Does anyone else feeling like their skin is thoroughly confused at the moment?
Yes, yes it is!
There is a tightening, a flakiness and a dullness and I am sick of it. The time has come to have a bit of an overhaul on my routine and the products that I am slapping on!
It is a case of finding the right formula for you but here are my recommendations:
▪Cleansing and Makeup Removal - This can surely be done at the same time can’t it? Some brands love to advocate these processes be done separately but I am l.a.z.y. I use a product by Bobbi Brown called Cleansing Balm Rinse during the cooler months and it melts my makeup off and cleans every pore and crevice on my face. I love it because it doesn't strip my skin of much needed hydration during the winter. And then during the summer I use Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser. I only do this at night and then I will just splash my face in the morning with a bit of warm water.
▪Exfoliating - I love the feeling of my skin after exfoliating. My favourite is the Clinique 7 Day Scrub, apparently you can use it everyday but you wouldn’t want to use anymore than twice a week as it will confuse your skin to produce too much oil. By exfoliating, you will be removing dead skin cells, encouraging circulation and creating a smooth surface for foundation.
▪Moisturising - I actually use the same cream morning and night and its just by Olay. During the day, it creates a hydrated base for my makeup to be applied and then at night I step up the hydration by adding a serum like Dr Lewwin’s Ultimate Lift Serum. In the colder and drier months I bump it up with Rose Hip Oil or Vitamin E oil. It is really important to spend time rubbing in your products properly…you will notice a difference especially when you apply foundation.
▪Eye Cream - Moisturised skin cells are plump cells which means less lines and wrinkles. So pick a cream rather than a gel for under the eye area. Concentrate the cream under the eye for during the day when wearing makeup and then at night you can add it to the upper lid. I am currently using Clinique Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream and its doing a lovely job.
▪Over complicate - Lets not overcomplicate things by using a ton of different products. For example: Toning, in my opinion is the biggest waste of time, there is actually no evidence that it does anything! BUT, if you like the feeling of it, you can use Rose Water.
I strongly believe that the most expensive product isn’t necessarily the best either. Just because it has a fancy name and fancy price tag does not mean that it is going to work miracles. The main focus should be building a routine that you can maintain. Try to get products that hydrate, this in itself will help plump up the cells smoothing out lines and help with the elasticity of your skin. Bright and perky, thats what we are looking for!