Your Basic Skincare Routine


Of course, we all know a quick and balanced daily skincare routine is a good idea. But, with so many lotions, creams, and tips out there, it’s hard to know where to start! Plus, time is of the essence – no one wants to spend hours in front of the bathroom mirror. So, here’s some advice for you lovely people out there on why we should use certain products every day, why some are indispensable, some are not, and why we only use some twice a week! Your skin needs to feel fresh and clean and moisturised in the morning, and fed and watered each night, ready for a good night’s sleep!

Our routine at Penny Price Aromatherapy should take 3 minutes maximum, and we will tell you all you need to know about your skincare basics, explaining our products and how to use them on the way

Firstly, a little word on our lovely natural skincare range.

Illuminous is a natural fusion of indulgent skincare and aromatherapy, expertly formulated, using generations of experience, to illuminate the beauty within. Illuminous is the brainchild of me, Penny Price, of Penny Price Aromatherapy. After many years of research and planning, I have created a luxury brand of skincare that is naturally active and based on plant therapy. The brand is modern and lovingly created to give radiance and glow to the skin and to help the skin to look younger and firmer. An aromatherapist for over 30 years, I am really proud of this range and I really hope you enjoy my new skincare range Illuminous, which I have lovingly crafted from my years of formulation experience. If you would like help choosing products to suit your own unique skin, then be illuminated and give us a call or an email – we are always happy to help.

Step 1: Cleanse
Make cleansing step one of an Illuminous Skincare routine

Even if a few, short minutes is all you’ve got, freshly cleansed skin twice a day is a good place to start your routine (both morning and evening). A good cleanser will rid your skin of dirt, make-up and impurities without leaving your skin feeling tight or dry. A good cleanser also prepares your skin for the next skincare step, meaning products used after a good cleanse will work more effectively. Penny Price Aromatherapy makes 2 cleansers, a light one for the morning to uplift and start the day, and a richer one for the evening, to remove makeup and feed the skin.


Morning Fresh Pure Cleanse
This is a light, creamy lotion that purifies and cleanses the skin deeply yet gently, removing any traces of makeup and impurities.

Key ingredients and properties:
Sunflower Oil – Nourishing, rich in vitamin E
Almond Oil – Emollient/anti-oxidant
Coconut Butter – Moisturiser, emollient
Cocoa Butter – Emollient, anti-oxidant, dissolves other waxes/oils

Vitamin E
– Anti-oxidant
Geranium Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant, ability to open pores and cleanse oily skin
Lavandin Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, helps to normalise skin balance
Lavender French Essential Oil – Healing, cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cleansing
Orange Blossom Essential Oil – Restorative, anti-ageing, antiseptic, cleansing

How to use:
Use 2 or 3 pumps of product into dampened hands, and apply over face, neck and around eyes, massaging into the skin. Rinse with water or a damp flannel/facial sponge to purify the skin.

For best results use every morning before applying moisturiser for an illuminous day

Recommended For:
Sensitive and delicate skin


Pure Cleanse
This is a very rich cleansing cream that gently removes all traces of make-up, lifts impurities and leaves the skin feeling soft and clean without dryness.

Key ingredient and properties:
Coconut Butter Moisturiser – Emollient
Soya Oil – Anti-oxidant, emollient
Shea Butter – Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, dissolves grease

Cocoa butter
– Emollient, Anti-oxidant, dissolves other waxes/oils
Vitamin E –  NaturalAnti-oxidant
Lavender French Essential Oil – Healing, cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cleansing
Geranium Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant, ability to open pores and cleanse oily skin
Palmarosa Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiaging
Sandalwood Essential Oil – Emollient, soothing, anti-inflammatory

How to use:
Apply about half a teaspoonful into the palms of the hands, rub together and spread over face, neck and around eyes, massaging into the skin. Rinse with water or a damp flannel/facial sponge to purify skin.

