March 15, 2017
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.
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.
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