Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Nighttime Routine + Products

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Today I thought I'd stick to something really simple - my nighttime/shower routine. I've seen lots of these types of blog posts and videos going around recently and I find them quite interesting, so I thought I might as well join in! If you're a bit of a nosy rosy like me, here goes! 
I'll start by saying that I've got quite dry skin that very rarely breaks out. My main problems are redness and very puffy, sometimes purplish under eyes, but other than that, I think I've gotten pretty lucky in the skin department! As far as hair goes, I've got lots of it, but it's very fine and not voluminous at all. Getting a good tease out of it is a struggle, but I'll save those secrets for a morning routine post! It tends to get greasy quite easily if I mess with it a bunch during the day, but no more than anyone else's, so again, pretty lucky! 
Routine wise, I generally shower every other day, unless I've let my hair air dry, in which case I shower every day because it gets greasy. If I can be bothered, I'll usually take my makeup off with a cleansing oil/butter before I shower, but if not, I'll just hop in the shower, shampoo, shave, condition, wash body, wash face, rinse. Très simple. 

I've talked about my Ponds before, but I'm still seriously obsessed with it. I swear by its magical anti redness/puffiness powers and I never want to be without it, ever. It layers so well under my makeup and just makes my skin look so much better, even on no makeup days. It's very inexpensive and can be found at most drug stores, but it's certainly worth a try if you're looking for a new moisturizer. It's incredibly moisturizing, but not oily, and doesn't feel cakey on my skin because it sinks in really quickly. Total win. 
Nivea just brought out their sensitive skin range and I was all over it. I bought this when I arrived in London and I have really enjoyed it in the 2 months since. I use it in the shower either after I've used the cleansing butter below to remove my makeup, or sometimes in the morning when I want a really quick clean. It does exactly as it says, cleaning your skin without stripping it, and it feels heavenly on my skin. Even though cleansing milk sounds a bit grim, it actually does feel a lot like rubbing milk on your skin, but in the best way possible, especially because it's just so darn soft. For those of you with dryer skin types, you'll know how nice a "soft" cleanser is, and this is it. 

I am in love with the chamomile cleansing butter. It sounds a bit weird, but you just rub it on dry skin, and then when you add water it soaps up a bit and gives you a really good but gentle clean. My skin feels really refreshed after I've used this, but also moisturized, not all tight and dry, like I've experienced with other cleansers. It's great on my dry skin, but I think it'd be pretty good for all skin types as it doesn't leave any trace of oil behind, and it also takes off makeup incredibly well! 
As weird as it sounds, I'm already into youth serums and things at the age of 20. I think it never hurts to be proactive and treat your skin well when you're young so that it looks better when you're old, and I'm starting with the drops of youth serum. It's easy to use, I usually use about a drop and a half from the dropper right onto my finger, and you just rub it all over your face. You don't need much, because you layer your moisturizer over it, and it just helps your moisturizer to sink in and really work. I've only been using it a month or so, but I've noticed my skin is still really soft in the mornings, as opposed to dry and itchy. 
Sidenote: These are the only products that can't be found at the drug store. I got them from the Body Shop, so they are a bit pricier, but I think they are definitely worth it. 

Can we just all agree that these sorts of shampoos are the best ever? Probably not the best in terms of hair care, but being that I've got relatively young hair that isn't dyed, I think I can get away with it. The conditioner is my favorite as it smells like strawberry candies, but I really love both of them. They remind me of childhood bath time and I smell a bit like a tropical smoothie when I get out of the shower, so it's a win-win. Also, they've got detangler in the conditioner, which is something I seriously need, and it works like a charm! So yes, I know it's a bit backwards with child's hair products and youth serums, but that's just how I like it!

What are your favorite haircare/skincare products? 
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