One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2017 is to up my skincare game by sticking to a strict regime. Of course, I love trying out new products and having a good old pamper, but I do tend to get lazy and skip various skincare steps (in other words, taking my make up off with a Boots value face wipe and calling it a day).
I received some lovely new Kiehl's skin treats for Christmas, and have supplemented these with some new products and old favourites to create a product line-up that I vow to use day-in, day-out.
Step 1: Make up removalFirst I'll remove my make up with some micellar water. Any will do, to be honest, but at the moment I've got a rather special one; the Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment from Perricone MD*. It does feel more luxurious on the skin than my usual Garnier micellar water, with a thicker, lotion-type consistency and has the extra added benefits of providing a gentle exfoliation, thanks to the Salmon Egg Enzyme, and skin cell regeneration, thanks to the copper (which is also what makes it blue). At £36 a bottle, it's not going to hold a regular spot in my skincare line-up, but it's a nice extra-special treat for my skin.
Step 2: Cleanse
Step 3: Tone/Exfoliate
Step 4: Moisturise
Night: I was so excited to find a bottle of Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate under the Christmas tree; it's a product I've heard so much about and wanted to try for ages. And I haven't been left disappointed; I love everything about it; how the navy blue glass bottle looks on my bedside table, the relaxing ritual of massaging the oil into my face just before I fall asleep, and the light, fast-absorbing formula that melts into the skin making it feel instantly velvety soft. The botanicals work overnight to repair and restore radiance, and I can notice a huge difference in the brightness and texture of my complexion. It's true beauty sleep in a bottle. Some nights I'll finish off with a bit of my go-to moisturiser (Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate of course) and others I'll just use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate alone.