Let’s go Naked - No packaging Facial Regime
I knew that plastic is big problem and there’s this big hullabaloo of using less plastic, but I must say I was totally oblivious to the fact how serious this problem actually is. When I attended the LUSH Turning the Tide talk, I was disillusioned and saddened by the fact that plastic is taking over our planet. If you want to read more about why I decided to start using Naked products, check out my Let’s go Naked blog post here.
Last week I talked about my Naked Hair Regime - you can read about it here. As I am moving down from top to toe, next is the face.
I am using the Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap and it is wonderfully amazing - it leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and calm - you know the feeling you get when your face feels pure and clean? You know that tingling feeling? Just a little bit of tingle. I’ve read on other blogs that this soap makes the skin feel dry, so I was a bit scared to try it, but I don’t think so at all. And I do have dry skin in general. It just makes it feel clean, fresh and pure. I also have a bit of redness in my skin tone and this soap tones it down a bit. The soap is a light pink colour and comes in a triangle shape. It is part of the floral range and the piece you get looks like a flower petal. Have you seen the massive "cheese wheel" soaps on display in the Lush stores? Fresh Farmacy is part of the "cheese wheel" like range and the piece you buy are cut off the wheel.
Every ingredient is carefully selected for its gentleness on the skin, with chamomile, elderflower, calamine and lavender - this is nature at its kindest. In order to make this soap gentle enough to use on your face, as well as your body, Lush took out some of the soap base and replaced it with beautiful essential oils: chamomile blue oil is soothing on the skin; lavender oil calms the mind; tea tree oil is a mild antiseptic and rose absolute is good for restoring balance to the skin.
I really love the smell. You know how smells can trigger memories? Now this soap triggers beautiful childhood memories for me, as it has a musk smell and one of my favourite sweets are the Wilson’s XXX Musk Mint Rolls.
How to use:
Wet your hands.
Rub the soap between your hands to lather it - you just need a little bit. Note: it doesn’t foam.
Gently wash your face for about a minute working the product onto your skin in gentle circular movements.
Wash it off with water.
Gently pat dry your face.
Together with the Fresh Farmacy Soap, I use the Lush Dream Steam tab as a toner.
The Dream Steam tab is made with rose absolute to help calm the skin and reduce redness, chamomile blue oil is really gentle and soothing on the skin, and tea tree is used for its antibacterial properties. Anyone can use this tab, though it’s wonderful if you have sensitive or dry skin. When dropped in a bowl of hot water, the tab will fizz and as the steam rises, will open up all the pores in your skin allowing all the beautiful essential oils to be easily absorbed. After the steam session pour it into a bottle and use as a toner in your daily facial cleansing routine.
How to use:
Fill a medium-sized bowl with hot water
Put your face over the bowl with a towel covering your head and the bowl
Drop the toner tab into the water
Let it dissolve and steam
For best results let it steam for 5 minutes
Gently pat dry your face with a towel
Store the leftover water in the fridge for up to seven days after it's been used - using this as a toner.
For ultimate moisturising I use - and I LOVE IT - the Full of Grace serum. It is a deeply moisturising facial serum in solid form that glides on to leave skin feeling renewed without heaviness. Lush created a skin-feeding blend of oils and mixed with Portobello mushrooms for their skin-protecting vitamins and minerals, whilst chamomile blue oil and calamine powder calm the skin – and the latter controls greasiness too.
It is also great to use before applying your mask. To be honest I haven’t tried using it with a mask yet, but will do in the near future, but I’ve heard it is really amazing as a medium to make the skin ready to absorb all the goodness of the facial mask.
Even though it is a bit on the expensive side (not as expensive as other brand’s serums though), it is worth every cent.
Melt warning: this product is made with ingredients that allow it to soften around body temperature. During hot spells, the product may melt. Keep it in a dry, cool place.
How to use:
Ensure your face is clean and dry
Warm the serum bar on the fingertips or glide it across the skin like a massage bar, allowing the bar to melt and all the beautiful ingredients to soak in.
Price: R185/ 80g
Lastly, I am also using the Lip Service lip balm. This delicately citrusy lip balm is an all-rounder, soothing lips whatever the weather. A rich blend of oils and butters caresses and soothes, and apricot kernel oil is rich and nutritious, helping to seal in moisture. An emollient blend of beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and apricot kernel oil locks in the moisture. A blend of tangerine and mandarin oil add a touch of sunshine, even in the depths of winter.
I adore the citrusy smell - to an extent where I constantly want to smell my lips. Just imagine the picture of me lifting my lips to my nose the whole time...haha - I have to stop it - don’t want lip wrinkles.
At the moment I am not struggling with dry lips, so this product will stand the trial when I visit Gauteng or the Free State - I struggle so badly with dry lips and airways in these places.
How to use:
It’s a lip balm - I think you know how to use it :) - take some product out of the pot and gently stroke it on your lips
Price: R95/ 12g
After a terrible experience with products that left my skin feeling dry and flaky, this new routine really helped give new life to my skin. I absolutely love it. After just one use, my skin already looked so much better.