Today on my blog I’m going to be talking skincare! Skincare is something that, admittedly, I’m extremely lazy with. I find it a chore to cleanse my face or to take my makeup off so today I wanted to share with you all my favourite skincare products that make life a whole lot easier for someone who is lazy with their skincare like myself.
I don’t use a face wash but instead I use a hot cloth cleanser every morning while washing my face. My chosen hot cloth cleanser is the No.7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser. I use this hot cloth cleanser partly because I can’t afford the Liz Earle one (holla at all my dupe-loving bargain hunters) and partly because it is genuinely amazing. I’ve tried other hot cloth cleansers from the drugstore before, such as the Superdrug one, but this is the only drugstore one which doesn’t feel like a cheap dupe of a product. The quality of the formula is excellent, it applies to my skin like a dream and it’s so smooth. It definitely feels like a higher end product, which it isn’t. The best part is, I actually see a difference in my skin when I use this! I’ve tried so many face washes and cleansers but never actually noticed any major difference or improvement in my skin until I used this. I first started using this hot cloth cleanser at the start of 2013 and I’ve sworn by it ever since. I had a brief stint for a few months last year where I never repurchased it and I (shock) only washed my face with water for those few months. My skin actually did well considering I was using nothing on it to help it when washing, but as soon as I got back to my trust No.7 hot cloth cleanser, I noticed rapid improvements. The most appealing thing about it for a lazy girl like me is that it doesn’t feel like a chore to cleanse my face with this. It being a hot cloth cleanser makes cleansing my face feel like a luxury, so I’m always willing to rub it onto my skin and wipe it away with a hot muslin cloth.
My absolute favourite face cream is Garnier’s Moisture + Nourish Daily Rich Moisturiser for dry to very dry skin. I believe it’s part of their colourful Moisture Match face cream range that has a different colour face cream for each skin type, although the pink one is called Moisture + Nourish because it’s for overly dry skin like mine. I’m so fussy with moisturisers because my skin is so dry that the consistency of every other face cream that I use is too thin for my liking. I love a rich, thick, nourishing face cream because I feel like it actually does something beneficial to my skin. When I apply this moisturiser to my skin I can see that my skin looks glowy, fresh and awake instead of looking dry and dull. I can see and feel a difference that actually lasts. I enjoy applying this because of how it feels on my skin, it’s so nourishing that it makes me want to moisturise.
THE MAKEUP REMOVER
I decided to be snazzy and different for this post and not include a micellar water, despite it being the only thing that everyone and their mum uses to remove their makeup. I prefer the L’oreal Skin Perfection Cleasing & Perfecting Milk. It’s consistency is that of a cream rather than a liquid which I personally prefer because it feels nicer on my skin. I see and hear all the beauty bloggers and vloggers talking about how their micellar water is so miraculous that it doesn’t even sting their eyes but every micellar water or liquid makeup remover that I’ve ever used has stung my eyes. This one is a lot more gentle because it’s a cream (or a ‘milk’ as its name describes) and it doesn’t feel oily on my skin like I find micellar waters and liquid makeup removers to feel. Maybe I just haven’t tried the right micellar water yet but I don’t need to because this works wonders in my eyes. It’s lazy girl appeal? It doesn’t have one. I only use this on days where I’m smart enough to realise that it’s much better for my skin to be using a makeup remover on a cotton pad rather than a wipe. That’s why I’m now going on to talk wipes.
If I had a quid for every time that I’ve heard someone say that they find using a makeup remover to be easier than using a wipe to take their makeup off, maybe I could actually afford that expensive Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. Could I possibly be the only person in the world who finds using a wipe much easier? It’s way too much effort to get the cotton pads out, put the makeup remover on it and repeat multiple times because one cotton pad full of makeup remover is never enough, five usually is. Maybe I’m the only person who is this lazy when it comes to skincare. This is why I rely on trusty wipes that I find are so loathed by the beauty community for removing makeup. I try to justify the harmful decision I’m making for my skin by buying wipes that look a bit snazzier because they’re usually better for my skin than plain old face wipes from Sainsburys or Superdrug (although I use the cheap, plain wipes from places like those to wipe of excess makeup from my hands or to correct eyeliner). My favourite wipes at the moment are Garnier’s Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes. It claims to not only remove makeup but also to cleanse and soothe the skin. It also has ‘micellar technology and silk fibres’. Sure, I just slated micellar water when talking about makeup remover but micellar water is still a good thing for your skin so if it’s included in my wipes then it must mean that my wipes are a good thing for my skin, or at least that’s how I justify it. I’ve only recently switches to these wipes though, as for the last few months I’ve sworn by Garnier’s Cleansing Wipes in Goodbye |Dry which includes ‘two doses of cleansing milk’, and we all know how much I love a good cleansing milk. Both wipes claim to also cleanse the skin though, so surely they can’t be that bad for my skin compared to a proper makeup remover. The lazy girl appeal is 100% that wipes are way easier to use than a makeup remover, although I always hear people have the opposite opinion.
So there we have it, my favourite skincare products. A guide to skincare by someone who is way too lazy to properly care for my skin.