Before 2017, the closest thing I had to a skincare routine was using a face wipe to remove remnants of mascara from around my eyes before bed. After realising that my skin was crying every time I reached for them and rewarding me with bad skin, I decided that something had to change.
The steps that I take to ensure that I’m treating my skin kindly are now part of my daily routine, and I actually enjoy knowing at the end of the day that my face feels super clean. I’ve recently made some additions to this, but they’re worth mentioning because the difference that they’ve made has convinced me that we’re going to be friends for life.
One of the reoccurring themes with the products that I use is the brands. I mainly stick to two because sometimes my skin likes to be difficult and has a little breakdown when I try to mix it up, so this is just what works for me.
Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
The first step of removing my makeup at the end of the day is using the Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. I’ve used this a couple of times but have begun to start using this again. One sweep of this on a cotton wool pad seems to remove almost everything, but after a couple, my lashes are completely clean. Admittedly, I don’t find this works too well with waterproof mascara, so I’ll reach for the Simple Dual Action Eye Makeup Remover. However, sometimes this can feel too oily.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is my holy grail item, and if I could only have one thing in my skincare routine, this would be it. This has been my go-to product to wash my face since I attended Beautycon in 2016 and got one out of a vending machine (?!). However, it’s something that I always repurchase whenever I begin to run dangerously low.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Sometimes, my routine stops here, especially if I’m away from home and haven’t managed to bring with me a whole bag of bottles and potions. For some reason, I really love the smell of this, and it’s cooling to wipe over my face after cleansing. I’m not going to lie, I don’t know if this does anything, but I’d like to think it makes a difference.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
I’ve grown up seeing this in my Grandparents home, sat pride of place in their bedroom. It’s always intrigued me, and I’m glad that it has now. This has made my face feel completely different. I apply a couple of drops of this at night and gone are my dry skin patches, hyperpigmentation around my nose and any signs of scarring, in addition to making me glow.
This has anti-ageing properties (which I’d like to think I don’t need currently) but has smoothed out any lines and has made my face feel firmer – I’m a fan.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
Again, another little brown pot of goodness. Using this in conjunction with the serum has reduced the puffiness around my eyes in the morning, and the smallest bit goes a long way! I use this with my Real Techniques eye roller, mainly just because I love how cooling it feels but also because it allows me to work it in properly!
L’Oreal Triple Active Day Moisturiser
I am still on the search for the perfect moisturiser but, to be honest, I haven’t looked very far. For months I was using an Aveno body moisturiser that was too thick and definitely not suitable for me to use in the morning but alas. I don’t know what possessed me to buy this, but I’m honestly a fan. I use this both in the morning after cleansing and in the evening after the above steps, and it seems to be doing the trick at the moment. Plus, it’s less than £5, so I can’t complain!
If you have any skincare recommendations, then please let me know!