New Year, New Skincare Regime

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 removal

First 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

I picked up the Drops of Light Pure Clarifying Foam Wash from The Body Shop on a bit of a whim, but it's turned out to be a brilliant buy. A tiny amount goes a really long way as it foams up into a luxurious velvety lather, and gently removes excess make up and deeply cleanses. After using, my skin feels squeaky clean and looks brighter and refreshed. I've also finally gotten around to replacing the brush head on my Clarisonic sonic cleansing brush (read my review here). This time I went for the Radiance Brush Head, which is far softer (and pink). The softer bristles are so much gentler on the skin, and therefore more suited to daily use, morning and night. 

Step 3: Tone/Exfoliate

Being lazy, a product that does two things at once is a clear winner. Pixi Glow Tonic is a chemical exfoliator, which sounds scary, but it's a gentle and soothing formula that leaves the skin refreshed, bright and smooth. It contains Glycolic Acid to dissolve the dead cells on the skin's surface and reveal the fresh, healthy new skin underneath. But it's also a toner, with Aloe Vera and Ginseng to soothe, tone and firm.

Step 4: Moisturise 

Day: I've been a firm fan of Embryolisse for a few years now, religiously re-purchasing their wonder cream - Lait Creme Concentrate. But more recently, I picked up their new Hydra-Mat Emulsion - a lighter gel-like cream that's more suited to morning application due to it being a moisturiser and primer in one. The gel consistency feels really lightweight and balances the skin by adding hydration whilst absorbing any excess oils. This noticeably mattifies and smoothes the skin, leaving a light, velvety layer for make up to cling to.

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.

Eye Cream

The Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado was love at first mention (avocado = winner, obvs) and I know I won't be skipping this step of my routine anytime soon. I apply the super thick, green cream morning and night, first rubbing a small amount between my two ring fingers; this tip I picked up from an Estee Lalonde video, and for me it took this product from like to love. Applying straight from the pot, the cream can feel a little waxy and sits on top of the skin. But by warming it up between your fingers first, the cream turns into a luxuriously creamy texture that provides intense moisture to leave the undereye area hydrated and plumped. I've even noticed an improvement to my dark circles (a feat, for me!) and, well, there's no sign of wrinkles yet so fingers crossed this jumbo sized tub keeps them at bay for another few years at least. 

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