My evening skincare routine changes throughout the week. I’m currently using these five products a couple times a week as they hydrate, moisturise, brighten and re-balance my skin. I start off with a hot cloth cleanse using CLINIQUE take the day off, cleansing balm. Before I tell you why I like this I’d like to mention that this product contains ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE. This ingredient is a PKO derivative which means it’s made from palm oil. This can be seen as controversial as it’s been widely documented that the production of palm oil causes deforestation. Estée Lauder who own CLINIQUE have addressed this issue very clearly and thoroughly, explaining how they source palm oil or it’s derivatives in a responsible and sustainable way whilst supporting local communities. Having been properly informed I’m happy to use this product and also recommend it. If you are at all concerned please check out this info from Estée Lauder.
This balm is a great first step in a double cleanse. It removes my SPF easily and gently. I find it lightweight compared with other balms and it’s fragrance free. For the second cleanse I use Marula, buchu botanical enzyme polish by AFRICAN BOTANICS. This is an incredibly nourishing face scrub that I recommending leaving of for a few minutes, allowing your skin to drink up the nutrients this product is full up with. It contains micro algae plus a multitude of balancing essential oils including bergamot, rose, green rooibos tea, aloe ferox and a little tea tree to detox. When massaged gently onto damp skin this sloughs away any dead skin leaving my skin looking bright and soft to the touch. FYI I can be sensitive to potent essential oils and with this I experience no irritation.
After rinsing I apply Hydrating B5 by SKINCEUTICALS. This is a lightweight clear serum that feels wet on the skin before absorbing entirely, without residue. This contains hyaluronic acid which is one of the most important skincare ingredients. It’s like a glass of water for your face!
On top of the serum I add a few drops of ALEX CARRO Balancing face oil. Not only does this smell like a spa it nourishes my skin overnight as it’s full of nutrient dense oils. I posted a full review on the brand here. Make the most of your cleansing balm and face oil by giving your face a good massage. This will drain the skin of toxins and boost circulation for added glow.
Lastly I finish off with the new Radiance Renewal Mask by Paula’s Choice. I tested this out with various product combinations to see if it really does give the skin a lasting glow. And I find that it does. This is an overnight gel mask containing olive oil and many other plumping and skin softening ingredients. With all Paula’s Choice products this is fragrance free and backed up with much clinical research and trials. I apply a generous amount (almost a full pump) all over my face and around my eyes. It’s not sticky and it doesn’t dry taught on the skin. It’s to be left on overnight and that’s what I do. The next day after my morning cleanse I always find an extra sheen on my skin that lasts until the next day unless I use it again.
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