When I was younger I firmly believed that pimples were teenage concerns and that once I hit my twenties I would be blemish-free. Consider me a naive idealist. The hormonal changes synonymous with pregnancy and breastfeeding have caused me relatively mild skin issues for the past few years (stress and a daily sugar hit doesn't help, either) so when Poet was a toddler I started searching for skin care that would clean, nurture and rejuvenate my skin.
For the record, my skin tends to be dry and sensitive so I'm always looking for a soothing cleanser and replenishing moisturiser. I've always searched out products free of nasties and those made with natural, quality ingredients. And, where possible, I've found it most beneficial to go to the store or chat to the creator of the products I'm considering purchasing - I find it most reassuring to shop this way.
Consider these products tried and tested (and highly recommended).
Lhami* : I don't think natural beauty products should cost a fortune so it comes as no surprise that I discovered Lhami when my budget was tight. Made locally by a radiant woman named Natalie, every single product in the range is created by hand in her home studio from certified organic ingredients. Natalie introduced me to oils when I was looking for a luxurious cream moisturiser...I have never turned back.
Aesop : as I've become more frugal I tend to ask for Aesop products for my birthday as opposed to purchasing them for myself (it's a hard to justify luxury more often than not). That said, I adore the entire range. It smells sublime and works a treat. My favourite products?
Subtle Energies : I first discovered this ayuervedic brand last year and I must say, I'm besotted with the facial blend. Whilst I use it a few times a week as a nightly moisturiser, I use it every day as a perfume to soothe and relax.