I washed my face with hand soap will I was 30 and did nothing else to it (eek). My skin routine has come a long way and it’s now a practice I love for the health of my skin, but also for a moment of peace and self care. But, being as careful as I am about what comes into our home and goes in our bodies, it’s overwhelming to find a good skin routine. I want to find truly healthy, ethical, and sustainable skincare that also helps my tired mum skin. If that’s what you want, I’m here to help!
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OK SO WHY EVOLVE BEAUTY?
Skincare can feel like an impossibly big world. A few years back I dug into every skincare and makeup brand in the UK (it took forever) to see which were the best, from performance to sustainability. Evolve came up tops for me on all my values and they’re also pushing to constantly improve which I love seeing. They got B Corp status, widened their range and options for more skin types, pushed to be stringent on formulation safety wise, and moved to extremely sustainable packaging. And something I LOVE: they’ve incorporated regeneratively grown ingredients. This is the next step on from sustainability, actively improving the environment as they produce products. It’s something I love seeing and the ultimate goal in conscious consumerism.
SIMPLIFYING A SUSTAINABLE SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH EVOLVE BEAUTY
As I’ve tried things I’ve used and shown some of the options from Evolve here and there over the last few years. But piecing together a routine scrolling a website can be hard. So here’s an actual look at the real life sustainable skincare routine I’m loving for morning and night. I’m not religious about it; sometimes I use one product, sometimes I take the time for 4 steps. But hopefully this helps!
Remember, all our skin is different. Mine is combo/dry and maturing so this is my top choice for me but there are tons of ways to switch it up. The Evolve site has a really good skin quiz that really personalises your routine. (It chose for me close to exactly what I chose after lots of trying. I was impressed!) But having attending workshops, seen their facialist, and tried everything they make, I’m also happy to give my own personal guess at what might be best for you skin – just email me email@example.com and I’m so happy to help.
MY 2 MINUTE MORNING ROUTINE
STEP 1: WATER TO CLEANSE: There are many benefits to using water in the morning (like less chance of stripping skin, simple, and cheaper) so unless I wake up feeling oily in summer, I just splash my face with water to start the day.
STEP 2: HYALURONIC SERUM. I think this one really brightens and smooths my skin instantly when I put it on so I love it. Hyaluronic acid is also one of the top skincare ingredients I look for – It’s naturally produced in our body and draws in a lot of water when you apply it, helping with hydration and also plumping the area. I use it in lots of different ways. This gel is so hydrating, smoothing, and I really think it makes a visible difference to my skin right when it goes on. Find it HERE (or a smaller ‘travel’ size.)
STEP 3: HYALURONIC EYE ROLLER. This has a little metal roller to apply it and I love that for ease and not pulling at the eye area. It also makes it soothing, cooling, and de-puffing for me. (Especially if my eyes are sleepy.) With the same hyaluronic acid onto the delicate eye area to hydrate and plump. I also love that it’s so easy. (Note: Sometimes I do have to give it a sharp shake before applying so that it rolls.) Find it HERE.
BONUS STEP: CERAMIDES SERUM. This is the blue serum if you’ve seen me use it on instagram! I’m always looking for actives in my skincare to support my skin as it changes with aging. Ceramides are again naturally in our skin and are like the mortar between the bricks of our skin. So they really help with locking hydration in, and keeping the environment out, but they also help our skin repair and protect itself. This isn’t one where I notice immediate difference, but I use them knowing the longer term impact for my skin. Find it HERE (or a smaller travel size.)
STEP 4: 360 PEPTIDE MOISTURIZER + VIT C BIO-RETINOL BOOSTER OIL. Peptides are another great ingredient for supporting aging skin and the extra drops of my favourite booster oil add a little more too. The vitamin C, bio-retinol (bakuchiol) combo is a brilliant one for brightening and renewing skin. So the oil gives extra hydration and glow but also long term benefits for healthy maturing skin and protection from the day.
If I only do one step it’s usually throwing on moisturizer with a few drops booster oil because it’s quick, hydrating, protecting, and it’s got the oomph I want in terms of active ingredients. I can throw it on as I walk out the door for the school run or as I make breakfast!
MY FLEXIBLE EVENING ROUTINE
STEP 1: Regenerative Kalahari Melon Oil Cleanser – this is also my makeup remover step. You put the oil on dry and I use an extra pump if I’m wearing eye makeup. It melts everything and then washes off with water. Note: It has a stronger sweet smell (all natural and/or essential oil derived) but this balm is the alternative non scented cleansing option I’d choose if you prefer unscented. The Kalahari oil is made using regerative ingredients and I love that. It’s a naturally drought resistant crop that can put money back in the economy of areas suffering long term drought. Find the kalahari cleanser HERE (or a travel size)
STEP 4: Lavender Night Cream – I ADORE this. It’s one of my all time Evolve faves. It’s a really deeply hydrating thick night cream. Perfect for my more dry skin. It has that bio-retinol/bakuchiol too, to help brighten skin with skin cell turnover and supporting maturing skin. The bonus is the natural lavender scent that I thought was a bit gimmicky to start with – It’s clinically proven to help you fall asleep more quickly, and enhance sleep quality. But I do LOVE putting it on before bed and the calming effect, so I’ll now say, not gimmicky. It’s a top favourite for me. Find it HERE (or the smaller size.)
If I only do one step: It’s the cleanser if I’m wearing makeup – taking it off is so important so I’m diligent about that. And if I’m not, that lavender night cream!
Every couple of weeks I do something extra when I have a moment (usually while I’m cleaning or working!) These are the extras I love:
AHA MASK. I find chemical exfoliation works wonders for my skin in keeping it bright. When I’ve had dull skin that nothing else will fix, it’s AHAs that have done the trick so I incorporate them 1-2 times a week in some form. Find it HERE or in Travel size
BIO-RETINOL MASK:This is one for extra hydration and aging support. Two things I want for my skin. It’s actually gold when you put it on and feels really luxurious but adds a good dose of hydration and my favourite bakuchiol that supports skin cell turnover – a much safer (but comparable in results) retinol alternative. Find it HERE or the smaller size HERE
GUA SHA: I use the cleansing oil as a multitasker for some gua sha, but you can also use a specifically facial oil or coconut oil is a great cheaper option than a skincare product and works well!
OTHER POSTS YOU MIGHT ENJOY IF YOU LIKE SUSTAINABLE SKINCARE
- Other female founded brands we love and shop (Evolve is one of them!)
- Other B Corporations we love and what they are
- For US/Canadian based readers: My favourite ethical skincare more local to you