Are you wearing make-up much these days? If not, your skin is undoubtedly contending with the aftermath of wearing a face mask, those little things called hormones, lockdown stress and a home bound diet to boot.
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In hopes to beat the breakouts and blues, we are striving for skin products approved by doctors, dermatologists with a reassuring list of ingredients telling us it's going to save time and trouble.
But how much trouble could we be avoiding ourselves? Just looking at our routine alone.
Your skin is full of bacteria.
Before you conclude we are calling you filthy animals, let us explain that your skin has an eco-system, a micro biome. Your skin is a living thing.
What we put on our skin (or fail to remove) feeds this eco-system. Good or bad.
We are putting our hands up right now and admit we have been guilty of these sins:
-using expired products... (come on! they’re expensive)
-not cleaning our makeup brushes enough
-waking up with last night’s mascara on
How we wish we were perfect. In an ideal world, we dream about the ultimate routine. That is, setting aside the same amount of time removing the cake off our cute mush as we do layering it on.
But life as we know it, oh give us a break! There must be an alternative. A realistic routine.
Before you stare in tears at your pimples, we encourage you to keep reading, because we have some incredible hacks that your skin will thank you for.
One ingredient, bio-active, and we are sharing three with you today.
Why Opting For One Ingredient
We believe in simplicity, and opting for one ingredient might sound drastic but if its effective, isn’t that all you need?
Being in control of what you put on your skin allows you to develop trust in your own intuition, focusing on your skin’s signals more closely and adapting where necessary.
Skin treatments such as these lend themselves to intuitive mindful application, rather than putting faith in a label, you begin placing trust in that your skin knows best.
Below, we have simplified the most result driven routines into simple steps for you to follow. Please note all listed here are completely unbranded, unbiased, unsponsored.
Before we get into it. You’re the boss, you know your skin type and what works for you, so apply these tips in line with your existing skin routine and demands until you reach your desired results.
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Purpose: Make up remover
Removing make up might feel a chore after a long day but did you know there’s this natural remover keeps cleaning your skin long after you put the work in? Behold your bio active bestie.
Coconut oil, is not just a gentle, high moisture make up remover, but a natural antibacterial cleanser and best used long term as part of your daily routine. It addresses the deeper scarring of acne and kind to sensitive skin too. We advise a test patch and wait 24 hours if you have never used it on your skin before.
Here’s two methods but coconut oil is king for many other uses from a hair mask, body moisturiser, chapped lip treatment and more.
Removing make up with coconut oil
Option 1 Take a cotton pad, or re-usable bamboo towel sheet and apply a small amount of coconut oil and gently apply to your face in long sweeping motions and repeat with another pad until all product is removed and your skin is clear and shiny. Works great on waterproof eye makeup.
Option 2 With clean fingers place a small amount of coconut oil and melt in the palm of your hands and using your hands and fingers to contour to your face, gently apply circular motions until your make up has displaced and merged entirely into the oil.
Next rinse with gentle face wash and until your face is oil free and pat dry with a fresh clean towel.
Daily routine tips:
Don't worry if you leave a small amount of residue on your face, as we mentioned earlier, it will be working on your skin throughout the day and night, cleaning, moisturising and removing dead cells as you go about your business- all from one gentle application!
Subject to your skin type, you’ll need to start with the thinnest amount to avoid blocking your pores. For drier skin, you can gradually increase the amount to ensure you are allowing your skin to breathe whilst absorbing all the beautiful nutrients.
Where to get coconut oil? In short, you're after good quality.
If its organic, extra virgin and cold pressed, you’re good to go. Otherwise the chemicals in the manufacturing methods will actually give you spots. We don’t want that.
The sustainably farmed brands are readily available at supermarkets, you don’t need to go to a deli or research for hours online. There are reliable choices, just look for words on the label like “bio active” or uses include hair or skin.
Typically within a week:
*Complexion is clean, dewy, reduced redness and acne will begin to calm.
Long term results:
* Faster and improved healing rate
* Smoothing of deep scars
- Future break outs are less frequent
- Skin is highly moisturised
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Purpose: A pore perfecting face spray
Salt, nature’s sanitiser.
A solid choice for first aid and also your skin’s hygiene maintenance program. For this hack, were opting for Himalayan Pink Salt but any natural salt will work here.
Experts have recently said that despite pink salt being pretty and reputable for tasting better over others, it doesn’t contain enough trace minerals to make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. But what isn’t disputed is that the minerals are in there, naturally occurring, used for centuries.
After all, salt is salt but this hack is ridiculously good.
One of the biggest mistakes we can make, is straight out of the bath, when our pores are still open, we slap on the lotion too early- and arriving soon after, black heads.
One way to close the pores faster, is using cold water, but we thought, why not a face spray? And whilst you’re at it, add some salt.
