Your daily skin care routine is something that every blogger should be proud of. Taking the time out of our busy working lives to focus on a little bit of self care and personal grooming is nothing be ashamed of, and it’s a vital part of my nightly relxation. With the stresses of personal dramas, daily commutes and diaries full of events comes clogged pores, dry patches and fine lines that no one wants to reveal beneath our concealer. So a little bit of pampering at the end of the day is the perfect way to top up your beauty regime, and de-stress after a seriously long haul.
So I thought I would share my Daily Skincare Routine with you today, to not only prove to myself that ‘yes, you do do this every day, and your skin is looking better so don’t give up now’, but to give me an excuse to chat about some of my favourite skincare products at the moment as well!
My pre-skincare prep is simple. Take off my watch to avoid it getting soggy, tie my hair up away from my face, and change into something comfy and soft (that I don’t mind getting a little splashed!).
To take off the base of my make up, and completely clear my face of any grime and dirt picked up throughout the day, I use the B. Refined Exfoliating Cleanser – an old favourite from Superdrug. Great for sensitive skin, and with the added bonus of exfolitating dead skin whilst cleansing away my imperfections, it’s a daily must in my skincare schedule. To apply, I simply squeeze a little onto my fingers and rub into a foam before gently buffing into the larger areas of my skin e.g. cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. This cleanser has such a beautiful scent, and is so light on the skin that I never have to worry about flaring or redness following application, and it really has made such a difference to my skin.
One of the essential skincare tools, that, I’ll admit, I avoided for such a long time is the household flannel. With too many memories of childhood face washing, and that strange damp smell they get after being folded for too long, I really put off picking up a flannel for facial care, and stuck religiously to muslin cloths and cotton pads. But after buying a towel bundle in Soestrene Grene, with a soft red flannel included, I’ve become a little addicted. To polish off my cleanser, I run the flannel under hot water and gently apply it to remove the cream. I always find that hot water works so much better for skincare, as it really opens up your pores and helps the products to really take effect – whilst feeling particularly refreshing and relaxing too. Then simply pat dry with a soft clean towel. I always try to use one towel just for my face to avoid any contamination or oil spreading.
A new, but instant favourite addition to my skincare regime: The Liz Earle Polishing Toner. One of the lower end Liz Earle products, this toner is a really lovely consistency, and completely embeds itself into your skin. Applied with a soft cotton pad and just wiped across the face and neck, it’s helped my skin to become more even, and firmer, with such a lovely texture for make up application. One thing I will say about the toner is that it can be a little intensive for particularly sensitive skin (especially if left on too long for photoshoots) and can leave skin a little red and irritated if uncompatible, so I recomend testing a little before investing.Step Four:
After letting the toner work it’s magic on my skin, I get to work on my eyes. Desperately in need of care, the Khiels Creamy Eye Treatment is at the top of my shopping list, but for now, I’m simply making do with make up removal wipes. Having a long history of horror stories with cheap, low end skin wipes, I selected a more trusted brand for this task: the Garnier Daily Skin Wipes, designed for removing waterproof eye make up. So far, they’ve been absolutely beautiful for my eyes, and remove even the clumpiest of mascara applications, which makes for refreshed eyes come an early start in the morning. No more stained pillowcases or black panda eyes in this house!
The penultimate step to beautiful skin: moisturiser. For this step, I usually plump for the Cinique Drastically Different Moisturiser, but it can vary between a few old favourites. On those nights, I’ll be picking up the ELF Hydrating Serum, or the Garnier Moisture Burst Moisturiser as my final skin supplment, but for today, I’m indugling in Clinque. Beautifully soft and refreshing, it’s a really clean scent to apply, and it’s gorgeous packing helps it to look stunning on every shelf. A personal self-gift, I love applying this one at the end of a long day.
Tea. For all of the lotions and potions we apply throughout the day, from hand cream to lip balm to Clinique cleansers, my favourite skincare tool? A good old cup of tea. For night time skincare, I’ll usually stir up a small mug of ginger and lemon, both for the vibrance it adds to my skin, but also for the benefits it has on my stomach, my sleep and my mind at the end of a particularly testing day. I cannot recommend this blend more, it’s my favourite herbal, and a staple in my daily skincare routine.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and are following along with my daily adventures on Instagram Stories! I’ve uploaded a couple of #bloggerBTS onto Twitter to see how I achieved the mirror-ed shots, as I’m really enjoying the mini-video additions to my blog at the moment.
Have a lovely week, and thanks for reading.