Hi guys, I hope you are all keeping well!
Today I wanted to go through in detail my current everyday skincare routine which I know a lot of you have been asking about especially over on my snapchat (thestyleshaper1).
The reason for this blog post coming so late to you guys is simply because I didn’t want to start recommending products when I hadn’t given them a good run through myself.
I wanted to try a few different products together and see how they worked as a whole routine and whether I could see a difference in my skin.
Obviously when trying different products you need to take some factors into consideration like:
- Are the products suited for your skin type?
- Is there any irritation occurring?
- Are they drying on the skin?
- Can you notice a vast change in your skin? etc.
Keep on reading below to find out all there is to know about each of the products I use in detail and how I combine them to achieve glowing skin!
(And which also includes not one but TWO Irish products!)
So first and foremost, the main products which I have been trying together for the last few months have been:
- Kinvara cleansing oil
- ALPHA-H ph balancing cleanser
- Lancôme Bi-Facil eye make up remover for sensitive eyes
- Guinot Hydra Fraicheur refreshing toning lotion
- Lancôme advanced génifique youth activating concentrate
- ALPHA-H Liquid gold with Glycolic Acid
- Green Angel Seaweed and Collagen face cream
I have combined all of the above products together to create, for me, a fabulous routine which myself and my skin is LOVING at the minute. To say I have noticed a change in my skin would be a complete understatement as I can notice signs of reduced wrinkles around my eyes, a reduction in redness on the skin and a serious difference each (lady) month😉as I always find the skin around my chin area breaks out. I can now also see a major reduction in the size of my pores.
Below, I will share with you each step I go through while cleaning my skin along with how and why I use these particular products above!
I know everyone has a different way of cleansing their face but this is what I do and I hope it helps in answering your questions💁🏻
I start by removing my eye make up. Some may leave this stage a little bit later in the process, but I do it by habit to be honest! For this I like to use the Lancôme Bi-Facil eye make up remover as it is so gentle but works amazingly on breaking down the make up on the eyes. I put the solution on a little cotton pad (from Penneys/Primark) and massage around the eyes until I know all mascara is removed along with shadows and liners. This particular remover is so gentle that it can be used on extremely sensitive eyes and even on those who wear contact lenses.
There are so many cleansers on the market at the minute but it is important to find the right cleanser that suits your skin type. I have always used just one, but in recent months while speaking to a beauty industry expert, I learned the importance of doing TWO cleanses on the skin and using TWO different cleansers for this!
Now I know you are probably thinking this is mad, but doing this the last few months it has really helped in giving my skin the clean that it needed along with balancing my skin.
The two cleansers that I can’t live without at the minute are the ALPHA-H ph balancing cleanser and the Kinvara cleansing oil which is an Irish product. I firstly do an all over cleanse with the ALPHA-H balancing cleanser, wiping it away with a dry cotton pad, then go in with the Kinvara cleansing oil for another deep cleanse on my skin. I again wipe that away using a dry cotton pad. While doing each cleanse I spend about two minutes rubbing the cleanser into the skin using circular motions making sure to remove all make up.
Ok, so hands up who forgets or doesn’t bother to use a toner on the skin??
I’m guessing quite a few of you stop at just cleansing the skin right? Slap on a mountain of moisturiser and on you go!😂 Well guys unfortunately you are skipping a vital part of your skin routine.
When you cleanse your skin you are leaving a layer of product on your skin. You might not feel it or see it, but what you are actually doing is leaving that product on the skin, applying moisturiser over it and in return the cleanser will soak in and block your pores which may cause spots. By using a toner you are taking that layer of product off, leaving the skin clean and refreshed. Toner is also a major key as it balances the PH in your skin.
The toner I love using is the Guinot Hydra Fraicheur refreshing toning lotion. This one in particular leaves the skin leaving completely refreshed and also enriches the skin with plant extracts.
I have to admit, it has only been in the last few months that I myself have started using a serum! Experts say you should start using serums from the age 18 when the skin begins to mature and experiences the harshness of everyday life like smoking etc.
The serum I began using is the Lancôme Génifique youth activating concentrate. It feels amazing on my skin and I feel by using this, my skin looks a lot brighter and refreshed.
To apply this, I take two to three drops, rub between clean finger tips and in circular motions apply to the skin.
We all love slapping on the moisturiser don’t we?! But in reality you only need a very small amount.
The moisturiser I’m using at the minute is the Green Angel seaweed and collagen cream which is an Irish made product and is completely natural.
I take a pea size amount and dot it around my face so I then have that particular amount to rub into my skin.
I use the ALPHA-H liquid gold with Glycolic acid once or twice a week to revive and brighten my skin. When I say this is gold in a bottle, I mean it! This is literally like having a facial in a few seconds! It can be used on its own, or you can leave it on going to bed and wash it off the next morning and it will leave your skin feeling tighter, brighter and beautiful!
I was kindly gifted this to try and I will definitely be purchasing again as it has become a vital part of my regime. With this, my skin feels amazing after use and I have definitely seen a reduction in my wrinkles due to the Glycolic acid present in the product.
To use, I simply put a few drops on a cotton pad and apply on the face. You will experience a slight burning sensation and redness but that’s the product working! It’s basically taking off the old and bringing in the new! (Layer of skin that is)
I do this routine twice a day. In the morning if going bare faced, and also before applying my make up.
-After applying my moisturiser I then apply my make up primer and start my make up. I then repeat the routine at night time when taking off my make up!
Below I will list my favourite place to find each of the above products I use.
Lancôme eye make up remover – http://www.sammccauleys.ie
Kinvara cleansing oil – http://www.meagherspharmacy.ie
Alpha-H ph balancing cleanser – Shaws department store, Carlow
Lancôme serum – http://www.sammccauleys.ie
Green Angel moisturiser- http://www.greenangel.com
Alpha-H Liquid Gold – Shaws department store, Carlow
So guys I hope you have enjoyed this post and hopefully it has answered some of your questions!
If you have any more, don’t hesitate to contact me on any of my social media platforms!
Stay fab all,