With the weather becoming colder and my sensitive skin becoming a lot dryer, I’ve recently been trying my best to maintain a good skincare routine. I’m usually so lazy & only throw some body lotion on if I’ve got 5 minutes. Although saying that, moisturiser is an integral part of my make-up routine so at least my face is getting some protection during the day!
When I was working on the No7 counter in Boots a couple of years ago, I had to do a lot of e-learning about how important it was to moisturise & how it affects the layers of skin etc – I don’t remember much detail but I remember thinking ‘well, I should probably start moisturising!’
I have a lot of products as when I left Boots, I got a lot of leaving gifts. I’m attempting to make the most of them now but that’s the reason why a lot of the products I have aren’t full size – a lot of them are from gift packs.
My Evening Skincare Routine
The first thing I do when I get out of the bath is cleanse my face. I wash my face with a tepid (clean!) flannel & pat it dry with a towel. Now, my mother has always sworn by Olay & since finishing uni, I’ve replaced my cheap cleansing wipes with lotion. While it is admittedly more effort, my skin feels so much softer for doing it.
My skin is definitely combination & this cream works very well for me. I massage it in with my fingertips starting on my cheeks to remove my blusher & moving up to my forehead, then down my nose to my chin & neck. I then, very gently, sweep the cream across my eyelids & across my eyelashes – at this point, there isn’t as much cream left on my fingers & therefore, not an awful lot to go into my sensitive eyes. All that skin massaging is very good for your circulation!
To remove the cleanser, I dampen a cotton pad and squeeze any excess water out then sweep it gently across my face. This cleanser has a really lovely smell and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clear.
Olay Cleanser Review:
Smell: 8/10 – a lovely, fresh smell!
Consistency: 9/10 – very light!
Does the job? Yes!
Overall result: 9/10
Although this is obviously more expensive than Olay, I do prefer it to the Olay toner. After cleansing, I squeeze some of this on to a cotton pad & again, gently sweep all over my face, concentrating on my cheeks where my pores are bigger. I feel like it doesn’t dry out my skin like other toners have in the past as it hydrates while removing impurities. I only have 50ml of this & I’m definitely gonna miss it when I run out – it’ll have to go on my list of things I’ll buy when I’m rich!
Lancome Tonique Douceur Review
Smell: 7/10 – not too much of a smell on this one but a hint of something refreshing!
Consistency: 8/10 – a little goes a long way! Take care when pouring it out.
Does the job? Yes & more!
Overall score: 9/10
The next step is to put my spot treatment on while my skin is completely clear. I’ve used many, many treatments over the years but none seem to work as well as the cheapest one I’ve ever used! While looking for more natural treatments, I stumbled over an article about the effects of witch hazel gel. It soothes the skin without being too harsh. So I found some Witch Hazel Gel at my local Boots & it is hands down the best thing for my skin.
The witch hazel makes up over 93% of the overall ingredients which is great to know. It’s advised to put this on 3 or 4 times a day but obviously when you’re using make-up, that’s a little difficult! I use it twice a day & find that’s enough 🙂
Witch Hazel Gel Review
Consistency: 7/10 – a little sticky
Does the job? Definitely – clears up spots within a matter of days!
Overall score: 9.5/10
Next is eye cream. I’ve only very recently started using – Clinique’s All About Eyes which reduces circles & puffs. My eye area has become much smoother ensuring my make-up glides on nicely & my circles have brightened a little too. You only need a tiny amount otherwise it becomes a bit greasy so I think this will last a long time. I dot the cream around my eyes & then pat in or rub in gently with my ring finger. I’ll keep you updated on this one!
I love that Simple don’t use any nasty things either! Such a great moisturiser!
Simple Light Moisturiser
Consistency: 8/10 – really nice, smoothes skin without leaving any greasy or oily residue!
Does the job? Yes & more!
Overall score: 10/10
And for the body…
My favourite body moisturiser has run out recently *cry!* so I had to find a new one. The one I’ve just finished is Soap & Glory’s Flirtigo Body Moisturising Spray & it has the best smell ever – really sweet!
I really love the fact you can spray this on & rub it in – it means you don’t overload your skin with lotion.
Since my spray has finished, I’ve started to use Clarins Eau Dynamisante Body Lotion. It’s the first time I’ve used a Clarins product & I have to say it really delivers; it absorbs really quickly into the skin so I can get into my pyjamas quickly & my legs are so moisturised that I haven’t got my usual scaly shins in the winter! However, I’m not too keen on the smell of this one – it’s a bit too strong for me – so I’ve been using Flirtigo on my top half so that I can smell my favourite scent instead.
Clarins Eau Dynamisante Review
Smell: 5/10 – quite strong for me personally although other people really love it!
Consistency: 9/10 – not too thick for quick absorption!
Does the job? Yes!
Recommend? For its moisturising qualities – yes!
Overall score: 8/10
And that’s my evening skincare routine! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post & you’re getting cosy for the autumn!
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