Do you know how old I was when I first decided to get my life into gear and start following a skincare regime? I was approximately 13, and I was desperate to own that Nivea Visage cleanser/toner/moisturiser combo from the advert with ‘Jerk It Out’ by The Caesars (what an absolute banger!). I think my pocket money could only stretch to the cleanser, so my toner and moisturiser came from the £1.50 cucumber range by Superdrug – honestly, the smell of that stuff will remind me of 2005 for as long as I live.
I’m not sure what happened, but somewhere along the way they stopped showing that ever-so-catchy advert, and my interest in skincare was left faaaaar behind with it. I was blessed with pretty good skin for the vast majority of my teens, so I just wasn’t that bothered anymore – and despite a few failed attempts over the years, I’ve never been able to get myself into a proper skincare routine again.
As we all know (because I won’t stop banging on about it), the last year or so has been a big eye-opener for me in terms of looking after myself a little better, treating my body well, and putting myself first once in a while. For ages, I’ve been meaning to extend this to my skincare regime, which until recently has involved a baby wipe or a splash of micellar water at the very best. It wasn’t until I was lucky enough to be sent some extreeeemely indulgent skincare goodies that I realised I could actually get excited about looking after my face, and that a little routine at the beginning and end of each day was weirdly good for my mental health.
My current skincare regime
You might have gathered that I am by no means a skincare expert, so I can’t necessarily say that my regime is perfect for everyone or that you need to buy high-end products, but I thought I’d give a little shout out to the routine I’ve been loving for the past month or so:
First cleanse/makeup removal: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £3.33 from Boots
Second cleanse: Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Melting Cleanser*, £32 from Look Fantastic
Cleansing device: Foreo Luna Mini 2 in Fuschia*, £119 from Foreo
Toner: Garnier Skin Active Green Tea Toner, £3.49 from Boots
Moisturiser: Algenist Elevate Advanced Lift Contouring Cream*, £78 from Space NK
Setting spray: Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist*, £28 from Look Fantastic
After I remove my makeup with Garnier Micellar Water, I use my Foreo Luna Mini 2 cleansing device to massage a blob of Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Melting Cleanser (got there in the end) into my skin. I’m not sure how it works exactly – it vibrates and pulses, and that’s all I know – but the Foreo device is literally MAGICAL. No matter what cleanser I use it with, my skin feels baby soft and looks plumped, healthy and beautifully clean, though the Algenist cleanser is my absolute favourite. I follow up with a swish of Garnier Skin Active Green Tea Toner, before finishing with the Algenist Elevate Advanced Lift Contouring Cream (the most DIVINE smelling and skin smoothing moisturiser I’ve ever tried – no exaggeration). After I’ve applied my makeup, I spritz on the Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist, which keeps my very persistent oily face at bay, and stops my foundation sliding down my face before lunchtime – something it is VERY prone to doing.
There are loads of reasons why I’ve enjoyed getting back into skincare, but I think the most important thing isn’t to do with what my skin looks/feels like at all – it’s treating myself to a little bit of luxury each morning and evening. It’s such a cliche that a face mask and some cucumber slices are the epitome of self care and can cure anything from a bad day at work to world poverty, but there’s a reason for it – it’s a very simple way to take back a little time for yourself. Having a basic skincare routine makes me feel like I’ve got my shit together, like I’m in control, and obviously my skin is pretty happy too.
*Gifted, but all opinions are my own.