LAYERING. You know, that Japanese skin care routine that is pretty much worldwide well known? I LOVE IT!
All started about 2 years ago back in Byron Bay. I saw my friend using oil to remove her make-up. My face said something like: “What the heck are you doing?!”. A few seconds after she massaged her face, she looked like a panda 🐼 and simply said to me: “Best make-up remover. Try it!”.
And I did. And I never stopped. That was my introduction to layering and this is how it became my own new beauty routine.
Beyond the fact it is a great skin routine, it’s also a moment for myself. It takes 5-10 minutes, and these 5-10 minutes are just for myself, a moment where I can relax my face and gently look after myself.
The layering beauty routine comes from Japan indeed and consists in 7 different steps, but I only do 4 because my 4th layer combines serum, eyes cream and face moisturiser. Depending on your skin type and needs, you would probably select different products, but here is my version of layering at night.
1. I REMOVE MY MAKE-UP 💄
With a few drops of macadamia oil, I gently massage my eyes and face. And yes, I do look like that me too: 🐼
I LOVE raw and natural products, so I simply use pure oil and I don’t believe that a luxury brand or a skin care brand selling oils would be any better. Oil is just oil, right?
However, I would make sure I choose it organic, virgin and cold pressed. Any oil would do, and if you would like to try oil as a make-up remover for the very first time, just grab some olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil from your kitchen, and see how you like it. The quality of oil matters way more than the brand itself, to be honest.
Then if you adopt vegetal oil for your make-up remover, choose it depending on your skin type. Here is a little selection:
🌿 Dry skin: Sweet Almond, Argan, Avocado, Macadamia, Jojoba
🌿 Sensitive skin: Jojoba, Sweet Almond
🌿 Mature skin: Argan, Avocado, Macadamia, Jojoba
🌿 Combination skin: Jojoba, Hazelnut
🌿 Oily skin: Jojoba, Hazelnut, Sesame
2. I CLEANSE MY FACE 🛀
Bye bye panda! I cleanse my face with Aleppo soap and a Konjac sponge.
I like the Konjac sponge because… oh hang on, it’s actually also from Japan! I like it because it is 100% natural, it’s got a soft texture which doesn’t scratch my skin while washing away oil and dirt from my face. Gentle washing, yay!
I used to buy my Konjac sponge at Sephora, I also got one directly from Japan (thanks to my friends!) and I bought the current one at my local organic shop Prahran Health Foods. I change it every 2-3 months.
3. I SPRAY MY FACE 💦
…with a floral water. At the moment, I use the organic orange flower water from Aroma Zone and it smells deliciously good. If you do not have any floral water on hand, you can easily opt for a home-made and inexpensive toner.
Tested and approved (…by me 😇), I’m happy to share with you two awesome home-made and more-than-affordable alternatives:
Option 1 🍵
Use cold green tea that you’ll keep in the fridge. Green tea is a wonderful source of antioxydants, it is energising, refreshing and soothing.
Simply brew your green tea (choose it organic preferably) and let it cool. Then, pour it down into a spray bottle. Feel free to mix it up with a few drops of essential oils* (lavender, eucalyptus, tea-tree…) if you’d like to make it even more suitable to your skin type.
Option 2 🍏
A fair mix of filtered water and Apple Cider Vinegar also makes a fantastic and affordable facial toner. Apple Cider Vinegar, yes! I know, it sounds strange, but ACV is actually a great antiseptic/antibacterial product, deals very well with skin issues like acne, clogged pores or acne scars, helps remove excess oils and balances the natural pH of the skin. I personally use the Apple Cider Vinegar from BRAGG that I also got at the Prahran Health Foods shop.
Here is the product description I found on the Internet, it couldn’t be better summarised!
Certified Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity. It contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like chains of connected protein molecules.
Rich in enzymes & potassium
Support a healthy immune syste
Helps control weight
Promotes digestion & ph Balance
Helps soothe dry throats
Helps remove body sludge toxins
Helps maintain healthy skin
Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
Soothes irritated skin
Relieves muscle pain from exercise
4. I MOISTURISE MY FACE 🍑
But not with a classic/mainstream moisturiser. First I gently apply Aloe Vera around my eyes and then all over my face and in the neck.
When it is well absorbed (it’s quick, less than 30 seconds), then I apply a small (SMALL) amount of Jojoba oil, or Carrot oil, or Argan oil… depending on the mood I am in!
Also sometimes, I do add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil* (tea tree or lavender) if I feel like my skin needs it.
And that’s it! It may look like a loooong and annoying process but I am telling you, it is not at all! Let’s put it this way: this is a 5-10 minute sweet and relaxing moment you spend with yourself, for yourself. Plus, you do feed your skin with natural and nourishing ingredients, and results are even better than if you use mainstream skin care products that are full of nasties.
Are we really okay to put on our face & body products that contain many toxic ingredients which we can’t even pronounce or spell? I know how labels can be hard to read, so if you’re curious about it… here is a list of the 20 chemicals to avoid.
Enjoy ✌️ xx
*Disclaimer: essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy and placed away from children.