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I don’t think I will ever be able to articulate to you all how happy the simple act of doing a couple of face masks and maybe a foot mask makes me. Spending a good couple of hours having a relaxing bath and doing my skincare routine every Saturday I get the chance feels like the ULTIMATE form of self-care to me. As much as I love a nice spa hotel or spa day, I also think it is very important to treat yourself and do a skincare routine and use a couple of facemasks now and again to make yourself feel a little bit pampered. Depending on what is going on with my skin at the time, I pick facemasks to correct the problems, so they are usually different mixes. Seeing as everyone loves a beauty recommendation, I thought I’d share with you my Saturday skincare routines.
No7 Melting Gel Cleanser
No7 products seem to work well for me. I have “combination” skin so it can always be a challenge to find cleansers and toners that don’t dry my skin out or give me spots. I’ve found that my skin doesn’t mind more or less any of the No7 range. This melting gel cleanser is a bit weird to get used to at first. You put it on dry, massage it into your skin and rinse it off. Once you do get used to it, it’s a very gentle cleanse and well worth £10. I use it both morning and night and I have seen a definite improvement in my skin, which doesn’t have as many spots and is brighter.
No7 Radiance+ Daily Energising Exfoliating Cleanser
Even though the way this exfoliator is described would suggest using it in the morning, I always use it before I venture to do any facemasks. It’s not the hardest exfoliator I have ever used, but it isn’t too gentle either. It’s about just right however don’t do what I did once and use it in conjunction with exfoliating gloves and I nearly sanded my entire face off. If the next face mask you are going to cleanse your pores, then it stands to reason to give them a good scrub with this first.
7th Heaven Green Tea Peel-Off Mask
You can never go wrong with a good old 7th Heaven Face Mask. I love them for being simple and effective. The main thing I use them for is to cleanse and tone, as the majority of them, are peel-off but they do have some great moisturising ones as well. Although my skin tends to break out, I’ve been lucky the last few weeks. Because I don’t have to deal with any spots, I am using the Green Tea Peel Off Mask which is “revitalising and purifying”. This mask removes daily dirt and leaves your skin looking radiant.
Unidentified Purple Gel Mask
I’m not going to lie to you guys, I can’t for the life of me remember where this face mask came from or who got it for me (loads of people make gifts of face masks to me for Christmas because they know I will use them). The reason I love a gel mask after doing a cleansing one is that they tend to be cold and they will close your pores. The best tip I can give you with these bad boys is to pop it in the fridge for a bit before you use it.
Garnier Moisture Bomb Eye Sheet Mask
No matter how much sleep I get, the water I drink, or the healthy food I eat, I am unfortunately one of those people that constantly have dark puffy circles around my eyes. I use the Garnier Sheet Masks, so when I noticed they did specific ones for the eyes I thought I would give them a try. I’ve used a couple in the past, and they do make a noticeable difference to your under-eye dark circles and puffiness. Again, these are ones you can pop in the fridge for a cooling effect, especially if you are doing our routine before you go out for the evening.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
Advanced Night Repair Serum is something I used to use RELIGIOUSLY. For someone who likes it so much, you are probably wondering why I have a tiny tiny bottle. A couple of months back, my beloved Estee Lauder Doublewear started reacting with my skin, so when my bottle of night repair ran out I didn’t replace it as I wasn’t sure what would happen. I switched to CT foundation and some No7 serum, but my Mum got me this cute little set for Christmas and I am pleased to say my skin is fine and Advanced Night Repair is every single bit as magical as I remembered. This is again presuming that like me, you do your skincare of an evening
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye
This specific eye cream, I had never tried this, but between ensuring I do some sort of under-eye mask every week and using this every night I have seen a noticeable difference in my under-eye bags and puffiness. I’m a huge fan of Estee Lauder in general anyway, I don’t think I have ever tried a product of theirs that I do not like.