Hope all your weeks are going fabulously, I thought I’d give a little insight today on part of my skincare routine as skincare is such a HUGE part of beauty. You need to look after your base to have a flawless full face, I say!
As a 21 year old woman, my skin has already (YES ALREADY) started its ageing process, how scary is that? Don’t be fooled, I don’t mean you have to go out and gather every anti-ageing product on the market to prevent those frown/smile lines from cementing their selves into your face. Although prevention is the key here as it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) than trying to cure something and SURPRISE SURPRISE the key to this is a consistent, protective and well balanced skincare routine for your individual skin type.
Obviously the products I use aren’t going to be everyones cup of tea as we all have different skin but I’m going to be talking about the ones that really give my skin a boost and that I can noticeably see or feel the difference when I use them. My skin can be quite difficult to deal with as it is combination but fluctuates between oily and dry depending on a hell of a lot of factors including my health, diet and the weather so I have an overflowing drawer of products I’ve tried, some of which don’t get used for months on end and then get finished within in a week! Anyway enough of my blabbering, here are my saviours:
1 – Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate / £38
I absolutely LOVE this stuff. I tried it at the end of last year when I managed to get my hands on a little sample size of it and completely fell in love with the texture, smell and formula of it. It sinks into the skin so smoothly and leaves a light lavender aroma which is perfect to apply just before bed as it is super relaxing. This is coming from someone who HATES the smell of lavender usually. I always wake up the next morning feeling like my skin is radiant and super plump. Although the website says to use it every night, I find once a week is more than enough for my skin personally. I feel like the formula is a bit too rich with oils to use EVERY night but can imagine that being more suitable for people with super dry skin. I’d love to also try the cleansing oil to go alongside it soon!
2 – Superdrug Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist / £2.99
I never truly believed how fabulous this product was until I bit the bullet and bought it for myself. Not to sound presumptuous but my original thoughts were ‘Superdrug? Having an amazing skincare range? Really?’. I can’t say I have tried any other products from this range as of yet but they have just as good reviews as the mist does and going by that, I’d highly recommend trying it out! The mist is a really great and cruelty free dupe for MAC Fix+, the only thing I’d say to watch out for is that the spray nozzle allows a lot more product to come through than Fix+ so make sure you spray it further away from the face to avoid soaking yourself. I use it every day just to give an extra layer of light hydration meaning a fresh base to apply my makeup.
3 – The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask / £16
Yes I know I’ve mentioned this in a post before and I definitely will again and then probably again another time but I CAN NOT recommend this mask enough. This changed my whole perception on masks as nothing else has ever been as effective for my skin as this. It contains tea tree oil and green tea leaves to draw out any excess oil and impurities from the skin which double up as an exfoliant when you let the mask dry and wash it off in circular motions getting rid of any dead skin. I’d recommend only using it on your T-zone unless you’re oily all over as it is quite a strong mask. It can cause burning on sensitive or dry parts of the face, so be careful. Invest in this mask, you will not regret it.
4 – The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti Imperfection Daily Solution / £13
Something for the oily skinned or blemish prone people! Tea tree oil is fabulous for drawing out any bacteria or excess oil that clogs up the skin which is why it’s perfect to put straight on to spots as that is one of the main causes of them. This product was created as a serum to put on prior to moisturiser to help with the oil and blemishes and to mattify the skin before applying makeup. I personally use it as a blemish solution as it’s better value for money than the more concentrated tea tree oil. You get a hell of a lot more product and a dropper which is easier to put the product onto a cotton pad with. It’s also a bit more gentle on the skin.
5 – Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream / £24.50
This is definitely not just your average every day moisturiser. I still remember the first time I used this product and how impressed I was with the way it made my skin look so much healthier and plumper even 10 minutes after application. I cannot recommend this enough for anyone and everyone. I don’t have particularly dry skin but this makes it feel so nourished and supple but not greasy at all which is what I always look for. There’s nothing I hate more than a moisturiser that leaves a horrible residue. I use this near enough every day and cannot imagine using anything else now (which is a bit unfortunate as it’s quite pricey).
If you haven’t found your skin type or a solid skincare routine yet, what are you waiting for? I personally know that both The Body Shop stores and Kiehls counters offer skin consultations where they have special equipment to determine your skin type, what it needs to be healthy and recommend you the products you need to reach your ultimate skincare goal. Get in there and try it out for yourself!
Hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my skincare, what is one skincare product you cannot live without? And do you believe high end skincare always does what it says on the bottle?