Over the years I have experimented with many skincare brands, but for the past few years I have been using the same products and skincare routine and it has been working wonders for my skin.
I’ve indulged in my fair share of high end skincare products mainly because I’m a sucker for the beautiful packaging, but over the years I’ve always gone back to my Boots Simply Sensitive Face Cleansing Lotion which I use both in the morning and at night. I love the simplicity of this product, it’s not overloaded with ingredients but does contain aloe vera which feels so soothing on the skin. I apply with just my fingers in the morning, and a cotton pad in the evening. It’s so quick and easy and within minutes my skin is left feeling soft and refreshed.
You may or may not have heard about the moisturiser loved amongst many celebrities from Kate Beckinsale to Joanna Lumley. Astral Cream is known to keep skin looking plump and hydrated, I have used this since a course of acne treatment left my skin looking and feeling dry and lifeless. I use this day and night. It is a very rich moisturiser that takes a fair while to sink in but smells like a dream and feels so nourishing on the skin.
I feel like this is a very Marmite product, you either love or hate it. I love it and definitely feel like it needs more recognition. Astral Cream has been used through the generations of my family, once used by my Gran who had the most beautiful and youthful skin, my mum also swears by this stuff and now I’ve hopped on the bandwagon.
One of the main reasons I love this moisturiser is because it’s simple, it’s not packed full of ingredients, it just does what a mosituriser should do; deliver extra moisture to hydrate the skin. I’ve tried so many moisturisers which contain so many perfumes and ingredients which just leaves my skin irrtitated. I’ve found the more simple I keep my skincare routine, the calmer my skin is. So if like me you struggle with dry skin and you’re in the market for a new moisturiser, this is definitely worth a try!
I exfoliate approximately once, sometimes twice a week depending on how much makeup I have worn and literally swear by The Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads. After cleansing I massage this into my skin, wash away with warm water and then splash with cold water to close my pores before moisturing. It’s gentle on the skin just like it says in the title. It smells so delicious I could just eat it up! This is very much a creamy exfoliator that helps eliminate the dead skin cells and impurities. Every time I use this, I feel like my skin has had a deep clean. My skin noticeably looks smoother, pores are less prominent and the overall texture of my skin looks and feels much softer. I even used this on the morning of my Wedding Day because I knew my makeup would apply so much better after exfoliating. I love this so much I even got their body exfoliator which I’ve also been loving.
I had struggled for far too long trying to find something that could remove my eye makeup without leaving my eyes feeling itchy, red and sore until I came across Boots eye makeup remover pads. They come in a handy little pot making it great for travelling! They are basically a pot of 40 makeup wipes for your eyes. They are fragrance free and remove every single trace of my eye make-up within seconds. The only thing I have found is that it claims to remove water proof mascara and on the very rare occasion that I do wear it, I do struggle to get it all off with these. But I don’t wear waterproof mascara all that often so these are perfect for me!
I’ve been using the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for about a year now and I love how moisturising this is around the eye area. It makes applying under eye concealer so much easier after using this and it must be good if my husband thinks I haven’t noticed him using it! For such a small pot this is actually lasting me a fair while! The only thing is I do think it is slightly over priced, so if you have any other eye cream suggestions please do let me know as I think I’d like to try something more for anti-ageing, y’know now I’m nearing the end of my 20’s this girl gotta prevent those wrinkles!
Now that Spring is here I’ve dipped back into my Clarins HydraQuench Cream for days where I need a little more moisture. I love the Clarins Hydraquench range, I always find myself adding these products into my skincare routine during Spring/Summer to add a little more moisture into the skin which is much needed after a day in the sun! I also find their Hydrquench range leaves a cool, calming sensation on my skin, making it the perfect addition to my spring/summer skincare. I love the luxe packaging of this moisturiser; there’s just something about a glass container that makes me feel like I’m really spoiling myself with a product.
I tend to use this as a day cream as although it is for normal-dry skin, it is a lightweight formula. This cream also has the added benefit of containing Hyaloronic Acid! I’m not sure if you can still buy this exact cream anymore as Clarins have updated their Hydraquench range, though I think they may have just changed their packaging and added SPF so I will link their new cream which looks pretty much the same as this one.
For those days where I feel like a bit more of a pamper and my skin needs some extra tlc, I like to use a face mask. The Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask is one of my favourites. It is a very creamy texture, just what you’d expect from the name and contains Katafray Bark Extract which aids in restoring the skin’s ideal moisture balance. I apply with my fingers all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for around 5 to 10 minutes, rinsing away with warm water. I remove any excess with a wet cotton pad. My skin instantly feels soft and hydrated. I like to use this once a week and my skin definitely thanks me for it!
The one thing missing from my regime is spf. I know I know, it’s so bad! I’ve tried heaps and all of them seem to break me out. If anyone has any good suggestions please let me know I’d be forever grateful!
Oh and FYI the ESPA Diffuser in the photograph is THE most amazing scent in my bathroom! I received it for my birthday and it’s pretty much ran out so I need to invest in another (the only thing is they are quite pricey, but they smell heavenly).