Just when you thought that I couldn’t fit anything else on my face, here comes the second installment of beauty routines – my daytime skincare! I think it’s safe to say that I love to ‘baby’ my skin. Skincare, to me, is an essential part of my daily grooming. Whilst it may seem excessive to some, this routine genuinely works for me and ensures that my skin stays in the best condition possible.
Genetic structure also plays a big part in your skin. My mother, who will be turning 60 this year, barely has a crease far less a wrinkle on her face. For as long as I can remember she’s never had a pimple or any other skin issues. Along with trouble free skin, my mother also passed down to me her views on skincare. Growing up I would always see jars of expensive creams on her vanity. I assumed she just liked the way they looked (partly true), but my mother always believed in a good skincare routine; which is why she looks years younger than her age.
As mentioned in my last blog post (you can view it here), my evening and daytime skincare routines are very different. My bedtime skincare routine is slightly more intense as I reserve most of my products for the evening. My daytime skincare is very minimal in comparison. I tend to rush in the mornings, so I built a routine which is quick and simple. After cleansing multiple times in the evening, my skin is generally clean in the mornings and therefore doesn’t require a vigorous regime.
Your skin reacts differently depending on the time of day. The most important rule of thumb is to remember that the night time is all about repairing and rebuilding whilst the daytime is all about protecting. Your skin deals with a lot of crap throughout the day, so creating a barrier between your epidermis and the elements of life will ensure that your skin doesn’t get clogged up.
If you read my last blog post, then this product would seem very familiar to you. I use this cleanser for the morning as well as the evening, mostly because I didn’t want to fork out for another cleanser, but also for its super gentle formula against the skin. I’m somewhat of a zombie in the mornings. Whilst stumbling on my feet and mindlessly turning on the tv rather than the coffee machine, having to factor in complicated and time consuming skincare products is the least of my priorities. This cleanser is perfect for fuss free cleansing. I squirt a pea sized amount in the palm of my hand and lather with a bit of water. I easily glide this cleanser over my eyes as it does not irritate them. I only cleanse my face once in the mornings as my skin is generally clean from the night before.
We’ve previously spoken about the benefits of toners, however, I can understand why most people find it a mundane step in their skincare routine. Having to faff about with cotton wool pads and spending precious sleep time on aimlessly swiping a product over your skin seems a little, well, rubbish. Not that toners take up a lot of time, but when you’re still half asleep with your clothes on back to front, spending a second on something you don’t consider important can be a chore.
This non-drying, floral toner is perfect for busy mornings. The spray bottle design leaves a fine layer of moisture to the skin. What can only be described as a drink for your skin, this toner will add additional moisture along with a refreshing feeling. Extracts of aloe vera, calendula and cucumber soothes redness and ‘wakes up’ your skin, ready for the day ahead. A couple of sprays across the face gives me enough product to effortlessly tone my face without fuss. I also use a travel sized version of this spray throughout the day for when my skin feels dehydrated and tired.
Now that we’ve cleansed and toned, it’s time to put on our body armour aka day cream. The day cream that you choose determines the type of skin that you have. Oily skin types would go for gels and light lotions, mature skin would go for anti-ageing creams with a high spf factor and dry/dehydrated skins would go for thick and creamy formulas. My skin type is the latter and when looking for a day cream, if it doesn’t use the words hydrate or nourish in the product description then it’s not for me.
The NUXE Crème Fraiche range is specifically formulated for skin that requires hydration. The formula is thick and creamy, almost like whipped butter. It contains 8 plant milks and Salicornia; which basically boosts moisturisation for up to 24 hours. The richness of the cream comes from shea butter, but rather than a thick, gloopy, oily cream that you would expect with shea butter, the cream is smooth and instantly absorbs into the skin. I’ve tried a lot of hydrating day creams over the years and the NUXE Crème Fraiche range is by far the most moiturising of them all. My skin feels comfortable, soft and plump all day.
Drinking up to 3 litres of water a day is also an essential part of my day. Drinking water not only does wonders for your health, but it literally feeds your skin. Drinking an adequate amount of water ensures that your skin is smooth, plump and bright. It also does wonders for your eyes and the skin around them. Being of Indian descent, I suffer with dark circles around my eyes. Despite getting enough sleep each night (when my husband decides not to snore), my dark circles will not vanish. Combined with dry skin and irritable eyes due to wearing contact lenses, my eyes sometimes look and feel like I’ve had a round with Mike Tyson.
My morning routine calls for an eye cream; which can refresh and revitalise my tired skin. The Clarins Eye Contour Gel is the perfect pick-me-up for someone like me. Not only does the super-active organic plant extracts soothe and cool my skin, but the combination of caffeine and Ginkgo Biloba reduces puffiness around my eyes. They also claim that the extracts of Wild Rose helps to reduce dark circles. In terms of the dark circles around my eyes, I’ve noticed no difference at all. However, after trialing hundreds of eye creams over the years, I’ve learnt that there is no wonder product on the market to completely remove dark, under-eye circles. Rather than crying in a corner, I’ve learned to embrace them…oh and how to cover them up with a corrective concealer! I do, however, feel that this eye gel is the perfect addition to my morning skincare routine simply for its cooling and de-puffing effects. The cooling blue gel makes my eyes feel alive, ready to take in the world.
So here it is – my skincare routine in its entirety. For my ‘wash and go’ girls, I urge you to step outside of your comfort zone and invest in a few skincare products to take your skin to the next level of perfection. The routines that I have detailed in this blog post and the last may seem very detailed, but both my morning and evening skincare routines take no longer than 5 minutes of my day (except my weekly face mask). Whether you’re a working girl or a busy stay-at-home mum, we all have 5 minutes in the day to help better ourselves. I am happy that I have managed to inspire some of you in your future skincare routines and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoy mine.
What are your favourite skincare products? I am always looking to expand my horizons. Comment below with your favourite skincare tips and tricks.