I’ve been reading Brooke McAlary’s new book, Slow: Simple Living For A Frantic World, it’s a really eye-opening look at how over-consumption and the idea of keeping up with the Joneses are making us more stressed and more unhappy than ever.
It also talks in-depth about slowing down, so it got me thinking about how one can achieve a slow skincare regime and how important that really is. Here is my guide to How Slow Beauty Is The Key To Glowing Skin.
I have chosen products that I swear by, I am 45 years old and have pretty good skin. I attribute this mostly to staying out of the sun, but at my age, I need all the help I can get.
A little bit about price points. When you buy conventional skincare products they are made mostly with water, synthetic fillers and preservatives, and a few key ingredients.
Natural beauty products tend to be more expensive because you are getting more actual product, you are benefiting from the products being much higher concentrations and it will last you much longer.
What Is Slow Beauty?
Like food and fashion, the skincare and cosmetics industry is going through a major overhaul, never before have consumers been as savvy as they are today. We have access to more information and the good news is, it’s facilitating change.
Like what you eat and what you wear, what you put on your body doesn’t need to be filled with a concoction of toxins.
Simplifying your beauty regime is the best thing you can do for your skin. You really don’t need more than a few key products.
The 4 Step Daily Regime To Slow Beauty
Your skin is a reflection of your overall health and good skin is not a luxury to those who can afford the high price of skincare products. Radiant skin comes with a good diet, hydration and a simplified skincare regime. Being in my 40’s has taught me a lot about how to properly take care of my skin and aside from a few wrinkles here and there, I think I have pretty good skin. I’ve always followed a simple regime and have seen the benefits when others follow this advice.
This is an important step and one a lot of women forgo. A good cleanser should be used on a daily basis to get rid of makeup build-up and grime and it should leave your skin feeling clean and firm but not too dry. It’s a good habit to cleanse twice a day. I do it in the morning in the shower and before bed when removing my makeup.
I love this oil because you can use it on dry skin. Applied directly it leaves the skin refreshed but not greasy, which is a plus right? It’s the ideal first step cleanser to prime the skin for exfoliation and gives a smoother surface for makeup application. If you are into ingredients, like I am, you’ll love the raspberry seed oil, a concentrated source of omega 3 fatty acids that provide superior moisture for a healthier, hydrated appearance.
If oil cleansing is not your thing, you can opt for:
Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash, $22
This is a fabulous foaming cleanser that works as a makeup remover, and pH balanced toner replacement. I do like the idea of using a toner, but if you don’t have the time, this is a great double-duty product. This trio of supernatural ingredients is another reason to try it. I normally don’t recommend tea tree oil, but this one is too good not to try.
Toner is another good habit to get into. Toners can traditionally be very drying, after use, your skin should feel fresh, but not stripped of moisture. Like the cleanser, you can use this twice a day, am and pm for the best results.
This toner is an obsession. I LOVE it. I didn’t really use toner until I tried this one. The Rosemary and Geranium make it feel like a garden in a bottle, they have other benefits too like aiding congested skin, toning and purifying. But really it’s the smell and overall wow factor that keeps me coming back. I even keep a bottle at my desk and use it when I feel I need a little pick me up. And, another bonus, it’s formulated for sensitive skin.
Apply A Good Serum
A good serum will provide your skin with nutrients and anti-ageing properties. They penetrate the skin more deeply than a moisturizer and are absorbed quite quickly. It’s best to apply before you moisturize.
This could be the one serum to rule them all. This has been a miracle in a bottle for my dry, ageing skin. What I love most about Herbivore is that every product in the lineup feels clean, you can feel the botanicals working, and the smell, well that brings it up a notch. It’s a transformative serum in many ways thanks to its powerhouse lineup of ingredients.
- Blue Tansy – High in Azulene content, giving the oil its deep inky blue colour. This oil also acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, aiding in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. Blue oils are also ideal for balancing the skin’s excess oil production without over-drying.
- Squalane – Vegetable-derived Squalane has excellent emollient properties and acts as a light protective barrier to keep moisture in the skin. It also protects the skin against hyperpigmentation and premature ageing.
Put 3-10 drops onto fingertips and apply to clean face and neck. First, apply to the drier part of the skin and work inward.
If you are young and not too worried about anti-ageing just yet – honestly the best anti-ageing step is to STAY OUT OF THE SUN and use a good SUNSCREEN – choose a moisturizer that’s light and suits your skin type.
If you are worried about ageing (Ugh! I am) then I want you to make sure you use a moisturizer that has collagen-boosting properties. As we age the skin gets more delicate so a little extra TLC goes a long way and this extra step in your skincare regime will be so beneficial in the long haul.
When looking for anti-ageing products choose ones that are high in vitamins A and E, omega fatty acids, peptides, and antioxidants. All of this helps to reduce wrinkles and boost collagen.
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream, $98
I love this moisturizer! It has a very pleasant herbal smell, absorbs quickly, and moisturizes very well. It leaves a nice fresh glow, not a greasy residue. Especially helpful during the winter months.
I’ve added one more step here for those of us who are worried about wrinkles, age spots and all the other fun stuff that comes with getting older.
Use a good night cream and or oil
I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about this entire lineup of products, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overall effectiveness of these and their bang-on ingredients. It’s an investment, but a good one. The texture is amazing, it feels like cake frosting but for the face. It very light and whipped like any good cream should be. I’ve been using this for a while now and have noticed smoother more hydrated skin. I know it’s on the pricey side, but I figure every woman should have one really good anti-ageing product that works and those are hard to come by!
What you need to be doing EVERY WEEK
If you have mature skin, I don’t recommend using a scrub on your face at home, rather I recommend rejuvenating facials. Province Apothecary is the BEST and offers customized organic facials. I do think using a mask once a week is a great way to nourish and cleanse the skin.
This is a deep-cleansing detox treatment that is ideal for any skin type, but really good for mature skin thanks to the following (to die for) ingredients:
Brown Algae: Helps energize the skin for a firm, lifted appearance.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil: An excellent source of antioxidant vitamin E; improves elasticity for a youthful look. White Clay: Helps cut through and remove buildup.
A more affordable option is this one from Wildcraft Care (a fav)
Cleanse and smooth skin with this invigorating, mineral-rich exfoliant for the face and body. Gentle clays, flowers and apricot kernel shells remove dull skin and draw out impurities while antibacterial essential oils help to discourage breakouts and congestion. A regular exfoliating practice leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft and renewed, and primes skin to absorb moisture more efficiently.
I have found over the years that a less is more mentality is better for my skin and overall health too.
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