I am no beauty guru by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have my own personal (and very specific) skin and hair-care rituals that work for me.
Some people have one particular brand that serves them just fine, but my daily routines feature a mixture of products from different labels that combine in the best formula for my skin and hair.
I’ve always found that finding the right products mainly relies on the method of trial and error, but gradually it lead me to invent my individual regime (that I try to religiously stick to – because one slip up literally causes a break out).
Believe it or not, five years ago my hair used to be dead straight and wafer-thin. Now, I’m not saying it’s all down to the L’Oreal Fibrology shampoo and conditioner I started using a few years ago that it’s in the thicker, healthier condition it is now, but they have certainly helped. Over the years my hair started to become wavier, and that has given it some body and texture, but I have always struggled with such thin and wispy locks that there’s been no chance of growing it long. So, I immediately thought I’d give these a go (anything promising to make my hair a little thicker deserves a chance) and I haven’t turned back since. They certainly helped repair my straggly mop, rejuvenating its limp, drab feel, and spurted it back into growing. Amen.
Of course, even though I’m a million times happier with my hair, we all have off-days (a.k.a bad hair days) and mine tends to get particularly dry and frizzy every few washes, especially if I’m staying somewhere the water isn’t so soft. I know instantly that it will look pretty crap because it will be a painful effort to comb it through when it’s wet and the elasticated hairs will literally snap off.
My remedy for this is Nuxe Paris Huile Prodigieuse, a shimmery, multi-use oil that I soley delegate to my hair, although it can also be used to nourish your face and body. I actually got given it as a tester freebie, but it seriously impressed me and now I swear by it (never ditch the freebies, ladies). It’s full of Vitamin E and made from a combination of 6 precious plant oils and really does the job after one small application. I run it through wet hair with my fingertips and then work through it with a comb and voila: hydrated hair. (Warning – if you use too much your hair will just look greasy).
My skin can be quite sensitive and dry at times, but if I upset the carefully perfected balance then it can become oily and shiny. To keep the equilibrium in check, I use a variety of specially selected lotions and potions.
I try to get all of my skincare shit done while I get ready in the morning so I have less to worry about during the day. I’ll wash my face with steamy hot water (to flush away dirt and open pores) and then scrub in Clean & Clear’s Exfoliating Daily Wash with a cotton pad. After rinsing, I rub Olay 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner onto my skin with another cotton pad then rinse with more hot water (If I’m feeling particularly tired I’ll finish with some extra cold water to wake me up a bit). I used to use a separate cleanser and toner but using a dual is so much easier and saves a little bit of time for me to incorporate elsewhere into my day. I find it makes no difference and my skin feels and looks the same!
Moisturising wise I always rely on Nivea – it’s always given me positive results and I trust the brand. In the morning I use their Light Moisturising Day Cream after my facial wash. In the evening, after I’ve removed my make-up with a Nivea sensitive skin face wipe (unless I’m drunk and do the unthinkable…pass out before I take it off) I apply their Regenerating Night Cream. I find the lotions thick and creamy and easy to slick on but not too heavy or clogging to my pores.
So there you have it! I’m a very organised and stuck-in-my ways kinda gal, so once I found the best routine I adopted and kept it, and am guilty of rarely trying new products. So I’d love to hear any suggestions on skin or hair regimes and products that work for you!