Recently I have been getting a lot of compliments from friends and family saying how good my skin looks. Aside from making me feel a bit awkward and bashful (I’ve always been pretty awful at taking a compliment – never quite know what to say without sounding like a douche) I genuinely find it strange as I haven’t really changed anything in my beauty/ skincare regime. I function purely through my dependency on caffeine and chocolate and have an unhealthy addiction to carbs. None of which contributes to great skin. When referencing my ‘natural glow’ (courtesy of TheBalm, by far my fave highlighter after Mac’s Gold deposit which I think has been discontinued), a recurring comment seems to be how “happy” I look. And whilst it has taken me a while to get here, I am indeed the happiest I’ve ever been. The pursuit of happiness is a journey not a destination, and I have a long road to travel in order to get to where I want to be in life. But as it stands, I am happy, and happy skin appears to be a by-product. I would implore you all to make happiness your main beauty goal. It will radiate out of you like giant sunbeams! For those not quite there yet (skin wise that is) grab a tube of retinol – the stuff is AMAZING!
The key to good skin will ultimately depend on what your skin needs and subsequently tailoring both your diet and your products to those needs. So, whilst it can be good to listen to advice of others, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Work out the right combination for YOU. My morning routine varies from my night time routine because I find certain products work better at night – and also, some products don’t mesh well with makeup. I tend to have combination skin; dry and oily in places with the rare breakout. The crease between my chin and my bottom lip is a recurring problem area, a real oil pit, and I suffer with large pores across the bridge of my nose and cheeks. To combat this I make sure I deep cleanse at night (every night!) ensuring I get every last trace of makeup off. I use Ole Henrikson for this and I swear by it. It’s oil based and removes makeup with absolutely no fuss (although I hear that coconut/ olive oil works just as good). I follow up with a milk cleanser by Espa which I LOVE and have used for years (not shown in image above because I am currently testing Ren’s gentle cleansing milk). Because I deep cleanse and treat my face in the nights, I don’t go overboard in the morning and use a regular cleanser like my Garnier Deep Pore wash (I know i’ve mentioned quite a few products – don’t worry, everything is listed at the end of this post).
I am only just jumping on to the Clarisonic bandwagon, so haven’t made up my mind if it’s for me just yet although my skin does feel exceptionally clean after each use. Will keep watching for more results but so far I am very impressed. I use this once a week as a deep cleanse, usually before I put on a treatment mask (fave masks include REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and a homemade aloe vera mask). Whilst Clarisonic is not marketed as an exfoliator, I am of the persuasion that any tool which vibrates, rotates or oscillates will inevitably have an exfoliating effect no matter how minor. For this reason, I only use it once a week although I do know people who use theirs almost daily. With me being oily in parts, I am not big on exfoliation as that can cause my skin to produce more oil. I use Retinol every other night and always follow up with a moisturiser. I tend to use a moisturiser with at least 15 spf in the daytime to protect my skin (my foundation is spf 15 too which gives me a total 30 spf cover). I try not to be a product junkie (it’s easily done) as a lot of products include the same ingredients (such as vitamin C, E etc) and a lot of products are more hype than substance.
For the eagle-eyed among us, Yes, I am wearing makeup in the images above (although I’d just like to point out that when your skin is in good condition your makeup goes on smoother and looks even better :P) so below are pics of my skin without makeup taken on my iphone. That is a100% natural glow – no Anastasia – and was taken on my 30th birthday just after a facial at the Montcalm. I filmed a GRWM video that day so if you want to see my bare face close up click HERE.
Let me know if you use any of these and tell me what you think. Are there any skincare products you swear by?
RECOMMENDED + FEATURED PRODUCTS
EXFOLIATOR – Garnier Skin Naturals Deep pore Wash
TONER – Lush Tea Tree Toning Water
MOISTURISERS – Simple moisturiser w/ SPF 15