|This is me asleep. No, really, it is.|
I’ve always had a slightly weird fascination with the way other beauty obsessives approach their maintenance routine as I think we all find our own way of doing things and it’s interesting to know if anyone does anything differently. So assuming (and hoping) that’s it’s not just me being plain nosey, I thought I’d do a few blogs on the approaches I take to my beauty-related maintenance, starting with my night-time ritual. So as of October 2011, this is my night time routine:
Then I move on to cleansing which will either involve the Nutra Sonic Facial Brush (review here) or if I’m shattered then a standard wipe-off cleanser. The absolute best cleanser for my skin type is Nick Lowe’s Sebum Control Cleanser. This is like a toner in the sense that you apply it with cotton wool, but it is so effective at removing dirt and make-up without making my face feel stripped. If you have an oily skin type then it’s tricky to find a cleanser that’s effective enough at breaking down the sebum without leaving your face feeling tight and stripped off moisture, but this cleanser manages to achieve that. If I’m using the Nutra Sonic then I’ll use Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Defense Cleanser.
Whilst this is soaking in I apply eye cream. I’m yet to find an eye cream that I’m truly happy with as I want one that deeply moisturises but doesn’t make my eyes puffy and this appears to be a bit of a catch 22. I’ve found some fairly decent ones though and consequently I’ve amassed quite a few, so I go with whatever’s handy. During this time, my night cream is soaking in which then means I can move on to my next step which involves treating any spots that are there or possibly forming. The best spot treatment I’ve come across to date is Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which is not the best treatment if you share your bed as it’s quite an obvious pink that doesn’t soak in, so you’re basically highlighting your spots, but it really does dry them out quickly and I had a reaction to a serum recently that caused a major breakout – seriously impressive, it pretty much took over my chin – and this lotion helped me clear it within 2 days. It’s also great applied to newly forming or under the skin spots as it stops them in their tracks. I definitely recommend trying it if you get spots.