As our skin ages it's very important to update your skincare routine to suit the individual need. I've always had dry skin, it was more combination to dry when I was younger, but the older get the drier my skin becomes. I love discovering new skincare and lately I have come across some absolutely amazing gems that I couldn't wait to share with you :) Fasten your seat belts, we'll be here for a while.
Cleansing & toning:
I rarely double cleanse in the morning. I opt in for quick but through cleanse and toner to ensure balancing the skin ph after cleansing. Lately a duo from Ecolab has been my absolute favourites in the morning (full review here). I start with the foam and throughly cleanse my skin and remove any foam residue with lukewarm water. I then tone my skin. I either pat the product on to the skin with the pad, or on the days when I can spend more time on my skincare, I soak the condensed sheet mask with toner and leave it on my face for 20-30 mins. It's super refreshing, especially on warmer days. After removing the sheet mask, I pat the remainder of the product in using my fingers.
Serums & boosters:
I recently discovered a new gem from Hylamide. Booster Glow Serum is packed with melatonin boosting active ingredients, which give your skin a natural glow within 2-3 days. I use it all over my face and neck before the serum. It works brilliantly without being to overpowering. It's a perfect little radiance boost for the palest of us all :) Here's a little about the active ingredients as taken from product description:
A novel first-ever peptide technology to target melanocyte function to encourage a glowing, natural backdrop of radiant colour
An ultra-purified keto-sugar that reacts within the skin to produce a natural golden tone within 2-3 days. DHA Free
Oxidized Reactive Glutathione Complex
Superior form of the amino acid L-Glutathione for extremely high stability to even skin pigmentation visibly
Radiance Peptides Complex
Next-generation peptide complex technology to create skin tone confusion for a novel approach to skin radiance
Advanced binding agent optimizes skin exposure to active technologies for a boosted effect
You can buy Hylamide Radiance Booster in Boots now for recused price of £13.33
The second step for me is the serum and recently I've been loving the lightweight formula of Baikal Face Serum. The extract of Baikal plants has been developed to help with loss of natural moisture in the skin. Add on benefits of extracts from Magnolian Tea and Cedar milk promises long-lasting hydrating and the soothing effect on the skin. It's paraben and PEG free for all natural skincare enthusiasts. It's a perfect daytime serum, it's so light it sinks in almost instantly. and provides skin with super hydration. Great under make-up. You can check out & buy Baikal natural skincare here. Prices vary from £4.00-£5.00
Moisturisers & SPF:
The final step in my somewhat extensive routine is to moisture and protect from sun. Talika Photo Hydra Day Cream is a moisturiser of tomorrow. With active substances like hyaluronic acid, lipopeptides and mango butter it deeply hydrates and soothes the skin. The formula uses the energy of natural light to further moisturise and hydrate from within. I rarely believe the big claims like that, but I must admit, this cream is something special. It glides on the skin with its lightweight formula and sinks in almost instantly, so works great under makeup. It's super hydrating without making the skin feel oily. Great all year rounder. You can buy it here.
For why under eye area needs I'm still a huge fan of Clinique Pep Start (full review here). I think it moisturises really well and ensures the delicate skin is prepped for any eye makeup afterwards. The applicator massages the product in without dragging on the skin and it's just such a treat to use in the mornings. I find that it battles why dark circles and puffiness quickly, so it's a definite yes from me. It has been featured in my monthly faves too, as I just love using it. P:bus it lasts for ages, I just it practically ever day and I still have half left. You can buy it here.
SPF50 is something I don't leave the house without slapping a generous amount of on my face and neck. I discovered Eucerin SPF50 Sun Fluid Mattifying only recently and I can't praise it enough. It's been in my favourites twice already! It's an amazing product, great under makeup and alone. If worn under makeup I managed to go a whole day in the sun without burning (given I also wore Missa Full Cover BB Cream SPF42 on top). When worn alone, I find it works best if topped up every couple of hours :) I haven't burn once this year and it's a first for me. I normally stay away from anything claiming to be mattifying, yet this formula just works for me. Absolute gem !!! You can buy it here now.
As you can see, none of these are your typical anti-aging products. I find it best to skip typically used ingredients in those during spring/summer, as they can have a negative effect on the skin, like discolouration. I tend to just concentrate on moisturising and hydrating the skin instead and it's been working well for me this year :) You may find this excessive and maybe it is, but it's what works for my drier than dry skin. All of the above provide a great canvas under makeup too, so I don't have to worry about makeup looking cakey or just plain wrong.
Have you tried any of the above? If so, what are your thoughts? I always love to hear about your skincare faves, so please also share these in the comments section below :) Thank you for surviving my AM skincare rant and I hope to see you here again <3