be incorporated into something you do every single day (shower and dress), and you will thank yourself for the difference it will make to your skin not only now, but years down the track.

 

Cleanse & Exfoliate

This is the foundation to any skincare, and can easily be incorporated into your evening or morning routine (whenever you shower). Whether or not you wear makeup, it is important to wash away to day’s environmental build-up, pollutants, dirt and excess oil and dead skin cells for healthy, radiant skin.


You should cleanse once a day, and gently exfoliate every 2-3 days or at least once a week, depending on your skin type (you’ll be able to play this by ear and figure out what suits you best).


My favourite cleansers that are brilliant for clean, clear skin, but super gentle (and will also remove makeup) are the Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser (if you have any congestion or acne this a great cleanser) which also offers a very mild exfoliant, so if your skin is super sensitive or break-out prone, this will be perfect for you paired with a weekly exfoliation. Another great option is The Little Alchemist Papaya, Geranium & Lime Cleansing Milk. It will give your skin a deep cleanse with very little effort!


This will of course vary from person to person, but you only need to wash your skin once a day. Any more, and in most cases it’s too much. I remove all makeup in the evening, cleanse and shower, and in the mornings, just lightly rinse my skin by applying a damp wash cloth, before moving onto skincare. Perfect for a lazy routine!


When it comes to exfoliation, I find my skin does best with a 2-3 times a week exfoliation.

You should exfoliate at least once per week. If you find it difficult to keep track of, choose a day (say, Sunday nights) that you exfoliate, and stick to it.


Perfect for anyone that wants glowing skin, but multi-tasking at the same time, I have been loving the Leahlani Skincare Kalima Coconut Cream Cleansing Powder. You just mix a tsp with water and exfoliate, then let sit for 2-3mins whilst you shower before rinsing off. You can of course also rinse it off immediately, but allowing it to sit gives your skin a boost of Vit C, antioxidants and allows all of those magical botanicals to do their work.  


If you prefer a pre-mixed option, the Little Alchemist Pineapple & Zeolite Micro Polish is a beautiful option. Just pump, exfoliate and rinse!

 

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

No matter your skin type (see my post on Oils for Oily Skin here) moisturising is the simplest and easiest way to keep it in tip-top condition - and also one of the most necessary! Not only will keeping your skin properly hydrated prevent early ageing, but also help to maintain correct sebum levels (the oil your skin naturally produces, which can also help prevent a whole slew of other issues like dryness, breakouts from excessive oil production, dullness and more).


I recommend moisturising twice a day - after cleansing/showering in the evening, and after a quick water-wash with a dampened cloth in the morning. Applying your moisturiser to damp skin enables deeper penetration and better absorption which means all of the good-for-skin ingredients are better able to do their job!


I’m a huge fan of oils, but I highly recommend using a cream moisturiser at least once per day, as they provide better hydration. If you want to keep it really lazy, just opt for a cream, or something like the Leahlani Bless Balm which has a number of butters along with oils to really hydrate the skin.


The Blissoma Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex is a very lightweight, silky yet rich cream, that absorbs fully and never feels greasy. If you have any irritation, redness or breakouts, this cream is super soothing and hydrating all at once. If your skin is in need of deep hydration (showing in dryness, dull or lacklustre complexion, uneven texture), then the Blissoma Deep Moisture Restore Serum is a good option, with anti-ageing benefits! I also love the Leahlani Champagne Serum for glowing skin or pre-makeup.

 

A weekly mask

This is an optional step but I highly recommend masking weekly - even for the laziest of lazy skincare routines. Set yourself a #SelfCareSunday or #MaskingMonday goal (easy to remember), and apply for the specified treatment time (usually 10-45 mins depending on the mask) before showering - so you can just let the steam from the shower soften the mask then rinse!


If breakouts and congestion are your problem, a weekly detox mask will really help to clear and cleanse your skin of any deep-seated impurities. Some of my favourites for a good detox are The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow, Romeo + Madden Detox Face Mask & The Captain Blankenship Petal Gentle Flower Face Mask.


