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EXCELLENT SKINCARE TIP 1:
Repeatedly forget to remove your make-up. Eventually it removes itself. I think?
EXCELLENT SKINCARE TIP 2:
Or, if you shower at night, just stick your face under the stream of water and it'll come off no bother. Promise.
EXCELLENT SKINCARE TIP 3:
Buy the cheapest products possible. Just because then you can spend more money on clothes and wine . . . and everyone knows wine is the ultimate cleanser, right? Cheers!
EXCELLENT SKINCARE TIP 4:
Buy one of those sachets of peel-off face mask just because you like the feeling when it dries and you can peel it off your face. (Isn't it just like when you were a kid and used to deliberately get glue on your hands so you could peel that off when it dried? No? Just me?) Do this once or twice a year as a treat because fun!
EXCELLENT SKINCARE TIP 5:
If you do occasionally remember to take off your make-up and do a cleansing routine, forget to take any of your products when you are off for an overnight stay somewhere. But it's fine cos the hotel soap will totally do the same job. Or you can just take a night off from cleansing - you deserve it, you managed to complete your routine three nights in a row last month after all. Everyone deserves a break.
EXCELLENT SKINCARE TIP 6:
"Double cleansing" . . . that's when you remember to cleanse at least two days in a row. Right?
Okay okay, full disclosure here: I'm joshing with you. None of those are good skincare tips. Apart from maybe tip 4 because peel-off masks really are fun. And I really still don't really understand the concept of double cleansing, despite
But to be perfectly honest, the above techniques, tongue-in-cheek though it may be, have been employed by me in the past. Looking after your skin is hard and I am lazy. These two facts are not compatible. But I've managed to hold down some form of a routine (mostly) for the best part of this year now and I do feel like I've been helping my skin quite a lot. So, as an apology for all of my skincare
Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Fix Pads
These have changed my life. I use them morning and night, they make my skin feel really cleansed and smooth and I love them. They have acid in salicylic and hyaluronic acide in them which . . . well it is meant to be really good for your skin, and I do feel like they have made a difference to my skin, as well as being a nice easy way to cleanse in my opinion. They're generally about ten pounds for 60 pads but they are quite often reduced on offer or part of a deal in Boots or Superdrug so they are always really good value for money. I'd highly recommend.
Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Night Cream
I've never been very good at sticking to using night cream or anti-wrinkle treatments and, sadly, at 38, it's started to show. :-( I started using this because I liked the name of it - I don't really fancy having to use needles on my face so the name appealed to me. This smells lovely, and makes my skin feel soft and smooth. It's quite a small tub for the full price but it does last a while and, once again, it is quite often on offer.
Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator
I think exfoliating my face is my favourite beauty treatment, it always makes my skin feel extra soft afterwards and glowy. This is by far my favourite exfoliator, it last ages and it's only ten pounds so it's excellent value for money. Also it smells fabulous.
Olay Total Effects 7in1 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser
When I was in my early teens I used to use Oil of Olay as my moisturiser - I do wonder sometimes if that's why I used to get constant knockbacks from pubs when I was 17 and then ID'd a lot until quite recently. ;-) But I have always had faith in their products as a result, and when I remember to actually buy this it makes a great daytime moisturiser, it contains SPF15 which is very important in this day and age . . . and as a wee bonus, it makes a good primer for foundation. Mental reminder to myself to buy some more....
Montagne Jeunessee 7th Heaven Cucumber Peel Off Mask
Well there had to be a peel-off mask in there didn't there? I love this one, it smells very refreshing (which is ironic because I actually actively dislike cucumber as a food), and my skin feels so smooth after I've managed to resist trying to peel it off until it's completely dry.
I feel like this needs no introduction, it's a classic, it's been around for years and in my opinion it is the best moisturiser ever. I absolutely love to smother my face and body in it. It lasts for ages and it's an absolute bargain.
So there you have it - these are my go-to products for having mostly presentable skin. Do you agree with any of these or have any other suggestions of products I should try? And, most importantly, do any of you follow any of my tongue-in-cheek tips occasionally? Please say it's not just me . . .