We all know the basics of looking after our skin. Cleanse, tone, moisturise and exfoliate once a week. However to achieve the glowing, healthy complexion we all crave, there are a few extra steps worth taking each day. Whether it’s dry body brushing before a shower or incorporating probiotics into your diet, these simple skincare rituals are perfect for modern mamas on the go.
Are you getting enough probiotics?
It’s often said that good skin starts in the gut. If your digestive system isn’t working well, it will show in the clarity of your skin. Including more prebiotics and probiotics into your diet can make a huge difference in how you feel and look. Think less bloating and feeling sluggish and clearer, brighter skin. To up your nutrient intake, why not also consider fermented foods which are rich in antioxidants to detoxify your skin? The fermentation process increases the bioavailability of each ingredient in the food you eat, allowing your body to absorb the nutrients at a deeper level. Kimchi’s not your cup of tea? Try sipping on kombucha or switching up your bread to a good quality sourdough. The fermentation process it undergoes lowers the gluten content dramatically. Better for your gut and better for your skin!
Give yourself an at home facial
While facials are a luxurious way to improve the quality of your skin, they can be seriously time consuming. So whenever your bubs are sleeping and you get a moment to yourself, try these relaxing skincare rituals.
Start by steaming your face to open up the pores and prep the skin. If you don’t have a facial steamer at home (and let’s face it, unless you’re Gwyneth, who does?) , you can replicate this by filling up a bowl of hot water (not boiling) and steaming your face with a towel over your head. Make sure to check steam first with your hand before your face!
If your skin is still feeling congested after cleansing (this often happens when the weather changes!), then we recommend reaching for a detoxifying mask treatment once or twice a week. Filled with dead sea mineral mud, Australian green clay and hydrating oils, The 4am Set. is ideal. Formulated for those who’ve had a few too many early mornings… or late nights! It’s our secret to achieving a more refreshed complexion.
Once you’ve moisturised your skin, take a few minutes for a relaxing facial massage. Whether you use a facial roller or your fingers, massaging your face in an upwards and outwards motion promotes circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system.
Don’t forget about your body
We can spend so much time treating the skin on our face, that we forget our body needs just as much love!
To boost circulation, stimulate the lymph nodes and reduce the appearance of cellulite, there’s nothing better than dry body brushing. This ritual is best practiced before hopping into the shower as it works to sweep away dead skin cells, detoxify the body and even improve digestion. All you need to do is gently brush your skin in circular motions starting at the feet and working towards the heart. After showering, finish off with some Motherlover body oil for silky smooth and nourished skin.