Skincare Essentials

It's not often that skincare gets its own moment to shine. Unfortunately it isn't the most exciting part of your day and for the most part it is actually a burden. We all know the feeling, you've got back from work, nestled in to watch your favourite TV series, probably ended up watching one too many episodes and suddenly your falling asleep. In this moment the last thing you want to be doing is getting up to sort out your make up. This happens to me pretty much every night therefore ease plays a big part in my night time skincare routine. I know your wondering, why has she skipped over her morning routine? Well i don't have one. I know, i can feel your judgement happening right now but i'm not sorry about it. I apply moisturiser and SPF in the morning but that is it, i don't have time and i can't be bothered to do anything more than that. So my skincare essentials are more catered to night time application. Like most people i am not dedicated to many skincare products. There are so many to try and all seem to do relatively similar jobs so its kind of hard to know what is actually good but over the years i have accumulated a few products that i repeatedly buy.

1. SPF - Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen

Due to being a natural red head, the sun and I just aren't compatible. In fact i try and avoid it as much as humanly possible. I don't think i've ever tanned, i just burn and end up more white than i originally was. With this in mind my face is the only part of my body that regularly sees sunlight as there is pretty much no way of covering it up. So everyday underneath any make up i apply i use SPF, usually factor 50. I've tried quite a few but the one i have fallen in love with is the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen. As the name suggests this is light weight and unlike other facial sunscreens it doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skin which means you don't have to wait forever for it sink in. It is an oil-free lotion and one of the most gentle SPF formulas i've tried so it should be good for most skin types. Before using this i've always tried avoiding using SPF because they have always felt heavy and given me a massive breakout. I do not find i have these issues with this SPF so this makes it worth the money. SPF is key in skincare as UV rays damage the skin causing you to age quicker so it helps to prevent against dark spots and wrinkles. Even at 24 this is something i take into consideration daily so no matter what your age is, it is worth investing in a good sunscreen.

2. A Good Cleanser - Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

A product that i recommend to everyone is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. A good cleanser is vital to any skincare routine because if you like to pack make up on like i do then you need to remove it and let your skin breathe. I don't like to commit myself to one but a staple in my collection has been the Cleanse and Polish, i always end up going back to it. It is a gentle cleanser, good for all skin types and ages, that removes all of your make up but doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped or dry. Using the Cleanse and Polish helps to remove any remaining make up but also helps to lightly exfoliate so in a way it is a two-in-one product. This is a good first cleanser as it is gentle but even someone like me who has been into beauty for a long time and has made it to their mid-twenties likes it. The only divisive thing about this product is the smell. It has a very herbaceous smell and the eucalyptus is quite strong. I don't mind the smell but i do appreciate when they do limited editions so that i can buy my beloved product with a different scent.

3. Eye Cream 

Everyone should include a good eye cream in their skincare routine. There are two i've really enjoyed over the years but what does a good eye cream do? The eye area has some of the most delicate skin on the body therefore it needs the most amount of care. You don't want to use too many heavy products nor do you want to tug or pull on the skin too often. As a contact lense wearer i unfortunately tug on the eye area quite a lot so i like a good eye cream to help to try and counter this. Depending on what you are looking for i have two recommendations. At the moment i'm using the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment. This is a very moisturising eye cream as it is enriched with avocado which gives it quite a thick texture. This is very thick but if you warm it between your two ring fingers it thins out and applies easier. Since i've used this my under eyes haven't been as dry and i've seen a reduction in my dark circles, they also don't look as sallow. This is a lovely eye cream for those looking for hydration.

My second recommendation is a little more niche. At £45.95 on Beauty Bay, the Strivectin 360 Tightening Eye Serum is not cheap. This is great if you are looking for a eye cream to help reduce wrinkles. I've had two tubes of this and i believe it is designed to be more of a treatment as you use it for 2-8 weeks. When you first use this you instantly feel an effect, it feels tingly like it tightening the eye area. It is a unusual feeling. It also acts as a moisture barrier; so it doesn't add extra moisture but stops your under eye area from losing any. It has a metal applicator which feels incredible on your under eyes and it is very soothing which makes it great to use in the morning. Due to the price and the functionality this eye product perhaps lends itself to being for someone older but if like me you are all about preventing ageing this is a great one.

4. Holy Grail Serum - Advanced Night Repair

If you haven't heard of the Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder you must live under a rock. This is one of the most raved about skincare ranges ever. I don't know what it has in it or why it works so well, it just does. I have been using the Advanced Night Repair Serum for years, buying bottle after bottle. Online on the Lauder website it claims to 'Reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger look. Wake up to more beautiful looking skin.' The key benefit of this serum is that once again it fights the signs of ageing. This is something you might not consider as relevant if you are younger but as soon as you start wearing make up you should be using skincare. Since i have been using this my skin looks more radiant and fresh. I don't notice this everyday but if i go on holiday i don't always take this with me and when i get back my skin looks more dull and i really see a difference. A good serum is also going to boost the effects of your mosituriser so they are worth investing in. The Estee Lauder one is my favourite as it is simple and effective. If you want something cheaper, try The Ordinary but i will warn you it isn't as simple as buying one serum, it is a lot more science based but allows you to target what you need.

5. Face Masks!

It is always worth having a good face mask in your skincare collection. Whether you are having a massive period induced break out or it is just a pamper night, a face mask is essential. Personally i don't think you can beat a clay mask. I have sporadic break outs which can happen at any time so having a clay mask to hand helps to fight breakouts. Clay is known for detoxifying and helping to draw out impurities. Some of my favourite masks come from both the drugstore and luxury brands. Starting at the lower end of the scale, you really can't go wrong with the L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask, it is cheap and gets the job done. Sitting somewhere in the middle is the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask with Manuka Honey and Aloe Vera it also helps to calm the skin down as well as drawing out anything clogging your pores. The final recommendation is so expensive it makes my eyes water but it is the Eve Lom Rescue Mask. This is a deep cleansing mask with Kaolin clay and Almond extracts. I find it helps with any skin problems i am facing. My one word of warning comes in the fact that it has problems i am facing. My one word of warning comes on the fact that it has chunks of something in it so it can be quite messy and it isn't a smooth looking mask. This isn't a problem for me but it is a problem for my sink which can get clogged sometimes from the chunks in the face mask.

These are some of the essential items i like to keep in my skincare draw at all times. Obviously this isn't the full routine but i don't feel as committed to a certain moisturiser or toner. These are some products that i love but just remember we all have different skin types so what might work for me, might not work for you. Let me know some of your skincare essentials, @SophaaRambles

You might also like:

Glamglow Gravitymud
Superfacialist Moisturiser
L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks
Sheet Masks
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser


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