Evening Skincare RoutineSaturday, 28 January 2017
I've been loving skincare lately (more so than normal) and in the past maybe six months or so I've actually changed a few things up after using almost the same products everyday for years! Crazy, I know. I will talk peoples ears off about skincare, but when it came to my own I was a creature of habit.
I've always been fairly lucky in the skin department, but in a job that requires you to wear makeup every day, I've learnt that it's so important to take care of your skin regardless. If I'm not treating specific concerns like blemishes, I'm looking out for future me - future me is going to love past me. Approaching 30 means I am definitely starting to invest in those anti-ageing serums!
I've never had an extensive skincare regime - I do like to keep it pretty simple, and no I don't double cleanse! I do however like to have a couple of alternating serums, depending on my skin/concern/lazyness. As for eye creams? I know I should be using one, I even own a couple, but I always forget! An added 2017 resolution?
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil - You all know my love for the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm knows no limits, but when I ran out I reached for this oil cleanser to tide me over and accidentally fell in love. It's been sitting on the top shelf for (probably) too long, and I'm so glad I finally reached for it. Incredible for removing eye makeup, even the stubbornest of mascaras, and leaves my skin feeling clean and clear. No tightness after cleansing, no oily residue and it has a really nice calming scent. I'm sorry I left you on the shelf for so long, friend.
NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme - For the nights I'm feeling a bit lazy, I'll use one of these guys. It's not the most active of peel pads, but it's still a little added exfoliation and is always a nice extra step following a cleanse. Glycolic Acid is a fantastic ingredient for so many different concerns, so I usually add it into my routine at least 4 times a week. These peel pads are easy to use, they smell amazing (like grapefruit!) and they're relatively cheap!
Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum - For added punch, I'll go for a dedicated serum like this one. This is a little stronger than the peel pads, but not the strongest on the market which I like as I feel like I can use it more often. If you were just getting into acids, or had more sensitive skin, this would be a really fantastic product to invest in. It's got a great mix of acids to really help buff and polish your skin for a brighter and more youthful appearance!
Ren Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial - This is an amazing alternative to Sunday Riley's Good Genes, if you are familiar. They both contain high percentages of Lactic Acid which is fantastic for all round benefits, just like Glycolic Acid, but with longer lasting results and generally less irritation. Probably not one for sensitive skin types, but for my concrete skin it's amazing. I'll use this maybe 3-4 times a week and you see results the next day. It is excellent, and if you want to have the full facial experience, I like to combine this with one of my other serums (either AHA based, or Retinol based).
Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Night Oil - This has easily become one of my favourite products ever. I am trying to convert every over 25yr old I know to start using this. I know in this blogging community that hyped products can often be disappointing and I am here to say that this is not one of them! Retinol is the king of anti-ageing ingredients and again, this is a product you will see results with quite quickly. I find this reduces my pore size AND smooths away any fine lines. I've always hated when makeup gets trapped in my smile lines and since using Luna, those smile lines have vanished. This is a particularly great product for those who have found other Vitamin A based products to be too irritating on their skin as Luna contains a trans-retinol esther which is basically a fancy derivative of retinol that can be used at higher percentages with less irritation to the skin. Win! The powerhouse combination is retinol and lactic acid, which is why the Ren Wake Wonderful and Luna is my new favourite lineup for nights when my skin needs a little pick me up. This was very much love at first sight!
Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream - I've been using Origins for years and I just love all their products. I'd been using Night A Mins as my evening moisturiser for years, and only changed this up recently just to try something new, which is how I've come to fall in love with the Mega Mushroom Face Cream! I'm not one to rave about moisturisers - unless you have very parched skin I do find that most moisturisers do their job very well and therefore I don't tend to find better/worse ones. I do really love this one though, even though it might just be because it smells so, so good! Think natural, earthy, and Aesop. It's texture is rich, but not heavy. It feels soothing and calming and like a soft blanket at the end of the day, and it helps keep my redness at bay.
There you have it - I can't believe I had to edit this down, and I've still written so much! I love talking skin and ingredients and smells - I'm not an expert but it's definitely a bit of a passion of mine!
Have you guys tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know if you've tried anything recently that's blown your mind!