Wash Your Faces!
Hello my lovelies. Today's post is about my current skincare routine, morning AND evening...Oh my.
|Stuff I put on my face.|
Ok, so I admit I am a little bit in love with all things that you slather on ya mush. Creams, cleansers, toners, serums, oils and all that malarkey. You name it, I covet it. I haven't always been this way, my friends. Oh no. Back when I was a young, carefree, licentious little waif, I ran around without a care in the world for the juicy collagen and elastin that I was taking for granted and battering with alcohol every weekend. And lets face it, most weekdays. My skincare routine consisted of a healthy glob of 'Clean & Clear' in the morning followed by cheap moisturiser and I was good to go. There was no pm routine...I used makeup remover if I was compos mentis. That was it. But I was one of the lucky ones. I was never blighted with acne, or rosacea or eczema etc. Even as a walking bag of hormones during the teenage years, my skin was good to me (thanks, face).
I only really started paying attention to my skin when I started becoming interested in makeup. I quickly learned that you cannot go to bed every night with a face slathered in crap, and just a wing and a prayer without encountering problems. When you get up in the morning and leave your face on the pillow, you know things have to change. Sleeping in your makeup is an absolute no no. Spots, blackheads, dry patches and puffy bags will adorn your face like sad little reminders of all fun you had/tried to have the night before. Don't do it folks...let your face breathe. Even if you've (how do the kids say it?) 'hooked up', 'gotten jiggy', 'met a super cool cat down at the discotheque'...trust me, he/she would rather see a lovely clean, polished face than Panda-eyed Penelope. So what if they thought your skin was flawless and your eyelashes could cause Tsunamis?...shit will get real as soon as they smell your jaeger breath anyway. May as well have a clean face.
I know as busy people, some of you can think of nothing worse than spending 5-10 mins at the end of the day doing the flannel fandango. But for me, since really paying attention to my facial needs (haha), my little routine actually gives me great pleasure. Knowing that I'm doing something positive for my skin is good but the main thing is the products I have been using and how grand they make me feel. It's not as much of a faff as you may think. I don't care who you are...male/female/animal/vegetable...everybody loves a little facial. If you say you don't, you're lying. Simple. I'm not going to harp on about it. You can achieve the same feeling in your own bathroom if you use the correct products. I promise. Now, don't shout at me for using products over a fiver. In the good old days, I would have much rather bought a pint than a moisturiser but then I had an epiphony. YOU ONLY GET ONE FACE! Of course, if you have shit loads of cash and are that way inclined, you can change your face. But for the majority of us, our faces are for life. So be nice to them. If you would happily splash your cash on new shoes/clothes/KFC then don't have a whinge about affording skincare. There are plenty of affordable products on the market and there are plenty of eye-watering extortionate ones too. I think the products I use are somewhere in between. I am not a skin expert, nor do I claim to really know THAT much. I'm probably doing it all wrong anyway. But I try to do my research and use appropriate products. Here are some I am using at the moment.
The morning routine goes a little something like this.
|The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil|
|Asda Skinsystem Vitamin E Face Toner|
|The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF30|
|Yes to Grapefruit brightening Facial Wipes|
Seriously though, it's not about providing magic solutions to your tired skin (that your kids will be smearing their banana paste breakfast on anyway!), or about winding back the clock and looking youthful...embrace your age, own it and be proud of the skin you are in (easier said than done, I know) But at least bloody take care of it! You can have gorgeous skin, just wash your faces, bitches!
Thanks for reading! Let me know the products you love (or hate!)
Till next time, take care.