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My Natural Skincare Routine

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natural skincare products

I thought I’d share my natural skincare routine with you today as I’m always curious what products other people use and swear by. Therefore, I thought you might appreciate a peek into my routine.  

I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to my skin. I don’t wear a lot of makeup or use a lot of beauty products. However, as I get older I’ve started to pay a little bit more attention to it.

Cleansing

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I used to use a variety of products on my face, such as cleaners, toners, and exfoliators. Now for my natural skincare routine, I just use a standard bar of soap and a flannel.  Not only is it budget and environmentally friendly but it’s brilliant on my skin.  

I just wet my face, apply some soap, and then wipe in circular motions with a warm wet flannel. Then I give my face a good rinse.  It cleans and removes makeup without dryness, and gently exfoliates my face without the need for a myriad of products or plastics.  I’m working through an old supply of regular soap but this post outlines some good natural soaps that I plan on trying soon.

Moisturiser

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Day Time

A trap I used to fall into was using a day moisturiser with SPF.  I assumed moisturisers with SPF were good for my skin. However, last year I discovered that many day moisturisers with SPF only offer UVA protection, rather than both full spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  Green People sent me their Green People Day Solution Cream SPF15* (£23.50) to try, which delivers both UVA and UVB protection.

The Day Solution Cream is such a lovely natural moisturiser, that’s paraben-free. It’s also free of other nasties such as petrochemicals, phthalates, and colourants.  It’s light and non-greasy and easy to rub in, so no danger of a white tint to your face or being left with an oily face!  And it’s got such a fresh and pleasant light scent too, so ticks all my natural skincare boxes.  On sunny days when I’m out and about, I’ll top this up every couple of hours.

My only gripe is that I don’t find it moisturises my dry-ish skin quite enough. So, after letting the SPF sink in I use Laidbare Working 9-5 Anti-Ageing Hydration Cream on top for a moisturising and anti-wrinkle boost.

Even though it’s on the very cheap end of the scale as far as anti-aging products go, I don’t think there’s any compromise on quality.  It’s packed full of natural ingredients and doesn’t leave my skin oily or sticky.  It doesn’t have an overpowering smell and leaves my skin soft and moisturised.  I really like this stuff.

Night Time

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Weleda Skin Food £9.95 from Weleda is my go-to for most dry skin issues.  It can be a bit too heavy and oily as a facial moisturiser during the day. However, I find it makes an excellent night cream.  Skin Food does have quite a pungent herbal aroma, which some people love or hate, but I find it quite pleasant.  It moisturises my skin while I sleep, and doubles as a hand cream, elbow cream, foot cream, and everywhere else cream!  I did a full Weleda Skin Food review right back at the start of Moral Fibres. What can I say, I’m a long-time fan of this natural skincare favourite!

Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

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In the summer when I’m out and about I keep a tube of sunscreen in my bag.   Green People sent me their Green People SPF 15 Sunscreen* (£12.99), to try, which I love.  Made with 82.2% certified organically grown ingredients, and free of nasties, Green People is one of my favourite brands of eco-friendly sunscreen.  Unlike traditional types of natural sunscreen, it’s light and non-greasy and doesn’t leave a thick white layer behind on your skin.  SPF15 is fine as long as you reapply every couple of hours, which is what you should be doing, even with higher SPFs.

I also like Jason Sunscreen SPF45* (£12.99 from Look Fantastic). I keep it in my bag for use on the whole family.  It’s paraben-free and SLS-free, and again I find it rubs in really well, without being overly thick or greasy. I’ve written more on eco-friendly sunscreen if you’re looking for more brands.

So, that’s my natural skincare routine.  What about you?  Are there any products you love or swear by?  Or do you make your own natural skincare products? If you’re interested, here are the organic beauty products I’m loving right now too.

* Denotes an affiliate link.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.  Green People also sent me the moisturiser and sunscreen to review – as always you’ve got my honest opinion.

