I’m Amandeep Panglin, founder of Alchemy Oils, watcher of Netflix (and Amazon Prime, not picky), proud feminist, product junkie, Pilates enthusiast, foodie (though not a fan of that word), carer of hair, lover of dogs and all-around boss.
I believe in supporting mental health awareness which is why our brand promotes a self-care ethos, taking just 10 minutes to yourself a day can have a considerable impact on your wellbeing. Just doing something for yourself. I think it’s even more important in this day and age to spread kindness. We live in a culture where social media reigns supreme and it’s such a breeding ground for negativity people forget that the same tools can be used to spread positivity.
Be nice basically.
My morning routine
My morning routine involves a cleanse with Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, I love the consistency. It has a pleasant but not unnatural scent, I massage this into my skin and leave it for a couple of minutes, usually, while I brush my teeth, then rinse off.
There’s no foam, which I personally like though I know some people love a bit of foam in their life. After patting dry I’ll pop on a serum and a moisturiser.
I’ll let these sink in for a bit while getting on with other things. Then finish off with an SPF. I love The Body Shop Skin defense Multi-Protection Essence SPF50. It’s so lightweight, it’s the only SPF I’ve found that doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.
My evening routine
My evening routine is all about the double cleanse. I’ll use a balm or cleansing oil first, currently, I’m using the Jurlique Cleansing Oil, I’ll take a while to massage this in. For a second cleanse I’ll use a Dermalogica Cleanser, I’ll flit about with which one but my skin doesn’t respond well to clay or charcoal so I avoid anything with those in it.
I’m loving the effects of acid toning, so I’ll use Alpha H Liquid Gold after cleansing. On days I don’t acid tone, I use a normal toner, mist, and massage in a facial oil.
The biggest beauty myth:
That oils = grease. Embrace the oils. Hair, skin, everything benefits!
However, I’d like to bust another myth; that coconut oil does everything. It is an amazing, multitasking oil, but it’s comedogenic so it clogs pores if you put it on to your face. Unless it’s fractionated, in which long-chain triglycerides are removed, leaving mainly the medium-chain triglycerides and making it an absolutely saturated oil.
Three go-to products:
I’m not often loyal to one brand, I tend to like collecting and trying loads of products, looking for that elusive one. But this is one product that I’ve repurchased again and again. It contains free radical-fighting lycopene and hydrolysed wheat protein keeping skin even toned and smooth. Also, you can use it as a mini mask, if ever I have a leisurely morning (here’s looking at you Sunday), I’ll leave it on for 5-10 mins as recommended for a little revitalising mask. They’re also cruelty-free and sustainable, win-win.
I love that glowy, dewy skin look. You know, like the glass skin trend that’s going on? Anything that promises brightness and luminosity, I’m there. Pixi’s Glow Mist actually delivers. It contains natural oils, propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts. I love using it under makeup, over makeup, on bare skin, it just works and that’s really all you need from a product, that is does what it says on the tin (or spray bottle in this case). I know mists aren’t really for everybody but there’s something a little luxurious about adding a mist to your routine and it makes a noticeable difference.
This is AMAZING. I have tried so many vitamin C serums and there’s always something that’s amiss. Sometimes the textures off, sometimes there’s an odd scent, this one doesn’t have an amazing scent but it sinks in right away, the smell dissipates and the results are swoon-worthy. It has a great texture, thinner than gel thicker than your standard liquid serum. I love that it doesn’t leave a tacky film on the skin. It doesn’t take long to notice the effects, my skin looked brighter and just felt softer.