For dullness, dryness, lack-lustre skin or uneven texture, a hydrating and even an enzyme-exfoliating mask are good options. The Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask, Meli Glow & Honey Love will all help to hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin, and if your skin is particularly fussy, the Blissoma Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask will soothe, calm and deeply treat your skin. I’d also recommend the Leahlani Meli Glow or Mermaid Mask to anyone that can’t stand the feeling of a clay mask on the skin - these will both still gently cleanse the skin, but without ever setting or becoming uncomfortable on the skin.  


Using a weekly mask, the condition of your skin will also improve over time - you’ll thank yourself for the extra effort! And if you’re still not convinced, read my post on everything you need to know about masking here.

 

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Eve Organics green beauty blogPassionate 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 fromMegsy Jane green beauty blog 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.

 

February 07, 2017

Edgy makeup look using Vapour products

I don't tend to wear a lot of makeup - my every-day products are moisturiser, under-eye concealer & mascara; sometimes a bit of eyeliner. But, I do love to experiment - and when I'm going out or it's a special occasion (or when I know I'm going somewhere there will be photos taken), I amp it up and add other products for impact.

With Valentine's Day coming up, I thought it'd be fun to create a look that's simple and not too over-done, but a little bit sexy. The great thing about the colours I used in this look is that they will suit all eye colours and skin tones - the neutral, earthy shades will compliment brown, green and blue eyes alike.

And best of all, it was created using only 100% natural products by Vapour.
Yes, you can wear a full face of makeup & still look after your skin at the same time! Enjoy. 😊

Vapour makeup look

Face

Vapour Stratus Luminous Skin Perfector in '904'
Vapour Soft Focus Foundation in '125'
(I mix them together before applying)

Eyes

Vapour Mesmerize Eyeshadow in 'Sugar' (in inner corners)
Vapour Mesmerize Eyeshadow in 'Nightfall' (on the lid)
Vapour Mesmerize Eyeshadow in 'Firefly' (lower lashline)
Vapour Mesmerize Eyeliner in 'Truffle' (on upper lashline)

Cheeks

Vapour Aura Multi-use in 'Virtue' (dotted very lightly on cheekbones)

Lips

Vapour Siren Lipstick in 'Madam' (with clear balm applied on top).

Vapour makeup look

 

 

November 18, 2016

5-Minute Make Up Look in 5 Steps! (with Kelsey)

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The very knowledgeable Kelsey of Australian green beauty blog Liberty Green is a monthly guest blogger here on the Eve Organics blog. This month, Kelsey has created a 5-minute makeup look using all natural beauty products, for green gorgeousness in a flash! 

 

You don't always have the time (or inclination) to spend 30 minutes or more applying make-up. Whether you slept late, have a sudden lunch date or are a busy mum that just doesn't have time, it can be handy to have a 5-min routine down pat for those occasions when you want to feel a little put-together, and don't have the luxury of time. 

This is a simple, 5-min make-up routine that is so simple you could apply it on-the-go, but looks effortlessly polished for any occasion, and requires little to no brushes!

 

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Step 1: Base

Using the Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation, apply foundation directly from the stick, or warm with the fingertips, in streaks across the face, concentrating on areas that need more coverage. This is generally the centre of the face. Blend with fingertips or a brush. 

The handy stick makes application a breeze, and the medium buildable coverage will help cover blemishes and brighten dark circles to give you a fresh, luminous glow.

 

Step 2: Contour/Bronze

Give the skin a healthy sun-kissed glow with the Tata Harper Very Bronzing. Simply warm with the fingertips, and gently contour beneath the cheekbones, jawline and forehead. Blend lightly - going upwards for the cheeks, and downwards for the jawline/neck. Alternatively, you can swap this step for a highlighter. The Vapour Beauty Halo Illuminator gives a gorgeous, lit-from-within glow to the skin.

 

Step 3: Eyes

Taking the Vapour Beauty Mesmerize Eyeliner in Truffle, tight-line the upper lashes (you can also line the lower lashes, if you wish). The brown will give a softer day-time look and naturally-full effect to your lashes. You can also use the eyeliner to fill in your brows. The light brown shade will suit most hair colours. The Mesmerize Eyeliner also has an in-built smudging tip, if you want to gentle smudge out the line for a smokey effect.

