Skincare Routine | September 2018

September 25, 2018

I'm sure that by now we all know the importance of a consistent skincare routine. While sometimes my routine consists of sleeping in my makeup and feeling guilty the next morning, usually I try to keep my routine consistant and tailored to my needs. It's been a long time since I shared my skincare routine, so I thought I'd do an updated version to let you know the products I use regularly!

Some things to note: my skin type is dry, so most of these products are designed to hydrate and moisturise my skin; this is not the sort of routine you want to try if you've got oily or spot-proned skin! Also, all of the following products are from The Body Shop. I'm not sponsored by them, but I used to be a consultant so I have a heck of a lot of their products and that's why my routine only includes them (they're also cruelty free and really high quality and I love you TBS please sponsor me I would cry).

1. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
To start with removing my makeup, I put three pumps of this on a cotton pad and gently wipe away my easily removed makeup. I actually prefer the solid version of this that's in a tin, but they were sold out of it and the lady in the store recommended this. This version certainly gets the job done but it's much messier than the solid version as it's greasy and often runs off the cotton pad!

2. The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
To remove things like mascara and liquid lipsticks, I use this makeup remover that is specifically designed to remove waterproof products. It's very effective at removing makeup, and isn't as messy as the previous cleanser so I feel more comfortable using it to get rid of my mascara (I find if I use the cleansing oil it get's dangerously close to getting in my eyes).

3. The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
Following cleanser, I like to use toner on a cotton pad to get rid of traces of cleanser and makeup remover on my face as well as pollution that can collect on your skin throughout the day. My favourite toner of all time is the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner from The Body Shop but that was sold out and this one does the job just as well! 

4. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
This is my go-to moisturiser. It's intensely hydrating, and I honestly can see the difference in my skin if I forget to use this or take a break from it. They have a day version and a night version, so I like to use the night version before I go to bed, and I'll go for the day version in the morning (if I remember). I'd really recommend this moisturiser for those of you with dry skin like me.

5. The Body Shop Drops of Life Youth Essence-Lotion
For the time being, I've stopped wearing concealer and foundation, so to improve the appearance of my undereyes, which can get very dark since I'm incredibly pale, I apply this. It's intended for older women I think, but I don't think it's ever too early to take care of signs of aging on your skin. I've got pretty deep smile lines as well and I like to apply a bit of this to those as well as I feel it sort of plumps the skin and improves the appearance of them.

6. The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil
 I've written a review of this product, and (spoiler alert!) I still love it as much as I did then. It's silky and hydrating and smells lovely and makes me feel fancy and I adore using this stuff, as you can probably tell. It also has great benefits for your skin such as smoothing fine lines and making skin appear more radiant and healthy.

7. The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel
The final step in my routine is again concentrating on helping my undereyes look a bit more lively (if that's something undereyes can be). Since I loved the Facial Oil so much, I decided to go for this eye cream to improve the appearance of my dark circles and prevent myself getting eye wrinkles before I'm twenty. This eye cream feels really silky and luxurious and is nice and cooling on the eyes - it's the perfect final step for me to unwind and relax at the end of the day.

I do recommend that you find your own skincare routine that works for your skin and your routine, but I think this is a good place to start if you have dry skin like me! The basics you need are a cleanser/makeup remover, a toner and a moisturiser (even if your skin is oily), but there are plenty of extras out there tailored to specific needs!

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