Skincare is something I am really into. I love trying new products and seeing the effects that they can have on my skin...and am really into my natural products. I'll always look at the ingredients and often that's the number 1 reason that I'll invest in a skincare product. Expensive brands don't mean anything to me - it's all about those ingredients and the results. I definitely go through periods where my skin is less than happy, but I've since honed my basic routine to deal with these situations, and will share everything below.
I tend to lean towards lighter, less heavy products because my skin is combination and can get quite oily as the day goes by, so the less product on my face the better. Likewise, I prefer lighter, sheerer makeup rather than powders and heavy foundations, as they let me skin breathe and don't cause me to breakout.
First up, my morning routine. I jump in the shower and wash my face with either Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash or Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, which I like because they are very gentle and non-drying. Once out and dry, I use a few drops of Ren Radiance Perfection Serum (for a vitamin C brightening hit) and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat. The latter is a really great moisturiser for oily or combination skin, it's really non-drying and my skin still feels super moisturised but it's light enough to keep it slightly matte. Or, I'll use La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Moisturiser Riche if my skin feels on the dryer side. Lastly, I use an SPF every day now, and really love this La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti Shine Matte Fluid SPF 30 one. It doesn't leave any shine or white residue and it sinks in really nicely, ready for my makeup to go on...
At night, I've simplified my routine down to a few products. I take my eye makeup off with either Garnier Skin Micellar Cleansing Water and a big cotton wool pad or Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm if I've got a lot of heavy eye makeup on and want something more luxurious feeling (and have a bit more time). I often spritz this Liz Earle facial spray that I love just to tone the skin and add any moisture that's been lost after I've washed my face.
I'm really into face masks and absolutely love clay masks after a long day at work in grimy London. I love Sukin's Super Greens Masque as it's really reasonable in price, seeing that you're going to be washing it off anyway. It's moisturising yet it draws any impurities out from your skin and leaves it feeling smooth and clean - if I'm having breakouts I'll let this sit for about an hour...Lastly, my favourite: oils. I've been using facial oils instead of moisturiser at night for years now, and I never wake up with dry or too oily skin. I really love this Pai Rosehip Oil or the Khiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate, both of which are non-greasy and haven't got any added perfumes. I think that oils are great for everybody, unless you have acne or really really oily skin, as they contain lots of fatty acids to help keep the skin soft and moisturised.
I do add new things to my routine now and again, like this Pixi Glow Tonic which is 5% glycolic and helps to brighten your skin and eat away the dead skin cells. I'll always be a fan of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish with a warm facial cloth after showering, and have a bottle tucked away in my cupboard ready to use when I run out of my Clinique Cleanser. If I want a cream rather than an oil, I'll use Liz Earle's Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination Skin, which again is really light but melts into the skin and moisturises it without leaving it feeling heavy. If my skin is really dry, especially in the winter or when travelling, I'll use the Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser which contains nourishing rosehip oil, full of essential fatty acids. Before bed, I love dropping a few drops of this Aromatherapy Associates Lavender Oil or Neal's Yard Lavender Oil on my pillow to help me unwind. I also add a few drops into my Liz Earle hand cream, rub my hands together and breathe in the aroma and it helps me to unwind and drop into a peaceful sleep.
And that’s me pretty much done, eye mask on and I’m ready for bed time...