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GLOW ACADEMY: ULTIMATE SKINCARE GUIDE

GLOW ACADEMY: ULTIMATE SKINCARE GUIDE

Discover your dream daily routine 

We’ve all been there. Payday hits, and after a frantic spending scramble with the vision of a glowing complexion at the end of the tunnel, a parcel of fresh skincare goodies arrives on your doorstep. Then you realise something. Looking through your bathroom cabinet, it hits you that in the excitement of scooping up all the latest and greatest, you forgot to check how they’re actually supposed to work together...

That’s where we come in. Working out a regular routine doesn’t have to be daunting, so we’re getting back to basics and guiding you through the perfect totally Tropic order to get the most out of your skincare. Whether you’ve just discovered us or it’s a routine-refresher you’re after, you’ll find all the information you need right here. Shall we get glowing?

STEP 1 – CLEANSE

Cleansing is always the first step to achieving brighter, smoother and healthier-looking skin. A twice-daily cleanse is the foundation for a strong and structurally sound routine – the building blocks of meticulous toning and regular moisturising will crumble without the sturdy base of a good cleanse.

SMOOTHING CLEANSER complexion purifier

Get acquainted

Your one-way ticket to soft, springy skin, our classic cleanser is the routine starter skincare dreams are made of, gently melting away dirt, pollution, makeup and SPF.

The handy how-to

Massage onto dry skin morning and night before adding warm water and rinsing. Repeat, but this time rinse off with your organic Bamboo Face Cloth to polish and exfoliate.

STEP 2: EXFOLIATE

To keep your routine feeling fresh, give a just-cleansed complexion a reinvigorating treat once or twice a week by reaching for an exfoliator. As the exfoliation process works hard to decongest and clear dead skin cells, those with very sensitive skin or a skin condition may need to ease into using an exfoliator once a week only or even skip this step completely. Not to worry — there’s plenty of skincare goodies for you in the rest of our routine!

FACE SMOOTH brightening polish

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Combining gentle bamboo silica beads with moisture-replenishing macadamia oil and vitamin E, our hardworking cream breaks down dead skin cells and lifts them away to reveal the soft, smooth skin hiding beneath.

The handy how-to

Pop a marble-sized amount in the palm of your hand and apply to your T-zone using small circular motions, avoiding sensitive areas like eyes and cheeks. Then, rinse with warm water.

STEP 3 – MASK

Summon up a spot of home spa serenity by popping on a targeted treatment twice a week – which of our trio suits your skin type?

FACE LIFT brightening tightening mask
Get acquainted

Turn up the spotlight on dull skin with this pot of gold. As the brightening turmeric and kaolin clay draw out impurities, sea buckthorn extract works to boost collagen levels. The results? Plump, toned skin with a smooth, light-reflecting finish. It’s a workout for the face in a jar!

The handy how-to

Smooth over the face and neck using either your hands or our special Tropic Mask Spatula. Leave for 10-20 minutes until nice and dry, rinse with warm water and admire the silky soft, lifted results.

DEEP HYDRATION soothing cooling mask

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Intensely quenching for skin prone to dryness, this nourishing mask won’t rest until your skin’s thirst is fully satiated, leaving it at its soft and bouncy best. Plus, the whipped yoghurt-style texture with its fresh berry scent makes for sensorial bliss.

The handy how-to

Apply evenly with the Tropic Mask Spatula or your hands. Leave on for 20-30 minutes or overnight for skin that feels extra cool, calm and collected. For those who can’t get enough hydrating goodness, you’re in luck! As this mask is less intense than our others, you can use it as often as you like. 

CLEAR SKIN blemish-fighting mask

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Combining the joy of bidding adieu to spots with a deliciously vibrant scent (there’s rosemary and lime to thank for that), this mask powerhouse lets salicylic acid take charge of clearing out flare up-causing bacteria while green clay, bamboo charcoal and spirulina unclog pores and reduce redness. All in a day’s work…

The handy how-to

You guessed it – time to put the Tropic Mask Spatula to work again! Apply it all over the face or focus on areas of oiliness like the T-zone. Option two? Use it as a treatment by popping it on any pesky blemishes and leaving on overnight.

