Saturday, 17 March 2018

Spring Skincare Part 2 - Evening

Today's post is all about my skincare routine for the evenings.  If you read my previous post you will know that I said I try really hard to follow this strictly but it doesn't always happen that way, and I have to be honest and say I can be quite lazy when it comes to night time skincare.  I will pop a link to my morning routine HERE so you can catch up with that if you want to, but carry on reading below to find out what I do and the products I use in the evenings.

Let me start off by saying that we all have those evenings when we know we really should take off our make up but then we get waylaid and caught up doing other stuff (binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix is my current fave), before you know it it's 11.00pm and you can't be bothered with all the faff! This is most definitely me and for those evenings I will remove my make up using some wipes.  I try really hard not to make a habit of this but I'll be honest and say it happens at least once a week! The wipes I am currently using are the Nivea  Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Refreshing Cleansing Wipes and I really like them.  They leave my skin feeling clean and fresh and not dry which is a must for me.  They are priced at around £1.50.  I will say though that I feel that removing my make up with wipes is way better than just leaving it on so I don't give myself too much of a guilt trip if that happens.

For the rest of the time this is my evening skincare routine:

As I mentioned in my morning post, the first thing I always do is use a micellar water.  The one I'm currently using is the Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water and I really, really like it.  I won't talk about it now as I mentioned it last time but this is the first step for me in taking my make up off.  I can be very fussy with micellar waters and they need to be hydrating and soothing on my skin. This for me does both of those things.
The next step is a cleanser.  I alternate between my Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish but I find in the colder months, the Emma Hardie balm is the one I reach for the most.  It's so zesty and smells like lemons and oranges but is so comforting on my skin.  A tiny bit of this balm will cleanse your whole face and as soon as it hits your face it melts into your skin and is so great at removing every last scrap of make up.  To remove I take a muslin cloth and dampen it in hot water and rub it over my face.  I don't rinse my face as I find the muslin leaves it feeling clean enough.
Once that's done and my face is dry it's onto serums.  I will always use a serum or an oil after cleansing and before my moisturiser as I find this is the time my skin is really going to feel the benefit.

My go-to favourite at the moment is the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose and I mentioned this in my January Favourites post which I will link HERE.  I pop a few drops of this onto a cotton pad and wipe it over my whole face and neck and wait a few minutes for it to really get to work.  This can only be used every other day so on the days I don't use it I have been using the Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment.  I love this firstly because of the colour (there's something so pretty about a bright blue liquid) but also because it leaves my skin feeling super clean and refreshed.

The last thing I do is moisturise and night creams are the one thing I've never really been in to skincare wise.  The product I'm reaching for at the moment though is the Nivea Creme (I promise this post isn't sponsored by Nivea).  This is one of those bargain products that has been billed as a dupe for the (very) high end Creme de la Mer moisturiser (priced around a whopping £120).  I can't comment on the likeness between the two as I've never tried the expensive one (nor am I ever likely to) but I love the Nivea Creme.  I picked up this tin for £1.75 in Wilkinsons and there is a ton of product in there.  It's a very thick heavy cream (which is why I only use it at night) but so far it's leaving my skin looking and feeling really hydrated in the mornings and has been so great during the recent freezing cold weather.

I've also been using my Kadalys Hydramuse Comforting Cream.  It is fragranced with Banana and Mango and is really nourishing on my face.  I tend to use this mostly in the colder months, especially on holiday in Lapland, where my skin really suffers from the cold.  As with my morning routine it really is a case of whichever one I get to first though. 

What products to you favour for your evening skincare?

Love Katherine xxx

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