The children have eaten their way through their selection boxes, their Christmas presents are already lying half-forgotten and you've just about managed to get together a complete uniform out of the laundry pile: it's officially back to school time.
It's back to early wake-up calls, school runs and homework battles as you all try to get back into the usual Monday to Friday routine, complete with after school clubs and trips to the gym for yourself.
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Over the Christmas break, you probably joined in with the pyjamas until noon, lazy days indoor, not always bothering to brush your hair or moisturise slacking, but now that January is well underway, it's time to get back into the swing of things and start looking after yourself properly again.
It's not just a case of vanity, but of making sure that your skin is well-protected against the harsh winter weather and that you're feeling at your very best as you tackle those chilly mornings and try to bring some order to your chaotic home.
So, it's time for a recap on the basics of skincare, which are as easy to remember as your child's 1,2,3.
Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise
The first step to keeping your skin looking and feeling youthful and smooth is to use a good-quality soap bar. Our handmade Soap Bars are packed with natural essential oils and moisturising ingredients like cocoa butter and goat's milk that will cleanse your skin, as well as leaving it feeling beautifully nourished.
After washing your skin, you should exfoliate it. Some of our soaps, like the Gardener's Soap Bar, contain naturally exfoliating ingredients like poppy seeds, but you can do an even more thorough job of getting rid of any lingering dirt or dead skin with one of our Body Scrubs. They're made from sea salt granules and bamboo, so you won't be causing any harm to the environment by using them - and they smell absolutely gorgeous too.
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Lastly, you need to finish your skincare routine by moisturising to lock in all of the nourishing goodness you've just added to your skin to keep it looking and feeling wonderfully smooth. Our Body Lotions are perfect for this, and they're available in four stunning scents: Greentea & Grapefruit, Wild Lemongrass, Citrus & Lavender, and Neroli & Rose.
Fit your skincare in around the school run
We know that time can be tight in the mornings with children to feed, dress and get out of the door and traffic to beat on the school run. If you really don't have the time to squeeze in all three of these stages in the morning, you can condense your skincare routine into one step, thanks to the properties of some of our Soap Bars.
For example, our Gardeners' Soap Bar is packed with spices and poppy seeds to really cleanse and exfoliate your skin, while added oatmeal helps to keep it moisturised - all of that from just a quick shower.
Our Winter Spice Soap Bar is another good option, as it also contains oatmeal, spices and poppy seeds to help with all three stages of your skincare routine, while the zesty citrus hit provided by its fragrance will help to wake you up on those cold mornings, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day ahead - including those school runs.
Being in a rush is no excuse to neglect your skincare routine, so make sure you've always got at least one product to hand with the three essential stages in mind.