Before I get into it, I’d like to say that my ‘skincare routine’ was essentially non-existent a year or two ago before I discovered skincare specialist and indispensable member of the beauty industry: (the fabulous) Mrs Caroline Hirons. Just about everything I know about how to look after my skin I learnt from her blog carolinehirons.com, so my skincare routine is based off of Caroline’s recommendations on the way things should be done. And let me tell you, she knows her stuff. I’ll link here the post that helped me change the way I look after my skin, in case any of you are wanting to make some changes too. So, using Caroline’s routine as a sort of template, here’s what I do to my skin every evening…
STEP 1 – Remove Makeup
If, of course, you are wearing makeup. Sounds simple enough, I know, but you would be shocked (or not, if you are an offender) at how many women take off their makeup with a wet wipe and then go straight in with a bit of moisturiser and then off to bed. The first thing I did when I decided to improve the way I look after my skin was bin all of my wet wipes. I’m afraid you need actual water and flannels to clean your face. Here are some things that I like to use instead of wet wipes to get rid of my makeup:
I personally prefer using oil based products to do this as they are great for removing even waterproof makeup and leave your skin feeling lovely and soft. I massage my chosen makeup remover straight over the top of my made-up face, paying close attention to areas with more makeup such as my eyebrows and lashes. Once it has all been loosened up and I somewhat resemble a panda, I soak a clean, white flannel in hot water and take off all the product with that. If I have been wearing quite a lot of eye makeup, sometimes I like to remove that first with something like the Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover or a Micellar water on a cotton pad before I go in with one of my other makeup removers.
STEP 2 – Cleanse
After my face is suitably bare, I then go in for my second cleanse (to actually clean my skin, not just take off the makeup). If there’s any stubborn makeup still on your face, your second cleanse will remove that too. At this point I like to use cleansers that not only clean my skin, but treat them; for example, if I am particularly spotty I’ll use a cleanser with Salicylic Acid or tea tree (my favourite is Superdrug’s Deep Action 2 in 1 Detoxifying Cream Wash and Mask – cheap as chips), or if my skin is feeling dry I’ll use something that leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated (like The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil). All of the products in the picture above are also lovely to use for the second cleanse. Again, I massage the chosen product onto my face and remove with hot water and a flannel. Here are the products I use regularly:
STEP 3 – Treat and Moisturise
At this point I like to inspect my skin and decide what I think it really needs. If my skin is looking a bit dull I like to use the Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads which exfoliate the skin and help brighten the complexion. I am currently testing the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+], which is supposedly excellent at clearing breakouts. I recommend tea tree oil for spots too, as it’s cheap and widely available and its a nice natural product that works. If my skin is quite dry I follow this with a bit of Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil as it is hydrating but also helps fade scars (which I have quite a lot of from spots). Next I moisturise. Basic moisturisers like the Boots Vitamin E Night Cream work well for me, and I use an anti-blemish moisturiser made by my lovely godmother Sally at The Essential Wellbeing Network. I would also recommend the Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum.
And lastly, if I feel like pampering myself, I reach for a facemask. These two are my favourites; the Superdrug Aloe Vera one to calm and hydrate the skin or the Lush one to get rid of spots:
All of these products do sound like a lot, but you don’t need them all. Once you find a few select products that work well for your skin it’s very easy to maintain a quick and easy skincare routine. And you don’t have to spend a fortune either!