Hello! I hope everyone is having an amazing start to their 2018. I’ve got lots of exciting things planned this year already so I’m really excited to see what I get up to in the next 12 months.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I am an absolute skincare fiend! I love testing out lots of different products and am always up for trying the latest beauty serum.
After quite a few of years of swaying between how committed I am to a skincare routine I have finally discovered products that really work for me, making the lengthy evening routine worthwhile.
So for anyone who needs some skincare recommendations or struggles with dry / sensitive skin, I hope this helps!
Step 1 – Clinique take off the day
I saw this product for months all over Instagram and YouTube and finally decided to give it a go for myself.
The consistency is sort of like coconut oil and is really thick so you don’t need to use a lot. I mainly use this when I’m removing heavy make up and want to get off the tough stuff.
Take a almond sized amount and rub it all over your face. The oils break up make up really quickly. Like I said I use it as the first step to take off the initial layer of make up.
Top tip – For anyone who wants to try before you buy Clarins do small sample sizes that they give out at their stands.
Step 2 – Liz Earle Cleanser
I only discovered this cleanser in December and in that short period of time it’s made it into my skincare holy grail list. The product comes in a pump tube and has the same consistency of face cream. It smells beautiful and hasn’t reacted with my skin at all.
The same as the take off the day you take one pump of the product and rub it all over your face. After you’re done you take the cloth that comes with it and run it under warm water. Then use the cloth to wipe off the product. Nothing is left behind when I use this cleanser – which I love. It’s such a gentle product, yet is one of the best I’ve found for removing make up. Win win!
As cleansers go it’s not the cheapest out there but skincare is something I’ll happily invest in, because you’ve got your skin for the rest of your life. Plus who can go back to rubbish products once you know what you can get by spending a little bit more.
Step 3 – Simple Age Defying Face Wash
This step is just to freshen up my face and remove any leftover product from my skin. I’ve used this face wash for a little while now and it’s definitely my favourite. Sometimes I find face washes can really dry my skin out but this was is lovely.
Top tip – Occasionally I use my powered buffing brush to apply the face wash as I find it really gets into your pores and picks up anything your cleanser has left behind.
Step 4 – Clarins Gentle Refining Exfoliator (only twice a week)
I’ve put this step in as it is something I do in the evenings; however it’s not something I do everyday. As my skin is quite sensitive I don’t usually use any exfoliators that are too harsh.
The reason I like this one is that it’s a cooling cucumber gel with beads in and I like to use it no more than twice a week to just make sure my skin is silky smooth. Regardless of your skin type I wouldn’t over do it when it comes to exfoliating because if you remove all the natural oils from your face too often you’re likely to break out – so use sparingly!
The reason I like the Clinique one is it’s not too harsh at all and it really does polish my skin beautifully. I do notice a big difference when I use it!
Step 5 – L’Oréal Clay Mask (only twice a week)
Again this is a step I only do twice a week as I don’t think over exfoliating or using masks is that great for your skin. You’ve got to remember these products are intended to have a relatively immediate effect so the content of the products aren’t likely to be intended for everyday due to the strength / purpose.
Anyway, I have mentioned this mask quite a few times before, but this is a step I do in my evening skincare routine so why not share it again. L’Oréal have a fantastic range of clay masks and I am still yet to try them all. My two favourites are the glow and the detox mask. The glow mask is a really lovely one to use mid week to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. This particular mask does have exfoliating beads in it so when you wash it off its kind of a two in one. If I use the glow mask I wouldn’t use an exfoliating face wash as well.
I just love how fresh and clean my skin feels after using these masks. Sometimes all you need after a hard day is a face mask and a cup of tea.
If anyone knows any other brands or face mask products I should try please let me know in the comments section.
Top tip – as these masks come in a tub it can sometimes be a little messy to apply. To keep the chaos to a minimum I use an old clean foundation brush to apply them easier. I feel like the flat styles foundation brushes have been replaced by much better shaped alternatives now. It’s likely we’ve all got one hanging around from when we were younger and it was the only brush you had to apply foundation. If you don’t you can pick them up for a couple of pound from boots.
