Current skin care routine!

Grab a drink and a snack because I have a feeling this is going to be a long one. I was coming up with ideas for this weeks blog posts and I realised I haven't done a skincare routine since last year, and it had changed loads! I have spent the last year focusing on skin care and choosing things that really work for me and here are the results. 

My skincare starts with a cleanser, this varies on day-to-day and whether or not i'm at home or traveling. Usually if i'm away from home I'll go for something like a cleansing water or plain old makeup wipes. But for a typical day I will start off by using my trusty cleanse and polish from Liz Earle. I take 1 to 2 pumps depending on how much makeup I have on. I massage it into my face for a few minutes until everything has melted into one and then take a cloth and wash it off. Simple.  

I will either do that step over the sink or in the shower depending on when I'm taking off my makeup. Following that I will take the pure clay face wash, a pea sized amount and do the same again to make sure that everything has been removed. I found that sometimes not all my makeup had been removed and I had missed spots so now I like to do a double wash to make sure that my skin stays clean. 

I also use the clay wash first thing in the morning after I wake up, just to remove any dirt and oil thats taken place over night. Its really soothing as refreshing so a great way to start the day. 

Another face wash?! I know this may seem excessive but I love the way foaming facial washes leave my skin feeling. I have been using this Soap and Glory Vitamin C facial wash, this is a sample size that I got in a gift set and I am seriously thinking about purchasing it when I have ran out. I am going to be doing a review on this next week so I will talk more about it over there. 
I find face washes really thorough and help to really clean everything off the face, This is a step I either do every day or I'll miss out completely. 

Face scrubs! One of my favourite parts to any skin care routine, they are the most satisfying in the terms that you can feel them working and clearing away any dead skin. I have been using this little guy, I don't use the same one all the time it is one of the parts of skin care I swap and change frequently. A scrub is a scrub I guess, it leaves your skin feeling smooth and I tend to use it 1-2 times a week. 

A new member to the gang, the Eyes Bright lotion again from liz Earle, I use this after I have cleansed and all that jazz. I simply cools down the eye area and feels relaxing. I also notice that if you use a sweeping motion it removes any stubborn eye product that might still be clinging on. 
I also use this on days when I am trying to have a bit on me time, I place it on two cotton pads over the eyes to relax them and reduce any puffiness. It's also amazing first thing in the morning, just a little tip!

Toner Time, Pretty self explanatory, I apply this with a cotton pad all over the face after I've done all of the previous steps. I also thank this as my skin has cleared up a huge amount since I started using it. 

Time to pack in the moisture, all of these steps can be pretty drying so I do my best to re-hydrate as best as I can. I use the Clinique moisture surge (I have done for a year now) it's a lightweight gel so I use it day and night. They also have an intense version if your skin is in desperate need. 

Last step and one of my favourites, I use this every night before bed for the ultimate hydration boost. Using this makes my skin feel super soft in the morning. Using facial oils have also been a new edition to the routine and one that I feel will stick around for a long time. 

I use a fair few products as part of a daily routine, but I have perfected it to take around 10 minutes. I feel as though this is important to take time out and really care for your skin. Some days I will do a quicker version but for the most part it is what you see. What are your favourite skincare products? 

Olivia x