Just like food, skincare is best delivered fresh. Fresher means more potent and more nutritious - for your body and your complexion too.


It’s why we recommend that you regularly de-tox both your skincare cabinet and your routine. Here’s our step by step guide on how to detox your skincare to keep your skin (and your bathroom cabinet) looking amazing.


The most important thing to remember is that just like your fridge, your skincare cabinet needs to be cleared out regularly. Right now, right before Christmas, a quick skincare

detox will make sure you’re glowing and that you’re ready to take on a fresh batch of

new products ;)

5 Steps to detoxing your skincare:

1. Take everything out of your cabinet, your handbag, toiletries bag and lay them all out on a bed or table.


2. With your whole skincare collection in sight, it’s time to start dividing into categories. In true Marie Kondo style - if the skincare doesn’t spark joy - get rid of it (responsibly of course!). Divide the rest of the skin care into daily use, weekly and occasionally.


3. Once divided, take a look at all of the use-by dates. Out of date? Out it goes.



Unfortunately, sometimes it can be difficult to see the expiry dates, or there are no expiry dates at all for some products. So, as best as your memory can perform, think back to how long it has been since you opened the package. Once the product is opened, it is best to discard the product within 12 months. With natural skincare products that have no synthetic preservatives, try to finish within 6 months so you get the best result with fresh products.

Throw away according to the following guidelines:

  • Facial Cleanser: Up to 1 year

  • Moisturiser: Up to 1 year

  • Facial / Eye Serum: Up to 1 year

  • Concealer / Foundation: Up to 1 year

  • Lip products: 1 year

4. Sort out clean or natural products from those with toxic or harmful ingredients. If your skincare contains any of the following, you might want to consider replacing it with something more gentle, natural and better for both your skin and the planet.

​​Remove: Parabens, artificial fragrance, triclosan, phthalates, formaldehyde, SLSs, BHAs or PEGs.


5. Rotate your skincare. As the warmer weather starts up, make sure you put heavier creams and moisturisers at the back of your cabinet and lighter serums, sunscreens and eye serums (perfect for party eyes) at the front.


Remember too that clean beauty is best kept clean. Yes, this might sound obvious, but it’s important to make sure that you clean all of your facial sponges (like your konjac sponge) or replace with new ones regularly, remove dirt, hair and grit from your tubes, jars and bottles and clean the space your skincare is returning to. It is best to apply your skincare products with clean hands and fingers! Trust us, you’ll be so glad once you've done it.

 

Detoxing isn’t just for your skincare - it’s great for your skin too!



Of course, once your skincare is all fit and looking fresh, make sure you take stock of your skincare routine too. Moving into the party season, you’ll want to make sure you pay a little extra attention to your complexion - keep your lip scrubs, lip masks and serums at the ready!


Oh - and remember - spring cleaning your skincare is not a once in a lifetime thing. It’s something you need to do regularly, ensuring your skin gets the freshest care you can give.


X

Mandy





Manuka Rose - I do get asked often why I’ve chosen to create my skincare range under this name.


And, quite simply, it’s because of my complete obsession with Manuka Oil and Rose Oil too. I mean really - who doesn’t love plants and roses right?


What’s so special about Manuka oil?

Pronounced “ma - noo - ka”, Manuka oil is more potent than tea tree oil and has so many amazing benefits for your skin.


With a sweet and herbaceous aroma, it’s beautiful to include in your daily routine. Using our lip mask and scrub is pure joy in terms of natural, pretty fragrances. More importantly though, manuka oil reduces bacterial growth and promotes new skin cell production. It is great for sensitive skins and, because of its rejuvenation properties, is perfect for fading scars and delivering an even skin tone.


Manuka oil is a fantastic cleanser too. I haven’t included it in our facial serums as it can be irritating when used too close to the delicate eye areas. But, when it comes to its cleansing and antibacterial properties - we love it on the lips!


We source our manuka oil sustainably from the leaves of the Manuka Tree. It’s important to us to keep our products 100% natural.


Rose Oil - more than a gorgeous scent

Dreamy and beautiful - rose oil is one of our favourite ingredients. It’s a strong feature in our Restore Me Facial Serum as it is known to be intensely hydrating and nourishing for your skin. Rose oil is stacked with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants too delivering deep nourishment for your skin and assisting with brightening your complexion too.