Step 6 – Clarins Toner
For me I really struggle to find toners that don’t dry out my skin. I recently tried the Garnier Aloe Vera toner as I thought the aloe would cool my skin nicely. In reality the product was far too harsh and it felt like it made my skin really dry.
At Christmas I got a Clarins set with a cleanser and toner and I have found the toner to be really well suited to my skin type. After I’ve removed all my make up I liked to use it to get rid of any last traces of dirt or grime. It’s a good final cleansing step before you moisturise.
Step 7 – Clinique Pep – Start Eye Cream
I have tried a lot of eye creams over the years and because my skin is quite sensitive I sometimes have bad reactions to the ingredients.
This eye cream however is really cooling and is lovely to apply every morning and evening to cool my eye area and reduce any puffiness. You don’t need to use much so it doesn’t run out quickly and I just love the bright orange packaging.
Step 8 – Sanctuary Spa Mineral Infused Night Cream
I tend to switch up my main moisturiser quite a lot. At the moment I’m using Sanctuary and Clarins. The Sanctuary Night Cream smells so amazing and I love how thick it is. When it comes to night cream I like something that is quite substantial and feels like it’s going to be soaking in while I sleep. When I put it this one on i wake up feeling like it’s made a real difference and and my skin is perfect and ready for the day. There is nothing worse than applying make up in the morning if your skin is feeling dry and dehydrated.
Step 9 – Monu spa Rosewood Reviving Mist
The final thing I do before bed is spray Monu spa Rosewood Reviving Mist all over my skin to keep it hydrated and rejuvenated. When I first got this product in my Birchbox I thought it was a bit of a gimmick, however I was pleasantly surprised when I started using it. It’s such a refreshing way to end your skincare routine and I have noticed that when I wake up my skin isn’t as dry anymore. For anyone who suffers with really dry skin you’ll know the struggle of waking up feeling uncomfortable if you haven’t used good products the night before. Plus it’s so refreshing I feel like it relaxes me for bed too.
Top tip – for anyone who does struggles with dry skin I know winter is the worst time. One final thing I do and I promise this will change your life, is use The Body Shop Hemp Lip balm. It’s £4.50 and is genuinely the best product I’ve ever used for lip care. Is it designed to be a heavy duty care product but I noticed a massive difference within a few days of using it.
Additional skincare advice
I alongside my evening routine there are a few things that I would recommend to give your skin the best care.
Firstly try and avoid touching your skin lots throughout the day. Constantly touching your skin is likely to transfer dirt and muck on your face and generally make your skin clogged up. A trick a friend of mine taught me at uni was to carry a make up brush and if you need to itch your face use the clean brush instead. I know this might sound extreme but it’s a good habit to get into.
Secondly, and I know I sound like a broken record here but… water! You need to aim to drink 2-3 litres of water a day. I promise the more you drink the better condition your skin will be in. The quickest way to make sure your skin is hydrated is to continually increase your water in take. Alongside this I would also suggest reviewing what you eat. Vegetables and heath food is only going to have a positive effect of your skin and general well-being. Basic stuff I know, but it’s a classic for a reason.
Learn what skin type you have! There are so many fantastic products out there it really is worth finding out what skin type you have and getting products specifically for that. You can go to any stand in your local Debenhams that does skincare and ask them to “asses” your skin. There is no pressure to buy if you don’t want to, just go and see what type of products they would recommend. I know clarins do skin assessments and they will tell you what you need to do to improve your skin. After that you’ll be spending your money on products that will work – rather than just picking up the cheapest moisturiser and rolling with it.
Finally always remove your makeup. Even if you’re tired or drunk just take 5 minutes to wash your make up off. I appreciate you might not be able to follow a regime this long every time but just make sure you take your make up off every day – it’s not designed to sleep in.
That’s it! Thank you for reading and i hope you enjoyed my evening skincare routine blog. For daily beauty / lifestyle and travel related updates please follow me on Instagram @CurlsandPearls_x