Plant Lab

What you *really* need in a plant-based skincare routine.

VSo, you’ve made the (epic) decision to embrace plant-powered ingredients into your routine and never look back. Nice work!

Naturally rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals, plant-powered ingredients are capable of transforming your skin by combating free radical damage, supporting cell turnover, and strengthening your skin barrier. Unfortunately, making the decision to switch is often the easy bit so we totally get it if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at what you really need to include in your killer plant-based skincare routine.

Don’t panic! The Plant Lab has got your back and this week we’re discussing what you *really* need if you want to harness the power of plants. From sensitizing ingredients to environmental aggressors, your skin is under consistent and sustained attack on daily basis and knowing which culprits to ID is key to getting the upper hand…

Here are your 3 game-changing steps to achieving the to achieve the best glowing skin of your life! We’d recommend you get prepared ahead of time, you’ll (definitely) want to take notes.

Cleanse (gently)

Wow does our modern life like to take it out on our skin! If this resonates, you’re most likely suffering from dry and damaged skin due to a chronic loss of dehydration. Aside from not drinking enough H.2.0 [READ OUR HYDRATION LOWDOWN] in practice, this means clogged pores, and an accelerating rate of skin ageing – YIKES! Ingredients to avoid are drying alcohols (that disrupt your skin barrier), fragrance (inflammation 1.0.1) and harsh exfoliants like hydroxy acids and those gritty physical scrubs. You need an oil-based cleanser that’s non-stripping. It needs to contain skin barrier nourishing ingredients like Oryza to boost repair and help defend skin cells against pollutants, blue light, and oxidative damage. To top it off, a Sucra Gel base is ideal to ensure balance, and restored hydration. Thankfully, our Oryza & Tsubaki Day Repair Cleansing Gel has all of this in spades.

Get knee deep in nourishment

Daily skin damage needs intensely nourishing and hydrating products to consistently heal your skin. Before you reach for the essential oils thinking they’re the best thing to calm your stressed-out skin, you’d be wise to think again. We’ll be the first ones to tell you - not all that’s natural is good for sensitive skin. Whilst it’s true that essential oils have a host of fantastic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, more often than not they’re just too complex for sensitive skin, so it’s best to steer clear!

You need a serum that is dedicated to delivering a cocktail of essential vitamins and antioxidants to brighten and repair dull looking skin, boost firmness, elasticity, and improves skin texture. The plant actives that support this? The world-renowned Kakadu Plum with the highest concentration of vitamin c in the WORLD, and natural retinol-rich Cacay oil. Find both in the Kakadu & Cacay Vitamin Booster Brightening Serum.

Protect. Protect. Protect.

If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it a thousand times, but it really is true: prevention is better than cure. Before you look at us like we’re spouting rubbish your grandma would come out with, what on earth is the point of making all these changes to your routine only to throw it all away at the final hurdle?!

Lock in all that goodness from your previous steps with a moisturiser packed full of plant-powered ingredients like Moss Lichen & Wild Fern to maintain skin’s moisture and provide long-term hydration. The best part about the Artic Moss & Wild Fern City Hydration Day Cream? It’s lightweight and provides daily skin barrier protection from oxidative stressors, free radical damage (think: all the nasties) and environmental pollution micro particles!

So, there you have it, by knowing which key skin sensitizers to avoid you can keep that ever-important-glow one step ahead of the curve. Sadly, if they’re present in your current products, it’s time to send them to skincare heaven (or hell). It’s time to embrace a brand that was born from the search for effective natural skincare that was sensitive skin friendly. Now where on earth can you find products that contain all that goodness…?

Hint: that’s us! Plant DPT.

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