We are well into 2021 now but lets take a little look back to 2020.
2020 has to be one of the most trying years not just for Scotland but most of the world. I have not seen my family in over a year now and on top of that my routine has been completely changed because of the three lockdowns we have had. Since routines have changed so has my skincare routine. The main reasons being the everyday use of face masks, putting on harsh hand sanitiser and not forgetting just the stress of lockdown.
I have had to adjust my skincare regime a lot since lockdown started as I have noticed my skin is more sensitive and dry. My hands are drier because of using hand sanitiser more often and my face tends to get acne from wearing a face mask. This year has been a whirlwind for my skin, so adapting my skincare was a must.
My favourite skincare products of 2020
I recently repurchased a second bottle of this because it works so well for me. This cream cleanser is infused with jasmine, retinol, ceramides and a touch of antioxidants.
It has a lovely sweet smell of jasmine which isn’t overpowering, it’s just right. I lightly put warm water on my face then apply this cleanser then following that I wash off with warm water. The whole process is therapeutic.
I am absolute rubbish at remembering to put lip balm on. I am usually a girl who just puts on a gloss and that me out. But that recently changed when I starting using this balm. It has a vitamin c and nourishing vitamin e to keep lips nourished. This balm is a must-have for me now.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner
I am a huge fan of Pixi’s glow tonic but its made with glycolic acid- an AHA (that’s alpha hydroxy acid) which means it chemically exfoliates the skin, so for that reason, I like to only use that a couple of times a week. The rest of the week I like to use The Body Shop’s vitamin E toner.
This is this the step I like to use after cleansing. This has a gentle formula which is enriched with vitamin E so its wonderful for hydrating the skin instead of drying it out. Toning is an important step after cleansing and before you moisturise.
My favourite to use in the morning as my face needs a hit of moisture when I get up. This is a blend of vitamins and omegas which help with hydration and to keep the skin balanced.
A couple of drops of this facial elixir on my face is all I need after toning.
Superdrug Vitamin C Brightening Eye Gel
I have been looking for an inexpensive eye gel that works for me. It took time but I finally found one. I have dark circles under my eyes which makes me look rather tired, so I like to use a caffeinated eye gel to make me look more refreshed, even when I don’t get much sleep.
It contains Kakadu plum ( know for high levels of vitamin c)and goji berry which is known to induce calm, wellbeing and energy.
I have a lot of favourites when it comes to moisturisers but this water gel is one I can use time and time again. This hydrating gel doesn’t irritate my skin and feels soothing on stressful days.
This gel drenches the skin in non-oily hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid and manuka honey with a lovely rose scent. Applying this is so nice because its cooling and you instantly feel the hydration.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF 50 Sunscreen
Once upon a time, Mel didn’t use much skincare and SPF creams were the last thing on her mind. Roll into my mid-twenties when I finally see the reasons why SPF is so important, so everyday its a must, even in winter!
This is an oil-free, PABA-free, SPF 50 lotion which protects your skin from UVA/UVB rays which can cause sunburn, skin cell damage and premature ageing. At first, I wasn’t keen on the smell but it grew on me and the fact it works for me makes it ok for a little inconvenience.
What were your skincare favourites in 2020? Did your skincare routine change a lot like mine?
Until next time