Growing up my mum was very into looking after her skin. Twice a day without fail she would cleanse, tone and moisturise while I watched in awe as she picked up each product in turn. From a young age she’d occasionally let me and my sister try using her routine. Unsurprisingly since then I have always been interested in skincare, particularly this renowned three step system. To some this is an outdated routine, but to me it is essential.
Over the years I have tried many different brands, but am pretty satisfied with the current products I use.
To me cleansing is the most crucial step and so having a cleanser which agrees with my skin and keeps it happy is important. My current favourite is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I first used this when I was 15 years old and have always come back to it. I find it’s very gentle on my skin yet always leaves it feeling smooth and clean. I always use it with the muslin cloths you can buy alongside it which gently exfoliate the skin. This cleanser has totally changed my attitude towards harsh foaming/gel cleansers and I can’t see myself going back. I find it effectively removes makeup, however sometimes I like to use the Garnier Micellar Water first to do this. This is also very gentle and removes all traces of makeup, including mascara and eyeliner. However, I will always cleanse again after using it – unless I’m feeling particularly lazy.
To me toning is something I have always done out of habit but not really understood why. According to Caroline Hirons, toners are used to balance the skins pH after cleansing, hydrate and to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliating using a toner is something that intrigued me as I am not a fan of using traditional exfoliating cleansers. So at the beginning of the year I jumped on the Pixi Glow Tonic bandwagon and am yet to jump off. I agree with many other reviews which say it takes a while to see the effects of using this toner, however I’ve enjoyed using it and it always leaves my skin feeling fresh. I think it has improved the texture of my skin and evened the skin tone slightly. I use it at night and always go to bed feeling I’ve done a good deed to my skin.
In the morning I prefer to use a toner which I think is more hydrating and gentle to my skin during the day. For this I use Kiehl’s Ultra Toner. This toner has a milkier texture and preps my skin nicely for my moisturiser. I find the balance between the two toners suits my skin well.
Eye cream is the mystery potion I have never been that interested in until dry patches suddenly appeared and it occurred to me I’m almost 20 years old… WRINKLES! It’s debatable whether eye creams actually do anything for wrinkles but I figured there’s no harm in trying some out. Plus the whole dry eye skin situ. And so about two months ago I decided to try out two eye creams from Kiehl’s – the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for in the morning and the Midnight Recovery Eye for as the name suggests, night time. I’ve found the combination of these two products helped to combat my dry skin. I am yet, however, to see any effect on wrinkles as creams are thought to be more preventative than curative. In this short time I have found that each suits me for the time of day I use them. The Creamy Eye Treatment has a light watery texture good for day time whilst the Midnight Recovery Eye has a heavy, creamy texture suitable for use before bed. I find a little goes a long way with each.
The moisturiser I use is the main time I focus on my skin type rather than products which suit all. I believe I have combination skin and have found the best moisturiser for me is Liz Earle’s Skin Repair Light Moisturiser in Combination/Oily. Again this is a product I have used for many years and could see myself using for more to come. It is light yet moisturising enough so my skin doesn’t feel it is left dry or uncomfortable. However, since it contains no SPF and especially as I am using an acid toner regularly, I recently purchased the First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream with SPF 30. A little goes a long way with this in order to not feel greasy but it gets the job done. I use it on days when I know I will be in the sun although technically you should always wear an SPF – even in the winter. I don’t find it as enjoyable as the Liz Earle but that is to be expected with sun protection moisturisers.
I currently don’t use any oils, serums or night creams but am looking into purchasing some – any recommendations are welcome.
Over the years I have dabbled with many different masks, my favourites being any of the Lush Fresh Face Masks. However, a new favourite of mine is the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. This is my holy grail product. I use it once or twice a week and it never fails to make my skin feel smooth and clean. I find it drastically improves the texture of my skin after each use, clearing my pores and making my face as soft as a baby’s bottom. I recommend it to anyone who asks and will always repurchase it.
And that’s about it. I hope you found this useful and if you have any questions about the products mentioned feel free to ask me. As mentioned previously, any recommendations for skin care products are appreciated by me.
Thank you for reading,