The main image is by the very talented Benjamin Bullins – don’t you just love the idea of recycling an old bike in this manner?  All other images are my own.

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Cycling Tips for Beginners

Looking for cycling tips for beginners? Jo Holtan discusses her journey starting out as a cyclist, and the tips and advice she wished she had been given.

Now that summer is here it’s a great time to dig your bike out of the shed and get out and about on two wheels.  If you’re thinking about starting cycling, then today I’ve got a great guest post from a lady that I really admire – Jo Holtan.  

Edinburgh-based Jo took up cycling just a few years ago and cycles on her trusty secondhand bike.  Jo tells me “I’m not a cyclist.  My cycling kit does not match.  My cycling shoes are a pair of beaten-up New Balances I bought on sale at the Mall of America three years ago.  But I do ride my bike everywhere“. I love this philosophy, I can really relate to it.

Cycling Tips for Beginners

Today Jo shares her cycling tips for beginners:

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Just over two years ago I started cycling and quickly became inspired by how cycling changed the way I felt about the city streets, my legs, and even my style. Here are some things I’ve learned about cycling – my non-trite cycling tips for beginners if you will – that I wish I had been told at the start.

It’s not about skirts, heels or lycra

When I first started cycling, it seemed the only role models were either the cycle-chic women who wore flowing skirts on stylish expensive bikes. That or women who were competitively riding slick expensive bikes.  

While I can be competitive and I often wear skirts, neither felt accessible for the cyclist I wanted to be.  I began to experiment with my everyday style to see how I could put it on two wheels and make it waterproof.  I came to realise that what you wear when you are cycling doesn’t matter.

As long as you are wearing a style that represents you and makes you feel confident on your bike – be it wearing skirts, heels, or lycra – you can cycle in it!

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Cycling is about feeling connected to your journey

There is an amazing intimacy with cycling.  Not only do learn the landscape of the streets, secret shortcuts, and the bends and potholes of your path – but you also connect with people in a way you just wouldn’t on a bus or in a car.  There is an openness that comes. And while sometimes this can mean conflict, the meaningful interactions with strangers at stoplights or while passing just can’t be beaten.

It’s connecting to your strength

Cycling has changed the way I view my body, especially my legs.  The stronger I am, the faster I get to where I am going.  I am more aware of how my diet impacts my commute. And how doing a few sun salutations in the morning makes the cycle into the city centre much easier.

It’s about owning your experience

It’s a fact that there are barriers to cycling.  And while there are a lot of high-level changes that need to be made, there are small innovations that can make a real difference.  

Recently I connected with Sarah from Snook, a service design firm in Glasgow.  Together, we launched Cyclehack. This is a 48-hour event aimed at making cities more cycle-friendly.  With our new member Matt on board, the weekend in June has developed to include designing and prototyping ideas based on barriers to cycling.  Along with our global partners, all our cycle hacks will be uploaded to an Open Source Catalogue to share with the world.

It’s about being afraid

Yes, it’s scary to start cycling. It’s scary to cycle in different cities. To put your bike on a train for the first time, or approach an unfamiliar and large roundabout.  It’s scary to be at a traffic light with other cyclists, especially those that are competitive.  But you always get back on your bike.  You feel more confident in your route.  And then there’s the moment when your legs take you uphill at a decent speed.  Facing your fear and celebrating your successes, no matter how small – that’s what’s cycling is all about. It’s one cycling tip that I really wish I had been told.

Cycling is about the bike

I remember the exact moment when I met my bike and since then we’ve been inseparable.  A used Saracen from the late 80s, she rides like a dream and has become essential to who I am as a cyclist.  I know that some people collect bikes and have ones for all the different cycling experiences. However, I’m happy with just one, at least for now. Therefore, pick a bike that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You just have to want to ride it.


Thanks Jo for these fantastic cycling tips for beginners. Need any more convincing to get on your bike? Try this post on why cycling is good for you!

All photos c/o Jo Holtan.