The act of self-care and wellbeing has never been more prominent in our minds than right now. This forced down time during self-isolation and lockdown has given us the opportunity to breathe but has also encouraged me to brush up on some beauty rituals that I might otherwise set aside due to the lack of time. Self-care is not only good for optimising skin health, but the uplifting rituals can be just as good for our mental health and inner wellbeing.
There are a lot of practices that I’ve picked up over the years which are really working for me that range from skincare to massage plus I've recently qualified as a beauty therapist, focusing on holistic and facial treatments. I understand just how beneficial a skincare routine is and i encourage you to find a routine and unlock some inner peace as we all try to navigate this new way of living inside. For me, i've established my own daily skincare routine, setting aside 30 minutes each evening for some pamper time, but my ultimate self isolation treat is creating my very own facial at home.
This is where Meadow Skincare comes in. Meadow Skincare is ran by best friends, Kelly and Wendy who combined forces in 2017 and began their journey to create a capsule collection of multi-tasking skincare, which was initially planned for Wendy's pre-natal massage clients. Their best selling product, Hydration Boost Moisturising Balm, started out as a treatment for baby bumps and continues to be a popular multi-tasking product and an important inclusion in their capsule collection.
From their capsule collection, i was kindly gifted their Starter Kit (£35). Included in their Starter Kit is:
15ml Gently Nourishing Cleansing Balm
5ml Hydration Boost Moisturising Balm
5ml Soothe and Calm Face Mask, 5ml Gently Resurfacing Facial Exfoliant
5ml Overnight Replenishing Oil
Bamboo super soft eco-friendly washcloth
Sustainable wooden spoon.
To be honest, prior to becoming a beauty therapist, i would never have even attempting doing my own facial at home. I just wouldn't know where to start but please, don't be put off if you haven't created your own before. They are super easy to do, the benefits are out of this world and you'll feel a sense of calm and relaxation throughout and afterwards.
To start off my facial, i double cleansed my skin using the Gently Nourishing Cleansing Balm. The Cleansing Balm is the first step to clear, clean skin. The cleansing balm gently removes makeup, even all-day wear foundation, and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, never tight or dry. Dirt and pollutants melt away without stripping skin of natural oils. Simply, apply a pearl-size amount of product morning and evening with the wooden spoon provided and massage deeply into your skin and around the eyes with your fingertips for a minute or two to lift grime and make-up. Remove with a hot, damp cloth. Repeat if you like to double-cleanse. Even after this first step, my skin was glowing.
Next up, the Gently Resurfacing Facial Exfoliant. I absolutely love a facial exfoliant and this one did not disappoint. This exfoliating scrub is creamy and smooth, but intensely effective. It removes dull skin for a brighter, hydrated, balanced complexion. It is gentle enough for daily use, even for sensitive skin. It leaves you with smooth, supple skin and smaller pores. The citrus scent livens up your senses, whilst the oat and butter blend calms irritation. Plus, this product multi-tasks as a moisturiser due to its deep hydrating properties. Scoop a small amount into palm using the wooden spoon, add enough water to make a paste, and apply to face in circular motions to exfoliate and hydrate before removing with a hot cloth. Alternatively blend with a small amount of Gently Nourishing Cleansing Balm for a more intense, waterless exfoliation.
As i was treating myself to a facial whilst using the Meadow Skincare Starter Kit, i decided to use the Overnight Replenishing Oil whilst i did my facial massages. Facial massages are super beneficial to the skin and face. They help to tone the facial muscles and relieves tension. It releases toxins, boosts circulation, improves product absorption and, of course, the ultimate goal...relaxation! if you're unsure on how to do facial massages, you can head over to my Instagram page where i have highlighted some facial massages under the highlight "Skincare." Alternatively, Youtube has some amazing videos you can follow. Don't be scared, it's your face. You know it better than anyone, you'll know which areas you want to focus on and the more you do it, the more it will become natural to you.
The Overnight Replenishing Oil miracle worker! The Replenishing Overnight Oil hydrates, tones and smooths skin. Its mix of 13 seed oils means that it’s a natural youth elixir, and the carefully blended concentrated antioxidant formula promotes a natural, rosy glow while helping prevent free radical damage to fight the signs of ageing. Use the pipette to dispense a few drops into the palm of your hand. Warm the oil between your hands and place over the face, pressing the oils into the skin. You can massage any excess into your hands as an added benefit!
Facial massages complete, i moved on to the Calm & Soothe Face Mask. The mask promotes skin healing to banish blemishes and redness and is suitable for all skin types, especially helpful for those with scarring or unbalanced skin. The mask prevents blemishes becoming sore and enlarged, helping skin recover and leaving it plumped and brightened. With its unique blend of oils and clay, it helps to tighten pores and firm skin. It has a soothing formulation that can be left on overnight or dabbed onto a single spot. Apply a thin layer over cleansed skin. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off with a hand-hot washcloth.
Last but, most certainly not least, the best selling Hydration Boost Moisturising Balm which is like a superfood for the skin. The balm is packed with the nutritional goodness that skin needs. Hydrating, soothing, gentle, but effective, it absorbs beautifully into your skin and will never leave you red or blotchy. It works brilliantly as a primer underneath make-up and to seal in moisture for the day. This multi-tasking hero can also moisturise hands, reduce frizz in hair and soothe dry, eczema-prone skin anywhere on the body. Warm a dot of product between the finger tips to warm before pressing into the skin. As with all of their products, this smells amazing and absorbs into your skin beautifully.
Needless to say i am now hooked onto Meadow Skincare products, i love everything they stand for and i love the ingredients they use. Meadow only uses 100% natural ingredients in all its formulations. They only use plant based cold-pressed oils, butters and clays and avoid refined products, artificial chemicals, alcohols and all the other nasties present in many skincare products. They pride themselves on sourcing only the best raw, active ingredients nature has to offer (their lavender oil is sourced in from their local village, freshly harvested and available for them to use immediately, ensuring potency and freshness) and their entire collection is vegan.
Meadow Skincare's aim is to inspire a moment of calm, self-care and great skin for those who can feel their skin needs gentle but effective solutions as their lifestyle and body is changing, either through age, menopause or stress. Through the use of plant-based ingredients Meadow Skincare creates incredible textures, scents and results to lift your spirits and transform your day and night-time skincare routine. A daily ritual that becomes an enjoyable, relaxing treat rather than a chore.
Kelly and Wendy strive to keep their carbon footprint small by making earth-friendly decisions such as using local suppliers where possible and i love how the glass jars the products come in are infinitely recyclable and have set-up a program with Recycled UK Ltd so customers can return their lids to Meadow in a prepaid envelope for recycling.
A self-care evening every now and then can totally reset a difficult week, shake off any weird vibes, or simply restore zapped energy. Having practiced my own self-care routine regularly I can vouch for how wonderful it feels and, boy oh boy, is my skin showing it. I couldn't recommend Meadow Skincare enough, their products are super luxurious and spa like and another big benefit of buying from a company such as Meadow Skincare is knowing about how the company started and supporting a smaller business which i am all about. So, if you are looking for some new skincare which is 100% vegan, cruelty free, sustainably sourced ingredients that makes you feel amazing inside and out then this is the brand for you. Be sure to check out their website over at: www.meadowskincare.co.uk
*Please note: These products were gifted but all views and images are my own.