Sorry for the absence in my blog, I have been enjoying the lovely Jubilee holiday down in Brighton - but more of that later!
The next part of my skincare routine info is moisturisers!
I think it is important to have a moisturiser for the day and one for the night. You want the product to do two different things, therefore you shouldn’t buy just one to match two different needs. During the day, you need something that protects your skin from dehydration, the sun, dirt and pollution from the air. At night, you want to help your skin cells rehydrate and renew themselves without all the added chemicals from the day moisturiser.
I currently follow the Clinique 3-Step system of cleanse, tone and moisturise before you put serum and extra moisturiser on top. They have this dramatically different moisturiser which is meant to give your skin a small boost of hydration before you put serum or a different moisturiser. This is to help the products sink into your skin as its hydrated, its easier for the products to be absorbed into your skin. I do this three step first before using some serum and moisturiser (in the day) with SPF. I prefer to use moisturiser with SPF in it, whereas my best friend (who is french) and with french skincare, they tend to put a layer of SPF on top of the skincare routine as a separate step. Each to their own, I find it makes my skin a bit more sticky, but my best friend swears by it and she has pretty good skin. I would recommend you try it out and see which suits you best. We tend to use the Avene, Vichy or La Roche Posay factor 50 sun block for the added protection layer. I currently use the Clinique Youth surge with SPF 15 and the Clinique Superdefence with SPF 25. I got these little minis as a free sample, so I am actually just getting through it. I have previously used the Bioderma Hydrating moisturiser (no SPF) which is really light and kept my skin hydrated all day. I am also addicted to the Vichy Aqualia Thermale with SPF in it (its my next moisturiser for when the freebies un out!).
At night, I want my moisturiser to renew my skin and help tighten pores and help heal any spot marks. I get breakouts every now and again and i tend to get little red scars as it heals as I’ve picked them (i know you shouldn’t pick them until they are ready - but I’m sure my skin heals a funny way) which is why I use a moisturiser at night that helps repair my skin. My current night moisturiser is the Clinique Turnaround Overnight radiance moisturiser. It is meant to help renew skin cells to give you a glowing skin. Its been working very well so far, I’ve definitely noticed a better appearance in my skin tone. I have also previously used Vichy NormaDerm Night Chrono Active Anti Imperfection Care this was really good in clearing up my acne scars to begin with, so I would definitely recommend a try.
Here are a list of some of the previous moisturisers I’ve used,
Clinique Dramatically different moisturiser £16.50 - £29.00 (depending on bottle size) (Any Clinique counter)
Clinique Youth Surge SPF 15 £28.50 - £40.00 (Any clinique counter)
Clinique Superdefence SPF 25 £26.00 - £35.00 (Any Clinique Counter)
Bioderma Hydrabio Light Cream - ebay £17.10 (cheapest) I got this from France and its quite difficult to get a hold of it, but if you do it is really amazing!
Vichy Aqualia Thermale - rrp £16.50 ( Boots are currently doing a 3 for 2 offer on Vichy. La Roche Posay and Avene products at the moment and it usually works out cheaper to buy it when they are on promotion. If not, I’ve found it cheap for £13.99 from Pharmacyathand.co.uk)
Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser - £34.00 (any clinique counter)
Vichy NormaDerm Night Chrono Active Anti Imperfection Care - rrp £13.00 or £10.99 at pharmacyathand.co.uk
Hope this has given you a good insight into moisturisers! Send me any questions or let me know what you’ve been using and if you have any recommendations!! :) x
Today’s spotlight is toners. This has probably made the biggest impact i my skincare routine, I have actually only been using toners for probably 3 years now, so I managed to go through my teenage years without using this and that may have been a huge mistake.
What’s the point of a toner?
Toner rehydrates your skin and removes chlorine and minerals in tap water: As our water is treated with chlorine (the same thing in swimming pools), you don’t really want that sitting on your skin as I know it is an irritant to quite a lot of people with sensitive skin. Using a toner after you’ve cleansed/wash your face with rehydrate it and remove the chlorine and minerals found in tap water that could irritate your skin.
Toner restores your pH balance: Some cleansers/soaps/face wash might slightly dry your skin out after you use it, by using a toner this will help restore the pH balance, ready for you to layer up the next lot of skincare products.
Toner can enhance your skincare routine: I never used a toner until 3 years ago and I can honestly say, since I’ve been using a toner, it has really helped my moisturiser and serum work on my skin so much better. You would want to avoid any toner that contains cosmetic alcohol, especially those with sensitive skin will find that the ‘clean’ feeling is actually the toner drying out your skin.I also found this out when I was introduced to the Clinique 3-step programme. I am meant to be step 2 but after trying out the clarifying lotion number 2, I was breaking out with pimple spots and getting red rashes on my face (it was DEFINITELY not a nice look). I went back to the counter assistant and because Clinique have a 100% guarantee no allergy policy, if the product doesn’t work after the recommended time, they will replace it for you, even if its half full. (Disclaimer: this is what a Clinique consultant told me at my local store, I do not know if this is available in other stores therefore, please check with your Clinique consultant) My Clinique consultant replaced my clarifying lotion number 2 with their mild clarifying lotion that does not contain cosmetic alcohol and this has worked wonders!
