It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the skincare options on offer now.
Every time I open Instagram, I am told to try to punch, peel, prod, sculpt, glaze, all in pursuit of eternal youth and unattainable perfection.
It is rare to find beauty lovers who talk about protecting the skin instead of peeling it, those who talk about skin health instead of anti-aging.
I used to spend an embarrassing amount of money on fancy skincare and bought into every marketing gimmick out there! I have now learned to tune out the noise, ageism and have a skin care routine that is simple and my skin has never been happier.
Previously, when preparing for a big event with many photographers, I would have gone to a facialist and spent a lot of money getting waxed, filled and polished, and while that may be lovely, now I know it’s not. necessary.
I was introduced to beauty cake by a friend of mine who used to work for one of the biggest luxury beauty brands. He explained the markup we spend on some of the biggest brands and that you can get the same level of quality products online, without all the extra fluff and costs.
It’s essentially a membership that gives you access to luxury beauty and wellness products at lab-direct prices. They cut out the middleman: retailer markups, expensive store fittings, and expensive packaging.
I start with some zingy shower gel.
Sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit, black pepper, and aloe vera turn my shower into an aromatic steam bath that makes me feel like I’m in a spa.
Hot Oil Cleansing Balmwith Aloe Juice, Niacin-rich Rice Bran Oil and cold-pressed Baobab Sariché Oil.
Scoop some out and massage onto dry or damp skin until it turns into a milky cleanser.
then take a extra soft wipe and gently clean everything.
You’ll be left with clean skin that doesn’t dry out like soap would.
The less it dries, the less moisturizing you’ll have to do!
While my skin is still damp, I apply a tablespoon of serum, fully loaded with grape and citrus antioxidants, NMF mimics, and powerful skin soothers. A quadruple-action deeply hydrating Pombe yeast derivative provides moisture and protects sensitive skin.
all over body moisturizer.
It’s not something I’m good at doing very often, for me it’s a red carpet treat!
Followed by my favorite treat of all.
A facial massage, with some breathable, light super healthy skin oil.
Formulated in Switzerland, it’s packed with nourishing algae extracts, rich in linoleic and essential fatty acids, omega 3s, evening primrose and borage oils, and is a natural source of vitamins A and E. Just add a couple drops to your serum. or creams and will give you the perfect slip to eliminate your problems with a massage.
By stimulating pressure points on the face, neck, and shoulders, it activates your lymphatic system to flush out old toxins, puffiness, and stagnation that can lead to unhappy skin.
It helps promote blood circulation, fights acne, relieves tight muscles, promotes collagen growth, and it’s completely free!
You can give it a try and see what feels good, or do a bit of youtube stalking to find out what the experts recommend.
Since it was a special occasion and I had a little extra time, I walked in with a rose quartz gua sha tool to increase blood flow, collagen production, and give myself a little TLC.
Another red carpet secret, bright lights and camera flashes can turn you into something of a ghost, so you might want to get a little tan before you hop into your Jimmy Choos.
A quick dry.
A little makeup.
Well, a lot of makeup!
A few sparkles.
And we went to the races!
We saw so many amazing people, artists, actors, and outfits on the red carpet, but what excited me the most was seeing the blossoming.
This is my favorite time of year in London and the flower brings back so many happy memories of having did through the depths of winter!
Bucellati Jewelry (on loan at night)