Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Morning Skincare Regime

Morning Skincare Regime

I've been having lot's of conversations recently with friends and family about skincare regimes of late as well having the opportunity to try out lot's of new products. Before it's time for a switch up I thought I'd  share with you what products make up my morning ritual.

I enjoy the morning wake up call of a wash off cleanser and have one or two that I chop and change between depending on mood. As my Liz Earle Limited Edition version will be popping up in my next Empties post I thought I'd mention again No 7's Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser which I have also reviewed here. I find this a great alternative for a cheaper price tag and for those who enjoy the 'clean' type of fragranced products this will be a hit. Another major plus I love for this bottle is you can see how much is left and when it's time to replace.

Too lazy to walk to my nearest Liz Earle stockist and replace my favoured Skin Tonic I decided to browse the aisles of Boots and see what was available to me. I was impressed with L'Oreal's micellar water and when I saw it's toner for 'mature' skin boosting Smoothing and Anti-Fatigue assistance I thought this is the one for me. I rather enjoy this toner particular it's somewhat manly scent although if I'm honest I'd prefer something a little more refreshing in smell of a morning and I will be making that walk to pick up some Liz Earle. As a night time toner this fits the bill perfectly and I gave myself a pat on the back when Caroline Hiron's mentioned this in a recent drugstore skincare video recently.

For someone who complained about dark circles being their thing in yesterday's post it's somewhat surprising that I've always been lax with eye creams and such a shame that using them has improved the appearance significantly - if only I'd started earlier. I added this eye cream to my hand luggage back in April and happily have continued using it since. I use a heavier duty one at night time but this is the perfect light cream to brighten the area and not cause disruption to make up applied over.

The Effaclar Duo from La Roche Posay is my holy grail product and one I've talked about before in this post. Without repeating myself too much my skin has been transformed by using this product. My first tube was used daily, now my skin is in better condition I tend to use sporadically to hold off any blemishes. I urge everyone to give this a try and see how it works for them.

Serum's are a new arena to me and i have quite a few that have made their way into my regime, mixing them up based on my skins needs. I was given the MyChelle Pure Harmony Serum following my Skin Analysis at Whole Foods which you can read about here. This serum helps to calm and reduce the signs of ageing in sensitive and irritated skin types and I have certainly found that whilst my skin has never noticeably been sensitive it feels much calmer. It's a different texture to some of my other more thicker textures and not the most pleasant of colours but one small pump is all that I need to work into my face.

I have never been wowed over by moisturisers until the Vichy Idealia Smooth and Illuminating Cream came into my life and I am really enjoying using it as my Summer, morning moisturiser. It seems obvious to me now that a lighter product would lend itself well to the warmer months and this fits the bill perfectly. There's almost a creamy gel like texture to this cream and on applying my skin looks wide awake and I'm quite happy to walk to the station bare faced before I set about applying make up on my commute. I also must give note to it's packaging which aside from being pink feels very old school glamour, there's just something about the pot sitting on the side which gives me visions of some 1950's housewife at her dressing table applying her creams.

*this post contains press samples
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  1. I think it's about time that I gave Vichy a go, it seems to be great value for money :o) Xx Makeup by Candlelight

    1. They are Vichy and La Roche Posay are two great drugstore brands

  2. I do like a wash-off cleanser and have been using a new one from Tropic, it does the job but I'm not keen on the smell, I won't be buying again.

    1. I've just brought a new one from Soap and Glory which I'll be reviewing soon! Stay tuned ;o) x

  3. Well you know I am already an effaclar duo convert thanks to you ;-)
    I still can't get my head around a face wash in the morning though, I do use one if I've had a shower, but I tend to have a bath the night before and just use a micellar water before applying everything else... I guess that may be more out of laziness than an actual choice though lol

    1. See I prefer my morning cleanse rather than my evening one just because it wakes me up.


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