As a makeup lover, you need to invest in a good skincare routine to enable you to make the most of your makeup. What’s the point in owning tons and tons of products if you don’t look after your skin? They just won’t look good. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s necessary to have a good skincare routine to protect you against harsh cold winters and ageing. Since I’ve become more of a makeup devotee these last few years not only has my makeup collection grown but my skincare collection too. It’s a bit ridiculous how many products I own. But I do use most of them frequently, so it’s totally justified (or so I tell myself!). Today, I’m sharing my current favourites!
Probably my favourite part of a skincare routine. It can be so satisfying and refreshing removing all that makeup and dirt off your face! My overall favourite is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I will always rave about this. It is so worth spending more than I normally would for a cleanser (£29.50). I love using this in the mornings as it is so awakening and revitalising. It is also great at removing makeup, even stubborn mascaras. It’s a gel to oil formula and when in contact with water it creates more of a lather. It contains ingredients such as Vitamin C & E so you know your skin is getting a real treat!
A newer cleanser in my collection is Lush’s Ultrabland Cleanser. I picked this up on a whim when I went into store not long after Christmas in the hope of grabbing some sale bargains but I was too late (boo!) however I ended up purchasing this cleanser. This cleanser is a lot thicker and creamier than Oskia’s offering which is perfect for my dry skin. A little goes a long way with this cleanser and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and supple.
I’m not massively into face washes but after buying Soap & Glory’s The Whole Glam Lot before Christmas, it gave me the opportunity to try the Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash. At first, I was a bit sceptical as I thought this wash contained microbeads but after a bit of investigating I found out they were actually jojoba beads. I don’t use this as much as the other two cleansers but it’s nice if I just want something quick and easy! It contains a ton of amazing ingredients such as Superfruit Yuzu which contains Vitamin C. It’s also cheap as chips so if you’re looking for something reasonably priced that does the job quickly, give this a try.
Of course, I couldn’t talk about cleansers without mentioning Bioderma. Their Micellar Water is my favourite beating the likes of Garnier to the top spot. I probably don’t use it as much as I used to but again, it’s great if you want something quick and easy to remove your makeup with.
TONERS AND EXFOLIATORS
The next step after cleansing is to go in with a toner or exfoliator. At the moment, I’m loving the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads. They work so well on my skin, reducing my blackheads significantly and making it look more radiant. I’ve nearly run out but I will definitely be repurchasing and I might even give the Extreme Night Pads a go.
I’ve always wanted to try the Pixi Glow Tonic and just recently, I’ve been giving it a whirl and now I see what the hype is all about, what an amazing product! I use this most mornings now as it really is a ‘glow giver’. It contains glycolic acid, ginseng, aloe vera and is also alcohol-free. It leaves the skin looking healthy and radiant.
For a gentle toner, I swear by No 7’s Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner. I’m on my 3rd or 4th bottle since discovering it and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else. If you have sensitive skin, this is the perfect toner for you. It’s refreshing, hydrating and leaves my skin prepped for the next step.
SERUMS AND OILS
Since getting serious about skincare and my routine, I have tried many serums. Probably more than any other skincare product but I’ve never really had one where I thought ‘I must repurchase this’. At the moment, I’m using Avene’s Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum which I think is going to become a firm favourite. It’s light, gentle but really packs a punch when it comes to hydration and my skin is really lapping this stuff up. If you’ve got dry skin, do give this a try.
I stopped using facial oils for a few months, I’m not sure why. Before that, I was using Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil which was fine, it was great for my skin. However recently, I’ve been giving Caudalie’s Divine Oil a go. Like Nuxe’s offering, it’s a dry oil that can be used on the face, body and hair, but I only ever use it on the face. It contains a blend of oils such as grape and sesame which make this oil feel luxurious on the skin and leaves it feeling nourished. It’s light floral scent just makes this a lovely all round product.
MOISTURISERS AND EYE CREAMS
The last step and for us lot with dry skin probably the best part. For the day, I mainly use Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Cream. This pot seems never ending and a little definitely goes a long way! I use the Normal/Combi version which is actually perfect for my dry skin, it’s thick enough and provides a lot of hydration and the moisture that my skin needs. It is enriched with plants such as Sugar Beet and Kiwi Fruit which provide nourishment and antioxidant protection. This cream also contains SPF15 which is always a bonus!
When I’m not using Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Cream, I’ll opt for the Soap and Glory Speed Plump Moisturiser which is formulated for dry and dehydrated skin. A great base for makeup, it makes the skin more plump and dewy. It contains a watermelon extract which gives hydration, a marine plant said to smooth wrinkles and raspberry stem cells which help with elasticity.
In the evenings, I use the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + which I feel like I’ve been using forever! It is almost finished and I recommend you buy the pump version as it’s a right pain in the arse to get any product out when practically empty! After removing makeup, this is the best thing to put moisture back into my skin, it’s an incredibly thick lotion which I find too much for a morning moisturiser before makeup. My skin is left feeling soft and supple.
Lastly, I apply eye cream and for the last few months, I’ve been using the Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream. It’s nothing special but it does the job just fine. I haven’t seen massive differences in the eye area but it’s definitely hydrating and makes the area look a little brighter and more awake.