Detoxing your face, and saving Red Pandas (100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan)

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way, all products were paid for, tested, and approved by me.

Hello people of the internet, 

I’ve been wanting to incorporate beauty and skincare into my blog ever since I started it. I have actually gotten into a pretty good skincare routine over the past few months, and thought I would share my weekly detox routine with you all.

This routine features The Body Shop’sHimalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, plus a review of the new Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Facial Soap. The mask is actually a product I use once a week, and is the basis for the routine, but I wanted to mention The Body Shop’s current partnership with Red Panda Network, and how the Himalayan Charcoal products are helping to save red pandas.
Red pandas are classified as endangered by the IUCN due to the decline of the wild population, caused by habitat loss and poaching, even though they are protected by law.
For a two month period (which started in April), The Body Shop is donating 30p (GBP) for either Himalayan Charcoal product sold to Red Panda Network. This will help fund the replanting of forest area, including bamboo, in the Himalayas to help recreate a safe environment for red pandas, and other wildlife. Click here for more info.

Also, before we get into it, my skin is combination. I get an oily t-zone which can result in break-outs, but normal skin for the rest of my face. This routine works for me, I am not a dermatologist but I do work for a skincare company – so if you do have drier skin than I do, this might not work for you.

Step 1: Take off your make-up
Short of taking off a bra, taking off make-up is honestly one of the best feelings at the end of the day.
I use The Body Shop’s Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Make-up Remover on a cotton pad.
If you wear make-up, then you know the drill – if not, well then, you don’t need this step anyway!

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Step 2: Cleanse
Wash your face! This will remove any left over make-up or dirt from your face, and leave you feeling clean.
If I am after a deep clean, I will use The Body Shop’s Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash. The name pretty much says it all. I usually focus on my t-zone where build up is more likely, just to really clean my face.
If I want something a little different, I have started using The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Facial Soap. Oh my gosh, I have only just added this to my routine, but let me tell you, I am in love! It has quickly been added to my everyday routine, that’s how much I love it. This uses bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, famous for it’s purifying benefits, as well as Community Trade Tea Tree oil. Just later this baby up on your hands, and massage onto the face. This is perhaps one of the first facial washes I have used since going cruelty-free that has not left my skin feeling dry. It is quite similar to a charcoal face soap from Lush, but that caused my skin to break out like crazy.

Step 3: Face Mask
Who doesn’t love a face mask? I use the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop (yes, I use a lot of their products). Holy cow, I cannot even begin to tell you how much this mask has saved my life. Again, this has bamboo charcoal and tea tree oil to help draw out impurities and excess oil from the skin, as well as green tea leaves to exfoliate and purify.
I must say I noticed a difference in my skin the first time I used this! I’m on my second jar, and use this in my routine any time my skin decides to break out, or just weekly.
It does have an intense tingle to it, so if you have sensitive skin, please take note.
Leave this baby on for 10-15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water.

Step 4: Toner
Toner is actually a pretty essential part to a skin care regime. Water can be drying for the skin when washing your face, and toner helps the skin return to it’s normal PH level. Also, it helps to remove any left over cleanser, or mask in this case, left on the face.
I use T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel on a cotton pad. It is a simple product but it doesn’t dry out my skin, and does a pretty good job.

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Step 5: Serum 
I actually use two serums. First, I apply The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, to help combat any break-outs that could be lurking, as well as Lush’s Full of Grace Serum, just to add a bit of moisture.

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Step 6: Moisturiser
Finally, apply a healthy dose of moisturiser for your face. You can use any daily moisturiser you like to finish off this routine, at the moment I am finishing off CROP’s Daily Facial Moisturiser, but I can’t actually say if this makes a huge difference to my skin. I am yet to find a CF moisturiser that I love.

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This routine has definitely become one of my go-tos when my skin is feeling a bit gross or even just a way to kick start my week.

Thanks for following along with me, and if you try any of the products let me know. =)
Also, inspired by the efforts of The Body Shop and Red Panda Network, I have created a new artwork (which you can watch me create on my YouTube channel), and will be selling prints in my new shop (open in next few weeks – link will be here) with all the profits going to Red Panda Network.

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Thanks for reading,
Chelsea x


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