You will wear your skin for the rest of your life so it’s important to look after it. If there’s any gene I’m happy to have inherited, it is my mother’s clear skin. I previously took that for granted and I’m still guilty of falling into bed after a night out with my face still covered in makeup (or what’s left of it after too long on the dance floor) but don’t follow me on that one, it ain’t good. But in the last few months I have really got into skincare, especially facially and have noticed my skin is much brighter and clearer. Below is my daily routine.
This Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-in-Gel retails at €23.95 and is available from The Body Shop. It is a gel you apply to the face which turns to a cream when water is applied. It contains black cumin oil, rosehip oil and camellia oil and leaves my face feeling squeaky clean.
Retailing at approx €9.20, although you’ll often catch it on sale for about €6. Available in all major pharmacies, boots, supermarkets etc. I love the scent of this toner credited to Rose and Jasmine extracts. Rose soothes and Jasmine protects and moisturises the skin. Also, I find this toner has a slightly thicker consistency than some of its counterparts. I often just lightly pat this into the face.
Why toner? It further cleanses the face while reducing the appearance of pores.
The Ordinary from Canadian company DECIEM exploded over social media in recent months and its easy to see why. This Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCG (yeah all their products sound really scientific and can be kinda daunting) retails at approx €6.70.
This miracle in a bottle reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Let it be said that you don’t see results overnight but it doesn’t take long. Just rub a small amount into the contour of the eye morning and evening.
This is my holy grail skincare product. This is available from their site (https://rinamara.com/product/facial-serum) for €25. This serum feels amazing on the skin, it’s lightweight and refreshing. The natural seaweed and botanical extracts provide the skin with proteins, nutrients and anti-oxidants which hydrate and recharge the skin. This serum also contains Hyaluronic acid which helps to smooth fine lines, wrinkles and improves visible skin firmness.
I’ve only started using this cream lately but I have a feeling I may be sticking with it. Vichy claim their Idéalia range ‘transforms tired dull skin into radiant glowing skin’. Not only does it give your skin a healthy glow, it also evens complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores #winning 😂😝
My night routine is basically the same but instead of a cleanser, I use the following prior to my toner..
Ok so I was gifted this gem. A bit pricey at €22, especially when other products available can remove makeup just as easily, but what I like about this product is that it doesn’t irritate the eyes. It literally feels like water. I tend to wear quite a lot of eye makeup and this removes it effortlessly.
So who doesn’t use this? It’s readily available (Penneys, chemists, supermarkets you name it). I’ve heard mixed review on micellar waters, some say they’re not the best for cleaning your face but I’ve been using it for years, it does the job, and I’m a creature of habit. Plus, it’s easy. It lifts makeup without having to scrub your face.
I follow this with my Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion. Again, this is cheap and cheerful at approx €5.49. I love the creamy texture as it doesn’t leave a greasy layer on the skin. To apply, just put some on a cotton pad and sweep over your skin using upwards and outwards motions.
It goes without saying that what works for me, may not necessarily work for you. My skin doesn’t tend to to overally oily or dry. If this is the case for you, or if you’re prone to acne, find what suits you best. Skincare is trial and error and it helps to seek professional advice if you have particularly problematic areas. This just gives you some ideas.