Friday, 20 July 2012
Updated Skincare Routine (Again!)
Just as a bit of background so that these products are in context for you; I'm 22 years old with normal skin for the most part. In winter, it can dry out a bit but, only in certain patches. The texture is quite even and generally blemish-free. I have never suffered with acne but, am prone to eczema and, so, have to be careful what I apply around my eyes as this is where it flares up intermittently.
I try to keep things as quick as possible in the mornings, mainly because I value my sleep more than I value my appearance. Now, I'm not saying that I leave the house looking like a ruffian but, I just prefer to have my extra 10 minutes in bed than faffing around with all kinds of primers and serums and toners at 7am!
At night, I quite enjoy taking 10 or 15 minutes out to remove my make-up and pamper my skin a little. This routine varies two nights of the week, as you will see a little later in this post but, for the most part, it is all about deep cleaning my skin and getting rid of the day's impurities.
However, just to be extra sure that the skin beneath the make-up has been properly cleansed, I rinse the muslin cloth and re-cleanse with the same Vichy micellar solution I use in the mornings.
Another Vichy product rounds out my standard night time routine. Vichy Normaderm Moisturiser* is an intensely hydrating moisturiser that is intended to combat blemishes and to target blackheads, open pores and unevenness. It smells a bit funky but, as a night moisturiser, it does exactly what I want it to do.
As I mentioned above, two nights a week I will add some extra steps to my routine. On both a Sunday and a Wednesday I use Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and Origins Drink-Up Intensive Moisturising Mask for a bit of added TLC. I have a full review of the Active Charcoal mask here but, in short, it works to draw out impurities in the skin and to unclog and improve the appearance of pores. I haven't yet fully reviewed the Drink-Up mask but, it is effectively an intensely hydrating overnight mask that your skin literally drinks up and leaves you with plump, soft and radiant skin come morning time!
When I do notice a blemish coming up, I like to act quickly and nip it in the bud before it turns into a fully-fledged spot. My current weapon of choice is the Origins Blemish Gel. This teeny tiny bottle contains a product which, when applied to an imperfection will visibly reduce it in size and redness and dry it out before it comes to fruition. I use a cotton bud to dot a small amount of this on the affected areas and, within a few hours, my blemishes have drastically improved. This can be quite drying however so, make sure to prepare skin with a good moisturiser prior to applying it.
You may have noticed above that my current skincare routine incorporates muslin cloths. I'm a bit late on the uptake of this cleaning aid but, suffice to say I really love them. Not only do they gently exfoliate and deep clean the skin but, I get a great satisfaction of seeing my make-up come off on the cloth leaving no question of whether I have removed it all or not. I picked up a three pack by the brand Balm Balm from FeelUnique and change them every two days or so and throw the dirty ones in the wash!