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Over the years, I’ve frequently been asked to outline my skincare regime; it’s evolved over time, but with a few consistent elements. My programme has been stable for several years, and here it is:

Daily cleansing

I have always had oily skin, so I cleanse at least twice a day; in the morning, in the evening, and after exercise. This means I wash my face three or more times a day more often than not.

I follow our own cleansing programme (which I developed), gently cleansing and exfoliating my face with clean fingers for 60 seconds or more (twice a day) in the warm summer months, and 30 seconds twice a day in the dry winter. When I wash after exercise or after sun, I just give my face a quick once-over to remove the perspiration, sunscreen, etc. I’m currently using our SBT Seabuckthorn Tea Bar Soap, although I also like the berry bar.

Weekly deep cleansing

Once or twice a week, I do a deeper manual exfoliation (more on that below), and follow up with The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil clay masque for combination skin, and I finish off with a homemade toner.

Moisturising

During the summer I moisturise day and night with our Anti-Aging Skin Cream, gently applying a pea-sized portion to damp skin. In the winter, I mix SBT Seabuckthorn Seed Oil with my face cream in a 1-4 ratio, and again apply a pea-sized portion. At night I pat a dab of seed oil around my eyes. I apply our lip balm several times daily.

Controversial deep manual exfoliation?

A few years ago I read a document speculating that the reason why men age better than women is because of the salutary effects of daily exfoliation during shaving. Impressed by this idea, I began gently gently softly softly scraping my soapy face with my fingernails once a week, prior to applying masque. Does it work? I don’t know if I’ve slowed down the aging process, but I like the way my skin looks. Have I ever heard that this is a good idea? No, which is one reason why I don’t recommend it officially as a skincare treatment. I have known other people who do it, but the evidence is purely anecdotal. If you do decide to try it, it is absolutely imperative that you be beyond gentle, otherwise skin stretching and microscopic damage will result. I also notice an increase in visible oil for 12-24 hours after.

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