Full Name: Tabitha Burns
Occupation: Freelance copywriter
Star Sign: Cancer
Skin Type or Concern: Oily skin
I’m Tabitha a freelance copywriter originally from Manchester. When I moved to London in 2013, I experienced bad skin for the first time in my life. I blame the pollution and getting the tube! I’ve since found some lovely products that work for me and whilst I still have bad days, I’m really happy with my skin now.
Describe your skincare journey
I never got spots until I moved to London, then I started getting them all the time. I felt like my skin was always dirty from being on the tube but looking back, I think it was stress too. I became obsessed with scrubbing my skin using an electric facial brush. I stopped using it when I scrubbed my skin raw one time and had to go into work with a big red scabby patch in the middle of my forehead – not the best thing for my confidence.
Tell us about your current skincare routine?
I cleanse with Blue Dew and moisturise every morning and apply sunscreen about an hour before I go outside. At night I cleanse with Blue Dew again, then I alternate between an exfoliating serum and a nourishing facial oil. If I’ve been out and about, using the tube, I exfoliate with an AHA serum, I use Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance, because my skin feels clogged, but if I’ve been working from home all day, I nourish my skin with Clean Greens. I also use a clay mask once or twice a month.
What are your favourite skincare products?
Clean Greens was a revelation to me. As someone with oily skin, I’d never thought about using facial oils but then I read that they could be good for all types of skin. I was also on the lookout for independent brands that use natural ingredients and that’s how I came across The Glowcery. It really does make your skin glow! I like massaging oil into my skin too, it feels like a luxurious skincare step. I’ve also been using Blue Dew for about month and I love it. It makes my skin feel clean but not tight and squeaky – it feels soft and looks bright. I decided to try Blue Dew after reading that it had natural exfoliating enzymes in it, which I know work well on my skin, and that oil-based cleansers are the best at washing off sunscreen.
Do you have a skincare tip you’d like to share?
If you have oily or problem skin, don't be too harsh – there are gentle ways to keep it exfoliated and clean, like clay masks and natural exfoliants.
What does selfcare mean to you?
To me, selfcare means making the time to take your health seriously. We’re all guilty of thinking ‘oh I’m sure it will be fine’ or 'I don't want to cause a fuss’ but it’s really important to make an appointment if you’re worried about something.
How do you relax?
I find cooking relaxing, as long as I’m not cooking for anyone else!
Your favourite life motto
Since the pandemic my new motto is: life is short. I recently quit my job to go freelance, because I’d always wanted to try it, plus I want to spend more time with my friends and family. I thought if I don't do it now, when will I?
My superpower is
Speed walking everywhere. Or it used to be, before lockdown. I need to pick up the pace again.
My favourite fruit or veg is
Kiwi fruit. My friend once told me that she eats a kiwi every time she feels like she’s getting a cold and I do it too now, it’s like taking a really effective vitamin tablet.
If we were to look in your fridge, what would we find?
Half a lemon, half a lime, half a red onion, half a jar of tahini... I need to do a food shop!
What I’ve been loving this month
I’ve nearly finished The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. It’s about a girl growing up in Uganda, discovering and questioning the role of women in our world. I feel like I’m learning along with the main character.
Paris. I used to live there when I was younger and I still miss it. Every time I go back it’s like no time has passed at all.
An easy dressing/dip, made with Greek yoghurt, lemon juice and dry harissa. It goes with everything – chickpea salad, halloumi and roast veg, falafel in pitta bread, even chips.