Browsing for some skincare advice the other day, I happened on this extract from a webchat on Mumsnet with Liz Earle. There lots of good tips in the piece for honing your beauty routine (click through at the bottom for more) but here a a few of them:
Keep it simple. As far as our skincare routine is concerned, keep it simple, as more is not necessarily better.
Feed your skin. I swear by natural-source Vitamin E as an internal and external natural beautifier as its the most important of all the antioxidant vitamins for helping to maintain a youthful glow.
Never ever use soap and water on your face! All soap is alkaline some soap very strongly so and our skin is naturally slightly acidic, so every time you wash with soap you upset the delicate pH balance.
Switch to plant power. Pure plant oils are naturally rich in essential fatty acids EFAs, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients and do more good for your skin than bland mineral oil or paraffin waxes.
For brighter, smoother skin on your body, I highly recommend body brushing. Its an easy and inexpensive way of keeping the skin smooth, especially on lumpy, bumpy areas such as upper arms, hips and thighs. Use a long-handled, natural bristle brush to literally brush she skin from top to toe working upwards from the soles of the feet, concentrating on hips and thighs to help shift cellulite.