Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Skincare Favourites 2014/ Skincare Routine
2014 has been absolutely bloody glorious for my skin (touchwood!)! Gone are the days of having a face full of hormone fuelled cystic breakouts. Don't get me wrong, my skin is far from perfect but it's a damn sight better than it was this time last year and I really owe that to this little collection of products. I've found that committing to a strict and consistent skincare routine has done absolute wonders for me and now I simply can't rest at night without knowing that my skin has had a good seeing to (pause for laughs from those dirty minded folk). Of course I've tried introducing different options into my routine, I am a beauty blogger after all, but this is the absolute creme de la creme (as they say). Little bit of skin history for ya, I am the ultimate in combination. I'm talking oily t-zone, dry nose, sensitive cheeks and prone to dehydration. I know, poor me.
I start my super simple morning routine with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which I have found to be THE best cleanser that I have ever had the pleasure of smothering all over my face. THE BEST EVER. It's extremely gentle on my occasionally sensitive skin, yet gives my skin a real good cleanse and removes any remnants of last nights makeup. My skin always look noticeably clearer and brighter every time I use it. Can you tell that I love it? I also use this as my evening cleanser. Once again, BEST EVER! My morning moisturiser is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat. It creates an amazing base for makeup and helps keep my shiny forehead at bay. What more could I want ay? Now the only part of my skincare routine that is lacking a star is eye cream, I've just not found the one. If you have any recommendations then please keep them coming.
So evenings are where I really go to town! I always start out with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Which in my opinion, is just as good as Bioderma at a fraction of the price. This and a couple of cotton pads later and I'm looking facially naked. I then of course follow it up with THE BEST cleanser, as mentioned above. Once I'm feeling clean and as fresh as a daisy, I give my skin a generous slick of the Pixi Glow Tonic. Now this is one that you have to be really persistent with, it doesn't perform miracles overnight, but trust me give it time. I've found that it reduces blemishes, redness and improves skin texture. So yeah, don't give up on it a couple of uses in or you won't reap the benefits. If I'm feeling fancy, I'll have a quick spritz of the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. A gorgeous and luxurious products with an equally pleasing scent. So now I'm cleansed and toned, now I want to inject some serious moisture back into my skin. Ive found the best way of tackling my oily skin is to hydrate it, which sounds insane but it seriously works. my favourite products to do this are the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins and the Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial. Both products have an instant result of dramatically smoother and more hydrated skin.
Finally, we have a mask. Once a week I like to give my skin that extra bit of pampering and 2014 was definitely the year of the Glam Glow Supermud mask. If I've stayed up past my usual 10pm curfew and had a couple of glasses of wine, my skin can be left feeling a little congested and this bad boy brings it right back round to normality. Again, another product that gives amazing instant results.