Recently, I was tagged by the lovely Keeley (who is a fellow LBQ contributor and has her own blog over on phatcupcake.com) in a skincare post asking me to detail my routine. It’s taken me an eternity to get round to it, but I finally have some answers!
Describe your skin care routine in 5 words
Cleanse, Moisturise, Cleanse, Exfoliate
What’s your skin type?
My skin is temperamental at best. For years, I struggled with dry skin but was able to be careless with my skincare routine. As long as I moisturised, I didn’t need to cleanse, take off my make-up properly or really pay it any means at all. Then I had a change to some of my medication and my skin went mental. Though still dry overall (in a really unsightly way sometimes), I often find blemishes cropping up in my hairline, on my chin and around my nose – three spots which have become inconveniently greasy.
What’s your favourite skin care product?
I often surprise people when I tell them that my favourite skincare product is a Soap and Glory goodie. Some seem surprised that I don’t opt for something from Clarins or YSL, but for me the Peaches and Clean cleanser is the perfect addition to my skincare routine since my skincare worry free years caught up with me. A lovely, milky texture, it leaves my skin feeling gloriously smooth and if I’m religious at using it every night, I stay spot free.
Top blemish zapper
If I do get a breakout, it’s usually just one or two spots. I once read an article by former Hills star and all round beauty guru Lauren Conrad strongly advising against squeezing spots. No matter how tempting it may be, we all know it’s a bad idea, but rather than just banning us, Lauren offered a simple solution to removing ugly whiteheads without aggravating your skin.
The details? SIMPLE. Take a flannel and run it under hot water – not scalding, but really quite warm. Press the flannel down on the whitehead and hold it there until the flannel begins to cool, then firmly pull the flannel down, away from the spot and repeat until the head is removed.
It genuinely works – but can sometimes take a bit of patience – and is much better than poking and prodding at your skin leaving unsightly marks and a bloody mess on your face.
Face wipes yay or nay?
Absolutely, definitely YES. I love Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes for taking off my make-up and the general dirt and grime of the city after a long day. They leave me feeling clean and refreshed and help keep my skin clear.
High-end skin care or high-end make-up?
Having previously declared my love for Soap and Glory, it’s going to have to be high-end make-up. There’s nothing better than getting my hands on a YSL Touche Eclat or a Benefit mascara to take my make-up to another level. As I don’t wear much make-up day to day, it’s important that what I do use is good quality – so my complexion is even, my mascara is clump free and lip colour I’m wearing is long lasting.
What’s the most unusual skin care product you’ve tried?
I don’t know if it’s unusual as such but I recently got my hands on a sample of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. Designed to add moisture to your skin, this “dry oil” smelled amazing but I never really got on with it particularly well. I really suffer with dry hands (that get sore and cracked in the winter months) so I thought this would be a good product to combat that. I found it quite sticky and greasy, and could definitely never use it on my face.
Tell us your top skin care tip
Don’t just use any old moisturiser. There’s something out there fore every skin type that can really make a difference to keeping your complexion balanced between moisturised and blemish free. I know it might seem like an expensive experiment but it’s worth trying out a few until you find one that really, really works for you.