So I've been asked to share my skincare secrets on my blog, what I use, cleansers, toners, moisturisers etc. Do I have an intensive skincare regime or am I more of a quick and simple kinda girl ?!
Well, skincare is often overlooked especially when we're younger. Some of us are blessed with the perfect skin that doesn't really require any unkeep, trust me when I say you are the lucky ones! However a little skincare never hurt no-one and for some of us it's a requirement and while it's easy to forget about it we need to remember that a skincare routine never hurt no-one.
Now we all know the feeling we get when we arrive home from a late night and all you want to do is fall into bed, yes we've all been there. We don't give a second thought to anything, now you might just manage to brush your teeth but removing make up AND then having to go through an intensive regime no thankyou! So I'm the kinda girl who's routine is pretty quick and simple and that's what I'm going to show you, some products that qive the illusion of an extensive skin care routine but in actual fact only take a couple of minutes which is perfect!!
First of all here are the things I'm currently using and that are working for me, then I'll go onto some products that I'm dying to get my hands on. So my first skin care secret isn't really a big secret, in fact it's a well known fact. We need to keep hydrated! Now I'm not the biggest fan of drinking water and I'm terrible at drinking a reasonable amount each day but it makes the biggest difference. I recently decided to be more strict with myself in order to make sure that my intake of water increased. I did quite well and other than going to the toilet quite often it made a great difference to my skin, I have really dry skin and so my skin benefits from this so so so much! See I told you not difficult to implement my first skin care tip is something you may already do and if you don't it couldn't be easier to introduce into your daily routine.
So what else can I let you in on ? Well I've recently discovered an amazing product that keeps my skin clean and clear, it's a mud mask that I apply twice a week (again super easy and quick). It's the 'Epoch Glacial Marine Mud' it's made with all natural ingredients and it visibly removes dirt and impurities from the skin. This product pulls all the dirt from your skin without drying your skin out, as a girl who spent her teenage years buying £1 face masks from various places and admittedly tried almost all of them, I can honestly say they don't even come close to this one. It comes in a tube and lasts for a good 15 applications, great value for money and perfect for giving your face that deep clean every so often.
Another product that goes hand in hand with this and is also my all time favourite skincare product is a moisture mist. Now I know what you're all thinking, who needs a moisture mist? I can do without that it's not a skincare essential and yes you're right because it's so much more than a skincare essential. I use this product at least five times a day, this is because this mist contains humectants which draw moisture to your skin throughout the day, whereas a cream would soak into the skin then stop working once dried. Now I know I can't be the only one who has experienced this, if you suffer with dry skin this will sound all too familiar. So you apply your make up in the morning then we get around 1pm and you can feel your skin tightening because it's becoming dry, well you can't apply a moisturiser because that would ruin your make up so what can you do ?! Well I think you know what I'm going to suggest - the moisture mist. So with that in mind you're now thinking well what else can I use it for ? Well I think the question should be what can't I use it for, currently I use this as a primer, a setting spray, an alternative to water when wetting my beauty blender, a heat protector, a leave in conditioner and I also reactivate my mud mask with it once dry. If you take anything from this blog post it should be to invest in this moisture mist.
These two products have made a dramatic difference to my skin, it's no longer dry instead it holds moisture so my skin is always soft. However, as a typical girl there's always something else we've got our eye on we'd be lying if we said there wasn't. I've recently discovered the new beauty range from FarFetch that launched this year, and with summer coming up we're all on the look out for skincare products that will allow us to go bare faced to the beach. There's nothing worse than a face full of make up on a sunny day. So I've picked out four products that I'll be getting my hands on in the very near future as I think these will be perfect additions to my routine for summer.
1) Eve Lom Kiss Mix - a moisturising lip treatment to soothe and repair dry, chapped lips. A nice addition to anyone's skincare because our lips need some tlc aswell.
2) James Read Tan Accelerator - speeds up the natural tanning process to accelerate and extend any tan. We all want that summer glow so what better way to achieve it than with this!
3) Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser - a cleansing gel that purifies without drying out the skin, leaving skin hydrated and blemish free. This will be perfect for my skin and so refreshing in a morning with it containing the grapefruit extract.
4) Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - a shimmering tinted moisturiser to give your face a healthy and natural glow. Now I think this is technically a beauty product rather than skincare but it fits perfectly as a summer essential and I cannot wait to try it.
All these can be found on the FarFetch website along with so many more, there really is something for everyone. I've only recently discovered it and I'm blown away with the amount of products on their site, they also have an offer on at the moment where you get 10% off your first order, it's a win win situation!
Now the last thing on my wishlist is a little different, it's still skincare related but it's your normal cleanser or cream. I mentioned before that I suffer from dry skin but not so long ago I also suffered with spots, the trouble was spot treatments dried my skin out more and dry skin treatments made my skin oily and spotty. So I was in limbo and I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't fit into the general categories of skincare: normal, dry, oily and mature. The problem being that we are generally a combination of them or even if we aren't surely a younger girl is going to need different creams to an old lady even if they do both suffer from dry skin for example.
So this is where the Ageloc Me device comes in this is a device that personalises skincare just for you, yep that's right just for your skin, how YOU like it. So how it works is you use an app on your phone to go through 40 questions regarding your skin; pore size, age, preferred texture and scents etc. The app then gives you a unique code that represents your skin type, this is used to order cartridges that go in the device and provide you with a serum, a night cream and a day cream. It couldn't be easier! Once the device is set up with your cartridges it will flash at you each morning and night when you need to use it, you simply place your hand underneath and it will dispense the correct amount of product for you to use.
Amazing right ?! What if I told you it does get better, there's more. The device uses micro layering which means that the products are sealed and separated right up until the moment that they are dispensed. This means there is no risk of cross contamination, but not only this it also means that we can mix products that would otherwise cancel each other out. Some products are only effective alone and once mixed don't work in the same way, the device allows them to stay separate and so they don't have this effect. Last but not least there is no need for fillers or excess oils in the products, these are generally used to prevent bacteria spreading when it's opened and closed and dirty fingers are put into them. As all the cartridges are sealed and the product is dispensed without the need to touch the device there's no risk of contamination and so no need for the fillers meaning that you are getting a product full of product.
I cannot wait to get my hands on this and the products from FarFetch, we all need that skincare routine even if it is very minimal. Your skin will be thanking you and you'll notice a massive difference, so next time you fall into bed with your make up on please do make the effort to get back up and look after your skin, however hard it may be.
Just wanted to quickly say that this post isn't about my business it's about my skincare routine but I do want to mention I am currently retailing three of these products (Epoch Marine Mud, Moisture Mist and the Ageloc me) so if you would like more info please comment and I'll get in touch. I have included these because I wanted to give a true reflection of what I use and wouldn't want people to be unsure where they can get hold of them.