Discover the best skincare for your unique complexion concerns…
It’s 2021 and beauty is bigger than ever before. When we’re not masking between meetings or sipping on our daily dose of beauty tea, many of us are likely reading about the benefits of bakuchiol or researching how to best use our new Gua Sha.
But with so many breakthrough formulas and innovative ingredients making headlines, it can be hard to identify which products are worth considering—and which should be left on the shelf.
So, before you go slathering your face in layers of lotion or jumping on the latest trend, you need to identify your skin type—because when it comes to getting that coveted glow, knowing which products work best for your complexion makes all the difference.
And don’t forget, while your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive) is partly determined by genetic factors, you can experience different skin conditions—such as dehydration, acne and ageing—throughout your life. For this reason, it’s worth investing in a few versatile formulas, like our Boosters, that you can mix and match depending on your current concerns.
Skincare for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin
While the terms “dry” and “dehydrated” are often used interchangeably, they represent two very different things. When your skin is dehydrated, this simply means that the top layer of your epidermis is lacking water. Dry skin, however, produces less sebum, the “oily” substance that forms a part of your skin’s natural barrier protection. Think of sebum like your own built-in moisturiser, a lipid-loaded substance that protects against environmental aggressors as well as moisture loss.
If you’ve got dry skin, it’s likely to feel tight—and in extreme cases, you might also experience irritation or flakiness. If you're dealing with dehydration, you’ll notice that your skin looks scaly, lacklustre or dull. What’s more, fine lines will be more pronounced, especially around the eyes.
Despite what conventional skin wisdom would suggest, a thick layer of moisturiser isn’t nearly enough to combat dryness or dehydration. In fact, dry skin is likely to drink in moisture in mere minutes—and still be left wanting! To effectively combat dryness, you need to target the skin at a cellular level. This means opting for nourishing formulas that draw much needed moisture into the deeper layers of the skin. Infallible ingredients like hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance that binds to the water in your cells to retain moisture) and essential fatty acids (the moisturising fats that are naturally present in your sebum) are must-haves.
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To create the perfect daily skincare ritual for dry or dehydrated skin, start with a double cleanse using our Marula Oil Cleanser followed by the Hydra-Calm Cream Cleanser. Gentle yet effective, this powerful duo helps to keep the lipid barrier intact while still removing makeup, impurities and dead skin cells.
Next, apply our Hyaluronic Hydra-Max Serum to deliver deep hydration and boost plumpness. Holding 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is a formidable match for dryness and has been shown to improve elasticity and minimise wrinkle depth.
After that, massage in our Omega 3,6,7 & 9 Antioxidant Oil to help repair the lipid barrier. And finally, lock in moisture using our antioxidant-rich Hyaluronic Moisture Cream. For an added boost, spritz your skin with our Rose Hydrating Mist throughout the day, especially if you work in a dry or air-conditioned environment. This multi-tasking mist can also be used as a toner after cleansing to prep the skin for optimum absorption!
At night, sub in our Omega-3 Advanced Night Cream which contains essential fatty acids, like chia seed oil, to restore moisture throughout the night while preventing trans-epidermal moisture loss (TWEL).
Skincare for oily, acneic or combination skin
People with oily or combination skin generally have overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess oil. And, while everyone’s skin requires a certain level of lubrication, an overabundance of sebum can lead to breakouts, blackheads and other imperfections.
If your face becomes “greasy” quite early on in the day, or you have visibly larger pores around your nose, chin and forehead, this is a good indicator that your skin sits on the oily side of the spectrum.
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Balancing oil production is top priority for those with oily, acneic or combination skin—but this doesn’t mean you need to avoid oil-based products altogether. Kickstart your daily skincare routine with a nourishing double cleanse using our Marula Oil Cleanser (yes, really!) followed by our Sweet Orange Balancing Cleanser. Oil cleansers help to melt makeup and clear away impurities without damaging the skin’s delicate barrier, making them an excellent choice for all skin types—including those who struggle with oiliness. After that, enjoy a generous spritz of our Probiotic Toner to help balance your skin’s microbiome and stimulate cell turnover.
Next up? The MVP of your skincare routine: a pump of our mattifying Skin Balancing Fluid to help reduce shine while boosting suppleness. And finally, set your skin up for success with our radiance-boosting Rumex Day Cream, which absorbs quickly into the skin for a shine-free face all day long.
If you're ready to supercharge your skincare routine for unparalleled results, a Booster is a must. Before patting in your serum, apply our Bakuchiol 4% Natural Retinol Alternative to fight inflammation and deliver a powerful dose of skin-brightening antioxidants.
Skincare for ageing skin
Ageing is a natural process that will run its course no matter how diligently we stick to our daily skincare routine. Premature ageing, however, is prompted by extrinsic factors like sun exposure, poor diet, smoking, poor sleep habits and chronic stress.
Much like the “normal” ageing process, premature ageing manifests in the form of wrinkles, sun spots, thinning skin and loss of structure, however, these signs and symptoms generally manifest earlier than expected.
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The ultimate skincare regimen for ageing skin is one that minimises existing signs and symptoms while also preventing their appearance in the future. For this reason, consistency is key!
As always, your routine should start with a double cleanse to remove all traces of dirt, sweat and grime. Start with our Marula Oil Cleanser and select your second formula based on whether you want to balance oil production or calm your complexion and lock in more moisture.
After that, it’s time to fight fine lines and protect the delicate skin of the eye area! Packed with powerful bio-active ingredients like paracress extract to target loss of firmness and Chlorella Vulgaris extract to stimulate collagen production, our Firming Eye Lotion helps to lift and lighten the area around your eyes, naturally.
To help improve overall skin structure and promote cellular turnover, look to your new BFF: Bakuchiol 4% Natural Retinol Alternative, arguably the most important weapon in your anti-ageing arsenal. Next, it’s time to pump up your skin with our Plumping Serum, which contains the wrinkle-defying seaweed extract known as fucoidan.
Finally, it’s time to lock in moisture and give your skin a drink with our Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. A highly concentrated moisturiser designed specifically for ageing skin, this lush cream harnesses the power of Australian native ingredients like amla berry and caviar lime to fight free radical damage.
A final word
It’s only natural that your skin concerns will shift and change over time. Regardless of whether you want to boost brightness, calm inflammation or fight fine lines, achieving a natural glow is all about knowing which products are going to work best for your unique complexion goals at any given moment. All skin types will also benefit from regular exfoliation (2–3 times a week) and mask application (at least once a week), so don’t shy away from exploring these more targeted treatments as they each help to purify the skin and allow our potent bio-actives to do their best work.
Remember to revisit your routine every few months, too, and keep our multi-tasking Boosters on rotation in your bathroom cabinet. Designed to be combined, these powerful plant-based formulas can be mixed and matched to combat multiple skin concerns at once—which means you can be guaranteed to experience your best skin yet!