This last year has been a bit of a skincare journey for me, having dealt with Perioral Dermatitis, sun pigmentation and those sneaky little wrinkles that have been creeping in since I turned 30! I still try to keep my regime relatively simple but it is certainly a step up from the days of baby wipes and whatever moisturiser was on offer in Superdrug!
In the mornings, I like to wash my face with warm water and, if I feel like I need an extra freshen up, I’ll use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. It just wakes up my skin and smells so lovely and fresh. I love Liz Earle and this is definitely my favourite of their products. It is so gentle and leaves your face feeling wonderfully clean. With ingredients like aloe vera and skin-soothing calendula, chamomile and cucumber, it is fantastic if you have sensitive skin like me. It smells beautiful too.
I don’t generally tend to moisturise in the mornings as I use the NARS tinted moisturiser (my current favourite base!) but I do put a little of the Murad Environmental Shield Active Radiance Serum on first. This actually came free with my Vogue subscription (which was great as it is a little pricey) and I absolutely love it! My skin feels so smooth and soft after using this. I am exposed to a lot of pollution in London and suffer with pigmentation when out in the sun, so the brightening and renewing properties of this are just what I need. It doesn’t feel particularly hydrating but the tinted moisturiser covers that aspect. The Murad serum recommends wearing SPF while using this product which is where the factor 30 in the NARS tinted moisturiser comes in very handy!
Throughout the day I like to keep my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea handy for a little spritz when needed. It’s great for when I’m feeling tired or my skin feels dry, it just wakes everything up and, with some similar ingredients to the Liz Earle Skin Tonic, smells so lovely. I also love this if I’ve been out in the sun and my face feels like it needs a little bit of soothing and cooling down. You could probably keep this in the fridge in the summer for a super cooling spray!
The evening is where I really like to give my face some TLC. Living in London and cycling daily, my skin is exposed to a lot of pollution and can feel very grimy by the end of the day. I take my make-up off with the Garnier Micellar Water generally or the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser on days when my skin is feeling a bit more sensitive. With the Cetaphil Cleanser, I love to gently exfoliate with the Botanics Deep Cleansing Cellulose Sponges, as it feels like a really lovely, lightweight way to exfoliate, ideal as my skin can’t really tolerate exfoliating face washes anymore.
After taking my makeup off, I go over my face with the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic (I’m always amazed at how much makeup is left on my skin after cleansing) and then will moisturise with the Clinique Moisture Surge. I am SO in love with this moisturiser, I can’t say enough good things about it. It feels so amazingly hydrating but doesn’t sit on the skin, it soaks in right away and leaves my face feeling so soft. If I’m having a sensitive skin day, I will dip back into my Cetaphil Moisturising cream. The Cetaphil Moisturiser is not something I would want to use all the time as it doesn’t offer the level of hydration that I like. I have read varying reviews on it, mostly about the fact that it does the job in terms of general moisturising but it doesn’t really offer much else as the formula is very basic.
Right before bed I use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix, another firm favourite of mine. I have definitely seen results around my eyes! The skin feels smoother and, this may be entirely psychological, but I’m sure my dark under eyes aren’t as bad as they used to be!
My most recent purchase, which I haven’t had long enough to given an opinion on, is the The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane. This is for days when I really want to pump all the hydration I can into my face. I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and it’s great so far! I have used various face oils before and always find they are too heavy and I can feel them just sitting on top of my skin for hours. The Ordinary Squalane is slightly oily (although it is oil-free, water-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free AND cruelty-free!), but is light enough to sink it quickly. I will do a more thorough review on The Ordinary as I have a few more of their products that I’m dying to try.
Last, but certainly not least, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is not a product I tend to use on myself every day but is a cream I love to use on clients before doing their makeup. It offers the perfect level of moisture and acts as a great primer as it settles into the skin quickly enough to not leave an oily base before applying foundation (they also do an oil-free version). I can totally understand why this is a firm makeup artist favourite and it helps that the new limited edition bottle is beautiful too!