Thursday 8 June 2017

I've got you under my skin....

I thought I would do a post on my current skin routine - my evening routine in this post followed in another post by my morning routine. I should say that I am no expert on skincare and these are just the products that work for me. I think as we get older our skin and the condition of it is one of our biggest concerns. I know I am the worst for always looking at my lines and pondering Botox! I should say my skin is combination to oily and being over 40 has more lines than maybe I would like!

I do want to add or change things to my skincare routine. I am keen to try an acid - I like the sound of The Ordinary's hyaluronic acid. I also want to introduce Vitamin C into my routine somehow as that is meant to be so good for the skin. Retinol is another product I hear a lot about and want to try but I am not actually sure how or when I should it. Or the hyaluronic acid to be honest!

I try to double cleanse but to be honest that doesn't always happen. I prefer to use a cleansing oil or gel at night rather than a foaming cleanser. I have been using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash which is good but I find it irritates my eyes slightly and doesn't remove all my makeup.  I prefer to use my Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Oil which you apply to dry skin and is excellent. Or the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil  I love this Kiehls one and was so excited when it came out. I just love the Midnight Recovery range - it all smells so good too! However, I can't wait to try my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser which I picked up in America. 

I apply my cleanser to damp skin (unless the product states otherwise) and massage all over my face/eyes and wash off with a flannel.  If I do another cleanse I use my Dermologica Daily Microfoliant  but I tend to just remove any traces of eye makeup (as you know I wear a fair bit) with my Bioderma Micellar Water - I have tried others and I do like the Garnier ones but I think this is the best. I then use a toner and I love Liz Earle's Instant Skin Boost Toinc. It doesn't feel too harsh on my skin but leaves it feeling clean and refreshed. It has a lovely fragrance too. I would so recommend this.

Eye cream next and I love the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum  -  I don't know if my wrinkles are any less but I like it! Then it's time for my favourite product my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is an oil. I love this and re-purchase it every time it runs out. It's a must have product for me.  I am not the biggest fan of night creams as I find them too heavy and currently I don't use anything though I am on the look out for one so if anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear them.

Once a week I like to use a mask on my face. I know sheet face masks are all the rage and I do like them. I like ones by Sephora and Dr. Jart+ but I have to admit I prefer "normal" masks more. My favourites are the Instant Detox Mask by Caudalie and the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque by Kiehls. I put them on and get into the bath for a relaxing soak and then remove them with a flannel when I get out.

I try not to use makeup wipes very much as I know they aren't good for my skin. There are times though when I am tired or have had one wine too many when it is just easier to reach for the wipes. I don't have any particular brand that I like but am using Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh wipes at the moment and they seem good or they get me bronzer off at any rate!

Then it's lip balm - I like good old Vaseline Aloe Vera and then its time for the body, foot and hand lotion.  For me Soap & Glorys Heel Genius is amazing. I don't have dry or cracked heels at all. For Body Lotion again I do like Soap & Glory but I got a lovely set of small Laura Mercier body souffles which I love. They smell amazing and feel so luxurious.

Hope this was of some help and interest and as I said I am no expert and want to add and maybe change parts of my routine but I have certain products that I just love.

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