While I’ve always loved make-up, skincare isn’t something I ever took seriously until I started working in beauty. My routine once consisted of a quick once over with make-up wipes/micellar water, followed by a slathering of whatever cream I had at hand. However, in recent years I’ve come to realise that good quality skincare is the foundation of a flawless complexion (along with water… lots of water!) and ever since I started investing in my routine, my make-up has sat better and lasted so much longer. While I can still be a little lax at times, I’ve finally found a series of products that work really well for me. Here’s what I use:
Charlotte Tilbury Multi Miracle Glow Balm. I tend to chop and change my cleansers as I get through them so quick and I’m always keen to try new products. At the moment I’m using the Charlotte Tilbury Miracle Glow Balm – this is amazing both for waking up your skin in the morning and melting away your make-up at the end of the day. You can also use it as an overnight mask/SOS balm as it’s fantastic for clearing up patches of dry or irritated skin. It smells amazing, too!
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I soak a cotton pad in this and give my skin a once over morning and night just after I cleanse. It’s amazing for dry, sensitive skin and helps my complexion feel refreshed. If you can get your hands on it, the Lacura Revitalising Facial Tonic from Aldi is almost an exact dupe!
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. After hearing so many wonderful things about The Ordinary, I decided to treat myself to a few of their best-selling products. For the past few months I’ve been applying a few drops of the Hyaluronic Acid to my skin both morning and night and I’ve found it’s really helped reduce the appearance of my acne scars/pigmentation. At £5.90 it’s an absolute steal – I’m already on my second bottle!
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I’ve been using Magic Cream for almost four years now – it’s one of my all time favourite skincare products. A gorgeous concoction of ingredients (including vitamin E, rose hip oil, shea butter and anti-aging BioNympth peptide) it leaves my complexion looking plump, dewy and hydrated. I always have a pot of this in my kit too as it just sits so well under make-up.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue. Now I’m nearing thirty (sob) a decent eye cream is a crucial part of my skincare routine. I use this morning and night to keep dryness and dark circles at bay.
Bioderma Micelle Solution. Does Bioderma make anyone else feel super nostalgic? I remember back in 2012, when I first got into beauty, this was the daddy of micellar waters. You could only get it from eBay or pharmacies in France. Now, every skincare brand you can think of stocks a micellar water – even Primark! However, Bioderma is still the OG and a firm favourite of mine. I use this every night to remove my make-up before I cleanse.
Weleda Skin Food. I’d recently run out of my usual night cream, so after hearing so many wonderful things about the Weleda Skin Food I decided to give it a try. Enriched with sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil and hypoallergenic lanolin, it’s won numerous awards for its nourishing properties. As my skin is on the dry side, I apply a liberal amount before bed and I always wake up with a plump, hydrated complexion. It’s way too heavy to be worn underneath foundation (for me, anyway) but I’ve seen lots of make-up artists use it to add sheen to cheekbones/lips or mix it with a tinted moisturiser. A must have for dry skin and a total bargain at £7.95!
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask. My favourite face mask of all time, this goes everywhere with me. Since being in quarantine I’ve applied it pretty much daily and I’m thoroughly enjoying having smooth, baby soft skin. Unlike most clay masks, Goddess Skin doesn’t dry out or tighten after you’ve applied it – it contains Spanish clay and rose hip oil, which leaves the skin feeling healthy and hydrated. Generally I apply it around 3-4 times a week but there’s no limit on how often you can use it.
The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution. This mask makes your skin look incredible but it really does take some getting used to. First of all, it stings. I thought I was immune to tingly skincare after years of using Alpha H, but this one took me by surprise. It only lasts for a couple of seconds but it’s not pleasant – it feels almost as if you have a thousand tiny needles in your face. Secondly, it’s a bright, blood red (think vampire facial vibes). I use this once a week to exfoliate and clear my pores, although I don’t really see it as a ‘pamper’ product. It does an amazing job but it ain’t for the faint hearted!
What are some of your favourite skincare products? x