Here at Evolve, we believe in the power of a good skincare ritual. Not only should it combine complementary products and ingredients, but a good ritual should be capable of creating an oasis of calm in our otherwise hectic lives. Afterwards, both your body and mind should be soothed and happy - and because we tend to focus our skincare moments in the morning and night, a good ritual is a lovely way to set you up for a delightful day and a restful night's sleep. Not sure where to start? We've put together an easy skincare ritual for normal to dry skin types below.
Every skincare ritual should start with a good evening cleanse. We’re big proponents of the double cleanse - especially if you wear facial makeup and/or SPF daily. You can use an oil-based cleanser, like our Gentle Cleansing Melt. This will lift away any lingering makeup or surface pollutants, and leave your skin prepped and ready for the second round!
Then, onto the real wash. If your skin is on the drier side, feel free to use another (or the same) oil-based cleanser - there’s no rule that says you have to switch it up for best results! Our Gentle Cleansing Melt contains Baobab Oil, which boosts skin’s levels of calcium, vitamins A and C, and protein. All of these make for elasticated, bouncy skin, whose skin cells are rejuvenated and healed. It’s essential to cleanse your skin in the evenings, especially if you live in a city: external pollutants can wreak havoc on our delicate skin! By removing any hazardous elements, we allow our skin to rest overnight, which is when our bodies do most of their healing, and absorb the full benefit of any products we put on top.
If you’re after some gentle exfoliation, now’s the time to chuck on a face mask. Both our Radiant Glow Mask and our Miracle Mask take just a few minutes to work their magic, and leave skin healthy and smooth. It’s best to use one of these masks a couple of times a week, so as not to strip skin - even the gentlest exfoliants can be overused! We recommend the chocolatey Radiant Glow Mask if you’re after a proper scrub, and Miracle if you’re more into chemical exfoliants.
Once you’ve washed off your mask, or if you’re not using one, pat your face dry and reach for a serum. Serums are potent blends of active ingredients that can help your skin reach its full potential, and the best bit is that you can choose one for your specific needs! For skin on the drier side, we’d recommend either our Hyaluronic Serum 200, which gives skin an extra hydrating boost, or our Superfood 360 Natural Face Serum. This one is designed around our Age Smarter 360 concept, which aims to support skin at every stage of life. The Superfood Serum targets fine lines and wrinkles while reinforcing the skin barrier to trap moisture in the skin.
The serum should sink into your well-prepped skin easily, so after a couple of seconds it’s time to go in with a moisturiser. Even oilier skin types need moisturiser to keep hydration levels in balance, so for drier skin it’s a must-have! Again you have a choice here: our Daily Renew Natural Face Cream works to hydrate and soothe, while our Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream is created along the same lines as the Superfood Serum, and is designed with ageing in mind.
Final steps before you can go to bed now! We recommend smoothing on an eye cream - our Hyaluronic Eye Complex comes with a cooling roller tip to massage the delicate under eye area as you apply. Dry skin can be especially prominent under the eyes, and this targeted approach means you’ll be left looking wide awake! Finally, if your skin still needs some comfort, we recommend finishing off with our gorgeous Miracle Facial Oil. You can mix a couple of drops into your moisturiser or add them on top if you want an extra hydration boost. The oil will seal in all the beneficial ingredients, letting them get to work while you sleep!
That was just the evening - though we promise our go-to morning ritual is a bit simpler! Simply cleanse with your choice of face wash - the Baobab Oil in our Gentle Cleansing Melt that was so beneficial before bed is equally useful here: the antioxidants protect skin from free radical damage, which sets you up nicely for the day. Then, just pat on some serum if you need it, some moisturiser, something containing SPF - we like our reef-friendly Climate Veil SPF 20 - and maybe finish off with a spritz of our Daily Defence Moisture Mist, which hydrates and purifies whilst protecting the skin from pollution. Talk about a hard worker!
Remember: you know your skin best and while we do love trying out new products, it's perfectly reasonable to stick with what you know as well. For example, if you know that your skin is generally hydrated enough with just a moisturiser, but on windier days could do with some topping up, try adding in a couple of drops of Miracle Facial Oil, or swap your normal cleanser for a more hydrating one on those days. There are no rules that say your ritual has to be rigid! Why not use this as a base, and get experimenting!