I find the skincare industry fascinating, it’s constantly evolving and new brands and products come onto the market every day. There is a lot of confusion amongst consumers about what is good and bad when it comes to ingredients. I’ve found that companies using complicated sounding ingredients tend not to be transparent about what they do. My current solution is to look for products that use natural and organic ingredients.
Votary is a new brand I discovered from Navas Batliwalla, the lovely editor behind Disney Roller Girl. Their skincare products use 100% natural ingredients.
“I am passionate about the skin-transforming power of natural oils – that means oils that are derived from plants – whether it’s a vegetable, fruit, seed or flower. Natural plant oils are packed full of nature’s super-ingredients such as Omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing nutrients such as Alpha Linoleic and Ellagic Acid.” Arabella Preston, Votary
My skin often breaks out after going from the cold into heavily central heated rooms, and then if I’m out in the cold too long, will dry up to the point it becomes sore. I asked Votary to recommend their autumn skincare essentials, a selection of products that would help my skin transition into winter. They came back to me with these three products Cleansing Oil – Rose Geranium and Apricot, Toning Serum – Lemon and Neroli, and Facial Oil – Rose Maroc and Sandalwood. Lots of oil-rich products which are great for my naturally dehydrated skin.
If you have oily skin don’t be afraid to use oil-based products; oil attracts oil, making it great for cleansing, they’re also great for healing the skin when you have a breakout.
I followed the instructions precisely for each product; there are clear written instructions and videos on the website, explaining how to use them. The Cleansing Oil left my skin feeling like velvet, super soft and not oily in the least. There wasn’t that tight feeling either when you know you’ve used something that’s stripped the skin of its natural oils. The Toning Serum gives a fast hit of moisture, my skin absorbed it in a second so I used a little more. I finished with the Facial Oil which felt a little bit greasy at first but after a few minutes it had settled into my skin and left it looking fairly matte, as if I’d used a primer.
There are lots of videos on their website showing you the best techniques for using each of their products; as well as lots of great advice on their blog, The Votarist.
You can buy these products directly from Votary, they’re also stocked by Liberty London in the UK and Anthropologie in the US.