08 May, 2015 Skincare Week: Face and Body Pamper Evening
#SkincareWeek is sadly coming to a close, but to round out probably my favourite week of posts, I thought I’d talk about the products I love reaching for when I really want to unwind, relax, and treat myself. I love talking about skincare – I could probably write another month’s worth of content – and it’s been great to see all your comments and suggestions from Monday and Wednesday’s uploads. Thanks for the support!
When I’m planning a relaxing evening, I like to go all in. There are absolutely no half-measures: I’ll deep-condition my hair, do a body scrub, at least two face masks, and add some facial oil or serum to keep things looking healthy and radiant. Friday nights are normally reserved for this, and coupled with Netflix and my favourite blog chat (#gbloggers, 7-8pm every Friday), I’m a happy bunny.
After I’ve shampooed and conditioned, I’ll towel dry my hair and apply the Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Leave-In Conditioner (£5.99 here) to the mid-length and ends of my hair. This lightweight gel-cream is seriously hydrating and does a great job of keeping my hair soft, malleable and shiny. I’ll happily leave this treatment on all night, but you can also wash it out after an hour or two. I’ll pop it into a clip to keep it out of the way, and then get to work on my bodycare and skincare.
Soap & Glory do some amazing body scrubs (Pulp Friction is a previous fave), but the one currently in my shower is The Scrub Of Your Life (£7 here), a gorgeous concoction that smells of grapefruit and is a lovely, zingy addition to a pamper routine. It has a gel formula so it lathers up nicely and doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin. A perfect step if you regularly apply fake tan and need your skin to be bump and flake-free.
If I’m shaving my legs, I ALWAYS use the Sanctuary Spa 2-Day Shower Oil (£7 here). This is hands down the best gel-oil body wash I’ve tried, and even surpasses the (far more expensive) L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. The scent is lovely and spa-like, with a hint of ginger and citrus. Great to take on holiday if you want to keep your skin deeply hydrated but don’t have room for a body moisturiser, as this doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or irritated, and feels soft and silky to the touch for the whole day.
Since I posted my ‘Talking Beauty With My Mum‘ article (which you can read here), I’ve been acutely aware of how irregularly I use body lotion, as my mum applies it every single day without fail, and her skin looks fantastic. Whilst a shower oil will work as a great 2-in-1 when there’s limited space in your carry-on, at home there really is no excuse to skip this step. The April edition of My Little Box included a travel-size of the beautifully fresh Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion (£16.20 here), and that’s been an absolutely joy to apply after baths and showers. The lemongrass, rosemary and ginger fragrance lingers on the skin, and it sinks in immediately, making it perfect for busy mornings.
Onto skincare. I’ve talked about my new favourite way to cleanse in this blog post from Wednesday talking about Merumaya, so I won’t bore you with that – but you should definitely have a read! After cleansing with their Melting Cleansing Balm, doing a second cleanse with one of the cleansers mentioned in this blog post, and toning with a hydrating facial mist (the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic will always be my HG), I’ll think about the masks I’m going to use.
Normally, I don’t just have one issue going on with my skin – sometimes I’m dehydrated and flaky around my nose and cheeks, sometimes I’m super oily, sometimes a little red and sensitive, and sometimes a mixture of all three. Two skincare staples I’ve discovered that are perfect for ‘combination’ days are the Rodan & Fields Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask ($41 here), and the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Treatment Mask (£17.78 here).
The Rodan & Fields mask is a thick kaolin-clay cleanser with the creamiest consistency I’ve experienced in my years as a clay-mask connoisseur. I apply this in a thick layer and leave it on for about two to three minutes, until I feel it tighten. It rinses away easily and you’re left with baby-soft, virtually poreless and blackhead-free skin. The ingredients list doesn’t feature any fancy ingredients or complicated technologies, but the way it works on my skin like nothing else I’ve tried.
The Antipodes offering is another wonder product; it calms, soothes and reduces redness, whilst fighting bacteria and keeping oil and sebum under control. Manuka Honey is perfect on enflamed, sensitive skin as it rehydrates and eliminates toxins – perfect for that time of the month. I’d happily go to sleep with this mask applied in a thin layer, but there’s one last step I like to include in my ritual, and that’s a facial oil. The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (£26.95 here) is a balancing tonic that plumps up my skin without leaving it feeling greasy or slippery. The Lotus extract works to refine the skin’s surface without stripping it, and because it absorbs so quickly, you can leave it on and let it work it’s magic whilst you sleep. A gorgeous, luxurious product to have in my skincare arsenal, and I’ve noticed a considerable difference in my skin’s texture every time I use it.
Which products do you like to use when you want to pamper your face and body? Have you tried any of my skincare and bodycare recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!
I hope you’ve enjoyed #SkincareWeek – I certainly have! Next week’s posts include a NARS Brand Focus, an eyeshadow ‘Splurge or Save’, and some nourishing, balmy spring and summer lip options. See you then!