I’ll admit I was one of those annoying girls in high school who had perfect skin. ‘A pimple? What’s a pimple?’ pretty much sums up my teenage years, much to the frustration of my friends. I know, I know, I was lucky. Too bad I took my porcelain skin for granted because the day came when my luck finally ran out.
It wasn’t until I hit about 20 that my skin started breaking out. Oh. My. God. I thought my life was over. I can’t leave the house. I’m not going to uni. My social life is over. I always was (a little) melodramatic… In hindsight it wasn’t even that bad at all, but for someone accustomed to flawless skin I believed this to be the end of the world.
The world didn’t end though, but my skin has had its fair share of ups and downs in the years since; the ups being a fresh, clear face, and the downs being plenty of irritations (mostly from products; Dermalogica = disaster) and some nasty hormonal breakouts. The latter I considered quite traumatic. Cue acute self-consciousness. I fear pimples like I fear sharks, plus they’re bad for business. Nobody wants a model with bad skin!
Fortunately for me those troubled skin days seem to be over (and fingers crossed it stays that way). Sure I get the odd hormonal spot here and there but it’s nothing to be concerned about. Phew. However, based on my highly distressing history of breakouts, I am now a total freak now when it comes to skincare and what products I put on my face. What can I say? I’m neurotic.
After living in America and being abused with chemical nasties left, right and centre, I have become increasingly aware of what I put in my body. This relates to my skincare just as much as it does to what I eat and drink. The way I see it, the less ingredients the better, and Mother Nature knows best.
So, as someone who is always drawn to natural products, I was very curious when I heard about Tailor Skin Care, a boutique, all natural skincare brand from Wellington. When the founder Sara Quilter asked me if I wanted to try some of their products I did like all good neurotic people do and did some research online. Immediately I knew they were on to a very good thing, and I wanted in!
A few days later a beautiful, recyclable (brownie points!) package arrived at my door. Inside contained the Taylor Masque and the ‘Tailor Combination/Normal Skin Routine’ set which consists of the Tailor Oil Cleanse, the Tailor Dry Cleanse, and the Tailor Hydrate gel. A sucker for pretty things, I was (almost) already sold on the packaging alone. From the beautiful blue glass bottles (recyclable, of course) to the slick labeling, I knew this stuff would be good.
And I haven’t been disappointed. It’s been three weeks of skin bliss. Here’s my skin routine (FYI: I have combination skin):
- Tailor Oil Cleanse ($37.50)
Ingredients: Organic cold pressed sunflower seed oil, organic virgin coconut oil, cold pressed hazelnut oil (NZ), organic kanuka essential oil (NZ) and vitamins E & A.
This product is divine; the subtle smell of the coconut oil is a treat in itself. I use it as part of a two-step cleansing process. I rub a few drops between dry hands and then massage on my skin. Then I wipe it off using a wet face cloth (use warm water). Good news is it easily removes all makeup too, although I do always take my mascara off before I start. Using this feels so nourishing and hydrating on my skin, especially lately as my skin has felt a bit dryer. I’m obsessed! You can even use a few drops as a moisturiser after cleansing too, but I’m yet to try that.
Note: Don’t be afraid; oils are your friend! I always steered clear of using any kind of oil on my skin believing that I would break out instantaneously, but it wasn’t until I started using emu oil (weird I know) on my face that I discovered how wonderful natural oils can be, and this product is testament to that.
- Tailor Dry Cleanse ($27.50)
Ingredients: Bentonite NZ, sucrose, Organic brown rice flour, vitamin C, allantoin, organic orange peel, citric acid.
Step two in my cleansing programme is the Dry Cleanse. The dry texture is a new foray for me, it takes a bit of getting used to but I love how it works as a gentle exfoliator as well as a cleanser. Simply put about half a teaspoon in the palm of your hand, wet the other palm and then rub them together so it forms a sort of paste. Then apply it on your face, massaging the skin and focusing on problem areas. I promise your skin will feel so refined and clean after this. It has a kind of earthy smell too, but in a good way; you know it’s natural. Oh and be careful when you pour the powder in your palm. I’ve made the mistake of getting a bit over excited and ending up with about triple what I need. Whoops!
Note: I use both of the cleansing products morning and night. I asked Sara if this is what she recommends and she said it really depends on your skin. Her advice: if after using the Oil Cleanse at the end of the day your skin then gets oily overnight, try just using the dry cleanse by itself in the morning. Personally, I like to use both.
- Tailor Hydrate ($48)
Ingredients: Aqua, organic glycerine, rosewater, vitamin b5, xanthan gum, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, kowhai extract, calendula extract and green tea extract.
Fresh. I can’t think of a better word to describe how my skin feels after I use the Tailor Hydrate. This oil-free gel is super light-weight and soothing, but it’s also perfectly hydrating and it lasts! You barely notice the fragrance too, it’s very subtle, but it’s nice. I recommend letting it soak in a bit before applying make-up in the morning.
Morning and night, it’s as easy as 1, 2. 3. And sometimes 4…
- Tailor Masque (50mL $31)
Ingredients: Aqua, Bentonite Clay, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid and Organic Kanuka Essential Oil.
My favourite product of the lot, and the first one Sara ever came up with, is the Tailor Masque which I use it once a week to detox my skin (thanks to the Bentonite Clay for that!). It smells amazing in this very natural, invigorating way, and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth. You don’t need much; just smooth a thin layer over the face (it’s quite moist when it goes on) after cleansing and let it dry before rinsing it off with warm water. Then apply your moisturizer, or in my case the hydrating gel, afterwards. You can also use it as a spot treatment and a body masque, and even to help firm cellulite. Heaven in a jar? I think so.
Healthy skin = happy me, and that’s exactly how I feel using these products. And no breakouts! If you’re looking for something new, and/or want to try something natural, I definitely recommend giving Tailor Skin Care a go. They’ve got packs for oily, dry, or acne-prone skin types too, or you can buy the products individually.
Besides containing all natural and organic ingredients – with no harsh chemicals, fillers or parabens – they’re jam packed full of nutrients, they’re New Zealand made, and they’re most definitely not tested on animals. Plus you can feel good knowing that not only are you looking after your skin and nourishing it with the earth’s goodness, but you’re also supporting a brand that’s sustainable and environmentally friendly. Amen to that!
*All prices in NZD. The Tailor Combination/Normal Skin Routine pack is $110.