For best results use every evening before sleeping to wake up to an illuminous day.

Recommended For:
To remove heavy make-up, suitable all skin types, but particularly very dry skin.


OK, we now have the cleansing part done! I hope you noticed that I use a warm, wet flannel to remove the cleanser. This is for two reasons; the flannel is better for your skin than cotton wool and it is definitely better at removing the dirt and grime, as well as any dead skin cells, and, it also helps increase the circulation to the skin, giving an oxygen boost and a rosy glow.

Step 2: Tone
To tone or not to tone? This is sometimes considered unnecessary, but I always do it! The toner needs to be astringent to close the pores a little (not all together), but not contain any alcohol, which is very drying to the skin.

Refresh and Revive Toner
Fresh Eau de Rose is infused with sweet Neroli Flower Oil to refine and minimalise pores.  Skin will feel hydrated, soothed and fresh. Suitable for all skin types

Key ingredients and properties:
Neroli Flower Water – Antioxidant, astringent, tonic, antiseptic, anti-acne, soothing
Rose Flower Water – Astringent, antioxidant, calming, soothing
Neroli Essential Oil (orange blossom) – Antioxidant, astringent, tonic, helps temporary lift and firmness of the skin. Calming and helpful for sensitive fragile skin

How to use:
Use 2 pumps of Refresh and Revive toner into the palm of one hand. Reb palms together and then press the toner into the skin using your palms in a pressing action. Our lovely toner can also be applied by damping gauze and leaving on the face for a few minutes if you have time, to reduce redness and thread veins for an illuminous glow

Recommended For:
Reducing pores, firming the skin, suitable for all skin types.


Step 3: Serum & Booster
If you have a few moments spare, here is where you would apply a radiance booster or serum, just to give that little extra hit of active ingredients and skin food.

Perfectly Smooth Eye Serum
A lightweight formula, rich in moisturisers, peptides and natural essential oils of Fennel Seed, Geranium and Patchouli to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

Key ingredients

Aloe Vera leaf juice – Anti-inflammatory, wound healing, soothing, significantly increases hydration, penetration enhancer
Vitamin E – Cell regenerating
Juvinity – Protects cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity, reactivates the synthesis of major dermal constituents, prolongs cell lifespan
Lavender French essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness
Fennel essential oil – Tightens the skin, healing reduces puffiness under the eyes
Geranium essential oil – Intense feeding, moisturising, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant

Patchouli essential oil
– Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiaging, moisturising
Hyaluronic acid – Intense moisturisation and antiaging effects

How to use:
Apply a small amount to your eyelids and around your eyes after completing your cleanse and tone. Leave to fully absorb for several minutes to enrich the delicate eye tissues before applying moisturiser to your Illuminous skin.

Recommended For:
Crêpe, flaky skin around the eyes and for dark circles, to deeply moisturise and protect.


Radiance Boost Rose Facial Oil
The exotic blend of Rose Flower Oil with Rosehip Oil, Wheat Germ Oil and Mexican Poppy extract brings deep moisturisation and radiance, while being antioxidant and protective for dry skin

Key Ingredients:
Sunflower Oil – Nourishing, rich in vitamins ABD and E
Rosehip Oil – Emollient, a tissue regenerator, reducing scar tissue and promoting cell renewal, anti-inflammatory
Wheatgerm – Rich in vitamin E and effective for wrinkles and stretch marks
VC-IP – Brightening, radiance, lightening, anti-pigmentation

Rose Absolute Essential Oil
– Anti-inflammatory, useful for blotchy skin, soothing, cooling, astringent
Mexican poppy extract – Moisturises, hydrates and protects, restores lipid levels, regenerates, protection barrier

How to use:
Apply onto a cleansed, dry face and neck for an illuminous boost to your skin. Overlay with Super Hydrating Day Cream for all-day intense protection.

Recommended For:
Dry, damaged or blotchy skin, to even out skin tone, replace moisture loss and to help the skin to repair itself.


