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A step-by-step guide to an UpCircle skincare routine

  • 5 min read

Skincare is great. Unsurprisingly, we can’t get enough of it here at UpCircle! Your face, on the other hand, most definitely can get enough of it (however tempting it might be to wear our Cleansing Balm all day, every day). Using too much, too little, too often or not enough of a product can be a reason for not seeing the results that you’re hoping for. So, when it comes to skincare you have to act like a bit of a Goldilocks to get it ‘just right’. To help you on your merry way we’ve made a handy guide to help get to grips with your new skincare routine. 


Our faces are all different, so this isn’t a set in stone get your kitchen scales out guide, more of a start with this and tweak to suit you guide. Remember, if you have any questions we’re always here to help!

Cleansing Balm


Your first cleanse is here to makeup and remove the surface layer of dirt, pollution and toxins from the day. 

How to use: Simply apply the balm to all areas of the face, including around the eye area, before removing thoroughly with a muslin cloth or flannel. 

How much to apply: We recommend using a 5p coin-sized amount. It should be enough to cover your face and remove makeup etc. but not too much that your face is left feeling oily and you must scrub to remove it all! Aim for a small raspberry-sized amount!

Frequency: Up to twice daily

Top tip: As this is an oil-based product it should be removed with a warm damp cloth, check out our Certified Organic Muslin Cloths!

Chai Soaps

A second, water based cleanse will help to deeply cleanse pores and remove impurities to prevent breakouts, build up and black heads. 

How to use: Dampen face and apply soap bar with a little water to lather.

How much to apply: This one isn’t so easy to quantify! We would recommend using enough water to produce a healthy lather.

Frequency: Up to twice daily 

Top tip: Rub the soap directly on to skin for a gentle exfoliation, or lather in your hands and then apply to face for a more smooth application.

Face Scrubs


Exfoliating after you've thoroughly cleansed is a great way to buff away dry dead skin preventing build up and spots.

How to use: Our oil-based scrubs should always be applied to damp skin.  Apply in circular motions, leave a short moment, and then rinse.

How much to apply: This should be a similar amount to your Cleansing Balm - you want enough to cover your face and neck. A grape-sized amount should be enough.

Frequency: 2-3 times per week 

Top tip: The Scrubs can double up as a great face mask. Apply, leave to rest for 5 minutes, gently massage into your skin and then remove as normal!

Face Mask


Using a Face Mask is a great way to help clarify skin to minimise pores, fight  blackheads, and prevent breakouts. 

How to use: Apply mask to damp skin in a thin layer and relax for ten minutes. Rinse with warm water or a damp cloth (UpCircle muslins are perfect) to reveal fresh, cleansed skin. 

How much to use: For our Face Mask you want enough for a thin layer to be spread over the face and neck. After 10 mins it should have dried leaving your skin looking a pale grey colour.

Frequency: 2-3 times per week 

Top tip: Leave two Hemp & Cotton Make Up Pads soaking in some green tea in the fridge. After you’ve applied the Mask pop them on your eyes, sit back and relax!

Face Toner

Our Face Toner is perfect for hydrating and soothing skin at home or on the go and giving it some extra love! 

How to use: Apply to fingertips or cleansing pad and gently sweep over the face. It can also be used as a mist – spritz over the face at any time to revitalise.

How much to use: If you are spritzing the Toner straight on to your face 1-2 pumps should be enough to cover you! If you are using a pad to apply it, dampen around 2/3 of the pad and apply. Don’t forget to use both sides of the pad! Using a pad will use up more of your toner as the material will partially absorb some of the liquid.

Frequency:Multiple times daily

Top tip: Keep your Toner in your bag to spritz throughout the day! It’s great post gym (when they’re open) or to spritz on straight after removing your face covering!

Eye Cream


Give your eyes some extra love and help to firm, brighten and protect them. 

How to use: Press the pump once to release a small amount of eye cream onto your fingertips. Dab onto the delicate eye area and allow the cream to soak into the skin.

How much to use: Our Eye Cream is packed full of great ingredients, so you only need a tiny amount for it to work its magic. You want enough to cover the lid and below the eye. One pump should be plenty for both eyes. It may sound like a small amount, but give it a try – the cream spreads very easily across the skin.

Frequency: Up to twice daily 

Top tip: To get the last of the cream out the bottle, if you would rather not use your fingers or if you’re applying to someone else (we’re looking at you MUA’s and facialists!!) use a Bamboo Bud - they are great for applying the cream!

Face Moisturiser


 

You’re nearly finished with your skincare routine now, but these last steps are crucial. First up is moisturiser! As a general rule of thumb when moisturising, use the lightest, water-based products first when layering your skincare. Our Face Moisturiser has cocoa butter and aloe vera to soothe and nourish the skin.

How To Use: Apply with fingertips, massaging in upwards and outwards motion

How much to use: Enough Moisturiser should be used to cover your face and neck in a thin layer, but you don’t want to be left feeling greasy or oily. We’re all guilty of applying too much Moisturiser in the hopes it will ‘work faster’, don’t fall into this trap! A juicy blueberry-sized amount will be perfect!

Frequency: Up to twice daily 

Top tip: Keep your Moisturiser in the fridge. In summer it will feel even more amazing to apply!

Face Serum

As the final step in your skincare routine, use an oil-based, water-free serum to deliver intense nourishment and hydration. Through a combination of linoleic-acid rich oils and vitamin C, our Face Serum helps to promote the production of collagen, keeping skin supple.

How to Use: Apply a few drops to damp skin with fingertips, massaging in slow circular motions.

How much to use: Just a few drops of Serum are needed for best results- between two and four should be plenty!

Frequency: Up to twice daily 

Top tip: Massage the Serum gently into your face for 30 secs before bed- focusing on your temples is a great way to relax before going to sleep! It also works brilliantly with facial massage tools like a jade roller or gua sha. We're hoping to release some of our own very soon! 

 

 

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