Recently I’ve enjoyed experimenting with my skincare and really tailoring routines to what my skin needs. I’m becoming more and more in tune with what it needs and that is not some voodoo mumbo jumbo, it’s just paying attention and thinking about what my skin has gone through that day or week. One of the realisations I’ve had is that my skin is in need of a good purifying and detoxifying cleanse once a week and to aid in this I have called on some old favourites and some newbies too. This doesn’t encompass my whole routine because let’s face it we’d be here all day, but it does cover the main players.
After removing my makeup with an oil cleanser or balm I use the Ausceuticals Powder Cleanser for my second cleanse. It smells like milk and cookies and it contains a bunch of really awesome ingredients such as Vitamin C, Kaolin Clay, Manuka Honey Powder, Colloidal Oatmeal and Pineapple Extract. I mix it in my palm with water and it turns into a creamy lather which I then apply to my face and gently cleanse. The powder doesn’t dissolve so there is a gentle grit there to aid in exfoliation as well. If I feel that it’s too coarse, I just add a little bit more water to my face and proceed. This cleanser makes my skin feel so squeaky clean but not dry at all and I also use it as a mask, but more on that later.
Next up is the facial steaming for which I use The Seeke Breathe Botanical Facial Steam which contains eucalyptus leaves, lemon peel, lemon balm, lavender flowers and chrysanthemum buds. I take a little bowl of hot water, drop in the botanical mix and place a towel over my head to allow the steam to remain contained. It helps to boost circulation and I always feel like the sweat gives my skin a nice clean. If you have sensitive skin, redness, rosacea etc then steaming is not for you and make sure that the steam isn’t so hot that it’s going to burn you!
This is where I get mixing. I take a heaped teaspoon of Ausceuticals Powder Cleanser and add a full pipette of facial oil. You can add oil to any clay based facial mask to take the edge off and stop it from drying up so quickly. My oil of choice has been the Honua Olena Oil* which has ingredients that can really help with inflammation, breakouts and sun damage. To this concoction I add the Concordia Handcrafted Skincare Balancing Face Mist* and mix it all up into a soft paste. The mist is great for oily or combination skin and the inclusion of Lactic acid means that it exfoliates the skin gently. I like that I can add it to my mask mixture to allow it to sit on my skin for longer so it can really get to work. I leave the mask on for 10 minutes and gently wash it off with warm water.
Following on from the mask, one of the serums I like to incorporate is the Ausceuticals Vitamin B serum. Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide, can have brightening and anti-inflammatory effects as well as help with acne and congestion. It has antioxidant properties and slows down oil production to bring it into balance, keeping future breakouts at bay. I enjoy the gel texture of the Vitamin B serum and it certainly is a potent product so patch test before you use it. It contains Aloe Vera Gel and Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Papaya, White Willow Bark and Green Tea as well as Vitamin B3 of course. I love the way Ausceuticals blend active ingredients with botanicals.
That concludes this little snippet of my purifying and detoxifying skincare routine. I particularly like this routine in the warm months when I have been sweating and feeling a little greasier than usual. For oily and combination skin types a routine like this would be suitable all year round. I’d love to hear about how you mix and match your products to suit your skin. Tell me about your favourite mixes in the comments below or email me and connect with me on Instagram. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.
Items marked with * were gifted.
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