Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Skincare Line-Up.


I've really changed up my skincare game for the summertime and I'm loving the new selection of products I picked up about a month ago. I was having one of those weeks where everything was running out at once, and I realised I was only left with a cleanser, eye cream and a load of minis...so naturally, I did a bit of shopping. There were a load of products I wanted to try out and I'm super happy with how my skin has been looking lately. I wanted simple, kind to skin products which I could easily use to give my skin some nourishment and hydration. I'm going to be covering both my morning and nighttime routines, so grab a cuppa as this may be a long one!

AM
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In the morning, I would skip toner and eye cream to keep things really simple and quick. Lately, however, I've had a bit more time so have thrown in some extra products. I'll do my skincare routine first thing when I wake up, to give it time to sink in before applying my makeup. I always find leaving your skincare 10-15 minutes before going in with makeup makes your foundation apply so much better and it sits more naturally on the skin as it won't be slipping around on top of your moisturiser. I'll start off by cleansing the skin using my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia. This is such a dream team and makes my skin super soft before going in with any other product. The Oskia gel is a really light gel-cream formula which hydrates the skin, leaving it radiant and nourished. I'll pop this on dry skin and massage it in before going in with my dampened Clarisonic - I use the delicate brush head for reference - for one minute around my face before washing off the excess with a warm muslin cloth or flannel. I've really been enjoying my morning cleanse, it's such an important step to ensure your skin is clean before makeup. After that I'll use a hydrating spritz of my Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist, and it really is just that. The spray is very fine, meaning it sinks in quickly. I always pat this in to get the best results and I love how my skin feels after, it's such a great pick-me-up product. Next I'll move onto a serum, and I always prefer using a cream serum rather than an oil, as I feel my skin doesn't need an oil in the morning. I've been using the This Works Energy Bank Skin Glow Serum which has a really lovely pearlescent formula, making the skin radiant and glowing. I only use one pump of this and pat it into my skin, it's really great stuff. A lot of my skincare is geared to making my skin more radiant as that's what I lack, and I've never found a serum which makes my skin as dewy as this one. Next I'll go in with an eye cream, and I'm still using my Clinique All About Eyes Cream as it's a really lightweight, fuss free, hydrating eye cream which is perfect for restoring tired eyes. It's more of a gel consistency, but I much prefer that for my puffy under eyes. Finally I'll use a moisturiser to add a final dose of hydration and provide the perfect base for makeup. The Pixi H2O Skin Drink is what I've been using and it's really good for dehydrated skin. I do prefer my moisturisers a bit more on the creamy side - this is more of a gel - so I probably won't be repurchasing, but it does the job!


PM
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My evening routine is where I really go to town on the lotions and potions. The products I tend to use are a lot more nourishing and targeted to my dry skin. I will start off with removing my makeup, and I'll either grab a micellar water, at the moment I'm using the Caudalie Micellar Water which is really light and kind to the skin, or an oil. My favourite oil is The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil, it removes makeup so well and my skin doesn't feel tight or dry after use. Once my makeup is removed I'll use my REN Gentle Cleansing Milk and my Clarisonic again, to give my skin a really good deep clean. I'll still use my Clarasonic for one minute as I don't want to strip the skin, but it does such a great job at getting all the dirt out and reaching the deeper layers of skin which you wouldn't get normally. Once that's done, I'll rinse with a warm muslin cloth, and don't be afraid to get it hotter than normal, it feel soo relaxing and nice on the skin! If I want a quick treatment, or if my skin is a bit duller than usual, I'll normally reach for my REN One Minute Facial. This contains water-activated Vitamin C which helps to firm the skin and make it appear more radiant. You simply massage it into your skin with a bit of water, keep going for just one minute and you're skin will be glowing. This is my go-to after a long, tiring day!  I'll then use the Liz Earle Skin Tonic on a cotton pad to sooth and refresh my skin. I also find this picks up any excess dirt, and you'll be surprised even after double cleansing, how much dirt may still be lurking on your skin. They also do this in a spritz version which is lovely to use in the mornings after cleansing. Next step is to use an oil, and I've been obsessed with the Sarah Chapman Skineses Overnight Facial Oil. This is such a luxurious feeling product, it smells like a spa, and when I wake up my skin looks so much more even and hydrated. I pat one pump of this over the skin and it's packed with vitamins A, C and E which restore skin cells and help plump. I always used the same old oil, but this is definitely rivalling my favourite and I'm so happy I branched out. I like quite a heavy layer of eye cream in the evenings to help the appearance of them when I wake up. I've been using the Keihls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment which super hydrating and great for both morning and night. I'm only 19, so I'm not looking for anything groundbreaking when it comes to my eye area, but I do want a good dose of nourishment and this really gives me that. Last but not least, I moisturise. I'm still loving my Origins Night-A-Mins Moisturiser, it's such a nice formula, sinks in beautifully and my skin loves it. It's full of Vitamin C, so my skin feels firmer and looks brighter after using this. If I need a bit of colour, I'll add in some Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning to give me a nice bronze glow by the morning. I don't tend to use this on it's own, but mixed in with something else, I love it! 
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