As the founder of The Beauty Chef, my customers often ask me what I use on my skin; In terms of skincare, I try to keep it simple, nutrient dense and fresh! Here is the basic outline of my daily routine.
I’ll start at night because this is when all the good stuff happens and the skin can truly rejuvenate without the interruption of environmental assault. First of all, I gently cleanse my face using coconut oil and a muslin cloth to wash away the day’s grease and grime. Oil is very effective for lifting dirt from the skin and coconut oil boasts both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it the perfect cleanser. I then dab a little Probiotic Skin Refiner onto a cotton-wool pad and swipe it over my face to gently refine my skin, balance the skin’s natural flora and stimulate collagen production (thanks to the natural lactic acid). Then I apply a few drops of Dream Repair Serum and massage it into my face (light on my oily T-zone, however), neck and décolletage. This is brilliant for infusing both skin protective anti-oxidants and skin nourishing essential fatty acids (omegas 3,6,7 and 9) into the skin as well as rejuvenating the skin with vitamins A, B, C, D, E, P and K. I love the light texture of this beautiful oil-based serum as it sinks right in and doesn’t end up on my pillow! Then I apply a little Beauty Fix Balm under my eyes, on my lips and any dry patches - and off I go to bed.
In the morning I repeat the ritual. I won’t tell a lie; during the day, I do use a moisturizer; it is a work in progress and something I can hopefully share with you soon!
Last but not least, I regularly make fresh food masks. They infuse the skin with fresh, live nutrients and really do impart an incredible glow to the skin. One of my all time favourites is papaya with pink clay and yoghurt. I always keep pink clay (either French Argiletz or Australian) in my cupboard, ready to mix with an array of foods, herbs and spices as well as our inner beauty products – for some extra fermented and probiotic goodness! I use a mask at least twice a week.
For some beautiful fresh mask ideas, check out recipes. Enjoy!