Skincare: The Basics

I am so obsessive about looking after my skin. I want to make sure that when I'm old that I can't blame my wrinkles on not looking after myself! These have been the products which I have been using on a daily basis to try to keep my skin in tip-top condition. I have sensitive, combination skin and I have found these products have not brought me out in a rash or spots. I use this routine everyday (apart from the serum which I only use at bedtime) and I've seen my skin stay in good condition.

If you use wipes, bin them!! Removing your makeup with a micellar water on a cotton pad is the easiest method of removal. I love the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It's cheap, removes all my makeup and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight. To take off my eye makeup, the only remover I like is the Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover. This is constantly on offer for about £2. It is a bi-phase remover akin to Clairns famous remover allowing it to remove even the toughest of waterproof mascara. Give it a good shake, put it on cotton pads and remove. This remover does not make my eyes sting nor does it require pulling to take my mascara off. On the subject of cotton pads- I love the round cottons from Lidl! They are so soft and cheap- which is important at the rate I go through them! 

I have tried many cleansers over the past number of months. Along with them I've also tried many toners. I have discovered two things- gel cleansers make my skin feel tight and toners make my skin feel dry. Maybe it's just my sensitive skin but I cannot tolerate toners. I've tried so many variants but they have really irritated my skin. I have opted to just cleanse on a daily basis and use a treatment every few days to exfoliate rather than daily acid tone- it's too much for my skin! The cleanser I have been loving is the Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant Cleansing Milk*. After my beautiful Yon-Ka facial experience, I was really impressed by the products. The milk smells amazing as well as feels beautiful. I simply wash my face with a damp facecloth, apply a small amount of the milk all over my face and eyes (another great aspect!) and the product turns white and thick. I then remove this with my face-cloth. At night my face-cloth goes in the wash basket as it has a full days of grime on it!! I usually pick up big stacks of white facecloths in Primark or Asda for next to nothing. My skin feels so clean and smooth since using the Yon-Ka milk- it's pricey but I will definitely repurchase! 

Following my cleanse in the morning, I apply my moisturiser and lip balm. I have been using the A-Derma Cream for Damaged and Sensitive Skin. This comes out in a very serum like texture and reminds me a lot of a thinner Embryolisse. This also looks great under my makeup. I also apply lip balm- my favourite is Blistex MedPlus which I actually picked up in Poundland! It has a menthol scent and I feel like it plumps my lips, as well as moisturising them.

The night-time serum
Before applying my moisturiser and lip balm at night, I apply Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate*. The serum contains lots of natural ingredients and my skin just seems to drink it up! The pipette allows you to apply what is required. I roughly use one pipette on my face and neck. My bottle is about half full and I've been doing this for about 2 months so it feels like good value for money. My skin looks brighter and more even in the morning. I would suffer from the odd dry patch on my cheeks and find this has really helped.

Let me know what your skincare basics are and your skin type. I'd love to hear from fellow sensitive skin readers!

*PR Sample