Crina’s Morning Skin And Hair Routine… Exposed!

Meet Crina, from across the pond! She’s got a simple and (mostly) clean routine, a super clean diet, and some lovely tips. (Also, Diane Keaton, be cooler in this pic. Impossible!)

Name: Crina

Age: 27 (minus a couple of months, yikes!)

Current weather: Was quite summery up to around 23-25°C these past couple of weeks but currently going down a notch and a bit rainy. My skin spends a lot of time in Germany and England, and therefore on planes and trains.

Hair: Quite wavy-curly, naturally chestnutty, bit on the drier side, boob length and very much loved!

Skin: I love my skin. It earned me my family nickname of peachy (everyone in my family likes to repeatedly touch and stroke my face when they see me to make sure it’s still as soft and thus deserving of the name). I tan a lovely golden colour in the summer; may only suffer from dryness depending on the local water, but no breakouts to speak of unless I eat rubbish and/or get super stressed out, then go through intense health nut phases which will then provoke the odd cleansing symptom.

Favorite star or icon from the past: Oh, I do love Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. They seem to have that graceful aging thing figured out rather well. (I so hope I’m not getting the wrong impression here, I mean who knows what they really have going on in their private lives beauty-army wise …)

In the shower…

Simple, really: I do shower nearly every day for several reasons: yoga, I work with animals (nearing the end of vet school), running, big city living. I don’t bother buying any shower gel (though I may use the occasional clean gift or sample),  instead I just use the excess foam from whatever I put on my hair for shaving and cleaning. If I don’t shave or wash my hair I’ll only use water followed by a vigorous rub with my towel. Voilà.

Brands I currently use: Anything Neal’s Yard Remedies will make me happy, also the Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang is nice.

Outside the shower…

Face: Thanks to the book I have become a total oil convert!! Neal’s Yard Remedies facial oils in the morning, either Rose or Orange Flower. Neal’s Yard Jasmine cream during the day (if needed), and their night creams at, well, night. May I add I never wash my face with anything but water unless I’ve used make-up. I’m an evening showerer, so the way my make-up comes off is usually by way of shampoo and conditioner migrating from scalp to face, or the occasional Neal’s Yard facial polish.

Body: Daily body brushing followed by oils. Again, anything Neal’s Yard Remedies or John Masters is fantastic, though I am currently head over heels with the mama mio omega oil – it’s fabulously jojoba-almond-y. For deodorant I use a sort of wannabe clean L’Occitane one as well as a travel sized Salt of the Earth crystal deodorant. I use both at the same time when I go on dates, actually … which is paranoia more than anything else, I’d say.

Finishing touches…

I do really like Korres perfumes, but so far haven’t found any superb yet truly clean perfumes here in Europe. As far as make-up goes I will quite happily use anything Whole Foods-y. I like the Dr Hauschka concealer, I’ll use some black mascara (again often one by Hauschka), sparkly brown eyeliner, a pink and subtly glittery L’Occitane blush, perhaps some of the Dr Hauschka eye shadow in a golden or peachy hue. Guilty pleasure: Butter London nail polish. I love yummy mummy, jaffa, and pink ribbon.

Also, I always make sure to use a good hand cream (again, either Neal’s Yard Remedies or John Masters) or coconut oil throughout the day and especially before bed, since my job is pretty rough, requiring a lot of washing and the use of harsh antibacterials. And what about nutrition? Surely an important point worth mentioning as well? I do feel it’s as much part of my beauty regimen as the actual products I use. Long story short: I’m a high raw vegan loving her greens, healthy fats and plant proteins. Works excellently for me. :)

Sounds great! Has anyone else used Neal’s Yard Remedies? We’ve never heard of it—perhaps it’s strictly Euro—but interest is now piqued.

13 Responses to “Crina’s Morning Skin And Hair Routine… Exposed!”
  1. Ny says:

    I’ve heard of Neal’s Yard Remedies, but never used them. They are British and many places don’t ship to the US :(. I think they are on ASOS though, once I kill some products in my stash I’ll definitely get some.

  2. Rebecca Bailey says:

    I’m jealous of that skin! : ) I’m sure there’s some great genetics in play here, but I do love what raw vegan food does for skin.

    I think I’ve heard of Neal’s Yard, but I don’t know anything about it. Definitely interested.

  3. Kate says:

    Neal’s Yard Remedies is awesome! It did use to be strictly Euro but they now have a US website too. I haven’t tested out the ingredients from everything but what I have used is clean. They have an especially lovely lip gloss.

  4. Mariah says:

    In America, Neal’s Yard Remedies is known as NYR Organic! I actually work for NYR Organic! We are a truly clean company devoted to ethically sourcing our ingredients for our products. We use no phthalates, no parabens, no nano particles, no synthetic fragrances, no GMOs, no animal testing, and no silicones. Certified organic by the Soil Association, and we have Championship Status with the EWG.
    If anyone wants more information about it, email me at OR go check out my website

  5. Anna says:

    What the crap!? Why can’t we all have skin like this? If shampoo or conditioner migrated down to my face + I used it as a face wash my skin would never forgive me.

  6. crina says:

    I’m happy to announce I’ve finally ditched the L’Occitane deodorant in favour of the Neal’s Yard Lemon Coreander spray — it is utter awesome, works like a charm. Happy pits here!
    And I’ll admit we don’t seem to have a lot of problem skin in my family, so my clean routine may be just icing on a yummy skin and hair cake (sounds gross?). My sister does battle the occasional bout of acne, but she’s not as clean as me yet. I’ve lent her the book, fingers crossed, she seems interested.

  7. Amy says:

    Oh I can’t believe you guys haven’t heard of Neal’s Yard! I love them so much. On my person at the moment I have their frankincense hydrating mist and mineral eyeshadow, tucked in my handbag under my desk. I also have their frankincense face cream for when I feel indulgent, and I’d buy up the whole shop if I could afford it!

  8. Lila says:

    What book do you mean when you say \Thanks to the book I have become a total oil convert!!\? -thanks!

  9. Siobhan says:

    @Lila I assume she means our book, No More Dirty Looks?

  10. crina says:

    Yes, I mean ‘No More Dirty Looks’. :)

  11. Anna says:

    Absolutely love this! I was wondering, how do you choose the persons exposing their routines?

    Oh, and yes, the NMDL book has converted everyone so far who’s read it I believe :)

  12. Silvy says:

    how lovely! this just makes me smile!

  13. Amy says:

    Thanks for this entry. I currently live in Germany and have been trying to discover the good, clean brands. I see Dr. H’s stuff a lot, it’s a little pricey, but I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks!

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