I am a very minimal person. That could be code for ‘lazy’ but minimal seems so much better. With that in mind, I wanted to create a minimalists guide to skincare. The lazy girl, as it were. You can check out my minimalists guide to makeup here.
I’ve always used an oil to remove my makeup. I like the idea of using a micellar water or something fancy but it’s far too much admin for me. I also find that with a micellar water, I still wake up with a panda eye so it isn’t for me. Also, I swear that I wake up with more makeup on than I wore the day before whenever I try to get my makeup off with a micellar.
My favourite makeup remover can be found here. Although I’m also fond of this one (if you want this, I have an affiliate link – just use EVIE2020 to get a discount) and in this Covid life I can also be found using good old coconut oil. #cheapassmakeupartist
Recently, I discovered facial soap bars and I don’t know why I wasted my money for so many years on new products. My face hates anything that foams a lot, I find that creams don’t really work and even just using water leaves my face feeling like a flip flop left in the sun. I started using this soap bar right at the beginning of lockdown and I am almost at the end of it. It does what it needs to, it’s mega cheap and it doesn’t dry my skin out. Win.
I am a fan of actual skincare products but I do find that it’s such a minefield trying to figure out what to buy and also, a hell of a waste of money. With that in mind, I went back to basics – literally. I now use a Boots Botanics face serum and I love it.
I am currently switching between two. I love the Body Shop SPF moisturiser but I also love the E.L.F one too. In an ideal world, I think I would rather go for the Body Shop moisturiser as the SPF is much higher and I am a delicate flower that instantly wilts in the sun. Both are great shouts for me though.
The only product that I am truly fussy about is my eye cream. I started getting wrinkles a few years ago and I have worked hard on these bad boys. So a moisturiser with an SPF is a must. This one is the only one that I’ve found that is vegan and has an SPF.
In the winter, my skin, like everyones, suffers. I like to use an oil after my moisturiser on days when it feels like I’m losing skin cells more rapidly than usual. For that, I go for my trusty Chia Seed Oil from The Ordinary. You don’t need much of this. There is such a fine line between sweaty and glowy – don’t cross it.
In the evening
After doing all of the usuals, I apply a night cream. If I’m totally honest, I haven’t found one that I love yet but this one is fairly good. I also have their eye cream too.
I also use a rose hip oil after my moisturiser. I really like it but if i’m honest, I’m not 100% sure on the benefits yet. It’s meant to have a similar effect to a retinol so if retinol is your bag, then I recommend this one.
So, that’s my little lazy girl skincare routine. I like to keep it fairly minimal and it really works for me. For me, less is more. Letting my skin breathe is important – especially now that we have to wear masks all of the time.