There are 1000s of skincare products on the market and choosing the right ones can be confusing, having some sort of a skincare routine is important as the health and condition of our skin will change as we get older. I have not done a beauty post in a while and I feel skincare is really important. Over the years I have tried a number of skincare products, some have worked really well and some did not. I will go through how you can have a skincare routine and products I use. Having a good skincare routine can reduce wrinkles, reduce the skin from looking fatigued and improve the radiance of the skin. These are all positive things
What is my skin type?
Knowing what skin type you are is really important as it will effect the products you use. I have dry/normal skin. There are people that have oily, normal and combination skin. You can go to a dermatologist to find out, or a cheaper option is to go to a shop such as The Body Shop and ask a skin consultant (this is what I did). Or if your skin is an extreme of any of the skin types, mine is obviously dry then you will just know what skin type you are. Once you know your skin type it makes it a lot easier when selecting the right products to buy. I find my skin is a lot drier in the winter opposed to the summer, so my skincare routine slightly changes to the season that we are in.
Skincare Routine- Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise
Daily we apply make-up and our skin can become dirty due to pollution and dust. We have to cleanse our skin. What is cleansing? Cleansing is cleaning the skin and getting rid of any dirt that has been embedded in the skin. Cleansing prevents breakouts, rashes and cleans deep in the pores. There are a vast number of ways to cleanse the skin and a number of different kinds of products.
The dermalogica precleanse is amazing. I have been using this product for around 5 months and it has made a huge difference. I use this before I use a cream cleanser. This product melts away make-up like no other product. If I have worn a full face of foundation and waterproof eyeliner this melts it away really easily. Firstly I dampen my face and take one pump in my palm. I apply onto my face and massage it in. Then my make-up melts away. It is a great product for a deep clean and I use it three times a week. The price point of this product is high, but you are paying for the quality. It is a staple in my cleansing routine.
I feel I get the deepest clean with a cream cleanser. If I have the time a cream cleanser is my favourite option. This Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk is a favourite of mine. It is really gentle and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and smelling peachy, which I love! Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk has- OXYGINSENG TECHNOLOGY- An organic complex that aids circulation and cell respiration. It speeds up oxygen and nutrient delivery to fight ageing and revitalise the skin. PEACH AND GOJUICE- Rich in antioxydants. QUILLAJA BARK- a Chilean soap bark tree-derived natural cleansing agent. RRP £8 for 350ml. Soap and Glory have some beautiful products, check out My Soap and Glory Bath, Body and Skincare Product Collection.
I am a massive fan of Micellar Cleansing Water. It is quick and there is no need to rinse it off, all you need is a cotton pad. I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in 400ml and in the ‘On The Go’ size 125ml. I have also started to use the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water for dry and sensitive skin. I bought these products from Boots UK and they are all on offer, they are very reasonably priced. Micellar Cleansing Water is 3-in-1, it cleanses, removes make-up and soothes. The micelles within the Micellar Cleansing Water are dirt magnets that lift away any impurities and make-up. This reduces the amount of rubbing on the skin that can be harmful. After a long working day when I just want to get in my bed using Micellar Cleansing Water is a great option. I really like Garnier skincare products and have never had a problem with any of them. They have a huge range for all different skin types.
There are many exfoliators available but this one makes my skin glow. As my skin is Normal/Dry I use the No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator. An Exfoliator usually has beads or larger pigments within the product that massage and deep clean the skin. It gets rid of any dirt and dead skin, leaving the skin feeling super clean. I use this Exfoliator twice a week as I do not want to strip away the natural oils in my skin. Using an Exfoliator to often can be very harmful to your skin. This Exfoliator gives my skin a lovely healthy glow which I LOVE! No7 have products for every skin type and you can pop into any Boots UK and they can recommend the right products for you.
Now I would only ever use face wipes if I just did not have time to do a deeper cleanse with a cream cleanser or exfoliator. The reason being that using face wipes regularly can be harmful as you are constantly tugging and stretching the skin. It can cause premature wrinkles and no one wants that! I use these Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Wipes if I just need to take make-up off very quickly. Usually after a gig, I just want a make-up free face so these Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Wipes do come in handy. Why I choose these wipes over other brands is because they are incredibly moisturising and my skin does not feel dry. I have tried so many face wipes but these are the ones that make my skin feel great. They are also quilted, which makes them a lot more gentle on my skin. These are great for Dry skin types.
Face wash is a great way of cleaning the skin of make-up and dirt. I tend to use face wash during the hotter months as my skin can dry out using it when the weather is colder and my skin is naturally more dry. I always reach for my Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash. It has scrub beads in it that increase the circulation in the skin. It contains SUPERFRUIT YUZU complex- a skin energising, toning and brightening antioxidant complex pressed from natural Chinese citrus fruits. My skin is left feeling cleansed and purified. It is on offer right now so go and get one as it is great.
When it comes to cleansing if you use a cream cleanser daily this will really help clear and clean your skin. In our day to day lives sometimes we do not have the time so a micellar cleansing water or facial cleansing wipes are a good option. I would advise to exfoliate your skin once a week to really deep clean the skin. Cleaning the skin is really important, if dirt enters the pores it creates breakouts and all other kinds of skin issues. Do take the time to cleanse, it will be great for the future of your skin.
