A little sunkissed?

Honey on face

Manuka honey on my face 😛

Gentle after sun care

You have good intentions right? There’s sunblock in your handbag, beach bag, and maybe one in the glove-box of your car. There’s always a hat somewhere too. Problem is, sometimes you just get caught out in the beautiful hot sun when you didn’t expect to. No sunblock, chatting for longer than you expected, or simply caught up in what you’re doing… Before you know it you look in the mirror in the evening and your skin is hot with a bit of an after sun glow.

One of my goals in summer is not to let myself get burnt, especially on my face. However, none of us are perfect, and the other day out on the yacht, the reflection of the water caught me out. I was all nicely covered up with no direct sun on my face, but I didn’t reapply enough and come evening… warm pinky glow. It wasn’t too bad, but I couldn’t help reacting with a slap on the wrist. I immediately tried to rectify that by looking at myself in the mirror and saying ‘It’s OK, it’s not the end of the world, it happens…your skin will be fine.’ This of course was in my attempt to be kinder to myself and more mindful of the comments I gaily throw around at me.

Anyway, so what to do when this happens…

Cream Cleanser hand

Cream Cleanser for after sun care 🙂

Here’s my after sun routine:

  1. be kind to myself.
  2. say thank you to my skin for being so wonderful and always protecting me
  3. wash all remaining residues of my zinc-based sunscreen off with our Cream Cleanser (it’s lovely and soothing because it cleans pores while still leaving your skin feeling moisturised).
  4. when my skin has been patted dry I follow with some honey (manuka mostly, but let’s be honest – any honey is brilliant) – I rub some between my fingers and then gently massage it into my skin in circles. Leave the golden deliciousness to do its thing (read more here about manuka) for about 10 minutes while you unpack your beach bag or make yourself a tea.
  5. rinse, dry and then follow with Rejuvenating Oil. I’m a little in love with this oil I have to say – it smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling so soft and nourished…it has helichrysum essential oil in it which is emotionally and physically regenerating, but I’ll be writing a post on it’s wonderful healing properties next, so stay tuned…
  6. although Rejuvenating Oil is my number one, Gel Toner follows hot on its heels, especially as an after-sun skin soother. It’s packed with organic aloe and cucumber which are so wonderfully healing and nourishing. If you don’t have anything like this in your bathroom, go and forage for a fresh aloe leaf, remove its skin and smooth the gel onto your face and neck.

    RO and GT

    Rejuvenating Oil or Gel Toner

  7. finally…relax and be thankful for the sun and the wonderful day that you had.
  8. smile 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your summer (for those in the southern hemisphere), and if you do get burnt, please be kind to yourself first and foremost!

And please tell me, what is your favourite after sun skincare routine?

Sensual – sen•su•al

Sensual…

sen·su·al (sɛnsjʊəl) – relating to or affecting any of the senses

Right, I figure January 2015 is as good a time as any to start my first blog! So sensual it is 🙂 I have spent the week creating goals, brainstorming, putting lots of coloured pens to paper and I feel ready for this year ahead.

I’ve decided to start with our name, Bee Sensual. Of course it’s clear where Bee came from: the hard-working girls in our hives who are so busy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, collecting exquisite honey, kindly sharing it with us to eat by the spoonfuls and put in our skincare. Sensual on the other hand is one of those almost risqué words! It’s so often associated with sexuality, evoking erotic indulgence. Yet in its true form it simply means relating to the senses. I see it as an awareness of the sights, tastes, smells, sounds and physical sensations around us. This to me equals mindfulness…being fully present in that moment in our life.

This is what attracted me to the name, Bee Sensual: to be mindful and present in as many moments as you can. So often, as we’re rushing in the morning (and all day really), we splash our face with water, roughly dry it and then grab the closest moisturiser container, scoop some onto our fingers and hurriedly rub it into our face. We’re thinking about everything we need to do. What hasn’t been done. What we’ll cook for dinner tonight. As we glance in the mirror to make sure there are no white streaks left we mentally comment on the dark rings under our eyes or a wrinkle we hadn’t noticed before. We berate ourselves for not looking ‘good’ enough.

Bee-ing Sensual

Day Cream, orange blossom and rose geranium

A dream

My dream is for our Bee Sensual products to be a daily reminder to you to stop for a moment, slow down and take it all in:

  • let it start as your eyes find the container you’re looking for
  • take in the texture of the frosted glass as you hold the jar in your hand to scoop out some Day Cream
  • become aware of the scents that reach your nose, the subtle citrus with rose geranium undertones
  • look yourself in the eye in the mirror and find at least one part of your beautiful face to rejoice in
  • in that moment give thanks for what you see
  • breathe and smile

If Bee Sensual can increase your mindfulness (and self-appreciation) by even one minute a day, that will make my heart very happy 🙂