I’ve been asked on numerous occasions about my skin care routine and due to lengthy detailing that it consists of I have to admit I’ve always been a little bit lazy when it came to writing this blog post. Anyway, it was after writing a lengthy explanation of my skin care routine to a friend of a friend that I realised I’d basically written my long over due blog post in the process. So after some slight grammatical corrections and minor edits I’d thought I’d finally share it with you all…
The best thing I use for my skin is my face sauna. I use the No7 one. I’ve had mine for a number of years, it’s literally so old it has cracks down the side, so I should probably invest in a new one but for the time being it still works a treat… After checking online it appears that they don’t seem to do the No7 any more but here’s a similar one that I found sold at Argos: MySpa Facial Sauna.
I usually use my face sauna once a week and steam my face. For me it feels like it helps sweat out all the bad stuff as gross as that sounds. After I’ve done a face sauna I’ll usually do a face mask. I really like the Clearasil or Neutrogena ones. Again I usually buy these from Boots/Superdrug. I personally like the ones that set hard on the skin and then you you wash off after a bit of time. For example I like Clearasil blemish + marks wash and mask mentioned in this previous post here. More recently I’ve been using The Body Shops honey and oat mask which I love. It’s not as harsh as the Clearasil one so may be better if you have sensitive skin. I do like to sometimes use the Clearasil one as after using it, it has a similar feeling to that you get after you’ve brushed your teeth but on your face. Basically it feels really fresh and clean.
So when I’ve done my sauna followed by my face mask of choice, I like to use Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Night Gel (a bit of a reoccurring theme here, I shop a lot in Boots if you hadn’t already guessed). I feel like it works as a good antiseptic to prevent spots after steaming your face and opening the pores. If my skin is feeling particularly dry I’ll add a light moisturiser over the top after the Tea Tree but otherwise I’ll use it alone.
Day to day I too like to use a face scrub. I like the St Ives Invigorating Apricot Facial Scrub. It’s one I regularly use and I feel it works well to gently exfoliate the skin and keep it feeling soft and looking clear.
I also find the removal of makeup a big part of my skincare routine, especially when it comes to preventing spots. To remove makeup I find using a cleanser rather than makeup wipe helps to prevent pimples. I do occasionally use makeup wipes when I’m away from home or on the go but I feel like my skin is left feeling cleaner when I use something else. I really like the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove makeup. It’s exactly like Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O – Micelle Solution (if you’ve used that) but loads cheaper. Then I like to use a light facial wash on my face before moisturising.
My current daytime moisturiser is No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream and my current nighttime moisturiser is Superdrug’s Natually Radiant renewing night cream. Although I don’t like to use that one all the time as it can be a little oily.
If you’re worried about covering spots or blemishes, the foundation that I’ve found to have the best coverage is Illamasqua’s Skin Base. They sell it in Selfridges or Debenhams and they can match your tone for you. If you live abroad you can also order from Illamasqua online and I’d say to anyone wondering that this foundation is definitely worth the investment. It lasts ages and I personally like this one for nights out when I want a flawless look. I use Skin Base shade 12.
On a shoot the other day I also discovered Bobbi Brown’s BB cream. Obviously this isn’t one for extreme coverage as its only a bb cream but it’s good for when you feel you want less on the skin as its super light and as its a BBcream it’s good on the skin. I’ve added that one to my Christmas list.