Daytime Plump Neroli Facial Oil
Orange Blossom Flower oil combined with Sea Plant extracts and Avocado Nut Oil plumps and hydrates your skin during the day for the perfect fresh, dewy look

Key Ingredients:

Macadamia – One of the highest plant-derived sources of palmitoleic acid, which protects cell lipids from oxidative damage
Avocado Oil – Absorbs well into the skin, regenerative, antioxidant, vitamins BD
Kalpariane – Antioxidant, free radical scavenger, stimulates collagen
Wheatgerm Oil – Rich in vitamin E and effective for wrinkles and stretch marks

Neroli Essential Oil
– Antioxidant, astringent, tonic, helps temporary lift and firmness of the skin. Calming and helpful for sensitive fragile skin
Ultra-filling Spheres – Tightens the skin, smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles and making the skin surface more elastic with longer hydration
Lavender Essential Oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness

How to use:
Apply to a cleansed, dry face and neck for illuminous skin throughout the day. Overlay with Super Hydrating Day Cream for all-day intense moisturisation.

Recommended For:
To rebuild and restructure damaged, sensitive, irritated or mature skin.


And of course, we also have something for the evening to help your skin to regenerate through the night,

Night to Light Recovery Jasmine Facial Oil
Exotic Jasmine Flower oil combined with Lupin Seed extract, Evening Primrose oil and Sunflower Seed oil is protective and nourishing, working while you sleep to deliver a moist, fresh morning face

Key Ingredients:
Macadamia Oil – One of the highest plant-derived sources of palmitoleic acid, which protects cell lipids from oxidative damage
Evening Primrose Oil – Omega-6 fatty acids help stimulate skin growth, and there is evidence to suggest that γ-linolenic acid reduces inflammation

Lupin seed extract – Lupin seeds are rich in Lupeol, an active molecule that increases the synthesis of collagen and improves the elasticity of the skin
Wheatgerm – Rich in vitamin E and effective for wrinkles and stretch marks
Jasmine Essential Oil – Increases oxygen saturation of the skin, moisturising, calming, cell-renewing
Gatuline Intense – Anti-ageing active with immediate effect against wrinkles and sagging, extracted from flowers of Acmella

How to use:
Apply to a cleansed, dry face and neck for illuminous skin when you wake. Overlay with Night to Light Renewal Night Cream to enhance the effects.

Recommended For:
Inflamed and rosacea type skin, tired skin (this product encourages a good night’s sleep), toxic skin.


And this is my favourite:

Intense Night to Light Repair Serum
Antioxidant and cell-renewing, this light formula keeps skin looking dewy and bright. With precious oils of Passion Flower, Rosehip combined with Vitamin C and Aloe Vera for repair while you sleep.

Key Ingredients:

Evening Primrose Oil – Omega-6 fatty acids help stimulate skin growth, and there is evidence to suggest that γ-linolenic acid reduces inflammation
Macadamia Oil – One of the highest plant-derived sources of palmitoleic acid, which protects cell lipids from oxidative damage
Rosehip Oil – Emollient, a tissue regenerator, reducing scar tissue and promoting cell renewal, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin C – Brightening, radiance, lightening, anti-pigmentation
Juvinity – Protects cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity, reactivates the synthesis of major dermal constituents, prolongs cell lifespan
Gatuline Intense – Anti-ageing active with immediate effect against wrinkles and sagging, extracted from flowers of Acmella
Rose essential oil – Antiaging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and cell regenerating
Carrot seed essential oil – Antiaging, antioxidant, cell-regenerating, circulatory
Elemi essential oil – Soothes inflamed skin, rejuvenating, antioxidant, antiaging

How to use:
Apply a small amount to your face and neck after completing cleansing and toning, preparing your skin for an Illuminous morning. Overlay with Night to Light Renewal Night Cream for an even more intense effect.

