When I was a teenager, I was blessed with the best skin. I always used to get compliments on complexion because it was always blemish free. If I did have a spot, it was gone within a few days. Sadly the luck of good skin did not follow me into my twenties and, since having the kids, it seems to have gotten worse.
I turned 30 last year and made the decision that I was going to start taking more care of my skin. I drink lots of water but I would never cleanse my face unless I was taking make up off, and that wasn't very often because I very rarely wear make up.
I started a routine of washing my face in the morning and applying my moisturiser and eye gel and before bed I would cleanse and tone my face and apply more moisturiser.
For a few weeks after starting this, my face was a mess. It was the worse it has ever been with spots not only on my face but on my chin and on my neck. I knew it was because I started a new routine with my skin but I also knew that if I persevered, it would eventually calm down.
And it has. My skin isn't flawless but it isn't as bad as it was before and I feel like I still look quite fresh faced. I never wake with dark circles under my eyes because I sleep for 8 hours and I drink lots of water. But I also think the combination of creams, face wash and cleansers is helping too.
I found toner was too harsh on my skin so I stopped using it but this is what I've been using recently to keep my skin looking and feeling really healthy. I still get blemishes but being a Mum is hard and chocolate in vast amounts really helps me get through the day.
In the morning I use a cream based face wash however, every 3 days I'll use a face wash with an exfoliating scrub in it. That way my skin doesn't get too used to the same product.
After my shower, I apply the cucumber moisturising lotion and cucumber eye gel from Boots. I've used these for quite awhile now and I really love them. I know they work on my skin so I haven't dared to try anything different.
Just before bed, I use a cleansing lotion. I've been enjoying using this Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion, however I've just run out and I bought a micellar water cleanser to see how that works on my skin. I've heard the Garnier one is really good. There is something so satisfying about wiping away the grime from the day.
Last step in my skincare routine is moisturiser. I received the No 7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum in April to try out and I've just finished using it. I was quite impressed with how nice it made my skin feel and I definitely noticed a difference in the tone of my skin; it looked more even. But, at £27 for a 30ml tube, it isn't cheap and I don't think I need it quite just yet. Maybe in a few years. What I have been using from No 7 is the Protect & Perfect Eye Cream as it's under my eyes that could end up looking really dark and puffy through lack of sleep or stress. You only need a little drop and it goes a long way. I'm also loving Asda's own moisturising night cream. It smells lovely and feels really cool on your skin.
I'm always interested to try new products so tell me what you use to keep your skin feeling its best! What products are your favourite and what would you recommend I try? I have quite oily skin so if you know anything that's really good for that, let me know! Please!