I must admit, I can be a skincare junkie, particularly for my face. I first showed my skincare routine on the blog last year, but have since updated it. In fact, I use completely different products altogether. So here it is:
- Day & Night: After using Simple Micellar Cleansing Water to remove any makeup, I rub a small amount of Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser over my wet face in circular motions for 30 seconds. A little goes a long way because the liquid really spreads. Then I use a wet flannel to wipe it off. The ingredients include apricot kernel oil, avocado oil and squalane, which is a botanical lipid (organic compound) that is similar to the natural lipids in skin. It helps to restore moisture and keep the skin soft, and it does not dry out my skin at all. This 75ml tube is only £9.50.
- Day & Night: After lightly drying my face, I put some of Pixi Glow Tonic on a cotton pad and sweep it across my skin, going across my forehead and then my cheeks and jaw in an upward motion. I like to educate myself on how to best look after the skin on my face – especially since it’s so sensitive – and I’ve recently discovered lymphatic draining. This is a method of reducing swelling in the face by brushing upwards and away from your face. When I had eczema, my face would often be quite swollen in the morning, so I’ve made it a mental habit to use a lymphatic draining method to boost my routine. The Glow Tonic is £18 for 250ml, but when I bought it in Boots, it was on sale for £12. I’ve noticed the difference this has been making to my skin and my face is brighter.
- Day: This Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment has to be one of my favourite steps in my routine. At £26 for this mere 14g tub, it’s expensive but I believe in paying for quality (depending on what I’m buying 😅). This eye cream is thick and velvety – my kind of cream! In store, I was advised to rub a small amount between my fingers before applying. This treatment is so cooling! I’m not exaggerating that as soon as I pat it to blend it in, it’s like a burst of hydration! It’s magic!
- Night: I’ve been using samples of Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye cream during my night routine (which I am loving and will definitely commit to when I finish my other sachet 😅). Its ingredients include squalane and lavender, which is a soothing natural oil. Although some are put off by the smell, I can’t get enough of it. However, the scent in the eye cream is subtle.
I get hayfever in summer and my eyes can become very itchy. I’ve had instances where rubbing has caused the skin under my eye to split, but these creams are doing their job of keeping my under-eyes saturated and soft.
- Day: After applying the eye cream, I dispense three drops of The Ordinary’s Marine Hyaluronics into the palm of hand, rub it together and pat gently over my face. This is amazing! It enables my skin to retain moisture, which is the purpose of hyaluronics, and is an excellent complement to my moisturiser. Plus, it is only £5.80. The Ordinary is known for its affordable skincare products.
- Night: Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate is from the same range as the Midnight Recovery Eye cream, with the same ingredients. I love facial oils. I would say that I have dry and sensitive skin, but with the way I’ve been consistently looking after my skin, it’s becoming less dry. I also put three drops into my palm, rub together, inhale the smell and then pat into my skin. Lavender is said to aid sleep which it does for me; I used to spray my pillow with lavender before bed. This is my most expensive product in my routine – a 30ml bottle is £38.
- Day: The last step in my routine is moisturiser. I use Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream for the day. I’m used to drenching my face in thick cream, so using this lighter moisturiser has taught me discipline, but using hyaluronics beforehand helps to retain the moisture in my skin. The Ultra Facial Cream includes squalane – a lot of Kiehls’ products do – and glacial glycoprotein, which hydrates, protects and helps to prevent water loss. 50ml is £24.50.
- Night: I use the Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm at night because it is thicker and aimed at dry to very dry skin. It doesn’t hurt to give your face that extra hydration, especially since your skin does the most repair while you sleep. This is also £24.50 for 50ml.
Most of the products in my updated skincare routine are from Kiehls. I embrace what Kiehls stands for – using natural ingredients – which means that some of their products don’t have an artificial smell e.g. the facial creams, eye cream and cleanser. Some don’t like this, but I don’t mind as long as I know it’s good for my skin.
The sales assistants do the most when giving you an in-store experience, but they really do try to tailor products for you. I also like that with every store trip, you will always leave with one or two samples (which is why I’ve been stocking up on my Midnight Recovery Eye cream without having actually paid for it yet 😅), but it allows you to try without committing.
Have you used any of these products before? What is your skincare routine?
P.s This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.