8 January 2016

How to Build a Skincare Wardrobe



My skincare wardrobe started from the bottom, now we're here: three shelves of products that's got to the point of boarding ridiculousness. The struggle is real to use everything evenly on rotation and I could definitely do with bringing things back to the basics, however, a new promising skincare product is my ultimate weakness . Alas, I'm here to help you build your skincare wardrobe, and a cruelty free one at that, if you really are starting from the bottom - the basics should always be to cleanse, tone and moisturise, if you're only at that point, you can revert back to this post to build upon it later down the line, but if you're ready to add in a few more items, here's hoping this will give you a little bit of an idea...




Cleanser. Prior to this, an eye-makeup remover would be a good place to start if you're into your waterproof mascaras - I am on and off, but my Una Brennan Renew Cleansing Oil does a pretty good job at removing every last scrap, so it almost doubles-up. At least two cleansers should make the beginnings of your cleanse collection, an oil-based cleanser being one of them as a first-step cleanse to rid makeup, then for a second-step cleanse to follow, I recommend a balm, a solid oil which turns into an oil as you work it in and it can step in for your morning routine at the same time - Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel currently sits at my top spot for both morning and night.
Other recommendations: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.

Toner. Toners too should come in twos; an exfoliating option, to prep the skin for the next steps topped off by a hydrating version to lock in moisture. I swipe over with REN's Clarifying Toner most nights before misting on Liz Earle's Skin Boosting Tonic, and simply just spray hydrate each morning.
Other recommendationsPixi's Glow Tonic, TBS Vitamin E Hydrating Toner.

Mask. Here's where I think you can branch out a little - maybe start off with one that's best suited to your skin type and build it from there. I go in with a mask at least once a week and like to have at least 3 on rotation, a mud mask, an exfoliating mask and a hydrating mask. You can use them individually all over or multi-mask and assign them to different problematic areas of the face, for example, I'll use a mud on my blemish-prone nose and chin, a hydrating mask on my dry cheeks and a renewing mask on my forehead, my all time fave being Oskia's Renaissance Mask.
Other recommendations: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

Treatment. Masks too count as treatments, but if you're wanting to build your stash up another level, something along the lines of an acid exfoliator would be the way forward. I've swiped on Alpha H's Liquid Gold for years - it's great for all skins, used up to twice a week pre-sleep it breaks down the dead cells on the surface to rejuvenate and leave the skin with the most incredible glow. To friends, family and clients, I've raved about this non-stop and if ever they've jumped on the bandwagon, it's always worked out to be one of those 'where have you been all my life?' kinda products.
Other recommendations: REN Wake Wonderful

Oil. Here's another luxury item, but I'd say if you're able to invest then do so. Not only great for the dry winter months, they're awesome year round for a boost of hydration, most will work for all skin types and are best used as a last-step to your regime, either morning or night - I'm currently loving Oskia's Restoration Oil to help replenish and inject a dose of radiance.
Other recommendations: Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover, Trilogy Rosehip Oil.

Serum. Pre-moisturise, you can go in with a serum as a concentrated boost. Most are featherlight but come with a whole load of heavy-duty anti-oxidant, anti-aging, hydrating and rejuvenating results. I reach for Perricone MD Chia Serum at least 3 times a week around an oil and treatment, post-exfoliation to reap all the sinking-straight-in benefits - it's made from chia meaning it's packed with omega 3 and helps with a whole host of things, and like most, works for all skin types, but specific serums for certain problems are out there too.
Other recommendations: Aurelia Revitalise & Glow Serum

Moisturiser. Again, two creams should be making up your routine in this department, a day and a night, both suited best to your skin type. I go in with Yes to Carrots' Rich Moisture Day Cream to begin my day, a lovely light but hydrating number, and end it with Perricone MD's Deep Moisture Therapy, a thicker, more intense option. I might switch things up year round and use something a little lighter during the summer months, but these are  two I'll always come back to.

Eye Treatment. If you've got the basics down, this is where I suggest you extend things a little further. The skin around the eyes is thin, delicate and prone to signs of ageing, so it's important to give it a whole lot of TLC and no, your moisturiser won't do this. Eye gels work great for puffiness and general 'tired eyes', whereas creams are good for bags, lines and wrinkles - another Oskia number I adore is their Eye Wonder, it's a gel-serum that actually targets a bit of everything, bonus.
Other recommendations: Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel, TBS Vitamin E Eye Cream.

And there you have the contents to a good skincare wardrobe - start with the basics and build it up as you go, though not to the point where things overflow. That said, I think it's time I had a declutter...
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