New Skincare Discoveries...
When it comes to beauty, I'm very much a skincare girl. I love the ritual of taking my makeup off and spending time giving myself a little mini-facial each day. I've been a fan of Pixi, Oskia and Origins products for a while now so making a move away from those and finding good 'dupes' in the drugstores made me a little nervous if I'm honest. My skin is quite vulnerable to breakouts and dry patches and at 36 years old, I'm conscious of managing the early signs of ageing. Now, this definitely goes beyond skincare - a healthy diet, good hydration an plenty of exercise are all incredibly important but I do believe a good skincare routine is the foundation.
My research was therefore pretty involved when it came to skincare and I spent a lot of time understanding what products where important and what were recommended by those I trust, my gurus (see Monday's post). When it comes to cleansing I truly believe in the three step process; eyes and lips, makeup removal and finally a cleansing wash. It's not just makeup that needs removed but I'm conscious of ridding my skin of any pollutants and traces of products used in the first two stages. Then I'm all about the toner - when my skin gets oilier a more gentle toner works better - I just need it to soothe my skin and close off my pores after cleansing. Then it's hydration. It's a total myth that moisturising should be skipped or reduced if your skin is oilier - if you don't feed your skin then it'll produce it's own oils which is counter productive. I prefer different products for morning pre makeup and evening before bed.
I've been using the skincare routine above for a while now and I'm genuinely delighted with it. There's some great products I've discovered that may well become permanent residents on my beauty shelf. There are some that work for me now but I'll both return to my favourites and invest more in those as well as enjoy the process of trying other products that come to market - that's the fun bit about blogging!
So here's my routine and the products I've discovered and am really loving. I've retained the Embryolisse Cream for my day moisturiser as it's a great primer pre makeup. It still fits in the affordable category and is available in most branches of Boots. You can read my full review on that here. I'm also conscious that this post is quite 'L'Oreal' heavy, which was not intentional. I tried a range of products from No.7, Olay, Garnier, Sanctuary and Nivea and the range below was by far the best of what I tested. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.