Those of you that visit me for either treatments or make up will know I'm a bit of a skincare geek. Expert, no. Enthusiast, yes.
My obsession that has been going strong for a good year now is facial oils.
As I've skipped over the 30 years old hurdle, I find that moisturiser used alone doesn't cut it anymore and that my skin craves a routine with a little more oomph. Personally, I love taking my make up off in the evening as I find it a way to wind down after a hectic day but most women I see want a quick and effective routine.
If you have particularly oily skin try using a facial oil instead of your moisturiser, but if you have a drier complexion try adding one or two drops in the palm of your hand and mix with you moisturiser before applying. If you have a little more time apply the oil first, let it sink in for a few minutes, and then apply moisturiser.
Everyone's budget is different. But my opinion is that if you spend £30-£40 on a foundation, you should also be willing to spend this on skincare. Too many women I see say that they would never leave the house without make up on; however, when you take care of what is underneath, you won't need to mask you face. That's why I do spend more on skincare now than make up.
My favourite night oil is definitely the Sunday Riley Luna oil. It's £85.00 (gulp) BUT, it's the best skincare product I have ever ever used. Space NK are amazing at giving samples if you do want to try before taking the plunge. As it contains retinol I use this once or twice a week and only need a few drops at a time, so a bottle will last months. After using this wonder product I wake up in the morning with what feels like and looks like new skin. Everything seems much smoother and even. Just make sure you use a good SPF, especially after using retinol as it does thin the skin for a day or two.
My favourite daytime oil at the moment is PAI's Rosehip Bioregenerate oil. I say daytime but I do also use this on days when I'm not using Sunday Riley Luna. Non greasy and perfect for dull skin that is starting to show signs of ageing. My skin feels hydrated and again much soother and plumper after using.
By no means am I skincare expert and, as with anything I post about, it's only what I have found personally works for me or from feedback I receive from clients.
Any questions fire away!