|My inexpensive skincare products. All these added up would probably purchase one high-end item!|
Do you want to know my secret? The one that has people ask me what I use on my skin? Sorry to sound un-humble when I say this, and it happens less as I get older, but I have had people actually stop me in the street and ask me what products I use. Plus my lovely blog readers have asked, so thank you.
My skincare secret is not expensive products or fancy facials or even botox. When I exclaimed to my husband that a sweet blog reader said I looked 19 in the photo on my last post (and even if she was exaggerating, thank you), he said...
'well they don't see what you do. It's little and often. Every night you're in the bathroom washing and moisturising your face. And in the time I've known you - 11 years - I can remember one or two times you did not wash your face and take your makeup off'.
So there's the answer, from the person who lives with me and knows me best. The secret then? Little and often.
And it's true. My mother ingrained in me from about the age of 13 that cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day is what you do, alongside taking a shower and brushing and flossing. So I did, and it's been a habit for over thirty years now. The most expensive cream in the world won’t help you if it’s not used.
If you don’t pamper your skin twice daily, today is the best time to start. It’s never too late. It might seem a faff and too time-consuming, but just stick with it. Your skin will look better and it will become part of your daily routine. Washing your face is just as important as moisturising it, and I still wash my face the same way as I detailed here.
As far as skincare products go, once upon a time I worked for Parfums Christian Dior and was able to purchase their beautiful skincare and makeup at wholesale staff rates. But these days I enjoy using simple and inexpensive skincare and cosmetics. My day cream is Olay Complete SPF15 in a 150ml white bottle for a très inexpensive price. I always check for mineral oil though as in my opinion it doesn't let your skin breathe. Some Olay products have mineral oil and some don't (so I buy the ones that don't).
The picture above is my current range. I actually have three different creams I use at night and switch them around. I often put on the rosehip oil and then one of the three creams. I don't know how I ended up having three night-time products open at the same time but I did.
I've also worn foundation since I was about 14. Just light water-based ones then (my first was a Clinique foundation that you shook the bottle to mix each time you used it). I stocked up on Dior foundation before I left my old job, but now I'm trying a new Maybelline one - Superstay Better Skin that seems quite nice (it's even made in France. I found that quite fascinating). I apply as little as possible to even out my skin tone and then dab on a tiny bit more over areas that need it. Then I press my palms all over my face to blend and set, and dust loose powder over top.
At night I use an eye cream and a night cream, and as a form of serum I use something like rosehip oil or vegetable glycerin. I like to layer my skincare at night, but during the day I just use the Olay lotion over toner moistened skin.
I use a lot of body lotion and body cream too. Every day after my shower I go from neck to toes. Even my tummy but not the parts of my back that I can't reach. I started this a number of years ago and now it's part of my morning routine. I love using yummy scented ones.
Other factors I believe help are my love for water and herbal teas (on the opposite side of hydration I have one Earl Grey tea and two coffees per day), light activity (walking and yoga as per my last post) and lots of fruit and vegetables. I have fruit every morning for breakfast with nuts and sometimes yoghurt, a salad with or for lunch, and steamed vegetables to accompany dinner. I have written more about this here.
So there’s my secrets. They aren’t really secrets though are they? Just good common old-fashioned sense I think.
I'm not sure what else to tell you about skincare and makeup, so if you have any questions I'd be glad to answer them.