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

  • 4 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, or too little, 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 how much of each product to apply per application.

Our faces are all different sizes and shapes, 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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Face Toner

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.

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


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.

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 or Night Cream


You’re nearly finished with your skincare routine now, but these last steps are crucial. First up is a 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, whilst our Night Cream contains hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil to hydrate, niacinamide to balance as well as blueberry extract which is rich in Vitamin A.

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

How much to use: Enough cream 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: Face Moisturiser once in the AM and Night Cream once in the PM.

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

Face Serum

As one of the final steps 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! 

Mineral SPF

SPF Shoot Katy

Finally, protect your skin from the sun to give it the love it deserves.

How to use: Massage into the skin at least 30 minutes before venturing out into the sun – don't forget your ears, eyelids, and lips! 

How much to use: A teaspoon sized amount should do the trick!

Frequency: When directly in the sun, reapply around every two hours.

Top tip: Our SPF is silicone-free, meaning it doesn't clog your pores, so is the perfect base for makeup.