It's been a while since I mentioned skincare, I think - which is mainly because I have a rather settled routine at the moment, which I'm a bit loathe to change before the weather does!
And the title's a misnomer too, as I actually have two skin care routines, one am and one pm! So here's my evening routine first:
Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex, Absolution La Solution + Controle, Absolution La Creme du Soir and Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel.
Taking these in reverse order - as that's the order I use them in. Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel is a very recent addition to my cleansing routine, but I'm a big fan already. I'm usually a bit scared of gels, as they tend to contain high levels of alcohol, but this is a thick oil-based gel, and is almost a balm. It's unusual to use, as it liquifies as you massage it over your skin, getting runnier the more you rub, in fact. It's perfect for removing heavy makeup, and even removes your eye makeup, which is great. The lightly citrus scent might be better suited for morning cleansing, being a little invigorating, but I prefer a deep cleanse at night (with my clarisonic) and a light cleanse in the morning, as you'll see. I said this was a recent addition, but before this, I would use an oil-based cleanser anyway (either Shu cleansing oil, or the Nude cleansing oil I've been using on and off for a couple of years now)
Absolution La Creme du Soir - Up until recently, I tended to use the same skincare for both morning and night, thinking night creams were a waste of time. This, from my very first use of it, changed my mind totally. It's rich, it's thick, it's nourishing, it's organic, and whenever I use it, I wake up with smoother, hydrated and plumped up skin you can see the difference in. It's amazing. It's so amazing, I tried to use it during the day too. Ironically, that little experiment didn't work, it was far too heavy.
I use it alongside the La Solution + Controle which is a balancing complex that you add a drop of to the night-cream and helps control blemishes and oil production. My skin has been going through an oily phase this winter - I'm contrary, I know - and this has helped keep everything in check.
Absolution products are 99% natural, and these two items are around 65% organic. I love the packaging too, the "cylinders" the products arrive in actually unroll to form the instruction leaflets, which is a cute and environmentally sound use of the packaging. Also, the product packaging is both air-tight and protects the creams from the light, meaning that there are few, if any, preservatives used in the creams.
Then I use Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex all over the eye area, including the lids. This a cooling, refreshing and moisturising eye gel which I can't get enough of. It's worked wonders on my bags and dark circles, and it's all I can do not to apply it twelvety times a day.
In the morning, this is what I use:
(L-R) Absolution L'Eau Soir et Matin, Alpha H Balancing Moisturiser, Alpha H Age Delay Facial Oil, and sneaking in there, Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex.
I mentioned that in the mornings I prefer a lighter cleanse (and in fact, sometimes I just have a rinse with water, if I really can't be bothered), so the Absolution L'Eau Soir et Matin works a treat. Micellar waters are massive in France (indeed, Absolution is a French brand), and they're great for sensitive skin. You merely wet a cotton pad with the water - and I can't tell you how much I LOVE the bottle for this, as you can pump it onto a pad with one hand - and run it over your face to remove the remains of your night creams. You don't need to rinse it off. It also works admirably well as an eyemakeup remover. One thing, it smells - rather strongly - of lemon balm so if you're sensitive to strong scents (or indeed, you're not a fan of Thai food) then this might not be a good product for you.
I then follow this up with Alpha H Balancing Moisturiser, to which I add a drop of Alpha H Age Delay Facial Oil. I like this combo, because the moisturiser is very light (though it contains 10% glycolic acid to help with signs of aging), but then I can add a drop - or two - of the facial oil, if it's a particularly cold or windy day for an extra drop of protection. I really enjoy the little tingling sensation I get when I use this moisturiser, too. And I think I can actually see the benefits I'm getting in my skin at the moment too.
Well, I could until I started using a primer that's given me zits, but more about that next week.
Then, as in my night time routine, I finish off with the eye complex.
So, what's your routine?
The Fine Print: As usual, this is a mixture of stuff I've bought, and stuff I've been sent by PRs. It's all great, wherever it came from though, half of this is repurchases.
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