There is alot to be said for taking care of your one and only face. I am of course no skincare expert, however, I love watching others talk about their routines on youtube, and it’s something that fascinates me. So today, I thought I’d share mine with you.
I think finding what works for your skin, is comparable to solving a mathematical formula: it takes time, research and definitely alot of trial and error. I’m not saying my skin is perfect, however it’s definitely the best it’s been for a long time, and I believe that amongst watching my diet, stress and other factors…. the skincare I use has played a massive part in this.
Reading the product ingredients is something very important to me, and it’s something not enough people do. For me, I avoid anything that’s not oil free like the plague… although I do allow some natural oils but with caution. Any perfumed/harsh products also don’t make the cut with me.
I almost never ever use a face scrub either. My skin is quite dry/sensitive, and over scrubbing skin with an exfoliant is one of the worst things you can do to make this problem worse. No matter how frustrated you are with your skin, being harsh with it is never the answer, trust me.
Finally, if you do suffer from any kind of skin complaint or just want to clue yourself up more on your own skin needs, I can’t recommend Caroline Hiron’s blog enough. I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the most advertised product on tv/magazines will answer all your prayers and clear your skin and make it look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but it’s often not the case. It’s not about spending the Earth or going overboard either, it’s really about listening to your skins needs and treating it with care, afterall you only get one face!
I’m not saying my skincare regime will always stay exactly the same, but for now these are the products I am loving the most…
1. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – Hot Cloth Cleanser
I recently did a post on this which you can see here for more details. In short, I love this cleanser because it’s like a facial in a tube. Make-up remover alone will not fully cleanse your skin and remove all traces of daily grime, pollution, mascara traces etc…. so a good cleanser is essential for everyone.
This cleanser is one I have bought time and time again, as it contains no nasty ingredients, and doesn’t irritate my skin. It comes hand in hand with the supplied Muslin Cloths, in which I use to remove the cleanser and any masks/treatments I may use.
2. Garnier Essentials Make Up Remover
I am a little less faithful with make up removers, I tend to prefer this one and the L’Oreal cleansing milk. I do however buy the Garnier one quite reguarly, as it just melts away my foundation. I find it really easy to work with, and best of all it doesn’t try out my skin. Simply shake together before use, for one unified liquid and apply all over the face.
3. Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask
This is a very clever mask… for starters it heats up once it is exposed to oxygen, so as you apply it on the skin it warms your whole face. Products that heat up are great for getting deep into pores, because they help open them up… giving a similar effect to when you “steam” the face during a facial. It doesn’t get too hot or burn though, so it is very safe and effective to use on the face.
I use this product once a week, and use my Muslin Cloth soaked in warm water to remove all traces. I then finish off with some of my Liz Earle Cleanser afterwards, to ensure all traces of the mask have been cleaned off.
4. Rose & Almond Vaseline
A bit of a controversial choice, as some argue Vaseline dries out the lips, however I have been using this Rose & Almond flavour for years now. This is a great product for those days when you don’t want to wear a lipstick, yet hate bear lips and at the same time hate lip balms. The smell will bowl you over, and of course the little tin is perfect for even the smallest handbags!
5. Nivea Oil Free Moisturiser
Strangely, this variety is for oily skin types and my skin is dry/sensitive. However, I find the richer version too rich for my skin, and the normal version doesn’t sink into my skin at all and makes my make up sit terribly. The green version however, sinks in beautifully and works really well underneath my primer. It’s not too heavy, and being oil free will not cause breakouts.
I find this is often the cheapest of the 3 varieties too, even though this is what works the best!
6. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
Fresh from New Zealand, I first found out about the Antipodes range after seeing a video by Essiebutton. I feel an eye cream is very important, as I want to prevent wrinkles and dark circles in the future as much as possible. As the eye area is also extremely delicate, it’s important to use products that specify they are for the eye area.
I keep this product in the fridge, and delicately apply it at least once a day. It sits really great under concealer, providing you don’t cake it on. One of the great things about this cream, is the first time you use it you do feel a tightening, and there is a visible difference when I look in the mirror.
7 – Hydraluron
Hydraluron is the newest addition to my skincare regime, and is a product to be used after cleansing but before moisturiser. It claims that it “Increases skin hydration from below the surface, with an ultra-high quality hydraluronic acid, that holds up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water”.
I’m only a week into using Hydraluron, but I have already noticed a difference in my overall skin hyrdration… particularly in regards to how soft it feels. It has a clear gel like formula, and sinks very easily into the skin, although works best if you don’t over apply it.
I shall keep you posted with my progress, but so far I am quite impressed.