I did get the Clinique clarifying as a present but the toner I used religiously before is Vichy Purete Thermale Toner. I am obsessed with this toner, its a hydrating toner but doesn’t over hydrate that the oily parts of my face become even more oily. Its probably the best toner that I’ve used.
When I talk to people about their skincare routine, many people do not use toner in their routine and continually complain about over oiliness or dehydrated skin. Try using a toner and see if you can see a difference with how your moisturiser works on your skin. I can guarantee you it works. Everyone I’ve recommended changing their skincare routine by adding a toner has definitely found a difference!
So go on! Go get yourself a toner and see if it makes a difference! Let me know if it does! :)
Here’s a list of previous toners that I’ve used:
Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner £19.40 (Debenhams - currently with 10% off its £17.46!)
Vichy Purete Thermale £11 (Boots/Vichy/Online Websites) - My absolute favourite
Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion £15.00 (Clinique/ Debenhams - currently with 10% off - £13.50)
Anne Semonin Marine Toner £37.00 (Online websites) - this was given to me as a gift but it smells amazing!
You should always start your day and end your day with cleansing your face! This will get rid of dead skin cells but also the grime that has built up on your face during the day. Especially this week with the beautiful hot weather, all the make-up that you’ve been wearing during the day is going to seep into your skin as you sweat and the air pollution..before you know it, there’s a good layer of dirt on your face!
I am a massive fan of exfoliators and face wash and they don’t have to really expensive! Although, you will see a lot of Clinique products that I am using, but quite a few of them are free samples that I am just trying to get through before I get my hands on another wonder product - so even though I may talk a lot about the Clinique products, it’s just because that’s the brand that I am currently using.
Exfoliators help removed dead skin cells from your skin, you can use exfoliators on your body (aka body scrub/exfoliating mitt) and on your face. However, the exfoliators differ for your skin and for your face. As your face is more sensitive, you don’t want to be a using a body scrub for your face, that will just end badly with you probably looking like a raw tomato.
It’s been said that you should use exfoliators 2-3 times are week and to be careful with what type of exfoliator you should use. Some exfoliators use rounded beads and some from fruit kernels tend to be rough. The fruit kernel scrubs tend to scratch the surface of your skin which may actually damage it more. The round scrubs is a bit more smoothing and it has been recommended that you use rounded bead scrubs. I currently use the Clearasil fruit scrub and the Clinique 7-day scrub. I tend to alternate between the two but the Clinique scrub is meant to be gentle enough for you to use everyday.
I love my face wash, my current tea tree and peppermint (watch it doesn’t get into your eyes as mint stings!) from Superdrug for £2 was a bargain! You don’t need massively expensive ones, this tea tree and peppermint foam wash does the trick for me, I’ve suddenly come up with small blemishes around my jaw line and started using this and it’s really help clear it up. Tea Tree has natural antibacterial properties and its perfect for me. I also use a Clinique mild soap face wash (which I also got for free). I love using these products before I go to bed as it just makes my face smell lovely! Especially the peppermint!
If you don’t want to exfoliate everyday, using a face wash that doesn’t dry out your skin is very important. Use it in the morning to clear away the sweat and the products that you used during the night. In the evening, use it to get rid of all the dirt, sweat and oil that has built up on your skin during the day.
You need a good clean canvas before you start layering on the products that’s meant to help your skin. So start with a good cleanser, make sure you read the instructions as not all cleansers require you to use it on a damp face. Some cleansers work on dry face by working up an emulsion before it can take your make-up off.
Here are some products that I love and have previously used:
Vichy Normaderm purifying gel cleanser £10.50 (From Boots or Online websites)
Tea Tree & Peppermint Foam Wash £2 (Superdrug)
Clinique Mild Liquid facial Soap £14 for 200ml (Clinique /Boots/Debenhams/House of Fraser/Selfridge etc)
Elemis Rosepetal hydrating cleanser £19.50 - currently £17.46 in Debenhams 10% off sale (Debenhams)
Vichy Normaderm exfoliating gel £10.50 (Boots and Online websites)
Clinique 7-day Exfoliating Scrub £17 (Clinique/Boots/Debenhams/House of Fraser etc)
Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins and Extracts Scrub £4.99 (Boots/Superdrug)
Here is a list of places/websites that I get my products from (make sure you check whats on offer and if you have a Boots/Superdrug/Debenhams Beauty cards, check how many points you have on there..you might have enough to get yourself one of these awesome treats!
http://www.pharmacyathand.co.uk/ ( really good website to get Vichy products for cheap! Check out Avene and La Roche Posay as well!)