Sunday, 19 July 2015

Updating my skincare routine

Planning a wedding isn't all about what dress you're going to wear, how you're going to decorate and what flavour cake you're going to choose (although these are very big decisions of course), it's also about the beauty. 

I'm not the most consistent when it comes to a skincare routine - I start one up and keep it going for a little while then I get lazy and just stop! But, at the beginning of this year, I decided that I would get a skincare routine going that I WOULD keep up! I want to have beautiful skin on my wedding day, so in January, with 20 months to go, it was time to set about trying some products and finding some we could get on with. 

To set the scene, I have quite normal to combination skin - 90% of the time my skin is fine with no issues to note but there's that 10% of the time where I get dry patches. 

So, since January, I've been playing with some products and have finally found a routine that seems to be working. I feel that since I've been pretty consistent for the past 6 months on keeping up a routine I thought I'd share what's been working for me! 

First things first, good old Bioderma - can't really go wrong with a micellar water to get rid of the first layer of the day. I haven't yet tried any other micellar waters to be honest as I had such a stash of this from a previous visit to France but I love this step - it's quite refreshing. 

Once that's complete, I then use the Super Facialist by Una Brennan cleansing oil. I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of this particular oil - it smells really funky - a really fake floral scent but I love using a cleansing oil. It makes the cleansing process so easy. A few splashes on the face, a quick massage, a splash of warm water to emulsify and then off with the all important flannel! 

I then use one of the First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads - I've always skipped a toner/exfoliater but after a mini facial in Origins, the lovely lady used the Origins facial pads and they really did make my face feel as smooth as a baby's bottom! So, I did some searching around and decided to give these a go and I really like them. They give a little sting to the face but nothing that can't be dealt with. 

My current eye cream/serum of choice is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum - as you can see, I only have a sample size of this which makes me sad because it's going to come to an end very soon but I'll definietly be repurchasing. It feels so luxurious under the eyes. I am a dark circle sufferer which is hereditary so nothing I can really do there but I like to make sure I hydrate as much as I can under my eyes as this is where most of my dryness comes in. 

Now moisturiser/serum wise I switch it up a bit - at present, my favourites are...
Origins Night a Mins - there is just something about origins products, they smells so damn good and this stuff is no exception. This is quite a thick consistency but sinks in very well indeed so doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. 

The serum I'm currently using is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum - again, this is just a little sample but I'll definitely repurchase. I have used other serums from cheaper brands but I do much prefer this one - I like the consistency and the fact that it sinks it almost instantly leaving no greasy residue. 

And finally, once or twice a week I like to pop on the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask for a good shot of moisture. This stuff again smells amazing - really fruity! I usually pop this stuff on before bed, left it sink in a little then off I go to sleep and wake up with lovely refreshed skin!    

What are your favourite skincare products? What would you recommend?

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