A Lippie Team Post – Skincare Routines
We’re planning a number of these group posts, but we thought we’d start with the basics, so here’s how the whole team at Get Lippie looks after their skin:
LOUISE (aka “Get Lippie”)
My skincare routine has been kind of fixed for a while now – to the extent that one of the products is running out and I’m upset because
current circumstances dictate that I can’t afford to replace it at the moment, and panic is ensuing … anyhoo, here’s the lowdown:
I’m still in love with Champneys cleansing balm. It’s on the cheap and cheerful side (and the instructions are rubbish), but it gets the
job done, and my skin loves it.
I’m currently alternating between Pixi Glow Tonic and my old standby; Clarins Gentle exfoliating toner, (having temporarily run out of Zelens resurfacing pads) both of which are second to none at removing dead skin cells. I follow both of these with a quick spritz of La Roche Posay Serozinc spray, which I’m still miffed they won’t bring to the UK.
Currently I’m using Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, which smells like a rancid spag bol according to my husband, but this is because it doesn’t contain any scented essential oils to mask the smell of the seeds they’ve crushed into it. As essential 0ils are one of my sensitive skin triggers, this suits my skin very well indeed and I put up with the rather … unusual … scent. As always, I follow this up with a thin layer of Hydraluron.
And here is where I cry, just a little bit. Sometimes I get press releases that are so bonkers that I have to call in the product, just to see how far from the point the the copy actually got. Such as it is with Argentum Apothecary La Potion Infinie. The flowery, overblown, overwritten, overpretentious prose on both the press release and, sadly, the website, mask what is, in fact, a bloody excellent moisturiser. I wasn’t too impressed with it at first, but my love for it has grown by leaps and bounds over the last six months or so, to the point where I can now see the bottom of the jar, and my heart cries every time I see it. I’ve been known to panic about it running out. I’m sad, I know. However, formulated with colloidial silver, and featuring a really nice primer-style matte finish on the skin, this suits my fussy, sensitive, easily reddened skin very well, and as it’s £147 a jar, I’m going to miss it a great deal once I do finally scrape out that final molecule from the jar. It’s brilliant, but the website will give you a headache, I warn you. It’s the only moisturiser I’ve tried in years that’s come even close to replacing my beloved Kate Somerville Goat Cream, and that is really saying something. Once I’m back in funds, a repurchase will definitely follow.
Myskincare routine is a many headed hydra, with one product being culled and another two springing up in its place. The one constant,
however, is my DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I’ve used this for nearly five years, and I’ve yet to find anything better. In the morning, it’s a
drop of DHC and a quick swipe with a flannel before I hit the shower. As soon as I hop out, I slap on Superdrug Aqua Pure Hydrating Serum, followed by Clinique Moisture Surge on my face and Clinique Superdefense Eye Cream all around my eyes. I’ve finally been converted to the cause of a daily SPF, so I finish with a layer of Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid.
time gets a bit trickier. The minute I get home, I take off my
make-up with whichever version of Bioderma Micellar Water I bought on
special last, then it’s a full cleanse with the DHC and a hot cloth.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I use Clarins Gentle Exfoliating
Toner and on Sundays I use Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Whatever the day,
then use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Kiehl’s Creamy
Avocado Eye Treatment. The last thing I do before I go to bed is
massage in a few drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
all the money I’m literally sinking into it, it’s a good thing beauty
lasts forever, and I can use my face as my pension. Right? RIGHT?
may be shunned by the rest of the Get Lippie team after saying this,
but, I’m a bit lax with my moisturising at night. Four nights out
of seven my head will hit the pillow cleansed with Bioderma
Micelle stuff but
unmoisturised. I love the clean face feeling, and I sleep with a
CPAP mask on, as I have sleep apnoea, so no gunk on my face makes it
more comfortable. Honest.
other three nights though, I really go for it, I hot cloth cleanse
with Skyn Pure Cloud Cleanser or Boots Botanics Ultra
Calm Gentle Cleansing Cream
then use Elizabeth Arden Prevage Serum and Eye Serum – they really
work! – followed by Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil, and sometimes
more night cream or balm on top. Depending on my skin and/or the time
of year this might be Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter or this Est
Rose and Honey Remedy
from Australia. It’s really soothing and healing, and I love the
and Tea Tree
version too. It feels just the right level of comforting and
it’s warm, I might leave it at the Clarins or put a little of my
day moisturiser on top instead, currently that’s Skyn Pure Cloud
Cream, but this changes all the time. Then some lip balm. I’m using
Hurraw or Clinique lip balms at the moment. In the morning I use
Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash in the shower, and I swap the
Prevage for Eucerin Hyaluron
of the time, my sensitive rosacea prone skin behaves itself, but if
it doesn’t I dial it right back and just use Bioderma micelle
cleanser and day moisturiser and maybe one of the Est balms
When I remember, I throw a bit of Elemis Papaya Enzyme
Cream on followed by a hydrating mask of some description, I’m not
loyal to any in particular, my last was a Decleor Hydra Floral mask.
I generally flit between these two depending on mood
and what my skin feels like that morning/evening. I ADORE the Elemis
Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. The smell, the texture, the way my skin
feels afterwards, the all of it is just fantastic. Not heavy at all
(some are) and just an absolute pleasure to use. This is ALWAYS in
my kit, purely because every single person I use this on falls in
love with it. For the odd time when I think my skin feels a little
dull, and needs a bloody good scrub, the Dermalogica Daily
Microfoliant is ABSOLUTELY SECOND TO NONE! Did I make that clear?
This is one of the BEST products for exfoliating that I have EVER
used. It says daily, however I find it a little too abrasive for
daily use. Once or twice a week is absolutely enough for me.
use a lot of these. Especially at the moment with all the fake tan I
am trialling, but ANYWAY, these are the ones that if I had to choose,
would be the ones that pretty much cover all bases. The Clinique
Laser Focus Repairwear Serum, recently reformulated, is now even better than it was the first time round. And they have improved the
packaging so that you don’t end up with the drips all collecting
around the edge. I use this pretty much all summer, or when the sun
is out as a sort of insurance. I like the silky feel, and it seems
to make my skin feel hydrated also.
Creams I am quite picky about my day creams. I always want a
good SPF in my day cream, as I have said before. One of these has a
high SPF of 30 already ‘built in’ and the other doesn’t have
one, but I add one over the top. La Prairie Anti-Ageing Day Cream
SPF30 is one that I will use literally every day when the sun is
strong, hence why this is nearly at the bottom of the jar at this
point. It smells pleasant, and has a micro blasted SPF that is so
fine and non skin clogging that it’s a joy to use. I have never
caught too much of the sun with this on, and it still managed to not
dry my skin out either. The space age silver packaging and heavy
glass make it not great for travelling with, but my, what a cream.
Not cheap, but not out there expensive either.
cream: Finally, the night time. I am of the
school of thought that if it’s a moisturiser, it’s good enough.
Most of the time a good moisturiser would be perfectly adequate for a
night cream I would think, but nonetheless, I am still using these
like they are going out of fashion. Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep
Concentrate has been a favourite for a long while. The multi award
winning cream contains all sorts of goodies in it hat help to
regenerate the skin, and has essential oils that are known to relax
you and gently send you off into the land of nod. Me being somewhat
of an insomniac, every little helps. It’s a very light lotion type
texture, but seems to be nourishing enough, and a little really does
go a long way.