Want to know how to build an anti-ageing skincare regime to suit your every needs? Read on!
We all have that thing ‘we’re known for’ – for me, it’s always been my skin. I’ve always been on the receiving end of endless compliments about the smoothness, colour and general appearance of my skin – much of which is genetic, with a sprinkling of great skincare thrown in to give it a little boost. One of my biggest claims to fame is that Michael Bublé told me my skin ‘was like a Disney princess’ when I met him in NYC, even taking the time to later comment on my Insta photo and reaffirm his view. (Side note, my best mate got this printed on a mug for me when I got back from the States and it still makes me laugh!) Suffice to say I’ve always been pretty fortunate and confident in the skin department, but in the last few years I’ve undoubtedly started to notice the change in texture and appearance of my complexion that’s inevitably caused by the ageing process.
No matter how well you look after your skin, no matter how many fancy products you use, there’s only so much you can keep your natural body clock at bay… But there are so many ways you can boost the texture and appearance of your skin, inject hydration and generally care for it in the best way possible. I’m fortunate enough to be in the position that I’m kindly sent a lot of skincare products that I wouldn’t normally be exposed to, so I can build the perfect regime for my needs; although I’m a firm believer in the fact you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good skincare product, often your skin is worthy of the same investment you make to your wardrobe or travel rosta! If money was no object I’m sure we’d all be slapping on fifty quid face creams, but I know that this isn’t the norm.
Right now I’ve been going through a bit of a high end / expensive phase as I look to take care of my skin and counteract the incredibly busy and neglectful period I’ve just started to see the light from, and these are the products I’m reaching for pretty much every day. Yes, they’re not the cheapest, but I’ve stuck with them for a reason. So whether you’re in the market for something new, need some inspo for a little splurge, just like having a nosy or want to know what’s worth spending your cash on if money were no object, these are my current skincare staples and how I’m using them…
DAY TIME HEROES
Emma Hardie Midas Touch Eye Serum (£49.00)
I’m slightly obsessed with eye creams and have been for as long as I can remember; that delicate eye area can really transform the overall look of the face, so it’s important to look after it effectively. This claims to lift and tighten the eye contour, smooth fine lines, fade dark circles, boost cellular renewal, moisturise and soothe skin, and I really do feel like it’s helped to boost this area of my face. I love the super rich texture that melts beautifully in the skin without any heaviness or difficulty layering, as well as the instantly firmer and brighter appearance of my eyes. It’s by no means a miracle worker, but it’s been the eye cream I’ve picked up day in and day out for some time and it’s not left me disappointed.
No7 Labratories Line Correcting Booster Serum (£38.00)
I’ve written about this a fair few times before (see more here) so this is proof that I’m still using it practically every day! It’s helped hugely with the lines between my brows, massively reducing the appearance of a deep fold to almost unnoticeable levels – I was always incredibly concious of the way makeup sat in the crease, but now I barely even remember it’s there. I’m already on my second tube and will without a doubt be on to my third soon too.
StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate (£50.00)
Although this looks rather basic, the contents are anything but. It’s bursting with collagen to help replenish the skin and boost the visible texture, targeting fine lines and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The slightly minty fresh scent is unexpected, but the sensation on the skin is refreshing and light – you can easily layer this up or use in place of your usual skincare products, or even apply to stretchmarks if you’re self conscious about them. It’s pricey, but the testimonials speak for themselves; the difference for me was noticeable within a week or so, when my skin became plumper and fuller.
Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel (£50.00)
One of my go-to brands, I love the majority of what Murad has to offer because they deliver great ingredients within innovative and effective formulas you can rely on. This is their newest launch and ticks the box of a lightweight gel moisturiser that deeply hydrates and plumps the skin: they claim one application can help bind water to skin for up to five days! I really like the lightness and the texture of this, which is perfect for my multi-step regime.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart (£55.00)
Another long-term favourite, this tinted SPF offers up one of the highest levels of protection against both sun damage and pollution; it also helps to actually tackle the damage caused by environmental factors, so you get a double whammy of greatness. Although it’s imposible for me to know the difference it’s making under the surface, I do thoroughly enjoy the lightness of the texture and how this has encouraged me to wear SPF every single day – even when I’m working from home. It’s one of those gems I’m always recommending to family and friends.
NIGHT TIME GEMS
The Hero Project Night Drops (£36.50)
One of those bottles you can reach for while you’re half asleep and snooze safe in the knowledge you’ve given your skin what it needs, Night Drops contains a blend of Vitamin B3, Hylaronic Acid and Glycerin to target fine lines, hydrate and rebalance moisture. It also contains a blend of essential oils to soothe the mind – not forgetting the importance of a good night’s sleep in order for skin to look and feel it best. Although I don’t wake up looking much different from when I went to sleep, I do enjoy the lightweight texture and that it’s a product I’ve been effortlessly relying on for months.
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules (£42.00)
I’ve got a lot of love for the original Ceramide capsules that have been hailed as a skincare hero since their launch in 1990 (read my recent feature on them here), so when a night time retinol version came along I couldn’t wait to give the little pods a go. Their encapsulated technology ensures the formula is super fresh and uncontaminated, so much so that they’re claiming to be up to 76% more potent than any competitors, as well as making it super easy to keep using the capsules no matter where you are. I love the smooth silky texture and how it instantly helps to make my skin feel fabulous, and I’m sure this will become a long-term staple in my bedside table.
Beauty Kitchen Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask (£19.99)
An absolute little gem that’s bursting with amazing ingredients, this rich sleep mask contains high levels of potent oils proven to help repair, firm, smooth, decongest and enrich skin as you snuggle between the sheets. It’s also said to even the production of sebum, deeply hydrate and even calm the mind – all from a little blob of balm massaged into the surface of skin. I love layering this over a more targeted treatment or oil, or just taking the time to massage it into skin and hands for an instant boost.
ADDED LITTLE EXTRAS
Skinirvana Beauty Oil Delicate (£45.00)
If you’re a bit scared of facial oils, then this is an amazing introduction that will have you wondering what you were worried about. Super lightweight and safe for even pregnant women, it includes a combination of Vitamin E alongside apricot kernel, rosehip, sea buckthron, neroli, lavender, geranium oils to help nourish, balance, calm and hydrate. It smells absolutely amazing and is one of those I thoroughly enjoy using. You can layer it up with other products in the morning or evening, mix it in with moisturisers, or just take some time to massage it in alone. This tends to be what I use when I have time to get ready for bed, or when I’m working from home and want to leave some goodness on my skin.
Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum (£42.00)
A bit of a random one that smells like a green smoothie, this potent complex is great for delivering a really lightweight combination of essential vitamins to skin. Chlorophyll, kale and maca root extracts give skin a boost of goodness, marula and kendi oils help to calm skin irritation and redness, while green coffee and tamanu oils help accelerate skin repair; the result is a powerful serum that’s a welcome relief from the same old formulas we’re used to, helping skin to feel regenerated and refreshed. Again, this is a great one for layering, mixing or using alone as a treatment.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, as I’m always adding in new products or swapping out old favourites to pimp up my regime, but these are the skincare staples that have been getting me through that transitional autumn period. If you’re wondering how to build an anti-ageing skincare regime, hopefully this will give you a good place to start!
Let me know if you’ve tried any, or if you have any other recommendations you think I should try…