Feeling confident in your own skin can be very hard, let alone doing it bare faced. After years of teenage acne, just when I thought my days of spots and blemishes were over, I suffered from a 6 month allergic reaction to a high end make-up brand. I’ve since been VERY careful on what products I use on my face. Fast forward 7 years later, and here I am!
In the video below I show you my exact DAY to NIGHT skincare routine which I adopted over lockdown. Over the last 6 months I’ve mostly been using Revolution Skincare products, which are vegan, fragrance-free, inexpensive and have left my skin glowing! Watch the video to see my exact skincare routine, with all products linked below.
I have very sensitive skin, something which I am continuously learning about. I get dry skin in the Winter which is prone to blemishes, spots and it gets oily in the Summer. Can a girl win? From make-up to suncream, to what I eat and drink, I notice an impact in my skin immediately. However I have made some progress in my skincare routine, controlling outbreaks better and it’s all about the changes I have made in what I use to take my make-up off.
1. I always take my make-up off before bed, this is my number 1 rule. Not only does this avoid make-up on your bed sheets but your skin has a chance to breathe and be free of products.
2. Eye make-up is always the first to go. I’ve tried several eye make-up removers and I find Nivea’s Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover the best to take off even the most stubborn of mascaras. Tip: You need to shake the bottle so that the water mixes with the oil. I then pour a bit onto a cotton wool pad and wipe off any mascara or eyeliner from my eyelids. The product is great as it takes everything off and it doesn’t leave any oil on your face either.
3. I then take off my make-up with Nivea’s 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner. If you only use face wipes you’re only taking off the bare minimum. You will definitely still have make-up on and probably get a buildup of dirt on your face. Try cleansing your face afterwards with this product or Nivea’s cleanser for sensitive skin with a cotton pad. You will be surprised just how much comes off. Even if I am having a make-up free day I still cleanse my face.
4. This isn’t a really step but just a bit of advice. I avoid face washes, face scrubs, exfoliants etc. I used to use any and every face wash for breakouts as a teen and variety of spot creams. My favourite face wash was Bodyshop’s tea tree oil. Although I love the way it made my skin feel so fresh and great, I noticed I would always see a few spots flare up. So I stopped it and hey what do you know, less breakouts. I guess for me it just don’t agree with my skin, but maybe it will for you.
5. So for moisturiser at night time I have been using Nivea’s Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream, which leaves my skin feeling fresh. During the day I have started using Clinique’s All About Eyes and Moisture Surge Cream which can be used both under and over make-up. It’s really lightweight and hydrating. I love the fact it can be put on over your foundation, especially during this type of weather where I get really dry skin. This allows me to inject more hydration into my skin, giving that supermodel glow we all hope for (or something to that effect). I have started using this relatively recently so I will keep you updated on how this treats my skin!
That’s it for my skincare routine, after years of trial and error I really try to keep it simple and just work out which products such as foundations or sun creams don’t sit well with me. If you have sensitive or spot prone skin, I would highly reccomend Nivea’s Daily Essentials. It also means that you don’t have to spend a fortune for good skin.