The older I get, the more I realise just how important a good skincare routine is. At 25, gone are the days when a simple wet wipe and the cheapest moisturiser I could find in Superdrug would do; enter skincare which makes a difference and a set of rules to help your skin stay healthy and glowing.
My skin has always been a priority for me as when I was a teenager I developed very aggressive acne and had 0% self-confidence. I still don’t have perfect skin, and outbreaks of spots and patches are common for me so keeping my complexion clear is always going to be important.
I have been picking up little tips and hints from makeup artists and skincare professionals and have noticed that my skin is getting better with every tip I gather – so I wanted to share my current routine with you. One thing to remember is that skin types are different, so when picking products for your skin remember what needs to be corrected: is your skin too dry in which case it needs moisture, or too oily and needs to be balanced? If in doubt, ask an assistant at a luxury skincare counter somewhere like Debenhams – they’re usually very helpful. I have combination skin so this routine works really well for me.
Morning:Cleanse with toner or micellar water: I love Vichy Micellar Water, Bioderma Micellar Water
Apply serum: serum helps your moisturiser penetrate the skin and take it all the goodness so your skin is nourished and moisturised throughout the whole day. Currently I’m loving my Manuka Dr Apiclear Skin Treatment Serum which has helped clear my skin and sinks in super quick.
Follow with moisturiser: it’s so important to moisturise and pick one that will compliment your complexion. I LOVE the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream that is an investment because it is pricey but lasts absolute AGES. Bargain wise, I do love the Johnsons Moisturising Day Cream that feels really nice on your skin and keeps my skin hydrated.
Finish with a luxury eye cream: I use Galenic Refreshing Eye Cream which is brilliant for brightening under eye circles.
Night:Cleanse: I remove my makeup with Korres 3-in-1 Cleansing Milk, or another favourite is the Avene Gentle Cleanser which is just heavenly. So I recently found out that actually cleansing your face with a wash everyday can actually make the skin a lot more oilier, rather than dry. Because you end up drying up your skin with the chemicals in your favourite cleanser (unless of course you’re using a mega natural cleanser like Herbalism from Lush which is amazing for problem skin) it produces enormous amounts of oil to compensate for it, so you end up doing the total opposite of what you actually wanted to do and that’s get rid of grease and grime. So, what you can do is do a double cleanse which as suggested to me by a makeup expert from Bourjois – cleanse your face with your milk twice, or once with cleansing milk and another cleanse with micellar water. This way the natural oils are balanced and your skin is less likely to break out. So this is what I am doing now and have seen an improvement in my skin.
Twice a week I will use a scrub, or a cleanser to get rid of all the horrible grime which may have gotten into my pores – my favourites include St Ives Apricot Scrub and Manuka Dr Foaming Facial Wash.
Apply a face mask: face masks are so good for nourishing and purifying your skin. I do one every two weeks for a good old cleanse and it’s just nice to lock yourself in the bath on a Sunday night, put on some candles and relax with a luxury face mask. My current favourites are OZ Naturals Hydrating Amino Herbal Hydration Face Mask and for a little extra luxury the Casmara Algae Masks are just to die for – read my review of the 24k gold algae face mask here.
Oil up: in the evening I use oil that I rub into my skin before moisturiser – for a little extra nourishment, and I enjoy waking up with really well hydrated and moisturised skin. My current favourite is Manuka Dr Brightening Face Oil – a couple of drops will do! Also check out Kadria Facial Oil to help with acne scarring and blemishes caused by hormonal imbalances.
Moisturise: I always moisturise at night because that’s when skin absorbs most of the goodness from skincare – and I am loving the Antipodes Avocado Nourishing Night Cream, it smells delicious and does wonders to my skin.
Eye Cream: Repeat same as during my morning routine!
A couple of rules I tend to stick by are: don’t use wet wipes as they are not good for your skin and can cause breakouts; don’t go to sleep with your makeup on as it clogs up pores and causes spots – trust me, it does; wear sunscreen and always moisturise!