Welcome back to the blog!
I think I’m the only blogger I know that has never written a post about my skincare routine so I thought it was about time! I guess I’ve never broached the subject as I was always wondering what the point was; everyone has different skin! So what works for me, may not work for you.
I’m also not incredibly good at sticking to this said routine; I try to all the time but sometimes it’s a baby wipe job! One thing I definitely try stick to is the products I use for treating my eczema – it’s a miracle cure for me!
So without further a do! Here we go…
Cleanse & Tone
This part is vital as it removes so much dirt from your skin. I recently discovered a new micellar cleanser by NSPA which happens to be vegan, cruelty free and made in the UK. This has become a staple in my bathroom, replacing my old Garnier Micellar Water. I really have loved using it as I feel it definitely removes all of my makeup with very little effort; a few sweeps of cotton pads across my skin and I’m fresh!
For a toner, I use No7 Soft and Gentle Toner; this is a step I usually forget, especially if I’m in a rush. But if I’m sitting down at my dresser to do a serious skin job, I will include this as I feel it makes my skin so much softer!
This isn’t something I do every day by no means; I usually do this 2 to 3 times a week in the shower and I use No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator. It doesn’t feel too abrasive on the skin and yet definitely leaves you feeling rejuvenated.
Serum & Moisturiser
Just after Christmas, I started using the No7 Early Defence GLOW Activating Serum to help boost the radiance in my skin and prevent early signs of aging. Before then I had point blank refused to use anything related to anti-aging but I figured there’s no time like the present to start and this is aimed at my age range! Within a few weeks I definitely noticed that my natural skin (before I apply makeup) had more of a healthy glow and looked less dull, so I would say this works for me.
This goes on underneath just a simple essential moisturiser that I apply all over my face and neck.
I’ve added this in because although it isn’t for the face, this cream has completely saved my life. I suffer from bad eczema across the back of my neck; when I say bad I mean at it’s worst it has looked like 3rd degree burns and felt just as bad.
My skin used to feel tight, itchy and flake until a colleague recommended I try Child’s Farm Moisturiser. On the first use, my skin felt soothed and less painful. I applied it morning and evening and occassionally during the day until my eczema had completely gone! I get the odd flair up but that’s usually because I’ve not applied my cream for a few days. I would highly recommend you try this if you have eczema!
Night Time Add Ons
When it comes to bed time, I usually toss in No7 Overnight Revitalizing Eye balm; it feels like it soothes the under eye area as it’s quite a cool, gel-like texture and relaxing to apply after a long day!
Occassionally, if I feel like I may not sleep too well that night, I’ll massage Lush Sleepy lotion into my shoulders, arms and chest; the oatmeal and lavender combination smell so relaxing! I rub it into these areas as I tend to sleep with my arms curled under my head so I get plenty of the scent to help me and down!
I also swap my usual moisturiser to a night time one for extra hydration.
So to round up…
- Exfoliate my skin in the shower and then apply toner afterwards. If I don’t use the exfoliator then I’ll cleanse my face first before using water in the shower.
- Massage serum into my face and neck, followed by moisturiser.
- Massage body cream into the back of my neck and elsewhere.
- Remove my makeup using cleanser followed by toner.
- Apply serum again to my face and neck.
- Apply eye balm under my eyes using my ring finger.
- Apply evening moisturiser on top of this and massage in.
- Apply sleepy cream and get settled in my pjs!
So that is basically everything I use to take care of my skin! As I said, it may not work for everyone but that’s how I roll and I’m happy with each product.
I have a few extra things I occassionally use as a little treat to my skin, but since they aren’t every day essentials, I haven’t included them.
Have you used any of these or have your own skin care saviours?