The truth? Beautiful skin needn’t be complicated or take lots of time. Years of researching products and ingredients have allowed me to distil the process into 4 simple steps – Cleanse, Prevent, Protect and Treat.

While the products may differ depending on your skin type and specific needs, these 4 steps will help keep your skin looking young and healthy, whatever your age.

Step 1: Cleanse (AM/PM)
Cleansing helps keep your face free from make-up, dirt and oils, which may lead to blemishes, redness or irritation. It also provides a clean surface to better absorb active ingredients and a smooth base for make-up. Depending on preference, you may opt for one step (just a cleanser) or two-step cleansing (cleansing oil/make-up remover followed by a cleanser).

Choose from Apothekari Cloud Nine Foaming Cleansing Crème, suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin and individuals with rosacea or Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Exfoliating Cleanser Gel, an exfoliating cleanser featuring sugar cane extract and a triple combination of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, gently exfoliate clogged pores and promote cellular renewal. Designed for all skin types, but caution if you are overly sensitive or have rosacea.

Optional: Toners. Toners are a great way to great way to deliver targeted actives for acne, rosacea or dry skin. For the rest of us, their use is a matter of personal preference.

Step 2: Prevent (AM/PM)

Prevent skin damage and your skin will be thankful for many years after. Antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E, ferulic acid, pomegranate seed oil, astaxanthin and green tea are backed by sound science to support their efficacy in aiding the prevention of skin damage associated with free radicals and UV rays. Antioxidants can also boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen. Apply antioxidants in the morning to battle the daily assault of pollution and ultraviolet rays and at night to help boost collagen production and fight against factors that age skin.

Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C 10% or 15% are our made to order high potency Vitamin C serums containing a range of antioxidants including L-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, phloretin, astaxanthin, lycopene and pomegranate seed oil. It also features hyaluronic acid and glycerin to moisturize.

Step 3: Protect (AM)

You may not know it, but the sun’s UV rays are responsible for more than 85% of skin aging. For this reason, the most important skin care product you’ll ever need is sunscreen. Use it daily, year round and you’ll reap the rewards.

Sunscreen filters can be divided into two main types – chemical and physical. Chemical filters interact with the skin’s top layer to absorb and render UV rays harmless. Physical filters sit on top of the skin to deflect UV rays. Sunscreens may contain either one or a combination of the two. While both types are effective, my preference is for those that contain physical filters. Why not opt for a chemical free version if it offers the same benefits?

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide comprise the two physical blocking filters. Zinc oxide covers the full range of the UV spectrum (both the longer UVA (aging) and shorter UVB (burning) rays. Titanium dioxide doesn’t block all UVA rays so I’d steer clear of sunscreens formulated with only titanium dioxide as a sun filter. Studies have shown zinc oxide to safe, stable upon sun exposure and effective.

Our Apothekari Shade SPF 30 delivers broad spectrum, UVA/UVB blocking protection in a non-whitening formulation containing additional free radical fighting benefits.

Step 4: Treat/Correct (AM and/or PM)

Once you have the basics of the above 3 steps covered, your skin may need a bit of extra help. Depending on your individual needs, Step 4 delivers just that.

One ingredient that is a must for anyone concerned about youthful skin, is a retinoid. Derivatives of Vitamin A, retinoids provide a range of benefits to skin including: a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines; an increase in the production of collagen and elastin; an increase in skin cell turnover; skin brightening; a reduction in the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation; an increase in skin moisture content; protection against UV damage and; a reduction in oil production.

It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not! A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum contains stabilized retinaldehyde – an effective yet gentle treatment. If you have had problems incorporating a retinoid into your regimen before, try A is for Anti-Aging. Many of our customers unable to use other retinoids are able to tolerate it well. *Caution with rosacea or sensitive skin.

If you have dry skin, incorporate a moisturizer like our Daily Infusion Moisturizer – apply day and/or night as required.

Oily Skin, Dry Skin, Rosacea, Hyperpigmentation, Wrinkles/Fine Lines and Eye Concerns require specific protocols. Watch the blog for future posts as we discuss those in more detail.

Here’s to beautiful skin!

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THIS WORKS! No odour for 24+ hours including a yoga session!

I'm blown away by how effective this is, and by how clean and well thought out the formula is. I'm not used to roll-on so that took a couple days to adjust to, but its so much more effective than the solids/creams i was using that it is totally worth it. I'm converted - and i think i have probably tried 90% of the natural deodorants out there over the last 10 years LOL. thank you for creating this.

I love this body oil!

This is so luxurious and moisturizing (i have dry, sensitive skin and most oils don't do the trick) and also miraculously absorbs very quickly. And the lemon rose scent is just transporting - i look forward to using this after my shower.

Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

Your deodorant is actually miraculous! I’ve tried every kind of deodorant before with varying degrees of mediocre success. Yours manages to actually work through Barre fitness classes and in my office otherwise called the boiler room!! I will definitely be buying more.

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