My mum always used to tell me, even as a little girl, that you need to look after your face every. single. night. without fail. [otherwise big monstrous blackheads will take over your face but hey, making a point here].
And, I’m not gonna lie, there’s been periods in my life where I really haven’t looked after my skin.
I’m thinking back to 18 year old me that would stumble in from a night out in good old Kettering town, and fall asleep with slipping layers of foundation and bronzer and a false eyelash stuck halfway down my cheek.
Back then, the attempt of trying to get good skin was done by covering blemishes with more and more Miss Sporty concealer and Rimmel Dream Matte Mousse until it was oh so barely visible in any photos that would inevitably surface on Facebook.
Thanks gals, love ya.
I’m no longer 18, obvs, but in that time I’ve learnt that having perfect skin is the reward for having a good skincare routine which works for your skin (she says whilst stroking a spot on her chin which is several layers deep and has been hanging around for days).
And trust me, I have tried a lot of products to the point in which I never thought I would be able to find something that would work for me.
I have an oily T-zone and dry cheeks/ neck which makes it super hard to find products that work for every aspect of my face without making it a) excessively dry b) ridiculously greasy c) a damn right mess.
The difficult thing about skin is that, just when you think you’ve mastered the basics of understanding how it behaves, the season will change and zits will suddenly appear in places you never even imagined possible i.e. inside my nose.
Yeah OK, I’ll just stop now.
M A K E – U P R E M O V E R
I mean, this goes without saying, I remove my make up first, but I actually use a couple of products to do this.
The first I use is Estee Lauder’s Take It Away Make Up Remover Lotion. I’ll apply about a 2p sized blob on a cotton pad and gently rub over my eyes to remove eyeliner and mascara and sometimes my lips when I have had dark lipstick on.
And it’s so so dreamy, it has a really refreshing and clean fragrance and is super gentle on the skin. You can use this for your whole face but as we’ve been saving money for the house over the past 9 months, any spare money for gorgeous beauty products is srsly like gold dust RN.
This is where my pal Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water steps in, it acts as a make-up remover and cleanser, is so gentle on skin and does a dandy job in removing foundation.
The blogging world has been raving about the Gariner Micellar range since er, sometime last year so I’ll just leave my little note here to say yep. I can confirm it is as good as it’s raved about. Affirmative. Roger that.
C L E A N S E
I tend to double cleanse in the summer as the hot weather leaves my skin more oily that usual – wow I am so attractive.
And ever since my sister bought me Lancome’s Creme Mousse Confort Cleanser I have been absolutely flipping hooked. It’s got the most gorgeous rose scent that literally fills the entire bathroom but is incredibly delicate.
When wet, the cleanser turns completely white which allows you to see exactly what areas you’ve managed to reach. I usually massage it into my skin to remove more of the deep set oil in my pores and y’know, this gal likes a face massage every now and again.
It comes with a muslin cloth to wash off and what else can I say other than THIS IS A BABIN CLEANSER AND I LOVE IT.
M O I S T U R I S E
I don’t like to over moisturise overnight in the Summer, especially as I go to a whole loadda effort to get rid of excess oil last thing I wanna do is slap it all on again.
The Estee Lauder Nightwear Plus range in the Winter is a real saviour. When used with the Advanced Night Repair serum it’s gorgeous and rich for when skin is really struggling with harsh weather, but for Summer months a few dabs of Estee Lauder’s Nightwear Plus does the job perfectly; I put the smallest of dots on my forehead and cheeks and massage into place.
What’s your fave summer skincare routine?