Ever noticed when packing for a trip that you have more skincare products than Donald Trump has Twitter tantrums?
Imagine having everything you need to look amazing every day with just 5 skincare essentials you can buy or easily DIY.
Like a capsule wardrobe, but for skincare.
Interested? Read on…
Keep Things Simple
Revamp your bathroom cabinet to contain just a handful of easily interchangeable items.
Even better, we can make our own! That way we know exactly what we are putting on our bodies.
Below, we’ve summed up the core products for a well-rounded skincare routine in order of application.
We’ve also included some natural alternatives to help nourish and nurture rather than clog and hinder your pores!
The most important step in our regime should be undertaken twice daily.
It’s necessary to remove any traces of grime and dirt from the night (or day) before.
It prevents clogged pores, unnecessary breakouts and congestion.
Simple Coconut Oil Cleanser:
Simply rub a small amount of oil in your hands to melt
Apply to skin in upward motions for 30 seconds
Wet hands with lukewarm water and continue to massage (this emulsifies the oil)
Rinse with lukewarm water
If you want to go one step further, why not push the boat out and throw some cucumber into the mix with this Coconut Cucumber Facial recipe.
Contrary to popular belief, toner is not just there to address excess oil and acne. It functions to support all skin types.
The Benefits: Toning removes any last traces of grime (missed by cleansing), it also hydrates and prime the skin ready to absorb the nutrients we apply later.
How can we achieve this naturally?
Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural astringent that can tone the face but the smell can be a bit off putting.
Instead, why not try this sweet rosewater toner alternative.
Another vital daily step to replenish, hydrate and protect the skin barrier.
Be sure to consider the textures that you would like to invest in (or whip up!).
Whether it be thick rich creams if you’ve dry skin or lighter gels and serums for more the more oily of us.
If you’re looking to get your hands messy and create your own, be wary of coconut oil.
Why? Although great as a night cream, it can be a bit heavy as a daily moisturiser.
The alternatives? Try shea butter, jojoba and almond oil as they are more easily absorbed into the skin.
Check out this great Shea Butter Moisturiser recipe.
For a deeper cleanse, you’ll need to exfoliate.
This step staves away dead skin cells and gives the complexion a brightening boost.
The market is full of chemical scrubs and peels containing acids and enzymes to remove dead skin cells and assist in cell turnover.
We should also ensure to limit our exfoliation sessions to twice weekly so as to not damage the skin barrier.
Even better is to avoid these intrusive exfoliators altogether.
Instead we can use a physical exfoliator – pumices and grains, small particles to gently lift and remove dead cells.
We can even use coffee, like in this DIY coffee Scrub
A luxurious addition to your skin care regime. Masks are a great weekly pampering ritual to indulge in.
Whether you’re looking for a deep cleanse, to boost hydration, brighten or detoxify. There’ll be a product or recipe out there to get the job done.
There are some great DIY options out there. From avocado, oatmeal, yoghurt to egg. These crazy concoctions all have their benefits.
Why not get into the habit of experimenting with different recipes during your downtime at the weekend?
So there we have it: Just 5 key items to keep your skin in check.
Why not take some time to declutter and overhaul your bathroom cabinet?
Not only will your body thank you for it, your wallet and the environment will also benefit.
With less waste from unnecessary containers, plastic packaging and environment impact from mineral oil.
You can also unleash your inner child and have some fun creating your own concoctions this Plastic Free July.