Recently, I’ve had several people asking me how I manage to “keep [my] skin looking so great”, and if I’m honest, I didn’t even realise I had such an admirable skin, perhaps due to the fact that deep down, we’re all our own biggest critics. Nonetheless, I thought it would be useful to share my daily skin care routine (not noticing how complex it actually is), because it may be beneficial to some of you out there. I am no make-up/beauty expert, in fact, the only make-up I even wear is concealer, so please don’t take this post as gospel!
My day starts with Soap and Glory’s, ‘Scrubatomic’ (£9.00 from Boots), which I absolutely adore. It works to de-clog your pores whilst leaving your face smelling like peaches. You only need to use a small amount to scrub away the dirt that has collected under your pores. I’ve always struggled to find a face scrub that didn’t leave my face sore and red, but I’ve had no problems at all using this!
You should soon start to notice a theme here because next up is Soap and Glory’s, ‘The Fab Pore’ purifying facial cleanser (£8.00 from Boots). I know the jury’s out on foam cleansers, with people claiming they leave their skin feeling dry, but I have had no such issue at all- perhaps because of the number of products I apply after this; nonetheless, it’s here to stay. And because it’s a foam cleanser, it lasts so much longer than gel cleansers, which is great for your pocket.
I was introduced to the wonder product that is Micellar water at the start of 2016, I immediately became obsessed. Not only does it soothe and cleanse your skin, but it removes make-up, too (or concealer in my case). The basic laws of chemistry have allowed for this neat product to become my absolute favourite skin-care product, leaving my skin feeling refreshed. I use Garnier’s water, which you can get for just £3.33 from Boots.
Next up, a brand I’ve been using since a teenager, Simple. Having sensitive skin, Simple became my go-to skincare brand growing up. I have used the same two products in my skincare routine for years, and I swear by them. After I’ve cleansed by skin with Micellar water, I apply Simple’s purifying lotion cleanser, because, in my eyes, there’s no such thing as too much cleansing (there possibly is, but hey, like I said, I’m no beauty expert- I just know my skin feels great after all this complexity is done in the morning.) I then apply a tiny amount of their soothing facial toner, keeping my skin nice and oil free.
I then return to Soap and Glory, and their, ‘The Fab Pore 3-in-1 serum’ (£12.00 from Boots). I apply this in the ‘T- zone’, the dreaded area prone to producing way too much oil. I concentrate mainly on the sides of my nose, which I know is a problem area for me.
My skincare routine is rounded off by a fairly new product I’ve been using, and that is the Body Shop’s ‘Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50‘. Whether we like it or not, we’re all going to end up with wrinkles, all we can do is keep them away that little bit longer, starting in your 20’s! This product not only protects your face from wrinkles, with its UVA protection, but it keeps it from looking dull (Anti-dullness), protects it from the sun’s rays, even when you don’t see the sun, with its SPF 50 protection, and contains anti-oxidants to help protect your skin from the everyday pollutions.
As I said previously, I am no beauty expert, however, I do understand that there are so many different skin types out there that maybe my skincare routine would never work for. However, this process has been tried and tested by me and works wonders on my once uncooperative face. Perhaps there are some products on here you could experiment with and see what works for you, student loan permitting, of course!