Since I launched the blog its fair to say skincare comes up a lot in conversations people around me. Not only do we talk about what products people use and what to recommend but also, I get told a lot that people want to up their skincare game.
When I ask them why they have not already done so I am usually met with one of two answers. They don’t have the money to be spending vast amounts on products or the time going to the salon regularly nor do they want a routine in the evening that takes an absolute age before they can fall into bed.
Well just because I love skincare and blog about products does not mean that I have vast amounts of cash to spend on products (plus my little bog is too small for brands to send me anything sob sob!), Nor does it mean that I have the inclination to spend 30 minutes every evening before bed focusing on lotions and potions to make my skin glow. I do love going to a salon for facials and some me time but admit I don’t go anywhere near as much as I would like. Hair appointments take precedent for me over beauty as anyone who’s seen my barnet will know it needs a lot of taming!
I have written a whole post on the different types of cleansers which you can check out here. But if you are looking to up your cleanser game and move away from wipes then The Bodyshop* is a great place to start. The Camomile* range has both oils & balms that are fantastic for taking makeup off and using as your first cleanse. Simply massage into the skin and rinse off with a face cloth that’s been rinsed under warm water. (Remember also to change your face cloth EVERY day!)
If you wear SPF or a lot of makeup you should 100% be doing a second cleanse in the evening. Sticking with the bodyshop the Aloe Cream Cleanser* is great to use after you have washed away all your makeup.
The Bodyshop run fantastic promotions like 30 or 40% off which means that you can get the cleansing balm and aloe cream for about a tenner which is an absolute steal. Both these products are also suitable for the majority of skin types so if you are making a break from the world of face wipes these are a good place to start.
For me my exfoliant step is the use of a product containing Glycolic Acid. This product helps to remove dead skin cells and leave skin feeling nice and clean ready to absorb some goodness in the forms of treatments or mositurisers.
When I started this step I started out with the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Pads*. I then moved up to the extreme pads* and now use the Pixi Glow Tonic (Full review of this can be read here). The great thing about all of these products is that they are available in travel sizes so you can pick these up to test how your skin reacts to them without spending too much. (Superdrug do the Nip+Fab pads in travel size for only £1.50!
I will say that I don’t exfoliate every day. I tend to do this every other evening or if I have a day working at home I may include it in my morning routine. This also helps me to justify spending a little extra on glow tonic as it goes a long way.
My face is always crying out for some level of moisture so after Cleansing or exfoliating I always like to give my face a little spray. I wrote a whole post on my current stash which you can read here. You can also use these throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.
In terms of a purse friendly spritz I would always recommend the Caudalie grape water – it’s a great price, comes in a variety of sizes and is always on offer on sites such as Look Fantastic. The spray on this is perfect, its pressurised so delivers an even light mist which is great as some other sprays can quite literally drown you!
Serums & Treatments
Serums tend to be one of those steps that people quite often miss out and there is a common misunderstanding that a good moisturiser will solve all problems. I completely disagree with this and think there should be more focus on the serums you use than the moisturiser. This is also the case when deciding where to spend your money. For me it’s always on serums and treatments over any other step of the routine.
For me my main skin concerns have been dehydration and brightness. As these are two quite different issues I try to use two different products that specifically target those issues and a brand that are brilliant for this are the Ordinary by Deciem. If you follow me on instagram you will see that I totally rave about these products and am currently using three different serums by the brand.
In my morning routine I use a Vitamin C serum to improve the brightness of my skin and then I use a hyaluronic acid serum on top of this to give extra hydration. I have written a more in-depth review of the Hyaluronic acid which you can check out here.
For my evening routine i am currently trying “Buffet” by The Ordinary. It is advertised as targeting multiple signs of aging at once. I am only a few days in on this but at £12.70 per 30ml versus the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair at £53 for 30ml it is definitely worth a try! (I will say that I do love the Estee Lauder ANR so if this is as good I will definitely be doing a little dance!)
We are nearly there in sorting out your routine and I would like to think it will take less time to complete your routine than it has to read this post!
As I mentioned before if you are focusing your serum/treatments on your problematic areas then you don’t need to go to town with a moisturiser. Some people see it as the final step to provide a hydrated base for make up in the daytime and to help lock in any nighttime treatments or serums.
With this in mind I don’t tend to spend a great deal on this step, my favourite moisturiser which I have repurchased time and time again is the Body Shop Vitamin E Cream. Again this has been reviewed on the blog previously and you can check it out here.
This is really light and easily absorbed and has quite a light scent which I love. Others that I have been equally impressed with include the Vitamin C Moisturiser from Superfacialist, although this is slightly more in comparison it does go on offer quite a lot in boots which is always helpful.
The ordinary also do a moisturiser simply called Natural Moisturising Factors. This is quite a thick lotion so takes a bit of working in but it does the job and at £6.80 for 100ml its a total bargain.