Want to glow? Well, I have good news. Eat well. I follow a vegan, plant-based diet and make sure what I slap onto my skin is equally nourishing for me.
You have to feed yourself inside and out.
I also follow intermittent fasting most days. I’ve blogged about that here.
I’m touched that so many of you reach out complimenting me on my skin and I was recently overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness when I shared a barefaced photo on social media in a bid to reveal the real me without my glam squad’s sorcery (which I love by the way).
I would like to feel more confident in skin (literally) and posting this photo has already helped me embark on fewer ‘made up’ days.
I’m going barefaced more often and I’m less scared about it.
As an aside, and in answer to what has basically become a FAQ about which skincare products I use, I wanted to share my simple list below.
I realise I’m lucky to come from a long line of women who barely, bared a line upon their faces even into old age (my Grandma Vikentia, passed away at 96 looking decades younger) so admit that, yes, genetics do factor but so does eating well and using products known to keep your skin healthy, vibrant and luminous.
I’ve tried some of the most expensive and celebrated products on the market thanks to my job, over the years yet I keep returning to the ones listed below because they quite simply, work.
This is a specialist skincare product which really does what it says on the tube. It helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone and is my number one recommendation when it comes to skincare.
I discovered this miracle oil while pregnant in 2010 but late on, as I’d smugly thought I’d escaped stretch marks only to wake up around month 8 with a branch-like spreading across my tummy. I actually don’t mind them now and they have, faded over time and the liberal use of Bio Oil.
I like to lather Bio Oil on my whole body post-bath but also on my face too which might surprise you. I actually forgot my moisturiser while abroad at a hotel months ago, used Bio Oil and never looked back. It also helps my thyroid scar which reduces in size and redness by the week.
Bio Oil is formulated with all-natural ingredients including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil and Chamomile Oil. It is a non-comedogenic (acnegenic), hypo-allergenic product that is suitable for sensitive skin. I was told by a skin specialist that Vitamin A and E are the most critical when it comes to skincare health.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you follow this blog, you’ll also know that I love Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my food and on my face. I use Bio Oil daily and nightly but do apply Olive Oil a few times a week too, usually in the place of Bio Oil at night. Talk about feeding your skin, huh? Bursting with anti-ageing antioxidants and hydrating squalene (yep, unsure what that is but sounds hilarious and highly important), pour some drops in to your bath (everything will stick to it though so clean thoroughly afterwards) and use as you would a face and body moisturiser. I have combination skin and it works perfectly well for me. Why not try it?
My late Grandma Annetta’s favourite cream (she believed it fixed everything and wasn’t wrong there) from chaffing inner thighs when pregnant to painful spots, cuts, bruises and bites, Sudocrem has been a life-saver to both me and my family. Primarily for the treatment of nappy rash, don’t let that put you off for personal-use as it really will benefit not just your baby’s skin but yours too. Sudocrem contains a water-repellent base, and protective and emollient agents and is also an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent and wait for it, even a weak aesthetic. Clever or what? I apply it liberally to hormonal spots which unsurprisingly turn up around the the time of the month. A few nights’ sleep, smothered in the stuff means waking up fresh-faced in no time at all. True story.
Neom Organics London Hand Balm (Scent to Make You Happy)
My best friend Carlie bought me a tube of this joyful hand balm after I had a thyroid operation and we both actually attended the same school as its founder Nicola many moons ago… Intended to lift you up and bring some happiness into your life through the senses thanks to its complex blend of 8 essential oils, it was the perfect post-op gift (eliminating that surgical smell) and I’ve used it nightly ever since. My hands are also smoother thanks to it. Lush.
Let me know if you try any of these products, won’t you?