As I’ve said quite a few times already over the past few months I’ve really been trying to up my skincare game as I’m around 20 month’s away from turning the big 30. Up to the beginning of this year I was pretty lax with my skincare and although I did take my make up off with micellar water and moisturised this was about the extent of my ‘routine’. For the past few months I have been trying to get into better habits and see what difference it makes on my skin long term.
One of the things which has really helped me take better care of my skin is having better lighting in my bedroom by my mirror. I have a long strip of flexible lighting attached along the lip of my mirror and I find it makes such a huge difference in seeing my skin.
I always still use a micellar water as I find that cleansers don’t take off enough of my eye makeup so I do this as a separate step. I’ve always loved the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water as it’s really affordable, but I’ve also been loving the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O* water as well as it’s really soothing on my skin.
Next up is cleansing which is something I NEVER did before this year and seeing how much stuff comes off my skin when I cleanse it’s a little worrying. When I have the time I try to use the Pixi/ Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse as I do find using both a solid and cream cleanser does leave my skin feeling really clean but when I’m in a bit more of a rush – or I’m travelling and don’t have the room for the Pixi one – I use the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm which works in much the same way as the solid Pixi cleanser.
After cleansing I like to tone and I flit generally between two toners depending on how my skin feels. If it’s feeling like it doesn’t need anything too intense or it’s quite red and sensitive I love using the Lush Breath Of Fresh Air spray as I find it’s really calming on my skin and it’s great if I’m in a rush and can just spray it directly onto my skin. When I want something a little extra I love using the Pixi Glow Tonic as I find my skin is really radiant afterwards and gives it that extra glow.
Next up it’s oil time which is again another step I never did anything with as I always thought they’d be too oily for my skin but I’ve been provided quite wrong. I have been loving using the Complexion Cocktail* from Time Bomb as it provides all the right oils for my skin including Chia Oil which is rich in Omega 3 and also the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Serum which feels great on my skin but is pretty pricey so I don’t tend to use this every single day.
The final step in my skincare routine is moisturiser and I love using a thicker creamier moisturiser in the morning compared to a more gel like consistency in the mornings. The Marks and Spencer Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream is one of my favourites as it’s not too thick and sinks into my skin so quickly, but if I’m going for more of a sleep mask I tend to always sway back to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask because not only does it keep my skin hydrated and bouncy all night long but the scent is incredible.
Alongside my skin moisturiser I do try and use a eye cream as often as I can to keep the delicate skin under there even more nourished and with this I flit between the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream which is a complete staple and the Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream as it’s super creamy but soft and delicate on the area.
What are your evening skincare must haves?