STEP 4: CLEAR

If your first cleanse is the reliable lead performer who always delivers, round two is the supporting player who swoops in to steal the show and takes the whole production to the next level. On days where you’re not indulging in exfoliation or a mask, give skin a second helping of cleanser with your choice of our two powder-based innovations.

CLEAR SKIES cleansing powder
Get acquainted

Expect transformative results from a product that’s…well, transformative. Our water-activated powder becomes a baby blue-tinged emulsion that clears skin of spot-causing sebum and excess oils, as the encapsulated plant enzymes within break down impurities hiding in pores.

The handy how-to

Tap a teaspoon sized amount into your palm and add a few drops of warm water. Gently mix them and massage the resulting light emulsion into skin, making sure to avoid the eyes. Rinse off immediately or leave on blemish-prone areas for a minute – your choice!

CLEAR SLATE deep cleansing powder
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Extremely oily skin – often the case for men, who have larger pores – deserves a little more TLC to ensure any extra sebum is shown the door. With volcanic ash and bamboo charcoal to absorb this excess, Clear Skies’ sister product is the perfect path to a smoother, more refined complexion. 

The handy how-to

Tap a teaspoon-sized amount into your palm and add a few drops of warm water. Gently mix them and massage onto the whole face or targeted oily areas like the T-zone. Rinse immediately or leave on for up to a minute, holding the Bamboo Face Cloth close to skin to gently steam it.

STEP 5: TONE

Set the tone for the rest of your routine by turning to a toner twice a day to hydrate skin and prep it for your next steps. Plus, quenching skin’s thirst doesn’t have to be a bathroom-bound activity. Take your toner on the go to ensure that refreshment is never further than a spritz away. 

VITAMIN TONER pore-refining mist
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This instantly soothing skin saviour is packed full of innovative micro-dispersed oil and water particles to make it even more hydrating, with oil acting as a vehicle for the water to travel deeper into the skin’s epidermis. And you always thought they’d never mix…

The handy how-to

Close your eyes and hold your toner six inches away from your face, before spritzing all over and leaving to soak in. Feeling a bit more indulgent? Include your neck and décolletage in your coverage too. 

STEP 6: SERUM

Serums’ smaller, water-based formulations allow deeper penetration into the skin’s layers than moisturisers, allowing them to act from within to deliver targeted solutions for specific ‘skinarios’.  A vital step to remember for anyone interested in long-term skin health, the only question is – where to start? Meet our selection of serums…

RAINFOREST DEW hydration serum
Get acquainted

Bringing together a hydration-boosting blend of plant extracts and multi-molecular weight hyaluronic acid, this lightweight serum leaves your skin with a dewy, glassy glow. Think of it as your skin’s daily allowance of water in just a few drops. 

The handy how-to

Pat 3-6 drops into skin every morning and night. With their thin consistency, they’ll absorb in no time.

GLOW BERRY brightening serum
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Take skin from dull to dazzling with this powerful blend of super-brightening berries and extracts that will leave you feeling and looking lit from within. Even skin tone, reduced hyperpigmentation and improved elasticity are just some of the bountiful benefits that await – radiance in a bottle!

The handy how-to

Pat and press 3-6 drops into skin. Use every morning and night, or…

  • Like to alternate your AM and PM products? Reach for Glow Berry in the morning to ensure pollution protection.
  • For those with more sensitive skin, this is a glow-getter best used every other day.

FRUIT PEEL resurfacing serum

(If your skin’s very sensitive, we don’t recommend this for you)

Get acquainted

Sometimes rough, coarsely textured skin needs a smoothing hand to stay expertly exfoliated. No need for harsh rubbing and scrubbing – simply let the serum’s trio of fruit acids work their magic to clear up pores and break down the bonds between dead skin cells, for clearer complexions all round.  

The handy how-to

Apply generously to the face, neck and décolletage, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10 minutes and finish with Super Greens for the dewiest of results.

