History of my skin
You may or may not know that I am skincare obsessed! I am in fact probably a little too obsessed. I am 36 years old and from the age of 18 to 26 I used sunbeds occasionally, I say occasionally because I had built up quite a tan through the use of them and also trips abroad during my modelling career (which I may talk about in another post) so I only had to use them once a week to maintain my bronzed skin. But I REGRET using them so much. I now have to deal with hyper-pigmentation which I unaffectionately refer to as simply ‘my patchy face’. I can no longer lay in the sun or even walk around in the sunshine in the UK without SPF as I don’t seem to tan I just get patches across my forehead and under my eyes. PLEASE DON’T USE SUNBEDS. For this reason I am on a never ending search for porcelain even toned skin.
Winter is my friend
At the moment its Winter here in the UK so I am at my most pale therefore my pigmentation does not look too bad at all, I am quite enjoying my skin at the moment. It could have something to do with the photo above. I obviously have products I use only at night but I thought I would share my current morning routine as I have had the odd compliment lately on my skin. In fact I don’t even feel the need for the last step at the moment. *hand clap emoji* As its winter i’m happy using a BB cream with SPF 15 and I will admit if I’m going from the car into a shopping centre I will commit the sin of not applying SPF. In the summer I have to be more strict.
My morning routine
Up until recently I used foaming cleansers in the morning and at night. But I had read so many bloggers/vloggers/experts talking about hot cloth cleansers that I decided I should give them a try. Among my many concerns ageing is one of them and apparently foaming cleansers are very drying therefore wrinkle causing if that makes sense. So I am giving a well known hot cloth cleanser a try at the moment. I am using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in the morning and also for my second cleanse at night (more about that another time). I massage one pump over my whole face and then press a damp warm wash cloth over my face for 10 seconds, rinse the cloth and use it again to rub away the cleanser. I only use that cloth once and then it goes in the washing machine so make sure you buy lots of cheap ones and have them ready for every cleanse. Next step is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, swept all over my face, neck, and décolletage. I then use my faithful Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum, this is my Vitamin C serum which protects against the sun and also helps to give you a glow by evening out your skintone. Sometimes my last step is Liz Earle Skin Repair moisturiser for dry/sensitive skin. I love this cream it feels like soft butter and makes me feel like I am feeding my skin good, nourishing ingredients and makes me smile. If I want to look properly presentable I use a little of the Garnier BB Cream, original version in Light and that is my skin done for the day.
My favourite thing is to be able to see skin. By this I mean I’m not a massive fan of heavy foundations so this little routine is perfect at the moment where I have no serious issues like breakouts and pigmentation. I look like I have no make up on but I do…! I just add concealer under my eyes, blusher and mascara.
My routine is likely to change as it always does but for the moment I am pretty happy with what i’m using and will update you when I do switch it up. My night time routine will be a fun post as I use different products on alternate nights so that will be a long one… make sure to have a comfy seat and your cup of tea at the ready!