Night time skincare routine and a bit of a ramble!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

My skincare routine has taken years to perfect, I spent most of my early to mid twenties struggling with hormonal (and not so hormonal) spots, terribly dehydrated skin and patchy redness to go with it.  I wore a heavy foundation, usually with a 2 in1 style powder over the top, very full coverage and not my favourite look I have to say!  These days I am happy to say my skin stays mostly spot free, which I appreciate daily and love being able to wear light weight BB creams and foundations.

When I worked in Space NK in my early makeup days I learnt a lot about skincare, which was amazing, but thats when the product obsession began!  I tried everything and I mean everything from £20 natural skincare, to lotions and potions that cost hundreds of pounds (perks of the job!) and as much as for a while, that sent my skin even more crazy, I really began to learn what worked for me and what didn't.  I was also blogging at the time(an old blog) and doing so many reviews only added to the ridiculous amount of different creams I piled on.

The best thing I ever did for my skin was to strip my products right back, keeping it simple, fairly natural and most of all, completely religious.  I used Cetaphil cleanser or sometimes Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, I always used a muslin to gently exfoliate day and night and moisturised with Oilatum Natural Repair Cream.  It was so simple with no new exciting products but blimey did it sort my skin out and it was easy to stick to because it was so quick and simple.  Even rolling in late from a night out I would force myself to remove my makeup properly.

For the last few years, I have had mostly spot free skin, with the odd one creeping in around that time of the month.  Things have changed though and the product list is a little lot larger now!  When I find something that I think might work for me I add it to my skincare routine on its own, so I can tell if my skin likes it or not, if its a hit then it stays and if breaks me out or dries me out then it goes!  The main thing that has stayed the same, is consistency and being religious with my skincare routine.  At times, when I have failed to remove my makeup before bed, not double cleanse my skin or not use certain products out of laziness, I have definitely paid for it in the form of a breakout.

Cleanser wise, I either use Sarah Chapman Skinesis Rapid Radiance Cleanse or The Natural Spa Factory Illuminate Gel Cleanser, both of which I have loved but with a wish list longer that my arm I'm going to try a new one soon so I'll update you on cleansers in the future.  Before cleansing, I remove my makeup with either Bioderma or Garnier Micellar water, an important step in my opinion, so not to waste expensive cleansers removing your makeup.  An excellent tip from Caroline Hirons!

SO FINALLY, the key products that are responsible for giving me an effective night time routine at the moment, are, as always, La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo +, used after cleansing and before moisturising, it feels like a light cream and I have no idea whats in it, but it keeps my skin clear.  I have used it for a couple of years now and it hasn't let me down yet.  If I run out for a week or so I always get a spot or two but if I consistently use it morning and night, they stay away.  You can read a more in depth review here.

Next, I use Origins Night-A-Mins, fairly new to my routine, I started using it a couple of months ago, but it quickly became a firm favourite for its renewing properties and gorgeous scent.  Read a full review here.

It took me a long time to add in eye creams to my skincare routine, I tried half heartedly every so often but it wasn't something I was really worried about a few years ago, or it wasn't top of my skincare agenda at least.  The last year or two though, I have used one every morning and night and really notice the difference for using the Origins Plantscription eye cream (they now have an updated version of this), it visibly plumps out the skin around my eyes compared to when I wasn't using it.  I'd love to try the new Plantscription Power eye cream next.

The Origins Super Spot Remover is something I use every so often, if I see a spot threatening to appear, it nips it in the bud immediately.  The best targeted spot treatment I have used by far.  Again, I have a full review here.

It just so happens to be largely Origins products at the moment as I know I can rely on them doing their job and I always end up loving what I try from them.  I do have a couple of other brands in line to try over the next couple of months though, so it may change up again soon.

What products do you use at night time?  

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