Recommended For:
To rebuild and restructure damaged, sensitive, irritated or mature skin.


Step 4: Moisturise
If you are in a desperate rush, this is the one stage you can never afford to miss! In these days of blue light pollution, car fumes, dirty air etc. your moisturiser should help protect you skin from damage. It only takes a couple of minutes so do it! Moisturising is the super-important finisher in any daily skincare routine, it will help protect your skin from losing moisture (keeping it feeling supple and plump!). We suggest you warm up our moisturiser by rubbing the fingertips together before applying – it smooths on and is absorbed so well!

We have several moisturisers for all types of skin, and also a great night cream!

Bright and Radiant Moisture Milk
Radiance-boosting rose water, Golden Kelp and Vitamin E come together to impart even skin tone, radiance and intense moisturisation. As this is a lotion it is really light and great for younger skin.

Key ingredients and properties:
Eau de Rose – Tonic, moisturising, anti-inflammatory, balancing
Sweet almond oil – Emollient, vitamin-rich (B), soothing and calming
Hazelnut oil – Helps regulate sebum, circulatory, tonicHyaluronic acid Antiaging and extremely hydrating, antiaging
Shea butter – Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, dissolves grease
Winged Kelp – Antiaging, moisturising, anti-inflammatory
Golden Kelp – Antioxidant, free radical scavenger, stimulates collagen
Lavender essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness
Elemi essential oil – Anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing and skin rejuvenating
Rose essential oil – Antiaging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and cell regenerating

How to use:
Pump twice into the palms of the hands and rub together. Apply with palms to the face and neck after completing a cleanse and tone. Leave to fully absorb for several minutes before applying make-up to Bright and Radiant Illuminous skin.

Recommended For:
Dull, tired, lifeless skin, especially fatigued skin and young skin


Super Hydrating Day Cream
Formulated to combat the effects of ageing, this beautifully intense day cream gives skin a smooth and nourished appearance. With precious oils of regenerating lavender flower and anti-ageing palmarosa to promote healthy, radiant skin.

Key ingredients:

Rosehip oil – Emollient, a tissue regenerator, reducing scar tissue and promoting cell renewal, anti-inflammatory
Evening Primrose oil – Omega-6 fatty acids help stimulate skin growth, and there is evidence to suggest that γ-linolenic acid reduces inflammation.
Macadamia oil – One of the highest plant-derived sources of palmitoleic acid, which protects cell lipids from oxidative damageGolden kelp – Antioxidant, free

radical scavenger, stimulates collagen
Spillanthes flower extract – Antiaging and anti-inflammatory help reduce fine lines
Hyaluronic acid – Extreme moisturisation, skin tightening, anti-ageing
Geranium essential oil – Anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant, ability to open pores and cleanse oily skin
Lavender essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness
Neroli essential oil – Antioxidant, astringent, tonic, helps temporary lift and firmness of the skin. Calming and helpful for sensitive fragile skinPalmarosa essential oil – Anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, antiseptic, moisturising, circulatory

How to use:
Apply a small amount to your face and neck after completing your cleanse and tone, to hydrate your skin for an Illuminous day

Recommended For:
Mature, dry and sensitive skin that needs that extra loving touch.


Super Soothing Moisture Cream
Formulated with precious oils of lavender, bergamot, juniper and chamomile, Super Soothing Moisture Cream is especially for sensitive, flaky, red or itchy skin. It glides on easily, soothing and calming your skin. Good for eczema-type skin

Key Ingredients:

Raspberry seed oil – Anti-inflammatory, helpful for eczema, rashes and other skin lesions. It is also used in sunscreens as it has the ability to absorb UV radiation
Calendula  seed oil – Skin healing, soothing, antiseptic, anti-itching and anti-inflammatory, used for sensitive skin
Golden kelp – Inflammation regulation factor which protects the DNA of skin cell nucleus from chronic inflammation

