Like Femmé, I like my skincare how I like my sanitary products; cruelty free, sustainable and vegan where possible. Your skin is the biggest organ in the human body, meaning we absorb everything we put on it. Sounds scary right? That’s why I like to use products free from nasties. So drumroll, here is my clean, 5 step skincare routine.
STEP 1 – REMOVE MAKEUP
The first step when cleansing the skin is to remove any makeup. If you didn’t wear makeup throughout the day, it's still no an excuse to skip straight to step 2, sorry! Even if you think your skin is already relatively clean, dirt and oil will have built up throughout the day, so this step is imperative. Go-To’s Fancy Face is the perfect product to kick off your skincare routine. Go-To is one of my all-time favourite beauty brands because they’re simple, no-fuss skincare that happens to also have chic packaging (a ‘must’ for me and my over-the-top, aesthetically-pleasing beauty cabinet). Fancy Face is a gentle cleansing oil that removes dirt, oil and makeup yet doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Free of Parabens and sulphate, Fancy Face leaves your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. I apply 2-3 pumps into my hands and massage is all over my face, including my eyes (closed, obvs). I then dampen the muslin cloth that the cleanser come with, and wipe my face clean.
STEP 2 – CLEANSE
Okay, so you can’t stop there. I know your face now feels properly cleansed, but we’re just getting started. The next step is to give your skin a deep clean. I love to use a gritty balm for this step, to really feel the beads working into my skin, and getting deep into my pores. The Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm is one of my favourite vegan products. The papaya enzymes gently shed the dead skin away whilst thoroughly removing any remaining makeup. The papaya seed oil contains fatty acids and vitamin C to rehydrate the skin, and the blueberry extract contains antioxidants that protect the skin against environmental stressors.
STEP 3 – EXFOLIATE
Ever feel your skin is clean but something is still lacking? It’s probably because your skin is looking a little dull. I know this is my most common skin problem. That’s where Go-To Exfoliating Swipey’s come into play. The pads are soaked in an all-natural solution and are designed to exfoliate your skin and encourage cell turnover, to reveal a bright and even skin tone. The Swipey’s are made without silicones, parabens and of course don’t test on animals. Plus, the tub and lid are both fully recyclable. I also only use these about 2-3 times a week, to ensure I’m not being too abrasive on my skin.
STEP 4 – OIL
Now that our skin is squeaky clean, it’s time to hydrate. A common skincare misconception is that moisturiser comes before oil, but it’s actually the other way around. The premise is this: you should finish off your skincare routine with the heaviest product, so that all of your hard work before that, will be locked in. So, if your moisturiser is heavier than your face oil (which is usually the case), you should finish off your routine with that. Juno by Sunday Riley is a vegan face oil filled with vitamins that will hydrate your skin like no other. I take about 2-3 drops of Juno and massage it into my face and neck - NEVER forget the neck – and sit back and relax, knowing Juno is working it’s magic and about to give a glow you’d only read about.
STEP 5 – MOISTURISE
Hooray, we’ve made it to the end! That wasn’t so bad, was it? The final step is to moisturise. Drunk Elephant pride themselves on their sustainability. They have committed to using clean and natural products, that are also naturally sourced. Their Lala Retro Whipped Cream is an award winning product for a reason. Being cruelty-free, vegan and free of parabens, she’s the ultimate every day moisturiser. It’s rich and hydrating, yet non-greasy and doesn’t feel too thick on the skin. It’s a yes from me. I massage one pump into my face and neck, and Voilà, your clean, hydrated and ready to conquer the day looking like a glowing, environmentally aware goddess.