One thing not many people know about rose oil is that it also possesses potent astringent qualities which means that it is a star when it comes to reducing acne, redness and inflammation.


You’ll see that we also include it in our signature lip balm for its hydrating effects, but what we especially love is that waft of rose you get every time you apply it. Super luxe.


Natural oils are perfect for skincare

I think at the last count, we’re using over a couple of dozen natural oils (including manuka and rose oil) that we use in our formulations. And, to be honest, I’m in love with every last one.


Each oil included in a product is there for a very specific reason. As nature intended, each has a unique property and potency that I want to harness to nourish your skin.


I’m always here if you’re interested in why we use the natural oils that we do. Through years of exploration and research, I can pinpoint which natural oils will best benefit your unique skin type.


So please, get in touch with your skin concerns and we can work out which product and natural oils will give you the results you’re after.


Cheers

Mandy


Yes, not enough sleep can age you.


We all know what tired looks like. Dark circles, bags under our eyes and sometimes even a little puffiness.


Unfortunately, a lack of good sleep can lead to many more unwanted skin issues. Some that we don’t actually see until a lot longer after they’ve taken effect. If you’re looking to improve your sleep hygiene and give your skin the best chance to glow, read on for some causes and effects, natural ingredients and therapies.


How much sleep does my skin need?

It’s a question which raises a lot of debate. Most dermatologists and beauty experts believe that the sweet spot is somewhere between 7 to 9 quality hours each night. According to sleep experts in the US, if you’re sleeping for under 6 hours per night, chances are it is actually affecting your complexion and skin.


Whilst we all know that our skin needs a range of nutrients and regular love and attention - it, just like the rest of us needs a good amount of rest. Take this time away or reduce it by too much and you are definitely egging on the signs of ageing.


Did you know that by increasing the amount of time you sleep at night,

you can see skin improvement in as little as 24 hours?


What happens to my skin if I don’t get enough sleep?

Well, for one thing, you’re not giving your skin enough time for collagen production. Collagen is produced whilst we sleep. If you are sleeping for under 5 hours a night, you’re making sure that your skin is in the direct line of increased wrinkles and sagging.


Only getting 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as

sleeping 7 hours would. Not enough sleep also increases the odds

of waking to dry skin.


High quality sleep is essential for great skin. Your sleeping hours are the peak time for your liver to cleanse the blood, for your body to reduce cortisol levels and your skin to receive a much-needed boost of oxygen. Your sleepy time is also when cellular regeneration peaks, which is why you wake-up with a glowing complexion when you rest well.


Another factor to consider is that, when you are sleep deprived, toxins and fluids are not drained correctly from your skin, leading to puffiness (especially around the eyes). The production of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid are also not at their optimum levels.


What natural ingredients help with the signs of tiredness?

There are a few rockstar natural ingredients which can really help out if your sleep hasn’t been ideal.


A bad night’s sleep can make your skin appear dull, washed out or puffy so you need something to give your skin a nutritious boost.


Here are some go to natural ingredients we love:

  • Green Coffee - to combat dark circles

  • Goji and blueberry oils - Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, these ingredients are famous for their skin firming, detox properties and abilities to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

  • Hazelnut and chamomile oils - to tighten skin

  • Pomegranate and macadamia oils - for vibrant, glowing skin


Sleeping your way to better skin

It is absolutely a thing. Increasing your sleep times, creating regular sleep patterns and establishing top level skin hygiene is something dermatologists and skin experts all agree will add to a more youthful glow.


To create the ideal conditions for true beauty sleep:


  1. Hydrate - make sure you and your skin are well hydrated before bed time

  2. Create a routine and stick to it - it’s called bedtime for a reason. Make sure you are relaxed, have wound down your brain and have a set time for bed each night

  3. Try slightly elevating your head on the pillow to reduce swelling

  4. Invest in new pillows regularly and where you can opt for natural fibres and a higher quality pillowcase (yes - silk pillowcases are amazing!)

  5. Where possible, sleep on your back so as not to favour one side and create sleep wrinkles on the other.

The Good News:

There’s always good news! It’s never too late to get into a better sleep routine and improve the quality of your skin. Combining better sleep habits with a system of nourishment and care for your skin will lead to a complexion that glows, where fine lines are less visible and where puffiness and dryness are a thing of the past.


So, get those comfy pyjamas on, apply those natural face serums and catch up on some ZZZZZs - both you and your skin deserve it.


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