I often get compliments on my skin. I could say that I’m fortunate to have good skin, but I really do believe that it’s only part good luck and genetics.
A good skin care routine is invaluable.
This post won’t include product reviews, those will come later, as I would like to go into more depth about the products I use and why. So here is a simple breakdown of my routine.
- A good cleanser. This can be either foamy, creamy or a gel, pick what works for you. Use a cotton muslin cloth or an electric facial brush to massage this into the skin, rather than using your hands, this makes a big difference.
- Toner. This is a step you really shouldn’t miss out. Toner refreshes and tightens the skin. It should also pick up anything your cleanser may have left behind.
- Moisturiser. I have sensitive skin which can get dry on certain areas of my face, so I use a moisturiser specifically suited to my skin type. There are so many different moisturisers available out there, and they vary greatly in price, from the basic bargains, to the outright ludicrous. To a certain extent you do get what you pay for, but that said, there is no need to break the bank. I swear by Liz Earle naturally active skincare. https://uk.lizearle.com/category/Skincare/MOISTURISERS/skin-repair-dry-sensitive
- An eye cream or serum. The area around your eyes is super sensitive, so treat it with care. It is really important to keep it hydrated and fresh. The more hydrated and looked after that skin is, the longer you can put off the creases and fine lines.
- Invest in a really good eye make up remover. The routine above should remain the same for the morning and evening, (yes you really should do all of that twice a day), however at night, add the step of removing any make up before you cleanse, tone and moisturise. My favourites are YSL eye make remover and Elemis smart water, which can be used to remove makeup from the whole face.
- Twice a week, I use an exfoliating scrub after I cleanse. Some people prefer a gentle exfoliation and some like something really quite rough so that they can feel all that dead skin coming away. I myself prefer something a little bit in-between, so I use a St Ives scrub. They’ve got a few in their range and all of them are really lovely. This addition to your routine is essential if you want to draw out impurities and maintain that youthful glow.
- A mask. This is a weekly ritual for me that has led to that particular day of the week being re-named ‘face mask Friday’ in my house. My two year old finds it terrifying to say the least. I however, love this part of my week, and those 20 minutes or so while the mask works its magic are some much needed time to relax. I like to try different masks, but generally finish a pot before moving onto something new. I do have a favourite, that I tend to come back to again and again, but I wont detail that here as I will be featuring it in a product review soon.
So, without stating the obvious, I do appreciate that we all have different skin types, and what works for one person, may not necessarily work for another. Try and test products in the above categories until you find something that is just right for you.
I hope this little routine inspires you to really look after and love the skin you’re in!