I look after my skin by doing a skincare routine each morning. Some dermatologists recommend doing this twice a day; I tried this but I noticed my skin getting red and hot/irritated and so I reduced it to once a day and that works fine for me. This will differ from person to person as everyone’s skin is different.
I start by cleansing with Avene Extremely Gentle cleanser lotion. What I like about this cleanser is there are no nasty ingredients added to make it look or smell nice which makes it better for your skin albeit slightly boring. I have relatively sensitive skin so it works great for me. Leaving my face and hands dry, I take a small amount and rub it all over my face in circular motions until its spread evenly and starts to absorb. Then, I wash any excess off of my hands and dry them before continuing with the circular motion until it is all rubbed in. It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. This product costs £10.50 from Boots.
Next, I apply toner. I use Elemis soothing apricot toner and a Helen Round Designs reusable make up pad. I spray a generous amount onto the pad and wipe all over my face and this picks up dirt, dead skin or makeup etc. that the cleanser missed. This toner smells amazing and is really refreshing. I recommend the reusable make up pads too as they are so soft and eco friendly. The toner costs £25 from Elemis.
Then, I use Simple’s soothing eye balm which keeps my eyes hydrated and healthy looking. I apply a small amount to the end of my finger and apply it to my eyelids and underneath my eyes. Be careful not to get any in your eyes as this causes irritation (I know this from personal experience). The eye cream costs £4 from Boots.
Finally, I moisturise. I use the The Body Shop Seaweed oil-control gel cream. I often get very oily skin but when I use this, it makes a huge difference. I apply a small amount and smooth it all over my face. It sets really nicely and doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky. It makes my skin super soft and it is my favourite skincare product. This costs £14 from The Body Shop.
When I’m in the bath or shower, I use a Garnier Organic Konjac cleansing sponge. You just have to put it under the water until it goes fully soft and wipe over your face in circular motions. This gently exfoliates your skin and leaves it revitalised. This costs £6 from Boots.
A couple of times a week, I use the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop. After cleansing, you spread it generously over your face and leave it to set for around 15 minutes. I usually jump in the bath while it’s setting. This makes it feel like a pamper session and is easier to rinse off. As you wet the mask, you can then use circular motions to use it as an exfoliator and dig up any dirt that wasn’t already cleared. I love the way my face feels after using this face mask, so soft and clean. This costs £18 and is enough for about 6/7 face masks (this will vary depending on how thickly you apply it).
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