I’ve always been quite ‘good’ when it comes to looking after my skin, but I’ve also had times in my life I’ve considered cleansing my face to be pulling out a wet wipe and giving it a once over. I’ve also had my moments of turning up to work on a Sunday morning with my make up still on from the night before and thought that was perfectly acceptable 🙈
Sleepless nights, those pregnancy/breast feeding hormones and not to mention turning the big 30, made me take a serious look at my skin care regime.
The thought of sleeping with any make up on now makes me feel a little icky and knowing that sleeping with make up on is one of the most aging things you can do to your skin means no matter how exhausted I am I always have to wash my face before bed.
I’ve tried and tested lots of different products, I worked on make-up/skin care counters for a few years and got to try out a wide range, and have found my personal ‘skincare faves’ that I always seem to go back to time and time again.
Im always interested (nosey) in hearing about what other people like to use/recommend so thought I’d share with you all what I’m loving.
Disclaimer: My skin is combination/dry.
Whether I’ve had a make up free day or a full face on, my favourite face wash is Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash (shop here). I love how you only need a teeny bit and it foams up really well and leaves my skin feeling super clean. I usually just have a little mascara left over which I remove with a Nivea eye make up remover.
If for any reason I can’t get hold of this face wash I also really like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser (shop here).
I moisturise before bed with either Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream (shop here) or Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil (shop here) – I tend to alternate between the two each night but both leave my skin feeling really moisturised and also really soft in the morning.
Once a week I love to do a face-mask, I usually use one when my Husband is working nights, I’ll pop on a face mask and watch some trashy TV and have a ‘mini pamper night’. My favourite is Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask (shop here).
Every morning with my shower I use (and have done since I was around 15!) St. Ives Apricot Scrub (shop here). I always feel that after using this my skin feels amazing and my makeup goes on so much nicer. It’s one of those products that if they ever discontinue I would actually cry!
I have two favourite daily moisturisers, one being Origins Mega bright (shop here) and the other Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Intensive Daily Moisturiser (shop here). After my shower and facescrub in the morning, putting either of these all over my face is one of those little things in life that makes me feel better.
I love to spritz on a little Mario Badescu Facial Spray (shop here) throughout the day (it can be sprayed on clean skin or over make up) and sometimes before moisturising day and night if my skin is feeling particularly dry.
I have yet to find an eye moisturiser that I’m in love with…I’ve tried a few but they just end up sitting in the bottomless pile of things I don’t use so if you have any recommendations pop a little comment down below or on my latest Instagram post over at @StarieSisters – I’d love to hear what you recommend!
Lots of love