Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from blogging and just focus on spending time with family, I recently went on holiday with my family to Greece which was lovely but it was about time I got motivated to get back into writing. I originally wanted to post this mid summer but I was always changing products and never stuck to the same skincare routine which is what I want to share this with you now.
I am by no means a skincare expert but have learnt a lot about it this year and since starting an AM/PM routine my skin has improved by appearance and by texture massively. If you don’t know where to start then let this be a guide, you do not have to follow this order exactly as I’ve seen so many different orders so who knows which one is the best, this is just one that works for me.
Every morning I wash my face with warm water using the Kiehl’s Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser* for anyone who suffers from dry, sensitive skin I’d recommend this as it contains ingredients Aloe Vera and Chamomile known for calming sensitive skin. It isn’t a foamy face wash which I like and can be used without water if needed. My favourite thing about using this cleanser is you aren’t left with tight feeling skin which makes me feel very uncomfortable.
I try not to exfoliate too often but sometimes my skin can feel a bit spotty and I get little bumps on my chin from whiteheads so I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator* to help remove dead skin cells, improve the feel of my skin and to illuminate my dull looking skin. This leaves my skin feeling very soft and clear.
Something which is new to me this year is toning and since doing it I have noticed a massive difference since I’ve been using Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliator Toner from Spring to Summer and it has really reduced the redness of my cheeks, it’s suitable for all skin types. If you have any blemish scars which I sometimes get this really helps to fade them away after gradual use. I use this by adding a few drops on a cotton wool pad and sweep it over my face and neck.
4. Eye Cream
Something which I never bothered with in the past but has helped me feel more comfortable and beneficial in the mornings. I’ve been using Origins Eye Doctor a moisturiser for around the eye area as I tend to get dry cracked skin under my eyes, this cream helps reduce this if it gets really bad then I have to use something else, It’s also very cooling due to its ingredients cucumber, rosemary and ginseng.
Something all dry skin types should consider, if you aren’t using a serum then I strongly suggest you start using one now. You don’t have to splash out and get an expensive one as I like to repurchase Superdrug’s Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum for under £5. All through the warmer months, I’ve finally given the Nib + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum ago which gives you that shot of hydration boost before applying your moisturiser as it contains a lot of hyaluronic acids making my skin feel softer. I can’t live without serums, once you have one in your routine you won’t go without.
Some people skip this step but if I can add more moisture to my face I’m going to jump at the chance. I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate Facial Oil* to help boost radiance and to protect my skin from environmental aggressors such as pollution by applying 2-3 drops in my hand and patting my face and neck, a little goes a long way with this product and I love it so much. I want to get the Midnight Concentrate to pair with this in my night routine.
Since using this product I’ve discovered a love for oils when I’ve always been scared to use them because I didn’t know how if I’m honest and thought it would be greasy and give me spots but it’s so lightweight.
Finally, we are on the step that only last year was the only skincare product I applied and now I’m applying 8 products on my face! I’ve been using the Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturiser which I got for Christmas but was saving this for summer as it’s a lightweight, radiant moisturiser which smells like oranges (just screams summer) and keeps my face hydrated all day. I would definitely buy this again for next year.
Most SPF’s are already in skincare/makeup products but If not I do like to apply a bit of suncream on my face before applying foundation. I’ve been using the La Roche Posay Ultra Light 50+ Suncream which is light weight, has a matte finish so none of that greasy feeling which makes this perfect for applying before makeup. SPF has so many benefits and should play a part in your routine if sun damage is a concern to you, as a fair skinned girl this is massively important to me. This little bottle has been with me through my travels as it’s perfect handbag size if you want to top up throughout the day.
If you know any tips on how I can improve my routine? or product recommendations? then please share in the comments.
Look out for my evening routine in a couple of months and how I slowly prepare my skin for winter.