Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Current Skincare Routine

Skincare has always been something I have been strict about. After all, the skin you're in will be with you your whole life, so looking after it is essential.

As much as I enjoy skincare, until a few years back, it wasn't something I was willing to spend much money on. I always thought that a Boots own brand cleanser, toner and moisturiser would suffice but after a while I realised that just wasn't the case.

There are many expensive remedies and treatments out there for a variety of skin types or issues but the key is to make sure you are only purchasing products that are designed for your skin.

The first thing you need to do is work out your skin type. This is where the terms, 'dry, oily, normal or combination' come into play. Heard of those before? Chances are you have as they are on nearly every skin care product.

Personally, I have combination skin. This means my skin is made up of a mixture of the other terms. I have normal skin on my forehead and cheeks, I have oily skin around my nose and on my chin and I have dry skin under my eyes and along the bridge of my nose. 
As complicated as this sounds, knowing this information and knowing what each section of your skin needs is the first step to improving your skincare regime.

In this post I won't be mentioning masks as this isn't something I do on a regular basis. I probably should, but at the moment I only use a mask when I need to!
Because I have combination skin, it means when I want to use a mask I normally have to use a combination of masks to fit my differing skin types. I'm currently loving the new L'Oreal Pure Clay masks which you can see here.

Aside from masks, I do have quite a strict routine that I don't like to change up too often. I'm a big fan of finding a product that works for you and using it until you see results. If after you finish the product the results are still there (or even improving further) I repurchase the product rather than try out something new! Why fix what's not broken right?!

At the moment, my routine looks something like this:

Once I have taken off any eye makeup using a Boots Moisturising wipes (didn't have a pack handy to show you) I then use a cotton pad along with my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove any face makeup and to just give my skin a general clean.
The next step is to exfoliate. This is not a step I do every night, this is something I do 1-2 a week depending on how often I feel my skin needs it. For this, I use the Kiko Scrub & Peel Face Wipes. These are quite harsh so be gentle with them! These wipes are also a favourite of Kim Kardashian so they have to be good right!

On days when I don't use my exfoliating wipes I either use Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Face Pads or my Rodial Super Acids X-Treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads.
I love both of these products and like to rotate between them as I know they work for me on different days depending on how my skin is acting on that particular day. These are also a lot gentler on the skin for everyday use than the Kiko wipes.
Once you have completely cleaned the skin, the next step is to use a toner to restore the ph balance in the skin that scrubbing and cleansing can adjust. For this, I use the Lancome Tonique Douceur which can be used on all skin types including any sensitive areas of the skin. 

Next, I like to add some moisture back into the skin. I am currently using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion as I received this as a tester and have been loving it!
This moisturiser is super watery but not oily at all which means it can be used on my skin without affecting any area in a negative way. The only place I don't use this is under my eyes.

For my under eyes I like to use a soft eye cream to help reduces puffiness and dark circles as well as keep the area moisturised. For this, I like to use the Clinique All About Eyes as it has a really silicone-like feeling which feels as if it is putting the elasticity back into my skin. It also works to add moisture into the darker circles and reduce the discolouration.

Finally, I like to take care of my lips. I can get quite dry lips and it's not something I like, especially as I wear liquid lipsticks most days. After trying so many different serums and creams with no luck, I decided to try the Clarins Honey Lip Oil and I haven't looked back since!
At first I wasn't sure as it is very thick and feels quite gloopy but after it has warmed up on the lips, it soaks right in and leaves the lips super shiny and soft.
This also comes in a pink and a red but the Honey version is a clear one which I prefer.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know what your skincare routine looks like or if you use any products you couldn't live without!

Shona x

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