The East London based apothecary Guy Morgan shares a quick remedy for winter skin that’s been drowning in the blue glow of a computer screen.
Taking a cue from his botanist mother, Guy Morgan has been blending organic ingredients to create skincare products since his teens. The rest, he says, is the result of ‘lots of reading and lots of trying and failing.’
Morgan – who studied interior and furniture design – left his day job two years ago to focus full-time on his range, handmade in a portioned-off part of his kitchen. Each jar contains a mix of ethically sourced vegan and wild-grown ingredients that promise lasting results.
His best-selling product is a regenerative Baobab & Shea Butter moisturiser laced with Rosehip Seed Oil. ‘This is a chance for us to pay more attention to our skin. It’s one of the few things we have control over at the moment.’
Exclusively for Wallpaper, Morgan has prepared a recipe for a nourishing Alligator Pear Face Mask made using easily found ingredients.
1.1/4 avocado – moisturising and full of vitamins A and D and phytosterols that will help calm itchy and inflamed skin
2.1 tbsp oat flour (or oats run through a food processor) – ideal for sensitive and reddened skin because of its soothing properties
3.1 tsp honey (for a vegan alternative try fine sugar) – amazing anti-bacterial qualities. Both sugar and honey act as a humectant, drawing moisture from the environment into the skin
4.1/4 cup of natural Greek yoghurt (for a vegan alternative try coconut milk yoghurt) – full of natural lactic acids for gentle exfoliation
Mash avocado and combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Apply to cleansed skin, leaving on for 10 to 20 minutes. Wash off with a warm cloth. To be used immediately, do not store any left over.
For an exfoliating and brightening face mask, replace avocado with mashed-up fresh pineapple. Pineapple contains the enzyme, bromelain.