*Disclaimer: Grab your cup of tea, you are going to be here for a while.
Apparently, your girl over here has a pretty great skincare routine! Not throwing flowers at myself, it’s the guy at Sephora that told me. Let me explain! Last week, I made a (dangerous) little trip down to (you guessed it), Sephora. I was, having run out of the night cream I was currently using, on the market for a new one. So I grabed the guy from the skincare section and asked him what he recommended i’d try. To get a better grasp of the kind of products I would like, he asked me about my current skincare routine. After I was finished rambling all about my current beauty regime, he pretty much just looked at me and said; “Well if I were you I would just stick to that. Everything you are using is pretty much perfect.” Imagine the grin on my face!!!! Long story short, after years of thinking I had to try everything out there, I have now settled with what I can call “my skincare routine”. Now, I realize I could have come to this conclusion myself. Really, my skin has never been this happy.
They are two steps I never forgo, sunrise like sunset. The first one is to cleanse (if not double cleanse), but I won’t go into too much detail here as that’s a whole story in itself (so I wrote up a whole post about it a few weeks ago, Yes, I am a face cleanser hoarder). The second essential step, and the latest addition to my routine, is to use a thermal water. Any brand from drugstore – Avene, La Roche Posay or Uriage are the ones I’ve tried – will do the trick. As I’ve learned from French facialist Isabelle Bellis, thermal water does a great deal of things for you. One of those is that it emoliates (i.e. softens) the skin, preparing it to receive the rest of the products. Also, contrary to tap water, thermal water is free of all the bad elements such as chlorine and calcium. As I use it after cleansing, and so exposing my skin to tap water, it helps to neutralise the negative effect it could have on it. Important note here is that you don’t want to let the thermal water dry on your skin. Simply dab it off gently with a tissue paper and voilà!
The third step I’ll go onto in the morning is my moisturizing. You’ll note here that I don’t use a serum, the reason being super simple: I want to keep it simple. My skin seems to be getting everything it needs and I don’t want to unnecessarily overcharge it with product. The moisturizer I’ve been using for a couple of months now is the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. Enzymes have two main benefits to the skin; they act as effective exfoliants – much gentler than other methods like scrubs – and as protection against damage from sun, environmental pollutants and even acne.
The next step is one that I am very proud to have integrated: SPF. Yup, after hearing/reading about how important it is for years, I can now say that I use SPF on an almost daily basis. I won’t bore you with all the details but the damage sun will have on your skin is now well documented and should be enough to convince you to use some protection. The one that is currently rocking my boat is the Thank You Farmer Sun Project Sun Water Cream (what a mouhtful!). It’s not an easy one to get a hold of (I get mine from Cult Beauty) but it really is the best out there that I’ve tried. This Korean little number has solved the issue – far from ideal – issue of white cast. Forget all the brands claiming they’ve got a light formula, they’ve got nothing on this one. Even thought it still has a slight sunscreen smell – which doesn’t linger at all – it’s gel formula works like magic. TRULY invisible on the skin it’s also absorbed in a few seconds. You need this in your life, I’m telling you.
My nighttime skincare routine is also a two stop deal. I’m telling you, I like to keep things simple. First thing on the list, after the mandatory face cleanse and thermal water, is serum. I am loyal the – well loved and trusted by the beauty community – Estée Lauder Avanced Night Repair. It’s repair technology reduce signs of aging (and contrary to what you might think, you should start with the anti-aging skincare in your 20’s) and supports the natural synchronization of the skin nighttime repair process. Everything you need to wake up to smoother, younger, more radiant skin! As serums should always be set with a moisturizer or oil to be effective, I then go in with my Origins High Potency Night-a-mins Mineral-enriched renewal cream (another one with an endless name). With this, your skin gets its nighttime dose of vitamins, minerals, and hydration which puts dullness (my main issue) to rest! I finish off everything with a good dose of the Laneige Lip Sleeping mask and I’m off to the land of sweet dreams.
Wow, that’s almost 1000 words of skincare jibber jabber! Hope it was worth it!