02 May 2016

Spring Clean Your Skin

I love spring cleaning my home and have already made a start, deep-cleaning appliances and de-cluttering cupboards. I'm also on a mission to spring clean my skin!
Today I am sharing with you the beauty products that will help me achieve this. I'll be talking healthy eating and fitness in a separate blog post.
However, the easiest thing you can start doing to improve the appearance of your skin is drinking plenty of water. I also like to have a daily detoxing tea, such as Pukka's Detox Tea.

Now, onto the beauty products!
A gentle yet effective cleanser is key. Your best bet is a one ingredient option such as avocado oil. I bought this Olivado Organic Fair Trade Avocado Oil for £4.50/250ml in Waitrose. Avocado oil is deeply hydrating, reduces inflammation of the skin and helps speed up the healing process. Your skin will drink it up! If you don't want to use an oil cleanser every day, I find MooGoo's Milk Wash*, £11.90/500ml, a really nice lighter option, which still deeply cleanses and leaves your skin lovely and soft.

A toner such as rosewater will refresh and hydrate your skin. I'm currently using Pukka's Organic Rosewater, £11.95/100ml. Rosewater is really cooling and soothing, especially on red, irritated skin. Rosewater has anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties, while also having a very calming scent. It's a great way to freshen up and re-hydrate your skin throughout the day - perfect for hot summers!

A lightweight moisturiser is best - something that will soothe and hydrate your skin, but not clog pores and lead to break-outs. I'm finding MooGoo's Soothing MSM Cream*, £12/ml, the perfect balance for my skin - not too heavy, but no dry patches in sight! With sweet almond oil and organic sulfur, this cream has healing and calming benefits.

A gentle yet effective exfoliator is vital if you want to keep skin soft, smooth and free from a build-up of dead skin cells. I love using the Neal's Yard Remedies Palmarosa Facial Polish, £16/100g. It helps de-congest oily/combination skin and refines pores, leaving my skin soft and refreshed.

Masks and treatments are the most exciting (and often the most effective) part! Where possible, remember to apply these heavy duty products around 4pm on the day of use, as this is when our skin's absorption is at its highest!
A nourishing facial oil is a must for your skin. Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, £22/30ml, is my holy grail of skincare products! It has a multitude of uses and benefits and my skin loves it. It helps heal scars and blemishes, and it calms and deeply hydrates my skin. I use it alone or add a couple of drops to my daily moisturiser.

A mud and/or clay mask is a great product to keep in your stash, as they have lots of great benefits for your skin. A mud mask is more suited to dry skin types, as clay masks are more drying than mud masks. Clay masks are perfect for oily skin types. You may find steaming your skin before applying a face mask to be even more beneficial.
A mud mask will cleanse your skin of grime and impurities, while hydrating and improving blood circulation, leaving skin visibly clearer and feeling softer. I love Mádara's Ultra Purifying Mud Mask, £20/60ml.
A clay mask will absorb excess dirt and oil, tighten skin, visibly reduce pores and exfoliate away dead skin cells. Clay is high in nutrients and will be absorbed through your skin. I really enjoy using Sweet Cecily's Pink Clay Face Mask, £5.95/45g, which is best suited to sensitive skins. It comes in powder form, so you can add whatever you like to it!

A peeling and/or exfoliating mask is also a great product to have handy. These are usually pretty potent, so proceed with caution if you have very sensitive skin. I use Mádara's Brightening AHA Peel Mask, £20/60ml, which uses fruit acids and soothing elderflower to help exfoliate skin to stimulate cell regeneration and create a clearer, brighter complexion.

Don't forget to include a gentle and nourishing balm and/or cream-based mask in your beauty regime. I find self-warming face masks extremely calming and soothing to use. I'd love to try a mask such as Inlight's Chocolate Face Mask, £45/50ml - it sounds divine!

Which products do you reach for to detox your skin?

*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

4 comments:

  1. Lovely and thorough post Em! I have sensitive skin so always look out for products which cater for this and there’s a few included in your post that look worth checking out. I’ve heard great things about avocado oil as well as the Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. I’ve been recently into using M&S Pure day cream, it’s gentle, includes natural ingredients and smells really pleasant. Thanks for sharing your tips and fav products! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Glad you found the post helpful. I'd definitely recommend trying the avocado oil - it's great as a cleanser and a hair treatment. xxx

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