What should you include in your skincare routine?

a good routine can result in clear, bright skin

A good skincare routine is the key for healthy, happy skin. Having an easy-to-follow routine in place for the morning and evening will ensure that you avoid blemishes and breakouts, maintain an even skin tone and are actively fighting against the signs of ageing.

It's important to look after your skin as a glowing complexion can help you feel good inside and out. This is why we recommend taking time to find the right products and the right routine for your skin.

Here are some of the things you should be doing for your face and body to keep your skin looking and feeling lovely:

Regular cleansing

Dirt and grime can build up on your face throughout the day and night just from the air. Pollution, dust and particulates are always in the air and can settle on your skin as you're walking around or sleeping.

All of this, coupled with the oils your skin naturally produce and things like makeup can all lead to blocked pores, spots, uneven skin tone and dull-looking skin over time, especially if you don't cleanse.

This is why you should wash your face every morning and evening, taking care to remove all traces of dirt and makeup. This will allow your skin to breathe and refresh itself while also clearing your pores.

Our traditional soaps are a great option for cleansing your face, as well as your hands and body, as they feature natural oils and other natural ingredients that will help to clean, balance and brighten your skin.

When it comes to your body, you don't need to clean it as often as your face, in fact, doing so can result in dry patches. Instead, a daily shower or bath - even if it's just a quick one - should help to cleanse your skin.  

We have a range of body washes that offer deep cleaning, moisturisation and beautiful scents that will uplift your mood as well as look after your skin.

Exfoliate

A lot of people exfoliate their skin too regularly, which can be damaging, while others don't do it at all. Exfoliating helps you to clean your skin more deeply and remove dirt, dead skin and oil that may be deeper in your pores. It also helps to even skin tone and encourage blood flow to the surface of your skin, making it look brighter and healthier.

It's important to look after your skin as a glowing complexion can help you feel good inside and out

It is a common misconception that you have to scrub hard to benefit from exfoliation, as hard scrubbing can actually damage your skin and stretch your pores, leaving them more prone to getting blocked. The same goes for exfoliating too often.

Instead, you should scrub your skin - body and face - once or twice a week and no more. It is best to do so at night so your skin can rejuvenate and recover while you sleep - which is when your cells repair themselves.

You also don't need to use a super scrubby exfoliant on your face, as anything with a bit of grain will do the job. Our Oatmeal and Spice soap contains oats and poppy seeds that offer a gentle but effective scrub, which will be enough for a deep cleanse.

Your body may need a bit more when it comes to exfoliating, so if a scrubby soap doesn't quite cut it, you might want to try our Sisal Bag. This softens when wet, while the soap lathers up to gently but effectively exfoliate your skin.

Tone

A lot of people don't know what toning does for the skin and so they skip it when it comes to their skincare routine.

Using a toner helps to shrink your pores, remove any dirt your cleanser may have missed, refresh your skin and prepare it for your moisturiser. Applying a natural toner will allow your skin to absorb more of the goodness from your moisturiser, which ensures your skin looks and feels its best.

You should aim to use one that is alcohol-free as these are quite astringent and can actually remove moisture from your skin. Things like rose water are great natural toners and will keep your face looking beautiful.

Moisturise

As well as washing your face in the morning and evening, you should also moisturise it. Cleansing the skin can remove moisture and so you need to put it back in to avoid dry patches, keep it looking plump and to stop your skin from over-compensating for the moisture loss and creating too much oil.

Find a moisturiser that is suitable for your face and that includes SPF protection to help stop UV rays from harming your skin. You should also use different moisturisers for the day and night, as your skin will be able to better absorb it will you're sleeping so you can use a thicker product.

Your body needs moisturising too, so make sure you use our body lotions at least once a day and after showering or having a bath to keep your skin smooth, soft and healthy. As well as containing vitamin E and beneficial oils, they will also lightly fragrance your skin throughout the day.