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Sunday, 5 February 2017

My skincare essentials


As I've mentioned before, I have a huge love for skincare products and have always looked after my skin as a teen. I think I do have slightly good skin genes (thanks to my Mum's side where they don't seem to have any wrinkles or blemishes) which I'm very thankful for. However, I have suffered from dry skin for years and it has taken me until now to know exactly what suits my skin and what products benefit me. I would say I have normal to dry skin, which flares up randomly, but at the moment it is behaving and is more on the 'normal' side. I have tried endless amounts of cleansers, moisturisers and all round skincare products, but there are a few I swear by and end up repurchasing again and again!

Cleansers

When it comes to cleansing, I am definitely one for a good old face wash. I just feel 10X fresher and cleaner, and feel its the most effective way of removing my makeup. I am always switching my cleansers up to try new products, but my two all time favourites have to be the Laura Mercier Purifying Cleansing Oil and the Philosophy Purity One Step Facial Cleanser. The oil is my go to for when my skin is feeling particularly dry, as it removes your makeup whilst locking in moisture and giving a lovely, glowy finish to your skin. Purity is just such a staple skincare product in my collection (although I am currently in need of a new bottle). It lasts forever and removes every single trace of makeup in a matter of minutes; even heavy eye makeup. It doesn't leave your skin feeling tight or dry, and is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. These are definitely my top two cleansers.

Toner

I have to be honest, this is often a step I skip out of my routine, (out of pure laziness) and as I just feel as though it doesn't do anything overly significant. One toner I do like though is the Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. It smells lovely (as does this entire range - I looove it), and it also helps your skin feel slightly more refreshed whilst removing any excess makeup you may have missed when cleansing. It doesn't have a harsh formula, or seem to strip your skin like many strong toners do, it just leaves it feeling hydrated.

Moisturisers

A lot of the time, despite what anyone says simplicity is best. I have tried a range of different moisturisers from Embryolisse, to Clinique and I can honestly say, Aveeno moisturising lotion works wonders. It is fragrance free, has no nasty ingredients in and does exactly what it says; hydrates and soothes. I tend to use this all over my body near enough every day when I get out of the shower, and it is the only body moisturiser that has got rid of my dry skin, leaving it super soft and supple. I go through bottles of this stuff! In the summer, I tried using some on my face and it worked just as well. It leaves a great base for makeup and doesn't irritate at all.

At the moment I have been using Nip and Fab's Kale Moisturiser which I received in my January Glossy Box. I hadn't used their products before so I didn't know what to expect, but I really have fallen for this! It has a strange slightly sticky texture that feels as if it is going to apply greasy, but it glides on beautifully and sinks in really fast leaving your skin looking and feeling fab. I feel it also reduces the appearance of my pores and smoothes my entire face.

Eye Cream

This is a new addition to my skincare collection, and it's a step I really wish I'd incorporated sooner! I recently visited the Rituals shop in Cheshire Oaks, which was amazing, and the lady was so helpful I couldn't resist picking up something from there. I had been after an eye cream for a while, as I get quite dark, puffy circles under my eyes which make me look really tired and washed out. I explained what I was looking for to the lady, and she recommended the Eye Smoothing Lotion that targeted dark under eye areas, and worked to reduce puffiness. I have been applying this both before bed and first thing in the morning, and I don't know if it's psychological but I really feel it's making a difference. My eyes don't look as tired, and I definitely think they aren't as dark or puffy. This has made me want to stick to using an eye cream now, and also try more Ritual's products; the shop itself was so pretty!

Night face mask

Before bed I religiously remove my makeup using a wash off cleanser, and if my skin is drier than normal I will then tone, apply moisturiser and follow with an overnight mask. At the moment, with my skin being okayish I have been skipping the moisturiser and just using the overnight mask, otherwise I find my skin feels a little too greasy. My absolute favourite is The Body Shop's Sink In Moisture Sleeping Mask. This is seriously such a nice product! It says on the label to apply a generous amount and leave to sink in overnight, I have been doing this ever since I bought a tub in the summer (which still has plenty left) and it keeps my skin in such good condition. I put quite a lot all over my face and when I wake up the following morning, my skin is really hydrated and moisturised, and looks healthy and refreshed, like I've had a good nights sleep - even on the occasions I haven't. I have tried serums at night and heavier creams, but have to say I prefer the effect this gives hands down.

Next on my list..

Some skincare products I would like to try in the next few months are the Charlotte Tilbury Multi Miracle Glow, I had this applied to my skin on a recent visit to a Charlotte Tilbury store and it was absolutely gorgeous. It comes in a big glass tub that looks as though it would last a while, and can be used as a cleanser, a mask or simply to apply on patches of dry skin anywhere on the body. The visible effect it has on your skin looks incredible (watch the video on the Charlotte Tilbury website to see exactly what I mean - that glow!)

I have also been wanting to try Kiehls products for a while now, they seem to have such a good reputation and I have my eyes on either the Ultra Facial cream or the balm. They have great reviews and I know a lot of people love the brand.

I will definitely be investing in more sheet masks - I think they're my new obsession! I loved the Starskin Hydrating Mask, as well as the Manuka Honey mask I received in my Glossy Box. I have had a look on the Vita Masque website and think I want to try the pomegranate sheet masks next, they're so reasonably priced and look lush!

What are your skincare favourites? Do you stick to a strict routine, or are you constantly trying new products?