In Face, Skin

I’m sharing a few tips and basics around how I use our range.  We’ve been getting a few questions lately – which is great because it means people are switching to more natural products like the Facial Oil Cleanser and wanting to know exactly how to use it.

So I’m going to share a little about my daily and weekly skincare routine about how I use our products, along with a little info or helpful tips of the product and what it’s good for etc.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s skin is so individual.  What works for you may not work for others and vice versa.  There are also so many things which can affect our skin health – stress, hormones, hydration, diet, environmental factors, products etc the list goes on.  So this is my guide to using our range, but if you like to use it another way or have any tips of your own, please share – I love hearing new ways of how you our beautiful customers use their products.

Starting at the beginning and some say the most crucial to good skin.

Numero uno importanto – Cleansing!

This is the first thing I notice is slacking in my routine if my skin is looking a little dull or having breakouts (along with diet and hormones).  While I’ve been wearing less and less makeup the past year, cleansing at night can become a bit of a missed or lazy step.   Now especially with summer and the festive season upon us, family gatherings, parties etc.  it normally means more makeup and sunscreen so ensuring all makeup is removed at night helps your skin breathe, absorb product and regenerate during sleep.

Cleansing

AM – most mornings in the shower I will use our Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  Other mornings (if I’ve showered at night) or running out the door for a walk or swim, it’s a once over with a few spritzes of our face mist and a wipe over with a warm damp face cloth.

PM – Time to double cleanse.  This helps with taking off makeup/sunscreen, the ocean/sun/day with our Facial Cleansing Oil.  Around 3-5 pumps.  Being quite liberal with this to give skin a good facial massage and help the oil bind to all makeup and dirt.  When you’re ready to remove, wet a flannel/face cloth with warm/hot water and wipe off.  I like to then use the Gentle Foaming Cleanser as the second cleanse to remove any residual oil and dirt.

After cleansing it’s onto our face mist & toner.  Our Rose and Geranium Face Mist adds hydration, balances and prepares the skin for our moisturising products – especially oils.  (It’s also amazing for a ton of other things too – helps to set makeup, great for after sun or in the esky at the beach, around 3pm or heading out after work, in aircon etc. for more info read here.)

Allow the majority of the face mist to absorb and then it’s onto our Hydration Face Serum – this little serum is sooo good!
It’s a huge hydration boost for the skin, isn’t sticky and is packed with skin soothing, hydrating and correcting ingredients to promote smooth, supple, glowing skin.  Kangaroo paw and native snowflower extract, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid all help to plump and hydrate skin.   I like to use 2-3 pumps all over my face, neck and décolletage, allowing it all but to sink in – we are applying oil over the top so want a little moisture left on the skin.

INTERESTING FACT
When it comes to oils and hydrating products, it’s best to compare our skin to a sponge.
A dry sponge isn’t able to absorb or wipe up as much of a spill as a wet cloth – this is similar to our skin.  If our skin is really dry and we apply product over it without some hydration to prepare the skin – our skin is going to need a hell of a lot of product for our skin to absorb the nutrients deep down into the epidermis.

And finally I’ll finish with one of our oils – AM I’ll alternate between 2-4 drops of Olive Squalane or Jojoba oil.  PM similar or a little of the Rosehip & Hemp Face Oil.

The Rosehip & Hemp Face Oil is richer than the other two oils which is why I like to use it more in winter or at night.

Jojoba Oil is really close to our own sebum and sits in the medium oil feel but is wonderful for oily or acne/breakout prone skin.

Olive Squalane is fast becoming a best seller (our Rosehip & Hemp Face Oil is still our most popular oil)and it’s easy to understand why – it’s amazing as a base/primer for makeup, sunscreen etc.  It’s super lightweight, silky and odourless – works to prevent dehydration and is a perfect moisturiser for humid, hot, summer days.

WEEKLY
The other products in our range are the ones I use a few times during the week.

Facial Exfoliant Scrub & Mask – I like to use this 2-3 times a week and find it easy to apply in the shower after cleansing.  I pour a little more than a 20 cent piece amount in my palm, add a squirt of Facial Cleansing Oil or Foaming Cleanser and a little water to make a paste.  Then I gently massage it onto my skin.  For the brightening mask leave it while washing your hair and then rinse off.  I use the face cloth

Gua Sha – about 3-5 times a week.  I did a blog about the benefits and how to use here.

Pink Clay & Cacao Face Mask – this is a once a week ritual and another one I like to apply before I hop in the shower – it’s messy, so easier to remove in the shower.  Cacao is rich in antioxidants, promotes blood flow and circulation.  A blend of pink, yellow and red clay hold gentle cleansing and detoxifying properties to help draw impurities to the surface to improve the appearance of the skin.  I’ve got an Instagram video on how I mix it – I use about 1 1/2 teaspoons of powder, mix with a pump of the cleansing oil and a few squirts of face mist to get a nice consistency and apply with a brush.  Remove it before it totally dries as when a mask completely dries out it can take more moisture from your skin and we want it to cleanse and detoxify without removing moisture.

Then I finish with the above skin care routine.

There you have it, this is how I use our facial products and what works for me – would love to know how you use yours or if you have any cool tips on your Babs products.

 

Andrea

 

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