My Evening Skincare Routine
NOW I have reached my mid-thirties (eek!) I decided I needed to take my skincare routine more seriously; I have always been a cleanser & toner girl but probably never used enough moisturiser. I think it's probably a hangover from being a teenager worrying about making my skin greasier than it already was. But I can safely say I'm over that now and having done a lot of research to help find the best products for me, I thought I would share my discoveries with you. You never know, you might be inspired to try one of them out. I promise it takes no more than 5 mins to complete plus I have put links to all the products throughout this post to make it easy for you to buy them if you want to!
Eye Make Up Remover
I have been using this Simple eye-make up remover for years; I'm not a fan of the ones you have to shake to mix the oil back in as I just find them too greasy. I discovered the Simple one after the one I used to use (The Body Shop's Camomile Soothing eye make-up remover) was discontinued and replaced with an oily one. I was not happy! Anyway, after testing many different products, I finally stumbled across the Simple Kind to Eyes Nourishing eye make-up remover cream and I was so happy; it's almost identical to The Body Shop one I loved, I use it on a large cotton wool pad & it's just so cooling & soothing on tired eyes after a long day's work. It's pretty good on waterproof mascara too.
This year I discovered Micellar water. If you have never heard of Micellar water, from my point of view it's basically a toner that you can use to remove all your make up, even your waterproof mascara. I use it after my eye make-up remover on my eyes to remove anything I have missed and then sweep it all over my face to remove all traces of make-up. At this point, I've only tried the Garnier ones - both the Oil Infused and the one for Sensitive skin (pictured). Apparently, Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water contains micelles which act like magnets, gently lifting away make-up and impurities from the skin, without the need to rub or rinse. Can't do much better than that.
I like my skin products to be as kind to my skin as possible so I decided I wanted to invest in a really good moisturiser that was as natural as possible. I had heard about Aurelia Probiotic Skincare through a friend so I decided to check them out and have been delighted with my discovery. Their products are made in Britain using the purest of BioOrganic ingredients sourced sustainably from around the world. They say, "we want our products to make a real difference to women by delivering glowing, balanced skin every day." YES PLEASE!!
Over the last few months, out of nowhere, I have started to suffer from a skin condition called Rosacea . No-one really knows exactly what brings it on but it is often brought on by stress which makes total sense to me! It's not something you can cure but it can be managed so I decided to contact the team at Aurelia as I figured they are the experts! I spoke to a lady called Antonia who was very helpful and really listened to what I was looking for. Before I apply my moisturiser, I use a Calming Botanical Essence which really does what it says on the tin; it soothes my now very clean skin. Next, I use the Illuminate & Smooth Puff Reduction Eye Cream, patting it in to my whole eye area, followed by the Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser all over my face; I often find night cream too thick but this one goes on really easily and is apparently particularly good for rosacea. Tick.
One thing I almost forgot is Lucas Paw Paw Ointment; I don't use this regularly but it is particularly good if you are having a bad skin day. I put it on any blemishes before I go to bed and they always appear better in the morning. I think the best way to describe it is a less expensive Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream that works just as well as the original. The consistency is a little thicker but it does exactly the same job!
FINISHING TOUCHES BEFORE BED
One of the channels I subscribe to is Pixiwoo, the YouTube channel from Sam & Nic, the creators of Real Techniques make up brushes (blog post on my favourite make up brushes coming soon!) and they did a video with a title that really caught my eye How To Get Ridiculous Long Lashes. I always focus my makeup on my eyes so the idea of having super long lashes without the need for extensions sounded amazing to me. That's how I discovered LiLash. In the simplest terms, it's a serum that you brush along your upper lash line before & I do it before bed. No hassle, no pain just a little bit of patience then cue loads of complements. I cannot tell you how many people have asked me what I've had done to my lashes. It really does work, you just have to keep using it. It comes from the US and costs approx. £100 for 6 months' supply. Not cheap but much cheaper than lash extensions & far less hassle! I'm definitely keeping it in my routine.
My final step before bed is to spray This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray on my pillow. I discovered this last year and I now use it very single night! The fragrance is amazing and makes you feel sleepy as soon as you spray it! The fragrance includes Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile and is released continuously throughout night which is said to support a longer less interrupted sleep. And the good news is if you do happen to be a little restless, movement actually helps the scent to release even more.
There we go, my night time skin routine is complete! I hope you found some of that useful and that you might give some of the products I've mentioned a try. Do let me know if you do, I'd love to hear what you think or if you have any suggestions for me. My morning Skincare Routine will be coming soon....
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Thanks for reading. Until next Sunday,...
From Charlotte x