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

  • 6 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, too little, too often or not enough 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 UpCircle skincare guide to help get to grips with your new skincare routine.

Our faces are all different, 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

Your first cleanse is here to makeup and remove the surface layer of dirt, pollution and toxins from the day. 

How to use: Simply apply the balm to all areas of the face, including around the eye area, before removing thoroughly with a muslin cloth or flannel. 

How much to apply: 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!

Frequency: Daily, before bed time

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!

Cleansing Face Milk

Known as double cleansing, your second cleanse should be a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining oil as well as bacteria and dead skin cells. 

How to use: Simply apply the milk to damp face and massage in circular motions to ensure a deep cleanse and then rinse with warm water.

How much to apply: We recommend using 1-2 pumps which should be more than enough!

Frequency: Daily, morning and night 

Top tip: Avoid using water that is too hot, as this may leave your skin inflamed  or dehydrated 

Chai Soaps

chai soaps

This step is the same as the above but for those who prefer a face soap rather than a face milk. This will help to deeply cleanse pores and remove impurities to prevent breakouts, build up and black heads. 

How to use: Dampen face and apply soap bar with a little water to lather.

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

Frequency: Up to twice daily 

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

Exfoliating after you've thoroughly cleansed is a great way to buff away dry dead skin preventing build up and spots.

How to use: Our oil-based scrubs should always be applied to damp skin.  Apply in circular motions, leave for a short moment, and then rinse.

How much to apply: 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.

Frequency: 2-3 times per week 

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

Using a Face Mask is a great way to help clarify skin to minimise pores, fight  blackheads, and prevent breakouts. 

How to use: Apply mask to damp skin in a thin layer and relax for ten minutes. Rinse with warm water or a damp cloth (UpCircle muslins are perfect) to reveal fresh, cleansed skin. 

How much to use: 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.

Frequency: 2-3 times per week 

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

Face Toner

face toner

Our Face Toner is perfect for hydrating and soothing skin at home or on the go and giving it some extra love! 

How to use: Apply to fingertips or cleansing pad and gently sweep over the face. It can also be used as a mist – spritz over the face at any time to revitalise.

How much to use: 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.

Frequency: Multiple times daily

Top tip: Keep your Toner in your bag to spritz throughout the day! It’s great post gym or to spritz on straight after removing your face covering!

Eye Cream

Give your eyes some extra love and help to firm, brighten and protect them. 

How to use: Dab onto the delicate eye area and allow the cream to soak into the skin.

How much to use: 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. A pip amount 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.

Frequency: Morning and night 

Top tip: Use our soothing eye roller to massage in the eye cream for deeper absorption and to boost circulation for brighter eyes! 

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 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: Morning and night 

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 our Gua Sha to sculpt the face and release ant tension from the face. 

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: Start by applying in the morning and 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. 

Shampoo Crème

Shampoo Crème

When it comes to haircare, choosing natural products that take care of your scalp as well as your locks is important.

How to use: Wet hair, wash and massage into scalp. Rinse well and repeat.

How much to use: Due to our unique concentrated formula, you only need a blueberry sized dollop of the shampoo to lather on the hair. You may need a tiny bit more if you’re hair is thick and long – see a breakdown on our Instagram.

Frequency: Whatever works for your hair – but we usually recommend around twice per week.

Top tip: Ensure the hair is fully saturated before applying the product – take at least one to two minutes wetting the hair

Conditioner Crème

conditioner crème

For soft and intensely nourished hair, add our Conditioner Crème into your haircare routine.

How to use: After shampooing take a small amount of product and warm between palms. Apply to the ends of the hair and leave on for three to five minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

How much to use: As with our Shampoo Crème, the formula is very concentrated, so you only need a blueberry sized dollop of product. 

Frequency: Whatever works for your hair – but we usually recommend around twice per week.

Top tip: To use as a hair treatment, leave the product in for 10 minutes before rinsing out.