Meet the woman who made me start using oil cleansers again. As you might now, with the amount of products I try in my profession, I've pretty much tried every texture there is for products, and had already ruled out oil cleansing. I came to the conclusion, that oil cleansers were just not doing anything good for your skin.
I feel like I'm pretty knowledgable about ingredients, and in my head it made perfect sense, oil molecules are usually big molecules that can't penetrate the skin, meaning they will be laying on the surface, and possibly clogging your pores, giving you breakouts. (Take coconut oil for example, and please don't tell me you are still on with that trend) That's exactly what happened to my skin, every time I used an oil cleanser, my pores got clogged and my skin started to break out, as no other product I was using on top, could penetrate through the skin and the leftover of the oil molecules were laying on top of the skin, blocking other good ingredients my skin needed.
Then right before my wedding last year, when I was researching brands and products, I came across Votary. Here I learned that oils are not the same as oils as there are plenty of oils that can penetrate the skin and do not clog the pores. Already after the first few times, using the Clarifying Cleansing Oil from Votary my skin started clearing up and I could say goodbye to clogged pores. I decided to try few more products, and with each product I tried, the more I fell in love with. From the Super Seed Nutrient Cream that feels like it's hugging your skin, it's so soothing to the Intense Night Oil with retinoid (which is my favourite ingredient for reducing and preventing wrinkles) and don't even get me started on their body oils. My body has never been so smooth and no small bumps on my upper arm, which I use to have all the time before starting to use their Body Treatment Oil on daily basis. And just like that, the award-winning plant based skincare brand from London was tested and approved.
Arabella has created specialist products for eyes and lips, products which work overnight to transform your skin while you sleep, and products which work brilliantly to address different life stage issues like adolescence, pregnancy and menopause. With that being said, I'm thrilled to finally go behind the scenes with Arabella and get to know her and her personal skincare routine better.
WHO IS ARABELLA PRESTON?
Co-founder of Votary
WAKEUP CALL (HOW DO YOU START YOUR MORNINGS) ?
An oil cleanse in the morning makes such an enormous difference to the way your skin looks. It creates the perfect base for make-up and gives your skin a real glow. I follow my morning cleanse with our lovely cooling Super Seed Serum and a Votary facial oil depending on how my skin is feeling. During the colder months I layer Votary Super Seed Nutrient Cream over my facial oil for serious hydration and protection against the elements.
In the evening I spend longer on my oil cleanse and will often soak in the bath with a cleanser on and with my body cocooned in Antidote Night Oil. Afterwards I might use one of our facial massage tools to really treat my skin and will massage in our Intense Night Oil. I’ll pat in Intense Eye Oil around my eye socket and after a good stretch I’ll apply my ultimate night time aromatherapy fragrance, Drift.
WHATS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
Votary Antidote Oil (for dry hands) Votary Pillow Spray and a great book.
BEST CAREER ADVICE?
Learn to recognise opportunities and to grab them. They might not all work out but it’s better than not having a go.
A Greek island in summer. I particularly like Hydra and Symi as they are car-free islands.
WHAT PRODUCT IS ALWAYS IN YOUR BAG?
Votary Lip Oil. I use it like a lip balm to keep my lips soft and plumped throughout the day.
HOW TO BE A BEAUTYBOSS?
Listen to your customers. I can think of at least 2 or 3 Votary products that only exist because customers asked for them.
FAVOURITE BEAUTY TIP?
Cleansing is the most important stage of skincare and oil cleansing can be truly transformational.
Like everyone else I am transfixed by Jodie Comer’s skin.
5 PRODUCTS YOU CAN ́T LIVE WITHOUT?
SKIN: Votary Rose Geranium Cleansing Oil
MAKEUP: RMS blush
HAIR: Davines nou nou mask
BODY: Votary Antidote Body Oil
BEAUTY ACCESSORY: Votary Face Cloths, of course!