Eeek this is my first blog post in over a month, sorry guys!! I have had exams and haven't been well recently; I also decided to just chill for a couple of weeks afterwards but today I'm back with my skincare routine.
I haven't done an update in depth skincare routine in a while so I thought I would share the products that I have consistently been using and loving. My skin had a complete melt down during exam time which I'm assuming was down to the stress so ever since I have just been trying to get it back on track and looking healthy and happy again.
As I get older there is nothing better than the feeling of taking all of my make up off at the end of the day. I love it! My go-to cleanser has been the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser. This is a nice thick creamy cleanser that thoroughly cleanses my skin but I love that it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped afterwards. I will sometimes do a double cleanse if I have a lot of make up on. This is a good cleanse for just about anyone has it isn't scented or too harsh.
For me exfoliating my face is so important. It helps to keep my skin soft and smooth but more than anything it helps give my skin some life. I use the Kiehl's Pineapple & Papaya Facial Scrub which contains tiny ground scrub grains however these are very gentle on the skin which is essential in any scrub used on the face. I particularly like this scrub as it contains pineapple and papaya fruit which contain natural enzymes which exfoliate the skin. My face always feels extra soft after using this and I tend to use it twice a week.
Let's just same I'm very partial to a little face mask. I will usually tailor the mask that I use to suit how my skin if feeling that week. Sometime I will use a deep cleansing mask if I'm feeling a bit congested, a brightening mask if my skin is dull/tired or a moisturising mask if my skin is feeling a bit dry. One of my face masks is from REN (their masks are some of my favourites!). Their Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is amazing. Not only do you only need to leave it on for 1 minute so it is so handy to use when you don't have time or just can't be bothered, but it actually works wonders on the skin.
This mask is contains water activated Vitamin C and literally gives your skin an injection of life. After rinsing the mask off my skin is left feeling energised, brighter, smoother and firmer. I love it! I like to keep this mask in my shower and I will use it twice a week to give my skin a boost.
I never used to use a toner however recently I have been using the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray. As I mentioned my skin was so stressed and I ended up with some pretty bad break outs. The Serozinc spray contains zinc sulphate which is a wonder ingredient for blemish/problematic skin. This helps calm, soothe and prevent further imperfections. I noticed a huge improvement in the condition of my skin once I started to use this.
Serum is a step that I added in to my skincare routine and now I couldn't be without it. Before moisturising I also apply two pumps of the Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Serum. I have already made my love for this product know and I still adore it. This serum contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps plump and hydrate the skin. My skin can't get enough of this serum and I definitely can tell the difference when I don't use this. Nip+Fab is the little sister company of Rodial whom also have a Dragon's Blood Serum which they sell for £125. I can almost guarantee that the Nip+Fab serum is the exact same product and is a fraction of the price.
After my serum has settled in I then apply a generous amount of my favourite all time moisturiser, Kiehl's Skin Rescuer. This product is heavenly and I love applying it before I go to bed. My skin feels instantly comforted and nourished and I wake up in the morning with lovely soft skin. I can't say enough good things about this moisturiser; I never want to be without it!
Now that I'm approaching my late twenties (sob, sob, sob!) I have noticed that I am starting to get some fine lines around my eye area. In an attempt to combat these I have started to use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum. I really like this serum as it is light weight and so doesn't leave me with milia but also feel so luxurious and nourishing. I'm hoping this will help slow the raging process a little.
After my exams I treated myself to some Bobbi Brown products and one of them was the Vitamin Enriched Face Base and now I'm obsessed. This is a combination between a moisturiser and a primer. This face cream is very rich and luxurious feeling but is oil-free so never feels greasy. It has a really invigorating citrus scent which is perfect for the morning time. I have been applying this in the morning before putting my make up on and I'm in love with it. It plumps and hydrates my skin, creating the perfect canvas for make up and it also helps my make up to stay on throughout the day.
Being a lip balm addict it takes something really special to impress me when it comes to lip balms. The Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm has definitely impressed me! This lip balm isn't cheap (I got mine in my Liberty Advent Calendar last year) but in my eyes it is worth the money. This contains shea butter and hyaluronic spheres which really work to hydrate and moisturise the lips. It also contains eucalyptus oil which naturally plumps the lips. This is the best lip balm to apply before lipstick as it preps them perfectly and leaves you with really beautiful pout.
If you have any skincare recommendations then let me know below.