Looking after your skin is imperative, but doesn’t always have to be a fancy 8 step nightly routine, I’m the first to admit that I’m lazy when it comes to skincare- nine times out of ten when I get home from work the first thing I want to do is get my slippers on and get into bed. I’m not one for overly expensive skincare, I don’t feel it’s necessary on an everyday level as it’s proven than cheaper moisturisers do the same job, however in this post I will be showing you some more pricey products I use occasionally, but please note that I get a considerable MUA discount and use all products either in my kit or as a treat- they aren’t necessary, they’re just what I use!
I have very sensitive skin, so once I find a product that works for me I very rarely stray (hence why I have an ever growing drawer of skincare samples). As I said before, I don’t spend hours every night doing my skin, in fact some nights all I’ll do is take my makeup off and whack some moisturiser on. So I’ve written this post for how much time (or patience) you have.
A Sunday Night Pamper Session
Most Sunday nights I tend to like to sit down and cleanse myself of the week to prepare for the next, so if I’m feeling like it I’ll take a little bit longer and carry out a full on skincare regime.
This usually consists of a face mask with a nose pore strip. My favourite face mask is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask (£7). This mask is super cheap and I’ve had mine over a year, this mask is great for sensitive skin as the sole ingredient is pure Calcium Bentonite Clay, which is known for it’s healing properties. This mask is also multi-functional and can be used as a body mask. It comes as a powder which you mix with water and apply to the face in a thick layer. I use a foundation brush to apply as it’s easier than fingers, also make sure you use a plastic bowl and spoon as metal can compromise the properties of the clay. I usually leave this on for 15-20 minutes until it starts to pulsate (yes it pulsates) and then I’ll wash it off with warm water. Whilst this is on I’ll also use a nose pore strip, I don’t use a specific brand I usually just pick up the cheapies from Capital.
After I’ve washed off my face mask I’ll then tone my skin. My skin is very sensitive to toners and a lot of the ones I’ve tried can make my skin sting. So I use either Witch Hazel or Rose Water (or a mix of both) to tone my skin. My favourite is the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel (£9). This is really soothing and smells amazing, perfect for sensitive skin as its all natural and isn’t going to break the bank.
Next I’ll use a serum, now this is a new step for me but I had no idea the difference it would make, I used to wake up every morning with greasy, oily skin where my skin would over compensate from me washing it the night before, however using a serum before my moisturiser means I wake up each morning with a hydrated, but dry-in-a-good-way, fresh face. My favourite serum is the Lumene Glow Boost (£29.90), now I know this isn’t cheap, however I got a sample in my Birchbox once and fell in love with it. A cheaper alternative is the Lacura Expert Intensive Care Serum from Aldi (£3.99) which my mum and my nan both swear by.
Lastly, I’ll use a moisturiser. My favourite at the moment is the Nip and Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser (£12) however, I can only use this when my skin is good. If my skin is flaring up I’ll use the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin (£7) as it’s unscented and is intensively moisturising, however doesn’t feel greasy or heavy on the skin. I’ repurchase this over and over again, and recommend it to anyone with problematic skin as it’s saved me more than a few times.
Getting Ready for a Night Out
If I’m going out or know I’ve got a little longer to get ready I like to take a few minutes more to prep my skin before makeup application. The products I use here are multi-functional to cut down on time and faff. So the eye cream and moisturiser I use before a night out also double up as primers.
Usually when I start getting ready I’m fresh out of the shower, so whilst in the shower I’ll cleanse and exfoliate using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (£26)– seems a little more expensive when you look at it, but I ordered mine in March and still have around half the tube left having used it almost every day for 8 months. Using this with a muslin cloth as advised gently exfoliates your skin and melts off any dirt or left over residue on your skin. This is one of my favourite products and is a miracle worker for me due to the soothing ingredients in the product.
After getting out the shower and cleansing, my skin will be super tight, so I’ll immediately put on a serum whilst I dry off.
Once I’ve sat down to get ready I’ll apply an eye cream and moisturiser, at the moment I’m using Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (£33) and the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base (£44). These are the pricey products I was talking about, however, they both double up as primers so you can skip that step. Also there is a Christmas set (Ace your Base) including both products and a lip balm for £54 which has a total value of £94. Both of these products create a beautiful base, and feel luxurious when using them.
Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll swap out the BB Face Base and use MAC Strobe Cream (£25) to moisturise. I can’t rave about Strobe Cream enough, I use it on every client and will continue to as it sets such a beautiful glowing base, it now comes in 4 colours for different skin tones, however I’ve only tried the original.
Just Got Out the Shower and Have Ten Minutes
On a daily basis I do try to put some time aside after showering to look after my skin (usually after laying in my towel procrastinating for half an hour).
As I said before I’ll use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in the shower to remove my makeup, if my skins feeling a bit sore I wont always use the muslin cloth with it and will just use my hands.
After that I’ll use a toner if my skin still feels a bit oily, if not I’ll skip straight to serum and eye cream.
After letting that settle in I’ll put on a moisturiser and then we’re done.
When you've had a long day at work and just want to get into bed
We all have those days, where it feels like you haven’t switched your brain off or rested your feet since the minute you left your bed that morning. I know that when I have those days the only thing I’m thinking about is getting back in bed in my dressing gown with minimum effort or brain activity. Usually if I’m having one of these days, my skincare routine will be carried out whilst in bed watching Netflix…
So for those days, we have the Garnier Simple Essentials Soothing Two in One Makeup Remover (£3.49) this is the only makeup remover I will use, I’ve used this since I first started wearing makeup and now my mum and I buy it in bulk as we both swear by it. Its oil based without being oily, so it removes all makeup in a swipe (even waterproof mascara) but has no perfume, no alcohol and nothing in it that’s irritable. You shake it up and use a cotton pad to cleanse your skin and remove your makeup simultaneously.
After that, if I can be bothered to move I’ll use a toner or some rose water quickly to freshen up my skin. Then I’ll whack on some moisturiser and settle down for the evening.
If you try or love any of these products please let me know. Please follow me on social media and let me know if you have any of your own Lazy Girl Skincare tips! x