The Evening Skincare Cocktail
I’ve never been a morning skincare kind of gal. I always find myself gravitating towards heavy hitting products that leave my skin far too red for the daytime or oily to the point of not sitting well under makeup. But in the evening, I take a great amount of pleasure from an intensive skincare routine that involves plenty of product and a good hour or so of application - it’s my form of post-work therapy. So put on your latest Netflix binge or youtube playlist and read on for the skincare cocktail…
As I tend to wear quite a bit of makeup for work, cleansing is an important part of the routine. I tend to use the Garnier Micellar Water for my first cleanse, followed by the Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser*. In January I had a skincare consultation with a dermatologist who recommended that I avoid oil-based products, and since making a conscious effort to avoid them, I’ve noticed quite a difference in my skin. I love this Pixi cleanser as it’s gentle but leaves my skin clean and free of makeup.
My skin’s been particularly dry lately so I’ve been trying to restore and repair my moisture barrier with ceramide-rich products, particularly that of Dr Jart’s Ceramadin range (kindly gifted from Selfridges, Trafford Centre). In the day time, I’ve been using the Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Gel Cream* which is gel formula with suspended ceramides - refreshing, hydrating and leaves my skin feeling fresh. In the evening, I follow cleansing with the Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Lotion*. This is a really light lotion with a texture that feels more like a serum. I seal this in with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum* which I press into my skin, particularly around the cheek area. If you’re into facial rolling, this would be a great serum to use with it as it leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. I’m a firm believer in letting products ‘rest’ between application so normally let the ANR sit on my skin for about 20 minutes before applying the Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream*. The cream has a really thick texture that almost feels medicinal but has made such a difference to my skin. I really take the time to massage this into the complexion, ensuring that I focus on problem areas.
Once this has all been applied, I let my skin rest whilst I potter, before then applying the L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Mineral Moisture Mask* before bed. I’m a huge fan of L’Occitane’s skincare and very much think they’re underrated but their Aqua Reotier range is one of my favourites. I loved their gel moisturiser from this range and absolutely adore their mask. It’s a lovely thick texture that leaves skin plump and bouncy by morning. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this mask is essential for anyone with dry and sallow skin as it revives the complexion by morning.