After a lot of fiddling around with the products that I use in the evening, I have now had a long stretch of consistently using the same bits and bobs, and I thought I would share my routine for cleansing etc at the end of the day.
I haven’t used an actual eye make-up remover for ages now, instead opting for Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to do the job. I find that this works just as well, and isn’t remotely oily – which some eye make-up removers can be. It also doesn’t sting the eyes, an obvious risk when applying anything near the eyeballs. I use a cotton pad soaked in the Micellar Cleansing water all over to get the majority of my make-up off, before continuing with the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser to thoroughly cleanse (more on the Nip+Fab cleanser here)
The next step is a quick one; a speedy wipe over with the Clarins Extra Comfort Toning Lotion. I have been using this for a few months (I mentioned it in my July Favourites) and I still love it for ensuring all the cleanser has left the building. It is gentle – as the name would suggest – and doesn’t dry out my skin at all. I follow this with either Alpha-H Liquid Gold or, more recently, I have been using the Ole Henrikson Invigorating Night Treatment * This contains – amongst other things – Glycolic Acid (read about my new best friend here ). Glycolic Acid works by penetrating the skin layers and helping the dead skin to fall away (yes, this is the technical term). Thus leaving soft healthy skin behind, with less visible lines and wrinkles.
If using Liquid Gold (2-3 times a week) then I will stop there, as it is more effective when it is not followed by a moisturiser. If not, then I will use Soap and Glory’s For Daily Youth , which I talk about more in-depth here. Again, I have been using this for a few months and I really love it for light, but hydrating, moisturising. I may need to switch it up for a heavier cream now that we are entering the colder months, as my skin will no doubt become dryer.
Finally, eye cream. I actually have several on the go at the moment, but the one I reach for most is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye. This eye cream is pretty expensive (£24.50 for 15ml) and it’s fine, but not amazing. To be honest, I bought it because Kiehl’s state that it will reduce dark circles. I actually feel a bit silly admitting that I fell for this, as I suspect there is no product on earth that reduces hereditary dark circles (although if you know of one, please let me in on that secret!). While it doesn’t do what I had hoped, it is very moisturising and gentle on the eye area. As to whether it has helped with fine lines, well, who knows?! That’s the problem with fine lines and wrinkles, they are either there, or they’re not. Who can really prove why they aren’t there, when they are not?
Having written all the steps down, it seems like a never ending process. It’s all over in a few minutes though, and it is worth it for me. I dread to think how haggard I would look if I didn’t take five minutes out of my day to properly cleanse and moisturise. Ugh.
How about you, do you like to keep it simple, or do you have even more steps than me?
*This little pot was a PR sample and was part of a skincare set, everything else was purchased by me.*This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your continued support of Joyful Things!*