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How to strip it back to basics when your skin is freaking out

Welcome to resetting your skin 101. If you think (or you really know) you've overdone it with your skincare, then you're in the right place. 

What do we mean by overdoing it? 

If your skin has become very irritated out of nowhere, you probably have sensitised skin. Sensitised skin refers to skin that has become irritated and inflamed as a result of skin barrier damage. This often occurs from over exfoliation, being OTT with your routine and using actives that are not appropriate for your concerns. This can not only lead to irritation, but flare ups and breakouts too. 

If this sounds familiar, then go on a skincare detox for 1-2 weeks. Cut back your routine to cleansers, a moisturiser and a SPF. Slowly begin to reintroduce actives into your routine one at a time and avoid using/overusing the products that put you into that position.

Cleanse (twice)

Effectively removing makeup and cleansing pores is the first step to resetting breakout-prone skin.

Step 1: Use Swipe Clean, our oil cleanser to dissolve your makeup. It's made without essential oils, so won't irritate your skin and is great for removing eye makeup too. 

Step 2: For clearer skin, cleanse deep into pores with the help of salicylic acid in Crystal Clear. Our gel cleanser also contains inulin, a prebiotic included to look after the skin's microbiome after cleansing, preventing dryness and breakouts. 

Pick a moisturiser

Choose a targeted facial oil or moisturiser to help rebuild your skin barrier whilst meeting your skin needs.

  • For an intense hit of moisture, use Strawberry Booster in the AM for soft skin. It's rich in ellagic acid and incredibly nourishing. Apply directly to skin or add a few drops into your moisturiser for a dewy boost. 
  • Use Bakuchiol Booster in the PM for smoother, bouncier, glowier skin. It's a natural and vegan alternative to retinol (vitamin A) that helps boost collagen, improve skin texture and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Apply Supercharge Serum to even skin tone, scarring and hyperpigmentation. Lemongrass, geranium and jasmine help to increase skin cell turnover, shedding old skin and bringing your newest, freshest skin to the top. It gives skin a beautiful natural glow and works perfectly under makeup. 


Use SPF daily to protect skin from sun damage and help prevent premature ageing.

Applying an SPF such as Day Defence every morning, is key to healthy, balanced skin. It's a light, non-greasy moisturiser made with aloe, buriti and shea butter that protects skin from environmental stressors while hydrating the skin. 

UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin damage, Day Defence provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, helping prevent premature ageing and burning. If out in direct sunlight, reapply every two hours for full SPF 30 protection. 


Written by Hannah, Assistant Communications Manager

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