  • If your skin is slightly sensitive, stick with this serum once a week.
  • For skin that doesn’t irritate easily, use on alternating evenings/three times a week.

OCEAN DIVE pore-clearing serum
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It’s time to give your pores the star treatment they deserve. Formulated for targeted use on areas of excess oiliness, blemishes or enlarged and clogged pores, our refining, balancing serum takes the plunge deep into pores to sweep away blemish-causing bacteria, break down dead skin cells and even out sebum levels. Ready to turn the tides for a clearer complexion?

The handy how-to

Take a dip into your bottle with a Bamboo Bud, or sustainable cotton or bamboo pad. Apply a few drops every evening to specific areas where you have blemishes, bumpiness, oiliness or clogged pores.

If you opt for a Bamboo Bud, let its unique shape be your guide. Use the smaller part of the tip to target individual blemishes and the wider part to swipe and glide the serum across larger areas.

PURE LAGOON blemish prevention serum
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Banish breakouts and bring your microbiome back to equilibrium with this rebalancing serum, ideal for skin prone to spots and blemishes. Feeding the skin’s natural eco flora, it gently nourishes without any harsh stripping effects on the complexion to reveal clearer, plumper skin. 

The handy how-to

Pat 3-6 drops morning and night onto the T-zone or anywhere else where you’re experiencing spots.

SUN DROPS gradual tanning facial serum
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Who said summer had to start in June? Alongside their sun-kissed bronzing effect – courtesy of natural plant allo-melanin that mimics your skin’s own – the infusion of aloe vera juice in these liquid rays of sunshine keeps skin feeling hydrated and looking luminous all year round.

The handy how-to

Sun Drops do things a bit differently from their serum siblings. Instead of applying directly to skin, mix them with your moisturiser (Step 8) morning or evening – 2-3 drops for a subtle change, and 4-6 for that ‘I’ve just stepped off the plane from Greece’ look. Always wash your hands after use too!

Perfect your serum selection

There’s no need to limit yourself to using just one of our sublime serums. Here are some tips on how to use them in tandem to ensure their active ingredients are at their most effective. 

Dynamic duos

  • Apply Ocean Dive 10 minutes BEFORE Pure Lagoon
  • Apply Pure Lagoon OR Glow Berry BEFORE Rainforest Dew.
  • OR; apply Fruit Peel AFTER Rainforest Dew.

Serum switch ups

  • Use Glow Berry in the morning and Fruit Peel in the evening.
  • Use Pure Lagoon in the morning and Fruit Peel in the evening.
  • Use Glow Berry and Pure Lagoon on alternating mornings.

For maximum radiance, avoid using Sun Drops on days where you’ve used Fruit Peel in the evening and Glow Berry in the morning.

    STEP 7: EYE CREAM

    They say the eyes are the windows to your skin concerns…well, something like that. The delicate skin around the eyes is often the first to show signs of a life well-lived with creases as you smile. If you want to keep this area firm and plump, taking time to apply eye-focused products should be a regular priority.

    EYE WORK rejuvenating serum
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    Say goodbye to bleary-eyed scrambles to the shower, it’s the wake-up call of your dreams. Complete with a bespoke ZAMAC tip that cools as it glides across the eye area, this silky, lightweight serum brightens, reduces puffiness and soothes. Who said coffee was the key to being a morning person? 

    The handy how-to

    Gently squeeze to release the serum onto the ZAMAC tip and then smooth under the eye, taking care not to press too hard. Use to start the day bright every morning, or as a pick-me-up throughout the day if you feel screen time taking its toll.

    EYE DREAM age-defying overnight butterbalm
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    The struggle for the elusive eight hours of sleep is real, but your eyes don’t have to show it! All the ingredients for a well-rested glow by morning are here; shea butter and jojoba esters for hydration, plant ceramides for elasticity and bio-retinol to stimulate collagen production. Now time for that beauty rest…

    The handy how-to

    Soften the balm between your fingers before dabbing it under and around your eyes just before bed.

