A beauty editor-approved skincare routine from start to finish

You might be surprised to learn that even though I’m a beauty editor, my skincare routine is relatively low-key, and despite the best of intentions, pretty sporadic. Juggling deadlines, events and social commitments, doesn’t leave much time for extravagant 12-step routines and at-home treatments. However, in the spirit of Remix’s ‘Indulgence Edition’, I committed to investing more time in my skin – not just for vanity’s sake, but in the name of a little daily selfcare.  

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The products

I’ve been using Savar, an award-winning, natural skincare range, certified by New Zealand Fernmark. Leveraging the latest technology and science, Savar’s skincare is individually formulated using native plant-based ingredients, to deliver uncompromising and targeted results.

All active ingredients are considered, carefully selected for their skin-enhancing properties. Take the Luxury Face Wash for example, it features New Zealand manuka honey for its natural antimicrobial benefits, which help to soothe, calm and protect the skin. While organic cucumber cools and hydrates and cleansing lemon assists in brightening. You won’t find any ingredients in Savar’s products that don’t need to be there, like toxic and unnecessary fillers.

In addition to a likeminded approach to ingredients, Savar also shares the same values when it comes to skincare. As a brand, they view their products as part of a ritual, with skincare serving as a reminder to take time out for yourself and provide some much-needed ‘escapism’ after a busy day. For this reason, it was the perfect brand to help me embrace a more indulgent evening skincare routine.

Below is a breakdown of the products used and steps. To see how I apply them watch the video above.

Step 1: Luxury Face Wash

What is it: The first step in any good skincare routine should always be a cleanser – but not all are created equal. As the name suggests, it’s a luxurious feeling and smelling cleanser, which gently removes makeup and impurities. New Zealand manuka honey, organic cucumber and lemon fruit, leave the skin feeling cleansed and revitalised. Did I mention the smell?

Step 2: Refining Revitalising Facial Exfoliator

What is it: A gentle yet effective exfoliant that polishes and buffs away build-up, impurities and dead surface cells. It’s enriched with New Zealand calendula, organic sunflower (rich in vitamin E to rejuvenate skin) and bamboo, a natural and non-abrasive exfoliating agent.

Step 3: Hydrating Antioxidant Moisture Mask

What is it: Self-dubbed the ‘all-in-one miracle mask’, the ultra-decadent formula restores moisture levels in the skin, revealing a visibly hydrated complexion. It also helps to smooth out fine lines thanks to potent age-defying antioxidants. Alongside macadamia, jojoba and apricot oil, and ginkgo biloba extract, the hero ingredients include;

Blackcurrant seed oil - one of nature's true wonders that is rich in vitamin C, A and K, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to nourish, soothe, calm and protect the skin.

Organic pomegranate – a natural age-defying antioxidant found to help combat dryness and regenerate skin.

To use, gently massage a thick layer onto your face and neck, then remove with a warm compress after 20-25 minutes. As the formula is super gentle, you can also use as a sleeping mask – simply apply a thinner layer, leave on overnight and wake up to brighter, hydrated skin.

savar mask

Step 4: Instant Boost Multi Toner

What is it: A super easy-to-use toner that instantly hydrates and brightens skin, while reducing shine and refining pores. The balancing formula, with New Zealand marshmallow and organic white tea, makes it suitable for sensitive, breakout-prone complexions. One spritz after cleansing, or even throughout the day as a pick-me-up, will leave your skin feeling healthy and refreshed.

Step 5: Rosehip Ultra Brightening Serum

What is it: A natural, plant-based serum formulated with proven ingredients - rosehip, blackcurrant, lemon fruit and bearberry – to help even out skin tone and reduce redness. Brimming with nature’s anti-agers, with continued use, expect tighter and brighter skin, and that lit-from-within glow.

Step 6: Wonder Lift Eye Cream

What is it: An ultra-nourishing, firming and fragrance-free eye cream, enriched with premium anti-ageing extracts and oils – New Zealand chamomile, organic bilberry and black yea extract - to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The plant-based formula is suitable for even sensitive skin. Beauty editor tip: less is more with eye cream - massage any excess eye cream onto the neck or upper lip area.

Step 7: Essential Hydration Moisturiser

What is it: This rich moisturiser softens and nourishes normal, dry, very dry and sensitive skin. It promises to leave your skin feeling ‘wonderfully nourished, healthy and protected’. Stand-out ingredients include New Zealand starflower for fast-absorbing nourishment, plus organic rosehip to condition, revitalise and refine.

My verdict

I’ll preface this review by saying, my skin is pretty healthy and rarely problematic. The main ‘issues’ I experience are dryness (particularly around the nose) and sensitivity to anything too rich. I also have lots of freckles, most of these I’ve always had, but there’s definitely the odd sun-induced spot. In saying this, while I’m not trying to fix any issues, I definitely do observe improvements when I invest the time in my skin – and trying this bedtime routine using Savar attests to that. My complexion definitely looked more, plump and hydrated – immediately after the mask, I noticed the flaky areas around my nose were gone and less irritated.

The whole range when used together felt very indulgent. I really enjoyed the ritual of taking time for me. It’s easy to speed through your skincare, whereas Savar’s products and steps really encourage the opposite. I'm already looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow.

Now time for bed!




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