From the moment I moved into my new flat, I knew it was time to change. I was leaving behind so much emotional and physical baggage, from the ones in my life to the ones under my eyes. I was starting again, with new belongings, a new space, a new routine and a new chance to explore who I was living alone, and who I could be in my new free time.
I took on work that I loved doing. I organised my furniture in a way that made me feel calm and happy. I picked bedding and clothing and decor that soothed me, but also had me dying to pick up a camera and snap it at every given moment. I wanted a space to be proud of, and I wanted to be proud of myself for living here…and as a huge part of that, self care was one of the biggest drives of my journey.
Taking care of myself and my body has been one of my favourite things to do to help me relax after a busy week. I put time, effort and money into perfecting a skincare routine that I knew would work for my skin, but also required enough investment time to fully calm me before bed. There’s nothing more peaceful than cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising whilst listening to some music, catching up on your favourite youtubers, or reading a book just before you hit the sheets.
Disclaimer: all of my skincare has been collected from assorted stores, online sites and I’ve included the products that have been specifically recommended for my skin. This routine might not work for everyone, but it definitely works for me!
So let’s begin.
Cleansing | Charcoalogy Detoxifying Face Wash
Firstly, I always cleanse my skin. This way I can safely remove both my make up, without the use of skin-shredding facial wipes, but also clear my face of oil, dirt and dust for the rest of my routine.
I change into my comfiest pyjamas (usually a big sweatshirt and shorts), tie back my hair, bring my laptop into the bathroom for a little bit of background noise, and begin. I splash a litle bit of water on my face, then foam the cleanser between my hands and rub it gently onto my face. Making sure to smooth into my problematic areas (in particular my nose, forehead and right cheek), I usually wipe it round in circles to warm up my skin. Then, using a face cloth dampened with hot water, I gently remove it from my face. The texture of the face cloth helps to lift any dry skin particles from my face, and leave it a clean, blank canvas for the rest of the routine! Pat dry with a clean towel and move onto the next step!
Toning | Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
So my face is currently soft, smooth and dry – so let’s lock in that softness. I pick up a soft, clean cotton pad (mine are a pack I picked up in the baby aisle from Waitrose for some extra gentle cotton), pour some tonic onto it and apply all over my face. The Liz Earle tonic usually feels like quite a strong solution, but it contains some really calming and reducing ingredients, such as aloe vera, cucumber and lavender, so it’s also great for a little bit of chill before bed!
Target Moisturising | Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser
Ok, usually for this bit, I’ll slink my way back into bed and dive into my handy little bedside basket of skincare goodies! As I have quite dry and broken skin from facial wipes and old scarring, I tend to focus on my problem areas before moisturising my entire face. For this, I’ll apply a small amount of the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser to my eyelids and under-eyes, the channels of my nose, and the tops of my cheeks, as they tend to form flaky dry patches in summer.
Facial Moisturising | Measurable Difference Honey Suckle Hydrating Oil
This product has to be one of my favourites of the entire collection. Almost randomly picked up in the bargain section of H&M, I found this little bottle of hydrating oil and tried it out in the store. From the moment it touched my skin, I felt the hydration sink into my skin and permeate through my awful dry patches. So every night, after I’ve cared for my rough patches, I’ll use the dropper to run little streams of oil across my skin and use my fingers to gentle create a mask effect across my face. As it is a very wet solution, it does tend to make my face very shiny for a good half an hour after application, so I always take care to pick the opposite side of my pillowcase to sleep on!
Non-Skincare Nightly Rituals
Presence Spray | Audrey & Lewis Mindfulness Presence Spray
So once my skin is glowing, glistening and gleaming with product, I take the time to wind down and prepare myself for sleep. This includes a healthy spritz of one of my favourite products – the Audrey & Lewis mindfulness spray. I apply this mist to my bed, pillowcase and face, and let the fresh mint scent settle around me as I get ready for bed. At this point, I’ll usually take a couple of Vitamin E tablets to help promote healthy skin, hair and nails, and sip on a cup of peppermint tea by my bed. Then I move onto the next, more unconventional part of my nightly routine. This one doesn’t require any products at all, but I still require a few essential tools to complete. Firstly, my nails. I like to keep my nails neat, smooth and clean, so each night I’ll work on my cuticles, tips and beds, ready for the work the next day. I apply a little cuticle oil to each nail, use a file to smooth down any rough edges, clean out any dirt from under my nails, and buff them until they’re naturally shiny and soft. Once I’m happy with my mini-mani, I apply a little bit of handcream to keep my fingers nice and hydrated whilst I sleep.
For the final step, I like to shut off my laptop, turn out the light, and do a 5 minute session of mindfulness. I recently picked up some healing crystals from a local market, so I take this time to lie flat out on my matress (stretching out my spine from a day hunching over a laptop), hold one crystal in each hand, and one right in the centre of my forehead, and stay as still as possible for five minutes. This lets my mind settle down, my body to relax, and my eyes to adjust to the darkness in the room. It’s a really calming way for me to ease into my sleeping pattern, and makes me feel peaceful and ready for sleep.
Now, don’t worry – I know this regime seems extraordinarily long. But it’s one of my favourite methods of self care, and helps me to feel fresh and ready to take on the day ahead after a healthy night’s sleep.
If you’ve enjoyed this blog post, please let me know in the comments! I’ve included all the links I can to the products in my routine, but if you want to get in touch with me to find out more, I can be found at email@example.com!