Skincare is next up in our series of reviews on products I’ve tried out on my cruelty-free journey!
Changing my skincare to cruelty-free has been more affordable than other parts of my beauty routine. Being in lovely Johannesburg, hydration is one of my skin concerns- it can get so dry up here! I also have sensitivity issues and I’m also starting to watch out for signs of ageing. To keep a consistent routine, I stick to simple skincare. Complicated regimens and taking more than 2 minutes just isn’t for me in the long run. I’ll start out with the best of intentions and be in too much of a rush to keep it up after about two weeks. Here are the products I’m currently using and some that I’ve previously tried out!
I start my skincare routine with cleansing and toning, using African Extracts Rooibos Soothing Cleansing Lotion (R56) and a super simple astringent of Witch Hazel and Rose Water. Witch Hazel and Rose Water are both centuries-old remedies, while I’ve tried toners from fancy brands this natural option does the trick. If it was good enough for the women of yesteryear and does little to no harm to the environment- it’s more than good enough for me. I get mine at Dischem for less than R50.
Another cleanser I’ve previously enjoyed that isn’t pictured is Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser (from R580). My experience with Dermalogica is what made me realise my skin had become sensitised from years of sampling products and selecting skincare products that were too harsh for my skin. The cream/gel formula ‘retrained’ my skin from a reactive state and it was the first time I noticed the difference between gentle cleansers and tough ones. I only understood what the skincare specialist had meant when she asked if my skin ‘ever felt tight’ after washing my face, because of this product.
Skincare during the day means protection from the elements, so every day of my life I wear sunscreen. Every. Day. I’ve written about Ordinary Skincare’s Day Cream SPF 30 (R302) before and it’s still my favourite daily sunscreen. I’m trying out The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Protective SPF 15 Moisture Lotion (R190), it’s lightweight texture gives a more matte finish than most sunscreens- great for the transition into summer. I like to put on some lip balm about ten minutes before applying makeup, either Oh-Lief Natural Lip Balm in Grapefruit (R57) or Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Lip Balm (R35), for super smooth soft feeling lips.
If daytime skincare is all about protecting, nighttime is for nourishing and regenerating. That advice everyone gives about always taking your makeup off every night is probably the best advice. I try to take mine off as early as possible, at the moment I’m giving African Extracts Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover (R53) a spin and it’s doing the job pretty well. Even though it’s specifically made for eyes, I’ve tried it on lip colours with staying power too. Those highly pigment matte liquid lipsticks that are so en vogue at the moment but won’t budge, come off easily with this stuff. If you’re a regular reader, you may have read about Lipidol’s Cleansing Face Oil (R80) here before. This stuff works like a bomb, no makeup can withstand its powers… Ok that’s a bit dramatic but I haven’t found a product it doesn’t take off yet. And I’ve been using the product for almost a year since the kind folks at Lipidol sent me some. That’s a lot of makeup to remove. It’s gentle and it improved my skin substantially. Not finding stock at any outlets recently sent me into a panic and had me driving across this city to stock up.
I like waking up feeling very moisturised and dewy so I layer products up at night. After using the same cleanser and astringent as the morning, I lightly pat some of The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Eye Cream (R160) over my eye area. I remember seeing some crows feet creeping in about a year or two ago and eye cream has kept that area of skin plump and hydrated. I highly recommend speaking to skincare professionals about finding the right eye cream for you if you’re starting to see early signs of ageing. I really like The Body Shop’s Vitamin E range, it’s worked well for the current state of my skin, so I also use the Overnight Serum-In-Oil (R180) then I top it with the Nourishing Night Cream (R190). More lip balm and I’m ready for bed!
When blemishes and imperfections pop up, I either use Tea Tree Oil or Essence PureSkin Anti-Spot Gel (R39). For Tea Tree Oil I dab a few drops on an earbud and dab the affected area. When I need a skin pick me up, the African Organics Deep Cleansing Face Mask makes my skin feel fresh but not tight. Tight feeling skin is not a chic look, so I usually use a mask at night and slap on some extra serum after.