Skincare expert Antonia Burrell is something of a legend in the beauty industry. Celebrities, beauty editors and models swear by her impressively effective holistic facials which are designed to de-stress, balance and energise, leaving skin glowing and radiant. And then there’s her range of results-driven natural products. Stocked in select beauty emporiums across the globe and handpicked by the best beauty buyers and curators (Harrods’ Urban Retreat, MyShowcase and BeautyMART to namedrop just a few), Burrell gets a definite vote of confidence from her peers – and that says a lot.
She’s also a fantastic ambassador for her brand – looking at her flawless, luminous skin, you’d absolutely never, ever guess that Burrell has almost 20 years experience in the industry. Can 100% natural, ethical and sustainable products deliver anti-ageing benefits and work on even stressed-out ‘problem’ skin? She’s living proof. If anyone knows anything about the basics of what your skincare routine should consist of, and how to achieve a healthy complexion, it’s Antonia Burrell…
Keep it Simple
Keep your skincare routine simple. Don’t overload on products. And when you do add a new product, do it gradually so that your skin has time to adjust. Each skincare or makeup product contains an average of 20 to 40 ingredients so you are introducing 20 to 40 potential allergens to your face every time you try something new. Don’t overcomplicate things – your skincare regime should be simple, easy and fuss-free so that it is easy to stick to.
Cleansing is the most important part of your skincare routine. It is especially important to cleanse the skin twice in the evening as the first cleanse is to remove your makeup, dirt, dust and debris from the skin. The second cleanse is what really deep cleans your skin. (Try the Natural Glow Cleansing Oil)
Did you know that over 90% of the signs of ageing are caused by free radical damage? Your skin is constantly exposed to potential sources of free radical damage such as UV radiation, sun exposure, ozone in air pollution, irritating synthetic chemicals in personal care products that can cause inflammation and harsh chemicals in acne treatment products. Topical antioxidants play an important role in your skincare routine as they repair past damage, help to prevent future damage, promote healthy ageing, help to fight the visible signs of accelerated ageing, and offer a sophisticated army of protection for your skin, that neutralise free radicals and therefore reduces oxidative stress. The outcome – your skin becomes younger looking, healthier, more luminous and happier. Who doesn’t want that? But be careful choosing skincare packed with antioxidants, as antioxidants lose their power when exposed to light and air and are sometimes added to products at insignificant levels! All of my skincare products are housed in Swiss Violet Glass, proven to block the penetration of UV light through the glass to maintain the potency and activity of antioxidants.
Exfoliation is Key
The correct type of exfoliation can lead to visibly brighter, healthier and younger looking skin. But did you know that the incorrect type of exfoliation can damage, irritate and lead to sensitivity. Exfoliating regularly will enhance the effects of your other skin treatments. If you are using expensive anti-ageing or treatment serums you can be wasting some cash! The best way to get younger looking skin, reduce or remove skin damage like acne scars or sun damage or redness, is to apply your treatment products straight onto your freshly polished buffed skin. So regular exfoliation not only gently buffs your skin into perfection, but also ensures the rest of your skincare arsenal can work really hard to delivery optimum skincare benefits. (We like the Antonia Burrell Luminous Light Polishing Powder)
Beauty Inside Out
Looking for clearer, healthier, younger looking, gorgeous and luminous skin? Who isn’t?! Well… begin to incorporate high levels of topical antioxidants into your skincare routine and from a beauty inside out, holistic point of view and you will really see the benefits. Increase your intake of berries, fruit and vegetables and reduce the amount of processed food you intake and your skin will thank you for it.