All my life, I have longed for airbrushed looking skin. Flicking through magazines, I’d envy the flawless models whose complexions were absent of pores, wrinkles and blemishes - how do they do it? I’d wonder. This is pre makeup, for me. Pre skincare routine. Pre “drink your 8 glasses of water a day”. Pre all. My how I have evolved, and how my knowledge has grown.
The skincare market is, next to the health and fitness industry, a booming and explosive realm to have your finger on. The global skincare market was valued at nearly $135 billion in 2018, increasing nearly 60% in the past 10 years. What’s more interesting still is that the skin care industry has witnessed a shift from demand from older consumers to a growing younger consumer base.
People are beginning to use skin care at an increasingly young age in a bid to delay the signs of ageing, while the number of older consumers is beginning to fall. Talking more figures, by 2025, the global skincare industry is expected to be worth an approximate 185 to a potential 190 billion US dollars.
Before I share with you my skincare routine to make my skin glow, remember: everyone’s skin is responsive to different ingredients, so it’s almost impossible to create a one product fits all cream, serum, lotion or cleanser. Where one person will benefit from a luxuriously right serum, another may break out with acne. Whilst some may glow with minimal ingredients, others need a hefty dose of chemicals to keep bacteria at bay. But there are a few staple ingredients that we at laitmylk believe to be skin saviours for all…
First thing I do is splash cold water on my face. Cold water is a must to invigorate the senses and, quite literally, slap you awake. Then, and this is key: with a flannel soaked in hot water, press gently across the face. This opens up the pores now readying them for your treatment.
Okay, so, ordinarily, I would use LUSH Ocean Salt scrub and Cup’O’Coffee Scrub. But… I then decided to make my own products to 1) save money and 2)… save money.
My recipe is:
Honey is naturally antioxidant and antimicrobial, pink salt salt draws out impurities and scrubs away dead skin cells, sugar is a natural exfoliator also along with the coffee granules; cacao powder is incredibly high in beta carotene and omega 6-fatty acids, so when applied topically, the same benefits are absorbed into the skin. Almond oil is the #1 natural moisturiser without clogging pores alongside coconut oil; peppermint calms and cools, and ask for turmeric… well, you’ll know if you’ve ever cooked with it: this stains yellow. Sounds scary, yes, but so long as you rinse and scrub your face properly, you won’t look like Homer Simpson. Instead, you’ll be left with a subtle, golden glow. Cinnamon and nutmeg are there for the scent for me, so feel free to put this chai team aside. Apply the mask/scrub in small circular motions to the face and let it be like John Lennon asked you to.
I leave my scrub/mask on for about 10-15 minutes whilst doing other things… running a warm shallow bath in eucalyptus bath soak from Radox (the best), Dead Sea salt and orange oil… making an iced coffee… shaking my ass to Drake Once Dance whilst half naked. Casual.
Rinse off the mask with warm water and the same flannel, making sure its all off. Now.. moisturising time! I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturising Body Oil. Use two tiny drops and massage into the skin, working from the middle outwards - dominantly focusing around the eyes. It’s key ingredients are soybean, safflower and sesame oil, alongside their classic cocoa and shea ingredients. All rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and fat soluble compounds, they work in harmony to plump and protect the skin.
Now, this isn’t for everyone, but I use a tanning cream. Two actually. Both of which are gradual builders, meaning I’m not ever at a risk of going OTT: Dove Summer Revived and Garnier Summer Body. A spludge and a splodge of each of these mixed together in the tips of your fingers and worked gently into your face cools and refreshes whilst ensuring that I am going to be glowing all year round. Sometimes I splurge and use St Tropez, for when I really want to look like I’ve been to The Bahamas.
I remove my makeup with pure sesame oil. Removing makeup with oil is THE most effective way to get rid of makeup: it literally shifts it out of its place. So simple: pour a bit of oil into your hand, rub between your fingertips and just massage your face.
FYI: You’re GOING to look like a crazy person. We’re talking Mulan’s love coach after she gets tea thrown in her face kind of crazy. Just roll with it. Now that you look like you’ve had the worst crying session of your life, with a face wipe or a flannel, dampen with hot to warm water and gently remove the excess oil and cosmetics from that gorgeous face of yours.
I then wash my face with the simple and lovely Johnson’s honey baby soap. Lather lather lather, rub rub rub and wash wash wash.
Now, same moisturising routine for me: Palmers moisturising oil + garnier summer body and dove summer revived, in combination with L’Oreal Manuka honey serum and night cream.
So… sounds long winded, I know. But really?… compared to some, it’s a dawdle. And totally worth it if you want to see if you get the same results as I do!