I have to squeeze in quite a lot on most days as often I’ll have back to back commitments so I don’t have very much time to spend on my beauty routine. This is why I’ve now streamlined it to only the absolute essentials as I want to ensure that I get the most bang for my buck with as minimal time spent on skincare as possible. It has been a process of trial and error but I’ve found current non-negotiable aspects of my skincare routine are working in great harmony and has helped improve the condition of my skin. And as I’ve mentioned time and again I am all about great, luminous skin. These are the crucial elements of my routine:
A great diet with plenty of antioxidants
I believe great skin really does come from the inside so I always try to eat well. Lately I’ve been incorporating a lot of fruit into my diet especially blueberries which are packed with antioxidants and really beneficial to the skin. Figs and strawberries have also been in high rotation for me and they’re both packed with essential vitamins and minerals not just for skin health but also general wellbeing.
Drinking plenty of water
It’s an oldie but a goodie that staying hydrated is important for great skin. I make sure to drink plenty of water each day (at a minimum the recommended eight glasses of water) as it helps to flush out toxins and in turn ensure my complexion is in tip top shape.
Applying sunscreen daily
I never ever leave the house without applying sunscreen first. I always apply a layer of sunscreen on my face before I put my makeup on as I want to minimise the damage the sun can cause and most importantly protect my skin from harmful UV rays.
Always removing makeup before bed
Clogged pores can lead to skin looking dull so I always make sure I cleanse thoroughly before bed and remove my makeup religiously. Even if I’ve had a late night, I make sure to wipe off all my makeup so my skin has time to breathe and rejuvenate itself overnight. Plus it can help keep breakouts at bay.
Assessing skincare regularly
I’ve begun to incorporate anti-ageing products into my skincare routine as I’ve started to notice changes to my skin such as fine lines around my eyes. I spoke about my new skincare obsessions here and they are still very much an integral part of my daily beauty regime. I massage the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 serum on my face and on my neck right before I apply the moisturiser and find that it has really helped target the signs of ageing on my skin, especially the fine lines around my eyes. I think it’s always important to reassess your skincare regularly to ensure that the products you’re using are addressing the biggest concerns you may have. After all a great skincare routine is one of the building blocks of an amazing complexion.
Photography: Mike Belkin