Sheabutter – Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, contains allantoin, a substance that was found to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue, natural emollient so prevents dryness and crackingVitamin E – Cell regenerating
Lavender essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness
Bergamot  essential oil – Anti-inflammatory, healing for wounds and burns, helps prevent itching
Patchouli  essential oil – Calming, anti-inflammatory, calming, prevents itchiness, helps regulate and balance skin
Juniper  essential oil – Helps control sebum, antisepticRoman chamomile  essential oil – Anti-inflammatory, calming, cell-regenerating

How to use:
Apply a small amount to your face and neck after completing your cleanse and tone. Leave to fully absorb for several minutes before applying make-up to your calmed and soothed Illuminous skin.

Recommended For:
Eczema, psoriasis and irritable skin that needs to feel soothed and loved.


Perfect Harmony Moisture Cream
With pure Shea Butter and Hazelnut Oil infused with Juniper Needle oil, this is the perfect moisturiser for combination skin. With active ingredients to complement your skin for a naturally balanced look. Helps to give an even skin tone and to minimise fine lines and wrinkles

Key ingredients:

Hazelnut Oil – Non-comedogenic absorbs quickly without leaving the skin feeling greasy. Light astringent action to tighten and tone the skin
Sheabutter – Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, prevents dryness and cracking
Vitamin E – Cell regeneration, skin health and balanceAntileukine 6 – Anti-ageing, very moisturising, balancing

Geranium essential oil – Adaptogenic to dry and oily skin, feeding, moisturising, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant
Petitgrain essential oil – Anti-inflammatory protects from free-radical induced cell damage and ageing, excellent at balancing dry or oily skin
Juniper Needle essential oil – Helps control and balance sebum, antiseptic
Lavender French essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness

How to use:
Apply about half a teaspoonful to the face and neck after completing a cleanse and tone. Leave to fully absorb for several minutes before applying make-up to your harmoniously balanced skin.

Recommended For:
Acne-prone and combination skin, to even out skin tone and help balance sebum levels.


Night to Light Renewal Night Cream

This rich and buttery night cream works while you sleep to deliver deep moisturisation and diminish fine lines. With Camellia Oil, Konjac Root, Vitamin E and Carrot Seed Oil, to help renew and rejuvenate your skin.

Key Ingredients:

Macadamia oil – The high content of essential fatty acids, giving restructuring properties, strengthens the skin lipid barrier, improves skin moisture content, emollient and regenerative properties
Camellia oil – Nourishing, contains vitamins A, B and E, phosphorus, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium, and is high in oleic acid.

Ultra-filling spheres
– Tightens the skin, smoothing out the appearance of  wrinkles and making the skin surface more elastic with longer hydration
Shea butter – Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, prevents cracked and dry skinGatulene intense -Anti-ageing active with immediate effect against wrinkles and sagging, extracted from flowers of Acmella
Hyaluronic acid – Extreme moisturisation, skin tightening, anti-ageingPalmarosa essential oil – Anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, antiseptic, moisturising, circulatory
Lavender High Altitude essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness
Neroli essential oil – Antioxidant, astringent, tonic, helps temporary lift and firmness of the skin. Calming and helpful for sensitive fragile skin
Carrot Seed essential oil – Antiaging, antioxidant, cell-regenerating, circulatory

How to use:
Apply to your face and neck after completing your cleanse and tone, preparing your skin to wake up to an Illuminous morning.

Recommended For:
Mature sensitive, fragile skin that needs that extra loving care.


Step 5: Mask & prime
I know that this is not quite part of your daily routine, but masks and primers are great if you can spare the time, and your skin will thank you for it.

Firstly, a primer. Use this under makeup and your skin will be protected, and help your make-up to stay on longer with a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Picture Perfect Primer
Herbal extracts of Eyebright, Yarrow and Mallow combine with precious oils of Rose Flower and Neroli Flower to give an instant tightening and brightening effect, smoothing out fine lines to give a perfect base for flawless make-up and a Picture-Perfect look.

