Skin Care Routine. #Cleanse #Sparklyskin

I have a confession...I don't take my make up off before bed!
I know, I know its a bit gross but in my defence usually by the time I've put the boys to bed, collapsed in front of the TV and then realised "crap its midnight better get to bed" a quick teeth brush is all I can manage. I also (unless its a big night out) don't wear a lot of make up a bit of tinted moisturiser, mascara and that is it. However over night...it feels... I have turned 30 and my skin has shouted "No more!" It might also be worsened by going from humid Texas that's massively air conditioned to freezing Newcastle and I've got the house very toasty! All of a sudden my skin feels sensitive, blotchy, I think I'm getting more spots than in my teens and the very fact that my forehead looks like a piece of leather holding up my eye brows was enough to take action. 
As a trained beauty therapist I always get asked questions about skincare but since I'm not practising in a salon any more I feel a bit out of the loop on new skin care ranges so I will just tell you my tips and what I use. The main thing I would say is that there is no such thing as a face lift in a bottle so spending tonnes of money wont make you turn back the clock, I think consistency is key here though and although I am a terrible "Cleanser"...used to be... I am an avid moisturiser. Plus don't forget to pick products that suit your skin, I have a dry complexion. I started my new little routine a week ago before bed or to be honest if I know I'm not going out again I do it straight away and already I can feel and see the effects.

  • Cleanssssssse. Now I have been a fan of baby wipes in the past, they are so easy but even the skin wipes...you know the proper facial ones apposed to knicking some from your child's nappy draw, I don't feel they clean your skin properly and sometimes sting. Its up to you how you cleanse your face but I truly believe that the following way is the only way to make your skin sparkling.

  1. Tie your hair back...don't want it looking like its been combed with a pork chop at the front.
  2. Apply a layer of a thick cream cleanser massaging as you go - At the salon I used to work at we used Elemis and I love all their stuff so I still use Elemis Rose Cleanser or my current favourite is the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleanser balm, its oily but really conditions the skin and I love the smell- then using large cotton pads take it all off again in circles going upwards.

3. Apply another layer of the cleanser but this time soak a flannel in as hot water as you can bear and rub all the cleanser off. I know its old school but it works, I have even treated myself to a couple more.

4. Rinse out the flannel and clean your face once more then put in the laundry hamper so you have a fresh one each day - I usually wipe round the sink first to get rid of toothpaste etc before putting it in the wash but that's a busy Mum tip not skincare related.

I know its rank but I had to prove it, this is AFTER a
 baby wipe cleanse and I only use tinted moisturiser.

5.Now you can use a toner I sometimes do but the most important thing now is that you close the pours cold water works too so splash your face then pat dry with a towel.

6.Moisturise. Again I like Elemis and I am using the Pro Collagen Marine cream for the past few weeks and really noticed the difference but for years I have also used Olay Total Effects and I know we don't live in Australia but an SPF of at least 15 is vital to fight wrinkles even on a rainy day, I like how it comes with a tinted moisturiser too. I also in the winter use Total Effect serum. I apply a tiny amount of serum first and let that absorb for a few minutes. Then apply the moisturiser.

Now this is the important bit, I've seen people apply creams by pumping them into their fingers, rub their hands together and scrub their face with it...no no NO. That will just waste the good stuff on your hands and all the areas wont get properly hydrated. Put however much you need on the back of your hand and use this like a paint palate, apply splodges (love that word) to your face equally then massage in circles. This means that the whole face gets treated rather than it running out when you get to your chin.

I know I'm CRAP at selfies...I need practise.
  • If you have oily skin you shouldn't avoid moisturiser because your skin will produce more sebum (oil) to compensate so use a light moisturiser specific for oily or combination skin and should reduce the bad kind of shine.
Tip. If you use specific creams/treatments like eye or lips, apply these last then they will treat the target area versus getting rubbed around your face if you apply your moisturiser after.

  • The other thing I am doing this week is discarding any old make up and buying some new make up brush's. I only use 3 brushes really but they have all seen better days and bacteria builds fast in stuff like this so bin them or clean them to prevent spots. 
  • Exfoliate, in-between the cleanser and toner, once a week use a skin exfoliator, this will scrub off dead skin leaving brighter completion and you guessed it prevent blockages and therefor spots.
  • Drink plenty of water, I'm good at this but when its cold I crave hot drinks (caffeine until I can have wine) and the other day I realised I had only drank 1 cup of OJ and the rest was cups of tea and I mean proper builders brew...ooops.
If you have been having a bit of a skin SOS too I hope this makes your skin shiny again.
It could be worse.
Ash xox

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