Self-care Tips

Elaine's Self-Care Routine and Tips

At Melvory, we love connecting with our customers! Our products are designed and lovingly created with you in mind. 

Sometimes it's easy to forget that behind Melvory (the brand) is a small group of passionate people who love what we do. We are a family business, not a big corporation - but we work for excellence. 

In this spirit we take this opportunity to share a fun post, which brings you into the world of Elaine (our founder!) She is a Pharmacist and Mum of 3 young children who keeps her on her toes.

We’ve invited Elaine to share her top self-care tips (and favourite skincare products) with us.

PS. There are quite a few Melvory products mentioned because Elaine genuinely loves using the products she formulated (no surprises there!)

So without further ado, Elaine shares with us her top self-care routine and tips. 

Morning Skincare Routine (10 - 15 Minutes)

I love to start off my day by cleansing my face with a creamy, nourishing cleanser. The Cucumber Milk Cleanser is my pick! I apply 2 pumps onto my damp skin and massage in a circular motion before rinsing off with lukewarm water. My skin feels incredibly soft and supple after the cleanse. 

Next I spritz my face and neck with the Orange Blossom Toner

The citrus-scent is incredibly uplifting and refreshing (perfect for a gentle pick-me-up in the morning). 

It has the added bonus that it keeps blemishes at bay and helps improve my skin texture. 

I then move onto nourishing my skin. I apply 2 pumps of the Blueberry Serum onto my ring fingers and gently dab all over my face and neck. This soft and light serum is packed with rich organic nutrients to support a beautiful creamy complexion. 

Sunscreen and foundation is next. I love to pair Melvory’s Natural SPF 50 sunscreen with our Mineral Powder foundation, because the sunscreen is a fantastic base for powder foundation! 

The Mineral Powder foundation has medium to full buildable coverage. So depending on my activities (and mood!) for the day, I might go for a medium coverage (for business meetings) or for a full coverage (for night events or award presentations!)

If I’m after something a lighter or if I’m pushed for time, I use our mineral BB cream which is a 4-in-1 moisturiser, serum, skin-tint and sunscreen all in one. This is such a time-saver for those mornings when things don’t go to plan. 

I finish off the look with our Melvory Lipstick. A bit of colour brightens my complexion. 

Just like children, I know I’m not supposed to have favourites, but shhhh between you and me the Guava colour is my favourite and works particularly well for my colouring!

Afternoon Moments

In the afternoons, I like to refresh my face with the Orange Blossom Toner. It works great as a hydrating face mist! 

I top up my SPF using the Mineral Powder Foundation (SPF 15) with the Kabuki brush

This is a great way to re-apply sunscreen as it doesn’t mess up my makeup! 

Two easy steps to take in the afternoon which really picks me up and refreshes my make-up for the rest of the day (and takes a total of less than 5 minutes!)

Evening Skincare Routine

In the evening, I use a double cleansing method, which helps to refine pores and puts me on the path to glass skin!

I start off with the Peach Oil Cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen. This cleanser dissolves even the most stubborn make-up like magic. It smells like sweet lemon and heavenly roses (it really does!) The smell reminds me to slow down and to give myself the time to decompress from the busyness of the day. 

I follow this up with the Green Tea Cleanser, which helps to ensure any residues are washed away.

Next I spray a few spritz of the Rose Silk Toner onto my face and neck. This toner contains potent papaya enzymes to remove dead skin cells and reduce pigmentation. 

I then apply the Blueberry Vitamin C serum to nourish my skin, followed by the Aloe Vera Face cream. This is an ultra rich face cream that helps with creases and fine lines. 

The next bit is my favourite part of the whole routine! It always leaves me feeling incredibly nourished and pampered. 

I apply a few drops of the Super Berry Face Oil onto my forehead, cheeks, neck and decolletage and massage gently until absorbed. The nutrients in the oil can penetrate through the moisturiser and the oil seals in all the hydrating ingredients leaving me with a radiant complexion (and ready for bed!) 

Evening Skincare Routine

Once a week, I will also use the Collagen Honey Mask as an overnight repair face mask. I simply apply a thin layer and then go to sleep. 

Additional Treats & Indulgences

Detox: Twice a week I use the Dragon Fruit Face Scrub to detox. It’s formulated with Dragon Fruit and Paw Paw enzymes to target blackheads and dissolve impurities deep within the pores. The exfoliating beads are natural jojoba beads and doesn’t scratch my skin!

After Shower Indulgence with Aromatherapy: Every now and then I like to relish some extra time to look after and pamper myself. On those days I use the Radiance Body Oil to massage my neck, decolletage, chest, belly, arms and legs. I use slow massage movements and breathe in the calming and relaxing scent. After the massage, my skin feels incredibly soft and silky. 

TLC for Winter: In Winter, my skin is so dry that I need at least 2 products to keep my skin hydrated. I often use Leo’s Manuka Moisturising Butter followed by the Radiance Body Oil to lock in all the moisture and ensure my skin is well-hydrated for the duration of the day. I moisturise my body twice a day; once before work and again before bedtime.

My Top 4 Favorite Products and Why I Love Them

Manuka Moisturising Baby Butter This butter is not just be babies! It’s great for hydrating my dry skin and keeping keratosis pilaris at bay. Its rich and nourishing formula provides long-lasting moisture, making my skin feel soft and smooth.

Blueberry Vitamin C Serum This shouldn’t be a surprise as you will have seen this mentioned numerous times in my self-care routines! I love this serum because it gives my skin a beautiful glow and helps reduce pigmentation. The antioxidant-rich blueberry extract combined with Vitamin C brightens my complexion and evens out my skin tone, giving me a radiant and youthful look.

Aloe Vera Face Cream This face cream has been a staple in my skincare routine for the past seven years since I formulated it. Using it twice daily, it keeps my skin hydrated, calm, and refreshed. Its soothing properties make it an essential part of my day and night routine.

Lavender Cocoa Butter Being my very first product, the Lavender Cocoa Butter holds a special place in my heart. It healed my children's skin issues, showcasing its effectiveness and gentle care. Now, I use it on my feet to prevent sore, cracked heels, enjoying its soothing lavender scent and rich, moisturising benefits.

What I’ve described is my basic self-care routine. 

I try not to let my routine slide even when things are busy, because I prioritise looking after myself.

The routine recharges me and keeps me grounded amidst the chaos. 

I hope this gives you some ideas for things you can do to incorporate some of this into your very own skincare routine! 

You may not do all of these steps, you may incorporate extra steps, or you may interchange the products. The important thing is that you take time out and adopt a self-care routine that works for you, your schedule and your skin.