Tarj Mavi is the fabulous founder of La Mav Organic Skincare, a groundbreaking, natural cosmeceutical range that helps skin heal and reach optimum health on its own, by nourishing and balancing it. Having recently expanded the range to introduce some amazing new body products that compliment the face care beautifully, she reveals her current faves and why.
Why I love: My absolute all-time favourite! The nectar has an oily texture, but when applied it is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving it smooth, glowing and nourished. When you wake up in the morning your face looks healthy and rejuvenated. The nectar balances your skin’s natural pH, thanks to the oils it contains that mimic the composition of the sebum your skin naturally produces.
Top Tip: Apply 2-3 drops on clean exfoliated skin and massage gently. Exfoliation is very important because it prepares your skin to absorb the oils, allowing them to penetrate and nourish in depth.
Why I can’t live without! I cannot imagine going to bed, without washing away all impurities from my face. I just love the feeling of fresh clean skin. I prefer crème cleansers because they are gentle, nourishing and they do not wash away the natural oils our skin produces, which is a guarantee for balanced healthy skin.
Top Tip: Make sure not to overdo on cleansing and always look for gentle products. Strong cleansing products are sure to wash away the natural oils your skin produces and disrupt its protective barrier, making it look dry and lifeless.
Why I love: Great for ageing skin thanks to its richness in vitamin E (an antioxidant that neutralises free radicals, thus protecting the cells from damage) and unsaturated fatty acids. Argan oil is a powerful natural moisturiser that revitalises and hydrates dull, dry, flaky skin, by restoring the skin's hydro-lipid layer and providing instant relief. I'm not over-exaggerating when I call it one of nature's best skin healers!
Top Tip: Always use on exfoliated clean skin (this tip actually applies for all oils). This way, the oil will literally soak into your skin leaving it silky smooth and healthy looking.
Why I love: It smells soooo good! A smell to die for – fresh lemon aroma that brings summer feelings and at the same time warms the senses. It is rich and deeply moisturising, yet easily absorbed by the skin, without leaving a greasy feeling after application. It makes your skin super hydrated and smooth. What's not to love about it?
Top Tip: If your hands are dry and coarse, apply the hand cream right after you've washed them. This way you will lock the moisture in, which will make your hands feel smooth and nourished.
Why I love: I have always emphasised the importance of regular exfoliation because it’s essential for the stimulation of the skin’s natural rejuvenating and restorative processes. Our new scrub exfoliates gently and leaves skin baby soft to touch. It also facilitates the penetration of your body lotion/butter/oil, because the dead cells are removed and the skin is able to absorb the nutrients from the treatment you apply.
Top Tip: Always exfoliate on moist/damp skin. This way it's easier to remove the dead cells. Also – do not rub very hard and vigorously because you risk damaging the skin and its protective barrier.
By Nina Weston