CLEANSERS

Cleansing is arguably the most satisfying step of a skincare routine.

I prefer to do one cleanse in the morning and a double cleanse at night.

 I steer clear of overly foaming cleansers as they leave my skin feeling tight and stripped, so my picks are hydrating/soothing/exfoliating,

EXFOLIATORS/PEELS

I'm a sucker for exfoliating. I've learnt the hard way not to overdo it though (hello damaged skin barrier!).

My favourite chemical exfoliant is glycolic (most powerful) but my picks range for potent to sensitive skin friendly. I've also thrown a few physical scrubs in there because if you self tan like me, you'll know how useful a physical scrub comes in handy around the hairline once in a while!

I tend to use a peel treatment twice a week as opposed to a daily exfoliant, and I always use these in my PM skincare routine as my morning routine is Vitamin C, however I'll occasionally use a gentle physical scrub in the morning if my skin is looking dull.

ESSENCES/CONCENTRATES/MISTS

My love for an essence has grown RAPIDLY recently, if you'd of asked me 6 months ago I would have told you I don't bother with one. After falling in love with the Toleriane Concentrate from La Roche Posay, my eyes really opened up to how beneficial essences are for skin, particularly when it comes to hydration. Essences are a thin water like consistency and therefore all the hydrating ingredients can penetrate deep into the skin and have the most effect. if you're skin is dry and sensitised, essences could really become your skin's best friend - I know I'll never go back!

EYE CARE

Now personally, I really like my crows feet - they add character and are my favourite of all the wrinkles you could get! I use eye products more for hydrating purposes. I had my skin analysed in a facial once and it pointed out how hydrated each area of my skin was - unsurprisingly the eye are was the most dehydrated (it's the thinnest most sensitive skin on your face). Since then I've made more of a conscious effort to treat it, and I prefer to apply at the start of my routine as opposed to the end.

HYDRATING SERUMS

I've probably tried and tested more hydrating serums than any other skincare product, I really do love them. Serums have a thinner consistency than oils and moisturisers, so their hydrating ingredients (hyaluronic acid, glycerin etc) are going to penetrate the skin and work best at this step of your routine.

VITAMIN C SERUMS/OILS

A Vitamin C serum is my morning routine staple. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant (for more info see my story series Bambi Does Beauty Guide to Vitamin C) that protects our skin against environmental aggressors that lead to premature ageing. Vitamin C is also really helpful for those wanting to prevent or correct dark spots and pigmentation, or help with evening out of skin tone.

RETINOL

Otherwise known as Vitamin A, is (alongside SPF) the best anti-ageing skincare you could spend your money on. Speeding up collagen production which keeps our skin feeling bouncy and looking youthful, and boosting skin cell renewal. These things slow down as we age - so you only really need to use this in your late twenties onwards. Vitamin A does however, come in prescription strength topical form and oral form (Roaccutane) to treat acne, which is often used by younger adults to specifically target acne. I use a few nights a week in the evening only (never use in daytime as retinol breaks down in sunlight) and tread carefully and start low strength as it can cause irritation if used incorrectly.

OILS

Admittedly, as my love for serums has grown, my use of oils has lessened. They remain a great occlusive though, sealing hydration and prevent moisture loss from the skin. Even if your skin is oily, using an oil in your routine will help your skin from overproducing oil itself! I use in the evenings mainly and only sometimes in the daytime as not many of them absorb as well as I would like them to, but here's to testing more! The ones I've loved below.

MOISTURISERS

It wasn't that long ago we believed a bit of moisturiser would do when it came to keeping our skin soft and hydrated - now we know better!

However moisturisers still hold a strong spot in my skincare routine.

Their use is (akin to oils) to keep all the moisture in our skin and to protect our all important skin barrier (which is also made up of sweat + sebum).

I like my moisturisers rich and comforting, and preferably ones that leave a dewy finish. I have however tested a few butylene glycol formaulas (aka gel creams and thinner consistencies)  that are ideal for those who don't want a residual finish but want to keep their skin happy and hydrated.

SPF

It wasn't that long ago we believed a bit of moisturiser would do when it came to keeping our skin soft and hydrated - now we know better!

However moisturisers still hold a strong spot in my skincare routine.

Their use is (akin to oils) to keep all the moisture in our skin and to protect our all important skin barrier (which is also made up of sweat + sebum).

I like my moisturisers rich and comforting, and preferably ones that leave a dewy finish. I have however tested a few butylene glycol formaulas (aka gel creams and thinner consistencies)  that are ideal for those who don't want a residual finish but want to keep their skin happy and hydrated.

CLARIFYING MASKS
SHEET MASKS