A zero-waste, winter skincare routine with Lush.
Every minute, the equivalent of one rubbish truck full of plastic is leaked into Our oceans, what’s more, it’s estimated that if we don’t change the way we use plastic, this could increase four times by 2050. To hit closer to home, Cape Town produces more than 6000 tons of waste every day and that’s 2.3 million tons per year.
By now, ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ and ‘microplastics’ have become household terms and everyone’s seen the videos of albatross parents feeding their chicks plastic, or the sea turtle with a straw up its nostril. The numbers, videos and National Geographic covers can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re already working hard on ditching single-use plastics like straws, cutlery or take-away cups, and now you’re unsure as to how you can reduce your plastic-use even more.
The skincare collection currently features facial oils, cleansing balms, and cleansing wipes, all brimming with beautiful natural ingredients, but none of the excessive packaging that so often comes with the usual “cleanse, tone, moisturize” routine.
And just in case you're a bit unsure as to where to start, I'm here to help you out by sharing what's been working for me, and how.
*A note that during the winter my skin tends to be very dry and dull. Overall I have a combination skin type with a more oily t-zone.
Step 1: Wash / Cleanse
How to use the Naked Cleansing Balms?
Simply splash your face with warm water (although you don’t need to wet your face at all, as the bars attract and pull dirt from the skin) and rub/massage these completely vegan bars all over your face, then remove with a damp face cloth or rinse it off with water.
I alternate between these two, starting off with the Tea Totaler Naked Cleanser (white one- R89).
A mix of herbal essential oils such as anti-inflammatory rosemary, antiseptic sage, and antibacterial tea tree. Leaving my skin feeling not only squeaky clean but soft and smooth too, it's so nice to have finally found a wash that doesn't leave my skin feeling dry afterward.
As an exfoliator, to scrub away the dead skin cells that come with dehydrating winter months, I use the Gritty Politti Naked Cleanser (in grey, R89) 2 or 3 times a week.
This scrubby cleanser made with extra virgin coconut oil and ground coconut shell (the black bits you’ll see inside) is a great scrub to make sure the skin stays soft and supple and I've found it helps with the winter dullness.
Another option to be used as a cleanser and I like to use this one as a make-up remover, but if you've got super dry skin this could be used as your everyday cleanser as well.
Completely vegan, Like A Virgin is made using plant waxes instead of beeswax. It is 50% extra virgin olive oil (which is traditionally used in southern Europe to cleanse the face), jojoba oil and a mix of three vegan waxes. A dash of antibacterial lemon myrtle oil also helps to brighten the skin.
Step 2: Tone
Generally, I love using the toner tabs, granted they can take a bit of extra time so probably not the best if you only have 10 minutes for your morning skincare routine. My favourites include the Tea Tree Toner and Dream Steamer (right).
How to use them?
Drop your toner tab into a medium-sized bowl of very hot water.
Drape a towel over your head and let your face hover over the bowl, allowing the calming, cleansing and soothing essential oils to rise up through the steam and onto your skin.
Once the tab has finished fizzing, remove the towel and gently pat your face dry.
For a quicker rub-and-rinse alternative I use the Light Touch naked facial oil (R185) because it acts as a two-in-one toner & moisturizer. Also a great alternative if you're looking to save some money on your routine because it's perfect to use for both.
After you’ve rinsed off your cleanser, this one is used in the same way by simply gently rubbing it in to apply and no need to wash it off afterward.
Step 3: Moisturize
Naked Facial Oils
They've developed 4 new solid, self-preserving and completely vegan naked facial oils. You can rub the bar directly onto the skin or work in between hands and massage the oil onto the skin for quick hydration. For use after you have cleansed and toned skin.
My absolute favourite intensely-moisturizing one is the Argan Naked Facial Oil (R185). The smell alone would be enough to convince you, but I have to mention how much it brightened my skin too, greatly thanks to the lemon oil they've added in there.
Made with vegan-only ingredients from regenerative sources, including Fair Trade cocoa butter from the peace community in Colombia; shea butter from the Ojoba Women’s Cooperative in Ghana and argan oil produced by a women’s co-operative in Morocco- it’s just another Lush product that ticks all of the boxes for me.
I've been using these products for a while now and can honestly say that I love it enough to never go back to products in packaging. With regards to storage, I've found it works best to just keep them in drained soap dishes or on a rack that allows them to dry after every use.