    STEP 8: MOISTURISE 

    A skincare routine without a moisturiser is one that’s adrift, missing the heart that makes it work so well – think the Spice Girls after Geri left (apologies, Posh fans). The key to sealing in hydration and ensuring skin reaches its full glow-up potential, making time to apply it morning and night is basically your way of telling your skin you love it.

    SKIN FEAST nourishing cream concentrate
    Get acquainted

    Overflowing with 20 different fruit, flower and seed extracts to feed skin with everything it needs for super-soft, glowing results, this all-time Tropic bestseller hydrates and smoothes with a light-as-air finish. It’s your skin’s five-a-day!

    The handy how-to

    Massage 1-3 pumps over your face and neck every morning and night.

    SKIN DREAM age-defying firming cream concentrate
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    Whilst you catch that well-deserved forty winks, our indulgent concentrate is hard at work ticking all the boxes for a rejuvenated glow. Hydration, protection from free radicals, pH balancing, collagen production – all wrapped up in one creamy blend that sumptuously melts into skin.  

    The handy how-to

    Massage 2-4 pumps over your face and neck every evening in upwards, circular movements to gently work it into skin. 

    STEP 9: OIL

    Sometimes, dry skin needs more than just moisturiser to be brought to its hydrated best self. We recommend a combined approach with moisturiser and oil, addressing flaky patches in a thorough and careful combination of these two vital skincare steps.

    ELIXIR age-defying omega oil
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    This bottle of liquid luxury delivers nourishing, classic results that never go out of style. Covering skin in a smooth, glossy sheen straight out of Hollywood, its powerful blend of natural oils soothes and tops skin up with essential fatty acids as vitamin E stimulates collagen. It makes our A list any day.

    The handy how-to

    Massage 3-4 drops from the pipette into your face and neck, using circular motions. Take the time to indulge, spending at least a minute on your massage.

    SUPER GREENS nutrient boost oil
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    Broccoli, kale, avocado – no, you’re not exploring the veg aisle, they’re some of the powerful plant actives in our nutrient-packed shot to the system. Our wonderfully light skincare superhero sinks into skin within seconds, leaving it strengthened, radiant and resilient. 

    The handy how-to

    Massage 3-6 drops into your face and neck in upwards, circular motions for 60 seconds to relax your muscles and boost circulation.

    STEP 10: SOOTHE

    This next step is extremely close to our hearts, and you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s centred on one of our most complexion-benefitting chameleons, Tamanu Balm, born from the desire to create a product that could really make a difference in reducing the appearance of scarring. From there, it evolved into our multi-purpose, all-round soothing essential, drawing its plant power from the oil of the tamanu nut, rich in skin benefits. All the way from French Polynesia to your skincare collection!

    TAMANU BALM all-in-one skin saviour
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    Don’t let appearances deceive you. This pot of green gold may look unassuming, but it has more skin-soothing talents than we could possibly list. Nourishing dryness? Not a problem. Helping to repair damaged skin? All in a day’s work. Relieving the sting of bites and burns? Consider it done! Packed with enough nuts to cover a forest floor, it’s the ultimate in natural skin repair.

    The handy how-to

    Apply generously onto areas of dryness or irritation every morning. Not experiencing any? It’s still a perfect end-of-ritual treat to soothe and hydrate.

    STEP 11: SPF

    You can skip this step before you sleep (unless you plan on suddenly traversing time zones overnight, in which case what’s your secret?) but this should be a non-negotiable part of your daily morning ritual. Always apply your SPF last, but certainly not least – it really should be your BFF.

    SUN DAY facial UV defence
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    Offering broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, this water-resistant wonder sinks in instantly and isn’t content to simply guard against sun damage. With hyaluronic acid to hydrate and banana flower extract to calm, you’ll be reaching for this come rain or shine.

    The handy how-to

    Apply generously all over the face, making sure not to forget the hairline! Leave on for 15 minutes before going outside and if you’re planning on beach-basking for a while, make sure to top up your defence every two hours. 

    Still got questions? Turn to our Skincare Routine Finder for answers on your very own customised routine in just a few steps! 

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