My make up removal and skin care routine has changed recently and I thought I would share with you what I'm doing and using.
To remove my eye make up I use Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Make-Up Remover Gel.
The way I use this is something which I saw Lisa Eldridge do on a You Tube video she uploaded on make up removal. So, I get three cotton pads (at the moment I use Boots ones).
I tear one in half and soak all four parts (two halves and two whole pads) in the gel. I then 'stick' the two halves under each eye, one under each. And then place the whole ones over my (closed) eye. I then press them on, gently, for as long as I want. The longer the better as this means the gel can disintegrate the make up as much as possible. Then I gently slide the cotton pads off, downwards, over my lashes. And, voila! Eye make up off with no rubbing :).
I love this method and adore this gel. It's definitely one of my best finds of 2010. It's cheap, which is always good, very cooling, soothing and refreshing, which is great for eyes which have been looking at a computer screen all day at work, and works really well. I have sensitive eyes and this causes me no problems at all.
I then remove my face make up using Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Wipes (there's a bit of a theme here isn't there).
This is the third product I've tried in this range (I'll get to the second one soon), and I bought it because I loved the other two products. Again, a really inexpensive product. Quite often, because I have sensitive skin, wipes can make me go really red after using them, but this product doesn't at all. They are also nicely moist and soft, which is great for a cheap product, as I've found a big difference in the past with cheap and more expensive face wipes, in that the cheaper ones are often a lot dryer and more rough than the more expensive ones.
These wipes do not take all my make up off though, so I follow with Dr Cole Purifying Facial Toner.
I got this from www.jdwilliams.co.uk. I also used to have the cleansing lotion, day cream and night cream from this range but I had to chuck them as they made me skin and eyes sting, and the skin around my eyes got really dry and irritated just from the products being near them. I kept this toner because it seemed to be ok, although I have noticed it making my eyes sting a little bit recently so I may have to chuck it after all. I do like it apart from that though, nicely refreshing, and removes the last traces of make up, so it might be fine for less sensitive skin and / or eyes.
Then I go on to moisturise with, yes that's right, Boots Essentials Cucumber Moisturising Cream.
I really like this moisturiser too, like the whole range, it's very cooling and feels lovely on the skin. I have oily skin and this doesn't make me feel more oily, it soaks into the skin really well so it's fine to use in the morning before applying make up too.
I then use Roc Hydra+ Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream.
I like to use an eye cream as it's good to keep the skin around the eyes moisturised as it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness. However, I'm not sure that this is reducing my current dark circles, but then I'm not sure any eye cream can actually do that. Let me know if you've found one that does!
Then lastly I use a spot treatment, Elf's Zit Zapper.
I love this product. It actually does what it says on the tin, unlike other spot treatments I've tried. I've visibly noticed my spots going away much quicker when I use this than if I don't. It's fab and only £1.50 from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk. A definite must have!
So that's it. All in all I would highly recommend the Boots Essential Cucumber range for any skin type, especially good for more sensitive skin. And also I would highly recommend the Elf Zit Zapper to get rid of spots quickly!
What are your favourite skin care products?
Thanks for reading!