Laura Mercier | Secret Camouflage

5 steps to beautiful skin

I have to admit, I am rather lucky with my skin. I have managed to avoid mass breakouts of acne or spots growing up, although this seems to make it 10x worse when I do get a period of bad skin.

I have noticed in the last year or so, my skin is not only ageing but drying out much more than it ever has. Random patches of dry skin is a massive no go and there is a clear increase of dark, puffiness around my eyes.

I managed to ‘blag’ my skincare routine up until 25 and then I started to see the changes. It’s amazing how quickly you see your skin change when going in to your late twenties – alongside the random grey hairs!

Trying to avoid surgery and injecting rat poison in to my face, I ramped up my skincare routine.

Step 1 – Moisturise

I now moisturise twice a day with ‘day cream’ and ‘night cream’ – honestly, I’m not convinced there is a huge difference between the two. Being a marketer I’m always sceptical so please let me know (in the comments section) if you know the facts behind the two creams.

There is nothing nice than scrubbing your day’s make-up off and applying a thick layer of cream. For me, it makes a huge difference.

The creams I am using at the moment (which I love) are Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Day Cream  – as mentioned in my post ‘Spring Beauty specials’ – and the Garnier UltraLift Night Cream. Both suit my skin perfectly and doesn’t leave it feeling oily.

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2. Exfoliate

As mentioned above, I have random breakouts of dry patches on my face, especially on my cheeks. I do find some concealers and highlighters dry out this area, so it could be part of the cause. Exfoliating has become a key part of my routine – I aim to exfoliate every few days or more often if my skin is looking particularly dull.

My absolute favourite exfoliator is Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator – also featured in my ‘Spring Beauty specials’ – I can’t rave about it enough.

Another new product I love is the Radiance Face Mask by Balance me. I actually got this sample free in a recent Glamour mag purchase and it’s gorgeous. Whilst being 98% natural, the mask isn’t too heavy and has small exfoliating bits in it which really made a difference. I left the mask on for 5-10 minutes and then removed it with a damp cotton towel. The mask smells amazing too which is always a plus. If you go to the Balance Me website, you get 15% off when you sign up to their newsletter, and there is 20% off code in June’s Glamour mag… WIN!

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3. Cleansing 

At the end of every day, I take my make-up off. I can’t relax knowing it’s on and even after a few drinks on a night out, I will make the effort to take it off – even if it is badly done.

To take off my make-up I use cleansing wipes. I used to use Simple wipes, as they were just perfect. They never hurt my eyes and were so soft, taking my make-up off really easily. However, over the years they have increased in price massively! To the point where I refuse to buy them if they are not on offer. No need to panic though, as I have found an amazing if not identical subsitute – Boots Essentials Cucumber wipes (for all skin types). They do everything my Simple wipes used to do and are half the price 😉

I also like to mix it up every other day by using Sanctuary Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash – I usually use this just before exfoliating, whilst in the shower. Perfect combo.

 

 

4. At least ONE make-up free day

I read an article recently about the 5:2 ‘skin diet’ theory. Five days wearing make-up and two days with no make-up or products at all. Apparently a number of celebrities are endorsing this. The theory is ‘that giving your skin a break from products can prevent premature ageing, allowing the cells to regenerate and regain clarity.’

Now, I’m not sure I could do this for 2 days as I need a little something on my face when I leave the house, but I do make an effort to have at least one day without foundation, concealer, highlighter, etc. I wash my face, use a light moisturiser and a tiny bit of mascara of my lashes. The plus side with this look, is that you can be ready in no time at all! Give it a go and let me know how you get on. I feel that all skin needs a day off and I do love a natural look.

5. Water!

Yes, I know everyone says it… but, I have to succumb, as drinking lots of water really does benefit your skin.

I don’t know about you guys, but when I have a heavy week / weekend, eating bad foods and drinking alcohol, it really makes my skin grey. There is nothing like a good detox to clear the badness out and to be honest, I’m not convinced spending lots of money on expensive ‘detox packages’ is really necessary. Lots of fresh water and broccoli works for me 😉

So that’s it – my 5 steps to beautiful skin. Although most of these are pretty obvious, I hope my tips on products to use and insight in to how I have found stepping up my skincare regime, helps inspire your daily routine.

I’d love to know your tips and tricks to beautiful skin, so please feel free to comment below.

 

  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    Great post! I have quite dry skin so I’ve been on the hunt for an exfoliator – these sound like great recommendations so thanks! I found upping my water/green tea intake definitely helped, along with giving my skin a break from harsh cleansers!

    Sinéad xo ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

    • Aww you’re very welcome. I agree about the green tea, that’s one thing I really need to start drinking more of!