Spring is almost here, which of course means a skincare update from yours truly. My products have changed slightly from my last post, so let’s get started!
If you don’t already know, I’m a huge advocate for looking after your skin above all else – see my previous Top Five: Skincare post for more on this.
I like to change up my skincare regime with each season, as I find that my skin acts differently to the changing temperatures and weather. In Spring, my face is usually still dry from Winter however when the weather starts to get warmer I find that I breakout very easily. I also tend to gravitate to towards warm, comforting foods and neglect fruit and veggies which leaves my skin looking dull and a little unhealthy.
So, how do I combat this? I attempt every day to follow a certain routine – I say attempt because some days (hello, lazy Sunday) I do skip this, but I’ve not noticed a decline in my skin health from doing so, so that’s okay with me.
I am picky about what I use to wash my face, and I tend to stick to products that are natural and not packed full of chemicals. Simple are a fantastic brand, and I love their gentle and kind to skin products. I picked up this foaming on a whim and I don’t regret it one bit.
Our special blend of Simple cleansing and moisturising goodness containing Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Chamomile and Geranium, helps to keep your skin moisturised, refreshed and cleansed.
I use this every morning and night and it removes all traces of leftover makeup, dirt and grime. It contains no artificial perfume or colouring and is gentle and kind to even the most sensitive skin.
This one isn’t technically a product but more of an instrument – a facial cleanser! Mine is the Rio Sonicleanse from ASDA. I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to using one of these as I’ve heard lots of pimple horror stories but I have really grown to love it.
I’ll remove any makeup with some micellar water before using this, as the thought of pushing makeup around my face with a brush is super unappealing. Once my skin is relatively clean, I’ll apply either a facewash (such as the one above) or a cream cleanser such as the Bee Good 2in1 or Liz Earle.
The brush is timed, so every twenty seconds it beeps to let you know to move onto a different part of your face – I start on my forehead, and then move round to each side of my face so that I’ve covered everywhere within the sixty second limit. Once is normally enough, but I do sometimes use it twice for a deeper clean.
No matter what I use my face feels baby soft and fresh, and I can definitely see an improvement in my complexion with once daily use.
Bee Good are quickly becoming one of my favourite brands, and the Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator is fantastic. I’ve discussed this briefly here, but I cannot sing the praises of this enough. It’s made from milled lavender flowers and wheatgerm oil and it smells so comforting!
Most of the time I use this after cleansing in the evening, but every so often I’ll use it in the morning to wake me up and perk my skin up a little. Unlike other exfoliators I’ve tried, it doesn’t feel gritty or harsh and it certainly doesn’t leave me with any red patches. If you’re looking for a gentle but powerful exfoliator, then I’d 100% recommend that you pick this up.
One thing that hasn’t changed is my adoration for the Boots Botanics Triple Age Renewal Facial Oil. The Botanics range is fantastic, and this little beauty has earnt permanent residence through every season in my bathroom cabinet. Sweet almond and jojoba oil along with purple orchid extract give this a wonderful botanic scent. It’s great for all skin types, and I have never once felt like it is making my skin oily or greasy.
Throughout Winter I’ll use this twice a day if my skin really needs it, but in Spring I’ll just use a few drops before going to sleep. My face feels soft and supple, and I personally think it adds a little radiance to my otherwise quite dull skin.
The final product in my lineup is the Lacura Caviar Illumination day cream, from ALDI. This delightfully thick and luxurious cream has gained popularity over the past year or so, being likened to La Prairie Skin Caviar. As mentioned before, it has a thick but very light texture and sinks into my face very easily. I use this most mornings as a base for my makeup as it leaves a dewy finish and makes my skin feel super moisturised.
For £6.99 a pot it’s an absolute steal, and if you’re looking for luxe on a budget you should pick this up – you won’t regret it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my updated skincare routine – what is your holy grail skincare product that I’m missing out on? Let me know – I always love to hear from you!