My Skin: What I’ve Learnt Recently

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Recently, my skin and I (and when I say skin, I mean the skin on my face) have been getting to know each other again. A change in some medication has lead to some real painful pimples brewing and sprouting in the chin area and as I get older I’m noticing the lack of hydration in my ol’ chops. I’m basically having to step it up a notch when it comes to my skincare routine, though a soon-to-be-delivered Cult Beauty haul should take care of that. I also saw the one and only Caroline Hirons last week who got to work on my face with her magic hands and a range of lotions, potions and treatments and I don’t think my skin has ever looked so juicy and peachy. If you ever have the chance for her to go all Facialist on your ass face, DO IT. Here’s what I’ve learnt in the past couple of weeks from Caroline’s words of wisdom and a few other findings…

1. Time To Massage. When Caroline asked what I wanted out of the facial, I said that I wanted to feel drained – in a good way. I always feel like I look a bit puffy in my face and Caroline reckons that it’s all holed up in my chin perhaps down to too much salt in my diet or tight muscles from working out. She worked around my jawline and suggesting taking some time in the evening to do the same, massaging in my cleanser and oil later on my in my routine and to grab the chin and pull things up to my outer jaw to get the draining process going. I’ve been using my Jade Roller too to aid the process and I feel like it’s working.

2. Take Your Time. After feeling up my face for a while, Caroline asked if I tend to rush my skincare routine at night. With flashbacks of all those times that I’ve hurried through my routine because I want to get in an extra episode of Line Of Duty before bed and I NEED to know what happens yet going through my head, I admitted that yes I do. So this weekend I really took my time, did my massaging and rolling and was a bit more gentle with my face than usual and I still managed to get in another episode of Line of Duty.

3. Step Up The Eye Cream. I’ve been a longtime user of the Estée Lauder Revitalising Supreme Eye Balm as my eye cream step, but during my facial with Caroline she used the Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme and the next day my under eye area felt glorious. Slightly tightened and beautifully soft, so off to Cult Beauty I trotted. It’s a pricey purchase so I’ll let you know how it’s going a few months in.

4. A Bit of Tan. I’ve come to the realisation that I have one of those complexions that just looks a bit healthier and perkier when it’s got a bit of a sun-kissed glow to it. Now I’m not talking about laying out in the sun here, I’m talking about picking up a bottle of the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning and apply a 5p-sized blob every other evening as the last step of your skincare routine. I find that when I use it religiously I end up using less makeup and feeling pretty chuffed with how my skin looks overall.

5. Oil Beats Hangover, Every Time. After the Glamour Awards shenanigans it’s fair to say that I was a little green around the gills the next morning and not exactly looking my best. Here is where the oils come into play again. I slathered my face with the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster, dusted on a bit of bronzer, threw on some sunglasses and actually got compliments on how my skin looked that day. MAD. I mean, I did go heavy on the oil, borderline greasy, but hey – I’d take greasy as a compliment these days.