What's your skincare regimen?

Now that I’m in my mid-thirties I think it’s about time I cracked this skincare thing. Though not a beauty nut, I love products that work really hard to make my skin look its best. Last November, while on holiday in Florida, I had the facial of my life (so radiant was my skin that my boyfriend proposed later that day 😆). But seriously, it made me realize that having great skin was an actual option for me. If you’ve ever struggled with acne, redness, sensitivity (and the rest) read on.

Models backstage at the Burberry Prorsum SS16 show.  Photo by REX/REX

Models backstage at the Burberry Prorsum SS16 show. Photo by REX/REX

Beauty trends are currently focused on a more natural, almost sporty look where all the clean living you’ve been practicing should show on your skin. Consumers want to enhance their natural beauty, and need products that can get their skin to the point of not needing much make-up at all. It’s about a radiant, clean look with equal parts softness and strength. In 2016, skincare options are abundant and the increase of beauty bloggers and vloggers means that education around products and applications is easily accessible.

But back to that fateful facial day… My therapist used a number of natural and organic products mostly from the Naturopathica range, featuring delicious ingredients like calendula, ginseng, chamomile and cassis. I got the Naturopathica Aloe gel mask to which the therapist suggested mixing some rose water. Unfortunately, the brand is only available in the US, so I’ve set about replicating the steps with products I can find closer to home.

I love India Knight’s take on scrubs; turns out I had quite an old-fashioned attitude to scrubbing, and was using a relatively harsh product. To replace that (and get with the times!) I found the Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm by Balance Me and it’s divine! It’s an oil-based scrub so it’s comforting and warming, and keeps my skin hydrated especially in this freezing weather. It’s also 100% natural and organic and is made in the UK. Gold stars all round!

“I think it’s entirely possible to get all the scrubbing action your skin needs or wants by using a clean flannel or muslin cloth quite insistently.” India Knight

I then use an anti-redness serum by REN, followed by a moisturizer by Avène. Both of these I discovered while watching an online tutorial with Lisa Eldridge, an expert make-up artist. At night, I remove the grime of the day with Bioderma micelle water; it really does clean without irritating. Bioderma also makes a great anti-redness BB cream which is a tiny bit too dark for me at the moment, but I’m sure will be perfect when the sun shines again!

What’s your skincare regimen? Share your tips and tricks with me!

Thanks for reading,

Louise