Thursday, 10 July 2014

SKIN CARE ROUTINE FOR BEGINNERS


When it comes to caring for my skin I have been pretty rubbish at it!  Up until recently I'd remove make up with face or baby wipes, never moisturise unless my face got really dry, I don't think I owned any toners and my face would regularly have a break out of spots.  All in all awful!  

Over the last few months my skin has been disgusting, probably down to the fact that my hormones are all over the shop and my skin doesn't know whether it's coming or going.  This sparked a massive interest for me in skin care and I really started looking into what I needed to do to make it better.  It really shouldn't have taken me this long to sort it out as now I see how important it is to care for my skin.  I would class my skin type as being combination, It's fairly normal most of the time, but on occasion I can have an oily T zone.  I wouldn't class my skin as being sensitive either, however since being pregnant my skin has changed and many things have irritated it that normally wouldn't.

Over the last 3 weeks I have been following a religious skin care routine, and I cannot believe the difference in my skin already!  As I am a novice at this whole skin care regime I thought I'd start by using some of the more well known high street brands and I will build from there.  If you are a newbie to skin care and looking for a basic routine to get you started then this one is pretty simple.  You may need to adjust/change some of the products to suit your skin type, just read into some of the products the brands offer and you should be able to start the trial and error process.

My Evenings Routine
  • I start by removing as much of my makeup as possible using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and large cotton pads.  I use this as an eye makeup remover also, it's really gentle and it's fine to use on the eyes too.
  • Next I use the NSPA Hot Cloth Polish and apply it all over my face ensuring that I rub it in all over and down my neck.  I then remove it with a hot wet face cloth - this is such a great feeling!
  • Once I have removed all the left over makeup and my face is clean I will then apply some Garnier Refreshing Toner to a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face, again this feels lush and it smells lovely too.
  • Finally, in the evenings I usually apply Simple's Rich Moisturiser all over my face.  It's a thicker moisturiser than the one I use during the day, but I like this because it can soak into my skin and really get to work whilst I sleep.

I absolutely love how my skin feels once I have completed my routine and I genuinely feel more relaxed after spending that 10 minutes just pampering my face.


In the mornings I pretty much follow the same routine, however I use a few different products.

My Morning Routine
  • Before getting in the shower I will pop some of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water on to a large cotton pad and give my face an all over wipe, I feel that this just lifts away anything thats build up through the night.
  • Once I have had my shower I will then apply some of the St Ives Apricot Scrub onto my face and give it a good all over massage, this will remove any dead skin cells and leaves your face feeling so smooth and amazing!  I only do this step every second or third day.
  • Next I will then apply some Garnier Refreshing Toner to a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face, I'll leave this to soak in and dry.  I love the tingly/bubbly feeling it gives.
  • Once the toner has dried I will then apply Garnier's Moisture Match Moisturiser for dull skin.  I really like this one as it's oil free and very light weight for day time.
  • Finally I target those sleepy eyes with Simple's Revitalising Eye Roller.  The roller is metal and it's super cooling under the eye.  Once I have applied the eye cream I tend to pat it into the skin and up around the eye area.  My morning routine is then complete and I will proceed to apply my makeup.

As I said I have been doing this for 3 weeks now and I cannot believe the difference in my skin.  I don't know if it's because my skin is more nourished from the treatments but my foundation feels quite heavy on the skin, almost like my skin isn't absorbing as much of it as it used too.  Is that even a thing?  Who knows?!  Anyway my skin is enjoying being pampered and I am blown away by what a little TLC can do!

What are your favourite skin treatments?  Do you have a routine?  Leave me your recommendations on skin care in the comments.

Kirsty x

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  1. Oh tut tut Kirsty, only just starting a skincare routine! You've picked some great products though. I love the Garner Micellar Water, the L'Oréal one is great too. The Body Shop Vitamin E range is wonderful and I love Origins Ginzing Moisturiser. I really should look into under eye products. At the moment I use the Vitamin E eye cream from The Body Shop, but not as regularly as I should. Another great post! x

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    1. Oh I know Kayleigh! I've been such a bad girl, hopefully I can make up for it now :) x

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  2. I really need to get into a better skin care routine too! I haven't tried the Garnier Micellar Water, but the L'Oreal one is fab. That Hot Cloth Polish sounds amaaazing too! Great post :) xx

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    1. I've tried the L'Oreal one too and it's fab also but I feel that it runs out to quickly x

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  3. The Apricot Scrub is the one skincare product I've used religiously since I was 14! Some people hate it but it works for me!

    Jen xx
    jentea.blogspot.com

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    1. I think it's fab, it really leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft x

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