How To Prep Your Skin All-Year Round

Ain’t nobody got time for scaly skin.

Nobody wants dry, scaly skin, so we enlisted the expert help of Erica Andersen from the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab to bring you the ultimate guide on how to take care of your skin, in any weather.

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What are the golden dos and don’ts for exfoliating?

“Do scrub. Don’t skip the scrub. It’s a must-do for your skin. And it’s so easy! Aside from keeping it out of your eyes, there’s nothing you can do wrong. The trickiest thing to figure out is how often to scrub. Some peeps need to scrub more regularly than others. But if you make sure you’re doing it at least once a week you’ll be away laughing.”

Do we really need to use a serum, like, really?

“To be honest, unless you’re trying to address certain issues with your skin like wrinkles, dark spots and loss of elasticity, you could probably skip this step. Serums are usually made from the same stuff as your moisturiser – but they’re way more concentrated. Now, plant oils – well that’s a different story! Everyone should be using plant oils on their skin. Yep, even combo skin types. Using a plant oil like our Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil is like drinking your eight glasses of water a day – but for your face, with oil.”

Are there any skincare sins we should be avoiding?

“Not taking makeup off before bed! We’re all guilty of it of course, but honestly we reckon it’s a big old no-no. Like brushing your teeth, it means you’re clearing away all the junk and giving your skin a break. And think of your pillowcase too!”

How can we cheat a morning #Iwokeuplikethis glow?

“If you’re keen for a bit of post sleep glowiness – then you should definitely be using a night cream thicker and waxier than regular moisturisers; night creams are the big guns when it comes to hydration. And you’ll literally see the difference when you wake the next day.” 

Our product picks for glowing skin

Best serums

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Left to right: Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil, Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum, Trilogy Rosehip Oil, Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum.

Oily-skinned girls might shriek at the thought of serums, but they’re actually amazing at locking-in moisture and treating your skin as you sleep. Apply just a few drops onto your t-zone, and feel free to use it as a volume-boosting primer in the winter.

Best facial scrubs

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Left to right: Goodness Every Week Face Scrub, Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish, Fresh Sugar Face Polish, The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash.

“With powdered volcanic pumice, this scrub is biodegradable, smells amazing (like fresh green grass) and leaves skin smooth. Use a small, pea-sized amount and gently massage into your forehead, cheeks and neck to gently remove dead skin cells.”

Best moisturisers

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Left to right: Sephora Intensive Moisturizer, Philosophy Hope In A Jar, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, Yes To Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream.

If you suffer from sensitive skin, use a gentle formula which won’t cause any additional irritation. Always follow-up with a toner and moisturiser before applying makeup or heading to bed.