We live in a society consumed by youth and at 27 years of age, I constantly need reminders not to get caught up in the hype and surround myself with positive affirmations and a few key ingredients.
A gorgeous reader recently asked; what I do to keep my skin looking fresh? To be honest, I’ve never really given it much thought as looking after myself is so part of my every day. It did however prompt me to put pen to paper or in today’s times, slightly chipped (I need a manicure) nails to my Macbook and document how I take care of my exterior so I can feel my most fabulous within my interior.
My job and current age requires me to wear makeup on a daily basis; alas gone are my university days where I could rock into a tutorial fresh faced without a care in the world apart from where I was indulging in a brew after class. Hence the need for a fantastic makeup removal system – begin with wipes to take off that top layer of makeup (this will also make rinsing the face much easier. I love Kosmea Facial Cleansing Wipes as they are suitable for all skin types and super soft and gentle. They also retain plenty of moisture in the clip lock bag they are purchased in.
After giving my skin a thorough wipe, I like to use some water and a very gentle exfoliant, like Meiskin’s Mandarin Face Scrub. Simply, slather and scrub away those dead skin cells and keep your face fresh with a hint of a glow. I love the Meiskin range with all the pops of colour and this product is the ultimate gentle fruit-burst facial exfoliant containing natural fruit acids that work to chemically release layers of dead skin whilst intensively cleansing and restoring (and it smells divine)! Pat your face dry, apply a light moisturiser such as Meiskin’s Twenty Four 7 – the ultimate daily morning and night moisturising formulation splashed and mixed with a sleek combination of rich blend oils to leave a preciously healthy softness to skin upon wake and sleep; followed by an epic eye cream. Why do I say epic? As I age, eye cream has become my BFF and Kosmea’s Apple of My Eye Cream – a super-active eye cream, formulated with PhytoCellTec™ and powerful natural actives to leave the skin feeling refreshed, brighter and younger looking is indeed my BFF for life! Well the last F in BFF means forever so there you have it!
When it comes to your skin it’s not just what you put on the outside but also on the inside and a great way to keep hydrated (a key ingredient to great looking skin) is tea. I have recently become aware of Queen B (no not Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl) but Beauty Queen Tea and I’ve formed a special bond with their Complexion Cleanse. This tea is caffeine free and anti-oxidant rich detox for your body’s largest organ, the skin. With specially chosen ingredients to help replenish collagen and elastin back into the skin, to aid in the elimination of pimples, acne, blemishes, dry skin and scar tissue repair, it’s a winner! It’s a 20 day cleanse, so super simple to do and the results knocked me back 12 years or so. Ok, maybe not but it was worth it and a nice alternative to my afternoon cup of earl grey!
Now want your body to match your face, the skin that is? You need to ensure you’re also taking care of all of you, not just the visible parts. Scrubs and body moisturisers are essential to invigorating and awakening your skin. Scrubs, such as the delightful range from Babe Scrub (I love the Green Tea formula) – reduces the appearance of cellulite, scars, stretch marks, lumps, bumps, flaky skin, relive eczema and psoriasis and leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and your body feeling divine.
Follow up a scrub with a moisturiser like Sukin Body Hydrating lotion, which invigorates and softens the skin. I love this moisturiser with a hint of aloe vera making it perfect for those hot summer days when I’ve subjected myself to too much sun.
Finally, in order to finalise your beauty regime, your hair needs some special attention as well. I find it hard to look after my hair, with so many elements of the body to take care of it can sometimes find itself on the bottom of the list. I think it’s important to ask yourself, what you want your hair to be? As children we always wanted what we didn’t have… I wanted curly hair cause I hated my straight hair, so therefore I would eat all the crusts on my bread as I heard it produced curls.
Anyway, back to my question, I want my hair to be healthy and manageable. I have thin hair and I would love it to be thicker so products that assist in producing volume are definitely what I look for. The latest product on the market is sculpting powder and this beauty from Toni & Guy is amazing! It’s also key to douse your hair with heat resistant spray before using any heating products and ‘Prep’ from Toni and Guy is a real find! Final tip: if you workout in the mornings like I do and find it difficult to wash your hair everyday before rushing out the door to work, dry shampoo should be your best friend. I now carry a can with me in my handbag, like this pink beauty from VO5, so if I’m feeling like a refresh, I simply spray, tousle my fingers through and vwala!
I think everyone has their own unique beauty trick, in fact I’m adopting more every day. Have you heard the one about putting Paw Paw Ointment around your eyes and it will soften smile lines? There’s so many out there, especially considering the society will live in. Sometimes it worries me, especially as I have nieces but then I think that essentially beauty has to come from within and they have an abundance of inner beauty so whatever product they use as they grow up or whatever tips and tricks I teach them as long as they feel fabulous within themselves, it will shine throughout.
Share your secrets to flawless skin? Livvy May X x