It’ll be March next week! Time is running by alarmingly fast although, summer child that I am, I don’t much mind it at this time of the year.
As the special 10% discount code to Naturelle is valid until Saturday, I decided to share my own shopping list on the blog, in the hopes that it might inspire you.
These products are part of my daily routine, and they are incredibly effective. Our skin has an amazing capability to reflect our internal and mental well-being, or lack thereof. External care is still important, however. Quality products and good skin care routines provide visible results – I’ve seen this with clients as well as with my own skin. The latest, rather surprising, results come from my recent study on atopic skin care, which you’ll be hearing more about very soon. Before that, however, let’s look at this weekend’s shopping list, and some must-haves from Naturelle.
I wrote about oil-cleansing the other day, as you may recall. There’s no going back to foam cleansers as far as I’m concerned, not after switching to creams, oils, and balms. My skin is smoother and less clogged, and my skin tone better than it was before. A muslin cloth or a konjac sponge dipped in hot water is a great way to enhance a face wash without doing mechanical damage to the skin. I’m absolutely crazy about all of Tata’s products; they have an unusually high concentration of active ingredients; the packages are beautiful enough to use as ornaments; and I also have a deep respect for the company and its rare determination to be self-sufficient, which requires no small amount of talent and careful planning.
Tata’s flower-jelly mask is definitely my favorite Cinderella product. Thanks to willow bark extract, the mask brightens, calms, refreshes and smooths out the skin; it is also gentle enough not to cause redness, and is therefore perfect as a pre-party, insta-glow fix. Once dry, the Jello-like mask creates a lifting film on the skin, extracting impurities and sebum from the skin, without drying it out. This is about as natural as a facelift can get.
If you’re not on your way to a party, I would recommend Juice Beauty’s professional grade fruit acid peel. If your skin is at all sensitive, I suggest going for the Sensitive version – Full Strength is the real deal, and contains potent AHA acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid) that will cause burning, stinging, and redness. It also contains juice fruits, willow extract, soothing aloe vera, vitamin C, and retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A. The peel is excellent for repairing sun damaged skin, discoloration, wrinkles, and dull skin. Make sure to use a toner, serum, and oil afterwards – otherwise you’ll be doing your skin a disservice.
These brightening bamboo pads are definitely one of my favorites, and they too are excellent for discoloration, wrinkles, and dull or lifeless skin. If you have thin or sensitive skin and can’t use fruit acid peels, these pads, which contain mild fruit acids from fruit juices and extracts, are a great alternative treatment. Sugar cane, vitamin B3, and licorice root help to lighten discoloration, while cucumber extract soothes the skin. The pads can be incorporated into a daily, month-long regimen, for example, or used once or twice a week. A limited-edition travel pack is available at Naturelle.
Suki’s concealer is still the best under-eye concealer I know of. As a testament to how happy I am with the product, let it be known that I have already hit pan on mine. I have the concealer in the shade Buttercream, but Honey would be better for tanned skin or very dark circles.
I’ve never come across a product by Neal’s Yard Remedies that I didn’t like. Trying to describe how I feel about the Wild Rose products is therefore rather difficult. I love them. They are effective, and their consistencies are almost magical. The Wild Rose Beauty Elixir is unlike any other serum I out there; it’s not an oil, but it’s definitely not a cream either. It leaves the skin feeling beautiful and satiny. Depending on your skin type, the elixir can be used on its own in the mornings, and with a bit of Wild Rose Beauty Balm on top at night. For more information, please click here.
A world-wide cult product and multipurpose potion, the Wild Rose Beauty Balm is suited for all skin types and for a whole host of ailments. With the help of the accompanying muslin cloth, the doubles as a cleansing balm, but it can also be used as a mask, a night cream, to repair sun-damaged or burned skin, or to treat scars. It is ideal for ageing skin. The Beauty Balm and the Beauty Elixir is the perfect skin care duo. I’m currently using the balm on a fresh and rather large surgical scar. For more information on the Beauty Balm, please click here.
My newest love in the Wild Rose collection is this gorgeous rose-scented, soft pink, jelly-like oil. The body elixir makes the skin silky soft, and gives it a light sheen. I know what I’ll be using to oil my skirt-clad thighs this summer. I wrote a post on the Elixir a while back, and it is available here.
The 10% discount on Naturelle’s full priced products is valid until Saturday February 28th 2015. The code is KATJA10.
P.S. I just had to let you know that RMS Beauty’s lovely makeup products have just become available at Naturelle, so make sure you use that code on them as well! The brand’s foundation in the shade 22, with yellow undertones, is the best choice of foundation for Finnish skin; other great products include Buriti Bronzer, Living Luminizer, and the Lip2cheeks!
Photos Katja Kokko
Translation Katja Nikula