‘Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life’. – Renée Rouleau
I am a strong believer in skincare being an investment. So I decided at the beginning of this year that it was time to step it up a gear as I’d just hit 26. I’m told to get ahead of the game rather than wait till the wrinkles and fine lines appear, so I did just that.
I’ve got combination skin and lack hydration particularly under my eyes, so have been experimenting with different products across 3 or 4 brands that target these issues. I’m now about 7 months into this routine and my skin is the clearest it’s ever been and glows so much more that it used to. A few of my friends have also asked what products I use/what the target and so this is why I’ve chosen to share my ‘skincare journey’ with you now in the hope it may advise others.
I feel a little out of place talking about skincare products, so let me start by saying I am not a skincare expert this has been trial and error across a period of time.
To start I wash my face ensuring I remove all of my make up. To do this I use the Bobbi Brown ‘Soothing Cleansing Oil’ which you massage into your whole face and it basically melts away your make up. It’s so gentle on the skin and I then splash it away with warm water. It doesn’t leave your face feeling oily and it really does remove all of your make up. You may need a little more depending how much you are wearing but generally I use two pumps every morning and night.
I also have the the Bobbi Brown ‘Extra Balm Rinse’. It’s a little more pricey but it lasts for aaages and is that little bit of luxury when you need a pamper. (Almost) every Sunday has become a bit of a pamper day for me so I tend to combine this cleanser with some of the Bobbi Brown ‘Buffing Grains’ to gently exfoliate my face. You need very few of these so they also last for a long time.
‘The Ordinary’ has recently become one of my favourite skincare brands and all of their products are SO reasonably priced so I didn’t take much persuading. When I first looked at their website I had NO idea what any of their products meant but after researching what my skin required to improve it’s hydration I chose the Hyalouronic Acid 2% + B5. I apply three drops to my face every morning and night (after cleansing, before moisturising) and massage in to my skin. This is a water based product so doesn’t leave your skin feeling/looking greasy.
The caffeine solution targets dark circles and puffiness under the eyes which annoyingly is something I suffer from. I can’t say too much on this as I only started using this in the last few weeks but so far so good and very little product goes a long way. Once I’ve applied both of the ordinary products I use a little of the Kiehls ‘Creamy Eye Treatment’ morning and night which moisturises and brightens.
These Bobbi Brown face creams are amazing and smell equally as great. I use the ‘vitamin enriched face base’ every morning before I apply make up since it acts as a brilliant primer. The ‘Hydrating Face Cream’ (as you can see is well loved) is my evening equivalent to the face base. It does exactly what it says on the ‘tin’ and leaves my face feeling silky smooth.
The Extra ‘Repair Nourishing Milk’. This product is HEAVEN! I don’t use this too often as it’s rather expensive but like the Extra Balm rinse its perfect when you’re after a little luxury. It got a lot more use in the winter when it was particularly cold and my skin was much dryer than usual. It has ‘moisture of a face oil plus the skin-renewing benefits of a treatment’ and leaves your skin feeling so nourished and glowy (I know that’s not a word).
Now I am of course prone to spots every bloomin’ month. However Mario Badescu saves me with this amazing ointment. The answer is not to squeeze!! (I’m guilty of it oops), then apply this lotion before bed. By morning it’s much dryer if not gone! Genius!!
Lastly, drink plenty of water! I know this may seem like an obvious one but it really does make a difference. It’s recommended that you drink 2 litres of water a day so give this a try. I can so tell when I have not drunk enough.
I hope this’ll give you a little insight in how to get hydrated, nourished and glowing skin. If you have you any questions feel free to comment and you’ll be able to shop any of these products below.