Ara­bella Pre­ston

Re­cently in Asia to launch Vo­tary, a Bri­tish- made line of nat­u­ral all- botan­i­cal skin­care prod­ucts she co- founded, the for­mer beauty editor talks about why go­ing green is the se­cret to ra­di­ant skin

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What in­spired the Vo­tary line?

I be­lieve pure, nat­u­ral plant oils are the best way to achieve healthy and lu­mi­nous skin. They have an affin­ity with your skin; it keeps you look­ing young. I use an oil to cleanse and oil to mois­turise— no creams!

What skin­care prod­ucts can’t you live with­out?

Vo­tary’s Rose Gera­nium and Apri­cot Cleans­ing Oil is my desert is­land prod­uct. It suits all skin types and makes a fan­tas­tic make-up re­mover too. The Pil­low Spray calms my mind at night, which means I wake up feel­ing well-rested and look­ing my best.

Best beauty ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Never use foam­ing prod­ucts on your skin. It’s com­pletely trans­form­ing when you stop strip­ping your skin with harsh prod­ucts.

What is your beauty phi­los­o­phy?

Never ever dry your skin out. Al­ways keep it pro­tected and hy­drated but not over­loaded.

Where do you find in­spi­ra­tion?

My gar­den. I live in the English coun­try­side and am pas­sion­ate about my or­chard, plants and herb gar­den. I’m also a fan of Ca­role Bam­ford for her piv­otal work in pro­mot­ing or­ganic farm­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Who are your beauty icons?

Cate Blanchett, and Les­lie Caron in the film Gigi.

Favourite read?

The Sleep Rev­o­lu­tion by Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton. No one I know is sleep­ing prop­erly and I think we are only just be­gin­ning to un­der­stand how vi­tal proper sleep is to our health and well-be­ing.

“I don’t be­lieve the en­vi­ron­ment or any crea­ture should suf­fer un­nec­es­sar­ily for the sake of a beauty prod­uct”

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