For the launch issue of Natural Mumma magazine, I explored a number of natural skincare products. I selected products that were chemical-free, cruelty-free, natural and effective. For the feature, skincare expert and therapist Claire Robilliard created a bespoke cleansing ritual that was perfect for my skincare needs. I completely fell in love with her products and felt the need to write a more in depth review.
For those near to London or Brighton, you could visit Claire in person in order for her to analyse your skin and develop your products. I simply sent Claire three photos of my face, makeup free and in good light. The first photo was face on, and the other two showed either side of my face. As well as this, I sent Claire a paragraph about my skin – its needs and how I was looking after it.
“I would say that I have combination skin. It is prone to dryness (especially in the winter months) and I get an oily t-zone. I’m just on my period and I get the occasional spot at this time of the month! I’m 35 next month so my skin is starting to show signs of ageing and fine lines. I eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water but probably have too much coffee and too little sleep! I exercise each morning. I also take care to stay safe in the sun. I’m very busy so I tend to exfoliate/cleanse my face during my morning shower and use micellar water before bed. I use a variety of different moisturisers at the moment. I also use clay based masks before big events/filming/photo shoots etc.”
Claire used this information to quickly put together a beautiful set of cleansing oils and serum that were perfect for my skin type.
Claire uses natural plant oils and aromatherapy oils (both organic and wild-grown) to create the products to suit your needs. They arrive in a beautiful box, with a card guide and a follow-up email with video instructions. Claire’s communication makes you feel supported right through and the video clearly details how to use the products.
The kit comprises of (I’ve identified the specific blends that Claire made especially for me):
A cleansing base: Shea, Flax and Vitamin E
4 cleansing oils: 1 -Argan, Geranium and Spearmint. 2 – Safflower, Geranium and Elemi. 3 – Hazelnut, Palmerosa and Tea Tree. 4 – Poppyseed, Petitgrain and Mandarin.
2 soft bamboo cloths (to lightly slough away skin cells as you removed the oils).
A konjac sponge (to encourage radiance and cell renewal).
50/50 serum: Blackcurrant and Sandalwood.
You simply combine a teaspoon of the cleansing base with a couple of drops of the first oil (and slowly work your way through all of the oils), using your fingertips you gently massage this mixture into your face before removing it using a damp bamboo cloth. Use the cloth to softly buff the skin. Next comes the konjac sponge which adds instant radiance. Finish off with 50/50 serum on dry skin.
I love the idea of a skincare ritual. As I mentioned in my initial paragraph to Claire, my skincare regime had slipped into a speedy routine with little thought. It felt amazing to slow things down. Applying the base and oil to my face each morning and evening, and taking the time and care to massage it in, wasn’t only a great exercise in self care but it also meant that I was getting to know my skin on a much deeper level. Rather than simply applying products and looking for immediate results, The Better Skin Formula teaches you about your skincare and guides you towards long term healthier skin. The routine feels beautifully decadent, the aromas are exquisite and it leaves your skin feeling supple, smooth and with a really healthy glow. There were a couple of evenings where I opted for the easy option and went for the speediness of micellar water instead. However, The Better Skin Formula’s cleansing ritual doesn’t need to take that long.
I’ve been using Claire’s bespoke cleansing ritual and 50/50 serum for over a month now and am delighted with the results. My skin is much more elastic, there is no dryness and it has a different radiance. I tend to wear a light foundation each day, more for the purpose of illuminating my skin than evening out skin tone and I found that I chose to skip my foundation more this month as the glow I got from using the oils was enough. My skin looks more radiant in photos, which was ideal for this month’s editor’s photo in the magazine!
I love that the products I am using on my skin are natural and free from chemicals, I adore the ritual, the aromas and the results. I am also absolutely convinced that having a passionate professional on hand to offer support and guidance is the best way to embrace skincare. Claire is warm, knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. If your skin is in need of rejuvenation, then I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Claire’s Better Skin Formula.
Top row: Prior to the treatment, after first ritual, end of first week
Second row: After a fortnight, after a month, under makeup (one month in)
You can read Claire’s top tips for better skin in the September issue of Natural magazine magazine.