I often find myself watching YouTube videos about skincare routines, to see if there is anything I can do to enhance my own. I have always taken good care of my skin, but I feel like I’ve really found the right routine for me in the last couple of years. Around 3 years ago, I made it my New Years Resolution to stop using makeup wipes, as they’re really not great for your skin! I use quite a few products, but I’m confident that each of them has its purpose and is definitely worth using!
My morning routine is definitely quicker and more simple than my evening routine. Two sidenotes here…
1) When I say “morning”, take that with a pinch of salt! Due to having ME, I often sleep badly at night and struggle to get up in the morning. Mornings are the worst time for my fibro pain and mobility, so basically by morning I actually mean “when/if I finally make it out of bed” haha!
2) Again due to my illness, I sometimes have really, really bad days. On those days in the past, I often wouldn’t be able to get up to wash or moisturise my face. After realising this was having a negative effect on my skin, I developed a bit of a #lifehack! I now keep good quality face wipes and a tub of moisturiser in my bedside table. If I really can’t get out of bed, at least I can clean and moisturise my face and that will do until I’m feeling better! I would suggest this if you have similar issues.
Okey dokey, here goes:
- Firstly, I cleanse my face to get rid of any build up of oil from overnight. I generally use a cleanser which can be swiped over the face without washing off (due to my struggles with ME, I generally would have a shower in the evening not morning so would prefer not to use water in the mornings as it’s messy and more effort!!) My favourite cleanser is this White Rabbit Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water – this is from one of my favourite companies, who are independent and cruelty-free/vegan. This cleansing water is really light and refreshing, with a very strong citrusy scent. Until I open my new one, I’m using up this Nivea Micellar Water (below). I use facial cotton pads.
- Next I tone my skin using a new-to-me toner, to close my pores and make sure my skin is fully clean. I am currently using Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner – this was recommended to me after a skincare analysis as apparently my skin is slightly dehydrated. I don’t know how, the amount of water I drink! Again, I use this with a facial cotton pad.
- The next step is to use my Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum. As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I like Superdrug’s products as they are all cruelty free. This serum is high in antioxidants and I really like it. Some people say it smells a bit like suncream which they find off-putting – personally I like this as it’s a “holiday smell”! A serum is essential, as to put it simply, it moisturises a different layer of your skin to the actual moisturiser (it penetrates much deeper).
- Next up is my eye cream. This is the one step I haven’t been consistent with over the years. I had a series of eye creams I didn’t really like and it put me off for a while. However now I’ve found this Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Eye Serum, I’m firmly back on the wagon! I think it’s the consistency of this that I like, it’s more like a gel texture and doesn’t irritate my eyes. Again, an eye product is important as that area of your skin is really thin and shows discolouration and fine lines really easily. I’m hoping this eye serum will help with my awful dark under eye circles! It is important to pat gently with your ring finger, making sure not to pull or rub the skin, as your under eye area is really delicate.
- Second to last step – moisturiser (unless I’m wearing no makeup that day, in which case this is the last step)! I’m a bit of a floozy when it comes to moisturisers, I always, without fail, use one but I am not faithful to a particular brand. I tend to try a lot of different ones. One I have repurchased quite a few times is Olay Beauty Fluid, the reason being that it is really light and dries to a non-oily finish. I hate day moisturisers that leave an oily sheen, as it then ruins your makeup and shows through! I like a really matte finish to my makeup. The only thing this is missing is an SPF, but often my foundation will include this anyway. That is definitely something I need to be more aware of though, as this sun is very ageing for the skin, and I’m now about to hit the big 3-0, eek!
- Final step – primer! I only apply primer if I am going to be wearing makeup that day. The primer just leaves a good base for applying makeup, making it smoother and prolonging the wear of your makeup. I am currently using Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer, but have used many different ones and don’t really have a favourite.
This sounds like a lengthy routine but it really doesn’t take long. I tend to do other things, like brushing my teeth etc, in between steps, to let the products sink in. I know it’s definitely worth the effort, as my recent skincare analysis put my skin age at 2 years younger than my real age, and the pores and fine lines were minimal. Definitely worth 5 minutes a day!
Keep an eye out for my evening skincare routine, coming next week!
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