In the 4 years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve never actually posted a skincare routine. And there’s a good reason for that. Up until earlier this year, I never managed to stick to a skincare routine! However, ever since I turned 25 in April I have been consciously making an effort to take better care of my skin. So this is my complete summer skincare routine.
Apart from sharing the skincare products that I use in the morning and evening, I thought I’d also include the products that I like to use during the day.
Morning Skincare Routine
I like to keep my morning skincare routine as quick and simple as possible. After all, who has time for a full-blown skincare session when you can get an extra few minutes in bed!?
The first product I use on my face in the mornings is the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash. I actually got sent a PR sample of this earlier this year when I tested out the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel range for 1 month and I ended up loving this one so much that I have since repurchased it – and as you can see from the bottle, I’ll probably have to purchase this again soon! I love this face wash as it is so refreshing and helps wake me up in the morning. It also feels really gentle on my face and although it’s a foaming cleanser it doesn’t dry out my skin. Best of all, this costs under a fiver!
I then like to apply a lightweight moisturiser, and for that I have been using the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water, which I reviewed in this post. I love this because it gets absorbed really quickly and feels more like a serum than a moisturiser. It also works really well as a base underneath your makeup which gets major plus points from me! Finally, I like to spritz some of the Garnier Moisture Bomb Multi-Protecting Hydrating Mist which has SPF30 and also protects your skin from any pollution in the air. Full review here.
On-the-go Skincare Routine
Although I’m not normally one to carry around a full makeup bag with me in my bag to touch up my makeup throughout the day, I do enjoy carrying a couple of products with me to help my skin feel refreshed whilst I’m out and about.
The first product I keep in my bag is the Garnier Moisture Bomb Multi-Hydrating Mist which I’ve already mentioned above. This can be used both underneath and over makeup, and it’s great for topping up your SPF protection, especially on sunny days. It’s also really light so doesn’t add much weight to your bag. I also like to keep a small bottle of the Lush Eau Roma Toner Water which I have been a fan of for around 2 years now. Although this is a toner, it can also be used to keep your face hydrated and refreshed throughout the day. I normally spritz this over my face (it doesn’t smudge your makeup!) when my face is feeling a bit dry, and because it’s made using Lavender essential oil it smells amazing and can help ease anxiety. Lush do a 100ml and 250ml version of this, and the 100ml version is perfect for keeping with you when travelling.
Evening Skincare Routine
The evening is when I like to dedicate a bit more time to my skincare regime – partly because I’ve got more time and partly because it’s such a great way of winding down before getting into bed.
I start by removing the day’s makeup using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, which I recently got in a huge 700ml bottle for just a fiver from Boots! It’s cheap and cheerful, fuss-free and does the job wonderfully! It’s great if you’ve got sensitive skin that tends to break out when using heavy products too. Following this, I reach for my Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash once again to get rid of any traces of makeup that may be left on my skin and freshen up my face before getting into bed.
Once I pop my PJs on and head to bed I turn to my bedside beauty products. I start by spritzing the Lush Eau Roma Toner Water over my face to soothe my skin and enjoy the relaxing lavender scent. Once this dries, I reach for another bedtime-perfect product, the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. After deliberating on whether or not I should purchase this, I finally picked it up earlier this year and I couldn’t be happier with what it’s done to my skin. After applying a couple of drops to my face at night, I wake up with a really healthy glow to my skin. This can be used on its own or before your moisturiser, however I find that it normally does a pretty good job by itself! If my skin is particularly dry, I like to use the Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute for an extra dose of hydration.
Finally, I like to focus on the area around my eyes. I have tried several eye creams in the past, however they always seem to leave my eyes feeling irritated and watery the next day. I recently picked up the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado after reading several positive reviews, and I’m pleased to say that I have finally found an eye cream which is gentle enough on my eyes! I normally pat in a small amount of the product on the area around my eyes, and love how hydrating it feels.