One of the most common questions I get asked since I started Nourished Life is what my daily beauty routine is. As a busy mum, it can be tempting to run out the door to make sure I get the kids to school on time, and not look after myself.
However, since I discovered all the amazing beauty products out there which are not only easy to use, but actually good for you I now have no excuse not to incorporate them into my daily routine! Here's a rundown of what a typical day looks like for me, including some of my favourite beauty products!
I try to wake up naturally with just the sunlight. The beauty of having my own business means I don't need to worry about being late, but at the same time I am so excited to wake up every morning and get to the warehouse I do naturally wake up around 6:30am anyway! Yes, sometimes I am late for the school drop off, however, if your body needs the extra few minutes sleep in, it's worth the late note I say!
The first thing I do when I get up is cleanse my face. I generally like alternating between the Vanessa Megan Petitgrain Cream Cleanser (gentle enough to use every day for my combination skin) and the 100% Pure Green Tea Cleanser*(which is great when my skin needs a little anti-oxidant boost!) depending on what mood I'm in. Both of these are not only fantastic for cleansing and cleaning my skin for the day ahead, but also work to minimise pores and plump my skin, leaving it perfectly primed for moisturising! * UPDATE: See my new routine here!
After cleansing, I tone my face. I've just discovered The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner which I am absolutely loving! It's great not only for exfoliating, but also for giving your skin a collagen-boost which is fantastic for those pesky fine lines! Prior to that I was using the Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray Toner which was not only refreshing and hydrating, but perfect to hide in your handbag for a midday pick me up! One spray of this during the day not only re-hydrate my skin but would give me a little boost of energy!
After cleansing, I like to moisturise my skin with the amazing Mukti Anti-Ageing Day Serum and the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream. The Mukti Anti-Ageing Day Serum is literally like a face lift in a bottle! Testing of this serum showed that there was a 20% reduction in wrinkle volume and a 15% reduction in wrinkle depth over 60 days. Now those are some amazing results! If that isn't exciting enough, the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is one of the best on the market. Results of recent testing showed that 97% of people saw a reduction in puffiness, 87% saw a reduction of dark circles and 100% said it improved skin hydration and moisturisation. What's not to love! I've been using these products for a few months and have noticed a remarkable difference in my skin so can't recommend them both highly enough!
If I'm showering before I head out, I like to give my body a quick once over with my Deluxe Dry Body Brush. This not only gets my blood circulating, but helps to boost my energy levels, perfect for those times when you are finding it hard to get going in the morning! To find out more about dry body brushing check out this blog post I wrote on it!
For my shower I love the 100% Pure Coconut Shower Gels with matching Body Lotions. The Orange scent and Coconut scent are currently my two favourites! These deliciously smelling products are not only soap free, but are all natural and packed with vitamins, antioxidants and nourishing plant extracts so they gently clean your skin, then leave it feeling super soft and smooth afterwards. The body lotions absorb in quickly to your skin so you don't have to worry about your skin feeling greasy all day!
I would love to spend a long time doing my makeup, but let's face it, I'm lucky if I can squeeze 5 minutes to get some on my face before I run out the door! I usually apply some of the Vapour Skin Perfector (which is like the old Revlon skin lights - but natural) which gives my skin a healthy glow and primes it perfectly for foundation. I follow that with the Eco Minerals Flawless Foundation or the Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (depending on my mood) to even out my skin tone and a touch of the100% Pure 2nd Skin Concealer for any blemishes I want to hide! If I'm feeling a little glam, I will add a touch of 100% Pure Black Tea Mascara, with a dab of the 100% Pure Peach Lip Gloss first to make sure my lips stay hydrated throughout the day.
At night I like to wash my face with 100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser. It not only gently removes all traces of makeup and impurities, but treats your skin to a boost of organic white tea! After cleaning my face, I've been using Mukti Age Defiance Night Serum and Mukti Age Defiance Eye Serum and have been amazed with the results! Clinical trials showed that there was a greater than 10% visible reduction in age spots over 4 weeks from people using the Night Serum and eye wrinkles decreased up to 17% in 15 days so they are certainly worth giving a go!
After a busy day, I love nothing more than coming home to a relaxing bath with magnesium salts. It gives me the chance to wind down and reflect on the day, while relieving any built up tension and reenergising my body. If you want to find out more about the benefits of a magnesium bath, check out the blog post I wrote on it!
After my bath, I love massaging some Dr. Hauschka Calming Lavender Body Oil into my skin. This is not only richly moisturising, but the calming lavender oil makes it the perfect night time companion. For nights when I have trouble turning off and my mind is racing with ideas, I like to massage some Badger Sleep Balm into my temples which helps me de-stress, calm my mind and sends me straight off to sleep!