Hands up who loves skincare???? Me!!!
It's been while since I've written a dedicated beauty post so today I am going through my skincare saviours. These are items that I swear by and got me through 9 months of pregnancy with my skin looking as reasonable as it could. We all know that when you're pregnant hormones do crazy stuff to your body, hair, skin etc etc and in both of my pregnancies my skin has taken a bit of a battering, it became spotty and I kept having these irritating little break outs which left my face looking a tad teenager'ish, never good. I never really felt I had that 'glowing' look, although alot of people said I did I would put that down to my bronzer!
Many of the items I feature, I apologise are of the high end spectrum because I am a sucker for expensive beauty products, not all of them I hasten to add, there are a couple of high street fave's included but I do believe you get what you pay for.
I think over the last few years I have learnt how important it is to look after my skin, I cannot emphasise that it's so crucial to remove makeup before going to bed and to cleanse, tone and moisturise. It takes just a couple of minutes and I'm now in a ritual to do it so it's just the norm to me these days and it does make a huge difference in the condition of my skin.
Firstly I remove my makeup using some facial wipes, at the moment I'm using Nivea Gentle Cleansing Wipes (on offer at Superdrug for £1.48), by using the wipes first I find that it's then easier to remove eye makeup and foundation before cleansing and toning. I really like Nivea as a high street brand and I've used these wipes for as long as I can remember.
I then use the cleanser and toner. I prefer a wash off cleanser as opposed to a cream cleanser purely for ease, I'm currently using Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter (RRP £19.00) but I usually use Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed (RRP £19.00), I just happened to pick up the wrong one! Both are great, they foam beautifully and are very gentle on the skin, you also don't need to use much meaning the tube last for yonks. I then follow with a toner, again this is a Clarins Toner (with Iris) (RRP £19.50), it feels so lovely and cool on my skin and removes all other traces of makeup and dirt that the cleanser hasn't.
I will them moisturise, again religiously morning and evening, I cannot stand having dry skin and at night I slather even more on to make sure my skin keeps well moisturised and hydrated ready for the morning. I have tried many a moisturiser and although I do love an expensive cream I find this Nivea Pure Soothing Day Cream (RRP £5.35) great, it's easy to apply and moisturises my skin fabulously and a little goes a long way, it also smells really nice without being over powering.
I'm also featuring one of my absolute beauty favourite's that I couldn't be without, this is my star product without a doubt and is a cult beauty product that has won numerous awards and I can totally see why, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (RRP £29.00). It's basically a radiant skin booster, I use it either on its own or under a foundation, it really brightens my complexion and boosts when it really needs it. It's well worth the price tag.
Every couple of days after I've cleansed and toned I will exfoliate, I love to exfoliate, I know that sounds odd but I feel like my skin is really getting a good clean once done, I don't like to overdo the exfoliation as they can be quite abrasive and my skin doesn't need to be red raw. I'm really enjoying using this Naobay Exfoliator (RRP around £13.00), I received this in a recent Glossybox and it's really nice to use, not to harsh and the packaging is super cute. I also use a face mask a couple of times a week, this La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque (RRP £16.00), love this stuff and my face feels super smooth afterwards.
Finally, I couldn't not feature a lip balm!! I'm loving my EOS Raspberry Sphere Lip Balm (RRP £3.25), it smells lovely and keeps my lips soft and moisturised for ages, every night before bed I have to apply a good slick of this stuff! Lastly, hand cream, my hands get so cracked and dry especially when I'm working and this Lush Helping Hands (RRP £7.75 a tub) is perhaps one of the best I've found. Although it smells a little like playdoh and is a tad greasy until rubbed in it truly makes a huge difference to my hands after a couple of hours, it's fab, fab stuff!
What are your skincare saviours? Do you have a skincare ritual like me?