Key ingredients:

Mallow extract – Skin brightening and enlivening, circulatory
Alpine herbal extracts – Skin brightening helps even out skin tone
Coconut oil – Emollient and natural SPF (8). ProtectiveArgan oil – Reduces scar tissue and imperfections, skin healing, antiaging, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin ACE complex – Intense vitamin system for the skin to nourish and induce radiancePrimula extract – Tightens the skin, antiaging

Chrondus crispus
– Ability to develop shield-like properties to protect skin from environmental stresses. Also known as a “Second Skin” ingredient, and acts as an instant film former providing on the spot hydration along with a very smooth texture. Also helps reduce Trans Epidermal Water Loss and helps provide prolonged delivery of other active ingredients
Caffeine – Enlivens and radiates skin, tightens and increases circulation
Neroli essential oil – Antioxidant, astringent, tonic, helps temporary lift and firmness of the skin. Calming and helpful for sensitive fragile skin
Hyaluronic acid – Intense moisturisation and antiaging effects

How to use:
After thorough cleansing and toning, massage a small amount to your face and neck until gently absorbed. Leave for several minutes before applying make-up to your perfectly primed Illuminous skin

Recommended For:
All Skin Types


Deep Moisture Replenishing Mask
Deep Moisture Replenishing Mask delivers intense moisturisation to help soften signs of ageing. With exotic oils of ylang-ylang flower and vetiver root combined with pure honey, the skin will plump and hydrate, feeling soft and smooth.

Key ingredients and properties:

Algin – Helping the skin and fat cells to absorb minerals and extracts
Rosewater – Astringent, antioxidant, calming, soothing
Chondrus crispus – Ability to develop shield-like properties to protect skin from environmental stresses. Also known as a “Second Skin” ingredient, and acts as an instant film former providing on the spot hydration along with a very smooth texture.

Also helps reduce Trans Epidermal Water Loss and helps provide prolonged delivery of other active ingredients
Ylang Ylang essential oil – Anti-inflammatory, soothing, good for mature dry skin, antiaging
Lavender French essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness
Sandalwood essential oil – Soothing, anti-inflammatory, helps dry and mature skin to plump
Vetiver essential oil – Intensely anti-inflammatory and calming
Honey – Humectant, a skin-conditioning agent, emollient, moisturising, antiseptic, wound healing, soothing

How to use:
Smooth a small amount gently over the cleansed face and neck. Leave the mask to replenish and moisturise for 3-5 minutes, then rinse, tone and moisturise for illuminous skin

Recommended For:
Mature, dry skin, also helps with rosacea and sensitive skin.


Tighten and Tone Firming Mask
The perfect balance of lupin seed, Aloe Vera and tightening plant cell structures, deliver a beautiful toning effect for youthful, firm skin

Key ingredients and properties:

Aloe Vera leaf juice – Anti-inflammatory, wound healing, soothing, significantly increases hydration, penetration enhancer
Lupin seed extract – Lupin seeds are rich in Lupeol, an active molecule that increases the synthesis of collagen and improves the elasticity of the skin
Eidelweiss extract – Tightens and smooths the skin and helps diminish wrinkles.

Heart-leaved globe daisy extract – Protects against oxidative stress (air pollution and UV radiation)
Lavender French essential oil – Cell-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturising, healing to the skin and helps diminish redness
Palmarosa essential oil – Anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, antiseptic, moisturising, circulatory

How to use
Smooth a small amount gently over cleansed face and neck. Leave the mask to tighten and tone for up to 10 minutes, then rinse, tone and moisturise for illuminous skin

Recommended For:
Mature, dry skin, also helps with rosacea and sensitive skin.


So, what is the best way to start a daily skincare routine? I hope the blog helped you with that and that you are well on your way to beautifully soft, illuminous skin.

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