About once a year, I treat myself to new skincare. But with all the ups and downs of 2017, I’ve neglected my skin care routine a lot, on and off, over the past several months. I’m approaching 40 (just one year to go) and conscious that ageing is really starting to show on my face. I want to help prevent any further damage and try to remedy some of the existing skin issues I’m currently experiencing. So I made a couple of orders from Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and Look Fantastic to get my act together. I only use cruelty free products these days, so did some research. Everything in this post is cruelty free (and a few are also vegan).
I pick up skin care tips via blogs, and have been particularly following Caroline Hirons lately. Caroline has a really useful cheat sheet about her daily skin care routine that I paid close attention to. I’ve taken Caroline’s advice before and incorporated acid toners into my routine. Lately I’ve been thinking about tackling skin ageing with more heavy duty retinols and other high tech ingredients, and some new methods.
I’ve made some skin care resolutions I’m going to try to stick to in 2018, to help with the ageing process and take me flawlessly to 40.
I Will Cleanse Properly
With my lazy tendency to occasionally leave makeup on overnight (yes I still do this sadly!) and just use micellar water for a cleanse, I thought a sophisticated and luxurious cleanser might persuade me otherwise. I went backwards and forwards before ordering the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It’s expensive, which is what was putting me off. But I have heard so many amazing things about this cleanser. People swear by it for removing every trace of makeup, dirt and impurities and I just want to experience it and see if it lives up to the hype. It’s a hybrid between a gel and an oil, and you massage it in then add a little water until it emulsifies. You then wash off with a cloth. I have had good success using nice cleansers before (the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm has been my favourite so far). Having spent so much money on this cleanser, that should be incentive enough for me to actually get on with using it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how proper cleansing daily will help with the clogged pores I’m accumulating. I want the Oskia glow that everyone talks about!
I Will Start Doing Facial Massages
A few years ago I watched a Lisa Eldridge video where she swore by facial massage for keeping the face looking younger. It’s been in the back of my mind ever since that it’s something I should be doing. The story is that facial massage helps to stimulate the facial muscles, increasing blood flow which in turn helps the skin look brighter and plumper. It also helps drain the puffiness away and with it any toxins lurking in the skin. I saw the UpLift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller by Nurse Jamie and was intrigued by the design. I’ve never seen anything like it before. One end has tourmaline stones for a deeper massage. The roller comes with instructions, and it’s very easy to use. You just roll it over different areas of your face for 30 – 45 seconds. It’s instantly cooling, so it’s going to be perfect for waking up morning skin. I do tend to get quite a puffy face, so I’m willing to give this a go and see how it works.
I Will Start To Use Retinol Consistently
I’ve read many times that retinol is the way forward for anti ageing. I’ve used retinol and retinoid products in the past, but whenever I’ve graduated past something gentle like the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, I’ve given up. Some of the side effects of using retinol aren’t that pleasant (dryness, flakiness, soreness..) but you need to be consistent to get through these initial reactions and on to better skin. It took me a while to find something new to try, but in the end I settled for a small bottle of Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment. I picked the small bottle just in case I don’t get on with it at all. I’m really determined this time to carry on though and see what benefits retinol will bring to me. At the same time, I wanted to invest in a really good eye cream that also contains these anti ageing ingredients. I bought the Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream which I have heard many good things about (especially from Caroline Hirons). It will be intriguing to see what difference it will make to my eye area.
I Will Moisturise Properly
Ever since I was given Roaccutane a couple of years ago for acne, my previously horrendously oily skin has transformed into the Sahara. Part of this is dehydration caused by me not drinking enough water (yet another New Year’s Resolution!) but I also just have drier skin. This happens as we get older anyway. I’ve been using lots of different moisturisers for this, but was running out of my favourites so I decided to try something new. I got the MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser to try. I bought the small one first to see if I like it. It contains lots of soothing and hydrating oils but is a nice thick creamy texture, which I wanted. It’s really lovely and moisturising and so far has been leaving my skin very soft every day.
I Won’t Skip The SPF
I’ve worn sunscreen on my face for years now, but for some reason over the last twelve months I keep forgetting to do it. I’ve tried lots of facial sunscreens in the past. Some have been really good and others have been terrible. I hate that white cast some leave behind, or the strong chemical smell. Others have not absorbed at all leaving me looking like a greasy mess. You can forget wearing makeup with those, as well. I read a lot of reviews and ordered the Thank you Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50. This is touted as being very lightweight, and acting a bit like a makeup primer. It smells absolutely lovely, no strong chemical scent at all, and makes skin feel very soft and not greasy. Incidentally I love the packaging, so simple yet so pretty. Thank You Farmer is a Korean brand I’ve not come across before, but I’m very impressed with this.
I Will Finally Try Micro Needling
Micro needling is something I’ve wanted to try in a salon but not had the opportunity. I’ve seen various at-home products which claim to do the same thing, but I’m always a bit dubious about the ones you can order from Amazon or eBay. Micro needling (or derma rolling as it’s also called) involves pricking the skin with ultra-tiny needles. The point is to create miniature/microscopic damage to your skin. Your body has to work to repair the damage and this encourages collagen production. Sounds terrifying, and I was a little scared to put the Nurse Jamie Beauty Stamp on my face at first, but it’s not painful. The needles are 0.2mm so really tiny. You only have to gently touch your face with it, and stamp it all over a couple of times. So far, so good!
I Won’t Neglect My Hands
They say that hands are the things that really give your age away. They show ageing sooner than most places as they’re always exposed. Many people (me included) don’t use daily SPF on them like we do our faces. I’ve bought a new hand cream which contains SPF 20 to help with this. This is The Hero Project’s Hand Rehab Diamond Dusted Hand & Nail Therapy and so far I love it. The Hero Project are another new brand to me. They’re from the UK and all products are vegan-friendly. This hand cream is made with actual diamond dust apparently, which is a micro-exfoliator. It’s a very rich hand cream but it sinks in really quickly. It definitely leaves the skin on my hands looking much better. It plumps up the skin reducing any crepey appearance. I think this is from the hyaluronic acid. Another winner.
I Will Finally Do Something To Tackle Cellulite
This really comes into a diet and exercise resolution, as I don’t believe topical skin products do anything for cellulite. However, I’m willing to try anything. A good massage when applying oils to cellulite-affected areas can only be a good thing too. The Fushi Really Good Cellulite Oil is a very aromatic blend of gotu kola, birch, green coffee, grapefruit and wheatgerm. Gotu kola in particular is meant to be really good at stimulating circulation. I might use this with a wooden massager as some people have suggested, so you can get a really good deep tissue massage with it. Let’s be honest, the cellulite is not going to disappear doing this but it does help to make the area look tighter and firmer. That’s fine with me.
Those are my skin care resolutions for 2018. Let’s hope I end the year with better skin than when I started it! I’m not expecting to look ten years younger, but I do think it’s worth investing in skin care as you get older.
What are your skin care tips for anti ageing? I would love to know.
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