I am a total skincare advocate, Its the thing that I would personally spend the most money on above hair, clothes, etc. I just feel investing in your skin is so so important. If you look after your skin it will massively make a difference to how you look and how your skin ages when you get older. I am in my forties now and I have looked after my skin since my early twenties. It really wasn’t that sophisticated then, with a cleanser and moisturiser routine in place. But today there are serums and spritz toners, eye creams, potions and lotions you use every other night containing AHA’s, retinol, Glycolic acid and the buzz ingredient at the moment Hyaluronic acid. It’s enough to send your head into a frenzy.
This week I thought I would go over my skincare routine. I have a daily routine and I also do a weekly facial too. This tends to keep my skin in the best condition. So my skin is normal, I do have pigmentation and I am over 40 so looking for my skincare to really target those areas. I love trying new skincare products or when you get a sample to try. I’m always drawn by the smell of products and I do treat it as a lovely experience rather than the chore of taking your makeup off.
In the morning I like to use a cream cleanser, it really wakes me up as well as deep cleaning my skin from the overnight regeneration. I love to use Cleanse & Polish by LIZ EARLE and I have also just started to use the Smoothing Cleanser from TROPIC both have a wonderful fresh eucalyptus aroma with skin purifying properties so my skin feels squeaky clean. I follow this with either Instant Boost Skin Tonic from LIZ EARLE or the Vitamin Toner from TROPIC.
Why use a toner?
So we all know why we need to use a face cleanser but what about a toner? Is it just another step in the process you could miss out and save time and money? Actually it is really important to use a toner straight after you have cleansed to balance out your skins PH level. The skin’s PH level should be around 5.5 to be at its optimal level and give your moisturiser a real chance to infuse the moisture into your skin. Without a toner, your skin can take around 8-10 hours to reach its PH level naturally. This can leave your skin reacting to products and causing skin issues like breakouts and erratic skin one minute dry the next oily or sensitive.
I then use a few products from THE ORDINARY I have recently tapped into this brand and they are proving to be real game-changers. The product range comes in cute dispenser bottles with their own dispenser pipettes. I use a product called Argireline Solution 10% around my eyes and across my forehead. I then use Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG around my eyes and on any areas of pigmentation. Lastly, I use the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 all over my face. This cocktail focuses on my skin concerns of fine lines, pigmentation, and hydration.
I couldn’t live without moisturiser. I feel as soon as I put it on it changes my skin texture. Obviously without cleansing correctly this step would be a waste of time but I just love how this brings my skin back to life. I am currently using L’OCCITANE Immortelle Cream, it’s a rich luxurious moisturiser that really sinks in deep for long-lasting hydration. And I have been using TROPIC Skin Feast enriched with Hyaluronic acid for intense moisturisation.
Before bed, I cleanse and tone the same as in the morning, and then I have been using a fantastic product called AHA Overnight Facial from THE PRISM LAB. I apply 2-3 pumps all over my face including the eyes and leave for around 5 minutes before applying my moisturiser. This product gives that glow to the skin when you wake up. It gently exfoliates, improves hydration, and really helps with pigmentation too.I have found this product has greatly reduced the overall appearance of my pigmentation. It lasts ages too which is always a bonus.
Weekly Facial Boost
I usually get a bath at night I just love the whole relaxation experience of having 20 minutes to myself. Ill cleanse as normal and then I do a double cleanse just to deep cleanse my pores. I then use my holy grail of exfoliators, its the GATINEAU Radiance Enhancing Gommage it's like a satsuma colour gel that you put onto the face, neck & decolletage and massage it in. After a few minutes, it starts to go into an oilier consistency and that is the process done. No scratchy particles or harsh rubbing, just wipe odd with a warm cleansing cloth and your skin will feel super smooth and plump. I follow this with their Perfection Ultime Radiance Refreshing Mask. I apply this with the brush applicator and leave while I am in the bath to really infuse. Remove after 20 minutes with a warm cleansing cloth. I also recently got a sample of LUSH’s Dark Angel Fresh Cleanser which I was a bit hesitant to try. It's black due to its Charcoal ingredient and is infused with avocado. You take a pinch of the paste on the palm of your hand and mix it with a few drops of water until you get a nice consistency and then apply all over the skin. The first time I tried it I thought my skin is going to be red and irritated but it was amazing I removed the product with a warm cleansing cloth it does take a bit more effort to remove the paste but my skin felt super velvety and bouncy with a smooth finish. I do this once a week too. This is a great product for teenage skin too and can be used daily.
After my bath, I apply the AHA Overnight Facial and then my moisturiser. I am going to be doing skin-specific blog focuses in the coming weeks so if you do have a skin concern then please let me know and I can include that too.
Hope you enjoyed reading this. I have tried a lot of skincare brands and products and I am not tied to any brands I just love to look after my skin and wanted to share this with you. I am always on the lookout for deals. I just love a deal where it gives you so much value but for something that actually works.
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