Today I thought I’d go for a beauty-related post and share my current skin care routine. My bathroom counter top is practically groaning under the weight of all of my products, not to mention my back-up drawers of products in the spare bedroom, so it only feels right that I should share a few of my favourite products on this blog now and again! Just for reference, I’ve got combination-oily skin and these are the products that I’m currently using on an everyday basis.
My cleansing routine varies depending on whether it’s the morning or evening. If it’s the morning, I wash my face with the Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. This is just a really simple (the clue was in the name!) basic cleanser with no perfume or colourings that does a great job of waking me up in the morning and refreshing my skin before applying make up. In the evening I use the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (these cleansers do have rather long names!). This is the most recent addition to my skin care and I can see why it gets so much hype. I absolutely love it. It leaves my face feeling so clean. It’s a really rich cream that you massage into your dry skin and then use the muslin cloths that come with it to gently polish off the cream, followed by rinsing your face off with water. It has a really herby smell which must come from the rosemary in it. Using the muslin cloths is great because it gives you a bit of an exfoliation as well as a cleanse. Prior to acquiring the Liz Earle, I’ve always used the Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover on a cotton ball to remove any eye make up. But seeing as the Liz Earle is designed to remove even stubborn eye make up, I think I’ll finish up the Simple eye make up remover whilst I have it, and then just rely on the Liz Earle on an ongoing basis.
The No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum is another product that has received a lot of hype over the years. And yes, I’ve bought right into it! I’m only in my twenties so I’m not a wrinkly old lady yet, but I use this in the hope that it might prevent / delay the wrinklies. I don’t use it all over my face; I just use it on my forehead and around my eyes as I figure that those are the areas that are most likely to develop any wrinkles. As a contrast to anti-ageing, I also always have a spot treatment on hand, in case I get the attack of any blemish nasties. My current one is the Freederm Fast Track. To be honest, I’m not sure how much of an effect this really has. It’s hard to test without having two identical blemishes where you can put the treatment on one but not the other. I feel like sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. In the past I’ve found that the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion works very well. The downside however is that you can only wear it at night because it leaves a light pink blob on your face and it is on the pricey side for a spot treatment – I got mine for £17.50 from Harvey Nichols.
In the day during the summer months I use the L’Occitane Angelica UV Shield as my moisturiser. I’m super pale so an SPF is essential for me and this product has SPF 40 which is perfect. It contains organic angelica water and essential oils so it has a lovely light, smooth texture when you apply it, but doesn’t leave the skin feeling at all oily. It just leaves a lovely radiant finish. In the evenings (and in the day time during the winter) I use the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. This does what it says on the tin and is just a simple moisturiser. It doesn’t feel as luxurious as the L’Occitane, but then again, what do you expect when you’re paying only about 10% of the price! My final step is the Eve Lom Eye Cream. This is a really thick eye cream so I only use it at night as it can be a bit rich to try and apply make up on top when I’m in a rush in the mornings.
I’ve love to know what your favourite skin care products are so please leave me a comment to let me know. I’m always up for trying out something new!