I am very new to using toner, as I did not really understand what it did. I recently went to a skincare consultation and they said, Toner helps rebalance the pH levels in the skin. It also closes the pores after your cleansing process.
I have been using the L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Velvety-Soft Toner for around two months. I must say my skin feels silky smooth after I use it. It is really gentle on my skin and I can see that my skin looks the same tone all over and not patchy. This product is great if you have sensitive skin. It is not drying at all. It is a good addition to my skincare routine and I definitely want to try more Toners to see what works best for my skin.
Finding the right moisturiser can be tricky, and again it all depends on your skin type. You can get hydrating, anti-ageing, intensive, sensitive moisturiser, the list is endless. If you have oily skin, you want a light weight moisturiser that is not too creamy. As I have dry skin I use the L’Oréal Paris Triple Active Nourish Intense Hydrating Moisturiser. I cannot go through a day without this moisturiser. It hydrated my skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth. This moisturiser gives 24hr hydration, helps form a protective barrier and contains a UBV filter and Nourishes the skin as it contains essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6. This is why it is part of the L’Oréal Paris Triple Active products. I use this in the morning and before bed.
Additional Skin Care Products
I LOVE a face mask. If I have an evening off I will have a face mask on. Now, why do I like them so much? I feel like having a face mask on allows me to just take a bit of time to relax. It is also great for your skin.
I have used The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask for years, and I will not stop. This mask is a gem. Sometimes our skin goes through times when it just wants to breakout and this mask is my saviour. It is soothing and really cools down my skin. My skin is left feeling cleansed and pure. The mask does not dry and you put a thick layer all over your face for around 10-15 minutes. I use the mask twice a week and it makes a big difference in my complexion, it is so much clearer. The Body Shop UK have completely changed the packaging of this product so it will not look like this anymore. I bought this one just before the packaging changed and have so much product left. I would highly recommend this mask.
The Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Super Self-Heating Deep Pore Detox Mask is a must have. When you apply this to your skin there is the surprise of the heat you feel on your face, it is a strange yet nice sensation. It is a self-heating mask that purifies the pores. I use this once a week and my skin feel seriously clean and detoxified. You have to try this!
The No7 Beautiful Skin Pore Vacuum Mask is amazing. You apply a thick layer on your nose and forehead and leave it to dry for 10 minutes. Then you just peel it off and the blackheads are gone! I use this once a week and it really works. It is a staple in my skincare and nothing gets rid of blackheads the way this product does. If you have a problem with blackheads and whiteheads then this product is a must have.
I really like The Body Shop products and came across this new Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil. It has a high price point at £28 but I took a gamble and bought it. I am so glad I did! I have added this product to my night time skincare routine and apply it after I cleanse and tone. After it absorbs in to my skin I see if I still need to moisturise, depending on how dry my skin is that day. It is made of 99% of oils of natural origin, and 3 precious seed oils. These seed oils give new life to the skin and are known for their revitalising and repairing properties on skin. After using this product my skin is so much firmer and feel revitalised. If you have the budget do try it.
I use the Garnier Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One B.B. Blemish Balm Cream in the shade Medium. This product is a god send. I feel if your skin is having a good day why apply full coverage foundation? This BB Cream has AMAZING coverage and is light and seriously makes my skin glow. It is a staple in my make-up bag and I take it everywhere. It comes in a range of shades such as extra light, light and medium. You can also get the product for anti-aging and sensitive skin. It makes my skin feel moisturised and has the right amount of coverage, it is perfect. I would advise to set it with a bit of powder as it has a super dewy finish. If you have not tried this BB Cream, you have to go and get it!
Our lips are a very sensitive area and we must look after them too. I literally use my Carmex Lip Pot throughout the day. It just moisturises my lips like nothing else. I tend to get really dry lips in colder weather and applying Carmex really helps. I also use it before bed so my lips are nice and soft in the morning. It is a great lip primer before applying matte and liquid lipsticks. You cannot go wrong with Carmex
Top 10 Skincare Tips-
- Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise everyday.
- Try to Exfoliate at least once a week.
- Take time out and put a face mask on once or twice a week.
- Make sure you know your skin type and buy products that will aid your skin type.
- When trying a product keep using it for at least a month to see the results, do not judge a product straight away.
- Make your skincare routine fun, I light a candle and put some music on.
- ALWAYS REMOVE MAKE-UP AT NIGHT, the skin repairs at night and if you leave your make-up on pores will get clogged and you will be prone to breakout.
- Clean your make-up brushes regularly, dirty make-up brushes contain dirt and bacteria.
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE.
- Drink at least 2 litres of WATER a day and take pride in your skincare routine as the results will be seriously valuable in the future.
I am constantly trying new products and have recently bought a lot of beauty/skincare products that I will be reviewing on Krupa Around Town, so keep those eyes peeled. Here is a sneak peak-
Thank you so much for reading my post. Having a skincare routine does not only make your skin look fabulous but it will boost your confidence! I just wanted to pass on all my skincare knowledge so that you can create your own skincare routine and start enjoying the results. Beauty is skin deep and having healthy, glowing skin will make your make-up glide on and be flawless. If you want to know anything else about skincare then do comment below or get in contact via my Contact Me page. I would love to hear from you