Wednesday, 14 January 2015
THE WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE
Morning - Generally, my morning routine goes a little like this - I do a single cleanse with either the Boots Botanics Micellar Water, or The Body Shop Cleansing Oil, depending on whether I feel like a deeper clean or a once over sweep with a cotton pad. I rinse whatever I use off with a flannel, for a bit of gentle exfoliation, and then apply some of the Boots Botanics Skin Relief Ultra Calm Serum. I find this so effective at quite literally, calming my once inflamed skin and insuring the deadly dry patches do not reoccur. This goes around my eyes, cheeks and forehead. If I feel like it, I also pop on some of the Esteé Lauder Perfectionist Wrinkle Lifting Serum just around my eyes, as I know I'm very young for an anti-aging product, so I find it wasteful to apply all over. Then, on goes the Ultra Calm Night Moisturiser - I tend to use this over a day moisturiser as generally, night variations are thicker and I find, more hydrating.
Night - In the evening, I usually aim to remove my makeup as soon as I get in from school, as I don't see the point of keeping it on my face if I'm not going anywhere and am lounging around. To do so, I do a quick first cleanse with the Boots Botanics Micellar Water, the most gentle micellar water I've found. It takes off waterproof mascara for the most part, but I feel like I do really need the help of the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. I've been through 3 of these now, and I find them absolutely perfect - I'm hesitant to use anything else because it is so effective. One pump does the job, and I massage this into the skin for a few minutes, which is both relaxing and cleansing at the same time. I ensure to use a flannel to wash it off with cool water, and use gentle circular motions for exfoliation as well. Then comes the moisturising and serum application, which is exactly the same as the morning. The only difference is that I sometimes go for an extra serum on top right before I go to sleep, which isn't pictured - the Dr Lewinns Miracle Radiance Serum. I haven't been using it long, but from immediate results it provides a glow I really like come morning.
For a little skin treat every Sunday, I apply the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I absolutely love this and have been using it for a year now, and although I never get the same results as the first time I used it, I still apply it weekly for radiant pick me up. It also smells amazing, which never goes a miss.
Do you use any of these products in your skincare routine? Anything you'd recommend for dry/dull skin?