Skincare is one of those things that I try to invest my time into.
Sometimes I find myself reaching for the faces wipes but for the most part, I try to keep to a routine.
I feel that skincare is the most important step in a woman's beauty routine. I've always said that if you have a good canvas for your make-up, your make-up sits better. I had got a request for a skincare video, which I will be doing over here, but until then, I thought I'd blog about it! Before I start, I want to state my skin type: I have oily/combination skin and have a fair amount of natural redness in my skin.
Let's get started!
The first product in my Skincare routine is my make-up remover. I absolutely love the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water. It's the best make-up remover I've used and many bloggers have called it a dupe for the famous Bioderma. I personally love it as it removes all make-up, including dark smoky eye looks, without being too abrasive.
Here is an overview. Firstly, Cleansing. Cleansers tend to remove any impurities, dirt and general grime from your skin. I switch between two different cleansers at the moment. The first being Soap and Glory's 'The Ultimelt' Hot Cloth Cleanser. I have spoke about hot cloth cleaners before when I first fell in love with the Liz Earle version but this is completely different.
This cleanser is a great formula. You apply it as a cream formula however, once on the skin, it melts into a balm to ensure that it really sinks into every pore and removes all dirt. You leave it for 3-5 minutes and then with a hot cloth, you remove it. I have to say I really do feel a difference after using this and can easily say it rivals my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. It's a nice formula which doesn't feel to heavy or greasy. This is my everyday cleanser as it's not to abrasive and super hydrating due to the essential oils in the formula.
The second cleanser I use, is Soap and Glory's 'The Scrubatonic' Daily Facial Polish. I don't tend to use this as much because I feel that my first cleanser is just right for me. This cleanser has tiny exfoliating beads which is great for getting into pores and removing all dirt however, because of that, I wouldn't call this an 'Everyday' scrub. It would definitely be too harsh for everyday. I tend to use this once a week on days when I feel my skin is feeling more clogged up than usual.
I actually really like the formula of this. It contains Shea butter which is great for adding moisture to the skin and Lemon which helps improve the appearance of acne scars, which for me is such a bonus.
Next up is an exfoliator. As you can tell, I have been loving Soap and Glory's skincare! It's the 'No Clogs Allowed' Deep Pore Detox mask and all I can say is that this has been my skin saviour! My skin can be fairly temperamental and I didn't know what to expect when I tried this but wow. When applied, it's your standard face mask consistency.
The general theory is to apply this onto a dry face and then add water to activate the formula. Oh boy, does it activate. As soon as you apply water, the formula begins to turn blue and heat up. It's not burning on the skin but definitely hot enough to have given me a shock! You leave it for 5 minutes and then remove with a cloth and voila! Baby soft skin in no time.
My skin has cleared up so much since using this and cannot recommend this enough.
After all the cleansing and exfoliating, my skin then needs to be soothed and moisturised. For this, I use Origin's 'Make a Difference Plus' and absolutely love it. I have done a full review here, if you want to check that out. I have been using this for over 6 months and will never go back! Even though this is targeted for dry skin, my skin can tend to get dry when exposed to dehydrating climates. Even the air conditioning in your car, can dry out your skin! It's a nice creamy formula which really soothes my skin and leaves it feeling moisturised and throughly quenched!
Last but not least, is eye cream. I've spoke about this before but it's Benefit's 'It's Potent' Eye Cream which I use daily as it's really important to use a different moisturiser for your eye area because the skin on the face and eyes are completely different. I have to say, it's definitely not the best eye cream out there, but it's not the worst either. I've done a full review here, if you want more of an in-depth review.
That's my skincare in a nutshell!
I tend to switch up my skincare pretty frequently, but this is working really well for my skin right now!
What's your Skincare saviour?