Skincare time. It’s always when you’re in a rush, right?
It’s first thing in the morning - when your toaster is browning the heel of the bread. When Alexa is piping up, reminding you to bring a flask of coffee to work.
Annnd just before bed. When your fresh sheets are calling your name, and your eyes are shutting before the cotton pad has even reached your cheek.
Sometimes we all need a quick fix. A simple, back-to-the-basics guide to skincare, without the faff of countless steps and serums.
Here’s our quick guide to skincare, as it should be: in 5 short steps. We’ll be offering you a homemade, DIY option - as well as an affordable, organic option (from yours truly).
Cleansing gets rid of trapped dirt - allowing your skin to take a gasp of fresh air again. To have soft, radiant, and clean skin, you should really be cleansing twice a day. It helps to avoid breakouts from clogged-up pores.
Organic, ready-to-use cleanser
Organic cleansers are made from ingredients without harsh chemicals, pesticides or fertilisers. That’s why they’re best to banish breakouts and skin irritation.
If you’re looking for a purifying cleanser to give you a hydrated glow (no dry skin, here!), we’ve got the perfect solution:
My Favourite Face Cleanser is natural, vegan and cruelty free.
Plus, some essentials: DIY skincare
Psst. You can make your very own skincare.
Because you ought to be able to personalise your skincare to your needs, without it costing a fortune. Adding essential oils to base creams and lotions is an easy way to speed up skin healing - as well as smelling divine. From lavender or tea tree, to lemon or orange. Your cream, your scent.
Now your face is freshly cleansed, you’re ready to exfoliate. This will help to remove any dead skin cells - and give you an instant glow.
Natural, DIY exfoliator
To pick up a suitable exfoliator, you don’t need to go further than your kitchen cupboards.
We’ve got a revitalisting recipe for a quick, brightening boost:
- 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee
- 1/2 cup yoghurt (milk works, too!)
- 1 tbsp of honey
Simply mix these ingredients together, and then smooth onto your face. Rinse with warm water. Et voila!
Ready-to-scrub: organic exfoliator
If DIY isn’t quite your style, you can restore your glow with just one pot. To properly and delicately buff your body, we’ve moulded a hydrating scrub to leave your skin radiant - straight away.
Made with argan oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to replenish your skin. The exfoliating castor sugar banishes dryness for a silky smooth touch, while being kind to sensitive skin. Shop My Favourite Body Scrub here.
P.S. Don’t forget the lips
Gently brushing your lips (using a soft toothbrush) helps to exfoliate flaky skin. It’s the perfect prep for lipstick/gloss.
Or, you can try out My Favourite Lip Scrub - our bubblegum-sweet sugar scrub. It softly buffs away dead skin cells to reveal plump, hydrated lips.
Toner removes any last remnants of those stubborn impurities. This stage is often missed in skincare - but, when you do it daily, toner has a huge impact on the appearance (and tightness of) your pores.
Make your own toner
We’ve got a soothing, DIY toner recipe up our sleeve. With chamomile to fight bacteria and honey to add hydration, you’ll want to give this a go at home:
- 1 cup water
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 1 tsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Mix these ingredients together, rub onto your face, and then wash off. Easy, hey?
Want your DIY toner to smell a little nicer? Essential oils can help with that - just choose the scent you like best.
Floral water toner
Floral waters are all-in-one toners. They brighten, cleanse, hydrate and tone your skin - while also balancing its pH levels.
Made from the water recovered from the distillation of rose essential oil, rose water is rich in antioxidant and cleansing properties. Because it’s super gentle on the skin, it helps to soothe reddened/inflamed areas - and it’s even calming acne and sunburns. For all skin types - especially dry and tired skin -, rose water is a great choice for your next toner.
Moisturising feels great. Not only does it clean your skin, it makes sure it’s well equipped to deal with dryness and/or oiliness during the day.
A light moisturiser, with a lovely lavender scent:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
- 12 drops of lavender essential oil
- Choose a jar to store your moisturiser in. Place it in hot water.
- Pop in the ingredients (above), and mix until the oil has melted and the ingredients have combined.
- Allow to cool, then get that skin hydrated!
We’ve got a whole range of hydrating favourites to leave your face, body and eyes brighter. Our skincare is natural, vegan and cruelty-free. Plus, we use organic, sustainable ingredients - proven to support your skin’s health.
Last, but certainly not least, remember to protect your skin from the sun.
This should be a fundamental part of your skincare routine. Each day, simply spread a layer of SPF on your face (and body) to help premature skin ageing.
Did you know: SPF 15 sunscreen lowers your risk of developing melanoma by 50%? That’s a statistic from the Skin Cancer Foundation - where you can find more important details of why protecting your skin is important.
You see? Skincare doesn’t have to be expensive, or long-winded. Simply cleanse, exfoliate, tone, hydrate and protect.
Let us know if you put any of these DIY recipes to the test (or if you have any of your own to share!). Join our Abbey Essentials community on Facebook and Instagram - or send us an email with your thoughts.
Don’t forget to take a sneaky browse at our full range here, too. Go on, we won’t tell.