I'm very big on skincare and taking care of the skin I have....I drink on average 2-3 litres of water a day, i dont smoke or drink alcohol and where possible i eat healthy (i try to eat lots of fish etc...which is also good for skin)
Im quite fair, and living here in Australia (the sunburnt country), i have to be very careful in the sun and make sure im always wearing sunscreen when i go to the beach etc...
In relation to the sun, you will hear things called UVA and UVB......UVA is the uv rays that age you (A=age) and UVB is the uv rays that burn you (B=burns)......just a little information i was taught in training with Estee Lauder about 1 year ago!
now, as far as skincare goes....im big on moisturisers......making sure my skin isn't dry but rather soft and supple will also help to prolong the signs of ageing, eg. fine lines, dullness, uneven skin tone etc etc....
so im going to share with you my skincare routine and what works for me!!
In the morning, the first thing i do is wash my face with warm water (not hot....as water that is too hot can cause broken capillaries...and not cold as that closes pores)....i do this with a clean face cloth!
I then moisturise with my day cream that includes spf 15....
this is the one i use by Estee Lauder...i really love this cream, it works well for me! Its the Day Wear moisturiser and it has a slight cuccumber sent which is really refreshing!!
in the morning i let the cream absorb into my skin while i eat my breakfast....and then i apply my makeup for work....letting it absorb into the skin first works well for me and also stops my makeup from just sliding straight off!!
and thats it for the morning...just wash my face with warm water and then moisturise!!
Now.....evening is a whole different story :)
after work i have makeup all over my face that has to come off really well....so this is what i do..
cleanse my skin!
as i wear an oil free foundation that is very long lasting, i use a cleanser first that gets long lasting makeup off!
this is a creme texture and is fantastic for getting makeup off...i rub it in my skin and then tissue it off! I really recommend it to anyone!
I then have 2 different cleansers that i use at different times depending on how i feel....they both work well for me!
first one is a foaming cleanser once again by Estee Lauder
you only need the smallest amount as it foams up really well....I use this one when i feel like my skin needs a really good wash....my skin feels squeky clean afterwards :)
the other cleanser that i think is fantastic but dont use as often is Cetaphil
this isn't the exact one that i have...but i just wanted to show you roughly what the bottle looks like! Another very good cleanser!
(just to be clear....i don't use 3 different cleansers very night!!! I use the creme cleanser to get off my long wear makeup and then either of the last 2 cleansers....just thought i would make that clear...cause that would be over kill) :)
After i have fully cleansed my skin and have washed it in water and patted dry, i then apply my night serum (this stuff is amazing)
This serum is the number 1 anti-ageing serum in Australia and really works wonders! I LOVE it!!
Its the Advanced Night Repair Serum by Estee Lauder....it repairs your skin while you sleep and also helps to hydrate!
I let this absorb into my skin for about 1 minute and then i follow with my moisturiser (one without spf) and eye cream....
I use the Hydrationist moisturiser at night time because it is all about hydration and thats what i want while im sleeping
the eye cream i use is in the same range as the Advanced Night Repair Serum and i love how it makes the skin around my eyes feel so silky/soft....it helps with dark circles, lines, puffiness, hydration etc....
It's the smaller jar on the right!
Now i know I use a lot of products from Estee Lauder and I have worked for the company before.....but I really am a firm believer in their skincare! I don't believe every promise that every skincare company says, including the promises made by Estee Lauder.....I dont believe a moisturiser can take the appearance of 10 years off your skin by using it for 4 weeks....promises like that i believe are just silly.....
it has been trial and error with my skin and thses products are the ones that seem to work for my skin....some moisturisers can make me break out if they are too heavy, and ones that arn't hydrating enough can make my skin go dry and flaky....so this is all based on my skin and my skin alone! I'm not saying that these products will work for everyone!!
another tip is to use products for normal/combination skin in warmer months like summer (unless you are really dry), but in winter months...switch to products aimed at dry skin so that when it is cold, your skin is getting that extra boost of hydration!! works for me!!
hope this has helped in some way!!
Happy moisturising :)