As every mummy knows once the tiny pitter patter of little feet arrive all your attention and time is focused on them. Eventhough my skin care routine has never been too complicated it has been tweaked over the years through trial and error!
At 31 I think I’ve pretty much found products and a routine that works for me and my skin type, although there will be times when I get sucked in to the hype of a new miracle cream and stray!
1. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water
I wasn’t too keen on Garniers original Micellar Cleansing Water because I didn’t feel like it completely removed all of my make up. However, after seeing their new Micellar Oil-Infused version I thought I’d give it a go, it was on offer so hey why not! I’m glad I gave it another go because I love it. The oil-infused water seems to work better than the original in ensuring all my makeup is removed, I would’ve thought that it would leave an oily residue on my skin but nothing. I have oily skin which is sensitive in areas and this does not irritate it at all.
2. Rio Sonicleanse Pure Facial Cleansing & Exfoliating Brush
The Rio Sonicleanse Pure Facial Cleansing & Exfoliating Brush is similar to the Clarisonic Brushes, I managed to nab this as a Christmas present last year, I was in TK Maxx and saw it for £40, I was delighted as they usually retail at around £100, you have to love TK Maxx!
It’s waterproof so can be used in the bath/shower, whichever you prefer, and has two speed settings, a gentler pulse and a slightly faster one. I tend to use speed one, the gentler pulse, in the morning when my face is clean and I want to simply quickly cleanse and the second setting in the evening when I want to remove any makeup which hasn’t been taken off by my cleanser. When cleansing the brush I also like to use the second speed for exfoliating my skin. The brush head comes apart into two parts, the outer brush can be removed to make it smaller for use around your nose. It also comes with a handy little USB charger, which can easily be carried when travelling, although the charge on it lasts ages.
3. Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser
I use to use a Neutrogena exfoliator which used to warm when applied but like all good things I can’t seem to find it anymore, typical. I’ve tried a few different exfoliators since then but they’re either too rough on my skin or way to soft, Bioré’s Baking Soda Pore Cleanser has a light creamy texture to it and is mild enough that you can use it everyday. I like to use this on my Rio Sonicleanse Brush after I’ve taken my makeup off, it ensures my face is thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated. It’s mild enough to use in the morning and evening, which is great especially if you have oily skin like I do, as it won’t irritate your skin.
4. Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner
Following on from my multiple cleanse I use Boots’ Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner, which at £3.99 does the trick! I like to use this as it is made from natural ingredients and as my skin is prone to flare up at times when I’m stressed or overtired I wanted something quite natural. The use of the hibiscus flower helps to brighten and tighten pores without using harsh chemicals which can dry out your skin, it’s also paraben free and people tested which is always a plus!
5. Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
As a result of my skin having a tendency to flare up in red patches around my hairline when I’m stressed out I did some research and came across Avene’s range for sensitive skin. At one point I stopped using the Thermal Spring Water Spray simply because I was trailing other products, but since coming back to it I feel it’s a staple within my cleansing routine. It’s great for giving your face a quick spritz once you’ve cleansed/exfoliated and toned, the spring water re-hydrates the skin calming any irritations or redness. I’ve also read that some people recommend it as a setting spray after makeup to give a dewy glow to your skin or as a toner when sprayed on a cotton pad. It’s also great for the summer when you need a quick pick me up, especially if you commute on a busy, stuffy train! I’ll be purchasing their 50ml spray so I can throw it in my bag for our holiday to avoid aeroplane skin and for hot days out on the beach!
6. Nivea Creme
I have been using Nivea Creme since my 20s and even though I’ve tried other, more expensive creams I always come to my old school Nivea! I only use this as my nighttime cream as it’s on the heavier side but it definitely provides me with all the moisture I need, I also use it on knees, elbows and any other dry area of my body. I know they say you should use a so called anti-aging cream but it has been said that Nivea Creme is in fact the same, if not better, than some of the high end face creams such as Creme de la Mere, which retails at £110 for a 30ml tub (click here for the article). My grandmother and aunt both also swear by Nivea, at 76 my nans skin is flawless, so that’s proof enough for me and at a cost of £2.99 for a 200ml tub, well enough said!
7. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Even though I don’t use many high end products in my beauty regime Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is amazing. As I’ve mentioned before my skin can sometimes be a bit problematic with very dry areas appearing depending on the weather or if I’m anxious/stressed, when this happens I reach for my Eight Hour Cream. The texture is a little bit like petroleum jelly or Vaseline if you like, with a bit of a menthol scent to it. I usually use it at night while I sleep as it’s way to heavy to wear during the day and this allows it to work it’s magic overnight, waking up with hydrated skin in the morning. I believe even Victoria Beckham swears by it!
8. Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser SPF 15
I’m a bit rubbish when it comes to using an SPF on my face during the day, but turning 31 has given me a kick up the bum to make sure my moisturisers have an SPF in them. My reason for steering clear is because my skin can be quiet oily and I’ve always felt a moisturiser with an SPF added may make this worse as they tend to have a thicker consistency to them, but after looking through the shelves of Boots I thought I’d try Simple’s Kind to Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser SPF 15. I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks but I’m pleasantly surprised, the texture is light so doesn’t feel greasy on your skin and for someone like me who has oily skin, commutes on the train and sits under the A/C all day, that’s exactly what I need from my moisturiser.
So there you have it, my everyday skincare routine and essentials. What are your favourite products to use?