Want to glow? Well, I have good news. Eat well. I follow a vegan, plant-based diet and make sure what I slap on your skin is good 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 overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness when I recently 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 want to try and feel more confident in my own skin (literally) and posting this photo has already helped me. So far, I’ve had 2 consecutive make-up free days which is more than before.
I’m going barefaced more often and I’m less scared about it.
As an aside, and in answer to what has 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 had a line upon their faces even into old age-my Grandma Vikentia passed away at 96 looking decades younger, so yes genetics help but so does eating well and using products who will keep your skin healthy and glowing.
I’ve tried some of the most expensive and celebrated products on the market over the years but I keep coming back to the ones listed below because quite simply they work.
This is a specialist skincare product which really works. 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 smugly thought I’d escaped stretch marks only to wake up around month 8 with lots on my tummy. I actually don’t mind them now and they have, of course faded over the years. I like to lather Bio Oil on my whole body but also on my face too which might surprise you. I actually forgot my moisturiser when staying at a hotel months ago, used Bio Oil and never looked back. It also helps my thyroid scar which reduces in size and redness, every week.
Bio Oil is formualted 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 know 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-aging antioxidants and hydrating squalene, put some drops in your bath (everything will stick to it though so clean the bath thoroughly after) and use as you would a face and body moisturiser. I have combination skin and it works well for me. Why not try it.
My late Grandma Annetta’s favourite cream (she believed it fixed everything and she wasn’t wrong) 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 at the treatment of nappy rash but don’t let that put you off, it contains a water-repellent base and protective and emollient agents, and is an antibacterial and antifungal agent and weak anesthetic. Clever or what. I apply it to any spots which usually turn out at the the time of the month thanks to pesky hormones and I wake up to a clear face.
Neom Organics London Hand Balm (Scent to Make You Happy)
My best friend Carlie bought me a tube of this loveliness 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 and I’ve used it nightly ever since. My hands are also smoother than ever. Lush.
Let me know if you try any of these products!