Tuesday, 6 August 2013

UPDATED: Skin Care Routine

The last time I wrote about my daily skin care routine was over a year ago, and whilst a lot of the products have remained a staple in my skin care cluster, there have been a lot of additions made since. Having tried and tested many different products I now feel I have my skin care nailed. So without further ado, here is my updated skin care routine...

First things first are the cleansers that make the cut in my skin care rotation which I wrote about in detail here. But in short, I use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for normal or sensitive skin days. I use the Good Things Fresh Start Creamy Cleanser for daily cleansing. Like the Liz Earle cleanser it's good for normal and sensitive skin and I use the Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel* for more oily skinned days. I mentioned previously that I'm not a fan of the whole double cleanse thing but I've found that if I use the Liz Earle or the Good Things cleanser first to clear away my eye makeup and lightly cleanse my skin followed by the Clarins cleanser all over my cheeks forehead and chin (but not my eye area!) I wake up to lovely clear and radiant skin.

Once I've cleansed I move on to a two step toning routine. I use one acidic toner to gently remove dead skin and dirt and one hydrating toner to replump my skin. My acidic toner is the Pixi Glow Tonic which contains Glycolic acid to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells but also includes calming aloe vera and other natural ingredients such as gingseng and witch hazel. I use it every evening and most mornings. At first I was a little worried at the idea of using an acidic product so regularly on my dry to normal skin, but the acidic content is so low that it really is very gentle on the skin (no stinging involved!) My current hydrating toner is the Clarins Daily Energizer Wake Up Booster* which smells lovely and is nice and cooling on my skin and very hydrating.

The next step in my routine is a fairly recent addition. After reading a review on the Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack eye cream I was intrigued and with £12.50 worth of Boots points going spare I thought I'd do some investigating of my own. I've never owned an eye cream before (being only 20) but I do suffer from dark circles and the occasional puffy outbreak so I thought it couldn't hurt to give it a go. My first piece of advice is do not stick this in the fridge! My Nan has stuck here eye cream in the fridge for years so that it's lovely and cooling when she applies it, however, the Puffy Eye Attack is a gel consistency and after cooling it overnight it turned into a thick, springy consistency which was difficult to use. But by the evening it had returned to its original texture which is still a thick, creamy gel but it was much more blendable. I was expecting it to smell delicious having read reviews that raved about the smell, but it was odorless which to be honest I prefer since I think using a fragranced product around my eye could cause irritation. So far I have seen a noticeable reduction in puffiness and a slight reduction in dark circles but I'm going to continue to use it to see if my dark circles decrease any more.

Next up I use the cult skin care serum Hydraluron which I've really been enjoying. Since using this my skin has looked much more radiant. I've had several compliments from my family on the days that I've tried to work the whole bare faced look and I do think my skin just looks much healthier. The tube was smaller than I expected but I use a lot less than I thought I'd need to, a pea sized amount covers my whole face. The gel like consistency leaves my skin slightly tacky but it dries fairly quickly. Overall I really recommend it!

After my serum I apply my moisturiser which is the Daily Energizer Cream* it's quite lightweight but very hydrating which makes it a good product for both morning and evening use. It smells fresh and leaves my skin feeling lovely and smooth. 

Finally, I always turn to my favourite skin care bezzie, my loyal bedside companion Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I apply a thick coating to  my lips to sort out even the most chapped pout then I use it on any other skin care situations; spots, dry skin, irritations... the list goes on, Liz will sort it!

So that's it for my updated skin care routine, what skin care cluster do you swear by?

**A skin care bolt on post will follow in the next few days to include the lotions and potions that I use every now and then to keep my skin feeling fresh!

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