Skincare Secrets

Hello, lovelies!

How are you doing? Hope you all had a lovely week 🙂 Today’s post’s inspired by Farfetch. If you don’t know who they are, they’re an online retailer specialising in luxury fashion and beauty. I can spend hours on their website, looking at all the things I wanted to buy but can’t really afford. Seriously, from Sunday Riley to Oskia, to Dolce & Gabbana, Saint Laurent or Valentino, you can just find it all there.

If you want to check them out – which I strongly encourage you to do -, just click here and browse away 🙂

As I have mentioned in a few posts, I’ve completely changed my skincare routine about a year ago, when I took my Styling Course and the Make-up/Skincare expert told me my skin was so oily because it was actually very dry and in desperate need of some water.

Until then, I ran away from oils, serums and anything that claimed to give you any type of “glow”, since I believed they would only make me look even oilier. Now they’re my best friends! I mean, I still haven’t tried any oils but I can’t live without a serum and my new favourite foundation is the Healthy Mix Foundation by Bourjois (which is meant to leave you with “healthy, glowing skin”).

The balance of water and oil in your skin should always be 50-50 so, if you’re overproducing oil, you’re probably applying too many mattifying products and not enough hydrating ones, just like I was doing. I applied so many, and so much powder to prevent me from getting oily throughout the day, but none of that worked. Now, I apply a thin layer of a translucent powder on top of an hydrating/dewy foundation – instead of a full-coverage, mattifying one – and I only start to get oily on my T-zone after I’ve had my make-up on for at least 8 hours!

So, I leave you with the most important steps to take in any skincare routine, featuring some of the products I’m most craving to try 😉

Step 1: Cleansing

I’ve been dying to try balm-like cleansers for so long! And don’t get me started on Sunday Riley’s Blue Moon! Every single beauty blogger raved about it for so long that I couldn’t possibly not want to try it as well. And I’ve also heard wonderful things about the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser so I’ve been wanting to try that one as well for the past few months 🙂

I feel like we all should have different products in our cabinets since our skin goes through so many different phases. For instance, a couple of weeks ago I had a massive breakout but the week after my skin was almost clear and super dry, so I needed different products for those two weeks.

So something like Sjal’s Balans Deep Pore Cleanser would be perfect for when I had my breakout but Radical’s Hydrating Cleanser would be more suitable for the week after, when my skin was in desperate need of some water!

Step 2: Serums and Oils

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’ve become quite obsessed with serums recently (ever since I got my Intense Moisture Serum by Rituals last Christmas) but I’ve never tried any oils, though I’ve been dying to. As with the Blue Moon, Luna‘s also quite raved about in the blogosphere and I’ve been wanting to try it for so long!

I’ve also heard great things about the Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster and about Chantecaille in general – naming a product Vital Essence is genius, makes me want to buy it instantly (as with Keep Young And Beautiful and Get Up & Glow)!

Oils are usually meant to be applied at night-time but, if you have dry skin, you can also had a drop of them to your foundation and apply it in the morning for healthier-looking skin!

Step 3: Eye Cream

Since the skin around the eyes has less layers than the rest of your face, you should always apply your eye cream before your moisturiser.

I must admit, I tend to skip this step. Shame on me, I know. But I’ve been trying to change that since I am starting to notice some (very few) fine lines and that the area in general has been looking more dry and dull.

I think I tend to skip this step because I don’t notice that much a difference when I do apply my eye cream, so I guess I just need a new, better one 😉

And I’ve added the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector even though it’s not skincare because it helps to counteract the colour of the undesirable dark circles, since it’s orange-toned.

Step 4: Moisturiser

Again, I believe we should own different products for our skin’s different phases and needs. I, for instance, apply a mattifying, gel-like moisturiser in the morning and a slightly thicker, very hydrating one in the night-time.

I would love to try all of these, since, well, the first one on the left is Chantecaille and it’s called Flower Harmonizing, and I’m all about flowers and floral scents. And since it’s harmonizing, it’s suitable for irritated skin, and mine feels that way quite a few times.

Then the middle one, by Oskia, is called Bedtime Beauty Boost – I’m sold! The rightmost one I want to try because I’m a fan of the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop and would love to see how they compare.

Step 5: Face Masks

I love face masks! I do them every single week, once or twice – depending on my skin’s needs at the time.

Everyone should apply a deep cleansing face mask at least once a week, regardless of their skin type. Even if you’re dry, there are still dead cells and dirt hidden in the deepest layers of your skin – something like the Malin + Goetz mask above would be great for you since it’s only meant to be on for 5 minutes, which means it’s not very drying.

I would love to try the one from Chantecaille because it has honey and rosemary – honey has antibacterial properties, antioxidants and is very moisturising; rosemary does all that while also supporting collagen development.

After the detox mask, you should always apply an hydrating one – plain hydrating, hydrating for sensitive skin… You can pick what works best for your skin.

I would also love to try the Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask, by Chantecaille, because I love both flowers (jasmine is one of my favourite scents ever), it’s moisturising and has healing properties.

Step 6: For Blemishes / Spot Control

If you have the occasional spot, the Breakout Spot-On would be lovely! It’s sort of a spot-eraser that purifies and dries out blemishes so it’s perfect for those days when you can just feel a massive spot coming up.

The The Method: Nourish – Blemish Control by Lancer is a great moisturiser for those with, well, blemishes, since it’s a lightweight moisturiser with oil-controlling ingredients that regulates sebum production and manages pore-congestion.

The Cane + Austin pads are just like the round cotton pads that we use for removing make-up that are soaked up with acne-treating juices that aren’t at all harsh on the skin (I’ve read amazing reviews about this).

Step 7: Hands & Feet

Again, I totally ignore my hands and feet most of the time. I feel like nothing I’ve ever tried really made a difference so I just don’t bother. As with my eye cream, I feel like I just need new products that actually work – and these ones had great reviews!

Step 8: Hair

I also don’t apply hair masks often (who am I kidding? I don’t apply them at all 😛 ) so I feel like I just need something like a Hair Pomade.

My hair isn’t dry at all, fortunately. I use a quite hydrating shampoo and conditioner set for curly hair and I only wash my hair every other day. I also apply a nourishing detangler and always spray a heat protecting spray before I blow dry my hair.

I also like to apply oils to the ends of my hair so that No Oil Oil For Thick Hair sounds perfect, since my hair is thick as can be!

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And that is it, lovelies! I hope you liked this post. Sorry it was quite long but when I start writing about skincare and products I want, I can go on for hours!

I would love to know if you have ever tried any of these products and what are your thoughts on them 🙂

Love,

Alice ♥

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