I’ve never been any good at having a proper skin care routine. When I was in university, remembering to take my make-up off before bed was an accomplishment – and applying my Boots-branded moisturiser was a pamper night!
But I’m a lot better these days. I do still have the odd night where just scrubbing a make-up wipe over my face is all I can manage, but in general I try to stick to a good routine and it does seem to be helping my spot-prone skin.
I thought I’d share my current routine with you all – but I am a total novice so any tips would be massively appreciated!
To start with, one of my best go-to pieces is this Tee Tree Face Wash by The Body Shop. It smell amazing and really gives my face a fresh, clean feeling. I tend to use this every morning before anything else and occasionally in the evening after I’ve washed all my make-up off (if I can be bothered).
My latest addition and current fave is this solution from The Ordinary. My sister introduced this brand to me as they are low-cost but very effective. We actually headed into a Deciem store in London to get some advice on which product I should start with, and a really helpful member of staff pointed me towards this. I apply just a few drops in the morning as part of a refresh after washing my face, and Oh My God does it make a difference. My skin is so much brighter and softer after just 2 months, and I’ve recently noticed that my acne scars are fading. This product is great for anyone looking to introduce Vitamin C into their routine (which I absolutely recommend you do asap!), and it’s great value for money.
I’ve recently started using tinted moisturisers instead of foundation for a daily look, and my current choice is this Olay BB Cream. I pop just a little bit into my hand and smooth it on the way you would with a normal moisturiser. It glides on quite easily and gives me a hint of a glow without that heavy foundation feel that clogs up your pores. This one also has SPF in it, which is a win-win for me.
I don’t really have a go-to make-up remover, but this Lancome Bi-Facil Instant Cleanser that I received for Christmas has been serving me well for the past couple of weeks. I just pop a little bit onto a cotton pad and that seems to get rid of the majority of what’s on my face. Top tip with this product – a small amount goes a long way! It doesn’t leave a greasy feel, which some of the other cleansers I’ve tried have (providing you shake the bottle before use!). It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, so I am a big fan, but at £23 a bottle I’m not sure I’ll be splashing out on a full size version any time soon.
Generally in the evening I just like to let my skin breathe, so I don’t put much on it after I remove my make-up. My staple skin care product has always been the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, which I smooth into my skin once it’s clean in the evening. It leaves my face feeling clean, light and refreshed, which is perfect for a pre-bedtime product.
Very occasionally I’ll use a night cream, depending on how my skin is doing. At the moment, I’m a big fan of this Regenerating Sleeping Mask by Dr. Botanicals. I received this in my Birchbox subscription a few months ago and it’s by far one of my favourite pieces they’ve sent me. Now, this is a mask rather than a cream, so it does feel quite dry when it absorbs into the skin, but that’s a small price to pay for how refreshed my face feels by the morning. Again though, this is quite pricey so I’m not sure I’ll replace this when my current bottle runs out.
Do you have any hints for skin care? Let me know!
As always, thanks for reading!