The salt in the water acts like sea spray, naturally sanitising, to keep your skin clean. The spray gently cleanses, providing you with the perfect environment to heal and dry out existing break outs whilst correcting any oil imbalance.
This face spray can be used anytime but we advise straight after a steamy shower or bath to close and tighten your pores naturally.
How To Make Salt Face Spray
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You need a bottle, atomised spray bottles are great for re-use. A fantastic eco option.
These can be easily obtained cheaply with travel kits for passing through airport security. Alternatively, you can purchase a PET refill bottle online or a nice glass atomised bottle option for that professional look on your bathroom counter.
Simply sterilise the bottle, and you’re ready to prepare the solution.
Boiled or filtered water
Pink salt, that’s it.
Pour the solution into your refill bottle and use anytime for fresh, cooling spray.
Tip: Some of the pink salt sediment might settle to the bottom of your bottle so give it a little shake, but the majority has already dissolved into a solution.
Typically within a week:
*Complexion is clean
*Spots are drying and shrinking
*Moisturiser products are optimised, (you may even find you are needing less product)
Long term results:
* Toned pores
- Acne is clear
- Future break outs are less frequent.
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Purpose: Puffy Eye Treatment
Calling SOS skin support? Time to get out the green tea.
If you want to recover from the hangover look or from bawling your eyes out on Netflix, we recommend this puffy eye treatment.
Days using the fridge-cold spoon trick is over. We give you “skin food” that’s good enough to drink.
The bio active compounds in green tea are widely used in cosmetic products from face masks to face cream. But you can harness this power at home, with a tea bag- effortlessly extracting the power from tannins.
Just focusing on tannins alone, a strong antioxidant that plays the key role in supporting your mental focus. Tannins are very protective and what you’ll be interested to know is how well they keep things pert and alert. One bay leaf contains enough tannins to hold the natural colour and structure of raw vegetables to stay crunchy when doused in harsh vinegar.
If the tannins from one bay leaf can preserve the cellular walls of carrots swimming in acid, think how much one green tea, holding considerably more tannins can do to your skin?
The long list of harsh elements we expose to our skin, from indoor heating, air-conditioning, cold winter weather, make up and more, gives these formidable tannins a chance to flex.
If you want some of this too? Keep reading.
Depending on how much of a tea geek you are and willing to spend, this treatment weighs in at around the cost of 50p (if you choose to boil the kettle to brew it!)
Puffy Eye Treatment
To get the most out of your green tea, we highly recommend a cold brew. Cold brew extracts all the goodness, without any heat damage. Preserving its potency for your skin to feast on. But if you're in a rush, hot brew will speed up the tannins production here.
Step 1: Sit two green tea bags in a glass jug of cold water. Or brew green tea in a large mug using water just off the boil.
Step 2: Let it diffuse. Ideally 1 hour until it has turned brown. But 15 minutes will do the trick. Don't worry, the brown colour is good, its not going over, or spoiling, the brown colour indicates a higher dose of tannins.
Step 3: Simply pour the tea in an ice cube tray and when frozen, it’s ready. You have puffy eye treatment as and when you need.
How to apply:
Rinse the ice cube under cold water first, before application, to avoid ice burn and gently rest over your tired eyes to calm, smooth and refresh the skin.
What about the tea bag? Don’t throw it away!
Place it on a saucer and put in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes, and prepare your throne of relaxation, run a bath, or whatever chills your mood, then throw the tea bags over your eyes like iconic cucumber slices and let the goodness refresh your eyes.
Skin is visibly calmer, moisturised, naturally revived and smoother.
Great for immediate care and “skin food” treatment such as irritated or inflamed skin. Great for relieving hay fever eyes.
Face spray and face wash option: Filter the green tea into a refill spray bottle to use on the face or splash face with green tea after shower or bath as pores are open.
Clean Up Your Act In 1,2,3
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We really couldn’t wait to tell you about these amazing natural ingredients. Having affordable options offering superior results that are safe to treat your skin at home is what sustainable lifestyle is all about.
Keep an eye out for biodegradable tea bags, and sustainable farmed certificates on packaging too. Some products might have be cruelty free, non animal tested but could be harmful to the environment when we rinse it off. These routines are environmentally friendly and a great way to make effortless changes to help preserve marine life.
We encourage you to experience these routines for yourself and feel the benefits of natural ingredients.
After long term use, these biohacks give you the confidence to trust and adjust your own understanding of your skin. The more you practice and find the right dose and application for your needs, you can enjoy more make up free days too.
Show Us Your Face
Love these routines as much as we do? You can share your results with us on social media and we will highlight our favourite skin transformations to encourage others to try sustainable beauty options.
Post your selfies with before and after and tag our page using any of these routines with the hashtag
We’d love to see you.