 

Step 4: Lips + Cheeks

Lips and cheeks are fundamental to a fresh-faced look. Even if you don't have time for any other product, a little colour on the cheeks and lips will make you look fresh and healthy. I've chosen the shade Very Sweet in the Tata Harper Volumising Lip & Cheek Tints. This lip & cheek tint has a flattering dewy finish that omits the need for a highlighter. The peach-toned pink will give you a just-gone-for-a-run flush of colour, and is creamy and hydrating on the lips to keep your pout soft and kissable all day long. Warming the product with the fingertips, simply pat out the colour onto the apples of the cheeks and lightly blend. Apply to the lips.

 

Step 5: Lashes

No look would be complete without a lick of mascara. A quick coat to the lashes will define the eyes, giving you a more 'awake' appearance. Voila! That's an easy, 5-min, 5-step look you can have done in a trice, and using just 5 products!

 

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Eve Organics green beauty blogPassionate 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 fromMegsy Jane green beauty blog 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.

 

November 09, 2016

Dull skin: 3 common causes & easy ways to tackle them

If you're not pleased when you look in the mirror, but you can't quite figure out why - your skin isn't blemished or overly-oily, and generally you take care of it - but it's just lacking that natural 'glow'... the chances are, you're suffering from dullness. My skin is prone to this, so I have to take care to stay on top of it - and luckily, dull skin is usually caused by one of three simple things which are easy to fix:

 

1) Poor Circulation

Poor circulation can lead to fluid retention, causing skin to appear ‘puffy’ and tired. It’s also the major culprit of under-eye circles (to test this, press your finger under your eye for a few seconds. If the darkness disappears, then reappears when you remove the pressure, it’s probably circulation-related.)

What can you do about it?
Improving circulation and reducing fluid retention in the body overall is best done through healthy eating. Try to limit your consumption of stimulants (like caffeine), alcohol and salt, and increase your intake of water as well as ginger, garlic and metabolism-
organic beauty productsboosting spices like turmeric and cayenne pepper.

To reduce puffiness and dullness in the face specifically, make sure that you’re sleeping with your head slightly elevated (not flat), and treat yourself to a massage morning and night when you apply your moisturiser – this will help to distribute fluid and keep things moving. You can also try adding a circulation-boosting treatment to your regime – try Leahlani’s Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Mask or The Little Alchemist’s Cacao & Banana Face Glow.

 

2) Dehydration 

Another cause of skin dullness & discolouration is a lack of hydration. When cells (including skin cells) are dehydrated, skin can appear uneven in texture and tone, and dry patches can start to appear. This is your skin crying for help!

organic beauty productsWhat can you do about it?
Firstly, drink more water. You hear it all the time, but have you actually tried it? I guarantee that once you started drinking the recommended 2 litres of water a day, your skin tone, energy levels and general vitality will increase exponentially. It’s such a simple change but such an effective one.

On a more local level, make sure that the skin care you’re using is ‘quenching’ your skin’s thirst, not just covering up the dryness temporarily. Ingredients that increase cellular hydration (called ‘humectants’) include hyaluronic acid, honey and aloe vera. Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturiser and Repairative Moisturiser both contain all three - choose the Rebuilding Moisturiser if your skin is combination or oily, and the Repairative Moisturiser if your skin is dry or you’re looking for an anti-ageing boost.

 

3) Clogged Pores/Build-up

Makeup, pollution and hormonal imbalance can all contribute to clogged pores – and if you’re not effectively removing build-up from the surface of the skin, it will start to organic beauty productsappear dull and ‘dirty’. 

What can you do about it? 
To restore your natural glow, ensure that you’re using a weekly mask to withdraw impurities and help skin to renew itself. If your skin is sensitive, try Black Robin’s Mallow Out Soothing Clay Masque – it’s made with soothing marshmallow and oat, as well as hibiscus to brighten and correct uneven skin tone. If your skin is oily or you wear makeup regularly/work in a polluted environment and need a regular ‘deep-cleanse’, try Tata Harper’s Purifying Mask.