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Four-Step Staple Skincare Routine

Skincare is something I can chat about at length. I mean, you only get one face right so it’s worth looking after it. I like makeup, but for me, skincare always comes first…. The best accessory to everything is great, glowing skin and while I’m definitely not the owner of it all the time, I’ve definitely found that I’ve had clearer, brighter skin in the four months or so since I pared-back my routine and stuck to the basic formula of below.

I was going through periods of having really bumpy, angry spots around the corners of my mouth and chin last year as well as finding that my skin struggled to clear blemishes. Throw in fine lines around my mouth and forehead (the perils of resting bitch face and frowning at my computer screen far too much) and I was ready for a skin overhaul. I ended up paring everything back, cleansing less, using lighter moisturisers and relying on products designed for sensitive skin. I’ve found this has really, really worked for me so maybe it can work for you too…. Personally, I love seeing inside people’s washbags and bathroom shelves so hopefully you will too.

First up, my morning routine. I cleanse with either Avene Eau Thermale XeraCalm Cleansing Oil or Glossier Milk Jelly cleanser in the shower after I’ve washed my hair to get rid of any soap scum or anything. Once out and dry, I use Chanel’s Blue Zones serum and the Avene Skin Recovery cream. The latter is a real desert island product for me now, I really can’t remember being as devoted to a daily moisturiser in the same way. Lastly, I use an SPF every day now, Yep, every single day, even the cloudy ones. This Giorgio Armani primer makes it so easy and fuss-free and while it smells like sun cream, it doesn’t leave any shine or white residue. And that’s me done so once it’s all sunk in, I can start putting my makeup on….

At night, I’m again very simple. I take my makeup off with Garnier Micellar Water and a big cotton pad. I might cleanse after with one of the cleansers from the morning if I’ve been to an event or something wearing more makeup than usual but normally just micellar water and maybe a facial spray by Mario Badescu, or new favourite Lilah B, will do. I’m totally devoted to Skinceuticals Serum 10 vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is my staple anti-ageing weapon of choice at the moment. This one is light enough not to be irritating and is the easiest way to introduce anti-ageing into your routine. I follow up with a really nourishing, natural oil like Darphin’s concoctions. Perfectly sized for travelling, I have a few of these but the 8 flower essence is my current favourite as it has hints of jasmine and gardenia so smells super summery. I take two Colladeen Visage every bedtime pretty religiously too. A dermatologist at an event recently recommended these to me to help with the fine lines I mentioned and I really do subscribe to them. They’re all natural as far as I’m aware and essentially help your body produce more collagen and repair itself more efficiently. I’ve noticed a real difference in my skin thanks to these, the line on brows has really reduced and I reckon these have at least something to do with that.

And that’s me done, eye mask on and I’m ready for shut eye….

I do mix things in and out of this basic routine. I always like trying new things so this is far from set in stone – I definitely sub things in and out occasionally if I want to find new favourites. But I’m very careful about what I try and for how long now. If I need or want a deeper cleanser, I use something like Soveral Angel Balm (very similar to Eve Lom cleanser) with a warm flannel. It also doubles up as a mask you can steam in the bath – amazing after a long flight. Glossier’s Balm Dot Com is never far from my clutches these days; somehow good skincare doesn’t feel complete without a great lip balm slicked on. At night, I do go between the Darphin oil and these two…. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Mask in Oil is another amazing start to anti-ageing and a step on from the original hero product that I still go back to from time to time. If I want a cream rather than an oil (sometimes you just do), I love Oskia’s Bedtime Boost. It’s so rich, melts into the skin and really makes you look luminous before you’re even switched the light off.