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The skin is a complex organ, with multiple layers. The outermost layer is the epidermis, consisting of sensitive layers, which go through sun damage, weather and the aging process. The layer beneath is the dermis, which contains sweat glands and hair follicles.
Even though we all have the same biology, our skin can be very different so use what works for you. I have combination (mainly dry), sensitive skin with some rosacea and live in the city; below are some vegan and cruelty-free skincare suggestions and tips to help save you money.
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Cleaning your face is exceptionally important, especially for those that live in the city (pollution clogs pore) or wear makeup. It’s suggested that cleaning your face twice a day, morning and evening can make a significant difference to your skin. Select a cleanser or makeup remover that’s suited to your skin type, for example, sensitive skin should not contain any alcohol, and oily skin would be better suited to acidic cleansers. Invest in a face cloth, ditch the horrible face wipes and get into a routine.
Cheap tip – Coconut oil (not suggested for oily skin) is also a great eye make-up remover.
Aesop, Remove $25.00
Australia’s plant-based brand, established in 1987 in Melbourne, produces cruelty-free and high-quality products that are plant-based. The Remove product is decently priced and long lasting, containing hydrating Tocopherol, and soothing Blue Chamomile.
Grown Alchemist, Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser $49.00
I have dry and sensitive skin, so this cleanser is perfect for me to remove makeup and cleanse. This cleanser contains Olive Leaf Extract, Vitamin B and Zinc to soothe and hydrate. Grown Alchemist is an Australian brand focusing on scientifically innovative formulas using natural ingredients.
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To deep clean the face, exfoliating is essential to remove old skin and blocked pores, leaving skin fresh and bright. Skin exfoliating should only be done around once a week to avoid stripping it of natural oils. For the body, exfoliating should be carried out with a body brush, which is suggested to get the blood flowing and help budge cellulite.
Cheap tip – A natural scrub can be made from coconut oil (or olive oil) and dried out coffee grounds mixed together.
Aesop, Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste $55.00
Full disclosure, I actually can’t afford Aesop products but this one is well worth the money. This creamy cleanser has fine Quartz and Lactic Acid, which makes skin feel polished and bright.