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Working from home can be a bit of a challenge. I’m sure many of you would agree with that.
Look, I’m not against waking up at 12 PM and starting work at 1 PM in a comfortable bathrobe (totally not guilty of this 🤭). But sometimes, you just need to look more put together. Especially during those dreadful Zoom calls where you can’t pretend that your camera has broken for the 50th time.
Because I've been working from home since last year (although it feels like it’s been a lifetime), I’ve come up with a simple beauty routine to look more presentable on camera. And since so many of you are also currently WFH, I thought you might appreciate this.
So here’s my 3-step beauty routine to get Zoom-ready skin in under 5 minutes:
Step 1: Double cleanse (2 minutes)
I’ve always said this, and I’m gonna say it again: Cleansing 👏 is 👏 the foundation 👏 of 👏 a 👏 good 👏 skincare routine. Excuse the hand clapping, but I really want to drive home the importance of a good cleansing routine.
After a long, hard day, your pores accumulate dirt, sweat, oil, dead skin cells, and sometimes even makeup. Improperly cleansing your skin is a recipe for disaster. Think acne and dull-looking skin.
This is why I’m such a huge advocate for the double cleanse method. Here’s how it works.
For the first step, cleanse your skin with an oil cleanser, a balm cleanser, or a milk cleanser to gently break down all the makeup, dirt, sweat, and oil on your skin. We recommend our gentle, yet effective Aloe Milk Cleanser, which contains a melange of aloe vera, black tea and niacinamide (vitamin B3) to soothe your skin.
For the next step, use another cleanser of your choice to wash away any remaining impurities. A foaming cleanser like our Face Foam is a great option, as it’s made with a synergistic blend of natural BHA, bamboo extract and azelaic acid to even and brighten your complexion and strengthen your skin.
We’ve written extensively about double cleansing here. This method is an effective way to turn your skin into a clean canvas and prep it for the products you plan on applying to your skin next. Give it a try. Your skin will thank you!
Step 2: Make a skin smoothie (30 seconds)
Layering skincare products? That’s so 2000-and-late. We don’t do that here.
Instead, I’m all about listening to my skin’s daily needs and mixing and matching products to tailor to those needs. The result? The perfect skin smoothie that your skin will love, every time.
I mean, think about it.
We don’t always have 30 - 60 seconds to wait for a product to absorb into our skin. Especially if your skincare routine consists of multiple serums and creams. Waiting around is just time-consuming and tedious. And when you’re scrambling to get ready for that last-minute Zoom meeting? Good luck...
Skin smoothies help you to get the benefits of multiple products that are tailored to your skin's needs all at once. It saves you time, while still allowing you to practice self-care.
So how do you make one? 🧐
Well, it totally depends on you and your skin. For inspiration, please refer to our page on skin smoothies.
If you’re an all-or-nothing kinda gal like me, then you should definitely give the Hydration Explosion Skin Smoothie recipe a try. You’ll need 3 drops of Fullmoon Serum, 3 drops of Superfood Serum, 1 pump of Phyto Clear cream, 1 pump of Berry Rich cream, and 1 spritz of Face Food toner mist.
Dispense these products into the palm of your hand and mix evenly. Then apply the ‘smoothie’ all over your face and neck using the effleurage technique for glowing skin. It’s that simple!
Warning: You might be tempted to drink it up, but please don’t. It smells THAT good.
Step 3: Prime (1 minute)
No, not Amazon Prime!
I’m talking about priming your face to even out your complexion and cover up any blemishes you may have. This is the final step of this routine, so let’s go out with a bang!
Face Glow. It's a holy grail product for many people. Hey, there’s a reason why it won the 2020 Eco Excellence Award for ‘Best Skincare For Her’. 🥰
So what is it and how does it work?
Well, have you ever searched for “natural makeup tutorials” on Youtube and every single video lists about 20 products?
That won’t be necessary with Face Glow, baby!
This product has helped me look put together during some pretty difficult times. It’s a lightweight tinted primer that gives your skin a perfectly healthy and luminous look. Plus, it’s jam-packed with superfood ingredients, such as aloe vera and sea buckthorn seed oil, which are super beneficial to your skin. It’s a true multitasker that suits many skin tones. The perfect “no-makeup” makeup look? Check.
Apply this onto your face after your ‘skin smoothie’ and you’ll be ready to tackle the world!
And there you have it! I know that working from home can come with many challenges. But you know what shouldn’t be hard? Taking care of your skin and getting it ready for your Zoom meetings. Give this routine a try and watch your co-workers beg for your beauty secrets 😉
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