Monday, 22 June 2015

My Skincare Routine

I thought I would do a post on my current skincare routine because I've managed to find a combination of products that really work for me, and have made my skin almost completely clear.
In terms of makeup, I wear it almost every single day and as I got a bit older I realised that it didn't matter how good my foundation and concealers were in covering up blemishes, I needed to deal with caring more for my skin in the first place. That is when Liz Earle products were introduced to me by a friend. 

For me personally they really check all the boxes - natural ingredients, non-animal tested and there's a complete range of products for different skin types. I have normal/combination skin, and for me what this means is that my skin is usually neither dry nor oily but every now and then it can lean either way.
But I cannot do this post without mentioning my desert island skincare product: Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, £22 for 125ml from Clinique. IT. IS. AMAZING. It melts away your makeup, and that does include waterproof mascara, and it all just washes away leaving skin feeling soft and clean.

So here are the products that I use and the links to them on their respective websites:
My Routine*
*Slight disclaimer: the products I have linked have full directions as recommended by the brands, as well as ways of finding the correct products for your skin by those brands; how I'm doing this routine is just how I've found it works for me!

Step One
Firstly, I get a small bit of the Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and melt it between my hands before massaging it into my face over my makeup. I usually do this before having a shower as a shortcut method of washing it off, but if I'm going to follow up with other products I'll use warm water in the sink.
The solid Balm transforms into a silky textured oil that really gets into your skin, but being from Clinique you can be assured there's no fragrances or colours that are likely to irritate. It's such a weird feeling rubbing oil on your face the first time, almost counter-intuitive but I promise once you rinse it off you'll be amazed at how you didn't try this product before! It leaves skin feeling absolutely amazing and clean even without follow up products!

Step Two
If I want a really deep clean or as an alternative to Step One, I use my Cleanse and Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser from Liz Earle. It has a lovely thick, creamy texture that feels really rich, and after use my skin feels really soft.
Again, either I apply before a shower if I'm in a bit of a rush, or, if I want to do it properly I soak the muslin cloth that you can get from the Liz Earle website in touch-hot water in the sink. What this means is that the water is more than warm, but I can put my hands in it without it feeling like it's too hot. I wring out the cloth and place it over my face and let the heat get into the cleanser and open my pores. It's so relaxing to do this for a few minutes! Once ready to wash it off, I rinse and wring the cloth again in the water and use it to buff off the product, leaving my face feeling fresh and clean, but in no way dried out.

Step Three
For me, using an exfoliator is such a huge part of skincare - it keeps skin fresh and clean, reducing the chance of breakouts. The Gentle Face Exfoliator™ has a creamy texture but the little scrubbing beads definitely do their job. I think this is one of my favourite Liz Earle products, it just makes skin actually seem brighter and clearer, while not having a drying effect or being too harsh. I just massage it into my face and neck and over my lips too, and then rinse it off.

Step Four & Five
After the first few of steps it starts to look more like the usual cleanse, tone, moisturise routine. Using the Liz Earle stuff is so nice because my skin feels cared for by the products, they all seem to work as a team and leave my skin feeling amazing afterwards. 
I use the Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic after the Cleanse and Polish™, and it's so different to what I knew a toner to be - there is no tightening feeling after using it, and no alcohol smell either. It's really refreshing, the sort of thing you'd want to wipe over your face on a hot summer day.
And after this follows the Skin Repair™ Moisturiser in Normal/Combination. The tiniest blueberry sized amount is more than enough to cover my entire face leading down onto my neck. And it soaks in completely, not leaving any oily residue on my skin.

Step Six
My final step is another Liz Earle favourite, the Superbalm™. It's a multi-purpose balm that helps to recover dry skin and in my case makes my lips feel better than their usual chapped state. The only thing I find slightly off-putting about this balm is the taste, but it can just be put down to the natural oils found on the ingredients list.

A great starter kit for developing a skincare routine is the  Essentials Try-Me Kit, £24.75 available for different skin types from Liz Earle.

If you have any more questions, just leave me a comment and I'll try my best to answer it xx

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  1. I need to establish a new routine and I definitely want to try Liz Earle! I love that their products are not animal tested!! Brilliant post!

    Chloe x

    1. The Essentials Try-Me Kit I've linked at the bottom is a great way to try their products before spending lots getting the full range. And I agree Chloe, cruelty free products are definitely worth finding! x


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