Originally contributed to online lifestyle magazine Sheerluxe.com, keep reading to find out what my personal skin care routine looks like in the morning and evening.
I like to apply my eye products during the day, then follow with a day cream. I prefer my day creams to be richer than my evening creams; I like my skin to feel plump and hydrated in the day and go lighter in layering at night so as not to overload the skin. Then I always follow up with an SPF. I’m a huge fan of mineral SPF.
It generally doesn’t change. If anything changes, I might use a cream cleanser instead of a wash depending on how my skin is feeling. I love to massage with a cream cleanser.
I might switch the serums slightly, but stick to my general rule of two serums. I never skip a day cream, I might change the actual product I choose to use depending on the time of the month (and if my skin is feeling oilier or dryer). Using an SPF if I’m leaving the house is just the rule!
Some days when I’m working from home, I don’t apply SPF straight away. And on the weekend, I sometimes go super minimal with my routine and literally do a cleanse and an oil, just to give the skin a break.
Step 1 – cleanse
Step 2 – serum 1 antioxidant / Vitamin C
Step 3 – hydrating serum
Step 4 – eye cream
Step 5 – day cream
Step 6 – SPF
My morning body routine was super minimal before Covid. It was a light moisturiser on my arms and legs, deodorant and fragrance (I LOVE fragrance). However, since lockdown and working more from home, I might dry body brush, or shower some mornings and apply a light dry body oil, so moving my evening body routine to the day.
I gave up caffeine 18 months ago, which was so difficult to do. I still crave a good coffee, but it really doesn’t work for my stomach. I drink red-bush tea, walk the dog and occasionally throw some yoga shapes, but that’s on a really good day!
If I’m wearing minimal makeup, I will only cleanse once and I totally switch it up, using either a cream or balm. I will often then use a wash as a second cleanse, which I might even do in the shower. I’m a night time shower person, I love to get into bed feeling clean.
I might use a gentle acid tonic once every three nights, then go straight in with a retinol. I love actives, but I’m not obsessed, I think the skin also needs other ingredients like topical probiotics, peptides and stem cells. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m a little obsessed with great serums and I definitely layer them up!
I don’t do night creams, I much prefer to layer serums or the tiniest bit of an oil.
Step 1 – cleanse with balm or cream
Step 2 – second cleanse with wash
Step 3 – exfoliate with acid tonic
Step 4 – serum 1 retinol
Step 5 – serum 2 or my favourite hero oil
My evening body routine is usually a cool shower, a gentle body wash, applying an oil or cream to damp skin and done. A few times a week, I will do a body scrub and at least once a week, I dry body brush. I generally wash my hair in the evening, I’m so low maintenance when it comes to styling.
I put product in it before I go to bed with damp hair, then wake up with slightly wavy hair that’s easy to tong into something acceptable or tie back without it being too fluffy. If I wash it in the day, I either have to blow dry it or it turns into a furball, or if I tie it up I have a hair rim for days.