If, like me, you’ve got sensitive skin, making sure you properly cleanse and exfoliate your face can be a bit of a juggling act. Too gentle a formula with a soft cloth leaves residue of both skincare and makeup behind, whilst if you use anything too rough, you’re left with skin which looks and feels ravaged. So, when it comes to daily washing, I like to mix up my facecloth/face pad routine to get the best results.
Konjac sponges like this one are perfect if you’re looking for a gentle but effective cleanse. Saturate the sponge with warm water, then use to foam up a cleanser, making sure to thoroughly cleanse and rinse the sponge before leaving to dry. Since it’s a natural sponge, it doesn’t stretch or rasp skin, and when it’s fully saturated, it has almost a jelly consistency, so it’s perfect for the most sensitive of skin types. This one has Green Tea added for antioxidant properties, so it leaves skin perfectly cleansed and prepped for your next skincare steps.
Face It Tea Love Skin Green Tea Konjac Sponge is priced at £8.99 and is available Face It Tea Love Skin Green Tea Konjac Sponge
Is there anything better than a seriously long soak in the tub? I can happily spend an hour or two soaking away, book in hand, music on – it’s the easiest way to relax and unwind, so I’m always on the lookout for truly great bath products. I’ve found an absolute gem in the form of Jason Himalayan Pink Salt 2 in 1 Bath Soak & Body Wash – an affordable, yet indulgent feeling project which leaves skin soft and my mind relaxed.
Packaged in a generous pump-top bottle, on a day to day basis, I’ve been keeping it in the shower for luxe morning showers. Pink Himalayan Salt is thought to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it leaves skin feeling super fresh, and I’m obsessed with the spa-like scent which mixes lavender, bergamot and clary sage. In the evening, I love using a couple of pumps for a perfect bubble bath. The formula foams up like a dream, and I feel like the salt is great for soothing aching muscles. It feels like spa treatment, and it’s such a great end to an evening.
Jason Himalayan Pink Salt 2 in 1 Bath Soak & Body Wash is priced at £11.99 and is available here.
I think it’s a bit of an understatement to say that we’re all in need of a little treat. I mean, the past 18 months has been absolutely nightmarish for everyone, and now that the world is beginning to open back up, it’s been such a joy to get back out and about, and just feel a little bit normal. Never will I ever take meeting friends for drinks or heading out for dinner for granted ever again. Whilst we’re definitely heading in the right direction (fingers crossed), we’re not out the woods, and like most people, my stress levels have been pretty high recently – so when Edinburgh’s favourite independent tea retailer, Eteaket, sent over the loveliest box of goodies, I was giddy.
Tucked in the gift box were two tubes of rather special tea, alongside a stunning pink infuser mug. As someone who works from home, and has to have a cup of something on the go at all times, it was truly the loveliest surprise. What I love about Eteaket is the extra mile they go in making their tea truly something special, and their limited edition Chinese Tea Hearts are an absolute must have. Black Chinese Tea Leaves have been pressed into ‘tea hearts’ which are perfect for pairing with the infuser mug – just add one to the basket, pour over hot water, and voila – a perfect any time drink. Like all of their teas, the hearts are completely plastic free, and you can choose to try them individually, or in packs of 24.
The second tube contained a new-to-me variety of tea – Pu’erh Mini Too Cha Tea Cakes. Each individually packaged tea cake just needs to be unwrapped, and then used in one of Eteaket’s infuser mugs or teapots. Traditionally, the tea has been much sought after – it’s fermented and aged (much like a good wine or whisky) and the leaves are believed to aid digestion. Even after steeping for three or so minutes, the leaves can be used three or four more times, so the tea cakes are a perfect accompaniment to a busy afternoon. I’ve absolutely fallen for the tea’s earthy flavour, and the whole ritual is such a treat to enjoy.
To find out more about Eteaket, or purchase your own infuser mugs and tea cakes online, Eteaket’s website is available here.
Over the past few months I’d been quite good at keeping my beauty spending to a minimum. With lockdown in full force, it felt a little pointless buying new lipglosses and creams which I could only wear heading out to the supermarket, but in the last couple of weeks, I feel like I’ve treated myself quite a bit more than usual. I’m not feeling too guilty about it though, because I’ve found some new absolute gems, one of which is the Glossier Hand Cream.
This had been on my Wishlist, pretty much since it launched, but up until last month I hadn’t had my nails done since before Christmas, and I was working my way through my tubes and tubs of body and hand balms. So, when Glossier launched their summer sale, I snaffled all the bits I’d been lusting over since pre-Covid. Coming packaged in a seriously pleasing snappy and squeezy tube, the Hand Cream is pretty much a dream. Rich and hydrating without feeling sticky or too much, it hydrates hands without leaving them feeling greasy, and the smell is incredible. It’s equal parts laundry detergent and summer holidays. Despite not enjoying the Glossier perfume, which it’s supposedly based on, I’m obsessed with the scent of the cream. It’s also significantly helped me soften and smooth my hands, which were looking and feeling rough after 6 months mani-free.
Glossie Hand Cream is priced at £16 and is available here.
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When it comes to can’t miss routines, my evening cleanse is truly number one. I can’t even think about heading to bed with a dirty face, and I love the feeling of getting every scrap of makeup off before toning, moisturising then heading for bed. One of my must-have products to keep my skin happy is a gentle foaming cleanser, and usually I’d just use a normal clean facial flannel wash everything off.
So Eco sent over a 5 pack of their Gentle Facial Buffers, and honestly, it’s been such an upgrade! Made of natural, organic cotton, the pads are double sided, with one side textured, and the other soft. Gentle enough for daily use, I grab a clean one each evening, using the exfoliating side to really work the foaming cleaners into skin, and the soft side to make sure that there’s not a scrap of makeup left over. The result is skin which is thoroughly cleansed and gently exfoliated. Using the pad turns every cleanse into a mini facial, and they are such an effortless way to keep your skin healthy. They’re even amazing at removing clay-based face masks for that real spa effect!
A set of 5 So Eco Gentle Facial Buffers are priced at £12 and are available here