Our primary focus was which forests we would ride through or which friend’s place we were going to tell our parents we were staying at. Then we’d camp out in our tack sheds, smoke ciggies and talk all night!
I’m not big on clutter and like the idea of simplifying the everyday, so the items I do have are essential, well considered and made to last. Plus, I don’t have the time to put too much thought into what I throw on in the morning as there is too much mayhem going on in my household!
A brilliant dermatologist who I’m close to thinks that that we do far too much to our skin, and I agree. A simple, singular approach can be far more powerful. Again, minimal. It’s like a fire drill in my home every morning with my boys, so the focus is on school lunches and getting out the door. Having said that, I use Sans [ceuticals] Goji Cleansing Oil everywhere. I then mix our Activator 7 Oil with Synergie Skin’s Suprema-C. I do sometimes wear RMS Un-Cover Up, which is made primarily of pigment and coconut oil.
I love Blinc mascara, and can often be found applying it in the car! It surrounds lashes with a ‘tube’ of product, rather than painting them. It won’t smudge and literally slides off when you want to remove it. I also love a good liquid eyeliner., and use Josie Maran Magic Marker Argan Liquid Eye Liner.
It’s a super serum that packs a punch with high concentrations of Vitamin A. I put a few drops in my face cream at night for an added boost, use it on the ends of my hair as a smoothing and hydrating serum, I shave my legs with it, remove my eye make-up (well, when I remember!) and also use it post-shower as an amazing body oil.
After years of torturing my hair, I wanted a clean and natural product that also delivered on performance. I find this combination really gets my hair shiny. My hair is wavy and best when washed and left natural, as an effortless wave can be hard to achieve with a blow dryer. My advice is to always wash hair in the evening before going to bed. Comb hair while your conditioner is in, and when out of the shower, blot gently with a towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Allow hair to dry naturally for about an hour and then go to bed. This creates a soft, heavy wave without any frizz. If hair is looking slightly wayward, brush with a good boar bristle brush, then wet hands and rake through, which will bring it back into line.
I avoid anything processed, only because I love cooking, I love gardening, and really prefer food in its natural state. My mother always said that the key to health is what you eat, and I really believe this. One thing I discovered recently is sea buckthorn capsules, they contain omega 7, which is the closest thing to your own natural sebum and therefore is readily utilised and absorbed. It’s the best internal moisturizer, highly anti-inflammatory (more so than fish oil), and great for your skin. Also, I make sure to have B vitamins and eggs (great for building protein and strong healthy hair) and a healthy dose of greens for iron.
It can also be time out with a cookbook or a bath on a winter’s night. It is usually solitary time that’s restorative because it’s something I very rarely get to do.
She also never devoted a lot of time to her appearance because she ran a business and was always busy. I think ultimately she saw it could be unhealthy to devote too much time to how she looked. She did teach me about skincare, though. My first ever product was chamomile toner, made from chamomile that I grew in my garden from seed. This was inspired by a book my mother gave me by Arabella Boxer. And my mother taught me to always pay attention to shoes.
Just go with it. My experience of getting older is, quite frankly, a relief. I’m much more centred now and get so much more out of life. I realise I’m still in my 40s and ageing can present more of a challenge in decades to come, but I feel like it’s our job to work through those challenges and become better people for it.”
Story by Zoe Briggs, photos by Leilani Heather.